Monthly Archives: November 2014

Foxygen, Flaming Lips to ring in 2015 together

Foxygen, "...And Star Power" is out now

Foxygen, “…And Star Power” is out now

Foxygen and its nine-piece Star Power band is scheduled to close out 2014, as well as ring in the new year with Flaming Lips and Tobias Jesso Jr. in California.

Foxygen has been busy this year taking the band on tour promoting the fantastic genre-bending new album “…And Star Power,” out on Jagjaguwar.

Here’s their tour dates:

Tue. Dec. 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre w/ The Flaming Lips

Wed. Dec. 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre w/ The Flaming Lips

Fri. Jan. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre w/ Tobias Jesso Jr. – SOLD OUT

Sat. Jan. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre w/ Tobias Jesso Jr. – ON SALE 11/28

Catch the video for Foxygen’s Frampton-esque “Coulda Been My Love” and listen to the psychedelic and beautiful “Cosmic Vibrations.”

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“Downton Abbey” fans, and Diddy, may rejoice in new Christmas CD

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On Nov. 17, Warner Brothers released a 45-track “Christmas at Downton Abbey” double CD, a collection of carols and hymns that also features music by Elizabeth McGovern, Abbey’s Countess of Grantham. McGovern also performs with the band Sadie and the Hotheads.

Christmas carols like “O Holy Night,”Silent Night” and “Twelve Days of Christmas” are included on “Christmas at Downton Abbey”; some music on the double CD is recorded by the Budapest City Orchestra and the Budapest Choral Voices.

This classical/holiday release gets a mention because, believe it or not, there are some unlikely musicians out there who are also “Downton Abbey” freaks.

Papermag in 2012 compiled a list of random celebrities who are not-so-closet fans of the British World War I-era drama. Among them: Katy Perry, Courtney Love and Aimee Mann.

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Courtney Love — Live through this Downton Abbey cliffhanger

Noticeably missing from the list, and quite possibly the biggest “DA” fan out there: Diddy.

In 2013, the rapper and self-professed “Abbey head,” created a character for himself in the drama through a series of hilarious scenes on Funny or Die.

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PBS reps at the time had to deny Diddy’s claims he was the first black cast member to join “Downton Abbey.”

Puff Daddy loves “Downton Abbey” so much, he made a little montage of it which he dubbed “Downtown Abbey,” his “favorite show of all time.”

In the montage, Combs meets the Crawley clan, takes his Ciroc with a spot of tea, and dabbles in the fine art of post-Edwardian love triangles.

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Product placement that expands beyond the generations.

Fans have been patiently waiting for this year’s installment of the drama’s Christmas special. The details about when that airs is still under wraps. Thankfully, the “Christmas at Downton Abbey” CD is out now.

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Listen to Nite Fields’ new single, “You I Never Knew”

Nite Fields: Depersonalization is out Feb. 3 on felte

Nite Fields: Depersonalization is out Feb. 3 on felte

Nite Fields are readying their debut LP, “Depersonalisation,” due Feb. 3 on felte.
The recording for “Depersonalisation” came about in myriad places — from a basement, to bedrooms, to studios, stairwells and garages – more than 20 locales. The nine-song debut was produced by Nigel-Lee Yang of HTRK.

Listen to the first single by this Australian shoegaze-dreampop band, “You I Never Knew.” The song is packed full of romance and guitar-hook tenderness. It’s a bit like The Church’s “Under the Milky Way,” and that frilly era of late ’80s spun-sugar alternative.

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A Place To Bury Strangers announces album, new track

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Brooklyn’s A Place to Bury Strangers have announced their new album “Transfixiation” out Feb. 17 on Dead Oceans. The band has also released world tour dates, starting in Brooklyn on Feb. 17 and ending in Oslo, Norway, on May 2.

Check out their new single, “Straight,” an experimental tangle of noise, electricity and frantic drumming.

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Tour Dates:

Tue. February 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed. February 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box –
Thur. February 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery –
Fri. February 20 – Washington, DC @ Rock N’ Roll Hotel
Sat. February 21 – Asheville, NC @ New Earth
Sun. February 22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl –
Mon. February 23 – Nashville, TN @ The End
Wed. February 25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa –
Thur. February 26 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs –
Fri. February 27 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada –
Sat. February 28 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 –
Friday March 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sisters
Saturday March 7 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Monday March 9 – Tuscon, AZ @ Hotel Congress
Tuesday March 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar –
Wednesday March 11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Thursday March 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar –
Saturday March 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel –
Sunday March 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Tuesday March 17 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater –
Wednesday March 18 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
Tue. March 31 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s –
Wed. April 1 – Belfast, IE @ Voodoo –
Thu. April 2 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut –
Fri. April 3 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall –
Sun. April 5 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control Basement –
Mon. April 6 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club –
Tue. April 7 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds –
Wed. April 8 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb lfor Bach –
Thu. April 9 – London, UK @ Oslo –
Sat. April 11 – Lille, FR @ La Peniche –
Sun. April 12 – Ris-Orangis, FR @ Le Plan –
Mon. April 13 – Paris, FR @ Le Divan du Monde –
Tue. April 14 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marche Gare –
Thu. April 16 – Zurich, CH @ Viadukt – Bogen F –
Fri. April 17 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv –
Sat. April 18 – Düdingen, CH @ Cafe Bad Bonn –
Sun. April 19 – Munich, DE @ Strom –
Tue. April 21 – Berlin, DE @ Lido –
Wed. April 22 – Cologne, DE @ Underground –
Thu. April 23 – Courtrai, BE @ De Kreun –
Fri. April 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg –
Sat. April 25 – Groningen, NL @ Vera –
Mon. April 27 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang –
Tue. April 28 – Copenhagen DK @ BETA –
Wed. April 29 – Malmo, SE @ Babel –
Thu. April 30 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik –
Fri. May 1 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand –
Sat. May 2 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee –

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Listen to Girlpool rant on “Blah Blah Blah”

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We can’t stop listening to the song “Blah Blah Blah” by Girlpool, the LA duo of guitarist Cleo Tucker and bassist Harmony Tividad.

The punk minimalism of “Blah Blah Blah” recalls the bright-eyed zing of Tegan and Sara or Le Tigre. Its stripped-down bass and airy guitar let in fresh, electric vocals and a country-twangish guitar solo.
And it’s one big diss on a guy, so even better.
Girlpool’s self-titled EP was out Nov. 18 on Wichita Recordings.

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Fugazi’s raw “First Demo” out today

Fugazi "First Demo" out today on Dischord Records

Fugazi “First Demo” out today on Dischord Records

Imagine if you got your hot mitts on Fugazi’s “First Demo” back in 1988. The band has now officially released it.

Recorded in Inner Ear Studio, the 11 songs were laid down after the band had only played 10 shows.
Fugazi handed the tape out at their shows, ever the democrat in letting people hear their music for free — Fugazi’s full albums can still be found all over YouTube and the rest of the interwebs.

“First Demo” begins with the killer punk anthem “Waiting Room,” and also contains music that was later polished up for their first two EPs.

Starting today, you can buy “First Demo” at Dischord Records. The digital version is only 7 bucks and the LPs come with a download code.
“First Demo” is the last part of the “Fugazi Live Series,” which has documented all of Fugazi’s live shows since its 2011 launch.

Read more on “First Demo” here, where it’s still streaming.

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Nots have punk locked up with “We Are Nots”

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Slow songs are overrated. Any band that says they’re punk but then tries to sneak in a “slow” song — imposters. Stick with the real thing.

If you’re looking for that authenticity, that brazen punk, Nots have it.

There’s a bold intensity to the quartet’s latest, “We Are Nots,” — a passion fueled by youth’s abandon and bravery. That lack of fear is what drives young music and ideas, and what keeps real punk music alive.

If you listen to “Dust Red” from the band’s earlier 7”— their sound was even more garage and muffled in its darkness and desolateness. It’s good to hear that with this full-length debut, they’ve been polished up a bit from that extreme lo-fi scuzz-dust.

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With the blazing opener, “Insect Eyes,” they’ve already announced their signature sound, although they sometimes veer off with indie-rock bass melodies as on “Strange Rage.”

Besides strong showings by bassist Madison Farmer and guitarist Natalie Hoffmann, Charlotte Watson’s drumming is delivered machine-gun style, and Alexandra Eastburn’s synth keeps up that creature-feature blackness that gets stuffed into your head with a pneumatic drill.

The bonus on “We Are Nots” is that they’re mostly full-length songs– most are more than 2 minutes. “Reactor” is nearly 4 minutes—eons for a punk song, but no worries—it’s not overdone, just damn fun.

It’s so refreshing to hear four Memphis women blasting up such a hardcore sound from the underground. It’s like a breath of fresh air— heavy, strong, rank air, laden with sex and sweat, that you just can’t get enough of.

 

“We Are Nots” was out Nov. 11 on Goner Records.

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Kanye’s “Flicker” remix is galaxies away from Lorde’s version

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Kanye West’s remix of Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” makes you (almost) forget that it was originally Lorde’s baby. lorde-yellow-flicker-video

While Lorde sets the sound to dance and seduction, West keeps it subtle and more ethereal, which makes the song’s cryptic lyrics even more powerful.

Here’s Kanye’s rework;   Then watch Lorde’s video:

By the way, Lorde asked West to remix it, so it’s all good.

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Download, stream Yacht’s “Terminal Beach”

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“Where Does This Disco?” Limited Edition EP

Dance-punk group Yacht are streaming their latest single “Terminal Beach,” which you can also download for free at Stereogum.
“Terminal Beach” refers to a collection of stories by British science-fiction writer J.G. Ballard. The namesake story is basically about a man, whose wife dies, decides to run away to an island that used to be used for nuke-testing.

Despite that thought, you should still listen to Yacht’s “Terminal Beach,” maybe because it’s eons from the story: The song mixes up 80s pop-dance and punk-princess vocals and is worth your time.

Yacht’s EP “Where Does This Disco?”  was out Nov. 11 on Downtown Records.

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A cure for the nation’s cold snap: “Uptown Funk”

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Mark Ronson’s newest gem “Uptown Funk” is frankly, a dance-funk synth explosion of fun-filled joy. It’s loaded to the gills with vibrant energy and brightness — a pick-me-up-and-carry-me-through-the-fall (and winter) kind of song.

“Uptown Funk” also features Bruno Mars, in case you need more motivation to listen to “Uptown Funk.”

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