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by Jonathan Dick

Owen Pallett

This month will see the follow up to Owen Pallett's Heartland, the 2010 release that saw the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy forming a gorgeous and curiously unnerving collection of songs pairing lush orchestration against lyrical themes of mental isolation and self-doubt. For In Conflict (Domino/Secret City), Pallett's compositions are no less complex but now find the experimental composer giving focus to the benefit of dissonance and the abrasion of sound. For a songwriter whose music and exploration with sound already has the proclivity for expansion in the auditory space, Pallett is at his absolute best within those deliberately muted and subdued moments just before the eruption. Brooklyn Vegan reached out to Pallett to discuss the new record, his recent pop music commentaries, and his thoughts on music criticism in 2014. Owen Pallett is touring with Doldrums this month, two NYC shows included.

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My first question just concerns your relationship with music and where you were when music first found you, Owen. When was that moment for you when you knew that creating music was something you absolutely had to do?

Owen: There's kind of two answers to that. My entire life, it's been me realizing over and over again that I'm much more comfortable working with musical material than I am with verbal information. [Laughs] I just feel much more at home in dealing with sound than with text or with speech, but I certainly from age three or whatever, I was jamming Bach and Pachelbel and in an obsessive way. But the sort of second moment was the real moment when there was the transition from being a music appreciator into being a professional musician, and that happened much later when I was twenty-four, I guess. That's when I was working for a radio program, and I had been offered these tours that I didn't want to do because I was committed to my job working for the radio, and I didn't want to take these tours, but they effectively, when they heard about it, told me to go do it. They were thinking with more clarity than I was about what was best for me, but also it was kind of a vote of confidence in what I was doing having my boss say, "No, take the time off work. You should really go do this tour."

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Continue reading "an interview with Owen Pallet (on songwriting, music press, why he hates Beyonce & Rihanna... JUST KIDDING!) "

Megafaun

We recently mentioned that Megafaun were on a short tour which wraps up in NYC TONIGHT (5/2) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and that SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. We still don't know for sure who the guests at tonight's show will be, but we do know that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined them at both of their Durham, NC shows this week, and at the second one The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor joined them as well.

On night 2, Justin sang on a cover of Johnny Cash's "Unchained," and then he played guitar as John Darnielle sang on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil." (As you may remember, Megafaun and Justin Vernon are both contributing to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album.) Hiss Golden Messenger did a HGM song, "Mahagony Dread," which will appear on his new album for Merge.

Watch videos of those 3 songs via Indy Week (via Pitchfork), below...

Continue reading "Megafaun covered Grateful Dead w/ John Darnielle, Johnny Cash w/ Justin Vernon in NC; NYC show w/ guests is tonight"

Merge 25

Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and they are planning a year-long celebration the culmination of which will be the Merge Festival which will happen July 23-26 in the label's hometown of Carrboro, NC. Line-up, tickets and other interesting details like those are still TBA, but you can watch a couple teaser videos below. (This will probably be one festival Outkast won't be at, but you never know!) They last celebrated back in 2009 with XX Merge.

Additionally, you can subscribe to Merge's "Or Thousands of Prizes" singles club where you get a new 7" on colored vinyl every month featuring 25 of the label's artists, including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more. Subscribers will also get a collector's box, t-shirt, a surprise bonus 12" single, new E-book version of The Merge Records Companion and first crack at Merge Fest tickets. You can still buy in.

There's also a Merge 25k road race on March 22 which runs from Chapel Hill to Durham and more fun stuff to be announced. They gave their website a nice redesign too. Looking good at a quarter century, Merge!

Merge Fest teaser videos below...

Continue reading "Merge Records celebrating 25th Anniversary with festival, singles club & more"

Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"

The Mountain Goats in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats's 2012 album, Transcendental Youth is not too far in their rear view mirror, and they'll be continuing to support it in 2013 with the "Tuttlingen Warriors Tour." For it, John Darnielle and fellow Mountain Goat Peter Hughes will be playing a duo, somewhat like what Darnielle and Jon Wurster did at Carnegie Hall in January, and like they used to do earlier in the Mountain Goats' career. The tour is with their friends The Baptist Generals, who are releasing their new album, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, on May 21 via Sub Pop.

They're also making a point to play cities they haven't been to in a while (or ever) like Hoboken, where they will play Maxwell's on June 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a letter from John Darnielle about the tour and a video from the recent Carnegie Hall show, below...

