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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stream Savages’ Debut Album Silence Yourself

At last, the debut full-length from UK post-punk group Savages is available to hear in its entirety. They’ve shared the entire record via their website.

Silence Yourself is out May 7 via Matador and frontwoman Jehnny Beth’s Pop Noire label.

Guided By Voices: English Little League (Album Review)


English Little League is the fourth album by the reunited mid-’90s Guided by Voices lineup in a little under a year and it shows the inevitable strain of making so much music in such a short time. Of course, being prolific is basically GbV’s calling card, but in the past one could count on a fairly high killer vs. filler ratio. Sometimes even hovering close to 100 percent during the band’s salad days. This time it’s closer to 50-50, as Robert Pollard’s songs sometimes struggle to deliver hooks and the band runs through the fractured power pop paces, but rarely comes to life. These are the times when you wish the band would pack it in. The times you are glad they’re back are when Pollard whips out a classic tune and the band starts firing on all four, and it sounds like an older, but still rambunctious, version of the classic band. The shorter, faster Pollard tunes like the rumbling “Crybaby 4 Star Hotel” sound the best, though some of the proggy heavy rockers sound fine too. The problems arise on the slower, more introspective songs that give more airtime to the toll years of being Pollard have extracted from his voice. They drag the album to a halt when they arrive, sucking all the energy out of their sound as they ramble along with no strong payoff. The real bright spots on the album are the Tobin Sprout songs. He gets three solo songs and one co-write with Pollard, and they are the brightest, most straightforward songs on the album — “Islands” is even the best song here. While GbV are clearly Pollard’s show and his aesthetic rightfully guides their way, Sprout is doing better work now and it might make sense to showcase his work more on their next record. Which will follow this one in a couple months, no doubt. As for English Little League, the three records the band did in 2012 are all stronger collections, but this is hardly a failure. One just has to search a little harder to find the good songs this time. (review by: Tim S.)

Watch Iggy And The Stooges On The Colbert Report

Iggy Pop has certain things in life figured out, and one of them is this: You don’t attempt to go joke-for-joke with Stephen Colbert when you’re on his show. Instead, Iggy, Colbert’s guest last night, was just his leathery acid-casualty self during his interview segment with Colbert, and he gave his impression of Link Wray’s “Rumble” guitar riff and explained his frequent shirtlessness like this: “The Pharaoh never wore a shirt.” Makes sense! (Iggy, it bears mentioning, dressed for the show in a suit, but with the shirt completely open.) He and his Stooges also performed two songs from their new album Ready To Die: “Job” and, as an online bonus, “Burn.” Iggy did not waste any time leaving the stage and charging around in the audience, and he got away with saying “shitty” on TV, because he is who he is. Watch the interview and both performances below.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Neutral Milk Hotel Reunite for Tour


Jeff Mangum has teased us with solo shows for long enough. Neutral Milk Hotel are actually, no-bullshit reuniting and heading out on tour in 2013– 15 years after their last shows together. Only a handful have been announced so far, but apparently there is “more to come,” according to the NMH website. Dates below.

Following the release of 1998’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and its subsequent support tour, Neutral Milk Hotel went on hiatus. Aside from a 2001 live album, a 2002 album of Bulgarian music, and a handful of live appearances, Jeff Mangum became indie rock’s resident recluse for over a decade.

After playing a couple shows in 2010, Mangum fully resurfaced in 2011 and 2012 with several solo tours, a set for Occupy Wall Street, festival appearances, and a Neutral Milk Hotel box set.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charity Children of the Blue Sky.

The tour announcement was accompanied by this crazy note on the NMH website:

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Check out archival live video of Neutral Milk Hotel below the dates. Get excited.
Neutral Milk Hotel:
10-22 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club *
10-23 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club #
10-25 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium #!
11-28 Taipei, Taiwan – Hostess Club Festival
12-01 Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Festival

* with Elf Power
# with Half Japanese
! with Daniel Johnston

“Oh Comely”:

“Two Headed Boy”:

A BEASTIE BOOK! MIKE D AND AD-ROCK TO RELEASE MEMOIR IN 2015…


Surviving Beastie Boys Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz have signed a deal with Random House imprint Spiegel and Grau to release a Beastie Boys memoir. Via Exclaim:

According to the New York Times, the Beasties’ book will break from convention and instead feature “a pastiche of voices, images, irreverent humor and pop-culture reference points.”

Though the title won’t be announced until later this week, the book is due for release in fall 2015. Hip-hop writer Sacha Jenkins will be authoring the collection, but it will contain contributions from other writers, as well as strong visuals.

This weekend will mark the one year anniversary of the death of third Beastie Adam “MCA” Yauch. Yauch died on May 4, 2012, following a long battle with cancer.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Listen to Girls Against Boys’ “It’s a Diamond Life”, their first new single in a decade


Washington D.C. indie post-hardcore outfit Girls Against Boys have returned following a 10-year hiatus. The group, led by Eli Janney, have announced plans to follow up 2002′s You Can’t Fight What You Can’t See with a new EP supported by a worldwide tour. In anticipation, they’ve dropped their first single, “It’s a Diamond Life”, which breathes, sweats, and coughs with late ’90s shag. Stream/download it below.

