Entries tagged with: The Fresh and Onlys
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys @ SXSW 2009
In 2009, Castle Face released The Fresh & Onlys' debut album, one of two they'd release that year. It was culled from dozens of songs Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin recorded (with help from Wymond Miles) in off-hours from their jobs at Amoeba Records in San Francisco. There were lots of leftover songs and now Castle Face is putting out Early Years Anthology which gives us another look into that very prolific first year of the band. You can stream "Sunglasses" from it (via Stereogum), below.
Castle Face's GM, John Dwyer (you also may know him from his band Thee Oh Sees), writes his own press releases and gets a little wistful with this one:
These were carefree times.Early Years Anthology will be out August 31, and Castle Face is also repressing their debut album which has been out of print for a while now.
We were young enough to put our bodies to the test every night on the 7 x 7 mile patch of the bay
The endless wars seemed less at home
Songs were hanging off the branches heavy, plump and threatening to rot on the vine if they weren't polished and put to tape
The band was on their 3rd live drummer but the line up in The Fresh & Onlys recording tower was a consistent group of pop soldiers writing, working, and whiling away the hours
A beeramid of cheap cans, endless dope smokery and a pretty strong vibe of dudes who would play together into oblivion.
Tape spilling over itself
Drum kit covered in mufflers
A chest of shitty percussion toys
Lots of ideas and multiple secret weapons at their disposal:
Shayde Sartin: the beast from out east, the thud of a heavy slow bomb...the best bass player in the bay
Unaccredited infinite times on records that were made better by his finely crafted skills.
I can pick him out on records instantly.
Wymond "the count": you can almost smell his hair on his hooks
If there was a stage monitor in your living room his fence-climber boot would be on it
Wymond always had the riff that made the jets of the song take off.
Listen and you'll see what I mean
Tim Cohen: the man behind the beard
Some would say the leader. In the game as long as Bette Midler
Cohen writes great songs in his sleep I think
Once referred to by a buddy as "like 3 weirdos in one"
Think of these as basement tapes, a companion to the first F+Os castle face release (which itself deserves another listen)
I remember watching some of these tunes get banged out live in a sweat pit in Oakland
The sound guy so gacked out that there was no sound guy basically
ah memories..." John Dwyer, Feb 16th 2015
Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.
Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.
photo: Glasslands, night of Wu Lyf show, 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
As mentioned, Glasslands will be closing out their time on Kent Ave with a New Year's Eve Party featuring four "special, secret" guests, all of whom have history with the venue. None of those guests have been revealed yet, but the night includes a one-hour open vodka bar early and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
We asked Glasslands/Popgun's Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal for Top 10 lists. Rami gave us his favorite albums of 2014 (many of the artists have played Glasslands over the years); Jake gave us his 10 favorite Glasslands shows ever. You can find out who ended up their lists, below. What was your most memorable show at Glasslands?
Rami and Jake also asked us to let folks know that they are looking to collect any physical memorabilia from Glasslands, be it flyers, posters or whatever. If you have something, please get in touch at email@example.com.
by Bill Pearis
Vancouver band The Shilohs make classic guitar pop. Beatlesque is an overused term but there are some clear nods to John, Paul and, especially, George on their new self-titled album which came out last month via Light Organ. While influences may be on their sleeves, The Shilohs are good songwriters with excellent taste. If you have any affinity for this kind of stuff, The Shilohs do it well. You can stream the whole album in this post, and we're also premiering the video for opening track "Student of Nature" which you can watch below.
The Shilohs have previously toured with Real Estate and they're getting ready to hit the road with The Fresh & Onlys, including a NYC stop at Glasslands on July 23. Christines are also on that bill and tickets for that show are still available. All tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of videos, The Fresh & Onlys have a new video for "Animal of One" which you can watch below as well.
by Bill Pearis
Christines is the new band from Andrew Burr, who moved to NYC when his old band Woven Bones were sputtering out. Where that band was fuzzed-out 8mm garage, Christines are most definitely widescreen. Their new single "Almost Nil" sounds like a NASA launch, Burr and Matt Yu's guitars burning in slo-mo to the stratosphere. Fans of early '90s Creation Records (Swervedriver gets you in the right solar system) take note. We've got the premiere of "Almost Nil" in this post and you can stream or download it, and the chugging b-side "Maria Zoe Christo," below.
