Entries tagged with: Thee Oh Sees
Montreal duo The Muscadettes are currently holed up working on their debut album but while we wait for news on that, they've offered up holiday treat in the form of new song, "Christmas Kitty." With a twangy, B-52's lead, its a bouncy little stocking stuffer that makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it below.
The Muscadettes, who were last in NYC for CMJ, have also been making a list and checking it twice, in this case their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which they've shared with us as well. You can check that out below too.
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.
While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:
I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).
This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).
Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most exciting set but they sounded good. They play with Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, too, along with Kyp Malone's Ice Balloons (he'll be busy tonight as his slightly more known band TV on the Radio play too, at MHOW).
Skimask opened the show with a 5-song set that they played on the floor, so while we didn't see them, we did experience them and their punky noise and funny stage banter made for a good start to the night.
There are only two shows at Death by Audio left both are "Top Secret!" though they'll likely have clues for tonight's show up on their website later today. We've got a good guess as to who one of the openers is.
Video of Thee Oh Sees doing set-opener "The Dream" at DbA last night, plus a few more instagrams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Anybody that knows Thee Oh Sees, Williamsburg DIY space Death by Audio and their history together pretty much assumed that the band would be playing one of the two nights they had off between NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw -- which coincided with the last week of DbA. So it was no shock to see John Dwyer-related albums (Oh Sees, Coachwhips, Damaged Bug) at the merch table at last night's "Top Secret" show at DbA. "Well, it sucks Death by Audio is closing but that's the way the Vice cookie crumbles," Dwyer said matter-of-factly on stage, adding, "But we're happy to play again. We're here for two nights." Thee Oh Sees then launched into a basically nonstop set that had the front room going bonkers the whole time. No surprise there. For those who don't like to wait in lines (or just want maximum Dwyer), tickets to see Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw on Friday (11/21) are still available.
The rest of the lineup (which DbA gave pretty easy clues for if you follow the kind of bands they book) included tourmates Dope Body (intense, they have a dope drummer) and Roomrunner (ex Double Dagger, grungy and hooky). The evening started with two performances on the floor: Junkyard, a somber voice-and-voilin project from Adam of the Dreebs; and a wild set from melted dance music makers Guerilla Toss who brought a trampoline with them which was equal parts awesome and scary.
DbA hasn't posted tonight's set of clues yet for the openers. Three nights left. A few more instagrams of last night's show below....
Thee Oh Sees at Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
Thee Oh Sees are in town for two announced NYC shows with Los Angeles' Jack Name: Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/18) and Warsaw on Friday (11/21). Tonight's show, that also has Economy Punk (OJ from Xray Eyeballs' new band) on the bill, is sold out, but tickets are still available for Warsaw (also with Ice Balloons playing). As mentioned, in between those two NYC shows are two days off which happen to fall during these last five nights of DIY venue Death by Audio where they have played many many times. Not to mention the Death by Audio pedal company collaborated on a pedal with Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.
Speaking of Jack Name, his new album Weird Moons will be out January 20 via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. His lo-fi, glammy sound is not a million miles away from his LA neighbor Ariel Pink (who he'll also be touring with, including at NYC's Terminal 5), minus the novelty elements. You can stream "Running After Ganymede" from his new album below.
All Thee Oh Sees and Jack Name dates are listed, along with the Jack Name song stream, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
Austin band Hundred Visions travel in the same circles as neighbors OBN IIIs and make a similar, if poppier, guitar racket. This week the band just released their second album, Spite, via Wau Pau and you can stream it via Rdio below. You can also check out the horror-themed video (a lot of that going around today, hmm) for single "You're Gonna Cut Me Loose" that plays like a lost, warped VHS rental from 1991. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
While Hundred Visions have no tour plans at the moment, if you're heading to Austin next week for Fun Fun Fun Fest, they'll be playing a couple shows during that, including a Burger Records presented FFF Fest Nites show, and another with Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name and Warm Soda. Dates are listed, along with the video album stream and flyer, below..
Heat @ Union Pool during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal was just here for CMJ, hosting a nine-hour showcase on Friday (10/24) at Arlene's Grocery with Lydia Ainsworth, HEAT, Homeshake, The Muscadettes and more. If you went, how was it? Those artists and a lot more will also be playing the ninth edition of the actual M for Montreal festival which happens in the Quebec city from November 19-22. Like the last few years, the first two days of M are more of an industry event with only "official selection" showcases, including performances by Operators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ainsworth, July Talk, HEAT and more. Then on the weekend it moves into proper festival mode with shows all over the city and bands from all over the world, including Thee Oh Sees, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins, The Blind Shake, Nils Frahm, PyPy, Moon King, and lots more.
Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.
Full round 1 announced acts listed below.
Thee Oh Sees at Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
John Dwyer and his new lineup of Thee Oh Sees were in NYC for Northside earlier this summer and the band seems fully back in the groove as they just announced a full fall tour. That comes to NYC for two shows: Bowery Ballroom n November 18 and Warsaw on November 21. Both shows are with Jack Name and tickets to both shows will go on sale September 19 at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Bowery show beginning September 17 at noon.
The days inbetween Thee Oh Sees' two NYC shows are currently open for the band and also happen during the last week Death by Audio will be open. Might they pay a visit one last time? All dates are listed below...
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).