Entries tagged with: Noise Pop
by Bill Pearis
One of my favorite 7"s from 2013 was the solo single "Is it Really, Really Real?" from Corey, aka Corey Cunningham of Terry Malts. Its 2:49 minute sludgepop perfection that asks the important questions, like "Is it really, really real?" I mean, think about it. Corey also just made a video for this song, set in sunny suburbia, and it makes its premiere in this post. Watch it -- and stream the whole single (out on Loglady) -- below.
In other news, Terry Malts (whose second LP came out in September) are recording a new single with producer Monte Vallier (Soft Moon, Weekend) so keep an eye out for that. They play this weekend's San Francisco Noise Pop Festival and have a few other dates coming up as well (none on the East Coast unfortunately) -- all are listed below.
We mentioned earlier that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, where they've actually got two shows at The Independent: February 28 with Dream Boys, and March 1 with Dominant Legs. What we haven't done is run down this year's fest which happens at venues all over San Francisco from February 25 - March 2.
In addition to Real Estate, this year's Noise Pop (now in its 21st year) features such acts as Throwing Muses, Cold Cave, Mark Mulcahy, Mikal Cronin, Bob Mould, No Age, The Fresh & Onlys, Dr. Dog, Courtney Barnett, Cheatahs, and lots more. Badges that get you into all events are on sale now.
Full list of this year's performers below...
Jonah with Far in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
As previously mentioned, Jonah recently scheduled a tour that hits the NYC-area on March 7 at Maxwell's (tickets) and March 14 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). Both of those are still listed as "Jonah Matranga", but the just added Brooklyn show at Union Pool on March 6 is up as "Onelinedrawing". Tickets are on sale now.
Updated tour dates, including a San Francisco Noise Pop show with Christie Front Drive (who played a Brooklyn reunion show over the summer), are listed below...
a Sasquatch 2011 patron (more by Josh Darr)
The new year is approaching, and while you're making last minute plans and thinking up your resolutions, you can also start thinking about what festivals to attend in 2012. Here are some updates on next year's US festivals (not in any particular order).
SXSW, which is taking place from March 9-18 in Austin, with the music portion form March 13-18, has already announced a bunch of bands. If you register before January 13, you'll be able to save a bit.
New Orleans Jazz Fest is taking place from April 27 - May 6. The lineup includes The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Bon IverMy Morning Jacket, Feist, Janelle Monae, and others. The full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale now.
Sasquatch is taking place this year from May 25-28 in Gorge, Washington. 4-Day passes will be on presale through New Year's Eve, and general sale starts February 11. New for 2012, "Patrons who purchase a 4-day festival ticket will be allowed re-entry from the Festival grounds! This will not apply to any other ticket, only the 4-day pass."
Bonnaroo will be taking place from June 7-10 this year in Manchester, TN. Presale tickets have sold out but tickets will go on sale to the general public in the coming months. Also check out a Spotify playlist of the Bonnaroo staff's favorite songs of 2011.
Coachella, will take place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22). Other than a fake lineup poster that has been floating around, no artists have been officially announced yet.
Noise Pop will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012 from February 21-26 in San Francisco. So far the lineup includes Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Big Freedia, Surfer Blood, Grimes, Bleached, John Vanderslice, Ume, and others. Check out the full list below.
Lollapalooza will take place in 2012 from August 3-5 in Grant Park in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale this spring. As BVChicago mentioned, Lollapalooza is also taking place in Chile and Brazil this year.
Bamboozle, now in a new location, is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park in New Jersey this year. So far the scary lineup includes Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. 3-Day wristbands are on sale now.
Bumbershoot is taking place from September 1-3 at Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. Tickets are available and Bumbershoot are currently having a holiday sale where single day tickets are half off (originally $150, now $75).
NYC's own Governors Ball, which took place at Governors Island in 2011, has been moved to the bigger Randall's Island and will take place over the course of two days, June 23 and 24. Like last year, there will be no overlapping sets. Compared to the others listed here, this is not quite a big "festival", but unlike anything else listed above, it does happen in NYC. Artist announcements and tickets are coming soon.
Current NoisePop and Jazz Fest lineups below...
