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Music Crush: @clouderband

My lovelies from the Brooklyn band Clouder are releasing a new album, Sister Raygun, March 4 on Fleeting Youth Records. Check out the single “Lost in Reverie”. It’s like Babyshambles or post-Doors without all the heroin and stuff. 

Preorder it, darn it.

Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time, Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Sunday, May 27

Slam Donahue, EULA, The Nico Blues at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY - Surprise Attack Music Festival

Tuesday, May 29

Foster the People and The Kooks at Central Park Rumsey Playfield, NYC - Music Crush Girl will be there somewhere!

Great Lake Swimmers at Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Wednesday, May 30

Foster the People and The Kooks at Central Park Rumsey Playfield, NYC

Thursday, May 31

Clouder and LUFF at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY - Two of my have crushes together. A post-punk and post-alternative paradise.

Zula at Mercury Lounge, NYC - These cute boys rock.

Radiohead at The Prudential Center, NJ - Because they are Radiohead.

Thurston Moore at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY - He’s single now. Just sayin’. 

Friday, June 1 

Xylos at Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY

Psychadelic Furs at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY - Just because. And it’s for charity.

Radiohead and Caribou at the Prudential Center, NJ

tUnE-YaRds and Delicate Steve at Terminal 5, NYC - This show should blow your mind.

Leda at Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY - another Amy Klein invention. If you play guitar, prepare to be humiliated by her mad skills. Listen to “Halfway b/w A Thimble

Maquina Supervium at 929 XPO, Brooklyn NY - up and coming comers

Saturday, June 2

Ms Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom, NYC - Because at one point she was really awesome.

Gogol Bordello at The Wellmont Theater, NJ - amped up gypsy rock.

Sunday, June 3

Blondes at DeKalb Market in Brooklyn, NY - Oh shit! I love their new album! Great electro-dance pop.

Everything I’d See This Week if I Had Unlimited Time, Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Monday, April 23

The Big Pink, Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Washed Out, Memoryhouse at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Vaccines at Webster Hall, NYC

Tuesday, April 24

Bryan Scary Record Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn

Miike Snow at Terminal 5, NYC

Wednesday, April 25

Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik at The Highline Ballroom

Miike Snow at Terminal 5

Thursday, April 26

Young Magic at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, NYC

Twin Shadow at Glasslands, Brooklyn

Here We Go Magic at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn

Miike Snow at Terminal 5

The Static Jacks at Webster Hall

Friday, April 27

Death Cab for Cutie and Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater in NYC

Clouder at Cakeshop, NYC

Mon Khmer at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn

Alcoholic Faith Mission at Glasslands, Brooklyn

Shark? at Shea Stadium, Brooklyn

Jack White at Webster Hall, NYC

Saturday, April 28

Death Cab for Cutie and Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater, NYC

Lost Boy? at Big Snow, Brooklyn

Sunday, April 29

Death Cab for Cutie and Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater, NYC

Titus Andronicus at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Shins at Terminal 5

Show Recs: Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time and Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

2/19 DJ Krush at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn  - Trip-hop daddy. Sold out tho.

2/22  Basement Batman at Glasslands in Brooklyn - Cute little boys with soul

2/23  Quiet Loudly, Magnetic Island, Hilly Eye and Passenger Peru at Cakeshop in New York - What an Ah-Mazin’ lineup! Seriously, I would not miss this!

2/24 Clouder at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - Cloud-on with the sounds of Babyshambles and David Bowie 

2/24 Dustin Wong at La Sala in Brooklyn - Amazing dream-pop guitar

2/24 Ava Luna at Mercury Lounge in NYC

2/24 Sharon Van Etten at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn

2/24 EULAShark?Indian Rebound and Lost Boy at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn - Get your punk on.

2/24 Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson at Casey’s in Canterbury, UK - So much emo and electronic rock goodness.

2/25  The Twilight Sad at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn

2/25 Des Ark at La Salamandra in Durham, NC - Best songwriting ever!

