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""Occupying the original occupier" tUnE-yArDs in Columbus Circle." - Bill Bragin
Merrill Garbus in Columbus Circle - 2/9/2012
As tUnE-YarDs' show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, part of the American Songbook series (which Bill Callahan played one night earlier), was coming to an end last night, the tweets started pouring in: "@brooklynvegan tUnEyArDs will be playing Columbus Circle within the hour. Get there!", "@brooklynvegan can u spread word that Tuneyards doing free show out by Lincoln Center fountain", "@brooklynvegan tune yards are playing in Columbus circle NOT lincoln center fountain", and "@brooklynvegan She said it was NOT a show. A gathering." Whatever it was, it included video cameras, and you can see what it looked like along with pictures from the actual show and the setlist from the show, below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
The Village Voice has changed in 39 years, but Pazz & Jop, their annual music critic survey still remains. Each year, just when you forgot that it was still possible to look at another "Best of the year" list, the Voice comes along and prints their Pazz & Jop issue and we get excited about albums that came out the previous year again, or we at least start debating them again. This year's big winners are tUnE-yArDs (best album, 12th best single) and Adele (best single, 8th best single, 6th best album). Look at it all at the Voice's site.
Our own list, if you missed it, is HERE.
today in NYC
* NY Guitar Fest
* Matuto @ Barbes
* Winter Jazzfest
* Evillive (metal shows)
* Marco Calliari @ Barbes
* The Victory Band @ Barbes
* Shelley Hirsch @ The Stone
* Horrors singer DJing Cameo
* Slick Rick, F. Stokes @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Many Mansions, Man Forever, No BS! Brass Band @ Zebulon
* Nellie McKay, Blame Sally, Julian Velard @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heaven's Gate, Soft Spot, Crinkles, Bermuda Bonnie @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Vaz, GDFX, Predator Prey (Karp Documentary Screening Afterparty) @ Death By Audio
* Red Baraat, Jose Conde, Hazmat Modine, Las Rubias Del Norte, Jayme Stone (Omniphonic Festival) @ 92YTribeca
* A Pale Horse Named Death, Dropdown, Fear of None, Pool Of Thorns, Breakage Rising, Swon Rift @ Knitting Factory
* Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Jimmy Scott, Questlove, Bilal, Derrick Hodge, Gary Bartz (Indelible Festival) @ Highline Ballroom
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Sharon Van Etten played Fallon last night.
Tune-Yards played Kimmel last night. Video below.
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...
We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).
Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...
Bill Callahan @ MHOW in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the elegant Allen Room in January for its fourteenth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic songwriting. The music of Broadway, Latin culture and hip-hop, bluegrass, rock, and pop will be presented, along with three evenings devoted to great American composers and lyricists. The 2012 season - January 11 through February 11 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including Tony Award winners Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, and LaChanze, as well as the "Queen of British Musicals," the great Elaine Paige. In keeping with American Songbook's tradition of honoring great composers and lyricists, those being celebrated this season are William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos), folk icon Woody Guthrie, and Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl). A relatively new composer on the scene, multiple Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) will open the series with a new rap composition about Alexander Hamilton. Also performing in the rap/hip- hop vein is the exciting ensemble Ozomatli.The full schedule is at Lincoln Center's site and below...
From the rock canon will be J.D. Souther, performing songs he wrote for Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles as well as newer compositions, guitar god Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth doing an acoustic set, and the wildly expressive Merrill Garbus, known as tUnE-yArDs.
Singer/songwriters, both emerging and veteran, are part of American Songbook as well. Diva of the demi-monde Keren Ann is part of the series, as is the man whose deep voice and masculine presence has earned him the nickname "The John Wayne of Indie Rock," Bill Callahan.
The spectacular Allen Room is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.
TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 14, 2011 at Lincoln Center's website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for the Friends of Lincoln Center go on sale November 3, and single tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 14.
