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some of the stars of ATP NY 2009
Boredoms
Hopewell

What's almost the exact opposite of a soothing set of Seven Swans performed by one of the most delicate singers in indie rock? Try nine drummers (including Hisham Bharoocha, Zach Hill, and Kid Millions among other notables) bashing your fucking skull for so long that the stage manager has to come out to unplug their gear and remove toms from underneath them! That's how I started my ATP Day 3... with the Boredoms blowing my mind.

Starting off with sparse chords on the monstrous multi-neck guitar/percussive device, Eye set a calm and reflective mood... and then the cymbals. And then the toms. And then eight drummers pummeled away led by Yoshimi P-We. And then the synced rimshots that recalled an Animal Collective beat. All of this happened before a ninth drummer was carried into the show like an emperor while doing a call and response with the other eight.

Within about 10 minutes, I knew that Boredoms would take the prize as best show at Kutsher's that weekend. The sheer power of the coordinated drums, along with pregnant pauses and killer synth effects performed via keys, CD-DJ tables, and broomsticks (!) were beyond jaw dropping.

Following Boredoms, I poked my head into Oneida's Ocropolis for the first of many times. For 10+ hours, Oneida basically had the small and very decorated room all to themselves for a long jam session with their friends. Reportedly, the band had tape rolling the whole time (Ocropolis is the name of their Brooklyn recording studio) and had visuals provided by the Mighty Robot AV Squad. With local standbys like BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor/Shooting Spires fame, Chris Weingarten (ex P&L), Todd P, and many others spotted in the Sportsman's Bar, it seemed like Brooklyn in the Catskills. Unfortunately, I missed every single special guest appearance (word is, and in part according to a sign on the door, Soft Circle, Yoshimi, Aaron from Tall Firs, Zach Hill, Steven Drozd and many others all popped in) but the band was very interesting to watch, alternating between songs, and droney ambient jams.

Caribou was next in the main room and the 16-piece(!) band including Sun Ra Arkestra member Marshall Allen, Koushik, Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and many others. I had no expectations heading into the set and was pleasantly surprised, although I found the mix to have waaay too much low end.

I ducked out of Caribou early to catch the last twenty minutes of Hopewell who was billed to be playing "The Desperation Suite," "complete with a female choir and avant-garde saxophonist Mark Marinoff". From what little I saw, the three person "choir" did little but coo, ooh, ahh, and coordinate a dance, but the band did close with a rousing cover of Jane's Addiction's classic "Of Course".

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words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir

Steve Albini in Shellac
Shellac

"We're taking a bath, but I don't care," Barry Hogan told [Sasha Frere-Jones]. We were standing in the makeshift production office for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, at Kutsher's, a resort in the Catskills.

Kutsher's, where Muhammad Ali trained and a thousand schticks were born, was once the jewel of the Borscht Belt. The main venue at Kutsher's, the Stardust Ballroom, has a capacity of 2,800. But Hogan seemed largely unbothered that only 1,800 tickets to ATP had sold. It is 2009, after all.

"My name is Sufjan Stevens and I am going to play all of my Seven Swans album. That should be a good early afternoon hangover sort of thing"

Considering the bad coffee situation and the fun that I had the day before, Sufjan was spot on. Clad in tie-dye that the band had purchased at the general store at Kutsher's, the five piece were delicate, light and lilting. Sufjan's bright banjo strums and songs, like the sunny "Sister", resonated so well in the Stardust Ballroom. The Seven Swans album was an excellent choice for a wake-up set on the second day of the three day upstate NY festival (Saturday, September 12, 2009).

After Sufjan, I wandered over to catch a crew of young Aussies named Bridezilla. Though their name is a touch offputting, guitarist/vocalist Holiday Sidewinder has a sexy and breathy coo that recalled PJ Harvey and their her cocktail-dress-ed crew were a surprise and a delight.

Grouper were next, and as a fan of 2008's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, I was eager to check out Liz Harris's ambient soundscapes. Playing to a projection of an ocean at night, the stage show wasn't much visually but the tides of noise was otherworldly.

