October 29, 2014
Hey, remember when Mark Kozelek was in 'Almost Famous'?
Here's the latest volley in the never-ending feud between Mark Kozelek and The War on Drugs. If you've been following along, you know that TWOD frontman Adam Granduciel (real last name: Granofsky) addressed Kozelek's song "The War on Drugs: Suck My Cock" in a Swedish interview, saying, among other things, "He's such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he's just a fucking idiot. I don't have time for idiots."
Of course, Kozelek responded. How? By reading the whole interview transcript aloud over light acoustic guitar backing and posting it on his site. Mark can't seem to get through a sentence without cracking up. He calls it "Adam Granofsky Blues." Listen to it here.
Allison Mosshart w/ The Kills last week (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Jack White and Allison Mosshart's band The Dead Weather have been in the process of releasing singles leading up to their TBA new album which is supposed to come out in 2015. The next one, "Buzzkill(er)" b/w "It's Just Too Bad" comes out next week (11/4) and it's blues rockin' a-side can be streamed below.
Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his new album, Soft, via DFA this week. Soulful and genre-defying, you can stream the entire thing below.
Dan will be in NYC to play Baby's All Right on Novmeber 14 with Physical Therapy, Sadaf, and "Special Guests." Tickets are on sale now. It's Dan's only North American date at the moment but he does have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bob Nanna (photo by Katie Hovland)
Bob Nanna is a busy man. Not content with just releasing the first Braid album in 16 years this year and a new 7" with his band Lifted Bells with Mathew from Their/They're/There and others (out this week, streaming below), he'll also be releasing the first new album since 2005 with his solo project, The City on Film. (Not to mention he's recently played solo shows and duo shows with his wife as Jack & Ace.) The new album's called La Vella and it will be out December 16 via Topshelf (pre-order). The premise for the album is he "sourced stories from 9 fans" via his custom songwriting website, Downwrite.com, "and turned them into tracks on this new album." He recorded it backed by Kyle Geib and Seth Engel, both of whom he plays with in Lifted Bells.
The first single, "You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life)," "tells of a chance meeting and a bonding over The Pogues, Ted Leo, and gym shoes." While sometimes Bob is in a more stripped down mode for The City on Film, this one sounds like it could have been right off that new Braid record. Good thing he's been so prolific lately because he's clearly got a lot of jams in him right now. That track premieres in this post -- check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.
The City on Film's only upcoming dates at the moment are The Fest this weekend and two hometown Chicago shows. Lifted Bells are playing a Fest show too. All TCoF dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Angel Olsen at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Angel Olsen is releasing a deluxe edition of this year's fantastic Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18 via Jagjaguwar and it will feature five bonus tracks. We've already posted one of those, "All Right Now," and now a second one called "May As Well" premiered over at NPR. It's a super sparse song, sparser even than album cuts like "Unfucktheworld" or "White Fire." Check it out below.
by Andrew Sacher
PCPC at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
As discussed, members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship have joined forces as PCPC. They made their live debut opening for Thurston Moore at Saint Vitus last week (read our review), and now they've put out their first recording, "Fell Into The Wrong Crowd." In our live review, we said that PCPC have shades of Bad Moon Rising-era Sonic Youth, and this 11-minute jam definitely does but it's also covered in vocal distortion and a little druggier than SY. It's good, noisy stuff and you can stream it below.
Meanwhile you can catch PC Worship at Trans Pecos tonight (10/29).
Song stream below...
Regina Spektor at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As discussed, there's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) going down at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 with an awesome lineup of Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo, plus hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman. We mentioned that more acts would be added and we now know of two more good ones: Regina Spektor and radio/TV personality Ira Glass. Ira will be performing with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, who joined him this past September for the premiere of their show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host." Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for any more updates.
Watch the 'Three Acts' trailer below...
Heat @ Union Pool during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal was just here for CMJ, hosting a nine-hour showcase on Friday (10/24) at Arlene's Grocery with Lydia Ainsworth, HEAT, Homeshake, The Muscadettes and more. If you went, how was it? Those artists and a lot more will also be playing the ninth edition of the actual M for Montreal festival which happens in the Quebec city from November 19-22. Like the last few years, the first two days of M are more of an industry event with only "official selection" showcases, including performances by Operators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ainsworth, July Talk, HEAT and more. Then on the weekend it moves into proper festival mode with shows all over the city and bands from all over the world, including Thee Oh Sees, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins, The Blind Shake, Nils Frahm, PyPy, Moon King, and lots more.
Patti Smith at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) newest film Noah came out earlier this year, and he'll be screening it again in NYC on November 17 at Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave). It's a special night, and will have Patti Smith there to perform her song "Mercy Is" (recorded with The Kronos Quartet) which was featured in the film and was her first original song written for the screen. Additionally, both Patti and Darren will be "[discussing] the film and their collaboration in a wide-ranging conversation following the screening." Tickets go on sale Thursday (10/30) at noon.
Patti Smith also plays two year-end shows at Webster Hall.
Listen to "Mercy Is" below...
UK duo Sleaford Mods released Divide & Exit earlier this year and one of its strongest songs, "Tiswas," will be the basis for a new EP released on November 24 via Invada (the label cofounded by Portishead's Geoff Barrow). Four brand new songs join "Tiswas" which frontman Jason Williamson describes thusly:
An attack on the waning power of guitar based rock n roll and its short-sighted viewpoint combined with the armchair anarchic lobbyists who fucking point their fingers at the masses like cunts. I know works shit but I'm not putting my daughter on the street to please you cunts.The 'Mods just released a video for "Tiswas" and you can watch that below. Aside: Tiswas, which was also the name of a very popular Britpop Night party in NYC, was a British children's comedy/variety show that ran on Saturday mornings from 1974 - 1982 (The title was an acronym for "Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile").
Shortly after releasing the Tiswas EP, Sleaford Mods will make their BrooklynVegan-presented North American debut at NYC's The Wick on November 29 with The Rogers Sisters and The Gotobeds. Tickets are still available.
Watch the "Tiswas" video (via Noisey) below...