Entries tagged with: Obits
Drive Like Jehu 2014 reunion concert -- photos by Tod Seelie
Drive Like Jehu reunited to play their first show in 19 years in August. It happened in San Diego with a special pipe organ, and they claimed it was just for one show, but I guess someone convinced them to rethink that part. Drive Like Jehu are in fact on the Coachella 2015 lineup that was just announced. More dates on the way?
Meanwhile, catch DLJ member John Reis on tour playing instrumental surf rock with the Blind Shake.
Rick Froberg's current band Obits just played a show at the Acheron on New Year's Eve. How was that?
Photo: Soulside @ Saint Vitus - 12/18/14 (via Mike McCann)
Twenty-five years to the day since the band's final gig, Soulside took the stage at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. Over two nights, from the rumbling opening bass riff of "God City" to the lean punk of "Under the Glare," the band draws from their entire body of work. Many of us relative newcomers too young to have experienced Soulside during their initial run encountered the band via the CD collection, Soon Come Happy, which gathers the better known Dischord albums Trigger and Hot Bodi-Gram. Each of those albums is well represented here. From Trigger, which was recently reissued by Dischord and expanded to include the Bass • 103 single, we get some of Soulside's signature tracks: "Baby," "Trigger," and "Name in Mind." They play almost all of their final record, Hot Bodi-Gram, the highlights of which are "God City," "Pembroke," and the duo of "New Slow Fucky" and "New Fast Fucky."DC/Dischord post-hardcore vets Soulside were only around briefly from 1986 to 1989 before disbanding and having three of its members form Girls Against Boys, but the band finally got back together this month to play their influential, 25+ year old material at NYC and DC shows. The shows happened on either side of the DC premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, which premiered in NYC back in November
For longtime devotees--or simply those old enough and hip enough to have been there--"Under the Glare," and "Lookin' Around" date back to 1984 when the band was called Lunchmeat. And from the band's first album Less Deep Inside Keeps, originally released in 1987 as a joint venture between Dischord and Sammich (another essential DC Hardcore label), they play "Pearl to Stone," "Fresh Air," "Other Side," and a cover of Wire's "Ex-Lion Tamer." [NYC Taper]
The NYC shows took place at Saint Vitus this past Wednesday (12/17) and Thursday (12/18) with support from Have Heart/Verse/Dropdead/Soul Control-related band Sweet Jesus. Both shows sold out well in advance. Were you one of the lucky ones that got in? How was it?
NYC Taper caught both Vitus shows and wrote the review that's quoted above. He's also got downloads/streams of both nights at his site. Watch a full set video of night 1 (via unARTig) and check out the setlists for both nights, below.
Other guests in attendance at Vitus included Ted Leo and Rick Froberg (of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and Obits, who play NYC on NYE), who Soulside/Obits drummer Alexis Fleisig took an Instagram with:
Saint Vitus video and setlists below...
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...
Obits @ BK Bazaar - 11/22/14 (via Kyle Page)
Brooklyn garage punk greats Obits played a one-off in their hometown this past Saturday (11/22) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. Anyone catch that? How was it? You can check out a video of them from that show, below.
Obits have now announced their next hometown show which happens New Year's Eve at Acheron, which is a pretty small venue and it sounds like this will be one of the rowdier NYE options in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Obits frontman Rick Froberg is also one of the many Brooklyn artists taking part in this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery which also includes members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, Dismemberment Plan and more. Plus, since we last spoke, members of Girls Against Boys, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more were added, as well as MC Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav). Updated lineup below.
Rick Froberg's Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes bandmate John Reis also has a collaborative surf rock album and tour planned with The Blind Shake.
Obits video and Rock Lottery lineup below...
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.
Obits have a new video for "Machines" from last year's Beds & Bugs which makes its premiere in this post. The song is one of the ones guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote and sang, and he offers a few thoughts on it and the video:
"Machines" is the only tune I sing on our last album, Bed & Bugs(https://www.subpop.com/releases/obits/bed_and_bugs). And it's one of three songs on the LP that wasn't recorded live in the studio as a band. I originally tracked it in my apartment with a nylon-string guitar and a drum machine, as a simple demo to share with the other guys. But then I fiddled with it a bit, adding an organ and some overdubbed guitar lines. Alexis, Greg and I worked on it at a couple of practices, giving it more swing, while keeping it relatively spartan, hoping for a Can-like vibe (Greg and I were particularly obsessed with "Millionenspiel" from their recent Lost Tapes release). But, when it came time to focus on the album, we decided we liked the murky drone of the demo, so we transferred it to the 8-track and Greg and Alexis played together over the last half of it for more of a live feel and better overall dynamic range.You can check out the video for "Machines" below.
