Entries tagged with: Travis Morrison
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.
Travis Morrison @ F F F Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shiner Beers, who we recently teamed up with for a free show in NYC and who will join us at our upcoming Austin day parties, were also a sponsor of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. At that fest that they asked musicians to play one song in front of their parked van. They dubbed the high quality results "Shiner Van Sessions", and today we premiere two of them, and another over at BV Austin.
The Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison sounds just perfect in the outdoor setting with nothing but an electric guitar and a microphone as he plays "No One's Saying Nothing" off his DC band's 2013 reunion album Uncanney Valley. California's Cayucas don't sound so shabby themselves stripped down and harmonizing a rendition of "Will The Thrill" from their 2013 Secretly Canadian release Bigfoot. Watch and listen below...
Delorean at Bowery Ballroom in 2010
Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ BAM
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC this week and this is the second of five shows here.
Delorean, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spanish synthpop band Delorean may not be as buzzy as they were back in 2010 (which feels like way more than four years ago), but they're still making shiny, catchy tunes and tonight's show is sold out. NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa opens.
Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene), White Hinterland @ Mercury Lounge
While Broken Social Scene is on hiatus, both co-founders are focusing on their solo projects, and tonight Brendan Canning finally makes his way to NYC after having to postpone his last tour. White Hinterland makes solid indie pop and is about to release her first album since 2010, Baby, on April 1 via Dead Oceans. You can listen to its new single, "Ring the Bell," below.
The Detroit Cobras, Nude Beach, The Above @ The Bell House
Detroit Cobras have been doing garage rock covers for about two decades now, and they'll bring the fun back to Brooklyn tonight. If you're going, get there early for Nude Beach, whose punky take on Elvis Costello-style power pop is pretty great.
French Horn Rebellion, Seasick Mama, Heavenly Beat, Pizza Underground @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This week's BKNB line-up is a well-curated bunch of '80s-leaning dance acts from the wispy psuedo-Swedish Heavenly Beat, the Miami Vice-style cod reggae of Rush Midnight, and the big hook party jams of French Horn Rebellion. Sandwiched in there as well are Macaulay Culkin's novelty VU tribute band, The Pizza Underground. Free.
Woodsman, Herbcraft, Fire Talk @ Mercury Lounge
Mixing drony folk, motorik rhythms and the occasional chopped-up beat, Brooklyn's Woodsman are set to release their self-titled third album, on February 5. This is the kickoff to their tour with Herbcraft.
Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Deke Dickerson, The Creepshow, Reformed Whores @ Irving Plaza
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts.
Prurient, Azar Swan, Clay Rendering @ Saint Vitus
Dominick Fernow is a man of many sounds (and projects) in the worlds of noise, power electronics, and industrial, and tonight he brings his Prurient project (just days after releasing a noisy new single) to the black walls of Saint Vitus. Also don't miss the goth pop of Azar Swan and the post-industrialism of Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick's Hospital Productions label).
Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews @ Bowery Ballroom
You can pretty much always depend on Damien Jurado to deliver excellent indie folk songs, and his newest album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (out this week on Secretly Canadian) lives up to that promise.
Trust, Heathered Pearls (DJ), FJTRSPA (DJ), Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands
Toronto resident Robert Alfons is Trust, for all intents and purposes, who makes sinister minimal synth. With a new album, Joyland, out in March expect lots of new stuff at the late show. Sold out.
DMX, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Black Sheep @ Radio City Music Hall
Tons of old school rap that needs no introduction at tonight's 'Masters of Ceremony' show at Radio City.
Travis Morrison, Jeff Rosenstock, Max Low, Patrick Salt Ryan @ The Grand Victory
The Dismemberment Plan may be active again, but frontman Travis Morrison still makes time for his solo project. And on the other hand, Bomb the Music Industry! may have just ended, but frontman Jeff Rosenstock isn't going anywhere, as he's playing solo tonight too.
