Monthly Archives: September 2014

Got $199 to spare? You could spend it on DFA 1979 denim

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Dance-punk band Death From Above 1979, besides recently releasing their second album, “The Physical World,” to critical reviews, have conspired to create 60 Levi’s denim jackets. They went on sale Sept. 18.

According to a press release, the jackets are described as a slim-cut black jacket with hand-stitched chenille patches of “79” on the front and the band’s quite unique human/elephantine/Siamese-twin logo on the back. The patches were designed by Klaxon Howl and Wolff. Again, the price is steep: $199 each, and are only available in the U.S.

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A tweet from @dfa1979 on Sept. 18 makes a reference to glitches being fixed; we’re not sure what that means; either way, they’re fixed, so rest assured.

Here’s a link to the order page.

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Absolutely Free releases new track, “Vision’s”

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Absolutely Free’s new track, “Vision’s,” begins with a few blips of 50s country-western samples, then adds a bit of sped-up 60s girl-group percussion before coming back to the 21st century with a house beat.

That 30-second lead-in is rather lengthy for an intro, but the song recovers and eventually mixes in some synth and space-rock.

“Vision’s” follows the release of “Beneath the Air,” which works in some of the same principals. The songs are off their debut self-titled album, out Oct. 14 on Lefse Records.

Absolutely Free was created from the defunct art-punk band DD/MM/YYYY. Word is the trio’s new release also incorporates genres based on analong electronics and African polyrhythms as well. That’s a lot of influence to work with, but so far they seem to be balancing it well.

If that’s not enough, the band is also working on a feature-length film score, some remixes and their “singles” series.

The three will be on tour through December with Alvvays, Wooden Sky and Ought.

Visit: absolutelyfree.ca, facebook.com/absolutelyfree, soundcloud.com/absolutelyfree, and lefserecords.com

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Flying Lotus heats up the passion on “Corona, the Terminator”

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LA artist Flying Lotus has released another single this week from his new album “You’re Dead!” and it attests to the vocal finesse of Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) as well as his production skills.
“Corona, the Terminator,” besides its brittle, sci-fi-sounding name, actually has a soft heart inside, with light percussion that bleeds seduction. “Corona” is not shy about fronting the psychedelic side, but it blends effortlessly with Flying Lotus’ slow hip-hop style. And then, just like that, the song is gone.

Listen at http://flying-lotus.com/youre-dead/. “You’re Dead!” is out Oct. 6 in the UK and Oct. 7 in the U.S. via Warp.

This Tuesday, Sept. 23, Flying Lotus will host a four-hour  TUMBLR IRL event in LA with music from his new album that combines with visuals from collaborators Shintaro, Strangeloop and Timeboy. The event is from 7-11 p.m. at Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.

Here’s the info if you’re planning to go:

“You’re Dead!” A tumblr IRL from Flying Lotus

RSVP Here: http://youredeadatumblrirl.splashthat.com

Tumblr: http://officialflylo.tumblr.com

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Flying Lotus is also out on tour this fall:

OCTOBER

09 The Beacham Theatre, Orlando FL

10 III Points Festival, Miami FL

11 The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA

12 Cats Cradle, Carrboro NC

13 Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC

14 Tower Theater, Upper Darby PA

15 Terminal 5, New York NY

17 Paradise, Boston MA

18 Higher Ground, South Burlington VT

20 Societe des Arts Technologiques, Montreal QC

21 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON

23 Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak MI

24 Concord Music Hall, Chicago IL

25 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

NOVEMBER

07 The Roundhouse, London UK

09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX

11 Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ

12 The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

13 North Park Theatre, San Diego, CA

14 The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

15 The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz CA

17 Roseland Theater, Portland OR

18 Neptune, Seattle WA

19 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC

21 The Complex, Salt Lake City UT

22 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO

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Perfume Genius’ shocking “Too Bright” streaming via NPR

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“Too Bright,” the new album from Seattle’s emotionally tormented Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, is now streaming at NPR and is a sight to behold.

Perfume Genius’ music is singular and dramatic, full of electric synth, glam and gorgeous echo, as well as bare classical strings and piano. Above it all is Hadreas voice, which floats to the top as he tries to come to terms with his personal troubles. Hadreas’ music takes unexpected turns in tempo, even mid-song, which adds to the theatricality.

A splendid NPR review of “Too Bright” accompanies the stream.

“Too Bright” will be released Sept. 23 on Matador Records.

