Entries tagged with: Sacred Bones
Cut Hands, who you may know as William Bennett of power electronics juggernaut Whitehouse, will play a select set of shows in the US in February. The tour, which mostly focus on the East Coast/Midwest, will kick off in Los Angeles on 2/14 (how romantic!) and eventually make its way to Brooklyn's Public Assembly on February 24th. The show will also feature appearances from Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Veiled, & David E. Williams as well as DJs Pieter Schoolwerth, Caleb Braaten & ning nong; tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, power electronics, noise and the avant garde are the focus of the ongoing Hospital Productions curation at The Stone. Tonight (2/3) the space will welcome Hell Hoarse and Luke Moldof + Reuben Son.
Check out a version of Xeno & Oaklander's "Sets & Lights" recorded in London last July , alongside all tour dates below...
Zola Jesus during CMJ (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sacred Bones Records will take over the Spectacle movie theater in Brooklyn Thursday (1/26) at 8PM, gathering "an unearthed collection of underground weirdness, ...short films, works-in-progress, and a rare screening of the first Sacred Bones film production, Twelve Dark Noons." The evening will conclude with a "secret feature film screening" and music videos from Gary War, Zola Jesus, Amen Dunes, Moon Duo, Blank Dogs, & Pop. 1280 (whose new LP is out NOW). Check out a video trailer for the evening, as well as a trailer for Twelve Dark Noons (which features music from Naked on the Vague) below.
In related news, The Men have released the title track from their new LP Open Your Heart (out 3/6 via Sacred Bones). Stream that below in full alongside all tour dates which include their 3/7 show at 285 Kent.
Sacred Bones will also welcome the new single from Danish punk band War (not to be confused with Gary War) featuring Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Sexdrome's Loke Rahbek. Stream "Brodermordet" at Pitchfork who write:
Recorded to four-track cassette last year, the double A-side 7" single will include "At War for Youth" and "Kains Mærke", backed by the scuzzy, beat-oriented "Brodermordet". The band says the B-side is centered on a Biblical allusion to Cain and Abel's fratricide (the act of killing one's brother).---
As previously mentioned, Amen Dunes is heading out on tour with This Will Destroy You who separately play a show in NYC at the Kaufman Center on 2/9 (part of the Ecstatic Music Festival). If you want to catch both bands together in the NYC-area, you're in luck; they've since added a 2/11 tour stop at Babbio Atrium in Hoboken, NJ (on Stevens Institute of Technology campus). Amen Dunes will also play 285 Kent on February 23rd with Run DMT. More details on the 285 Kent appearance are forthcoming and all dates are listed below.
Zola Jesus will also head back our way, hitting Webster Hall on 2/18.
All streams, trailers and dates are below.
Pop 1280 mine the dark chasms of punk and no-wave on their new LP The Horror, due on Sacred Bones on January 24th. The band previously released the song "Bodies In The Dunes" from that album, and we are now proud to premiere another track today called "New Electronix". Stream both below.
Pop 1280 have THREE NYC shows scheduled for the next couple of months. Most imminently, the band will play Sunday at Music Hall of Williamsburg (1/22) with Pissed Jeans & Protect-U. Tickets are still available. The band will ALSO play a record release show that week at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home on January 25th with DJs Caleb Braaten (of Sacred Bones) + Glenn Maryansky (of Cult of Youth), more details are available at the Facebook invite. Last but not least, look for Pop 1280 at Saint Vitus on March 3rd with Velvet Condom and Bootblacks. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Cult of Youth, vocalist/guitarist Sean Ragon will re-open his record store Heaven Street on Friday (1/20). The opening of the new location (184 Noll St, near Flushing Ave, off the Morgan L) will be accompanied by free beer, and DJ sets from Glenn Maryansky, Sybil Disobedience, Chris Prorock, Ning Nong and Gasface. The grand re-opening kicks off at 4PM and more details are available at the Facebook invite.