Christines have a few NYC shows coming up. They play Baby's All Right on Friday (6/27) with Honey and headliners Crystal Stilts. Tickets are still available. They also play Cake Shop on July 12 with TV Ghost and EZTV (featuring members of Widowspeak); then Glasslands on July 23 opening for The Fresh & Onlys (tickets); and Death by Audio on July 24 with Crocodiles and The New Lines.
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys' fifth album, House of Spirits, will be out June 10 via Mexican Summer. (Pre-order yours.) You may have already heard the fuzz-and-harmonied "Bells of Paonia" but the San Francisco quartet have shared a couple more since. The official first single, "Animal of One," is a terrific example of the F&O's distinctly twisted, twangy take on psych pop. They really don't sound like anybody else. You can stream that, along with the just-shared "Who Let the Devil" below.
Look for The Fresh & Onlys in a rock club near you when the band head out on tour this summer. Those dates include a show in NYC at Glasslands on July 23. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, plus song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
(photo via @soundbitesnyc)
There was a while there where The Fresh & Onlys were competing with Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Bob Pollard for the title of Most Prolific Band in Indie Rock. They have since slowed to a respectable one major release a year, with maybe a 7" too for a tour. (Mind you frontman Tim Cohen puts out a Magic Trick album once a year too.) The band will release their fifth album, House of Spirits on June 10 via Mexican Summer and the first track released from it, "Bells of Paonia," is out now. Fuzzy and ethereal, the track is unlike anything they've done before, sonically, with layers of guitar, organ and harmonies going ocean-deep. Say the band, "Jam this on your stereo or headphones, otherwise you'll be missing nearly half of what's lurking in this swamp. Not recommended for those puny computer speakers." Crank it up below.
When the Fresh & Onlys were in NYC for Mexican Summer Five back in the fall, their normal rhythm section (Shayde Sartin, Kyle Gibson) were not with them but the regular line-up was in fine form at SXSW this past weekend when I caught them at the official Mexican Summer showcase. The band are playing Austin Psych Fest right before their new album drops, hopefully we'll have some East Coast dates soon.
"Bells of Paonia" stream, plus House of Spirits cover art and tracklist, below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Ariel Pink / Fresh & Onlys / the crowd @ Mexican Summer Five 10/11/2013
Brooklyn label Mexican Summer celebrated its fifth birthday last weekend with Mexican Summer Five Years, a two-day celebration at Red Hook space Pioneer Works featuring much of the label's roster (and a few friends). This has been a big year for NYC label anniversary fetes, and while I dug the scene at DFA's and had a good time at Captured Tracks', hands down this was the best of the three and had a great time both days.
I was wondering if I would, though, on Friday night (10/11) as it took me more than an hour to get there from my Williamsburg apartment. G train (and some walking) or bus, it's a slow trek out there and I was a little grumbly on my way, but that all melted away when I got inside Pioneer Works. What an amazing, cavernous space, formerly used to build ships and tanks, with an almost as big outdoor courtyard where you could hang out if you didn't want to watch one of the bands. People did just that, not to mention taking in the music line-up, doing a little record shopping, checking out some of the space's art and generally had a relaxed time. It felt more like a party than a concert.
But on that tip, they did a great job with the stage, lighting and sound -- though it certainly helped that most of Mexican Summer's artists benefit from natural reverb and echo.
A late start by me, I missed Home Blitz, Bob Trimble (who was joined by Quilt for a song or two) and most of Mike Wexler's set. But The Fresh & Onlys were great. Their rhythm section couldn't make the trip from San Francisco, so it was singer Tim Cohen, guitarist Wymond Miles and a pickup bassist and drummer (snares and brushes mainly). With Tim playing acoustic, the songs took on new form and allowed you to really appreciate the craft -- and the genuinely amazing, creative guitarwork Wymond Miles brings to the equation. I know I verge on F&O superfan status, but they deserve all praise. Their new EP, Soothsayer, is worth checking out.
The good vibes (and acoustics) also helped with Tamaryn's set. She's starting to come out of her shell a bit too. Tamaryn used to play in near darkness but now has a projected video backdrop and, for this show at least, some dramatic lighting which put her in cool silhouette for most of her set.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti closed out the night. I am a casual fan and know of his rep as being shambolic, but they played what I thought was a terrific set, and Halloween-themed projections (including a clever appropriation of the Scooby Doo opening titles for their band name). Jorge Elbrecht, who would play the next night with his old project Lansing-Dreiden and just released a collaborative single with AP, is now a Haunted Graffiti member and brings no small amount of technical abilities on guitar. That collaborative single, "Hang Onto Life, with its chorus of "You screwed the pooch, now face it," was probably the highlight of the set. Pictures from night 1 of Mexican Summer Five are in this post.
