Entries tagged with: Total Control
by Bill Pearis
Austalian band Rat Columns were just on tour and main man David West is sticking around North America a little longer to tour one of his other projects, the mostly electronic Lace Curtain. (Not to be confused with ex-Harlem band Lace Curtains, even though it is actually very confusing. Leave off the last "S" for Australia.) Technically, Lace Curtain is West and Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control), but the latter isn't much for touring these days so this will be West in one-man-band mode. The tour, which is with Eaters, kicks off at Silent Barn on October 10 with Negative Supply and Hiro Kone on the bill as well. All dates are listed below.
Lace Curtain released their third EP back in February via Mexican Summer and it's probably the poppiest yet, while still keeping that chilly edge. Lead track "I Can't Wait" is hooky and danceable, and "Lovers Fade" is a pretty ballad that could've been on a Soft Cell album. You can stream those two and a few other Lace Curtain tracks below.
Eaters, meanwhile, will also be playing CMJ. All Lace Curtains/Eaters tour dates are listed, plus song streams, below...
We already mentioned that Skygreen Leopards and J Fernandez have new material and tours hitting NYC's Baby's All Right pretty much as we speak, but what we didn't mention is so do Australia's Lower Plenty who are also on tonight's bill. They share members with Total Control, UV Race and Deaf Wish (who also have North American dates coming up) and make kinda-psychedelic folk on their new album, Life/Thrills, which comes out next week (9/23) via Mexican Summer. You can stream that in full (via Stereogum) below. Tickets will be available at the door for tonight's show.
After that show, Baby's hosts a Junglepussy show (tix also at door), and THEN hosts a third show with WIFE at 11 PM. WIFE is the Tri Angle-signed electronic project of James Kelly, guitarist/vocalist of the now-defunct metal band Altar of Plagues. It's a last-minute one-off while he's in NYC after the two Bear In Heaven shows he opened this week (pictures of MHOW coming soon) and is FREE.
Stream the Lower Plenty album below...
by Bill Pearis
Rat Columns in London (photo via @baileypunx)
When Australian musician David West isn't making music with Rank/Xerox or with Mikey Young as part of Total Control and Lace Curtains, he's making his own bittersweet pop as Rat Columns. It's not that far off from the more tuneful moments of his other projects, but Rat Columns' new album, Leaf, is by far the poppiest thing he's done yet. (Including RC's 2012 debut, Sceptre Hole.) Made while West was living in San Francisco, the record was made at Kelley Stoltz's studio with both Stoltz and Young at the controls. There are strong nods to fellow Aussies The Church (and The Cure and The Smiths) and you can still detect the love for Wire that is much more prevelant in Total Control. West is a terrific songwriter and his whispery delivery fits the material. You can stream the whole album, and watch the video for "Fooling Around" (cowritten with Mikey Young), below.
Rat Columns are currently on tour and play NYC on Sunday (9/14) at Death by Audio with another Australian band with Mikey Young connections, The Stevens (who were just great at Baby's All Right on Thursday). Also playing are Outside World (who moved from Chicago to Brooklyn) and make power pop a la early dB's, plus newish Brooklyn shoegazers, Rips.
Available at shows on Rat Columns' tour will be a tape of unreleased David West demos titled Drop Out of Collage:
DAVID WEST'S "DROP OUT OF COLLAGE" IS A KALEIDOSCOPIC TOUR THROUGH THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HARD DRIVE OF DAVID WEST (LACE CURTAIN, RAT COLUMNS, RANK XEROX, BURNING SENSATION, TOTAL CONTROL AND OTHERS). A MELANGE OF RECORDINGS DATING AS FAR BACK AS 1998 AND AS FAR FORWARD AS THE PRESENT.Look out for Drop Out of Collage at the merch table and a video trailer for it is below. Those dates include a stop, like most of the Australian bands on tour right now, at Gonerfest. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.
Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lust For Youth (photo by Rasmus Jensen
Lately it's been feeling like every new restaurant in NYC is Nordic-inspired (thanks, Noma), and, pretty soon, another Scandinavian invasion this way comes--loads of releases and performances from Danish bands are scheduled for the next two months.
We've mentioned that Posh Isolation's Lust for Youth and Damien Dubrovnik are playing the Posh Isolation fest in LA next weekend (May 16-17), and now both bands have streamed new songs from forthcoming albums. The deluxe version of Lust for Youth's International LP, out on 6/10 via Sacred Bones, is going to be accompanied by an International Remixes EP, featuring remixes of songs off of International by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Silent Servant, Helm, and more. The Silent Servant remix of the title-track--a gorgeous synth number that builds from minimalist beginnings into heady dance bliss--is streaming below, along with another previously released song off of International.
