Entries tagged with: Swearin
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin' have spent plenty of time on the road this year, and they'll continue to do so into 2014. They've just announced a March run which kicks off in NYC at Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7, which will be the band's first NYC shows since the release of their excellent Surfing Strange LP. The openers for the Rough Trade show are Marvin Berry and the New Sound and Certain Spiders (who previously opened for Waxahatchee In NYC), but no openers have been announced for the Cake Shop show yet. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. No advance tickets for Cake Shop. All dates are listed below.
Swearin' are currently on the road with Waxhatchee, and that tour doesn't hit NYC, but Waxahatchee will play a Pitchfork party with Mutual Benefit on 12/14 in Brooklyn, and their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs hits NYC in January. Swearin' also play New Year's Eve in Philly with Screaming Females.
All dates are listed, along with a video from Surfing Strange, below...
Great Thunder, the collaborative project of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (bass/vocals in Swearin' and drums in Waxahatchee's live band), are releasing a new 30-song double LP, Groovy Kinda Love, on December 10 via Salinas Records, who also just released the Swearin' album. It follows this year's Strange Kicks EP, and it can now be streamed in its lengthy entirety below.
Waxahatchee and Swearin' are currently touring together, and as discussed, in early 2014 Waxahatchee will head out with All Dogs and Cayetana on a tour which hits NYC on January 21 at Mercury Lounge and January 23 at Glasslands. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are still available.
Speaking of All Dogs, they also just released a new 7" on Salinas Records, and that can be streamed below as well.
All Dogs share a member with Saintseneca, who also recently announced a tour.
Great Thunder and All Dogs streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Both Screaming Females and Swearin' spend a lot of time touring, and with both bands living so close to NYC, we get plenty of chances to see them here. Neither band have anything scheduled here at the moment, but they'll be pretty close when they team up for a show in Philly on New Year's Eve at Johnny Brenda's. This punky double bill is as a good a reason as any to ring in the new year in Philly, and tickets to do so go on sale Wednesday (11/13) at noon. Philly band Batty, who, like Screaming Females, played Ladyfest Philly this year, open the show. All dates for both Screaming Females and Swearin' are listed below.
If you haven't heard the new Swearin' album Surfing Strange, which came out last week (11/5), I think it's a huge step up from their already-great debut and I highly recommend it. On the debut, they basically came off as a pop punk band -- a lo-fi one that appealed to the indie rock kids, but a pop punk band nonetheless (not saying that's a bad thing, by the way) -- and it made sense. Most of the songs were handled by Allison Crutchfield, whose pop punk band P.S. Eliot, which she drummed in and her sister Katie (who now records as Waxahatchee) sang/played guitar in, had just broken up.
But the new album is far more collaborative, and as a result, far more diverse. Guitarist Kyle Gilbride (who used to front Big Soda) splits lead vocals almost evenly with Allison this time around, and they do more Pixies-style dual vocals together too. When Kyle does take lead, he's letting out an aggressive whine falling somewhere between Superchunk's Mac McCaughn and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, with the earworm melodies to back comparisons like that up. Meanwhile bassist Keith Spencer, who didn't sing lead at all on the first album, takes the mic for two songs on this one, both wildly different from each other and from the rest of the album. "Melanoma" falls somewhere between Mineral and Red House Painters, and "Glare of the Sun" sounds like a Revolver-era Beatles song for the current DIY rock scene. The rest of the album sees the band going through the perfect power pop of early Weezer, J Mascis-worthy power chord riffage, and just the kind of bracing indie rock that will (hopefully) never go out of style.
All dates for Swearin' and Screaming Females are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Surfing Strange and videos from both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Waxahatchee at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Waxahatchee (the project of Katie Crutchfield) has had a great year, getting a boost in success thanks to the recognition for her great Cerulean Salt, and doing a ton touring which included many NYC shows, most recently with Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females. She's currently on tour with her sister Allison's band Swearin' in Europe, and then on the west coast, and Waxahatchee's just announced some
two NYC shows set to happen on January 21 at Mercury Lounge and January 23 at Glasslands with All Dogs and Cayetana. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (10/30) at 10 AM and Tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: It's a full tour for Waxahatchee, All Dogs, and Cayetana. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, as discussed, Swearin' are about to release their sophomore album, Surfing Strange, next week (11/5) via Salinas Records. Their debut was an excellent album of lo-fi pop punk, and this new one's got bigger production, leans more towards traditional indie rock, and features some of the band's best songwriting to date. You can stream the whole album at NPR.
