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March 28, 2012

March 13, 2012

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Daughter @ Glasslands
Daughter

UK trio Daughter had their first U.S. shows this past weekend playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (3/9) and Glasslands on Saturday (3/10). I made it to the latter which happened prior to the BV-presented Django Django show.

In essence, Daughter is a showcase for the talents of singer/songwriter Elena Tonra who spoke with nervous laughter and a wry sense of humor which offset the sometimes dour natures of her lyrics. "This song is about death," was how she intro'd "Landfill," the lead track off Daughter's His Young Heart which just came out on bigshot indie label Glassnote (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix). Tonra's breathy delivery fits well with her delicate fingerpicking skills and minor chord melodies, but it was her band that elevated it above the overcrowded folk millieu. Guitarist Igor Haefeli had a bank of pedals at his feet, favoring spooky atmospherics over traditional lead parts, and even used a bow at one point to great effect. Drummer Remi Aguilella kept it simple, though on a couple songs played bass at the same time. "Love," which closes the His Young Heart EP, was especially impressive with an extended outro which you could imagine getting a killer trance/house remix. Somebody do that please.

Daughter's in Austin now for SXSW fun, including our Hotel Vegan day party on Friday (1PM) that also sports Widowspeak, Django Django, Nardwuar's band The Evaporators, TRUST, The Black Angels, Youth Lagoon and lots more. If you're in Austin, do try and catch them even if its not at our thing.

Back to the Glasslands show, I missed Icelandic opener Lay Low, though I had seen them at M for Montreal in 2010. Dominick did, however, and got some nice pictures which you can see below, along with more photos of Daughter. There's also video of Daughter's entire Mercury Lounge show (shot by iwaseasymeat) down there as well. Check it out....

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March 12, 2012

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, video by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis

Django Django

Django Django were a genuine hit at their first-ever U.S performance Saturday night at Glasslands. It reminded me of seeing Hot Chip at Bowery Ballroom in 2006, and not just because they're somewhat nerdy guys making dance music. Their album is only out digitally in the U.S. and while I knew *I* really liked them, but didn't realize so many others did too. Glasslands was packed to the wazoo and people were dancing like mad -- and not just to singles "Waveforms" and "Default." "We just finished our first European tour and nobody danced this much!" admitted singer/guitarist Vincent Neff who, along with the rest of the group, seemed genuinely taken aback by their reception. It was one of those nights where the band and audience fed off each other's energy, making for a very, very enjoyable evening.

A little more of a rock band live than on record, Django Django nonetheless brought the invention of their debut to the stage with lots of percussion, including maracas, coconut shells and the biggest tambourine I've ever seen. Opening with "Hail Bop," the band played almost their entire LP, save for "Zumm" and the ethereal "Hand of Man." Best moments for me were Duane Eddy-ish "Life's a Beach" and "WOR," show-closer "Waveforms," stomping new single "Storm" (which photographers Jessica Amaya and Dominick Mastrangelo shot great video of, below) and, surprisingly, the instrumental "Cairo" which is a bit of a novelty on record but became a wonder of intstrument switching and additional percussion live.

If you missed it, Django Django play again tonight at Santos, a show BrooklynVegan is presenting with Neon Gold and Popgun that also features Charli XCX and Clock Opera. We're giving away tickets too and there's still time to win. Django Django will then head to Austin for SXSW, so if you're going you should definitely make an effort to see them.

Subbing for a Visa-issue-beleagured Kwes was D. Gookin, whose music reminds me of a LEN for the Laptop Whatever generation. He needs to try a little harder with the live show (or move into the producer/writer mode for others) but his reggae-tinged songs are pop hook delivery devices and I ended up liking it. Kwes, meanwhile, has sorted out his problems at the border and rescheduled his Glasslands show for next Monday (3/19).

Pictures and video of Django Django, and photos of D.Gookin are after the jump...

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March 2, 2012

Lemuria

Don't ever accuse Lemuria of going half-assed. One month after the band released the new video for "Wise People" (their first video), Lemuria is back with a second for "Pleaser" which is premiering in this post. Both songs come from Lemuria's latest LP Pebble, which hit last year via Bridge 9 and features J.Robbins at the board.

Check out both videos, and a comment from the "Pleaser" video's director Thom Glunt below.

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February 16, 2012

by BBG

Martin Van Druuen of Asphyx w/ Hail of Bullets at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Maryland Deathfest

Now with a second album with Martin Van Drunen on lead throat (the first was Death... the Brutal Way), Asphyx have launched a new video for "Deathhammer". The song, the band's new single, is the title track from their forthcoming death metal steamroller due on February 28th via Century Media. Check out "Deathhammer" for the first time, along with the LP tracklist and some EU dates (no US right now), below...