Alexis shot the video in my apartment on a sunny afternoon, letting
the light bleed in and wash out the image in parts. Then he sent his
cut to our friend Nick in Toronto (from the awesome band Biblical), who incorporated the stock footage to break it up a bit, so it wasn't just four and half minutes of an unshaven middle-aged guy doing karaoke to his own band. I don't know how often people watch these things these days, but I think this captures the mood of the song pretty well, despite not having the budget to make the video we wish we could have.
Obits have a couple NYC shows coming up as well. They'll play the Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 23 with Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club and S. Tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on November 22 with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. That show is free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
Those two shows are Obits' only ones on their current schedule. Apart from that, Sohrab adds "we're writing music for our next album, which is provisionally entitled Mark Kozelek: Content Provider." New video and flyer for the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase, below...
Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series is underway, happening every Saturday afternoon through the warmer months. The series, curated by Other Music this year, just announced it's July lineup which is pretty solid:
JULY 5: WidowspeakMore openers for some of those shows to be announced soon. In other Summer Thunder news, Ex-Cult have been added to the June 21 show with Liquor Store and Call of the Wild.
JULY 12: The Men / Survival / Mercury Rising
JULY 19: Obits
JULY 25: Jonathan Toubin + Special Guests
Related: Obits frontman Rick Froberg made an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday as part of Red Mass' set.
This Saturday's Summer Thunder line-up (6/14) features Joe Bataan and 178 Improvisation Product. Parties start at 2 PM with bands beginning later in the day.
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
King Khan & the Shrines @ LPR 6/6/2014
King Khan & the Shrines spent the weekend in NYC, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (6/6) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/7), part of their tour with fellow Canadians Red Mass. Pics from LPR are in this post.
Khan's voice sounded a little shot on Saturday but he and the band were in typically good spirits. The Shrines are one of those bands whose jobs it is to "have a good time" and to exalt the King. Keyboardist Fred Fredovitch had his enormous organ (ahem) in crowd by the second song. It's schtick, but it's good schtick, and they're killer musicians with good songs at the base. Great songs, even, like "Bite My Tongue" and "Land of the Freak," "I Wanna Be a Girl" and "Born to Die" from last year's Idle No More." Check out the full setlist from LPR below.
Openers Red Mass were good too and, like The Shrines, mix genres. But where King Khan imagines a Motown that would've signed The Stooges, Roy of Red Mass doesn't have quite as singular a vision. Some songs were straight-up garage punk, others had an almost disco backbeat that would've been at home in 2005. They were all pretty good though. (Their drummer is crazy good.) Not sure why they came out in hoods and animal masks only to almost immediately discard them, something it doesn't look like they did at the LPR show. Also: at MHOW, the band brought out Rick Froberg (Obits/Hot Snakes) for the song he sings on for Red Mass' new album due out later this year.
Both King Khan and Red Mass play again tonight (6/8) at NJ's Asbury Lanes. You can also catch Red Mass on Monday (6/9) at The Flat with Foster Care and Atlanta's Dasher.
More pictures and the setlist from LPR, below...
Montreal's Red Mass are a mercurial lot. Led by onetime CPC Gangbangs member Roy Vucino (aka Choyce), the line-up has expanded and contracted but the MO remains the same: pysch-punk with a flair for arty drama. I caught Red Mass' first-ever show back in 2008 when there was about 10 of them; these days the band are down to a more typical lineup. Red Mass' new album, A Hopeless Noise: The Story of a Diamond Girl will be out later this year and features appearances from King Khan, Mac DeMarco, Obits/Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu's Rick Froberg and Mike Watt. You can check out "Sharp," the video of which has DeMarco in it, below.
