Entries tagged with: The Drums
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Orange Juice - Felicity (MP3)
In what I hope (but don't promise) to be a regular feature, I'm gonna recommend a couple notable new reissues. What with the holiday season it full swing, either of these would make good holiday presents for the serious indie music lover.
Firstly is Domino Records' new Orange Juice box set, Coals to Newcastle, that compiles nearly everything the Glasgow legends ever recorded. (The single mix of "Rip it Up" is mysteriously absent.) This marks the first time 85% of this material has ever been released in America. Polydor reissued their albums on CD in 1997 but they fell out of print almost immediately. You can now chart the band's progression from their shambolic, jangly beginnings on Postcard Records through myriad line-up changes and transformation into what could be called an indie equivalent of Chic. Even the weird stuff -- like the high life-inspired "Million Pleading Faces" on Rip It Up -- is pretty good. And even if, like me, you shelled out the dough in the mid-'90s for the Polydor reissues (which went out of print almost instantly) there's previously unreleased 12" mixes, dub versions, rough mixes, non-LP singles, radio sessions, live tracks, and interviews. There's also a DVD containing rare Orange Juice television special Dada with Juice, and a Derek Jarman-directed video for "What Presence?" that I'd never seen before. (Why is this not on Youtube?) At $70 it ain't cheap, but if you think of it as less than ten bucks a disc it's not so bad. And well worth the money. You can stream 18 tracks from the box set over at Domino's website and download classic OJ single "Felicity" above.
While on the subject, OJ's Edwyn Collins' new album, Losing Sleep, is one of the year's best. His first made since two brain haemorrhages nearly took his life in 2005 and left him at first without the ability to walk or talk, let alone write songs. That it exists at all is a miracle, that it's as great as it is a testament to his spirit. Helping him out on the album are a cavalcade of talent -- Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, The Drums, The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Magic Numbers -- but always in the service of getting Collins' songs on record. Like his last two albums, Losing Sleep hasn't been released in America but is well worth picking up on import. Hey Domino... how about putting this one out too.
Speaking of Domino, the label just reissued Robert Wyatt's entire back catalog on CD and vinyl. If you don't own Rock Bottom, Nothing Can Stop Us and Shleep... now is the perfect time. Then move on to the rest of his records.
The other notable reissue is the four-disc "Omnibus Edition" of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, my personal favorite Fall album. The 1984 record was the first fully made with Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix, who brought pop smarts to the Mancunian band's somewhat difficult sound, and their first produced by the great John Leckie. Along with guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steven Hanley and drummer Karl Burns this is the classic Fall lineup in my opinion. The Omnibus Edition restore's the album's original running order, putting singles from the same time "Oh Brother!," "C.R.E.E.P." and "No Bulbs" on the second disc with their b-sides and rough mixes of album tracks. The third collects radio sessions, and the fourth is a live recording from their performance at the 1984 Pandora's Music Box Festival in Norway (set time 3:15AM) that shows what a powerhouse live band the Fall were at the time. The box set sold out in the UK, but seems to be easily gettable here in the U.S.
Beggars Banquet also reissued The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall on vinyl (just the album) which lets you hear classics like "2X4," "Slang King" and "Disney's Dream Debased" in their analogue glory. Also out on vinyl: its follow-up, This Nation's Saving Grace which is widely considered by people not me to be their best-ever album. (It is a very close second.) It gets the Omnibus treatment in January. Save up, kids.
An Orange Juice video below...
Cloud Cult @ CMJ 2008 (more by Chona Kasinger)
Deadmau5 @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Local Natives @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Keith Richards @ NYPL
* Guster @ Beacon Theatre
* Misfits @ Starland Ballroom
* Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
* Alloy Orchestra @ 92YTribeca
* Tomutonttu @ Issue Project Room
* Boys Noize, Rusko @ Webster Hall
* Die Antwoord @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Toasters & the Pietasters @ BB King's
* Tamar Eisenman @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* The Legendary Pink Dots @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Younger Lovers, The Babies @ Cake Shop
* The Zeros, JEFF The Brotherhood @ Maxwell's
* Black Prairie, Sarah Jarosz @ Mercury Lounge
* almost Halloween cover show @ Death By Audio
* Cloud Cult, Fort Wilson Riot @ The Bell House
* Railroad Earth, Donna The Buffalo @ Irving Plaza
* Morrissey & Radiohead tribute bands @ Littlefield
* Phantogram, Josiah Wolf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Neon Indian, Prince Rama, Apache Beat @ Brooklyn Bowl
* OK Go, Those Darlins, Eytan & The Embassy @ Terminal 5
* Xeno & Oaklander, No Fun Acid (Get Weird) @ New Museum
* Bettie Serveert, Elk City, Mean Creek @ Bowery Ballroom
* Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, The Union Line @ Webster Hall
* Masaki Batoh, Damon & Naomi, Magik Markers @ Knitting Factory
* Oneida, Fabulous Diamonds, Invisible Circle, The Spreaders @ Monster Island
* Crystal Stilts, German Measles, The Mad Scene, The Surprisers @ The Rock Shop
* Bebe Fang, Future Shuttle, Eklin, A Classic Education, Superhumanoids @ Pianos
* Eternal Summers, Web Dating, Miracles, Sweet Bulbs @ Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
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Not sure whether Santos Party House will be open tonight.
