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Monday, December 12, 2011

Natureboy, Easy Lover, Masterface & Young Heel

Bleek Records Presents
An intimate evening at a beautiful art space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with




Friday, December 16th 2011 | $5 Cover | 21+

Come see four great artists in the live room, chill out in the lounge, and catch an amazing view of Manhattan upstairs. This space is nothing short of amazing! Plus, free Bleek Records music for all guests!

[The End]
18 Kent Street
Brooklyn NY 11222

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Marissa Nadler Covers Volume II

Farewell Angelina (featuring Red Heroine) by marissanadler

Distortions featuring Red Heroine and Faces On Film by marissanadler

Marissa Nadler has been quite productive this year. She released her beautiful self titled album, toured the US and Europe is in the studio working on a new winter release. Well if that wasn't enough, she just released Covers Volume II: which features covers of Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Magnetic Fields and more. Covers Volume II also features two guests vocalists Face on The Film's Mike Fiore and Red Heroine.

click here to get a copy of the 13-song covers collection.

Covers Volume II:

01 Winter Lady [Leonard Cohen cover]
02 Learning to Fly [Tom Petty cover]
03 Birds [Neil Young cover]
04 Farewell Angelina [Bob Dylan cover]
05 You Don't Miss Your Water [William Bell cover]
06 The River [Bruce Springsteen cover]
07 Motel Blues [Loudon Wainwright III cover]
08 Distortions [Clinic cover]
09 Sara [Bob Dylan cover]
10 The Book of Love [The Magnetic Fields cover]
11 Avalanche [Leonard Cohen cover]
12 All My Trials [Traditional]
13 I'll Be Here in the Morning [Townes Van Zandt cover]

Friday, October 28, 2011

Stop the Virgens - St. Ann’s Warehouse - Brooklyn NY

The cool night air flowed through the dark Brooklyn warehouse, packed to its fully exposed rafters as the blonde-wigged troupe of “virgens” took their places—be it onstage or amongst the audience—and let loose a divine chorus of lamenting love ballads and ’60s rock ’n’ roll dance numbers complete with formation dance moves and multi-nippled costumes.

The numerous virgens—appearing not unlike the children in Village of the Damned—seemed to be under the spell of two nun/witch type figures reminiscent of the Princess Mombi of Return to Oz, donned with large black oval-shaped head gear and equally as evil makeup and glaring scowls. Amidst all of this rose the cobweb-covered Viking horn- / microphone-wielding Karen O, eventually being tousled and torn about by said virgens to reveal a beautiful long-robed goddess-like figure, resembling a more elaborately dressed Tripitaka from Monkey Magic.

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much the end of my story line review, as after that, I had basically no idea what was going on. At a guess, it seemed Karen O and the two nun/witches seemed to be in an eternal battle for the virgens’ souls, and—surprise, surprise—it was Karen O who won out in the end, as the virgen slaves fell at her feet, spurting blood from their mouths and all down their pretty white frocks, to then be resurrected by song and purged of their evil sins. Or something.

All this aside, it was a production of immense quality and creativity seven years in the making, with lavish and wonderfully eccentric costumes (courtesy of Karen O's longtime costume designer, Christiane Hultquist, aka Christian Joy), haunting and inspiring audio, visuals, and production, and an epic soundtrack that has to be heard to be believed. I must say this was the standout for me—the music was uniquely original, emotional, fun, daring, and perfectly paired with the goings-on onstage. And with musical performers such as Nick Zinner, Money Mark, and Brian Chase in the wings, you can’t really go wrong, can you?

Plus, rather than heading to your usual live music haunt on Manhattan to spend a fortune on drinks and watch your latest obsession churn out their greatest hits, it was a refreshing change to journey to a warehouse beneath the scenic Brooklyn Bridge to see a show I could never imagine and may never see the likes of again. Let it inspire us all, as it should do, to throw off our run-of-the-mill creative shackles and release them into the wild as nature intended.

by Meredith Webb

Monday, October 24, 2011

Anika, 10/22/11 @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA

On her first ever appearance in Los Angeles; Anika played with her full band to a full house at The Echolpex - in the sketchy gone hipster neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles. The sounds were among the experimental edges between Nico/VU, Slowdive, Laurie Anderson, and Ladytron, with backdrops spun out of electronica and trip-hop. The latter part not being surprising, as Portishead's Geoff Barrow became a musical collaborator with Anika, once she started looking for like-minded musical souls in her home-town of Bristol, by way of Berlin.

