Entries tagged with: Valleys
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Au Revoir Simone / Jacco Gardner @ Mission Sound 10/17/2013
On October 17, 2013, Insound and Just Managing hosted their annual CMJ Recording Lounge at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Eight bands were recorded in eight hours in whirlwind sessions helmed by Grammy winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords) and Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork). It that short span of time, they got two tracks recorded each from Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, John Murry, Dream Shake and Ski Lodge. You can check out Au Revoir Simone's "Just Like a Tree" and Jacco Gardner's "Chameleon" and photos from those sessions in this post, and you can download all 16 songs for free over at Insound.
In addition to their upcoming Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 17 (tickets), Au Revoir Simone are also playing a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 with Spires, Grooms and UK band Splashh who will be performing as a duo for this show. Splashh also play the Bazaar the night before (12/6) with TEEN, Forest Fire and Valleys. They're flying over just for these shows which are being presented by Kanine Records. All BK Night Bazaar shows are free.
Check out Jacco Gardner and Au Revoir Simone streams, and more pics from their sessions, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan & Angel Olsen - Pop Montreal Day 3
Back before Montreal was in NYC for CMJ, NYC was in Montreal for the annual Pop Montreal festival which we began by seeing DIANA and Empress Of followed by The Dodos, Braids, Suuns, Patrick Watson & more. Day three continued like this...
Pristine, cloudless blue skies, temperatures in the 70's . . . Indian summer in Montreal. It's officially the best weather I've experienced in any of my three trips to Pop Montreal. All five days would be exactly like this. How appropriate, then, that I would see How Sad at Friday's Passovah-sponsored day party at Divan Orange, as their new EP is entitled Indian Summer. Their infectious, buoyant pop, including the title track, was a lot of fun and as people got off work for the weekend and filled up the space. The end of their set was almost full-on dance party.
The earlier part of the afternoon at Divan featured Valleys, Mori, Michael Feuerstack, The Highest Order and more. Valleys impressed as did Mori, who I saw two nights earlier opening for DIANA on the first day of the festival. The hushed folk of Michael Feuerstack provided a welcome pause between the louder full-band sets performing on either side of him.
Rewinding a bit, my afternoon started at Little Italy Park with a nice set by Toronto's GROUNDERS (who are in NYC for CMJ) followed by the rootsy pop of Katie Moore.
For the evening part of the program I opted to catch several artists I'd seen before (though I skipped Local Natives, Wild Nothing, and Majical Cloudz).
First off was the trancy, glitchy Solar Year who I saw open for Julia Holter and Tim Hecker at last year's Pop, followed by 2012 Polaris Prize-nominated Yamantaka//Sonic Titan (who play a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party TODAY - 10/18). Dressed in a strictly adhered black, white, red color scheme their sound overpowered the tiny Breakglass Recording Studio (much like it probably will at Arlene's Grocery tonight.) These were epic, theatrical songs that are meant for bigger venues. The floor-level stage meant nobody within the first several feet of the sold-out show could see the band or the handmade, cardboard props that were placed about the stage.
I ducked out halfway through their set to get over to the Ukrainian Federation for Angel Olsen and Leif Vollebekk. Angel's set was a predictably assured performance. I've seen four of her shows - all at Glasslands - so it was great to hear that arresting voice of hers echo about the much bigger Federation venue, one of my favorites in Montreal.
And then it was Leif's turn. He was my big discovery at my first Pop in 2010 and I was happy to see him headlining his own festival slot this year.
He and his band, which featured brass and strings, worked through material from his new record, "North Americana." Gorgeous versions of "From the Fourth" and "A Wildfire Took Down Rosenberg" were lump-in-the-throat moments and his cover of The Killers' "Read My Mind" made the original sound very ordinary.
Begging off the late-night portion of the festival (because there was scant chance of anything else topping the previous few hours) I went in search of food with some new friends. And, being so close, we ended up at the excellent burger joint, Nouveau Palais, where the DJs were spinning classic hip-hop. Three excellent days in Montreal down with two still to come.
More pictures from Day Three, below...
by Bill Pearis
Welsh band Joanna Gruesome released their debut album, Weird Sister, earlier this month via Slumberland. It's a terrific record of riotous indiepop that has both jangly melodicism and sharp-fanged, bash-it-out aggression. (It's almost like Los Campesinos! covering Veronica Falls or vise versa.) You can stream a couple tracks below or listen to the whole thing via Spotify and Rdio.
