Entries tagged with: Spiritualized
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
Iron Maiden @ Jones Beach the other day (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Matt Doyle @ Joe's Pub
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* The Henry Clay People @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sweet Street Symphony @ Manhattan Inn
* Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden @ Prudential Center
* Stevie Nicks, Marc Cohn @ Beacon Theatre
* Fruit Bats, Yellowbirds @ Knitting Factory
* Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie @ Joe's Pub
* Dead Mellotron, Stealing @ Mercury Lounge
* Cardinal, The Inner Banks @ Mercury Lounge
* Chris Rael, Rabindra Goswami, Ramu Pandit @ Barbes
* Hollows, Darlings, Boyhood, Graveyard Lovers @ Glasslands
* Doug Loves Movies Doug Benson Live Podcast @ Gramercy Theater
* Bryan and The Haggards, Eugene Chadbourne @ Vaudeville Park
* Day Eye, Sweet Dreams, VLADRM, DJ Box Of Burned Clothes @ Cameo
* Very Be Careful, Veveritse Brass Band, DJ Lamar Vannoy @ Littlefield
"The Wizard of Oz" screens today for free in Bryant Park (at sunset).
"Ghostbusters" plays for free in Coney Island on the beach, near West 10th.
"The Runway" screens for free, as part of the River to River Festival, at Elevated Acre (55 Water St., Manhattan). 6pm doors. 8pm start.
The Spy Music Festival continues.
Aesop Rock has a new video for "ZZZ Top" off of his upcoming LP, Skelethon. His tour in support of the album brings him to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza on August 3. Check out the new video below.
Spiritualized have released a new video for "Little Girl". Check it out below...
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.
Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Three or four chords, a handful of verses and a brazen guitar line are all Jason Pierce, a k a J. Spaceman, needs for songs that can heave along for a good 10 minutes without wearing out their welcome... While Mr. Pierce rasps out his vocals, the keyboards swell, backup singers deliver oohs and la-las, and guitars work themselves up toward scrabbling tremolo and feedback. Amid it all, Mr. Pierce presents himself as a disillusioned hedonist, a sufferer with himself to blame, a lost soul: alone in the vast turmoil of the music, mourning lost chances and wishing for more.Spiritualized with special guest Nikki Lane played Terminal 5 on May 7th, part of a round of dates for Jason Pierce and the band that brought them to Chicago and sees them hit Union Transfer in Philadelphia tonight (5/11).
On albums like this year's Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the band's seventh in 20 years, Spiritualized deploys a large cast: strings, horns, singers, free-jazz saxophonists, all taking their place in the music's tidal crest and ebb. Onstage things were leaner, with a five-man band and two female backup singers. Yet the music grew just as colossal -- perhaps even more so, with fewer distracting details in the grand expanse. -[NY Times]
If you miss thje shows, look for streaming audio via NPR from Spiritualized's appearance at 9:30 Club in DC last night (5/10). Spiritualized also appeared on Letterman on May 7 (the same night as T5). Watch that, along with more pictures and the setlist from the NY show, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Nikki Lane - Sleep for You (MP3)
If you're heading to see Spiritualized on their current North American tour (like tonight's show at Terminal 5) you might want to get there early to check out Nashville's Nikki Lane. Her album Walk of Shame came out last fall on IAMSOUND records and is indebted to '60s classic country. (Wanda Jackson is a common comparison.) You can download "Sleep for You" from it at the top of this post and watch the video for it (and "Gone Gone Gone") below, or stream the whole album on Spotify.
Check out photos from the Nikki Lane and Spirtualized show in Chicago here. All Nikki Lane / Spiritualized tour dates and some videos are below.
