12 hours ago

Landlady + Rubblebucket: “Be My Husband” (Nina Simone Cover)
…and their tour together begins today.

Landlady and Rubblebucket care about each other as bands and friends. We admire each other as performers, and we are psyched to combine our energy together on the road. In the spirit of caring, Kal & Adam from Rubblebucket & Landlady respectively wanted to join forces and make a special recording, a tribute to one of the greatest vocal spirits the world has ever known. They sing Nina Simone’s song as an act of togetherness and raw power that can be generated from music. It’s why they do what they do and why their bands dig each other so much. And the only objective is to radiate it outwards.

Check out today’s premiere on Stereogum…and see see see them live:

10/20/14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room &
10/21/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad &
10/22/14 - San Antonio @ 502 Bar
10/23/14 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 &
10/24/14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s &
10/25/14 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada &
10/27/14 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar &
10/28/14 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway &
10/29/14 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt &
10/30/14 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
10/31/14 - Chicago, IL @ Metro & 
11/01/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater &
12/08/14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
12/18/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live ^

& w/ Rubblebucket
* Landlady Holiday Spectacular
^ w/ Nicole Atkins

2 weeks ago

Matthew Dear finds time between the notes of Bear In Heaven’s “Autumn” from Time Is Over One Day Old. Check out Bear In Heaven’s remix of MD’s “Slow Dance” — from 2010 — to complete the flat circle. For now.

Bear In Heaven’s EU tour just started:

10/02 London, UK @ XOYO
10/03 Brussels, BE @ Beursschouwburg
10/04 Paris, FR @ Espace
10/05 Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
10/06 Cologne, DE @ Studio 672
10/07 Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
10/09 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega (Ideal Bar)
10/10 Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
10/11 Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan
10/12 Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
10/13 Oslo, NO @ John Dee
10/14 Bergen, NO @ Landmark
10/16 Aarhus, DK @ Radar

Decode more here.

1 month ago

Landlady and what’s “Under The Yard”
Watch Hannah Darrah’s new claymation video

This song is fictional, sung by a person who’s in tune with the ground, his family, his organs, and ultimately knowing where he’d like to end up. By accident / on purpose it’s also about all of us. What we know and what we don’t know. What we’re hungry for and what we wish would stay a secret. 

This video is the most advanced stop-motion work attempted by Hannah Darrah. She dove in head first drawing inspiration from Cari Vander Yacht’s artwork for our album Upright Behavior. This video was a big first for her as it is also our big first video. The beauty she was able to craft and destroy and move and shake hit us all in the guts the first time we saw the video. We had no edits or suggestions. We hope you don’t either. 

love,
Landlady

VIDEO: Landlady “Under The Yard”
Directed, Shot, and Edited by Hannah Darrah
Inspired by Cari Vander Yacht and her art for Landlady’s Upright Behavior

See Landlady:
09/20/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Night Bazaar #
09/22/14 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
09/23/14 - Stage College, PA @ Chronic Town
09/24/14 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
09/25/14 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
09/26/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Fest
09/27/14 - Louisville, KY @ RYE Back Porch Sessions +
10/12/14 - Kingston, NY @ O+ Fest 
10/13/14 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat =
10/14/14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter %
10/15/14 - Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light +
10/16/14 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
10/17/14 - Norman, OK @ The Opolis
10/19/14 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
10/20/14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room &
10/21/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad &
10/22/14 - San Antonio @ 502 Bar
10/23/14 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 &
10/24/14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s &
10/25/14 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada &
10/27/14 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar &
10/28/14 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway &
10/29/14 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt &
10/30/14 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
10/31/14 - Chicago, IL @ Metro & 
11/01/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater &

# w/ Those Darlins 
+ w/ Adia Victoria
= w/ Paperhaus 
%  w/ No BS! Brass Band
& w/ Rubblebucket

1 month ago
DAY PARTYor: how we came to Hopscotch and also moved to North Carolina.
Saturday, September 6The Pour House - 224 S. Blount St. Raleigh, NC12pm » FREE
4:20 - Loamlands3:25 - Landlady2:40 - Steve Gunn2:00 - Phil Cook & Caitlin Rose1:15 - Celestial Shore12:30 - Hi Ho Silver Oh
Presented arm-in-arm by Hometapes, Trekky, and Middle West, fueled by Carrboro Coffee Roasters.

