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Deafheaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/14/14
Deafheaven
Deafheaven

After playing Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), Deafheaven kicked off their tour with No Joy and Indian Handcrafts at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/14). We caught the MHOW show and pictures are in this post.

Unfortunately, I showed up a little late and only caught the last minute or so of Indian Handcrafts, but they sounded good and loud so I imagine their set fit the bill well. No Joy followed and were also loud (though maybe not quite as much as their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show last month) and delivered a wall of sound perfect for zoning out to. With a driving bassist and a drummer always locked into a groove, things could be kept grounded a bit as both guitar players went off into other worlds of distortion and reverb. Good set.

Then Deafheaven finally came on, playing a lot of Sunbather and their new song "From the Kettle Onto the Coil." Vocalist George Clarke didn't go out of character once, with his usual menacing faces, extending his arms out to the crowd, miming a conductor during the slow parts, and of course unleashing his piercing scream. George is a sight to see, but he's matched by the power of the rest of the band. Their blend of black metal, post rock and shoegaze is a real force. It's towering, epic stuff that can go from brutal to beautiful in seconds and is often both at the same time. And while George's performance is dark and full of mystique, the rest of the band are more down to earth, just coming off like a great rock band. They're super tight, powerful, and their attack and George's theatricality balance each other out well.

The tour picks back up in Connecticut on Tuesday (9/16), but before that No Joy wil squeeze in a headlining NYC show at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/15) with Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Creepers, the band including Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy, are releasing their debut LP, Lush, on October 28 via George Clark's All Black Recording Company. It follows last year's self titled EP. The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Oswald (Ash Borer, Weatherbox), and Jack Shirley (who produced Sunbather) mastered it. You can download the first single, "Stuck", above (via Pitchfork).

LP artwork, tracklist, and more pictures from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts played MHOW (pics); Creepers announce debut album (hear a song)"

by Bill Pearis

No Joy @ BKNB 8/30/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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No Joy were in NYC over the weekend, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday night as part of a lineup that included Black Pus (Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt), Cousin Brian, and Flagland. Set against projections of (the reunited) Blood Brothers live footage, the Montreal group peppered their set with new material -- it's been about a year and a half since Wait to Pleasure -- along with songs from their two albums and EPs. Volume has always been in their arsenal, but No Joy seemed extra vociferous on Saturday and was easily the loudest set I've personally heard at BKNB. Perhaps they're just gearing up to compete in the loudness wars with soon-to-be tourmates Deafheaven. That tour kicks off in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 14 (sold out).

New York will get yet another chance to see No Joy as they'll play Mercury Lounge on September 15, the day after the MHOW show. That one is with their MTL pals Tonstartssbandht and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Wednesday (9/3) at noon. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "No Joy played Brooklyn Night Bazaar, add Mercury Lounge date w/ Tonstartssbandht after MHOW w/ Deafheaven"

No Joy @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
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Montreal's loud/ethereal No Joy are going on tour with Deafheaven and Indian Handcrafts -- a tour that kicks off in Brooklyn next month -- but before that they'll be below the border for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday with Black Pus, Cousin Brian and Flagland. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout (one of our top Labor Day Weekend picks) that also includes the Single Mothers show happening a day earlier. Like most all BKNB shows that is free and if you can skip the line by RSVPing. This will be the second time they've played the Bazaar this year.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the video for No Joy's "Hawaii," below...

Continue reading "No Joy playing free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show this weekend before tour with Deafheaven (dates)"

J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

Continue reading "NYC 2014 Labor Day Weekend events (Fool's Gold Day Off, Joanna Gruesome, Single Mothers, Summer Thunder, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Deafheaven at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Deafheaven

The ongoing Deafheaven tour previously had no NYC dates besides Governors Ball (pictures), but now that that festival's behind us, they've expanded their tour and added a NYC show happening September 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their largest headlining show here yet. Opening for the post/black metal shoegazers on much of their September run are the much dreamier (and not at all metal) shoegazers No Joy, and the MHOW show includes both them and stoner riff rockers Indian Handcrafts, making for a very eclectic bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon.

