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April 21, 2014

How much would you pay?
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Of all the Record Store Day 2014 exclusives, the one now going for the most dough on the internet is Jack White's "Lazaretto" -- aka the "World's Fastest Released Record" which was recorded live, mastered and pressed in about three hours on Saturday (4/19). One copy already sold for a whopping $649.99 on eBay. If you just want to hear the thing, White has put it on YouTube and you can listen to that -- and watch a making-of video and check out the tracklist to his new album -- below.

Other profitable RSD14 flips were the Mudhoney Live at KEXP test pressing ($500); the R.E.M. Unplugged Box set (going for around $200), and the eight-LP Cake box set (averaging around $400 so it breaks down to $50 per LP).

Stream Jack White's "Lazaretto" RSD single below...

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by Doug Moore

Bölzer
Bolzer

Swiss death metal duo Bölzer garnered a substantial buzz on the strength of their 2013 EP (and only proper release to date, aside from a demo) Aura. That EP earned Bölzer a clutch of year-end acknowledgements and a spot on this year's Maryland Deathfest. It's got three songs, but just about everyone agrees that it features an obvious standout: a burner called "Entranced by the Wolfshook." If you haven't heard it yet, check that one out below.

The heat is now on Bölzer for their follow-up release, Soma, another EP and their Invictus Productions debut. Though the release has evidently encountered delays and doesn't have a drop date yet, the band have released a single from it. "Steppes" doesn't deviate much from the style established on Aura -- it's basically Incantation-influenced death metal with an inviting analog production and a propensity for weirdly bright melodies that sound like they escaped from a Floor album. To these ears, "Steppes" doesn't have the same instant-classic zazz that "Wolfshook" does, but it's a ripper anyway. Lightning rarely strikes twice, and as far as regressions to the mean go, Bölzer could've done much worse for themselves.

Stream both "Steppes" and "Wolfshook" below and compare 'em for yourself...

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by Doug Moore

Ashencult at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Time is ticking down before Maryland Deathfest 2014, but as ever in the music world, festival lineups are subject to change until the bands actually hit the stage. The festival issued a pretty substantial lineup and logistics update yesterday (4/20) that nixed a few previously announced bands while adding a bunch more.

Let's do the bad news first:

The following bands on Friday at Soundstage have cancelled: ROTTING OUT (due to surgeries that a band member must undergo), ANTISECT (due to a family matter that a band member must be present for), and ENDORPHINS LOST (van broke down and they can't tour now)....

Also, on a recent visit to the US embassy, ORATOR was told that they cannot come to the US next month, so they will not be playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot. The band is confident that they'll be able to come here next year, and if so, we will book them then. We will be giving most bands playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot a longer set time and NOT announcing a replacement.

The three Soundstage cancellations have been replaced by Impaled, Pneumatic Slaughter, & ACxDC (who have a new album on the way).

The festival has also announced the lineup for free shows at the nearby Sidebar (218 E. Lexington Street) on every night of the festival, with doors opening for each show at 8pm and bands starting at 9. This means that there are basically 20 more bands on the MDF lineup. Some notable names include Bastard Sapling, Skelptarsis, Ashencult, Old Lines & Yautja (THEY ARE EVERYWHERE). This is all on top of the fest itself and the Misery Index / Immolation / Black Breath / Noisem preshow on Wednesday the 21st. So yeah, you'll have no shortage of metal show options in Baltimore that week.

Check out the full lineup for those free Sidebar shows (organized by date), and the day-by-day schedule for the fest, below...

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Vince Clarke / Daniel Miller
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Two '80s synthpop pioneers are teaming up for a one-off DJ night in NYC. Vince Clark (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller (who also put out music as The Normal and Silicon Teens) will be spinning at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 3... which also happens to be Vince's birthday. (He'll be 54.) Tickets for this show go on sale Friday (4/25) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.

A few of Vince and Daniel's notable contributions to music below...

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Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Marissa Nadler

The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:

6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)

6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)

6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)

6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park

6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park

6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park

Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

King Dude at the BV SXSW party at Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Melancholic crooner King Dude is releasing a new album on May 6, titled Fear. You can get an early taste via the video for "Fear Is All You Know." The song's a dark brooder and the video is full of bondage-style strippers, drugs and other nefarious stuff. Check that out below

In other news, The Dude will be promoting the new album on the road with Swedish Satanists Ghost BC. That tour is underway, with a scheduled stop on May 17 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below


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by Andrew Sacher

Modern Baseball @ Best Buy Theater - 4/17/14 (via Allan Benedict)
MoBo

This June, Modern Baseball, Tiny Moving Parts, The Hotelier and Sorority Noise will kick off a killer quadruple-billed emo tour. The tour will support MoBo and The Hotelier's excellent 2014 LPs, You're Gonna Miss It All and Home, Like Noplace Is There, respectively, plus the forthcoming Triple Crown album from Tiny Moving Parts (details TBA), and the upcoming Sorority Noise album, Forgettable (due out May 13). It hits NYC on June 5 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale via Ticketweb soon. All dates, including stops in Amityville, Asbury Park and Poughkeepsie, are listed below.

Meanwhile, Modern Baseball just wrapped up a tour with The Wonder Years that hit NYC's Best Buy Theater this past Thursday (4/17). They played a seven-song opening set that included a number of highlights from You're Gonna Miss It All and two tracks from their debut LP, Sports. Check out their setlist and a video of "Your Graduation" from that show, below. MoBo will also play the NYC-area this weekend at SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock festival on Saturday (4/26) which also includes Speedy Ortiz, Cakes Da Killa, Lil B and more.

All dates are listed, with the Modern Baseball video/setlist and streams from all four bands on the tour, below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball played Best Buy Theater, announce tour with The Hotelier, Tiny Moving Parts & Sorority Noise (dates/video)"

Horrors

The Horrors have a new album, Luminous, out May 6 and will be visiting North America for Austin Psych Fest next weekend. On their way there, The Horrors will play Brooklyn's House of Vans on April 29 with openers Spires. The show is free but you must RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@gmail.com with "Classic & Brooklyn" in the subject line.

The Horrors will also play Los Angeles before Psych Fest. All dates are listed, along with the video for "So Now You Know," below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Hospitality
Fear of Men
Mark Mulcahy
Betty Who

Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching

I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.

Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
Nothing

I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.

Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.

Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.

A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...

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(photo via EV Grieve)
Kim's

Just as the glow of Record Store Day is wearing off comes sad news (via EV Grieve) from EV mainstay Kim's Video & Music:

As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well). - [Facebook]
The 1st Ave store was the last of a once healthy NYC empire. It was also one of the last (maybe THE last?) places to find cult/foreign/import DVDs and Blu-Rays. Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place closed in 2009.