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White Hills – “You Dream You See” Video

By rachelb |
Mar 21 2012

Heavy-hitting space rock experimentalists White Hills have just released their Frying on this Rock LP, the follow-up to last year’s lauded Thrill Jockey release H-p1. Below is the video for “You Dream You See”, one of the record’s five intensely profound tracks.

White Hills is playing Glasslands on Monday, April 9th with Sleepy Sun // Weird Owl

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Dustin Wong – “Diagonally Talking Echo” Video

By rachelb |
Jan 12 2012

Bushwick-via-Baltimore guitar maven Dustin Wong brings us the video for “Diagonally Talking Echo”, proving that we have a lot to look forward to from this prolific artist in the new year. His Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads LP is slated for release this year via Thrill Jockey.

Dustin Wong will play Glasslands on Friday, February 3rd with Hospitality (Album Release Party!) // Glass Ghost

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High Places Shares Vegan Dessert Recipes

By amelia |
Nov 15 2011

As we learned from our recent interview with High Places, bandmates Mary Pearson and Rob Barber are vegans who enjoy both discovering good eats on the road and documenting it on their Flickr.

Mary (who has a very cool new haircut) did a great feature with MTV Hive sharing five of her favorite vegan desserts recipes. Here’s a little sample with ‘Homemade Oreos’–check out the full article HERE.

Homemade Oreos

I should begin by mentioning that Oreos are technically vegan. But these guys are homemade, and although calorie-packed, not chemical-packed. One year ago The Los Angeles Times shared the recipe for The Farm of Beverly Hills’ chocolate sandwich cookie. I substitute the eggs with flaxseeds, and the butter with Earth Balance (dairy-free margarine).

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Earth Balance
2 1/4 cups  sugar
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds blended with 6 tablespoons water (I grind the
flaxseeds in my coffee bean grinder, and then blend the ground flaxseeds with
the water until whipped)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Filling and assembly:
1 1/4 cups non-dairy margarine
6 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plus ≤ teaspoon water
1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
3. Beat in the dry ingredients, a spoonful at a time, until incorporated to form the cookie dough. Scrape the bowl partway through to make sure the ingredients are fully mixed. Cover and refrigerate the dough until chilled.4. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Scoop the dough into tablespoon-sized pieces, and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten each cookie slightly, and bake each sheet until the cookies are set, 10 to 12 minutes.
5. Remove and cool before filling. This makes about 5 dozen individual cookies.

High Places is returning to Glasslands this Friday, Novemeber 18th with Test House // Matteah Baim

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High Places – “Sophia” Video

By amelia |
Oct 11 2011

High Places just shared a video for their single “Sophia” cut from their sophomore release Original Colors wich drops today on Thrill Jockey!

The video was directed by High Places, and stars Busy Gangnes of Telepathy

High Places is playing Glasslands Friday, November 18th with Test House

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Upcoming Fall Releases

By amelia |
Sep 30 2011

Over at Pitchfork today they posted a list of upcoming fall releases, which is a super helpful resource to pretty much everyone (thanks interns). We’ve got an abridged version for you, zeroing in on our upcoming artists!

no interns were harmed in the making of this list.

October 11th:

Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor via Merge (show 11/5)

Gross Magic – Teen Jamz via Fat Possum (show 10/15)

Gauntlet Hair - Gauntlet Hair via Dead Oceans (CMJ party 10/22)

Hess Is More – Creation Keeps the Devil Away via Nublu (record release party 11/04)

High Places - Original Colors via Thrill Jockey (show 11/18)

October 25th:

The Strange Boys – Live Music via Rough Trade (record release party 11/19 )

November 7th:

Quilt – Quilt via Mexican Summer (record release party 11/9)

November 8th:

Owen – Ghost Town via Polyvinyl (show 12/02)

Zambri – Glossolalia EP via Kanine (show 11/03)

High Places @ Glasslands

By amelia |
Aug 24 2011

words and pictures by @braidofsmoke

Brooklyn duo Soft Circle began as a way for Hisham Bharoocha to make music on his own after leaving Black Dice in 2005, and that he did. Receiving Pitchfork praise for Soft Circle’s first LP Full Bloom in 2007, the band has come a long way in a few short years. Soft Circle picked up another member (Ben Vida of Singer & Birdshow and Town & Country), released a split with High Places, and dropped their newest LP Shore Obsessed in November 2010.