The band also play Hudson, NY festival Basilica Sound Scape with Swans, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more (tickets). Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven expand tour, playing MHOW w/ No Joy and Indian Handcrafts (updated dates)"

No Joy @ Mexican Summer Five (more by P Squared)
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Last week we posted that Dam-Funk were added to Brooklyn Night Bazaar's upcoming slate of shows on March 7. Since then, BKNB have announced even more of their spring schedule, with some pretty cool artists planned for the next couple months, including Ash, Guards, No Joy, Young Galaxy, Fear of Men and more.

Montreal widescreen synth pop combo Young Galaxy will play on Saturday, March 15 with American Royalty (who just played Baby's All Right), Bowmont, and Late Guest at the Party. That's the second of two nights presented by T / My Free Concert -- the Friday (3/14) show being Guards and more TBA.

On Saturday, April 5, it's long-running (and underrated) Irish band Ash (who lived here in NYC for a while) who will play with Run River North, and Golden Suits. That's part of a weekend presented by Pandora, with Bronze Radio Return, Boston's Gem Club (here not that long ago), and The Suzan playing on Friday, April 5.

Then the weekend of April 18/19 is presented by Insound and Kanine Records. The Friday show (4/18) is with UK band Fear of Men whose new album will be out around the time of this show, plus Drew Citron and Frankie Rose's band Beverly (whose new song we dig a lot), Toronto's Alvvays (who just played with Yuck at Bowery) and Florida band Beach Day. Then for the Saturday show (4/19), it's Montreal's No Joy, Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow (new LP and NYC release show at the end of Feb.), felow Philly band Little Big League, and a second appearance by Beach Day. Note that Saturday is also Record Store Day, so if you blew all your money on limited edition vinyl, remember Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free. Beverly, Beach Day and Bleeding Rainbow all feature on Kanine RDS compilation Non Violent Femmes.

Lastly, Friday, April 25 will play host to Total Slacker (who just had a record release party) and Reputante.

In addition to the free shows, Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers amusements (ping pong, mini golf, pinball and vintage arcade games), beer and wine, gourmet food, and a variety of shopping options from local vendors.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion just played BKNB this past weekend and this weekend it's Widowspeak, Jessica Pratt, Porches, Ponyhof on Friday (2/21); and Savoir Adore and more on Saturday (2/22).

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
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There's already been three lineup announcements for SXSW 2014, and since we last spoke the music schedule was posted, which revealed more artist additions.

Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.

SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.

Lineup additions below...

Continue reading "SXSW adds Kurt Vile, Sam Smith, Chance the Rapper, Mark Kozelek, Perfume Genius, Schoolboy Q & more to 2014 lineup"

photos by PSquared Photography; intro by Bill Pearis

No Joy @ Mexican Summer Five, 10/12/2013
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We asked a bunch of artists to submit Top 10 of 2013 lists. Most of them just sent their favorite records. But sometimes they surprise us like Wax Idols and No Joy did with their similar, but very different BV-themed lists.

Here's No Joy's:

Top BrooklynVegan threads of 2013 that we thought were entertaining in no particular order

* best guitarist thread

* guns and roses brooklyn bowl thread

* Googa mooga cancellation thread

* postal service reunion rumor thread

* ron reyes leaves black flag thread

* amanda palmers open letter to sinead o connor regarding miley thread

* no joy played glasslands thread

* death grips no show thread

Thanks No Joy! Wax Idol's more angry list is HERE.

Wax Idols and No Joy put out terrific albums this year, too, that found them both heading in new sonic directions; the former with gothy post-punk on Discipline + Desire; and the latter turned down the noise to make room for moody, ethereal textures on Wait to Pleasure.

No Joy's last NYC show was as part of Mexican Summer's Fifth Anniversary celebration at Pioneer Works in Red Hook back in October and a belated set of pictures from that show are in this post. More of them below...

Continue reading "No Joy list BrooklynVegan comment threads that gave them joy. +++ belated pics of No Joy at Mexican Summer Five"

intro by Bill Pearis

Wax Idols @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Wax Idols

We asked a bunch of artists to submit Top 10 of 2013 lists. Most of them just sent their favorite records. But sometimes they surprise us like Wax Idols and No Joy did with their similar, but very different BV-themed lists.

