Entries tagged with: Wolf Parade
For this one, BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play some singles off 2016 records they're excited for, some Wolf Parade and LCD Soundsystem in anticipation their return, plus music and memories about David Bowie and Lemmy. There's also discussion of such topics as the Oscars and recent movies (someone doesn't like Star Wars?), band reunions, and more.
Like all "Spotify In Residence" shows (like Hannibal Buress'), you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in February.
by Bill Pearis
photo: Operators at T5, 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dan Boeckner has a busy year ahead. Not only are Wolf Parade coming out of hibernation, his other band Operators will release their debut album, Blue Wave, which will be out on April 1 via Last Gang. The new single is "Cold Light" which cribs a little from New Order and the Cure but is unmistakably a Boeckner original. Stream it below. They played four other songs off the album in their recent KEXP session, which you can watch here.
Shortly after that tour, Dan will be back with Wolf Parade for five sold-out nights at Bowery Ballroom.
photo: Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Hey-o everyone, the hiatus is over!The NYC residency happens on May 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 at Bowery Ballroom, a much more intimate venue than their last NYC show at Terminal 5 in 2010. Tickets for those shows are on BrooklynVegan presale NOW using the password WOLFPARADE.
We're very excited to get back on stage together at these residency shows in NYC, Toronto, and London. We'll be playing our favorites from from the old albums, of course, as well as a taste or two of some new tunes we've been writing. Hope to see you there! xo WP
You can also get them in the artist presale if you sign up to be a member of Wolf Parade's site. AmEx presale begins Wednesday (1/20) at noon and the general on-sale begins Friday, January 22 at noon. All dates are listed, with the announcement video, below.
Dan Boeckner's band Operators are also playing shows.
We were just wondering aloud if 2016 might be the year for Wolf Parade's return...and signs are pointing to Yes. As Stereogum notes, the Montreal band just relaunched their website, which right now is just the above graphic of the band's name which changes to "2016" when you cursor over it. They also started a Twitter account (only tweet so far: "Hi, we are Wolf Parade") and an Instagram. It's about time. Stay tuned, but nice to have some good news.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Operators at Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dan Boeckner's band Operators have so far released an EP and a a stand-alone single, and now they just debuted five new songs in a KEXP session (recorded in November). They're bold, danceable pop songs, unmistakably Boeckner's work, and should be instantly satisfying to any fans of this band or his songs in Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and Divine Fits. In fact, these might even feel more spirited than that first Operators EP. Watch the video below.
Operators are also touring this winter into spring, including a NYC show on April 21 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
As great as it is to have new Operators songs, our fingers are still crossed that Wolf Parade will return. They've been on hiatus since 2011, a year after the release of their still-excellent third album Expo 86. Last year was the tenth anniversary of their debut album (and mid-2000s indie classic) Apologies to the Queen Mary, which was celebrated with anniversary pieces, a party at Baby's All Right, and more.
Dan w/ Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), have been prepping their debut album and now they've finally released a track from it, "True." It's not too far removed from the dancey stuff on Handsome Furs' last album, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Operators make their NYC debut on Friday the 13th at Baby's All Right for the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase with Little Big League and Motion Studies. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of Northside badges will be welcome.
Song stream below...
Dan Boeckner w/ Handsome Furs in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brooklyn's Northside Festival is just around the corner (June 12-15) and we're proud to last-minute-announce that the official BrooklynVegan showcase will happen on Friday the 13th at Baby's All Right. It's an early show (8 PM doors, over by 11), and will be the NYC live debut of Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) with his Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown (also of New Bomb Turks) and Devojka. There's two openers TBA, and $15 advance tickets are on sale now. Limited Northside badges also welcome. 21+.
Devojka (of Operators), Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) & friend (via)
Operators, whose upcoming album will have guest vocals from Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves (picture from the studio above), played their first-ever show this past November in San Jose, and last month they made their Canadian debut during Canadian Music Week. One of their shows was at the Silver Dollar which The Toronto Star caught and wrote:
Operators, rounded out by enigmatic Macedonian electronics whiz Devojka, came into CMW hard, though. The trio's first, utterly blazing midnight set at the Dollar on Thursday left a representative sample of Toronto's music-industry intelligentsia -- label reps, promoters, festival programmers, publicists, bloggers, critics and jaded scenesters in general -- tizzying about in a froth of unanimous excitement this writer has rarely witnessed in his two decades on the job.That show was also the one where fellow Canadian band Japandroids joined Dan Boeckner & co. joined them for a cover of Wolf Parade's "This Heart's On Fire." You can watch a video of that, with a video of one of their original songs, below.
