Entries tagged with: Yuck
photos by Amanda Hatfield
U.S. Girls / Yuck / EZTV
River Rocks wrapped up its 2015 season on a very lovely Thursday evening with U.S. Girls, UK indie rockers Yuck, and local boys EZTV as the sunset painted the manhattan skyline in hues of pink and lavender. Pictures from the evening are in this post.
Even though they were the middle band, Yuck were clearly the draw of this show, and played a nice, rocking set of favorites from their two albums and a few from the band's third which is, as singer Max Bloom awkwardly/hilariously put it "coming in your face in 2016." It was a fun set. Unfortunately a good chunk of the crowd left after their set, making things a bit sparse for U.S. Girls performance. (As good as U.S. Girls new 4AD-released album, Half Free, is [and it is]... it's not out yet. Not sure why they were on last.) Meg Remy, who basically is U.S. Girls, didn't seem to pay it any mind, though, and with the help of two back up singers belted out songs like the great "Damn That Valley." She's got pipes and charisma.
EZTV, who were only added to the bill the night before, opened the evening with a selection from their Captured Tracks debut. Their brand of janglepop is a lot like the kind that popped up in the late '70s and early '80s in the wake of Big Star, and they do it well. Speaking of the '80s: the band now includes second guitarist Will Cole whose father is Lloyd Cole.
More pics from the final 2015 River Rocks, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK band Yuck are playing NYC's Hudson River Rocks on August 6 with co-headliners U.S. Girls. That free show is part of a short East Coast tour for the band, that includes shows in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Raleigh, NC and Atlanta. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Yuck have finished work on their third album which will be out in early 2016. In celebration of the U.S. tour, though, they've released "Hold Me Closer" from the LP which is fuzzy pop in the Dino Jr/Weezer mold. Catchy stuff, and you can stream it below.
Hudson River Rocks kicks off its 2015 season on Thursday (7/9) with Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz, with Weyes Blood. Then on Thursday, July 23 it's We Were Promised Jetpacks and Krill. River Rocks shows are free, with doors are at 6 PM and music starting at 7 PM.
photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.
The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.
Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.
The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O'Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto indie pop foursome Alvvays, the new band from onetime solo artist Molly Rankin, just finished up a few Canadian dates with Yuck. They'll pick back up with that band below the border for a few East Coast shows next month, including NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on February 15 to which tickets are still available.
Looks like Alvvays' debut album, which they recorded with Chad Van Gaalen and was originally slotted for early 2014, won't see a release till the summer, but you can check out two of their exceedingly catchy songs below. NYC has more opportunities to catch them live, too: Alvvays open for Sylvan Esso at Rough Trade on January 30 (tickets); and then
they play with Courtney Barnett and Kins at Rough Trade on February 22 (sold-out). UPDATE: Alvvays aren't playing Courtney's show anymore, drat.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams and a video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Yuck were just in NYC for CMJ, playing their first shows since releasing their solid second album, Glow and Behold. One of those shows -- maybe you were there -- was our Brooklyn Vegan 14-hour marathon party at Baby's All Right. We already posted a recap and pictures of Yuck's performance and we've got another set of pics in this post.
Yuck will be back on our shores in the new year. They haven't announced a full tour yet, but dates are popping up and they'll play NYC on February 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for this one go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon.
UPDATE: Full tour announced, all dates are listed, along with more pics from Yuck's BV party show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome
After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.
Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.
Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.
After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.
Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.
Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck
Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.
We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.
Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.
After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.
Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).
More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...
videos by (((unartig))), photo by Chris La Putt
(((unartig))) was in the house to capture some video at our 2nd of two CMJ shows at Baby's All Right over the weekend. The fruits of his labor include footage of Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, Pallbearer, King Dude and Nothing, Watch away, below...
Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...
Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.
Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]
Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.
Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.
BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.
From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).
Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.
You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]
Now back to Andrew...
A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.
Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]
And back to Bill...
Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).
I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.
And then I went to bed. - [BP]
CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...
set times are at the bottom of this post...
Okay, so we might be a little late with this announcement (and someone cancelled while I was writing this post), but we are now very excited (and relieved) to finally announce most of the lineups for our 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ parties.
UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, we still can't say the venue yet. Stay tuned for that announcement coming Thursday, but we promise it will be fairly convenient.
