Friday, Parts & Labor celebrate their 10th Anniversary and play their final show before an indefinite hiatus at 285 Kent Ave. in Brooklyn. To celebrate this momentous event Impose Magazine enlisted Parts & Labor to compile a collection of show posters. With commentary by both Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw, this collection illustrates their impressive career and serves as a wonderful snap shot of the Brooklyn/ Williamsburg scene from the early 2000s to the present. Take a look at this AMAZING COLLECTION HERE. The Village Voice also caught up with Parts & Labor this week talking in-depth with Dan, BJ, drummer Joe Wong about their time as a band and what the future holds. You can read that HERE. The show on Friday will feature guest appearances by all four of Parts & Labor’s drummers past and present, and opening sets by former guitarist Sarah Lipstate as Noveller, Oneida and Neptune. It’ll be a night not to be missed.
ALSO: Rough House Pictures (Danny McBride, David Gordon Green) Comes On Board to Present Rick Alverson’s The Comedy.
The provocative and controversial drama The Comedy was one of the most talked about movies at Sundance this past week. The movie, in U.S Dramatic Competition, stars Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), has inspired heated post-screening Q&A’s and has polarized critics and audiences alike, the sign of any truly visionary film. Director Rick Alverson removes the safe, rosy filter off of contemporary culture to give the audience a look behind the curtain at the cost of American Utopianism and its unintentional byproduct of numbness and disconnect. The film also features Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Jeff Jensen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, and Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger).
Also, Jagjaguwar in conjunction with producers Mike S. Ryan (Greyshack Productions) and Brent Kunkle (Larry Fassenden’s production company Glass Eye Pix), is very proud to partner with Rough House Pictures (whose principals include actor Danny McBride, directors David Gordon Green and Jody Hill) to present the movie. Jagjaguwar has been working with Rick Alverson as a musician or a director since 1996 (9 albums, 4 movies), and this latest partnership, where Rough House brings to the fold the “true harmony between David Gordon Green’s lyrical filmmaking and Danny’s darkly comic sensibility”, as Alverson puts it, seems like a perfect fit.
Here are some select reactions:
“While The Comedy is one hell of a challenging film, it deserves tremendous respect for its clarity of vision. It’s not “Animal House,” it’s Lars von Trier’s “The Idiots”. — IFC
“A dark, determinedly abrasive study of a slovenly Brooklyn hipster…this singular Sundance entry is certain to split reactions every which way…Heidecker… gives a compulsively fascinating performance…Alverson’s unfussy filmmaking breathes quiet assurance.” — Variety
“Rick Alverson unleashes a camouflaged assault on contemporary culture veiled in a gorgeously crafted and humorous veneer. As taboos are broken, audience members are forced to question their boundaries and whether they should be laughing with it, at it, or not at all.” — Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival
“By far one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies Iʼve ever seen in my life.”
— Film Threat
“Word on the street is you either love or you hate The Comedy — an acerbic accounting of an over-privileged, aged Williamsburg hipster. I never knew what the main character, played perfectly by Tim Heidecker in his first dramatic role, was about to do — not even for a second. For me, that was a major triumph of the film.” — Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Huffington Post
“An epic display of the over-privileged, eternally adolescent white American male behaving badly…Alverson is onto something culturally significant.” — Hollywood Reporter
“Digs up something that affects more people than just Brooklynites, the lack of sincerity in our lives and this generation’s reluctance of commitment. It’s a meaty film, filled with ideas unobscured by any generic narrative string, a move that shows not only the confidence of the director but his respect of the audience. This is one that’ll have people talking.” — Indiewire / Playlist
“The Comedy is the first movie I’ve ever walked out of. Ever… The movie is, on second thought, kind of brilliant…” — Heather Donohue (actress in Blair Witch Project, via Huffington Post)
Today Stereogum premiered Pterodactyl’s new video for “School Glue” from their new album Spills Out. The video features Pterodactyl held prisoner in a Sci-Fi fantasy world. Lording over them is a series of floating heads that include members of Oneida, Parts & Labor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ex-Models, and Knyfe Hyts. Pterodactyl’s Spills Out comes out November 15 on Jagjaguwar’s Brah Records imprint. Tomorrow Pterodactyl start a five week North American tour, check out the tour dates HERE.
An announcement from Parts & Labor in their own words:
This January, Parts & Labor turns 10 years old. We’re planning a string of celebratory shows, in which we play selected material from all of our full length albums, leading up to a big 10th anniversary blow out on February 24th, 2012.
Following these performances, we’re going to take an extended hiatus. We feel incredibly fortunate having had a decade of amazing experiences — making records and new friends, performing with so many killer musicians and artists. But it’s time for each of us to focus
on personal projects for a while. We’re all going to continue to make music through other endeavors.
We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us, bought our albums, seen us live, offered us a floor to sleep on. We love y’all. As a token of our esteem, we’re giving away a final song called “No Nostalgia (featuring Todd Bailey and Where’s The Party At)”, which was recorded during the Receivers sessions, but suddenly seems all too prescient.
10/19/11 Brooklyn, NY- Union Pool (performing songs from Receivers) Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans CMJ Showcase w/ Exitmusic, Gauntlet Hair, Porcelain Raft, & A Place to Bury Strangers
11/18/11 Brooklyn, NY- Death by Audio (performing songs from Mapmaker) w/ Knyfe Hyts, Antimagic, Zulus
12/03/11 Ithaca, NY- The Haunt
12/16/11 Brooklyn, NY- Knitting Factory (performing songs from Stay Afraid) w/ Pterodactyl
02/24/12 Brooklyn, NY- 285 Kent Ave. -10th Anniversary Fest/ Last Show w/ Oneida, Talk Normal, more TBA
Today the Village Voice reports that Monster Island the long standing Brooklyn artist space which houses both Secret Project Robot and Oneida’s recording studio The Ocropolis will close at the end of September. Before then there are still plenty of events scheduled including the annual Monster Island Block Party, taking place this Saturday. Since 2004, Monster Island has been a home to the reemergent Brooklyn scene housing tons of music events including early Todd P shows. Dozens of bands have recorded at the Ocropolis, and tons of artists have either shown their work in the gallery space or used the studio space to launch their creations. The good news is both the Ocropolis and Secret Project Robot will be moving to a yet to be disclosed new space in Bushwick.
