Entries tagged with: The Blind Shake
photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees / The Blind Shake / OBN IIIs @ Irving Plaza 10/29/2013
Thee Oh Sees were in NYC this week as part of their killer tour with equally awesome The Blind Shake and OBN IIIs, playing two shows: 285 Kent on Sunday (11/27) and Irving Plaza on Tuesday (11/29). Pictures from Irving Plaza are in this post.
I was at 285 Kent and I think it was easily one of the best shows I've seen this year. Maybe it was the death of Lou Reed, who John Dwyer dedicated their set to (and whose music was played between sets), and the weird energy that brought, and the location certainly was condusive, but Thee Oh Sees were absolutely on fire Sunday night. They played for about an hour (pretty long for them) and it felt like ten minutes. NYC Taper was there are got a great recording of their set. You can stream "Block of Ice" below and download the whole shebang over at his site.
It helped that two other great live bands primed the audience. With their big rock riffs and Orville Bateman Neeley III's bellowing vocals, Austin's OBN IIIs (who opened the night) are kind of like a garagey version of The Cult (or Danzig?) but minus the goth overtones. Orville, like he usually does, spent much of their set in the crowd messing with people, which is absolutely part of the fun.
Minneapolis' The Blind Shake seemed a little less schticky this time -- they've toned down the matching outfits a bit -- and just pounded out their animal beat protopunk as an extremely tight unit. After seeing them play to half-filled rooms, it was great to see them in a packed house.
A friend of mine went to the Irving Plaza show and said Thee Oh Sees were great there too, but "not loud enough." Did you catch them at Irving and do you agree? More pictures from all three bands at Irving Plaza, plus the 285 Kent Oh Sees setlist and song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may know, Thee Oh Sees are currently out headlining a killer triple-threat tour with The Blind Shake and OBN III's which is hitting NYC at Irving Plaza on October 29. Tickets for that show are still available, but as they tend to do, they've added a smaller, all ages show happening in NYC at 285 Kent a couple days before on Sunday (10/27). Tickets for the 285 show are on sale now.
Seriously, this is a mega-awesome three-band attack and you should go to one of these shows if you can. Updated tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The Blind Shake's new album, Key to a False Door, came out this week on Castle Face and it's 33 minutes and 13 songs of unrelenting dystopian sci-fi garagepunk. You may have already heard opening track "Garbage on Glue" but you can now listen to the whole thing which we're premiering in this post. Stream it below and order your vinyl here.
As mentioned, The Blind Shake will be on tour with Thee Oh Sees and OBN IIIs this fall, including a NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on October 29 (tickets). It was unclear initially how many shows of the tour The Blind Shake would be on, but we now know it's pretty much the whole magilla. That is one seriously killer triple bill, with all three bands being seriously awesome live forces, and you should absolutely go see it if it comes anywhere near you.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer is reissuing the first album by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. It's not miles away from what Thee Oh Sees do, just a little more lo-fi. The record comes out next week (9/3) on Dwyer's increasingly busy Castle Face label (order yours) but you can stream the whole thing now in this post.
You'll be able to catch Dwyer in action with Thee Oh Sees this fall when they'll be touring with two killer support bands -- Austin's OBN IIIs and Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake. The NYC date happens October 29 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Coachwhips album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Thee Oh Sees, whose latest album, Floating Coffin, came out back in April, are getting ready for a fall tour that includes what is their biggest headlining NYC show yet: Irving Plaza on October 29. No word on when tickets go on sale to that show, but you can keep checking Live Nation's website.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale Thursday (8/29) at 10 AM.
Some of the shows on this tour are with OBN IIIs (who were just in NYC) and Minnapolis' The Blind Shake. (
Not in NYC unfortunately. UPDATE: both OBN IIIs and Blind Shake ARE playing, yay!) The latter have a new album, Key To A False Door, which will be out September 17 via (Oh Sees frontman) John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. Like their last, the record inhabits the stomping ground between protopunk and post punk (which you'd think would just be "punk," but it's not). We've got the premiere of the lead track from the LP, "Garbage On Glue," which you can stream below.
The Blind Shake are best experienced live, though, with an image that seems straight out of cheapo dystopian sci-fi flick and a drummer who seems like he's going to hammer the drums through the floor. They're playing Gonerfest next month, and maybe they'll add some more East Coast dates. All currently scheduled ones are listed below.
'Vinegar Mirror' cover
In other news, John Dwyer is releasing a book of photos titled Vinegar Mirror which includes over 200 shots taken from 2010 on. He's also, as mentioned, reissuing the first album by his old band Coachwhips, Hands On The Controls, which is out via Castle Face next week (9/3). He also helped create the "Fuzz War Overload" guitar pedal for Death by Audio.
Thee Oh Sees and The Blind Shake tour dates are listed, along with the Blind Shake track stream, below.
