Entries tagged with: White Hills
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Destruction Unit @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7/3/14
Destruction Unit are in town for their label Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend in NYC which so far has included two NYC shows. First they played The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday night (7/3) and then a daytime show on the Fourth at Silent Barn. As we guessed, they're also sticking around for a third show TONIGHT (7/7) at Baby's All Right which has now been officially announced and also features White Hills and Ancient Ocean. Tickets for tonight's show are available. Show flyer below.
Destruction Unit don't really have "off nights" as far as I've seen, but Thursday's show was definitely an "on night." The band played with minimal lighting save for a projector coating the members with the lines from their optical illusion-inducing album cover and the occasional flashing of bright whites. Their show is as much a physical thing as it is a sonic assault, with guitarists Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa waving their guitars in the air and singer/guitarist Ryan Rousseau delivering all attitude and manic aggression. The three guitars are all out in space, piling on endless layers of psychedelic atmospheres, as the bassist and drummer keep the band locked in, driving, and somewhat grounded on earth. It was the kind of set that in just about a half hour inspired fist pumping, headbanging, and moshing, as well as total spacing and tripping out.
Probably the most likeminded artist to Destruction Unit at the Studio show was the first band, Brooklyn's Honey. They also mixed psychedelia and punk, but were more psychedelic in a '60s throwback way with a ton of acid-soaked wah pedal guitar solos. They were great. Then came The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform who have been playing a lot lately (and will again soon), and gave another of their short-but-sweet sets of mechanic noise with Michael Berdan's deranged-hardcore-frontman-style delivery. Direct support was an ambient set from Coil/Psychic TV's Drew McDowall. Pictures of all four sets from the Studio show are in this post.
Destruction Unit at Silent Barn - 7/4/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The next day Destruction Unit helped celebrate America's independence as part of an all-day show at Silent Barn that also featured Mutual Benefit, Potty Mouth, a solo set from Lauren of Worriers, and a bunch more. They went on early (around 6 PM) and it was bright as day in Silent Barn with the venue's back window open, but D Unit were just as much a thrill to watch in the light as they were in the previous show's darkness. The way they jam on their songs makes every Destruction Unit show a different one, and they change up the setlist too (the Silent Barn show opened with "Evil Man" which I hadn't heard them play in a while). Once again it was guitars everywhere, both literally and sound-wise, and still a treat even if you had seen them 17 hours earlier.
Marshtepper at Palisades (via Ric Leichtung)
Much later that night (around 1 AM), D Unit members Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa graced new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades with a set from their Marshstepper project. Jes and Nick provided an electronics/noise set but more than anything else the show was performance art that included a nude man writhing on the ground and lots of blood. One person called it one of the weirdest shows they'd ever been to and another said seeing it was possibly the best idea ever.
Then on Sunday, D Unit drummer Andrew Flores took his Jock Club project to Bossa Nova Civic Club for a late show with Bookworms, Soren and Encapsulate. Anyone catch that one?
Like we said above, you can get tickets to catch D Unit in NYC again tonight (7/7). More pictures from the Studio show below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio DeGreaser is the new-ish band from Australian expat Tim Evans who you may remember from Bird Blobs or the recent reincarnation of '80s legends Venom P. Stringer (who played ATP UK and US shows in 2010). The band's name is a good description of their heavy psych sound, which uses thick distortion like an industrial solvent. The band's new album, Rougher Squalor, is out soon on Ever/Never Records and we've got the premiere of the LP's lead track, "Word in Your Mouth," which you can listen to below.
DeGreaser open for White Hills at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Thursday (4/24) and tickets are still available. Shortly after that, they'll head out on a tour which kicks off at Death by Audio on May 6 with headliners Endless Boogie and Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth on the bill as well.
Some of the venues are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Martin Bisi is an American producer and songwriter. He is known for recording important records by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Material, Bill Laswell, Helmet, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, White Zombie, Boredoms, Angels of Light and Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning song Rockit. [Wikipedia]Martin Bisi is releasing a new solo record this week (4/15) called Ex Nihilo on La Société Expéditionnaire Records. From the sounds of its two singles, "Sin-Love-Hate" and "The Mermaid Queen," it sounds like Ex Nihilo is gonna be more of the weirdo stuff we've come to expect from Bisi. The latter is a Bowie-ish art rocker with operatic female vocals courtesy of Amanda White, and the former sees Bisi in spastic freak mode not unlike his past collaborator Michael Gira. Check them out by downloading above or streaming below.
