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Mikal Cronin announces new album, MCIII, premieres Made My Mind Up listen
Jan 26, 2015 10:25am | Cosequence Of Sound

On May 5th, garage rocker Mikal Cronin is set to return with his new album, MCIII, via Merge Records. The 11-track effort follows 2013’s excellent MCII and serves as his third full-length to date. That’s the artwork above.

Cronin, himself a frequent Ty Segall collaborator, reportedly played every single instrument on the LP and even arranged music for a string quartet. According to a press release, the album is “a deliberate attempt to simply ‘go big.'”

In anticipation, Cronin’s let loose a new song called “Made My Mind Up”. A life-affirming power pop number, it’s packed with spirited guitar solos and jaunty piano. Listen in below.

MCIII Tracklist:
01. Turn Around
02. Made My Mind Up
03. Say
04. Feel Like
05. I’ve Been Loved
06. i) Alone
07. ii) Gold
08. iii) Control
09. iv) Ready
10. v) Different
11. vi) Circle

In support of the LP, Cronin will tour parts of North America and Europe this spring. Consult his full itinerary.

Mikal Cronin 2015 Tour Dates:
02/21 – Schaumburg, IL @ Prairie Center for the Arts
04/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
04/24 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
05/29 – Nimes, FR @ This I...



Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens streaming a-side of new single (listen), announce Saint Vitus residency
Jan 26, 2015 10:23am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens at CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most consistently busy musicians in rock. He was a member of a few legendary bands, including but not limited to Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand, and those bands have played live as recently as November's Fun Fun Fun Fest and New Year's Eve in NYC, respectively. He's also got an ongoing solo career and two recently-formed bands: Vanishing Life (with members of Trail of Dead) and The Dead Heavens (with former members of Youth of Today, White Zombie and Cults). Vanishing Life put out a single last fall, and now we're finally getting a studio-recorded taste of Dead Heavens.

They've already played live a few times, including a CMJ show (pics) (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and a Shea show in November, and now they've announced that they'll release the "History In My Hands" b/w "36 Chambers" 7 on February 17 via Thrill Me (pre-order). Walter has said this band is inspired by Cream and Black Sabbath, and there's definitely some of Clapton's Cream-era wah guitar throughout the song, but it's a bit lighter than that description may make you think. Check it out below, via Stereogum.

The Dead Heavens have also announced a NYC residency happening in February at Saint Vitus. Here's the schedule:

* 2/10 w/ Cayetana and Without (ti...


Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens streaming a-side of new single (listen)
Jan 26, 2015 10:23am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens at CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most consistently busy musicians in rock. He was a member of a few legendary bands, including but not limited to Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand, and those bands have played live as recently as November's Fun Fun Fun Fest and New Year's Eve in NYC, respectively. He's also got an ongoing solo career and two recently-formed bands: Vanishing Life (with members of Trail of Dead) and The Dead Heavens (with former members of Youth of Today, White Zombie and Cults). Vanishing Life put out a single last fall, and now we're finally getting a studio-recorded taste of Dead Heavens.

They've already played live a few times, including a CMJ show (pics) (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and a Shea show in November, and now they've announced that they'll release the "History In My Hands" b/w "36 Chambers" 7 on February 17 via Thrill Me (pre-order). Walter has said this band is inspired by Cream and Black Sabbath, and there's definitely some of Clapton's Cream-era wah guitar throughout the song, but it's a bit lighter than that description may make you think. Check it out below, via Stereogum.

Continue reading "Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens streaming a-side of new single (listen)" at brooklynvegan


video: Ariel Pink Dayzed Inn Daydreams
Jan 26, 2015 10:11am | Gorilla Vs Bear

[directed by Grant Singer]


Skate & Surf adds The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos BTT, mewithoutYou, Poison the Well & more to lineup
Jan 26, 2015 10:10am | Brooklyn Vegan

As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos BTT, mewithoutYou, Poison the Well & more to lineup" at brooklynvegan


Four Tet (as Percussions) releases surprise new album listen
Jan 26, 2015 10:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

2014 saw a flurry of activity from DJ/producer Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet. In addition to remixing Sia and Lana Del Rey, he contributed to a film soundtrack, put out a handful of standalone singles, and teamed up with Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, Robyn, and Rome Fortune. This year may be a similarly prolific one for Hebden, as he just dropped a surprise new album under his Percussions moniker.