Swans @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Neely Bruce @ The Stone
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* Nancy Whang DJ @ Ace Hotel
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Descender, Akris @ Cake Shop
* Lindsey Buckingham @ Town Hall
* Volume (IV) @ Issue Project Room
* Schanzer/Speach Duo @ The Stone
* The Zombies, Strawbs @ City Winery
* Slick Rick @ Paradise Theater (Bronx)
* Mensch, noon:30, Puta de Cava @ Bruar Falls
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ BB King's
* Foster The People, Cults, Reptar @ Terminal 5
* Anika, Slowdance, Bryant K @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Boubacar Traore, Zongo Junction @ The Bell House
* Viva Voce, The Parson Red Heads @ Mercury Lounge
* Swans, Sir Richard Bishop @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* No Fun, Moonmen On The Moon Man, Dirt Bikes @ Public Assembly
* Erik Friedlander's Bonebridge Band, Tillery @ 92YTribeca
* Peter Evans Trio, Corridors, Future Shuttle, En @ Zebulon
* Hartwell Littlejohn, Boyd Shropshire, Martin Crane @ Union Pool
* Long Distance Poison, Lussuria, Selaroda, Decimus @ Death By Audio
* Veronica Falls, German Measles, Darlings, Tanks Amigo @ Glasslands
* The Dead Exs, Brass Knuckle Evangelists, Geezer, Go Go Amy @ Bowery Electric
* The Wellington Papers, Spirit Animal, Game Rebellion, Big Christmas @ Pianos
* The Head and the Heart, Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, The Devil Whale @ Bowery Ballroom
Check out This Week in Indie for more.
New Tune-Yards video for "Gangsta" below...
photos by Sarahana
Garbus studied at Smith, the highly selective all-women's college in Massachussetts. It was a revelation after high school, "where girls were generally into having eating disorders and looking pretty and having sex. I still feel this kind of embitteredness about the fact that a lot of the men I work with haven't had such paralysing experiences growing up."Like she did on Monday, tUnE-yArDs headlined a sold out show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday night (9/20). Prussia opened this one. Here are some pictures.
Her college experience included a semester in Kenya, where she lived among Muslim women and explored the country's music. She emerged with the political conviction that "the white western world was oppressing the rest of the world. And that sucked. And because I was part of the white western world I didn't deserve to live."
That's a lot of liberal guilt...
"Exactly. White-person guilt. That was supposed to be the name of my first album, and then someone was like, 'please don't call your album White Guilt'. And now I sort of wish I had." [Guardian]
More tour dates HERE. More pictures below...
photos by Sarahana
"w h o k i l l points in a thousand directions and gallops off toward them all at full tilt. It brings in African vocalisations, and moments of wild animal violence, and street riots, and intimate loved-up louchery. It co-opts sampling to create orchestral arrangements out of a single voice and polymorphic rhythms that seem off-kilter but then, with the addition of real drums and bass (the latter courtesy of new co-writing partner Nate Brenner), create complex, beguiling and intense rhythms. It is astonishing.Tune-Yards played the first of two sold out shows at Manhattan club Le Poisson Rouge last night (9/19) with The Suite Unraveling. She does it again tonight (9/20) with Prussia.
Rhythm section aside, so much of this is down to the one-woman volcano of ideas that is Garbus, the tUnE-yArDs conceptualist who once said her raison d'etre was to "get people's attention or die". She drew designs on her face, she made songs, she toured. Safe to say, she now has attention..." [MusicOMH]
Pictures from last night and more tour dates below...
tUnE-yArDs is releasing a 12" single for w h o k i l l's "Gangsta" on September 27 via 4AD. The 12" features the album version of the track, an Ad Rock (of Beastie Boys) remix, a Cut Chemist Remix, the instrumental version, and a cappella version. The artwork (above) was designed by Merrill's sister Ruth Garbus (of Happy Birthday). You can download a free MP3 of the Ad Rock remix from a widget below. The single is also available for pre-order at the Beggars Group webstore as LP/MP3/Flac.
tUnE-yArDs will head out on a headlining tour this fall, which includes shows happening on September 19 and 20 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for both shows are still on sale and we're giving away one pair to your date of choice. Details on how to win are below.
Widget and contest details below...