Read No Joy's list HERE. Wax Idols' is below...

Continue reading "Wax Idols take on BrooklynVegan comments in 'Top 5' of 2013 list"

by Bill Pearis

Happy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone

Mexican Summer's 5th Anniversary celebration is this weekend (October 11 & 12) happening at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. The shows will happen inside and outdoors and Friday (10/11) features Ariel Pink, Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Mike Wexler, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, and Home Blitz; Saturday (10/12) has Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockasin (first US show), a reunited Lansing-Dreiden, Co-La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, folk cult hero Linda Perhacs (first NY show), Quilt, Weyes Blood and Soldiers of Fortune. Tickets are still available in a variety of bundles, some of which include a commemorative 250-page book and 10" vinyl compilation (which you can buy separately too). The daily schedule is listed below.

The 10" record that comes with the book features exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally. There were 1000 made.

Many of the bands playing have new records either out now or on the way. Brattleboro, VT collective Happy Jawbone Family Band will release their brand new, self-titled LP next week (10/15) via the label. These guys have put out a lot of music -- some of which was collected for Tastes The Broom earlier this year -- but this is a pretty tight, cohesive and enjoyable record. And though the name gives off vibes of folk/bluegrass/jam/etc it would fit in alongside a mix with Fresh & Onlys or Built to Spill on it. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork. You can also catch HJFB tonight (10/10) at Death by Audio with Gull, Lutkie and Painted Faces.

They'll also be around next week for CMJ, playing Cameo on Wednesday (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Mood Rings who are also on Mexican Summer but are not scheduled to play the anniversary. All dates are listed below.

Quilt
Quiilt

Speaking for Boston's Quilt, they also have a new single, "Arctic Shark," coming out on Mexican Summer at the end of the Month and you can stream that below. That song will be on the band's new album, Held in Splendor, which will be out January 28.

No Joy, who were here not so long ago, will release a new four-song EP, Pastel And Pass Out, on November 5. Like their terrific Wait to Pleasure LP, this new 12" was produced by Jorge Elbrecht (of Lansing-Dreiden and Violens) and you can stream a track from that below.

The Fresh & Onlys, who are jetting in just for this show, released their new EP, Soothsayer, a couple weeks back and you can stream that via Spotify.

Connan Mockasin (kind of the New Zealand analogue of Ariel Pink), who will play his first-ever US show at this, releases his new album, Caramel on November 5 as well. You can stream "I'm The Man, That Will Find You" below.

Speaking of Ariel Pink, he closes out Friday night's show and has a new collaborative single with Jorge Elbrecht which you can stream below. Jorge has his fingerprints all over this weekend, as Lansing-Dreiden are reuniting for Saturday's show (which should be interesting) and he released a single with Tamaryn as well as the above-mentioned No Joy records.

And J. Spaceman of Spiritualized plays tonight (10/10) at 7 Dunham Gallery with Glen Hasnard and Sean Bones as part of a Daniel Johnston photo book exhibition.

The Rockabus was originally going to provide transportation from Williamsburg and Borough Hall to Red Hook but that is not happening now. Public transportation will get you there eventually.

Quilt, Happy Jawbone, and No Joy tour dates are listed, along with the Mexican Summer Five Years schedule, streams and a flyer, below...

Continue reading "Mexican Summer Fest is this weekend (set times); Quilt, No Joy, Happy Jawbone & Connan Mockasin streaming new songs"

Spiritualized at Webster Hall last week (more by Greg Cristman)
Mexican Summer

Last week, we mentioned that Brooklyn label Mexican Summer would be throwing a fifth anniversary party in Red Hook (like Captured Tracks just did in Bushwick). It's since been announced that the festival will take place at Pioneer Works on October 11 and 12 and the lineup includes Ariel Pink (who just played Station to Station), the US debut of New Zealand's Connan Mockasin (who was supposed to play Station to Station, but dropped off), Spiritualized (who just played Webster Hall), Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, Quilt, Co La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Weyes Blood, Mike Wexler, Home Blitz, '80s-era cult psych-folk legend Bobb Trimble (who played NYC a couple times in the past year or so), '70s-era cult psych-folk legend Linda Perhacs (who makes her NYC debut at the show!), and Soldiers of Fortune (aka the "supergroup" of Papa Crazee, Mike Bones, Matt Sweeney, Barry London, Brad Truax, and Kid Millions, who will be doing a 2 hour jam sesh with special guests).

