Smith Westerns (SOLD OUT) – Tickets – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY – January 18th, 2011

Smith Westerns (SOLD OUT)

Smith Westerns (SOLD OUT)

Ducktails, Bass Drum Of Death (DJ Set), Sundelles

Tue, January 18, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

$10.00 DOS

Smith Westerns (SOLD OUT) - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Smith Westerns (SOLD OUT)
The Smith Westerns are from Chicago, and as far as we can tell are either named after a tourist trinket manufacturer in Tacoma or a chain of honkytonk restaurants in south England. Maybe both. Imagine being on family vacation somewhere kind of corny and sucky but running into a girl or boy who is also on family vacation in the same corny, sucky place. You guys buy each other pins from the gift shop at the foot of a rollercoaster, maybe they’re little cowboy hats. You throw some skeeball. Then you go back to your hometowns and write each other crazy letters for the rest of the summer while listening to Marc Bolan. That’s what this song sounds like. So maybe they know what they’re doing with the name. Regardless, this shit is so good we had to learn all the words just so we could yell it at grumpy snitches on the subway.
Ducktails - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Ducktails
Ducktails, the increasingly less “solo” endeavor of Matt Mondanile, is set to release The Flower Lane, which is the project’s fourth album and his first for Domino. Recorded and mixed over the summer of 2012 with Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never) as Mondanile’s hectic schedule as a concurrent member of Real Estate began to wind down after a year in support of their Domino debut album, Days, the ten track album will hit the streets on January 29th to be preceded by the single release of effervescent pop gem “Letter of Intent.”
Taking a tangential turn away from solo home-recording of past releases toward the more collaborative environment of the studio, Ducktails’ Matt Mondanile roped in close friends and colleagues to make something more adventurous yet easy-going. The ten songs on The Flower Lane move across a range of expressive pop songs that are bright and expansive, but venture even further with forays into saxophone leads, synth lines and piano accompaniment that would have been at home on the early records of sophisticated guitar pop icons such as Aztec Camera and Prefab Sprout.
With brooding seducers “Under Cover,” “The Flower Lane,” and “Sedan Magic” along with a stunning cover of founding Clean/Chills member Peter Gutteridge’s “Planet Phrom,” the ambient pop of The Flower Lane is, from start to finish, as spirited as the time these folks had recording it. Support came in many forms, from the backing of the New Jersey band Big Troubles to contributions from Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Joel Ford (Ford + Lopatin), Madeline Follin (Cults) and Sam Mehran (Outer Limitz), to name a few, The Flower Lane defies the cliche of “embracing the big studio” by successfully making the songs feel immediate on an emotional level after they’ve passed through the dozen other wizardly minds of the studio collaboration while still conveying the fun they had working together.
One of the standouts on The Flower Lane is the duet between Future Shuttle’s Jessa Farkas and Big Trouble’s Ian Drennan on “Letter of Intent.” As with Felt’s “Primitive Painters,” where the contrasting voices of Lawrence Hayward and Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser exchange pained verses or with Tom Petty’s seductively plodding collaboration with former Eurythmic Dave Stewart on his synth-driven hit “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Letter Of Intent” is proof of the expanding range of Ducktails’ song craft.
Bass Drum Of Death (DJ Set) - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Bass Drum Of Death (DJ Set)
Bass Drum of Death is a band from Mississippi. John plays guitar and sings and Colin plays the drums. Together they make blown-out, blazing songs. They are set to release their debut LP GB City on Fat Possum Records. John was Fat Possum's worst employee 3 years ago. He wrote and recorded the whole record himself using just a drumset, a guitar, a usb microphone, a computer, and a shitload of talent. The songs are about drugs, trying to make it with religious girls, panic attacks, stealing stuff, mild to severe depression, Elvis appearing in your dreams and giving you advice, gravity bongs and the devil living inside your brain. This record is the soundtrack playing in your head when you're fucked up and walking home in the middle of the night.
Sundelles - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Sundelles
“Dead Youth” instantly jumps off of the record as a whirling one direction carousel of noise and reverb. Everything, including the rumored guitar solo, blurs to the periphery. The song glistens with sweat and smiles. “Waiting” on the b-side is as, if not more, accomplished as its vinyl brethren. Taking its template from 40’s Doo Wop, the song swings and sways in dizzying proportions. Waiting makes the listener fill with joy and perhaps push them to break things of moderate value.. The redeeming quality about both songs is the lack of fidelity. The drums on both songs pop out of the mix as if being pressed against a stone wall. The vocals feel as if they were screamed over the excitement of a 1950’s fraternity party. The Lo-Fi quality of this record gives it a sense of costume that some of the other Garage revival lacks. Mimicking the intentional and sometimes accidental production of the mid 60’s is a wonderful effect (whether intentional or accidental). Sundelles has all the parts in the right place to make a drop dead gorgeous record. Their nonchalance and no-style sets them up for whatever may come in the future ."
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.theglasslands.com/