Entries tagged with: The Thermals
WAVVES @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
WAVVES headlines a Todd P-like bill at Bowery Balllrom in NYC on July 15th. Opening the show is Woods, Real Estate, and Popo. It's one of just two U.S. shows WAVVES has scheduled at the moment. The other is July 18th at the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19 in Chicago) which recently announced its final lineup additions. They are Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, Michael Columbia, The Thermals and Killer Whales. Full lineup below...
Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates below...
photos by Fresh Bread
The Thermals played a kick-ass show, as usual, last night at Bowery Ballroom (5/9). It was their second night in a row playing the same NYC venue, and on Monday they play the city one more time, but at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that one are still on sale. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
Hardly Art is an independent record label based in Seattle, WA. Founded in early 2007 by Sub Pop Records, Hardly Art is run by two full-time employees and is distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) and Sub Pop. The label's name comes from a lyric the song "No Culture Icons" by [ex-Sub Pop band] the Thermals [who are in town], and the unofficial motto for the label is: Quality records for quality people since very recently. [Wikipedia]The Hardly Art roster is now up to nine bands, the latest addition to which is Brooklyn Band Golden Triangle.
Golden Triangle @ NYU Strawberry Festival 2009 (more by Lauren Monaco)
Golden Triangle's upcoming shows include a gig on Saturday, May 9th at Rubulad with the Homosexuals. The band then plays a free show on Tuesday, May 12th at Southpaw with the Phenomenal Handclap Band. They're also scheduled to perform June 12th as part of the Northside Festival (again with The Homosexuals). All tour dates below.
Earlier this year when Golden Triangle were still unsigned, the group won the Dickies Battle of the Bands down at SXSW. The judges for that included Black Bubblegum, GZA, and Randy & Dean of No Age (who, being signed to Sub Pop, are now label cousins with the winning band).
Unnatural Helpers are a pretty righteous Seattle punk band with two former members of The Catheters, an ex-Sub Pop band of which I was especially fond and whose presence on the musical scene I miss dearly. Unnatural Helpers is ex-Catheters guitarists Brian Standeford (also of Idle Times and Tall Birds) and Leo Gephardt (Tall Birds), The Dutchess and the Duke's Kimberley Morrison on bass, though the band is the brain child of Dean Whitmore, who drums and sings. [Seattle Weekly]A new track by Talbot Tagora (who named themselves after a type of car), "Internet Fixture," is currently posted at The Fader (and above). Their album Lessons in the Woods or a City will be released July 21st on CD and LP. From the label's more established acts, new discs are also planned for Le Loup and the Dutchess & the Duke by the end of this year.
All upcoming Hardly Art tour dates below...
The Thermals are in town for the NYC leg of their tour. That includes Friday (5/8) and Saturday (5/9) shows at the Bowery Ballroom, both sold out, and a Monday gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg for which Tickets are still on sale (5/11). The Shaky Hands and Point Juncture, WA open all nights.
Kill Rock Star labelmates and fellow Portlanders Horse Feathers are also in town. As you can see above, the band's kicked it adjacent style while they were in Boston on Thursday, May 7th. It's close, but not exactly the case this weekend, as Horse Feathers play Saturday, May 9th out in Gowanus at the Bell House. Joe Pug and Ben Weaver open. Tickets are on sale. Tuesday, May 12th the band plays Joe's Pub (also with Joe Pug). Tickets for that are on sale as well.
All Horse Feathers dates below...
The 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood July 24-25. The Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 12 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into Seattle's most anticipated outdoor party. With over 40 bands on 3 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is by far the best party of the summer.Initial lineup (including Jesus Lizard) and more info below...
Saturday, April 18, 2009 @ 12:00pmSundaze takes place at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA - right over the border from NJ (thx Carly
April 18th (tomorrow), gates open at 12pm, Sayre Field House, FREE ADMISSION
Featuring: The Roots, The Thermals, Divine Rhyme, and The Lars Danko
The Thermals also have 3 NYC shows coming up, and other tour dates.
live photos by Leia Jospe
DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - Now We Can See (MP3)
The Thermals (and their tour-mates The Shaky Hands) have added a Monday, May 11th Music Hall of Williamsburg show to their existing tour plans. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale at noon, and general sale Friday, April 17th at noon.
Point Juncture, WA opens all Thermals/Shaky Hands shows from April 22 through May 16th, NYC dates included.
The Thermals' new album, Now We Can See, is out now on Kill Rock Stars.
