Entries tagged with: The Raveonettes
FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.
Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
by Klaus Kinski (and Fred Armisen)
Fred meditates on his top ten...
In my tenure as BV's tallest and prettiest contributor, I've noticed that one of the most polarizing figures we mention on here is the great Fred Armisen. It's like, any time we mention this dude all the negative-Nancys crawl out of the wood work. Oh well... You know what they say ('they' being people who use terrible quips to express themselves); "Haters gonna hate." The reality is, Fred Armisen rules. He's one of my most favorite, funny, uber-talented oddballs in the biz. He's consistently funny on SNL, no matter how abysmal the sketch may be. His show Portlandia (which returns January 4th 2013 on IFC) is one of the funniest shows to hit the gogglebox in recent memory. And he keeps it real with small-venue residencies and club shows. Fred recently hipped us to the top 10 records of 2012 that floated his boat.
In addition to Portlandia's imminent return (many guest stars included), and the Portlandia book which is currently available, don't forget the Fred is hosting the Snow Ball Ball at the Bell (Ball) House on Sunday December 16. The show also features guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe (from TV On the Radio), Peter Hale (from Here We Go Magic) and more!
Check out Fred's 'Best of' list, below...
The Raveonettes in Chicago last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As promised, The Raveonettes played David Letterman's show on Thursday night (10/4), one night before their tour with Melody's Echo Chamber hits Webster Hall (tonight). Watch then perform "She Owns the Streets", from their new album Observator, with their full list of their tour dates, below...
As you may know, Sweden's The Amazing will be on the road with Tame Impala for their upcoming tour which hits NYC on November 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and November 10 at Webster Hall, both of which are sold out. New York will have another chance to see The Amazing at a much smaller venue, as the band will play Mercury Lounge on November 5 right before their tour starts. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/5) at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (10/3). All dates are listed below.
The Amazing's new album, Gentle Stream, is out October 23 on Partisan Records and you can stream a track from it below.
In related news, Melody's Echo Chamber (whose album was produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker) are currently on the road with The Raveonettes and will play Webster Hall this Friday (10/5). Tickets are still available and we're giving a pair away via Facebook. Both Melody's Echo Chamber and The Raveonettes' new LPs are streaming below.
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Ben Gerstein @ Barbes
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theater
* Dragonette @ Webster Hall
* Luciana Souza @ Joe's Pub
* Miguel Frasconi @ The Stone
* Azure Ray, Soko @ City Winery
* Alt-J, JBM @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brazilian Girls @ The Bell House
* Echosuite,Sophie Auster @ Mercury Lounge
* WIERD w/ Merchandise @ Home Sweet Home
* AAnnea Lockwood, Miguel Frasconi @ The Stone
* Firewater, Skeleton Key @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Animal Tropical, Jag, Mechanical River @ Cake Shop
* Indian Rebound, The Denzels, Fast Years @ Muchmore's
* Holly Miranda, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris @ Zebulon
* Yeasayer, Tanlines, Daedelus @ Central Park Summerstage
* Dawn Landes, Henry Wolfe, Christina Courtin @ The Rock Shop
* Tenement, Vacation, Swearin', Space Trash @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Icona Pop, Heartsrevolution (DJ Set), Punches @ Santos Party House
* Sarah Silverman, Katina Corrao, The Lucas Brothers, Brent Sullivan @ BAM
* Dead Prez, Lushlife, Iron Solomon, DJ Total Eclipse, Gen.Erik @ Public Assembly
* Chelsea Light Moving, Steve Gunn, White Out @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Andre Obin, Beacon, Braille, D. Gookin, Foxes in Fiction, Heathered Pearls, Jacob 2-2, Teeel @ Glasslands
Tampa, Florida's gloomy, romantic (and BV faves) Merchandise play the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight. Word of warning: things get started late there. They'll also play 538 Johnson on Thursday (9/13) and Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14) and will be back for CMJ.
Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, play their first NYC show at 285 Kent tonight.
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Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, The Master, opens on Friday (9/14) and like his last film There Will Be Blood, it features a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. You can stream the soundtrack below via Spotify.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a new animated video for his song "Time to Be Clear" and you can watch that below.
