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November 25, 2015

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren), and Mikey Erg (of The Ergs, Worriers and a zillion other bands) are teaming up to play a holiday benefit show at Shea Stadium on December 14. They're accepting coats for the New York Cares coat drive and unused toys for Safe Horizon. All proceeds from the door will go to Safe Horizon. It's a pretty stacked lineup, especially for such a small venue, and tickets for what will be a fun night for a good cause go on sale today (11/25) at 10 AM.

The show happens right after Cymbals Eat Guitars wrap up their three BV-presented release shows with Kevin Devine and friends, celebrating KD's split 7" series. The NYC show (12/11 at The Bell House) also has Laura Stevenson.

Jeff Rosenstock (whose van was recently broken into) is on tour now with Modern Baseball, and also hitting NYC on 12/11.

Mikey Erg also has an upcoming December show with Anika Pyle (Chumped) and Lauren Denitzio (Worriers).

Song streams, tour dates, and the Shea show flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

Benjamin Schoos

Benjamin Schoos will release his new album Night Music, Love Songs on January 29 via his own Freaksville label. As the title suggests, the new record is an ode to the wee hours, which is when the Belgian-born Francophone wrote and recorded the album. He elaborates:

Both night and women are the muses of this collection of songs. Nothing would please me more than people listening to my new record while driving down a dark road around 2am. My previous album, Beau Futur, dreamed about three-dimensional pop and constantly broke the tempo within the record. It is a fact, I enjoy playing with the codes and references of pop music and poetry (from Arthur Rimbaud to Arthur Cravan) but this one is definitely is an "anti-reference record." It reflects my moods and emotions at that time, that was 100% my priority. I'm very proud of it. My songwriting and I have grown in this adventure.
Lush synths, piano, and minimal percussion are on the palette for this mood-setting album. The first single and opening track from Night Music, Love Songs is "I Love You," a very French slow jam, complete with a slinky guitar riff, strings (courtesy a vintage Solina String Machine) and, of course, a sax solo. Says Schoos, "It's an intimate song which mixes delicate flavours of nostalgia with intense sentimental rĂªverie. I wanted the listener to be immersed in the nocturnal ambiance I was living in while recording." The track makes its premiere in this post, immerse yourself below.

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photo: Jay Rock @ Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Jay Rock @ S.O.B.'s
While the rest of Black Hippy has been pretty prolific over the past few years, Jay Rock stuck mostly to guest features until he finally got his second album out this year. It's called 90059 and it proves the long gap between albums didn't hurt the quality of his work at all. He was just in NYC opening for Kendrick Lamar, but now he's back on his own tour.

My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon continues tonight with opener Strand of Oaks.

Eddi Front, Rachel Angel, Family Lumber, Beach Moon/Peach Moon @ Palisades
With a spooky, spare piano style, Eddi Front made her debut in 2012 with a self-titled EP. She's now set to release her debut album, Marina, in March. Get an early taste tonight.

Beat Connection, Phantoms, My Body, Psychic Twin @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's Beat Connection began life as more of a DFA style dancerock but have shifted into more soulful, R&B-flavored territory on new album Product 3.

Scott Weiland, The Icarus Line, Ten Ton Mojo @ Gramercy Theatre
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland headlines this show, and if you're going we also think it's worth catching the Nick Cave-ish band The Icarus Line.

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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November 24, 2015


Remember that Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin that they were only pressing one copy of and selling it for a price "in the millions"? Well, Forbes reports that it's been sold:

The saga continues: Wu-Tang Clan's secret album, whose existence was first revealed by FORBES nearly two years ago, has been sold by online auction house Paddle8. The identity of the buyer, however, remains unknown.

...Paddle8 representatives confirmed the sale of Wu-Tang's to FORBES during interviews for a magazine story on the auction house. When contacted for comment, Azzougarh referred FORBES to Paddle8; a company representative reached by email today would not offer any details on the album's buyer or when it was sold.

Part of the mystery of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin's sale may have to do with the elaborate restrictions around its release. At the time Paddle8 was announced as Wu-Tang's chosen auction house, Azzougarh said legal language around the album would prevent a buyer from releasing it commercially for nearly a century.

"After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work," he explained. "However, it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it."

At the very least, we can safely say it's currently our most anticipated album of 2103.


For 10 years, it was the home of the New York-style 24-plus-hour marathon; where EDM tested its chops and earned its stripes; where stars were born and fans were converted. It gave legendary promoter Rob Fernandez a room to transform, weekend in and weekend out. It cooled you off with nitrogen and heated you up with shower dancers. It was the only reason you went West of 11th Avenue (unless your car got towed).

