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Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth

Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:

Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?

Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.

"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.

"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.

"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."

Gigantour continues.

Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.

by Rachel Kowal, AgesAndAges photos by Tim Griffin

Sea of Bees

After playing nine consecutive nights in New York (each at a different location), I was impressed that Julie ("Jules") Baenziger, pictured above, managed to correctly identify the name of the venue - let alone put on an enthusiastic show. No doubt sharing the stage with three friends (including the lovely guitarist/vocalist Amber Padgett) helped to elevate her spirit.

Some artists have a tendency to leave an audience largely lukewarm or indifferent, but with Sea of Bees, it's hard not to have some kind of a gut reaction. Over the course of the forty-minute set at Mercury Lounge Saturday night (4/30), Baeziger effectively tore down the invisible wall that often stands between the performer and the crowd thanks to her heartfelt delivery and endearing banter.

Though she played with her eyes tightly shut in concentration, she was nothing but smiles in between songs as she offered both lengthy explanations about the events that had inspired her music and the occasional non sequitur. Her shaggy haircut, casual wardrobe, and dimples just added to her childlike charm.

Of course, this kind of unabashed openness begs two types of reactions: deeply identifying with the artist or mocking their unflinching earnestness. But judging by the large number of people who approached Baeziger after the show to introduce themselves, it seems that the yeasayers were definitely the majority.

Baenziger concluded the set with a solo rendition of the love song, "The Woods," before hopping off stage and taking a spot at the front to mingle with fans and friends alike and to enjoy the rest of the "colorful and beautiful" (her words) evening.

AgesAndAges @ SXSW
AgesandAges

Up next was the Portland group AgesAndAges. Good communicators, their performance was a team effort that even got the audience involved. For the first song or two, the levels were a bit off, but the sound quickly improved when the band prompted the crowd to shout out suggestions and both the bass and the vocals got turned up.

Though some of the seven members added little in the way of instrumentation other than some light percussion, their vocal contributions really helped fill out the sound and created a strong group dynamic.

Next was LAKE. Like their tour-mates AgesandAges, The K Records group is characterized by group vocals and sunny dispositions. But while the members of AgesAndAges were rooted in place for their set, LAKE seemed to treat the performance as if it were aerobic activity. Between each song, the five musicians changed places and exchanged instruments as if they were playing a never-ending game of musical chairs where no one ever lost. It was unclear if the constant switching served much of a purpose musically, but it did keep things interesting. In addition to the physical shuffle on stage, the band also jumped around their discography, playing both songs from their April release, Giving and Receiving, and older material.

In the absence of an encore (Mercury Lounge had a late show booked), I decided to heed Baezinger's earlier advice to check out the nearby gelateria, which proved to nicely compliment the sweet evening.

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Later this month Sea of Bees heads out on tour with Stornoway. AgesAndAges are still out on tour with LAKE. Both bands also played Knitting Factory while they were in town. Back in March AgesAndAges visited Austin for SXSW where they played the Knitting Factory Records/BrooklynVegan day party. The pictures of them in this post are from that Texas show. More of them with tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: J Mascis - Not Enough (MP3)

J MascisMiddle Brother
Shilpa RaySallie Ford
dodosOld 97s

The first BrooklynVegan Swan Dive/Barbarella Austin Day Party lineup announcement is here! (this is the first of three BV day parties happening at these connecting venues, but just one of nine total BV events.)

This one happens Friday, March 18th from noon-6pm, is co-presented by KF Records (Knitting Factory) and Partisan Records, and features an exclusive Austin day party set by Middle Brother (aka Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit). If you want to catch them though, you better get there early because the entire lineup is ridiculous and 100% free, and it looks like this.....

STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)
12:00 PM JBM
12:30 PM BOBBY
01:15 PM Holy Sons
02:00 PM Dolorean
03:00 PM John Grant featuring Midlake
04:00 PM Wye Oak
05:00 PM J Mascis

STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM David Wax Museum
01:00 PM Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
02:00 PM Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
03:00 PM Deer Tick featuring Jonny Corndawg
04:00 PM Old 97's
05:00 PM Middle Brother

STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:15 PM AgesandAges
01:00 PM Paleo
01:45 PM Warm Ghost
02:30 PM Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
03:15 PM Vetiver
04:00 PM Oberhofer
05:00 PM The Dodos
I'm already exhausted (and we have three more similar lineups still TBA).

Note: We have Dolorean who is not to be confused with Delorean, yes that is Midlake up there backing the amazing John Grant, Jason Isbell will stick around to play with Middle Brother (like he did on their record), and yes Jonny Corndawg will be in the house.

I'm also happy to point out that, though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.

Also Note:

  • FREE Blublocker sunglasses to first 50 people in the door!
  • there will be FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
  • we'll have loads of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
  • we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea!
  • you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars!
  • FREE Tierras organic tequila cocktails while supplies last!
  • more FREE food & DRINK details TBA!
  • and there will be awesome giveaways from Partisan & KF Records
    throughout the day!
Thanks also goes out to our sponsor ASCAP, everyone else that helped make this happen, and Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude for creating the sweet poster you see (with a bunch of videos) below....

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AgesandAges

Tim Perry, the singer and songwriter behind the local band AgesandAges, has started a cult. You can join, but first you've got to drop out of society.

"The whole album is about willful isolation, a voluntary detachment from the rest of civilization," Perry says. "But it's as much of an effort to bring people into the fold as it is to keep it isolated."

Also of paramount importance is commitment. "If it makes sense to you, then let's do it full force, but don't muck up the path with negative rhetoric or with your physical presence."

Despite the tone of separatism that serves as the album's theme, the delivery of the 12 songs on AgesandAges' debut of brisk indie-folk, "Alright You Restless," is actively sunny, inducing an "Up With People" vibe. Each song is presented like an inspirational manifesto echoed by a seven-member choir attesting to the message." [Oregon Live]

Portland's AgesandAges's new LP was just released on 2/15 via Knitting Factory Records. Check out their new video for "Navy Parade (escape from the Black River bluffs)" below.

The Northwestern band is hitting the road with Olympia, Washington group LAKE for a North American tour in middle April and will descend upon NYC for two dates later that month: April 29 at Knitting Factory with Iowa's Paleo, and April 30th at Mercury Lounge with Sea of Bees. AgesandAges will also be representin' at SXSW (exact dates TBA).

All AgesandLake tour dates, that new video and more below....

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