All streams and some video is below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Replicate (MP3)
Disappears at Cake Shop, July 2011
Chicago's mighty Disappears release their third long-player, Pre Language, on March 1 via the Kranky label. This is the first album made with drummer Steve Shelly (who may have more time on his hands now?) who has been with the band for a year now. The material on Pre Language was road tested extensively before hitting the studio (Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon West in Hoboken) and sounded amazing when Disappears played NYC back in July ("...new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. [More Neu!, less Stooges.]")
That holds true with "Replicate," the first released track from Pre Language which is downloadable at the top of this post. Less awash in reverb and vocals that are borderline intelligible, this is a much bigger Disappears than we've heard before on record. Disappears are going on a short tour prior to the release of Pre Language but, unfortunately, they're heading West not East. Hopefully they'll come our way soon. Tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Tour mates for these West Coast dates are The Fresh & Onlys who were slackers in 2011, only releasing two records -- the "I Would Not Know the Devil" 7" and the terrific Secret Walls EP -- unlike previous years where their output rivaled Bob Pollard's. (OK, so frontman Tim Cohen may have released a couple solo albums as well.) Actually, the F&O's were hard at work on their new album, which is due out on Mexican Summer sometime sooner than later.
Soonerer than that is Earth Has Doors, the first solo record by F&O guitarist Wymond Miles which comes out February 2 on Sacred Bones. Wymond's otherworldly, textured parts are one of things that really separate the Fresh & Onlys from the garage rock pack they are unfairly lumped in with. On his own, Miles launches some impressively epic-style spacerock. You can stream lead track "Hidden Things Are Asking You to Find Them" at the bottom of this post.
Also below are those Disappears/Fresh & Onlys tour dates, plus Pre Language artwork and tracklisting.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom (more by BBG)
The Men have announced the follow-up to their amazing Leave Home. Open Your Heart is due via Sacred Bones on March 6th. The day after its release, look for the Brooklyn four-piece to hit the road for a string of dates on their way to SXSW which will include 285 Kent on March 7th with Nude Beach. All tour dates, the album art and tracklisting is below.
UPDATE: The Men are ALSO scheduled to play Union Pool on 1/13 with Pygmy Shrews, Organs, and Call of The Wild (ex-Awesome Color).
In related and more imminent news, Sacred Bones will release the new LP from the great Pop 1280 entitled The Horror on Jan 24th. The album features "Bodies In The Dunes" which is downloadable above/streamable below. Look for Pop 1280 to play a set of dates of their own as well, including a Record Release party (details forthcoming).
All tour dates, album info for both records and a Pop 1280 stream, alongside a live video of The Men playing the title track from the new LP, below...
The Men at Death By Audio (more by BBG)
Australian garage rockers Dead Farmers and Vancouver's Sex Church are currently looping the US on their own tours, but will cross paths at Shea Stadium on Saturday (10/29) for a show with Pop.1280, The Men, and Unholy Two. The show blasts off at 9PM, and more details are at the Facebook event page. Sex Church, who is touring in support of Growing Over out now on LOAD Records (stream "Dull Light" below), will ALSO play Death By Audio the next night (10/30), teaming with K-Holes, Call of the Wild (mem Awesome Color) and Pygmy Shrews. Tour dates are below.
Besides Saturday's show at Shea Stadium, The Men also has a few other dates in their near future that include supporting Screaming Females at 285 Kent on 11/5 and supporting Russian Circles/Deafheaven at both Bowery Ballroom and Maxwells' on 11/14 (tickets) and 11/15 (tickets).
Besides that, although the body still isn't cold on their latest LP Leave Home, The Men have already crafted their follow-up, which will see the light of day in March via Sacred Bones. Details on that are forthcoming.
Pop 1280 are returning from a stint of dates with Unholy Two at the Shea Stadium show. The band recently dropped the Thirteen Steps 7" via Blind Prophet Records (Sean from Cult of Youth's label), and you can stream that below alongside their full tour schedule and all others.
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - "Dark Eyes" (MP3)
Speaking of Sacred Bones, the label has posted a new Crystal Stilts track from the band's forthcoming Radiant Door EP (out via Sacred Bones on 11/15). "Dark Eyes" is the album opener, and you can download it above or stream it below where you can also see the cover art.
