Entries tagged with: Mount Moriah

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Stephin Merritt

The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:

This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.

This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.

Tickets at BAM's website.

Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:

Continue reading "2nd 'This American Life' BAM show added (Stephin Merritt included) ++ Merge25 Fest updates (Duke University shows)"

Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Teenage Fanclub

As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.

That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.

Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.

Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...

Continue reading "Merge 25 fest full lineup: Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, Imperial Teen & more added"

Forecastle

Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Forecastle 2014 lineup (Outkast, Jack White, Beck, Slint, The Replacements, Spoon, tUnE-yArDs, Against Me! & more)"

Merge 25

Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and they are planning a year-long celebration the culmination of which will be the Merge Festival which will happen July 23-26 in the label's hometown of Carrboro, NC. Line-up, tickets and other interesting details like those are still TBA, but you can watch a couple teaser videos below. (This will probably be one festival Outkast won't be at, but you never know!) They last celebrated back in 2009 with XX Merge.

Additionally, you can subscribe to Merge's "Or Thousands of Prizes" singles club where you get a new 7" on colored vinyl every month featuring 25 of the label's artists, including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more. Subscribers will also get a collector's box, t-shirt, a surprise bonus 12" single, new E-book version of The Merge Records Companion and first crack at Merge Fest tickets. You can still buy in.

There's also a Merge 25k road race on March 22 which runs from Chapel Hill to Durham and more fun stuff to be announced. They gave their website a nice redesign too. Looking good at a quarter century, Merge!

Merge Fest teaser videos below...

Continue reading "Merge Records celebrating 25th Anniversary with festival, singles club & more"

Sallie Ford @ River Rocks, 7/11/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sallie Ford

Portland, OR's Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside were just in NYC, having played River Rocks with Generationals and Waxahatchee. Sallie is continuing to tour for this year's Untamed Beast, and will be back on the East Coast in November for a short string of dates with Mount Moriah (whose new album is out now on Merge). Those dates include a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on 11/2. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale starting today (7/24) at noon and go on sale to the general public Friday (7/26) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the video for Sallie's new single "They Told Me," below...

Continue reading "Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside touring with Mount Moriah"

Jenks Miller

What does it mean when a predominantly solo artist goes solo? For Jenks Miller (also a member of Mount Moriah), it means he's using his given name instead of Horseback for his latest release, Spirit Signal. The new LP, due on September 3 via Northern Spy, delves into drone, ambient and experimentalism across its six tracks, the title track of which is streaming below. Preorder your copy.

Miller has only a pair of tour dates scheduled as himself, including Hopscotch alongside Sal Mineo and others, and Stella Natura. All dates are listed, along with that stream, below.

Continue reading "Jenks Miller (Mount Moriah / Horseback) readies solo album (stream a track)"

photos by David Andrako

Mount Moriah @ Mercury Lounge 3/25/2013
Mount Moriah

North Carolina's Mount Moriah released their lovely new album, Miracle Temple, back in February on Merge, their first for the label. (You can stream the whole thing over at Merge.) The band's current tour hit NYC last night (3/25) for a show at Mercury Lounge with Blessed Feathers and pictures from that show are in this post. If you went last night, what did you think of the show?

The band just expanded their tour and while, no new NYC shows have been added, all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Mount Moriah played Mercury Lounge w/ Blessed Feathers (pics), expand tour (updated dates)"

Jenks Miller with Horseback, March 2011 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Horseback

Mount Moriah / Horseback mastermind Jenks Miller stopped in BV's virtual HQ to offer his thoughts on 2012, dropping off a thoughtful piece on Scott Walker, Swans, Bobby Womack, metal and a few stops in between. Check out Miller's thoughts on 2012 below.

Though Horseback currently has no plans for the road, Mount Moriah does, part of a tour in celebration of their new album for Merge. Look for the band to hit Mercury Lounge on March 25 (tickets).

Jenks Miller's thoughts on 2012, as well as some streaming audio and video, below...

Continue reading "Jenks Miller (Mount Moriah / Horseback) looks back on 2012"

Mount Moriah at CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Moutn Moriah

Mount Moriah have released the first song from their second album for Merge, Miracle Temple. Stream "Younger Days" from said release below and look for the album in February.

Shortly after Miracle Temple hits, Mount Moriah will embark on a short co-headlining tour with Blessed Feathers that will include stops at SXSW 2013 and points in the Northeast. Look for the NC band to hit NYC on March 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on AMEX presale on Wed 12/12 at noon, with regular sale hitting on Friday (12/14) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below, alongside that song stream.

Continue reading "Mount Moriah releasing new album in February, going on tour with Blessed Feathers (dates, stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Heliotropes / Mount Moriah @ Cake Shop - 10/18/12
Heliotropes
Mount Moriah

On Thursday (10/18) during CMJ, we stopped by the NYCTaper day party at Cake Shop to catch sets by BV faves Heliotropes, Merge signees Mount Moriah, and Port St. Willow.Pictures of those sets are in this post.