HERE's a whole bunch of stuff happening Saturday and Sunday.
The Drums have a new video for "Me and the Moon". Check it out below...
Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of PurchaseAccording to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.
Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.
The Drums @ Santos, late Wednesday night (this photo by Nathan Lee Bush)
When I started to scope out the schedule for Wednesday night, I planned on spending the first part of the night running back and forth between Spike Hill and Bruar Falls, but I decided to head over to Rock Shop instead, comforted by the knowledge that most of the bands I wanted to see (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Magic Bullets, etc.) would be playing more sets later in the week anyway.
When I arrived at the Park Slope venue, Tape Deck Mountain was mid-set. At the time, I was fairly satisfied with the few songs I did catch (including a cover of "Mother" by Danzig) (a theme this week?). The band has decent vocals and execution, but when I later reflected on the bands I had seen, I realized that nothing about their set really stuck with me.
Up next was Cloud Nothings. The energy in the room picked up immediately when the Cleveland group began to play (of course it helped that the crowd had begun to fill out at that point). Possibly propelled by nerves or sheer excitement, the youthful band raced through their set as if competing at a track meet, slowing down just long enough for vocalist Dylan Baldi to entertain the audience with his endearing asides. Baldi may not have what you'd generally consider to be a 'good' voice, but he more than makes up for it in his delivery.
Just when I had begun to get a little sick of all-guy groups, the next two acts on the bill each featured a more even distribution of the sexes. Up first - Blair. Right before she and her backing band began their set, there was a bit of an upset when her acoustic guitar came crashing down, but she didn't let the setback dampen the mood. "I just broke a guitar, but it's ok," she said surprisingly nonchalantly. Thanks to their matching tie die shirts (worn by 3 out of 4 people anyway), sunny indie pop melodies, and Blair's unadulterated voice and accompanying song topics (she sings about things like love, candy, and dancing to Whitney Houston), things suddenly took a turn for twee, but I was totally ok with that.
For what it's worth, it was Blair's upbeat diddy "Hello Halo" that I found stuck in my head at the end of the night, and given the position of her set (right in the middle), that's saying something.
The Rock Shop was treating me well, but sadly, my itinerary called for me to return to Manhattan. I did get to stay just long enough to know what I was missing with Braids though. Their set-up may have been nearly identical to that of Blair, but their sound was much more polished thanks to the many overlapping layers of instrumentation and vocals that they carefully crafted on stage. Though I would have gladly stayed longer, I made my way to the train midway through their set.
When I arrived at Santos Party House for the Stereogum/PopGun show, I was a bit dismayed to see the long line extending down the block, but I somehow managed to get into the venue. I made my way to the smaller downstairs room to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Just when I was really starting to get upset about the obnoxiously long wait (I could have seen more of Braids set!), I understood the reason for at last part of the hold-up: the group's two main members (Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott) had run backstage to change into their costumes. Yes, costumes. Head to toe Nascar uniforms to be exact. It's hard to say whether this kind of shtick will hold up in the long run, but it's a pretty good way to stand out on a long list of relatively unknown bands (well that and their ridiculous name).
Whether it's your bag or not, chances are you might end up seeing these guys at some point during the week if you haven't already. They're certainly putting in the time. It was apparently their third show of the day. There wasn't much room for dancing in the packed room, but that didn't stop people from trying, and their light-hearted and energetic set certainly helped propel me through the rest of the night.
To close the evening, I darted upstairs to the main room at Santos to catch (the second half of) Wild Nothing and The Drums. It was kind of a weird succession of moods at that point. After leaving the lively basement room, Wild Nothing seemed even more subdued than I had remembered, but the group (under Jack Tatum's lead) put on a tight set. Considering the next band's laid back, sun-drenched sound, "Summer Holiday" was particularly enjoyable since it was distinctly more upbeat than their other tunes.
