The Raincoats

It's almost CMJ time and if you (and by "you" I mean "me") were smart you'd rest up till Tuesday... but there's a lot of good shows between now and then, so it's easier said than done. If you don't mind the rain and cold that this weekend is bringing.

Perhaps the most interesting show of the night is at Knitting Factory where legendary all-female post-punk band The Raincoats play as part of The Royal Flush Festival. With odd instrumentation, unconventional songwriting and a generally itchy, discordant vibe, the London group's three original albums (1979's self-titled debut , 1981's Odyshape, 1984's Moving) were mildly successful on the UK indie charts but proved highly influential. (Their records have aged exceptionally well.) Kurt Cobain was a huge fan, and actually got his label DGC to reissue the Raincoats' albums and convinced the band to reform and open for Nirvana on a 1994 UK tour, though he would die a week before it was to start. But the reformation proved creatively successful, and Raincoats recorded a third album, Looking in the Shadows, in 1996. They've stayed sporadically active ever since.

Tonight's show also features Soft Power which is the project from onetime Autoclave/Helium singer Mary Timony -- reason enough for many to go right there. Timony was one of the '90s most distinctive guitarists and songwriters, and her post-Helium solo work has been good too. Soft Power is apparently more of a collaborative effort -- bandmates Jonah Takagi (who plays a homemade baritone guitar) and keyboardist Winston Yu write and sing as well. The two songs on Soft Power's MySpace sound pretty good. The show is rounded out by onetime Slits guitarist Viv Albertine.

If you miss it, Soft Power have another show scheduled on November 14th at Southpaw.

The Horrors @ Bowery Ballroom earlier in the tour (more by Oren Loloi)
the Horrors

The Horrors are back in town tonight (10/15) playing Music Hall of Williamsburg, wrapping up their U.S. tour (their Maxwell's show was cancelled) supporting their great new album Primary Colours, which I've gone on about a couple times already. But we are getting close to Halloween, so what better time to embrace your goth side with this show? Tonight's show is with JAMC/Spacemen 3-loving San Diego band Crocodiles, a definite good fit with The Horrors, and soul/blues/gospel/punks Black Diamond Heavies.

Air Waves @ The Yard over the summer (more by Sarahana)
Air Waves

Meanwhile, over at Market Hotel is a solid, all-locals line-up, headed by Beach Fossils. I've had quibbles with their sound in the past (silly vocal effects) and they need to write a few more songs, like soon, but they've become a good band very quickly, and the last time I saw them they really had it together. As I've said before, there's a definite New Zealand vibe going on (maybe a little early R.E.M. too), super catchy songs with bouncy arrangements. I like them a lot. Also playing are Air Waves who've been playing around for a while now but have just gotten around to releasing their first EP which is really quite lovely, in a folky Velvet Underground kind of way. Singer Nicole Schneit is a talented songwriter and Air Waves' keep things simple and focused on the songs. Rounding out the bill are acid-prog collective Prince Rama of Ayodhya and PC Worship.

Speaking of Air Waves, they're looking for a drummer:

Someone reliable, good drummer, quick learner, committed, fun. After a bunch of CMJ shows, we have a 2 week European tour for February, and a March tour down to SXSW for the third time.

20-34 if possible. Female or male.

Love, Nicole

If you'd like to apply, you can do so via their MySpace.

Fool's Gold
Fools Gold

L.A's Fool's Gold, not to be confused with A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' record label of the same name, hit town for a string of shows that begins tonight (10/16) at the Cameo, continues Saturday at Cake Shop and runs through CMJ. Conceived by Israeli-born singer Luke Top and guitarist Lewis Pesacov, Fool's Gold are draw heavy influence from Afrobeat, but sing almost exclusively in Hebrew, and the band numbers anywhere from 8 - 11. There's a lot of buzz about Fool's Gold right now, the video for single "Surprise Hotel" has been making the rounds (and you can download the MP3 above). I'm not 100% on these guys yet, but I'm curious enough to see them live. The Cake Shop show also features a DJ set from Lemonade.

