Entries tagged with: Pop 1280
by Andrew Sacher
Sonic Youth with Bob Bert
NYC's EULA put out their new Martin Bisi-produced album, Wool Sucking, this week. We previously posted the single "Noose," which was pretty indebted to Sonic Youth-y noise rock, but the album touches on a few other styles too. There's the grungy indie rock of "I Collapse," the lounge-y "Little Hearts," the shouty dance-punk of "Orderly," the dream pop-ish "Monument" and still more. You can listen to the whole thing below.
EULA celebrate the new album with a release show in their hometown tonight (3/5) at Palisades, and the whole lineup is pretty great. It includes No Bra (to quote Bill, "imagine The Fall and LCD Soundsystem condensed into one [topless] German singer"), masked avant-pop guy Gull, and Martin Bisi performing with an impressive cast of collaborators.
The Sonic Youth/Swans producer will be joined by a former member of each of those bands, Algis Kizys (bass in Swans from Holy Money through Soundtracks for the Blind) and Bob Bert (drums in Sonic Youth from Confusion Is Sex through Bad Moon Rising), plus Ian Campbell of newer goth band Pop. 1280. It's the same lineup he did last year at the afterparty for the premiere of the BC Studio documentary, Sound & Chaos. Their set will also include visuals by Preston Spurlock and live painting by Davey Dave Ampersand. Admission is $7 at the door.
Martin has a few other dates coming up too, including another Brooklyn show this month at The Rock Shop (3/24) and a screening of the BC Studio documentary at Lincoln Center on June 25. All dates are listed, with the trailer for that doc and the EULA LP stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Australia's HTRK released their latest album, Psychic 9-5 Club, last year via Ghostly. It was the first album made as a duo, following the death of Sean Stewart who died during the making of 2011's Work (work, work). Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang deliver their most hushed, electronic-based HTRK album to date and you can stream it via Rdio below.
In other news, their acclaimed, Rowland S Howard-produced 2009 debut, Marry Me Tonight is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever and that comes out via Ghostly on April 28. Only 500 copies are being made and preorders are available now. You can stream the album below.
HTRK are currently in North America and are playing Mexico City's Festival NRMAL on Sunday (3/1). Right after that, they'll head to NYC for two shows: Tuesday (3/3) at Baby's All Right with Blazer Sound System, and Kiki Kudo (tickets), and then they'll play the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on March 4 with Pop. 1280.
All dates are listed, along with album streams and a video, below...
Pharmakon @ Palisades - 11/22/14 (via @teethbonnet)
Pharmakon, who put out one of The Quietus' favorite albums of 2014, recently played a release show for that album, Bestial Burden, at Palisades on November 22 with Ligature. Now the local noisemaker's been added to another show with Ligature on the bill, Saint Vitus on December 11 with the likeminded Puce Mary (also on The Quietus' list) and the insane Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper, as well as Aischrolatreia and Penchant. Tickets for that show are still available. Pharmakon has two other dates this month. All are listed below. The Vitus show is also one of three NYC dates for Puce Mary on her tour.
Speaking of Sacred Bones-signed NYC artists playing Saint Vitus, labelmates Pop. 1280 and Anasazi have a show there on January 15 with Bootblacks. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon.
All Pharmakon dates are listed, with a video from the Palisades show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
White Lung @ Saint Vitus - 6/25/14
The menacing Vancouver punks White Lung descended upon NYC last night (6/25) for their first of two shows here on their current tour with Pop. 1280. Last night's show was a sold out one at Saint Vitus and was easily the longest I've ever seen them play (about a half hour), and they were typically in great form. Guitarist Kenny Williams wailed away at his impossibly effortless, highly intricate riffage, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and bassist (and Wax Idols singer) Hether Fortune kept the rhythm section tight as hell, and singer Mish Way was a powerhouse as always, a ferocious punk singer but one with rock star abilities that are way too big for Saint Vitus (in a good way).
Their set included most of their excellent new album, Deep Fantasy, plus highlights from their still-great 2012 LP Sorry ("Thick Lip," "Take The Mirror") and non-album favorites like "Blow It South." The crowd was loving all of it but it was definitely those Sorry cuts that really got the place going (the new album is only a week old). At one point Mish sarcastically remarked about the place being too quiet between songs, but as soon as "Thick Lip" started, beer was sprayed on stage and the crowd erupted.
Tourmates Pop. 1280 provided direct support with a solid set of their gothed-out post-punk, and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform opened the show with a 5-ish minute set of hardcore-inspired noise. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
White Lung and Pop. 1280 do it again tonight (6/26) at Mercury Lounge, which is an early-ish show (6:30 doors, over by 9 PM) and tickets are still available. Uniform next play opening for Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall next week (tickets) as part of Ascetic House's Independence Day weekend in NYC.
