Genesis performing on The Midnight special on December 12, 1973. Peter in full costume. Guitarist Steve Hackett says about the tune:
“I remember pushing the band to acquire a Mellotron back in the 70’s and, luckily, King Crimson had one to spare at the time – the ‘Black Bitch’ I think they called it on account of it always breaking down… This song alone was a strong reason for re-approaching the early material – from Phil’s inventive morse code rhythm to Tony’s momentous introduction which always sounded best in Italian Palasports – an aircraft hangar type of rumble ideally suited to spacecraft impersonation.”
Upon first hearing the jangly guitars that lead off the Mexican Summer debut from Boston psych rock band Quilt, I knew I was going to like it. But after digging in further, I realized that I was hearing one of the best albums of the year. The group dabbles in a wide range of sounds that channel everyone from the Airplane and other west coast 60s psych acts to CSN to Raga to British folk influences like The Pentangle and all sorts of other heady shit. Songs “Rabid Love” and “The Silver Stairs of Ketchikan” even recall a less eerie Woods, taking on a similar minimalist freak folk approach led by the choir-like vocals of Anna Fox Rochinski. The album, produced and engineered by Apollo Sunshine’s Jesse Gallagher, is the result of a series of extended experimental jams and free form songwriting. Many of the songs take on mantra-like form, with repetitive chants and Eastern melodies that guide the listener through dreamy, transcendent sound quests. Quilt are one of the most exciting upcoming psych rock bands hailing from the East Coast, so be sure to catch their live show when it comes through town. You can purchase their debut LP on Mexican Summer or stream the entire album below.
11.23.11 Bowery Ballroom (Photo by Brian Stollery)
Real Estate announces more North American dates in January in addition to their already announced show at Terminal 5 opening for Girls. The band will also head to Australia and New Zealand in March. Real Estate wraps up their 2011 touring with a brief run of 10 European dates starting next week.
Real Estate 2012 Tour Dates
Wed-Nov-30 Barcelona, Spain KGB
Thu-Dec-01 Valencia, Spain Wah Wah
Fri-Dec-02 Madrid, Spain El Sol
Sat-Dec-03 Lisbon, Portugal LZB
Mon-Dec-05 Clermont Ferrand, France La Cooperative De Mai
Tue-Dec-06 London, England Scala
Fri-Dec-09 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
Sat-Dec-10 Gothenberg, Sweden Henriksberg
Sun-Dec-11 Stockholm, Sweden Slussen
Mon-Dec-12 Oslo, Norway John Dee
Sat-Jan-14 New York, NY Terminal 5 #
Sun-Jan-15 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Mon-Jan-16 Providence, RI Met Cafe
Tue-Jan-17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed-Jan-18 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
Thu-Jan-19 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
Fri-Jan-20 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
Sat-Jan-21 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sun-Jan-22 Washington, DC Black Cat
Fri-Mar-09 Sydney, AUS The Standard
Sat-Mar-10 Meredith, AUS Golden Plains Festival
Mon-Mar-12 Melbourne, AUS Corner Hotel
Tue-Mar-13 Brisbane, AUS The Zoo
Thu-Mar-15 Auckland, NZ Kings Arms
Fri-Mar-16 Wellington, NZ San Francisco Bath House
# = w/ Girls
[Photo by Colleen Barr]
The latest video from White Fence is for “Sticky Fruitman Has Faith” off their 2011 release Is Growing Faith on Woodsist. The footage captures the crowd scene during the band’s performance in Whittier, CA earlier this year, and is directed by Micheal Shifflett. Check it out below.
[Photo by Tamara Porras]
I just came across these clips of Kurt Vile’s performance at Webster Hall on 11.11.11 and thought I would share. This was one of my favorite shows of the year, and the two videos below capture two of KV’s stunning solo acoustic pieces from that evening.
After a long and highly successful tour, Real Estate make their big homecoming tonight with a sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. In honor of their return, we look back on this B-side track off their original lo fi 7″ for Underwater Peoples. If you haven’t already, be sure to pick up their “dope” new album Days.
MP3: “Old Folks”
Further Reading: Check out my interview with Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker about his theatrical collaboration with Woods tape-effects technician G. Lucas Crane.
Here’s the latest video from Bill Baird’s (of (((Sunset))) and SOUND Team) solo project. Directed by David Phillips, the video captures two of the mellow fingerpicked tunes off Baird’s recent Goodbye Vibrations LP, which you can purchase here. Also be sure to give a listen to the songwriter’s impressive Daytrotter session from 2007.
This is a new installment on DGB which will hopefully point you toward some interesting new releases. Today, we recommend heading to your local record store and picking up Briarwood, the latest release from James Jackson Toth’s Wooden Wand project. Over the years, Toth has dabbled in a wide range of experimental genres—most notably his collaborations with fellow SUNY Purchase College classmates the Vanishing Voice (which later went on to become Woods)—but on this new release he rounds out an album of folksy Americana tunes that will have you humming the melodies for days. Briarwood was fan-funded through Kickstarter and recorded in Birmingham, AL in April of 2011 with a new backing band, The Briarwood Virgins. You can preview two of the album’s tracks below, both loaded with fuzzy guitar riffs and down-home vocal harmonies. Briarwood is out now via Fire Records.
MP3: “Big Mouth USA”
MP3: “Motel Stationary”
Here’s some excellent videos from The War on Drugs’ show at Cameo Gallery this summer filmed by Jessica Amaya and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn. The Drugs are headed out on the road next week and have now announced a run of 2012 US dates, which you can check out below. The band will also put out a new 7″ on January 24 with “Come to the City” as the A Side, and a previously unreleased B Side titled “Don’t Fear the Ghost.”
This month’s mix. Stream/download below.
01. Neu! – Hallogallo
02. Peter Gabriel – Down The Dolce Vita
03. Psychic Ills – Incense Head
04. Kurt Vile – Puppet To The Man
05. Woodsman – Parallel Minds
06. Amen Dunes – Baba Yaga
07. Dead Meadow – At Her Open Door
08. Woods – Gypsy Hand
09. Jovontaes – Falcon
10. Tom Verlaine – Miss Emily (9.28.84)
11. Echo and The Bunnymen – Rescue
12. The Babies – Run Me Over
13. The Shaggs – Philosophy Of The World
14. Hotel Mexico – Dear Les Friends
15. Richard Hell – I’m Your Man
16. Sugarman Three – So Long Donkey
17. Righteous Acid – Casa Zimbabwe