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Stream Los Angeles Police Departments Debut Album
Aug 28, 2014 8:33am | StereoGum

When we named Ryan Pollie’s project Los Angeles Police Department a Band To Watch earlier this month, I had this to say about his debut album: “It’s built on regret, on making mistakes, or perhaps the even greater pain of not doing anything at all. Theres talk of caving too soon, of letting go, of biding time. It plays like a scabbed wound, gently picking away at every edge until the soft and tender skin underneath is the only thing left. Its not without moments of levity — Pollies words are serious, but theyre never self-important.” Those words still stand, and Los Angeles Police Department is an album that only gets better with repeat listens, when you start to find little nooks and crannies to cozy up into that weren’t immediately apparent. You can now stream the album in full below, and make sure you read our interview with Pollie here.


M.A.P.S. hosting show w/ Bastard Noise, Andrew Hock, more; fest w/ Geryon, Gnawed, Endless Humiliation, more
Aug 28, 2014 8:31am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

Rodger Stella at the Last M.A.P.S. show at Trans Pecos in July (photo by Nikki Sneakers)

As summer winds down, things will start to get noisy. As part of the continuing M.A.P.S. (Metropolitan Audio Pain Source) series, Bastard Noise & Anthony Saunders (who recently played Babycastles) will be playing along with a number of other noise artists on September 13 at Trans Pecos. Also teaming up will be Andrew Hock (Castevet/Psalm Zero), Chris Pitsiokos, and Weasel Walter and HCOD and Penchant. Filling out the lineup are Skinner, Arbiter, Field Grave and Negation. More info is available at the event's Facebook page. Stream samples of HCOD, Penchant, Arbiter and more below.

In December, M.A.P.S will be presenting its second annual festival with a whole slew of noise and a little bit of metal. Waving the metal flag high will be the bass-and-drums only death metal duo Geryon, which is comprised of Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein of Krallice. On the noise side of things, you'll have the chance to catch a whole load of acts, including Gnawed, Endless Humiliation (they're pretty metal), Deterge, Interracial Sex, Concrete Mascara and Penchant. The show is...

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces Initial Lineup
Aug 28, 2014 8:30am | StereoGum

This year’s CMJ Music Marathon is once again coming to venues around New York City 10/21-25, which means countless music nerds around NYC will, once again, be getting nowhere near enough sleep. (Thankfully, it won’t overlap with the Village Halloween Parade this year, which means you won’t have to cuss softly to yourself when a bunch of drunk assholes in costumes make it harder to sprint from one venue to another.) The people behind CMJ have just announced the initial lineup for this year’s extravaganza, and we can all start making bets on who will come out of it with the most hype. My money is on Courtney Barnett, but she might already have too much acclaim to her name. She’ll play CMJ, as will the reunited Slowdive, the Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Matthew Dear, Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era crew, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, Moon Duo, Ballet School, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, Potty Mouth, White Fence, the Wytches, Kate Boy, Juan Wauters, Celebration, Greys, Luluc, Mt. Royal, 2:54, Andrew Cedermark, and countless others. To check out the full lineup thus far, check out the CMJ website.

Ryan Keberle covers his collaborator Sufjan Stevens on new LP (listen), playing shows (dates)
Aug 28, 2014 8:24am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Amanda Gentile

Trombonist Ryan Keberle has played as a member of Sufjan Stevens' Age of Adz band, St. Vincent & David Byrne's band, and appeared with Sufjan, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly at their Planetarium shows. He's also played with Escort, The Welcome Wagon, Nedelle Torrisi, Alicia Keys and more. He leads his own Brooklyn-based group, Catharsis, who will release their new album, Into The Zone, on September 30 which features collaborations with Chilean singer Camila Meza. His time playing with Sufjan Stevens (and being a longtime fan) inspired him to cover "Djohariah" last year, and now he takes on another Sufjan song, "Sister" (from Seven Swans) as a bonus track to Into The Zone. Here's what Ryan had to say about his Sufjan influence:

I, like so many others, spent the majority of my 20's listening to the music of Sufjan Stevens. Most good music connects with me on a deep emotional level, but there are those rare composers whose music moves me in ways that I've only otherwise experienced through sex, drugs, alcohol, good friendship and great comedy. My list of composers with this kind of musical emotional power is short and includes the likes of Lennon and McCartney, Maurice Ravel, Duke Ellington, and Maria Schneider, and after listening to Sufjan Stevens' music for the past 10 years now, I have officially added him to this list. In 2010, I...

Hear Druid Cloaks IDM-flecked rework of Claude Speeeds Field
Aug 28, 2014 8:16am | Fact Magazine

LuckyMe’s resident ambient experimentalist Claude Speeed must be sitting pretty after the positive reception of My Skeleton.

It’s a gorgeous record, but one that hits a different note than most LuckyMe releases, eschewing the usual flurry of beats in favor of washes of synthesizer and charming textures. Well, now the label have farmed out his suite of tunes to the remix brigade, and first up to the plate is Apothecary boss Druid Cloak.

Garnishing Speeed’s haunting melodies with the kind of beats that wouldn’t have been out of place on a Merck or Neo Ouija compilation, it brings back fond memories of electronic music’s turn-of-the-century boom. Maybe IDM is next up for a resurgence after all?

