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Crying Music

Parenthetical Girls singer Zac Pennington and Jherek Bischoff already made the West Coast debut of their new project Crying Music and last night (10/8) they did it on the East Coast at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge. They introduced themselves by saying "this is what crying sounds like," though to our ears it sounded like Parenthetical Girls-style songs with Jherek Bischoff's string arrangements (maybe that is what crying sounds like). Of course that's not a bad thing at all. The songs sounded great and we hope they plan on releasing recordings.

As Zac always is, he was quite the performer last night, tossing a tissue wet with eyedrops into the crowd, dragging around a pair of balloons, and making full use of the very long length of his mic chord. Opening the show was A Sunny Day In Glasgow's Jen Goma, billed as Showtime and playing eccentric-sounding stuff on keyboard and guitar.

Pictures continue below...

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Crying Music

Parenthetical Girls singer Zac Pennington, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, and choreographer Steven Reker (of People Get Ready) have a new project called Crying Music. It's already been performed in LA and Seattle, and this week it comes to the East Coast at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/8). Opening the show is Jen Goma, who's previously collaborated with Jherek and played in People Get Ready. (She offers up a preview of her look for the show via instagram, below.) Tickets are on sale. We don't fully know what to expect from the show, but you can watch a 30 second clip of one of the LA shows, below.

Jen Goma also plays in A Sunny Day In Glasgow , who announced a double EP earlier this week.

Continue reading "Zac Pennington & Jherek Bischoff bringing 'Crying Music' to NYC (watch a clip of the LA show)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

David Byrne / Jherek Bischoff / Zola Jesus @ St. Ann's Warehouse - 1/8/14
Jherek Bischoff
Jherek Bischoff
Jherek Bischoff

Jherek Bischoff began his guest-filled two-night stand at St. Ann's Warehouse last night (1/8), and if you weren't sure what to expect, it turned out to be a pretty extravagant affair. He was joined by a number of guest vocalists, including David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danilova), Mirah, in addition to unannounced (but not unexpected) singers Zac Pennington (of Parenthetical Girls) and Sam Mickens. His band, among others, also included Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready/A Sunny Day In Glasgow) and the Contemporaneous Ensemble, conducted by David Bloom.

The first set was songs off of Jherek's Composed album, and the second set was songs by the guest vocalists with arrangements by Jherek. One of Mirah's songs, "Gold Rush," was a new one, and one of Zola Jesus's, "Lawless," was new as well. For the encore, David Byrne came out to do Talking Heads' "And She Was," eventually joined by all the guests on stage together. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Jherek and co. do it again tonight (1/9), which is unfortunately sold out.

More pictures from night 1, along with the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Jherek Bischoff began his 2-night run at St. Ann's w/ David Byrne, Zola Jesus, Mirah, Sondre Lerche & more (pics/setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parenthetical Girls

While Parenthetical Girls make some good records -- like this year's Privilege -- it almost seems incidental to the live show where main Girl Zac Pennington holds court in fine, foppish form. Glasslands on Monday (3/25) was the first of two NYC shows for the Portland art rockers, part of their tour that included a stay in Austin for SXSW (including one of our day parties).

Pennington comes from the Morrissey/Jarvis school of frontman-ery, but with a tendency to spend half the time on stage and half in the crowd. By the third song, he'd jumped down to the floor and was singing from all over Glasslands, to the point I wondered how the mic cable didn't get tangled on anything. Later he climbed onto one of the speaker stacks, one hand on the adjacent balcony and the other on Glassland's signature cloud backdrop, shaking out dust and confetti from shows past. The rest of the band, luckily, are ace (really good drummer) and never loses a beat between the high drama and, in last night's case, altitude.

The night opened with a set from Sweden's This Is Head who make epic-y rock, with more of an emphasis on guitars live than on their recordings. There's a '80s vibe to it -- a little Chameleons, a little Sound, maybe a little Ultravox -- and they sounded great, though they are not the most magnetic performers. NYC has three more chances to see This Is Head: tonight (3/27) at Fontana's with fellow Scandinavians Sandra Kolstad and Karin Strom; Thursday (3/28) at Pianos; and Friday (3/29) at Rockwood Music Hall.

