Entries tagged with: Thee Oh Sees
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.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
It probably goes without saying that long-running Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio gets a lot of good shows. Many of those are recorded -- you may have noticed a microphone sticking out of the drop-ceiling tiles. DbA has cherry-picked a dozen of the best moments from last year for a book of flexis simply titled Live at Death by Audio 2012 that is being released by Famous Class at the end of July. That's the cover art above.
Bands featured include JEFF the Brotherhood, METZ, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and A Place to Bury Strangers. It also features art by Brian Chippendale, Dave Singley, Perry Lubin, Matt Leins, Ron Rege Jr, Jon Vermilyea, and Brendan Nakahara.
Pre-orders are available now and comes with not only a digital version of the flexis but also a recording of the full Oh Sees / Ty Segall show. Full track list below.
You may remember that Ty Segall collaborated with the noisemakers at Death by Audio (the pedal company, not the Williamsburg venue, though they're related) to create the (now sold out) Sunshine Reverb pedal. Now they've worked with John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees to create Fuzz War Overload which takes their extremely popular Fuzz War to the next level. How? The DbA folks explain:
We've always been impressed by John's intensity and it's been inspiring to work with him to create this unique effect. We went back and forth with John to craft what he thinks is the ultimate fuzz tone. This design has been road tested by Thee Oh Sees for over a year, and can be heard extensively on their latest record Floating Coffin.There's only 500 Fuzz War Overload pedals being made and you can pre-order yours now.
This pedal is based on the super powerful circuit of the Fuzz War combined with a switchable hot-rodded treble boost. The Fuzz circuit controls include Gain, Level, Tone and the Boost circuit has a Level control. Combining these circuits unlocks new and virtually endless guitar tone possibilities. The specialized Tone knob allows you to sweep between rumbling low end, scooped out mid section and sizzling highs. The Gain knob can go from a smooth overdrive through distortion and up into uncharted territories. Thee Fuzz Warr Overload combines raucous fuzz and a killer treble boost to bring your sound to the next dimension.
For more on the benefits -- and dangers! -- of the Fuzz War Overload pedal, check out a video starring Dwyer below.
by Bill Pearis
This was The Mallard...
Some things just aren't meant to last. Bay Area band The Mallard had been building steam for a couple years with their dark, intense brand of psych rock, but coming off a tour to SXSW this year, but the band busted apart. But not before laying to tape their second album, Finding Meaning in Deference, which will be out July 25 on Castle Face (the label run by Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer).
A little creepy, with a menacing post-punk rhythmic attack, the record makes for a fitting headstone for The Mallard. You can stream the LP's manic, paranoid closing track, "Iceberg," below.
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
still from "I Appear Missing" video
As mentioned, Queens of the Stone Age are releasing a new album, ...Like Clockwork, which is due out June 4 via Matador. They already released the first single, "My God Is The Sun," and now they've given us another... well half of it at least. A 30-second teaser for QOTSA track "I Appear Missing" aired on Adult Swim last night (5/5), and now the band have released a three-minute video for the track, but the album version is reportedly a six-minute song. You can watch the three-minute video below.
Speaking of Adult Swim, they just released the free Garage Swim compilation, which features new music from Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff & Gap Dream, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Lips, Mikal Cronin, King Khan and the Gris Gris, Mind Spiders, OBN IIIs, Weekend, Cheap Time, Bass Drum of Death, and more. You can download it for free HERE and stream the entire thing below.
QOTSA video and Garage Swim stream below...
photos by Wei Shi
Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.
We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.
In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).
More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...