Entries tagged with: Veronica Falls
by Bill Pearis
photo: Pete Astor w/ The Loft @ NYC Popfest 2015 (more by PSquared)
Pete Astor was in NYC earlier this year playing NYC Popfest with his old band The Loft. That band (and his other '80s band, The Weather Prophets) worked in a jangly, post-VU style that still sounds good today. (They were really good at Popfest.) In the '90s and on, he dabbled in jazz, electronics and other non-rock forms, but he returns to his roots on his new solo album, Spilt Milk, which will be out January 8 via Slumberland in the US and Fortuna Pop in the UK. For it he's enlisted kindred spirit James Haore of Ultimate Painting (and Proper Ornaments and Veronica Falls) who certainly knows how to make records like this. Haore not only produced the album, he also played bass, guitar, drums and sang backing vocals. Pete says, "I'm back to being myself, bringing together sounds that I've used over time to make a record that sounds more like me than me!"
Also helping out on the album were members of Pete's live band, including Pam Berry (Black Tambourine), Jack Hayter (Hefner) and others. If you like Ultimate Painting but have never heard Pete Astor, just know you're gonna like this. If you liked The Loft or Weather Prophets, you will like this. If you don't know either, you may still like this. You can stream "My Right Hand" from the album below.
Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...
by Bill Pearis
James Hoare and Jack Cooper hit it off when their respective bands -- Veronica Falls and Mazes -- were on tour together and decided to work on songs together. Ultimate Painting was born. Says Cooper:
... we began figuring out where we could take the whole thing and what sort of music we'd like to make. Demos were exchanged and we hit on some synergy in the songs we were sending each other. After a fairly disastrous first attempt at recording, we reconvened and recorded what became the song 'Ultimate Painting', a vague theme song for the band... everything began to fall into place; us both singing and playing guitar, me playing drums and James playing the bass. Our ethos was; if it wasn't working, don't push it; so some sessions ended before they began... oh and the music won't be touched my anything digital till it needs to go online or something"The result is Ultimate Painting's debut album which will be out this fall on Trouble in Mind. The record has a clean gentle vibe, showcasing the pair's ear for melody and understanding of the understated (think VU, The Bats, Jonathan Richman). Ultimate Painting's "vague theme song" will be the first single and it makes its premiere in this post. Stream it below.
Ultimate Painting will be getting some quick exposure as openers for a few dates on Parquet Courts' UK tour. Those are listed below.
In other news, Hoare's other other band, Proper Ornaments, will release their second album, Wooden Head, on July 8 via Slumberland. This new one is a little more volumized than last year's terrific debut, Waiting for the Summer, but still with a lazy pastoral bent. Stream "Magazines" from the new album below.
Also: if you missed Mazes' 2013 album Ores & Minerals it's worth catching up on too (do that via Rdio). Ultimate Painting and The Proper Ornaments streams below...