Operators slayed, in other words. I went back for the other two shows just to make sure I wasn't delusional, and I wasn't alone. There were numerous fellow "three-peats" in the room on Saturday, and by then pretty much every friend with whom I'd witnessed the first show had returned for a second taste with at least one other friend in tow. Clearly, Operators were the CMW band to beat this year.
Dan was also recently interviewed by Noisey, and discussed the new band's sound:
My main impression of Operators' sound is how direct and immediate it is. It's really hook-heavy. Of course your past projects have been pop-oriented to varying degrees, but this seems like a more aggressive step in that direction. Why did you decide to go down that route?The band also have an upcoming appearance scheduled for Sled Island.
I felt like I needed to push myself after the Divine Fits record. I really liked that record, and there was a vibe to it, but given what was going on in my personal life when I recorded it... the songs that I contributed to that record were really dark. I toured the record and I cheered up a lot. With Operators, the gear lends itself to repetitive grooves, and I've always loved pop music. I was like, okay, I'm going to push myself with the vocals and the melodies of these songs. If we're going to have the same bass line running through this song, we're going to need a keyboard hook in it, there needs to be a vocal hook in it, and it needs to be really, really direct. It needs to be immediately accessible. I just really didn't want to make a record that was ponderous, like a think piece record. I wanted to make something that people could dance to, that had a ton of weird, noisy crap going on, but at its core was pop music. That's what I wanted with the band. We experimented with s lot of different formats, and this is what we hit on.
Watch those videos below...
The label will also be releasing Carey's book called Clouds of Evil, a collection of essays compiled for his son Ivan. Essay titles include: "A Story about the Time I Broke Up Wolf Parade, a Popular Independent Rock Band, by Starring in Their music Video and accepting One Thousand of Their Dollars" and "A Few recollections of the Time my Band Frog Eyes Went to Moscow."Pre-order the book and album in various combinations at Paper Bag Records' site.
We hope Carey is doing well after 2013's scary news. In 2006, Carey formed a project called Swan Lake with Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer) and Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug. We're still waiting for them to tour. Wolf Parade are meanwhile still on hiatus.
The Frog Eyes album's tracklist and a song to listen to, below...
Moonface at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We recently mentioned that Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) would be releasing a new solo piano album for his Moonface project called Julia With Blue Jeans On (due out 10/29 via Jagjaguwar). Like he did earlier in the year before the album announcement, Moonface will be doing some more solo piano shows once the album comes out. A full tour hasn't been announced, but we know he's at least doing a few US shows in November including one in NYC on November 9 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All currently announced dates are listed, along with a stream from the new LP, below...
Back in the spring, Moonface, the solo moniker of Spencer Krug (of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown), played some solo piano shows ahead of his upcoming solo piano album, which he's now announced. The album is called Julia With Blue Jeans On, and it will be out on October 29 via Jagjaguwar. It follows 2012's Heartbreaking Bravery which he recorded with a full backing band (Finland's Siinai), and 2011's Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped which was primarily Spencer, his organ, and drum loops. That's the artwork above.
The first single from the new album, "Everyone Is Noah, Everyone Is the Ark," can be streamed, along with the tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Divine Fits / Cold Cave @ Webster Hall, 10/21/2012
While many were sleeping off their CMJ hangover, musical or otherwise, Divine Fits were headlining Webster Hall on Sunday night (10/21) joined by support from Cold Cave as part of a larger string of dates. The tight supercrew ran through tracks from their Merge debut, covered Frank Ocean ("Lost") and Wipers ("Doom Town"), and even took a time out to throw fried chicken into the audience (*cough*KoolKeith*cough*).
