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Pele reuniting for American Football's New Year's shows (Joan of Arc, Braid, Maritime & S. Carey playing too)
Nov 21, 2014 1:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.

So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott...

James Murphy Will Drum For Reunited NYC Art-Punks Dungbeetle This Weekend
Nov 21, 2014 1:06pm | StereoGum

Before James Murphy was an ultra-hip DJ, he was a punk. This weekend he’ll go back to those roots by sitting in on drums for NYC art-punks Dungbeetle at their reunion show. The reunion is taking place Saturday at the release party for the latest issue of Radio Silence at Le Poisson Rouge. Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, and Matthew Friedberger will also perform, and Greil Marcus and Rick Moody are among those giving readings. Brooklyn Vegan notes that Murphy used to run sound for Dungbeetle back in the ’80s. He told New York Magazine about his love for the band in a profile, which also featured commentary from Dungbeetle frontman Sam Lipsyte and John MacLean of the Juan MacLean:

Murphy stumbled across one band that had the same feelings about the scene he didthey called themselves Dungbeetle, and their ranks included [Rob] Reynolds (now a painter in Los Angeles), Nicholas Butterworth (who figured prominently in the dot-com boom), and a singer who wore capes onstage and answered to the name Sam Shit (he is now the celebrated novelist Sam Lipsyte). “Dungbeetle were like Andy Kaufman,” says Murphy. “When Andy Kaufman performed, he was not just trying to be funny. He was playing with the notion of what it means to try to be funny, of what it means to be an audience expecting somebody to be funny. He was doing a dance and playing a game. Watching Dungbeetle was like being involved in that game.”


Lay Llamas (WPAA), Cold Waste (GROW) And More
Nov 21, 2014 1:05pm | CMJ

Lay Llamas (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via WPAA in Andover, MA, and Grow Radio in Gainesville, FL.

Lay Llamas on WPAA

Sicilian duo Lay Llamas debut release, Ostro, is brimming with psychedelic space-funk. Drawing influence from all corners of the earth with a sound ranging from afro-grooves to krautrock drones, Lay Llamas made it on to the WPAA charts this past week.

Ostro by Lay Llamas

Cold Waste on Grow Radio

We try to keep an eye an out for station’s supporting local artists, and this week, Grow Radio’s playlist caught our eye with their support of Cold Waste. This Gainesville-based duo scored the No. 12 spot on Grow’s chart with the post-punk stylings of their debut album, Primitive.

Primitive by Cold Waste

Here are some of the other interesting bands we discovered on the charts this week: T0W3RS on WXDU, Soviet Influence on CFMU, Tall Horse on WHSN, My Drunken Haze on Bagel Radio, Suspirians on KVRX, Feral Trash on CJSR, Chapa Mamba on WFMU and Droid Bishop on WFCS.

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Jeremih explains delays behind his clatchet new album, Late Nights
Nov 21, 2014 12:49pm | Fact Magazine

The Chicago-bred crooner opens up in a new interview.

Jeremih‘s career has been in limbo for sometime: despite the critical success of 2012′s Late Nights With Jeremih and the smash single ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’, his long-gestating album Late Nights still doesn’t have a release date (after being pushed back from September 30 to November 4), and ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ doesn’t even have a video.

“I blame myself,” the singer tells Billboard. “I had a video scheduled. I just didn’t show up to it because of…” of issues on which he declines to elaborate. “I’m not going to point my finger at somebody else at this point.”

Regarding the album’s delay, Jeremih cites mixing, mastering and issues with clearing both guests and samples, a frequent refrain from the world of delayed albums. Encouragingly, he describes Late Nights as “clatchet” short for classy ratchet.

However, he also says his label, Def Jam, has not been on his side, and that personal matters including a custody battle over his 2-year-old son and an incident at a restaurant in Montana have kept him distracted.

Stream the soundtrack to Penguins of Madagascar
Nov 21, 2014 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Penguins Of Madagascar, the latest spin-off in DreamWorks’ highly successful Madagascar franchise, hits theaters next week. For the film’s soundtrack, producers tapped Lorne Balfe, a Grammy Award-winning composer who previously worked with Hans Zimmer for the scores to The Dark Night and Inception.

The soundtrack will be released on November 24th (pre-orders are ongoing). In anticipation, stream it in full below.

Penguins Of Madagascar Tracklist:
01. The Penguins of Madagascar
02. Antarctica
03. Demersus
04. Sclateri
05. Adeliae
06. Forsteri
07. Patagonicus
08. Magellanicus
09. Privates Theme
10. Robustus
11. Eudyptula Minor
12. Chrysolophus
13. Chrysocome
14. Antipodes
15. Schlegeli
16. Mendiculus
17. Papua
18. Humboldti
19. He is Dave (feat. Antony Genn)

Watch the film’s trailer below.

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Nov 21, 2014 12:33pm | StereoGum

Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though none of the videos that made it in really have anything in common with one another. Check out this week’s picks below.


Skrillex Fuck That Video (Dir. Nabil)
Nov 21, 2014 12:30pm | StereoGum

Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that ends with a firearm-heavy car chase interrupted by mystic desert druids. Your move, Murai! Watch below.


Fred Armisen playing Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Xmas show after 826NYC benefit; Portlandia season 5 trailer out now (watch)
Nov 21, 2014 12:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein's band Sleater-Kinney are reunited and bringing their tour to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows in 2015. Both are sold out.

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Sky Ferreira and DIIV cover Hole-Kurt Cobain collaboration Asking For It watch
Nov 21, 2014 12:24pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In the past, Sky Ferreira has admitted to feeling a certain kinship to Courtney Love. Meanwhile, its no secret that Ferreiras beau, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, has a strong affinity for Kurt Cobain. During Thursdays nights show at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, the indie rock lovebirds got a chance to pay tribute to their idols by covering the 1994 Cobain-Hole collaboration, “Asking For It”.

