Entries tagged with: Teenage Fanclub
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Teenage Fanclub / Honeyblood / Saint Rich @ Pier 84 7/24/2014
I have never seen so many Big Star t-shirts in one place in my life. It makes sense, of course, given the sonic debt Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub owe to Alex Chilton, but it was still funny to see so many people all with the same idea. (Also a lot of striped tees, including myself.) This was the band's first NYC show in four years, first show anywhere in two years, and only one of two US shows they're doing on this visit. The River Rocks show was a warm-up to this weekend's Merge 25 fest in Carrboro, NC and they all seemed in very good spirits. And sounded great as usual. With no album to plug, I was actually expecting a few more "hits" but TFC have always been a deep cuts kinda band. We did get "The Concept," "Sparky's Dream," "Ain't That Enough" and "Everything Flows" which ended the very lovely night. Setlist is below.
Fellow Glaswegians Honeyblood opened and seemed chuffed to be there. The duo -- Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Shona McVicar -- were a lot scrappier live than they are on their debut album which recently came out via FatCat. It's in the Best Coast vein, just a little more scuffed-up.
Opening the evening were Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich whose take on good-times Southern Rock sounded pretty good in the magic hour by the Hudson. At one point singer Christian Peslak tried to get the crowd lounging on the grass to come up closer to the stage but Steve Marion cut him off, "Just let 'em sit in the grass, dude!" Saint Rich are definitely grass music.
The final River Rocks show of the season happens August 7 with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires. More pics from last night's Teenage Fanclub show below...
by Bill Pearis
Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.
The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).
All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.
Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.
by Bill Pearis
Honeyblood are a duo from Glasgow, Scotland who've been around for about two years. Their first single, "Bud," came out last year and with their clear voices, strong melodies and twangy, reverby sound, comparisons to Best Coast followed. While they don't sound exactly like Bethany Cosatino's band, it's not that far off either. (Rilo Kiley is another common comparison.) The band's new single "Killer Bangs" came out this week via FatCat who will be releasing their debut album on July 15. (Pre-orders are available.) That record was actually made in America, with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) at his Tarquin Studios in Connecticut last November. Stream a couple tracks below.
The duo just played The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England last weekend and just started a UK tour with Courtney Barnett (who will be here for Northside). Honeyblood will be over for a few North American shows too. Here in NYC, they've been added to Teenage Fanclub's show at Hudson River Rocks on July 24. Saint Rich have also been added to that outdoor show, which is free and open to the public.
All Honeyblood tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below...
Temples @ Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Hudson River Park's River Rocks returns to Pier 84 this summer for three Thursdays of free outdoor shows. The 2014 lineup leans decidedly Anglophilic: Wild Beasts (who were in NYC not that long ago) and Mutual Benefit will play on July 10; then it's Scotland's Teenage Fanclub (on their way to Merge 25, their first NYC show in four years) will play on July 24; and then on August 7 it's UK psych-pop combo Temples. Openers for the second two shows are still TBA. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.
Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.
That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.
Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.
Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...
The New Mendicants -- aka Joe Pernice and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake -- released their debut album, Into the Lime, earlier this year. Take a listen via Rdio, and you can also hear it live if you're going to be near the Northeast this spring, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 1. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/12) at noon.
All dates and a stream of Into the Lime's "Shouting Match" lie after the jump...
by Bill Pearis
Pernice and Blake
The New Mendicants, the new-ish project from non-Canadians living in Toronto Joe Pernice and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), have just announced that their debut album, Lime, will be out on January 28 via Blake and Pernice's new label, XPT Records. If you like the lush, harmon-laden guitar pop that both The Pernice Brothers and Teenage Fanclub are known for, you're gonna like this too, and know pretty much what you're getting already. You can stream "Sarasota" from the album below.
While you wait for the album, The New Mendicants have a holiday 7" out now and you can stream the A-side, "A Very Sorry Christmas," below. The New Mendicants will be touring the UK and Ireland in the new year. No North American dates yet, but Joe will be out with Wesley Stace in January, and will be playing NYC solo at Rockwood Music Hall on 1/10 (tickets).
