Entries tagged with: TOY
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Bill Pearis
TOY / Oscar @ Village Underground, London 12/25/2016
Head-spinnning racket-makers TOY and guitar pop act Oscar played London's Village Underground earlier this week (1/25) as part of the PIAS Nites series which happens in "key cities" all over Europe. Headliners TOY took the opportunity to preview a few tracks off their third album which is currently being mixed. Stay tuned for more info on that.
Oscar (whose doesn't use his last name, Scheller, professionally), meanwhile, is gearing up for the release of his debut album, Cut and Paste, which will be out May 13 via Wichita. If you pine for the early-'00s days of The Strokes and The Cribs (with a little Blur in there, too), Oscar knows his way around a crunchy hook and a big chorus. You can listen to a few singles below.
Oscar will be in the U.S. for SXSW and will play shows in Los Angeles and NYC on either side of the fest: LA's The Echo on March 9 and Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 21. Tickets to the Baby's show are on sale now.
More pictures from the TOY/Oscar show are below...
Sexwitch, the new collaboration between Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and producer Dan Carey, release their debut on September 25. Having previously shared "Helelyos" and "Ha Howa Ha Howa" the group are now streaming the entire record. It's all all obscure covers from around the world (including Skip Spence's "War in Peace"), all given to a proggy/krauty/tribal/ethereal vibe, as you might expect from Bat for Lashes and TOY. You can check it out in full (via The Guardian) below...
photo: Sexwitch at Green Man Fest 2015 (more by Riachel Jaurez-Carr)
Sexwitch, aka Bat For Lashes' Natasha Kahn, producer Dan Carey and UK band TOY, recently released "Helelyos" off their upcoming self-titled debut album and now they're sharing "Ha Howa Ha Howa." The songs are all obscure covers from around the world, and this one is based on a Moroccan song sung by Cheikha Hanna Ouakki. Natasha tells Pitchfork, "the girl that originally sang that was really young, 15, 16. She traveled around these mountain villages and became this vagabond singer. She's the one that sounded so street, so contemporary. I loved her spirit, I felt her freedom in the way she was singing it."
The album comes out September 25. Listen to the new song below...
by Bill Pearis
Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, producer Dan Carey and UK band TOY have formed a collaborative group called Sexwitch who will release their debut album on September 29. Khan and Carey had collaborated previously in 2013, covering an obscure Iranian folk song "The Bride." They got the itch to find more obscurities from around the world and after deciding on six tracks (including Skip Spence's "War in Peace"), Khan enlisted TOY as the backing band. (Dan Carey produced both TOY albums and Bat for Lashes' 2012 album The Haunted Man.) The first track to be released from the album is another Iranian song, "Helelyos," which on their cover has a distinct Can rhythm-heavy flavor to it. You can stream it below.
Sexwitch will play Saturday (8/29) at London's XOYO.
Well 2014 is pretty much dunzo, with only a few hours left in the year. Before we ring in 2015, here are a few more Top 10 of 2014 lists to peruse, including ones from The Vaselines, Iceage, Bo Ningen, AJ Davila, The Blind Shake, Megafortress, and Gold-Bears. Some of them have commentary some do not. A couple special ones worth reading appear near the end: Toronto's Weaves give us their favorite "Canada Rocks" moments (with some insightful thoughts on all of them); and Louisville, KY's White Reaper offer up "Top 10 Tour Bathrooms."
Check out the lists below...
Weekend at Bowery Electric in 2013 (more by Sarah Gainer)
As mentioned in today's What's Going On post, UK shoegazers TOY are hitting Baby's All Right tonight (5/5) for their first of two NYC shows on their current tour and a "special guest" band was promised. It was just revealed on Twitter that the special guest band is shoegazey NYC post-punks Weekend, who just played Glasslands last night (5/4). Also on the bill is The Vandelles, and Baby's are "essentially" giving away margaritas for Cinco De Mayo. Advance tickets for tonight's show are still available.
On Tuesday (5/6), TOY are at Mercury Lounge with Heaven, and tickets for that one are still available too. They also recently made a video for "As We Turn" (dir. Julian Hand) from 2013's Join the Dots. You can watch that, with the updated list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were in NYC earlier this year for a couple shows -- I thought they were great, went to both. The band will be back in the States later this spring for Austin Psych Fest and will tour around that. Those dates will include two more NYC shows: Baby's All Right on May 5 and Mercury Lounge on May 6. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (3/21) at noon.
