Entries tagged with: Partisan Records
by Andrew Sacher
photo by David Waldman
Toronto's Dilly Dally quickly became one of the more exciting new indie rock bands of last year with their impressive singles and killer live show. Now they've signed to Partisan Records (Torres, Craig Finn) in the US and Buzz Records (Greys, The Beverleys) in Canada to release their debut album, Sore, on October 9.
The album's first single, "Desire," does just what those early singles did best -- re-imagine '80s/'90s indie rock for the current era. It has bashing grungey guitars, Katie Monks' voice is fiery and distinct, and it sounds fresh but also familiar (probably because it sounds quite a bit like the Pixies' "Gigantic" at times). Listen, and check out the artwork and tracklist, below.
The band also announced a tour with fellow Toronto distortion lovers METZ (no NYC stops though). Those dates are also listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Pure Bathing Culture - "Pendulum" (MP3)
Pure Bathing Culture at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
When Sarah Versprille and Daniel HIndman aren't making pastoral folk in their band, Vetiver, they're off working as a duo on their new dream pop project, Pure Bathing Culture. And when I say dream pop, it's because the band have all the dreamy atmospherics to earn them that title, but they're definitely have more pop ambitions than many of their twee peers. They contributed the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" to last year's Rumours tribute album, and couldn't have picked a more appropriate song, if that gives you an idea.
Last year, the duo released their self-titled debut EP, and now they're set to put out their debut full length, Moon Tides, on August 20 via Partisan in the US and a day earlier via Memphis Industries in the UK. You can download the new album's very catchy single, "Pendulum," above, or stream it along with streams of all four tracks from their EP, below.
Pure Bathing Culture are currently on a tour which brings the band to NYC TONIGHT (6/7) at Mercury Lounge for a show with Monogold. Tickets are available.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Callers at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
Brooklyn's Callers, who just played Union Pool last week (how was that?) recently signed to Partisan Records and will put out their new album, Reviver, on the label on October 9. The new single, "Howard 2 Hands," which you can stream below, sees them drifting even further from the folk-leaning sounds of their debut towards the pop direction they began toying with on 2010's Life of Love.
Callers have been added as an opener to fellow boy/girl duo Wye Oak's recently expanded tour, which was just expanded even further. After hitting NYC for the the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/20) show, the two bands will play another NYC area show at Maxwell's the next day (9/21). Tickets for both the MHOW show and the Maxwell's show are available.
A list of updated dates and that song stream are below.
Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) released, Marvelous Clouds, his first solo album under his real name, this week via Partisan Records. Freeman's record release show at 92Y Tribeca tonight (5/9) is sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details are below.
Marvelous Clouds is a tribute to famed poet and songwriter Rod McKuen, whose songs have been recorded by a lot of famous people, including Frank Sinatra and Madonna. (Terry Jacks went to #1 with his version of McKuen's "Seasons in the Sun" in 1973.) You can stream the song "As I Love My Own" at the bottom of this post.
When you're done listening, feel free to let Freeman know what you think. He's given out his phone number ( 542-0751) and is encouraging people to leave him messages.
Joining Freeman tonight night will be Mitch Marcus, Joe Young, Brian Fishler, and Ween sideman Dave Dreiwitz who last night (5/8) backed Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore) at City Winery, and who plays the Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl on June 4.
Details on how to win tickets to the 92Y show, Aaron's only upcoming date at the moment, and the song stream below...
Gene Ween (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
According to the video teaser you can watch and listen to below, Gene Ween (aka Aaron Freeman) is releasing his first solo album, entitled Marvelous Clouds, via Partisan Records on April 10th. Check it out....
Erika Wannerstrom of Heartless Bastards in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Heartless Bastards have left their longtime label, Fat Possum Records, and will be putting their next record, Arrow, out on Partisan Records on February 14. The album was produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno and recorded at his Public Hi-Fi home studio in Austin. The band are now a four-piece led by frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom and backed by drummer Dave Colvin, bassist Jesse Ebagh, and guitarist Mark Nathan. You can stream the album's lead track, "Parted Ways," at the bottom of this post.
