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.
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
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)
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
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.
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.