Meet the Emergencynth a new boutique, limted edition synthesizer and sequencer that will be released tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 1). The device is designed and hand-assembled by Karl LaRocca AKA Kayrock. Members of both Oneida and Parts & Labor contributed to this project. The Emergencynth is limited to 350 copies available either at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, or through the Emergencynth website HERE. More details:
“It has 8 oscillators which can be tuned in unison, spread out over a range of many octaves, or set to various preset harmonies. The oscillators can be set to one of 8 different waveforms: sin, two triangles, two saws, and three square waves. Switches control pitch sweep and 4 amplitude envelopes.
The 32 step sequencer has programmable memory for 8 patterns. It comes with preset patterns written by members of Oneida, Trans Am, Parts & Labor, and Roxy Pain, but you can save over them with your own creations.”
Check out the new video for Richard Youngs’ “Furrows Again” off of his latest release Amplifying Host. The video premiered this morning on Tiny Mix Tapes who gave Amplifying Host their coveted EUREKA tag and say “those who are willing to submerge themselves in less predictable experiences from a musician whose compositional practices are anything but routine will find much to enjoy here.” The new video was directed by Naomi Yang of Damon & Naomi. And for anybody curious in learning more about Richard Youngs The Quietus did a super in-depth interview w/ Richard this week which you can read HERE.
On June 7th Oneida completed their monumental Thank Your Parents album triptych with the release of their new album Absolute II. In celebration, Oneida hunkered down at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn for an entire weekend of music that featured guest performances, monumental jams, and the performance of the entire Thank Your Parents triptych which culminated in a performance at dawn on Sunday of Absolute II. NYCtaper was there to witness and document the entire weekend of music. You can hear their recordings of Oneida’s live performances of each of the triptych’s three albums: Preteen Weaponry, Rated O, and Absolute II at the links below. Long live the O!
Oneida embark on a European tour this week featuring sets at Puschenfest, Hainweh Festival, Off Festival, Terrano Festival and more. They return to the U.S. with a performance in Portland, ME in Sept. and an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in October. Check out their full tour dates HERE.
Today marks the release of Richard Youngs’ eleventh Jagjaguwar release Amplifying Host. Over his long career we have gotten to know Youngs’ music intimately, yet he still never ceases to surprise us. As Dusted Magazine puts it Youngs is “one of the few modern songwriters to actively challenge his own preconceptions of his art.”
All this week you can stream Amplifying Host at Spinner.com RIGHT HERE.
Hear what Spin Magazine says evokes “the moonlit tumbleweed vistas of an acid Western.” The Onion calls “Amplifying Host‘s gaunt improvisation and gauzy textures orbit atonality even as they sketch the silhouette of a haunted, dust-blown folk.” And Tiny Mix Tapes in a particularly beautiful and personal review says “Youngs’ music sounds broken here, but as with Jandek’s utterly unique take on rock ‘n’ roll its brokeness creates a sound that is thrillingly expressive in its difficulty.”
All this week Oneida’s Kid Millions will be the guest blogger for Magnet Magazine. You can catch the week’s opening Q&A with Kid talking about Oneida’s new album Absolute IIand the entire Thank Your Parents album triptych, Brah Records, All Tomorrow’s Parties, the Brooklyn scene and Kid’s solo projects right HERE. Tune in each day this week to catch Kid’s rants, raves, and recommendations HERE.
Last week Henry Rollins toured with Dinosaur Jr. interviewing the band live on stage every night before Dinosaur Jr. played their album Bug in its entirety. You can watch the interview at the New York show above. It’s an interesting talk as they cover the 80s underground scene and the early history of Dinosaur Jr. Things get a little strange at around the 9 minute mark when a fan throws both of his shoes at the stage. Rollins’ response to the action is pretty genius. It’s almost as if he’s had to deal with an unruly crowd or two before this?!? You can check out more live footage of Dinosaur Jr. performing as well as footage of openers Off! over at Death + Taxes.
Last night Dinosaur Jr. continued their East Coast tour performing their classic album Bug in its entirety with a performance at New York’s Terminal 5. Check out Dinosaur Jr. ripping through Bug‘s signature cut “Freak Scene” above. The night opened with performances by Fucked Up and Off! and Dinosaur Jr. was interviewed live from the stage by Henry Rollins before their set. You can read live reviews at Brooklyn Vegan and The Village Voice and see exactly why was one of the must see concerts of the year. If you’re lucky enough to live in Washington DC, Atlanta, Carrboro, or Philadelphia (tonight) you can catch Dinosaur Jr. in your town this weekend. Full tour dates and ticket links HERE.
Parts & Labor recently participated in The Onion’s Undercover series going for gold and putting together an amazing cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway” which you can watch HERE. When asked why they covered Kanye P&L’s Dan Friel responds “We found your list pretty challenging… So in the end we just decided to do the one that seemed the most difficult and ridiculous.” Well Parts & Labor nails it, adding their own signature squall and hard rocking aesthetic to Kanye’s tour-de-force.