Ohio's All Dogs, who open Waxahatchee's NYC shows (and share a member with Saintseneca), last shared a bill with Katie (and Allison) at the Salinas Records 10th anniversary where Katie and Allison's old band P.S. Eliot reunited for one night. If you haven't yet, listen to their side of their split tape with Slouch below.
In related news, Swearin's Kyle Gilbride produced She's Gone, the debut album from new indie/punk "supergroup" Upset (aka Ali Koehler of Vivian Girls/Best Coast, Patty Schemel of Hole, Kickball Katy of Vivian Girls/La Sera, and Jenn Prince of La Sera), which just came out today (10/29) via Don Giovanni. Stream two of its tracks below.
Don Giovanni also just released Cruel Optimist, the debut LP from Worriers (the new project of Lauren from The Measure [sa]). Stream that in full below.
All Waxahatchee dates are listed, along with Swearin's video for "Dust in the Gold Sack" from their new LP, a Waxahatchee video, and all other streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
I was just talking about the new Worriers album, and how bands like them and Swearin' are keeping raw, honest pop punk alive. So it's pretty good timing to now find out that Swearin' has announced a new album too. The album is titled Surfing Strange, and it will be out on November 5 via Salinas Records, who also released their self-titled debut. The first single, "Watered Down," is on the band's slower, grungier side, and similarly to recent stuff by Cloud Nothings or Wavves, instead of choosing between emo honesty, grunge angst, or indie rock apathy, it combines all three. Check out the new single, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Swearin' also just expanded their tour to include a ton of dates from early October through mid-December. For a band who plays NYC a lot, there isn't one NYC date on this tour at the moment. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield's sister's band Waxahatchee will play NYC soon on their tour with Screaming Females. All three of those bands, plus Upset, are on the upcoming Guided by Voices tribute.
All Swearin' dates are listed, along with the new song, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).
According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "
But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."
Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]
Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.
If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.
More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...
"Being smushed up front while PS Eliot played = top 10 moment of 2013
And swearin is a top 10 band of the earth" - @heyheywellok
Swearin' at Silent Barn - 8/17/13 (photo via Marc Viloria)
Salinas Records celebrated their tenth anniversary at Silent Barn on Saturday (8/17). It was exciting for more reasons than one, but one of the especially exciting parts is that the now-defunct P.S. Eliot reunited for the show. P.S. Eliot's lineup includes Katie Crutchfield on vocals (now of Waxahatchee) and her twin sister Allison Crutchfield on drums (now sings in Swearin', who also played the show). You can listen to audio of P.S. Eliot's set at the bottom of this post.
So many other great bands played the show too, including The Measure [sa], Little Lungs, Radiator Hospital, All Dogs, The Ambulars, and more. Did you go? If so, what did you think?
Swearin' had also just played House of Vans two days earlier (8/15) with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, and Red Hare (pictures), and they have more upcoming shows, including Bowery Ballroom (9/3) with The Julie Ruin (sold out), and 285 Kent (9/4) with Shellshag and Honey (tickets).
Waxahatchee has an upcoming tour with Screaming Females and Tenement which hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom. The Bowery Ballroom show is also with Aye Nako (whose Angie Boylan is also in Little Lungs, who played the Salinas Records show). Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
Audio of P.S. Eliot's set, below...
photos by David Andrako
Kid Dynamite & Joyce Manor @ House of Vans - 8/15/2013
The free House of Vans shows continued last night (8/15) with an all around great punk bill. Lo-fi pop punks Swearin' opened the night, followed by classic-style punk from Dischord supergroup Red Hare. Then came emo/indie rock line crossers Joyce Manor, and finally, the last US show for melodic hardcore vets Kid Dynamite. Pictures of the sweaty craziness are in this post.