If you missed Mount Moriah, they'll be on tour in November, including a NYC stop at Union Pool on 11/11 and advance tickets are on sale now. All dates, with the rest of the pictures, below...

Continue reading "Heliotropes, Mount Moriah & Port St. Willow played Cake Shop; Mount Moriah touring in November (pics, dates)"

We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Ice and Fire

Nerds for Obama!

Neil Young , who is now on Twitter and recently played Central Park, thinks MP3s sound like shit and is creating a new 24-bit digital audio service called Pono that he says sounds better.

Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.

More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.

Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?

The Mountain Goats release Transcendental Youth via Merge today. Learn about the recording process in an interview at The Atlantic.

Merge also released the self-titled debut by Mount Moriah today. Mount Moriah is one of the many artists playing the Merge CMJ showcase this year.

Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.

We've got a new interview with Mister Lies over at bvChicago. Mister Lies makes his NYC live debut this week at Cameo.

Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.

Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.

Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.

In other getting paid news, the Spotify-esque web music provider Rdio will pay artists $10 per new subscriber.

Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.

LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.

more below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Nerds for Obama; Glenn Beck for Muse; Neil Young Vs. MP3s; Axl Rose, Mountain Goats, Tame Impala + more"

Reigning Sound

Merge Records have added two new artists to their roster: Memphis, TN's long-running garage greats Reigning Sound (previously on In the Red), and Lambchop guitarist William Tyler whose 2011 instrumental solo album, Behold the Spirit, was well-received (stream it at Spotify). Neither act have specific release news but look for albums from both in 2013.

Meanwhile both Tyler and Reigning Sound will be part of Merge Records' official CMJ showcase which will be at Mercury Lounge on October 18 with Telekenesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Mount Moriah and Superchunk frontman/label domo Mac McCaughan also on the bill. It's the first CMJ showcase Merge has had since 2008. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.

The only artist on the Merge CMJ showcase that has any other upcoming tour dates listed is Telekinesis, though none in NYC. Those are listed below.

Continue reading "Reigning Sound and William Tyler sign to Merge, playing label's CMJ showcase w/ Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger and more"

CMJ

The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2012 initial lineup announced"

by BBG

Horseback at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Horseback

Hot on the heels of their collaborative/split with Pyramids (out now via Hydra Head Records), Chapel Hill experimental crew Horseback are preparing to release a new 7" via Brutal Panda Records. The On the Eclipse 7" is currently up for preorder and due via the label in early April. Listen to the title track for the first time below, beside the cover art.

That 7-inch release is right around the corner, but we also have a new LP to get excited about...

Half Blood was self-recorded and produced by Jenks Miller at The Chateau in the band's hometown. Additional tracking was done at Arbor Ridge Studios and Track and Field Recording by Nick Petersen.

Half Blood... features stunning cover artwork from renowned Russian surrealist painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin. The material on Half Blood is an amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors.

Look for that in the coming months via Relapse Records.

That new song stream and others too, below.

Continue reading "Horseback announces the new On the Eclipse 7"; stream the title track (premiere)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Keep Me Waiting" (Hooray for Earth Remix) (MP3)

Cursive at BV-SXSW in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Curisve

Cursive will release their seventh full length album, I Am Gemini, on February 21 via Saddle Creek. The album was recorded with Matt Bayles, and according to a press release, tells the story of "Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good and one evil, their unexpected reunion in a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul, played out with a cast of supporting characters that includes a chorus of angels and devils, and twin sisters conjoined at the head." The press release also notes that it's the first album frontman Tim Kasher wrote with the complete story in mind, with the lyrics having been written in order from song 1 through song 13. The album artwork and tracklist is below.

Rolling Stone premiered an exclusive download for album track, "The Sun and Moon," yesterday (1/2). You can download it at RS's site and stream it below. Like the material on 2009's Mama, I'm Swollen, the song hearkens back to the riff heavy work of Cursive's earlier stuff, before they began experimenting with dynamic string and horn arrangements.

Cursive is going on tour in support of the new album in the upcoming months. They've already announced a run in February and March with Ume, Mount Moriah, and Virgin Islands. Now they've revealed a second run with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Conduits that includes NYC shows on April 3 and 4 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/4) at noon.

Speaking of Cymbals Eat Guitars, their song, "Keep Me Waiting," was just remixed by Hooray For Earth. Download that remix at the top of this post and stream it below.

All dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Cursive releasing new album, touring w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars & others (dates & new song stream)"

Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Paint it Black

Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...

