Entries tagged with: Sebadoh
The Rock Lottery 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.This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.
by Ian Chainey
The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.
This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.
Photos by Greg Cristman
Sebadoh / Octagrape @ Baby's All Right, 2/25/2014
Earlier today we posted pics from Sebadoh and Octagrape's Mercury Lounge show (2/24), which was their first of two NYC shows that finished their whirlwind February tour. Leading up to the NYC shows, Sebadoh had played 18 nights straight. Here's a set from the final night of the tour which happened in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on Tuesday (2/25). More pics below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Sebadoh @ Mercury Lounge, 2/24/2014
Indie rock vets Sebadoh just wrapped up their February tour with two shows here in NYC, playing Mercury Lounge on Monday (2/24) and Baby's All Right on Tuesday (2/25). We caught the sold-out Mercury Lounge show and pictures and setlist are in this post.
Opening on this tour was San Diego's Octagrape, the current band from onetime Souljunk and Truman's Water dude Glen Galloway who plays his guitar wild and strapless. Octagrape's superior, sludgy garage rock comes with just a smidge of psych bombast -- you can stream their Red UFO album, along with pics from their opening set at Mercury Lounge, below...
Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
More Rough Trade shows this month are moving due to the still-unresolved sound/noise issues they're dealing with, including Friday's Lanterns on the Lake show (2/7) which is now an early show at Baby's All Right (doors 7:30 PM) with Jesse Woods and Andy Shauf (tickets); and Saturday's Mutual Benefit show (2/8) which is now at Knitting Factory (tickets).
Moves since we last posted include: the American Royalty show with Ghenghis Hans on 2/13 is now at Baby's All Right (doors at midnight, tickets here).
Juan Wauters was to play a record release show at RT on February 15 with Household and Las Rosas. That has been moved to the next day (2/16) at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Surfer Blood were to have played on March 3 with Wake Up. That show has moved to Glasslands and tickets are on sale now.
Cities Aviv (2/18) and Water Liars (3/1) have been canceled.
photo via Sebadoh's Facebook
Iconic '90s indie rock band Sebadoh got back together a few years ago for tours, but cemented their reunited status this year with Defend Yourself, their first new album in 13 years. The band was just through NYC on their November tour and have just announced two more NYC shows for February, both at smallish venues: Mercury Lounge on 2/24 and Rough Trade on 2/25. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning on Wednesday (12/4) at noon.
A full tour hasn't been announced, but Sebadoh do have a few other dates in February, mostly in the South. All are listed below...
As mentioned, Sebadoh will release Defend Yourself -- their first new album in 13 years -- on September 17 via Joyful Noise Recordings. You can stream the first single, "I Will," and check out a trailer for the album below. If you'd like to hear the whole thing, Sebadoh is sponsoring "Test Pressing Listening Parties" at 11 record stores around the country this Saturday (8/17).
The NYC location is Permanent Records in Greenpoint and they'll be playing the record throughout the afternoon. Says P-Recs, "rumor has it some members of the band might even come by during the day to listen with us." (Lou Barlow will be in LA but Jason Loewenstein does live in the general North Brooklyn area.) The test pressing, autographed by the band, will be given away at the end of the day. All listening party locations are listed below.
In other news, Sebadoh has announced a short November tour that begins at Bowery Ballroom on 11/1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/14) at noon.
All tour dates and listening party locations are listed, along with that song stream and video, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Action Bronson appealing to a new demo
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Annie, Fiona Apple, Metz, TV Ghost, Noun, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Franz Ferdinand, King Khan & the Shrines, Action Bronson, KEN mode, Chance the Rapper, Sebadoh and more, below.
Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, Aug. 2012 (more by Bryan Buchman)
We knew that there was a new Sebadoh EP on the way, but now we learn that there will be an album too, titled Defend Yourself, which will be out September 17 on Joyful Noise. It will be the band's first new album in 14 years. Lou Barlow chatted a bit about the new album on the Joyful Noise blog:
How did you decide that now was the time to make the next Sebadoh record?Meanwhile, that new five-song EP, Secret, is out June 25 and you can stream the whole thing below.
