Future Bible Heroes
I've decided to write about another Stephin Merritt project, Future Bible Heroes, where Merritt collaborates with Chris Ewen (former keyboardist for the 80's band Figures On a Beach) and Magnetic Fields vocalist/percussionist/pianist Claudia …
Sure, it's been over ten years since Future Bible Heroes' album Eternal Youth, but that's not stopping Magnetic Field's Stephin Merrit and friends from a new album called Partygoing (coming out June 4 on Merge Records).
From my understanding, I do not believe Mister Merrit will be going on tour in support of Partygoing, due to "ear issues".
Check out the lead single/title track, "Living, Loving, Partygoing" now:
Future Bible Heroes Tour Dates:
07/08 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
07/09 San Francisco, CA Independent
07/11 Portland, OR Doug Fir
07/12 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
07/16 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
07/17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
07/21 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
07/22 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
07/23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
07/25 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
07/26 Washington, DC The Black Cat
Broadcast is from Birmingham in the UK and could be characterised as a darker sounding Stereolab with a more pronounced sixties/movie feel to them. . …
Having been a big fan of Still Corners for a couple of years now, I am thrilled to finally get the chance to see them live. Originally scheduled to headline their own show at 7th St. Entry on June 6, they've now been slated to open for the Scottish band Chvrches at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis on June 8.
They are touring in support of their brand new release 'Strange Pleasures', which was just released on May 7. The new songs are quite a bit more polished and produced in comparison with the songs on their previous release, 'Creatures of an Hour'. With 'Creatures' I immediately loved that their sound was right on par with a favorite band of mine, Broadcast. With 'Strange Pleasures', the vocals are more in the forefront and have a softer, breathy quality to them, flowing well with the breezy synths and guitar lines. I'm excited to see them play both the new and old songs and see how well they translate live.
The show is 18+ and only $15. You can buy tickets here.
They are playing across North America in support of Chvrches and you can catch them at these places on the rest of their tour.
05/28 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
05/29 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stops *
06/01 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
06/02 San Diego, CA - Belly Up *
06/05 Austin, TX - Mohawk *
06/06 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
06/07 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre *
06/08 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line *
06/10 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
06/11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
06/12 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton *
06/15 Montreal, QC - Le National *
06/16 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
06/17 New York, NY - Webster Hall *
06/18 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
06/21Washington, DC - Black Cat *
06/23 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
dates with * indicates with Chvrches
It looks like he's back, this time, teaming up with White Fence (who we previously written about). Ty Segall & White Fence is basically Segall and Tim Presley, but with a full band . . …
Did you know that Drag City has a new imprint called God? (with the question mark)? Their first couple of releases will be a White Fence reissue and Scraper's self-titled 7", both coming out July 16, 2013.
I'm not quite sure why God? exist, but it would seem that their goal is to restore lost and forgotten gems.
Tim Presley's been building a White Fence he can be proud of since back in 2010; his fourth trip to the other side of the fence just dropped and new pop music horizons continue to shimmer invitingly in all the music that he makes. If you walked into the party when the second album was playing or the new one, that's probably a great place to start too. But this first record is a REALLY good place to start. Tim's a veteran of a few bands before White Fence, like Darker My Love, and he's made records with Ty Segall and The Strange Boys too, but his own thing is very special - a foolproof and ever-morphing approach to writing songs by bringing the freshness of lysergic 60s visions into the present day.
Originally out on San Francisco's Make a Mess label and currently available on CD on Woodsist, White Fence keeps the hits coming - like shafts of sunlight through oblong holes in the ceiling. The tunes warp and ripple as if something had gone awry with the tape machine, and it has highs and lows - like cough syrup in a heat-warped July. Faint hints of British accent makes us feel that we're listening to Nobility Rock, where the singer is a king or someone like that, a Duke or an Earl, ruling over a bit of territory and considering what goes on in his land every day. The songs are these thoughts, and strands and scraps of chime and glimmer are carelessly strewn about in them, magically contriving this enchanted land with an insanely pure view of it all. And the tunes just keep coming at your brain, and hooking it.
SCRAPER - SCRAPER 7"
San Francisco's Scraper is a band throwing curves off a skate-punk kind of mound. Just some kids hanging out on the scene who formed a band out of nowhere. Of the 101 flavors currently coursing through the undead corpse of punk, these guys spray a gritty combination of grind 'n' groove that represents musical life at its most primal level. Then when you're sure they just started playing instruments the day before they recorded this, the overtones hit you - Scraper touched with Flipper and Urinals art-ghetto flair. You might even call it "minimalist," and the lyrics whip a satirical, surrealist-sychadelic angle on the inevitable social/romantic blues of the songs. Coming from the filth with no kind of irony or apology, this is just the sound of a way of life - and somehow, it sounds like fun!
Mat Cothran, or better known as his stagename, Coma Cinema, is releasing his album called Posthumous Release on June 11th, via Fork & Spoon Records / Orchid Tapes.
Posthumous Release is a record described as "not a record about pain or misery, but a record about loving everything and letting everything love you." Keep that 'love' in mind as you listen to the lead single, "Burn A Church":
- White Trash VHS
- She Keeps It Alive
- Bailey Jay
- Lee (Columbine High Harmony)
- Satan Made A Mansion
- Partners In Crime
- Burn A Church
- Virgin Veins
- Survivor's Guilt
- Marie (No Sleep)
- Posthumous Release