Entries tagged with: Shrag
by Bill Pearis
One of my favorite records of 2012 was UK group Shrag's third album, Canines, which came out over the summer and didn't get much attention in North America. And that's partially due to A) the album only got a digital release over here and B) they didn't tour like they did for 2010's Life! Death! Prizes! (they even played one of our CMJ week parties). But Canines is easily the band's best record to date, retaining the band's scratchy snarl but letting a few rays of sunshine (and mid-fi production) to lighten the proceedings and up their pop side just a bit. You still get those big Fall-like basslines and shouty choruses, just just cleaned up a little. There's no dulling the lyrics, though, that still aim for the jugular. This is an album with big hooks and a bigger bite. Show us your canines indeed.
You can stream the entirety of Canines below and check out videos for "Devestating Bones" and the album's title track as well. Keep your fingers crossed that Shrag might hit North America for SXSW or NYC/SF Popfests in 2013.
today in NYC
* M6 @ Roulette
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* Salim Washington @ The Stone
* Nitzer Ebb @ Gramercy Theatre
* DJ Shadow, Pigeon John @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Glasser, ARP, Blood Orange @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, King Charles @ Terminal 5
* Spindrift, Dinowalrus, The Runaway Suns @ Knitting Factory
* The Joy Formidable, Grouplove, The Dig @ Bowery Ballroom
* Kings of Leon, Manchester Orchestra @ Madison Square Garden
* The Yes Way, Appomattox, The Forms, Doppelganger @ Glasslands
* TYF! w/ A Mystery Guest, Hannibal Buress, And More! @ Lolita Bar
* Deleted Scenes, Modern Skirts, The Dardys, The Walnuts @ Pianos
* The Woes, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems, Hans Chew @ Union Pool
* Megafortress, Andrew Brady, Brian Moran, Motorcycle Money @ Zebulon
* Sword & Sandal, Palomar, Hospitality, DJ Shirley Braha @ The Rock Shop
* Bangkok Shock, Callsign, The Prescription, The Gloominous Doom @ Bowery Electric
* The Russian Futurists, Home Video, The Last Royals, Battle Circus @ Mercury Lounge
* Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde - 6th Annual Reading of Terry Riley's "In C" @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Invisible Hand, Oceanographer, Minor Stars, Leslie Sisson (of Wooden Birds) @ Bruar Falls
* Maria Chavez, Daniel Moore, Brian Osborne & Walter Carson, Seabat, Arid Hunter, XNKX, High School Confidential @ Silent Barn
Joly just posted a Punk Cast video of Shrag performing at Cake Shop during CMJ. Check it out below...
NPR posted a Tiny Desk Concert of Sharon Van Etten. Check that out below too....
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"At Brooklyn Vegan showcase. Free booze & food. Sick line-up. Ty segall, times new Viking, Dom, lower dens, asobi seksi, devotchka, etc. #cmj" - death & taxes
"Packed at publc assembly but there's still some room...
Shrag are on at 3:15..." - Bill Pearis
"Almost forgot about Shrag, what a find! fun band!" - Ryan Muir
"Pretty sure Ty Segall just won CMJ." - J. Edward Keyes
"The large number of bands at the BV party was split between Public Assembly's two stages, with sets overlapping. With free Magic Hat Number Nine (somehow apricot-flavored beer seemed like a suitable substitute for breakfast), both sides of the club were filling rapidly. So while I caught a minute or two of Lower Dens' vespered melodies, I wasn't about to miss Times New Viking . The Columbus trio recently wrapped up work on a new record (due out on [a label] sometime in the near future) and this was to be the first time I would hear the new stuff. Though the band was by their own admission still tired from the night before, their set didn't show it, with the buoyancy of songs like "Skull Versus Wizard" and "Teenage Lust!" undiminished. The new tracks, which showed the most prominent melodies TNV has composed yet, fit in alongside the older cuts. Though I've now lost count of how many times I've seen the band, I'm always struck by how they remain too anxious to stay in one sonic realm for long, their quick succession of albums marked by continual revision." [ Limewire]This is part two of our coverage of our own Friday day party that took place at Public Assembly on Friday, 10/22/10. Any bands that were missed in the other post, are definitely in this post. Some are in both.
Did you miss the Phantom Band at this show or one of the other few CMJ shows they played? Well, don't miss them this week when they return as part of their tour with Frightened Rabbit (at Terminal 5 on Saturday they're on first of three before Plants and Animals).
Wanna see Dom again soon? They play NYC again this Saturday (10/30) too.
More pictures and some more videos from Public Assembly, below...
