Entries tagged with: Mount Eerie
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
photo: Mount Eerie at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phil Elverum already announced a new Mount Eerie album, Sauna, and put out its excellent lead single, and now he's back with another single, "Dragon," as well as the video for the title track. Check both out below.
by Andrew Sacher
Phil Elverum is set to release a new Mount Eerie album, Sauna, on February 3 via his own P.W. Elverum and Sun label. Its first single, "THIS," is pulsing ambient pop with angelic harmonies courtesy of Hungry Cloud Darkening's Allyson Foster and LAKE's Ashley Eriksson accompanying Phil's own fragile voice. Watch the video (dir. Peter J. Brant), along with the album tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
No tour dates announced at the moment, but hopefully that changes soon.
Earth at Inferno in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Mount Eerie, Mecca Normal @ Le Poisson Rouge
Phil Elverum is a prolific artist and though his Mount Eerie project didn't release a record in 2014, he released three during the two previous and has a double album, Sauna, due out early next year. Get a preview of the new stuff tonight.
Sales, Salt Cathedral, Mitski @ Baby's All Right
Orlando duo SALES has shared bills with both electronic art pop band Hundred Watersand lo-fi DIY songwriter Alex G and, though those are pretty different artists to play with, SALES' sound actually falls right in the middle of the two. Lauren Morgan's voice and the writing style are twee-ish indie pop but guitarist/programmer Jordan Shih's production gives it an electronic side that someone like say, Frankie Cosmos, doesn't have.
Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.
Rokia Traoré @ BAM
Also part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, the sounds of Mali come alive tonight via singer and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré. Note: Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté were originally to have played this show but had to drop off the bill.
Lee "Scratch" Perry @ Brooklyn Bowl
As influential as he is eccentric (which is to say, very!), Lee "Scratch" Perry helped created dub with The Upsetters and has pushed the sonic and psychic boundaries of reggae ever since. Brooklyn Bowl's website says the show starts at 8 PM but that sounds really, really, really early for Perry.
Front 242 @ Irving Plaza
With singles like "Headhunter" and "Tragedy for You," Belgium's Front 242 were one of the biggest, most influential industrial/EBM dance acts of the late '80s and early '90s. The band -- which still features core members Jean-Luc De Meyer, Daniel Bressanutti, Patrick Codenys and Richard 23 -- has continued on while other genres came and went.
Nothing Changes @ Home Sweet Home
If you wanna keep the dark, industrial vibes going after Front 242, you may want to head over to late night party Nothing Changes where fog machines and volume knobs are generally set to full blast.
Christopher Owens, Liam Hayes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his second solo album, A New Testament, next week (9/30) which dabbles in country and gospel. The songs sounded great at SXSW this year, and you can still get tickets to tonight's show.
Milagres, Jesse Marchant, Basic Shapes @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn's Milagres make gently anthemic indie, as can be heard on their second album, Violent Light, which came out via Kill Rock Stars this past spring.
Earth, King Dude @ Saint Vitus
Instrumental droners Earth got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly. Catch them tonight with the Americana Gothic sounds of King Dude.
Lily Allen, Lolawolf @ Terminal 5
While her new album, Sheezus, is maybe not the full return-to-form we were hoping for from Lily Allen, she's still a lot of fun live. Unpredictable too. This is her second of two T5 shows this week and tickets are still available.
The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant @ Barclays Center
The country's most popular blues garage rock duo headlines their second night Barclays.
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Trans-Pecos' El Camino Cafe (via @Ridgefood)
Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave) has some updates for the fall, including that they've finally got their liquor license approved, the cafe is open, and the backyard is complete. Here's the details:
GOOD NEWS! Trans-Pecos' full liquor license is in process to be issued by the New York State Liquor Authority, and was recently approved by Queens Community Board 5. In the service of garnering our license, the venue must "go dry" for a period in September, beginning 9/13. During this time Trans-Pecos will refrain from selling alcohol, and cannot allow "BYOB" of any kind of alcoholic beverages. We thank our patrons in advance for cooperating with us in this regard during a handful of 'dry' shows. We will be selling non-alcoholic beverages during this time, including soda, water, and Club Mate, and we will be allowing our patrons to bring in outside non-alcoholic beverages, so long as they are not in alcoholic beverage containers. We our full liquor license to be issued in a matter of weeks, and we will be sending out an update as soon as celebrations are in order - THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION!They've also announced their roster of guest curators for the fall which includes Excepter, Matana Roberts, Wet Ink Musics, PC Worship, Ratking + Letter Racer, Terrible Records + Sick Feeling's Don Devore, In Context Music and a new film series curated by Jim McHugh (NYMPH) and Joe Denardo (Growing). These are in addition to their ongoing curators Todd P, The Bunker, Northern Spy and more (full list below).
