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As mentioned, Ireland's So Cow have a new album, The Long Con, on the way and they've now set a release date -- September 16 via Goner. The first released song, "Barry Richardson," actually closes the album and can be streamed below.
As mentioned, So Cow (now a trio) will be touring in September leading up to this year's Gonerfest in Memphis. That includes NYC shows at Death by Audio on September 19 with Shark? and more TBA, and then Cake Shop on September 20 with The Oranges Band and Palomar.
More tour dates have been announced since we last posted and all dates are listed, plus album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
current lineup of Palomar
We recently attended the PS 154 benefit at the Bell House where two singing members of The Wrens were gloriously back on stage together again after a rocking set by Palomar. A true family affair, Rachel Warren from Palomar and Charles Bissell from the Wrens are married, and the show was a benefit for their kids' Windsor Terrace school. Palomar drummer Dale Miller's band White Collar Crime (not to be confused with the new hardcore band with the same name) opened the show, but Dale actually only played one song with Palomar who otherwise played with a "semi-original lineup" that included drummer Matt Houser in addition to Brockett, Christina and Rachel. They sounded great, like I'm sure they will again with any lineup at Cake Shop on 9/20 with the Oranges Band and So Cow (Cake Shop booker Andy proclaims, "The Oranges Band was one of our fave bands a decade ago.. plus we LOVE Palomar & So Cow! Cannot wait for this one.")
So Cow (the band)
It's been four years since Ireland's So Cow released a new album. Main man Brian Kelly has turned So Cow from a quasi solo project to a proper band and released a split single last year with Image Makers and you can stream that below. There is also a new album, The Long Con, that is supposed to be out on Goner at some point, hopefully before their appearance at this year's Gonerfest in Memphis. That 9/20 Cake Shop show with Palomar is part of a tour around Gonerfest and also includes another NYC show on 9/19 at Death By Audio with Shark?. The latter is part of a short Shark? and So Cow tour. All So Cow dates haven't been officially announced yet, but the ones we know about are listed below.
Meanwhile you can catch Shark?, who were great opening for the Orwells at Shea, tonight (7/20) at Death By Audio with Sleeping Bag and Rozwell Kid, on 7/27 at Muchmores with Radical Dads, and again in Brooklyn on 7/18 at Gigawatts Fest with Frankie Cosmos, Fiasco and many more.
Dates are listed with some songs below...
by Bill Pearis
Grifters back in the day...
Gonerfest is back for an eleventh year, happening at various venues in Memphis from September 25 - 28. The initial lineup was just announced and features a reunion from '90s Memphis indie rockers Grifters, plus reformations from late-'70s Indiana cult act The Gizmos, and Len Bright Combo, the group which featured Wreckless Eric as well as Bruce Brand & Russ Wilkins from The Milkshakes. Also playing are The Rebel (aka Ben Waller from Country Teasers), New Zealand's Cool Runnings, Ireland's So Cow, Austin's Spray Paint and Radioactivity, and more. The Gonerfest Golden Pass is on sale now which gets you into all the events.
Grifters reformed for a one-off show last year, let's hope this means more shows from them -- they were one of the more under-appreciated bands of the '90s. If unfamiliar, catch up via Spotify. Full Gonerfest 11 initial lineup below...
Hilly Eye at Cake Shop in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Brooklyn's Hilly Eye have a few shows coming up, including a couple this week during and around CMJ. As mentioned, they play the Life or Death showcase at 92YTribeca on Saturday (10/20) with DIIV, Maria Minerva, Mac DeMarco, Twerps, Starred, Kilo Kish, Slug Guts, Jozef Van Wissem, Sky Ferreira, and Dogbite. After that, they'll play an unofficial post-CMJ day party at 285 Kent on Sunday (10/21) with Blanche Blanche Blanche (who played Glasslands last month with Chris Cohen), Ireland bands Squarehead and So Cow, plus local bands Heaven's Gate, Ava Luna, and Butter the Children, and Massachusetts' Potty Mouth. The show runs from noon to 6 PM and there will be DJ sets by Grand Resort, Noah & Emily, and The Pelly Twins. The show is free to the public.
About a month later, Hilly Eye will play another local show at Saint Vitus on November 30 with their Don Giovanni labelmate Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield formerly of PS Eliot) and Corita. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Some song streams and videos are below.