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats touring as a duo w/ The Baptist Generals (who are releasing an LP on Sub Pop) -- 2013 dates"

The Mountain Goats @ Vic Theatre, Chicago, October 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle is an American institution. An inspiration to poets, artists and sundry other human beings both in America and world-wide, Mr. Darnielle is a unique voice in modern word and music. For over twenty years, Mr. Darnielle has struggled on our behalf to come to terms with the base instincts of the human psyche. In literature, there is no man more worthy of recognition through the award of U.S. Poet Laureate than John Darnielle.

So do it, Mr. President. Do it!

Do you think Mountain Goats' John Darnielle would make a good United States Poet Laureate? If so, you can sign the official White House petition, which needs to get 25,000 "signatures" by January 25. (They are at 3,357 as of this posting.) John also contributed a list of "TOP FIVE GENRES OF 2012 IN JOHN DARNIELLE'S KITCHEN" to Pitchfork's end-of-year "Guestlist" feature and those genres are Opera, Heavy Metal, Classical, "Goblin Worship," and "New Age" and you can read his lengthy explanations of each over their way.

The Mountain Goats have a couple NYC shows coming up. The first is on January 15 at Carnegie Hall as part of an event called "John and Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome" which is presented by YouTube sensations Vlogbrothers. The show appears to be sold out but tickets may be available by calling the box office. The show will also be streaming live on the Vlogbrothers' YouTube channel.

UPDATE: The next night (1/16), Darnielle will be performing at Studio-X in SoHo as part of GQ and FSG's Originals Series that also features author Frank Bill and host David Rees. The show is free and you can get tickets here.

A stream of The Mountain Goats' Trancendental Youth is below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats fans petition for John Darnielle to be Poet Laureate; Mountain Goats playing NYC (including 1 free show)"

Laura Stevenson @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson and the Cans have a short run of dates this month which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and then makes its way south, culminating in Gainesville's The Fest. During CMJ the band will play the Deli showcase at The Delancey on October 16 with Blonds, Shakey Graves, XNY, Backwords, Swear and Shake, and more. Then after that, they'll play the Let's Get Messy showcase at The Rock Shop on October 17 with Roomrunner, Archie Powel & The Exports, Twin Tigers, Pretty & Nice, and more. Advance tickets for the Rock Shop show are available and you can also try to get into both of those shows with your CMJ badge.

As mentioned, when the band returns home after their October run, they'll play a local show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are still available.

In related news, The Mountain Goats' 2002 LP, Tallahasse, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and in honor of that, Crooked Neighbor is releasing a tribute album called Tallahasee Turns Ten, out digitally on November 5 and physically in January, 2013. The album features covers by Laura Stevenson, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Miracles of Modern Science, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb the Music Industry! and others. You can stream Laura Stevenson's take on "No Children," and check out a list of all upcoming LSATC dates below.

Continue reading "Laura Stevenson playing CMJ before The Fest, covered Mountain Goats for 'Tallahassee' tribute LP (dates & stream)"

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)

The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

As mentioned, The Mountain Goats and Megafaun/Justin Vernon/Sharon Van Etten cohort Matthew E. White are touring together this year in support of both artists' new LPs. That tour hits NYC for the previously discussed shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 14 and Bowery Ballroom on October 15.

Tickets for both of those shows are still available but two more NYC shows have been added, which happen on October 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.

As mentioned, Matthew E. White will also play his own show in NYC on Monday (8/20) at Mercury Lounge, one day before his debut solo album, Big Inner, comes out. Tickets for that show are still available.

If you missed it, you can download "Cry for Judas," the single off of the Mountain Goats new album, Transcendental Youth (due out 10/2 via Merge), above or stream it below.

That stream and a list of updated dates below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats add 2 more NYC dates to tour w/ Matthew E. White (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)

The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.

The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.

Matthew E White

All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White releasing LPs, touring together (dates & MP3s)"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

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...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollaplaooza

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Damn These Vampires (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Tyler Lambert's Grave (MP3)

Mountain Goats

John Darnielle's The Mountain Goats will release a new album called 'All Eternals Deck' on March 29 via Merge Records (who also released John's last project "The Extra Lens" in October)...