Those coming to CMJ in two weeks can catch Joanna Gruesome live where they'll be playing their first North American shows. There are two confirmed shows so far: they'll play the Kanine Records/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 as part of a killer lineup including Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, VALLEYS and The History of Apple Pie. That show is free. They'll also a day party at The Rock Shop on October 19 with Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild and Three Thousand Crowns. That show is also free. More shows are likely to pop up as we get closer to CMJ (which is pretty close already).
Song streams and flyer for the Kanine day party below...
by Bill Pearis
Atlanta's Mood Rings just released their debut album, VPI Harmony, which floats between between Cocteau Twins style ethereal guitar wash and more sultry beat driven songs. (Stream the LP at Rdio.) Sometimes, like on album standout "The Line," they do a little of both. You can watch the video for that single below. As mentioned, the band are in town on Thursday (7/11) at Mercury Lounge with their Mexican Summer labelmate Travis Bretzer. Tickets are still available.
Since that posting, Mood Rings have added a second NYC show, happening Friday (7/12) at Cameo Gallery where they'll open for Montreal's dark and moody Valleys, who are making the trip down just for that show. The night starts with synth duo Klaus and tickets are on sale now.
If you haven't heard Valleys' new album, Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?, you can stream it via Rdio.
Updated Mood Rings tour dates are listed, along with "The Line" video and stream, below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Bill Pearis
Xray Eyeballs @ Bumble and Bumble 3/26/2013
Kanine Records, current home of Eternal Summers, Zambri, Fear of Men and more, are turning ten years old this year, quite an accomplishment for any label born post-Napster. To celebrate, they're throwing a birthday party at Union Pool on Wednesday (4/10) with live entertainment from Xray Eyeballs, Royal Baths side project LODRO, and Montreal's Valleys. The new album from Valleys isn't out till the end of the month, but you can pick up early vinyl at the merch booth that night. You can also pick up free Kanine cassettes and fanzines there too.
The party, which also celebrates 10 years of The L Magazine, is free with open bar but you need to RSVP.
XRay Eyeballs open for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' sold-out show at Webster Hall on Sunday (4/7). A few weeks ago (3/26) they played played an event at Bumble and Bumble's downtown salon and pictures from their performance are in this post.
LODRO, meanwhile, play Death by Audio on Saturday (4/6) with Far-Out Fangtooth, Psychic Blood, and Dont.
Flyer for the Kanine party and more pictures from that Xray Eyeballs show below...
As mentioned, Montreal's Valleys will release their new album, Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?, on April 30 via Kanine Records. The duo just released the video for first single, "Undream a Year," which finds singer Tillie Perks stuck in a dreamlike surreality from which she must escape. You can watch it below.
Valleys will play NYC tonight at Pianos with Praha Depart, Bowmont, Man Without Country (who play our official SXSW showcase), and Late Guest at the Party. Tickets are still available. The band then head to Texas for SXSW like 73% of all the bands in the world. After that the band join up with Fol Chen for a tour that hits NYC at Glasslands on April 4. Tickets are still available for that show as well. All tour dates -- including their SXSW schedule -- are listed below.
Montreal's Valleys have announced details of their new album, Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?, which will be out April 30 on Kanine Records. The record was produced by Alec Dipple of legendary UK indie band The Monochrome Set and you can check out the track list and genuinely terrific cover art below.
While no tracks have been released from the album yet, you can watch a live session of LP cut "See the Moon?" from Pop Montreal 2012 below. Valleys will be going on tour this spring on their way down to Austin during SXSW, including a stop in NYC at Pianos on March 7 with Praha Depart, Bowmont, Man Without Country, and Late Guest at the Party. Advance tickets are available.
After that, the band do a short East Coast tour in April with Fol Chen, including stop in NYC at Glasslands on 4/4. No advance tickets for that show just yet, but you can check out all upcoming Valleys tour dates below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.
Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and MØ. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.
Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.
The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.
