December 18, 2014
Pop-house producer Moon Boots has been pumping out a steady stream of great singles for a while now. We premiered his track with Kyiki earlier in the year, and he recently dropped "There's No Love," another of his bubbly dance tracks. Check it out below.
Moon Boots is also playing a few dates coming up, including a stop in NYC at Verboten on December 26 before playing New Year's Eve in LA. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame has launched a $1 million Indie GoGo campaign to open a Hip Hop Museum & Youth Media Education Academy in NYC. The permanent location will be in Midtown Manhattan, but being that construction on that will take 18-24 months to complete, there will be a satellite museum opening this spring on 125th St in Harlem until then. That location is also where the office headquarters and youth media academy will be permanently located, once the museum opens in Midtown. Here's more details details, via the campaign:
Introducing the 'Harlem Satellite Hip Hop Museum and Youth Media Education Academy' presented by the Hip Hop Hall of Fame a fully Chartered Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Museum & Educational Institution. Together we will open the Satellite Hip Hop Museum, a Visitors Bureau, Coffee & Juice Bar, Retail Gift Shop, a State of the Art Television and Radio Broadcast Studio with our Youth Media Training & Education Academy, and our permanent offices in Harlem, New York City. We have finally 'Secured a Location' in Harlem.Head to Indie GoGo for more information and to donate. Watch the campaign video below...
The HHHOF goal is to raise $ 1,000,000, and we have received a 'Matching Challenge Grant' for $500,000 or half of our goal. We have teamed up with Indiegogo to raise the final required $500,000 through this campaign to meet our goal with your support. The funds raised will be utilized to finalize the site lease, facility design, construction, equipment, staffing, and two years of operations for the Hip Hop Museum and the Youth Media Program and TV Studio facility which is scheduled to open in April 2015. There will be job opportunities, internships, and volunteers needed for this historical effort. The 60 day campaign will feature HHHOF news, announcements, hip hop history, and themed content every week in social media and mainstream press and online media outlets leading up to the 2015 Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show in March 2015.
This may be old news to you, especially if you're a Serial podcast-listening, indie rock expert who paid attention to the credits for the past 3+ months and heard Nick Thorburn's name and immediately recognized it as that guy also known as Nick Diamonds from Islands and the recently reunited Unicorns. If not, now you know!
You can listen to the FINAL episode of Serial season one TODAY to find out who did it, and then get nostalgic for all 12 episodes by listening to the entire album's worth of Serial music by Nick, below...
Moon Duo @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Ebru Yildiz)
As mentioned, Moon Duo will be back this spring with new album Shadows of the Sun. The band made the record in their new home base of Portland, OR and it's another fine addition to their canon of pop-n-drone releases. You can check out first single "Animal" if you haven't already. Before we get to next year, Moon Duo sent us their list of 10 favorite things from 2014. Most are music-related, but there's art and legislation in there too, with commentary as well.
Moon Duo just played BYM Records' fifth anniversary party in Santiago, Chile and are on board for SXSW 2015 this spring. While we wait for other dates to emerge, check out MD's Best of 2014 list and that new song, below...
Pop-minded producer Cyril Hahn dropped the bass-heavy Voices EP in October on PMR. We posted two of its tracks before that, and now you can listen to the other two, below.
This month, he's going on a short holiday tour, including New Year's Eve in Toronto and a NYC show on December 26 at Output with support from Obey City and Baile. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cyril's tour closes out on the January Holy Ship cruise, which leaves from the coast of Miami and also features A-Trak, Flume, Boys Noize, RL Grime, Duke Dumont, Rudimental (DJ), Rustie, Odesza, Spank Rock and more. That's the first of two Holy Ships in 2015, and both are sold out.
Boys Noize has tour dates before Holy Ship as well, also including a show at Output on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for both Cyril Hahn and Boys Noize, as well as the Cyril Hahn song streams, below...
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival returns in 2015 on May 16 & 17, and the initial lineup was just announced, via Property of Zack. There's some cool names this year, including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys, Dads, The Scandals, The Wonder Years and more (along with some less cool things like Atilla). Still more TBA too, but you can check out the full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 8 PM today (12/18).
by Bill Pearis
Norway's kitschy king of the dancefloor, Todd Terje, released one of 2014's best records, It's Album Time, which threw together a lot of different styles all under the special care of his particular aesthetic. Terje is also a master of the remix and edit, both of which come into play on his reworking of Dolly Parton's 1973 classic "Jolene." The song's signature elements -- the light fingerpicking, Dolly's voice -- remain intact as Terry lays down disco hi-hats, bongos and keyboards. It may be the best marriage of country and dance music since Tammy Wynette worked with The KLF. The remix was created especially for Chandelier Creative's 2014 holiday party and while the whole thing hasn't been released, you can stream a chunk of it below.
Todd was in Brooklyn in 2013 for his short collaborative tour with fellow Norwegian Lindstrom. Todd's coming back to NYC in less than a month, playing live in NYC at Verboten on January 15. Free Magic is also on the bill and tickets are on sale now. There's been no word of a North American tour but he does have other far-flung dates lined up for 2015, and all are listed, along with the "Jolene" remix, below...
by Andrew Sacher
R&B singer Dawn Richard's last album was 2013's Goldenheart, and she's since revealed that it is the first in a planned album trilogy. The second intallment, Blackheart, is coming on January 15, 2015, two years to the date after its predecessor. Its first single, "Blow," is out now. The production here dives a little deeper into heavy electronics than her last album, and similarly to that one, it's not really "indie R&B" but it's not exactly standard radio fare either. You can watch the video (dir. Monty Marsh) for the single and check out the album artwork below.
Dawn also has two shows scheduled following the release of the album, one in NYC and one in California. The NYC show happens January 22 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full tour schedule, with the video and LP artwork, below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's TOPS released their second album, Picture You Staring, which features one of my favorite songs of the year, "Way to Be Loved." (You can check out the video for that, complete with Mac DeMarco's NSFW-if-you-pay-attention cameo, below.) The band have been touring for most of 2014 and were last in NYC for CMJ. TOPS will dip into the U.S. side of the border again in late winter, including NYC at Baby's All Right on March 14. That's a late night show (doors at midnight) following the separate Lust for Youth show earlier that night. While the rest of the bill has not been announced, tickets are on sale now.
If you're in Los Angeles for New Year's Eve, TOPS are playing the Park Plaza Hotel as part of a celebratory extravaganza with Classixx, Kindness, and headliners Blood Orange. All tour dates are listed below.
Photo: Lust for Youth @ Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Copenhagen synth poppy post-punks Lust For Youth released the very good international LP on Sacred Bones this year, and they'll continue supporting it on a 2015 North American tour. That tour hits SXSW and NYC twice for shows on March 11 at Home Sweet Home (a Wednesday, same night as HSH's Nothing Changes party) and March 14 at Baby's All Right. No openers announced yet for either show. Tickets for Baby's on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Illume" from International, below...