Entries tagged with: The Paperhead
by Bill Pearis
With a name that almost sounds like it was chosen on purpose to enrage certain people, trio L.A. Witch are indeed from Los Angeles, and sport a dark bluesy sound that recalls a pitch-black Widowspeak or, yes, BRMC or J-A-U-know-what. But the band's music is also heavy on smoky attitude which you 100% need with this kind of thing. Check out the band's self-titled EP from this year and a few earlier tracks below.
L.A. Witch will be in NYC next month for CMJ and have so far lined up three shows, all in Williamsburg: Trash Bar on October 21 with Prehab, Nox Boys, Vomitface, Ghxst, Dear Boy, and The Chloes; the Beyond Beyond is Beyond showcase at Union Pool on October 22 with Guy Blakeslee, Prince Rupert's Drops, The Paperhead, and Worthless plus visuals by Drippy Eye Projections (tickets); and the unofficial Burger Records CMJ showcase at Death by Audio on October 23 with White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, Las Rosas, and John Wesley Coleman.
The band are also playing Burger Records' Beach Goth 2014 fest at Santa Ana, CA's Observatory on October 25 with The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr and many many more. All dates are listed, along with streams and CMJ flyers, below...
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been a while since we've heard from Nashville's The Paperhead -- 2012, when they released their terrific single "The Picture of Her Demise" -- but the band have plotted their return. The trio still worship at the alter of Syd Barrett and Pete Townshend (circa 1966) and will release their second album, Africa Avenue, via Trouble in Mind on November 11. We've got the premiere of the very catchy opening cut, "Africa," in this post.
The Paperhead will be in NYC for CMJ with currently three shows on their schedule: The Beyond Beyond is Beyond party at Union Pool on October 22 (more details TBA); a Trouble in Mind showcase at Cake Shop on October 23 with Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, Estrogen Highs, and Negative Scanner; and a Trouble in Mind day party at Rough Trade on October 25 with the same bands. The Paperhead headline that which serves as a bridge to the evening Austin Psych Fest extravaganza there with A Place to Bury Strangers and more. More CMJ shows for The Paperhead to be announced.
Ultimate Painting, you may remember, is James Haore or Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes and their debut album is out via TiM on October 28.
Paperhead CMJ dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.
Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.
Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).
Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...
by Bill Pearis
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.
photos by Tracy Allison
Dent May / Mac DeMarco
On Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, Panache Booking threw their showcase at Public Assembly and we stopped by to catch some of their roster, specifically Dent May, Mac DeMarco, Turbo Fruits, (three of the more consistently entertaining acts who played constantly this year) plus the sweet retro-fueled rock of The Paperhead and Gap Dream.
Post CMJ: Gap Dream will soon be out with King Tuff; Turbo Fruits will soon join up with White Lung; and Dent May has a tour of Florida in December. No NYC dates for any of them on the known horizon, so hopefully you caught them last week. All tour dates for those three are listed below, along with more pictures from Public Assembly.
by Bill Pearis
Nashville time travellers The Paperhead are on tour right now with their Tennessee neighbors D Watusi with two stops in NYC this week: Thursday (7/12) at Death by Audio and Friday (7/13) at Cake Shop. All tour dates are listed below.
Though barely old enough to vote, these teenagers make music that sounds like vintage '60s psychedelic pop, straight out of Nuggets. The band's debut album on Trouble in Mind from last year is very good, but their new single, "Pictures of Her Demise," is flat-out great, like a lost side by the Electric Prunes or Syd-era Pink Floyd. You can download it above.
The Death By Audio show also features Strip Mall, Turnip King and "The ? in ? (cant say who it is but they are on a label called _ozac)." We're not sure exactly what that last bit means.
The Band in Heaven
In completely unrelated news, Florida's trippy The Band in Heaven is in town this weekend, playing Skippers on Pier 17 at South St. Seaport on Friday night (7/13) immediately after the 4Knots Fest pre-party with Eleanor Friedberger / Ex Cops / Zambri show on the big Pier 16 stage (also the Seaport). The Friday Skipper's show also has Zambri on DJ duties and "special guests." The Band in Heaven will also open the Skipper's stage at the 4Knots Fest on Saturday (7/14) at the Seaport around noon.
You may remember we profiled them back in January when their 7" was about to drop on HoZac records. If you like fuzz bass, drone-outs, flower-power psych, '90s shoegaze, and the letters J, A, M and C, you'll definitely want to check them out. "Summer Bummer" from that HoZac 7" is downloadable above and you can stream all four of its tracks below.
Paperhead tour dates are listed below along with The Band in Heaven stream.
by Bill Pearis
First up is The Paperhead who are in town for two shows: Tonight (7/2) at Death by Audio and Friday (7/22) at Bruar Falls. I caught The Paperhead at SXSW during the Trouble in Mind day party where the Nashville band stood out from than the rest of the bands on the bill (or the label). Instead of fuzzed-out garage rock, The Paperhead favor paisley-powered psych. Their Trouble in Mind debut is a nice cup of mushroom tea and the band (who also look the part) are pretty good live.
Tonight's show at DBA is with fellow Nashville residents and tourmates D Watusi, plus The Gytters, The Hairs and which is a pretty good bill all around. Get there early to check out openers The Gytters who I caught a couple weeks ago at Bruar Falls. The band is fronted by Scott Rosenthall who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has played with (and produced) The Beets. Sorta twangy new wave, you can download their song "Divebombers" from their bandcamp site. And The Hairs play this show too. Their 7" on Magic Marker is four songs of near-perfect snarky indiepop.
