Entries tagged with: Wu Lyf
by Andrew Sacher
Ellery James Roberts w/ WU LYF in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Manchester, UK band WU LYF were only around for a short time, having broken up about a year after the release of their only album, 2011's Go Tell Fire to the Mountain. Every member of WU LYF but frontman Ellery James Roberts carried on as Los Porcos, and now, Ellery himself is back with a solo song, "Kerou's Lament." It's at least as impressive as the highlights of Go Tell Fire to the Mountain and definitely worth a listen.
Check it out below...
You may recall that UK band WU LYF crashed to a halt last year when frontman Ellery James Roberts quit the band, much to the rest of the group's surprise. The three remaining members vowed to carry on, and have but are now making music under a different name, Los Porcos. As reported by NME (via Pitchfork), the band make their live debut tonight in London. THe band have two songs up on Soundcloud and it's definitely a smoother sound that what WU LYF had. You can stream them both below.
by Andrew Sacher
WU LYF at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Over the weekend, WU LYF posted a new track, "T R I U M P H," to YouTube, along with a message that seemed to either imply the band have broken up or that frontman Ellery James Roberts has chosen to leave the group. The song and message have since been taken down, but the message (written by Ellery) read:
"By the time I wrote this I was all ready gone. You know you aint got nothing but time, but time isn't an infinite currency I want to see wasted. If this is our last month living, apocalypse looming, I am not going to spend my final hours waiting in purgatory. I am done. There is nothing here that inspires/ interests me beyond the emptiness for dreams. and I don't want to spend my life asleep; dreaming of a....Ellery followed that up with another message directed at the other three members of WU LYF, Evans Kati, Tom McClung, and Joe Manning:
"Wake up! We stay safe/ everything is golden/ in this place.
"WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of "Go tell fire" was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody's watching. A year spent losing faith; Innocence lost wide eyes see clear the dark. There's blood running down streets of every city in the world, what's a song to do, pretend it mean everything/nothing to you. Another distraction from the world we live. I and I struggle for a based positivity; Get free or die trying; J C Hung him self up for the easy way out. so Broken Mama Cita be kind to me."
Evans/Joe/TomNothing else was posted to the band's official site and their official Facebook page has been taken down. The only message we've seen since is a tweet from Tom McClung's other project, Francis Lung, which reads, "not over yet."
I am gone. This isn't the end. This is the begging.
We done business to be as free as we want to be; I'm exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I'm done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn't that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! your talented musicians so don't waste that. I am bored of the most challenging thing in WU LYF being deluding myself of its relevance. Dirty free, as that show ended it concreted my decision that a change has to come. "Be the change you want to see" said a wise old man.
I'm going to keep on doing what I do; if the time comes in the future where we all truly want to collaborate on something then that door is always going to be open; I have nothing but love for you all.
But I want to live life that's true to me.
your Brother from another mother...
(I'm gonna stay on email so keep in touch.)
WU LYF's only release is 2011's impressive Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, and it would be pretty sad to not see them continue after that. The new track, "T R I U M P H," has since been posted to a different YouTube page and you can listen to it below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Willis Earl Beal had me at his opening line, "I am gonna sing you some songs and then I am gonna get off the Goddamned stage!"...He's a born performer and for the duration of his hour long set, he sang like a man possessed! Think of the vocals of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell on You" and add a whole lot of soul with an addictively entertaining stage presence and you've got Willis Earl Beal. [accordingtog]Willis Earl Beal opened for Wu Lyf at Bowery Ballroom on April 27, the second of two NYC shows (Music Hall of Williamsburg was the night before) and part of a string of shows supporting the UK band following their two-weekend sets at Coachella (pictures from week 2). More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.
Willis Earl Beal mainly has European dates scheduled in the upcoming months, but he'll be in the US for a few festival dates and a free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on June 7 opening for Bobby Womack.
