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The Monkees

Yesterday, we mentioned that The Monkees will celebrate their 50th anniversary with their first new album in 20 years and a tour. Now the dates for that tour have been announced.

It hits NYC on June 1 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show should be on sale soon. All dates are listed below. Michael Nesmith, who did contribute to the new album, stopped touring with them last year.

As mentioned, their new album will feature songwriting from Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, XTC's Andy Partridge, Rogue Wave's Zach Schwartz, and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, who also produced it. Rolling Stone revealed today that Noel Gallagher contributed songwriting too. They also revealed the cover art, which is pictured above.

Listen to Weezer do "I'm A Believer," with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Monkees announce 2016 tour dates; Noel Gallagher contributed to their new album too"

The Monkees

The Monkees, with original members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith (RIP Davy Jones), will release their first album in 20 years this year. Depending on how much faith you have in a Monkees album in 2016, that may or may not be interesting, but this part is: Songwriting contributions come from Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard, XTC co-leader Andy Partridge, Zach from Rogue Wave, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger who also produced it. Nesmith and Tork also wrote one song each for it.

UPDATE: The album also includes songwriting from Noel Gallagher and tour dates are now announced.

The album also includes some unfinished material from the '60s, including songs co-written with Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson. Some of the '60s material has the band backed by The Wrecking Crew.

The album is called Good Times and it's due out June 10 via Rhino. You can pre-order it at Amazon. The release doubles as the celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, and they'll also tour this year in support of it.

The complete set of the Monkees TV series also comes out on Blu-ray on April 29. You can pre-order that now too. That's the artwork above.

Listen to a demo of "Good Times" below...

Continue reading "Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Andy Partridge & more wrote songs for The Monkees' first album in 20 years, 'Good Times'"

Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

Continue reading "MOJO's Top 50 LPs of 2015"

photo: replica of a Sam Goody, where people used to buy albums on Tuesdays (more)
Sam Goody

As you may know, the worldwide album release day will now be Friday, rather than the previous system where albums came out on Tuesdays in the US, Mondays in the UK, and other days in other countries. And as you may have noticed in some of our posts this week (like Ghostface Killah, Spraynard, or Upcoming Metal Releases), that comes into effect this Friday, July 10.

We all know of course that "release day" doesn't really apply to all records, and most can be heard one way or another before that day anyway. Most major releases usually stream a week beforehand (whether it's on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, NPR, iTunes Radio, Spotify or some other platform). Independent bands will continue to throw their albums up on Bandcamp on any day they want, as they've always done. Kanye West and Drake will still throw new albums on iTunes at 11:47 PM on a Wednesday without prior warning, and Jay-Z will probably do so on Tidal.

On the other hand, if you're used to checking Spotify, Rdio, or the iTunes store for new releases every Tuesday, you probably felt the change already when no new albums were there for you earlier this week. And now you won't have to worry about something like an album being out in Iceland but not available in the US yet.

Or maybe Noel Gallagher will release his "on a Wednesday just to be fucking contrary"...

Continue reading "New Music Friday begins this week"

photos by Gretchen Robinette and P Squared Photography

Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball

Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]
Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.

Pictures from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More from the final day, below....

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 pics: Weird Al, Hot Chip, War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Black Keys, FlyLo, Noel Gallagher & more"

Philip Selway

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is coming to the US soon for a tour which begins with his NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge, and ends with his second of two Coachella appearances. He's now confirmed that the opener on his non-festival dates will be Adem.

Adem (full name Adem Ilhan) is a folktronica/post-rock solo artist on Domino, who put out three albums in the mid-late 2000s, one of which was a covers album with songs by Bjork, Aphex Twin, Bedhead, PJ Harvey, and more. He's also a member of the '90s/'00s post-rock band Fridge with Kieran Hebden, aka Radiohead's pal Four Tet, and is one half of the duo Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail). And he played on Philip's most recent album, 2014's Weatherhouse.

In addition to opening the shows, Adem is playing in Philip's live band, along with Kath Mann (aka Quinta) and Chris Vatalaro. The NYC show happens April 10 at LPR, and tickets are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

In other Radiohead news, The Bends turns 20 on Friday (3/13), and Stereogum are celebrating with Radiohead Week. Among their features is a post with 33 musicians discussing their favorite Radiohead song, including Ed Droste, J Mascis, Kip Berman, Wayne Coyne, Kathleen Hanna, Sadie Dupuis, Noel Gallagher, and more. They've also got Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves interviewing her dad about them (she calls them "middle of the road" and "the uncanny valley of interesting music").

