Entries tagged with: Vivian Girls
photo: La Sera at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman announced the release of her fourth La Sera LP, Music for Listening to Music To, which will be out next March via Polyvinyl. The album was produced by Ryan Adams.
He says his goal while producing the LP was to explore Katy's range as a singer and bring out a side of La Sera that is different from the previous albums. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he explains, "Records that I love vocally, there's an aspect where you get a feeling the singer is unaware of themselves and maybe in another place. I felt like she was making great records, but I wasn't sure she was getting all the way there, and she was really game for it."
The article says the album doesn't abandon La Sera's '60s girl group influences or their reverb-heavy sound, but it adds in a "distinctly Eighties vibe, with cleanly picked, arpeggiated guitar lines and moments of country twang." Katy and Ryan said The Smiths are a big influence here too. This album also marks the first time that guitarist Todd Wisenbaker--who recently married Katy Goodman--is considered a "full collaborator" and vocalist for a La Sera album. (He did previously play guitar on the album Hour of the Dawn though.)
Another thing that the Rolling Stone article points out is that Ryan Adams' cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album actually came into fruition during the La Sera sessions. Ryan and Todd were jamming one night after the record was done, and during that jam is when they came up with the idea to cover the album. "We did three songs that first night, just loosely jamming, and [Ryan] tweeted about it, and it went berserko," Todd said. "The next day we're like, 'Oh, God, we actually have to do this.' Not that we wouldn't have done it well before, but actually, people are going to hear this."
Ryan also mentions in the interview that, "...if it wasn't for [the La Sera] record, the 1989 record would have never happened, and then all of these new friends that I've made that are a huge part of my life wouldn't have happened."
In an interview with The Guardian , Ryan said that his interest in Taylor Swift's music began after listening to her song "White Horse" and likened Taylor to Shakespeare:
He compares the exercise of working through 1989's songs to "being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare". As in, his material is the goofy franchise, hers is the oeuvre of the greatest writer that ever lived.La Sera's past tourmate Father John Misty has yet to weigh in on this one.
In related news, the now-defunct Vivian Girls played a one-off reunion at Katy and Todd's wedding last week. Watch a video of them playing "Tell The World" at the wedding, with the trailer for La Sera's upcoming album, below...
Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.
Check out the full initial list below...
Cassie Ramone @ Trans Pecos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Cassie Ramone has announced her first solo record since Vivian Girls called it quits. The album is titled The Time Has Come and will be out via San Francico label Loglady on August 26. Ariel Pink plays bass on several tracks, and has also written an inner-flap style blurb:
"this is Cassie's first record. she used to sing and play guitar in the vivian girls. she recorded these songs by herself over the last year or so. she hopes you like the record. goodbye." - Ariel PinkMaybe you saw Cassie playing some of her solo stuff at our BV-RBSS show at Baby's All Right with Woods, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men in April, or at Trans Pecos in May. Check out a song from the new LP -- "Hangin On" is streamable below.
Cassie's other band, The Babies, seem to be on hiatus since Kevin Morby (who used to be in Woods) moved to the West Coast. Kevin is currently working on his second solo album and will be on tour with Steve Gunn this fall. They'll play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Kevin's also doing a stint with Real Estate as well as other dates. All are listed, along with the new Cassie Ramone song, below...
We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.
Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).
Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:
-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.
The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .
This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain, Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...
Vivian Girls just played their farewell shows over the weekend, and now Katy Goodman has announced details on the new La Sera album. It's titled Hour of the Dawn and will be out May 13 on Hardly Art. That's the cover art above. Says Goodman, "I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag," and you can hear what that sounds like via first single "Losing to the Dark" which is streaming below.
Right before the LP comes out, La Sera will play release shows in NYC and LA, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 10. Openers are still to be announced but tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Cassie Ramone plays solo this week, opening for Swearin' at Cake Shop on Thursday (3/6) .
All La Sera dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Vivian Girls @ Baby's All Right 3/2/2014
Vivian Girls played their last two shows over the weekend in Brooklyn, saying goodbye at Death by Audio on Saturday (3/1) with Waxahatchee and Juan Wauters; and then Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/2) with Potty Mouth and Shellhag. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post.
Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler all have their own bands (The Babies, La Sera, Upset) which they have seemed more invested in than VG lately, but as one of the bands central to the Brooklyn DIY scene of the late-'00s, I really do think it was as much an End of an Era event as the closing of 285 Kent. (Whether you liked them or not. I did.) I went to the DbA show which, personally, felt like the real last show, as some of Vivian Girls earliest gigs were there and really embodies the spirit of the band. Vivian Girls hit most of their best-known songs (apart from "Where Do You Run To?" which was written by original drummer Frankie Rose), with not too much sentimental talk, though Goodman did say "I'm not going to cry" before launching into "All the Time." All three were in good moods, as was the crowd who coaxed a two-song encore out of them. But as they climbed out through the little window in DbA's stage wall, waving goodbye, it was definitely a little bittersweet. Video from DbA is in this post.
