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August 20, 2014

Simpsons
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We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:

So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to air every single episode of The Simpsons on its network. That even includes The Simpsons Movie. It is a gargantuan undertaking of the most dizzying order. And we've got a rundown of the episodes right here, right now, right for you.

Why yes, that is 552 episodes of television and a movie in only 12 days, the longest marathon ever. Somebody bring me my eyedrops.

Check out the full FXX schedule below...

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Amanda Palmer

Musician, performance artist and crowdfunding genius Amanda Palmer has announced she'll be releasing a book she wrote called "The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help". Today she released the cover photo (above), as well as a series of completely uncensored naked photos from the same photo shoot.

Amanda has no live shows booked at the moment, but says to stay tuned for a book signing tour to be announced soon.

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White Lung singer Mish Way and Waxahatchee singer Katie Crutchfield recently teamed up to film a collaborative Noisey Acoustics Session on a rooftop on the Lower East Side. They take on one track from each of their bands -- White Lung's "Wrong Star" and Waxahatchee's "Coast to Coast" -- with Katie on guitar and both of them singing. Waxahatchee's normally-full-band "Coast to Coast" unsurprisingly sounds great acoustic, and much more surprisingly, the fast and heavy "Wrong Star" does too. Watch the videos below.

Waxahatchee recently announced a solo tour where she'll be previewing music from her upcoming record. The tour hits NYC on November 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now.

White Lung are also touring, hitting NYC on September 3 at Glasslands with Mormon Crosses and Flykills (tickets), and also playing NY's Basilica Sound Scape. They've added more dates to their tour too. All are listed, with the videos, below.

Continue reading "White Lung's Mish Way & Waxhatchee's Katie Crutchfield play each other's songs in new acoustic session (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf

Last week we posted "9 of the best '90s bands you didn't think were the best '90s bands and the awesome stuff they're doing now," and encouraged you guys to leave comments of who you think we should have included and who we should have left off. There are so many more than 9 bands who could've fit on that list, and we loved everyone's suggestions. A few of them were bands we strongly considered but left off the list for one reason or another. That includes Failure (whose reunion we covered a bunch), Local H (who we also cover a lot), Spacehog, and the band who was suggested the most: Nada Surf. Nada Surf is actually the band that most likely would have been our tenth pick, had we included ten picks, but we decided to leave them off. Here's why.

Nada Surf come very close to fitting the bill. They had a fluke hit ("Popular") off their major label debut, High/Low (1996), an album otherwise filled with overlooked gems like the Thurston Moore-esque "Sleep" and the Pavement-esque "Treehouse." Failure to produce another hit caused their label, Elektra, to drop them. The unsigned band then released 1998's The Proiximity Effect on their own label and eventually hooked up with indie label Barsuk Records (then home to Death Cab for Cutie, Kind of Like Spitting, etc) for 2002's Let Go. Since then, they've released three more albums with Barsuk, as recently as 2012's The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. They continue to tour consistently and singer Matthew Caws does cool things like form the band Minor Alps with fellow '90s musician Juliana Hatfield, show up at cool shows like Rock*A*Teens, play benefits with popular indie comedians like Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry and join Guided by Voices on stage. Nada Suf drummer Ira Elliot is also in the high-concept Beatles cover band Bambi Kino with Doug Gillard (ex-GBV). They're also closely connected with some of the bands that did make our list. Harvey Danger singer Sean Nelson sings on more than one of their records, and they co-headlined a tour with Superdrag during that band's late 2000s reunion. Not to mention, if "Flagpole Sitta" and "Sucked Out" come on back to back on a playlist, nothing feels more right than "Popular" coming next.

They've got quality material on all of their albums, but the main reason we didn't think they belonged on the list is that Nada Surf's post-major label career as a fruitful indie band didn't feel as much like a story in 2014 as most of the bands we included. Nada Surf have been putting out well-received releases on Barsuk since 2002, and when we think about the great music that Barsuk's put out over the past decade-plus, Nada Surf's albums immediately come to mind. When most Burger Records fans think of Burger Records, I don't think their first thought is The Muffs or the Superdrag-related The Lees of Memory, who both signed to the label this year. It's been totally normal to see Nada Surf booked on an indie-leaning music festival like Bumbershoot (more than once), Waterloo's SXSW parties, and Sasquatch for at least six years. And unlike "Flagpole Sitta" or "Sucked Out," which still loom large over Harvey Danger and Superdrag's respective careers, ask a younger music fan about Nada Surf and there's a good chance they're more likely to tell you about Lucky (2008) than "Popular." A scroll through BrooklynVegan's "Nada Surf" tag shows we've consistently covered them over the years, whereas the bands on the list haven't gotten much coverage. We didn't feel that highlighting Nada Surf to BV readers at this point would fit the theme of "band you didn't think were the best '90s bands," because that just seemed like old news.