Take a listen or download below, and don’t forget to dig into Claude Speeed’s excellent FACT mix.

Dead Rider touring, playing NYC w/ Dan Friel and Advaeta
Aug 28, 2014 8:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

Chicago experimentalists Dead Rider (ex-US Maple), have added some fall dates in support of their recent album Chills on Glass. The tour will include a stop in NYC at Baby's All Right on September 10, where they'll have quality support from Dan Friel and Advaeta. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Check out full tour dates for Dead Rider, along with the crazy video for "Blank Screen," below...

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Josh Homme takes on Ice Bucket Challenge, extends offer to Bono
Aug 28, 2014 8:12am | NME
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman challenges U2 singer in the name of charity

Watch Arcade Fire Perform With Mavis Staples In Chicago
Aug 28, 2014 8:11am | StereoGum

Two nights ago, Arcade Fire played the first night of a two-night stand at Chicago’s United Center, and they marked the occasion by covering Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love.” Last night, they upped the ante, inviting the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples to the stage for a couple of songs during their encore. They started out doing “This Could Be The Last Time,” the Staples Singers gospel classic, and launched straight from that into a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” the 1965 B-side that the band based on the Staples Singers original. Watch a fan-made video of last night’s performance below.


Monotons influential debut album Monotonprodukt 02 set for long-overdue reissue
Aug 28, 2014 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Few would debate the importance of Konrad Becker’s Monoton project.

Beginning in 1979, Monoton would go on to influence a swathe of experimentalists which according to the Desire imprint include Kompakt to Mego. His most storied work is certainly Monotonprodukt 07 – Becker’s second album which was reissued back in 2012 – but his debut Monotonprodukt 02 is just as bizarre and brilliant, and it thankfully now due to be reissued by Desire.

It’s been out of print for some time now, and while the Oval label re-issued Monotonprodukt 02 in 2006 with bonus tracks, Desire’s reissue will be the first time it’s been on vinyl since its original release in 1980. To snag an original copy you would have been looking at upwards of $200, so it’s a reissue that feels well-deserved.

Monotonprodukt 02 will be released on September 29 via Desire.

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Childhood As I Am (Isaac Tichauer remix)
Aug 28, 2014 8:04am | Abeano

It’s safe to say the debut album from London-based four-piece Childhood is dreamy enough: all psychedelic, sprawling melodies, Lacuna displays an evolution far beyond the psych-pop jaunts of their earlier pastel-coloured releases. That grown sound grows even bigger on this blissful deep house remix of single ‘As I Am’ from Australian producer Isaac Tichauer. Lie back in the grass and watch as their soft vocals float like clouds over an insistent beat and warm synths for an absolutely lush eight minutes, and pick up a copy of Lacuna now via Marathon Artists.

Arcade Fire teams with Mavis Staples, covers The Rolling Stones in Chicago
Aug 28, 2014 8:01am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo via @MarkGuarino / Twitter

Throughout the Reflektor tour, Arcade Fire have made a habit of performing regional covers. Occasionally, they’ve even invited the original artist to join them on stage, such was the case with Ian McCulloch in London and Marky Ramone and Buster Poindexter in Brooklyn. During their show in Chicago last night, the band brought out soul singer and local legend Mavis Staples.

Together they performed The Staples Singers classic “This May Be the Last Time” before transitioning into The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time” (see what they did there?). Watch fan footage below.

Arcade Fire also performed a show in Chicago on Tuesday night, during which they covered “Who Do You Love?” by Chicago blues legend Bo Diddley. Find footage of that performance below.

Saintseneca touring this fall, playing Glasslands (dates)
Aug 28, 2014 7:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

Saintseneca at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Columbus, OH indie folk collective Saintseneca have been pretty busy tourers this year, and they'll be heading back on the road this fall. The dates include a newly-scheduled eastern US run, which kicks off in NYC on November 8 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Martin Scorsese making a Ramones film
Aug 28, 2014 7:53am | Brooklyn Vegan

There's been plenty going on for the Ramones 40th anniversary (and in the wake of the passing of Tommy Ramone, their last original member). NYC has already had one anniversary celebration and there's another coming. A new 'best of' is on the way and Morrissey is compiling the tracklist. And they were just honored in NYC this past weekend by Arcade Fire.

Now, a new Billboard article reveals that even more is coming. Influential filmmaker Martin Scorsese is planning to make a film on the band, and there will also be a theatrical play, a book, and a documentary with footage from the '70s and '80s shot by George Seminara. Remastered music and new apparel are planned as well.

As previously discussed, Richie Ramone (member from '83-'87) is playing NYC with The Queers soon, and CJ Ramone ('89 to '96) signed to Fat Wreck Chords and is touring Brazil as we speak. Marky Ramone is also touring Brazil and other South American countries with Michale Graves in November.

Watch the "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" scene from Rock n Roll High School below...

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Savages' Jehnny Beth criticises 'system of class' at music festivals
Aug 28, 2014 7:50am | NME
Singer is critical of festivals operating a system where tickets ensuring a good view are more expensive

listen to TOPS new LP Picture You Staring
Aug 28, 2014 7:45am | Gorilla Vs Bear

TOPS‘ Picture You Staring is out next week on Arbutus [via Dazed]

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