"As with their last album, The Life of the World To Come, the [Mountain Goats] treated the [All Eternals Deck] recording sessions as commando raids on several studios with a few different producers: four songs at North Carolina's Fidelitorium with John Congleton; one at Q Division in Boston with Brandon Eggleston; four at Brooklyn's Mission Sound with Scott Solter; and four at Mana Recording Studios in Florida, with former Morbid Angel guitarist and current Hate Eternal helmsman Erik Rutan.

Describing the album, Darnielle writes, "If you have ever watched say a 70s occult-scare movie where one of the scenes involves a few people visiting a storefront fortune teller, getting their cards read, and then trying to feel super-hopeful about their predicted outcome when what they're visibly actually feeling is dread, then you have a pretty decent idea of what the album is all about." He elaborates, "Other possible points of reference include 'Burnt Offerings,' 'Go Ask Alice,' and that one scene in The Warriors where they're on the train and the sun's coming up and they're safe but you know the scars are permanent now."" - Merge Records

The tour to support that album will happen in March and April and includes two shows at Bowery Ballroom with the amazing Megafaun (3/28 and 3/29). Tickets for both of those shows are on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale on Friday.

There are two MP3s above. "Tyler Lambert's Grave" is a new song John released for free on the Internet, but it's not on the new album. "Damn These Vampires" is though. The full tracklist, the new album's cover art, and all dates, below...

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats releasing 'All Eternals Deck' on Merge, touring (MP3s & dates)"

Sasquatch

We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

Continue reading "Sasquatch announces 2010 lineup (includes Massive Attack & My Morning Jacket) (and many more) "

Dinner With the Band

IFC is creating a cuisine-oriented programming block to air Tuesday nights.

After a successful six-episode run of "Dinner With the Band" that began in November, Rainbow cabler is ramping up its episode order to 10 and teaming it with "Food Party" as an hourlong block.

"Band" teams chef Sam Mason and an indie band, which performs on the show, at a Brooklyn loft. Conversation ensues about life on the road and the food the musicians eat while touring.... Programming block will air from at 10 p.m. beginning April 27. [Variety]

Ten artists will be appearing on the new season, among them Murder City Devils who will be here taping the show during the trip that also brings them to Nokia Theatre (NYC) and Theatre of Living Arts (Philly). Tickets for those (three) shows are still on sale. The full list of 2010 'Dinner With the Band' artists (which you have a chance to be in the audience for), and a video of Les Savy Fav performing on the preview season, is below...

Continue reading "upcoming artists appearing on Dinner With The Band (new IFC season premieres in April) "

Mountain Goats

"I was just watching the Colbert Report and on came the Mountain Goats aka John Darnielle, one of the best indie songwriters out there. The interesting part? The ColbertNation.com website is streaming his new album for 24 hours, a nice little window for the curious to visit and listen (and, if they're horrible, horrible people, use a stream catcher to grab the music, but don't do that.)

In short, in the Venn diagram of TV you have Colbert Report watchers and Mountain Goats listeners. Many of us exist, obviously, but the confluence of these two audiences into one tasty streaming opportunity is quite cool." [Crunch Gear]

Tour dates HERE. New video, and the Colbert Videos, below...

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats appear on, streaming on, Colbert (video)"

John Darnielle will be in attendance at a screening of a movie of him playing music. The event is this Sunday (10/4) at Housing Works in NYC. Free. First come, first served. For an actual live Mountain Goats show, you'll have to wait until December.

FF photos by Joseph Xu

DOWNLOAD: Mountain Goats - Genesis 3:23 (new MP3)

Final Fantasy @ P4K
Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy played the Pitchfork Festival on July 18th, which is where the photos in this post are from (check out his Mayhem t-shirt). About a week later he played the Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake in Canada during a storm (probably not a good idea)...

A few songs into his bravura one-man baroque-pop set, the skies filled with thunder and lightning as rain began to drench Pallett, who continued shredding his bow fiercely across his violin.

As stagehands covered equipment with plastic, and organizers frantically tried to cut him off, Pallett kept playing the appropriately dramatic 'Lewis Takes His Shirt Off.' "One more minute," he yelled, as sheets of water hit him full force.

The stunned (and soaked) crowd broke into wild cheers as one minute turned into two and Pallett sped toward the song's big finish like a man possessed -- until the stage crew finally pulled the plug. Still, his heroics had already created Hillside's most memorable moment. [Spinner]

Video from that moment below.

