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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Jacco Gardner - The Ballad of Little Jane (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Maston - Young Hearts (MP3)

Jacco Gardner
Jacco Gardner

We've posted about a lot of psych-related bands today, the from the mindblowing awesomeness of Swedish weirdos Goat to the more garagey drone of Price Rupert's Drops. Here's more, though in a more baroque, Alice in Wonderland style. Dutch musician Jacco Gardner released "Where Will You Go" on 7" this year via Trouble in Mind and, with it's rolling bassline, harpsichords and mellotrons, you're swept back in time to The Zombies, Billy Nichols and Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd. You can stream it below.

Both sides of that single will appear on Jacco's debut album, Cabinet Of Curiosities, which is out in February 12 on Trouble in Mind and is pretty terrific if you have any affection of this kind of music whatsoever. You can download another track from the album, "The Ballad of Little Jane," above or stream it below. Jacco Will be visiting North America next year to come to SXSW, so let's hope he makes time for some other cities as well.

In other Trouble in Mind news, the label will release Shadows, the debut album from Los Angeles' Maston who have a similar love of baroque pop, but with a distinctly West Coast vibe. You can download "Young Hearts" above and stream it below. Shadows is also out February 12.

Meanwhile, The Paperhead, who released one of my favorite singles of the year ("Pictures of Her Demise," also on Trouble in Mind, streamable below), are on tour and will play Death by Audio on December 19 with their TiM labelmates MMOSS (whose album Only Children came out earlier this year and is streamable below). All tour dates are below.

In related news, Merge Records has signed Mikal Cronin whose Trouble in Mind debut from last year was my #5 album of 2011. He's currently touring as part of Ty Segall's band, but will release his next album on the North Carolina label sometime next year.

And finally, if you want to play catchup with some of Trouble in Mind's many great recent release, the Chicago label is offering up a 16-track sampler, Trouble In Mind's Stax​-​O​-​Trax!, that features the likes of Mikal Cronin, The Paperhead, The Liminanas, Wax Museums, MMOSS and more. You can stream it below or download the whole thing on one American dollar. That's a good deal.

Paperhead tour dates are listed below, along with various streams from all bands mentioned above.

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Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADThe Limiñanas - Down Underground (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gytters - Divebombers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wrong Words - Summer's Gone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Figurines "New Colors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The War On Drugs - "Baby Missiles" (MP3)

The Limiñanas
Liminanas

Band of the week is most certainly The Limiñanas (mainly because they haven't played here before) who are from France and play Death By Audio tonight (8/17) and Cake Shop tomorrow (8/18).  I'll quote myself (from my Favorite Francophone Albums of 2011 list) again:

Evoking swinging Parisian scene of the mid-'60s (Gainsbourg, Dutronc, Ye-Ye, et al), The Limiñanas dance their way through 12 hits of groovy garage: fuzz leads, killer basslines, combo organ, smoky vocals. Perfect for your next Love-In.
The band, signed to great Chicago label Trouble in Mind, are normally a trio but are joining forces on this trip with fellow Frenchies Gaz Gaz (who also play their own set) to make a seven-piece motorik garage superpower. Friends who saw them in Chicago last week were knocked out. (There's video from that show at the bottom of this post.) I implore you to make it out to one of these shows.

Both shows have their benefits. The Death by Audio also has The Gytters, a newish group fronted by Scott Rosenthal who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has spent time as one of The Beets ever-rotating list of drummers (he also produced their records). The duo make a slightly twangy brand of indie -- check out "Divebombers" at the top of this post. I was impressed when I saw them at Bruar Falls a few weeks ago. Also on the bill are great locals Diehard who are putting the finishing touches on their debut album.

Wrong Words
Wrong Words

The Cake Shop show on Thursday, meanwhile, features yet another Trouble in Mind band, San Francisco's The Wrong Words, who have more of a crunchy, late-'70s powerpop vibe to them. (And maybe just a little Thin Lizzy in there too.) Their self-titled debut is a boppin' good time -- you can download a track from it at the top of this post. If you can't make this one, The Wrong Words also play Bruar Fall on Saturday (8/20). Locals The Judy Blooms open the show.