Red Mass are currently on tour with King Khan & the Shrines which rolls into the NYC area this weekend: Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 6 (tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 7 (tickets); and NJ's Asbury Lanes on Sunday, June 8 (tickets). If you wanna see Red Mass in a more up-close-and-personal enviornment, they'll play Brooklyn's The Flat on Monday (6/9) with Dasher and Foster Care.
Choyce's other current project, PYPY, were through NYC not too long ago.
King Khan and the Shrines also play a free show at Manhattan Inn on Monday, the same day as Red Mass' Flat show.
All dates, plus the "Sharp" video and flyers, below...
The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.
The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...
Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Islands have been on the road in support of their new album, Ski Mask, and as discussed, their tour hits NYC on Sunday (10/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Brazos and Fat Tony (tickets). Their tour schedule had a gap right before this NYC show, which fell right during CMJ, yet they had no CMJ shows scheduled. However, they will be making one CMJ appearance, as they are the special guests at tonight's Flowerbooking showcase at Knitting Factory (10/19) with Obits, The History of Apple Pie, Kid Karate, Prides, and Flashlights. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your CMJ badge.
Set times for tonight below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mary Timony (right) w/ Wild Flag at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Punk supergroup Wild Flag, who released an excellent album in 2011 and did a ton of touring around its release, have been quiet this past year, but the members are still keeping busy. Janet Weiss made a new album with her band Quasi (whose tour hits NYC this weekend), and teamed up with some other drummers for Drumgasm. And Carrie Brownstein's always up to something, whether it's appearing on SNL or just working on more Portlandia.
Now, Mary Timony (who was also in Helium and Autoclave) is back out there with a new band called Ex Hex, which is also the name of her 2005 solo album that came out via Lookout! Records (via Spin). The band have released their first new song, "Hot and Cold," which is along the lines of her best contributions to Wild Flag, and is a great play on the "Crimson and Clover" riff (or the "Sweet Jane" riff or the "Fox on the Run" riff, depending on where you're coming from). Check it out below.
Ex Hex will play their first show this Thursday (10/10) at DC's Rock and Roll Hotel with Obits (ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes), Title Tracks (ex-Q and Not U), and Cane & the Sticks. Their only other announced date at the moment is DC's Shred Fest on 10/18.
UPDATE: Ex Hex will play their first NYC show as part of a BrooklynVegan CMJ party Saturday (10/19).
Obits also have other dates, a few of which are in NYC, including one this weekend.
Ex Hex song stream below...
Earlier this week, we announced that Invisible Oranges is sponsoring Judge at Saint Vitus Bar on 10/11 and A389 Fest on 1/17 and 1/18, 2014 at the Baltimore Soundstage. Tickets for both go on sale today at noon.
If you're interested in attending either of these shows, we'd strongly recommend diving on the tickets as quickly as possible when they go live. The Judge tickets will likely be available for a matter of minutes, and the early bird passes for A389 are already gone. Since the Judge show is part of CBGB Festival, a few lucky folks with badges will be able to get inside as well.
(photo via @william_rueben_helms)
On Saturday, Obits played a record release show at The Bell House for their third long-player, Bed & Bugs, which is out now via Sub Pop. If you couldn't make it to that show, the band will have a couple more shows coming up in NYC as part of their tour which starts next week. They'll be playing a tiny show on October 12 at The Rock Shop with openers Lame Drivers and Family Curse. Tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: Though it's true that the Rock Shop show is during CBGB Festival, and Obits are listed on CBGB Fest's website, that show is not actually part of CBGB Festival.
They'll also be here for CMJ, playing Knitting Factory on October 19 as part of the Flower Booking showcase that also features UK band The History of Apple Pie and Kid Karate. Tickets are still available, and if you've got a badge you can get in with that as well. They may have other shows as well -- day parties and the like -- so stay tuned.
If you haven't heard Bed & Bugs yet, you can stream it in full, along with a list of updated Obits tour dates, below.
by Bill Pearis
UK quintet The History of Apple Pie began two years ago or so as a home recording project for couple Stephanie Min and Jerome Watson but soon grew into a full-on band. Their MO: Mining the early '90s indie sweet spot between Pale Saints and Pavement, or maybe the point point where shoegaze met Britpop. You know, sugary harmonies and melodies are pulverized with distorted, swirling guitars, with hooks and noise finding equal sonic space. Original it is not, but they do it very well. The band released their debut album, Out of View, earlier this year and you can stream it below. The band will release a new single, "Don't You Wanna Be Mine?," on October 14 and you can stream that below too.
