Entries tagged with: Porcelain Raft
Missy Mazzoli (photo by Stephen S. Taylor)
Brooklyn composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli, who's responsible for the 2012 opera Song from the Uproar (among other works), is releasing a new album with her ensemble Victoire, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and three of the Roomful of Teeth vocalists (who she's worked with before) called Vespers for a New Dark Age on March 31 via New Amsterdam Records. Vespers for a New Dark Age premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 during the Ecstatic Music Festival. A review of that on Baeble Music reads:
A year in the making, "Vespers for a New Dark Age" presents a real, raw presentation of how people confront issues with technology, death and God. The piece holds a strong emotional connection to the listener that is undeniable alongside the poetry of Zapruder. I held my breath through each sonic build-up and transition hoping not to miss a note, letting out a huge breath of air once the music had slowed down--stunned, attentive and trying to perceive my own thoughts through the intensity of the piece.The album concludes with a remix by Lorna Dune (who's also in Victoire) of "A Thousand Tongues," which features vocals from Deidre of Savoir Adore. You can listen to that remix, with a trailer for Vespers for a New Dark Age, below.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will be celebrating the album live on a short tour with a great and indie-oriented bill of Glasser and Noveller. Those dates begin with a release party in NYC on May 7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will also team up before that at a concert headlined by the legendary Meredith Monk at Carnegie Hall on March 22. Meredith will be performing with a vocal ensemble, and there's also the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Don Byron, DJ Spooky, Future Quest, John Zorn and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Missy has other upcoming events as well, including more in NYC. Her piece Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos will be performed by Shai Wosner and the Parker Quartet on January 28 at Kaufmann Concert Hall, along with works by Kurtág and Schubert (tickets), and she'll perform with ETHEL, Mivos Quarter, Marnie Breckenridge, Joey Redhage, Nathan Schram and Robert Simonds at Columbia University's Miller Theatre on February 5 (tickets). More of Missy's events can be found here.
In related news, Victoire tourmate Noveller plays a release show for her previously-discussed new album, Fantastic Planet, two days after it comes out at Cameo on January 29. That show will be headlined by Porcelain Raft, and Ponyhof opens. Tickets are on sale.
Videos and tour dates below...
Ben Watt at Joe's Pub in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt released his second solo album (first in 30 years) this year and played shows in NYC and LA to promote it. He'll be returning in December to hit more parts of the U.S., wrapping up his visit with another NYC show: Le Poisson Rouge on December 9 with Porcelain Raft. Tickets are on sale now. Note that, unlike his last visit, this is a solo tour. Bernard Butler will not be with him.
In other news Watt is releasing an EP featuring remixes of album cuts "Golden Ratio" and "Nathaniel" by Ewan Pearson and Charles Webster. That'll be out via Watt's Buzzin Fly label on November 17.
Porcelain Raft also has a sole CMJ date scheduled, the car2go/doNYC/FreeWilliamsburg showcase happening on October 25 at Cameo with Darkside's Dave Harrington Group, Excepter, Lydia Ainsworth and Buscabulla. The show is free with RSVP.
All Ben Watt tour dates are listed below...
Julianna Barwick at the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sleep No More performer Emily Terndrup and La Blogotheque director Derrick Belcham have a new project called "Debut," which merges "independent music, contemporary dance theater and large-scale art installations." The music was written and will be performed by a very impressive cast of Julianna Barwick, Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft), Ruby Kato Attwood and John Ancheta (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan), David Moore (Bing & Ruth), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Hannah Epperson, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama) and Reed Smidebush (Muuny). Here's more:
"Debut" is an expansive evening of divergent and evolving paths through an experiential narrative, and tells the story of a group of teenagers who break into an abandoned building on the evening of their senior prom. Throughout the evening, the music, lighting, costume and set design will actively evolve to reflect the shifting perspectives of the characters and audience.The show premieres in Queens on October 7-9 at the Knockdown Center, the same place that hosted Hardcore Activity In Progress and M.I.A. / A$AP Ferg earlier this year. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now. Trailer below.
"Debut" follows Terndrup and Belcham's production of "The Wilder Papers," which they staged at the Knockdown Center this past June with music/performances from Barwick, Fleet Foxes' Skyler Skjelset, Noveller, Porcelain Raft and Hannah Epperson. Check out a video of some highlights below.
