Earlier today, Rubblebucket unrelieved a new Halloween-themed video for “Down In The Yards.” The song comes off Omega La La, which was released earlier this year on Sin Duda records. Also, be sure to check out my recent interview with Rubblebucket singer Kalmia Traver over at Jambands.com.
Local North Carolina taper Dan Schram recently caught our ear when we stumbled across his War on Drugs recordings up on archive.org. To add to that, Mr. Schram posted another one of our favs earlier today with when he shared his excellent recording of Megafaun’s performance at the Cats Cradle in Carrboro, NC from September 22. This hometown show for the band comes off their recent tour in support of their new self-titled release out now on Hometapes. Below, listen to “Real Slow” or download the entire show via archive.org. Also, be sure to check out Dan’s archive page for lots more great recordings.
MP3: “Real Slow” (9/22/11)
Our good friends at Artist Mixtapes contributed this Halloween mix, which picks up where ours leaves off. Download or stream it below, and be sure to head to www.artistmixtapes.com for lots more great music chosen by some of our favorite artists.
01. Timber Timbre – Swamp Magic (excerpt)
02. The Barr Brothers – The Devil’s Harp (full song)
03. Apollo Sunshine – We Are Born When We Die
04. The Antlers – Parantheses
05. The Wooden Sky – Angels
06. Cults – The Curse
07. Timber Timbre – Obelisk (excerpt)
08. Tasseomancy – Healthy Hands (Will Mourn You)
09. AA Bondy – Skull & Bones
10. Timber Timbre – Trouble Comes Knocking
[Art by Sean Metcalf]
02. Woods Family Creeps – The Creeps [1:36]
03. Jeffertitti’s Nile – Sleep Tonight [4:36]
04. Can – Tango Whiskyman [8:20]
05. John Lennon – Scared [12:27]
06. The Misfits – American Nightmare [16:45]
07. The Velvet Underground – I Can’t Stand It [18:20]
08. Woods – Death Rattles [21:32]
09. Sleep ∞ Over – Your World Is Night [24:54]
10. Grateful Dead – Space > Warewolves of London (10/31/85) [29:02]
11. White Fence – Stranger Things Have Happened (To You) [34:51]
12. Blackburn & Snow – Stranger In A Strange Land [37:25]
13. The Twilights – It’s Dark [39:51]
14. Buffalo Springfield – Down To The Wire [41:45]
15. Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – Animal Tracks [44:05]
16. The Fresh & Onlys – Strange Disposition [46:38]
17. The People’s Temple – Sons Of Stone [49:55]
18. Life on Earth – Sell Your Soul To Me [54:45]
19. Kurt Vile – Ghost Town [58:20]
20. The Barr Brothers – Devil’s Harp [1:04:19] (cuts off)
[Photo by Jessica Amaya]
While on tour over in Europe, The War on Drugs stopped by Bowlegs studio in the UK for a session with the amazing videographers at 4Eyes. In the video, the Drugs show their jammy side by combining the entire session into an extended three-song segue featuring “Your Love Is Calling My Name” > “The Animator” > “Come to the City.” Check it out below and pick up their new long player Slave Ambient out now on Secretly Canadian.
Woods have just announced a series of December tour dates. Kicking off in Burlington on December 7, the band will be on the road for the better part of the month joined for parts of the tour by label mates Jovontaes as well as Wooden Wand and MMOS. Check out the full list of dates below.
WOODS DECEMBER TOUR
Wed-Dec-07 Burlington, VT TBD
Thu-Dec-08 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
Sat-Dec-10 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Sun-Dec-11 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
Mon-Dec-12 Nashville, TN The End
Tue-Dec-13 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Wed-Dec-14 Athens, GA 40 Watt
Thu-Dec-15 North Carolina Kings Barcade
Fri-Dec-16 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Sat-Dec-17 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
Sun-Dec-18 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
12/11 – 12/14 with Jovontaes
12/11 also with Wooden Wand
12/15 – 12/18 with MMOSS
[Photo by John Ruscher]
In the spring of 1968, when Bill Graham’s Fillmore East opened its doors in the East Village of Manhattan, a man named Joshua White was chosen as one of the resident visual artists to conduct liquid light shows behind the venue’s musical acts. White and his team became known as the Joshua Light Show, going on to collaborate with artists such as Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. Since then, they have continued to operate, only after the closing of the Fillmore and a shift from the ’60s counterculture, their focus turned more toward television, museum and classical exhibits.