Soft Circle @ Glasslands 8/18/11

Known for its lovely textures and heavy beats, Soft Circle certainly didn’t disappoint live. With just a drum kit, synthesizer, and keyboard on stage and minimal vocals from Bharoocha, one would think the act might get old fast. In fact, it was just the opposite. During their set, the mood in Glasslands was oddly transcendental, and it felt as though the crowd rose with Bharoocha’s eerie, weightless vocals and dropped just as easily with the strong beats.

High Places @ Glasslands 8/18/11

Los Angeles’s multi-instrumentalist duo High Places revisited their old home of Brooklyn to play an amazing show. Comprised of Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, the two have been making music together since 2006 and have recently announced the release date of their third full-length album Original Color via Thrill Jockey, due out October 11th.

Though the best way to describe them would be to lump them into the “experimental” category, High Places has certainly grown into their own and crafted a very distinct sound that their fans clearly appreciate. Though it was their second show of the week with us, High Places still managed to pull in a large crowd and kept them grooving to the beat. In a recent interview we did with Mary and Rob, they discussed how nature influences their music and it definitely shows through.

On the more upbeat side the pair incorporate deep drums and tambourines with sing-song vocals to create an earthy, almost ethnic feel, yet they can still master somberness with haunting lyrics and even more haunting vocals. As one fan accurately screamed it mid-show, “They’ll take you to high places!” We can’t wait to see what comes out of these guys next.

Interview: High Places

By amelia |
Aug 3 2011

LA via Brooklyn based duo High Places is Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, two multi-instrumentalist who have worked together since 2006 yeilding some really uncanny collaboration–a relationship that shines throughout their songbook of coming up three LPs and mezmorizing live performances.

With a well-tailored spot on the always imaginative Thrill Jockey roster, High Places has recently announced the release date for their third full-length Original Color due out October 11th, naturally declaring “it’s totally a Libra!” on their Facebook page.

Speaking with Mary and Rob you get a sense of a reciprocal energy towards their art flourished with a long-running technical savvy that surfaces throughout their strange textures and smeared pop songs. We exchanged a few questions about their relocation to LA, the geographical inspiration for the new album, and even scored some good advice about how to eat vegan on the road!

So you guys recently announced the release date for your third LP which was recorded in your home studios in LA. When you were based in Brooklyn how did your recording set-up differ? Do you have more room to work with now?

M: When we lived in Brooklyn, we were roommates. We had a really rudimentary set-up in the corner of the loft with Rob’s geriatric desktop Mac and a bunch of musical odds and ends. Those were the days where we did everything related to the band side-by-side, including responding to emails!

In LA, we’ve lived in separate houses, but always within a rough mile of each other. We each have a home studio where we record our respective contributions. Most of the song construction is then done together at Rob’s house. It’s a nice walk to his house from mine.

You’ve mentioned in past interviews that you are very inspired by nature and its patterns of sound–being in a traveling band you get to experience that literally all over the world. Are there any specific places that have really inspired Original Colors?

M: The lyrics in Original Colors were largely inspired by Australia and Mexico. We’ve had the amazing luck to play both countries multiple times, and they are some of my favorite places to be. The wildlife in Australia fascinates me. It’s so specific to the place, and Australians really seem to know the names of their flora and fauna. There’s a sense of raw isolation in both Australia and parts of Mexico that I find ceaselessly inspiring.

R: NYC and Philadelphia was where I have spent most of my life. When I was younger (late 80′s, early 90′s) I was very much involved in the urban side of NYC and Philadelphia culture,  particularly hardcore (CBGB matinees), hip hop, graffiti, and sneaking into dance clubs. It was WAY different then!

