Entries tagged with: No Age
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.
Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.
Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.
After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.
Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.
Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.
Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!
Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.
Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...
We're happy to announce that we're returning to Red 7 for three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties this year on the Thursday (3/19), Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) of SXSW. RSVP in one spot for all three days.
We'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm each day, Thursday's lineup is HERE. Saturday's lineup will be announced soon, here's the Invisible Oranges co-presented Friday lineup!
FRIDAY, MARCH 20 @ Red 7 (FREE)Please RSVP for all three days.
12:30 Vanishing Life (featuring Walter Schreifels & mems of Trail of Dead)
01:15 Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
02:00 The Velvet Teen
02:45 Single Mothers
03:30 KEN Mode
04:15 Power Trip
05:15 United Nations (featuring Geoff Rickly)
12:45 Rat Fist (No Age/Pissed Jeans)
02:15 Pity Sex
03:10 Pianos Become the Teeth
04:05 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
The Friday inside show begins with Walter Schreifels' (of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) new band with two Trail of Dead members, Vanishing Life, followed by a full-band set by long-running singer/songwriter Kevin Devine (who's in the midst of a series of splits with Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and more). Then comes The Velvet Teen, who just announced their first LP since 2006 on Topshelf Records. After that, the inside stage gets heavier, with snotty Canadian punks Single Mothers, sludgey post-hardcore band KEN mode, crossover thrashers Power Trip, and finally the screamo band of former Thursday singer Geoff Rickly, United Nations.
Outside, the day begins with Philly shoegazers Creepoid (who have a new LP coming), followed by Rat Fist, the new-ish punk band with No Age and Pissed Jeans members. Then it's Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, their shoegazey Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, and atmospheric post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth (who also have members in United Nations). The day wraps up with two veterans: Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan (who has his debut solo LP on the way) and reunited shoegazers Swervedriver.
This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.
Thank you also to esurance who will provide expedited access to our shows to some people who are following @Esurance on twitter each day, and to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get on if you RSVP for our shows.
Listen to some of the bands playing, below...
by Andrew Sacher
No Age at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
Artists John Herschend and Will Rogan's The Thing Quarterly, "a periodical in the form of an object," released their newest "issue" yesterday (9/25) which No Age contributed to. Here's details:
Issue 24 is by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, with contributions from experimental punk group No Age and director/photographer Todd Cole. It thematically revolves around the idea of deconstruction, a common theme in Rodarte's design work. The record's sound and imagery are repurposed from 'Aanteni' (2010), a short art and fashion film produced by Rodarte, which also features direction by Todd Cole and an original soundtrack by No Age. The film explores similar themes of balance and chaos.You can pick yours up here.
The 12" picture disc on clear vinyl features two tracks by No Age. Side A provides the ambient 9-minute soundtrack from 'Aanteni' with an abstracted film still by Todd Cole. Side B features a 13-minute live version of the track, "ruined" by looping the sound repeatedly on itself, with burnt remnants of Cole's same film still. A conceptualized inner sleeve and gatefold jacket house the issue, displaying more of Cole's imagery. The issue also includes a free download of both No Age tracks and comes shrink-wrapped in a signature THING Quarterly custom box.
In related news, No Age/Pissed Jeans-related band Rat Fist, who played their first shows and released their debut 7" back in June, will be returning to NYC to join Toronto's Teenanger at one of their two shows here. They'll play with them when they hit the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 16 with The Abandos and Foster Care. That show is $8 at the door.
Teenanger's other NYC show happens October 17 at Cake Shop with Nancy and Abandos, and since we last spoke Rock Bottom Boy and Philly's Sheer Mag have been added. Sheer Mag recently released their debut 4-song 7" through their own Wilsuns RC label. With its classic rock riffs and scrappy garage rock, it's the kind of thing that should appeal to fans of Tony Molina, Natural Child and the like. You can stream it in full below. The Cake Shop show's the first date of Sheer Mag's tour with Nancy (most venues still TBA), and after that they'll open the Philly stop of the Screaming Females / Pujol tour. All of their dates are listed below.
Rat Fist at Cake Shop - 6/29/14 (via @argablarg)
Rat Fist, the new '80s hardcore-inspired band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness, just wrapped up a their first-ever live shows over the weekend which included two in NYC: Death by Audio on Saturday (6/28) and Cake Shop on Sunday (6/29). Though it's just the two of them on record, live they're a four piece with two of their friends. Did you catch either show? What did you think?
