Entries tagged with: Small Black
Ex Hex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like last year, right before SXSW brings a ton of bands to Austin for about a week, many of the same bands will stop in Savannah, Georgia for Savannah Stopover, which goes down across various venues from March 6-8. The initial lineup includes Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Tweens, Ski Lodge, Ex Hex, Big Ups, Caitlin Rose, Pile, Bleeding Rainbow and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Initial lineup and flyer below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
ARS with a "French KISS" in Vancouver (via @AuRevoirSimone)
Tomorrow (11/2) is the first Saturday in November which means it's the monthly First Saturdays event at Brooklyn Museum with free admission and live music. Au Revoir Simone, who released Move In Spectrums in September just played a couple CMJ shows, will play (5 PM) along with Tamar Kali and Watermelon. Again it's free and open to the public.
Au Revoir Simone's next NYC show will be part of the family-friendly Kidrockers afternoon concert series, which returns to Brooklyn Bowl on November 17. Ski Lodge play as well, with hosts Seth Herzog and Roger Hailes, and tickets for that show are on sale now.
The next Kidrockers show after that is December 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Small Black and Radical Dads (Herzog and Craig Baldo host) and tickets for that show are on sale now as well.
by Bill Pearis
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...
The 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.While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.
I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be back for a third year of weekend shopping, eating and live music. They're in a new space -- 165 Banker in Greenpoint -- that's permanent and will now not just be the holidays. Starting in November it will happen every Friday and Saturday night. The initial announced music line-up is this:
11/1 Spank Rock, Dope BodyYou read that right, two nights of Psychic TV (!!!) just before New Year's. That's more like a Night Bizarre. Like last year, Brooklyn Night Bazaar is free and open to the public. There will also be ping pong and a 9-hole minigolf course.
11/2 Frankie Rose
11/15 Tragedy (BeeGees tribute) / Guns n' Hoses
11/16 Slow Knights
11/22 Bear Hands
11/23 Kitty Pryde
12/13 Small Black
12/27 Psychic TV
12/28 Psychic TV
Candy Hearts are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on October 25 with The Swellers and On My Honour. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Aeroplane is playing Highline Ballroom on September 27. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
White Denim are playing Mercury Lounge on October 16. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/20) at noon.
The Figgs are playing Mercury Lounge on October 25. Tickets to that show go AmEx presale today at noon, with general on-sale starting Friday (9/20) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Les Savy Fav in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Ty Segall, VietNam, David Novick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ty Segall releases a lot of records (a lot) but they're all pretty different. Sleeper finds him in acoustic mode and expect him to be in a similar mode tonight -- his performance at FYF fest last weekend had him sitting down most of the show. For the louder Ty experience, he'll be back with Fuzz later this year.
Zero Boys, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust, SpEd @ Europa
Midwest punk favorites Zero Boys return to NYC to bless Europa with the great surf-punk locals Night Birds and the Ramones-y Nuclear Santa Claust in tow. Fans of early 80s/punk hardcore, make sure to make it out, Zero Boys' appearance is a rare one and not to be missed.
She Keeps Bees, Last Good Tooth, Railbird @ Glasslands
Indie folk duo She Keeps Bees are busy cooking up a new record but gave a taste via a new single last month (stream it below). Tonight's show is well-matched with Providence, RI's Last Good Tooth and the slinky sounds of Railbird
Les Savy Fav, Delorean, Small Black @ House of Vans
The line-up is a little schizo, but no one seems to care at House of Vans. Les Savy Fav's music is fun, but the band truly comes alive live thanks to wildcard frontman Tim Harrington whose onstage antics are, at this point, legendary (see above). Spanish (well, Basque if your getting technical) dance troupe Delorean should get you primed and it's been revealed that the "Special Guest" is Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black. Free, but RSVP has been closed for some time, BUT the show will also be streaming online.
Classixx, Digitalism, Lou Teti, Le Youth, Plastic Plates, Malandro @ Output
The weekly INPUT party at Output (every Thursday) always gets a helluva lineup, and this week is no exception with LA dance duo Classixx, German electro duo Digitalism, and more.
