Entries tagged with: The Dodos
Dodos / Braids @ Pop Montreal 9/26/2013
With the first day of POP Montreal always being a lighter day, Thursday (9/26) started things rolling toward the weekend and busier schedules with way too much to see in way too many parts of the city.
I freed up the early part of my evening by jumping at the chance to photograph the Patrick Watson and Braids soundchecks at L'Olympia ahead of their live broadcast performances and interviews with Jian Ghomeshi later that night for Q music. The restrictions for shooting the actual broadcast left little opportunity to get anything decent so, having shot both bands before, I found myself at a very empty O'Lympia in the middle of the afternoon.
After a brief stop at the POP Quarters for the media mixer it was off to the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art to see Suuns who I had last seen open for The Antlers at Webster Hall a couple years back. The sold out show featured projections of the band in duplicate. It took a song or so to realize that what we were watching wasn't live video but previously recorded live takes that were synced with each song and slightly off. The band sounded great and the extended back end of "Edie's Dream" was pulsingly hypnotic.
I left after that and made my way up Saint Laurent to catch The Dodos at Sala Rossa. When I arrived the venue was already on a one in, one out policy as Cousins finished up their set. The Dodos played a bunch of songs from their new album, Carrier, as well as a few older songs. The house lights came up after the first encore but with the crowd shouting for one more song the band obliged. "When you put it like that," said drummer Logan Kroeber, before the band launched into "The Season" to close out the set.
by Andrew Sacher
The Dodos at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Indie pop duo The Dodos are set to release their fifth studio album, Carrier, this year on August 27 via Polyvinyl. The band haven't changed up much for this album (sugary melodies and percussive rhythm section both in tact), but if you're a fan, it should be an enjoyable listen. You can stream the first single, "Confidence," along with the album artwork and tracklist below.
The Dodos will be supporting the new album on a North American tour which runs from late August into mid-October. That tour hits NYC on September 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The MHOW show, and many other stops on the tour, are being opened by onetime Ponytail member Dustin Wong. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Love, Minutemen (specifically the eventual Jackass theme "Corona") and Leonard Cohen were all the target of covers by Calexico during their October 13 appearance at Webster Hall. Check out the set list for the show below, which was part of a round of dates with The Dodos. The tour is in support of Algiers, Calexico's new LP which hit early last month.
More pictures from Webster Hall and the setlist are below.
As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.
Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.
Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).
As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:
1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.
We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).
Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.
AND, more stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Calexico & Ranier -- "Be Prepared" (MP3)
As mentioned in the beginning of June, "Calexico released a video for 'Para,' the first single from their new album Algiers which is out September 11." That's the cover art for the album pictured above and you can watch the video again below.
Meanwhile, Calexico (or its members) have a release in the form of a single song on a reissue entitled "The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek", out now (according to Fire Records) or June 26 (tomorrow, according to some sources). Regardless....
Slide guitarist Rainer Ptacek passed away from brain cancer in 1997, but with a new series of reissues, his influential sound will find new ears ready for his progressive approach to guitar playing. Inner Flame, the first of these reissues, was originally released in 1997 as a tribute and benefit compilation. "Be Prepared," off Inner Flame, finds Ptacek working with fellow Arizona musicians Joey Burns and John Convertino, who later formed the band Calexico. [Rolling Stone]You can download Calexico & Ranier's "Be Prepared" above. Stream the song, along with the full tribute album tracklist below. Or just stream the whole CD at Spinner.
Between now and 9/11 (the new LP release date), Calexico will play a couple of shows - Osheaga in Montreal and Taste of Chicago (in Chicago). A month after the album is released, on October 10th, Calexico will head out on the road with The Dodos for a tour that visits Webster Hall in NYC on October 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday and general sale Friday. All dates are listed with the songs below...