"Big Freedia's about to go on stage
w/ The Roots. Way 2 upstage me." - Hot Sugar
"Fuck yeah performed with big freedia last night
and the roots! Best time ever!" - Heather Loop
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Eric M. Townsend)
She has a few upcoming shows planned for the next few months, including New Year's Eve in Austin and a NYC show back at Brooklyn Bowl on January 21. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are
not on sale yet but check ticketfly for updates.
Earlier this year, she toured with Spank Rock (who just announced a show with Skrillex, which is happening on February 3 at Roseland). That tour also brought Big Freedia to Brooklyn Bowl, and to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
All Freedia dates (including Noisepop in San Francisco) and a video for "Na Who Mad" below...
The once extinguished but now active Versus is scheduled to play Mercury Lounge on February 19th, their lone East Coast date as part of a handful of US dates late next month. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. The band released their first LP in ten years, On the Ones and Threes, via Merge Records in 2010.
You can also catch Versus's Richard Baluyut when he appears during Jennifer O'Connor's residency at Rock Shop on February 8th. Tickets are still available, and he'll be joined by Charles Bissell of The Wrens and Kendall Meade of Mascott.
Speaking of Charles Bissell, he is also on the bill of a Project Matters Benefit at Maxwell's in Hoboken on January 23rd with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Escape Directors. Tickets are on sale.
Versus is also on board for Noise Pop 2011 in San Francisco, CA. To be exact, they play Cafe Du Nord with their touring labelmates Telekinesis & The Love Language on February 23rd. The whole festival will take place at multiple venues from February 22-27 and will also feature appearances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service), Ted Leo (solo), The Concretes (who are touring), Waaves & Best Coast (who are touring together), How to Dress Well (who plays Brooklyn soon), No Age, Yo La Tengo, and many other favorites. The full slate of initially-announced bands is below, and you can get your badges now.
Full list of Noise Pop bands, some video and all Versus dates are below.
Mirah and Thao @ Noise Pop 2010 in SanFran (kata rokkar)
Mirah and Thao Nguyen (of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) will be heading out on a collaborative tour this summer. The trip starts in June runs into July, and includes a June 24th Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are TBA.
The pair collaborated previously during a shared set at Noise Pop 2010 in San Francisco last March. Videos from their performance and all tour dates are below...
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"...And keeping the mock-Velvets tradition intact, here are The Baths equipped with a Moe Tucker gal on the essential floor tom, stand up snare, single cymbal and tambourine. This possibly accounted for an amazing rhythm set-up that had me tapping a toe or two in place. The distortion didn't deliver initially, but with some obligatory "bah bah bahs," the guitar ruckus evolved into something Thurston wouldn't mind having perform at one of his "All Tomorrows Parties" um, you know, parties.That review comes from the free BrooklynVegan Noise Pop Happy Hour show at Bender's in San Francisco on Saturday, February 27th (That Ghost was also on the bill). It was a rare case of a show I helped put together, but couldn't actually be at. Luckily someone posted a few videos which you can also watch below.
Third up is Odawas. And wait, what's this? A pedal steel, Dylan harmonica-headset and double stacked keyboards? This ought to be a hoot! Somehow the keyboards take on that eerie whirling effect that made Grandaddy's "The Software Slump" so otherworldly and compelling. It was refreshing to hear the steel being taken to task by letting the twang serve as a trippy sound composite amid the keyboards." [Impose]
Also luckily all three of them are heading to Austin for SXSW (where I actually will be), and one of them (Odawas) is even playing another BV party: the free BrooklynVegan/AnSo day show at Spider House on Thursday, March 18th. There's 19 bands total on that bill including Thee Oh Sees who kick off a tour with fellow Bay Area band The Baths on March 10th. All dates for all bands, and those videos below...
We've been very busy around putting together live shows in our spare non-blogging moments. It's especially obvious today as we continue to announce show after show - SXSW day parties, official showcases & a pre-SXSW show in NYC included. Next up, and even sooner....
BrooklynVegan will be hosting a happy hour event at this year's Noise Pop 2010 (in San Francisco from February 23rd to March 1st) on Saturday, February 27th at Benders Bar (806 South Van Ness Ave). For this show we decided to go with three local San Francisco Bay Area bands who we've been curious to check out and who were not already playing any other shows at the festival. The result: Odawas, The Baths and That Ghost. The three bands will play the free afternoon show on 2/27 from 4-7pm (21+) (thanks to Panache for their help with the booking!).
