Archive for February, 2011

The Vivian Girls universe – Music – Time Out New York

The local noise-rock darlings have launched a constellation of prominent satellites.

Though NYC garage-rock heroines the Vivian Girls have only been around since 2007, the band now seems like the fulcrum of the entire Brooklyn indie scene. The core elements of the group—Cassie Ramone’s singing and guitar playing, Katy Goodman’s harmonies and bass plucking, and contributions from three different drummers—have spun off a number of impressive side projects, nearby and otherwise. (…)”

Read more: http://newyork.timeout.com/music-nightlife/music/953565/the-vivian-girls-universe


Walgreens – An art installation by Cassie Ramone – CMRTYZ

“click to enlarge… so you can read it

CMRTYZ presents:

For this art show Cassie (vivian girls, the babies) is installing an aisle of Walgreens – not a realistic, actual aisle but rather a “super-aisle” filled with products sold at big-name drugstores that she’s attracted to. So far, items for inspiration are:
boxes of hair dye, waxing/hair removal products, fake nails/eyelashes, Hanes t-shirts and underwear, condoms, cosmetics aisle items such as lipstick and nail polish, chapstick, the magazine rack, Ziploc bags, As Seen On TV products, fungal cream, wrist braces, and surely there will be many more to come. Thick lines on the wall to represent “shelves” and on pricing- the pieces will be determined by moving the decimal point on the actual product over one (if a box of hair dye is $8.99 the piece will be $89).

Come to Party!

there will be an after party as well with tunes from Cassie Ramone
more details to come

YAH!

RSVP HERE

Source: http://cmrtyz.blogspot.com/2011/02/walgreens-art-installation-by-cassie.html


Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman: The Interview that Never Happened – Miami NewTimes Music

The Bruise Cruise Kick-off Party is tonight at Grand Central, and while we’re totally stoked about the nine-act line-up including Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, and Surfer Blood, we’re a little bummed Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman didn’t talk to us. We were so close.

Read the “interview”: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2011/02/vivian_girls_katy_goodman_the.php


Interview: La Sera | Under City Lights

La Sera is the project of Katy Goodman bassist for the Vivian Girls, her new album, which shows more of her melodic side came out 14th February. We met up with her on the final date of her European Tour in London.

do you have any plans for more making albums under the La Sera name?

Yes definitely. The second album is half written. Right now I am thinking how I want it to sound, I’ve kind of envisioned the record as a record, that’s where I’m at.

Read the full interview: http://undercitylights.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/interview-la-sera/


Vivian Girls tour dates – February & April 2011

02/22 Los Angeles, CA The Smell !
02/25 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
02/26 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
02/27 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
02/28 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
04/05 Asheville, NC Sage Café / Warren Wilson College #
04/06 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle #
04/07 Baltimore, MD Ottobar #
04/08 Washington, DC Black Cat #
04/09 Philadelphia, PA The Trocodero #
04/12 New York, NY Webster Hall #
04/13 Providence, RI The Met Café #
04/14 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club #
04/15 Montreal, QC Le National #
04/16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre #
04/17 Detroit, MI Magic Stick #
04/19 Columbus, OH Outland Live #
04/20 Newport, KY Southgate House #
04/21 St Louis, MO The Firebird #
04/22 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium #
04/23 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater #
04/25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room #
04/26 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club #
04/27 Dallas, TX The Loft #
04/28 Austin, TX Emo’s #
04/29 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds #

! = w/ Catwalk, Cold Showers
~ = w/ Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys & more
# = w/ Black Lips


About the solo album

“For anyone wondering, the solo album I recorded is NOT coming out. At least not for a while. But probably never. Stuff got too complicated.”
6:26 AM Feb 16th

via Twitter / Cassie Ramone


La Sera’s Katy Goodman Talks ‘Creepy’ Songwriting, New Vivian Girls Album – Spinner