The Raveonettes' new album, Observator, came out this week and the band just released a new video from it, "The Enemy," which you can watch below.
today in NYC
* Joe Budden @ SOB's
* Willie Nile @ Joe's Pub
* Odd Future @ The Paramount
* Michael McNeill @ Barbes
* Holograms, Eraas @ Mercury Lounge
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Comic Book Club Live @ Fontana's
* The Noisy Toy Piano Orchestra @ The Stone
* Companion, Brazos, Pocket @ Knitting Factory
* Wifey, Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown @ Mercury Lounge
* Icewater, Strange Shapes, Wet, Sam Buck Rosen @ Big Snow
* Alvarius B, Samara Lubelski, Marcia Bassett @ Union Pool
* Mail The Horse, Everest Cale, Giving Up, Meah! @ Death By Audio
* Blag Dhalia (The Dwarves), Turbo AC's, The Threads @ The Bowery Electric
* Bob Dylan @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester)
* Diamond Terrifier, Future Shuttle, Okkyung Lee, Aaron Rosenblum @ Zebulon
* The Loom, Group of Altos, Death Blues, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Glasslands
* Gregory Pepper & His Problems, Cars & Trains, David Ramos, King of Spain @ Pianos
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Azealia Banks debuted her new video, "1991," over Labor Day weekend. You can watch it below.
by Andrew Sacher
"Bad. Ass." Those are the only two words you'll see written on LA duo Deap Vally's facebook about page, sitting under a picture of the band's two members (Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards) in a car with just enough skin covered to stay SFW. Usually I'm pretty skeptical about a band's own description of themselves, but in this case nothing else could sound more accurate. Lindsey and Julie play like the White Stripes if instead of Jack and Meg it was Karen O and Alison Mosshart. And though they're bursting with White Blood Cells and a Fever to Tell, there hasn't really been a band with this much raw power since those albums were released. While Jack White's off playing in an exponentially larger band and Karen O is off hanging with everyone from Santigold to Swans, Deap Vally are in that stage that hasn't been as fashionable in recent years - stripping everything down and rocking the fuck out.
Julie Edwards has sat behind the kit in the comparatively less heavy The Pity Party since 2005 and has also lent her talents to The Raveonettes, before deciding to go all out in Deap Vally. Though the band's edge is relentlessly adolescent, on "Gonna Make My Own Money," when Lindsey Troy howls about how she married a rich man, she sounds seasoned and experienced in the way we've come to expect our blues storytellers. On "Baby I Call Hell" she growls "Baby do you love me like you say you do?" from the pit of her stomach like a young Janis Joplin. On the apocalyptic "End Of The World," she begs, "Come on take a breath now," sounding as if that's an actual option in such a situation, before breaking into Iommi-esque guitar bends and exclaiming, "It's the end of the world!" You can stream those tracks and check out some videos below.
Deap Vally have a few dates scheduled at the moment, and they'll be here for CMJ. But they'll head to the NYC area a bit before that to play Maxwell's on October 15. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
A list of all currently known dates, streams, and videos below.
by Bill Pearis
photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
Having previously fronted the more overtly pop My Bee's Garden and The Narcoleptic Dancers, Melody Prochet discovered dreampop, enlisted the help of Tame Impala's Kevin Parker (a busy man this year) to capture the sounds in her head, and Melody's Echo Chamber was born. Recorded at Parker's home studio in Perth, Australia, and at Melody's grandparents' seaside home in the South of France, the self titled album -- out September 25 via Fat Possum -- is a gorgeous headtrip. You can stream a couple cuts from it below.
I met Melody on a very rainy late July afternoon to talk about the new album, finding her sound and how she's going pull it off live. On the latter, NYC will find out in October when Melody's Echo Chamber open for The Raveonettes at Webster Hall.
BV: You had a couple bands before this, very different sound. What made the change?
Melody Prochet: I just grew up, really. I've always been writing songs, and the people you meet they influence you. It wasn't till I was 19 that I heard the kind of music I listen to now, so for many years it was a different style. I hadn't digested all these new things.
Was there a certain record or group you heard where you were like, "Yes! This is the kind of music I want to make!"?
A million different records. I'm a fan of so much stuff I wouldn't know where to start. I was listening to Debussy at the same time I was listening to Spiritualized or Red Krayola, so it came from all over.
How did you end up working with Kevin from Tame Impala?
Two years ago my old band My Bee's Garden supported Tame Impala in Europe. We got along and we shared a lot of songs and it just blossomed into collaboration. It started with just a couple songs but it was really easy to work together. Complimentary opposites.