DAY PARTY
or: how we came to Hopscotch and also moved to North Carolina.

Saturday, September 6
The Pour House - 224 S. Blount St. Raleigh, NC
12pm » FREE

4:20 - Loamlands
3:25 - Landlady
2:40 - Steve Gunn
2:00 - Phil Cook & Caitlin Rose
1:15 - Celestial Shore
12:30 - Hi Ho Silver Oh

Presented arm-in-arm by Hometapes, Trekky, and Middle West, fueled by Carrboro Coffee Roasters.

2 months ago

Celestial Shore reveal “Creation Myth”
September festival dates & a tour with Ava Luna announced

we evolve, we evolve
slowly count the days
it’s happening
to you
you evolve, you evolve
slowly just like everyone
around you

Enter Ghost's lead track is also its gunshot-into-the-air commencement, opening your head up for the album and for walking around on earth. Angela Stempel’s new video for Celestial Shore premiered on Stereogum yesterday — in tandem with the announcement of real-life shows across the country next month…warming us up for Enter Ghost's release in October.

WATCH:  Celestial Shore “Creation Myth” Official Video 
Director/Animator: Angela Stempel
Additional Animation: Ana Kim and Niv Sekar

Celestial Shore Tour Dates

09/05/14 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest #
09/06/14 - Raleigh, NC @ Pour House - Hometapes/Trekky/Middle West Hopscotch Day Party $
09/07/14 - Columbia, SC @ House Party “Shredquaters” *
09/08/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery *
09/10/14 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox *
09/11/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise *
09/12/14 - Detroit, MI @ MOCAD *
09/13/14 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Satellite Records *
09/14/14 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
09/15/14 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit *
09/16/14 - Oberlin, OH @ The Cat in the Cream *
09/17/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
09/18/14 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City *
09/19/14 - Toronto, ON @ Milkglass *
09/20/14 - Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal
09/21/14 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery *
09/22/14 - Northhampton, MA @ 13th Floor Lounge *
09/23/14 - Boston, MA Boston @ house show *      
09/24/14 - Providence, RI @ AS220 * %
09/26/14 - Ithaca, NY @ Cornell Fanclub *
09/27/14 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge * ^

# w/ FREEMAN
$ w/ Landlady, Steve Gunn, Phil Cook & Caitlin Rose, Hi Hi Silver Oh, Loamlands
* w/ Ava Luna
^ w/ Star Rover
% w/ Roses 

2 months ago

It feels weird to just call this a video. This is like dying and coming back to life.

Bear In Heaven “Time Between,” directed by Nick Bentgen, premiered via the New York Times T Magazine last week.

Bear In Heaven Time Is Over One Day Old is out tomorrow. It’s beautiful. You can hear it on NPR right now.

Catch them and the new album at Rough Trade tonight. Then see them all over the world.

3 months ago

Enter Ghost: Celestial Shore’s new album out this Fall
Hear the new single “Gloria” 

LISTEN: Celestial Shore “Gloria”

Celestial Shore’s second album, Enter Ghost, is a directive, a confession, and a confrontation. It’s the reflection of its makers – Sam Owens, Greg Albert, and Max Almario – and the followup to 10x, their 2013 debut. It’s a rock record, and one with the power to time travel with its instruments intact: the electric guitar, the electric bass, and the drum kit. This musical skeleton is sentient. It rattled and rolled us here only sixty years ago. We’ve danced with it. We’ve dissected it. Celestial Shore’s rock, sometimes appended with words like “art” and “angular” (words that could describe all music), has actually wiggled every which way since birth. It starts and stops with both intention and abandon. Sometimes it’s saying three things at once. Sometimes it’s saying one. It sounds like love. Recorded in the band’s Brooklyn hometown last winter and road-tested on tour with Deerhoof in the spring, Enter Ghost is out on Hometapes this Fall and begs to scratch its name into every tree. 

