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So So Glos / The Luyas / Bleeding Rainbow @ Stratosphere Sound 10/18/2012
The So So Glos
The Luyas
Bleeding Rainbow

Just like in CMJ's past, Fred Perry and recording studio Stratosphere Sound (the studio owned by James Iha, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Ivy's Andy Chase) teamed to record eight band in eight hours on Thursday of CMJ week (10/18). With Grammy winning producer and engineer (not to mention Edsel bassist) Geoff Sanoff at the helm, The Luyas, Poor Moon, Slug Guts, So So Glos, Foxygen, Blessed Feathers, Ape School, and Bleeding Rainbow did guerilla session of two or three songs that will be made available on an Insound mix tape sometime in the future. Meanwhile check out more pictures of all eight bands below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Lotus Plaza at Mercury Lounge - 7/18/12
Lotus Plaza

"[Lockett Pundt] doesn't need punk anymore," said his Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox in an interview with Pitchfork last year. This came across pretty evidently at Mercury Lounge last night (7/18), where Lockett and band played their first of two NYC shows this week for his Lotus Plaza project. While Bradford is off doing punk things like playing "My Sharona" for an hour at shows, Lockett is more interested in the beautiful than the abrasive. He walked on stage in a peace sign t-shirt and without saying much at all went into a set tinged by the narcotic bloom of shoegaze and post rock.

The band favored atmospheric interludes between songs, only coming to actual stops a couple times throughout the set, blurring the ends and beginnings of each song. Within the thick mesh of swirling guitars which mostly relied on mesmerizing the crowd versus encouraging any kind of dancing or singing along, a few standouts from Lotus Plaza's great 2012 LP, Spooky Action at a Distance, did of course occur. "Strangers" (which came really early in the set), "Jet Out of the Tundra," and "Remember Our Days" sparked the most memorable moments, and after barely leaving the stage the band returned for a one-song encore of what was both the biggest moment of the album and the show, "Monoliths."

I got to the show in time for Ape School's solid opening set. They'll be back in NYC for another show on August 21 at Glasslands with Heaven and Arc in Round. Tickets for that show are available.

Meanwhile, Lotus Plaza plays Brooklyn tonight (7/19) at Knitting Factory with tourmates Hollow Stars (who also opened last night's show) and Warm Ghost. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Updated Lotus Plaza dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADApe School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)

Philadelphia psych-rockers Ape School are opening for Lotus Plaza tonight (7/18) at Mercury Lounge which, surprisingly, isn't sold out. As you may recall, the band are set to release their new album, Junior Violence, on August 7 via Hometapes which I wrote about here. You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" above and check out the album's trippy cover art below.

Since then, Ape School have added another NYC date, playing Glasslands on August 21 with Heaven and Arc in Round and tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming Ape School tour dates are listed below.

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Asobi Seksu at Brooklyn Bowl - 6/16/12
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu, Ape School, Exitmusic, and Field Mouse played Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (6/16) as part of Northside Festival. Check out more pictures from that show below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ape School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)

Ape School

You may remember Ape School, the current musical project from Philadelphia resident Michael Johnson who previously spent time in Holopaw as well as a stint in Lilys. It's been three years since he dropped Ape School's eponymous debut, having spent time with Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs, but is now back with Junior Violence which is out August 7 on Hometapes. With it he's brewed a terrific pot of psychedelic pop tea, brimming with catchy melodies, bright production, and playful (just weird enough) creativity. If you wished there was a middle ground between the two MGMT albums, this might fit that bill.

You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" at the top of this post, and the image above is the sleeve to the 7" (out June 26) which comes in a really cool PVC sleeve with a transparency overlay done by Freegums. Ape School also have a few live dates lined up including one at the Northside Festival, playing Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (6/16) with Asobi Seksu, EXITMUSIC, and Field Mouse. Tickets to that show are still available, and you can get in with your Northside badge if you have one. They'll also open for Lotus Plaza at Mercury Lounge on July 18 and tickets are still available for that show. They'll also play a Junior Violence release show at Johnny Brenda's in Philly on August 17.

All dates are listed below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Exitmusic @ Le Poisson Rouge
Exitmusic

Secretly Canadian will release Exitmusic's new album Passage on May 22. Listen to the whole thing below.

Exitmusic, who just played Le Poisson Rouge as part of their tour with School of Seven Bells (which also hit Austin), are playing NYC again as part of the Northside Festival at Brooklyn Bowl on June 16 with Exitmusic, Ape School, and Field Mouse (tickets), and then again at Mercury Lounge on June 28 (tickets)

All dates (including NXNE), the album stream, and more pictures from the LPR show, below...

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Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

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DOWNLOAD: Ape School - Wail to God (Daedelus Remix) (MP3) (via)

Keane

"Keane is not the coolest band to blog about when I'm all indie rock up in your business. I am a slightly apologetic Keane fan. I think there are a few bands that can make dynamic, catchy singles that can appeal to the masses while still be genuine and heartfelt. I can see the fellas sweating over lyrics in studios, rather than thinking what would sell to the Wal-Mart crowd.

More than anything, and the reason I would see the band again in another few years, is that they are an unabashedly energetic live act. Sometimes, I'll take a great live act first. As for tonight, a 90-minute set filled with their hits and the obligatory Springsteen cover to soothe the Jersey folks." [Music Snobbery]

That quote is from Music Snobbery's review of the Keane show that took place at the Wellmont Theater in Jersey on Tuesday. They also played Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday. Portland's Sub Pop-signed band The Helio Sequence were on tour with Keane and opened both of those shows.

Now that the tour is over, The Helio Sequence are going on a headlining tour of their own which starts tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/28). Also playing the Brooklyn show are Ape School, and the UK's Howling Bells who are currently on tour with... Coldplay! They can trade piano rock war stories. Speaking of which, did you know that...

After listening to Tim Rice-Oxley's piano playing during a weekend at Virginia Water, Surrey in 1997, Chris Martin invited him to join his newly formed band Coldplay. However, Rice-Oxley declined because he did not want to leave The Lotus Eaters, stating "I was seriously interested, but Keane were already operational and Coldplay's keyboard player idea was dropped." [Wikipedia]
Ape School, who are also playing MHOW tonight, is the new project of Michael Johnson who was in the Sub Pop band Holopaw, and in the Lilys in 2006. Ape School's self-titled album was released by Counter on April 28th. RCRD LBL has a track, and you can grab a remix Daedelus did above.

Daedelus has his own Brooklyn show coming up too - this June as part of the Northside Festival.

I have three pairs of tickets to giveaway to tonight's MHOW show. Details on how to win, and all tour dates, below...

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