December 20, 2014

Fat White Family at Baby's All Right earlier this month (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fat White Family, PC Worship, Degreaser, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
Now calling Brooklyn their home base, UK band Fat White Family will be rubbing their scent on local venues more regularly -- which is good for music fans and maybe bad for clubs' cleaning staffs. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite antics.

Matisyahu @ Best Buy Theater
Happy Hanukkah! Matisyahu is here to celebrate the holiday with his annual Festival of Light tour.

Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Buffalo's Lemuria have been one of the most consistent makers of indie punk for years now, and they haven't slowed down yet. Their tourmates Prince, just so there's no confusion, are also a punk band, not the singer.

Aye Nako, Heathers, Littler, Fern Mayo, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
Another good place for indie punk fans to be tonight is Shea Stadium where Brooklyn's great Aye Nako headline.

Widowspeak, Quilt, What Moon Things @ Glasslands
Widowspeak and Quilt have both played Glasslands numerous times over the years and share and share a folky quality to their music. (If you haven't heard Quilt's album from this year, do remedy that). Tonight they both say goodbye to the venue that's last night is New Year's Eve.

Com Truise, Figgy, Nitemoves @ Glasslands
The end of Glasslands is near, so get there while you still can. Tonight's is a dancefloor-moving bill headlined by Com Truise.

Nick Lowe, Los Straightjackets, The Cactus Blossoms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year, here for two shows, this being the second.

Orden Mundial, Mommy, Blank Spell, Pox @ The Acheron
Hardcore band Orden Mundial are in town all the way from Spain. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, so catch them before they're back on the other side of the Atlantic.

Chris Gethard, Dan Licata, Elsa Waithe, BK Beefcakes, Shannon O'Neill, Conner O'Malley @ Union Hall
This show is called "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," which should give you the general tone of what to expect.

Tyler The Creator, Taco @ Starland Ballroom
Odd Future's krazy kid Tyler the Creator headlines NYC's Terminal 5 soon. That's sold out, but if you didn't get tickets there's also a chance to see him in NJ tonight.

The Slackers, Mephiskapheles @ Bell House
Happy Skalidays! Celebrate them right with The Slackers and Mephiskapheles.

Awkwafina, Bebe Panthere, Les Bonhommes @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining NYC rapper Awkwafina (known for hits like "My Vag" and "NYC Bitche$") headlines this bill. It's worth getting there early for the Deerhoof/Rainer Maria-related Les Bonhommes too.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 19, 2014

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Run the Jewels

As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.

Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]

El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.

Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX. You can browse their top 50 here.

Meanwhile, their tourmates Ratking, who also made some year-end lists, have a free NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Show Me The Body, Young Gutted and '86.

More pictures from Chicago below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels topped Complex's list (and a bunch of others), toured w/ Ratking who play NYC tonight (Chicago pics)"

John Fry

Producer and engineer John Fry, who founded Memphis' Ardent Studios and Ardent Records and worked on all three Big Star albums, died yesterday (12/18). Fry had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and suffered a "cardiac event." He was 69:

It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent. I can't explain what it is. You come record here, something good happens to you."

That indeed happened for scores of artists over the 40-plus years since Fry -- who died on Thursday in Memphis -- opened his doors. Ardent hosted sessions by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, ZZ Top, R.E.M., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Al Green, the Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, the White Stripes, the Replacements, Three 6 Mafia, scores of Stax Records artists, Cat Power, M.I.A. and, of course, Big Star, who Fry mentored and made three albums with, and whose members used Ardent "kind of like a school" according to the group's drummer Jody Stephens, who's now general manager of Ardent Music LLC. -[Billboard]

Rest in peace, John.

by Bill Pearis

David Fincher
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We recently posted about the new HBO series that's going to be about '70s-era music biz in NYC that being made by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos), Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. Turns out it's not the only music-related show on the network's upcoming slate. Deadline reports that David Fincher, who will likely be up for an Oscar this year for Gone Girl, is behind a new series currently titled Livng On Video, set in the world of MTV:

Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO's Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry -- directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs -- through the eyes of the newcomer.
Fincher has a lot of firsthand knowlege on this subject, having come up through this world, and directed such MTV classics as Madonna's "Express Yourself," Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" and Billy Idol's "Rock the Cradle of Love." He made his first music video in eight years in 2013 for buddy Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" with Jay Z.

The plot also sounds a little like the underrated 1988 John Cusack / Tim Robbins comedy, Tapeheads, which you can watch the trailer for (along with some of those Fincher-directed videos) below...

Continue reading "David Fincher working on series for HBO about the world of '80s music videos"

Mikey Hodges

A motorcyclist was killed Thursday in a crash with another vehicle in downtown Los Angeles.

The crash occurred about 2:50 p.m. at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Broadway, said Sgt. S. Bailey of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division.

The victim, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man, was riding on Broadway when a 78-year-old Los Angeles woman attempting to turn her vehicle left onto Cesar Chavez Avenue drove into the path of the motorcycle, Bailey said.

The man was thrown onto the street and died after being taken to a hospital, he said.

The woman stayed at the scene and cooperated investigators, Bailey said.

She was not immediately cited or arrested, but the case is under active investigation and the findings will be referred to prosecutors, he said.
- [My News LA]

We're very sad to learn that the victim referenced in that news story is Michael Hodges who performed and recorded power pop under the name Pop Zeus. While he'd moved to LA, he was a familiar face in the NYC/Brooklyn indie rock scene and in addition to Pop Zeus (who had records out on Burger), he also drummed on and off for The Memories and played in Boom! Burger Records posted a tribute on their Facebook today:
So unbelievably sad to say we lost the talented and amazing Mikey Hodges aka Pop Zeus yesterday. He really and truly was one of the nicest, raddest and most welcoming dudes we've ever had the pleasure to call a friend. We released Mikey's debut cassette, Pop Zeus, a few years back after I discovered his demos while riding on a train for the holidays. I couldn't get the songs out of my head so I made a note in my book to follow up on it when I got home. So very glad I did because it gave us a reason to let this giant puppy dog of a man into our lives. He was one of a kind.
You may also know Hodges from working behind the bar at both Knitting Factory and The Commodore, and for a while at record labels Partisan Records and Secretly Canadian. Rest in peace, Mikey, you'll be missed.