Frightened Rabbit @ WW last night (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Cave Bears on a roof
* Alan Licht @ The Stone
* Marcia Bassett @ The Stone
* Rowan @ The Manhattan Inn
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* INXS @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Skint, Little Italy, Bubbles @ Zebulon
* The Mike Cottone Quintet @ Blue Note
* Bebel Gilberto, Marcelo D2 @ City Winery
* Zambri @ Summerscreen in McCarren Park
* Def Leppard, Heart @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Suckers, Headless Horseman @ Mercury Lounge
* Dengue Fever, The New Jerk Times @ Southpaw
* Sherlock's Daughter, EXITMUSIC, Lavalier @ Pianos
* Props w/ Rich Medina & Akalepse @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Fake Problems, The Swellers, Daytrader @ Maxwell's
* Fountains of Wayne, Nicole Atkins @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Band of Heathens, The Newton Gang @ Union Hall
* Budos Band @ Tappen Park in Staten Island (free)
* The Jay Vons, Boy Morgan, Happy Day @ Bowery Electric
* The Ettes, Heavy Cream, Hans Condor @ Knitting Factory
* Sufjan Stevens, Diamond Rings @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Jerkagram, Flote, Le Sphinxx, "Illegal Dads" @ Death By Audio
* Cinjun Tate, Orly, Demolition String Band @ The Living Room
* McCoy Tyner Quintet featuring Ravi Coltrane & Gary Bartz @ Blue Note
* Sxip Shirey, Raya Brass Band @ Cooper Square Hotel Penthouse
* Tiny Victories, Sands, Butchers and Bakers, Starring @ Cake Shop
* Happy New Year, Antimagic, Hunters, Life Size Maps @ Glasslands
* Typhoon, Diamond Doves, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Littlefield
* Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas, Dawes @ State Theatre (NJ)
* Frightened Rabbit, Right On Dynamite @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Andrew W.K., Vhyce, Cherie Lily, Aleister X, The Kickdrums @ Santos Party House
* Big Audio Dynamite, HR / Human Rights (Bad Brains), Andy Rourke of the Smiths (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Trey McIntyre Project, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ma Maison, The Sweeter Band @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Hostage Calm, Grownups, P.S. Eliot, Big Eyes, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I'm Not Afraid To Die @ The Acheron
Check out This Week in Indie.
tUnE-yArDs played Fallon on Monday night (8/1). Watch the video of Merrill, her band and The Roots performing "Gangsta" below.
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
"Matt Talbott tells me there's some Hum shows coming this fall! I don't have all the details yet, but here's what I know: there will be one on September 10th, and it won't be in Champaign. A show in Champaign is possibly going to be planned for September 9th, and they are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November." -[h-u-m.net]The above quote comes from a Hum fansite, and while we have yet to receive official word, it does seem within the realm of possibility considering that Hum have reunited occaisionally since officially dissolving in 2000. More news to come.
Hum released You'd Prefer an Astronaut in 1995 and the follow-up Downward Is Heavenward in 1998.
Though they haven't confirmed Hum, Fun Fun Fun Fest did recently "leak" some more of their Austin festival lineup. The first leak had Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, and X (performing "Los Angeles"). The second leak added Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and Kid Dynamite!
That now makes two upcoming shows for Kid Dynamite who are also playing FYF Fest in LA.
tUnE-yArDs at P4k Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
They'll take a short break before heading out on a headlining tour from September through November. The tour kicks off with two dates in NYC on September 19 and 20 at Le Poisson Rouge. The Suite Unraveling open the 9/19 show and Prussia open the 9/20 show. Tickets for both shows, which are significantly smaller than the giant places she played over the weekend, are on sale now.
tUnE-yArDs will make their late night TV debut on August 1 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
All tour dates and a recent live in-studio video of "Gangsta" below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices
The 2011 Pitchfork Festival continues through Sunday at Union Park in Chicago. Some of it is streaming online. A set of pictures from Friday continues below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
"Fireworks at the pier!!!! Wtf!!! And a full moon. Amazing!!!" - Austra
Hudson River Rocks kicked off their 2011 season in a big way last night (7/14) with tUnE-yArDs and Austra. Due to long lines down the West Side Highway, organizers, who tell us last night's crowd reached 4600 people, delayed the start of the free show so as many people as possible could get inside before Austra started.
Austra's rhythm section started the night with some eerie atmospheres. They were soon joined by Katie Stelmanis and backup singers Sari and Romy Lightman and conjured up album opener "Darken Her Horse." Katie is a huge presence on stage, and with such powerful vocals, she had no trouble projecting this presence across the pier's extensive length. The set felt too short, but it was no less enjoyable. They took on Feel It Break single "Lose It" early on in the set and though it seems like one of the album's more straightforward tracks, it actually showed the band at one of their highest points. The vocal interplay between Katie and the Lightman twins adventured into realms visited by few other synth pop groups. Sari and Romy were as charismatic as Katie but in a more subtle way that suited the performance perfectly. Austra's dark dancey songs sounded amazing outside on the Hudson River, but I couldn't help to think how great they would fit a small poorly lit club like Bowery Ballroom, where you can catch them on August 6 as part of their tour with Cold Cave.
