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16 Aug
2011

For our final day of coverage of Lollapalooza, our writer Michael Zonenashvili would have to make the most difficult decision of the weekend: Foo Fighters or Deadmau5? Find out which he chose below. (Photos courtesy of Lollapalooza Flickr page)


The Joy Formidable:

The Joy Formidable by Matt Ellis

The best set that could possibly happen so early in the morning. The UK’s Joy Formidable could play the extended outro of “Whirring” as an entire set and I’d be more than fine with it. What preceded that closing song, was a quick slew of songs from the thunderous album “The Big Roar.” The crowd clapped along without any prompt from the band, only encouragement after already starting, Ritzy Bryan saying, “Fuck yeah! Keep doing that.” Massive double kick drums, all the bass strings hit at once, and Ritzy’s army of guitars compact into one made it the loudest non-headlining show of the weekend. I always like to consider Ritzy Bryan to be the My Bloody Valentine incarnate that’s actually listenable/discernible. But yeah, back to that outro. A ten minute extended version of “Whirring” concluded the set, complete with Ritzy and crew thrashing their instruments, meddling with pedals, and Ritzy smashing a guitar into a gong. A perfect wake up call.


Noah and The Whale:

Noah & The Whale by Matt Ellis

I came to the stage expecting a cheery, ukulele ridden, completely inappropriate for a main stage set. Only one of those rang true. Being clad in matching suits was not the only thing that made Noah and the Whale seem like they were trying to be The National. New songs were droney and little too post-breakup to keep the crowd interested. The violin that cut through all their album tunes shifted from whimsical to eerie, and the songs as grey as the suits. A ukulele wasn’t the only thing missing from the most anticipated track, “Five Years Time.” Replaced with a guitar, and stripped of all charm, the song had me(and seemingly others) completely disengaged. Perhaps they would’ve just been better suited for the stage in the shade.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. hasn’t given up their shtick. They still came out in racing suits, only to strip them off before starting to play – it is hot, after all. I hadn’t yet seen them post-album release, but a little did change. Even more tight on the harmonies, on point with dynamics, and with no decrease in enthusiasm. Even stage banter was inspired and sincere, balancing between cheesy cuteness and festival-y togetherness. My only complaint is that they traded their cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” for a Celine Dion one. Probably not a career defining move, but it’s not too late to go back.



The Cars:
The Cars by Steve Wrubel

“I should learn how to play that one.” murmured Ric Ocasek following the career defining “Just What I Needed.” Even he knew something was up, and that’s what made the set a little disappointing. Compared to last year’s “legacy” act, Devo, The Cars made me feel old and dated themselves as well. Can’t blame it on being tired of old tunes; even new songs from “Move Like This” lacked enthusiasm and volume. The audience awkwardly bobbed to “My Best Friend’s Girl” as I sat on a hill and feared the impending storm.



Arctic Monkeys:
Arctic Monkeys by Jack Edinger

Delayed by thirty minutes due to the second strongest storm of the weekend, the Arctic Monkeys refrained from making too many jokes about the weather and got straight to the music. It was a shame that after every song I’d have to actively hope that the next one wasn’t from “Humbug,” but songs from “Suck It And See” melded well with old tracks, and the band luckily got a 45 minute set instead of being cut down to 30 by the storm. Just enough time to appease the crowd with songs like “Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down” that were significantly more enthused and energized than when played on the “Humbug” tour. Maybe all Alex needed was a haircut, but whatever it was, the band is starting to get their groove back.


Explosions in the Sky:
Explosions in the Sky by Dave Mead

Every time, Explosions in the Sky is a completely cathartic experience without even needing lyrics. Perfect buildups to even better payoffs riddle their extremely precise set. An artistic approach to volume and crescendo establishes the band as one deserving of their almost religious following. Perhaps there were only previous fans at the stage, others walking by to see the Foo Fighters and wondering “why aren’t they singing yet?” but those fans were into it. The crowd would be at Explosions’ side until the rain washed the set away, and the Foos started to blast across the park.