THE VENUE IS ANNOUNCED: It's Baby's All Right! (146 Broadway in Williamsburg)
Omar Souleyman (photo by David Andrako)
here we go...
On FRIDAY (10/18) we're going from noon to 6 PM and kicking things off huge with an acoustic set from The Head and the Heart at noon (the same Sub Pop-signed band whose upcoming shows at Terminal 5, Webster Hall and MHOW are all sold out).
Kirin J Callinan under Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (by Tim Griffin)
From there we change the energy drastically with a set by Kirin J Callinan (who is with a full band this year, unlike last year), Leeds band Eagulls who are followed by Leeds rockers Hookworms, who are followed by theatrical indie-metal-pop-prog band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman (!), and finally indie rockers Speedy Ortiz!
Mac Superchunk (photo by Chris La Putt)
Then, on SATURDAY (10/19), we're going 10 straight hours, from noon to 10 PM, with local psych band Spires, followed by the emo-shoegaze of Pity Sex, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST that will be announced Friday night, alt-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, and the NYC debut of Ex Hex -- the new band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave)!
UPDATE: Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Drowners & more added! Party now goes till 2am.
Both of these shows are 100% FREE, no RSVP necessary. No Arcade Fire. No Banksy. There is free food and drink and ink though.
Come by and pick up a free Raw Revolution bar to snack on and a complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drink, AND A FREE TATTOO. Sailor Jerry is bringing in Three Kings Tattoo artists who will be giving out complimentary tattoos right there in our venue (again)! Tattoos are first come, first served, as is admission to the shows.
1) One late announcement
2) Two free shows
3) 18 artists
4) Free drinks
5) Free tattoos till 6pm each day (designs pictured above)
A venue to be announced Thursday Baby's All right
A special guest playing Friday to be announced Thursday night Omar Souleyman
A special guest playing Saturday to be announced Friday night Pallbearer
9) JUST ADDED: four more bands Saturday!
And thanks to Vinny's Music for the gear!
See you there?
Also, don't forget, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also hosting three shows. There's the 2-night official showcase at Saint Vitus with Pelican headlining both nights, and a number of openers each day (Ringworm included). And the late night show happening afterwards.
Full schedule for both of our parties below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Hop Along at Saint Vitus in September (more by Vladislav Grach)
Sure, NYC has a lot of great shows almost every night of the week. But CMJ definitely stacks the deck (and the stages) a little more, with some overachieving bands playing upwards of 10 times over the next five days (10/15 - 10/19). With that in mind, here are 30 bands we think are worth catching during CMJ 2013. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Spotify playlist featuring songs from all the bands (who are on the streaming service).
Check out our full list and a stream of that Spotify playlist below...
by Bill Pearis
UK band Eagulls will be in NYC next week for CMJ and we already knew they were playing the free Kanine/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 and an evening showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 18 (sold out, but some badges will be accepted).
The band have added a few more shows while here: they'll play the NME showcase on October 16 at Glasslands with Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Courtney Barnett, and Theo Verney (tickets); and the Bowery Presents day party on October 19 at Pianos (line-up TBA). They're also playing one of BrooklynVegan's CMJ-week shows too, more on that very soon. All Eagulls CMJ dates -- with set times and full show line-ups where available -- are listed below.
Meanwhile, Eagulls have released the b-side to their new UK 7" which is a cover of Killing Joke's "Requiem." You can check out the video for the killer a-side, "Nerve Endings," below as well.
by Bill Pearis
The U.S. Open just finished a week or so ago, but if you still need a tennis fix, might I suggest Yuck's new video for "Middle Sea"? In it, fro'd drummer Jonny Rogoff (looking McEnroe-esque), faces off against someone more than twice his elder and the two clearly have a rocky history. Filial issues play out on the court: words are had, rackets are thrown (more McEnroe!), and sports drink is spilled. You can watch the video below.
Yuck's new album, Glow & Behold, is out October 1 and the band doesn't seem to have been slowed down much by frontman Daniel Blumberg's departure, as they're still cranking out the catchy '90s style indie rock in the vein of Teenage Fanclub, Versus and Sebadoh, with a little MBV-style glide guitar dappled across at least a couple tracks.