Maybe the band will perform the song at some of their forthcoming shows, including the one in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on 12/9 with Happy Refugees and McDonalds. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...
photo by Jasmine Pasquill
Psychic Ills have emerged from their Brooklyn den of hallucinogens to confirm Hazed Dream, the band's latest LP and first for Sacred Bones, available NOW. The LP marks their first venture with Sacred Bones and it's their first long-player since 2009's Mirror Eye. Stream Hazed Dream in its entirety below, and check out the video for "Mind Daze" which rears its head for the first time here.
Psychic Ills will join Exitmusic in supporting The Black Angels at their third of three nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 31st (and yes, Psychic Ills will be in costume!). Tickets are still available for that and the other two Angels shows at MHoW which feature Spindrift & Golden Animals, and Dead Meadow & Spindrift on 10/29 & 10/30 respectively.
In addition, Psychic Ills will head next door one day later for the Dragonslayer: The Movie release party with Endless Boogie. No advance tickets are on sale for this 11/1 show at Public Assembly.
Check out the new Psychic Ills video, and Hazed Dream album stream below.
by Andrew Sacher
Amen Dunes, the current psych-folk project of Damon McMahon is in the midst of a series of CMJ shows. Today (10/21), he'll play a Chouette/De Stijl/FatCat/Soft Abuse day party with Pigeons, Forest Fire, Jerusalem & the Starbasket and DJ Paul Collins (of Beirut/Soft Landing). Tonight (10/21), he'll play the Sacred Bones showcase at Saint Vitus with Gary War, Psychic Ills, and Led Er Est. Tickets for that showcase are on sale now.
After CMJ, Amen Dunes will play a few shows with Harmonizer, including one at Glasslands on Sunday (10/23). Che Chen & Robbie Lee are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Pigeons, who play the Chouette/De Stijl/FatCat/Soft Abuse day party at Bruar Falls, their LP They Sweetheartstammers will be released November 8 via Soft Abuse. The band, like Amen Dunes, is from New York and creates a similar brand of stark psych-folk that should make for great back to back sets. You can grab two tracks off the upcoming album, "Tournoi" and "Dead Echo," above, and check out the artwork and tracklist below, along with the video for "Turnoi". The album is available for preorder at the Soft Abuse webstore. They also recently performed live in-studio versions of three other album tracks and one older song at Black Dirt Studios. You can stream those below.
All dates, video, streams, album art and tracklist below...
Amen Dunes at Glasslands (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Amen Dunes will rev up the reverb at Saint Vitus on August 26th with Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Zomes, and GDFX as part of their record release celebration for the new and haunting psychedelic garage LP Through Donkey Jaw. Tickets are on sale.
Through Donkey Jaw was released via Sacred Bones last week and features "Christopher" (video below) and "Not A Slave" (stream below).
The year was 1983, and Bobb Trimble had two then-unrecognized masterpieces to his credit and a lot of confusion and indifference from his fellow travelers in the Worcester, MA "Wormtown" scene. Never one to worry much about appearances, Bobb accepted an invitation to join a group of teenage boys who called themselves The Crippled Dog Band ...and led the Band on enthusiastically received gigs throughout the region. Unbeknownst to almost anyone, they completed a raucous album full of addictive hooks, feedback, teen chatter and video game noises. But soon the Band splintered and Bobb decided to forget about the whole thing, disposing of the entire 500-count LP pressing in an .office park dumpster.Stream one track, "Live Wire", alongside a video from 1983 (!) for "You Should See My Girl" below. If you aren't familiar with the Bobb Trimble "legend" catch up with an interesting Guardian article.
Zomes is nom de plume of Asa Osborne (Lungfish), who released Earth Grid via Thrill Jockey in April. Check out "Openings" streaming below.
GDFX is Greg Fox of Liturgy, who recently released a new LP via Impose Records entitled One Thing. You can listen to "Pipedream" below. Liturgy play Irving Plaza with Asobi Seksu and Boris on 10/27 as part of Boris's US tour. Tickets are still available.
All song streams and videos are below.
