Entries tagged with: Tashaki Miyaki
We're a month out from Allah-Las' second album, Worship the Sun, which is out September 16 via Innovative Leisure. You can check out a couple new tracks from the LP -- "Buffalo Nickel" and the video for "No Werewolf" -- below.
With the summer almost over, Allah-Las will be on tour for most of the fall, much of which will be with Tashaki Miyaki (who were just in town). That includes a stop in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24 and wraps up in San Francisco on New Year's Eve. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with the general on-sale beginning Friday (8/22) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with track streams, below..
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tiny Ruins / Tashaki Miyaki / Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right 8/10/2013
Both New Zealand folk act Tiny Ruins and LA's hazy Tashaki Miyaki were in NYC for a few shows last weekend, crashing into one another's paths at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10). It was an especially well-chose lineup, with Brooklyn's Belle Mare and the always-magical Weyes Blood on the bill as well, making for a lovely Sunday evening coming down. Pictures from the night are in this post.
photos by Chris La Putt
Indie pop infusion filled the garden at MoMA last night as Los Angeles-based Tashaki Miyaki took the stage as part of the MoMA Nights series that continues through the end of the August. Families, older couples, twenty-somethings, art-types, music lovers and everyone in between came to support the trio's lilting, spacey folk-pop in the beautiful enclosure that flanks MoMA's galleries. While there were no waves of dancing or swaying sing-alongs, you could tell the audience was paying attention. Plus, it gave Tashaki Miyaki the honor of standing alone as a piece of art, among the other modern art greats. With no openers, the night was truly Tashaki Miyaki's, and those who stayed for the entire set were not disappointed. [CMJ]Like Ex Hex before them, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki played the ongoing MoMA Nights series last night (August 7). Their dreamy, Mazzy Star-influenced pop was a great fit for the arty outdoor space at MoMA, and in addition to their own stuff, they threw in a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Pictures of the show are in this post.
Tashaki Miyaki are in NYC for the weekend, playing a couple more shows. They'll be at The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/9) with Dinowalrus, Honey Wild, and Turnip King (tickets), and then they'll be at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Weyes Blood, and Belle Mare (tickets).
More pictures from MoMA, below...
by Andrew Sacher
When you talk about Weyes Blood it's hard not to talk about her powerhouse vocals, and those come across loud and clear on "Hang On," the first single from her upcoming album, The Innocents, due out October 21 via Mexican Summer. There's higher production here than on its psychedelic predecessor, 2011's The Outside Room for Not Not Fun, but it's not like those psych elements are lost entirely or anything. Check it out for yourself below.
Weyes Blood will be touring with Sun Araw in September, but before she leaves home she's got two Brooklyn shows, both at Baby's All Right. First, she plays there this Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Tashaki Miyaki and Belle Mare (tickets). Then on August 22 she returns to open for Kevin Morby and Steve Gunn (who are touring together) with American primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman on the bill as well (tickets).
All of her dates are listed, with the new song stream and LP tracklist, below...
Shannon & the Clams will be visiting NYC in September, where they'll play three shows: Union Pool on 9/9 with Las Rosas, then Death by Audio on 9/11 (openers TBA), and Palisades on 9/12 with Las Rosas again and more TBA. Tickets for both Union Pool and Palisades are on sale now.
Before that, Shannon & the Clams will be playing the Burger A-Go-Go festival in Santa Ana, CA with Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, The Muffs, Peach Kelli Pop, The Coathangers and lots more. Tickets are on sale. Burger sure does love to throw big shows, like the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, CA last week. Video of Shannon & the Clams playing that, plus the current line-up for the Burger A-Go-Go, and the list of all of Shannon's dates, below.
As mentioned, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki will be in NYC next month for MoMA Nights on August 7. That show is free with museum entry. In addition to that, the band will be playing a couple of other shows while here: The Studio at Webster Hall on August 9 with Dinowalrus, Honey Wild, and Turnip King (tickets); and then August 10 at Baby's All Right with Weyes Blood, Belle Mare and headliners Tiny Ruins (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Takashi Miyaki released a new single back in February with two new tracks and not too long ago put up another new song on their Soundcloud. The band don't stray too far from their lazy day VU/Mazzy Star vibe, but they do it well. Stream those new songs below.
