Entries tagged with: My Bloody Valentine
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. with Kevin Shields / Sharon Van Etten / Kurt Vile / Mike Watt
Dinosaur Jr. pulled out some big guns for their penultimate show of their seven-night 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom. Most notably: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine who came out to play guitar on a cover of MBV's "Thorn" which Lou Barlow, clearly insanely psyched, sang lead. "This went great at rehearsal," Lou said after a false start. It went pretty good at the show, too. They are old friends: My Bloody Valentine played one of their first U.S. shows with Dinosaur Jr, and then they toured together on the 1992 Loveless trek. Video of "Thorn" is below.
Night 6 was pretty star-studded overall. The second set, which followed DinoJr playing their debut album in full, started with an introduction by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk and was followed by an improvised jam featuring comedian Eugene "Theremirman" Mirman on theremin. He didn't seem like he knew what he was doing, but was having a good time. The rest of the guests:
- Sharon Van Etten, wearing a t-shirt that had "Peyote" in the style of an old Pepsi logo, came out for "Get Me." She seemed a little sheepish, but it was great.
- Kurt Vile made his second appearance of the run, again doing "Crumble." He spent most of the show at the side of the stage, bobbing his head.
- Right after Kevin Shields, Mike Watt came out to end the main set with covers of The Stooges' "TV Eye" and "Funhouse," both of which were awesome, maybe the emotional highpoint of the night.
- Kyle Spence, who plays with J. Mascis & the Fog, played on Bones, the first real song of the set.
- Dinosaur Jr superfan Lee Ranaldo didn't perform tonight, but watched most of the show from the side of the stage.
- Tonight's encore take on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" featured Shields and Vile, ran 10 minutes and was a bit of a mess. Vile had guitar issues, swapped out like three times. It seemed like he was going to sing lead, but then Lou took over and did an admirable job. Video is below.
- I was at Deerhunter beforehand and got there just in time for the second set. What did I miss?
One show left. What could they have in store for the finale? More Instagrams and videos from night 6 of Dinosaur Jr's seven-show run, below...
photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.
Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.
The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.
Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Phil Sharp
We recently mentioned that Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore formed a new band with SY drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards, and will be releasing an album with them, The Best Day, via Matador. Though SY's site originally said the album would be out September 23, it's actually coming October 21 and can be pre-ordered now. The title track was just released, and it's one of Thurston's more traditionally indie rock-sounding songs, though with a blues riff and a classic rock guitar solo thrown in. Check it out below. The band also recently made their live debut at a secret show in London. Watch a video of them playing "Detonation" at that show, below.
The Thurston Moore Band have also added more tour dates to their schedule, including two in NYC: Saint Vitus on October 21 and Rough Trade on October 26. Tickets for the Vitus show and tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. Sebadoh support on many dates, but no openers announced for the NYC shows yet. The tour also includes Riot Fest Chicago and a Riot Fest aftershow with Mudhoney.
All dates are listed, with the video, new song stream, LP artwork & tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Thurston Moore at Ornette Coleman tribute in June (more by Greg Cristman)
After releasing an album with his post-Sonic Youth band Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston Moore revealed plans for a new solo album coming out on Matador. Sonic Youth's site now says the album is called The Best Day and comes out on September 23 (though Matador hasn't confirmed the exact date). Most of it was recorded with his new band which features Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and James Sedwards on guitar. A few of the songs were recorded with the Chelsea Light Moving members as well.
That band, dubbed The Thurston Moore Band, will be going on a tour this year that includes the Toronto and Chicago Riot Fests, as well as a West Coast run with Sebadoh. They don't have a NYC date announced at the moment, but Thurston will be back on his old stomping grounds to read at a Brooklyn Book Festival bookend event on September 20. More details on that event and other events at the festival TBA.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.
You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.
Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..
It's the first snowfall of 2014, and not only a pretty big one, but we've also been given such freezing temperatures that it's probably not going anywhere anytime soon. New York actually got it pretty easy in comparison to nearby cities, but there's still a bunch of school closings, road closings, and flight cancellations in the area. (Nothing stops the cronut line, though.) So there's a good chance you're staying in today (maybe you're shoveling, like new Mayor Bill de Blasio), and if you are, we've put together 14 snow-related songs for your first snowfall of 2014 that you can spend the day inside listening to.
Have at it below...
