Entries tagged with: Other Lives
photo: Other Lives at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
There's a few cool things on the music front, including producer Kid Koala (of Deltron 3030 and other projects) presenting an adaptation of his graphic novel, Nufonia Must Fall, from September 17-19 at BAM Harvey Theater. The event description reads:
Directed by the Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (Her, Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation, Being John Malkovich) the story centers around a lonesome, music-obsessed, headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence who falls in love with a winsome office worker.Another one is Portland indie band Other Lives (who recently put out a new album) presenting the world premiere of Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives on October 9 and 10 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House . Here's details:
After a chance encounter, their precarious courtship unfolds via real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stage settings and a cast of meticulously-crafted puppets. Kid Koala and the dynamic Canadian ensemble, the Afiara Quartet, provide the live score for piano, strings, and turntables, creating an unforgettably heartwarming performance experience that provides a fresh look at contemporary relationships, technology, and existential relevance.
True to its title, Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives reconceives the acclaimed indie rock band's live show as an immersive theatrical experience helmed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company cofounder Terry Kinney in this world premiere collaborative work. Other Lives' Jesse Tabish, Jonathan Mooney, Josh Onstott, Daniel Hart, and Danny Reish will perform songs from their most recent album, Rituals, along with previous releases, while Kinney crafts an engrossing audio-visual narrative inspired by the band's lyrics and Oklahoma roots.And jazz composer Darcy James Argue is premiering his new piece Real Enemies with Isaac Butler, Peter Nigrini, and the 18-piece Secret Society ensemble from November 18-21 at BAM Harvey Theater. Details:
Grammy Award-nominated composer Darcy James Argue and his acclaimed 18-member jazz ensemble Secret Society return to BAM with Real Enemies--a multimedia work that explores American conspiracy theories in 12 vignettes. Using both contemporary and historical stories of both real and imagined plots, Real Enemies will build a new conspiracy theory on stage.One of the opera events has My Brightest Diamond frontwoman Shara Worden teaming up with Andrew Ondrejcak and Baroque Orchestration X for the US premiere of You Us We All from November 11-14 at BAM Harvey Theater. The description reads:
Featuring a series of short films by Peter Nigrini, broadcast on multiple surfaces designed by Maruti Evans, Real Enemies creates connections and mini-narratives between disparate pieces of information. The work's narrative, by Isaac Butler, is drawn from declassified government papers, conspiracy documentaries, and historical sources--fusing a final collage of pictures, multiple channels of simultaneously-broadcast film, and live music performed by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.
Singer and composer Shara Worden partners with writer/director/designer Andrew Ondrejcak to create this contemporary opera for five singers and a baroque chamber ensemble. YOU US WE ALL is inspired by the 17th-century court masques, with characters, lyrics, music, costumes, sets, and stagingThe 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival also includes a performance art event with Miranda July and many more.
all fractured through a contemporary lens. The explicitly allegorical characters--Death, Hope, Virtue, and Love--are thrust into our world, where they negotiate mundane everyday lives: going to the gym, obsessing over celebrities, fantasizing the life-that-could-be, etc--until Time comes along and tears everything away.
Tickets go on sale June 8 to members and June 15 to the general public. Tickets for individual shows go on sale August 3 to members and August 10 to the general public. Check out the full list of events below.
photo: Other Lives at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Atmospheric indie rockers Other Lives put out their new album, Rituals, this week via TBD Records (order yours), and in honor of its release they've got live session videos for two of its tracks, "Easy Way Out" and "English Summer." Those videos premiere in this post and can be watched below.
The band's tour in support of the new album also begins in LA tonight (5/6). As previously mentioned, it comes to NYC later in the month, hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/29 and Bowery Ballroom on 5/30. All dates are with Riothorse Royale, and tickets for both NYC stops are still available.
Full list of dates, with those videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Other Lives at Rock Werchter in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Stillwater, OK indie trio Other Lives will follow 2011's Tamer Animals with their third album, Rituals, on May 5 via TBD Records. The reverby art rock of lead single "Reconfiguration" definitely sounds like the work of a band who've been hanging around Thom Yorke, but Other Lives make it their own. Listen, with artwork and tracklist, below.
