Entries tagged with: Swans
by Andrew Sacher
Des Ark (photo by Marc Krause)
Des Ark are opening for Hop Along and Radiator Hospital at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (12/12) (which is sold out), and after that they'll be playing more dates of their own. Two are with folk/post-rock collective Pygmy Lush, who haven't played live since before Death by Audio closed.
The first Des Ark/Pygmy Lush show is in NYC on Sunday (12/13) at Union Pool. Tickets are on sale now. Then they play a DC show on 12/16 with The City and I (members of Mannequin Pussy), who just played NYC last night (12/10). All dates are listed below.
Des Ark's latest album, Everything Dies, came out this past October on Graveface. It's a dark, rich-sounding album with folky songs, piano ballads, and contributions from Swans' Thor Harris and Engine Down's Jonathan Fuller. It's a little Feist-y too. Stream it below. Meanwhile, Pygmy Lush also have plans for a new album. They write:
We've also decided to finish up our writing here within the year and record a new record with our old friends at Robotic Empire. We are hoping to get into the studio with Kurt sometime early spring 2016. We have alot of new material and are very excited to get it recorded and start playing alot more shows! More news to come, as it greatly unravels!!!!!!!!They say they'll start recording on April 20, 2016. List of tour dates and the Des Ark LP stream below...
The 6th annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 12 at Knitting Factory. The premise, as always, is this:
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.While the whole lineup of musicians involved hasn't been revealed, it will feature:
Arthur Ashin (Autre Ne Veut)Last year's event was a lot of fun. Tickets are on sale and proceeds this year will go to to Daniel's Music Foundation, a non profit organization that provides recreational music programs to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, ages three to adult in the NYC area.
Caitlin Elisabeth Gray (Hurray for the Riff Raff)
Cameron Wisch (Porches)
David Monks (Tokyo Police Club)
Doug Gillard (Nada Surf / Guided By Voices)
Holly MacGibbon (Weeknight)
Louis Schwadron (Sky White Tiger)
Luke Jenner (The Rapture)
Malcolm Brickhouse (Unlocking The Truth)
Marty Beller (They Might Be Giants)
Mike Wilber (Moon Hooch)
Norman Westberg (Swans)
Richard Thomas (Heliotropes)
Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady)
Brooklyn duo Beacon are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom on February 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Local rockers Nude Beach play Union Pool this Saturday (11/14) with Savoy Motel, Fur Helmet and Eyes of Love. Tickets are available.
Swans guitarist Norman Westberg already has a release show for his new solo album happening Sunday (11/15) at Union Pool, and he since added another happening Saturday (11/14) at Bar Matchless with Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Western Estates and Faith NY. Tickets at door.
Indie pop bands Expert Alterations, EZTV, and Mercury Girls play Cake Shop on December 19 with DJ Drew Citron (of Beverly). Tickets are on sale.
Emo bands Free Throw, Young and Heartless and Daisyhead play Cake Shop on January 10. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn rap staple Jean Grae has a talk show at Union Hall, with editions happening November 24, December 12 and Dec 22 with different guests (like Wyatt Cenac and John Hodgman) each night. More info and tickets here.
Comedian Chris Gethard does his 'Career Suicide' shows again on November 18 and December 21 at Union Pool. The 11/18 show is with Joe Rumrill and the guest for 12/21 is still TBA. Tickets are on sale.
Zs member Sam Hillmer also plays as Diamond Terrifier, and has free shows every Monday of November at Trans-Pecos. The first was earlier this week. More info on each one here.
Portland, OR folk singer Johanna Warren, Maryland post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman (frontman of the now-defunct Krill) and Thelma play a Sunday matinee at Palisades on November 22. Tickets are available.
Skronky local punks Pill play Palisades (11/22) that night with Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes and Plaque. Tickets are available.
Local DIY-pop artists Adult Mom, Fern Mayo, Vagabon and Long Neck (aka Lily of Jawbreaker Reunion) play Palisades on November 28. Tickets are on sale.
There's a Nothing Changes party happening December 7 at Saint Vitus with Consumer Electronics, Yellow Tears, Alberich and Copley Medal. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn's krauty indie rockers Grooms are playing Palisades on December 5 with Solvey (aka Jessica Zambri of Zambri) and Drawing Boards. Tickets are on sale.
Pile frontman Rick and his Exploding In Sound labelmate Bad History Month play Palisades on December 18 with Soft Fangs and Cave Cricket. Tickets are on sale.
There's a big ska show with The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails and Sammy Kay and the Fast Four happening December 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.
Slackers keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero also has five solo shows at Grand Victory in December: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Different openers each night. More info and tickets here.