More pictures from last night, below...
Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
We already knew that NYC goth punks Pop. 1280 would be opening the Mercury Lounge stop of White Lung's tour, and since we last spoke it was announced that they're actually opening all North American dates. This includes both NYC shows -- June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge -- a Philly show, and three dates in White Lung's native Canada. Tickets for Vitus and Merc are still available.
Pop. 1280 also just put out a tour video they made during their recent European tour. You can check that out, with the list of dates and the video for White Lung's "Face Down" that came out this week, below...
by Andrew Sacher
White Lung at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As previously mentioned, Vancouver punks White Lung signed to Domino, and since we last spoke, more details on their first album for that label have arisen. It's called Deep Fantasy, and will be out on June 17. It includes the pummeling single "Drown With The Monster" which comes out as a 7" on Domino next week (4/29), plus the brand-new single "Snake Jaw," which just premiered over at Rookie Mag where there's also a new interview with them.
As singer Mish Way has said about the new album, Deep Fantasy is a real progression from their earlier work, and "Snake Jaw" is no exception. The sound is bigger (though they're still working with Sorry producer Jesse Gander), the vocals are cleaner but still just as biting, and Kenneth William's guitar playing is still out of this world. Especially on "Snake Jaw," where he squeezes something like 20 different riffs into the song's 2-ish minutes without ever sounding like he's showing off. You can check it out below, highly recommended.
As discussed, White Lung's tour hits NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge, the latter of which now includes Pop. 1280 on the bill. Tickets for VItus and Merc are still available.
Updated dates, including an Australian tour with Upset, are listed, with the new song stream and LP info, below...
Lonnie Holley at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Outsider artist Lonnie Holley, who we wrote about around the time of his shows with Deerhunter and Bill Callahan and who has made fans out of (and since collaborated with) Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Black Lips' Cole Alexander, will return to NYC for two shows this week. First, he plays a night show on Tuesday (4/15) at Baby's All Right with no wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others), and Georgia. Georgia also joins Lonnie for his set, and maybe Arto will too? Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. Lonnie's set will be the one actual live performance this year though. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Pete Swanson, Matana Roberts and more. Full schedule is listed below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly, March 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
Canada's grunge-heavy psych act Crosss are releasing a split 7" with Astral Gunk that's due out on March 3. It's a little bit different than what we've heard from the band before, leaning way more to the indie/garage/surf side of things. You can stream it below.
Cross will dip below the border for a U.S. tour next month which will hit NYC on March 8 at Trans Pecos. That show with with Gothed-out post-punk Sacred Bones-ers Pop. 1280, local punks Night Squad and noisy experimental weirdos Buck Gooter. All Crosss tour dates are listed below.
Buck Gooter will also be on tour, which kicks off at Brooklyn's Ho_Se on February 21 with Florida. All their tour dates are listed, along with a song stream, below. As for Pop.1280, they're currently ripping things up over in Europe (probably right this second!). Those dates are below too.
Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Trans-Pecos, as originally defined in 1887 by the Texas geologist Robert T. Hill, is the portion of Texas that lies west of the Pecos River. The term is considered synonymous with "Far West Texas", a subdivision of West Texas. The Trans-Pecos is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, the second largest desert in North America. It the most mountainous and arid portion of the state, and most of its area (outside of the city of El Paso) is vast and sparsely populated, comprising seven of the ten largest counties by area in Texas. The area is well known for the natural beauty of the Big Bend, and has one of the highest proportions of publicly owned land in the continental US. [Wikipedia]As discussed, Todd P is opening a new venue in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), and we now know that the new venue will be called Trans Pecos and it opens on December 5 with the previously discussed Gnaw / Psalm Zero / Notekillers show. It's a Northern Spy-presented show, and according to the flyer (pictured below), Northern Spy will be doing "Thursdays @ Trans Pecos." One of the only another announced shows at the moment is one the following Thursday, December 12 with Pop. 1280, Ukiah Drag, Herzog Rising, and Nick Klein. Doors for both of those shows are at 8 PM, with the music starting at 9. $8 at the door gets you in.
Peter Kerlin Octet, Sunwatchers, and Platinum Vision play Trans Pecos on Saturday, 12/14. That's all the shows we know about at the moment.
As you may know, Silent Barn moved and is currently open in its new Bushwick Ave location.