A couple days ago, Zola Jesus started a countdown clock on her website indicating news was the on the way. Well, say hello to the follow-up to the breakthrough Stridulum and Valusia EPs. Conatus, Zola Jesus's new LP is due on October 4th via Sacred Bones. Check out the lead single "Vessel" available for download above and streaming below. Nika Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) will mostly play dates in Europe this summer, with a few notable stops in the US for Pitchfork and in LA in late August. Full tour schedule is below.
Meanwhile, Sacred Bones affiliates Cult of Youth hit the road on July 12th with a show at Knitting Factory supporting Cold Cave (tickets), linking up with Austra and Iceage for dates along the way. Full tour schedule is below. If you make it out to the shows, swing by the merch table to pick up a copy of COY's new The Devil's Coals 7" featuring the title track and a cover of Martial Canterel's "Sidestreets" on the flip. Cult of Youth also have a new LP, and you can check out a new track "Lace Up Your Boots" available for download above/streaming below.
Iceage recently played Public Assembly with Prurient and a sweaty 285 Kent with Fucked Up and Jeff The Brotherhood. They'll be back in August to play Cake Shop on 8/20 and Secret Project Robot on 8/21 to polish off the remainder of their US Tour.
All tour dates and that Zola Jesus song stream is below.
Prurient and Iceage headlined the Sacred Bones/Stereogum showcase at Public Assembly on June 17th, with help from Cult of Youth (who have a new album and tour with Cold Cave in August), The Men (who played Death By Audio earlier that week), Yellow Tears, Lost Tribe, Pop1280, and Anasazi. The show, part of the Northside Festival, marked the US debut of Iceage and is one of a few shows planned for the band in the coming weeks.
By the time I arrived at the Sacred Bones/Stereogum show after catching Deafheaven, Iceage had already taken the stage and were into their first song. The crowd was dancing like maniacs and had started a pit in front of the stage. The band's reverb and noise-heavy post-punk was as snotty and disaffected on stage as it is on New Brigade, and the audience ate it up.
I ducked out of Iceage a touch early though to get into the smaller room to catch Prurient which, as expected, filled quickly to capacity following the close of Iceage. Standing up front, I caught all of Dominick Fernow's violent and fantastic 15 minute set that included his Cold-Cave bandmate Wes Eisold addding another layer of electronic noise. Dominick screamed and thrashed violently (ultimately knocking over his rig) into two microphones while an icy mix of darkwave synths, black metal, and noise blasted through the PA. Incredible set.
If you missed out on the show on Friday (6/17) you can still catch quite a few of the bands in the coming weeks. Cult of Youth play Knitting Factory with Cold Cave on 7/12. Iceage are back in NYC for a few more dates including a FREE in-store Wednesday at Other Music and a show at 285 Kent on Saturday with JEFF The Brotherhood and a suprise guest (Fucked Up).
Yellow Tears have a few dates in their future as well, playing the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation at Silent Barn on June 24th-26th, the Burning Fleshtival III at The Red Light District on 7/29 and 7/30, and The Stone on August 2nd.
We already posted the Men pics from the show HERE. More pictures from the rest of the show and some video of Yellow Tears (most of their set), Iceage, and Prurient, below...
photos by Tamara Porras, words by BBG
After a triumphant Brooklyn shows last week at Death By Audio and Public Assembly, The Men will hit the road for a US tour in early August, kicking off with a show at 538 Johnson on August 4th with Nomos, Brain F and Only The Messenger. The tour will last through the end of the month and into September, with the arty punk band covering roads from coast to coast before they return to NYC in middle September. Full tour dates are below.
The Men are touring in celebration of their great new LP, Leave Home, which is out now via Sacred Bones and streaming below in full. The Public Assembly show was the Sacred Bones showcase at the Northside Festival. Pictures from their set there are in this post. More of them with all tour dates below....
The Men are made up of four men, but aren't MEN (aka the JD Samson project of similar name), so lets get that straight right away. The Men is a Brooklyn punk rock band that, after releasing the noisy and fun Immaculada and We Are The Men LPs, have a new long-player in Leave Home out now via Sacred Bones. Stream all of that fantastic LP below.