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Officially first class: Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche is still working on his new album, but he does have music coming out before that. He collaborated with fellow musician Kato Ådland on the score to Norwegian drama The Sleepwalker which is out January 14. It's mostly instrumental but Sondre sings on two tracks. You may remember that he also did the score/soundtrack for Dan in Real Life a few years ago. The Sleepwalker film will makes its U.S. debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival which happens Jan. 16 - 26 in Park City, Utah.
Sondre splits his time between Bergen, Norway and Brooklyn, and he's got some shows coming up in his North American hometown in a couple months at Rough Trade NYC on February 21 & 23. Hopefully their sound issues will be fixed by then. Tickets to those two shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon. They are his only announced North American shows at present.
More Lerche news. The singer's likeness is being used on an official Norwegian postage stamp. It's part of a series based on Norwegian Popular Music. You can see that at the top of this post. And lastly, Sondre revealed on Facebook that his favorite album of 2013 was My Bloody Valentine's mbv. He also made a "40 Songs from 2013" that, while no specific order was given, includes songs by Julia Holter, King Krule, The Pastels, Prefab Sprout, Arcade Fire, David Bowie and more. You can check it out below....
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
Quilt at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)
Boston's Quilt make folky psychedelia recalling the Summer of Love sounds of the Haight-Ashbury scene. They released their self-titled debut LP on Mexican Summer back in 2011, and its followup, Held In Splendor (which we've already heard a few songs from), comes out January 28 via the same label. The band's been known for some cool, jammy live shows too, and you'll be able to see those shows on their previously announced 2014 tour which hits NYC on February 28 at Rough Trade (tickets).
Meanwhile, Quilt singer/guitarist Shane Butler has given us a list of his top 10 things of 2013. None of them are albums, but one is in reference to some cartoons he and other bands drew at Woodsist Fest in Big Sur, one of which is pictured below. Check out the whole list below...
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine @ Hammerstein Ballroom
My Bloody Valentine famously end their sets with 1988 single "You Made Me Realise," with its jet engine, tinnitus-inducing "holocaust" section. Like when James Franco cuts his arm off in 127 Hours, you know it's coming, and people prepare themselves for it. When they launched into it last night (11/11) at Hammerstein, people held up their arms, wiggling their fingers, like they were about to go over the first big drop on a rollercoaster. It is, admittedly, a hell of a ride. Some people throw up!
We'll back up a bit first. This was the first show the shoegaze legends had played in Manhattan since 2008, and first since releasing new album mbv earlier this year. While generally adverse to big rooms like this (I hadn't been to Hammerstein since New Order in 2006), I thought the sound was pretty good, with Kevin Shields and Belinda Butcher's vocals reaching above the miasma just enough. Shields, who greeted the crowd with a perfunctory but cheerful "Hi," took up at least a third of the stage with his wall of amps and the same could be said of the sonic real estate.
That tremelo'd "glide guitar" is what a lot of people were there to see (or hear, a lot of tall dudes were in the crowd), but I spent a lot of time watching bassist Debi Goodge and, especially, drummer Colm O'Ciosoig who played with a ferocity that matched the volume of Shield's amps. (O'Ciosoig is MBV's not-so-secret weapon.) Butcher stayed still for most of the show, with more time holding than playing her guitar, but her voice is still honey sweet.
It was hard to argue with the setlist, which gave us the lion's share of Loveless, three cuts from Isn't Anything (but no "Soft As Snow," which they haven't played in eons), choice EP cuts ("Honey Power" from Tremelo was very welcome), and four tracks from mbv. As much as I liked hearing "Soon," "To Here Knows When," and "Feed Me With Your Kiss," the new tracks were the real surprises of the night, taking on extra gravity live, especially "Only Tomorrow" which was one of the night's highlights. The intense (occasionally stroboscopic) light show and very cool projections added to the sensory overload experience.
Then of course "You Made Me Realize" where the volume went up to 13 and you could feel it in your chest. Don't know whether it's age or the need to accommodate new material, but the "holocaust" only lasted about six minutes. But it was long enough for me.
(Murph of ) Dumb Numbers @ Hammerstein Ballroom
I missed openers Dumb Numbers that featured old tourmate Murph (from Dinosaur Jr.) on drums, as I didn't get to Hammerstein till about 8:15 PM and had to deal with a line that went all the way to 9th Ave, thanks to some serious security. Arrive early for that coveted sonic sweet spot. (But I did see Dumb Numbers on Sunday night for their surprise show at The Flat where their sludgy doom went over pretty good.) East Village fixture BP Fallon kept the Hammerstein crowd entertained between sets with a DJ set of rock standards. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from the first night at Hammerstein Ballroom and the headliner's setlist, below...