In July Parts & Labor will make their first excursion to Japan for a week of shows (tour dates after the jump). P&L has released a number of their albums through Moorworks in Japan, and for the release of their 2008 album Receivers they recorded a version of the lead single “Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese, renaming it “Dokonimonai” check it out below. You can also catch Parts & Labor later this month at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary.
Next week Dinosaur Jr. start a string of epic, once-in-a-lifetime shows on the East Coast. The band will be performing their classic 1988 album Bug in it’s entirety and Henry Rollins will be interviewing Dinosaur Jr. live from the stage before their set. In addition, Off! opens most dates (yes, that means there will be not one, but two Black Flag front men in the house) and on select dates Thurston Moore, Fucked Up, and The Warblers will also be performing. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.
What’s more, Dinosaur Jr. has started a contest with InTheHandsOfTheFans.com where six lucky winners will get the chance to both film the show and interview the band at their performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on June 25. To enter make a Youtube video in HD of yourself asking Dinosaur Jr. the best interview question you can think of, and submit it HERE. The contest closes June 19 so get on it this weekend! You should also take a moment to check out the video above that Lou & Murph put together for this contest if for no other reason than because it is HILARIOUS!
Oneida most thrillingly invites you to attend a special three day release event, in celebration of the third and final LP release of the Thank Your Parents triptych, Absolute II. All events will take place June 17-19 in Brooklyn, NY at Secret Project Robot (210 Metropolitan Ave.) and will include the entire Thank Your Parents triptych performed over the three days, an epic 10 hour improv session, and a special performance of Absolute II at dawn on June 19. Click HERE to follow the event on Facebook.
FRIDAY JUNE 17:
Oneida Performs Preteen Weaponry and Rated O in their entirety, w/ midnight munchies provided by Kyle Hepp & Krewe. 9pm. $10.
SATURDAY JUNE 18:
Oneida presents the OCROPOLIS- 10 hours of improvisation w/ SPR Visuals in O-Surround, featuring special guests. Followed by a Oneida & friends DJ set leading into the wee hours of the morning.
BBQ by Kyle Hepp & Krewe and Potluck (bring a dish and eat for free)
2pm, $10, $food TBD
SUNDAY JUNE 19:
Oneida Performs Absolute II at dawn w/ pancake breakfast to follow.
Three days of catered food, jams in F (probably) and most importantly: family. Specifically, PARENTS. BE THERE.
A new session with The Cave Singers at NPR’s World Cafe aired today. You can hear the full session HERE. Spoiler alert: host David Dye’s favorite from the new album is “Swim Club.” The band talks about Fleet Foxes, working in a band as a trio, and what it’s like playing a 50s style drive-in in China. Listen in, great tunes and a great interview.
Check out Okkervil River’s stunning acoustic set for MTV Hive. Going acoustic, Okkervil plays four tracks from their new album I Am Very Far. This is really something. Watch “Hanging From A Hit” above and check out the rest of the session HERE.
New Daytrotter session with Parts & Labor playing extended versions from their new album Constant Future. From Daytrotter:
“The one thing that you can never deny this ultra-creative trio is that, even when it sounds like 20 drag races to the death, happening simultaneously, busting out windows with their hauling ass decibels, lighting their clothing, our clothing, the fields, the barns all on fire in doing so, waking everyone within a hundred miles up with its monstrous cacophony, it still comes to us, almost sweetly.”
We couldn’t agree more. Check out the session HERE.
Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far entered the U.S. Billboard charts today at #31, and at #66 in the U.K. This represents Okkervil River’s first Top 40 placement in the history of their career, and the first time they’ve placed on the U.K. charts. Big CONGRATS to everybody on Team Okkervil, and especially to you, all the fans, for making this happen!
“Interesting Rock Talk. No, Really.” that’s the headline at the New York Times for the above interview between Okkervil River lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff and Will Schaff the artist behind all of Okkervil River’s iconic record covers. For year’s the two have been confused as the same person, and here lies video proof that they are indeed different gentlemen. It’s a great conversation between these two artists and an interesting look into how their collaboration has worked over the years. You can also check out an in-depth interview w/ Schaff on his work with Okkervil River over the years HERE.
Under The Radar is currently holding a charity auction to benefit the relief effort in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the nation. Among the items being auctioned are three copies of the poster above autographed by each band that played UTR’s SXSW party this year, including Okkervil River, Menomena, Owen Pallett, Porcelain Raft, Surfer Blood and more. Other Okkervil River rarities and more items donated by the participating bands are also included in the auction. The bidding ends tomorrow at 10am (PST). Check out more info and links to the items being auctioned off at Under The Radar’s website HERE.
Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far is available in stores today! The album has been met with wide critical praise from Spin Magazine calling Will Sheff “Dylan for the Facebook generation” to the New York Times calling it the “most musically ambitious [album] yet released by Mr. Sheff and his crew.” Check out the Pitchfork review HERE, and all this week you can stream the full album on Spinner HERE. You can also catch Okkervil River performing live on WNYC’s Soundcheck tomorrow (May 11), and on David Letterman this Friday (May 13).
Starting May 31 Okkervil River head out on tour in North America with a supporting cast of openers that includes Titus Andronicus, Julianna Barwick, Future Islands, and New Villager. You can check out full tour dates HERE.
The Cave Singers start their tour with Fleet Foxes tonight at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC. We thought we’d celebrate this magical pairing of two of Seattle’s finest bands with a nice live video of The Cave Singers courtesy of another Seattle institution, the wonderful KEXP. Above The Cave Singers perform “Clever Creatures” from their new album No Witch. You can see more video from this session on KEXP’s website HERE, and check out The Cave Singers full list of tour dates HERE.
