Entries tagged with: The Antlers
Sonic Youth @ No Fun Fest 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
If both left you wanting more, you'll have your chance tonight (May 22nd)
First, Bill Nace, ie. the guy who wasn't Lee at NFF, will play the late set at The Stone tonight (10pm). Joining him will be Greg Kelley on trumpet and Jake Meginsky on percussion. Before that, the Stone's May curator, Grey Gersten, performs with tape-guy G. Lucas Crane and drummer Ryan Sawyer.
If you'd rather follow the The Eternal route (ie. you're sick of listening to the record in your home), Matador is hosting a listening party for the album tonight (5/22) at NYC's Envoy Gallery (131 Chrystie St.) It's free admission, capacity permitting, but RSVP is required. Flyer below.
After that party, there's also an invite-only after-party with LIVE music at Home Sweet Home, which will be closed to the public. Local bands will be playing Sonic Youth covers. Those local bands include The Antlers (who played Bowery Ballroom last night), Suckers (who have a lot of other shows coming up), Joan As Policewoman (who recently played with Iggy Pop), Tiny Masters of Today (who are playing Citysol this year), and The Homosexuals (who are now Bruno Wizard with Fiasco as his backing band according to someone that got to the Dan Deacon show last week early enough to see their unannounced set), AND "more are being confirmed" (for tonight's show). We have three pairs of tickets (guestlist spots) to give away for the afterparty. Info on how to win them, below...
SY played a free 4th of July show last summer in Battery Park (to be released as a bonus disc with some copies of the new record). That gig was within eyeshot of the Statue of Liberty and other iconic landmarks. This summer the band is playing a free show under St. Louis' famed Gateway Arch on July 17th as part of that city's Live on the Levee summer festival. It's just one of the many dates on Sonic Youth's summer North American tour, the openers for which were recently announced.
Listening party flyer and contest details below...
The Antlers @ Cake Shop (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Frenchkiss Records will be re-releasing a remastered version of Hospice, the
debut new album by NYC band The Antlers, on August 18th (and digitally on June 16th). That means they are now label-mates with Sean Bones WHO they are playing with (listed as "special guest") at The Delancey on May 20th (flyer below). One day later you can catch The Antlers with White Rabbits and Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom (you can also catch Cymbals Eat Guitars at the opening Rooftop Films party tonight). And you can catch the Antlers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 29th with Au Revoir Simone who they are then going out on tour with before meeting up with Cotton Jones for even more touring. All dates below...
White Rabbits @ NYU Strawberry Festival (more by Lauren Monaco)
Although we've probably mentioned it in other ways in other posts, the openers for the May 21st White Rabbits show at Bowery Ballroom are Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Antlers (it's a buzz bill @ bowery ballroom). Tickets are still on sale.
More tour dates HERE, and the band's new video for "Percussion Gun" below...
photos by Fresh Bread
I'm learning to embrace my inner hippie. Or at least accept it. Vetiver's new album, Tight Knit, is thick with the kind of sunny folk jams the West Coast is skilled at, minus the extended noodling that I still find mostly intollerable. Live, they can really play and sing, and it's hard not to be impressed, though starting their set with five or six extremely gentle numbers is no way to keep me interested at 10:30 on a Sunday night. "We're gonna pick it up in a minute," said singer Andy Cabic about four songs in. "But you guys are kinda quiet so we're gonna keep it mellow for a few more." They built steam over their set, but I do wish they'd thrown in something upbeat to jump-start the evening, like their Record Store Day single "Wishing Well,"The Antlers opened Sunday's NYC show (5/3).
Honestly, I was there mainly to see Portland's Papercuts, whose new album, You Can Have What You Want, is one of my favorites of 2009 so far. I'd heard bad thing about their live shows, which could make sense as the recordings are pretty much created by Jason Quever on his own. How does one recreate purely studio ideas live? Pretty well, turns out. The live four-piece recreated the songs pretty closely on-stage, and on songs like the new "Future Primitive" they really came alive. But even at their peppiest, Papercuts aren't the most exciting band. Some things remain better on your stereo. [Bill Pearis]
The Vetiver and Papercuts tour continues, and hits NYC again on Thursday (5/7) with a Brooklyn show at The Bell House with These United States (who are also playing Prospect Park this summer). Bell House tickets are still on sale.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
tonight in NYC
* Hoboken Fest?