La Luz @ Red 7 in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
The Museum of Modern Art's summer concert series "MoMA Nights" returns in 2014 every Thursday night in July and August in the museum's Sculpture Garden, featuring such acts as Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction, La Luz, Thao Nguyen, Tashaki Miyaki, Frankie Cosmos and more. The series kicks off July 3 with Au Revoir Simone. The MoMA Nights shows are from 5:30 PM - 8 PM and are free with museum admission.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Fear of Men special edition LP, Kanine Records announced their other Record Store Day 2014 releases today as well. One of them is a compilation called Non Violent Femmes, which culls tracks from some of today's more promising female-fronted bands from around the globe (well, America, UK, and NZ): Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Tashaki Miyaki, Is/Is, Beverly, TEEN (who just played Baby's All Right), Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, and Beaches. Ten of the 11 tracks are exclusive to the release.
And in a related vibe -- and this is cool -- Kanine will be reissuing Elastica's eponymous 1995 debut on vinyl for RSD. While they never managed to do much after, Elastica is packed with great songs -- "Connection," "Stutter," "Car Song," "Annie," "Line-Up," "Vaseline" -- and a true '90s classic.
Kanine is also releasing an alternate version of Surfer Blood's 2013 album Pythons, one that, apparently, Warner Brothers rejected for being too "punky."
Record Store Day happens in brick-and-mortar shops all around the globe on Saturday, April 19. Speedy Ortiz play free shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, and Infinity Girl; and Other Music on 2/10. They're also streaming their new EP, Real Hair, which you can listen to on Pitchfork.
Check out a few Elastica videos below...
Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.
Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...
It's been a while since we heard from dreamy LA trio Tashaki Miyaki (around CMJ 2012 to be specific) and while the band have been working on their debut album, they collected odds-n-ends for a cassette EP on Burger Records which does contain the lovely new song "Keep Me in Mind." The cassette is now sold out but you can still get it digitally and it's streamable below.
In the meantime, Tashaki Miyaki will be visiting NYC soon for two shows. They'll play Glasslands on August 20, which is also a release party for Ski Lodge's debut album, and also features See Through and Kip from TPOBPAH on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.
Then they'll play Pianos on August 21 with The Canon Logic, Monogold and Modern Rivals. Tickets are one sale for this one too. All upcoming Tashaki Miyaki dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below.
The Orwells, free tattoos & Kitty Pryde @ Public Assembly - 10/20/2012
The second free 2012 BrooklynVegan not-CMJ party went down on Saturday (10/20) at Public Assembly after our Friday party, which happened at the same venue the day earlier. We already talked about how great Miguel was, and posted pics of Caveman, Ratking and Sinkane, but the day was packed with ten other of our great artists, all of who you can see pictures of in this post.
It was the Saturday morning of CMJ, so if you were there when doors opened at noon, you were probably stumbling in hungover from the night before (unless of course, you had copped yourself some of the Mercy hangover prevention drink at our Friday party). But young Chicago-suburb punks The Orwells did a fine job of waking everyone up, including those who were camped at the door to be first in line for the free tattoos we gave out for six hours straight. As the tatto guns started buzzing, the Orwells were blasting the early but nice-sized crowd with their raunchy garage punk led by frontman Mario Cuomo's unforgiving Iggy Pop-style stage presence. Meanwhile, New Zealand psych pop project Opossum were warming up the rest of the party attendees in the back room.
Energy levels stayed high in the front room as Hunters followed, and the back room were treated to dreamier sounds by LA's Tashaki Miyaki. Then came sets by the funky Sinkane, the great, orchestral Choir of Young Believers, a strong set by indie pop band Eternal Summers, and a more than charming one by Kitty Pryde. Kitty, who spent part of her set in the crowd, was the first of four rappers in the back room, with her set followed by Ratking, Cities Aviv, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who went on after watching Miguel from the front row on the other stage) (Miguel returned the favor). And the front room was wrapped up by Hundred Waters, one of this year's buzzed about bands at CMJ, whose set we reviewed from the night earlier, and then Miguel and Caveman.
Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty.
More pictures from the Saturday party are below.
We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Saturday looks like...
BrooklynVegan SATURDAY DAY PARTY - 10/20/2012
STAGE 1 (front room)Like Friday, there is about 15 artists in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. Unlike Friday, we will also be giving out FREE TATTOOS on Saturday.
12:00 The Orwells
01:45 Sinkane (DFA)
02:30 Eternal Summers
03:15 Hundred Waters
Like Friday, show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. you can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars.
Pop up tattoo shop flyer and some videos below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Rufus the cat getting good use out of CMJ badge (via @robotsvsghosts)
Oh hey, it's CMJ time again (Wednesday to be exact). Here's a little recap of what BrooklynVegan did on Tuesday (10/17) night with some you-are-there type Instagrams. (Follow along in real time with @Brooklynvegan on Instagram or @BVpics and @bvCMJ on Twitter.) Here we go...
