Entries tagged with: Real Estate
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Bad news: due to a hand injury, Van Dyke Parks will not be performing at the Henry Miller Library / Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge concert this Sunday (5/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show is now being billed as "Philip Glass and Friends," and in addition to Real Estate's stripped-down set, there will also be performances from Bryce Dessner, Tim Fain, Sondre Lerche, Nico Mulhy, and Nadia Sirota. Refunds will be given (details forthcoming), but tickets are still available
That MHOW show ends a week of programming around the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival. Tonight's event is at Williamsburg bookstore Spoonbill & Sugartown, which will "look at Miller's relationship to a Community of the Free Spirit and the development of Williamsburg and Big Sur." Speakers include Magnus Toren (Director, Henry Miller Library), Dr Scott Von (Psychoanalyst, Director, New Clinic) and James Decker (Professor, Miller Scholar).
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.
Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.
Once we decided to give all of this year's money to Sandy-related charities (last night's was Hoboken's volunteer first responders), it seemed especially appropriate to keep the opening acts close to home as well. With Real Estate, we managed to keep it close to everyone's home: formed in New Jersey, based in Brooklyn--the only thing missing was they don't seem quite so broken up about Dames closing their Hoboken location as we are. They played a beautiful set--had I been more on the ball I would have asked the name of that supercool long new song they did third.For the fourth night (12/12) of their Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's, Yo La Tengo got fellow New Jerseyans Real Estate (who just played a hardware store in Williamsburg) plus comedian Todd Barry to open for them. Also, keeping up with the extra percussion trend we've seen all week (see Fred Armisen and The Feelies), Kid Millions of Oneida sat in on second drumkit for the entire set. Todd Barry, who can keep a beat himself, played drums in an encore cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' for You." Martin Courtney of Real Estate came onstage to to sing the night's final song, "Our Way to Fall." The entire Hanukkah Night 4 setlist is below.
When Alex Beeker sang his first lead vocal of the night on the second to last song of the set, he probably didn't realize the shock waves were going to still be reverberating a half hour later. But at least one person in the audience found it hilariously noteworthy: our next act of the evening, Todd Barry, who spent a minute or two questioning the set list. Just off the plane from Australia where he had performed at the Sydney Opera House, Todd announced his farewell appearance at Maxwell's, as henceforth he will be working exclusively at opera houses and palais. He will be missed. - [YLT]
Last night's mix CD was by Shintaro Sakamoto and proceeds from the show went to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. We've cleared the Hanukkah week hump -- any guesses on who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight (12/12)? UPDATE: It's El-P and John Oliver and YLT drummer Georgia Hubley made the mix CD.
Mix CD cover and Night 4 setlist below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Cleanup in Aisle 6: Real Estate @ Crest Hardware, 12/7/2012
Despite a cold and rainy Metropolitan Ave greeting their fans, Real Estate's warm vibes took the damp chill off the evening, playing amongst socket wrenches, cans of paint and copper tubing this afternoon (12/7) at Williamsburg institution Crest Hardware. The show was part of the RCRDLBL's "Normal Crashing Tour" that puts bands in unusual places in cities across the country. Unusual places... you know, like the houseplant aisle at a hardware store.
The line was seemingly at capacity by the time I walked up at 5PM, and doors opened around 5:45 with the band taking to the stage slightly before 6PM. The vestibule of the store was packed to the gills, but the mellow mood of Real Estate's reverb-y jams made the oddity of a band in a home improvement store seem semi-normal. (Mind you this is a hardware store that has yearly popular art show). The band's sound is sunny, relaxing and comforting. The kind of jams that make you forget about the dreary downpour going down on a evening like tonight, and remind you to get a new set of keys made.
More pictures from Real Estate's Crest Hardware show are below.