Escort, the 15-piece disco orchestra, play Brooklyn Bowl on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.
Amy Helm, the daughter of The Band's Levon Helm and who has played with Roger Waters, plays Brooklyn Bowl on January 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Soulful singer Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who sings on the new Drake album, plays Baby's All Right on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.
Comedians Starlee Kine, Jon Ronson, Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, Maeve Higgins and more will perform at a benefit for UNICEF's Syrian children relief which happens at The Bell House on December 20. Tickets are on sale.
More benefits: Ted Alexandro, The Lucas Brothers, Hasan Minhaj, Sasheer Zamata, Seaton Smith, Michelle Wolf, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Kenny DeForest, Clark Jones are all performing at The Bell House on November 18 with proceeds going to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Tickets are available.
The "Landlady Holiday Spectacular" happens at The Bell House on December 6 with Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim, Erica Eso, Big Thief, The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble, Gemma, Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin, Angelica Bess, Sarah Pedinotti and more. Tickets are on sale.
Electronic dance artist Tiga performs at Output on November 28. Tickets are on sale.
Nineties dance music vet John Digweed plays Output on December 29. Tickets are on sale.
DJs/producers/remixers the Martinez Brothers spin at Verboten on November 25 with wAFF and Filsonik B2B Jesse Calosso. Tickets are on sale.
Multitalented R&B artist Meshell Ndegeocello plays Le Poisson Rouge on February 20. Tickets are on sale now.
Saratoga Springs' finest band, The Figgs, play their annual NYC holiday show at Bowery Electric on December 11 with Doug Gillard on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
House music DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Todd Terry spins at Bowery Electric December 23. Tickets are on sale.
English folk rock vets The Strawbs play BB King Blues Club on May 10. Tickets are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Norman Westberg w/ Swans at MHOW in March (more by Greg Cristman)
Norman Westberg has been a guitarist of Swans for almost their entire career, from their 1983 debut Filth into the early '90s and once again with the current version of the band that released three albums this decade. (The only albums he isn't on are Love of Life and Soundtracks for the Blind.) Now, he's set to give a proper release to his solo album, 13.
He recorded it in 2013 and initially pressed 75 handmade copies, but now the remastered version will come out on November 13 via Room40. It's got three tracks total, including the brooding ambient lead single "Frostbite Falls" which you can stream below. Artwork and tracklist below too.
Norman will be supporting the new release with a few shows, most of which are opening Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt's other band Marching Church's tour. That includes Marching Church's Brooklyn show on October 28 at Saint Vitus (tickets) but not their other NYC show at Mercury Lounge, with The Ukiah Drag are opening (tickets).
After that run, Norman plays a 13 release show in Brooklyn on November 15 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Swans released another live album, The Gate, to raise money for their next studio album which Michael Gira is saying will be the last studio album from the current version of Swans. They're also continuing their reissue campaign with White Light from the Mouth of Infinity and Love of Life on December 4 (pre-order).
by Andrew Sacher
Portland, ME husband and wife duo Big Blood (aka Caleb Mulkerin & Colleen Kinsella) have been making truly eccentric psychedelic folk for almost a decade now. They have countless releases that make use of genuinely raw production and several sounds and instruments that fall outside of the typical "folk" spectrum. If you haven't heard their stuff, perhaps you've heard Caleb contribute similarly raw production to O'Death. Or maybe you've heard both Caleb and Collen contribute accordian, vocals, dulcimer, guitar, piano and more to Swans' 2012 album, The Seer.
This year, Big Blood released two full-length albums, Double Days I and II. Between the two albums, they put out 16 original songs and covers of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan," The Cure's "Disintegration" and Francis McPeake's folk standard "Wild Mountain Thyme" (which Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Byrds, Bob Dylan and many more have recorded). It's perhaps needless to change that they change up all three of those covers a lot, and Big Blood's versions fit right in with the duo's own unique sound. If you haven't heard these albums, they're really worth checking out. You can stream both below.
Big Blood don't have a tour or a NYC show scheduled at the moment, but the one show they do have coming up this weekend is pretty close to NYC: Jersey City's WFMU Monty Hall on Saturday (7/25). That will be opened by Human Adult Band and Picastro. Tickets are on sale.
Album streams below...
photo: Jacco Gardner in Chicago (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jacco Gardner, Meatbodies, Dinner @ Baby's All Right
While his new album Hypnophobia was a little too similar to his debut (mushroom tea pysch, lots of harpsichords and mellotrons), he's really something else live, with a seriously good live band (that currently includes kindred spirit Matson on keyboards). This is a fun bill all-around, with LA band Meatbodies (in town for yesterday's 4 Knots) and art weirdo Dinner.
Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, The Black Clouds @ The Bell House
Having just returned from a European tour, grunge punk icons Mudhoney are in town for their second of two NYC shows, tonight with fellow mess-makers Pissed Jeans, as well as The Black Clouds.
'Sound & Chaos: The Story of BC Studio', White Hills, Martin Bisi, Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth), Algis Kizys (ex-Swans), Members of EULA and Insect Ark, Jonathan Kane (ex-Swans), Dan Kaufman (Barbez) @ Littlefield
Tonight, Littlefield is screening the Sound and Chaos documentary which focuses on Brooklyn's BC Studio, where Martin Bisi has recorded music for over 30 years. He's worked with Sonic Youth, Swans, and many more, and former members of both of those bands join him for live performances tonight.
Caveman, Surf Rock is Dead, Braeves @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
There are way worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than at Riis Park Beach Bazaar which offers food, craft beer/wine, shopping, games...all within a stone's throw of the surf. Also: free live music, today featuring NYC guitar pop outfit, Caveman.
George FitzGerald, Arthur @ Zeitgeist at Sea cruise
UK producer George Fitzgerald expanded his earlier deep house and garage style to include a more songwriter-y feel with live vocals on this year's Fading Love (released on Domino imprint Double Six). Tonight he celebrates on a boat that leaves from Pier 83 and W 42nd St.
Johnny Thunders' Birthday Bash w/ Walter Lure & more @ Bowery Electric
Punk legend Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls and his own band The Heartbreakers would be turning 63 this week, had he not sadly passed away in 1991. In honor of that, his Heartbreakers bandmate Walter Lure and a supporting cast are putting on this show.
Kehlani, Pell @ Highline Ballroom
The "alt-R&B" bubble still hasn't burst, as Kehlani helps prove on her solid debut album, You Should Be Here, which came out earlier this year. Chance the Rapper, BJ the Chicago Kid and others make appearances on it. Opener Pell is worth catching too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.
White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]
photos by Greg Cristman
Swans @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 3/22/15
Swans' ongoing tour came to their hometown of NYC for the second time this year on Sunday night (3/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The creative rebirth this band's had since their 2010 reformation is showing no signs of letting up at all. The show was loud, ritualistic, cathartic and an absolutely captivating performance. They never cease to amaze and this was one of the best shows we've seen them do yet. Opener Little Annie played with accompaniment from Paul Wallfisch on piano and vocals, and she was as witty, engaging and utterly unique as ever.
At the end of the set, Michael Gira told the crowd they'll be recording a new album soon and don't have plans to tour again after this one until 2016. More pictures from the show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Norway's Jenny Hval signed to Sacred Bones for her next album, which is called Apocalypse, girl and comes out on June 9 via the label. The album was produced by a fellow Norwegian musician, noise veteran Lasse Marhaug, and it features Thor Harris (of Swans), Oystein Moen (of Jaga Jazzist), Okkyung Lee, Havard Volden, Kyrre Laastad, and Rhodri Davies. The new single, "That Battle Is Over," is out now, and it takes the art pop of 2013's Innocence Is Kinky into slightly bigger-sounding territories. Listen below.
As mentioned, Jenny has tour dates supporting St. Vincent and Perfume Genius, including his NYC show on March 19 at Stage 48 (tickets). She's now added her own much smaller NYC show happening at the new Bushwick venue Alphaville on March 29 with SoftSpot. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sonic Youth with Bob Bert
NYC's EULA put out their new Martin Bisi-produced album, Wool Sucking, this week. We previously posted the single "Noose," which was pretty indebted to Sonic Youth-y noise rock, but the album touches on a few other styles too. There's the grungy indie rock of "I Collapse," the lounge-y "Little Hearts," the shouty dance-punk of "Orderly," the dream pop-ish "Monument" and still more. You can listen to the whole thing below.
EULA celebrate the new album with a release show in their hometown tonight (3/5) at Palisades, and the whole lineup is pretty great. It includes No Bra (to quote Bill, "imagine The Fall and LCD Soundsystem condensed into one [topless] German singer"), masked avant-pop guy Gull, and Martin Bisi performing with an impressive cast of collaborators.
The Sonic Youth/Swans producer will be joined by a former member of each of those bands, Algis Kizys (bass in Swans from Holy Money through Soundtracks for the Blind) and Bob Bert (drums in Sonic Youth from Confusion Is Sex through Bad Moon Rising), plus Ian Campbell of newer goth band Pop. 1280. It's the same lineup he did last year at the afterparty for the premiere of the BC Studio documentary, Sound & Chaos. Their set will also include visuals by Preston Spurlock and live painting by Davey Dave Ampersand. Admission is $7 at the door.
