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John Peel Archive releases first streamable "record box," curated by Pink Floyd/Nick Drake producer Joe Boyd (listen)
Sep 17, 2014 3:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel is renowned for introducing thousands of ears to the sounds of psych, prog-rock, punk, reggae and hip-hop and amassed quite a collection of records before his sudden death in October, 2004. (A lot of them are by The Fall.) The John Peel Archive has been working to document the massive personal collection of over 20,000 LPs and over 40,000 singles over the past few years and have now posted the first of six curated Record Box collections delving deeper into what's on the shelves.

The first mixtape-style collection is curated by producer Joe Boyd, who's worked with Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and, recently, Robyn Hitchcock. Boyd pulled over 20 records including several of the bands he worked with as well as groundbreaking material from Bob Dylan, (an original test-pressing of the legendary Demo White Label!), Tomorrow's psych classic "My White Bicycle," the Talking Heads' first Top 30 hit, their cover of Al Green's classic "Take Me To The River," plus Brian Jones, Bonzo Dog Band, 10,00 Maniacs and more. Each of Boyd's selections is now available to stream, with audio ripped direct from Peel's own turntable and records. There's a video of Boyd digging through Peel's shelves and talking about the records over at the Peel Archive.

Let's hope Mark E. Smith gets to curate one of these.

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Beach Slang streaming 2 more songs from new EP; full tour w/ Cheap Girls, Lee Corey Oswald & Signals Midwest announced
Sep 17, 2014 2:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

As discussed, Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, comes out soon via Tiny Engines. You've already heard the excellent "American Girls and French Kisses" and today NPR premiered another banger from it, "Dirty Cigarettes." Where "American Girls" was one of the Slang's faster cuts, "Dirty Cigarettes" has them slowing down a bit and sounding more somber, but still dishing out some of the most quotable punk rock in recent memory. "All I want are records on my stereo, I'm better off baby when I'm all alone," singer James Snyder offers before quickly taking it back, "...that's a lie." It sounds like he's trying to convince himself more than he's trying to convince us, and it's effective. I mean who hasn't said they're "better off alone" without believing themselves for a second?

Since we last spoke, they also released the EP's opening track "All Fuzzed Out." Besides being an apt descriptor for how their guitars sound, "All Fuzzed Out" is yet another three minutes of Beach Slang in fine form. "American Girls" has James screaming in the basement with his friends, "Dirty Cigarettes" has him alone with his records, and this one's kind of a love song. "All of these sounds are really just my heart plugged in played loud." Sometimes you just can't ask for more than that.

Beach Slang recently wrapped up their ...

Metallica to release box set of all 2014 live performances
Sep 17, 2014 2:41pm | NME
Recordings of 27 gigs to be made available for purchase

September 17th declared Foo Fighters Day in Richmond, Virginia
Sep 17, 2014 2:13pm | Cosequence Of Sound

This evening, Foo Fighters will descend on Richmond, Virginia for the first time in 16 years to play a crowdfunded concert at the 1,500-person capacity venue The National. Following the lead of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s honored David Bowie with his own day, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has officially declared September 17th as “Foo Fighters Day”.

In his proclamation, Jones recognizes “this fan-orchestrated event that brought Foo Fighters back to Virginia’s capital city.” Back in March, four Foo Fighters fans began selling tickets to the hypothetical gig at $50 a pop. By the time the campaign was over, 1,400 tickets had been sold and Foo Fighters booked their flights to Richmond.

Read the mayor’s proclamation below.

Here’s the original video promoting the crowdsourcing campaign:

Listen: Clockwork Indigo (Flatbush Zombies + Underachievers) – “Butterfly Effect”
Sep 17, 2014 2:10pm | CMJ

Speed-rap yalpers Flatbush Zombies and cerebral psychedelic duo the Underachievers have played many shows together, but they’re about to embark on a fall tour as one big supergroup under the name Clockwork Indigo. Their first missive under the new moniker is Butterfly Effect, a massive track that passes the seven-minute mark as the Brooklyn crew trades hazy, heavy-lidded verses over a ghostly beat from Flatbush Zombies member the Architect. Listen to the song below and check out those tour dates after that.

Tour Dates For Clockwork Indigo:
10/17 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose
10/18 – Madison, WI – Majestic
10/19 – Chicago, IL – Concord
10/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
10/22 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
10/24 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/25 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
10/26 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
10/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
10/30 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/31 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
11/01 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue
11/02 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
11/04 – Oakland, CA – Metro
11/05 – Santa Cruz, CA – Cataylst
11/06 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
11/07 – Ventura, CA – Ventura
11/08 – San Diego, CA – Soma
11/09 &#8211...