Other Lives will support the new album on a tour this spring, which comes to NYC on May 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon with an AmEx presale for MHOW starting today (3/4) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Jonathan McPhail
Indians at MHOW - 11/29/12
Copenhagen's Indians (aka Soren Juul) stopped by NYC last week on his ongoing tour with Other Lives (which hits Pittsburgh tonight) for shows at Bowery Ballroom (11/28) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/29). Pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show are HERE and pictures from the MHOW show are in this post.
Indians will return to North America on his own tour in 2013, which will be in support of his upcoming debut album, Somewhere Else, which is due out January 29 via 4AD. That tour hits NYC on March 7 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting (12/5) at noon. He'll be touring with Dead Oceans signees Night Beds, who play NYC this month, but no opener has been announced for the Mercury Lounge show yet.
All tour dates are listed below, along with more pics from the MHOW show with Other Lives.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Other Lives @ Bowery Ballroom, 11/29/2012
Call Other Lives folkestral. The band takes cues from expansive acts with sprawling live arrangements and Americana heartbeats, copping feels from everyone from Bon Iver to Sigur Rós in the process. It must be a labor of love to drag that symphony across the country. Contrast that to the spare opener Indians, which created vibrant atmospheres by burrowing into its harmonies and reverbs. The Copenhagen-based project is also sorta-folk, but expresses that aesthetic through waves of keyboards and quiet charm. Indians' melodic, hazy obliques achieved a scaled emotionalism that didn't aim for melodrama or total control, and primed the audience to get swept in by Other Lives' technicolor rumble. - [CMJ]Oklahoma's Other Lives brought their tour to NYC this week playing two shows, the first of which was last night (11/28) at Bowery Ballroom with Danish act Indians opening. Both play again tonight (11/29), this time at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is not sold out.
More pictures from last night's Bowery Ballroom performance are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Copenhagen 4AD signees Indians (the project of Søren Løkke Juul ) already released some great singles this year and he's now announced that he'll release his debut album, Somewhere Else, on January 29 via the label. The album will include his new single, "Cakelakers," which you can stream/download via a widget below. If you enjoyed his other singles, this one's further proof that his album is something to look forward to.
Indians will be in NYC this week for CMJ, where he'll play the WFUV showcase at Living Room TONIGHT (10/16) at 7 PM with Savoir Adore (7:40), Wax Poetic (8:20), and Little Green Cars (9:00); the Hype Machine "Handpicked" show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (10/17) with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Virgins, The Neighbourhood, Sua, Jjamz, and DJ Goldroom (free with RSVP); and the Fader Fort at Converse Rubber Tracks on October 18.
Speaking of Little Green Cars, who also play the WFUV showcase at Living Room today, the Glassnote-signed Dubliners are also playing a KEXP show at CMJ Union (10/18) and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos (10/20).
A list of all Indians dates and the MP3 widget are below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Other Lives at Rock Werchter 2012
Other Lives, who recently played Rock Werchter in Belgium (pictures in this post), are currently making their way around Europe, and eventually to Japan and, after taking a 2 month break, the band will head out on a fall tour of the US and Canada with Copenhagen's Indians. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on November 28 and Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on November 29. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Indians will be in North America even sooner for a previously discussed short run of dates that brings him to NYC for a show at Glasslands on July 26 with Milagres and Zulu Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Indians recently released a new single, "I Am Haunted," which you can download below in exchange for an email address. If you missed it, two other Indians tracks -- "Magic Kids" and "New" -- are streaming HERE.
In other Other Lives news, a remix of their song, "Tamer Animals," by Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project with Flea and Nigel Goodrich appears as a b-side to the new Atoms for Peace single. The a-side is a remix of Atoms for Peace's own song, "Other Side." You can stream the Other Lives remix below, where you'll also find the single's artwork. The single comes out on limited edition white vinyl on July 30 (sold out) and regular vinyl on August 6 via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label for their 50WEAPONS series. You can order the regular vinyl issue here. As mentioned, Thom Yorke will do an Atoms for Peace DJ set at the final installation of this summer's Warm Up series at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss.