The fest also features an out-of-retirement performance by Lansing-Dreiden, the arty band led Jorge Elbrecht now of Violens. L-D only played a handful of shows in their original incarnation.

Various ticket options are available now online and at Brooklyn's Co-Op 87, who will also have a pop-up store at the festival.

In addition to the festival, Mexican Summer is also celebrating their five-year anniversary with a new book. A press release states:

The five-year anniversary is commemorated by Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 250-page, 11x11" book limited to 1,000 copies. The book features unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists. Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, screen-printed craft paper wrap, and three interior paper stocks.

Accompanying the book is a 10" record of exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally.
Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary fest lineup (Spiritualized, Lansing-Dreiden, Bobb Trimble, Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, more)"

by Bill Pearis

No Joy @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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We didn't figure No Joy would come down from Canada for Pitchfork's Basilica Sound Scape festival in September and not play at least a NYC show. It turns out, however, they've plotted a whole tour. That does indeed include an NYC show: Mercury Lounge on September 17. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.

If you haven't checked out No Joy's latest album, Wait to Pleasure, yet it does a great job of blending the heavy and ethereal. You can stream it via Spotify.

Meanwhile, Basilica Festival (September 13-14) has announced it's full line-up which includes additions like Julianna Barwick, Teengirl Fantasy, Malang Djobateh, artist Genevieve White, and a reading from Peter Sotos. Tickets are still available and you can check out the full line-up below.

You can also catch Julianna Barwick even sooner at her previously discussed NYC show happening at Judson Memorial Church on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

No Joy tour dates are listed, along with Basilica Sound Scape flyer and line-up, below...

Continue reading "No Joy touring after Basilica Sound Scape (dates & full lineup)"

Culture Collide

FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.

Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "LA festival Culture Collide lineup & tix (Phoenix, Dinosaur Jr, Rhye, Liars, Fuck Buttons, Raveonettes, Iceage & more)"

Pharmakon at Drone Activity in Progress in May (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pharmakon

As discussed, the Basilica Sound Scape festival (co-presented by Pitchfork) is returning to Hudson, NY from September 13 to 15, and the lineup has just been expanded.

The Friday (9/13) of the festival now includes sets by Brooklyn noise artist Pharmakon and UK producer Evian Christ (whose career has been seeing a boost lately thanks to his contributions to Kanye's Yeezus), in addition to the previously announced Pig Destroyer set. It also includes NYC punk icon Richard Hell reading from his I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp autobiography.

The Saturday of the festival now also includes No Joy and Pure X, in addition to previously announced sets by DIIV and Cass McCombs.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

photos by Bryan Bruchman / BTRtv; words by Bill Pearis

No Joy / Weekend @ Glasslands, 5/17/2013
Weekend
Weekend

No Joy's tour swung through NYC this week, with two shows for the Montreal shoegazers, first at Mercury Lounge (5/15) and then at Glasslands last night (5/17). The band's new album, Wait to Pleasure, is very much a studio creation, with producer Jorge Elbrecht of Violens buffing some of their more jagged edges in favor of more a lush sound that would've been right at home on 4AD Records in 1988. It's a terrific record, but I was happy to see no laptops or headphones at their show last night. While still in possession of honeyed vocals from Jasamine White-Gluz (using a harmonizer to great effect), songs like "Hare Tarot Lies" took on more pummeling form. This was especially true of show-closer "E" (which is opens their album) that is kind of their "You Made Me Realize," disintegrating into pure noise.

