Entries tagged with: Ty Segall
Montreal duo The Muscadettes are currently holed up working on their debut album but while we wait for news on that, they've offered up holiday treat in the form of new song, "Christmas Kitty." With a twangy, B-52's lead, its a bouncy little stocking stuffer that makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it below.
The Muscadettes, who were last in NYC for CMJ, have also been making a list and checking it twice, in this case their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which they've shared with us as well. You can check that out below too.
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
by Bill Pearis
"EDAN! EDAN! EDAN!" Ty Segall led a repeated chant last night in tribute to Edan Wilber who runs sound, has booked most of the shows and generally lives, eats, breathes and occasionally sleeps Death by Audio for most of its existence. (As you may have heard, Ty was last night's "secret guest" at the soon-to-close DIY venue.) "I'm honored and a little sad to be playing here tonight. I kinda feel like I've grown up here. I played my first New York show here, at the tender age of 21 or 20, with Thee Oh Sees and Sic Alps. There were 75 people there...we love you guys."
It was a crazy show -- there was a line of nearly a hundred people when I got to DbA around 8:15 PM -- and I'm pretty sure it was sold out by the time Rips started at 9. (The Numerators and Guantanamo Baywatch also played.) Ty's popularity has skyrocketed and I'd wager half the people there had never been to DbA before. It was definitely a different vibe than its been at most of these farewell shows. But any grumpiness on my part melted away when Ty took the stage. I think he was looking at Edan most of the set, and those repeated chants were pretty heartwarming. Ty's fanbase may have changed, but he hasn't. Mid-set, Ty had the crowd hoist Edan up and send him back, all the way back to the bar. Or at least the merch table. Edan had the biggest grin on his face, it was definitely a Top 10 DbA Moment for me.
The wildest part of the show came during "Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart" when Ty said he wanted to see 100 people crowdsurf, and had someone keeping vocal count. They hit their mark. While the general insanity of the crowd took overwhelmed the evening, Ty and his band sounded great and we got a fair ammount of his teriffic new album, Manipulator, a few older rippers, plus covers of "Wild Thing/Louie Louie" and, um, "Californication." The night ended with Manipulator standout "It's Over," which was appropriate on a couple levels. Setlist from Ty's DbA show, plus video of Edan getting passed back and a few more instagrams, below...
Eight nights left for DbA. Tonight's show (11/15) is a great one without evening knowing who the special guest is: Ovlov, Big Ups and Yvette. Meanwhile, Guantanamo Baywatch play in Brooklyn again tonight (11/15) at Baby's All Right with Fletcher C Johnson and Scully. That's a late night show, doors at midnight.
Instagrams, video and setlist from last night's Ty Segall show below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Ty Segall not only has a new non-LP tracks compilation coming out but he's also got a live album as well. It's part of Castle Face's Live in San Francisco series and was recorded at The Rickshaw Stop. That's the cover art above and you can stream the Ty Segall Band doing a thick-n-heavy "What's Inside Your Heart" from it below and the album is out January 26.
We're still hoping Ty Segall makes time for another show at Death by Audio before it closes next weekend. There are certainly a few "Special Guest" and "Top Secret!" slots on their schedule. Cross your fingers.
Live LP trackslist and song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall @ Webster Hall in September (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Ty Segall released the great double-length Manipulator earlier this year but for those who need more, you can look forward to $INGLE$ 2 which will be out via Drag City on November 18. As its titled implies, this collects very sides of flexis, splits, 7"s and other non-LP tracks. You can stream a few songs from it below.
Ty is currently on tour in Europe, a trek that wraps up November 12 in London. He'll then head off to Australia a month after that. Maybe he'll stop in NYC on the way back from the UK to play Death by Audio in its final salvo? He's definitely one of the artists that come to mind when you think of DbA. We shall see.
All tour dates, plus song streams and $INGLE$ 2 tracklist, below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Ty Segall @ Webster Hall 9/20/2014
Segall's frequent glam-rock references were dusted through the set like a fine layer of glitter; Cronin wore shiny blue facepaint; the crop-circle-esque Manipulator logo provided a backdrop on the Webster stage and adorned Segall's all-white ensemble. But the sonic focus was on those blistering guitar solos that populate so many of the tracks on Manipulator. Segall's fingers only left his strings for an occasional fist-pump or finger-point into the churning crowd. There were very few moments the audience was not wont to mosh, and mosh they did.Last night (9/18), Ty Segall played his second of two Webster Hall shows which was just as bonkers as the first night, with a constant stream of (gentle) stage divers and crowdsurfers, including Ty himself where atop the audience he sang his last song of the night.
