Entries tagged with: Thee Oh Sees
photos by P Squared Photography
Thee Oh Sees / Blind Shake / King Gizzard / Walter TV
After the torrential downpours of the night before, Saturday of Northside (6/14) was all blue skies and fluffy little clouds. Folks were out in force that afternoon. Bedford Ave was closed to vehicle traffic, Smorgasburg was packed, and thousands of people turned out for the free McCarren Park concert featuring Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and Walter TV (aka Mac DeMarco's other band, where he doesn't sing). This was the NYC debut of the new Oh Sees touring lineup and they definitely seemed to have it together and the crowd (at least in the front third of the space) was going fairly bananas, with rarely a time without at least one body suring the crowd.
With a rock-solid, entertaining undercard, this was a great way to spend a Saturday. Thee Oh Sees got hot and sweaty with a couple hundred fans the next night at DbA. You can catch King Gizzard late night tonight (6/19) at Baby's All Right as part of their June Summer Fun Residency. More pics from the McCarren show below...
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
Thee Oh Sees at Death by Audio - 6/15/14
Garage rock greats Thee Oh Sees came to NYC for a free outdoor show in McCarren Park during the Northside Festival, but as they tend to do when they come here for a big show, they added a tiny last-minute one that happened at Death by Audio Sunday night (6/15). The shows were their first in NYC with their new touring lineup which is frontman John Dwyer joined by Nick Murray on drums and Timothy Hellman on bass. This power trio version of the band still put on a very full sounding show that my ears are just beginning to stop ringing from two days later, and needless to say it was a wonderful mess. Crowd was packed in as close as possible to the stage, dancing, bopping around, and clearly having a hell of a time. And John Dwyer and co. matched their energy, taking only minimal pauses and never going less hard on a song than the one before it. Totally wild show.
Two of the openers, Hector's Pets and White Mystery, also had a garage rock thing going on, but the opener that struck me most was LA's Burger-signed Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel. They sounded straight out of 1967 LA with organ-driven psych rock not far from Strawberry Alarm Clock (there was a song I almost thought was an "Incense and Peppermints" cover), and a little Ray Manzarek in there too. You can stream their newest record, Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious via Bandcamp.
Pictures of all four bands are in this post and continue below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
If you wanna see them somewhere smaller and sweatier, Thee Oh Sees will be playing Death by Audio on Sunday (6/15) with White Mystery, Mr Elevator & the Brain Hotel and Hectors Pets. Tickets are on sale now.
Thee Oh Sees @ Echoplex, 5/29/2014 (photo via @neongeometry)
When we first received word that Thee Oh Sees had booked two back-to-back performances at the Church On York in Highland Park, we were shocked that such a wild band with so much vigorous crowd energy was about to play a very small and very hot venue. Needless to say, we were very excited to see how it would pan out. Unfortunately, The Church On York was shut down due to code and permit violations (according to the city). But the show must go on, and that's just what happened last night as Thee Oh Sees sold-out the Echoplex with a most glorious performance.The new touring lineup of Thee Oh Sees made their live debut last month, first as part of the Deserted at the Pams festival in Twentynine Palms CA, then last week (5/29) at Echoplex in Los Angeles. You can watch video of the entire Echoplex show below.
Thee Oh Sees absolutely tore down the house by its very structure as their music exploded throughout the Echoplex, infecting every audience member with a quick shake of the shoulders, nod of the head and even moshing. It was like a virus had been unleashed amongst a condensed crowd. - [Grimy Goods]
Thee Oh Sees will be in NYC next week for a free outdoor show in McCarren Park as part of the 2014 Northside Festival. Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Minneapolis' great The Blind Shake open, making for a very solid show. You can still RSVP for that, or get in with your Northside badge which are still available to buy.
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Irving Plaza, 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
We just posted that Brigid Dawson is taking a break from Thee Oh Sees so she can do other stuff like her artwork. But who is in The Oh Sees now? Now living in Los Angeles, frontman John Dwyer has an all-new live touring lineup of the band and it's a trio, with Nick Murray on drums and Timothy Hellman on bass.
UPDATE (5/8): This is the line-up for this tour and should not be considered the new "official" lineup of the band.
