Entries tagged with: Nada Surf
by Andrew Sacher
Snoop Dogg at Riot Fest Denver 2015 (photo by @shaybird303)
Day 1, Day 2, and then finally Riot Fest Denver 2015 wrapped up with its third and final day on Sunday (8/30). Like the past two days, it was stacked from start to finish with never more than a 15-minute period where there wasn't a good band playing. I only caught partial sets from Explosions in the Sky and The Lawrence Arms due to overlaps with other bands, but what I did see of both sounded great. 7Seconds were terrific (more on them in a second), but after that band into OFF! into Millencolin I was a little burnt out on three-chord punk, so Nada Surf coming on next was a very welcome change of pace. The biggest surprise of the day was how undeniably fun Flogging Molly's set was.
All that and more made Sunday an awesome ending to the festival, but here's the five highlights that stood out most:
7SECONDS: It's an amazing thing how many OG hardcore bands are still going strong, and 7Seconds are no exception. Kevin Seconds, Steve Youth & crew stay true to the mentality they had over three decades ago on "Young 'Til I Die" -- they're loud, fast, and absolutely still young in spirit. Kevin introduced their cover of Sham 69's "If the Kids Are United" by saying "I'm 54 but I'm still a kid... well, sometimes" and even when they played stuff off last year's Leave A Light On they sounded as powerful as their classic era. And we got plenty from that era too. "You Lose," "Not Just Boys Fun," "Here's Your Warning," "Walk Together, Rock Together" and more were played, and they sounded tight as ever. The early crowd who came ready for a 1:45 PM mosh pit would probably agree.
BABES IN TOYLAND: Minneapolis grunge vets Babes In Toyland were one of the reunited bands on Riot Fest this year, and they made a very triumphant return. They're without bassist Maureen Herman, who was just fired mid-tour and they now have a younger bassist who kinda stands off to the side and lets Kat Bjelland and Lori Barbero do their thing, but that didn't hinder their set. Kat and Lori are in killer form in just about every way. As musicians, they're never not pounding away at their instruments, and they can both still scream their heads off. Too many survivors of the early grunge era have lost whatever once made them "alternative," but not Babes In Toyland. Feedback, noise and a genuine punk ferocity were all over this set. Their tour hits NYC in September.
BEACH SLANG: Beach Slang's debut album on Polyvinyl is imminent, and they continue to prove it's one to look out for. We got two songs from it at their Riot Fest set, lead single "Bad Art + Weirdo Ideas" that most of the crowd already knew every word to (it came out less than a month ago) and another that hasn't been released yet. Both were as anthemic and impossibly tight as Beach Slang's slightly older favorites like "Filthy Luck" and "Dirty Cigarettes." Like they did in Brooklyn last month, they included a cover of Jawbreaker's "Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault," which they pull off super well.
L7: Yet another reunited and still-awesome band on this year's lineup was L7. While Babes In Toyland were noisy and confrontational, L7 were rockstars. They cracked jokes between songs (one of which involved bassist Jennifer Finch giving the crowd her actual phone number), yelled "Hit it, Dee!" before "Fast and Frightening," and made rocker poses as much as Anthrax and Testament did on day one. They looked glad to be back, and the crowd was definitely glad to have them too. Fans were roaring in between and during songs, and the whole middle of the crowd was just a sea of pumping fists. They'll also be in NYC on their tour in September.
SNOOP DOGG: Snoop Dogg was billed to be playing his classic debut Doggystyle in full, and well... he didn't. Kind of a bummer, but he was still an amazing way to end the weekend. He did play some of Doggystyle -- "Gin & Juice," "Lodi Dodi," "Pump Pump," "Serial Killa," "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)," and "Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)" -- and included other classic Dre collaborations "Nothing but a "G" Thang" and "The Next Episode." It was way better than his set at Firefly that I caught earlier this summer, but I still think he has no reason to include things like Katy Perry's "California Gurls," House of Pain's "Jump Around" and Joan Jett/The Arrows' "I Love Rock and Roll" when he could, you know, play Snoop Dogg songs. But all that aside, the amount of classic Snoop we did get at this show was something to be grateful for and he was on fire for all of it.
