Entries tagged with: Papercuts
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A day of being grateful for what they've got, overeating and subsequent afternoon naps, Thanksgiving is the start of a long weekend for many folks, but one that usually doesn't have the most options for things to do -- or bands to see. Weather's not supposed to be so great either. Still, we've rounded up ten musical things to do in NYC during Thanksgiving Weekend. Plus one you can do anywhere with an internet connection and love of making fun of bad movies.
Read on below...
by Bill Pearis
(photo by Luz Gallardo)
Dean Wareham has been making records for almost 30 years -- with Galaxie 500, Luna and as half of Dean & Britta -- but this week marks the first release purely under his own name. Emancipated Hearts is a mini-LP made with Jason Quever (Papercuts) at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, and its genesis was rather high-concept. Says Dean, "Each of these songs started with one line or phrase I borrowed from a poem or film or newspaper headline. So the idea is you steal one line and then build your own song around it." Lead track "Love is Colder Than Death" was based on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1969 film of the same name and you can stream that below, and the whole record can be listened to over at SPIN. You know what to expect with Wareham at this point but the production this time is a little different and the songs are good. Worth checking out.
With the new record out, Dean has a few live dates coming up, including one in NYC at The Bell House on November 29 (Black Friday). The show is with Papercuts, who'll be playing acoustic, and tickets are on sale now.
In other news, Dean reviewed the new Mazzy Star album over at The Talkhouse. It's an enjoyable read -- clearly what he and Mazzy Star do are on the same wavelength -- and here's a quote, "it's hard to describe Mazzy Star without saying "Mazzy Star," a phrase that conveys a sound and a mood and the specific space (large, yet not cavernous) you find yourself in when you hear them." One could say the same of a new Wareham music.
All tour dates are listed, along with the stream, below...
Sondra Sun-Odeon will release her debut LP Ætherea on November 20. Just like the album title suggests, the NYC vocalist/songwriter creates somber yet ethereal compositions that bring to mind moody, late-60s/early-'70s UK folk, as well as more recent artists like Jesse Sykes or Damien Rice. You can help Sun-Odeon celebrate hew new LP next week by attending her record release show at Public Assembly on November 14 where she'll be joined by CC Carana and Bee and Flower. Tickets are available at the door.
Ætherea features guest shouts from names like Helena Espvall (Espers), Leyna Marika Papach (JG Thirwell) and Ben McConnell (Beach House, Papercuts, Brightblack Morning Light). You can stream the new song "Golden Bird" below as well as check out a live video of the song "Samarkind."
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Beach House and Papercuts played their second of two shows at Webster Hall on Friday (2/25). The first was two days earlier, and the tour came to an end Saturday night in DC. Pictures and the setlist from the 2nd NYC show are in this post.
Given Papercuts' recent move to Sup Pop (and Beach House's Alex Scally's long-time involvement with the band), it's hardly surprising that the San Francisco artist would occupy such a highly coveted opening slot. But Papercuts and Beach House have more in common than merely being friends and labelmates. Like the headliners, Jason Quever and his band make dreamy, atmospheric pop music, and they do it well. Perhaps I'm just influenced by the cover art of the last album, but listening to Quever's moody melodies always makes me a feel a bit like I'm floating out in space.
At its core, Papercuts is the musical project of one, but front man Jason Quever often incorporates additional musicians to help spin his multi-layered sonic web. For Wednesday night's show, Papercuts was five men strong. They played a handful of tracks from the last studio album (including the excellent "Future Primitive"), but the majority of their set comprised songs from their upcoming March release, Fading Parade, which you can now stream in its entirety, courtesy of NPR Music.
Once the strains of Papercuts had faded out and the smoke machines had pumped out enough to sufficiently obscure the large room, Beach House stepped on stage and offered a quick introduction. Of course with Victoria Legrand at the mic, even a simple introduction like "good evening" instantly becomes sexy thanks to her distinctive throaty voice. After a brief pause, the trio launched into not a track from last year's hit Teen Dream, but an older one - "Gila."