Conversely, Black Dice in the same room was a psychedelic mindfuck. Blasts of tribal noise beats nodded heads and shook them in equal measure.

As a fan of Bradford Cox, it was great to see him pull a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning with Atlas Sound. Rolling solo with guitar, harmonica, and some backing tracks, Cox was engaging both in song and with between song banter. I would regrettably end up missing Deerhunter's set a few hours later. Drowned in Sound was there though:

Bradford Cox is a picture of serenity as he swaps his shirt for a more tasteful number and leads Deerhunter into their Saturday night set. He announces that this will be their last performance for some time, causing the band to roll out the hits in quick-fast fashion. They gallop through 'Cryptograms' and 'Nothing Ever Happened', the positively herculean double guitar sound feeling unstoppable and a sense of jubilation ricocheting between the walls as people succumb to these great big shining pop songs. The closing 'Calvary Scars' is a slab of beautiful kraut-pop, with Lockett Pundt's metallic Tim Gane-esque strum leading the way, face-painted kids jerking their bodies back and forth, and Cox looking genuinely sad that this will be the last time these songs will be wrung from his fingers and throat for a while.
Anti-Pop Consortium was my next venture, the first time I had ever seen the crew though I was a long time fan. On the Stardust Ballroom system, APC's distorted and creative beats sounded amazing but save for Beans energetic movement, I was less than impressed with their live show. Live hip hop is hard to pull off, and those who try should heed the great Rakim who said "to me MC means move the crowd". If you want to give them a chance, they're at Santos Party House on September 29th.

Sleepy Sun were line checking when I got back to the second stage, with vocalist Rachael Williams checking her levels in the monitor

"Check. Check. I. Hi. Me. You. All of you. Us. Getting nervous."

If they had nerves, the band channeled them into positive energy. Sleepy Sun's influences fit right in with their hometown, San Francisco, as the band dabble in a psychedelic California sound with some krautrock-y elements. I was most struck by their fantastic drummer Brian Tice as well as vocalist Williams, who ripped out a solo that had the crowd shouting and applauding. Wayne Coyne watched the band from stage left, clearly impressed.

After an elongated line check, El-P came on and with a four-piece band (Chin Chin) and hypeman (Mighty Quinn) to the sound of "Tasmanian Space Coaster". I have a soft spot for El-Producto's Blade Runner beats and post-apocalyptic rhyme styles, and it was great to see a Hip Hop artist who actually puts an emphasis on his live show. As a matter of fact, El-P put a little too much of himself out there, almost falling off the stage after pogo-ing around during "Smithereens". Careful dude... we need a follow-up to I'll Sleep When You're Dead.

I hadn't seen Akron/Family since the then more acoustic-centric band played Tonic many years ago (with Hamid Drake?) and it was refreshing to see their energy were still in place. Against a backdrop of a tie-dyed American flag, the band played a rousing and ripping set. It's good to see that the loss of Ryan Vanderhoof to a Buddhist center hasn't slowed them a bit.

Autolux had the discordant riffs, feedback squalls, and a 90s alt punk sound to hit all of the right influences (Joy Division, Sonic Youth, etc), but unfortunately didn't really distinguish themselves from their influences. Autolux isn't offensive by any means, just not compelling or distinctive, and I find it a touch disappointing that guitarist Greg Edwards was a member of Failure (a band that I dug).

Dead Meadow and their fuzzy freakout psych blues were riffing on Stage Two towards the end of the Autolux set, but by half way in, the crowd had diminished considerably due to Shallac on the main. For shame, as the trio played a ripping set!