You say it was easy, but as a listener it sounds very dense and layered, like a lot of work.
I wasn't hard to make, it was very organic and natural. Most of what you hear are first takes and we did the drum sounds in two seconds. We put mikes on a pile of bricks in the yard because we didn't have professional setups. It was a very natural process, making the record. But I know what you mean, the production is really cool. I'm obsessed with production, though I'm not really good at it yet myself. I have the vision, but I need magic hands to do it for me. This record was my dream sound. I've tried for years to get it but finally found the right hands to sculpt it.
Did you come in with songs or was it more born out of the studio?
I came in with songs and some basic recordings but it was messy. Kevin helped figure out what we could keep, how to organize that mess. I tend to write pretty and dreamy songs -- I studied classical music for 12 years -- but I was boring myself so Kevin helped destroy everything and put it back together, find the right balance. I think we did pretty well in that way.
Have you played it live?
We've done two shows. The first one was intense because we didn't get a chance to soundcheck, but it was all right. The second show was supporting Atlas Sound and it went so well. I think it was my first show every I enjoyed, felt like it was good enough, and felt comfortable.
Has it been hard to replicate the album's sound live?
Kevin helped with that as well, putting the album's sounds -- the Junos and all the gear you can't take with you on tour because it's gonna break -- so we just sampled all the sounds and put it on a keyboard. I think its gonna sound really good.
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Paris-based musician Melody's Echo Chamber (aka Melody Prochet) is set to release the "Crystallized" 7" later this year via Fat Possum. That track, which you can stream below, was produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, and like Kevin's band, it's soaked in the psychedelic guitar rock of the late 60s, or perhaps a bit more similar to that era's revivalists like The Brian Jonestown Massacre or Spiritualized.
Hopefully she'll do a smaller show while here? A list of all dates and that song stream below...
The Raveonettes at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Raveonettes have a few upcoming (mostly festival) dates this summer including two in Chicago. They appear to be revealing some club dates for the fall for what will presumably be their first North American tour since Sune was hospitalized. Those dates include a NYC show at Webster Hall on October 5 with Melody's Echo Chamber. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.
The Raveonettes released their new EP, Into the Night, this past April. You can download the title track and "Night Comes Out" via widgets below in exchange for your email address.
In related news, Sune mixed Correct Behabior, the new Eternal Summers album which is due out on July 24 via Kanine. You've already heard "Millions" off that album, and the band just revealed another new track, "Wonder" which you can listen to over at Pitchfork. Eternal Summers have NYC shows coming up too.
A list of all currently known Raveonettes dates and widgets below...
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.
The Black Keys (t-shirts) @ MSG last week (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As it turns out, Beyoncé Knowles will not be the first artist to sing at the new Ovation Hall at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City. This morning, the casino hotel -- which will celebrate its grand opening on May 25 with the first of three Beyoncé concerts -- announced an Ovation Hall show a week prior to the big date. The Black Keys, the Grammy-winning Akron blues-rock duo with a lovably grimy sound, will appear at Revel on May 19. Tickets for the Black Keys concert go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.Beyonce tickets go on sale April 6 at Ticketmaster. The Black Keys play their 2nd of 2 shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden with the Arctic Monkeys TONIGHT (3/22). Pictures from the first are HERE.
Technically, the Keys won't be the first act to play at Revel, either. The hotel is opening a second performance space called the Social, a smaller room than the 5000-seat Ovation Hall. (This is likely to be similar to the division at the Borgata -- the Event Center handles the really big acts, and the Music Box takes care of the more intimate shows.) Revel is planning a soft opening -- they're calling it an eight-week preview -- on Apr. 2, and the casino is marking the occasion with a Social performance by Danish noise-pop the Raveonettes.
It's shaping up as a big spring and summer for popular music in Atlantic City. In addition to the Beyoncé shows on May 25, 26, and 27, Phish are scheduled to play a three-night stand at the disused Bader Field Airport on June 15, 16, and 17. A week later, Metallica brings its Orion Music + More festival to the same location. Bader Field successfully hosted the Dave Matthews Caravan last June.
UPDATE: and The Black Keys will be co-headlining a new NYC festival this summer too!
Black Lips @ Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Diana Wong)
The Black Lips will be peforming live from NYC over the internet today, 10/27, at 2pm EST. The Chevy Sonic-presented performance can be watched in the video player embedded below.