In the mean season, the EL CAMINO cafe is open! Currently the cafe is in "soft opening" status, open most days from noon until 8PM. The cafe will be expanding hours in the near future to include morning commute as well as during nightime events. Ridgewood-ites will be especially excited to gain a high quality, low-key coffee spot serving quality espresso drinks and light cafe fare - with ample seating indoors and out - plus high speed wifi - in the hood! The cafe is operated by Bradford Sill and Colin Crockett of Ft Greene's Red Lantern bike shop & cafe. Come on down.
Finally, the expansive Trans-Pecos back yard, which we have lovingly dubbed 'the urban blight beer garden' is finally complete! Replete with goergeous custom wood tables and stools, patio tiki lighting, and plant life, the Trans-Pecos back yard brings a legit low key spot to enjoy inexpensive libations in East Bushwick/Ridgewood while also taking in the finest off the radar musical offerings to be had in NYC. Get it.
Upcoming shows at the venue include tonight's (9/3) Aa, Zula, Baked and Bueno show, the Kevin Drumm / Jason Lescalleet collaborative show, the noise show with Bastard Noise and more, the Kayo Dot show, the Sacred Bones CMJ show and more.
A recent addition to the schedule is Mount Eerie on September 23, the day before he plays Le Poisson Rouge. Those shows are part of a tour where he'll be debuting material off his new album, Sauna, which is due out in 2015. Mecca Normal open both NYC shows.
All Mount Eerie dates are listed, with the full Trans Pecos schedule and more, below...
Mount Eerie at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mount Eerie doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he'll be playing a couple festivals this year, as well as a NYC show on September 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
One of the fests is the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary in Asheville this August (lineup), and the other is this week's Unknown Music Series in Anacortes, WA. It takes place at various Washington venues, including The Unknown (where Mount Eerie plays), from Friday (7/18) through Sunday (7/20). The festival also features Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Broken Water, Hive Dwellers, LAKE, O Paon, Mecca Normal, Lori Goldston (who was Nirvana's cellist), a performance of Blocks Recording Club co-founder Steve Kado's 2003 (which featured Owen Pallett), and more. In addition to Mount Eerie's performance, main member Phil Elverum will also be showcasing his art book Dust. Tickets, full lineup and more info at the festival's website.
Mount Eerie's last release was 2013's Pre-Human Ideas, "computerized demonstration versions recorded Nowhere by Phil Elverum between 2011 and 2013, plus 2 excerpted organs from other songs recorded at the UNKNOWN in Anacortes, Wash." Stream that, with a video of him playing a couple favorites from The Microphones' classic The Glow Pt. 2, below...
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.
That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.
All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Mount Eerie at LPR in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
If you've been following along with Phil Elverum's Mount Eerie project, you probably know that he's released two albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, this year. But if you've felt like two albums in one year is a lot to digest in the ADD age, Phil has graciously released a 7" where side A is every song on Clear Moon being played simultaneously and side B is every song on Ocean Roar being played simultaneously. You can give a listen to the experiment below, and if you like (or can even make out) what you hear, you can order the 7" at the Mount Eerie webstore.
Mount Eerie is already starting to end up on some year-end lists this year (like MOJO) and it won't be surprising to see him on more as they come out.
As mentioned, he's got two NYC shows coming up this month which happen on Wednesday (11/28) at Le Poisson Rouge and Thursday (11/29) at NYU's Kimmel's Eisner and Lubin Auditorium. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now and admisison for the NYU show is free to NYU students and $3 to the general public. These are his only two announced US shows before he heads to Australia in February.
An updated list of dates and song streams are below.
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.
