Entries tagged with: Spectrum
photos by Tim Griffin
Deerhunter/Kaleidoscope/Man or Astroman @ APF 4/27/2013
Deerhunter took a long time setting up, and a long time scuffling through a needlessly elaborate twinkle-rock atmospheric intro, but at their peak they've got an impeccably sharp sound that cuts through the self-conscious drone from the rest of the weekend. Imminent new album Monomania mixed in with enough old favorites to keep the unfamiliar material from sounding too austere.Spirits at Day 2 (4/27) of Austin Psych Fest were literally dampened, a little, with an shower that interupted Os Mutantes' set, but the rain couldn't wash away the good vibes at Carson Creek ranch, especially with a line-up that also included Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Man or Astroman? and Black Mountain, to name just a few. Saturday also welcomed '60 cult band Kaleidoscope (best known for minor hit "Flight from Ashiya") whose Psych Fest appearance was part of the band's first-ever U.S. tour:
The star of the show was, as usual, Bradford Cox, the effusive, easily annoyed frontman at the center of the band's artistic posture. Sometimes we get the pensive, pissed-off Bradford who rips through the set as fast as possible. Other times you get the casual, extremely talkative Bradford who keeps things as unpredictable as possible. The latter showed up Saturday wearing a dress and wig.
At one point, upon hearing their van's car alarm going off, he casually retorted, "Hey, this is a psychedelic festival, let's just jam on that." Sure enough, he and his band used that bleat to launch into a beautiful stargazing instrumental. It was as impressive as it was funny, and certainly not something you're going to see every night.
That's the beauty of having a guy like Bradford Cox around. - [Austin Chronicle]
Backed by a all-star band that included Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Nick Castro and Christof Certik from the Young Elders, Daltrey unloaded a treasure chest of vintage, late-Sixties British psychedelia. If the setup and line checks took longer than normal, it was only because the band had a passion for getting the sound and feel just right. Even the vintage keyboards rang with authenticity. - [Austin Chronicle]That Kaleidoscope tour didn't hit NYC unfortunately but Boris and Man or Astroman? will both be here soon. A set of photos from Day 1 are HERE and you can check out more shots from Day 2 below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.
In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
After an opening set by recent Domino signees Ducktails, Panda Bear came on stage with Tomboy-producer Sonic Boom (Peter Kember of Spacemen 3) to perform the recently released album in its entirety at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night (7/3). The sold out venue came off as a bit of an underplay for Panda Bear, whose last NYC show was headlining Governor's Island, though the intimacy made for the perfect setting. Panda Bear spent most of his time on guitar and vocals as Sonic Boom handled the knob-turning duties. Together, they took psychedelia to an entirely different level. Audience members' senses were blurred as the venue was filled with excruciating volume, while smoke machine smoke sifted through the air and trippy visuals swirled on screen. The hazy atmosphere was even more obscured by lights and colors shooting over the audience from projectors. I found myself needing periodic reality checks to remember I was at a Panda Bear show and not in some other weird dimension.
The delivery of the album was spot-on, and in typical Panda Bear/AnCo fashion, he ditched song breaks for droney interludes, extended passages, and trancelike repetition, adding at least 20 more minutes to the 50-minute album. The drone parts especially came through live. They added breathing room into the intense set that you didn't realize you were getting until the songs picked up again.
After one other non-Tomboy track ("Ponytail"?), he ended the show with Person Pitch-favorite "Comfy in Nautica" to much excitement from the crowd. And while I was equally excited to hear that song, it helped further illustrate how cohesive Tomboy is. The album's unlikely marriage of drone and Beach Boys-y psych pop is like no other. Tomboy lacks the immediate standouts like "Comfy in Nautica," and performing the album from start to finish showed how well it works as a continuous piece of art, and not a collection of singles. Panda Bear chose not to do an encore, which was fitting. The Person Pitch tracks, although great, already felt a little tacked on to what was a very complete set.
