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November 25, 2015

photo: Richard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Glen Hansard is on tour now, and since we last spoke the legendary Richard Thompson was added as an opener to a few dates. One of those is the Brooklyn show happening Monday (11/30) at Kings Theater.

Glen's other NYC show, Tuesday (12/1) at Beacon Theatre, is with August Wells who also joined him at Housing Works in September. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Richard Thompson returned this year with the Jeff Tweedy-produced album Still, which just landed on MOJO's Top 50 LPs of 2015 list. Listen to a track from that below...

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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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The Replacements reunion may be done, but frontman Paul Westerberg is staying busy. He's got a new collaborative project with Juliana Hatfield (whose band the Juliana Hatfield Three also recently reunited) called the I Don't Cares. They're set to release an album called Wild Stab, but meanwhile two singles are out. One is "1/2 2 P" which came out a few weeks ago, and the other is "King of America" which just came out on iTunes today, as Consequence of Sound points out (via Pitchfork). That one doesn't appear to be streaming anywhere yet, but you can listen to "1/2 2 P" via Spotify, below.

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The 6th annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 12 at Knitting Factory. The premise, as always, is this:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the whole lineup of musicians involved hasn't been revealed, it will feature members of The Hold Steady, Guided By Voices, Swans, Autre Ne Veut, Unlocking The Truth, Moon Hooch, Tokyo Police Club, Weeknight, The Rapture, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Last year's event was a lot of fun. Tickets are on sale and proceeds this year will go to to Daniel's Music Foundation, a non profit organization that provides recreational music programs to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, ages three to adult in the NYC area.

photo: Teenage Jesus & the Jerks at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
Teenage Jesus & the Jerks

Nicolas Jaar's label Other People will be in residency at RIdgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos this December, and they have some very exciting stuff coming up.

It begins on December 8 with recent Other People signee Okokon, ambient great William Basinski, and a live improv set from Bladerunner and no waver Arto Lindsay. Not to be confused with John Zorn's band of the same name, Bladerunner is a five-piece band including Nicolas Jaar, his Darkside bandmate Dave Harrington, live Darkside member Will Epstein, Tlacael Esparza (ARMS/Friend Roulette) and Samer Ghadry. Tickets are on sale.

Then on December 9 it's a Nicolas Jaar DJ set in the basement (100 cap, tickets only available at doors), followed by influential hip hop DJ Afrika Bambaataa spinning a vinyl-only DJ set on December 10 with Against All Logic (DJ), Solpara (live), DJ Slugo (DJ), and Valentin Stip (DJ). Tickets are on sale.

Lastly, legendary no wave band Teenage Jesus & the Jerks will reunite once again to close the residency on December 11. Singer Lydia Lunch plays shows a good amount, but Teenage Jesus haven't played since their 2009 reunion (which had Thurston Moore on bass). That show is with A Pleasure (live) and Hollow Earth b2b Ancient Astronaut. No word on what the band's lineup will be for this yet. Tickets are on sale now. Other People reissued a live TJ&TJ LP earlier this year.

Listen to some of the artists below...

Continue reading "Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, William Basinski, Nicolas Jaar, Afrika Bambaataa & more playing Other People residency"

by Bill Pearis


As you may recall, feline internet celebrity Lil BUB is releasing an album, Science & Magic, next week. (Preorders are available and 25% of the proceeds are going to the ASPCA.) As to how much BUB actually had to do with the recording process, her pawprints (and purrs and meows) are all over it -- if you dig '70s synthesizer albums, Italian prog, Ratatat and other instrumental magic you may want to investigate further. You can listen to "New Gravity" from the album right now.

Lil BUB will be going on a record signing tour next week to promote the LP's release, including a stop at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday (12/1). The 5:30 PM event is limited to 100 people and each $60 ticket allows entry of one adult and up to two children (12 and under) that also includes:

-A signed copy of "Science & Magic" (vinyl, or CD)
-A signed, numbered, and personalized limited edition, hand-made art print of BUB on a Turntable, by Justin Santora
-A chance to meet BUB
-A photo with BUB
-A $20 donation to animals in need, to be equally split between Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Lil BUB's Big FUND
All dates of Lil BUB's tour, including a show in Beacon NY, are listed below.

Continue reading "Lil BUB shares "New Gravity" from her new album, going on a record signing tour including Rough Trade NYC (dates)"

OPN at Villain - 11/20/15 (photo via @bendorenfeld)
Oneohtrix Point Never

In summer 2014, Daniel Lopatin found himself unexpectedly living the rock and roll lifestyle by proxy on a tour opening for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.