The new video for "Now We Can See", a set of pictures from Mess With Texas at SXSW, and all tour dates below...
tonight in NYC
* Bob Mould @ Joe's Pub
* Pedro Soler @ Sycamore
* Chris Cornell @ Webster Hall
* Eddie Izzard @ Bleeker St Theatre
* Kreator, Exodus, Belphegor, Warbringer & Epicurean @ Nokia Theatre
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, EGM, My Education, Coin Under Tongue @ DBA
* Scorpio Rising, Leftcoast, Matamoros, Freetime @ Glasslands Gallery
Eddie Izzard is playing a last-minute show at the small-for-him Bleeker St Theatre. The show sold out instantly, but tickets will be available at the box office.
Bleeker St Theatre is home to Mike Birbiglia's great, and now Lortel-nominated, Sleepwalk With Me show (running through June 7th). Mike's "Awkward 10 Minutes" guest this Friday, April 10th, is Rue McClanahan of the Golden Girls!
The new Thermals video, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Amebix, in a rare moment of calm? (more by Justina Villanueva)
Chaos in Tejas 2009 is on and poppin', having laid out May 21st-24th in Austin for a crust/punk/hardcore field day(s)... dig on the sick FINALIZED lineup that includes punk favorites like Amebix, Cock Sparrer, and Cro-Mags, as well as Eyehategod, The Thermals, Harvey Milk, Annihilation Time, Outlaw Order, Crude, Severed Head of State, Warcry, Ponytail, Trash Talk... the killer list goes on:
by Andrew Frisicano
Thao @ Mercury Lounge 6/4/08 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Kill Rock Stars' Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will play SXSW before heading out on a monthlong US tour with Sister Suvi and Samantha Crain. The dates include the previously mentioned NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, May 14th. Tickets are still on sale.
Down at SXSW, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down's appearances include the previously mentioned Kill Rock Stars day party (3/18) with Marnie Stern and The Thermals; NPR day party (3/19) with Dirty Projectors and Blitzen Trapper; Hotel Cafe SXSW Showcase (3/19); and KUT SXSW Showcase (3/20). Thao w/ TGDSD will also play the Brooklyn Vegan SXSW day party at Radio Room on Thursday, March 19 (her third show that day) (full line-up to come).
As an aside, Merrill Garbus, one of the members of Sister Suvi, is Tune Yards, who played MHOW w/ Beiruit and Inlets on 2/4. Tune Yards also released its debut, BiRdBrAiNs, as a for-donations download.
In 2008, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down played a ton of NYC gigs, including a headlining Mercury Lounge show (2/4), two nights opening for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5 (2/2 & 2/3), and a solo appearance at the Revenge of the Book Eaters benefit on October 7th. And 2008 also saw Thao's debut We Brave Bee Stings and All on Kill Rock Stars.
All Thao Nguyen with The Get Down Stay Down and Sister Suvi tour dates below...
Semi Precious Weapons & Rachael Ray @ Santos in NYC (Nicky Digital) (thx Krista)
As posted earlier today, Franz Nicolay & Major General will be opening for the Pogues at Roseland Ballroom on March 13th, but that is just one of many shows the Hold Steady's moustached member has coming up. Another one is tonight, March 5th...
3/5 FRANZ NICOLAY @ Small Beast SalonFranz is doing the same thing at the Delancey with a different bill on March 12th too, and he's doing a reading at Bar Matchless on March 14th. He'll have a busy few days which almost immediately then turns into a Hold Steady trip to SXSW that starts with a pitstop in Portland for a March 16th show at the Crystal Ballroom.
Guest-hosting & curating.
THIS WEEK: 8:15-8:45 Franz Nicolay
8:55-9:25 Yoni Gordon
9:30-10:05 Serena Jost
10:15-11 Jennifer O'Connor
@ The Delancey - 168 Delancey, NYC
At SXSW, Franz is playing one solo/Major General show, and The Hold Steady are playing two. The first HS show is Friday March 20th at Mohawk. That's a public, official SXSW appearance. The second is the next day at Maggie May's for the Tom Jones-and-Semi-Precious Weapons-loving Rachael Ray. And they're not the only ones playing her party. As previously mentioned, The Airborne Toxic Event will be there, and so will New York Dolls, Ra Ra Riot and The Thermals. You can see the whole lineup and more details on the Dunkin Donuts spokesperson's website. The picture above was taken at Rachael's NYC show at Santos last week. See more like it at Nicky Digital's site.
NY Dolls also have an official SXSW show, and Sylvain Sylvain is sitting on a SXSW panel called "The Sound and the Fury". This all in addition to a new record coming out...
