Entries tagged with: The Faint
by Andrew Sacher
Digital Leather, the project formed by Shawn Foree who was in a previous incarnation of Destruction Unit and now also including The Faint's Todd Fink, will release the full-length followup to 2012's Modern Problems this year. It's called All Faded, is due out June 23 via FDH Records (pre-order), and new single "Face To The Wall" premieres in this post. It's synthy, gothy post-punk with a strong Joy Division-inspired bassline and a repeated chorus of "Face to the wall, here comes another day!" that should get stuck in your head pretty quickly. Listen below.
Digital Leather also have shows coming up. They play Austin tonight (4/20) and the next night (4/21), and they make their way to NYC on June 3 at Cake Shop. More bands TBA for that show. All dates are listed below.
photos by Bruno Simões
The Faint @ MHOW - 5/14/14
When Omaha dance punks The Faint last visited NYC, they were riding the nostalgia train, performing 2001's Danse Macabre in full at Terminal 5. But when they returned this past Wednesday (5/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it was to support their new Doom Abuse album, their first in six years. The show was their first of three NYC shows on their current tour with their Nebraska neighbor Darren Keen and Montreal's krauty Suuns. We don't have the exact setlist from the MHOW show (anyone know it?), but the sets have been pretty similar all tour including most of the new album, with plenty of Danse Macabre, Wet From Birth and a few others. Unfortunately we missed the openers, but pictures from The Faint at MHOW are in this post.
The Faint, Suuns and Darren Keen do it again on Saturday (5/17) at Webster Hall and Monday (5/19) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows are still available.
More pictures below...
Electropunk vets The Faint will release their new album, Doom Abuse, on April 8. That's the cover art above. It's the band's first album in six years and you can watch the video for first single "Help in the Head" below.
The band will be touring this spring and will hit NYC for three shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 14, Webster Hall on May 17 and Bowery Ballroom on May 19. Tickets to all three NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/26) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Faint @ T5, 12/7/2012
Omaha dark dance veterans The Faint played all of their 2001 LP Danse Macabre at Terminal 5 on Friday (12/7), marking the half-way point for the band's East Coast leg of the US tour in support of its reissue. Opening the show were tourmates Trust and Icky Blossoms.
More pictures from Terminal 5 and the Faint set list are below.
The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.
If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.
As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.
The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.
Gothy Toronto outfit Trust (mostly Robert Alfons with help from Austra drummer Maya Postepski) just released a lovely piano version of their song "Sulk" which you can watch the video of at the bottom of this post. The more dancefloor-friendly original can be found on Trust's debut album which came out back in February. You can also stream "Dressed for Space," their most recent single, below along with a few remixes of the track.
As mentioned, Trust are going on a tour with The Faint which hits Terminal 5 on December 7 and tickets are still available. Additionally, Trust will DJ at Glasslands later that same night which also features a live performance from Black Marble. Tickets for that show are only $5 and still available.
Tour dates, streams and the "Sulk" piano version video are below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Atlas Sound / Dinosaur Jr. / crowd
LA's FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (9/2) after kicking off one day earlier. Sunday's portion of the fest gave us sets by Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing, Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst's old band who reformed this year), Paul Banks, Ceremony, Cursive, and many more.
Pictures of day 1 are HERE and more pics of day 2 are below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
DOWNLOAD: Feist - "Graveyard" (Trust Remix) (MP3)
The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Omaha/Saddle Creek scene dance-punkers The Faint will reissue their 2001 LP, Danse Macabre, the work they're best known for, on October 30 via Saddle Creek. The remastered album comes with six bonus tracks, a DVD, and a 60-page booklet. The six bonus tracks include a Sonic Youth cover, a Bright Eyes cover, the song "Dust," which features Bright Eyes, a Thin White Duke remix, and Out Hud remix, and the song "Take Me To The Hospital," which you can download in exchange for your email address below. The cover art and tracklist are also below.
The band will be going on tour performing Danse Macabre in full, and will hit NYC for a show on December 7 at Terminal 5 with support from Trust and Icky Blossoms. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon.
Speaking of Trust, they recently remixed fellow Canadian/Arts & Crafts labelmate Feist's track "Graveyard," off of her 2011 LP, Metals. You can download that remix above or stream it below.
A list of all dates, album info, and song streams are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Ladytron / The Faint
"I'm all for the egalitarian spirit of alternating closing slots when it comes to co-headline tours, but even as someone who's a fan of Ladytron and who hadn't heard a note from The Faint before Monday's show at the Phoenix, I'd have to say that the evening would have been better served if the Nebraskans had been last up.Ladytron and The Faint are on tour, and came through NYC over the weekend to play Friday and Saturday night shows at Webster Hall with Crocodiles (not Telepathe). The co-headlining bands also DJ'd a couple of afterparties while they were here. The pictures in this post are from the Saturday (4/11) show. More of them below...
