Entries tagged with: Night Beats
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.
Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.
The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.
Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.
Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.
I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.
Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Black Lips / Night Beats / Night Birds @ House of Vans 7/3/2014
Then the Black Lips erupted into a frenetic, hour-long set spanning its decade-plus-long career of love letters to early garage rock, amplified and exquisitely distorted for the Coachella generation, highlighted by cuts off its latest LP, Underneath the Rainbow. The show was among the band's first with guitarist Jack Hines in more than a decade, as he rejoined the band in the last week upon the recent departure of Ian St. Pé. Hines helped lay down rhythms for the band's vocal trip, bassist Jared Swilley, guitarist Cole Alexander and drummer Joe Bradley, who ping-ponged off each other with ease. - [The Waster]It was an especially hot n' sweaty night at House of Vans on Thursday (7/3) with Atlanta's Black Lips headlining a garage punk lineup that also included Night Birds and Seattle's Night Beats who flew in for this show and had played Baby's All Right the night before. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.
The next HoV show is this Thursday (7/10) with Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls and Turnstile. RSVP is full for that free show. More pics from the 7/3 show below...
Seattle psych-garage trio Night Beats are visiting NYC this week and were just revealed as the "special guests" on the July 3 House of Vans show with Black Lips and Night Birds. That show is free but RSVP is now full.
Night Beats will also be playing tonight (7/2) at Baby's All Right on what is a very good bill of its own. Beverly, who just played a packed Baby's on Saturday (6/28) for their record release party, are also on the bill, as are LODRO, Roya (featuring members of Habibi, The Clean and Grooms), and Providence, RI surf punks Gymshorts. After the show, Black Lips will DJ in the front room. Tickets are on sale.
Night Beats @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
Night Beats, Beverly, LODRO, Roya @ Baby's All Right
Seattle psych/garage rockers Night Beats keeps things good and greasy on last year's Sonic Bloom. This is a pretty great bill with just-added Beverly (who's album came out this week), Roya (featuring members of Habibi and The Clean) and LODRO's sinister blues.
Au Revoir Simone, Little Daylight, Lower 48 @ Brooklyn Bowl
Having been together for 10 years now, ARS still sound fresh on their most recent album, Move in Spectrums. If you can't make this show, they'll play MoMA on Thursday.
Paul Collins' Beat, 1-800-BAND, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Fletcher C. Johnson @ Cake Shop
Powerpop legend Paul Collins will surely fill Cake Shop to the sweaty brim tonight, with an excellent undercard of likeminded upstarts.
People, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, Angel of Retribution @ Death by Audio
Avant trio People features Mary Halvorson, Kevin Shea, and Crystal Stilts keyboardist Kyle Forester. Tonight's the record release show for their new album, 3xaWomen, and it's an all-around experimental/noisy bill.
Babe The Blue Ox, Ida @ Mercury Lounge
Two of NYC's longest running indie rock bands, who can say how many times these two have played together over the last 20 years?
SPEEDO>, Luke Temple, Austin Vaughn @ Manhattan Inn
Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple highlight's this free show at Manhattan Inn. The performance room is impossibly small, and in the round, making for a very memorable show environment.
Pinprick Punishment, Future Primitive, Agitator, A Truth, Geronimo @ Don Pedro
Pinpick Punishment make a vaguely experimental brand of hardcore that recalls classic '80s bands such as Black Flag and B'last. The Japanese crew are over in America on their current tour and have a few shows left, including tonight's in NYC.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
Dave Hill, Bridey Elliot, Erik Bergstrom, Kara Klenk, Mike Recine, Alec Lambert, Boris Khaykin @ Muchmore's
If that's not enough comedy for your, here's another show in Williamsburg, this one at tiny Muchmore's featuring sometimes BV contributor Dave Hill and a host of other funny folk. Free.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Outkast / Foals / Chance the Rapper / crowd
Playing essentially the same set they've begun taking across America, the version with "Hey Ya!" in the middle instead of left for desert, there were no hints of the awkwardness some saw in the hip-hop duo's Coachella performance in April: just urgency. While both men are no doubt happy to collect their headlining cheddar, on Saturday night, their performance was about legacy. They appeared within a cube with black-and-white projections of the American flag, evoking their "Stankonia" cover art, and their banter guided the crowd between songs as the set pivoted from hits to deep cuts, remembering the days they rehearsed rap verses around the kitchen table and crowing over OutKast's eternal coolness before "So Fresh, So Clean." [The Oregonian]Washington state music festival Sasquatch went down this past weekend (its only weekend) for three days packed with loads of bands. We just posted pictures of Yelle from day 1 (5/23), and we've got way more pictures from the first day in this post, including shots of Outkast, Die Antwoord, Rudimental, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Phantogram, Foals, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) and so many more.