In between This Is Head and Parenthetical Girls were trio Norwegian Arms who are not from Norway but Philadelphia who made pleasant folk pop.

More pics from Glasslands are below.

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by Bill Pearis


Hailing from Malmo, Sweden, This is Head make expansive, widescreen pop that doesn't rely on "whoah-ohs" to convey emotion. There's an expressive use of dynamics on the band's new longplayer, The Album ID. You can stream a few tracks from it below.

This is Head are on their way to North America this weekend and will be in NYC next week for three shows: Glasslands on Monday (3/25) opening for Parenthetical Girls (tickets); Fontana's on March 27 for an all-Nordic showcase with Sandra Kolstad and Karin Strom; and an early show (7 PM) Pianos on March 28. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Swedish band This is Head visiting North America, playing three NYC shows next week (dates, streams)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
Beach Fossils
The Spits
Parenthetical Girls

The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.

Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!

For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, KorgVoxBlackstarCreative Recreation, Signazon, Mirrored Media, ASCAP, and Redigi.

Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.

The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.

Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!

More pics from Thursday's day party are below.

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As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.

We announced the Saturday lineup, and then the Friday lineup, and now HERE IS THURSDAY...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan free SXSW 2013 Thursday day party lineup (Cloud Nothings, Death, Parenthetical Girls, Widowspeak, METZ, Beach Fossils, Milk Music, Spits, Single Mothers & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Parenthetical Girls in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Parenthetical Girls

As mentioned, Parenthetical Girls packed material from their five Privilege EPs into a 12-song album called Privilege, which is out now. If you were already keeping up and have all of the EPs, the album may be less necessary for you, but for anyone who's yet to approach them, the album's a great collection of the material they'd been putting out. You can stream the whole thing and watch the new-ish video for its track, "A Note to Self," below.

Parenthetical Girls kicked off their tour last night (3/6) in San Francisco and it will be coming to NYC later this month. But before that, the band will stop in Austin for SXSW, where they'll play a few shows, including a BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday, March 14 at 603 Red River St. (the old Emo's location). They're on at 3:45 PM and the show is 100% FREE with RSVP. Full lineup coming soon.

Updated dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below...

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Parenthetical Girls

Portland art pop ensemble Parenthetical Girls will release their new album, Privilege, on February 19 via the band's own Slender Means Society imprint. The record was originally recorded and released as a series of five limited edition 12" EPs (hand-numbered in the blood of the group's members!), Privilege condenses those into a 12-track album. The band's Zac Pennington spoke with Vol. 1 Brooklyn about the new album:

The new album is taking a very interesting form, as a series of hand-released albums that can only be ordered directly from you, and can't be found in stores. What made you want to take up this challenge?

The Privilege series--like basically every harebrained project we undertake--was a product of necessity. Or at least that's how it felt at the time. A very dear friend of mine once passed on a piece of advice that he got from his graduate advisor at art school: if you're ever stuck or feeling blocked, a good way out is to start a series. A series of anything. This is that solution taken to an absurd extreme.

Having made a somewhat disillusioning bid toward a more conventional means of releasing music with our previous album, we wanted to experiment with less traditional methods of production and distribution, methods we couldn't rightly expect anyone else to want to pay for. Parenthetical Girls have been doing these kinds of things for ourselves for quite a long time now--DIY not for any kind of romantic idealism, but because I am extremely impatient, and probably a better administrator than musician. - [Vol. 1 Brooklyn]

You can stream a couple songs from Privilege below, and watch a "commercial" for the album that seems to be inspired by those old Brooke Shields Calvin Klein jeans ads. Parenthetical Girls have just announced a North American tour that will swing through SXSW before coming to NYC for two shows: Glasslands on March 25 and Bowery Electric on March 26. No word on Bowery Electric tickets yet but tickets for the Glasslands dates are on sale now.