Which isn't a slight on the Liverpool outfit in the least - as their appearance at Harbourfront last July proved, they can put on a terrific show even without being especially animated but following a set as hyper-kinetic and anarchic as The Faint's? That's tough. As mentioned, they were an unknown quantity but made a hell of an impression, and quickly - their laser-guided light show and frontman Todd Fink's manic antics made for a level of spectacle and showmanship that I'm not really used to seeing, and soundtracked by the band's deep and thundering synth-dug grooves, it wasn't a little gleefully apocalyptic. And helping that impression along were the audience - all I can say is that if you're going to be standing in the all-ages portion of a Faint show, you'd best be prepared. Starting from a sway and quickly building to a near-riot, it became very clear that the front half of the Phoenix was no place for the faint of heart or aged of back. I can't say that I'll remember a single song The Faint played during that hour on Monday night, but I'll certainly remember the effect it had on their fans. That shit was crazy."
[Chromewaves saw the Toronto show]
Louise Harman is just 23, but already she's had quite a life. By the age of 20, she had scored a Top 10 hit with the Ordinary Boys - Nine2Five - and recorded with the Streets. In 2005, she got a deal with Island Records in the UK, while Jay-Z himself signed her to his Def Jam label in the US...Lady Sovereign doesn't kick off her proper North American tour - the one that includes shows at Highline Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg - until May 1st, but she is in NYC now to promote her record, Jigsaw, that came out last week. That promotion included two NJ Hot Topic in-stores (as if you needed another reason not to like her). That promotion also includes a free (with RSVP) show at Tribeca Grand tonight (4/11). Ladytron and (members of) The Faint, who play their second of two shows at Webster Hall tonight, are both DJing. All dates below...
...Then things started to fall apart. "I went on strike and stopped doing stuff, so Def Jam got the hump with me," Harman shrugs, sipping on a vodka and Red Bull in a pub in Wembley, north London, near where she grew up. Her initial meeting with Jay-Z took place in front of R&B star Usher and producer LA Reid, and was, she remembers, an uncomfortable experience. "All these executives, on the top floor of a high-rise building, all eyes on me. It was like an audition. Jay-Z is a cool guy, but we only hung out properly once - it's not like we were best friends." Her mother was (and still is) seriously ill with a brain tumour. Meanwhile, Def Jam had spent vast amounts marketing her debut album, Public Warning, and saw little chance of profiting from its 300,000 sales. The pressure was on.
The tipping point was a disastrous performance at New York's Studio B in May 2007. Harman told the audience she was broke and bored of performing the same songs; she left the stage after two tracks to a chorus of boos. "I lost the plot a few times. I was cutting myself and stupid things like that. I was tired," she says now. "I felt like it was just push, push, push. I didn't have a chance to record any new stuff, it was the same old songs."
She flew back home. "My manager rang me and said, 'OK, it's definitely over.' And it hit me." She insists that Def Jam didn't drop her; the parting was a mutual decision. "It just had to be done, for their sake, for my sake. It wasn't messy, it was just ... gone."... [Guardian]
DOWNLOAD: Telepathe - So Fine (Lauren Flax remix) (MP3)
photos by Tim Griffin
Stealing liberally from the Jesus an Mary Chain and Spacemen 3,not to mention various other psych rock bands, San Diego duo Crocodiles aren't doing anything new, but they do it very well. Dressed in skinny denim and sunglasses and bathed in red light, Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez look like a lost 1986 Creation Records press photo. It's all two-chords, feedback, reverb, and excruciating volume set against a dimestore drum machine beat. And it all works pretty brilliantly because, like fellow West Coast-ers The Soft Pack, they have one element that can't be ripped-off from someone else: attitude. All that's missing is strobe lights and smoke machines. Though it would probably work just as well with a full band. [Bill Pearis]Almost immediately afterwards, the Crocodiles jumped on to the already-in-motion Faint/Ladytron tour that Telepathe was supposed to be opening. Why Telepathe dropped off is unclear. What is clear is that Crocodiles won't be gone for long. The Faint and Ladytron (and Crocodiles) hit Webster Hall on Friday, April 10th and Saturday the 11th. Tickets for both the Friday and Saturday shows are still on sale.
That tour runs through May 5th. Crocodiles' debut album, Summer of Hate, will come out on April 28th via Fat Possum Records. Tracklist below.
Then later in May, Crocodiles will return to NYC AGAIN - that time to play two shows with Holy Fuck and A Place to Bury Strangers. Tickets for both Friday, May 22nd at MHOW and Saturday, May 23rd at the Bowery Ballroom are on sale.
Telepathe's next show is scheduled for April 15th at The Annex in NYC. The gig will be a record release show a for the band's debut, Dance Mother, coming out April 14th on IAMSOUND. The record is "produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio and comes with cd-only remixes from Chairlift, The Big Pink and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails producer)." Dance Mother single "So Fine" is remixed above - the video for Telepathe's version is below.
Telepathe also has European/Japan dates scheduled, a June North American tour, and an appearance at All Point West scheduled. All tour dates, videos, and more Crocodile pictures below...
Teengirl Fantasy (photo by josh sisk)
You don't hear too much from Celebration lately. Well, not totally true. The Baltimore band, known for being tight with Brooklyn's TV on the Radio, are credited as collborators on the new Holly Miranda album that was co-produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. And this Saturday night, February 21st, Celebration plays a Brooklyn show at Glasslands - the very venue members of TV on the Radio have turned up to play with their side projects in the last few weeks. TV on the Radio also have a NYC show coming up. Holly Miranda has a couple too.