In other news, Joe tells us that a new Pernice Brothers album is on the way as well, which will be titled either Spread the Feeling or It's a Long Way Up. Look for that later in 2014.
Streams and New Mendicants album art, below...
by Bill Pearis
Joe Pernice and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake both call Toronto home these days and, what with their similar musical styles, have joined forces under the name The New Mendicants. They have recorded a 6-song EP for their upcoming Australian tour which includes three new songs, "covers" of Pernice/Blake songs as well as their take on INXS' "This Time" which you can stream below. The EP (cover art above) is being made available for non-Australians via the Pernice Brothers webstore. An album, titled The Book of Norman, is due out sometime in the near future.
In other news, Joe Pernice's '90s era country-ish band The Scud Mountain Boys (whose 1996 album, Massachusetts, for Sub Pop is a classic), have recorded a new album that is due out at some point this year. He's promising a new Pernice Brothers album too, though details on that are hazy at best. In the meantime, The Pernice Brothers' genuinely fantastic 2001 album, The World Won't End, recently saw its first-ever vinyl release which is well worth picking up. You can stream it below via Spotify.
New Mendicants stream and Australian tour dates are below.
"Big Star's third album, Third/Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album was never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations. That changed in December 2010, when an all-star band unearthed the original scores, assembled an orchestra and performed Big Star's Third at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Performers that night included Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (the dB's) - the creative genesis they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert in New York City.BIG STAR THIRD is happening at Baruch Performing Arts Center (at Baruch College) in Mason Hall (17 Lexington) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Tickets are on presale now (password: Alex), and going on general sale Thursday at noon. More details with the lineup listed out, below...
On March 26th, a mind-boggling array of indie rock all-stars will gather to perform Big Star's Third at Mason Hall. Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Tift Merritt, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Will Rigby (the dB's), Matthew Sweet, Chris Stamey (the dB's), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and M. Ward (She & Him) will be joined by The Lost in the Trees Orchestra with Jane Scarpantoni, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Sidney Dixon and Matt McMichaels to recreate the original scores and breathe life into a bittersweet album that has impacted generations of musicians. Some very special guests will be announced in the days to come. As the evening unfolds, Chilton and Stephen's musical ideas that were far ahead of their time 35 years ago will resonate in the hands of a collective of sympathetic, top-notch musicians. "We have been trying to create a concert piece that can have a life in years to come, trying to keep the spirit of the music and make it come across with the right emotions live," Stamey told Indy Week. "There's something about this record that connects with my generation, and apparently many generations."
The assemblage will perform Third/Sister Lovers in its entirety - fans can expect additional Big Star and Chris Bell songs as well. "It's easier as time passes to revisit that album because it came out of such a dark period," Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told the Raleigh News and Observer. "There were brilliant moments in the studio, especially Carl Marsh's string arrangements, which really take it to a whole other world. But it could be emotionally difficult to watch certain things happen. I was so close to it at the time that I could not see what it was.""
by Bill Pearis
What do you get when you mix Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (ex-Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) together? A honey-voiced indie rock Reese's Cup called Jonny. Their two bands toured together in the '90s and have worked together since -- on Soft Machine singer Kevin Ayer's 2007 album, The Unfairground, and Childs played and sang on Teenage Fanclub's "Baby Lee" from last year's Shadows album.
The album's artwork, an image Blake found on a friend's website, inspired the duo's name. Musically, if you're familiar with Blake and Child's work previously you know what to expect -- harmony rich pop with a more than dash of psychedelia. The record's 13 songs were made with the help of TFC's Dave MCGowan on bass and ex-BMX Bandit Stuart McKidd on drums. Vocally, it's a little more Childs than Blake, though the latter shines on "Circling the Sun," and "The Goodnight" and the two together make for perfect pop on single "Candyfloss," the charming video for which is below.
