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photo: Whirr at Baby's All Right in April (more by Mimi Hong)
You probably know by now about the controversy surrounding Whirr posting transphobic tweets about G.L.O.S.S., and Run For Cover Records severing ties with the band as a result. The day after it all went down, Whirr's Nick Bassett posted an apology saying that the tweets were posted by a friend who sometimes runs their Twitter account, and now he's expanded on that to Billboard:
Bassett begins by saying Whirr didn't have a Twitter account until after learning of an imposter account about a year ago. After setting up a real Twitter handle to offset the fake one, the band "decided it would be funny if we had our merch guy/friend of the band run it, with the exception of me chiming in from time to time," Bassett says. This friend, he says, wrote in a style similar to the contentious tone on Whirr's Facebook and Tumblr presences, which Bassett calls "purposely immature and not to be taken seriously or to heart in any way."Bassett goes on to say that after his friend posted those tweets, his friend texted him "shit is going to hit the fan," and then Bassett "immediately scrolled through our Twitter feed and saw him responding to some commenters on my initial post, and saying things that neither I nor anyone else in the band support in any way." He also tells Billboard that he realized too late he should have removed the tweets immediately.
Bassett says he wrote the original "Lol @ G.L.O.S.S." tweet but Whirr's friend wrote the follow-ups. Bassett says he was trying to get G.L.O.S.S.'s attention regarding "rumors of G.L.O.S.S. saying certain types of people weren't allowed/meant to be at their shows, and not selling merch to certain people based on what type of individual they were." He says he has "nothing against anyone in that band" and "thought that nothing had happened with that tweet .... so I thought that would be the end of it."
Bassett stands by Whirr's previous controversial social media posts, "because I didn't take any of it seriously and it was literally just to draw reactions from people who I thought took offense too easily," but he does say this situation crossed a line. He continues:
I understand that in giving our friend access to our Twitter account, we were giving him our 'voice' to the public as far as social media goes, and I have to bear responsibility for that. I would like to commend the scene for coming together on this issue, and taking such quick action when it comes to confronting transphobia. I know that I have a long way to go in terms of earning back the trust of our former friends and fans. I wholeheartedly accept that challenge."When asked for a quote in response to Bassett, G.L.O.S.S. singer Sadie Switchblade told Billboard, "Whirr can suck my transexual dick now and forever, no one likes you//no one cares. Bye! =o)."
You can read more here.
Nick Bassett is also a former member of Deafheaven and a current member of Nothing, who themselves were called out by several people on Twitter for association with Bassett. They posted the following in response to the situation:
We have donated over 5k in charities this year from orgs ranging from breast cancer awareness to AIDS Law to LGBT homeless youth to ...— N O T H I N G (@BandofNOTHING) October 21, 2015
wigs for kids. We obviously do not condone anything that has been said by Whirr in regards to GLOSS, nor do we care.— N O T H I N G (@BandofNOTHING) October 21, 2015
We are a completely different band living on a complete opposite coast. Please use your brain before you type hateful things.— N O T H I N G (@BandofNOTHING) October 21, 2015
Will not be responding to this anymore. If you're dumb enough to still try and bully us into this situation I hope you never buy our music.— N O T H I N G (@BandofNOTHING) October 21, 2015
I chose to help by taking action. I don't care to type about it or read about it on the Internet. https://t.co/9lLVMbSAvF— N O T H I N G (@BandofNOTHING) October 21, 2015
photo: Whirr at Baby's All Right in April (more by Mimi Hong)
Whirr are no strangers to controversy, but yesterday they came under fire for some offensive comments that got them dropped from one of their labels. They posted a series of tweets insulting G.L.O.S.S., the Olympia, WA punk band of transgender women whose name stands for Girls Living Outside Society's Shit. The tweets were as follows:
Plenty of other people on Twitter immediately took notice and called them out for transphobia, including several other bands. Their Run for Cover labelmates Crying, Tiny Engines band Adult Mom, members of Swearin' and Waxahatchee and more all weighed in:
This is Whirr. pic.twitter.com/78TanNuEwj— CRYING (@cryingband) October 20, 2015
@cryingband word this is funny but I'd rather you be more outwardly critical about their violence tbh— ADULT MOM (@adultmomband) October 20, 2015