Pentagram @ Power of the Riff East (more by Greg Cristman)
Sean Price @ Duck Down Holiday party, 2012 (more)
today in NYC
* Pentagram @ Saint Vitus
* Amy Speace @ Joe's Pub
* Slobber Pup @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Olafur Arnalds @ SoHo Apple Store
* B.B. King, Boogie Long @ B.B. King's
* METZ, Odonis Odonis @ Shea Stadium
* The Red Paintings, Lewis Lazar @ Pianos
* They Might Be Giants @ Academy Records
* Muse, Biffy Clyro @ Madison Square Garden
* El Topo, Les Yeux, Friend Roulette @ Pianos
* Brazos, Snowblink, The Loom @ Cameo Gallery
* Mindless Self Indulgence, Death Spells @ Irving Plaza
* Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Barclays Center
* Morgan Karr, Janelle Kroll, DJ Fromage @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wilder Maker, Water Liars, Nathan Xander @ Cake Shop
* Born Ruffians, Moon King, Ski Lodge @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Wale, Ciara @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Clementine & the Galaxy, Cold Blood Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Low Fat Getting High, Left & Right, Bloom, Ravenous @ Big Snow
* Fitz and the Tantrums, Hunter Hunted @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Safe, Le1f, HEEMS, BLKKATHY, Doe Paoro, DJ Dapwell @ 285 Kent
* Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, White Bike @ Death By Audio
* Danielson Famile, Jeffrey Lewis, Welcome Wagon @ The Knitting Factory
* Christina Courtin, Margaret Glaspy, Julia Easterlin @ Rockwood Music Hall
* William Tyler (Silver Jews / Lambchop), Zachary Cale @ The Mercury Lounge
* Black River Quartet, Sound Rabbit, Tanner Walle, Cherokee Red, Isaiah Panther @ Bowery Electric
* Sean Price, Bishop Nehru, F. Stokes, Children of the Night, Rawbeatz (DJ), Sucio Smash @ Glasslands
Toronto's Odonis Odonis open for METZ tonight at Shea Stadium. Toronto's Moon King open for Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom. Moon King's Maddy Wilde sometimes plays with Odonis Odonis. Maybe there will be a guest appearance tonight?
Meanwhile, Moon King also play on Friday (4/19) at Big Snow with Caged Animals, Leapling, and Sexy Merlin.
Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High, who play Big Snow tonight, are releasing a new EP, Bad Yoga, in May via Dead Broke Rekerds (who has put out releases for Nude Beach, Tenement, and others) and Money Fire Records. Stream a track from that EP, "Better Better Worse," below. They have other upcoming local shows on Friday (4/19) at Don Pedro's and Sunday (4/21) at The Bowery Electric.
SAFE is playing a record release show at 285 Kent tonight with a great lineup of Le1f, Heems, Doe Paoro, BLKKATHY and DJ Dapwell. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Le1f and Dapwell also both just played the Whitney over the weekend.
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Veronica Falls made a video for the title track of their most recent album, Waiting for Something to Happen and you can watch that below.
Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.
In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.
Song stream below...
Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK indie pop outfit Veronica Falls, who are touring in 2013 with great new band Cheatahs, just spoke to us about their ten favorite things of 2012 music, film, and TV-wise. It was singer/guitarist James Hoare, specifically, who sent his list over, and he really likes Girls. He's got the single for "My Ma" by the now-defunct band, the solo album by frontman Christopher Owens (which actually comes out next year, but we'll let it slide), AND the television show of the same name all in his top 10 list. He's also got fellow indie poppers Mac DeMarco and Woods, and reveals his classic rock soft spot by including the new Rolling Stones song.
James' full list is below...
by Bill Pearis
If you read Ryan Jarman of The Cribs Top 10 Tracks of 2012 you may have seen (and heard) London band Cheatahs' "The Swan" amongst it. It's from their Sans EP which came out last month on Wichita Recordings. You can stream it or check out the video below. With thick, crunchy guitars and an appealing melodic sense, Cheatahs come off like a poppier version of shoegazers Swervedriver. The whole EP is great and definitely worth seeking out, as is their Coared EP from earlier this year which you can stream the title track below too. Both EPs are going to be combined for an American release titled Extended Plays, that's out February 3.
Cheatahs will be here in 2013 for a few shows supporting Veronica Falls, including Bowery Ballroom on March 8 and tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below, along with videos and streams.
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...
Look for Cold Showers on the road in 2013, playing a select set of US dates opening for Veronica Falls. Make sure and head to Bowery Ballroom early on March 8 to catch them. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates are listed below, along with that video and album stream.
by Bill Pearis
Glasgow/London trio Golden Grrrls have been around for a couple years, having released a few singles and a cassette via UK label Nightschool. With boy/girl vocals and shambolic sound, the band are direct sonic descendants of The Pastels' school of indiepop. The band have signed with Slumberland in the U.S. who will release their self-titled debut album on February 26. You can stream the album's closing track, "We've Got...," below.