Oh, and “Gloria” isn’t about a girl. It’s about New York City.

See Celestial Shore tonight at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn at Hometapes labelmate Landlady’s album release show and at Hopscotch Fest in September. More live dates to be announced.

Celestial Shore Enter Ghost
HT072 - CD/LP/DIG
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2014

01. Creation Myth
02. Gloria
03. Now I Know
04. Same Old Cult Story
05. Weekenders
06. Shell Shocked
07. Trouble
08. Too Cute
09. I Hide
10. Pass Go
11. Animal Ratio
12. Goodbye

Landlady Upright Behavior out today…and tonightAlbum release show this evening with Celestial Shore & Shy Hunters
Yes.

ORDER NOW:Landlady “Upright Behavior” LP/CD DIG…and: iTunes and Amazon and stores Everywhere
Landlady Album Release ShowTuesday July 15 @ Baby’s All Right, BrooklynDoors at 8:30pm, show at 9pm
Landlady…with:Celestial ShoreShy Hunters




And:
Dear _______,
There’s a part in the set that happens every single night Landlady plays. It’s a signature, and like your own signature it took practice until it just started coming out the way you decided it should. And like my signature, it comes out a little different every time, because I never learned how to hold a pen properly. It’s a moment where I speak to the audience, where I try to do what I care about more than most things and break the divide between the band and the crowd. It comes 3/4 into the song “Above My Ground,” I tell them the song is about having Lost, someone something some feeling some place and they want to have it back. And that feeling that can make you feel the most alone has been felt by all of us, and for that reason we are all in fact connected. And then we sing the word Always over and over again as the band grows from a whisper to a scream. The ending comes on cue and I always cue it four times past when it seems like we couldn’t possibly get any bigger, and somehow someway people are singing until the end. And it feels damn special.
The singalong element of that song came immediately after Levon Helm’s death. I was playing a tribute show at Club Helsinki in Hudson in Upstate New York, the show was running short and my friend who was running the night leaned in to me while Elvis Perkins was on stage and told me to sing Lonesome Suzie. He knew I loved the song, and so I ran up to the club’s office. I wasn’t 100% on the lyrics and wanted to do it right so I printed out a copy and then printed out twenty more copies and when I sat at the piano I passed the sheets into the audience. It was one of the easier risks I’ve ever taken but holy moly it felt so incredible to hear everyone sing together even when not everyone knew the right phrasing, even when not everyone even knew the song. They had the words and they and I recognized spontaneously that the sheer fact that the passing of such an incredible drummer, singer, and musical presence could bring us together to sing together is a seriously special thing. 
Last night Landlady wrapped up a week-long tour, one we didn’t need to do. The album doesn’t come out until July and the big press push has yet to come i.e. most of the world still doesn’t know we exist which certainly means most of Buffalo and Montreal doesn’t know we exist. But in Buffalo we played outside under the clear night sky in front of giant grain silos. Everyone I meet in Buffalo has some sort of pseudonym they give me instead of a name and that night I sold a vinyl to a Ms. Meatballhead. And in Montreal we played in a former strip club to a psyched crowd that trickled in late enough to thoroughly convince us absolutely no one would be there until that wasn’t the case. The not-empty room included a kid who was three years younger than me and was an obsessive fan of my high school band. He saw I was playing Montreal where he now lived and came wearing our t-shirt.
Last night we ended in Boston, in Cambridge, MA, to the biggest crowd and the highest stakes. The front row was parents, my mom and moms and dads of the other bands as well. Behind them the room was full and the energy was hot, we were approaching midnight and it was time to end our set and so it was time to open my mouth and speak. And I spoke about what it means to Know. How strong it can feel to know the people you know, to focus the microscope and actually appreciate and feel the electricity of those relationships that make up the good parts of our lives, that make up our rock and roll band, that make up every person in the room. And I spoke about not knowing. About the guy who approached me with regret right before we played, that he had only heard the last few minutes of the incredible Star Rover who played before us. Had he known, he would have shown up earlier, he said. And the couple who just learned, that day they said, that their upcoming child would be a boy.
And so the rock and roll thesis of the night went like this: there is an incredible power in not knowing. There is so much surprise and joy and challenge and resolve in the feeling of uncertainty, of question and eventual answer. There’s equal power in accepting some of the magic we can’t possibly understand, that which we may truly never know. I confess, the rambling nature of these moments are masked better when a band is playing along. But this moment happened, and it happened last night, and it felt honest enough to grab everyone and convince them to sing with us, to bring us all down low and let us grow as high as possible. It felt incredible. I stood on the table. Our two drummers wailed. The guy who was checking IDs at the door bought a record. This was an extraordinary evening.
Extraordinary moments are the fuel in the Landlady generator. We make this music to surprise and inspire, to make every person who hears it feel like they’re a part of something bigger. This is inclusive, not divisive. This is incredibly special to us and as personal an offering as we can create. This is the Unknown.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
Adam Schatz, Landlady June 20th, 2014