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.
photos by Alexis Maindrault, words by Andrew Frisicano
As their Twitter makes clear, this tour, the Thermals are into Furbys. The blinking, ear-wiggling, talking (though not during the show) animatronic creatures took the stage, courtesy of a roadie, five minutes before the band: The Thermals will not play without their Furbys. The trio came out (Hutch, Kathy and drummer Westin, who always kind of looks like their child playing drums for mom and dad's band), and it was "Here's Your Future," the rousing first track off The Body, the Blood, the Machine (BBM, if you will) that got the blood flowing to start off the night.
"We opened for Sleater-Kinney here five years ago," Hutch said of Irving Plaza, the mildly impersonal hall (partially because of the barricade between band and crowd) that hawks its popcorn and pizza (both a bit too pricy) between bands.
Tonight they were headlining, and playing in support of new record Personal Life, an inward look from the band prone to fist-pumpable anthems (the "When We Were Alive" boast of "you shoulda seen us in our PRIME" being one prime example). Shedding some light on the LP, Hutch remarked, "It's not about my personal life [pause]...it's slightly about my personal life." Which is good news for people looking for the band to take a new direction after the sorta meandering "Now We Can See," the much lighter follow-up to the agit-punk epic BBM.
At Irving Plaza, BBM's "Returning to the Fold" elicited mock baptisms and prayerful hands aloft in rapture. For that same album's single, "Pillar of Salt," even the soundboard operator, who had previously sold me my ticket (multi-tasking!), sang along.
The group also tapped into their first two albums, collections that could be described with words like "arty," "lo-fi," "post-." Thankfully, almost 10 years later, those tracks still stand up to repeated abuse live. They continue to be among the most energetically recieved, and it's fairly easy to see why. The tempos are fast, and Westin at the edge of his seat pounds the beats into the hi-hat and snare.
Personal Life is another beast all together. The drum kit is less manic, often tapping away at the ride cymbal, while the guitar drops at times to out put the bass up front. For those songs ("There's Nothing You Can't Learn," "Never Listen To Me," "Not Like Any Other Feeling") Hutch barely goes to his guitar, instead articulating the lyrics in Craig Finn-like gestures and poses. I'm sure the crowd will be jiving along with him in future shows, but here at least, it was fun to watch.
Second opener Twin Shadow (I missed So Cow unfortunately) filled in ably for Cymbals Eat Guitars, with their laid-back synth-pop. Twin Shadow's sound is immediately appealingly, syrupy and retro (chill, even), but the smooth vocals of George Lewis Jr. make the band a sexier enterprise than other gauzy '80s-inspired bands. In their hands, the big space felt like an intimate bedroom session.
More tour dates HERE. More pictures from the show (So Cow included), and the Thermals setlist, below...
DOWNLOAD: DD/MM/YYYY - "Van Tan" (MP3)
DD/MM/YYY @ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom in June
Women are currently in EU through the middle of September, but will hit the road for a US tour shortly after the release of their new LP Public Strain for Jagjaguwar. The trek includes dates with Liars and DD/MM/YYYY (but not both at the same time) and includes TWO NYC dates: Mercury Lounge on 10/7 (tickets) and Knitting Factory on 10/9 with So Cow (tickets).
Women also have a split on the way with their tourmates DD/MM/YYYY, who have their own album in the works for late 2011. Meanwhile DD/MM/YYYY's current LP, Black Square, will be released in Europe on 10/11 via Invada Records, Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Beak>'s label. The EU version will contain the previous LP tracks (like "Van Tan" above), as well as bonus tracks.
Speaking of Beak>, they'll be around here soon.
Women and DD/MM/YYY both played the NXNE Festival in Toronto this year. A set of DD pics from up there with all upcoming dates dates and some videos below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Golden Triangle @ South Street Seaport
Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle and So Cow played the free show at South Street Seaport Friday evening, and every band on the bill also has a NYC show tonight (7/17). Golden Triangle play along with Thee Oh Sees (who also play the Rock Yard today) at the Bed Stuy Bikini Bash, and So Cow plays Death By Audio. Both flyers re-posted, along with more pictures from South Street Seaport below...
GT photos by Tim Griffin
Golden Triangle @ the Spider House in March
As we just pointed out, Friday (7/16) at the Seaport Music Festival it's Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle, and So Cow. The free show starts early, with So Cow on at 6:30. (Bill is DJing in between sets, just an FYI.) As two of the three bands are from out of town, there are a few related shows you might want to know about too.
Tonight, 7/15, at Death by Audio, main Oh See John Dwyer is performing with Sam Hilner of Zs. Not sure what this duo is cooking up, but given the rest of the line-up I'd say we're in for an evening of experimental, improvisational noise. The rest of tonight's bill: Charlie Looker of Extra Life, and The Weasel Walter Trio.
