October 1, 2014

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NY Super Week, the lead-up to NY Comic Con, is almost upon us, running from October 3 - 12 at places all over NYC. Since we last posted about it they've added a LOT more events. Among them:

--James Murphy and Pete Tong at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 7 (tickets): Coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.

--"Rock Comic Con" at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 9 (tickets): High-concept geek-friendly bands Kirby Krackle, Harry & The Potters, and Math the Band play songs about comic book characters, Harry Potter and...math.

--Cast Of Star Trek: The Next Generation Moderated By William Shatner at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 10 (tickets): Jean-Luc, Geordie, Data, Q, Troi, Dr. Crusher...pretty much everyone except Whoopie Goldberg and Will Wheaton.

--'Harmontown Live' at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets): The creator of Community (and writer of cult pilot Heat Vision & Jack), Dan Harmon will record a live edition of his popular Harmontown podcast featuring roleplaying games with special celebrity guests TBA.

--"Ask Me Another" at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets). The popular WNYC show (a mix of gameshow, music and comedy) tapes live with special guest Neil Gaiman.

--The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Conversation and Screening at 92 Y on October 11 (tickets). Has it really been 30 years since The Karate Kid? Join Ralph Macchio, William Zabka ("Sweep the Leg" Johnny), and Martin Kove (Sensei Jon Kreese) as they talk about the making of the film after a screening.

Super Week also boasts the Nickelodeon reunion with Polaris, Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman and Malcolm Gladwell, and and a whole lot more Super Week. The full schedule is here.

by Bill Pearis

Sex Jams

Austria is not a huge country and hasn't had that many famous musicians (Mozart, Falco, Belphagor...) but that hasn't stopped Vienna's Sex Jams from pursuing their dream of making shouty-punky rock for all to hear. A cassette compilation of the group's Austrian-released music, titled Hits, will be out next month via Old Flame which will be their first US release. We've got the premiere of "Queens Club" from it in this post.

Sex Jams are in NYC as we speak, kicking off a string of dates with Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Both bands, along with Honne Wells, play tonight (10/1) at Cake Shop and Death by Audio on Friday (10/3) with White Rope on that show as well.

They'll be back in NYC for CMJ, including the Old Flame showcase at Cake Shop on October 25 with Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, YAWN, Girlpool, Girl Tears and more TBA. All dates are listed, plus the track stream and other from the cassette, below...

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Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Danny Brown has a few dates coming up, including three appearances in NYC this week. One is the previously announced show at Sonos Studio on Thursday (10/2) which RSVP is now closed for. Later that night, Danny will appear at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall at 10 PM. Tickets for that party are available. Then on Friday (10/3) he plays a free show at House of Vans. To get into that, you have to RSVP to RSVP@pacsun.com which closes today (10/1). It was still open as of two hours ago.

All DB dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Weezer

Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.

Aussie/UK's Allo Darlin make more of their charming indie pop on We Come From the Same Place, due out via Slumberland. You can listen to that one at Pitchfork. Their tour hits Glasslands in October.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.

Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.

Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.

Justin Vernon associate Field Report brings in new synthy layers to his folk songs on Marigolden, due via Partisan. That can be streamed at Pitchfork.

Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.

The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.

Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.

Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.

SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.

The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.

Steve Gunn's kinda-psychedelic folk and excellent guitar playing are intact for his newest LP, Way Out Weather, due via Paradise of Bachelors. Listen at NPR.

Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.

Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.

Wampire's new album, Bazaar, due via Polyvinyl, is genuinely weird but also genuinely rocking. Check it out for yourself, below. They'll be touring with TOPS and also playing CMJ.

Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.

And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.

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Permanent Records

First Bradford Cox plays Greenwood Park and now a popular Greenpoint record store opens at 20th Street and 4th Ave. South Slope/Windsor Terrace/Sunset Park/Gowanus/Greenwood Heights/Whatever-You-Call-This-Area is getting hipper by the minute! Head over to 159 20th Street in Brooklyn (between 3rd & 4th), and welcome Permanent Records to the area (hopefully a permanent addition).

Look close though, or you might miss the spot (the above-pictured sign helps). It's not a traditional sidewalk storefront. You need to buzz to get in (#1B). They're open 11-7, 7 days a week and are within Brooklyn Works. Check out a few more pictures below...

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Neil Diamond @ Erasmus Hall High this week (more by David Andrako)
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We mentioned that Neil Diamond's Erasmus Hall High School show on Monday (9/29) was filmed and some of that footage has now appeared in a short, three-minute EPK for the new album and 2015 tour. You can see him perform new single "Something Blue," plus they talk to a few of the Neil superfans in line and a quick glimpse of superfan Geraldo Rivera. Hopefully more of that footage will surface, but in the meantime watch this below.