The touring in support of the Bakesale reissue went very well. We had good chemistry as a 3 piece, Bob & Jake had been playing together for years & along with my 20 year history with Jake, D'Amico's contribution to the lineup was just a good fit. A new record had always been something we knew we would get around to doing & the pieces finally seemed to fall in place. My experience with the Dinosaur Jr. post-reunion albums had shown that it was best to just get on with it, drop any fears of not surpassing the band's earlier work & just make some new songs to play live & share with the people who still care about us.
Are you excited about anything in particular?
I was excited to work with Wally Gagel on the final mixes for my songs, he was my writing partner/producer during the heyday of the Folk Implosion. He & I hadn't worked together for awhile & I liked what he did with Jake's recordings. He also saved my ass by being available when I really needed him.
I'm relieved that we were able to find the time to make a new LP happen & surprised at how well it seems to hang together conceptually. I'm also pleased that we kept to ourselves during the recording & didn't have much, if any, outside intervention. That, to my mind, makes it a true Sebadoh record & aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases.
I used more 4 string guitar on this record than any record since Bakesale. Also, we tuned lower & I reverted back to the downstroke strumming style that I used early on. I made a conscious effort to do what felt the most natural as opposed to trying to streamline the sound as I did with some of the songs on The Sebadoh & Harmacy.
Lou also plays with Dinosaur Jr. on Friday (6/7) at Governor's Ball and the late night afterparty at Irving Plaza (win tickets!) bandmate J. Mascis plays Union Pool on Saturday afternoon (6/8) with his psychedelic blues-jam band Heavy Blanket. It's part of the BrooklynVegan-curated edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.
Sebadoh have a few tour dates this summer, but none currently lined up for the East Coast. Those dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below.
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom - 8/22/12
Sebadoh wrapped up their tour in NYC last night (8/22) at Bowery Ballroom. Support came from Sentridoh (Lou Barlow solo) and Circle of Buzzards, a band featuring the other 2/3 of Sebadoh, Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico. Sebadoh's set included a ton of their classic songs as well as a few off of their new EP. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Meanwhile, Lou's other band Dinosaur Jr. have a new album and tour on the way too. No NYC dates announced for them at the moment, but you can check out the video for the new single, "Watch the Corners," along with more pics of the Sebadoh show below.
As previously mentioned, Sebadoh is going on tour this summer and hitting Bowery Ballroom, Schubas, and many other fine establishments along the way. As also mentioned, the openers on the tour will be Sebadoh members in other incarnations including Lou himself solo and Circle of Buzzards featuring Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico. What we didn't know then was that Lou will also officially be billing himself as Sentridoh, like he did when he put out Losers in 1990, and other solo recordings after that, two of which you can hear and buy on Bandcamp.
We also mentioned there may be a new EP, which there will in fact be. Lou writes:
hi.. guess what? we, -sebadoh- , have recorded FIVE NEW SONGS .. early next year we will have a new album .. -none- of these FIVE NEW SONGS will be on that record.. our FIVE NEW SONGS are contained on an EP entitled "secret EP" and will be available on -bandcamp- and on a cd that will, for the time being, only be sold at shows on our upcoming east coast tour ... these FIVE NEW SONGS were all recorded with our current lineup of Jason Loewenstein , Lou Barlow and Bob D'Amico in Glendale California at Lou's rehearsal spot, by Jason's Jakerock Mobile Unit..All dates are HERE and listed again below.
they sound a whole lot like the -sebadoh- of yore so, If you liked -sebadoh- before the chances are good that you will like these FIVE NEW SONGS.. or not, who knows.... there's no official release date but start checking bandcamp around August 1st or come to one of our shows and pick up a cd .. we -may- release it on vinyl sometime but we need to sell some digital copies and cd's first.. these FIVE NEW SONGS are a purely self-released DIY deal.. we're pretty excited about it and hope you will be too. thanks,
p.s. FIVE NEW SONGS
Lou's band Dinosaur Jr. recently played Green Music Fest in Illinous. Check out pictures at BV Chicago. A new album is coming in October, and they play FYF Fest in LA in September. All dates are listed below....