Now some of you might be saying: "hold on, aren't So Cow and MINKS were playing Death by Audio tonight?" That was definitely listed in a few different places as such, but that either was never actually the case or has been changed. However, So Cow is playing Death By Audio on Saturday (7/17) with Yvette and the Sundelles. Flyer and other dates below.
Thee Oh Sees new EP, Warm Slime, is six more short servings of the band's patented style garage, thick as oatmeal, plus one 13-minute freakout that opens the record. You can download "I Was Denied" at the top of this post. Also up there: a track from So Cow's first official full-length, Meaningless Friendly, and Golden Triangle's "Neon Noose".
Thee Oh Sees flew in just to play the Seaport (sort of), but will tour in September when they return to NYC to play Santos Party House. We know that last bit because tickets are on sale. All dates below.
The only local band in the group, Golden Triangle, play in town rather often (though they have no other shows besides the Seaport listed at the moment), and they were in Austin this past March for SXSW where they played our day party at Spider House (the same party Thee Oh Sees played). Lots of bands played that show actually, but the pictures got lost in a hole until this week when we also posted sets of The Beets and Kid Congo Powers. Now here are the Golden Triangle pictures.
The rest of those pictures and the above-mentioned tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Loose Limbs - Red Hands (MP3)
While we wait for the new Seaport Music Festival website and the full (we already know the partial) line-up of who is playing this summer (and even more is listed below), you can check out the first vinyl offering from Seaport Music Records: a 7" from gargey Brooklyn trio Loose Limbs. (Seaport Music released a digital Christmas single last year you may remember.) You can download the A-side, "Red Hands," at the top of this post. The single was produced by Dean Baltulonis who did the new Hold Steady record.
There's a record release party tonight (5/6) at Bruar Falls where Loose Limbs will be playing with Matamoros, Imaginary Friends, and Ghost Trio. Loose limbs also play at the Knitting Factory on May 22 as part of the Eye and Ear Festival, and will open for Free Energy and Best Coast at the Seaport on July 23.
In other Seaport Music Festival news, it's just been announced that Austin bands Woven Bones and YellowFever play on July 2 as a warm up before the festival kicks in proper with Bear in Heaven and Zola Jesus on July 9. And So Cow has been added to the July 16 show with Thee Oh Sees and Golden Triangle.
YellowFever has also been added as opener to both of the final Voxtrot shows at Bowery Ballroom which happen towards the end of June.
Click through for the Seaport Schedule as it stands now -- I'm told there's more to come -- plus a flyer for the Bruar Falls show and all Loose Limbs dates.
"Market hotel busted by twenty cops!" - The Smith Westerns
Saturday night's Smith Westerns show at Market Hotel got cut short thanks to a group of cops that showed and told everyone to leave (possibly due to a noise complaint, possibly due to "business inspection", maybe because The Smith Westerns were peeing all over the place, or possibly just because the cops felt like shutting it down). What this means for the large DIY venue
remains to be seen. Upcoming shows there include High Places (April 8), Trans Am (April 18), Harlem (April 23), Sleigh Bells (May 11), and Pissed Jeans (June 19). The next scheduled show is Tuesday, April 6th with Darwin Deez. Hopefully it's still happening.
As of this writing I'm not sure if The Smith Westerns ever got to play anywhere Saturday night. There was talk of the show moving to Party Expo, but that didn't seem to happen. Regardless, you can catch the band at their next NYC show which takes place tonight, Easter Sunday, at Mercury Lounge with Male Bonding (who played MHOW with The Soft Pack last night) and So Cow.
For So Cow it's one of two NYC shows on his current tour (all dates below). The next one takes place a few days later, April 7th at Death By Audio with Sunday Times, The Surpriser (ex Cause-comotion) and The Babies (pictured above).
For The Babies the Death By Audio show is one of many chances to see the Vivian Girls/Woods side project this month. The very next chance happens to be tonight (4/4, Easter) at Don Pedro with WetDog who Bill said were good the other night (they played Glasslands and Death By Audio). If you don't remember that Wetdog were playing this third NYC show tonight, that's because it's actually not in their tour dates (but it is listed by the venue and the Babies).