The night's tunes were largely taken from Anika's self titled release, with a few surprises thrown in. In mood and sound, the songs gave off a somewhat uneasy feeling: familiar, yet having an discordant and groove oriented texture, with the vocals sounding eerie and distant, all at the same time. Some of the high points were her stand out songs "I'm Not There,"  "He Needs Me," and last but certainly not least her song "Yang Yang" which reminded me of a dream of being abducted by aliens - though that's another story entirely. Her entire set had the simultaneous traits of making you slightly uneasy, but leaving you want more - a very interesting combination.

During the encore Anika gave the audience an unexpected treat, by way of performing a stylized interpretation of Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime." Very cool & over too soon. Next time.....

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

Live Dates
Oct 22 - Los Angeles
Oct 23 - El Paso, TX
Oct 25 - Austin, TX
Oct 26 - New Orleans
Oct 28 - Asheville, NC

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Peter, Bjorn & John, 10/05 @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Peter Bjorn & John seem to have single-handedly created a Swedish musical invasion, with their "All You Can Eat" tour, in support of their latest album Gimme Some. After taking over New York, the band continued on their cross-country journey to Los Angeles; with four sold-out LA concerts at different venues, an art opening, and a food truck event. Peter, Bjorn & John succeeded in garnering countless new devotees - in a big way. Culminating their week-long stay in the city of angels, was their concert at The El Rey Theatre. This visit looks like it's cementing the band Sweden's most visible export --- move over Ikea, Volvo, & Abba.

Illuminated in the projected light of the Swedish flag; Peter Bjorn & John, launched their set with the epic anthem-esque sounding "Tomorrow has to Wait," and followed up with a myriad of equally catchy tunes from their latest album Gimme Some, as well as previous releases: Writer's Block and Living Thing, all the way back to the early 00's. The band for those who aren't entirely familiar yet is composed of Peter Morén on vocals & guitar; Björn Yttling on vocals & bass; and John Eriksson on drums & vocals.

Further into the set, when the trio went into "Eyes" from the new album. With it's 50's-esque memorable guitar riffs, they had the audience dancing and bouncing all over the place.  Peter did his best Euro-Elvis guitar playing/singing/jumping/shaking, while Bjorn played it more cool and collected - right out out of a Wes Anderson movie (ala Richie Tenenbaum w/beard), and John just seemed incredibly bubbly - more-so than most drummers not furry and on the Muppets.

With full visual accompaniment of random and amusing projector-art behind the band & a crazy looking bearded guy at the left back of the stage with giant three-thumbed blue hands, the band was quirky but very cool. One interesting thing about seeing the boys from Stockholm, having only limited knowledge of them before (yes, the whistling song); It was intriguing that their repertoire had so many nuances and different parts of it's personality. Flowing from one infectiously upbeat indie-tune to another; the band's sojourn in Los Angeles served as a kind of indie-pop musical-trinity, seeking converts. They hit the streets, setting the city's music enthusiast's feet to tapping.

Highlights of the show included the mellow/quirky tune "Amsterdam," the amusingly sarcastic "Lay it Down" from Living Thing, and the ubiquitously catchy whistling song "Young Folks." The last of which, Peter proceeded to jump down while whistling/singing and venture far into the audience - dancing and connecting with their new converts as well as long-time fans. While cheeky at points and rockin' at others, the Swedish trio's tunes and odd-antics made the band real crowd pleasers! In short, they're well worth checking out live, as well as giving a listed to their latest album: Gimme Some...

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

Marissa Nadler & Cat Martino UK tour videos

Marissa Nadler and Cat Martino just completed a UK tour together. I came across these videos of the two working together and thought I'd share. Cat Martino has sung with Sharon Van Etten and Sufjan Stevens and is getting ready to release an amazing solo album. Marissa is heading back to Europe for some more dates in late November in support of her amazing eponymous record. You can read our review of it here.