Then, finally a bit after 1:00am - The Drums. At this point, I was pretty exhausted, so I was pretty glad when singer Jonathan Pierce announced that they were going to play everything "twice as fast" so we could get home. The Drums seem to have mastered that fine balance of playfulness and artistry. It's hard not to grin at Pierce's over-the-top delivery. With a distinct swagger in his voice and some ridiculously exaggerated dance moves, he's a sight to behold - but so is the rest of the band, swaying in the background. These boys have come a long way since last summer.
I may not have gone to sleep until nearly 4:00am last night, but the constant adrenaline rush from just knowing how many good acts there are tonight should be more than enough to keep me going... that and the knowledge that I'm already planning on taking a personal day tomorrow.
Also Wednesday: "Viral sensation" Kyle Andrews, Animal Collective friends Prince Rama, and Minneapolis-based "chamber-folk sextet" Dark Dark Dark played the Terrorbird day party at Cake Shop with Kordan, Botany, Revolver, Baths, Marnie Stern, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Pics of the first three adorn this post.
Dark Dark Dark are also on board for Supply & Demand/InDigest CMJ Official Showcase at CoCo 66 on Friday 10/22 with Franz Nicolay, Vandaveer, The Lisps, Milageres, and Spirit of the Red City. The band will also then Fontana's during the day on Saturday 10/23 to team up with Swells, Brian Bonz, Fairmont, New Numbers, and Skyler.
Prince Rama have a few dates this week, as discussed, including the Paw Tracks/ Car Park show at Cake Shop tonight (10/21) with Cloud Nothings, and the WFMU Record Fair on Saturday (10/23) with Ted Leo (who will also play the BV Day Party earlier that day).
Cloud Nothings also have shows coming up at the Fader Fort and Don Pedro's.
More pictures from Cake Shop show, with all Cloud Nothings dates, below...
Surfer Blood @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Drums/Surfer Blood show at Webster Hall is sold out, and the Surfer Blood shows just keep on coming including a secret show at Cake Shop that happened Monday night (10/18), and the previously mentioned MTV show (which you'll be able to watch at MTV's website) last night at the Studio at Webster Hall. As also previously mentioned, Surfer Blood were added to one of Pitchfork's events and to a show at Bowery Ballroom, but that's not all:
SURFER BLOOD TAKE CMJ 2010Did I miss any?
10/18 @ Cake Shop (secret show)
10/19 @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (MTV taping)
10/20 @ Webster Hall w/ The Drums
10/20 @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (AFTER THE DRUMS SHOW)
10/21 @ Brooklyn Bowl (Pitchfork's #OFFLINE Festival)
10/22 IN PHILLY
10/23 @ Bowery Ballroom (VFW Group showcase)
And The Drums have added a show too. As also mentioned, they are the headliner at the PopGun/Stereogum show happening at Santos Party House tonight (10/20) (aka they also play 2 sets in one night). They go on after Wild Nothing.
Neither Surfer Blood or the Drums are one of the unannounced bands playing the BrooklynVegan party at Public Assembly on Friday.
One of the other bands playing the Marlin Room tonight is PS I Love You who are from Canada (and who play many more times this week).
More Surfer Blood dates HERE. Flyers below...
MNDR (playing w/ Ronson last night @ MHOW) (more by Toby Tenembaum)
today in NYC
* Roger Waters @ Nassau Coliseum
* Tony Malaby @ The Stone
* Mike Birbiglia @ Barnes & Noble
* Mark Ronson @ Webster Hall
K. Lloyd, Erik Wunder at Union Pool
* Kruder & Dorfmeister @ Best Buy Theater
* Pepper, Brother Ali, Pour Habit @ Highline Ballroom
* Zebra and Snake, DZ, Zazen Boys, Wolf Gang @ Pianos
* Bowerbirds, Death Vessel, Des Ark @ Bowery Ballroom
* Murder Mystery, North Highlands, Neighbors @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ben Folds with Nick Hornby @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Martha Colburn with Thollem McDonas @ Issue Project Room
* Mux Mool, Living Days, Expensive Looks, Warm Ghost @ Glasslands
* Mikolaj Traszka, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Jay Rosen @ The Stone
* The Universal Thump, Osso Quartet, Doug Paisley @ The Rock Shop
* Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, El DeBarge @ Radio City Music Hall
* Punches, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Telephoned (DJ Set) @ Public Assembly
Nardwuar talked to the Drums (the band featuring the villain from Karate Kid and other members). Video below...
