Last month, the Brooklyn synagogue Union Temple was the target of anti-semitic graffiti. The synagogue also doubles as a music venue called Murmrr Theatre, where a lot of shows have taken place over the last couple years. Next month, some musicians are getting together at the Theatre for a benefit event called “Love … More »
If you’re tired of seeing the same artists on the festival circuit, Tropicália Music & Taco Fest might be for you. This year’s festival will take place at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, California on 11/3 and 11/4. The headliners include Morrissey, Cardi B, Mac Demarco, Mazzy Star (in their first US performance in … More »
Frankie Cosmos released their latest album, Vessel, earlier this year, and today they’re sharing a music video for one of the best track from it, “Duet.” It’s a sweetly sad song and the Eliza Doyle-directed video matches that vibe. Greta Kline takes part in a CPR training session and falls in love with her … More »
Despite the recent presence of a backing band, let’s not act like anyone but principal songwriter Greta Kline has the final say when it comes to the details of any new Frankie Cosmos album. (Sure, Sub Pop may have some influence, given its status as FC’s newfound label sponsor, but if Kline herself declares a preference for poodles in bathtubs instead of corgis or Alaskan Malamutes, everyone basically has to acquiesce.) So let’s just assume that when Kline puts out the call to get non-traditional band members — a.k.a. the general public — a.k.a. YOU — involved in an album-creating process, similar amenability laws apply.
And this is all handy info to know, since something called “An Induced Album” has just been unveiled via the Frankie Cosmos website, offering Y-O-U the chance to share the credits, if not actual studio space!
Essentially, “An Induced Album” starts off as loose instructions, written by Kline, for six tracks; and then YOU are supposed to fill in the blanks where room is given for your own creative contributions. It’s just a fun thing not meant to be taken too seriously (I don’t think), but the hope on Kline’s part is to ultimately make a YouTube playlist off all the album variations that get composed by us un-famous plebs.
If you’re so inclined, check the details here. “There are no ultimate versions of these songs, only infinite versions.” Who knows? This could be your big break!
On a much less PERSONAL note, Frankie Cosmos have also extended their tour in support of Vessel through October 7. You can check out all the new dates below…but unfortunately, that’s the extent of their interactivity.
Frankie Cosmos w/o you:
07.14.18 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
07.15.18 – Port of Menteith, UK – Doune The Rabbit Hole
07.27-29.18 – Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase
08.17.18 – Paredes de Coura, Portugal – Vodafone Paredes de Coura
08.19.18 – Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08.21.18 – Belfast, UK – Voodoo
08.22.18 – Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh
08.23.18 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
09.13.18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
09.14.18 – Durham, NC – Motorco
09.15.18 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
09.16.18 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
09.17.18 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
09.19.18 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
09.20.18 – Houston, TX – Satellite Bar
09.21.18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
09.22.18 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
09.23.18 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.
09.24.18 – Oklahoma CIty, OK – Tower Theatre
09.26.18 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
09.27.18 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room, Colectivo
09.30.18 – Detroit, MI – El Club
10.01.18 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
10.02.18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
10.03.18 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC Stage on Herr
Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »
Frankie Cosmos released their latest album, Vessel, last month, and today the band’s shared a new video for “Apathy” off of it, which was written and directed by The Best Show’s Tom Scharpling. It follows another band called Frankie Cosmos that sees an advertisement for the Greta Kline-led version in a newspaper and heads … More »
Each Frankie Cosmos album feels like a gift, from the earliest Bandcamp release through to the more polished studio albums as of late, and Vessel is no exception. It’s brimming with great hooks and melodies, 18 tracks that might feel a little disjointed on first listen but quickly worm their way into your psyche so … More »
Over the last few years, starting with 2014’s Zentropy, Frankie Cosmos has become less the sole outlet for Greta Kline and more a shifting coterie of musicians that are pulled into her orbit. Kline’s songs have become more confident and dexterous with time, and her third full-length, Vessel (out at the end of March), … More »
You know how some things are sort of uplifting and depressing at the same time? Like 85% dark chocolate? Or pretty much every minute of every Wes Anderson movie? Or setting foot into a Chuck E. Cheese’s as an adult?
Frankie Cosmos is kinda like that. The New York four-piece, lead by songwriter Greta “NOT ACTUALLY ‘Frankie’” Kline, has been perfecting it’s own take on that whole curious aesthetic and emotional balance between “kittens wearing sunglasses” and “kittens abandoned in the alley” since 2014’s Zentropy (continued on 2016’s handily-titled Next Thing). And now, after announcing the jump to indie’s majors last year, Kline and her bandmates — bassist/vocalist David Maine, keyboardist/vocalist Lauren Martin and drummer Luke Pyenson — are endeavoring to warm/chill our hearts ON THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL with the announcement of their Sub Pop debut, Vessel.
Weighing in at a thick-ass 18 tracks, this prodigious slab of all-the-feelings is sure to make a pretty loud THUD when it drops on March 30 on all-the-formats (though pre-orders through the Sub Pop store and select independent retailers “will receive the limited Loser edition on blue vinyl”).
To keep us nicely emotionally-exhausted until then, Kline & co. have also shared Vessel’s first single “Jesse,” an upbeat-but-serious, guitar punctuated pep talk which finds Kline “work[ing] through feeling out of place, and trying to be more psychically in touch with herself.” Listen confusedly for yourself down below, and check out the album’s cover art — as well as its full tracklisting and a list of upcoming tour dates around the US this April — down below.
And just to be clear: it’s totally okay to feel “happy” about all of this! Just not…you know, TOO happy. 😐
03. As Often as I Can
04. This Stuff
08. I’m Fried
10. Ballad of R & J
11. Ur Up
12. Being Alive
13. Bus Bus Train Train
14. My Phone
16. The End
17. Same Thing
Touring the cosmos:
04.05.18 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater *
04.06.18 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep *
04.07.18 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf *
04.09.18 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
04.10.18 – San Diego, CA – Quartyard %
04.11.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theatre %
04.12.18 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room %
04.13.18 – Fresno, CA – Strummers %
04.14.18 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre %
04.17.18 – Seattle, WA – Neumos %
04.18.18 – Olympia, WA – Capitol Theater %
04.20.18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom %
% Ian Sweet & SOAR
Last year, Sub Pop revealed that they had signed Frankie Cosmos, and now it’s been announced that the Greta Kline-led project will release their first album with the label at the end of March. The follow-up to 2016’s Next Thing, which we named one of the best albums of that year, is called … More »