Tonight NPR Music will stream Okkervil River performing their new album I Am Very Far live in its entirety at The Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX. Starting at 6pm (Central)/ 7pm (Eastern) NPR music will stream the audio/video webcast live online. Later that evening KUT-FM will broadcast the performance and make the video webcast available on demand for a limited time. You can tune in HERE.
Absolute II is the final piece in Oneida’s Thank Your Parents triptych of releases, begun in 2008 with Preteen Weaponry and followed by 2009’s acclaimed triple disc Rated O. With this release, the Brooklyn group concludes a challenging and profound long-term project. The Thank Your Parents triptych, totaling around 200 minutes, is intended to be listened to as a whole or in its component parts.Absolute II stands on its own, in addition to serving as a chapter in an immense whole.
The music on Absolute II is startling, rigorous and demanding. Oneida is a band that has been strongly identified with the frenetic, fluid drumming of Kid Millions and the relentless pulse of classic Krautrock, but this release contains neither audible drums nor identifiable “rock” music. The recordings move freely across accepted boundaries of rhythm, harmony, and tonality – not in the form of dramatic, willful experiment, but as a musical distillation of several themes that have emerged in the wake of Rated O’s dynamism: paralysis, entropy, stasis, possibility, and finality among them. Absolute II will be available June 7 in digital and vinyl formats. Oneida has set up a Bandcamp page which gives a complete overview of the Thank Your Parents series with audio from all three releases including Absolute II available for preview. You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the release of Absolute II, October 1 brings “Oneida Presents the Ocropolis III” at All Tomorrow’s Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror” to Asbury Lanes Bowling Alley in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Oneida will perform continuously throughout the day, sometimes with guests from other groups performing at the festival, sometimes alone and mostly improvised. Read more about all the events at ATP’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” HERE.
In January, Parts & Labor participated in the “Sequence of Waves” art happening where over 60 artists took over St. Cecilia’s Convent in Brooklyn, collaborating for a one-day multi-media event. For their part, Parts & Labor constructed a house where bands performed throughout the day. Using this back drop Parts & Labor teamed up with Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor to produce a new music video for “Echo Chamber” from their new album Constant Future, which we are happy to share with you today. Chatfield-Taylor previously worked with Parts & Labor on their video for “The Gold We’re Digging”. As the band plays a house builds and falls around them, eventually growing to encapsulate them.
It’s a warm sunny day here in Indiana. Spring is in full-effect. Perfect weather for rolling the windows down and crankin’ some Small Black to soundtrack your drive time. Like they read our mind, Daytrotter delivers us a new session with Small Black. Check it out HERE.
On the heels of The Cave Singers’ fevered, inspired run at SXSW, we are honored to announce that the band will join their Seattle bretheren Fleet Foxes on a full U.S. tour in May. A true coalesence of modern, left-of-center folk songcraft, the tour is sure to be one of the premiere bills for the genre in 2011. Post-Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers head to Europe for select dates, before returning to America for more Midwestern dates, some scheduled and more to follow. July 30-31 you’ll find The Cave Singers performing at the historic Newport Folk Festival, and August finds the band back in Europe for dates at the Beacons and Greenman festivals. Check out the dates with Fleet Foxes below, and click HERE to see The Cave Singers full tour schedule.
05/05 Oakland, CA- Fox Theatre w/ Fleet Foxes
05/06 San Diego, CA- Spreckels Theatre w/ Fleet Foxes
05/07 Hollywood, CA- Hollywood Palladium w/ Fleet Foxes
Peter Wolf Crier knows that sometimes you gotta get creative growing crops in the northern climes of Duluth, MN. The band goes green for their North Shore Session, playing for the plant crowd and heating up a green house with “Untitled 101.” Sounds like it’ll be a good crop in Duluth this year!
We are proud to offer “Rest” a new mp3 from Parts & Labor’s forthcoming release Constant Future. The song perfectly encapsulates the band’s ability to take elements of noise and turn them into a truly infectious pop song. Starting today, you can pre-order the record from InSound and receive an instant mp3 download of the new album. You can also stream a new track from the album each week at PartsandLabor.net. On March 8, P&L will celebrate the release of the new album with a show at Monster Island Basement in their hometown of Brooklyn, NY (Check out the band’s awesome video flyer HERE). From there they will be touring to this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival, with fellow Brooklynites Pterodactyl. Pterodactyl’s guitarist Joe Kremer, will join Parts & Labor on all dates, and P&L’s Dan Friel will sit in on Pterodactyl’s sets playing electronics and keyboards. Check out full tour dates including new dates here in the U.S. and in Europe after the jump.
Above is the artwork for Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far, due out on Jagjaguwar May 10. Okkervil River returned to long-time visual collaborator Will Schaff to design the new album artwork. Pitchfork has an interview with Okkervil River front man Will Sheff, discussing the album artwork and the recording process behind I Am Very Far. Pitchfork is also streaming the new non-album track “Mermaid” which is available now as a 12″ vinyl single. Spin Magazine also caught up with Sheff yesterday. There’s a track by track analysis with Sheff on their website, which you can check out HERE. Below you’ll find the complete track listing for I Am Very Far. Stay tuned for more details on the new record coming soon.
I Am Very Far Track Listing:
1. The Valley
4. Lay of the Last Survivor
5. While Shadow Waltz
6. We Need A Myth
7. Hanging from a Hit
8. Show Yourself
9. Your Past Life As a Blast
10. Wake and Be Free
11. The Rise
Check out the new video above for Small Black’s “Photojournalist” from their latest album New Chain. While filming the video, Small Black and director Yoonha Park, played with the idea of photo vs. memory. The band and director spent a full day shooting with one actress and followed up a few weeks later with a different actress, attempting to recreate the exact same shoot from memory without referring to the earlier footage.