All Willis Earl Beal dates are listed below alongside more pics from the Bowery Ballroom show...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
WU LYF @ MHOW
Manchester's WU LYF stormed Brooklyn for rousing renditions of highlights from their excellent debut Go Tell Fire to the Mountain... While the band was limited to brief material (this is why bands with one album get overplayed and burnt out too fast), they still poured endless energy into each track and believe it or not, the growling vocals from a visceral Ellery Roberts continued beyond the songs and into the chatter setting an even deep tone to the show. "Spitting Blood" and "Concrete Gold" were delivered without a hitch, and a stellar "Heavy Pop" brought the main set to a close before the band returned for a laid back "Brooklyn Girls" and a night ending thunderous execution of "We Bros". -[omg-nyc]Wu Lyf played one of two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/26, where the UK band was joined by Chicago native Willis Earl Beal. Wu Lyf, who were on their way back from Coachella, completed their US run and are back in the UK . The band haven't announced any new dates yet -- North America, UK, or anywhere else..
As for opener Willis, Amanda Hatfield says:
Willis Earl Beal is incredible - he alternately sat and played a guitar on his lap or sang over tape reels, and even with the sort of silly affectations - one black glove, dark glasses indoors - he blew me away. Dynamic performer + amazing voice. Plus, I'm totally down with anyone who starts a set by reading a line of Bukowski.Beal is off to Europe this week, but hopefully he'll have some more stateside dates for us soon (not that there's been any lack of them in NYC lately). Pictures of Beal and Wu Lyf at Music Hall, plus Beal's European tour dates, are below.
photos by David Andrako
Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...
Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE
Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.
Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.
We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.
ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.
Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...
Willis Earl Beal in Chicago (more by Zach Pollack)
Chicago singer/songwriter Willis Earl Beal, who is opening a number of dates on SBTRKT's upcoming tour, but not any of the NYC shows, has been announcing a few shows he'll be playing in NYC surrounding the tour. We already mentioned his Glasslands show (3/29) opening for Zulu Winter (tickets). He's since announced two more. A couple days after Glasslands, he'll headline his own NYC show at Mercury Lounge on April 1, and after his run on the SBTRKT tour ends, he'll open five dates on WU LYF's tour including Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/26 and Bowery Ballroom show on 4/27. Tickets are still available for both WU LYF shows and tickets for Willis Earl Beal's Mercury show go on sale Friday, 2/10 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.
All tour dates and Willis Earl Beal's "Evening's Kiss" below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
Yellow Ostrich @ Northside 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Daniel Kitson @ St Ann's
* Van Halen @ Cafe Wha?
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Herb Robertson @ The Stone
* Theophilus London @ Le Bain
* Smokey's Secret Family @ Barbes
* Midnight Masses, Smoota @ Zebulon
* Rhett Miller, Adam Levy @ City Winery
* Theo Bleckmann does Kate Bush @ Lincoln Center
* Endless Boogie, The Complete Faggots @ Union Pool
* Bebel Gilberto, Gregory Porter @ Highline Ballroom
* Givers, Yellow Ostrich @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Snowmine, Conveyor, Illuminator, Teletextile @ Glasslands
* Marika Hughes, Seabrook Power Plant, Bassoon @ The Rock Shop
* Nicos Gun, The Click Clack Boom, The Canon Logic @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Wellington Papers, Drgn King, The Suzan, Ed Vallance @ Pianos
* Beach Arabs, Island Twins, The Gytters, The Gray Pages @ Cameo Gallery
* Flock of Dimes, Lexie Mountain, Alex Drewchin, GDFX (DJ) @ Shea Stadium
* Chris Speed, Oscar Noriega, Brad Shepik, Trevor Dunn, Jim Black @ The Stone
* Sean Noonan's Brewed by Noon, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys @ Cake Shop
* Candy, Mr. Transylvania, Guerrilla Toss, Hunnie Bunnies, Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group @ Death By Audio
* Medeski / Skerik / Deitch, Red Baraat, Marc Ribot's Young Philadelphians, Jessica Lurie Ensemble @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tonight's show at LPR is the Winter Jazz Fest kickoff.
WU LYF played Letterman. Video below...