For their actual last show, Baby's All Right was decorated up with balloons (maybe leftover from Indie Pop Prom), and drummer Ali Koehler's mom was there as was former VG drummer Fiona Campbell who delivered shots to the band onstage. Ali's mom, Cassie's boyfriend, and DIY show promoter John Rambo also all came on stage at the end for a group hug. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post, and NYC Taper was there who'll have audio up over his way sometime soon.
Meanwhile, Pitchfork posted a feature article titled "When I'm Gone: Why Vivian Girls Mattered" today by writer Jenn Pelly:
Perhaps tellingly of that flash-in-the-pain indie pop era, when bloggers were all hungry for the next MP3 that would put them ahead of the curve, many of [Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival's] other billed groups would subsequently fail to scratch the subterranean cultural consciousness. But across three LPs--2008's Vivian Girls, 2009's Everything Goes Wrong, and 2011's Share the Joy--Vivian Girls helped to architect a scrappy Spectorian sound and spirit for this tiny musical world; with their richly harmonized love-punk, they fused the 1960s aesthetic of girl groups with fast-loud Ramones rock and the doomy Portland punk of Wipers and Dead Moon....The feature also gets quotes from Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman, Kathleen Hanna and more. More pictures from the Vivian Girls final show -- including one of the setlist -- and a video from DbA, below...
...while it's up for debate whether Vivian Girls were the most aesthetically exemplary band of the 00s noise-pop boom, it is without question that they were its most divisive.
Vivian Girls' final LA show, 2/14/2014 (via @certainfemale)
Vivian Girls played their last-ever Los Angeles show back on Valentine's Day and the band's' final two shows are this weekend in Brooklyn, with the band saying farewell at Death by Audio on Saturday (3/1) and Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/2). Both shows have been sold out for a while but Baby's All Right announced that a few more tickets for their show with Potty Mouth and Shellshag (which is Oscar night, btw) will go on sale today (2/25) at noon.
by Bill Pearis
The Beets' Juan Wauters released his first solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, last week on Captured Tracks. A little mellower than what his does with The Beets, it's a really nice record that sounds especially good on an overcast day like today. The album is available in a special gatefold edition with artwork (and a comic) by longtime visual collaborator Matthew Volz. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio.
He'll then open for the Vivian Girls' sold-out farewell show at Death by Audio on March 1, and then will be opening for Mac DeMarco 's upcoming tour including Webster Hall on April 9 with Amen Dunes and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available as well.
All tour dates, plus song streams and the flyer for the Baby's show, below...
Waxahatchee at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As discussed, Brooklyn indie trio Vivian Girls are calling it quits, but not before playing a few final shows, including two in NYC. Those shows are sure to be bittersweet, and the sweet side has just gotten even sweeter. Openers for their Brooklyn shows have been announced for both shows, and they're pretty great.
The first show, which happens at Death by Audio on March 1, will be opened by Waxahatchee (who could headline the place themselves) and Juan Wauters of The Beets. The second show, which happens at Baby's All Right on March 2, will be opened by Waxahatchee's Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag and Northampton indie punks Potty Mouth. Both shows are sold out.
Waxahatchee also have a ton of other dates coming up, which are listed, along with music from all four openers, below...
Breaking up is hard to do. Vivian Girls' farewell show at Death by Audio on March 1 sold out almost immediately, so they've added a second Brooklyn show, this one on March 2 at Baby's All Right...which is now their final show. It's kind of like when you say goodby to someone on the corner and then realize you're both walking in the same direction. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now.
Vivian Girls @ MHOW, Feb. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn, New York, March 2007: we started making music together and became what we know as Vivian Girls. It's been a long and crazy journey in the seven years since, and we feel as though the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace. It's been an experience that we'll look back on and cherish and we'd like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you....Before Vivian Girls go their separate ways, Katie, Cassie and Ali will play two goodbye shows: February 14th at The Church on York in Los Angeles (tix), and Brooklyn's Death by Audio on March 1. Advance tickets for the DbA show
...Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, everyone who has come to our shows, bought our records and supported us, and everyone we will meet in the future.
UPDATE: They added a second final show in Brooklyn, this one at Baby's All Right the next day (3/2) and tickets are on sale now.