A list of all Parenthetical Girls tour dates, the album commercial and song streams, below...

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Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Perfume Genius @ Glasslands
Perfume Genius

Fitting for a band that shares a label with Xiu Xiu and The Blow, Parenthetical Girls are prone to theatrics. Immediately upon stepping up to the mic at Mercury Lounge, singer Zac Pennington (who wore a tight navy blue sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "Butterflies are free") began to strike poses and pantomime choice lyrics, casting dramatic shadows onto the wall behind him where projected images of a wide-eyed Shelley Duvall only added to the fantastic absurdity.

Everything Pennington said between songs evoked a laugh from the crowd - even when the subject matter was grim. "I've been hurting myself almost every night of the trip," Pennington revealed with a spastic flourish. "I think I'm going to die on this trip, so hopefully I will make it through this show." (In Austin he wore a bandaid over a cut over his eye.)

As if testing his luck, Pennington leapt out into the sold-out crowd multiple times, dragging his long mic chord behind him and jumping onto the benches lining the sides of the venue to swing from a rafter or bang on a pipe.

Though much of the band's music has an orchestral bent, for the Tuesday night show, they stuck to the basics, relying on the keyboard's extra functions to supplement the absent trumpet or clarinet when necessary (as on "A Song from Ellie Greenwich").

Though quite different in presentation, the touring mates complimented each other nicely. Where dramatic flourishes, sinister undertones, and variations in Parenthetical Girls' discography made for an exciting and often unpredictable show; Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius only needed to lift his fingers across the keys to render the crowd completely silent.

Listening to Hadreas' delicate vocals, I hardly dared to breathe for fear that the noise would somehow interrupt the scene. Even the venue itself seemed to participate in the reverent silence (unlike Glasslands the next night where noise could be heard coming through the wall from the show at 285 Kent next door). The Mercury Lounge A/C, which had been blasting all night, was noticeably absent for the entirety of Perfume Genius' set.

Hadreas' lyrics cover deeply personal terrain (addiction, body image, regret, desperation, homosexuality, and death are just a few of the topics), but somehow the nakedness of his vocals makes the sentiments and emotions he evokes feel universal. And though his songs are often filled with trauma, his music has an oddly triumphant and redemptive quality that more than borders on something spiritual.

For many musicians, writing and performing music is a cathartic experience, but with Hadreas it's something more. He's not just redeeming himself when he sings. Over the course of his short, 45-minute set, he took on all the pain and suffering in the room, effectively redeeming the entire crowd.

PG & PG continue on tour (they're in Chicago tonight). The actual Mercury Lounge Perfume Genius setlist, with pictures from Glasslands (pictured setlist included), below...

Continue reading "Perfume Genius & Parenthetical Girls on tour, played Merc & Glasslands (pics, review, setlist)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Parenthetical Girls @ the Parish
Parenthetical Girls @ The Parish - 2/18/2012

Parenthetical Girls recently finished a tour with Los Campesinos! with two shows in Austin. One set of pictures from the final show at the Parish can be seen at BV Austin. Another is in this post.

They've recently been added as openers to the upcoming Perfume Genius tour which hits NYC on April 3 at Mercury Lounge and April 4 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are still available (though you might want to act quick since Perfume Genius recently got 'Best New Music'). All dates are listed below.

That tour is in support of Perfume Genius's great new album, Put Your Back N 2 It, which came out on 2/21 via Matador. Check out the video for album track "Hood," along with updated dates and more PG pictures from Austin below...