Mount Eerie at Le Poisson Rouge in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mount Eerie (aka Phil Elverum) is about to kick off a tour of Japan this week, and upon returning to the US, he'll play "2 full band shows out of nowhere in NYC" on November 28 at Le Poisson Rouge and November 29 at NYU's Kimmel's Eisner and Lubin Auditorium on the 4th floor (60 Washington Square South) with Heaven's Gate, These Days, and ADVAITA. No opener for the LPR show has been announced yet and tickets are on sale now. Admission for the NYU show is free to NYU students and $3 to the general public.
In late January, Mount Eerie will head to Australia (dates TBA), and then in February he'll do his first ever New Zealand tour. All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Mount Eerie at Le Poisson Rouge - 9/16/12
Phil Elverum's Mount Eerie project has two solid albums out this year (Clear Moon and Ocean Roar) and he's been supporting both of them on tour with guitar great Loren Connors. That tour came to NYC over the weekend for shows at 285 Kent (9/15) and Le Poisson Rouge (9/16). At LPR, Mount Eerie focused mainly on material from the two new full lengths, but also reached back to his Eleven Old Songs of Mount Eerie album for the song, "Who?," which Phil and his band followed with an impromptu "black metal version" of. For those wondering, no Microphones material was played (not that it took away from his otherwise great set). If you missed the show, did you stream it online?
The tour continues in Philly tonight (9/17). More pictures and the setlist from the LPR show are below.
Mount Eerie at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Mount Eerie (aka Phil Elverum) already released the very solid Clear Moon LP this year, and he's set to follow that with his second album of 2012, Ocean Roar, which is due out on September 4 via his own P.W. Elverum and Sun label. You can stream two tracks from Clear Moon, "House Shape" and "Lone Bell," and a clip of "Pale Lights" from Ocean Roar below, along with the latter's cover art and tracklist.
Mount Eerie will be heading out on an extensive tour later this summer and into fall which hits NYC on September 15 at 285 Kent and September 16 at Le Poisson Rouge with Loren Connors. Both of those shows, and most of the others on the tour are all ages. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, streams, cover art and tracklist are below.
BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...
Earth @ Inferno 2012
I stepped into the elevator at 2AM and almost slipped. Blood was all over the tile. It's hard to know what the source is when you're dealing with raging metalheads... costume? Drunken stumble? I'm back in Oslo at the heart of the Inferno Festival (at the Clarion Royal Christiana) which features some heavy hitters in the world of metal; the possibilities are endless.
Inferno Festival is in its eleventh year and features mostly Scandinavian artists with some touring bands. This year's fest features appearances from Autopsy, Borknagar, Arcturus, Agalloch, Velnias, Church of Misery, Anaal Nathrakh, and many more over four days at multiple venues. The first night (last night, 4/4) is "club night" where smaller bands play across a litany of small stages. The rest of the shows happen at John Dee and Rockefeller, a pair of stages that are connected by a stairway.
Last night started at Victoria, a jazz club decorated with the standard issue acoutrements: a mirrored bar with wood and glass, brass railings from floor to ceiling, and tons of tufted burgundy leather couches. The center of the room was a 200 capacity floor space (that usually houses tables and chairs), with the back wall housing stadium style seating and a pair of balconys above it all.
The show was a stop on the ongoing Earth/Mount Eerie/O Paon tour, a five week jaunt in Europe. The bands on this tour all specialize in darkly melodic tunes with clean guitar tones, so some might find their inclusion in Inferno Festival odd, but Earth has considerable metal pedigree and influence.
O Paon started the evening with her one-woman show. French is the primary tongue for Geneviève Castrée, whose compositions use looped vocals and guitar. Her performance was moving, with some of the songs being completely spontaneous despite the fact that she was fighting a cold.
"Sorry this is our 35th show and sometimes I like to get weird," she said after performing a short interlude with multiple interlocked vocal harmonies. One person's scratchpad is another's gold mine, I guess.
Mount Eerie followed O Paon, featuring Phil Elverum performing solo with a looping pedal and twelve-string. Elverum's fantastic bright guitar tone was the highlight of his outstanding set, which was comprised entirely of new material due on a pair of records coming in May and October. Some of the new material seemed to be in sketchbook form, others sounded like they were cut from the same reverby cloth as the black-metal influenced Wind's Poem, but there was definitely a song or two that sounded like the time on the road with Dylan Carlson had made its mark.
