Entries tagged with: Peaking Lights
by Bill Pearis
We all have pretty close relationships with our phones these days. Most people sleep with them (though apparently that's bad). Maybe we're too close. That's the premise for the funny new music video for Peaking Lights' new single, "Breakdown," which you can watch in this post. Director Eugene Kotlyarenko (who's made videos for Slava, Julia Holter, Shine 2009 and more) takes that relationship and anthropomorphizes it just a little. Can our heroine learn to disconnect and find love with a real person? (Also: be on the lookout for Mr. Show cohort John Ennis as "the boss.") Check it out below.
Peaking Lights' new album, Cosmic Logic, is out via Weird World on October 7.
by Bill Pearis
Dubby duo Peaking Lights are back with their third album, Cosmic Logic, which will be out October 7 via Weird World / Domino. Members Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis made the record themselves in LA and it was mixed by DFA's Matt Thornley. Where previous records have been blisfully happy to coast on vibes, Cosmic Logic is a step into more immediate, poppy territory. At least for Peaking Lights. Stream the first single, "Breakdown," below and you can check out an animated version of the album artwork over at their website.
Right before the album's release, Peaking Lights will be in NYC to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on October 2. Regal Degal and "very special guest" (and Real Estate video director) Tom Scharpling have also been added to that bill and tickets are still available.
If you're in San Francisco this weekend, Peaking Lights play The Chapel on Saturday (8/31) with Dream Boys. That's their only other date currently on their schedule. Album art, tracklist, "Breakdown" stream and T5 show poster below...
Peaking Lights at APF 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights are set to bring their trippy sounds to Austin Psych Fest, and after that they'll go on a short May tour which includes a Northeast run with DC duo Protect-U (who they collaborated with at Red Bull Music Academy last year) and a west coast run with Panda Bear. The stint with Protect-U hits NYC on May 8 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Protect-U (aka Aaron Leitko and Future Times co-head Mike Petillo) will release their debut full length right after that tour ends, Free USA, on May 13 via Future Times. You can pre-order it and listen to clips of each track at Rush Hour, and stream the single "Time 2 Technique" below.
Speaking of artists playing NYC around Austin Psych Fest, UK vets Loop bring their North American reunion tour to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on 4/17 before hitting APF. Since we last spoke, Purling Hiss were added to that show, and tickets are still available.
All Peaking Lights dates are listed, with the Protect-U song stream, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
words and photos by Greg Cristman
The Congos & Sun Araw Band / Lee "Scratch" Perry
Once again, the Red Bull Music Academy put on an amazing one-of-a-kind presentation in New York, this time to a sold out Le Poisson Rouge crowd last Thursday (5/30). The evening was called NYC in Dub and featured performances by the iconic Lee "Scratch" Perry who was teamed up against On-U sound label head and influential producer Adrian Sherwood, the legendary The Congos, who versed experimental indie rockers Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras (all three of who collaboratred on an album last year), and an opening set by Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U) and Peaking Lights. An elaborate and very crowded stage set up was brought in along with the massive Sub Atomic Soundsystem that shook the building to its core with thick heavy dub bass and rhythms.
This was one of the most amazing reggae shows I've seen in quite some time and may have been the best Lee Perry performance I've ever seen. At 77 he's still going strong and is as eclectic and crazy as ever, continually igniting his disposable lighter and running his fingers, hands and even boots through the flame, whipping towels around his head and dousing himself with water. He performed many of his classics, including "War Inna Babylon," that had most of the audience singing along. The Congos vs. Sun Araw set was equally enjoyable with Sun Araw delivering an incredible dub backdrop for the three Congos singers. They delivered a set culled mainly from their first album, the 1977 reggae masterpiece Heart Of The Congos (produced by Lee Perry), including the classic tracks "Fisherman," "Congoman" and "La-La Bam Bam." Future Times and Peaking Lights combined for an approach to dub that was more rooted in electronic and techno and they often reminded me a little bit of Lee Perry collaborator The Orb.
Pictures of the show, including shots of the setlists for the Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood and The Congos/Sun Araw sets, are in this post. They continue below...
Real Estate @ Crest Hardware, Dec. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, the closing night concert of the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival is happening May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Phillip Glass, Van Dyke Parks and Friends. To make the evening even more tempting, Real Estate (playing a stripped-down set) have now been added to bill. Tickets for that show are still available.
Speaking of, Real Estate will also be playing in the actual Big Sur for the 2013 Woodsist Festival which happens at the Henry Miller Library on September 22 & 23. The sold-out two-day event also features Foxygen (who have three shows in NYC next week), The Fresh and Onlys, Peaking Lights, The Babies and more.