Landlady Upright Behavior out today…and tonight
Album release show this evening with Celestial Shore & Shy Hunters

Yes.

ORDER NOW:
Landlady “Upright Behavior” LP/CD DIG
…and: iTunes and Amazon and stores Everywhere

Landlady Album Release Show
Tuesday July 15 @ Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn
Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9pm

Landlady
…with:
Celestial Shore
Shy Hunters

And:

Dear _______,

There’s a part in the set that happens every single night Landlady plays. It’s a signature, and like your own signature it took practice until it just started coming out the way you decided it should. And like my signature, it comes out a little different every time, because I never learned how to hold a pen properly. It’s a moment where I speak to the audience, where I try to do what I care about more than most things and break the divide between the band and the crowd. It comes 3/4 into the song “Above My Ground,” I tell them the song is about having Lost, someone something some feeling some place and they want to have it back. And that feeling that can make you feel the most alone has been felt by all of us, and for that reason we are all in fact connected. And then we sing the word Always over and over again as the band grows from a whisper to a scream. The ending comes on cue and I always cue it four times past when it seems like we couldn’t possibly get any bigger, and somehow someway people are singing until the end. And it feels damn special.

The singalong element of that song came immediately after Levon Helm’s death. I was playing a tribute show at Club Helsinki in Hudson in Upstate New York, the show was running short and my friend who was running the night leaned in to me while Elvis Perkins was on stage and told me to sing Lonesome Suzie. He knew I loved the song, and so I ran up to the club’s office. I wasn’t 100% on the lyrics and wanted to do it right so I printed out a copy and then printed out twenty more copies and when I sat at the piano I passed the sheets into the audience. It was one of the easier risks I’ve ever taken but holy moly it felt so incredible to hear everyone sing together even when not everyone knew the right phrasing, even when not everyone even knew the song. They had the words and they and I recognized spontaneously that the sheer fact that the passing of such an incredible drummer, singer, and musical presence could bring us together to sing together is a seriously special thing. 

Last night Landlady wrapped up a week-long tour, one we didn’t need to do. The album doesn’t come out until July and the big press push has yet to come i.e. most of the world still doesn’t know we exist which certainly means most of Buffalo and Montreal doesn’t know we exist. But in Buffalo we played outside under the clear night sky in front of giant grain silos. Everyone I meet in Buffalo has some sort of pseudonym they give me instead of a name and that night I sold a vinyl to a Ms. Meatballhead. And in Montreal we played in a former strip club to a psyched crowd that trickled in late enough to thoroughly convince us absolutely no one would be there until that wasn’t the case. The not-empty room included a kid who was three years younger than me and was an obsessive fan of my high school band. He saw I was playing Montreal where he now lived and came wearing our t-shirt.