The Babies are also playing with Best Coast and The Bitters at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/6) (tickets still on sale). Maybe you caught Best Coast when they opened for Japandroids at Bowery Ballroom. You can also catch them Monday night (4/5) at the Meatlocker in Montclair and Wednesday (4/7) at Mercury Lounge with The Bitters again (tickets) (no other Bitters dates anywhere).
The Babies will soon also kick off a very short tour with Titus Andronicus in CT on April 11th. That tour hits Rodrigues Coffee House at Fordham University in the Bronx on April 13th and SUNY Purchase the next day. Titus also plays a Babies-less early Men Can Stop Rape Benefit show at Red Hook High School on Sunday, April 11th (before the CT show).
Red Hook flyer and lots of dates below.
by Bill Pearis
The Soft Pack @ Cake shop in Feb (more by Gabi Porter)
The Soft Pack are here again, the first real shows in town they've played since releasing their debut album on Kemado: tonight (3/31) at Maxwell's, tomorrow (4/1) at Mercury Lounge, and Saturday (4/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I've seen these guys a zillion times (and written about them nearly as much) but they remain one of my favorite current live acts. That said, I'm just a tad bit more excited about the bands who they've brought with them on tour: Nodzz, Beaters, and Male Bonding.
Geeky, funny, tuneful Nodzzz were relatively quiet in 2009 -- at least compared to some of their San Franciscan brethren -- touring early in the year and only releasing one single. Mind you, it was an excellent one, "True to Life," which made by Best of the 2009 list. They're bound to have a new record in the works, so hopefully we'll get a bunch of fresh tunes.
Beaters, from The Soft Pack's hometown of San Diego, are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by husband/wife duo Brandon of Crocodiles and head Dum Dum Girl, DeeDee. If you're familiar with their roster at all, you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect: dark, over-caffeinated, paranoid, heavy on the reverb. You can check out their single "Fishage" at the top of this post.
The Music Hall of Williamsburg show adds UK punks (and Sub Pop signees) Male Bonding who also play with The Smith Westerns and So Cow on Sunday (4/4) at Mercury Lounge.
Of the two, I find Dom a little more interesting. There's some of that fifth-generation cassette tape chillwave sound going on, no doubt (which I'm getting a little waterlogged from frankly). But they've got some good songs under that hiss (check out "Bochicha" on their MySpace) and appear to play real drums and guitars (as well as crappy old synths) so I have hopes that their live show will prove less gauzy.
Golden Girls are more straight-up indie rock, a duo on recordings but are a four-piece live. Raucous and on the sloppy side, and with a single about cigarettes, you can draw a line from Golden Girls back to the Replacements pretty easily. They've only got two singles out so far, and I'm definitely curious to hear more.
A few more picks, by night, to take you through the weekend, along with tour dates and videos and stuff, below...
by Bill Pearis
It's a good week in New York for lovers of no-muss-no-fuss garage rock -- there's a lot of it in town. Austin trio Harlem are playing a trio of shows, the first of which is tonight (2/10) at Mercury Lounge with Girls at Dawn. They then play Friday (2/12) with Frankie & the Outs and The Siberians at Monster Island, and then hit Union Pool on Saturday (2/13) with Jemina Pearl. The band's second album (and first for Matador), Hippies, is out in April and doesn't stray too far from the greasy lo-fi of their debut, but with a bit more, um, finesse. They haven't polished the furniture, just tidied up a bit and the songs don't substitute reverb and distortion, for songwriting chops and attitude. It's a good record.
I'm going to see them tonight Mercury Lounge, but if I had to recommend one of the three shows, Monster Island on Friday seems like the right place to see them with the best and most economical ($7) of the overall line-ups. The Siberians make the kind of garage you would've heard at Cavestomp ten years ago before the genre became cool again -- more Lyres-style organ, less scuzz. Stupid Party are molasses-thick with extra sludge.
The night starts with Blacksburg, VA's Wild Nothing whose dreamy new single, "Summer Holiday," was just released on Captured Tracks. Think a slightly less wimpy Trembling Blue Stars and you're in the general sonic ballpark. Maybe you've already heardhis cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" that made its way around the internet last year. I'm pretty sure on record it's just one guy, so what guise Wild Nothing will take live is anybody's guess. And Frankie & the Outs have really come along as a band over the last five months and are coming into their own -- and apparently they've just wrapped up recording their debut album. Hopefully that will be out sooner than later.