There is also a Woodsist Fest date on September 28 at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town, CA with Woods, Real Estate, Fresh & Onlys, Parquet Courts and more on the bill. Tickets to that show are still available.
And in other news, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who also play both Woodsist fests) will release their second album, How Far Away, via Woodsist on May 28. You can stream a track from the LP, "Leave on the Light," below. They'll play a NYC record release show at Knitting Factory on the same day (5/28) with Spectre Folk and King Cyst. Tickets are on sale now.
All Alex Bleeker & the Freaks tour dates are listed, along with Woodsist Fest line-ups and song stream, below.
Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
John Talabot at LPR in 2012 (more by Maxwell Reichert)
As just revealed in the Sasquatch 2013 lineup announcement, Barcelona producer John Talabot will be making his way over to North America in May for the festival. And while he's here, he'll be playing other dates including one in NYC on May 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. For the shows, he'll be taking along singer Pional, who contributed to his album and has toured with him before. The NYC show is being presented by FIXED and resident DJs JDH and Dave P will man the boards. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (2/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/6) at noon. All currently confirmed North American dates are listed below.
John Talabot also just offered an 'Acetate Dub' remix of Peaking Lights' "Beautiful Son" off their 2012 album, Lucifer. You can stream that remix and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...
Gardens & Villa at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Santa Barbara indie pop crew Gardens & Villa haven't given us an album since their 2011 self titled debut on Secretly Canadian, but they did treat us to some music this year with a cover of "Gypsy" for the the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and a remix of their tourmates Polica's "The Maker" for Polica's remix EP.
We asked the band for a list of their top 10 songs of 2012, and like their own sound, most of the artists they chose lean on the indie pop side of things like Beach House, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights, Pure Bathing Culture, and others. You can check out their full list below.
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Ape School at Brooklyn Bowl 6/16/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Husky @ Joe's Pub
* ERIMAJ @ Joe's Pub
* Colin Quinn @ The Creek
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Toubab Krewe @ City Winery
* Dispatch @ Washington Square Park
* Comic Book Club live @ Fontana's
* Alec Spiegelman Quartet @ Barbes
* Celebrating Michael Brecker @ Blue Note
* Ape School, Heaven, Arc in Round @ Glasslands
* Joan Osborne, Meshell Ndegeocello @ City Winery
* Pauline Oliveros and Susie Ibarra Duet @ The Stone
* Bad Neighbors, Slushy, Psycho Hippies @ Cake Shop
* Ben Von Wildenhaus, Dimestore Dance Band @ Zebulon
* The Neighbourhood, Lovelife @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Susie Ibarra, Thollem McDonas, Pauline Oliveros Trio @ The Stone
* Steel Phantoms, Sundress, Cooper Formant, Rosary Beard @ Cameo Gallery
* Child Abuse, Bludded Head, Terminator II, Little Women @ Death By Audio
* Beach Arabs, Freecare, Boner, Eleanor & Shark @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood @ The Players Theatre
* The Ultimate Trivia Night: 15 Minutes of Fame with Host Pat Kiernan @ The Bell House
* The Moon w/ Cocoon Central Dance Team, Rob Sikoryak, Jamie Kilstein, Lakutis @ Union Pool
* Mr. Coconuts w/ Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Greg Johnson, Dan St. Germain, David Rees, Jessi Klein, John Mulaney @ Union Hall
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6. Stop by and check it out!
Some good comedy options tonight. It's the last-ever Mr. Coconuts at Union Hall, and host Gabe Delahaye has pulled out all the stops, with Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Greg Johnson, Dan St. Germain, David Rees, Jessi Klein, and John Mulaney all performing. (Sold out as you might expect.) Meanwhile, at Union Pool it's "The Moon" with Cocoon Central Dance Team, Rob Sikoryak, Jamie Kilstein and Lakutis, plus it will be streaming live here. There's also Comic Book Live at Fontana's (doing "nerdy wine tastings"), and Colin Quinn is at Long Island City's Creek & the Cave.
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Today is Joe Strummer's birthday, who would've been 60. Video for his single "Johnny Appleseed" is below.
Peaking Lights made a video for the song, "Dreambeat," off their recently released album, Lucifer. Check it out below.
