Entries tagged with: Stephen Malkmus
As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.
The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.
After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.
All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.
The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their list, with commentary, below.
The new songs and list of tour dates also below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.
Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.
In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
Jeff Rosenstock w/ BTMI at NYU Strawberry Fest 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Jeff Rosenstock, formerly frontman of the recently-broken up Bomb the Music Industry and the been-broken up Arrogant Sons of Bitches, currently a solo artist and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci with Chris Farren of Fake Problems, has given us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It includes Chumped, whose LP release show in Brooklyn he plays on 12/13, as well as Hard Girls, who he joined at their BV-presented NYC debut (Chumped played that one too). It's a cool list all around. Check it out, including commentary, below.
In addition to his full-band set the Chumped release show (which also includes Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude), Jeff plays full-band in Ithaca with Perfect Pussy this Saturday (12/6) and solo in Providence later in the month. His full tour schedule, with his year-end list, below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
Stephen Malkmus @ Bowery Ballroom in Feb. (more by PSquared)
Whether it's "Independence Street" from this year's Jicks release Wig Out at Jagbags, or a jam like "Range Life" written some twenty years ago during the Pavement days, you know a Stephen Malkmus song when you hear it. The songwriter's mellowed out bari-tenor vocals are just as unmistakable as the abstract lyrics he's been writing now for well over two decades. While his lyrics float in some abstract cross-section of bizarro Americana, Malkmus has always been able to ground the absurdity in the roots of rock 'n roll at its most memorably unadorned. With Pavement, that kind of offhanded simplicity was jarring to an audience of the early 90s who at the same time were already witnessing another revolutionary catalyst for both pop and punk music just a little further north in Seattle. Now six albums deep into his work with The Jicks, that same simplicity is just as relevant and applicable to a listening culture that's changed much more drastically than any music over the timespan of his career. At forty-seven, Malkmus is in no hurry to wax retrospective just yet. The man is not far removed from his music as our conversation finds him carefully gauging his own thoughts in short bursts of curious introspection and an earnest kind of self-doubt devoid of the sort of self-involvement one might expect from one of the most respected and enigmatic songwriters of the last quarter century. None of that really concerns Malkmus, and once we'd performed the awkward formalities of introducing ourselves, it didn't concern me all that much either with the topic of our conversation quickly lending itself to a mutual fascination with how time and age affects our perception of music and art in all its forms, and, perhaps more importantly, what we can hope to learn about ourselves along the way.
BV: From a creative standpoint, how have you seen your approach to songwriting and even music in general change since those high school punk band days, or has that kind of creative impetus largely stayed the same since then?
SM: It's hard to say. The original impetus, when I was doing the punk band, and I was writing our own songs, and having our own identity as a band - that's still there, I guess. I don't really know where it came from. It was fun like writing short stories when you were a kid or doing anything, just creating something. That still exists, but I suppose as time goes on, there's different achievements, and now it's like actually playing with a band or a little bit of working on textures and techniques and production and that kind of thing, I wouldn't have thought about that back then. It wasn't an issue. Those sort of style things - you don't really think about that when you're younger. You kind of just do it. Even in early Pavement stuff we had bands that we emulated, but we didn't really think about what it all meant quite as much when I was doing that. Things inevitably become more curatorial once you have the knowledge and the self-knowledge. It's inevitable and healthy as you get older.
What do you value most about creating music, and how have you seen that specifically evolve or change as you've gotten older?
Just to be surprised. Something may not seem surprising to the listener who's the critical one where it all makes sense how one thing's related to the thing that came before. It's not particularly radical changes, but for me it still is. When you have a germ of an idea that just starts in your house with you searching with the guitar, coming to believe in what you're doing, and then have it however it comes out at the end, and how you can alter that or make it go in a direction or the directions. You're led by what comes before all the time. The end result of making something - I still like that, or it still makes me happy to see it be successful. The process of doing it.
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Bowery Ballroom 2/26/2014
"We don't normally play that one, but it's got 'Queens' in it, so...you know," shrugged Stephen Malkmus after he and The Jicks played "Vanessa from Queens" last night (2/26) at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two NYC shows. Nods to the hometown audience are always appreciated -- there was talk of Red Hook (the neighborhood and the beer) too, and no qualifications needed, I say.