Though barricades around the photo pit are customary at Webster Hall shows, neither were present on Thursday. That's because Wednesday's attendees obliterated them, and perhaps management thought it best to forgo setting them up again only to have them ignored. So the stream of kids jumping onstage only to jump off a few seconds later was pretty much constant, including one flannel-clad guy very dedicated to a '90s state of mind who must have made the leap a dozen or so times in the last half of the 20-odd song set. - [Village Voice]
Thursday was also the first night of the tour's second leg which is with Seattle's charming surf rockers La Luz. Pictures from their set, and more of Ty's set, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Ty Segall @ Webster Hall 9/17/2014
Ty Segall played his first of two shows at Webster Hall last night (9/17) and, as predicted, it was a bit bananas. (Also sold out.) Within the first second of the first song (the title track from new album, Manipulator), the photo pit barricades started to tip in and security had to hold them in place. After four songs or so, they stopped the show, and Ty told everyone to scoot back as they were going to push the barricades all the way up and get rid of them. After that it was a free for all, with constant stage diving, and Ty himself leaping into the crowd a few times.
Ty and the band (Mikal Cronin still on bass) ripped through 20 songs, including much of Manipulator, older favorites and a cover of opening band Wand's "Fire on the Mountain." Amongst those in the audience: Julian Casablancas, Mac DeMarco (who opened for Ty at Webster last year), Weyes Blood and Marky Ramone. Setlist, pictures and video of them doing "Manipulator" are in this post.
As for Wand (whose album came out on Ty's God? records), they played a muscular set of psych rock themselves. At Death by Audio the previous night their set included a cover of Brian Eno's "Here Come the Warm Jets." The night started with Chicago's Axis:Sova who will play Death by Audio tonight (9/18). Pictures from their sets are in this post as well.
More pics from last night's Webster Hall show below...
by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall will be in NYC next week for two shows at Webster Hall on September 17 with Wand and Axis: Sova (sold out) and then September 18 with La Luz (tickets). Both of his 9/17 openers will play Death by Audio show while in town. Wand play Death by Audio on Tuesday (9/16) and they are currently the only band listed on DbA's website for that day (update: Honey are also on this show). I haven't heard anything... but it is an off day for Ty, who has played the soon-to-be-closed DIY venue many times over the years. Wand's very good new album is out on Ty's God label and will likely appeal to his fans. But who knows?
Axis: Sova, meanwhile, will play DbA on Thursday (9/18) with San Francisco's Life Stinks. The moniker of Chicago musician Brett Sova, Axis: Sova just made the tape Worse Fools Cease to Be a Shadow which for the first time features him backed by other musicians (two in this case). It's shitgazy psych and you can stream a few songs (and one from Life Stinks) in this post. Axis: Sova has some other non-Ty dates as well and those are listed below.
And in other news there's a new Matt Yoka-directed video for Ty Segall's "Manipulator," the title track of his excellent new album which you can watch below. But if you go to Ty's website you can actually manipulate it by clicking on different parts of the screen. Kind of cool. Watch it below...
by Bill Pearis
Los Angeles band Wand just released their debut album, Ganglion Reef, this week (8/26) via Ty Segall's GOD imprint through Drag City. It's fuzzed-out, very catchy psych-rock in the late '60s style. If you dig Ty's new album (and you should), definitely give Wand a listen. You can stream two tracks below and listen to the whole thing at Hype Machine.
UPDATE: The Mercury Lounge show we had originally listed for Tuesday is a different Wand. One of these Wands needs to change their name....we'll let them work it out.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall's new album, Manipulator, is out next week via Drag City but you can listen to it now via NPR. It is an understatement to say that Ty is prolific and with that some of his past releases aren't entirely essential though there are always more that a few great songs on each one. Manipulator, however -- a 17-track double album no less -- is pretty much all hits. It's got his best songs yet, featuring inventive arrangements, ripping performances and just the right amount of studio polish. Manipulator's not just a great garage album, it's one of the year's best records, period.