Wu Lyf at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Wu Lyf's new LP is making some year-end lists and if you haven't already, you can catch the World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation on the road in the new year. The "satanist" band will head down-under for a set of dates in late January/early February, but will return for a stint in the US in April including a pair of NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/26 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/27. Tickets for both shows go on AMEX presale at noon tomorrow (12/14) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
Wu Lyf recently recorded a KEXP performance which you can watch below. The session includes a cover of Papa M's "Krusty", but did not include their cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game". A video of them playing that live is in this post too though, with all tour dates (not counting Coachella?), below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
WU LYF are currently on a tour with Crystal Antlers that brought them to the sold out MHOW on November 8. The Village Voice spoke pretty highly of the 70 minute show (with 3 song encore), and noted that it was better than "staying home wondering if Jay-Z and Kanye had conceded to my list of Watch The Throne demands." our own Toby said, "The highlight of the night had to be crowd favorite "Such a Sad Puppy Dog" which held the audience in a stirring trance for 6 glorious minutes. I don't really understand a single word that they sing but it just sounds so good." Pictures of WU LYF from that show are in this post. Pictures of Crystal Antlers are HERE.
WU LYF recently made a video for "We Bros," one of the strongest tracks off their debut LP Go Tell Fire To The Mountain." The video was directed by Sam Pilling, who also directed the video for SBTRKT's "Wildfire." You can watch that video, along with more pics from the MHOW show below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Crystal Antlers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
"The [Crystal] Antlers's new Two-Way Mirror (Recreation Ltd.) offers more proof of a band that could aim for tight songwriting if they pleased, but chose to do otherwise. The whiny organ in "Way Out" and the skronky sax in "Always Afraid" are more about mood and texture than about conventionally handsome sounds. At the same time, Antlers' music is growing more sonorous and confident with experience: "Summer Solstice" has a smart, relatively clean melody, and "Jules' Story" moves with the inexorability of a tide." [Boston Phoenix]Long Beach band the Crystal Antlers, who played House of Vans in Brooklyn over the summer, are on tour with WU LYF and warmed up the crowd in an energetic way last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. If you missed it, Crystal Antlers play a show of their own at Pianos in Manhattan tonight (11/9) with the Wooden Sky who are in from Ontario.
All tour dates, some songs, and more pictures from their opening set in Brooklyn last night, below...
Crystal Antlers at SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously mentioned, Crystal Antlers are also sticking around and playing Glasslands on Saturday (8/6) with Gary War, who according to John Maus (who has issued an apology for being mean to record stores), gives "one of the most uncompromising performances [he's] seen in a while." Team Robespierre and Balkans are also on the bill. Tickets are still available.
Crystal Antlers' new LP Two Way Mirror is out now via Recreation Ltd. You can purchase it in many different formats directly from the band at their website and stream the entire thing at Grooveshark. Check out their new video for the album's title track below.
Crystal Antlers will tour in support of the album this November when they open for WU LYF on the UK band's just-announced tour. As mentioned, that tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon and are currently available for those with AmEx cards.
All dates and video below...
photos by James O'Rourke
WU LYF @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
WU LYF released Go Tell Fire to the Mountain digitally on their own LYF imprint last month, and played two sold out NYC shows this past weekend as part of a short tour. We posted pics from Mercury Lounge. A few from Knitting Factory are in this post.
WU LYF will continue to tour the world between now and the end of the year, including a string of just-announced North American dates in November. That includes a Brooklyn show on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday, 8/5, at noon, with an AmEx pre-sale starting two days earlier. All dates are listed below.
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain will see a physical release on September 6 via the band's L Y F imprint. Some videos, the KF pics and all dates below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Any sort of mention of Wu Lyf has to explain their anti-publicity and DIY stance. Now, they are slowly revealing themselves. At Friday's show, Ellery Roberts introduced the band. Although his thick Northern England accent was hard to understand. They even did a Radio 1 session last week before they arrived in New York." [Music Snobbery]WU LYF, after making their US debut in NYC in April, returned and played two sold out shows this past weekend with Bass Drum of Death. The first was at Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/22) and then Knitting Factory on Saturday (7/23). The intense and shirtless headlining band showcased material from their recently released Go Tell Fire to the Mountain.
