Entries tagged with: The Breeders
photo: Courtney Barnett @ Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Covering The Breeders' Cannonball has been a set staple on Courtney Barnett's current tour so it's no real surprise that she and Kim Deal might have a few things to talk about. The Talkhouse thought so, at least, and got the two together for the current edition of their podcast. Their insightful and funny hour-plus conversation touches on a lot of subjects: lyrical inspiration, guitar styles, drugs, what being 27 is like, and more. Have a listen below...
photos by PSquared
Courtney Barnett @ Bowery Ballroom
Courtney Barnett is in the midst of her sold-out, three-night run at Bowery Ballroom with tour mates Chastity Belt and fellow Aussie Darren Hanlon. At the first (5/19), she mixed songs from her terrific new album with older favorites like "Avant Gardener" and "History Eraser" while making time for two early '90s covers -- The Breeders' "Cannonball" and The Lemonheads' "Being Around." Pictures and setlist from Tuesday's show, plus videos, are in this post.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by P Squared Photography
The Breeders / Speedy Ortiz @ Webster Hall - 12/20/13
Speedy Ortiz weren't the only benefactors of the stage. This is going to come off either stupid or obvious for those whose Breeders concert experience doesn't come from YouTube or 20-year reunions, but Last Splash needs to be heard live. Take "Roi"; as track five, it's a grind between fuzz and silence, which is striking as an idea and compelling on record, but live it's colossal, a battle between big sound and bigger silence. Deal's voice, small in the original mix, rises like smoke off an explosion -- it is the closest music comes to sounding like a battlefield. (There's fuzz, too; at times the Last Splash set comes off like a wobbly, distorted remix you'd find lying around some stray SoundCloud.)Kim Deal & co. brought The Breeders back to NYC on their December tour for a two-night stand at Webster Hall late last week (12/19 & 12/20). Unlike The Breeders' tour earlier this year, where they played only Last Splash in its entirety, this time around they played that album AND its predecessor Pod. Opening both shows was Speedy Ortiz, who owe a thing or two to the Breeders' sound. Pictures of the second night, including a shot of the setlist, are in this post.
Pod fared even better, tracks like "Doe" and "Hellbound" thrashing out of their unassuming confines and Kelley sweetening Kim's vocals as ably as original bandmate Tanya Donelly did. (Kim might have been the draw for much of the crowd, but Kelley was the heart. As lead on "I Just Wanna Get Along," she managed to sigh "I just wanna get along" with all the defeated comedown from one of the most honest post-breakup tracks in existence, while simultaneously coming off as the happiest person who's ever been on a stage.) [Village Voice]
Speedy Ortiz have a very busy tour schedule. Their next NYC show is opening for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and in possibly related news, their old label Exploding In Sound Records is throwing a big year-end party at Baby's All Right on December 30 with Porches, Krill, Dead Wives, Roomrunner, Big Ups, Baked, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, Pile (acoustic), Gnarwhal, Ovlov and special guests billed as "Average Cock" (tickets).
More pictures from Webster Hall below...
Kim Shattuck w/ Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in Sept (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies recently lost bassist Kim Shattuck (of The Muffs) after she joined as Kim Deal's replacement earlier this year, and now Shattuck has offered some insight as to how she was kicked out of the band. In an interview with NME, she says:
I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, 'We love you, New Kim!' We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: 'The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.' I was shocked...The Pixies replaced her with Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, The Entrance Band), and their tour with Paz will hit the NYC-area on 1/19 at Capitol Theatre tickets) and 1/21 at NJPAC with FIDLAR (tickets).
I get the feeling they're more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren't thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, 'Really, for my own safety?' And he said, 'No, because the Pixies don't do that.'
Meanwhile, Paz will be in NYC this week as a member of The Entrance Band who open for Mikal Cronin at Webster Hall tonight (12/11). Nude Beach and special guests are on the bill too, and tickets are still available. (The Entrance Band were also just in NYC opening for Mazzy Star.)
And lastly, former Pixies bassist Kim Deal is kicking off a tour with her band The Breeders this week. That tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall and will see the band playing their classic first two albums, Pod and Last Splash. Speedy Ortiz, who just released a new single from their upcoming EP, open both NYC shows and most other dates. Tickets for both Webster Hall shows are still available.