Psychobuildings, Daytona, Grand Resort, Suburban Living, Literature, Haybaby @ Pianos
Tonight's the last show of Grand Resort's August residency, and it's a terrific (big) line-up, with Philadelphia's super-fun Literature, Norfolk, VA's Suburban Living, and more.
DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch, Rich Medina @ Santos Party House
Five, yes FIVE, legendary DJs from the 90s and beyond team up for an unforgettable night of hip hop, soul, and everything under the sun. Highly recommended for fans of the era, deep grooves, or people who just like to get down.
DJ Eclipse, DJ Riz, DJ Premier, DJ Stretch Armstrong @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Halftime show, the heir to CM Famalam and much of the great underground hip hop of the 90s, celebrates 15 years at LPR tonight with hip hop legends like Lord Sear, DJ Premier, Eclipse, Stretch Armstrong and more. Expect surprise performances and appearances and a night of classic hip hop.
Steel Phantoms, Dusted, Rituals, Lurve @ Shea Stadium
Two Toronto bands, Dusted (the indie pop project from Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt) and the shoegazey/postpunky Rituals, are in NYC this week for two shows. Tonight they bless Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium, and tomorrow they'll be at Cake Shop.
Bent Shapes, Shark?, The Doubts @ Silent Barn
If you missed Boston's Bent Shapes when they were in town last weekend, here's another chance to catch them. Their new album, Feels Weird, is filled with hooky, smart indiepop.
Light Asylum, Celebration, Mirror Mirror, Lone Wolf @ The Bowery Electric
Here's a show filled with magnetic live performers: Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness is a pistol on stage, as is Celebration's Katrina Ford. The rest of the bill is similarly pitched dark, with electrorockers Mirror Mirror and Ryan Sawyer's solo project, Lone Wolf.
Anthony Naples, Lemonade (DJ set), Blouse (listening party) @ Topside Bar at SmorgasBar (FREE)
Captured Tracks kicks off it's CT5 weekend with this free event that starts with a listening party for Blouse's new album and continues with DJ sets after that.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Young Statues @ Asbury Lanes
Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves play their hometown a lot (like last week), but if Asbury Park is an easier trip for you to make, tonight's show at the Lanes is not to miss. Their new album, You're Always On My Mind, dropped back in July and has been one hell of a summer album.
Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Vibraphone master and funk legend Roy Ayers continues his four-night run with early and late shows. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work).
Taj Mahal @ City Winery
The blues rock legend has been putting out records for 45 years and, at age 71, is still going strong, performing over 150 shows a year. This is his first of two City Winery shows this week.
Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords @ Comcast Theatre (CT)
Funny or Die's travelling Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival doesn't stop in NYC proper, but it's not too far away tonight (Hartford, CT) and features a killer line-up of funny people.
Stephen Brodsky, Snake Oil, PC Worship @ Saint Vitus
Stephen Brodsky has been known for his work in some very heavy bands (Cave In, Converge), but as a solo artist, he takes a much softer approach. He'll still feel home at Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus though, and that's where you can see him tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Washed Out (the nom-de-synthe Ernest Greene) is gearing up for the August 13 release of his third album, Paracosm, with a few events this week, two of which happen in NYC. On Friday (8/2), Williamsburg's funky ice cream shop OddFellows will debut its "Paracosm" flavor, which is rose-tinged raspberry ice cream. (It's not vegan, but they do have sorbets and other vegan options.) The "Paracosm" ice cream was worked on together by Greene and the folks at OddFellows, which is run by Sam Mason who used to be pastry chef at WD-50 and was host of IFC's Dinner with the Band. You can get free samples of at OddFellows on Friday from 4 PM - 8 PM and the album will be playing continuously in the store.
Then on Sunday, August 4, Greene will host a "Washed Out Pool Party" at the Lower East Side Thompson Hotel (which does indeed have a rooftop pool). The party goes from 2 PM - 7 PM and also features DJ sets from Chrome Sparks, Small Black and Lemonade. It's free with RSVP.
