Entries tagged with: Slow Club
by Bill Pearis
UK duo Slow Club are set to release their third album, Complete Surrender, on July 15. Continuing the trajectory of 2011's Paradise, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson have left their winsome acoustic days behind in favor of a much fuller pop sound. Check out videos for singles "Suffering You, Suffering Me" and the album's title track, below.
Rebecca and Charles will be in NYC this weekend to play a 4 PM Apple Store SoHo in-store on Sunday (6/22) and this week's "It's a School Night" party at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (6/23) with The Kite String Tangle and headliner Lawrence Rothman. That show is free with RSVP. The duo will then be back this fall for a proper North American tour which will kick off in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 17. Tickets for the bowery show will be available soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, along with videos, below...
A couple shows at Glasslands in August we should point out. On their way to Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, Fujiya & Miyagi will stop by on August 31 for a show at the Williamsburg venue with Hess is More and Wishes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's their only other U.S. date scheduled at the moment. Did you go see them at Glasslands back in January?
And then the next night (8/31) Glasslands hosts Slow Club for what is their only current American date we can find. The show is with Secret Cities and tickets for that show are on sale now. Something must be brewing. Slow Club were here back in February. The band just released a video for new single "Beginners" (you may recognize it's star, even without the lightning bolt scar, watch it below) and are currently wrapping up recording for a new EP.
by Bill Pearis
There are so many good shows happening tomorrow (2/16) this column could be renamed This Thursday in Indie. But I won't because that would be dumb. What about next week? And the week after? Thursday might be totally dead those weeks and then look what I'm stuck with.
But I digress. Basically everything covered below (apart from the daily picks section) is happening tomorrow. Such as Australia's Woollen Kits who are wrapping up a North American tour, pulling into Brooklyn for a show at Death By Audio. Not unlike fellow countrymen The Twerps (who play Mercury Lounge on 3/30), Woollen Kits play the kind of stripped down guitar rock that can be traced back through Flying Nun and K Recs, Jonathan Richman and the Velvet Underground. When guitarist Thomas Hardisty sings baritone, the band veers towards Beat Happening; when drummer Tom Ridgewell takes the mike, Woollen Kits are more Clean-like. The band just released their debut album on R.I.P Society records and it's quite good.
You can stream the single "Out of Whack" at the bottom of this post and watch its video. The DBA show is with Home Blitz, Harpoon Fever and Parquet Courts. The band have a few more shows before heading home to where it's currently warm, and all Woollen Kits dates are at the bottom of this post.
Also on Thursday (2/17) is the return of Slow Club who play The Bell House. It's their first show in NYC since September when the duo's second album, Paradise, was released. The record expands greatly upon the folk-pop of their debut, Yeah, So, giving them a much bigger sound, perhaps due in part to producer Luke Smith (who was in short-lived but great mid-'00s band Clor). It still sounds like Slow Club, mind you: winsome, charming, joyous. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify if you haven't heard it yet. The band are even more charming and joyous live.
The undercard for the Bell House show is pretty strong as well: Air Waves, who are back in Brooklyn where they belong after a stint in Austin, and Chalk & Numbers who I don't think have played live since last year's NYC Popfest.
Eleven Pond (in the '80s)
If the thought of something winsome, charming and joyous makes you want to puke, you might do better at Glasslands which is hosting the first show in 23 years by Eleven Pond. The Rochester, NY band's sole album, 1986's Bas Relief, is considered a lost classic by darkwave aficionados and was reissued a couple years ago by Dark Entries records. (You can stream it here.) Showing respect to their elders will be two bands from Wierd's roster: Frank (Just Frank) and Plastic Flowers. Expect Glasslands' smoke machine to be turned to the Peter Murphy setting for this show.