The band will head to North America in the new year for a few West Coast dates with their Slumberland labelmates Veronica Falls. No East Coast dates as of yet, but homefully they'll stop in NYC on their way to or from those shows. All upcoming dates are below, along with the new track stream, album art and track list, plus streams of a couple previous Golden Grrrls releases.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned previously, Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, will be out February 12 on Slumberland Records and if you haven't heard the record's first single, "Teenage," you can stream it below, as well as watch a video of the band performing the song in a Portugese cemetery. The song is fairly indicative of the new album which is a little more gentle, sonically, but ups the number of hooks. It's a winner.
Shortly after the album's release, Veronica Falls will head across the Atlantic for a North American tour that will hit Bowery Ballroom on March 8 with openers Cold Showers and Cheetahs. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at noon.
A list of all tour dates, song stream, and video, are below.
by Bill Pearis
Veronica Falls @ South Street Seaport 6/29/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Veronica Falls, whose debut album was my #2 favorite of 2011, have announced details of its follow-up. The new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, was recorded Rory Attwell (Male Bonding, The Vaccines) and will see release on February 12 via Slumberland. Among it's 13 tracks are "My Heart Beats" (which was released as a 7" earlier this year), "Buried Alive" (which the band played at South Street Seaport this summer) and first single, "Teenage," which you can stream at the bottom of this post.
The band have a few dates announced -- including a secret, fan-only show in London on November 22 -- but none yet in North America. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the "Teenage" stream below, along with the album's tracklist and cover art.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport 6/29/2012
I have seen Veronica Falls a bunch in the last year. Four times? Five? They never fail to impress, even when these pale indie-poppers have to play in muggy 90 degree outdoor weather that wreaks havoc on hollow body guitars. The oppressive heat and humidity at the South Street Seaport last Friday (6/29) seemed to keep attendance down but there was still a good crowd, a dedicated group of folks there for some quality jangle. In addition to a good portion of their terrific 2011 debut, we also got their great cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes," ultra-poppy new single "My Heart Beats" (video of that below) and a couple new ones as well, including one called "Bury Me Alive" which sounded like an A-side to these ears. Really fun show.
Openers were Lansing, MI's The Peoples Temple who didn't quite fit with Veronica Falls but were good in their own right, laying down groovy '60s-ish paisley pop with a distinct midwest vibe.
Patrick Watson and Loney Dear play the Seaport Music Festival (part of River to River, dontcha know) this Friday (7/6). More pictures of Veronica Falls and Peoples Temple and a couple videos from the show as well are below.
by Bill Pearis
Veronica Falls at MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Veronica Falls and Peoples Temple are tonight's attractions at the South Street Seaport as part of the River to River Festival which happens tonight (6/29) at 6PM and is free. Both bands most recent albums made my Favorite albums of 2011 list. Veronica Falls:
"Found Love in a Graveyard" made my Favorite Tracks of 2009 list and have been waiting a full-length ever since. The band does not disappoint. There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs are equals to early singles which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the originals. This is haunted pop, a brisk October breeze that calls for a nice cardigan.The UK band won't need a cardigan tonight. The band's new single "My Heart Beats" is the band's sunniest song yet and you can watch the video (co-directed by former Cause Co-Motion-er Alex Curtain) at the bottom of this post. Veronica Falls, who were last here in February, are great live too.
As for Lansing, MI's The People's Temple, their album Sons of Stone is a big heavy slam of tuneful '60s-style psych rock. (You can stream it via Spotify widget below.) The band really knocked me back when I saw them at Death by Audio back in April. If you like Nuggets and early (catchy) BJM, you'll dig The Peoples Temple.
There are bands playing after Veronica Falls at Skippers' tiki bar (behind and to the right of the Seaport Stage) but they haven't announced yet who's playing tonight. It's free. It's also where the second stage at 4Knots Festival is happening.