Heartless Bastards will tour in support of the album this February and March with a NYC show happening on February 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. All dates, song stream, and cover art below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD Sallie Ford - I Swear (MP3)
"Among the many BBQs and day-parties juggled, I rarely watched acts for their entire set. But Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside were the exception to this rule, one reason being their, well, sound outside. With free tacos, a cold mid-day beer and the hottest heat yet of the fest, she and her smile-less band performed tightly. Ford has this ultra-quirky voice, a throwback to rockabilly and the odd tensions of Jolie Holland. It's hip-dancing music rather than head-bobbing, with clappy melodies that name-check Jets to Brazil and have you reaching for Wanda Jackson.That review comes from the BrooklynVegan/Partisan day party at Barbarella in Austin on Friday, March 18th. Sallie Ford & the Outside Sound played a 1pm outdoor set and pictures from it are in this post.
They didn't move much on the tiny Barbarella stage, and maybe it was the temperature, but there was something so moderated about Ford's embarrassing amount of raw musical talent, it was slow-burning to see it manifest as it did." [HitFix]
Two days before that show, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper played a BrooklynVegan SXSW show. TONIGHT (3/29) both ladies play an early show together at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Tickets are still available (and probably will be at the door).
Lady Lamb is also playing April 1st at Knitting Factory with Pearl and the Beard, and has been announced as the opener for Beirut on a few dates including Wellmont Theater on May 13th (tickets for the NJ show are still on sale). All dates are below.
Sallie Ford's album 'Dirty Radio' will be released May 24 via Partisan Records. The first song on the LP, "I Swear", makes its premiere in this post. Download it above. Stream it, check out the cover art and full tracklist, with the rest of the dates and more pics and some videos too, below...
photos & review by Dominick Mastrangelo
DOWNLOAD: BOBBY - Sore Spores (MP3)
BOBBY (the band) @ Bowery Ballroom
"The story of BOBBY is marred in mystique and hazy hear-say. Once the front man of the group consisting of Tom Greenberg, Martin Zimmermann, Paolo Menuez, Julian Labat, Roby Moulton, and Molly Sarle (of Mountain Man), there is a legend behind BOBBY as the transforming figure of the group, yet absent for their shows and recordings. He is said to be the spiritual guide overseeing the group and their music, yet has not shown himself to the members since beginning the project with Tom Greenberg. To learn more about the tale of BOBBY, head on over to the band's biography right HERE." - Partisan RecordsI think Bobby (the person) was spotted near the stage at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night checking our BOBBY (the band), or maybe that was just Kevin. BOBBY were playing Bowery Ballroom because they were opening for the Low Anthem. Pictures from their opening set are in this post.
BOBBY was excellent, but their set seemed way too short. Which is a good thing; I wished they'd played longer. The songs all moved along the same sonic template, infectious (lush?) drum and bass lines, electric guitar and keys providing the texture and then
Molly Sarle's Amelia Meath (who is also in Mountain Man and was filling in for Molly at this show)'s angelic voice drifting out and over everything. It was lovely stuff and I'd be shocked if they don't garner more attention following their time at SXSW.
And SXSW is where you can see them next, BrooklynVegan/Partisan day party included. All dates, the cover art of their album which is coming out soon on Partisan Records (also the home of Mountain Man) (MP3 from that album above), and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom, below...
DOWNLOAD: J Mascis - Not Enough (MP3)
The first BrooklynVegan Swan Dive/Barbarella Austin Day Party lineup announcement is here! (this is the first of three BV day parties happening at these connecting venues, but just one of nine total BV events.)
This one happens Friday, March 18th from noon-6pm, is co-presented by KF Records (Knitting Factory) and Partisan Records, and features an exclusive Austin day party set by Middle Brother (aka Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit). If you want to catch them though, you better get there early because the entire lineup is ridiculous and 100% free, and it looks like this.....
STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)I'm already exhausted (and we have three more similar lineups still TBA).
12:00 PM JBM
12:30 PM BOBBY
01:15 PM Holy Sons
02:00 PM Dolorean
03:00 PM John Grant featuring Midlake
04:00 PM Wye Oak
05:00 PM J Mascis
STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM David Wax Museum
01:00 PM Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
02:00 PM Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
03:00 PM Deer Tick featuring Jonny Corndawg
04:00 PM Old 97's
05:00 PM Middle Brother
STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:15 PM AgesandAges
01:00 PM Paleo
01:45 PM Warm Ghost
02:30 PM Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
03:15 PM Vetiver
04:00 PM Oberhofer
05:00 PM The Dodos
Note: We have Dolorean who is not to be confused with Delorean, yes that is Midlake up there backing the amazing John Grant, Jason Isbell will stick around to play with Middle Brother (like he did on their record), and yes Jonny Corndawg will be in the house.