More pictures, the setlist and some videos from the show below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Spectrum @ Psych Fest
In addition to the previously announced 6 free shows this summer, Vans are presenting a 'Create Your Mark' event at Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 25. The show will feature performances by Spectrum, The Smith Westerns, Grand Rapids (whose Clara Balzary is one of the Create Your Mark presenters), and Chairlift with "an epic visual experience" by Joshua Light Show. The event is private but Vans is inviting 200 BrooklynVegan readers. The first 200 people who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and put BROOKLYN VEGAN in the subject line, will get on the list. The free show takes place from 4PM to 11PM and is 18+. There will also be "food, drinks, and freebies."
Spectrum toured through NYC back in April on his way to Austin Psych Fest. We have a belated set of pictures from the Austin show that are in this post. More of them, with the Vans show flyer, below...
by Bill Pearis
Coachella may be happening on the other coast but it's a lovely day here in NYC and I don't feel like I'm missing anything this weekend staying here. For one thing it's Record Store Day which also falls the same weekend and Tax Day which may be good or bad depending how you did this year. And there's lots of other stuff worth seeing too, so let's get into it.
McDonalds are one of these local groups whose name I'd seen around for a while and given the bands they often played with -- German Measles, Home Blitz, Tyvek -- I had it in my mind they sounded one way when, in fact, they don't. Well, that's not exactly true. They are kind of shambly indie. But their great new single "Good Parts" is like some lost obscure 7" from 1990 Manchester, that era when C-86 melted into the baggy scene. You can check it out -- in video form -- at the bottom of this post in a fun green-screened clip starring a lot of people you might recognize if you hang out at Bruars Falls or Cake Shop with any regularity.
McDonalds have three shows coming up in the next week: tonight (4/14) at Union Pool with Lyonnais and Helado Negro, then Saturday (4/16) as part of Cake Shop's Record Store Day extravaganza (more on that in a minute), and then next Wednesday (4/20) with former Swell Maps/Television Personalities dude Jowe Head & The Extremities.
As mentioned above, also playing the Union Pool show tonight are Atlanta four-piece Lyonnais whose dark, ethereal sound will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Their debut album is still being shopped around, but you can stream "Transitive Properties of Youth" at the bottom of this post, and a few more at their MySpace.
In addition to tonight's show, Lyonnais play tomorrow (4/15) at Glasslands and I imagine playing under the venue's stormcloud installation will be pretty apropos. I hope they are really loud too.
That Glasslands bill also features Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who have a new EP titled Prisoner out on Kanine/Forrest Family next week. The title track -- downloadable above -- is one of my favorite Eternal Summers songs yet and the whole EP is pretty excellent overall. The band, at least the last time I saw them, have expanded to a trio for live shows which fills out their sound nicely.
The Glasslands show, in addition to Eternal Summers and Lyonnais, features Toronto's Golden Dogs and locals Dream Diary who don't play together so much anymore now that guitarist Madison moved to Memphis. Brad Oberhofer will DJ in-between bands. That's a good night of music.
Eternal Summers also play Cake Shop on Saturday (4/16) which is the venue's Record Store Day extravaganza, featuring a slew of great -- mostly local -- bands. The downstairs will be a record mart during the day (noon - 6PM). Bands during the evening include the previously-mentioned McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Overlord, Hands & Knees, Night Collectors and Twitchers. Eternal Summers head out on tour next month with the Beets and all those tour dates are at the bottom of the post.
Also, for the real record nerds, Cake Shop is running a fun little contest. They've made 77 versions of the Record Store Day flyer, each with different backgrounds taken from album covers. Take a look, name the artist and album of as many as you can and email your answers to email@example.com. The entry with the most correct answers (or first entry in case of a tie) wins either a $77 bar tab at Cake Shop or $77 credit for the Cape Shok record mart during that day. Winner's choice. I got about 55 for sure, with another 15 I could figure out with a little time.
