Entries tagged with: Mr Dream
by Andrew Sacher
Boston's Kal Marks (originally the solo project of Carl Shane and now a trio) are set to release their first full length album as this lineup, and first recorded in a real studio, Life Is Murder, on September 17 via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf. They come from a scene of other young raging rock bands (like Pile and Speedy Ortiz), and like those bands, Kal Marks get loud. But they're also part of a long lineage of indie rock bands with weird-voiced singers that spans from bands like Modest Mouse or Wolf Parade to more recent things like Alt-J. Ever wondered what Titus Andronicus might have sounded like if Patrick Stickles was more into Isaac Brock and less into Conor Oberst? Kal Marks could be your answer.
Though we'll have to wait until September for the whole album, the band did just release its title track, which features guest vocals from Jonah Furman, frontman of likeminded band Krill, whose new album, Lucky Leaves, will probably be falling into the hands (or has already) of some of the same people who dig Life Is Murder. Check that song out, along with the album artwork, below.
Kal Marks will be going on a short Northeast tour with Chandeliers in the beginning of August. That tour includes NYC-area dates happening in New Brunswick on August 2 at Cooler Ranch with New Brunswick's Evil Weevil-signed post-punks Ex Wife and Wild Rice, and in Brooklyn on August 4 at Shea Stadium with Ovlov and Mr. Dream. Show flyer for the Shea show below.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and flyer, below...
photos by Jonathan Bernstein
Beach Fossils @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/23/2013
"Clash the Truth" came out only four days prior to the show, yet the lyrics were ingrained in the crowd's minds. In acknowledgment of the leak, Payseur jokingly remarked that he too heard the album before it came out.Beach Fossils played a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (2/23), a record release show for the band's second album, Clash the Truth, which support from The Sleepies and Mr. Dream. If you went, how does Beach Fossils line-up compare to the old one with Cole from DIIV?
The show continued in the same vein, equal parts mosh pit and pleasant crowd work. When the encore came, the band played its most low-key song to date, "Sleep Apnea," during which drummer Tommy Lucas surprised the audience by stepping away from the drums and pulling out an alto saxophone for a solo. It was an incredible ten minutes that pulled the audience into a dreamlike trance that sobered them after 45 minutes of pulsating indie rock.
The band quickly fell back into its energetic swing, finishing the concert with "Daydream." Payseur instructed the crowd to freak out, and the audience zealously obliged, ending a thoroughly entertaining night. - [NYU News]
If you missed the Bowery show, Beach Fossils next NYC show is at 285 Kent on Sunday (3/3) with Chris Cohen, Divorce Money and LODRO. It's being billed as the Brooklyn record release show and tickets are still available. More photos from Bowery are below.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.
Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.
Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.
Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:
8:45 GO GO's$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:
Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies$5 with costume, $7 without.
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,
Heliotropes at 480 Pixels party in August, one of many bands who had shows at Delinquency this week, (more by Chris La Putt)
To all Delinquency family, friends, performers, and promoters: We regret to inform that we have been forced to close temporarily and relocate all CMJ shows:(((( Please stay tuned for new show locations. We are supper bummed but will be back in a few weeks to continue spreading the loving party vibes and good times we have all shared this amazing summer. - [Delinquency Facebook]As mentioned above, Bushwick venue Delinquency got shut down and will be closed for the time being, meaning all their CMJ shows are finding new homes. So far:
Tonight's Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Yvette, Alan Watts and Fasano show has been moved to XPO 929 (more info here).
Tuesday's Permanent Wave/Greenpointers Blog/Campers' Rule Records showcase (10/16) with Heliotropes, Leda, Beach Day, Backwords, The Suzan and Easy Lover has been relocated to Public Assembly.
Wednesday's We Listen for You / The Needle Drop / Beats Per Minute day party (10/17) with Dent May, Mac Demarco, Teen Suicide, Poor Lily, The Deloreans, Attic and Abasement has also been moved to Public Assembly
No word yet on where Wednesday night's Mobil party (10/17 with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde + more) will end up, or Bird Dog day party on Thursday (10/18 with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe, Fegrus and Geronimo, Murals and more), or the Old Flame Records / Heist or Hit Record day party on Friday (10/19 w/ Caged Animals, Your Youth, Gross Relations and more) but Delinquency has been posting updates on their Facebook.
Big Freedia at Santos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Big Freedia has been on a tour that was supposed to come to NYC for a Rocks Off cruise in late August, but that show was cancelled due to weather. She's since announced that she'll return to NYC for a show on Halloween (10/31) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are available.
The Big Freedia show is one of many Halloween options in NYC, many of which we've already told you about (like Dita Von Teese who we also mentioned today). Some others that we haven't include the Halloween covers show at Death by Audio with Sleepies (as the Pixies), Mr. Dream (as ?), Acid Problem (as the Ramones), Heaven's Gate (as Joy Division), and more TBA; and the 'Monster Mash 7 Halloween Party' at Glasslands, which is being presented by New York Night Train (Jonathan Toubin's NYC dance party) and Alana Amram with DJ Naughty Panther. According to the event page, the "musical guests" are "Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Abba, 60s Girl Group, 90s Medley, The Cramps, New Order, and more." Tickets for that show are available. Any other good ones that we missed?
A list of all Big Freedia dates is below...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Andrew Sacher
Tim Harrington @ Death by Audio 3/31/2012
All ages Williamsburg venue Death by Audio celebrated its fifth anniversary last month with sets by Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav, playing solo), Free Paint (Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Flying's Sara Magenheimer), Grooms, and Neckbeard Telecaster. Check out more pictures from the anniversary party below. Meanwhile, they have a number of solid upcoming shows this month and next, which are highlighted in this post.