I'm also happy to point out that, though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.
- FREE Blublocker sunglasses to first 50 people in the door!
- there will be FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
- we'll have loads of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
- we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea!
- you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars!
- FREE Tierras organic tequila cocktails while supplies last!
- more FREE food & DRINK details TBA!
- and there will be awesome giveaways from Partisan & KF Records
throughout the day!
DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Middle Brother (MP3)
Middle Brother over Corndawg (more by Tim Griffin)
As the "Middle Brother" release date of March 1st approaches, the band have released the title-track from their self-titled debut album. Grab the MP3 for the first time above, or listen to the song in the band's new iPhone app. Pre-order the album via Partisan Records.
Middle Brother (the band) is comprised of the unmistakable three voices of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit, but in "Middle Brother" (the song) you'll also recognize the voice of Jonny Corndawg who also helped them write the tune.
Middle Brother kick off their first-ever tour on March 2nd in Washington DC. That's the tour that will include FULL SETS by Middle Brother AND Deer Tick AND Dawes on almost all March dates including on March 5th at Music Hall of Williamsburg and March 6th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both of those shows are still on sale.
Jonny Corndawg (pictured above) will be on the tour and performing at all Middle Brother shows, though he'll only be playing full opening sets at the newly-added April California shows (list below). After California, Corndawg heads back to NYC in time to finish off another Brooklyn residency - last time it was at Union Pool, this time it's at Brooklyn Bowl (April 4, 11, 18 & 25).
Middle Brother's March run ends at SXSW in March. There the band play the previously-mentioned Ground Control Touring showcase at Auditorium Shores on March 19th, and they will play a BrooklynVegan day party one day earlier - March 18th & Swan Dive/Barabarella. BrooklynVegan (we) have teamed up with Partisan Records and Knitting Factory for a free, afternoon, 3-stage event. It will be Middle Brother's only day party, and Deer Tick are on the bill too. The rest of the lineup and more details TBA. Stay tuned.
Back to NYC for a second, this related show is also happening:
VIRGIN FOREST (4/5ths of phosphorescent)All tour dates, and a new Delta Spirit video, below...
IAN P. O'NEIL (deer tick)
and DJ DAVID LETTERMAN
Sunday Feb 20th @ Legion Bar
790 Metropolitan Ave. At Humboldt Wburg, BK, $5 / 8pm
Delorean will return to the States for a few big-city shows around their April 17th appearance at Coachella. For NYC, that means April 21st at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale at noon. All dates are listed below.
Delorean (the Spanish dance band) should not be confused with Dolorean (spelled with an "o" instead of an "e") aka Portland's Al James. Al just released "The Unfazed" via Partisan Records last week...
"The Portland country-rock band Dolorean perfected its soft-focus sound over its first three albums, serving up song after song of loping rhythms, brushed drums, hushed guitars, rippling piano, and the whispery regret of singer-songwriter Al James. Dolorean's fourth LP, The Unfazed, doesn't vary the band's pitch, but it does put a little more zip on it. Opening with the nimble "Thinskinned"--with its line about hopping into a tanked-up car and hitting the road with an argumentative partner--The Unfazed expresses how wide-open vistas can be spoiled by "one burr under the saddle," and it does so through music that blends the dreamy psychedelia of Pink Floyd with the yearning balladry of Gene Clark."You can listen to a song over at NPR, and watch a live video below.
Dolorean also have a tour scheduled - a much larger one than Delorean though it includes no NYC dates. It does however include SXSW and a west coast run with Castanets (who currently call Portland home) and Holy Sons (also from Portland, also signed to Partisan). All dates for both spellings of the bands that share a name with the car from Back to the Future, below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
Dawes @ Webster Hall
Dawes are on a headlining tour in support of their well received debut North Hills. Vetiver and Peter Wolf Crier are currently both opening that tour, and both opened for the band in NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (11/12. Pictures from that show adorn this post.