After working together on the New York Dolls' influential debut in 1973, the group reunited this winter with producer Todd Rundgren to record their fourth studio album, Cause I Sez So, set for a May 5 release on Atco Records.No upcoming Dolls dates in NY, bit Ra Ra Riot are at NYU TONIGHT (3/5), The Hold Steady are at Irving Plaza on March 30th, and The Thermals are playing Bowery Ballroom twice in May.
Recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, the album features 11 original compositions and a new version of "Trash," which was on their 1973 debut album. "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present," says frontman Johansen.
Prior to the album's release, the New York Dolls-David Johansen (vocals); Sylvain Sylvain (guitar); Steve Conte (guitar); Brian Delaney (drums); and Sami Yaffa (bass)-will appear at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival in Austin, TX. [as outlined above]
The NY Times went to RR's SXSW show last year. Video below...
DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - Now We Can See (MP3)
The Thermals @ the Bell House in January (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The bad news (for me at least) is that The Thermals aren't playing any of the TBA BrooklynVegan shows at SXSW this year. The good news is they will be there and playing eight others! Maybe not as many as the Mae Shi in 2008, but they will definitely be busy between March 18th and March 21st while in Austin, Texas.
More good news... The Thermals are going on tour with their Kill Rock Stars labelmates The Shakey Hands in April. That includes two nights in a row at Bowery Ballroom - May 8th & 9th. And there is a new 7":
"Now We Can See" is the first single from The Thermals' upcoming CD/LP, Now We Can See, their fourth full-length album, and first for Kill Rock Stars. The "Now We Can See" single also includes the song "My World", plus demo versions of both songs, making side A ("Now We Can See"/"My World") the "hi-fi side", and side B ("Now We Can See (demo)"/"My World (demo)" the "lo-fi (or "no-fi", if yr nasty) side".Download the song for free, as an MP3, above. All tour dates below...
This 7" is limited edition AND If you order from Kill Rock Stars directly it will be on the uber limited white vinyl!
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Pretty & Nice, now with a new drummer, opened for the Thermals at the sold-out, late-late show at The Bell House in Brooklyn Saturday night (1/31). It really was late too. Joseph Arthur's set at the early show ran long. I got there a little before midnight thinking I had already missed Pretty & Nice, but instead I found a line to get in down the block with a club employee handing out cookies to everyone who was now forced to wait in the cold. P&N went on around 12:30. Thermals probably went on around 1:30. It was well worth the wait.
Kathy (bass and occasional vocals) and Hutch (guitars and vocals), also with a new drummer, tore through old and new material and two covers (Nirvana's Sappy and Saints by the Breeders). The band and the sound system sounded tight. Everyone (well, a lot of people) was bouncing up and down and politely bumping into each other to the indie/post/punk/rock music. There were also a few slower jams, and at least one Obama shoutout. Now I really can't wait to hear the new album - Now We Can See is out via Kill Rock Stars on April 7, 2009 (which is around the time Hutch said the band would be back in NYC).
As someone told me at the show, The Thermals last played NYC exactly, to the day, one year earlier (Jan 31, 2008 at Studio B). More pictures and both setlists (from Jan 31, 2009) below...
Pretty & Nice @ Pianos for BV CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Tucked away in a basement somewhere on the outskirts of Boston, there is a secret lair filled with motley recording equipment, and a neatly organized cache of guitars, synths and other flashing electronics. The stockpile of gadgetry is owned and operated by three young gentlemen who call themselves Pretty & Nice.Pretty & Nice will be opening for The Thermals at the Bell House tonight. It's a late show (starts at 11), and it's sold out. Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts play the early show in the same venue. Pretty & Nice play again in Brooklyn on February 5th. All dates below...
Busta Rhymes is playing BB King's on March 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Comedian Marc Maron is performing at Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 15th. Tickets are on sale.
Note that ALL the NYC-area Morrissey shows are going on sale at 11AM on Friday (not noon).
Have you listened to Jaydiohead yet?
Radiohead think Max Silvestri is funny... his Internet Thing anyway. Video below...
"...So much else is new and wonderful for us! We have a new record label, Kill Rock Stars. Not only has Kill Rock Stars released some of Portland's (and the Northwest's) best punk and indie records to date (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip), but the label has recently relocated to Portland, and is quickly filling it's roster with even more great Portland bands (Shaky Hands, Panther, Horse Feathers). The Thermals are thrilled to now be a part of this family as well. We were thrilled to be part of the Sub Pop family for six years, but we felt it was time to move on. We turned down a second contract from Sub Pop, lest you think we were dropped! You don't drop us, we drop you. Not you, personally. We love you! Seriously, you're the best.The Thermals are also playing a late show (11PM doors) at The Bell House in Brooklyn on January 31st before they go to Europe. $12 tickets go on sale this Tuesday at 3PM.
