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November 25, 2015

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Yonatan Gat / Pill @ Knitting Factory, 11/24/2015
Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat just wrapped up his North American tour with a homecoming Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday night (11/24). As usual, Yonatan and his excellent band set up on the floor, surrounded by the audience, and played a highly improvisational set of instrumental psych-suft rock. Also on the bill: the skronky sax attack of new Mexican Summer signees Pill and the sludgy, shringy The Yin Yangs. Pictures from the whole night continue below...

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Eagles of Death Metal

It's been almost two weeks since the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris, that included opening fire on a crowd at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan that killed at least 90 people including their merch guy Nick Alexander. The band sat down with Vice's Shane Smith for a half-hour interview about that horrible night. You can watch it below.

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Animal Collective had been saying their new album is on the way, and though they've yet to announce it officially they're actually streaming it on loop on the radio in Baltimore's BWI Airport RIGHT NOW (seriously). BV writer Tatiana Tenreyro was in the airport and Shazamed it, which revealed that the album is called Floridada and is due out on Monday, November 30 (screenshots above, larger ones below). The full text on the cover says, "Tired of the waa waa? Visit the everywhere place! Dip yourself in Floridada."

Update: As a commenter points out, Avey says the album is not called 'Floridada,' just one of the songs.

Avey Tare's cousin and comedian Matt Baetz is also in the airport and posted an Instagram:

Avey's sister Abby Portner commented an emoji on it, and then Avey Tare responded with his own pic:

@mattbaetz1 YouFoundUs?

A photo posted by DP (@aveytare_voiceofthefly) on

Matt says the album's streaming in the airport until about 6 PM.

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Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

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photo: Richard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Glen Hansard is on tour now, and since we last spoke the legendary Richard Thompson was added as an opener to a few dates. One of those is the Brooklyn show happening Monday (11/30) at Kings Theater.

Glen's other NYC show, Tuesday (12/1) at Beacon Theatre, is with August Wells who also joined him at Housing Works in September. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Richard Thompson returned this year with the Jeff Tweedy-produced album Still, which just landed on MOJO's Top 50 LPs of 2015 list. Listen to a track from that below...

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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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Juliana Hatfield Paul Westerberg

The Replacements reunion may be done, but frontman Paul Westerberg is staying busy. He's got a new collaborative project with Juliana Hatfield (whose band the Juliana Hatfield Three also recently reunited) called the I Don't Cares. They're set to release an album called Wild Stab, but meanwhile two singles are out. One is "1/2 2 P" which came out a few weeks ago, and the other is "King of America" which just came out on iTunes today, as Consequence of Sound points out (via Pitchfork). That one doesn't appear to be streaming anywhere yet, but you can listen to "1/2 2 P" via Spotify, below.

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Rock Lottery 6Rock Lottery 6

The 6th annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 12 at Knitting Factory. The premise, as always, is this:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the whole lineup of musicians involved hasn't been revealed, it will feature members of The Hold Steady, Guided By Voices, Swans, Autre Ne Veut, Unlocking The Truth, Moon Hooch, Tokyo Police Club, Weeknight, The Rapture, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Last year's event was a lot of fun. Tickets are on sale and proceeds this year will go to to Daniel's Music Foundation, a non profit organization that provides recreational music programs to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, ages three to adult in the NYC area.

photo: Teenage Jesus & the Jerks at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
Teenage Jesus & the Jerks

Nicolas Jaar's label Other People will be in residency at RIdgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos this December, and they have some very exciting stuff coming up.

It begins on December 8 with recent Other People signee Okokon, ambient great William Basinski, and a live improv set from Bladerunner and no waver Arto Lindsay. Not to be confused with John Zorn's band of the same name, Bladerunner is a five-piece band including Nicolas Jaar, his Darkside bandmate Dave Harrington, live Darkside member Will Epstein, Tlacael Esparza (ARMS/Friend Roulette) and Samer Ghadry. Tickets are on sale.

Then on December 9 it's a Nicolas Jaar DJ set in the basement (100 cap, tickets only available at doors), followed by influential hip hop DJ Afrika Bambaataa spinning a vinyl-only DJ set on December 10 with Against All Logic (DJ), Solpara (live), DJ Slugo (DJ), and Valentin Stip (DJ). Tickets are on sale.

Lastly, legendary no wave band Teenage Jesus & the Jerks will reunite once again to close the residency on December 11. Singer Lydia Lunch plays shows a good amount, but Teenage Jesus haven't played since their 2009 reunion (which had Thurston Moore on bass). That show is with A Pleasure (live) and Hollow Earth b2b Ancient Astronaut. No word on what the band's lineup will be for this yet. Tickets are on sale now. Other People reissued a live TJ&TJ LP earlier this year.

Listen to some of the artists below...

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