This Wedneday (4/18), Brooklyn's Hunters will play the venue. We profiled them when they toured with The Kills and Jeff the Brotherhood, after releasing a James Iha-produced, Nick Zinner-mixed EP, which you can stream/purchase at bandcamp. The bill also includes Oakland bands Sister Fucker and Generation, and Brooklyn-via Oakland band Buddy Bag.
Parts & Labor (who are on hiatus) member Dan Friel plays the venue on April 25 and again on May 2. The 5/2 show is with ex-Parts & Labor member Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller, who can also be found at Glasslands on Thursday (4/19) with Lotus Plaza and Disappears (tickets). Dan Friel also plays The Stone on May 4 at 8 PM before Bunnybrains plays at 10 PM. All Dan Friel dates are listed below.
The next night, May 12, pg.99 offshoot Pygmy Lush, who opens for Young Widows at Saint Vitus on 4/23, plays with PC Worship, Horse Lords, and Spa Castles. You can catch PC Worship at DBA again on May 25 with Psychic Ills and Ex Cops.
Toronto garage punks Teenanger, who will be in the Northeast US to open for Ty Segall and White Fence in Philly (5/18), will stick around to play Death by Audio in Brooklyn one day later (5/19) with Family Curse.
More pics and dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Cloud Nothings are releasing their sophomore album, Attack On Memory, on January 24 via Carpark and playing a NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall two days later (1/26) before heading out on a full tour in support of the album. Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into the Gospel open the Studio show and most of the rest of the tour includes dates with A Classic Education and Mr. Dream. Tickets for the Studio at Webster Hall show are still available.
Less than a minute into desolate album opener "No Future/No Past" (download above) it's clear that Cloud Nothings are miles beyond the Wavves-y pop punk of their self titled debut. And while I was not a huge fan of that debut, Attack On Memory is immediately winning me over. There's a real '90s Seattle/Sub Pop vibe with frontman Dylan Baldi embracing the lengthy moans of Sunny Day Real Estate's Jeremy Enigk and the pack-a-day grit of Kurt Cobain on In Utero (which, like this album, had Steve Albini behind the boards). Albini's overexposed production lets you lean in so closely to Dylan's screams that you can feel the pain his throat must have been going through while recording. But while his production is an essential part of this record's sound, Albini doesn't deserve all the credit. Cloud Nothings are truly a different band than they were a year ago. The second track, "Wasted Days," is bridged by a long instrumental passage until Dylan brings in the most blood-spitting screams on the album. The album does still have its poppier moments ("Fall In," "Cut You," "Stay Useless," the latter of which you can download above) but they're delivered with far more confidence and grit than anything the band have put out before. "Separation" is an entirely instrumental track, transitioning ferocious guitar-driven passages in a Sonic Youth type fashion, and even diving into some scrapey SY-type riffs. That track is followed with the album's last moment of pure dirtiness with "No Sentiment," which has enough Dave Grohl-like drum fills to pass as an In Utero b-side.
You can preorder the album from Insound and get a free exclusive poster (pictured below) while supplies last.
"No Future/No Past" and "Stay Useless" can be downloaded above and streamed below, along with all dates and poster...
photos by Tim Griffin
Cloud Nothings @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
After a stop in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest (new pictures in this post), Cloud Nothings toured to Brooklyn to play a show at Glasslands last weekend (11/12). How was that show? If you missed it, the band will be back soon. Catch them on January 26th at The Studio at Webster Hall with Reading Rainbow and more TBA. Tickets go on sale at 10:20AM on 11/19.
That's a one-off show, but the band will head out on a big tour soon too. That tour runs from February through the first week of April and alternates between A Classic Education and Mr. Dream as support. There's no NYC date announced as part of that yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if at least one gets announced shortly after that 1/26 date (one at Mercury Lounge maybe even). All confirmed dates are listed below.
Cloud Nothings recently released a video teaser and a new track from their forthcoming LP Attack On Memory. Check out the slow burner "No Future/No Past" from the Albini-produced effort below, and look for the LP via Car Park on January 24th (two days before the next NYC show). Car Park is also the label that is releasing a free Cloud Nothings Christmas song in December.
The new song, all tour dates, and more Fun Fun Fun Fest pictures are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - Dreamers (MP3)
It's been two years since Savoir Adore released their debut album In the Wooded Forrest. While they're busy finishing the follow-up, the band just released a new single on Neon Gold Records and you can download the track at the top of this post. "Dreamers" is high-fi, reaching-for-the-stars widescreen pop. You can dance to it too. Cover art below.
Meanwhile, Savoir Adore have four CMJ shows lined up: Thursday afternoon at Cake shop (10/20, 5PM FREE) for the NYC Taper party; Friday Night at Santos (10/21, 10:30PM, $10 w/o a badge) as part of the Neon Gold Showcase; Saturday afternoon at Bowery Electric (10/22, 5PM FREE w/ RSVP) and then Saturday night at Pianos upstairs (10:10PM, FREE). Flyers and lineups below.
The band also did a session for BlipTV, performing a new song "Loveliest Creature" which you can watch here.
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "I Let Love In" (Nick Cave Cover) (MP3)
Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Stereogum and PopGun are co-presenting a CMJ showcase with Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Mr. Dream, and Hollerado at Glasslands on October 18. Tickets are $15 with RSVP.
PopGun are also co-presenting the True Panther showcase at Glasslands, the Weird Vibes showcase at Cameo on October 20 with Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Headless Horseman, Pat Jordache and others, and the Yours Truly showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Active Child (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Born Gold, The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, Inc., and Ava Luna. PopGun also do their own showcase at Cameo on October 22 with Teen Daze, Art Vs. Science, and others. RSVP is open for all of the showcases.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, she's got other CMJ shows scheduled including Europa on October 19, the Life or Death CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on October 20, a Pendu/Impose showcase at 285 Kent on October 22, and more TBA. She also recently recorded a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "I Let Love In." You can download that cover at the top of this post. Chelsea and her band also recently performed for an I-N Session. Check out a video of that performance below. In December, she'll go on a North American tour with The Black Heart Procession, though that tour unfortunately does not include any East Coast dates.
