Entries tagged with: Tanlines
Caveman at BV-SXSW DJ-Space Ducks show more by Ryan Barkan)
The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the Audiophile Concert Series with one show happening each month in April, May, and June. The series was curated by Shirley Braha of Weird Vibes/NY Noise and is made up of exclusively Brooklyn bands/artists. The first show is Oneohtrix Point Never and Body Language on April 19, then NewVillager and Caveman on May 17, and lastly,
Tanlines Lemonade and Small Black on June 21. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now. UPDATE: It says Tanlines on the ticket site, but they're not playing, Lemonade is instead.
Some videos from the bands below...
Blood Orange @ Converse FADER Fort SXSW 2012 (photo by thereal_lc_)
Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes), who was just in Austin for SXSW (picture above, video below), is back home in NYC and will play a local show at Justice's favorite club Lit Lounge TONIGHT (3/21) with Rewards and Shuga. Tonight's show is one of a few one-offs for Blood Orange before he heads out on tour with Florence & the Machine. That tour hits NYC on May 8 at Radio City (sold out).
Rewards, who open tonight's show, were also added as an opener to Tanlines' upcoming Bowery Ballroom show (4/12). Tickets for that show are still available. Tanlines were also just at SXSW for a limited amount of shows and released their album, Mixed Emotions, yesterday. Alon with that came a new video for song "All of Me", directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh. Watch below.
Shuga, who are also on tonight's bill and were also at SXSW, are on Luv Luv Luv Records, who are presenting tonight's Lit Lounge show and who also manage Blood Orange and Florence, who as mentioned, are touring together. Shuga has another upcoming NYC show at Tammany Hall on Monday (3/26).
Kindness at SXSW 2012 (via)
In related news, Kindness (aka Adam Bainbridge), who, like Blood Orange, records for Chris Taylor's (of Grizzly Bear/CANT) Terrible Records, was also just in Austin for SXSW where he shared a bill with Blood Orange at a Windish party. Kindess also played a Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party and the NME showcase, among others. Dummy Mag wrote about the GvsB/YT show:
Kindess slinked on stage like the consummate crooner: smooth, self-assured and safe in the knowledge his charm would woo the crowd. He was right, too. I was a little too tired to surrender to it entirely but there's no doubting the calibre of Kindess. Top of the pops.Check out some videos of Kindness at SXSW below.
Speaking of Gorilla vs Bear and Florence & the Machine, GvsB just premiered a Clams Casino remix of Florence's "Never Let Me Go." Stream that below.
All dates, videos and streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Tanlines - "Brothers" (MP3)
Brooklyn duo Tanlines (aka Jesse Cohen of Professor Murder and Eric Emm of Don Cab) are finally releasing their first full length after first surfacing in 2008 with their "New Flowers" single. The album's called Mixed Emotions and its due out on March 20 via True Panther. That's the cover art above.
The album includes 2010's Settings EP standout track, "Real Life," and the recently revealed first single, "Brothers." "Brothers" is more of a slow burner than the tropical pop of Settings, but ultimately builds into an equally large dose of pop in a Cut Copy - "Need You Now" sort of way. You can grab that single above, or stream it below along with the album's tracklist.
Tanlines have an upcoming local show which happens on April 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/17) at noon.
They'll also DJ when Norwegian 4-piece Razika (who made their US debut at Cameo in October) play Glasslands on March 12 with Landlady and Balthazar. Tickets for that show are on sale now. This is the only US date publicly scheduled for Razika at the moment.
Song stream and tracklist below...
Archy Marshall, who previously operated under the Zoo Kid moniker, now records as King Krule. He'll release a self titled EP under the name on November 8 via True Panther. That's the album art above. You can check out the EP's last track, "The Noose of Jah City," along with the tracklist below.
King Krule has a few international dates coming up including some CMJ shows, which will also act as his US debut. He's scheduled to play the True Panther showcase at Glasslands on October 19 with Tanlines, Trash Talk, Lemonade, Teengirl Fantasy, and Little Red. He'll also play a Fader Fort CMJ Party on October 21 and a secret True Panther warehouse party on October 22. Stay tuned for more details on those.