Norway's pidgeonhole-resistant trio Ungdomskulen made a video for their new single "Askefast" and you can watch that below.
by Andrew Sacher
Psych/dub duo Peaking Lights are set to release their new album, Lucifer, next week (6/19) via Mexican Summer. It follows last year's great 936 LP and is a bit clearer and fuller sounding (perhaps due to an increased budget from their new label) which only benefits the band. Peaking Lights mainly have UK dates coming up, but they'll celebrate their album with a release show in NYC on June 29 with DJ Scratch Famous and a visual installation by Brock Monroe of the Joshua Light Show. The show is upstairs on 70 N 6th St. (above Public Assembly). $10 at the door, no advance tickets at this time.
An animated gif flier for the show is below, along with a list of all dates, and a stream of "Beautiful Son."
Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Rob Curto @ Barbes
* Gary Jules @ Joe's Pub
* Neil Diamond @ Jones Beach
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Lana Del Rey @ Irving Plaza
* Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Stone
* W4 New Music @ 92YTribeca
* DanceNOW [NYC] @ Joe's Pub
* Harper Blynn, Beca @ Mercury Lounge
* Little, Big, My M.O., Wazu @ Union Hall
* Moon Hooch, Inky Jack @ Knitting Factory
* Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Muck, Dog Day, Plastic Gods @ Cake Shop
* Los Straitjackets, Eilen Jewell @ City Winery
* Totem, Y/Y, Body Building, KNTRLR @ XPO 929
* Erotic City (live tribute to Prince) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Internet Xplorer, RAVVES, Getawolfpup @ Glasslands
* The Cult, Against Me!, The Icarus Line @ Terminal 5
* Witch Mountain, Pilgrim, Lord Dying, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, Dan Friel @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Mode Moderne, Plastic Flowers, Night Vision @ Shea Stadium
* Zomby, $hayne, Grayson Revoir, Johnny Misheff @ Santos
* Darmstatdt 2012: Music of Gordon Mumma @ Issue Project Room
* Jangula, Otis Heat, Yellow Dogs, Phone Home @ Mercury Lounge
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Doldrums, Field Mouse @ Glasslands
* Chordashian, Paul Raffaele, Kid Color @ Le Bain at The Standard
* Southern Culture On The Skids, Labretta Suede and The Motel 6 @ Maxwell's
* Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers, The Spring Standards @ Bowery Ballroom
* DIIV, Mac DeMarco, MINKS, Life Size Maps, Crinkles, Turnip Kings @ 285 Kent Ave
* Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Clear Plastic Masks, The Click Clack Boom @ Cameo Gallery
* Grand Rapids, Darlings, Evi Antonio, Daytona, The Doozies @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Prefab Messiahs, Spectre Folk, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Weyes Blood @ Death By Audio
* The Psyched, The Jigglers, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Organs, The Thing with Two Heads @ Public Assembly
* Jen Urban & The Box, Alyson Greenfield, Beautiful Small Machines, Indiggo Twins, Luxe Pop, Run For Cover @ Pianos
At the cineplex, cigar lover and filmmaker Ridely Scott returns to science fiction in Prometheus, the "non-prequel" to Alien which Roger Ebert gave four stars. Watch the trailer below.
Or go see documentary Paul Williams Still Alive at Angelica with a post-screening Q&A with the man himself. He wrote "The Rainbow Connection," you know.
Speaking of movies, the July 18 NYC screenings of LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits are sold out, but you can watch a clip from it -- "Dance Yourself Clean" -- at the bottom of this post.
Dirty Projectors made a strobe-happy video for "Gun Has no Trigger" which you can watch below.
Peaking Lights just posted a stream for their gurgling, meandering "Beautiful Son" from new album Lucifer which is out June 18. Listen to it below.
by Andrew Sacher
Speaking of dub/psych artists who are playing Austin Psych Fest later this month, but are meanwhile in NYC for Unsound this week, Madison, Wisconsin duo Peaking Lights (who play a free Unsound show at Lincoln Center on Thursday with LXMP) just dropped the first track off their upcoming album, Lucifer (out 6/19 via Mexican Summer) and it's pretty great. Stream that track, which is called "LO HI," along with all of their dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Julia Holter at LPR last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter, who has been making a ton of buzz lately with her excellent new album, Ekstasis, and her NYC live debut, which you can now watch in full at NPR, will be playing the first day of the fest on Wednesday, April 18 at Issue Project Room with Julia Kent and Jenny Hval.
On Thursday, April 19, psych/dub duo Peaking Lights and LXMP will play a free show at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM. That show will be followed by live sets by Actress, Next Life, and Hype Williams at Le Poisson Rouge at 11 PM.
Friday's (April 20) shows include Sun Araw, pole, and Inner Tube at Le Poisson Rouge at 6 PM and live sets by Laurel Halo, Ital, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Zemi17 and Monolake at Warsaw at 10 PM.