The room was full by the time Earth took the stage, mixed with Inferno festival-goers and indie folk alike. Earth was a four-piece in Oslo that night with a cello to add droney mid-tones in between Carlson's bright Telecaster and the basslines. As usual, Earth was somber, powerful and stunning.
After Earth, I made a pit stop to catch a bit of DJ Nocturno Culto's set before heading to see Solstorm at Rock In. Solstorm mixed elements of Isis-style post-metal with doom and a heavier post-rock influence, and unfortunately, a bit of uncontrollable noise. Despite the band's roots in the noise scene, they couldn't seem to control the waves of noise. Noise music to me is the art of controlling noise and feedback, but Solstorm's seemingl-random ear-piercing squeals didn't do anything but distract from their set.
More pictures from the first night, below...
Earth at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Greg Cristman)
Pitchfork is currently streaming the new Earth album Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II in its entirety. The LP is a follow-up to the first Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light LP which reared its head early last year. Stream it in full below and head to Southern Lord to order your copy before the release date on February 14th.
In related news, Dylan Carlson of Earth is currently trying to raise money for his solo project.
Earth will hit the road for a string of European dates with Mount Eerie and Ô Paon though no US dates, outside of a record release party in Seattle, have surfaced just yet. Full tour schedule and the LP stream are below.
As previously mentioned, Mount Eerie arrives back in NYC this week. Tonight's show is at 285 Kent and looks like this:
Wednesday September 21st @ 285 KENT AVEBuy your tickets at the door. Get there early to see psychedelic legend Ed Askew.
:: Mount Eerie
:::: Nicholas Krgovich
:::::: Ed Askew Band
| 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $12 | all ages
Tickets went on on various presales for My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses today.
Javelin at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Chris La Putt)
We recently mentioned that Mount Eerie will play September 26 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). He's since announced a Brooklyn show happening a few days earlier on September 21 at 285 Kent Ave. Still no full tour announcement.
Javelin will also play 285 Kent, but on September 17, after finishing up a short West Coast tour in August with Hollagramz and Pictureplane, whose Brooklyn show with Teengirl Fantasy and Gatekeeper was just moved to 285 Kent.
The Javelin/Pictureplane/Hollagramz West Coast tour intersects with the previously announced Tri Angle tour on August 16 at Echoplex in LA. That tour was scheduled to have Holy Other, oOoOO and Tri Angle DJs, though due to health issues Holy Other has had to cancel his US shows, Mercury Lounge and PS1 included. A message on Tri Angle's site reads:
"We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but regretfully it's our job to announce that Holy Other has had to cancel all of his upcoming US dates due to ill health. Holy Other is still planning on playing shows in the US in the foreseeable future, but circumstance has unfortunately made it impossible for Holy Other to fulfill the shows he had scheduled for July / August. Consequently Tri Angle DJs have also had to pull out from the forthcoming shows. oOoOO will still be playing, and a suitable replacement support act is currently being figured out. We hope you understand. Thanks."oOoOO plays NYC (without Holy Other) on August 11 at Mercury Lounge and August 13 at PS1 with Tri Angle labelmates Clams Casino, Ayshay, and Water Borders. Tickets for the Mercury show are still on sale and advanced tickets for the PS1 show are available at locations listed below.
All dates below...
What The Heck Fest is taking place this weekend in Anacortes, WA from July 15-17. Bands playing include Mount Eerie, Earth, Liturgy, and many others. 3-Day passes are sold out but partial passes are still on sale. Full lineup below.
Mount Eerie (aka Phil Elverum and whoever he has playing with him at the moment) also has a few other shows coming up in the next few months. In September, like Guided By Voices, he'll play Hopscotch Fest. he plays a NYC show shortly after that on September 26 at Le Poisson Rouge. The LPR show and What The Heck Fest are both with Nicholas Krgovich (of No Kids), who played with Phil at Northside. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
All (three) tour dates and What The Heck Fest lineup below...
Twin Sister @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The last two nights of Northside were decent, if not a bit predictable. Though I was curious about Kelly Pratt (Arcade Fire/Beirut)'s new band Bright Moments (they played their first show at the Luaka Bop showcase), I decided to play it safe on Saturday night and headed over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg where I was familiar with the last three artists on the bill.