In other news, Small Black is heading to South By Southwest this year, and will be playing dates with Cults, Sun Airway, and Toro Y Moi on their way to the festival. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.
This Saturday, January 29, Parts & Labor’s Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw are participating in “Sequence of Waves” a huge art show featuring 60 different artists, happening at St. Cecilia’s Convent (21 Monitor St.) in Brooklyn, NY. Performances will feature both music and visual art of all shapes and sizes spread across the four floors of the former convent. Check out the video teaser above for more. For Parts & Labor’s part they built a house in the convent (which you will see more of in an upcoming Parts & Labor music video!) and will be throwing a house show featuring solo performances by Dan, and BJ’s project Shooting Spires, as well as GDFX, G. Lucas Crane of Woods, Fuck Ton, Clouds, a special Beiber fever inspired performance by Christopher Weingarten, and much more. “Sequence of Waves” will happen from 2-9pm on Saturday and you can find additional info and also tune in on live video streams of the performances at the Sequence of Waves website, right HERE.
Parts & Labor’s Constant Future will be in stores March 8 (March 7 in the U.K.) but you can get your first taste of the future today. We’re proud to present the first Mp3, the title track from Constant Future. The song begins with a signature Parts & Labor synth melody before being pummeled with a percussive drone ticking along like clockwork, literally moving us into the future. Parts & Labor’s Dan Friel sings of our collective thirst for the “next” and the “newest.”
“Constant Future” is just the first song of many to come as Parts & Labor will be streaming a new track from the album each week on their website between now and the March 8 release date. Check out the newly revamped website, designed by Parts & Labor’s BJ Warshaw (who is also responsible for the album’s brilliant cover art) right HERE.
In other Parts & Labor news, the band will be traveling down to Austin, TX for the South By Southwest Music Festival in March. On their way down to the festival they’ll be joined on tour w/ fellow Brooklynites and Brah recording artists Pterodactyl. Parts & Labor will also be touring Europe in May. Check out all the dates after the jump.
Small Black’s Ryan Heyner and Josh Kolenik talk shop with Dirty Laundry TV’s Karrie K over some suds and fabric softener. Check out the interview above. You can also enter to win a vinyl copy of Small Black’s New Chain and a CD copy of their self-titled EP over at the Dirty Laundry website HERE. Small Black perform live at the Bardot Miami in Miami, FL this Saturday w/ Daniel Willis.
We have more details to share about Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far.
I Am Very Far features eleven new songs produced and arranged by frontman Will Sheff, at a variety of locations including Austin, New York City, and Connecticut.
The album features the group’s largest musical palette to date. In addition to a string and horn section, choral and orchestral arrangements, Sheff recorded file cabinets thrown across a room, a solo created out of a fast-forwarding and rewinding boombox, and much more. In contrast to the band’s usual practice of holing up in one studio for months on end, Sheff opted for a series of short high-intensity sessions with a larger band in various studios. Sessions would, at times, find over a dozen musicians performing in a single room. “The goal was to push my brain to places it didn’t want to go” explains Sheff.
I Am Very Far will be in stores May 10, more on Okkervil River and the new album soon!
Last night Okkervil River premiered a new song “Wake and Be Fine” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Joining Okkervil River for the performance were members of The Roots and the New Pornograpers’ A.C. Newman. Jimmy Fallon also announced that the song is from a new Okkervil River album titled I Am Very Far which will be out on Jagjaguwar May 10. More details on that soon mighty Okkervil fans.
(Parts & Labor Constant Future album artwork by P&L’s BJ Warshaw)
March 8 (March 7 in the U.K.), Parts & Labor return with their fifth full-length album, Constant Future. Constant Future is the career-defining statement from Brooklyn-based noise-pop trio Parts & Labor. The album’s 12 tracks deliver the bare essentials that made them sui generis totems of modern art-punk: synthesized keyboard riffs distorted into oblivion, percussion pummeled hypnotically, crackling drones that haunt and soothe, fearless melodies hollered skyward. Their last release, 2008’s acclaimed Receivers, saw Parts & Labor blasting off in all directions and creating collage art from hundreds of fan-curated samples. But Constant Future finds them crashing back to earth, focusing pointedly on what they do best: unique, electronic landscapes melded with buzzing, anthemic hooks. Parts & Labor have distilled the lessons and experiences of nearly 10 years as a band into a catchy, blown-out masterwork. You can find more on the album HERE.
In other P&L news the band recently participated in a fundraiser for The Voice Project, an organization promoting peace in Uganda through the power of music. At the fundraiser, P&L showed a softer side, performing a stripped down cover of No Age’s “Life Prowler.” Check out the awesome black & white video of the performance after the jump.
Yes, it’s true. Peter Wolf Crier will be embarking on their first West Coast tour since the release of their debut album Inter-Be. They’ll be co-headlining this tour with Sub Pop recording artists Retribution Gospel Choir, featuring Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington from Low. Full tour dates after the jump.
Gorilla Vs. Bear just post a new Mixtape from Small Black featuring as GvB put it “a perfect nostalgia-inducing selection of tracks.” Hear this great mix featuring John Maus, Durutti Column, Oneohtrix Point Never, Visage, Nicki Minaj and more right HERE.
Years ago when I saw my first Takeaway Show video of Arcade Fire performing in an elevator I was utterly shocked and amazed. It took the concept of the music video to a whole new level, and it quickly ushered in a new paradigm for Internet music videos. Since then many have sought to capture the intimacy, artistry, and spontaneity of the Takeaway Show produced, unfortunately most have fallen short. Today I was made a believer again.