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
Dinosaur Jr. will release their new album, I Bet on Sky, on Sept 18 via Jagjaguar. It's the band's third album since reforming the original line-up of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph back in 2005. (They've been together two years longer than their original late-80s run.) You can check out the rad cover art and tracklist to I Bet on Sky at the bottom of this post.
If you were wondering if there might be a tour for the new album, well of course there is but there's no NYC date as of yet but you can catch Lou with Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom on August 22. (Tickets are still available.) All current Dino Jr. dates are listed below.
Sebadoh at MHoW, Nov. 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sebadoh are touring again, this time a late summer East Coast jaunt that will finish up in NYC on August 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon and all listed tour dates are below.
This tour will bring various permutations of Sebadoh in one night. In addition to the indie rock trio as you know and love them, you'll also get Circle of Buzzards (aka Sebadoh rhythm section Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico) and a solo set from Lou Barlow.
Before the tour, Lou, Jason and Bob will go into the studio to work on a new Sebadoh album which should probably see a release next year. But according to Backstage Rider, there may just be a new Sebadoh EP even sooner. Additionally, Lou plays on the new Dinosaur Jr. album, currently slated for a fall release.
In more Sebadoh news, this past March they reissued Weed Forestin' with the bonus cassette, Child of the Apocalypse, both of which are streaming on bandcamp. The casette, CD, and an LP/cassette/USB package are all sold out, but there are still 63 of the 500 vinyl pressings on sale at bandcamp as of this post and you can of course purchase the digital album.
A video of Lou Barlow performing songs from Weed Forestin' in LA this past March and a list of all Sebadoh dates are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Sebadoh @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Barlow's songs like "Freed Pig," "Soul and Fire," and "Magnet's Coil," made their expected appearances, but it was the Lowenstein songs that were the true highlights of the night. Playing with such speed and energy that belied his age, the songs seemed as fresh as they must have in the early 90s. Even "Sister," off 1993's Bubble and Scrape, took on new life as Lowenstein's crushing vocals and bass work seemed even improved from those early lo-fi years.... As they made their way through songs like Bakesale's "Got It," "Rebound," and "Careful" -- which Barlow referred to as the best Sebadoh song- it was evident that this was a triumphant night. -[One Thirty BPM]Sebadoh played two NYC-area dates over the weekend with Mazes, including 11/11 at Maxwell's with Risk/Reward and 11/12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dichroics. Pictures from the latter adorn this post. Sebadoh have no other dates in their near future other than an appearance aboard the Weezer Cruise in early 2012.
In related news, Lou Barlow's bandmate in Dinosaur Jr, J.Mascis, is preparing to release a new 7" with Sub Pop on 11/22. Stream "I've Been Thinking" from said 7" (the flip is a cover of Edie Brickell's "Circle") below and look for J aboard the Weezer Cruise as well.
J.Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. tour dates, that song stream, and pictures from MHoW are below.
by Bill Pearis
2011 is winding down, holidays are on the horizon and bands, for the most part, stop touring till the new year. Not quite yet, but things are starting to slow down significantly. Which is a good chance to check out local acts if you're still itching to go see some live music this weekend.
Quilt are not local but it's a short trip down from Boston they're making to play Glasslands tonight (11/9), the record release party for their debut LP which came out on Mexican Summer this week. Like a lot of music on the label, there's a laid-back psych quality to the music and, as Andrew Sacher noted previously, Quilt have an undeniable late '60s Haight-Ashbury vibe. Maybe a few less flowers in their hair, but it's there. This kind of stuff also evokes New Zealand comparisons too whether they've ever listened to the Clean or Tall Dwarves before or not. It's a terrific record and you can download two tracks off it at the top of this post and the whole thing is up on Spotify. I heard good things about Quilt's shows at CMJ too.