Somehow, the venue was actually running ahead of schedule, leaving me with only one song from the peppy Brooklyn collective Ava Luna. Luckily, I got my fix of group vocals from the next band, London's Allo Darlin'. The mood in the room (both on stage and off) was lively. As if attempting to match the vibrant performance, a number of people near the front of the floor danced enthusiastically (or rather, jumped up and down) for the entirety of the set. The band dedicated one song to Clarence Clemons who passed away earlier that night.
Twin Sister rounded out the evening. With vocalist Andrea Estella's shifting persona, you never really know what you're going to get. This time, Estella was decked out in a long white wig, oversized glasses (sans lenses), and a demure white button-up blouse, complete with matching bowtie. Whether the changing aesthetic is driven by a shyness or confidence is unclear, but it seems to be in keeping with her dramatic and affected vocals.
Toward the mid-section of their set, Twin Sister showcased a handful of songs from their upcoming album, due out in September on Domino. With the combination of charming low-key songs and funkier electro-pop songs, like the new single "Bad Street," the Brooklyn group can sometimes feel a bit schizophrenic to me, but they handled the shifting tempos in their set like pros. After a few punchier songs, nearly everyone in the band cleared the stage save for Eric Cardona and Estella, who stayed on to play a couple of their quieter and more intimate songs, including the lovely "Nectarine" and one from their upcoming album. Far from making the audience lose interest, these were the portions of the show that seemed to garner the most applause.
Mount Eerie @ St. Cecilia's Church (this photo by Michael Barron)
After a string of nights traipsing between venues and navigating the particularly unkind MTA service changes, Northside concluded where it began for me - in St. Cecilia's Church.
Though it was definitely Mount Eerie that sold me on the show, one of the biggest surprises of the long weekend was the first opener, Wyrd Visions. The set-up was simple - just a guy and his guitar, but within seconds of starting to play, the crowd was locked in a silent reverence.
With his hair slicked back and white collar shirt, Colin Bergh serenaded crowd with his long, melodious instrumental interludes and soothing vocals. Though I had never heard his music before, it somehow seemed both comfortingly familiar and organic. What better opener for Mount Eerie than a man who sings of things like ghosts and nature? The setting of the church only added to Bergh's stark mystique.
Up next was Nicholas Krgovich who played his own set before joining Phil Elverum for the main act. In his SADE t-shirt, Krgovich paced around the small space, clutching two mics and singing over samples of sultry saxes and hip hop beats. After a few songs, he was joined by Katie Eastburn who lent her vocal talents for a handful of songs, including a cover of the Prefab Sprout song, "Doo Wop in Harlem."
By the time Mount Eerie began, the church had filled out nicely. As a longtime Phil Elverum fan, I was eager to learn what had made the set list, but from a brief conversation with Elverum before the show, I knew not to expect anything too old. The show began and ended with songs from the darker and heavier album Wind's Poem ("Wind Speaks" and "Stone's Ode," respectively). Sandwiched in the middle were even newer songs that Elverum told me hadn't yet been recorded.
Even though he didn't delve too far back into the discography, I was still on the edge of my seat for every song... and yes, a bit heart broken that there was no encore. Whether a product of my ever diminishing attention span or the quickly changing music scene, much of what I listen to has a pitifully short shelf life. Elverum's music is one of the only things that I've held onto year after year, even as he turned in his hushed, lo-fi recordings and ventured into more metal territory. In stark contrast to the "ironic" bullshit that seems to drive some of today's trends, there is something in Elverum's steady voice and calm, down-to-earth demeanor that deeply resonates with me and reminds me why I fell in love with music in the first place.
My only gripe of the evening (apart from the brevity of Elverum's set, of course) is that I didn't have enough money to purchase both The Glow, pt. 2 on vinyl and some music from Wyrd Visions.
In their own words:
Northside Festival is thrilled to announce special series of shows in beautiful St. Cecilia's church in Greenpoint.And the shows are:
St. Cecilia's is one of the most beautiful and vital churches in Brooklyn. We are excited to be working with this community institution and proud to say that St. Cecilia's will be an important part of Northside.
There will be four shows taking place at the most spectacular venue imaginable.
Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum @ Market Hotel...