2012 Albums I’m Looking Forward To: Clouder

Some of the most beautiful musicians I know are in @clouderband, the indie rock outfit from Brooklyn with hints of Ramones, early Stones and Babyshambles. They’ve been working on new tunes for several months and a new release is imminent!  

I saw Max Goransson, their indomitable bassist (also lead vocalist of Quiet Loudly, one of my super crush bands) at the EULA show at Brooklyn Bowl last week. The album will be available digitally on Tuesday, Feb. 7. You can find it on their bandcamp and through all major online outlets — Amazon, iTunes, emusic, etc.

They are self-releasing - for now. Hopefully a label will tap them soon. They are already at work on brand new stuff

Check out 2 songs from their upcoming EP. 

@quietloudly leaves me wanting more

Could @quietloudly be the next great jam band?

That’s the question I was pondering as I watched their set @silentbarn last week, swaying appreciatively to their guitar-as-hero shoe-gaze sound. Maybe it’s because I reckon they could play for hours even though they just have one full-length EP. After four years together, they have an extensive repertoire that includes new tunes (a new full-length album is planned for the Fall), old songs reinterpreted, ‘60s covers, etc.

It could also be that my wish for jam-band status is more about immersion than song length, as jam bands seem to have carte blanche to play for hours. (Phish has a whole festival built around them after all. Nothing but Phish for 3 days.)

But it’s not something they’re interested in, says guitarist and lead vocalist Max Goransson.

“I don’t think I could ever be in a jam band,” he says. “Song craft, even when it veers off into a dark abyss of epic craziness, is too important to me. I think jam bands usually get really boring really quickly. Plus, John (Weingarten, keyboards and vocals) is probably the only one who would be interesting enough to watch “wank off” for that kind of length of time.”

He admits, though, that it would be great to play more than six songs a show. “I long for the day that we can headline a show and play as long as we want,” he says. “It’s hard always having to settle on six songs for a setlist. I’d love to play a solid hour and a half set.”

Nevertheless, it is easy to imagine Quiet Loudly, whose lineup in addition to Goransson and Weingarten includes Sal Garro on drums and vocals, and Tony Aquilino on bass and vocals, playing a packed outdoor festival upstate whilst naked hippies dance in the mud. (Actually, the whole naked hippie thing happened. Except it was Chicago, not New York. And it was crust punks instead of hippies.) But you could imagine it.

It’s also easy to envision them parading a coven of musicians onstage ala Broken Social Scene, in a completely asexual display of polyamory band love.

Quiet Loudly are collaborators in the strongest and most positive sense of the word. Several of them play in at least one other band (Goransson and Garro play together in The Governors; Goransson is also in Clouder; Aquilino plays in Gunfight!) and they have played with each other on and off in other bands for years. (Weingarten was “shoplifted” from another band.) A rotating crew of instrumentalists also sits in on shows from time to time to add depth and capture the sound from their recorded work.

The band is almost halfway through work on their new album though they have ‘accidentally’ been recording along the way and as studio opportunities come up. They are debuting a new song in August.

Throw their wicked skills into a petri dish with their collaborative nature, and add to that a vastly diverse score of musical influences (Albums currently on their playlists include New Rubble Vol. 5, a crossbreeding of raw girl groups and dirty psychadelia, old school Talking Heads and DEVO, and current local bands Steel Phantoms, Quilty and Clouder, among others) and what you get is a perfect primordial soup for great music, jam or not.

So in the end, maybe it doesn’t really matter what you call it. Quiet Loudly makes kickass music. Right now, they seem content with that.

“We just want to make good albums that people can connect with,” says Goransson.

“We don’t need to be U2,” says Garro, regarding success. “We just love just writing and playing shows together.”

Quiet Loudly plays thurs 8/4 at Cake Shop w/Magnetic Island and Gospel Gossip and fri 8/19 at Mercury Lounge w/Team Genius.

Check out their album, Soulgazer and this limited edition digital download Live in Pittsburgh EP for Japan Relief.