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John Grant played Rough Trade (pics) after MHOW
Dec 4, 2013 12:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
John Grant @ Rough Trade, 12/3/2012
John Grant's second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, has been appearing on a lot of best-of lists this year, and it landed in the top spot of Rough Trade Shops' Top Albums of 2013. Grant returned the favor last night by playing an in-store at the brand-new Brooklyn location and admission was free with purchase of the new record. This was the second of two Brooklyn gigs -- he played a seated show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before (12/2).
Both shows were in "stripped down" mode, which is the only way I've ever seen Grant -- him with accompaniment from a second keyboardist and an acoustic guitarist. He doesn't really need much else, with his songwriting very much in the mid-'70s Elton John / David Bowie / Paul Williams style, plus his voice (and stage presence) are already pretty widescreen. The Rough Trade set was fantastic, if short, maybe eight songs but he played pretty much all my favorites: "Sigourney Weaver," "Where Dreams Go to Die," "It Doesn't Matter to Him," "You Don't Have To," and his real showstopper, "GMF" (aka "Greatest Motherfucker"). Pictures from the Rough Trade show are in this post.
The NYC shows were a short stop for Grant before his European tour. Hopefully he'll come back soon. More pics from Rough Trade below...
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bEEdEEgEE Flowers (feat. Lovefoxxx) Video
Dec 4, 2013 12:12pm | StereoGum
bEEdEEgEE aka Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance, put out our Album Of The Week yesterday, and now has a new video. “Flowers,” which features Brazilian singer Lovefoxxx, is a sprawling jam that stretches and bends like the goo in a lava lamp. The video does roughly the same thing all under a lo-fi VHS-style filter.
Kids Slay the darndest things: watch this cute interview of Slayers Tom Araya
Dec 4, 2013 12:09pm | Fact Magazine
The Slayer frontman reveals a softer side.
The YouTube series Kids Interview Bands is exactly what it says on the tin: middle schoolers Olivia and Connie head backstage to quiz bands, including the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Sleigh Bells, and Franz Ferdinand.
Up next for the pre-teen pair: Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, who awkwardly but sweetly chats with the girls about his family holiday traditions, singing to Beatles songs, and a bit about movies and TV.
Watch it below it’s pretty cute. It’s certainly a lighter bit of Slayer news, at least: earlier this year, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away due to liver failure, and the band has had its share of internal dissension.
Metric Lost Kitten Video
Dec 4, 2013 12:09pm | StereoGum
The Torontonian drag performer Tynomi Banks stars in the Canadian pop group Metric’s new video for “Lost Kitten,” a song from their 2012 album Synthetica. In the clip, shot beautifully by director Sammy Rawal, Banks vogues his way through Mexico City, looking for a mythical mother figure. Banks cuts a striking figure in the video, and his performance carries it even if I could make pretty much no sense out of the narrative. Watch it below.
The Field, Clark and Downliners Sekt join Sonar Stockholm line-up
Dec 4, 2013 12:07pm | Fact Magazine
The Sonar Stockholm line-up is growing rapidly.
Joining the already bustling throng of Daphni, Evian Christ, James Holden, Floating Points, DJ Rashad, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins and more is Swedish sad boy techno troubadour The Field, Warp electronica mainstay Clark and Catalan-French duo Downliners Sekt. Clark will be presenting a brand new live set entitled Phosphor, which we’re assuming is going to be one of the must-sees of the festival.
For more information and tickets head here.
Behemoth debut new song & NSFW video, playing 2014 Hellfest (line-up)
Dec 4, 2013 11:59am | Brooklyn Vegan
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial l...
Kanye West named one of Barbara Walters Most Fascinating People of 2013
Dec 4, 2013 11:55am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Debi Del Grande
Kanye West has been bestowed yet another accolade, this time from Barbara Walters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kanye has been chosen as one of Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of the 2013, alongside Kanye’s fiancée Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, and the cast of Duck Dynasty.
Since 1993, Walters has compiled the list annually and presented the results as a television special. This year could mark Walters’ final list, as she’ll be retiring from TV journalism in 2014.
This year’s special is set to air on December 18th on ABC and will presumably include an interview with Kanye.
Listen: Toro Y Mois Chaz Bundick announces new project Sides of Chaz with Sweet Tea
Dec 4, 2013 11:54am | Chart Attack
The phrase side project probably feels pejorative to Chaz Bundick, who treats his techno project Les Sins with the same amount of musical affection as his most famous endeavour Toro Y Moi. So it's probably that Sweet Tea, Chaz Bundick's sweet ass weirdo pop jam from his new endeavour Sides of Chaz, is rough around the edges on purpose. It's full of a scraggly, almost free-form energy descended from lo-fi demo tapes, determined to shine while retaining its raw sonics. While his solos and organs and drums seem to stumble charmingly over each other, Bundick belts out a wry, creased take on luv entreaties: Give me someone close to hold onto/I don't wanna be my friend no more.
Bundwick's Sides of Chaz Sweet Tea/Take My Car 7" is out December 10th on Fork and Spoon Records; preorder here.
Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Primal Scream, Loop, The Zombies, Black Angels, Black Lips, Destruction Unit & more)
Dec 4, 2013 11:52am | Brooklyn Vegan
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
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Hear Andy Stotts deranged remix of metal quartet Batillus Concrete
Dec 4, 2013 11:44am | Fact Magazine
Metallers get Modern Love makeover.
Manchester’s original knackered house artiste Andy Stott has emerged from whatever dimly lit lair he calls home clutching a most unlikely remix for our shock and delectation.