Autre Ne Veut @ 285 Kent - January 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
King Dude at WIERD, 4/11/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Vows @ Party XPO
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Owen @ The Mercury Theatre
* Real Estate @ Crest Hardware
* Way Yes @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Gem Club @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Ingrid Michaelson @ Webster Hall
* Sun Airway, Historics @ Glasslands
* Nels Cline and Julian Lage @ The Stone
* K-Holes, Habibi, Yellow Dogs @ Union Pool
* Trust (DJ Set), Black Marble @ Glasslands
* Toots and the Maytals @ The Capitol Theatre
* Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert @ The Wellmont
* The Faint, Trust, Icky Blossoms @ Terminal 5
* Marina & The Diamonds, Icona Pop @ The Paramount
* The Pharmacy, Sleepies, Lost Boy? @ Shea Stadium
* Sinden, Cobra Krames, Mess Kid @ Santos Party House
* Tinsel Teeth, Lushes, Necking, Psychic Blood @ Death by Audio
* New Found Glory, The Story So Far, Candy Hearts @ Irving Plaza
* Autre Ne Veut, Mykki Blanco, Oneohtrix Point Never @ 285 Kent
* Video Daughters, Alien Father, In Buenos Aires @ Muchmore's
* The Dearloves, Slutever, Mannequin Pussy, Turnip King @ Big Snow
* High Highs, Last Bison, Kris Orlowski, Vassals @ Knitting Factory
* People Under the Stairs, Fat Tony, Bryant Dope @ Gramercy Theatre
* Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Communist Daughter @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sightings, Martin Bisi, Gnaw, Heldin, Pants Exploder @ Littlefield
* Xylos, Cultfever, Modern Rivals, I Am Lightyear @ The Mercury Lounge
* Emily Wells, Devin, Swear and Shake, Live Footage @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* 8mm, The Middle Eight, Sophie Et La Femme, Emily & The Complexes @ Pianos
* Psychic TV, Bryin Dall (performing Deconstructing Hank), King Dude @ Europa
* These Animals, Alex Vans, Stone Cold Fox, At The Moment @ The Bowery Electric
* Subsonics, The Living Kills, Loose Pistons, The Insomniacs @ The Grand Victory
* Man In A Crowd, The Ugly Club, Joanna Erdos & The Midnight Show, Barkhouse @ Cake Shop
* Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Chris Elliot, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, Andrew W.K. @ The Bell House
* Stephin Merritt, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Ames, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Eugene Mirman, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins @ Sypmphony Space
Mark Sultan has cancelled his Union Pool appearance tonight (that was to also feature Ex Humans and Pampers). The bill tonight is now K-Holes, Habibi and Yellow Dogs.
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Real Estate in a church in Brooklyn last month (more by Greg Cristman)
Mini have teamed up with RCD LBL to present the Normal Crashing Tour, which brings a different band to a secret location in different US cities. The "tour" began in Chicago on Monday (12/3) with Twin Shadow and comes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Friday (12/7) at 5:30 for a free Real Estate show in a TBA location. More info on that show at the facebook event but RSVP is not required. The "tour" will also come to Austin and LA soon. Stay tuned.
In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker (and The Freaks) will open the third of three shows in Deer Tick's upcoming Brooklyn Bowl residency, where Deer Tick will be performing an album and an EP in full each night. Alex is on board for the December 19 show where Deer Tick is doing Divine Providence and the Tim EP. Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick is also playing an opening set. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can also pick up a three night pass, which gains you access to all three shows, the first of which is tonight (12/5).
As mentioned, the other Real Estate side project Ducktails (led by Matt Mondanile) will play a guest-filled record release show for their new album, The Flower Lane, on January 23 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). Matt just dropped a new song off that album, "Letter of Intent," which features Jessa Farkas (of Future Shuttle) on vocals, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin) on synth, and Joel Ford (Airbird, Ford & Lopatin) on bass. You can stream that song below. Jessa and Joel are both on board for the release show at LPR and it wouldn't be a surprise if Oneohtrix Point Never, who just played MoMA PS1 with Ducktails, shows up too.
photos by Greg Cristman
Dirty Projectors / Real Estate @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 11/17/2012
Without the rhythm section, [Dirty Projectors'] meticulous vocal work was overwhelming. The songs seemed less tightly wound, voices filling up the tall room in a wash, punctuated only by the peculiar, skewed twang of Longstreth's guitar playing. The band skipped hits "Stillness Is the Move" and "Gun Has No Trigger." Instead, Swing Lo Magellan cuts like "See What She Seeing" and "Impregnable Question" stood out thanks to slower, more delicate interpretations. For the band's last song, Longstreth revived the title track from his 2007 Black Flag covers project, Rise Above. The song's opening lyrics evoked the spirit of the Occupy movement: "Jealous cowards try to control/ They distort what we say/ Try and stop what we do/ When they can't do it themselves." [Rolling Stone]Dirty Projectors (David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle), The Walkmen (Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer), Cass McCombs, Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, and Real Estate teamed up for a show of intimate acoustic sets at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/17). The show was a benefit for Occupy Sandy, where all proceeds were donated.
