Monthly Archives: May 2015

Action Bronson show at NXNE canceled

Amid a petition, North By Northeast festival on Friday announced Action Bronson’s performance in Toronto has been canceled.

According to the press release, “a significant” number of Toronto residents have objected to Action Bronson’s show at Yonge Dundas Square. In a story in Pitchfork, a petition has been signed by about 40,000 people who object to Action Bronson’s music. The petition claims his music “glorifies gang-raping and murdering children.”

The full press release is below:

We at Northby Northeast (NXNE) are very proud of our 20-plus-years relationship with the people of the City of Toronto. And for almost 10 years we’’ve shared Yonge-Dundas Square with you to present free, all-ages shows open to the public. YDS is the city’’s space and as such we are obliged to listen to how the city and community want it used. A significant number of Torontonians have indicated their desire to have Action Bronson not perform at the Square. As annual guests in this space we feel we must accede to the strong wishes of the community and honour their input.

As a result, we will not be presenting Action Bronson at Yonge-Dundas Square but, hopefully we will still be presenting Action Bronson as part of Northby. We remain fundamentally committed to presenting this artist on a Toronto stage. We are not moving the Action show because we believe in censoring him or any other artists. In fact, we find the limiting of artistic expression distasteful. When artistic expression is limited, freedom and the evolution of ideas is often the casualty.

Hopefully, Action Bronson will accept our invitation to play at another, ticketed venue in the city so the public can decide for themselves if his work has merit. We booked Bronson, in part, because of his latest excellent disc, Mr. Wonderful.

We hope that this series of events does not foster some type of artistic chill in Toronto and its public spaces. Yonge-Dundas Square must remain a dynamic place where many viewpoints are expressed not just culturally but also at political events and rallies staged there.

We are heartened by the community engagement that has been taking place around this YDS show. This debate continues an important conversation about violence against women and its depiction in art and culture that is long overdue. We salute all of those who fight this battle and we would encourage everyone who has signed the petition or been engaged by this conversation to commit themselves personally to continuing the fight against violence against women. We at Northby pledge to continue being part of this discussion with the intent to help act as agents of change.


The Directors of North by Northeast

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Seoul streaming dream-poppy single “Real June”

The Montreal trio Seoul, has released a bright new song with just enough lift to start off summer. “Real June” is electro-dream pop with an instantly likeable, swirly pop-vocal background.

Seoul’s new single, “Real June” is streaming now on SoundCloud. Listen below:

Seoul’s debut “I Become A Shade” is out June 9 on Grand Jury.

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Nots thankfully up to no good on punk single “Virgin Mary”

Nots Virgin Mary

Punk quartet Nots recently released a new song, “Virgin Mary.” They know a good formula when they hear one, and “Virgin Mary” hasn’t strayed in terms of harsh guitar scratchings, synth bleeps and deep bass rumblings commonly found on their off-the-radar debut, “We Are Nots.”

Listen to “VIrgin Mary” via Stereogum. and at Soundcloud.

The 7-inch single, with B-side “Shelf Life,” is out June 23 on Goner Records.

If you’re craving a heavy dose of craziness and raw DIY flavor, then check out “We Are Nots”– one of the most original records of 2014.

Remaining Nots tour dates:

5/24 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place*
5/25 Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records$
5/26 Eureka, CA @ The Shanty*
5/28 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
5/29 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern*
5/30 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret*
6/1 Calgary, AB @ Palomino Social Club*
6/2 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112*
6/3 Salt Lake City, UT@ Urban Lounge*
6/5 Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater*
6/6 Lincoln, NE @ Vega*
6/8 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar*
6/11 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone*
6/20 Birmingham, AL @ Happenin Fest%
7/11 Columbus, OH @ 4th & 4th Fest

* w/ Quintron & Miss Pussycat
$ w/ Cold Beat
% w/ Black Lips


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That recluse Noel Gallagher opens up in Noisey interview

What’s better than Noel Gallagher? Noel Gallagher interviews.

On May 14, the Oasis front man talked with Noisey for their series “The British Masters.” In the interview, Gallagher talked with John Doran about “Chasing Yesterday,” Gallagher’s latest album, his continuing love affair with house music, and having Johnny Marr as a fan.

Noel Gallagher noisey 5-23-15Some choice quotes from Noel:

  • Joining Oasis – “I only played lead in Oasis because no one could do it and Bonehead was bald and that would have been f**king preposterous.”
  • Song-writing – “It’s all about the songs. If the songs are good – the vibe of it – I’m not interested in the vibe.”
  • Early Oasis fan Johnny Marr – “He was the first person to get it. Out of the five people in the band and the five people who hung around the band.”
  • Long-time frenemy Damon Albarn“Turns out he’s quite a genial fellow.” 

Coming from Gallagher, that last one is positively uncharacteristic of him.

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Night Beds’ Yellen: “Yeezus” influenced sophomore effort “Ivywild”

Winston Yellen has announced the sophomore effort of his Night Beds project, “Ivywild.”

In a press release, “Ivywild” was borne from Yellen’s initial reactions to hearing Kanye West’s “Yeezus” for the first time when he was in Nashville. Yellen also says the album comprises “sad sex jams,” and brings up painful memories of a breakup.Night Beds Tide Teeth

About 25 musicians have worked on “Ivywild,” including vocalist Heather Hibbard of Maine, who covered one of Yellen’s songs on YouTube.

