Entries tagged with: Underwater Peoples Records
by Bill Pearis
Chairlift play Webster Hall tonight (5/8, tickets still available) and if you're going you would do well to consider getting there early for openers Ice Choir. (Laurel Halo also plays.) It's the newer band from Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who used to front 8-bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild.
The Ice Choir recently announced that their debut album, AFAR, will be released by Underwater Peoples on July 31. The label, mainly known for hazy stoner-friendly guitar rock, seems like an odd match for a band whose main influences seem to be Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout but people can like all sorts of different styles of music, so so can labels. The album was produced by Feldman and mixed by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.
No tracks from AFAR have been released for us to hear yet, but album art is below and you can stream both sides of Ice Choir's debut single which came out last year on Shelf Life records. The band also have a few more shows lined up and those are below as well.
Also below are updated Chairlift tour dates and a capella live version of their song "Have We Met Before?" performed by an all-female choir comprised of local indie scene talent.
by Bill Pearis
One of the international indie rock acts that did make it to SXSW this year was Melbourne, Australia's Twerps who are now on a U.S. tour that brings them to NYC this week. They play Glasslands tonight (3.23) with Family Portrait, La Big Vic and Family Trees, then Cake Shop tomorrow (3/24) with Big Troubles, Guy Blackman and The Hairs. All tour dates are at the bottom of the post.
It might not be a surprise, given who they're playing with here, that Twerps have a record out on Underwater Peoples, a just-released three-song 7" which you can stream below. Like a lot of bands on UP, you can hear the classic Flying Nun garage pop influence in their sound. (There's some Go-Betweens in there too.) There's another 7" coming out on Olde English Spelling Bee later this year. Good stuff. They live halfway round the world, do go see them if you get the chance.
Song streams and tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Melted Toys - Come On (MP3)
Psych and San Francisco have gone hand in hand since the '60s and, in addition to all the groovy garage the city has beeng putting out, there's a nice crop of neo-shoegazers happening over there. Unlike Weekend and Young Prisms who come at you with gale force, trio Melted Toys are more Sunday morning type music. Gently strummed guitars, watery bass and echo-y vocals drift across cheap Casio beats. They've got an EP coming out on Underwater Peoples on February 22 and you can check out "Come On" above, which would segue nicely into the Radio Dept. (or early Primal Scream) song of your choice.
Melted Toys just wrapped up a tour with the aformentioned Young Prisms, and pull into town for a few shows this week in the greater NYC area. They play tonight (Feb. 2) at Maxwell's and tomorrow (Feb. 3) at Glasslands, and both shows are with tourmates LA duo Speculator, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and Wet Dream (members of Family Portrait). Melted Toys also play Friday (Feb. 4) at Silent Barn, again with Speculator but also Eola and Punks on Mars. And if you're up Rochester way, see them at The Bug Jar on Saturday (Feb. 5) with Wet Dream.
Young Prisms also arrive in town tonight (Feb. 2) as part of their tour with the Radio Dept. Tickets for the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are still on sale. Young Prisms return to the same Brooklyn venue in April for a show with Crocodiles and The Fresh & Onlys as part of a tour at that time. Tickets for the April show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
All Melted Toys tour dates, plus a live video, are after the jump.
Ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark will appear at Pitchfork's #OFFLINE party on 10/22 (one day before Titus Andronicus play the mini fest). Andrew Cedermark also plays the Microphone Memory Emotion & Rose Quartz Showcase at Shea Stadium that same night, with Ecstatic Sunshine, Family Portrait, Street Chant, Fluffy Lumbers, and Nude Beach. You can also catch him at the Underwater Peoples showcase at Glasslands the day before (today, 10/21). Underwater Peoples will also feature appearances from The Crayon Fields, Fabulous Diamonds, Air Waves, La Big Vic, and Guy Blackman, and will kick off at 8PM.
You can also catch the Crayon Fields Saturday at our day party at Public Assembly. Titus Andronicus too.
New Jersey's Big Troubles have nothing to do with high taxes, the turnpike, or a superfluous amount of hair gel, but have a lot to do with noise-damaged shoegazey 80s-style pop. The band will play #OFFLINE on 10/22, and will also play Bruar Falls on 10/23 with Woven Bones, and Eternal Summers. The day after CMJ comes to a close (10/24) look for them at Living Room with Eternal Summers, but only if you are a young kid or parent of one. The band will also play Mercury Lounge on 11/12 with Magic Kids and Bosco Delray (tickets) in addition to dates at Shea Stadium (11/13) and Glasslands (11/21).