Orphan have a new video for "Fetus in Fetu". Check it out below...
Warpaint have a new video for "Undertow". Check it out below...
After a couple of shows in Texas, The Drums (who recently lost a member) ("we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated") will kick off their tour with Surfer Blood on September 27th in Phoenix, AZ. That's the same tour that makes its way to Webster Hall in NYC on October 20th (a show that is also part of CMJ, and which will feature an opening set by The Dewars). That tour ends two days later, October 22nd, in Philly.
Eight days after that, on mischief night, the Drums will share a bill with Devo and Neon Trees at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The "second annual RXP Halloween Concert" is on sale now (for the low low price of $55-with-fees a ticket).
For Devo, it's one of just three shows they have coming up at the moment. The other two are Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
And speaking of Surfer Blood,
"According to a Brightest Young Things interview with Surfer Blood lead singer JP Pitts, the indie rock upstarts recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. The group plan to release an EP on current label Kanine next year before making a jump to the majors with an as-yet-unscheduled LP to be released by Warners and Kanine." [Pitchfork]The Drums' debut, self-titled album was recently released by Downtown.
All dates below...
Built to Spill @ Siren Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Al Green @ BB King's
* Mat Maneri @ Barbes
* Bambi Kino @ Bowery Electric
* Kato Hideki @ The Stone
* Ray Anderson @ The Stone
* Cubic Zirconia, Chin Chin @ Union Pool
* Beige, Forest Magic, Contramano @ Pianos
* Riverboat Gamblers @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Hood Internet, Tanya Morgan @ Knitting Factory
* Marina and The Diamonds, Young The Giant @ Webster Hall
* The Beets, Backwords, Tatters and Rags, Brian @ Union Hall
* Chikita Violenta, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves @ Mercury Lounge
* Zach Williams, Thad Cockrell, Sarah Fullen @ Bowery Ballroom
* Larkin Grimm, Birds Fled From Me, Diane Cluck @ Knitting Factory
* ArpLine, Dinowalrus, Triangle Forest, Translations @ Death By Audio
* Party Police, Unnatural Helpers, Heavy Cream, The Young Things @ Cake Shop
* The Meters Experience (w/ Leo Nocentelli of The Meters) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Franz Nicolay & Major General, Yula Be'eri, Eddie The Gun @ Highline Ballroom
* Amber and The Little Criminals, Atlantic/Pacific, The Wind-up @ Mercury Lounge
* Built To Spill & DJ Doug Martsch @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress)
* Order Of Ennead, Wormrot, Mobile Deathcamp, Skull Crusher @ Santos Party House
* Octavio Lafuentes, Bona to Vada, Jason Anderson, Moxie Block @ Pete's Candy Store
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Uli Krieger), Loud Objects @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alaskas, Weekends, Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship, Human Resources, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Shea Stadium
* Beach Fossils (DJ set), Apache Beat, Blood Orange, We Are All Romans @ Coco 66
Bambi Kino is a Beatles cover band featuring Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, etc), Erik Paparazzi (who has played with Cat Power and others), Ira Elliot of Nada Surf, and Mark Rozzo of Maplewood. They recently played four consecutive shows in Hamburg, Germany beginning on August 17, performing the exact sets The Beatles performed in Hamburg exactly 50 years ago. Tonight they play Bowery Electric in NYC.
New Drums video for "Down by the Water", below...
Surfer Blood @ Siren Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On the opposite end are The Drums, who played New York a ton in 2009 and only once (minus a Record Store Day in-store and private parties) in 2010 (that show was in January, coincidentally, with Surfer Blood).
The two bands are pairing up for a September/October tour. That includes a show on Wednesday, October 20th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale Friday, July 30th at noon.
Another show on that tour brings Surfer Blood back to Grand Central in Miami where they swore never to play again...
"Let us rehash the night that Surfer Blood played Poplife's 11th anniversary party at Grand Central. The band members felt they had been disrespected by an overzealous security team and snobby promoters. So during their slot opening for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, guitarist Thomas Fekete announced to the crowd, "Awesome venue, too bad it's run by a bunch of dicks. We will never play here again.""That is being reported by the Village Voice's sister publication Miami New Times who forgot to mention that the booking is consistent with the Florida band's tendency for forgiveness. Not long after Surfer Blood publicly lashed out at the Voice for Rob Harvilla bashing them, they played the Village Voice's SXSW party, and then Siren too.