It's a pretty stacked bill tonight at Glasslands. Also playing are San Francisco's Lilac who appear to be jetting in just for this show. They've also got a psych-rock thing going on, but it's filtered more through '80s UK acts like Primal Scream, the Bunnymen and the Stone Roses. (Some Velocity Girl in there too maybe.) Organ-heavy and danceable. Lilac released their first EP over the summer which is pretty damn good and you can download the single "So Young" at the top of this post and watch the video below.
Also playing are instrument-destroying, '90s-loving locals Total Slacker who released their debut album, Thrashin', not too long ago. It's a little too '90s at times -- I'm surprised they don't have an Angelfire website -- but I can't deny it's a pretty fun record. The band they remind me the most of, and this is an obscure reference, is late '80s band Christmas who later morphed into Combustible Edison. There's a similar melodic and harmony style to what they did and Total Slacker do, not to mention a love of psychedelics. You can download album cut "Secret VHS Collection" at the top of this post (and watch the video below).
I'm Turning Into
Tomorrow night (11/10) at Union Hall is a band who doesn't get enough attention. I'm Turning Into have been around for a couple years, having moved up from the DC area and quickly ingratiating themselves into the Bushwick indie community. (Two of them became My Teenage Stride's rhythm section what seemed like almost immediately.) The band's Parcel of Marbles was released on cassette (and digitally) this summer and is appropriately low-fi given the release format. More in a Robert Pollard kind of way, than the more recent garage scene that people associate with the low-fi tag. I'm Turning Into have plenty of pop smarts and its eminently likeable. You can stream the whole of Parcel of Marbles at the bottom of this post.
ARMS released their new album Summer Skills this week and they play a record release party for it this Friday (11/11) at Glasslands. Earlier this year, Todd Goldstein described the record as a "sort of sci-fi breakup album" and that comes through, I think, even without focusing on the lyrics. The fat synths give the record an epic, widescreen quality. You can download three tracks from Summer Skills via ARMS' Bandcamp site and get the whole record from your digital retailer of choice. Physical release is still TBD.
Moonmen on the Moon, Man
And finally, Friday is November 11 which makes it 11/11/11 which is kinda cool and might "mean something" to numerologists. (Though not as much as November 11, 1111 did. That was a party.) To the folks at Cake Shop, it's an excuse to have 11 bands play in one night. You might expect an appropriate cover charge, but it's actually half that. Yes $5.50 gets you in, probably the first time ever the door will have had to deal with coins which should make the door person real happy. Amongst the bands playing are Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man who have been gigging around a lot lately and have become pretty good. If you like early '90s indie like Eleventh Dream Day or Madder Rose, check 'em out. There's a whole bunch of songs up on their Bandcamp page to listen to.
Cake Shop is still looking for that 11th band (or maybe its a surprise guest?) but the rest of the line-up is American Darlings, Celestial Shore, Mainland, Birdhand, Young Heel, Corsair, Edelweiss, Night Manager and Normally Important.
That's it for this week. A few day-by-day picks follow for shows not covered above.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
It's week two of Miniboone's Thursday's in November residency. If you go tonight you get a free copy of their just-released debut album, On Miniboone Mountain. You can download a couple tracks right now at their Bandcamp.
photos by Autumn Andel
Archers of Loaf @ MFNW
"We're going to reissue more stuff. I don't know if that's on the record or not, because I don't keep up with that, but we're definitely going to reissue stuff. As long as that's happening, we're going to keep playing shows. The pace of this year has pretty much put me in a mental institution. It's just been too crazy, it's been too much. And one of the reasons I got burnt out on the band in the first place was I didn't get to do other things I love, like [rock] climbing and stuff like that. And that's the way it's been this year, but our plan this year was to just go after it and do a lot because we were just getting back together. So knowing it was finite, that hadn't bothered me. And that's been the case for all four of us in that sense. So in the future, it's going to be more of a slow burn, and a slower pace. We won't tour as frantically, because we don't have to. We don't need the income, we're just doing it because we like it, and we love each other, and we love the songs. We're going to keep doing it. Our plan for next year is to do maybe 10 weekends spread out over the whole year, that kind of deal. And that should be good. That will open up some time, and it may give us more time to practice and write new songs."Aside from a December ATP appearance in the UK, Archers of Loaf are done playing all announced 2011 shows. Their 2nd to last US show was 9/8 at Crystal Ballroom in Portland with Sebadoh, part of MFNW (Day 2). Pictures from that show are in this post (pictures from MFNW Day 1 are HERE).
