Entries tagged with: Why?
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).
Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.
Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.
There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.
Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.
In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Photographer Caroline Harrison has weighed in on her favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following chronological list. Harrison joins BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all dropped off their favorite shots of 2012. Check out her list below.
Why? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Sept 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Clearly the recent stint of dates (pics from MHoW) was not enough to sate the touring appetites of Anticon crew Why? who will embark upon another set of US dates in the new year. These shows, which kick off in Ohio and include appearances from Dream Tiger, Sarah Winters, Astronautalis and Baths along the way, are headed towards SXSW 2013 in Austin. The tour stops in NYC as well, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/13 with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger in tow. Tickets go on sale at 4PM today (11/30).
All tour dates are listed below, along with a few recent videos.
words and photos by Caroline Harrison
WHY? at MHOW, 9/13/2012
WHY? stopped in Brooklyn last night (9/13), headlining a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Labelmates Doseone and Serengeti supported, playing to a more enthusiastic and packed house than most opening acts see. DJ Thanksgiving Brown spun between sets.
Serengeti raps without any hurry, imparting lyrics to the audience as if he and they were just having a beer together. His conversational style carried his impressive lyrical ability effortlessly. Serengeti's set wasn't flashy, but it had substance.
Doseone's stage presence is the opposite, with the demeanor of a caffeinated Looney Toon and a voice that sounds like he's inhaled a tank of helium. His adept rapping quickly won over any skeptics put off by the bizarre timbre of his voice. Dose rapped and sang over chaotic beats he produced with a complex synth & sample set-up. His infectious enthusiasm and smirking delivery were hard to resist.
WHY? played a healthy mix of old and new material, including rap-heavy "Jonathan's Hope" off their upcoming record, Mumps Etc. Much of WHY?'s appeal comes from frontman Yoni Wolf's confessional vocal delivery. However, the band's five multi-instrumentalists (including both Yoni's wife and brother) provided a rich, layered sound as critical to the set as Wolf's jaded and honest lyrics. As a part of the encore, Doseone joined WHY? on stage to perform a song by their former outfit cLOUDDEAD, "Physics of a Bicycle."
More pictures from MHoW are below.
DOWNLOAD: WHY? - "Jonathan's Hope" (MP3)
As posted before, WHY? are on tour now with Doseone, Serengeti, and DJ Thanksgiving Brown which hits NYC tonight (9/13) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tonight's show is sold out but you'll have another chance to see them in October, because they've just added a NYC date to their upcoming tour with Naytronix (aka tUnE-yArDs bassist Nate Brenner), which kicks off about a month after their current tour ends. (They'll also be over in Europe in between the two North American tours.) The tour with Naytronix brings them back to Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21 for a show with The Black Swans. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon.
WHY? released the Sod in the Seed EP last month and are releasing their new full length album, Mumps, Etc., on on October 9 via Anticon. You can download Mumps, Etc. single, "Jonathan's Hope," above or stream it, along with the entire Sod in the Seed EP, plus check out the updated list of dates, below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
Why? @ a 2010 Pool Party (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
WHY? was recently in NYC for their rescheduled Florence Gould Hall shows earlier this month. A video from this show is below. They'll return for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 16 with Danielson. The show is an event within Carnegie Hall's 2012 American Mavericks festival. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Danielson, they released their take on "Visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy" for free on bandcamp as part of A Familyre Christmas - Volume 4. They'll also be featured on Joyful Noise's 2012 Flexi-Disc Series along with Akron/Family, Deerhoof, Lou Barlow, of Montreal, Tortoise, and others.
Why? video below...
"Dear fans, due to an unfortunate injury, we are going to have to cancel the rest of our North American tour with a possible exception for Chicago. As of now, the European & UK tour are still going forward as planned. We will keep you updated as things progress."That seated tour was set to hit NYC at Florence Gould Hall on 9/21. Refunds will happen I assume. The list of cancelled/happening dates is below...