* Railbird @ the Living Room
* Tribeca Film Festival
* Bamboozle 2009 @ Giants Stadium
* Tera Melos, Marnie Stern @ The Bell House
* Dark Was The Night @ Radio City Music Hall
* Vetiver, Papercuts, The Antlers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Look & Listen Festival @ Gary Snyder/Project Space
* Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday @ Madison Square Garden
* Tara Jane O'Neil, Mirah, Tall Firs, Air Waves @ Market Hotel
* Aziz Ansari, Jon Benjamin & other comedians @ Union Hall
* A Life Once Lost, Buried Inside, Rosetta, Wetnurse @ Public Assembly
* King Khan & The Shrines, Mark Sultan, Georgiana Starlington @ Santos Party House
* The Wild Yaks, Aa, Pterodactyl, Afuche, Lam, and DJs Drew Heffron & Clay Franklin @ 3rd Ward
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, The Morning Pages, Hey Champ, Miracles of Modern Science @ Mercury Lounge
A video of the Antlers playing outside, acoustic, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Cave Singers
Friends; we have finished our new record and it is currently kiting toward the pressing mill. We hope you are well, and finding life filled with a bit of love.The Cave Singers (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves) have a month-long April tour planned. That includes 2 NYC shows this week. On Wednesday, April 1st (TONIGHT), the band plays Union Hall in Brooklyn with Pepi Ginsberg (Tickets). Then, Thursday, April 2nd the Cave Singers play Mercury Lounge with Pepi Ginsberg (again), Phantogram, and Brooklyn's The Antlers (Tickets).
Album should be coming out on August 18th, yeah, I know, BBQ Time! Let's light it up and cut it up and steal our own cars of the future. Love is love.
Keep on keeping on. Cave Bros.
[Cave Singers' Myspace, March 25, 2009]
The Antlers' great new album called Hospice (pictured) is out now. Grab two tracks from that album for free at the top of this post.
Nearly all other dates on The Cave Singers' upcoming US tour are with Golden Boots and Dr. Dog (who'll be at the Clearwater Festival in June).
The Cave Singers' last record was its debut Invitation Songs, which came out on Matador in 2007. A video and all tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Tindersticks - "The Hungry Saw" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tindersticks - "Yesterday's Tomorrow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tindersticks - "The Other Side of the World" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paper - "Out of It Into It" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Week That Was - "Learn to Learn" (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Antlers - "Bear" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - "Two" (MP3)
The most exciting show of the week for me has to be the return of Tindersticks, who play the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (3/6). The band rarely tour the States, having last been here five years ago for their album Waiting for the Moon. In the interim, frontman Stuart Staples put out a solo album in 2005, fueling break-up rumors. It was more like break in half: the band lost three members, leaving Tindersticks as a trio comprised of Staples, guitarist Neil Fraser and percussionist/keyboardist David Boutler.
The three have been busy lately. Not only did they put out last year's very good The Hungry Saw, but just finished soundtrack work for Claire Denis' new film 35 rhums. (Tindersticks previously worked on Denis' 2001 film Trouble Every Day.) Despite the shrinking membership, Tindersticks sound just as dark, lush and cinematic as before on The Hungry Saw. Like Nick Cave, Tindersticks' seem to get better with age. For these North American shows, Tindersticks will be touring as a seven-piece, including the amazing-in-his-own-right Terry Edwards on brass.