Odawas are a hazy folk-garage band on Jagjaguwar - their "Harmless Lover's Discourse" off last year's The Blue Depths is above.
That Ghost, one Ryan Schmale who hails from Sonoma County, CA (north of SF), hides his vocals behind a wall of fog. His tune "The Red Bow" is above; other material from him is available from Twosyllable Records.
All three bands, like Noise Pop, are local to the San Francisco Bay Area. Yes, even Odawas...
MOKB: How is California treating you? Have you noticed any difference in the way that people respond to your music there, in comparison to your time spent in Chicago and/or Bloomington?The full Noise Pop schedule is here.
Michael Tapscott of Odawas: It's been fantastic here. There seems to be a lot of local support for what we are doing, and an abundance of supportive, creative people around. We left good friends in Chicago at our jobs and in musical friends, but we never quite caught on there. It was a transitional year when we were there anyway. Bloomington is a paradise. I miss it everyday. But when we left, it was time to go.
Will you be there? We also have a bunch of free tickets to giveaway to other Noise Pop shows. Details on those contests, videos and all Baths tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (MP3)
The intial lineup for Noise Pop 2010, which takes over San Francisco February 23rd to March 1st, has been updated. Newly announced acts include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon), The Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative performance, !!!, Harlem, Deerhoof, Memory Tapes, The Fresh and Onlys, Scout Niblett, Far (Reunion Show), The Mumlers, P.E.E (Reunion Show), Mirah, Laura Gibson, Nico Vega, Japanese Motors, Princeton, Free Energy, The Growlers, Nurses, Magic Wands, The Lonely Forest, The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, Judgement Day. The full current lineup is posted below.
Tickets and passes for most of those are on sale now. Tickets for Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Deerhoof) on February 23rd and the Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative shows go on sale on Sunday, January 10th.
Memory Tapes, chillwave Jerseyan Dayve Hawk, is one of the acts scheduled for the fest. He's going to be in the UK for a short run of shows this January, and he's confirmed that US dates and a European tour are forthcoming. The song "Bicycle" off his debut, Seek Magic, is above. The album is being re-issued on Feb 8th, "with an exclusive 48 minute 4 track CD2 through Urban Outfitters and digitally exclusively via iTunes".
More info on Noise Pop 2010 below...
by Bill Pearis
Sweden's supreme masters of epic riff rock, baffling psychobable, and expertly executed Rock Moves, The Soundtrack of Our Lives are heading back to the United States in February -- including a stop at The Filmore at Irving Plaza on 2/16. Tickets are on sale. On February 27th they have a San Francisco show that is part of the 2010 Noise Pop Festival...
Event Producers, Noise Pop Industries, have announced the dates of the West Coast's premiere celebration of independent music, film and art - Noise Pop 2010. The 18th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 23rd through March 1, 2009 at venues throughout San Francisco, CA.TSOOL's most recent album, the double CD Communion, came out way back in January and has held up extremely well over the last 12 months. It's well worth seeking out if you haven't yet. And the band remain a live force to be reckoned with -- their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last March was one of my favorites of 2009.
Early artist confirmations include Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Rogue Wave, Atlas Sound, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Four Tet, John Vanderslice, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wallpaper, Zee Avi, The Limousines & Foreign Born. More shows will be announced in the coming weeks along with films, art shows, and more.
All TSOOL tour dates, plus some videos, are below...
XX Merge, the label's 20th anniversary festival taking place in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, NC from July 22nd to 26th, is nearly sold out. The only show with tickets still available is the July 26th closing gig with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak.
Before and after that fest, American Music Club's Mark Eitzel has scheduled NYC-area shows billed as "Mark Eitzel plays American Music Club." He comes to Maxwell's Monday, July 20th and the Bell House on Wednesday, July 29th. Tickets to the Bell House, and tickets to the Maxwell's show are both now on sale.
UPDATE: Mark is also doing this same show on July 18th at Le Poisson Rouge, and tickets are also on sale for that.