The Jonny album is out digitally Feb 1 and physically April 12 on Merge. While you wait, you can download the duo's self-explanatory Free EP, four non-LP songs including a cover of "Michel Angelo" by cult Liverpool psych band The 23rd Turnoff. Jonny are touring Europe through March with a promised visit to North America sometime after that.
If that's not enough Euros Childs for you, he also just released a new solo album, Face Dripping, which you can download for free from the link above. It's definitely on the experimental side and not the lovely pop sounds you may associate with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci or his previous solo work like 2008's lovely Cheer Gone. You can also download Son of a Euro Child which was previously given away at the 2009 End of the Road Festival.
The "Candyfloss" video, plus European tour dates for our international readers, and album art and tracklist, are after the jump.
"Belle & Sebastian have good luck with weather, actually," remarked Stuart Murdoch three song's into his band's set on the Williamsburg Waterfront. "We've got God on our side." Murdoch was being cheeky but we were all praying -- or crossing our fingers -- that Tropical Storm Nicole would hold off long enough to let Belle & Sebastian make it through their show. The heavens never opened up, making for sticky but a highly enjoyable evening with one of the most genuinely charming bands on the planet.
This is a far different band than the one that shyly made their shambolic American debut at the Angel Orensanz Center at CMJ 1997. Belle and Sebastian know how to do big outdoor shows right, and Murdoch has turned into the kind of funny, charismatic frontman who has the crowd eating out of his hand the entire time. He joked about the percentage of dudes in the audience ("if it gets above 60% I quit"), and threw out autographed footballs to kids in the audience. "That last pass was from something we call 'rugby' which is superior to your American football."
Murdoch also invited some audience members onstage to clap for "There's Too Much Love" and "The Boy with the Arab Strap," including one dude who took the opportunity to unleash his inner Jarvis/Morrissey, clearly loving the spotlight. I think the Secret Service woulda flagged the guy as a threat; here Murdoch just laughed and let him dance and shake the tambourine. He also gave them all medals. "It's like the Indie Olympics!"
The 20-song set was a nice mix of old favorites with only four from the band's forthcoming Write About Love. There was a string section, which had me hoping we might get "Waking Up to Us" which didn't happen, but we did get the Tigermilk gem "We Rule the School," b-side "The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner," "The Boy with the Arab Strap" and four songs from If You're Feeling Sinister.
There was also "Step Into My Office Baby" (which I think the whole crowd thought was going to be "White Collar Boy" at first), the Thin Lizzy-esque "I'm a Cuckoo" and "Piazza, New York Catcher" from Dear Catastrophe Waitress and "Another Sunny Day" and "Sukie in the Graveyard" from The Life Pursuit. (I still haven't heard them do "The Blues are Still Blue.") Stevie Jackson's sole number of the night was Write About Love's "I'm Not Living in the Real World" which he enlisted the crowd's help for the "o0h ooh" chorus.
With the threat of rain, some bands might be antsy but the band never seemed to pay it any mind. By midset, I don't think the audience did either. It was a bad night for hair, but a great one for memorable shows. If you'd told me in January that two of my favorite concerts would be big outdoor productions I'd have scoffed. But between Pavement last week and Belle & Sebastian last night, I find it hard to believe anything will top them.
I missed most of opener Teenage Fanclub's set -- got there in time to hear "Sparky's Dream" and "The Concept" -- but I'd seen play a killer set earlier in the week at Bowery Ballroom. It didn't seem like the Sound Gods were doing them any favors, their signature harmonies muffled in the wind and humidity.
Setlists for Belle and Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub, plus lots more pictures below...
After an opening set by Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian played a rain-free, two hour set at the outdoor venue known as Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn last night (9/30). A full review with pictures is coming soon, but in the meantime check out some Big Ass Lens video of the two-song encore, and a blurry picture of the setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
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Didn't the weeks leading up to CMJ used to be a little calmer? I feel like we're just going to be pile-driving into that week (Oct 19 -21) with show after worthwhile show. This week / weekend too. Even with Matador 21 and Pop Montreal siphoning lots of big names, this is one of the more more exciting weekends for shows in a long while. For me at least.