Northern Spy 'Thursdays @ Trans Pecos' flyer below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
Brooklyn goth punks Pop. 1280 just released a video for their song "Do the Anglerfish" off of their recent LP Imps of Perversion that's out now on Sacred Bones. The video's doused in blues and blacks, and with some weird imagery spliced in, it's appropriately gothed-out. Check it out below.
Pop. 1280 are also about to head out on a tour, which begins in Austin with a FFF Nites show, but as discussed, before they leave town, they'll do a local show at Death by Audio on October 30 with the thrashy Chicago band Oozing Wound, for whom the show is a stop on their previously announced tour. Sediment Club and The Dreebs are on the bill too.
As discussed, Oozing Wound's tour also hits NYC on November 3 at Secret Project Robot with Guardian Alien (who's doing an A/V show soon), Skimask and Child Abuse.
Oozing Wound also just released a new video for their song "Call Your Guy," which you can watch, along with the Pop. 1280 video, and lists of dates for both bands, below...
Bobb Trimble (not a recent photo)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Ariel Pink, Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Mike Wexler, Home Blitz @ Pioneer Works
This is the first night of the two-day Mexican Summer fifth anniversary, and it's very stacked. Tonight we get nostalgic pop from headliner Ariel Pink, gothy shoegaze from Tamaryn, psych pop from The Fresh & Onlys, a rare live appearance from '80s cult folk icon Bobb Trimble, a newer folk singer who owes a bit to such cult folk icons, Mike Wexler, and bare-bones rock from Home Blitz. There's also free beer from 6:30 - 8 PM.
Judge @ Saint Vitus
For this year's CBGB Festival, we at BrooklynVegan contributed by presenting this show with reunited NYHC vets Judge. It's a treat to catch these guys while you still can, and Saint Vitus seems like just the place to see 'em these days. Sold out.
Vessel, Pete Swanson, Container, Huerco S. @ 285 Kent Avenue
Tri-Angle signed producer Vessel makes the kind of dark, murky stuff we've come to expect from the boutique label, and tonight he teams with noisemaker Pete Swanson, Container, and minimalist producer Huerco S.
Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death @ Bowery Ballroom
You get two sides of the garage coin with this tour: BDoD unleash party-friendly rippers, where Hanni El Khatib are more on the soulful side. This is the first of two NYC shows for these two.
Benoit and Sergio, Evan Michael, Travmatic @ Cameo Gallery
DC-area DJ duo Benoit and Sergio are working on their new full-length and will perhaps be giving folks an early taste tonight. You can check out their mellow new single, "Adjustments," below
Lux Perpetua, Coke Weed, Air Waves @ Coco 66
Maine combo Coke Weed are descendents of The Velvet Underground's chugging psych rock -- a sound that never seems to go out of style and they do it well on their current album, Back to Soft, which you can stream in full below.
Hunters, Total Slacker, Skimask, Sleepies @ Death By Audio
NYC's Hunters are about to play a gazillion shows at CMJ next week, but you'll still get one more chance before then to see them at tonight's album release show. Making the bill doubly cool: Brooklyn punks Sleepies, who might also play locally a ton, but have a very underrated album out.
Big Ups, Flagland, Butter The Children, Big Neck Police @ Shea Stadium
Speaking of bands that play NYC a lot... Most notable on this bill is post-hardcore rippers Big Ups and poppy shoegazers Butter the Children.
Pop. 1280, Haunted Horses, Yvette, Dillon James Rego @ Silent Barn
And for some more local regulars: the gothy Pop. 1280 and the experimental Yvette team up with Seattle's Haunted Horses (who also played NYC last Sunday) tonight at Silent Barn.
Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Ami Dang, Kid Kamillion, Dirtyfinger @ Glasslands
Baltimore party starter Spank Rock plays what will surely be a wild show with frequent collaborator Amanda Blank and more. Part of the CBGB Festival
Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club mix Phoenix-ish melodicism and the mathy angles of Foals for an easy-to-swallow pop pill. Peace were supposed to be on this show but dropped off.
Francesco Tristano, Byron Westbrook @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with Barcelona-based pianist Francesco Tristano and Brooklyn electronic composer Byron Westbrook.
School of Night, Grand Resort @ Mercury Lounge
School of Night is the new project of Darby of The Antlers, and if you like the airy layering of that band, much of that sound is to be found here too.
The Spits, Useless Eaters @ Mercury Lounge
Practicing a mix of Ramones and Misfit-isms drenched in battery acid and too many downers, The Spits have quietly been ruling the punk underground for years. Don't miss Memphis' Useless Eaters who are pretty ferocious live and open the show.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour @ The Bell House
Old time radio serials come to life -- satirically -- with stellar cast, including Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Marc Evan Jackson, and Craig Cackowski. Sold out.
