Entries tagged with: Woods
by Bill Pearis
The Moles back in the day...
Richard Davies, who played shows as Cardinal a few years ago, is reaching back further into his past, reviving The Moles, the Australian band he fronted in the early-'90s. The group is getting a Brooklyn makeover for 2014, using fellow Aussie expats Free Time as his backing band, and working with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere on a new album to be released via Fire Records later this year. In the meantime a single, "Beauty Queen Of Watts / Chills," will be out June 23, marking the first new Moles songs in 21 years. The a-side is an ode to Davies days in Sydney:
Sydney is beautiful but is also the place that people were sentenced to from the British Isles. So, a very romantic, sad, but resilient, hopeful song, like a convict would write."Beauty Queen Of Watts" definitely has that jangle one associates with The Moles. Welcome back. You can stream it below. The band have some UK dates this summer, including Glastonbury 2014. Nothing for the US yet, but they all currently live in America, so hopefully soon. All dates are listed below.
Fire recently reissued The Moles' entire back catalogue as a set titled Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of The Moles which you can stream via Spotify. Some of their early songs -- "Europe by Car," "Bury Me Happy," "This Happy Garden" -- are just terrific.
One wonders if the new Moles single's b-side, "Chills," isn't a nod to the legendary New Zealand group The Chills who were clearly an influence on The Moles and who also are now recording new material for Fire. The Chills' "Molten Gold" is out July 29 and its b-side is a new recording of what is arguably their most famous song, "Pink Frost." Martin Phillips give the track a new intro but otherwise doesn't mess with perfection too much. Superflous, but not bad. Stream the new "Pink Frost" and the original below...
The War on Drugs, Woods & Julianna Barwick Northside Festival show scheduled to take place in 50 Kent tonight is postponed due to RAIN.
Omar Souleyman also just cancelled his Glasslands show (though the DJs are still playing, no cover).
BrooklynVegan's showcase is going on as planned! Doors at 8:00.
Lots of other stuff to do tonight too.
We hope we don't have to find out, but there is a Flash Flood Watch that "remains in effect until midnight EDT", right through the entire War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick show. Meanwhile, Northside Fest says "The show must go on!"
UPDATE: As of 6:30, IT IS RAINING HARD, but still no word on the show being moved or cancelled.
UPDATE 2: The War on Drugs is postponed until Sunday!
Beirut, Ratking and Malang Jobarteh play the same outdoor venue Saturday.
The Range opening for CHVRCHES at T5 in May (more by Wei Shi)
The music portion of Brooklyn's multi-venue Northside Festival is almost here, beginning this Thursday (6/12) and running through Sunday (6/15), and there continue to be updates. For one, all openers for Northside's four big outdoor shows have been announced. We already knew Woods are opening the War On Drugs show Friday at 50 Kent, and we know Julianna Barwick is too. As discussed, Saturday's Thee Oh Sees show in McCarren Park will be opened by The Blind Shake and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Saturday's Beirut show at 50 Kent will include a lineup handpicked by the band of Ratking and Malang Jobarteh, and Sunday's CHVRCHES show in McCarren Park will include The Range (who also opened for them at Terminal 5) and Hunters.
The McCarren Park shows are free with RSVP (CHVRCHES closed, Thee Oh Sees still open, and the 50 Kent shows are still on sale. All Northside shows are accessible with a Northside badge though entry is subject to capacity.
Other recently announced Northside shows include the ones at Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Nick Waterhouse, Baths and Watain. Plus the Cameo/Buzz Chips/Pancakces & Whiskey showcase at Cameo on Friday with Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin and The Great Void (tickets). Check out the festival's full schedule.
And as mentioned, we at BrooklynVegan are presenting the NYC debut of Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) new band Operators at Baby's All Right on Friday (6/13). Openers for that show will be announced very soon.
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Nicholas Jaar w/ Joshua Light Show visuals, Fierce Festival 2013 (via)
We mentioned that Woods would be playing NYU Skirball Center on October 24 with phantasmagoric visuals by Joshua Light Show. We now know that that performance is part of the 2014 Joshua Light Show Festival which happens October 23 - 25 at NYU Skirball Center. This year's lineup includes Glasser, Wye Oak, Television, J. Spaceman & Kid Millions, as well as The Bad Plus performing Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction. Specific showdates, times and ticket info is still TBA.
Woods @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
In the band's own words: "Fresh off of the release of their eighth official album, With Light and With Love, Woods are pleased to announce a new single for Captured Tracks due July 8th featuring two brand new non-album songs, "Tambourine Light" and "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday," meant as a companion piece to the album. You can pre-order the single here." Listen to "Tambourine Light" below.
Catch Woods on tour this summer and fall. New Yorkers who missed the band at Baby's All Right (4/22) and Bowery Ballroom (5/16) have another chance on 6/13 when the band open for The War On Drugs at the big Northside Festival show at 50 Kent. If you already bought a ticket for this show, consider youself lucky to get such a fine, fine opener. All of the band's dates, which take them to Chicago for Wicker Park Fest, to Portland for Pickathon, to Big Sur for their own festival, back to Austin (where they recently played Psych Fest), to San Francisco for Outside Lands to all over Europe, are listed below.