Damien Dubrovnik, meanwhile, sits at the other end of the electronics spectrum, blasting out an intoxicating PE-style performance on "Penis Corset" off of a forthcoming 7", Patterns of Penetration, which is out on 5/26 via ALTER. For those trying to keep it straight, Lust for Youth is primarily the vehicle of Hannes Norrvide, though he later added Malthe Fischer and (live) Loke Rahbek (also of the now-defunct Var) to the lineup, while Damien Dubrovnik is Rahbek's project with fellow Posh Isolation label boss Christian Stadsgaard.
Lust for Youth will be playing a few US dates in between gigs in Europe, including two shows in Brooklyn--the Sacred Bones/AdHoc Northside show on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Container, Pharmakon, Uniform, and Croatian Amor, and a free 7 PM in-store on June 16 at Rough Trade. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, no wristband or RSVP needed for the Rough Trade show. All of their dates are listed below.
A bit about that Baby's lineup: Container delivers some pretty wild techno (and recently released a new album), Pharmakon's noisy reputation proceeds her, and Uniform is a side project of members of Believer/Law and The Men. Croatian Amor is another of Loke Rahbek's projects--to add to the dizzying list--and traffics in something akin to ambient electronics. Listen to streams of all, with lists of tour dates for all, below.
Iceage in Portland, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
As discussed, Uniform will be opening for Iceage, another member of the Danish invasion, when they play Glasslands on May 24. (To bring things full circle, Iceage's Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt contributed guitars to the LFY track "Epoetin Alfa" below) Tickets for that show are still available. Iceage also play Home Sweet Home with NYC punks Anasazi on May 25 in a special Sunday installation of the weekly Nothing Changes party. And, for good measure, we should mention that Danish punks Lower, who are also playing the Posh Isolation LA fest, bring their tour to Nothing Changes the following Wednesday, May 28 (two days before they play Acheron).
All Lust for Youth dates are listed, with the many streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew formed Cold Beat last year with Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata) on drums, and Kyle King on guitar. Despite a name that sounds like it should be a French minimal wave band from 1981, what Cold Beat have released so far is actually cheery indiepop, jangly and harmony-laden. Not miles away from Grass Widow, but definitely a little less obtuse. The band made the "Worms/Year 5772" EP last year and are set to release their debut album, Over Me, on July 8 via Lew's own Crime on the Moon imprint. The record was recorded with The Fucking Champs' Phil Manley and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring etc). You can stream "Mirror" from the album below.
For those who wish Cold Beat did sound like a French minimal wave band from 1981, there are excellent remixes of "Year 5772" by Pow! and Mikey Young which pretty much fit that description. You can stream those below too.
No word on live shows, but hopefully that changes soon. Meanwhile, check out the album art and tracklist, plus the song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Total Control @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Total Control, who made one of our favorite albums of 2011, are back with their second album, Typical System, which will be out June 24 via Iron Lung Records. The band, featuring Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and a member of UV Race, tend to split their time between moody, synthy post-punk and full-on rippers. The first track released from the album, "Flesh War," falls into the former. You can stream it below.
As we've pointed out before, Mikey Young stays incredibly busy with about 37 musical projects going at any one time. Another of them, the strictly synths Lace Curtain, just released their third EP which is out now on Mexican Summer. It's the closest they've come to straightforward songwriting yet (not a bad thing at all) and you can stream lead cut "I Can't Wait" below too.
Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time, Survive and more at Mohawk; Bolt Thrower , Full of Hell, Iron Lung and more on 5/31.
Wait, there's more: check out pics of The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie's; Framtid, Crudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and Infest, Manilla Road, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.
by Bill Pearis
As we've mentioned a few times, Total Control are visiting from Australia, playing two shows in NYC this week: tonight (5/22) at Mercury Lounge with Pop. 1280, Night Sins, and Sleepies (tickets); and 285 Kent on Thursday (5/23) with Raspberry Bulbs, Crazy Spirit, and Survival (tickets). If you haven't checked the band's music out yet -- motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and punk stormers -- you can stream both their fantastic 2011 album Henge Beat and their singles compilation below. Go to one (or both) of these shows!
Meanwhile, you may remember that Total Control's Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra formed new electronic side project Lace Curtain. They dropped their debut EP back in March via DFA which I described as an EP that "would make a good soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi film or, in the case of "Good Intentions," someone's nightmare breakup or withdrawal. (In a good way, of course.)" A couple tracks from that EP are streamable below.
