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December 5, 2013
by Andrew Sacher
Canadian alt-country singer Doug Paisley, who we've caught in NYC a couple times like when he opened for Bon Iver at Radio City, is releasing a new album, Strong Feelings, on January 21. The first single from that album, "Song My Love Can Sing," is a melancholic country tune with some light snare drum and finger-pickin' guitar embellishments, and a pretty nice sounding one at that. You can stream it, along with the album trailer, below.
Doug doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he will be back in NYC to play Joe's Pub (1/22) the day after the album comes out. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream and video below...
Arctic Monkeys at Webster Hall in September (more by Luis Ruiz)
Arctic Monkeys have had a great year thanks to the strength of their newest album, AM and its equally strong b-sides like "Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You" and "2013." They've now got another b-side, "You're So Dark," which appears on the flip to their upcoming "One For The Road" single (due out 12/10). You can now watch a lyric video for the new track below.
Converge have announced the release of a "Live at the BBC" 7" EP due out soon on Deathwish from their session at Studio MV4 at Maida Vaile Studios at the BBC in London, August 2010. Release date TBA, but you can watch the trippy teaser video, along with more details, below...
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Bill Pearis
King Krule @ Webster Hall, 12/4/2013
Gangly and dressed like he just came from church, King Krule is an unlikely heartthrob, but there was definitely swooning going on at last night's show at a very packed Webster Hall (12/4), part of his current tour. Archy Marshall is still only 19 but comes off like a person floating out of time, with an appealingly croaky voice that sounds 20 years his elder, and a style that seems equal parts folk troubadour and hip hop MC (with a love of acid jazz), with an impenetrable South London accent straight out of a Ken Loach or Mike Leigh film. It shouldn't work, but it does, probably because he's not thinking about it too much -- for me, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is one of this year's most appealing debuts. Live, King Krule is a four-piece and Marshall has a talented band (a very good drummer) capable of pulling off the album's lopey swagger. Folks were hanging on every marble-mouthed word.
Opening last night's show was rap trio Ratking, a pairing that isn't as odd as it might seem on record. Pictures and KK's setlist from Webster Hall are in this post.
by Wyatt Marshall
Mueran Humanos at Nothing Changes - 12/4/13 (via D.j. Jose)
England's industrial dark wave specialists Natural Assembly released a music video for their new song "When We Two Parted," and it's a good'un. A mix of WWII-era footage of London, sped-up flowers blooming and concert footage presented in a silent film visual style make for a dark and ominous canvas over which the seriously dance-y, synthed-out track plays. Love those drowned, echoing vocals. "When We Two Parted" is the first song off of a forthcoming Natural Assembly release due out early next year. If there was a ever a band that should play Nothing Changes, Natural Assembly is it. Check out the video below.
Speaking of below-Delancey's dark/no/cold wave party of record, Nothing Changes marched into December last night with a performance by the Argentine-German synth-pop duo Mueran Humanos (pictured above), who are currently in town recording a follow-up to their 2010 self-titled at Heaven Street Records. Did you go? Good time?
Nothing Changes also just announced that Dominick Fernow of Prurient, Vatican Shadow and Hospital Productions fame will be DJing the previously discussed Clay Rendering (12/11) show which also has Christopher Hansell (Sacred Bones) and Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs) DJing. More just-announced Nothing Changes dates including shows by Dark Blue (12/18), STATIQBLOOM (1/15) (Fade Kainer of Batillus) with Søren (of Rosenkopf) and more. Updated schedule below.
In Batillus news, the Brooklyn doom bruisers just put out a cover of Ministry's "Lava" that will be on a forthcoming 7" with Kowloon Walled City, who contributed a cover of Godflesh's (touring soon) "Anthem" for their half. Both sides of the split are streaming below. Batillus' song "Concrete" was also just given a very creepy remix by Andy Stott (who they've played with), which you can hear at Pitchfork.
Check out the Natural Assembly vid, upcoming Nothing Changes lineups, and the Batillus/Kowloon walled City streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
We are not long from having every '90s band reunited. We just posted about Veruca Salt's original line-up getting back together and now comes word that Matt Sharp is reopening The Rentals counter with a new line-up of the band and a new album -- their first in 15 years -- due on Polyvinyl sometime next year.
The Rentals, which Sharp started as a Weezer (who are also planning a new album) side project before quitting that band in 1997, have been back in sporadic action since 2006, occasionally playing shows. Previous line-ups featured Petra Hayden and Maya Rudolph, but the new one is this: Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). The new album was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City and was produced by Matt Sharp & The Rentals.
No other details have been released. While we wait for those, what other '90s bands would you like to see reunite? I'm still hoping for Ride.
Videos for "Friends of P" and "Waiting" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of this year's great unsigned bands, Perfect Pussy, are unsigned no longer. The Syracuse noise punk crew have announced that they've signed to Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco), and will release their debut full length on the label in early 2014. That LP will follow their 4-song I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP (streaming below), which they self-released earlier this year. Since that release, the band also offered another song, "Advance Upon the Real," to the new Accidental Guest Recordings compilation, Beyond Inversion (via Rookie Mag), which benefits Rachael's Women's Center in DC. You can stream that track below too.