More pictures from House of Vans below...
We were just talking about The Julie Ruin's tour, which includes a sold-out NYC show with Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' on September 3 at Bowery Ballroom. If you missed out on getting tickets for that, but still want to see Swearin' (and in a smaller, more graffitied venue), you're in luck because you can catch them the next day (9/4) at 285 Kent with Shellshag and Honey (ex-Psychic Ills). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, on Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Swearin' will take part in the Salinas Records tenth anniversary which also includes singer Allison Crutchfield's previous band PS Eliot (which she drums in and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, sings), The Measure [sa], The Ambulars, All Dogs, Radiator Hospital, Little Lungs and more.
In other news, Swearin' recently announced on Facebook that they finished tracking songs for their upcoming second album. Stay tuned for more on that.
Meanwhile, stream their 2012 LP, along with their updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
This Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Salinas Records will throw a tenth anniversary party, which is being dubbed "Punk Is Important." Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' and related band Radiator Hospital (fronted by Waxahatchee collaborator Sam Cook-Parrott) are playing, as are Ginger Alford (of Good Luck), Little Lungs (whose Angie Boylan is now in Aye Nako), the now-defunct PS Eliot (whose lineup includes Swearin's Alison Crutchfield on drums and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, on vocals), the now-defunct (but don't call it a reunion) The Measure [sa] (whose members are now in Pity Party, Worriers, and other bands), the now-defunct North Lincoln (who currently have a member in Wormburner), North Lincoln's also broken-up pals The Gibbons, The Ambulars, The State Lottery, Delay, and All Dogs. Flyer below.
Swearin' also have a bunch of other shows.
If you haven't heard The Ambulars' late 2012 LP, Dreamers Asleep At The Wheel, it's a similar kind of raw pop punk to Swearin' or Radiator Hospital, and should appeal to fans of those bands. Ohio's All Dogs' half of their new split with Slouch is in that realm too (to give you an idea, there's a Muffs cover on it), and that one's also pretty great. (They also have a new 7" on the way.) Stream both of those releases below.
In related news, Salinas Records recently announced they'd be releasing a Guided by Voices tribute with covers by Swearin', Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Upset. It's supposed to be out in time for the Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement tour, which hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom. The latter also includes Aye Nako. Tickets for both are still available.
Song streams and Salinas anniversary flyer, below...
Guided by Voices in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
This fall, Salinas Records (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) will be releasing a 4-track tribute 7" to lo-fi pioneers Guided by Voices by four bands who have taken influence from the genre GBV helped create. The 7" will feature Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Swearin', and Upset (the new group from Vivian Girls/Best Coast's Ali Koehler, Kickball Katy, Jenn Prince, and Hole's Patty Schemel). The tracklist and album artwork (which appears to be the work of Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster) are below.
Screaming Females' singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster (it's her birthday today, btw) also just filmed a BV Studio Sessions video with her solo project, Noun. Noun's tour with Modern Hut hits NYC on 8/9 at Death by Audio with Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum.
Swearin' also have upcoming shows, including two in NYC. The first of those is a free House of Vans show (8/15) with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, and Red Hare. RSVP (required) for that show is open. The second is on 9/3 at Bowery Ballroom with Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin. That one is sold out.
GBV tribute artwork and tracklist below...
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
RSVP for the free Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin' show at House of Vans (8/15) opens today at 9 AM. Like all House of Vans shows, RSVP is required but entry is still first come, first served.
To see Joyce Manor play a smaller venue (and presumably a longer set), you can catch them headlining their own Brooklyn show two days later at Knitting Factory (8/17) with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for that show are still available.
Swearin' also play NYC again, opening for Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin, when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on 9/3 (sold out).
Meanwhile, House of Vans shows continue this Wednesday (7/31) with Melvins, Baroness, and Honky. That one's all RSVPed out, but you can also catch Baroness when their tour returns to NYC on August 14 at Irving Plaza with Royal Thunder (tix).
by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor in Philly in March (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
California's catchy, raw punks Joyce Manor are going on a short Northeast tour this August which includes their previously announced appearances in Brooklyn at House of Vans on August 15 with melodic hardcore vets Kid Dynamite, Dischord "supergroup" Red Hare, and lo-fi pop punks Swearin'; Philly with Radiator Hospital; and Connecticut with Ceremony. The House of Vans show is free with RSVP, which opens on July 29 at 9 AM and will probably "sell out" very quickly, like these HoV shows have been doing all summer.