Let's start this week with a contest. As previously mentioned, BV/TWII faves Casiokids play Sunday (10/3) night at Glasslands and we've got a pair of tickets to the show plus a copy of the band's CD, Topp stemning på lokal bar, for one lucky person. To enter, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Casiokids" and we'll pick a winner at random. Please note that Glasslands is a 21+ venue.
If you've never seen these Norwegians before, they're a lot of fun and Glasslands should be conducive to their low tech brand of dancepop. Also on the bill: Brahms, Bikini and VonChina. All Casiokids dates below.
What else? San Francisco's Film School are in town, playing Glasslands on Thursday (9/30) and Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/1). Both shows are with like-minded New Yorkers The Depreciation Guild with whom they're going on tour. Film School have been doing the dark shoegazy thing since the start of the '00s, back when that sound was fairly unfashionable. But these days the '90s are hot so it's good timing that Film School have released maybe their best album yet, Fission.
I found 2007's Hideout to be murky and meandering, but the band seem really focused this time out. There are still the moody basslines and effects-heavy guitars, but the songs great this time out, and the production feels modern and bright. Some rays of light are peeking through their normally cloudy sound -- hell, their new single is called "Sunny Day." (You can watch the video below.) That song features lead vocals from bassist Lorelei Plotczyk, whose frequent presence behind the mic is one of the reasons Fission works so much better than Hideout. You can download "Heart Full of Pentagons" at the top of this post.
The Glasslands show also has Brooklyn duo Home Video who have been kicking around for half a decade or so and are set to release their second album, The Automatic Process, on November. Download first single "The Smoke" at the top of this post. I don't think I've seen them play live since they opened for Fujiya & Miyagi at Mercury Lounge back in 2006 but I remember thinking they were pretty good. And the new album sounds alright after a couple listens -- synthpop that seems equally inspired by Vince Clark and Thom Yorke.
While we're in San Francisco, a reminder that Sonny and the Sunsets and Kelley Stoltz will be here this weekend: Mercury Lounge on Thursday(9/30) and Union Hall on Friday (10/1). Both shows are early ones, especially the Merc show which starts at 7PM. If you like '60s inspired pop at it's finest, do yourself a favor and go see this great double bill.
Stoltz is a charismatic performer, prone to anecdotes, occasional props and obscure impressions. Do pick up is terrific new album, To Dreamers, when it comes out in two weeks. And I'm really looking forward to seeing Sonny and the Sunsets (of which Stoltz is a member) for the first time. Their new album is great. Check out tracks from both of them at the top of this post.
Sub Pop just released a short film on the making of Stoltz new record, To Dreamers, made by the Yours Truly folks, which shows off his literal DIY approach to analog recording. It's funny and charming, just like Stoltz. Watch it further down this very post.
If you're not going to Pop Montreal this weekend, you can get a taste of Canada here in New York as Born Ruffians and Winter Gloves are here playing the Knitting Factory on Friday (10/1) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/2). Born Ruffians are a fine band but have been covered many times here and have been through town many times before. So I'm gonna focus on their touring mates Winter Gloves. The Montrealers schedule and cancel NYC gigs with frequency so now's your chance to see them.
I caught them at M for Montreal in 2008 and they were one of the highlights of that weekend, kind of a slinkier, funkier Tokyo Police Club. Their new album All Red is a lot of fun and they are definitely worth seeing. (They're quite popular in MTL.) Download "Plastic Slides" from the new album at the top of this post.
The show I'm most excited about this weekend is Foals who play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (10/1) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (10/2). Both shows are sold out unfortunately, but tickets being released day-of-show isn't an uncommon occurrence.