26/11/11 : De Statenzaal - Zwolle (NL)
27/11/11 : Le Guess Who – Utrecht (NL)
27/11/11 : Autumn Falls festival @ Botanique – Brussel
28/11/11 : Grammatikoff – Duisburg (D)
29/11/11 : Dachauer Kultur-Schranne – Dachau (D)

winter lady by marissanadler

Yr Not Alone by Cat Martino

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kevchino interviews the Lightman twins about Tasseomancy

I met up with Tasseomancy’s twin sisters, Sari and Romy Lightman, backstage at the Bowery Ballroom after a sound check for another music project they’re working on with Austra, whom they met at surf camp. We spoke of some differences between Halifax and Toronto (where they are from), the very moving history of their great-great-grandmother, how Edgar Allen Poe had an influence on their new record, and then the sisters sat down and took a brief quiz. Read the interview here.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bright Eyes @ Santa Barbara Bowl, 09/25/11

Having arrived in town on a Sunday towards the end of summer and the beginning of the school-year for many; Bright Eyes brought their melancholy and angsty folk sounds to the 5k+ Santa Barbarians at the County Bowl - Southern California's equivalent of Red Rocks. This time out on the road, front-man Conor Oberst & band preformed a quintessential sampling of more-albums-than-I-can-keep-track-of, though featured their latest release The People's Key, and delivered another solid set of indie-folk/rock tunes.

Opening the night with the happily-disturbing yet optimistic "At the Bottom of Everything," and following up with "Four Winds," their catchy tune questioning organized religion; the band had the audience mesmerized from the first note. Representing the audience was a wide age-range of fans, from those too young to drive, to those nearly too old. This definitely spoke to the universal themes that the good Mr.Oberst covered in some of his songs: pain, redemption, heartache & joy.

The band's line-up for this tour included it's staple musicians: Conor Oberst on vocals/guitar (of course), Bright Eyes' notable producer Mike Mogis on guitar, and arranger Nate Wolcott on trumpet/etc, as well as other indie impresarios such as Andy LeMaster on bass, Laura Burhenn from The Mynabirds on vocals/keyboards/accordion, and Clark Baechle of The Faint on drums.

From “Take it Easy” and “I Believe in Symmetry” off of the album Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, to the poignant lyrics of “Land Locked Blue” which reveals the personal and insightful lyrics: “If you walk away, I’ll walk away – First tell me which road you will take.” Oberst further showed his development as a songwriter and storyteller with other high points, including ones from their new album The People's Key. Most notably, the stirring and thoughtful lyrics of "Shell Games," in which he emotes the ubiquitously familiar sentiment "My private life is an inside joke - No one will explain it to me."

Rounding out the night with a few encore tunes; the band preformed a heartfelt cover of Gillian Welch's song "Wrecking Ball," and closed out with the electro-folk sounds of "One For You, One For Me." By the end of the set, the entranced audience was speechless from Bright Eyes' impressive compositional, lyrical and emotional stimuli; making the evening a most memorable one...

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Check out Peter Bjorn and John as they take over Los Angeles!

Peter Bjorn & John's "Gimme Some" tour is bringing some exciting happenings to the The City of Angels. Starting with Thursday night's (9/29) packed art exhibition at "THIS, Los Angeles" and rolling into a massive food truck give-away event on Tuesday (10/4), and last but certainly not least 4 live dates at four different venues. The first of their four LA shows on Saturday October 1st at the sold out Troubadour, then hit The Smell on October 3rd for another sold out gig, followed by a set at the already sold out Echo on October 4th and then wrapping things in LA on October 5th with a show at the El Rey - mind that the El Rey still has a few tickets still available.

