Entries tagged with: Swans
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG, words by Andrew Sacher
Swans @ MHOW, 2/7/2013
Swans came to NYC for two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg this week (Wednesday, 2/6, and Thursday, 2/7), scheduled to replace the one cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. The first night was with Marissa Nadler, and the second was with Devendra Banhart. Pictures and a review from night 1 are HERE, and pictures of Swans' set from night 2 are in this post. Devendra pictures are HERE. Meanwhile, here's another review of night 1:
"You may never see this moment again," Michael Gira warned the crowd on Wednesday night (2/6) at the first of two sold out Swans shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And even if you're one of the lucky ones who landed tickets for both nights, I'd be willing to bet what he said holds true. Unlike most other "rock shows" (if you could even call it that), Swans' shows aren't about songs, and I certainly couldn't give you any kind of setlist, not that it seemed like one mattered to Michael Gira and co. anyway. They played for about two hours last night, and I made out parts of "Mother of the World" and "The Seer" (both on 2012's The Seer), a much earlier (and the night's most punishing) cut, "Coward" from 1986's Holy Money, and I have it on pretty good account that they played two new songs, "To Be Kind" and "She Loves Us," which they've been playing on tour (videos of those songs from other cities are below).
But other than that, the show was about maniacal bandleader Michael Gira summoning his five musicians on stage to transform Music Hall of Williamsburg into an utter state of hell. They moved through passages upon passages of noise, simultaneously sounding like sonic near-death experiences and yet completely life-affirming. Michael preached more than sang, and played his guitar sometimes, but mostly wailed his arms in an orchestra-conductor-gone-Iggy-Pop fashion, screaming at his bandmates or sometimes just into thin air. Chords rarely changed, but rather washed over you (or completely crushed you) differently as time went on. Towards the end of the set, there were multiple times when it seemed like Swans were finished, only for them to take us to entirely new places. But when they finally did hit the lights and said their goodbyes, it made sense why none of the other moments ended the set. They may have been climactic moments, but only at the very end did they reach a totally resolving state.
More night 2 pictures and those videos below...
by Caroline Harrison
Swans @ MHOW, 2/6/2013
New York legends Swans played the first of two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (2/6), supported by singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. The shows replaced the ones that Hurricane Sandy so rudely postponed last October.
Nadler's melancholy set was a nice counterpoint to the Swans set to come. She played solo, finger-picking an acoustic guitar to accompany her airy soprano voice. Classifying Nadler as folk doesn't quite capture the depth and breadth of her influences. Her vocals sit somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Shara Worden. Her performance was subtle, almost economical, and it was a nice reminder that much of Swans' newer material does draw on folk influences, even if Swans' music comes in a more aggressive package.
There's something uniquely New York about Swans. They have the grit and fear of 1980s New York baked into their sound. Though their sound has morphed pretty widely over their long and complicated history, Swans retains the quintessential elements. Gira sneers and snarls his way through savage and abusive vocal patterns. He's equal parts front man and conductor, prone to now infamous tantrums when the band isn't meeting his expectations, but the Gira I saw last night was in a downright genial mood. He threw a towel at percussionist Thor Harris to get his attention, but that was the closest Gira came to cussing out anyone on stage.
The band played for just over two hours, incorporating a fair amount of new, unreleased material into their set. They were chest-crushingly loud, and I could feel waves of sound trying to use my abdominal cavity as an echo chamber. A little after midnight, when it seemed like the band could keep going for at least another half hour, Swans finished playing. Gira thanked the audience, and announced, "We are finished for the night. We appreciate your attention."
Swans play again tonight, this time supported by Devendra Banhart, the original opener for the October show. Bring earplugs.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Folk singer Marissa Nadler played a couple California dates last week and she's got two more upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, both of which happen in NYC. The first happens at on January 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, where she'll be opening for Elysian Fields, and Ramona Lisa is also on that bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, on February 6, she'll open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their second of two shows at the Brooklyn venue, the second of which is being opened by Devendra Banhart (who has a new album on the way). Tickets for the Swans/Marissa Nadler show are still available but the show with Devendra is sold out.
Marissa will be announcing a European tour soon. Until then, these two NYC shows are the only upcoming dates we're aware of. You can watch her video for "In Your Lair, Bear" below.
