Entries tagged with: Writer
Vivid Low Sky is the mostly solo, mostly post-rock (and entirely instrumental) project of David Koslowski, who you might know from '90s noise rock outfit Liquor Bike. His debut, 2000's Music for Movies Unmade, featured Miyuki Furtado (Rogers Sisters), Shirlé Hale (from another Koslowski band, Gerty), Thomas Moore (Plow) and J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines). It was the only Vivid Low Sky album...until now. The band reconnected with each other, this time with Robbins behind the boards, to make II, which will be out March 11, 2016 via Slimstyle Records. We've got the premiere of "The Black Forrest" and you can listen to that below.
Vivid Low Sky will also be playing some shows this month, including two in NYC: The Rock Shop on November 11 with Writer, and Sunshine & The Rain (members of Black Hollies); and November 12 at Cake Shop with Jef Brown (of Jackie-o-Motherfucker). Tickets for both NYC shows are on sale now. After that, the band will head upstate to Hastings-on-Hudson's River Roadhouse on November 13.
All dates are listed, along with streams of the new song and Music for Movies Unmade, below...
by Bill Pearis
Tape Deck Mountain
Two Brooklyn-based bands are heading out on a short East Coast tour together: Tape Deck Mountain and Slavve. The tour starts and ends with hometown shows: Cake Shop on September 27 with Writer, and wrapping up at Shea Stadium on October 3 with Gondoliers and headliners Weird Womb. All dates are listed below.
Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. You can stream both of their releases in full below.
Dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
NYC duo WRITER (brothers James and Andy Ralph), who released their album, Brotherface, last year, followed that up with a new 7" via Nineteen98 records over the summer. One of its tracks, "IE," has just gotten the music video treatment. Shot in Southern California's Inland Empire, not too far from where the Ralph brothers grew up, it's an homage to Jim Jarmusch's classic 1980 feature Permanent Vacation. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
WRITER have a few local shows coming up, including Wednesday (10/2) at Mercury Lounge opening for Chicago's Twin Peaks. Tickets for that show are still available. They'll also be around for CMJ and so far they have two shows during that, both on October 18 -- one at Pianos and one at The Ho_se. No details on those -- like whether they're day or night shows -- at the moment. Stay tuned.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Fear of Men @ Seaport Music Festival 6/21/2013
UK indiepop quartet Fear of Men flew over to NYC just to play the Summer Solstice edition (6/21) of this year's Seaport Music Festival. After two Fridays of dodgy weather, you coudn't have asked for a nicer night, and Fear of Men's gentle jangle was the perfect accompaniment. In addition to their own songs, their set included a cover of The Chills' 1984 classic, "Pink Frost," which is always welcome to hear. Local synth-rock duo Writer opened the show, and pictures of both bands are in this post.
The Seaport is definitely different since Hurricane Sandy put much of the area underwater last fall. Pizzeria Uno, with its popular restroom facility, is gone and the boardwalk has been rezoned, restricting the places you can have an open beer a bit. On the plus side: Smorgasburg food vendors are there every day on Front Street in the cobblestone area just off Fulton.
The Seaport Music Festival wraps up its short run this Friday (6/28) with their biggest show of the season: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death which is free and open to the public. Then the next day is the Village Voice 4Knots Festival, with Kurt Vile, The Men, Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts, White Lung and more. That is also free and open to the public.
More pictures from Friday below...
Pterodactyl at Glasslands in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
Spastic Brooklyn noise rockers Pterodactyl haven't played a NYC show in about a year, and TONIGHT (4/8) at Mercury Lounge, they will play "a stripped-down, vocal-heavy two piece set, featuring material from throughout their ten years of songwriting in New York City." The show will reportedly be one of their last in NYC.
Support at tonight's show comes from San Francisco's Tartufi and Brooklyn brotherly duo Writer, who recently held a residency at Pianos and have toured Cults and Guards. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
Watch the video for "School Glue" from Pterodactyl's most recent album, 2011's Spills Out, below...
James and Andy Ralph make music collectively as Writer and the Brooklyn-based sibs self-released Brotherface back in October 2012 and it's loaded with dense, gritty, anthemic songs. You can stream the album below. Also below, we've got the premiere of Writer's new video for "Cash for Gold" which features no cash, very little gold but a plethora of psychedelic imagery.