And if that’s not enough for the LA fans, Peter Bjorn and John along with their partner have selected LA as one of the lucky cities to be chosen for the Food Truck food giveaway around the All You Can Eat tour.  Scheduled to go down in LA on Tuesday October 4th – the Food Truck, the location, the time and the secret phrase will be revealed that day a couple of hours prior to the event via Twitter @PeterBjornJohn.  So be sure to follow 'em and get ready to receive some free food! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Low @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 09/20/11

Having waited a long time to see LOW; it was a treat to have the stars align this time around, to see them at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The crowd filling the venue for Low's poignant, slow-core performance was an eclectic mix: hipsters to goths, rockers to old-peeps, all the way to those apparently melting into the wall-paper...

Supporting their latest album "C'mon", as well as representing a formidable portion of their catalog; Low expressed what appeared to be audible-painting of a road-trip across across the abandon southwest: dusty unkempt roads, intermittently stopping in for supplies at near deserted outposts of civilization.

Their melodies, one after another: melancholy-slow in tempo and lyrically intense, hypnotized the audience as well as myself. As the evening came into focus, the set became less akin to standard song structure & presentation, and more kind of a 90 minute dive into an introspective landscape of loss and emotion that we all have a connection to at some level.

At the end of the evening I felt like I'd been at a combination of a long group therapy session, mixed with a lot of peyote, and and a friend's band playing out in the desert: Very cool, but not what i had expected...

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

SET-LIST: El Rey Theatre
Nothing But Heart
Hand so Small
You See Everything
Try To Sleep
Silver Rider
Especially Me
Sweet Sunflower
Violent Past
Last Snowstorm of the Year
Dinosaur Act
When I Go Deaf

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Joy Formidable @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 09/14/11

Gracing Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, The Joy Formidable hit the stage, and in little time showed that their current buzz is something worth actually paying attention to. Formed in North Wales and later settling in London, the members (as well as touring lineup) consist of: Ritzy Bryan on Vocals/Guitar, Rhydian Dafydd on Bass, and Matt Thomas on Drums. The trio opened the night with "A Heavy Abacus" from their sophomore & latest album "The Big Roar." They played a good selection from it, as well as touched on songs from their first release "A Balloon Called Moaning." Having an interesting mix of vibes, their sound filled the evening air with thick chords, primal drum-beats and celestial vocals.

Sounding vocally like a cross between 'Yeah Yeah Yeahs' & 'Garbage', and instrumentation-wise between 'Foo Fighters' and 'Arcade Fire', the band wove in and out of their long but entrancing set, from the 'Cranes' like vocal chanting on "Austere", to the poppy but chaotic (and apropos titled) sounds of "Whirring."

Only recently being turned on to The Joy Formidable in the last few months, I wasn't sure what to expect from the concert. Not to sound too sold on them, but in short: their performance was pretty damn impressive. Song after song, their compositions, stage presence, and confidence were that of a far more established band. By the end of the evening, the trio went on to impress a sold-out El Rey Theatre, as well as myself.

I would highly recommend seeing them live, as well as picking up their latest album "The Big Roar." You won't regret it....

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

SET-LIST: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
A Heavy Abacus
Greyhounds In The Slips
The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
The Magnifying Glass
I Don't Want To See You Like This


09/07 Vancouver, BC @Rickshaw Theatre
09/08 Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW
09/10 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
09/11 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
09/13 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Lounge
09/14 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
09/15 Las Vegas, NV @Cosmo Boulevard Pool
09/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmo Boulevard Pool
09/19 Co. Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
09/21 St Louis, MO @ Firebird
09/22 Cincinnati, OH @ Mid Point Music Fest
09/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Popped Festival!
09/24 Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/25 Tampa, FL @Orpheum
09/27 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
09/28 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
09/29 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
09/30 Rochester, NY @Water Street Music Hall

10/13 Birmingham Institute
10/14 London Forum
10/15 Manchester Academy 2
10/16 Dublin Whelans
10/18 Belfast Limelight
10/19 Glasgow Oran Mor
10/20 Newcastle Riversid
10/21 Cardiff Swn festival
10/24 Paris Nouveau Casino
10/25 Brussels Botanique Orangerie
10/26 Tilbourg 013
10/29 London Battersea Power Station - Freeze Festival

11/05 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 Duluth, GA @ Gwinett Arena
11/08 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
11/11 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
11/13 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/14 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
11/16 Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nadine Carina music video & Magic Box LP

Liverpool, UK. based Nadine Carina just released a music video for her lovely track "The Garden" off her album Magic Box which will be released in September via Stattmusik. The video was filmed by Ilaria Pezone in Italy.

