Here’s a new video from our pals Terror Bird! ‘She Kissed Me and I Fell Ill’ will be released on their upcoming album Secret Rituals, due out on Adagio 830 in May. Video by Ben Mertens.
Believe it or not, Terror Bird‘s debut LP is finally here! Human Culture is available now from ADAGIO830 and Night People. Get two new songs below. The band also has a new 7″ out on NightSchool, stream it here.
Terror Bird go on Europe Tour in February, catch ‘em if you can! Check the dates on their Myspace page.
But perhaps even more interesting than LPs this year were the EPs, like those from Zola Jesus, James Blake, Forest Swords and Light Asylum, just to name a few that really stood out. Check out the complete list below.
Forest Swords: Dagger Paths
James Blake: Klavierwerke / CMYK
Zola Jesus: Stridulum / Valusia
Memoryhouse: The Years / Caregiver/Heirloom
These Are Powers: Candyman
GAMES: That We Can Play
Laurel Halo: King Felix
Hype Williams: Do Roids And Kill E’rything
Psychobuildings: Birds of Prey / Portrait
NDF: Since We Last Met
Gary War: Police Water
SLEEP ? OVER: Outer Limits
Terror Bird: Shadows in the Halls / Terror Bird/Certain Breeds Split
Oneohtrix Point Never: Antony | Fennesz : Returnal
Creepy Teepee is a festival curated by Prague’s A.M.180 Collective, that went on from Thursday July 15th to Sunday the 18th. It takes place at the old Jesuit College in Kutná Hora, a cute small town about an hour from Prague. (Thanks to the three young Czechs who helped me get there. The Czech must be the nicest people in the world ever.) I was at the festival for only two out of four days, so I’m only gonna cover the time I was there.
The festival site is a bit unusual, but I really liked it. The first band that played on Friday was The Spookfish. Couldn’t really get into the show so I used the time to have a little chat with Freddy Ruppert of Former Ghosts. (Will post that sometime soon.) Second up were Air Waves, who I had a drink with earlier that day. Nice people. Nice show, too. Perfect for chilling out on a sunny afternoon.
Continuing in that tone, Toro y Moi were really good. A three-piece live, the songs sounded different than on the record. But I didn’t mind at all.
Vivian Girls put on a fun and energetic show, the crowd was eating it up. At one point Nikki (Terror Bird) turned to me and said “Oh my god, is everyone like going to fall in love with these girls?” I looked around and just thought “Yep.” But they were adorable. Also, I loved how some guys kept missing the point of crowd surfing, or the crowd just didn’t feel like participating. It ended up with a couple of guys carrying one of their friends around every now and then, while the crowd would just clear out and let them pass.
Some thought it was strange that Former Ghosts was the last on the bill since the two bands that played before them were more popular. I’d say that the curators knew what they were doing. Anyone else would have just looked ridiculous after that. The best show I’ve seen in a while, and one of the most intense and emotionally charged performances I’ve ever seen. When a couple of hipsters made another failed attempt at crowd surfing during ‘Mother’, it felt completely out of place, almost rude. That aside, the set was plain awesome.
I do have one objection though. After that show I didn’t feel like going to the after party at all. I just felt like going back to the hotel, curling up in bed and listening to whatever Smiths I could find on my laptop. But I resisted the urge and went to the ?eská 1 club.
I only caught one of the bands that were playing the after party, and they were really good, just don’t know which band that was. I’m a bad reporter, I know.
Philip Seymour Hoffman opened the third day of the festival with a fine performance. He had a pretty unusual follow-up in the form of hardcore four-piece Ampere. They’re known for their intense short shows, and this one was no different. They seemed really surprised when the predominantly indie crowd asked for an encore.
Ecstatic Sunshine‘s show went really well with my lunch break and some cheap Czech beer. Next up were Silk Flowers, who were pretty good. And we all celebrated the singer’s birthday. Hung out with them a little after the show, nice guys.
And then… It started to rain. And I didn’t have an umbrella. Or anything to wear. Went to the hotel hoping to find a sweater in my bag. Unbelievable! And I though I was gonna melt only 10 minutes earlier.
Missed most of the Chris Garneau show, but kinda didn’t feel sorry I did once I caught the last ten minutes of it. Not exactly my cup of tea. But I was really looking forward to the These Are Powers show afterwards.
They were expectedly great, although the rain did spoil things a bit for me. I stood in the front for a part of the set, but had to run to the tent in the back pretty soon as I got completely soaked. And it’s just not the same watching TAP from the back. Hope to catch them again soon, preferrably indoors.
Saturday’s after party featured two bands – Gnod and Terrible Eagle – and a No Conclusion + All Everyone United party. The bands were good, but the air in the main room was unbearable, I couldn’t stay inside long. Until I had to. For some two hours at that, as it was my first party DJ set! Got a few hugs afterwards so I guess it went alright. Rado and Jakub from AEU kept the party going til the wee hours.