Like Joyce Manor did when they played House of Vans last year, they've now added a headlining not-free ($12) show happening in Brooklyn at a much smaller venue, Knitting Factory on August 17. That show, and every other show on their Northeast run except House of Vans, is with Glocca Morra. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show go on sale Saturday (7/13) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
Upset (via Kickball Katy's Instagram)
Back in 2011, former Vivian Girls drummer and then Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler announced her departure from Best Coast, and other than a few solo tracks released around that time, she's been pretty quiet since. Now Ali's back fronting a new band called Upset, who will release their debut album this fall via Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee).
Ali formed the band with drummer Patty Schemel, who played in Hole from 1992 to 1998 and recorded on their albums, Live Through This and Celebrity Skin, and had stints as the drummer for Courtney Love's solo career and Juliette and the Licks; and guitarist Jenn Prince, who is/was in La Sera. They played their first show at The Echo in LA with Parquet Courts this past January.
More recently they've announced the addition of their new bass player (wait for it...) Katy Goodman, who Ali was bandmates with in Vivian Girls, and who Jenn was bandmates with in La Sera (which Katy fronts), has a solo project, Kickball Katy, and recently formed the duo Books of Love. Check out an 11 second video of the band rehearsing a Guided by Voices cover with Katy on facebook.
Upset's debut album is being produced by Kyle Gilbride, who plays in Swearin' and also produced the latest Waxahatchee album. They haven't released any music from the album yet, but if you live in California, you can hear some of it at their many upcoming shows, all of which are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Bleeding Rainbow at Knitting Factory in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow (who we can expect a new album from soon) are wrapping up their tour with Fat Creeps this week, and as discussed, that tour brings them to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/5), a good post-4th of July option for those sticking around NYC. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, if you're looking for a good option on the Fourth, Bleeding Rainbow will play a hometown festival in Philly, the two-venue-wide Buckfest. Bleeding Rainbow play the Golden Tea House with Screaming Females, Swearin', Radiator Hospital and more. That show starts at 6 PM, and admission is only $5-7.
Radiator Hospital at 285 Kent in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radiator Hospital is the project of Sam Cook-Parrott, who you may recognize as the bassist in Waxahatchee's live band and backup vocalist on "Peace and Quiet" from her album, Cerulean Salt. His new album, Something Wild is out now via Salinas and features contributions from many of his friends, including Swearin' members Allison Crutchfield, Kyle Gilbride, and Jeff Bolt. If you're into Swearin' and Waxahatchee, you'll likely enjoy Radiator Hospital; he's got a similar knack for raw, honest pop punk and the ability to ease into unpolished bedroom folk.
The whole album is great, but the real standout is the fourth track, "Our Song," a scrappy emo anthem with quotable lyric after quotable lyric and just the right amount of sap. He lets out vulnerable lines like "You won't get off that easy, no don't say you love me when you know you don't" and "I just hope that he loves you like I never could do, and you like what you found," just to name a couple. But by the end of the song the music cuts and he asserts, "When you call your mom back tell her that I'm the one leaving." And the band comes back in sounding just a bit more triumphant than before.
Radiator Hospital has a few other upcoming hometown Philly shows, including Sunday (7/7) at Hausu and one with Joyce Manor in August (tickets) right before Joyce Manor play CT with Ceremony and House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin' (free with RSVP).
Stream Radiator Hospital's new album below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
The Julie Ruin at Saint Vitus earlier this month (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin will release their debut album, Run Fast, on September 3 via their own TJR Records (distributed by Dischord). The band played their second show ever in Brooklyn as part of the Northside Festival earlier this month, and they've since been announced for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down this November.
