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Cursive expand 'Ugly Organ' tour, add Saint Vitus show
Jan 29, 2015 4:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

As discussed, Cursive have a tour coming up in support of the reissue of The Ugly Organ, which will pull heavily from that album's era. The tour already includes NYC shows on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom (night 1 sold out, night 2 still on sale), plus nearby Long Island and Absury Park shows, and they've now added a smaller NYC show happening March 12 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the new date go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

The whole tour will be with a cellist, and it's been revealed that in NYC it will be Gretta Cohn, who played all the cello on The Ugly Organ. Beach Slang (who put out a new song today) and John Congleton and the Nighty Nite open both Bowery Ballroom shows, but no opener has been announced for Saint Vitus yet.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Viet Cong played Union Pool with Honey & PC Worship (pics), play Mercury Lounge tonight
Jan 29, 2015 4:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Viet Cong @ Union Pool, 1/28/2014

After having flights canceled twice (due to Winter Storm Juno), Canadian band Viet Cong made it into NYC just in time for their first of two sold-out record release shows, which happened at Union Pool Wednesday night (1/28). I had seen them twice last year -- at one of our SXSW parties and at 4 Knots -- but this was the first time where I had actually gotten to listen to a lot of their music beforehand. Which certainly helps, given their sometimes gnarled, labrynthine sound.

While there are definite echoes of Gang of Four, Wire, Neu!, Joy Division and other postpunk/kraut influences, Viet Cong don't really sound like any of them. It's a weird, complex blend of those things, put through a kaleidoscopic lens filter. It makes a lot more sense watching them live, where you can see that something you thought was just one guitar part is actually two separate ones, or "oh that's a keyboard." Add to that drummer Mike Wallace (who's mom flew in from Calgary just for these NYC shows) rarely plays a straight 4/4 beat. Some of the best parts of their live show, however, happen when they burrow into a groove or bring a Fall-like level of repetition, like the pounding middle of "Death" which closes their new album (and last night's set). A really great show.

Both openers at Union Pool were terrific: Honey</...



Meek Mill D Boy (Feat. Big Sean & A$AP Ferg) Video
Jan 29, 2015 3:52pm | StereoGum

After coming home from his prison term, Meek Mill went fully back into active mode with a couple of furious freestyles a couple of weeks ago. The probation-violation bid he did last year messed up the plans for his Dreams Worth More Than Money, but it looks like those album plans are back on. Meek’s got a new track called “D Boy,” a dizzy and fun chorus-free posse cut that teams him up with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg, thus making this a summit meeting of mainstream rap’s most effective energy guys. The video, from director Spike Jordan, is one of those great old-school rap pool-party videos, where everyone is having fun in an expensive house and a few girls decide to reenact the climax of Spring Breakers. Watch it below.

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Meek Mill B Boy (Feat. Big Sean & A$AP Ferg) Video
Jan 29, 2015 3:52pm | StereoGum

After coming home from his prison term, Meek Mill went fully back into active mode with a couple of furious freestyles a couple of weeks ago. The probation-violation bid he did last year messed up the plans for his Dreams Worth More Than Money, but it looks like those album plans are back on. Meek’s got a new track called “B Boy,” a dizzy and fun chorus-free posse cut that teams him up with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg, thus making this a summit meeting of mainstream rap’s most effective energy guys. The video, from director Spike Jordan, is one of those great old-school rap pool-party videos, where everyone is having fun in an expensive house and a few girls decide to reenact the climax of Spring Breakers. Watch it below.