Cold Cave, the brainchild of Wesley Eisold, was sporting a new version of Cold Cave at the NYC date, now that Dominick Fernow has flown the coop to concentrate on his project Vatican Shadow. Eisold's new band definitely leans more toward the punk end of things, employing the talents of Hunter Burgan (AFI), Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, yes the brother of Rocky), Jessie Nelson (Head Automatica), and London May (Samhain, Dag Nasty).
More pictures and the setlists from Webster Hall are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Divine Fits at Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/10/2012
We've known about Divine Fits for a while, songs have been trickling out since early this summer and their terrific album has been out for a couple weeks now. Some of us even saw them in Austin and Chicago. But it took me seeing them live last night (9/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- their NYC debut -- to realize that this is not just some offshoot supergroup timekiller project from guys in Spoon and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs. Divine Fits are the real deal and their show is easily one of my favorites of the year to date.
Divine Fits bring together two like-minded souls (and voices) in Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel who had giant grins on their faces the whole show, feeding off a legitimately pumped crowd. "You're too kind, really," Boeckner sheepishly said at one point, seeming a little astonished at the audience's reaction to "My Love is Real," "Would That Not Be Nice" and "The Salton Sea." Daniel, meanwhile, was clearly having a blast and it was cool to watch him digging the sounds the rest of the band were making. Maybe it's puppy love, but Divine Fits were a marriage made in heaven and this was definitely a honeymoon show.
Speaking of digging the band, the contributions of the other two members of Divine Fits should not be dimissed. New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown is a machine behind the kit, and keyboardist Alex Fischel's dexterous style is integral to the band's sound. The group ripped through the entirety of their album (which includes Rowland S. Howard's "Shivers," the encore last night) plus two covers: a nervy but faithful read of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" and Wipers' "Doom Town" that fit in seamlessly with the band's two sides (dancing and rocking out).
Divine Fits will be back in NYC on their tour with Cold Cave which hits October 21 at Webster Hall and tickets for that show are still available. The setlist and more pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, including opener Sean Bones, are below.
by Tim Griffin
Divine Fits @ The Continental Club - 7/31/2012
Tonight (8/1), indie rock supergroup Divine Fits (Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks - and auxiliary member Alex Fischel) are set to play their official first show at a sold-out Beerland in Austin, TX.
But last night (7/31), they got together and played a secret show at Austin's The Continental Club. Billed as 'The Hot Skull', they were sandwiched between Austin's The Laughing (who were playing their first show) and TV Torso. Divine Fits ran through the almost the entirety of their forthcoming Merge debut (out Aug. 28, which includes a cover of Nick Cave's "Shivers") plus a take on Tom Petty's 'You Got Lucky'; pretty sure all in attendance felt like they did.
As for the rest of the country, Divine Fits haven't announced a full tour yet, but they do have a few dates set up, including stops in the members' respective hometowns. They play Dan's homebase, Montreal, on Friday, August 3 (not part of Osheaga Fest), and visit Brown's Columbus, OH stomping grounds on August 6. They also play Chicago on August 5 and Salt Lake on Aug. 9.
All tour dates are below, along with more pictures (and video) Divine Fits, The Laughing and TV Torso below...
Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) have confirmed the existence of their new band, Divine Fits.This news comes just a few days after Dan announced that his other band Handsome Furs was over.
Divine Fits' as yet untitled debut album will be released later this year by Merge Records in the U.S. The album was was produced by Nick Launay.
Further details regarding the record's release date, live dates, etc. will be announced as they are confirmed.
Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more.Sadly, Handsome Furs, the project of Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexie Perry, posted the above message to their website last night, announcing their end as a band, with no other elaboration. This announcement comes almost a year after Wolf Parade played their last show "for a long time."
The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It's been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you.
In related news, you can catch Spencer Krug's Moonface project on tour this spring/summer. That tour includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on June 30 with La Big Vic. Tickets are still available.
Some Handsome Furs videos from 2011's Sound Kapital below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Moonface - "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips (MP3)
Last year, Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown vocalist Spencer Krug released his debut full length under his relatively new Moonface moniker, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped. That album featured little more than Spencer's voice, organ, and a drum machine, a fairly drastic but welcome change from the guitar/piano songwriting he's become known for in his other projects. Now, he's set to release the followup to Organ Music, which he recorded with Finnish krautrockers Siinai. The album's titled Heartbreaking Bravery and its due out on April 17 via Jagjaguwar. The backing of a full band makes the album more similar to Spencer's other bands than his previous work as Moonface, but the songs do retain some of the looping qualities of Organ Music. Stream the full album below (via AV Club) along with the video for album single "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips" (which you can also grab the MP3 of above).