And that's just one of two big events for the Black Lips in NYC today. The next happens at Union Pool tonight. There they'll DJ a party thrown by their label (Vice) which was curated by their labelmates The Raveonettes. Bands performing at the free vitamin water-sponsored show are Minks, The Rassle and Zaza. Raveonette Sune Rose Wagner, who was recently laid up, will be doing some DJing as well. RSVP is necessary and is now back open.
Sune Rose Wagner at Beekman Beer Garden (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This past week has been a rather dramatic and tumultuous week with Sune ending up in the hospital. First off waiting for the diagnosis which is where you drive yourself crazy with all the fear, anxiety and various obsessive thoughts of terminal diseases. Then there's the aftermath of dealing with the reality of things.The above message was posted by Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes to their blog on Tuesday (8/9). The post is a follow-up to one posted a day earlier (8/8) stating that Sune Rose Wagner was admitted to the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan for a herniated disc. Sune was released from the hospital but has six weeks of intense physical therapy ahead of him, which is causing him to miss The Raveonettes' European tour. Some pictures and more info about the hospital can be found on The Raveonettes blog.
Albeit, we have decided that the shows must go on and that there is always a solution. We have been here before back in 2008 when I was ordered to stay horizontal for 5 months. And this time it's Sune who has to rest and heal. I will go to Europe and spread our Rave gospel. I'm terrified and overwhelmed by the task of playing without Sune, but also encouraged and motivated by the challenge. Needless to say it will be a deconstructed Raveonettes. I will have my two danish knights by my side and we will give you all we've got.
See you out there.
Best of luck to Sune, Sharin and the rest of the Raveonettes team. European tour dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Raveonettes played a free Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden on Sunday (7/31) with Eternal Summers. The day party was the day before both bands played Maxwell's in NJ. According to The Tear-N Tan Files, "Opening up was Virginia's Eternal Summers putting on a pop/post punk set with a tinge of surf for a faster summer feel.... The Raveonettes played an amazing set with a 2 song encore, but still a way too short set. The intense distortion was made all the more beautiful by Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner's beautiful harmonies."
The sixth of six free Sunday shows at Beekman Beer Garden happens this Sunday (8/7) with Mission of Burma. If you haven't been there yet, the part-beach outdoor venue is around the back of the mall right on the pier at South Street Seaport.
More pictures and videos from the Raveonettes show below...
If you don't want to go all the way out to Long Island and spend 200 dollars in the process to see soulful R&B (Jill Scott at Jones Beach), you can get your fix for free right here in NYC. As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday, Chrisette Michele (who Jill Scott has interviewed) plays a free show tonight (7/28) in Springfield Park.
For some more venerable musicians, who may have very well influenced artists like Chrisette and Jill, blues guitarist/singer Taj Majal plays a free show tonight (7/28) at World Financial Center and Motown vets Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Spinners play for free at Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island tonight (7/28).
Some pretty major free shows are also happening on Friday (7/29). And I'm not even talking about the free 3 Doors Down show or Journey show. They Might Be Giants are playing a free Williamsburg Waterfront show with Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal. Their show is one of few this summer before they head out on tour in support of their recently released album Join Us. You can also head over to House of Vans for the unreal lineup of Fucked Up, Cro-Mags, Screaming Females, and Pissed Jeans. We're also giving away VIP tickets to the show. Contest details HERE.
If you're trying to see free music on Saturday (7/30), I can't imagine why you would want to be anywhere other than the Mad Decent Block Party at South Street Seaport. The party will be headlined by Gang Gang Dance and also feature Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, and PO PO. If you're into the block party, and specifically Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend's DJ set, you've got time afterwards to head over to Brooklyn Bowl and see a DJ set by another NYC indie band member Albert Hammond Jr. (of The Strokes). Doors are at 11 PM.
On Monday (8/1) , Surfer Blood play a free late show at Mercury Lounge.
On Tuesday (8/2), you can check out the oldest of old school hip hop at Summerstage with Sugarhill Gang. If you prefer reggae over hip hop, you might be in luck by heading over to City Winery for the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival with CCB Reggae All-Stars.
On Wednesday (8/3), The Budos Band plays a free Summerstage show in Staten Island. You can also catch them tonight (7/28) at a not-free Rocks Off Concert Cruise. A-Trak also DJs on Wednesday (8/3) at the new Fool's Gold Store in Brooklyn. Summerscreen in McCarren Park is screening Clueless, and Zambri is performing.