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Courtney Barnett Announces New Album; New Video
Jan 29, 2015 3:42pm | CMJ

Courtney Barnett – Photo by Gabrielle Dominique


Courtney Barnett has been a longtime fave of the CMJ HQ since we went cuckoo for her during a few appearances at the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which set her up for a 2014 coming out party all over the indie rock universe. Today, she’s back with the announcement of what could be considered her first true full-length, after the well-received The Double EP compilation last year. Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is a typically funny title from the demure Aussie, and it will be out March 24 on Mom + Pop. And today she also released the first video from the album for the song Pedestrian At Best, and it’s a winner from the jump if you melt for Barnett’s rapid-fire wordsmithery and churning hook-pop. And her traipsing around a carnival as a sad, misunderstood clown in the clip fits the self-depreciating and charming complexity of one of the 2010′s most intriguing singer-songwriters. Check out the video and the tracklist for Sometimes… below.

Tracklist For Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit:
01. Elevator Operator
02. Pedestrian At Best
03. An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless In NY)
04. Small Poppies
05. Depreston
06. Aqua Profunda!
07. Dead Fox
08. Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party
09. Debbie Downer...


Dean Blunt returns with WAR REPORT
Jan 29, 2015 3:39pm | Fact Magazine

The eternally mysterious Blunt returns with a new track.

Though Dean Blunt released the stellar new album Black Metal a few months ago, it has always been his style to show up again sooner rather than later. Now Blunt has revealed ‘WAR REPORT,’ a new track with no other information aside from the light blue camo artwork. With tumbling loops, gun shot samples, and Blunt’s aggressive spoken delivery it is another piece in his ever growing puzzle. Listen to it below. [via TinyMixTapes]

Blunt’s The Redeemer was our favorite album of 2013 and stands as our 3rd favorite album of the decade so far.


Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges
Jan 29, 2015 3:35pm | StereoGum

Today was the first hearing for Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and the 13 other members of their GS9 gang since they were arrested during a drug sting operation in mid-December. According to XXL, Shmurda, Rebel and 13 the other GS9 members pleaded not guilty to the 69 charges brought against them, which ranged from drug distribution to conspiracy to commit murder. A full list of the charges is available here.

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Jimmy Kimmel To Pair Morris Day With Haim, Weezer With ZZ Top On Mash Up Mondays
Jan 29, 2015 3:21pm | StereoGum

Starting next month, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will debut “Mash Up Mondays,” a new musical performance series that will pair two very different artists as a one-time-only supergroup. “Wee-Z Top” will kick off the series on Monday 2/2 — if you didn’t guess already, that’s a combination of “Weezer” and “ZZ Top.” 2/9 brings “Morris Day And The HAIM” (HAIM alongside Morris Day And The Time, of course), while 2/16 features a set by “Aloe Blaccstreet” (Aloe Blacc and Blackstreet). What other combinations do you guys have in mind? Vampire Weeknd? Kanye Westlife? The Black Eyed Keys?





TL - The Courtyard Theatre, London 28/01/2015
Jan 29, 2015 3:15pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The London based producer of Iranian descent collided cultures and aroused the senses at her debut headline show at The Courtyard Theatre.>

Azar Swan released new album (listen), celebrating tonight at free Brooklyn show w/ Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & more
Jan 29, 2015 3:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Late last year, Azar Swan released their second album, And Blow Us a Kiss, which adds some serious Kate Bush vibes to the duo's electro-goth-tribal MO. You can stream the whole album below.

The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.

Album stream below...

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Cabane Sangokaku Video
Jan 29, 2015 2:57pm | StereoGum

Cabane is the French word for cabin, but it’s also the moniker used by Belgian composer and songwriter Thomas Jean Henri, formerly of Soy Un Caballo. As the album artwork suggests, his music doesn’t have a thick-of-the-woods feel, but is more reminiscent of the light, transient nature of the beach. On his first release “Sangokaku,” Henri is joined by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Kate Stables (of This Is The Kit) and Caroline Gabard on vocals. The track swoops between swathes of vocal harmonies, simple acoustic finger-picking, and string arrangements by Stereolab’s Sean O’Hagan. For the video, Henri and director Jerome Guiot recorded the reactions of his loved ones listening to the song for the first time. Their faces describe the song in a much more poignant way than I ever could, so watch it below.

