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Spookyland @ Mercury Lounge: October 22, 2014
Oct 23, 2014 2:11pm | CMJ

The early show at Mercury Lounge last night saw Australia’s Spookyland showcasing their ghoulish, twangy folk-pop to a full house.

The post Spookyland @ Mercury Lounge: October 22, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave
Oct 23, 2014 2:11pm | Drowned In Sound

Much as I love this new album from The Twilight Sad, there are times that putting on Nobody Wants to be Here & Nobody Wants to Leave would be inappropriate: while having a romantic meal with a loved one, perhaps; while doing the housework; during sex or when standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Play the record as background music, when taking it easy and youre going to be left with a difficult, impenetrable slog.

No one could ever accuse the band of shying away from accessibility their debut, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, is one of the finest indie pop records of the millennium but few concessions are made to the listener here. This is no bad thing, because this is an outstanding album and, if a bunch of hipsters are going to download it illegally and tell everyone they didnt anyway, because they want to look like they actually give a shit about the band when theyre really fooling no one, then god damn it why shouldnt they be made to work to enjoy it?

It feels as though a lot of deliberate obfuscation has gone on here. Each of the ten tracks is laden with feedback and post-rock drones; the production is noisy and crackled and singer James Grahams thick Scottish accent is as uncompromised as The Proclaimers (albeit thankfully without the nasal inflections). The result is what separates indie music from the contemporary mainstream: an actual album, a 40-minute body of work with a sense of cohesiveness that isnt de...

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: John Southworth picks four albums from the border of Canada and the United States
Oct 23, 2014 2:06pm | Chart Attack
In Essential Albums our favourite artists dig up a handful of records that they consider Essential by any definition. This week, veteran Toronto singer/songwriter John Southworth stands at the border between Canada and the United States and picks two albums that represent each.

Niagara Falls is a nexus of culture, commerce, (uncomfortable) history and geography - a place where Canada and the United States intersect in gaudy tourist attractions, flashing lights and gambling, all gathered around one of the natural wonders of the world. Those many clashes and intersections make it rich territory for a double-album length exploration, so it's no surprise that's where Toronto-via-U.K. singer/songwriter John Southworth set Niagara. Split into two records, a Canadian side an an American side, it threads his jazzy, elegant folk-pop (featuring an all-star band that includes Thom Gill and Felicity Williams) through a thorough survey of every drop of falling water and all the mythology that surrounds it.

Clearly used to thinking in binaries, the veteran writer and musician approaches this Essential Albums in a similar way - two records that represent Canadiana and two that represent Americana, both in a distinctly Southworthian way. Like Niagara, it locates the core of both culture and stereotypes (yes, that's a record of loon sounds) and finds the es...

Stream The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 23, 2014 2:03pm | StereoGum

Scottish rockers the Twilight Sad are back with another set of sunken-hearted, sky-scraping guitar anthems. Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, the follow-up to 2012′s No One Can Ever Know, finds the band weaving post-punk and new wave elements into their shoegaze-inflected epics, topped off as always by James Graham’s world-weary vocals. We posted early singles “There’s A Girl In The Corner” and “Last January,” and now you can stream the whole album below. Do it!


Demdike Stare dig up unheard material from Chain Reactions Shinichi Atobe
Oct 23, 2014 1:53pm | Fact Magazine

Mysterious techno operative makes shock return with debut album Butterfly Effect.

Flick through the pages of FACT long enough and you’ll probably realize we hold the Basic Channel-affiliated Chain Reaction label in very high regard. Just take a peep at our list of the 25 best dub techno tracks of all time if you’re still not sure.

That’s why we’re so bloody excited about the return of Shinichi Atobe. Atobe’s first and only release dropped back in 2001 on the cult imprint, and that was the last anybody heard from him – until now. Following a trail that led to Japan, Demdike Stare (aka Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty) tracked down Shinichi Atobe and realized he had a lot more material buried in the vaults, old and new.