As I got older and the city changed, I was charmed into being more escapist in my art and music, sorta dreaming about some idealistic Topanga Canyon, wind chime-y, Cali life. When we started HP it seemed so alien to me and often still does at times.

Now that I am here in California it is less about escapism and more about just absorbing where we are at a given moment, so now urban places like London, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, Lisbon, and LA for sure, they really inspire my aesthetic feelings about music but still being able to explore the natural parts of those countries offers a nice twist, being that I am sort of a earthy dude at heart.

Something that really comes across in your music and visual presence is a sense of preservation–you collect sounds, post an incredible amount of pictures, and re-use and mix the pieces into your art. Is that collector mentality a shared passion?

M: I’ve never thought about that, but I think you are correct. Just a quick glance at Rob’s immense vinyl collection, and it’s pretty apparent the dude is a collector. And that’s even after he parted ways with tons of records when we moved from New York. I have always been disciplined at keeping blogs and diaries and photo albums. I like the ordered chronology to them. Making field recordings and taking photos allows us to record moments that are otherwise so fleeting.

R: I am sorta of trying to be less of a pack rat! I really want to invest more in my memories, but more like how you idealize things. I sorta stopped taking photos, except if it is for a specific project. I moved out here with basically just our music stuff and our sound system. I actually built all new furniture when I got out here. Now I basically just pick up rocks everywhere we go and bring them home. So I think I just remix my memories, which honestly makes for some weird ideas sometimes because I am about as lucid as Mr. Magoo.

Your Flicker account is a mecca of food porn, I mean, vegan meals. Is it difficult to find vegan-friendly spots on the road? Do you have any tricks when you’re on tour?

M: Luckily it’s gotten really easy to find vegan food in the States. I will admit that I’m a bit of a Whole Foods junkie on tour. I can get a muffin and a coffee and a salad in the morning before we drive to the next city, and then I’m set until dinner. There’s a sameness about the stores that is comforting to me when I’m on the road.

A big reason we have that Flickr account is to share our food discoveries with our other vegan touring friends. Having a specific diet makes us that much more excited when we’re presented with nice things to eat. And colorful produce is very photogenic.

R: Whole Foods makes me feel confused and disoriented. I walk in and it is so big, I just forget what I am hungry for. Although shaving in their bathroom is nice, and generally the toilet seats are clean.  I never feel like it I am suffering on tour because of my choice of diet. I think being vegan just allows you to appreciate the simplicity of really basic food.

This past May, High Places celebrated its’ fifth birthday–congrats on that! If your five-years-ago selves could get a glimpse of where you’re at in 2011, what would they be most surprised to find?

M: Thank you! It’s hard for us to wrap our heads around all the changes that have happened over the past five years. We were introduced by our mutual friend Beau Velasco, and we have often discussed how almost everything in our current lives can be traced back to that initial meeting in December 2005. I would never have believed we would still be collaborating half a decade later. That would seem too good to be true.

Thanks so much Mary and Rob!

Don’t miss High Places Saturday, August 13th at Tammany Hall with ITAL // SHAMS

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So Many New Releases!

By amelia |
Apr 12 2011

Oooo today is a big day for a few of our super awesome upcoming acts–their albums are dropping, and we want to tell you all about it!

Bass Drum of Death is releasing its long awaited debut LP GB City today via Fat Possum. The duo premiered such a great show with The Smith Westerns back in January, and now the Mississippi boys are returning to Glasslands to headline on April 22nd!

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D. Charles Speer & The Helix welcomes it’s third full-length Leaving The Commonwealth by way of Thrill Jockey just in time for its April 21st show at Glasslands with Endless Boogie!

Sonny & The Sunsets drops its sophomore effort Hit After Hit also on Fat Possum. We just announced the quartet’s July 30th show at Glasslands so that gives you plenty of time to learn the new record cover to cover.