This January, Pacha New York - lauded as one of the top nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag magazine, and "Best Superclub" at the Club World Awards for 5 years - is closing its doors for good. But not until after a month of unforgettable, need-to-be-there, best-parties-of-your-life, culminating in a marathon classics set with 46th Street staple, Jonathan Peters.

Pacha, the EDM club you've been avoiding at all costs for the past decade, will close this January. If for any reason you'd like to see them off, they've at least got a couple not-horrible rap shows coming up: Fabolous on 11/25 and Puff Daddy on 12/4. (They're also presenting the Future, Travi$ Scott and Fetty Wap NYE-week pier shows.)

Peace out, Pacha.

Continue reading "Pacha closing in January (oh no!!!!)"

Sly and the Family Stone

She was the voice that commanded us to "get up and dance to the music," and the woman who Sly Stone put "on the throne" in the Family Stone hit "Dance to the Music."

But that voice has been quieted with the death of Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter, vocalist and co-founder Cynthia Robinson on Monday (Nov. 23) at the age of 69, according to her Facebook page.

...Robinson joined Stone -- who dubbed her "one of the best trumpeters in the world" -- in his Sly and the Stoners band in 1966 and stayed on board as he crafted the pop/rock/R&B synthesis that became the Family Stone. After the group's dissolution in 1975 she went on to play with bassist Larry Graham's Graham Central Station and also worked with George Clinton, Prince and as part of Sinbad's Aruba Summer Soul Festival. Since 2006 she's been part of the Family Stone with Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The group also features her daughter with Sly Stone, Sylvette Phunne Stone, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. (Robinson had one other daughter, Laura Marie). [Billboard]

Sad news today: Cynthia Robinson of legendary soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone has passed away. She was 69, and the cause was cancer.

Rest in peace Cynthia. You'll be missed.

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Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman was to have played the NY Comedy Festival earlier this month with a show at BAM but got sick and had to postpone. She's just announced the makeup date: January 22 at BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building. The show is titled "Sarah Silverman and Friends" and they haven't announced who those friends will be but tickets are on sale.

by Andrew Sacher


Jawws have been kicking around Nashville for a couple of years now, making raw, vicious punk that sounds like they may have copies of the first Adolescents and Germs records lying around. They toured earlier this year with The Offspring, which is kind of a funny pairing now but you wouldn't have blinked an eye if it happened when The Offspring were still making songs like "Blackball." They also caught the attention of fellow Nashville band JEFF the Brotherhood, who's releasing the followup to last year's S/T 7" on their Infinity Cat label this week (pre-order). It's called Dead World and a stream of the whole EP premieres in this post.

They just opened the Nashville stop of the together PANGEA / White Reaper tour, and they play a hometown release show this Friday.

Stream Dead World below...

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Mike and the cast of 'Don't Think Twice'
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in 2012's acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me. He's got a new movie in the works, titled Don't Think Twice about an improv troupe that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) and Chris Gethard. The official synopsis:

The comedy is about an improv group that loses the lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It's about the bitterness and backstabbing that occurs among friends when they realize that maybe not everyone's gonna make it after all.
Filming in NYC is currently underway, so stay tuned.

In other news, Mike is part of charity event "The 2nd Annual Talent Show" which happens at NYC's New World Stages / Stage 3 on December 1. Also part of this are Bleachers, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Elle King, Andrew Dost, John Early, Roy Wood Jr, Jacqueline Novak, with host Rachel Antonoff and JD Samson as your DJ for the evening. Tickets are on sale and all proceeds go support New Alternatives' work with LGBTQ Youth. Poster for the show is below.

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Nils Frahm

November's Vinyl Me, Please record of the month is Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and today they announced that December's will be Nils Frahm's 2013 album Spaces. Here's the details:

The special-edition pressing on 2LPs includes a die-cut jacket and a new inverse colour scheme, two 12" inserts with download codes & artist notes.

Accompanying the album is an original 12" x 12" art print by Michael Salu the award-winning creative director, writer, art editor/critic and visual artist. An an original cocktail recipe to complete the listening experience comes courtesy of KOVAL distillery, Chicago, IL.

Cameron Schaefer, Vinyl Me, Please said: "Part of our goal each month is to not just find great albums, but artists consistently pushing the boundaries of their respective genres. Nils Frahm has always intrigued us as an artist for this very reason and of all his works, Spaces is a jaw-dropping tour through what makes him one of the most brilliant composers & performers of our generation."
Members get the exclusive record each month. Join Vinyl Me, Please by December 15 to get yours.

A photo of the new pressing and a video of "Says" off the album, below...

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