Foals' new album, Total Life Forever, is one of my contenders for Album of the Year which is not something I was really expecting before I heard it. Where their first album, Antidotes, was all mathy angularity, Total Life Forever has...um... soul? There's also a Big '80s Trevor Horn vibe going on -- the drums on single "Miami" seem to be lifted from Yes' 90125 LP. (Or maybe The Power Station.) It's funky and genuinely danceable, with a lot of heart. Foals used to be easy to like hard to love. Not so hard this time out.
Foals have always been good live, full of nervous energy -- they're the only band I've ever seen puke onstage -- and can't wait to see them with such stronger material. I can't wait for Saturday.
If you're going to the Bowery show on Friday, definitely get there in time to see openers Esben & the Witch who just signed to Matador and are a bit like Zola Jesus but more interesting to watch live. Their guitarist has the most pedals I've ever seen not counting The Edge. They were pretty good at Glasslands last week.
And finally, El Guincho returns to NYC this week for a string of shows that began last night at Mercury Lounge. He plays Santos tonight (9/29), a free show at Zebulon on Thursday (9/30) and a late night show at Cameo on Friday (10/1). When I saw him play two years ago at Mercury Lounge opening for Cut Copy it was just Pablo Díaz-Reixa and his sampler, but this time El Guincho is a trio which should make things a lot more interesting and fun.
El Guincho's new album, Pop Negro, eschews the dreamlike haze of his debut (which was a real precursor to the chillwave invasion) for more straight up dance pop that is definitely not low-fi. In his own words:
It's a pop album sung in Spanish. Tracks are based on big syncopated beats, loud kick drums, snares and claps on a very wide stereo image full of different synthesizer timbres, subdivided hi-hats, funk bass, line recorded guitars and multi tracked backing vocals. Production is based on hi-fi aesthetics from the golden era of recordings...the main sentiment is a sort of nostalgic love for the music that I heard on FM radio as a kid/teenager, that "promise" that music gives you, not eternal/eternity because pop music is not supposed to be like that, but that thing you feel when you're on a car with your friends or family and you listen to a certain hit and it makes you think you want to be inside of that. I wanted to write something based on that. Not plain hits, but a whole album that makes you feel that thing, arrangements that can take your mind that state if you know what I mean.You can download two tracks off Pop Negro at the top of this post.
That's gonna do it for this week. A few daily picks not covered above follow:
Best Coast swing through town again, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (and MHoW tomorrow). Summer may be over, but Bethany's songs of love and weed still sound good.
If you didn't get enough '90s nostalgia last week with Pavement, former indie rock power couple Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando (they did date, right?)perform together as Jullianna & Evan. Julianna has intimated she might retire from live shows in the near future, this seems like a good way to see her one last time. They play Thursday too. Both shows are sold out, natch.
THURSDAY, September 30
The forecast is calling for "rain from Tropical Rainstorm" which might put a damper on the night's biggest show, Belle & Sebastian, who play the Williamsburg Waterfront with fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub. A light sprinkle would be fine...B&S' music has always been sort of rainy day music anyway. If you ponyed up the dough for a ticket, do get there early for Teenage Fanclub who were phenomenal at Bowery Ballroom last night. Big hooks, bigger harmonies, positive vibes. Video of them playing Jimmy Fallon is at the bottom of this post.
FRIDAY, October 1
Pennsylvania dream pop band SOARS play Glasslands. Haven't seen them live, but if you're a fan of Slowdive or bands that sound kind of like that, you might want to check them out.
SATURDAY, October 2
Union Hall has a totally weird lineup tonight. Headlining is synthpop act Neighbors, with Year of the Tiger (kind of a more tuneful, less abrasive Sleigh Bells). So far so normal. But opening is Sky Ferreira, who has appeared in Uffie videos and is, if her Myspace is any indication, being bred as a Pop Star. Expect lots of old guys in suits at the show, at least till she finishes her set.
OK that's really it for this week. Tour dates, videos and flyers are below...
by Bill Pearis
Like veteran indie bands from Glasgow? Want to see them live for free? Read on.
If the $50 price tag of this Thursday's (9/30) Belle and Sebastian show with Teenage Fanclub at the Williamsburg Waterfront has been scaring you off, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details below.
