Entries tagged with: Wise Blood
by Andrew Sacher
Wise Blood at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Ryan Muir)
Wise Blood, aka experimental pop musician Christopher Laufman, is set to release his new album, id, on June 25 via Brooklyn label Dovecote Records. The songs he's released so far are the kind of off-kilter pop that combines weirdo psychedelia and R&B-influenced indie, not unlike earlier releases from MGMT. Stream three of its songs, "Alarm," "Rat," and "Universe Is Blessed," and download the latter above. The album art and tracklist are below too.
Wise Blood will be celebrating his new album with a release party in Brooklyn on the day of its release at Glasslands (6/25) with The-Drum and Pegasus Warning. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The-Drum at BV Chicago party in 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Meanwhile, Chicago production duo The-Drum have a new album of their own on the way too. It's their first full length, it's called Contact and it's due out on June 25 via Audraglint. They've put out two singles from the album so far; the rattling "Sirens" which you can download above or stream below, and the more sultry, psychedelic cut, "Switch," which you can stream below. The album art and tracklist are below too.
The-Drum also just produced a track for Chicago rapper Kit. The track's called "Fuck You" and it's pretty awesome in the way that Zebra Katz' "Imma Read" is pretty awesome. Check out the video for that track below.
All streams and stuff below...
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.
Archy Marshall, who previously operated under the Zoo Kid moniker, now records as King Krule. He'll release a self titled EP under the name on November 8 via True Panther. That's the album art above. You can check out the EP's last track, "The Noose of Jah City," along with the tracklist below.
King Krule has a few international dates coming up including some CMJ shows, which will also act as his US debut. He's scheduled to play the True Panther showcase at Glasslands on October 19 with Tanlines, Trash Talk, Lemonade, Teengirl Fantasy, and Little Red. He'll also play a Fader Fort CMJ Party on October 21 and a secret True Panther warehouse party on October 22. Stay tuned for more details on those.
Trash Talk also have other CMJ shows including a late one at Cake Shop on Thursday, October 20:
LIFE or DEATH PR CMJ SHOWCASELife or Death PR also rep Odd Future and GZA, so that 3am special guest should be interesting. Trash talk ALSO play Santos on Saturday, October 22 with Kylesa and others (details TBA soon).
THE CAKE SHOP
Doors at 7PM - 4AM., $12.00
FREE BEER FROM LONG TRAIL. DASSS WASSUP
DJ sets from NNA TAPES & Todd Pendu / ElectricLady
9PM Chelsea Wolfe
10PM Psychic Ills
11:15PM Chrome Sparks
12AM Wise Blood
1AM Main Attrakionz
2 AM Trash Talk
3 AM SPECIAL GUESTS
Trash Talk have a new video for "Burn Alive" off their upcoming Awake EP, which comes out next week (10/11) via True Panther. Check out that video and one for the EP's title track below.
All dates, videos, song stream, and other stuff below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: R E A L M A G I C - "Hard 2 Keep" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: R E A L M A G I C - "No Things Left" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: R E A L M A G I C - "Crip Tics" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wise Blood - "Nosferatu" (REALMAGIC Remix) (MP3)
The past few years have seen the boundaries of pop music pushed further than ever before as the line between singer/songwriter and electronic producer continues to blur. Denver, CO's Drew Englander, who records under the moniker R E A L M A G I C, is continuing to push these boundaries. Drew uses grimey synths and dance beats to sculpt carefully arranged soundscapes that will make you take a step back from the dancefloor to absorb the music with your mind before you let your body back into it. He tops all of this off with his own soaring vocal harmonies which set him apart from many of his computer-manipulated and effect-ridden contemporaries. This past June, he released two tracks via the Heart Music Group bandcamp, "No Things Left" and "Crip Tics." You can download both of those above, and check out the artwork for the tracks which Drew designed himself, along with a teaser video for "Crip Tics" below. He recently followed those recordings with the new track, "Hard 2 Keep," which you can download above. He also remixed "Nosferatu" by fellow Heart Music Group affiliate Wise Blood, which is available at the top of this post as well.