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Continue reading "ATP NY 2009 - Day 2 pics & review (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter, El-P, Boss Hog, Shellac, Animal Collective, Dead Meadow...) "

Deerhoof @ the Sasquatch Festival in May (more by Chris Graham)
Deerhoof

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* David Cross @ UCB
* Imelda May @ Pianos
* Olof Arnalds @ Sycamore
* Ladyhawke @ the Apple Store
* KRS-One, Buckshot @ S.O.B.'s
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* The Zeros, Jemina Pearl @ Southpaw
* Box Elders, Oh Wow, Uzi Rash @ Cake Shop
* Busdriver, Abstract Rude @ Santos Party House
* Endless Boogie, Skint @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Miike Snow, Jack Penate, The Kickdrums @ Mercury Lounge
* Fountains of Wayne (acoustic), Jon Auer @ The Bell House
* Autolux, Sleepy Sun, Mini Mansions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Oran Canfield memoir release party w/ Dynasty Handbag @ Bruar Falls
* ESP-Live w/ Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso @ Bowey Poetry Club
* Helado Negro, Julianna Barwick, Jason Ajemian @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Serengeti & Polyphonic @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Loud Objects, Twisty Cat, Random Cutting, Mega Calderos, Aftermath @ DBA
* Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus, Martha & The Roches @ Highline Ballroom

Olof Arnalds, appearing with Davíð Þór Jónsson at three NYC shows this week, plays at Sycamore. If you only go to one, Wednesday night at Rockwood Music Hall will be extra special because at that one Olof will be accompanied by a grand pianist.

KRS-One and Buckshot celebrate the release of their Survival Skills album, which is out today, with a show at S.O.B.'s.

The Roots play with guests at Highline Ballroom.

Jemina Pearl opens for The Zeros at Southpaw, in one of several upcoming shows for the former Be Your Own Pet singer. The Zeroes played Maxwell's last night.

ESP-Live presents K Recs' Calvin Johnson and Arrington de Dionyso at Bowey Poetry Club. Calvin and Arrington were among those who played Death By Audio's Maze last night.

Deerhoof (who were at ATP Sunday) play (Le) Poisson Rouge with Wildbirds & Peacedrums (who have five shows in town) and Serengeti & Polyphonic. A video from their ATP set below.

Miike Snow and Jack Penate play two nights at Mercury Lounge with The Kickdrums.

Fountains of Wayne play an acoustic show at the Bell House . Jon Auer (of Posies and Big Star) opens - he plays with Big Star in November. Tomorrow he plays with John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders.

Autolux and Sleepy Sun, coming off their ATP NY sets (and Bowery Ballroom last night with Bridezilla), play Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mini Mansions.

Box Elders, Oh Wow and Uzi Rash play Cake Shop. You can also catch Box Elders tomorrow at Monster Island.

Lots of Wainwrights - Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, The Roches and Martha Wainwright - play Highline Ballroom tonight. Martha and Rufus were also just announced as part of the lineup of an insane benefit show taking place at Carnegie Hall in October.

Ryan Adams released a digital single on his website last week, as well a series of videos, which are posted below.

Video of Bradford Cox performing with Bob Mould and No Age at ATP NY, below...

What else?

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photos by Ryan Muir

No Age
No Age

"I'm going to remember ATP 2009 as the festival of bass, though, and fondly, because this event takes sound seriously. Somebody in the organization is aware that the small, judicious audience for something like this--including many fans flying over from England to see it--wants to feel music physically. In just about every show at the two principal stages, all weekend, the sound was loud and broad and clear; it got inside your bones.

But this may be why the Bob Mould and No Age collaboration didn't quite get off the ground. Mr. Mould, once of Hüsker Dü, and No Age, the young punk duo from Los Angeles, apparently admire each other. They came up with a good and relatively easy idea: working as a trio for one night only, playing songs from both acts. The set included all eras of Husker Du ("Something I Learned Today," "Makes No Sense At All," "In A Free Land," "I Apologize," "Could You Be the One?" and "New Day Rising"); it also ran through No Age's "Eraser" and "Boy Void," as well as a cover of the Heartbreakers' "Chinese Rocks," with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter joining in. But there was no bass player, and it felt light in the wrong way."
[NY Times]

Bass or not, I disagree. The No Age/Mould show, Sunday night's second to last performance of the upstate NY festival (and one of the few that I saw from start to finish), was a personal highlight for me in a day that also included great sets by the Boredoms, Oneida, Super Furry Animals, Boris and of course the day closer/curator The Flaming Lips (pics & further review coming).

Bradford performed with his own band Deerhunter, and solo as Atlas Sound, on the Saturday of the festival. Atlas Sound tours with Broadcast in October.