Lace Curtain have already announced their second EP, Falling/Running, which will be out June 11 on Mexican Summer. A little more straightforward than the DFA EP, the four new tracks would make for good late night driving music, or maybe just playing the old Atari game Night Driver. You can stream "Falling (II)" below.
Though one might postulate that with the sold-out DFA Records Anniversary Party happening on Saturday (5/25) at Grand Prospect Hall, Lace Curtain might be one of the "special guests" but as Total Control are playing DC that night, no dice. Meanwhile, Total Control have added West Coast shows happening after Chaos in Tejas. All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
As you may know, Parquet Courts play this Thursday (3/7) at The Men's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with Nude Beach. It's the first date of the band's biggest tour to date, that includes stops at SXSW, Chaos in Tejas, and stints with Total Control and Naomi Punk (who just played NYC). All tour dates are listed below.
The band are also releasing their first 7" via Rough Trade Shops in-house For US label. The A-side is "Borrowed Time" off last year's fantastic Light Up Gold with two new b-sides on the flip. You can stream one of those, "Smark Alek Kid," below.
Aussie post-punk Total Control (members of Lace Curtain, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Ooga Boogas) have released a new video for "Sweaty," one of their contributions to the previously discussed 2011 split with Thee Ohsees. Stream the whole thing below.
As mentioned, Total Control are on the road this spring and will play two NYC dates, 285 Kent on 5/23 and Mercury Lounge on 5/22 (tickets on sale at noon today). Until then, head below for the new Total Control video, beaucoup streams and their full tour schedule.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned before Lace Curtain is a new project from extremely prolific Australian Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Ooga Boogas) that also features James Vinciguerra (Total Control) and David West (Total Control, Rat Columns). While both Total Control and Ooga Boogas dabble in electronics, Lace Curtain are full-bore in diode mode.
The band's debut EP, out now on vinyl and next week (3/5) digitally, explores a variety of electronic landscapes and would make a good soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi film or, in the case of "Good Intentions," someone's nightmare breakup or withdrawl. (In a good way, of course.) We've got the premiere of that track right here and you can stream it below.
Don't forget Mikey and James will be in NYC with the great Total Control in May.
by Bill Pearis
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Good news for NYC fans of great Aussie band Total Control -- they've added a second show on their East Coast tour, which happens on May 22 at Mercury Lounge. That's the day before their 285 Kent show (5/23). No openers have been announced yet for Mercury Lounge but tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/27) with the general on-sale happening on Friday (3/1). Updated tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned, the band (which features Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and most of UV Race) recently collected their hard-to-find 7" catalog onto on digital compilation and you can stream that below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Yesterday news broke that UV Race were heading out on the road as part of a tour toward Chaos in Tejas. Part of those dates were with the great Total Control, though the band were not involved in the UV Race show scheduled in NYC for that week. (TC is some of UV Race plus Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring.) Now comes word that an NYC show has indeed emerged for Total Control, and the bill is a whopper! Look for the band to headline 285 Kent on May 23 with Raspberry Bulbs, Crazy Spirit and Survival. $10 gets you in.
If you haven't checked out Total Control's recent 7"s (compiled into a single digital release) and their incredible 2011 LP Henge Beat you can stream some of those below.
Bill wrote in the post about Mikey Young's other other band, Oooga Boogas, "Trying to keep up with Eddy Current Suppression Ring-related bands can be a fulltime job." Now comes word of yet another related project, Lace Curtain, which is "James, David & Mikey from Total Control, Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al." Lace Curtain (singular) are not to be confused with Lace Curtains (plural) which is Michael Coomer of Harlem's band. Though it is confusing. Anyway, Lace Curtain have an EP coming out on DFA Records next month and can be pre-ordered here and you can stream samples over at Juno.
Updated UV Race/Total Control dates, plus those TC streams, are below.
We've known for sometime that Australian punk favorites UV Race were headed back to our shores for Chaos in Tejas, but now comes word that the appearance is just one of many for the band. Kicking off in LA in early May, look for UV Race to head Eastbound for a string of dates with also-Chaos-ers Total Control (which most of UV Race are members of). Unfortunately, Total Control will not join them at their NYC stop at Death by Audio on May 21 . Total Control join the tour for the May 24 Philadelphia show and then have three days off until their next show (in DC) so fingers crossed they'll make time for an NYC show as well. Full tour dates as they stand are below.
As mentioned, Mikey Young of Total Control (and Eddy Current Suppression Ring) recently released a new album with his other other band, Ooga Boogas, that is a must-listen if you like TC, UV Race and ECSR.