Watch a video of a The Bends track, with the list of Philip Selway dates and a Selway video, below...

Continue reading "Adem opening Philip Selway's US tour & playing in his band"

by Bill Pearis


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' new single "Ballad of the Mighty I" has been "re-animated" by Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, aka Erol Alkan and Richard Norris' psychedelic disco collaboration that recently did similar work on Temples' entire debut album. A good candidate for what they do, the song gets stripped down, and rebuilt with harps and a wall of melotrons -- it might even be better than the original. (It might also be BtWS's best "re-imagination" since Midlake's "Roscoe.") You can stream that, along with the original version, below.

In other news, tickets for the just-added Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds show at Webster Hall on May 7 go on Citi cardmember presale today at 10AM.

Continue reading "Noel Gallagher gets remixed by Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve (listen); Webster Hall show on presale"

by Bill Pearis


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will release their second album, Chasing Yesterday, on March 2. The new single from the LP is "Ballad of the Mighty I" which features longtime friend Johnny Marr on guitar. Noel told The Guardian about the collaboration:

I tried to get him to play on the last album but it never happened. So when I put this track together and knew he would be perfect for it I called him and asked if I could send him the rough mix. He said: 'No, I don't want to hear it. I'm just going to react to it on the day.' He didn't even want any pointers. Well, that was brave of him. He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals. And I have to say, he's unbelievable. He's way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make Mighty I one of the best songs I've ever written.
The song is a nice bit of string-laden disco rock, and you can watch the video for the song which plays off Gallagher's noted disdain for the artform. (Watch edited highlight's of Noel's commentary from the Oasis DVD below.) The director appearing in the video calls him "Liam" and, when Noel proves uncooperative, lets him know "Chris Martin did 12 takes!" There are also possible nods to Verve and Radiohead videos, but Johnny Marr does not make an appearance. Watch it below.

As mentioned, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will play the 2015 Governors Ball. That will finish off a spring North American tour for the band. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds shares video for Johnny Marr collaboration, touring before Governors Ball (dates)"


Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2015 lineup (Bjork, Drake, Ratatat, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, Decemberists, War on Drugs, LDR, more)"


It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...

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by Bill Pearis

Beady Eye @ Live On Letterman, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Beady Eye

Beady Eye, the band formed when Oasis broke up in 2009 by members Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell and Gem Archer, have called it quits. Gallagher let the world know on Saturday (10/25) via Twitter:

Andy Bell (who played bass in Oasis and guitar in Beady Eye) also confirmed the split via Twitter:This has fueled speculation about a reconciliation between Liam Gallagher and his brother (and Oasis songwriter) Noel and the reformation of Oasis (perhaps the original lineup) but, more interestingly, this frees up Andy Bell who co-fronted Ride in the early '90s.

Ride were one of the best of the original crop of UK shoegaze bands, bringing strong pop songwriting (and Byrds-y flourishes) to the din of guitars. Their first two albums, 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again, are essentials of the era. (1994's Carnival of Light dropped the effects pedals in favor if Britpop styles and is about half good; 1996's Tarantuala is best not talked about.) The band toured the US with Slowdive, whose tour just hit NYC's Terminal 5. There's probably no other shoegaze band from that era that would be more welcome back. Mark Gardner, the other singer-guitarist in Ride, toured the West Coast over the summer, and his sets included lots of Ride songs.

Beady Eye's other guitarist, Gem Archer, fronted Heavy Stereo in the mid-'90s whose 1996 album, Deja Voodoo, was released by Creation.

As for a Oasis reunion, Noel Gallagher just announced he'll release Chasing Yesterday, his new album with his band High Flying Birds, in March 2015.

Some Ride videos below...

Continue reading "Beady Eye broke up (maybe Ride will reform now?)"

by Bill Pearis

Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher will soon back with his second High Flying Birds album, titled Chasing Yesterday, which will be out March 2, 2015 via Sour Mash Records. (Looking back in anger is a no no; chasing yesterday may be something he finds good, bad or unavoidable, we'll have wait and see.) This is the first he's both written and produced himself, and Johnny Marr plays on closing track "Ballad of the Mighty." The first single is already out and called "In the Heat of the Moment" which is not an Asia cover. It's in the disco-rock direction much of his first solo album was, with a nagging "nah nah nah" chorus. Noel can still write a hook. The video just premiered and you can watch that below....