Both Wild Nothing and the Outs will play Monster Island again the next night (2/13) for another great show, this time with Blank Dogs (who haven't played in a while), Sisters and Ireland's So Cow. This will be the first NYC appearance from So Cow since his assault on the U.S. last summer where he charmed nearly everyone who went to see him play. His new album, Meaningless Friendly, is supposedly out this month though there's no mention of it on the Tic Tac Totally website. Ask him what the hell's up with that at the merch table, won't you? If you can't make it Saturday night, So Cow plays again on Sunday (2/14) at Cake Shop with Vivian Girls/Woods side project The Babies, the Nick Cave-y Preacher and the Knife (who are also playing a fashion show on Friday) and retro doowop stylings of White Blue Yellow and Clouds. So Cow will be in here for nearly six weeks (including SXSW), playing just about everywhere in North America so do go see him if you can.
Monday night at Cake Shop was the kickoff show for Christmas Island / Beets / Beach Fossils tour which will take them down and up the East Coast over the next ten days. If you missed that show, all three play again on Saturday (2/13) at Death by Audio and then will close the tour on 2/20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Crystal Stilts and German Measles (tickets are still on sale for the latter). Matt Volz, who does all the The Beets' artwork, designed a great poster for the tour which you can actually buy via Captured Tracks website and at the merch table on this tour (and is given a CT release number a la Factory Records). You can see a big version of it here.
I've written plenty about Beach Fossils and The Beets before and both bands play here often, they live here, so the real draw here is San Diego's Christmas Island. Their album from last year, Blackout Summer, didn't get much attention but is well worth checking out. You can download a track from it at the top of this post. Not unlike fellow Californians Nodzzz, Christmas Island make somewhat surfy, definitely nasally/nerdy indie rock that at times reminds me of the Dead Milkmen (when Joe Jack Talcum sang). They were good when I saw them at SXSW last year and look forward to seeing them again on Friday. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Tomorrow (2/11) is the second of Savoir Adore's three Thursdays in February residency at Cake Shop and I've got another pair of tickets to give away. Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Savoir Adore" in the subject and I'll pick a winner at random. Openers this week are really good. Both CYHSY/Savoir Adore side project Uninhabitable Mansions and We Are Country Mice have been written about by me before, but I'll like to highlight Brooklyn band North Highlands who make rather lovely piano-driven orch pop. Singer Brenda Malvani has one of those airy but strong voices that seems to have dictated the sound of the band, it all just goes down so well together. They're good live too. You can download title track from their Sugar Lips EP at the top of this post. In between bands this week, Pat from Pop Tarts Suck Toasted (a victim of this week's nasty "Music Blogocide 2K10") will spin tunes. Should be a great night.
A couple more. The Obits anniversary shows are at Cake Shop Friday and Saturday night. Sure to be awesome.
And finally don't forget about Diamond Nights and Cheeseburger (with guest vocalists) this Saturday (2/13) at Brooklyn Bowl. If ever there were two bands to see at a bowling alley, it's these two. The Coco66 show Diamond Nights were originally booked to play on Friday isn't happening so this may be your only chance ever to see them rock it again, as the band has been defunct for over two years. They definitely went before their time. Really looking forward to this one.
That's it for this week. Flyers and tour dates below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: So Cow in the Sitting Room: Covers EP#2 (Zip)
So Cow @ Bruar Falls
If you missed Ireland's So Cow when he toured last summer, he's coming back in February for a six week North American tour, including two stops in New York: Feb 13 at Market Hotel with Grooms and Frankie & the Outs, and Feb 14 at Cake Shop. He'll also be playing SXSW in March and should have a new album out before that. If you haven't heard last year's self-titled release on Tic Tac Totally, you should definitely seek it out. It's a real treat. While you're waiting for the new record, you can download an EP of covers, including songs by The Go-Betweens, Tall Dwarves, The Soft Boys, Shonen Knife and more (above).
All So Cow North American tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
The '80s-era indie power-pop band The Primitives have reformed and will be playing The Bell House on May 8. Tickets are on sale now. The band, fronted by platinum blonde Tracy Tracy, was best known for their hit "Crash" which was inescapable on modern rock radio in 1988 and has since been covered by nearly every pop punk band in existence. They went on to make three albums, and called it quits shortly after 1991's Galore. The Primitives reformed late last year, playing their first reunion show in their hometown of Coventry on October 2. The Bell House show will be the first American show since their split.
Opening the show are Frankie & the Outs who are currently recording their debut album for Slumberland, and also just posted a bunch of new dates, including February 13 with So Cow at Market Hotel, and February 19 with Kurt Vile and Fucked up at Europa.
