Entries tagged with: Small Black
Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:
TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).
The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).
Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).
Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).
Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).
There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.
Dave Harrington holiday party info below...
Beach Fossils @ Baby's All Right 9/26/2014 (photo by @the_hideous)
EMILY MCDERMOTT: So what are you working on at the moment?Beach Fossils just wrapped up their tour with Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas, which kicked off with two sold-out nights at Baby's All Right. The band will play NYC again during CMJ at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, October 23 with Small Black, as well as Wardell and Fiance. The show, which is also the launch party for FLOOD magazine, is free if you RSVP now. At the door, tickets will be $12. CMJ badges will be accepted too.
DUSTIN PAYSEUR: I've been writing a new Beach Fossils album with the whole band, which is the first time we've all written together. A lot of the time we're not actually writing--we're just making horrible nu-metal jams--but we've also made a lot of progress. I get really bad writer's block when I'm stuck in my own head for too long, so working with everybody has been nice. I also have a project called Glass Bricks with my friend Rene, and it's inspired by industrial music, but more future-based instead of throwback. Then there's this sludgy noise band, Divorce Money, and another band, Laced, that's like punk music, but more slowed down and melodic. And I'm starting a record label with my wife! There's been a lot of shit going on, [but] working on everything helps me focus. If I only have one thing, it drives me completely insane. - [Interview]
The only other upcoming show on Beach Fossils' schedule is Washington, DC's Rock N Roll Hotel on November 7.
Marnie Stern @ The Wick in May (more by Erik Erikson)
As you may know, The Brooklyn Flea happens every Sunday at 50 Kent. In addition to the shopping and food and legal beverages, you can now hear some free music too. The "Northside Concert Series" kicks off September 21 with Marnie Stern and continues with Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks on September 28 and Small Black on October 5. There will be openers, still TBA, and the music begins at 3 PM and ends around 6 PM. It's totally free, no tickets or RSVPing necessary.
In related news, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns on September 27 (which is also Cassette Store Day) with tables set up from NYC-based labels, record stores and collectors. It goes from 11 AM to 6 PM, and there are a number of exclusives this year including a colored vinyl version of Mac DeMarco's 2 Demos and Salad Days Demos, a colored vinyl version of Musuem of Love's debut LP (which will be a week ahead of release date), and more. All Brooklyn Flea exclusives and all Record Fair vendors are listed below.
And the Flea's popular Smorgasburg will cross the East River for a special edition at Central Park Summerstage on September 19 with DJs from Mister Saturday Night. It goes from 5 - 9 PM and is free entry.
Flyers for "Northside Concert Series" and Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, plus vendors and special releases lists below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
Sinkane at William Onyeabor tribute (more by Chris La Putt)
It's finally summer which means there's no lack of free outdoor live music in NYC, and here's yet another option. The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series running from August 2 - September 20 at 43-15 Crescent Street with music every Saturday from 3-9 PM and film every Thursday from 6-10 PM. The music lineup includes shows from Sinkane, Small Black, Kevin Morby, Hollis Brown, Jonny Fritz (formerly Jonny Corndawg), Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and more. Full schedule below.
Sinkane, who's due for a new album, also has a fall tour with Helado Negro coming up that includes a NYC show happening October 5 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After the tour, he plays another NYC show on November 2 at SOB's. No other artists billed for that show yet. Tickets are on sale. All of his dates are listed below.
Sinkane's Long Island City show is with Blue Note-signed jazz musician Takuya Kuroda, who among other things has collaborated with Jose James. Takuya also plays a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on July 26 with Gabriel Garzón Montano. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Watch a video of him below.
Speaking of all-day Saturday music series in Long Island City, Warm Up at MoMA PS1 kicked off this past weekend (6/28) and continues this coming weekend (7/5) through September 6. As we mentioned, to get to LIC from July 25 through September, you can't use the G (which will be stopping at Nassau), but there will be a bus shuttle service between Nassau and Court Sq, and you can still take the 7 or E.
The Lot in Long Island City schedule, with the list of Sinkane dates and Takuya Kuroda video, below...
Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.
In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."
Full initial lineup below...
NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.
by Bill Pearis
TEEN will release their second album, The Way and Color, on April 22 via Carpark. While still incorporating psych and krautrock textures, the new album is decidedly more soulful than their debut. The band, which features three Lieberson sisters plus new bassist Boshra AlSaadi, claim D'Angelo and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the album. You can check out the first single, "Not For Long," which is streaming below.
The band will be touring on their way to and from SXSW, including playing Savannah Stopover and a few dates with Small Black. The band will wrap up their tour in NYC opening for The War on Drugs on at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (sold out). They'll also be playing a record release show for The Way and Color on
April 24 at Baby's All Right. UPDATE: The record release show has been postponed until May 22. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and the new single stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Like most of North America's bands, Brooklyn synth pop act Small Black will be headed to Austin, TX for SXSW in March and will be touring the country around it. On the way down they'll be sharing stages with Oberhofer and Thumpers for a handful of shows including the Savannah Stopover; post-SXSW they'll have a more substantial tour with another Brooklyn act, Snowmine, that hits most of the US and Canada. The tour wraps up with Small Black headlining NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 13. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Oberhofer will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March
2 3 with Big Ups and Celestial Shore. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of, Snowmine are set to release their new album, Dialects, on February 4 via the band's own Mystery Buildings imprint. Like 2011's Laminate Pet Animal, it's shimmering, widescreen, modern pop. You can stream two tracks from the new album below.
In addition to the dates with Small Black, Snowmine have some shows in February, including one at Brooklyn's Glasslands on 2/6 with Swedish band This Is Head (who said they'd be visiting) and Vensaire. Tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.
All Small Black and Snowmine dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
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.