For fans of goth-leaning shoegaze, this was a great show as support came from Weekend who moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn last year, and even more recently adding a fourth member, Nick Ray, to the band. With Ray on bass, singer Shaun Durkan now plays second guitar. One might expect that to result in an even greater din, but last night's show was a bit turned-down, volume-wise, for the band. (It was still plenty loud.) Which maybe suited the set, which was made up almost entirely of Weekend's forthcoming album, Jinx, that trades white noise for liquid basslines, dark dance grooves and much hookier songs. The new direction suits them well and if you haven't heard first single "Mirror" you can stream it below.

Weekend's next show will be during the Northside Festival where they'll play Knitting Factory on June 15. Tickets for that show just went on sale today. They've got a few shows in California in July, too, and all dates are listed below.

I missed openers Grand Resort, but they have a few shows coming up including tonight (5/17) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge where they'll play with Minneapolis' great BNLX. Those dates, along with more photos of No Joy and Weekend, are below.

Continue reading "No Joy played Glasslands with Weekend who are playing Northside (pics, dates)"

by Bill Pearis

No Joy

No Joy's new album, Wait to Pleasure, came out last week via Mexican Summer. Produced by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht, the album goes beyond the group's pummeling shoegaze start, showing off previously unheard textures, melody and beauty. They can still attain tinitus-level volume, but they've got other cards too. You can stream it via Spotify, and check out their new video for the LP's almost Cocteau Twins-y "Hare Tarot Lies" below.

As mentioned, No Joy's tour will hit NYC in a couple weeks, playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on May 15 (tickets) and then Glasslands on May 16 with the sonically likeminded Weekend (who were great at Shea Stadium last week) and Grand Resort (who also play with BNLX the next day). You can still get tickets to Glasslands but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away, along with a copy of No Joy's album.

Contest details, video, album stream and No Joy's current tour schedule are below.

Continue reading "No Joy released 'Wait to Pleasure' and new video; win copy of new LP and tickets to their Glasslands show"

by Bill Pearis

Weekend @ BVSXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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As mentioned, Weekend will release their second album, Jinx, on July 23 via Slumberland. Where their debut album, Sports, wormed its way into your head from sheer force, the new album has a much stronger focus on both melody and dynamics (and just a smidge of melodrama). You can also dance to it, in an '80s goth club kind of way. You can stream "Mirror" (which opens the album) below along with choice cuts from their first album and EP.

Weekend are playing tonight (4/26) at Bushwick spot Shea Stadium, where they promise, "New songs, same volume.' I.e. bring earplugs. The show also has the ever-present LODRO, plus Slander, and Napoleon. Advance tickets are available. On Tuesday (4/30), Weekend will play a show at Stony brook University with SDLK. The show, sponsored by campus radio station WUSB, is happening in a classroom that's been converted into a studio. The show is free and all ages (and will be broadcast live on the station) and more info is here.

The band will also open for Montreal's No Joy at Glasslands on May 16 and tickets are still available for that show. (No openers for No Joy's 5/15 show at Mercury Lounge.)

Continue reading "Weekend add shows, playing Shea Stadium tonight and Stony Brook University next week (dates)"

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Phoenix, who just played Coachella, are streaming their shiny new album, Bankrupt!, on iTunes.

Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.

The new Nick Drake tribute album with covers by Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock, and others is streaming on Spinner.

Jose Gonzalez's band Junip are streaming their new self titled album on Pitchfork.

Meat Puppets are streaming their new album, Rat Farm, on Spinner.

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge are streaming their new film-soundtrack-style album, Twelve Reasons to Die, on NPR.

Montreal shoegazers No Joy are streaming their shimmery new album, Wait to Pleasure, on Pitchfork.

Tera Melos are streaming their new spastic pop album, X'ed Out, on Spinner.

The Boy Least Likely To are streaming their new album, The Great Perhaps, on Pitchfork.

by Bill Pearis

Weekend

Weekend, who moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn last summer, have announced details of their second album. It's called Jinx and will be out on Slumberland on July 23. It's been almost two years since Weekend's dark, dissonant Red EP and the trio have burned a lot of the haze off their sound (and some of the ear-bleeding volume), in favor of more melody and danceability, albiet in a gothy '80s kind of way. (The Chameleons, The Sound and maybe even Ride come to mind.) You can stream the first track released from the album, "Mirror," below.