Meanwhile, UV Race dropped a film/soundtrack combo called Autonomy and Deliberation along with the Racism LP last year. Dig on the trailer below.
by Bill Pearis
Trying to keep up with Eddy Current Suppression Ring-related bands can be a fulltime job. Also a fulfilling one, as most of them have been pretty terrific. The most recent is the just-released, self-titled second album from Ooga Boogas which features Mikey Young from ECSR members of other Melbourne, AU bands like The Onyas and The Sailors. Like his one of his other excelent bands, Total Control, the band genre hop a bit, from Fall-influenced indie rock to Stranglers-y new wave to the vaguely Talking Heads-ish groovers. (Also "Studio of My Mind" is the best LCD Soundsystem they never wrote.) If you're waiting for a new Total Control or ECSR record, don't hestitate to pick this one up, it's solid start to finish. You can stream three tracks from the album below.
No word on Ooga Booga North American shows, but Young will be bringing Total Control over from Australia for Chaos in Tejas (May 29 - June 2) so lets hope they make time for NYC while they're here.
The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.
The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2, go on sale. Passes are on sale.
Ceremony at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Andy Nelson of Ceremony / Paint it Black took time out from his string of dates with Titus Andronicus (which included Webster Hall this past weekend) to fork over his favorite records of 2012. Andy actually gave us two lists -- favorite LPs and EPs/singles. They include Frank Ocean, Merchandise, Savages, Julia Holter and... well see for yourself. His lists are below.
Chaos in Tejas 2013 (5/30 - 6/2) expands yet again with some mammoth additions to their lineup! Among today's announcements are names like Framtid (from Japan, playing their first and only US show!), Infest (who are also playing MDF), Total Control, the Men, Iron Lung, the Marked Men, Effluxus, Absu, Mammoth Grinder, Mitochondrion, Screaming Females, Step Forward, UV Race, Wiccans and Wrathprayer.
Full lineup so far is below, with 100+ bands still TBA. The announcement comes on the heels of last month's batch of bands that included Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Abigail, Manilla Road, and more. Ticketing info for the weekend are forthcoming.
Check out the current Chaos lineup, as well as releated video, below.
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
Jensen Ward of Walls on stage with Iron Lung at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
Walls (mems Cold Sweat/Iron Lung) will hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with Aussies True Radical Miracle in the next week. The shows are celebration of both band's new releases due on Iron Lung Records (home of Total Control, Dead Language, Kim Phuc, Iron Lung, etc). Full tour schedule and flyer are below.
Both Walls and True Radical Miracle will welcome said releases, the new The Future is Wide Open LP and the Termites LP respectively, via their label on February 2nd or at the merch table on the previously discussed dates (EU fans, head to De Graan Republiek to get your copy). Stream the first four tracks from EACH LP below; fans of noisy, nihilistic hardcore will dig Walls while TRM contains strains of everything from post-hardcore, garage, noise, punk, and everything in between. Both are definitely recommended.
Total Control, who released Henge Beat via Iron Lung last year, was named one of our favorite LPs of 2011.
Stream that new Walls and True Radical Miracle material below, alongside more streams and all tour dates.
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Thee Oh Sees and Total Control played two NYC shows last week (Thursday 17th at 285 Kent and Friday 18th at LPR) as part of their ongoing tour. Currently the bands are headed back to West Coast, but not before a few more gigs (including two pre-Thanksgiving shows on November 23rd in Chicago).
The recent sets were Thee Oh Sees's first in the NYC with new member Lars Finberg of the Intelligence. At LPR the band mixed songs from the excellent new Carrion Crawler/The Dream with staples from Help and Warm Slime for the ridiculously packed crowd. Lars, on a second drum kit, added some extra oomph on the backbeat but otherwise slipped seamlessly into the band's air-tight-as-always sound. For the encore, Lars strummed a guitar and walked across the drum sets for a bit of tight-rope theatrics. Did you see the show on LPR's live stream? Some videos of the gig are below.
In addition to the new LP, TOCS have a tour split with the Total Control that's worth picking up. I usually think gimmicky colored vinyl is kind of whatever, but I did get a kick out of this half-clear-half-yellow record, which looks like someone dipped it in a vat of slime. A picture of that is below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Thee Oh Sees fun @ Brooklyn Bowl
As previously mentioned (more than once) (three times at least), Thee Oh Sees and Total Control are on tour together and playing DIY great 285 Kent (TONIGHT - 11/17) and posher Manhattan locale Le Poisson Rouge (Friday - 11/18).
Total Control also played a show at Saint Vitus last night with the Men. We don't have pictures from that one, but here is an older set from when Thee Oh Sees were last here in June to play the Northside Festival. They continue below...
