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August 18, 2014


It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]
By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?

Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Twin Peaks

Chicago's Twin Peaks were in town at the end of last week on their tour with The Lemons, hitting Mercury Lounge (8/13) and Baby's All Right (8/14). We caught the Baby's show which was one of the wildest shows there probably since Mac DeMarco. They literally tore the roof off the place, with Baby's acoustic tiling being a casualty of rock n' roll. A video of the roof being ripped off and pictures of the hot, sweaty mayhem, including ones of their tourmates The Lemons and opening band Winstons (not Public Access TV who dropped off the show to play with Weezer instead), are in this post.

Twin Peaks played Pitchfork Fest in mid-July. A video of bassist Jack Dolan buying records with $20 a Chicago paper gave him at the fest, can also be watched below. A full, recent KEXP performance and more pics from Baby's down there too.

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Arcade Fire at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Arcade Fire

As you probably know, Arcade Fire have been doing covers specific to the location they're playing on their ongoing tour, and last night (8/17) they did an especially cool one. At their show in DC, the band took on Fugazi's classic "Waiting Room," which you can watch in a video, below.

Their tour lands in NYC this weekend for shows on August 22, 23 & 24 at Barclays Center with the reunited Unicorns and Dan Deacon on all three dates, plus NYC punk legends Television on night 3. Tickets to all three NYC shows are still available.

Meanwhile, Fugazi's first demo is being released.

Video below...

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Photos by Greg Cristman

Echo & the Bunnymen @ Irving Plaza 8/16/2014
Echo & The BunnymenEcho & The Bunnymen

During Echo & the Bunnymen's 90-minute set Friday night at the Orpheum Theatre, singer Ian McCulloch evoked the spirits of Jim Morrison, James Brown, Lou Reed, Nat King Cole and Wilson Pickett by including snippets of their famous songs in the middle of the Bunnymen's own classics.

Some might argue that the '80s stalwarts don't deserve a place next to such esteemed company, but McCulloch wouldn't be one of them. The Bunnymen frontman, once dubbed "Mac the Mouth" by the British press, is his own biggest fan known for spouting off such pronouncements as calling the band's "The Killing Moon" "the greatest song ever written" and saying that in the Bunnymen's prime, "It felt like we were the best band in the world."

At times Friday night the Bunnymen came close to McCulloch's lofty aspirations. Performing as a sextet with guitarist Will Sergeant as the only other original member, the band played a set of their greatest hits and obscurities, but true to McCulloch's supreme confidence, they opened not with a familiar song, but the title track from their new album, Meteorites. With McCulloch's aching and longing vocals and Sergeant's tasteful guitar figures, it didn't sound unlike past Bunnymen classics. But the crowd didn't fully light up until the band ripped into "Rescue," from their 1980 debut Crocodiles, and followed that up with "Villiers Terrance" from the same set. - [The Hollywood Reporter]

Echo & the Bunnymen are currently touring their new album, Meteorites, and hit NYC for two shows at Irving Plaza on Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17). (The review above is from their LA show.) Despite a new album to plug, setlists for both shows were pretty much an '80s hitfest, with classics like "Rescue," "Never Stop," "All My Colours," "Over the Wall," "The Killing Moon" and "Lips Like Sugar." The band is touring as a six-piece with frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant being the only two original members. Pictures from Saturday's sold-out show are in this post. We don't have the exact setlist for Saturday (anyone know it?), but Sunday's setlist is in the post as well.

The band will also be on The Late Show with David Letterman this Thursday (8/21) to perform Meteorites' "Holy Moses." Pictures from Saturday's Irving Plaza show, opener Mikky Ekko included, below...

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The Aphex Twin logo spotted in Tribeca (photo via @jumpfreeze)

Earlier this year, a "lost" album by Aphex Twin side project/pseudonym Caustic Window saw release. Now it seems like something more official could be on the way from Richard D. James, as the Aphex Twin logo has been popping up all over New York City, from outside Radio City Music Hall, to tribeca (see above) to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Meanwhile, in England on Sunday there was a blimp flying over the city with the logo and "2014" written on it as well. James hasn't released an album since 2001 (and nothing much at all since "Rubber Jonny" 10 years ago). With his label Warp celebrating its 25th anniversary, maybe the time is right.