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MySpace takes a shine to Karen O, Ryan Adams and Interpol

This week on Myspace, three artists are featured who’ve all released new albums this week — Karen O, Ryan Adams and Interpol.

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A story by “Sad Girls Guide To…” is the most in-depth of the three profiles here. The Sad Girls list the reasons why they think art-punk icon Karen O is so influential.  The mini-stories are heavily subjective, but enjoyable to read nonetheless. Stories include links to the music of Karen O as well as her namesake band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, how her solo release “Crush Songs,” came about, and her fashion sense that no one could have predicted.

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One story is called “She Doesn’t Give a F*#! Onstage,” which is actually true (she pulled her pants down and everyone saw her bum as she closed down the House of Blues in Boston last year). Interesting fact: After the YYY’s full-length 2003 record “Fever To Tell” blew up the charts, Playboy asked Karen O to pose for the cover. She refused. Good call.

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Everybody Loves a List profiles Ryan Adams, whose listed occupations include singer, songwriter, poet and painter. Adams’ hardcore punk album, “1984,” was leaked by a fan who streamed it onto Youtube. The buzz about that album only snowballed from there. Everybody loves a List makes the case that Adams is a mega Deadhead, and it seems they have a point. The writers hunt down these little nuances between Adams’s songs and music from Grateful Dead’s massive catalog.
They mention Adams’ bootlegged track “Abigail” has the same time signature and four chords as the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” The comparisons between the two artists are pretty in-depth. On the other hand, drawing a correlation between Adams’ tweeting pics of his cats and Jerry Garcia’s album “Cats Under the Stars” might be a stretch. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, and anyway, it shouldn’t.
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The last story, by Graphic Content, is more of a list, but probes the name of post-punk band Interpol’s new album “El Pintor” (“The Painter”) and five alternative anagrams to consider. That story speaks for itself.

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Colossal 42-song McCartney tribute coming

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You’re gonna need an oversized Christmas stocking this year.

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney will be lauded in a colossal, 42-song tribute CD will be unveiled Nov. 18.

Some of the artists to take part include Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and Willie Nelson, according to a story by the Associated Press.

The CD, “The Art of McCartney” will be a two-CD deal and as a box set. According to the AP, LA producer Ralph Sall’s labor of love has been in progress since 2003.

McCartney’s backing band will also appear on the CD.

Covering “Hello Goodbye” on keyboard will be son, James McCartney along with the Cure. Dylan will perform “Things We Said Today,” while Nelson will play “Yesterday.”

Bill Joel is snagging two songs: “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Live and Let Die.”Let the Paul-mania ensue.

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Insound delivers again: Free hot track from Odesza

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Odesza– “In Return”

Insound’s track this week is by Odesza, which also thankfully just dropped their new album, “In Return,” this week too.

According to Insound’s mini-bio, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of Seattle have moved on from using vocal samples and now employ live human beings into their airy, pop-electronic sound.

The song, “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)” features Zyra’s R&B vocal stylings that dot the song, keeps it bright and stellar and also kind of addicting.

Besides Zyra, other singers included on “In Return” are Py, Shy Girls and Madelyn Grant, according to Insound.

“Say My Name” is a free track that you can stream, or download and pop right into your system, which you should do asap.

“In Return” is on Counter Records.

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Duologue’s “Never Get Lost” out today

Duologue releases another single from "Never Get Lost," called "Drag and Drop."

Duologue releases the album “Never Get Lost.”

The haunting, moody Duologue finally released the excellent new album “Never Get Lost” today.

The band put out a couple singles over the past few months, including “Forests,” a free download from NoiseTrade, and the darkly bitter “Drag and Drop.

That video, with the still white dove getting pummeled by pixels, is a massively powerful image.

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The band offers a very humble message about creating “Never Get Lost,” which they said was made between London, Kent and New York:

“We wrote songs through the winter, began the long process of piecing everything together through the spring and by summer we had what we could finally call a record. As as a musician all you can hope is that this record is better than your last. Try. Fail. Try again. Fail better. We hope you like it.”

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Duologue

Listen to their music on Soundcloud.

