Washed Out/Small Black/Pictureplane @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 3/7/10

Some MP3s and videos you might wanna check out in this one. But first, backstory: Right around CMJ 2K9, Ernest Greene dropped by NYC’s Santos Party House for a one-off show as the one-man button pusher behind the hazily grooved pop reveries of Washed Out. With the industry getting into gear for its annual spring fling in Austin, Washed Out is ready to try the live thing again, now with the benefit of a backing band in place that happens to offer its own brand of melancholic ’80s references under the name Small Black. Props in place to Lovepump United, the ace indie that’s served as catalyst for a triple-headed tour featuring the aforementioned chillwave (ugh) valedictorians and rounded out by BTW Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane. LPU is home to Pictureplane’s cosmically-themed experimental house workout Dark Rift, and the label recently released a split 7″ wherein Small Black and Washed Out  remixed each other (“You’ll See It” and “Despicable Dogs,” respectively). Tempting to trace this jaunt’s onstage collabs back to that vinyl base point, though really its roots lie in a string of mutually appreciative emails between Small Black’s Josh Kolenik and Mr. Greene. Last night at Mercury was email in action, then, with the tour’s second stop (all dates below). Kyle Dean Reinford battled the light rig for this set of photos — have a pass, and soldier on for live clips of “Belong” and “New Theory” from the Small Black-infused Washed Out set. More reason to “continue reading”: a freshly released instrumental cut from Washed Out’s new tour-only CD-R titled simply “Track 07,” and MP3 of Pictureplane’s latest single “Beyond Fantasy,” which uses Baby D’s 1994 track “Let Me Be Your Fantasy” as an anchor for one of his typically dizzying and jacked-up dance trips.

First, the Washed Out instrumental:

Washed Out – “Track 07″

Now, Washed Out x Small Black, live:


“New Theory”

Both vids via HRO. Here’s that Pictureplane jam:

Pictureplane – “Beyond Fantasy”

(via P4K)

You need this remix:

Small Black – “Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix)”

See it all:

03/06 – Hartford, CT – The Wadsworth Atheneum ^
03/07 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge?03/08 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
03/09 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
03/10 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
03/11 – Washington, DC – DC9
03/12 – Charlottesville, VA – Tea Bazaar
3/14 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
3/15 – New Orleans, LA – The Den
03/17-20 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/24 – Phoenix, AZ – The Black Forest Mill
03/25 – San Diego, CA – Sushi Arts
03/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex *
03/28 – San Francisco, CA – Riskshaw Shop
03/29 – Portland, OR – Holocene #
03/30 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club $
03/31 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
04/02 – Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis
04/05 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
04/06 – Detroit, MI – The Cafe
04/07 – Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar $
04/08 – Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore $

^ w/ Tanlines
* w/ YACHT?#
# w/ Tobbacco, the Hood Internet
$ without Pictureplane