September 18, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Sunshine State

Against Me! are continuing to kill it all year, and now former longtime drummer Warren Oakes (member from 2001-2009) will do the same with his band Sunshine State. They're releasing an LP called Pour next week (9/23) on No Idea, and we're now premiering its newest single, "We Discussed It, We Disgusted." It's got that kind of Gainesville punk vibe that Against Me! fans will dig, so if you're into that stuff definitely give this a listen. You can do so below.

If you'll be at The Fest this year, you can catch Sunshine State on 11/2 at 1982 with Wet Nurse, Teen Agers, Protagonist and others.

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"Many, many people really, really like U2. It hasn't always been easy to remember that fact amid the caustic--and often hilarious--responses to the band's Sept. 9 release of Songs of Innocence. U2's decision to team up with Apple to deliver the new album to every iTunes subscriber, unasked, raised valid questions about consumer choice and personal space in a world that routinely infringes on both. Moreover, while Apple paid U2 for the album, critics of the deal suggest this point may have been lost on iTunes customers who got it for free. If so, that messaging is certainly at odds with U2's intentions.

As an article in the new issue of TIME reveals, Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr believe so strongly that artists should be compensated for their work that they have embarked on a secret project with Apple to try to make that happen, no easy task when free-to-access music is everywhere (no) thanks to piracy and legitimate websites such as YouTube. Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music--whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn't just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can't make money, as U2 does, from live performance. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."" [TIME]

TIME also points out that U2 have ANOTHER album on the way soon, "a whole new album and a world tour." In related news, Neil Young's Pono is "is shipping on time and as promised for its slated October release, hand-in-hand with its dedicated music service."


The new Flying Lotus album, You're Dead!, is due 10/7 via Warp and FlyLo's just offered another taste of it, "Coronus, The Terminator." Check it out below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/14
Joyce Manor

It was only two years and one album ago that Joyce Manor were in NYC to play the small Bushwick punk venue Acheron, but they've come a long way in that time. They returned earlier this week (9/15) to headline the much bigger and sold-out Bowery Ballroom on their proper tour for their excellent third album Never Hungover Again (following a record release show at Rough Trade in July), and they had the same command over the place that they had in that tiny punk club. Joyce Manor haven't changed too much in that time, they just keep refining their already-great sound and continue to gain more fans along the way who really seem into everything they've done. I was talking to a friend at the show about how interesting it was to see so many people walking away from the merch table with their first album. On a similar note, Joyce could encore with two songs from their 2010 EP, "Five Beer Plan" and "Leather Jacket" (the latter also from the 2011 LP), and get the same tremendous response from the crowd they got from pre-encore set closer "Schley" off the new album.

Really everything in their 18-song set of mostly one to two-and-a-half minute songs got a tremendous response, and rightfully so because the band was in such killer form. They've got the stage presence of a band who seem destined to only keep getting bigger, but you can tell they came up playing house shows. And those DIY roots are no doubt part of what makes them so effortlessly tight. There's no mistaking the difference between Joyce Manor finally playing to sold-out crowds of that size and an artist whose live debut is to one.

Joyce Manor are also one of a handful of punk bands I've seen this year (including Titus Andronicus, Joanna Gruesome and others) who took a stand during their set against particular moshers sacrificing the comfort of others for their own good time. They singled out a dude for using a girl's face to prop himself up above the crowd, and when he ran up on stage to stage dive they pushed him off to the side so a bouncer could quickly grab him and remove him. A short speech about why they did what they did followed and was only met by cheers from the rest of the crowd.

Pictures of the Bowery Ballroom show, including Joyce Manor's tourmates The Exquisites and openers Mike Bell & the Movies are in this post. They continue, with Joyce's setlist, below...

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by Bill Pearis


It's been a while since we've heard from Nashville's The Paperhead -- 2012, when they released their terrific single "The Picture of Her Demise" -- but the band have plotted their return. The trio still worship at the alter of Syd Barrett and Pete Townshend (circa 1966) and will release their second album, Africa Avenue, via Trouble in Mind on November 11. We've got the premiere of the very catchy opening cut, "Africa," in this post.

The Paperhead will be in NYC for CMJ with currently three shows on their schedule: The Beyond Beyond is Beyond party at Union Pool on October 22 (more details TBA); a Trouble in Mind showcase at Cake Shop on October 23 with Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, Estrogen Highs, and Negative Scanner; and a Trouble in Mind day party at Rough Trade on October 25 with the same bands. The Paperhead headline that which serves as a bridge to the evening Austin Psych Fest extravaganza there with A Place to Bury Strangers and more. More CMJ shows for The Paperhead to be announced.

Ultimate Painting, you may remember, is James Haore or Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes and their debut album is out via TiM on October 28.

Paperhead CMJ dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

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Spotify released the listening data for students at universities throughout America, and as the college section of USA Today points out, NYU ranked #1 in what Spotify considers "hipster" music:

We don't need Spotify data to tell us NYU is cool. But sure enough, the data confirms that NYU students embody their school's urban artsiness in their musical choices, listening to more "hipster" categorized music and slowcore playlists than other students around the country. Indie rock rules NYU's most distinctive listening patterns, with students streaming more James Blake, Mac Demarco and the Strokes -- relative to other schools.
The full list, which only includes the 40 big schools who listened to the most music on Spotify, can be browsed at (maybe Purchase, Bard, Pratt, Wesleyan, and Rutgers are all RDIO users!)

by Bill Pearis

sensitive flowers: Las Rosas

Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.

Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.

Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...

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photos Kenneth Bachor

"Public Enemy verbally assaulted my consciousness and tore the roof off the Brooklyn Bowl last night. Epic." - Adam Levy

Public Enemy
Public Enemy

Hip hop legends Public Enemy have been laying low this year, but they did grace their hometown with a Brooklyn Bowl show this past Tuesday (9/16). Opening the show was PE2.0, which includes Public Enemy's rhythm section, and a set from Hank Shocklee of frequent PE collaborators Bomb Squad. PE packed their set with tons of favorites like "Fight the Power," "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," and plenty more. Did you catch the show? How was it?

More pictures and a couple videos below...

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Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dr Dre

Dr. Dre's only been talking about his new album Detox (the followup to 1999's 2001) for oh, just something like twelve years now. There's still no word on when that's coming out (obviously), but a new update about it came in Jeff Weiss and Nocando's "Shots Fired" podcast (via Pitchfork), where they revealed that if it ever comes out, it won't be called Detox. According to Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker, Dre ditched that title two years ago.

Watch the video for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's 2010 single "Kush," supposedly recorded for Detox--err or whatever it's called, below...

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Jessie Ware at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware's already released a few songs from her upcoming Tough Love album (due 10/6 in the UK and 10/21 in North America via PMR/Island), and now she's put out "Kind Of... Sometimes... Maybe," which she co-wrote with Miguel, along with BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch) who executive produced the album. Check it out below.

Jessie's tour hits NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

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