All dates and video below...
"Patrick from Titus Andronicus just jumped into the crowd!
They are so good live." - Nikki S
"Eleanor Friedberger's solo stuff = awesome!
She's owning the 4Knots stage right now." - Anna Hyclak
"Oberhofer are clearly having a blast at #4knots ...
Fun day so far, especially when cloudy." - Bill
"Davilla 666 delivering good Stooges-punk buzz.
Crowd surfing spotted #4knots" - Jason Gross
"I don't know who Davila 666 are,
but they're burning it down at #4Knots." - Brendan HIlliard
The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival took place at South Street Seaport for most of the afternoon and early evening on Saturday (7/16).
Bands played on the usual Seaport outdoor stage while DJs were around the corner inside on Front Street (Dan Deacon and Yeasayer included). The festival was headlined by The Black Angels and Titus Andronicus and also included sets by Davilla 666 (pics HERE), Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), and Mr. Dream (but not Obits). 4Knots acted as the replacement for Siren Fest, which sadly is no longer happening in Coney Island. 4Knots' lineup wasn't quite as impressive as past Siren lineups which were spread over two much bigger stages, but the festival still left a pretty solid impact on the downtown Manhattan crowd.
Eleanor Friedberger (by Chris)
4Knots was Eleanor's first show since releasing her solo debut Last Summer on Merge last week. According to New Beats:
"Aside from carrying a sound that kind of reminds one of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, some of the songs also possess a groove feel, particularly the mid-tempo "Glitter Gold Year." In addition to performing a majority of Last Summer's songs, Friedberger also threw in a few Fiery Furnaces tunes, including "Lost At Sea" and the punkish, power pop "Tropical Iceland.""Catch Eleanor in NYC again when she opens for Deerhunter at Webster Hall.
The crowd was the biggest that Brooklyn's own Oberhofer has ever played to, according to Brad Oberhofer, and they seemed to make a bit of buzz while they were there.
"Oberhofer, yes. I'd forgotten how soft-loud-soft prog meets math they are, but so precise and vicious, and in the best way. Singer Brad Oberhofer, (once a lowly intern at Matador), is the amazing piece of gut-instinctual-movement-punk behind said band. While tuning, he mentions, "I'm not used to this, I'm used to luxury cars," and during the set, "This song is dedicated to my grandmother, and all your grandmothers and grandfathers too."---
He says the right things to a crowd, and he and the whole band plays right along, and thus, it's a captivating show. Just listen to "Away From You" or "I Can Go", or any other track and you'll be transfixed." [Sentimentalist]
Titus Andronicus (by Amanda)
Titus Andronicus went on before The Black Angels, though according to the Village Voice, the upbeat punk crowd were possibly anticipating Titus even more.
"This was a Titus crowd, but how could it not be? The pier we stood on stands less than an hour's drive from the town of Mahwah, where frontman Patrick Sickles sings of spending his senior year on "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future." And if that wasn't enough, Sickles recalled a few Siren Fest memories between songs. I'm sure a few super-loyal fans were even using the show as an opportunity to even out the sunburn that coated the left side of their bodies as they screamed along to the free show the band played at the Williamsburg Waterfront on the other side of the East River a few weeks ago."Black Angels pics HERE. More pictures and videos from the rest of the fest below...
by Bill Pearis
Archers of Loaf @ Sasquach 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
This weekend marks the return of '90s indie legends Archers of Loaf who play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/25, sold out) and Webster Hall on Sunday (6.26, you can still get tickets). Opening both shows are Mr. Dream which is as perfect an opener as you could imagine.
I didn't care for their later records (or Eric Bachman's Crooked Fingers) but Archers of Loaf's 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, is an indie rock classic that stands tall alongside No Pocky for Kitty, Slanted & Enchanted, There's Nothing Wrong with Love and Sebadoh III. 1995's Vee Vee is pretty awesome too, and both records are getting the expanded reissue treatment from Merge Records in August. You can download "What Did You Expect?" (a 1994 7"-only release) at the top of this post.
Speaking of Mr. Dream, despite the Voice saying that the lineup was final, they added Mr. Dream today to the upcoming 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport, and DJs and an indoor lounge too...
The Village Voice is excited to announce the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2PM till Midnight with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more.---
The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival with also include live music on South Street Seaport Pier 17 from 1-8pm. The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davila 666, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger and Mr. Dream and are all scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
When you think Manchester, England you may think Stone Roses and The Smiths, but in the case of Mazes, it's more Sebadoh and Soul Asylum. Not unlike Yuck, this trio owe lots to '90s indie rock as can be heard on their debut album A Thousand Heys which came out in April.
A Thousand Heys is full of catchy singalongs -- like their current single "Summer Hits" -- and well worth checking out. (Samples from the album are streaming at their label's website.) You can download a previously unreleased track, "Brunswick Stack," at the bottom of this post via a Soundcloud widget.
What else? Art Brut are on tour and played Maxwell's last night and will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (6/23). The band's new album, Brilliant! Tragic!, finds Eddie Argos taking it down a notch and almost singing. Almost. It's really more of a whispery type thing -- not unlike Jarvis Cocker -- and for the most part I think it works pretty well. I especially like the single, "Lost Weekend," which you can download at the top of this post. More than anything, I think the music is the best Art Brut have come up with since their debut. And the band remain a lot of fun to see live. Argos is the real deal.