The Garden by Nadine Carina

Friday, September 09, 2011

Sleep ∞ Over "Casual Diamond" video

Not sure exactly what's going on? Girls with swords in nightwear but digging this tune "Casual Diamond .".The project titled Sleep ∞ Over is a solo project, by Stefanie and she is joined by a live band on tour, comprised of fellow Austin psych jammers Christine Aprile, Eli Welbourne, and Jesse Jenkins. Here album Forever, available September 27th, 2011 on Hippos In Tanks.

Sleep ∞ Over - Casual Diamond (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Christine Aprile on Vimeo.

Lana Del-Rey "Blue Jeans" video

Kevchino Likey!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Cloud Seeding "Ink Jar" video & Marissa Nadler Tour Dates

Boston-based songstress Marissa Nadler and NY collaborative project Cloud Seeding have released a brand new video for the track "Ink Jar," as Nadler prepares for a set of North American dates with James Vincent McMorrow and a European fall tour. Spearheaded by Brooklyn-based guitarist Kevin Serra, Cloud Seeding is a music singles project conceived as a space of collaboration to showcase vocalists he admires. Nadler is the first vocalist to team up with Serra, penning the vocals for this song. Directed by Christopher Arcella, the video features actors Ray Lorini and Vera Balyura on a cosmic love journey and can be watched at below.

Marissa Nadler On Tour

09/09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
09/10 - Boston, MA - Bright Music Hall*
09/11 - Montreal, QC, Canada - La Sala Rossa*
09/13 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Elmo
09/15 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Inn*
09/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall*
09/17 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center*
09/23 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live w/ Sharon Van Etten
10/04 - London, United Kingdom- Bush Hall
10/06 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
10/07 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich/Turmzimmer
10/08 - Copenhagen, Denmark- Pumpehuset
10/09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10/10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Hendriksberg
10/11 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
10/12 - Bergen, Norway - Perfect Sounds Forever
10/14 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
10/15 - Turku, Finland - Dynamo
10/16 - Helsinki, Finald - Kuudes Linja

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Matt Bauer interview

Erick Mertz interviews Matt Bauer for I spent a fun-filled day with Matt Bauer and Dana Falconberry as we trekked around Manhattan and they both performed some of Matt’s songs live songs for We filmed in the tram to Roosevelt Island and in a rowboat in Central Park. Then after a long day of live filming, we sat on a bench in Central Park for this interview. Read it here. Be sure to check out the video of Matt Bauer & Dana Falconberry live in Central Park for

Friday, August 19, 2011

Out In The Streets Brooklyn Music Festival

Our friends over at The Sky Report & Birddog Promo are throwing their 2nd annual Out In The Streets Music Festival, on August 27-28 at Brooklyn Fire Proof (East Williamsburg/Bushwick). The line-up is his year features NewVillager, Lemonade, Physical Therapy, Milagres, Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang, Mi Ami + many more. Check out the full roster below. Tickets are $10 for a single day ticket, or $15 for a 2-day pass. A Limited amount of single day tickets will be available at the door day of. Pick up tickets at Brown Paper Tickets here. Read more info here.


After Party w/

WILD VIBES (DJ’s in between sets)

After Party w/

Visual Art by Joe Jagos
On Site Installations by Gabriel Hurier & Andrew Thomas
FREE Brooklyn Brewery Beer both days (while supplies last)!
Brought to you with the generous support of Brooklyn Brewery, Northeast Kingdom, Tandem Bar, & Cafe Ghia.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

New Music - Lana Del Rey

Wow! For not having an album or even an MP3 floating around Lana Del Rey sure has a ton of fans. Were counting the days till we have this on our drives.She reminds me of Nancy Sinatra and has a little bit of Amy Winehouse vibe.