on saturday march 24th, 2012, we drove into seattle, washington, one of our favorite cities, to play at the neptune theatre (they spell it brit style). we were in the midst of a US tour in support of the stars are indifferent to astronomy. days before, our longtime friend and frequent producer john goodmanson told us that the venue was wired for recording, with a whole extra set of cables going from the stage down to the basement. did we want him to record the show? our answer: yes!Nada Surf's Live At The Neptune Theatre is being released as a 21-track three-LP vinyl set, that also comes with an eight-page four-color photo booklet, four-color 18" x 24" show poster, four-color t-shirt iron-on decal, and Nada Surf B+W 'Anchor' temporary tattoo. The vinyl won't be out till 2016 but pre-orders get an instant digital download of the album, and you can buy a digital copy of the album right now as well. You can stream "Clear Eye Clouded Mind" from Live At The Neptune Theatre below and check out the tracklist and all the stuff it comes with, below.
a few months ago, we asked fans if they'd be interested in a live album. their answer: yes!
photo: Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf are currently finishing up their new album. It was supposed to be done already but "then we wrote some more songs and wanted to add them. Just want it to be as good as possible." So stay tuned. In the meantime, they are playing a few shows, including this month's Riot Fest in Denver. Then in November they'll be playing a few East Coast shows, including NYC at Webster Hall on 11/14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/14) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!
The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.
Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...
UPDATE: More artists added.
We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.
Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.
UPDATE: Chicago announced too.
All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves said in an interview last year that she'd be launching her own label and the first signing would be Sacramento hardcore band So Stressed. Now details have officially been announced. The label's called Honor Press, and it will release So Stressed's new album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, on May 26. Check out the album artwork, tracklist, and ripping under-two-minute lead single "Merv King and the Phantoms," below.
Meredith also said she'd be putting out a solo album and releasing a split with Kevin Devine this year. Info on those two things is still TBA, but the Kevin Devine split is part of Kevin's six-part split series on Bad Timing Records which begins with a split with Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws. That one's out now and can be streamed in full below. It has Matthew covering Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff," and Kevin covering Nada Surf's "Inside of Love."
UPDATE: That Baby's show is now part of a two-night stand at the venue with various openers, including Meredith's new signees So Stressed.
Kevin Devine is also touring, playing NYC also on March 28, but at Le Poisson Rouge with Dads and Field Mouse (tickets). Kevin's also on board for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more.
Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf are about to start work in Brooklyn on their new album, but before that will release B Sides via Barsuk on September 23. As the name implies its a compilation of actual b-sides, acoustic versions and other rarities. You can stream "No Quick Fix" below, which is from the Let Go sessions (and actually appeared on the 2002 French version of the LP before it was released in the US the next year).
Nada Surf, who just played Bumbershoot in Seattle last weekend, will play a record release show for B Sides at Rough Trade NYC on September 23. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon and your purchase comes with a free digital download of B Sides. It's their only current date.
Song stream, B Sides cover art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Last week we posted "9 of the best '90s bands you didn't think were the best '90s bands and the awesome stuff they're doing now," and encouraged you guys to leave comments of who you think we should have included and who we should have left off. There are so many more than 9 bands who could've fit on that list, and we loved everyone's suggestions. A few of them were bands we strongly considered but left off the list for one reason or another. That includes Failure (whose reunion we covered a bunch), Local H (who we also cover a lot), Spacehog, and the band who was suggested the most: Nada Surf. Nada Surf is actually the band that most likely would have been our tenth pick, had we included ten picks, but we decided to leave them off. Here's why.
Nada Surf come very close to fitting the bill. They had a fluke hit ("Popular") off their major label debut, High/Low (1996), an album otherwise filled with overlooked gems like the Thurston Moore-esque "Sleep" and the Pavement-esque "Treehouse." Failure to produce another hit caused their label, Elektra, to drop them. The unsigned band then released 1998's The Proiximity Effect on their own label and eventually hooked up with indie label Barsuk Records (then home to Death Cab for Cutie, Kind of Like Spitting, etc) for 2002's Let Go. Since then, they've released three more albums with Barsuk, as recently as 2012's The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. They continue to tour consistently and singer Matthew Caws does cool things like form the band Minor Alps with fellow '90s musician Juliana Hatfield, show up at cool shows like Rock*A*Teens, play benefits with popular indie comedians like Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry and join Guided by Voices on stage. Nada Suf drummer Ira Elliot is also in the high-concept Beatles cover band Bambi Kino with Doug Gillard (ex-GBV). They're also closely connected with some of the bands that did make our list. Harvey Danger singer Sean Nelson sings on more than one of their records, and they co-headlined a tour with Superdrag during that band's late 2000s reunion. Not to mention, if "Flagpole Sitta" and "Sucked Out" come on back to back on a playlist, nothing feels more right than "Popular" coming next.