LA's Lord Huron is in town to play three shows. He'll play the Forcefield CMJ showcase at Pianos with The So So Glos, Wild Nothing, Woven Bones, Violens, and La Sera. Doors open at 7:45pm. The next day (10/23), the band will play the #OFFLINE show at Brooklyn Bowl, and then hit Bowery Ballroom to team up with Surfer Blood, Neon Indian, DOM, Wild Nothing, Lower Dens, Lia Ices, Fake Problems, Braids, MA.Mentor and The Static Jacks.
Glasser kicks off a three-show CMJ run tonight (10/21)
Tonight is also the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg!
flyers and dates and stuff below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - Make Peace with Love EP (via Bandcamp)
Melbourne, Australia's chamber pop-y Crayon Fields are coming back to America for a tour that will hit NYC during the CMJ Music Marathon. While more CMJ shows will surely be announced, Crayon Fields are at least playing the Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Air Waves, Andrew Cedermark, La Big Vic, Fabulous Diamonds and Guy Blackman.
Crayon Fields have a new downloadable EP, Make Peace with Love, to coincide with the tour featuring a new song, a live version of "Graceless," a great remix of "All the Pleasures of the World" and a cover of Roxette's "It Must be Love." You can get it for the price of your email address via their Bandcamp page.
If you haven't heard last year's wonderful All the Pleasures of the World, one of my favorites of 2009, you should really rectify that. It's modern baroque pop, full of swoony strings, breathy vocals and memorable melodies. You can download the title track at the top of this post. They were terrific when I saw them at Bruar Falls back in March. Definitely try and catch them if you can.
All 2010 North American Crayon Fields dates, plus some videos, are after the jump...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Tennis - Baltimore (MP3)
Concept albums are nothing new, but the story behind the latest seven-inch from the band Tennis feels pretty fresh. The summery, lo-fuzz songs on the "Marathon" EP, which was released this week on Underwater Peoples, are based on the sailing trip taken by the husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore in 2009 -- an eight-month journey along the East Coast that took them from "Bimini Bay" in the Bahamas through "Marathon" Florida, "South Carolina" and up to "Baltimore" on their 30-foot "Cape Dory." Not bad for two kids from Denver who'd never sailed before.Much talked about Denver, CO duo Tennis are playing two shows in NYC this week: Cake Shop on Wednesday (8/25) with fellow Underwater Peoples bands Ducktails and Family Portrait, and Glasslands on Thursday (8/26) with Magic Bullets, Family Portrait, COOLRUNNINGS. That 7" EP is now sold out but you can still get it digitally from all the usual places. And if you want to learn more about Patrick and Alaina's adventures on the sea, you can read through the blog they kept during it.
With $1,600 and a knowledge of the seas that came entirely from "The Annapolis Book of Seamanship" and DVDs, the couple set off for a year of adventure (sharks, reefs, storms, navigating by hand-bearing compass) that would fulfill Riley's childhood dream. What they couldn't predict was that being cut off from the United States music scene -- limited power on the boat meant that they could only listen to a handful of songs every day -- meant they'd come to discover their own sound. [NY Times]
All 2010 Tennis tour dates, plus a couple music videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Standard Fare - Dancing (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Standard Fare - Fifteen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Tea Lights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Hospice Gates (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inocultist - Prophecy for the Summer (MP3)
Last night was kind of a blowout night for NYC concert-going. So many great shows, big and small, I hope you all went to something and didn't stay home watching Top Chef or something. (I missed it all, I had to work.) The weekend doesn't look quite as action-packed but there's no hurting for great music options.
My top pick for the weekend would be Standard Fare who are over from England and are playing two NYC shows: tonight (8/5) at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (8/6) for the Mondo! party at the about-to-be-renovated Don Hill's. I've written about Standard Fare more than once, so I'm just going to quote myself here:
Standard Fare's The Noyelle Beat (out now in America on Bar/None) is one of the best indiepop records of the year (along with Allo Darlin's debut). Cute, romantic, but with some muscle in there too. You can download a couple of tracks from it above. You should also watch the new video for their great single "Philadelphia" at the bottom of this post.Tonight's Bruar Falls show would be worth going to even if Standard Fare weren't playing. Also on this all-over-the-place bill are low-fi legend R. Stevie Moore (who recently played with Ariel Pink), all-girl trio Brian, and Japanese cosplay singer, Reni. Video of the latter is at the bottom of this post.