Frankie & The Outs @ Cameo on New Years Eve (Abby Braden/PunkPhoto)
Dum Dum Girls' debut LP, I Will Be, comes out via Sub Pop on March 30. Both of Frankie's bands will be hit SXSW in Austin this year too.
Video from the NYE show at Cameo, a couple Primitives videos, all Frankie & the Outs tour dates, plus video of Dum Dum Girls playing Boston back in October, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Kurt Vile @ Europa
Kurt Vile fit three shows into a recent two-day NYC trip. The first was a solo performance at an invite-only party at Public Assembly early Tuesday night (11/17). Later that night, he played a show at Europa with the Violators behind him and opening sets from Wild Yaks, Pink Reason and Home Blitz. Then on Wednesday (11/18), KV&V opened up for Big Star at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Kurt Vile and the Black Keys added a New Year's Day show after their NYE show in Chicago. In addition to his February tour with Fucked Up (the NYC dates of which are on sale), Kurt Vile will be playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, December 1st with Small Black and DJ Rezound (as part of the Fader Bowl series).
The next show for Wild Yaks happens Saturday, November 28th at the Living Room. The gig is part of Hex Fest that's happening at Cake Shop, Pianos, the Living Room and Googies the same day. The lineup for that includes Das Racist, Your Nature, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Weird Owl and others. Tickets and days passes are on sale.
More pictures and words on the Kurt Vile/Wild Yaks show at Europa are below...
"I aim to sum up something so neatly that my friend Muiris will go, 'Ah, nicely said,'" So Cow main man Brian Kelly told the blog Hi-Fi Popcorn last year. "I like the idea of someone listening and going, 'Ah, that's what I thought!" If you've ever been young and unlucky in love, the Irish multi-instrumentalist has a song that will strike exactly that kind of emotional chord. Like Television Personalities or the Clean [who have a new album coming out] at their most engaging, Kelly plays rickety guitar-pop that sounds homemade without feeling insular. So Cow compiles the best of Kelly's singles and self-released CDs so far, remastered by underground rock luminary Bob Weston. Sing-along hooks and scruffy charm abound. [Pitchfork reviewed the new LP today]You've had a bunch of chances to catch Ireland's So Cow play live in the United States over the course of the past two months. Tonight (6/15) is your last before he leaves, and as previously pointed out, it takes place at the Bell House in Brooklyn with "new DFA signees Free Energy and '90s indie rock ifluenced Brooklynites Diehard". It also only costs $5.00.
A bunch of cool live videos were captured on other dates of the U.S. tour where So Cow, in addition to originals, was playing covers by bands like NoBunny and Television Personalities (who are referenced in the review above). Some of those videos are compiled for your viewing pleasure below...
by Bill Pearis
I'm gonna keep this Sunday (6/14) post short and sweet, or try to. First a couple announcements. The So Cow at Shea Stadium is now officially part of the Northside Fest, happily taking badges (hopefully). They're on at 10:30P. The rest of the evening is The Specific Heats at 7:30, the Gutsies (not the Gusties as I had called them before, sorry guys) at 8:30, and Knight School at 9:30. That should be a fun show.
And Crystal Stilts have been added to the Ponytail-curated bill at Studio B (moved from its original location at the Shank) which seems the place to be Sunday night. The lineup is: Cool Dads at 9:30, Thank You at 10:15, Ponytail at 11:15, at Crystal Stilts at 12:15. You could also spend your whole Sunday at Studio B, the day party features the fun Phil & the Osophers (3PM), Oregon folkie Laura Gibson (4PM) and The Dodos (5PM) who'll hopefully be playing a lot of songs from their new album which is due out later this year.
A couple other recommendations: Bruar Falls plays host to an afternoon of bands curated by 1928 Recordings. No Soft Pack (who are now signed to Kemado), unfortunately, but the awesome Browns (3PM), plus Air Waves (4PM) and the Sundelles (5PM).
And while it should come as no surprise that metal isn't really my thing, Black Bubblegum assures me the line-up he's put together at Europa would crush me like a bug. In a good way?
There is of course lots more going on at Northside on Sunday. Am I missing anything crucial?
Dodos video below...
by Bill Pearis
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The Meat Puppets
While for many area music fans (especially ones, like me, who live in Williamsburg or Greenpoint) the Northside Festival is going to be the main attraction (by guide to Day One, HERE), there are a lot of other things going on. Even other festival type things.