As mentioned, freak folk mainstay Devendra Banhart is releasing a new album, Mala, this year. He just revealed more details, including that it will come out on March 12 via Nonesuch, the tracklist (below), the cover art (pictured above), and the first single, "Für Hildegard von Bingen," which you can hear over at Pitchfork.
Devendra will be in NYC to open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 (sold out). Swans also play the same venue a day earlier (2/6) but no opener has been announced for that one yet. Tickets for that show are still available.
Curran with Today is The Day, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Curran Reynolds always tends to be up to a lot, sitting behind the kit in Today Is The Day and Wetnurse included. After January though, he will be up to a little less as his Precious Metal series at East Village club Lit Lounge is sadly, as previously mentioned, coming to an end. There are just three more installments, including one on January 7 with Ghostlimb and The Year Is One with BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) DJing. The flyer for that show is below. After the 1/7 date there's one on 1/14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on 1/21 with Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda, which is a benefit for South Sound.
We spoke to Curran to find out what he's been listening to all year in between everything else. His Top 10 Albums of 2012 list includes some of the big heavy records of the year like Converge, Napalm Death, and Swans, but it also has some indie pop like School of Seven Bells and Violens (who Curran has been digging since his friend Jorge formed the band around 2008). The whole list is pretty eclectic and you can check it out below.
Today Is The Day will kick off a tour in 2013 with a killer support lineup of Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and FIght Amp. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Saint VItus (tickets) and March 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with a "special guest" TBA (tickets).
Precious Metal show flyer and Curran Reynold's year-end list below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
by Andrew Sacher
Today, we finally get the much anticipated list of Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums of 2012. They revealed Nos. 30-50 yesterday and spent the rest of this week posting Honorable Mentions and tracks. None of the albums that made the top 20 are surprising to see there (which doesn't mean they aren't deserving), but the surprises come from the albums that missed the list all together. Passion Pit got ROBBED! Twin Shadow too! And Wild Nothing! If you're looking for Converge or Baroness, you'll have to redirect yourself to Pitchfork's Metal list (though Pallbearer was in the main top 50). And we could've guessed that Nos. 1 and 2 would be Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar... but who took the No. 1 spot? Head below to find out and you can check out individual writer's votes too...
Swans at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned, Swans will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 as a makeup date for their October 29 show, which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. When we first mentioned the show, it was unclear if Devendra Banhart, who was set to open the 10/29 show, was still on the bill but it has since been confirmed that Devendra will in fact be there. Tickets for that show are still available and any tickets purchased for 10/29 will be honored as well. If you had a ticket to their 10/28 Bowery Ballroom show, which wasn't cancelled, but couldn't make it because of Hurricane Sandy, Michael Gira is inviting you to send the band a facebook page and they'll help you out.
Swans have also added a second date happening at the same venue one day earlier (2/6). No opener is listed for this show at the moment. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (12/19) at noon.
A list of all dates and a stream of "The Seer," the massive title track to the even more massive album of the same name, below...
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Lower Dens @ Chicago's the Riv, 10/1/2012 (more by Grant McAllister)
Baltimore's Lower Dens went into new, motorik directions on their second album, Nootropics so it makes sense that tracks from the record might work well in the remix world. Hence, the Nootropics Remixed EP which takes three cuts off the album and puts them into the hands of Trentemøller, Cex, and Steve Moore. You can stream Trentemøller's excellent recrafting of Nootropics standout cut "Brains" below. You can buy it directly from Ribbon Music, and if you buy any Lower Dens title, you'll get Nootropics Remixed for free.
Meanwhile, Lower Dens shared with us their picks for Best of 2012. All four current members contributed lists and none of them were straight LP lists, mixing media with inclusions for live shows, books, food, film and ephemera. Check them out below, along with that "Brains" remix.
Christopher Hansell of Warthog (ex-The Men) has dropped off his top 10 releases of 2012, as well as other thoughts on the passing year. Check out those below.
Warthog (which also features members of Nude Beach) is scheduled to play Worcester, MA at The Beacon on 12/15 with Who Killed Spikey Jacket, in addition to their previously discussed show with Inmates at Acheron on 1/12.