Expect tour dates a little closer to the albums release but in the meantime Weekend will be playing a NYC show soon, opening for No Joy at Glasslands on May 16. Tickets are still available.

Album art and tracklisting for Jinx are below.

Continue reading "Weekend ready new album 'Jinx' (stream a track), opening for No Joy in Brookyn"

Tamaryn

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.

Continue reading "Tamaryn DJing MoMA; Austin Psych Fest finalizes lineup"

by Bill Pearis

No Joy

As mentioned, Montreal's No Joy will release their new album, Wait to Pleasure, on April 23 and it's a nice blast of textured, hooky shoegaze. You can stream "Lunar Phobia" below.

The band already have dates lined up with Clinic and METZ, but after those stints end, No Joy will swing through the Northeast on the way home, stopping in NYC for two shows: May 15 at Mercury Lounge and May 16 at Glasslands. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/13) at noon with the regular on-sale hitting Friday (3/15) at noon. Tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.

Updated No Joy dates are listed below...

Continue reading "No Joy expands tour (two NYC shows included)"

by Bill Pearis

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Montreal's No Joy are set to return with their new album, Wait to Pleasure, which comes out April 23 via Mexican Summer. Working in a proper studio for the first time -- with Violens' Jorge Elbrecht at the helm -- the band are still in the hazy shoegaze world, but where previous records were focused on noise and volume, the new one aims for atmospheric, ethereal textures. So less Swervedriver, more Lush if that means anything to you. Stream the dreamy first single, "Lunar Phobia," below.

No Joy have dates coming up with Clinic and Metz, neither of which jaunts will hit NYC but hopefully they'll play here soon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "No Joy ready 'Wait to Pleasure,' touring (dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
Mac Demarco

"Nobody look up my girlfriend's skirt, okay?" Mac DeMarco asked the audience at Sala Rossa as he began his final song. His girlfriend, Kiki, was riding piggyback. She'd was dragged onstage a song earlier to play a game of "catch" where they held onto each other as Mac tipped them into the audience for a double crowd-surf.

So goes a Mac DeMarco show these days, where the onstage antics almost threaten to upstage the music. But, despite all the belch talking and other things, it never does. Mac and his band have toured most of 2012 and all that playing has done wonders for them -- they are tight but lythe around the groove. Songs off the new album ("Viceroy," "Cooking Up Someting Good") sound great and ones of his first album have a life to them than you don't hear on the recordings. And, like at CMJ last month, the Salla Rossa crowd loves him.

PS I Love You @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
PS I Love You

Mac was the unintentional headliner of night 2 of M for Montreal which, like the first night, took place at Sala Rossa, a club perched above a tapas restaurant (both of which are owned by some of the Godspeed guys). He got stuck in traffic and PS I Love You, nice guys that they are, switched into undercard slot. After spending half the year trying out a trio version of the group, they are back to their original duo arrangement of Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums. Playing most of the show with a double-neck guitar, Saulnier yelped and shredded through their 25-minute set of the catchiest material from the band's two albums, plus a couple new ones (I think). Nelson is a machine behind the kit and the way he hammers on the hi-hat gives the band a New Order-ish backbone which offsets Saulnier's more rock instincts. While I enjoyed seeing them as a trio, it's clear the chemistry is between these two.

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Continue reading "M for Montreal 2012: day 2 review (Mac Demarco, PS I Love You, Young Galaxy, No Joy + more)"

by Bill Pearis

Featureless ghost

The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.

The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.

Like in years past (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008), I'll be heading up for the M fest, and will be reporting the goings-on.

If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

No Joy

Hazy Montreal rockers No Joy are hitting the road and crushing eardrum, joining Lower Dens on their upcoming summer tour that hits NYC on July 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available and all Lower Dens/No Joy tour dates are listed below.

Right before that tour begins (June 19 to be specific), No Joy will release Negaverse, a new five-song EP on Mexican Summer which refines the band's swirling maelstrom of big guitars and ethereal vocals. Alan McGee would've signed them to Creation in a heartbeat in 1990. Sounds good today too -- you can stream the EP's lead track, "Junior," alongside the record's cover art and tracklist below.

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