We'll have pics from day 2 -- with Connan Mockasin, Linda Perhacs, Langsing-Dreiden, Spiritualized and many more -- are on the way. Meanwhile, you can download a free Mexican Summer fifth anniversary sampler here. If you live in NYC, you can catch Mexican Summer bands Quilt and Happy Jawbone Family Band (both of whom were excellent at MS5 on Saturday) tonight (10/16) at Cameo as part of the Mexican Summer/Kanine/Carpark showcase.
Check out more pics from Friday below.
by Bill Pearis
Happy Jawbone Family Band
Mexican Summer's 5th Anniversary celebration is this weekend (October 11 & 12) happening at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. The shows will happen inside and outdoors and Friday (10/11) features Ariel Pink, Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Mike Wexler, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, and Home Blitz; Saturday (10/12) has Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockasin (first US show), a reunited Lansing-Dreiden, Co-La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, folk cult hero Linda Perhacs (first NY show), Quilt, Weyes Blood and Soldiers of Fortune. Tickets are still available in a variety of bundles, some of which include a commemorative 250-page book and 10" vinyl compilation (which you can buy separately too). The daily schedule is listed below.
The 10" record that comes with the book features exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally. There were 1000 made.
Many of the bands playing have new records either out now or on the way. Brattleboro, VT collective Happy Jawbone Family Band will release their brand new, self-titled LP next week (10/15) via the label. These guys have put out a lot of music -- some of which was collected for Tastes The Broom earlier this year -- but this is a pretty tight, cohesive and enjoyable record. And though the name gives off vibes of folk/bluegrass/jam/etc it would fit in alongside a mix with Fresh & Onlys or Built to Spill on it. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork. You can also catch HJFB tonight (10/10) at Death by Audio with Gull, Lutkie and Painted Faces.
They'll also be around next week for CMJ, playing Cameo on Wednesday (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Mood Rings who are also on Mexican Summer but are not scheduled to play the anniversary. All dates are listed below.
Speaking for Boston's Quilt, they also have a new single, "Arctic Shark," coming out on Mexican Summer at the end of the Month and you can stream that below. That song will be on the band's new album, Held in Splendor, which will be out January 28.
No Joy, who were here not so long ago, will release a new four-song EP, Pastel And Pass Out, on November 5. Like their terrific Wait to Pleasure LP, this new 12" was produced by Jorge Elbrecht (of Lansing-Dreiden and Violens) and you can stream a track from that below.
Connan Mockasin (kind of the New Zealand analogue of Ariel Pink), who will play his first-ever US show at this, releases his new album, Caramel on November 5 as well. You can stream "I'm The Man, That Will Find You" below.
Speaking of Ariel Pink, he closes out Friday night's show and has a new collaborative single with Jorge Elbrecht which you can stream below. Jorge has his fingerprints all over this weekend, as Lansing-Dreiden are reuniting for Saturday's show (which should be interesting) and he released a single with Tamaryn as well as the above-mentioned No Joy records.
And J. Spaceman of Spiritualized plays tonight (10/10) at 7 Dunham Gallery with Glen Hasnard and Sean Bones as part of a Daniel Johnston photo book exhibition.
The Rockabus was originally going to provide transportation from Williamsburg and Borough Hall to Red Hook but that is not happening now. Public transportation will get you there eventually.
Quilt, Happy Jawbone, and No Joy tour dates are listed, along with the Mexican Summer Five Years schedule, streams and a flyer, below...
Spiritualized at Webster Hall last week (more by Greg Cristman)
Last week, we mentioned that Brooklyn label Mexican Summer would be throwing a fifth anniversary party in Red Hook (like Captured Tracks just did in Bushwick). It's since been announced that the festival will take place at Pioneer Works on October 11 and 12 and the lineup includes Ariel Pink (who just played Station to Station), the US debut of New Zealand's Connan Mockasin (who was supposed to play Station to Station, but dropped off), Spiritualized (who just played Webster Hall), Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, Quilt, Co La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Weyes Blood, Mike Wexler, Home Blitz, '80s-era cult psych-folk legend Bobb Trimble (who played NYC a couple times in the past year or so), '70s-era cult psych-folk legend Linda Perhacs (who makes her NYC debut at the show!), and Soldiers of Fortune (aka the "supergroup" of Papa Crazee, Mike Bones, Matt Sweeney, Barry London, Brad Truax, and Kid Millions, who will be doing a 2 hour jam sesh with special guests).