Before those NYC events, Greene will be at LA's Sonos Studio on Monday (7/29), performing stripped down arrangements of Paracosm songs in a special "light house" installation. Following the performance, Greene will sit down with NCSN deejay Nick Harcourt for a Q&A. That is free with RSVP as well.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Small Black and Heavenly Beat are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. You can stream Small Black's new song, "No Stranger," from their upcoming album, Limits of Desire (due out 5/14 via Jagjaguwar) below.
Old Crow Medicine Show are playing The Capitol Theatre on June 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wheatus are playing Gramercy Theatre on August 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
And lastly, the newest ticket info on those Bob Dylan shows: Tickets for Jones Beach with Wilco and Beck, Pier A Park with Wilco and My Morning Jacket, and The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with Wilco and My Morning Jacket go on sale to the general public Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM. A bobdylan.com presale (password: "TENACIOUS") is still running for all three shows, and a Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale starts today at 10 AM for the Jones Beach show. Tickets for the Susquehanna Bank Center show with Wilco and My Morning Jacket are already on sale.
Small Black song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been nearly three years since Small Black released their last album, New Chain, but the band has just announced that its follow-up, Limits of Desire, will be out May 14 via Jagjaguwar. The provocative cover art, seen above, was shot by Dutch artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland, if you were wondering. A lot's changed in the last three years and Small Black's sound has moved forward as well as evidenced on the album's first single, "Free at Dawn." It's still pretty chill, but in a more propulsive, less hazy way. You can stream it below.
As mentioned, Small Black are playing 285 Kent on March 8 with Heavenly Beat, Imperial Topaz and Beach Fossils on DJ duties. They've got a few other shows lined up as well, including the inevitable SXSW appearances, and all dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Imperial Topaz at The Stone - 2/3/13 (photo by Jen MacDonald)
Brooklyn ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz made their live debut in NYC at The Stone over the weekend (2/3). If you went, how was that? If you missed it, or want to see them again, you can catch them in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on March 8 with Small Black, ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat, and Beach Fossils DJs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Imperial Topaz has had a steady release of singles and an EP, and since we last spoke, they dropped another track, "Nightface," another shimmering art pop cut that works just well as their previous ones. You can stream that song below or download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
Song stream below...
Small Black at Brooklyn Museum in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Today we've posted year-end lists by Andy from Cake Shop, Mark Eitzel, and James from Veronica Falls. Now we've got one from Josh Kolenik of Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black giving us a rundown of 12 singles he loved in 2012.
Based on Small Black's own sound, it's got an unsurprising amount of indie pop, R&B, electronics, and Young Chop-produced hip hop. But he also sneaks in the inclusion of some vintage-sounding psych folk courtesy of Jessica Pratt. Check out his full list of songs, along with streams and/or videos for each track, below...
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"World of Freakout" is one of the strongest cuts off Bear in Heaven's I Love You, It's Cool which came out earlier this year, with throbbing bass and synths ripe for the dancefloor. The band has handed the track over to Nicolas Jaar's Darkside collaborator Dave Harrington who strips it down a bit, making it more of a sleek night drive kind of track. We've got the premiere of this remix which is streamable below.
As mentioned previously, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 with Small Black and Eraas. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below. Bear in Heaven are donating $1 for every ticket sold to Hurricane Sandy relief via Rockaways based Smallwater relief fund.
There's an afterparty for the show happening next door at Public Assembly (doors 11:30 PM) which is free but is also a Smallwater relief fund benefit, and 10% of the bar will go to the fund, so if you go, drink up and order the good stuff. Dave Harrington, Small Black and Bear in Heaven will be DJing.
The Dave Harrington remix of "World of Freakout" is below.
The day when a bill Jeff Mangum on it selling out instantly might be gone, but take note that tickets just went on sale for the 11/15 "People's Bailout, a variety show and telethon to benefit the 99%". The updated lineup is Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Climbing Poetree, the Invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, "and many more."
