Entries tagged with: Young Prisms
Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
photos by PSquared Photography
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge 11/9/2012
Tamaryn played two area shows over the weekend, including a stop at Mercury Lounge on 11/9 with Young Prisms (who also played Glasslands) and a show the next night at Knitting Factory (11/10) with Starred and Alexis. The shows were part of a tour in celebration of Tamaryn's new LP, Tender New Signs, which is out now. Pictures from Tamaryn (we missed Young Prisms) from Mercury Lounge below, alongside video from Knitting Factory.
Later Saturday night, Tamaryn also stopped in to DJ her KF show's afterparty at The Flat which also featured the live debut of former Religious to Damn-ers Azar Swan. Check out video from Azar Swan's performance below.
Tim Cohen of Fresh & Onlys/Magic Trick in Big Sur in 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The Fresh & Onlys are in town this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday with Quilt and tickets are still available. If you haven't listened to their new album (and first for Mexican Summer), Song Slow Dance, you can stream it below via Spotify. With this album, the band have pretty much escaped the "garage rock" pidgeonhole they never really belonged in in the first place, making lovely gloom pop that owes as much to the Go-Betweens and Echo & the Bunnymen as the 13th Floor Elevators.
While in town, F&O frontman Tim Cohen will perform solo tonight (under the Magic Trick moniker) at Glasslands (11/7), opening for fellow San Franciscans Young Prisms. Tickets are available for tonight's show too. Magic Trick (the full band version) will be back in the new year when they tour with Father John Misty, including Webster Hall on January 14. Tickets are still available to that show.
Young Prisms, meanwhile, are here on tour with gothy shoegazer Tamaryn and the two play together at Mercury Lounge on Friday (11/9) and tickets are still available. Tamaryn also plays Knitting Factory on Saturday, but without Young Prisms. Instead, Starred and Alexis will open that show and tickets are still available as well.
Magic Trick and Fresh & Onlys dates are listed below, along with the F&O album stream.
Tamaryn at Emo's in Austin, April 2011 (More by Tim Griffin)
San Francisco ethereal vibestress Tamaryn is set to release her new album, Tender New Signs, on October 16 via Mexican Summer. You can stream the first single from the album, "I'm Gone," at the bottom of this post. (It's available now on 7" as well.) She'll also be touring this fall with two NYC dates: November 9 at Mercury Lounge and November 10 at Knitting Factory.
No ticket info yet for either of those shows but you can keep checking Ticketmaster for Mercury Lounge and Ticketfly for Knitting Factory.
UPDATE: Young Prisms open the Mercury Lounge show and play Glasslands two days earlier (9/7) (tickets) and Starred and Cool Angels open the Knitting Factory show. Merc tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon and Knit tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at 10 AM.
Tamaryn song stream and tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned before, Young Prisms play tonight (3/5) at Glasslands with Austin's Boy Friend. The San Francisco band's second album, In Between, is out at the end of the month and we've got the premiere of Violens' remix of the album's lead track, "Floating in Blue." Violens took the very shoegazy original and kind of turned it into a late-80s New Order track. You can compare and contrast -- both versions are downloadable above.
Speaking of Violens, they just signed to Slumberland who will release their new album True on May 15. If you followed their monthly digital single releases last year, you may recognize a few of the songs on True. One of the new ones on the album, "Unfolding Black Wings," is downloadable at the top of this post.
Click through for the video to Young Prisms' "Floating in Blue," plus tour dates for the band.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)
Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown left Austin band "Sleep 8 Over" in late 2010, but continued working together as Boy Friend. They released a single, "Lovedropper," last year and their debut album, Egyptian Wrinkle, will be out March 5 on Italian indie label Hell Yes! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.)
Like what they did in "Sleep 8 Over", the sounds Palazzolo and Brown make as Boy Friend are warm and hazy with their ethereal vocals floating above, but with more melodic hooks to latch onto. It's like a nice bath, but no pruny hands. There are a lot of comparisons to the Cocteau Twins going around but I don't think that's exactly apt. The vocal stylings are similar but nowhere near as otherworldly as Liz Frasier, and from what I can tell, there are no guitars on the album. There is, however, a definite '80s 4AD vibe nonetheless. I like the album a lot. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post or stream it below. Spotify users can listen to the whole album right now.
Boy Friend are soon hitting the road with San Francisco shoegazers Young Prisms, a tour we wrote about a couple weeks ago that hits Glasslands on March 5. For those readers in Austin, Boy Friend band are throwing an early record release party this tonight (Sunday, 2/12) 29th St. Ballroom at the Spider House, a show that also features Hell Yes! labelmates Love Inks, plus darkwavers Missions.