And finally, Spectrum (aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember who also co-fronted Spacemen 3) are in town this weekend playing two shows with Crystal Stilts: Saturday (4/16) at Le Poisson Rouge and Sunday (4/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Kember is one of the forefathers of drone pop and in the past few years has become known for his work behind the boards, having produced MGMT's underrated/misunderstood Congratulations album, and he mixed the new Panda Bear. There's a new Spectrum album duo sometime soon too. Kember's influence seems more relevant than ever. Glad to see he's staying busy.
Crystal Stilts owe more than a little to Kember's many records. The band just released their second LP, In Love with Oblivion and I think it's pretty great, pretty easily besting their 2008 debut (which was one of my favorite albums of that year.) The production's better, the songs are better, and the artwork's really nice as well. It's hard to listen to the new album without thinking of Frankie Rose whose relentless drumming style, I feel, probably had a lot to do with the way standout songs like "Sycamore Tree" and "Death is What We Live For" were formed. Both of those Kraut-heavy tracks made their debut in late 2008. As much as I like Rose's solo work, I miss her being in this band.
But the new new songs show that it's still guitarist JB Townsend and singer Brad Hargett writing great songs. The biggest improvement over the first album is probably the influence of keyboardist Kyle Forrester, whose parts add a bright color to Crystal Stilts' sound, especially on "Silver Sun" and single "Shake the Shackles." The record got a deserved 7.9 in Pitchfork today. You can download "Through the Floor" at the top of this post and watch the video below. Crystal Stilts are on tour starting next week and all dates are below.
That's it for this edition. Some daily picks and more after the jump.
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels are happy to announce the dates, location and full festival lineup for Austin Psych Fest 4. The 4th annual festival will be held at Seaholm Power Plant from April 29 - May 1, 2011. Spanning the full range of the psych sounds, the festival honors the past while also magnifying the modern vanguard of mind-expanding music.Tickets for the Austin feastival are on sale, and the full lineup is listed below.
Meanwhile, festival co-organizers and co-headliners The Black Angels are on the road with Sunns and play NYC twice this weekend (Friday at Bowery Ballroom and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg) (both sold out). All of their dates and their new video for "Haunting at 1300 McKinley" is below.
Austin Psych Fest artist Spectrum kicks off a tour later this month that includes NYC shows with Austin Psych Fest band Crystal Stilts at Le Poisson Rouge on 4/16 (tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/17 (tickets). Crystal Stilts' new LP In Love with Oblivion is due on 4/12 via Slumberland, but is streaming now in full, below. Updated dates down there too...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Crystal Stilts are welcoming their new LP In Love with Oblivion on 4/12 via Slumberland (it comes out in the UK one day earlier), and the band played their last local show until that release at 285 Kent Ave on Feb 18th with Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and La Femme. Pictures from that gig are in this post.
The next time Crystal Stilts play in the neighborhood is to support Spectrum who is going on tour in April (all dates below). Crystal Stilts aren't on the whole tour, but they do open both NYC shows - the previously mentioned one at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/17 (tickets), and the show one day earlier at Le Poisson Rouge on 4/16 (tickets)
All Spectrum & CS tour dates, Crystal Stilts' new cover art, and more pictures from 285 Kent, below...
The Black Angels (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Austin reverb fiends and tambourine/maraca addicts The Black Angels will hit the road with Suuns (who recently played NYC three times) and then Sleepy Sun for a North America tour that will include the previously discussed Austin Psych Fest 4, and two NYC shows: April 8 at Bowery Ballroom and April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (both with Suuns). Tickets for both NYC shows (Bowery, MHoW) go on AMEX presale Wed at noon (2/2) and regular sale on Fri (2/4).
UK psychedelic Spectrum (aka Sonic Boom) is also onboard for Austin Psych Fest 4, and has a NYC show scheduled as well: 4/17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wed at noon (2/1), and go on regular sale 48 hours later.