It's been about two years since we last heard from Montreal's Valleys who apparently have had a rethink since then. The band (Matilda Perks and Marc St Louis) have dropped the folky elements of their music but kept the ethereal atmophere, adding layers of analog synths to their sound. Valleys new album will be out early next year on Kanine but NYC folk can hear their new sound next week during CMJ. They'll play the Kanine Records day party on Friday at Cameo (10/19, 6 PM) and then Saturday (10/20) afteroon (1:15 PM) at the Pop Montreal day party which is also at Cameo. So if you can tear yourselves away from one of our day parties at Public Assembly those same days (right down N. 6th St.), do stop by and check them out.
The Kanine showcase also has Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Zambri, Moon King and Roommates (featuring mems of Surfer Blood and Pop Etc.). The show is free and open to the public and flyer for the show is below.
The Pop Montreal day party line-up also free and open to the public and features Goose Hut, Mozart's Sister, Blue Hawaii, and Solar Year and the flyer for that show is below too.
Corrosion of Conformity fans (more by BBG)
The lastest list of SXSW additions is below....
by Bill Pearis
There was a smattering of band performances throughout the day Friday -- anywhere they could cram them it felt like at times -- before the night's "official selection." Honestly, I wasn't really psyched at seeing a band at 2 in the afternoon when I'd rather go record shopping or, say, getting lunch but Newfoundland's Hey Rosetta! turned out to be worth the detour. "We're usually a lot louder than this," singer Tim Baker admitted, but the less-electric approach to this performance made it kind of special. Hushed vocals, strings and soaring choruses... the band's sweeping orchestrated sound definitely held our attention. The band's last album made the Polaris 2008 shortlist and their third album, Seeds, will be out in February 2011.
A couple hours later we were taken to the the Chapel historique du Bon-Pasteur for an event called M for Martini where we were plied with said drinks while watching four more intimate-style performances, including the Dylan-esque Courtney Wing, all-girl country band Ladies of the Canyon, and the art folk of Lief Vollebekk.
The only band to really leave an impression on me was Ensemble, the brainchild of Oliveir Alary whose baroque sound is akin to early Broadcast or '60s cult band The United States of America. We only get three songs -- including a brilliant reworking of UB40's 1980 single "Food for Thought" -- and they're maybe the only band of the week whose set I wanted to be longer. Ensemble's new album, Excerpts, is out early next year but you can download its first single, "D'Avalanches," for free if you give them your email address.
After a very heavy, very French meal we headed back to Just Pour Rire (which apparently is closing soon) for what was probably the single-best night of music at M for Montreal. The evening began with Molly Rankin who is descended from Canadian Rock Royalty. (The Rankin Family were folk megastars in the '90s. No those words aren't mutually exclusive. It's Canada.) Backed by members of The Stills, her music is charming, clever, heart-on-the-sleeve pop. A nice way to start the night.
Next up were The Barr Brothers. Andrew and Brad are both also in The Slip but under the family name they are much folkier, but still experimental. Usually when I see an acoustic guitar and a harmonica stand, I'm looking for the exit but they really knocked me back. Brad Barr entered the stage tugging on a string on his acoustic guitar as if he'd broken one on the way out. It was actually a loop of wire, filament, something that worked like a bow, giving the guitar a woozy, somnambulant quality. The band also has a full-time harpist. Most of their set is on the quiet side, but they go full-on Who for one song. One of the best surprises of the fest.
Shuffling over to Just Pour Rire's other stage, we then saw Metz, who kept getting compared to Fucked Up but that seemed more because they're also from Toronto and are making in-your-face noise punk. To my ears it's more the kind of noise you got from Amphetamine Reptile in the '90s. They are loud and spazzy and sludgy and pretty awesome. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post and there's video from their M set at the bottom.
Continuing on, Valleys were next who've played Brooklyn enough times (and I've written about them plenty already) that I should've already seen them but this was my first time. Their debut album was kind of Saddle Creek-y methadone folk kind of stuff, really good, but they have evolved into something louder, more sinister since then. Intense, even without percussion, but when they do break out the drums it's like scream therapy. Check out "Ordinary Dream" from their new Stoner EP which is out now on Semprini.
This flowed nicely into Suuns' set (pronounced "Soons"), definitely the most well-recieved of the night. This was my third time seeing them -- they played the official BV showcase at CMJ you may remember -- and they just get better every time. Singer Ben Shemie is a pretty intesnse frontman, especially when the band locks into a Kraut-y groovy. He bends over, laying into his guitar and leaves the planet.