For those in Los Angeles, their show out there is with The Horrors which is a pretty perfect double bill. All tour dates are listed, along with the video for current single "It's Been So Long" below.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
TOY @ Glasslands, 1/9/2014
All you could see was hair. Like true shoegazers, UK band TOY stayed hunched over their instruments for most of last night's Glasslands set (2/9) with frontman Tom Dougall coming up for air occasionally for vocal duty. Mostly though they vibrated on the same harmonic frequency, hammering at their instruments on a motorik groove.
This was TOY's first New York show, though they'd tried to come twice previously only to be felled by visa issues. It was worth the wait. They were genuinely terrific from opening salvo "Left Myself Behind" through to the uber-krauty title track of their new album Join the Dots which closed the night. If you have any kind of proclivity for this sort of thing (anywhere from Swervedriver to The Horrors) they are definitely worth seeing.
NYC gets another chance tonight (1/10) at Mercury Lounge, it's a late show (doors 10:30) with likeminded locals Spires on first. Tickets are still available, but apparently not many left. The band will then play a handful of other North American shows, and then will be back over in May for Austin Psych Fest. All dates are listed below.
Before TOY were Austin's Feathers who are stopping in NYC for a couple shows before jetting to Europe for a few dates opening for Depeche Mode. The band, sporting a new line-up backing creative head Anastasia Dimou, looked the part and have some catchy songs in the black-clad synthy vein but the band was a little green and it showed -- but the harmonies were on.
The night started with local band Young Boys. On record they're in the gloomy, martial-beat school of post-punk; live their Cramps/Birthday Party side comes out. Shambolic to say the least, but platinum blond frontman is a rabble-rouser and natural frontman.
Pics of Feathers and Young Boys' Glasslands sets, plus more of TOY, below..
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
UK band TOY will release their second album, Join the Dots, in North America on December 10. Balancing hypnotic motorik grooves, post-punky guitarwork and paisley-powered melodies, the new LP bests their debut (which was one of my favorites of last year). You can stream the krauty title track below.
After announcing and then canceling NYC shows twice this year, TOY seem to have sorted out their visa issues and will be here in January for two shows: January 9 at Glasslands and January 10 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are both on sale now.
That's the start of a short tour for TOY (who did play SXSW this year) that hits both coasts and a few dates in Canada. All tour dates, plus the stream and video for "Join the Dots," below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's Young Galaxy have released a new single off their third album, Ultramarine. "Privileged Poor" comes out next week (11/5) and the 12" and digital comes with remixes by Factory Floor, TOY and Dan Lissvik (who produced their album). There's also a video for the song, featuring three septuagenarian former superheroes that's pretty entertaining. The remixes and video are all streamable in this post..
Next week also finds Young Galaxy in NYC as part of their tour, hitting NYC at Knitting Factory on November 6 with electronic pop musician Mister Lies and Brothertiger. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tour dates are listed, along with video and remix streams, below...
TOY @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Dang it, Visa Issues strike again. UK band TOY were to have made their NYC debut this Thursday (10/10) at Glasslands but the venue just tweeted, "We are sorry to announce that due to delays w/ US immigration, Toy will no longer be able to play on 10/10. Refunds available via ticketfly." That's the second time they've had to cancel NYC shows this year.
TOY will, however, still be playing the The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome.
Thursday's Glasslands show is now Spires (who were to have opened for TOY) and Young Boys.
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Polyphonic Spree/Thermals/Diamond Rings
The Main was packed for our Friday SXSWS day party (3/15). That includes the the actual stage, as all 23 members of The Polyphonic Spree on hand to headline. The Spree's joyous set ended with their cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" that had the whole place singing. Diamond Rings -- who now count Miracle Fortress/Think About Life's Graham Van Pelt as a touring memeber -- tore the place up too with one of the most fun sets on our stage this week. So did The Thermals, for that matter. The Main also saw sets from UK neo-postpunk act TOY, Swedish pop vets Shout Out Louds, Akron/Family, and Montreal's Half Moon Run. The Jr. stage was curated by our loud brethren at Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks) and will have pics of that carnage soon. Meanwhile, dig into more of Friday's action from The Main below.
