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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.
October 20, 2014
Acclaimed Mekons documentary Revenge of the Mekons premiered a year ago at NYC Doc fest and is now getting a proper release. It'll screen in NYC at Film Forum from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 with daily showtimes at 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now. The October 29 7:15 PM screening will feature a Q&A with the Mekons' Jon Langford and Steve Goulding and director Joe Angio. Later that night, Langford will play the afterparty at The Bell House (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to attend both. Details below.
Some of the other Film Forum screening have special guests too. The October 30 9:30 PM screening features a Q&A with the Langford and Angio, and for some others:
Nov 1 - Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) introduces 7:15pm screeningTrailer for Revenge of the Mekons and contest details, below..
Nov 3 - writer/critic Luc Sante introduces 7:15pm screening
Nov 4 - writier/critic Greil Marcus introduces 7:15pm screening
Thurston Moore Band (photo by Bebe Labree Besch)
Thurston Moore releases his Sonic Youth-y new solo album, The Best Day, this week via Matador (stream it), and he's now made a video for the 8+ minute opening track, "Speak to the Wild," which was directed by Santiago Mostyn. You can check that out below.
As discussed, Thurston will be on tour with Parquet Courts/PC Worship spinoff PCPC and that tour hits NYC on Tuesday (10/21) at Saint Vitus (during but not part of CMJ) and Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade (right after CMJ). Both shows are sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets to the Rough Trade show. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Contest details, with the new video and full list of dates, below...
October 13, 2014
photos by Tim Griffin
Lucius @ ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 2
Brooklyn's Lucius hit ACL Fest again for day 2 of the festival's just-finished second weekend. Pictures of their set from that day are in this post. If you haven't yet, check out pictures of day 1 and day 2 from weekend 2 and all 3 days of weekend 1. Stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3.
The Lucius ladies last appeared live in NYC at the end of September on The Colbert Report and BAM as part of Tweedy, the new project of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son. They'll be back when Lucius' tour hits Terminal 5 on December 6 for their previously discussed show there. Since we last spoke, Bahamas and Elaphant were added as openers. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, plus their updated list of tour dates (including newly-added shows in Burlington and Albany), below.
Lucius are also releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 debut album, Wildewoman, digitally this week (10/14) and physically on November 25 via Mom + Pop. It includes 8 tracks of bonus material (tracklist below). The band also recently put out a cover of My Morning Jacket's "Wonderful." You can listen to that, with their list of dates, more pics from ACL, T5 contest details and deluxe LP tracklist, below...
October 8, 2014
The Escape Music Festival, which recently moved ot Governors Island, is happening this weekend. Tickets are still on sale and we have a couple of VIP passes you can try to win courtesy of doNYC. Enter via the form below...
October 7, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Absolutely Free's debut album is out next week via Lefse and you can stream the whole thing (via Stereogum) below. (Preorder it, too.) In a year that has already given us terrific krautrock-influenced albums by Klaus Johann Grobe and The Soundcarriers, this one completes the hat-trick, offering up groovy rhythms, crystalline production and inventive arrangements while not forgetting about melody. As I said before, if you miss Caribou's Andorra days, you should definitely check it out. It's a great album.
As mentioned, the band, which grew out of DD/MM/YYYY, will be on the road with Alvvays for the the rest of 2014, including NYC at Rough Trade on November 8. Tickets for that show are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
All tour dates are listed, plus the album stream and contest details, below...