Entries tagged with: Still Flyin
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Masters of the Hemisphere - Eggshell (MP3)
Masters of the Hemisphere
After a nearly ten-year absence, Athens, GA indie pop quartet Masters of the Hempisphere are back with a new album, Maybe These Are the Breaks, that's out October 4 on Kindercore/Magic Marker. We're pleased to premiere the album's lead track, "Eggshell," which you can download at the top of this post. The band will be touring soon too, stopping in NYC for CMJ: October 21 at The Rock Shop and October 22 at Bruar Falls. All tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Masters of the Hemisphere formed in 1996, releasing three albums and a handful of singles and EPs before calling it quits in 2002. All four members have kept busy and worked with each other since. Main man Sean Rawls plays in Je Suis France along with Master drummer Jeff Griggs (who was also in The Mendoza Line) as well as forming indie reggae conglomerate Still Flyin' which also includes fellow Master Bren Mead. Adrian Finch is in Atlanta band Night Moves Gold. Original, short-lived MOTH drummer Ryan Lewis continues to run Kindercore Records who released all of MotH's original records.
All four main members all back for Maybe These are the Breaks which might just be the best thing Masters of the Hemisphere have released. "Eggshell" is typical of the tunefull, ridiculously catchy pop contained within it.
Meanwhile, Modern Country is reissuing Masters of the Hemisphere's catalog -- all of it, including the new album -- as a box set of cassettes. Only 100 are being made.
Meanwhile meanwhile... Rawls and Mead's Still Flyin' are still flying, and will be in NYC at the Start of next month: they play Glasslands on Oct. 7 (with Dinosaur Feathers, Crush and The Gytters) and Cake Shop on Oct. 8 (with German Measles, Bright Lights and Love Connection).
All tour dates for Masters of the Hemisphere and Still Flyin' are below.
Much more of a crooner than the singer of his other band Love is All (not that you would ever really call a woman a crooner), Sweden's James Ausfahrt (he's also in Still Flyin) has recorded over 100 songs in his home where he plays all instruments and touches on many different genres. You can download some of those songs above, listen to others at MySpace and see him live in Brooklyn at Bruar Falls on Wednesday night (3/24) with Astoria's The Magic Caravan and California's many-membered Red Pony Clock. All three bands are a little wacky.
by Bill Pearis
Austin's understated, lovely Yellow Fever launched a short West Coast / South West tour last night in San Diego, and are also set -- any day now -- to release their debut album on Wild World Records, the label run by Vivian Girls. The album appears to be a compilation of Yellow Fever's three EPs to date. For those who haven't been following along, it'll be a nice one-stop way to play catch-up. Hopefully we'll get a new record sometime soon -- it's been at least a year since we've gotten fresh music from them. Yellow Fever will also be playing Death By Audio on December 12 with Vivian Girls, which probably means they'll be doing a few more NYC dates around then as well. Stay tuned.
Until now, Wild World has just released Vivian Girls singles ("Surf's Up" and "Wild Eye") but will release a posthumous LP of Cassie Ramone's other, now-defunct band, Bossy, as well as the debut single from Babies, which is Cassie and Justin from Bossy, plus Kevin from Woods. The Yellow Fever and Bossy LPs will be out mid-November, the Babies single "coming soon."
Vivian Girls are busy this weekend, beginning tonight (11/5), where they'll back up (with help from Andrew WK) Fucked Up at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. And then they play Market Hotel Friday night with Grass Widow, The Bitters and Stupid Party.
All dates for Yellow Fever and Vivian Girls are below....
