Entries tagged with: The Jesus and Mary Chain
by Bill Pearis
The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, was a gamechanger in the indie world, marrying girl group pop to blistering feedback. (Not that they were totally the first to dabble in this, but they did it more blatantly than anybody else.) It's been imitated so much since it's easy to forget what a landmark album it was at the time. The record turns 30 next year and the Reid Brothers will be celebrating with a short UK tour in November where they'll play the album in full:
11-19 London, England - TroxyFor those in other parts of the world, fear not. The band say these shows are just the "opening salvo in what threatens to be a host of live onslaughts, festival dates and other special plans from the band in the run-up to Psychocandy's anniversary date next year." (JAMC last played the U.S. in 2012.) The big question here is can they rope original drummer (and now Primal Scream frontman) Bobby Gillespie into playing at these shows. In the meantime, buy your earplugs now.
11-20 Manchester, England - Academy
11-21 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
You can stream Psychocandy in full below, and watch an entirely crazy/hilarious Canadian TV interview with the band from 1985, the days when their egos knew no bounds.
Pitchfork reports that JAMC have signed with Creation Management which is run by onetime Creation Records magnate Alan McGee. Creation put out the Mary Chain's first single, "Upside Down," which not only launched the band's career but helped turn the label from small potatoes business into the one that signed My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, and Oasis. Upside Down is also the name of the very entertaining 2010 documentary about Creation Records that does a great job of charting its very sex, drugs and rock'n'roll rise and fall, with interviews with most of the label's major players and bands. If you've never seen it, it's being screened in NYC at Videology on May 22. Full disclosure: it's part of the monthly "Sound & Vision" series which I host. There are giveaways (including some vintage Creation Records imports and a pass to NYC Popfest) and I'll be spinning Britpop after the screening. It starts at 8 PM and is free and open to the public.
The trailer for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story and a stream of Psychocandy, below...
Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival kicked off yesterday (5/22) and it's currently streaming at the festival's YouTube channel. As of this post (around 4:20 EST on 5/23), Dinosaur Jr. are currently on and will be followed by The Postal Service, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, and Animal Collective. Other bands streaming this weekend include The Jesus & Mary Chain, James Blake, Swans, Dead Can Dance, Wu-Tang Clan, Hot Chip, and more.
Head to Youtube for the stream/full schedule, or watch the stream embedded below...
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Explosions in the Sky, Swans, Divine Fits, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Colin Stetson, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mac DeMarco and Metz are the first confirmed artists to be announced for the 2013 Sled Island Festival which will happen June 19 - 22 at 30+ venues in Calgary, Alberta. This year's fest, now in its seventh year, is being curated by Tim Hecker & John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. Around 250 bands are expected to be a part of Sled Island this year, plus art, film and comedy. Festival Discovery passes are on sale now.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Truthfully, I'm not doing this show any justice in writing. It far exceeded any expectations I had of the band live, which were admittedly lofty. It's difficult to write about, and even more difficult to articulate The Jesus and Mary Chain's significance to me personally without becoming entirely hijacked with feeling, both melancholy and marvelous. Known for channeling lyrics of love and detachment into cathartic, paranoid crescendos of noise, the result ensued in a hypnotic array of mantra-like sounds, rich and sweet in their poignancy. Just like honey, you could say. -[Brightest Young Things]The above review comes from The Jesus and Mary Chain's DC show at 9:30 Club, which is pretty much the opposite of BBG's thoughts from night one at Irving Plaza on 9/13. Regardless of opinion, second night at Irving Plaza (on 9/14) was pretty much a carbon-copy of the first, on paper anyway. Featuring support appearances from The Vandelles and The Psychic Paramount, The Jesus & Mary Chain's setlist at the sell-out show was identical to the night before as well.
Pictures from the final show at Irving Plaza are below, alongside the setlist.
JAMC at Irving Plaza, 9/13/2012
The Jesus and Mary Chain played their first of two NYC reunion shows at Irving Plaza last night (9/13), backed by support from The Psychic Paramount and The Vandelles. The band, who also hit Hopscotch on this tour, returns tonight to close out their stay. Unfortunately I arrived shortly before The Jesus and Mary Chain got on stage, so I missed the openers but pictures of the Reid brothers and Co are in this post.
To say that I am a huge fan of JAMC is a bit of an understatement; Psychocandy is one of my favorite records ever. My last experience with them was during their reunion tour in 2007, and I was more than a little disappointed with their "stage show" that night at Webster Hall. That said, their music has meant so much to me over the years, that I decided to give it another go.
But some things are better left in your head. The brothers Reid definitely had a great setlist (see it below), but there was a looseness (a few times they were just plain sloppy) that wasn't befitting a "professional band," let alone one that charges around $50 for their shows and his been around for close to 30 years. That noisy guitar tone that marked those early records is not in the same city, let alone ballpark. And though it seems to fit the persona, Jim Reid's vocal delivery is a hair above full-on sleepwalk.
But all that said, there is nothing taking away from those songs, so despite my misgivings it was still great to hear them open with "Snakedriver" and play classics like "Reverence" and "Just like Honey" (anybody know who sang backing vocals?) though "Sometimes Always" would have been nice (yes, I know that Hope Sandoval isn't exactly the easiest pin down, let alone replace live).
Pictures from Irving Plaza, including the setlist, are below.
Psychic Paramount at Cameo in July (more by Caroline Harrison)
Smoke-machine-loving psychedelic noise rockers The Psychic Paramount will be touring this September. First they'll head out as the support act on The Jesus and Mary Chain's previously announced tour, which hits NYC on September 13 and 14 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the 9/13 show are still available but the 9/14 show appears to be sold out. Just after that tour ends, The Psychic Paramount will play a third show in their hometown of NYC at ATP NY, which goes down on Pier 36 from September 21-23. They'll be playing on the Sunday (9/23) along with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees, Braids, I Break Horses, and others.
The Psychic Paramount played Hudson, NY's Basilica Music Festival earlier this month. You can check out a really noisy video from their set, along with a list of all upcoming dates below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Garbage/Feist/JAMC at Osheaga - 8/4/12
Nineties alt-rock heroes Garbage returned this year with a new album, a refreshed attitude and a Shirley Manson who looked like she hasn't aged a day in her life. What's more impressive, though, was the fact that their repertoire of classic cuts didn't sound outdated at all. Instead, we're reminded that synth-laden rockers "Push It" and "Stupid Girl" were, in fact, much more ahead of their time and as a result sound brand new nowadays. Garbage was a cool blast from the past that festivalgoers who were unaware of their age would've mistaken them for a bright and exciting up-and-comer. - [National Post]While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago, Montreal was holding the Osheaga Festival. It kicked off on Friday, August 3 and continued that Saturday (8/4) with sets from Feist, Garbage, Yeasayer, A$AP Rocky, The Raveonettes, The Black Lips, and more.
Actress Jessica Paré (aka Don's wife and "Zou Bisou Bisou" singer on Mad Men) joined The Jesus and Marcy Chain for "Just Like Honey" (which Scarlett Johansson sang on at Coachella '07) and "Sometimes Always" and video of that is below.
Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Day 3 is coming soon. More from day 2 are below...
The free Sleigh Bells & Kills shows are also on "sale" at noon.
Morrissey at Radio City, after some presales yesterday, sold out instantly this morning.
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...