And finally, Palomar, who recently opened for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom, are having the record release party for their new album, Sense & Antisense, at Littlefield Thursday night. These three ladies and one dude have been together for over ten years, outlasting all sorts of other more hyped Brooklyn bands and scenes, putting out quality indie rock LP after quality indie rock LP. Their sticktoitiveness is as strong as their ability to write catchy tunes and harmonize. Sense & Antisense, the band's fifth, is a keeper.
You can stream the LP on Spotify and purchase it directly from the band, either at their website or at tomorrow's show. Also playing are Jaabs (feat. Roman of the Oranges Band) and Art Con. The Wrens' Charles Bissell is also performing Palomar covers, so I'm told.
OK, that's the main stuff for me this week. There are some good non-Thursday shows this week and my other picks are listed day-by-day below.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
It's a night of quality local bands at Pianos, with High Highs, Phonetag, Ski Lodge, and Field Mouse. That's a good show! (and if you miss it, High Highs also play Pianos on 2/29).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Didn't I give you enough Thursday options above?
Slow Club at Europa in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
UK duo Slow Club released Paradise late last year (available at eMusic), and played a few US shows in support of it. Now they're returning to North America for a full tour with Air Waves, which hits NYC on February 16 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile catch Air Waves TONIGHT (1/13) at Death By Audio with Soft Healer and Juan Wauters. The show is a benefit for Esme Barrera.
Check out the most video from the album, "If We're Still Alive," which came out late last year, along with all tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Immensely likable UK duo Slow Club are back with their second album, Paradise, out next week on Moshi Moshi and will be over in November for a couple NYC shows: 11/3 at Mercury Lounge and 11/4 at The Rock Shop. They're also playing The Echo in Los Angeles on November 6. Expect a proper North American tour in the new year.
The new album expands greatly upon the folk-pop of their debut, Yeah, So, giving them a much bigger sound, perhaps due in part to producer Luke Smith (who was in short-lived but great mid-'00s band Clor). It still sounds like Slow Club, mind you: winsome, charming, joyous. Just don't call them twee:
Music Broke My Bones: What's your opinion of the twee tag that is sometimes tossed about, is this something you want to embrace or react against?You can listen to the entirety of Paradise over at NME.com and watch videos for its two singles, "Two Cousins" and "Where I'm Waking," at the bottom of this post, along with all upcoming Slow Club tour dates.
Slow Club: React against massively, I will kick you in the balls if you say we are! When we were a very new band we were very young and our song writing was a little simple I suppose, that got called twee, then lazy journalists carried it on even though I was stood up kicking ten shits out of the drums every night and Charles guitar sound was so loud I've lost some hearing in one of my ears... none of the lyrics were ever meant to be sweet, not in the slightest, I'm a real raincloud, not sweet or twee in the slightest! The new album isn't a total F-U-we-aren't-twee but it was made with that in the back of our minds and hopefully it will silence the really rubbish writers who just copy and paste what one person said in 2007...
Music Broke My Bones: Were the slightly electronic elements of Paradise a deliberate move to tackle this?
Slow Club: Not really, we both listen to a lot of different music since Yeah, So, our tastes have changed and therefore what excites us in the studio has. It was just a natural progression for these songs.
photos by Jessica Amaya
"EVERYONE IN NEW YORK IS A BABE" - SLOWCLUBREBECCA
Slow Club @ Europa
I'm not sure why The Wave Pictures came all the way back to the United States from the UK to play just one late Sunday night Northside Festival show at Public Assembly the end of an exhausting and busy weekend, but I'm bummed I missed it. Anyone go? How was it?
And the Wave Pictures were one of two UK Moshi Moshi bands here for the festival. Slow Club was also representing, but with two shows at least - one was Friday night at Europa and then they played one secretish one the next night at Cameo. Jessica stopped by Europa where Netherfriends and Phil and the Osophers also performed. More pictures from that gig below...
