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GABI announces debut album for Software, shares angelic single Fleece
Jan 23, 2015 2:25pm | Fact Magazine

Sympathy is due this spring and features production work from Oneohtrix Point Never.

Last fall, Software released the single ‘Koo Koo‘ by Gabrielle Herbst or GABI. Herbst’s operatically trained vocals would have been impressive untreated, but the way she wove and manipulated her voice, loop by loop, to construct the song’s complex web of sound was truly exciting.

Now Software has announced Sympathy, the debut album by GABI. The record was produced by label head Daniel ‘OPN’ Lopatin and Paul Corley, who helped produce and shape many of the recent works by Tim Hecker, Ben Frost, and Lopatin himself. To go with the announcement you can hear the lavishly orchestrated new single, ‘Fleece.’

Give it a listen below and look for Sympathy on April 7.

Yoko Ono to release collaborative singles with Antony and John Zorn
Jan 23, 2015 2:20pm | Fact Magazine

The artist will celebrate her 82nd birthday in style.

Yoko Ono has collaborated with singer Antony and avant-garde composer John Zorn on two limited edition 10″ records.

Antony & Yoko includes a duet of Ono’s ‘I Love You’ and Antony’s version of Ono’s ‘I’m Going Away Smiling’; Yoko Ono & John Zorn features ‘Blink’, an improvisation that was performed on WNYC in 2012. Both records will be available on Ono’s birthday (February 18) via Chimera; the proceeds will go to charity.

The one-sided 10″s feature an etching by Ono on one side. Watch video of Ono’s previous collaborations with the artists below. [via P4K]

Mirror Kisses Never Late Again
Jan 23, 2015 2:18pm | StereoGum

A few weeks ago, Mirror Kisses released a video for his track “Keep A Secret” that spliced together footage from Hackers, and I mentioned that George Clanton (the man behind Mirror Kisses) could easily play a role in the film. Mirror Kisses sounds like what everyone in the second half of the 20th century thought The Future would look like. His new track “Never Late Again” integrates vaporwave tropes with a blown-out, echoing chorus worthy of Tears For Fears. Mirror Kisses will release a new album later this year, but “Never Late Again” is included on Dynamo, a compilation celebrating Moodgadget Records’ 10th anniversary. Listen below.


Ducktails and Spencer Clark curate experimental music festival this weekend in LA
Jan 23, 2015 2:11pm | Fact Magazine

The Real Estate guitarist/Ducktails mastermind teams with Spencer Clark to bring experimental artists all over the world to Los Angeles this weekend.

This Sunday, January 25, marks the debut of the International Mystery festival in Los Angeles. The festival was the idea of Ducktails’ Matt Mondanile and Spencer Clark (best known for the James Ferraro collaboration Skaters, and recently for the bafflingly brilliant HR Giger’s Studiolo, one of our favorite albums of 2014). The festival features artists from drastically different parts of the world and brings them all together for one day.

Headlined by Rene Hell and Clark’s Pinhead In Fantasia project, the event offers a long list of exciting names. You’ll find Belgian nu-new age conjurer Dolphins Into The Future, the horror film score inspired Dracula Lewis from Italy, and Los Angeles musician Itasca to name a few.

Doors open at 4pm at Jewels Catch One and the show kicks off at 5pm. Get tickets here.

Amen Dunes, Kevin Morby & Nude Beach @ Bowery Ballroom (pics)
Jan 23, 2015 2:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Sean Madden

"Last night was really incredible for us...much luv to all you who came out, and to our friends @kevinmorby & Nude Beach, thank you xx" - Amen Dunes

".@AmenDunes delivered a trance like performance tonight at @BoweryBallroom. Beautiful stuff!" - Will Oliver

Amen Dunes / Kevin Morby

Brooklyn psych outfit Amen Dunes came to Bowery Ballroom last night (1/22) with Kevin Morby and local power-poppers Nude Beach in support of his new Cowboy Worship EP. Last night's show was a one-off in his hometown, but Amen Dunes is heading out on a longer tour this spring and you can check out the dates for that below. Were you there? What did you think? Pictures are in this post.