The band will be heading to NYC next month for CMJ. Their only confirmed show is the Flower Booking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 19 where they'll share the bill with Obits and Kid Karate. Tickets are on sale. More are sure to be announced as we get closer to the fest. Meanwhile, check out the album and single streams below.
The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).
One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.
In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.
Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.
Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.
Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.
And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.
They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.
We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Obits' third album, Bed & Bugs is due out via Sub Pop on September 10. It's probably their most varied album to date, but still a rager -- and maybe the best thing they've done yet. Obits already let us "Taste the Diff" and now we've got the premiere of the nicely twangy "Spun Out" which you can stream and/or download below. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion fills us in on the tune:
This tune was originally called "Black Ice" until we realized that there is an exceptionally mediocre AC/DC song and album from 2008 with the same name. So, instead of changing the name to a great Acca Dacca number like "She's Got Balls," we decided to go with "Spun Out." When I first wrote the intro guitar part that ends up sort of doubling the opening bass line, I was thinking of trying something like what Stuart Moxham does on Young Marble Giants' "Choco Loni," but then Rick came up with those buttery Duane Eddy chords, which gave it nice twist. And for music nerds, there's an interesting change in the outro, where Greg holds his bass loop from the chorus while Rick transitions from a picking guitar part to more of a rave-up and I add some rhythmic guitar stabs. We wanted to gradually increase the tension before the song finally falls apart. Also I really like Rick's lyrics on this one, which are as heartbreaking as a classic country song. It's easy to imagine one of the great Chuck's (Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels) singing "Want a change in lighting. Want a change for life. Each link on a bad road broken. Want a change for life."As they've done for every album, Obits are playing a record release party for Bed & Bugs at The Bell House on September 21 and tickets are still available. The band have also expanded their fall tour a bit and updated dates are listed, along with the "Spun Out" stream, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
Bed & Bugs art
As discussed, Obits will play a record release show at Bell House on September 21 (tickets) in celebration of Bed & Bugs, the new LP due via Sub Pop on 9/10. The rest of the country will get to see them too, as they just announced a fall tour. All dates are listed below.
We now also get our first tidbit from the new album too, where the band invite you to "Taste the Diff." We detect hints of saffron, but let your palate guide you. It's streaming below.
by Bill Pearis
Obits' Rick Froberg showing of the sights in Budapest (via @obits)
Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu-related band Obits are currently in Budapest -- as you can see above -- as part of an Eastern European tour. (Where it's really hot currently, apparently.) That hasn't stopped them from announcing today that they'll release their third long-player, Bed & Bugs, on September 10 via Sub Pop. The album was recorded in Arlington, VA with old pals Eli Janney and Geoff Sanoff, and features a cover of Orchestra Ethiopia's "Besetchet" (the original can be heard on volume 23 of the excellent Ethiopiques series). You can check out the cover art, tracklist and a trailer for the album below.
While Obits haven't announced a full tour, they will be playing a record release show in Brooklyn at The Bell House on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, alongside album info and trailer, below...
"Thank you, Brisbane!" - Obits Instagram
Like we've done with a lot of bands this year, we asked Brooklyn's Obits for a list of their favorite albums of 2012. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote back saying, "It usually takes some time to figure out if a record is really going to stick with me, so even though I liked what I heard from Beak, Disappears, Oneida, Pontiak, Royal Baths and Zomes, I'll submit my best of 2012 in a few years," and instead said, "since Obits is working on a new record, here are the Top 10 songs we will do our best not to directly rip off." You can check out that list, complete with YouTube clips for each one, below. Drummer (and onetime Girls Against Boys member) Alexis Fleisig also submitted "Top Ten Things I Completely Took For Granted This Year" which is below as well.
Sohrab, who also reformed his old band Edsel for a couple shows this year, also gave a rundown of Obits 2012 activity and what's in store for 2013:
Despite not putting out a full LP, we kept pretty busy. We released two 7"s - one on Sub Pop with 2 covers and another on a Spanish label called La Castanya with 2 originals on it.Sorhab and Alexis' Top 10 lists are below...
