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April 16, 2015

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Magma
Magma

"Don't even try to understand the lyrics," Mr. Vander told the audience on Monday night at Le Poisson Rouge, where Magma finished the United States part of an international tour. "It comes from the heart and the beat."

True to prog-rock custom, Magma's set featured suites, not songs. It played long excerpts from three of its albums: "Köhntarkösz" from 1974, "Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh (M.D.K.)" from 1973 and "Slag Tanz" from 2015; its encore was "Zombies (Ghost Dance)," a song from its 1976 album "Udu Wudu." The pieces were more consistent than their chronological spread might suggest, partly because Magma was never exactly trendy and partly because Mr. Vander's initial template for the band was so broad. That template was certainly of its time. Magma's music glances toward the jazz-rock of Weather Report and Return to Forever and toward the 20th-century classical repertory that informed Yes, Frank Zappa and Genesis. [NY Times]

French prog legends Magma recently wrapped up a North American tour at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on 4/13. As the review above points out, they only played four songs (or suites, technically), but the very intense show lasted two full hours. Pictures are in this and post and continue below...

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by Milos Markicevic

shlohmo

LA producer Shlohmo is currently out on a headlining tour in support of his new album Dark Red. The album was a split release with the Matador Records-owned True Panther and Shlohmo's own label WEDIDIT. That tour, with WEDIDIT labelmates Purple and Nick Melons, hit Irving Plaza in NYC on Saturday (4/11). FACT was there and wrote, "Shlohmo and his live band hit the stage bringing a longing gothic romance punctuated by chunky rhythms and melancholy guitar, exhibiting the same energy we heard on his brand new album". We caught up with Shlohmo ahead of his Friday Chicago show, to discuss life on the road, running a label, hip hop, metal, Flying Lotus, future and past collaborations and more.

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BV: Congrats on the release of the new album, how's the tour so far? Any stories?

Shlohmo: Oh man, a few things! The first show we did was at SXSW. We played two shows there, the first was at Fader Fort and then the second one-- we did a WEDIDIT showcase (our label). This blacked out girl just jumped up on stage and fell onto a stack of DI inputs. *laughs* Her hands just went only on the DI inputs and pushed them all over and I almost had to throw her off stage. but I composed myself and said "excuse me, can you please leave?" So that was like our second show. That almost got ruined by a drunk girl. Besides that, most of the shows have been pretty good. Nothing too crazy! We've had like three or four tour managers so far on this tour. That's probably the funniest part.

BV: Why so many?

Shlohmo: [laughs] problems, we'll just leave it at that.

BV: You started your label/collective WEDIDIT when you were still in high school, can you tell us a little about that?

Shlohmo: Basically it was me and group of friends. We went to high school together. LA is kind of funny, there's five to ten high schools from which everyone knows each other from. We had a group of friends from all these different schools and everyone we were friends with was kind of a creative person, making music, rapping, or making art. We would hang out and fucking make beats, freestyle. We were kind of the in-house production crew for all our older friends who rapped and stuff. At some point we were just kind of "fuck it, we gotta call the crew something" so it came about organically. It wasn't anything when we started it, we were like 17, and then I guess by the time we started college a bunch of us had started MySpaces (when the music MySpace thing was going). So it was just a big community of people sharing music and stuff. So around that point we started a website that was just a really bad blogspot that was just kind of our own stuff, promoting our own releases. It was a way for us to share with each other more so than other people while we were in colleges and different schools in the country.

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Continue reading "an interview with Shlohmo (on running a label, dealing with others, Flying Lotus, Burzum, Yung Gud, Tidal & more)"

the line for Other Music on Record Store Day 2014 (more by PSquared)
RSD

Record Store Day 2015 is Saturday (4/18) and, as usual, some stores are doing special events as well. We already posted Rough Trade's events -- which include performances by Dresden Dolls and Sondre Lerche, and signings by Buzzcocks and Kim Gordon (schedule below) -- and here's a rundown of what else is going on in NYC. Remember it won't be quite as easy running around the city this year as the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend (and the four weekends after that). With that in mind, here's Here's a rundown:

In Manhattan, Other Music usually has guest DJs for RSD, but this year will feature three in-store performances: 75 Dollar Bill (noon), Mantana Roberts (3 PM), and Laraaji (5 PM). Other Music is open from 10 AM - 8 PM on Record Store Day. More info here.

A block away from OM, In Living Stereo will be open at 8AM and have performances from Flowers of Evil (vintage-style punk rock from members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers), as well as 3 Bean Stew and Pisser. There's also free PBR all day long. What RSD titles they ordered is here and schedule is below.

Generation Records on Thompson St in the Village will be open at 10 AM and they'll have in-store performances from sleazy hard rockers Mammal at 2 PM and Brooklyn speed-thrash outfit Iron Force at 3 PM. Flyer is below.