Deadmau5:
Deadmau5 by Matt Ellis

I passed up seeing a stadium rock band to see a DJ I hate. Was it worth it? Completely. After the brief, torrential storm that turned any blade of grass left on Grant Park into mud, we had all potentially garnered pneumonia but had made it to the North Stage. Upon passing the hill to the stage, we had the first glimpse at Deadmau5′s massive production. His famed Cube setup was bolstered by more lights and crazy rigging, and apparently that was only about half the setup that was allowed with the weather. The Deadmau5 set had an entire field dancing and jumping in mud, and I guess something converted me. Seeing everyone in a field lose their collective shit regardless of being covered in god knows what was exciting. Even the remix of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was tasteful, a nice nod to the band that everyone hopes will headline Lolla with each announcement released.

Deadmau5 was able to convince thousands of people to opt out of returning to their hotel to shower, in favor of being dirty and listening to some great beat drops accompanied with great lighting and design. And fine, I don’t hate him, “Ghosts n Stuff” is a pretty fun one, I admit.

24 Jun
2011

Noah and the Whale made their late night television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman. The band performed “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N” off of their new album Last Night On Earth on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

01 Jun
2011

Just a few months ago, Noah and the Whale released their new album Last Night on Earth and it’s such a great album that everyone wants to see the new songs performed live. We’re not lying, several of the shows on their spring tour have been sold out including back to back nights at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. This leg of the tour comes to a close at Irving Plaza on June 18th (tickets). It’ll be your last chance to see the band before they head out to Chicago for this year’s Lollapalooza.

Lucky for you, we have ONE pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan! Email us at theaudioperv@gmail.com (with the subject: I WANNA SEE NOAH AND THE WHALE!) with your name and we’ll email you back if you win!

Purchase Last Night On Earth at Amazon and iTunes

Tour Dates
June 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
June 3 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
June 4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
June 6 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Co.
June 8 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
June 9 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
June 10 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
June 13 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
June 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
June 16 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
June 17 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
June 18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

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18 Apr
2011

Following the very well received music video for “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.,” London-based Noah and The Whale is proud to debut the new music video for “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night.” Directed and edited by lead singer, Charlie Fink, RollingStone.com described the video as “romantic and exciting.” The song tells the story of a boy fleeing his hometown and the excitement that ensues from the unpredictable future. You never know how events will unfold “because tonight’s the kind of night, where everything could change.” To learn more about the video’s inspirations, check out Charlie’s blog post.

Noah and The Whale is also excited to share a free download of the brand new live take of their song “Give It All Back,” recorded at London’s RAK Studios. “Give It All Back” appears on the band’s third album Last Night on Earth, available now on Mercury Records. When Nylon debuted the download, they described the new album as “equal parts perfectly nostalgic and thoroughly modern.” SPIN.com described the song as “LCD Soundsystem’s iconic ‘All My Friends’ but with a hopeful, indie sensibility” with the debut of the the song’s in-studio video.
“Give It All Back” (Live from RAK Studios)

Purchase Last Night on Earth on iTunes
Purchase Last Night on Earth on Amazon

Noah and The Whale Tour Dates:

May 24 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Woman’s Club
May 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
May 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 29 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
May 30 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
June 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
June 3 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre **
June 4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
June 6 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Co.
June 8 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
June 9 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
June 10 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
June 13 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
June 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
June 16 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
June 17 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
June 18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

** newly announced date

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23 Mar
2011

The London band Noah and the Whale will be hitting the road on a full tour across the U.S. beginning on May 24 in San Diego. The tour will include stops at major markets including Los Angeles and New York City, as well as an appearance at the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington state. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, March 25. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

The tour will be in support of the band’s third album, Last Night On Earth. The album was released on March 15th via Mercury/Island Def Jam. The first single from Last Night On Earth, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” has an accompanying music video which you can watch HERE . You can also watch the band’s impressive in-studio live performance of new song “Give It All Back” HERE.

You can purchase Last Night On Earth at Amazon and iTunes

Noah and the Whale Tour Dates:

May 24 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Woman’s Club

May 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

May 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

May 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

May 29 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

May 30 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival

June 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound

June 4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

June 6 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Co.

June 8 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

June 9 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

June 10 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

June 11 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs

June 13 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

June 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

June 16 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

June 17 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

June 18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

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16 Mar
2011

It’s an exciting week for fans of Noah and The Whale, as it marks the US release of the band’s third album, Last Night On Earth via Mercury Records. The album has been receiving rave reviews and it’s just the start!

Lead singer, Charlie Fink, set to work on the album in January of 2010, holed up in a synagogue in East London. Beginning with a few melodic fragments, a sketch for a 10-minute song that resembled Lou Reed’s classic “Street Hustle,” and a set of lyrics that were begun on a train from Wales to London, something special eventually came into focus, something markedly different from the songs the band had written before.