Next Friday (7/6), the River to River Festival continues at the Seaport with Patrick Watson and Loney Dear. The Veronica Falls video and The Peoples Temple video and album stream are below.
South Street Seaport concert (more by Chris La Putt)
The initial lineup of this year's free NYC concerts at the South Street Seaport is announced. The shows are part of the River to River Festival and some of them are also part of the Friday night Seaport Music Festival (which sadly doesn't host as many shows as it used to). Check out the list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis
Veronica Falls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The last time Veronica Falls were in town, singer Roxanne Clifford was under-the-weather, making for somewhat subdued performances. Thursday (2/9), though, the band were in fine health and form, the best I've seen since Popfest 2010. (Best-sounding too.) Clifford and James Hoare attacked their guitars in a furious jangle -- The Wedding Present by way of New Zealand -- when not producing minor key harmonies, while the rhythm section of drummer Patrick Doyle and bassist Marion Herbain kept the pedal to the medal. There's nothing twee about this sound, loud and fierce, assured and pretty. In addition to most of their debut album -- plus their awesome cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes" -- we got four new songs, including the Primitives-esque "My Heart Beats" which was the real standout.
Veronica Falls' tour and labelmates Brilliant Colors also played, bashing out scratchy C-86 style indiepop and were fun despite equipment problems. I missed local openers Grooms, as I was seeing Cate Le Bon at Mercury Lounge (sorry guys) but photographer Amanda Hatfield was there for the whole night and you can click through for lots of pics from all three bands.
Veronica Falls tour with Brilliant Colors continues, with Bleached joining as well starting in Minneapolis on 2/17. All tour dates at the bottom of the pictures...
by Bill Pearis
"Found Love in a Graveyard" made my Favorite Tracks of 2009 list and have been waiting a full-length ever since. The band does not disappoint. There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs are equals to early singles which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the originals. This is haunted pop, a brisk October breeze that calls for a nice cardigan.Veronica Falls just released a new track, "My Heart Beats," to coincide with their North American tour and you can stream it at the bottom of this post. The song is sunnier than what they normally do but still fits within their sound. Sounds like a single to me. The band are touring with Slumberland labelmates Brilliant Colors (in from San Francisco) and local noisemakers Grooms are also on the bill. Tickets are still available. Veronica Falls look timid in their press photos, but they whip up a storm live. Go see 'em.
Bleached at BV CMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
After the MHoW show, Bleached will also be part of the Veronica Falls/Brilliant Colors tour. (Dates at the bottom of this post.) The band are currently on the road with The Black Belles, a tour that rolls into town onSaturday (2/11) at Knitting Factory that also has Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) and Habibi on the bill. I caught Bleached at the BrooklynVegan day party during CMJ last year and thought they were a lot of fun in a Runaways kind of way. Good snarly attitude and big hooks. Maybe you caught them last week opening for Smith Westerns at Webster Hall?
It's worth showing up early for Habibi, whose debut single (streamable below) is a cool, understated take on '60s girl group sounds. You can stream it below.
Cate Le Bon
As excited as I am to see Veronica Falls on Thursday (2/9) , I might be slightly more pumped to catch Cate Le Bon's early set at Mercury Lounge that same night. (She also plays Maxwell's on Friday [2/10] as part of her tour) I've been pretty enamoured with the Welsh singer's new album, Cyrk, that came out a few weeks ago. The spare, detached vibe is a little like the Velvet Underground or Electrelane or Stereolab, but there's a hint of pastoral psychedelia in there too. (Shades of Welsh indie royalty Gorky's Zygotic Mynci). The record is loaded with wonderful little touches that reveal themselves with repeated listens. It's a fantastic album.
You can download single "Puts Me to Work" at the top of this post and stream Cyrk at Spotify. Cate has played New York a few times, usually solo, but for this tour she's got her band with her which should be pretty special. Both shows are with local band Pigeons.
