Saratoga Springs-based electro-rockers Phantogram have been slowly building quite an impressive profile throughout the last year. Since their first headlining show at The Treehouse (RIP) in Columbus over a year and a half ago, they’ve toured with The Antlers, Metric, Beach House, Caribou, The xx, Zero 7, Yeasayer (the list goes on), appeared on Jimmy Fallon (where Questlove filled in on drums AND Jimmy called them “One of his favorite new bands”) and I’ve recently even heard them on the BBC’s indie radio station with Lauren Laverne.
They’ve contributed particularly to our Donewaiting family by being the first band to do a Donewaiting Live at Electraplay video, which you can see in its entirety here. Tonight they’ll play their fourth proper show in Columbus in promotion of their new EP, Nightlife, that will be released next month.
Joining the Outland Live bill tonight will be the eerily ethereal EXITMUSIC and Columbus natives Petit Mal. EXITMUSIC has been described as “dark, emotive, electronic music washed with icy guitars and husky yet angelic vocals”. Watch their creepy video for “The Sea” that’ll definitely get you in the mood for next week’s Halloween festivities here. Locals Petit Mal are emerging from the dying embers of Wing & Tusk (RIP) and are not to be missed. Doors open at 7pm with the first band on by 8.
A while back we brought in Tim Kasher of Cursive for a Live at Electraplay session, and it turned out pretty great. He’ll be back in town this Saturday, playing a set at Double Happiness with Aficionado and the Something Somethings.
Order tickets here, or head down to the club (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) for advance tickets.
The dudes behind the scenes of the Donewaiting.com presents Live at Electraplay finally decided to get in front of the camera and rock the studio with like lazers and lights and stuff and if i may, these guys have come A LONG way since I first saw them and wrote about them in the now defunct (?) Weakened Wrap-up and I went from not really feelin it to totally diggin it and this might just be my favorite Town Monster song so far.
The Town Monster track “1000 Wolves” has been added to the CD101 at 102.5′s playlist, they are opening for Crystal Castles on August 3rd at the Newport and are in the running to open CD101 Summerfest 2011. (Vote here)
“Raincloud” can be found on The Town Monster’s “February EP”
Typically we have bands come out to the Electraplay studio to record sessions for Donewaiting but when The Posies rolled through Columbus this past winter, there wasn’t enough time to get the veteran power-pop band out to Hilliard before their show at Outland on Liberty. So, if they couldn’t make it out to us, we figured we’d come to them for an intimate, acoustic session in the front lounge at the venue. Continue reading →
DD/MM/YYYY is an amiable group of fellows from the Great White North that do a good job of defying categorization. Art-wave is what I might call it, turbo-psyche is what they might call it. Pseudo-genres aside, you certainly can’t deny their energy. The fact that they somehow managed to play a near record 18 shows in 3 days at SXSW in 2010 is a case in point. (Unfortunately they won’t be making the trek this year.) The dudes were kind enough to swing by Electraplay when they were in town on tour with the now-defunct Women and jam a few tunes, drink a few beers and answer a few questions. Check out how the rest went after the break. Continue reading →
The guys in Everest have a pretty good story to tell, from their quick beginnings (recording an EP at their first full-band practice) to being handpicked by Neil Young to join his label (Vapor Records) and open for him on his 2008 arena tour (where Death Cab for Cutie played the middle slot on the first half and Wilco played on the second half) to their move to Warner Bros. records in 2010. We were lucky enough to catch these guys on the way up – days after shooting this session, Everest was the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Although Everest seemingly has it made, living out in the L.A. area where there’s nothing but surf and sun, we are pretty convinced that if it weren’t for the brutal Ohio winters, they would have moved into the Electraplay Studios. Continue reading →
We here at Donewaiting.com have wanted high-quality, original video on this site for a while now, and that up there ^^ is the first installment of the realization of that vision. Here’s what you can expect. A few times a month we’ll post a new “Live at Electraplay” episode, which will feature touring bands performing songs live at Electraplay Studios, along with some interview segments with the band. And thanks to James Allison, Tony Stewart, the videographers (Thorne & Nathan Photos shot this one) and the rest of the fine folks at EP, each episode will look and feel like a mini-documentary, complete with top-notch video & audio (which sometimes will be available as exclusive MP3s, as well).
The intention is for each session to have its own distinct feel. We may do some on-site sessions from time to time at a venue before a show. Or maybe follow a band as they tool around Columbus. So it’ll morph from band to band, but generally Live at Electraplay episodes will be 20-30 minutes in length (on Vimeo, above), but if you just want snippets or only want to see/hear a certain song, we’re breaking it up into smaller, standalone segments on YouTube with the corresponding song titles.
So, to kick it off, enjoy these interviews and performances with Phantogram, a duo from Saratoga Springs, New York, that I described previously as somewhat similar to the xx, but Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel are less effete and not as minimalistic. “Mouthful of Diamonds,” below, is a good place to start.