Entries tagged with: Steve Gunn
by Bill Pearis
While details on Steve Gunn's first record for Matador are still forthcoming, he has announced a fall tour with his former Paradise of Bachelors labelmates James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg. That tour includes a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Union Pool on October 23 & 24. The shows will feature special guests (TBA) and tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.
Steve Gunn will be at Union Pool before that, playing the final show of the venue's free "Summer Thunder" series on August 29 with Spacin' and DJ Mike Wolf. All Steve Gunn tour dates are listed below.
James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg, meanwhile, will release their second collaborative album of guitar instrumentals, titled Ambsace, on September 18 via Paradise of Bachelors. It includes a number of originals, as well as covers of songs by The Smiths, Duke Ellington, and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake. You can stream their bucolic version of The Smiths' "Reel Around the Fountain" and two of their own compositions, below....
photos by James Richards IV
Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.
The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.
As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
Union Pool have announced more performers for this year's free Summer Thunder series. New additions include Kid Congo Powers & Pink Monkey Birds and a reunion of shitgaze ragers K-Holes on July 25, and new Matador Records signee Steve Gunn will play Summer Thunder on August 29.
There are some additions to already-announced shows as well. The May 30 kickoff show with Hector's Pets will also feature sets from party punks Metalleg and Slam Section. The highly anticipated (by us at least) June 27 Destruction Unit show has now gotten better, with the addition of Pampers and Cheena.
The June 13 Blues Control show now also has Hex Message (who've toured with Gang Gang Dance) and Ohal. And the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's PAT party now includes a live performance by "gender-problematizing goth dance band," Bottoms.
Summer Thunder happens Saturdays from May 30 through August 29 at Union Pool from 2 PM - 6 PM. Free, 21+. For more info and updates, check out Summer Thunder's facebook.
Though not part of Summer Thunder, Union Pool will be having an "Afternoon Hang" on Saturday afternoon (5/23) in the front room, featuring cellist Clara Kennedy, J. Leisure and DJ Mike Wolf. That starts at 2 PM and is free. Flyer for that, and the updated 2015 Summer Thunder schedule, is below...
the line for Other Music on Record Store Day 2014 (more by PSquared)
Record Store Day 2015 is Saturday (4/18) and, as usual, some stores are doing special events as well. We already posted Rough Trade's events -- which include performances by Dresden Dolls and Sondre Lerche, and signings by Buzzcocks and Kim Gordon (schedule below) -- and here's a rundown of what else is going on in NYC. Remember it won't be quite as easy running around the city this year as the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend (and the four weekends after that). With that in mind, here's Here's a rundown:
In Manhattan, Other Music usually has guest DJs for RSD, but this year will feature three in-store performances: 75 Dollar Bill (noon), Mantana Roberts (3 PM), and Laraaji (5 PM). Other Music is open from 10 AM - 8 PM on Record Store Day. More info here.
A block away from OM, In Living Stereo will be open at 8AM and have performances from Flowers of Evil (vintage-style punk rock from members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers), as well as 3 Bean Stew and Pisser. There's also free PBR all day long. What RSD titles they ordered is here and schedule is below.
Generation Records on Thompson St in the Village will be open at 10 AM and they'll have in-store performances from sleazy hard rockers Mammal at 2 PM and Brooklyn speed-thrash outfit Iron Force at 3 PM. Flyer is below.
Great little East Village store Turntable Lab will be open at 10 AM and have guest DJs spinning all day, including Nancy Whang, Justin Strauss, Eli Soul Clap, Blue Jems, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Midnight Magic, Monk One, Nomi Ruiz and more. You can check out what #RSD15 titles they're planning on carrying here, and they'll have a printable checklist for easy ordering available starting Friday (4/17).
Another East Village store, Good Records, will open at the civilized hour of noon on Saturday and will carry a number of RSD15 titles. They add, "As always, we will be putting out a great collection of rarities and classics culled for the day from our last few months of buying. Weather permitting, we will fire up the grill in back once the ruckus dies down. burgers, dogs and adult beverages for a nominal donation."
In Brooklyn, Academy Annex in Greenpoint will be open at 10 AM. There will be a free performance by Steve Gunn at 7 PM and Academy will be providing free coffee for people who line up early. The NYC branch of Academy will be stocking RSD titles as well as putting out a special collectible 45s selection.
Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will once again be open for the entirety of Record Store Day 2015, midnight to midnight, and they'll be stocking select RSD titles.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have 20 boxes of unsorted $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Permanent Records, which relocated from Greenpoint to South Slope, does not have any in-store performances, but will be stocking lots of RSD15 titles and will be open from 11 AM.
Free giveaways, drinks, smiles and pleasurable company to spare. We will be carrying a huge selection of Record Store Day titles ranging from Rock to Soul to Pop to Hip-Hop, as well as an excellent batch of special House & Techno RSD releases. Be sure to check out our latest selection of used records as well...we have taken in some serious collectable gems, dancefloor smash hits and classics for days...There will be Output DJs and Halcyon staff spinning all day. Lineup is listed below.
