Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, French Films, The Secret History, Alpaca Sports, The Orange Peels, My Teenage Stride, Ski Lodge, Startropics, The Hobbes Fanclub, DJ Kip (Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
622 Degraw st.
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Doors 2:30 PM / Show 3:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The New York indie institution, NYC POPFEST, is back at Littlefield. See below for the full lineup.
The Secret History
The Secret History is an NYC-based band featuring cult songwriter Michael Grace, Jr. and his decade-long co-conspirators from the adored (but obscured) indiepop group My Favorite. The band also features the debut of vocalist Lisa Ronson (daughter of glam rock legend Mick Ronson) alongside Jamie Babich (of Nouvellas.) Grace's lyrics create drive-in theatres out of bare bedsit walls, while Ronson alternates between the emotive and the plaintive -- one minute channeling Dusty Springfield, the next, Kirsty Macoll. Behind them, an inventive band tailors soundscapes to each changing mood. Together, they are creating a new kind of cinematic post-pop, drawing from the rainy jangles of C86, the buzz and stomp of glam, and the light and air of the classic girl groups.
“Not only lives up to My Favorite’s legacy, but surpasses it... not since the first two New Pornographers records have the songs, vocals, and production come together so perfectly. They’ve crafted one of the best, most lyrical, and emotionally powerful pop albums of the past however long.”
“Disconcertingly beautiful arrangements and expressive lyrics complement each other so well. If our lives, dreams and little desperations could be put to music, we'd be fortunate if this is what they'd sound like.”
The Orange Peels
THE ORANGE PEELS RELEASE "2020" NOV. 10 ON MINTY FRESH
Glitter Rock. Opulent '80s Pop. Glammy Prog. Bearded, backwoods Elk Rock. Who gives a rat's ass if there's no melody at the heart of it; no soul.
Not that The Orange Peels don't dabble in these styles. They just don't have the time to waste on cute, genre-based music that cuddles up to a pre-existing audience. Defiant, dramatic and probably a little bit of a showboat, bandleader Allen Clapp tells it like it is on "Shining Like Stars," a glammed-up rocker from the band's forthcoming album, 2020: "If making melodies is a crime, I'm guilty as charged."
As the title suggests, 2020 deals with perceptions. Being released on the precipice of a new decade, the album is as much about looking back on 10 years gone awry as it is about looking forward to the promises of the future. Sometimes life comes at us in crystal clear geometry and hard numbers, and sometimes details reveal themselves only in the soft-focus of memory.
Moving in and out of focus through these 10 songs, the band has achieved its own vision on its own terms. Recording the album at its modernistic Eichler headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, the band took its time to decorate each track (or in some cases, de-decorate) for maximum emotional impact.
"It's not our job to just record a performance and dump it on the unsuspecting public," Clapp says. "It's incumbent upon us to drill down into the soul of what makes each song tick and bring that up to the surface. It's like raw, emotional source code."
Featuring Clapp on vocals, piano guitar and drums, Oed Ronne (The Ocean Blue) on lead guitars, electric sitar and vibes, Jill Pries on bass guitars, Bob Vickers (The Incredible Vickers Bros.) on drums and guitars, John Moremen (Jad Fair, the Roy Loney Band) on guitars, all the current and itinerant members of the band are represented. Even original Orange Peels lead guitarist Larry Winther took off his reunion-era Mummies bandages for a few minutes to grace the album's lead track with a chickeny guitar solo.
The album will be released digitally through Chicago's Minty Fresh, and on CD and a limited-pressing of heavy-duty, 180-gram vinyl by the band on its own Mystery Lawn Music record label. The deal represents a near perfect balance of label expertise and DIY marketing. The band's fanbase actually funded the vinyl pressing through pre-orders on the Orange Peels' online shop. The gravity of that fact is not wasted on the band. "It really makes you feel accountable to your fans. They're putting down their money before even hearing the recordings—their faith in us really made us take this to the next level," Clapp says.
For Clapp, the subtitle of the album may as well be "What I did on My Recession." Out of work for 10 months in the worst economy of his lifetime, Clapp poured his anxiety, neuroses and plethora of available time into pushing the album to completion. Hibernating in the studio with the heartbreak and uncertainty of the times, the band crafted words and melodies to make sense of it all. 2020 is their answer.
Ski Lodge is a two-way mirror into the mind of Andrew Marr:
multi-instrumentalist, expressionist, and the newest member of the
Dovecote Records family. Marr's inward-looking, earnest surf pop
suggest, instead of Summer, a longing for Summer on an early Spring
day. By funneling influences ranging from The Morning Benders to
Arcade Fire and The Smiths into the sound of the Strokes and Vampire
Weekend, Marr manages to bypass the epic, opting for a more brassy,
lilting croon. It's music about forgiveness, youth, and staying on the
long, meandering path toward an eventual home