R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson @ Issue Project Room
Godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore is guaranteed to put on a quirky show, but for some (especially those who like Ariel Pink), he'll likely be very inspiring too. Meanwhile, fellow cult legend Gary Wilson was making ahead-of-its-time new wave in the '70s and has also made fans of newer musicians like Beck and Questlove.
Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
A former member of Titus Andronicus, Andrew Cedermark makes laid-back rock that fits right in on Underwater Peoples (former home of Real Estate).
North Highlands, Black Girls, Arms, Fasano @ Death By Audio
Superior locals North Highlands and Arms highlight this show which also features Richmond Virginia's Black Girls (stream their album below).
EL-P, The BOTS @ Converse Rubber Tracks
To celebrate the culmination of Converse Rubber Tracks' creative workshops, rapper El-P and rock duo The Bots play this final concert, which is free but you had to enter via Converse for a chance to get in.
JD Samson & MEN, Bright Light Bright Light @ Littlefield
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin is probably the most talked-about post-Le Tigre project at the moment, but if you were into Le Tigre's dancey, passionate jams, JD Samson's band MEN continues to provide those. This show is a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey."
Darlings, The Doozies, Island Twins, Sundelles @ Shea Stadium
Darlings, who make crunchy/catchy indie rock, curated this bill, "handpicked for maximum good times."
Tournament, Liquor Store, Moon Dudes, Giggly Boys @ Legion Bar
There's some solid local punk at Legion tonight with the melodic aggression of Tournament and the garage rock leanings of Liquor Store.
Old Cole Younger, Beach Party, DJ Tennessee Thomas @ Baby's All Right
Cole Alexander of The Black Lips is in NYC tonight with his Old Cole Younger project (ahead of his band's upcoming tour) and LA garage punks Beach Party are on the bill too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Johnny Marr @ The Fillmore in SF earlier this month (more by Chris Tuite)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Johnny Marr @ Webster Hall
The man who provided the music to "Greatest Album of All Time" (and a few others that are, y'know, up there) makes a second trip through NYC in support of his solo album The Messenger. Yes, he does do Smiths songs, and he sings them pretty well too. Will Andy Rourke show up tonight?
SUBWAY REMINDER: the L Train is not running at all this weekend between 8th Ave in Manhattan and the Myrtle-Wyckoff stop in Brooklyn.
Reigning Sound, The A-Bones @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is part of Norton Records' Hurricane Sandy First Anniversary Blast weekend and tonight's shows are special pairings. Memphis garage soul band will be joined by La La Brooks of '60s girl group The Crystals; and the A-Bones will be joined by Dirtbombs frontman Mick Collins.
Jonathan Toubin (Soul Clap & Dance-Off) @ Brooklyn Bowl
After Reigning Sound, stick around Brooklyn Bowl for Jonathan Toubin's regular dance party/contest.
Steve Reich - "Radio Rewrite" @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tonight at The Met, multiple Steve Reich pieces will be performed by the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, though this is most exciting because its the NY premiere of "Radio Rewrite," Reich's piece inspired by Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place."
The Invisible Hand, Drunk Tiger, Travis Morrison (ex-Dismemberment Plan), Icewater @ Baby's All Right
Psych weirdos The Invisible Hand are headlining this show, which is part of their East Coast tour, and if you're going be sure to catch The Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison, who's doing this solo show in the midst of D-Plan's reunion tour.
Slow KnightsB, right Light Bright Light, Heloise & The Savoir Faire @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Tonight's free BK Bazaar musical entertainment is headlined by Slow Knights, which is Scissor Sisters' Del Marquis who makes blue-eyed, electrofunk soul.
Heliotropes, Blaak Heat Shujaa, Mirror Queen @ Cake Shop
Parisian trio Blaak Heat Shujaa are signed to Anton Newcomb's Tee Pee Records, but aren't your typical post-VU/JAMC psych-rock combo. Check out the video for their 11-minute song "The Obscurantist Fiend" below.