The only music the band had released ahead of those shows was the song "Disrupt Yr DNA," but they pulled a surprise move by pressing their debut 7" and making it available at the shows (they're promising to put any leftovers on PayPal soon). You can check out another track from the 7", "Sit Still" (via Noisey), with the 7" artwork, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness, who have announced that they'll release an album this year and go on a short tour in June. No details on the album yet, but they did put out one song, "Disrupt Yr DNA," which is exactly the kind of noisy racket you'd expect from members of No Age and Pissed Jeans. Listen below.
Their tour culminates with two NYC shows happening on Death by Audio on June 28 and Cake Shop on June 29, which is pretty exciting considering No Age and Pissed Jeans are ready-made for tiny venues like those but have both moved on to playing much bigger places. Needless to say, Rat Fist will sound right at home in those rooms too. DbA is $8 at the door and advance tickets for Cake Shop are on sale now. Stay tuned for info on the openers. All dates, including Baltimore with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Philly with Dark Blue, are listed below.
Another band with with members of Pissed Jeans is the backing band for pro wrestler Ultramantis Black who has an album coming out on Relapse. Ultramantis recently released a track from that, "West Siberian Plain," which you can hear below.
Television @ Rough Trade, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week happens in Toronto from May 6 - 10. The festival/conference (not unlike SXSW) has released its initial line-up which includes M.I.A., Tegan & Sara, Ellie Goulding, Television, Neko Case, OFF!, The King Khan and BBQ Show, No Age, Woods and more. Wristbands and festival badges are on sale now.
On the conference side of things, speakers include deadmau5, Nile Rodgers, Amanda Palmer, Bruce Cockburn and more. The full Canadian Music Week 2014 initial line-up is listed, along with a flyer, below...
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.
Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.
There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...
by Lukas Hodge
Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.
The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.
Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:
The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.
For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).
The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.
Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.
Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.
As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.
One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?
You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...
Death Grips at FYF Fest, where they actually played (more by Wei Shi)
You're never, like, ever going to believe this, but Death Grips, who dropped off Lollapalooza and Osheaga this year, and have cancelled full tours in the past, just cancelled their set at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nobody saw this coming.
In Death Grips' place, No Age (who have played FFF Fest before) have been added. And (not related to DG), Sarah Silverman has been added to the comedy portion. As discussed, the festival also includes Television, Slayer, Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, and a bunch of other bands that actually care about their fans. Tickets are still available.
In other news, The Smiths aren't reuniting and Liam Gallagher has an opinion on something.
by Lukas Hodge
Ariel Pink / art "yurts" / Yoshimi of Boredoms @ NYC Station to Station 9/6/2013
The cross country Station to Station tour, a public art project made possible by Levi's, was launched on Friday night in Williamsburg in a massive sound stage located right on the east river waterfront. Conceived by artist Doug Aitken, Station to Station involves a rotating cast of visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more who travel together on a single train. The NYC show, which happened at Riverfront Studios in Williamsburg on Friday (9/6), felt more like an art event (or Fashion Week party) than a concert and very much the "happening" it was billed as. (Most of these happen at actual train stations.) A welcome change to normal show-going.
Accompanying the musical aspects of the tour are rotating art installations, or, "Nomadic Sculptures." Designed by artists from all over the world, the pieces are built as small huts or "yurts." Watch a video below about the nomadic sculptures in Pittsburgh.
One of the yurts, designed by experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, worked as a screening room for his film "Lucifer Rising." Other sculptures included Belgian artist Carsten Höller's interactive yurt which was full of holes that participants could throw frisbees through. Another, maybe more ambitious, sculpture by Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn acts as an interactive reconstruction of the universe itself. Evolving as the tour goes on, her yurt began as a pitch black walk through complete with heavy black curtains and headlamps used by participants to navigate. All of the sculptures are positioned outside of the ticketed area, allowing anyone access to them (though this was not the case at the Brooklyn kickoff).
Additionally, tour sponsor, Levi's had their own yurts set up as well. One included a loom from which denim products were constructed in real time, personalized with patches and products sourced locally from each stop by artists, and then sold in another tent known as the "Makers yurt.
The Kansas City Cobras, a marching band based around community outreach for young teens, have been opening the nights up so far by performing outside and marching into the respective venue, collectively segueing into Los Angeles Sub Pop outfit No Age's set in an impressive display of collaboration. Intentional or not, it absolutely sets the tone for the entire Station to Station experience.