Nicole Atkins, Puss In Boots, Bad Girlfriend, Kay Kasperhausen @ The Bowery Electric
One of the better CBGB Fest shows tonight, featuring Nicole Atkins, Norah Jones' country band, Puss n' Boots, and garagey girl group, Bad Girlfriend.
Holloys (solo set featuring member of Rye Coalition), Wreaths, Danny Leo (ex-Native Nod) @ The Grand Victory
If you were wondering what it would sound like if a member of NJ rock n rollers Rye Coalition made jammier, trippier, and just overall weirder music, Holloys is the project for you. Fellow NJ band Wreaths is on this bill too.
Gold Panda, Slow Magic, Voices of Black @ Webster Hall
Gold Panda has been churning out some excellent IDM over the past few years, and he keeps getting bigger too: this is his largest headlining show in NYC yet.
Ginger Baker @ Iridium
One of the greatest living drummers of any genre, Ginger Baker is best known as one third of Cream but is a master of many styles. This is his second of a five-night run at Iridium, and tonight's show is part of the CBGB Festival too. 8 PM and 10 PM shows.
Ian Anderson @ Beacon Theatre
Let their be flutes! The Jethro Tull main man will be peforming Thick as a Brick in full.
Wolf People, Wild International, Bennio Qwerty @ Knitting Factory
If you'd like Tull vibes in a younger package, UK band Wolf People sound like they could be from 1973 -- proggy, riffy, and the occasional wind instrument. Quality locals Bennio Qwerty open this show.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jackson Scott @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Portland's jam-friendly psych rockers have been on tour pretty much this whole year and tonight is their third NYC show this year.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Doug Moore
"Like Noisem or Slutvomit (who also have a sweet record out this year), Oozing Wound juices up their thrash with ingredients from newer, scarier parts of the metal world. Where Noisem draws on death metal and Slutvomit borrows from black metal, these guys thicken their brew with sludge. The effect is like Slayer on an all-hamburger diet, or like High on Fire with a far larger thrash component. Incidentally, High on Fire is one of the three bands they list as an influence on their FB; the other two are Black Sabbath and...the Carpenters. Very funny, guys."Be sure to check out the whole spiel over at IO. Retrash comes out on 10/15 through Thrill Jockey (who are really digging into this metal stuff these days); preorder it here.
Oozing Wound are also gearing up for a run of East Coast/Midwestern North American dates. The tour hits New York City twice: first at Death By Audio on 10/30 with shoegaze trio The Dreebs, the gothy Pop 1280, and no wavers Sediment Club, and then again at Secret Project Robot on 11/3 with Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), Skimask, and Child Abuse (who also play this week). No advance tickets for those shows.
Stream Oozing Wound's "Call Your Guy", watch a video of a second song ("Welcome to the Spaceship, Motherfucker"), and check out the full run of dates below...
by Erick Hughes
You'd have to be a complete and total dodo to be unaware that Australia has been pumping out the finest in rock n' roll mayhem since, well, before you were born probably. Good thing for you, they're still at it, and going stronger than ever. You've got yer sensitive lads in groups like Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Royal Headache and you've got yer dwellers in squalor like Circle Pit and Slug Guts. And now, you've got the best of both worlds in Oz's newest and bestest combo -- Cuntz. The four mates in Cuntz are sensitive men who enjoy diving into the muck, rolling around in it, and then emerging with mischievous grins on their faces. And they are coming for you, America. With a brand new album (second LP this year!), Solid Mates, in tow, Cuntz are poised to take this nation by storm, capturing its heart and defiling its offspring.
The tour (their first in the US) kicks off in NYC on Thursday (9/12) at Death by Audio with Brooklyn goths Pop. 1280, Black Black Black, and Cyanide Tooth (ex-Golden Error). Then they play another Brooklyn show on Friday (9/13) at The Flat (308 Hooper St) with Degreaser and Yo! Bum Rush the Show. All tour dates, including Goner Fest, are listed below.
Cuntz's new LP, Solid Mates, is out this week and the video for its track "Never Felt Better," an addictive ode to childhood that recalls the best of fellow countrymen Total Control and Primitive Calculators, is making its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with a stream
s of two other album tracks of the whole LP and the list of all dates, below.
Pop 1280 have their latest LP Imps of Perversion due via Sacred Bones on August 6. The band spill the dirt on the new album -- and offer up some snippets from it as well -- in an interview video created by Michele Biss. You can watch, and stream the track "Lights Out," below.