"The ballyhooed debut album from WU LYF (pronounced "woo life" and an acronym for World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation) was self-produced and recorded in an abandoned church and if this is already too "indie" of a narrative for you, let me just quickly re-iterate that the record is really, really good." [Potholes in My Blog]Pictures and videos from Mercury Lounge continue below....
EMA at P4K Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Darkstar played their first US show at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. As mentioned, they'll be sticking around for a bit and will play in NYC tonight (7/18) at Le Poisson Rouge. Phaseone opens the show and tickets are still available. We're also giving away two tickets at our facebook.
TIme Out Chicago caught Darkstar's set at P4K:
On "Gold," the trio's cover of Human League, a distant house thump permeates, rolling alongside hi-hats and anchored by slow piano. This is the energy the crowd needs. People start wading in closer, whistling and fully embracing the music.Speaking of bands who played Pitchfork Festival with upcoming NYC shows, Gatekeeper play on Saturday (7/23) at 285 Kent as part of their tour with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy. The NYC show was originally scheduled for Coco66 but has been moved to 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
Clicks continue to buzz in rapid succession, and the distorted and crunchy synth found in so much of Hyperdub's output sits prominently in the mix. The lead singer looks like Brendan Fraser in Airheads, but this shouldn't make you take Darkstar any less seriously. Their February signing to Warp is big news for these Brits, a trio we'll hear more of in the future.
P4k2011's first sounds were very yin and yang. As Gatekeeper's light, blissful tunes fluttered over the trees, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) squinted into the hazy afternoon sun and began grinding out some dark, menacing music. [Chicago Sun Times]Check out pictures from Gatekeeper and EMA's sets at Pitchfork Fest HERE.
EMA has two shows on Wednesday (7/20). She'll play an early show at Mercury Lounge with Helado Negro (tickets) and a late show at Glasslands with Talk Normal and Abblehearts (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Alamaba rap duo G-Side also played Pitchfork and will play NYC on Saturday (7/23) at Tammany Hall.
Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with a Rocks Off Concert Cruise Thursday (7/21). Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom aren't on the bill like they were for the much of the tour (Pitchfork after party included) but Nguzunguzu have their own shows this week. Here's some words about GGD's Pitchfork set:
A small man waving a stick of burning sage preceded Gang Gang Dance to the Green stage--a shaman of sorts, he stayed on stage for the entire hour, waving his sage stick or a towel and nodding along to the hyperbolic pastiche of dancehall, new age, tropicalia, electronica and Middle Eastern. It's world music gumbo, but highly danceable and about as "now" as you can get.Gang Gang Dance also DJ on Saturday, 7/23 at Warm Up at PS1 with Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future, who also played Pitchfork Fest.
Lead Lizzie Bougatsos jumped off the stage to greet fans while the band continued banging out its dizzy-making tribal beats. It wasn't long before Bougatos was crowd surfing as fans reverentially passed her around the human sea. "I think when you carried me I became Jesus Christ," she said, returning to the mic. "I'm showered in your love, I'm dripping it. Drippy drippy all the way down!...If you can't act crazy on stage, there's no reason to live." Gang Gang Dance's new album Eye Contact is one of my favorites of the year so far, and live it sounds very different--much less haunted and weird, but damn good all the same. [Riverfront Times]
WU LYUF didn't play the fest, though Pitchfork probably wish they did. They share a bill with DJ Dapwell of Das Racist, who did play Pitchfork, on Saturday (7/23) at Knitting Factory. WU LYF also play the night before (7/22) at Mercury Lounge. Bass Drum of Death are on both bills.
Pitchfork Fest day one pics are HERE. Pics from the following two days are coming soon.