The main point of the list was to shine a light on deserving bands whose merits often went overlooked. Nada Surf is equally deserving and if this list was written a few years ago, there's no doubt they'd be included. Now, relive some Nada Surf memories below...

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Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
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From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:

Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einst├╝rzende Neubauten.

Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.

The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.

This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.

24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!

As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.

Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.

The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.

Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.

The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.

Continue reading "Swans/Michael Gira curating 3-day program in Netherlands; Savages & Bo Ningen collaborating +++ 24 NON-STOP HOURS OF DRONE"

by Andrew Sacher

Xerxes
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No Sleep

Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:

I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.
The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.

Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.

BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...

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The Wytches at Glasslands in July (more by PSquared)
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UK psych garage punks The Wytches are a week away from releasing their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, on Partisan Records (due 8/26). They've made the whole thing available to stream on NPR and also recently put out a video for its throat-shredding single, "Burn Out the Bruise." You can check that out below.

Wytches were recently on our side of the Atlantic (we caught them in NYC and Portland in July), and they'll be returning in the fall. First, they'll play CMJ (shows TBA), and then tour to California and back, hitting NYC for two more shows before they leave: Baby's All Right on November 22 and Mercury Lounge on November 24. Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (8/20) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "The Wytches streaming LP, made a video, touring, playing CMJ and two other NYC shows (dates)"

by Ian Chainey

GWAR at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
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Following a successful GWAR-B-Q where the Oderus-less GWAR appeared up to snuff, the remaining Scumdogs have announced they're heading back out on the road after their Riot Fest Chicago appearance in September. The GWAR Eternal Tour 2014 will bring aboard openers Decapitated (for select dates), Corrosion of Conformity (ditto), and American Sharks. The gore-soaked celebration will start rolling in the middle of October. The two-month long trek will hit cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, along with a stop at Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival. NYC and surrounding areas get shows on October 16 at Starland Ballroom in NJ with Decapitated and American Sharks; November 30 at NYC's Irving Plaza with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks; and December 12 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT with the same lineup as Irving. Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's a presale starting Thursday (8/21) at 9 AM for NJ and a MetalSucks presale starting Thursday at 10 AM for NYC. Ticket info for the New Haven show here. All dates are listed below.

Of course, as most GWAR tours do, this one has a theme. According to BalSac The Jaws of Death:

Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'
It's going to be like Snoopy Come Home! with slightly more blood, semen, and (*sniff*) tears.

As for the tour's openers, Polish tech-deathers Decapitated -- who are opening the first leg -- have a new album on the way via Nuclear Blast named Blood Mantra that will hit the streets on September 26 (preorder). The long running Corrosion of Conformity -- who are picking up the second leg -- released IX back in July. The group has slimmed down to a trio since reforming in 2010, recapturing the crossover/punk spirit of their early career. (Former COC member Pepper Keenan has taken on Down full-time, though Pepper has indicated there are talks of his return.) And newer-comers American Sharks are quickly becoming seasoned tourers, having hit the road with Whores and Clutch this year.

All of the dates along with streams for all of the bands appears below.

Continue reading "GWAR touring w/ Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Hammerhead

'90s-era AmRep vets Hammerhead have been reunited and releasing new music for a few years now, and they'll put another new EP, Global Depression, on September 9 via Learning Curve Records (preorder). We've got the premiere of its new single, "Outer Rim," which has that classic Hammerhead sound and should appeal to longtime fans of the band as well as new ones. If you're unfamiliar, but you're into newer stuff like METZ, you should check this out too.

Stream it below...

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Interpol in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
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Interpol's new anagram-y album, El Pintor, is just a couple weeks off, out September 9 via Matador. A tour is booked for this fall but, as hinted on twitter, for those in NYC that want to see them earlier, they're playing a record release show at The Met's Temple of Dendur on September 2 (as OM and Liars have before). Doors open at 7 and the music starts at 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now and include complimentary wine, beer and snacks.

Otherwise, you can catch Interpol's two NYC stops on their tour with Hundred Waters at Terminal 5 on November 24 (sold out) and November 26 (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, with sterams of the new album's singles, "Ancient Ways" and "All The Rage Back Home," below...

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