The band will celebrate the new record with a release show at Death By Audio on August 3. Look for the Brooklyn gang to be joined by Pampers and Sunk Heaven at the $8 show. The band will also play Mercury Lounge on 8/16 with Chrome Cranks (tickets).
Updated dates are listed, along with that video and song stream, below
by Andrew Sacher
Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
NYC post-punks Pop. 1280 have announced that they will release the followup to 2012's The Horror with a new album, Imps of Perversion, on August 6 via Sacred Bones. On the first single, "Lights Out," they've got way thicker production than on the last album, and it only benefits their sound, which is dark and angry as ever. Stream that track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Pop. 1280 will be playing a hometown show as part of the Northside Festival, opening for like-minded band The Soft Moon at their previously announced 285 Kent show on Sunday (6/16). Another local band, Grooms, who also play a Exploding In Sound/Gimme Tinnitus show today (6/14), are on the bill too. Tickets for the 285 Kent show are still available.
That new song stream, album art, and tracklist, below...
Zola Jesus at Austin City Limits, Oct 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
While metal fans/bands (not to mention others) are pouncing upon the Mayan prophecies regarding the end of the world, the tongue-in-cheek attitude isn't limited to the distortion pedal set. Sacred Bones Records will use the occaision to celebrate their five year anniversary, scheduling a show the Mojave desert. Specifically, it goes down at Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace on December 21 with an impressive array from their current lineup: Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth, Lust For Youth, Psychic Ills, Wymond Miles, Pop 1280 and "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.
Congrats to Sacred Bones on their anniversary, maybe we'll see you on the other side... or maybe not.
The Rock Shop in Park Slope is open for drinking. Show is cancelled though.
Cypress Hill and Action Bronson at Best Buy Theater is postponed (new date TBA).
Public Assembly, who have another Action Bronson show coming up, will be closed Tuesday night.
Deftones and Scars on Broadway at Terminal 5 is postponed (new date TBA)
Dita Von Teese may or may not postpone Tuesday's show, one of four this week. UPDATE: Dita's Tuesday night show is cancelled, and a 2nd Thursday night one was added.
Journey and Pat Benatar/Neil Geraldo at the Barclays Center is cancelled.
The Freedom to Love Concert at Beacon Theater (with tons of artists scheduled to play it including Rufus Wainwright) is postponed (new date TBA).
The Tell Your Friends comedy show with Gilbert Gottfried, Myq Kaplan, Liam McEneaney, Rena Zager & more at The Bell House is postponed. (new date TBA)
Kitsune Club Night at Le Poisson Rouge with The Twelves, Yuksek, New Moods, JDH & Dave P is cancelled.
Le Poisson Rouge also says that Sean Hayes and Behind the Groove events have been canceled but "The Sean Hayes show will be rescheduled. All tickets will be honored."
Ute Lemper at Joe's Pub is cancelled.
Everything at 92nd Street Y is cancelled.
Lincoln Center will remain closed Tuesday.
All Rocks Off Concert Cruises are cancelled.
All events at BB King's are cancelled.
UPDATE: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are now also cancelled.
UPDATE: The Soft Moon/Pop 1280 show at Bowery Ballroom is cancelled.
UPDATE: Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, and Havana Brown at Highline Ballroom "is postponed due to weather complications Rescheduled date will be announced as soon as possible. All tickets will be honored." Rita Ora's Philly show was also cancelled.
Keep checking this post for updates.
Monday's cancellations are listed HERE.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Cold Showers - Violent Cries (MP3)
Los Angeles' Cold Showers are currently on tour, playing Glasslands tonight (9/20) with The Soft Moon and ERAAS on their way to the Pop Montreal which started last night and runs through the weekend. Tickets are still available.
After Pop Montreal, Cold Showers will head back across the Canadian border, playing the Midwest before heading back to NYC to play WIERD night at Home Sweet Home on October 2. It will be a release party for Cold Showers' debut album, Love and Regret, which comes out 10/9 on Mexican Summer. Recalling late-'80s bands like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Sisters of Mercy, it's dark and brooding but with ample hooks and melody, perfect for the fall weather ahead. The group just released a new track from the album, "Violent Cries," which you can download above or stream below along with previously-released "BC."
Meanwhile, ERAAS' self-titled debut will be out October 2 and is on the shadowier side of the street, relying on heavy atmosphere, tribal rhythms and plaintive vocals to pull the listener into their world. You can stream a couple tracks from their album below. ERAAS will also open for San Francisco post punks Weekend at Cameo on Tuesday (9/25) (rescheduled from August) and tickets to that show are still available.