EMA dates and a video of Zola Jesus & EMA doing an unrehearsed cover of 'Crimson & Clover' at a pre-Pitchfork Fest show in Madison, Wisconsin, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Bass Drum of Death @ Austin Psych Fest
We've announced that Japandroids are playing Hopscotch Fest and Pygmalion Music Festival. It's since been revealed that these two festival appearances are part of a larger North American tour that Japandroids are going on with with Bass Drum of Death. The tour stops by New York at Mercury Lounge on September 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/10) at noon (though note that Mercury Lounge does not list Bass Drum on the bill).
The Mercury show is currently one of the very few on the tour that doesn't list Bass Drum of Death (or anyone for that matter) as an opener. However, BDOD play the Manhattan venue two other times this summer, and two Brooklyn shows too. They open the previously discussed Hanni El Khatib show at Mercury Lounge on 6/24 (tickets) and for Hanni again at Glasslands the next night (6/25) (tickets). The Brooklyn show also has Heavenly Blows and Web Dating on the bill.
Bass Drum of Death's new LP, GB City, is out now via Fat Possum. Check out the band's recent video for "Get Found", along with more dates and a belated set of pictures of the band at Austin Psych Fest last month, below...
Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ the Bell House in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Howl Fest
* Red Hook Fest
* Chola @ Barbes
* Sima Bina @ Town Hall
* Bushwick Open Studios
* Thierry Stremler @ Barbes
* Larry Polansky @ The Stone
* Christian Wolff @ The Stone
* Atlantic Avenue Artwalk
* Hillstock @ 106 Emerson Place
* Martin Sexton @ City Winery
* Hallucinogen @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Network Awesome @ 92Y Tribeca
* Mike Birbiglia @ Barrow Street Theatre
* Delexilio @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* School of Seven Bells @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stepdad, Sunset Victim @ Cameo Gallery
* Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos @ Barbes
* Pollyester, My Favourite Things @ The Gutter
* Saadi, Janka Nabay, Jogyo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Captain Beefheart tribute @ Bowery Poetry Club
* Effi Briest, Pillars and Tongues, Hiro Kone @ Cake Shop
* Wolvserpent, A Story of Rats, Ruin Lust @ The Acheron
* Black Label Society, Anchored, Hourcast @ Irving Plaza
* Weston, Morning, Communication Redlight @ Maxwell's
* Joshua Light Show @ American Museum of Natural History
* Sondre Lerche, Nightlands, Kishi Bashi @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jimmy Eat World, Civil Twilight @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Big White Clouds, Amory Sivertson, Commerce @ Sycamore
* Rifle Recoil, My Favourite Things, Pollyester @ The Gutter
* The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Dennis Coffey, The Dirtbombs, The Stepkids @ The Bell House
* All Tiny Creatures, More Humans, The Caribbean @ Sycamore
* Meta and the Cornerstones, DJ Spinach, Veronica @ 92YTribeca
* The Woes, Elk City, Old Monk, Royal American @ The Rock Shop
* Bella Boys, Milly Beau, The Durians, Ben Arsenal @ Shea Stadium
* Psychic Friend, Dangerous Ponies, Mystery Roar @ Public Assembly
* Richard Pinhas, Mountains, Forma, Carlos Giffoni @ The Schoolhouse
* The Sun Araw Band, Matthewdavid, D'eon, M Geddes Gengras @ 285 Kent
* Red Wire Black Wire, Dinosaur Bones, Steel Phantoms, Santah @ Pianos
* Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Yellow Ostrich, Callers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Blitz the Ambassador, DJ Spinna & more @ Target Free Saturday @ Brooklyn Museum
* D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Spider Bags, John Wesley Coleman @ Bruar Falls
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Balkans, Fort Lean, Headless Horseman @ Glasslands
* Ken South Rock, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ritz Riot, Filthy Savage @ Silent Barn
* Reverend John DeLore, Doran Danoff, Scott Metzger, Trina Hamlin @ Bowery Electric
* Teenage Angst (Nirvana tribute), MIck's Jaguar (Rolling Stones) @ Mercury Lounge
* Black Dog (Led Zeppelin Tribute), Sabbra Cadabra (Black Sabbath) @ Mercury Lounge
* Bad Manners, The Scofflaws, The Forthrights, The Grace Of Spades @ The Studio
* Unstoppable Death Machines, GDFX, DJ Teenwolf, DJ Jimmy C @ Tortilleria Chinantla (new location)
* Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Bamboo Kids, Heap, Jukebox Zeros, All In Your Mind @ Trash Bar
* Hooray For Goodbye, Clinical Trials, Aggie Doone, Circadian Clock @ Public Assembly (day show)
The schedule for Hillstock keeps changing. Today's up to date schedule is below.