There are two fundraiser campaigns for his family, who live in Indiana, to help pay for expenses.

Pop Zeus released the Tell Me So EP this year on Burger. You can stream that, and check out a Spotify playlist of his favorite 2014 songs (his final tweet), below...

Continue reading "Mikey Hodges aka Pop Zeus killed in motorcyle accident (Rest in Peace Michael) "

DFA

We recently posted Ed Banger label head Busy P's remix of Sinkane's "New Name," and it turns out that that's actually one of four remixes on a free DFA Records holiday remix EP. It also features Magic Touch putting their magic touch on The Juan Maclean's "A Simple Design, CFCF's take on Dan Bodan's "Romeo," and Daniel T. & Cooper Saver reworking Museum of Love's "Who's Who of Who Cares." Download the EP HERE.

Busy P is also ringing in the new year with an Ed Banger New Year's Eve party at Le Bain, also featuring DJ Falcon and Blu Jemz. More info here.

Stream the whole EP below...

Continue reading "DFA release free holiday remix EP; Ed Banger celebrating NYE at Le Bain"

by Bill Pearis

Under The Skin

I finally watched Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin last night. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who spends her time picking up men in Scotland, bringing them back to her place and... well, you should just watch it. You can stream it for free on Amazon if you have Amazon Prime.

Based on Michel Faber's novel of the same name, the film directed and co-written by Jonathan Glazer who made Birth and Sexy Beast, not to mention the videos for Radiohead's "Karma Police" and UNKLE's "Rabbit in the Headlights", among others. Species this is not, owing more to '70s experimentalists and, as you might expect from his CV, Glazer has delivered a gorgeously-shot film that is also thought provoking and unsettling. ScarJo even does a credible London accent. I already want to see it again.

After hearing my movie-minded friends rave about it all year, I finally pulled the trigger after it showed up in a few of the band/artist Top 10s we've been running. Here's what Protomartyr, said:

a visually stunning film with a really great soundtrack that defies easy explanation. Actually the real 'best' thing we saw all year. Sure, it didn't have people getting repeatedly kicked in the face or RZA trying on a Jamaican accent sporadically, but not everything can be 'Brick Mansions'.
The minimal, eerie score, which appeared on Travis from Grooms' end of year list, was done by Mica Levi (aka Micachu). It definitely enhances the off-kilter vibe of the film, and you can stream it via Rdio below.

Check it out if you haven't already, and check out nine more recommended movies from streaming sites, courtesy of Sub Pop-signed musician Daughn Gibson, below...

Continue reading "Under the Skin (scored by Micachu), and other movies streaming now (that Daughn Gibson loved in 2014) "

School of Rock

Everyone's favorite movie about fourth-grade rock stars, School of Rock, is coming to Broadway in 2015, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Richard Linklater-directed, Jack Black-starring film is getting a musical makeover courtesy of Jesus Christ Superstar/Phantom of the Opera/etc composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and he'll be getting some help from Green Day producer Rob Cavallo too. Laurence Connor is directing the show, and Glenn Slater is handling lyrics. It's gonna be a really tough project, you're gonna have to use your head, your brain and your mind too.

Rolling Stone points out that Webber had the following to say:

It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots. When Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids.
Previews will begin on November 2 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and it's scheduled to officially open on December 6.

School of Rock is also getting a TV adaptation, which is scheduled to air this spring on Nickelodeon. Linklater's executive producing the show with School of Rock producer Scott Rudin. Writing team Jim and Steve Armogida will write and run it. And as Rolling Stone points out, Miranda Cosgrove, who played SoR character Summer Hathaway, also became a Nickelodeon star of her own later on, so maybe she'll have something to do with this.

Watch The School of Rock melt faces at the Battle of the Bands below...

Continue reading "School of Rock musical coming to Broadway & TV adaptation coming to Nickelodeon in 2015"

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As mentioned, James Murphy headed up a project for IBM that turned real-time data from the 2014 US Open into music. That music was mostly random bleeps and bloops but he then took that and shaped it into something still bleepy and bloopy but with more form:

James Murphy used the IBM Cloud and a custom-built algorithm to turn data points from more than 400 hours of tennis play (data like serve speed, number of aces, etc.) into music cues, generating real-time soundtracks for each match. Using those tracks as soundboards James remixed his favorites to create the 12-track album you see here.
You can stream Remixes Made With Tennis Data in its entirety, below...

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Joan Jett
Photo: Joan Jett w/ Alice Cooper in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, The Who are going on a 50th anniversary tour in 2015, and since we last spoke, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been added as an opener, including on all five NYC-area dates. Those happen on May 20 at Nassau Coliseum, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, October 25 at Prudential Center and October 27 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all five shows are still available. Forest Hills tix here, and tix for the other four here.

Joan Jett is getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Lou Reed, Green Day and others, and she was recently honored in NYC by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper, Kathleen Hanna and others. Meanwhile, The Who just had to postpone two London dates this week due to Roger Daltrey's throat infection. Get well soon, Roger!

All dates (including other near-NY shows like Mohegan Sun and Atlantic City) are listed below...

Continue reading "Joan Jett opening The Who's tour (5 NYC-area dates included)"

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