Sic Alps roll through town on Friday, playing Death By Audio with Spectre Folk and Weekends. As previously reported, founding member Matt Hartman -- who was half the band originally -- has left the group which is kind of weird Mike Donovan is carrying on with the name with Eric Baur and some kid named Ty Segall (who had briefly joined the band a couple years ago). Shouldn't they be called Sic Andes or something now?
Granted, Mike Donovan did most of the singing (and maybe wrote most of the songs) and I'm gonna bet this new version of the band is pretty awesome. Sic Alps most recent album, Napa Asylum, is another smoldering, thick stew of swamp garage. A lot of bands use the low-fi thing as a crutch, but Sic Alps have always used sludge like it's a member of the band. A new 7", perhaps the first fruits of this new line-up, is out in August.
Fulton Stall Market in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
And finally, a little shameless plugging. Sunday afternoon, June 26th, is the first of my four Sound Bites Series shows which take place at the Fullton Stall Market down at South Street Seaport. You can get your vegetables and jingle jangle indiepop all in one place. This Sunday the latter is provided by scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride. The fun (which includes me DJing before the band) starts at 2PM, and it's all free. Do come down and say hi.
This is the full Sunday show lineup:
JUNE 26: MY TEENAGE STRIDEJuly 10th is also the first of six free shows at Beekman Beer Garden which is at South Street Seaport too. The free Friday Seaport shows begin this Friday, but more about that below.
JULY 3: THE HAIRS
JULY 10: pow wow!
JULY 17: HOSPITALITY
Some additional daily picks follow:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Black Dice's Eric Copeland, McDonalds and Regal Degal play Secret Project Robot. It's a record release party for both Copeland and McDonalds, so do check out the merch table. The Copeland record, Waco Taco Combo, is only a 500 copy pressing.
Dinosaur Jr. are at Terminal 5 performing their classic 1988 album Bug (that's the one with "Freak Scene") in its entirety. And probably some other songs as well. Many people will be going just to see Fucked Up, not to mention Off!.
Beach Fossils and Javelin play Santos Party House. It's a free show if you RSVP.
by Bill Pearis
It's year three of the Northside Festival, which for one weekend a year makes Williamsburg's music scene just a little crazier than it already is. This first night (tonight) is maybe the strongest overall, in that there are a lot of great showcases set up where -- if you don't have a badge -- you can stay put and get a quality night of music. Or if you do have a badge ($70 bucks, a good deal if you plan on going all four nights) -- some tough decisions. These are my personal picks, and not a comprehensive guide. Clearly lots more is going on (and even more shows that aren't part of Northside).
NYC Popfest has put together a really good show at Bruar Falls tonight featuring Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow, The Secret History and Seapony. I highly recommend all four bands, but do consider going early (8:30) for Seapony who are here from Seattle and should appeal to those who covet 7"s from Sarah and Creation Records. MP3s from Seapony and Eternal Summers are at the top of this post.
Over at Union Pool, Tiger Mountain booking (aka Skippy who books the Rock Shop) has a quality line-up of locals for ya. If you're looking for a great way to kick off your night, go here at 7:30 for Hospitality who make winsome but not unmuscular pop. Highly recommended. Later on in the evening is '90s indie rock loving Radical Dads whose great debut, Mega Rama, was released this week. (But not on vinyl...boo!). Pursesnatchers (Doug from Dirty on Purpose's band) finishes the night. Also playing: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Indian Rebound.
Meanwhile at Public Assembly the good folks of No Fun Productions, The Bunker and Wierd Records, have an evening of minimal synth, coldwave, industial and other dark arts planned. Performers include noise and sound artists Rene Hell and Carlos Giffoni; the ethereal, danceable sounds of Laurel Halo; synthpop traditionalists Xeno & Oaklander who make their music with seriously old-school sequencers and keyboards (patch bays are involved); and New Orleans' Kindest Lineswho make pop music that should appeal to fans of early New Order (and, yes, The Cure). There's also a host of acclaimed DJs spinning in-between sets.
Primo Chicago garage label HozAc Records is hosting the debauchery at Shea Stadium tonight, with Xray Eyeballs (who also play the Kanine show Friday at Knitting Factory), the K-Holes, Making Friendz and My Teenage Stride in there as well to pop things up a bit.
Again, just my picks. Do go see some music tonight!
photos by Josh Darr
"In many ways, Archers of Loaf are a lot like their Sasquatch billmates Guided By Voices: a canonical indie band long out of commission, whose hooky guitar rock has only grown more beloved in the years they've been away. Lead man Eric Bachmann has kept busy since the Archers hung it up in 1998, releasing records under his own name and as Crooked Fingers. But for fans who thought they'd never hear "Web In Front" live again, the band's current string of reunion dates is a welcome surprise." [listen at NPR]Archers of Loaf played Sasquatch on Sunday. Pictures are in this post. NPR has the stream. Their upcoming dates include LA shows on June 3rd & 4th with the Globes (who played Sasquatch Saturday), and NYC shows on June 25th & 26th with Mr. Dream. The Music Hall of Williamsburg show is sold out, but tickets are still on sale for Webster Hall. An updated set of tour dates, and more pics from Washington, below...
You could see glo-sticks being passed back among the crowd as LCD Soundsystem began their third straight night at Terminal 5, the hump day of their week-long career wind-down extravaganza. The moment set-opener "Dance Yourself Clean" goes from quiet to loud, someone near the stage flung about a hundred of those glo-sticks into the air, making for the first of many memorable moments of the night.
Despite having done this three-hour tour-de-force the last two nights, James Murphy and crew didn't show any signs of flagging. The eight or so musicians on stage -- not including female backup singers, male chorus and occasional horn sections -- seemed to be having a blast. As did the crowd that pretty much went mental for the entire first hour of the set, which included "Too Much Love" for the first time this week.
