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July 30, 2014

Daniele Baldelli (not a recent pic)
Daniele Baldelli

A founding father of the Cosmic Disco sound, Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli rose to prominence with his mixture of European electronica, synth pop (often played at slower speeds), equalizer effects, and ethnic folk music. Baldelli's use of African and Brazilian material helped distinguish his style from Italo disco, which permeated the clubs of Northern Italy during the 1970s. Taking up residence at the Cosmic, a venue by Lake Garda, he introduced club goers to a worldly, hypnotic sound during the late '70s and early '80s. Although the Cosmic Disco movement slowed down as the '80s progressed, Baldelli's reputation allowed him to extend his career into the following decades. [AllMusic]
Famed Italian DJ and Cosmic Disco pioneer, Daniele Baldelli will be in the US this weekend for three shows, one in Philly on Friday followed by two daytime shows in NYC. First, he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/2) with live sets from Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh, UK duo Simian Mobile Disco, and former Effi Briest and Up Died Sound member Hiro Kone, plus the Software-signed Maria Chavez. Tickets for that show are still available.

Then, the next day Daniele plays Output's Sundays on the Roof with a DJ set from Metro Area and Cem G. 2 PM doors. Tickets are on sale now.

Simian Mobile Disco will also keep the party going after Warm Up when they DJ a FIXED party at Cameo late night on Saturday (8/2) with FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that are available. SMD will return to NYC in September when their tour performing their new live-recorded album Whorl hits MHOW, also with JDH & Dave P (tickets).

All Daniele Baldelli dates are listed, with some videos, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Despite debating calling it quits before finally calling it quits, Blake Judd's black metal band Nachtmystium lives on with one final LP, The World We Left Behind, due out on Century Media on August 5. "Tear You Down" is the first song off the album, and, as is often the case with Nachtmystium's work, it's good -- creeping, brooding and blasting, with electronics that stutter in and out over the track. Judd's vocal delivery is whispered and, later, hysterically barked. A maniacal laugh ushers the track out.

Stream "Tear You Down" (via Pitchfork) below...

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Mark Eitzel
Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel, leader of seminal indie rock/slowcore band American Music Club, hasn't put out new music in a couple years now, but he's touring as we speak. The tour comes to Brooklyn on Saturday (8/2) at The Wick for what will be a pretty solid night of singer/songwriters with Jay Farrar/Jim James collaborator Anders Parker and falsetto-driven indie folk singer Death Vessel. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of Mark's dates, including one with Stephin Merrit and another with Thalia Zedek, are listed below.

The Wick show is an 8 PM show, and after that Paul Johnson, Egyptrixx, Sinden and Doctor Jeep will take over the venue for a late-night dance party which begins at 11. Tickets for that show are available too.

You can catch Death Vessel in NYC again later this year when his tour with Mirah hits LPR on 10/11. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Mark Eitzel dates are listed, with videos of all three artists on that Wick show, below...

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Foxygen will be back with a new album this fall, Foxygen...And Star Power, which will be out October 14 via Jagjaguar. It's a whopper -- 24 tracks! -- and you can check out the ELO-ish (by way of Nick Lowe) "How Can You Really" via its video, below.

The band will also be on tour this fall, with two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8 with tourmates Dub Thompson and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). Tickets to both shows are currently on AmEx presale and will be on sale to the general public on Friday (8/1), Webster Hall at 10 AM and MHOW at noon.. You can also get tickets to the Webster Hall show via a BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.

West Coast dates are with Steve Gunn opening, and others are with Gary Wilson. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Great Void

The Great Void is the moniker of Brooklyn musician Josh Ascalon, who has some pretty talented friends in the area such as Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Hooray for Earth, Chrome Canyon and members of Neon Indian, all of whom appear on his upcoming album. He's talented himself too, as you can hear on his brand new single, "Shift Age" which Chrome Canyon plays theremin on. It's '80s-style synth pop and readymade for the dancefloor (think "Blue Monday" or something), but Josh's rawer vocals recall the post-punk that much of that kind of stuff evolved out of. We've got the premiere of the video, which was animated by Johnny Woods, and you can watch that below. It's technically NSFW, but it is only animated, so maybe your boss will let it slide.

The Great Void celebrates the new single with a release party on Friday (8/1) at Cameo. It's a midnight show, and Neon Indian headlines with a DJ set. Also on the bill is Ta$$y. Tickets are on sale now.

Video below...

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Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
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As reported earlier today, Morrissey is being sued by former bodyguard Bradley Steyn who claims he was asked to hurt David Tseng who runs fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. Morrissey has responded to these allegations, on Moz conduit True to You, calling them "vexatious lies." (You can totally hear him saying that, can't you?) Here's an excerpt:

The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.

The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms "the Morrissey tour", and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now - mysteriously - wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.

You can read Morrissey's entire statement below...

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by Bill Pearis

Ought @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ought

Montreal's Ought are definitely a band who win people over at shows, including people like myself who were kinda shruggy on their debut album. Folks will continue to have chances to do just that as Ought will be spending most of the second half of 2014 on tour, including a North American run this fall. Those dates include one at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on October 14. Tickets for that show will be available via Ticketmaster soon.

NYC has already gotten a few chances to see Ought. All dates are listed below...

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Scott & Charlene's Wedding

Aussie ex-pats Scott & Charlene's Wedding released Any Port in a Storm last year which should appeal to fans of '80s-era Flying Nun bands or Real Estate. If you missed it upon release, you can stream it via Rdio and check out the Rocky-themed video for "Jackie Boy" below.

As mentioned, Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Brooklyn's Glasslands on September 21 with fellow Australians-living-in-abroad Free Time (tickets). That show is part of their first-ever US tour. All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Turnover

Virginia Beach's Turnover put out their debut LP, Magnolia, last year via Run for Cover and they're set to follow it with the 3-song Blue Dream 7" on August 26 via Broken Rim in the US and Dog Knights in Europe (click the links to pre-order).

Its first single, "Disintegration," is a slow-burner, opening with clean-guitar arpeggios not unlike Brand New's "Jesus Christ" or Manchester Orchestra's "I Can Feel A Hot One." And like those bands, this is wise-beyond-its-years kinda stuff, with singer Austin Getz reflecting on the unchangeable past and the unknowable future. "I just want to try to be a better man before I fall apart," he sings in the song's second half, a crushing post-hardcore climax after the softer intro. It's not the kind of stuff that every band in this style is going to tackle this early in their career, but the fact that Turnover are going for it and succeeding is making them look pretty promising right now. The song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

The band will also be touring in late summer and early fall with Light Years and Malfunction. That tour hits NYC on September 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but will be soon via Ticketweb.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and new song stream, below...

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The Rentals first album in 15 years, Lost in Alphaville, will be out in about a month (August 26) on Polyvinyl. Shortly there after, Matt Sharp and the rest of the band will start playing shows again too. Dates include two in the NY area: September 27 at Irving Plaza, and the day before (9/26) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets to both those NY-area shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.

The Rentals first show back is at LA's Fonda Theatre on September 5. All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from the album, below...

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