Entries tagged with: Oh Mercy
by Bill Pearis
Holy crap there are a lot of Australian bands playing CMJ 2013. And almost all of them will be at the annual Aussie BBQ, which happens at The Delancey all day and night Saturday (10/19). It's free and open to the public with over 30 acts playing. The show features some bands we've already told you about: Courtney Barnett, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, sludgy garage rockers Reptiles, and WIM who are based in NYC at the moment.
That still leaves most of the line-up which is all over the map, sound-wise. You can check out nearly all of them via a Spotify playlist for easy perusal. The whole schedule is listed below, but here's a few highlights.
Including the Aussie BBQ, Courtney Barnett is playing a whopping eight shows this week. That includes the free BrooklynVegan party on Saturday at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right. (We'll be announcing the whole line-up soon.) As Andrew Sacher wrote previously, she makes the "kind of post-'90s lo-fi that we've heard from, well, most bands who classify as indie rock in the past some-odd years. She even tags herself on bandcamp as "slacker." But what sets her apart from the mass of samey slacker rock bands is she's got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s." All here CMJ dates:
Tue 10/15/13 PianosThe Preatures make slightly countryish pop-rock and comparisons to Haim have been flying around. They're a little more rock (in a Strokes kinda way) than Haim, but their songs are pretty hooky. They're playing four shows total while here, starting Wednesday (10/16) at Bowery Hotel as part of the School Night party (free with RSVP). They'll also play Santos on Thursday (10/17) and the Planetary day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19).
Wed 10/16/13 Mercury Lounge
Wed 10/16/13 Glasslands
Thu 10/17/13 Mercury Lounge
Fri 10/18/13 Pianos New York
Fri 10/18/13 285 Kent Ave
Sat 10/19/13 Baby's All Right
Sat 10/19/13 The Delancey
Bored Nothing are from Melbourne and work in hazy, swirling guitars and somewhat mopey/angsty vocals. Their self-titled album from this year is pretty good. You can also catch them tonight (10/15) at Pianos with Courtney Barnett, Total Slacker, High Highs, Saint Rich, Spires, Palehound and more. It's only $5 at the door and free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge). Flyer with all the bands is below.
Oh Mercy, also from Melbourne, make understated dusty boots rock. 2011's Great Barrier Grief is a nice laid-back listen (it's on Spotify). They also play Friday at Lit Lounge (11 PM).
On the synthy tip, there's Brisbane's Cub Sport who make "whoa-oh" effervescent style dance pop. Light as a breeze, but undeniably catchy stuff. If you're free this afternoon, you have two chances to see them on Ludlow St. They play Pianos at 2:40 PM, and then they play Cake Shop at 5 PM. They'll also play KEXP at Judson Memorial Church on Wednesday (10/16, noon), and then Union Pool on Friday (10/18, 7:40 PM).
Today's Cake Shop show is actually an all-Aussie line-up with Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, and Gossling. It's free.
One note, hirsute novelty rockers The Beards were supposed to be at CMJ (and open the Aussie BBQ at 2 PM) but their visas didn't come through in time.
Not playing the Aussie BBQ is Kirin J. Callinan whose debut album, Embracism, came out earlier this year. (He played one of our CMJ parties last year.) Luckily he is playing other shows, a ton of them, including three tonight:
Tues, Oct 15 The Standard East (7:30pm) Annie O ShowcaseHis live show is intense, catch him if you can.
Tues, Oct 15 Music Hall Of Williamsburg (9pm)
Tues, Oct 15 Cameo (11pm)
Thur, Oct 17 Bowery Electric (4:45pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Baby's All Right (9:30pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Secret Project Robot
Sat, Oct 19 Death By Audio (9pm)
Aussie BBQ line-up and schedule, that Spotify playlist and a few flyers, below...
by Bill Pearis
LA snarky samplers TV Girl released their most recent EP, Lonely Women, over the summer, five bitter pills with sugar coating for easy pop consumption. They just made a video for lead track "She Smokes in Bed" which stars an anthropomorphic, aerobicizing cigarette. We've got the premiere of that which can be viewed below.
TV Girl are making their first-ever trip to NYC next week for CMJ and with five shows on their docket currently:
10/16 - New York, NY @ Tammany Hall (1:00 AM)Those shows, with full band line-ups (where available) are listed, along with the video premiere, another video and EP stream, below...
10/17 - New York, NY @ Pianos (5:00 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/18 - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge (8:45 PM)
10/19 - New York, NY @ Rockwood (1:50 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo (5:20 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
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.
Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.
Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.
by Bill Pearis
The annual post-SXSW Aussie BBQ is happening March 25 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, with a whopping 14 performers throughout the all-day event: Big Scary, Bonfire Nights, Busby Marou, Jonti, Jordie Lane, Oh Mercy, The Jefferson, Teeth & Tongue, Voltaire Twins, Wazu, Luluc, Pets with Pets, Traveller & Fortune, and Saskia Sansom.
With the only determining factor being country of origin, it's a disparate lineup, ranging from gentle folk (Jordie Lane, Luluc, Traveller & Fortune and Saskia Sansom), wide appeal pop (Big Scary, The Jefferson), psych rock (Bonfire Nights, Pets with Pets), synth/glitch/electro (Voltaire Twins, Jonti, Wazu), indiepop (Oh Mercy) and Teeth & Tongue, who is a little like Anna Calvi. Literally something for everyone. Unless all you like is jazz or metal or some other genre not listed above.
At the bottom of this post there's videos and music streams for every artist on the bill. Tickets are $12 -- that's less than a dollar per band. Pretty good deal and a fun way to spend a Sunday.
In addition to playing SXSW and the Aussie BBQ, Big Scary and Teeth & Tongue are going on more extensive North American dates (though not together) and those dates can be found at the bottom of this post. For Big Scary they included gigs at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands.
You can also grab a Big Scary tracks as part of a free mixtape they're giving away on Bandcamp, and as part of a free Family Records SXSW 2012 mixtape. The mixtape also contains songs by Savoir Adore, We Are Augustines and 10 others.
While not part of the BBQ, Australia's Twerps (who made one of my favorite albums of 2012) will be over for SXSW too. After Austin, they're coming to New York for two shows: March 29 at 285 Kent with Ducktails and March 30 at Mercury Lounge with The Mad Scene. After playing here, Twerps hit the road with Real Estate for an extensive North American tour and those dates are at the bottom of this post, along with a new video for album track "Through the Day."
Speaking of Hamish Kilgour (who is in the The Mad Scene), The Clean also just announced dates that bring them to Le Poisson Rouge this year.
Click through for videos and streams by all the Aussie BBQ bands, plus tour dates for Big Scary, Teeth & Tongue, and Twerps.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
One of my favorite albums of 2009 was the baroque pop gem All the Pleasures of the World from Melbourne, Australia's Crayon Fields. It's ten swoony epics in miniature, recalling The Zombies and The Left Banke without ever directly ripping them off. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post. The band are making their first trip to the U.S. to play SXSW but then are heading to New York for four shows: Bruar Falls on March 23, The Sycamore on March 24, The Bell House on March 25, and Pianos on March 26.
The Bruar Falls show is especially noteworthy and pretty unmissable in my opinion. Also playing is singer Kath Bloom who is something of a cult hero in folk circles. You might know her song "Come Here" which was used prominently in Richard Linklater's film Before Sunrise. (Crayon Fields covered the song as a b-side last year too.) Chapter Music, which is Crayon Fields' label, has been a champion of her for some time, reissuing much of her impossible-to-find '70s/'80s catalog, as well as new material, including 2008's Terror, her first official new album since 1984.
Last year, Chapter Music released Loving Takes This Course, a two-CD set that featured one disc of covers by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and The Dodos, and a second disc of the original Kath Bloom songs that were covered on the first disc. Kath's brand new album, Thin Thin Line, which got an 8.0 on Pitchfork. She doesn't play very many shows and I'd imagine her alone would be enough to get people out to the show.
But there's more. Also on the Bruar Falls bill is Australian indie legend Richard Davies, who in the early '90s fronted The Moles (get their essential, out-of-print debut, Untune the Sky, any way you can) and then went on to form chamber pop group Cardinal with Eric Matthews (their 1994 debut is equally amazing ), and then a three album solo career that ended when he gave up rock for a law degree in 2000. But Davies has become active in music again as of last year. First came Cosmos, a collaboration with uber-prolific Robert Pollard, that is worth picking up. This year will see a new Davies solo record and the long-rumored second Cardinal album, both of which will be released by Chapter Music.
Fouth performer on the Bruar Falls line-up is Guy Blackman, who writes "sensitive piano ballads that aim to make straight white men feel slightly uncomfortable by confronting them with my renegade sexuality" and who has also run Chapter Music since starting the label in 1992. Chapter Music releases a lot of great stuff: Pikelett, The Twerps and Tenniscoats among them.
The Bell House show The Crayon Fields are playing is the second-annual Aussie BBQ that features 12 (!) bands from down under: The Chevelles, Love of Diagrams, Pets with Pets, Paul Dempsey, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, City Riots, Beaches, Bliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom. As the name implies, there will also be Australian BBQ and beer. Sounds like fun. Maybe you went last year?
All Crayon Fields tour dates, plus three of their music videos are below.