Honestly its fucked up that people have been supporting Whirr prior to this violence, they've ALWAYS been fucked up.— ADULT MOM (@adultmomband) October 20, 2015
.@rfcrecords you should definitely drop Whirr— Allison Crutchfield (@aqcrutchfield) October 20, 2015
yeah @free_whirl are transphobic af / supporters of this band should check themselves / GET WITH THE NOW— waxahatchee (@k_crutchfield) October 20, 2015
Nothing, who share a member with Whirr, tweeted that whoever made that post from the Whirr account "does not have ANYTHING to do with my opinions or this band." The singer of G.L.O.S.S. also joined Twitter just to fuck with Whirr:
@free_whirl r u just sad u missed the boat on punk and play music for people with Macklemore hair who blog about bacon-infused bloodymarys?— SadieSwitchblade (@trannyterrorist) October 20, 2015
@free_whirl "boys in panties" > boys with clean flannels and backstage laminates who hate women because they know women are superior to them— SadieSwitchblade (@trannyterrorist) October 20, 2015
@free_whirl your band is nothing but background music for Pitchfork-reading GoogleGlass enthusiasts and NPR liberals— SadieSwitchblade (@trannyterrorist) October 20, 2015
One of Whirr's labels, Run For Cover Records, took notice and quickly decided to drop Whirr from their label:
We as individuals and as a label are accepting of all people and require the same from the bands and people we work with...— Run For Cover (@rfcrecords) October 20, 2015
We will not be working with Whirr from this point on and do not support that behavior in anyway. We will post a full statement tomorrow.— Run For Cover (@rfcrecords) October 20, 2015
G.L.O.S.S. is awesome and crucially important and we need more bands like them.— Run For Cover (@rfcrecords) October 20, 2015
Whirr's most recent album came out on Graveface Records, who have yet to comment.
UPDATE: Nick Bassett (the member who is also in Nothing) deleted the tweets about G.L.O.S.S. and posted the following apology:
UPDATE 2: Graveface has now tweeted the following:
@vivalanina Rest assured I'm not cool with any of this. Being on tour I'm just now checking my socials and I'm pretty floored.— Graveface Records (@graveface_recs) October 20, 2015
Graveface supports positive action and equality. We have zero interest in working w/ hateful people. Donate here: https://t.co/IP8KBjZ4H0— Graveface Records (@graveface_recs) October 20, 2015
UPDATE 3: Pitchfork asked Run For Cover if Whirr's apology changes their decision at all, and RFC's Jeff Casazza replied:
Frankly, no, it doesn't change anything. We were aware of the information in Whirr's statement when we made the decision. Although the band is not signed to our label, and never have been, we have decided to not work with them in the future, and stop selling their releases we did have a hand in. Also, despite being at a financial net loss with Whirr and Camera Shy, we will be donating $3,000 to a TBA non profit in support of equal rights for LGBTQ.--
We will be posting what organization later today, we just didn't want to jump the gun on that decision.
The future of Geoff Rickly's Collect Records looked uncertain after he severed ties with backer Martin Shkreli, who was revealed as a greedy price gouger of a drug often used to treat AIDS patients, but the label is pushing forward. The Collect Records & BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase is still on for October 14 at Baby's All Right, though unfortunately Nothing have dropped off the bill. Tickets are still available and ALL proceeds go to Callen Lorde, a health center that "provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities -- in all their diversity -- regardless of ability to pay."
The lineup is now No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. It's an early show. Our curfew is 11:30pm. Stay tuned for any more updates and for the lineups of the unannounced BrooklynVegan day parties at the same venue. Meanwhile, listen to music from the bands playing below...
photo: Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yesterday we mentioned how drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli, the current most hated man on the internet, was revealed to be the sole backer of Geoff Rickly's Collect Records, and how in lieu of Shkreli's actions, Rickly and several Collect bands acknowledged their future was questionable. Now, as Pitchfork points out, Rickly has released a statement announcing the label has severed ties with Martin Shkreli:
Today, Collect Records -- with the support and encouragement of all of our artists -- have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.Wax Idols already tweeted, "I'm staying with Collect bc I know they'll do the right thing & we'll get through this. Fuck Martin. I won't be defined by his actions." Nothing have yet to comment further, but they did reveal that their new record will be called Tired of Tomorrow.
