Posts about Callers

Monday Mix January 3, 2011

Best Releases of 2010

2010 was a dull year for discovering new bands; caught between over hype and under hype, the ripe atmosphere for discovery is quickly diminishing. The Cults signed to Columbia Records, Tennis played their first New York show at the large capacity Terminal 5, Blackberry got maximum coverage out of a Tune Yards song, Best Coast and Wavves annoyed the half of us with their money-friendly philosophy on selling out. So I stuck to, for the most part, old favorites who made great new releases. As far as releases go, that Future Islands put out their first proper full length, and that Lower Dens became a band, were probably the highlights for me. I wonder whatever happened to Yellow Fever’s release, though — their new songs seemed ready to go pretty early in the year! But here it is, the top 10.

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Monday Mix June 7, 2010

Monday Mix, Vol 1

Cherry-picked new* music for making your Monday morning smell like geraniums. Download the magic potion.


1. “Beautiful People” by The Books, The Way Out
2. “O Family” by Callers, Fortune
3. “Wide Awake” by Beach Fossils, Beach Fossils
4. “Blessa” by Toro Y Moi, Causers of This
5. “Crushing Limbs” by Anni Rossi
6. “I Was Denied” by Thee Oh Sees, Warm Slime
7. “Love More” by Sharon Van Etten
8. “Adequate Sheen” by Tony Castles
9. “Fishage” by Beaters, Fishage 7″
10. “Distant Whistling” By Elephant Micah, Echoer’s Intent

*and the occasional old

My version of 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

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Have you witnessed the furor over L Magazine’s “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear” list on Brooklyn Vegan? Spare yourself, I guess! With much love to all the bands who made it, especially The Beets, here’s my own the list. My exciting eight have been picked with much less consideration for obscurity, but all these bands are still in a position where they could gladly use more hype/love/praises.

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songs for you bunnies March 15, 2009

Top 20: SXSW '09 Shortlist

Admittedly, I’m not familiar with every single band involved in this year’s SXSW festivities, officially or unofficially, though I did listen to well over two hundred bands I don’t care to listen to ever again. Unlike them, the list compiled here includes twenty performers I think are most worth seeing, and for free, no less; as far as I know, all of them are either playing unofficial shows, or plan to play whatever last-minute gatherings that come their way.

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Callers play the Secret Garden

On a rainy Sunday afternoon I went to meet the amazing Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton of Callers. The location was Trophy Bar, in Williamsburg, which at that early hour wasn’t open for business yet. Sara was catching up on a late lunch and Ryan was getting a head start on getting the bar reading for the evening. Though they usually play as a trio, drummer Don wasn’t around. Ryan played the guitar and Sara sang, and we immediately realized how fabulous the acoustics was at this place: it seemed as if Sara’s voice leaped up to the ceiling, from which little hands protruded to hold the notes and sway them until she closed her mouth. So they tried out many many songs, out of which you’ll hear in this video, “Meet Between”, a Willie Nelson cover of “The Ghost”, and “Valerie”. I’m sure I’ll be posting some of the outtakes at the end of the year.


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shit was good December 22, 2008

Videos: Callers is amazing, played Union Pool


Laden with languid grooves and a divine voice, Callers is one of my favorite bands from 2008, though I’d never gotten to see them live before I did Friday night; they, and that charming stage of Union Pool’s, were worthy rewards for making it out to that part of Brooklyn through the slush. I’m overriding my Gummy vote for “Indie Crush, Girl” and handing it to singer Sara Lucas of Callers, who originally met in New Orleans, formed in Providence, and came into being as they are today, in New York; they identified themselves at the show as “Brooklynish” (that they all originally hail from New Orleans, as mentioned by Pitchfork and WNYC, is untrue; Sara and Don are from Missouri, and Ryan is from Arkansas) . Here are two of their performances from the show, including “More Than Night”, which I picked as one of my favorite songs of the year. I’ll post more from them, and the two other bands who played, Dark Dark Dark and The Loom, tomorrow.

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best of December 19, 2008

This Year's 20 Favorite Songs

Where I indulge in the overrated phenomenon of a year-end list and discover my bias for sullen songs over happy ones; 20 most-loved songs of the year, with a self-imposed rule of one song per artist so as to not make it entirely pointless.

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playing tonight August 26, 2008

Dr. Dog, Nada Surf, Hillary Clinton & more tonight

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It’s freaking Tuesday! And how brilliant that the Olympics finished just in time for the Democratic National Convention. Here is the DNC’s full Tuesday schedule; Hillary Clinton headlines.

Music Hall of Williamsburg: Dr. Dog plays a rescheduled, sold-out show with Senator R. Stevie Moore and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson // Cake Shop: Brooklyn’s Callers will release their full-length album Fortune on September 9, and will play tonight with The Chris Forsyth (of The Peeesseye).

McCarren Pool: L Magazine’s Summer Screen series is showcasing two local bands; The King Left will play an acoustic set, and are joined by Trashed on Fiction before showing Wes Anderson’s Rushmore.

More bands and all mp3 links after the jump.

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playing tonight July 22, 2008

Amanda Jo Williams, Joan of Arc & more tonight

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The surprise guest at Sound Fix Records is Dr. Dog, who’s also playing Bowery Ballroom tomorrow (cancelled). I’d be really curious to see Amanda Jo Williams at Cake Shop. The girl seems quite out of her mind, and has left me wanting to uncover more. She’s playing with Girls In Trouble (fiddling superstar Alicia Jo Rabins), whose song “Who Sent the Heat” I love, and 6 JaguarPuddin’ Tang, also quite out of their minds, have their residency at Don Pedro, where they’re playing with SorceressJoan of Arc and Ponytail return to join Flocking Associates (Katie Eastburn of Young People) at Knitting Factory’s main stage. North Carolina’s Megafaun will support Takka Takka’s Pianos residency, as will Peasant, who you should definitely listen to on their myspace, and Get Him Eat Him (I still can’t get over the dude’s voice–it rankles me for no reason). Ed Harcourt is playing Rehab, and Bound Stems, Rahim and Muggabears are playing at Union HallCallers sounds great in “More than Right”, and is playing with Spectre Folk and Chris Forsyth at Union Pool

Rahim: Through a Window
Girls In Trouble: Who Sent the Heat
Takka Takka: Silence
Puddin’ Tang: Puddin’ Tang
Callers: More than Right
Amanda Jo Williams: Country Girl
Flocking Associates: B&B
Muggabears: Little Sisters of Beijing
Peasant: Exposure
Get Him Eat Him: More Lovely Than Likely
Ed Harcourt: You Only Call Me When You’re Drunk
Bound Stems: Happens to Us All Otherwise
Joan of Arc: A Tell-Tale Penis
Ponytail: Celebrate The Body Electric

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