Martin will celebrate the new album with a release show in NYC at Glasslands (4/15) the day it comes out. That show has a great lineup all around, with some of Martin's friends including Larkin Grimm, a White Hills side project called (wait for it) Black Valleys, and a side project of Eula (whose members just collaborated with Bisi at Bowery Electric last month) called Parlour Walls. Tickets for the release show are on sale now. Martin Bisi also has a US tour planned for late May and a European tour for early June. All of his dates are listed below.
By Doug Moore
White Hills @ MHoW, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Band bios seem to get more ridiculous with each passing year. Today's evidence, courtesy of NYC psych rockers White Hills:
Long after man has ceased to exist; long after the mountains have fallen into the sea; long after the oceans have boiled dry; long after the sun has burst and evaporated planet Earth - humankind's mark on the universe will still be felt. There will be a circular ripple of radio waves created during the 20th and 21st Centuries traveling ever outwards into the cosmos for all eternity, as if caused by a tiny pebble dropped into a perfectly still pond. And this thin, elegant wave will contain the only remnants of what we were. In it will be all of our films, radio, television, electronic communications and internet activity. It will contain all of our art, history, news and entertainment, in all of its stupidity, glory, inconsequentiality and brilliance, heading outwards across the void to the ends of time itself....and that's just the first paragraph. The band themselves don't turn up until the third, after an extended Bladerunner-themed digression. The tongue-in-cheek grandiosity befit White Hills, though -- their stated mission is to "set the international gold standard in what it means to be a space rock band in the 21st Century," which is one Hawkwind namedrop short of everything you need to know about their musical approach.
We've already mentioned that White Hills are playing Austin Psych Fest and Canadian Music Week. The band have now announced an accompanying North American tour, which more or less kicks off with a hometown NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on April 24. No supporting lineup has been announced yet, but tickets are on sale.
All of White Hills' upcoming dates are listed, along with a high-quality recording of their 2011 Roadburn performance (these bands are always better live, after all), below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Television @ Rough Trade, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week happens in Toronto from May 6 - 10. The festival/conference (not unlike SXSW) has released its initial line-up which includes M.I.A., Tegan & Sara, Ellie Goulding, Television, Neko Case, OFF!, The King Khan and BBQ Show, No Age, Woods and more. Wristbands and festival badges are on sale now.
On the conference side of things, speakers include deadmau5, Nile Rodgers, Amanda Palmer, Bruce Cockburn and more. The full Canadian Music Week 2014 initial line-up is listed, along with a flyer, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
White Hills at MHoW, Dec 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brooklyn psychedelic-fuzz crew White Hills have teamed with the jammy Earthless for a split live EP available for FREE via Scion A/V. The effort will feature one track from each band culled from a recent Roadburn-curated event, and you can check out both below including a new interview with White Hills. The WH track and interview make its debut here on BV.
In related news, members of Earthless serve in Golden Void, who will team with Pontiak to play Union Pool on Saturday (4/6) alongside My God Music's Terrible. Tickets are still available. The show is the lone US date for Golden Void (who are on their way to Roadburn in the days following), and one of two shows for Pontiak, dates of which are listed below.
Kylesa at Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed Kylesa NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg has predictably blossomed into a full North American tour, kicking off in Florida and heading across the US and into Canada in the months of May and June. Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf will support on all dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14. Tickets are still available for MHoW.
All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of new track "Quicksand" from their forthcoming LP Ultraviolet, below.
Kylesa at Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As discussed, Kylesa have released the new track "Unspoken," from their forthcoming LP Ultraviolet, due via Season of Mist on May 28. The crusty-sludge five-piece have stayed off of the road for the most part as well, but have a single date scheduled so far, and it is set for NYC. Look for Kylesa to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 with the awesome Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/13) at noon and regular sale on Friday (3/15) at noon.