Continue reading "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are 'Chasing Yesterday' on new LP (watch first video)"

Noel Gallagher @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Noel Gallagher

You know you've made it when Noel Gallagher starts dissing you. In a new year-end interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher, who's had a "dog-shit year," was asked about some of 2013's bigger LPs. He likes David Bowie's ("fucking masterpiece") and Yeezus ("fucking great") and Disclosure's Settle ("fucking mega"). Arcade Fire? Not as much. In typical style:

I haven't heard it. Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own asshole. This is not the Seventies, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the fucking time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album? How arrogant are these people to think that you've got an hour and a half to listen to a fucking record?
Someone should remind Gallagher that Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was a double album that clocks in two minutes longer than Reflektor. He also has a few words about Arcade Fire's "super not mandatory" dress code:
That is to take away from the shit disco that's coming out of the speakers. Because everybody's dressed as one of the Three Musketeers on acid. "What was the gig like?" "I don't know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies." "Yeah, but what was the gig like?" "Ah, fuck knows, man, I have no idea. I was dressed as a flying saucer."
You've got plenty of time to get your UFO suit ready for Arcade Fire's three Barclays Center shows, which happen August 22, 23 & 24 of 2014. Tickets are still available for the first two, and the 8/24 show goes on sale December 13 with an AmEx presale starting Monday (12/9) at 10 AM.

Gallagher was also asked about Miley Cyrus, to whom he offers this advice:

Be good. Don't be outrageous. Anybody can be outrageous! I could go to the Rolling Stone office and fucking shit on top of a boiled egg, right? And people would go, "Wow, fucking hell, that's outrageous!" But is it any good? No, because, essentially, it's just a shit on top of a boiled egg. That's all it is. If I was to go to your office and play you a song that I'd just written that was amazing, that would be better, wouldn't it?
There's lot more where that came from and you can read the whole interview at Rolling Stone.

BLur  / Oasis

Hell hath frozen over:

It was the bitter Britpop feud of the nineties - Oasis and Blur at each other's throats in the charts and out on the tiles.

Both rugged bands would threaten each other and the rivalry dominated both bands chart success, with record companies pandering to the division of teenage fans.

But despite Albarn, 44, saying in 2007 making up with Noel, 45, would be the end of Britpop the pair were happy to give each other a mellow squeeze at the BRIT Awards last night (2/20).

It seems Albarn had forgotten Noel Gallagher's famous wish he 'would 'get AIDS and die' and his own 2007 pledge: 'I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up!' -[Daily Mail]

Good to see they've made up. Maybe Liam still holds a grudge? You can relive the legendary Britpop beef via video clips below.

As for the BRIT Awards themselves, Mumford & Sons were named best British group; Coldplay was named best British live act; and Adele went home with Best British Single for "Skyfall." Full list of BRIT winners is here.

Blur will play their first North American shows in ages at Coachella 2013.

Continue reading "Damon Albarn & Noel Gallagher patch things up at last night's BRIT Awards (where Mumford and Adele won big)"

Jake Bugg

The story goes that 18-year-old Jake Bugg - born Jacob Kennedy - picked up an acoustic guitar a few years ago and found himself writing songs in the urban-troubadour mould of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, with a touch of skiffle madness to leaven the folk-pop tales of Nottingham housing estates. Instead of heeding a friend's advice to audition for Britain's Got Talent, he plugged away at small gigs until he caught the attention of a label. Before you could say "shades of Lonnie Donegan", he was No 1 in the album chart, and being touted as the antidote to manufactured pop.

The back-story is probably true enough, but there is also the stamp of marketing intervention: the flop-top haircut is too L'Uomo Vogue and the sepia album photography too artful to be self-generated. Moreover, most of his tunes are co-writes with professionals such as Iain Archer. What's not in doubt is his talent. For 50 minutes, Bugg transfixes a horribly humid Koko, and if he's not quite Dylan, nor is he some pretty mannequin. - [The Guardian]

18-year-old singer-songwriter Jake Bugg hails from Nottingham, UK and is one of the biggest success stories of the year over there. Last month his eponymous album debuted at #1 in the UK charts, knocking Mumford & Sons out of the top spot and made it to #9 on NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list.