Friday, August 05, 2011

New Music - Pandit

I just stumbled upon this cool dreamy artist called Pandit. Pandit consists of Lance Smith of Lumberton, Texas. He released a FREE download EP called Steady Nerves and a Strong Heartfor his fans. Download it for FREE here. The EP is great but I am hooked on this track "Kathryn, My Love" below.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Marissa Nadler, Faces On Film live at Littlefield 7/30/11

It was my first time hearing Boston’s Faces on Film who opened for Marissa Nadler’s latest East Coast Tour. Faces On Film is Mike Fiore who has an extremely unique and beautiful voice for a male singer. It calls to mind a young Neil Young but a bit more silkier, like Jeff Buckley. He played solo using both acoustic and electric guitars. His song writing was great he had very nice subtle hooks and he even did an amazing cover of Clinic’s “Distortions.” I’m not yet to familiar with his catalog but songs that stood out were “Manitoba” and “Knot in the Vine.” You can preview three songs off his new LP Some Weather over at his bandcamp page but I highly recommend picking up his new LP and his 2008 gem The Troubles via iTunes.

Faces on Film - Manitoba (Acoustic) by mikefiore333

Marissa Nadler took the stage wearing a red dress and started right into her solo set. She sounded amazing. Hats off to the soundman who helped project her beautiful sounds perfectly by blending her voice and guitar throughout the room. On her second song, she busted out a 12-string guitar and rocked out “Salutations in the Dark” acoustically. She blithely mentioned in between songs “Brooklyn is the last show on my tour and I still love Brooklyn despite my car being broken into.” “They broke all the windows but didn’t take anything.” Then, she launched into “Your Heart Is A Twisted Vine” off her new EP Rain Arrangement. After this great tune, she gave fans a real treat playing “Fifty Five Falls” the first track off her first album. Marissa switched microphones in this song to one filled with reverb and delay and did a bit of a vocal solo with layered melodies. Mike Fiore of Faces on Film then joined Marissa on stage and played guitar and sang harmonies with her for the latter half of her set and brought a more alt-country vibe to her songs, giving them an interesting nuance. She left the stage after playing “In Your Lair, Bear “ off her new LP. She was quickly convinced to return for and encore by the loud and persistent crowd. She and Fiore played a stripped down version of one of her singles off her new album “The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You.“ Fiore left the stage and Marissa said she would play us one more song; her beautiful cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

For a performer who’s been dealt a lot of trials and tribulations the last year or so, getting dropped from her label named after her song “Mexican Summer,” having her car broken into in Brooklyn, Marissa Nadler has risen above these challenges and has emerged a more seasoned performer and an artist worthy of ever increasing praise and attention.

Marissa Nadler set list 7/30/11

Salutations in the Dark
Little King
Wind Up Doll
Your Heart Is A Twisted Vine
Fifty Five Falls
Puppet Master
In Your Lair, Bear Encore:
The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You
Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen Cover)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Erika Spring and Violens 7 Inch split

On August 2nd Friendly Fire Recordings will release a 7 inch split with Violens and Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone). Check out Erika's track "6 More Weeks" below.

Erika Spring, "6 More Weeks" by The FADER

Friday, July 22, 2011

EMA Glasslands PIcs 7/20

EMA,Talk Normal, Ablehearts

Ablehearts - A Name by Shinkoyo

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Blonde Redhead @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 07/02/11

Arriving in Los Angeles for a second consecutive show, at the second (and in my opinion a far more sumptuous) venue; Blonde Redhead graced the stage of the El Rey Theatre. As anticipated, their whispered vocals and sultry sounds were front & center on this, a second tour in support of their latest album "Penny Sparkle." This visit the band delivered a more sparse visual presentation, while the sound was as captivating as ever.

With fog drifting about their feet, Vocalist Kazu Makino, along with the brothers Amedeo & Simone Pace (vocals/guitars & drums respectively), enthralled the audience from the start of "Black Guitar," to the last note of the spell-binging encore. Focusing predominantly on the most recent album "Penny Sparkle," they also touched on "23" and "Misery Is A Butterfly," making it a treat for their audience members of multiple eras.