But in recent years, psychedelic visual effects have seemingly found their way back to the musical stage. Video projection artists are now commonplace at DIY venues, and, for many bands, light shows and visual effects are an integral part of their performance.
So it’s not surprising that Mr. White and his team have also found their way back into certain corners of the musical world, even if these are extremely seldom occurrences. In 2009, the Joshua Light Show resurfaced for a rare collaborative performance with indie legends Yo La Tengo at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, and then in 2010 declared a four night residency at the Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side with different artists each night (one early and one late show. Fillmore style).
On the second of these nights, Brooklyn psych folk outfit Woods performed the late set with the Light Show’s swirling meld of color behind them. NYC taper was on hand to capture an excellent recording of the show, which has since become one of the more sought after tapes in the Woods live catalog. Fueled by the energy of the light show, the band stretched out their songs even further on this night, offering good reason as to why they had been chosen for this rare show by the legendary Joshua Light Show. Below, listen to two of the songs from the show or head to NYC Taper’s site to download the full performance.
Download Link: Woods 2010-05-13 Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
[Art by Jeremy Earl]
Since we’ve been revisiting cassettes on twitter today, what better way to keep it going that to dive into a digitized cassette rip, right? Well, earlier this year when Matt Mondanile (aka Ducktails) announced his Kickstarter project to fund his Killin the Vibe 12″ release, he offered those who pledged $30 or more a limited cassette featuring unreleased Ducktails songs. That cassette leaked over the weekend, and can now be streamed below. It features several typically lo fi songs from Ducktails, ripe with pitch shifts, hiss and all the other things that make tapes so great. You can purchase more of Ducktails music via his Bandcamp site.
A couple weeks back, Brooklyn psych-folk outfit Minerva Lions played a Plotkin Presents showcase at The Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn. Local photographer Brian Stollery was on hand to grab the excellent photos you see below.
Real Estate’s sophomore album Days dropped earlier this week on Domino Records. The band celebrated the release this past weekend by running through all of the songs on the new album, in order, at the outdoor Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens. Also included in the set was a much-welcomed (especially by this guy) cover of Felt’s “Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow.” NYC Taper was on hand to record the show, which you can download from their site. Real Estate is now on tour in Europe and will return to the US for a special Halloween show at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. Listen to the cover of “Sunlight Bathed in Garden Glow,” pick up Days from Domino Records and catch them on the current tour.
MP3: “Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow” [Felt Cover]
Pancho-san is a new group formed by members of Bay Area bands Beulah and Rogue Wave. The group recently released this new video for the song “Kick The Fences Down,” which is featured on their debut album available for download via Bandcamp. Count these guys among the growing legion of talented contemporary psychedelic acts coming from the West Coast. [via The Bearded Rainbow]
During Vetiver’s recent session for KDHX, the West Coast folkers paid tribute to their roots with a rendition of “Don’t Ease Me In.” You can listen to the song below, or click here to hear the full session.
These days, you won’t find too many bands outside the jam scene uploading their shows to archive.org. But count Philadelphia’s War on Drugs as one of the few exceptions. While not a traditional “jamband,” The War on Drugs rely hugely on improvisation—not only in the live setting, but in the song creation process as well. As frontman Adam Granduciel told me in a recent interview, the majority of the lyrics on the new album Slave Ambient were written while improvising and many of the songs slip into extended jam territory, especially in the live setting. On stage, it’s amazing to see the band working around pre-programmed samples which, more often than not, unfold into Neu!-inspired space-rock adventures. The Drugs currently have three shows up on their archive.org page, but expect more to appear following the current tour. Below, listen to one of the song’s from the Drugs’ recent show at Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC and download the heady recording, if you so desire.
MP3: “Your Love Is Calling My Name” (4/7/11)
Download link: The War On Drugs Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC 11/10/11
As those who live in the NYC area likely already know, taking place this week is the CMJ Music Marathon. With numerous shows of all sorts spread out across the city each night, we thought we’d provide a guiding light for some of the ones that have perked our interest. This is by no means a complete list, just some bands that we think you should check out.