After a short break, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus came on stage by herself and introduced her set by looping howls and shrieks. Like Katie Stelmanis, Merrill had absolutely no problem letting her presence be known throughout the entire Pier 54. She was soon joined by a bassist and two sax players to tear apart the recently released LP w h o k i l l and put the entire thing back together right in front of the audience. Merrill continued to loop her vocals, which ranged from bird chirps to bear growls and included everything in between. She added layered percussion which could recall polyrhythmic afrobeat, Latin clave rhythms, or hip hop beats at any given moment. As the songs would start to take on a bit of structure, Merrill would throw in these whacked-out chord progressions on her ukulele. She was accompanied by strong basslines and avant-sax lines that channelled the likes of Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman. The fact that they were able to pull all of this off and somehow still sound really accessible is just beyond comprehension. And the crowd definitely reciprocated. It was probably the best crowd that I've seen at a show this summer and Merrill was obviously grateful for that. She expressed how amazed she was at the number of people who showed up and recalled an early experience playing NYC at Pianos where five people came to see her previous band Sister Suvi. She also pointed out the (almost) full moon which, in a weird way, was kinda fascinating to see while listening to tUnE-yArDs.
After the incredible set ended and the crowd was thanked multiple times, Merrill and co. exited the stage to return shortly for a one-song encore. As someone who isn't the biggest fan of encores, this one was pretty hard to deny. They played the awesome album closer "Killa" and with about 45 seconds left in the song, fireworks erupted over the Hudson River behind the stage.
More pictures and videos from the show below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Wild Beasts - "Loop the Loop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Two Matchsticks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rayon Beach - Wave Pool Ether (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Wesley Coleman - Ooh Basketball (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Urge Overkill - Effigy (MP3)
This week is kind of nuts. I know you're all probably just going to be spending it reading A Dance with Dragons or going to see Harry Potter, but here's your TWII action... let's get into it.
Tom Vek is here for two shows, his first U.S. shows since 2005: an early show tonight (7/12) at Mercury Lounge and tomorrow (7/13) at Union Pool. I don't think either are sold out. His second album Leisure Seizure -- six years in the making -- has remained in constant rotation on my stereo since getting a copy in May and I'm pretty excited for these shows.
The new record still sounds like Tom Vek -- the staccato drum beats, sparse arrangements, his laid-back vocal style -- and maybe it's the absence but it still sounds fresh. It's a great record and a welcome return. I have no idea who is in his band these days, but he was fantastic live back when he toured for We Have Sound in 2005. I have a feeling he's still got it.
Wild Beasts are over for four East Coast shows, including two nights at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (7/13) and Thursday (7/14). (They're also playing Philly and D.C.) These will be the first the band have done since releasing their third album, Smother, back in May. As I've said before, this is subtler album than Two Dancers that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post.
Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold, transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is playing keyboards with the band on this Stateside jaunt which is an added bonus for some of us. The rest of North America will get a chance to see Wild Beasts in September when they come back for a proper tour. All 2011 dates are at the bottom of this post.
Shifting gears wildly, we've got Chicago rock gods Urge Overkill in town for two shows this week. They play the Rocks Off cruise on Wednesday (7/13) and then the Rock Shop on Saturday (7/16) as part of the venue's big One Year Anniversary which is happening all this week.
Urge Overkill were odd men out in the '90s, doing suave, heavily postured cock rock in an era dominated by slacker indie and stoner sludge. 1993's Saturation is one of the decade's classics, all big riffs and attitude that has only gotten finer with age. The same can't be said for 1995's Exit the Dragon, which found the band succumbed to the rock n' roll excesses the band exemplified. (There were even rumors the band were too fucked up to even play on its recordings, having most parts subbed by session musicians.)
There were various comeback gigs in the '00s but I don't think anybody expected them to make a new album. Which made this year's Rock'n'Roll Submarine (great title) a double shock: it exists and, more importantly, it's pretty awesome. Kato and Roeser keep the same flame alive: badass riffs, supercatchy choruses, and that unfakeable rock n' roll spirit. (No Blackie Onassis, but some chemistry is just too volatile apparently.) There's also a world-weariness that keeps it all real. They aren't trying to pretend they haven't been through some serious shit. But to paraphrase "Effigy" (downloadable at the top of this post), they've always taken the loud way.