Malkmus and the band seemed in a really good mood, and last night's show was terrific, even though they didn't play a single song from his first solo album, which remains my favorite of his post-Pavement records. They did, though, play most of this year's Wig Out at Jagbags which to me is the most entertaining record SM has made since, and he hit most of the highlights from his other records ("Tigers," "Baby, C'mon"), kept jamming to a minimum (a plus in my book), and even pulled out Pavement's "Father to a Sister of Thought" for the encore. Setlist and pics are in this post.
Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom 2/26/2014
Opening the show were Chicago's Disappears who played a taught, terrific set. The band are on their third drummer (and fourth album) and while that position is certainly a key component to any band, that seat is especially important with a group whose descriptors frequently include "kraut" and "motorik." All respect to #2 drummer Steve Shelley (a pairing that just couldn't last, dude's too busy), but I think new man Noah Leger is a better fit for Disappears. He's an intense, hard-hitting performer and certainly amps up the tension in their music, which these days is less Stooges and more spacey/atmospheric ("Drill" era Wire comes to mind). Hang on to this one, guys.
The Bowery show was Disappears' last date with Stephen Malkmus. Tonight's (2/27) Jicks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold-out) begins their run with Endless Boogie. More pics from Bowery are below...
by Bill Pearis
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks played Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night (1/6), kicking off a week of album-release events in NYC. The band performed their highly quotable single "Lariat" from Wig Out at Jagbags and then stuck around for a web-only performance of "Stick Figures in Love" from 2011's Mirror Traffic. You can watch both below.
Malkmus has been making the interview rounds lately too, and conducted a very entertaining one with Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield where he weighed in on '90s mania:
Have you heard Parquet Courts?Meanwhile, Malkmus Week in NYC continues today (1/7). If you don't mind eating ice cream in 12° weather, Malkmus and the Jicks will huddling together at Williamsburg's Momofuku Milk Bar at 4 PM to sample the limited edition ice cream that was inspired by Jagbags cut "Cinnamon and Lesbians." If you buy a scoop, you get a free poster which was illustrated by famed designer (and musician himself) Gary Panter. They'll be signing posters too.
Those guys are cool. I was in this hamburger place the other day in Portland - they were playing the Parquet Courts record and I thought it was Pavement.
Why do you think Nineties bands have so much mystique these days?
It's a time that seems romantic to people now, whereas at the time, it seemed like a cynical era. There were all these worries about selling out and the Man and corporate rock and irony and sincerity. But in retrospect, being cynical just meant that you cared. There was something at stake.
Then at 8 PM, the Jicks will be playing an in-store at Village shop Generation Records which is free with purchase of the new album. Then on Thursday (1/9), they play Other Music which you had to win entry to. Malkmus & the Jicks will be back in NYC in February for two sold out shows.
Fallon videos below...
As mentioned a couple times at least, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' terrific new album, Wig Out at Jagbags, is out this week and they're in NYC for some release promotions appearances, including a in-stores at Generation (free with LP purchase) and Other Music (you had to win tickets). The Jicks (and SM) will also perform tonight (1/6) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which doesn't have too many shows left. If you haven't checked out Wig Out at Jagbags yet, it's still streaming at Amazon.
You may also remember they've got a limited-run ice cream flavor at Momofuku Milk Bar based on their song "Cinnamon & Lesbians." The band will be stopping by the Williamsburg outpost (382 Metropolitan Ave @ Havemeyer) at 4 PM on Tuesday. It doesn't appear they'll be playing live, but they will be hanging out, eating ice cream (high temperature Tuesday: 14° btw) and signing copies of the poster above which was designed by Gary Panter (who did the Pee Wee Herman Show set among other things). The poster is free with ice cream purchase.
If that's not enough for you Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks will be back in February for two sold out shows.
by Bill Pearis
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' new album, Wig Out at Jagbags, is out on Tuesday (1/7) but has been streaming since New Year's over at via Amazon. Though SM has let his jammy side fly since going solo, the new album is a pretty tight record, with only a couple songs crossing past four minutes. It also sounds like he's having a good time, making for his most across-the-board enjoyable record (to these ears) in a while.