In November, Fool's Gold goes out on tour in support of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. That tour includes shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both are on sale. All Fool's Gold dates are at the bottom of this post.

Echo and the BunnymenI should briefly mention Echo & The Bunnymen who play tomorrow (10/17) at Mercury Lounge which will certainly be a fun tiny place to see them if you got tickets. If not, they're back playing Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22. Much like 2005's Siberia, the new album, The Fountain, is better than I was expecting it to be, thanks mainly to Will Seargent's still-inventive, soaring guitar-work. He's a true original. Ian McCulloch's cigarette-fueled vocals are like a great big hug, warm and nostalgic, though his lyrics at times are more than a little cringeworthy ("I love that sweet sack you're in / I love your saccharine"). But they still sound like the Bunnymen (well, circa 1987).

And finally, if you missed The Raveonettes at Webster Hall (or Maxwell's) earlier this week, you can still see them at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (10/18). The band have never really strayed from their Phil Spector meets JAMC formula, but Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo began perfecting and elevating it with last year's Lust Lust Lust, and while they turn down the volume (or at least the distortion) for the new In and Out of Control, I think it's their best batch of songs yet -- nearly every song on it could be a single. You can download two of them at the top of this post. And even when they were making less inspired records, The Raveonettes were always a good live band. And here they're coming off two strong records. Go see them. Opening are Austin's Black Angels, who sound a lot like the Brian Jonestown Massacre but do it pretty well.

That's it for the weekend. Get ready for the CMJ onslaught. Tour dates and videos follow.

Knitting Factory

The Horrors - 2009 - 2010 Tour Dates
Oct 16 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York, New York
Oct 18 Teatro Estudio Cavaret Guadalajara, Jalisco
Oct 19 Jose Cuervo Salon Mexico City, México
Oct 24 Hovet Stockholm, Stockholms län
Oct 25 Spektrum Arena Oslo, Oslo
Oct 26 Parken Copenhagen
Oct 28 Color Line Arena Hamburg, Hamburg
Oct 29 O2 World Berlin, Berlin
Oct 31 Stade Couvert Regional Lieven, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Nov 1 Le Galaxie Amneville
Nov 2 Sportspaleis Antwerp, Antwerp
Nov 3 Melkweg (Old Room) Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Nov 4 Tivoli Utrecht, Utrecht
Nov 6 Underground Cologne
Nov 7 Uevel & Gefaehrlich Hamburg, Hamburg
Nov 8 Voxhall Aarhus
Nov 9 Vega Copenhagen
Nov 10 Lido Berlin, Berlin
Nov 12 59 To 1 Munich
Nov 13 Szene Vienna
Nov 15 Le Romandie Lausanne
Nov 16 Abart Zurich, Zurich
Nov 18 Circolo Degli Artisti Rome, Roma
Nov 19 Flog Florence
Nov 20 Bronson Ravenna, Ravenna
Nov 21 Spazio 211 Turin, Torino
Nov 23 Le Phare Toulouse
Nov 24 Razzmatazz Barcelona, Barcelona
Nov 25 Joy Eslava Madrid, Madrid
Nov 27 Theatre Barbey Bordeaux
Nov 28 Olympic Nantes
Nov 30 Trabendo Paris
Dec 3 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, Midlands
Dec 4 Academy II Oxford, South
Dec 5 All Tomorrow's Parties Butlins, Minehead, South
Dec 6 Academy II Bristol
Dec 8 LG Arena Birmingham, Midlands
Dec 9 O2 Arena London, London and South East
Dec 11 Bridlington Spa Bridlington, Northeast
Dec 12 Manchester Central Manchester, Northwest
Dec 13 Academy II Liverpool, Northwest
Dec 14 SECC Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 16 Academy II Sheffield, Northeast
Dec 17 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth, South
Dec 18 Concorde 2 Brighton, South
Dec 20 The Forum London, London and South East
Jan 15 Big Day Out Auckland, Auckland
Jan 17 Big Day Out Gold Coast, Queensland
Jan 22 Big Day Out Sydney, New South Wales
Jan 23 Big Day Out Sydney, New South Wales
Jan 26 Big Day Out Melbourne, Victoria
Jan 29 Big Day Out Adelaide, South Australia
Jan 31 Big Day Out Perth, Western Australia