When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line.
Never in a million years did any of us expect to wake up to the news of the scandal that he is now involved in. It blindsided and upset us on every level. As such, we know it is impossible for us to continue having any ties with him. For my part, I've always strived to make Collect a place that was so liberal, encouraging, and artist-friendly that no one would ever walk away from us willingly, though to do so at any time would be very easy. To that end, I hope that our bands continue to believe in our guidance and passion. Any of them that have had an incurable crisis of confidence will be allowed to leave with nothing but the kind of encouragement that we've built our label on.
For all the kind words of encouragement that I've received over the past two days, I'm forever grateful.
From all here at Collect Records, thank you.
UDPATE: A NY Times article came out today, revealing more info about Geoff's situation with Martin:
Mr. Rickly said he was aware of Mr. Shkreli's past business dealings, which included controversial investments and lawsuits from former employees, at the time of their partnership. "Of course I Googled him," Mr. Rickly said. "I had apprehensions and I talked to him about it. He has a cavalier attitude about things. At the time, one on one, it was soothing, but in public now it comes across as borderline sociopathic."The article also points out that the future of Collect may not be looking good:
"You take any capitalist money and you never know. It's a dirty system and usually people do something questionable things," Mr. Rickly added.
Mr. Rickly said he had hoped to use the money to fund struggling artists. "At the very worst, if Martin was a bad guy, then you're taking his terrible money and giving it to artists who never get any," he said. "I wanted to make something great out of it -- the stupid Robin Hood narrative that everybody knows."
Mr. Rickly said losing Mr. Shkreli's financial support might result in the label's closing. "This is going to end the career of the record label, no doubt," he said. "If I were a band on the label I would be having a serious crisis of faith right now. The amount of money I have in the bank doesn't cover my outstanding invoices. It's devastating."Lastly for now, Geoff has tweeted the following:
Because there are some conflicting things, I feel the need to say this plainly. I have always been an honest and caring person. Collect has been a labor of love from the beginning. The bands on my roster are the best, the brightest, the most forward thinking, rhe most diverse group of people. I'm so proud of all of them and they didn't deserve this. Tonight I'm running on nothing but faith. Faith that any missteps I make in the next few days will be forgiven by people that matter to me. Because I'm human and I hurt. Faith that tomorrow will be better and I'll use my 20 years of punk rock resourcefulness to fulfil every promise I've made. Faith that all of you that have sent their love to me today will help pull me up and teach me a better way to make this label work. And some bands will leave and I will love and support them and some will stay and I'll bleed for them like I do. And I'll make new mistakes. But I'll do it in the best, most honest, most caring way that I can. With my friends and family @SkeeterNYC and persevere.We're wishing for the best for Geoff, Norman, Shaun, and all the bands involved with Collect.
I love you friends. I love you kind strangers. I love you who have been outraged. We need to rage against things sometimes. Now is one. Mostly I love our brilliant bands and @normanbrannon and @shaundurkan leonora Liza and @BraceYourselfPR --- thank you brothers and sisters.
Good night from Germany. Xoxo
As you may know, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with Collect. As it currently stands, the lineup is Geoff's band No Devotion, Nothing, Wax Idols, Creepoid, and Foxes In Fiction.
CMJ is less than a month away and the fest have just released the schedule, which you can peruse by time or venue. There's also a free mobile app that can be downloaded via iTunes or Google Play. A few new additions to the 2015 lineup have been announced. Empress Of, who just played Music Hall of Williamsburg and Pop Montreal, has been added to the Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 (tickets). Other newly-added artists include Jessica Lee Mayfield, Kaitlyn, LACED, Oberhofer, PC Worship, Wet, and the sold-out Dungen/Quilt show at Baby's (which we figured was a CMJ show already). CMJ is selling showpasses ($149) again this year, which is like a badge but you don't have access to the industry side of the festival. Like badges, entry into official shows is based on capacity.