Julianna Barwick plays NYC again not longer after "Debut" at the Pitchfork/Blackened Music-presented "Tinnitus" show with Ben Frost and Oneirogen on October 18 at The Wick. Tickets for that show are still available.
Prince Rama are also performing at the NY Art Book Fair.
"Debut" trailer and "The Wilder Papers" highlights video below...
by Bill Pearis
Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.
The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).
All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.
Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.
Kvelertak at the Studio at Webster Hall, May 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Kvelertak, Extinction AD, Kosmodemonic @ Saint Vitus
Kvelertak pull from some of the biggest rock giants of all time (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ramones) and inject blackish vocals and a party attitude that's really entirely their own. This is a much smaller show than the larger venues they've been playing opening on tour for Mastodon, and is sold out.
Fredo Santana, Black Dave @ Highline Ballroom
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana made his NYC debut just a few months ago at Santos Party House, and now he's already on to the much larger Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available.
Owen Pallett, Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom
Having collaborated with Arcade Fire, Brian Eno and others in the last year, Owen Pallett straddles the line between pop musician and composer, a tightrope act he walks deftly on new album In Conflict. Read our recent interview.
Metronomy, Cloud Control @ Webster Hall
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, was an all-analogue affair, coming off more like something from the '70s, though still viewed through leader Joe Mount's quirky worldview. Live, it's a little more dancey and a a little more magenta.
Blood Red Shoes, Radkey, Rad Dreams @ Glasslands
Brighton, UK duo Blood Red Shoes raise a ruckus, making highly danceable rock (and putting on a well-regarded live show). The band's self-titled fourth album came out in March.
The Faint, Suuns, Darren Keen @ MHOW
Dancepunk vets The Faint released their first new album in six year, Doom Abuse, back in April which finds them picking up pretty much where they left off. Tonight's the first of three NYC shows. Don't miss Montreal's Suuns who open.
Howler, Frankie Teardrop @ Mercury Lounge
Minneapolis' Howler are descendants of The Replacements' sloppy guitar pop tradition, as heard on the band's new album, World Of Joy, which owes more than a little to The Strokes lineage as well.
Divining Rod, Small Apartments, Hamish Kilgour, The Dead Blue Sea @ Cake Shop
Diving Rod is the new band from Miyuki Furtado who used to co-front The Rogers Sisters. Check out the band's new single below. Also playing: Clean drummer (and Brooklyn resident) Hamish Kilgour.
Here We Go Magic, Gospels, Porcelain Raft @ Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
This is a free outdoor show, and the official pre-party for the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon. 8 PM.
Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets with Allen Toussaint, Daedelus, Amp Fiddler, David Murray, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Shigeto, Petra Haden, Jherek Bischoff and more @ Town Hall
Like last year, this year's Red Bull Music Academy will feature a 'Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets' which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like it is. Two musicians share the stage improvising, one leaves and a different one joins. Rinse repeat. Tonight's lineup includes electronic producers Daedelus and Shigeto, guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more.
Eddie Izzard @ Beacon Theatre
Eddie Izzard brings his current show, "Force Majeure," to North America and this is his second of three NYC shows at Beacon Theatre.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's packed bill features Mike Recine, Greg Barris, Jake Weisman, John Early, Kara Klenk, Baron Vaughn, and Roger Hailes.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)
One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.
Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.
by Bill Pearis
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.
I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.
by Bill Pearis
UK band Eagulls will be in NYC next week for CMJ and we already knew they were playing the free Kanine/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 and an evening showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 18 (sold out, but some badges will be accepted).
The band have added a few more shows while here: they'll play the NME showcase on October 16 at Glasslands with Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Courtney Barnett, and Theo Verney (tickets); and the Bowery Presents day party on October 19 at Pianos (line-up TBA). They're also playing one of BrooklynVegan's CMJ-week shows too, more on that very soon. All Eagulls CMJ dates -- with set times and full show line-ups where available -- are listed below.
Meanwhile, Eagulls have released the b-side to their new UK 7" which is a cover of Killing Joke's "Requiem." You can check out the video for the killer a-side, "Nerve Endings," below as well.
Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre violinist Sarah Neufeld released her new album of instrumental compositions, Hero Brother, last month via Constellation Records. You can stream the whole record below. When playing solo violin work, having a room with good acoustics can be as intrinsic as the performance and in the case of this live video, both are pretty spectacular. Working with director Tracy Maurice, she performs "Tower" 156 feet below the earth at Howe Caverns in Schoharie County, NY. Maurice, who also shot the cover art there, says:
I had worked with Sarah before when I did the artwork for Funeral, Neon Bible and the first Bell Orchestre album. I was really exciting for me to work with her on her solo project and to have the chance to collaborate with her/ to interpret her singular vision. The textures/feeling of the cave really complimented the sound, the haunting echos/vocals, oscillating between ambient and raw energy...something both powerful and vulnerable that I love about her work.We've got the premiere of that video in this post and you can watch it below.
Meahwhile you can catch Neufeld live in NYC when she opens for Porcelain Raft on October 4 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that show are still available. This is her only upcoming date. She'll soon be very busy with Arcade Fire, though, probably, as their much-anticipated new album, Reflektor, comes out October 29.
DOWNLOAD: Porcelain Raft - Think of the Ocean (MP3)
As mentioned, Dirty Beaches play Glasslands on Friday (6/28) which is opened by Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi). He will be playing his recent Silent Speech EP in full, which you can stream below. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, he's also announced a new album, Permanent Signal, which will be out August 20 via Secretly Canadian. The album has a decidedly more organic feel that Poreclain Raft's previous work. Says Reiddi, "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with." Those musicians include Yuck's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers' bassist Darby Cicci (who also engineered the record), and cellist (and Sufjan Stevens colaborator) Gaspar Claus. You can download the album's first single, "Think of the Ocean," above and watch the video, which Remiddi directed, below.
While no tour has been announced, Porcelain Raft does have a couple other NYC dates. He plays Glasslands again on September 5 and tickets are now on sale. Then this fall Porcelain Raft plays Mercury Lounge on October 4. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (6/28) at noon.
Album art, tracklist, EP stream and music video, below...
As mentioned, Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) just released a new double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil (stream it via Spotify), and is in NYC this week for two shows. He plays a solo set at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (6/26) where he'll focus on Drifters material, a show that also features Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Xray Eyeballs (sold out). On Friday (6/28) at Glasslands he'll do a collaborative set with Heathered Pearls & Eola (Ed from TONSTARTSSBANDHT) and an opening set from Porcelain Raft. Tickets to Glasslands are still available. For more on the Glasslands show, Alex Zhang Hungtai explains:
So in essence, Glasslands show will be focusing on translating the music from LOVE IS THE DEVIL to a live audience. You might not recognize any of the songs for this night, because we will be tearing apart the songs completely into sections, reassemble them, and present this music in hopes of achieving the same potency of the emotions I caught on recording, alone at night, in Berlin, completely isolated.You can read more on this at Dirty Beaches' blog. Meanwhile, Dirty Beaches have just announced a proper North American tour with the full band which will happen in September, including another NYC show, this time at Bowery Ballroom on 9/6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/28) at noon.
The September tour is with SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. SISU are wrapping recording their debut album (mostly played by Vu). To tide you over, the band just made a video for "Two Thousand Hands" from this spring's Light Eyes EP. You can watch it at SPIN. West Coast and Southwest dates are also with Chasms. All dates are listed, plus the SISU video, below.
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
photos by Joe McCabe
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Drowners - Long Hair (MP3)
We mentioned in passing that local four-piece The Drowners are opening for The Vaccines and Porcelain Raft at Webster Hall on April 23. If you're free tonight (4/17), you can go see them at Pianos for free. They're on at 11:30 and the bill also features Broncho (feat. Ryan Lindsey of Starlight Mints) and NYC band Brothers.
The Drowners don't seem to have been around long (they started their Facebook page last month!) but the two songs posted are pretty good, UK-leaning (singer Matt Hitt is from Wales), breezy guitar pop that recalls the lighter side of the Arctic Monkeys or laid back Californians The Tyde. (Their name makes me think of Suede's debut single.) You can download "Long Hair" at the top of this post (or stream it below) and there's a second song you can stream at their Tumblr.
Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).Jonathan Toubin!!
This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.
Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.