And if you're shopping on Saturday, check out our guide to Record Store Day 2015 releases.
What else? Flyers and in-store schedules, below...
photo: Steve Gunn at 4Knots Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steve Gunn recently announced that he signed to Matador and he'll have the followup to 2014's Way Out Weather on that label at some point. Meanwhile, watch the recently-premiered video for "Wildwood" from Way Out Weather, below.
Steve is doing a lot of touring this year, and will be in Austin for SXSW this week. Not long after that, he plays NYC on April 1 at Baby's All Right with Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, August Wells, and JR Bohannon. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video, below...
photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The snowy weather may cause some cancelations, so be sure to check with the venue before heading out tonight. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
TIbet House US benefit w/ Philip Glass, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Patti Smith, Sturgill Simpson, Dev Hynes, Ira Glass, Debbie Harry @ Carnegie Hall
A cavalcade of amazing talent comes out in force to support Tibet House US. Tickets are still available. Where else will you see Philip Glass, Ira Glass, Sturgill Simpson and The Flaming Lips all on one bill?
Will Butler, TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom
His brother Win gets most of the spotlight, but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler is a talented singer and songwriter too, as can be heard on his first solo album which is out next week on Merge. Tonight's the record release show. Sold out.
Rob Delaney, Jeffrey Joseph, Erik Bergstrom, Tom McCaffrey, Kenny Zimlinghaus, John Early, Sabrina Jalees @ Splitty
It's Splitty's weekly Myrtle Comedy tonight, and the great Rob Delaney will be stopping by, along with other funny folk. Five bucks.
The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their second show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho.
Punch Brothers, Gaby Moreno @ Beacon Theatre
Chris Thile is one of the more prolific guys in modern bluegrass. He reunited Nickel Creek last year, and now he's already got a new Punch Brothers album and is on tour with them too.
Hundred Waters, Mitski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Both Hundred Waters and Mitski mix folk and art pop, with the former going in a more fleshed-out and sometimes-electronic direction and the latter in a more lo-fi indie direction. Great double bill.
Regal Degal @ Elvis Guesthouse
It may not be a first, but it's a first for us: this is a "record announce" party for Regal Degal's new album, Not Now, which will be out in May via Terrible. Hey, any excuse for a party.
EULA, No Bra, GULL, Martin Bisi @ Palisades
It's the release party for local noise rockers EULA, and Martin Bisi (who produced the album) also plays a set with former members of past bands he's produced, Sonic Youth and Swans. No Bra's post-punk performance art is worth catching too.
Fox Millions Duo (Kid Millions + Greg Fox),
Steve Gunn & Mary Lattimore, Laura Ortman, Matthew Regula @ Silent Barn
UPDATE: Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore are unable to join tonight due to weather conditions. The show will go on with Greg Fox / Kid Millions Duo, Matthew Regula, Laura Ortman, with a "snowy modular synthesizer workshop" and reduced admission: $8
Curren$y @ B.B. King Blues Club
New Orleans rapper Curren$y remains crazy prolific (he last released a mixtape in the fall and has an album planned for this year) and he's pretty active on the road too. Catch him in NYC tonight.
UPDATE: Curren$y moved to 3/29 due to snow.
Nude Beach, Bodega Bay, Dances @ Bowery Electric
Nude Beach make late- 70s-inspired power pop and do a ton of justice to the sound. This is one of two upcoming hometown shows for the NYC band at the moment, and it's free with RSVP.
Bloodshot Bill @ Union Pool
Tandoori Knights member, King Khan & BBQ/Mark Sultan collaborator, and solo artist in his own right, Bloodshot Bill has a voice that can go from a guttural growl to disarming falsetto, sometime within a single phrase. His take on blues and rock n' roll is best experienced live.
Haybaby, Whitewash, Chimes, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Haybaby make a promising mix of punk, post-punk and indie pop, and they recently signed to Tiny Engines for their upcoming debut LP.
DRKWAV (ft. John Medeski, Skerik, and Adam Deitch) @ Brooklyn Bowl
This trio of prolific jam banders -- John Medeski, Skerik (Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Mad Season) and Adam Deitch (Lettuce, 50 Cent) -- teamed up as DRKWAV to make jazz fusion which resulted in their debut album, The Purge, released last week.
Alex Winston, Royal Tongues @ The Westway
Alex Winston's new singles have seen her going in a more conventionally pop direction than her 2012 debut album, and if you want to see how those translate live, you have a chance tonight.
Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), A/JUS/TED, Le Youth @ Output
DFA mainstays Holy Ghost! spin like they play live -- heavy on '80s-era synths in a electro/postpunk/new wave.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:
SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).
The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.
Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.
These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.
Updated lineup below...
The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.
They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Sharing a love of Slowdive, Felt and Field Mice, London based pair Nathalie Bruno and Jack Milwaukee (who is from Italy, just for the record) began working on music together which soon turned into an actual band, Leave the Planet. If they are getting off this rock, they're doing it gently, in beautiful fashion. This is shoegaze at its most glistening. Having only released a few songs, as well as a lovely cover of Galaxie 500's "Strange," Leave the Planet are now signed to Kanine Records and will release new single "Winter Sleep" on February 3. We've got the premiere of that song's video which was directed by Milwaukee. You can watch it below.
