Recent Posts in music - Page 5
March 7, 2014
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
Parquet Courts will release a new 7" for Record Store Day with two new songs, "Pilgrims to Nowhere" and "Sunbathing Animal." You can hear the latter right now -- if you can read sheet music and have access to a musical instrument, or know someone who can/does. You can see a small version of that sheet music (shades of Beck) below or download a high-res here. According to producer Jonathan Schenke, Parquet Courts' new album is in the can and about to be mastered.
The band's last NYC show was back in January at The Acheron around the time of their Fallon appearance. You can now watch that entire Acheron show below. And if you want to see them live, the band will be in Austin, TX next week for SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (3/14) at Red 7. After that Parquet Courts will play a few West Coast shows.
The band's next scheduled NYC show is June 11 at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club with Detroit's Protomartyr (who play our Saturday day party and will be in NYC in April), plus Future Punx, and Xerox. No word on tickets for that show yet.
Also playing our Friday day party are Austin's own Beth Isreal whose new album Dental Denial will be out on Dull Tools, the label co-run by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage. They'll also play the Dull Tools party at Austin's The Owl on Saturday (3/15) with Parquet Courts and more. Details on that TBA.
And as mentioned, Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage will be DJing the release party for Future Punx's debut 7" happening tonight (3/7) at Death by Audio. You may know that Future Punx features Savages' old Fergus & Geronimo bandmate, Jason Kelly. Eaters and Final Bloom are playing too.
All Parquet Courts dates are listed, along with the Acheron video, below...
Ron Reyes w/ Black Flag in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Today in Black Flag: Following vocalist Ron Reyes being fired, bassist Dave Klein quitting, and the band apologizing for "falling short in 2013" and replacing Ron with Mike Vallely on vocals, Ron has recently made more comments on the whole thing. A recent article on Beatroute reads:
"When I found out about Flag, one of the first things I said to Greg was, 'We must take the high road on this. Do not disrespect those guys in public. They have the public's support. People LOVE Keith Morris, people LOVE Chuck Dukowski, people LOVE Bill Stevenson. If we come against those guys we are going to look like bitter old men. Greg said, 'Fuck it. I am bitter.' He did it and it completely backfired. I didn't even know about Greg's lawsuit until the day it went public. Mike V told me. Once the lawsuit came out (August 2013) we were the Evil Flag. There was the Good Flag and the Evil Flag...it was really hard. When I started I was on good terms with those guys. All of a sudden they stopped responding to my emails. Relationships were severed and I was guilty by association.""Damn. Read the rest at Beatroute.
Until Greg Ginn allegedly threatened Ron Reyes' family, Reyes was committed to the band. He says he deserves an Academy Award for what he had to put up with in 2013. He admits Mike V was right when he told Rolling Stone "Ron became combative and argumentative," emphasizing, "That did happen only after Greg threatened my family." The reasons for the alleged threat are not known.
On November 24, 2013 Ron Reyes was fired from Black Flag after working in collaboration with Greg Ginn for one year. He had an album contract, but nothing for the tour or partnership in the band. He now admits without the paperwork, he doesn't have a leg to stand on for the money he is owed from the tour. He has made amends with his FLAG friends and is back at work with local band PIGGY.
by Bill Pearis
You may remember that Danish garage rock trio Baby in Vain were supposed to play NYC this weekend as part of the band's tour on the way to SXSW. Visa issues put the kibosh on most of the tour but the band will still be playing SXSW, so if you're going to Austin then keep an eye out. All their appearances are listed below. Hopefully they'll play the rest of the country soon.
Meanwhile, the band are set to release a new single, "Taught By Hand," which is a real stomper. We've got the premiere of that single and you can stream it in this post.
Baby in Vain SXSW schedule and new single stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Future Punx at 285 Kent last year
Brooklyn's Future Punx just put out their first 7" via Dull Tools, and its songs "999" and "Living in a Movie" are two terrific slices of 1980-style synthy new wave. (Think Devo, Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo.) You can stream it below and buy it tonight (3/7) at the band's release party at Death by Audio. It's a family affair with likeminded band Final Bloom, plus fellow Dull Tools labelmates Eaters opening, and Andrew Savage (who co-runs the label when not fronting Parquet Courts) on DJ duty. $7 at the door.