Sannhet's bass was stolen at last night's NYC show w/ Whirr
Sep 17, 2014 2:07pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sannhet @ Studio at Webster last night (via Bryan Rivera)

Last night (9/16) the Whirr / Cloakroom tour stormed into NYC for a very loud night at The Studio at Webster Hall (pictures and more on that coming shortly), but local post-metal rippers Sannhet, who were also on the bill, unfortunately ran into some trouble. They tweeted that bassist AJ Annunziata had his black Gibson RD stolen. If you hear of anything, their contact info's on Facebook.

Sad day for musicians getting gear stolen, with Mineral's van getting broken into in St Louis last night too.

Sannhet have more upcoming local dates, including one with Year of No Light and another with Virus.

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Kendrick Lamar preparing to release new single 'i'
Sep 17, 2014 1:55pm | NME
Rapper has revealed the single's cover via Twitter

Zola Jesus Go (Blank Sea)
Sep 17, 2014 1:51pm | StereoGum

Zola Jesus has a new album called Taiga coming out next month, and from everything we’re hearing, it continues her move away from operatic noise-goth and toward a glossy sort of darkness. The album’s first single was the grand, triumphant “Dangerous Days.” She’s now followed it up with “Go (Blank Sea),” a glimmering, heavy piece of synthy melody that sounds closer to the Weeknd than I ever imagined Zola Jesus would come. But there’s a pulsing heart at the center of the song, and that’s been a part of Nika Roza Danilova’s sound since the beginning. Listen to the song below.


Cymbals Eat Guitars played 3 NYC shows with Bob Mould, headlining Northeast dates after tour w/ Brand New
Sep 17, 2014 1:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

review by Klaus Kinski

Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom last week (more by PSquared)

Cymbals Eat Guitars just wrapped up three nights in NYC on their ongoing tour with Bob Mould, the final three of six total NYC shows in support of their great new album, LOSE. After the tour with Bob ends, they'll stay on the road, this time supporting Brand New on their southern US dates. Following their return home, they'll go a short headlining Northeast run in December, including another NYC gig on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

We already posted pictures of the first night of Cymbals Eat Guitars and Bob Mould's NYC run, and now Klaus Kinski's got a review of the third night, which happened at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past Saturday (9/13). Take it away Klaus.


On Saturday September 13th, indie rock God Bob Mould played an absolutely crushing show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and, holy smokes, I'm still reeling. This show, as has been the case for most of his current tour, was kicked off by the great Cymbals Eat Guitars. I saw Cymbals a few years ago at MHOW opening for godknowswho. At that time, the tunes were a little less polished, but I liked them regardless. This time around, Joseph D'Agostino and his posse delivered an extremely tight and...

Watch: Memoryy – “Feels Like The First Time” Video
Sep 17, 2014 1:40pm | CMJ

Memoryy’s Feels Like The First Time gives you basically everything you want from a synth-pop song. The sound is bright, the chorus is syrupy sweet and the groove begs you to dance. The whole package, with co-production work from Brothertiger, is dusted with just the right amount of nostalgia. This sparkling synth outfit, lead by Brooklyn’s Shaun Hettinger, will drop a new EP, Young Oblivion, on September 30, and Feels Like The First Time is the perfect lead single.

Today, the band released a video for the song, which finds Hettinger fronting the band at a particularly drab ten-year high school reunion, mugging and grooving in front of an awkward, unresponsive crowd. At the back of the room sits a girl who is revealed in flashback to be the high school crush of a formerly very nerdy Hettinger. You’ll have to watch the video to find out how it all goes down, but suffice to say that this video is as satisfying as the best high school romantic comedy, but it gets there in under four minutes.

Memoryy has a few New York dates on the books, including a stop at CMJ Music Marathon. Check out the dates and the video below.

Tour Dates For Memoryy:
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory (CBGB Festival) w/ The Echo Friendly
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Coco 66 (CMJ Showcase)

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Mixtape Of The Week: Father Young Hot Ebony
Sep 17, 2014 1:23pm | StereoGum

It’s too late now, but I really fucked up when I didn’t make ILoveMakonnen’s I Love Makonnen EP mixtape of the week a month or two ago. Makonnen has songs, and he probably would’ve been a cult star in the making even without the Drake co-sign. More to the point, he represents something exciting: A growing wave of young Atlanta DIY rappers, guys who take cues from hometown heroes like Gucci Mane but also from Lil B and queasy synth musicians and ferociously drugged-out internet shit. Rome Fortune presaged that wave, and he’s poised to do some very exciting things. And a rapper like the difficult-to-Google Father, a stylist who permanently sounds like he’s got five different kinds of pill in his system and who has a way of chanting phrases that bounce around in your head all day. Makonnen shows up on Father’s Young Hot Ebony and makes a case that he’s improving as a rapper all the time: “Super-chef Makonnen, might sprinkle serotonin / Be careful when you rollin’ because my wrist is so goddam potent.” But his presence on the tape is symbolic, too; it’s a signal that there’s a small army of kindred spirits out there right now, making rap music its own by pulling in whatever fits his own personal aesthetic.


