NME/Hate Hate Hate/Sunday Management CMJ Party!
Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Porcelain Raft, Theo Verney
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
YUCK! Eeew, I was like, "that is soo gross". Anybutt. I was like whatever. Butt then I saw the tour and it made me feel kinda tingly. It's like totally awesome!!! Like those girls are so cool and like that guy looks weird but then yer like omg he is like so hot. So the show was incredible but then I thought about my Dad cuz he liked killed somebody or himself. Dad always said he loved my step mom but he was never nice to her. Where am I? Since I was a teenager I always used to take out out the dogs and he always encouraged that and once we found a bunny and the next day I had a carrot and we saved it. Our german shepherd was so smart. I live by myself. My landlord said I don't have to pay rent this month but I was trying to write some good news to my therapist and I actually paid my landlord in full. But it's all thanks to the new YUCK album!
Barnett's music builds on the wordy irreverence of mid-'60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country. - Pitchfork
All tired trends produce their transcendent idols and Courtney Barnett is one of a kind. Paul Kelly's successor? - Collapseboard
What sets her apart is she's got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s. Specifically in California -- her melodies and psychedelic harmonies remind me of the work of David Crosby or John Phillips. - Brooklyn Vegan
Courtney Barnett is a glorious exception to the dreary trend.
Brash and opinionated, short and sharp, fast and furious, Leeds punk five piece Eagulls are the missing link in your record collection between post-punk and slacker rock, and every bit as essential as that description may sound.
Formed two years ago by Mark Goldsworthy and drummer Henry Ruddel, the lineup was completed by Liam Matthews on guitar, Tom Kelly on bass and George Mitchell on vocals, the band caused a splash from the off with their debut single on Not Even Records, the fuzzy, densely sprawling epic "Council Flat Blues".
After slowly but surely building up a cult of ardent admirers via raucous shows and sold out EP releases, Eagulls have now signed to Partisan and are finally getting ready to release their much anticipated debut album.
The concise, concentrated blast of "Nerve Endings" is the opening salvo in the next exciting chapter of their career, as much a ringing, urgent pop song with jagged hooks and serrated vocals as it is a cavernous, roaring statement of intent. Mark our words – the debut album –expected in 2014 – is going to be utterly unmissable.
Permanent Signal: according to Wikipedia, "a condition in which a phone line is off-hook without connection for an extended period of time."
It's a term that Mauro Remiddi returned to repeatedly when reflecting on the time between last year's release of Strange Weekend, the multi-instrumentalist's debut full-length as Porcelain Raft, and this, its proper follow-up. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two and a half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends I rarely see," explains Remiddi. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. This is where the album title came from: the idea of a signal that says the line is off."
Remiddi began working on Permanent Signal at the end of 2012, two months after returning from tour. It became a period of readjustment in which he was beginning to enjoy everyday comforts and reconnecting with friends, yet the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachment, he sold almost all of the instruments used for Strange Weekend in order to "start with a new color palette."
This is immediately apparent in Permanent Signal's opener, "Think Of The Ocean". The dense, basement-recorded haze of his last full-length has been traded for a spacious melancholy, where cello, piano and drums gently spiral atop the faint pulsing tone, mirroring the album's title. While layers of synths and electronics still play a role, the new record is far more organic than Porcelain Raft's previous releases. According to Remiddi, this was an intentional move: "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with." Remiddi enlisted support from Yuck's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers' bassist Darby Cicci (who also contributed double vocals and trumpet, and engineered the sessions in his Brooklyn studio), and cellist Gaspar Claus (frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner of The National).
Porcelain Raft's once gauzy pop has now turned as vivid as a waking dream. During "Minor Pleasure,"Remiddi finds catharsis amidst the processed drone of organ and piano, echoing the gospel-dosed psychedelia of Spiritualized, and concedes in his otherworldly tenor that "there's nothing hidden in what we see, sometimes you just have to let it in". Meanwhile, the radiant lull of "Night Birds" reaches cosmic bliss, with a poignant sense of nostalgia brought about by the song's crystalline guitars and synthesizers. There are tracks like "Cluster" and the haunting, Lennon-esque "I Lost Connection", which deal directly with lives either on hold or in transition -- all universal themes of the human condition that allow the listener to fill in their own personal experiences with a permanent signal.
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