As discussed, Kevin Morby is also touring and stopping back in NYC at Baby's All Right on March 15 with psych-folk singer Ryley Walker. Tickets for that show are still available.

Nude Beach also have other dates coming up, including two shows in NYC. As discussed, they're playing the first of the three Don Giovanni showcases at Knitting Factory on February 6 with Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait and host Chris Gethard (tix), and coming to Bell House on April 3 with White Hills (tix).

More pictures from last night, and the list of Amen Dunes dates, below...

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Jan 23, 2015 1:25pm | StereoGum

This was another strong week for music videos, and it hurt my heart to leave things like Ryan Hemsworth’s “Too Long Here” and Majid Jordan’s “Forever” off. Even with all the strong videos out this week, though, the list feels like something of a placeholder for whenever Björk gives us some dizzy new vision for some song from Vulnicura. She’s doing that, right? I really hope she’s doing that. In the meantime, this week’s picks are below.


The Sidekicks kicking off tour with BV-presented release show tonight at Baby's w/ Cayetana, All Dogs & Roger Harvey
Jan 23, 2015 1:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan
After a couple of albums established them as a clear cut above their local scene, [The Sidekicks] the jump to Epitaph and got a big-name producer involved. By 2012's Awkward Breeds, the Sidekicks were punk rock in ethics only, but their angsty beginnings still subjected them to the same ol' tired comments about alienating their fans from the basement days. And the risk is in how Sidekicks are also transitioning into a keening, melodic, and heartfelt style that hasn't produced a major new act in a very, very long time--"centrist" indie rock when guitars aren't necessarily at the center of discussion.

...It functions under the assumption that its new audience might be an anachronism, but it's one worth chasing: people who value the album not so much as a cohesive, continuous 40-minute piece of music but one where every song justifies the act and trust of spending $10 for the whole. With the exception of the brief, fluttering closer "All Things Run", everything could be the "single"--the Sidekicks are beholden to huge choruses with carefully constructed lead-ins, warm harmonies, and quotable lyrics about relatable topics. [Pitchfork]

The Sidekicks new album, Runners in the Nerved World, came out this week (that's a quote from Pitchfork's 7.4 review above), and they begin their tour in support of it TONIGHT (1/23) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. It's a BrooklynVegan-presented record release show th...

Q&A: Nevermores
Jan 23, 2015 1:05pm | CMJ

Nevermores, 1991

From the “You Might’ve Missed It” files…

2014 brought too many amazing releases of rare reissues or archival material, most notably from Crime (Superior Viaduct), Epicycle (HoZac), X__X (Ektro Records), two X (the Australian X) releases on Ugly Pop, excellent LPs from Big Star and Game Theory on Omnivore, the Shivvers on Sing Sing, and a Red Aunts Best-of on In The Red to name just a few. Cleveland post-punk legends Death of Samantha even re-recorded a bunch of of their late-80s rave-ups for one of the most surprisingly sizzling (if underrated) albums of the year, If Memory Serves Us Well (St. Valentine). Not to mention the usual assortment of awesomeness on Norton, Light In The Attic and Numero Group; plus the most exciting vintage garage punk news of 2014: TWO new Back From The Grave compilations (Crypt), the first in nearly 20 years, and well worth the wait.

Late last year came creeping the release of the LP Lock Your Doors (Magnetic South) from a lost, early ’90s Indiana garage outfit, Nevermores. Were it to have been pressed with a 2014 recording date instead of 1991, fans of the most mangled, maniacal and scuzz-fun garage punk would declare it perhaps the best record of the year (not sure what that says about current mangled, maniacal, scuzz-fun garage punk). While they stumbled through a few parties in their brief existence, they never released an...