The fest also features an out-of-retirement performance by Lansing-Dreiden, the arty band led Jorge Elbrecht now of Violens. L-D only played a handful of shows in their original incarnation.
In addition to the festival, Mexican Summer is also celebrating their five-year anniversary with a new book. A press release states:
The five-year anniversary is commemorated by Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 250-page, 11x11" book limited to 1,000 copies. The book features unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists. Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, screen-printed craft paper wrap, and three interior paper stocks.Full lineup below...
Accompanying the book is a 10" record of exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally.
Grimes @ Pier 84, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* The Weeknd @ Terminal 5
* Just Blaze, DJ Soul @ Santos
* Pet Bottle Ningen @ The Stone
* Nouvelle Vague @ Irving Plaza
* 2:54, Jangula @ Mercury Lounge
* Al Green @ The Capitol Theatre
* Lez Zeppelin @ Highline Ballroom
* Counting Crows @ Roseland Ballroom
* Tin Horses, Baked @ Death By Audio
* CMA Songwriters Series @ Joe's Pub
* Milo Greene, Lucius @ Bowery Ballroom
* Silent Drape Runners @ Magic Futurebox
* Langhorne Slim & The Law @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gabe Kahane, Shara Worden, Brooklyn RIder @ Carnegie Hall
* Disclosure, Jim-e Stack @ Mercury Lounge
* Pamelia Kurstin with Pete Drungle @ Barbes
* Bitch Magnet, Moss Icon @ (le) poisson rouge
* Poison Dartz, Robin Vote, Eartheater @ Zebulon
* Grimes, Myths, Mykki Blanco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mia Riddle & Her Band, Balene, Paul Jefferson, CBX @ Union Pool
* Lazer Cake, Junior Prom, Rocket & The Ghost @ Cameo Gallery
* Ratking, Sinkane of Yeasayer, Physical Therapy DJ set @ Puma Store
* THEESatisfaction, Mykki Blanco, Wishes, DJ Mursi Layne @ Grasslands
* The New Trust (members of Velvet Teen), Des Ark, Active Bird Community @ Cake Shop
* He's My Brother She's My Sister, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles @ Knitting Factory
* The Hate My Day Jobs, Lost Boy?, Queen Orlenes, Bodyface, The N'ere Dowells @ Pianos
* Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Treasure Fingers, Flying Horse, Alex English DJ set, Sean Glass DJ set @ The DL
* Iwrestledabearonce, Oceano, Vanna, Within The Ruins, The Plot In You, Surrounded By Monsters @ Santos Party House
Grimes begins her sold-out, four-night NYC run tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
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The Fresh & Onlys, who are here next week, released a documentary short on the making of their very good new album, Long Slow Dance, which you can watch below.
Industrial vets Throbbing Gristle are finally getting around to completing their "reinterpretation" of Nico's Desertshore, an idea of member Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, who has since passed away. The record, finished by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, is being billed as TG's "nascent, and final, studio album," will come out on November 26, two years after Christopherson's death. It's set to include guest vocals by Antony Hegarty, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Blixa Bargeld, Marc Almond (who was a member of Soft Cell and also collaborated with Christopherson's other band Coil), and Sasha Grey. The band have two teaser videos for the album, which you can watch below.
Speaking of tributes to albums that Nico took part in, there's a Velvet Underground & Nico tribute on the way which features Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees (who both just played The Well and will play Death by Audio tonight [9/24]), plus The Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, Kelley Stoltz and others. The album will gradually surface digitally across various websites from October 15 to 29 and will be out on vinyl on November 6 via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. The tracklist is below.
Antony and the Johnsons - 'Cut The World'
Speaking of Antony Hegarty, he released his new album, Cut The World, last month via Secretly Canadian. The album features "live symphonic performances" of songs from his first four albums which were recorded on September 2 and 3, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen. The title track for the album is a new one, however, and it will be featured in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi, directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi and Willem Dafoe. He also just made a video for that song, directed by Nabil (Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Kanye West). Watch that video below. You can read an interview with Antony and Nabil about the video at Pitchfork.
All videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
Tuesday, September 4 is the day after Labor Day which means summer is over for all intents and purposes. (Yes, technically it's not fall till September 21 but still.) But console yourselves to that with the new Fresh & Onlys album, Long Slow Dance, which is out Tuesday. It's a lovely record with surprisingly little flourishes that reveal themselves through repeated listens. You can listen before fall hits, however, as the whole thing is streaming via The Hype Machine.