Trash Talk also have other CMJ shows including a late one at Cake Shop on Thursday, October 20:
LIFE or DEATH PR CMJ SHOWCASELife or Death PR also rep Odd Future and GZA, so that 3am special guest should be interesting. Trash talk ALSO play Santos on Saturday, October 22 with Kylesa and others (details TBA soon).
THE CAKE SHOP
Doors at 7PM - 4AM., $12.00
FREE BEER FROM LONG TRAIL. DASSS WASSUP
DJ sets from NNA TAPES & Todd Pendu / ElectricLady
9PM Chelsea Wolfe
10PM Psychic Ills
11:15PM Chrome Sparks
12AM Wise Blood
1AM Main Attrakionz
2 AM Trash Talk
3 AM SPECIAL GUESTS
Trash Talk have a new video for "Burn Alive" off their upcoming Awake EP, which comes out next week (10/11) via True Panther. Check out that video and one for the EP's title track below.
All dates, videos, song stream, and other stuff below...
DFA1979 fans @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
The Weeknd was playing and then not playing and now it's this:
Following years of hard work, arm wrestling over domain names, and a little bit of high-tech stuff that we can't even begin to understand, we're proud to announce that VICE.COM is here. We've combined VBS.TV and Viceland.com to create super content one-stop-shop for all the videos and words you've come to expect from VICE.RSVP is open.
Being that we're VICE, we decided to throw a party to celebrate our new URL with our best friends, like you and Rick Ross. RSVP is now open, details and flier below. Space will be limited.
Full Frontal VICE | The Official Launch of VICE.COM | Presented by boinc
Thursday, September 15th | 9:00PM - 3:00AM
Skylight One Hanson | One Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Rick Ross | A Trak | Death From Above 1979
And More Bands
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Hanni El Khatib
The New York Night Train
Complimentary Svedka and Grolsch | Invitation is non-transferable. 21+ and Photo ID required
Toronto R&B singer The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) is set to make his US live debut in NYC on September 15 at Skylight One Hanson. The performance is part of Vice's Upfront Extravaganza party in honor of the launch of their new URL Vice.com. The party also includes live and DJ sets by A-Trak, Tanlines, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nick Zinner (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Black Lips. Stay tuned for more details. All we could confirm so far is that this is happening. We can only assume that some sort of RSVP will pop up at some point.
Tanlines @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
September 3 (2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)All three artists playing on 9/10 were supposed to play on 8/27 with Sun Araw and Nguzunguzu, who are both from LA and not able to make it on 9/10. Stay tuned for new additions.
Horse Meat Disco / Strut / London, UK
Midnight Magic / Midnight Sun / New York, NY
Justin Miller / DFA / New York, NY
BICEP / Throne of Blood / London, UK
September 10 (2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Tanlines / True Panther Sounds / New York, NY
Teengirl Fantasy / True Panther Sounds / Oberlin, OH
Physical Therapy (DJ Set) / Brooklyn, NY
MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens
Sun Araw did play Music Hall of Williamsburg while they were here though. Teengirl Fantasy also DJ'd that show. Tanlines, who will be debuting a new set at PS1, think zucchini is no one's favorite vegetable.
cooling down (more by Erez Avissar)
After holding out, MoMA now reports that "sadly, we have to cancel #WarmUp tomorrow because of the hurricane & the subsequent mta closures. Be safe & see you next Saturday, 9/3!", BUT "we are trying to reschedule some of this weekend's performers for an additional #WarmUp on September 10th. We'll keep you posted ;-)" Scheduled performers were Tanlines, Nguzunguzu, Teengirl Fantasy, Sun Araw, and Physical Therapy.
You can still catch Sun Araw at MHOW tonight though (8/26)
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Blood Diamonds - "Grins" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Blood Diamonds - "Heart" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Blood Diamonds - "Aries" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Holy Other - "Touch" (Blood Diamonds Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Apache Beat - "Another Day" (Blood Diamonds Remix) (MP3)
Tanlines at the Whitney in 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
As mentioned, Tanlines will headline Warm Up at PS1 on August 27, with other sets from Nguzunguzu, Teengirl Fantasy, Sun Araw, and Physical Therapy. According to Tanlines' facebook, the band "will be playing a new set and this will be the launch of [their] next phase, with the album coming out in the fall."
