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Open Windows 2: Nice dreams, coathangers and shoegaze/metal fire

Atlanta garage punk group The Coathangers paid a visit to Paste’s studios recently. The band members all have stage names ending in Coathanger — Rusty Coathanger, Crook Kid Coathanger and Minnie Coathanger. They’re already seasoned punk veterans, with their fifth album, Nosebleed Weekend, out April 15 on Suicide Squeeze Records.

With the constant tick-ticking of the rim and two acoustic guitars, the three of them play a stripped-down version of their song “Make It Right” for Paste, but to hear them in their full punk-rock glory, watch them do the cutting in their video for “Hurricane” from 2011:

 

The debut from Boston-based thrash-metal-shoegaze group Astronoid is out June 10 on Blood Music, and Metal Injection has posted the lyric video for “Up and Atom.” One listen to that song will hook you– their vocal harmonies simply float in the heavens, while waves of guitars perform their own shredded masterpiece below. Their debut is going to be huge.

 

Almost everyone’s reviewing Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, including an 8-year-old who’s broken the songs down in very simple terms. Radiohead’s music is extremely dense and layered with different meanings, so it’s refreshing to see a child tackle the album, track by track. And to be honest, every music critic has to start somewhere, and my early reviews started like this, so kudos to him for getting an early jump.

Read it for yourself:

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Jazz/classical/synth and sonic mastermind Floating Points (Sam Shepherd) has released the studio version of an 18-minute song called “Kuiper,” part of his upcoming Kuiper EP out July 22 on Luaka Bop/PLUTO. Shepherd had earlier released the live version on video. His instrumental works are pieces of electronic art. Kuiper will be available to download May 20.

Actor and MC Daveed Diggs can rap 19 words in 3 seconds — the fastest rapper on Broadway. While there’s not many rappers on Broadway, that’s pretty damn impressive. Diggs shows off his skills in the song “Guns and Ships” which he performs on the massive Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

Don’t blink as he slams a few verses from his hip-hop group, clipping., on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

 

EL VY, a project created by The National’s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of Menomena, have mixed and released Wye Oak’s song “Need A Friend.”

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack said this about the remix:

I spent the last quarter of 2015 playing drums on tour with EL VY. “Need a Friend” was consistently our closer, and arguably the most high-energy song of the set. By contrast, when I went to remix it, I imagined it as a Sade-style slow jam (complete with horn solo), a genuine reading of the angst, “love” and “heartbreak” which the original presents as more tongue-in-cheek. 

Wye Oak has been hinting at new music and will head out on tour this summer.

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Parquet Courts release “Dust” into the airwaves, details on new album

It seems like every few months, Parquet Courts creates new music. Their most recent EP, Monastic Living, was released last November, and now they’re back with more. Frontman Andrew Savage talks about the origins of their new album, Human Performance:

“I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance. I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus. Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

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Their prolific activity could be traced to Savage as well the band’s restlessness. Parquet Courts also released a single from Human Performance, “Dust,” with video of an unkempt schlub working and eating noodles in what must be a skeevy office, because the cameraman keeps wiping his video screen.

“The unavoidable noise of NYC (that) can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer and guitarist Austin Brown, who also produced and mixed the album. The new album is said to be a direct descendent of 2014’s Content Nausea and its analysis of modern anxieties


Human Performance is out April 8 on Rough Trade. New tour dates are below the tracklisting.

HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRACKLISTING
1. Dust
2. Human Performance
3. Outside
4. I Was Just Here
5. Paraphrased
6. Captive Of The Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. On Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It’s Gonna Happen

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Mon. Feb. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Love Of Everything
Tue. Feb. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Love Of Everything  – SOLD OUT
Thu. Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Love Of Everything
Fri. Feb. 19 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar
Sat. Feb. 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Dumb
Tue. Feb. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Wed. Feb. 24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Woolen Men
Fri. Feb. 26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish (Noise Pop) w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sun. Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall
Sat. Mar. 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths w/ No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Sheer Mag
Thu. Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr.15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Soda 
Sat. Apr. 16 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Soda 
Sun. Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit w/ Soda 
Mon. Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Soda 
Wed. Apr. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater 
Sat. Apr. 30 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
Mon. May 2 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s 
Wed. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ B Boys 
Thu. May 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ B Boys  
Fri. May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ B Boys 
Sun. May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon. May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ B Boys 
Tue. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ B Boys 
Wed. May 18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ B Boys 
Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ B Boys 
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 12 – London, UK @ Field Day
Tue. June 14 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed. June 15 – Liverpool, UK @ New Kazimier
Thu. June 16 – Edinburgh, UK @ La Belle Angele
Fri. June 17 – Leeds, UK @ Irish Centre
Fri. June 18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

 

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Animal Farm: Let’s revisit Girl Band’s creepy “Paul” video

Animal Farm: In honor of Halloween, let’s revisit a pleasant video from noise punk group Girl Band.