High point for me was watching the crowd react to "All My Friends." I was looking down from the third floor balcony and it was amazing to see so many people connect so deeply to it. That will definitely be one of my top concert moments of the year. I stayed against the balcony for the whole show (my first time at T5 if you can believe it) which I think probably made things more tolerable for me.
The bulked up band really made a difference, especially that male choir which includes members of the band Mr. Dream -- "Get Innocuous" and "Sound of Silver" sounded much fuller because of them. It was also nice to have Hot Chip's Al Doyle back, his presence was missed on last year's This Is Happening tour. He kept his shirt on tonight, but played guitar, vibes, timbales and even trumpet at one point.
The mid-section, an attempt to recreate the Nike-commissioned "45:33" was a bit hit or miss. Some parts were fleshed-out into more song-like structure, but without much singing it seemed like a good opportunity for the crowd (and band) to catch its breath.
For the third act, LCD Soundsystem got the crowd moving again with "Us Vs. Them" and kept the crowd bouncing through "North American Scum" and "You Wanted a Hit." With the pingpong bass of "Tribulations" the crowd surfing began, and then it turned into a pit for the thrashy "Movement."
There was also crowd favorite "Yeah" (it always kind of destroys), the throbbing "Someone Great," and LCD signature tune (and first single) "Losing My Edge" which seemed to take on extra meaning (and some new lyrics) in the hours before their retirement. Al Doyle also threw the keyboard hook from "Da Funk" into it at one point -- probably the closest we'll get to Daft Punk playing in LCD's house this week. (Though who knows what surprises are in store at MSG?) Also a treat: the band also threw in their cover of Harry Nilsson's "Jump into the Fire" in the encore, plopped in-between "All I Want" and "New York I Love You." Another highlight.
I don't know if he was saving his voice for singing, but James Murphy was rather unchatty between songs. Which is okay, the music spoke loud enough.
Shit Robot opened the show, and their set included LCD's Nancy Whang on vocals for "Take Em Up". They also later joined LCD on stage. Special guest Colin Stetson joined LCD on horns. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman played on some songs.
Only two more nights left for LCD's existence: tonight at Terminal 5 and then the big blowout Saturday at MSG. More pictures and video, and last night's setlist, after the jump.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Widowspeak - Harsh Realm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Warpath (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wise Blood - B.I.G. E.G.O. (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mr. Dream - Crime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Duzheknew - Came Out the Other Side (MP3)
We're 1700 miles and two weeks away from the eye of the storm, but you can feel the SXSW hurricane forming from here. People have begun talking about breakfast tacos and the clubs are filling with bands from Canada, Scandinavia and the UK. Even moreso than normal. There is too much going on. Decisions, decisions. Let's get into it.
Dirty Beaches play two shows this week: a headlining slot at Glasslands on Thursday (3/3) and then opening for Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/4). The pseudonym of Montreal artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, Dirty Beaches sound like a band invented by David Lynch (or maybe Jim Jarmusch), like a half-remembered dream infected by an oldies station playing on a vintage transistor radio. It also kind of sounds like Suicide. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming album, Badlands (out March 29 and pictured above), is at times pretty, twangy and vaguely sinister. He's definitely got a vision to what he's doing. Check out "Lord Knows Best" at the top of this post for a sample.
The Glasslands show also has Austinites (and TWII faves) YellowFever on the bill, as are Widowspeak whose new single is out now on Captured Tracks (the a-side is downloadable above), and Ela Orleans. Plus, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls is DJing. This should be a good night.
As should Dum Dum Girls' show on Friday. Their new EP, He Gets Me High, came out on Sub Pop this week and you can download the title track at the top of this post. I loved DDGs' debut, but I think these new tracks are a definite improvement: a little tougher, the production's better and the songs are solid. And I dig the Smiths cover as well.
Former Dum Dum Girls drummer Frankie Rose is also on the bill, and she has dropped The Outs from her name... and the band. This show will mark the debut of her new group and perhaps a new sound? We shall see. Frankie is promising mostly new songs for this one and I'm curious as to what Frankie Rose Mark 2 will be like.
Rounding out the Bowery line-up are MINKS. Tickets are still available.
Esben and the Witch
Also here this week are UK neogoths Esben & the Witch who play The Bell House on Friday (3/4) and then Mercury Lounge on Saturday (3/5). While I'm not crazy about their debut album, Violet Cries, which meanders a bit and generally takes too long to get going, I do recommend going to see them live. Guitarist Daniel Copeman rivals The Edge or Kevin Shields for the Most Effects Pedals award and the sounds he creates with them is genuinely mesmerising. He is also a whirlwind onstage. They are so much more compelling live, and worth giving a shot even if the record does nothing for you.
Opening the Mercury Lounge show is Wise Blood who has gotten a lot of love from Pitchfork, Altered Zones, GvB, etc. The alter-ego of Chris Laufman, Wise Blood is firmly in the low fi sample-based collage world. Some of it is pretty interesting for sure -- check out a track at the top of this post -- but I'm always a bit dubious about seeing this kind of stuff live. Maybe he'll pull it off. Maybe he'll be the next How to Dress Well. How was he last night at Glasslands with Young Magic? Wise Blood will also be at SXSW.
Representing Canada this week are Duzheknew and Cousins who play Bruar Falls on Sunday (3/6) and Death by Audio on Monday (3/7). Both bands hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia -- a town that hasn't had much of a scene (from what I can tell) since its '90s heyday of Sloan, Eric's Trip, Jale and Thrush Hermit. Duzheknew, from the tracks I've heard (like the one at the top of this post), sound somewhere between Wolf Parade (vocally), early Talking Heads and their hometown indie elder statesman. Cousins are a little more straight-up garage rock. Both sound pretty good.