Stream Kizzy Hall A Touch Of Kizz In The Night
Jan 23, 2015 12:53pm | StereoGum

Kizzy Hall are the latest entrants in Ohio’s grand tradition of scrappy, melodic, lo-fi rock ’n’ roll. It’s a lineage that stretches from ’70s DIY innovator Mike “Rep” Hummel to modern-day melodic shit-kickers Connections, most famously exemplified by Guided By Voices and Times New Viking. But if this new bunch of Columbus upstarts reminds me of anybody, it’s 84 Nash, the awesome and underrated band of young GBV disciples that once featured Connections frontman Kevin Elliott and guitarist Andy Hampel. I’ve big-upped 84 Nash before and will continue to big-up them until Band For Hire is widely recognized as a long-lost classic. A Touch Of Kizz In The Night, the 16-track album Kizzy Hall uploaded to Bandcamp last month, is bursting with the same sort of boisterous energy, skipping fearlessly across the garage-rock spectrum from uptempo ragers to dreamy slow-dance ballads to jangly singalongs (and that’s just the first three tracks). Kizzy’s songs tend to get in and out in two minutes or less, and the hooks come so fast you’ll have trouble settling on a favorite. Hear the whole record below.


Bob Dylan grants interview to AARP Magazine, giving away 50,000 copies of new album to its subscribers
Jan 23, 2015 12:53pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Q: A lot of your newer songs deal with aging. You once said that people don't retire, they fade away, they run out of steam. And now you're 73, you're a great-grandfather.

A: Look, you get older. Passion is a young man's game. Young people can be passionate. Older people gotta be more wise. I mean, you're around awhile, you leave certain things to the young. Don't try to act like you're young. You could really hurt yourself.


Q: So we at AARP represent people who are 50 and older. The magazine reaches 35 million readers.

A: Well, a lot of those readers are going to like this record. If it was up to me, I'd give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine.

Bob Dylan is on the cover of the new issue of AARP Magazine and while he's not giving his new album Shadows in the Night (out Feb. 3) away to every reader of the magazine, he is giving 50,000 copies of them to randomly selected subscribers. What a guy! Unlike U2, he's sending physical copies via the United States Postal Service. Maybe your grandparents got one?

It's a rare interview (first in three years) for the press-shy Dylan, and he talks about choosing the standards to cover, and how to tackle songs that have all been sung by Frank Sinatra:

When you start doing these songs, Frank's got to be on your mind. Because he is the mountain. That's the mountain you have to c...

This Weeks 5 Best Music Videos: Majid Jordan, Viet Cong and more
Jan 23, 2015 12:33pm | Chart Attack
This week's 5 best music videos immortalize Toronto's new subways, reintroduce a cult classic, and blow our minds. Watch them all below.

Majid Jordan, "Forever"

A nimble dancer shimmies through [Toronto], hitting the new subway, Allen Gardens, the Toronto Reference Library, through U of T campus, the streets of Chinatown - it's basically a pre-written Reel Toronto blog post.

Viet Cong, "Silhouettes"

It's a white-knuckled, tip-of-your-toes walk through the visual history of the darker, creepier territories of '70s and '80s film history to match the track's own movement through roughly the corresponding era of post-punk.

Bart, "Wade"

While experimenting with video feedback in their attic (first humans, then thread and ornaments, green painter's tape, and finally light bulbs), the band quickly discovered the key to colourful, abstract infinity: lasers. By removing the objects in the three dimensional space between the camera and the screen altogether, they found themselves in a new visual realm.

Ex Hex, "Don't Wanna Lose"

In a better world, Ex Hex become the media sensation that Corinne Burns and her Fabulous Stains did in the 1982 cult flick Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains, inspiring a legion of disempowered souls to act out.

Tobias Jesso Jr., "How Could You Babe...