Guided by Voices in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
This fall, Salinas Records (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) will be releasing a 4-track tribute 7" to lo-fi pioneers Guided by Voices by four bands who have taken influence from the genre GBV helped create. The 7" will feature Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Swearin', and Upset (the new group from Vivian Girls/Best Coast's Ali Koehler, Kickball Katy, Jenn Prince, and Hole's Patty Schemel). The tracklist and album artwork (which appears to be the work of Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster) are below.
Screaming Females' singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster (it's her birthday today, btw) also just filmed a BV Studio Sessions video with her solo project, Noun. Noun's tour with Modern Hut hits NYC on 8/9 at Death by Audio with Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum.
Swearin' also have upcoming shows, including two in NYC. The first of those is a free House of Vans show (8/15) with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, and Red Hare. RSVP (required) for that show is open. The second is on 9/3 at Bowery Ballroom with Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin. That one is sold out.
GBV tribute artwork and tracklist below...
Upset (via Kickball Katy's Instagram)
Back in 2011, former Vivian Girls drummer and then Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler announced her departure from Best Coast, and other than a few solo tracks released around that time, she's been pretty quiet since. Now Ali's back fronting a new band called Upset, who will release their debut album this fall via Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee).
Ali formed the band with drummer Patty Schemel, who played in Hole from 1992 to 1998 and recorded on their albums, Live Through This and Celebrity Skin, and had stints as the drummer for Courtney Love's solo career and Juliette and the Licks; and guitarist Jenn Prince, who is/was in La Sera. They played their first show at The Echo in LA with Parquet Courts this past January.
More recently they've announced the addition of their new bass player (wait for it...) Katy Goodman, who Ali was bandmates with in Vivian Girls, and who Jenn was bandmates with in La Sera (which Katy fronts), has a solo project, Kickball Katy, and recently formed the duo Books of Love. Check out an 11 second video of the band rehearsing a Guided by Voices cover with Katy on facebook.
Upset's debut album is being produced by Kyle Gilbride, who plays in Swearin' and also produced the latest Waxahatchee album. They haven't released any music from the album yet, but if you live in California, you can hear some of it at their many upcoming shows, all of which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Not content with just two bands, Vivian Girls/La Sera singer Katy Goodman has formed Books of Love with Hush Sound's Greta Morgan. Please don't confuse the duo with '80s synthpop band Book of Love. (You probably won't, though they still exist.) Of the union:
While hiking past the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, friends Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan were struck with the idea to record a song together: A song about physics and love, science and romance, space and time. Have you ever felt the lovesick pain of falling for someone from a different dimension? We have too.You can check out the music video for "Space Time" below.
The next morning, the girls recorded "Space Time" in Greta's tiny rehearsal space in Glassell Park. While "Space Time" may not be a hit in this dimension yet, the song is topping charts in many others. The girls have plans to tour the Andromeda Galaxy this summer, appear in Bode's Galaxy this Fall, and make an appearance at the Omega-Palooza Festival to break up the 2.9 million light-year long trip home.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Vivian Girls/Widowspeak/Eternal Summers/Heliotropes @ MHOW
Ladies were out in force at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (2/15) for a free show sponsored by Converse featuring Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes. I missed Heliotropes but got there about three songs into Eternal Summers' rocking set and the band sounded killer through the venue's soundsystem (definitely the most "pro" place I've seen them). Their set featured a lot of new songs, and the band are heading to Austin soon -- not for SXSW, but to record their next album with Guided by Voices' Doug Gillard producing. After that, Eternal Summers will hit the road with Presidents of the United States of America for a tour that hits NYC on April 15 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
Widowspeak, with their second album under their belts, sounded confident with Molly Hamilton's voice alluring as ever. The band will be touring around SXSW including a homecoming show at Knitting Factory on April 19 (tickets).
As for the headliners, while Cassie and Katy's other projects threaten to overshadow Vivian Girls, the show was a reminder of how fun they are and how many good songs they have. Though I will admit to mostly watching one particularly spirited fan who going bonkers up front stage left for the bulk of their set.
More pictures from Friday night's show below...
Vivian Girls at Knitting Factory, Sep. 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The latest free "Converse Rubber Tracks Live" show has been announced with headliners Vivian Girls, plus Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 15. While the 16+ show is free, you do have to get your tickets through Ticketmaster and those will be available on Wednesday (1/30) at noon.
Vivian Girls don't seem to have any other shows at the moment though Cassie and Katy have both been busy with The Babies and La Sera, respectively. Widowspeak just played Mercury Lounge and their very good second album, Almanac, is out now.