Neil will be back where he belongs -- an arena -- when his tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 26Tickets for that show go on sale October 13 at 10 AM with a few presales starting October 6.

Video below...

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Lucinda Williams @ Rough Trade 9/29/2014
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On past albums Ms. Williams has portrayed herself at moments of rage, excess and grief; now she prefers stability. Her songs are fully aware of wounds and pitfalls, but they're more likely to be looking back or looking outward. Ms. Williams shows her kindly side in songs like "Temporary Nature (of Any Precious Thing)" "Stand Right by Each Other" and "When I Look at the World," which admits, "I've been a total wreck" before it goes on to cherish "the world and all its glory."

The surly, righteously wrathful Ms. Williams hasn't disappeared. She's still seething, and revealing some lingering pain, in "Cold Day in Hell" and "Big Mess," each a good riddance to an ex. And she's still thinking about loneliness: in "Wrong Number," which gradually reveals a tale of trouble and abandonment, and in "This Old Heartache," an old-fashioned honky-tonk tune that conceals neat craftsmanship behind the tearful scrape of her singing. - [NY Times]

Lucinda Williams celebrated the arrival of her first self-released album, the double-length Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone at Rough Trade on Monday (9/29). (Rough Trade, the label, put out Lucinda's acclaimed 1988 self-titled album.) Accompanied by guitarist Stuart Mathis (who played in The Wallflowers), Williams performed stripped-down versions of songs old and new. Pictures from the Rough Trade show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

While in NYC, Williams stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Protection" and video of that is below. Lucinda will be back in NYC to play at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band, part of her fall tour. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Rough Trade and the Tonight Show performance video, below...

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Delta Spirit

Folk rockers Delta Spirit are currently on the road in support of their newest album Into the Wide (out now), and last night (9/30) they officially began their multi-night NYC run after a private Ad Week party at Spotify's offices during the day. Last night's show was at Mercury Lounge, was the smallest one and had them going on late at 10:45 and playing until almost 12:30. Pictures of that show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

They continue tonight (10/1) at Bowery Ballroom with Streets of Laredo and Thursday (10/2) at MHOW with Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen. Like last night's Merc show was, those two are both sold out.

More pictures below...

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ZZ Top at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Iconic boogie rockers ZZ Top will be on tour next year now that bassist Dusty Hill is recovered from a hip injury that caused the band's tour with Jeff Beck to be cut short this past August (including a show at Jones Beach). A few of the dates with Beck have been rescheduled, but not Jones Beach. The closest the dates come to NYC is Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on March 11 (tickets) and Kingston, NY's Ulster Performing Arts Center on March 13 (tickets).

In related news, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is one of a slew of classic rock veterans are coming together to support, well, veterans. The third annual edition of Wall Street Rocks also features bringing Warren Haynes from Allman Brothers, John Popper from Blues TravelerLate Night with David Letterman band members Will Lee and Anton Fig  and other "all-star musicians" for a show to benefit war veterans at the Highline Ballroom on November 10. Tickets for the show are on sale now (just keep in mind that the money is going to a good cause when checking out those prices).

Billy Gibbons is also playing Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, the day after the veteran's benefit. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

While Warren Haynes may be playing in November, Allman Brothers are calling it quits at the end of October. The band's final shows are happening at Beacon Theatre on October 21-28. Tickets for all of the Beacon shows except the 24th are already sold out. There are also Allman Bros afterparties at BB King's on October 24 and October 25, the latter of which features Allman Bros drummer Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

All ZZ Top dates are listed below...

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We now have details on the new Quintron & Miss Pussycat album. It's titled Spellcaster II: Death In Space and will be out October 28 On Pizza Burglar Records. The new record is a mix of their signature organ-driven party jams and droney, atmospheric instrumentals. We've got the premiere of "Do the Raid," which definitely falls into the former category, which you can stream in this post.

As mentioned, Quintron & Miss Pussycat's tour brings them to NYC on November 29 at Baby's All Right (tickets).

The band also have a side project called Weather Warlock which uses a specially designed "massive analog synth" (also named Weather Warlock) that is controlled in part by "sun, wind, rain, and temperature." More:

The weather sensors are mounted to a post and detect temperature, wind, sun, and rain. This all analog synthesizer produces a wide range of tones and harmonics based around a consonant E major chord with special audio events occurring during sunrise and sunset.
There's a picture of the synth and a live stream based on New Orleans' current conditions, below and more details on how it all works at their new website Weather for the Blind. Weather Warlock made their live band debut last weekend at Gonerfest and will play NYC the day before Quintron's show (11/28) at Secret Project Robot at sunset (4:30 PM).

All dates are listed, plus streams, below...

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