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...
The Breeders at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, The Breeders are playing their last Last Splash shows this December on a short tour leading up to their New Year's Eve show in Austin. Speedy Ortiz will be supporting many of the dates, including both NYC shows happening on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Details on how to enter to win, and the full list of tour dates, below.
UPDATE: In addition to performing Last Splash like they've been doing all year, the NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Austin stops will also feature full performances of their 1990 debut album, Pod.
Meanwhile, the Kim Deal-less Pixies are also touring and they'll be in the NYC-area for shows in Port Chester and NJ this January.
All dates are listed, along with contest details, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Speedy Ortiz @ BV-CMJ party at Baby's All Right - 10/18/13
Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz already announced they're opening US dates for Los Campesinos!, they've now announced they'll sooner tour in support of another band, indie rock greats The Breeders, who Speedy likely owe some influence to. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall, and Speedy Ortiz will be opening both of those dates. Tickets for both shows are still available. Updated Speedy Ortiz dates, including a European tour with Joanna Gruesome, are listed below.
As mentioned, the Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz tour hits NYC on January 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
And though Speedy Ortiz aren't opening this one, if you're in Austin, catch The Breeders on New Year's Eve which is the last of their 'Last Splash' shows.
Back during CMJ, Speedy Ortiz played our Friday (10/18) party at Baby's All Right. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and another set of Speedy are in this post. They continue below, along with a video of them playing "Ka Prow!" at that show (via Bleary Eyed Brooklyn), and their list of tour dates...
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.
The Breeders at The Bell House in April (more by PSquared Photography)
The Pixies are currently operating without Kim Deal (they just announced a tour), but Kim's keeping busy too. She's been touring with her other band The Breeders, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Last Splash all year. They already played NYC twice, and they just announced that they'll return before the year ends to play Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a recent live video, below...
photos by Wei Shi; words by Fred Pessaro
Death Grips /
Its really a sad state of affairs when a band making a scheduled appearance is news, but nevertheless it was somewhat of a surprise that Death Grips did make their headlining appearance (on the Miranda stage) at the first day of FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (8/24) while Yeah Yeah Yeahs played at the adjacent Carrie stage (yes, stages were named after Sex & The City characters). The two-day festival, which took place in LA State Historic Park over the weekend, also featured many other notables, including appearances from TV on the Radio, FLAG, a reunion set from The Locust, as well as sets from names like The Breeders, Waxahatchee, METZ, Joyce Manor, Ty Segall (who's in NYC for two shows this week), and more. Pictures from FYF including all of the mentioned artists above -- as well as shots of Jim Hamilton, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiana, Crystal Antlers, Charles Bradley, Toro y Moi, Classixx, Nosaj Thing, comedians and more -- are in this post.
We'll have pictures from Day 2 soon. More pics from FYF Fest Day 1 below...
Kim w/ The Breeders at The Bell House in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kim Deal is out of the Pixies, still in The Breeders, and she's also been dishing out a series of solo 7"s. The latest in that series is the gentle new single, "Are You Mine?" which you can watch the video for below.
The Pixies (without Kim) will be in NYC for four shows this September. All sold out.
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Kim Deal w/ Pixies in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.The above message was issued by the three remaining members of the Pixies regarding the departure of bassist/backing vocalist Kim Deal, who also sometimes sang lead on songs like "Gigantic" and "Silver."
- Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering
The band initially broke up in 1993, but had recently been reunited to tour their 1989 album, Doolittle, which they last did in 2011. Since that time, Kim has been busy touring with her other reunited band, The Breeders.