NateFest venue & ticket info revealed; Old Wounds playing shows with Sworn Enemy and Cult Leader (separately)
Jan 23, 2015 12:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Old Wounds at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

As previously mentioned, in honor of Ensign bassist Nate Gluck, who's sadly battling cancer, a bunch of NY/NJ hardcore bands (and one from Canada) are coming together for NateFest. When we last spoke, the venue and ticket info was TBA, but it's since been announced that it will happen at Howell, NJ's GameChangerWorld on March 21 & 22. Tickets go on sale at 3 PM on Monday (1/26).

In case you missed it, the lineup includes Sick of It All, Kill Your Idols, Indecision, Killing Time, Endeavor, Purpose, Grade, Ensign, None More Black, NORA, For The Love Of, Shai Hulud, Mouthpiece, Strength 691, Bigwig, 45 Revolutions (mems Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, CIV), Old Wounds, Stag Party and more TBA.

Meanwhile you can also catch Old Wounds in NYC for free this weekend when they open for long-running metalcore band Sworn Enemy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (1/24). Also on that bill is 96, Ides and Dead Tricks. That show is before Sworn Enemy hit the road with Biohazard, which includes another show with Old Wounds: NJ's Asbury Lanes on April 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Sworn Enemy also have a show at Queens venue Blackhorn 51 and a Long Island stop on the Biohazard tour. All dates are listed below.

Old Wounds also have a tour supporting Cult Leader (aka 3/4 of Gaza). They're not o...

Video : Sarah P : Moving On
Jan 23, 2015 12:13pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

As many of you probably know, Sarah P left Keep Shelley in Athens to pursue other musical avenues last year. Since then, she has been dropping loose tracks into the world to reintroduce her to the world as a solo artist. “Moving On” serves as the first proper single, however. The song is “representing the new me”, according to Sarah, and “is an attitude towards life, it is a statement.” She worked with greek producer Nteibint on it and the finished products have a Chromatics vibe about it. You can watch the video below and read her full statement about the song here. Expect an EP from her in the coming months.

Bottoms released EP (listen), celebrating tonight at Secret Project Robot (which hosts NYC Porn Film Fest next month)
Jan 23, 2015 12:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

NYC trio Bottoms describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer" and a "gender-problematizing goth dance band." Simon Leahy and Michael Prommasi were both in Teeth, and they're rounded out by "lead screamer" Jake Dibeler. Musically, Bottoms draw inspiration from acid house, electroclash/dancepunk and other underground dance scenes; lyrically they mix camp with some serious themes. They released "hiv" for World AIDS Day and they talked to FADER about their song "My Body":

Musically, it's was inspired by Terry Riley and the Paradise Garage sound. We're really interested in the dichotomy of upbeat music with a more depressing lyrical theme. It's like sad music for the club -- people dancing to a suicide note. Of course with most of bottoms music, there is always a sense of humor. In this way, the music becomes a fair representation of the three of us as people: simultaneously sad and funny, and complex.
Bottoms' debut EP, Goodbye, was released this week via JD Samson's Atlas Chair label. You can stream a few tracks from it below.

Tonight (1/23) at Secret Project Robot, Bottoms play a record release show with JD Samson and Ryan Smith as your DJs. You can buy advance tickets that also gets you a copy of the vinyl at the show. They've got a few European shows coming up, in April. All dates are listed below.

Leahy is also t...

Eminem, Royce da 59, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, Trick Trick Detroit Vs. Everybody Video
Jan 23, 2015 12:02pm | StereoGum

Last year, Eminem rounded up all the nationally relevant rappers in his hometown — and there are a lot of them, even if they have nothing to do with each other otherwise — for a hometown-pride posse cut called “Detroit Vs. Everybody.” And in grand posse-cut tradition, we now have the video, and it’s a beautifully shot gritty black-and-white piece of work. The clip is jammed with shots of Detroit landmarks and of the city’s notorious urban blight; it was a stroke of genius to shoot Danny Brown in the lobby of an abandoned skyscraper. And even if the song isn’t that great, imagine how happy it might make you if you were from Detroit. Check out the video below.


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