They’re also promoting their record-release party at Oslo in Hackney, London on Sept. 17. Duologue will be supporting Kodaline on their fall tour:

Oct 15 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Oct 17 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Oct 18 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
Oct 19 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Oct 21 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
Oct 22 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Oct 24 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Oct 25 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Oct 26 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Oct 28 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Oct 29 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hal
Oct 30 Detroit, MI St Andrews Hall
Oct 31 Montreal, QC Metropolis

Nov 01 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
Nov 03 Boston, MA House of Blues
Nov 04 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
Nov 05 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
Nov 07 New York, NY Terminal 5

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Parquet Courts release video, join cosmic forces with PC Worship

Parquet Courts today released a video for one of their more mellow songs, “Bodies Made Of,” off the record “Sunbathing Animal.”

The video is curated from hot and sweaty footage from their record-release show at Sugarhill Supper Club in Bedford Stuyvesant in June and interspersed with urbanite shots of graffiti-covered buildings.parquet courts bodies video

Parquet Courts have also announced a new collaboration with members of PC Worship. Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts will join forces with Justin Frye and other PC Worship members — in a band they’re calling PCPC.

The new incarnation will perform some East Coast dates opening for ex-Sonic Youth chief Thurston Moore.

Maybe Courts leader Andrew Savage says it best:

  “Like P-Funk, MinuteFlag, Ciccone Youth, Loutallica and Red House Chili Painters (bet you didn’t know about that one), PCPC is what happens when two legendary rock juggernauts join forces. In this instance, members of PC Worship and Parquet Courts have merged into a NY noise-rock confederacy, each band bringing their own sonic distinctions.”

Of note, Parquet Courts will be known on certain concert dates as Parkay Quarts. We don’t know why.

Check out the semi-confusing schedule here:

Tue.Oct 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (as PCPC) w/ Thurston Moore

Wed.Oct 22 – Boston MA @ The Sinclair (as PCPC) w/ Thurston Moore

Fri.Oct 24 – Providence, RI @ The Met (as PCPC) w/ Thurston Moore

Sat.Oct 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (as PCPC) w/ Thurston Moore

Sun.Oct 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC (as PCPC) w/ Thurston Moore

Thu. Nov 6 – Washington DC @ DC9 (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat.Nov 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (as Parkay Quarts)

Thu. Nov 13 – Lille, France @ Le Grand Mix (as Parkay Quarts)

Fri.Nov14 – Paris, France @ La Cigale (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat.Nov 15 – Nantes, France @ Stereolux (as Parkay Quarts)

Mon.Nov 17 – Toulose, France @ Bikini (as Parkay Quarts)

Wed.Nov 19 – Oostende, Belgium @ De Zwerver (as PCPC)

Thu.Nov 20 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique (as Parkay Quarts)

Fri.Nov 21 – Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat.Nov 22 – Amsterdam, Holland @ The Vrankrijk (as PCPC)

Sun.Nov 23 – Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as PCPC)

Mon.Nov 24 – Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall (as PCPC)

Tue.Nov 25 – London, UK @ Electroworkz (as PCPC)

Wed.Nov 26 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe (as Parkay Quarts)

Thu.Nov 27 – London, UK @ The Laundry (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat.Nov 29 – Koln, Germany @ Museum Ludwig (as Parkay Quarts)

Sun.Nov 30 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Frabrik (as Parkay Quarts)

Thu.Dec 11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (as Parquet Courts)

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The Abigails have the cure for your “Medication” shortfall

The Abigails "Medication"

The psych-1969 sound of alt-country band the Abigails seems to make them primed for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s next dusty “Kill Bill”-ish dark comedy.

That formula is just right for their new single “Medication.” The deep growl of band guru Warren Thomas keeps the song mellow and vintage, while summoning the ghosts of the Grateful Dead and The Doors.

The video for “Medication” is straight out of a vintage early 70s teen PSA on the dangers of drug use. It’s full of footage of teens lazily driving around, getting together, dancing on the beach — and not saying much. And there’s always that one guy who hasn’t taken whatever everyone else is taking — but he eventually succumbs. Experience peer pressure, ride around, repeat.

The lyrics for “Medication” then take a hilarious grip on reality when that one guy is continuously faced with the concept that he might run out.
“There’s not enough for tomorrow, but right now that’s not my problem,” Thomas sings, and later he says, “Then I get high,” with a drunk hiccup.

Their Facebook “About” section also deserves a gold star:

“Biography: Debauched zen from the country-fried spiral pits of Satanical wonderlust.
Description: There’s a hootenanny in Bummerville and were leavin’ with the fear.
General Manager: God
Current location: Lala Land”

A band that doesn’t take itself too seriously is a band that knows its priorities.

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“Medication” is on the Abigails’ new album, “Tundra,” out on Burger Records.

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