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October 29, 2014

by Sean O'Connell


During a week where it seems anyone with a guitar is playing a show, the 7th annual CMJ Takeover brought hip hop heads from across the region to bask in a late-night showcase at Highline Ballroom on Thursday (10/23) featuring a different genre's hottest up-and-comers. In true hip hop fashion, the already late show (billed as 11pm) had trouble getting people into the venue, and festivities only began around 12. An otherwise jovial crowd struggled with the Sandman, and after standing in line upwards of three hours to get into the free show, they were hard to rouse. Still, the host Low Key didn't miss a beat during interludes, handing out anything - including weed and half-drunk beer - to get the crowd involved. The usual roll call of boroughs occurred multiple times throughout the night, and Bobby Shmurda viral hits spun between sets were shown more love by the young crowd than Biggie classics.

As for performances, the majority of the crowd was there to see 19-year-old Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, but that didn't stop the other performers from winning the crowd over. Raz Fresco, another youngblood from Toronto, brought his '90s revival style to the stage, quick-fire rapping over a medley of beats with a lyrical prowess that the crowd certainly appreciated. Sporting an oversized jacket and accompanied by slapping boom bap instrumentals, Raz fit in nicely with the Beast Coast caliber artists that value pure lyricism as he showcased some tracks from his upcoming debut "Pablo Frescobar".

An underwhelming set by Chicago drill rapper SD proved that trap anthems do not translate well to live settings when the crowd doesn't know the lyrics. At one point the ex-GBE rapper even said "I guess New York don't fuck with Chiraq" due to the lackluster response of the already tired crowd. The bass was overpowering on an otherwise crystal clear sound system and the lyrically sparse songs seemed to drag on. The set felt out of place in a lineup of lyrical rappers.

Following was Cozz who was just signed to J Cole's Dreamville label back in May. With his debut Cozz and Effect freshly released, Cozz brought the high energy of a hungry rookie for a short set that was the most refreshing of the night. Even after experiencing technical difficulties with his DJ and slipping up on some lyrics, Cozz remained upbeat, getting the crowd to chant along to "Knock the Hustle", the song that J Cole discovered and later remixed.

Smoke DZA, the self-proclamed "Kushed God" piggybacked Cozz's set with his crowd-friendly smoker anthems that filled the room with smoke within minutes. The towering rapper came out blunt-in-hand and wasted no time tearing through ethereal beats, going off on meandering a capella verses, and saying his catchphrase "Riiiiiiight" about 100 times. It was a communion by shared weed as he threw a lit blunt into the crowd and proclaimed "It's 2 am and I'm high as fuck". Songs of note were his remixes of Schoolboy Q's hit "Hands on the Wheel" and "Hearses", his collab with TDE's Ab-Soul.

It was 3am by the time DJ Statik Selektah took over, immediately putting on the instrumental to Joey Bada$$' "95 til Infinity". Joey and his Pro Era conglomerate had a polished set, with up-and-comers Nyck Caution and CJ Fly each getting their own segment of the show and the burgeoning producer of the crew Kirk Knight joined in for his hard-hitting track "Extortion" with Dyemond Lewis. Nyck Caution hit the crowd with a new track, and overall had the strongest stage presence of the Era. The highlights of the set were Joey's singles from his highly anticipated debut B4.DA.$$. Kirk Knight's gritty production on "Big Dusty" sounded great over the PA, and Joey's Method Man-esque rapping on "Christ Conscious" was theatrical and had the crowd bouncing still at 4am.

Notably absent from the lineup was Vince Staples, who was on the bill and is currently on tour with Joey Bada$$. The B4.DA.$$ tour with Vince Staples, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution comes to NYC's Irving Plaza on November 8 and 11. Tickets for those shows are still available.