The Week That Was
South by Southwest is only two weeks away, which means UK, European, and Canadian bands on their way there will start playing NYC shows soon. Next week is kind of insane, so in an effort to cover some of it early, I'll remind you again that The Week That Was play Mercury Lounge this Monday, March 9. Here's what I wrote a while back:
TWTW are one of the two splinter groups created when Sunderland, UK's Field Music decided to retire that moniker but still basically make music together. David Brewis released a phonetics-obsessed solo project under the name School of Language(which toured here last March). His brother Peter created The Week That Was, a concept album equally obsessed with (lyrically) The Media and (sonically) the Big '80s production style of Kate Bush and Trevor Horn. It's a brilliant album that made my Top Five of 2008. Both David Brewis and Field Music keyboardist Andrew Moore, plus about five others on percussion and strings. They'll only be a quartet at Mercury Lounge, but if they even come close to replicating the album's wall-of-sound, it will be worth attending.Tickets are still available and I highly suggest you do. Also on the bill: Boston's underrated Hallelujah the Hills, Philly's Arc in Round, and Brooklyn locals Monuments. The Week That Was are doing a few other dates around the U.S. as well as a few at SXSW and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
Backtracking a bit, the first of those three consecutive PAPER shows at Cake Shop start tonight (3/4). It's the Swedish band's first-ever U.S. gigs and they've already been here a few days, blogging about their adventures in the city, systematically cataloging their food intake, complete with number ratings. Pretty funny. Of the three shows, Friday's (3/6) looks the most interesting to me, with Japan's Zazen Boys (who we featured earlier in the week) and Your Nature who, until just recently, you may have known as Frankopollis. But tonight's show (3/4) has local dance-rockers Holy Hail and Phones, which features members of White Rabbits and The Subjects. Not to short Thursday's show (3/5), of course, which has Talk Normal, Graffiti Monsters and Never Tune.
The Antlers @ Cake Shop during CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
And lastly, Thursday night (3/5) at Union Hall, The Antlers are having the record release party for their new album, Hospice, which is out this week and has been getting a whole lot of blog love. It was recently named "Best Album of 2009 So Far" by the folks at NPR's All Songs Considered. Personally, I don't start ranking things till at least April but I will say Hospice is definitely worth checking out. (There are a couple tracks from it at the top of this post.) I am curious to see how its dense, multi-layered sound will come off live. It's a nice night of music, actually, with North Carolina's chamber pop band Physics of Meaning, and the country jangle of Brooklyn's Brilliant Mistakes.
Like usual, tour dates and video follows after the jump...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Physics of Meaning will visit Brooklyn's Union Hall on March 5th as part of a winter tour that started in the band's hometown of Chapel Hill, NC, exactly a month before. Also on the bill are locals The Brilliant Mistakes and The Antlers, the latter of which will be celebrating the release of their new LP, Hospice, at the show.
Fronted by violinist Daniel Hart, who also does time with John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, and Pattern is Movement, the chamber-pop Physics of Meaning played a series of CMJ shows last year, including an Oct 22nd CMJ party, put on by Gothamist at the Bell House, and a KEXP Live set, documented in the video below. As an aside, John Vanderslice is playing NYC on March 27th with The Mountain Goats. He'll be totally solo at that show though, unlike when he was here in April with Daniel as a member of his band.
This spring and beyond, The Physics of Meaning plans to record a follow-up to 2008's Snake Charmer and Destiny at the Stroke of Midnight (samples above, and streaming here). The band also recently waxed its second, forthcoming Daytrotter session(check out its first visit from June '08 here).
Video and all tour dates below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
The marathon, which concluded on Saturday night, was created in 1980 by the weekly college-radio newsletter once called College Music Journal and now known as CMJ New Music Report. It started as a pre-Web way to share information, practical knowledge and contacts among the many do-it-yourself bands discovered and nurtured by noncommercial college radio, groups that at the time were just beginning to create lines of communication between local scenes. [NY Times]Cake Shop and Pianos are a set of conveniently located neighboring LES venues that each host bands almost non-stop during CMJ week. Throw in the Livng Room, and Ludlow between Stanton and Rivington can be a very efficient area to spend time during the days of the festival. Kyle spent Tuesday at the Pop Tarts party at Cake Shop before heading to Music Hall for the official BV showcase. Among the many bands on the Cake Shop bill were Women who went on to play many more shows throughout the week including the BV one at Knitting Factory on Saturday afternoon/evening. More pictures from Tuesday (10/21) afternoon below...