As for the music, Ariel Pink, YOSHIMO aka Yoshimi of Japanese experimental group Boredoms (who also opened for Kim Gordon's band Body/Head at Union Pool last night), and No Age (their second NYC show that week) all performed at both New York and Pittsburgh dates. Electronic pioneers Suicide headlined the Brooklyn kickoff show and their sandblasting noise was as loud as any metal band. Thurston Moore and John Moloney joined the tour in Pittsburgh (and dedicated songs to both Yoko Ono and the Steelers).
On the entire nationwide tour, the stage is wrapped in three giant screens which work as both impressive lighting/backdrop for the performances and also to showcase short films between sets. There were also non-musical between-band performances, like a slo-mo choreographed piece on rollerskates. The Brooklyn kickoff finished with a bit of pyrotechnics: a metal trellis wired with a rainbow of smoke bombs exploded against a battery of bright lights. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
Station to Station hit Chicago last night (9/10). Mavis Staples joined the party in the windy city, and we'll have a full report and pictures from that soon up on BV Chicago. The next stop is in Minneapolis on Thursday (9/12) with No Age, Eleanor Friedberger and White Mystery.
Check out more pictures from the NYC kickoff event, as well as some from Pittsburgh, below.
photos by P Squared Photography
No Age @ MHOW, 9/5/2013
While the crowd members went for each others' jugulars (or whatever body parts they managed to make contact with) or danced along ecstatically sans pain, No Age properly fed the crowd's appreciation with track after track of nearly pure distortion and noise instrumentals. Although Spunt shouted into his mic, his words were just murmurs against the multi-stack drumstick smashes and distortion-loaded power chords. Midway through the set, Spunt announced it was time for "some new songs," and abandoned his drum kit temporarily for the bass. During No Generator, the low but heavy bass riffs brashly coupled with guitar chops, shook the venue (and even rattled the drummer-less drums). After playing a few fuzz-heavy An Object tracks (I Won't Be Your Generator and A Ceiling Dreams Of A Floor) and some oldies, Spunt eventually returned to his trusty drum kit to finish off the set, ending it with one of the band's more punk-rooted songs, Miner. - [CMJ]The wild squall that is Los Angeles duo No Age invaded NYC last week, as their tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (9/6) with opening sets from locals Ornament (aka Joe DeNardo from Growing) and Regal Degal. Pictures from that show are in this post.
No Age stuck around on Friday (9/6) to play the kickoff event for the traveling Station to Station roadshow and we'll have pictures from that too soon. More pics from Music Hall below...
Suicide at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
As discussed, artist Doug Aitken is presenting a traveling variety tour, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, which kicks off in NYC on September 6. The NYC show was initially set to happen at Duggal Greenhouse but has been moved to Brooklyn's RIverfront Studios (420 Kent Ave). The lineup for NYC has also been expanded to include synthpunk legends Suicide, in addition to previously announced names like No Age, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Boredoms and more. Also, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Connan Mockasin have dropped off.
The NYC stop on the tour is sold out, but tickets are still available for other stops on the tour, some of which also just got lineup and venue updates. Other additions includes Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape (Pittsburgh, Chicago) and Evan Holm (Oakland). And the Santa Fe stop has been moved from Lamy Happening to the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Pavilion.
Updated Station to Station tour schedule below...
photos by Wei Shi
MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.
Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.
The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]
Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...
photos by Autumn Andel
No Age @ Backspace, Portland 8/21/2013
Los Angeles noisemakers No Age are in the midst of their current North American tour which is supporting the band's new album on Sub Pop, An Object (which you can stream). The tour is on the West Coast right now and hit Portland, OR's Backspace last night. Pics from their shows -- including one of the setlist -- are in this post.
No Age will be on the East Coast in a couple weeks including NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 5 with Regal Degal (tickets) and the Station to Station kickoff event at Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 6 with Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffitti, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Conan Mockasin and more (sold out).
More pics from No Age's show in Portland are below.
As you may remember, No Age will be in NYC soon to play a pair of dates as part of a larger tour for the duo. Tickets are still available for No Age at MHoW on 9/5 with Regal Degal and 9/6 at Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of Station to Station with Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffitti, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Conan Mockasin, YOSHIMIO + Hisham Akira Bharoocha + Ryan Sawyer TRIO, KC Marching Cobras and more (tickets).
Ariel Pink at Do Division 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
As discussed, artist Doug Aitken is presenting the traveling Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour this year, with a variety of different artists in different cites. The NYC stop on the tour (which is the start of this whole thing) happens on September 6, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. It happens at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard and runs from 6:30-10:30 PM.