Tanlines will also DJ at Glasslands on August 26, the day before they play PS1. The Glasslands show is with fellow tropical pop producer Blood Diamonds (not to be confused with Blood Orange or Diamond Rings). Tickets are on sale now.
The Vancouver-based producer Blood Diamonds (aka Mike Tucker) is set to release a new single "Grins" b/w "Move the Stars" this month on Transparent Records. According to Altered Zones, the single will feature a remix by Holy Other, who Blood Diamonds has also remixed. Grab "Grins" and Blood Diamonds' take on Holy Other's "Touch" above. He somehow turned Holy Other's dank swampy track into a sunny day at the beach. Should be interesting to see how Holy Other returns the favor. You can pre-order the single from Plastic in Paper. Also, grab two more older Blood Diamonds tracks and a remix he did for Apache Beat above.
All dates and another Blood Diamonds track below...
"Nguzunguzu first made its mark in mid-'00s Los Angeles as co-hosts of the legendary Wildness parties near MacArthur Park. Around that time the duo started making tracks and mixes and dropping them online -- frantic, tribal sounds that drew on the convergence of Brazilian baile rhythms, Chicago house and London dance music to create primal, infectious grooves. Gradually over the last three years the production team has moved up the ladder, remixing Ciara, Lazer Sword and Ratatat, among others, releasing a few solid EPs, touring as M.I.A.'s DJ and producing much of her most recent mixtape, "Vicki Leekx."" [LA Times]LA production duo Nguzunguzu (Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda) released The Perfect Lullaby mixtape for DIS magazine earlier this year with a variety of tracks including Nicki Minaj, The-Dream, and Kingdom (aka Ezra Rubin). Stream and download the mix at DIS Magazine's website. They'll follow that mixtape with the Timesup EP on July 5 via Kingdom's Fade to Mind label. The EP is the first release for the new label. Check out the first track "Timesup" below via Paranoid Youth.
Nguzunguzu are playing NYC's New Museum on June 23 with Kingdom and Total Freedom (Ashland Mines). The "five hour day-into-night performance" is a collaboration with LA performer and filmmaker Wu Tsang who is in residency at the museum. Wu Tsang's residency is an attempt to showcase different aspects of his new film and performance piece Full Body Quotation. His first film, about the "legendary" parties referenced above, Wildness (currently in post-production), was made in collaboration with Total Freedom and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu. Check out a teaser for the movie below.
The New Museum event is free before 7 PM and $12 after. Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, and Total Freedom also play the official after party hosted by DIS Magazine at Subtonic at 11 PM with MikeQ, Venus X, and $hayne.
Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom both head out on a tour with Gang Gang Dance in July. The tour ends one day before Gang Gang Dance play a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 21. The Rocks off show has no openers. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show which is two days before GGD DJ a PS1 Warm Up event.
Teengirl Fantasy (live) and Physical Therapy (DJ) meanwhile play a Northside Merok Records showcase on June 18 at 285 Kent with Gatekeeper, Blondes and dj Ghe20 Gothik. Teengirl Fantasy also play Sled Island in Canada at the end of the month. They tour with Pictureplane in July.
Tanlines recently made a video for the super catchy "Real Life" off their 2010 Settings EP. According to a post on their facebook page on February 17, Tanlines are "very excited that they're almost done with their record." The record will be their first full length and will presumably be released sometime this year on True Panther.
Nguzunguzu album art and soundcloud stream, the Tanlines video, and other stuff below...
crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.
Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.
More info and the full schedule below...
Oh Land @ Rebel NYC (more by David Andrako)
You've been following the CMJ adventures of multiple BV contributors for two weeks now, including the day by day reviews from Rachel Kowal. Before too much more time passes, here is the conclusion of Rachel's week (with the end of day four and all of day five), and assorted pictures from four other shows all rolled into one big post. Check it all out, below....
Matthew Dear @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
As mentioned, Pitchfork will be hosting three days of shows at Brooklyn Bowl during, but-it-looks-like/probably completely unaffiliated with, CMJ this year (Thursday/Friday/Saturday CMJ week). "Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Avenue between N. 11th and N. 12th streets. The festival starts at 2 p.m. each day, with doors opening at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, both in advance and day of the show." They're calling it the #OFFLINE Festival.