We have a new drummer as well. Westin Glass, formerly of Seattle's Say Hi, joins us (Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris) to complete the third (or so) live line-up of The Thermals. In addition to (again!) touring the UK with The Cribs this February, and playing multiple shows at SXSW in March, we will be touring the U.S. for two months, following the release of Now We Can See on April 7th. We'll be doing festivals in Europe and the U.S. all summer long, followed by a full European tour in the fall... - The Thermals
Speaking ot the Bell House, tickets are also still on sale for the Great Lake Swimmers show happening there on January 9th, plus The Mugs are playing there on January 17th and The Forms are playing there on January 18th.
All Thermals dates below...
By Andrew Frisicano
The Thermals @ Fontana's (more)
NJ's Titus Andronicus recently signed with XL, who will release the band's future TBA recordings. First, XL will re-release The Airing of Grievances (previously on Troubleman Unlimited) on January 20th.
Titus goes on a 2009 tour with Los Campesinos! that includes two February shows at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but first Titus will headline their own show at Maxwell's in their own state (on January 14th). Tickets are also on sale.
In other signings news, Kill Rock Stars announced that it will release the next Thermals record, titled Now We Can See, on April 7, 2009. KRS also reports, "a 7" of the first single, "When I Died," will precede the album on March 10th followed by a trip to SXSW."
The announcement ends The Thermals' five-year, three-album Sub Pop run. The Seattle label also recently lost Sweden's Loney Dear (a.k.a Emil Svanängen) - who has two Dec NYC dates - to Polyvinyl.
All tour dates below...
The Thermals have announced what songs (their own included) they'll be playing at Studio B on January 31st....
The Thermals recently shot a new video with fans in Portland....
Billed to begin at 2 pm, those on the set (in this case, “set” denotes an alley way off Burnside) didn’t hit their stride until around 3 pm. Up until then the afternoon consisted of sitting on tables and waiting for things to begin.Last night Hutch was a cowboy for Halloween. Tonight (Nov 1, 2007) The Thermals play Warsaw in Brooklyn, NYC. I have three pairs of tickets to give away. To win, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Thermals) and tell me what you were for Halloween, and your first and last name for guestlist. Three winners will be picked randomly, awarded a pair of tickets, and emailed confirmation.
Soon the band were behind their instruments with director Whitey and a handful of crew filming them perform. It was all very DIY. The crew did take after take of singer/guitarist Hutch Harris singing the same lines, using a CD—the stereo balanced on an overturned shopping cart—to cue each take. [more pics & stuff @ Local Cut]
The Thermals are going out on tour again in October, and they'll play Brooklyn for the third time this year on November 1st - at Warsaw w/ Reporter. Tickets go on sale Saturday. All tour dates below....
you'd never know this MP3 was the Thermals...
This picture is not of The Thermals, Ted Leo, or a vegetarian, bit it is a sexy picture of Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington dressed as something a vegetarian wouldn't eat at the ATP festival in the UK last weekend that The Thermals (and Grizzly Bear and Daniel Johnston) also played....
The Thermals have a few more shows popping up. Tickets are on sale for a July 27th show in Chicago, and one on August 10th at Maxwell's in NJ. That last one is two days before they play a much larger free show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn with Ted Leo who may or may not be this year's sexiest vegetarian. Ted Leo was also recently seen looking sexy on MTV (and getting sexed up by the crowd at Webster Hall).
The Thermals recently played NYU with the Hold Steady who are also playing a big free show this summer in Brooklyn.
JellyNYC has released this initial list of artists playing free shows at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn this summer:
Blonde Redhead, Ted Leo/Rx , The Thermals, Ghostland Obervatory, Octopus Project, Man Man, Illinois, I'm From Barcelona, Dengue Fever, and THE RUB DJsLooking good. More bands and dates TBA. I also heard that despite talk of building a pool in the pool, concerts will be back at McCarren in 2008.
Also note: Despite the Saturday date that was announced, I'm From Barcelona are actually playing that Sunday.
* Ghostland Observatory played Bowery Ballroom
* Ted Leo & Blonde Redhead played Webster Hall
* MAN MAN vegan dinner w/ ISA CHANDRA & NY Magazine
* I'm From Barcelona - 2007 Tour Dates (McCarren Pool)
* Sonic Youth playing Daydream Nation @ McCarren Pool