Butterfly Effect is a lovingly compiled selection of that material, and is proof that the still breathtaking Ship-Scope 12″ wasn’t simply a one-off. You can peep samples over at Boomkat now.

Mark Kozelek releasing a Christmas album; 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' celebrating 50th anniversary at The Met
Oct 23, 2014 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

War on Drugs fan Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters) is releasing another album this year, a Christmas album called Sings Christmas Carols, due out November 4 on his own Caldo Verde label. The album features his take on "Christmas Time Is Here," the Vince Guaraldi-penned song from A Charlie Brown Christmas. You can stream it over at Pitchfork, where they also point out it includes a reworking of the classic special's wry dialogue: "Mark, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem....of all the Mark Kozeleks in the world, you're the Mark Kozelek-iest."

Meanwhile, A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 50 this year and its anniversary will be celebrated in NYC with live music from Rob Schwimmer and Mark Stewart, joined by the Church of the Heavenly Rest Children's Choir. The performances happen at The Met on December 20 & 21 with two each day, 11 AM and 1:30 PM on 12/20 and 2 PM and 4 PM on 12/21. "Following the screening of the film, a festive holiday sing-a-long will be led by Mark Stewart." Tickets for all four are on sale now.

Continue reading "Mark Kozelek releasing a Christmas album; 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' celebrating 50th anniversary at The Met" at brooklynvegan

Sounds Australia: Immigrant Union, Damen Samuel, Emma Russack, Karl S. Williams @ Santos Party House: October 22, 2014
Oct 23, 2014 1:39pm | CMJ

Sounds Australia packed two stages at Santos Party House last night. While Tkay Maidza rocked the main stage, the downstairs stage got a little more intimate with minimal sets from the likes of Caitlin Harnett, Demi Louise, Emma Russack and Damen Samuel. A captivated crowd sitting on the floor soon turned into a high energy Aussie affair.

Photos by Emily Tan.

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Black Breath schedule NYC one-off
Oct 23, 2014 1:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Black Breath at Knitting Factory in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

Seattle's Entombed-style death rippers Black Breath last toured this past spring, and they'll cap the year off with a one-off in NYC. This one happens at Saint Vitus on December 14 with support to be announced. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Black Breath's most recent album is 2012's Sentenced to Life. You can stream that in full below...

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Deep Medi dubstepper Compa plots debut US tour
Oct 23, 2014 1:19pm | Fact Magazine

The Manchester-based producer heads to the US this winter.

Compa is one of the young producers that is helping keep dubstep alive with a sound indebted to the early Mala, Loefah and Skream tracks that defined the genre.

After wrapping up a few dates in the UK and Europe, Compa will head to the states for a 7-date tour sponsored by Feel Like It Clothing. The tour flyer is below, and for a taste of what to expect, check out his FACT mix made almost entirely from his own productions.

Carpark: Saint Pepsi, Popstrangers, Dog Bite, Chandos @ Mercury Lounge: October 22, 2014
Oct 23, 2014 1:18pm | CMJ

Carpark Records’ official CMJ Music Marathon 2014 showcase was last night at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge. Carpark showcasing artists were all over the musical map, and the late-night show boasted some energetic pop-punk from Boston’s Chandos, smooth electro-pop courtesy of Dog Bite, a blistering set from angular New Zealand guitar band Popstrangers and a midnight set of Saint Pepsi’s future funk before special guests Young Magic took the stage.

Photos by Ben Houck and Sophie Hsu.

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CMJ day 2 pics: Girlpool, Nai Harvest, Ultimate Painting, Be Forest, Literature, September Girls, Ocean Blue & more
Oct 23, 2014 1:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Girlpool / Nai Harvest / September Girls / Ultimate Painting

The CMJ week day party action picked up on Wednesday (10/22) and Ludlow St is still a safe bet, as is the now-annual Kanine party at Pianos, which this year was co-sponsored by fellow indie label Slumberland and SESAC. A good portion of the BV staff was there -- we posted Flowers pictures already, and pics of the rest of the day are in this post.