Bob Mould tours with his own band in October too.

No Age, who played an NYU show at Le Poisson Rouge right before ATP, is back in NYC for four shows in October. The one happening at the New Museum goes on sale on September 16th.

More pictures of No Age/Mould/Cox @ ATP, below...

Continue reading "No Age performed Husker Du w/ Bob Mould (and guest Bradford Cox) @ ATP NY Sunday - pics "

Karen O @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
Yeah yeah yeahs

"DGC/ INTERSCOPE TO RELEASE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: ORIGINAL SONGS BY KAREN O AND THE KIDS. ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 29! LEAD SINGLE "ALL IS LOVE" OUT DIGITALLY AUGUST 25! MOTION PICTURE IN THEATERS OCTOBER 16!

Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing - as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting... a self-proclaimed "spazoid." However, to Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, Karen O and her music possess a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the highly-anticipated film.

To compose music for the film, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had the musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, the kids include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (YYY), Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion), Nick Zinner, (YYY) and an untrained children's choir." [Where the Wild Things Press Release]
As the press release says above, the song "All is Love" is out today. You can listen to it at MySpace.

In related news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on September 29th. That's six days after their much larger Manhattan show at Radio City Music Hall which sold out, I am told, in less than a day (UPDATE: There are a few random single tickets still available for Radio City at the moment, so not completely sold out yet)... I'm sure the MHOW show will sell out in less than a minute when tickets go on sale Friday at noon (2-ticket limit, will call only, opener TBA).

Some related videos below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs add MHOW show - Karen O & the Kids made the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack (single out now)"

Trish Broadcast

This fall, Atlanta's Atlas Sound and Birmingham, England's Broadcast are teaming up for an extensive North American tour. Both groups have new material surfacing this year - an EP from Broadcast, to be released on Warp in conjunction with the tour in October, and a new Atlas Sound album to be released this fall on Kranky.

This will be Broadcast's first tour in North American since 2005, and their sets will be a stripped down, 'duet' of sorts, with Trish Keenan and James Cargill performing new work as well as Broadcast classics. Speaking about the new material, Trish had the following to say: "Okay people...Broadcast and The Focus Group have joined hands to create a new ep of seancing songs and witch cult rumbles"

The co-headlined tour will see both bands trading off set times, with The Selmanaires taking the opening slot each night.

The previously announced Brooklyn show (10/21) is now on AmEx presale. The show happening one night earlier at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan is also on sale.

The tour ends at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 8th. All dates below...

Continue reading "Broadcast - 2009 tour dates w/ Atlas Sound & a new EP"

Atlas Sound @ Irving Plaza in October 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Atlas Sound

August 2 - Deerhunter, No Age & Dan Deacon @ Williamsburg Waterfront

September 12 - Deerhunter & Atlas Sound @ ATP NY

October 21 - Atlas Sound, Broadcast & The Selmanaires @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (CMJ).

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Last October Atlas Sound was here with Stereolab. This October it'll be with Broadcast. On October 20th (one day before the MHOW show), Atlas Sound will release their new album "Logos". Full press release about that, with a message from Bradford Cox (Mr. Atlas Sound), below...

Continue reading "Deerhunter Sunday +++ Atlas Sound (who are releasing a new album) in October for CMJ (with Broadcast)"

Dan Deacon @ Broadway Backyard in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Dan Deacon

"When we talked with No Age's Randy Randall recently, he explained that his band's forthcoming tour with Dan Deacon and Deerhunter wouldn't simply be a round robin, with each band taking turns. Instead, all three bands will collaborate on a seamless piece of music, with everyone helping out with everyone else's songs: "We're looking to really kind of meld together the ideas that currently exist in one band's song, and then augment them, either by having other members play together or adding something new to the song that'll transition to another song. So you'll still hear Deerhunter and Dan Deacon and No Age songs, but they'll be boosted in a way by having other members play in them as well." [Pitchfork]
A total of seven of these collaborative dates have been announced, and one is in Pennsylvania, one is in New Jersey, and one is in Brooklyn, NY.