This November he (Owen Pallett) heads out on tour to open up for The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), who will be playing as a full band (though there is a much shorter string of Darnielle solo dates too). The trip ends with a pair of NYC gigs on December 1st and 2nd, when they respectively visit Webster Hall and the Bell House. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon; general sale starts Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale today at noon.

The occasion for this tour is a new record from The Mountain Goats, enigmatically titled The Life of the World to Come, which comes out October 6th on 4AD. All song titles on the new album are Bible verses. John says,

The album was recorded between April and June: first at Electrical Audio with Brandon Eggleston; then at Sonic Ranch with John Congleton; and finally at Baucom Road with Scott Solter. Scott also mixed the entire album at Baucom Road. The band is still Jon Wurster, Peter Hughes, and me; Owen Pallett did string arrangements & played on the Electrical session.

I guess the obvious question is going to be: "John, have you had some sort of religious awakening?" and while I guess lots of people might want to be coy about answering that, that's never really been my style, so: no. It's not like that. It's not some heavy-narrative-distance deal either, though, and it's not a screed. It's twelve new songs: twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of. More than that I'd want to wait to say until some people have heard it, which won't be long.

One track "Genesis 3:23" is posted above. The verse in question there, "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken," may aid in your listening. Album art & tracklist, with tour dates, the FF Hillside video, and FF@P4K pics, below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats - new Bible album, MP3, 2009 tour dates w/ Final Fantasy (who played Pitchfork & Hillside in a storm) "

Anni Rossi
Anni Rossi

Brooklyn label Social Registry is presenting the show at 92YTribeca in Manhattan tonight (3/27). Sian Alice Group, Lights, Zs, and a group we recently featured, Mountains are on the bill. Updated Mountains tour dates below.

Speaking of NYC shows happening tonight and Mountains... the Mountain Goats, and John Vanderslice are here for their show at the Society of Ethical Culture.

Also related to today (3/27)... Having just played a few shows at SXSW, including the official showcase of her (and the Mountain Goats') label 4AD, Los Angeles/Chicago's Anni Rossi is currently on tour and plays a show at Union Pool in Brooklyn tonight with Midnight Masses and Wild Yaks. You may have also caught Anni when she opened for her label-mates Camera Obscura at Mercury Lounge the other night.

To say that Anni Rossi has given new life to the viola is an understatement. Together with her alternative folk style and lilting vocals, Rossi has reinvented the way this classical instrument is typically used and given new light to how Americana music is structured and presented.

Entrancing and beautiful, Rossi shared several songs with the Current from her upcoming CD, "Rockwell," out in March of 2009. [Minnesota Public Radio]

In April, Anni will go out on tour with Noah and the Whale. That puts her back in NYC, and at Bowery Ballroom, on May 1st. Tickets are still on sale. All dates and a video below.

Camera Obscura also played a show at The Bell House in Brooklyn the other night, and tickets are now on sale for the show they have coming up at Webster Hall.

Midnight Masses (playing Union Pool with Anni) just went on tour with, and share a member with, Trail of Dead (who we also caught at SXSW).

Continue reading "Anni Rossi, Mountains, Social Reg, Noah & the Whale & stuff"

The Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall (more by Faith-Ann Young)
The Mountain Goats

"We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we're going to do. We're going to stand alone onstage and play our guitars and sing old songs & new, and then we'll probably play together. We are going to sit side by side with our acoustic guitars like two out of the five guys on the Five Man Acoustical Jam album, only with fewer Tesla songs. Because the whole point of playing an acoustic guitar is not to unplug. It's to get raw and draw blood."
[John Darnielle aka The Mountain Goats]
"We" = The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice. Primitive = "a night of amplified acoustic guitar & voice".

The Primitive tour kicks off on March 18th in Asheville, NC, and the NYC show will take place at the Society For Ethical Culture on March 27th. It's part of the Wordless Music Series. Tickets are on sale. John and John each also have some other interesting shows lined up between now and then...

John Vanderslice

Ten years ago John Vanderslice founded the Tiny Telephone recording studio in San Francisco, CA. To celebrate the occasion, John will be performing a show at the Great American Music Hall on January 30 with The Magik*Magik Orchestra in a 30-piece configuration. "Together they will pull favorite tunes from his catalog, and introduce new songs from a forthcoming album currently being recorded at Tiny Telephone." Special guest DJ Aesop Rock will spin records before and after the performance. All proceeds from the event will benefit Magik*Magik, the house Orchestra of Tiny Telephone.