Great little East Village store Turntable Lab will be open at 10 AM and have guest DJs spinning all day, including Nancy Whang, Justin Strauss, Eli Soul Clap, Blue Jems, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Midnight Magic, Monk One, Nomi Ruiz and more. You can check out what #RSD15 titles they're planning on carrying here, and they'll have a printable checklist for easy ordering available starting Friday (4/17).

Another East Village store, Good Records, will open at the civilized hour of noon on Saturday and will carry a number of RSD15 titles. They add, "As always, we will be putting out a great collection of rarities and classics culled for the day from our last few months of buying. Weather permitting, we will fire up the grill in back once the ruckus dies down. burgers, dogs and adult beverages for a nominal donation."

In Brooklyn, Academy Annex in Greenpoint will be open at 10 AM. There will be a free performance by Steve Gunn at 7 PM and Academy will be providing free coffee for people who line up early. The NYC branch of Academy will be stocking RSD titles as well as putting out a special collectible 45s selection.

Not too far from Academy in Greenpoint, Captured Tracks shop will be open at 10 AM as well, as will Ear Wax in Williamsburg. Norman's Sound & Vision in Williamsburg is open 9 AM to 9 PM on Saturday.

Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will once again be open for the entirety of Record Store Day 2015, midnight to midnight, and they'll be stocking select RSD titles.

The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have 20 boxes of unsorted $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.

Permanent Records, which relocated from Greenpoint to South Slope, does not have any in-store performances, but will be stocking lots of RSD15 titles and will be open from 11 AM.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will be having an all-day RSD celebration:

Free giveaways, drinks, smiles and pleasurable company to spare. We will be carrying a huge selection of Record Store Day titles ranging from Rock to Soul to Pop to Hip-Hop, as well as an excellent batch of special House & Techno RSD releases. Be sure to check out our latest selection of used records as well...we have taken in some serious collectable gems, dancefloor smash hits and classics for days...
There will be Output DJs and Halcyon staff spinning all day. Lineup is listed below.

Over in New Jersey, Vintage Vinyl will be open at 8 AM and stocking over 300 titles.

What else? Flyers and in-store schedules, below...

Continue reading "a guide to NYC Record Store Day 2015 in-store performances, special events (and free beer)"

Phillmore

Philly may have lost two venues recently, but they're about to get two new ones. Philly.com reports:

Doesn't look like much from the outside - just the ghostly remains of a century-old smelting and refining facility in Fishtown.

But there's lots of lively banging going on inside the former Ajax Metal Co., across Delaware Avenue from the SugarHouse Casino at Frankford Avenue. Give project developers just a half-year more, they will vow at a press unveiling Thursday morning, and this giant block of gentrifying space will be heating up the 'hood with a $32 million entertainment complex sure to jack up Philadelphia's already competitive concert business.

Two state-of-the-art music venues under one roof - a two-level, 2,500-person-capacity concert hall called the Fillmore and the separate 450-patron Foundry club (plus bars and restaurant) - will anchor the project, run by the House of Blues Entertainment (HoBE) division of Live Nation. The complex promises to be "the most beautiful in our entire chain" of 58 venues, said project champion Ron Bension, HoBE's CEO.

This comes in addition to Philly-area venues Wells Fargo Center, Susquehanna Bank Center, Festival Pier, Tower Theater, and Theater of Living Arts, which Live Nation also currently presents shows at. Read more at Philly.com.

The late Bill Graham, who opened the original Fillmore Auditorium, is getting an exhibition in LA soon.

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Disco and synth great Giorgio Moroder's new album, his first new studio album since his 1985 collaboration with The Human League's Phil Oakey, is titled Deja Vu and will be out June 12. That's the cover art above. As mentioned, the LP features a bevy of famous folk on guest vocals, including Britney Spears (on a cover of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner"), Charli XCX, Kelis, Mikky Ekko, Sia, and more. Preceding the album is single "Right Here, Right Now" featuring vocals by Kylie Minogue, and you can watch the video for that below.

Full tracklist for Deja Vu is below...

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Earl
photo: Earl @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)


Toronto, Baltimore, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia, DC, NYC and possibly other dates on the Earl Sweatshirt / Vince Staples tour that was set to hit NYC's Best Buy Theater on 4/18 are being postponed as we speak. Venues have been announcing new August dates. The new NYC date is August 22, though it's not clear at this second if the entire show lineup will be the same (Earl is the headliner, and so he is definitely still on all postponed shows).

In other news, Earl is Kendrick Lamar's favorite rapper right now.

In other other news, LA production duo Christian Rich, who previously worked with Vince and Earl on Earl's Doris album (as well as with N.E.R.D., Drake, J Cole and more), put out a new song today featuring Vince Staples called "High." Pharrell associate Bia is on it too. Listen below.