For release week, the Jicks will be in NYC, playing that private Other Music show on Thursday (1/9) you had to win tickets to attend (did you get lucky?). They've added another in-store happening while they're here on release Tuesday at Village mainstay Generation Records. You just need to buy the new album to attend. Maybe they'll serve some of Momofuku's "Cinnamon and Lesbians" ice cream?
Before that Malkmus will appear on Monday's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (1/6) and you can enter their lottery to watch from the "Band Bench."
Malkmus & the Jicks will be back in NYC in February for two sold out shows. Flyer for the Generation Records in-store and the two videos from the album below...
by Bill Pearis
still from "Cinnamon and Lesbians" video
You may remember over the summer, Washed Out had an ice cream inspired by one of their LPs, Paracosm, made at Brooklyn's Oddfellows Ice Cream. For those who need more frozen treats inspired by music, Momofuku Milk Bar will be introducing a new soft serve flavor inspired by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' new single "Cinnamon and Lesbians." While it's bound to have the spice of the title, if the music in the song is any indication, it maybe be closer to Cherry Garcia. (Check out the "Cinnamon and Lesbians" video below.) The non-vegan dairy product will make it's debut on January 7 at Momofuku locations around NYC.
January 7 is also the release date for the Jicks' new album, Wigout at Jagbags, which you can hear a week early via Amazon starting at midnight on January 1. And you can still enter to win a few spots at that private Other Music show that happens January 9.
In other food-named-after-indie-rock news, Eater reports NYC pizza mini-chain Two Boots has added a new signature slice: The Animal Collective. Named after the band, it is a very un-vegan slice (as you might guess). They've also got "The Meg," named after Meg White which is a four-cheese white pie. Eater also has the news that Two Boots will take over the Williamsburg space formerly home to Driggs Pizza (who had a great grandma slice).
by Bill Pearis
Trippin' his face off since breakfast: Stephen Malkmus
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' new album Wigout at Jagbags will be out January 7 and they've just released the second video from it, "Cinnamon and Lesbians." The clip, directed by Jay Winebrenner, takes a very literal approach, letting SM's lyrics guide the narrative. You can watch it, along with the video for "Lariat," below. You'll be able to listen to the whole album on Amazon starting on New Year's Eve, so mark that in your calendars.
The band's tour will be in NYC in February -- Bowery Ballroom is sold out but the 2/27 show at MHOW still has tickets -- but before that, Malkmus and company are performing a private show at Other Music on January 9 with an open bar to follow. Thing is, it could be YOUR private party. The show is a contest for five lucky winners and their 10 lucky friends. Head to Other Music for details on how to enter.
Flyer for the Other Music show, and those videos, below...
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' new album, Wigout at Jagbags, is out the first week of January and almost immediately after, the band are heading out on tour. First to Europe, but then the band's extensive North American leg starts in February and includes two NYC shows: February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with Disappears and February 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Endless Boogie. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/4) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, plus the lyric video for first single "Lariat," below...
by Bill Pearis
Stephen Malkmus will release his sixth solo album, Wig Out at Jagbags, on January 7 via Matador. That's the cover art above. With the now Janet-Weiss-less Jicks, the album was produced by the band and Remko Schouten who Pavement nerds may know as that band's regular live sound man. As to what to expect from the new record, Malkmus offered:
Wig Out At Jagbags is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen-Malkmus-imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80′s, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010′s...You can probably hear at least some of those things (and a reference to The Sweet) in the LP's first single, "Lariat," which the lyric video (in French, mind you) is below.
No word on a North American tour but European dates are listed, along with the LP tracklist and the video, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
DOWNLOAD: Silver Jews - Secret Knowledge of Back Roads (MP3)
by Bill Pearis
Silver Jews fans get happy (if that's possible): Drag City is releasing Early Times, which collects the band's early Dime Map of the Reef and The Arizona Record singles, both of which are about 20 years old, out of print, and date from the days when more people thought of Silver Jews as a Pavement side project (Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich were members then) and not an outlet for songwriter David Berman. The LP/CD will be out June 19.