Continue reading "The Year in Heavy 2011 according to artists & friends (part 2)"

Craig Finn, Tad Kubler & friends @ Bowery Electric last night
Replacements

Though Brian Fallon cancelled, there was still plenty of talent to go around at last night's 1st-of-three BrooklynVegan-sponsored Replacements tribute shows at Bowery Electric. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn & Tad Kubler performed a cover of "Within Your Reach" which you can watch below (courtesy of jukeboxgraduate) along with a video of the encore performance of "Bastards of Young" that had Craig Finn, Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles, Jesse Malin, Tommy Ramone and others all on stage together.

If you missed the show, you have two more chances to experience it tonight (11/17). The early show is sold out though, but tickets are still available for the late one. Tonight's guests will not include Craig, but you will get:

Alex Levy
Anthony D'Amato
Danny Sage (D Generation)
Dave Hause (The Loved Ones)
Don DiLego & Bree Sharp (Beautiful Small Machines)
Jesse Malin
John Eddie
John Gallagher (American Idiot)
Matt Pinfield (MTV's 120 Minutes)
Matt Sweeney
Nicole Atkins
Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror)
Ted Leo
Tommy Ramone
Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers)
& MORE
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Meanwhile Craig Finn has announced a solo tour in support of his upcoming album which he also posted a song from. No NYC dates for now, but you can see all the other dates, listen to his new song and watch the videos from the Replacements event, below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn covered the Replacements (video), posted a new song (stream), touring solo in February (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Rosebuds
The Rosebuds

AbsolutePunk: First of all, I'd like to say that I'm in awe of your commitment to your music and I find it extremely inspiring that you guys are still doing this despite the relationship being very different right now. So the obvious question is, how has the current state of the relationship affected you on a professional level?

Ivan Howardof of The Rosebuds: Actually not much has changed within the band on a professional level, we still make the decisions the same way and work on songs together the same way we always have.

Was it difficult going into the studio with songs that you had written specifically about each other and your relationship? What was it like hearing these songs for the first time? Was there ever any moment where you considered just scrapping everything/writing about something different?

Ivan: At first it seemed insurmountable because we didn't want to do anything too personal and it was a sensitive time. It was scary because things didn't happen in the writing phase at a pace that was as fast as they happened for our last records. It was just hard to start the conversation we needed to have. But the melodies were wholesome feeling and it made us feel safe to be honest in our lyrics, you know, with each other.

Kelly Crisp: The songs started behaving like a poetic conversation. Because we were working with elevated language or we knew the songs had to follow the theme laid out by the feeling in the melody, we were able to say things we needed to say and things we needed to hear the other person say. In beautiful ways that acknowledged loss and what we no longer have, but mostly, getting it done meant we were honoring what we still do have. Our creative connection is something I'm proud of us for protecting.

The Rosebuds performed material from their deeply personal new LP Loud Planes Fly Low at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/12) as part of their string of dates with tourmates Mount Moriah who split off after tonight and play Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday (10/14).

Mount Moriah's Brooklyn appearance is part of the Gay Ol Opry, "a queer country music extravaganza". The show will also welcome appearances from Viva, Karen & the Sorrows, and Juan & the Pines, alongside an all Dolly Parton raffle, bakesale to benefit the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and more. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom last night and tour dates are below....

Continue reading "The Rosebuds played Bowery Ballroom w/ Mount Moriah (who play Southpaw Friday) -- pics"

by BBG

Horseback at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Horseback

Ok we lied about the trifecta. Here's the fourth post in a row related to Bon Iver & Gayngs (the others are HERE, HERE and HERE).

Fans of the dark arts might do a double take on Mount Moriah when they hit the road for a string of dates with fellow NC'ers The Rosebuds. That's because guitarist/evil genius Jenks Miller of Horseback is behind the six-string of this alt-country/americana band, playing tunes that definitely do not resemble his other personae. Nevertheless, the band which features the heartfelt vocals of Bellafea's Heather McEntire, cranks out tuneful and gorgeous melodies on their self-titled LP out now via Holiday For Quince. Look for guest appearances from members of Megafaun, Gayngs, St. Vincent, Bowerbirds, Dean & Britta, and many others on this Brian Paulson (Beck, Wilco) produced LP which is streaming below.

Mount Moriah's tour hits NYC twice, first on 10/12 at Bowery Ballroom as part of their string of dates with The Rosebuds and again at Southpaw on 10/14. Tickets for Bowery Ballroom are still available (no tickets or even a listing for Southpaw yet). All dates are listed below.

Oh and speaking of Megafaun, don't forget they have a new album out and dates coming up too.

Stream all of Mount Moriah's self-titled LP, alongside all tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Mount Moriah (Jenks Miller, Heather McEntire & guests) released an LP (stream), touring w/ the Rosebuds (dates)"

Hopscotch 2011

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.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Fest returns to Raleigh (2011 lineup announced), Sharon Van Etten officially added to Northside Fest"