Entries tagged with: White Fence
Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.
Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.
There's already insane demand for the three Chicago shows that surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting for, so perhaps some of that excitement will carry over into this Jerry Garcia tribute happening two months earlier in Maryland.
The tribute includes all four of those members -- Mickey and Bob solo, Bill with his band Billy & the Kids, and Phil with his band Communion (featuring Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, And Jason Crosby) -- as well as Bruce Hornsby, who's also playing at the Chicago shows. Though they're billed separately, maybe all the band practices they've been having will result in some collaborations too?
The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either, with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry collaborator David Grisman, country vet Buddy Miller, roots rockers Los Lobos, electro-jammers Disco Biscuits and more. The tribute happens May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and tickets go on sale March 13 at noon. Full lineup below.
In other Dead news, Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who just took part in a Dead tribute in Brooklyn, have announced that they'll also play a Dead set at Woodsist Festival on May 18 in Big Sur, CA. That fest is also with Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Peaking Lights, Little Wings, Simon Joyner & the Ghosts and more TBA. Tickets are still available.
Alex Bleeker isn't the only indie rocker paying tribute to The Dead this year.
'Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia' lineup below...
A folk contemporary of John Darnielle, Will Oldham, and Smog, and seen by some as the forefather of the Omaha scene that spawned Bright Eyes and others, Simon Joyner has been making records since the early '90s. He's just joined the Woodsist family who will release Grass, Branch & Bone, Joyner's 13th proper album, on March 17. You can stream "You Got Under My Skin" from it below.
Joyner will join Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Little Wings and others at the 2015 The Woodsist Fest which happens at Big Sur, CA's Loma Vista Gardens on May 18. This marks the sixth year in a row Woodsist has held events in Big Sur. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (2/18) at noon PST. More artists to the lineup are still to be announced. Woodsist Fest Flyer below.
by Bill Pearis
You may recognize Huw Gwynfryn Evans from playing guitar in Cate Le Bon's band and White Fence. Huw makes his own music under the name H Hawkline and will release In The Pink Of Condition, his first album for Heavenly Recordings, on February 2. Cate produced the album (they are also a couple) and if you dig her distinctly Welsh brand of off kilter psych-pop, H Hawkline is clearly from the same mossy, skronky realm. (Syd Barrett and Jacco Gardner fans should also take note.) We've got the premiere of the manic, bouncy "Ringfinger" which you can stream, along with another song off the new album, below.
If you live in the UK, H Hawkline will be on tour in February. Let's hope North American dates follow at some point. All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).
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...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
White Fence at BVCMJ 2014
White Fence just wrapped up their tour -- with Cate Le Bon on second guitar! -- ending with a bunch of CMJ dates, including our Saturday party. We've got a second set of pictures from our show you can check out in this post.
Before the North American tour, White Fence were across the pond for Liverpool Psych Fest which happened in September. Tim Presley contributed a new White Fence song, "Before He Met Her (Decomposing Lime)" for a double-7" compilation made just for the fest by UK label Sonic Catherdral. Moragn Delt, Psychic Ills and a few others contributed to the six-song split as well. Titled Psych for Sore Eyes 2 with pretty rad packaging, it sold out its run pretty much immediately -- and crashed Big Cartel's webshop -- but will get a digital release on Monday (11/3). (We hear a few more copies have turned up so check back at Sonic Cathedral's website.) White Fence's song from the compilation makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.
Artwork and tracklist for Psych for Sore Eyes 2 and more pics, also below...
Beverly / Fat White Family
For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).
With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown.
UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.
Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.
At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.
At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.
Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.
Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.
Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.
Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).
Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.
Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ BVCMJ 10/24/2014
We're on the last day of CMJ -- White Fence just wrapped up their set at our day party and our official CMJ showcase starts in just a bit -- but for those who want to extend the music a little longer, don't forget you can catch some of more active bands this week play stripped down sets over brunch at the DO-NYC / Panache CMJ Hangover Party at Baby's All Right on Sunday (10/25) afternoon. Here's the lineup:
Panache CMJ Hangover Day Party!The show is free and, as you may have gathered, acts will be playing in either the side bar or the main bar for most of the day till things move into the performance space for King Gizzard (who were great at our Friday day party) and White Fence. If you missed them, or want to see them agian, here's another chance. You can RSVP here.
MAIN STAGE - White fence 5PM
MAIN STAGE King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 4:15PM
BAR ROOM Juan Wauters 3:15PM
SIDE BAR Tiny Ruins 2:30PM
BAR ROOM Guy Blakeslee 1:45PM
SIDE BAR Christian Peslak 1PM
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
Titus Andronicus (more by Mimi Hong)
The lineup for the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All Right was already announced, and now we're excited to announce MOST of the lineup for our free Saturday day party at Baby's All Right (which is in three days from now):
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!Like on Friday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA),
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
Headlining the show is one of the most consistently great bands in the area, Titus Andronicus. It's their only CMJ show this year and going by other recent shows, we can probably expect to hear new material.