Sound Fix Records, the venue, is not long for this world. Upcoming free shows there include a Friday night (tonight) performance by The Forms, and a Saturday one by Howlies. Tonight's Forms show, presented by Guilt by Association, also doubles as a Sound Fix benefit show, so look for the tip jar as its being passed around. Howlies' record "Trippin With Howlies" is out now. That is the occasion they'll be celebrating when they come back to town to play Death By Audio on February 26th.
Telepathe have been added to the Ladytron and Faint tour in April. That means they'll be playing Webster Hall on the 10th and 11th of that month. No need to wait that long though. In addition to some shows at SXSW in March, you can catch Telepathe twice in NYC this weekend, courtesy of Todd P. Tonight, February 20th, the show is at Market Hotel with These Are Powers, Teengirl Fantay, Soft Circle and Katie Eastburn. Saturday they play with Teengirl Fantasy, Hawnay Troof, and Silk Flowers at 92Y Tribeca. Todd P says...
Especially excited about the 2 shows this weekend featuring TEENGIRL FANTASY from Oberlin, Ohio. Teengirl Fantasy, aka Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss, are two young guys currently attending Oberlin College, together they make drum machine and sampler heavy dance music that steals as much from the underground noise scene as it does from the dance world. Teengirl Fantasy smash those influences to make transcendently catchy adrenaline anthems that get everyone dancing.Teengirl Fantasy remixed one of Telepathe's songs. Listen to it in the video below...
DOWNLOAD: Ladytron - Tomorrow (Vector Lovers Lucky remix) (MP3)
LADYTRON has just announced a North American co-headlining tour with THE FAINT this spring, beginning in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 1 and wrapping in Denver on Tuesday, May 5. The two bands will switch headline duties each night, and will be joined by FIGO who will DJ throughout the evening. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 13.Download the Vector Lovers Lucky remix from that EP, above. All tour dates, and the whole EP tracklist, below...
The band will also release TOMORROW EP -- a 6 track EP featuring remixes of the track "Tomorrow" from their 2008 release Velocifero -- on March 3 on all major digital service providers. Remixers include Jim Abbiss (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Goldfrapp), Dirty Vegas, Great Northern and more.
photos by Ryan Muir
Anti-Pop Consortium opened the Faint show at Terminal 5 eariler this month. Here are the pictures.
Stereolab are playing three shows at Irving Plaza in October. Here are the openers:
10/2 - with The Van Allen Belt, Atlas SoundTickets for Stereolab are on sale. More Anti-Pop pix below...
10/3 - With Anti-Pop Consortium
10/4 - With Monade, Le Loup
by Black Bubblegum
Mookie Singerman of Genghis Tron in Belfort (Photo Rod | Le-HibOO.com)
Good News: Genghis Tron announced another tour of the US.
Better News: It's a headlining tour.
Best News: The band has lined up one NYC date, October 25th (during CMJ), at Schmarket Schmotel (where they have played before) with an absolutely killer lineup of DMBQ, An Albatross, Akimbo, and Monotonix with more TBA.
When Genghis Tron finishes with their previously mentioned dates with Baroness in Canada, the trio will hit the road with checkboard-obsessives Yip Yip playing dates with Black Cobra, Behold The Arctopus, and Lovepump United labelmates (Mookie Singerman's label) Clipd Beaks.
Monotonix are also playing Knitting Factory on October 24th (one night before Market Hotel & also during CMJ). Monotonix are also on tour as we speak. All Genghis Tron dates below...
The Faint are set to release their first album in four years - Fasciinatiion - on August 5th through their own, newly-formed label, blank.wav. Fasciinatiion, The Faint's fifth album, is the first in the band's ten-year history to be written, recorded, produced, art directed and released entirely on their own. Prior to the album's release, the Omaha quintet will be hitting the road, playing lots of new songs from Fasciinatiion, in addition to favorites....$25 tickets go on sale Friday for an August 18th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. All tour dates, and the new album tracklist, below....
Despite what it says on Bjork's website and I in turn posted, Konono N°1 are not opening for Bjork at the Apollo Theater. Mudderfukin Spank Rock is instead. Awesome, and not surprising. Konono is still opening at United Palace.
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - I Disappear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Birth (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Call Call (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Worked Up So Sexual (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Agenda Suicide (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Glass Danse (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Worked Up So Sexual (Death Cab Mix) - Chris Walla (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Faint - Paranoiattack (Making Time for D.O.N. Mix) - Dave P & Adam Sparkles (MP3)
The Faint @ Eternal, Austin, TX - SXSW 2007 (CRED)
This is probably some people's worst nightmare. Not only are The Faint playing Webster Hall, it's a Motherf*cker party that night - May 27th aka Memorial Day eve. I think it'll actually be the first Motherf*cker since New Years. They're not having them as often as they used to. This may also be the first time they ever held the party at Webster Hall. All Faint tour dates below...