Tuesday October 18
Dent May @ Public Assembly (Car Park / Paw Tracks Showcase) 7:30PM
La Big Vic, Air Waves, Family Portrait, Future Shuttle @ Public Assembly (Underwater Peoples Showcase) 8:30PM
Wednesday October 19
The Dead Exs @ Bowery Electric 5:20pm
Hopewell, Weird Owl, Main Street Gospel @ Saint Vitus Bar 7:00PM
The Barr Brothers @ Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel 11:00PM
Lord Huron @ Living Room 6:15pm/Mercury Lounge 11pm
Thursday October 20
White Fence @ Cake-shop (NYC Taper CMJ Party) 2:45PM
Widsowspeak @ Cakeshop (NYC Taper CMJ Party) 4:15PM/Littlefield (WNYU Showcase) 11pm/285 Kent (late)
Woodsman @ Matchless 8:30pm
Lord Huron @ The Rock Shop 9:00PM
Friday October 21
Superhuman Happiness @ The Knitting Factory 12:00PM
Acid Baby Jesus @ Death By Audio 7:00PM
La Big Vic @ 285 Kent 8:00PM
Psychic Ills, Led Er Est, Gary War, Amen Dunes @ St. Vitus Bar 8:00PM
The Barr Brothers @ Arlene’s Grocery 10:00PM
Lord Huron @ Public Assembly (Brooklyn Vegan Party) - TBA
Saturday October 22
The Barr Brothers @ Rockwood Music Hall 5:30PM
Little Gold @ Bruar Falls 11:45pm
Next Tuesday, White Denim will release that new EP we mentioned a few weeks back. Called Takes Place In Your Work Space, the EP features four tracks, all of which take a noticeable departure from the group’s most recent full-length release, D. On this one, Denim’s sound continues to evolve as they employ a greater use of acoustic guitars, colorful string arrangements and even some steel guitar riffs. Check out the Zappa-esque solo on lead track “Cat City” and pick up a copy when it drops next week on Downtown Records. Also, see below for the full list of White Denim fall tour dates.
MP3: “Cat City“
White Denim Fall Tour Dates
10/21 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
10/23 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
10/25 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/27 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/29 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/1 – Magna, UT @ Saltair
11/2 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
11/4 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze On The West Bank
11/7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
11/8 – Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s
11/9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
11/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/13 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
11/15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/16 – Richmond, VA @ The National
11/17 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend Music Hall
11/19 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
11/21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/22 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
San Francisco’s Rangers first came onto my radar last year with the release of the highly impressive debut LP Suburban Tours (and then again on the split Bored Fortress 7″ with Ducktails). That release featured a collection of infectuous radio nuggets steeped in the frothy haze of lo fi, tape-warped pop. Much of that sound carries over into the new LP, Pan Am Stories, but on this one those lo fi 80s pop grooves meld with with genuinely proggy undertones to push the songs into jammier, more expansive soundscape. That’s not surprising considering that the man behind it all, multi-instrumentalist Joe Knight, “grew up taking classical guitar lessons from a dude who claimed to have ‘toured with the Dead.’” Below, listen to one of the new tracks from Pan Am Stories, and then head over to No Not Fun to purchase it. This one will surely be making a run for our ‘best of 2011′ list.
“Conversations On a Jet Stream”
Just over a year ago, I made the all-too-famous decision to move to New York City. But, unlike many people who come here to pursue a particular dream (theatre, film, music, tarot card reading), simply moving to this city was my dream. When people asked me what I was going to do when I finished school (a finance degree nonetheless), I told them my plan was to move to Brooklyn, immerse myself in the local music scene and go from there.
Well, with the help of a great friend, I was able to stumble upon an extended family of extremely talented diverse, yet interconnected musicians hailing from Brooklyn. I first came to known them by their music. And after witnessing members of this family perform in small venues across the city, and with Phish on Halloween in Indio and again in Atlantic City, I realized I had found exactly what I was looking for.
Similar to the the highly-sought after Nashville studio players from the 60s and 70s, Brooklyn session musicians are now making their mark as the modern-day equivalent. These are the horns you hear on TV on the Radio’s albums, with Phish on Halloween, with Iron and Wine, with Steely Dan or even the keys you hear with Nicole Atkins’ live band. The list goes on endlessly (Paul Simon, David Byrne, The Roots etc). On almost any given night in this fine city, you can see these individuals earning a true musician’s living by performing their music for us (often for free). Even as I write this, I am preparing to go see one of these bands perform.