If you're not at Bruar Falls, you might consider its sister venue, Cake Shop, tonight (8/5) to catch Lower Dens, Air Waves and Inoculist. Lower Dens and Inoculist played together last night at Glasslands and by all reports (the ones I heard anyway) it was a great show. You can watch video from last night's show shot by Bleary-eyed Brooklyn at the bottom of this post. I saw Lower Dens during the Northside Fest and thought they were terrific and have been singing the praises of their debut album, Twin Hand Movement, all summer. The record sounds better now as our shadows get longer and the nights cool off. This is a August/September kind of album.
Inoculist (which I keep mispelling "inocultist) is fronted by Jana's brother John, and the two siblings definitely pull from the same record collection. Inoculist's debut, Spells, is a laid back affair, and comparisons to Low's first few albums are not unwarranted. Hunter and keyboardist Ashlyn Davis' voices are well matched for the band's mellow vibe. Really nice. The Hunters will be touring together for a couple weeks, but will split off mid-month and Inoculist will then head out with Little Gold for a week of shows while Lower Dens go it alone down the West Coast and the South.
Rounding out the Cake Shop bill is Air Waves whose debut album is due out on Underwater Peoples sometime in the near future. See them while you can -- Nicole is moving to Austin at the end of the month. Air Waves still have a few NYC shows left till then, though, including next Saturday's (8/14) Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase -- a blowout at Shea Stadium featuring Julian Lynch, Big Troubles, Fluffy Lumbers, Ducktails and more. Advance tickets are available at the UP website. See the flyer at the bottom of this post for the full line-up, and all remaining Air Waves NYC shows are down there too.
And a few more recommended weekend shows that I didn't cover above:
THURSDAY, AUG 5
Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians? I guess I should be more specific. Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians that is outdoors and free? Metric play Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park with Joan as Policewoman and Holly Miranda.
SHARK? are busy working on their Kickstarter-funded album but are taking a break to road test some songs at The Rock Shop. (Download previous SHARK? releases here.) where they'll play with The Great Unwashed (the ones from Staten Island, not New Zealand), Conversion Party, and The Rabbits.
photos by Erez Avissar
"Seriously, g.lands never had it so good - I was super duped stoked to catch Big Troubles, Ducktails and Julian Lynch last Friday. Them boys soundtracked our waking dreams and made them clouds d-d-d-dance. THANKS. MIND BEEN BOGGLED SO DANG HARD THAT IT'S SHOT NOW." -you boggle my mind
Julian Lynch @ Glasslands
Julian Lynch played Glasslands on Friday, July 30th with Ducktails (a band headed by Real Estate's Matt Mondanile), Big Troubles and La Big Vic. At the end of Julian's set, Matt and Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker joined Julian for his song "Droplet on a Hot Stone." A video of that, and more pictures from the show, are posted below.
Julian plays an in-store tonight (8/5) at 9pm at the ESP-Disk store at 990 Bedford Ave with La Big Vic.
But before that, he's on a lineup with the whole Underwater Peoples crew for the UP Summer Showcase at Shea Stadium on Saturday, August 14th.
Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase 2010Tickets ($5!) are on sale now.
Saturday, August 14th -- $5 -- Doors at 7pm
Shea Stadium -- 20 Meadow St, Brooklyn, 11206
No Demons Here
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Food will be made available by Last Action Hero (Mobile Deli Unit)
The flyer and more pictures from Glasslands are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Julian Lynch, [like his friends in Real Estate] is from Ridgewood, New Jersey. The songs featured on this 7" single were originally created for the 2008 album, Born2Run. The recordings contain both acoustic and electric guitar, a drum kit, a keyboard and Julian's voice. Everything was recorded on a TASCAM Portastudio 424. While the initial taping began in Julian's family basement (birthplace of the Alex Bleeker and The Freaks debut), the brunt of the work took place in an empty apartment in Madison, Wisconsin. In a new town with no furniture, Julian recorded the album. [Underwater Peoples]The "Droplet On A Hot Stone" 7-inch, both sides of which (the melodic lo-fi title track and its lazy-surf Beatlesque b-side) you can get above, comes out June 21st on Underwater Peoples
Julian's second full-length album, Mare, will be out on LP June 28th through Olde English Spelling Bee. You can preview and preorder it at his Bandcamp site.