Fink also notes that the lyrics of the album were heavily influenced by poetry. Last year, he read the work of Frank O’Hara for the first time, falling in love with the poem Having A Coke With You. Speaking of new song “Just Me Before We Met,” Fink notes “I Wanted [that song] to have a feel of that, or a tempo. Just the notion of it. Having A Coke With You is I think a very romantic poem, and that’s the only outwardly romantic song on the album, and so I wanted it to have the same approach.”

Speaking on the song “Give It All Back,” Charlie told SPIN.com, “It’s more about the infatuation you share with your friends for the bands and music you love. Music you feel so passionate about that you’re prepared to humiliate yourself in front of everyone you know.” Click the links below to watch Noah and The Whale’s live studio version of album track “Give It All Back”.

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18 Feb
2011

After watching the Grammys on Sunday night, you had two thoughts. 1. “Holy shit! Arcade Fire Won Album Of The Year!” and “2. Damn, Bob Dylan, I wish I had seen you live when you were younger.” The latter thought led to us searching for the next Bob Dylan, not an exact carbon copy but a great storyteller with a unique voice. We discovered Luke Rathborne. Just listen to his song “Dog Years” (mp3)

We’ll wait for you to finish listening. You loved it, right?

“Dog Years” will be on Luke’s new album due out on March 8th (Dilettante Recordings). It’s made up of two EPs (I Can Be One / Dog Years). The material on the Dog Years EP was written when Luke was a teenager living in Maine. The I Can Be One EP was written following Luke’s move to New York with some arrangements on it provided by members of Antony and the Johnsons. Devendra Banhart loved the song “I Can Be One” (mp3) so much that he invited Luke on tour.

We know that you’re eager to see Luke Rathborne in concert. Good news, tonight he plays the Living Room (7PM SHARP!) in New York City. You should see him now and at SXSW. If you’re not in town, check out the tour dates below as well as the entire Dog Years EP below:

Dog Years E.P. – Luke Rathborne by Luke Rathborne

Luke Rathborne
The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
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Tour Dates
02.18.11 – Living Room – New York, NY (7PM)
02.22.11 – The Wheelbarrow – London, UK
02.23.11 – The Social – Heavenly Social – London, UK
02.24.11 – Rough Trade In-store – London, UK
02.27.11 – The Drop – London, UK
02.28.11 – The Water Rats – London, UK
03.12.11 – Vinyl Release Show @ Havrard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA
03.15.11 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (Sold Out) **
03.17.11 – Paste Magazine Stage – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03.18.11 – Filter Showcase @ Cedar St. Courtyard – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03.26.11 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY **

** show with Noah and The Whale

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10 Feb
2011

British DJ, musician, and music producer Fake Blood lends its hand to reinventing Noah and The Whale’s current single, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”. The Fake Blood remix adds layers of percussion and staccato strings, providing a new vision to the original song that Zane Lowe listed as the “hottest record in the world right now.” Take a listen to both the remix and original below and don’t forget about the music video! Noah and The Whale’s third album, Last Night On Earth, will see a US release March 15th via Mercury Records.

“L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” (Fake Blood Remix) MP3

Purchase “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” on iTunes
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Tour Dates

Also on the horizon are a handful of opportunities to see Noah and The Whale play live on this side of the pond. In addition to going to SXSW (event details TBA), the guys will be playing the following dates. Don’t miss out on the chance to see them play their new music live!!

03.15.11 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (Sold Out)
03.21.11 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
03.22.11 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (Sold Out)
03.24.11 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON

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17 Jan
2011

The London band Noah and the Whale are set to release their third album, Last Night On Earth, on March 15h via Island Def Jam. The band’s first album since 2009 will feature ten brand new tracks, including the infectiously melodic first single “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”

Click HERE to listen to “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.”

Lead singer Charlie Fink set to work on the album in January of 2010, holed up in a synagogue in East London. Beginning with a few melodic fragments, a sketch for a 10-minute song that resembled Lou Reed’s classic “Street Hassle,” and a set of lyrics that were begun on a train from Wales to London, something special eventually came into focus, something markedly different from the songs the band had written before.

The continued maturation of Noah and the Whale has been a pleasing thing to follow – from the joyous burst of their debut, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, through the lovelorn sobriety of The First Days of Spring, it now reaches a kind of fruition on Last Night on Earth.