The Captain Beefheart tribute at Bowery Poetry Club is:
Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), & Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart's entire catalog, from his 1966 debut "Safe As Milk" to his final record "Ice Cream For Crow", released in 1982.The flyer reposted below.
All Tiny Creatures are here for two nights of shows.
Mike Birbiglia's show keeps getting extended. More chances to catch it!
Check out This Week in Indie.
My Morning Jacket VH1 Storytellers premiered on TV last night. Look for a repeat.
My Morning Jacket play Mountain Jam is this weekend.
The Roots Picnic is today and streaming.
Mutek is this weekend.
Chaos in Tejas is this weekend.
We're giving away a pair of passes to Internet Week.
DJ Shadow 'Gotta Rokk'. Video below...
New Tyler the Creator/Frank Ocean video, below...
Wu Lyf's new video for "Dirt" below....
Wu Lyf at Glasslands (more by Ryan Muir)
Wu Lyf have a festival-filled summer ahead of them, logging dates at fests from Australia to Japan in the coming months including Fuji Rock and Oya. But outside of those dates, the band has also scheduled a return trek to the US to play three shows in late July: one in LA (at Echo), and two two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on July 22nd (info forthcoming) and Knitting Factory on July 23rd (on sale now).
Wu Lyf is welcoming their new LP, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain on June 13th via their own L Y F Records imprint. Check out a teaser trailer for the LP, alongside all tour dates are below.
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...
The Strokes @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Unsound @ Issue Project Room
* Oh Land @ Charles Bank Gallery
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Elvis Costello @ Gramercy Theatre
* Cut Copy, Holy Ghost! @ Terminal 5
* Balthazar, Ghost Bunny @ The Rock Shop
* Michale Graves, Psycho Charger @ Europa
* Rewards, Beige, State Champion @ Coco 66
* Prisoners of 2nd Avenue @ Bowery Electric
* Amos Lee, The Secret Sisters @ Irving Plaza
* Emanuel & The Fear, Elk City @ 92YTribeca
* Tracy Bonham, Ben Sollee @ Cameo Gallery
* The Body, Whitehorse, Bad Dream @ The Acheron
* William Fitzsimmons, Slow Runner @ Canal Room
* WU LYF, Wise Blood, True Womanhood @ Glasslands
* Tijuana Panthers, Air Waves, Sundelles, Shark? @ Pianos
* Subhumans, MDC, Death First, Cojoba @ Santos Party House
* Arms and Sleepers, Dive Index, Cat Martino @ Littlefield
* Jessica Lea Mayfield, Daniel Martin Moore @ Bowery Ballroom
* LCD Soundsystem party w/ Juan Maclean, Shit Robot @ Le Bain
* Nails, Psychic Limb, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows @ Union Pool
* Waco Brothers, And The Wiremen, Macon Dead @ The Bell House
* Friends, La Big Vic, Sasha Des'ree and Weird Magic @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Strokes, secret guest & Devendra Banhart @ Madison Square Garden
* The Fleshtones, The Above, Jay Banerjee & The Heartthrobs @ Maxwell's
* Test Patterns, Ex Humans, Liquor Store, Rottweiler The Best @ Cake Shop
* Extra Life, Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue, Hume @ Death By Audio
* Pearl and the Beard, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, The Lisps @ Knitting Factory
* Israel Nash Gripka, Hollis Brown, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems @ The Gutter
* Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, The Glory Stompers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Whitehaus Family tour, Quilt, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Invisible Circle @SilentBarn
* spontaneous construction w/ Jason Moran, Tony Malaby, Joey Baron & Bob Stewart @ Blue Note
* Lee Fields & The Expressions, Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* HATI, Z'EV, Dawid Szczesny, Shelley Burgon, Maria Chavez, Anna Zaradny, Aki Onda (Unsound Festival) @ Issue Project Room
* The Wellington Papers, Finotee, Just A Lil Bit, The Kiki Experience, Bethany Davis, Mala Reignz, Pascale, Steven Oquendo and the Latin Jazz Orchestra (WNYC Battle of the Bands: The Bronx) @ The Greene Space
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by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: BOAT - Forever in Armitron (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Fleshtones - Bite of My Soul (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: STRFKR - Death as a Fetish (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Obits - You Gotta Lose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Destroyer - Chinatown (MP3)
Welcome to the You Didn't Get Tickets to LCD Soundsystem edition of This Week in Indie. Or maybe some of you don't care about James Murphy's Last Hurrah, and if so you can consider this the I Don't Give a Crap About LCD Soundsystem edition of TWII. Luckily for everyone, this is another bonkers week for shows and there's bound to be something for everyone -- even if I don't write about it here.