A few more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Cozz and more played Highline Ballroom during CMJ (review)"

by Andrew Sacher


San Jose's Shinobu, the band fronted by Mike Huguenor whose other band Hard Girls also put an album out this year, will release their fifth album, 10 Thermidor, later in the year. The album's coming out via Really Records and Lauren Records, and they're currently trying to raise $3,000 from pre-orders and will release it as a free download via Quote Unquote Records once they do.

They've been promising to put out a new single for every $1,000 raised and it looks like they just hit the $2,000 mark because they've put out a second single, "The Void," via Punk News. Both "The Void" and previous single "Culture, Inc" are nice doses of distorted '90s-style indie rock that fans of Built to Spill or early Weezer should check out. You can stream them below.

Shinobu will be at The Fest this weekend and they have two California shows in January. Meanwhile, Hard Girls, who made their NYC debut at a BV-presented Death by Audio show in August, will return on their tour with Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren) which hits Palisades on November 15.

List of Shinobu dates, and song streams, below...

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Allman Brothers final show (via @unclejohnsoutfitters)
Allman Bros

The Allman Brothers Band came out of the gates with "Little Martha" > "Mountain Jam" just before 9 p.m. and finished the third set just before 1 a.m. with the second half of "Mountain Jam" before putting a cap on the evening with one last "Whipping Post" encore and even tacked on "Trouble No More" for good measure (The Allmans recorded a rendition of the Muddy Waters' classic for their 1969 debut album, but more importantly it was the first song the original band ever played). In between there were tons of emotional moments as the lineup put their all into the final performance of such beloved and fitting songs like "Ain't Wasting Time No More," "Midnight Rider," "One Way Out," "Southbound," "The Sky Is Crying" and "Revival."

OG Allmans Gregg Allman (Age 66), Butch Trucks (Age 67) and Jaimoe (Age 70) stepped up to create a powerful force throughout the marathon concert. Once again, "Dreams" and "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" served as the improvisational meat of the second set with guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks adding an extra gear to their transmissions. Gregg told the crowd "the night is still young!" before "Liz Reed" giving fans a hint of what was to come. The third set was unannounced, so there were plenty of missed trains for attendees who weren't going anywhere when they found out the third set was in front of them. The Allman Brothers Band were met with a huge standing ovation and the sound of stomping feet as they finally left the stage. [Jambase]

The Allman Brothers Band brought their lengthy career to an end last night (10/28) at NYC's Beacon Theatre, their sixth and final show there in eight nights. The show included three sets and an encore in four hours, so needless to say they went out with a bang. If you missed the show or just want to relive it, it will air in full on SiriusXM's Classic Vinyl Channel a few times this week. Check out those times here.

Videos of "Whipping Post," "Trouble No More," and their farewell speech during the encore, with the full setlist from their final show, below...

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by Bill Pearis

human hearts

Jenny Toomey has a great indie rock CV -- she cofounded influential label Simple Machines Records (which led to writing a guide on how to do it yourself), and has played in such bands as Tsunami, Grenadine and Liquorice. But it's been 12 years since she made any new music. (She's been busy as an activist working for the Ford Foundation.) But she's contributed vocals to a new single by Human Hearts, the current project of her old friend Franklin Bruno of Nothing Painted Blue (Toomey has also done an album of all Bruno songs, and recorded "Keeping the Weekends Free" with Liquorice). The single is due out next week (11/7) via WIAIWYA's singles club. The A-side, "Loyal Oppostion," is jazzy with lush strings (shades of early Everything but the Girl), and the B-side, "Distracted," is bouncy indiepop. Jenny, glad to have you back.

You can catch Human Hearts (sans Jenny) in NYC at Bowery Electric on December 1 w/ The Scene Is Now and Heroes of Toolik.

You can stream "Distracted" below...