Girls Against Boys – “It’s a Diamond Life”

Here are those reunion tour dates:

Girls Against Boys 2013 Tour Dates:
05/02 – Krems, AT @ Donau Festival
05/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
05/04 – Utrecht, NL @ EKKO
05/05 – Brussels, BE @ Nuits Botanique Festival
05/10 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits Sonores Festival
05/11 – Milan, IT @ Bloom
05/12 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
05/14 – Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino
05/15 – Caen, FR @ Big Band Cafe
05/16 – Bordeaux, FR @ Le BT59
05/17 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ La Cooperative De Mai
05/18 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
05/19 – Toulouse, FR @ La Dynamo
07/18 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava Festival
08/02 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
09/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/13 – Washington, DC @ TBA

TV on the Radio Leave Interscope, Working on Material for New Album


In a new chat with SPIN, TV on the Radio front man Tunde Adebimpe revealed that the Brooklyn-based experimental indie band is about to get more experimental – they’ve parted ways with Interscope Records.

Further, he says that he and co-singer/instrumentalist Kyp Malone recorded with band mate/producer Dave Sitek in Los Angeles recently.

Said Adebimpe on the new sessions:

“I’m not sure what’s gonna be out when, but there’s new stuff coming. We’re sort of collecting material for a record, but right now we’re only thinking in terms of songs, smaller things we can put out regularly until an album seems possible.”

They’re apparently planning to release the new music on Sitek’s label, Federal Prism. (As a side note, Sitek produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ eclectic new record Mosquito). When asked about Interscope, Adebimpe replied:

“Ehhhh…we parted ways with them. To the best of my knowledge, they can ask about another record, but I don’t think we’re gonna do that. Um, yeah they did what they did. [Laughs] That’s as diplomatic as I can put that.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Unofficial Daft Punk Video Is Pretty Great

This may not be the official music video for Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky,” but the fan who created it did a fantastic job. Using old music video and marketing material from Pharrell and Daft Punk, the video seems like an old eighties movie throwback. The only thing missing is an appearance from the iconic Nile Rodgers.

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories will be out May 21, 2013.

Watch the great fanservice below:

Phoenix – Bankrupt! (Album Review)


When Phoenix were announced as headliners of Coachella and Primavera it hit home just how big they had become. It seemed to have sneaked up on us. Maybe it shouldn’t have. After all, ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ was a juggernaut of an album, its tracks overpowering indie discos throughout the land. Yet the idea of them as headliners seemed like a big leap.

It made us think that this news heralded the release of a colossal new album. That ‘Bankrupt!’ would be a statement of intent, catapulting them into stadiums and the front of the tabloids (I suppose being married to Sofia Coppola you already get that, but anyway). Hell, ‘Bankrupt!’’s original working title was ‘Alternative Thriller’ after the band bought the same Harrison 4032 recording console that was used to by Michael Jackson on eBay (way to dampen expectations, guys).

The first single is even called ‘Entertainment’ – a sign, if there ever was one, that the band themselves were expecting big things. And it didn’t disappoint. ‘Entertainment’ immediately sounded festival-sized, right from its opening bars which instantly bring to mind David Bowie’s ‘China Girl’. It seems to continue off where ‘Wolfgang…’ had finished – this is a jump-up-and-down of a song, as Thomas Mars sings, “Once upon a time would take too long.”

Yet in many ways ‘Bankrupt!’ ditches the pop overtones and immediacy of its predecessor for something more textured and restrained. It’s not as immediately potent as its predecessor. If ‘Wolfgang…’ was the swaggering, bon vivant Parisian then ‘Bankrupt!’ is slightly coyer and more cynical about things – and all dressed up in an 80s suit.

It makes it a record that takes a little longer to sink in. Indeed on the first few listens ‘Bankrupt!’ seems a little undercooked. There’s nothing that fires a rocket up you like ‘1901’ and it doesn’t feel quite as crisp. It’s slightly more reserved and it’s only after a few listens that it really gets under your skin.

There are still immediate stormers like ‘Don’t’, with its detuned synths and propulsive swagger. And ‘SOS in Bel Air’ also layers up the vocals to produce an indie floorfiller with its earworm of “You can’t cross the line but you can’t stop trying.”

Repeat listens reveals the charms of the more understated tracks. The slowed down R&B of ‘Chloroform’ is struttingly great. “I don’t always tell the truth,” Mars almost winks, while ‘Trying To Be Cool’ is all smooth bass, handclaps and twinkling synth.

Elsewhere it’s more about textures. The title track works in the same way that ‘Love Like A Sunset’ Parts 1 and 2 do on ‘Wolfgang…’. It’s the centre point, floating along slowly like a cloud on a dappled skyline. A panpipe sounding palette cleanser, half way through it rumbles into life and comes back to land on earth. Mars sings over a strummed guitar about the “Caledonian rich and young, everybody’s rich and dumb.”