On Saturday, April 21, Biosphere and Lustmord's special TRINITY piece will be performed at West Park Presbyterian Church at 7 PM with an opening set by Jacaszek. After that show, at a venue TBA we'll get Sepalcure (live A/V set), Nguzunguzu (DJ), 2562 (DJ), Teeth (live), Throwing Snow (DJ), DaveQ (DJ), and Distal (DJ).
The festival wraps up on Sunday, April 22 with mostly Unsound LABS, including a talk with Biosphere & Lustmord on 'TRINITY' at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building at 4 PM. Glasslands will then hosting the Unsound Festival closing party at 9 PM with live sets by Napszyklat and Maria Minerva (who will be making her US debut) and DJ sets by Sun Araw vs Heat Wave and Eltron John.
Ticket info for all of the paid shows is available.
Full schedule including Unsound LABS below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Maria Minerva - "Gloria" (MP3)
Last month, we announced that the Unsound Festival is returning to NYC on April 18 - 22 across various venues including BAMcinématek, The Bunker, Lincoln Center, ISSUE Project Room and Le Poisson Rouge. We also since mentioned the related Kickstarter campaign for UNSOUND LABS.
Now, a lot of really exciting additions have been made to the lineup, including Julia Holter (who makes her NYC debut at LPR on 3/6), Maria Minerva, Peaking Lights, Sepalcure, Nguzunguzu (who recently announced a tour), Laurel Halo, 2562, Inner Tube (aka Mark McGuire of Emeralds and Spencer Clark), and many more. The full current lineup is listed below. More details coming soon.
One of the most interesting additions to this year's Unsound lineup is Estonia's Maria Minerva (aka Maria Juur), who will be making her NYC/US debut at the festival. According to her facebook, she'll be "doing two things at the festival, more info soon." Maria first caught my attention with her first official LP, Cabaret Cixous, which dropped last year on Not Not Fun. The album showed a tasteful knack for ambient/experimental pop but left me admittedly feeling like she still had plenty of room left to grow. A few months later, she dropped the Sacred & Profane Love EP on NNF's sister label, 100% Silk, and it was exactly what Cabaret Cixous was yearning for. The most impressive moment on the EP (and her best song yet) is the track, "Gloria," which you can download above or stream below. Fans of Grimes, Julianna Barwick, or fellow Unsound performers Julia Holter and Laurel Halo, take note.
Lineup, song stream, and all Maria Minerva dates below...
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
by Bill Pearis
It never fails, the week after CMJ I get sick. So here I sit, with a big cup of green tea and a stuffy head, writing about shows that I want to go to, but probably won't. But hopefully you are in better health. There's a lot of great options this weekend.
As you may have heard, two-year-old Williamsburg club Bruar Falls is closing November 1. I live pretty close to the place, have seen a lot of great shows there and am bummed it's shutting its doors. But for Bruar Falls' Last Week Ever, it's going out in style with a bunch of great shows. Tonight (10/28) it's The Beets, Tanks Amigo, the Beachniks and, just in time for Halloween, a Misfits cover band.
Saturday night (10/29) is for you punkers out there: Stalkers, Tough Shits, Ex-Humans and Dino's Boys. And then Sunday night (10/30) it's Dive, Shark?, Air Waves and Bright Lights. And then Halloween night (10/31) is the for real last night ever with Friend Roulette, Hunktronik, Clouder and KNTRLR.
A lot of these bands are BF regulars so I imagine there will be a palpable party vibe there all weekend long. I'll miss ya.
Tonight (10/28) is the NYC debut of Wisconsin husband and wife duo Peaking Lights whose alluring, dubby album 963 came out early this year on Not Not Fun but is getting wider distribution next month via Mexican Summer and Domino imprint Weird World. You can download a few tracks from the record at the top of this post.
A lot of the strange sounds heard on the album come via homemade instruments and effects boxes that Aaron Coyes makes in the basement of his and singer Indra Dunis' home. You can find out more about this via an episode of VBS TV's Soundbuilders which is streaming at the bottom of this post. After watching that, I'm curious to see how Peaking Lights will pull off a live show, what with all the delicate McGuyver-esque gear. But the record's great and I'm hoping for the best.
One of my favorite sets at CMJ was seeing Radical Dads at Bruar Falls on Saturday night and reminded me just how good they've become. In fact, I'd go as far to say as they're one of Brooklyn's best bands right now. Certainly one of the more unheralded. If you like Wild Flag, I urge you to check out RD's debut album Mega Rama which has a similar vibe but is much less hyped. There's a streaming player at the bottom of this post.