The band are promising more dates to come, and
while we're waiting on what may be a full tour announcement, they did just announce that they'll play another NYC show on their record release date (9/3) at Bowery Ballroom. The show will be opened by Brooklyn pop punks Swearin', which makes for a very good bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/26) at noon.
UPDATE: The Julie Ruin announced a full tour. All dates are listed, along with the also just-announed tracklist for their album, below.
All currently known Julie Ruin dates are listed, along with a stream of their single, "Oh Come On," below...
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:
6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop AlongAll shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...
Today in amazing things: Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and her twin sister/ex-PS Eliot/Ackleys/Bad Banana bandmate Allison Crutchfield (Swearin') have teamed up for Rookie's May "Theme Song", for which they covered Grimes' "Oblivion."
Listen to the song below and read an interview with Katie about why they chose the song at Rookie.
Waxahatchee plays a free NYC show in July.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
Northampton, MA rockers Speedy Ortiz, who we profiled back in January, and who will have a new 7" out next week (4/30), have just announced that they've signed to Carpark Records (Cloud Nothings, Toro y Moi) for their debut album (congrats guys!). The album is called Major Arcana, and it will be out July 9. Check out the album art and tracklist for the new album below.
Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming dates, including previously announced NYC shows on April 27 at Shea Stadium with Aye Nako, Butter the Children, and Advaeta, plus WBAR-B-Q that same day, Silent Barn on May 17, and Cake Shop on May 31 with Sleepies. They've also just added another show happening on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.
The WBAR-B-Q happens at Barnard College (4/27) and is free, all ages, and open to the public. As mentioned, the lineup also includes Waxahatchee, Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and more. And though Swearin' were initially on the lineup, they've since dropped off and have been replaced by Krill. Krill are releasing their new album, Lucky Leaves, which was recorded by Carlos and Julian from Ava Luna at the Silent Barn, on June 25. You can stream a track from that album, "Never A Joke," below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist, and song streams, below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
shoppers at Other Music on #RSD13
So how did you fare on Record Store Day 2013? I was surprised that I found most of my big wants, including Ty Segall's Ty Rex 2 (found at Academy Annex in Williamsburg), the Trouble in Mind four-way split and Stephen-Malkmus-plays-Can 12" (acquired at Cake Shop), the first two Orange Juice albums (Turntable Lab) and Pulp's "After You" 12" (Co-Op 87 at midnight). Did anybody spot the No Alternative reissue? That was the only thing on my list I didn't find.
The busiest store was probably Other Music which still sported a 40-person line to get in when I went by around 2:30 PM. Kim's still had a lot of exclusives left when I swung by around 3 PM, despite being open at 8 AM. Customer Service Award goes to the nice folks at Turntable Lab who actually came out and asked people on line what they were looking for and then pulled it for them!
I also enjoyed hanging out at In Living Stereo, which had free PBR and live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert Drops. They didn't have the most RSD stuff, but they do have one of the better curated used sections I've flipped through in a while. Didn't make it to Generation for their in-store performances, but Andrew did and said it was a good time. (It was, Swearin' (pictured below) played an especially great set including some new stuff that I'm hoping means a new record is coming - Andrew.)
We've got more pictures from Kim's, as well a few from Other Music, plus a few shots courtesy of the BrooklynVegan Instagram, below...
Forgetters at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Brain Cave Festival is returning this year and it begins TONIGHT (4/11), continuing through Sunday (4/14). Most shows happen at Europa, and there's also a free day show on Saturday at the Greenpointers.com Market. When we first posted the lineup, there was a "Surprise Special Guest TBA" listed for Saturday's show, and we've since learned that it's Forgetters, the currently project of Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, who released their self titled album in late 2012.
The Forgetters show is with Monogold, Clouder, and Quiet Loudly. Other bands playing other days of the festival include Peelander-Z, The Suzan, Eula, Cat Martino, Lemonade, and more. Tickets for individual nights and 4-day passes are still available. Updated lineup below.
Forgetters are also playing a Record Store Day (4/20) in-store at Generation Records with Swearin' (who have other local shows with Shellshag coming up), Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Nada Surf), and Livids (whose lineup includes New Bomb Turks singer Eric Davidson, and who just opened for The Hives). Blake Schwarzenbach will be DJing, along with Tom Scharpling and others.