All known tour dates and some videos below.
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Practically Immaculate (MP3)
"The Black Angels and Reverberation Appreciation Society are happy to announce the dates, location and initial lineup for Austin Psych Fest 4. The 4th annual festival will be held at The East Side Drive In, an outside venue in the heart of downtown from April 29 - May 1, 2011. Spanning the full range of the psych sounds, the festival honors the past while also magnifying the modern vanguard of mind-expanding music. The festival grounds will feature a multi-stage setup and wide-open spaces for you to stretch out and enjoy live performances from these bands and many more to be announced."Grab the free new Crystal Stilts holiday track above. Check out the Psych Fest lineup below...
words by Rachel Kowal
Dent May @ BV-CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
A few nights earlier, I tried and failed to see Dent May at a late-night show, but I figured I'd give it another shot, so I headed over to the Cake Shop after the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at MHOW Thursday night, and was delighted to see that they were running on schedule. I thought I was tired at that point, but I've got to hand it to Dent May and his friend Bobby for their dedication to the cause. "We drove 20 hours straight to be with you. Our car got towed. We've been threw a lot of shit, and we love it," May said by way of introduction. A quick look at Bobby's zombie-like stare as he sat, waiting for the show to start, revealed just how tired he was. In addition to their lengthy sojourn to New York, it was their last show of the week and the third of the day. Luckily, their music is upbeat and undeniably catchy. When they started to play, they sprang to life, and many of the people in the audience began to dance.
Dent May doesn't have any more dates on his schedule, but he is on the lineup of the just-announced All Tomorrow's Parties curated by Animal Collective taking place May 13th-15th at at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, UK. Full initial lineup announcement below...
Spectrum (aka Peter Kember)
Peter Kember (born 19 November 1965) is a British musician, more usually known as Sonic Boom and was a founding member of Spacemen 3. Kember and Jason Pierce (born on the same day in Rugby, Warwickshire) formed Spacemen 3 in 1985. Sonic Boom's first solo album, Spectrum (the same name he eventually gave his new band), was recorded in 1989 while Spacemen 3.... In 2010, Peter Kember produced MGMT's second album, titled 'Congratulations'. Congratulations is musically adventurous, featuring nine psychedelic, space-inspired tracks that were no doubt, influenced by Kember... [Wikipedia]On May 19, 2010, MGMT surprised the crowd at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn by joining the show's headliner Spectrum on stage during the encore for a reportedly 19 minute version of Spacemen 3 song "Suicide".Update via JamBands.com:
"MGMT keyboardist Ben Goldwasser and frontman Andrew VanWyngarden joined the group onstage at the start of its encore for the Silver Apples' "A Pox on You." The musicians later returned for a jam leading out of Spacemen 3's "Suicide" that featured Goldwasser on synthesizer and VanWyngarden on auxiliary percussion. The musicians then both switched to effects pedals and other digital toys for the improvisational number that closed the night. The jam segments spiraled on for almost 20-minutes."One night earlier, Lost cast members showed up to watch Lost at the same Brooklyn venue (Knitting Factory is having the Best Week Ever). It was Spectrum's 2nd NYC show in less than a week. The first was part of the Joshua Light Fest at Abrons Arts Center.
That said, it's not the first time Sonic Boom and members of MGMT played live in public together. An older example is in the videos below...
Dean @ LPR (more by Chris La Putt)
Abrons Art Center hosts The Joshua Light Show In Residence May 12 - 15, 2010: Four evenings of live music and visuals featuring Spectrum, Dean & Britta, Silver Apples, Oneida, Woods, MV & EE, Steve Moore, and itsnotyouitsme. Tickets $15 advance/$20 door.
Silver Apples will also play a 2nd show in Brooklyn on May 16th.