The Mountain Goats are keeping busy before March comes too. First of all there's Ships & Dip V...

Barenaked Ladies and Sixthman are up to some more shenanigans! It's the real McCoy - Introducing Ships and Dip V, sailing through the Caribbean February 1-6, 2009. We're bringing you the goods again, in what's sure to be the craziest, zaniest time at sea!

Join Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, The New Odds, Boothby Graffoe, The Weakerthans, and more bands to be announced throughout the year, as we set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for 5 days of revelry, recreation and boatloads of musical fun! With NCL's Freestyle Cruising, you won't get the bum's rush for doing exactly what you want! You can get dolled up, or keep it casual. With 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges to choose from, a luxurious spa, a full service casino, and plenty of other features, there won't be any trouble making your cruise experience the cat's pajamas. We set sail from Miami to NCL's private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Cozumel, Mexico- two great places to get some sun on those gams!

When you're not jiving to the amazing artists, relaxing by the pool or dining in one of the many hot spots on board, you can be sure to find tons of other activities to keep you on your toes!

Also on the boat will be Sarah McLachlan, Luke Doucet, Sloan, AND The Mountain Goats. Then on February 24th & 25th, The Mountain Goats have two shows scheduled in San Francisco, one of which is part of Noise Pop. All dates below...

Continue reading "the Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice: Gone Primitive (2009 Tour Dates), Ships & Dip & Tiny Telephone too"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "Run Over By A Truck" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "A Shocking Interrogation" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wetnurse - "Not Your Choice" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lewd Acts - "Play Me Something That I Know" (MP3)

Sweeeet undies, GOrlock!
Graf

What do you get when you cross a metal band with a serious case of ADD and multiple personality disorder, spazzy-grinders with a Point Break fetish, and a crew from a whale's vagina with a Deathwish? A f'n good show, that's what!

Wetnurse, Graf Orlock, Lewd Acts, and 26 Beers will redline the RPH meter (that's riffs per hour) when they team up to destroy The Charleston in Brooklyn on Sunday Jan 18th. The shindig kicks off at 9.

Graf Orlock and Lewd Acts are in the midst of an East Coast tour that also brings the band to New Brunswick, NJ on Saturday Jan 17 and completes in Atlanta on Jan 24.

As we reported in July, Graf Orlock is prepping Destination Time Today, due on March 3rd via Level Plane. Decibel proclaimed it one of the most anticipated albums of 2009. I gotta agree.

Wetnurse recently released Invisible City, garnering heaping shit-tons of end-of-year accolades, including by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats...

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats' Best of 2008:
Wetnurse, Invisible City (Seventh Rule)
Larkin Grimm, Parplar (Young God)
Tata Young, One Love (Sony/BMG)
Kaki King, Dreaming of Revenge (Velour)
Aura Noir, Hades Rise (Tyrant Syndicate)
Cece Winans, Thy Kingdom Come (EMI Gospel)
Killer Mike, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind 2 (SMC Recordings)
Planet Asia & DJ Muggs, Pain Language (Gold Dust Media)
the Breeders, Mountain Battles (4AD)
Enslaved, Vertebrae (Season of Mist)
We interviewed Wetnurse drummer Curran Reynolds around the time the album came out.

Lewd Acts recently signed on with hardcore heavyweights Deathwish Inc, and are finishing up their LP with Kurt Ballou at God City Records. Until that drops, the band has a few 7"s including their latest one, Lung Patrol, on 16oh Records... check out "Play Me Something That I Know" from the Lung Patrol 7" above and pick one up at the show!

By the way, I'm not usually one to point out merch, but one gander at Graf Orlock's merch from past and present is good for a chuckle.

All dates and Sunday's flyer below...

Continue reading "Graf Orlock & Lewd Acts -2009 tour dates (Wetnurse Sunday)"

words and photos by Faith-Ann Young

Mountain Goats

You know who I'd like to see duel? Kaki King vs. Gabriela from Rodrigo y Gabriela. just a random thought.