Martin has a few other dates coming up too, including another Brooklyn show this month at The Rock Shop (3/24) and a screening of the BC Studio documentary at Lincoln Center on June 25. All dates are listed, with the trailer for that doc and the EULA LP stream, below...
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...
"Absolutely OUTRAGED that The Grammys did not let Swans perform 'To Be Kind' in its entirety." - Rick Sandmann
"Couldn't watch the Grammys. Did Swans win all of them or did they split them down the middle with Perfect Pussy?" - JR Goldberg
"Put Swans up there and don't take the camera off Taylor Swift as her head explodes. #Grammys" - Mike Randall
"I'm beginning to loose hope that there will be an Iggy Azalea/Swans collaboration during this Grammys" - Volta Coffee
photo: Swans in Chicago in 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Much to the Twitter community's dismay, Swans continue to have no luck in the Grammys department (their collaborator St. Vincent does though), but they'll keep on keepin' on even without one of those gold gramophones (or even a nomination). The band already has a handful of dates coming up, including NYC on February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with Xylouris White, and they've now added a second NYC show happening about a month later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 22 with To Be Kind contributor Little Annie. Tickets for MHOW go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13) with an AmEx presale starting noon on Wednesday (2/11), and tickets for Bowery (same link) are still available.
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of the 34-minute epic "Bring The Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture," 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...
Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.
More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Savages @ Baby's All Right 1/12/2014
"We're not quite finished writing our new album," admitted Savages singer Jehnny Beth. "So we thought we'd come here and try some things. We'll work it out together." Such is the premise for Savages' nine-show NYC residency, which began last night (1/12) at Baby's All Right. Appropriately, the first words sung by Jehnny Beth were a repeated mantra of "I need something new," as the rest of the band slowly built up the kind of dark atmospherics Savages are known for. We got five new songs right out of the gate, none of which strayed too far from the post-punk sounds of their debut. "No" was the best of the bunch, offering the biggest and most memorable hooks (an area, I'd argue, that is Savages' one weak link).
Despite what Jehnny Beth said to us, the new material seemed fully formed -- only on "Adore" (which she dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris) did she pull out a lyric notebook to crib from. The band were tight as usual, and I'd really missed watching powerhouse rhythm section (bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton) lay down the groove. (I hadn't seen them since Bowery in March 2013.) At this point we got a couple songs from Silence Yourself before a couple more new ones -- "This Is What You Get" was the other clear winner of the night -- before wrapping things up with the big bang of "Husbands" and "Fuckers."
It was boiling in Baby's -- my coat was off the second song and my sweater not long after -- and the fog machine was thick. "There goes the drummer," Jehnny joked after one blast obscured the kit completely. It was good to see them again (when the smoke cleared), and it will be interesting to see how these shows vary from venue to venue as we go along. They play Wednesday (1/14) at Mercury Lounge and then Saturday (1/17) at Saint Vitus, both of which are sold out (as is the entire residency). If you're going to one (or more of these), they're selling a cool limited-edition poster, designed by Matthew Vidalis, for the series at the merch booth. Look out for that.
Opening the night was Swans' guitarist Norman Westberg who performed a solo set. I missed that but pictures of his set, along with more from Savages and their setlist, are below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
Festival Nrmal is returning to Mexico from February 28 to March 1 in 2015, and the lineup features Swans, Phantogram, Future Islands, Black Angels, Machinedrum, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, TOPS, Twin Peaks, Peaking Lights, Kirin J Callinan, METZ, Boogarins, DJ Dodger Stadium, HTRK and more. Tickets are on sale.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.
Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.
Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Swans @ Warsaw - 12/12/14 (via Klaus Kinski)
Experimental rock giants Swans wrapped up a killer 2014 in their hometown of NYC with a sold-out show at Warsaw on Friday (12/12). Opening was another intense (but much younger) NYC band, Liturgy, and then came Swans, eardrum-shattering as always. Like they've been doing on this tour, they played a solid amount of new material as well as a couple off 2014's To Be Kind, including the half hour-plus "Bring the Sun." You can check out a clip of that one from Friday's show, along with the setlist, below.
Now that the Warsaw show is behind them, Swans have added a new NYC date to their 2015 tour schedule. They'll hit their hometown once again on February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with support from Xylouris White (aka George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White), who put out the album Goats (produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto) earlier this year. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/17) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (12/17).
Updated dates are listed, with the video/setlist from Warsaw, 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...