Click through for all Young Prisms/Boy Friend tour dates, as well as a streaming version of "Egyptian Wrinkle."
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
San Francisco quintet Young Prisms are gearing up for their second album on Kanine, In Between, which is out March 27. You can check out a track from In Between at the top of this post. "Floating in Blue" is an apt title for the song which rides on a gentle wave of glide guitar, analog synths and ethereal vocals.
The band will be packing up their many guitar pedals and hitting the road in about month for a tour that, as previously mentioned, hits Glasslands on March 5. They'll be out SXSW as well, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with In Between's cover art and a streamable version of "Floating in Blue."
DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - "Pigs" (MP3)
Black Dice at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Brooklyn experimentalists Black Dice will release their new album, Mr. Impossible on April 10 via the Domino-related Ribbon Music. It's the followup to Repo which was released almost exactly three years prior via Paw Tracks. Grab the single, "Pigs," above and watch the video for it below. The album artwork and tracklist is also below.
Black Dice were added to the Real Estate show at K&K Super Buffet on January 28 in Queens, which is part of Real Estate's tour with The Babies. Dogleather is also on the bill and Oneohtrix Point Never and Ducktails will DJ. $5.00 tickets are on sale NOW.
In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker and the Freaks have two NYC shows coming up. They play Mercury Lounge on February 4 with La Big Vic and Family Portrait. Tickets are on sale now. They also play Glasslands on March 5 with Young Prisms, Boy Friend, and Tanks Amigo. Tickets for that show are on sale now too. The Glasslands show is part of a tour that Young Prisms will be heading out on. All dates for that tour are listed below.
All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Melted Toys - Come On (MP3)
Psych and San Francisco have gone hand in hand since the '60s and, in addition to all the groovy garage the city has beeng putting out, there's a nice crop of neo-shoegazers happening over there. Unlike Weekend and Young Prisms who come at you with gale force, trio Melted Toys are more Sunday morning type music. Gently strummed guitars, watery bass and echo-y vocals drift across cheap Casio beats. They've got an EP coming out on Underwater Peoples on February 22 and you can check out "Come On" above, which would segue nicely into the Radio Dept. (or early Primal Scream) song of your choice.
Melted Toys just wrapped up a tour with the aformentioned Young Prisms, and pull into town for a few shows this week in the greater NYC area. They play tonight (Feb. 2) at Maxwell's and tomorrow (Feb. 3) at Glasslands, and both shows are with tourmates LA duo Speculator, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and Wet Dream (members of Family Portrait). Melted Toys also play Friday (Feb. 4) at Silent Barn, again with Speculator but also Eola and Punks on Mars. And if you're up Rochester way, see them at The Bug Jar on Saturday (Feb. 5) with Wet Dream.
Young Prisms also arrive in town tonight (Feb. 2) as part of their tour with the Radio Dept. Tickets for the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are still on sale. Young Prisms return to the same Brooklyn venue in April for a show with Crocodiles and The Fresh & Onlys as part of a tour at that time. Tickets for the April show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
All Melted Toys tour dates, plus a live video, are after the jump.
Crocodiles at Mercury Lounge (more by Marcus Lauer)
After a European tour with White Lies (who recently cancelled their NYC show due to snow), Crocodiles will team up with The Fresh & Onlys & Young Prisms for a tour that includes a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/23. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (2/2) and then on regular sale Friday.
The Fresh & Onlys will also be at SXSW in March, and have a few other scattered dates scheduled before they hook up with the other two bands in April. Young Prisms meanwhile have a very busy schedule including a tour with The Radio Dept that has them back in NYC in February (though for one show, not two)
While we're on the subject of Crocodiles, Echo & The Bunnymen are performing the LP of the same name along with the Heaven Up Here LP on a North American tour this May. Tickets are still available for the NYC show at Irving Plaza.
Crocodiles (the band) were last here for CMJ, but had to cancel their tour right afterwards due to a death in the family. That family also belongs to Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls who also cancelled a tour at the same time and have since scheduled a new one too.
Tour dates and videos below...
by Bill Pearis
The Radio Dept.'s Webster Hall show on February 3, which was added less than a month ago, has been un-added. Tickets to that show will be honored at the band's Feb. 2 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which still has tickets available. It's the second date on the enigmatic Swedes' first-ever North American tour. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
A week before their tour kick-off (Jan 25), The Radio Dept release Passive-Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 which culls eight years worth of non-LP, out-of-print greatness onto CDs (or two vinyl platters). Some of their best tracks appeared on their EPs, and though it's not 100% completist, it's still well worth picking up.