You can download "Secret Knowledge of Back Roads" from Early Times at the top of this post. It's raw and barely recorded just like it should be (and was) and will sound just fine next to that Ohsees tour casette you bought that one time at a show. Early Times art and tracklist are below.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in November (more by BBG)
Matador Records is presenting the Singles Going Home Alone Subscription Series for 2012, where you will get
6 subscription only 7"es every other month in 2012, plus a special secret bonus item, a tote bag and 10% off all year long on the Matador Store (which cannot be combined with other discounts, email with code will arrive around time of the first single)The first installment is a split 7" between Stephen Malkmus and L.A. Guns, which will feature Malkmus taking on the L.A. Guns track "Wheels Of Fire" and L.A. Guns will cover "Gorgeous George" off Malkmus's most recent LP, Mirror Traffic. That comes out on January 17. It will be followed by a 7" from OBN IIIs on March 20 and another from The Men on May 22. The remaining three are TBA and will come out on 7/10, 9/11, and 11/6. You can subscribe to the series at Matador's site. The list of releases is below.
Speaking of The Men, they just announced a new album due out in March and a tour in support of it which includes SXSW and 285 Kent on March 7 with Nude Beach. They have since added another NYC show happening much sooner at Union Pool on January 13 with Pygmy Shrews, Organs, and Call of The Wild (ex-Awesome Color). All dates and Matador singles series list below...
Mobb Deep @ Rock the Bells (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
When Malkmus got bumped from Terminal 5 to Webster Hall (good news for Malkmus fans, bad news for Malkmus), the hip hop show that was already scheduled at Webster Hall that night got bumped down to the even more intimate Studio, and that show features Mobb Deep (performing "The Infamous") & Lloyd Banks (performing "The Hunger For More"). Mobb Deep performed the same album at Rock the Bells. Tickets are still on sale for that, and for Malkmus too.
Stephen Malkmus @ Other Music in Aug (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Terminal 5 haters rejoice. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks had to do some rearranging...
The New York show is being moved from Terminal 5 to Webster Hall, and will now take place on Sunday, September 25 instead of Monday, September 26. All tickets purchased for the Terminal 5 show will be honored at Webster Hall.Updated Malkmus dates below...
The Chicago show originally scheduled at the Vic Theatre has been moved to Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets purchased for the Vic Theatre will be honored at Metro. Showtime is 8:00pm; Holy Sons will open the show. Tickets for the Metro show are $22.50 and are on sale now through etix.com and jamusa.com. Ages 18 & Over.
Bright Eyes @ Radio City im March (more by Tracy Allison)
today in NYC
* Jen Shyu @ The Stone
* Kendrick Lamar @ SOB's
* Tyshawn Sorey @ The Stone
* Bebel Gilberto @ City Winery
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre
* Dead Sands, Ancient Sky, Mercies @ Union Pool
* CANT, Steel Phantoms, Quinn Walker @ Glasslands
* Jangula, Free Blood, Many Mansions @ Death By Audio
* Pepper Rabbit, We Barbarians, ANR @ Mercury Lounge
* Advance Base (Casiotone), Concern @ Mercury Lounge
* Bruce Hornsby, Marco Benevento @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Future Shuttle, Wish, Santiparro, Glossy Wheel @ Zebulon
* Bright Eyes, Dr Dog, Real Estate @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Innerpartysystem, The Kickdrums @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Our Hit Parade w/ Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman, Neal Medlyn @ Highline Ballroom
* Kendra Morris, Ocean Carolina, Life and Times Of, Soulfarm @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Santah, Bandana Splits, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Turner Cody @ Pianos
* Nadia Sirota, Ted Hearne, Jozef Van Wissem, Jacob Cooper, Tristan Perich, William Brittelle (of The Blondes)(Believer Music Issue Celebration - Proceeds benefit 826NYC) @ Public Assembly
St. Vincent played Letterman. Video below...
Stephen Malkmus played Fallon. Videos below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
A few hours after their free show at Academy Records in Brooklyn, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks celebrated their new record "Mirror Traffic" with another free show at Other Music in Manhattan. Here are pictures from that one. They continue below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
A set of pictures from the first of two NYC instores yesterday (8/25) continues below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Living in Exile (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Vaporize (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Dance Dance Dance (on the Radio) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Senator (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Tigers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Male Bonding - "Bones" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Male Bonding - Tame the Sun (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights - Diamond Mine (MP3)
I guess we'll start this week with Stephen Malkmus who is doing two in stores on Thursday: Academy Records in Williamsburg at 6pm and then Other Music at 9PM. His new album Mirror Traffic, as you may know, was produced by Beck. I'm not sure what that was supposed to connote (more acoustic guitars? L. Ron Hubbard references?) but it's a pretty typical Malkmus solo album with some tight pop songs ("Tigers," downloadable above, and "Stick Figures in Love") and maybe a little more focused and less jammy than he's been in a while. But not much less jammy.