Based on the lineups and start time, it looks like each #OFFLINE day will be about a 12 hour show. No set times yet though, but the full lineups and ticket links are below...
Matthew Dear is one of the biggest names on the list (he plays Saturday), and it will be one of three CMJ week shows for Matthew. His first is Friday night at Webster Hall with Jamaica and Dominique Young Unique. His third is later on Saturday at Public Assembly for the FIXED/Making Time Party with Matthew Dear, Crocodiles, Holy Ghost!, Javelin, Gold Panda, Jamaica, and Kisses.
The FIXED/Making Time party starts after the BrooklynVegan party which is also happening at Public Assembly that same day. Just to be clear:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD
* BrooklynVegan @ Public Assembly 12-6pm (free - more details TBA)
* FIXED/Making Time @ Public Assembly 9pm-late (tickets)
* Pitchfork @ Brooklyn Bowl 2pm-late (tickets)
* BrooklynVegan metal @ Union Pool 7pm-late ($5.00 or CMJ badge at the door)
We (BrooklynVegan) will also be at Public Assembly all day on Friday, October 22nd (details TBA), and at Music Hall of Williamsburg on the Thursday night.
All Matthew Dear tour dates (many of which we previously posted including a November show at MHoW), and the Pitchfork #OFFLINE Fest info, below...
Stereogum listed the "40 Best New Bands of 2010". They have a lot more detail, but you can also check out their list, alphabetically, below...
photos by Diana Wong
Tanlines @ the Whitney
"The crowd warmed up - and got to dancing as the room filled up - but the most sonically-fulfilling moment of [Tanline's] set didn't come until the impromptu encore, when Cohen finally removed the mutes (read: t-shirts) from his floor tom and bongos and coaxed some really compelling percussion out of the non-computer side of the Tanlines setup. Overall, the pair pumped out a great set that suffered only slightly from the incongruous scales of the acoustics and the room.Tanlines and DJ/rupture closed our the 2010 edition of Whitney Live on Friday. More pictures from the show, below...
DJ /rupture (Jace Clayton) followed quickly on Tanlines' heels, wasting none of the momentum attained in the last few minutes of their set, when the crowd finally reached room-filling proportions and tipped the balance from texting to dancing. Clayton spun a typically globe-trotting and scholarly set, his selections spanning five continents and at least as many languages. Dressed all in lavender and characteristically stoic behind the decks, he opened with a heavy Cumbia rhythm, and continued through cuts of reggaeton, dubstep and dancehall, also weaving in 90's house, some Akon, and something I'm pretty sure was in Hindi." [Melophobe]
Memory Tapes @ Williamsburg Waterfront, August 8th (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Tanlines, who have a free-ish show happening at the Whitney Museum on Friday with DJ/Rupture, will open for Memory Tapes at an Absolut-sponsored, free-with-RSVP (BonusTrack3@TheLMagazine.com) show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (8/25). It starts at 8pm, is 21+, and the flyer is below...
The eccentrically dressed Cameron Mesirow bounded on stage at the Bowery Ballroom to kick off Saturday night's show (7/10). Mesirow, the woman who parades under the moniker Glasser, proceeded to spastically dance around the stage, mic in hand. Mesirow makes whimsical, dreamlike music with more than a touch of dramatic flair. When she wasn't dancing around stage, she would often crouch down and stare out at the audience intently as she struck odd, animal-like struck poses. With her eyes open wide and her arms out in front of her, she did a pretty solid zombie impression. I sometimes struggle with this theatrical kind of delivery (Zola Jesus springs to mind), but Glasser is better at keeping things light. Her vocals are haunting and delicate without being overly dramatic and showy. Glasser definitely helped get the audience in the mood for a night full of dancing.
Next up on the all True Panter-signed artist bill was a heavy dose of pop-infused techno music from the Brooklyn-based duo Tanlines. Though their beats were for the most part pre-programmed, Eric Emm sang and played the guitar over the loops that Jesse Cohen managed. The sound was decent overall, but the vocals did sometimes get swallowed in the mix as the layers of sound got thicker. As Tanlines' set unfolded, the people immediately in front of the stage began wildly dancing and the crowd stepped back to give them more space. As it turns out, the dancing was only getting started.