Last night we ended in Boston, in Cambridge, MA, to the biggest crowd and the highest stakes. The front row was parents, my mom and moms and dads of the other bands as well. Behind them the room was full and the energy was hot, we were approaching midnight and it was time to end our set and so it was time to open my mouth and speak. And I spoke about what it means to Know. How strong it can feel to know the people you know, to focus the microscope and actually appreciate and feel the electricity of those relationships that make up the good parts of our lives, that make up our rock and roll band, that make up every person in the room. And I spoke about not knowing. About the guy who approached me with regret right before we played, that he had only heard the last few minutes of the incredible Star Rover who played before us. Had he known, he would have shown up earlier, he said. And the couple who just learned, that day they said, that their upcoming child would be a boy.

And so the rock and roll thesis of the night went like this: there is an incredible power in not knowing. There is so much surprise and joy and challenge and resolve in the feeling of uncertainty, of question and eventual answer. There’s equal power in accepting some of the magic we can’t possibly understand, that which we may truly never know. I confess, the rambling nature of these moments are masked better when a band is playing along. But this moment happened, and it happened last night, and it felt honest enough to grab everyone and convince them to sing with us, to bring us all down low and let us grow as high as possible. It felt incredible. I stood on the table. Our two drummers wailed. The guy who was checking IDs at the door bought a record. This was an extraordinary evening.

Extraordinary moments are the fuel in the Landlady generator. We make this music to surprise and inspire, to make every person who hears it feel like they’re a part of something bigger. This is inclusive, not divisive. This is incredibly special to us and as personal an offering as we can create. This is the Unknown.

I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

Adam Schatz, Landlady 
June 20th, 2014

3 months ago

Bear In Heaven + “Autumn” + Summer + You + Us
New single out today, Time Is Over One Day Old out August 5

LISTEN: Bear In Heaven “Autumn” (check it on Noisey)
PRE-ORDER: Bear In Heaven Time Is Over One Day Old LP/CD

There’s something about first songs. They are the hot water on the ice that encrusts all the days between an old album and a new one. Since 2012, we’ve been gazing through that cold glass at Bear In Heaven. They left us with I Love You, It’s Cool in 2012 and, somehow someway, the feeling that timelessness is possible even when we’re powered by daily doses of electricity. Bear In Heaven are definitely wired in, their primitive heartbeat dancing with a command of electronic instrumentation that rivals any band still making today. This relationship glows so brightly that Noisey — who premiered their new single (and BIH’s new album’s first track) today — said that they’ve “always flirted nicely with the 80s.” Sure. Bear In Heaven sounds like 2014 but makes you think of every other time when man collided with machine. This is something we can all feel together, something that transcends and contains every decade. Bear In Heaven is flirting with the 80s. Bear In Heaven is flirting with tomorrow. Bear In Heaven is flirting with you.

Bear In Heaven Time Is Over One Day Old
LP/CD/DIG on Hometapes & Dead Oceans
RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014

01. Autumn
02. Time Between 
03. If I Were To Lie
04. They Dream
05. The Sun and The Moon and The Stars
06. Memory Heart
07. Demon
08. Way Off
09. Dissolve The Walls
10. You Don’t Need The World

3 months ago

Pattern Is Movement “Suckling” video premiere on NPR
Tour dates continue with Wye Oak

WATCH:  Pattern Is Movement “Suckling” Official Video (NPR First Watch)

"This entire album process has been about Andrew and Chris digging deeply into their 15+ years of making music together and really figuring out what Pattern Is Movement is. They found a purity of vision that fueled them internally. That manifested externally: they self-titled this record (their fourth album), we used their likenesses on the cover, and I began seeking a way to display this energy in video form. The goal was to capture the two of them, simply, doing what they do. We had a small crew, two lights, one camera, and a dark, tiny space. We did everything we could to get as close as possible to their live performance, to get to that intimate and raw place where Pattern Is Movement just is.” -Adam Heathcott, Hometapes (Director)

Order Pattern Is Movement here.