And now onto some local action. Mr. Dream's debut album, Trash Hit, was released this week and will certainly appeal to those with a fondness for early '90s indie rock, be it Nirvana, The Pixies, Jesus Lizard, etc. Which is to say it's loud, it rocks, there is some yelling and snarling... but it's also got hooks, no shortage of tunes, and badass flinty basslines all over the place. You don't have to remember the early days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien to dig Mr. Dream. As far as I'm concerned this kind of stuff is timeless. You can download "Crimes" at the top of this post and stream the entire album via a widget below.
Mr Dream celebrate Trash Hit's release this Friday (3/4) at Glasslands, with Sleepies and Fort Lean (making their debut) along for the ride. I also hear Derek from Sleigh Bells will be performing as well, but not sure exactly in what capacity. Mr. Dream will tour with Sleigh Bells in April.
Another Record Release show is happening Friday night, this time at Cake Shop where Shark? celebrate the birth of their new 7" single "Kreegah." It's too bad Shark? and Mr. Dream couldn't have coordinated their parties together as Shark?'s straight-up, super-catchy indie rock would have made a great opening act. You can stream both sides of the single below. Personally, I'm partial to the b-side, "You Don't Love Me (Anymore)." Both songs will be on the band's debut album, True Waste, which was produced by Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone and should be out sometime soon?
Shark? hit the road next week, touring with the Sundelles on their way down to SXSW. Sundelles also have a show coming up at Glasslands with Cloud Nothing and Craft Spells. All tour dates are below.
And that is basically it for this week. Expect an equally-lengthy TWII next week. A few more day-by-day picks below:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Tennis, La Sera, and Holiday Shores team up for their first of two NYC shows together, tonight at Bowery Ballroom. They then play The Bell House on Thursday (3/3).
Norway's Heroes & Zeroes play Pianos tonight before heading to Alaska to play a string of gigs in Alaska, believe it or not. Tonight's show is an eclectic bill to say the least, with with French psycho noiserockers Headwar and Koonda Holaa adding to the strangeness.
DOWNLOAD: Sleigh Bells - "Tell Em" Diplo Remix (MP3)
Sleigh Bells in Philly (more by Chris Gersbeck)
The first 300 kids lined up down the street got in. An aside: the only "Skins"-like moment of the night were the high schoolers behind me doing coke while their girlfriends peed on the sidewalk an hour and a half into the two hour freezing cold wait.Gawker's review comes from the that Skins party (referred to as the "World's Biggest Eight Grade Dance") which featured Sleigh Bells as the headliner. Most people who RSVPed did not get in (the RSVP list reportedly was in the five figures). Some ended up in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.
If you got in you'd find yourself awash in day-glo, smoke machines and a strange party that was equal parts rave and small town carnival. There was a rave themed moon-bounce and blacklight-face-paint... neat... Think "dance party themed" Bar Mitzvah with a real big budget.
The cast of the show was there too, they'd come down from an upper level, no drinks in hand, answering the pressing question of the night--whether or not the underage cast would be seen partying. Perhaps they left their drinks upstairs.
The entertainment was decent, including Klever, Drop The Lime, and Kill The Noise. The DJs played throughout the night, hunched over laptops, cranking out house and dubstep. A break in the rave came around 12 when Sleigh Bells came on-stage to play possibly the loudest set the human ear can handle. -[Gawker]
If you were left out in the cold (literally) at the Skins launch party, don't fret. After Sleigh Bells return from a stint in Europe at the tail end of February, the duo will hit the US with CSS for a string of tour dates in early May that will include dates at Webster Hall on May 11th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 12th. Tickets for both shows (Webster Hall, MHoW) go on AMEX presale on 1/26 at noon and regular sale 48 hours later. Neon Indian will open the dates that CSS won't, and Mr. Dream is on board for a string of dates including Webster Hall (with CSS).
A recent update to Diplo's Mad Decent blog revealed quite a bit about what Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells (ex-Poison The Well) and Diplo have been up to:
"Derek from sleigh bellz and me have matching florida tattoos and we both are from shitty parts of broward county // & their last album was one of the sickest of '10 .. its soo sick, its gave me a stomach ache .. half lyrnyrd skinnard half bangladesh half man half alligator.. . me and derek and alexis are bros and sis for life. in fact i like sleigh bells so much .. me and switch was in studio in nyc tryin to make tracks with derek and beyonce last week after we played her team their album .. dunno if we gonna manage to finish but was good times." - DiploA few things we learn from the above paragraph: First of all, Diplo needs a proofreader (like we can talk) and second, keep your fingers crossed because a Beyonce/Diplo/Switch/Derek Miller collabo track could surface (sounds interesting). While we wait, check out another Derek Miller/Diplo creation - a remix for Sleigh Bells's "Tell Em" (the actual reason for Diplo's blog post) which is downloadable above and streaming below, along side all tour dates.
Stereogum listed the "40 Best New Bands of 2010". They have a lot more detail, but you can also check out their list, alphabetically, below...
by Bill Pearis
a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...
The Hundred in the Hands
The Northside Festival is back for a second year, and I really do think the roster of bands playing over the next four days is pretty impressive: here's bigger bands, more out of town bands, more bands in general. More than plenty of good -- great even -- options to justify the $50 badge. (Most of us spend $50 in four days here anyway.) The bulk of the venues are within walking distance of each other, so why not make good use of the badge and hop around as much as possible.
For opening night (tonight, Thursday, June 24th), if you had to stay in one place the whole night, it's hard to top the line-up at Knitting Factory with DOM, Cloud Nothings and Wavves. It's sold out for tickets, but you can still get in with your badge as capacity allows. Wavves new album, King of the Beach, is going to surprise people expecting Nathan Williams to do more of the same lo-fi haze -- it's a ridiculously catchy set of tunes that drops the sludge and scuzz of his first two releases. Cleveland's Cloud Nothings are good too, much more rockin' live than their recordings might suggest, with a real basher of a drummer. I've yet to see Dom live, maybe tonight's the night. Dom also plays our showcase at MHOW on Saturday night.