Emphasizing slightly more brooding overtones than the originals jangly vibes, the pairs rendition saw Ferriera channel a similar kind of raw intensity and furious passion that Love delivered some two decades ago. Watch fan-shot footage of the cover below.

Also during the show, Ferreira debuted new material from the forthcoming follow-up to 2013s Night Time, My Time. The specific tracks, an untitled piece and one tentatively dubbed “Painting With Different Paints”, find Ferreira operating in slightly more anthemic, even dramatic, territory. Check out a few clips below.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Ferreira revealed shes working with a number of different producers and writers for her sophomore LP, including Primal Screams Bobby Gillespie, Ariel Rechtshaid, Justin Raisen, and Andrew Innes.

Thee Oh Sees were DbA's secret guests again, plus Natural Child, Jack Name & Skimask (pics, video)
Nov 21, 2014 12:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Oh Sees / Natural Child @ DbA 11/20/14 (via @soundbitenyc / @ashowsomewhere)

John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).

This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).

Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most ex...

R&S to reissue Model 500s classic techno double pack Sonic Sunset
Nov 21, 2014 12:04pm | Fact Magazine

Sonic Sunset’s drifting deepness is back and better than ever.

Following the good news that Detroit hero Juan Atkins is preparing to release the first Model 500 album in 16 years, his old label home R&S has announced a reissue of some vintage ’90s techno.

A remastered edition of Atkins’ Sonic Sunset double pack, originally released in 1994 and engineered by his old mucker Moritz Van Oswald, is due on December 5. The esteemed Matt Colton handled the remaster, and new artwork for the record has been provided by Mark Warrington, which you can see above.

If you’re in the mood for more classic Detroit shapes you could do much worse than settling into Rolando’s Aztec Mystic Mix, a classic from 1999 that he recently shared on Soundcloud.

Hear the evergreen ‘Neptune’ from Sonic Sunset below. [via JunoPlus]


A1. Sonic Sunset (Calm Mix)
A2. Sonic Sunset (Cave Mix)
B1. Neptune
C1. I Wanna Be There
D1. Sonic Sunset (Third Wave Mix)

Couple celebrate their love with Bonnaroo-themed wedding
Nov 21, 2014 12:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Over the summer, we learned about one adorable couple who celebrated their happy engagement at arguably one of the most positive, feel-good locales for die-hard music fans: Bonnaroo. As it turns out, thats not the only couple who found love at The Farm, as one set of lovebirds ended up planning an entirely ‘Roo-themed wedding. Warning: Things are about to get pretty misty up in here.

Andrew met his future wife Keri back at ‘Roo 2011 by pure chance, a moment the two have never forgotten. He went on to propose to her at ‘Roo 2012, and this past summer, after much thoughtful preparation, the couple pulled off an elaborate, yet wholly charming wedding which featured all the trademarks of a Bonnaroo event. That includes campgrounds, posters, bracelets, a “Before I die I want to…” wall, food trucks, various “stage names” in place of table numbers, and even a yummy cake boasting the ‘Roo logo.

Below, check out a series of photos documenting their Bonnaroo love story and subsequent wedding, complete with captions from Andrew himself (via Festival Snob/Reddit).

“One of our first pictures together at Roo ’11, we had just met. Was invited to my first Bonnaroo in 2011 by a group of friends from University. Knew everyone but one person, she ended up being the one.”

“Friends holding the proposal banner I made for Roo ’12. I...

Watch Sky Ferreira Debut New Material & Cover Holes Asking For It With DIIVs Zachary Cole Smith
Nov 21, 2014 11:52am | StereoGum

Sky Ferreira debuted new material at the Belasco Theater in L.A. last night. She also brought DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on stage for a cover of Hole’s “Asking For It.” Additionally, Ferreira told Billboard that she’s working with Night Time, My Time producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen again on her next album as well as collaborating with Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie (whom she describes as a mentor) and aiming to nail down some studio time with Gesaffelstein. Ferreira’s description of the new material:


Sky Ferreira working with Gesaffelstein, Primal Scream members on more aggressive new LP
Nov 21, 2014 11:39am | Fact Magazine

The pop standout is already working on the follow-up to her debut album.

In an interview with Billboard, Sky Ferreira has opened up about the making of the follow-up to Night Time, My Time, describing it as a “more aggressive” album.

Along with producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen (who produced Night Time, My Time), she’s collaborating with Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes of Primal Scream and describes Gillepsie as a new mentor.

The reason I like working with them is because theres absolutely no pressure, she says of the pair. Its nice to walk in somewhere and theyre not like, Okay, your label is harassing me about this and that. I set it up without anyone else involved, so we just sit and write in a room and theres no pressure.

“Its also just really cool talking to [Gillespie]! Jesus and Mary Chain is one of my favorite bands ever, so at first I was a little nervous. Its really nice to meet with someone and not be disappointed by it, to have them meet every expectation.”

Ferreira is also looking to work with Gesaffelstein, the Bromance-based techno producer who contributed to Yeezus.

Shinobu release third single from new LP, "Jokes" (listen)
Nov 21, 2014 11:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

As discussed, Shinobu are releasing their fifth album, 10 Thermidor, on January 9 via Really Records and Lauren Records, and have been releasing a new single for every $1,000 raised in the presale. They've now reached a new milestone and are ready to put out the third single, "Jokes," which is making its premiere in this post. While the other two singles had a '90s indie rock vibe, "Jokes" is under a minute and a half of '80s-style hardcore which Shinobu does just as convincingly as their other stuff.

Once the pre-orders hit the next $1,000 milestone, they'll release a free download of the album via Quote Unquote Records. Listen to the new song below...

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