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November 19, 2014

Interpol

Interpol and Hundred Waters are on tour together, though they actually haven't played since their Columbus, OH show on Monday (11/17) because they've been trapped inside their snowed-in bus outside of Buffalo since around 4 AM Tuesday morning. Last night's Toronto show was cancelled, as the band posted on their website:

Our bus is trapped in a snowstorm just outside of Buffalo. We haven't moved our position on the road in over nine hours. Unfortunately, we'll have to cancel tonight's concert at the Kool Haus. We were greatly looking forward to the show but the big bad winter has come early this year. We will be informing people of a new date as soon as we can.
And now Thursday's Montreal show is cancelled too...
It's with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our show tomorrow night in Montreal. We've been stranded in a snowstorm outside of Buffalo for over 40 hours and still don't know when we'll be able to move from our current position. We're disappointed that we won't be able to visit as scheduled but we'll make it up to you, Toronto and Montreal. We love you guys. We were really looking forward to the shows.
As of this post, they're still stuck around 9 PM on 11/19, over 40 hours since they were able to move. As Stereogum points out, guitarist Daniel Kessler and touring member Brandon Curtis have been live tweeting the whole thing...

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Hundred Waters posted a few themselves...

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Assuming they get out of there at some point, the tour is set to hit NYC on 11/24, 25 & 26 at Terminal 5 (all sold out). Hundred Waters are on nights 1 and 3, but play their own show with Mutual Benefit (solo) on 11/25 at Rough Trade (tickets).

Hundred Waters were also supposed to appear on 'Letterman' tonight but that's been cancelled too, and rescheduled for February. They also just announced a 2015 tour.

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Future Islands / The Immaculates & Tim Harrington / horn section in the net
Future Islands
Future Islands
The Immaculates
Adam Schatz

"I'm only here because I heard Fugazi were playing," joked Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring at the beginning of their last-ever show at Death by Audio where they were the night's "top secret" special guests. Before "Seasons" and their new album Singles catapulted the Baltimore band to wide popularity (they're playing two nights at Terminal 5 in January), Future Islands were regulars at DbA, having played repeatedly at the DIY venue which closes for good on Saturday. "The first time we played DbA was July 2007 with Dan Deacon," Herring told the crowd. "It was so hot and so packed, people had to crowd surf to get in the main room." It wasn't quite that nuts last night, but a lack of cellphones aloft may have had something to do with people not being able to move their arms in the ebbing, swelling crowd. The band played what I think was the longest set I've sever seen at DbA, maybe 75 minutes, and finished with "Vireo's Eye," the release of a few dozen pink balloons and bassist William Cashion floating atop the crowd.

As the first of the five final "top secret" shows at the space, there were a lot of fun surprises. Soul trio The Immaculates (who played Dead Herring's final show) were the main undercard and features a home team of DbA co-runner Matt Conboy, Famous Class Records' Cyrus Lubin, and Jay Heiselmann (Grooms, French Miami, Roya) who came through the crowd with a cape and a handler, a la James Brown. They finished their set with a cover of LCD Soundsystem's "NY I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," with help from Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who had "SUCK IT VICE" scrawled across his biceps and chest. It was his second visit to DbA's stage in four days.

The night opened with Adam Schatz & The Farewell to Death by Audio Suite. Schatz, who plays in Landlady, Man Man and a bunch of other groups (like Blast Off who played DbA's 'The Maze' -- remember 'The Maze'?), composed special music just for the occasion, assembling a dozen or so musicians (on the stage and floor) to perform it. Schatz led a few of the other other horn players throughout DbA's space before returning to the main room for a little interactive finale with the crowd. Right before the show, Schatz released a nice tribute to DbA and you can read that in full below.

Though he spent a portion of his time huddled over a case of electronics with his back to the crowd, DJ Dog Dick put on a nice, beat-heavy set in between Schatz and The Immaculates.

Four nights of Death by Audio left, tonight featuring Junkyard, Guerrilla Toss, and some other mystery guests. More pictures from Future Islands, The Immacualtes, Tim Harrington, DJ Dog Dick and Adam Schatz etc, and FI's setlist and a video from their set, below...

Continue reading "Future Islands were the "top secret" headliners, Tim Harrington sang "NY I Love You" w/ The Immaculates, and more at Death by Audio's fifth-to-last night (pics, setlist, video)"

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Motown lost one of it's great voices: Jimmy Ruffin, who died at a Las Vegas hospital on Monday (11/17) at age 78.

Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal. He followed up that Top 10 hit with "I've Passed This Way Before" in 1967. In 1980 he enjoyed a comeback hit with "Hold on to My Love."

Ruffin was born May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, the older brother of singer David Ruffin. The brothers made their way north, eventually settling in Detroit, where each (separately) ended up signing with Motown Records, Jimmy as a solo artist and David as one of the Temptations. - [Detroit News]

Jimmy's brother (and Temptations member) David Ruffin died in 1991 at age 50.

Rest in peace, Jimmy. Your voice and songs live on. Check out a few songs below...

Continue reading "Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin, RIP"

Puce Mary

Danish one-woman industrial noise project Puce Mary released her newest album, Persona, earlier this year via Posh Isolation. If you're unfamiliar, you can get a taste from the bleak, distortion-covered and effect-laden track "Courses" below.

She also has a North American tour underway at the moment, and it includes three NYC dates. Most of the tour is with Ligature (ex-The Men, currently Warthog, Foreplay), although he'll be joining for only one of the NYC dates. The first is at ISSUE Project Room on December 5, where Puce Mary will be performing under her given name Frederikke Hoffmeier. That's part of the the three-day Swedish Energies 2014: EMS at 50 series which celebrates 50 years of Stockholm's Elektronmusikstudion (aka EMS) and "brings together a wide-ranging international lineup of visionary electronic and improvisational musicians spanning genres of sound and visual art." Here's the details on that one:

The night opens with concrete sounds from UK-based Swedish sound artist Jenny Sunesson. Saxophonist Christine Abdelnour, known for the breadth of her textural alto techniques, plays duo with Joachim Nordwall, a member of The Skull Defekts and iDeal label-head. Sound artist Daniel Rozenhall and visual artist / graphic designer Sten Backman appear in a rare collaboration. Copenhagen's Frederikke Hoffmeier, aka Puce Mary, plays a solo set crossing rhythmic industrial and harsh power electronics. The notorious Swedish composer and visual artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff closes the night with a solo performance. A co-founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, von Housswolff's minimal-leaning works explore themes of electricity and communication with the afterlife.
Tickets are on sale now and get you into all three days of the series, which also features cool acts like Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) and The Sons of God, among others.

Puce Mary's next NYC stop is Saint Vitus on December 11 with tourmate Ligature, Destruction Unit-related insanity project Marshstepper. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that she'll play Palisades on December 19 which is otherwise a punk lineup with local bands Crazy Spirit and Survival, and Spanish hardcore outfit Orden Mundial. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

That Palisades show is good all around, but if you're going don't miss Orden Mundial who will be here from Spain. Their speed-oriented attack provides an equally heavy contrast to Puce Mary's blasted-out industrial soundscapes. You can stream their newest LP below.

Puce Mary is also playing a show with like-minded NYC noisemaker Pharmakon in Montreal. Meanwhile, as we've discussed, Pharmakon's record release show is this Saturday (11/22) at Palisades. Tickets are still available.

All Puce Mary dates are listed, along with that track stream and the Orden Mundial LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Puce Mary released an LP, touring, playing 3 NYC shows (dates with Marshstepper, Orden Mundial & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Ride in 2014
RIDE

As mentioned, Ride's reunion (all four original members) is in full effect, with 2015 shows at Primavera Sound in Spain, NYC's Terminal 5 on June 4, and more. Tickets for the NYC show are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday (11/21).

If this all seemed to happen fast -- Andy Bell's band Beady Eye announced their breakup (which seemed to precipitate things) less than a month ago -- it's actually been in the works for a while. Mark Gardener, who sang lead on songs like "Twisterella," "Kaleidescope" and "Chelsea Girl, sat down with Drowned in Sound for an extensive interview about reforming:

When The Stone Roses got back together I remember thinking maybe we should do it. For a good few years after we split in 1996 I thought that was it for Ride. I pretty much disbanded my entire live rig. I sold a couple of guitars to Andy actually. At that point I was solely concentrating on studio work such as production and mixing. I also love doing soundtrack work which I've gone on to do. But at the same time I've also missed that feeling of playing live. I've missed the guys. We've got on great for years. It feels like completely the right time to do this now. We're really buzzing about it. We want to do it but I also think a lot of people have demanded it in a way too. We are aware of that. Especially in this day and age with social media and stuff. I think you'd have to be living in a hole to not be aware of it!
Gardener also said that Ride's setlist will mainly focus on early EPs and the first two albums, and there are no immediate plans to write new material, but they're not ruling it out.