We will miss Petey and Mike and Brigid! Also a bit surprised The Intelligence's Lars Finberg (who lives in LA too) isn't a part of the program. (He has been a touring member before.) Anyway, we're excited to see this slimmed-down Oh Sees when they play Brooklyn's McCarren Park on June 14 as part of Northside Fest. It's a free show, RSVP is still open for that and you can also get in with your Northside Badge (which are still available).
one of Dawson's pieces of artwork...
Brigid Dawson has spent the last few years singing with Thee Oh Sees but, following the band's hiatus, she is taking a break from the band. Having moved to San Marin, CA, one of the things she's doing is her artwork, which she does with both paint and thread. Some of Dawson's work will be on display at Brooklyn vintage clothing store Worship from May 10 - June 8. Says Dawson:
These portraits, and sewn blanket, ceremonial robe, and quilt, are the direct result of a whole lot of time spent in the back of a van, dreaming. They are also the most tender fare thee well and thank you that I could imagine to the last ten years.That's one of Dawson's pieces above. There's an opening reception at Worship on Saturday (5/10) from 7 PM to 11 PM with beverages in the store's open backyard and a performance by Jim McHugh (more info). Worship, by the way, is run by former K-Holes members Vashti Windish and Sara Villard.
Meanwhile, Thee Oh Sees, whose new album, Drop, is out now, will play a free show -- minus Dawson -- in McCarren Park on June 14 as part of Northisde Festival. RSVP is still open for that and you can also get in with your Northside Badge (which are still available). It's an all-new power trio lineup of the band,
by Bill Pearis
LA trio Cherry Glazerr may still be in high school but they're already making a name for themselves, having released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records earlier this year. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band will be making their first trip to NYC this summer, with two shows on the docket: July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 2 at Baby's All Right. with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets to Merc go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.
Speaking of Burger Records, the label's annual Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park on July 5 & 6 and features Thee Oh Sees, Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, OFF!, Reigning Sound, a reunited Milk n' Cookies, The Muffs, La Sera and more. Tickets are on sale and full two-day lineup below.
Cherry Glazerr have a couple other shows scheduled -- including one in Chicago after the NYC show -- and all dates are listed, along with the album stream and Burger Boogaloo lineup, below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.
by Bill Pearis
San Francisco songwriter Dylan Shearer makes the sort of somber pop that sounds like rain. There's a distinct Englishness to it, too, that has drawn comparisons to Soft Machine's Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt and that is definitely in the right ballpark. (Elliot Smith could be a more recent comparison.) Shearer's new album, garragearray, was aided by Thee Oh Sees' Petey Dammit on bass and Comets on Fire's Noel von Harmonson on drums. It's out next week (4/15) via Cellar Records/Castle Face. We've got the premiere of the lovely "Mold in the Fold" and you can stream that in this post, along with another cut from the LP.
Album artwork and tracklist, plus the song streams, below...
Thee Oh Sees at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Thee Oh Sees already released "Penetrating Eye" from their upcoming album, Drop, which comes out on Record Store Day (4/19) via Castle Face, and they've now released another album cut, "The Lens." Listen, via Pitchfork, below.
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
With Thee Oh Sees on an extended break, new Los Angeles resident John Dwyer has time to do other stuff like run his busy record label Castle Face and release a weird synth-heavy solo record. He's also getting his old band, Coachwhips, back together after reissuing the band's debut album last year. After a warm-up show at LA's The Smell, Coachwhips will storm Austin during SXSW playing a slew of shows -- none of which are officially part of SXSW. Those include one of Pitchfork's day parties. All dates and Austin appearances are listed below.
Coachwhips, who existed from 2001 - 2005, don't sound miles away from what Dwyer would do with Thee Oh Sees, just more raw and lower-fi -- even compared to early Oh Sees. (Coachwhips were really more about primal energy.) It will certainly be interesting to hear that material played live with a potentially more seasoned band. No word on whether Coachwhips plan more shows after SXSW (like maybe ones on the East Coast) but cross your fingers.
All dates are listed, plus the album stream of Coachwhips' debut, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Irving Plaza (more by Ebru Yildiz)
As you may know, Thee Oh Sees recorded another album before going on their "well deserved break." Pitchfork reports that it's called Drop and will be out April 19 (that's Record Store Day) via Castle Face. The album opens with the gargantuan riff that is "Penetrating Eye" complete with "la la la" chorus. (It also kind of sounds like they worked the Ironside theme in there but maybe that's just me.) It's pretty great and you can stream it below.