Continue reading "Parenthetical Girls going on tour w/ Perfume Genius (dates), played shows w/ Los Campesinos! (pics)"

photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Frisicano

Jherek Bischoff & some of his guests
Jherek Bischoff
David Byrne

It wasn't the marathon that opened the inaugural Ecstatic Music Fest in 2011, but this year's opening show on Saturday (2/4) had some of that same collaborative energy, focusing on the compositions and arrangements of Jherek Bischoff, a musician known for his work primarily with The Dead Science, Parenthetical Girls and The Degenerate Art Ensemble. For the show, billed as a preview of Bischoff's forthcoming CD from Brassland ("composed"), the composer got help from the Wordless Music Orchestra and nine guest vocalists.

After a too-brief instrumental opening, David Byrne came out to sing a swaying Afro-Cuban-tinged piece. In what would be a recurring theme, Bischoff's composition wasn't entirely different than the type of song Byrne might sing at one of his own shows. Next up, Charlie Looker intoned through "The Secret Life of Machines" (which you can find an instrumental version of at WNYC) in a style that'd be a close fit to his Extra Life material. Mirah's voice sounded as warm and honeyed as always. Parenthetical Girls's Zac Pennington sang a duet with Sam Mickens, both of them playing up their own strengths, Pennington the animated, Wildean dandy and Mickens the snazzily dressed crooner. The other singers, Craig Wedren from Shudder to Think, Carla Bozulich of Evangelista, and Steven Reker and Jen Goma, were idiosyncratic in their own ways, and Bischoff's string-laden avant-pop tunes bent to their strengths. Deerhoof's Greg Saunier stood out with a few good improvisatory fills but mostly hung back in the ensemble. For his part, Bischoff played ukelele, guitar, bass and sang a song. His young cousin came out to hit a gong at the end of one tune.

The second part of the program, only five songs long, consisted of Bischoff's arrangements of the singers' own material. Craig Wedren, Zac Pennington, Mirah and Carla Bozulich all returned. (In particular, Mirah's vibrant Latin number, "The Country of the Future," was great). For the finale, David Byrne premiered a new song, which he sang with Reker. It took a few verses, but eventually I worked out that "The Fat Man's Comin'" was a song about Santa Claus. As a closer, it was a small gesture where I would have preferred a grand finale, but it seemed to fit with Bischoff's humble collaborator-focused ambitions.

While in town, Mirah plays tonight (Monday) at Glasslands, where she'll be accompanied by cellist Lori Goldston and percussionist Geo Wyeth (Mirah's Facebook says they'll be "performing songs seldom heard from [her] repertoire"). The Ecstatic series continues with three more shows this week. The full schedule is here.

More pictures from Saturday's show at Merkin Concert Hall,below...

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Kate Bush
Kate Bush

Like Loser's Lounge & friends did at Le Poisson Rouge recently, Theo Bleckmann, who also did it at Le Poisson Rouge, and his Hello Earth! project will be performing the music of Kate Bush at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center today, Thursday (1/5). Tonight's 8:30 show is FREE, so get there early if you want to guarantee a spot. The Hello Earth! lineup, in addition to Bleckmann, includes John Hollenbeck, Skuli Sverrisson, Henry Hey, and Caleb Burhans. As mentioned, they've performed Bush's music in the past and a video of them doing so at Joe's Pub in 2010 is below.

Kate Bush's most recent album, 50 Words For Snow, came out this past November...

"There are only seven songs on 50 Words for Snow-each one clocking in at between 6 and 14 minutes. At first glance, hardly enough music to wrap my arms around after such a long separation from this friend it turns out I've missed terribly. And yet, it is enough. Perfect. I am so glad that she is back." [Geek Mom]
You can buy the album on eMusic. Check out some animated accompaniment to the track, "Misty," below called "Mistrapdespair."

Speaking of other people playing Kate Bush's music, Parenthetical Girls, who more recently released a new Christmas EP, put up 3 demos of Kate Bush covers on their bandcamp this past October with the message:

In the Summer of 2011, Parenthetical Girls performed a brief evening of songs in tribute to Kate Bush. In anticipation of said performance, the group prepared a series of demonstrative recordings for personal use. These are those demos.
You can download the demos at any price of your choice. Tour dates HERE.