Greys at Shea Stadium in July 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Greys, The Dirty Nil, Hector's Pets, Washer @ Baby's All Right
Toronto noisepunks Greys may knock you back from sheer force, but they are also a precision driving machine. Their debut album came out in June via Carpark and their tour with fellow Canadians the Dirty Nil slams into Brooklyn tonight.

Outside World, Matchess, Husbandry @ Death by Audio
Chicago's Outside World make hooky, anthemic janglepop in the tradition of Tommy Keene, The Barracudas and The dB's, the latter of whom they opened for in their hometown. (More connections: bassist Hazel Rigby is daughter of dB's drummer Will Rigby.) They play with fellow Chicagoans and Verma offshoot Matchess (singer Whitney Johnson) whose spooky, synthy Seraphastra is streamable below.

Statik Selektah @ S.O.B.'s
Long-running DJ Statik Selektah releases his new album, What Goes Around, this week via Duck Down with tons of killer collaborations from Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought, Bun B, POS of De La Soul, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Freddie Gibbs and more. If even a couple of those folks show up for tonight's show, it would be worth checking out.

The Spider Bags, Ba Babes, Microfossils, From Ke @ The Saint (NJ)
Chapel Hill garage rockers Spider Bags released their fourth full length album, Frozen Letter, on August 5 via Merge. The band take a back-to-basics rock n' roll approach that never seems to go out of style, even if it's the 2469th time we're hearing those chord progressions. Their tour hits Union Pool on Tuesday.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show tonight with guests Sasheer Zamata, D.C. Benny, Marc Theobald, and Adam Mamawala -- plus something called "Annie vs Oliver: Something Is Very Wrong With Jean - A Musical."

Scissors 4 U w/ Chris Gethard @ Silent Barn
Hosted by Alaina Stamatis, the 'Scissors 4 U' comedy show welcomes Chris Gethard tonight.

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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August 17, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Morrissey in Dallas in May (more by Tim Griffin)

If you've been following along with the Morrissey Vs Harvest Records cricket match, you will probably not be surprised to learn that Moz has more to say on the subject of whether he isn't or is still signed to the label. From official Morrissey mouthpiece True To You:

In response to Andrew Flanagan's incorrect report for Billboard online (15 August 2014), both Morrissey and Morrissey's lawyer are in possession of email correspondence from Steve Barnett (head of Capitol-Harvest Records), and also from Steve Barnett's personal assistant, both of whom confirm that Capitol-Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey. No recording Agreement with Capitol-Harvest was ever signed by Morrissey, and Morrissey retains full ownership of World Peace is None Of Your Business. Contrary to the assured Billboard report, Capitol-Harvest have very clearly stated that they would have no interest in licensing a second album by Morrissey. Russells (London), who represent Morrissey, are presently concluding Morrissey's relationship with Harvest Records.

Once again, Morrissey is in search of a new label.

Further, Morrissey adds a more personal note in reference to fan-made videos (and Harvest's supposed unwillingness to make official vids):
"Thank you to everyone who has added new videos on You Tube to support World peace is none of your business. Of the newer batch, I am especially moved by The bullfighter dies by trentmorrison, and also by Oboe concerto by Sharon Jheeta. I am so glad that you understand.

I am so sorry that Harvest Records did not understand what they had. You have explained it to them, and I will always be in your debt".

17 August 2014

Having just read Tony Fletcher's 2012 Smiths biography, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths, neither record label woes nor tour cancelations are new additions to Morrissey's MO.

Darkside in Chicago in January (more by Brigid Gallagher)

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have announced that their collaborative project Darkside will be coming to an end ("for now") this year. Their "last show" will take place in their hometown of NYC on September 12 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a smaller space than their last show here at Terminal 5. The show will be opened by Valentin Stip who's signed to Nico Jaar's label. Tickets are on sale now. Their only other US date is FYF Fest. They've also got some international dates which are listed below.

The band have also released two songs recorded while they made their LP, Psychic, which didn't make the cut. Stream those (one appropriately called "Gone Too Soon"), with the list of dates, below...

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Hard Girls

Jeff Rosenstock, Hard Girls, Broadcaster, Chumped @ Death by Audio
All three members of San Jose's Hard Girls back former Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels in his band Classics of Love, and on their own they make scrappy punk rock that feels right at home on their label Asian Man Records. We at BrooklynVegan are proud to present tonight's NYC stop of their tour with Broadcaster, which also features a full-band set from Jeff Rosenstock (frontman of the now-defunct Bomb the Music Industry) and strong locals Chumped. Hope to see you there!