As is often the case with more subdued, hazy acts, Beach House's performance was a bit lacking in the visual department, but the three large, colorfully lit pyramids lining the back of the stage proved to be a nice focal point - or at least an alternative to Legrand's dramatic hair tosses.
Clearly, the emphasis was on the music. Though the stage banter was often humorous and oddly revealing (Legrand took a moment to both reference her habit of sleeping around and reflect on the Internet's uncanny ability to make everyone get older, faster), for whatever reason, the lighting engineer cloaked the band in darkness when they weren't playing and only threw back on the rainbow colored lights (or twinkling starlit backdrop) when the next song was underway.
Though Scally promised a Vietnamese sandwich to anyone who danced (specifically during "Lover of Mine"), few people seemed to take his offer seriously and instead fell back on their slowly swaying ways.
Beach House & Papercuts' tour continues in Philly tonight and returns to NYC for another sold out show at Webster Hall on Friday. More pictures, a couple of videos and the setlist from last night (2/23), below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Banjo or Freakout - Go Ahead (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Banjo or Freakout - 105 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Papercuts - Do What You Will (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Endless Summer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Don't Fall in Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Eyes (MP3)
We last saw Banjo or Freakout in NYC last March for the BrooklynVegan Pre-SXSW party at Knitting Factory where they opened the show. BoF will be back at SXSW this year and will stop in New York afterward, playing Glasslands on March 25 . Right after that they hook up with San Francisco band Papercuts for a short tour which kicks off at Knitting Factory on March 29. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Banjo or Freakout's debut album is out March 8 on Rare Book Room and is a nice expansion of the Spacemen 3/My Bloody Valentine influenced sounds main man Alessio Natalizia has been self-releasing over the last couple years, with more melody and song structure added to his impressive soundscape skills. You can check out two songs from the album at the top of this post and stream the whole album (via the Hype Machine) at the bottom of this post. As for the live show, BoF had just become a four-piece when they played here last year and I thought they were pretty good.
Papercuts meanwhile will release their fourth album, Fading Parade, on March 1 which will be their first for Sub Pop. If you liked 2009's You Can Have What You Want, you'll dig the new album too. It's a little bigger in scope, with producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Little Joy) helping Jason Quever expand Papercuts' sonic palette with glockenspiel, strings and old analogue keyboards. But Quever's intimate-yet-anthemic songs and breathy vocals remain at the heart of Fading Parade. Download "Do What You Will" at the top of this post and there's a widget at the bottom of the post that will let you download that song with another LP track as well as a previously unreleased song.
Before hooking up with Banjo or Freakout, Papercuts have a busy touring schedule. They begin a tour with Beach House this week which hits NYC next week (2/ 23, 2/25) for two sold out shows at Webster Hall. Papercuts will then tour with UK act Still Corners for their first U.S. tour which hits Mercury Lounge on March 26.
Still Corners with also be in NYC before their show with Papercuts, as they headline Glasslands on March 12. We're still waiting for details on their full-length and who is putting it out (they're playing with a few Sub Pop bands while in the U.S...maybe?), but in the meantime check out the band's two excellent singles from last year, "Endless Summer" and "Don't Fall in Love," and their gorgeous cover of Rogue Wave's "Eyes" at the top of this post.
Tour dates for Banjo or Freakout, Papercuts and Still Corners, plus album streams, download widgets and videos are all after the jump.
Updated Beach House dates below...
"Buffalo Springfield issued only three studio albums during the influential band's short two years together from 1966-68: "Buffalo Springfield," "Buffalo Springfield Again" and "Last Time Around."The reunited Buffalo Springfield played both nights of this year's Bridge School Benefit, as did Pearl Jam and the slightly less established Grizzly Bear, whose only other show since their August Governors Island gig, was their September Hollywood Bowl show with Phoenix and Girls. In fact, Grizzly Bear only played eight North American shows in 2010. The other four were Coachella, Lollapalooza, Dickinson Colleage, and Williamsburg Waterfront with Band of Horses.
