August 22, 2014
Jessie Ware already released the title track and a bonus track from her new album Tough Love (due 10/21), and she's since released another, "Say You Love Me" (not a Fleetwood Mac cover). This one's a soulful ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran, and it was just given a remix by Shura that makes it sound more sensual than soulful, and more in line with the atmospheric garage collaborations Jessie's been known for.
Stream the new remix and the original below...
by Ian Chainey
The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.
This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.
by Andrew Sacher
Awkwafina (photo by Shirley Yu)
Tonight (8/22) at Palisades, the new-ish Bushwick venue hosts a lineup of a few New York City rappers with a sense of humor. There's Kitty who you already know, plus Buckwheat Groats, Awkwafina, and Swag Toof, along with electronic musician Maxo. Tickets are on sale.
Buckwheat Groats recently put out a video for their single "Tom Hanks," a first-person braggadocio trap rap song from the famous actor's point of view. The awesomely photoshopped video can be watched below.
Awkafina's got a couple videos of her own worth watching, including "NYC Bitche$," which includes the choice lyric, "New York City bitch, that's where I come from, not where I moved to on mom and dad's trust fund." That one came out last year, but it'd make a great response to this year's Brooklyn Girls video. Another, "My Vag," is a more intentional response (obviously to that "My Dick" song) and includes more choice lyrics: "Awkwafina's a genius, and her vagina is 50 times better than a penis."
Awkwafina has other upcoming NYC shows too, including two more this weekend. She plays an 8 PM set on Saturday (8/23) at The Bushwick Hotel's Tiki Time Bomb Party ((71 Ingraham St) and then at midnight she DJs the '90s dance party at The Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint. On August 27, it's Awkwafina Night at Fat Buddha (212 Avenue A) with Bebe Panthere, Rekstizzy, DJ Furen and PaulTrizz; and on August 30 she plays the Kollaboration New York show at NYU's Skirballl Center.
GBV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The current Guided by Voices tour already landed in NYC a couple times, and this weekend it comes back to the area for two shows in nearby cities. TONIGHT (8/22), they're on Long Island for a show at Huntington's Paramount, and Saturday (8/23) they'll hit The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Both are with Brazilian psych rockers Boogarins (who also recently played NYC), and tickets for both are still available. If you're unable to make the NJ show, you can still watch it from the comfort of your own home when it streams live at 9:30 PM EST via Yahoo.
GBV have other dates too, including Fun Fun Fun Fest. All are listed below...
Tame Impala in California in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Tame Impala recently announced a tour with Delicate Steve which hits NYC on November 9 at Beacon Theatre That show went on sale today and immediately sold out, but the band have now added a second date happening a day later (11/10) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale RIGHT NOW so act quick (update: or they will be soooon).
Updated dates are listed below...
Deafheaven at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The newest Adult Swim single comes from post-metal rippers Deafheaven, who have recorded the new track "From the Kettle Onto the Coil" that you may have seen them play this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. The track will be available for free download on Monday (8/25) at Adult Swim's site and you can stream it now, below. P4k also posted a video of them playing it at Pitchfork Fest, which you can watch below too.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Bill Sitzmann
Orenda Fink's been quite the prolific Saddle Creek artist for the past decade-plus. She spent time in the now-defunct (and missed) Now It's Overhead, she's in the long-running Azure Ray, has done one-off collaborations like Art in Manila (with members of The Anniversary, The Good Life and more) and O+S (with a member of Remy Zero), and has put out a handful of solo albums as well. Her newest, Blue Dream, came out this week (8/19) via the Omaha label and it's more of her quality work. It's singer/songwriter alt-pop made both with electronics and organic instrumentation. She's mentioned Kate Bush was an influence and that definitely shines through. Check out the video for "Ace of Cups" and stream another album track, below.
Orenda will be going on a tour from September through November. The tour stops in NYC for CMJ, but the exact shows she'll be playing that week are still TBA. Stay tuned.
All dates are listed, with the video and stream, below...
Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.
The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.
Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.
In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.
All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...
by Bill Pearis
Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.
Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...
Flint, MI's Hawk & Son are putting out a new song 7-song album, ATK, on November 18 via Save Your Generation, the label that's put out other cool stuff from Flint like the split with The Swellers' Floor cover and that band's side project braidedveins. The new single, "Take It Easy On Me," sounds like the indie rock boom of the early '00s with some of the grittier late '90s alternative thrown in too. You can check it out below.