The Men are celebrating the release of Leave Home with TWO shows, the latter of which is the previously discussed and now sold-out Iceage/Prurient throwdown at Public Assembly on June 17th which will also feature appearances from Anasazi, Cult of Youth, Lost Tribe, Pop. 1280, Yellow Tears, and DJ Wes Eisold (Cold Cave). But the band will also play a second show this week at Death By Audio on 6/15, this time with Milk Music, Nude Beach, and Marsh Hens. Doors are at 8PM for the $7 show.
All tour dates, the show flyer, and the full album stream are below.
by Bill Pearis
Naked on the Vague
It's spring, it's Passover/Easter, flowers are blooming...let's talk goth. Sydney, Australia's Naked on the Vague are here this weekend for two shows: tonight (4/22) at Coco66 with Sacred Bones labelmates Trust and Silk Flowers, and then Saturday (4/23) at Bowery, kicking off their tour with Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth.
Naked on the Vague's new platter, Twelve Dark Noons, which is also the name of a new film that made its U.S. debut last night (yes I'm a little behind) at 92 Y Tribeca, and the band played an "experimental music" set beforehand. Tonight's show is a little more normal for the band -- it's the record release party -- though may not be normal to you depending on what you listen to.
Core duo Lucy Cliche and Matthew Hopkins have recently expanded the band to a four-piece, making for a fuller-sounding dark and doomy racket. Hopkins describes the new album as "Dracula fronting the B-52s." I'm not sure that's how I;d describe it, but this is certainly a more accessible record than last year's Heaps of Nothing which came out on Siltbreeze. If you like the '80s goth touchstones, you'll be into this. Check out "Clock of 12's" at the top of this post and the video is below.
Opening tonight are Toronto duo Trust who played earlier in the week at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home. You may recognize Maya Postepski if you've seen Austra play live (she's their drummer). Along with singer Robert Alfons the duo "combine dark synth arpeggios, live and programmed drum beats with haunting, effected vocals." Hear all those things in Trust's debut single, "Candy Walls," which is downloadable above. (And watch the well-photographed, vaguely creepy video below.) Similarities to Postepski's other group are evident, which is to say if you like Austra but wish the songs were sung by a guy who kind of sounds like the Crash Test Dummies dude...Trust is pretty close to that. And not a bad thing. Locals Silk Flowers open tonight's show.
the Fresh & Onlys
Keeping thing within the Sacred Bones realm, San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys are here tomorrow (4/23) at Music Hall of Williamsburg as they're on tour with Crocodiles. The band have been on a prolific tear for the last two years but have kind of slacked off in 2011. It's April and they've only just released their first record on the year. But it's a good one, Secret Walls (on aforementioned label), continues the band's differentiation from the SF garage scene they were lumped in with. There's not one rocker amongst its six tracks. Which is not a bad thing at all. Tim Cohen's songwriting just keeps getting better and the EP's expansive sound here is a great showcase for the superior musicianship found in all corners of the band. Lovely stuff.
Shifting gears, tonight at Pianos are Karkwa from Montreal who you might remember won the Polaris Music Prize in 2010 for Les Chemins de Verres, the first-ever Francophone album to receive the award. Yes, that means they sing in French though that really shouldn't stop you from digging them. I've described them before as the French-Canadian Radiohead, which is reductive but gets you there. So if you can listen to Sigur Ros and not worry about what they're saying, you can do the same for Karkwa. Check out their video for single "Le Pyromane" at the bottom of this post. They play giant rooms in Canada so to be in a room as tiny as Pianos should be interesting.
As previously mentioned, former Swell Maps and Television Personalities guy Jowe Head is here, playing tonight at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (5/23) at Cake Shop. Tomorrow's show is especially enticing, as it's the NYC debut of Cuffs which is the new band from Andrew Churchman who fronted much-loved Boston band Pants Yell! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.) Cuffs also has Pants Yell! drummer Casey Keenan, as well as "a member of Reports and the blonde kid from Big Troubles."