All in all I had a great time at Creepy Teepee. The overall mood was super friendly and relaxed so I believe everyone enjoyed the festival. I was sorry I couldn’t be there the first day, as I mostly hung out with people who played day one – Nikki Never from Terror Bird, the folks from Collapsing Opposites, Love Cult, Pictureplane… Good times. And I’m sorry I couldn’t stay for the last day to see Captain Ahab, Memoryhouse, Nadja and others. But hey, I can’t complain since the two days I spent there were pretty much awesome. Hope to be there next year!
We already mentioned the upcoming Terror Bird single. Well, Shadows in the Halls 7″ is out now via Atelier ciseaux/La station radar. Except for ‘Shadows in the Halls’ it features three more tracks. AND we got to premiere one of those new songs! Grab ‘I Love No’ below, it’s yet another gem from Terror Bird.
2010, La Station Radar
01. Neon Pulse – Kestrels; 02. Jen Paul – Wheel And A Chime; 03. Cough Cool – Flower Reading; 04. Ela Orleans – She Who Could Bind You; 05. Blessure Grave – Stranger In The House; 06. Deep Sht – Never Say Never; 07. Cloud Nothings – Can’t Stay Awake; 08. Ale Mania – DC Rails; 09. Dunes – Handle; 10. Ancient Crux – Colossal Debt; 11. Twin Lion – High Life; 12. Beaters – Fishage; 13. Lee Noble – Terror High; 14. A Grave With No Name – Sofia; 15. Terror Bird – Shame On Your Side; 16. Norse Horse – Shooodikids; 17. Dirty Beaches – Coast To Coast; 18. Heavy Hawaii – Philly Games; 19. Badtimeexpress – Blooming Trail; 20. Dead Gaze – A Simple Man (Wishes & Daydreams); 21. Jeans Wilder – Valentine; 22. Fluker Love – Stay The Night; 23. Nude Boy – D.I Dad ; 24. Pink Priest – I’d Rise From The Dead For You; 25. Taped Hiss – Out At Sea, A Tiny Cat And Me
Our friends from La Station Radar are releasing a rad compilation featuring tracks by some of the most exciting young acts right now, such as Terror Bird, Ela Orleans, Cloud Nothings, Blessure Grave, Jeans Wilder and more. Grab the Cough Cool and A Grave With No Name tracks below and order the CD here.
La Station Radar website.
Terror Bird @ Myspace.
Outside of Vancouver, I like the music of Wavves, Night Wounds (although they broke up), Mental Stagnation..all from California, I think. This is the year I discoverd Death in June, which is actually a very old band. Today, Jeremiah (from Terror Bird) showed me The Saints, an old punk band and I really loved that too. I also love Arctic Monkeys.
Older artists I’ve been listening to often in 2009 are The Smiths, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Death in June, The Fall, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, and Roxy Music.
This year, I discovered La Roux and Bat for Lashes. Both of them are female, became famous this year, and have great songs. It’s good pop music. I was starting to think pop could never be good again. I also discovered Katie Stelmanis after my roommate told me about her. I tried to interview her and she didn’t respond to my questions, so we’re ‘in a fight’ now. Something else happened to me…I started to like Lady Gaga after really, really not liking her for at least a year. I guess if you hear something enough times, it just gets drilled into your head.
Favorite 2009 Activities:
> In the summer of 2009, I tried to “get fit” by joining dance classes and biking everywhere. I lasted through two or three classes of cardio salsa. It was the most difficult exercise I’ve ever done. At the end of class, I felt uncoordinated and ready to pass out. But it was really fun anyway. The one hip hop dance class I went to happened to be on a day where they were making up a dance routine to “Everybody Dance Now” or whatever that song is called. That was one of my favorite childhood songs.
> Playing keyboards and writing songs!
> Working at a daycare: Sometimes I get paid to draw five year-olds mermaids, for an hour. Other times, I get paid to play dodgeball (and win!). The girls tell me they love my clothes and some of them say, “I love you, Nikki.” Best job ever? I think so.
> Hanging out with my cats. My cat went missing when Jer and I moved into our new place. I put up a million posters and a month or two later we ‘found’ our cat. But it was really not our cat. Then, someone directed us to our actual cat, Catty. We have since tried to look for the other white cat’s (who Jer named Sid) owner, but he is MIA, so we have two white cats. However, if they are in the same room together, they become killing machines.
> Trying to create the perfect burrito.
Terror Bird @ Myspace.
NN: This song is called New Hero and I’m not sure if it will make it on the Night People release or not. You’re the first besides my band to hear it. It is about a woman who is infatuated with a nun.
NN: This might be on the release. It’s about a bunch of different things…observing the oddness of modern medicine/plastic surgery by talking about making silicone equilibrium for those who have mental troubles, feeling alien, finding entertainment in social drama, flying in dreams. It was a weird poem that turned into a song.
She’s a Revolutionary
Well, judging by these snippets, we have a lot of dark pop goodness to look forward to. We absolutely love Shadows in the Halls. Check out more hits to be like Thrill Killer, another gem, on her Myspace.
Sociopaths Are Glam is still available. Get it.