Yuck will be spending the early part of October on tour with Pixies in Europe but will be in NYC for CMJ. The only announced show so far is at Mercury Lounge on 10/18. The whole line-up is pretty good, featuring UK noisemakers Eagulls, soulful crooner Willis Earl Beal, and Montreal's krautrocky Absolutely Free. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon. If you have a CMJ badge you can get in with that too, based on capacity of course.
All Yuck tour dates are listed, along with the "Middle Sea" video, below.
We mentioned before that Yuck would be carrying on with frontman Daniel Blumberg. Well the singer has just announced his new thing which is called Hebronix and that its debut album, produced by Royal Trux's Neil Hagerty, will be out July 9 on ATP Records (That's All Tomorrow's Parties' label if you were wondering). You can stream the first track to appear, "Unreal," below.
No North American shows lined up just yet, but there are Hebronix UK dates and those are listed below.
This guy is no longer in Yuck (more by Tamara Porras)
Back in 2009, Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom left their Arctic Monkeys/Strokes-inspired Cajun Dance Party to form the Pavement/Teenage Fanclub-inspired Yuck. And now, Daniel is leaving Yuck to focus on his own music. According to a post on the band's Facebook page:
What's up! Lots of new things have been happening in Yuck world. We're getting ready to go to New York this week to record our 2nd album! Unfortunately, Daniel won't be joining us as he's decided to focus on other things. However, new music, new tour dates, and bigger afros will be coming very soon. So get ready. GET. READYLater on, they clarified:
Hey guys, just to clarify, Daniel has left the band to concentrate on releasing his own music. The three of us have written an album we're all extremely proud of and we're all very excited about recording it. We hope you'll stick with us, your support means a lot to us. Max xxIt's not clear if they mean Daniel will be focusing on his other project, Oupa, or if it's a new project completely.
Maybe when the rest of Yuck is in NYC, they'll do a show? Stay tuned. Meanwhile, a stream of Yuck's most recent single, "Chew," is below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
Please welcome the third annual Rock Lottery to Knitting Factory on December 1st:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's event
2012 lineup for Rock Lottery and video from previous events 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...
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...
Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.
As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.
All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.
Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.
photos by Tamara Porras
AMNY: When did you discover the music of the '90s?Yuck played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Porcelain Raft this past week. Gross Magic was also supposed to play both shows, but cancelled. Cassie Ramone's band The Babies filled in, and play again at Bruar Falls tonight (she also recently DJed 285 Kent). Pictures from 10/13 adorn this post.
When I was around 17, I got introduced to some really good stuff by my friends, like Lambchop, Smog, Dinosaur Jr. and Will Oldham. That had a massive significance. It's the best feeling when someone shows you something new.
Many reviews said you seemed nervous onstage during Yuck's first shows. Has that changed?
We made these songs in Max's room without any fans. We didn't even know we'd be putting a record out. Then, suddenly, we're playing in New York. I guess it's something you get used to. Music is quite a personal thing -- it's abstract, and it's sometimes difficult to understand how people are connecting with what you're doing.
What was your first visit to New York like?
We had loads of issues with visas. We played a show at Glasslands where we had to rush from the airport and go right onstage. Then, on our second visit, we heard gunshots as we were checking into our hotel. That was interesting coming from the U.K., where we don't really have guns.
Yuck recently released a deluxe version of their self-titled LP for Fat Possum Records which includes a new song called "Soothe Me". Stream that below.
Yuck are finished with their US dates for now, excpet for a previously announced date on the Weezer Cruise in the new year. All international tour dates, that song stream, and more pictures from Music hall of Williamsburg are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Razika - Eg Vetsje (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - Hoop of Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - Where We Trip the Light (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nurses - "Fever Dreams" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (MP3)
I guess this is the pre-CMJ edition of This Week In Indie which is a slightly less busy week than normal, though not by much. (And CMJ this year isn't the most exciting line-up I've seen for that matter, but we'll get to that next week.) In fact there's some pretty cool musical things you should be considering, so let's get into it.