Anyway, Sunday night, Kaki King closed out almost a year of touring. Though she was visibly tired, relieved and even teary-eyed at times, Kaki cathartically plucked, strummed, and beat her long-nailed fingers over her guitar...ferociously, yet seemingly effortlessly. In the first 5 minutes, she proved worthy of Rolling Stone's label of one of the 100 best guitar players of all time. Plus, with the help of her band, (a feirce bassist/guitarist, a fiercer drummer, a synth dude, and a guy who plays an quirky electronic valve instrument that looks like a bong), she cohesively melded punk rock, acoustic folk, and shoegaze throughout the set. (set list in pictures below)

Kaki King

How much is a Mountain Goats show worth? One chick in the front spent $500 to fly from Indiana just to see The Mountain Goats perform in NY this weekend (Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Sunday at Webster Hall) (not to mention accomodations and concert tickets)....pretty impressive. Anyway, Mountain Goats entered the stage to "December 63 (Oh What A Night)." In minutes, John Darnielle was full of sweat and energy, chatting with his usual easy banter, making his fans both clap, laugh and cry. Kaki came back on to play a few songs mid-set, first on guitar, and then on what looked like an electronic autoharp....To prove how close they had gotten during the tour, at the end of set, the whole Kaki crew came out and danced onstage alongside the goats......Hugged, cried - it was good (if emotional) night...

More pictures and a whole bunch of setlists below...

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats & Kaki King @ Webster Hall - NYC - pics & selists (from both NY shows)"

The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
The Hold Steady

"While the UK pop scene suffers from a surfeit of homogenous guitar rock, American music is enjoying a golden moment. Literary bands, with songs that revel in intricate language, complex narratives and cinematic plot twists, are on the rise. So if you are looking for an alternative to identikit indie, the wait is over..."
[says The Observer]
The Observer goes on to name The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats and Fleet Foxes as fine examples of American lyrics. Tickets are now on sale for the next Fleet Foxes show in NYC.

Fleet Foxes last show in NYC was on the TV.

Tickets are also on sale for a couple of Mountain Goats shows.

The Mountain Goats @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Mountain Goats

When I try to talk about Kaki my usually reliable fund of superlatives seems insufficient. She is just the best. I am so excited about this tour. We can't wait to play music with her every night, and we can't wait to see you all there. [John Darnielle]
This is probably a dream come true for John. Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall are among the venues The Mountain Goats & Kaki King will visit this fall. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. All dates below....

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats & Kaki King - 2008 Tour Dates"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

benfit show at the Masonic Temple

John Darnielle (aka The Mountain Goats) played solo at Friday night's benefit show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (May 16, 2008). He took fan suggestions for the setlist which ended up including a lot of older stuff that he usually doesn't play, as well as a new song called "Wizard Buys A Hat," which he said is the worst song title he's ever written. Rock Plaza Central, John Oliver and Dave Hill were also on the bill. More pictures from the evening below....

Continue reading "the Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), Dave Hill, John Oliver & Rock Plaza Central @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, NYC - pics"

by Black Bubblegum

Black Sabbath - Master of RealityJohn Darnielle knows his tunes. Not just his own, everyone else's too. I mean, how many people can blog away about Dionne Warwick, sing the praises of Con Funk Shun, AND review the Maryland Deathfest?

John also knows a thing or two about writing (check his blog or his column in Decibel) but it wasnt until recently that he decided to focus his energies into his first book, Master Of Reality. As #56 in the popular 33 1/3 series, Master Of Reality is a profile of the seminal Black Sabbath record which may or may not have laid the ground work for the entire stoner rock genre ("Sweet Leaf" anyone?).

Master Of Reality is out now and in celebration of his accomplishment, John Darnielle will be reading from Master Of Reality at Housing Works Used Book Cafe in NYC this Saturday, May 17th at 7PM.

But that's not the only thing Darnielle has going down this weekend..... The night before, his band The Mountain Goats will headline the AIDS Walk benefit at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with The Daily Show's John Oliver, Rock Plaza Central, and Dave Hill on the assist tip. Tickets are still available and it's for a great cause, so scoot on over and get'em while you can.

Black Sabbath Version 2.0, aka Heaven & Hell, are part of the Metal Masters Tour with Judas Priest, Motorhead & Testament. Tickets for those shows are still on sale too.

Popmatters was able to delve into why John Darnielle chose Master Of Reality and what he loves about metal.

Check out some of Darnielle's other favorite metal albums in a guest blog he did with Powell's. Darnielle profiles WASP's The Headless Children, Judas Priest's Sad Wings Of Destiny, Black Sabbath's Born Again (really? that one?), Guns N Roses's Appetite For Destruction, and Mercyful Fate's Don't Break The Oath.

Continue reading "John Darnielle, Black Sabbath, a book reading & stuff"

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