Chris Cornell, Bhi Bhiman @ Beacon Theater
After reuniting Soundgarden for a new album and sold-out tours, Chris Cornell is back in solo mode for this show at Beacon.
Jon Hopkins, Clark, Nathan Fake @ Santos Party House
Fans of electronic music take note, the double billing of Jon Hopkins and Clark is not one to miss. Jon's newest album is one of the finest IDM releases of the year with its gorgeous post-rock-inspired atmospheres, and Clark has pretty consistently been one of Warp's finest. Nathan Fake, who opens this show, collaborates with Clark on his new LP. Note: Hopkins is on early, 9 PM.
The Beets, Jimmy Whispers, Flower Girl @ Glasslands
It's a new line-up for The Beets these days, and the last time we saw them it involved a fairly intricate live show that fluctuated between acoustic and electric.
Toons, Spook Houses, Palehound, Dead Wives, Manors @ Muchmore's
This is an excellent bill of raw, DIY-style rock, including sets from the anthemic rockers Spook Houses, the singer-songwritery noise rock of Palehound, Speedy Ortiz-related Dead Wives, Philly lo-fi trio Manors, and Toons.
Gringo Star, Ski Lodge, New Myths, Las Hormiguitas @ Pianos
Atlanta garage rock band Gringo Star recently released Floating Out To See which you can stream in full here. Ski Lodge, whose debut album is quite good, open.
Daytona, The Tony Castles, Darlings, Candide @ Shea Stadium
Daytona, the band featuring ex-members of Harlem, released their debut LP via Ernest Jenning, and you can stream a track below. Tonight's the record release show and the openers are good too.
Gary Clark Jr., Wild Feathers, Max Frost @ Terminal 5
Gary Clark Jr. plays the kind of blues guitar that even your dad can get down with, and he'll be bringing his licks to NYC for two shows this week (both sold out). He already played the legendary Apollo on Thursday and tonight he'll be at the big Terminal 5.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Apollo Theater
New Orleans jazz legends head north for this show at the equally legendary Harlem venue.
Kaiju Big Battel @ Stage 48
Ever wish wrestling was more like a Japanese monster movie? It is in Kaiju Big Battel.
Witchtrap, Villains, Ancient Wound, Throaat @ Saint Vitus
Villains have been sharing their unique breed of "street metal" for nearly a decade, and their debaucherous ways are still going strong.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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The Dismemberment Plan at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
DC indie rockers The Dismemberment Plan reunited a few years back, and have been continuing to tour (they play the awesome Riot Fest Chicago this year), and now they're set to release their first album of new material since 2001's Change.
The new album is called Uncanney Valley, it was recorded by J. Robbins (of Jawbox, Government Issue, Office of Future Plans, etc) and produced by D-Plan member Jason Cadell and The Dismemberment Plan. It's due out on October 15 via Partisan. The album tracklist and a few videos of them playing the new songs live are below.
All D-Plan tour dates are listed, along with the album tracklist and videos, below...
Brooklyn indie rockers The Burlies are the new project of Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison. They formed last year with a lineup that also includes David Brown (The Hellfighters, Poor But Sexy), Drew Butler (Cataract Camp), and Eric Farr (The Diagnostics), and played a few shows towards the end of the year, but partially due to Hurricane Sandy, they didn't make their hometown debut until earlier this year.
The band have two local shows scheduled for this summer, including one on June 14 at Union Hall with drone guitarist Noveller and DC garage rockers Drunk Tigers, and another on July 20 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for the Union Hall show are on sale now and head to Shea's site for more info (TBA) on that show. The Burlies haven't released any music yet, but you can check out a recent live video below.
DOWNLOAD: Phantom Family Halo - "White Hot Gun" (MP3)
photos by Adam Cantor
Sohrab Habibian & JG Thirlwell @ Joe's Pub
The tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets went down at Joe's Pub on January 8 to a sold out audience (that included Bradford Cox). As mentioned when we first posted about the show, contributing musicians included Travis Morrison (of The Dismemberment Plan), Sohrab Habibion (Obits), Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds/Grinderman), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Paul Duncan (Warm Ghost), Dom Cipolla (Phantom Family Halo), and JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus). Pictures from the show, John Schaefer of WNYC included, are in this post. You can also look at the full setlist below.
