Woah, what an impressive Tuesday we have here!
Le Poisson Rouge: Yes, you may say that one-time Mum touring member Olof Arnalds is indeed somewhat of a Joanna Newsom in Icelandic. Except, instead of being “freak folk”, her solo work is freakishly folk, compared to the decidedly contemporary sound we get from most Icelandic bands in the indie landscape, including Mum. But who knew Icelandic folk could be so damn lovely. I’m not sure how Arnalds did at South Streeat Seaport this past Sunday when she played the East Village Radio Festival, since that doesn’t seem like the ideal venue for her, but Le Poisson Rouge should pretty much be perfect. She plays an early show that’ll also feature a set from Skuli Sverrisson, with whom she has worked in the past. Meanwhile, Atlanta-based Deerhunter is playing a late show, and one that is not part of the tour scheduled for later this year with BARR, Knyfe Hyts and Vivian Girls.
More bands and all mp3 links after the jump.
Cake Shop: Pogo Togo presents an alternative party with The Magick Report, Love Like Deloreans, Willy Weird, and Omega Jarden, out of which my favorite is Brooklyn’s trio Love Like Deloreans. The band says they’re “Gassy with excitement, had to change our panties a few times and we haven’t even played yet. Ecstatic. We’re gonna check out hot people in the audience and dance and it’s gonna be a party!” But there seems to be a dissident in Lorna, the only girl in the band: “I disagree with this. I’m a lady who enjoys respectable social gatherings.” Well, how was your recent show at Goodbye Blue Monday? “GBM is a great venue. It’s our favorite neighborhood hang. The show was all bands that somehow have members who live in Peter’s apartment and it was all like community love hippie shit and we had tons and tons of fun!” Lorna insists it was a “grand soiree” and that she was the “belle of the ball”. In the meantime, they’re recording some 7 inches, one of which is for a label in Germany. Say the dudes, “Watch out Dusseldorf! We’re coming for you, bitches!” And adds the lady, “The future will be as wonderful as a sunrise on a spring morning whilst on horseback.” There will be a special guest at this show (not the horse).
Pianos: I love Germany’s Locas in Love (download free album), who will be cross-pollinating with The Bloodsugars tonight. Says Niklas of Locas in Love, “The last time we were in New York was one of the best times we’ve ever had as a band and we have great memories of shows we played at the Cake Shop and at The Club Midway [now Rehab]. Incidentally that show was the first time we met Sam, who played drums with The Leader on that day and he will be playing drums for us at Pianos. So this is exciting. Adding to that we’ve loved The Bloodsugars ever since we first heard them so not only playing a show with them but actually cooperating is just about the greatest possible way to spend an evening in the city for us.” For the late show, No Good For Me will present fashion and music with Ver Sacrum and Speck Mountain.
Mercury Lounge: When Maine transplant Luke Rathborne self-produced and released After Dark (download) in 2007, he was a mere 18-year-old. Right now he’s a mere 20-year-old! Though he appears to be no Zach Condon (just to get that out of the way), there’s something to hang on to in his sullen tunes. He’s playing a late show with Five O’ Clock Heroes. Natalie Walker and BM Linx are playing two separate early shows.
Love Like Deloreans: Epic High School
Olof Arnalds: Klara
The Blood Sugars: Purpose Was Again
Locas in Love: Stefanie Sagt
Luke Rathborne: Cold Breeze
City Center: Bleed Blood
BARR: The Song Is the Single
Natalie Walker: Pink Neon
Ver Sacrum: Coco General Mdse
Flocking Associates: B&B
Speck Mountain: Blood Is Clean