Our love for Woods should be no secret around these parts by now. With each year, the band ages like a fine wine—constantly refining their songwriting and studio material, while taking their live improvisations further and further toward the cosmos. On April 15, Woods returns with a new album titled With Light and With Love on their own Woodsist label. You can hear the first song from it, titled “Leaves Like Glass,” below.
These days, few bands possess live improvisational abilities on par with Woods. Harnessing some otherwordly power and channeling it through their distinct, creep-folk sound, they manage to straddle the ever elusive cross-section between intergalactic exploration and structured song. And so the re-recording of their live staple “Be All Be Easy” seems like a natural evolution considering the direction the song has taken since its inception. The recording also serves as a farewell to Rear House, Woods’ home, recording studio, creative refuge and beloved shithole for 10 long years. The track is featured on a new 7″, which also includes the previously shared cover of The Kinks’ cover “God’s Children,” out July 9 on Woodsist. Both are the first Woods recordings to feature new drummer, Aaron Neveu, formerly of Mmoss.
We’re honored to be hosting Woods when they come through Toronto on July 17 with Brooklyn garage rockers Parquet Courts. The evening will also feature liquid light projections by Lightsweetcrude and a lovely poster designed by Curtis Godino (see below). Follow us on Facebook for chances to win tickets!
We are very psyched to be presenting Woods and Parquet Courts when they come through town to play the Horseshoe later this month. We’ll be giving away a number of tickets to DGB readers so stay tuned and be sure to follow us on the various outlets of social media. Local folkie Jennifer Castle will be opening up the evening, Jason Steidman of Lightsweetcrude will be providing the evening’s visual entertainment and we will be spinning tunes between sets. Come rattle ye bones!
Purchase tickets via Collective Concerts, Rotate This, Soundscapes, The Horseshoe.
Listen to Woods’ excellent version of “Bend Beyond” from August 13, 2011 at Bowery Ballroom recorded by NYC Taper.
Behind a nondescript East Williamsburg tenement at 229 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, NY lies Woods‘ home, recording studio, creative refuge and beloved shithole–Rear House. But after 10 long years the band will say farewell to the former live-in practice space turned ramshackle recording studio, which has also housed bands like Real Estate, Ducktails, The Babies and other members of the Woodsist family. To mark the occasion, Woods are releasing a new single on July 9 featuring a cover of The Kinks’ tune “Gods’ Children,” along with a re-recorded version of “Be All Easy.” “God’s Children” comes from the soundtrack to the 1971 British film Percy, while “Be All Be Easy,” originally from 2011’s Sun and Shade, was re-recorded to capture the live form the song has taken since it’s original release. Both are the first to feature new drummer, Aaron Neveu, formerly of Mmoss.
Woods hits the road next month for a tour that includes stops with Parquet Courts and Alex Bleeker & the Freaks. Full dates below.
After the treacherous week that followed in the wake of hurricane Sandy, Woods returned to Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg to shed a bit of light on their old home place. Temporarily freeing the city from its apocalyptic embrace, Woods once again proved why they are Brooklyn’s preeminent psych folk band. Their new album, Bend Beyond—their seventh in six years—is another step forward for the band with what is surely their most accessible collection of songs yet. But on stage, Woods still embody the creep side of their looser early years with extended noise jams and transcendent improvisational journeys. Listen below to the 15 minute “I Was Gone” from Saturday’s show or download the entire recording from NYC Taper.
Purchase Bend Beyond via Woodsist.
Following the release of their highly impressive new album, Bend Beyond, Woods have dropped the B-side to the sun-soaked album single “Cali in a Cup.” While much of the new album offers a more accessible, brighter side of Woods, “Give Your Light Off” turns toward the dark with a spiritual hymn that recalls early Wailers, while coasting atop a haunting undercurrent of tape effects, heavy-handed acoustic guitar strums and Peter Tosh-style wah licks. Another impressive nugget from the prolific Brooklyn outfit.
Purchase Bend Beyond via Woodsist.
As summer turns to fall, Woods have graced us with the first video from their most-excellent forthcoming album Bend Beyond. Directed by Adarsha Benjamin, the video for “Cali In a Cup” was filmed on Super 8 at and around this year’s Woodsist Festival in Big Sur, CA. Check it out below and catch Woods on tour this fall.
Order Bend Beyond via Woodsist.