Dom Cipolla's (who played the show) band Phantom Family Halo has a new album coming out, titled When I Fall Out, on February 14 via Knitting Factory Records. You can download the album track "White Hot Gun" above and stream it below. Phantom Family Halo have two upcoming NYC shows. One happens next week at Glasslands on January 16 with Our Mountain, Eraas, and Vensaire. Tickets are available. They also play Saint Vitus on February 11. Support TBA. Tickets are on sale.
More pics from the 'Here Come the Warm Jets' show, the setlist, and PFH song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brian Eno - 'Here Come the Warm Jets'
In 1974, following his departure from Roxy Music, Brian Eno released his first solo album, Here Come the Warm Jets. The album (and its followup) is probably his most similar to the art rock of Roxy Music, before Brian began experimenting with soundscapes and eventually created some of our most interesting ambient music. Despite his large departure in sound from Here Come the Warm Jets, the material on that album has been a long lasting influence on indie rock, and like the show at the Rock Shop this past May, on January 8 at Joe's Pub, a number of indie rock musicians will honor the album and perform the entire thing. The contributing musicians include Travis Morrison (of The Dismemberment Plan, who also performed at the Rock Shop show), Sohrab Habibion (Obits), James Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds/Grinderman), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Paul Duncan (Warm Ghost), Dom Cippola (Phantom Family Halo), and JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus). Tickets for the show are on sale now.
I wonder who's going to handle Robert Fripp's guitar solos. They should have got St. Vincent for that...
Catch Obits on 12/30 at the Bell House with Ted Leo, and then at Cake Shop in March.
Some tracks from Here Come the Warm Jets below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Amor de Días - Bunhill Fields (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Burn the Boats (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Garbage Strike (MP3)
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Amor de Dias
This weekend is dominated, for me at least, by NYC Popfest but as I've already written an exhaustive (exhausting) post about that, so go read it and we'll discuss other shows here. There's lots more to cover anyway.
One thing, and this is Popfest related really, is that Amor de Días are here this weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (5/22) opening for Damon & Naomi. We've got a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Just send an email with your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Amor de Dias" and we'll pick a winner at random.
As you may know, the duo (Amor de Días) are Alisdair Maclean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, a group who played the first ever NYC Popfest back in 2007. I actually thought it was going to be Amor de Días in the "TBA" slot at the Thursday night Cake Shop show that turned out to be Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For this show to be happening at the same -- but not part of -- the 'Fest seems a little criminal.
MacLean and Núñez-Fernández formed Amor de Días back in 2008 and wrote and recorded whenever they had time, with help from current tourmates Damon & Naomi, indiepop legend (and master arranger) Louis Phillipe and Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson. Their debut, The Street of the Love of Days, came out this week on Merge and is a lovely little album as you might imagine from the talent involved. Their styles and voices are a perfect match for one another and the arrangements are just perfect. Among the treats is a particularly nice version of The Clientele's "Harvest Time." You can download "Bunhill Fields" at the top of this post.
Damon & Naomi's new album, False Beats and True Hearts, is a really nice record too. And if it's still pouring out Sunday night, all the better. It's an evening of rainy day music.
A much louder duo, also in town this weekend, are Minneapolis' BNLX, who play Pianos on Friday (5/20) and The Rock Shop on Saturday (5/21). I've written about them a couple times this year already and I do really dig their mix of rockin' tunes and corporate humor. I'll quote myself again:
Volume isn't just for punishment, though in the wrong hands it most certainly is. But sometimes you just can't achieve that clarity of sound, that particular strain of feedback, that shriiiiiiinnnnng you get from flicking the strings above the headnut, that tone...without cranking the amp. Ed Ackerson, a 20-year veteran guitar slinger of such Minneapolis bands as 27 Various and Polara, knows what he's doing. BNLX didn't just blow eardrums, they kinda blew minds...You can download two tracks from EP#5 at the top of this post, and I have a good feeling they'll have EP#6 at the merch table for the NYC shows. Also playing The Rock Shop show is Black Onassis, which is not the ex-drummer of Urge Overkill but a new group from former member(s) of Kasabian and Daylight for the Birds. Don't know much about them.