Swedish band First Aid Kit were set to make their U.S. debut at CMJ this year. They had a show scheduled at Joe's Pub, were set to open for School of Seven Bells and The xx at
Webster Hall Music Hall of Williamsburg, and play the MusicSnobbery CMJ showcase at Living Room. Luckily, MusicSnobbery got Sissy Wish to replace them on his show.
The cancelation, due to visa issues (the U.S. wouldn't let them in) was just announced, though they seem to allude to it in a message they posted on their website on Septeber 23rd. Maybe they were fighting it. That message and a video below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Finn Bikkjen! (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Verdens Storsteland (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Avocado Baby (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Just Like a Drummer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slow Club - It Doesn't Have to Be Beautiful (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slow Club - Because We're Dead (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The XX - Basic Space (MP3)
Slow Club in the crowd @ the Moshi Moshi showcase, SXSW 2009
There is one unmissable show this week, in my opinion, and it's a free one: Friday's Seaport Music Series (8/7) with three excellent bands from the Moshi Moshi label: Casiokids, Slow Club and The Wave Pictures. This is part of a tour celebrating the UK label's 10th Anniversary that kicks off in full tonight in Toronto (8/5). Moshi Moshi, and their influential Singles Club, has launched the careers of Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Kate Nash, Lykke Li, Au Revoir Simone, Friendly Fires , Florence and the Machine and others.
I'm well documented as a big Casiokids fan and these Norwegians are a lot of fun live (like when they played a BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this year). There's a couple MP3s at the top of this post, including their brand-new single "Finn Bikkjen!" (Though "Fot I Hose" is the real jam, also above.) I've also written about Slow Club before who are one of the most charming bands I've seen this year. Their album might be a bit twee for some, but I dare anyone not to be won over by their live show. They were at SXSW too (picture from one of their shows above).
Wave Pictures' frontman David Tattersall has the angst of Hefner's Darren Hayman, and the witty wordplay of the Morrissey ("My tongue is on the run and it's only just begun" may be this year's "Bigmouth Strikes again."), and band play it fast and loose like early Modern Lovers. Tattersall's vocals may be too idiosyncratic for some at first, but so were Moz and Hayman's probably, so keep listening, because they're excellent! And if you like this, there's about five more albums where that came from. (And if the Hefner comparisons intrigue, Tattersall and Hayman have a bluegrass band too. Don't wince, it's good too.)The Wave Pictures have a new album out, If You Leave it Alone, which is nearly the equal of Instant Coffee Baby. The band have almost played here at least three times only to drop out, but I'm told they're really going to play this time. And it's not just NYC that's getting them: The Moshi Moshi Road Trip features all three bands, though some dates don't feature Wave Pictures and some don't have Casiokids, but any permutation of the three is still a good time. Check the tour dates below to see which bands will hopefully be near you on this tour. Weather looks to be nice, but the Seaport fest folks have said that if it does end up looking like rain... it will move indoors, locale TBD. But let's hope for sunny skies.
The Wave Pictures
Joe Pernice plays Bowery Ballroom on Friday (8/7) as part of his book tour promoting his enjoyable debut novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop which I just finished reading. It's about a twentysomething slacker as he tries to figure his life out in mid-'90s Amhurst, Mass. There's not a lot of plot, it's more a snapshot of a time a lot of us have been through (or will soon), but he gets the details right and there's a lot of well-observed humor, as well as a lot more filthy talk than I was expecting. It also features a cameo (I know that's not the right term) from Lou Barlow (who has a new album coming out and tour dates announced). While it's not about a musician per se, music figures heavily into the characters lives and Joe has just released a companion album with covers of some of the songs written about in the book, including The Dream Syndicate's "Tell Me When It's Over" and Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces," all done in that lush, breathy style Pernice is known for. There's also a Sub Pop single out this week credited to the fictional band Young Accuser who also figure into the story's proceedings. Confusing I know, but it'll make more sense once you read the book. Which I recommend you do. The Bowery Show will feature songs from the It Feels So Good album but I'd imagine he'd throw in some Pernice Brothers songs as well. Tickets are still on sale.