Frontman and new Los Angeles resident John Dwyer also has his synthy new solo project, Damaged Bug, that will release its debut, Hubba Bubba, this spring as well.
Album art, tracklist and "Penetrating Eye" stream below...
by Bill Pearis
While Thee Oh Sees are taking a well-deserved break, frontman John Dwyer is not. His label Castle Face is releasing more records than ever, including Hubba Bubba from Dwyer's new solo project, Damaged Bug. Recorded in the fall of 2013 using garage sale keyboards and homemade electronics, Hubba Bubba is spacey, bleepy bloopy pop. The album's out February 25.
There's an interstellar theme here -- the album cover is the cockpit of a spaceship (complete with Brian Eno portrait) -- and you can check out "Eggs at Night," plus the artwork and tracklist, below.
Thee Oh Sees @ Irving Plaza, Oct 2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Word got out last week that, after a barnstorming five years, Thee Oh Sees were going on "indefinite hiatus." What exactly that meant, we weren't sure but over the weekend, main man John Dwyer posted this on the band's site:
DEAR OH SEES FANS,Given that Floating Coffin came out back in April, that is more than plenty of time for the mega-prolic Oh Sees to crank out another record, and we look forward to hearing that.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.
THE BAND IS NOT BREAKING UP.
THIS IS JUST A WELL DESERVED BREAK AND A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD.
A NEW THEE OH SEES LP WILL BE OUT EARLY 2014
AND WE WILL SEE WHERE THE LIVE SHOW GOES FROM THERE...
UNTIL THEN, BE WELL
When I buy a record, it's usually a label thing. I'm into artists, certainly, but there's labels I support, like Castle Face, John Dwyer and his band Thee Oh Sees. And I buy one of everything from Johnny. Anything Castle Face puts out. I have one LP and one CD of it. You know, CD for the radio show and portability's sake and the LP to listen to.And if you're really jonesing for more Oh Sees, if you buy the Live at Death By Audio flexi book, it comes with a download of their entire September 2012 show (Ty Segall's too).
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Irving Plaza, 10/29/2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Well this is bummer news -- SF Weekly reports that San Francisco greats Thee Oh Sees are going on "indefinite hiatus" as frontman John Dywer is moving to Los Angeles, while singer Brigid Dawson is moving to Santa Cruz. Wednesday night, the band played The Great American Music Hall and Dwyer said onstage, ""This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while, so dig in." Band manager Annie Southworth confirmed to the paper, "Will be a little hard to continue with all the different locales so who know what is going to happen... Cross fingers, we all are that it's not completely over."
This will mark the end of a very prolific period for the band. 2008's The Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In really got them noticed and and they've barely taken a breath since, endlessly touring, releasing albums, singles, EPs, flexis, splits at a dizzying rate. This year's Floating Coffin was one of their best, and Thee Oh Sees shows here in October found them at the height of their powers.
If this is the end, and we hope it's not, they went out with a bang. Check out video from that Great American Music Hall show below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees / The Blind Shake / OBN IIIs @ Irving Plaza 10/29/2013
Thee Oh Sees were in NYC this week as part of their killer tour with equally awesome The Blind Shake and OBN IIIs, playing two shows: 285 Kent on Sunday (11/27) and Irving Plaza on Tuesday (11/29). Pictures from Irving Plaza are in this post.
I was at 285 Kent and I think it was easily one of the best shows I've seen this year. Maybe it was the death of Lou Reed, who John Dwyer dedicated their set to (and whose music was played between sets), and the weird energy that brought, and the location certainly was condusive, but Thee Oh Sees were absolutely on fire Sunday night. They played for about an hour (pretty long for them) and it felt like ten minutes. NYC Taper was there are got a great recording of their set. You can stream "Block of Ice" below and download the whole shebang over at his site.
It helped that two other great live bands primed the audience. With their big rock riffs and Orville Bateman Neeley III's bellowing vocals, Austin's OBN IIIs (who opened the night) are kind of like a garagey version of The Cult (or Danzig?) but minus the goth overtones. Orville, like he usually does, spent much of their set in the crowd messing with people, which is absolutely part of the fun.