The Wooden Birds
Lovely Austin band The Wooden Birds play two shows this week as well: Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Friday (7/15) at The Rock Shop. As you may know at this point, this is Andrew Kenny's post-American Analog Set band, which still has his drony motorik style but in a much more acoustic setting. The Wooden Birds' sophomore album, Two Matchsticks, is (in my opinion) much better than their debut: the arrangements are more dynamic and the addition of Matt Pond (both on guitar and vocally) adds a lot. (Matt Pond PA's Chris Hansen is a touring member as well.) You can check out the title track to the new album at the top of this post.
Tune-Yards @ MHOW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
What else? Hudson River Rocks starts this week (Thursday 7/14) with tUnE-yArDs and Austra which is a pretty hard-to-pass-up free show. While I don't reach for her album much, there's no denying Merril Garbus is a magnetic performer who can win over crowds easily. While Austra's Katie Stelmanis doesn't quite have that charm, there is no denying her stage presence either and I'm a big fan of Austra's debut album which came out earlier this year. Thursday is supposed to be beautiful and this show seems like a no-brainer.
Austin's Rayon Beach play three shows this week: Thursday (7/14) at Don Pedro, then Friday (7/15) at Bruar Falls and Saturday (7/16) at Death by Audio. I wrote this a year ago and I think it still holds true:
Like a lot of the bands on Hozac Records (or bands from Austin for that matter), this trio fit under the psych/garage umbrella but there's a decided Brit bent to their music. Baroque garage, is that a thing? Think Syd-era Pink Floyd or The Pretty Things more than Woven Bones. Make no mistake -- Rayon Beach can and do get plenty loud. It's just sometimes with pinkies extended.Rayon Beach are on tour with fellow Austinite John Wesley Coleman III who is awesome in his own right. Last year's Bad Lady Goes to Jail, on Goner, incorporates country, soul and R&B into his sound (not to mention a unique worldview). He definitely stands out amongst the garage pack. If you feel like you've heard enough of this stuff, do give JWCIII a shot.
Anglophiles might already know that Scottish indiefolk cult legend King Creosote is in town this week, playing a late show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday (7/14) and then at the Rock Shop on Sunday (7/17). Both shows are with the equally talented Jon Hopkins. I wrote about King Creosote back in March:
Scottish indie folk royalty Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Anderson (whose brother Gordon was a founding member of The Beta Band and now fronts The Aliens) has been cranking out album after album of melancholic, wry songwriting since the late '90s. (Seriously, check out his discography.) Many of these have been self-released, but he's had records on Warner Brothers and Domino too.Anderson teamed with Hopkins for his new album Diamond Mine that revisits and reworks gems from Anderson's 40-plus releases. You can check out the video for "Bubble" at the bottom of this post.
The Radio Dept
And now another weekend of Seaport-related shows. Friday (7/15) is the final night of this year's abbreviated Seaport Music Festival, with The Radio Dept. The band are in the U.S. for this and the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and that's it -- so we should count ourselves lucky. If you wanted to see them somewhere small, you're out of luck. (Unless you maybe found yourself at a shop that rocked on, say, Thursday night. Maybe.) Last year's Clinging to a Scheme was one of 2010's best albums (according to me) and though I do wish they'd get a drummer to play with them at shows, they still sound pretty great live.
I'm hoping the merch table has the new 180 gram vinyl reissues of the band's three albums. In particular I want to pick up their classic debut Lesser Matters, one of the best albums of the '00s. Opening are Asobi Seksu which is a pretty perfect pairing. The weather's supposed to be gorgeous, the show is free...this'll be sweet.
Saturday is the Village Voice 4 Knots Festival which is going out of its way to let us know it's not trying to be the Siren Festival. It's a nice line-up of bands, though, scaled to fit the Seaport. Apart from Eleanor Friedberger and Oberhofer, it is a pretty rock line-up what with headliners Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davilla 666 and Mr. Dream. If you like to dance, they've got an indoor lounge over at 210 Front Street with an all DJ lineup that includes Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Brahms and the Finger on the Pulse dudes (also DJing as Punches) spinning tunes. Things kick off at 1PM.