Last Night On Earth was co-produced by lead singer Charlie Fink and Jason Lader [Julian Casablancas, The Mars Volta] in Los Angeles. The album features backing vocals by Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic and gospel vocals by the legendary Waters Sisters, who famously provided backing vocals for Michael Jackson’s untouchable hit “Wanna Be Starting Something.” Elsewhere, the record features Adam MacDougall of The Black Crowes on Moog and Rhodes, and legendary percussionist Lenny Castro.

Fink notes that the album has a strong cinematic element to it, influenced by Fink’s experience of directing the short film that accompanied The First Days of Spring. “Film is such a different writing process, it infiltrates the way I write songs,” he explains. “And a lot of them I imagined as scenes – ‘Tonight’s the Kind of Night’ I imagined as this guy running away from home and getting on a bus…”

Fink also notes that the lyrics of the album were heavily influenced by poetry. Last year, he read the work of Frank O’Hara for the first time, falling in love with the poem Having A Coke With You. Speaking of new song “Just Me Before We Met,” Fink notes “I wanted [that song] to have a feel of that, or a tempo. Just the notion of it. Having A Coke With You is I think a very romantic poem, and that’s the only outwardly romantic song on the album, and so I wanted it to have the same approach.”

The album’s title is also a nod towards Charles Bukowski’s poetry collection The Last Night of the Earth – Fink says he was attracted to the sense of “loser’s pride” in Bukowski’s work. “In my head,” he says, “there is a link between Lou Reed’s Berlin, and Bukowski’s poetry.” The track “Life Is Life” is another Bukowski reference, its title tipping a hat to his poem The Laughing Heart – a poem whose final lines seem to sum up this record quite perfectly: “Your life is your life,” it runs. “Know it while you have it. You are marvelous. The Gods wait to delight in you.”

Last Night On Earth Track Listing

1. Life is Life

2. Tonight’s The Kind of Night

3. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N

4. Wild Thing

5. Give It All Back

6. Just Before We Met

7. Paradise Stars

8. Waiting For My Chance To Come

9. The Line

10. Old Joy

Upcoming tour dates:

Mar 15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

Mar 21 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Mar 22 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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06 Oct
2009
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Noah & the Whale’s new album The First Days of Spring is out today on Cherrytree Records. You can buy it on iTunes, Amazon MP3, or on CD. The band will be playing a three night residency at the Mercury Lounge in NYC from 11/2-11/4. Tickets go onsale today at 12PM EST. Get tickets for NIGHT 1, NIGHT 2, NIGHT 3. Check out the rest of the tour dates below:

Wed 10/07/09 Brighton, United Kingdom Concorde 2

Thu 10/08/09 Derby, United Kingdom The Rockhouse

Sat 10/10/09 Exeter, United Kingdom Exeter Phoenix

Sun 10/11/09 Bath, United Kingdom Komedia

Mon 10/12/09 Falmouth, United Kingdom Princess Pavilion

Wed 10/14/09 Sheffield, United Kingdom The Leadmill

Thu 10/15/09 Glasgow, United Kingdom Oran Mor

Fri 10/16/09 Birmingham, United Kingdom O2 Academy Birmingham 2

Tue 10/20/09 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre

Wed 10/21/09 San Diego, CA The Casbah

Thu 10/22/09 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall

Sat 10/24/09 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe

Sun 10/25/09 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

Wed 10/28/09 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre

Thu 10/29/09 Chicago, IL Lakeshore Theater

Fri 10/30/09 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot

Sat 10/31/09 Toronto, ON The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Appearing with Phoenix
Sat 11/07/09 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis

Sun 11/08/09 Goteborg, Sweden Brew House

Mon 11/09/09 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller Music Hall

Tue 11/10/09 Copenhagen, Denmark VEGA House Of Music

Thu 11/12/09 Hamburg, Germany Docks Konzerte Disco

Fri 11/13/09 Bielefeld, Germany Ringlokschuppen

Sat 11/14/09 Cologne, Germany E-Werk

Sun 11/15/09 Munich, Germany Theatre Fabrik

Tue 11/17/09 Stuttgart, Germany Zapata

Wed 11/18/09 Frankfurt, Germany Cocoon Club

Fri 11/20/09 Mannheim, Germany Alte Feuerwache

Sat 11/21/09 Berlin, Germany Huxleys Neue Welt