Ghost Wave @ Le Poisson Rouge
I was a little thrown off Tuesday as my original plan revolved around seeing French acts Bertrand Burgalat and Juveniles at the Union Square Ballroom. When both canceled last-minute, I had zero plan. After picking up my badge (a breeze) at Judson Memorial Church, I headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for some of the New Zealand showcase that's become an annual CMJ kickoff event at the Village venue. I caught the latter half of Ghost Wave (horrible name, but pretty good classic Flying Nun-style indie) and stuck around for about half of Die! Die! Die! whose blitzkrieg punk was certainly fun to watch.
I then hoofed it over to the L.E.S. where fellow BV writer Andrew Sacher already was... (-Bill)
Indians @ The Living Room (via @llllbfgllll)
The ease of making a record by yourself in your bedroom has inspired countless artists to do so, resulting in a ton of filler, but every now and then some real gems pop up. If you're looking to find a new one of those gems at this year's CMJ, Copenhagen's Indians (aka Soren Lokke Juul) is a good place to start. He played his first CMJ show at Living Room last night (10/16) for a WFUV showcase, and though he didn't have the highest attendance (early Tuesday is tough), those who were there were attentive the whole show. Rather than hiding his voice behind reverb or distortion like many of his peers, Soren's voice is his strong point. He belted out every song while providing piano, acoustic guitar, drum loops, and ambient backing tracks. Even on his own everything was well put together, so when Soren begins playing with a full band (like the one in his 4AD Session video), it feels pretty safe to say it's gonna be great. You can catch Indians again tonight (10/17) at the Hype Machine party at Brooklyn Bowl and Thursday at Fader Fort.
Quilt @ Arlene's Grocery (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Boston's Quilt made their way over to NYC last night for their only CMJ show this year, the Easy Apple/Vinyl District/Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records showcase at Arlene's Grocery. The band have been in NYC a bunch of times (they called it their home away from last night) but I've somehow managed to miss them every time until last night, and glad I finally caught them. They filled the venue with trippy Haight-Ashbury vibes, and still managed to sound fresh despite their obvious lineage to an era which is almost half a century old. I guess I had assumed they'd be playing acoustic guitars, but they went strictly electric and still captured the delicate folkiness of the record -- plus it allowed them to throw in some noise freakouts. The band were charming on stage too, cracking tongue-in-cheek jokes about how Flea is no longer in their band, and they gave a shoutout to Bob Weir, who turned 65 yesterday and said he was on stage with them on spirit (which also came off as a joke, but to some extent, they weren't wrong).
If you haven't heard Quilt's self titled LP which came out in 2011 on Mexican Summer, you can stream it at bandcamp. They'll be back in NYC to open for The Fresh & Onlys on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. (-Andrew)
Back to Bill...
Foxygen @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
After seeing Quilt at Arlene's Grocery with Andrew, I walked over to Mercury Lounge (a trip Michael Cera needed a car for in Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist) for the showcase put on by our West Coast blog friends Aquarium Drunkard. Waiting in line to get in I met, Foxygen singer Sam France's two aunts and grandmother who were very, very proud of him. Not sure if they had an influence on me, but I thought Foxygen was the best thing I saw last night, a confident melange of late '60s / early '70s psych pop and glam that was exemplified by the closing number that seemed to merge "Under My Thumb" and "Suspicious Minds" into a new baby. France was a funny frontman too who seems to really enjoy the frontman role. Catch them at our day party on Friday.
Tashaki Miyaki @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki were up next. I enjoy their hazy sound (Mazzy Star-esque as noted before) but they were not completely on their game last night, though their laconic vibe is a tough follow to Foxygen's showmanship. I spent much of their set trying to figure out how leftie guitarist played his righthanded instrument upside down. (Some brains just work that way.) Still, current single "Best Friend" sounded pretty sweet, and they should be a nice soundtrack to the early afternoon of our Saturday day party at Public Assembly (where you can catch them again while getting a free tattoo).
BV photographer Amanda Hatfield (her cat Rufus is at the top of this post), who had been at Ben Gibbard's intimate HiFi show earlier in the evening, tried to get in to Mercury Lounge but found it sold out, or badged-out or both. Some venues adopt a one-in-one out policy during CMJ, others give you a stamp that allows you to get back in anytime and others have the old "no reentry" policy, though you don't see that so much in the 10 years since the smoking band came into effect. Whatever way, it pays to show up early to something you really want to see.