And finally, this Friday (8/7) is the first of UK band The XX's many upcoming NYC shows at Mercury Lounge with Philly's '80s-rockin' Free Energy. I've been listening to the XX's self-titled debut a lot lately, and I dig the minimalist approach they bring to their songs which reminds me a little of Young Marble Giants with a twangy Chris Isaak thing going on too. There's a lot of space in their songs and that breathing room is nice in today's climate of over-processed, over-compressed recordings. You can download their new single, "Basic Space" at the top of this post. Will they be any good live? One would think you wouldn't play six shows in a week without being able to make an impression with an audience but I guess we'll find out soon enough. Their show at Bruar Falls on Saturday is free, and they're also opening for School of Seven Bells at next week's final Seaport show of the season. And five shows in between. The August 13th show at MHOW is with Friendly Fires who they'll be back in the States in November and December for some more touring. A December 5th Friendly Fires show at Webster Hall was announced yesterday (though the opener wasn't listed), but then disappeared. Stay tuned to see if that comes back.
Tour dates for all the bands in this post and select video after the jump...
"It's simple really: Summer. Friday night. New York City. The first port in the new world hosting some of the best new music, as well as those established and influential artists you already know and love. All of this amidst the city's most inspiring views of tall buildings, historic ships and nighttime sky. All for FREE.Updated free NYC show lineup below...
Get ready, cause summer is coming and with it another great line up on Pier 17 at the Seaport. Hard to believe we're entering our eighth season of summer shows but 2009 promises to be amongst our best.
Highlights this year include Superchunk, Polvo, Obits, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and well, pretty much every night is a highlight to us.
Our FREE, outdoor series runs every Friday night from July 3 to August 14. The music starts at 6pm with a Guest DJ and bands go on around 7pm. Join us downtown to take in the stunning backdrop and enjoy New York's best open air venue.
Seaport Music is presented by the River to River Festival."
South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport - initial 2009 show schedule
June 13 (noon) - Children's Day
June 27 (7:00) - New York City Opera
July 03 (6:00) - Here We Go Magic & Bachelorette
July 10 (6:00) - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & TBA
July 17 (6:00) - TBA
July 20-30 --- Sitelines (see below)
July 24 (6:00) - Black Moth Super Rainbow & TBA
July 31 (6:00) - TBA
Aug 07 (6:00) - Moshi Moshi day w/ Casiokids, The Wave Pictures & Slow Club
Aug 14 (6:00) - TBA
NYC's summer-long Seaport Music Series, part of the River to River Festival is back with more free, outdoor concerts in 2009. The initial portion of the always-indie-heavy lineup is here - both above, and in more detail, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (Axemax Remix) (MP3)
Sunday (3/15) night's pre-SXSW show at the new venue Cameo in Brooklyn had the impressive lineup of Norway's Casiokids, and England's Mumford and Sons and Slow Club with support from local bands Apache Beat and Tanlines. We posted the pictures of Casiokids already. The rest are below...
by Bill Pearis
This post marks another (possibly the final) chapter in a series of posts highlighting bands that are coming over from Europe to play shows at both SXSW in Austin, and in NYC this month. To recap, there was: Mumford & Sons, Peggy Sue & Jay Jay Pistolet, and 18th Dye, Powersolo & Snake and Jet's Amazing Bullit Band, and then Micachu, Let's Wrestle, Post War Years & Screaming Tea Years. Also don't forget Sky Larkin, A Classic Education, Morrissey's tourmates The Courteeners, and of course Norway's Casiokids (who also have a more-recently booked NYC show mentioned in this post). We also did a rundown of some Australian bands last week (or for everything SXSW related, just click HERE).
Now here are three more European bands - all who happen to be playing their first NYC show tonight (3/13). Info on Slow Club, We Have Band and Fight Like Apes, below...