Ripped from Brooklyn Vegan:
Dan Deacon will be doing us the great favor of playing a free show in Red Hook Park on June 15th at 7PM….
Ripped from Brooklyn Vegan:
Dan Deacon will be doing us the great favor of playing a free show in Red Hook Park on June 15th at 7PM….
Two of the best touring acts are on the road out of Nebraska.
The Machete Archive is a heavy post rock thunder feast. Fuckin’ A man…They are one of the better live acts to grace the Midwest.
Yes this band fucking rocks and you really need to show up for these folks. In Brooklyn, they’ll be playing at Goodbye Blue Monday on June 16th…Yes, yes, yes, I know we all have our issues with Goodbye Blue Monday, but come on, it is like the new CBGB’s….or whatever. So we should all go see these rapaciously decadent instrumentals, maybe you’ll find that lamp you’ve always wanted while you are at it.
June 11th 8pm The Lift Dubuque, Iowa
June 12th 8pm TBA Chicago, Illinois
June 13 8pm TBA Indianapolis, Indiana
June 14 8pm TBA columbus, Ohio
June 15 8pm The Wonder Bar Asbury Park, New Jersey
June 16 8pm Goodbye Blue Monday Brooklyn, New York
June 17 8pm Coyle’s Rox Box w/ Flamingo and Trench Mouth Philadelphia, Pennsylvan
June 18 8pm tba washington dc, Washington, US
June 19 8pm Champions Billiards Raleigh, North Caro
June 20 8pm TBA Charlotte, North Caro, US
June 21 8pm TBA Atlanta, Georgia, US
June 22 8pm TBA Birmingham, Alabama, US
June 23 8pm Rock N Horse Birmingham, Alabama
June 24 8pm Checkpoint Charlie New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25 8pm Boom Boom Room Fayetteville, Arkansas
June 26 8pm Crystal Pistol W/Atlas Life and Zsa Zsa Ketzner Tulsa, Oklahoma
June 27 8pm TBA Wichita, Kansas, US
June 28 8pm TBA Kansas City, Missouri, US
June 29 9pm O’leavers w/ Down with the Ship and Zsa Zsa Ketzner Omaha, Nebraska
June 30 9pm The Bourbon Theatre w/ Pharmacy Spirits, Zsa Zsa Ketzner and Vicious Guns Lincoln, Nebraska
As for Midwest Dilemma (Read Review Here), this band isn’t coming to New York this time around but their tour has plenty of dates in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and the Dakotas. The strength of this band is their story telling through music. It is truly an archival experience.
June 7 7:00P Piano Lounge, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
June 8 9:00P Ronny’s Bar Chicago, IL
June 9 9:00P Monks Kaffe Pub Dubuque, Iowa
June 10 7:00P The Historic Trempealeau Hotel Trempealeau, WI
June 11 8:00P Paradigm Coffee & Music Sheboygan, Wisconsin
June 11 11:00P Green Room Pub Sheboygan, Wisconsin
June 12 7:00P The Attic Books and Coffee Green Bay, WI
June 13 8:30P The Root Note La Crosse, Wisconsin
June 14 8:00P Thirsty Pagan Brewery Superior, Wisconsin
June 15 10:30P Lee’s Liquor Lounge Minneapolis, MN
June 16 7:00P Drunken Noodle Fargo, ND
June 17 9:30P Latitude 44 Sioux Falls, SD
June 18 8:00P Red Rooster Aberdeen, SD
June 19 7:00P Slattery Vintage Estates Nehawka, Nebraska
Best part of the video below? 4minute 44 seconds.
CMJ Saddle Creek Showcase
The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
Thursday October 22nd 2009
9:00 Beep Beep
11:00 Old Canes
12:00 Orenda Fink
1:00 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
This Thursday, October 22nd, Beep Beep kicks off Saddle Creek’s showcase in the appropriately placed Knitting Factory; appropriate, because it is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and a hop, skip, and a jump from my front fucking door! Beep Beep is an eclectic 5 piece with band members ranging from Darren Keen, one man beat dropper of The Show Is the Rainbow, to Ian Francis, lacerating drummer from The Machete Archive, a progressive postrock bud of a band making noise in Nebraska (check out Keen’s newest release Wet Fist, definitely worth a listen, and The Machete Archive’s debut Tempus Omnia Vorat).
Beep Beep is textured with threads of comfortable androgyny. Their music is a soft velveteen seduction, punctuated by the jarring insertion of an almost violent outburst of guitar and drums. Come prepared to swallow the groove, to ogle the hot one in the crowd, to watch Beep Beep set the cool and smooth in motion only to knock each other off center, exposing the slightest tension in an otherwise graceful fusion of romance and erotic emanations. It is like listening to Sade, Morrissey, and the Rapture at the same time. YUM!
