Tag Archive: “Night Birds”

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Best Albums (in order):

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Manhattan 

The Lower East Side’s last great hope, at the top of his game.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

Aussie lass writes a smarter, catchier, and more enjoyable album than any of the boys this years.

Roadside Graves – Acne/Ears

Jersey road warriors return on top-flight label for more of their invigorating and introspective Northeast Americana.

The Front Bottoms – Back On Top 

Local boys make good, sign to major label, don’t suck.

Night Birds – Mutiny At Muscle Beach

The best HC album of the year, bar none.  Tuneful, fast, angry, powerful.

Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There

These sexagenarians don’t show any sign of slowing down or losing their edge on this delightful album of covers and reinterpretations.

Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us 

Jimmy from Weston gets a second life on one of the best punk albums of the 00’s.

Various Artists – Have Moicy! 2: The Hoodoo Bash*

The original Have Moicy! was just the best folk album of the rock era (according to Robert Christgau) and invented freak-folk and anti-folk. The followup features a mostly new cast of characters (except for the ageless Peter Stampfel) and captures a bit of the same magic.

*I didnt hear Have Moicy 2 until a few days ago and usually I don’t list records that I haven’t lived with for a while, but this is so good – and long-awaited – that I had to include it.

Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

After years of producing themselves live in the studio, the New Brunswick trio gets a producer and adds a bit of production value. And you know what? It sounds great.

PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries 

Gay duo from Brooklyn who bring Pansy Division into the 00’s with a much needed dose of queerpunk irreverence and attitude.

Worriers – Imaginary Life

While women have come to dominate pop and R&B, they’re not doing so bad in the basement scene either, as this sassy, intelligent, rockin’ album proves.

Best Shows (alphabetical)

Better Call Saul

Doctor Who

Fargo

Gotham

Jessica Jones

Madame Secretary

Major Crimes

Mr. Robot

The Middle

Teen Wolf

New Jersey punks Night Birds released a new track, titled “Blank Eyes” off their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords debut Mutiny at Muscle Beach today via Nerdist.  Clocking in at under two minutes, “Blank Eyes” serves up exactly the sort of ADD-addled, surf-influenced punk rock the band have built their name on.  Don’t be deceived by the track’s brevity though, as on it singer Brian Gorsegner takes on his wife’s battle with postpartum depression shortly after the birth of their daughter.

“It came on quickly, and by the time I even realized there was a problem I was calling an ambulance in the middle of the night to take her to the hospital,” says Gorsegner of that time in their lives.  “We temporarily moved out of our home, and along with our one month old baby, moved in with some family while we waited to see if the doctor prescribed medication was going to work. Watching the person closest to me hurt so badly, to the point that she began spending hours researching mental health facilities to move into states away, and feeling like there’s not a damn thing I could do about it but sit and wait was a pretty terrifying thing.”

“I’ve always considered punk rock a bit therapeutic, but it took on a new meaning for me in this period of time. I found comfort in playing guitar and channeling gross, shitty feelings through writing songs more than I ever have. This is one of those songs.”

Mutiny at Muscle Beach, Night Bird’s third full-length and first for Fat Wreck Chords, was recorded at engineer Mitch Rackin’s Seaside Lounge Recording Studio in Brooklyn and produced by former Doc Hopper frontman Chris Pierce, who has previously worked with The Ergs!, The Measure [SA] and others.  Like their previous LPs, 2011’s The Other Side of Darkness and 2013’s Born to Die in Suburbia (both on Grave Mistake Records), Mutiny at Muscle Beach is chock full of pop culture references from Kids in the Hall to professional wrestling to Seinfeld to horror movies and was recorded analog, forcing each member to be as proficient as possible.

Night Birds will embark on a run of U.S. tour dates this fall, including supporting Dillinger Four on several dates and can be seen below.

10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door^

10/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird^

10/04 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon^

10/09 – Philly, PA @ First Unitarian Church*

10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Hall of Music*

10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus*

10/17 – Warren, NJ @ Warren American Legion w/ Executors, Hot Blood, No Parole

10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Not Dead Yet Fest

10/30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 14

10/31 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 14

11/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Ravagers, Advlts, Flying Faders

11/21 – Richmond, VA @ Hollywood Park Craft Brewery

11/28 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Casanovas in Heat

12/03 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Angry Snowmans, VHS, The Loss, Wolfgang Fuck

12/04 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria w/ The Jolts, Angry Snowmans

12/05 – Portland, OR @ Black Water

^ = w/ Dillinger Four, The Brokedowns * = w/ Dillinger Four

Municipal Waste, Torche, and Night Birds will tour the Southeast together briefly next month. Dates are as follows:

1/15 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (no Torche)
1/16 Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
1/17 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
1/18 Tallahassee, FL @ Pugs Live
1/19 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
1/20 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
1/21 Miami, FL @ Grand Central

The new Ghettoblaster mixtape is here! With print issue 28 hitting the streets we wanted to pass along some music for the artists covered in the magazine. Say goodbye to the old and bring in the new! We’ve got some good shit for you guys this time around, as usual. Check out the full mix listing below and go download it on the mixtape page.

1. Asva – “New World Order Rising”
2. Barn Owl – “Turiya”
3. Bye,Confiserie – “Bye City”
4. Crystal Antlers – “Summer Solstice”
5. Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Keep Me Waiting”
6. EdO.G – “Dummies (remix)”
7. Fly Union – “Who You Wit”
8. Grieves – “On The Rocks”
9. Headnodic – “Movin On Up (feat. Latyrx & Kat ((010)))”
10. Mayer Hawthorne – “A Long Time”
11. Motel Beds – “Western Son”
12. Night Birds – “Landfill Land”
13. No Surrender – “Give It Up”
14. Olde Growth – “The Grand Illusion”
15. Oneida – “Horizon (edit)”
16. Red Sun – “Crash of Rhinos”
17. Street Eaters – “Ashby and Shattuck”
18. Tommy Keene – “Deep Six Saturday”
19. Twin Sister – “Bad Street”
20. Wiley – “Numbers In Action”
21. You Bred Raptors? – “Magellan”