The Brooklyn show is Sunday, August 2nd at "Jelly Space 2009". That of course means it will be a free show at the Williamsburg Waterfront! The NJ show is one night earlier, and... HERE! Maybe there will be Pool Parties again this summer afterall..

Flying W Airport & Pool in Medford, NJ
Flying W

Pitchfork also notes that, "Unless otherwise noted, Dan Deacon will do all the [other] shows below with his ensemble, which means there's going to be a ton of dudes onstage at these shows.". All dates for all three bands below...

Continue reading "No Age & Deerhunter & Dan Deacon - 2009 collaborative Tour Dates (Williamsburg Waterfront & a pool in NJ)"

photos by Lori Baily

Deerhunter

Many predicted that Deerhunter would get Pitchfork's #1 album of 2008, but in fact they gave it to Fleet Foxes. Bradford Cox should still be happy with both Deerhunter at #5 and Atlas Sound at #26 though. Speaking of Bradford Cox, he blogged this...

Just got of the phone with Brian Weitz [Geologist of Animal Collective]. This was sent out via the bands email earlier this morning:

"it has come to my attention that 2 full length tracks off of our upcoming album, merriweather post pavilion have surfaced online. david, noah, and I please ask that someone assist us and leak all of the remaining tracks on the album.

the album is intended to be heard as a whole, and nothing bothers us more than individual tracks leaking and ruining the the overall album experience

-brian Geologist"

Total Bullshit. Someone actually had the nerve to hack into their e-mail account and send this out. The truth is that AC do not want their album to leak and are trying very hard to avoid the drama around said album that has risen to a fever pitch.

I am not trying to involve myself in AC's business, I am just voicing my own independent opinion.

Back in the 90's when I was first starting to make 4-track tapes I had a game where I would make a fake version of an album I was anticipating. If Pavement's Brighten the Corners were coming out soon, I had to wait till release day to hear it. I would record a set of songs that I would want the Pavement album to sound like. Some of those songs ended up becoming Atlas Sound and Deerhunter songs years later.

My advice to those who are so desperate for AC's album to leak is to pick up instruments and make your own version of what you would want it to sound like. Respect the BANDS wishes and wait till release day. Then you can compare your new songs with theirs. Who knows. Maybe your album will be the one people are wanting to leak next year. -Bradford

Previously there was whole Web Sheriff / Grizzly Bear thing. It was also announed that the album is coming out early on vinyl. It better be good!

The pictures in this post were taken at the Stereogum Gummy Awards at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this month. More of them below...

Continue reading "Deerhunter not P4K's #1, Gummy pics, Animal Collective leak"

photos by Gabi Porter

Deerhunter

"A deer hunter from the Twin Cities got lost Sunday in the Beltrami State Forest in Roseau County, but was quickly found, according to the Roseau County Sheriff's Office.

The man, from New Brighton, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, called 911 about 12:44 p.m. Sunday saying he had been lost for about two hours." [Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota]

True story.

The Deerhunter & Times New Viking tour hit Brooklyn on Friday night (11/7). We had a real review planned, but the dog ate it, so how was the show??? Gabi said Deerhunter just keeps getting better and better. Lori approved equally of the show at Bowery Ballroom the next day. More Brooklyn pictures, opener Knyfe Hyts included, below...

Continue reading "Deerhunter, Times New Viking & Knyfe Hyts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - pics"

photos by Ryan Muir

Stereolab

Meghan McCain favorite Stereolab played their first of three shows at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in NYC last night (October 2). Atlas Sound, in the form of Bradford Cox completely solo, was one of two openers. Bradford also returned to the stage later in the night to join Stereolab for one song.The other opener was Van Allen Belt.

Friday the openers are Anti-Pop Consortium and Hospitality, and Saturday has Monade and Le Loup. More pictures and the setlist from Thursday below...

Continue reading "Stereolab & Atlas Sound @ Irving Plaza, NYC - pics, setlist"

by BrooklynVegan Mike

"For me the most depressing, the worse thing, that has happened with Wolf Parade, is how the media pit me and Spencer against each other."

Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) @ Terminal 5 (more by Kyle Reinford)
Dan

We first spoke with Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade two years ago. He had just had a rough set and a kerfuffle with a mid-90s college act. Last year we caught up with him again - that time with Alexei Perry and we talked Handsome Furs. Another year has passed and the ever prolific Boeckner (and the rest of Wolf Parade) are back with a new record called At Mount Zoomer. We spoke with Dan AGAIN - this time after Wolf Parade's biggest Montreal (August 3rd) show to date (a show that was still smaller than the two NYC shows they played a few days earlier). We talked about the NYC shows, the record, the upcoming Furs record, Fine Young Cannibals, and those persistent Dan/Spencer rivalry questions.

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Before we talk Wolf Parade, I just read online that there is already a title for the new Handsome Furs record?

Continue reading "another interview w/ Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs"

half of the photos by Leia Jospe

Deerhunter @ McCarren Pool

I was all ready to see the Black Lips when I heard the band begin. That's when I noticed Bradford Cox on the stage and realized that it was Deerhunter playing, and that Black Lips were going to be the headliner of the day. Maybe Black Lips are bigger now, maybe it was because the Black Lips had just come in from Lollapalooza, or maybe it was just good planning on their part. The higher energy Black Lips set was a much more fitting end of the McCarren Pool day. Deerhunter could have even played before King Khan & The Shrines for that reason.

Anyway, I thought that listening to/watching Deerhunter was going to be a semi-boring way to stand out in the sun on a Sunday afternoon, but my mood changed a few songs in. At that point I really got into it and wasn't really thinking about my surroundings anymore. Moving closer and closer helped. That way it got louder and louder. They played a new song that "hasn't even leaked yet" and there was a guest appearance by Cole of the Black Lips (who also plays with Bradford as Ghetto Cross), and various onstage cameos by King Khan. The guests really helped the energy too.

King Khan (a true ham) then ended up creating the most (unfortunately) memorable part of the show. Right as Deerhunter were playing their final notes - right after Bradford and gang were making their dramtic-guiars-pushed-against-the-amps-and-over-our-heads-and-we-all-fall-down exit, King Khan pulls down his pants and slowly meanders across the stage with a flower stuck in his crack for all to see and photograph and photograph.... More pics (NSFW, NSFLUNCH, NSATALLREALLY) below...

Continue reading "Deerhunter & King Khan's butt @ McCarren Pool - NSFW pics"

King Khan
King Khan

According to this message board...

K-Holes are a new local collection of Atlanta expats featuring current and former members of Black Lips, Wet Dreams, Golden Triangle, and McNasty himself (who ain't actually from Atlanta but married into it)!
It looks like the K-Holes show at Glasslands last night was a good time. More of Leia Jospe's photos from yesterday's King Khan show at McCarren Pool HERE.

photos by Leia Jospe

King Khan and the Shrines @ McCarren Pool

In a way, Sunday's free King Khan & the Shrines / Deerhunter (they didn't headline) / Black Lips show was also a King Khan show in three parts. Part one was the very entertaining performance by King Khan & The Shrines. Part two was King Khan on stage with Deerhunter whose final notes were overshadowed by King Khan's bare ass with a flower stuck in it. Part three was King Khan on stage with Black Lips which included a one-song guest appearance by The King Khan & BBQ Show (who are playing Santos Monday night) and a grand finale with the entire Atlanta crew on stage throwing toilet paper, ripping apart pillows and just generally being silly. The photos in this most are basically limited to act one...

Continue reading "King Khan & The Shrines @ McCarren Pool, NYC - pics"

Atlas Sound @ South Street Seaport - July 25, 2008 (by Tear-n Tan)
Atlas Sound

One might not think South Street Seaport's outdoor Mall food court vibe would be the best place to see an Atlas Sound show. Truth is Bradford Cox's loopy lo-fi psych-pop is probably better suited for a black light lite basement, or on headphones in your bedroom high on Nyquil. However, somehow, Bradford was able to translate the warmth of Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel for a crowd of screwed up kids, post-work partiers, middle aged couples, khaki clad tourists, and, yep, a few hipsters. [Chocolate Bobka]
Bradford then played a set of songs with Avey Tare of Animal Collective at Bowery Ballroom the next night (July 26, 2008). They called themselves Harmony Club. I don't have a picture of that, but I do have one of Bradford & Geologist on stage together at this summer's Primavera Sound festival:

Bradford Cox & Geologist @ Primavera Sound 2008 (Kate Pedatella)
Bradford & Geologist

Bradford's next NYC show is this Sunday, August 3rd at McCarren Pool. He'll be a member of Deerhunter at that show. King Khan & The Shrines and Black Lips (and Sic Alps?? and/or Tall Firs??) are also on that bill. Atlas Sound's next NYC show is October 2nd at Irving Plaza with Stereolab who Atlas Sound are also playing a bunch of other shows with. Exact dates, and a Seaport video, below...

Continue reading "Atlas Sound played South St. Seaport, touring w/ Stereolab"

Bradford Cox & King Khan @ P4K Fest - July 20, 2008 (dde)
Bradford Cox and King Khan

Stars Like Fleas and "Harmony Club (Featuring Bradford Cox of Deerhunter + Other Special Guests)" are listed as the openers for the Gang Gang Dance happening at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. A fake name to allow Atlas Sound to play a second show while they're in town to play South Street Seaport? Tickets are still on sale (thx anon).

And speaking of that Seaport Show, Crystal Stilts have taken El Guincho's place. That's this Friday, July 25th @ 7pm, and it's free.

And speaking of King Khan, Bradford and the Pitchfork Festival, that's a picture up there of Bradford and King Khan on stage together at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival.

And speaking of Gang Gang Dance, they'll be helping out the Boredoms with some drumming on August 8th.

by Nick Masi

DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - Oh, It's Such a Shame (Jay Reatard) (mediafire link)
DOWNLOAD: Jay Reatard - Always Wanting More (MP3)

JAy REatard and Deerhunter

Jay Reatard's limited edition, 7" extravaganza just got more interesting. Making it likely more difficult to get a 7" this time around, the fourth part of six in the series finds Jay joining forces with none other than Deerhunter. Not only that, but they did covers of each other's songs. Jay covered Deerhunter's "Fluorescent Grey," while Deerhunter did Jay's "Oh, It's Such A Shame" (which was previously available on Bradford's blog as an Atlas Sound cover). The split 7" will be released on July 22 and Matador will release all of the 7"s as an LP in the fall. If you haven't been keeping up with the releases thus far, this is what it looks like:

--- A / B
#1, See/Saw / Screaming Hand -- April 8
#2, Painted Shut / An Ugly Death -- May 20
#3, Always Wanting More / You Mean Nothing To Me -- June 24
#4, Flourescent Grey (Jay Reatard) / Oh, It's Such A Shame (Deerhunter) -- July 22
#5, ??
#6, ??
The artwork for the first three releases has been great and the newest one continues that trend. No, it doesn't have a silkscreen print on the b-side like the "Always Wanting More" 7"...

Continue reading "Jay Reatard & Deerhunter - in bed, on record, on tour "

NIN The Slip

Last week Nine Inch Nails gave away a song. Today Nine Inch Nails are giving away a whole album called The Slip. Trent says....

as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via nin.com.

the music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. your link will include all options - all free. all downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.

for those of you interested in physical products, fear not. we plan to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in july. details coming soon.

Unlike the last surprise album ("Ghosts I-IV"), you don't even have the option of paying for this one.

White Williams, Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, A Place to Bury Strangers and Does It Offend You, Yeah? are the bands that will be opening various upcoming NIN shows. NJ gets Does It Offend You, Yeah? which actually does kind of offend me given the choices. The NJ presale starts Wednesday. Regular sale begins Saturday. All dates with openers and presale info, below....

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Deerhunter @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY - April 11, 2008 (A Year of Hyperliving)
Deerhunter @ Market Hotel

Deerhunter opened their set Friday night with a cover of Pylon's "Cool". Video below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

the Breeders @ Mess With Texas, Austin, Tx - March 15, 2008
Breeders @ Mess With Texas

As you probably heard, The Breeders released a new album today (April 8, 2008) - their first in over six years. It's called Mountain Battles and it's streaming in its entirety at Spinner (and you can buy it too). I like it. Most like it too.

story time: The biggest Breeders fan I (don't actually) know has to be Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound fame. My first encounter with his fandom was at the SXSW Pitchfork party. Atlas Sound played and towards the end of the set Bradford told everyone to go to see the Breeders at the Mess With Texas party the next day. He didn't even bother mentioning that he was ALSO playing the same show.

