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Clinc, Tashaki Miyaki, Allah-Las, Pure X, Vacant Lots, more on Rolling Stones tribute
Jan 23, 2015 3:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

A bunch of indie-psych bands got together to pay tribute to one of rock's longest-running bands for Stoned - A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones, which came out this week via Cleopatra Records (order yours). The comp features Clinic, The Vacant Lots, Tashaki Miyaki, Allah-Las, Pure X, Cheval Sombre and more. That's the cover art above. Check out the full tracklist, and listen to Allah-Las' take on the album's namesake song, "Stoned," below.

In other Stones news, the excellent 1970 documentary, Gimme Shelter, which (among other things) highlighted the tragedies that occurred at their 1969 Altamont concert, will be available on Netflix starting this February. If you've still yet to see it, this is an opportunity worth taking. See what other new arrivals Netflix will have next month over at Huffington Post.

UPDATE: It's actually a 2013 drama called Gimme Shelter, not the Rolling Stones documentary.

In related news, Allah-Las recently recorded a KEXP session. You can watch the video of that, with their "Stoned" cover and the LP tracklist, below...

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Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese, RIP
Jan 23, 2015 2:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Dear Friends,

This is a message to you we are very sorry for...

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

The sadness in our hearts is immensely.

Edgar once said: "There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address."

Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.


The above message was sadly posted to ambient/prog/electronic legends Tangerine Dream's Facebook page, announcing the death of founder Edgar Froese. He was 70.

Rest in peace Edgar. Your contributions to music won't be forgotten.

Listen to their classic 1975 album, Rubycon, below...

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R.I.P. Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream founder dead at 70
Jan 23, 2015 2:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Edgar Froese, the founder of pioneering electronic band Tangerine Dream, has died at the age of 70. According to Tangerine Dream’s Facebook page, Froese passed away “suddenly and unexpectedly” from the effects of a pulmonary embolism. He was residing in Vienna, Austria.

A native of West Berlin, Froese founded Tangerine Dream in 1967 and remained the band’s only constant member through its six decade existence. The band is well known for its mammoth creative output, having released over 100 albums in addition to scoring countless movie film scores and soundtracks.

Alongside fellow German outfits like Kraftwerk and Can, Tangerine Dream was a torchbearer of the Krautrock genre. In the 1970s, Froese began experimenting with new studio techniques, including sequencers and the Moog synthesizer. It was during these years that Tangerine Dream experienced the height of its critical and commercial success, as 1973’s Atem was crowned album of the year by influential UK DJ John Peel, and 1974’s Phaedra reached No. 15 on the UK charts.

For many, Tangerine Dream is the band is familiar for its soundtrack work in films including Sorcerer, Risky Business, Firestarter, Flashpoint, and The Keep. More recently, Froese scored the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Froese remained active up until his death: In June, Tangerine Dream released a new st...

Crosss working on new LP, touring, playing two NYC shows, one with Cellphone who have a new LP (dates, streams)
Jan 23, 2015 2:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis


Canadian heavy psych riffmongers Crosss are gearing up for a short East Coast tour next month that has them dropping below the border for two NYC shows: February 21 at Cake Shop with Toronto's Cellphone and then February 22 at Union Pool with the rest of the lineup TBA. All dates are listed below.

Crosss released a 7" last year but haven't had a full-length out since 2013's Obsidian Spectre. They've got an album on the way later this year, so stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, you can stream both of those previous releases below. If you enjoy doomy riffs but always wanted to hear more traditional indie rock vocals paired with them, Crosss have you covered.

As for Cellphone, the band make crazed psych-punk that sounds like pure mayhem -- somewhere between MC5, Motorhead and the Dead Kennedys. (But with synthesizers in the mix as well.) Their new album, "Excellent Condition", was just released via Toronto's fine Telephone Explosion label and you can stream it below.

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R.I.P. Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese
Jan 23, 2015 2:27pm | Fact Magazine

The German innovator was 70 years old.

Sad news: Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese has died. Froese founded the prolific group in 1967 and was the only continuous member as the band played a key role in the development of krautrock and electronic music.

Tangerine Dream released over one hundred albums and composed dozens of scores, most recently for Grand Theft Auto V. Via a message on the group’s Facebook page:

Dear Friends,

This is a message to you we are very sorry for

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

The sadness in our hearts is immensely.

Edgar once said: There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.”

Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.


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...
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