We also just mentioned that Thom Yorke will appear on the new Flying Lotus album.
In more related news, Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista announced their self titled debut LP today. It comes out October 2 via Temporary Residence. The cover art, tracklist and a video for "Static Light" are below. Live dates TBA.
A list of all Other Lives and Indians dates, more pics of Other Lives from Rock Werchter, the Atoms for Peace remix, the Indians MP3, and Ultraista album info below...
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...
Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE
Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.
Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.
We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.
ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.
Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Other Lives @ Bowery Ballroom on 2/17
"Other Lives' sound is lush and rich, full of varied but precise instrumentation. Each member seamlessly switched from violin to guitar, trumpet, keyboard, bells, cello, percussion, harmonium etc., somehow getting to their instruments just at the right time in every song. Their CD Tamer Animals is a gorgeous reproduction of their sound, but seeing them live was an altogether different and wonderful experience. Watching the set up of keyboards, effects, laptop and other electonic gear, I was a little concerned that the 'music' would come off sounding too artificial. But all the band members were consummate musicians, and it didn't seem as though much of their sound came from prerecorded tracks."Other Lives played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on 2/17 with support from both from WIM and Lucius. The show, reviewed above, is pictured in this post.
[Words & Music]
The NYC show was part of a headlining tour leading up to Other Lives' run supporting Radiohead which began last night, Monday, 2/27, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. We're not sure how Other Lives' set was in the huge Florida venue, but you can check out Radiohead's setlist, video of two new songs included, HERE.
All Other Lives tour dates and more pictures from their NYC show, below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
Other Lives at The Parish in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
On tour now in Europe, Other Lives will play a bunch of West Coast shows with JBM in December for taking a break until the new year. They'll hit the road again in February for a string of dates that lead up to a run with Radiohead that will take them through Florida and back west. Other Lives headline a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on February 17th with openers TBA. Tickets are on sale. The band is touring in support of their recent LP Tamer Animals which dropped earlier this year.
All tour dates and a full concert video, below....
Mates of State at ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
As recently mentioned, Other Lives will hit the road with Bon Iver in September after Bon Iver finishes up their tour with The Rosebuds. After they do so, Other Lives will hook up with Mates of State in October for the rest of Mates of State's headlining tour. That tour ends in NYC on October 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (7/6) at noon.
Mates of States' tour also includes an appearance at Escape to NY and dates with Suckers and Yawn. Neither of those bands play at the NYC show but Suckers have their own NYC show on August 18 at Cameo Gallery with Rewards and magician Matthew Holtzclaw. Tickets are on sale now.
Mates of State release the LP Mountaintops on September 13 via Barsuk. Check out the video for the single "Maracas," along with the tracklist and all tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Rosebuds in Texas
Viscous blue light drowned the stage as the highly anticipated headliner, The Rosebuds, captured attention and hearts with "Go Ahead", an indie-rock summer anthem, plagued with melancholy, but overflowing in beauty.
From their 2007 album, Night of the Furies, The Rosebuds performed "Cemetery Lungs" with unwavering energy, beneath bright pink and fuchsia lights. Also from Night of the Furies, one of the crowd favorites was clearly the upbeat and danceable indie-folk track, "Leaves Do Fall".
Promoting their latest album, Loud Planes Fly Low..., The Rosebuds primarily performed tracks featured on that particular album, such as "Limitless Arms", "Come Visit Me", "Cover Ears", and "Second Bird of Paradise". Loud Planes Fly Low, is the first album produced by The Rosebuds since front-musicians Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard's divorce. Staying together for the sake of music, this particular album exuded more humanity and vulnerability than anything The Rosebuds produced before. -[Red River Noise]
The Rosebuds spent a Friday night (June 25) in Austin at The Parish, where they linked up with Oax and Other Lives for a show as part of their current ongoing Southwest/West Coast headlining tour. Pictures from the Texas show are in this post.