Ty Segall at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ty Segall has a new double album, Manipulator coming out imminently, and we already mentioned his tour which includes a Webster Hall (9/17) show in NYC with Wand and Axis:Sova. He's now added a second Webster Hall show (9/18) happening a day later with the surfy La Luz, who are on many other dates of his tour as well. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (8/15) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting tomorrow (8/13) at noon. Tickets to night 1 (same link) are still available.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - Susie Thumb (MP3)
Ty Segall at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Highly prolific garage rocker Ty Segall releases his zillionth album, Manipulator, on August 26 via Drag City. It's 17 tracks showcasing how diverse his sound has gotten over the years and he's now put out one of its singles, "Susie Thumb," one of the album's more rocking tracks with a ripper of a guitar solo. Download it for free above, via KEXP.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
La Luz @ MoMA
Seattle surf rock charmers La Luz are on a quick East Coast hop, hitting NYC on Thursday (8/1) to play the MoMA Nights concert series. Last year, the ladies had the crowd at Mercury Lounge doing "the Soul Train," and last night they had folks doing the "Sushi Boat" in the sculpture garden. Instagram video of that, plus pictures from the evening, are in this post.
La Luz play DC on Saturday and Philly on Sunday. Today's a day off in NYC in their schedule, maybe they'll drop in somewhere tonight? Look for La Luz on tour with Ty Segall on West Coast and Midwest dates of his tour this fall. Meanwhile more pics from their MoMA Nights show, below...
by Bill Pearis
King Tuff's third album, Black Moon Spell, will be out September 23 on Sub Pop. Main man Kyle Thomas made the album with producer Bobby Harlow at Burger Records' all-analog Studio B and it features an appearance by Ty Segall, who plays drums on the album's title track. You can stream the Zeppelin-ish "Eyes of the Muse" from the album, and read some of Kyle's notes on the LP, below.
King Tuff will be on tour this fall, including two NYC shows: October 8 at Baby's All Right and October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to the Baby's All Right show go on sale Wednesday (7/9) at 10 AM; tickets to Bowery Ballroom go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
Never one to go too long without a new album, Ty Segall will release a 17-track monster titled Manipulator in August via Drag City. You can hear snippets of a few of the album's songs -- including some typical Ty rippers and at least one that goes into funky krautrock territory -- in a weird, funny promotional video below.
Ty has also just announced a massive fall tour that will stop in NYC at Webster Hall on September 17 with opener Wand. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon. All dates are listed, along with Manipulator album art, tracklist and video preview, below.
Wand, who open the show, are not to be confused with Wooden Wand (who sometimes goes by Wand) or the band Wand that Bowery Presents' event page links to. It's actually the LA garage rock band who feature an ex member of Pangea, and put out a split with Ty's pal Mikal Cronin (produced by Ty) this past April. You can stream that below, and keep an eye out for their upcoming full length (also produced by Ty) due later this year via In The Red.
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall & WF's Tim Pressley in the studio (pic: Brian Pritchard via)
White Fence's new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, will be out July 22 via Drag City. It's the first White Fence album for the label, not counting the collaborative one made with Ty Segall. This one shares a little in common with that, actually, as main man Tim Pressley -- who makes most of the White Fence albums all by himself -- explains:
Fear, anger, pain, anxiety. Guilty! I needed something new. I needed to be free and innocent. I was floating in my room. Sick of the wall Bounce-A-LuLa. I could not get high. I wanted to put some songs in someone else's room. I wanted to see what they sounded like with a real drummer. I wanted to see what it would sound like using an Aliens ear. For a lack of a cooler/humble word, Ty Segall "produced" this album.While the methods were different the results are pure White Fence: a melange of '60s psych-pop influences, filtered through Presley's rainbow sunglasses. This one's maybe a little more Who-like than some of the other ones (that could be Ty "Fill King" Segall's or Nick Murray's Moonlike tendencies). No tracks from the LP have been released from the new album yet, but you can watch them cover Gram Parsons' "Lazy Days" as part of AV Club's "Pioneering" series, below.
I had to choose the songs. We then went into Ty's Fiat-sized garage and recorded them. He placed the microphones, hit record and played drums on some songs. Then Nick Murray was called in to finish the rest of the drums. Nick was perfect, seeing as he'd been a solid member of the live group, and I had played demo versions of most of these for him during car rides. This all was a bit different to the WF formula. I had to put dates on a calendar. It forced me to pick the best songs of the litter, and apply those to the tools I had: Ty Segall, Nick Murray, musical instruments & tape. We then dumped all that LA jive into Eric Bauer's studio in San Francisco. Added some things, and then Ty mixed it all up. I was the farmer and this was Ty's soup. He somehow knows exactly what I hear.
As much as I like White Fence albums, its onstage where they really come alive and they'll be touring this fall. Dates include a NYC stop at Baby's All Right on October 13. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now. No opener has been listed for that show but most dates are with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who are playing a bunch of Brooklyn shows this month).
All dates are listed, along with the video, below.