Musicians playing the NYC stop include No Age, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,
Jim Jarmusch & SQÜRL, The Boredoms, African American marching band The Kansas City Marching Cobras, and more TBA. There will also be a "surprise" from Rirkrit Tiravanija and a Technicolor smoke performance from Olaf Breuning. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon.
Other artists added to other cities include Giorgio Moroder, Beck, Cat Power, Cold Cave, THEESatisfaction, Sun Araw, and more. Head to Station to Station's site for tickets and more info on the other cities. Full tour schedule (as it stands now), below...
Savages at MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Artist Doug Aitken just announced a new project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a traveling train tour that will take place over the course of three weeks in September. A press release reads:
At each stop, Station to Station will curate leading figures from the art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will act as a cultural studio- globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train.Each stop will feature a variety of different artists. Musicians taking part in the project include Savages, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon, No Age, Twin Shadow, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nite Jewel and Connan Mockasin.
There will also be other artists Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner; writers Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, and Rick Moody; and chefs Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Plus, even more participants TBA.
Station to Station stops in ten different cities this September, including NYC on September 6. More details on the specific "happenings" and ticket information are forthcoming. The project "will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at seven partner museums around the country."
Savages' tour schedule makes it seem unlikely that they'll be on the NYC stop, but their tour does bring them here for shows on Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out) and September 12 at Terminal 5 (tickets).
All Station to Station stops are listed below...
Tickets to the AlunaGeorge shows at The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.
Those Darlins are playing Mercury Lounge on October 14. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
No Age at FYF Fest 2011 (more by Nathanael Turner)
"I was getting asked these questions a lot, post-[2010's] Everything in Between: 'When will you make a record? How are you going to make a record?'" Spunt recalls. "I started thinking, 'Well, I'm being asked to make a record, then I should start thinking about physically making a record.' And that was how I was able to begin writing for the record. The idea of, 'Well, then I want to manufacture it. If I'm being asked to make a record, I want to make a record and manufacture the cover, manufacture the label, manufacture the vinyl.'"No Age are releasing their new album, An Object, on August 20 via Sub Pop, and if you're wondering about the concept behind the album title, that interview quoted above should provide some insight. They've just revealed the surf-rockin' first single from the album, "C'mon Stimmung," which you can stream via a YouTube clip. They specify that the clip is "not the video," but it is certainly a video. Check it out below.
And that's exactly what the Los Angeles art-punk duo is doing. Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall are designing, die cutting, and assembling the physical packaging for An Object: jackets, inserts, and labels for 5,000 LPs and 5,000 CDs. [SPIN]
No Age will be supporting the new album with a tour that comes to NYC on September 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the new song and album tracklist, below...
Next week, look for Gun Outfit to release their latest long-player Hard Coming Down due on April 2nd via PPM (run by Dean Spunt of No Age). The twelve track effort features "Flyin' Low, Maria" and "Lau Blues" (both streaming below), dark garage epics that recall Dinosaur Jr, some of Slint's somber clean tones and Hole's softer moments.
Gun Outfit are currently braving the interstate system of North America, and will head to NYC for a pair of dates at Cake Shop on 5/2 with Piano Movers and Union Pool on 5/3.
All tour dates are listed below below.
No Age at FYF Fest 2011 (more by Nathanael Turner)
No Age are heading out on a college tour this month, starting with Wesleyan on March 8 with EULA. They tweeted "anyone who wants to go to the wesleyan college CT show on 3/8 or the show at bennington college VT on 3/9 hit us up, we will get you IN!!!", though they then followed that with "OH SHIT!!! sorry we can't get anyone in to those shows unless you are students, but come meet us after! KEGGER PARTY!!!! sorry friends." All dates on the college tour are listed below.
In possibly related news, the day before the Wesleyan show, Pterodactyl plays Death by Audio (3/7) with a special guest. The venue says, "im Not gOing to be Able to tell you who the special Guests arE." Hmmm...
Meanwhile head to Death By Audio to check out Tyevek tonight!
All No Age dates are listed below...
Highly influential streetpunk band Sham 69 will reunite their 'classic' 1977-1979 lineup (or at least most of it) to play a pair of US shows including Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas and Chaos in Tejas Austin. The 1977-1979 lineup is:
Jimmy Pursey: vocalsThis lineup, also known as the Pursey/Parsons lineup (which may or may not have Mark Cain on drums this time around), is not to be confused with the version of the band led by Tim V (otherwise known as the Tim V lineup) (that's Tim V, Neil Harris, Ian Whitewood, Tony Feedback, and Al Campbell). The Tim V lineup operates out of Sham69.com, and both versions are currently playing live.