The Drums also have plenty of shows abroad booked, with summer gigs in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe, and then more Euro shows in November & December. Surfer Blood's summer shows are similar (so similar, they share the bill on some dates).
All dates below.,,,
Record Store Day is fast approaching and we're looking to make this year the best one yet. If you're in NYC on Saturday, April 17, swing by Other Music where we'll be offering lots of special and exclusive Record Store Day releases in the shop, with a great line-up of guest DJs spinning their favorite tunes throughout the day (including Scott from the National and Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato), plus live performances from the Drums and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. We'll be announcing more details here and on our website in the coming week. And no matter what town you're in, save the date and please support your local independent record stores on Saturday, April 17.It's the only scheduled US date for the Drums, who go to Europe this May and June. For The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the in-store their only NYC date currently (their upcoming tour with Surfer Blood and Holiday Shores in June doesn't have one yet).
One of the DJs at Other Music will be the National's Scott Devendorf. Brassland Records (co-started by the National) reports that the store will be one of two (Soundfix being the other) to carry the National's second album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, on vinyl for the "1st time in 7 years.!"
The National's new LP, High Violet, is out May 11th on 4AD, and they've been steadily offering up songs from it. The new "Afraid of Everyone," which features Sufjan on backup vox, is available above as is the previously leaked "Bloodbuzz Ohio."
More Record Store Day coverage is on the way today. On a non-RSD note, Phosphorescent has an in-store at Other Music on May 10th.
Videos of two more new National songs, done live at Big Ears 2010, are posted below with (UPDATE: the Other Music schedule)...
Tickets for the NYC shows are already on presale. password?
Other bands scheduled to play Stubb's in Austin on the evening of Saturday, March 20th include The Drums, The Like, Circa Survive (who are touring with Torche and Coheed & Cambria), and Minus The Bear.
Muse are rumored to be playing Stubb's during SXSW too, but that's looking like it would happen Friday, one night earlier.
SS dates re-listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Making their debut during this year's NYC Popfest back in May, The Drums appeared fully form out of the gate and made an instant splash thanks to their insanely catchy '80s-inspired songs (download two above) and tambourine-crazy, bouncing-off-the-walls live show. The band took a break from shows but return in 2010 to play Bowery Ballroom on January 13 before heading off on a European tour. Frontman Jonathan Pierce, guitarist Jacob Graham, drummer Connor Hanwick all contributed to our year-end questionnaire...
The Drums - new band picture
The Drums went from playing a lot of shows a few month ago, to disappearing for a while. That hiatus ends next year when they return to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 13th. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Maybe the band is currently on vacation in their previous home state of Florida because they're also scheduled to play a show tonight (12/4) at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami. Their only other show between now and NYC is on New Years Eve in Chicago (the city with all the best New Years Eve shows this year).
Opening the Bowery show will be Surfer Blood who were most recently in town to open for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl. Surfer Blood also have a New Years Eve show scheduled, but theirs is in NYC at Cameo Gallery with Frankie (Rose) and The Outs, Beach Fossils, and We Are Country Mice. It only costs $10 which is a bargain for that night, though the venue is kind of small. Set times and other details about that show below.
A list of the the other New Years options in NYC (and elsewhere) is HERE. All SB & Drums dates below...
photos by Oren Loloi
Cymbals Eat Guitars
"It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of)." [Bill Pearis @ BrooklynVegan.com]As the "sort of" part of our preview from yesterday pointed out, Suckers were the fifth (actually third) band on last night's bill at Brooklyn Bowl (8/27).
Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to hang out, bowl, and especially see a show (and I guess eat).
I missed Real Estate who went on at 7:30, but I got there in time to see an energetic (maybe too energetic) set by The Drums whose music I've listened to so much lately I realized at the show I could sing along with almost every song they played.
Suckers, who went on next, have that one good song, and they played it last (I wasn't too into them).
These Are Powers came on around 11:00, and I was nervous that the bowling crowd would all start fleeing from the venue as the music segued from the danceable, radio hits that the DJ was playing to TAP's brand of, um, well...