Jake Bugg just wrapped up a North American tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol (it didn't hit NYC) and has a couple NYC shows coming up. He will play The Slipper room on December 6 (tickets still available) and has just announced a headlining show at happening Bowery Ballroom on January 14. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a regular on-sale on Friday (11/30). No other North American shows at the moment.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Jake Bugg released debut LP (#1 in UK), playing NYC shows"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2

"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.

Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]

Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.

You saw our pictures of Friday HERE and HERE, and St. Vincent and Radiohead from Saturday. The rest of Saturday, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Day 2 pics -- Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed, Bon Iver, Feist, Shins, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, more"

by Bill Pearis

Paul Weller - Sonic Kicks

Paul Weller will release his 11th solo album, Sonik Kicks, on March 27 via Yep Roc and features guest appearances from Graham Coxon and Noel Gallagher. They don't play on the same songs, but if anyone could end the 17-year Blur/Oasis feud (that isn't really a feud anymore), it's Paul Weller. You can check out videos for "That Dangerous Age" first single, "Around the Park" at the bottom of this post, and check out samples of all the songs over at Yep Roc's website.

More importantly to some, Weller will be playing two NYC shows at Best Buy Theater on May 18 and May 19. No other U.S. dates have been announced.

Continue reading "Paul Weller releasing new album, playing two NYC shows"

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 lineup announced (two weekends worth)"

Atlas Sound @ Creators Project in Oct (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

today in NYC
* Comedy
* The Delorean Sisters @ Barbes
* Wu-Tang Clan @ Best Buy Theater
* Marianne Faithfull @ City Winery
* Delicate Steve, Milagres @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Divining Rod, Vorhees, Dan Matz @ Zebulon
* Marshall Tucker Band @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Lucky Dragons, Gamelan Kusuma Laras @ The Stone
* Guardian Alien, Yautja, Dawn, ATM @ Shea Stadium
* Atlas Sound, Carnivores, Frank Broyles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Blonde Valhalla, Fake Babies, D. Gookin, Jacob 2-2 @ Glasslands
* Technicolor Lenses, Eitch, Misterthumbs, Ian Stewart @ Cake Shop
* Bomb The Music Industry, Laura Stevenson, Titus Andronicus @ Europa
* Bane, Incendiary, Naysayer, United Youth and King Nine @ The Morgan
* No Power, The Marsh Hens, Herzog Rising, Aint Rights @ Death By Audio
* Ignite, Grey Area, Banquets, Live Fast Die Fast @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Matter Waves, Diamond Terrifier, Dharana, Sondra Sun-Odeon @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* New Beard, Lavalier, Toys and Tiny Instruments Band, Gato Loco de Bajo @ Cameo Gallery
* Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Brown Bird @ Union Pool
* The Gregory Brothers, Sarah and The Stanleys, Dusty Brown, Melanie Penn @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Freddie Stevenson, Kevin Calaba, Zane Carney, Chelsea Lee, Alec Berlin, Marissa Hansson, Johanna Samuels, Jonny Hirsch @ Rockwood Music Hall

Thanks to all who came by Brooklyn Bazaar on Friday and Twin Sister last night. Happy Sunday!

Videos of Noel Gallagher, Deer Tick and Dawes on Conan O'Brien last week, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"

By Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADHeavy Times - Future City (MP3)
DOWNLOADBrain Idea - Oh I'm Free (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Los Campesinos! - By Your Hand (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Strange Boys - Me and You(MP3)

Noel Gallagher

I'm heading to the M for Montreal festival tomorrow which will keep me busy and entertained, but here's what I'll be missing this week while I'm there.

Like last night, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are playing tonight (11/15) at the Beacon Theater and there are still (pricey) tickets available for the show. He'll then head to California for a few shows, and will be back in America in March (no NYC date yet). All Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

As someone who gave up on Oasis about two songs into Be Here Now, I was a bit surprised by how much I like Noel Gallagher's new album, which debuted at #1 on the UK album charts. While nothing  strays very far from his wheelhouse, it sounds like he might have been saving up his best songs for himself. "Aka...What a Life!" is a dancefloor stomper that works surprisingly well, and the songs that revel in pomp and strings sound great loud. It's a good album. There are videos for "Aka...What a Life!" (featuring, um, Russell Brand) and "If I Had a Gun" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the whole album.