On October 24, possibly as part of CMJ, the band plays another NYC show, this time with psychedelic light show pioneers Joshua Light Show at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (a venue we've seen the Joshua Light Show do a series of performances at before). We'll post more details about that one as they surface.
Dates and song below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Pink Baby
Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic. The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.
The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.
Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!
Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.
A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.
In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.
Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...
Woods @ P4K Fest 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Woods' new album was released With Light And Love was released this week. Pitchfork's Ian Cohen writes:
Similar to the Men's Tomorrow's Hits and Future Islands' Singles, other 2014 albums by respected "lo-fi" bands recording in a "real studio", With Light and With Love is a reminder that while Woods' hard-touring, road-dog reputation has solidifed their fanbase, people show up in the first place because the band can write great songs.Stream the whole album via Spotify below, and pick one up in an actual record store this Saturday aka Record Store Day. In fact, maybe you want to pick it up at the Captured Tracks Shop where:
they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a leisurely noon for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.More NYC Record Store Day options and events in our NYC guide.
Once acquainted with the record, come help Woods celebrate on one of their upcoming tour dates or at their BrooklynVegan-presented record release show happening on Tuesday (4/22) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show we put together with Weyes Blood, Cassie Ramone and The Woolen Men also on the bill, not to mention recent addition DJ Bill Pearis. Tickets, first come first served at the door, are just $3 if you RSVP. First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured below.
The Baby's flyer, album stream and all tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.
The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.
Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.
Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.
Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.
East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.
Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.
Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."
At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."
Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.
Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.
Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.
Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.
Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.
If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.
Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.
Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).
Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:
-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.
The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .
This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain, Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...
We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.
Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.
Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...
by Andrew Sacher
Aaron & Greta
Frankie Cosmos, the NYC-based twee pop/anti-folk-inspired project of Greta Kline, has become a regular on the local live scene, but this month she'll be taking her show on the road for a two-week long US tour. A handful of those shows are with Porches., whose frontman Aaron Maine drums in Frankie Cosmos and whose live lineup counts Greta as a member, but most of these are billed as Aaron solo. All dates are listed below, though many of them are house shows (and some venues are still TBA), so Facebook events are included where applicable for more info.
What should come as no surprise, Frankie Cosmos also has many NYC-area dates before, after, and during the tour. First, she plays Fordahm University TONIGHT (4/4) with Porches at the college's Rodrigue's Coffee House (441 E. Fordham Road). Then she plays a previously discussed show at SUNY Purchase on April 12 with orchestral indie pop collective Mutual Benefit, which is the first night of her tour.
Upon returning home, Frankie Cosmos will headline a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 28 with Toons and Eskimeaux. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then she plays a show on May 9 at Brooklyn Rod and Gun (59 Kent Ave), and finally opens the NYC stop of Woods' tour which happens on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom with psych-folk band Quilt. Tickets for that show are still available.
Additionally, Greta and Aaron also made a video for "Birthday Song" off Frankie Cosmos' excellent debut full-band album, Zentropy, which came out via Double Double Whammy last month. The video's as homemade and DIY as Frankie Cosmos' music, shaky hand-held camera included, and it suits the song well. That video makes its premiere in this post, and you can check it out below.
Porches. Being Alone.
In related news, filmmaker/photographer Heather Craig filmed a tour documentary on Porches called Being Alone, which will be released soon. You can see it in NYC ahead of its release though, as its premiere screening will take place on April 13 at Baby's All Right. It's an early Sunday Brunch screening (3 PM start), and tickets are available now. Film trailer, poster and more info below.
Porches also play a previously discussed live show at Baby's All Right (4/10) only three days earlier, opening for The Love Language. KDH is on that bill too, and tickets are still available. And they have yet another Brooklyn show coming up on June 13 at Silent Barn with Pile, Bad History Month and more.
All Porches and Frankie Cosmos are listed, with the new Frankie Cosmos video, Porches movie trailer, and more, 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...
by Bill Pearis
Woods @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Woods will return with a new album, With Light and With Love, out April 15 via Woodsist. You can stream the Dylan-esque track "Leaves Like Glass" below.
Shortly after the album's release, Woods will be heading out on tour, including a stop at Austin Psych Fest and finishing up with an NYC hometown show at Bowery Ballroom on May 16. No word on tickets at this time but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
Woods bassist Kevin Morby, who released the very nice solo album Harlem River last year, will play NYC next week with Cate Le Bon at Mercury Lounge which is sold out. All dates are listed, along with the track stream, album art and tracklist, 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...
by Bill Pearis
You may remember Malmö, Sweden's This is Head from their debut, The Album ID, which came out earlier this year. The band have a new EP coming out next week (11/12) titled Repetition Radio via Adrian Recordings. The video is a play on the underwater cover art to their full-length, both of which were made by Jasper Berg. We're got the premiere of that clip and you can watch it below.