On this night, Blonde Redhead turned the El Rey theatre into Chillwave/Downtempo/Nouveau-Trip-Hop haven as they osculated vocal duties back and fourth between Kazu & Amendo. Drifting fog and lights cutting through the air, were a perfect companion for their mesmerizing sounds. High-points of the evening included the sonically feverish "Spring And By Summer Fall" as well as the clockwork lullaby sounds of "In Particular."

Coming to the close of the night, the encore started with the brightly manic sounds of "Equus," and wrapping with the dreamy whispered "My Plants Are Dead." By the end of the set, the audience was speechless, other than the resounding sounds of yearning for the band to keep playing. Hopefully Blonde Redhead will make it back to town sooner than later... (Or, there's always catching them in Europe this summer...)

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

1. Black Guitar
2. Here Sometimes
3. Dr Strangelove
4. Spring And By Summer Fall
5. Everything Is Wrong
6. Not Getting There
7. Will There Be Stars
8. Spain
9. Suimasen
10. 23
11. Falling Man
12. Equus
13. My Plants Are Dead

Upcoming 2011 Tour Dates
Mon, 7/18 – Chicago, IL – Millennium Park
Tues, 7/19 – Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
Europe & Israel Summer
Sat, 8/6 – Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
Sun, 8/7 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
Mon, 8/8 – Munich, Germany – 59:01:00
Tues, 8/9 – Frankfurt, Germany – Brotfabrik
Thurs, 8/11 – Cannes, France – Le Pantiero Festival
Sat, 8/13 – St. Malo, France – La Route de Rock
Tues, 8/16 – Madrid, Spain – Serrano 41
Thurs, 8/18 – Paredes de Coura, Portugal – Paredes de Coura
Fri, 8/19 – Lausanne, Switzerland – For Noise Festival
Sat, 8/20 – Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
Mon, 8/22 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli
Tues, 8/23 – Bremen, Germany – Lagerhaus
Weds, 8/24 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Thurs, 8/25 – Koln, Germany – Luxor
Sat, 8/27 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine
Sun, 8/28 – Luxembourg, Belgium – Atelier
Mon, 8/29 – Dortmund, Germany – FZW
Thurs, 9/1 – Tel Aviv, Israel – [To Be Announced]
Sat, 9/3 – Stradbally Hall, Co Laos, Ireland – Electric Picnic
Mon, 9/5 – Manchester, UK – Academy
Tues, 9/6 – London, UK – Union Chapel
Thurs, 9/8 – Milan, Italy – Carroponte
Fri, 9/9 – Florence, Italy – Viper Theatre
Sat, 9/10 – Modena, Italy – Festa dell’Unita
Sun, 9/11 – Rome, Italy – Piper Club

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Marissa Nadler Tour Dates & guests on Cloud Seeding singles project

Marissa Nadler is heading out for some more US & Canada tour dates with Faces on Film. She also has some upcoming Europe dates yet to be announced in October.

Marissa Nadler sings on two tracks from the debut single from Cloud Seeding. You can stream both tracks below and pick it up digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The single is released on Bleek Records and you can order a limited edition CD of the single here.

Ink Jar / Unquestioning - Single by Cloud Seeding

Marissa Nadler Tour Dates with Faces On Film:
Fri. July 15 - New Haven, CT w/ Wye Oak - Wadsworth Atheneum
Mon. July 18, - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
Tues. July 19 - Toronto - ON - Supermarket
Thurs. July 21 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
Fri. July 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
Sat. July 23 - Madison, WA - Frequency
Mon. July 25 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
Wed. July 27 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Thurs. July 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Chapel
Fri. July 29 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace
Sat. July 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Matt & Kim, 06/15 @ MusicBox, Hollywood

As if an animated-elastic-tiger had twins and named them Matt & Kim; the irreverently playful synth & drum duo bounced into Hollywood's MusicBox Theatre, spreading their audaciously fun brand of Indie-Pop. This outing for the Brooklyn based twosome, was in support of their third and latest album “Sidewalks,” though shared album representation with "Grand" as well as their self titled release.