And along with some east coast shows, Austin and Denver (a new US city for us), we went to Europe twice this year, getting to play in Greece, Portugal, Italy and Sweden for the first time. We also went to Australia, which was truly as cool as every band that goes there says it is.
On the horizon ... a couple NYC shows.
1. January 18 = Obits at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots (tickets).
3. Finishing our next album. We have bunches and bunches of song fragments in various stages. The next few months we will be deciding what's worth keeping or working on or tossing in the trash.
4. Going back to Europe in June. It'll be a combination of places we've been and haven't been, including Poland and Ukraine, which we're looking forward to.
Also, this year there were some Hot Snakes shows and an Edsel reunion & re-issues (http://www.comedyminusone.com/023.php), which was kind of unexpected. Next year there might be a handful more Hot Snakes shows, maybe an Edsel appearance or two (along with additional re-issues and tunes from the vault), as well as some Girls Against Boys activity.
Rick of Obits on stage with Hot Snakes at ATP NY 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Though Rick Froberg has been playing his fair share with Hot Snakes as of late, he's still left plenty of room for Obits. The band recently released a fresh pair of jams on a tour-only 7" during a Spanish tour. They've also curated and posted a a YouTube playlist of "random tunes kicking around in our heads" that you can watch below. And now comes word that the band has announced a pair of shows for us NYCers, the first of which will go down on 1/18 at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots. Tickets are on sale.
The second Obits date will go down on 1/19 at Cake Shop as part of a benefit for Norton Records. Joining the band will be sets from The Psyched, Flying Teeth, and Entartete. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the 1/19 show, then you can give directly to help out Norton.
Head below for the Obits video playlist, as well as a video on some of the devastation at Norton Records.
Edsel in the '90s
As you may remember, much-loved and underrated '90s indie rock outfit Lotion are playing on Saturday (10/6) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Clinton-era group Edsel for whom this will be their first show in 12 years. It's a late show (doors 10:30) tickets are still available.
Despite what sounds like a fun late night reunion party, both groups have signed on for an afternoon show the next day (10/7) at The Rock Shop. Show is at 1 PM and tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, the last of Edsel's albums was just reissued via Comedy Minus One. That would be their 1995 album, Techniques of Speed Hypnosis, that the band recorded in Liverpool with Anjali Dutt and Andy Wilkinson whose noisy pedigree included Swervedriver, The Boo Radleys and My Bloody Valentine. Vocalist Sohrab Habbibion (now of Obits) offers up an entertaining recollection of making the album over at the CM1 site, which included spending a lot of time in the recording studio hangout room playing pool with Ian McCulloch. You can stream "Suits Me Fine" from the reissue below.
by Bill Pearis
Lotion at Knitting Factory 10/17/2011
You may remember that '90s-era NYC indie rock band Lotion played their first show in 12 years last October as part of the Royal Flush Festival. The band have decided to make the reunion an annual event and this year's Lotion show happens at Mercury Lounge on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/15) at noon.
I went to last year's show which found the band surprisingly together, given that they had two weeks notice of doing it with members far-flung around the U.S. It was a really fun show. There's video of the band doing "Rock Chick" and "Feedback Queen" at the bottom of this post. With two months notice this year, who knows what may happen.
To make this a little more special (and a "holy crap!" show for some), Lotion have coaxed fellow Clinton-era rockers Edsel out of retirement who played their last show on Valentines Day 2000 at Brownies. Influenced heavily by Wire and other UK post punks, Edsel made dream pop with a decidedly DC-indie bent. The band for this show will be longtime members Sohrab Habibion (who is now in Obits), Geoff Sanoff, and Steve Raskin, plus Obits drummer Alexis Fleisig (filling in for Nick Pellicciotto and John Dugan).
Much of Edsel's back catalog has gotten the reissue-remaster treatment via Comedy Minus One. Last year saw The Everlasting Belt Co. and Detroit Folly, and their final and best album, 1995's Techniques of Speed Hypnosis (recorded in England with MBV engineer Anjali Dutt), will be out in time for the Mercury Lounge show. There are a couple Edsel MP3s you can download above and you can stream Detroit Folly via a Spotify app at the bottom of this post.
Video and streams are below.