I went to Mess With Texas too. I saw Atlas Sound there again, and then a few hours later I started watching the Breeders (their only appearance in Texas that week....well actually I think they recorded an Austin City Limits episode too,....so, I got pretty close, and that's when I spotted him: FIRST ROW CENTER for the entirety (I think) of the Breeders' set. Yes, Bradford. I wish I had a picture. He's pretty tall. He's very distinguishable. The crowd was massive and not as tall as him (or so it seemed). And there he was face to face with Kim Deal, by himself....having a great time. It was fun to watch (the stage and occasionaly the audience). No pics of Bradford, but more pics of the Breeders from that show (which was pretty decent too) below.....

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Bradford Cox

it will be a deerhunter show. we are playing the new album we have recorded with Nicolas Vernhes at the amazing Rare Book Room here in Brooklyn in its entirety. The reason we did not announce it as such is that a.) it was originally intended to be just an atlas sound show, but we have had such a great time recording with each other and rehearsing in the studio that we thought it would be fun to try and pull off an impromptu show with borrowed equipment. and b.) we weren't sure it would work out at first. I just want to say that we have been doing shows with Todd P for years now (he gave us shows before anyone would even think of talking to us.) Todd is the most upstanding and all-around dedicated dudes I've ever dealt with. He knows what he's doing and always keeps his priorities straight - putting on fun shows and treating bands well. I hate to see people criticize his methods without knowing really what they are talking about. In my opinion, as an outsider, this city is very lucky to have someone putting so much effort into putting on amazing shows. Dude also is a fox. On another note: I seriously doubt the show is sold out and it probably won't sell out. I don't know much about the details but I'd encourage people to just chill and try and come out and have fun with us. Also re: the Cinder gallery - i see no problem with one independent business helping another and see no reason for complaint in that aspect. Hope those who are interested will come check out the new songs, they are a lot different and we've been working really hard and having a great time. Respect to all.

Bradford

Bradford Cox (CRED)
Bradford Cox

Tickets went on sale this morning for the June 10th Robert Plant/Anlison Krauss MSG Theatre show. They are just about sold out. Tickets go on sale Monday March 10th (11am) for a 2nd show at the same venue one day later (June 11th). Learn more about how Robert & Alison got together in the video below....

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DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - Oh its such a shame (Jay Reatard) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - Recent Bedroom (MP3)

Atlas Sound (by Tim Schaar for localcut)
Atlas Sound

Bradford Cox's mostly-acclaimed new band Atlas Sound played their almost-first NYC show at Mercury Lounge last night (Feb 23, 2008). I say "almost-first" because I know Bradford played at least one solo show as Atlas Sound at a Fader party during CMJ in 2007.

BV contributor Nick Masi was there last night, and said Atlas Sound took the stage around midnight. Bradford began the show by apologizing - he said the transmission blew on their van, they were cranky, having a bad day, and that they might not sound that good. He also said sorry for not wearing a dress or being covered in blood, and separately pointed out how happy he was with the newly-purchased, orange Uniqlo cardigan he was wearing.

Despite all the negatives, Bradford did actually seem in good spirits and the band proceeded to play a set of atmospheric songs which were mostly off the new album Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. Nick also thinks there was at least one cover and/or internet-only song in the encore. Someone in the crowd requested the Jay Reatard cover he posted on his blog, but he couldn't remember how to play it. For that he started apologizing again until others in the crowd told him it was okay. Someone else yelled out "genius" at one point, and that basically sums up how Nick felt as he was walking home from the show (two 7"'s and a new t-shirt in hand). He said not to miss tonight's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, especially if you have the ability to Tivo the Oscars.

For more Atlas Sound, check out a the video interview Prefix did below....

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