Fool's Gold - "Surprise Hotel"

Fool's Gold - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 16 Cameo Brooklyn, New York
Oct 17 Cake Shop New York, New York
Oct 18 Sycamore Brooklyn, New York
Oct 19 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, New York
Oct 20 Webster Hall (DJ SET) - CMJ/STEREOGUM Opening Night New York, New York
Oct 21 Bowery Poetry Club -IAMSOUND Records CMJ showcase NYC, New York
Oct 29 KCRW's "Sounds Around Town" - Westfield Mall Century City, California
Oct 29 Fool's Gold on Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW
Nov 15 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 16 Black Cat Washington, Washington DC
Nov 17 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 18 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 21 Pearl Street Downstairs Northampton, Massachusetts
Nov 22 Club Metronome Burlington, Vermont
Nov 23 Petit Campus Montreal
Nov 24 El Mocambo Club Ontario
Nov 27 Lincoln Hall Chicago, Illinois
Nov 29 The Varsity Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 1 Boulder Theater Boulder, Colorado
Dec 2 Sheridan Opera House Telluride, Colorado
Dec 10 WOW Hall Eugene, Oregon

Beach Fossils - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 16 Market Hotel w/ Air Waves, PC Worship, Prince Rama of Ayodhya Brooklyn, New York
Oct 20 Webster Hall w/ Here We Go Magic, Titus Andronicus, Woods New York, New York
Oct 21 Oh My Rockness CMJ Show @ Santos Party House Brooklyn, New York
Oct 23 Bruar Falls w/ Air Waves, Smith Westerns, Knight School & More Brooklyn, New York

Air Waves - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 16 Market Hotel w/ Beach Fossils, PC Worship Brooklyn, New York
Oct 22 107 Suffolk St w/ Lemonade, Surfer Blood, Surf City,Violens New York, New York
Oct 23 Bruar Falls W/ Beach Fossils, Smith Westerns, Knight School, ++ Brooklyn, New York
Oct 24 Under Water Peoples Showcase CMJ @ Cameo Gallery Brooklyn, New York
Oct 25 1928 CMJ Showcase @ Union Pool Brooklyn, New York
Nov 5 Woodser W/ Grass Widow, Frankie & The Outs Brooklyn, New York

The Raincoats - "Only Loved at Night" live on the Beeb 1981

Echo & the Bunnymen - "I Need it Too" live on Jools Holland

Echo & the Bunnymen - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 17 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto, Ontario
Oct 22 The Fox Theater Oakland, California
Oct 24 Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, California
Nov 15 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 17 Black Cat Washington, Washington DC
Nov 18 The State Theatre State College, Pennsylvania
Nov 20 Kewsick Theatre Glenside, Pennsylvania
Nov 21 Stage One Fairfield, Connecticut
Nov 22 Hammerstien Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 23 House Of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 25 Metro Chicago, Illinois
Dec 12 Oxford O2 Academy SOLD OUT Oxford, South
Dec 14 Newcastle O2 Academy Newcastle, Northeast
Dec 15 Leeds O2 Academy Leeds, Northeast
Dec 17 O2 Academy Liverpool, Northwest
Dec 18 O2 Academy SOLD OUT Liverpool, Northwest
Dec 19 O2 Academy SOLD OUT Liverpool, Northwest

The Raveonettes - "Last Dance"

The Raveonettes - 2009 Tour Dates
13 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
14 New York, NY @ Webster Hall*
15 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar*
16 Washington, DC @ 9:30
17 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA*
18 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg*
20 Boston, MA @ Paradise*
21 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda*
22 Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix*
23 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
24 Newport, KY @ The Southgate House*
25 Chicago, IL @ Metro*
26 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue*
28 Kansas City, MO @ Backyard (Beaumont Club)
*w/ The Black Angels
05 Vancouver, BC @ Venue
06 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's*
07 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
09 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's*
10 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar*
12 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up*
13 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater*
14 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse*
*w/ Crocodiles

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