Get Closer: Pattern Is Movement Tour Dates

7/10/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey *
7/11/14 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge $
7/12/14 - Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya
7/14/14 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
7/15/14 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
7/16/14 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
7/18/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
7/19/14 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
7/20/14 - Lincoln, NE @ Vega 
7/21/14 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s *
7/22/14 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
7/23/14 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas %
7/24/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI @
7/27/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas #

* w/ Wye Oak
$ w/ Dominique Leone and Paint The Trees White
% w/ Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases and Thin Hymns
@ w/ DMA
# w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow

3 months ago

blink blink
today and all week

Landlady Upright Behavior streaming now via Pitchfork Advance.

The LP, CD, and digital album are out next Tuesday. Order yours now.

Visit Landladyland for all their upcoming tour dates.

3 months ago
landladyband:

Landlady in The New York Times
Playing in a Part of Something BiggerLandlady Previews Its First Album at Rough Trade NYCBy JON PARELESJULY 2, 2014
The musicians spilled off the stage when Adam Schatz’s rock band Landlady performed on Tuesday night at Rough Trade NYC. By the end of the set, there were a dozen horn players and half a dozen drummers and percussionists along with Mr. Schatz and Landlady’s core musicians, blaring and pounding as Mr. Schatz pushed the audience to sing along. It was an album party through a show of community. “This is such a special way to feel like you’re a part of something bigger,” Mr. Schatz announced as the musicians assembled. Mr. Schatz, who is also a jazz concert promoter, works with many other bands as well as Landlady, playing rock, funk, jazz, Afrobeat and improvisation. Landlady’s more-or-less pop songs hold a little of them all.
Landlady releases its debut album, “Upright Behavior” (Hometapes), this month. It joins a lineage of New York City art-rock bands that transmute existential questions and primal fears into exultant songs, bands like Talking Heads, TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors. “What am I supposed to do about it? Dying day,” Mr. Schatz sang, confronting mortality with confidence and exasperation in his piquantly reedy voice. The arrangement galloped in start-stop bursts hinting at African music, lingered in a sustained shimmer, slowed down to hint at reggae and tossed around some 1950s doo-wop vocal harmonies before it was done.
There’s erudition and ingenuity in Landlady’s music, which often changes radically from verse to verse, even behind Mr. Schatz’s most straightforward melodies. The penetrating tone of Mr. Schatz’s Farfisa organ summons garage-rock and international psychedelia; crisp percussion patterns, moving in and out of odd meters, touch on carnivals, military parades, Minimalism, swing and world music. Guitar lines can have the delicacy of folk-rock, the lilt of Congolese rumba or a spaghetti-western twang. The horns, when they joined Landlady onstage, offered big shared drones or overlapping riffs.
Along with songs from Landlady’s album, the set included a transmogrified version of a Talking Heads song, “Mind,” that started as a dissonant ostinato, heaved toward rock, eased into a kind of tango and briefly erupted into guitar noise. Perhaps Mr. Schatz was describing Landlady when he sang in “The Globe,” a song of his own: “Been staring at the globe too long/Put the pieces back together wrong.”
The concert’s finale was “Above My Ground,” a march with lyrics of mourning: “I wish that you were still around,” it begins. Mr. Schatz beckoned the audience to get close to the stage, and midway through the song started to preach, almost gospel style, about how all people are connected, because they’ve shared a sense of loss. He got the audience singing, “Always, always” as the music climbed louder and higher, a happy din of cross-rhythms and hooting horns, with his voice rising toward yelps and whoops. He was singing about feeling alone, amid abundant proof that he was not.
Photo by Ruby Washington/The New York Times

landladyband:

Landlady in The New York Times

Playing in a Part of Something Bigger
Landlady Previews Its First Album at Rough Trade NYC
By JON PARELES
JULY 2, 2014

The musicians spilled off the stage when Adam Schatz’s rock band Landlady performed on Tuesday night at Rough Trade NYC. By the end of the set, there were a dozen horn players and half a dozen drummers and percussionists along with Mr. Schatz and Landlady’s core musicians, blaring and pounding as Mr. Schatz pushed the audience to sing along. It was an album party through a show of community. “This is such a special way to feel like you’re a part of something bigger,” Mr. Schatz announced as the musicians assembled. Mr. Schatz, who is also a jazz concert promoter, works with many other bands as well as Landlady, playing rock, funk, jazz, Afrobeat and improvisation. Landlady’s more-or-less pop songs hold a little of them all.

