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What's going on Saturday? (RIPDBA, Obits, TVOTR, Luscious Jackson, Pharmakon, Dungbeetle w/ James Murphy & more)
Nov 21, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Obits @ Union Pool 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)

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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Top Secret! @ Death By Audio (last show ever)
This is it, the last night of Death by Audio's seven-year run and we are very sad to see it go but excited to see how they're going out. Who will play on this final night?

Stephin Merritt, Greil Marcus, Tanya Donelly, Rick Moody, Matthew Friedberger, Dungbeetle w/ James Murphy, Jim White @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a release party for the new issue of music/literature mag Radio Silence and among all the better-known performers is Sam Lipsyte's late-'80s artpunk band Dungbeetle who tonight features LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy on drums.

Obits, Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost, Pink Avalanche @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn's Obits have been cranking out solid rock records for a while now and are always a good time live. And this show is free -- part of the fun center that is BKNB.

TV on the Radio, Natasha Kmeto @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
TV on the Radio may not all live in NYC anymore but it remains their spiritual home. They celebrate their new album, Seeds, with four shows here this week. Tonight's the final one.

Luscious Jackson @ Bell House
he reunited Luscious Jackson released Magic Hour and played their first NYC ...

The Gingerbread Man goes metal for Foo Fighters holiday sweaters
Nov 21, 2014 7:17pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Thanksgiving is next week, and that means its time to brace for two things: my Uncle Martys uncomfortable sense of humor and unawareness of personal space, and the holiday season. If theres one thing that can make the latter more bearable (and, now that I think about it, perhaps the former), its a good ol’ fashion ugly Christmas sweater, and Foo Fighters have just released the most metal sweater of them all.

Available in red and green, the cheery pullovers feature a scowling Gingerbread Man front and center, complete with black eye makeup and an adorable row of inverted crosses down his belly. He stands betwixt a pair of reindeer skulls, mostly likely Blitzen and Donner, known troublemakers that they are were. And what Xmas shirt would be complete without a string of festive stars? Or, at least in the sweaters case, upside-down pentagrams

Check them out above, and then order either sweater for $29.99 at the Foos webstore. Look, Im Jewish, but I will hang up a blue-and-white stocking over the fireplace if someone promises to stuff this thing in it.

Just because, check out a performance of “Everlong” from KROQs Almost Christmas Acoustic 2006.

Beyoncé 7/11 Video
Nov 21, 2014 7:05pm | StereoGum

The platinum edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album drops next week, and the pop star has shared a video for “7/11,” one of two new songs that are included in the release. The video starts off with Beyoncé dancing on a balcony with a Kale University sweater on and follows her through some rooms in various states of disarray. Is this a rare peek at Château Yoncé? It twitch-cuts the whole time and gets progressively crazier as some backup dancers join her along the way. It’s a surprisingly low-key video for the biggest pop star in the world — especially considering the high-production values and opulence of the videos that accompanied the self-titled release — but it’s really effective. Watch below.


Streaming Music Is Like Killing Elephants For Their Tusks Says Blink-182 Guy
Nov 21, 2014 5:24pm | StereoGum

Everyone seems to want to voice their opinion on the merits of streaming music following Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her albums from Spotify. The latest to chime in is Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge and he made a pretty weird comparison in a new interview with Faster Louder. “I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues, he said. “It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing it sucks. Streaming music is doing the same thing to artists — might not be killing ’em but it’s killing the industry. It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has. We’ve got to value our art, you know?” That being said, all of Blink-182′s catalog is still available on Spotify.


Shut Up, Dude: This Weeks Best And Worst Comments
Nov 21, 2014 5:17pm | StereoGum

This week we looked at 26 bands from the NYC rock resurgence of the ’00s (i.e., the bands that were cool when I started this blog 75 years ago). Meanwhile, several bands that were popular 20 years ago — Soundgarden, Faith No More, the Smashing Pumpkins — released surprisingly strong tracks. Chumped’s Teenage Retirement was our Album Of The Week and Pusha T’s “Lunch Money” was our favorite song. Police halted a Mac DeMarco concert and a heckler ruined a Morrissey one. And tweets about a snowstorm were the most interesting thing Interpol released all year. Your best and worst comments are below.


Watch of Montreals Kevin Barnes Cover Moonage Daydream & Hang Onto Yourself At MCA Chicagos David Bowie Is Exhibit
Nov 21, 2014 5:06pm | StereoGum

David Bowie’s career retrospective David Bowie Is made its U.S. debut at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago just about two months ago when it kicked off with an official “David Bowie Day.” In that time, it’s become a hotspot for celebrities to visit while in the city: Usher brought his kids there this week, and it’s been visited by the likes of Neil Young, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman. There’s also been a series of talks there, including ones by Bryan Ferry and director Todd Haynes. Last night, of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes gave a talk and performed a few of Bowie’s songs at the museum. You can hear him play “Moonage Daydream” and “Hang Onto Yourself” and part of an interview with him below.


Americas Pear Farmers Thank Rick Ross
Nov 21, 2014 4:39pm | StereoGum

Rick Ross lost some weight recently thanks to a fruit-heavy diet (RossFit isn’t real, unfortunately), and when he proclaimed his love of pears to an interviewer last summer, he instantly became the stuff of Vine legend. Rozay’s “Shout out to all the pear” quote became one of 2014′s biggest memes — never mind that Ross actually said, “Shout out to all the pear eaters.” Here’s the infamous loop:


Anamanaguchi share video for new single "Pop It," playing shows, opening for Dillon Francis at Barclays
Nov 21, 2014 4:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Eight-bit champions Anamanaguchi released the helium-powered single "Pop It" earlier this fall which you may have heard recently in a Target commercial. The song just got a video that matches the style of the song, all candy colors and a girl whose face is always just obscured by a balloon. You can watch it below. Look for the band's new album, [USA], out in 2015.