White Fence at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
There's also psych rockers/Ty Segall associates White Fence, indie pop band Beverly (whose album but not live show includes Frankie Rose on drums), promising Nashville poppy punk band Bully, and the young but talented beyond their years Austin band Residual Kid.
TWO MORE BANDS will be announced tomorrow.
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
At noon, like the day before, Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).
Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages will also be flowing while supplies last, and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.
We're also at at Baby's All Right for our free Friday day party with Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr and more; and our official showcase on Saturday night with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Listen to some stuff from the artists playing the Saturday day party below...
NOTE: You can also see our events with RSVPs & tickets HERE
Pity Sex at last year's BrooklynVegan show at Baby's (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)
Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box, BV is co-presenting the FREE No Sleep Records showcase which begins at 6 PM. That show includes a lineup of mostly post-hardcore and punk with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps for Travelers. Those who show up early will get a free No Sleep vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies).
Walter Schreifels w/ Quicksand in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
On Thursday (10/23) at the Acheron, BV is co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase which begins at 7 PM. That one features Self Defense Family, post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) with his new band The Dead Heavens, and Deep Pockets. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted too.
Twin Peaks at Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
On Friday (10/24) afternoon at Baby's All Right, we're throwing our first of two free BrooklynVegan day parties. Friday's lineup includes Twin Peaks, Single Mothers (their only CMJ show), The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches and Dilly Dally (their first NYC show). That goes from noon-7 PM, will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and Bell's Brewery will be there too with multiple varieties of the craft beer available to purchase and a free keg while it lasts. It's 21+ and again, it's free (RSVP).
The second free BV day party happens Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with 9 more bands including Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Girlpool and many more, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts.
The Jazz June
And lastly, the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday night (10/25) at Baby's All Right, starting at 7 PM. This one includes veteran emo band The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang (ex-Weston), Cayetana and France's Sport, with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo spinning between sets. It's the only chance to catch all of those bands (except Cayetana who have one more show) at CMJ this year. Tickets are available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.
Hope to see you at one. (Or all!) More flyers below...
Tweens at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Garage pop/punks Tweens are touring this year, including a trip to NYC for CMJ, where they've got a few shows currently announced. First they play the Never Better free day party on October 22 at Arlene's Grocery which has a cool lineup all around of PAWS, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires and PINS. That night, they open the previously discussed Jeff Rosenstock show at Death by Audio, which now also includes Australia's The Bennies and Dan Potthast. That's $8 at the door. All of Tweens' dates are listed below.
The Never Better show is one of two free day parties Never Better is putting on at Arlene's, the second happening October 24 which also has a good lineup of White Fence, Wampire, Cymbals and Concord America. Both are free, no badge required, with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set times for both Never Better shows, with the list of Tweens dates, below...
APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.
Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.
Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).
Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...
Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.
While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.
All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Reigning Sound's new album, Shattered, came out over the summer via Merge and they were just in NYC over Labor Day Weekend. Did you catch them at Bowery Ballroom? If you didn't, or just want to see them again, Reigning Sound will be back in October for CMJ, playing Knitting Factory on 10/22 as part of Panache Booking's showcase that also features White Fence, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Guy Blakeslee, TVTOR offshoot Ice Balloons, Veronica Falls offshoot Ultimate Painting, and "very special guests." That's a pretty great show. Tickets are on sale now for that. That show is part of an October tour for Reigning Sound, all dates are listed in this post.
All Reigning Sound dates are listed, along with the video for single "Never Coming Home," below...
The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...
by Bill Pearis
King Gizzard @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's " Brooklyn Summer Fun Residency" was supposed to be over already but the Australian psych band just can't seem to get enough of Brooklyn...or maybe Baby's All Right can't get enough of them. Whichever way, KG play Baby's again on Monday (June 30). It's a midnight show and Alix Brown will DJ. It's their "last North American show."
At least till they come back this fall to tour with White Fence. King Gizzard weren't originally on the October 13 Baby's All Right show but they have since been added. That show is also with Juan Wauters and tickets are still available. All King Gizzard tour dates are listed below.
In other news, White Fence have finally released a song from their forthcoming Ty Segall-produced album, For the Recently Found Innocent which is out July 22 via Drag City. "Like That" is a mod stomper in the early Who style and is pretty good. Stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall & WF's Tim Pressley in the studio (pic: Brian Pritchard via)
White Fence's new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, will be out July 22 via Drag City. It's the first White Fence album for the label, not counting the collaborative one made with Ty Segall. This one shares a little in common with that, actually, as main man Tim Pressley -- who makes most of the White Fence albums all by himself -- explains:
Fear, anger, pain, anxiety. Guilty! I needed something new. I needed to be free and innocent. I was floating in my room. Sick of the wall Bounce-A-LuLa. I could not get high. I wanted to put some songs in someone else's room. I wanted to see what they sounded like with a real drummer. I wanted to see what it would sound like using an Aliens ear. For a lack of a cooler/humble word, Ty Segall "produced" this album.While the methods were different the results are pure White Fence: a melange of '60s psych-pop influences, filtered through Presley's rainbow sunglasses. This one's maybe a little more Who-like than some of the other ones (that could be Ty "Fill King" Segall's or Nick Murray's Moonlike tendencies). No tracks from the LP have been released from the new album yet, but you can watch them cover Gram Parsons' "Lazy Days" as part of AV Club's "Pioneering" series, below.