Some people play Kate Bush's music. Some were very influenced by it (even if they don't know it). That was especially evident in 2011 when we got great albums by not just Kate, but artists like Austra, Zola Jesus and Chelsea Wolfe too.

UPDATE: Read an interview with Kate at the Daily Swarm.

UPDATE 2: Theo Bleckmann also has multiple shows coming up this month at the Stone.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Theo Bleckmann covers Kate Bush (free show tonight), Parenthetical Girls did too (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

PG Save Xmas

Like they've been doing in the past, Parenthetical Girls released a free Christmas EP titled Parenthetical Girls Save Christmas. You can download it at their bandcamp now for any price you name. It's a great 3-song EP that otherwise sounds like any of the recent Parenthetical Girls releases except for the sleigh bells that fill every track.

In early 2012, they're going on tour with Los Campesinos!, who Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls recently recorded a song with. That song, "Dreams Don't Become You," can be streamed below. The tour includes a Chicago show in January but no NYC dates have been announced. Members of the group however will be in NYC in early February for a different type of show.

All dates and song stream below...

Continue reading "Parenthetical Girls released a new free Christmas EP, going on tour w/ Los Campesinos (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Perfume Genius - "All Waters" (MP3)

Sam Mickens at Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Amanda Dandaneu)
Sam Mickens

Sam Mickens of The Dead Science and who also plays as a member of Parenthetical Girls released his solo debut LP, Slay & Slake, in late November. He's following that release with a split 7" with Voice on Tape, which will be out "winter 2011/2012" on Silencio Records. Sam's contribution, which is making its premiere in this post, is a track called "Dark Christmas," and it features a duet with Zac Pennington, who fronts Parenthetical Girls and also sang on Slay & Shake. The song is led by floaty atmospheres, some soft acoustic guitar, and the haunting refrain, "You're gonna love me better when I'm gone." Check it out below. Voice on Tape's contribution to the 7" is a track that features Chelsea Wolfe (who has a new video you can also watch below).

"Dark Christmas" is not to be confused with Sam Mickens' Christmas EP, A Christmas Gift to You, Zac Pennington, which came out yesterday (12/13) and is available to download (for free or as much as you want to give) and stream on bandcamp...

Sam Mickens' newly-out-of-the-vault EP "A Christmas Gift To You, Zac Pennington" was recorded and mixed in one night in Dec. 2010 in the spirit of purest friendship, a private record made for one friend by another. Wrapping up(nearly!) a very prolific year for Mickens, which has seen the release of the Sinistra Secco EP, two singles with his Brooklyn massive the Ecstatic Showband & Revue, and his debut full-length Slay & Slake, this Christmas EP sets down our flight in a nestling snow bank. Have at ye merry gentlemen!

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Put Your Back N 2 It

In related news, fellow Xiu Xiu collaborator Perfume Genius, whose confessional art pop is not so far removed from Sam Mickens, will release the followup to his great 2010 debut, Learning, early next year. The new album, titled Put Your Back N 2 It, comes out on February 21 via Matador. Grab the lead track, "All Waters," at the top of this post and stream it below, along with the artwork and tracklist. The album is available for a 15% off pre-order with a free poster at the Matador webstore on CD/LP.

Song streams, artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Sam Mickens releases Christmas songs (for & with Zac Pennington); Perfume Genius announces LP (MP3s & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Parenthetical Girls at Glasslands on 12.1.11 (via Jonathan Graves)
Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls recently kicked off an east coast tour which brought the band to the NYC-area three times so far, for a Glasslands show (pictured above), an early show at SUNY Purchase (12/3) and a night show at Santos the same day.

I caught their set at Purchase, which opened with singer Zac Pennington crouched inside of a clear plastic box singing "Sympathy For Spastics" with little more accompaniment than light piano lines from keyboardist Amber Smith. While he was under the box, he fogged up the front of it and scribbled the word "metaphor" with his finger, the first of many semi-sarcastic tropes of the set (another great one being when he kicked over a pawn from the student center's giant chess set). Zac's other antics included running into the audience and different rooms of the student center. The band's hour long set was made up mostly of the material from their Privilege EPs, though they reached into their back catalog for a couple of songs and covered The Smiths' "Handsome Devil."

