Entries tagged with: Opossom
by Bill Pearis
photo: UMO @ ACL 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced more tour dates, including a coast-to-coast run with openers Lower Dens (who just played House of Vans in Brooklyn). The tour currently is scheduled to conclude with two NYC shows at Irving Plaza on February 19 & 20. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday at 10 AM with Music Geeks and Noisey presales starting Wednesday at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other news, UMO's Ruban Neilson has remixed "Cellphone," the current single from Silicon -- aka Ruban's brother Kody who were both in The Mint Chicks together. (Kody previously went by Opossom post-Mint Chicks.) Ruban radically reworks it, injecting some funky muscle into the bleepy-bloopy original, and it would make a great back-to-back with UMO's "Can't Keep Checking My Phone." You can stream it below.
"Cellphone" is off Silicon's debut album, Personal Computer, which came out not too long ago on Domino-related label Weird World. You can listen to the whole thing via Silicon's interactive website.
New Zealand's OPOSSOM, who maybe you caught at CMJ, has remixed Brisbane duo DZ Deathrays's "Dollar Chills", a track from their recent LP Bloodstreams. We're premiering that remix today. Stream it along with the Cadence Weapon version of the same song and some other stuff, below...
The Orwells, free tattoos & Kitty Pryde @ Public Assembly - 10/20/2012
The second free 2012 BrooklynVegan not-CMJ party went down on Saturday (10/20) at Public Assembly after our Friday party, which happened at the same venue the day earlier. We already talked about how great Miguel was, and posted pics of Caveman, Ratking and Sinkane, but the day was packed with ten other of our great artists, all of who you can see pictures of in this post.
It was the Saturday morning of CMJ, so if you were there when doors opened at noon, you were probably stumbling in hungover from the night before (unless of course, you had copped yourself some of the Mercy hangover prevention drink at our Friday party). But young Chicago-suburb punks The Orwells did a fine job of waking everyone up, including those who were camped at the door to be first in line for the free tattoos we gave out for six hours straight. As the tatto guns started buzzing, the Orwells were blasting the early but nice-sized crowd with their raunchy garage punk led by frontman Mario Cuomo's unforgiving Iggy Pop-style stage presence. Meanwhile, New Zealand psych pop project Opossum were warming up the rest of the party attendees in the back room.
Energy levels stayed high in the front room as Hunters followed, and the back room were treated to dreamier sounds by LA's Tashaki Miyaki. Then came sets by the funky Sinkane, the great, orchestral Choir of Young Believers, a strong set by indie pop band Eternal Summers, and a more than charming one by Kitty Pryde. Kitty, who spent part of her set in the crowd, was the first of four rappers in the back room, with her set followed by Ratking, Cities Aviv, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who went on after watching Miguel from the front row on the other stage) (Miguel returned the favor). And the front room was wrapped up by Hundred Waters, one of this year's buzzed about bands at CMJ, whose set we reviewed from the night earlier, and then Miguel and Caveman.
Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty.
More pictures from the Saturday party are below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Opossom @ Public Assembly, 10/20/2012
New Zealand band Opossom were here for multiple shows during last week's CMJ Festival, including the free BV not-CMJ day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) where they kicked off the second stage action. (Same day as Miguel.) Most articles you read about them mentions that main man Kody Nielson is brother to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson (they were both in Mint Chicks) and they get compared to them as well, but I don't think Opossom sound anything like UMO, owing more to a classic pop sound with baroque and psychedelic leanings. They're definitely worth checking out live... which you've got one more chance to do in NYC. Like Popstrangers are doing tonight (10/23), Opossom play Pianos on Wednesday (10/24) and advance tickets are available.
UPDATE: Opossom have cancelled their 10/26 Toronto date and are instead playing another NYC show at Cameo with ARMS and Montreal's Blue Hawaii (members of Braids).
The Pianos show, part of an Opossom tour (dates below), is also with Australia's Teeth & Tongue and Big Scary, two more CMJ holdovers, making this an other-side-of-the-world triple feature. Philadelphia's Grandchildren round out the bill.
More pictures from Opossom's appearance at the BV day party (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution) and tour dates are below and look for the rest of Saturday's line-up of bands soon.
We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Saturday looks like...
BrooklynVegan SATURDAY DAY PARTY - 10/20/2012
STAGE 1 (front room)Like Friday, there is about 15 artists in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. Unlike Friday, we will also be giving out FREE TATTOOS on Saturday.
12:00 The Orwells
01:45 Sinkane (DFA)
02:30 Eternal Summers
03:15 Hundred Waters
Like Friday, show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. you can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars.
Pop up tattoo shop flyer and some videos below...
by Bill Pearis
New Zealand's Opossom (aka former Mint Chick Kody Nielson and brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson) is visiting NYC this week for CMJ, and will play the BV day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which runs from noon - 6PM and is totally free. Full schedule is still to be revealed but Eternal Summers, Cities Aviv and The Orwells will be there too.
We profiled Opossom over the summer, and if you haven't checked out his album, Electric Hawaii, yet you can stream it at the bottom of this post. If you like Uknown Mortal Orchestra and have a fondness for trippy, groovy psych-pop, it's well worth a listen.
In addition to our day party, Opossom will play the Team Clermont showcase tonight (10/17) at Union Pool that's headlined by Matthew E. White; the Windish showcase at Pianos on Thursday (10/18, 9 PM) and then at the Wild Honey Pie showcase at Bar Matchless later that night (11:40 PM); the Bowery Presents party at Pianos on Saturday afternoon (4 PM) and the Cape Shok showcase as Cake Shop later that night (9:15 PM).