I had to choose the songs. We then went into Ty's Fiat-sized garage and recorded them. He placed the microphones, hit record and played drums on some songs. Then Nick Murray was called in to finish the rest of the drums. Nick was perfect, seeing as he'd been a solid member of the live group, and I had played demo versions of most of these for him during car rides. This all was a bit different to the WF formula. I had to put dates on a calendar. It forced me to pick the best songs of the litter, and apply those to the tools I had: Ty Segall, Nick Murray, musical instruments & tape. We then dumped all that LA jive into Eric Bauer's studio in San Francisco. Added some things, and then Ty mixed it all up. I was the farmer and this was Ty's soup. He somehow knows exactly what I hear.
As much as I like White Fence albums, its onstage where they really come alive and they'll be touring this fall. Dates include a NYC stop at Baby's All Right on October 13. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now. No opener has been listed for that show but most dates are with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who are playing a bunch of Brooklyn shows this month).
All dates are listed, along with the video, below.
We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.
Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.
Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...
Maybe I can start by saying a little bit about Jack Name. He is the only guy I know who can crush a joint by his lonesome and then look you right in the eye (and I consider myself an expert) and you would never suspect that he's not floating right along in the here and now. He is ahead . . . the wheels are always turning unaffected by drugs, time or space. I met him first through White Fence, where he stood on a laptop generating noise along with guitar through, what is supposedly, an original homemade Grateful Dead speaker cabinet. How much good energy can one dude generate?White Fence cohort Jack Name will release Light Show, his "rock and roll sci fi novella," next week (1/21) via God?, which is Ty Segall's Drag City imprint (buy it here). You can stream two songs below.
Jack Name is a rare entity and a genius story/songsmith and I am envious as hell that GOD? Records is putting this out and not Castleface. Whiffs of young Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Chrome, ELO, Bruce Haack . . . even Richard O'Brien (a la "Rocky Horror") and Stefan Wul stain the sleeves of this story, but it's still wholly original and cooked at home so it's as honest as it is good for you. The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast -- just an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record. The narrative holds as much significance as the sound; hopefully there will be a lyric sheet so teenagers ripe for a push in the right direction can follow along, pink-eyed, with their index fingers.
- John Dwyer [Thee Oh Sees]
Currently on the road with Dent May, Jack will also be doing a few shows on the East Coast in March, including one in NYC at Death by Audio on 3/15 (rest of the line-up's TBA). All tour dates are listed below.
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
photos by P Squared Photography
White Fence, Jonathan Rado @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence continues to churn out kinetic proto-psych with confidence and abundant energy. Tim Presley's supporting band seems to be the same group that he had at SXSW '12, and at Glasslands they were tight and in perfect sync -- certainly necessary to keep up with the quick chord and tempo changes in the music. For instance, we're streaming "Baxter Corner", a song that is two minutes on record but live is stretched out to almost seven -- a lengthy high-tempo jam that features the talents of each member of the quartet. The setlist contained quite a number of older songs, but also featured a heavy dose of the newest White Fence album Cyclops Reap (Castle Face Records). After this outstanding show, we hope it won't be another eighteen months before we see White Fence again. - [NYC Taper]White Fence headlined a garage/psych oriented Converse Rubber Tracks show at Glasslands last week (9/18) with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and an opening set from '90s-style indie rock trio Dead Stars. Pictures from that free show, including ones of White Fence and Rado's setlists, are in this post.
NYC Taper was on hand to record White Fence's set and you can stream a song from that below and download the whole thing over his way.
As we just mentioned, Dead Stars will be Nirvana for Halloween at 285 Kent on 10/30.
More pictures from Glasslands below...
White Fence @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Fence were in NYC back in June for the Seaport Music Festival and Northside, as some of you may remember. We'll get another chance to see them soon, as they're playing Glasslands on September 18. The show is presented by Converse Rubber Tracks and also features their Woodsist labelmate (and Foxygen member) Jonathan Rado, as well as '90s-leaning indie rockers Dead Stars. The show is free but you do have to get tickets which become available online Thursday (9/5) at noon.
White Fence's most recent album was Cyclops Reap which came out back in March, which means a new album probably isn't that far off for prolific main man Tim Pressley. Jonathan Rado's solo album, Law & Order, is out this week and can be streamed via Spotify. Dead Stars released their High Gain EP this summer and you can stream that below.
Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.
As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...