August 21, 2014

by Jonathan Dick

Interpol, NYC, June 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Interpol

Next month will see the release of El Pintor, the fifth full-length from Interpol. Since their eponymous debut with 2002's acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol have continued to explore the depth of their music - a veritable force of sound that varies between the detached misanthropy of bands like Joy Division and those punk compositional textures of bands like Fugazi. While maturation can be a difficult thing to come by in the realm of initial popularity, Interpol have not let the success of their debut be a place of creative satisfaction. Even twelve years after their breakout, Interpol sound as ambitious as ever. BrooklynVegan spoke to Daniel Kessler (guitars/vocals) about the band's upcoming release and what their story has entailed so far.

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It's been four years since the self-titled. Was there a different mindset for you guys coming into El Pintor just given that gap in time?

Daniel: We hadn't really discussed, in all honesty, "What are we gonna do" or "How are we gonna do this?" or "What's it gonna be like?" We really didn't. We just kinda got together in August 2012 and borrowed my friends in Battles' space for a few days and basically by day two Paul [Banks] was like "Maybe I should jump on the bass because I tend to sing the bass melodies pretty frequently, and it might help anchor the positions of the songs," and I was like "Cool." It was actually the first time we'd had any discussion about what we were gonna do bass wise for that record, and I had no idea what sort of bass player he really was. I knew he played bass on his record, but right away it was pretty clear. I was more enthused than anything. I'd say by day two or day three we had the formation of what are now a couple of songs on the record. Obviously it's not the songs on the record as far as arrangements, but we had a guitar and bass line and vocals, which we'd never really done that soon off the bat. Sam [Fogarino] flew down from Athens, and by the end of eight days we probably had three songs that were in pretty good shape, and we recorded it, and we really liked the construction, we liked what was happening energy-wise. We didn't really get together again after the last album until 2013 as far as writing goes, so we really wrote the whole record in 2013. It wasn't really, for me, until the very end that I started having a look at what kind of record we had made. During the writing process I knew that the songs had maybe an urgency to them, but I wasn't sort of analyzing anything while we were still in the game. It's like you're looking in from a step back. While we're in the middle of writing and all that, I'm just kind of more focused on what we're doing and logistics and when we're gonna get together again and stuff like that.

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Yeezus

What's those sneakers, Margiela? Yes they are, and they're also pony hair. Maison Martin Margiela, the designer Kanye West loves to namedrop, designed him a sneaker for his Yeezus tour and now you can own a pair too. If you're into like, wearing things made of pony hair, that is. It's available at Tres Bien and it's only $975 which is a steal especially when you consider the dust bag is included.

Maybe don't let Kanye near that pony North West asked for for Christmas this year. Oh, and no word on whether Kanye's puppy skin gloves will get a public release too.

Kanye made two of the top 10 albums of the decade so far, says Pitchfork.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Ally Newbold
Free Throw

Nashville's Free Throw are releasing a new album, Those Days Are Gone, on September 16 via Count Your Lucky Stars (pre-order), and the LP's newest single, "Tongue Tied," is premiering in this post. Yes, Free Throw are "emo revival," and yes there's been a lot of this stuff lately, but if you miss the 1996-2002 period of the genre, few new songs are gonna hit the spot like this one. It successfully brings together Tell All Your Friends dual vocals with American Football's shimmering guitars, and the #feels are all over this song. Check it out below.

Free Throw are also heading out on a tour with CYLS founders Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), whose new LP came out this week and is streaming below. The tour doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for a Long Island show on October 23 at The Wood Shop in Copaigue and an Asbury Park show on October 28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the LI show and the NJ show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the streams, below...

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Soundcloud

Some news from the people over at Soundcloud today...

Big news to share today: I am proud to announce the launch of On SoundCloud, our new creator partner program. On SoundCloud lays the foundation for creators to make money from their work on the platform.

As artists ourselves, Eric and I started SoundCloud with a simple vision. We wanted to develop tools for creators, help them reach fans all over the world, and shape a way we could pay the creators who fuel the growth of SoundCloud.

We're laying this foundation by initially inviting a small group of creators to become Premier partners in the On SoundCloud program, enabling them to make money on the platform. Over time we will roll this out across the creator community.

To make this possible, we're introducing advertising from select brand partners to SoundCloud. When someone sees or hears an ad, they're supporting an artist. We will include ads gradually and bring on more advertisers as we grow On SoundCloud.

Everybody at SoundCloud is really excited about bringing this creator program to you. We often hear people say, 'I'm on SoundCloud'. Now we're happy to be able to offer even more for the millions of creators who have made it the best place in the world to share and discover music & audio.