Writer begin a January residency at Pianos tonight (1/8), where they've lined up Census and Crusin' USA to play as well. Advance tickets are available. Next Tuesday (1/15) they'll play with Spookfish, plus Shilpa Ray, Cannibal Animal Machine and Man Made Sun (tickets); and after skipping a Tuesday, they'll finish their residency on 1/29 with Travis Trevisan of Tape Deck Mountain, plus Man Made Sun again and Phantasm (tickets).
Residency flyer, video premiere, and album stream are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: METZ - Headache (MP3)
As mentioned before and worth doing so again, Toronto's METZ are on tour and in town, with two chances to see them in NYC: tonight (8/31) at Pianos with Birds & Batteries, Writer and ILLUMNTR (tickets); and then Saturday (9/1) at Death by Audio with Pop. 1280 and Herzog Rising. Updated tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
METZ's debut album for Sub Pop is due out October 9 and jettisons through 11 songs in under a half an hour and does a surprisingly good job of bringing the band's propulsive, concussive live energy to tape. There's a big dose of AmRep style punk, but there's a hooky-ness to the white squall. Still, it's no match for their live show which is intense and frighteningly loud. Sometimes sheer volume is needed for that crushing feeling in your chest, not your ears. (Earplugs are suggested, unless you wanna fast-track tinnitus.) You can download "Headache" at the top of this post.
For tonight's show, METZ are on one of the earlier slots. You could probably slip out afterwords and still make it to Italian glampunks Giuda's set down the street at Cake Shop, which would make for a pretty fun night.
A list of all tour dates and an album teaser video are below.
Ava Luna at BV Holiday Party last month/year (more by Jessica Amaya)
Wintersleep are going on a short North American tour this month which ends in 2 NYC dates happening on January 24 at Mercury Lounge with Pretty & Nice and January 25 at Glasslands with ARMS and Writer. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are on sale now. All Wintersleep dates are listed below.
Speaking of ARMS, their frontman, Todd Goldstein, is opening for John Roderick (of the Long Winters) at his Mercury Lounge show (1/28), which is three days after ARMS play Glasslands and one day after John Roderick opens for Aimee Mann at her sold out MHOW show. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available.
Rewards were also just announced as the opener for the second School of Seven Bells show at Mercury Lounge (3/1). Their record release show (happening at the same venue on 2/28) sold out and Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.
Both Rewards and School of Seven Bells also DJ in Brooklyn next Friday (1/13) at Cameo Gallery with CREEP, who is also DJing. Doors are at midnight for this late show, which takes place after Radical Dads play the same venue a few hours earlier. Radical Dads recently played a great set at our Brooklyn Bazaar Holiday Party.
Avan Lava is not to be confused with Ava Luna, who just played a BV Holiday Party with Widowspeak and Twin Sister, the latter of which they're heading out on tour with later this month. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but Ava Luna just announced their own NYC show happening shortly after the tour ends at Mercury Lounge on February 24 with Celestial Shore, Darlings, and Cindy Lou Gooden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/11) at noon.
You can catch Darlings in NYC even sooner when they headline Glasslands on Thursday (1/12) with The Suzan, Fabric, and DAYTONA (mems. of Harlem and Wild Yaks). Tickets for that show are available.
Friends play Cameo on January 24th.
Faris (of the Horrors) and Honor (of Cerebral Ballzy) both DJ cameo this Friday night (tomorrow, 1/6).
More Wintersleep & Har Mar dates below...
Cults will play a free in-store at Other Music on June 6 at 8pm, the day before their self titled debut drops. They kick off a tour with Guards and Writer one day later in Philly, and then return to NYC the day after that to play The Box on June 8 (though no details were ever announced about this show and it was removed from their public tour dates. It's probably private?) and then the sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9. All dates are listed below.
The album is currently streaming on NPR, and will be streaming in the little MySpace player embedded below as of midnight PST tonight (6/3). Amazon is giving away the song "Go Outside" for free at their site.
Updated Cults tour dates and the stream widget 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...