If Dawes wasn't still on tour, I might expect frontman Taylor Goldsmith (the G in MG&V) to stop by the sold out Deer Tick show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight. If you're not sure which one Taylor is in these Webster Hall pictures, just look for the person wearing the leather guitar strap that reads "Goldsmith" which was designed by my favorite non-vegan master leather worker and musician Jonny Corndawg, who is not opening for Deer Tick tonight (Jason Anderson strangely is though), but who just released a split 7" with the band...
"Since the inception of Partisan Records, the label has had the intention of creating a 7" series to showcase new and talented musicians. These may be artists who are beginning on the road to a long and fruitful career or artists who have remained on the radar but have never had the opportunity to have their music showcased to larger audiences in a physical format.Look for one at the merch table at Music Hall tonight, or at one of the other upcoming Tick shows (dates listed below). Grab one of the Corndawg songs now, above.
With that in mind, the label is pleased to announce the Partisan Records Co. 7" series. These will be vinyl-only releases on high quality vinyl which will be a showcase of new songs from these bands, or doing a split with current artists on the Partisan Records roster.
Officially, this is the second release in the series, with Deer Tick sharing the wax with long time tour companion Jonny Corndawg. A limited pressing of 1000, on two color variations of white and sky blue at 500 per color.
Deer Tick offers the fan-favorite ZZ Top cover "Cheap Sunglasses" while Corndawg gives fans a taste of his upcoming studio album with "Chevy Beretta" and "Nightrider". These will only be available on the bands respective tours and in the Partisan webstore.
And speaking of Partisan Records, Deer Tick isn't their only artist playing in NYC tonight and tomorrow. Mountain Man opens for Jonsi at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight, and Partisan's latest signing (it was announced like today), Warm Ghost plays tomorrow/Thursday (11/11) at Glasslands with Grandchildren and a DJ set by The Antlers (Valleys and Foxes In Fiction were both also on the Glasslands bill, but had to cancel).
More pictures from Webster Hall (2 of the bands only), and all Dawes and Deer Tick and Warm Ghost (not to be confused with Glass Ghost) tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Scout Niblett - "The Calcination of Scout Niblett" (MP3)
Emil Amos & Al Cisneros of Om, with Rob Lowe of Lichens (more by Chloe Rice)
Emil Amos aka Holy Sons (and half of Om) will hit the road for a string of dates with Scout Niblett in September including Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on October 5th (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on October 6th (tickets). It'll be the first ever Holy Sons US tour.
The string of US dates should be a cakewalk after what Scout Niblett recently undertook...
Limited Edition! Only 100 copies. Buy your very own version of the song "The Calcination of Scout Niblett" from the Drag City album of the same name. Each version different, recorded by Scout herself.Those CD-Rs are long gone, but the album of the same name is out/available via Drag City. Download one of, I am guessing, the 100+ versions of the song "The Calcination of Scout Niblett" above. Scout is also confirmed for the Godspeed You Black Emperor curated version of ATP's Nightmare before Christmas. The full and updated lineup for that show in the UK (which now includes Neurosis!) is below.
Meanwhile, Emil has dropped more tidbits about his upcoming project of which, as always, there are many:
...Happiness!,,, I just turned in the new HolySons record,, it's a nightmarish/monster jam that boasts the best artwork yet/ever... 'twill not disappoint!... haven't taken a break since-- been digging out older stuff,, fucking with new stuff,,, ...still planning a killer split release,,, and I've finally decided to prepare a re-release of 'My Only Warm Coals' [ED: which he described in a previous interview] next,, god knows when it will come out exactly... but I've got like 18 bonus tracks for it...He goes on to list his upcoming records:
Grails:: Black Tar Vol.5Wow, Grails just dropped Black Tar IV and they're on to V. Congrats boys. Grails is currently mixing the above mentioned new full-length for Temporary Residence LTD. Details are forthcoming.
Grails:: next Full Length (February) -Temp Res
Om:: next Full Length (March?) -Drag City
In addition to the above, Holy Sons will release their new full length (numero nine!) Survivalist Tales via Partisan Records on October 12th. Tracklisting for that LP is below.