Au Revoir Simone have spent the better part of 2009 working on, promoting and touring in support of their second album, Still Light, Still Night, wrapping things up -- for now, at least -- with a Brooklyn show at the Bell House on October 24 (tickets), which is part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The Bell House is also where their new video, "Shadows," was filmed. You can watch it over at the David Lynch Foundation Television website. Lynch has been a fan ever since he and ARS were paired together for that Barnes & Noble Upstairs at the Square event two years ago. He even wrote a nice little blurb for the girls:
"I LOVE AU REVOIR SIMONE ..... THESE GIRLS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES ..... MUSIC JUST FLOWS OUT OF THEM SO NATURALLY - AND IT'S GREAT MUSIC ...... THIS VIDEO FOR "SHADOWS" - FROM THEIR NEW ALBUM "STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT" IS MIGHTY - THE COLOR AND THE LIGHT ARE STELLAR - THE MOVES AND LOOKS - MINIMAL - CLEAN - MODERN AND SOLID ..... IT ALL COMES ALONG SO WELL SUPPORTING THE GIRLS AND THEIR MUSIC ..... ANNIE, ERIKA AND HEATHER HAVE GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER - THEY'RE BIG - BUT THEY'RE GONNA BE BIGGER - THEY'RE GONNA BE REAL BIG"I hope someone has since told David his Caps Lock was on. That Bell House CMJ show also has baroque pop band The Postmarks, and San Francisco's folk-ska ensemble Still Flyin' on the bill.
In November, Au Revoir Simone travel to China for shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Tour dates are at the bottom of this post, as are more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's Bowery show from back in June. Findlay Brown, who is also playing CMJ at the same venue (Bowery), opened that June show.
In between now and ARS's trip to China, ARS member Annie Hart will spend some time with her other band, Uninhabitable Mansions, which also features Robbie and Tyler from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Uninhabitable Mansions' debut album, Nature is a Taker, is out now digitally, with the CD version due at the end of October and vinyl in January. Uninhabitable Mansions, which now includes Annie Hart's husband (and former Dirty on Purpose member) Doug Marvin on drums, has two NYC shows coming up: a free show next Wednesday (10/14) at Cake Shop which is part of the MIXER Reading Series, then they'll play the Bell House on October 22 (part of CMJ) with Robbers on High Street, Freelance Whales (who are also on the Bowery Ballroom show Findlay is playing), Pomegrates and others. After that, they're going on a short East Coast tour, ending with a October 30 show at Union Pool. Then the band's on hold until the new year when they expect to launch a more extensive U.S. tour.
CYHSY front-man Alec Ounsworth meanwhile has been doing his own thing and is appearing at Mercury Lounge during CMJ, as well as at a free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos that same day (10/22). More details TBA.
Tour dates for Au Revoir Simone and Uninhabitable Mansions, plus more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's June 28 Bowery Ballroom show are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Rifles - The Great Escape (MP3)
London band The Rifles are playing three shows in New York this weekend: an early show tonight (9/24) (before the Japandroids show in the same venue) and a late show tomorrow night (9/25) with Still Flyin at Mercury Lounge, then Saturday (9/26) at Union Hall with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band who are playing with Japandroids tonight. The band have toured the U.S. previously opening for Paul Weller and last week saw the North American release of their sophomore album, The Great Escape. They've got a classic Britpop sound that might make you nostalgic for the good ol' days of 2004 when everyone had jobs and Kaiser Chiefs, The Rakes, and Subways were all the rage. You can download The Great Escape's catchy title track at the top of this post. Videos and all Rifles tour dates are below....
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Still Flyin' - The Hott Chord is Struck (MP3)
Love Is All @ Market Hotel (more by Ryan Muir)
Love Is All are coming back to the US this summer. The band will be playing Hoboken spot Maxwell's on Tuesday, June 2nd (Tickets are on sale), and then three days later - Friday, June 5th they're at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, May 1st at noon.
The NYC-area shows are part of a June tour that also takes Love Is All to the West Coast with San Francisco's Still Flyin' (who are not currently on the NY dates).
Still Flyin' just released their debut record, Never Gonna Touch the Ground, April 21st on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. label. The label reports that that record was "mixed in Melbourne by Haima Marriott with help from Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki) and Isobel Knowles (ex-AiH)." Still Flyin' last visited NYC in early April, playing gigs at Union Hall and the Cake Shop. They also played SXSW this year (more on that below).