Porcelain Raft at Webster Hall in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porcelain Raft, who made quite an impression at their MHOW show with Youth Lagoon, who they're still currently on tour with, has added another NYC show to their schedule. They'll be back for a show at Mercury Lounge on June 1 with Firehorse (not fIREHOSE) and Jane Jane Pollock. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, 4/20 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/18) at noon.
Porcelain Raft recently released the video for "Drifting In and Out" off his 2012 debut LP, Strange Weekend. Check out that video and all dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo via loganhyde
Youth Lagoon's tour brought him to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/28) for his second of two sold out NYC shows. Pictures from the first night at Bowery Ballrom (3/27) are HERE.
The show began with a set from Buffalo, NY's Cemeteries, the recording moniker of Kyle J. Reigle (he has a band live). Last night and the previous night's Youth Lagoon shows were the second time Cemeteries played NYC, having first opened for Howler this past January. Not the most exciting band to watch, but they had a nice batch of catchy dream pop songs and didn't overstay their welcome. You can catch them in NYC again when they open for Gauntlet Hair in April.
Up next was Porcelain Raft, whose live set up now includes main Porcelain Raft guy Mauro Remiddi and a live drummer. After walking on stage, Remiddi triggered a drum/synth loop and for about 6 seconds. They sounded like what I pictured Porcelain Raft sounding like live, until the explosive drumming and soaring guitar came in. For someone who seemed so set on abandoning his rock band for the bedroom musician approach, Mauro Remiddi looked like he was meant to be on stage. He moved around as if he was backed by a full band, traded melodic parts with noise guitar freakouts, and kept an overall confident demeanor on stage. His drummer was as charismatic behind the kit as Remiddi was behind the mic, and he rotated between high energy rock beats and crescendoing sound pieces that fell somewhere between the noise breakdowns of Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and the improvisational rhythms of Joanna Newsom's Neal Morgan.
Youth Lagoon, who I personally had not seen live before, finally took the stage a bit before 11 PM, opening with "Afternoon," off of his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, which he played all of, in addition to both tracks on the bonus 7". Like others have said, I wish he would get a live drummer, but I was surprised at how loud he sounded with the drum machine and how much it got the crowd dancing (and fist bumping).
Trevor Powers and his guitarist Logan Hyde definitely know what they're doing on stage, but the intimacy that makes The Year of Hibernation such an appealing album was lost in the live setting. Trevor sang without reverb/distortion and revealed that he's actually got an incredible set of pipes, but I thought it took away one of the album's most attractive aesthetics. Members of the crowd didn't help and were in part to blame for taking other listeners out of the moment (the quietest parts of songs were met with football fan cheers of "YEAH TREVOR"). That's out of the band's control, but it just acted as another signifier that maybe these songs only belong in the bedroom. I know it's selfish of me to imply Youth Lagoon shouldn't move forward in his career (just look at how far Bon Iver has gone), and it wouldn't be fair to call the show a disappointment (again, they did play really well and the crowd was very into it), but it just wasn't the experience I expected (or was looking for).
YL continues on tour. All dates and the setlist from the Brooklyn show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Chicago band The Smith Westerns headlined the final date on their tour with Porcelain Raft and Bleached on Saturday 2/4 in Milwaukee, four days after the band hit Webster Hall on 1/31. Pictures from the NYC date are in this post.
Porcelain Raft blogged their way through the US tour and will head to Europe for a string of dates, presumably blogging on the way. Check out a recent video for "Unless You Speak From Your Heart" by the band below.
If you missed Bleached, make sure and check them out at Knitting Factory on Saturday (2/11) with their tour-mates Black Belles. Tickets are still available for the show which also features the recently-renamed Bleeding Rainbow and Habibi.
All tour dates, that video and more more pictures from Webster Hall are below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: My Best Fiend - "Higher Palms" (MP3)
My Best Fiend
Brooklyn band My Best Fiend recently signed to Warp Records, who will release their debut LP, In Ghostlike Fading, on February 21 in North America and a day earlier elsewhere. There's a sort of catchy, soaring psych rock to the new single, "Cracking Eggs," which features the guest vocals of Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, and ends in a shattering refrain. Stream that and the bluesy album opener, "Higher Palms," below, the latter of which you can also grab an MP3 of above. The album's artwork and tracklist is below too. You can pre-order it now at Bleep.