It was midnight when Delorean finally took the stage, but the crowd was still enthused. The mood was festive and fiercely energetic. The house's giant disco ball is typically reserved for a single song or two, but it sent shimmering splashes of light over the room for nearly all of Delorean's set.
Keeping in line with the two openers, Delorean also utilized electronic drums to some extent - though this time the drum pads were supplemented by free-standing cymbals to form some sort of a hybrid kit.
The audience began thrashing around during the very first song and it only got more rowdy as Delorean got further into their set. People were jumping up and down in time to the beat, their hands raised up. Half-full cups of beer were thrown into the air, their contents rained down to soak the frenzied crowd. Though the show was sold-out, the crowd was thinner than usual, which was probably for the best - all the more room for dancing.
It's been a long time since I've seen New Yorkers let loose that much at a show - especially one at a midsized venue. The movement spread to the back of the room and even extended to the balcony where people had abandoned the comfort of their chairs.
Back on stage, the members of Delorean were dancing, too - especially the keyboard player who was bouncing around so much that it's a wonder that he managed to hit the right notes. The infectious beats complimented their melodic but largely indecipherable vocals to create a trance-like state both in the crowd and on stage. The Barcelona-based group powered through their songs without stopping much to talk, as if they were worried about breaking their momentum.
Delorean played a relatively short set with just a single song for the encore, but they definitely went out on a high note.
Exactly one week earlier, Delorean and Glasser shared a bill at PS1. Four days after that Delorean played to a packed crowd in Stuy Town. Delorean's next NYC show is this year's final Pool Party (where they play along with two "secret special guests").
Tanlines' next show is August 27th at the Whitney.
Delorean hits Great Scott in MA tonight. All tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Castles - Suffocation (Memory Tapes Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (Tanlines Remix) (MP3)
Memory Tapes is in the process of recording the follow-up to his/their 2009 debut, Seek Magic. The next show for Dayve Hawk & Co. will be on Saturday, June 26th (NOT Friday, June 25th as it accidentally got listed as in some places), when they headline BrooklynVegan Northside show with Twin Sister, DOM and ZAZA. Tickets are still on sale. We also have a couple pairs to giveaway. If you want them, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Memory Tapes) with your first and last name. Winners will be picked at random and contacted.
Dayve recently did a remix of Crystal Castles' "Suffocation," while Tanlines gave Memory Tapes' "Bicycle" the treatment. Download both above. A new video for "Bicycle", by Jamie Harley, is posted with all tour dates (including a run of Australia shows with Missy Elliott), below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Light Pollution - Good Feelings (MP3)
As mentioned previously, Montreal dance-pop band Think About Life play Mercury Lounge tonight, two days after playing an early set at the WBAR-B-Q on Sunday. Tickets are still on sale for that. It's a late show. The early show at the same venue features Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.
Opening the late show are Chicago's Light Pollution, who play a kind of synthy post-rock and whose debut LP, Apparitions, comes out June 8th on Carpark Records. That album's first single, "Good Feelings," a mid-tempo jam with appegiated synths under cymbal crashes and mountain-top vocals, is above. Its video is below.
Light Pollution have a few more shows this week too. They play Glasslands on Friday with electronica-pop bands of varying degrees: Keepaway, Memoryhouse, Tanlines and Psychobuildings. Saturday Light Pollution was scheduled to play at the still-closed Market Hotel - according to the band's Myspace, that show has been moved to Under 100, the sometimes-open venue that hosted Erykah Badu about a month ago.
Tanlines recently received a video for their song "Reinfo" from a fan, in the form of a video love letter/tour of the East Village. The band writes: "This guy who does a blog called Pitchfork Reviews Reviews randomly emailed us this video that he made for a girl named Anna. We like it, so now it's our official video!"
That, and a Light Pollution video and tour dates are below...
"Hello, and welcome to Portland, Oregon," quipped James Mercer, as he and Danger Mouse greeted the freezing crowd at Mog Day Party on the final day of SXSW. A 40-degree drop in temperature from Friday caused flip-flops and t-shirts to be replaced by hoodies, coats and gloves. Broken Bells were just one of several excellent bands that filled the indoor and outdoor venues of the Mohawk.