A video of the Pixies performing "Gigantic" below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Four Tet / Dead Skeletons
today in NYC
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Redfoot @ Tammany Hall
* Four Tet, Koreless @ Webster Hall
* Dessa, Brick + Mortar @ Union Hall
* Molly Ringwald @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Califone @ Secret Manhattan Venue
* Doldrums, Empress Of @ Mercury Lounge
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Corita, Big Quiet, All Forces, Luff @ Cake Shop
* New Atlantic Youth, The Split @ Cameo Gallery
* The Presets, Dragonette, Slassixx @ Terminal 5
* Dana Falconberry, Paperbird @ Mercury Lounge
* Drowners, Tweens, Total Slacker, LODRO @ Pianos
* XNY, Don Ryan, Those Clever Foxes @ Knitting Factory
* Dead Skeletons, Night Beats, Cosmonauts @ Glasslands
* Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Kelly @ The Stand
* Twenty One Pilots, New Politics, Five Knives @ Bowery Ballroom
* Father Figures, Cuddle Magic, Leverage Models @ Death By Audio
* Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Mastersons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elizabeth and the Catapult, Antennas Up, Johnny Miller @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alan Roche, Real Live Tigers, Dead Elephant Bicycles, Gabrielle Herbst @ Silent Barn
* The Tablets, Dead Sexy Shelia, The Adventures of Silver Spaceman @ The Rock Shop
* Ask Me Another with Daniel Okrent (creator of Fantasy Baseball) @ The Bell House
* Big Mean Sound Machine, Thunder Body, Fire Paint & The Love Divine, Revi Roza, DJ Jack Tripper @ Brooklyn Bowl
Wanna check out some up-and-coming bands for free? Pianos has Drowners, Tweens, Total Slacker, and LODRO tonight on the early side (starting at 7 PM) at no cost to you, the live music lover.
Icelandic psych band Dead Skeletons are in town this week, playing with Night Beats tonight at Glasslands (tickets) and tomorrow (5/9) at Mercury Lounge with Heliotropes and Mone (tickets). Check out their dark and groovy single "Kundalini Eyes" below.
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The recently-reformed Last Splash lineup of The Breeders were on The Late SHow with Jimmy Fallon last night, playing their hit "Cannonball" which you can watch, along with a web-only performance of their country-ish "Drivin' on Nine," below.
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Cincinnati trio Tweens make garagey, nasally, punky pop that is equal parts rauccous and infectious. Songs like "Mean" and "Rattle&Rollin'" are both especially catchy and seem prime for a label like Burger that lives for this stuff. You can stream them below along with their "Live at Mohawk" EP that isn't actually live and features a bunch of girl group covers.
Tweens caught they ear of fellow Ohio resident Kim Deal who has tapped Tweens to open for a few Breeders shows, including Monday's sold-out show at Webster Hall (5/6). After that, Tweens will play Shea Stadium on Tuesday (5/7) which is a record release show for Japanther that also features Grand Rapids. Then at Pianos on Wednesday (5/8) with LODRO, Total Slacker and new Frenchkiss signees, Drowners. That show starts early -- LODRO is on at 7 PM -- and is FREE.
Tour dates are listed, with those streams, below.
"Bell House so '90s right now I gotta tie a shirt around my waist. #Breeders" - @mehpatrol
(by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Ahead of their full tour in support of the 20th anniversary of Last Splash, The Breeders came to NYC for a show at The Bell House this past Friday (3/29), where they played the classic album in full and also stuck around for an encore which included material from their other early '90s releases -- three tracks from their other full length, Pod, and also some stuff from the Safari and Head to Toe EPs.
Once the full tour actually kicks off, the band will be back in NYC for a larger show at Webster Hall on May 6, which is now sold out.
More pictures from The Bell House, along with the setlist and a video of The Breeders playing their cover of The Beatles' "Happiness is a Warm Gun" at the show, below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV
After already announcing R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian as the headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, P4k has revealed that those artists will be joined by Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.
Current lineup/schedule below...
We knew The Breeders were playing their first Last Splash reunion show at the Bell House on March 29 which sold out immediately. But the Deals and co. have just announced a full tour which includes another NYC show at Webster Hall on May 6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/6) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (2/8) at noon.
So far, only East Coast shows have been announced (plus Detroit), so there may be more to come. All announced 2013 tour dates are below...
As you may know, The Breeders' Last Splash turns 20 this year and the line-up of the band that made that record is getting back together to play the album in full. While only European dates have been announced thus far (including Primavera Sound and the Deerhunter-curated ATP UK), SPIN reports that the band's first show will be here in NYC at The Bell House on March 29. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/30) at noon.
An updated list of Breeders tour dates is below....