Moonface will tour internationally in support of the album in the next few months, hitting NYC on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/13) at noon.
All dates, album stream, and video below...
Moonface at Mercury Lounge in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last month, Moonface (aka Spencer Krug) released his debut LP under the moniker and wrapped up a tour in support of the album which hit Mercury Lounge on 7/20. After an appearance at this year's POP Montreal in September, he'll tour again. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but a few are starting to surface including one on October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon.
Moonface dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Handsome Furs @ the Mohawk
For their part, the Furs are eager to keep returning to places where few other Western bands ever venture, to maintain the friendships they've forged and the fanbases they've built. The tours sharpen the couple's perspective on their art, their politics, and the Handsome Furs' existence itself. Says Boeckner, "Instead of going into this band being like 'We're against this! We're against that!', it's, 'We're against these things, but we also feel happy and positive that we're able to make music.'" [National Post]The Handsome Furs are currently on a massive tour that hit Bowery Ballroom back on 8/18, and visited Austin, Texas for two shows yesterday (8/26). The first one happened inside Waterloo Records. The second was last night at Mohawk. We have pictures from both in this post.
And though we don't know the venue yet, we do know that Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry
will be back in NYC in October for CMJ UPDATE: Handsome Furs are not actually coming to CMJ anymore. All tour dates and more Austin pictures below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"#moonface at mercury lounge. Expectations super exceeded. So, SO good. Also Spencer looks great." - Jed Crocker
Moonface (aka Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown) played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (7/20) as part of an ongoing tour. Spencer performed with with an organ and was accompanied by a drummer. They played every song on the recently released LP Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped and the non-album track "The Way You Wish You Could Live in the Storm." They ended their set with "All Fires," one of Spencer's contributions to his project with Dan Bejar and Carey Mercer, Swan Lake.
Flowchild opened the NYC show which happened right after EMA in the same venue. Pictures, videos, and setlist are below...
Handsome Furs have released a new and NSFW video for "What About Us", the sixth track on their spankin' new LP Sound Kapital. Stereogum talked to the video's director Scott Coffey who explained how "the video ties into Sound Kapital's [NWFW] cover art?...
"I conceived the cover photograph. With the exception of the wonderful Chinese water park shots, the photo art was conceived by me during our video shoot -- the cover shot, the back cover of the Furs in the car with the creeping hand, the freeway and night shots where all taken as I made the video. Alexi and Dan chose that great shot of the naked woman on the car for the cover, but I didn't now that was going to be the cover when I shot it. I liked the idea of the album art and video being integrated. I like the idea of a unified vibe and theme for the album art and video. Sort of like the modern version of a 1970's concept album."Check that the video below.
Handsome Furs hit Webster Hall on August 18th as part of a larger US/EU tour that kicks off next week and ends in middle October. Tickets are still available for the NYC show, and all tour dates are below under the new video...
Handsome Furs at the Great Escape in May (more by Tim Griffin)
"It's like a friends and family affair tonight," declared Wolf Parade singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner at the beginning of what had been announced as the indie rock band's final show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver Monday night...Last show for a long time doesn't mean breaking up. As Spencer pointed out in a recent interview, the band just doesn't have any plans to record or tour at the moment, though he says: "This could be the last show. We're not so naive to think it couldn't be. We're also not so naive to be so black-and-white as to say it definitely is our last show, you know?" The full Wolf Parade setlist from their Monday night maybe-but-probably-not-last show is listed below with a video of their last song, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."
...In a way, wrapping things up in Vancouver after a somewhat surprising appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival last weekend was fitting...
"It wasn't until Krug said, "This is our last show for (a) long time," after Cloud Shadow on the Mountain, that reality set in.
Wolf Parade revisited some glorious moments: Shine a Light, I'll Believe in Anything, Little Golden Age, and Kissing the Beehive, and fans couldn't have asked for more.
They did get two encores, including tumultuous renditions of This Heart's on Fire and You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son, and culminating with that final Dylan cover.
