Entries tagged with: Tanya Donelly
by Bill Pearis
Damon & Naomi
Damon & Naomi released their new album Fortune in February which is another lovely record of hushed, folky pop. Fortune also serves as the soundtrack to a 30-minute silent film of the same name that was made by Naomi. You can watch the film and stream the album below.
They'll be heading to the UK for a few dates in April followed by an appearance at the Istanbul Film Festival where they'll perform a "cine-concert" soundtracking a screening of Fortune. Once back in the states, Damon & Naomi will play The Bell House on May 29 as part of the venue's "Boston in Brooklyn" series and the show is with Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) and Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers). Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
There's also a "Boston in Brooklyn" event at The Bell House this Saturday (4/4) with The Sheila Divine, The Gravel Pit and Mean Creek. Tickets are on sale.
Luna in 2015
In related news, Damon & Naomi's old Galaxie 500 bandmate Dean Wareham is gearing up for Luna's first show in 10 years -- happening on LA on April 13 in Los Angeles -- followed by a tour of Spain. Since we last posted, the band have announced UK dates for August. We still await promised North American dates which should happen "later this year." All dates are listed below.
Radio Silence is a San Francisco-based arts magazine focusing on music and literature. To celebrate the release of their third issue, they're putting on a show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (11/22) featuring notable talents from both: Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, The 6ths) and Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly) will be playing, while acclaimed rock critic Greil Marcus and author Rick Moody (The Ice Storm) will do readings. Plus: Sylvie Simmons, Sam Davol, Golden Suits, Matthew Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), and Jim White.
Also on the bill, author Sam Lipsyte and a reunion of his late-'80s/early-'90s NYC art-punk band Dungbeetle. While the group are mostly a footnote (only one single released), one of their champions at the time was James Murphy who liked them so much he signed on as their sound guy and built his first studio with them in Dumbo. Said Murphy to NY Mag:
Dungbeetle were like Andy Kaufman. When Andy Kaufman performed, he was not just trying to be funny. He was playing with the notion of what it means to try to be funny, of what it means to be an audience expecting somebody to be funny. He was doing a dance and playing a game. Watching Dungbeetle was like being involved in that game.Tickets are on sale now and include a copy of the new issue of Radio Silence which features contributions by Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen Carrie Brownstein, Ian Mackaye, Rick Moody and more.
photos by P Squared Photography
Throwing Muses / Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom 3/8/2014
Throwing Muses released their first album in 10 years, Purgatory/Paradise, and this weekend played two sold-out shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom (3/8& 3/9) in support of it. Making the shows extra special: former member (and singer Kristin Hersh's step-sister) Tanya Donnelly not only opened both shows but also joined Throwing Muses for a few songs including (at Bowery) "Green" from Throwing Muses' 1986 debut. With the band not playing many shows, the Saturday show had a lot of out-of-town fans in attendance -- including some from the UK. Setlist and pics from Saturday are in this post.
Tanya's opening set had it's own special guest: Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Davol and singer Claudia Gonson. Her set included some new material -- she's been releasing "Swan Song" EPs via her website -- and few Belly songs too ("Slow Dog," "Low Red Moon"). Pics from her set (including one of the setlist) are in this post.
As mentioned, Throwing Muses are playing a few shows in support of their new album, Purgatory/Paradise. The NYC date -- Bowery Ballroom on March 8 with Tanya Donelly opening -- sold out so they've added a second show the next night (3/9).
No word yet on when tickets for that show go on sale or if Tanya Donelly will be opening that one too.
Update: Tanya is in fact opening that one, and tickets go on sale Wednesday, 1/29 at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
Throwing Muses (with Tanya Donelly) circa 1989's 'Hunkpapa'
Indie rock vets Throwing Muses returned last year with the album/book, Purgatory/Paradise, their first full length since 2003's self titled album. They didn't tour that year, but they've since begun announcing 2014 dates, including a stop in NYC happening on March 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Making that show (and others on the tour) even more exciting than their last tour, Tanya Donelly, who was a co-lead singer of Throwing Muses (appearing on their first four albums) until she left in 1991 to form Belly, is opening. She did contribute backing vocals to their 2003 album and has made guest appearances at the band's live shows in the past, so fingers crossed that she'll be doing more than opening at this one.
Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/15) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
The Wedding Present, Built To Spill's Doug Martsch, Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis, Stars, Katy Goodman, Kitten, William Fitzsimmons, and many others appear on "please, please, please," a new Smiths tribute album that will see the light of day in December via American Laundromat.
Meanwhile Morrissey is about to kick off a North American tour in Chicago on 11/10.
William Fitzsimmons' soft-spoken folk/rock is currently breaking hearts across the EU, a treak that will continue until just before the holidays. After a month off in January, he'll embark on another US tour in support of his recent LP Gold In The Shadow that will include dates from coast to coast and a stop at Bowery Ballroom on 2/18. Tickets for all US dates are currently on fan presale, with regular sale starting today for the Bowery Ballroom date.
All tour dates and some videos below...
by Bill Pearis
It never fails, the week after CMJ I get sick. So here I sit, with a big cup of green tea and a stuffy head, writing about shows that I want to go to, but probably won't. But hopefully you are in better health. There's a lot of great options this weekend.
As you may have heard, two-year-old Williamsburg club Bruar Falls is closing November 1. I live pretty close to the place, have seen a lot of great shows there and am bummed it's shutting its doors. But for Bruar Falls' Last Week Ever, it's going out in style with a bunch of great shows. Tonight (10/28) it's The Beets, Tanks Amigo, the Beachniks and, just in time for Halloween, a Misfits cover band.
Saturday night (10/29) is for you punkers out there: Stalkers, Tough Shits, Ex-Humans and Dino's Boys. And then Sunday night (10/30) it's Dive, Shark?, Air Waves and Bright Lights. And then Halloween night (10/31) is the for real last night ever with Friend Roulette, Hunktronik, Clouder and KNTRLR.
A lot of these bands are BF regulars so I imagine there will be a palpable party vibe there all weekend long. I'll miss ya.
Tonight (10/28) is the NYC debut of Wisconsin husband and wife duo Peaking Lights whose alluring, dubby album 963 came out early this year on Not Not Fun but is getting wider distribution next month via Mexican Summer and Domino imprint Weird World. You can download a few tracks from the record at the top of this post.
A lot of the strange sounds heard on the album come via homemade instruments and effects boxes that Aaron Coyes makes in the basement of his and singer Indra Dunis' home. You can find out more about this via an episode of VBS TV's Soundbuilders which is streaming at the bottom of this post. After watching that, I'm curious to see how Peaking Lights will pull off a live show, what with all the delicate McGuyver-esque gear. But the record's great and I'm hoping for the best.
One of my favorite sets at CMJ was seeing Radical Dads at Bruar Falls on Saturday night and reminded me just how good they've become. In fact, I'd go as far to say as they're one of Brooklyn's best bands right now. Certainly one of the more unheralded. If you like Wild Flag, I urge you to check out RD's debut album Mega Rama which has a similar vibe but is much less hyped. There's a streaming player at the bottom of this post.
I'm happy to report that Mega Rama is getting a belated vinyl release in December via Loud Baby Sounds. You can pre-order it now. The album art is one of my favorite record covers of the year and have been dying to own a big 12" version of it -- not to mention getting to play it on my turntable. Also on the vinyl tip, Radical Dads also have a 7" coming out in December, "Skateboarding Bulldog," which you can stream or download via a widget at the bottom of this post.
But more than maybe anything I suggest going to see them live which you can do tonight (10/28) at Spike Hill where they'll play with Plates of Cake, Quilty, and Conversion Party. Cover's only five bucks.
If glitchy dance music is more your thing, the weekend has two very good options. Star Slinger, who was supposed to play here in the spring but had to cancel, is finally making his NYC debut at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28). After a bunch of head-turning remixes and download tracks, Star Slinger recently released his first "official" single, "Dumbin," via Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound which you can stream or download at the bottom of this post.
After the MHoW, which also has SHLOMO and Shitego on the bill, you might want to swing over to 285 Kent where there's a "secret guest" headliner. (G-Side and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire play as well.) Though not mentioned out-and-out, they do link to Star Slinger's website on the Facebook invite.