You may remember Doug Marvin from mid-'00s band Dirty on Purpose where he played drums and also sang (and wrote) some of the neo-shoegazers' catchiest material. Since DoP went kaput, Doug has continued making music under the Pursesnatchers moniker. Originally a true solo project, Pursesnatchers have become a real band with Doug moving to guitar, for a lineup and that also includes his wife Annie Hart (one third of Au Revoir Simone, and they both play in Uninhabitable Mansions) who also takes lead vocals on a couple songs.
That band made Pursesnatchers' new album, A Pattern Language, which just came out this week. The sound is an extension of what Doug did in Dirty on Purpose: melodic, brittle songs that are bolstered by waves of guitar. It's a really nice record. You can download "Baseball on the Radio" at the top of this post.
The point of all this is that Pursenatchers are playing a record release party for the album Friday night (7/22) at Union Hall with The Thieves and Finding Fiction.
John Davis' post-Georgie James group, Title Tracks, are also here this weekend, playing Cake Shop on Saturday (7/23) with Face Time, Steel Phantoms and Follower. There's been a little shifting in the Title Tracks camp who are now playing as a (power) trio. There's a new Title Tracks album too, In Blank, which is another platter of terrific power pop in the Nerves/Shoes/Nick Lowe tradition. You can download "All Tricks" at the top of this post. I haven't seen the new line-up but if it's anywhere near as good as previous incarnations, I heartily endorse seeing Title Tracks live.
And finally, Montreal trio Parlovr are in town for two shows: Friday night (7/22) at Glasslands and then Monday (7/25) at Mercury Lounge opening for Cloud Control. Parlovr make good use of their visa and play here fairly often but I really do think they're great live and are absolutely worth checking out. As I wrote before:
Singers Louis Jackson and Alex Cooper semi face each other from opposite sides of the stage rocking back and forth like manic Drinking Birds, flipping their '90s skate rat hair around, while mountain man drummer Jeremy MacCuish holds down the beat. They clearly enjoy playing, and it's a lot of fun to watch too.Their new EP, Heaven/Hell/Big/Love, goes a long way to getting that live energy to a recording. You can download the title track, a live favorite of mine, at the top of this post.
That's it for this week. There are a few more day-by-day picks below.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
Dent May has been on tour with Real Estate but plays a smaller show with Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and (underwater) peep Julian Lynch, at Glasslands. Prince Rama will be your DJs for the evening. Dent ditches the ukulele for his great new single "Fun" which is almost a dance track with its groovy bassline, keyboards and electronic handclaps. It's available digitally now, and the 7" is out physically in September. You can stream it below.
Cass McCombs, Lower Dens should make for a lovely evening of mellow music at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Monkees play for free at Coney Island at the Cyclones Stadium. While a lot of people just remember them for "Daydream Believer" they made a lot of great music, actually, and hopefully they'll play some deep cuts like "Randy Scouse Git" and "Forget That Girl." Hopefully they won't play that Davy Jones song from the Brady Bunch. Actually that songs pretty good.
by Bill Pearis
Wounded Lion @ Shangri La
After Wednedsay and Thursday... I spent most of Friday afternoon -- the hottest day of the fest, well into the '80s --at Sailor Jerry-sponsored East Side dive Shangri La where Chicago label Trouble in Mind was throwing a party in the back yard. Their party at Scoot Inn the year before was one of my favorites of SXSW2010 and I'd have to say the same the same of 2011. The label, run by husband and wife Bill & Lisa Roe (who are also in CoCoComa), is mostly a 7" label, releasing great singles from some of the best garage-pop artists around. Many of whom were there at Shangri La.
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own. Look for Night Beats debut LP out on Trouble in Mind this summer.
While Cheap Time were playing, I noticed Lars Finberg milling about the yard...what was he doing here? The Intelligence were definitely not here, was his side-project Puberty playing and I didn't know it? No, he told me he was playing drums for L.A.'s Wounded Lion for their Austin shows. I was already looking forward to seeing WL, now even moreso.
I was getting a little antsy and decided to walk around the East Side a bit, stopping by Cheer Up Charlies where I caught a few songs by Norway's Tôg (who are in NYC as we speak) before heading back to the Trouble in Mind party to catch Nashville's The Paperhead. Looking a bit like Red Kross, the band -- all about 19 I think -- are trippier than anyone else on the bill. Their debut just came out on TiM.
Next up Wounded Lion, whose self-titled debut was one of last year's more underrated records. I think seeing them live would change naysayers opinion, they were one of the rockin'est, most fun shows of the week. Two singers: main man Brad Eberhard does the heavy lifting and guitar playing, while singer/percussionist Raffi Kalenderian is more in the Bob Nastanovich of the band, going apeshit with the tambourine and generally keeping things entertaining. There is much switching of instruments. They also let Lars Finberg take lead vocals for the Intelligence's "Turned to Puke." I really thought they'd do "Pony People," a Wounded Lion song that The Intelligence covered on Fake Surfers, but no. Great, great set.
I then Sprinted over to the BrooklynVegan party at Swan Dive for John Grant. Friday was hot and Swan Dive didn't seem to have AC or even ceiling fans and it was an oven in there, but it didn't matter. Another of my favorite shows of the week. I'd seen him play solo at Mercury Lounge, but this show was with Midlake, his backing band on last year's amazing Queen of Denmark. With the band, Grant's late-'70s leaning epics came to lush life. The drums sounded gigantic. So did Grant's voice. All that was missing was sequined clothing and glasses that made points of light look like starbursts. Highlights for me: power-ballad "Mars" and "Chicken Bones" which is some kind of sonic collision of Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Nilsson.
John Grant @ Swan Dive