Other bands gracing the stage are UUVVWWZ, a band that has come a long way from their humble beginnings. This band personified all that was musically confected in 2007; I knew it was only a matter time before someone caught on. Jim Schroder still plays his masterful guitar. These guys are quite the fucking experiment so it should be interesting to some and lost to others.
Old Canes, fronted by Chris Crisci of The Apple Seed Cast, is an amazing acoustic oriented Americana act that keeps its home in Lawrence, Kansas. This will be an great addition to the lineup. I know that Mr. Crisci and I share a love for Sunny Day Real Estate.
Next is Orenda Fink, wife of Todd Fink of The Faint, is an excellent folk singer armed with an arsenal of talent. Her bucolic lyrics and melodies are simply gorgeous. She could have been the Muse that possessed 27 year old James Agee to write Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
The night ends with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, a surprisingly young dude with a very strong voice and a unique approach to making pop music, which seems to be his forte. This man’s emotions may get the better of him, but as he explodes on stage, it will be a powerful unraveling.
*Synth Pop, Shoegaze 8-bit Fusion, & Raucous Frantic Staten Islandism*
*Kinetic Chicago Guitar Tap & California Indie Pop Cliches*
My first instinct would be to say screw AOL’s spinner.com. But they are distributing Darla Farmer’s live Mercury Lounge album for free, so suppose I can’t disrespect them too much. The show is a product of a collaboration between the band, Magic Hat Brewing Company, and vancar.tv. Below is some video of the show and a link to download the music.
“The burlesque attitude of Darla Farmer is delicious. The bright eccentricities sound as if they were lifted out of a carnival sideshow. Rather than overcompensating for the inherent problems that come with recording horn sections, the loose and live feel of the horns was captured and exploited very tastefully. Too often these types of recordings come off sounding like metronomed midi files, but the dirt is left on and the atmosphere is kept thick.”
Upcoming Tour Dates
9/11 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom (Rabbit Release Party)
10/1 – Montreal, QB @ Syndrome (Paper Garden Records music & art party)
11/14 – New York, NY @ 3rd Ward (Paper Garden Records presents: Multiverse Playground)
January 20th 2009
I first saw Andrew Bird perform as I watched back stage at 2005’s inaugural Intonation Festival in Chicago’s Union Park. He performed with a lone drummer and a loop machine, displaying his truly awe-inducing proficiency at layering himself over and over until the fullest, deepest chorus emitted from the stage stacks. It was this first encounter that attached me to his third solo record The Mysterious Production of Eggs. It was a record that defined the summer of 2005 along with the other monster releases of that year. While I cannot say that Noble Beast is a return to his earlier work—he has after all an extraordinarily lengthy and impressive repertoire, the vast majority of which sounds nothing like the music of recent years—it is worth noting that Mr. Bird has walked back a bit the more refined direction he pursued with his fourth solo release Armchair Apocrypha, returning instead to slightly more grainy rhythmic loops and eloquently worded lyrics.
The new terrain Andrew Bird chooses to explore with Noble Beast is something of a somber excursion narrated by songs written with epic cadences and animistic themes. The two most rewarding deviances from his prior works are Not a Robot, But a Ghost and Anonanimal, the later of which contains Bird’s finest song writing. Some might accuse him of dipping his toes into full fledged post-rock mockery, Tortoise meets Explosion in the Sky, but the sheer quality of the track quickly wins over and grumblings. Andrew Bird still has his obsessions with medical terminology and molecular compounds, with calcium revisiting his lyric book yet again. This record is punctuated with quaint interludes belying his fascinations with Irish folk and bluegrass. In fact the personal sentiment drawn from Nobel Beast is a result of looking back at the foundational elements of individual style, of looking inward and returning to a sense of self; while at the same time launching forward again, looking at new prospects and new tones of expression without releasing that which make him so great. Nobel Beast is simply said his best record yet.