And headliners The Soft Moon release their second album, Zeros, on October 30. Like their debut, it owes more than a little to mid-'80s 4AD and WaxTrax! discographies and is maybe even more creepy/claustrophobic than their first, loaded with driving, watery basslines and deep-freeze synths. Check out recently-released track "Insides" from the album below. If you can't make it to the show tonight, The Soft Moon will be back to play Bowery Ballroom on October 30 with Pop. 1280 and Group Rhoda. Tickets are still available.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: METZ - Headache (MP3)
As mentioned before and worth doing so again, Toronto's METZ are on tour and in town, with two chances to see them in NYC: tonight (8/31) at Pianos with Birds & Batteries, Writer and ILLUMNTR (tickets); and then Saturday (9/1) at Death by Audio with Pop. 1280 and Herzog Rising. Updated tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
METZ's debut album for Sub Pop is due out October 9 and jettisons through 11 songs in under a half an hour and does a surprisingly good job of bringing the band's propulsive, concussive live energy to tape. There's a big dose of AmRep style punk, but there's a hooky-ness to the white squall. Still, it's no match for their live show which is intense and frighteningly loud. Sometimes sheer volume is needed for that crushing feeling in your chest, not your ears. (Earplugs are suggested, unless you wanna fast-track tinnitus.) You can download "Headache" at the top of this post.
For tonight's show, METZ are on one of the earlier slots. You could probably slip out afterwords and still make it to Italian glampunks Giuda's set down the street at Cake Shop, which would make for a pretty fun night.
A list of all tour dates and an album teaser video are below.
Xeno & Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC synth goth vets Ike Yard played a NYC show earlier this year with contempory NYC synth goths Xeno & Oaklander, and now the two will team up again, this time bringing along another group of goth newcomers, Led Er Est. The three groups will play a late show at 285 Kent on September 7, which starts at midnight (so technically Saturday, September 8). No advance tickets for this one at the moment ($9 at the door), and more details on the show are below.
Xeno & Oaklander have a few other upcoming NYC appearances as well. They'll give a lecture at Public Assembly on September 16 called 'Analog as the New Folk,' where they'll discuss the analog synthesizer as the new folk instrument. The lecture is free and all ages. As mentioned, Xeno & Oaklander will also open the first of two Silver Apples shows in NYC. They support the band at their Public Assembly show (10/4) with Man Forever and La Big Vic (tickets), which happens one day before Silver Apples plays 92YTribeca (10/5) with CFCF and Win Win (tickets).
Meanwhile, Led Er Est member Shawn Devin O'Sullivan will play Death by Audio's Modular Synth Winter Solstice on September 22 (though we're pretty sure that's actually the fall solstice). This event follow's DbA's Modular Synth Summer Solstice, which went down this past June. Joining Shawn Devin O'Sullivan on the lineup will be DeTrop (Ryan Martin of Dais Records), Retribution Body, Matthew Regula (of Telecult Powers), and Nathan Cearley (of Long Distance Poison).
In related news, Led Er Est's Sacred Bones labelmates Pop. 1280 will be going on a short tour this September. The tour kicks off on September 1 at Death by Audio with METZ and Herzog Rising, and culminates in their appearance at Hopscotch Music Fest. After that tour, Pop. 1280 will support The Soft Moon at their previously discussed Bowery Ballroom show (10/30). That show is also with Group Rhoda and tickets are still available. The Soft Moon also play Glasslands on September 20 with Cold Showers and ERAAS (tickets).
A list of all dates, plus videos, are below.
photos by Phil Maier, words by BBG
King Dude @ Home Sweet Home
King Dude played his first NYC show with a full band in tow at Home Sweet Home on April 11th as part of "Wierd Wednesdays" at Home Sweet Home. The show was a rare one-off on the East Coast for the Seattle-based goth artist, and one of a very small number of shows for TJ Cowgill (also Book of Black Earth) overall, though you can catch him in Austin at Chaos in Tejas this year as part of a bill that includes Iceage (who play NYC twice in the coming months), Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Kindest Lines, Dangerous Boys Club, Anasazi (who play Acheron next week), RØSENKØPF (them too), and YOU.
Pop 1280, who will embark on a US tour in May, play a NYC show at Death By Audio on Saturday (4/14) as part of a record release celebration for White Suns's new LP Sinews. Stream that release in its entirety at Spin now. Pop 1280 also play a Brooklyn show with O'Death in May.
King Dude pictures from Home Sweet Home are below.
