August 27, 2015
Here's the video for Alex G's "Bug," the current single from his forthcoming Domino Records debut, Beach Music. Directed by Micah Van Hove, it follows a young, scraggly us-Vs-the-world couple on a lazy day of smoking, driving, hanging out, and fireworks. Experience the vibes below.
As mentioned, Alex G's tour kicks off with a record release show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on October 8 with Ronald Paris (of Porches), and Forth Wanderers. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below.
Kurt Vile's new album, new album b'lieve i'm goin down... is still a month away and for those who have resisted the temptation of leaks, you can hear some of the new album in a trailer just released by Matador Records. The video shows Kurt and the Violators working on the new album and generally goofing around. You can watch that, and the video first single "Pretty Pimpin" below.
Officially looking forward to the next season of Portlandia after seeing the above photo posted to Carrie Brownstein's Instagram, hoping Carrie wears that outfit to her upcoming almost-Halloween appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, hoping Danzig does not wear his outfit at any of his Halloween-time shows this year (October 21st at Best Buy Theater included), AND not sure when Portlandia Season 6 hits IFC, but meanwhile you can catch Fred in his new IFC show Documentary Now!.
Check out a couple more pics from what seems to be a goth-themed sketch, via Fred's instagram, below...
Fat White Family apparently aren't fans of fellow indie rocker Mac DeMarco, as they made clear in a short Facebook post yesterday. They cited a video of Mac playing "Still Together" at Pitchfork, saying "jest or not, it is a crime" and then adding:
"not only does this song sound exactly like the lion sleeps tonight but it also contains the lyrical gem " its easy love, fits like a glove, from up above... together" .... he should be contemplating his crimes in a windowless cell in the Hague... god is on our side.Hopefully Mac doesn't give in to their demands, and hopefully they don't make good on their promise.
Fat White Family and Mac, who both played Austin's Levitation fest earlier this year, will also both play UK fest End of the Road in September. Maybe they can hug it out there. For Mac, that fest is one date on a huge world tour that includes sold out shows at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on October 11 and at the Troc in Philly on October 12. Tickets are still available for his October 10th show with Alex Calder at the Cap though, for those who don't want him to stop making music and who missed him at his four recent NYC shows. All of his dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Destroyer's "Times Square," the centerpiece track to new album Poison Season, has now been turned into a charmingly weird music video. Director Shayne Ehman says the video started with an ill-fated trip to New York. "We ended up just wandering around New York til 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really," which then put them on a different track. "I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those 'forces of nature in love...' which seem to rule the song. I let the sun do its thing and let the earth do it's thing and watched time unfold. I watched the clouds unfold and unpack and packup. I was at their mercy, completely."
There's the briefest of shots from the NYC tourist mecca, but most of the video takes place in the forrest where magical woodland beings smoke dope from a saxaphone, lick mushrooms and get weird. Also: a little Dan Bejar lip-synching. Watch it below.
Heems at Baby's All Right, 8/25/2015 (photo via @jcohen008)
Would you like to see a sitcom about Heems? It may happen:
Hey! So... 20th Century Fox bought my story rights for a potential sitcom. Thought I'd let my fans know.— HEEMS AKA POOCHIE (@HIMANSHU) August 26, 2015
When someone asked if this was for real he replied "yes for real. Gotta write the pilot now and pitch networks but fox on board to produce." Heems is a funny guy, and if there could be a show about the "Shit My Dad Says" twitter account, why not this?. Watch his video for "Damn Girl" (from this year's Eat Pray Thug) below.
Heems just played Baby's All Right on Tuesday. Anyone go to that show?
Eagles of Death Metal (aka Jesse "The Devil" Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme) have just released a video for their new single "Complexity," from the forthcoming Zipper Down album. Shot in stark black and white, with Jesse and Josh in turtlenecks and glasses, if you had the volume down you might think it was a Kraftwerk video. But Ralf and Florian never made garagey party rockers like this. Watch it below.
photo: Tyler @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
In Odd Future/Tyler, the Creator manager Christian Clancy's own words:
tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom. the letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin - the type of lyrics he hasn't written since... highlights from the letter include that his work "encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality" and "fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.." i grew up on NWA, eminem and rage against the machine, so its hard to me to fully wrap my head this thought process and its implications.Tyler is still allowed to tour in the US though, and you can catch him across America with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Vince Staples this fall.
to say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets). we rented out a movie theatre last month in London for a private showing of napoleon dynamite for his fans. literally last month.
more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth. what i do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up? since the letter acknowledged he was writing from an alter ego perspective does this then apply to book writers? the fact that he has evolved into someone who has acknowledged and grown out of that is simply lost in the narrative. is he not worthy of the pat on the back for becoming aware and making changes? what message does that send? is race a conscious or subconscious factor at all?
theres a lot to absorb and understand, but while he gets painted as some sort of anti christ i want to make sure people know the facts, which are that he hasn't delved into those lyrics in years - he writes songs about cars and spreading your wings. he doesn't drink or smoke, he owns his own businesses, he takes care of his family and friends, he's honest, grateful, aware, fearless, intelligent, and inspiring. his shows serve as a release, not acts of aggression.
is he perfect? absolutely not. he's a human evolving like the rest of us, and evolution is a process, not a light switch.
im not defending his OLD lyrics. to be honest they make me cringe, but i stand beside him because of who he actually IS. our 8 year old daughter, who is constantly inspired by him, said it best; "why would they ban tyler? that makes no sense."
by Bill Pearis
Austin's Spray Paint already released one record this year, Punters on a Barge, and already have a new one in the can, titled Dopers, which will be out via Monofonus on October 4. The new one was produced by Chris Woodhouse, who has twiddled knobs for most of the current garage rock glitterati (Oh Sees, Wand, Ty, etc). He brings a fuller sound (and definitely more of a bottom end) to Spray Paint's caustic sound, without softening it one iota. The pudding of proof: sneering ripper "Thrash Master" still sounds like it could strip paint. Listen below.
The band will be on tour in October including NYC for CMJ with one confirmed fest show so far: October 16 at Union Pool. The rest of that show's lineup and ticket info are still TBA. All dates are listed below.