- Matt Gentling of Archers of Loaf
That all said, Matt Gentling might be taking a long break from the road, but Eric Bachmann (aka Crooked Fingers who also played a set at MFNW) heads right back out in October. Sebadoh also have fall dates scheduled.
More pictures from Portland below...
Sebadoh at Pitchfork Fest in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Sebadoh are currently finishing up a European tour and will tour Australia and Japan in September before returning to North America for more dates in the fall. The North American tour will hit NYC on November 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and NJ one day earlier (11/11) at Maxwell's. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at noon and Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now. Sebadoh also play the Weezer Crusie in January.
All dates below...
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 7/7
Cruises are all the rage. There's Jam Cruise and Holy Ship!, and to a smaller extent Bruise Cruise, and now this January Weezer are launching the first ever Weezer Cruise. The cruise takes place over the course of 4 days (1/19-1/23) on the Carnival Destiny from Miami to the island of Cozumel, and features performances by a lineup curated by Weezer, who will also be performing themselves. The lineup is pretty heavy on members of the Dinosaur Jr. family including Dinosaur Jr. themselves, Sebadoh, J. Mascis, and Lou Barlow. Hey, they're all trapped on a boat together for four days, might as well mix up the formats. Other bands playing include Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, and many others. Full lineup below.
As recently mentioned, Weezer and The Flaming Lips will set up "side-by-side" (sort of like "in the round") at their co-headlining shows happening at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ (7/28) and at Jones Beach in NY (7/29). Both dates are with Yeasayer. Tickets for both are still on sale, and BrooklynVegan is giving away 2 pairs of Flaming Lips/Weezer tickets EVERY DAY between now and 7/26. Each day we'll award one pair of tickets to the NJ show, and one to the NY show. This will be the last time you see a post about it on the site though, but check our Facebook each day for an updated chance to win. Instructions on entering via email are below.
The Flaming Lips have also added more shows this summer, including a weird one: in Long Beach, Long Island on September 9. No more details on that at the moment. All dates are listed below along with a set of pictures from the 7/7 Lips show at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
The Flaming Lips, who released collaboration EPs this year with Neon Indian and Prefuse 73, are currently working on one with Lightning Bolt. According to Wayne Coyne's twitter, "Mixing the final master of Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt tracks!!!!". Video below.
All tour dates, video, contest details, and full Weezer Cruise lineup below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Crazy Rulers of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Ready to Go (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Seeking Love (MP3)
First up is Craft Spells who make their NYC debut tonight (4/8) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening for fellow Captured Tracks band Beach Fossils, plus Crinkles and an "Unannounced Special Guest" that might drum up some excitement if anyone could figure out who that might actually be. Craft Spells also play Saturday (4/9) at Glasslands with Cloud Nothings and the Sundelles, which is also a pretty solid lineup.
On record at least, Craft Spells is basically Justin Paul Vallesteros who made his debut album Idle Labor in his home. Vallesteros is making a go of it, having recently moved from Stockton, California to Seattle where he's turned Craft Spells into a quartet. Idle Labor is very much a bedroom pop album (and a very good one), clearly created by one guy who loves a lot of '80s music (OMD, Pale Fountains come to mind, as does New Order though mainly through the album art).
You can download two tracks from Idle Labor at the top of this post. But the Craft Spells live experience eschews the keyboards for a straight-up guitar pop sound that I'm told is a little more akin to Orange Juice. Which sounds pretty good too. We shall see.
As you're reading this column, you're probably well aware that the '90s are totally back. Which means bands from that era are totally back too. Bands like Sebadoh whose classic albums Sebadoh III, Bubble and Scrape and Bakesale helped define the sound of "indie rock." (I tried in vein to find a clip of Lou [wearing a Joy Division t-shirt] talking at length about breakups on MTV's Sex in the '90s. Somebody get on this please.] And they're totally back -- in NYC -- this weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. It looks like the Sunday show still has tickets at the moment.