Orwells at Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
At midnight it was the NYC debut of Chicago's The Orwells whose album is out on Autumn Tone records (which is run by Justin of Aquarium Drunkard). All still in High School (or should be) and looked it too, they cranked out a hyper set of angst-fueled garage pop driven by wild-eyed frontman Mario Cuomo (not that one) who stalked the stage and generally went apeshit. In a well-worn Batman tee, he definitely brings the danger to The Orwells that otherwise look like someone's nice younger brothers. They were all clearly stoked to be playing New York City. They're playing many times this week, including an opening slot on our Saturday day party at Public Assembly.
Then I went to bed. It was only Tuesday, plenty of late nights to come. (-BIll)
What are you seeing tonight?
Savoir Adore played two CMJ shows last night, and one as part of the pre-CMJ Conflict of Interest party on Monday night at Rebel NYC. We missed all three, but check out a video from the Monday one, and a video of Spacehog playing "In the Meantime" at Rockwood Music Hall (true story), below...
Murals at Pianos, July 2012 (more by Eric Townsend)
Louisville's Murals are visiting NYC this week for CMJ and are certainly contenders for the Most Shows award, playing nine times between now and Saturday, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. Full line-up is still forthcoming but Murals play at 1 PM right before Deap Vally. If you haven't heard Murals's On a Passing Cloud LP, you can stream it below. The band were last here over the summer.
The band's run of shows begins tonight (10/15) with a Oh My Rockness Kickoff Party at Pianos, that also features Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps and Noxious Foxes. $8 at the door.
Other shows this week include Aquarium Drunkard's showcase at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (10/16, 8 PM) with Rafiq Bhatia, Tashaki Miyaki and more, and then Pianos upstairs shortly after (9:30 PM, free) that same night that also features Team Spirit, Slam Donahue and more.
On Thursday (10/18), Murals play two shows: Pianos (1:30 PM, free) for the I Guess I'm Floating day party with Chad Valley, Hundred Waters and more, then the Bird Dog/Golden Ratio party (6:45 PM, being relocated from Deliquency, venue TBD, free) with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe and more.
On Friday (10/19) in addition to our day party, they'll play Pianos/The Deli's official CMJ showcase (9:30) with Young Magic, Mac Demarco and more. Then two shows on Saturday (10/20): the Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos (3:30, free) with Savages, the Orwells and more; and finally Cake Shop that night (10 PM) with Francisco the Man, Field Mouse and more.
All Murals CMJ week dates are listed below, along with their album stream and show flyers.
Julia Holter at LPR in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Mamie Minch @ Barbes
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Chris Brown @ The Stone
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
* Hospitality, ARMS @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Giuda, Stalkers, Games @ Cake Shop
* Sinden, Roofeo, Turk Disco @ Le Bain
* Slow Club, Secret Cities @ Glasslands
* Zambri, The Suzan @ Mercury Lounge
* Moon Hooch, Cabinet @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Julia Haltigan, Rusty Belle @ Joe's Pub
* Double Dempster Dive Duo @ The Stone
* The Meatmen, Runny, Gentlemen @ Europa
* Rodriguez, Luba Dvorak @ Highline Ballroom
* Quilt, Hume, Andrew Cedermark @ Cameo Gallery
* Gramatik, Kid Koala, Paul Basic @ Webster Hall
* Birds and Batteries, Illumntr, Metz, Writer @ Pianos
* Kate Douglas and The Imaginary Menagerie @ Joe's Pub
* Avan Lava (DJ Set), Tiny Victories (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Plume Giant, Tall Tall Trees, The Black Swans @ Mercury Lounge
* Midnight Magic (DJ Set), Brooklyn Bass (DJ Set) @ Public Assembly
* Ferry Corsten, Gabriel & Dresden, Michael Woods @ Roseland Ballroom
* Julia Holter, Hundred Waters, Silent Drape Runners @ Bowery Ballroom
* Toxie, Big Troubles, Other Comfort, Kissing Is A Crime @ Death By Audio
* Zeds Dead, Netsky, Dynamite, 12th Planet, Araabmuzik @ Best Buy Theater
* Cinema Cinema, Diagnostics, Space Merchants, Holy Sweat @ The Grand Victory
* AM & Shawn Lee, Wishes & Thieves, Cold Blood Club @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* EULA, Life Size Maps, Caddywhompus, Milk Dick, I'm Turning Into @ Shea Stadium
* Perdition, Culo, School Jerks, Inservibles, Lecherous Gaze, Deformity @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Team Spirit, Island Twins, Weird Rivers, Beach Arabs, Turnip King, Sparxx @ 171 Lombardy
* Yacht (playing live yoga and film score), Jan Woo (DJ Set), Jay Simon (DJ Set) @ Body Actualized Center
Toronto's METZ, who recently signed to Sub Pop, play their first of two NYC shows tonight at Pianos; and right down the street at Cake Shop you can catch Italian glam punks Giuda. You might be able to hit both.