Alex Ljung
Founder and CEO of SoundCloud

An article on The NY Times also points out, "Eventually, it plans to introduce a paid subscription that will let listeners skip those ads, as they can with Spotify and other licensed services."

by Bill Pearis

LA Font

As mentioned, Los Angeles trio LA Font are heading towards the Atlantic this weekend for their first East Coast tour. Just in time is the video for their song "Onshore," from their debut album. Directed by Hank Friedmann, the clip takes an apocalyptic/literal approach to the phrase "loose lips sink ships." It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

LA Font's tour hits NYC for two shows: Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/24) with Swimming and Radical Dads (tickets) and then Cake Shop on Monday (8/25) with Water, Ravens & Chimes and KNTRLR. All dates are listed, plus the new video, below...

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The Knife at Terminal 5 in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Knife

The Knife returned in 2013 with Shaking the Habitual, their first album since 2006, and went on their first North American tour in forever in support of it. Now, the band have sadly announced that following their European tour this fall, they'll be calling it quits. In a new interview with Dazed, the band said, "We will close down, it's our last tour. We don't have any obligations to continue."

A post on the band's website reads:

In the autumn we will round up the Shaking The Habitual Show Tour with a number of European dates. After the touring last year we reworked the show during the winter. The performers, previously known as dancers, learnt how to sing and play instruments, the stage got three levels, Shannon Funchess joined us and the show became more fun and shiny. We performed it in the US in the spring and now we would love you to join us in our dance for some last shaking moves.

"A handfull elf pee
That's my soul
Spray it allover
Fill the bowl
Legs astride
An axe to grind
Generous actions with the speed of light
Without you my life would be boring"

See you on the dance floor...

/Olof and Karin, The Knife

All remaining The Knife dates are listed below...

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The Presets at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
The Presets

The Check Yo Ponytail tour returns this year, headlined by Australian synth pop band The Presets and featuring direct support from experimental rappers Antwon and Le1f on select dates. The NYC stop of the tour happens on Halloween at Warsaw with Antwon. Australia's Chela and Check Yo Ponytail alumnus Franki Chan open on all dates as well. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM local time. You can get tickets here for NYC.

All dates, including The Presets' stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (without the rest of the Check Yo Ponytail tour), are listed below...

Continue reading "The Presets, Antown, Le1f & others going on 2014 Check Yo Ponytail tour, playing NYC on Halloween (dates)"

Underachievers

NYC rap duo The Underachievers already had a couple quality mixtapes out, and earlier this month they finally got around to releasing their debut album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, on RPM / Caroline. The album includes a song sampling New Zealand psych pop band The Ruby Suns, another featuring Portugal. The Man, and production from Statik Selektah, Ryan Hemsworth, Lapalux, Supreme Cuts, Haleek Maul and more. You can stream it in full on NPR and check out a few tracks/videos from it below. Ahead of the album, both UA members also released solo mixtapes which you can download for free HERE and HERE.

The Underachievers will support the new album on a tour with fellow NYC rap group Flatbush Zombies, which hits their hometown on December 5 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, with the videos/streams, below.

Continue reading "The Underachievers released debut LP, touring w/ Flatbush Zombies (dates & videos)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Robyn & Royksopp on Ppier 97 - 8/20/14
Royksopp & Robyn
Royksopp & Robyn

Dance-pop emissaries Robyn and Royksopp kicked off a new North American run of their tour in NYC to a sold-out crowd on Pier 97 last night (8/20). The two acts have been on the road intermittently this year in support of their collaborative mini-LP. Following an opening set from Robyn's fellow Swede Zhala (who's signed to her label), Royksopp played a full-band set with guest vocals from collaborator Susanne Sundfor, and then Robyn played her set, getting the biggest cheers of the nights for her hits "Call Your Girlfriend" and "Dancing On My Own." Then Robyn and Royksopp closed things out together with their collaborative set, which included material from their mini-LP and an encore of "None of Dem" (from Robyn's Body Talk LP), which features Royksopp. Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

You can get your Robyn on in NYC again with the 'This Party Is Killing You' party, "a night of all Robyn everything," happening at Glasslands on September 26. Tickets for that are on sale now.

More pictures and the video from their Fallon performance two days earlier, below...

Continue reading "Robyn & Royksopp (joined by Susanne Sundfor) played Pier 97 after Fallon (pics, video & setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

Deaf Wish

Melbourne, Australia's Deaf Wish have been around, making skronky noise since the late '00s. The band will release a new four-song 7" EP, titled St Vincent's, via Sub Pop on October 7. You can stream the title cut in all it's sneery, droning glory below.

Like seemingly all of Australia's indie rock contingent, Deaf Wish are coming over for Gonerfest 11 in Memphis next month and have plotted a North American tour around it. Those dates include two in NYC: October 2 at Death by Audio (where they've played before) and October 3 at a venue TBA.

All dates are listed, along with new single stream and their 2010 album stream, below...

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