My Best Fiend have two hometown shows coming up this month including one TONIGHT (1/11) with Porcelain Raft at Cameo Gallery (they play "after Porcelain Raft and before Crinkles") and another at Glasslands on January 27 opening for fellow Brooklynites/Warp labelmates The Hundred in the Hands. Bikini is also on the bill and so is a DJ set by Bear in Heaven. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Speaking of Bear in Heaven, they'll kick off a tour this spring in honor of their upcoming LP, I Love You, It's Cool. That tour includes NYC shows on May 8 at Bowery Ballroom and May 9 at MHOW. Tickets for both shows are still available.
All dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Porcelain Raft at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Porcelain Raft is releasing his debut LP, Strange Weekend, on January 24 via Secretly Canadian, and kicking off a long tour next week in support of it, which includes dates with M83 and a Webster Hall show on January 31 with Smith Westerns and Bleached. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still on sale.
Before the tour starts, he'll play a NYC show at Cameo Gallery on Wednesday (1/11) with My Best Fiend (who is playing second) and Crinkles (who is headlining).
No openers have been announced yet and there are no advance tickets.
Though Strange Weekend is Porcelain Raft's first full length, he's put out a number of releases over the past two years (including the Gone Blind EP) and the album feels like the culminating statement of all of the material he has been working on. Like on his earlier EPs, he's bringing in a lot of sounds to Strange Weekend, but ultimately determined to keep the sound small. When gentle acoustic guitars come in over synths and beats, and subtle effects wash over his slightly Dan Bejar-ish voice, it sounds like a complete work, yet never tries to escape the confines of his bedroom walls. The Lennon-esque approach to dream pop taken here is hard not to compare to the most recent Atlas Sound album, and fans of that album will likely find something of interest in Strange Weekend. The video for the first single "Put Me to Sleep" and a stream for the new single, "Unless You Speak From Your Heart," are both below.
Updated dates, video, and stream below...
Smith Westerns at MHOW in October (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
After releasing their sophomore LP Dye It Blonde at the beginning of this year, Smith Westerns have gone on a number of tours in support of it, most recently opening for Arctic Monkeys which culminated in a MHOW show at the end of last month. They'll continue in 2012 with a headlining tour that will bring the band back to NYC on January 31 on Webster Hall with Porcelain Raft and Bleached. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/16) at noon. Other dates on this tour haven't been revealed yet, but the tour announcement should come soon. Meanwhile those from the band's hometown of Chicago can catch them for free on 12/2 at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Speaking of Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi), he recently signed to Secretly Canadian and will release his debut full length, Strange Weekend, on the label on January 24. You can stream album track "Put Me to Sleep" below, along with the album's tracklist. The show with Smith Westerns takes place during a break in Porcelain Raft's European tour with M83. All Porcelain Raft dates are listed below.
All dates, song stream, and tracklist below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Parts & Labor @ Union Pool
Chris stopped by the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans CMJ showcase at Union Pool on Wednesday night, but left after catching one of Parts & Labor's last-ever shows to check out the raucous Davila 666 at Knitting Factory (you can catch them again this Saturday night opening for the Black Lips). Pictures from his night continue below...
by Bill Pearis
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DOWNLOAD: Radiation City - The Color of Industry (MP3)
I think Wednesday is my favorite day for CMJ day parties. You get a lot of good bands, but it's not insanely packed like the weekend shows. And this year, there are a lot of great Wednesday afternoon options.
Before we get into it, I would like to say that Spotify has been a giant help in checking out music from bands playing and if you have the service, I recommend using it. (If you don't, chances are someone you know has invites to give out.) Much easier than Googling for Bandcamp, Soundcloud or (heaven forbid) Myspace sites. Spotify doesn't have everything, but it has most everything. I've got a CMJ 2011 Playlist that I update when I find something new and interesting which you're welcome to check out.
[editor's note/update/disclaimer: Spotify has partnered with us on all BV CMJ events this year, but Bill did not know that when he wrote that above paragraph, so please no conspiracy theories!]