Continue reading "Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Grenadine) sings on Franklin Bruno's Human Hearts 7", her first new music in 12 yrs (listen)"

Justin Vernon w/ Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Justin Vernon

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is already the leader of several bands and a contributor to even more, and now he's going to be curating his own music festival in his hometown. Stereogum points to an article on The Current which says The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm (where the annual Country Jam festival also happens). For the fest, he's teaming up with Crashline Productions (who also put on Boston Calling), and their permits were just approved. From the article:

"It's a very major economic impact," McCoy said. "Looking at what Justin wants to do, and having somebody like that, you can look around for a long time trying to find somebody that will bring that kind of venue and that kind of magnitude into the community, and it falls in your lap, it's really kind of cool and he's a pretty awesome guy and he's made some investments in the community," says McCoy.
Justin's studio April Base (where he recorded Bon Iver, Bon Iver) is also located in Eau Claire.

by Andrew Sacher

Jay Rock

Black Hippy's hardest but least prolific member Jay Rock returned with his first single since 2011 earlier this month, "Parental Advisory." Now he's back yet again with a new one, "Pay For It" which features a raging verse from his pal Kendrick Lamar and a hook from Chantal. Hopefully this mean's a new album's on the way soon. Check out both tracks below...

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Hey, remember when Mark Kozelek was in 'Almost Famous'?
Almost Kozelek

Here's the latest volley in the never-ending feud between Mark Kozelek and The War on Drugs. If you've been following along, you know that TWOD frontman Adam Granduciel (real last name: Granofsky) addressed Kozelek's song "The War on Drugs: Suck My Cock" in a Swedish interview, saying, among other things, "He's such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he's just a fucking idiot. I don't have time for idiots."

Of course, Kozelek responded. How? By reading the whole interview transcript aloud over light acoustic guitar backing and posting it on his site. Mark can't seem to get through a sentence without cracking up. He calls it "Adam Granofsky Blues." Listen to it here.

Allison Mosshart w/ The Kills last week (more by Ebru Yildiz)

Jack White and Allison Mosshart's band The Dead Weather have been in the process of releasing singles leading up to their TBA new album which is supposed to come out in 2015. The next one, "Buzzkill(er)" b/w "It's Just Too Bad" comes out next week (11/4) and it's blues rockin' a-side can be streamed below.

Continue reading "The Dead Weather streaming new single "Buzzkill(er)" (listen)"

dan bodan

Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his new album, Soft, via DFA this week. Soulful and genre-defying, you can stream the entire thing below.

Dan will be in NYC to play Baby's All Right on Novmeber 14 with Physical Therapy, Sadaf, and "Special Guests." Tickets are on sale now. It's Dan's only North American date at the moment but he does have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Dan Bodan released 'Soft' on DFA (stream it), playing NYC w/ Physical Therapy ++ other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Bob Nanna (photo by Katie Hovland)
Bob Nanna

Bob Nanna is a busy man. Not content with just releasing the first Braid album in 16 years this year and a new 7" with his band Lifted Bells with Mathew from Their/They're/There and others (out this week, streaming below), he'll also be releasing the first new album since 2005 with his solo project, The City on Film. (Not to mention he's recently played solo shows and duo shows with his wife as Jack & Ace.) The new album's called La Vella and it will be out December 16 via Topshelf (pre-order). The premise for the album is he "sourced stories from 9 fans" via his custom songwriting website,, "and turned them into tracks on this new album." He recorded it backed by Kyle Geib and Seth Engel, both of whom he plays with in Lifted Bells.

The first single, "You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life)," "tells of a chance meeting and a bonding over The Pogues, Ted Leo, and gym shoes." While sometimes Bob is in a more stripped down mode for The City on Film, this one sounds like it could have been right off that new Braid record. Good thing he's been so prolific lately because he's clearly got a lot of jams in him right now. That track premieres in this post -- check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

The City on Film's only upcoming dates at the moment are The Fest this weekend and two hometown Chicago shows. Lifted Bells are playing a Fest show too. All TCoF dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Braid's Bob Nanna releasing a new City on Film album (stream a track); Lifted Bells 7" out now"