"There's a strange alchemy at work in Spiritualized, the band Jason Pierce has fronted since 1990. On its surface, the music mines many of the same themes, musical or otherwise, again and again, over and over, album after album. There's nary a Spiritualized song that doesn't touch on God, drugs, love, or typically a blurry mix of all three, while the music itself consistently recalls no less than the Velvet Underground recast as a gospel-blues outfit, amped up and dosed with melancholy..." [Chicago Tribune]today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* David Sedaris @ BAM
* A Tonic Reunion @ The Stone
* Sam Jayne @ The Manhattan Inn
* Gerald Cleaver, Walter @ Zebulon
* Spiritualized, Nikki Lane @ Terminal 5
* Jonet, Shannon McArdle @ Mercury Lounge
* Ane Brun, Gemma Ray @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black @ Shapeshifter Lab
* Eytan & The Embassy, Pyyramids @ Mercury Lounge
* Mephista, John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO @ The Stone
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump, Tony Mason ($8), Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost, Adam Levy Guitar Duo @ Living Room
* SAM AMIDON, REEVE CARNEY, BILL FRISELL, EMMYLOU HARRIS, NICO MUHLY, KAREN O, LOU REED, NICK ZINNER, THOMAS BARTLETT, THE WRECKING BALL BAND: Doug Wieselman, Rob Moose, Oren Bloedow, Ray Rizzo, Tony "Thunder" Smith, Anthony Diodore, Scorchio String Quartet @ St. Ann's (only $1000 a tickets)
You can also catch Spiritualized on Letterman tonight.
Psych rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre have a slew of upcoming international dates this year including Austin Psych Fest next month. After heading overseas to Australia in May and Europe in June/July, they'll return to North America for an East Coast run in August which culminates in a NYC show at Webster Hall on August 25 with Magic Castles. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre are to set to release their thirteenth full length album, Aufheben, this year on May 1 via 'a' Records. The lineup for this album includes original members Anton Newcome and Matt Hollywood, along with Will Carruthers (Spiritualized), Constantine Karlis (Dimmer), Thibault Pesenti (Rockcandys), and Eliza Karmasalo providing additional vocals. Check out album track "I Wanna Hold Your Other Hand" below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.
In related '90s neo-psychedelic bands news, you can stream the new Spiritualized album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, on NPR.
AND, the Dandy Warhols announced a tour and album too.
All Brian Jonestown dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
Listen to the almost 9-minute "Hey Jane" below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
Sonic Boom w/ Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sonic Boom aka Peter Kember of Spacemen 3/Spectrum/E.A.R., has had a busy last two years, producing MGMT's Congratulations and playing live with them in 2010, and producing Panda Bear's Tomboy and playing live with him in 2011. Now, he's kicking off 2012 with his own show in NYC at Knitting Factory on March 30. Tickets are on sale now.
Sonic Boom's ex-Spacemen 3 bandmate Jason Pierce has an upcoming tour and album with Spiritualized which hits NYC on May 7 at Terminal 5. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/3) at noon.
A live video of Sonic Boom below...
Spiritaulized at Radio City in 2010 (more)
Psych rockers Spiritualized announced last year that they've signed with Fat Possum in the US and Domino imprint Double Six in the UK to release their new album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, their first since 2008's Songs in A&E. The album was initially set for a March 19 release date but according to an interview with SPIN, the release is being pushed back a few weeks and will likely come out in late March or early April. Spiritualized frontman/main person Jason Pierce said:
had the rather foolish idea last November that I could deliver the record that's been sent out and keep working on the real version. I'd meet the delivery date they need for reviews and things like that and nobody would be any the wiser that I'd be carrying on with the mixing. [The new version of the album] is quite different. People say that all the little mixing moves I'm doing now are just for myself, but to me they're no different than the mixing moves I did at the start of the process. Balancing things is what mixing is. Some bits are more realized and closer to what I wanted them to sound like, but I'm in the unenviable position now where the [album] that's out there isn't finished.The album's tracklist is below.
Spiritualized already have a number of UK dates scheduled in support of the album, and they've just announced a North American tour, including a NYC show happening on May 7 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/1) at noon.
All currently known dates and Sweet Heart Sweet Light tracklist below...
...with a choir and an orchestra with strings and horns. Mindblowing, mesmerizing, massive, epic, surreal, amazing, glorious, fantastic, "Best Concert Ever", "I can Die Happy Now"... whatever adjective you choose, Spiritualized was it at Radio City Music Hall on Friday night. Jason Pierce and band performed their most acclaimed album, 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, in NYC's swankiest venue, followed by a 2-song, 'spellbindingly sensational' encore of "Out Of Sight" and "Oh Happy Day" to close out the setlist.