The haunting, cryptic grind of Malkuth and the high-intensity shriek of Liturgy (in full corpsepaint) were quite the introduction for Mount Eerie's headlining set at Market Hotel on Halloween. The latest opus from Mt. Eerie (aka Phil Elverum), Wind's Poem, is a metal-inspired noise odyssey that manages to expertly pair brutal passages of distortion with ethereal lyrics and tender interludes usually found in his acoustic work. The somewhat rare occurrence of Phil's full-band tour, armed with the abrasive new album, was the obvious impetus for the creative holiday-night booking. Mount Eerie's live set, with Elverum backed by No Kids' Nick and Julia on synths and two drummers (one of which manned a massive gong), did not disappoint with its dynamic range - guitars blasted and died alongside Phil's whispered words.
No Kids, the quiet, restrained indie pop trio responsible for 2008's excellent Come Into My House, must have felt a bit out of place in the opening Halloween-night spot, but it was a different scene the following night at (Le) Poisson Rouge (I showed up too late to see them on Halloween so I stopped by the next night at LPR). At that show, the band followed classical pianist Dina Pruzhansky, whose opening set included selections from Debussy and Schumann. Welcoming the diversity, singer and songwriter Nick Krgovich played all his synth parts on the club's grand piano. Phil Elverum has been playing drums with the group all tour (drummer Justin Kellam has been living in Berlin) . His casual, sound-sensitive approach to the kit is rooted in his production style - subtle and unafraid of the occasional slip.
No Kids played a set of all new songs written for a forthcoming LP expected in fall 2010 (no word if they played the supremely excellent "For Halloween" on the night itself). The tunes dealt in Tin Pan Alley melodies (aided by the piano for synth substitution) and lyrics that painted a Hopperesque picture of isolation (and focused on Hollywood in specific terms). The crowd sat, still in a haze from Halloween, and soaked in the restrained songs.
I didn't see Tara Jane O'Neil's set either night. I don't believe she played at Market Hotel, but she was definitely set up to go at LPR. The Mount Eerie/No Kids/TJO tour continues through November 8th. Dates and more pictures from both shows are below...
King Khan & the Shrines @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
The Almighty Defenders CD, out September 22nd on Vice, brings together the Black Lips, King Khan and Mark Sultan. The latter two make up King Khan & the BBQ Show, which is the band that'll be playing Brooklyn's Bell House this Halloween (its an early show - 7:30pm doors / over by 10:30pm) (there's a TBA late show at the same venue). Prizes for best costume. As you can see above, King Khan already has some ideas in mind. Tickets are on sale now.
Can't make it Halloween? King Khan and BBQ are also playing Bowery Ballroom one night earlier (10/30). Ticket info TBA. Full tour dates are still forthcoming, but there are a few more below (including November 1st in Philly). They'll be touring in support of the new King Khan & the BBQ Show album, Invisible Girl, out November 3rd on In the Red.
Another Halloween NYC gig happening in Brooklyn is the Mount Eerie metal show at the Market Hotel. His tourmates, No Kids and Tara Jane O'Neil, will also be his backing band for a set that promises "2 drummers, some gongs and a wall of amps." Liturgy is one of the bands on the bill. Another will be Malkuth. That tour formerly had a TBA for another NYC show. That will happen (with No Kids & TJO playing sets too) on Sunday, November 1st at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that Manhattan show (which does not include Liturgy or Malkuth) are on sale (Market Hotel doesn't have advanced tickets).
The LPR show is put on by Wordless Music, who has a bunch of big shows coming up (not the least Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail on Saturday). There's also Warp20NYC, the Wordless series at Columbia's Miller Theatre, Deefhoof and Why?.
The Market Hotel show is curated by Brandon Stosuy - music writer and organizer of Show No Mercy (that Black Bubblegum co-curated this past Sunday). Tonight (August 5th) Brandon will be be presenting from his "in-progress oral history of American black metal [briefly excerpted at Believer] joined by Matt Luem for "Joe's Pub's Happy Ending Reading & Music Series. Also at the event will be "Rachel Cohen reading from her book A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists. And Lawrence Weschler reading from his work on the visual artists David Hockney and Robert Irwin. And Colin Stetson delivering an opening invocation on saxophone. And Buke & Gass playing a short set of clear voiced yet fuzzed out pop experiments on homemade instruments." Tickets are still on sale.
Videos, new KK&BBQ album tracklist and tour dates from King Khan & the BBQ Show, below...