Meanwhile, in other Brain Cave Festival related news, Lemonade have been added as an opener to the previously discussed John Talabot tour, including his NYC show on May 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lemonade dates are listed, along with the updated Brain Cave lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Brooklyn duo Shellshag are releasing their new album, Shellshag Forever, on April 16 via Don Giovanni. The band formed in the '90s as the duo of John Driver, whose nickname is Shellhead, and Jennifer Shagawat (aka Shell and Shag, hence Shellshag), who were and still are a couple. Though they've been a band for so long, they've been getting more attention for this new album (appearing on Pitchfork and Stereogum for this first time). And Shellshag Forever is a great record to gain them a larger fan base. The production is a bit bigger and clearer than their past releases, and their songwriting is in top form. Many of the tracks are autobiographical stories about Shell and Shag's band and relationship with lyrics that put you in specific moments like "That old hoodie, it reminds me of the time we walked a mile to play that show out in the sunset."
The album is now available for pre-order at the Don Giovanni webstore, and you can listen to it in its entirety ahead of its release date at the bottom of this post. Also below is a video of Shellshag performing an acoustic version of the album's lead track, "Face to Face," which they recorded for the BrooklynVegan 'Green Room Sessions' in 2011.
As mentioned, Shellshag have a number of shows coming up, including one at Union Pool on Saturday (4/13) with RVIVR, Dogjaw, and Extra Feeler (tickets) and a record release show for Shellshag Forever on April 20 at Maxwell's with Screaming Females, Swearin' Hilly Eye, and Waxahatchee/Swearin' side project Great Thunder (tickets). The flyer for the release show is below.
They've also since announced other local shows, including May 10 at Death by Audio with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard, May 18 at Mercury Lounge, where they'll be an opener, along with Hunters, for the first of two previously announced JEFF the Brotherhood shows (JEFF also plays Merc on 5/19), May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara, and June 5 at Death by Audio with Shell's brother's band, Apogee Sound Cloud. All dates are listed below.
I also recently spoke to Shellshag about their new album, being veterans of the DIY scene, and the increased attention for Don Giovanni Records. You can read that interview, along with the album stream, video, and list of tour dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Waxahatchee @ 285 Kent
Waxahatchee, who has been touring as a three-piece fronted by main member Katie Crutchfield, brought their tour to Brooklyn last night (4/3) for a sold out show at 285 Kent with Certain Spiders, past tourmates Modern Hut, and a solo set from Radiator Hospital. Like they've been doing on other shows on the tour, they played material off of this year's Cerulean Salt and reworked full-band versions of material from her mostly acoustic debut, American Weekend. And on "Blue Pt. II," Katie's sister/Swearin' singer Allison came out to sing the duet vocals that she recorded for the track on the album.
Both Waxahatchee and Swearin' will play WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on April 27 with Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Speedy Ortiz, and more.
More pictures from 285 Kent below...
Shellshag at Don Giovanni 2013 Showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
Brooklyn duo Shellshag, who recorded the track, "Green Vapors," with Screaming Females for their Chalk Tape, will release their new album, Shellshag Forever, on April 16 via Don Giovanni. The album features the track, "Face to Face," which Shellshag performed an acoustic version of for the BrooklynVegan 'Green Room Sessions', and you can stream the punky studio version below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
As usual, Shellshag have a number of upcoming local (and some non-local) shows. Most excitingly, they'll share a bill with Screaming Females on April 20 at Maxwell's, which hopefully means they'll collaborate on stage during "Green Vapors." The rest of that show's lineup is great too, including Swearin' (who play Indie Pop Prom tonight [2/28]) Hilly Eye, and Great Thunder (the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and her boyfriend/Swearin' bassist Keith Spencer). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Shellshag's other local dates include Friday (3/1) at Lulu's (113 Franklin St), March 11 at Acheron with Pity Party, March 21 at Silent Barn with Extra Feeler, and April 13 at Union Pool with RVIVR, Dogjaw, and Extra Feeler. Advance tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...