The Friday night show was the fifth of five ZYNC-presented SPIN 25th Anniversary shows (the other four were all at Terminal 5). And thankfully there was an online stream, so those who couldn't be at the concert, could still experience it live, and can probably experience it later since the whole thing is sure to show up in various bootleg forms including on YouTube fairly soon. Speaking of the stream, since it's Friday night and the show just ended and we won't have any real pictures anytime soon, a whole bunch more stream screen caps that still give you a good idea of what it looked like, continue below...
It's a busy week for big NYC shows. The Flaming Lips are here for two performances, starting with the gig tonight/Monday at Central Park SummerStage. Oneida opens. The Flaming Lips show Tuesday night at Terminal 5 is part of the Spin25 series of gigs running each day this week.
Spin25, sponsored by American Express's new ZYNC card (as you can see in the picture above), kicks off with Smashing Pumpkins tonight at Terminal 5, and continues with Flaming Lips on July 27th, the Black Keys on July 28th, the National on July 29th (all at Terminal 5), and Spiritualized on July 30th at Radio City. Show openers are listed below (Spiritualized, which has no opener, is the only one with tickets available currently).
THIS WEEK AT TERMINAL 5If you don't have tickets, we're offering one more chance for you to see the shows. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to each of the last four (that's all minus Smashing Pumpkins). Details on that are below...
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (w/ Kill Hannah & The Jim Jones Revue)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (w/ Fang Island)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions & The Whigs)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (w/ Suckers & Kurt Vile)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
You can also watch the shows online: SPIN & ZYNC are streaming them.
Several of the above bands have more shows this week too. The Black Keys play two SummerStage shows with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th (the second being the an early show on same night they play T5). Those two shows are also a tour kick-off for the two bands. All dates below.
The National also play Celebrate Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 27th with Beach House opening. They'll be back in September for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Owen Pallett who opens both Arcade Fire shows at MSG next week.
Contest details and dates below...
The Flaming Lips in Poughkeepsie in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Remember the five Spin 25th Anniversary shows announced in March? Here they are:
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5A ZYNC/AmEx ticket presale for all five shows IS GOING ON NOW (started at 10am). Public sale happens Monday, June 14th at 11am. That is exactly consistent with the on-sale info Spiritualized posted with the previous announcement for this Radio City show, and with the on-sale info posted with the "Smashing Pumpkins" announcement. The Smashing Pumpkins Terminal 5 show is part of a string of "intimate" shows Billy Corgan and band are playing in July.
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (a late show)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen in its entirety @ Radio City Music Hall
The National have other dates (including Radio City June 16th) coming up. The Flaming Lips and the Black Keys both play Central Park SummerStage around the time of the T5 shows. In fact, the July 28th T5 show is late show following one of the Black Keys SummerStage shows.
Some related recent videos below...
Spiritualized at Pitchfork 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Spiritualized have confirmed that they will be playing Radio City Music Hall on July 30th. They've also confirmed that they will in fact be playing all of their landmark Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. It will be their lone North American date, as well as the last performance of the LP in it's entirety. Spiritualized recently reissued Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space with tons of bonus material.
Spiritualized recently played all of Ladies & Gentlemen... in it's entirety at the Matt Groening curated All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead. Video from that show, as well as video from Iggy & The Stooges, Boredoms, and James Chance & The Contortions, are all below....
"The album release co-incided with live performances of the entire album; part of All Tomorrow's Parties 'Don't Look Back' series. The band were approached two years ago to perform the album live on its 10th anniversary. It took a while for J.Spaceman to finally agree to the idea. 'It was a decision made at altitude' he says referring to being on top of Mt. Buller in Australia at the time. The live performances will see the regular band augmented with strings, brass and choir.The full reissue and bonus CD tracklists are below. Spiritualized performed the album in full in London, Gateshead and Manchester in October and December. The rumor is that they'll do the same this summer at Radio City Music Hall in NYC (soon, like July)... Oh, actually July 30th according to Ticketmaster.
It is now 12 years since 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' made a profound impact in the summer of 1997, both critically and commercially, with its psychedelic soundscapes and heart-rending lyrics. It has influenced a whole range of musicians ever since. It was NME's album of the year for 1997 and reached No.4 in the official charts. Originally packaged as a giant pill offering a written prescription, the concept was creatively inspired reflecting the depth of emotion and trauma laid bare on this truly remarkable work."...