More info on the Born2Run LP, plus Julian's tour dates (still in the planning stages for this summer) (and which btw do NOT, he tells us, include the probably-not-happening "Mountain Man Fest") and videos are below...
The first-ever Mountain Man Fest (not affiliated with the band Mountain Man) is tentatively set for July 24th in Saratoga Springs, NY. I say tentative because for the fest to happen it first has to be funded in full through a Kickstarter page with the goal of $65,000. What all that money is being used for isn't 100% clear, but the fest has until May 12th to make that goal. For a ticket, you need to "donate" at least $35. As of this writing it looks like they've sold 12 with "1488 of 1500 remaining".
Though that's a daunting goal (1,500 regularly priced tickets plus other donations), the "confirmed" lineup so far isn't that bad if you consider how much it would cost you to see each band separately (or as the fest puts it, "You (yes you!) get to see 12 hrs+ of amazing bands"): Islands (their only show currently), HEALTH (who are coming to NYC in June), Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Summer Camp, Memoryhouse, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait, Cults, Eternal Summers and Yip Yip ("You'll also be blessed with the sweet satisfaction of knowing that YOU helped make possible this history making musical event"). Underwater Peoples Records are involved in sponsoring the fest (four bands from the label are playing the show).
Another version of the cool poster art (which you can buy as part of giving them money) and the lineup again are below...
by Bill Pearis
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Okay, so Saturday is officially bonkers. I think every band in town this week is playing somewhere, sometimes more than once. There are so many good shows you may get an ulcer trying to narrow down your choices. Here we go:
Surely there's no place you'd rather be Saturday afternoon than at the free Brooklyn Vegan / Bowery Presents party at Pianos. We've got both floors going, with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Deastro, Pete & the Pirates, Surf City, BEAST, Smith Westerns, Dent May and many more. Plus free Miller and Vitamin Water, and, before and during BEAST's set: free bloody marys. Set times below.
But apparently there are other daytime shows. You might be forgiven if you snuck out and went to Music Snobbery's day party next door at The Living Room. I'm a big fan of Savoir Adore and Sissy Wish, and he's also got Denmark's Choir of Young Believers, Dawn Landes and Bird of Youth.
Then in Williamsburg (which is giving Ludlow St. a run for its money this year)... blogger collective After the Jump have put together a great free show at Brooklyn Bowl, with Surfer Blood, Harlem, Savoir Adore, Soft Black, Grooms, Bear in Heaven, and Small Black. Maybe we'll even get a supergroup of Soft Small Black. Anything can happen on the last day of CMJ.
Then there's the Pitchfork-curated Showpaper benefit at Market Hotel is so big it actually goes till 6AM. (Though it's just DJs after midnight.) It's a good opportunity, especially, for the under-21 crowd to see a lot of the CMJ bands (Surfer Blood, Delorean, Cold Cave) who have otherwise played bars. It's not free, but the $8 goes to keep Showpaper going, which is probably the greatest source for all-ages shows in the city.
Underwater Peoples have put on three showcases during CMJ week, and this last one is at Cameo Gallery. 14 bands from noon to 7PM, including Air Waves, Fluffy Lumbers, Frat Dad, Big Troubles, Spanish Prisoners, and Family Portrait. It may be getting a bit more chilly, but the beachy vibe will be present here this afternoon. Not free, but only $7.
by Bill Pearis
BrooklynVegan's got two parties tonight. Black Bubblegum is hosting an official metal showcase tonight at Fontana's (which happens right after our day party at the same venue), and we've also got the teeny tiny Loft Space party that is sold-out at this point.
One of the bands playing the loft party is Victoria Canada's Immaculate Machine, who may or may not have the lineup pictured above...
...To make life even more tricky for the band, vocalist and keyboardist Kathryn Calder, one of the remaining original members, has had to absent herself from touring after the terrible news of her mum's diagnosis with motor neurone disease; although Lynn Calder very sadly died earlier this year, Kathryn was not with the band this evening. Indeed, the touring line-up looked very different from the line-up advertised on the band's web presences, two boys apparently replaced by two girls.Immaculate Machine also play early-ish tonight (8:30) at the equally tiny Fat Baby for a showcase for their label, Mint Records. They've got trio of Canadian bands playing, most of whom rarely seem to make it down to America. Or, the East Coast at least -- most of their bands tend to be from Vancouver. In addition to Immaculate Machine, there's the garagey Pack A.D. and Hot Panda, who I caught last year at CMJ and are pretty good. The Mint Records showcase is also a good place to pick up their great fanzine, A Taste of Mint, which always features at least one classic Narduwar interview.