A video of Eitzel performing AMC song "The Decibels & The Little Pills" at Noise Pop 2009, which took place earlier this year in his hometown of San Francisco, below...
No Age @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
No Age and Bob Mould were two of the many artists who played the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco this year (Feb 24-March 1). They are also two artists who played, together! Video from that show below.
Bob Mould has a few more shows coming up including one at Carnegie Hall and two at Joe's Pub.
Currently in Mexico, No Age have a few dates scheduled around their appearance at the Sub Pop SXSW showcase in Austin on March 19th (all dates below). On March 20th, they'll be judging a battle of the bands in the same Texas town, and so will we (BrooklynVegan) - well Black Bubblegum to be exact, and so will GZA...
"Eight of the best unsigned, independent bands around will compete in the inaugural Dickies Battle of the Bands on Friday, March 20, 2009 at The Compound in Austin, TX from 1-6 p.m. Grand-Prize winner receives the roar of the crowd as they dominate the stage AND a fat check for $10,000. Runners-up will be rewarded handsomely with Dickies gear.The bands competing are 6 Days Bender, Facts on File, Golden Triangle, Holy Hail, Roll the Tanks, The Ferocious Few, The Snake Trap and The Story Of.
Admission is FREE to the Dickies Battle on March 20th from 1-6 p.m. at The Compound in Austin, TX?
No badge required BUT you must be 21 or older to enter.
ID's will be checked. See you at The Compound!
[More info @ Dickies Battle]
This is one of many BV-related SXSW events. Info on the BV official showcase HERE. Others TBA. All No Age dates and that video below...
DOWNLOAD: Sean Bones - Easy Street (MP3)
That's a picture of Sean Bones aka the solo project of Sean Sullivan aka the guitarist of Sam Champion aka one of Frenchkiss Records' latest signings aka the first of two openers (2nd TBA) at the upcoming Les Savy Fav (the kings of Frenchkiss Records) show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY on March 13th. Tickets on sale Feb 3rd.
Listen to the Sean Bones tracks streaming at MySpace. Download one of them above.
Les Savy Fav also have a show coming up this Saturday and one at Noise Pop in San Francisco on March 1st. All dates below...
The Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
"We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we're going to do. We're going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we'll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It's to get raw and draw blood.""We" = The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice. Primitive = "a night of amplified acoustic guitar & voice".
[John Darnielle aka The Mountain Goats]
The Primitive tour kicks off on March 18th in Asheville, NC, and the NYC show will take place at the Society For Ethical Culture on March 27th. It's part of the Wordless Music Series. Tickets are on sale. John and John each also have some other interesting shows lined up between now and then...
Ten years ago John Vanderslice founded the Tiny Telephone recording studio in San Francisco, CA. To celebrate the occasion, John will be performing a show at the Great American Music Hall on January 30 with The Magik*Magik Orchestra in a 30-piece configuration. "Together they will pull favorite tunes from his catalog, and introduce new songs from a forthcoming album currently being recorded at Tiny Telephone." Special guest DJ Aesop Rock will spin records before and after the performance. All proceeds from the event will benefit Magik*Magik, the house Orchestra of Tiny Telephone.
The Mountain Goats are keeping busy before March comes too. First of all there's Ships & Dip V...
Barenaked Ladies and Sixthman are up to some more shenanigans! It's the real McCoy - Introducing Ships and Dip V, sailing through the Caribbean February 1-6, 2009. We're bringing you the goods again, in what's sure to be the craziest, zaniest time at sea!Also on the boat will be Sarah McLachlan, Luke Doucet, Sloan, AND The Mountain Goats. Then on February 24th & 25th, The Mountain Goats have two shows scheduled in San Francisco, one of which is part of Noise Pop. All dates below...
Join Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, The New Odds, Boothby Graffoe, The Weakerthans, and more bands to be announced throughout the year, as we set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for 5 days of revelry, recreation and boatloads of musical fun! With NCL's Freestyle Cruising, you won't get the bum's rush for doing exactly what you want! You can get dolled up, or keep it casual. With 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges to choose from, a luxurious spa, a full service casino, and plenty of other features, there won't be any trouble making your cruise experience the cat's pajamas. We set sail from Miami to NCL's private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Cozumel, Mexico- two great places to get some sun on those gams!