Unlike Beady Eye, Noel has no problem playing Oasis songs (he did write them after all) so you're probably gonna get "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Wonderwall" (and probably some deep cuts) along with the entirety of his new album. Actually, you can look at last night's setlist, and pictures too, HERE.

Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! release their new album Hello Sadness today and are here for two shows: tomorrow (11/16) at Bowery Ballroom and then Thursday (11/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Their first album made since (amicably) losing vocalist/keyboardist Aleksandra, Hello Sadness finds LC! "maturing" a bit: code for being less manic and shouty than previous albums. Which is fine, you can't do that forever, and it suits the tone of lyrics. (It's a massive breakup album.) There's a fair amount of wallowing going on, but you also get some terrific singles too, like "By Your Hand" which has a giant, stick-in-your-head chorus and is downloadable at the top of this post.

Heavy Times

Chicago's Heavy Times and Brain Idea are here this week, playing Shea Stadium on 11/17 and Party Expo on 11/18. Both are worth checking out. Heavy Times just released Jacker on Hozac Records and you can check out "Future City" at the top of this post. As I said previously, it's one big snarl of an album and if you dig Obits and "I Wanna Live" era Ramones (or the HoZac label in general), this is right up your bowling alley.

Brain Idea

Brain Idea, meanwhile, make the kind of jangly guitar pop that was inescapable on college radio in the '80s. (Flying Nun and the paisley underground scene come to mind.) An MP3 for "Oh I'm Free" from this year's Mexican Summer-released Cosmos Factory EP is at the top of this post.

Cover to new Total Control/Oh Sees split 12"

The band I'm most bummed about missing this week is Australia's Total Control, whose album Henge Beat is one of my favorites of the year. They're here for three shows: tomorrow night (11/16) at St Vitus, and then opening for tourmates Thee Oh Sees on Thursday (11/ 17) at 285 Kent and Friday (11/ 18) at Le Poisson Rouge. All Oh Sees/Total Control dates are at the bottom of this post.

I'm just gonna quote myself here:

Although their web presence is minimal and enigmatic, Total Control's lineage is not: Daniel Young is in Straightjacket Nation, and Mikey Young spends time in Eddy Current Suppression Ring and both are also in UV Race. (Fellow UV Racer Alistair Montfort, plus Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra round out the live line-up.) After a string of 7"s the band released Henge Beat back in August, a real corker of a debut album. It divides its time between motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and more Eddy Current style stormers, with a nice layer of repetition repetition repetition coating the whole shebang.
You can stream one of the album tracks at the bottom of this post. If you go to one of the shows, be sure to pick up the split Total Control/Oh Sees tour 12" too.

The Strange Boys

And finally, Austin's Strange Boys are here this weekend, playing Friday (11/18) at Mercury Lounge, Saturday (11/19) at Glasslands and then a free in-store at Generation Records on Sunday afternoon (11/20, 4PM).

The band's first album for Rough Trade, Live Music, came out last month and knocks a lot of the dust off the band's grubby, in-the-red twangy R&B but I don't think it's necessarily to their detriment. There is grub to spare, and if you like dive bar rock n' roll and can't get enough of things that sound vaguely like early-'70s Rolling Stones you'll probably dig. Check out an MP3 of "Me and You" at the top of this post. None of their records have really captured what they're like live, anyway, which is the best way to experience them for sure. So go check out a show this weekend.

That'll do it for this week. Some day-by-day picks follow for shows not mentioned above.


Hopefully you got tickets to Youth Lagoon's sold out show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Or did you go last night?

David Comes to Life comes to life tonight at Warsaw as Fucked Up perform the album in its entirety. Tickets are still available.

Not sold out and actually free is múm's Kría Brekkan who performs tonight at Church of the Advent Hope along with Julianna Barwick and Aaron Roche, with artwork by EyeBodega.

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Continue reading "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Los Campesinos, Heavy Times, Brain Idea, Total Control, The Strange Boys and more in This Week in Indie"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

"As Oasis' guitarist and chief songwriter, he spent a decade at the helm of Britain's biggest band. Last month, he celebrated his solo album debuting at No. 1 on the UK charts. Brother Liam's new band, Beady Eye, only managed No. 3.

But Noel Gallagher -- whose band High Flying Birds [is on tour now] -- isn't strutting.

"The only thing I was certain of with this album was that (mellow tune) 'The Death of You and Me' be the first single," he said from London. "I just thought now wasn't the time for grandstanding. I thought it was time to be a little more cool and calm."