Speaking of Baby's, they'll be serving late night breakfast during CMJ from Tuesday (10/13) through Saturday (10/17). Details are still TBA. BrooklynVegan will be spending a lot of time at Baby's during CMJ with an official showcase on Wednesday and free day parties on Friday and Saturday.
Rough Trade, meanwhile, has been designated as the "official Brooklyn hang spot" for CMJ and you can get 10% off select merch with your badge.
photo: Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
By now you've probably seen the dude in the Brand New shirt causing outrage for raising the price of a drug (Daraprim) from approximately $13.50 a tablet to $750. The drug is often used by people with compromised immune systems due to AIDS, and treats life threatening parasitic infections. The person responsible is 32-year-old former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli who is now the founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals. We've heard rumors about a rich Thursday fan who invested in Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly's Collect Records, and it was revealed last night that Martin, the most hated man on the Internet right now, is in fact that man.
We've been waiting to hear what Geoff had to say before posting anything. He didn't immediately give a statement or tweet about it (or email us), at least in part because he was flying to Munich to start a tour as this news was breaking. We were especially interested in the situation since it just so happens our official CMJ showcase this year is in partnership with Collect Records.
Geoff broke his silence late this afternoon via a brief interview with Noisey:
My head is still spinning, and though I want to believe that there is some reason that [Martin] would do this that is some remotely positive way, the only thing I can see is that it is totally and completely heartbreaking.Noisey also spoke to Dominic Palermo, frontman of Collect band Nothing, who told them "Nothing will never be a part of a label that involves Martin." He left a longer comment on Facebook, where he added "Like [Geoff] has helped me with my problems the past few months, I plan on helping him in anyway I can."
I can't see my future at all in the label. I have to see what the bands want first, and see if there is any meaning or any mission following all of this. More than anything, I want the bands to see that I hold art as the guiding force in my life. Ultimately I see this going in the same way it always does, where all the artists get blamed for everything and capitalism is never held accountable. I really think that if Collect is going to be scrutinized as being capitalism, but that is how music survives. I'm not making excuses for what has happened, but there is no corner of the music industry that doesn't live and breathe from subsidies from business. It's reductive and hypocritical to hold us and only us accountable though, we are all at fault in some greater way.
Hether Fortune, singer of Collect band Wax Idols, also posted a statement. An excerpt reads:
I personally 100% am NOT FUCKING OK with this guy and his business tactics. If any of you have learned anything about me through being a fan of the band, I hope that you would know by now that this kind of advantageous rich guy greed goes against everything that I stand for.She also points out: "I use the word "patron" rather than "investor" because as far as I know, Martin does NOT recoop a dime from Collect Records. He essentially donates money to the label."
I love Collect Records. Geoff Rickly is an incredible person who I've known and admired since I was 13 years old. I stand behind him and know that he would never willingly put himself OR me into a situation like this had he been aware of what was really going on. We are going to handle this.
Another Collect band, Sick Feeling, told The FADER: "One thing is clear; as long as he has a part in the label, we, Sick Feeling, cannot. Our experience with Geoff, Norm, and Shaun has been nothing but positive, however, we cannot continue to work with Collect as long as Martin Shkreli has any part in it."
Creepoid posted a a statement too:
...we were heartbroken to come to learn that this man was a major financial contributor to Collect Records. As you all know, we released an album with Collect this past summer. From the start we have only ever dealt with people we respected and trusted (Norman, Geoff, and Shaun) and have never met, seen or spoken to Martin Shkreli.Collect employee Norman Brannon (of Texas Is the Reason) has yet to comment, but did say "I haven't said anything because I was blindsided and because I am not interested in writing hot takes when everything is already on fire."
In the whirlwind that has followed, some details concerning the future of Collect remain very blurry (see attached link). We would like to make one thing clear - we would never knowingly work with Martin Shkreli, or anybody willing to walk across the backs of the sick and dying with a smile on their face for the sake of making a profit. As long as Shkreli is involved with Collect Records, directly or indirectly, we cannot be.