” (…) The campy, creepy, funny clip suits Goodman, whose full-time gig is playing bass with Vivian Girls, Brooklyn’s foremost practitioners of eerie neo-Ronettes pop. Chatting with Spinner from Cologne, Germany, “Kickball Katy” discussed writing ‘La Sera’ and recording ‘Share the Joy,’ the forthcoming third Vivian Girls album, due out in April. She may not be the knife-wielding maniac she plays in her videos, but she admits her songs are “a little bit weird. (…)”

Read the full interview: http://www.spinner.com/2011/02/18/la-sera-katy-goodman-vivian-girls/


La Sera l’interview | HARTZINE

French interview with “Kickball Katy” Goodman. Here’s a short excerpt:

Does your other project “All Saints Day” will continue?

– No, I think that All Saints Day was just a recording project and it was not really a band. We recorded some songs and now … But you never know …

Read the full interview: http://www.hartzine.com/focus/la-sera-linterview


Artist to Watch: La Sera’s Sweet, Dreamy Pop | Rolling Stone Music

Listen to Vivian Girl member Katy Goodman’s pristine production and lovesick melodies on her solo debut.
Who:
La Sera is the solo project of Katy Goodman, the bassist and backing vocalist for the Brooklyn garage rock trio the Vivian Girls. While her regular band filters the romantic sound of Sixties girl-group pop through the aesthetics of loud, lo-fi punk rock, Goodman’s La Sera tunes embrace pristine production values and pure angelic sweetness.
(…)”

Read the full interview: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/artist-to-watch-la-seras-sweet-dreamy-pop-20110215


Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say” Music Video

Our new video for “I Heard You Say” is now up on Pitchfork! http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/music-videos/402-vivian-girls/2355-i-heard-you-say/

via http://twitter.com/viviangirls/statuses/36065703035412480


La Sera’s Video Mixtape: Favorite Live Videos To Watch On Youtube | Indie Rock Reviews

A persons taste in music is one of the most intimate things about them. That’s why when you connect with their music you are also connecting with a part of them, even if they don’t know it, which in a way is kind of creepy, but usually ends up in getting the warm and fuzzies. With Katy Goodman’s video Mixtape you may just feel like it could have been made by you. (…) ”

Read more: http://www.indierockreviews.com/2011/02/la-seras-video-mixtape-favorite-live-videos-to-watch-on-youtube/


The Babies: Interview – Catching Up With Cassie Ramone Upon The Babies’ Debut Album Release | NYPress

The Babies, a Brooklyn group featuring Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls), Kevin Morby (Woods), Nathan Stark (Bent Outta Shape) and Justin Sullivan (Bossy) are finally set to release a debut, self-titled record tomorrow via Shrimper. For fans of no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll, the album is a revelation. The songs are memorably sweet, mixing mainstays like The Pixies and Sonic Youth with a classic garage party punk ethos that’s too often left behind or relegated to nostalgic trips by bands that don’t do it half as good as their forefathers.

Read the full interview: http://www.nypress.com/blog-8232-catching-up-with-cassie-ramone-upon-the-babies-debut-album-release.html


Vivian Girls share details for new album on Polyvinyl, Share The Joy

MP3: “I Heard You Say” –
http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/iheardyousay

On their third album (and Polyvinyl debut) Share the Joy, Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls continue to sharpen and refine their transcendent mix of garage thrash, girl-group warmth and infectious pop hooksmanship. The trio’s vibrant blend of guitar noise and melodic sweetness has already made Vivian Girls one of America’s most celebrated and influential young bands, and has helped to spark a wave of similarly-inclined female-fronted acts who’ve followed in their wake.

The ten-song Share the Joy finds the threesome-guitarist/vocalist Cassie Ramone, bassist/vocalist Kickball Katy and new drummer Fiona Campbell-continuing to evolve and expand, building on the D.I.Y. achievements of their 2008 debut Vivian Girls and its 2009 followup Everything Goes Wrong while delivering their most memorable songs and most focused performances yet. Their new tunes successfully venture into challenging new musical and lyrical territory, reflecting the band members’ developing instrumental rapport and their far-reaching musical influences, while retaining the raw immediacy that originally endeared the group to its fans.