DOWNLOAD: Laura Gibson - La Grande (MP3)
Laura Gibson's latest, La Grande, is out this week via Barsuk. The album, her third, also saw her in the producer's chair. As a press release reads:
"One reason the sound of La Grande is so purposeful is that, for the first time, Gibson remained in the producer's chair throughout its making, bouncing between home- recorded vocal sessions - piling as many as 15 Laura Gibsons on certain tracks - and proper takes at Type Foundry Studios alongside engineer and good friend Adam Selzer (M Ward, Norfolk and Western) and some great players including Calexico's Joey Burns, members of The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber) and The Decemberists (Nate Query, Jenny Conlee), clarinetist Jilly Coykendall, and the drumming duo Rachel Blumberg and Matt Berger (affectionately known together as "Blumberger"). Don't get the wrong idea, though. While La Grande 's stage is shared with some very special guests, Gibson is at the center of every last note; contributing bits of bass, guitar, piano, pump organ, vibraphone, synthesizer, marimba, even a marching drum.And, Laura will be heading out on a tour to celebrate. That tour begins with a free show at Other Music in NYC TONIGHT (1/23 at 8pm) and continues in Boston on Wednesday (1/25), but not before she makes a radio appearance on WFUV on Tuesday (1/24). After Boston it's Philly and Virginia, but then back to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge and a radio appearance on WFMU. All tour dates are listed below...
photos by Alex Broadwell
Like Guided by Voices, manay bands (duh) played the 2nd annual Hopscotch Music Festival in North Carolina celebrated in early September. Here are some pictures of a few of the bands that I forgot to post earlier. They continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The DoYas @ Antone's in Austin
The Dodos and The Luyas are out on a tour that reaches Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (9/12). Tickets are still on sale and we have a pair you can win. Details below.
If you're like me and you've seen the Dodos and Luyas a few times each and don't quite have the motivation to see them again right now, consider that the two bands are collaborating on stage. As Tim learned at the 9/2 show at Antone's in Austin, the Dodos come out and play with the Luyas and vice versa. Jessie Stein of the Luyas kept calling the combination of bands: 'The DoYas'. I like it. Check out more pictures of The DoYas, a couple of videos of the bands playing together, and the contest details below...
The Dodos at Bowery Ballroom in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Dodos announced a tour with The Luyas back in June. That tour was originally scheduled to hit Webster Hall on September 13 but has since been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg and will happen one day earlier (9/12). All Webster Hall tickets will be honored and tickets are now on sale for the Music Hall of Williamsburg show too.
Updated dates below...
photos by Amanda M. Hatfield
The Dodos @ Bowery Ballroom
The Dodos played Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (6/9) as part of their ongoing tour with Gauntlet Hair. They played almost all of the recently released No Color and a few songs Visiter. The 12 song set only included one track off 2009's Time To Die ("Longform") though. Both bands also played Music Hall of Williamsburg a day later.
Earlier this month it was announced that Gauntlet Hair have signed ot Dead Oceans which makes them labelmates with John Vanderslice, The Donkeys, Phosphorescent, The Tallest Man on Earth, Akron/Family, The Luyas and many others.
The Dodos are currently finishing up their tour which culminates in an appearance at NXNE with Gauntlet Hair and Deerhoof. After taking some time off the band will go back on the road in late August for a month-long tour with with Dead Oceans band The Luyas. That includes the Dodos' appearance at Hopscotch Festival and a NYC show on September 13 at Webster Hall . Tickets go on sale Friday (6/17) at noon.
The Dodos and The Luyas (who also play NXNE and other non-Dodos dates soon) recently performed the Luyas song "Tiny Head" together in Amsterdam. Check this out, along with more pictures and the setlist from the Bowery show, and all tour dates below...