For Eternal Summers, the MHOW show is part of a short East Coast tour and those dates are listed below. And, as mentioned earlier today, Heliotropes have a few other local shows coming up as well.
Hunx as Gayracula
All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Father John Misty at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Father John Misty (aka ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman) is continuing to tour in support of his 2012 LP, Fear Fun. He's just announced a new set of dates that kick in September with FYF Fest and run through the rest of the year, culminating in December's S.S. Coachella Cruises. The new dates include two NYC shows, which happen on October 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 24 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows (and many other dates on the tour) are with La Sera (the project of Vivian Girl Katy Goodman) and psych rockers Jeffertitti's Nile. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
Meanwhile, La Sera are currently on the road with Foxygen, who will release their EP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, this week (7/24) via Jagjaguwar. You can download two album tracks, "Waitin' 4 U" and "Make It Known," at the top of this post or stream them below, and the entire album is streaming over at Foxygen's bandcamp. They go for the whole retro classic rock thing and singer Sam France can sound more than a little like Mick Jagger. All Foxygen dates (none in NYC) are listed below.
In related La Sera news, Katy's other band Vivian Girls recently played a surprise show in LA one night after playing an Impose 10th anniversary show with Grass Widow, The Babies (who have tons of NYC shows coming up), Dunes, and Teenage Burritos. You can watch some videos of Vivian Girls' set at the secret LA show below.
All lists of dates, videos, and song streams below...
Amanda Palmer in Brooklyn in May (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Kurt Braunohler's live talk show, Night of the Living, will next take place at Littlefield in Brooklyn on June 29 with Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric), musical guest Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls), and a live BUNK screening. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As usual, Kurt can also be found every Monday at Littlefield for Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal. Did you catch last night's show?
Tim Heidecker is also playing one of three Impose Magazine 10th Anniversary shows which happen in San Diego July 12 -14, right in the middle of the insanity known as Comic-Con. The other two shows include one with Vivian Girls, who will be playing with Ali Koehler on drums. Ali left the band in 2010 to join Best Coast, but she's since left that band too. That means this Vivian Girls show will be a reunion of Cassie, Katy, and Ali, the lineup who recorded 2009's Everything Goes Wrong. That bill also includes Vivian Girl Cassie's other band The Babies, Grass Widow and others. The third Impose show is with John Maus. The flier for all three is below.
Speaking of Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff who plays on her new album and is part of her live band, will also be opening her previously discussed shows in addition to playing as part of her band. Those shows include a sold out live NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 27 and a art show at Momenta Art on June 28. Amanda also plays on Jherek's album and played with him at BAM during Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.
All Jherek Bischoff dates are listed below, along with the Impose flier.
La Sera at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Vivian Girl Kickball Katy Goodman released her second album as La Sera, Sees the Light, earlier this year via Hardly Art. The album continues in the vein of the catchy indie pop of her 2011 self titled debut. You can grab two tracks from the new album, "Please By My Third Eye" and "Break My Heart" above or stream them below.
Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone's band The Babies plays Glasslands on June 6 with Nude Beach.
All La Sera dates and streams below...
The Babies @ Cake Shop - 2/6/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
285 Kent, the most difficult venue to keep track of in terms of who is playing, is hosting a show TONIGHT (Thursday, 2/9):
===| THURSDAY 2/9 @ 285 KENT AVE |====For the Babies, that will be at least their 2nd show this week, as they opened for Widowspeak and the Dum Dum Girls at Cake Shop on Monday. For Babies member Cassie Ramone, it will be at least the 2nd of three shows because Vivian Girls are also playing a free NYC event on Friday. Details below...
:: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
:::: the Babies
:::::::: Life Size Maps --- ep release
:::::::::: Heaven's Gate
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $7-$10 sliding scale donation | all ages
Frankie Rose at Beekman Beer Garden in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Rose (and not the Outs) will release her sophomore LP, Interstellar on February 21 via Slumberland. She'll welcome the new album with a record release show in Brooklyn on the album's release date, February 21 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now. As of right now, this is her only upcoming date scheduled. The album's artwork and tracklist are below.
Frankie is also DJing at the BV-presented holiday show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/16) with Fucked UP, Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, Radical Dads, and DJ Bill Pearis. Tickets are still available (and only $10).
In other news, Hipster Runoff reports that Frankie Rose's fellow former-Vivian Girls drummer turned Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler was "missing" at Best Coast's San Francisco show on Tuesday (12/6), and "in her place was some other random dude who doesn't even look alt." Ali's Twitter seems to confirm the news with tweets like, "Super moved by all the support I received today. Didn't know that many people would care. I love you guys." and "Whether it's in a basement or at an amphitheater, you will always see me playing music in some capacity. Hopefully sooner than later." AND "http://alikoehler.bandcamp.com/." Head there to here a new song by Ali. A happy sad song.