Dave Parsons: guitar
Dave Tregunna: bass
Mark Cain: drums
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) joins names like Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts, Youth of Today, Street Dogs, Toys That Kill, and many more for Punk Rock Bowling 2012 in Las Vegas, NV on May 25-28, 2012. The fest also features pool parties, a bowling tournament, late-night club and much more in addition to the outdoor festival appearances. Tickets go on sale soon.
Rancid also have some anniversary shows coming up with Cock Sparrer.
Youth of Today are also playing the Black N Blue Bowl this year in NYC with many other hardcore bands incluiding The Mob who also play Chaos in Tejas this year (May 31-June 3).
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) is one of many new additions to Chaos in Tejas which also added No Age, pygmylush, Screaming Females, Secret Prostitutes, Slug Guts (Australia), S U R V I V E, and Tenement. These additions are not to be confused with the set of bands that were announced earlier this week. Latest Chaos in Tejas lineup listed in full below.
Lineups and videos below...
Total Abuse - Prison Sweat art
If you weren't paying attention, you might have missed Total Abuse's Mutt, which surfaced its ugly head last year on Post Present Medium Records (Dean Spunt of No Age's imprint). The eleven track ripper encompassed elements of early negative hardcore, wearing its Void, Necros, and Black Flag influences on their tattered, punk-patch covered sleeve.
Austin's Total Abuse definitely have similar influences to bands like Cold Sweat, Men's Interest, Sex Vid and some of the Youth Attack crew, but also dabble in noise/power-electronics on their latest LP Prison Sweat which is out NOW via PPM. The LP, which opens with seven-minutes of brutal noise, blasts off by the second track "Early Morning" and is propelled with a similar furious energy throughout the remainder of the LP until it hits the final title track. From there Prison Sweat moves into a different mode, falling in line with side-2-of-My War Black Flag and latter feedback-obsessed hardcore bands like Drunkdriver or Pissed Jeans, but also venturing into borderline Swans/Godflesh style noise destruction. Stream all of Prison Sweat for the first time below.
Total Abuse only has one show scheduled as of now, at the PPM 10 year anniversary party in LA at The Smell on 11/4 - 11/6. The three day festival will feature appearances from No Age, Abe Vigoda, High Places, John Wiese, Gun Outfit, Dunes, Eric Copeland, Bleached (who play a BV CMJ party on 10/21) and many more, including an appearance from Total Abuse-related project White Dog, whose new album Triumurate is also out now on PPM. Stream tracks from White Dog, and all of Total Abuse's Prison Sweat below, alongside details of the PPM Anniversary show.
photos by Nathanael Turner
Punk rock long ago transcended class, age, gender and ethnicity to become a signifier not necessarily of outward rebellion but of the symbolic, crazy-on-the-inside variety. That sense of internal defiance continues to permeate the entire underground and has become a secret handshake that united not only the artists who made traditional-ish punk rock over the course of 10 hours of the FYF -- the Descendents, No Age, Off! among them -- but from a wildly divergent cast of in-yer-face artists including beat makers Nosaj Thing and Dan Deacon, the deeply sensual, self-referential house music of New York's Chromatics and Glass Candy, and the catchy, arena-aspirant bands like Broken Social Scene.You saw the Future Islands shots. Here are some more of a bunch of the acts that played FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (9/3). No Dead Milkmen, Kid Dynamite or Guided By Voices, but a bunch of other stuff below...
"It's a punk rock festival. That means we're going to play ... in the wrong key," declared Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard during his band's sturdy, hook-infused rock set featuring acrobatic kicks, monster choruses and a sexy girl delivering between-song lighted cigarettes to guitarist Mitch Mitchell.
But Pollard missed the point. As anyone who roamed downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday could see, punk no longer means inept, either on a musical or festival level. It means being inspired and maybe a little irrational, like festival founders Sean Carlson, Phil Hoelting and Keith Morris. It means realizing strengths and weaknesses. It means pushing at the edges like L.A.-based instrumental Nosaj Thing, who fused the deep, penetrating bass of dubstep with touches of skewed Aphex Twin breakbeat rhythms to create architecturally sophisticated sound structures as solid as they were abrasive. Or it means setting up gear in the crowd like electronic/serialist/rhythmatist Deacon to make sounds so driving and strobing that the level of crowd surfing reached Nirvana-like proportions. [LA Times]