All indications going into the group's reunion performances last month for Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California seemed to suggest that the operative album title for this latter-day get-together was going to be "Last Time Around."
However, "Buffalo Springfield Again" might be the more fitting choice, as Pop & Hiss is hearing rumblings of some additional performances next year, possibly even a summer tour. (It wouldn't come as a big surprise to any of those who were on hand to witness the joy the group members appeared to be having being in one another's company once again.)
It had been 42 years since Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay last performed together as Buffalo Springfield before they reunited for the Bridge School event, which benefits the Northern California institution that serves severely disabled students and their families. Young and his wife, Pegi, have been staging the annual benefits for 24 years now, and their son, Ben, has been a Bridge School student. (The other two original band members, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, died in 2004 and 2009, respectively.)
Their set included such Springfield touchstone numbers as "Mr. Soul," "Rock and Roll Woman," "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey, What's That Sound)," "Kind Woman," "Bluebird," "Go and Say Goodbye" and "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing."" [LA TIMES]
Back in 2007, Grizzly Bear headlined a tour with Beach House and Papercuts (it hit Bowery Ballroom). In 2008, Papercuts opened for Beach House on a tour again, but that time Beach House was the headliner (it hit Bowery Ballroom). And now it has been announced that it will in fact be Papercuts who heads out on the road with Beach House in 2011. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale at noon (though you can still also buy them through the presale with a sweatshirt).
No new Buffalo Springfield, Grizzly Bear, Beach House or Papercuts dates to report, though the latter two's tour is reposted, with some videos, below...
DOWNLOAD: Dean & Britta - Making Me Smile (MP3)
"Sing Me To Sleep" is a really fun compilation of lullabies and popular songs re-imagined as lullabies by some of today's best indie artists including: Dean & Britta, Tanya Donelly, The Leisure Society, The Rest, Telekinesis, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Real Tuesday Weld, Snowbird, Neil Halstead, and many more. All proceeds from this wonderful album are donated to The Valerie Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. It's a beautifully produced album for indie-hipsters young and old.Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies came out in May on American Laundromat Records (the first pressing came with a bonus 7" with a song by Sigur Rós). Check it out if you can, it's a great compilation (for adults at least - I haven't tested it with kids!)
Coming up, Joe's Pub will be hosting a June 13th show for the album with contributors Tanya Donelly, backed by a jazz ensemble, Jenny Owen Youngs and Julie Peel. This all-ages, kid-friendly (with face painting, free souvenirs and door prizes) starts at noon. Tickets are on sale.
Songs from the record (including Stars cover of the Smith's "Asleep") are streaming, and the Dean & Britta track is available above. Tracklist for the CD and show flyer are below...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
A small group huddled around Kenny McKeeve and Gavin Dunbar not long after Camera Obscura's sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night (11/22). One globe-trotting fan from Toronto had recently seen and met the band in Barcelona and Glasgow on their recent tour across Europe prompting McKeeve to quip, "You've clocked a lot of miles, haven't you?"
Yet, the same could be said for Camera Obscura. It's hard to think of 2009 as a breakthrough year for a band that's been around in some form since 1996 with several critically-hailed records under its belt. But that's precisely what it was. They produced one of the finest records in 2009 - My Maudlin Career (4AD) - crossing the globe almost non-stop in support. They sold out four shows in New York City in venues of various sizes, made their US late-night television debut (video below), turned out three smartly done videos and still have more touring lined up at the start of next year.
The band showed no effects of their exhaustive schedule on Sunday. And there were several stretches where leadsinger Tracyanne Campbell could have not sung at all such was the crowd's voice on several of the songs, most notably, "French Navy". "Good singing," said Campbell after the song.
