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July 1, 2015

photo: Deerhoof at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deerhoof

Spastic avant-rockers Deerhoof are playing a handful of European dates this summer, but in between they'll squeeze in a few Northeast US shows too. One of those happens in Brooklyn on August 6 at The Bell House with Blasteroid and Really Big Pinecone. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Deerhoof are also planning a live album, and today's the last day YOU can contribute to the cover art. They write:

Time is running out! Today is the last day to send in your album art submissions! ATTENTION ARTISTS! Deerhoof is preparing a live LP that we're really excited about. We want part of the cover to be a collage of manga-style Deerhoof portraits. Can you help? Send your drawings to deerhoofmanga@gmail.com by July 1st.
Watch a recent pro-shot live video (by ,a href="http://www.tofubanditmedia.com/">Tofu Bandit Media) of the band at Baby's All Right, with the list of tour dates, below...

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Weekend 2015 band

While Shaun Durkan has been busy working on Tamaryn's new album (and playing in her band), his own band Weekend are getting back into gear. (Their last album, Jinx, came out in 2013.) No word on new music but they'll be playing shows, including Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on July 30 with Regal Degal, Laced, and Shaun's Collect Records partner Geoff Rickly (of Thursday, United Nations, No Devotion, etc) on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.

After the Shea show, Weekend head to California for shows in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. All dates are listed, along with tour flyer and YouTube stream of Jinx, below...

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Andrew Combs

"My parents listened to a lot of Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor, and I've always been pretty into [Simon's] first few solo records," he explains. "Just the way he mixed cool musical ideas with interesting lyrics. I think that's what's missing in a lot of modern music. It's either really cool musically, or really cool lyrically. I wanted to try and merge those things. Why not? More people should." [interview with Rolling Stone]
Nashville-via-Dallas country singer Andrew Combs has been at it for all of the current decade. He self-released his debut Tennessee Time EP in 2010, and earlier this year he put out his second full length, All These Dreams, on Coin Records. You can watch the video for "Nothing to Lose" from the new album, below. Andrew also recently teamed up with Caitlin Rose and they co-wrote the song "What It Means To You." A video of them performing it for one of Langhorne Slim's Pink House Sessions is below, too.

Andrew has several tour dates coming up, including a few opening for Kacey Musgraves and a longer run opening for Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. The dates with Kacey include Long Island on July 18 at The Paramount, and the dates with Nicki include NYC on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Paramount and Bowery are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers' newest album is Loved Wild Lost, which came out earlier this year on Little Sur Records. You can watch the video for "Waiting on Love" from that, below.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey's newest, Pageant Material, came out just last week on Mercury. It's already gotten a lot of acclaim, ending up on best-albums-of-2015-so-far lists by A.V. Club and Rolling Stone, landing on the cover of FADER and scoring an 8.0 on Pitchfork. You can watch the video for "Biscuits" from that album, below.

Tour dates and videos below...

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"Confession" by Andrew Savage, 2015 26 X 30″ silkscreen on paper
Andrew Savage Confession

Parquet Courts frontman and Dull Tools label co-head Andrew Savage is also an artist and will have his first exhibition this summer. Titled "Color Studies," it features silkscreens on paper and will be open at Brooklyn's new-ish venue/bar/motorcycle garage The Shop from July 10 - September 1. Says Savage:

I called the show Color Studies because I wanted to focus on colors that don't appear in my palette often; you'll find a lot of salmon pink and pastel colors -- basically stuff I've been afraid to use because I wasn't quite sure how. I like images that are familiar and ordinary, but hinged on an unsettling emotion.
There's an opening reception on July 10 with refreshments provided by Duvel & Ommegang. Check out a few more of Savage's pieces below.

In other news, Parquet Courts recently posted pictures from the studio. New music soon? Stay tuned.

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Will Socolov at Brooklyn Vinyl Works
Brooklyn Vinyl Works

Brooklyn Vinyl Works is a new record pressing plant that's run by Will Socolov, who founded Sleeping Bag Records with Arthur Russell and, more recently, ran pressing plant EKS Manufacturing. They've got a building but launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to refurbish record presses for the plant. Says Socolov:

When a part breaks on a record press, you can't run down to the Vinyl Machinery Superstore. Instead, you need the skill and knowledge to fabricate it yourself. The folks at Brooklyn Vinyl Works have years and years of expertise in the art of making records and are adept in the art of repairing and maintaining these old machines.

All funds raised from our campaign will first go towards obtaining and upgrading a number of our factory's most vital components: a new boiler, a shrinkwrap machine, grinders and hydraulics equipment. After that infrastructure is complete, additional funds raised will go towards purchasing more presses. These presses are expensive and difficult to find, but with your support, we can obtain and restore them to their original glory.

Their Kickstarter is a little over a quarter of the way towards its $100,000 goal with 11 days to go. There are a wide variety of contributor rewards, including totes and t-shirts, special color runs of DIIV, Mac DeMarco and Widowspeak records, tours of the facility, and having things pressed on vinyl. With demand for vinyl at a 20-year high, there is certainly need for new pressing plants. We wish them the best of luck.

Stars of the Lid

Ambient duo Stars of the Lid are playing two Wordless Music-presented shows this fall. The first is in Brooklyn on September 22 at St. Agnes Church and then they play LA on September 24 at Regent Theater. Tickets for both go on sale this Friday (7/3) at noon. Flyer below.