Listen to new song, “Tide Teeth,” on Soundcloud, as well as “Me, Liquor and God.”

“Ivywild” will be out Aug. 7 on Dead Oceans. Night Beds’ debut, “Country Sleep,” was released in 2013.

Watch the video for “Tide Teeth”:

1. Finished
2. Corner
3. Me Liquor & God
4. Seratonin
5. Tide Teeth
6. Sway(ve)
7. [9-6] slack-jaw
8. Eve A
9. On High:
10. Melrose
11. Lay Your Hands
12. All In Good Time (I Get You Wrong Interlude)
13. Moon Sugar
14. Love Streams
15. I Give It
16. Stand On My Throat

Night Beds Tide Teeth2

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Listen to Heather Woods Broderick’s brooding single “Wyoming”

Heather Woods Broderick has dropped a brooding, grunge-tinged, yet pretty single, “Wyoming.” Broderick, born in Maine, has been a member of Loch Lomond, Efterklang and Horse Feathers, and is on tour right now with Sharon Van Etten.

5/26/15 –  Holocene – Portland, OR | w/ Jesse Marchant

5/27/15 – The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA | w/ Jesse Marchant

5/30/15 – Turf Club – St Paul, MN | w/ Jesse Marchant

5/31/15 – Schubas – Chicago, IL | w/ Jesse Marchant

6/1/15 – The Drake – Toronto, Canada | w/ Jesse Marchant

6/2/15 – Le Divan Orange – Montreal, Canada | w/ Jesse Marchant

Check out the at-times bleak, rather desolate video for “Wyoming” below, and listen to “Wyoming” on Soundcloud, as well as “A Call For Distance.” Broderick’s album “Glider” is out July 10 on Western Vinyl.

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Watch the bittersweet trailer for the new Amy Winehouse documentary

It starts with a woman singing, “black….,” alone. Then it sails through her life, starting when she was a child, and before you know it, she’s gone.

amy_winehouse_34That’s part of the trailer for “Amy,” the new documentary about British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 at 27 of alcohol poisoning.

For the early seconds in the trailer, Winehouse is smiling, laughing and vivacious. In a later scene, she’s drinking onstage.

When Winehouse burst onto the jazz/soul/doo-wop scene with albums “Back to Black” and “Frank,” her success seemed like a fairy tale. But her inability to cope with sudden fame coupled with alcohol and drug use caused her personal life to spiral quickly.

The documentary will feature previously unseen footage and aims to tell Winehouse’s story in her own words. It’s due for release in July.

“The thing is, I don’t think I’m gonna be at all famous,” she says. “I’m not a girl trying to be a star.”“>Watch the video.

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Courtney Love shreds on “Miss Narcissist”

Courtney-Love-Miss NarcissistListen to Courtney Love’s grungy new song, “MIss Narcissist” on Soundcloud.

Love’s vocals have always been ragged and weathered, and it would be difficult to imagine her vocals as anything other than hanging by a thread.  “Miss Narcissist she’s a thief/sucks out all the energy/ stole all my hostility/iike a parasite…” Love growls on the song. She’s the quintessential bitter punk rocker and it doesn’t appear she’ll change her stripes any time soon.

“Miss Narcissist” is out now on Ghost Ramp/Crush Music. According to Stereogum, a 7-inch  of “Radio Killer” is set for this summer. Odds are that it’s not about shiny happy people.

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This man’s hearing implant turned him off to Nirvana, so he did something about it

Imagine not being able to hear Nirvana like everyone else does, even though you’re a fan. That’s what happened to Sam Swiller of Washington, D.C.sam-swiller npr cochlear

He started to lose his hearing at an early age, and music was his way to reach out and stay closer to the outside world.

Jon Hamilton of NPR Morning Edition ran a story Monday about Swiller, who loves music, but who happens to be deaf. When Swiller was in high school, he took refuge in music such as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and other alternative rock.

According to the story, he got a cochlear implant about 10 years ago, when the last few impulses of sound entered his ear.npr cochlear implant

He said the implant made it more difficult to interpret sounds and electrical impulses, which go right onto the auditory nerve. As a result, music he normally liked, such as Nirvana, was not as appealing to him as folk music.

The radio spot used Bjork’s latest album, “Vulnicura,” as an example.

So Swiller had to find a new way to interpret sounds so that he could listen and understand exactly what he wanted to again.

Listen below to the story “Deaf Jam: Experiencing music through a cochlear implant”:

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Ozzy Osbourne gives $10K to kids for “Crazy Train”

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Score one for the kids.

Remember Louisville Leopard Percussionists, the group of children who laid down their interpretation of a few crummy Led Zeppelin songs and just crushed it?


After Jimmy Page sang their praises on his Facebook page in February, Oz finally woke up and took notice of the kids’ rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Crazy Train.” Check out their version below, replete with a very organic “Ay Ay Ay…..”

According to the Courier-Journal, Ozzy Osbourne’s tipped his hat and donated about $10,000 to the group. In a letter to the kids, Osbourne says:

“Myself, my whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of ‘Crazy Train.’ Keep up the good work.”

Signing the letter, “God Bless,” it was indeed a blessing he kept it short and sweet — he probably just wanted to move on and make the most of the night.

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