You could read between the lines and guess there will be no Oasis reunion. Fans have buzzed about the band touring for the 20th anniversary of 1995 blockbuster "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"

Gallagher told me it won't happen. [Boston Herald]

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds began their two night run at the Beacon Theatre last night (11/14) and conclude their visit to NYC with a show TONIGHT (11/15). Tickets are still available. Though Gallagher has launched this new band with a new album, he wasn't afraid to dip his toes into classic Oasis material like "Wonderwall" and "Supersonic". The full setlist is below, under the rest of the pictures and two videos from the Monday night show.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have announced another set of East Coast dates for March 2012, though none in NYC (yet?). The updated tour schedule, video, setlist and more pictures are below...

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Tickets went on sale this morning for Noel Gallagher's previously announced show at Beacon Theatre, and though tickets are still available for the 11/14 date as of this posting, he's added one at the same venue happening one day later (11/15). Tickets for the new date go on sale 9/16 at 10am.


"Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are pleased to confirm their debut tour of North America.

Noel announced earlier this week on Los Angeles Radio Station KROQ that the band are scheduled to play a number of cities this November in support of their debut album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds', which is released through his own label Sour Mash Records / Mercury Records in North America on Tuesday 8th November.

The band will be premiering new songs off the debut album, as well as running through some of Noel's penned songs from his days in Oasis."

Noel is the only member of Oasis that isn't in Beady Eye which is Liam's band that also has upcoming North American dates. Beady Eye play Terminal 5 in December. Noel will play Beacon Theater on November 14th. Tickets go on Internet/Fan Club presale Thursday, 9/8 at 10am. General sale begins 24 hours after that. All dates and a video below...

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Beady Eye at Webster Hall in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Beady Eye

Beady Eye (Oasis minus Noel Gallagher), who made their public NYC debut at Webster Hall last month, are returning to North America this fall for a short tour. The tour ends in NYC on December 9 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/15) at noon. "The band will be joined by Matt Jones on keyboards and Jeff Wootton on bass for all dates."

Beady Eye recently made a video for their track "The Beat Goes On." The video, which you can watch below, was filmed at the band's Isle of Wight performance and directed by Charlie Lightening. The band are releasing the song as a single on their own label with the previously unreleased track "In The Bubble With A Bullet" as the b-side. The single comes out July 18.

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher has been working on some stuff of his own. He's set to release the solo album Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in the UK on October 17 on his own Sour Mash label, and in the US on November 8 on Sour Mash and Mercury. According to Noel's website, he and his band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will tour this fall. No dates have been announced yet. He's also said that he's completed a second album "which is a continuation of his collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous." That album is set to come out in 2012.

In other news, Liam says that Noel lied about how Oasis split up in 2009.

"I got diagnosed with laryngitis for the V festival - I wasn't hung-over," Liam said.

"I do gigs when I've been hung-over. I'm a big boy. I'm not going to cancel a gig because I've got a headache."

All Beady Eye tour dates, video, and Noel's album tracklist below...

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by Bill Pearis

Liam Gallagher is ruling Glasgow before he has even come on: 2,000 voices roar his name, mixing this with a booze-sozzled chant that carries on throughout the gig: "Beady! Beady! Beady fuckin' aye!"

Oasis may be no more, but if this lot are missing Noel Gallagher, it doesn't show. Still, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what Liam does that has made him the sort of idol who comes along once a generation. He wears a motorcycle jacket buttoned up (helpful for dodging the traditional Glasgow welcome of hurled beer). He edges a hand towards his private regions (not quite a Michael Jackson crotch grab, more like scratching an itch). He stands motionless and casts, yes, a beady eye over the crowd. Yet somehow his presence in this medium-size hall (as opposed to an Oasis-size arena) is formidable. [The Guardian]

That's a review of Beady Eye's show in Glagow this past Friday night. The band, basically Oasis minus Noel Gallagher, released their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, last week. It pretty much sounds like what you think it going to, though guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell (who was in Ride) show that Noel wasn't the only one capable of writing melodies that sound a lot like The Beatles and The Las. When it sticks to rockers, it's actually pretty good.

Beady Eye have just announced their first ever American dates, including a June 23 stop at Webster Hall. Tickets ($40) for that show go on sale this Friday (3/11) at noon.

A couple Beady Eye videos are below, along with their cover art and announced North American tour dates....

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