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Watch: Deerhoof Black Pitch Video
Jan 29, 2015 2:47pm | CMJ

Deerhoof – Photo by Sarah Cass


The neverending story that is Deerhoof has just added another chapter. The great art-pop band has a brand new video out today for Black Pitch from their lauded 2014 opus, La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl). The clip’s departing ships theme relates well to the fact that the SF-based band is about to embark on a long set of dates, many overseas. Check out the video and tour dates below.

Tour Dates For Deerhoof:
01/31 – Santa Ana, CA – Indigo Fest @ The Observatory
02/14 – Warsaw, PL @ Dzik – w/ Marcin Masecki & Pictorial Candi
02/16 – Berlin, DE @ Lido w/ Farfara
02/17 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island w/ Julian Sartorius
02/18 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom w/ Julian Sartorius
02/19 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain w/ Pneu
02/20 – Mons, BE @ Maison Folie w/ Trash Kit
02/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg w/ The Mysterons
02/23 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory w/ Cowtown
02/24 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo w/ Cowtown
02/25 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club w/ Cowtown
02/26 – London, UK @ Oval Space w/ Cowtown & Trash Kit
02/28 – Saint Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock Festival
03/09 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place w/ of Montreal & Yonatan Gat
03/10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise w/ of Montreal & Yonatan Gat
03/12 – Cleveland, OH @...


Win a pair of tickets to Absolutely Frees belated album release blowout in Toronto
Jan 29, 2015 2:46pm | Chart Attack

Absolutely Free rarely repeat themselves. Whether they're playing a Jewish Community Centre swimalong or soundtracking the universe or paying tribute to the great NFB artist Norman McLaren (check back at Chart Attack tomorrow morning for some video evidence of that one), the Toronto three-piece craft their live shows as a here-in-this-space analogue to their hypnotizing, psychedelic krautrock.

So the fact that it's taken this long for the band to play a Toronto release show for their stunning self-titled debut (released back in October) isn't because they're lazy - they were just coming up with something unique enough to befit their hometown.

Drummer Moshe Rozenberg gives a play-by-play preview:

"U.S. Girls is opening; We're collaborating with Mike Haliechuk (Fucked Up), Joseph Shabason (DIANA) & Marcel Ramagnano to perform an even longer version of 'Spiral Jetty' (our album closer); Installation/Multimedia artist Dan Thornhill has created an interactive program/projection that will run throughout the night; The stage will be a recreation/installation of our album cover; The bartender's concocted some Absolutely Free cocktails ('Absolut-ly Freeze' & 'Spiral Jet-tea') &  more fun!"

Oh, and hey, we have a pair of tickets to give away!

Were giving away a pair of tickets to Absolutely Free's release party at Geary Lane. Heres how to win:<...


Follakzoid releasing new album (listen to a song)
Jan 29, 2015 2:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Chilean psych-rock band Föllakzoid will release III (yes, their third album) via Sacred Bones on March 31. Its four long tracks follow dark, minimal lines, locked grooves and spaced-out repetition. For the new album they also enlisted the help of German synth specialist Uwe Schmidt (who releases music as Atom and Señor Coconut) to help expand their universe. Zone out to the 12-minute opening track "Electric" below.

UPDATE: We originally posted that Föllakzoid would be at Austin Psych Fest Levitation this year, which is apparently unconfirmed. We hope it happens!

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Follakzoid releasing new album (listen to a song), playing Austin Psych Fest
Jan 29, 2015 2:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Chilean psych-rock band Föllakzoid will release III (yes, their third album) via Sacred Bones on March 31. Its four long tracks follow dark, minimal lines, locked grooves and spaced-out repetition. For the new album they also enlisted the help of German synth specialist Uwe Schmidt (who releases music as Atom and Señor Coconut) to help expand their universe. Zone out to the 12-minute opening track "Electric" below.

Föllakzoid will head north to play Austin Psych Fest Levitation in May, so lets hope they'll tour while here. Check out III's artwork, tracklist and "Electric" song stream below...

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