The band also recently covered Woods' "Born to Lose," taking the minimal, folky original and turning it into a krauty, almost dancey number. You can stream that below too. The band played a few North America shows back in March when they were here for SXSW and they have announced they'll be back in February for a more extensive tour, though details are still TBA at the moment. They do have a few dates in Sweden coming up, though, and those are listed along with the video and track streams, below.
by Bill Pearis
Kevin Morby, who co-fronts The Babies and plays bass in Woods, will release his first solo album, Harlem River, on November 26 via Woodsist. The album was made in Los Angeles (where he currently lives) with producer Rob Barbato (The Babies, Bleached) and features appearances by White Fence's Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon. The latter sings on languid and lovely "Slow Train" which you can stream, along with another track from the album, below.
Morby and Le Bon will be touring the West Coast in December and those dates are listed below. NYC will get Cate on January 16 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) as part of her more extensive tour for new album, Mug Museum (out 11/12). All Morby and Le Bon dates are listed, along with Morby song streams and a trailer of Le Bon's album, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys are back with a new EP titled Soothsayer, which is out September 24 via Mexican Summer. (That's the cover art above.) The EP is the band's most full-bodied production yet, but still full of the odd twists and turns the band is known for. You can stream the EP's title track over at Stereogum. As mentioned, F&Os are playing the Woodsist Fest in Pioneertown, CA next month and the band will be touring with Woods on the West Coast leading up to that. All tour dates are below.
Meahwhile, Fresh & Onlys guitarist Wymond Miles has a new solo album, Cut Yourself Free, that will be out October 17 via Sacred Bones. Before that, he'll release a new 7" single, "Passion Plays," on September 17. Wymond's distinctive post-punk-influenced guitar style is one of the things that makes F&Os so distinctive and his solo work -- like last year's debut -- definitely leans more towards that. You can stream "Passion Plays" and check out a video trailer for the album below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Bjork / Joanna Newsom / Wire / Mikal Cronin @ Pitchfork Fest 7/19/2013
Wearing a shiny silver dress (while choir wore mostly blue) Bjork sang and moved across the stage with a great deal of passion and energy. Behind her, three screens displayed imagery that included an exploding star, the moon, ZX Spectrum-looking polygons, and even a sped up clip of a seal carcass being consumed by starfish and sea slugs underwater (read: slightly unsettling). The latter stood out, for obvious reasons, and close-ups of the starfish seemed to show a synchronized pulse with the music. Another highlight was the giant tesla coil enclosure that descended from the stage rathers during "Thunderbolt," creating huge sparks each time the synthesizer was played. After each song Bjork politely said "Thank you!" in her strong Icelandic accent which had everyone smiling and laughing. In the distance, a storm was approaching but appeared to be another special effect being incorporated in an already elaborate performance. Unfortunately, it was real, and reached the festival before Bjork could fully complete her set. - [BV Chicago]The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off last night (7/19) in Chicago's Union Park. A more gently paced day than what's in store today (7/20) and Sunday (7/21), Friday featured a headlining set from Bjork (which was cut short due to a storm), plus Wire, Joanna Newsom, Angel Olson,Mikal Cronin, Mac Demarco, Woods, Trash Talk, a newly-blonde Frankie Rose, and Daughn Gibson. Pictures from Friday are in this post.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Real Estate @ Crest Hardware, Dec. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, the closing night concert of the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival is happening May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Phillip Glass, Van Dyke Parks and Friends. To make the evening even more tempting, Real Estate (playing a stripped-down set) have now been added to bill. Tickets for that show are still available.
Speaking of, Real Estate will also be playing in the actual Big Sur for the 2013 Woodsist Festival which happens at the Henry Miller Library on September 22 & 23. The sold-out two-day event also features Foxygen (who have three shows in NYC next week), The Fresh and Onlys, Peaking Lights, The Babies and more.
There is also a Woodsist Fest date on September 28 at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town, CA with Woods, Real Estate, Fresh & Onlys, Parquet Courts and more on the bill. Tickets to that show are still available.
And in other news, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who also play both Woodsist fests) will release their second album, How Far Away, via Woodsist on May 28. You can stream a track from the LP, "Leave on the Light," below. They'll play a NYC record release show at Knitting Factory on the same day (5/28) with Spectre Folk and King Cyst. Tickets are on sale now.
All Alex Bleeker & the Freaks tour dates are listed, along with Woodsist Fest line-ups and song stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
Woods @ MHOW, Nov. 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Brooklyn's Woods will be spending most of the summer on tour and to commemorate the jaunt they'll be releasing a new single via their Woodist label. The b-side of that 7" is a very faithful cover of The Kinks' "God's Children" which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1971 penile transplant comedy, Percy. You can stream it below.
The North American leg of Woods' tour wraps up here in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on July 27 with openers Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. No word on advance tickets but you can keep checking Ticketmaster if you like.
Woods' last NYC show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in November. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.