Boeckner will now focus on project Handsome Furs with his wife, Alexei Perry, and Krug will move on to Moonface.
And meanwhile, Moonface will have a new album out and is touring soon.
And we recently mentioned a number of Handsome Furs dates this summer including NXNE, but the band just added a bunch more leading up to their September appearance at MusicfestNW. The new dates include an NYC show at Webster Hall on August 18. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.
While you wait for Handsome Furs' new album, Sound Kapital to come out (June 28 via Sub Pop), check out their iTunes Live from Montreal EP which is available now. The EP includes two cuts off the new album, "No Feelings" and "Repatriated" (which you can also grab here), and three off 2009's Face Control. Check out the tracklist and more Handsome Furs dates and the other stuff, below.
photos by Josh Darr
"Wolf Parade's bombastic performance on day two of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival was a bittersweet one: After finishing a tour last year in support of its third album, Expo 86, the band announced that it would be going on indefinite hiatus after a small number of shows in 2011. Its set at Sasquatch was its penultimate performance, and it played with the force of a band that knows it will soon be playing its ragged, world-weary songs for the last time." [listen to it @ NPR]If you're just joining us, the pictures start HERE. The rest of Day Two below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Handsome Furs @ The Great Escape
Speaking of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs revealed the NSFW album art for their third album Sound Kapital (below) which comes out June 28 via Sub Pop. They've also made another song from the album available in exchange for your email address. Check out "Repatriated" below, and "What About Us" here.
Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry recently got back from a trip to Brighton, England where they played the M For Montrea/BrooklynVegan Great Escape showcase at The B'ton Coalition on Friday, May 13th. Pictures from the UK show are in this post.
Their next show will take place in Toronto as part of the NXNE Festival to which they were recently added....
NORTH BY NORTHEAST announces the third wave of bands for the 17th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 13-19, 2011. Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com.All dates, more Great Escape pictures, album art and tracklist, and the MP3 below...
NXNE has just confirmed that hardcore heroes FUCKED UP and glam gallant DIAMOND RINGS will join the Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) line-up that includes previously announced acts such as Devo, Stars, The Pharcyde, Land of Talk, Digable Planets, Descendents, OFF! and Men Without Hats.
Men Without Hats will also play an intimate club show on Thursday, June 16 at The Great Hall in addition to their YDS performance - and Fucked Up headlines the NOW Magazine showcase on the same night, at Wrongbar.
Newly announced as part of the NXNE Music Festival are HANDSOME FURS, previewing tracks from the new album Sound Kapital, GRIMES with her genre-bending pop, retro Manhattan garage-pop stars THE POSTELLES, Los Angeles four-piece SUPERHUMANOIDS, Portland folk outfit HORSE FEATHERS, Pixies tour mates IMAGINARY CITIES, action comic-punk band PEELANDER Z, Nashville garage punks HEAVY CREAM and critically acclaimed one-man band GUARDS.
DOWNLOAD: Moonface - "Fast Peter" (MP3)
Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown vocalist Spencer Krug announced the first-ever tour for his Moonface project, which hits NYC on July 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale this Wednesday (5/25) at noon. All dates are listed below.
His live debut for the new project took place earlier this month (5/6) at the secretly-located Brooklyn venue Envelope, and he played a show in Montreal since (a low quality video from the latter is below).
The tour is in support of his upcoming full length Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, which serves as the follow-up to his debut EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums. According to Krug, the album is "something between pop and lush drones." Organ Music drops August 2 via Jagjaguwar. Download the track "Fast Peter" from the album above.
The tracklist, live video, and all tour dates, below...
Spencer Krug's solo project Moonface will be in Brooklyn at the secret venue Envelope for his first ever performance under the Moonface moniker. The show, originally scheduled for tonight (4/20), has been moved to Friday, May 6. The $25 ticket includes 3 fancy drinks and the location of the Bushwick venue. The show is being opened by Matteah Baim. Moonface's 2010 EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums can be downloaded on his website. Donations welcomed.
In other Wolf Parade news, Handsome Furs just came through town on their tour which is still underway. Their upcoming third album Sound Kapital drops June 28 via Sub Pop. A new track, "What About Us," can be downloaded here.