So, while I almost never ask for any type of donations or charity (the only exception being the Silent Barn robbery), these musicians have kindly asked for our help. On December 13 and 14, all eight bands connected to this extended family of musicians will participate in the filming of a concert documentary at Southpaw in Park Slope, Brooklyn. These eight bands are Superhuman Happiness, Minerva Lions, Thought, Beyondo, Hi/Lo Fi, Knights on Earth, Michael Leonhart and the Avarmina 7 and Smoota—many of whom you have seen me champion in the past year (hear a song from each of the bands below).
The bands, along with video team Lost Pilot have collectively launched a Kickstarter donation page where you can help support the film. With only 23 days left, these musicians not only need your help to make this documentary happen, but to help capture this important time in music history. Please take a moment to donate any amount you can. For those who live in the NYC area, come out and be a part of this rare musical experience.
If you’ve listened to the past two Halloween sets, or if you were present for either, you know how special these musicians are.
From Lost Pilot:
“We are making a film called “All Together Now” and its intention is to reveal a cross-section of a strong musical community. The film will capture each band’s live set and take you backstage to sit with musicians who tour all over the world and who’s passion lives in the bands they’ve developed back at home in New York City. Their stories are as diverse as their music. Read more here.
Superhuman Happiness – “GMYL”
Minerva Lion – “Megrims”
Thought – “Nothing New Under The sun”
Beyondo – “Playdate”
Knights on Earth – “If I Stay Too Long”
Hi/Lo Fi – “X”
Michael Leonhart and the Avarmina 7
Smoota – “Aphrodisiac”
Amid the current wave of retro, sun-bleached beach pop, comes Japanese outfit Friends (aka Shota Kaneko & friends). But what stands out about this group are the hazy, reverb-drenched guitar swells and muffled Brian Wilson-esque vocal harmonies (sung entirely in English) which combine to create a genuine nostalgic vibe, instantly transporting us to the days of Coppertone and warm ocean breeze. Friends’ debut LP, Let’s Get Together Again, dropped earlier this summer on Japanese imprint Second Royal Records. You can stream it in its entirety below.
[via The Bearded Rainbow]
This Thursday, our beloved hero behind the keys, Marco Benevento, takes to the road for an extended fall tour. But prior to his departure, Marco and the good folks at Royal Potato Family records have kindly unearthed a highly sought after cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless.” Recorded during the sessions for Me Not Me, this recording features a raw take on the song with the esteemed Reed Mathis on bass and Matt Chamberlain on drums. After making its mark as a staple at Marco’s live shows, the studio recording of “Fearless” is now available for stream/download below. Check out Marco on the road in the coming months. MP3: “Fearless“ Read on for the full list of tour dates. (more…)
This Thursday, our beloved hero behind the keys, Marco Benevento, takes to the road for an extended fall tour. But prior to his departure, Marco and the good folks at Royal Potato Family records have kindly unearthed a highly sought after cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless.” Recorded during the sessions for Me Not Me, this recording features a raw take on the song with the esteemed Reed Mathis on bass and Matt Chamberlain on drums. After making its mark as a staple at Marco’s live shows, the studio recording of “Fearless” is now available for stream/download below. Check out Marco on the road in the coming months.
Read on for the full list of tour dates. (more…)
This month’s playlist features an hour’s worth of tunes ripe for the Fall season. Enjoy…
1. Megafaun – Real Slow
2. The Byrds – It Happens Each day
3. The Brazda Brothers – Walking into the Sun
4. Minerva Lions – Protection Ave.
5. Rich Bennett – Misty Valley
6. Strangers Family Band – No One Sees Her
7. John Fahey – Dance of Death
8. Julian Lynch – Terra
9. Woods – Who Do I Think I am
10. Doug Paisley – No One But You
11. White Denim – Keys (AD Session)
12. Kurt Vile – The Creature
13. The Feelies – Should Be Gone
14. Real Estate – Barely Legal (Strokes Cover)
15. The War on Drugs – Buenes Aires Beach
16. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Long Hard Book
On Wednesday evening, Real Estate played houseband at an issue release party for The Fader at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York. You can see the band on the cover of this month’s The Fader photo-issue, as well as inside Relix Magazine’s December issue (good work, dudes!). The highly impressive new album, Days, drops Oct. 18 on Domino records. Check out new songs “All the Same” and “Green Aisles” performed at The Fader party, below.