Perfect Pussy have also announced an extensive, almost-two-month long tour. It begins with two previously discussed NYC shows, including tonight (12/5) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with Ceremony, White Lung, and Sleepies; and Friday (12/6) at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Yvette, and Flagland. Admission for the NYU show is free to students and $5 at the door to the general public, and tickets for the Shea show are on sale now.
Then, after touring to the west coast and back, Perfect Pussy will celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right. The rest of the lineup for the Baby's NYE party hasn't been announced yet, but considering the occasion, chances are we can expect other great bands too. Tickets for that show are not available yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
by Doug Moore
Keeping pace with Arabrot's release schedule is a fool's errand, but Rabbits have done a bit to catch up with SOS (Singles, Other Shit), an odds-and-ends compilation that pairs six unreleased originals with a block of eight '80s-era hardcore punk covers. One of those originals, "No (More) Depth," now has a music video, which we're streaming below.
The tune itself is over almost before it begins -- it's a minute-long spurt of flutter-strummed chords and spasmodic rhythms, but its lyrics are the selling point for me. Not many songs reference both the seventy-year-old folk standard "Sixteen Tons" and the Ramones in barely a breath: "What do you get when you beat on the brat? / Another day older and deeper in debt".
SOS is out now on Eolian Empire via download and cassette. Rabbits have some more releases in the works, too: a(nother) covers-oriented 7" split with an as-yet-unnamed East Coast band, and a 12" EP that should be out some time early next year. They're also gradually uploading archival live recordings to their Bandcamp, one show at a time.
Stream the video and some of the live material below...
by Doug Moore
Dave Vincent (more by Jonathan McPhail)
When Morbid Angel announced that they would be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic third album Covenant by playing the album in full on tour, the reaction was a little more muted than the band had probably hoped. Despite their unimpeachable legacy, Morbid Angel lost a lot of goodwill with their fanbase when, after an eight-year delay, they released 2011's disastrous Ilud Divinum Insanus. The departure of longtime drummer Pete Sandoval did not help matters. Many people (justifiably) turned their backs on M-A in the two years since.
But despite the dampened expectations, Morbid Angel's performance on the NYC stop of this tour on 11/12 was thoroughly awesome. As goofy as this band looks onstage sometimes (notice Dave Vincent's outfit above), they still bring their A-game to their classic material; the performances are less manic than on the albums, but they're tighter by the same token. Trey Azagthoth remains the best lead player in all of death metal; watching him rip those unearthly sounds out of his guitar is absurd and awesome.
We also spoke to Vincent, the band's lately-divisive frontman, for an interview over at Invisible Oranges. Since Morbid Angel kept their set mostly to their classic material, we followed suit with our conversation. Vincent notably confirmed that Pete Sandoval is no longer an official member of the band, due to Sandoval having "found Jesus." Read an excerpt below...
Covenant came out in 1993, which was in many ways the peak of death metal as a commercial genre -- Carcass's Heartwork, Entombed's Wolverine Blues, Death's Individual Thought Patterns, and Dismember's Indecent & Obscene all came out that year, among others. Morbid Angel were the first death metal band to sign to a major. What was it like to be at the center of all of that?
I looked at it as an opportunity more than anything else. It gave us some muscle to get us into the big boys' swimming pool, as it were. We had to work a lot harder, obviously, but we had some opportunities available to us that weren't before. We got on some really good tours. We had some really good videos. It takes a lot of money to do some of these things, and Warner has very deep pockets. They allowed us to realize some of our dreams -- we got to do some things that I enjoyed a lot, and that the fans tell me they enjoyed as well.
Do you feel like you capitalized on that opportunity as much as you could've?
Gosh, well, I guess you could always do more. But I think that we pushed what we do pretty darn far for what it is. It's not commercial music. We have some stuff that's catchy in its own way, but not to the mainstream. Although, it's interesting. Listening back now, I hear a lot of things that arguably we helped to pioneer. There are elements of that which I hear in all manner of kinds of music, including pop. Which is cool.
Covenant is really catchy for a death metal record.
That's just what we do, y'know? But all these other bands that you mentioned -- we're all very different. Today, what I hear is a lot of things that sound the same. I don't hear the sense of individuality that I felt with us or some of the other Florida bands -- Obituary, Death, those bands. When people talk about a "Florida sound," I don't know what that would be. We all sound very different. The tones, the song structures, everything about us was very different.
Nowadays, I don't think there's so much emphasis put on identity as there is on groupthink: "What's this style, or that style?" Style doesn't mean a lot to me. Quality means everything to me. If there's anything that I wish that I heard more of these days, it's the same differentiation that I heard back when we were cutting our teeth.
The rest of the interview is available over at IO. Fingers crossed that Morbid Angel's next album sounds more like Covenant.
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...