We're also giving away THREE pairs of tickets to tomorrow night's (9/28) Teenage Fanclub/The Clean show at Bowery Ballroom. Details below.
Wait there's more. We're also giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see The Vaselines on October 6 at Webster Hall. Details below.
The waterfront show on Thursday is the kickoff to Belle and Sebastian's tour. Fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub are opening. Tickets are still available. Let's hope the current rainy forceast changes by then. The band also performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (9/29) night. After the Waterfront show, the band head's to Las Vegas for this weekend's Matador 21 extravaganza, make a short detour into Mexico, and will then backtrack east across North America.
The band's eighth album, Write About Love, will be out October 12 and is Belle & Sebastian's first in nearly five years. A decade and a half into their career, you pretty much know what to expect from Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson and the rest of the band, but since 2001's Dear Catastrophe Waitress the group's quality control has been pretty high. (2006's The Life Pursuit was especially good I thought.) Write About Love is another lovely record in the band's cannon. The vinyl comes with a bonus 7" containing two songs not on the album.
There are a couple of surprising guest vocalists. Carey Mulligan, Oscar-nominated star of An Education, sings on the album's title track (which you can download for free via a widget at the bottom of this post), and Norah Jones features on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John."
The band have taken some interesting routes promoting the new album. Earlier this year they encouraged fans to take pictures with the album's title incorporated into the shot, creating a Flickr pool for the project. Murdoch included his favorites in an entertaining half-hour "television" program (not sure if it aired anywhere but online) that is a mix of live performance, audience Q&A, and a discussion of the current state of the music industry. In a cute, charming way, of course. You can watch it below.
It is also worth noting that Belle and Sebastian have some really impressive openers along the way, including The Vaselines (Mexico dates), Versus in Washington D.C., Dean & Britta doing the Galaxie 500 thing in Boston, and Trashcan Sinatras in Seattle. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Teenage Fanclub, who open the Waterfront show, have two headlining shows of their own -- tonight (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) -- at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available for both (click the links). Tomorrow's show is the more desirable of the two, with New Zealand indie rock legends The Clean as co-headliners. Merge labelmates The Radar Brother open both shows other dates on the tour.
If you somehow got this far into this post without reading it, we're giving away tickets to the show tomorrow with the Clean. See details below.
Teenage Fanclub's new album on Merge, Shadows, is the band's seventh. Like what I said about Belle and Sebastian above, you know what you're getting with a new TFC album at this point (midtempo, harmony-laden guitar pop indebted to Big Star and The Byrds) but the band has remained amazingly consistent during their 20-year history. It doesn't hurt that they have three very good songwriters in the band. (Though we can all agree Gerry Love is the best, right? No? Your mileage may vary.) You can stream the whole thing over at Merge's website. And they have always been good live, funny too.
Teenage Fanclub's North American tour with The Radar Brothers takes them across the continent, ending in Vancouver on October 16. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
One of the TFC dates is opening for The Vaselines in DC on Saturday (10/2). That's where the Vaselines are launching their own North American tour. Will there be any musicians over the age of 37 actually in Glasgow next week? The Vaselines tour hits NYC next week when they play Webster Hall on Wednesday, October 6 with openers Jeffrey Lewis and Crystal Stilts. If you haven't heard The Vaselines' new album Sex with an Ex, it picks right up where the band left off 20 years ago: smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. And still genuinely great live.
All tour dates for Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines are below, along with videos, contest details, widgets and whatnot.
The Clean at Cake Shop in 2007 (more here)
The Clean will hop on the bill of the recently added Teenage Fanclub show (their third in NYC overall) with Radar Brothers at Bowery Ballroom on 9/28 (tickets). Tickets are also still available for TFC's appearance with Belle & Sebastian on 9/30 AND their first Bowery show (without The Clean) on 9/27 at Bowery.