"A trip to These Are Powers' Last.fm page will tell you that they're commonly referred to as noise rock, experimental, art rock, and their own made up genre, ghost punk (among other already poorly-defined terms). I'm not sure about you, but a couple of those don't exactly measure up to the uncomfortable force these three Brooklyn-Chicago interminglers gravitate around. In reading some of the other press about this alienated trio, I have yet to find anything that accurately describes precisely what they do" [Aural States]One friend at the show told me she thought These Are Powers, or maybe more specifically Anna Barie, was a mix of Rihanna and M.I.A. It was one of two TAP/MIA comparisons I heard that night... And nobody ran, though a bunch did leave before Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage, probably because it was approaching midnight on a school night (or because they ran to see Surfer Blood play at Bruar Falls)...
...which is unfortunate because Cymbals Eat Guitars justified their spot as headliner of the night. They were so good. Catch them on tour with Pains of Being Pure At Heart. And then I went home. More pictures from the whole night below....
by Bill Pearis
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Cymbals Eat Guitars
It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.
Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).
This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.
Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.
Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.
Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.
You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.
Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.
And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.
Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Tim Sweeney Live @ Sunday Best - August 16 (MP3)
It's been a very exciting week in dance, with both Bassment Jaxx and Royksopp show announcements. Unfortunately we still have to wait a few months before those happen. In the meantime, here is what's going on this weekend:
photos by Bao Nguyen
As far as upcoming shows, the band will NOT be at Glasslands this Friday (August 14th), nor will they will at Littlefield on August 29th. They dropped off both of those shows. However, they will play the FIXED dance party at the Tribeca Grand on August 22nd. And the band is still on the solid lineup for Insound's 10 Year anniversary party August 27th at the Brooklyn Bowl along with Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, Real Estate and one TBA. Tickets for that are on sale.
Beyond those, The Drums have a gig at Mercury Lounge with Action Painters and Kordan on September 22nd, and a CMJ show at Santos in October. Tickets to the Merc show are on sale. Those dates, the video, and more pictures from the show they played at Bowery Ballroom on July 29th, below...
Kid Rock is playing the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function benefit at Terminal 5 on September 2nd. It's the show the Beastie Boys played last year. $100 tickets are currently on AmEx presale and go on general sale Saturday at noon.
Insound are celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a show at Brooklyn Bowl. The August 27th party will feature sets by Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, Suckers, The Drums and Real Estate. $10 tickets are on sale.
The Drums and Suckers are both also playing shows at Littlefield that same week as part of "After the Jump Fest '09" - three days of shows at the new Brooklyn venue::
After The Jump Fest 09 (more bands TBA)
After the Jump tickets (single day passes $10, 3 day passes $25 - ALL AGES) and tickets for other shows at Littlefield are available at Littlefield's site.
TONIGHT @ LITTLEFIELD (8/7): Kaki King's Exhibition.
THE DRUMS TONIGHT (8/7): @ the Mondo Dance Party @ Don Hill's
Chairlift play Bowery Ballroom on September 5th. Tickets are on sale.
Leonard Cohen MSG tickets are currently on pre-sale.
Kings of Leon Izod Center tickets were released.
Thursday, Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Besnard Lakes, Amy Millan, Black Heart Procession and other tickets also recently went on sale.
No tickets necessary for the Moshi Moshi show at South Street Seaport.
It's sure to be an interesting evening at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (7/29). Ninjasonik (the most recent addition to the bill) (will this be the end of Bowery Ballroom???) and The Drums are opening for Ebony Bones. Tickets will cost you $12.00 at the door. I also have five pairs to give away. Details and more tour dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (MP3)
Kurt Vile will be playing a Rooftop Films event on July 31st. There he'll ditch his backing band the Violators for a performance before a screening of the documentary on the film Troll 2, "the legendary worst movie ever made, according to IMDB ratings."
That flick is such an event, Rooftop Films decided to stretch it over two nights. On July 30th they will show the actual film, accompanied by a performance from The Drums (one of many upcoming shows from that band, who also played last night at the Bell House). Other bands with Rooftop Films shows scheduled include Stars Like Fleas and Teengirl Fantasy. Full schedule below.
Vile (with the Violators on hand) just played the first of several upcoming shows with Blues Control (who announced more fall dates, below) at Bruar Falls on July 17th. Blues Control's distorted wall of sound worked well through the club's cozy sound system, but the arsenal of the Violators maybe pushed the backline a little too far. Lyrics and flourishes that came through crystal clear at Broadway Backyard (where he played one of my favorite sets of the day) roared out as energetic albeit indeterminate gestures. Not quite as engaging, considering many of the songs still aren't out in recorded form.
