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Staff Picks: Track Of The Week
Aug 22, 2014 4:14pm | CMJ

TOPS – Photo by Rebecca Storm

Here in New York City today, the clouds are a threatening shade of slate grey and the air is thick, but placid, like an eerie calm before the apocalypse. SoundCloud also began implementing promotional content into its streams this week, so maybe the end of the world really is here. At least we’ve got these nostalgic, gritty and muscular tracks to get us through it.

Gorgeous Children – Howedoit

The twinkling flute/chime combo sounds like stuffy symphony fare until heavy-footed percussion drops into the mix and Face Vega starts spitting lines like “Now they wanna prove they knew me/Fluent floosies out the blue jacuzzi,” like the symphony would be blessed to have him. – Lizzie Plaugic

Yung Bae – Sailor Babes

Okay, I’m ready. I’m ready for Track Of The Week. I’m ready for J-Disco to blow up. I’m ready for horn solo breakdowns to be a thing again. I’m ready for Friday night to happen. I’m ready to cosplay as Tuxedo Mask and get ignored by the Sailor Babes at NYCC. Let’s do this. – David Velásquez

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I have no shame in admitting that Teen Witch was my favorite movie during the majority of my childhood, so I appreciate any tune that sounds like big perms, spangly jewelry,...

Heavy Lowdown: Pig Destoyer, Puig Destroyer, At the Gates, Today is the Day, Obituary, Nuclear Assault, Opeth, more
Aug 22, 2014 4:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Pig Destroyer at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)

Ah, the dominoes are starting to fall: If Agoraphobic Nosebleed are going to play a show, the related Pig Destroyer are going to play two. The grinders now have dates on the horizon, December 19 in Boston and December 20 in Philadelphia, with the possibility of more on the way. Relapse Records will also be pressing Mass & Volume for the first time which was released digitally last year. The wax will hit the streets on October 14.

And if Pig Destroyer are gearing up, baseball grinders Puig Destroyer are getting ready for the postseason. The band featuring members from Thrice, Curl Up and Die, and Kowloon Walled City have signed to No Sleep Records and will release a new self-titled album digitally on September 30. Attention teams that aren't the Red Sox: It'll probably be cheaper than Rusney Castillo. You can check out the track "Mike Trout" below.

Speaking of new releases, we now have a cover for At the Gates' At War With Reality. It's a silhouette illusion you can use for self-diagnosis: See two hands? Go to the doctor. See two men smoking? Go to the doctor. Seriously: that's not a pimple. Go to the doctor. Check it out below.

In other visual teases, Today Is The Day have offered up a trailer for...

Coral Cross made their debut at Pioneer Works (where Liturgy plays), add 2nd Brooklyn show
Aug 22, 2014 4:07pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

Coral Cross (via Cara Stricker)

Jorge Elbrecht's (Lansing Dreiden, Violens) metal band Coral Cross recently released its debut seven inch on Mexican Summer and played the cool-looking Pioneer Works down in Red Hook. The show was accompanied by a sculptural installation by Max Hooper Schneider. Did anyone go? How was it?

There will be another chance to catch Coral Cross in NYC. They will play another show accompanied by Max Hooper Schneider's sculptural installation at Baby's All Right this Sunday (8/24) at midnight (so technically Monday). $5 tickets are on sale, here's the event page.

Pioneer Works is also where the reformed Liturgy play this Saturday (8/23) with two noisy and experimental acts, Wreck & Reference and White Suns. More bands are TBA, and tickets are still available.

Stream a track and watch a video off Coral Cross's debut below...

Continue reading "Coral Cross made their debut at Pioneer Works (where Liturgy plays), add 2nd Brooklyn show" at brooklynvegan

Blink-182 bring flames and Union Jack flag to Leeds Festival headline set
Aug 22, 2014 4:04pm | NME
US pop-punk trio begin Friday night performance with 'Feelin' This' and 'What's My Age Again'

Pile touring, playing Cake Shop this weekend, Shea w/ LVL UP in September (dates)
Aug 22, 2014 4:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Massachusetts loud rockers Pile put out a new 7" earlier this year on Exploding In Sound and have had no lack of live dates since then. They've got another tour coming up this fall which begins in NYC on September 25 with LVL UP (who are also on tour now), Fax Holiday and more. Before that tour begins though, they've got a couple shows this weekend, including one in NYC on Saturday (8/23) at Cake Shop with Mail The Horse, Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks and Legs Like Tree Trunks. $8 at the door gets you into that one.

All dates are listed, with a stream of the 7", below...

Continue reading "Pile touring, playing Cake Shop this weekend, Shea w/ LVL UP in September (dates)" at brooklynvegan

Bakesale Turns 20
Aug 22, 2014 3:59pm | StereoGum

“Dinosaur have this weird Teflon thing,” Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow told me in a 2013 interview for Under The Radar. “Sebadoh’s more vulnerable. There are more faces to the band. You have the strength of [co-frontman] Jason [Lowenstein]’s material, which is stunning. It creates something complicated. And fans kind of want things simple. But Sebadoh have always been something that flew in the face of that. We always changed directions quickly, and we’re always in transition, and that leaves us kind of vulnerable to people just deciding that we suck.”