More info on the Earl/Vince tour as we get it. List of dates postponed so far, below...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt & Vince Staples postponing dates due to illness (including Best Buy Theater in NYC)"

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Teragram Ballroom

LA's new Teragram Ballroom is set to open this spring with shows by Delta Spirit, Palma Violets, Jaga Jazzist, Nick Waterhouse and more already on the schedule. The long-rumored new "Bowery Presents Los Angeles" venue is in fact associated with NYC-based Bowery Presents, but not completely:

New York City music impresario Michael Swier and the Bowery Ballroom / Mercury Lounge team (Michael Winsch / Brian Swier) have joined forces with LA business owner, Joe Baxley (Broadway Bar), to launch the Teragram Ballroom, a mid-sized live music venue located on the fringes of burgeoning downtown Los Angeles.
The capacity is about 600, just like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in NY. And a press release reads:
The old-Hollywood era theater housing the Teragram Ballroom has been through major renovation to deliver what Swier's iconic venues have always offered: an exceptional listening experience, unimpeded sight lines, and an intimate environment that caters to both musical artists and those coming to take in the performances.

"It's exciting to see the Teragram Ballroom come to life on this western edge of downtown Los Angeles," says Michael Swier, who lived in LA from 1974 to 1978 and feels a certain comfort and familiarity in the city of his youth. "You can feel the pulses of a reawakening in the neighborhood, I feel privileged to be part of this new vitality."

Located at 1234 West 7th Street, the 9,000 square-foot theater offers special features for artists and audiences: three dressing rooms, dedicated loading dock, spacious backstage, state-of-the-art sound system, three bars and a restaurant with comfortable circulation throughout.

"As with our New York venues, we have built the Teragram Ballroom for the bands as much as for the audience," added Michael Swier. "The breadth of our experience has culminated in this incredible project." The venue's name reflects the influence of a crucial contributor who passed away before reaching this point on the long journey: "Teragram" spelled backwards honors Michael Swier's late wife, Margaret Hannigan, who helped found the early venues.
Tickets are on sale for the first-announced shows, which are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

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It's been four years since Peter Bjorn and John released Gimme Some and they are beginning to finally stir again. They have a new song "High Up (Take Me To the Top)" which is a little more of the studio-style creations we heard on Living Thing than the straight-up pop of Gimme Five. You can stream it, via Stereogum, below.

Whether there's a new album on the way or not remains to be seen. The song is featured on a Record Store Day 2015 compilation, INGRID Volym 2. Ingrid is the Swedish collective/label run by PBJ, Lykke Li, members of Miike Snow and more. The comp, which is limited to 500 copies worldwide, also features tracks Amason, Teddybears, Chrissie Hynde, PB&J frontman Peter Morén and more. Tracklist is below.

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn and John release new single (listen) on #RSD15 comp that also features Amason, Chrissie Hynde & more"

"Well @djjessmarquis - you're immortalized forever - very close to my ass . I thought that would make you happy . A beautiful tattoo by @grantcobb thank you - #RIPDJJess" -Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel

NYC DJ Jess Marquis, aka Jesse Immler, passed away suddenly last week. One of the many NYC nightlife-related people to pay tribute immediately was Burning Angel porn star and founder Joanna Angel. On April 10th she wrote:

...I really don't know how to sum up everything Jess and I went through together.. We had such a history. But no matter where my life has gone, we always stayed in touch. As I got older - I went to New York less frequently and my bedtime got a little bit earlier. Meeting up with Jess at his gigs at 3AM became a bit harder for me, but we always found time to meet up - either before he went to work or on a random night off of his. Last year while meeting for brunch, randomly out of nowhere he was like, "What are you doing after this?" I said, "Nothing," and he said, "Let's go back to my apartment and write a song - I have a great idea." And that was how "O Face" was born.

I am distraught and I don't know what to say. Jess and I joked around about getting older and existing in worlds where you had to stay young. We laughed at ourselves. We laughed at each other. I truly thought we would be friends forever.

I am at a loss for words, and I cannot comprehend at all why this bright light of a human being chose to end his own life. The world lost an amazing person. I love you Jess. You will never be forgotten.

That last part became even more true two days later when Joanna, and their mutual friend (and sometimes BrooklynVegan photographer) Nate "Igor" Smith, got DJ Jess tattoos. "Live Trash Die Young" they read.

Igor also posted his own tribute to Jess on his blog Driven By Boredom.

Last night, Joanna pointed out on Instagram that she's on her way to NYC for the DJ Jess memorial service which is happening at 7pm at Webster Hall today (4/16). You can RSVP, and check out the flyer below...

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photo: JEFF the Brotherhood @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)
JEFF

The newly freelance JEFF the Brotherhood just wrapped up their tour and will rest up for just a bit before hitting the road again. They'll be doing some dates as part of Mumford & Sons' "Gentlemen of the Road" tour, as well as some headlining shows including Brooklyn's The Wick on June 12. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In other news, JEFF have a video for "Black Cherry Pie," the Wasted on the Dream track featuring flute from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. The video, an homage to Hall & Oates' amazing "She's Gone" clip, can be watched below.

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