More pictures from the benefit are below.
Occupy Sandy is presenting a benefit show with acoustic performances by Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, Cass McCombs, The Walkmen members Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, and Dirty Projectors members David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle on Saturday (11/17) at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity (157 Montague St.) in Brooklyn Heights. It's a day show which runs from noon to 5 PM. Tickets are on sale (suggested donation of $30 minimum) now and all proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy who has been doing great work around the city since Hurricane Sandy.
The flyer is below...
by Bill Pearis
When Real Estate signed to Domino last year, the label also signed its members' projects, including Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and Ducktails (Matt Mondanile). The latter, which began as Mondanile solo sound experiments, has morphed into a much more traditional five-piece rock (including members of Big Troubles) band that will release their Domino debut, The Flower Lane, in January 2013. The album was recorded over the summer with producer Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never).
You can stream the electric piano driven title track below, and check out the album's tracklisting as well.
Vampire Weekend/Ty Segall/Araabmuzik crowd - Pitchfork Fest 2012
Thank god for the Chicago Transit Authority. Several "cooling stations" (city buses) that provided respite from the onslaught of heat and humidity at the third day of Pitchfork 2012 in Chicago's Union Park (7/15), a weather pattern which replaced the previous days' periodic downpours. The heat, combined with squirt guns & bikini tops, helped create the perfect setting for performances from the sunny tennis-sweater rock of Vampire Weekend and dream pop of the oh-so-aptly named Beach House.
Random thoughts on the day: Personal highlights for me included a stretch of bands that were unfortunately all clustered across the three stages in the afternoon: Milk Music, Iceage, The Men, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Chavez. From catching moments of Kendrick Lamar on the Blue Stage, it was proven to me that he's an excellent live performer, a sentiment clearly echoed by Lady Gaga (who looked on during his set). Onohtrix Point Never's material is compelling, but doesnt fit well on an outdoor festival stage. And it's confirmed, this reviewer still detests Vampire Weekend.
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Pictures from the third and final day of Pitchfork 2012 are below, including pictures of all bands mentioned above, as well as King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Araabmuzik, and The Field. If you didnt make it to Chicago, maybe you streamed it? If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, make sure to check out pictures from day one (one set HERE, another HERE) and day two (HERE and HERE) along with video from the festival to complete your desktop Pitchfork Festival experience. Hopefully from an ice cold room.
shittychandelier with a pitchfork
If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
The Drums at Surf Lodge during Memorial Day Weekend (via)
Montauk's Surf Lodge, a restaurant, hotel and sometimes concert venue booked by C3 (Lollapalooza, ACL), have partnered with SPIN for two shows this summer. Dirty Projectors will play the venue on June 30 and Real Estate on July 7. It's about a three-hour drive from NYC, but is a great vacation spot, so if you're hoping to see these bands and want an excuse to go to the Hamptons, this would be a good time. Hopefully you won't have any memory-erasing experiences while you're there.
In related news, the Surf Lodge is no longer owned by Edgemere Montauk, LLC. Curbed Hamptons reports that it was recently sold to Michael Walrath's investmenet company, Montauk Properties, LLC. The lodge has also got a new team to help revitalize their guestrooms, landscaping, menu, juices, music, workout and more. The Summer 2012 Concert Series is being overseen by GrandLife's Tommy Saleh and Mandy Brooks. That series kicked off over Memorial Day Weekend with a show by The Drums. The photo above is from that show. No word on what other shows will go down this summer yet (besides Dirty Projectors and Real Estate).
The War on Drugs and Dean & Britta also have a show coming up in Long Island.