R E A L M A G I C will be make his NYC live debut during CMJ. He'll play the Heart Music Group Showcase at Pianos on October 21 with Wise Blood, Cities Aviv, Supreme Cuts, Evan Voytas, North Highlands, Hard Mix, and Chrome Sparks. Tickets for this show are on sale now. The next night, he'll play the Reverb showcase at Fontana's on October 22 with Caveman, Gauntlet Hair, Balkans, 1,2,3, Hands, and Flashlights. He's also been announced for this year's SUNY Purchase Fall Fest, which is not technically open to non-students.
All dates, video, and artwork below...
Wise Blood on the Glasslands balcony (more by Ryan Muir)
Those wanting to catch both Picturepane and Wise Blood can do so for free on Saturday courtesy of Jelly & The Morgan. Those wanting to catch them both even sooner have a decision to make tonight (9/1). You can head to Cameo to catch Pictureplane along with Autre Ne Veut, or instead choose Glasslands where Wise Blood plays with Cities Aviv, and D'eon.
Regardless of which you choose, you can spend the later portion of your night at Glasslands with Chicago's Supreme Cuts who will be handling the "late night show" and promise they have some "very special things lined up". In honor of their visit to Brooklyn they made us an exclusive mixtape which you can listen to below (it's the "Trouble: Club Paradise Mix). While you're down there you'll also find a mix they did for Fader who wrote "Chicago newcomers Supreme Cuts call their sound Future RnB, a surprisingly apt title for their seamless mash of sultry vocals and gritty post-dub beats."
Wise Blood return to the NYC stage on October 20th at Le Poisson Rouge for a Windish CMJ showcase with Art vs. Science, Penguin Prison, Mr. Little Jeans, Chad Valley, Data Romance and Geographer. All tour dates and mixes 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...
by Andrew Sacher
New album STROKED: A Tribute to Is This It, as the title hints, is a tribute to The Strokes' massively influential debut Is This It. The album was released for free on Stereogum today (7/26). They write:
Is This It was recorded in NYC at Transporterraum with Gordon Raphael. When it was finally released in the States in the Fall of 2001, a decade after Nevermind, it helped not only put contemporary New York City in the forefront of music lovers' minds, it offered an easy reference for people to dig backwards into the Big Apple's rock 'n' roll past. For certain younger fans, it was maybe the first time they carefully considered Television (the late '70s), the Velvet Underground (mid '60s to early '70s), and other lesser known garage and rock and whatever bands that inhabited a dirtier, grubbier Manhattan. The title's pure Richard Hell. The original sexy album cover a minimalist echo of New York Dolls (via Roxy Music). It's no coincidence that 2001 NYC -- eventually, especially Brooklyn -- ended up being known for its post-punk revival. (See, for instance, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Black Dice, Vice Records' No New York nodding collection Yes New York, etc.) Is This It was a history lesson, but one with enough new ideas to also offer a roadmap.Chelsea Wolfe, Austra, Owen Pallet, The Morning Benders, Real Estate, Peter Bjorn & John and others offer their takes on album tracks as well. Full tracklist below.
Wise Blood contributed "Someday" to "Stroked". He and fellow weirdo rapper Cities Aviv share a bill on September 1 at Glasslands in Brooklyn. The show is one of many scheduled around the world for Wise Blood, but is Cities Aviv's only date we see scheduled at the moment. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.
Cities Aviv, the self-proclaimed "Post-Death" rapper, is also on the Glasslands bill with Wise Blood. The Memphis native released his debut full length Digital Lows on May 2. The album's production credits go to a number of virtually unknown producers, Muted Drone, RPLD GHOSTS, Danny Dee, Upgrayde, and Royal'T. The beats are dreamy, reverb-soaked headknockers that sound about as woozy as that album art (below) looks. Cities Aviv takes the beats, which on their own would make up a pretty solid chillwave album, and spits biting lines with a classic southern drawl. Fille Catatonique provides sung vocals which blend quite nicely with the album's vibes. The final track, "Float On," features Cities Aviv rapping over chillwaver Blackbird Blackbird's cover of the Modest Mouse song, that he recorded for 2010's Happy High EP. It's a fun way to end the album, and is far better than Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Must Go On," which sampled the Modest Mouse song earlier this year.
Cities Aviv isn't exactly the only rapper crossing into lo-fi/indie-approved territory lately, but he's certainly approaching the crossover from a unique angle. Digital Lows isn't nearly as blown out as, say, Shabazz Palaces, but he's still got way more experimentation going on than guys like Wiz Khalifa or Theophilus London. Grab the album for free at his bandcamp and check out some songs below.