The band also just released a video for Long Slow Dance track "Presence of Mind" that seems to have vampires on its mind. You can watch that below. The F&Os will be in NYC when their tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8 with Quilt and tickets fr that show are still available.
Video is below...
by Bill Pearis
We mentioned earlier today that The Fresh and Onlys will be in NYC in November, supporting their great new album, Long Slow Dance. But if you would like to hear the warm baritone of Tim Cohen live sooner, his other band, Magic Trick, will be here opening for fellow San Franciscans Sonny & the Sunsets at Maxwell's on August 15 (tickets), Mercury Lounge on August 16 (tickets) and Glasslands on August 18 (tickets).
What began as a solo project for Cohen soon became Tim Cohen's Magic Trick and has now morphed into its own entity. While still featuring Tim's songs and melancholic/psychedelic worldview, Magic Trick are more are more pop-oriented than F&O (think Lee Hazlewood) with keyboards, glockenspiel and the lovely harmonies of Noelle Cahill and Alicia Vanden Heuvel. You can download two tracks from their new album, Ruler of the Night, above or stream the whole thing at Spotify.
Meanwhile, I'd be remiss not to talk about F&O guitarist Wymond Miles' new solo album, Under the Pale Moon, which it out now on Sacred Bones. The man whose post-punk, heavily-effected playing style give Fresh & Onlys such distinctive flair goes for dark romance on his own material, posited somewhere near Bowie's Berlin period or Heaven Up Here-era Bunnymen. (I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's a Crime & the City Solution fan, either.) It's a debonair debut and you can download an MP3 from it above or stream it in full at Spotify.
All Sonny & the Sunsets / Magic Trick dates are listed below, along with a Magic Trick video.
The Fresh & Onlys' new album, Long Slow Dance, is out September 4 and it's their first for Mexican Summer. You can stream the album's first single, "Yes or No," at the bottom of this post.
The band are touring this fall, including an NYC stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8 with Quilt. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 8 at noon. There are a few gaps in the tour dates we have, so we may see another NYC show while they're here. All dates are listed below.
The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.
This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.
by Bill Pearis
Naked on the Vague
It's spring, it's Passover/Easter, flowers are blooming...let's talk goth. Sydney, Australia's Naked on the Vague are here this weekend for two shows: tonight (4/22) at Coco66 with Sacred Bones labelmates Trust and Silk Flowers, and then Saturday (4/23) at Bowery, kicking off their tour with Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth.
Naked on the Vague's new platter, Twelve Dark Noons, which is also the name of a new film that made its U.S. debut last night (yes I'm a little behind) at 92 Y Tribeca, and the band played an "experimental music" set beforehand. Tonight's show is a little more normal for the band -- it's the record release party -- though may not be normal to you depending on what you listen to.
Core duo Lucy Cliche and Matthew Hopkins have recently expanded the band to a four-piece, making for a fuller-sounding dark and doomy racket. Hopkins describes the new album as "Dracula fronting the B-52s." I'm not sure that's how I;d describe it, but this is certainly a more accessible record than last year's Heaps of Nothing which came out on Siltbreeze. If you like the '80s goth touchstones, you'll be into this. Check out "Clock of 12's" at the top of this post and the video is below.
Opening tonight are Toronto duo Trust who played earlier in the week at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home. You may recognize Maya Postepski if you've seen Austra play live (she's their drummer). Along with singer Robert Alfons the duo "combine dark synth arpeggios, live and programmed drum beats with haunting, effected vocals." Hear all those things in Trust's debut single, "Candy Walls," which is downloadable above. (And watch the well-photographed, vaguely creepy video below.) Similarities to Postepski's other group are evident, which is to say if you like Austra but wish the songs were sung by a guy who kind of sounds like the Crash Test Dummies dude...Trust is pretty close to that. And not a bad thing. Locals Silk Flowers open tonight's show.
the Fresh & Onlys
Keeping thing within the Sacred Bones realm, San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys are here tomorrow (4/23) at Music Hall of Williamsburg as they're on tour with Crocodiles. The band have been on a prolific tear for the last two years but have kind of slacked off in 2011. It's April and they've only just released their first record on the year. But it's a good one, Secret Walls (on aforementioned label), continues the band's differentiation from the SF garage scene they were lumped in with. There's not one rocker amongst its six tracks. Which is not a bad thing at all. Tim Cohen's songwriting just keeps getting better and the EP's expansive sound here is a great showcase for the superior musicianship found in all corners of the band. Lovely stuff.
