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Ty Segall and La Luz at Webster Hall (September 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 19th 2014 — with 1 comment

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The last time that I saw both Ty Segall and La Luz, it was at what I still call the best show that I’ve seen all year. It went down at a tiny little guitar shop in the outskirts of Austin, Texas during SXSW. It was unmatched it its raging energy, that is until last night, when I just happened to catch both of them playing together again, this time at a packed out Webster Hall.
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Ty Segall - Manipulator

Whenever Ty Segall’s name comes up, you know the word “prolific” is lingering just around the corner. And if you take minute to really consider how much music he’s put out in a career of about seven years – seven solo albums (that’s one a year since 2008) in addition to a relentless torrent of singles, EPs, side projects, like Fuzz (for which he plays drums and sings), and collaborations, like the album Hair he did with White Fence and Reverse Shark Attack with long-time friend and bandmate Mikal Cronin – you inadvertently find yourself asking, in a somewhat bemused fashion, “How the fuck does he make so much music?” But what’s truly striking about Segall’s preternatural output is not so much the sheer quantity of albums, singles, and side projects he’s involved with at any given time, but the quality control he’s (so far) been able to maintain.

Normally, and I’m sure you’ve all witnessed this firsthand, a band will really lock into a sound, producing one or two interesting and important albums, but will inevitably be pigeonholed by the pitchfork-wielding arbiters of cool, having run into a wall artistically, reaching the limits of their aesthetic. Such bands wind up operating for a while as pale imitations of themselves, and eventually are absorbed back into the shadows of obscurity. But Segall, with uncommonly light feet, has (again, so far) defied that trajectory. Just when you think he’ll hit a downturn, the boosters kick in and he ascends to new and greater heights. Read the rest of this entry »

Stream Ty Segall’s New Album ‘Manipulator’

By Will Oliver, August 20th 2014

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Next week the world will be gifted with Manipulator, the new double album from current guitar hero Ty Segall. It’s not just one of the bes rock albums of the year, but its one of the best albums of the year, period. It’s a dense album of rock and roll, an album that spans many territories, while still being very much Ty.

The album is currently streaming over at NPR, where you can read some more about the album as you rock out to it.

More thoughts on the album are coming soon.

Ty Segall Announces New Album: ‘Manipulator’

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014

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The man, the legend, Mr. Ty Segall will return with a new album titled Manipulator. In fact, it’s a giant album loaded with 17 songs. This will be Ty’s sixth album in the last four years, which is absolutely insane considering how consistently solid all the albums are. It will be released via Drag City on August 26.

Here’s the epic description that graced the press release I received:

To see these peeps, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty kept working, kept writing, laying down more tracks than ever. New musical expressions pop and surprise relentlessly throughout all the knockout tunes of Manipulator which feature Ty’s helium-cooled vocals, sounding more powerful and dynamic than ever, and many sounds in the mix, but most of all, SO many guitars! Strangled-neck solos recalling the good old days down by the river with Neil, numbed-and-unplugged discursions, three-quarter quartets raising their din in a few key places, waves of sparkling acoustics with ominous, Love-ly undertones – and then, torrents of filthy git-grunge, exploding into the chorus, washing everything away, fusing the blackness of Sabbath with the grime and grab-ass of the Stooges and the sweet swinging tones of the Stones. All in the name of getting higher on the music. Why have one guitar solo when you can have a few in the same space? There’s so little time, and a LOT to say.

You can get an early taste of what the album has to offer via the 3-minute long epic video teaser that features various song clips. You can find that posted below, along with the album’s tracklist.
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Ty Segall @ Street-Legal Guitars (March 13, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2014 — with 1 comment

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I’ve seen Ty Segall a few times live now and every time is a special treat. He always brings a furious amount of energy to his live shows, even if its an acoustic set.

He was the headliner at the amazing showcase at Street-Legal Guitars, and it was one for the ages. Not only was it the best show that I saw at SXSW, but it was easily the best show that I’ve seen all year.

From the get-go the band sent the crowd into a wild frenzy. Soon the temperature was blazing, and everyone was dripping with sweat. With the crowd surrounding the band on the floor, it wasn’t too uncommon to see Ty and the band fighting for their own positions “on stage” in order to prevent becoming fully engulfed within the crazy moshing of the crowd.

Ty and his band delivered a full set that was as electric and riveting as any rock show that you’ll see all year. The man is just a pure rock star, a genius of sorts. It was cool to see fellow genius John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) watching the show from behind, in just as much awe as us while he took in all the action.

Go see Ty Segall the next chance you get. He will not let you down.

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Ty Segall @ Bowery Ballroom (8/30/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2013

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Ty Segall shows are known to be on the wild side, but on this recent tour in support of new album Sleeper, I knew things were going to be a little different. Ty planned to play the new album (which is mostly acoustic), in its entirety, from start to finish.

I trust Ty, but I was curious – not worried – how the material off of the rather fantastic Sleeper would translate in his usual antsy/rowdy live environment. Immediately from the first note of the title track, any concerns I had were put far away. Ty, along with his 4-piece band, gave the songs just as much bite as you could hope for. Not only that, but on a folk level, these songs sounded quite amazing, if not mesmerizing.

The material sounded as strong as could be, with just enough punch as you’d expect from a Ty Segall show, even if it was an acoustic performance. During the encore he rewarded the audience for sticking with him with riveting performances of “Girlfriend” and “You’re The Doctor” (see my short but entertaining capture on instagram) as fierce as humanly possible acoustically.

I never should have doubted Ty. He will always find so many different ways to do damage live, proving that he is one of the most talented musicians going at the moment, period.

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Stage Diving Into Ty Segall’s ‘Sleeper’

By Jimmy Mcquade, August 20th 2013

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The most crucial part of Ty Segall’s sound is the energy he puts forth. It comes through in almost everything he’s released. Take, for instance, a song like “Sad Fuzz” from Melted (2010) with it’s staticky powerchords descending in halfsteps to Ty’s delightful whine as he belts out “Please don’t be sad, my baby, no / Please don’t be sad, you know you’re mine / Oh yeah, you’re mine…” The lyrics starting with an unassuming, almost innocent air (“Please don’t be sad my baby, no…”) but morphing into something else entirely as Segall inflects the last bit (“Oh yeah, you’re mine…”) with menace. There’s an urgency and fervor to such songs that burst through the speakers and grab you by the collar, leaving you no choice but to pay close attention.
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[stream]: Ty Segall – Sleeper

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2013 — with 1 comment

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The madman recording maven that is Ty Segall is back at it again with new album Sleeper coming out later this month (August 20) via Drag City.

NPR, who premiered the album stream, got some insight about the album from Ty. I was surprised to hear that Segall was releasing a mostly acoustic album at first, but then when I heard the story behind the album it all made sense to me. Last year Segall lost his father to cancer. He moved out to L.A. to be closer to his sister, and had a falling out with his mom whom he isn’t currently on speaking terms with. I can’t blame the guy for stripping things down and putting his mind to his music.

Any fan of Segall needs to listen to this album immediately. Even if your not, how can you not want to listen to it after reading about the story behind it?

Head over to NPR to check out the stream.




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