All tour dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...
Friendly Fires @ Bowery Ballroom in Feb (more by Chris La Putt)
Friedly Fires kick off a North American tour in Philly on May 24th. Joining them on that tour, including at their sold out May 25th Webster Hall show, will be Wise Blood (who maybe you caught open for Wu Lyf earlier this month).
That tour ends in Mexico in mid-June, but Friendly Fires will return later in the summer to headline their own free show at Central Park Summerstage with The Naked and Famous and Cults on Sunday, August 7th (at 3pm).
That makes four upcoming NYC shows for Cults who have two scheduled at Music Hall of Williamsburg before then -- one free one happening in a week, and another as part of a June tour that also lists them playing a NYC show the same week at The Box. And that doesn't even count their slot on ATP NJ in September.
Cults' June tour now has an opener too, and that is San Diego band Writer whose new "Miss Mermaid" 7" you can listen to below.
All Friendly Fires and Cults dates below too...
photos by Ryan Muir
no bandana, no shirt either...
As MusicSnobbery points out...
"Making their U.S. debut last Friday was the much talked-out and mysterious band out of Manchester, UK, Wu Lyf (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation). Half of the story is the incredible and evocative songs they've released or teased. With their epic, no-holds art rock and sense of grandeur, they defy comparison to any current band in the U.K. music scene. The other half is the fact that they buck convention by not releasing any information about themselves. They eschew interviews and the standard PR push that is endemic with new bands. Heck, I was chatting with the lead singer before the show and I didn't even know it until the Wise Blood guy pointed him out....My thoughts were very much the same after seeing the intense band perform at the BrooklynVegan-presented sold out show at Glasslands on Friday night (same night the Strokes played MSG, but Wu Lyf's 12:30am set time gave some people the chance to do both).
... Their music thrives on screwing with the complacent. Nothing is straight forward in songs like "Lucifer Calling," "Heavy Pop", "Spitting It Concrete Like The Golden Sun God" and "L Y F". The overall feeling is some sort of religious or spiritual upheaval, maybe purging of their demons. Every song has them screaming until their voices cracked.
My surprise is their set was a decent amount of time, a little under an hour....
....Seeing the band was like seeing the movie There Will Be Blood for the first time. I know it's a brilliant experience, but I can't exactly tell you why..."
And Wise Blood was a whole different kind of entertaining as he rapped over live and electro beats, gave shotouts to people he recognized in the crowd, asked for coke and drunkenly climbed to the 2nd level thing in Glasslands and then jumped down (possibly breaking his foot, as he said under his breath before launching into his final song). You can see some of the action in the pictures, which continue below...
Advanced tickets for the BrooklynVegan/PopGun-presented U.S. debut of Wu Lyf at Glasslands Friday night are sold out, but there will be limited tickets available at the door, AND Popgun have set up a 2nd Wu Lyf show happening at Shea Stadium on Saturday. Friday's show will be opened by Wise Blood, True Womanhood, and DJ True Panther. Saturday's will feature sets by Total Slacker and Wise Blood.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Widowspeak - Harsh Realm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Warpath (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wise Blood - B.I.G. E.G.O. (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mr. Dream - Crime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Duzheknew - Came Out the Other Side (MP3)
We're 1700 miles and two weeks away from the eye of the storm, but you can feel the SXSW hurricane forming from here. People have begun talking about breakfast tacos and the clubs are filling with bands from Canada, Scandinavia and the UK. Even moreso than normal. There is too much going on. Decisions, decisions. Let's get into it.
Dirty Beaches play two shows this week: a headlining slot at Glasslands on Thursday (3/3) and then opening for Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/4). The pseudonym of Montreal artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, Dirty Beaches sound like a band invented by David Lynch (or maybe Jim Jarmusch), like a half-remembered dream infected by an oldies station playing on a vintage transistor radio. It also kind of sounds like Suicide. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming album, Badlands (out March 29 and pictured above), is at times pretty, twangy and vaguely sinister. He's definitely got a vision to what he's doing. Check out "Lord Knows Best" at the top of this post for a sample.
The Glasslands show also has Austinites (and TWII faves) YellowFever on the bill, as are Widowspeak whose new single is out now on Captured Tracks (the a-side is downloadable above), and Ela Orleans. Plus, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls is DJing. This should be a good night.