The mid-paced funk of ‘The Real Thing’ builds the thwacks of drums to a swirling layered vocal chorus and ‘Drakkar Noir’ gets shoulders swaying and again has that ‘China Girl’ melody floating somewhere underneath the surface with lyrics about a junkie jungle.

Mars seems to be casting an eye over the scenesters and fakers around him. Indeed, the title could be seen as a reaction to the success they’ve had and Mars seems to be dealing with what you do when you get what you want (or perhaps get too much) and where you go from there. On ‘Bourgeois’ the chorus asks “why would you care for more? They give you almost everything.”

Yet on the whole ‘Bankrupt!’ is the sound of a band who sound content and comfortable in their own skin. They have talked about how homesickness was a real inspiration for the record, and recording the album back in France certainly seems to have brought harmony. Mars’ effortless croon oozes charisma and the band seems to have an innate instinct for classic pop moments.

After the immediacy of Wolfgang, ‘Bankrupt!’ can seem like a sidestep. But delve deeper and this is an album reveals itself as a gem; one which mixes their crowd-pleasing hooks with an inventive shift in their sound. See you at the front of the festivals.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KIM GORDON COMES CLEAN ON HER BREAKUP WITH THURSTON MOORE…


Alternative rock’s most beloved couple’s marriage actually ended in a pretty normal way: part mid-life crisis, part game-changing affair. Kim Gordon finally opens up to Elle: about the split.

Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counseling, but he kept seeing the other woman. “We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do,” Gordon says. “Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul.” Moore moved out. Gordon stayed home and listened to a lot of hip-hop. “Rap music is really good when you’re traumatized,” she says.

Stream Deerhunter’s ‘Monomania’ In Full

The band loved and respected by the critics and the audience alike, Deerhunter slacks, spatters, and storms up for its fifth studio LP, Monomania. With the dawn of the latest album, frontman Bradford Cox has been parading in his alter ego, “Connie Lungpin”, with his/her middle finger to mediocrity stiffer than ever. Monomania will be officially released on May 7 via 4AD, but the lot of you have probably found a way to hear and analyze the beautiful chaos of Atlanta, Georgia quintet already.For those of you who haven’t, what better way to spend 43-minutes and 19-seconds vibrating your eardrum? Stream the ethereal avant-garded-garage rock of Monomania in full courtesy of NPR.

Monday, April 22, 2013

WATCH: NEW DOC EXAMINES THE LEGACY OF AFRICAN PUNK…


As the film’s creators explain:

THE STRIKING STORY OF A HIDDEN, UNDERGROUND, EVEN SECRET AND BANNED MOVEMENT. BANDS WITH BOTH BLACK AND WHITE MUSICIANS BROKE THE LAW. IN THE APARTHEID ERA, PUNK ROCK WAS COMPARABLE TO WORSHIPPING THE DEVIL. REDISCOVER THE REAL PUNK. ANARCHY IN SA.

Basically, most types of punks the world over — Indonesia, Mexico, Russia — have some seriously legitimate reasons to play fast and loud.

DOES BOWIE HAVE ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY? THAT’S WHAT NOEL IS SAYING…


As FACT reports, Noel Gallagher opened his big mouth and dropped this little tidbit:

“According to people I’ve spoken to, there’s another album in the pipeline. There was, like, 29 songs or something [from The Next Day sessions].”

Of course, that’s all he knows.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Video: Pickwick Feat. Sharon Van Etten – ‘Lady Luck’


Ahead of this spring’s U.S. tour, Pickwick have released an official video for “Lady Luck,” the Seattle band’s Sharon Van Etten-featured Can’t Talk Medicine jam we mentioned in January. The narrative behind director Tyler Kalberg’s clip is deceptively simple at first (bearded man arrives at a train station, rides a cab to a hotel, shaves his beard), but stick around past the 2:45 mark when things get a bit more interesting. Given that the tune, a Richard Swift cover, remains a gem of indie R&B, it won’t be hard to stick around. Watch it above.

Video: Dinosaur Jr at Coachella — watch full 45-minute set


Dinosaur Jr used its slot on Sunday during the closing day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival’s first weekend to tear through a 10-song, 45-minute set, hitting early fan faves (“The Lung,” “Freak Scene”), highlights of the band’s Barlow-less ’90s output (“Start Choppin’,” “Out There,” “Feel the Pain”) and a nugget from pre-Dino Jr outfit Deep Wound (“Training Ground”). Check out the full set here (via sliced eyeballs)

Setlist: Dinosaur Jr, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, Calif., 4/14/13

1. “The Lung”
2. “Watch the Corners”
3. “Rude”
4. “Out There”
5. “Feel The Pain”
6. “The Wagon”
7. “Training Ground” (Deep Wound)
8. “Start Choppin”
9. “Freak Scene”
10. “Sludgefeast”