When you're not jiving to the amazing artists, relaxing by the pool or dining in one of the many hot spots on board, you can be sure to find tons of other activities to keep you on your toes!
"On April 7, 2009, Merge Records will release the debut album from Seattle's Telekinesis entitled Telekinesis!. Telekinesis is the project of Michael Benjamin Lerner. Michael recorded Telekinesis! at Two Sticks Audio in Seattle with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Tegan and Sara). Michael wrote and sang all of the songs and played nearly all of the instruments on the album, but tours with a full band that includes David Broecker (guitar), Jonie Broecker (bass, keyboards), and Chris Staples (guitar)."Telekenisis have a few shows lined up for the next few months - none in NYC yet, but they will be playing Noise Pop, SXSW, and a bunch of dates with Ra Ra Riot.
Ra Ra Riot also have a bunch of shows lined up without Telekenisis. For NYC, it's just January 22nd at Bowery Ballroom which is the Planned Parenthood Benefit with Regina Spektor that sold out before it was even announced that they were also playing the show. They're also playing Noise Pop, and SXSW, and a bunch of dates with both Passion Pit and Cut Off Your Hands.
Cut Off Your Hands officially release their debut LP, You & I, via Frenchkiss Records on January 20th. Download the first single for free above. They're also playing SXSW (as are their labelmates Passion Pit).
All tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Dent May & his Magnificent Ukulele - Meet Me In The Garden (MP3)
AC Newman @ the Bell House (more by Tim Griffin)
Jackson, Mississippi native Dent May grew up singing in local church groups, acting in school plays, and performing at nursing home gigs with a recorder choir. In high school, he wrote synthy power-pop with his band The Rockwells while recording erotically charged novelty tracks with friends on the side. After three unsuccessful semesters at NYU's film school, May moved to North Mississippi where he helped found the Cats Purring arts collective and formed a country-rock band called Cowboy Maloney's Electric City. In late 2007, inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, he began performing as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele and released a digital EP of cheeky lo-fi tunes, A Brush With Velvet. The title is a reference to The Partridge Family, episodes of which May obsessively collected and organized on VHS tapes as a teen. His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was recorded with Rusty Santos in May's home, a double-wide trailer in Taylor, Mississippi (population: 300). He continues to perform with Cowboy Maloney's Electric City, and recently began recording dance music under the moniker Dent Sweat.Dent May's debut album will be released by Animal Collective's label Paw Tracks on February 3rd - not long after Animal Collective's own new album is released.
AC Newman is also covering A-Ha for a new Starbucks compilatiion. All AC Newman, Dent May & Broken West tour dates, below...
ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS, A.C. NEWMAN, NO AGE, GOBLIN COCK, CLUES and DEAR AND THE HEADLIGHTS set to headline Noise Pop 2009. Noise Pop Festival film screenings will include JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON and AGILE MOBILE HOSTILE - A YEAR WITH ANDRE WILLIAMS. The 17th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 in San Francisco.Antony and the Johnsons recently played the Apollo Theater in NYC. Read about it HERE. AC Newman just played the Bell House in Brooklyn. Read about that HERE. No Age was just at the Market Hotel. That one is HERE. Clues were supposed to play NYC, but didn't, and Goblin Cock is promising many more tour dates than just this one. More Noise Pop details below...
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Monotonix - Summers & Autumns (MP3 from the upcoming Body Language EP out April 22.)
Take Eugene Hutz (almost literally... a similar manic energy, voice, even looks to some degree, but with a more impressive 'stache) and dial him up a few notches, put him in front of an insane-o heavy garage punk two-piece with a blues bent, and you have Israeli madmen Monotonix. Comin' straight outta Tel Aviv, Monotonix have a new EP on the way (Apr.22 on Drag City) recorded by Tim Green (ex-Nation of Ulysses, current member of The Fucking Champs). And if "Summers & Autumns" (download above) & "Body Language" (streaming at their myspace) are any indication, Body Language is probably a killer.
For now though, I'll stick with what I know: there is alot of buzz about their live show. Flaming drum heads, hanging from the rafters, beer baths.... check out the mayhem for yourself in videos (below). Check out the pics Ryan took at their March Noise Pop show with The Gutter Twins (in this post).