Vile's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, is still on the way. Check out mellow jam "Overnite Religion" off that, above. The full Rooftop Films schedule, with all Kurt Vile and Blues Control tour dates, and the Troll 2 trailer, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground - He Momma (MP3)
It's another busy weekend of shows, so much so I'm breaking this week's TWiI into two parts. First and foremost on tonight's (7/9) agenda is the We Are the Wiley benefit at the Shank featuring Lightspeed Champion, Adam Green and Chairlift. Besides being a great lineup in and of its own, the money goes to a good cause. As you may have read in an earlier post, Jon Wiley -- who fronts Spacecamp when he isn't playing in Adam Green and Lightspeed Champion or being an all-around good guy -- had a scare earlier this year that left him diagnosed with MS, and a mountain of medical bills. Like most musicians out there, Jon's has no insurance so please come tonight and help out. The event is co-sponsored by Wanduta, a new national organization designed to support and protect independent musicians, and all proceeds go towards Jon's medical bills.
And you'll get to see Lightspeed Champion play his killer new stuff (he was great at Mercury Lounge a couple weeks back), headliners Chairlift who have gotten better as a live band every time I've seen them, and the always unpredictable Adam Green. And I wouldn't be surprised if Spacecamp didn't play a couple songs too, seeing as they're the backing band for both Adam and Lightspeed. Admission is $15 and is 21+.
Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground
Philadelphia's Mewithoutyou and Atlanta's The Dear Hunter (not Deerhunter) and on tour together and are playing tonight (7/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tomorrow (7/10) at Bowery Ballroom. But I'm not hear to talk about them. Opening for both shows are Seattle's Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground who are one of the city's best bands though maybe you've never heard of them as they don't play outside of their hometown too often. A musical collective that expands and contracts anywhere from 10 to 15 depending on the show, Kay Kay are led by Kirk Huffman and Kyle O'Quin who have other many bands on thier own. (Huffman in particular stays very busy.) Their self-titled debut is clearly in love with the lush, baroque pop of the late '60s and early '70s: think The Zombies (or Colin Blunstone's first solo album), The Left Banke, and Harry Nilsson. If you wanted more recent comparisons, Jellyfish, Jason Falkner or The Format. It holds up to those comparisons pretty well too, as you can hear on their highly-recommend self-titled debut, which was released on vinyl and digitally last year and came out on CD in May of this year. It's too bad they aren't doing a headling date of their own somewhere, but who knows when they'll make it back this way?
Those Darlins @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
And a couple other recommended shows tonight: I've been really enjoying Those Darlins' just-released debut album which is sort of like garage rock Tammy Wynette -- and they are a lot of fun live. The whole bill is solid: Jon Spencer's rockabilly explosion Heavy Trash, and the amazing Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers. And if you can't make it tonight, they play Southpaw tomorrow (7/10) with Country Mice and the So So Glow.
Finally, if you haven't seen The Drums yet, they play Public Assembly tonight, but you've got lots of chances to see them.
Tour dates, videos and flyers after the jump....
The Drums @ Cake Shop 5/17 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
With a residency at the Annex and a Northside Fest showcase behind them, the band has already scheduled nine more NYC shows over the next few months. To name a couple, they'll play Public Assembly on July 9th (tonight), The Bell House on July 22nd, a Rooftop Films show on July 20th, and an Insound 10th Anniversary party on August 29th (it says the show is at Studio B, but we don't think that is possible. The band even has a CMJ SHOWCASE already listed for October 21st. Full schedule below.
An EP from The Drums titled Summertime is due August 4th on Twenty Seven Records, and their debut LP is planned for early 2010. Tracks from the band are above, and there's a free digital single from them up at RCRDLBL.
All Drums tour dates and Summertime art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Drums - I Felt Stupid (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Drums - Instruct Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - Clever Girls Like Clever Boys More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - I Love You, You Imbecile (feat. Ida Maria) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - 1983 (Pelle & Sebastian) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - 51,3 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: I Was a King - Norman Bleik (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt This Place (MP3)
Those Dancing Days @ Spaceland in LA - 05/23/09 (Clap Your Mirror Say Yeah)
Those Dancing Days were in town this week and the Scandinavian invasion continues through the weekend. Stockholm resident Pelle Carlberg, fresh from playing San Francisco's Popfest, is here on Saturday (5/30) at Union Hall (tix). While his new album, The Lilac Time, isn't quite as strong as 2007's In a Nutshell, he's a great performer and wouldn't miss him for the world. If you like Belle & Sebastian type pop (even he acknowledges he sounds a bit like them, see the MP3 at the top of this post), funny stories, and suitcases used as drums, you shouldn't miss it either.