Emil recently came back from tour with Om who will record their new LP this week in Seattle. Meanwhile, Al Cisneros of Om will be back in NYC on September 8th to play Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Sleep. There he will be joined by A Storm of Light and his touring bandmate Rob Lowe performing as Lichens. Tickets are still available.
Full tour dates, ATP The Nightmare before Xmas Lineup, videos and more are below...
Mountain Man in a Greenpoint Church (photo by Erez Avissar)
Mountain Man (Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath), already with record contracts overseas have signed with Partisan Records in the US! Their album Made The Harbor will be released by the Brooklyn-based label that is also home to Deer Tick, on July 20th.
As far as shows, the May 19th one at Mercury Lounge is sold out, but they've added another. That makes their total upcoming US shows two, and both are in NYC. The new one is opening for Junip at Knitting Factory on June 9th. Tickets are on sale. Junip is the band of José González, Elias Araya & Tobias Winterkorn, and they're also playing Bowery Ballroom while they're here (but with a different TBA opener). All Mtn Man dates with the new album tracklist and some videos below...
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.
Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...
Ben Nichols (Lucero) @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)
Seeing that Lucero is about to be in town with a big show at Webster Hall on Saturday night (10/17), and that Chris Denny (last seen on stage with Deer Tick in Prospect Park) is about to make another NYC appearance (including at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd), I thought it might be cool to get these two Arkansas musicians (who have met before) on the phone.
It turned out better than I could have imagined. Chris (who recently singed to Partisan Records making him Deer Tick's label-mate) and Lucero front-man Ben Nichols ended up discussing Lucero's decision to go with Universal Records for their new album (1372 Overton Park), drinking, horns, whiskey, marriage, The Pogues, whiskey, Tom Petty, drinking and much more. Check it out, along with all tour dates and some videos and stuff, below...
Deer Tick in a sombrero on a boat (pic by Katie Alexander)
Deer Tick played a boat on September 7th (Labor Day). More specifically, they played a Rock Off Concert Cruise with opener Jonny Corndawg (an old friend and fellow songwriter f Tick frontman John McCauley). Videos from the gig are posted below. Earlier in the weekend, Deer Tick played a set at The Positive Jam in Ithaca...
True-to-heart American music with a kind of dark poetic twist, Deer Tick sounded like the bluesy rock that fuels long nights at the bar talking about your true love, the job you lost, etc. Far from being a stereotype, however, John McCauley's slightly nasal, drawling voice gave new meaning to any preconceived ideas about country or folk music. The audience, which on Sunday was slow to get going, lingered in the shade during Deer Tick's set. Their lyrics encouraged a slow roll rather than rambunctious dancing -- "I've lived lies all my life / and I've been living here a long, long time / And it's been coming down a while now," Cauley sang in "Art Isn't Real." Introspective, indeed. [The Cornell Daily Sun]Coming up, the band have added a week-long Partisan Records tour to their already-extensive upcoming dates. The NYC part of that tour will happen as part of CMJ at Bowery Ballroom on October 22nd. Deer Tick share the bill with Christopher Denny, Dolorean, Holy Sons and Paleo. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 11th at noon.
Christopher Denny is the latest addition to the Partisan Records family, and was recently seen actually on stage with Deer Tick in Prospect Park.
Boat cruise video and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Art Isn't Real (City of Sin) (MP3)
Partisan Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Deer Tick. Partisan will re-issue Deer Tick's debut War Elephant on November 25, 2008. The re-issue will be released on both double limited edition vinyl and CD with new album artwork. Partisan Records will also be releasing a full-length album of early original Deer Tick songs at a later date.Deer Tick previosly mentioned the re-issue in his McCarren Pool apology letter.
Songwriting prodigy John McCauley III wrote and recorded War Elephant at the age of 20, and plays every single instrument on the album. Originally a very limited release, the album [that I love a lot] quickly went out of print. The War Elephant re-issue will also represent the first ever vinyl release from Deer Tick.
Deer Tick is going on tour with The Felice Brothers who have a whole bunch of their own dates even sooner including September 13th at Maxwell's with AA Bondy (tix). The Deer/Felice NYC date is at Spiegelworld on November 2nd. All dates for all of them (and more photos from the above bikinis and guns photoshoot) below...