So, amid confusion that appeared to verge on turmoil, could the band deliver the goods live? It turned out they very much could... [John Kell, Oct 20, 2009]
And a bit off the beaten path, the folks at the Seaport Music Festival are putting on a great showcase at their Seaport on the Side gallery space (corner of Front and Beekman). The line-up, which runs from 7PM - Midnight, includes Montreal's We are Wolves, the Danish electro sounds of Spleen United, and UK hip hop act Man Like Me. UK pop artist Dan Black was supposed to play but cancelled and has been replaced by Sweden's Moonbabies who played a killer opening set at yesterday's Brooklyn Vegan day party. Do go see Moonbabies if you can. They also play earlier in the night (8:30) at Crash Mansion.
One of the many, many highlight's of yesterday's Brooklyn Vegan day party at Piano's was JEFF the Brotherhood who put on an absolutely kick-ass closing set. Tonight, they've put together a showcase for their label, Infinity Cat, featuring a slew of Nashville bands: Heavy Cream, Natural Child, Denney & the Jets, Daniel Pujol, as well as Brooklyn's Sisters.
And, of course, JEFF who you should really try and see this weekend at some point. If there was one thing missing at Pianos yesterday, it was the smoke machines Jake and Jamin tend to use (Pianos doesn't allow them) and I have a feeling they'll be in full effect tonight.
And lastly, fellow Brooklyn blog Chocolate Bobka has teamed with Underwater Peoples and twosyllable records for a pretty great night of music at The Delancey, including Holiday Shores, Real Estate, Frat Dad, Pill Wonder and more. They're also promising free moonshine, which sounds a bit deadly to me but, hey, it is Friday night.
DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl in August (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate have only been around short time, but it seems like hardly a week goes by without a show from the band or one of its member's solo projects (Ducktails, Predator Vision, etc.). They'll finally get around to releasing their debut LP, a self-titled record, on November 17th on the Woodsist label. The first track from that is posted above and two other "album versions" are up on their Myspace.
Real Estate play a tour send-off/Showpaper benefit on October 14th at Monster Island Basement with Big Troubles and Honeydos. The tour in question is a short jaunt down South, before they return for a slew of CMJ-related shows. The first of those happen October 21st at Pianos and Santos (the later of which is an Oh My Rockness party with The Drums and others). Their other CMJ gigs include an Underwater Peoples showcase at The Delancey, a Death & Taxes show at Glasslands on October 22nd with Japandroids (one of many CMJ gigs for that band) and a Mexican Summer/Kemado Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24th. Joining them at MHOW will be Farmer Dave Scher (his first in NYC since opening for Jenny Lewis in June), Young Prisms, The Smith Westerns who have other CMJ shows TBA), and The Amazing, a Swedish group with members of the Kemado-signed Dungen, Anna Jarvinen and Sagor & Swing (streaming tracks at their MySpace). Tickets for that Music Hall show are on sale.
One artist who's not playing that show or any CMJ shows at all is Washed Out (Georgia's Ernest Greene). He'll play just one NYC show (his second live show ever) one day before CMJ at Santos Party House on October 19th with Restless People. Tickets are on sale. I tried to get him to open the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at Music Hall on October 20th (one day later), but he said he can't even stay in town that long due to personal commitments back home.
Rising, Breaking, Band to Watch vs Bear, Washed Out (the next Neon Indian even), though fairly new to the scene, already appears on a free Outfitters compilation that also includes tracks by Girls, Vivian Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, No Age, Le Loup, Rain Machine, The xx, The Very Best, Kurt Vile and The Dodos (who have two NYC shows this week). Washed Out's "Life of Leisure" 12" is out on Mexican Summer now.
One day after CMJ (10/25), Real Estate play a 1:00PM NYC show just for kids (Kidrockers) at The Living Room with... Neon Indian. Tickets are on sale ("Adults must be accompanied by a kid and vice versa").