The other reason not to miss it is the second-ever show by NYC Popfest breakout stars The Drums. For a band who claimed to have had their first practice a mere two hours before the show, The Drums seemed to have it pretty together at Popfest, with a full band and backup singers. Their MySpace lists gloomy Manchester post punk as reference points - the main influence to me seems to be the beach. As in where the surf meets the sand. The music's a little twangy, with the most whistling heard since "Young Folks," and song titles include "The Saddest Summer," "Down by the Water" and "Let's Go Surfing." Perfect for Watusi-ing. They're a lot of fun. And they've got a June residency at the Annex and will be playing the Northside Festival if you can't make the show on Saturday.
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Also Saturday night, over at Mercury Lounge, are Norway's I Was a King playing their second of three NYC shows. Their first is earlier that day at Generation Records. I have friends who saw them in Chicago and said they were great so I'm really looking forward to catching them. As I wrote previously, if you like Teenage Fanclub-y, harmony-and-feedback style pop, definitely go see them. They also play Union Hall on Sunday (5/31).
The Saturday show (which is an early one) is with Canadian trio The Rural Alberta Advantage, who also headline tonight (5/29) at The Bell House. The band won over crowds at SXSW, including at least one Pitchfork writer:
The percussive, stripped down indie-folk trio plays acoustic everything, but there's nothing quiet about them. Frontman Nils Edenloff sings in a strained yelp and plays his guitar like he's mad at it. This is the kind of band you imagine would do just fine unplugged. And at the end of their set, they did just that, walking to the center of the room and making their voices do all the work...The band's excellent self-released 2008 debut, Hometowns, just got picked up by Saddle Creek who'll release it in July.
Edenloff held everything together, but multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole did more to make this band fun to watch. She's a totally winning stage presence, grinning huge and clapping along when she didn't have anything to play. And her xylophone dings and backing vocals added warmth and stillness to the driving songs. Every one of those songs, according to Edenloff, concerns the Canadian province that gave the band their name. And every one of those songs just goes for it, in a racing-toward-the-sun kind of way. This band could be huge.
And if you need more earnest Canadians, Rock Plaza Central are in town, at Cake Shop on Monday (6/1) and the Bell House on Tuesday (6/2).
A few short bits:
Two great alt-rock icons are in town: X are at Bowery Ballroom all weekend (playing what you asked them to play). Tonight (5/29) and Saturday are sold out, as is but there are still tickets for Sunday's show. And former Husker Du drummer/singer Grant Hart will play Cake Shop tonight (5/29) and the Bell House on Monday (6/1).
Au Revoir Simone kick of their summer tour tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you haven't heard their new, critically-acclaimed album Still Night, Still Light (which I still have to look up to make sure I'm getting the title correct), it really is very good. Also on the bill and on the tour is The Antlers.
Did you get tickets for Art Brut Week? At this point, everything except the Monday (6/1) show is sold out and it's likely to go soon. If you haven't heard Art Brut Vs. Satan, maybe it's time rediscover the brilliance of Eddie Argos.
Select tour dates and videos after the jump...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Suburban Kids with Biblical Names
NYC Popfest ended last Sunday with a marathon of a show in the basement of Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. We already posted the pictures of The Drums (with a short summary of that day), and you can browse pics from the first three nights of NYC Popfest HERE. Now check out the rest from day four (5/17), with a bunch of videos, below...
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Nobody knew what was in store; not the band and certainly not those in attendance. But the first-ever show by Florida's The Drums (Jonathan Pierce of Elkland and Jacob Graham of Horse Shoes) was arguably the highlight of the final day of NYC Popfest (5/17). Playing shimmery, surf-pop with a bit of post-punk bent, The Drums charged through an all-too-brief performance that set the tone for the second half of a marathon day in which 12 bands performed at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. There was bouncy, jubilant pop from Vermont's The Smittens and a thoughtful, stripped down set from ex-Softie Rose Melberg early on; quirkiness from Casper and The Cookies (who managed to knock out the string lights during their set) and dreamy pop of the Burning Hearts (comprised of members of Cats On Fire) later; and a raucous end to Popfest by Sweden's Suburban Kids With Biblical Names. But wedged in between was a killer seven-song salvo by The Drums who follow up their Popfest success with a show on May 30 at Union Hall with Pelle Carlberg (tix).
If you miss them, don't worry, they also have four more NYC shows at the Annex scheduled in June - the same month their debut EP, Summertime, will be released. Listen at their website. All dates, and more Popfest pictures below...