A second track from Kurt Vile’s fortcoming So Outta Reach EP has emerged. “Life’s a Beach” is another song plucked from the Smoke Ring for My Halo sessions, appearing on the EP out Nov. 8 through Matador. Check out the song below, and if you haven’t already, listen to the previously released track, “Creatures.”
For as long as I can remember, the name Bert Jansch has meant a great deal to me. Some of my earliest memories are of my father playing “Angi,” or another one of Bert’s many great arrangements for acoustic guitar. Long drives were often accompanied by Bert’s music, and, in our household, his name held a status that went far beyond legendary. To me, Bert Jansch was nothing short of a god, and as the years passed, that impression would only grow. My father shares these thoughts:
“No guitar player has influenced me more than Bert Jansch. His unique style of playing, his choice of tunes, his singing ability, and his brilliant instrumental arrangements all had a profound impact on me. I first saw Bert with Pentangle at Royal Albert Hall for the 1969 the Pop Proms, on a double bill with Fleetwood Mac, then a blues band fronted by ex-John Mayall guitarist Peter Green. I would see Pentangle again in Toronto’s Massey Hall a couple of years later. Bert played solo in Toronto several times after that and I was lucky enough to see most of his shows here. He never achieved the mass audience that he was deserving of. Yet, in the music world he was properly regarded as the great musician that he was.”
I never imagined that I would have the chance to see him perform live. Stories of Bert’s performances were reserved for my father’s tales of meeting the guitarist bar-side at Royal Albert Hall in 1969, seeing him play with Pentangle and so on. But, thanks to Neil Young (who cites Bert as an influence on his first record), my father and I were able to make the trip to see Bert open at Shea Theatre in Buffalo during the winter of 2010. Everything I had ever felt and believed about this great musician came true right before my eyes and, although cliché, it was literally a dream come true.
Following that show, I went home and worked for hours on end trying to play like Bert. My father, a finger picking master on his own, had always tried to show me the style. But—as I was constantly reminded—it would only come with hours of practice, walking around the house using your thumb to control the bassline and your fingers to play the melody. This sent me on a quest through the world of acoustic folk music, which, for a good period of time, caused me to set aside my electric guitar and my closest companion since age 13. That’s how powerful this music was to me.
Earlier this year, I had the chance to see Bert perform a full set at the Iridium along with my good friend Nick, who, by the end, had become a lifelong fan. When I heard Bert would once again be joining Neil on his US tour, I thought to reach out to his manager to see if he would be willing to do a filmed performance at Relix magazine where I work. Months went by with no word, but just weeks before the show I received an e-mail from Bert’s people at Drag City asking if it was still possible. Two weeks later, I was sitting face to face with the god of acoustic guitar, asking him when he first picked up the instrument, who his influences were and what he thought of the contemporary folk revival. Bert performed two songs for us, one of which was a request passed down from my father (watch here), and that was the last I saw of him.
Bert’s music will remain close to my heart for all time to come, and I hope to pass it on the way it was passed on to me. So, if you’re unfamiliar, I hope you will seek out it out.
Rest in peace to one of the greatest musicians of all time, Bert Jansch.
MP3: “It Don’t Bother Me“
One of the integral forces behind The War on Drugs music is bassist Dave Hartley, who also commands his own one-man outfit tagged with the moniker Nightlands. In this project, some of the underlying sounds and recording methods present in the Drugs’ sound seem to carry over, but the similarities stop there. Spacious, synth-y drones blend with Hartley’s layered, effect-laden vocals to brush out a sound that is rich with subtle nuances and ambient sheets of sound. Following a recent signing with Secret City, we expect a full release to appear sometime in the near future. But, for the time being, hear Nightlands’ cover of Lindsay Buckingham’s “Trouble” off a recent free download that also includes Scott Walker’s “Big Louise.” Also check out some of the originals on the Nightlands bandcamp page.