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Norway's Razika are playing Friday (10/14) at Cameo, their first-ever U.S. show, and only one for now. You may not think you need a Norwegian all-girl ska band in your life, and maybe you don't, but Razika do it really well. I wasn't expecting to like it. And really, what they do is more ska-tinged pop than actual ska. Which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. There's definitely a Lilliput/Kleenex vibe (or even Electrelane for a more modern comparison) to what they do. And the songs are crazy catchy. You can get half-price tickets ($5) if you use this link.
It's a good show all around at Cameo, with Ski Lodge whose EP I like a lot. As I've said before, it's like early Smiths meets Beach Fossils. The other band on the bill is Lips which is New Zealander Stephanie Brown who now lives in Brooklyn. I like the songs on her Bandcamp page, which are kind of laptop soul, not entirely unlike Little Dragon or, you. There's a really cute video for her song "One Not Two" at the bottom of this post.
San Francisco's Dominant Legs and tourmates Nurses are in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/14) and Glasslands on Saturday (10/14). Dominant Legs released their debut LP, Invitation, last month on Lefse Records and it's an appealing take on effervescent '80s pop, completely with lightly funky guitars, glistening keyboards and big choruses. You can download a couple songs from Invitation at the top of this post.
As for Nurses, the Portland trio get called "psych-pop" a lot which I guess is code for "vaguely MGMT-ish" but it's the funkier side of that band and not really so much psych to my ears. There's a lot of echo on it, I guess that's psychedelic. That said, their new album Dracula is pretty catchy and danceable and is more directly comparable to fellow Portlandians Unknown Mortal Orchestra than anyone else. You can download a track at the top of this post.
And lastly, Tycho is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (10/16). (Tickets are still available.) The Bay Area electronic artist released his new album, Drive, last week on Ghostly and I've been listening to it a lot. No doubt it owes a giant debt to Boards of Canada, more in the dreamlike synth sounds than in execution. Tracks like "Hours" (downloadable above) more blatantly danceable than BoC but it's still the kind of record you could sleep to as well. And though I no longer have a car, this would be good music behind the wheel, and not just because of the album title.
While listening to Drive, you might think that a live show might just be just a guy and a laptop, Scott Hansen has a full Tycho band that looks to be pretty good from the YouTube clips I've watched. Canada's Teen Daze are also on the bill, and blissed-out Swedes Korallreven are the DJs for the evening.
That's the major stuff for this week...though don't forget Lotion plays their first show in ten years on Monday (10/17) at Knitting Factory! More day-by-day picks are below.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Early show tonight at Mercury Lounge: Canadian fourpiece The Arkells whose 2008 debut was one of that year's undiscovered gems, full of hook-filled, strident heartland rock that would've done gangbusters in the '80s. (You may remember me writing about them from M for Montreal.) Their new album, Michigan Left, is out next week in Canada.
I'm ashamed to admit I haven't given The Rosebuds' new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, enough attention but I definitely like what I have heard. You can download "Woods" at the top of this post. One of the nicest bands around, The Rosebuds are always good live and if you've never seen them before, they play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Want to go for free? We have a couple of pairs of tickets you can win if you email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Rosebuds) right now. Include your first and last name in the email and we'll get back to the winners with instructions.
Xeno & Oaklander @ Home Sweet Home.
UK-based lo-fi indie poppers Gross Magic have just signed to Fat Possum in North America. Gross Magic is the current project of Sam McGarrigle, started after the break up of his previous band Hocus Tocus. Gross Magic's debut EP, Teen Jamz, is available now on iTunes with a bonus track. The bonus-track-less version can also be streamed below. Fat Possum will release the physical version of the EP in the US on October 11. You can also check out a music video and a Bowlegs session of the EP's single, "Sweetest Touch," along with a Bowlegs session of bandcamp bonus track "P.Y.T."
Gross Magic will make their US debut opening for Fat Possum labelmates Yuck at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 13 and 14. Porcelain Raft is also on both of those shows. Tickets are still on sale. Gross Magic will stick around NYC too, to play Cameo Gallery on October 15. Tickets are on sale for that too.
All dates, videos, and EP stream below...
Yuck at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Tamara Porras)
Earlier this month, we mentioned that Yuck plays POPPED! in Philly this September, and that we wouldn't be surprised if they add a NYC date that same month. They haven't done that, but they did add two not long after. Yuck play October 13 and 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (7/29) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (7/27) at noon.
Updated dates below...