In other news, look for the great Blood Ceremony to play the Wings of Metal festival in Montreal at Katacombes on August 30 - 31. There the band will be joined by Satan, Midnight, Manilla Road, Megiddo and many others. Tickets are on sale.
Check out "Unspoken" from Ultraviolet below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Psychic Ills @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/7/2013
With a sun-like image flickering from a projector behind them, the band members exuded a mystical, subterranean quality. The crowd nodded gently, not wanting to disturb the band's unwavering devotion to slow-motion desert-rock. There's a sense of openness at work in the best Psychic Ills songs--the same type of magical vistas explored in road movies like Two-Lane Blacktop or The Brown Bunny. Sure, a lot of their songs look the same on the surface, but so do most highways. - [CMJ]Bluesy psych-rock combo Psychic Ills celebrated the impending release of their new One Track Mind album with a show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (2/7) and pictures of their set are in this post. Our photographer, who was coming from the Wayne Kramer show at Bowery Electric earlier that night, missed openers Prince Rupert's Drops and White Hills. Did you catch their sets? How were they?
You can stream One Track Mind over at SPIN right now. As mentioned, Psychic Ills are launching a big tour this week that will keep them on the road through April. The band have just added a show in NYC at the end of the North American leg at 285 Kent on March 16. No openers or advance tickets options have been announced yet. Updated tour dates are listed below, along with more pictures from their Bowery show.
We just mentioned that Matador were reissuing Come's debut album, and that Come vocalist/guitarist Thalia Zedek has a new solo album due out on March 19 via Thrill Jockey. The album is called Via and you can check out the album art, tracklist, and a video of Thalia playing a solo acoustic version of its opening track, "Walk Away," below.
What we forgot to mention was that Thalia is keeping busy in other ways too. She has some shows coming up including a NYC date on March 26 at Union Pool with Brokeback before she heads out on a short run with Low (not including Low's NYC show). Admission for the Union Pool show is $10 at the door.
Meanwhile, Thalia's Thrill Jockey labelmate White Hills opens for Psychic Ills at their record release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (2/7). That bill also includes Prince Rupert's Drops and DJ Mike Newman. Tickets are still available.
A list of all Thalia Zedek dates, video, album art, and tracklist below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
""There ain't no pioneers/I just sort what I like from what's already there" #MonsterMagnet" - Ted Leo
Monster Magnet / Royal Thunder / White Hills
Monster Magnet performed all of their fan favorite Spine of God as part of a select set of dates that included Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (12/14). Pictures, video and the setlist from that Brooklyn show, which included support from Royal Thunder and White Hills, are in this post. More below....
Royal Thunder at BV-BBG CMJ 2012, (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Royal Thunder's ongoing tour with ASG and Corrosion of Conformity came to Brooklyn for a show at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (11/10). Watch Some video from that NYC appearance below along with the list of remaining dates.
Speaking of their dates, they now have even more. Look for Royal Thunder to support Monster Magnet at their upcoming string of Spine of God dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 14 with White Hills (tickets) and Starland Ballroom on December 15 (tickets).
Updated tour dates and video from Saint Vitus below...
Yesterday, we mentioned that Thrill Jockey Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of it are hosting a show at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy. and D. Charles Speer. That show is actually just one in a series of 20th anniversary shows the label are putting on around the country, including a much smaller one in NYC at Death by Audio on September 14 with White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever (who also plays DbA on Friday, 7/20), Dan Friel, and Rhyton. Tickets for the Death by Audio show and the Webster Hall show are on sale now.
In addition to the shows, the label will also celebrate their anniversary with newly commissioned silk screened posters, like this one and this one, and 2-minute video shorts, like the one by Ashby Lee Collinson that you can watch below. They've also asked a number of comedians, including Fred Armisen, to write two jokes (one clean and one dirty) and Thrill Jockey will be recording reactions to the jokes and pressing them on limited edition vinyl.
In related news, experimental duo Matmos (aka M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel), who are playing some of the anniversary shows including the Webster Hall one, have just recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and they'll put out their first release for the label, the Ganzfeld EP, on October 15.