I'm happy to report that Mega Rama is getting a belated vinyl release in December via Loud Baby Sounds. You can pre-order it now. The album art is one of my favorite record covers of the year and have been dying to own a big 12" version of it -- not to mention getting to play it on my turntable. Also on the vinyl tip, Radical Dads also have a 7" coming out in December, "Skateboarding Bulldog," which you can stream or download via a widget at the bottom of this post.
But more than maybe anything I suggest going to see them live which you can do tonight (10/28) at Spike Hill where they'll play with Plates of Cake, Quilty, and Conversion Party. Cover's only five bucks.
If glitchy dance music is more your thing, the weekend has two very good options. Star Slinger, who was supposed to play here in the spring but had to cancel, is finally making his NYC debut at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28). After a bunch of head-turning remixes and download tracks, Star Slinger recently released his first "official" single, "Dumbin," via Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound which you can stream or download at the bottom of this post.
After the MHoW, which also has SHLOMO and Shitego on the bill, you might want to swing over to 285 Kent where there's a "secret guest" headliner. (G-Side and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire play as well.) Though not mentioned out-and-out, they do link to Star Slinger's website on the Facebook invite.
Then Saturday night (10/29), the Fixed party at Cameo has UK act Gold Panda who's been remixed by Star Slinger and is following up last year's excellent Lucky Shiner with his spin on the latest installment of K7!'s DJ Kicks series. In a bit of Brooklyn weekend synergy, GP's track "An Iceberg Hurled Through Northern Clouds" just got remixed by Peaking Lights and you can stream the remix of that below.
The Fixed party at Cameo also features Lemonade, Blondes and an open bar from 8 - 10. Gold Panda then heads the next day (ouch) to Moogfest in Ashville, NC.
Saturday night has a pretty killer show at Glasslands. Obits headline and are still driving on the high octane tank of gas that is their second album, Moody, Standard and Poor. Perhaps even more exciting, for some folks, is opener Office of Future Plans which is the new thing from Jawbox man J. Robbins.
And finally, a little preview into early next week. Don't forget that the Wax Idols/Terry Malts tour hits Cake Shop on Tuesday (11/1) and Shea Stadium on Wednesday (11/2) for a double dose of San Francisco style fuzz. As I wrote elsewhere on this site:
Wax Idols are the new group from Hether Fortune, who has spent time in Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires. Fuzz pedals crash into jangly guitars, vocals are high sneer but also full of harmony, and there's room for both girl group balladry and a tough cover of Wire's "Sand in My Joints." The band's debut, No Future, is out next month on HoZac and is quite good. You can check out "Dead Like You" from it at the top of this post.Other bands on the Cake Shop bill are still TBA but the Shea Stadium show also features Sundelles, Habibi, and the ever-present Dive (if you haven't seen them yet, you're making an effort not to).
As for the Terry Malts, their debut 7" on Slumberland from earlier this year is three quick blasts of sunny pop covered in a thick blanket of white noise. (Somewhere between '80s West Coast punk and C-'86 lies their sound.) It's the new project from most of the guys in Magic Bullets, a band that has been put in cold storage -- they played their final show August 24. They've got a new 7" out in about a month, and you can download "Distracted" from the first one at the top of this post.
That's the main stuff. More daily picks are below.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Pixies continue to tour their best album, Dolittle, tonight at Asbury Park Convention Hall with Surfer Blood opening.
Meanwhile... Tanya Donnely, who was in the original line-up of the Breeders (not to mention Throwing Muses and then Belly) is doing a show at Joe's Pub. She'll be aded and abetted by Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, writer Rick Moody, as well as Magnetic Fields cohorts Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol, plus Carrie Bradley who was also in the Breeders at one point (and folk rock band Ed's Redeeming Qualities).
by Andrew Sacher
Dub-infected psych-pop duo Peaking Lights (made up of husband and wife Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis) released the excellent 936 LP earlier this year on Not Not Fun. The album's got a raw vintage sound full of strong looping basslines, reverb guitars, and soft, cool vocals mixed with whatever other noises Aaron and Indra managed to work in. Initial reaction to the record was a little slow, but it seems to be catching on considering the duo recently signed to Mexican Summer in the US and Domino imprint Weird World outside the US, who will re-release 936 on November 21. The release will be preceded by a remix 12". Check out videos of two album tracks below and download MP3s of a few others above. The album art and tracklist are also below.
Domino also reports that Peaking Lights will begin recording their followup this November, which should see a Spring 2012 release via Mexican Summer and Weird World. The duo plans to self-produce the album and are bringing in Al Carlson (Yeaasyer, Ford & Lopatin) to engineer it.
All dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...