As mentioned, Goner Fest 10 happens September 26 - 29 in Memphis, TN. Since we last spoke, the festival added artists to its lineup including Japan's Guitar Wolf (who play NYC after), Wreckless Eric, Tyvek, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Ex-Cult, The Blind Shake, and more. Those artists join previously discussed names like Mudhoney, Destruction Unit, Cosmic Psychos (who are touring), Cheap Time, and others. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
The full schedule was just announced too, and you can check that out below.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - "Hood Party" (ft. Kool A.D. and Despot) (MP3)
Milk Music/Fat Tony/The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, Austin, TX, 3/10/2013
Though the music portion of SXSW isn't in full force yet, there are still some shows that have gone down, including yesterday's (3/10) Bruise Cruise with Milk Music, Fat Tony, The Blind Shake, and Outer Minds. Like Bruise Cruise lineups always tend to be, it was a good party-style way to kick off SXSW with three punkish bands and an energetic rapper to top things off. Pictures from that cruise are in this post.
All four bands have other SXSW shows coming up, and Milk Music will be at our Thursday day party on the outdoor stage with Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Death, Rough Francis, and Single Mothers. It's free with RSVP.
Fat Tony also just released the song "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot), and will appear on his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which is due out on June 11 via Young One Records. You can download that track above or stream it below.
The Bruise Cruise was thrown by booking agency Panache, who also has other upcoming SXSW shows too.
More pictures below...
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
Duchess Says / The Blind Shake at Public Assembly, 8/23/2012
A lot of bands have a frontperson who attracts the lion share of the attention, but there are few groups where "you can't take your eyes off her" is as much a warning as it is a statement. The second or third time Duchess Says singer Annie-Claude went into the audience, she was armed with a Sharpie and I thought, "oh boy here we go." But apart from drawing a couple Xs on our photographer Chris La Putt's arm, she kept the cap on the pen but it served as an audience/band detente. Stay off your phones or else.
I have seen the squelchy Montreal electro-punks Duchess Says play to packed houses with a swarming pit and to half-full rooms full of confused/terrorized audience-members. (Public Assembly leaned toward the latter last night [8/23].) Annie-Claude never lets things get boring either way, whether it's pulling you by the shirt, putting the mic in your face or holding eye contact for an uncomfortable amount of time. Last night, it included a breather. For their most popular song, "Black Flag," she had the whole crowd sit on the floor as she prowled around the room. But it's more mischevious than menacing. And a lot of fun too as long as you're paying attention.
Duchess Says' tourmates for this rare Stateside run are Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake who were really terrific last night. Dressed in matching outfits that had them looking like extras from a post-apocalyptic dystopian b-movie, brothers Mike and Jim Blaha kicked out out ferocious krautpunk with a dose of early '80s Dead Kennedys twang with pile-driving drummer Jim Roper crushing his kit. These guys pack a serious whallop (Also: somebody put them on a tour with METZ, stat!). You can stream their 2011 album Seriousness below.
NYC will have a couple more chances to see The Blind Shake in October: they play Cake Shop on 10/10 and Death By Audio on 10/11. Meanwhile, their tour with Duchess Says rolls on, playing Columbus, OH tonight.
All tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along The Blind Shake album stream and more pictures from last night's Public Assembly show (including openers The Wiccans who were not the Austin punk band of the same name).
by Bill Pearis
Duchess Says at BVSXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
If you're looking to put a little excitement into your showgoing life, you might want to hit Public Assembly on Thursday, August 23 to catch Montreal electropunks Duchess Says who are playing with Minneapolis' The Blind Shake (who also play Brookyn Fireproof the day before [8/22]). Advance tickets for the Public Assembly show are on sale.
Going to see Duchess Says is an interactive experience, due entirely to firebrand singer Annie-Claude whose onstage persona recalls Linda Blair in The Exorcist... in a fun way, and minus the vomit. Duchess Says' appearance at Pianos during CMJ 2009 (and Austin during SXSW 2010) are amongst the most memorable BV festival day show performances I've personally witnessed:
Another set I knew would be fun was Montreal's Duchess Says who played one of our CMJ day parties last year. While their more aggressive take on Devo-style protopunk is fun, it's all about singer Annie Claude who looks very cute and innocent... until the music starts. She shrieks, jumps in the audience, tackles people, pulls them to the floor, and causes general mayhem. It's more mischief than menace though. There are lots of other singers who do similar things, but never anything quite like her. After you've seen them once, part of the fun is watching other people experience them for the first time.The band were supposed to have been in the States for the Hopscotch Festival but have since pulled out of that but will also play Chicago on August 26 at City Build with The Blind Shake. The band's latest album is In a Fung Day T, which came out last fall, which you can stream via a Spotify player below, along with a list of all The Blind Shake dates.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...