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November 26, 2014
Sleaford Mods' latest album, the terrific Divide & Exit, has made every UK Best LPs of 2014 list we've seen so far: Rough Trade (#38), MOJO (#3), Q (#20), Uncut (#25), and NME (#9). If you haven't heard Divide & Exit (somewhere between The Fall and The Streets, but with loads more profanity) yet, stream the whole thing below.
Don't forget if you're in NYC over Thanksgiving weekend you can catch Sleaford Mods playing their first-ever North American show at The Wick on Saturday (11/29). BrooklynVegan is presenting the show which also features Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds (ex-Kim Phuc) and reunited Brooklyn postpunks Rogers Sisters. (Sadly, the "very special guests" we mentioned before can't do it now.) Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter, plus album streams by Sleaford Mods (and Gotobeds and Rogers Sisters), below.
November 12, 2014
The Pulp documentary is far from the only music film showing in NYC this month. Film festival DOC NYC runs November 13 - 20 with a wide variety of non-fiction films. Like last year, this also includes the "Sonic Cinema" music documentary program, which includes the world premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990 (SVA Theatre, Fri. 11/14); Elliott Smith portrait Heaven Adores You (SVA Theatre, 11/15 & 11/20); and Jingle Bell Rocks! (Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 11/19) which looks at people obsessed with Christmas music. Tickets are on sale (some shows sold out but rush tickets available) and the full "Sonic Cinema" lineup/details are below.
We're also giving away pairs of tickets to see Salad Days on Friday (11/14, 9:30 PM) and to the 11/15 (9:30 PM) screening of Heaven Adores You. Details below.
Not part of "Sonic Cinema," but DOC NYC is also hosting a 10th Anniversary screening of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster at IFC Center on Saturday (11/15, 11:15 AM) with director Joe Berlinger in attendance. Other non-music but notable films show at DOC NYC include Banksy Does New York, a look at the man in the Muppet suit I Am Big Bird, a 20th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams and lots more. Full schedule is here.
"Sonic Cinema" lineup and trailers for all the films, plus contest details, below...
The terrific documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is being released on Wednesday, November 19, playing at 35 cities including NYC at IFC Center. There are two IFC screenings, 11/19 and 11/20 both at 10 PM. Tickets are on sale, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets plus a movie poster just like the one above. Details below.
You can also watch the film via iTunes, VOD & digital beginning Friday, November 21. A full list of screening dates and locations, plus contest details and the film's trailer, below...
November 4, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Lucero @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/3/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Country punk greats Lucero kicked off their 'By the Seat of Our Pants' tour at NYC's Bowery Ballroom last night (11/3) for the first show in their three-night run at that venue. The idea for this tour is that they're opening with a stripped-down set and then taking a cigarette and whiskey break before returning for a regular full-band Lucero set. The stripped-down set was a real treat to see, especially if you're a fan of their slow sad stuff. They played a handful of songs they said they hadn't played in a while, and were super casual about it -- more than once Ben Nichols would say something to the keyboardist like "why don't you try accordion this one?" Including their half hour-ish intermission, the whole show went from about 9 PM to midnight and after all the rowdy stuff they went out the way they came in, slow and sad.
The tour continues at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/4) and Wednesday (11/5). Tickets for both shows are still available and we're also giving away a pair to the night of your choice. Details below. After NYC, they'll do the same kind of 3-night runs in Boston, LA and San Francisco. They've also added a 3-night run in Colorado leading up to New Year's Eve, including two shows with Murder by Death.
Updated dates also listed below...
November 3, 2014
When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.
All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...
October 30, 2014
As you know, Manhattan club Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills, and though a public opening date still doesn't seem to exist, there is a Halloween party happening there, and it's free with RSVP. The occasion, in addition to it being October 31st, is the Damned show at Irving Plaza, for which this is the afterparty. The Damned members Dave and Pinch will be DJing.
The Damned are on tour and also play Philly (tonight) and Asbury Park (11/1). If you'd like to try and go to Irving Plaza for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets within our big Halloween show roundup post.
October 27, 2014
RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, gave away downloads of their new album for free last week. Now it's officially released physically and as a deluxe version on iTunes which includes the bonus track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2" which features Despot and Wiki of Ratking. You can stream that below.