Cuffs are working on some real recordings as we speak but you can listen to some demos at their Bandcamp site, one of which you can download at the top of this post. For those familiar with Churchman's previous band, you already mostly know what to expect here. He's still writing delicate indiepop, though Cuffs have a little more groove. I remember him saying at Popfest (PY!'s last NYC show) that the new stuff would be more Prefab Sprout influenced and you can hear that lonely jazzy sound in "Albert Kroft."
Pants Yell! were always a louder, more rocking band live than on record, and I bet the same holds true for Cuffs. There also seems to be a little jammy-ness with them too (maybe the Big Troubles factor), so I'm really curious/excited for tomorrow's show.
That's the main stuff this weekend, but there are a few more day-by-day picks below.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Personal & the Pizzas, who played last night at Maxwell's, are at Cake Shop tonight laying on the cheese with Georgia's Barreracudas and Los Vigilantes. Personal & the Pizzas and the Barreracudas also play Bruar Falls on Sunday (4/24).
The Bass Drum of Death show tonight mentioned up the post is also with So So Glos, Xray Eyeballs, and Night Manager.
If you like The Drums, check out The Young Friends (who are signed to the Drums' Holiday Records) at The Gutter with Beacon and Kosovo.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
It's a hard-to-pass-up bill at Glasslands tonight, with Hunx & His Punks, Shannon & the Clams (who played Cake Shop already this week), the wonderful Grass Widow and the K-Holes. Catch Grass Widow again on Sunday (3/24) at Death by Audio with Talk Normal.
And if you want to see that show, chances are you wish you could see Davilla 666 (who played Cake Shop earlier this week too), The Beets and Xray Eyeballs at Knitting Factory.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Personal & the Pizzas play Bruar Falls.
That's it for this week. Tour dates and videos are below...
DOWNLOAD: Moon Duo - Mazes (MP3)
"Moon Duo will release a new full-length album Mazes on March 29 via Sacred Bones Records. The vinyl edition of this LP is hand silk-screened and comes with a 22" x 22" reversible poster. For a limited time select retailers will carry a free bonus CD available with purchase featuring six tracks on Mazes remixed by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Purling Hiss, and Psychic Ills amongst others."Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada) are currently on the road in support of that new LP which you can sample by downloading the title track above (right over the cover art).
Maybe you caught Moon Duo at Cake Shop last night (3/26) with Jacuzzi Boys. Maybe you'll catch them at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (3/27) as part of a a pretty great bill that also includes Coconuts (who released an LP on No Quarter exactly a year ago) and The Stepkids (who recently signed to Stones Throw).
All tour dates (may with Blank Dogs) and the new album's tracklist, below...
Aussies Slug Guts are here, and will kick of a North American tour at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn TONIGHT (3/11) with The Surprisers, Dutch Treat, and Brett and the Whisperers. It's their only NYC show before they head off to Texas for a stint in Austin at SXSW. After SXSW the band will duke it out with NYC again, this time on 3/23 at Death By Audio with Bogan Dust, Blank Realm, and The Dreebs.
For those of you heading to Austin, you can catch Slug Guts at any number of parties including the Sacred Bones/Chaos In Tejas/Stereogum party at Beerland on March 17th. There the band will be joined by Altaar (who is playing NYC this weekend too), Liturgy, Human Eye, Chelsea Wolfe, and many others including an exclusive performance by Zola Jesus. Show flyer is below.
Slug Guts take notes from their dark post-punk countrymen The Birthday Party on their new Howlin' Gang LP. The record, released by Sacred Bones on Feb 22nd, is currently available on CD and LP. Check out a stream of the track "Howlin'", a video and all dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Cult of Youth - Lace Up Your Boots (MP3)
Cult of Youth released their proper debut album this week on Sacred Bones and the band play a record release party tonight (2/25) at Secret Robot Project. The band next play the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home on March 9 before heading out on tour with Zola Jesus. Cult of Youth will also be at SXSW.