Ed Vallance - 'Volcano'
What else is going on? London born, Brooklyn-based singer Ed Vallance released his second album, Volcano, this week and plays a record release show tonight (2/8) at Pianos. The record is dramatic turn from the indie folk of his debut. I bet he still writes his songs on acoustic guitar, but the approach to the arrangements and production are definitely have definitely taken a pop approach this time. While this sort of stuff isn't in vogue so much these days (it's got a distinct early '00s post-Radiohead vibe) it's quite lovely nonetheless. You can download the single "Crystaline" at the top of this post and stream the album at Spotify.
In addition to tonight's show at Pianos, an early show with Pursesnatchersopening, Ed's doing a month-long residency at the Ace Hotel, playing every Sunday in February.
And finally, K Records artist Jeremy Jay is in town this week, playing Glasslands tonight (2/8) and Cake Shop tomorrow (2/9). Jeremy's most recent album is Dream Diary, which came out about a year ago. Like most of his work, it's minimal folk rock with a strong '80s influence. He's an engaging live performer, and tonight's Glasslands show is a stacked bill with Boston psych-folk band Quilt, quality locals Slowdance and Backwords. The Cake Shop show is with Sapphire Mansions and a couple TBDs. (Cake Shop's website isn't especially updated these days.) Jeremy lives in London these days, so go see him while he's here -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
That's the big stuff this week. Some more day by day picks, of things not already covered, are below.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Bleached at BV CMJ (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Bleached will be touring the US and Canada in early 2012. That tour includes the previously mentioned Webster Hall show (1/31) with Smith Westerns and Porcelain Raft (tickets), and now includes another NYC show at Knitting Factory on February 11 with the Black Belles who you might remember are the band Jack White brought on Colbert. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed below.
A number of their dates are also with Veronica Falls, who headline MHOW on 2/9. When we first mentioned that show, no opener had been announced, but it's since been revealed that Brilliant Colors will open. Tickets are still available.
All dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Veronica Falls @ NYC Popfest 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Veronica Falls released their debut LP this past September and played two headlining NYC shows at Glasslands and Pianos the same month. They'll be back on another headlining tour in early 2012 at a larger NYC venue, Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 9. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/2) at noon and are available now for AmEx presale. Some of the dates are with Bleached, though no opener has been announced for the MHOW show yet.
Their LP landed a pretty high spot on Rough Trade's Top 100 albums of 2011 (#6). If you still haven't heard it you can stream it on Spotify. It sounds more than a little like The Vaselines, definitely an enjoyable listen though.
Veronica Falls bassist Marion Herbain just made a mixtape, which you can download above, that includes songs by The Modern Lovers, Television Personalities, Roky Erickson, The Lemonheads, and others. They also recently filmed an acoustic version of "Bad Feeling" for Manchester Scenewipe, which you can watch below.
Spealing of Bleached, one of the projects featuring ex-members of Mika Miko (maybe you caught them at one of the BrooklynVegan CMJ parties this year), they're putting out the "Searching Through the Past" 7" on December 6 via Suicide Squeeze. You can download "Searching Through the Past" above. Bleached will also be touring with Smith Westerns and Porcelain Raft before they head out with Veronica Falls. That tour includes the Webster Hall show on January 31. Tickets are still on sale.
All dates, video, and song stream 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...
by Bill Pearis
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Hello and welcome to the ATP Runoff edition of This Week in Indie. (Aka ATPTWII.) Yes the big news is the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow's Parties which is happening this year in Asbury Park, NJ which looks to be super cool. (I would like to see The Pop Group.) There are still tickets available for most of it -- it gets a little confusing what with "Three Day Jeff Magnum" passes and other variations but this column will not get into that. We're talking bands/artists who are also playing NYC shows while here. And some other stuff too.