Big Freedia & crowd @ FFFFest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Risk! @ the Pit
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Karsh Kale @ Highline Ballroom
* Glen Hansard @ the Met
* Dylan Fest @ Bowery Ballroom
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ela Orleans w/ a Rooftop Film
* Bettye LaVette @ Cafe Carlyle
* The Donkeys, Citay @ Cake Shop
* Phyllis Chen, Cuddle Magic @ Barbes
* Big Freedia, Javelin @ Mercury Lounge
* Talibam!, Xalam Project @ Cameo Gallery
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
* Jooklo Duo, Bill Nace @ Issue Project Room
* The Biters, The Booze, Wyldlife @ Maxwell's
* Aeroplane, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Denman Maroney, Theo Bleckmann @ The Stone
* Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers @ The Stone
* French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore @ Glasslands
* The Ludlow Thieves, David Dondero @ Mercury Lounge
* Golden Animals, The Above, Boom Chick @ Shea Stadium
* Tribeca New Music Festival II @ Merkin Concert Hall
* El Jezel, The Whisperians, Birds in Weather @ Bruar Falls
* Noah Chernin Band, Takka Takka, Little Racer @ The Rock Shop
* The Prigs, The Yes Way, The Courtesy Tier, Monuments @ Pianos
* Across Tundras, Yorba Linda, Cavallo, Ominous Black @ Union Pool
* Ben Allison Band, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Littlefield
* The Rassle, Ravens & Chimes, Living Days (Deli Fest) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* "Bhangra Dance Party" w/ Red Baraat & DJ Rekha @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* Burning Star Core, Raft, Hiro Kone, Animal Hospital @ Public Assembly
* Menya, Tayisha Busay, Pomegranate, North, Jackpot Tiger @ Lit Lounge
* The Immaculates, The Splinters, Darlings, Household @ Death By Audio
* Bell, ARMS, Chairlift (DJ set), Bear In Heaven (DJ set) @ Knitting Factory
* Doveman, Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Stornoway, Spirit Family Reunion, Sea of Bees @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Faith and Mark, Nidra, Teen Dreams, The Magick Report, False Positive @ Silent Barn
Ravens & Chimes, ArpLine, Dream Diary, Prospector, Invisible Days (Deli Fest) @ Cameo Gallery
* Yc the Cynic, Add-2, Neak, Skotch Davis, Fresh Daily, The Black Sunn & 810, Sincerely Yours @ Public Assembly
Ravens & Chimes are not playing Cameo because Asher came down with pneumonia. Feel better Asher!
Lady Gaga and Good Morning America will be the reason there will be lots of people near Central Park Summerstage/Rumsey Playfield at 7am Friday morning.
Dylan Fest (night 1 of 2) tonight at Bowery features Norah Jones, Adam Green, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis of SNL, Jesse Malin, Nikolai Fraiture (of the Strokes), Binki Shapiro (of Little Joy), Nicole Atkins, Tad Kubler (of the Hold Steady), Evan Dando, Reeve and Zane Carney, Danny Clinch, Adam Schlesinger and Jody Porter (of Fountains of Wayne), Sammy James, Jr. (of Mooney Suzuki), Ben Trokan (of Robbers on High Street), Steve Schiltz (of Longwave & Hurricane Bells), Antony Ellis (of Five O'Clock Heroes), Luke Rathborne, Jack Dischel (of Only Son), Josh Lattanzi (of The Lemonheads & The Candles) (Dylan Fest 2011) @ Bowery Ballroom.
And congrats to the winner of the tickets to see Stornoway at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Big Freedia plays her first of two NYC shows tonight.
Daily Show correspondant Wyatt Cenac is one of the comedians who will "tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public stories they'd normally tell close friends" at Risk! at the Pit tonight. Maybe you caught Wyatt Cenac's new Comedy Central special "Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person"? If not it airs again Friday, June 3rd at 10:58pm. Maybe you were there? Listen to Wyatt discuss his friend's 30th birthday and Medieval Times in a video below.
Modern Weepers play Mercury Lounge this Friday night.
The Dodos have a new video for "Companions." Check that out below...
Yuck appeared on Jools Holland. Check that video out below too...
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
After multiple appearances at SXSW 2011, including a headlining slot on one of the three stages at Barbarella/Swan Dive as part of the BrooklynVegan/Knitting Factory/Partisan day party, The Dodos went out on the road where they'll be through April 9th. Later that month the band will hop the Pacific to play a string of European dates before heading back for US dates in early June with Colorado's Gauntlet Hair who released a 7" on Forest Family and who are now signed to Dead Oceans. The NYC shows on that leg are June 9th at Bowery Ballroom and June 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale at noon today (3/30) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
The Dodos have a new, Neko Case guested LP, No Colour, out now via Frenchkiss Records. Stream the entire LP at NPR, and check out some recent live audio via Minnesota Public Radio. All tour dates and their new video for "Black Night" is below.