Then Saturday night (10/29), the Fixed party at Cameo has UK act Gold Panda who's been remixed by Star Slinger and is following up last year's excellent Lucky Shiner with his spin on the latest installment of K7!'s DJ Kicks series. In a bit of Brooklyn weekend synergy, GP's track "An Iceberg Hurled Through Northern Clouds" just got remixed by Peaking Lights and you can stream the remix of that below.
The Fixed party at Cameo also features Lemonade, Blondes and an open bar from 8 - 10. Gold Panda then heads the next day (ouch) to Moogfest in Ashville, NC.
Saturday night has a pretty killer show at Glasslands. Obits headline and are still driving on the high octane tank of gas that is their second album, Moody, Standard and Poor. Perhaps even more exciting, for some folks, is opener Office of Future Plans which is the new thing from Jawbox man J. Robbins.
And finally, a little preview into early next week. Don't forget that the Wax Idols/Terry Malts tour hits Cake Shop on Tuesday (11/1) and Shea Stadium on Wednesday (11/2) for a double dose of San Francisco style fuzz. As I wrote elsewhere on this site:
Wax Idols are the new group from Hether Fortune, who has spent time in Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires. Fuzz pedals crash into jangly guitars, vocals are high sneer but also full of harmony, and there's room for both girl group balladry and a tough cover of Wire's "Sand in My Joints." The band's debut, No Future, is out next month on HoZac and is quite good. You can check out "Dead Like You" from it at the top of this post.Other bands on the Cake Shop bill are still TBA but the Shea Stadium show also features Sundelles, Habibi, and the ever-present Dive (if you haven't seen them yet, you're making an effort not to).
As for the Terry Malts, their debut 7" on Slumberland from earlier this year is three quick blasts of sunny pop covered in a thick blanket of white noise. (Somewhere between '80s West Coast punk and C-'86 lies their sound.) It's the new project from most of the guys in Magic Bullets, a band that has been put in cold storage -- they played their final show August 24. They've got a new 7" out in about a month, and you can download "Distracted" from the first one at the top of this post.
That's the main stuff. More daily picks are below.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Pixies continue to tour their best album, Dolittle, tonight at Asbury Park Convention Hall with Surfer Blood opening.
Meanwhile... Tanya Donnely, who was in the original line-up of the Breeders (not to mention Throwing Muses and then Belly) is doing a show at Joe's Pub. She'll be aded and abetted by Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, writer Rick Moody, as well as Magnetic Fields cohorts Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol, plus Carrie Bradley who was also in the Breeders at one point (and folk rock band Ed's Redeeming Qualities).
DOWNLOAD: Dean & Britta - Making Me Smile (MP3)
"Sing Me To Sleep" is a really fun compilation of lullabies and popular songs re-imagined as lullabies by some of today's best indie artists including: Dean & Britta, Tanya Donelly, The Leisure Society, The Rest, Telekinesis, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Real Tuesday Weld, Snowbird, Neil Halstead, and many more. All proceeds from this wonderful album are donated to The Valerie Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. It's a beautifully produced album for indie-hipsters young and old.Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies came out in May on American Laundromat Records (the first pressing came with a bonus 7" with a song by Sigur Rós). Check it out if you can, it's a great compilation (for adults at least - I haven't tested it with kids!)
Coming up, Joe's Pub will be hosting a June 13th show for the album with contributors Tanya Donelly, backed by a jazz ensemble, Jenny Owen Youngs and Julie Peel. This all-ages, kid-friendly (with face painting, free souvenirs and door prizes) starts at noon. Tickets are on sale.
Songs from the record (including Stars cover of the Smith's "Asleep") are streaming, and the Dean & Britta track is available above. Tracklist for the CD and show flyer are below...
John Wesley Harding & Eugene Mirman @ CoW in April (more by Tim Griffin)
John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders variety show, which graced the city in February, March and April, in addition to tour dates around the country, will be back for shows on September 16th, October 7th and November 18th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets for all three are on sale now, AND now the shows have full lineups.
Like before there will be many special guests at each show. These include Tanya Donelly, John Roderick, A.C. Newman, Todd Barry, Rhett Miller, and many others. Each night is different. Full lineups with all JWH tour dates, below...