Far from being the hedonistic experience you might expect, Lopatin would wake at 5:30am every morning for soundcheck at whatever identical amphitheatre he arrived at that day, and spend much of the rest of his time on tour staring out the window looking at "repetitive, brutal and ubiquitous" landscapes. As a self-enforced rule, Lopatin would only listen to hard rock stations Lithium and Ozzy's Boneyard in the car to embrace a specific mindset that seems the antithesis of the strange and striking electronic music he's made his name with over the past 10 years.

Watching Lopatin perform his new album Garden Of Delete live in London recently, it became clear how much of this experience has seeped into his Oneohtrix Point Never persona. Not only is he accompanied by longtime visual collaborator Nate Boyce on guitar, he's framed by two vertical screens that look like smaller versions of those you'd see at corporate arena venues - albeit hacked by an alien intelligence to display a combination of otherworldly CGI images and subliminal messages. [FACT]

Oneohtrix Point Never celebrated Garden of Delete at Williamsburg club Villain this past Friday (11/20), and he's since added more dates to his schedule. It includes another NYC show, this time at the larger Warsaw on March 17. Tickets for that show are on sale.

All dates are listed, with a stream of the album's latest single "Ezra," below...

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by Bill Pearis

Jack Name

Glammy lo-fi artist Jack Name released the strange and wonderful Weird Moons back in January via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. The LP is getting a cassette release via Italy's Maple Death label which is going to be kind special. Given an Italian title translation, Luna Spettrali, Side A will have the entirety of Weird Moons, while Side B will be an entire live show recorded in Bologna, Italy last summer on 1/4 tape. Jack's live shows are very different that the records he's made, and this live show in particular features a bunch of songs that haven't otherwise seen the light of day. We're sharing with you "Sharing With You" from that live side, a creepy funk number to haunt those very late night hours when you should be in bed already. That makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it (along with the entirety of Weird Moons) below.

That cassette is a limited release, so order yours now. Jack is currently in Europe where he plays Salzburg, Austria tonight (11/25) with Ariel Pink. After that he's got a handful of shows in Italy, so if you're over that way, go see him. All dates are listed below.

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Electronic jam band Lotus are playing at show at Terminal 5 on February 6. Tickets are currently on sale.

Tickets for the Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven, & Power Trip show at NJ's Starland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for the Hammerstein Ballroom show are on sale now.

Taj Mahal Trio is playing two shows at City Winery on February 16 & 17. Tickets are on sale now.

Fetty Wap is opening for EDM trio Yellow Claw (whose new album on Mad Decent features Ty Dolla $ign and Pusha T) on December 26 at Pier 36, part of Big Week NYC. Tickets are on sale.

Marc Cohn is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Grammy-winning debut album with two shows at City Winery on March 26 & 27. Tickets are currently on Vinofile member presale.

Tickets to the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Shea Stadium with Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren), and Mikey Erg go on sale at 10 AM.

Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth & The Catapult), Shannon Conley (Lez Zeppelin, Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Jenna Nicholls, and more are playing a tribute to PJ Harvey to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Stories From The City, Stories From the Sea on December 18 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are currently on sale.

Dropkick Murphys are going on a 20th anniversary tour that hits NYC on March 9 and 10 at Webster Hall with Tiger Army and Darkbuster. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/27) at noon. The tour also includes four shows and one afterparty in Boston.

The Losers Lounge are playing six Brill Building tribute shows for three nights at Joe's Pub on December 3, 4 & 5. Tickets are currently on sale.

Soul legend Gladys Knight and The O'Jays are playing a show at Beacon Theatre on January 16. Tickets are currently on sale.

G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg sold out their show at Terminal 5 and added a second show on January 23. Tickets are on artist presale now and go on general sale on Friday at 10 AM.

Soul & R&B icon Nona Hendryx will pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf with a show called "Parallel Lives" which happens at Joe's Pub on November 29 with two shows (7 PM & 9:30 PM). It features the vocal talents of Joey Arias, Women of the World, Liza Jesse Peterson, Etienne Stadwjck and Hyndryx herself. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die show at Baby's All Right are on sale now. Their MHOW show with Foxing is sold out.

Tickets for the 1349, Tombs and Full of Hell show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

We're giving away tickets to the Kelela show at MHOW on Facebook.

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