Entries tagged with: The Pastels
by Bill Pearis
Before Oasis, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Super Furry Animals, Swervedriver, and Screamadelica, Creation Records was a scrappy indie label releasing scratchy singles by jangly indiepop bands with bowl haircuts who loved Orange Juice and the Velvet Underground. Some of those were great, including records by The Pastels, The Loft, The Jasmine Minks, a young band named Primal Scream, and label head Alan McGee's own group, Biff Bang Pow!. It would be The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut, "Upside Down," that would give the label loftier aspirations but the early days of Creation hold a lot of buried treasures.
Those early singles were collected on the five-volume Creation Soup compilations in the early '90s, which all went out of print shortly after release. They'll soon be available again, however, in a new box set titled Artifact: The Dawn of Creation Records 1983-1985. In addition to those 7"s, this five-disc set includes, rarities, select album deep cuts, unreleased demos and rare BBC sessions. There's also a It's out September 25 via Chery Red (preorder) and you can check out the full tracklist, and streams of some of those early singles, below.
JAMC are also touring Psychocandy this year.
Bummer news from the world of Visa Problems:
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that the pastels will not appear at chickfactor 21 because their work visas have not yet been sent to them. if their visas are approved soon, they will come and play a show in new york.The Chickfactor 21 show was to have been The Pastels' first US show in 16 years. We're not sure where that puts the 6/15 Maxwell's show -- maybe Condo Fucks will just turn into a full-on Yo La Tengo show? Stay tuned.
our backup plan was to have the clientele headline in their place, but they too are waiting on visas in a similar situation.
we are heartbroken but the show must go on. we will announce a replacement or two later today. obviously we feel horrible for everyone who has rearranged their lives to be there and will try to make it up to you somehow, someday. we still have a crazy stellar lineup and but if need be refunds are available at point of purchase.
the clientele also will appear later this year if their visas are approved. both bands applied *ages* ago. - [chickfactor]
by Bill Pearis
Glaswegian indie stalwarts The Pastels released Slow Summits this week via Domino Records and it's an appropriate title for the band's first new album in 16 years. (Not counting the one they made with Japanese group Tenniscoats a few years back.) Recorded with John McEntire, the new record was made with core members Stephen McRobbie and Katrina Mitchell and features guest appearances from members of Teenage Fanclub (TFC's Gerard Love is actually in the band these days), former Pastel Annabel "Aggi" Wright, two-thirds of To Roccoco Rot, and Tenniscoats. The record doesn't pull any surprises, maybe not as shambolic as they were once known for, but that's a good thing. It's the kind of sunny, fuzzy, heartfelt pop the Pastels are known for. You can stream it on Rdio and Spotify and you can watch the video for single "Check Your Heart" below.
As mentioned, The Pastels will be here in a couple weeks for Chickfactor 21, playing The Bell House on June 13 with Dump, The Jim Ruiz Set, Lois and "surprise guests." Tickets for that show are still available. They have added another NYC-area show happening while they're here at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 15 with The Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo). Maybe at that show we'll get a group version of Daniel Johnston's "Speeding Motocycle" which they've both covered. Tickets are on sale for that show too.
by Bill Pearis
we had *so much fun* at chickfactor 20 at the bell house in brooklyn, the idea of waiting another ten years seemed too painful too endure. so we made another festival for you! showtime is prompty at 8pm. you may miss a special guest if you get there at 8:10!Indie pop zine chickfactor is putting on another festival at The Bell House on June 11, 12 and 13 with a line-up that includes The Pastels, Future Bible Heroes, The Cannanes, Aluminum Group, The Jim Ruiz Set and more.
This will be the first Pastels show (6/13) in NYC since 1997 (if memory serves, the last one was at Angel Orensanz Center opening for Belle & Sebastian). The Pastels' new album, Slow Summits, will be out a couple weeks prior (June 11) and you can stream new single "Check Your Heart" below.
As for Future Bible Heroes (Stephin Merrit and Christopher Ewen) who play on 6/12, their new album is out June 8 on Merge. Before you get too excited, do note that Stephin Merrit may or may not appear with them. But it will definitely be Christopher Ewen and singer Claudia Gonson.
Additionally, there will be a retrospective of filmmaker Paul Kelly's work on June 15 at NYU's Michelson Theater, including his Felt/Denim documentary Lawrence of Belgravia, the Dolly Mixture documentary, and his three collaborations with Saint Etienne, Finisterre, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This is Tomorrow. This will be free and more info is here.
Chickfactor 21 happens less than two weeks after NYC Popfest, making it a very busy time for lovers of indiepop.
Full Chickfactor 21 line-up below...
by Bill Pearis
When last we wrote about shambolic UK janglepoppers Golden Grrrls, we knew there was going to be a NYC show on April 3 but we didn't know where or with whom. Now we do. The show happens at Glasslands and their Slumberland labelmates Sea Lions are also on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Golden Grrrls' self-titled debut is out February 26 and you can stream a few tracks from it below.
Somewhat confusingly, for those who don't follow this sort of stuff closely, on the same day Slumberland is also releasing The New Life, which is the new album from Irish band Girls Names. Sonically, the two bands don't have much in common, with Girls Names playing a much gothier strain of indie that has more than a little in common with Crystal Stilts. You can stream a track from that album below.
And while I'm using terms like "shambolic" and "indie" I would be remiss to not mention that the elder statesmen of shambolic Scottish indie, The Pastels, will release Slow Summits at some point this year via Domino Records. Not counting the collaborative album they made with Tenniscoats in 2009, this will be The Pastels' first album in 16 years. You can watch a trailer for Slow Summits below.
Lists of dates, streams and Pastels album trailer below...