The Wave Pictures
Wave Pictures

The Wave Pictures are visiting from the UK, their first time here since playing Sunday night of the 2010 Northside Festival. Dates have changed a bit since wefirst announced them. The band are now playing three shows in NYC: tonight (8/17) at Mercury Lounge, tomorrow (8/18) at Public Assembly and then next Thursday (8/25) at The Rock Shop. We at BrooklynVegan are big Wave Pictures fans, which I think most people who see them become. Here's what I wrote when they played our Pre-SXSW show in 2010:

Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.
The band have a new album out, Beer in the Breakers, and is another fine example of Tattersal's tongue-twisting prose and snaky solos. But I still don't think any record has quite captured the experience of seeing them live. So I do hope you do so. You won't be sorry.

Emmy the Great
Emmy the Great

Speaking of artists that pretty much the entire BV staff loves, Emmy the Great is also here, playing the Studio @ Webster Hall on Thursday  (8/18). She's an extremely charming songwriter and performer (and person in general) who can find humor in even the bleakest of situations without cheapening the emotions. Case in point her new album Virtue which deals with some major heartbreak. (She can also be just straight-up funny too.) And like The Wave Pictures, she's much better experienced in person than on record (though the new record is quite good).

I'm not sure if she's here solo or with her band or maybe just collaborator Euan Hinshelwood who has accompanied her before. He's got his own band, Younghusband, whose new single on Too Pure is teriffic (and nothing like Emmy's music).

Figurines
Figurines

Now we move to Denmark. Figurines were supposed to be here in June but the dates got pushed back to this week. They play tonight (8/17) at Knitting Factory and then an early show tomorrow (8/18) at Mercury Lounge.

The band's fourth album, which came out in Denmark last year, just got a belated but welcome American release. For those who found 2007's The Deer Wore Blue a bit wilfully obscure, the new self-titled album marks a return to the hook-filled indie rock of their 2005's Skeleton. You can download "New Colors" at the top of this post.

I haven't seen Figurines play since CMJ 2006 when they opened for Girl Talk. I thought they were fantastic then, I mix of various '90s influences (Built to Spill, The 3D's, Unrest) but processed through that eccentric Denmark filter than makes everything just a little off kilter. The one thing I really remember about that show was how tight they were. Figurines can really play.

The New Lines
New Lines

And finally I'd like to highlight a local band I like a lot, The New Lines who play this Thursday (8/18) at Bar4 in Park Slope. Steeped in late '60s/early '70s baroque psychedelia and soundtrack music, it's all groovy rhythms and basslines, icy harmonies, analogue keyboards and vibrato. The band just released a split 7" with Still Corners which is a perfect match. You can download a couple songs for free via a Bandcamp widget at the bottom of this post.

I just love this kind of stuff  -- I made a whole mix of it last week over at Sound Bites -- and The New Lines do it very, very well. No idea what they're like live, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

This is a really good week for music. Do go see some. In addition to the above highlights, there are even more shows I recommend which are listed below on a day-by-day basis.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

While I'm seeing The Limiñanas, I think the rest of the BV staff will be going to Chelsea Wolfe, Cult of Youth, and Planning For Burial at St. Vitus Bar. I am the black sheep.

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Continue reading "Limiñanas, Wrong Words, Emmy the Great, Figurines, New Lines, War on Drugs, Gytters & more in This Week In Indie"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Limiñanas - Down Underground (MP3)

Liminanas

All the way from Perpignan, France are The Limiñanas' who will be touring here later this month with two stops in the NYC area: Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Death by Audio and then Thursday, Aug. 18 at Cake Shop.

The group's self-titled debut on the fine Trouble in Mind label came in at #4 on my Favorite Francophone Albums on 2010 (I was bored over the holidays) where I described its charms thusly:

Evoking swinging Parisian scene of the mid-'60s (Gainsbourg, Dutronc, Ye-Ye, et al), The Limiñanas dance their way through 12 hits of groovy garage: fuzz leads, killer basslines, combo organ, smoky vocals. Perfect for your next Love-In.
You can check out the track "Down Underground" from the album at the top of this post. Along for the ride on this tour, also from Perpignan, are Gaz Gaz which is a new band from Nico of Sonic Chicken 4.

A couple videos, along with all Limiñanas North American tour dates, below...

Continue reading "France's The Limiñanas are coming -- MP3 & tour dates"