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, M for Montreal, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, ASCAP, MailChimp and Redigi.
Today (3/16) is the final free BV SXSW day party at The Main and The Jr. The fun starts at noon CDT and The Main stage is co-presented by our friends at Pianos and features Unknown Mortal Orchestra, A Place to Bury Strangers, Austra, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Autre Ne Veut and Empress of. The Jr stage has King Tuff, Dodrums, MS MR, The Orwells, Peace (UK), Feathers, White Lung, and TEEN. That is a pretty amazing line-up if we do say so ourselves.
And tonight is the offical BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges SXSW showcase with KEN Mode (who replace Pinkish Black), Homewrecker, Full of Hell, Mutilation Rights, John Baizley, and Pallbearer. If you're in Austin, come on down!
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
by Bill Pearis
Bad news from UK band TOY, who were to have played their first NYC shows next month:
Bad news - the company processing our visas in the US have been delayed, which means that the New York shows have had to be cancelled. We were so excited about playing and are very sad and sorry to announce this.I, for one, am bummed. TOY's show at Mercury Lounge (3/19) is now Austin's Feathers, UK group Swim Deep and NYC's Tempers.
SXSW are trying to sort out things with customs so that we can still play the shows in Austin. We can't wait to play in New York too, and will be rescheduling as soon as possible! We will announce further info as soon as we have it. xxx
by Bill Pearis
One of my favorite albums of last year was the debut album by UK band TOY. Featuring ex members of Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong (don't hold that against them) and fronted by Tom Dougall (brother of Rose Elinor Dougall), the band make motorik shoegaze that doesn't skimp on the hooks. (Yes, they are a little like The Horrors.) You can stream the album below and check out a few music videos ("Motoring" is especially good).
The band will be in North America for SXSW and will play two shows NYC on the way back: Mercury Lounge on March 19 with fellow UK band Swim Deep. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/15) at noon. TOY will then play Knitting Factory on March 20 and tickets to that show are on sale now.
Videos and streams are below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Alex Miller @ Pianos
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Grass Roots @ Barbes
* Melody Joy @ Party XPO
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* NY Theremin Society @ Joe's Pub
* Lust for Youth @ Home Sweet Home
* Angelica Sanchez Trio @ The Stone
* Richard Buckner @ The Mercury Lounge
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Clare @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* River City Extension @ The Mercury Lounge
* Mr. Dream, Alan Watts, Household @ Glasslands
* Amateur Blonde, Portraiture, Mancie @ Cake Shop
* Alessi, Davis, Laubrock and Rainey @ The Stone
* Deer Tick, Viking Moses, Ian O'Neill @ Brooklyn Bowl
* New Beard, The Motor Tom, The New Defense @ Pianos
* Rapstar, PC Worship, Normal Love, Lushes @ Big Snow
* Figure, Alex English DJ set, DJ Jess @ Webster Hall
* These Are Powers, Oneida, PC Worship @ Shea Stadium
* Pretendo, Snack Machine, Exploded View @ Death By Audio
* Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Lazyeyes, Quiet Loudly @ Muchmore's
* Ken Jacobs & Aki Onda: Nervous Magic Lantern @ Issue Project Room
* Stretch Armstrong, Q-Tip, Rich Medina, Clark Kent, Tony Touch @ Santos Party House
* Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Avan Lava, DJ Illyse Singer, DJ Good Goose @ Knitting Factory
* Sara Schaefer, Nikki Glaser, Pete Davidson, Emmy Blotnick, Stuckey & Murray, Judah Friedlander @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Wild Yaks, Love as Laughter, Jonathan Toubin DJ set, Frankie Rose DJ set, TEEN DJ set, Thanksgiving Brown DJ set @ Union Pool
* 12.12.12 - The Concert For Sandy Relief w/ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl @ Madison Square Garden
Tonight is the ridiculously star-studded 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, featuring Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and many more. If you didn't get tickets it's being broadcast basically everywhere. More info on where to watch here.
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UK group Toy just released a video for their song "Make it Mine" which is from their fairly-new debut album. You can watch it below.
Twin Shadow released a new video for his live-at-KCRW version of "The Ones" and you can watch that below too.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.
Rough Trade Shop is always one of the first to list their top albums of the year, and their list is always a good one to look at. This year is no different. Check out their Top 10 list, below...