Note: as strange as it may seem now, the LPR show is not a hurricane-related benefit (though Occupy Wall Street is on the case). The Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk & Anders Osborne show at Highline Ballroom on 11/5 is one though. Amy Helm, Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Luther Dickinson (N. Miss Allstars), Bela Fleck and Questlove and more are on the bill so far. Tickets are on sale.
Questlove's DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl last night was also a benefit for the Red Cross. Bear in Heaven and Small Black are DJing a Sandy benefit at Glasslands tonight (11/2).
Doldrums at MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums (the project of Airick Woodhead) are in NYC this week for a number of CMJ shows, including the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge (10/17), the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery (10/19), the Bug Fights showcase at Glasslands (10/20), the Tumblr showcase at Knitting Factory (10/20), the Pitchfork/PS1 show at MoMA PS1 (10/20), and the Arbutus showcase at Death by Audio (10/20).
We're happy to announce that you can also catch them, free of cost, at our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19). We'll also have complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy hangover prevention drinks, and the rest of that Friday lineup is
coming soon announced!
Airick's brother Daniel's band Moon King will be here for CMJ too. He'll share that Arlene's Grocery (10/19) bill with Doldrums (and some on-stage collaboration isn't out of the question). Moon King will also play the Oh My Rockness showcase at Cameo TONIGHT (10/16), the Noisey showcase at Santos (10/17), the Windish showcase at Pianos (10/18), the Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/19), the Deli Mag showcase at Pianos (10/19), and a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (10/20) with Small Black. Tickets for that BBowl show are on sale now, or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.
Lists of all Doldrums and Moon King dates and videos from both artists are below.
Bear in Heaven at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven have been continuing to tour in support of their 2012 LP, I Love You, It's Cool. They're going on a short run this month surrounding their appearance at Asheville's Moogfest, and in December, the band will play a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 before heading over to the UK for The National-curated ATP (12/7). The MHOW show is with fellow Brooklynites Small Black and Eraas. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon.
A list of all Bear in Heaven dates and the video for "Sinful Nature" are below.
Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom, 4/2/2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Peter Murphy, who recently announced a 2nd-annual "Miracula Halloween Special Event" that will take place "Halloween 2012 at a secret location in Los Angeles", just finished up a set of West Coast dates that included an LA show at the Roxy on 8/16. Check out the setlist from that gig below.
The former Bauhaus singer is heading towards Brooklyn where he'll play new Bushwick venue The Well on Sunday, August 26 with openers Crystal Stilts, Small Black and Air Waves. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we have two pairs of tickets to give away. Details are below.
No other new shows at The Well have been announced, with the rescheduled Slaughterhouse show on September 8 (tix) and Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall on September 22 (tix) being the only other two shows remaining.
The flyer for the Peter Murphy show, his recent LA show setlist, and contest details are below...
Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom, 4/2/2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Former Bauhaus frontman and gothfather Peter Murphy has just announced an August tour that wraps up in NYC for a show at new (and yet-to-open) Bushwick venue The Well on August 26 with openers Crystal Stilts and Small Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the latest addition to The Well's growing schedule, which includes Cam'ron on July 14 Os Mutantes on July 28, and Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall on September 22.
Peter Murphy's most recent solo album, Ninth, was released last year and you can check out the video for "Seesaw Sway" below, along with a list of all tour dates.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Small Black at Brooklyn Museum 6/21/2012
The Audiophile concert series came to a close last night at Brooklyn Museum (6/21) with appearances from a pair of Brooklyn bands, keyboard rockers Small Black and electronic dance poppers Lemonade. The show was Small Black's only NY show of the summer, according to their Facebook wall. Lemonade's next adventure in NYC will be playing PS1 on August 4th as part of its summer Warm-Up series with Jamie xx, Pearson Sound, Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones.