As mentioned in "What's Going on Sunday," 1,2,3 band were scheduled to play the next installment of 'Communion' at Public Assembly in Brooklyn tonight (3/8), but their label Frenchkiss Records reports that they have cancelled. Savior Adore, Keegan Dewitt, Lachi, and Paul Dempsey are still on the bill though.
Tonight's show will be Communion's third party at Public Assembly since they kicked off in early January, and their second unlucky cancellation. Laura Marling pulled out of the second one.
For Savoir Adore, tonight's Communion appearance will be their last NYC show before they head to Austin for SXSW. If you're going to be in Austin, make sure to stop by and see them play a BrooklynVegan party right at noon on Thursday, March 17th at Swan Dive/Barbarella (full lineup TBA). They play their official showcase one day later at Easy Tiger.
1,2,3 are also headed to SXSW where they'll play at least six shows including the Frenchkiss Showcase at The Parish on Wednesday, March 16th with The Antlers, The Dodos, Young Man, Fidlar & Ivan & Alyosha. More dates are listed below....
DOWNLOAD: J Mascis - Not Enough (MP3)
The first BrooklynVegan Swan Dive/Barbarella Austin Day Party lineup announcement is here! (this is the first of three BV day parties happening at these connecting venues, but just one of nine total BV events.)
This one happens Friday, March 18th from noon-6pm, is co-presented by KF Records (Knitting Factory) and Partisan Records, and features an exclusive Austin day party set by Middle Brother (aka Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit). If you want to catch them though, you better get there early because the entire lineup is ridiculous and 100% free, and it looks like this.....
STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)I'm already exhausted (and we have three more similar lineups still TBA).
12:00 PM JBM
12:30 PM BOBBY
01:15 PM Holy Sons
02:00 PM Dolorean
03:00 PM John Grant featuring Midlake
04:00 PM Wye Oak
05:00 PM J Mascis
STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM David Wax Museum
01:00 PM Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
02:00 PM Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
03:00 PM Deer Tick featuring Jonny Corndawg
04:00 PM Old 97's
05:00 PM Middle Brother
STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:15 PM AgesandAges
01:00 PM Paleo
01:45 PM Warm Ghost
02:30 PM Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
03:15 PM Vetiver
04:00 PM Oberhofer
05:00 PM The Dodos
Note: We have Dolorean who is not to be confused with Delorean, yes that is Midlake up there backing the amazing John Grant, Jason Isbell will stick around to play with Middle Brother (like he did on their record), and yes Jonny Corndawg will be in the house.
I'm also happy to point out that, though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.
- FREE Blublocker sunglasses to first 50 people in the door!
- there will be FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
- we'll have loads of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
- we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea!
- you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars!
- FREE Tierras organic tequila cocktails while supplies last!
- more FREE food & DRINK details TBA!
- and there will be awesome giveaways from Partisan & KF Records
throughout the day!
photos by Andrew St. Clair
DOWNLOAD: The Dodos - Don't Stop (MP3)
"In 45 minutes the show with Showalter starts! It's gonna be amazing, I can tell by his purple sweater. Color of royalty. He's feelin' it!" - Neko Case
Neko Case helped Michael Showalter promote his new book at an event at Barnes & Noble in Union Square last night (2/24), or to be more specific, Upstairs at the Square. Katherine Lanpher hosted. Neko sang four songs (setlist below). Showalter read a couple passages including a beat poetry inspired poem and a chapter about what to put in a Hollywood script. He also discussed the orgin of The Baxter, and they both talked about their writing process. Pictures from the bookstore are in this post.
Uptairs at the Square returns to Barnes & Noble in Union Square twice in March. Wednesday, March 9 will feature Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Cubic Zirconia (Follow Your Heart), and Thursday, March 24 has my favorite Keren Ann (101) with Barbara Browning (The Correspondence Artist).
Audience members included Eugene Mirman (who will again join Michael at the Bell House this weekend) and Todd Barry (who just announced an April tour with Neil Hamburger - dates below) (not to be confused with Neil's February and March tour).