Updated lists of dates for both bands are below...
Real Estate at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Real Estate are set to kick off a North American tour this summer, not long after they play Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. That tour includes the previously discussed NYC show at Webster Hall on August 11, to which tickets are still on sale.
You'll be able to catch Real Estate in the NYC-area even sooner than that when they play a hometown (before they moved to Brooklyn) show in Ridgewood, NJ at the Kasschau Memorial Shell on June 24 with fellow Ridgewood bands Toasted Plastic and Spook Houses. The show is a benefit for the Nick Currey Fund and it is free but donations are appreciated. Advance $15 donations will gain you VIP access and enter you into a drawing for autographed Real Estate merchandise.
Updated dates are listed below, along with a Real Estate song stream.
Real Estate drummer Jackson Pollis @ Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate, who "recently released a 7" flexi disc for brand new track 'In My Car' along with Domino label mates Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs and John Maus as part of a zine / flexi package entitled Smugglers Way", support the Shins at Terminal 5 tomorrow night (5/1, sold out), And though that date isnt even here, Real Estate have already scheduled their return to the NYC stage as part of a bunch of just-announced August dates. Real Estate will headline Webster Hall on August 11th, tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on 5/2 and regular sale on Friday.
Watch Real Estate's entire Coachella set HERE. All dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
dolphin rider / Wild Flag / At the Drive-In
"Weekend one of Coachella 2012 not only confirmed rock fans' rabid appetite for live music but reminded the music industry that the past is a lot closer than it used to be. There were no rock acts from the 1960s or early '70s on the bill. The look back was dedicated to Coachella's continuing affection for reuniting British bands from the late '70s and early '80s--this year, it was Buzzcocks, James, Madness, Pulp and Squeeze. Other reuniting bands on the bill included American alt-rock bands Firehose, Mazzy Star and At the Drive-In; and Refused, a punk group from Sweden that hadn't been heard from since 1998. One could argue that the "appearance" by the late Shakur was an admission that to become a musical force again, West Coast rap needs a resurrection. Though the beats conceived and developed by Dr. Dre, Shakur, Snoop Dogg and others are now woven into rock and pop's vocabulary, rap had little presence at Coachella 2012, save for the ingenuity of the late Sunday-night oldies show.It's actually hard to believe that after all that went on over the weekend THE EXACT SAME COACHELLA IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. But back to last weekend for a second...
And if there was any doubt that electronic dance music is a dominating force, even if it's still underappreciated by the mainstream, Swedish House Mafia and Justice played the main stage. The big tent dedicated to dance music was rarely less than filled to a boisterous overflow." [Wall Street Journal]
You already saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, video of an idiot falling off a wooden structure, watched Frank Ocean's set, and Azealia Banks's. The Weeknd's too. You saw Refused's setlist and some videos. You already know what At The Drive-In played on Sunday, and streamed their set in full after you were done watching Real Estate's and M83's, not to mention parts of Bon Iver's and Andrew Bird's. You're already well aware that Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and many special guests headlined on Sunday, and you even saw the pictures of them and watched the Tupac hologram video. Now here are the rest of the Sunday pictures, and they continue, below....
Asobi Seksu @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* War @ BB King's
* Todd Barry & more @ Cornelia St. Cafe
* Kraftwerk @ Museum of Modern Art
* Bad Veins, Jeff Klein @ Mercury Lounge
* Neon Trees, Devin, APT @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mayer Hawthorne, The Stepkids @ Webster Hall
* Francois K, Four Tet (DJ set) @ Cielo
* Kung Fu, Biodiesel, Sonic Spank @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Desert Sharks , Diavel, Dead Stars, NT @ Glasslands
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Comedy Central Corporate Retreat @ UCB East
* Surgeons In Heat, Grand Rapids, Jaabs, Indians @ Pianos
* Dan Neustadt plays Pearl Jam's "Ten" @ Knitting Factory
* Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territroy Orchestra @ The Stone
* Asobi Seksu, North Highlands, Little,Big, Sara Benincasa @ Highline Ballroom
* Arvid Noe, Sediment Club, Celestial Shore, Fat History Month @ Death By Audio
* Fair To Midland, Dead Letter Circus, Lionize, Jolly, Ever Forthright @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Squaws, Spirit Family Reunion, Babydude, Cassandra Jenkins, The Cabin Sisters @ The Bowery Electric
* Rachel Dratch, Edie Falco, Victor Garber, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Kind, Jesse L. Martin, Matthew Modine, John Oliver, Ron Rifkin, Amy Ryan, Mark Sanchez, cast members from The Book of Mormon, The Our Time Kids, and more @ NYU Skirball Center
Asobi Seksu headline a Planned Parenthood benefit at Highline Ballroom tonight.