Anyway, day shows:
PICK OF THE DAY: Under the Radar party at Public Assembly has a line-up that is pretty hard to beat, including one of my favorite bands of late, Still Corners whose chilly, majestic debut, Creatures of an Hour, came out last week on Sub Pop. Check out an MP3 of new single "Into the Trees" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole album at the bottom. Public Assembly is good and dark, ideal for their trippy accompanying lightshow. Still Corners also play Public Assembly Wednesday night which must be nice for them not having to schlep their gear around. They also play tomorrow at our day party at Knitting Factory and then the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night.
Also playing at Public Assembly: Norway's super-fun Casiokids, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger (who maybe you caught last night with Wild Flag at Bowery Ballroom), the retro funk of The Stepkids (who also play our TBA Saturday party at Public Assembly), plus Chad Valley, Porcelain Raft. It's kind of a slam-dunk show.
THEN AGAIN... the folks at Terrorbird Media have put together a pretty great show at Cake Shop. It kicks off with newish, shit-hot Brooklyn garage-soul band The Immaculates who are worth showing up early for. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. Then it's Virginia's Eternal Summers who have really come into their own since expanding from a duo to a trio.
Then it's Gospel Music which is Owen Holmes who used to be in CMJ 2007 buzz band Black Kids but now makes indiepop somewhere between Stephin Merrit and Jonathan Richman (which is a definite sweet spot for me.) Holmes got help from Hefner's Darren Hayman, Camera Obscura's Traceyanne Campbell and others on last year's Duets EP, but for his full-length debut, How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL, he shares the mike full-time with fellow Jacksonville resident Madeline Long. Check out an MP3 of first single "This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us" and watch the video (which features his old Black Kids pals) at the bottom. Gospel Music's other CMJ dates are down there as well.
Of course the nice thing about the Lower East Side is that every venue around there has a day show. At Pianos there's the We Listen For You party with Arms, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Jr. and Headless Horseman in the main room; upstairs it's the Big Hassle Media party with Radiation City, Aeroplane Pagaent, Clubfeet, Marques Toliver, J. Viewz, Pyramids and Army Navy.
If you're in the Ludlow area, do try and check out Portland's Radiation City (3PM) who've made one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop. Papercuts covering The Free Design? Add in some Mazzy Star smokiness and you're almost there. Check out "The Color of Industry" at the top of this post, and go seem them live at some point this week. Radiation City also play the PASTE party at The Living Room today too (4PM) and have shows this week, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
That PASTE party, which goes from 4 - 7 PM also features Lord Huron, Santah and The Lonely Forest.
And finally over at Fontanas (which you may remember from BV day parties of old or episodes of Louie) is this year's Pirate! Island party with a pretty good bunch of bands too: Canada's Hollerado, Nick Diamonds, Fairmont, Army Navy, The Great Book of John and The One & Nines. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Click through for flyers (including a couple day shows I didn't mention), streams, videos and set times. I'll have Wednesday nighttime picks a little later.
photos by Tamara Porras
AMNY: When did you discover the music of the '90s?Yuck played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Porcelain Raft this past week. Gross Magic was also supposed to play both shows, but cancelled. Cassie Ramone's band The Babies filled in, and play again at Bruar Falls tonight (she also recently DJed 285 Kent). Pictures from 10/13 adorn this post.
When I was around 17, I got introduced to some really good stuff by my friends, like Lambchop, Smog, Dinosaur Jr. and Will Oldham. That had a massive significance. It's the best feeling when someone shows you something new.
Many reviews said you seemed nervous onstage during Yuck's first shows. Has that changed?
We made these songs in Max's room without any fans. We didn't even know we'd be putting a record out. Then, suddenly, we're playing in New York. I guess it's something you get used to. Music is quite a personal thing -- it's abstract, and it's sometimes difficult to understand how people are connecting with what you're doing.
What was your first visit to New York like?
We had loads of issues with visas. We played a show at Glasslands where we had to rush from the airport and go right onstage. Then, on our second visit, we heard gunshots as we were checking into our hotel. That was interesting coming from the U.K., where we don't really have guns.
Yuck recently released a deluxe version of their self-titled LP for Fat Possum Records which includes a new song called "Soothe Me". Stream that below.
Yuck are finished with their US dates for now, excpet for a previously announced date on the Weezer Cruise in the new year. All international tour dates, that song stream, and more pictures from Music hall of Williamsburg are below.