SOTL are also reissuing two albums that are currently out of print on vinyl: 2001's The Tired Sounds Of and 2007's Refinement of the Decline. The reissues will be out August 14 via Kranky. You can listen to "December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface" off the latter, below.

They also say new music is slowly on the way, but while we wait for that, SOTL member Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (also of A Winged Victory for the Sullen) has a new solo album out called Travels in Constants Vol 24. You can stream that in full, below (via MusicOMH).

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photo: Wildhoney @ Acheron last month (more by Carly Hoskins)
Wildhoney at Acheron

Wildhoney have shared the video for the title track of Sleep Through It, their album from earlier this year. It's a colorful blur that fits well with the song's dreamlike nature. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below. They've got a new EP on the way, too.

Having last played in NYC during Northside, Wildhoney are back opening for Ceremony at Shea Stadium on Thursday (7/2) with Pity Sex and Tony Molina on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. They'll also be touring with Eternal Summers (who just played NYC on Tuesday night). All dates are listed below...

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Vince Staples at Apple Store SoHo (photo by Alex Van Lichtenstein)
Vince Staples

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples released his fantastic debut album, Summertime '06, yesterday (6/30) via Def Jam, and celebrated with two shows in NYC. The first was an in-store at Apple Store SoHo, and then he headed to Best Buy Theater for the 2015 XXL Freshmen show with Fetty Wap, DeJ Loaf, Tink and more. That's a pic of him at the Apple Store above, and you can watch a video of him playing "Señorita" from the new album at the Best Buy Theater show, below.

In continued celebration of the 2015 XXL Freshmen Class, Vince took part in an XXL Freshmen cypher with GodLink and OG Maco. Video of that is below too.

And lastly, Pitchfork.tv featured Vince in their newest episode of "Over/Under" today. The series has artists "evaluate a series of random topics, declaring if they're overrated or underrated." To quote Pitchfork:

Vince Staples discusses sobriety, the Amish, KFC ("Fuck the Colonel. Fuckin' asshole. He's a slave owner"), Tom Cruise, PETA ("Tell PETA to save a fucking rhino and stop worrying about what somebody's wearing"), Oprah, Bill Nye the Science Guy ("Bill Nye is the reason all these kids know how to proportion their lean in their beverage"), and more
Watch that video below as well.

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by Bill Pearis

Apple Music launch

Apple Music, the new streaming-radio-social-etc platform from the iTunes/iPod/iPad/Macbook folks, launched Tuesday (6/30) on IOS devices, and today (7/1) it was included with the brand new version of iTunes. It seems to want to take on Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Sirius/XM and everything else in one fell swoop. It features personalized "radio stations" based on an artist you like, or your music library, and they offer curated playlists from artists (like St. Vincent) and influencers (like Pitchfork) -- though finding them on Apple Music is not so easy, currently. You can listen to Thom Yorke's solo records on Apple Music (it's not on Spotify) and AC/DC who just agreed to put their music on various streaming platforms yesterday. Dr. Dre's The Chronic is exclusively streaming on Apple Music too. You can check out Apple Music with their three-month free trial.

More interesting, to me at least, is Beats 1 Radio, a live radio station (well, at least 12 hours a day currently) broadcasting from NYC, LA and London and featuring shows by Zane Lowe (who left BBC 1 for Apple), Hot 97 personality Ebro Darden and Rinse FM's Julie Adenuga. There are also shows hosted by St. Vincent and QOTSA's Josh Homme. It feels very freeform -- at one point today Zane Lowe followed a cut from noisy UK indie band Spring King with A$AP Rocky's "Everyday" -- but very pro radio sounding (sound effects, talking all over the songs) at the same time. The station is spearheaded by Trent Reznor (who worked for Beats before Apple acquired it) and he talked to Rolling Stone about his involvement:

I think having access to all the music in the world is great, but it then starts to place a burden on what the experience is like navigating through, now that you have access to everything," Reznor explains. "I think that naturally places the burden on having an experience be great. I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It's exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn't have dreamed you wanted and you're excited to listen and share it and experience it.
Beats 1 can be listened to without subscribing to Apple Music, by the way, and you can make requests.

As for the social aspects of Apple Music, there is a "Connect" feature that allows musicians to upload songs, videos and photos that aren't already within Apple Music's system. For example, when I clicked on "connect," I was shown that Sonic Youth have offered up a live version of "Shaking Hell" (cool) and that Belle & Sebastian had uploaded a photo (shrug).

Is any of this enough for you to try it out or cancel your Spotify account? Apple Music doesn't work on Sonos systems yet but the wireless speaker manufacturers are promising compatibility by the end of the year.

by Andrew Sacher

Beach House

Beach House's fifth album, Depression Cherry, comes out August 28 via Sub Pop, and today they premiered its lead single "Sparks" on Spanish radio station RTVE. After 2012's big, bright sounding Bloom, "Sparks" has the band sounding more distorted, more off-kilter, and maybe more like MBV than they ever have before. You hear the song in a stream of the radio show below (via Gorilla vs Bear). It comes in at the 30-minute mark. It's also set to make its North American radio premiere today at 5:30 PM EST on Sirius XMU. UPDATE: Official YouTube stream is now below.

Beach House have several tour dates announced, but none in NYC. Those are all listed below...

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