To be fair, Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Eric Gaffney started playing together again in 2007 but it seems a lot more interesting now, what with Yuck slyly cribbing their moves and all. Oupa -- Yuck singer Daniel Bloomberg's side project -- are supposed to open for Sebadoh Saturday, though it's not listed on the Bowery website now. For sure you'll get Richard Buckner, who's opening both nights.
Keeping with the '90s indie rock vibe, don't forget Seattle's BOAT are playing Mercury Lounge tomorrow (4/9). It's a relatively early show -- BOAT are on at 9PM -- so you can go do something else after. They are super fun live, even when massive equipment failure threatens to derail them. BOAT persevere with good humor.
One of the things you could do after BOAT is just stay at Mercury Lounge for the late show, featuring post-rockers Bardo Pond and New Zealand's Surf City. While they've never really broken up, Bardo Pond are best known for their late-'90s canon on Matador, full of lengthy spaced-out jams full of crashing waves of guitar noise and throbbing bass. The band's hazy groove sounds intact on last year's self-titled new album.
Surf City, meanwhile, are indebted to the classic Flying Nun sound, meaning a whole lot of the Clean, a good dose of The Jean Paul Sartre Experience, and maybe a little Bats for good measure. Their new-ish album is called Kudos and is loaded with catchy, noisy guitar pop, like "Crazy Rulers of the World," downloadable above. Coincidentally, Crazy Rulers of the World is also the title of my forthcoming coffee table book about novelty measuring sticks. Go figure.
Surf City also play Glasslands on Tuesday (4/12) with Darlings, Lingering Doubt, and Little Racer.
That's it for this week's This Week in Indie. A few more daily picks follow.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Boston power pop band Pretty & Nice play Spike Hill. These guys are solid.
The name is kind of horrible and I'm personally not crazy about the music but I'm told Gobble Gobble's live show is unforgettable which might be reason enough to go check them out at Glasslands tonight. With Headless Horsemen.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Dinowalrus, She Keeps Bees, Total Slacker, Gunfight, Quiet Loudly, Pet Ghost Project, Mussels, Data Dog, El Jezel, Nature Boy, Shark? and more play the Brain-Cave Festival at Shea Stadium. Starts at 2PM, $10.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10
Garagey power pop band Bare Wires are at Cake Shop on Sunday with Fergus and Geronimo. Bare Wires are great, go out and see 'em!
OK, that's it! Tour dates, video, and flyers are below.
DOWNLOAD: J. Mascis - "Not Enough" (MP3)
Sebadoh at Pitchfork 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Dinosaur Jr haven't called it quits (again), but their members are fully engaged in their own separate projects in the coming months.
Lou Barlow's Sebadoh will hit the road in early February for a set of West Coast dates with Quasi followed by a set of East Coast dates in early April that aren't fully announced yet. Those dates include a pair in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. Tickets for both shows (9th here, 10th here) are currently (as of noon) on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale at noon on 1/21.
Meanwhile, J Mascis is prepping his solo effort Several Shades of Why for release on Sub Pop. The LP, available for preorder now, which is "nearly all acoustic" is his first official solo effort and features ten tracks including "Not Enough" available for download above. J Mascis has a few dates of his own in the coming months too, and like the album they will be acoustic. First he's playing with Kurt Vile and then with The Black Heart Procession. Those include NYC shows with Kurt Vile on March 24th at Mercury Lounge and March 25th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for Mercury are currently on AMEX presale (as of noon) and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (1/21). Tickets for Music Hall if Williamsburg also go on sale Friday.
All currently known tour dates and an excellent/in-depth interview with J Mascis is below...
