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January 30, 2015

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Philly band The War on Drugs had the biggest year ever thanks to their amazing album Lost in the Dream which topped a bunch of year end lists and landed on countless others, including our own.

If you're a fan of Lost in the Dream, but not of Tom Petty and Dire Straits, maybe now's a good time to start digging back into the catalogs of those classic rockers. As the Guardian points out:

This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits, the percolations of Tom Petty and the more over-produced corners of Springsteen and made a startlingly clubbable record out of them.
That's right. Thanks to The War on Drugs, Tom Petty and Dire Straits are cool again.

Another reason Petty is cool right now? It recently came to light that the Traveling Wilburys member co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" by Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith! Okay, maybe he didn't do it on purpose, but he is now officially one of the song's co-writers.

Many people noticed that "Stay With Me" sounded a lot like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down", and recently people noticed that it now says "Tom Petty" in the online credits for the song. Sam Smith's people released this statement:

"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity.

"Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

Tom Petty then added this gracious statement yesterday:
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."
Awwww....

Meanwhile, the Sam Smith song that he co-wrote is nominated in three Grammy categories, not counting its appearance on the Sam Smith album which is nominated for "Album of the Year" (Sam is also nominated for "Best New Artist"). But, the Recording Academy's Bill Freimuth told CNN that because Petty didn't add anything new to the song, he's not one of its Grammy nominees. Tom is up for a Grammy of his own though. He was nominated for "Best Rock Album".

William Phillips aka Tourist
Tourist

Fun Fact: Disclosure affiliate Tourist aka William Phillips ALSO co-wrote that song (thief! JUST KIDDING). He is up for the Grammy along with Sam. He also has three Tourist EPs out already, and his own debut album is due this summer. You can catch him at Coachella, and today he released a Little Loud remix of his song "Illuminate" (which features Years & Years who are one of the many artists whose NYC shows were just affected by Juno). Listen to that at FADER who also interviewed him:

"It's very strange. Because I never had the intention of being a songwriter. I know the Disclosure guys, I know their management--they publish my music--and one of the people they also manage is Sam [Smith]. So they said to me, do you want to go and write a song with this guy Sam? So I did. It was half an hour. We had a Pizza Express in between. That was it. It was not a big deal, it was just a raw distillation of an idea. I just played the piano."
Lucky break.

Fun Fact 2: Years and Years who appear on that Tourist track were recently awarded "Sound of 2015" by the BBC. In 2014 the award went to Sam Smith. May "Tourist" have the same luck as all the award-winning projects he is currently associated with!

Meanwhile, Dire Straits, who were up for the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1980, are not a band anymore, but their guitarist Mark Knopfler is very busy being a solo artist. He's got a new album called Tracker due March 17 on Verve Records, and he'll be touring in support. This week he added a 2nd Beacon Theater show which just went on sale today. Tickets for the both NYC shows (10/20 and 10/21) are at Ticketmaster. All of his dates are listed, along with a stream of his new single "Beryl", below...

Continue reading "Tom Petty wrote Sam Smith song w/ Disclosure's friend Tourist, but not the War on Drugs LP w/ Mark Knopfler (or Kozelek) "

Debbie Harry

Blondie singer Debbie Harry has an upcoming NYC residency at Cafe Carlyle, and since we last posted, it's been expanded. It now runs from March 24 to April 4 with an 8:45 PM show each night, as well as newly-added 10:45 PM shows on Friday, March 27 and Friday, April 3. You can make reservations by phone at 212.744.1600 for the newly-added late shows. The others are sold out.

Theater Mania reports that Debbie will also appear at Upper West Side theater Stage 72 on March 14 and 16 for the Celebrity Autobiography series, which features "a line-up of rotating performers who read--in both solo and ensemble pieces-- the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies." The 3/14 show also features Pamela Adlon, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Ralph Macchio, Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel; and on 3/16 it's Adlon, Dratch, Garofalo, Pack, and Reyfel once again, plus Tate Donovan and Alan Zweibel. Tickets for both are on sale now.

Also, if you were curious, Debbie Harry doesn't shop for clothes anymore.

Watch a 1979 Blondie concert at the Apollo Theater, below...

Continue reading "Debbie Harry expands Cafe Carlyle residency, reading at 'Celebrity Autobiography' series in NYC"

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Toronto shoegazers Beliefs have a new album, Leaper, which will be out later this year via Hand Drawn Dracula. You can check out the video for "Tidal Wave," which will be on the album, below. As mentioned, Beliefs will be in NYC next week playing Cake Shop on February 4 as part of a pretty killer bill of Baltimore's Wildhoney, UK band Leave the Planet, and NYC's Dead Leaf Echo. $8 at the door for that one. They've also just added a second NYC show at Baby's All Right on February 6 with Algiers and The Flag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Algiers are an Atlanta band who recently signed to Matador and make goth/industrial-leaning soul (or soulful goth/industrial?). You can check out the video for "But She Was Not Flying" below. Algiers also play Mercury Lounge on February 4 that is also with The Flag which is the current project of Ted McGrath (Antimagic, These Are Powers). Tickets are on sale now. These are Algiers first-ever NYC shows.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Beliefs working on new LP, playing NYC shows with Wildhoney, and new Matador signing Algiers (dates, videos)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Viet Cong @ Mercury Lounge, 1/29/2014
Viet Cong