The 11-track effort collects Percussions material from 2011-2014, including the previously released “Ascii Bot”, “Sext”, and “Blatant Water Cannon”. From hypnotic, minimal spells (“February 2014″) to percussive thumpers (“KHLHI”) to chaotic, thwacking romps (“Rabbit Songs”), the LP encompasses a wide range of moods, structures, and styles. Listen in below via Bandcamp.

2011 until 2014 by Percussions

2011 until 2014 Tracklist:
01. February 2014
02. March 2013
03. Blatant Water Cannon
04. Sext
05. October 2011
06. KHLHI
07. November 2011
08. Bird Songs
09. Rabbit Songs
10. Ascii Bot
11. January 2014



Operators Ecstasy In My House (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 10:04am | StereoGum

Operators, Dan Boeckner’s synth-pop band with keyboardist Devojka and Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown on drums, released EP 1 last summer. Whereas lead single “True” had a swaggering sway to it, the new “Ecstasy In My House” is built on a rippling up-tempo synth part that will make your heart race — and, possibly, your fist pump. Hearing Boeckner’s trademark rock ’n’ roll howl against an entirely synthetic backdrop is somehow both surreal and totally natural. It’s a far cry from Wolf Parade, but it works. Listen below.

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The Besnard Lakes played Rough Trade with USA Out of Vietnam (pics, setlist)
Jan 26, 2015 10:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

"I heard New York got a little snow last last night...you fucking pussies!" Jace Lacek, leader of The Besnard Lakes, was joking with the Rough Trade crowd about the inch or so accumulation on the ground Saturday (1/24). "It was, like, negative 31 centigrade when we left Montreal, that's about where Celsius and Fahrenheit meet." I reason to leave freezing Montreal is as good an excuse to tour as any. The band don't have a new album -- though they said they're working on it now for an end-of-2015 release -- but seemed energized on Saturday, maybe the best I've ever seen them.

Few bands do this sort of widescreen rock so well, with so little pretense or cheese. Their 2010 album was titled The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night which is a fitting descriptor. "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," which opens that album, remains the best example of what it is they do so well: giant waves of guitar, soaring leads and vocals, all crashing over you. This was a new lineup of the band, with longtime guitarist Richard White retiring from touring and The High Dials' Robbie MacArthur in his place, plus new keyboardist Sheenah Ko augmenting Lacek, bassist singer Olga Goreas and drummer Kevin Laing. They genuinely sounded fantastic, with a simple but effective LED lite-brite-type light show. They don't really need much.

Opening on this tour is fellow Montreal band...


Amsterdams Awakenings Festival announces Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills and more for 2015
Jan 26, 2015 9:57am | Fact Magazine

Ricardo Villalobos, Scuba, Ben Klock and many more set for the Dutch techno weekender.

Over 100 artists have been announced for this year’s Awakenings Festival, the huge outdoor techno event held on Spaarnwoude Houtrak near Amsterdam.

After extending to a two-day event last year, the festival continues with a full weekend line-up, bringing the likes of Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann and Maya Jane Coles to its eight arenas.

The festival’s various friends and collaborators including MINUS (Richie Hawtin), ElectricDeluxe (Speedy J), Joris Voorn & Friends and Drumcode will all host their own area on the second day. This year sees an extra stage added on Sunday and a special 15th anniversary area on Saturday featuring acts who’ve been closely involved with Awakenings from the very beginning, including Joey Mull, Billy Nasty, The Advent and Cari Lekebusch.

Other artists on the bill include Julio Bashmore, Sven Vath, Karenn (live), Loco Dice, Ryan Elliott, Carl Craig, KiNK (live), Rødhåd and Boddika.

Awakenings takes place f...