The flashing lights and theme to the movie Rocky marked Matt & Kim’s triumphant return to Hollywood and the MusicBox’s stage. After a victory lap, the dynamic duo started into “Block after Block” followed by “I Wanna.” Adding to their infectious exuberance, one of the most intriguing points was their atypical periodic interaction with their drums & synth: Kim’s dancing on her drum kit / Matt’s jumping & standing on his seat, and both of their running around the stage. Playing everything from their most recognizable hits, to the tunes not-as-easy put your finger on; their entire set expressed a playful buoyancy from nearly the first note to the encore’s close. The exuberant connection with their audience was definitely symbiotic.

Turning up the audience's excitement, the duo launched into "Lessons Learned," a song memorable for numerous reasons (not least of which being the music video showing the two of them sans-clothes/bearing-it-all in Manhattan). Rolling on into "Cinders," "Yea Yeah," and a dozen more the band definitely gave the audience more than a cookie cutter performance.

Moving to the evening's close, the climax hit with a frenetic rendition of Matt & Kim's latest anthem "Daylight." Between confetti falling in the theatre, Kim's instructing all the guys to take their shirts off and swing them above their heads, and the throwing hundreds of balloons out to the audience to blow up and release, the concert was essentially a very fun party hosted by Matt & Kim...

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Flaming Lips, 06/14 @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

When I heard the Flaming Lips were coming to the Los Angeles area, I was excited to see them again, this time outside of the festivals that they've been playing in the last few years. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect of the two special events at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. What I knew though, was that the band would be preforming "The Soft Bulletin" & "Dark Side of the Moon" on June 14th & 15th respectively; allowing the full albums to be presented as their unified concepts.

Upon arriving at the cemetery for the June 14th show (insert witty double-entente about FaceBook checking in at a cemetery) - an obligatory stop was made at the memorial of Johnny Ramone - just adjacent to the Fairbanks Lawn, where the half-dome stage stood at the far end the lawn, scattered with a few thousand people on blankets. Making our way down to the stage we passed multiple art installations; ala a tree raining light, the giant mirrored spinning orbs - beautiful, with a very Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz vibe.

The show was less of a standard concert, and more felt like a do-it-yourself kind of event; unusual for a larger band. Before the show/during set change to their gear, lead singer Wayne Coyne was very personable, chatting with the audience. You get this overwhelming sense that he's just a really good guy.

As the set started ramping-up with the band's swirling wall-of-noise intro, Wayne climbed inside the giant bouncy hamster-ball until the apex, when the crew spun him down the ramp & out onto the raised hands of the audience - and the set began.....

In parallel, launching into "Race for the Prize" they continued track by track in-album-order, and the confetti rained down down - bright as day, with the neo-psychedelic rock tunes and an overall and warm-hearted vibe. A few songs in, Wayne shared the first of a few stories with the audience. This one, about "The Spiderbite Song;" taken from a very near-miss that band-mate Steven Drozd had when he got a poisonous spider bite and nearly had to have his hand amputated. The story was anecdotal for making the most of everything & appreciating even the small things like having hands.

The tunes all flowed really good, but the experience was amplified by an amazing LED wall-of-light: sometimes just colored light and sometimes projecting visual clips of the band playing live. The imagery was of such discordant random themes as giant eyeballs, naked woman silhouettes, and the obligatory teletubbues. Random, but awesome.

The next tune to really stand out was "Waitin' for a Superman." This was an emotional trip that they took the audience on; nearly having everyone in tears before the song ended. It was written about Wayne's father's battle with & succumbing to cancer, however it applied in a much broader sense for him, in retrospect. In part of the story, Wayne commented on mortality and his good friend Elliott Smith's chronic depression, which ended up bringing about his death. It also served as reassurance for those who are down to hold on the best they can - that things do get better. Beyond akin to a counseling appointment at this point, the song was even better/more emotionally packed, knowing the back-story.

Finishing off the set (and the album "The Soft Bulletin"), the band turned to the encore which consisted of a three additional hits "She Don't Use Jelly," "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," "Do You Realize," of which, all the audience went wild to...

Race for the Prize
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
The Spark That Bled
The Spiderbite Song
What Is the Light?
The Observer
Waitin' for Superman
Suddenly Everything Has Changed
The Gash
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
Sleeping on the Roof
She Don't Use Jelly
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Do You Realize??

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