Kraftwerk continues its MoMA run with a performance of The Mix.
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The Shins at LPR last month (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, The Shins (who are part of the just-announced Lollapalooza lineup) are heading out on tour in support of their recently released LP, Port of Morrow. That tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 for three shows. The openers for those shows have been announced and it's St. Lucia on 4/29, Chairlift on 4/30, and Real Estate on 5/1. The show with St. Lucia is sold out but tickets for the other two shows are available. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the 4/30 show with Chairlift. Details on how to enter to win tix are with all tour dates below.
Meanwhile, Chairlift has other dates coming up including a headlining show at Webster Hall on May 8. Tickets for that show are still on sale. Like The Shins, Chairlift are also playing Lollapalooza this year.
Real Estate @ the 40 Watt in Athens, GA - April 7, 2012
Real Estate, who played the 40 Watt in Athens on Saturday and are in Austin tonight, have other upcoming dates too, including a tour with Twerps and two other dates with The Shins in Boston and Philly.
All tour dates, contest details and more pictures from Real Estate's Georgia show, below....
by Bill Pearis
The annual post-SXSW Aussie BBQ is happening March 25 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, with a whopping 14 performers throughout the all-day event: Big Scary, Bonfire Nights, Busby Marou, Jonti, Jordie Lane, Oh Mercy, The Jefferson, Teeth & Tongue, Voltaire Twins, Wazu, Luluc, Pets with Pets, Traveller & Fortune, and Saskia Sansom.
With the only determining factor being country of origin, it's a disparate lineup, ranging from gentle folk (Jordie Lane, Luluc, Traveller & Fortune and Saskia Sansom), wide appeal pop (Big Scary, The Jefferson), psych rock (Bonfire Nights, Pets with Pets), synth/glitch/electro (Voltaire Twins, Jonti, Wazu), indiepop (Oh Mercy) and Teeth & Tongue, who is a little like Anna Calvi. Literally something for everyone. Unless all you like is jazz or metal or some other genre not listed above.
At the bottom of this post there's videos and music streams for every artist on the bill. Tickets are $12 -- that's less than a dollar per band. Pretty good deal and a fun way to spend a Sunday.
In addition to playing SXSW and the Aussie BBQ, Big Scary and Teeth & Tongue are going on more extensive North American dates (though not together) and those dates can be found at the bottom of this post. For Big Scary they included gigs at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands.
You can also grab a Big Scary tracks as part of a free mixtape they're giving away on Bandcamp, and as part of a free Family Records SXSW 2012 mixtape. The mixtape also contains songs by Savoir Adore, We Are Augustines and 10 others.
While not part of the BBQ, Australia's Twerps (who made one of my favorite albums of 2012) will be over for SXSW too. After Austin, they're coming to New York for two shows: March 29 at 285 Kent with Ducktails and March 30 at Mercury Lounge with The Mad Scene. After playing here, Twerps hit the road with Real Estate for an extensive North American tour and those dates are at the bottom of this post, along with a new video for album track "Through the Day."
Speaking of Hamish Kilgour (who is in the The Mad Scene), The Clean also just announced dates that bring them to Le Poisson Rouge this year.
Click through for videos and streams by all the Aussie BBQ bands, plus tour dates for Big Scary, Teeth & Tongue, and Twerps.
by Bill Pearis
The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.
Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.
The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.
My Best Fiend
A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.
The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.
And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.
You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.
Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!
That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.
