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March 10, 2014
While they still aren't having shows there yet, you might want to head to Rough Trade NYC this month to check out a large Moog installation. It is, in fact, the world's largest modern Moog installation which is free to visit, and the public can unleash their inner Rick Wakeman, press some keys and twiddle some knobs. The exhibit is open 11 AM - 11 PM daily through March 29. There will be some events as part of it as well -- on March 20 there will be a performance by Kiran Gandhi of M.I.A.'s band, and at a later date (TBA), Anna Barie of These Are Powers will perform as well.
This installation is a NYC tie-in to the upcoming Moogfest 2014 which happens in Asheville, NC from April 23-27.
by Andrew Sacher
UK fuzz rock/noise pop duo Playlounge hail from the same scene that's birthed bands such as Joanna Gruesome (who they've toured with, released a split with, and got matching tattoos with "in the early days"), Nai Harvest (who they're touring with now, no tattoos though), and Pinact. They plan to release their debut album, Pilot, on April 14 via Dog Knights (pre-order), which is also Nai Harvest's label in the UK.
The new single from the album, "Waves and Waves and Waves," should appeal to fans of any of those aforementioned bands (or PAWS or Japandroids). It's driving, covered in distortion, and rarely has time for anything besides piled-on guitar chords and speedy drumming. That track makes its premiere in this post. Listen, along with another LP cut, "Zero," below.
The War on Drugs, whose tour has them in NYC for three sold-out shows this month, will release their new album Lost in the Dream next week (3/18) via Secretly Canadian, but you can now hear it in full ahead of its release. Listen, via The Guardian, below. And if that stream isn't working at the moment you can listen over at NPR too.
photos by P Squared Photography
Throwing Muses / Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom 3/8/2014
Throwing Muses released their first album in 10 years, Purgatory/Paradise, and this weekend played two sold-out shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom (3/8& 3/9) in support of it. Making the shows extra special: former member (and singer Kristin Hersh's step-sister) Tanya Donnelly not only opened both shows but also joined Throwing Muses for a few songs including (at Bowery) "Green" from Throwing Muses' 1986 debut. With the band not playing many shows, the Saturday show had a lot of out-of-town fans in attendance -- including some from the UK. Setlist and pics from Saturday are in this post.
Tanya's opening set had it's own special guest: Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Davol and singer Claudia Gonson. Her set included some new material -- she's been releasing "Swan Song" EPs via her website -- and few Belly songs too ("Slow Dog," "Low Red Moon"). Pics from her set (including one of the setlist) are in this post.
Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Death Cab for Cutie have slowly been announcing shows for 2014, including their upstate NY show on 5/23 with The Head and the Heart and Built to Spill, and the Boston Calling Festival, which they play on 5/24 with The Head and the Heart, Frank Turner, Jenny Lewis, Warpaint and more. (Built to Spill also play that fest the next day with Modest Mouse, Brand New, Kurt VIle, Phosphorescent and more.)
Now, Death Cab have announced a third show for that same week, and this one happens much closer to NYC on May 22 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon. You can also still get tickets to their upstate NY show and to Boston Calling.
UPDATE: There's also an Atlantic City show on 5/25. All dates are listed below...
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew already revealed "Good Sex" and "Mexican Aftershow Party" from his new solo LP, Darlings, and he's now made the entire album available to stream ahead of its March 24 release date. Listen over at NPR or below via The Line of Best Fit (which may now blocked in the US).
As discussed, Kevin will play an album release show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 3. For that show, he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene).
Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the release show will be opened by Andy Kim, aka the Montreal songwriter who co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies in 1968, and has also released his own singles, like "Rock Me Gently," which was a #1 hit in 1974. Tickets for the show are still available.
All of Kevin's dates are listed, with a stream of his new LP and a couple Andy Kim videos, below...
The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack--some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.
"I have a long history with detective movies--almost as long as I have with rock 'n' roll," Burnett says. "I've always been interested in crime and true crime. If you listen to my records, like Criminal Under My Own Hat, you can feel it. I love Chandler and Hammett; I love detective movies." [Mother Jones]
What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...
No 'Zune' jokes, please
Neil Young has been working on his own digital music format and player for a while and has just announced details. Originally called "PureTone," the company is now called Pono and promises "the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact."
What that entails is a new lossless music format and also its own portable high-resolution digital-music player (pictured above) that holds 128 gigs of music, which comes out to "about 100-500 high-resolution digital-music albums, depending on the resolution and length of the original recording." You can use memory cards for additional music. There's also an iTunes-like Pono interface.
While the lossless Pono format may only appeal to audiophile types, the player might hold some interest for others. One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the iPod was it's not-very-good internal amplifier and digital-to-analog converter. So if you've always wanted a better-sounding player... this could be it. There are some questions, such as "Will this also play my MP3s?," "Will I have to repurchase albums I already own in other formats," "Can I rip my CDs into the Pono format," "Is there cloud storage?," "Can I play Words With Friends on it?" and "If this all goes belly-up do I get my money back?" Those remain unanswered but you can pre-order your Pono player starting March 15 via Kickstarter.
Some of those questions might be addressed by Neil Young himself who will talk about Pono on Tuesday (3/11) at SXSW.
Post-hardcore shapeshifters La Dispute release their third album, Rooms of the House, next week (3/18) via their own Better Living label. We said:
They're now three for three in terms of making a remarkably different album each time, and at this point they're more similar to a band like The Mars Volta -- not musically, but in the way that they're a heavy band ignoring all trends in heavy music, pushing boundaries, and ultimately just doing their thing.You can now listen to the album in its entirety, via Noisey, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Broken Bells @ Webster Hall - 3/7/14
Broken Bells, the collaborative project between Shins singer James Mercer and super producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Grey Album, etc), released their sophomore album, After the Disco, earlier this year, and just brought their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at Webster Hall this past Friday (3/7). Unlike their intimate Baby's All Right show in January, where they played three songs, at this larger show they played a full set which included most of the new album and most of their 2010 self-titled debut as well. Au Revoir Simone opened the show and also joined Broken Bells on stage at the end of their set to sing with them. Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with BB's setlist, below...