In other news, San Francisco's Young Prisms have been picked as The Radio Dept.'s openers for this tour. The band's gauzy sound will make for a nice appetizer before the Swedish main course. They were good at Glasslands back in November when they played with fellow Bay Area noise merchants Weekend. Young Prisms' debut, Friends For Now, is out next Tuesday (1/18) on Kanine Records. You can get a taste of the LP above.
Prior to their stint with The Radio Dept., Young Prisms will tour with SF pals Melted Toys who'll have a record out on Underwater Peoples in the near future. After their dates with Radio Dept., YP head to Europe to tour with Surfer Blood and No Joy. All Young Prisms 2011 dates are after the jump.
Chief @ Governors Island over the summer (more by David Andrako)
The Domino-signed band Chief are on tour and headlining Bowery Ballroom this evening, 12/7. Tickets are still on sale, and I have a few pairs you can win. Details, all dates and Chief's new video for "The Minute I Saw it", are below.
Opening the Bowery Ballroom show are The Dig and Oxford, Mississippi's Young Buffalo. If you know one thing about Oxford, it might be that the city is home to Fat Possum Records, and if you know anything about Fat Possum, then you know that since the label recently signed the young Oxford-local band, Young Buffalo must be at least worth a listen (self-titled LP due out in early 2011). You can listen below. Their tour dates are down there too.
Young Man @ MHOW for CMJ (more by Ryan Barkan)
Speaking of young bands, Young Man has a new single out today for "Strangers". And with that single came a new video for "Up So Fast" which you can watch below.
Canada's Young Galaxy will release their third LP, Shapeshifting, via Paperbag Records on February 8th. Grab two songs off that new album, above for free and now.
Young Prisms recently toured and played some NYC shows, and one in Boston that they were late to, partially because their tourmates Weekend had some car trouble, and partially because they were taping an Into The Woods session. Watch that below. Young Prisms are going back on tour in January. They don't list another NYC show yet, but they are playing Philly on 1/31. All dates are down there too.
photos by Bryan Bruchman
After a NYC van accident almost stopped the show from happening, San Francisco band Weekend hopped in their tourmates Young Prisms' van and just barely made it to Boston in time to play O'Briens Pub last night (11/22). According to Brian, the two bands showed up while Young Adults, the first of three bands, was playing. And now their tour continues. More pictures from the MA show, and a videos from Weekend's sets in Boston and NYC, below...
Weekend (phogo by Marina Forte)
According to Bill, Weekend "pretty much destroyed Glasslands. If not the actual structure then the eardrums contained within. Wow." If you're confused, that's in reference to the show they played at Brooklyn venue Glasslands Gallery last night, 11/21, with their tour mates Young Prisms. Tonight they were scheduled to appear in MA, BUT they reportedly "just got into a pretty bad wreck in NYC - band members all ok but van is totaled -
show in Boston tonight is canceled.... remains to be seen what the status is for the rest of their tour. will keep you posted." Damn that sucks. Remaining dates on the tour include Philly, CT, and 11/27 back in NYC at Cake Shop. Stay tuned for updates. UPDATE: The Boston show is back on. Weekend just hopped in Young Prism's van.
A video from the Glasslands show below...
by Bill Pearis
This will be a shorter column than usual (please hold your applause till the end) as I'm heading across the Canadian border to attend this year's M for Montreal festival where I'll be seeing the likes of The Dears, PS I Love You, Valleys and a bunch of bands who sing in French. (Also, Gene Simmons has been invited for some reason and will be filming his reality show while there.) It will also be about 20 degrees colder up there so, gentle readers, don't be too jealous of my international travels. There's plenty of cool stuff going on here.
Darwin Deez plays his last NYC show of 2010 at Mercury Lounge tonight (11/17) with Bell (who just played Glasslands the other night with Suuns), King Charles (a UK artist who just got done touring with Mumford & Sons - you might have caught him the past two nights at Terminal 5 - he also plays the Rock Shop on Thursday) and Friends. Darwin's had a good year... in the UK. He came in at #10 on NME's Cool List 2010 (in between Marcus Mumford and Carl Barat, for context) and was pictured on the cover of the issue (see above - the guy with the string on his forehead), and his self-titled debut came in at #56 on Rough Trade Shops' Best LPs of 2010 list.