As should Dum Dum Girls' show on Friday. Their new EP, He Gets Me High, came out on Sub Pop this week and you can download the title track at the top of this post. I loved DDGs' debut, but I think these new tracks are a definite improvement: a little tougher, the production's better and the songs are solid. And I dig the Smiths cover as well.
Former Dum Dum Girls drummer Frankie Rose is also on the bill, and she has dropped The Outs from her name... and the band. This show will mark the debut of her new group and perhaps a new sound? We shall see. Frankie is promising mostly new songs for this one and I'm curious as to what Frankie Rose Mark 2 will be like.
Rounding out the Bowery line-up are MINKS. Tickets are still available.
Esben and the Witch
Also here this week are UK neogoths Esben & the Witch who play The Bell House on Friday (3/4) and then Mercury Lounge on Saturday (3/5). While I'm not crazy about their debut album, Violet Cries, which meanders a bit and generally takes too long to get going, I do recommend going to see them live. Guitarist Daniel Copeman rivals The Edge or Kevin Shields for the Most Effects Pedals award and the sounds he creates with them is genuinely mesmerising. He is also a whirlwind onstage. They are so much more compelling live, and worth giving a shot even if the record does nothing for you.
Opening the Mercury Lounge show is Wise Blood who has gotten a lot of love from Pitchfork, Altered Zones, GvB, etc. The alter-ego of Chris Laufman, Wise Blood is firmly in the low fi sample-based collage world. Some of it is pretty interesting for sure -- check out a track at the top of this post -- but I'm always a bit dubious about seeing this kind of stuff live. Maybe he'll pull it off. Maybe he'll be the next How to Dress Well. How was he last night at Glasslands with Young Magic? Wise Blood will also be at SXSW.
Representing Canada this week are Duzheknew and Cousins who play Bruar Falls on Sunday (3/6) and Death by Audio on Monday (3/7). Both bands hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia -- a town that hasn't had much of a scene (from what I can tell) since its '90s heyday of Sloan, Eric's Trip, Jale and Thrush Hermit. Duzheknew, from the tracks I've heard (like the one at the top of this post), sound somewhere between Wolf Parade (vocally), early Talking Heads and their hometown indie elder statesman. Cousins are a little more straight-up garage rock. Both sound pretty good.
And now onto some local action. Mr. Dream's debut album, Trash Hit, was released this week and will certainly appeal to those with a fondness for early '90s indie rock, be it Nirvana, The Pixies, Jesus Lizard, etc. Which is to say it's loud, it rocks, there is some yelling and snarling... but it's also got hooks, no shortage of tunes, and badass flinty basslines all over the place. You don't have to remember the early days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien to dig Mr. Dream. As far as I'm concerned this kind of stuff is timeless. You can download "Crimes" at the top of this post and stream the entire album via a widget below.
Mr Dream celebrate Trash Hit's release this Friday (3/4) at Glasslands, with Sleepies and Fort Lean (making their debut) along for the ride. I also hear Derek from Sleigh Bells will be performing as well, but not sure exactly in what capacity. Mr. Dream will tour with Sleigh Bells in April.
Another Record Release show is happening Friday night, this time at Cake Shop where Shark? celebrate the birth of their new 7" single "Kreegah." It's too bad Shark? and Mr. Dream couldn't have coordinated their parties together as Shark?'s straight-up, super-catchy indie rock would have made a great opening act. You can stream both sides of the single below. Personally, I'm partial to the b-side, "You Don't Love Me (Anymore)." Both songs will be on the band's debut album, True Waste, which was produced by Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone and should be out sometime soon?
Shark? hit the road next week, touring with the Sundelles on their way down to SXSW. Sundelles also have a show coming up at Glasslands with Cloud Nothing and Craft Spells. All tour dates are below.
And that is basically it for this week. Expect an equally-lengthy TWII next week. A few more day-by-day picks below:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Tennis, La Sera, and Holiday Shores team up for their first of two NYC shows together, tonight at Bowery Ballroom. They then play The Bell House on Thursday (3/3).
Norway's Heroes & Zeroes play Pianos tonight before heading to Alaska to play a string of gigs in Alaska, believe it or not. Tonight's show is an eclectic bill to say the least, with with French psycho noiserockers Headwar and Koonda Holaa adding to the strangeness.