Zola Jesus streaming another track from her new LP; Martin Rev & Lee Bannon opening for her in NYC
Sep 17, 2014 1:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Zola Jesus is less than a month away from releasing her anticipated new album, Taiga (due 10/7 via new label home Mute), and after releasing the single "Dangerous Days," she's now back with another cut from the LP, "Go (Blank Sea)." Like its predecessor, it sounds big enough for a stadium but without losing the eccentricities that makes it a Zola Jesus song. Check it out below, via The Fader.

Since we last spoke, openers have also been announced for most of her US tour stops, including the NYC show happening October 19 at Webster Hall. That one will be with Suicide's Martin Rev and Ninja Tune producer/Joey Bada$$ associate Lee Bannon. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates (openers for other cities included) are listed, with the new song, below...

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Zola Jesus shares song Go (Blank Sea) listen
Sep 17, 2014 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

On October 8th, Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, will return with her new album, Taiga. Although it’s her fifth LP to date, it’s said to be her most liberating release and her “true debut.”

Already we’ve heard the propulsive lead single “Dangerous Days” (and seen it’s deeply metaphysical clip). Now, comes “Go (Blank Sea)”, a euphoric electropop number that’s flushed with sweeping, tidal wave-sized synths. Here, Zola sounds as powerful as ever, her vocals cascading down with a force like that of a waterfall. While it may serve as her most pop-oriented offering yet, lyrically the track still explores darker subjects.

“Its just about the feeling of being downtown in a sea of people, but at the same time you feel completely alone,” she told The FADER. “It’s just this idea of being a human in a civilized world and how it doesnt really mean anything. It still feels savage in a weird way.”

Listen in below.

Taiga Tracklist:
01. Taiga
02. Dangerous Days
03. Dust
04. Hunger
05. Go (Blank Sea)
06. Ego
07. Lawless
08. Nail
09. Long Way Down
10. Hollow
11. Its Not Over

King Crimson to release fabled Blue Tapes in massive 24-disc box set
Sep 17, 2014 1:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In 1973 and 1974, prog legends King Crimson recorded a series of European performances using reel to reel technology, taken directly from the PA system. Named after the color of the boxes they’ve been stored in, The Blue Tapes have long been a coveted piece of King Crimson lore, both for their breathtaking content and pristine audio quality. On October 13th, fans will finally get their hands on these fabled soundboard recordings thanks to the release of an extensive new box set.

Entitled Starless, the 24-disc package seems catered to the biggest of super fans. It includes all 11 CDs making up The Blue Tapes along with seven CDs of multi-track recordings taken from 1973 European performances that became the basis for the band’s 1974 album Starless and Bible Black.

Another CD features a live recording of the band’s three-song ORTF Paris TV performance, along with the 2011 stereo mix reissue of Starless and Bible Black. There’s also two DVD discs and two Blu-ray discs that contain concert and studio recordings.

King Crimson’s lineup during the Starless era included Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, David Cross, and John Wetton. Perhaps the band’s most cohesive configuration, Wetton recalled their time together in an interview with Something Else!, saying, There were formal pieces, and then improvisation ...

R5 Productions shows at Philly's First Unitarian Church are coming to an end ("kind of")
Sep 17, 2014 12:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Some unfortunate news for concertgoers in Philly today. R5 Productions have announced that the shows they've been doing at First Unitarian Church since 1996 will be coming to an end ("kind of"). Here's what they say:

Hellos - We have some sad news to pass along. As you likely know, we (r5) have booked thousands of shows at The First Unitarian Church since 1996. A bunch of now super famous and legendary bands got their first "big break" there.... Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, At The Drive In, TV On The Radio, the xx etc. Even Ryan Gosling came through to play at the now infamous venue.

In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to open two dedicated venues, Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. With these new venues and a slew of other that have opened up around Philadelphia, it's become increasingly difficult to book bands who want to play the church. The church heavily relied on our rental income for the basement hall and since we were no longer using the space as frequently as we have in the past, they understandably had to find a more permanent tenant.

In a few weeks an after school group will begin to use the basement hall which will make our ability to host shows on weeknights extremely difficult. We still plan/hope to do shows on Saturdays and Sundays moving forward. We realize that limiting ourselves to just two days, there won't be many opportunities to present future shows in our favorite venue.

So over the next...

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