Until then, Anamanaguchi have some live dates, including opening for Dillon Francis' January 16 show at Barclays Center in NYC (tickets). All dates are listed, along with the video, below...

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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Nov 21, 2014 3:42pm | StereoGum

As we settle into winter and the year begins to wind down, there are fewer new releases to talk about a whole lot of old ones to dig through. This week brought in an array of singles suggesting that 2015 has some exciting releases to look forward to. There might even be a new Pusha T album on the way. Check ’em out.


Video Rewind: Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder back up Mike Watt on The Jon Stewart Show
Nov 21, 2014 3:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The Minutemen bassist Mike Watt plays a pivotal role in Foo Fighters history. For Foos’ first official tour in 1995, they, along with Eddie Vedders side-project Hovercraft, opened up for Watt on his solo outing. In addition to performing as openers, Vedder and the Foos served as Watt’s backing band throughout the tour. When taking into account the fact that Foo guitarist Pat Smear also co-founded influential outfit The Germs, this makes the Watt/Foos/Vedder bill one of the most eclectic, rock royalty-packed lineups this side of Mad Season.

The “supergroup” of sorts hit the late night television circuit by way of Jon Stewarts pre-Daily Show program, The Jon Stewart Show, which aired on MTV during the mid-’90s. With Grohl on drums and Vedder and Smear doubling up on guitar, Watt led the motley grunge-meets-punk crew through the dastardly “Big Train”, taken from his solo debut, Ball-Hog or Tugboat?. Watt opens the song with his sinister croon before Grohl’s percussive power comes crashing in and truly kicks things off. Vedder stays stoic for the majority of the performance, but does add some subtle backing vocals to the mix. Smear, meanwhile, nearly steals the show with a couple bouts of manic slide guitar work.

It’s a rare and interesting glimpse at the close-knit nature of rock music, wherein a younger generation of rockers not only gets to ...

Chromatics White Light
Nov 21, 2014 2:27pm | StereoGum

A truly beautiful new Chromatics song has emerged to usher us into the weekend. “White Light” sounds like its title suggests, all soft tones and ethereal glimmers. Ruth Radelet’s sighing melodies here might as well be moonbeams. It’s a gorgeous piece of work; we owe Johnny Jewel our gratitude for continuing to clear out his vaults. Listen or download below.


Jack White pays tribute to Isaiah Ikey Owens with performance of Love Interruption watch
Nov 21, 2014 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by David James Swanson

Jack White keyboardist Isaiah Ikey Owens tragically passed away from a heart attack while on tour with White in Mexico last month. Following a brief hiatus from the road, White enlisted longtime collaborator Dean Fertita to replace Owens and embarked on a European/UK leg earlier this month. This week, White and co. played the final date of the tour in London, and White took time out of the set to pay tribute to his late bandmate.

He asked the audience to applaud in Owens’ memory and then dedicated to him a performance of “Love Interruption”, a track from his first solo album, Blunderbuss. Watch fan-shot footage of the tribute below (scroll to the 5:00 mark).

Dream Police concluding tour w/ Honey in NYC this weekend w/ Ivy, add west coast dates; Ligature opening for Pharmakon
Nov 21, 2014 2:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Men's avant-leaning spinoff Dream Police released their debut LP Hypnotized earlier this month via Sacred Bones and have been on tour with ripping psych punks Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party) in support of it. When we last spoke, there was no NYC date on that tour (though both bands have played NYC separately since), but it was later announced that the tour would be concluding at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (11/22). That show is triply good because it features local punks Ivy, whose great self-titled LP is out now on Katorga Works. Remnants are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now. In December, Dream Police kick off a West Coast tour. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Dream Police's Sacred Bones labelmate Pharmakon plays her album release show the same night in Brooklyn at Palisades, and ex-The Men project Ligature was recently added as an opener. Also on the bill is Baltimore's S. English (1/2 of Corporate Park) and Negation. Tickets are still available. Ligature also has upcoming dates with Puce Mary, including her Saint Vitus show with Marshstepper.

List of Dream Police dates, with streams from DP, Honey and Ivy, below...

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Johnny Jewel shares unreleased Chromatics song White Light listen
Nov 21, 2014 2:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

As another week comes to a close, so does another previously unreleased Chromatics song makes its way to the Internet, courtesy of resident producer Johnny Jewel and his seemingly bottomless vault of rarities. Following the 8-track versions of “At Your Door” and “Shadow”, an instrumental piece, and a cover of “Blue Moon”, comes an ethereal and slow-burning gem called “White Light”. It may have been two years since the synthpop outfit released their excellent album, Kill For Love, but gorgeous bonus cuts like this one make the wait for a new LP almost painless. (Keyword: Almost).

Listen to “White Light” below.

Listen: American Wrestlers - I Can Do No Wrong
Nov 21, 2014 2:14pm | The Line Of Best Fit
American Wrestlers - the alias of an as-yet-unnamed Scottish-born, Missouri-based artist - has revealed his first single on his new label Fat Possum.>
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