Calgary, AB's murky and mercurial Viet Cong played their second of two NYC dates this week, an early show at Mercury Lounge last night (1/29) with What Moon Things. Pictures from that are in this post. Both this and Wedesday's Union Pool show were sold out. NYC will get their next chance to see them this spring -- there were posters up at Mercury Lounge show saying Viet Cong would be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 which is part of the 2015 Northside Festival. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime check out more pics from last night, plus videos of Viet Cong doing "Continental Shelf" and "March of Progress" at the show and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Viet Cong played Mercury Lounge with What Moon Things (pics, video), playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in June"

photo: Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Chance

Chance the Rapper got plenty of deserved buzz off of 2013's Acid Rap mixtape, and he's planning to change things up pretty significantly for his next release, Surf, the debut album from his live backing band The Social Experiment, which Chance says is really the brainchild of trumpet player Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal. A new FADER story on the album opines, "It's almost as if Chance and his friends are aiming to reverse-engineer the act of beat-digging. Where earlier generations of hip-hop producers foregrounded small fragments of music from the past, The Social Experiment buries new ones for the future." FADER got to hear the album when they interviewed Chance, and their story makes it sound like a dense, complex piece of work. Read more here. Watch the album's new trailer video and stream some recent music Chance and The Social Experiment uploaded to Soundcloud, which may or may not appear in some form on Surf, below.

A new GQ interview with Chance also reveals that Frank Ocean, Andre 3000 and J. Cole will appear on the next Chance the Rapper album, which is separate from Surf, The Social Experiment's album.

Chance doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he did announce that he and The Social Experiment will come to NYC to play an NYU show on February 24 at Webster Hall with Sweater Beats. Tickets are on sale now, and "all non-NYU purchased tickets must be accompanied by an NYU student with an NYU ID on the day of the event."

Album trailer and song streams below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper planning Social Experiment live-band LP, LP ft. Frank Ocean, Andre 3000 & J Cole, playing NYU show"

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., the improvisational space rock variant of the Japanese psych-rock collective, recently reissued their 2006 album, Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?, on vinyl with an added song and a rearranged running order. You can stream the original version of the album, in all its out-there glory, below.

They'll be on tour this spring as well, and the lineup for Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is this:

Tsuyama Atsushi : bass, voice
Kawabata Makoto : guitar, voice
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, voice
Tabata Mitsuru : guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice
Satoshima Nani : drums
and
Justin Waters : god
They won't be playing Austin Psych Fest this year (though they do play Austin) but dates do include two NYC shows: Knitting Factory on May 6 and Mercury Lounge on May 7. Tickets for Knitting Factory are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday, February 6 at noon.

Support for the whole tour is long-running Austin band ST-37. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. reissued 'Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?,' touring (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jazmine

Philly neo-soul singer Jazmine Sullivan has been active for over a decade, releasing albums and collaborating with Missy Elliot, Robert Glasper, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and others. Earlier this month, she put out her third album, Reality Show, on RCA, which followed 2008's Fearless and 2010's Love Me Back.

The album features Meek Mill on the excellent opening track "Dumb," and after that it's just Jazmine in the spotlight atop masterful production from Key Wane (Big Sean's Hall of Fame, Beyonce's "Partition"), DJ Dahi (Drake's "Worst Behavior, Kendrick Lamar's "Money Trees") and others. Not unlike recent albums by Frank Ocean and Beyonce, it's got a foot in traditional '60s/'70s soul, but an eye on the recent progressions the genre has been making too. It's really good. Listen to the whole album for yourself, below.

Jazmine has three shows coming up this March, including one in NYC happening March 11 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM today (1/30).

All dates are listed, with the LP stream and the video for one of the songs, below...

Continue reading "Jazmine Sullivan released 'Reality Show,' touring (dates and album stream)"

January 29, 2015

paper doll set included in Best of The Best Show box set
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Scharpling & Wurster Live! sold out its third show at the Bell House (March 12), in addition to the two shows March 11. They've now added a second show on 3/12, a late show with doors at 10 PM. That's four shows total -- who do they think they are, Louis CK? Tickets to that just-added show go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM.

The Best of The Best Show box set, which these live shows are promoting, is out in March.

Cursive

As discussed, Cursive have a tour coming up in support of the reissue of The Ugly Organ, which will pull heavily from that album's era. The tour already includes NYC shows on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom (night 1 sold out, night 2 still on sale), plus nearby Long Island and Absury Park shows, and they've now added a smaller NYC show happening March 12 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the new date go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

The whole tour will be with a cellist, and it's been revealed that in NYC it will be Gretta Cohn, who played all the cello on The Ugly Organ. Beach Slang (who put out a new song today) and John Congleton and the Nighty Nite open both Bowery Ballroom shows, but no opener has been announced for Saint Vitus yet.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Cursive expand 'Ugly Organ' tour, add Saint Vitus show"

by Bill Pearis

azar-swan

Late last year, Azar Swan released their second album, And Blow Us a Kiss, which adds some serious Kate Bush vibes to the duo's electro-goth-tribal MO. You can stream the whole album below.

The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan released new album (listen), celebrating tonight at free Brooklyn show w/ Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & more"

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