This morning Gothamist in partnership with the team at Foglight Films released a series of two videos recorded with Small Black at the abandoned building at 5 Beekman street, a building that has taken on legendary proportions in recent years in New York. Shot in the building’s five-story open air atrium caped by a gorgeous glass dome, the setting for this shoot is both mysterious and magical, not to mention acoustically mesmerizing. Filling this amazing space with sound, Small Black perform a perfectly stripped down version of “Camouflage” before retreating into the building’s interior to perform “Light Curse” while sitting in the round. View the first video above and check out the second after the jump.
Check out the above video of Small Black performing “Goons” from their new album New Chain courtesy of Fader Magazine. Shot in intimate environs, “Goons” still sounds massive. Head on over to Fader’s Website to see additional videos of Small Black performing “Photojournalist” and “Camouflage.” And if you haven’t seen it already, you can catch a special POV video shoot with Small Black performing at CMJ where you can pick from six different camera angles. You can find that video right HERE.
The above photo contains no photoshopping, no tricks of the eye. This photo of Peter Wolf Crier’s Brian Moen and Peter Pisano was taken on the Gulf Coast near Galveston, TX in July, mere hours before Hurricane Alex hit the shore. The band was en route to a show in Houston that ended up being cancelled due to the storm. This begs the question, “What do you do when your tour route collides with the path of a hurricane?” The answer would be to find a nice warm, dry, and safe “Place To Be.” So today Peter Wolf Crier is offering just that, a new cover of Nick Drake’s classic “Place To Be.” Peter Wolf Crier breathes new life into this track with Peter’s exuberant vocals, and some nice production touches from Brian, like the backwards tape loop used at the beginning of the song that gives the track a new, more modern twist. This song has been a part of Peter Wolf Crier’s live set for most of this year, but now you can listen to it in the warm, dry comfort of your own home.
Small Black’s new album New Chain is now out in stores. For the next week you can stream New Chain in it’s entirety right here. We’re offering this album stream via Soundcloud, which means that you can host this stream too! By clicking HERE, you can go to the Soundcloud page, click on the “share” button in the upper left corner and from there you can grab the embed code and host this stream on your blog, website, facebook page, Tumblr too! Small Black is also currently on tour, check out their tour dates HERE.
Peter Wolf Crier has once again teamed up with the visionaires at Northern Outpost, putting together a new video for“Down Down Down.” After collaborating with Peter Wolf Crier on the “Hard As Nails” video earlier this year, Northern Outpost once again finds the maximal effect in minimal elements for “Down Down Down.” Incorporating simple black and white lighting and a scrolling film reel effect, this video captures the fluid, but heavy feel of the song.
Coming into the home stretch of 2010, Peter Wolf Crier are still going strong. Right on the heels of a great tour with Midlake and Rogue Wave, Peter Wolf Crier will start their fall tour with Dawes and on some dates Vetiver. From there they’ll finish out the year with their first tour of the UK. Full tour dates after the jump.
New mp3, check. New photo, check. New tour, check. Small Black’s Jeff Curtain has his hands in the air asking with all this goodness “what more could you want?!?” Well just because you had to ask, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks at Insound and as of today they’re offering a limited edition Small Black tote bag and an instant download when you pre-order Small Black’s new album New Chain.
Check out Small Black’s banger of a new single “Search Party” HERE.
Pre-order New Chain on LP HERE, or CD HERE and you’ll get one of these (while supplies last):
And after the jump, check out Small Black’s massive touring schedule this fall, including a brand new European tour. More
NBC’s “Chuck” kicked off it’s fourth season last night. Along with a guest appearance by Dolph Lundgren as this episode’s evil-doer out to get Chuck, in his perennial battle of spy vs. spy. As the episode comes to it’s climax, Chuck and friends find themselves trapped in some secret complex. Just as Dolph revisits his famous line from Rocky IV, telling Chuck and his fellow spies “if you die, you die” Peter Wolf Crier’s “In Response” comes in as Chuck has to make a sacrifice to save his friends. Check out the clip above.
There is a mild obsession with the Tumblr site Album Tacos here at the Jag offices. We were curious when somebody would get around to giving one of our covers the Album Tacos treatment. Okkervil River’s own Black Sheep Boy is the lucky winner, as you can see above (original post HERE).
We are also prone to amuse ourselves throughout the day with games of word play, puns, and the like, with varying degrees of success. Last week it was names for a breakfast diner owned by Oneida, today it’s Okkervil River and Album Tacos. So in honor of this joyous occasion here’s our best word mash-ups if you will: Guac-ervil River, Tacoville River, Black Bean and Sheep Taco, and of course Black Sheep Taco. Expanding past Black Sheep Boy here are a few more: A Hand to Taquito The Scene, Down The River of Golden Nacho Cheese, and You Can’t Hold the Burrito of a Rock n’ Roll Man. Add your own in the comments section below. If you need some food for thought (hehehe) here’s a link to the Okkervil River catalog.
Starting October 22 Small Black will be driving to your home town as they embark on a month-long U.S. tour that will take them coast to coast. Class Actress will support on all dates, and on specific dates Small Black will also be joined by Delorean, Young Prisms, Lemonade, and Matthew Dear. Before the official tour starts you can also catch Small Black opening for No Age on two dates later this month in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Small Black’s new album New Chain comes out as the guys roll into Atlanta on October 26. If you haven’t heard the new single “Photojournalist” do yourself a solid and check it out right HERE. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.