White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) also played that day and just announced a NYC show.
More day 1 pictures below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
by Bill Pearis
Seattle's Night Beats are back with a new album, Sonic Bloom, that's out September 24 via Reverberation Appreciation Society. It's thirteen tracks of groovy, garagey psych and perfect for your next head trip. The band just made a video for album standout "The 7 Poison Wonders" which features the band on the way to a cool gig, in which they pick up a hitchhiker and things go momentarily wrong, but (spoiler) rock n' roll perseveres. Then again maybe it was just a dream. Judge for yourself, the video makes it's premiere in this post. You can watch it, and stream another track from the album, below.
Night Beats will be on the road this fall, including two stops in NYC: November 9 at Death by Audio and November 12 at Mercury Lounge. No advance tickets for DBA, but tickets for Mercury Lounge are on sale Friday (8/23) at noon.
Before their North American tour, Night Beats head to Europe where they'll play the Levitation France in Angers, FR. The two day festival (September 20 & 21) is from the Austin Psych Fest folks (who also run Reverberation Appreciation Society) and also features performances from The Black Angels, Dead Skeletons, Beak>, Dead Meadow, Damo Suzuki, Wall Of Death, Tamikrest, Camera, Lola Colt and more. Tickets are on sale now.
All Night Beats tour dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist, video and track stream, below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Deerhunter/Kaleidoscope/Man or Astroman @ APF 4/27/2013
Deerhunter took a long time setting up, and a long time scuffling through a needlessly elaborate twinkle-rock atmospheric intro, but at their peak they've got an impeccably sharp sound that cuts through the self-conscious drone from the rest of the weekend. Imminent new album Monomania mixed in with enough old favorites to keep the unfamiliar material from sounding too austere.Spirits at Day 2 (4/27) of Austin Psych Fest were literally dampened, a little, with an shower that interupted Os Mutantes' set, but the rain couldn't wash away the good vibes at Carson Creek ranch, especially with a line-up that also included Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Man or Astroman? and Black Mountain, to name just a few. Saturday also welcomed '60 cult band Kaleidoscope (best known for minor hit "Flight from Ashiya") whose Psych Fest appearance was part of the band's first-ever U.S. tour:
The star of the show was, as usual, Bradford Cox, the effusive, easily annoyed frontman at the center of the band's artistic posture. Sometimes we get the pensive, pissed-off Bradford who rips through the set as fast as possible. Other times you get the casual, extremely talkative Bradford who keeps things as unpredictable as possible. The latter showed up Saturday wearing a dress and wig.
At one point, upon hearing their van's car alarm going off, he casually retorted, "Hey, this is a psychedelic festival, let's just jam on that." Sure enough, he and his band used that bleat to launch into a beautiful stargazing instrumental. It was as impressive as it was funny, and certainly not something you're going to see every night.
That's the beauty of having a guy like Bradford Cox around. - [Austin Chronicle]
Backed by a all-star band that included Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Nick Castro and Christof Certik from the Young Elders, Daltrey unloaded a treasure chest of vintage, late-Sixties British psychedelia. If the setup and line checks took longer than normal, it was only because the band had a passion for getting the sound and feel just right. Even the vintage keyboards rang with authenticity. - [Austin Chronicle]That Kaleidoscope tour didn't hit NYC unfortunately but Boris and Man or Astroman? will both be here soon. A set of photos from Day 1 are HERE and you can check out more shots from Day 2 below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
Night Beats at MHOW, April 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Seattle's garagey Night Beats are currently on tour with Black Angels, which rolls into Chicago tonight (8/3) at Double Door which is one of the many official Lollapalooza afterparties. While this fuzzed-out double feature doesn't hit NYC, Night Beats will be here on Monday, August 6, headlining Knitting Factory. The show is with K-Holes and Mmoss. Tickets are still available. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to this show and details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.
The tour with Black Angels wraps up Aug 11 in Little Rock, AR but Night Beats will continue on through the South West, including a free Psych Fest/Sailor Jerry show in Austin at Red 7 on August 15 with co-headliners The UFO Club (aka Christian Bland from Black Angels and Lee Blackwell from Night Beats), Fungi Girls, Cheap Curls and Holy Wave. Austin folk can RSVP for that here.
UFO Club are releasing their self titled debut LP on August 13 (preorder), the followup to last year's split with Night Beats. You can check out cover art, tracklist, a stream of album track "July," and a live video of album track "John the Cat" in this post.
UFO Club album info, a list of all Night Beats tour dates and contest details below..