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February 10, 2012

by BBG

Full of Hell at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by BBG)
Full of Hell

Full of Hell, who are preparing to head down to Austin to play the recently announced BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day party, will release a split this April via Topshelf Records with Code Orange Kids (who just signed to Deathwish Inc).

Full of Hell's "Fox Womb", which comes from said split, is the subject of a video produced by Lukas Hodge and filmed in Charlotte and Pisgah, NC. Check out that new video below for the first time.

Also check out a full album stream of Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home (now in its second pressing) as well as video from their entire set at A389 Anniversary below. While you're down there, also make sure and stream the recent Code Orange Kids 7", Cycles. All that and currently known dates (more TBA soon), below...

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February 1, 2012

by BBG

David Hall

David Hall's twisted, dystopian view is taking on a new media format, VHS tape. The filmmaker, documentarian, and label honcho will release the "Handshake Inc. VHS Series", a set of limited run films, shorts and albums all issued in quantities of three, hand numbered, and "packed in a box of dirt". No shit...

"Anyone who collects vinyl, knows the joy of holding a record in your hands, examining its jacket and artwork, and the pure, materialistic bliss of not just listening to music, but possessing it," said Handshake Inc. founder David Hall from his London, Ontario office. "I hope to create the same sensation with my series of films and albums on VHS - a scenario where one can enjoy the packaging of a film almost as much as the film itself."
Albums on VHS? David Hall explains:
"A VHS Album is basically an album output to a VHS tape, with an accompanying video track created specifically for the music. Each VHS release will be extremely limited - and the visuals on each tape will differ slightly, so every VHS album will be one-of-a-kind."
Among the albums getting the VHS treatment are last year's Build & Burn by Sulaco, and Total Fucking Destruction's Hater, in addition to the Today is The Day companion Axis of Eden the Feature Film. Check out the video for "No Lung Baby" from that LP, the first time the video has been available since it was played on stage during their 2008 tour, along with other videos, below

The final installment in the series will be filmed by Handshake Inc at Maryland Deathfest this year. The release date is still TBA.

In unrelated but related news, cassettes are making a comeback too, and there's a documentary in the works to prove it.

Videos below...

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January 31, 2012

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom
Nada Surf

As you know, Nada Surf's entire January 24th record-release show at Bowery Ballroom streamed live on YouTube. That stream is now permanently archived on YouTube and you can watch it in full below.

If you missed the show, you have plenty of other chances to see the band in the coming months including one at Webster Hall. Their lastest set of dates is listed below.

Also below: video from their appearance on Fallon last night (including a web exclusive), a video of them being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, their brand new video for "When I Was Young", and a whole bunch of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (along with shots of openers Palomar and the setlist). Check it all out...

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January 25, 2012

Zola Jesus during CMJ (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Zola Jesus

Sacred Bones Records will take over the Spectacle movie theater in Brooklyn Thursday (1/26) at 8PM, gathering "an unearthed collection of underground weirdness, ...short films, works-in-progress, and a rare screening of the first Sacred Bones film production, Twelve Dark Noons." The evening will conclude with a "secret feature film screening" and music videos from Gary War, Zola Jesus, Amen Dunes, Moon Duo, Blank Dogs, & Pop. 1280 (whose new LP is out NOW). Check out a video trailer for the evening, as well as a trailer for Twelve Dark Noons (which features music from Naked on the Vague) below.

In related news, The Men have released the title track from their new LP Open Your Heart (out 3/6 via Sacred Bones). Stream that below in full alongside all tour dates which include their 3/7 show at 285 Kent.

Sacred Bones will also welcome the new single from Danish punk band War (not to be confused with Gary War) featuring Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Sexdrome's Loke Rahbek. Stream "Brodermordet" at Pitchfork who write:

Recorded to four-track cassette last year, the double A-side 7" single will include "At War for Youth" and "Kains Mærke", backed by the scuzzy, beat-oriented "Brodermordet". The band says the B-side is centered on a Biblical allusion to Cain and Abel's fratricide (the act of killing one's brother).
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As previously mentioned, Amen Dunes is heading out on tour with This Will Destroy You who separately play a show in NYC at the Kaufman Center on 2/9 (part of the Ecstatic Music Festival). If you want to catch both bands together in the NYC-area, you're in luck; they've since added a 2/11 tour stop at Babbio Atrium in Hoboken, NJ (on Stevens Institute of Technology campus). Amen Dunes will also play 285 Kent on February 23rd with Run DMT. More details on the 285 Kent appearance are forthcoming and all dates are listed below.

Zola Jesus will also head back our way, hitting Webster Hall on 2/18.

All streams, trailers and dates are below.

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January 24, 2012

hipster Vanilla Ice fan thinkin about Instagramin it
Vanilla ice fan

Video below...

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