More pictures from Brooklyn Museum and an interview with Small Black are below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - "Softkiss" (MP3)
Caveman at Brooklyn Museum 5/17/12
The second of Brooklyn Museum's Audiophile concert series happened last Thursday (May 17) with performances by Caveman and NewVillager. Check out pictures and a video of Caveman from that show at the bottom of this post.
The next installment of the series, which is curated by Weird Vibes/NY Noise's Shirley Braha, is Small Black and Lemonade on June 21 and tickets are still available for that. Speaking of, Lemonade just dropped a new track from their upcoming LP, Diver. Download that track, "Softkiss," at the top of this post or stream it below.
Caveman have a light touring schedule, at least what's announced. They'll play Arden, DE on June 1 and then they'll play the official Brooklyn Vegan Northside showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 15 with Frankie Rose and more TBA.
NewVillager's next show is on June 1 at Bushwick open Studios. A list of all upcoming Caveman and NewVillager dates, more pics from the Brooklyn Museum show, and more below...
Caveman at BV-SXSW DJ-Space Ducks show more by Ryan Barkan)
The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the Audiophile Concert Series with one show happening each month in April, May, and June. The series was curated by Shirley Braha of Weird Vibes/NY Noise and is made up of exclusively Brooklyn bands/artists. The first show is Oneohtrix Point Never and Body Language on April 19, then NewVillager and Caveman on May 17, and lastly,
Tanlines Lemonade and Small Black on June 21. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now. UPDATE: It says Tanlines on the ticket site, but they're not playing, Lemonade is instead.
Some videos from the bands below...
"The Snow Ball Music Festival [in 2011] was chill, in more ways than one. Besides the expected below freezing temperatures Avon gets in early March, the atmosphere of the festival and attitude of the attendees were very relaxed. The tents were set up on snow instead of concrete, and so dancing the first night was no small fete as everyone was slipping on the ice. By the end of the weekend, any movement at all was unpleasant as people were standing in puddles of water, beer, and probably some bodily fluids or stuck to the ground in thick mud. The crowd left their clubbing attire at home and sported their neon ski coats instead as they drifted through the clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke. Despite the cold weather and the impossible dance floor, most importantly, the music was good." [cause=time]The SnowBall Music Festival, for people not afraid to watch bands playing outside in freezing temperatures ("We recommend that you come prepared for snow and winter conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40° range during the day and in the teens at night. Please dress accordingly."), is returning to Vail Valley in Avon, CO from March 2 - 4, 2012. This year's lineup includes Big Boi, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (who just announced a Bowery Ballroom show), Deer Tick, Gauntlet Hair, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Thundercat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others (listed below)
Current lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Eight and a Half
With Broken Social Scene now on hiatus, drummer Justin Peroff has formed the new project Eight and a Half. Justin is handling beats while Liam O'Neil and Dave Hamelin of fellow recently disbanded Arts & Crafts group The Stills are on keyboards and guitars/vocals, respectively. But the new group is nothing like the anthemic alt-rock of The Stills, and Justin's busy drumming in BSS has been replaced by minimal beatwork. They're instead opting for a dreamy downtempo feel, which you can hear on the single, "Scissors." The track is available for download above along with remixes by Small Black and TOKiMONSTA. The video and streams of the original and its remixes are below. The track will appear on Eight and a Half's self titled debut LP, which comes out on
February 7 April 12th via Arts & Crafts. The album art and tracklist is below.
Eight and a Half are scheduled to play two Arts & Crafts showcases with labelmates Zeus and The Darcys. The showcases happen in NYC on February 23 at Mercury Lounge and February 24 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (12/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/21) at noon. Zeus and The Darcys also play an A&C showcase in Boston on 2/22 but Eight and a Half are not on that bill.
All dates, streams, video, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
As predicted, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Das Racist's Heems were both surprise guests at Small Black's mixtape release celebration at Glassands on 11/18 with Heavenly Beat. Download your copy of Small Black's Moon Killer FREE mixtape at their site. Check out Das Racist on Conan O'Brien tonight (11/28).
More pictures from the Glasslands record release show are below...