Leave the Planet will be visiting the East Coast next month where they'll play a handful of shows, including six in NYC:
Wednesday Feb. 4 @ Cake Shop with Wildhoney, Dead Leaf Echo, and BeliefsThere are also dates in Baltimore and Philadelphia while they're here, too. All are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...
Thursday Feb. 5 @ Shea Stadium with Breakfast in Furs, Lost Boy, and Chimes
Wednesday Feb. 11 @ Pianos with Cosmonaut, The Jaguar Club, Captain Baby, and Night Squirrel
Saturday Feb. 14 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (FREE show) with Futurebirds, and Steve Gunn
Sunday Feb. 15 @ Baby's Alright with more TBA
Monday Feb. 16 @ Palisades with Gingerlys, Wild Pink and Melt
Jeff Beck added a second Capitol Theatre show, happening April 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/23) at noon, and promo tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Thursday (1/22). His April 18 show is sold out. He also added a third Paramount (4/15) show. Tickets for that one go on venue/Citi/VIP package presales today at 10 AM.
Futurebirds will play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Valentine's Day with Steve Gunn (who also plays Baby's All RIght in April) and Leave the Planet (who also plays Cake Shop in early February with Wildhoney, Beliefs and Dead Leaf Echo).
SALES are playing Mercury Lounge on April 9. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale date Friday (1/23).
Pennywise, A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket play Starland Ballroom on March 26 and Irving Plaza on March 27. Tickets for Irving go on Live Nation and Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales today at 10 AM. No presale for Starland.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."
The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.
There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
by Bill Pearis
Alex Calder hails from Edmonton, Alberta, and was a member of Makeout Videotape, aka Mac DeMarco's old band. Like Mac, he's now part of the Captured Tracks roster and will release his debut album, Strange Dreams, on January 20. While not a million miles away from what his old bandmate does (hazy guitar pop), Calder's music seems a bit more serious. You can stream the "Strange Dreams" title cut below.
Alex is playing two Brooklyn shows this weekend: Cameo tonight (1/9) with Laced (Dustin from Beach Fossils' new band), and Donovan Blanc; and then Sunday (1/11) at Rough Trade, which is the store's one-year anniversary party that also features Steve Gunn, Dom Flemons, and DJs Jake B & Jesse Rosoff. The Rough Trade show is a free matinee, doors at 2:30 PM.
Calder also has an active YouTube page where he showcases his extremely dry sense of humor, offering up tutorials on how to play Grimes' "Oblivion," and John Mayer's "Daughters," how to get out stains from clothing, how to print a PDF document, and other emphera. Check out his "Live La Blogette Session" of "Strange Dreams" (brought to you by Pitchfork, Niosey, Vans and more) and a couple video tutorials, below.
You can also catch Steve Gunn in NYC later this year at Baby's All Right on April 1 (tickets), and stay tuned for his new collaborative album with Black Twig Pickers, Seasonal Hire, coming February 24 via Thrill Jockey.
Alex Calder song stream below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
Kevin Morby put out his second solo album, Still Life, this year which is another fine showcase for his songwriting talent and his appealingly weathered voice. It's maybe a little closer in vibe with what he did in The Babies than his excellent, mellow solo debut. You can stream it via Spotify below. Though he lives in Los Angeles these days, Kevin makes it back to NYC fairly often, and has played here a few times this year, most recently during CMJ. You can catch him again when he opens for Amen Dunes at Bowery Ballroom on January 22. Tickets are still available. Before that, Kevin will open for Strand of Oaks in Chicago on January 17. Those are his only listed dates at the moment.
Amen Dunes' new album, Love, makes Kevin's Top 10 LPs of 2014 which we've got in this post. He's also got his old bandmates Woods, Frankie Cosmos, and more. You can check that out, including Kevin's commentary and a choice lyrical quote from each, below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Goodbye Party is the project of Michael Cantor, formerly of Philly lo-fi pop punks The Ambulars, who are currently on hiatus. He released a split with Spoonboy earlier this year, and now he's got a new full length called Silver Blues out this week on Salinas (also home of The Ambulars, as well as Radiator Hospital, Swearin' and others). Michael recorded the album with drummer Joey Doubek of Pinkwash (who are playing the 2015 Don Giovanni showcases) and while it's not a punk record like The Ambulars, some of the indie/power pop songs wouldn't be too out of place in that band. A handful of others, however, are more somber droning songs that aren't too unlike The Microphones. You can stream the album in full below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
The Goodbye Party will be in NYC soon to open for Waxahatchee at one of the final Glasslands shows on December 10. Also on that show is psych folkie Steve Gunn (who's been popping up on year-end lists) and powerhouse singer Weyes Blood. That's a pretty stacked show all around. Tickets are still available.
LP stream below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)
Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.
Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, 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...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.
The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.
by Andrew Sacher
Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.
Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.
Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.
Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.
The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.
Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.
Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.
SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.
The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.
Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.
Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.
Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.
And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.