Night Beats at Music Hall of Williamsburg in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Seattle psych/garage rockers Night Beats will be touring with Black Angels in August and though it appears there's no NYC date for this one, the Night Beats have scheduled their own headlining show during the tour which happens on August 6 at Knitting Factory with openers Mmoss. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Night Beats were last in town opening for The Horrors at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you haven't heard the band's self-titled debut, released last year on Trouble in Mind, you can stream it below as well as check out a list of all Night Beats tour dates.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
photos by Joe McCabe; words by Bill Pearis
The Horrors swept through town earlier this week, playing two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday and Tuesday (4/9 and 4/10). I was there Monday night for what was a pretty good show. While I like their new album Skying a lot (it made my Best of 2011 list), the album's midtempo shuffle doesn't make for the most exciting live show, though the band came alive on more energetic songs like "I Can See Through You" and the motorik pounder "Moving Further Away" which closed the night. Primary Colours tracks "Scarlet Fields" and "Three Decades" still sound terrific.
The Horrors play Coachella this weekend and next, scooting up to San Francisco in between. Seattle garage rockers Night Beats opened the Monday MHoW show. Pictures of both bands, plus Horrors setlist, are below.
Psychic Ills will make the trek down to SXSW for the 2012 edition, playing dates with R. Stevie Moore, The Men, Woodsman, and more along the way. In addition to the trek down to Texas, the band has added a few April East Coast dates as well, including one at Mercury Lounge on April 7th with Seattle band Night Beats. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale at noon on 2/1 and regular sale on Friday.
Psychic Ills and Night Beats are BOTH also scheduled to play Austin Psych Fest on April 27-29th. The latter, who released their self-titled psychedelia-inflected garage LP and a split with UFO Club last year via Trouble In Mind and The Reverberation Appreciation Society respectively, are planning more releases for 2012, though details remain sketchy. Meanwhile Night Beats have dates scheduled with names like Roky Erickson and White Mystery, and will be at SXSW too. All shows are listed below.
Psychic Ills released Hazed Dream late last year via Sacred Bones. Stream that in its entirety alongside tour dates and some video below...
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.
Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.
It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.
The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).
Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).
If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.
What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:
Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.
The Night Beats
Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.
The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.
Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30) -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.
The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.
And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!
Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.
The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.
There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.
Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.
The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.
by Bill Pearis
Wounded Lion @ Shangri La
After Wednedsay and Thursday... I spent most of Friday afternoon -- the hottest day of the fest, well into the '80s --at Sailor Jerry-sponsored East Side dive Shangri La where Chicago label Trouble in Mind was throwing a party in the back yard. Their party at Scoot Inn the year before was one of my favorites of SXSW2010 and I'd have to say the same the same of 2011. The label, run by husband and wife Bill & Lisa Roe (who are also in CoCoComa), is mostly a 7" label, releasing great singles from some of the best garage-pop artists around. Many of whom were there at Shangri La.
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own. Look for Night Beats debut LP out on Trouble in Mind this summer.
While Cheap Time were playing, I noticed Lars Finberg milling about the yard...what was he doing here? The Intelligence were definitely not here, was his side-project Puberty playing and I didn't know it? No, he told me he was playing drums for L.A.'s Wounded Lion for their Austin shows. I was already looking forward to seeing WL, now even moreso.
I was getting a little antsy and decided to walk around the East Side a bit, stopping by Cheer Up Charlies where I caught a few songs by Norway's Tôg (who are in NYC as we speak) before heading back to the Trouble in Mind party to catch Nashville's The Paperhead. Looking a bit like Red Kross, the band -- all about 19 I think -- are trippier than anyone else on the bill. Their debut just came out on TiM.
Next up Wounded Lion, whose self-titled debut was one of last year's more underrated records. I think seeing them live would change naysayers opinion, they were one of the rockin'est, most fun shows of the week. Two singers: main man Brad Eberhard does the heavy lifting and guitar playing, while singer/percussionist Raffi Kalenderian is more in the Bob Nastanovich of the band, going apeshit with the tambourine and generally keeping things entertaining. There is much switching of instruments. They also let Lars Finberg take lead vocals for the Intelligence's "Turned to Puke." I really thought they'd do "Pony People," a Wounded Lion song that The Intelligence covered on Fake Surfers, but no. Great, great set.
I then Sprinted over to the BrooklynVegan party at Swan Dive for John Grant. Friday was hot and Swan Dive didn't seem to have AC or even ceiling fans and it was an oven in there, but it didn't matter. Another of my favorite shows of the week. I'd seen him play solo at Mercury Lounge, but this show was with Midlake, his backing band on last year's amazing Queen of Denmark. With the band, Grant's late-'70s leaning epics came to lush life. The drums sounded gigantic. So did Grant's voice. All that was missing was sequined clothing and glasses that made points of light look like starbursts. Highlights for me: power-ballad "Mars" and "Chicken Bones" which is some kind of sonic collision of Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Nilsson.
John Grant @ Swan Dive