Pieced together from guttural barks, grinding percussion and drifting morsels of industrial flotsam, Stott’s thoroughly deranged effort is a deconstruction of ‘Concrete’ by Brooklyn metal quartet Batillus, who released their second album Concrete Sustain earlier this year.
The remix will be released as a clear one-sided 12″ through Modern Love tomorrow (December 5). What could be more festive?
Pitchfork have decided to keep this beast safely caged, so you’ll have to click here first and then press play.
Stott will perform at the next edition of Faktion in Manchester on December 14 alongside Powell, Front 242′s Patrick Codeneys, veteran extremist Russell Haswell and PAN/Blackest Ever Black stripling Helena Hauff.
Casanovas In Heat Destiny St. (Stereogum Premiere)
Dec 4, 2013 11:41am | StereoGum
Casanovas In Heat brings together members of Boston punk bands Bloodkrow Butcher, Male Nurses, and Subclinix, but the sound is not as abrasive as those acts. Still very aggressive though: Recent 7″ B-side “Destiny St.” is the sound of losing your mind melodically, with frayed nerves and fast-paced hooks, a la the Buzzcocks, the Nerves, Hüsker Dü, or even an especially amped-up R.E.M. It sounds very much like it could have been part of some Chuck Eddy punk scene overview from the ’80s, and I mean that in the best way possible. Brace yourself and press play.
Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Bibby Free Crack
Dec 4, 2013 11:40am | StereoGum
Lil Bibby might have the world’s least intimidating rap name. It evokes the following things: Smallness, actual babies, and journeyman NBA point guard Mike Bibby, who had a nice run with the early-’00s Sacramento Kings but who was never exactly Ron Artest. (Maybe I should be happy that Lil Bibby didn’t go with “Lil Laettner” or “Lil Korver” or “Lil Greg Oden” or something, but still.) Based on the name alone, I expected him to rap in an exaggerated mouse-squeak, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Bibby is part of the young Chicago rap zeitgeist, but he has the voice of a middle-aged survivor. Even compared to his wizened old-soul young peers like Chief Keef and Lil Reese, Bibby sounds gnarled and ancient. If not for the drill music church-bells and occasional Auto-Tune on Free Crack, his excellent debut solo mixtape, Bibby could pass for one of the ancient tough-guy veterans who show up on DJ Premier beats these days. He sounds more like Blaq Poet or Sean Price than he does like any of his generational contemporaries. The rap critic Noz already pointed this out on Twitter, but his closest vocal doppelganger is actually Hell Rell, the permanent Dipset B-teamer (an impression only strengthened when a Cam’ron soliloquy from the gloriously awful straight-to-DVD movie Killa Season, which starred Rell, shows up as a skit on Free Crack.) That Rell similarity might be a ...
UNCHARTED: Nicholas Krgovich on writing jingles, Vancouvers club closures, separating ideas from genre
Dec 4, 2013 11:33am | Chart Attack
After much hand wringing, it finally clicks. I type: Nicholas Krgovich's latest LP Who Cares? is an acoustic folk record. Relief. Not totally ridiculous. But I must take care not to suggest that he is an acoustic folk musician. Because there's not enough space here to properly roadmap Nicholas Krgovich's body of work. P:ano, Gigi, No Kids and his own solo work veer with an enchanting obliviousness to prevailing musical climates or modes of genre classification. There's no curve to be ahead of behind Krgovich's wheel, no discernible road or direction. It's a bit magic. My throat is dry so I swallow.
This record is a friend for anyone who can admit that their existential cobwebs need dusting. For quarter, third, mid-life, and whatever crises happen next, Krgovich addresses the harrowing question of its title head on. Returning to Vancouver following extensive touring with friends Mount Eerie and Nite Jewel, the artist says he entered ...a transitional period where I spent too much time thinking about things in a relatively limited way. He needed joy, and he chose to find it in that timeless way: by singing about his problems. For this record he is accompanied by his old friend The Guitar, and it's his first time playing the instrument in ov...
Bombay Bicycle Club confirm 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' album details
Dec 4, 2013 11:30am | NME
Band will release their fourth album on February 3 next year
Treefort Music Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Saintseneca, Warm Soda, SubRosa, Breton & more); Built to Spill master tape sold on Etsy?
Dec 4, 2013 11:27am | Brooklyn Vegan
Treefort Music Festival will return for its third annual year in 2014 from March 20-23 across various venues in Downtown Boise, ID. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes Run the Jewels (who also just announced a free NYC show), Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Uzala, Warm Soda, The Joy Formidable, Boyfrndz and more. 4-day passes (and a few other ticket options) are on sale now.
In other Built to Spill news, someone listed "Built To Spill Perfect From Now On Studio Master Tapes 10" x 1/2" Metal Reels 15 IPS RARE" on, of all places, Etsy! The description reads:
Incredibly rare. It's not everyday you come across a piece of real music history. These are the only master tapes for this album. One of a kind, these are not recorded from album to tape. These are the original master recordings for Built To Spill's 1997 LP Perfect From Now On. These are recorded to 4 count 1/2" Ampex Gold Studio Masters. However not every track on the album appears here and vice versa. They contain the initial studio recordings without remaster, mixing, and overdubs. Pre-engineered and mixed by Warner Brothers. This is the raw studio recording. Highest grade tape and reels. These are breathtaking! If you're a fan of BTS or Northwest music, consider this, it's like finding the the "Velvet Underground" of Idaho's unreleased acetate. Thanks for looking. Check back often, we add new stock daily to our shop.
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