We recently announced that WHY? are presenting preview shows for their new album in intimate seated venues and that they will do so in NYC on September 21 at Florence Gould Hall at 7 PM and 10 PM. Ends up these shows are part of a longer "unplugged-style" tour in September in October, and the sets will not only consist of new material, but also older favorites and covers. "Multi-instrumentalists Josiah Wolf and Doug McDiarmid will be on hand for this soft invasion of halls, theaters, churches, chapels, museums and other intimate spaces where people sit down, cozy up, and listen well.... At each stop, the crowd will be seated, treated to behind-the-scenes jaw-jacking, and given the chance to ask questions. To top it off, WHY? will be selling numbered, hand-screened posters both for the tour and some specific cities along the way."
Serengeti opens the tour. Tickets for both NYC shows are still on sale. All dates are listed below...
WHY? are currently at work on their followup to 2009's Eskimo Snow. Not too many details have emerged on the album yet but we can assume WHY? have something crazy up their sleeves, because as promoter Worldess Music puts it, WHY? will be presenting "a pair of unusually intimate and seated album-preview shows" in NYC on September 21 at Florence Gould Hall at 7 PM and 10 PM. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Yoni Wolf recently spoke to the 405 about the new album:
"I have of the nineteen I'd call rap songs, the other half, I dunno... more melody and chords sort of thing," he says. "I tried to get rid of the electric guitars. Maybe just for stabs but nothing sustaining or long... it eats up so much of the high mid-range where the vocals sit. It's mainly percussion-based I would say, that's the driving force."Grab some live Why? tracks over at Daytrotter. Check out a birthday video Josiah (who was just on tour) and Liz made for Yoni (who played LPR with Josiah in April), below...
Last summer at the Williamsburg waterfront, WHY?'s Yoni Wolf won me over with his over-the-top dance moves and compelling delivery, but I was curious to see him perform stripped down versions of songs in the swanky setting of Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night. First up, however, was Son Lux.
Following a week of listening to nothing but Son Lux's new album on repeat (thanks to NPR's First Listen series), I was thrilled to have the chance to see the material come to life so quickly. As part of The Wire magazine's annual RPM Challenge, Son Lux's Ryan Lott wrote and recorded the entirety of We Are Rising in just a single month (and the shortest one of the year at that), and the result is stunning. But he didn't stop there. As if all that wasn't strenuous enough, Lott quietly revealed that he would be performing even newer arrangements of the material.
With the help of Johnny Rodgers on guitar, Lott enthusiastically presented his songs with a grin on his face that seemed to reveal that he still couldn't quite believe that he had pulled off the challenge. With layers of synth riffs and hip-hop beats heavy in the mix, some of the new arrangements were a bit messy, but the sparse majesty of We Are Rising still shone through, and Lott's vocals were spot on. Stripped of Rodger's accompaniment, Lott concluded his all-too-brief set with the ballad "Stay" from his debut album.
the Wolf brothers
Following Son Lux's graceful set and more... conventional lyrics, Yoni Wolf's performance felt like quite a change of pace. (In his first song alone, Yoni referenced sex, titties, weed, and thugs). But as it turns out, sharing the bill isn't too much of a stretch for the two artists. As they each revealed over the course of their sets, Son Lux and WHY? toured Europe together a few years ago. (Their opinions of the experience, however, often contradicted humorously. To Wolf's consternation, Lott somehow had time to make pit stops at Greek ruins and the Eiffel Tower despite the long drives between gigs.)
Compared to last summer's show, Yoni's performance on Friday night may have been more restrained, but thanks to the unending stream of clever and provocative lyrics, it was no less irreverent and engrossing. This time, instead of egging on the crowd with his dance moves, Yoni spent the majority of the set seated behind a gorgeous piano, accompanied by just his younger brother Josiah (who also plays with WHY?) on guitar and backing vocals.
A showman at heart, Yoni has a natural ability to engage and entertain the audience with his free-flowing banter. Upon confessing that he'd love to move to New York if it didn't cost "a million" dollars, someone in the crowd suggested he move to Bushwick. "Bushwick?!" he exclaimed, his voice shrill with mock incredulity. "Is he trying to get me killed? Is he trying to get me murdered?!"
Whether rap is your thing or not, Yoni's madcap talent is readily apparent. The prolific artist pulled a Bradford Cox and wrote nineteen demos while staying at his parent's home this past winter, many of which he played on Friday night, in addition to a handful of older WHY? songs and a couple of covers (The Smiths' "Half a Person" and The Cure's "Close to Me").