Hansell is also involved in power electronics crew Foreplay who will play the West Coast later this month with the great Pharmakon and Soren (of Rosenkopf). Dates are below. Soren will also play NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/5 as part of the Dysrhythmia/Wreck & Reference show (tickets).
Hansell's 2012 Top 10 list is below, along with video and a list of all tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.
You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.
Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.
Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
BBC Music has announced their Top 25 records of 2012. Like lists from MOJO, Q, and Uncut, it's got familiar names like Frank Ocean, Baroness, Swans and Grizzly Bear... but if you're expecting a UK indie act to top their list, you might be surprised at the Beeb's #1 choice. Check out the entire list below.
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
Japandroids at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
NPR Music have announced their "50 favorite" albums of 2012, which includes names like Pallbearer, Andy Stott, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, and Swans. (No Grimes, though.) The list is also deep with hip hop, with shouts to Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others. Much like Q magazine did, NPR opted to list them alphabetically instead of one better than the next. Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Swans at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned, Swans, who managed to play Bowery Ballroom on October 28, one of the few shows that actually happened that day in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ended up having to postpone their Music Hall of Williamsburg show which would have happened a day later (10/29). They've just announced that the makeup date for that show will happen on February 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon and all tickets purchased for the 10/29 date will also be honored. Otherwise refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Devendra Banhart was scheduled to play the original date (and he also played the Bowery Ballroom show that happened the day before), but he doesn't appear to be on the bill for the new one. He did, however, just announce that he'll release the followup to 2009's What Will We Be at some point (release date TBA) on his new label home, Nonesuch. The album's called Mala and it was produced by Devendra himself and his bandmate Noah Georgeson.
A live video of "Apostate" from The Seer live DVD and a list of all Swans dates are below.
"Every time I mention I like her or Justin
on Twitter though I lose like 20 followers," - Grimes
DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - She is the Wave (MP4)
Grimes at MHOW, 10/25/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There is no doubt Grimes has had an amazing, perhaps overwhelming, year, selling out four 600-capacity nights in NYC recently to her album Visions ending up on many Best Albums of 2012 lists (like Rough Trade Shops, NME and Fred Armisen's). But what did Claire Boucher pick as her favorite albums of the year? We asked her and you can check out what she told us below.
She cheated a bit though, listing her tour-mates and Arbutus Records label-mate Doldrums' Lesser Evil as her #1, which doesn't actually come out till February 23, 2013, but if it's a list of what she heard in 2012 then we'll let it slide. You can download a track from that Doldrums album above or stream it below along with its music video.
Check out Grimes Top 10 (plus one more, actually) of 2012, which includes both Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift and possibly some inside jokes (we're just printing what she gave us), and that Doldrums song, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Aaron Turner w Old Man Gloom @ Europa, 5/8/12 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As announced some weeks back, Hydra Head has come to a difficult juncture in our existence and the future of the label is precarious... We've arrived at the conclusion that it is no longer possible for us to continue releasing new albums, but rather than shut the label down completely, we're hoping to be able to continue in a capacity that would allow us to preserve and perpetuate our catalog of works by the large cast of truly amazing and groundbreaking artists we've been lucky enough to work with over the years. In order to do this we're asking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to see the label continue and who is willing to support us in this effort. This is not however a request for charity - we would like to offer something in exchange for whatever level of funding our potential benefactors (that is you), are willing to bestow upon us.Hydra Head is currently offering a plaethora of goods ranging from guitar heads to test presses to stickers to original artwork and everything in between as incentive to keep classic records by bands like Botch, Oxbow, Torche, and many many others alive and in print. Head to the Hydra Head fundraiser page and pick up something, or you can just donate.
Meanwhile, Aaron Turner of Hydra Head / SIGE / Mamiffer / Old Man Gloom fame has dropped off his musings on music in 2012 in list form. Check that out below.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
Swans at Bowery Ballroom last night (photo by Chris Clarke)
Looks like Swans couldn't hold off the apocalypse two nights in a row. Their Music Hall of Williamsburg show with Devendra Banhart, which was the only major show still on tonight, has now been postponed. A tweet from Music Hall of Williamsburg confirms, "Tonight's Swans show is not happening. We're working to reschedule it b4 we make an official announcement but we will be closed to tonight."