Landlady releases its debut album, “Upright Behavior” (Hometapes), this month. It joins a lineage of New York City art-rock bands that transmute existential questions and primal fears into exultant songs, bands like Talking Heads, TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors. “What am I supposed to do about it? Dying day,” Mr. Schatz sang, confronting mortality with confidence and exasperation in his piquantly reedy voice. The arrangement galloped in start-stop bursts hinting at African music, lingered in a sustained shimmer, slowed down to hint at reggae and tossed around some 1950s doo-wop vocal harmonies before it was done.

There’s erudition and ingenuity in Landlady’s music, which often changes radically from verse to verse, even behind Mr. Schatz’s most straightforward melodies. The penetrating tone of Mr. Schatz’s Farfisa organ summons garage-rock and international psychedelia; crisp percussion patterns, moving in and out of odd meters, touch on carnivals, military parades, Minimalism, swing and world music. Guitar lines can have the delicacy of folk-rock, the lilt of Congolese rumba or a spaghetti-western twang. The horns, when they joined Landlady onstage, offered big shared drones or overlapping riffs.

Along with songs from Landlady’s album, the set included a transmogrified version of a Talking Heads song, “Mind,” that started as a dissonant ostinato, heaved toward rock, eased into a kind of tango and briefly erupted into guitar noise. Perhaps Mr. Schatz was describing Landlady when he sang in “The Globe,” a song of his own: “Been staring at the globe too long/Put the pieces back together wrong.”

The concert’s finale was “Above My Ground,” a march with lyrics of mourning: “I wish that you were still around,” it begins. Mr. Schatz beckoned the audience to get close to the stage, and midway through the song started to preach, almost gospel style, about how all people are connected, because they’ve shared a sense of loss. He got the audience singing, “Always, always” as the music climbed louder and higher, a happy din of cross-rhythms and hooting horns, with his voice rising toward yelps and whoops. He was singing about feeling alone, amid abundant proof that he was not.

Photo by Ruby Washington/The New York Times

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3 months ago

Landlady Remixes Sylvan Esso! 
Check it out on Buzzfeed and catch Landlady tomorrow at Rough Trade Brooklyn

LISTEN: Sylvan Esso “Hey Mami (Landlady Remix)” [Buzzfeed Premiere]

"The way music is released and received right now somehow pits everyone against each other, scrambling for shrinking pieces of an increasingly moldy pie.

But we play in bands and write songs because of a love for each other, a commitment to making sound together and doing the impossible to make people feel unusual. There’s a collective spirit we can choose to ignore or we can grab it and shake it about. Sylvan Esso asked me to do a horn arrangement of their song ‘Hey Mami,’ a song they knew really enjoyed, because Noisey asked them to perform an ‘acoustic’ version of a song, a request every electronic artist loves to hear. But they embraced the curveball, called me up and I dove in head first. This ‘remix’ is the result. 

We should keep making each other dive in head first. It makes for the best music. We are all in this together, and I think Sylvan Esso are the best.”

-Adam Schatz, Landlady

Landlady Upright Behavior is out July 15 on Hometapes.
Landlady performs TOMORROW at Rough Trade Brooklyn.

Landlady!
Tuesday July 1, 2014
6:30pm doors, 7:00pm show
Rough Trade  - 64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn
FREE

Landlady’s 7pm performance at Rough Trade Brooklyn on July 1 launches the store’s exclusive early release of Album of the Month Upright Behavior and will reveal the record in a whole new way: the powerful Brooklyn-based five-piece will be augmented by twelve drummers, ten horns, and three additional singers. Join Landlady for a whole new kind of listening party.