The show is one of two NYC area shows of the five scheduled in the US so far (Chicago, two on the west coast), as the band will also play Maxwell's on 9/29 (tickets). Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo) and Italy's Vermillion Sands (who also play Knitting Factory and Cake Shop while they're here) will support the band at that WFMU-presented NJ date.
The Clean released their LP Mister Pop last year on Merge Records. Full tour dates and some video is below.
"To celebrate the upcoming joint tour dates featuring Teenage Fanclub and Radar Brothers, we are having a sale! For a limited-time, get a bundle of Teenage Fanclub's Shadows and Radar Brothers' The Illustrated Garden on CD for only $21.98 with free domestic shipping!Though tickets are still available for for the Belle & Sebastian/Teenage Fanclub show at Williamsburg Waterfront on September 30th, and for the Teenage Fanclub/Radar Brothers show happening at Bowery Ballroom on September 27th, TF/RB have added another NYC show to their tour. It's happening September 28th at Bowery Ballroom and it's on sale now.
While most bands are lucky to have one great songwriter, Teenage Fanclub are blessed with three, hence Shadows is overflowing with the kind of gorgeous, harmony-driven classics you'd expect to find on a greatest hits album.
The Illustrated Garden is the punchiest, most lyrically direct set of songs Radar Brothers' has released to date. The songs are unmistakably Radar Brothers, but the Treichel/Hussey rhythm section often pushes them in unexpected directions." [Merge Records]
Teenage Fanclub will also appear on Fallon while they're here. All dates below..
Teenage Fanclub have added another NYC show to their schedule. Tickets are still on sale for the show they open for Belle & Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront on September 30th, and tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the one they'll headline themselves at Bowery Ballroom three days earlier. All dates and some videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee (MP3)
"Dogged adherents of the "if it ain't broke" philosophy of music, the Glaswegian quartet have been plying their own brand of harmony-laden guitar pop for two decades and little changes here. Pedestrian? Yes. Derivative? Certainly. But an alchemy exists within the band allowing them to find something newly life-affirming in the most well-worn elements of their Byrds-indebted sound. Current single "Baby Lee" might be twee but boasts a melody so sunny it could persuade grown men to skip down the street. And among this record's bittersweet pleasures, drowsy closer "Today Never Ends" is porch music of a timeless kind." [Guardian]Teenage Fanclub's new album, Shadows, was just released overseas in Europe (where they're touring at the moment in support of it). Merge Records puts the album out in the U.S., on June 8th (the last day of their UK tour). Download "Baby Lee" for free above.
In July and August, Teenage Fanclub will play some European festivals. In December they play the Belle & Sebastian-curated "Bowlie 2" ATP in Minehead. Before that they join their fellow Scots for a show in Brooklyn (and maybe a TBA tour?).
Anonymous pointed out that Matador is hosting their 21st anniversary festival in Las Vegas from October 1-3. That makes it seem very likely that Belle & Sebastian will play that too while they're visiting. Las Vegas Weekly reports...
...the host venue appears to be the Pearl at the Palms, according to a source with inside knowledge. And, yes, Pavement is set to headline, a figure close to the band has confirmed; the just-reunited '90s alt-luminaries play LA's Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 30, and will perform in Vegas that weekend... Oh, also on that Hollywood Bowl bill? The legendary Sonic Youth, whose latest album, 2009's The Eternal, was released by, ahem, Matador Records. Hmm...Teenage Fanclub's album tracklist and dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Breeders at McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)
All Tomorrow's Parties recently announced another UK festival, this time curated by The Breeders and taking place May 15-17 2009 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead, England. 40+ bands will play the festival including The Breeders as well as Throwing Muses, Bon Iver, Teenage Fanclub, and Holy Fuck. Tickets are on sale.
The Breeders festival, also know as "ATP UK Weekend 2", comes, believe it or not, one weekend after "ATP UK Weekend 1" which is the ATP that Sleep are reuniting for (and which is also known as "The Fans Strike Back").
ATP is also coming back to NY in 2009. All Breeders tour dates below....