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!
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Tashaki Miyaki made another gorgeous video, this time for their song "Tonight." The clip, which owes more than a little to French new wave cinema, is watchable below.
photos by Don Gochenour; words by Bill Pearis
Tashaki Miyaki at Glasslands, 8/06/2012
The reach of The Velvet Underground is long and many limbed -- a sound so basic that it never really goes out of style, no matter how many bands ape it. As long as you do it well. Take Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki, who made their NYC debut last night at Glasslands, and put some magic hour West Coast rays on that iconic guitar chug, owing as much to David Roback's many bands (like Rain Parade and Mazzy Star) as Lou Reed.
The band only have about 10 songs to their name at this point, and we got most of the high points, including their terrific new single "Best Friend" and a cover of Guns n' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine." The latter has also been covered in a similar style by Luna but between the sweet female harmonies (drummer singer Lucy and bassist Dora) and no reliance on the song's signature riff (which Dean Wareham used) it still felt fresh. There are probably not many songs that wouldn't work VU-ized. Tashaki Miyaki definitely do it well and the crowd swayed gently throughout the set.
The band are still in town and will play Pianos tonight (8/7, 9PM) with Diego's Umbrella and Karikartura (tickets). If you haven't checked them out yet, song streams are at the bottom of this post along with more pictures from Takashi Miyaki's Glasslands set.
It was a strange bill Tashaki Miyaki were on last night. Dirty Fences preceded them and brought a sizable crowd with them. The Brooklynites play '70s-ish rock dipping three or four years either side of 1976, be it MC5 or The Damned, and have the sound down pat. They were good but definitely a 180 sonically from the headliners. Ex Cops were in the crowd last night -- now that would be a good double-bill.
Before that it was Boston's Dirty Dishes who seemed to leap straight from 1998 with their coo-to-a-caterwaul singer and sound that stayed just shy of alt-metal. (Not bad, but not my thing.) I only caught the last song of openers Sky Picnic who seemed to be going for 1968 acid rock, complete with headbands and white bell bottoms. New York on a Monday: sometimes it's about who can play, not who's most complimentary.
Photos of Dirty Fences and Dirty Dishes are below, along with more shots of Tashaki Miyaki.
by Bill Pearis
A couple out of town bands playing NYC in August have added dates while they're here. L.A.'s Tashaki Miyaki, who play Glasslands on August 6 (tickets still available), will now also play Pianos the following night (8/7). Sparking astral, post-Velvets vibes, their new single, "Best Friend," and it's lovely black-and-white video, are highly recommended. You can watch the video below along with updated tour dates.
Far more frantic are Sweden's Holograms who already announced a September 4 Mercury Lounge show (tickets still available) which has since turned into a full North American tour, including a new NYC date at 285 Kent on September 8. (Updated dates are listed below.) No other bands are on the 285 bill yet, but don't be suprised if the line-up's heavy on the Captured Trasks roster. Holograms debut album is out next week on C/T and is of the jagged, angsty post-punk variety that should appeal to folks who love the first two Echo & the Bunnymen albums or, more recently, Iceage (who play 285 Kent and LPR this month). Video for their single "ABC City" is below.
Updated tour dates for Takashi Miyaki and Holograms, are listed below, along with videos...
by Bill Pearis
Despite their name, Tashaki Miyaki are not Japanese. The Los Angeles duo's moniker comes from misremembering the name of filmmaker Takashi Miike, creator of such wince-inducing classics as Audition and Ichi the Killer. The band's music, though, is nowhere near as in-your-face as their name's inspiration. They've been called the "female Jesus & The Mary Chain" more than once, but a closer musical antecedent would be the Los Angeles' Paisley Underground scene of the mid-'80s and specifically the laid back, blissed-out vibes of David Roback's many bands (Rain Parade, Opal, Rainy Day, Mazzy Star).
After gaining attention from a cover of The Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do is Dream," Tashaki Miyaki released an EP of originals late last year, from which a pair of gorgeous black and white videos were made. (Watch them below.) A few other singles have been released since -- including a couple more Everly Brothers covers -- and the band will release "Best Friend" on August 6 via Luv Luv Luv Records. You can watch the video (another B&W stunner) below.
Also on August 6, Tashaki Miyaki will play a record release party at Glasslands, their first NYC show. It's with Dirty Dishes and tickets are on sale. The band's other upcoming shows at the moment are in the UK, Canada and their hometown of LA.
All Tashaki Miyaki tour dates are listed below, plus a variety of video and streams to check out as well.