United Nations, Frameworks, Bottomfeeder @ Asbury Lanes
United Nations began as a side project for Geoff Rickly to make extremely heavier music than his main band while he was still in Thursday. Now that that band has called it quits, Geoff is putting a lot more time into United Nations, and even if he insists the project is an elaborate joke poking fun at punk rock, it sounds like one hell of a serious punk rock band. Openers Frameworks pull from a similar type of post-hardcore that UN do (and they probably pull a bit from Thursday as well), and they make a good match.

Echo & The Bunnymen, Mikky Ekko @ Irving Plaza
Despite having a new album, Meteorites, that frontman Ian McCulloch says is their best album in years (he says that about every album) the Bunnymen's recent setlists have been mostly a hit fest. If Songs to Learn and Sing is your favorite album, you'll be in heaven (up here) tonight.

Eminem, Rihanna @ MetLife Stadium
It may be over ten years since Eminem's put out a great album, but The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show are all hip hop classics, and you're bound to hear plenty of those at tonight's show.

Prince Rupert's Drops, Butterscott, Zapps @ Union Pool
Brooklyn psych band PRD headline this show, but perhaps more notable is Boston cult legend Butterscott who has been doing home four-track recordings and releasing cassettes for more that 20 years.

Delorean @ Surf Lodge
After playing the BV-presented show at Baby's All Right last night, Spanish dance troupe Delorean play this free show at this hip Montauk hideout.

Gregory Mendez, The Weaks, Jenna Smith, Last Full Measure, Radiator King @ Palisades
Philly duo The Weaks (aka Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, both ex-Dangerous Ponies) aren't shy about calling themselves products of the '90s, which is certainly the vibe you get from this year's The World Is A Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And I Want To Die. Fellow Philly band Last Full Measure are also along for the ride.

Propagandhi, War on Women, Rvivr @ Webster Hall
Canadian skate punks-turned-thrashers Propagandhi are known for railing against racism, sexism, homophobia, etc and play tonight with two bands with similar agendas, RVIVR and War on Women.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

UPDATE: No Hannibal Buress show tonight.

Chicago, REO Speedwagon @ Jones Beach
Close your eyes and it's 1984 when "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" and "You're the Inspiration" were fighting for you slow dance power-ballad of choice.

Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin @ 50 Kent
This is the dirtybird BBQ, featuring "a big day of sizzling grooves, food and fun in the sun." Special guests on the bill are '80s Def Jam hip hop legends EPMD.

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

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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August 16, 2014


Jacco Gardner plays his second NYC show this weekend tonight (8/16) at Baby's All Right (tickets). His take on baroque psych-pop is joined by an actual '60s baroque singer-songwriter, Nick Garrie. His sole album from that era, The Nightmare of J B Stanislas, is a lost gem that even some crate-digging MOJO subscribers haven't heard of. From the label:

The story begins with a young Garrie who in 1969 is called by the French label DiscAZ (also home to artists such as Brigitte Bardot and Michael Polnareff), to record a debut album, after they heard some demo tracks that impressed them tremendously. Eddie Vartan (Sylvie Vartan's brother, and an important representative of the French rock scene) is put in charge of production, for which he seeks the help of a 56-musician orchestra to fill the album with arrangements and melodic lines - and album that its composer had brought acoustic and bare. The result is the "The Nightmare of J B Stanislas" in which the seriousness of Garrie's melodies, his abstract stories flooded with a Saint Tropez breeze, create a strange chemical reaction with Vartan's orchestrations, and give way to this incredibly addictive work, an authentic canon of beauty, of imagination, of extravagant arrangements full of fantasy. The end of this exciting dream comes when, few short days after the disc goes on sale, the head of DiscAZ, Lucien Morisse, commits suicide, leaving the album orphaned, with no promotion or plan, which resulted in very few copies every getting sold.
The Nightmare of J B Stanislas was reissued by Spanish label Elefant in 2009 as well as a new album, 49 Arlington Gardens, made with help from a cadre of Scottish musicians including members of Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, Trashcan Sinatras and The Delgados. You can stream both albums below.

Nick also plays Joe's Pub on Sunday (8/17) opening for Edward Rogers.

Immediately after the Jacco Gardner show at Baby's is the BV-presented Delorean show and tickets are still available for that too.

Album streams below.

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