Glasgow's Pinact started the day downstairs. Partially due to their two-piece set up and anthemic fuzz rock, it's been easy to compare them to Japandroids, but live they sounded a bit more like early Nirvana (his hair-covered face may have been part of this too). They were good, and definitely sounded full for a two-piece.

I missed SEOUL upstairs but caught the next act there: another two-piece rock band from across the Atlantic, the UK's Nai Harvest. Though he was going through two guitar amps and a bass amp, I noticed the lack of low end a little more with these guys, but they still put on a good show. Some of their songs (like "Hold Open My Head" and "Buttercups") have enough hooks to compete with the '90s indie rock bands they're obviously influenced by, so it'll be interesting to see where Nai Harvest go next. They played a couple new ones and said a new LP is coming n...

Against the Clock: Brassica
Oct 23, 2014 12:48pm | Fact Magazine

Against the Clock is a series on FACT TV where we give an artist 10 minutes in the studio and see what they come up with. You can watch all the past episodes here.

Next up for the challenge: London synth artist Brassica (aka Michael Anthony Wright), who has spent the last few years exploring left-field electronics for the likes of Dissident and Civil Music.

On November 10, he’ll release his debut album, Man is Deaf, via Civil Music (pre-order it here). Until then, see what he comes up with 10 minutes and a handful of gear that includes a discontinued Nord modular synth.

Watch Underworlds 20th Anniversary Mini-Documentary On Dubnobasswithmyheadman
Oct 23, 2014 12:45pm | StereoGum

British electronic wizards Underworld released their seminal record Dubnobasswithmyheadman in 1994, and in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde participated in a documentary about its creation. The two-part documentary includes performance footage and testimonial interviews, giving some insight into the process of creating Dubnobasswithmyheadman as well as an account of how Underworld translated the album to a live setting. Smith commented that Underworld prepared every bit of technology in advance to make sure it performed to its fullest capability, and that the group did not rehearse before taking the record to the stage. “It was all about the pressure of the moment, and the failing, and the recovery,” he said. Watch below.


CMJ: Ryn Weaver @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/22/14
Oct 23, 2014 12:40pm | StereoGum

Chances are, if you read this site or anything about music on the internet, you heard about Ryn Weaver this summer. Back in June, Weaver appeared, seemingly apropos of nothing, on SoundCloud with “OctaHate,” a song that garnered considerable buzz because A) it’s a really great, infectious song, and B) the murderer’s row of people involved. Charli XCX co-wrote, Benny Blanco and Passion Pit mastermind Michael Angelakos and Cashmere Cat produced. And then Jessie Ware and Hayley Williams and Tom Krell of How To Dress Well all tweeted it. The whole thing made Weaver ascendant overnight, and also yielded criticism from writers and readers alike, with people assuming Weaver was nothing more than an industry creation, or a rich kid with connections. (It’s kind of amazing how worked up people still get about the former in 2014.) Weaver herself took to the Stereogum comments section to set it a bit straight, and later spoke to Chris for an Artist To Watch feature, in which they talked about how, while the arrival of Ryn Weaver was sudden and definite, she’d been kicking around and working on material under her real name, Aryn Wuthrich, and briefly as FemFemFem first.


U2 May Have Scrapped A Danger Mouse-Produced Album
Oct 23, 2014 12:39pm | StereoGum

Early in the year, we saw reports that U2 were teaming up with producer Danger Mouse for a full album, one that was expected in April. They teamed up for the 2013 soundtrack song “Ordinary Love” and the free-giveaway single “Invisible.” And then the album never came out. When U2 did pull off their surprise release of Songs Of Innocence a few months later, Danger Mouse was in the credits a lot, but he was far from the sole producer, and those two previously released songs weren’t on the album. And based on what the band and their collaborators told Rolling Stone in a new profile, the band may have scrapped an entire Danger Mouse-produced album, one that sure seems like it was far along the way to completion.


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