Earlier in the day Neko "leaked" a new Dodos song via her Twitter. She wrote, "Fave song off new Dodos. Bummed I didn't didn't get to sing on it (I shouldn't be so greedy cuz I did sing on lots)." Download that above. The Dodos are heading out on tour in March and they'll be playing lots of SXSW shows in the process. Their updated dates, a BrooklynVegan day party included, are below.
Michael Showalter is also touring, though he won't be at SXSW. Neko Case is not touring, though she did just play a show at the Bell House and is giving away her car.
More B&N pictures, Dodos & Barry dates, and Neko's setlist, below...
In addition to separate upcoming dates, The New Pornographers and The Walkmen have announced a week long tour together at the end of April. Unfortunately though, the only time they're stopping in New York is April 25 at Town Ballroom in Buffalo. All dates are listed below.
The New Pornographers have no upcoming dates in NYC, but contributors Neko Case and Destroyer do. Neko Case will be at The Bell House this Sunday (2/6) with Lost in the Trees and is playing a free show at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on 2/24 with Michael Showalter.
As previously mentioned, Neko Case sings on about half of No Color, the new album by The Dodos out March 15. The Dodos released the first track off the album, "Black Night," listen below. An immediate download of this song is available on The Dodo's website with the pre-order of their album. They also recently performed on Pitchfork's Tunnelvision, video below. The Dodos also announced tour dates, including an appearance at SXSW (but no NYC dates at the moment).
The New Pornographers also have announced a few April dates with Menomena (including Coachella). According to Menomena's website, they recently lost Brent Knopf, who left the band to "focus on Ramona Falls and other creative pursuits." Ironically, Paul Alcott of Ramona Falls' live band is replacing Knopf on Menomena's upcoming dates. In addition to touring with The New Pornographers, they also have dates with Maps & Atlases, and an appearance at SXSW.
Menomena will also be overseeing FILMguerrero's reissue of their debut I Am The Fun Blame Monster! which will be available this spring. As stated in a press release, the reissue includes "a CD/DVD package with extensive bonus materials." Their newest album, Mines, is out now via Barsuk.
All tour dates and videos and that Dodos song below...
Neko Case at Lollapalooza with The Dodos (more by Josh Darr)
Neko Case is still on board to play a free show at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on 2/24 with Michael Showalter, but now she has another and longer show scheduled in NYC even sooner. She plays The Bell House on February 6th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (1/12).
Though she doesn't have a new record to flaunt at the show, Neko Case will have new material out soon. The Dodos, who recently parted ways with vibraphonist Keaton Snyder (making them a duo again), will release their new album entitled No Color via Frenchkiss Records on on March 15. Case reportedly sings on about half of it. You might remember that she joined the band on stage during their recent run of dates with The New Pornographers (pictures from the Terminal 5 date here). A video on the making of the LP, as well as the art and tracklisting are all below.
"Pretty Good Friends" presents an evening of comedy, music and reading to celebrate the launch of Michael Showalter's new book, "Mr. Funnypants." The event is hosted by Michael Showalter and features Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani and special guests.Tickets are on sale. Michael Showalter will also appear at Brooklyn Book Court on 3/1.
All tour dates and more details on that Dodos LP are below...
most photos by Josh Darr
Dodos w/ special guest Neko Case / The Antlers
"There were no special effects during Soundgarden's performance on the last night of Lollapalooza -- no lasers, no costume changes, no props or hydraulics. Even the video screens switched over to black and white. But the band didn't need any added visuals: Soundgarden delivered an explosive set of classic '90s songs in front of their biggest audience since their breakup 13 years ago. Chris Cornell underplayed the band's return, suggesting their decade-plus break was more like a few years. "It's good to be back!" said Cornell, who's grown his hair back out to its late-'80s length. "We just took a little break, but now we're back."" [Rolling Stone]Soundgarden's Sunday night setlist (they played against Arcade Fire), a bunch of of videos and the rest of our 2010 Lollapalooza pictures, below...
The New Pornographers may be considered to be hopelessly passé by some, but for better or worse, they got a fair amount of play during my college radio days, so they are one of those bands that that I look back at fondly - even if their last two or three albums left me feeling somewhat ambivalent.