The crowd, which spanned from scenesters to indie pop kids and beyond, shook off pretensions and danced to all the upbeat numbers like "Honey In The Sun" and "Let's Get Out of This Country" while couples swayed and held onto each other during slower songs like "James" and "Pen and Notebook." It was timeless pop executed in winning fashion by a band performing at the top of their game.
On December 8th...
...they will be releasing a holiday single [via 4AD]! 'The Blizzard' will be available as a 7" & digital single with the album track 'Swans' as the b-side. 'The Blizzard' is a pretty dour song as far as "holiday" tunes are concerned. It was written by country artist Jim Reeves and is about a gentleman trying to get home to a gal named Mary Anne. He's riding a lame pony in a blizzard, and, well - it doesn't have a happy ending. He ends up just 100 yards short - ie: freezing to death before he gets there.That's the cover art there to the right. Listen to "The Blizzard" in a YouTube below.
Papercuts is on tour with the band until December 3rd and opened this Brooklyn show. More pictures, the CO setlist, and all dates, below...
Camera Obscura @ Webster Hall 6/24 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
New Camera Obscura fall North American tour dates are
coming together now announced. One of those shows will be on November 22nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. Papercuts opens all the November and December dates.
Camera Obscura last visited NYC with a show at Webster Hall in June. That was one of a few NYC shows and many North American gigs for the band this year in support of their newest disc My Maudlin Career, which came out in April on 4AD.
The video for "French Navy", and all of the band's current tour dates, which include a long stretch across Europe, are below...
Papercuts merch will be available tonight (more by Fresh Bread)
tonight in NYC
* Wale @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Olof Arnalds @ Scandinavia House
* Junior Boys, Max Tundra @ Webster Hall
* Fear, Mongrel, Cerebral Ballzy, Runny @ Europa
* Mike Watt & The Missing Men, Mad Happy @ Maxwell's
* Franz Ferdinand, Born Ruffians @ Roseland Ballroom
* pow wow!, Shark?, The Sundelles, Darlings @ Glasslands
* Vetiver, Papercuts, These United States @ The Bell House
* Mr. Falcon, Diehard, So Cow, German Measles @ Bruar Falls
* Fischerspooner, Drop the Lime, No Bra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Extra Life, Nat Baldwin, Rain Machine (Kyp Malone) @ Union Pool
* Trouble Andrew, Team Facelift, Juiceboxxx @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Glenn Branca, Neg-Fi, Paranoid Critical Revolution @ Issue Project Room
* Cut Off Your Hands, So So Glos, US Royalty, Grandmas Boy @ Mercury Lounge
* The Rhythm Method, Grooms, Real Estate, Taigaa, @ Public Assembly
A 4 minute Loney Dear documentary below...
The new We Were Promised Jetpacks video for "Quiet Little Voices" below...
photos by Fresh Bread
I'm learning to embrace my inner hippie. Or at least accept it. Vetiver's new album, Tight Knit, is thick with the kind of sunny folk jams the West Coast is skilled at, minus the extended noodling that I still find mostly intollerable. Live, they can really play and sing, and it's hard not to be impressed, though starting their set with five or six extremely gentle numbers is no way to keep me interested at 10:30 on a Sunday night. "We're gonna pick it up in a minute," said singer Andy Cabic about four songs in. "But you guys are kinda quiet so we're gonna keep it mellow for a few more." They built steam over their set, but I do wish they'd thrown in something upbeat to jump-start the evening, like their Record Store Day single "Wishing Well,"The Antlers opened Sunday's NYC show (5/3).