Here in his home town (or home country), Darwin doesn't get much press or blog love. Mind you, his album hasn't even come out in the U.S. yet -- it's due February 2011, nearly a year after its UK release. (I also don't think his look is doing him any favors over here.) When it does hit these shores, it's definitely worth checking out -- a poppier, funkier take on Strokes-style indie rock that shows off impressive melodic and lyrical talent. It's an immediately likeable record and he deserves more attention than he's getting. Check out the Cosmos-inspired video to his single "Constellations" at the bottom of this post.
Xeno and Oaklander @ PS1 in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Tonight is also the seventh anniversary of the Wierd parties which started at Brooklyn's Southside Lounge and grew into a label specializing in minimal synth and darkwave. Wierd Records has released some great stuff this year, including debut albums from Automelodi and Frank (Just Frank). Their weekly party now happens at Home Sweet Home on Christie St. in the L.E.S. and for tonight's special occasion, in addition to great tunes and smoke machines they've got Xeno and Oaklander performing live. These two perform like the last three decades never happened, strictly analogue, with piles of vintage gear strung together with patch cables. Squint and you might think you'd been transported back to Sheffield, England circa 1979.
Zoos of Berlin
Detroit's Zoos of Berlin are taking a break from recording their second album to hit the East Coast for a couple of NYC dates this weekend. They play Friday (11/19) at Cake Shop and then a show at Spike Hill on Saturday (11/20). I've written about ZoB a bunch of times over the last year and always try and catch them when they're in town. There's no other band that sounds quite like them, a mix (as I've said before) of Berlin-era Bowie and Steely Dan.
If you haven't checked out their music yet, now's a perfect time as they've made both their eponymous EP and first album,"Taxis," available as free downloads from their Bandcamp page. And do go see them play if you can, they're tight and surprisingly funny given their regal sound.
One of my favorite new bands of last year, Acrylics, have finally put the finishing touches on their debut album which will drop on January 25, 2010. It's ten songs of dusty, dreamy pop (Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac gets you in the right ballpark) that is above all else a showcase for the duo's enviable songwriting abilities. The sparkling arrangements and soaring harmonies are impressive too.
With the new album in the can, Acrylics are starting to play live again and have two shows this weekend. They play Friday night at Glasslands with Chicago's Light Pollution (who leave on tour with Delorean and Lemonade a day later), Blood Orange (Dev of Lightspeed Champion who opened for Glasser last night and who also plays a show at Union Pool tonight), and Unsolved Mysteries. Acrylics also play Cameo Gallery on Saturday (11/20) with their pals Amazing Baby , and two hard-to-Google bands I'm not familiar with: TEEN, and Psychic (at first I thought the band was Teen Psychic, but it's apparently two separate groups).
Acrylics, Amazing Baby, and, and Teen are also part of an upcoming John Lennon Tribute show taking place at Glasslands on December 8th along with Nicole Atkins, Beige, Eytan & The Embassy, Here We Go Magic, Psychic, The Rassle, The Royal Chains, and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.
Big Troubles @ Mercury Lounge last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
And I'll hopefully be back from Montreal in time Sunday night (11/21) to hit Glasslands for their killer bill of Weekend, Young Prisms, Minks and Big Troubles (maybe you caught them recently opening for Magic Kids), one of the more solid, well-curated line-ups I've seen in a long time. If you like any one of these bands, you'll probably like the rest. As I've said before, Weekend's debut album, Sports, is a superior slice of post-punk shoegaze that is both pummeling and beautiful. Weekend aren't reinventing the wheel, but the San Francisco trio are expert drivers. Two MP3s are at the top of this post.
Their tour-mates are fellow San Franciscans Young Prisms who practice similar hazy, loud sonics and will release their debut album on Kanine early next year. You can check out an MP3 from it at the top of this post. If you can't make this show, Weekend and Young Prisms will be back after Thanksgiving for a show at Cake Shop on November 27.
The rest of the Glasslands bill: Minks, whose debut album on Captured Tracks is one of my highly anticipated releases of 2011 as I've dug both their singles so far, as well as their live show. And if you haven't heard Big Troubles' debut, which came out early this year on Olde English Spelling Bee, I recommend you remedy that, especially if you have a fondness for early-'90s shoegaze. Big Troubles know their stuff, have digested it all and come up with their own appealing version.