There is a particular “feel” to the music of Cave Singers. Certain acts have it and when you find one it’s best to hold on tight, because it is a rare talent. There is something in the way Derek’s guitar-picking blends with Pete’s vocals that creates a magic in the air that’s downright palpable. And Marty is so solid on drums and percussion. It’s not easy to find the appropriate fills for music with such a fragile beauty, a heavier hand and it could all go to pot. The above video is brought to us by the fine folks at KEXP and No Depression and was recorded during the No Depression Festival in Seattle just a few weeks ago. It’s a new song still in the works that for the time being is simply known as “new song,” but it sounds mighty heavenly to me. Watch and enjoy friends, there’s more on the way.
In other Cave Singers news, the band is about to embark on a week long tour of China! I for one can’t wait to hear what the Far East thinks of the Northwest’s best and brightest.
Cave Singers In China:
09/16/10 Beijing, China @ Kolegas 09/17/10 Wuhan, China @ Vox 09/18/10 Chengdu, China @ Little Bar 09/19/10 Chongqing, China @ CCD Club 09/21/10 Nanjing, China @ 61 Club 09/23/10 Shanghai, China @ Yuyintang
Okkervil River’s Will Sheff recently played a solo show at The Living Room in New York. During the set he broke out two new songs “Walked Out On A Line” and “Lay of the Last Survivor” which you can watch below. Whether these songs will appear on the next Okkervil River record only the future knows, but the strength of these songs is evident, even with only the bare bones accompaniment of Will’s acoustic guitar. Good signs of things to come! Those of you in the Seattle-area can catch Okkervil River live September 11 at Maymoor Park opening for The National.
Last week we announced the first details of Small Black’s first full-length album New Chain due out Oct. 26 in the U.S. and Oct. 25 in the U.K. We are now proud to share the first single “Photojournalist.” The song begins with a lilting sliding beat before dropping into a gorgeous moment of ambient wash. As the lyrics kick in with lead singer Josh Kolenik repeating the refrain “rise up again, like a ghost” the song does just that, growing more concrete in form as Josh’s vocals strengthen, are supported by a chorus, and drums come up in the mix. Layers are added until the song hits maximum velocity only to disappear even quicker than it began.
Listen To Small Black’s “Photojournalist” right HERE.
Earlier this summer as Peter Wolf Crier made their first jaunt to the east coast they popped down to Washington DC for a day at the NPR studios. They performed at the desk of Bob Boilen as part of their long-standing “Tiny Desk Performances” series. Peter and Brian trimmed down their set to the acoustic essentials playing “Untitled 101,” and “Saturday Night” before closing with album stand out “Crutch & Cane.” Boilen himself said of the session “I love watching these guys play, which is why I was glad they could come play the Tiny Desk. Pisano’s passion might be in his voice, but watch his face turn blood-red and take a look at what Moen is doing: He looks blissed-out at times, while his accents propel the vocals as much as they do the guitar lines.” Check out the entire performance HERE.
Peter Wolf Crier continue to be a part of some of the best tours of the year. First touring with Freelance Whales, and then Heartless Bastards, we recently announced that starting in September Peter Wolf Crier will join Rogue Wave and Midlake on their fall tour. Today we add to this. Peter Wolf Crier will join Dawes, and on some dates Vetiver as well, on their fall tour. Full tour dates after the jump.
As Peter Wolf Crier’s summer tour with Heartless Bastards wound down the guys pulled into Madison, WI for a free university show at the Union Terrace. As the light in the western sky drew low and the stage became awash in a deep summer glow, Peter Wolf Crier launched into a brilliant cover of Nick Drake’s “Place To Be” and created one of those glorious moments where everything was in its right place. Luckily enough, Spencer Wells from Urban Agrarian ( urbanargrarian.com ) was in attendance and captured the moment on film. You can read Spencer’s review of the performance HERE, and check out the video below.
The long wait is over. Small Black will release their debut full-length album New Chain on October 26 in the U.S. and October 25 in the U.K. Richly colored and thickly layered, New Chain is an absorbing, eclectic and obsessive body of work. Here Small Black have succeeded in melting together locked and popped drum-shudder, gauzy spirographic synths and subtly contagious, half-remembered melody into ebullient bursts of evocative, subliminal and thoroughly modern pop. New Chain casts a dream-like spell, entrancing, subduing, and consuming you in the most gorgeous washes of electro-pop since M83 released their immaculate Saturdays= Youth. And while this album has one foot in the land of dreams, it has the other squarely on the dance floor as “Search Party,” “Photojournalist,” and the title track are filled with rhythmic bounce and groove. Check out the album artwork above and the track listing below and stay tuned for more info, music, tour dates, and more in the very near future.
Last year Small Black released their debut self-titled EP that became a web sensation. Particularly the song “Despicable Dogs” became a golden gem in the pantheon of electro-pop, helped by a truly exceptional music video. Small Black toured the world before settling back to their east coast environs to begin the recording of their new album. The band escaped the hustle and bustle of their Brooklyn homes in favor of the sleepy suburbs of Delaware and proceeded to dive deep into the studio. Stereogum reports on the recording sessions today in the latest installment of their ongoing “Progress Report” series. You can get all the details on what Small Black have been up to and a few hints at the details of their first full-length album right HERE. Stay tuned for more news on the new album in the weeks to come.
Today Peter Wolf Crier played an in-store at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. We have a couple of sweet photos from the sesh, check em out below. Peter Wolf Crier finish up their July tour this weekend and take a little well-earned siesta before heading back out on the road with Rogue Wave and Midlake in September. You can find full tour dates HERE. In other Peter Wolf Crier news, their video for “Hard As Nails” is featured as the Video of the Day on AOL’s Spinner today. You can check it out HERE.