RTJ are celebrating the new release on Wednesday (10/29) at Rough Trade with a big event that begins at 6:30 PM and includes "an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more." The first 20 people to get in will also gain entry to a private event happening afterwards that includes "a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal's Sacha Jenkins," followed by a screening of NYC classic The Warriors at nearby Nitehawk Cinema. Another way to get into that screening/Q&A is by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets. Details below.
They'll also be performing "Early" on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' this week with Boots, who also appears on the album version of the track. That airs on Halloween.
After FFF, they play NYC on November 29 at Stage 48 with Ratking and Despot. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Mac DeMarco didn't play any shows during CMJ but was around the whole week, whether it was DJing at Baby's All Right for Captured Tracks' day party, or as guest selector at Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (10/25). He was also generally out and about -- though there are a lot of guys Brooklyn who've copped Mac's style lately. Maybe they were just lookalikes.
The real Mac DeMarco stars in a new short film by Cole Kush titled BACKER. In the faux documentary, he plays Dave Fuck, a professional "backer," who helps people park their cars. The pitched-down voice over has things on a surreal vibe to start and then a dream sequence takes it into Adult Swim territory. Watch it below.
Meawhile, DeMarco will play his biggest NYC show yet next week (11/4) at Terminal 5 with mischief-maker Connan Mockasin, and CMJ overachievers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. That should be a fun, crazy show. Tickets are still available and if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details on that, along with the BACKER film, below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"Mastodon killed it last night. I'm still feeling the repercussions at work today." - @ARodzATX
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak have spent a fairly staggering amount of time on the road together this year, and they recently brought the current iteration of the tour to Austin for a show at Stubb's (10/20). Unfortunately our photographer missed Kvelertak, but BV was on hand for sets from Gojira and Mastodon, and pictures of the show are in this post.
If you've ever caught these bands live, you know that they bring contrasting styles to their performances. Gojira are an incredibly tight and heavy machine--their sound is always clear and crushing in equal measure, and the drumming in particular is always ridiculously on point. Both bands have a deep back-catalogue to draw from, which they do liberally, although both brought a focus on new material. Mastodon are a bit all over the place live, but not in a bad way. Everybody chimes in with vocals, and drummer Brann Dailor and lead guitarist Brent Hinds are extremely good improvisers, lending a more off-the-cuff vibe to their sets. At the Stubb's show they hit something from every album, although Blood Mountain seemed to get short shrift, with live staples like "Crystal Skull" and "Colony of Birchmen" conspicuously absent. But, as a nice touch, they did break out the rarely heard psych-country Blood Mountain closer "Pendulous Skin" for their final song, which they dedicated to the late keyboardist Ikey Owens, who contributed keys to that track.
Mastodon have been involved in some controversy lately after they released a video for the Once More Round the Sun track "The Motherload," which featured near-"Anaconda" levels of twerking. Some media outlets such as The Guardian accused the video of sexism and/or racism for its depiction of female butts. Mastodon's drummer defended it to Pitchfork though, saying "it's not meant to be taken so seriously, and one of the dancers in the video came to their public defense too, saying "Ask us if it was racist or sexist. We were the ones right there experiencing it. I'll tell you from my view: no."
Not ones to be cowed by such accusations (remember, this is the band who sells bikinis and shorts emblazoned with "Asstodon"), Mastodon responded to "Twerkgate" by launching a twerking contest to win tickets for some of their upcoming shows (the contest appears to be taken down) and released a special twerk-themed halloween t-shirt.
Controversy or no, the tour will continue this month and next, and New Yorkers will have another couple of chances to catch the bands when they hit The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Halloween (tickets) and the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 1 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the NJ show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
More pictures from the Austin show (including one of the setlist), all upcoming tour dates, the video that inspired Twerkgate, and contest details, below...
As mentioned, Mutual Benefit will be playing at Glasslands on Halloween (aka this Friday) with Emily Reo, and Conveyor. (The last Halloween show to ever happen at that venue.) Like a lot of Halloween shows, this will be a cover set and Mutual Benefit are doing Beck's 1994 album One Foot in the Grave (which has lo-fi folk classics "Sleeping Bag" and "Asshole," among others). Reo is appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
The Halloween show is the wrapup to Mutual Benefit's current tour. They play St. Louis, MO tonight (10/27). Remaining dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of One Foot in the Grave, below.