Monotonix and their much talked about live show will swing into Union Hall tonight (April 7) with the colorful recent VICE-signees Dark Meat, as well at Cake Shop (again with Dark Meat) on the 20th, and Death By Audio on the 25th (a Todd P show). More pictures, the videos and full tour dates, below.......
photos by Ryan Muir
photos by Ryan Muir
Finally getting back to Ryan's recent trip to San Francisco, here are the photos from the Mountain Goats show at Bottom of the Hill on March 2nd. Catch the Mountain Goats tonight (Webster Hall) and tomorrow (Music Hall) in NYC. More photos below......
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (MP3)
We're skipping ahead for a second. We already know what Ryan did on his first night in San Francisco. Here's how he spent his last.....
The 2008 Noise Pop Festival came to an end in San Francisco last night (March 2, 2008) with what was arguably the biggest (or at least most newsworthy) event of the four days: the live debut of She & Him which is also known as the new musical project of M Ward & actress Zooey Deschanel.
Their set included what must be most of their originals, plus a few covers, like Smokey's "You Really got a Hold on Me" and Sam Cooke's "Bring it Back Home" (give those a listen). (Another really solid cover was I Put a Spell on You which closed out their encore.) Those, in fact, along with a gorgeous piano song (the first piano number they played; the title, I don't know) were the highlights of the set. The musicianship was good and Zooey's voice is great. The songwriting is pretty decent-some engaging lyrics and melodies. [ipickmynose]Ryan liked it too. More on that and many more pictures below....
photos & words by Ryan Muir
(Thursday, Feb 28, 2008) - After a few flight delays in getting to San Francisco for the 2008 Noise Pop Festival (though I don't know if I'd really consider it a "festival"), I ended up making my way into a sold out show at The Independent to catch performances by Nyles Lannon, The Broken West, and the band that everyone was there for: The Walkmen. I just missed openers A Modern Machine.
The Independent is a relatively small venue - on the scale of Studio B in Brooklyn, but the upper balcony makes it feel a bit like Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg. More photos and reviews from the show below....
Rare photograph of Elliott Smith by Autumn de Wilde
The Noise Pop 2008 Festival takes over San Francisco February 26 through March 2 with a celebration of the best independent music, art and film. This year's festival features live performances by Magnetic Fields, The Walkmen, Cursive, Fu Manchu, Mountain Goats, and the live debut of She & Him, the new musical collaboration between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.....Noise Pop also includes an indie film festival, art gallery events including an Elliott Smith photo exhibit, a Yoko Ono "Wish Tree" exhibit, and a Noise Pop Expo with free music business panels and an indie design fair, daily happy hours, after parties and more.The whole schedule below...
DOWNLOAD: She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (MP3)
She & Him is a story of musical serendipity: Two artists, each renowned in their own creative fields, meet and recognize a certain shared nostalgia. The result is destined to be one of the musical highlights of the year.She and Him currently have two scheduled shows coming up. One at Noise Pop in San Francisco, and at least one during SXSW in Austin the Merge Records showcase). The She & Him record, Volume One, is out on Merge March 18th.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward first met to record a version of Richard and Linda Thompson's "When I Get To The Border" for a movie soundtrack. Immediately struck by one another's talents and finding an instant rapport, Zooey let slip that she wrote her own songs which she recorded alone at home on her computer. Somewhat shy about anyone hearing these musical morsels she eventually sent the demos to Matt who was instantly impressed. They soon reconvened at his Portland studio to begin work.
M Ward also has his own show coming up, with Conor....
Bright Eyes and M. Ward will headline a free rally concert at the Saddle Creek Records-owned Slowdown on Feb. 7 to raise awareness for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.Stay tuned for another She & Him tour announcement, and click here for a list of other musicians currently endorsing candidates.
To recruit voters for the Nebraska Democratic caucus on Feb. 9, Obama's camp set up shop yesterday (Feb. 5) at the 625-capacity club to give away free concert tickets to those who will either register to vote or sign a pledge card to support Obama. A maximum of two tickets will be given to people who are 18 and older, according to the Slowdown's Web site. [Billboard]