Le Poisson Rouge may have been an odd setting for Wolf, but he had a good time with it, For one song Josiah jumped behind the keys which freed up his brother to exaggeratedly assume the pose of a lounge singer by leaning against the piano and serenading the crowd. The Wolf brothers concluded the evening with a three-song encore, ending with "One Rose."
More pictures from the show, below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
DOWNLOAD: Why? - This Blackest Purse (MP3)
Hi,If you're not a cute female from Oakland you can see Why? in NYC at (Le) Poisson Rouge where they play with Owen Weaver and Flexible Music on Saturday, September 26th. Tickets are on sale now.
I know this is a really cheesy thing to do on myspace, but I'm desperate. I currently live in Oakland California and am moving out of the state on august first and would love assistance in getting rid of most of my worldly possessions. I am really bad at doing this kind of thing (craigslist, etc.) and am busy with other things to boot (album art/ some remix stuff, etc.)...if you are someone who excels at these kinds of projects, (and are preferably but not requiredly a cute female) I would be glad to split all revenue from sales of my stuff with you 50/50. you also can have a bunch of free stuff if you want.
- yoni wolf
Why?'s new record, Eskimo Snow, is on the way from Anticon sometime this year. "The Blackest Purse," from that disc, is above.
A video of Yoni talking about a DJ gig in June ("I'll probably just play a couple records, Arcade Fire mostly. Maybe some Sufjan Stevens.") and other more relevant topics (the new record, his band, etc.) below...
DOWNLOAD: Why? - This Blackest Purse (MP3)
"A year and a half after releasing the acclaimed Alopecia LP, WHY? returns with their fourth album, Eskimo Snow. The two records are each other's perfect foil: While last year's release found Yoni Wolf and the gang delivering a tight set of intricate rhymes, live loops, slurred hooks and acerbic wit, Eskimo Snow offers a sung, sobering take on mortality that unfurls in lush waves of Americana and pop-infused psych-folk. Pre-mixed in Nashville by Lambchop's Mark Nevers (Silver Jews, Bonnie Prince Billy, Calexico) and worked over by Alopecia engineer Eli Crews, this album is WHY?'s most live-sounding yet - a shadowy and sprawling piece as intimate in subject matter as it is handsome in timbre." [PR]Check out an MP3 from the album above. An old video is below...
Yoni and Doseone @ Knitting Factory - Dec 18, 2008 (just_remember_to_roll)
"On Wednesday December 17th, Doseone, Jel and the other founders of Anticon played an intimate show in the Tap Room of the Knitting Factory. Doseone [told] the history of how the label came to be. I can't believe I missed it... I saw the 10th Anniversary show the next night. My show ended with a cLOUDDEAD reunion. The kids got a little crazy, I almost punched a few people. Seriously." [Jeff Devine]Videos below...
The Dodos, Department of Eagles, Torche, Harvey Milk, Abe Vigoda, The Duchess and the Duke, Jay Reatard, Sun Kil Moon, Why? and Women were among the twenty 2008 "honorable mentions" Pitchfork awarded today. In other words, these albums will not be part of the Top 50 of 2008 they are publishing soon.
What was your favorite album of 2008?
The Dodos opened for the Walkmen @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night (12/16)
Thanksgiving Brown, Jel and Sixtoo
Due to over-whelming demand from their near sold-out [December 18th] Anticon 3rd Annual 10 Year Anniversary show, the Knitting Factory NY adds a 2nd, more intimate Anticon collective event for Wed, Dec 17th in their Tap Bar! Limited to only 200 tickets, and at an amazingly accommodating 'Recession Rate' attendees can purchase an advance ticket for only $5.00!Tickets are also still on sale for the bigger and more expensive party.
Anticon Presents: The Visible Ant: An Intimate Night With The Most Personal Posse in Rap...featuring Jel (live set) + a night of music, stories and more with doseone, DJ Odd Nosdam, Yoni Wolf, DJ Thanksgiving Brown, and more!