Shifting gears, tonight at Pianos are Karkwa from Montreal who you might remember won the Polaris Music Prize in 2010 for Les Chemins de Verres, the first-ever Francophone album to receive the award. Yes, that means they sing in French though that really shouldn't stop you from digging them. I've described them before as the French-Canadian Radiohead, which is reductive but gets you there. So if you can listen to Sigur Ros and not worry about what they're saying, you can do the same for Karkwa. Check out their video for single "Le Pyromane" at the bottom of this post. They play giant rooms in Canada so to be in a room as tiny as Pianos should be interesting.
As previously mentioned, former Swell Maps and Television Personalities guy Jowe Head is here, playing tonight at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (5/23) at Cake Shop. Tomorrow's show is especially enticing, as it's the NYC debut of Cuffs which is the new band from Andrew Churchman who fronted much-loved Boston band Pants Yell! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.) Cuffs also has Pants Yell! drummer Casey Keenan, as well as "a member of Reports and the blonde kid from Big Troubles."
Cuffs are working on some real recordings as we speak but you can listen to some demos at their Bandcamp site, one of which you can download at the top of this post. For those familiar with Churchman's previous band, you already mostly know what to expect here. He's still writing delicate indiepop, though Cuffs have a little more groove. I remember him saying at Popfest (PY!'s last NYC show) that the new stuff would be more Prefab Sprout influenced and you can hear that lonely jazzy sound in "Albert Kroft."
Pants Yell! were always a louder, more rocking band live than on record, and I bet the same holds true for Cuffs. There also seems to be a little jammy-ness with them too (maybe the Big Troubles factor), so I'm really curious/excited for tomorrow's show.
That's the main stuff this weekend, but there are a few more day-by-day picks below.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Personal & the Pizzas, who played last night at Maxwell's, are at Cake Shop tonight laying on the cheese with Georgia's Barreracudas and Los Vigilantes. Personal & the Pizzas and the Barreracudas also play Bruar Falls on Sunday (4/24).
The Bass Drum of Death show tonight mentioned up the post is also with So So Glos, Xray Eyeballs, and Night Manager.
If you like The Drums, check out The Young Friends (who are signed to the Drums' Holiday Records) at The Gutter with Beacon and Kosovo.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
It's a hard-to-pass-up bill at Glasslands tonight, with Hunx & His Punks, Shannon & the Clams (who played Cake Shop already this week), the wonderful Grass Widow and the K-Holes. Catch Grass Widow again on Sunday (3/24) at Death by Audio with Talk Normal.
And if you want to see that show, chances are you wish you could see Davilla 666 (who played Cake Shop earlier this week too), The Beets and Xray Eyeballs at Knitting Factory.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Personal & the Pizzas play Bruar Falls.
That's it for this week. Tour dates and videos are below...
Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...
And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
Crocodiles at Mercury Lounge (more by Marcus Lauer)
After a European tour with White Lies (who recently cancelled their NYC show due to snow), Crocodiles will team up with The Fresh & Onlys & Young Prisms for a tour that includes a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/23. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (2/2) and then on regular sale Friday.
The Fresh & Onlys will also be at SXSW in March, and have a few other scattered dates scheduled before they hook up with the other two bands in April. Young Prisms meanwhile have a very busy schedule including a tour with The Radio Dept that has them back in NYC in February (though for one show, not two)
While we're on the subject of Crocodiles, Echo & The Bunnymen are performing the LP of the same name along with the Heaven Up Here LP on a North American tour this May. Tickets are still available for the NYC show at Irving Plaza.
Crocodiles (the band) were last here for CMJ, but had to cancel their tour right afterwards due to a death in the family. That family also belongs to Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls who also cancelled a tour at the same time and have since scheduled a new one too.
Tour dates and videos below...
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys
It's an early installment of TWII this week. Most of the awesome shows (to me) seem to be tonight through Thursday.
First up we've got The Fresh & Onlys who are currently on tour with Clinic. They both play tonight at Bowery Ballroom with Girls at Dawn opening. I like Clinic just fine -- their new album Bubblegum is good -- but we're seeing the Fresh & Onlys still riding a wave of creativity/prolificasy that has been going strong for almost two years. The band's new album, Play it Strange, is maybe their best yet, definitely their most sonically advanced. And live, they always seem to be on. They were great at the Northside Fest back in May. I know I write about them a lot, but they really are tops. Go see them!
