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November 26, 2013
by Doug Moore
A bit of background first: unless you're well into your 40s, you probably don't remember the US Festivals. The US Fests were two huge music festivals thrown in 1982 and 1983 by Apple co-founder & kajillionaire Steve Wozniak, who pretty much paid for the whole thing out of pocket (including a whopping $1.5 million fee for Van Halen, on top of $1m for David Bowie). Though the festivals both drew massive crowds that numbered into the hundreds of thousands, Wozniak took a total bath on them and lost millions. The name is pronounced like "us" rather than like the abbreviation for United States; the name is an abbreviation for "Unite Us In Song," but don't ask me how.
Now, after 30 years, the second US Fest is seeing a concert-film treatment. The footage lineup for US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 is simultaneously timeless and hilariously '80s: U2, The Clash, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, and Missing Persons all put in appearances. (Incidentally, this festival was Mick Jones's last performance with the Clash before his dismissal.) If you need evidence of the thorough '80s-ness of this event, look no further than the footage of Judas Priest playing "Breaking the Law" that we have streaming exclusively below. Exhibit A: the band members' outfits, which push the boundaries of sanity even by JP standards. Exhibit B: the fact that thousands and thousands of people are getting down to Judas Priest in the audience with nary a hint of irony or reserve. It's kind of beautiful.
US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 comes out on 12/3 via MVD and will be available to rent or download at iTunes. There are some other preview vids available online, too: U2 playing "Sunday Bloody Sunday" at Rolling Stone; Stray Cats playing "Rock This Town" at Purevolume; and the Clash playing "Should I Stay or Should I Go" at Spin. Check out the JP video along with the full tracklisting below (and keep an eye out for another on Invisible Oranges tomorrow)...
October 23, 2013
videos by (((unartig))), photo by Chris La Putt
(((unartig))) was in the house to capture some video at our 2nd of two CMJ shows at Baby's All Right over the weekend. The fruits of his labor include footage of Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, Pallbearer, King Dude and Nothing, Watch away, below...
September 10, 2013
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
Husband-and-wife indie pop duo Mates of State stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle to play us a few songs. One of those songs was a new track called "Now We're Gonna Get It" which we caught on video with the help of director Paul Greenhouse. Watch that performance below.
The segment, which includes our funny hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, was part of a three-hour live BrooklynVegan show dedicated to Barsuk Records. John Roderick of the Long Winters, Ramona Falls, David Bazan, and Say Hi also all stopped by to perform or talk to us (Ra Ra Riot didn't show up). Audio from the whole day is coming soon. Meanwhile check out pictures of all of them along with the Mates of State video, below...
August 12, 2013
Xeno & Oaklander at Home Sweet Home, March 2013 (more by Phil Maler)
Brooklyn neo-luddite electronic duo, Xeno & Oaklander, who played LPR last week with Crash Course in Science, have a new album on the way, due this fall on via Electric Voice.. The first taste is the single, "Sheen," which you can check out the video for (and cover art) below....
July 19, 2013
How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.
June 19, 2013
METZ at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
METZ are here to make you "Get Off." The new video from the Canadian noise-rock trio was directed by fellow countryman (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad VanGaalen who gives the video an odball animated treatment. Check out that video below.
In the meantime, METZ are readying an appearance at Sled Island and Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee (CVG will be there too) have announced more new tour dates. These guys just don't stop. Sadly most are across the pond in the EU and no new NYC shows. All updated shows are below.
June 11, 2013
Swedish singer Anna von Hausswolff (daughter of controversial avant-garde artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff), released her debut album, Ceremony, last year in her home country. That record will get an American release on July 9 via Other Music Recording Company. With the church organ as the main instrument on single "Mountains Crave" (streamable below), comparisons to Beach House are easy to make. But elsewhere on the album, it's clear she's got her own thing going. Check out the video for the much creepier "Deathbed," which we're premiering below (warning: it's not for the squeamish).
While she's planning a full North American tour this fall, Anna will be in NYC sooner for a record release show at Glasslands on July 10 with Kay Kasparhauer opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed along with the video below.
May 20, 2013
Tim & Eric have released an new video for "Goatee," featuring some of the most amazing drum fills you'll hear this side of... well, at least a few drummers. Check it out below.
Check out all three videos below.
May 9, 2013
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza last month (more by Fred Pessaro)
Killing Joke, who recently completed a set of US dates that included a stop at Irving Plaza in April, have released a new video for "Corporate Elect," the latest from the band's most recent LP MMXII and new compilation The Singles Collection 1979-2012. The clip features puppets, paranoia and the intense gaze of Jaz Coleman. Check out the video below.
April 30, 2013
As discussed, The Body are preparing to hit the road this summer and will road-test material from their Master, We Perish 12" as well as a forthcoming release on Thrill Jockey. Look for the band to play two nights at The Acheron on June 9 and June 10 (tickets). All other tour dates are below.
The Body have released a new video for "Worship" from Master, We Perish and you can check that out as well as another video for "The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash," below.