Founded in 1997, they're veterans of the Canadian indie rock movement. They've seen the industry evolve and shift to accommodate one fad or another, and through it all, they held their ground and continued to churn out expansive power pop medleys year after year. With Carl Newman (A.C. Newman), Neko Case and Dan Bejar (Destroyer) in the mix, The New Pornographers also served as something of a prototype for the modern supergroup.
For Saturday night's show at Terminal 5 (one night after the CD throwing incident in Boston), The New Pornographers focused heavily on their newest album, Together, playing all but three songs from it. But in addition to showcasing the new material, they dipped deeper into their discography and pulled out songs like: "Sing Me Spanish Techno," "Mass Romantic," and "The Electric Version." Their set list for the evening was expansive, but the band talked little between songs and sometimes powered into the next with no more than a brief break for applause. One of the show's major highlights came during the final song of their encore, "Testament to Youth in Verse," when Newman engaged the audience with a slowly building sing-along.
The sound throughout the evening definitely seemed to be too loud - especially with the Dodos. The levels were fine for build-ups and breakdowns, but everything in between suffered. Whenever a song picked up the tempo and increased in volume, the sound started to blend together to create one inchoate mass of energy. Individual guitar riffs became muddled and vocals, indecipherable.
Luckily for Terminal 5, the additional New Pornographers show at the Bell House on Sunday night wasn't announced until after Saturday night's show had already sold out. Given the vastly improved sound quality at the Bell House and its more intimate size and layout, couldn't help but wonder what Sunday night's show (where they promised to do at least ten different songs) was going to be like in comparison (pictures from that one coming soon).
I got to the venue too late to see The Dutchess and the Duke, who like the Dodos, are still on tour with The New Pornographers. More pictures (of all three bands) from the T5 show, and the headliner's setlist, below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
The New Pornographers SXSW "Together" shuttle (kelprecords)
A quick gander and the snowfall-laden countdown to the May 4 release of 'Together' reveals you've got limited time to GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER (sorry) to place a pre-order for the 5th and arguably finest studio album from The New Pornographers. And not to apply undue pressure on a Spring Tuesday morning, but you'll have even less time to get it in gear unless you wanna be on the outside looking in when The New Pornographers roll into your town (sadly, on a bus besides this one) in a few weeks time. Tickets for the North America tour starting June 7 go on presale today (dates below). -MatadorThe above pictured and referenced bus (aka the "Together Shuttle") was shuttling people (including Andrew Frisicano) from the Austin airport to the convention center and hotels during SXSW. Riders were treated to free drinks and "Together" playing over the sound system. One new song from that new album is available above for free.
And there's a tour. The New Pornographers will be on the road for most of June and July and a few dates before and after that. Most of that time will be spent with The Dodos, and some of the dates are with The Dutchess and The Duke (three bands total) including June 19th at Terminal 5 in NYC. As mentioned above, tickets are now on presale. Other dates are with Imaad Wasif (who goes on tour with Dead Meadow even sooner). All dates below...
After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (MP3)
The intial lineup for Noise Pop 2010, which takes over San Francisco February 23rd to March 1st, has been updated. Newly announced acts include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon), The Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative performance, !!!, Harlem, Deerhoof, Memory Tapes, The Fresh and Onlys, Scout Niblett, Far (Reunion Show), The Mumlers, P.E.E (Reunion Show), Mirah, Laura Gibson, Nico Vega, Japanese Motors, Princeton, Free Energy, The Growlers, Nurses, Magic Wands, The Lonely Forest, The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, Judgement Day. The full current lineup is posted below.
Tickets and passes for most of those are on sale now. Tickets for Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Deerhoof) on February 23rd and the Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative shows go on sale on Sunday, January 10th.
Memory Tapes, chillwave Jerseyan Dayve Hawk, is one of the acts scheduled for the fest. He's going to be in the UK for a short run of shows this January, and he's confirmed that US dates and a European tour are forthcoming. The song "Bicycle" off his debut, Seek Magic, is above. The album is being re-issued on Feb 8th, "with an exclusive 48 minute 4 track CD2 through Urban Outfitters and digitally exclusively via iTunes".
More info on Noise Pop 2010 below...