By Bill Pearis
I'm heading to the M for Montreal festival tomorrow which will keep me busy and entertained, but here's what I'll be missing this week while I'm there.
Like last night, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are playing tonight (11/15) at the Beacon Theater and there are still (pricey) tickets available for the show. He'll then head to California for a few shows, and will be back in America in March (no NYC date yet). All Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
As someone who gave up on Oasis about two songs into Be Here Now, I was a bit surprised by how much I like Noel Gallagher's new album, which debuted at #1 on the UK album charts. While nothing strays very far from his wheelhouse, it sounds like he might have been saving up his best songs for himself. "Aka...What a Life!" is a dancefloor stomper that works surprisingly well, and the songs that revel in pomp and strings sound great loud. It's a good album. There are videos for "Aka...What a Life!" (featuring, um, Russell Brand) and "If I Had a Gun" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the whole album.
Unlike Beady Eye, Noel has no problem playing Oasis songs (he did write them after all) so you're probably gonna get "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Wonderwall" (and probably some deep cuts) along with the entirety of his new album. Actually, you can look at last night's setlist, and pictures too, HERE.
Los Campesinos! release their new album Hello Sadness today and are here for two shows: tomorrow (11/16) at Bowery Ballroom and then Thursday (11/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Their first album made since (amicably) losing vocalist/keyboardist Aleksandra, Hello Sadness finds LC! "maturing" a bit: code for being less manic and shouty than previous albums. Which is fine, you can't do that forever, and it suits the tone of lyrics. (It's a massive breakup album.) There's a fair amount of wallowing going on, but you also get some terrific singles too, like "By Your Hand" which has a giant, stick-in-your-head chorus and is downloadable at the top of this post.
Chicago's Heavy Times and Brain Idea are here this week, playing Shea Stadium on 11/17 and Party Expo on 11/18. Both are worth checking out. Heavy Times just released Jacker on Hozac Records and you can check out "Future City" at the top of this post. As I said previously, it's one big snarl of an album and if you dig Obits and "I Wanna Live" era Ramones (or the HoZac label in general), this is right up your bowling alley.
Brain Idea, meanwhile, make the kind of jangly guitar pop that was inescapable on college radio in the '80s. (Flying Nun and the paisley underground scene come to mind.) An MP3 for "Oh I'm Free" from this year's Mexican Summer-released Cosmos Factory EP is at the top of this post.
Cover to new Total Control/Oh Sees split 12"
The band I'm most bummed about missing this week is Australia's Total Control, whose album Henge Beat is one of my favorites of the year. They're here for three shows: tomorrow night (11/16) at St Vitus, and then opening for tourmates Thee Oh Sees on Thursday (11/ 17) at 285 Kent and Friday (11/ 18) at Le Poisson Rouge. All Oh Sees/Total Control dates are at the bottom of this post.
I'm just gonna quote myself here:
Although their web presence is minimal and enigmatic, Total Control's lineage is not: Daniel Young is in Straightjacket Nation, and Mikey Young spends time in Eddy Current Suppression Ring and both are also in UV Race. (Fellow UV Racer Alistair Montfort, plus Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra round out the live line-up.) After a string of 7"s the band released Henge Beat back in August, a real corker of a debut album. It divides its time between motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and more Eddy Current style stormers, with a nice layer of repetition repetition repetition coating the whole shebang.You can stream one of the album tracks at the bottom of this post. If you go to one of the shows, be sure to pick up the split Total Control/Oh Sees tour 12" too.
The Strange Boys
And finally, Austin's Strange Boys are here this weekend, playing Friday (11/18) at Mercury Lounge, Saturday (11/19) at Glasslands and then a free in-store at Generation Records on Sunday afternoon (11/20, 4PM).
The band's first album for Rough Trade, Live Music, came out last month and knocks a lot of the dust off the band's grubby, in-the-red twangy R&B but I don't think it's necessarily to their detriment. There is grub to spare, and if you like dive bar rock n' roll and can't get enough of things that sound vaguely like early-'70s Rolling Stones you'll probably dig. Check out an MP3 of "Me and You" at the top of this post. None of their records have really captured what they're like live, anyway, which is the best way to experience them for sure. So go check out a show this weekend.
That'll do it for this week. Some day-by-day picks follow for shows not mentioned above.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Hopefully you got tickets to Youth Lagoon's sold out show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Or did you go last night?
Not sold out and actually free is múm's Kría Brekkan who performs tonight at Church of the Advent Hope along with Julianna Barwick and Aaron Roche, with artwork by EyeBodega.