...for being just two of them and a laptop, they made quite a racket at the Rock Shop. Normally I'm one to complain about bands using canned backing instead of a real drummer, but vintage drum machine sounds -- right out of 1987, be it Jesus & Mary Chain or Age of Chance -- are kind of integral to what BNLX are doing. With a stroboscopic lightshow (what, no smoke machines?) you didn't really need anyone else.
More interesting is what's happening earlier that same evening at The Rock Shop: a tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets featuring a cavalcade of indie rock talent. Here's the press release:
When Brian Eno's first solo record, Here Come the Warm Jets, came out in 1974 it turned heads. It continues to baffle great minds due to the sneaky way it overlays whimsical pop with the beginnings of Eno's whole philosophy of creativity and experimentation.Musicians performing include Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Rob Christiansen (Eggs), Amy Klein (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street).
Indy music stalwart Rob Christinsen (Eggs, Grenadine, East Ghost West Ghost) and Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden team up to present this great curiosity of a recording LIVE with a melange of rockers and experimentalists.
"It sounds fantastic but one of the things that I tried to do with Warm Jets was to bring musicians together who would normally never play together and to play a music that they couldn't agree upon. The music would come from the chemistry. But of course, it was impossible to do. I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with it. They literally fought." - Brian Eno, 1974.
In that spirit, fifteen singers and ten instrumentalists from all musical worlds team up to perform this masterpiece.
The evening will be emceed by walking/talking Brian Eno encyclopedia, WNYC's John Schaefer.
Of course the big tribute this weekend is Sunday's Our Concert Could Be Your Life which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Michael Azzerad's chronicle of the American indie rock scene in the '80s. The talent assembled paying tribute to the bands covered in the book is pretty amazing, and it's changed/expanded a bit since first announced:
- Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
- Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
- Citay plays Mission of Burma
- Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
- Grooms plays Husker Du
- Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
- Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
- Callers plays Sonic Youth
- Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
- St. Vincent plays Big Black
- Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
- Buke and Gass plays Fugazi
- White Hills plays Mudhoney
- Yellow Ostrich plays Beat Happening
[note: both Tune-Yards and Buke and Gass play a sold out show at MHOW one day earlier. Dan Deacon also plays more shows this week. Delicate Steve has a headlining show coming up soon at Brooklyn Bowl.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars
And lastly, Cymbals Eat Guitars play their first show in a long time this Friday (5/20) at Glasslands. The band are finishing up their sophomore LP which is due out this fall
,so hopefully we'll get a preview of what's to come which they'll be playing in full at the show. The whole line-up is pretty good, with fellow '90s loving indie rockers Radical Dads (whose member Robbie just announced a new album for one of his other bands), Iranian transplants Yellow Dogs, and the psychedelic sounds of Mirror Mirror.
A few more picks, day by day, are below.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
by Klaus Kinski
"...Part of the reason is that the EP has a lot of guest musicians from various bands we like (The National, Shudder To Think, St.Vincent, Pattern Is Movement, Physics of Meaning, and Dirty Projectors to be specific). I only sing half the songs actually. The rest is done by singers from those bands." - Alex from The Forms
The Forms @ Market Hotel in 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
Of the millions of bands one could take a fancy to in their lifetime, it's kind of a weird phenomenon to consider a band consisting of your friends as one of your absolute favorites. Sure, we'll always support our friends' bands with kind words and by showing up at gigs, but to say "I like my buddy's band as much as I like [insert other favorite band here]" and actually mean it? Well, in the case of me and The Forms, truer words have never been spoken.