I'm the guy that thought his first solo album was a step in the right direction and has been somewhat ambivalent by what's followed since. But they're always worth hearing. Malkmus and the now Weiss-less Jicks are on tour next month and all upcoming tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with the video for "No One Is (As I Are Be)."
Voluminous and enigmatic Minneapolis duo BNLX are visiting this week, playing The Rock Shop tonight (8/24) and Pianos on Thursday (8/25). This is their third trip to NYC, and the first since releasing the 6th release in their quarterly EP series. It's description in typical BNLX corporate-speak:
BNLX commences the next phase in the BNLX First One Year Plan (extension two) with its sixth consecutive quarterly EP release of "music." These compositions combine rhythmically-expressed poetry in popular idiomatic vernacular ("rhymes") with pulsating percussive elements ("beats") and harmonic modulations/variations/transpositions (melody). The resulting unique juxtaposition of auditory and narrative elements can only be described as "music". Thematic topics on this release include IED's, event horizons, beards and banjos, and deposed royalty. "Vaporize" leads off the EP with a high-energy blast of high velocity psychedelic noise pop.Three of the four EP tracks are available to download at the top of this post. What I really like about BNLX is that they seem to be doing this for fun and it really translates to the songs, and to the listener. This is well-tread territory, but it's a pleasure to crank up loud. Or to go see live. BNLX are an aural (LOUD) and visual (strobes, smoke machines) assault in concert and it works. Go see 'em.
The Rock Shop show is with Delaware's Sky Drops; the Pianos show also has Jeane (who I finally saw last week, liked 'em), Phone Home and Ventilader.
Speaking of regimented release schedules, Violens have been releasing a digital single every month this year, the latest of which, "Through the Window," is my favorite so far. With a skittering drumbeat and delay-drenched arpeggiated guitars, it sounds a little like Kitchens of Distinction (if you remember that early '90s band). Violens will be playing a lot of their new material tonight (8/24) at Glasslands.
The rest of tonight's bill is also worth checking out. Dive is the new band from Zachary Cole Smith who used to play drums (and wear mom jeans) in Beach Fossils. (He's also played in Soft Black and with Darwin Deez.) The one track I've heard is definitely a bit Fossil-ized, but am curious to hear more and see what they're like live. Dive play again on September 1 at Shea Stadium with Caged Animals and Forest Fire.
Opening the Glasslands show is Philadelphia's psych-shoegazers Arc in Round. whose most recent EP is cacauphonous and captivating...and sound like they might be very good live.
Personal and the Pizzas are delivering in our area this weekend: Friday (8/26) at Maxwell's and Saturday (8/27) at Death by Audio. If you like good time Ramones style rock n' roll, and pizza (with extra cheese) you're gonna have a good time. I don't know what else to tell ya. There's video at the bottom of this post.
Lastly, we've got Male Bonding rolling into town: Glasslands on Saturday (8/27) and Mercury Lounge on Monday (8/29). The UK band's new album, Endless Now, is out next week and as mentioned before it moves away from the swampy sound of their debut into defiant mid-fi. Any more fidelity with melodic punk like this and you might start getting into Blink-182 territory. This album is as produced as it needs to be and is a pretty fun listen with just enough shoegaze nods to keep old guys like me interested. You can download two songs off it at the top of this post.
The band are on tour with Austin's Love Inks who are 180 degrees from Male Bonding's sound: gentle, minimal, croony. The jury is still out on their live show (my jury at least) but I do really like their album.
That's the main stuff I'm talking about this week. A few more worthy picks -- day by day -- are below.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
Head to Pianos to catch dark and sexy ZAZA, who play with Australian group Sherlock's Daughter who are on an extended New York holiday, as well as My Best Fiend, Our Mountain, and Alak.