There was supposed to be a second Clinic/F&Os show Wednesday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg but that ended up getting canceled, so now The Fresh & Onlys will play Shea Stadium instead (11/3), sharing the bill with fellow San Franciscans The Royal Baths, plus X-Ray Eyeballs and Dutch Treat. The Fresh & Onlys and Royal Baths will also play Vassar on Thursday (11/4).
I will be speeding off to Shea Stadium on Wednesday after seeing The Dears at Knitting Factory, the first their two-night stay previewing their new, yet-to-be-titled album which won't be out till next year. (Tickets are available for Wednesday and Thursday.) As an occasional Dears-obsessive (2004 - 2005 I wouldn't shut up about them) I'm pretty excited about these shows, especially now that guitarist and O-Face master Patrick Krief is back in the band, as well as former members Rob Benvie and Roberto Arquilla. Drummer George Donosso [now in the High Dials] is still missed - we'll see how new member Jeff Luciani does on the kit.
The Dears are masters of epic, anthemic songs and I'm psyched to get to hear a whole new album in this way for the first time. And if this sounds a little daunting, reviews of other shows in Montreal and Toronto where they've been doing the same thing have said they're encoring with a set of favorites. And when the band is on, they can make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. Here's hoping we get a little of that bristly excitement this time. You can check out live footage of new single "Omega Dog" at the bottom of this post.
The Duke Spirit
Also mid week: Bluesy London rock band The Duke Spirit are here playing a one-off show at the now-reopened Santos Party House on Wednesday (11/03) where five bucks gets you in the door. I was a big fan of The Duke Spirit's 2008 album, Neptune, which matched big pop hooks with the band's already proven muscle. The band have a new EP, Kusama, out in December -- you can download "Everybody's Under Your Spell" from their website if you give them your email address -- and a new album in February 2011.
The Duke Spirit are definitely worth seeing live. All eyes tend to be on powerhouse vocalist Leila Moss, who has an undeniable stage presence and can play mean harmonica too. And for five bucks it's kind of a no-brainer.
Erland and the Carnival
If you wish The Coral were still doing sea shantys, you might want to check out London's Erland and the Carnival who are in town playing two club shows this week with Ireland's Villagers: tonight (11/2) at Knitting Factory and Wednesday at Mercury Lounge. Then they'll play a headlining show on Friday at The Rock Shop and then open for Paul Weller on Saturday (at the Apollo) and Sunday (at the Nokia Theater).
There's a bit of that hurdy-gurdy folky seaside sound to the group -- they're recording their new record on a ship, apparently -- and their debut album is pretty good if you like Pentangle, Delta blues, Love and The Doors all mixed together in a bucket. Erland Cooper is a talented songwriter, and I'm told a captivating live performer, and managed to recruit guitarist Simon Tong (formerly of The Verve, Blur and The Good, The Bad and The Queen) into his band. Will they be the next Mumford and Sons? I think they're a little too odd for that (probably a good thing), and there's no shortage of opportunities to see them. You can download an MP3 at the top of this post and there are a couple videos below.
A few more shows of note, day-by-day, not mentioned above:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 & WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Vocoder-loving Canadians Shout Out Out Out Out bring their many keyboards to Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday and Glasslands Wednesday (moved from Coco 66). Every time I write about this band -- who are pretty fun live -- I have to count the number of "outs" in their name. I can never remember. (Note to self: four "outs".)
by Bill Pearis
a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...
Northside HQ (freedubya)
When I was looking at the full Friday Northside Festival schedule, I was a bit overwhelmed by the embarrassment of riches available to indie rock fans tonight. I felt like writing "Basically just go anywhere tonight and you're going to run into a good show." Which is mostly true. If you have a badge, you can flit between venues and make up your own killer bill.
Some of these shows are going to be crowded though. Like I bet Glasslands will be packed out the wazoo for Tame Impala, so if that's one you're interested in you might just want to plant yourself there early (advanced tickets are sold out). Do they have air conditioning at Glasslands yet? It might get so hot in there you'll start seeing things, which would go well with those Aussies' rhythm-heavy psych rock.
You could also go to Death By Audio (which does have A/C, and now two working bathrooms) for a rock-solid bill of guitar-centric bands brought to us by Less Artists More Condos. The lineup includes voluminous duo Sisters and their giant stack of amps; the under-appreciated and poppy Darlings; skilled noise merchants Grooms; and art punks Regal Degal who I definitely think are a "band to watch."