King Dude "will be playing his first show with an accompanied band" TONIGHT at Home Sweet Home (4/11) as part of the ongoing Wierd Wednesday at the venue. The show is a one-off for the gothic crooner, who is also scheduled to play Chaos in Tejas in Austin with Iceage Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Kindest Lines, Dangerous Boys Club, Anasazi, RØSENKØPF, and YOU.
King Dude released the Love LP last year and is prepping the new "You Can Break My Heart" b/w "Devil's Tail" 7", a new LP due this summer, and a split with the mighty Urfaust soon. Stream all of Love below.
In other news, RØSENKØPF have released a new song from their self-titled debut for Wierd Records. Stream "Burning Spirits" from that record below. Look for RØSENKØPF to play NYC next on 4/20 at Acheron with Puerto Rico Flowers (ex-Clockcleaner, their final show), Anasazi and York Factory Complaint.Catch RØSENKØPF in July when they open for Iceage at one of their two just-announced NYC dates.
All streams are below.
Don't confuse Balaclavas with another similarly-named band that played our Deathmatch day party in Austin recently. The Houston band with the plural name, who dabble in Birthday-Party like post-punk, are currently on the road after a round of dates surrounding SXSW, and will team with In School (ex-Household), Herzog Rising, and Rutilated Powerhaus (mem of Rosenkopf) to play Death By Audio TONIGHT (3/27). The shows are in support of the band's Second Sight EP, which is streamable in full below.
As discussed, Herzog Rising is also scheduled to play a second show at Death By Audio soon (on April 7th), this time with Kim Phuc, Pop 1280 and Family Curse.
Stream the new Balaclavas EP and the Herzog Rising Demo below alongside all tour dates and some video....
A Storm of Light at the Tone Deaf showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
A Storm of Light plays NYC TONIGHT as part of a round of dates with Mustard Gas & Roses (mem Isis) and Magic Circle. Tickets are still available for the Saint Vitus show. The band recently played a round of dates surrounding SXSW including the Tone Deaf showcase (pictures). Tonight's show is in direct competition with Hull, Mutilation Rites, Batillus and Trenchgrinder at Acheron, the latter two of which played Lovejoy's as part of the BV Day Party. Hull also played Red 7 with Fear on 3/15, which was down the street from Pallbearer, Screaming Females, Ringworm & Power Trip (pictures).
Punk rock crew Kim Phuc will team with Family Curse and Herzog Rising to play Death By Audio on April 7th. The show is one of a few notable and recently added shows at the space, including April 14th with White Suns (who have a new LP on Load, stream a song below), Pop 1280, and Richard, April 28th with Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot & Vaura, and 4/29 with a mystery guest, Child Abuse, Behold...The Arctopus and PAK.
Check out the recent Decibel Flexi of In Solitude covering Samhain's "Mother of Mercy".
Youth Attack have updated their site with orders for the new Salvation House of the Beating Hell EP, new second Hoax EP, a new ARTS LP Thousand Wounds of War, and so much more. Head to their site for more details (I recommend the Hoax, ARTS and Salvation records).
If you missed it, we posted two sets of pictures from Deatmatch during SXSW (SET 1, SET 2), a set of pictures from Lovejoy's during SXSW, my official showcase during SXSW, and pictures from our bridge show. We welcomed a new EP from Cop Problem, interviews with Black God, new shows from Ilsa, Rorschach, Old Man Gloom, D-Clone, Young Widows, Autopsy and more. Got stoked and then immediately diappointed with the Kiss it Goodbye reunion and scratched our heads in disbelief at the "Death to All" reunion and Wolvhammer cover of The Cure (the latter in a positive way).
More suggested shows, a stream of a new Horseback song, the Split Cranium LP (with Aaron of Isis and members of Circle) a 16 song, an Author & Punisher song, a White Suns song and more is below. What did I miss?
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: TOPS - Turn Your Love Around (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (For Real For Sure For You) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)
It begins. Bands from all over the world -- England! Canada! Sweden! New Zealand! Virginia! -- descend on New York as they beat a path to Austin for this year's SXSW. Which is good for those who aren't going, as well as folks who are but want to see bands play longer than 25 minutes and aren't strung out on a four-day diet of free breakfast tacos, Vitamin Water and Amstel Light. There's lots more going on than what is covered below, but it's what I'm interested in over the next few days.
New Captured Tracks signee Mac DeMarco is in town from Vancouver to play a couple shows. He plays an all-C/T bill tonight (3/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with DIVE, Hoop Dreams and headliners Beach Fossils (sold out), and then Glasslands tomorrow (3/3) with headliners Widowspeak and Quilt.