Well, whether it was because of Geoff or one of the bands or the entire Internet or Hillary Clinton, it looks like Shkreli has actually backed down. CNBC reports that he's given in and lowering the price as a reaction to the outrage:
Yes it is absolutely a reaction -- there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people.Shkreli, who over the past two days has been tweeting in his own defense while countless people were tweeting death wishes at him, has now made his account private (which means you can no longer see the picture of Pianos Become The Teeth he tweeted from the front row of one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW shows at Red 7 this year) (a fact we learned in the Bullett article) (and a show United Nations also played). No word yet on what price he plans on lowering it to.
It's very easy to see a large drug price increase and say 'Gosh those people must be gouging,' but when you find out the company is not making any money, what does that mean?
And I think in the society we live in today it is easy to want to villainize people, and obviously we are in an election cycle where this is very tough topic for people and very sensitive. And I understand the outrage.
As you may know, we're big fans and supporters of Geoff Rickly, his various bands, his label, and the bands his label has signed. We wish the best for him, Norman and Shaun, and hope they work this all out. As mentioned above, we announced earlier this month that we're co-presenting a CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with No Devotion, Nothing, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. From a purely musical point of view, we hope this show goes on, as we were really looking forward to the whole night. We'll keep you posted if anything changes with that though.
No Devotion also playing more east coast shows in October.
No Devotion photo by Tom Barnes
The show will be headlined by
heavy shoegazers Nothing, and before them it's UPDATE: Nothing cancelled! (stay tuned for a replacement or something).... Geoff's band No Devotion, post-punks Wax Idols, more shoegaze from Creepoid, and ambient musician (and the one non-Collect artist on the bill) Foxes In Fiction. Show starts at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/11) at noon and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted. 18+. Vinyl Me, Please will be at the show giving away records and gift bags.
BrooklynVegan also have two TBA free day parties, also at Baby's All Right (for the third year in a row). Stay tuned for more on those.
No Devotion have other tour dates, including an in-store at Vintage Vinyl in NJ. All dates are listed below...
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Nothing have been on tour with Failure and Hum, but unfortunately had to drop off tonight's sold-out NYC show at Webster Hall (8/13) at the last minute. No formal announcement has been given at the moment, but Webster tweeted:
Update: Nothing posted:
Due to a death in the family, Nothing will not be performing tonight with Failure and Hum at Webster Hall in NYC. We are so sorry to fans who purchased tickets, but this is completely unforeseen and beyond anyone's control. We received a phone call regarding this matter only a few hours ago. We appreciate your understanding.Sad to hear, our thoughts go out to them and their family.
Hum also played Brooklyn's Saint Vitus last night. A short video of that below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Failure and Hum have both proved influential on the current wave of bands combining punk, metal, alternative rock and shoegaze, so it was cool enough when those bands decided to tour together this year. But now that tour is even cooler, because it's been revealed that one of the bands they influenced, Nothing, will open select dates.
They're on the NYC show, which happens August 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
So, a lot of the writing that you're doing, do you feel like you're going into different directions from the older material? It's going to be somewhat similar because of the personnel, but are you trying to spin something different this time around?Philly shoegazers Nothing revealed in the above-quoted interview with Noisey that they're in the studio working on the followup to 2013's excellent Relapse-released Guilty of Everything. They had a one-album deal with that label, and for this one they opted to sign to Collect Records. Label head (and Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman) Geoff Rickly says, "I've heard demos. Can not wait." This time around, they're working with producer Will Yip, who's done recent records for Title Fight, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.
There's never really been a solidified recipe for anything, and it all has been kind of loosely based on whatever was going on at the time. With Brandon's involvement later on, that just expanded. I feel like every release, there's at least one song on that's way further out than the release before. Then when we did the full-lengths, we tried to really like get a little loose with what we had available in the studio, so this time around we're, we have much more of a palette to play with. There's a bar upstairs and a beer distributor everywhere, and everyone is fully stocked with painkillers and we're just here for 12 hour days. There's a baby grand piano that Billy Joel recorded on and Will has access to string ensembles, so we're pretty excited. We are going try to completely come out of left-field with a lot of shit. There are gonna be similarities, but it's never gonna be the same. The second I start doing shit and it sounds repetitive, I'm gonna start doing something else. [Nothing interview with Noisey]
From that interview, it seems like they've got some new sounds coming at us. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, considering their 2014 split with Whirr already had them going in a different direction than Guilty of Everything. Read the rest of the interview here and revisit "July the Fourth" from that split, below...