Minneapolis' The Blind Shake seemed a little less schticky this time -- they've toned down the matching outfits a bit -- and just pounded out their animal beat protopunk as an extremely tight unit. After seeing them play to half-filled rooms, it was great to see them in a packed house.
A friend of mine went to the Irving Plaza show and said Thee Oh Sees were great there too, but "not loud enough." Did you catch them at Irving and do you agree? More pictures from all three bands at Irving Plaza, plus the 285 Kent Oh Sees setlist and song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may know, Thee Oh Sees are currently out headlining a killer triple-threat tour with The Blind Shake and OBN III's which is hitting NYC at Irving Plaza on October 29. Tickets for that show are still available, but as they tend to do, they've added a smaller, all ages show happening in NYC at 285 Kent a couple days before on Sunday (10/27). Tickets for the 285 show are on sale now.
Seriously, this is a mega-awesome three-band attack and you should go to one of these shows if you can. Updated tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The Blind Shake's new album, Key to a False Door, came out this week on Castle Face and it's 33 minutes and 13 songs of unrelenting dystopian sci-fi garagepunk. You may have already heard opening track "Garbage on Glue" but you can now listen to the whole thing which we're premiering in this post. Stream it below and order your vinyl here.
As mentioned, The Blind Shake will be on tour with Thee Oh Sees and OBN IIIs this fall, including a NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on October 29 (tickets). It was unclear initially how many shows of the tour The Blind Shake would be on, but we now know it's pretty much the whole magilla. That is one seriously killer triple bill, with all three bands being seriously awesome live forces, and you should absolutely go see it if it comes anywhere near you.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.
John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer is reissuing the first album by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. It's not miles away from what Thee Oh Sees do, just a little more lo-fi. The record comes out next week (9/3) on Dwyer's increasingly busy Castle Face label (order yours) but you can stream the whole thing now in this post.
You'll be able to catch Dwyer in action with Thee Oh Sees this fall when they'll be touring with two killer support bands -- Austin's OBN IIIs and Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake. The NYC date happens October 29 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Coachwhips album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Thee Oh Sees, whose latest album, Floating Coffin, came out back in April, are getting ready for a fall tour that includes what is their biggest headlining NYC show yet: Irving Plaza on October 29. No word on when tickets go on sale to that show, but you can keep checking Live Nation's website.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale Thursday (8/29) at 10 AM.
Some of the shows on this tour are with OBN IIIs (who were just in NYC) and Minnapolis' The Blind Shake. (
Not in NYC unfortunately. UPDATE: both OBN IIIs and Blind Shake ARE playing, yay!) The latter have a new album, Key To A False Door, which will be out September 17 via (Oh Sees frontman) John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. Like their last, the record inhabits the stomping ground between protopunk and post punk (which you'd think would just be "punk," but it's not). We've got the premiere of the lead track from the LP, "Garbage On Glue," which you can stream below.
The Blind Shake are best experienced live, though, with an image that seems straight out of cheapo dystopian sci-fi flick and a drummer who seems like he's going to hammer the drums through the floor. They're playing Gonerfest next month, and maybe they'll add some more East Coast dates. All currently scheduled ones are listed below.
'Vinegar Mirror' cover
In other news, John Dwyer is releasing a book of photos titled Vinegar Mirror which includes over 200 shots taken from 2010 on. He's also, as mentioned, reissuing the first album by his old band Coachwhips, Hands On The Controls, which is out via Castle Face next week (9/3). He also helped create the "Fuzz War Overload" guitar pedal for Death by Audio.
Thee Oh Sees and The Blind Shake tour dates are listed, along with the Blind Shake track stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
Chicago noise merchants RUNNING will release their new album, Vaguely Ethnic, next week (8/6) via Castle Face. The record features nine tracks of pounding, grimy punk that clocks in at just over 20 minutes. We've got the premiere of "Wanna Weekend" from it in this post and you can stream it below. The band have a few random dates coming up, though none in NYC. Those are listed below. Look for a proper tour later this year.
In other news, Castle Face Records will be reissuing Coachwhips' 2002 debut, Hands On The Controls, including its first-ever vinyl pressing. If you don't know, Coachwhips was Castle Face domo John Dwyer's band before Thee Oh Sees. That will be out September 3.
RUNNING dates are listed, along with the track stream and album art (by Edie Fake), below.