Then Sunday (7/17) is the last show of my Sound Bites Series down at the Fulton Stall Market and I'm super pleased to have Hospitality on cleanup. When I found out we were going to be doing the series again, Hospitality were the first band I thought of. If you haven't heard them, you can download their 2009 EP for free from their Bandcamp site. It's quite lovely. The band have gotten less precious since then, though no less charming, and recently the band expanded to a four-piece with drummer Nathan Michel moving to guitar making them decidedly more skronky now.
I am quite enamored with this band and you should definitely come down and see them. They are seriously good. If you come to only one Sound Bites Show this summer... this is your last chance. Hospitality are on at 3PM sharp and I'll be spinning tunes from around 1:30 or so. It's free!
And right after Hospitality finish, you can head across South Street to the Beekman Beer Garden for this week's Beach Party show with Frankie Rose and Xray Eyeballs. Both bands feature on that free downloadable mix you can get over at Insound. The Frankie Rose track is one I hadn't heard before, a cover of Slapp Happy's "Blue Flower" which you may know from covers either by Mazzy Star or Pale Saints.
Last week (Cheeseburger and Hard Nips) was fun and pretty fairly low-key. The spot -- formerly Water Taxi Beach -- is a pretty popular spot on its own, so expect a mixed crowd of those there for the show and those there just for the view/vibe. Bands start at 4PM. It's free.
And that's about it for this week. A few more daily picks are below.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
It's a heatwave today but Cold Cave will have the A/C cranked for their show Knitting Factory tonight. I do really like their new album Cherish the Light Years which kind of reminds me of '80s band Lords of the New Church. The show is with gothy sea chanty singers Cult of Youth, and Zambri who are newly signed to Kanine Records (and who were impressive at Knitting Factory during the Northside fest). The show is part of a tour that ends at Bowery Ballroom with Austra.
The newly reunited Cibo Matto are at Brooklyn Bowl. Though advance tickets sold out, there will be limited availability at the door. Go early. The show is one date of a tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom.
Secret Chiefs 3 at Terminal 5 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Instrumental band Secret Chiefs 3 kicked off a European tour last month with DJ FAT32. The tour comes to North America in September. So far it only includes East Coast and Midwest shows, but West Coast dates are "being planned." Look for SC3 and FAT32 to play NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 13th. Tickets are on sale. All dates for the Trey Spruance-led band are listed below.
In October Secret Chiefs 3 play the Iceland Airwaves Festival with Bjork (she was just announced and will be doing a Biophilia performance), Austra, Beach House, Liturgy, SBTRKT, Suuns, Olof Arnalds, Tune-yards, John Grant, and many others. Full lineup at their site. The festival runs from October 12-16 and takes place in downtown Reykjavík. Bjork will also play five more shows in Reykjavík in October. All of those dates are listed below.
All SC3 tour dates and some videos below too...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano
The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Garbus, who records under the name Tune-Yards (or, as she prefers, tUnE-yArDs), was joined on stage by a bassist and a two-person saxophone section, but the most critical interaction was the one between her right foot and the pedals clustered around her microphone stand.Buke and Gass and tUnE-yArDs played a tour-ending show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, one night before both artists took part in the 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' show at Bowery Ballroom (more on that in a bit). Garbus killed it as usual. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Beating time on her hip with a drumstick, she acted as the conductor of her own personal orchestra, using the pedals to record snatches of song and stray drum hits that magically coalesced in perfect unison.
On "Gangsta," from her second album, w h o k i l l, she began by mimicking the sound of a police siren, adding the distorted thump of a bass drum and the off-beat click of a drumstick on her microphone stand. Her voice took on the gravelly patois of a Jamaican rude boy as she sang, "What's a girl to do if she'll never be a Rasta?"
On "Bizness," Garbus played a staccato melody on a ukulele, evoking the clipped sound of a West African thumb piano. She was steeped in the region's music during years spent in Kenya, and has acknowledged the influence - "Any African music it sounds like I'm stealing, I'm stealing," she told one interviewer - but her one-woman approach shields her from any risk of copying her source material too closely. On "Hatari," she sang in Swahili, but the song's hectic overreach seemed to emanate from a country wholly her own.