Parenthetical Girls will be back in NYC TONIGHT (12/6) at Shea Stadium with Sam Mickens (who was also on the Purchase show) and guests. Updated dates below.

Speaking of The Smiths, the box set of their complete discography is out now and guitarist Johnny Marr has been banned from driving for 56 days due to being caught doing 72mph in a 40mph zone and pleading guilty. He's also been fined £535.

All PG dates and a clip of Zach singing in the photobooth at Glasslands, below...

Continue reading "Parenthetical Girls played 3 NY shows, playing 2 more (dates)"

Jherek Bischoff
Jherek Bischoff

As mentioned, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall with Jherek Bischoff, who plays with Parenthetical Girls and The Dead Science. He's teaming up with Wordless Music Orchestra and an incredible list of guest vocalists from his upcoming album, which comes out this February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah, and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls. Tickets are still on sale now.

Speaking of Parenthetical Girls, their tour began last night (12/1) at Glasslands with Gauntlet Hair, Dinowalrus, and Eraas. If you missed it, they'll also be in NYC this Friday (12/3) at Santos Party House with YACHT and Midnight Magic (tickets).

As previously mentioned, Brassland Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a label and debuted a new/old track every day of November via various methods including Soundcloud. None of those tracks can be heard in the player that's embedded below. Those include "Spinney" by This is the Kit (who are opening for the National at Beacon Theater on 12/17) and "Secret of the Machines (instrumental)" by Jherek Bischoff. The latter also features drums by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and will have vocals by Caetano Veloso in its album version.

Continue reading "Jherek Bischoff releasing an album & playing a show -- both with many extra special guests (like David Byrne)"

by Andrew Sacher

Parenthetical Girls at Cake Shop in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls released the fourth installment of their 5-part Privilege EP series, Privilege, pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics on November 1. Like the other EPs in the series, Zac Pennington's shaky literate voice soars over left-field pop arrangements. The whole record is a great listen, and all comes together on the title track which concludes the EP. The song's arrangements are the simplest of the four tracks, leaving plenty of room for the lyrics, which, in turn, are the most grabbing. You can stream the whole EP on myspace and download it on iTunes. Album artwork and tracklist are below, along with the video for the EP's lead track, "The Privilege."

Parenthetical Girls have a few shows in early December, including three in the NYC-area. They open for Gauntlet Hair at Glasslands (12/1) before kicking off a short tour with YACHT, which includes an afternoon show at Purchase College and a night show at Santos Party House on December 3. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Santos show are still available.

The Glasslands show with Gauntlet Hair is part of Gauntlet Hair's tour which also hits Mercury Lounge the next night (12/1) with the Big Sleep and Dive. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates, video artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Parenthetical Girls released 4 Privilege EPs, touring (dates, video & a stream of EP #IV)"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

YACHT @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
YACHT - Fun Fun Fun Fest 6 - Austin - 11/04/2011

YACHT recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest and went on a tour with Yo Gabba Gabba. We've got another set of pictures from their set at FFF Fest in this post.

At the beginning of December, YACHT will kick off another string of dates that includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Santos Party House on December 3 with Parenthetical Girls and Midnight Magic. Tickets are still available.

Earlier that day (12/3), both YACHT and Parenthetical Girls will perform at Purchase College for 'House Our Queer Youth: A Benefit for the Ali Forney Center,' whose mission is to "protect the LGBTQ youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood." The show also includes sets by DOM, MEN, DJ/Rupture, Tearist, Advance Base, Sam Mickens, Hilly Eye, and others. Tickets for the all ages show which is open to the public, are on sale now.

Updated dates and more pics below...