Future Punx have a few more shows coming up, including the BrooklynVegan-presented La Femme show at Glasslands on March 23 with Regal Degal playing as well (plus yours truly on DJ duty). Tickets are still available. They'll also open for Parquet Courts at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 (details on that show TBA). All upcoming Future Punx shows are listed below.
Duo Eaters, meanwhile, will release their debut album on Dull Tools/Driftless Recordings on April 22. Bob Jones and Jonathan Schenke met while touring with Frankie Rose and bonded over a love of early synthwave, motorik grooves and tape experiments. Jones was a founding member of Eternal Tapestry and Schenke engineered Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold. If you dig John Carpenter soundtracks and darkwave type stuff, the album is pretty cool. You can stream "Far" below.
And since we're on the subject of Dull Tools, the label will release Dental Denial, the new album from Austin's Beth Israel, on March 17. Not unlike Detroit's Protomartyr, the band do spare, jagged postpunk really well and use "bleak" as a positive. You can stream the whole album below. The band will be playing shows during SXSW so if you're going, keep an eye out.
And not to leave them out Final Bloom don't have much music out there at them moment -- just a couple demos on their Soundcloud -- but they're fully in the synthwave sonic landscape. Stream one of those demos below.
Future Punx dates, flyer and streams, plus Eaters and Final Bloom streams, below...
It's the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, and FACT points to a list Billboard posted of the all-time top 100 rap tracks since the chart's inception. Seven of the top 10 tracks come from rap's "golden era" of the '90s, but very depressingly, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" comes in at #1 OF ALL TIME. He's also got "Can't Hold Us" at #4. Kanye is tight.
The full 100 is at Billboard. Browse the top 10, along with a disclaimer of how the list was calculated, below...
I think the thing that's really special is that this is the real deal. This is live. In today's music world, you go to a concert and you're getting a lot of playbacks. There's click tracks. It is what it is. I'm not hating on it. But this is the real deal. This is pure. We're not playing to a click. We're not playing to tracks. This is all live instruments. I'm singing all the vocals with these guys on vocals. It's purely organic. I think in today's day and age, it's very exciting for an audience to see something that has that much heart. [Adam Lambert to Rolling Stone]Back in 2011, we asked What's the worst example of a band replacing their singer? around the time INXS, Journey, and "Sublime With Rome" were all touring. Giving all three of those a run for their money, American Idol season 8 runner up Adam Lambert will tour as the lead singer of Queen this year, in place of the late Freddie Mercury. He's performed with the band before but this will be their first full tour together. Can't wait.
The tour, which features original members Brian May and Roger Taylor (but not John Deacon), comes to NYC for a show on July 17 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 14.
All dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We ran down all the 2014 Red Bull Music Academyevents yesterday, and one we wanted to shed a little bit more light on is the incredible Hardcore Activity in Progress show that will be going down at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are on sale now.
"Hardcore" here doesn't imply the genre -- ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker is billed alongside grindcore legends Napalm Death, while noise originals Wolf Eyes cozy up with Bible On the Dash having Gunplay. ("This is our hardcore" says RBMA.) In fact, hardcore is one of the few genres left off the bill, which looks to be one hell of an eclectic night. Regis will provide techno, and Bastard Noise will provide insanity.
Red Bull Music Academy hosted Drone Activity in Progress at the Knockdown Center last year, and as anyone who went knows, it was a blast, with dozens of experimental electronic artists split across a number of stages throughout the cavernous venue. That night featured Vatican Shadow, Body/Head, Pete Swanson, Alberich, Pharmakon and many more -- for those who attended, it was surely one of the more memorable shows of last year. All the stops were pulled out, and I imagine that will be the case for Hardcore Activity in Progress.
The Knockdown Center is a little ways out there, so hopefully they'll be running a shuttle like they did last time. Full lineup and flyer below...
Flume at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Australian producer Flume has been posting studio pics which hopefully means we'll soon get a followup to his 2012 self-titled debut. But what we do know for sure is he'll be coming to North & South America soon for Lollapalooza Chile/Brazil and Coachella, and after that he'll be playing a few club dates including NYC at Highline Ballroom on April 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...