With Ride's announcement, that makes three '90s-era Creation Records shoegaze bands back in action, with Swervedriver and Slowdive being the others. That would be some triple-bill, huh?

Meanwhile, Ride have put up remastered versions of most of their videos on their YouTube page (including some that haven't been seen in a while). Refamiliarize yourself with them below...

Continue reading "Ride's Mark Gardener talks reunion details; T5 show on presale"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Napalm Death

Original grind masters Napalm Death are streaming a brand new single from their incredibly named upcoming album Apex Predator - Easy Meat, which is due out on January 27 via Century Media. The song, which debuted over at Decibel, is called "Cesspits," and it's an absolute ripper -- equal parts punishing and complex, rushing through riffs and time signatures with seemingly effortless brutality. If this is any indication, the new record should be killer.

As discussed, Napalm Death are heading out on a huge tour with Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Ringworm, among others, in 2015. That beast of a tour hits NYC on February 2 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available. Napalm Death are also the 24th greatest metal band of all time according to a Metalsucks poll of experts, narrowly coming out in front of Lamb of God.

Stream the new song below...

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By Rob Sperry-Fromm

Occultation at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Occultation

Old school-style NYC metal crew Occultation (who feature a member of Negative Plane) recently put out a new album, Silence in the Ancestral House, which was produced by the inimitable Kurt Ballou, on Profound Lore. It's an ornate, baroque slab of classic-sounding metal, pulling from the theatrics of Mercyful Fate and the dark witchcraft of late '60s occult rock and early doom. The songs are long, expertly composed, and drenched in reverb, and the skill with which this very specific template is executed makes it pretty much catnip for NWOBHM and doom fans. Give it a listen in full, below.

Occultation play locally a good amount (maybe you caught them at the Cult of Youth release show last week), and they've got two upcoming NYC shows at the moment. First, they'll be playing Palisades on Friday (11/21), where they'll be joined by Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll also be playing one of the two YOB shows at Saint Vitus that we've discussed, where they'll be joined on the second night (12/13) by Ecstatic Vision. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Stream the new LP below...

Continue reading "Occultation released a new LP, playing shows including one this week & one w/ YOB in December (dates, album stream)"

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This Friday (11/21) at Knitting Factory is the BV-presented Polaris show with openers Ski Lodge. That is sold out. NYC Pete & Pete fans who didn't get tickets, or for those who think once isn't enough, Polaris will play again next year: May 15 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now.

That new date comes after some West Coast shows Polaris will be doing in April. All dates are listed, along with their "Hey Sandy" Pete & Pete theme song, below...

Continue reading "Polaris add tour dates, inlcluding Highline Ballroom in May; Ski Lodge opening at Friday's sold-out Brooklyn show"

photo by Dustin Rabin
Faith No More

As discussed, Faith No More are officially back and will release first new album since 1997 in 2015. That's being prefaced with the previously-mentioned "Motherfucker" single on Record Store Day Black Friday (11/28) which features that song as well as a JG Thirlwell remix of it on the flip. They've played the song live, but now Rolling Stone has a stream of the studio recording. Listen below.

"Motherfucker" gets a digital release on December 9. Most info is still TBA on the album, but it's set to come out via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings.

Continue reading "Faith No More release first song in 17 years, "Motherfucker""

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jason Rodgers
TGF

Chilled out electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy followed 2013's Nun EP this week with a new EP, Thermal, on Break World Records. You can stream it at the interactive website they've set up. There's a ton of trippy visuals to go along with it and the whole idea of the site is a pretty cool thing. Check it out. One of the songs, "Lung" featuring Lawfandah, is also streaming below.

TGF will celebrate the EP in their hometown of Brooklyn with a free show at Palisades on Thursday (11/20) with a few of their talented friends joining them on DJ duties, DJ HD, Gatekeeper, Lawfandah and Pictureplane. That's a late show, starting at midnight.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Teengirl Fantasy streaming new EP on interactive website, playing free release show at Palisades this week"