Honestly, I was there mainly to see Portland's Papercuts, whose new album, You Can Have What You Want, is one of my favorites of 2009 so far. I'd heard bad thing about their live shows, which could make sense as the recordings are pretty much created by Jason Quever on his own. How does one recreate purely studio ideas live? Pretty well, turns out. The live four-piece recreated the songs pretty closely on-stage, and on songs like the new "Future Primitive" they really came alive. But even at their peppiest, Papercuts aren't the most exciting band. Some things remain better on your stereo. [Bill Pearis]
The Vetiver and Papercuts tour continues, and hits NYC again on Thursday (5/7) with a Brooklyn show at The Bell House with These United States (who are also playing Prospect Park this summer). Bell House tickets are still on sale.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Beets - What Did I Do? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pow Wow! - My House. Your House. Mine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pow Wow! - 23 19 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Browns - For the Saints (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Browns - Forgotten Son (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Browns - Two of You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Sundelles - So Long (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gary War - Bounce Four (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Papercuts - Future Primitive (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Papercuts - Future Primitve (Ruby Suns remix) (MP3)
The Beets @ Bruar Falls
As you may have heard, L Magazine put out their annual "8 NYC Bands You Must Hear" issue this week. Tonight (5/1), three of the eight are playing live... and two of them are playing the same show. Those two would be pow wow! and The Beets who play at the Red Star bar in Greenpoint and I heartily give the thumbs up to both of them. I caught the latter last Friday when they played with Box Elders at Bruar Falls and thought they were great, maybe even just a smidge better than the Box Elders. In a weird way, The Beets kind of remind me of a more simplified version of '60s frat rock (The Troggs, Swingin' Medallions) by way of New Zealand. Though live their songs don't so much end as stop, somehow it all works. Their vinyl-only album, Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool (a nod to WWE's Carlito), is well worth seeking out. They've got a new EP on Captured Tracks coming out sooner than later too, so be on the lookout for that too. An MP3 is at the top of this post.
I've written about pow wow! previously and have seen them a couple times now and they are a lot of fun, and have the kind of party vibe about them that would make them perfect for a residency at Ruby's Bar in Coney Island. If such things existed. At both shows I saw, pow wow! had the crowd dancing. Also on the bill are The Wild Yaks and The Subjects. Entry's only $4 and there's free Colt-45 from 9-10. Flyer below.
The other L Magazine trumpeted band playing tonight are Darlings who'll be at the 92Y Tribeca. I'm not so familiar with them, but here's what the L said:
They call to mind a sloppier Teenage Fanclub or Sloan at times, with whimsical melodies that feel completely timeless. Then, out of nowhere, they turn into a loud, screamy rock band, like early Replacements or the Jason Lowenstein contributions to Sebadoh, or maybe even... Nirvana? Basically, they've held onto the idea that this whole music thing was always supposed to be fun because you get to bang on shit really, really hard -- it just so happens they bring an awful lot of other stuff to the table as well.Comparing a band to Teenage Fanclub and Sloan is a quick way to get me to listen. Darlings play with Snakes Say Hiss, and Boogie Boarder. They also play May 7 at Glasslands with pow wow! and the Sundelles.
Speaking of, The Sundelles also play tonight (5/1) at Matchless with The Browns who made the L Magazine's "Honorable Mentions" list:. Both bands are on 1928 Recordings which is also home to The Soft Pack and sound not dissimilar to that band. (Actually, Browns frontman Ryan McReynolds owns 1928 Recordings so maybe it all makes sense.) And like The Soft Pack, The Browns do that uninterested-but-sneering-with-contempt attitudede thing particularly well. The Sundelles are a little happier and a little more low-fi, but also quite good. MP3s for both Browns and Sundelles are at the top of this post.
My other recommended Friday show would be The Dears.