Former Bell House/Union Hall booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden (along with the Gothamist folks) has put together a solid schedule of local talent at Coco66, with '90s-loving Mr. Dream, plus Pacific Theater, The Forms, Caveman, Bird of Youth, Luke Folger.
Elsewhere: The Hundred in the Hands are at Warsaw (10PM), opening for Au Revoir Simone (who have a new remix album coming out). THitH's new EP, This Desert, will appeal to folks who liked the dancier side of '90s shoegaze (Curve specifically comes to mind).
Austin's YellowFever, in town for the Voxtrot farewell shows, play Union Pool at 10:45PM. If you've never seen them, please try and correct that. It's a solid show overall, with Air Waves, Aa, Coasting and PC Worship.
The full schedule is at Northside's site. More Northside suggestions as the weekend progresses. Stay tuned.
The Hundred In The Hands's new video for "Tom Tom" below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Braids - Lemonade (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: No Joy - No Joy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Psychobuildings - Birds of Prey (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: North Highlands - Sugar Lips (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Besnard Lakes - Albatross (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - May You Never (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cheap Time - Woodland Drive (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bad Sports -On Video (MP3)
Owen Pallett playing w/ the Luyas @ Webster Hall (more by Sarahana)
It's Memorial Day Weekend which used to mean, if you stayed in town, there was nothing to do except go see whatever piece of crap Hollywood was foisting upon us, hang out at backyard BBQs (not a bad thing at all), and enjoy a relatively emptied-out city. Not so much anymore. I mean, there's still Hollywood crap -- take your pick of sand-n-sandals epics SATC2 or Prince of Persia if you must -- but people stick around more, and there's clearly more options for the music fan. Lots of good stuff this weekend, most of which you can still get tickets.
Also: lots of Montreal action this weekend. Starting tonight (5/27) with an early show at Mercury Lounge with The Luyas and Braids. If you check in with BV fairly often you already know we're pretty big fans of the former. It took them a while to finally come play NYC but now that they have, they seem to be coming back weekly. It's not the most straightforward music, but there's a magical quality about The Luyas that worms its way under your skin.
Braids are doing a similar thing but with a different sonic palette, more electronic, more trancey. As I wrote before, I was impressed when I saw them on Tuesday at Knitting Factory. I wish they spent as much time on the songs as the soundscape-ish arrangements, but there's a lot of promise in their best songs (like "Lemonade" which you can download above) and they're definitely worth checking out. Like I said, it's an early show -- Luyas open at 7:30 -- which leaves most of your evening open. If you can't make it tonight, Braids also play Rooftop Films tomorrow, where they're paired with a collection of "Dark Toons," which sounds like a good match to me.
If you wanted to keep the MTL thing going after the early Luyas/Braids, you could then head over to Cameo Gallery to see No Joy who split their time between that city and Los Angeles. I don't know a whole lot about these two girls but I really dig the two songs that have been floating around which were produced by Think About Life/Miracle Fortress whiz kid Graham Van Pelt. I've seen some people call their sound shoegaze, but it's more in that Dinosaur Jr. kind of way than a Ride/Slowdive kind of way. Thick, sludgy and rockin'. Look out for an EP on Mexican Summer sometime soon. They played last night at Shea Stadium and apparently blew everyone's eardrums out. You are warned.
Also on this eclectic bill: the paranoid postpunk/electropop of Psychobuildings (check out "Birds of Prey" at the top of this post) who kind of remind me of The Pop Group; The Surprisers (another band featuring German Measles/Cause Co-motion/etc etc dudes); and the gentle orch-pop of North Highlands who I've written about before a few times.
And am writing about again right here. Shameless plug time. As you may have seen, I'm working with the Seaport Music folks to put on a series of lunchtime shows every Wednesday in June down at Pier 17 (the Seaport Stage). The shows are in conjunction with the Fulton Stall Markets, a farmers market in the old Fulton Fish Market stalls across the street from the Seaport. The market opens on Sunday and we're doing a kickoff show with North Highlands. I DJ at noon and then the band is on at 1PM. I'm super happy to have North Highlands play the first show, they were the first band I thought of for this, and think they're easily one of the most promising new bands in NYC. Anyway, come down if you can. The rest of the Sound Bites Lunchtime Series schedule (including The Beets, Ribbons and more) can be found here.
Besnard Lakes @ SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Okay, back to Montreal. Friday night (5/28) The Besnard Lakes are playing Bowery Ballroom with Land of Talk. People overuse the word "epic" but the Besnard Lakes make music that deserves that description. And epic doesn't necessarily mean "overblown." Take, for example, "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent" which opens their new album Are the Roaring Night. It's an amazing slow build that explodes (in slo-mo, yet not in a Michael Bay way) in the chorus with a giant wave of guitars. One of my favorite songs of the year, and it crushed at the Brooklyn Vegan day party during this year's SXSW. I've never seen a bad Besnard Lakes show. I highly, highly recommend you go.
Openers Land of Talk are no slouches in the live department either. The band's second album, Cloak and Cipher, is due out August 24 on Saddle Creek, and we should get a nice preview of it tomorrow night.
A few more weekend picks, day by day (and tour dates below):
by Bill Pearis
This week is extra-packed with musical goodness, so I'm breaking up TWII into two parts. Here's your mid-week edition.