DJ Thanksgiving Brown is also the latest addition to New Years Eve at the same venue, AND he's hosting the Souls of Mischief show there on Tuesday, AND, according to his MySpace, he'll be at the last Variety Shac comedy show, and at the final KF hip hop show with Rakim.
Video of Jel playing "Sweet Cream In It" in his bedroom, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Zach Hill, Performance Attire May Vary...
Spazzy drummer Zach Hill (Hella/Marnie Stern/Team Sleep/The Ladies) will be in town over the next two days performing "Necromancer" with Peer Pressure or, the second disc of the 2CD extravaganza known as Astrological Straits (out now on Ipecac). So what's "Necromancer" all about, and who the hell is Peer Pressure?
HELLO ! TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN INQUIRING ABOUT WHAT AND WHO "PEER PRESSURE" MAY BE IT'S ACTUALLY MY DRUM SET! HAHA THATS STRAIGHT TALK! IN THE FUTURE THIS MONIKER WILL MOST LIKELY DEFINE A COLLECTIVE OF HUMAN BEINGS PLAYING SONGS AND MY DRUM SET, BUT FOR THIS TOUR ITS A METAPHOR FOR THE DRUMS AND THATS ABOUT ALL I'M BRINGING AND ALL IM PLAYING. TO MAKE IT CLEAR SO THERES NO CONFUSION ABOUT MY UPCOMING PERFORMANCES I AM PERFORMING A 45 MINUTE NON STOP HEAVILY IMPROVISED RENDITION OF THE TRACK "NECROMANCER" OFF OF MY NEWEST SOLO RELEASE. THIS WILL BE ME ON DRUMS AND THE LAPTOP ON LAPTOP OR THE IPOD ON IPOD. I PLAN ON PERFORMING THE MORE SONG ORIENTED MATERIAL OFF THE ALBUM WITH A FULL BAND IN THE THE FUTURE BUT FOR MANY REASONS IT WAS UNREALISTIC AT THIS JUNCTURE. SO THIS IS HOW I WILL BE EXPRESSING MYSELF IN THE NOW ASIDE FROM THE SHOWS WERE ITS NOTED THAT I'LL HAVE SOMEONE AWESOME SITTING IN WITH ME! [Zach Hill]Zach Hill WILL have "someone awesome sitting in" with him at the Knitting Factory in NYC on 11/18, namely Marco Benevento. Also on the bill: Pattern Is Movement and Subtle (their last tour "for some time", they are going on hiatus). Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of Subtle, doseone and jel of Subtle (aka Themselves) will headline the "Anticon 3rd Annual 10-Year Anniversary" at NYC's Knitting Factory on December 18th with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?), Buck 65, Sole, Alias, Odd Nosdam + Jel, pedestrian + DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are on sale.
Odd Nosdam recently posted a free download of beats from 2002 - 2003 entitled CIRCUS faux PREZ beats! and a mixtape... Mixtape Super Delux. Download 'em and other MP3's above.
The Anticon flyer and all Zach Hill dates below...
photos by Lori Baily
"why murder, murdered" [Anonymous]
"It's been a busy and interesting year for WHY?, since the release of their acclaimed album Alopecia in March, the band has been touring the world almost non-stop, with a U.S. tour in the Spring and a lengthy European tour that immediately followed. Only one slight hiccup - while in Europe, two of the band members (brothers Yoni and Josiah Wolf) got the mumps, and on top of that, Yoni broke his hand. The band has soldiered on despite these minor setbacks..."Thursday night (September 18) WHY? played Bowery Ballroom in NYC. The California Anticon group brought Mount Eerie along for the ride and played to a young and enthusiastic crowd. More photos below...
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DOWNLOAD: DoE - Sailing By Night (WHY's Christmas mix) (old MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: DoE - No No One Does It Like You (new MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DoE - In Ear Park (new MP3)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) @ All Points West (more by Bao Nguyen)
Department of Eagles features Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and his friend Fred Nicolaus, plus additional help from two other members of Grizzly Bear, Chris Taylor and Chris Bear.Their album In Ear Park is out October 7, 2008 on 4AD. Two tracks from that album are up there for download above along with three older tracks and one remix by Why?. Pre-order In Ear ParK to get a free 7". Band pictures, album cover art and tracklists below...