Kurt Vile @ Silent Barn (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Moving on to Saturday, there's a potentially good show at Silent Barn (not my favorite Todd P venue i must admit) featuring Kurt Vile and Gary War who have played together there before. They both share a love of putting out a zillion releases in every format and as many labels as possible. Philadelphia's Kurt Vile is a good musician -- don't let his low-fi aesthetic fool you -- and his Woodist album, Constant Hitmaker, is very good. (His EP on Mexican Summer is less interesting to these ears.) Gary War is a bit weirder, more psychedelic and, like Blank Dogs, he likes to run his vocals through weird, watery effects. And also like Blank Dogs, he gives away his music on his blog, including the whole of his new album, New Ratheonport, which features "Bounce Four," which you can download at the top of this post, and a way-trippy cover of Alan Parsons Project's '70s soft rock classic, "Eye in the Sky." Two bands separate Kurt and Gary on the bill: Sightings and Drunkdriver.
And last but not least this week, we've mentioned before that Vetiver are in town for two shows: Sunday (5/3) at Bowery Ballroom and Thursday (5/7) at The Bell House. As much as I like the headliners -- and I do -- I'm more excited about openers Papercuts, who've made one of my favorite records of the year so far, You Can Have What You Want, which came out two weeks ago. The nom-de-rock of San Francisco resident Jason Quever, his second album is dense, layered, melodic and sounds like a warm Sunday morning, not unlike Cass McCombs. I liked Papercuts' 2007 debut, Can't Go Back, but this new one is just miles better. I have yet to see Papercuts the band (Quever augmented with a few friends) play live, and I know previous NYC stops have gotten mixed reviews, but I can't wait to see what they're like.
Videos and tour dates are below...
The Twilight Sad @ MHOW last night (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* Bowerbirds, Bell @ Monkey Town (early & late)
* The Dead w/ Branford Marasalis @ IZOD Center
* Youth Group, The Picture, Major Leagues @ Pianos
* Mogwai, The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, Single File @ Highline Ballroom
* Throbbing Gristle, Alan Vega, Emeralds @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Papercuts' new video for the track "Future Primitive", below...
Julie Doiron played Cake Shop the other night. Video below...
Somebody put Andy Milonakis, Fucked Up, and The Hold Steady in a blender and transported the output to a high school party in Austin, TX. Video below..
Currently in Europe, the California folk band known for beards and hanging out with Devendra Banhart is kicking off a North American tour in Philly on March 10th. They'll play the Sub Pop showcase at SXSW in Austin on March 19th (unlike the Thermals who will play the Kill Rock Stars showcase), and they'll keep going with only short breaks until they hit Pittsfield MA on May 17th. Tour partners include Sian Alice Group, Larkin Grimm, Richard Swift and Papercuts. They're playing with the latter on May 3rd at Bowery Ballroom (on sale Friday at noon), and on May 7th at the Bell House in Brooklyn (on sale soon).
The Papercuts track for download above is from their/his new album You Can Have What You Want, out April 14th on Gnomonsong. Gnomonsong is the record label formed by Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic of Vetiver.
All dates below...
Beach House @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - Apr 2, 2008 (Ryan Muir / Metromix)
"Went to this show last night. Papercuts, perhaps the most boring live show I've ever seen." [Anon]
"papercuts were absolutely awful" [Jason]
"beach house was bad. papercuts were the worst live band i've ever seen." [Jason again]
"I thought beach house was great. maybe you never heard like their records?" [Anon]
"Papercuts were all right. Beach House was excellent." [Eduardo]
DOWNLOAD: Papercuts - John Brown (MP3)
These two artists really like each other. Beach House (who just relased a new song from an upcoming album) and Papercuts (Jason Quever) are going on tour together again, AND Jason (Papercuts) will be performing live with Beach House as their drummer. The NYC show is at Bowery Ballroom on April 2nd. All tour dates below....
I'm catching up on tour dates a bit today, and this is especially one which I meant to mention before today, because not only is it a great double bill for those who like their music quiet, it's the exact double bill that recently toured with Grizzly Bear (speaking of Grizzly Bear, they recently gave Feist a rain stick). Beach House and Papercuts are playing Union Hall in Brooklyn on August 24th, and Mercury Lounge in Manhattan the next day. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates below....