Soulsavers will follow the August 18 release of their third full-length album, Broken, with a headlining North American tour that kicks off September 6 in Portland, OR.The NYC show on the tour will take place at Bowery Ballroom on September 22nd (assuming it doesn't get cancelled first). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at noon. All dates below...
Broken features the return of Mark Lanegan [Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees] on vocals and includes duets with Spiritualized's Jason Pierce ("Pharaoh's Chariot"), Faith No More frontman Mike Patton ("Unbalanced Pieces") and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers ("Death Bells"). Also appearing on the album are Richard Hawley (backing vocals on "Shadows Fall"), Australian newcomer Red Ghost (Rosa Agostino) and studio bassist Martyn LeNoble (Porno For Pyros, Jane's Addiction).
Joining Machin and Lanegan on the road will be guitarist Rich Warren [Spiritualized] and bassist Martyn LeNoble [Porno For Pyros, Janes Addiction].
Octopus Project @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Neil Halstead @ Maxwell's
* Team B @ Union Pool
* Jim White @ Joe's Pub
* Jonah Matranga @ Europa
* Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Santos Party House
* The Sea and Cake & Death Vessel @ Bowery Ballroom
* No Age, Titus Andronicus, Soft Circle & Sisters @ Market Hotel *
For No Age: "NOTE: for the above show, tickets'll be sold at GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY
1087 Broadway, Bklyn, on sale starting 7pm, nite of show -only-
WE WILL NOT TAKE MONEY AT THE DOOR FOR THIS SHOW
you must walk to GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY & buy a ticket!!!! thanks!"
Quintron and Miss Pussycat Santos flyer below...
Spiritualized appeared on VICE's Practice Space. Video below...
by BrooklynVegan Mike
DOWNLOAD: Duchess Says - Ccut Up (MP3)
Osheaga, the outdoor music festival in Montreal, celebrated its third birthday this weekend with a bevy of local acts, some emerging talent, and great live performers. Day one (Sunday August 3rd) of the festival was also one of the most hectic musical days in recent [Montreal] memory. The week long Francophone music festival, FrancoFolies, concluded the same day with a performance by former Osheaga artist Malajube, and Wolf Parade (another former Osheaga performer) finished a tour downtown with their first Montreal performance since the release of At Mount Zoomer....
by Klaus Kinski (who was @ Music Hall in Brooklyn)
Of all the times I've seen Spiritualized, Saturday's seated show (7/26/08) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg sadly ranks as my least favorite. That isn't to say the show wasn't good; it really was. But for me it just wasn't AS good as past performances. The set list certainly did not disappoint. The band, complete with a pair of gospel singers, played classics including "Shine a Light", "Electricity", and "She Kissed Me" as well as tunes from their new record Songs In A&E including "Soul on Fire" and "Sweet Talk" (complete set list below). But I thought show lacked the energy and electricity of the Bowery/Irving/North Six shows from years ago, as well as the emotive qualities of the Acoustic Mainlines gig at the Apollo. I realize it wasn't their first show on the tour, but halfway through the set it began to feel like a dress rehearsal for the Terminal 5 show happening the next day in Manhattan. I wish I saw the non-seated T5 show so I could compare them. How was that one?
To summarize, the Brooklyn show was expertly played and the song selection was impeccable, but I left feeling a little blase about the experience. Listen to the Friday DC show on NPR. Check out the Brooklyn setlist below...
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
"Sunday was the ideal day to visit the church of Spiritualized, who reminded everyone they've all but secured their status as Gen-X's Pink Floyd, with mastermind Jason Pierce pleasing his unwashed congregation by pulling out Spacemen 3 songs along with material from the recently released Songs in A&E." [Seattle Weekly]
Spiritualized are working their way around the United States since playing the Pitchfork Festival on Sunday. On Friday night they make a stop at the 9:30 Club in DC and NPR is making that show available to everyone with an internet connection. Then Saturday and Sunday it's Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5 in NYC respectively. A few more Pitchfork pics below...
photos by Joseph Juechao Xu
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