MBV @ Philly's Electric Factory, 11/9/2013 (via @mceachern68)
As you may know, My Bloody Valentine are in town for two NYC shows, their first since 2009 and they're the last ones of their 2013 world tour before (supposedly) going back into the studio record an EP and work on some vinyl reissues. Tonight's show (11/11) is with Australia's Dumb Numbers who feature Dinosaur Jr's Murph on drums and who snuck in a surprise show last night at The Flat; Tuesday's show (11/12) will be opened by DIIV. Tickets are still available for both shows. But if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away to each show. Details on how to enter are below.
In our interview with MBV's Kevin Shields, we asked him where the best place to stand was at one of their concerts:
Honestly, just in front of the sound guy I guess. (Laughs.) It just depends on the venue, really. A lot of venues the desk is in the back, and the "sweet spot" is about ten feet in front of that. So... in the middle?Check out live footage of the band playing "Only Shallow" at The Aragon in Chicago on 11/3, and the set list from Saturday's show in Philly (11/9), below...
by Bill Pearis
MBV @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)
My Bloody Valentine shocked fans this year by actually making good on their promise of finally releasing a new album, MBV, back in February -- the one Kevin Shields has been promising since 1991's Loveless. At that time, the band was already starting their 2013 tour which will wrap up here in NYC with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. It's their first NYC shows since the very muddy All Points West Festival in 2009 and tickets are still available. I spoke to Kevin Shields on Thursday (10/24) via transatlantic call about the new record, the tour, Tool fans, the difference between digital and analogue and what to expect next.
Read it below...
by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine wrap up the North American leg of their 2013 tour next month, with the last two shows here in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. Tickets are still available. (PS look for an interview with MBV's Kevin Shields on this site soon.) While it hasn't been listed on Hammerstein's site, opening the 11/11 show -- and a few others on these dates -- are Dumb Numbers. The band is more or less Australian musician Adam Harding who has previously played on Lou Barlow's last two solo albums. His own stuff -- and voice -- is not so far from Lou's style, but mostly played in a super-sludgy style that occasionally lumbers into doom territory.
Dumb Numbers put out their debut album earlier this year via Joyful Noise and helping Harding out on the album is an impressive cast, including Barlow, plus Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Dale Crover (Melvins), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), and more. Oh, and David Lynch shot the album cover (Yow did the design/layout). You can stream stream the whole album below, along with the Yow-directed video for "Redrum."
As to who exactly is playing in Dumb Numbers on these dates is not 100% clear. Murph is definitely on drums. And the band is "not sure about" whether they're opening on the second MBV Hammerstein date (11/12), so stay tuned. Their confirmed tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below....
My Bloody Valentine @ last weekend's Berlin Fest (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As you may have seen, the "shortlist" nominees for the UK's prestigious Mercury Prize were announced earlier this week. Perhaps the most conspicuous omission was My Bloody Valentine's much-lauded MBV. Whether you think it was an awesome comeback or not, it is the kind of record that normally at least gets nominated (see Bowie's The Next Day). The reason it's not, claims glide guitar maestro Kevin Shields tells The Guardian, is that the album is too independent:
"We're banned by them, and do you know why? Because we're not on Amazon or iTunes. That's one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon."Shields goes on to say he has no regrets about self-releasing the album. The CD of MBV is currently available to buy on Amazon (who allow third-party sellers), but not digitally. The Mercury Prize, which looks to be a race between Bowie and Arctic Monkeys, will be announced October 30 in London.
Shields may be correct. According to the terms and conditions on the Mercury website, qualifying albums will have "a digital and physical distribution deal in place in the UK". My Bloody Valentine, who self-released their album, only sold the digital version of mbv through their own website. This may not be considered a "digital distribution deal".
"We released our record, mbv, independently," Shields said. My Bloody Valentine didn't even rely on an indie label such as Domino or Alcopop! Records. "It's interesting to learn that to be as independent as we are is ... virtually illegal," he said. "It's not a real record. Our album's not a real album because it's independent. The corporate-ness has got to such a point where we've essentially been told that we don't exist. So, technically, that album doesn't exist. OK? It's not allowed to exist according to the Mercury prize." - [The Guardian]