I finally made it downtown before 2pm by taking the rather efficient Metro Capitol bus. Traffic along I-35 into downtown took almost an hour the day before from just 10 minutes north. Arriving a little after noon Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers were already on inside. Ray was squeezing the hell out of that squeezbox and her raspy, scowling voice was alarming so early in the day. It certainly set a tone. And Free Energy complete with free cassettes started things outside with their unabashed good times garage rock.
Back inside The Dum Dum Girls were up next with more of the same hazy lo-fi pop that drummer Frankie Rose was laying down the night before on the same stage with her band. I skipped back outside for Demolished Thoughts though Andrew WK (an advertised member along with Thurston Moore and J Mascis) was absent and the bassist for Fucked Up was filling in. It was thrashing punk stuff with silly songs like the 45-second "I Hate Kids" (those were the lyrics) followed by the 45-second "I Hate Sports" (some videos below).
Then it was back inside for a little dance - hip hop with Rye Rye and then back outside for Broken Bells - who kept busy at the festival. For a band only a couple months old they were tight and the songs sounded great. Inside again for Freelance Whales and then back outside for The Antlers, back inside for Real Estate and finally back outside for the Black Keys who straight up killed. Mercer and Danger Mouse (who produced the Keys' Attack & Release) and members of the Antlers were sidestage rocking out. The crowd was hanging over rails and pushing in toward the stage. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had everyone riveted and rocking. Certainly the most polished performance of the day, perhaps the festival.
Unexpectedly, as I ventured back to the convention center, I stumbled upon Fanfarlo about to perform in Brush Square with free drinks (Shiner Bock!) and heaters to keep the tent warm. Fantastic live show. "If we knew there were going to be so many photographers, we'd have done better," quipped multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas about the the band's appearance.
For the evening it was all about finishing strong. I made my way to the Victorian Room at the Driskill for Miss Li who was great and her band was stellar, over to St. David's Bethel Hall to see some Texas bands as part of the Western Vinyl Showcase, including an unimpressive Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. I decided to go all out and dashed over to Barbarella for the excellent Best Coast who also played a couple of new songs that sounded really good. Back to St. David's for the ambient Sleep Whale (formerly MOM) from Denton, TX down to Paradise for crazy afro-beat inflected dance music courtesy of New York's Tanlines (it was a full-on dance party.) Finally, it was back over to St. David's for the beautiful, classical-leaning experimental band Balmorhea.
As anyone following along on @bvSXSW knows, after some serious transportation issues, Andrew Frisicano eventually made his way down to Monterrey, Mexico from Austin, TX (counting waiting for the bus to show up, it took him something like 18 hours which was 4 hours shorter than it took Ryan Muir) in time for a bit of the 2nd night and all of the third day (aka today, 3/22). Here is some of his story so far...
The Coathangers @ MtyMX (by TiTa_Elizondo)
"You Will Remember Tonight" was the song that stuck out in Andrew WK's headlining set at MtyMx Festival last night in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the second night of the fest, and the only set I saw because of a lengthy, complicated bus trip that started much earlier in the day.
There were a lot of questions coming down to Mexico: transportation, accommodations and food were mostly left in the hands of the festival, and at MtyMx now (5pm Monterrey time), most of those continue to be issues, sadly distracting from the bands who did make it. For some bands and showgoers the trip took 20+ hours of waiting and riding on buses, but if one thing has been consistent, it has been that no two MtyMx trips have been the same.
Due to spotty bus service from Austin, shaken confidence in the festival and scheduling issues, a number of the bands on the bill have canceled or been unable to make it down. Those bands (editor's note: which Todd P sarcastically addresses in a video below) include Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy. On the festival's last day, arranging transportation back to Austin or elsewhere has been an overriding theme.
story continued below with video & more pics...
Most awesome show tonight for @truepanther with Lemonade + Tanlines + Blondes + Pictureplane and new fav beats man Janka Nabay.-ilirjana
photos by Erez Avissar
Tanlines, Lemonade and Janka Nabay played a co-release party at Monster Island on Friday, March 5th for each of their three EPs. Tanlines' Settings is out March 9th (today) on True Panther Sounds/Matador Records, as are Lemonade's Pure Moods and Janka's Bubu King EPs. Also at the show were Pictureplane and Blondes.