Continue reading "YACHT playing public Purchase show w/ Dom, MEN & more --- updated dates & more pics from FFF Fest"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Keep Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gauntlet Hair - Top Hair (MP3)

Gauntlet Hair @ BV-CMJ in NYC
Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair, who are just finishing up a tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was one of a few bands to bless our BV day party at Public Assembly on 10/21 (along with names like J.Mascis, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place To Bury Strangers). They played as a 3-piece that day due to one of their members having to get back home before CMJ ended. Some pictures from their set are in this post.

The band will return to NYC for two shows as part of a developing winter tour. Those dates are12/1 at Glasslands with Parenthetical Girls, and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday, 12/2 with the Big Sleep and Dive. Tickets for Glasslands and for Mercury are on sale.

Gauntlet Hair recently posted a new video for "Keep Time" (which you can also download as an MP3 above). Check that out, with more pics and all dates, below...

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Extra Life
Extra Life

Extra Life and Parenthetical Girls are releasing a tour-only split 12" in support of an upcoming West Coast run together. The run is part of Extra Life's tour with Sam Mickens (The Dead Science, Xiu Xiu) that ends in NYC on July 30 at Silent Barn. All dates are listed below.

Hopefully Parenthetical Girls, who are in the process of releasing a 5-part Privilege EP series (Part III is the latest), come back to NYC soon too (they do not make it as far as the Silent Barn show).

The split 12" features Extra Life and Parenthetical Girls covering one of each other's songs. Extra Life takes on "I Was the Dancer," while Parenthetical girls deliver their rendition of "Head Shrinker." Pick it up at the merch table, but meanwhile we've got an exclusive stream of the Extra Life track (the one of them doing PG), with all tour dates, below...

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"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."
That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.

Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."

If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...

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A selection of free music by artists playing official showcases on Wednesday March 18, 2009 at SXSW.

By Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Le Loup - "Shenandoah" (MP3) (on Amnesty comp)
DOWNLOAD: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts & guests - Silent Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Deer Tracks - Christmas Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Twiggy Frostbite - Bells & Chimes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Emotron - Santa Claus (I Still Believe In You) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: (Savanteous Q Malmsteen) - What Do You Get A Wookie for Christmas
DOWNLOAD: The Revelations - It's That Time Of Year (MP3)

ChristmasWith holiday mixes in the air, Amnesty International has released I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas, a benefit comp featuring No Kids, Blitzen Trapper, Parentheitcal Girls, Sally Shapiro, and more (full tracklist below).

Then there's the free all-Swedish Xmas mix up at Swedes Please. Among the songs posted is the new duet between The Hives and Cyndi Lauper, "A Christmas Duel," video below (or buy the song on iTunes).

ChristmasSpeaking of Cyndi and good causes, True Colors is auctioning off a chance to hang out with the Best Electronic/Dance Album nominee as part of its first annual online charity auction to benefit GLBT equality groups the True Colors Fund, CenterLink, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

The package includes "1-hour voice lesson, plus lunch, with Cyndi Lauper, in NYC. 2 roundtrip domestic coach tickets on American Airlines and a 2-night stay at Hotel on Rivington included." It's currently going for $4,000. Full list of items on auction here.

ChristmasAnd speaking of Christmas music and female 80's icons that have toured for True Colors...

"Blackheart Records, the rock label Joan Jett started over 25 years ago, has released its holiday compilation record, and it's available at the iTunes store. The 11-song digital album features rocked-out holiday standards and originals recorded by Jett and Blackheart bands including Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Cute Lepers and more."
You can grab "Silent Night" at the top of this post for free. Full tracklist below.

Also for download up there is a selection of holiday MP3's from the inbox.

Other Christmas album options this year include new ones by Sufjan's friend Rosie Thomas and Neutral Milk Hotel's Julian Koster, and one by The Raveonettes. For a Christmas show, check out the always fun McGarrigle Christmas Hour this Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall. Guests this year include Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Emmylou Harris and Justin Bond.

Videos (including one by Glasvegas) and tracklists below...

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