That's it for this week. Tour dates, videos, some others shows and flyers are below.
by Bill Pearis
Weekend are pretty clean-cut looking dudes who make a dark-edged squall that shows a direct through-line from Joy Division to Jesus and Mary Chain to Ride and beyond. I caught them last night at Cake Shop and despite a few microphone problems I thought they were pretty good. Loud. Really loud. The band have already released singles on Transparent and Mexican Summer -- download tracks from those at the top of this post -- and the Slumberland album, Sports (is the title perhaps a tip of a hit to fellow Bay Area musician Huey Lewis?), is out in November.That was from back in August. Weekend's Slumberland debut, Sports, came out Tuesday (11/9) and the San Francisco trio are just wrapping up a tour with labelmates Pains of Being Pure at Heart. They'll then head out with fellow SF act Young Prisms on a tour that will hit NYC on Sunday, Nov. 21 for a show at Glasslands and then a week later at Cake Shop on November 27.
Sports is quite a stunner, easily one of the best things to come out on the label in this its second act. The album's fierce assault -- a blistering post punk wall of sound, rocketfueled by volume and feedback -- had me thinking at first of not of indie bands but UK industrio-metal band Godflesh. Not that they sound anything alike, but both bands' music could be used to strip paint off walls.
Although no one's going to mistake the San Francisco noise-pop trio's Slumberland debut, Sports, for an album produced at Abbey Road, the record is everything that a lot of modern indie rock is frequently failing to be in 2010: loud, immediate, and engaging, with a strong melodic sense of songwriting to tie it all together. That last facet could just as easily be applied to a number of bands in San Francisco, a location that's quickly threatening to eclipse Brooklyn in the ranks of regional talent. There are a few bands that certainly share similar sonic elements (the Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall, Girls, and a good deal of the Castle Face garage-rock scene), but many of these bands otherwise possess their own distinctive brand of sound and songcraft.You can listen to Sports in full over at Spinner. As mentioned above, most of Weekend's upcoming shows are with Bay Area compatriots Young Prisms who rock a sonically similar loud, ethereal sound. Ride, Lush, MBV come to mind. Check out "Sugar" from their debut album Friends for Now, which is out on Kanine Records in January. Young Prisms will tour with Tamaryn after their Weekend stint.
All Weekend and Young Prisms dates are below, plus the video for Weekend's "Monday Morning/Monongah, WV."
DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl in August (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate have only been around short time, but it seems like hardly a week goes by without a show from the band or one of its member's solo projects (Ducktails, Predator Vision, etc.). They'll finally get around to releasing their debut LP, a self-titled record, on November 17th on the Woodsist label. The first track from that is posted above and two other "album versions" are up on their Myspace.
Real Estate play a tour send-off/Showpaper benefit on October 14th at Monster Island Basement with Big Troubles and Honeydos. The tour in question is a short jaunt down South, before they return for a slew of CMJ-related shows. The first of those happen October 21st at Pianos and Santos (the later of which is an Oh My Rockness party with The Drums and others). Their other CMJ gigs include an Underwater Peoples showcase at The Delancey, a Death & Taxes show at Glasslands on October 22nd with Japandroids (one of many CMJ gigs for that band) and a Mexican Summer/Kemado Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24th. Joining them at MHOW will be Farmer Dave Scher (his first in NYC since opening for Jenny Lewis in June), Young Prisms, The Smith Westerns who have other CMJ shows TBA), and The Amazing, a Swedish group with members of the Kemado-signed Dungen, Anna Jarvinen and Sagor & Swing (streaming tracks at their MySpace). Tickets for that Music Hall show are on sale.
One artist who's not playing that show or any CMJ shows at all is Washed Out (Georgia's Ernest Greene). He'll play just one NYC show (his second live show ever) one day before CMJ at Santos Party House on October 19th with Restless People. Tickets are on sale. I tried to get him to open the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at Music Hall on October 20th (one day later), but he said he can't even stay in town that long due to personal commitments back home.
Rising, Breaking, Band to Watch vs Bear, Washed Out (the next Neon Indian even), though fairly new to the scene, already appears on a free Outfitters compilation that also includes tracks by Girls, Vivian Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, No Age, Le Loup, Rain Machine, The xx, The Very Best, Kurt Vile and The Dodos (who have two NYC shows this week). Washed Out's "Life of Leisure" 12" is out on Mexican Summer now.
One day after CMJ (10/25), Real Estate play a 1:00PM NYC show just for kids (Kidrockers) at The Living Room with... Neon Indian. Tickets are on sale ("Adults must be accompanied by a kid and vice versa").
Real Estate will follow up their CMJ with a November tour with Girls. That hits Maxwell's on November 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. Real Estate album, tour dates and flyers below...