First and foremost, for me, is Anika who is making her North American live debut tonight (9/27) at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets still seem to be available. Her debut album snuck in late last year but made my Best of 2011 with it's mix of post-punk and dub, and I've been waiting to see her live ever since. As I wrote before:
Recorded in 12 days, live with no overdubs, it sounds like the missing link between The Slits and Lilliput. Portishead's Geoff Barrow -- his other band BEAK> is the backing band here -- gets the claustrophobic vibe just right. A lot of people have tried and failed to recreate that Martin Hannett Sound... Barrow nails it. And the material -- a mix of girl group covers and politically-charged originals -- suits Anika's Nico-esque delivery perfectly.You can download two tracks at the top of this post, cover's of Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang" and obscure British girl group singer Twinkle's "Terry." Anika is here on a limited North American tour and all her dates are at the bottom of this post. Anika's live band is a 5-piece that includes two of the three members of BEAK> (Geoff Barrow is the one who doesn't play with her live).
Opening for Anika is local act Slowdance who you may remember made L Magazine's "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list and whose debut EP, Light & Color, was just released last week. It's a "name your price" download at their Bandcamp site. The whole thing is pretty good but I especially dig the opening track "Cake" which is kind of like early B-52's minus Fred Schneider but in French.
I mentioned BEAK> who, in addition to sharing members with Anika, will also be performing their own set at ATP and have also just released a split EP with Toronto's proggy, mathy DD/MM/YYYY who are playing Friday night at Cameo with like-minded noisemakers Yvette and Bambara. DD/MM/YY are on short East Coast tour while here for ATP and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
If you like DD/MM/YY or have been curious about seeing them live, you should go to this show... because they're breaking up at the end of October and the Cameo show is their last NYC show before doing so. I last saw them at M for Montreal two years ago, where I wrote:
Also impressive live are Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY who have clearly gotten much tighter than the last time I saw them (Don Pedro's, like three years ago). It's proggy-mathy, but bordering on chaos too. I'm not that crazy about their records -- a little too much going on at one time for my poppier tastes -- but I'd go see them again, no question.Don't get too sad about them calling it quits, as four of the five are regrouping under the name Absolutely Free and will make their live debut at M for Montreal this year.
More ATPTWII action: London trio Factory Floor play two NYC shows this week: tomorrow (9/28) at Knitting Factory with Apache Beat and FAN-TAN, and then Thursday (9/29) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Londoners Walls.
Factory Floor get a lot of Joy Division comparisons and JD/New Order drummer Stephen Morris is a fan, remixing last year's "Wooden Box" single. But apart from looking sad in their press shots, Factory Floor are more in the minimal wave camp with drone and repetition being their weapons of choice. Their new single "(R E A L L O V E)" is basically a goth/industrial/techno/Krautrock ode to Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder's "I Feel Love" and is pretty awesome.
The band's next release will be on DFA in November. Judging from live clips on YouTube (like them performing "(R E A L L O V E)" at Rough Trade which you can watch below), Factory Floor are intense live and you might want to rearrange your show schedule to see them.
The Soft Moon
And rounding out the ATP-related shows are San Francisco's The Soft Moon who were supposed to be opening for Mogwai (who had to cancel) but will now play 285 Kent on Saturday (10/1) with White Ring and Beige (video flyer below), and the Wierd Party next Wednesday (10/5). Their new EP, Total Decay, is out on Halloween via Captured Tracks and you can download a track from it (and one from their debut album) at the top of this post. If you like '80s 4AD goth (Clan of Xymox, Xmal Deutchland) you're probably already going.
Speaking of goth, in a totally different way we've got Veronica Falls in town for two shows: tonight (9/27) at Glasslands and tomorrow (9/28) at Pianos. Their debut, out last week on Slumberland, is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I wrote about it over at Sound Bites which I will quote here:
The band get the C-86 tag a lot but, apart from The Velvet Underground (which has inspired 95% of all indiepop), New Zealand seems to be a bigger influence anyway. "Misery" and current single "Bad Feeling" could both be Bats songs. (The Verlaines are a clear influence too, and I bet someone in the band loves The Chills' "Pink Frost.") But this is not a band you really sit around playing "spot the influence" to, as you're too busy swooning to the gorgeous melodies and Roxanne Clifford's truly lovely voice.When I said "goth" above, I mean more in an old school romance kind of way. Love and death, often intertwined. If you're on Spotify you can listen to the album here. They're great live, do go see them. Tonight's Glasslands show is with German Measles, Tanks Amigo and Darlings; the Pianos show is entirely TWII-endorsed, with McDonalds, Heaven's Gate and The Hairs.
