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October 1, 2014


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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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

From October 8 - November 5, Carnegie Hall will be hosting the UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival which includes events at Carnegie as well as other NYC venues. Some more details from the press release:

With its UBUNTU festival, Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa, a country with its dizzying patchwork of cultures, eleven official languages, and a cultural life like none other. Roughly translated as "I am because you are," Ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, a way of thinking that has influenced recent moves toward reconciliation and cultural inclusion in South Africa as fostered by South Africa's former president, the late Nelson Mandela. The spirit of this philosophy is embodied in the festival's programming, which features a varied lineup of artists representing the many threads that together make up the country's musical culture.
It's now been announced that African-music lover Paul Simon will be performing during the festival on October 18 at Carnegie Hall, joining South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who he performed with on his Graceland tour. This will be the first time they've performed together in NYC since 1993. Other guests on the concert include South African ensembles Thokoza (six-woman choral group), the Bakithi Kumalo Band (led by Paul Simon's longtime bass player), and Shabalala Rhythm, as well as Zulu maskandi musician Maqhinga Radebe. Ladysmith Black Mambazo also perform without Paul in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall the next night (10/19). Tickets are on sale now.

In 2015, Paul will tour Australia, New Zealand and Europe. All of his dates are listed, with a trailer for UBUNTU and a video of him performing "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, below...

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One of Australia's best and most influential bands, The Go-Betweens, and their exceptional catalog of music will be reexamined via a series of deluxe box sets to be released by Domino. The first, G Stands For Go-Betweens: Volume 1, 1978-1984, is out January 20, 2015 features their remastered versions of their first three albums (Send Me A Lullaby, Before Hollywood & Spring Hill Fair) from the original analogue tapes, plus a vinyl LP anthology of their early singles.

Also included are four CDs of of rare, hard-to-find and unreleased demos, recordings, radio sessions and a complete live concert radio broadcast from 1982, plus a 112 page book of archival photos, new liner notes by founding member Robert Forster, essays and more, and a reproduction of the poster for their first single, "Lee Remick."

The first 600 copies sold also come with a randomly selected book from the late Grant McLennan's personal literary collection along with a specially-printed bookmark signed by Robert Forster, certifying their veracity. Pre-orders ($160) are being taken now.

Will the remastered LPs be reissued individually? No word yet, but Domino did it for Orange Juice. Package art and full tracklist, plus a few related videos, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

American Football's secret Chicago show in August (more by Jeff Ryan)
American Football

As you might have heard, American Football are reunited this year (and they just added four New Year's shows in Chicago), but singer Mike Kinsella is keeping busy in other ways too. On December 2 he'll release an album of covers under his Owen alias via Polyvinyl. Appropriately titled Other People's Songs, the record will feature covers of Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me! and Smoking Popes. The Smoking Popes song he chose, "Under The Blanket," just premiered over at Stereogum and you can take a listen below. He does a great job with it and really makes it sound like an Owen song, which he's proved he's pretty good at on past covers like his version of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale."

In other news, a new article on Buzz Weekly mentions that there may be new American Football material:

"There are no plans to record any new material currently. I wouldn't rule it out, but the logistics of doing it are tough," [guitarist Steve] Holmes said. "That said, I do have a few parts in my back pocket for potential new songs. Mike and I have worked on one of these so far, and we may try to finish it up to include in this run of shows."
The American Football NYC run begins this month with sold-out shows at Webster Hall on 10/10 with S. Carey, 10/11 with Into It Over It, and 10/12 with Matt Pond. Right before that, Owen plays the smaller Studio at Webster Hall on 10/9 with S. Carey (also sold out).

Smoking Popes cover and full Other People's Songs tracklist below...

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Hard Girls
Hard Girls

Over the summer, Hard Girls made their NYC debut at Death by Audio with Bomb the Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock, and now the two will be heading out on a full tour together. For this tour, Jeff will be playing with his Antarctigo Vespucci project, which is him and Chris Farren from Fake Problems. The tour hits NYC on November 15 at Palisades (no advance tickets yet). Hard Girls have other shows, including one of the LA nights of Alkaline Trio's discography shows. All of their dates are listed below.

Jeff Rosenstock has also signed to SideOneDummy as a solo artist and will be putting out the new "Hey Allison!" b/w "I'm So Gross" 7" on his upcoming tour with a full length to follow in 2015. You can stream the a-side below. Jeff also has solo dates including a full band show at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 22. All of his and Antarctigo Vespucci's dates, plus a stream of "I'm Giving Up On U2" from AV's recent Soulmate Stuff album (released before U2 forced their album on everyone btw), below.