Love Is All's last record was 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night. The band timed this coming tour to coincide with its next release - the Last Choice EP (out June 23 on What's Your Rupture). Frontwoman Josephine writes, "[The EP] features 'Last Choice' from our latest album...as well as five brand new recordings." The band also just put a new covers EP (they did one in 2008 on What's Your Rupture?) on its Myspace.
Check out the video for Still Flyin's "Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here," with album info and art, and a review of SF's SXSW gig, with all tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees
The post-SXSW music flood has yet to show relief and this week might actually be more jam-packed with goodness than last. Where to start?
Kings of San Francisco's fertile garage rock scene, Thee Oh Sees are back in town for two shows this weekend in what I'd have to call unlikely venues for the band. Thee Oh Sees are not exactly fond of playing on stages, as I've only ever seen them set up on the floor, so I'm not sure how they're going to handle it at The Bell House (4/4) and Mercury Lounge (4/5). Regardless, if they're anywhere near as good as they were at the Todd P/Woodsist party during SXSW it'll be a great time. John Dwyer is an intense frontman, flinging his guitars around and likes to get very intimate with his microphone for maximum in-the-red levels. Speaking of, In the Red is releasing Thee Oh Sees' great new album, Help, and while it's not in shops yet, it should be available at the merch table this weekend. Go see them.
Michigan's Tyvek are playing three shows this week, starting tonight (3/31) at Cake Shop. There is certainly no shortage of this kind of low fidelity, high attitude punk being made right now, but these guys do it better than most I think. The band, who keep changing the spelling of their name (Their Myspace currently has it as "Tyvjk"), are due to drop their debut full-length on Siltbreeze any minute now, so maybe they'll will be selling it at these gigs.
Tonight's show at Cake Shop is for the venue's "World's Birthday Party" parties held on the last day of each month. Tonight is curated by Peggy of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Chuk Reutter of Gold Dust who will be playing their last-ever show tonight. Also on the bill: San Francisco's gothy New Thrill Parade (they sound more than a little like The Birthday Party), and two ca-USE co-MOTION offshoots (Extreme Violence and The German Measles). If your birthday is in March, it's free entry plus two drink ticket and a "gift" and cake. All others pay $7. Tomorrow (4/1) Tyvek play Death by Audio with local folkies Woods (whose new album, Songs of Shame is pretty darn good) and then on Thursday (4/2) opening for Asobi Seksu at Bowery Ballroom.
Also on that Asobi Seksu bill are San Diego scuzz-rockers Crocodiles who put out a JAMC-loving single "Neon Jesus" last year and will release their debut album on April 28th via Fat Possum. Two songs from that album (as well as "Neon Jesus") are available over at RCRD LBL and show they also seem to like Spacemen 3 a lot too. I missed them at SXSW so I can't say whether they're good as a live band or not (editor's note: I liked what little I saw of them), but I'm guessing it's gonna be two guys, a drum machine and a truckload of feedback and reverb (editor's note: YES!). Which is okay by me. In addition to the BB show, Crocodiles also play Pianos on Saturday night (4/4) with the aforementioned New Thrill Parade and L.A.'s pummeling duo Tweak Bird (who BB most recently caught at SXSW).
A few more shows to mention (and all tour dates below):
DOWNLOAD: Mogwai - Folk Death 95 (MP3)
photos by Rae Holtsabum
I'm still trying to properly wrap my mind around (and recover from) the amazing performances (and blazing sun) I was able to experience at Sled Island. It's hard to believe both the amount and range of wonderful music that was up for consumption over the course of four days, and last night's set from mainstage headliners Mogwai, shredding guitars with grace like only they can, followed by a flawless late-night club show by underrated Canadian folk rockers Rock Plaza Central, was the perfect send-off to a festival that defined itself on eclecticism and near unmitigated musical quality. [Beyond Robson]As you know, we've been covering the 2008 Sled Island Festival that went down recently in Calgary. In the name of finishing what we started, here are the rest of Rae's pics from day four of the festival (June 28, 2008)...