Entries tagged with: Warm Soda
by Bill Pearis
Oakland, CA's Warm Soda released their debut LP last year which ended up being one of my Favorite Albums of 2013. The band are back with their second album, Young Reckless Hearts, which will be out March 11 on Castle Face. That's the cover art above. Sporting production you might call mid-fi and a little mellower sound, Matthew Melton's ability to write insanely catchy, glammy powerpop is still in full effect. You can listen to "When Your Eyes Meet Mine" from it (via SPIN) in this post.
No word on any live shows just yet. Stream the new song -- and check out the LP tracklist -- below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
Treefort Music Festival will return for its third annual year in 2014 from March 20-23 across various venues in Downtown Boise, ID. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes Run the Jewels (who also just announced a free NYC show), Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Uzala, Warm Soda, The Joy Formidable, Boyfrndz and more. 4-day passes (and a few other ticket options) are on sale now.
In other Built to Spill news, someone listed "Built To Spill Perfect From Now On Studio Master Tapes 10" x 1/2" Metal Reels 15 IPS RARE" on, of all places, Etsy! The description reads:
Incredibly rare. It's not everyday you come across a piece of real music history. These are the only master tapes for this album. One of a kind, these are not recorded from album to tape. These are the original master recordings for Built To Spill's 1997 LP Perfect From Now On. These are recorded to 4 count 1/2" Ampex Gold Studio Masters. However not every track on the album appears here and vice versa. They contain the initial studio recordings without remaster, mixing, and overdubs. Pre-engineered and mixed by Warner Brothers. This is the raw studio recording. Highest grade tape and reels. These are breathtaking! If you're a fan of BTS or Northwest music, consider this, it's like finding the the "Velvet Underground" of Idaho's unreleased acetate. Thanks for looking. Check back often, we add new stock daily to our shop.Unfortunately though, this item is now sold.
I'm selling these as a document to the making of an album, I do not claim to own the rights to the music contained on these reels and am selling the reels as found objects.
Full initial Treefort lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Action Bronson appealing to a new demo
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Annie, Fiona Apple, Metz, TV Ghost, Noun, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Franz Ferdinand, King Khan & the Shrines, Action Bronson, KEN mode, Chance the Rapper, Sebadoh and more, below.
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Warm Soda @ Cake Shop, 3/28/2013
Bay Area power pop crunchers Warm Soda buzzed into NYC last night (3/28), ripping up Cake Shop to an excited crowd. Part of the appeal of the band's terrific debut album is the production which turns anything you listen to it on into a '70s AM radio. (The great songs are the main attraction, of course.) Live, however, the songs open up to a roar. As much as I love their album, I hope Warm Soda explore the world of mid-fi for the next album. Which could be soon, given Matthew Melton's rate of turning out songs with his old band Bare Wires. I didn't catch them this time but Melton told our photographer that they plan on returning to NYC soon. Meanwhile, more pics from Cake Shop below...
by Bill Pearis
Warm Soda's debut album remains my favorite record of 2013 so far, ridiculously crammed with earworm hooks, powerpop melodies and killer riffs. At 27 minutes, former Bare Wires frontman Matthew Melton and cohorts have crafted a lean, mean hit machine. Do you love The Strokes AND the Sweet? Warm Soda are for you. You can stream the whole record below (via Paste).
As mentioned, Warm Soda are on tour and that hits NYC tonight (3/28) at Cake Shop with White Mystery, Hector's Pets, and Open Sex also on the bill. Highly recommended. I can't go tonight (why aren't they playing two NYC shows?) so please do so in my stead. Hopefully they'll make a return trip soon. All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned Warm Soda (ex Bare Wires) released their genuinely terrific debut album, Someone for You, on Castle Face a couple weeks ago and are prepping for a tour that will bring them to NYC next month for a show at Cake Shop on March 28 with White Mystery.
The band have just made a video for album track "Busy Lizzy," which is a classic "watch that girl" story set to a seriously catchy power pop hook. The clip, which looks like it was shot on an old VHS camera, has fun with the old turning-heads cliche right out of an '80s chewing gum commerical. You can check that out below.
by Bill Pearis
After an onstage meltdown during SXSW 2012, Bay Area band Bare Wires called it quits, though their final record, Idle Dreams, didn't come out till December. Main man Matthew Melton has formed a new group, Warm Soda, who carry on his giddy power pop vision with that would sound great coming out of a Snoopy AM radio in 1979.
Warm Soda's debut album, Someone for You, actually kind of sounds like it is coming out of a transistor radio: tinny and compressed (in a good way), but with giant hooks and choruses packed into 27-minute running time. It's a great album and it's out now on John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. You can stream "Waiting for Your Call" from the album below and order your copy here. If you like Jay Reatard, Cheap Trick, or The Nerves, you need to hear this now.
The band are going on tour at the end of the month and their trek will take them through Austin for SXSW (hopefully no problems this year) and then to the East Coast, including an NYC stop at Cake Shop on March 28 with tourmates White Mystery. All tour dates are below.
Industrial vets Throbbing Gristle are finally getting around to completing their "reinterpretation" of Nico's Desertshore, an idea of member Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, who has since passed away. The record, finished by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, is being billed as TG's "nascent, and final, studio album," will come out on November 26, two years after Christopherson's death. It's set to include guest vocals by Antony Hegarty, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Blixa Bargeld, Marc Almond (who was a member of Soft Cell and also collaborated with Christopherson's other band Coil), and Sasha Grey. The band have two teaser videos for the album, which you can watch below.
Speaking of tributes to albums that Nico took part in, there's a Velvet Underground & Nico tribute on the way which features Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees (who both just played The Well and will play Death by Audio tonight [9/24]), plus The Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, Kelley Stoltz and others. The album will gradually surface digitally across various websites from October 15 to 29 and will be out on vinyl on November 6 via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. The tracklist is below.
Antony and the Johnsons - 'Cut The World'
Speaking of Antony Hegarty, he released his new album, Cut The World, last month via Secretly Canadian. The album features "live symphonic performances" of songs from his first four albums which were recorded on September 2 and 3, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen. The title track for the album is a new one, however, and it will be featured in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi, directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi and Willem Dafoe. He also just made a video for that song, directed by Nabil (Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Kanye West). Watch that video below. You can read an interview with Antony and Nabil about the video at Pitchfork.
All videos are below.