Originally a solo project for Love is Laughter bassist Sean Ragon (who also runs Greenpoint record store Heaven Street), under which he released some very limited edition records, Cult of Youth soon grew into an actual band. Mixing elements of goth, Celtic music (The Wicker Man soundtrack is frequently mentioned), and post punk influences. Nobody else in Brooklyn sounds quite like them. When I first heard them, I thought they were Australian. Nick Cave or The Gun Club is not an unfair reference point to what Cult of Youth sound like, but it doesn't encapsulate them either. (CoY also remind me of '80s San Francisco cult band The Ophelias if anybody remembers them.) The album is their first as a proper band, is a startling debut with tribal drumming, swooping violins, rum-soaked sea chantys, and Ragon's empassioned singing.
You can download "Lace Up Your Boots" at the top of this post. Tonight's record release party also has South American band Mueran Humanos (the last date of their U.S. tour), Philly darkwave act Blood Rhythm and You (that's a band called "You," not you you...though maybe you'll be there?). All of Cult of Youth's tour dates are below.
DOWNLOAD: Gary War - "Born of Light" (MP3)
photos by Nikki Sneakers
Though Gary War released their Police Water EP late last year, the band celebrated its release with a Brooklyn show on Saturday (1/8) at Union Pool. "Born of Light" above (and streaming below), comes from said EP. The show featured support from Ducktails and The Surprisers, and was one of two gigs scheduled for Gary War this month (they also play January 27th at Shea Stadium with Amen Dunes, Sore Eros and La Big Vic).
Gary War is currently working on a new LP to follow-up to 2009's Horribles Parade, and recently recorded a live split LP with Sacred Bones label-mate Zola Jesus "in a 1,200 year old castle in the medieval town of Itri, Italy." More on those releases soon but for now, check out pictures from the Union Pool show and that song stream below.
photos by Lori Baily
"Equally enamored of darkly seductive vocalists like P.J. Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux and caustic, lo-fi production, Nika Roza Danilova stands alone on the modern musical landscape as Zola Jesus. Her records are both melodic and experimental as the classically trained former opera singer attempts to reconcile her disparate--and in some ways, opposing--influences: her affinity for '80s niche genres like power electronics and minimal synth, as well as mainstream pop singles. Danilova not only stumbles onto some bizarre points of intersection but manages a unique coherence on her debut LP, The Spoils, and recently released EP, Stridulum. Hard as it might be to believe given such artistic maturity, Danilova is still a 21-year-old student enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison." [Minneapolis City Pages]Sacred Bones Records brought Amen Dunes, Nice Face, Effi Briest and their current star, Zola Jesus, to Glasslands in Brooklyn on Saturday night (June 19th). Zola Jesus had just been in Toronto and will be back in NYC in July. More pictures from the Glasslands show below...
by Bill Pearis
LA Record: How would you describe your music to a child?Madison, Wisconsin's enigmatic Zola Jesus (real name Nika Roza) is playing a one-off show at Cake Shop on Saturday (2/20). Posessed with a haunting wail, comparisons to Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie and Karin Andersson are not inappropriate. Check out the MP3s at the top of this post, especially "Night" which is from her new 12", Stridulum, which is out March 9 on Sacred Bones. I really dig the pulsing, slow-build arrangement and the production cuts way back on the reverb -- her voice doesn't need it. The Saturday line-up at Cake Shop is well chosen, Blacklist, Cult of Youth and White Ring.
Nika Roza: I tried to do this with my cousin. She's an aspiring goth. I am trying to turn her into a weirdo. 'It's like pop music but it's really noisy and there's opera.' I would probably say, 'This sounds like Hannah Montana' and let their minds adjust. 'This is what Hannah Montana can also sound like.' There's got to be a Nickelodeon Black. If you turn on TV you see people yelling things and vomiting colors. But when I was growing up seeing cartoons they would have a lot of snot and bodily fluids and weird things. What is going to happen to this new generation? But I would tell the 7-year-old child it was the Apocalypse. You know what, fuck that. There's nudity and language--let them see it! If not, they will turn into bigger creeps. You have to expose children to stuff like that. You gotta be ready.
If you can't make Saturday's show, she'll be back again on April 9 opening for Xiu Xiu and Tune-Yards at Bowery Ballroom Tickets are still on sale. She'll also be at SXSW. All dates, along with a video for "Clay Bodies" and a flyer for the Cake Shop show...