Its in Justin Vernon's home state of Wisconsin that The Rosebuds will link up with Bon Iver for a string of dates on their way back East, eventually landing at the final two sold-out dates of the tour in NYC, 8/9 at United Palace and 8/10 at Prospect Park Bandshell. Rosebuds tour-mate Other Lives will open shows for Bon Over in September. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Bon Iver, as you may have heard:
Jill Scott earns her very first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "The Light of the Sun," as the new set starts with 135,000 copies sold last week. The R&B singer's previous charting best was 2004's "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2," which peaked at No. 3. Her last studio album before a foray into acting was 2007's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3" which made it to No. 4.Jill Scott is touring in support of her album this summer too.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver has a big week as the self-titled sophomore set enters at No. 2 with 104,000. These numbers easily best his former highs: his 2009 EP "Blood Bank" debuted and peaked at No. 16 with 23,000. Mastermind Justin Vernon's first album under the moniker, "For Emma Forever Ago," never made it higher on the chart than No. 64. [HitFix]
Loud Planes Fly Low is The Rosebuds new LP, out now via Merge. Look for it at the merch table of one of their tour dates, which are all listed with more pictures from The Parish, below...
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips / Modest Mouse
"Rockers The Flaming Lips have long had a reputation for extravagant live shows: Fake blood, torrential confetti downpours, animal costumes and comically oversized fists are all standard fare. The band's Sunday night set at this year's Sasquatch Music Festival was no exception, with frontman Wayne Coyne taking to the crowd in his over-sized bubble. Still, the band managed to make its big, flashy show feel like a more intimate affair.Sasquatch Fest ended Monday night (pictures from that day coming soon). Audio of many of the sets, Flaming Lips included, is archived for streaming over at NPR. Like Archers of Loaf, the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus and many others played on Sunday (the third of four days). More pictures from that day, below...
While playing the landmark 1999 album The Soft Bulletin nearly in full, Coyne chatted genially with the audience, taking frequent breaks during "The Spiderbite Song" to relate the anecdotes behind the song's lyrics. Another set highlight, "Waitin' for a Superman" -- stripped down to a delicate piano and voice arrangement -- was introduced as a tribute to departed icon Elliott Smith. Although the band was forced to exclude a couple of songs due to time constraints, it delivered a personal version of what many consider its finest album." [listen @ NPR]
Bon Iver @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
If you're wondering what other dates Bon Iver might play this year, I can tell you a bunch they will not. Sean Carey, one of the nine members of Bon Iver's touring lineup, will be on the road with his own S. Carey project through much of May and some of June, first touring with Other Lives and then with David Bazan which brings him to Bowery Ballroom on June 22nd. All tour dates are listed below...
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
photos by Chris Graham
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
For what was the worst day weather-wise for San Francisco's Outide Lands Festival, its last day (Sunday, August 30th) may have been the best musically. Cold fog and wind took the place of cloudless, sunny skies, but those who attended witnessed sets by Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Calexico, Matt & Kim , and soul legends Robert Randolph and Betty Layvette, and MIA, who complained via Twitter about the fest's substitution of Tenacious D for the Beastie Boys, then covered two Beasties songs, "Intergalactic" and "Sabatage, in her set.
Scrambling to find replacement headliners for the Beastie Boys was a common theme for festivals in summer '09, after the group was forced to cancel all dates when Adam Yauch was dianosed with cancer (he's since had sugery, and reports say that part of his health regiment is a vegan/organic diet). Beastie Boys' slot was filled by Jay-Z at All Points West and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza
More pictures from Day Three below...
DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins - Slow Doomsday (MP3)
Tickets are on sale for the shows Elvis Perkins is playing at Bowery Ballroom (with Bowerbirds) and Music Hall of Williamsburg in December, and updated dates were just announced along with news of a new EP...