Let's begin with what is my most-anticipated show of the weekend -- Destroyer, who play Webster Hall on Sunday (4/3). (Tickets are still available.) I have friends who are Dan Bejar obsessives, but I've always been more of a casual fan. Destroyer's new album, Kaputt, is a masterpiece and easily my favorite of 2011 so far. Gone are the chintzy synths and thin production, replaced by glorious '80s widescreen pop that brings to mind (mine, at least) The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout. It's got the scope and the arrangements I always imagine Bejar wanted for his songs but never had the means to make real.
It's also the first album I've loved in a long time that has this much saxophone on it. I don't think there's a song on Kaput without it, and it's of the variety that makes you think of a city in the rain. Maybe the saxophonist is playing in the rain on a fire escape somewhere? Or maybe that's just every music video from the '80s. Anyway, Kaputt is evocative of that era for sure but Bejar's unmistakable urbane style keeps it out of cheeseball territory.
For this tour, Bejar has assembled an "eight-piece Destroyer orchestra" to bring Kaputt to life on stage. My friend Toby (who does the blog The Finest Kiss) saw the show in Seattle and said, "Seeing Dan Bejar play with a small band or solo under the his Destroyer moniker was always good, but I had never been blown away. I knew I was going to hear the songs from his latest Kaputt, but I had no idea that what I would get would far exceed that very good record and as well as any expectations I had." That raises my expectations quite a bit, but it does make me more excited... even if the show is at Webster Hall.
This weekend also marks the return of Seattle's BOAT, longtime TWII faves whose scrappy underdog status may be in jeopardy. Pitchfork, who has barely acknowledged their existence in the past, gave BOAT's great new album Dress Like Your Idols a 7.6 (besting the day's big review by about two points):
"BOAT's fourth album, then, finds the Crane-fronted four-piece going through something of an underachiever's quarter-life crisis. On one hand, Dress Like Your Idols sees Crane, drummer Jackson Long, bassist/guitarist Mark McKenzie, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Goodman finally making their way into a real studio for the first time. On the other hand, that studio-- Seattle's Two Sticks Audio-- is already defunct. And the songs, like the album cover, are as inspired by the band's youth as ever, merging Stephen Malkmus's obliquely deadpan twang, Tullycraft's sugary scene-skewering, and Modest Mouse's "reptile boy" yelp. Where some slightly younger slackers have been opting for warped 1980s synth-pop, BOAT continue to love the 90s: an era when they didn't know, as per the rueful title track, that "the job you wanted doesn't exist." The result is the best album yet from a band whose style finally appears to be back in vogue, though its sometimes-bitterly sardonic humor still won't be for everybody."Now part of this may be that the '90s are indeed now fully in fashion again, but if DLYI is of slightly higher fidelity (none of their albums could be called low-fi), it's still what BOAT has done along -- make tuneful, smart, funny, occasionally anthemic indie rock. This time they're just wearing their influences on the cover of their album. Check out "Forever in Armitron" at the top of this post.