Hear the final two songs from Nicolas Jaars Darkside
Aug 22, 2014 3:57pm | Chart Attack

Darkside is no more. The project from Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington gave us a single self-titled record of progressive electro you could really obsess over (and an unofficial Daft Punk remix album), but they've announced that their show on September 12 in Brooklyn will be their last. On the bright side of Darkside: two new songs recorded during their debut LP's sessions, to be released on the upcoming compilation WORK on Jaar's label Other People.

"What They Say" feels like a tossed album opener: lots of zipping synth lines cut through layers of guitar and synth fog, as it eventually coasts  into a realm of high pressure bass hits. "Gone Too Soon" knows what it is from the beginning: oil-slick funk casting a long a thick shadow across Jaar's dismal mutter, a jam session of distorted bongos and paranoid licks, approaching a sunrise. RIP to these guys.

The final two Darkside tracks will be released September 29 on the WORK compilation, out via Other People. Read Dave Harrington's picks for ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. They are good.

Hear the final two songs from Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Jamie T showcases old and new material at surprise Reading show
Aug 22, 2014 3:29pm | NME
The south London troubadour packed out the Festival Republic stage on the first night of the festival

Jamie T showcases material old and new at surprise Reading show
Aug 22, 2014 3:29pm | NME
The south London troubadour packed out the Festival Republic stage on the first night of the festival

Jessie J unveils cover art for new album 'Sweet Talker'
Aug 22, 2014 3:23pm | NME
Artwork is released via the singer's Instagram page

Terror Pigeon Girl!
Aug 22, 2014 3:18pm | StereoGum

The exclamation point at the end of the song title is essential. For the first few minutes, “Girl!” builds itself up with precision, adding disparate elements and taking them away just as quickly, introducing you to all of the sounds that will eventually burst into the euphoric cacophony that fills the song’s second half. It’s a relationship in song form: the wanting, the waning, and finally the having: its climax is the sound of unabashed joy, the glorious ecstasy of love shouted from the top of Mount Everest. “THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT YOU I WON’T LOVE,” splattered with glitter paint and lit up in flashing neon lights. It’s the happiest, most pure moment of music I’ve heard this year. A song like this forces you to sit up and pay attention, to forge an immediate connection with it. Based on these five minutes of music, I’d follow Terror Pigeon blindly to the ends of the earth.


Paramore's Reading Festival set hit by power failure
Aug 22, 2014 3:16pm | NME
Band are left standing for 15 minutes as stage engineers struggle to restore the sound

Tinashe Pretend (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
Aug 22, 2014 3:16pm | StereoGum

Tinashe’s biggest hit so far, the DJ Mustard-produced “2 On,” featured Schoolboy Q, and the rising R&B singer’s latest single from debut album Aquarius features Q’s buddy A$AP Rocky. “Pretend,” built on a gorgeous beat by “Drunk In Love” producer Detail, is a warm, spacious slow jam about suddenly falling into bed with somebody you thought was just a friend. “Let’s pretend I ain’t your friend/ So we can get it on again” goes the instantly ingratiating hook. Rocky shows up to do Rocky things near the end, but Tinashe’s performance is the showstopper here. If you haven’t already, get very excited for Aquarius starting now.


Shabazz Palaces #CAKE music video is spectacular Afrofuturism
Aug 22, 2014 3:07pm | Chart Attack

My affection for sci-fi hip-hop music videos is documented, so 100% I'm going to flip over a Shabazz Palaces video that's a) post-apocalyptic, 2) nods to tha gawd Grace Jones, c) is for cerebral, foot-shuffling track "#CAKE," and iv) creates its own mythology in the wasteland with fantastical visuals. There's no story for the marathon man or the giant faces, bodies and snake he encounters during his tour of abandoned buildings, but the energy crackling off the composition of the images is enough to mesmerize. It's actually making me mad that most full-length sci-fi films can't touch what Hiro Murai's doing here. How am I supposed to care about a District 9 sequel now?

Shabazz Palaces' new album Lese Majesty is out now via Sub Pop.

Shabazz Palaces’ “#CAKE” music video is spectacular Afrofuturism by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Q&A: Ty Segall On His Focused, Glammed-Up Manipulator And What He Wants To Do Next
Aug 22, 2014 2:34pm | StereoGum

One of the most pleasant aspects of attending the Ceremonia festival last weekend was getting the chance to see Ty Segall totally rip through his set while a few thousand Mexican teenagers went totally apeshit. The gig was a warmup of sorts for Segall, whose fantastic new record, Manipulator, will see release next week. The album is arguably the most well-rounded and polished of Segall’s career, which makes sense considering he spent more time finessing this record than anything else he’s ever done. His set in Mexico was as raucous as any of his shows I’ve ever seen — and it marked the moment when the crowd stopped standing around and promptly got to moshing — but apparently his recent spate of silver-lipsticked late-night appearances should give fans a clue where his upcoming glammy live shows might be headed. I caught up with him backstage to talk about the new record, his upcoming tour, and the rather unconventional projects he might be tackling next.


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