Okkervil River and Roky Erickson played an Ice Cream Social to possibly their youngest audience to date (although sharing music with youth is a passion Will Sheff has shown before). Sponsored by Ice Cream Man and the FYF Festival, the event was open to all ages, and the kids came out in numbers, digging into free scoops of ice cream as they listened to Roky and Okkervil River perform. While some seemed more interested in the ice cream than the music, there were definitely some discerning listeners in the bunch. When the band opened up the floor for a Q&A, Roky and crew fielded such questions as “Why is the Zombie song so loud?” and “What’s your opinion on ukuleles?” (!) And when one little girl was asked “is this your first rock show?” her mother quickly secured her child’s hipster cred by interjecting “oh, she went to see Patti Smith,” discerning indeed! All and all this was a wonderful wonderful event that makes all those dark bar shows drab in comparison and begs the question of why more rock n’ roll can’t be a family affair? See the full video below courtesy of Pitchfork.tv
It is with great pride that Jagjaguwar opens wide its arms to bring Seattle’s The Cave Singers into our embrace. We’ve been major fans of the band’s fresh, transcendent folk since their debut. And we’re doubly excited about the trio’s (guitarist Derek Fudesco, singer Pete Quirk and drummer Marty Lund) plans to enter the studio this summer with Seattle producer Randall Dunn, the man behind the boards with bands like Sunn O))), Boris and The Cave Singers’ tight homies and now labelmates (!) Black Mountain. And as you might imagine, in working with Dunn, the band hopes to give its sound some added weight and a soaring ferocity more akin to The Cave Singers’ incredible live show. The recording session will manifest itself as The Cave Singers’ Jagjaguwar debut early next year.
Last week when Peter Wolf Crier toured through Washington DC they had time to stop by WGTB, Georgetown University’s radio station and play a few songs. Peter Wolf Crier played “For Now,” “Crutch and Cane,” “Saturday Night,” and “Untitled 101″ in a stripped down and more restrained fashion. As you listen to these live versions the simple beauty and intimacy of these songs really unfold. On the really good days in this biz real magic happens, and this session is a good example of just that. You can streampeter-wolf-crier-crutch-and-cane all four songs from the session over at WGTB’s blog.
NPR’s All Songs Considered has compiled a list of their picks for Best Albums of 2010 (so far) in their new readers poll. We are very proud to say that not one, not two, but three of our releases this year have been nominated for Best Album. Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, Gayngs Relayted, and Peter Wolf Crier’s Inter-Be have all been nominated. But never fear, you do not have to pick between your favorite Jagjaguwar artist, in this poll you can vote for up to five albums. Voting ends this Sunday June 27 at midnight so head over to the All Songs Considered Blog and vote for your favorite albums today!
Last Autumn, Peter Wolf Crier self-released their album Inter-Be in Minneapolis. In conjunction with this they collaborated with local artist Jeremy Catterton and the folks at video production team Northern Outpost. They rented an empty house and created a magical experience where guests were led room to room finding in each room a different performance by Peter Wolf Crier accompanied by unique performance art. You can read a great live review of the entire show HERE.
Now Peter Wolf Crier and the Northern Outpost team: Max Becker, Kevin Russell, and Joe Clark have partnered again to bring you a brand new music video for Peter Wolf Crier’s “Hard As Nails.” The video incorporates simple yet savvy use of light, a lamp knocked over, candles extinguished, a flash light’s beam, to portray movements in time as the video tells the story of troubled relationship.
I’m cranking the headphones and guzzling my coffee with particular glee this afternoon in celebration of the official release of Peter Wolf Crier’s debut album Inter-Be. Spinner is currently featuring the album on their website, where you can stream the album in full. Check it out HERE. The album release is just the beginning for Peter Wolf Crier members Brian Moen and Peter Pisano. Next month they embark on the first of two U.S. tours this summer (see full tour dates HERE). On Friday Peter Wolf Crier kicked off their touring season with a show in their hometown of Minneapolis. You can read an excellent review of the sold-out show HERE, (courtesy of HowWasTheShow.com).
Tonight Peter Wolf Crier celebrate the release of their new album Inter-Be with a show in Minneapolis at the Turf Club, starting at 9pm. While Inter-Be doesn’t offically come out until Tuesday, fans in Minneapolis will be able to purchase the album early, at the show tonight. Peter Wolf Crier has been the talk of the town in Minneapolis this week. More
Peter Wolf Crier embarks on their first ever U.S. tour starting June 7. In anticipation of the summer tour, Jagjaguwar is proud to release “Hard As Nails”, a new mp3 from Peter Wolf Crier’s new album Inter-Be (out May 25 in the U.S., June 7 in the U.K.). As NPR’s Carrie Brownstein describes it “Hard as Nails centers on a simple and forlorn guitar line, the song building in urgency until it’s finally swallowed by its own fervor. Despite the build-up, the final celebration is more haunted than glorious. It’s a tune played in shadows.” And for an added bonus head over to Daytrotter for a brand new session with Peter Wolf Crier. Tour dates after the jump.
Returning victorious from their first American tour, Small Black show no signs of slowing down. Currently hard at work in the studio completing their first full-length album, Small Black will be jumping the pond at the end of May for their first European tour. They will again be joined by Washed Out on this next round of tourdates. But that doesn’t mean that Small Black doesn’t know how to relax. More
Jagjaguwar is proud to announce the signing of Peter Wolf Crier. Stay tuned for the release of their album Inter-Be on May 25 in the U.S. and June 7 in the U.K.
Inter-Be is the debut album by PETER WOLF CRIER, the Minneapolis-based duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The album was born on a single summer night when Pisano felt a torrent of creativity after what had felt, to him, like an interminably long dry spell. He shared the songs with Moen, and over the months that followed, at Moen’s home, these rough-hewed tunes became what they are now: a confident collection of songs, but deceptive in that their very guts still reflect the thoughts of a man in transition.