All currently known Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows (more TBA) are listed below with lineups...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Sleepy Sun 2012
Sleepy Sun's first LP without the powerful voice of Rachel Fannan, and third LP overall is Spine Hits, due on April 10th via The End Records. The San Francisco psychedelic pop band keeps some of the same influence on Spine Hits, yet forges in different directions on the new record as evidenced by tracks like "Stivey Pond" and "V.O.G." The latter makes its debut in this post, and you can listen to both below.
As discussed, Sleepy Sun kicks off a round of tour dates with a free show at Amoeba Records tomorrow (4/3), eventually heading to the East Coast for string of shows with White Hills. The NYC dates are Glasslands on April 9th (with Weird Owl) and Mercury Lounge on April 10th. Tickets for both Glasslands and Mercury Lounge are still available.
All tour dates and those song streams are below.
Sleepy Sun at ATP 2010 (more by BBG)
Sleep Sun will release their third album and first since the departure of Rachel Fannan, Spine Hits, on April 10 via The End Records. The album was recorded with Dave Catching, formerly of Queens of the Stone Age. The album artwork and tracklist are below.
Sleepy Sun are going on an international tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on April 9 at Glasslands and April 10 at Mercury Lounge. Both NYC shows will be opened by White Hills, who just played Mercury Lounge and also open a number of other dates on the tour. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (2/10) at 7 AM and tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon and are on AmEx presale now.
All dates, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
White Hills @ Mercury Lounge
As advertised, psych rockers White Hills played a show at Mercury Lounge on 1/24 with MOFO. Here are some pictures. More of them below...
White Hills at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
White Hills will welcome their previously mentioned new LP Frying on this Rock on March 20th via Thrill Jockey. It was recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Boredoms). Album art and tracklist below...
The new effort will be the band's focus at an upcoming NYC date (their only US date as of this posting) on January 24th at Mercury Lounge with MOFO (ex-members of A Place To Bury Strangers who are also prepping a new release). Tickets are on sale.
DOWNLOAD: Pontiak - "Lions of Least"(MP3)
White Hills at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
"White Hills' sound has changed a bit compared to its catalog, particularly on the two songs enhanced by Oneida's Kid Millions' drums. Hawkwind's big riffs-in-space sound remains an obvious influence, though at different moments the band veers harshly into abstract Kraut electronics, or, as on "No Other Way," approaches stoner rock with a bass line identical to one on Sleep's Holy Mountain. As with those bands, the occasional thin, straining vocals detract from the overall sound, particularly on the otherwise raging "Upon Arrival."" [Dusted]White Hills opened for Sleep at Terminal 5 earlier this year.
White Hills released Rough Trade favorite LP H-p1 in June and are already planning a follow-up on Thrill Jockey for early 2012. Similarly, their labelmates Pontiak are preparing for their release of Echo Ono on Feb 21 featuring "Lions of Least" which you can download above. A teaser video for the album is below.
White Hills and Pontiak will head out on a short tour in December including a show on 12/10 at Littlefield. Tickets are on sale. Their full slate of dates and that teaser video, 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...
The Psychic Paramount at Cake Shop (more by BBG)
The Rock Yard returns with its third show of 2011 at The Morgan on 9/3 (first was with The Growlers, second with Danny Brown). The full lineup this time, as partially mentioned before, is Pictureplane, White Hills, The Psychic Paramount, Wise Blood and The Realness (aka MVSCLZ). The show, The Psychic Paramount's only current date, pops off at 2PM and is FREE. Details (set times, etc) are below.
The show is one of two dates for Pictureplane that week, who will also hit Cameo Gallery on 9/1 with Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on still sale. Pictureplane also participates in the upcoming "Check Yo Ponytail Tour" with Spank Rock, Big Freedia, The Death Set, and Franki Chan. That tour hits Brooklyn Bowl on 10/29 and tickets are on sale.
Pictureplane played PS1 over the weekend with help from Juan Maclean, Sloange, Blood Orange, Ford & Lapatin, and Grimes; check out pictures HERE.
White Hills will jet to the West Coast for some dates shortly after the Rock Yard show and then after two weeks, will head to Europe for a string of dates. Check out their tour sked, their new video for "Paradise", all dates and Rock Yard details below...