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Nothing have been on tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom, but recently had to cancel a few dates due to a medical emergency. The plan was to continue the tour, but sadly the band have now dropped off all remaining dates. They write:
Despite our efforts to try and play the remaining shows on this tour, unfortunately the injuries sustained are proving to linger longer than expected and we will be forced to cancel.Bummer to hear, and best of luck to the Nothing guys. The tour goes on with Merchandise and Cloakroom, and hits NYC on Saturday (6/6) at Palisades (early) and Baby's All Right (late). Baby's is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Palisades. Stay tuned for news of a replacement on those shows.
Apologies to ticket buyers, promoters, venues, agents, Merchandise, and Cloakroom.
We're in awe of these shitty unforeseen circumstances and extremely saddened. We will return when we can. Thanks for your understanding.
In happier news, the Nothing/Whirr-related Camera Shy are releasing their self-titled debut album on July 14 via Run for Cover and put out the new single "Colors Radiate" this week. Listen below (via Fader).
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
photos by P Squared Photography
Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).
Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.
photo: Cloakroom at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
The killer triple-billed tour of Merchandise, Nothing and Cloakroom hits NYC on June 6 at Palisades for a show that quickly sold out, but if you didn't get tickets (or want to see them twice in one night) you're now in luck. They've added a midnight show happening just down the road at Baby's All Right that night. Merchandise headline the Palisades show, but it appears that Nothing headline this one. Tickets for Baby's go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.
Yesterday, Nothing released a cover of Nirvana's "Something In the Way." Listen to that, with the updated list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Saint Vitus in March (more by PSquared)
This past weekend was the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, and now just a few days later, we're graced with a cover of "Something In the Way" from big Nirvana fans Nothing. It's an airy piano-based cover with the vocals pushed to the forefront more than they were on Nothing's debut LP. In its own way, it's as haunting as the original. Check it out below, via Noisey.
The song appears on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which comes out on April 18 via Robotic Empire. Torche, Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, La Dispute, Thou, Young Widows and more appear on it as well.
Nothing were in NYC not long ago on their tour with Torche, and they'll return on their tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom, which hits Palisades on June 6. That show is sold out, but show presenters AdHoc say, "so tix for @wmerchandise + @BandofNOTHING + @Myndfuneral are sold out, but i wouldn't lose hope yet..." Hmmm.
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
Merchandise, who recently wrapped up a tour with Title Fight and Power Trip, and Nothing, who recently wrapped up a tour with Torche (which hit NYC last week), now announced they'll go on tour together surrounding both bands' appearances at Sasquatch. Making it a great triple bill, they're bringing Indiana sludge-gazers Cloakroom along for the ride too.
That tour hits NYC on June 6 at Palisades, the small all-ages Bushwick spot which seems likely to get packed for this show. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with some song streams and videos, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Janette Valentine
We're still about about a month away from the new Torche album, Restarter (due 2/24 via Relapse), and today we get its third single, "Loose Men," via Rolling Stone. Following the two four-plus minute sludgesters they've released so far, this one's a punk-paced ripper clocking in at under two and a half minutes. It's also got one of the most addictive riffs of any Torche song, and this is band with a lot of great riffs. Check it out below.
As mentioned, Torche are going on a tour with their labelmates Nothing, and since we last spoke Miami's Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa) (not to be confused with the Wormed black metal side project of the same name) were added to that tour too. It hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated tour dates, and the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Torche at IO Northside 2014 at 285 Kent (more by Harriet Roberts)
As you may know, sludge popsters Torche are putting out their new album, Restarter, on February 24 via Relapse, and they've now announced a tour in support of it with their labelmates Nothing. (That's a great double bill.) The tour hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Torche have already released two songs from the new album, and if you haven't heard those yet you can check them out below. Nothing's most recent release is their split with their pals Whirr on Run for Cover, which has them sounding a bit more alternative rock-inspired than their shoegazey Guilty of Everything LP. Stream that split in full below too.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...