Girl Band’s videos are almost always incendiary, so disturbing images from a fake kids’ TV show is business as usual for them.

Director Bob Gallagher talked about his inspiration for Girl Band’s video for “Paul,” and it involves Big Bird:

While I was researching I watched a documentary about Big Bird and there’s a line in where Carol Spinney says that a woman was complimenting his performance but that she couldn’t see that inside the costume he was crying. It’s quite tragic. I think everyone has experiences of having to put on an outward expression, and feeling trapped, so Paul’s costume is a visual extension of that. He’s inside the suit, at a distance from everybody around him, but wearing this absurd smile that’s totally false to what’s going on inside.

If the video is meant to illustrate how people’s hidden thoughts are closer than we think, then Gallagher was successful. “Paul,” in the girl-pig suit in the video, manages a smile at co-workers, but in the dressing room he looks morbid. Seeing his eyes through the pig’s nostril is just creepy on so many levels. Just be glad “Sunrise Farm” is not a real kids’ show.

As the song progresses, it gets darker and more sinister, with a creeping bass line that keeps regurgitating and a building drum beat that signals something wicked’s coming.

As the video continues, Paul seems to be losing his mind, dancing with chickens and foxes, and doing the same activities day after day. The only difference is, he’s getting more drunk and high. It does not end well for him.

“Holding Hands With Jamie” was out Sept. 25 on Rough Trade.

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Parquet Courts sign with Rough Trade, reveal details on “Monastic Living” EP

Protopunk aficionados Parquet Courts said today they’ve signed to Rough Trade Records and have announced several tour dates to take them through the U.S., Canada and Europe.

They’ve also announced a new EP, “Monastic Living,” with a release date of Nov. 13.

Hopefully more details will be on the way soon, but you can preorder “Monastic Living” here.

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (US DATES IN BOLD):
Thu. Aug. 27 – London, UK @ Birthdays
Fri. Aug. 28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 29 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Sun. Aug 30 – Paris, France @ Rock En Seine
Wed. Sept. 2 – Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Thu. Sept. 3 – Limerick, Ireland @ Dolan’s
Fri. Sept. 4 – Belfast, Ireland @ Limelight 2
Tue. Sept. 8 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
Wed. Sept. 9 – Oslo, Norway @ Blaa
Thu. Sept. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
Sat. Sept. 12 – Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalloza Berlin
Mon. Sept. 14 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
Tue. Sept. 15 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
Wed. Sept. 16 – Ravenna, Italy @ Bronson
Thu. Sept. 17 – Rome, Italy @ Monk
Sat. Sept. 19 – Athens, Greece @ AN Club
Thu. Nov. 5 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Fri. Nov. 6 – Sat. Nov. 7 – Austin, TX @ FFF
Mon. Nov. 9 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Tue. Nov. 10 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Wed. Nov. 11 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Fri. Nov. 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis
Thu. Dec. 3 – Northampton, MA @ Flywheel w/ Pill
Fri. Dec. 4 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Pill
Sat. Dec. 5 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace w/ Pill
Sun. Dec. 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Pill
Mon. Dec. 7 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle w/ Pill
Tue. Dec. 8 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ Pill
Wed. Dec. 9 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s w/ Pill
Fri. Dec. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw w/ Pill

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Titus Andronicus releases film “The Magic Morning”

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Punk/indie band Titus Andronicus has released a short film, “The Magic Morning,” which incorporates music from his upcoming album, “The Most Lamentable Tragedy.”

The music stems from what he says is the second act of “Tragedy,” which is Tracks 7-12, or Side B of the first disc.

Singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles wrote and directed the video, which you can see below:

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the lyric video for the punk blast of “Dimed Out.” One of the best lines has to be “Don’t wanna buy an ounce– For me the right amount is the entire pound.” If you don’t smile at its rebellion, you’re missing something.

Also today, the lyrics to “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” are out on Genius: See it here, complete with annotations.

“The Most Lamentable Tragedy” is out July 28 on Merge Records.