Anyone familiar with a Klaus post knows that I like to talk about myself. Let me keep that tradition alive. The Forms and I go way back. The guitar player and the bass player of a band I was in starting in 2001 both went to high school with Forms mainstays Matt and Alex (in high school they had a band called The Heathers). The guitar player for my band was doing double-duty as the Forms bass player (at the time they were a 3-piece outfit) and can be heard tearing up the-guitar-that-hath-but-4-strings on The Forms' critically acclaimed first album Icarus. At the time, Alex was living with the a fore mentioned bass and guitar players, but when Alex left that living situation I took over his room. At some point during that period, Matt (of the Forms) and I had a project called The False Gods wherein Matt wrote all the music and I did my best to keep up with it on the drums. We had maybe one gig and it was at the Charleston back when the Charleston was run by an old guy and his son and the basement was used to store things. That project didn't last long and the guitar player for my main band left the Forms to focus on our project. The Forms from that point on went through many line up changes going from a three piece to a four piece, to another four piece, and then down to what is now a two piece. Because of the time they take to record records, the various side projects, and the sparse gigging tendencies, someone somewhere along the line referred to them as glacier rock which I always found quite fitting.
What does the future bring? Well, they are getting ready to release a new guest-filled EP and they have a NYC gig happening very soon. It takes place Monday, August 16th at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The show is being billed as The Onion / AV Club Present, and tickets are only 10 bucks. It's been a while since any Forms news has surfaced, so I recently asked Alex 5 questions to get us all up to speed:
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Travis Morrison - As We Proceed (MP3)
DC: Can you tell us a bit more about the next album with the Hellfighters? You've gotten me all excited!Travis Morrison Hellfighters are in the midst of a pair of Washington DC/Brooklyn dates that visit the two cities Morrison splits time between, according to the Washingtonian interview quoted above.
Travis Morrison: The new one is crazy. It's like, all this ambitious two-guitar art-punk stuff combined with polyrythmic stuff, like Television crossed with Tito Puente or something... and the lyrics I love so far, it's all about money and class.
-[Washingtonian interview, 2008]
The first show, the band's "first in ten months," took place March 14th at DC's Black Cat with Poor But Sexy, a five-piece that includes Hellfighters David Brown and Brandon Kalber and ex-Dismemberment-Plan guitarist and All Y'All producer Jason Caddell.
Morrison describes work on a new album above, which might include new song "Henrietta," up on the band's Myspace with other new song "Cruisin' All Night Long." It would be his first since 2007's All Y'All (streaming at Barsuk).
Live videos for All Y'All's "You Make Me Feel Like a Freak" and new song "Henrietta," below...
DOWNLOAD: Travis Morrison - As We Proceed (MP3)
Travis Morrison - famous for fronting The Dismemberment Plan, and for that infamous zero he got on Pitchfork - is in town. He plays The Knitting Factory with Georgie James (famous for containing a member of Q and not U) and Aqueduct tonight (Nov 15, 2007), and then Union Hall in Brooklyn tomorrow. All tour dates, and new album info, below....
Dirty Projectors in London, October 2007 (CRED)
Currently busy on tour in Europe until the end of November, Dirty Projectors will play a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on December 4th (tix on sale Wednesday). Yeasayer recently said an interview,
One of the best shows we’ve ever played was with Dirty Projectors, Spank Rock, and Ponytail all on the same bill. That kind of diversity is ideal. [Drowned in Sound]No openers announced for the Bowery show yet. Travis Morrison recently said,
I saw a show of a band called the Dirty Projectors at the Black Cat, I was screaming like a girl they were so good. Oh my god! I was actually starting to worry about my relationship with rock and roll, nothing was really like... I mean there were things I would appreciate and enjoy listening to, but I hadn’t been obsessed with rock music for a while. And I kind of got a band crush, I kind of flipped out about this band. [DCist]That was pretty much how I acted last time I saw them too. Get three new live tracks for free at Daytrotter. All tour dates below...