Final act of the night was Random Recipe who are kind of folk, kind of hip hop, and definitely popular with Montreal locals. Their single "Shipwreck" is okay but overall I don't really get why the crowd is going so wild. I ask a local who shares my indifference. His answer: "Montreal is a really weird place."
More pictures from the whole day and the Metz video below...
The Whitest Boy Alive @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachell Carr)
tonight in NYC
* The Luyas secret show
* The Specials @ Terminal 5
* Kings Go Forth, Rafter @ Mercury Lounge
* Micachu & the Shapes, Mon Khmer @ Mercury Lounge
* Sonos, Peter Bradley Adams @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Capstan Shafts, USVS, Lame Drivers @ Public Assembly
* Sunglasses, My Gold Mask, Lagoon, Neighbors @ Union Hall
* The Thermals, Past Lives, The Tony Castles @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Whitest Boy Alive, Keepaway @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Midnight Sounds, Valleys, Sally Head, Psychic @ Glasslands
* Kelis, Maluca, Skeet Skeet, Sammy Bananas @ Santos Party House
* Apples in Stereo, Generationals, Laminated Cat @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mixel Pixel, Hosannas, Unicornicopia, Hermit Thrushes @ Cake Shop
* Jakob Dylan & Three Legs (with Neko Case & Kelly Hogan) @ Town Hall
* MATA Festival w/ Ensemble Pamplemousse, Lisa Moore @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Miniature Tigers, The Grates, The Stationary Set @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Amanda Diva, Apollo Heights, Black Thought, Styles P, Currensy @ Highline Ballroom
* Mastodon, Between The Buried And Me, Baroness, Valient Thorr @ Starland Ballroom
* Dusty & The Dreaming Spires, Atlantic/Pacific, The Oxygen Ponies, Cat Martino @ The Bell House
Miniature Tigers headline a show at Knitting Factory tonight, which is one night before they open for The Morning Benders at Knitting Factory which is four nights before they go out on tour with Free Energy and Jukebox the Ghost, which is three days before they are back in NYC with that tour to play Bowery Ballroom
The Luyas are playing a private/secret loft show tonight, so maybe check them out at one of their other three shows this week instead, while still getting your Canadian fix with Valleys who play Glasslands tonight.
The Capstan Shafts returns to town.
The Specials return to Terminal 5 (they played there last night).
Micachu and the Shapes will be replacing the volcano-canceled Mary Onettes at the Mercury Lounge tonight with Mon Khmer.
The Jarboe show at Union Pool tonight with Bezoar and Chaos Majik is cancelled because she is stuck in Italy.
Bad Lieutenant was scheduled to play Webster Hall tonight but the volcano made them cancel all US dates (including Coachella).
Real Estate and Family Portrait played a show at Monster Island the other night. Videos from that show by Ian Perlman are below...
DOWNLOAD: Valleys - Silent Woods (MP3)
"What seemed like an improvisational, spontaneous unfolding of creative ideas, sounds and unconventional methods of playing standard musical instruments was in fact Montreal's Valleys performance on Wednesday evening at Sala Rossa.At Bruar Falls tonight (10/8) is a FREE show with some good bands. Montreal's Valleys have just released Sometimes Water Kills People, which falls somewhere between early '70s Island Records folk, and the Saddle Creek scene. Think hushed vocals, layer upon layer of acoustic guitar, with some droney fuzz in the background. Really nice stuff. They're on MTL label Semprini, which released last year's underheard Pas Chic Chic album, and will be putting out the first major platter from Red Mass in November. Valleys also play Shea Stadium tomorrow (10/9) with German Measles and Blue Jungle.
Vocals reminiscent of A Silver Mount Zion, on the fly instrument switching, a blend of acoustic guitars, casio keyboards, flugalhorn, samples & looping, noise, electric guitars drumming and wonderful harmonies. All good things coming from this local 4 peice." [Indyish]
Also at Bruar tonight are L'Altra from Chicago, who've been around for a decade, making moody, electronic-tinged folk (or is that folk-tinged electronics?). They haven't had a record since 2005's Different Days and promise that tonight's show will lean heavy on new material from a new album that is due imminently.
All dates and more pictures from Pop Montreal below...