"Phantom Band at Public Assembly. This is making me very happy" - amanda farah
"the big find of today so far: First Aid Kit at @brooklynvegan.
check it out!" - French Press Films
"The Luyas did this light show during their set. And the vocalist/guitarist totally reminded me of Frente! Enchanting #CMJ" - brian fee
"Public assembly again! Ty Segall rippin it up" - genevieve oliver
"Just learned that DeVotchKa is headlining today's BV free CMJ day party at Public Assembly. I'm so there!" - M. Millions
"[Friday] included a bit of borough hopping between Brooklyn and Manhattan. First up was the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Public Assembly. This included two rooms of free music and free alcohol (if you like [Magic Hat] or Firefly). There was also a table selling BV shirts, proceeds of which go towards "Music Has Power" (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Good music + a good cause = good party by the Vegan. There's another one [Saturday] that has a sick line-up. Gonna head there first thing [Saturday].Shrag and Devotchka were both announced as additions to Friday's bill on Thursday night. Thanks so much to everyone that came by, especially those who showed up early to fill the room for Jonny Corndawg's 12pm set, even if it was just because you wanted one of the free Earpeace earplugs we gave out to the first 50 people through the door. Hopefully you were rewarded by Corndawg's sweet country sounds (washed down with free Firefly and Magic Hat)...
One other thing worth noting about that BV party is one of the bands: Shrag. This band was from the UK, which got me thinking about how many bands travel from all over the world (especially places like the UK and New Zealand) just to come to CMJ. I think it's really cool how this festival gives people a chance to experience music from not just all over the country, but from different parts of the world as well. Because let's face it, how many of us are going to be visiting New Zealand any time soon?" [News on Shuffle]
Jonny Corndawg is an Esmont native who plays in Charlottesville all the time (his website says he's in Nashville) and who I caught for the first time over the weekend. His square jaw was beard-covered and framed in a cowboy hat and huge sunglasses. The silly facade--"Jonny Corndawg" is inlayed on his acoustic guitar!--can only hide his chops for so long. If he didn't have chops, would he have written these lines:Hopefully you also got there while the free V-Spot empenadas were still available. As Andrew pointed out, they were delicious. If you didn't get an empenada, hopefully you at least snacked on a free Raw Rev bar or two.
"Drink water and juice with a little slice of lemon/ eat a raw clove of garlic every once in a while/ meditate, appreciate, learn a foreign language/ and understand that immigrants have the hardest lives." [c-ville]
As Andrew also pointed out, John Vanderslice (who played Mercury Lounge the night before) ended his solo set in a very special way - on the floor with 2 guest musicians (one with a horn). The crowd, dreaded member of Nada Surf included, had the three performers completely surrounded. After the set, John went out to coffee with fans (or at least that's what he said he was going to do).
Devotchka capped things off on the main stage, complete with more horns. Thanks again to Vinny's Music for the equipment. More pictures and some videos from the whole day (with a second set on its way). below...
we now resume with regularly scheduled programming...
Kylesa @ Cake Shop in 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
today in NYC
* Jakob Dylan @ City Winery
* Muse, Metric @ Prudential Center
* Steve Miller Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Satoko Fujii Orchestra @ Roulette
* Dujeous, Outasight @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tearing the Veil of Maya @ Union Hall
* Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins @ The Bell House
* High on Fire, Torche, Kylesa @ Webster Hall
* Angus & Julia Stone, Gareth Dunlap @ Maxwell's
* Titan, Royal Thunder, La Otracina @ Union Pool
* Great Lakes, Trummors, Kevin Barker @ The Rock Shop
* Eternal Summers, Big Troubles (Kidrockers) @ The Living Room
* Martha Wainwright (sings Piaf), The Mittenstrings @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sunglasses, The Pass, Radical Dads, SOARS, The Seedy Seeds, Bell @ Pianos
* Cannabis Corpse, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Fin'amor, Respawn @ Bowery Electric
* Truman Peyote, MillionYoung, Emily Reo, Alaskas, Weekends, Human Resources, Birthdays, Gobble Gobble, Teen Daze, Dark Sea Of Awareness @ Shea Stadium
* The So So Glos, Patrick Stickles, The Beets, Shilpa Ray, Bad Credit No Credit, Carnivores, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Perpetual Crush, PAPS @ Silent Barn
Pianos, Shea Stadium and Silent Barn are all keeping the CMJ spirit alive today.
:: PANACHE presentsDid you catch Shrag at our Friday day party at Public Assembly? A Bleary Eyed Brooklyn video clip from that show is bleow...
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The date: Friday, October 22nd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
STAGE 1More info in the previous post. video and flyer below...
12:30 Magic Bullets
01:15 The Phantom Band
02:00 Ty Segall
02:45 Times New Viking
04:15 Asobi Seksu
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Shrag - Tights in August (MP3)
Indiepop can be a bit of a dirty word but Shrag are flying the flag defiantly, with some balls too. Comparisons to Love is All and Comet Gain are apt (they share producer Woodie Taylor) but there's also some classic punk snarl in there too. Shrag's new album, Life! Death! Prizes!, is pretty terriffic and deserves to take them beyond the cardigan crowd. You can download the Comet Gain-esque "Tights in August" at the top of this post and watch the video for their excellent new single "Rabbit Kids" at the bottom of this post.
More importantly, Shrag are here this week for CMJ and as it stands right now you've got three chances to see them: Friday (10/22, 6PM) at Cake Shop for the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted day party; Saturday (10/23, 3PM) at Bruar Falls as part of the all-day Cape Shok party; then later Saturday night (11PM) for their official CMJ showcase at Lit Lounge.
Dates, flyer and videos below...