As Bowl of Fire
Oh! The Grandeur (1999)
The Swimming Hour (2001)
As Andrew Bird
Music of Hair (1996)
The Ballad of the Red Shoes EP (2002)
Weather Systems (2003)
Fingerlings 2 (2004)
The Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005)
Fingerlings 3 (2006)
Armchair Apocrypha (2007)
Live In Montreal (2008)
Fitz and the Dizzy Spells EP (2009)
Noble Beast (2009)
Jun-8 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia , MD
Jun-14 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jun-15 Cobb Energy PAC Atlanta, GA
Jun-18 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY
Jun-19 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA
Jul-10 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Jul-11 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
Jul-13 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City, UT
Jul-14 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Jul-16 Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, OR
Jul-17 Marymoor Amphitheatre Redmond, WA
Jul-18 McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater Troutdale, OR
Jul-19 McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater Troutdale, OR
Jul-26 Squaw Velley Ski Resort Olympic Valley, CA
Aug-06 Eastnor Castle Ledbury, UK
Aug-07 Lollapalooza – Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug-07 Eastnor Castle Ledbury, UK
Aug-08 Eastnor Castle Ledbury, UK
Aug-08 Lollapalooza – Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug-09 Eastnor Castle Ledbury, UK
Aug-14 Haldern Pop Festival Haldern, DE
Aug-15 Haldern Pop Festival Haldern, DE
Aug-21 Glanusk Park Powys, UK
Aug-22 Glanusk Park Powys, UK
Aug-23 Glanusk Park Powys, UK
Oct-02 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX
Dead Leaf Echo- Pale Fire
Dead Leaf Echo
Pale Fire EP
May 6, 2008
Year of the Gallon
The moody mix of over-the-top affected vocals offered on Dead Leaf Echo’s 2008 EP, Pale Fire, takes an extraordinarily long time to digest. The band so openly attach themselves to the ethereal sprawl of shoegaze that it begs the question, are they…really? Elastic lazy vocals and saturated tremolo does not a shoegaze band make. Nothing illustrates this more completely than the emphasis the band has placed on their collaboration with Ulrich Schnauss who has previously worked with bands such as Depeche Mode and Cold Play. Schnauss mixed the title track to great effect. Other bands in the past such as Elliot have utilized cavernous gothic melodies and effeminate Morrisseian vocals to produce magnificent records, ones with no interest in misplaced comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, to which Dead Leaf Echo has no relation what so ever. Rather than a wall of noise, every track on Pale Fire, save Schnauss’ mix, is washed over with waves of transparent reverberation. The difference between the Schnauss assisted track and the rest of the record is stark.
It would be appropriate to take a moment to mention that Dead Leaf Echo is very talented. The EPs title track perfectly alchemizes the instrumentation and shapes the vocals masterfully. It is not a lack of force and or unbalanced production that depresses Pale Fire’s greatness, rather it is the presence of a track with such superior qualities that the others pale in comparison. I would entirely expect anyone who listens to 80’s post-punk and shoegaze to at enjoy the EP, especially as the band promises greater attention to detail, song structure, and production. Pale Fire’s title track can be seen as a down payment on a more intensive sound. It seems as though Dead Leaf Echo have all the raw talent and material to create truly brilliant music, now they simply need the direction and perspective to do it. On April 4th they release their newest work, Truth, mixed by another heavy hitter by the name of John Fryer who has worked with Nine Inch Nails and, you guessed it, Depeche Mode. I am eager to hear if they too heard and understood not only their shortcomings, but also their immense potential.
Faint Violet Whiff- 2006
April 4th – Cake Shop, NYC – Truth CD Release Party w/ Jaguar Club
Whiskey Go Go’s
In recent memory there has not been a band that has so succinctly captured the deep meaning and purpose of voyaging toward something unknown as the Whiskey Go Go’s. This is not only represented in their music, but also in their recent movement through New York City and LA. As the industrial malaise suffocates the broad sea of creativity and talent, some have made it their mission to ensure that their extraordinary presence in independent music is still felt. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Hutchinson and drummer Michael Noonan have exhibited their affinity for Brooklyn, playing multiple venues over the past two months. After their stints at The Trash Bar, the Whiskey Go Go’s played a set at Union Pool with Parlor Grand whose MySpace quote says it all, “There are some Indians, There are some Whites.” Parlor Grand had a Crazy Horse aesthetic and a joy for performance that made their set entirely worth showing up for. Of course Union Pool’s delicious outdoor Taquito stand and wood burning fire pit didn’t hurt.
The audience at Union Pool was markedly different from that of The Trash Bar. I am not sure if this resulted from the particular type of punter each venue attracts, or from the high volume of random sophisticates and eager girls that decided to attend Union Pool that night. In any case, Union Pool’s show was somewhat more subdued. This is not to say the show as any less impressive; Hutchinson still had that same dramatic intensity. His eyes began tightly shut and his hands spoke with subtle movements. As the show continued he became ravenously wide-eyed and his hands seemed to reach out and extend past the crowd. He abused the whammy bar and scrapped the strings of his guitar along everything he could find, from the microphone mesh to the cymbal’s edge.
Mr. Noonan also played exquisitely. He is a disciplined drummer with excellent chops, which is important being that there are limited permanent members touring the U.S. There would be no room on this tour for an impressive front stage presence hampered by the dulling baggage of mediocrity. It was a privilege to get to see a second showcase of their new project Whiskey Rain, which is the title of their yet-to-be-released record. While unmastered, I have had the opportunity to listen to the new record. Though the record is largely influenced by various strains of Americana, it contains an authentic voice of its own. That voice contemplates love, loss, and ways to pacify the clutter of an unkempt mind…namely drinking…a lot.