There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs ("Misery," "Bad Feeling," the effervescent "The Box") are equals to early singles "Found Love in a Graveyard" and "Beachy Head" which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the original versions.
Ty Segall plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/29) and we've given him a lot of love over the last few years. He's awesome. If you're going, do get there early and see opener Mikal Cronin who plays in Ty's band and used to front Charlie & the Moonhearts. I liked the Moonhearts just fine, but playing with Ty seems to have done wonders. Mikal's self-titled LP on Trouble in Mind (produced by Ty) is far and away the best thing he's ever done, is one of my albums of the year, and I like it more than Segall's Goodbye Bread to be honest.
The album has great song after great song, killer hooks and harmonies -- SoCal garagey surf-pop at it's finest. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post.
Friday is the last night of Monster Island Basement and the DIY venue is going out a big show featuring Regal Degal, Total Slacker, La Big Vic, Hume and Royal Baths. It's the record release party for Total Slacker's debut album, Thrashin', which got a 6.7 on Pitchfork today:
Total Slacker's sense of humor is the album's driving force, and it's both overt and weirdly specific. The lyrics, for the most part, are a goofy celebration of the slacker caricature. Between the references to weed and various snack foods, and the record's languid pace, Rountree perpetuates the archetypal slacker character with his nasal whine. The track "Thyme Traveling High School Dropout", for example, is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-style branding for a guy who goes back to the 18th century because marijuana isn't illegal then. And the title "Stealing From Salvation Army" says it all-- he plans on doing just that after he wakes up in the afternoon. That's pretty much the whole album. Thrashin' largely depends on buying into that character and thinking it's funny, or at least interesting, for 40 minutes.With Total Slacker's propensity for instrument-destroying, this last night at Monster Island could be a doozy.
And finally, Minneapolis band Howler are playing their first NYC shows this week: Thursday (9/29) at Glasslands and Friday opening for Tapes n' Tapes at Bowery Ballroom. The band just signed with Rough Trade who put out their EP, This One's Different, not too long ago. They're getting more UK press than here in the States. NME gave the EP 8/10 saying:
Howler are musical pizza. They're not a band you define yourself by. They're a band you dance to. Which is not to say that Howler are stupid, or people who like Howler are stupid. They just don't feel the need to prove that they're clever.Everybody likes Pizza, right? The review goes on to make a Razorlight comparison, so this pie must have extra cheese. You can download a Howler track at the top of this post.
The title of this first EP by Rough Trade's most recent signings is both misleading and spot on. There's nothing much different about these Minneapolis boys at all, with their sexy bedhead hair, skinny limbs and small-child-romping-at-a-family-wedding goofy energy. Their bratty guitar pop is as familiar as skin, but also as warm and lovable. But then, how many flat, formulaic takes on this same sound are also-running around out there? Howler are different because they make commonplace components fly with a brilliant nonchalance.
And that's the big stuff for this week. Slightly smaller stuff is below, day-by day:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Portland duo Viva Voce are at Mercury Lounge tonight. They don't get enough attention -- apart from just being two of them there's no "angle" per se, besides good songs and great musicianship -- and their new album The Future Will Destroy You is pretty good.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Somebody is playing Roseland tonight, can't remember who.
by Bill Pearis
It's taken what seems like forever (actually only 18 months or so) but Veronica Falls are finally about to release their self-titled debut, out September 20 on Slumberland. One day later, the UK quartet begin a North American tour, including two shows in New York: Tuesday, September 27 at Glasslands (with German Measles and probably more TBA) and Wednesday, September 28 at Pianos (only band on the bill so far). After those shows, the band hook up with The Drums for the rest of their North American dates. See the bottom of this post for full tour schedule.