Virgin Forest Dream Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 9:52am | StereoGum

When he’s not touring as the keyboardist for Phosphorescent, Scott Stapleton serves as frontman and songwriter for the Brooklyn-based band Virgin Forest, which also includes members of Deer Tick. After breaking his hand in a fight in Germany while on tour with Phosphorescent, Stapleton returned to his native Florida to convalesce, and, as these things go, he ended up writing a whole new album with his good hand. While the band’s first two records offered a dusty take on American rock and roll music, the upcoming VF3 finds Virgin Forest exploring some nocturnal electronic textures, described by Stapleton as “a meeting of early Massive Attack and Bertie Higgins.” The new video for the aptly titled song “Dream,” shot by Matthew Walker in hazy, dreamlike black and white, is a moody affair that wordlessly but powerfully documents the story of a drag queen and her ex-lover. Watch the video and check out the album’s full tracklist below.

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Mikal Cronin releasing 'MCIII', touring, playing Bowery Ballroom (dates & new song stream)
Jan 26, 2015 9:51am | Brooklyn Vegan

Mikal Cronin will release his third solo album, titled MCIII, which is out May 5 via Merge. Like his last album, Mikal played nearly everything on the album and wrote the string arrangements too. You can stream "Made Up My Mind" from the album, below.

In celebration of the new album, Mikal Will be playing select live dates this spring, including NYC on actual album release day (5/5) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream and album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Mikal Cronin releasing 'MCIII', touring, playing Bowery Ballroom (dates & new song stream)" at brooklynvegan


Ariel Pink Dayzed Inn Daydreams Video
Jan 26, 2015 9:46am | StereoGum

Together, Ariel Pink and director Grant Singer made two of last year’s best music videos. Pink and Singer’s clips for “Put Your Number In My Phone” and “Picture Me Gone” were fascinatingly creepy, mysterious pieces of Kubrick-damaged work. They’ve now teamed up again for the clip for “Dayzed Inn Daydreams,” another song from Pink’s pom pom album, and it’s a very different video. The video stars Rick Wilder, the almost impossibly skinny ex-frontman of late-’70s L.A. punks the Mau-Mau’s. As Singer explains it, Wilder plays the leader of a band that was around decades ago — another version of himself, basically — who’s trying to hold it together, existing in everyday life even though he should really be allowed to live as some sort of glam-rock alien. Pink appears in the video, though he really only gets a couple of cameos. It’s an oddly touching and beautiful piece of work, and you can watch it below.

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Cast of Full House reunites to sing the shows theme song watch
Jan 26, 2015 9:43am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jeff Franklin’s 60th birthday party was a Full House: most of the Tanner family was on hand to serenade the show’s creator with a rousing rendition of its theme song. That included Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) and Danny (Bob Saget) as well as Becky (Lori Loughlin), D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Kimmy (Andrea Barber), even the theme song’s vocalist Jesse Frederick. Basically everyone except the Olsen twins and Dave Coulier. Watch a pair of fan-shot clips of their singalong below.

This weekend’s reunion comes amidst rumors of a Full House reboot involving Stamos, Saget, and Coulier and other principal cast members. Stamos also waxed nostalgia in 2013 when he reunited his Full House band Jesse and the Rippers for an appearance on Fallon.



Mikal Cronin Made My Mind Up
Jan 26, 2015 9:42am | StereoGum

Mikal Cronin back! The melodious Cali garage-rocker and Ty Segall Band member will follow 2013′s great MCII with the aptly titled MCIII. Cronin played everything on the album including tzouras, French horn, saxophone, and trumpet, and he arranged the strings. Judging from the tracklist, the entire second half is a six-part suite. Lead single “Made My Mind Up” is as endlessly likable as anything he’s ever done, a smartly assembled and briskly executed blast of guitar-pop goodness. Hear it below.

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Chris Weisman Dont Be Slow (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 9:37am | StereoGum

The town of Brattleboro, Vermont doesn’t necessarily breed hitmakers, but it has provided the underground with a variable slew of influential singer-songwriters and avant-punk bands in recent years. Blanche Blanche Blanche, Great Valley, and the folks at OSR Tapes are just a few that come to mind. Adding to the list is singer-songwriter Chris Weisman, who has been quietly releasing his particular marque of equally quiet music out of the Brattleboro hills in the years since he recorded alongside King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas in their band Happy Birthday.

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