Opossom will be playing other North American shows while here, and all tour dates are listed below, along with the album stream.
The Mountain Goats @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/15/2012 (via @haleigh133)
Following two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Mountain Goats continued their NYC run last night at Bowery Ballroom (10/15) and we've got the setlist (including a cover of Wye Oak's "Civilian") below. John Darnielle and co will wrap it up at Bowery tonight (10/16) and tickets just went back on sale for that show.
Tourmate Matthew E. White will play Union Pool on Wednesday (10/17) as part of the Team Clermont CMJ showcase that also features Opossom, Twin Tigers, Grape Soda, and Koko Beware. No advance tickets for this show, but you can RSVP on Facebook. From there he'll continue on with The Mountain Goats, though he has a few dates on his own amongst them.
Mountain Goats Bowery setlist, a flyer for the Union Pool show and a list of updated dates for The Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White are below.
Die! Die! Die!
Like in past years, New Zealand is being represented at CMJ with a kickoff party at Le Poisson Rouge on October 16. The lineup includes Six60, Die! Die! Die!, Ghost Wave, Popstrangers, Lawrence Arabia and Tom Lark. That show is totally free to the public and will stream live at LPR's Concert Window beginning at 6 PM but you do need to RSVP (just email: Pamela@themusebox.net).
Noise punks Die! Die! Die!, who have recorded for a number of labels incuding Flying Nun, also play Death by Audio on October 17 with Roomrunner and a secret guest (not an official CMJ show). More CMJ shows for them will be announced soon. Their new album, Harmony, is due out November 9 via Golden Antenna. You can stream it in its entirety below.
Ghost Wave have a few other CMJ shows, including SESAC showcase at Cake Shop on October 17 with ZZZ's, Hussle Club, I.R.O.K., Punks on Mars, Pyschobuildings, Half Undressed, Communist Daughter, and Blessed Feathers (free); and the Flowerbooking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 19 with Unicorn Kid, Ki Theory, Devin, Talk Normal, and CIties Aviv.
In other New Zealand artists playing CMJ news, as mentioned, Gotye collaborator Kimbra plays Webster Hall on October 19 and 20 with The Stepkids. Both shows are sold out, some CMJ badges will be accepted on at the 10/19 show.
Former Mint Chick Kody Nielson's (whose brother Ruban fronts Unknown Mortal Orchestra) project, Opossom has a few CMJ shows scheduled too. He'll play the Team Cleremont showcase at Union Pool on October 17 with Twin Tigers, Fantasmas, Grape Soda, and Koko Beware; the Wild Honey Pie showcase at Matchless on October 18 with Body Language, Devin, Donora, Echo Friendly, and Night Panther; the Windish showcase at Pianos on October 18 with Flume, American Royalty, Labyrinth Ear, The Luyas, Ape School, Duologue, and Moon King; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on October 20 with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
After CMJ, Opossom will be sticking around for more shows in NYC including the previousyl discussed show at Pianos (10/24) with Big Scary and Time Travelers and another at Cameo Gallery (10/26). Tickets for the Piano show and the Cameo show are available.
Some song stream and a video are below.
Complex is throwing a big, free, multi-genre, non-CMJ party during CMJ at Brooklyn's House of Vans on October 18. The show's got two stages -- a rap and a rock stage -- with the rap stage being headlined by Action Bronson and the rock stage by Interpol frontman Paul Banks. The rest of the lineup includes The Alchemist, Ratking, Ka, Spaceghostpurrp, Savages, Savoir Adore, and a surprise special guest. RSVP is required for the free show and you must be 21+. The flier is below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Action Bronson in NYC even sooner when he plays a free show at Public Assembly on October 10, and he'll also be back for a show at Highline Ballroom on October 30 with Cypress Hill.
We also just mentioned that Hot Charity signees Ratking have CMJ shows scheduled including free shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge on October 19 and a not-free show at Glasslands on October 20.
Savages have a number of CMJ shows scheduled too. They're playing Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, Emma Louise, and J. Thoven. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but you can still try to get in with your CMJ badge. They also play the Stereogum showcase with Dum Dum Girls, Guards, Port. St Willow, IO ECHO, and Icona Pop (DJ) (tickets), and it was just announced that they'll play the free Bowery Presents day party on October 20 at Pianos with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Opossom, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
The flier for the Complex show and an updated list of Action Bronson and Paul Banks dates are below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
by Andrew Sacher
The breakup of New Zealand's The Mint Chicks led to member Ruban Nielson forming Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who have been experiencing way more success in the US than Mint Chicks ever did. Now, Ruban's brother and fellow Mint Chicks bandmate Kody Nielson is also fronting a new project, under the name Opossom. Opossom's debut LP, Electric Hawaii, is out this week (8/7) via Fire Records and it's not too far removed from the psych pop that his brother is making in UMO. You can stream the entire album and watch some videos from it below. Two of its tracks, "Blue Meanies" and "Getaway Tonight," are also available to download above.
Opossom is currently playing some shows in support of it in Australia and he'll come over to North America in October for a tour which will bring him to NYC for CMJ. More info on that to come, but we know that after CMJ ends, he'll play another NYC show a few days later at Pianos on October 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Kody recorded the album on his own but live he'll be joined by veteran NZ artist Bic Runga (who he worked with on Bic's 2011 album, Belle) and fellow Mint Chick Michael Logie.
A list of all dates, videos and streams are below.