Frankie Rose album art and tracklist below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Vivian Girls / Widowspeak @ Knitting Factory
"Here's a shocker: Widowspeak live sound pretty much exactly like their record. Meaning: awesome. And if you didn't already know they'd covered Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" as a B-side, their dropping of that track in mid-set was a deal-sealer. [The Phoenix]Ladies represented hard on Tuedsay night at Knitting Factory where Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) and the Blue Star Band opened for tourmates Widowspeak and Vivian Girls. Amanda also said Widowspeak were a major highlight of the Brooklyn show. Here are some pictures. They continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
Lana Del Rey at Glasslands last week (photo by Ryan Muir for Stereogum)
Lana Del Rey, who initially announced that her "official live debut" would take place at NYC's The Box and LA's Hotel Cafe, has rescheduled both of those dates and added a number of European shows too. The new US dates haven't been announced yet but, according to a press release, they are set to take place in larger venues than the ones they were originally scheduled for. She also played a secret, unofficial warm up show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on September 14 under the name Queen of Coney Island. That's a picture from the much talked about show above.
Lana Del Rey is also continuing to stir up controversy about whether or not there's any authenticity to her music or image. Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) thinks the problem with Lana Del Rey isn't about sincerity, but that she's a representation of what's wrong with the American culture that her image evokes. In her blog, Amy writes:
Lana Del Ray is exactly as real as the past, for the past is exactly what she recalls. She takes the days when women wore floral skirts and orange lipstick and waited at home for their husbands to come home from work so they (the women) could bring them (the men) martinis with olives and makes them real again (the men, the women, the martinis, and the olives.)The full piece is on Amy's site. Info on Lana's new US shows will be announced next week. You can check out her European dates below.
Lana Del Ray is sitting at home waiting for you to come home so she can fix you dinner and a drink. Lana Del Ray is waiting for you to come home so she can watch you play video games on the couch and ignore her all day until it's time for bed. Lana Del Ray is waiting for you to come home so you can go to bed and act out all of your wildest fantasies which is exactly what she wants to do--what you want to do, that is. Lana Del Ray is waiting for you because she is your mirror.
So it doesn't matter if Lana Del Ray is entirely sarcastic when she belts out, "It's YOU, it's YOU, it's all for YOU." It doesn't matter that there is an edge to her voice that sounds something like rage and despair. Lana Del Ray has conquered America with plastic surgery, video games, a regression to nostalgia, and an appeal to the sex drive of every male music critic on the planet. It doesn't matter if she has anything real to sell because Lana Del Ray has made us think about the relationship between selling fantasy and selling lies.
Lana Del Ray is the lie we like to tell ourselves--that America has always been, and will always be, this gorgeous woman who can make all our dreams come true. So it doesn't matter if she loves you or hates you because she is going to take all of your money and you are going to let her get away with it. That's the reality of who she is.
We are narcissistic and self-obsessed and so is Lana Del Ray. We are a country in decadent, navel-gazing decline--fading, intoxicated, and longing for the past, but still so beautiful, staring straight into the lens and smiling as we shoot an American tragedy.
Speaking of Amy Klein, she has shows coming up too. She and "the Blue Star Band" open for Vivian Girls at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (9/20) and play with Bird of Youth at Union Hall on 9/29. Her other project Hilly Eye play Bruar Falls on September 27 with Puta de Cava, Noon:30, and Mensch. They also play Bowery Ballroom on October 8 with Screaming Females, Underground Railroad to Candyland, and Shellshag and November 2 at Death by Audio with Nisennenmondai, Little Women, and Pet Bottle Ningen. Hilly Eye also recently joined facebook and they hint at a full length album being in the works.
All dates below...
Vivian Girls at Emo's in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Vivian Girls are going on tour this September with fellow Brooklyn band Widowspeak. The tour culminates in Brooklyn on September 20 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Vivian Girls also have a new video for "Take It As It Comes" off the cleaner-sounding Share the Joy, which came out earlier this year. You can watch it below.
Widowspeak, who Bill points out are hard to talk about without mentioning Mazzy Star, will release their self titled debut on August 9 via Captured Tracks. Check out the album track "Gun Shy" below. They play a record release show for the album on August 2 at Glasslands with Hoop Dreams, Crinkles and Ex-Cops. Tickets are on sale now and a flier for the show is below. They're also on the bill for the Woods 8/13 show at Bowery Ballroom with Ducktails and White Fence. Tickets are still on sale for that too.
All dates, videos, streams, flier and album art below...