Living in New York City certainly has its benefits and drawbacks. Whether those come in the form of readily available bagel spots, high rent costs, or underground hair/nail salons operating in the apartment next door to you (a benefit to some, a drawback to others), there’s an infinite number of things that make you want to stick around, and just as many that make you want to pack up the U-Haul and get outta town in a moments notice. But something that you won’t find anywhere else, and will forever remain a part of New York’s fabric, are bands like Prince Rupert’s Drops.
Typically, these bands don’t stray too far from home and if you happen to live outside the New York locale there’s a good chance they’ve flown passed your radar. This sort of musical anomaly applies to bands like Endless Boogie, Invisible Familiars, and a whole legion of artists that exist largely within the confines of New York.
Prince Rupert’s Drops much anticipated sophomore LP, Climbing Light, is out this week on Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Fans of riff-heavy ’60s psych with a touch of British folk are sure to enjoy the array of sounds crafted by this eclectic musical collective. Have a listen to “Follow Me,” the album’s stunning folk-rocker that finds vocalist Leslie Stein channeling Fairport-era Sandy Denny.
For their latest offering, the good folks at Singles Club—Brooklyn’s quarterly subscription-based record club and digital music journal—present a brand new track from our brothers in Woodsman. Recorded live to tape, “Further” captures the feel of Woodsman’s extended on-stage explorations and demonstrates the band’s adept ability at layering spacey, transcendent instrumental kosmische. Along with the music, Singles Club have also assembled a stunning digital journal that offers insight into how the song was forged and the band’s creation process. Have a listen to the track below and head over to Singles Club to sign up for your subscription.
This Saturday night, July 12th, Dog Gone and Bowery Presents join forces to bring you Seattle’s Rose Windows at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY. Local tripstersWorthless and High Waisted support while Drippy Eye Projections provides the visuals for this psychy gathering. Following their most excellent 2013 debut, The Sun Dogs, Rose Windows have a new 7″ out just last month on Sub Pop. We’ve got a signed copy of that new single, titled There Is A Light, along with a pair of tickets to giveaway to our friends. Follow us on Twitter (@doggonepresents) and keep an eye out for a chance to win ’em both. Hear the A-Side of the single below.
Habibi, which translates to “my love” in Arabic, is a band of all-female garage rockers out of Brooklyn that formed in the spring months of 2011. With a shared love for Middle Eastern Culture, punk, motown and garage rock, members Erin Campbell, Rahill Jamalifard, Lenny Lynch and Karen Vasquez cross the sounds of bands like The Shangri-Las and The Ramones and The Marvelettes with Eastern-tinged melodies and mystical lyrics that sound like they were recorded in ’60s Detroit. There’s even some songs which feature Jamalifard singing in her native language, Farsi. It’s deep and it’s out now on Burger Records.
On Wednesday, January 29, Dog Gone Presents a night of primal psychedelia featuring Brooklyn psych-trio Woodsman, who have an excellent new album coming out on Fire Talk Records next month. The show will also include sets by Toronto kraut-duo Zacht Automaat and cosmic devotional project Glass Tomb. The show takes place at Rancho Relaxo and will feature liquid light projections by Lightsweetcrude. Tickets are $10 at the door. Check out Woodsman’s 2014 Winter Tour promo vid and a bit of info about each of the acts below.
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 Loveon their own Woodsist label. You can hear the first song from it, titled “Leaves Like Glass,” below.
I was rather pleased to receive word from Woodsman guitarist Trevor Peterson last week, informing me of the completion of their new album and its forthcoming release in early 2014. It’s been almost three years since the Brooklyn-via-Denver trio put out their 2011 Rare Forms LP, an album that saw the group diverting from their instrumental path toward a more stoned-out, vocal-driven sound. But over the course of a handful of EPs since then, Woodsman gradually rerouted their musical course back to the cosmically transcendent soundscapes that began their humble beginnings. That vision is fully realized on the new, appropriately self-titled LP from which you can hear the first track, “Healthy Life,” below.
We’re teaming up with our pals at Popgun Booking to bring you this most-excellent show, happening on November 5 at Glasslands. All three bands are great so be sure to arrive early. Show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets here.
Since forming in 2006, longtime friends Tommy Eisner and Linda Beecroft—together known as Golden Animals—have split time between their gritty Brooklyn abode and the sun-soaked lands of the California desert. Crafting songs that draw on inspirations from both of their homes—love, friendship, seclusion—they view their two bases as complementary influences, shaping their sound equally but very differently.
On September 24, Golden Animals will release their new album, Hear Eye Go, via The Reverberation Appreciation Society in conjunction with Burger Records. The album was recorded by Matt Boynton (MGMT, Kurt Vile) at Vacation Island Recordings, and by the band themselves at their own studio. Joe LaPorta (Foo Fighters, Beach House) mastered the album at The Lodge. Watch the video for “All Your Life” below.
Brooklyn friends! We’ve teamed up with Futuremyth for this most-excellent rooftop show taking place at 252 Norman Ave. in Greenpoint on August 16. The evening will feature sets by Virginia-bred acoustic guitar wiz Daniel Bachman (formerly Sacred Harp), Olden Yolk (Shane from Quilt) and Gem Trails (Trevor from Woodsman).
Daniel Bachman first came across our radar with his Feast of the Green Corn tape released by Mirror Universe a few years back. Steeped in the Appalachian ragas reminiscent of John Fahey and, more recently, Jack Rose, Bachman is a superbly accomplished fingerpicker who, along with artists like Steve Gunn and William Tyler, is helping to breathe new life into acoustic guitar music. His debut LP under his own name, entitled Seven Pines, is out now on Tompkins Square. Watch video of him performing at his home in Philadelphia below.