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Titus Andronicus on tour:
+@ on tour:
Jul 24–28 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium [ALL DATES SOLD OUT]
Sep 11 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*^
Sep 12 Washington, DC – Black Cat*^
Sep 13 Richmond, VA – The Camel*^
Sep 14 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*^
Sep 15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade*^
Sep 16 Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox*^
Sep 18 Dallas, TX – Trees*^
Sep 19 Houston, TX – Walters*^
Sep 20 Austin, TX – Red 7*^
Sep 23 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel*^
Sep 24 San Diego, CA – Irenic*^
Sep 25 Pomona, CA – The Glass House*^
Sep 26 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy*^
Sep 27 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door*^
Sep 28 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst*^
Sep 29 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel*^
Sep 30 Petaluma, CA – The Phoenix Theatre*^
Oct 02 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*^ + in-store at Music Millennium
Oct 03 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret*^
Oct 04 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*^
Oct 05 Boise, ID – Neurolux*^
Oct 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*^
Oct 07 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre*^
Oct 09 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock*^
Oct 10 Madison, WI – Frequency*^
Oct 11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*^
Oct 12 Detroit, MI – UFO Factory*^
Oct 13 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*^
Oct 14 Montreal, QC – Le Ritz*^
Oct 15 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*^
Oct 16 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw *%
Nov 05 London, UK – Village Underground
Nov 06 Bristol, UK – Thekla
Nov 07 Brighton, UK – Bleach
Nov 08 Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
Nov 10 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Nov 11 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Nov 12 Liverpool, UK – Kazimer
Nov 13 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Nov 14 Leeds, UK – Beacons Metropolitan Festival
Nov 16 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
Nov 18 Paris, FR – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Nov 19 Opwijk, BE – Autumn Falls Festival
Nov 20 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
Nov 22 Dublin, IE – The Hangar

* with Spider Bags
^ with Baked
% with Ex Hex

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

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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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Stream Death’s first new music in 40 years

Protopunk band Death, which originated in Detroit, before quietly retiring to the woods of Vermont, has come out with its first new music since 1975, when they released the album “For The Whole World To See.”

The album is called N.E.W. and is streaming in full at VICE.

Death has managed to stay under the radar for many punk fans, even now. If you need a quick primer, check out my story from last year on how I discovered Death.

N.E.W. is out April 21 on Drag City imprint Tryangle.

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Watch a man try to stay awake in Parkay Quarts’ video “Pretty Machines”

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This guy’s weird mustache: What’s up with that?

The latest video from Parkay Quarts (or Parquet Courts, however you like) for “Pretty Machines” paints a picture of an ordinary day, like any other in one man’s life: Get up, brush teeth, wash dishes, go to bed, repeat. Parkay Quarts manages to blend each of this guy’s already-mundane activities into one long drudgefest.

Besides the overlapping frames that clumsily and jarringly stitch events together: the one weird thing — the off-kilter mustache-y thing he puts on his face every day. What’s up with that?

“Pretty Machines” is from Parkay Quarts’ latest album, “Content Nausea.”

Check out “Pretty Machines” on Youtube, as well as Parquet Courts’ performance on David Letterman.

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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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Parkay Quarts is now streaming “Content Nausea”

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Parkay Quarts: Content Nausea

Punk-rock overachievers Parkay Quarts, also known as Parquet Courts, is now streaming their latest, “Content Nausea.”

The album is out Nov. 11 on What’s Your Rupture?, while the worldwide digital release will by Nov. 17 on Rough Trade. Also check out the first single, “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth.”

Parkay Quarts/Parquet Courts have released a slew of tour dates to keep everyone toasty through the winter.

PARQUET COURTS, PARKAY QUARTS, AND PCPC TOUR DATES

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)

Sat. Jan. 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (as Parquet Courts)

Sun. Jan. 25 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (as Parquet Courts)

Mon. Jan. 26 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings (as Parquet Courts)

Wed. Jan. 28 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt (as Parquet Courts)

Thu. Jan. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (as Parquet Courts)

Fri. Jan. 30 – Gainseville, FL @ The Wooly (as Parquet Courts)

Sat. Jan. 31 – Tampa, FL @ American Legion Hall (as Parquet Courts)

Mon. Feb. 2 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under (as Parquet Courts)

Tue. Feb. 3 – Pensecola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall (as Parquet Courts)

Wed. Feb. 4 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree (as Parquet Courts)

Thu. Feb. 5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (as Parquet Courts)

Fri. Feb. 6 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight (as Parquet Courts)

Sat. Feb. 7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (as Parquet Courts)

Sun. Feb. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church (as Parquet Courts)

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