The record is assembled with precision. The opening track, titled Whiskey Rain, is a collage of barely comprehendible exhortations, a wish list of affection set over amazing pop guitar. It is easily one of the most well written songs released this year. The following track, Wooden Hearts, is a bass driven, distorted soliloquy, narrating events with descriptions of natural elements and of violence, erupting into the refrain:
“You are the lady that I love…You are women that I adore”
This marks a defining feature of the Whiskey Go Go’s work. Hutchinson has written phrases that when heard are nearly impossible to suppress from being repeated over and over again in your head. Bang Shot is another incredibly well written track that begins with a simple and soft guitar melody joined by a perfect hum from the band. The song builds as Noonan’s snare pop makes the song onomatopoeic. The crescendo has all instruments at fever pitch as Hutchinson croons a new take on the old adage that it takes two…
“I held the gun, but she pulled the trigger.”
As a whole, the record succeeds almost immaculately, with only a few subjective missteps occurring. Every track is creative—undeniably a product of a band that benefits from the momentum of charisma and determination. Songs like Devil’s Banquet and Love Song round out the record, ensuring that it has balance and weight. Even White Angel and Yours Sincerely, the record’s most problematic tracks, have moments of stunning beauty and imperfect charm. The Whiskey Go Go’s have made a nice addendum to 2007’s Proud Tale to Them of Us, which itself boasted plenty of great songs like Rodeo and True Love. Hutchinson’s hollering madness and rustic sophistication is impressive. It is only a matter of time before they receive wider recognition. We are glad to have seen them when we did.
Proud Tales to Them of Us- 2007
March 15th 2009- The Echo, LA
March 26th 2009- The Bell House, Brooklyn
March 29th 2009- Death by Audio
Wednesday, January 28th
105 Eldridge Street, New York NY
(212) 334 – 6740
Doors 9pm / $5 / 21+
The Depreciation Guild are the first to take stage on Wednesday nights presentation, thematically titled The Rumble by partners Stranded in Stereo and Future Sounds. They begin the night at 9:30. If it is remembered, Frederick Foxtrott has been listening to these peeps for over a year now. As consumers of music en mass, we appreciated the fan-friendly gesture that The Depreciation Guild made in giving away their lasted work free of charge. Just go to their website, www.inhergentlejaws.com, and click on the yellow vertical stripe, and you too can have the record in MP3 format. Their sound is analogous to the sprawling noise and diffuse vocals of the shoegaze golden age with the addition of a 16 bit Nintendo synthesizer. Need we say more?
Cymbals Eat Guitars are relatively new to us. I in particularly enjoy their—and I hate to make such specific comparisons, but they make no bones about expressing their influences—Pavementesque, Isaac Brockian art rock, with hints of the poppier elements of Pinkerton Weezer and early Elliot albums. These guys have replaced Bodega Girls on the roster, which while I have nothing against Bodega Girls, I am very happy for the opportunity to see Cymbals Eat Guitars. For novelty’s sake, it should be noted that the lead singers name is Joe Ferocious. The kids arrive on stage at 10:15.
For those of you who have loved The Dears in all their form and glory, Black Diamond Bay will offer a sort of side view of what life after The Dears is like. Patrick Krief has apparently assembled a multi-layered, textural soundscape complete with ambient sounds and tribal drum work. This will be a great chance to cheer on a true original. After all don’t most guitarists who leave successful bands wonder off into obscurity (aside from Eric Clapton)? Let’s hope that as The Dears have restructured with unfortunate abruptness, they have not damaged the whole but rather multiply in greatness. Will we now have two great bands to listen to? 11:00 for these guys.
Hope to see you all there. As I explained to my friend Gusty Strangeluv, this show should be a 7/10 on a scale of sucktastic to radtastic…His descriptives not mine…
Darla Farmer and Wintersleep are starting 2009 with bright proclamations.This week Wintersleep are #26 on the College Music Journal‘s Top 200 chart. They released Welcome to the Night Sky last November and have toured with a number of great acts including Wolf Parade. Their mix of calculated, guitar driven rock gives Canada a good name. They left us wondering, what is in their water… just how many bands can Canada export? They are now touring their homeland and will zip over to Europe February 10th. They will be back in the US soon enough though, and we’ll be happy to welcome them.
Darla Farmer, after releasing their 2008 debut Rewiring the Electric Forest on Paper Garden Records, and touring with a slew of notable artists, has landed a spot on NPR‘s All Things Considered. The spot is sure to expose their circus sideshow to millions. They are also rereleasing last year’s debut on February 17th. Check out both of these fine bands and your ears will be kindly rewarded.
Wintersleep- Welcome to the Night Sky Review
Darla Farmer- Rewiring the Electric Forest Review