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by Bill Pearis


One of the catchiest songs on The New Pornographers' Brill Bruisers (an album filled with super-catchy songs) is "Dancehall Domine" which is the new single and just got a video from directorial team Leblanc + Cudmore. It's a hodgepodge of ideas but all very stylishly shot in widescreen. Says one half of the directorial team, Scott Cudmore:

Sometimes I like watching the b-roll or behind the scenes or outtakes on DVDs and blu-rays...'Dancehall Domine' is meant to feel like a whole bunch of those clips sort of strung together as if they're taken from some fucked up Italian or French musical maybe. Or a bunch of fragments from films like that--thrillers, bad romances, in one case we're clearly referencing Clouzot's famous L'enfer tests. We even have the man himself in there!
It's about time someone referenced L'enfer in a New Pornographers video! Watch it below.

You can catch New Pornographers (with new yet-unnamed drummer) when their tour hits NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets) with Pains of Being Pure at Heart. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

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Ryan Adams (left) w/ Bob Mould in September (more by PSquared)
Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams' upcoming tour already has four NYC shows: two solo shows at Carnegie Hall (11/15 & 17) and two full-band shows at Hammerstein Ballroom (11/22 & 23), which you can still get tickets too. He's now expanded his tour, giving one more chance to catch him not far from NYC around then when he plays NJ's Count Basie Theatre on November 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (10/2) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Ryan released a new album this year and recently performed a few of its songs on NPR's World Cafe. During that performance, he also covered Foreigner's powerballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is." If you're into that sort of thing, you can check that out with his list of dates, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

RVIVR / Slingshot Dakota @ Saint Vitus - 9/30/14
Slingshot Dakota

RVIVR brought their tour to NYC for two shows this week in support of their new Bicker and Breathe EP, Shea Stadium on Monday (9/29) and Saint Vitus last night (9/30), where they were joined by Aye Nako, Shellshag and Slingshot Dakota. Having seen the two local bands on the bill before, of the openers I was most excited to catch Bethlehem, PA's Slingshot Dakota who I'd somehow gone this long without seeing and hope to continue remedying that. Unfortunately I only caught their last three songs (but they mentioned that they opened with a Promise Ring cover), but from what I did see they sounded excellent. Singer/keyboardist Carly Comando is a hugely energetic performer and for a band that could be seen as temperate indie pop, drummer Tom Patterson pounds the hell out of those skins like he's in a way more aggressive band. It's a great mix.

Shellshag followed with their usual eccentricities, each member standing opposite each other across their homemade speaker/light show/mic stand box. They sounded great as always. As did Aye Nako, who took the opportunity to play a couple new songs which sounded good. You can catch them again soon with Ex Hex and Speedy Ortiz.

Not sure if it ever sold out, but it really packed in for RVIVR's headlining set, and just about everyone there (band and audience included) looked like they were in the best mood. I'm not even the most familiar with all of RVIVR's music, but it was undeniable how great that show was. It's super tight, super powerful pop punk done just about as well as you could ask for, and the good vibes going back and forth between the crowd and band all night were so genuine. At one point they dedicated a song to the freaks and to queer love, and were met with huge cheers. Later on they dedicated another song to feminism and equality, and once again the whole place applauded. At one point, Mattie Canino broke a string and when he went to fix it and someone yelled out something like "it's not punk to fix strings!" he said, "It is punk to fix strings, we're changing it. Just like we're changing it so it's not punk to hurt people at shows. Punk is ours, and we can change it." They didn't directly say if that had anything to do with Joyce Manor's anti-stage diving stance, but given all the recent talk about it, it felt like an even more powerful sentiment than it would usually be.

More pictures of all four bands from Saint Vitus, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Atlanta's Small Reactions make noisy, heart-on-sleeve indiepop not too far off from the friends/neighbors Gold-Bears but with a more krauty chassis. They've been around for a few years but are just now set to release their debut album, Similar Phantoms, on October 28. We've got the premiere of the motorik "Terrorangles" which you can stream, along with another track from the new album, below.

Small Reactions were last in NYC in December. They'll be back next month when their fall tour hits Cake Shop on October 26. Rest of that lineup is still TBA but all tour dates are listed, plus the song streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Say Hi

Say Hi released his/their eighth album, Endless Wonder, earlier this year via Barsuk, the followup to 2011's Um, Uh Oh. The band's signature indie pop is in full effect here and if you've yet to check it out you can do so now by streaming it in full (via AV Club) below. Say Hi have now announced a US tour in support of the album which brings them back to NYC on November 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...

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