Moon Duo @ the Big Sur Woodsist Fest on June 12 (more by Rachel Carr)
Moving away from the corner of S. 1st and Kent, the Woodsist Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg is kind of a no-brainer. That said, headliners Woods and Real Estate play all the time here. I say go early for the San Francisco triple threat of Moon Duo, Sic Alps and The Fresh & Onlys, then skip off to something else.
Moon Duo, an offshoot of Wooden Shjips, play two chord (at most) psych-drone not unlike Spacemen 3 or Loop. I saw them the last night of SXSW when I was cold and tired, not the state of mind I'd recommend experiencing them. Not that the cold part will be an issue in this weather. There's not a lot to watch, so maybe locate a seat upstairs and bliss out.
Sic Alps are back to a duo after a short stint with Ty Segall on drums. They haven't released anything in a year -- a long time for what was a pretty prolific band -- but that shouldn't hamper their live show, usually powered by a Jenga-like monolith stack of amps in the center of the stage. Their sound is thick and sludgy, but carefully prepared. It feels like a bog in July -- in a good way.
And I'm really looking forward to hearing The Fresh & Onlys with MHoW's sound system. While many of their many recordings have been decidedly lo-fi, these guys can really play and I think it's time they shake loose the "garage rock" tag that never really fit them in the first place. This is pop music. They are really a case of the whole adding up to more than their parts -- the whole band is great -- but if you go tonight, be sure to watch lead guitarist Wymond Miles. The guy is a genius and has a rack of pedals that would impress Kevin Shields. The sounds he gets deserve high fidelity. As do their great songs. I'm a huge fan, is it obvious?
Down the street from MHoW, at Cameo Gallery: Kanine Records, Wao Wao Records & Insound are presenting another great lineup under the venue's psychedelic Snuffelupagus. There's a bunch of really good locals (Dream Diary, Grooms, We Are Country Mice) but you might want to swing by to catch Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who really impressed me when I saw them at Glasslands a couple months ago. Also: If you like the Pastels, Field Mice and all things indiepop, Dream Diary are your new favorite band if they haven't attained that already.
Madison of Dream Diary is pulling double duty tonight, as she is half of Coasting who'll play at Matchless as part of a bill curated by Georgia of blog Microphone Memory Emotion. Coasting's debut 7" is worth picking up, and if you're lucky you'll get a copy printed on lavender vinyl. Also playing are Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers and Bermuda Bonnie.
Over at Coco 66, there's a benefit for 826NYC (badges are accepted despite it being a benefit) with Sondre Lerche and Oberhoffer, plus a reading from author Shalom Auslander. Sondre usually plays MHoW or Bowery Ballroom these days, so to see him in such a small venue will be a treat. Anyone who's seen him before knows what a charmer -- and tunesmith -- he is. Plus, there's up-and-comers Oberhoffer who I wouldn't be surprised if they're playing much bigger venues very soon. Also there's an open vodka bar at 8PM.
Meanwhile at Union Pool, there's an early show (doors at 7PM) that features my new favorite band on Captured Tracks, MINKS. They've only got a single out so far, the Cure-esque "Funeral Song," which doesn't really represent what they do live. The six piece performing MINKS do have some Cure/New Order tendencies, but I'd say Felt is probably just as strong an influence, with clean jangly guitars and jazzy arrangements. Both times I've seen them live, my only complaint has been they didn't play long enough. Not sure of set time for MINKS, but there's not a lot else going on then, you can hang in the backyard of Union Pool and get some tacos from the El Diablo truck to recharge for the night ahead.
That seems like plenty for one night. A video from one of Tame Impala's sets at Pianos last night, below...
photos by Rachel Carr
Kurt Vile @ the Henry Miller Library
"We hot footed it down to the Henry Miller Library for the Woodsist festival. It was hidden among the trees like a secret garden and as we laid on our rugs drinking strong vodka cranberry, the place seemed to glow. We watched the bands, perused the library, went exploring and hung out at the merch table and before long the sunlight faded and the fairy lights came out. Oh and then we saw Kirsten Dunst, just hanging out in the bookstore and Joe let his cool mask slip and got all star-struck and gaspy. The day was magical but tinged with melancholy. I couldn't shake this feeling and this feeling was the end." [In Another World]The described and pictured Big Sur Woodsist Festival happened on Saturday, June 12th at the Henry Miller Library. It was one of two west coast Woodsist events. The second was last night, June 15th, at Echoplex. NYC gets its own on June 25th at Music Hall of Williamsbug as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are still on sale. More pictures from the Big Sur fest, 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...