Real Estate will follow up their CMJ with a November tour with Girls. That hits Maxwell's on November 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. Real Estate album, tour dates and flyers below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Blind Man Color - Heavy Cloud Hustle (JVG Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mitch Easter - Time Warping (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mitch Easter - Sudden Crown Drop (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Asteroid #4 - Flowers of Ours (MP3)
Hope everyone stayed cool this weekend. Before I get into picks for the first part of this week, I'd just like to point out that we've got a remix (a BV exclusive, I'm told) of Blind Man's Colour's "Heavy Cloud Hustle" in the popular MP3 format to download at the very top of this post. The band were in town this weekend and I caught their Saturday night set at Union Hall where I was surprised to see a traditional guitar-bass-drums-keyboard setup for a band whose album, Season Dreaming (out tomorrow 8/18) leans heavily into Animal Collective sound collage territory. They pulled it off pretty well for only have played live for a month, though the band could use a few more peppy songs.
That night's show -- that also included San Diego's Lights On and Philly's Drink Up Buttercup -- was stolen by locals Beach Fossils who've figured out a distinctive sound: two guitarists but neither of them play chords, just single notes that play off each and the bouncy basslines. The band bounces around a lot too; nobody stands still in this band. It's a sound somewhere between the Clean and early R.E.M. and it's hard to dislike. I wish they'd drop the vibrato effects on the vocals which I think are an unnecessary affectation, but otherwise I'm a fan. They haven't put out anything yet, but they've got records out sometime soon on Woodsist and Captured Tracks (not surprisingly they played the festival put on by the same two labels), and you can download an MP3 of their track "Vacation" at the top of this post. They've also got ties to the Underwater Peoples Records who are putting on a show at Market Hotel this Saturday (8/22) that Beach Fossils are playing -- along with every band associated with the label. That includes Ducktails, sister band Real Estate, Air Waves, Fluffy Lumbers and bunch more. The show's only $5 and doors are at 4pm. Full schedule for the show is at the bottom of this post.
Rewinding a bit, Ambulance LTD play their first shows this week since finally being released from their contract from former, bankrupt label, TVT. I really like their 2004 debut and hopefully we'll get to hear its John Cale-produced follow-up sooner than later, but you can get a taste live this week. The band's show tomorrow night (8/18) at Mercury Lounge is sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight's show (8/17) at Union Hall. Both shows are with the great Savoir Adore so get there early and be sure to pick up a copy of their debut, In the Wooded Forrest, which is only available at their shows (or digitally) right now.
In town for two shows this week is North Carolina indie rock legend Mitch Easter, who plays Southpaw on Tuesday (8/18) and Maxwell's on Thursday (8/20). While he's maybe best known as a producer (the first two R.E.M.'s albums [with Don Dixon], Pavement's Brighten the Corners, Moose's ...XYZ among other things), but Easter has had a long career as a musician, as a part of The Sneakers in the late '70s and frontman/songwriter for Let's Active, easily one of the most underrated bands of the '80s. He's also an incredible guitarist, and Let's Active albums are resplendent with awesome axe-work.
I like everything they ever did but 1986's Big Plans for Everybody is especially great, one of my favorite albums of that decade. Mitch put the kybosh on Let's Active in 1990 and didn't release any original material until last year's Dynamico, an album which showed he still has chops and songs to spare. He opened for the dB's at Bowery Ballroom two years ago where he played most of Let's Active's big songs ("Every Word Means No," "Waters Part," "Fell," "In Little Ways") and has since been touring with his "Let's Active cover band" Gravel Truck that splits the set between classics and new songs. Easter helped shape the sound of the underground in the '80s and '90s, and is absolutely still worth checking out.
Both shows are with Amy Speace whose new album 'The Killer In Me' was engineered by Mitch.
The Asteroid #4
And lastly, Philadelphia's The Asteroid #4 is playing Tuesday night (8/18) at Glasslands in Brooklyn. The band recently toured with The Brian Jonestown Massacre which gives you a good idea of what you can expect, and they're not unlike Philly neighbors (The Sounds of) Kaleidescope... but they're better. Last year's These Flowers of Ours, is pretty ace, a nice blend of The Byrds, Ride and Spiritualized. You can stream the whole thing here and download the album's title track at the top of this post. The Glasslands show is with a couple likeminded bands: Austin's Runaway Sun and Brooklyn's Revival Times.
That's it for now. Tour dates, flyers and videos after the jump...