“It’s cleaner and more hi-fi than the previous records,” Cassie says of Share the Joy, which the band recorded at Rear House, the home studio run by Jarvis Taveniere (of the Brooklyn combo Woods), who engineered the album. “The sound is more open, more free. I think that this album really shows our strengths as musicians, and shows us melding together musically. It’s more psychedelic and less shoegaze. There’s also a lot of organ on it, which is new for us.”

Share the Joy’s musical and emotional depth is reflected on “The Other Girls” and “Light In Your Eyes,” each of which clocks in at over six minutes. The former tune manages to encompass hammering hardcore, Beach Boys-esque melodic bliss, Neil Young/Nirvana-inflected guitar frenzy and ethereal harmonic drone, while the latter closes the album on a triumphant note of surging sonic uplift. Elsewhere, “Dance If You Wanna” and “Take it As It Comes” rank with the band’s most intoxicating pop confections, while “Lake House” and “Vanishing of Time” maintain a thoughtful, introspective tone that may come as a surprise to those who’d had Vivian Girls pegged as a lo-fi garage outfit.

The new songs’ openhearted diversity justifies Share the Joy’s unironic title. Cassie borrowed it from a tune by Burt Bacharach, one of her biggest songwriting influences, which appeared on Bacharach and Hal David’s ill-fated ’70s musical version of Lost Horizon. “I was reading a book about him and I noticed the title ‘Share The Joy,’ and the blurb about the song said that it had ‘one of his most haunting melodies,’” Cassie explains. “I immediately thought that was so interesting-a deeply haunting song called ‘Share The Joy.’ I hunted the song down and listened to it and totally fell in love.

Share the Joy has the most diverse batch of songs of any of our albums,” Cassie observes. “I feel like these songs are more expansive; a lot of the themes and lyrics are less direct than other albums. These songs focus a lot on the themes of alienation, reconciliation, identity, and trying to figure out what really matters in life. It’s a dark album, but unlike our first two albums, it has a happy ending.

“Our music continues to get more and more defined and developed, but it’s never going to be completely polished,” Cassie asserts, adding, “A thing I like about our band is that we seem to mean different things to different people. Another thing I’m proud of is that, while a lot of people may have initially heard about us through internet buzz and things like that, I think our audience likes our music because it’s honest and because we mean it. I think that people can pick up on that.”

VIVIAN GIRLS

02/22 Los Angeles, CA The Smell !
02/25 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
02/26 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
02/27 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
02/28 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~
04/05 Asheville, NC Sage Café / Warren Wilson College #
04/06 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle #
04/07 Baltimore, MD Ottobar #
04/08 Washington, DC Black Cat #
04/09 Philadelphia, PA The Trocodero #
04/12 New York, NY Webster Hall #
04/13 Providence, RI The Met Café #
04/14 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club #
04/15 Montreal, QC Le National #
04/16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre #
04/17 Detroit, MI Magic Stick #
04/19 Columbus, OH Outland Live #
04/20 Newport, KY Southgate House #
04/21 St Louis, MO The Firebird #
04/22 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium #
04/23 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater #
04/25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room #
04/26 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club #
04/27 Dallas, TX The Loft #
04/28 Austin, TX Emo’s #
04/29 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds #

! = w/ Catwalk, Cold Showers
~ = w/ Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys & more
# = w/ Black Lips


Vivian Girls
Share The Joy
(Polyvinyl)
Street Date: April 12, 2011

1. The Other Girls
2. I Heard You Say
3. Dance (If You Wanna)
4. Lake House
5. Trying To Pretend
6. Sixteen Ways
7. Take It As It Comes
8. Vanishing of Time
9. Death
10. Light In Your Eyes

VIVIAN GIRLS LINKS

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/viviangirlsnyc
Label – http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/

via http://forcefieldpr.com/site/2011/01/31/vivian-girls-share-details-for-new-album-on-polyvinyl-share-the-joy/