"We call this thing The Doomsday EP for obvious reasons, and its middle name to which it also answers is The EP of the Id. Being drawn to the many faces of the American strain it seems we have more or less subconsciously produced a collection speaking to/and or from several of them at once. It's a document of impulses sleeping egos and their superiors let pass to tape. I myself didn't know what these songs sounded like in the hands of EPID until they were processed and played back. You have a song that arrived like the rest of us by boat, a selection from the Sacred Harp, a rock 'n roll heralding the eternal advent of rock 'n roll, an ode to the soul of the undead and, finally (and firstly), two takes on a single song called Doomsday, one which comes from our March release and the other which leans in the direction of its original conception as something of a gospel number. And here they all are, risen from their cribs and graves, under one moonlight while their folks and undertakers look the other way." - Elvis PerkinsThe Doomsday EP will be released by XL Recordings on October 20th. A free MP3 from it, is available above.
The new tour dates include a September 2nd solo show at Housing Works Bookestore Cafe in NYC. Members of Ra Ra Riot will be DJing. The show is part of a series of events "to celebrate and promote Yellow Bird Project's new Indie Rock Coloring Book". "All proceeds will benefit Yellow Bird Project and its network of charities, and Housing Works, the nation's largest community-based AIDS services organization." Tickets are on sale.
All dates and the new EP tracklist, below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
'Natasha killed it tonight. Seeing her so happy made me so happy. Great show.' - Anonymous
"best use of props: bat for lashes at webster hall. do you like wolves? natasha khan does. from the backdrop to the tapestry hanging over her piano, the set was wolf-tastic and so was bat for lashes. ms. khan jumped into a "glass" and followed up with "sleep alone". the crowd was in for some haunting, lush tones from the very first raise of natasha's faux hair sleeves.More pictures and the setlist from last night's show (8/12), below...
natasha didn't talk to much during the set though she responded to an erratic "you're amazing" with an equally erratic "thank you".
encore included: "good love", "moon and moon", "trophy" and karate kid favorite "daniel". [sharocks]
photos by Chris Graham
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - False Alarm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Sugar (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - The Other One (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Believe In Love (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Complete Live @ WOXY session (MP3)
The Wooden Birds @ Mercury Lounge in April (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
The Wooden Birds recently toured Europe and the US. That included three NYC shows in April, including one with Lymbyc System on April 10th at the Mercury Lounge, and a stop at WOXY to record a live session. The Wooden Birds' debut, Magnolia, is out now on Barsuk Records (An MP3 from that, above, with the WOXY session).
The Wooden Birds now have a new May/June US tour scheduled (with more dates to come). This tour includes a June 24th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn with Other Lives. Tickets are on sale.
"When a band's instrumentation includes things like harmonium, vibraphone, electric harpsichord, mellotron, violin, cello, and lap steel, it's easy to feel intimidated; the combination of modern and analog instruments could make for a weird and cluttered orchestra, or a pretentious one at the very least. But Other Lives wield their cumbersome pile of apparatus gracefully, choosing instrumentations carefully, and using them to create a larger variety of feelings--on "End of the Year", the change from charming guitar-peppered opening movement to the darkened string-based middle section makes the song a story in and of itself." [Crawdaddy]Check out some videos including one of Other Lives playing an acoustic version of "E Minor," a song off their debut, and all dates, below...
"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...
The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]
photos by Tim Griffin
Delta Spirit played to a sold out crowd at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Saturday night (2/21). Throughout the set they were joined on stage by friends and guests, members of opening bands Other Lives and Dawes included.
One day earlier, Daytrotter released a new live session...
"The San Diego-based group doesn't necessarily need the monetary support as it's been selling out venues left and right, touring with the splendid support acts of Dawes and Other Lives, but Delta Spirit could literally be considered America and it makes the kind of music that the country should want to support more and be prouder of than an automobile manufacturing company based in the Motor City. It's got the heart and soul of a Motown and a passionate passion for everything that it puts to tape, for everyone it reduces to blubbering, awestruck chills when it's seen live and in person. It, they (these five guys) deserve everything and more, simply for the way that they make a person rethink what they knew or understood about electricity." [Daytrotter]Go to Daytrotter to download the session which includes a great AA Bondy cover. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, including a shot of the setlist, below...