BOAT play The Rock Shop on Saturday (4/2) with Miniboone, Landlady and Creeping Weeds. This is the start of an East Coast tour that will have the band back in town next weekend for an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday, April 9 with Moon Taxi and The Human Hearts.
Also Saturday night (4/2) is the record release party for Obits' second album, Moody, Standard and Poor, which is happening at The Bell House. As a bunch of indie rock vets, Obits aren't so much set in their ways as they know what they like. You know what you're getting with an Obits album, but this new one has a little more breathing room than I Blame You, but rocks all the same. And anyone who's seen Obits play knows they bring it live, no muss no fuss.
Also playing the Bell House show are California's Tijuana Panthers who were last here in December. As I wrote then, these guys are pals with The Soft Pack and evoke a similar -- if less aggressive, more party-oriented -- style of '60s surf rock. You can listen to the entirety of Tijuana Panthers' self-released debut, Max Baker, via a widget at the bottom of this post. Good stuff. Tijuana Panthers also play Friday (4/1) at Pianos as part of a solid bill that includes the Sundelles (also playing Obits' show), Shark?, and Air Waves. That is an excellent Friday night option.
What else? As you may have heard, WU LYF are making their U.S. debut this weekend, playing tomorrow night at Glasslands (a show BV is presenting) which is sold out, and then Saturday (4/2) at Shea Stadium. To go to the Saturday show, you have to RSVP. And once you get there, you have to pay $10. I don't know what to make of this Manchester band -- they are careful controllers of their image and we haven't heard much in the way of released music -- but I am intrigued. Says UK music mag The Fly:
Far from being arrogant or appearing above their audience, tonight the band seem lost in their own world, having left the window open for all to see. Roberts is an intense and unforgettable performer, but his bandmates back him with a sound that flits between sparkling and cavernous with a rhythm section pounding a self-affirmed beat destined for far bigger venues than this South London archway. Connected to his organ throughout, Roberts only separates himself from the instrument to sip from a teacup between songs. The cacophony of noise he and his band make is not ground-breakingly unique, a meeting point of Nick Cave and Wild Beasts as displayed on 'Spitting It Concrete Like The Golden Sun God' for example, however, the fire burning inside Wu Lyf, a light that only shines in the souls of a select few, is a truly special one off.We'll see, right? The Glasslands show features Wise Blood, True Womanhood, and DJ True Panther. Saturday's will feature sets by Total Slacker and Wise Blood.
That's the bulk of this weekend's action. Actually that's not true, there's lots more but I hit most of the stuff I'm interested in. More picks, day-by-day, are below.
JEFF the Brotherhood
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
JEFF the Brotherhood are at Santos tonight. Their second album, We Are the Champions, is out sometime soon and features songs called "Ripper" and "Shredder" so you know it both rips and shreds. It does! JEFF rules and surely you've seen them by now and if you haven't...go to this show! And more reason to go: Screaming Females, Juiceboxxx and Teen Witch. They also play their NYC spiritual home, Death by Audio, on Saturday but I'm gonna guess that show will be sardine city...not for the squeamish!
PS I Love You and Diamond Rings are at Glasslands tonight which is also a highly recommended. It may seem like an odd pairing but both these artists love each other's music and you're gonna get their collaboration "Leftovers" for sure.
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.
IMPACT: So which new bands are you currently listening to?BrooklynVegan & PopGun Booking are proud to present the NYC debut of Wu Lyf at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on April 1st, 2011. Tickets are on sale now for what is the band's only currently scheduled North American date (don't worry, you don't need to wear a bandana to get in). Check out some videos below...
The Drums: There's a band that played with us called io echo, they're really incredible, one of the best live shows I've seen for a long time. Also, there's a band called Wu Lyf. They're four kids out of Manchester and in order to go to their shows you have to wear a bandana over your face. They won't let you in otherwise. They only play in churches and are really mysterious.