"heading to NYC to play the PORTLANDIA premiere!" - The Thermals
"OMG just saw Carrie Brownstein at the airport SHE'S ON OUR FLIGHT!!!" - The Thermals
"whoa there's a lot of sluts on this flight. c u in NYC!" - The Thermals
"good flight. I finally learned what the mile high club is. I always thought it meant getting stoned in Denver" - The Thermals
The Thermals @ 2009 Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
"Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!Forbidden Friends have no upcoming live dates, but (not counting the private party that Hutch has been tweeting about - see the top of this post) The Thermals do, as do Portlandia guest stars and Thermals' Kill Rock Stars label-mates Corin Tucker and the Decemberists.
Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!
Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)
Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band." [Kill Rock Stars]
Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC, but you can watch it now in the video embedded below.
The Thermals, after the Portlandia party (1/19), have some dates scheduled on the west coast followed by a European tour with The Coathangers. Their list of dates, and Carrie's new band Wild Flag's updated set of dates, and pretty much every upcoming Kill Rock Stars-artist tour date currently listed by the label, is below...
J Mascis @ Summerstage in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
J Mascis has set to release his first solo acoustic album of new material (Martin & Me was a live acoustic LP with no new acoustic material), and first album for Sub Pop on March 15. The album is called Several Shades of Why and is his first solo release since 1996's Martin + Me. The tracklist is below.
As far as dates, all J has coming up at the moment is a performance on Saturday, November 13 at Prema Yoga to benefit Amma's charities. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Embracing The World, the humanitarian efforts of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). Mascis will be joined on stage by Devadas and Tony Jarvis. Dinosaur Jr. will be performing Bug in its entirety at ATP in London on July 1.
In other Dinosaur Jr. related news, Lou Barlow has stated the following in a journal entry on his website dated 10/25/10:
I'm going to Japan on Halloween to visit a Mike Watt/Missingmen tour already in progress... play a few shows with them... THEN I'm going to Spain for Thanksgiving-time shows...The Mike Watt/Missingmen tour that Barlow mentioned was in support of Watt's new album Hyphenated-Man which is out now in Japan on Parabolica Records. Hyphenated-Man is Watt's third opera, fourth album overall, and is his first since leaving Columbia. An American release is rumored for 2011. The 30-song tracklist, with some live videos from the recent tour, is below.
It doesn't seem possible for me to be home for more [than] a few weeks at a time... writing new songs doesn't seem possible either... I need home-time deluxe for that... to settle and spread my head
but there's talk of a new Dino record, I'll get something together if that happens... Also Sebadoh will be touring in support of the next 'classic' reissues: Bakesale and Harmacy... myself, Jason and Bob D'Amico... working those songs out should be fun, always is... February for Sebadoh tours, dates forth-coming.
Watt's tour just ended this past Sunday, but Tera Melos (who opened the October 17-22 dates) have just embarked on a US tour with Maps & Atlases. All dates, album tracklists and stuff below...
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
Friday night featured three groups performing their respective definitive albums. Mission of Burma's trademark post-punk sound pervaded for its performance of 1982's Vs. Sebadoh's set, which comprised the noisy-to-folk renderings of Bubble and Scrape, found the trio trading instruments and vocal leads. The set was derailed in the midst of Lou Barlow's acoustic Think (Let Tomorrow Bee) by Public Enemy's production duo, The Bomb Squad, which started its set before Sebadoh was finished. This incited audience members to chant for Public Enemy. Sebadoh completed its set, and The Bomb Squad spun dance rhythms as a precursor to Public Enemy's performance of 1988's groundbreaking It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. Flavor Fav was missing on stage during Bring the Noise, though his vocal parts were curiously present in the mix. Later, even though Flavor Flav and Chuck D exchanged terse quips during the Fight The Power finale, Chuck D departed the stage leaving Flavor Flav to lead the audience through "peace" and "power" chants. The set included Party for Your Right to Fight and Don't Believe the Hype. Flav's antics caused tension with fans, too: While plugging his reality show, he was booed, to which he responded, "Boo your girlfriend, don't boo the Flav." Chuck D brought the show back on track, and other gems included Public Enemy No. 1 and for the first time live in 18 years, Terminator X to the Edge of Panic. [USA Today]More Sebadoh pics below...