Demarco, who used to record under the name Makeout Videotapes, has a smoky baritone that is part Chris Isaak and part Tindersticks. His music owes a little to Isaak as well, with an early '60s vibe (Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent) by way of '80s neon, all on a four-track budget. You can check debut "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans" from his debut, Rock n' Roll Hotel (out 3/20) at the top of this post, which is indicative of what Demarco is all about. You can also watch the video for "Only You" which is kind of NSFW. Dude's a provocateur.
Tonight's MHoW show is the first NYC show we've had from Blacksburg, VA's Hoop Dreams in a long while. They were good when I saw them at Glasslands last year and have the potential to be breakouts for the label if they ever get around to releasing another record (only a single so far). Live, they're more in the Arcade Fire/Editors anthemic style than the single might suggest. It will also be a good opportunity to hear new music from Beach Fossils who are busy at work on their second LP.
And of course, DIVE, who are probably one of the more exciting live bands in Brooklyn right now and are a definite SXSW must-see if you don't live here and have the opportunity to catch them twice a week like we currently do. (They're also touring with Frankie Rose in April.) The show is sold out tonight, but I'd be shocked if there weren't tickets at the door at least when the box office opens.
Montreal band TOPS are playing 285 Kent tomorrow night as part of a killer bill that includes Blood Orange, Phone Tag and Caged Animals. The four-piece is comprised of most (if not all) of MTL's Silly Kissers who played here a few times over the last few years and were a little on the precious side (they sometimes wore mime makeup). TOPS, however, are more in the Ariel Pink/Puro Instict brand of minimal keyboard pop. Their debut, Tender Opposites, came out this week on Artibus Records, which is also home to Grimes (in Canada). You can download "Turn Your Love Around" at the top of this post and stream the whole thing (and watch the further down.
As you may have read, 285 headliners Caged Animals will open the Official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase on March 14 at Bar 69 which also includes Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, 2:54, The Young and one more TBA. If you haven't heard their tuneful, charming debut Eat Their Own yet, it's still streamable at their BandCamp. And they're terrific live.
So is Blood Orange, despite it just being Dev Hynes, his guitar and a laptop. I saw him last weekend at Glasslands where he spent as much time in the crowd as he did on stage. I do wish he'd get a band, but the one-man Blood Orange is a lot of fun. I haven't seen Phone Tag in a while, but I dig their brand of '80s synthpop.
Sunday night (3/4) at Bowery Ballroom is the NYC debut of Swedish duo Korallreven, one half of which is The Radio Dept.'s Daniel Tjäder. I like their debut album a lot, all lush, synth-driven dream pop but, like a lot of music like this, I wonder how they're going to make it an interesting concert experience. I envision two guys behind laptops and keyboards bobbing their heads and singing, with some projections and hopefully smoke machines. Maybe they could move the downstairs couches to the main room? Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see. I'm sure it will sound great in any case. If you haven't heard them yet, you can download "Sa Sa Samoa" in regular and remixed form at the top of this post and watch the video at the bottom of this post. Also playing: Lemonade and Young Magic.
Also playing Sunday night, at Cameo, is Bachelorette -- aka New Zealander Annabel Alpers who I think lives here now. Buoyed by Alpers delicate, breathy voice, Bachelorette make ethereal synthpop not miles away from The Magnetic Fields, with whom she's going on tour for seven shows. (All dates at the bottom of this post.) I liked it better when she had a band, but the loop pedal incarnation is pretty lovely too. You can check out a couple videos below or stream her most recent album on Spotify.
Young Prisms at the Comet, Seattle (photo by Finest Kiss)
And looking into early next week, San Francisco's Young Prisms and Austin's Boy Friend are at Glasslands on Monday (3/5). Young Prisms new album, In Between, is out March 27 on Kanine and is a real step forward for the band. Their still mining first-wave shoegaze, but the songs are much stronger this time out with a couple that go for jangly Velocity Girl style pop. They will be very loud I guarantee you. Boy Friend will make a nice opener, with their hazy, 4-AD miasma vibe. You can download MP3s from both bands at the top of this post. Also playing, seemingly from another show, are Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Tanks Amigo.
That's the big stuff for the next four days. But wait, there's more. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above:
The Young Empires at M for Montreal 2011
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Like Friendly Fires and Foals? Check out Toronto's Young Empires are at Glasslands, with Saint Motel, Fan-Tan, and Transmission NYC (DJ set).
Expect a wild evening at Death by Audio with "original line-up" Tyvek, plus Habibi, Feelings and the Numerators. Stick-in-the-muds, go see something else!
Boston's pop veterans The Figgs play Littlefield. The band's new double album, The Day Gravity Stopped, is out sometime soon.