Dean & Britta also play as part of an expensive benefit at Central Park Summerstage on June 8th (which Ben Gibbard & St Vincent have since been added to), and they'll be doing a "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" show at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on October 22nd (possibly part of CMJ).
Spectrum also plays Knitting Factory on May 19th.
Joshua Light Show behind Yo La Tengo @ Roseland Ballroom last September
The iconic Joshua Light Show, led by multimedia artist Josh White, remains one of the most visible proponents of the psychedelic lightshow discipline popularized in the 1960s as a means to enliven the experience of live music -- an experimental cinematic medium that is also essential to the visual culture of rock. Artist and curator Nick Hallett has selected four evenings of incredible musical artists, including Silver Apples aka Simeon Coxe (who performed with the original Joshua Light Show at Bill Graham's Fillmore East on a bill with no less than The Fugs and Norman Mailer) and pioneering English electronic musician Sonic Boom and his band Spectrum, sharing an evening with Dean & Britta. Younger talent, culled mainly from Brooklyn's ultravivid music scene, rounds out this mini-festival, focusing on visionary, visual music.Besides those bands, the four-night mini-fest at Abrons Art Center, which runs May 12th-May 15th includes MV+EE on a bill with Woods, Oneida with the aforementioned Silver Apples, and itsnotyouitsme with Steve Moore.
Tickets to all four shows are on sale.
A video of Joshua Light show at work and the schedule are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Dean & Britta @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
We [Double Feature Records] are releasing the debut by Cheval Sombre, produced by Sonic Boom, with musical contributions from Britta and myself. This CD contains tracks from his out-of-print 7" singles (issued on the UK label, Static Caravan), and a whole lot more. [Dean Wareham]Dean & Britta head out for a short June tour with Cheval Sombre, whose debut album will come out on the Dean-and-Britta-run Double Feature Records on April 28th. The tour stops at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC on Saturday, June 6th. Tickets are on sale.
This Saturday (3/28), Dean & Britta's "13 Most Beautiful...songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" show visits Boston. They did the same show in NYC in January. Dean & Britta, who were commissioned to write pieces for the collection of Warhol's silent films, have been out performing their original songs live, "beneath projections of Warhol's film portraits of his Silver Factory Superstars [who included Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, and more]." Plexifilm just released a DVD version of the show on March 24th.
In April, Cheval Sombre is playing a few US dates with Dean & Britta's friend, and his record producer, Sonic Boom aka Spectrum. That includes the presviously announced April 26th show at Mercury Lounge (tix), as well as an April 29th show at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Appropriately enough, a third date is at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.
All tour dates and a video of Dean & Britta performing at NYC's Zipper Factory last September, below...
Peter Kember of Spacemen 3 aka Spectrum is playing Mercury Lounge on April 26th. Tickets are currently on Am Ex presale.
Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps aka IAMX is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 4th. Tickets are currently on Am Ex Presale.
Spectrum (Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3) is playing Union Hall, Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge this month. A new LP entitled "'Spectrum meets Cpt. Memphis - Indian Givers" is out in February on Birdman Records. It is a collaboration between Spectrum and Jim Dickinson....
Please note this is not the SPECTRUM lp that has been in the works ready for release next year (2008). The release of that l.p. will be preceded by a new SPECTRUM EP "Walking & Falling" in March on Mind Expansion records.All tour dates below....
Jukebox the Ghost @ After the Jump @ Studio B, NYC - Aug 25, 2007
Though I wasn't personally involved with this weekend's After the Jump festival, BV dance writer David Bruno ("Slap You in Public") & BV hip hop writer Undisputed Wes ("Sit Down Stand Up"), were. And though I only personally made it to the Friday pre-festival roof party, impartial BV-correspodent Filthy McMuffin was in attendance at the daytime portion on Saturday, and he said "Jukebox the Ghost and Goes Cube were the best". He left before Spectrum (the daytime headliner) though. How were they?
Spectrum @ After the Jump @ Studio B, NYC - Aug 25, 2007