Garbus' tourmates Buke and Gass, who joined her for the herky-jerk of "Es-So," share her handmade approach. [Philadelphia Enquirer]
Back on 5/18, tUnE-yArDs appeared on WNYC (listen below). As pointed out in "What's Going on Monday", Merrill will again perform for WNYC but this time live in their Greene Space. The short performance is sold out, but it will be streaming live on thegreenespace.org at 7pm tonight (5/23).
tUnE-yArDs' next proper NYC show is a big free one on Pier 54 this summer. Since the initial announcement, Austra was also added as opener for that July 14th outdoor show (which makes it extra awesome). Meanwhile you can catch Austra at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (5/23), if you have a ticket (it's sold out). Austra also returns in August as part of a tour with Cold Cave.
More Music Hall pictures, and last week's WNYC appearance stream, below...
Talib Kweli @ SXSW 2011 (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* MV Carbon @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Radical Dads @ the Delancey
* Snoop Dogg @ Wellmont Theatre
* The Pietasters @ the Stone Pony
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Ty Segall @ KcDc Skate Shop
* Dudu Maia, Douglas Lora @ Barbes
* Talib Kweli, Jean Grae @ SOB's
* Down, Danava, Haarp @ Best Buy Theater
* Talib Kweli @ Other Music (signing)
* Scala & Kolacny Brothers @ Webster Hall
* Scott Kettner's Forro Brass Band @ Barbes
* Wolfgang Gartner, Harvard Bass @ Irving Plaza
* Frank Turner, Franz Nicolay @ Knitting Factory
* Lightning Bolt, Pterodactyl @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Lemonheads, The Canon Logic @ Maxwell's
* White Wires, GAMES, Baby Shakes @ Bruar Falls
* Sophie Hunger, Matteah Baim @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Woods, White Fence, Spectre Folk @ 285 Kent Ave
* ps xo, Faith Reason, Quitzow, Wojcik @ Shea Stadium
* Heaven, Invisible Days, Dead Leaf Echo @ Death By Audio
* Apollo Run, Ravens & Chimes, Katie Costello @ Union Hall
* In Tall Buildings, She Keeps Bees, The Long Eye @ Union Pool
* Lin Culbertson, Marina Rosenfeld, Andrea Parkins @ The Stone
* Two Fresh, Mux Mool (Eye Candy for Strangers) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Buffalo Tom, Madison Square Gardeners, Mean Creek @ Bowery Ballroom
* Soft Black, Crazy and The Brains, Waking Lights, Caged Animals @ Cake Shop
* Lord Huron, North Highlands, The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Mercury Lounge
* Entrance Band, Amazing Baby acoustic, Winter Family, DJ Non Format @ Glasslands
* Modern Skirts, Sea of Bees, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, The Hsu-nami @ Pianos
* The Appleseed Cast, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Two Lights @ Highline Ballroom
* The Toys and Tiny Instruments, Jessie Kilguss, Measure, Nick Ogawa @ Matchless
* Phonetag, Porches, Beggars in a New Land, Space Lions, Rival Tribes @ Silent Barn
* Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, Mantra Percussion, Pretty Monsters @ Littlefield
* Cults, Oberhofer, Puro Instinct @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Check the BrooklynVegan Facebook for some more giveaways today.
Check out This Week in Indie.
If you haven't heard the new Tune-Yards album yet, the 'Bizness' video below is a reminder to check it out.
Pier 54 @ a 2010 concert (more by Chris La Putt)
One of New York City's quintessential free outdoor concert series, Hudson River Park's RiverRocks marks its 13th season this summer by presenting headlining performances by the sonically-nuanced experimental group tUnE-yArDs, the dance/art crossover phenoms Metronomy, and the alt-country/folk rockers Deer Tick.Meanwhile tUnE-yArDs is out touring in support of her awesome new album, and Deer Tick will play as Deervana at Brooklyn Bowl during the Northside Festival.
Staged on Hudson River Park's Pier 54, the RiverRocks schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 14 -- tUnE-yArDs
Thursday, July 28 -- Metronomy
Thursday, August 11 -- Deer Tick
Opening acts for the three-date series will be announced in the coming weeks.
Located adjacent to New York City's Meatpacking District (at 14th Street), the Pier 54 gates open at 6 p.m. for all RiverRocks shows, with opening performances scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
In other free show news, Wavves is playing in East River Park this summer, Brooklyn Bridge Park released their schedule of free movies, The Radio Dept and other bands are playing South Street Seaport in 2011, and the initial lineup was announced for this year's Bang on a Can Festival.