Things in the free concert world pick up again on Thursday (8/4). It's been revealed that Mystery Night at Seaside Summer Concert Series will be 'The Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin who just played Jones Beach (and who cancelled last time she was scheduled to play Coney Island). As awesome as that show will probably be, if something modern is more your style, House of Vans, who continue to bang out killer lineups, has Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers on the bill for Thursday's (8/4) show.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.
Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.
It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.
The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).
Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).
If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.
What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:
Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.
The Night Beats
Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.
The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:
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.Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.
Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30) -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.
The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.
And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!
Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.
The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.
There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.
Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.
The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.
The Raveonettes at MHOW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
If you have an aversion to daylight, copious amounts of beer, freeloaders, or the Hudson River then I have the ideal Raveonettes show for you. In addition to their upcoming free show at Beekman Beer Garden on July 31st with Eternal Summers, The Raveonettes have added a show at Maxwell's the following night (8/1). Tickets are on sale.
The Raveonettes recently released a single for "Apparitions" b/w "Sun Goes Down", which is available now via iTunes.
All tour dates and some video is below.
The number of great and FREE NYC shows set for this summer grows by the day, and now we have a new set to occupy six Sundays. The new Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport will host a six week "Beach Party" series kicking off on July 10th.
With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and East River as their backdrop, the respective bands will take the stage on the Beekman Beer Garden's 200-ton sandy beach at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons.Check out the schedule and flyer below...
Presented in association with producers involved with the indie-oriented Seaport Music Festival on Pier 17 (south side) and the RiverRocks series on Pier 54, the Beach Party concerts are free, and limited to 1,100 people. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and all shows are 21 and over.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tamaryn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg -- 4/21/11
The Raveonettes and Tamaryn played tour-ending, sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on the past two nights. A set of pictures from last night/Thursday's show is in this post, and it continues, Raveonettes setlist included, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Raveonettes @ Emo's
While they played nearly half of [new album] Raven and the Grave, which features a more dark and gloomy sound exemplified by songs like "Apparitions" and "Evil Seeds," The Raveonettes pleased their excitable [Austin] fans be delving deep in their back catalog. As a result, the set proceeded like a greatest hits revue with new material sprinkled in. Old standbys like "Here Comes Mary" and the jangly "My Tornado" were accompanied by early favorites "Love In A Trashcan," and "The Love Gang," Several of their late career hits were also present, including the insanely catchy "Heart of Stone," "Lust," and "Dead Sound."The Raveonettes (who did not make it to SXSW due to visa issues) and Tamaryn are currently traveling across the country together on a tour that concludes with two nights of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The 4/20 show is currently sold out, but 4/21 is still on sale.
Upon finishing their main set with new track "My Time's Up," the band gave the audience members a chance to relax their ears before coming back onstage. Foo took the mic for the haunting "Forget That You're Young" before the band closed out the night with "Aly, Walk With Me." [Austinist]
Tamaryn @ Emo's
Tuesday night, while Hunx and his Punx and Shannon and the Clams were playing on the smaller stage, the two bands were doing it on the Emo's main stage with help from opener Shapes Have Fangs. Tim took pictures of the Austin show, including this picture of a picture that was on the wall:
Scheduled for an August opening, Emo's East will be fashioned along the lines of Washington, D.C.'s 930 Club and will accommodate up to 1,700. It will feature state of the art sound and lighting, plus tons of parking. Citing the new ACL Live venue raising the bar, Emo's owner Frank Hendrix says Austin's current live music climate is right for Emo's East. "Both artists and live music fans in Austin are savvy and their expectations are increasing. We want to offer them a first class facility to meet those expectations." [Soundcheck]More pictures from the Raveonettes/Tamaryn show are below...
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
The Raveonettes have announced a full North American tour in support of their fifth LP --- Raven In The Grave will be released on April 4 via Vice Records. The tour kicks off in Philly at the end of March and leads up to their previously announced 4/20 Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is now accompanied by a 4/21 show at the same NYC venue. Tickets are still available for the 4/20 show, and the 4/21 show goes on sale Friday at noon.
All dates on the tour are with Tamaryn who you can also catch in NYC much earlier when she visits to play an event at PS1.
Music Hall of Williamsburg also just announced a show hapening two days after the Raveonettes leave the venue, and that is the one with Crocodiles, the Fresh & Onlys, and Young Prisms which also goes on sale Friday.
All tour dates below...