Best Coast are here, playing Knitting Factory tonight (4/6) and Mercury Lounge tomorrow (4/7). Initially a solo project for onetime Pocahaunted singer Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast is now a collaboration with producer/guitarist Bob Bruno. Bethany is a talented songwriter with an amazing voice that has a Linda Ronstadt quality to it (maybe even a little Loretta Lynn in there). It's unfortunately buried under a spill reverb and low fi sludge on her first couple singles. That they were still worked is a testament to the songs, I think. But both sides of Best Coast's latest 7", on the Black Iris label, are knockouts, somewhere between the Everly Brothers and '60s girl groups. Sonically, it hits that Goldilocks sweet spot of sounding produced but not slick in any way. You can download the b-side, "This is Real," at the top of this post.
Live there's even less reverb than the recordings (or at least there was both times I saw them at SXSW) and you're really hit with the songs and that voice. Ali Koehler, on loan from Vivian Girls, will be on the drumkit (they had a dude playing drums in Texas) and The Bitters (member of Fucked Up) open both shows, with The Babies also playing tonight (which means at least 2/3 of the Vivian Girls perform at the show tonight).
As previously reported, Darwin Deez's show tonight has been relocated from Market Hotel to new DIY space Party Expo (929 Broadway, the Myrtle stop on the JMZ), which seems appropriate in this case as it's his birthday. I'll be the first to say Darwin looks kinda like a hipster dufus, but there's no denying he's a talented guy and I think his self-titled album, out May 10, is pretty great. And despite his look, his music is not some '80s throwback. He's carved out a very distinct sound for himself, staccato guitar pop with thoughtful lyrics and Darwin's warm voice smoothing things out. It's pretty charming stuff.
Zoos of Berlin
Zoos of Berlin are back in town and were scheduled to play Market Hotel on Wednesday (4/7) and that has since been relocated to Shea Stadium. I've written about them before, and I really urge you to check them out. Nobody else sounds like them, a regal mix of Bowie's Berlin period and Steely Dan funk. No really. They're pretty awesome. ZoB have brought fellow Detroiters Child Bite (kinda punk, kinda jazz) with them. The two bands are on tour together and all remaining dates are at the bottom of this post. The Shea Stadium show also features Electric Tickle Machine, who are better than their name might suggest.
A couple more Wednesday, 4/7, picks. At Cake Shop, there's a good line-up of Florida's Tough Knuckles, local '90s throwbacks Mr. Dream and South Korea's 10 (with help from Brown Wing Overdrive), plus Effing and Your Youth. Check out the rockin' MP3 of Mr. Dream's "Knuckle Sandwich" at the top of this post.
Look for the weekend edition of TWII on Thursday. Till then, there's tour dates, flyers and videos after the jump.
by Bill Pearis
Tonight's the last show of The Babies' three-night Williamsburg run, this one part of a five-band bill at Glasslands. I didn't go to their show last night at Brooklyn Bowl with Real Estate, but most of the word I heard from friends who was pretty positive, including BV's own Andrew Frisicano. (When did Babies add the "The" to their name, btw?) The show tonight (1/6) is a solid line-up, maybe the most interesting of the three. Beach Fossils, who get better each time I see them, are set to have a busy 2010, with singles on Woodsist and Captured Tracks and a debut album in March that's a joint release between those two labels. The first taste of that is the song "Time" which you can download above. Sounds like they've dropped the weird vocal effects that I've disliked in the past, so that's the last I'll say on that subject. They're big hopes for this year. Beach Fossils head out on tour with The Beets and San Francisco's Christmas Island in February (Cake Shop on 2/9), and those dates are at the bottom of this post.
Also playing are Total Slacker, whose music sounds a lot like their name -- hazy, lazy with some majorly sarcastic lyrics. I spent much of this morning listening to the songs on their MySpace, none of which get above Galaxie 500 velocity but have high repeat listenability. ("Video Store Rental Guy" is pretty funny.) You can download one of them, "Crystal Necklace," at the top of this post. Total Slacker have a few more shows lined up if you can't make it to Glasslands tonight and those dates are at the bottom of this post. Also also playing tonight: Washington DC's True Womanhood and The Sundelles.
Thursday (1/7) at Union Pool is the record release party for local band Diehard's new EP, Oh So Premier. I wrote previously that they "channeled mid-'90s indie rock" and I think that comes through on the very tuneful tracks on the new record -- you can download "Cool Kids" from it at the top of this post. Singer Ezra Selove has one of those Indie Rock Voices, like Quasi's Sam Coomes or the Delgados' Alun Woodward, that sounds good paired with distorted guitars and female vocals (in this case, guitarist Liz Schroeter). These guys are good. Also playing: Mr. Dream, a band that features two rock journalists (Former Pitchfork and Village Voice writer Nick Sylvester and P4k's Adam Moerder), and experimental art-folkers My Favorite Things.
Also Thursday night (1/7): can-bashing Philadelphians Drink Up Buttercup play The Studio at Webster Hall. Their debut album, Born and Thrown on a Hook, is out March 23 on Yep Roc. The show also features Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, which is the country-folky side project from Real Estate bassist, and a few others.
Friday night (1/8) at Silent Barn is a real international affair, with bands from France (Subtle Turnhips), Puerto Rico (Campo-Formio) and two completely different parts of Brooklyn (My Teenage Stride and Electricians). There's not a lot of information out there about enigmatic Franco-garage punks Subtle Turnhips but apparently they've been around for a long time. You can download their entire new album for free from their website. One of the tracks from is is linked above.
Campo-Formio describe themselves thusly: "An intense power trio influenced by the sounds since proto-punk. We have a lot of energy to blast people's faces in our live performances. A twangy, shimmery guitar with a creative strumming, a deep bass and intense drum patterns beautifully present one ugly presentation." You can check out their creative, Unrest-like strumming on the track "El Joke" at the top of this post. In addition to the Silent Barn show on Friday, Campo-Formio also play Meat Town in New Bruswick, NJ on Saturday (1/9) and then Don Pedro's on 1/15 and Arlene's Grocery on 1/16.
Flyers and tour dates after the jump....