You may already know about Todd P's Unamplified Acoustic BBQ 2009 which happens on Sunday (6/14) at Fort Tilden Beach, featuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 performers. As the weather's supposed to be partly sunny, high of 80, this could be a great way to spend the afternoon... and you could still make it back to catch some Northside Performances.
On Saturday (6/13) there's the Exit 44 Festival which will be held at Wonderland in Astoria, Queens. Headlined by Tigercity and Project Jenny, Project Jan, the fest also features Action Painters, My Teenage Stride, Schwervon!, The Specific Heats and more. (See the flyer below for a full list of bands. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the door.
The Meat Puppets are at Mercury Lounge this week - Thursday (still tickets available) and Friday. Their new album Sewn Together is the mellowest thing the band have ever released, but it's unmistakably a Meat Puppets album, with Curt Kirkwood guitar style, those distinctive harmonies and some really nice songs. (To be fair, the Meat Puppets have been pretty mellow since 1985's Up on the Sun.) And you know they're going to lean heavy on their classics -- Meat Puppets II, Up on the Sun, "Backwater." And getting to see them somewhere small like Mercury Lounge will be a real treat.
L.A.'s Fol Chen are playing their first-ever NYC show this Sunday (6/14) at Mercury Lounge. If you haven't heard them, there are a couple MP3s at the top of this post. There's a little bit of Grizzly Bear/Animal Collective density in their sound, but Fol Chen are poppier, sunnier, befitting a West Coast disposition. (They sorta remind me of Psapp if you know them.) Their debut, Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made, came out back in February on Asthmatic Kitty without much of a splash but the band have recently started to get more attention, especially in the UK, where the band are currently on a whirlwind, 6-day/7-show visit to London. The Mercury Lounge show will be them barely off the plane. Hope they won't be too jetlagged. Tickets are on sale.
That Mercury Lounge show is solid all around. Headlining are Brisbane, Australia's An Horse who recently released their debut, Rearrange Beds. It's one of those unassuming records that isn't particularly groundbreaking and doesn't hit you at first, but then you find yourself coming back to it a lot, or saying "oh what's this?" when it comes up on shuffle. Sort of the same reaction I had with Wye Oak, another seemingly unassuming duo. The sound is so simple you have a feeling they're going to be pretty good live.
An Horse are on tour with recent Merge signees Telekinesis whose self-titled record I also like a lot. Produced by Chris Walla, the album kind of feels like Merge's greatest hits all in one band: a little New Zealand pop, a little of Superchunk's anthemecism, solid pop hooks (take your pick of their roster)... it's good stuff. I didn't catch them the last time they were in town but may have to this time. In addition to the Mercury Lounge show, Telekinesis and An Horse also play Union Hall on Saturday (6/13).
A couple good shows at the Bell House this weekend. Friday night (6/12) is that Posies show where they're doing their classic 1993 album Frosting on the Beater in its entirety. New Zealand's lovely The Brunettes open and tickets are still available. The Posies will do it again at the Gramercy Theater on Saturday.
Then Saturday (6/13) at the Bell House is Columbus, OH-based webzine The Agit Reader's One Year Anniversary Party. Columbus, OH's Times New Viking are the official headliners, but the real draw of the show is their '90s lo-fi punk elders The Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, who began playing again a couple years ago after nearly a decade of inactivity. This will be thier first non-Columbus show since getting back together. In case you don't remember them, I defer again to The Trouser Press:
Most of the bands operating under the Luddite doctrine that's been dubbed "lo-fi" are quiet...sweet-tempered...pussycats even. This Columbus-spawned quartet -- the brainchild of former Great Plains frontman Ron House -- makes like that same pussycat injected with a goodly dose of the rabies virus, tearing apart the shabby confines of its 4-track studio with glee. The Slave Apartments (to use the shorthand preferred by the band) spent a few years releasing limited-edition singles -- including one that never went on sale at all; you had to write House directly with a good reason for him to send you one for free. The edition "sold" out quickly, and from the exhausting rush of Bait and Switch, it's easy to see why. House's high-pitched whine gives an oddly vulnerable edge to self-deflating tracks like "My Mysterious Death (Turn It Up)" and a reprise of the prior EP's "You Can't Kill Stupid" (which addresses the singer's early-'90s battle with cancer), while Bob Petric's splatter-punk guitar riffs action-paint the margins of pieces like the spot-on cover of "Cyclotron" (from the catalogue of Cleveland proto-punks Electric Eels) with unremittingly chaotic abandon. The topper, however, is the revolutionary screed "RnR Hall of Fame," which tosses verbal firebombs at the very concept of the Cleveland rock hall, advocating that someone "blow it up...before Paul Westerberg gets in." Bait and switch? Duck and cover is more like it.Other Agit Reader party attendees include fellow Columbus inhabitants El Jesus de Magico and the evening's only non-Ohioans, Hamish Kilgour's post-Clean band The Mad Scene. Tickets are still available.