"Awesome show at Terminal 5 tonight. Real Estate being followed up by Girls was amazing! #imnotahipster" - Ryan DeVoe
"girls at terminal 5 was amaaazing. excellent band, excellent backup vocals, excellent denim pencil skirt" - Eileen Tang
"Girls and Real Estate just blew up Terminal 5. Brilliant!!!" - Bianca Ahmadi
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Girls @ Terminal 5
Girls played their largest NYC show yet (an understatement) on Saturday (1/14) when they headlined the sold out Terminal 5 with Real Estate and King Krule. Girls, with their flowers and trio of female backup singers in tow (like they had at their Bowery Ballroom shows), played almost the entire Father, Son, Holy Ghost, in addition to cuts from Album and the Broken Dreams Club EP.
Real Estate only played material from the recently released Days, save for "Fake Blues," from their debut album, and a cover of jangly post-punkers Felt's "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow," which if you didn't know was a cover, could have easily passed as a b-side off Days.
With their new albums, Girls and Real Estate are becoming some of the fastest growing bands in indie, but opener King Krule (and Girls' True Panther labelmate) doesn't seem too far behind them. His set at the T5 show was just after he had played sold out shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge earlier that week. His feedback seems pretty positive but the twitterverse seems to agree that his set was suffering from bad sound at Terminal 5. Review and pics of the Mercury Lounge show HERE and Glasslands pics HERE.
More pictures and setlists from the Terminal 5 show, and a new set of west coast Girls tour dates, below...
Girls @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Girls, who are playing the sold out Coachellas this year, play their big sold out headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (1/14) along with support from Real Estate and King Krule (who also played Glasslands and Mercury Lounge this past week).
Tonight's afterparty goes down at the Tribeca Grand hotel, upstairs in the Club Room, where Girls, Real Estate, Sky Ferreria, Ilirjana, and Dean from True Panther are all DJing. Expensive Looks is performing live. Like all "Live From Tribeca" events, it's free with rsvp: email@example.com.
Update: Action Bronson was also added to the bill.
In related news, tickets are still on sale for Real Estate's upcoming show at K&K Super Buffet.
DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - "Pigs" (MP3)
Black Dice at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Brooklyn experimentalists Black Dice will release their new album, Mr. Impossible on April 10 via the Domino-related Ribbon Music. It's the followup to Repo which was released almost exactly three years prior via Paw Tracks. Grab the single, "Pigs," above and watch the video for it below. The album artwork and tracklist is also below.
Black Dice were added to the Real Estate show at K&K Super Buffet on January 28 in Queens, which is part of Real Estate's tour with The Babies. Dogleather is also on the bill and Oneohtrix Point Never and Ducktails will DJ. $5.00 tickets are on sale NOW.
In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker and the Freaks have two NYC shows coming up. They play Mercury Lounge on February 4 with La Big Vic and Family Portrait. Tickets are on sale now. They also play Glasslands on March 5 with Young Prisms, Boy Friend, and Tanks Amigo. Tickets for that show are on sale now too. The Glasslands show is part of a tour that Young Prisms will be heading out on. All dates for that tour are listed below.
All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...
Real Estate at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The band begins a string of East Coast dates this weekend bookended by a pair of NYC shows. As discussed, look for the band to hit the sold-out Terminal 5 on Saturday (1/14) with Girls and King Krule (who also plays two OTHER sold-out shows this week), but ALSO look for Real Estate to team with The Babies and Dogleather to play K&K Super Buffet in Queens on January 28th. Not familiar with K&K?
K&K SUPER BUFFET is a transformer. Family-style Chinese steam-table buffet restaurant by day... soaring ceiling-ed, opulently decorated, decadent party palace and cheap-assed bar by night. Lots of rooms and zones, great sight lines and terrific vibes. Just off the Myrtle/Wyckoff L train, just over the Queens border in Bushwick Heights, aka Ridgewood, with ample parking for anyone driving in.Todd P says, "ONLINE ADVANCED TICKETS GO ON SALE SOON". All tour dates are listed below.
Real Estate will also play Coachella 2012, alongside names like Radiohead, Pulp, At The Drive In, Justice, fIREHOSE, Refused, Bon Iver, and many many more.
All tour dates and that "Easy" video is below.