They've got quality material on all of their albums, but the main reason we didn't think they belonged on the list is that Nada Surf's post-major label career as a fruitful indie band didn't feel as much like a story in 2014 as most of the bands we included. Nada Surf have been putting out well-received releases on Barsuk since 2002, and when we think about the great music that Barsuk's put out over the past decade-plus, Nada Surf's albums immediately come to mind. When most Burger Records fans think of Burger Records, I don't think their first thought is The Muffs or the Superdrag-related The Lees of Memory, who both signed to the label this year. It's been totally normal to see Nada Surf booked on an indie-leaning music festival like Bumbershoot (more than once), Waterloo's SXSW parties, and Sasquatch for at least six years. And unlike "Flagpole Sitta" or "Sucked Out," which still loom large over Harvey Danger and Superdrag's respective careers, ask a younger music fan about Nada Surf and there's a good chance they're more likely to tell you about Lucky (2008) than "Popular." A scroll through BrooklynVegan's "Nada Surf" tag shows we've consistently covered them over the years, whereas the bands on the list haven't gotten much coverage. We didn't feel that highlighting Nada Surf to BV readers at this point would fit the theme of "band you didn't think were the best '90s bands," because that just seemed like old news.
The main point of the list was to shine a light on deserving bands whose merits often went overlooked. Nada Surf is equally deserving and if this list was written a few years ago, there's no doubt they'd be included. Now, relive some Nada Surf memories below...
The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...
Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf haven't released an album or gone on a full tour since 2012, having only done a few shows this past year including the Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary and a Yellow Dogs tribute in Brooklyn, while singer Matthew Caws also kept busy with his Julianna Hatfield collaboration Minor Alps. At the moment, they've got one show scheduled for 2014 too, happening in NYC on February 27 at The Bell House before Matthew does a few solo shows in Europe. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Nada Surf is also one of the many bands Doug Gillard has been involved in, and as mentioned, he plays NYC on Friday (1/10).
All currently announced dates are listed, along with a video, below...
In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
Minor Alps / Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, recently hit the road with Volcano Choir, and they'll soon head back out with another new duo, Minor Alps (aka Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf). As discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. TIckets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Minor Alps' debut album, Get There, came out this week (10/29) via Barsuk. You can hear it on Spotify or RDIO. The recently-released video for album track "I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands" can be watched below.
Sylvan Esso's only release so far is the "Hey Mami" b/w "Play It Right" single. You can listen to both of those songs, along with their list of dates, below...
Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.
The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....
by Bill Pearis
Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws have been friends for a long time, and have sung on each other's records. But now the two have formed a new group, Minor Alps, who will release their debut album, Get There, via Barsuk Records on October 29. Not unlike the quieter moments on the last few Nada Surf Records, the album is appealingly mellow pop, with arpeggiated guitars, gentle electronics, and the occasional melotron. Mostly, though, it's about Caws and Hatfield's voices which sound pretty great together.
No songs have been released from the record yet, but Minor Alps will be touring this fall, including a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on November 20. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.
Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and MØ. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.
Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.
The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.
Nada Surf at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf have just announced a December tour of the East Coast and Midwest, ending with a two-night hometown stint in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/14 and 12/15. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, July 27 at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
There is also a Nada Surf fan presale on Wednesday that starts at 10AM, though you do need to sign up for their fan community to access it. A list of all upcoming Nada Surf tour dates and the video for recent single "Waiting for Something" are below.
Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...
Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.
But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.
Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Last month Nada Surf released their new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, and celebrated it with a sold out Bowery Ballroom show. That show was a one-off before their full tour this spring which hits NYC on April 7 at Webster Hall, which tickets are still on sale for. They've just announced another NYC show happening one day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon. An Horse have also been added as an opener to the tour and will play at both NYC shows.
Watch Nada Surf's appearance on Jimmy Fallon, their new video, and see photos from their Bowery Ballroom show here. Updated tour dates are listed below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom
If you missed the show, you have plenty of other chances to see the band in the coming months including one at Webster Hall. Their lastest set of dates is listed below.
Also below: video from their appearance on Fallon last night (including a web exclusive), a video of them being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, their brand new video for "When I Was Young", and a whole bunch of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (along with shots of openers Palomar and the setlist). Check it all out...
by Bill Pearis
The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.
Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.
The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.
My Best Fiend
A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.
The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.
And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.
You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.
Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!
That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.
Nada Surf @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Nada Surf's January 24th album release show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC is sold out, but the band just announced a full tour that includes another NYC show this Spring. The April 7th Webster Hall show and all new shows go on band presale on Wednesday. The NYC show has an AmEx presale starting that day too, and general sale begins Friday.
All tour dates and a song off their new album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (out 1/24 via Barsuk), below...
DOWNLOAD: Nada Surf - "When I Was Young" (MP3)
Nada Surf at Rebel NYC in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Nada Surf are releasing their sixth album of original material, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy on January 24 in the US. The album was produced by Chris Shaw (Super Furry Animals, Wilco) and features guitar contributions by Doug Gillard (formerly of Guided by Voices), who also played on Nada Surf's 2010 cover album, If I Had A Hi-Fi. You can download the album's single, "When I Was Young," at the top of this post and check out the artwork below.
Nada Surf are touring internationally in support of the album in early 2012. Only a few US dates have been announced at the moment, and one of them is in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on January 24, the day of the album's US release. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/26) at noon.
All dates and album artwork below...
by Klaus Kinski
Doug Gillard @ Irving Plaza NYE (more by Chris Gersbeck)
I got heavily obsessed with Guided By Voices after the demise of the "classic '93 - '96 line-up" which featured Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, and Greg Demos (a line-up that reunited in 2010 and has been blazing a sweaty, beer soaked trail across the US since) (this past weekend's Sasquatch Festival included).
I've now seen the classic line-up twice thanks to the reunion, but prior to that my live experience was always delivered by Robert Pollard, Nate Farley, Doug Gillard, Kevin March, Tim Tobias and, later on, Chris Slusarenko. I often had to be rolled out of those shows in a wheelbarrow, and memories of those shows are muddied and schizophrenic, but two things I always took away from a GBV experience was A) that I had had the time of my life and B) that lead guitarist Doug Gillard was, and is, easily one of the most agile guitar gods in rock 'n roll. I mean, forget about shredding and other wanky guitar-athleticism bullshit. What Doug brings to the table is a prodigal level of rock-solid, rock guitar purity and proficiency. Doug is an absolute master of his craft, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone out there these days who can get such a thunderous onslaught from his Les Paul and his amps. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find that your man Klaus has been following Doug's solo career with great interest and it is because of non-GBV-related Gillard news that I write to you fine people today.
Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), & Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart's entire catalog, from his 1966 debut "Safe As Milk" to his final record "Ice Cream For Crow", released in 1982.Captain Beefheart died on December 17, 2010 from complications from multiple sclerosis, so it's fitting that ALL PROCEEDS from this show (a reasonable $10) will go directly to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you can't make it to the show, watch the live stream. And consider donating to the MS Society.
Besides the MS/Beefheart show, there are many more opportunities to catch Doug live. Speaking of beef, on Saturday June 11th, get your non-vegan ass to the Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park at 1:00pm on Saturday June 11th. While you're feasting on various forms of carrion with gristle and BBQ sauce dribbling from your lips (editor's note: Klaus!), the band Bambi Kino will be performing. Bambi Kino features Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (Ex Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) and were formed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' first concerts in Hamburg Germany. Back in those days, the Beatles were essentially a cover band themselves, and Bambi Kino's setlist is culled from the Beatles' set list from back in those days. So it's like a cover band covering a cover band who were doing their own versions of the whole blues thing. And it's free! More about who's playing the Big Apple BBQ, HERE.
You can also catch Doug when he goes on tour with Tommy Keene and Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves. Doug recently wrote and recorded songs on Sally's upcoming 5-song EP "Transmit/Receive". Tommy is touring in support of his new LP, and Doug Gillard will have a new vinyl 7" he'll be promoting. The tour lands at the Rock Shop on September 10th, 2011. Complete tour dates below.
Oh, and before I forget... Doug is recording tons of guitar for the upcoming Nada Surf LP, which is due out in Fall of 2011. Look out for that as well as a tour in support of said LP. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws joined Doug on stage at Irving Plaza on New Years Eve when he opened for GBV.
Catch Guided By Voices, Wavves, and Surfer Blood during the Northside Festival on June 18th, yo.
Catch Bush Tetras (Cynthia Sley is also playing the Beefheart show) at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 10th.
Doug tour dates and the Beefheart flyer below...
Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!
Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.
Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.
And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...