As mentioned before, So Cow is swinging back through NYC before heading home to Ireland. In addition to the Monday show at Union Hall we already posted about, he's playing Sunday night at Brooklyn's newest DIY venue, Shea Stadium, along with Knight School, The Specific Heats and The Gusties.
And finally, moving slightly into next week, UK artist Esser makes his NYC debut at Le Royale on Monday (6/15). Those who follow the NME scene closely (very very closely) might remember Ben Esser as one third of short-lived group LadyFuzz. Looking like he stepped out of 1982, Esser mixes bubbly synthpop, 2-Tone ska, Lord Kitchener style calypso with a hint of '90s Britpop. He's been releasing a string of downloadable singles since last year, many of them were very good and one of which, "Headlock," made my Top Ten Singles of 2009. You can download it at the top of this post. All of those singles, and about four other songs, are on his debut album, Braveface, which is out now in the UK. I caught him at SXSW and despite some technical difficulties and playing under less than ideal conditions, he was pretty good. And the show at Le Royale is free with RSVP.
Videos, flyers, and tour dates after the jump...
by Bill Pearis
If you missed So Cow's four-night run at NYC last month, you're going to get one more chance to see them before he heads back to Ireland -- Monday, June 15 at the Bell House. Meanwhile, his tour is winding up with a sweep across California. This unassuming Irishman has made a lot of converts on this trip, so don't pass up this last NYC show for who knows how long. The Bell House show, which is only $5, also features new DFA signees (and ex-Hockey players) Free Energy and '90s indie rock ifluenced Brooklynites Diehard.
Video from a couple So Cow's U.S. shows and remaining tour dates after the jump....
tonight in NYC
* So Cow @ Silent Barn
* Fischerspooner @ Webster Hall
* MAGIK MARKERS @ THE 1087 LOFT
* FIXED: JG Wilkes, Tanlines @ Studio B
* The Havels w/ Bryce Dessner @ Sycamore
* Pela & The Gaslight Anthem @ The Stone Pony
* grand opening celebration @ Satellite Lounge
* The Younger Lovers, Gamma Rays @ New Museum
* Celebration, Psychic Ills @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Drink Up Buttercup, We Are Country Mice @ The Cameo
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Galapagos
* pow wow!, Dinosaur Feathers, Los Basement, Wide World @ Lit
* Mike Watt & the Missing Men, Lite, Kahoots @ Mercury Lounge
* Mono, Wordless Music Orchestra @ Society for Ethical Culture
* Roddy Jackson, The A-Bones, The Memphis Morticians @ Maxwell's
* Anamanaguchi, Buke and Gass, Phil Pierce and the Sinners @ Europa
* Lubricated Goat, Junk Science, Mr. Meatpockets @ rabbitholestudio
* The Thermals, The Shaky Hands, Point Juncture, WA @ Bowery Ballroom
* Crystal Stilts, Blank Dogs, Religious Knives, Dinowalrus @ The Bell House
* Paint It Black, Blacklisted, Crude, Unit 21 @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mannequin Men, Choke, Joe Romeo & the Orange County Volunteers @ Union Hall
* Peanut Butter Wolf, James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk @ AMNH
* Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Olof Arnolds, Kurt Weisman @ Housing Works Bookstore
Video from So Cow's show last night at Bruar Falls, below...
by Bill Pearis
Galway, Ireland's So Cow start an extensive U.S. tour this week with three shows in Brooklyn: Thursday (5/7) at Bruar Falls, Friday (5/8) at Silent Barn, and Saturday (5/9) at Death by Audio. Basically one guy, Brian Kelly, on record, So Cow has self-released two full albums and a few EPs and singles since 2005, the best of which has been compiled onto a new 18-track, self-titled, vinyl-only album which came out about a month ago on Tic Tac Totally. It's all super-catchy, clever pop from start to finish, with one of the better-looking album sleeves I've seen in a while. Highly recommended. A couple MP3s are at the top of this post to give you an idea. Kelly toured the U.S. this time last year with a MP3 player as his backing band (including a stop at WFMU which you can still listen to) but for this tour, So Cow will be an actual three-piece band. All dates below...