Recorded live over a three day period after more traditional studio sessions were scrapped, the album has a nice openness and energy. It sounds big, but in a very natural way and gives umph to album versions of early singles "Beachy Head" and "Found Love in a Graveyard." Clocking in at a sleek 36 minutes, it's a rush of harmonies feverishly strummed guitars that caught me a bit offguard, despite seeing the band a handful of times over the last year and a half. (Flying Nun fans: it's very Bats at times.) It's another winner in what is turning out to be a very good year for Slumberland records.
To tide you over till the album, new single "Bad Feeling" out next week. You can watch the video for album-closer "Come on Over" (with its VU-ish intro) at the bottom of this post and you can download that song via a SoundCloud widget which is down there too, along with all upcoming Veronica Falls dates.
by Bill Pearis
Pete & the Pirates @ SXSW Convention Center
"This is the weirdest gig we've ever played. I feel like we're in Las Vegas and you are all eating dinner." Pete & the Pirates singer Thom Sanders was remarking on the weirdness of playing the Dot Com Day Stage at 1PM in the Austin Convention Center. Folding chairs were set up near the stage, there were couches around the periphery, more the kind of place where some CEO reveals annual earnings than hearing some sprightly indie pop.
Yet Pete & the Pirates made it work, 'cause they're so damn good. (The bloody mary I was drinking probably also helped.) They charmed the pants off the room. We got a smattering of songs from their first album, and a few from One Thousand Pictures which is due out in May. This was a great way to start my final day of SXSW.
From there it was off to our final day party of the week, which we were throwing with our friends at the M for Montreal festival. The line-up was pretty sick, if I do say, with !!!, Weekend, Austra, Braids, PS I Love You, Braids, Trail of Dead, Owen Pallet and more. The weather had cooled off a bit making both the outside stage at Barbarella and Swan Dive more comfortable than Friday and it was a great afternoon of music. Highlights for me: Versus, who I'd seen the night before, a kick-ass set from !!! who I don't think I've seen play in three years, an abbreviated but great Suuns, and another killer set from Weekend. (Look for an interview with Weekend soon.) I wish I'd gotten there in time to see Montreal's quirky, funky Misteur Valaire who I heard were the perfect lead-in to !!! (editor's note: they were!).
"Landed to confirmation of awful news re all of our efforts for sxsw and beyond.there are a lot of people who should be very ashamed $$$$$" - wichitarecs
Those Dancing Days
we are so sad - we have to cancel our US trip. we are just so devastated. our working visas have some through but by the time the final approval come through at the embassy in Stockholm we will miss half of our shows and we already missed our flights and finding new ones isn't working. :-((((( - Those Dancing DaysThose Dancing Days was scheduled to play Mercury Lounge on 3/22, right after playing something like six shows at SXSW in Austin (Fader, Filter, Billboard and Wichita Records showcase included). For Wichita, that means 2 of 6 of the artists playing their show have cancelled, because as previously mentioned, Dam Mantle aren't coming for the same reason. Here's their showcase at the moment:
3/19 Wichita Records Showcase @LattitudeThat said, I don't know if Wichita's above-quoted tweet is referencing this or something else or both.
01 Young Legionnaire
Those Dancing Days
11 Frankie & The Heartstrings
10 Veronica Falls
08 Her Space Holiday
Veronica Falls will hopefully make it, THOUGH they did cancel their Mercury Lounge show with Frankie & the Heartstrings that was scheduled to take place after SXSW (but not for visa reasons). Las Robertas will open that March 21st Merc show for Frankie instead.
Frankie & the Heartstrings also play the BrooklynVegan Dot Com Day Stage while in Austin.
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...