Tanlines play NYC again this Friday (3/12) at Eyebeam's Mixer: Olympiad (540 W 21st St) with Maluca and many many visual artists ("Artists, designers, musicians, engineers, and hackers alike will stage events that evoke the passion, the drive, the danger, and the majesty of competitive sport and mass spectacle. Join one of the five competing nations, and race for Olympic glory!") Tickets are on sale.
Most of the band mentioned here are heading to SXSW. Delorean, Lemonade, and Tanlines all play the True Panther showcase Todd P is hosting at Cheer Up Charlie's on March 18th. Tour dates for all of the above bands and more pictures are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (MP3)
Micachu & The Shapes @ Pop Montreal 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
In addition to being at SXSW and MtyMx, Tanlines is playing a release party for its Settings EP (out March 9th on True Panther Sounds) on March 5th at Monster Island Basement. Also on the bill are Lemonade, Janka Nabay and Blondes. (It's not just a release party for Tanlines, you can get entry and 3 new 12"s from Tanlines, Lemonade and Janka Nabay for $25.)
Raisa Khan of Micachu & The Shapes sat in on keys and vocals with her friends UK band Laurel Collective at Hindenburg Mile High Club in London on Saturday, February 6th. The show was part of the band's monthly residency at the spot. Laurel Collective's debut album (actually a mini-album), Feel Good Hits Of A Nuclear Winter, came out in 2008 on Domino. Their more recent material (including a free cover of Micachu's "Golden Phone") is available online. They live up to the collective part of their name with a youthful group feel similar to Los Campesinos or Nana Grizol. Laurel Collective will be at SXSW this year for shows throughout the festival. Videos of their show with Raisa, tour dates and more are below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
Everything in Casablancas's long, hard year as a soloist has carried a steep learning curve, from touring by himself to getting the album into stores. For example, RCA is co-releasing his solo album, yet, he says, "they're not the label I signed with. The people change all the time. They're nice, they're cool, but honestly they don't do shit." So he did most of the work through Cult Records, the label he started for Phrazes and financed himself, and it didn't turn out much better. "You have all these dreams. I still like the plan, but it was executed terribly."Julian Casablancas, Telepathe & Tanlines played their second show together in a row at Terminal 5 on Friday night (1/15). Pictures from the first night, HERE. Pictures from Friday continue below...
And then there's the Strokes. Theoretically, they are putting out a fourth album. "It's coming!" he says. [NY Mag]
photos by Chris La Putt
"Ok, so in talking about the show with some old Strokes fan friends, people have express surprise at the fact that I enjoyed the show so much because...well, it's just not the same without all the other Strokes. To that point I say this: No, it's not The Strokes, but in my opinion, Julian is pretty much one of the best things about the band in the first place, so going to see a Julian Casablancas show is kinda like a Strokes show, but without all the other distractions.As I was saying (and the videos previously proved), Julian Casablancas headlined his first of two nights in a row at Terminal 5 last night (1/14). He, and his two openers (Brooklyn's Tanlines & Telepathe), do it again tonight (1/15). More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...
That said, Julian's music is much different than the regular Strokes fare. I like to think his solo work is more pop-based, and a little bit more carefree than Strokes songs. I also think his lyrics are more playful, the song structure more complicated and interesting, and the imagery more vivid. Perhaps that's more of a reflection of his maturation as a songwriter than anything else, but any way you slice it, the solo stuff is great and you should be so lucky to see him perform it live.
The show last night wasn't as elaborate as the ones he did in his LA residency (you know, the one that he felt were a fiasco) which included set pieces, costume changes, and an intermission, but it was polished, smooth, and successful. He truly seemed like he was having fun, and the crowd was enjoying it.
He seemed relaxed and at ease with himself and the songs -- a very different energy than the one I remember when he plays with The Strokes. At Strokes shows, so much of the show is propelled by each of the band member's energy bouncing off and pushing one another forward. At a Julian Casablancas show it seems much more like Julian is puttering along, guiding his backup band, and the pace of the show with the slow and steady push of his own internal performance propeller." [The Modern Age]