"Their music is tuneful and wry and melodic and ambitious and seems to be gesturing towards rafters that only they see." -Pitchfork

INVITATION: http://www.facebook.com/events/279512442220357/

5 months ago
Landlady Release “Dying Day” and Announce a Summer of Tour DatesPre-order Upright Behavior now and get the new single instantly

"Schatz has a truly rare knack for establishing an instant connection through the force of his words – they caress, support, and embrace instead of the normal glancing blow…Landlady strikes a chord as the everyman’s gospel; secularly spirit-rousing but no less powerful, articulate in vision but universal in its delivery."
 - I Guess I’m Floating on “Dying Day”

LISTEN: Landlady “Dying Day”

PRE-ORDER:Landlady Upright Behavior LP/CD/DIG
JUMP IN:Landlady Tour Dates6/12/14 - Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s6/13/14 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston *6/14/14 - Buffalo, NY @ American Warehouse6/17/14 - Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen ^6/18/14 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre $6/19/14 - Boston, MA @ Lizard Lounge #7/15/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right8/09/14 - Champaign, IL @ High Dive †8/10/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club †8/11/14 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium †8/13/14 - Billings, MT @ The Railyard †8/14/14 - Spokane, WA @ The Barlett †8/15/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile †8/16/14 - Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW - Tom McCall Waterfront Park8/18/14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel †8/20/14 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst †8/21/14 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. †8/22/14 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door †8/24/14 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room †8/26/14 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk †8/27/14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs †8/28/14 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon †9/02/14 - Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox9/03/14 - Atlanta, GA @ 5299/04/14 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest - Tir Na Nog ^9/05/14 - Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Fest - November Theatre  %9/07/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery* w/ Fort Lean, No Valley
^ w/ Saint Rich$ w/ Amen Dunes# w/ Star Rover† w/ Man Man% w/ Matthew E. White
__________________________Photo by Sasha Arutynova

Landlady Release “Dying Day” and Announce a Summer of Tour Dates
Pre-order Upright Behavior now and get the new single instantly

"Schatz has a truly rare knack for establishing an instant connection through the force of his words – they caress, support, and embrace instead of the normal glancing blow…Landlady strikes a chord as the everyman’s gospel; secularly spirit-rousing but no less powerful, articulate in vision but universal in its delivery."

- I Guess I’m Floating on “Dying Day”

LISTEN: Landlady “Dying Day”

PRE-ORDER:
Landlady Upright Behavior LP/CD/DIG

JUMP IN:
Landlady Tour Dates
6/12/14 - Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
6/13/14 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston *
6/14/14 - Buffalo, NY @ American Warehouse
6/17/14 - Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen ^
6/18/14 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre $
6/19/14 - Boston, MA @ Lizard Lounge #
7/15/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
8/09/14 - Champaign, IL @ High Dive †
8/10/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club †
8/11/14 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium †
8/13/14 - Billings, MT @ The Railyard †
8/14/14 - Spokane, WA @ The Barlett †
8/15/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile †
8/16/14 - Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW - Tom McCall Waterfront Park
8/18/14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel †
8/20/14 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst †
8/21/14 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. †
8/22/14 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door †
8/24/14 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room †
8/26/14 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk †
8/27/14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs †
8/28/14 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon †
9/02/14 - Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
9/03/14 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
9/04/14 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest - Tir Na Nog ^
9/05/14 - Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Fest - November Theatre  %
9/07/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery* w/ Fort Lean, No Valley

^ w/ Saint Rich
$ w/ Amen Dunes
# w/ Star Rover
† w/ Man Man
% w/ Matthew E. White

__________________________
Photo by Sasha Arutynova

5 months ago

“The vignettes in the song all pivot around this central anxiety: that is, a fear of mob logic,” said Fields in describing the music video. “Specifically male, specifically young. Alex took these ideas and inspiration from Peter Ravn’s cover art and drew a line between the practiced, self-assured dominating gaze of a mock CEO in a MerrilLynch commercial and the narrative ambiguities in Peter’s paintings that make those characters haunting, sad, and funny.”

WATCH:
Leverage Models “Night Falls on the General Assembly” (Paste Magazine Premiere)

ORDER:
Leverage Models Leverage Models LP/CD
Leverage Models Leverage Models DIGITAL ALBUM

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5/22/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo
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