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UPDATE: Collect Records severed ties with Martin Shkreli.

photo: Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Geoff Rickly

By now you've probably seen the dude in the Brand New shirt causing outrage for raising the price of a drug (Daraprim) from approximately $13.50 a tablet to $750. The drug is often used by people with compromised immune systems due to AIDS, and treats life threatening parasitic infections. The person responsible is 32-year-old former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli who is now the founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals. We've heard rumors about a rich Thursday fan who invested in Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly's Collect Records, and it was revealed last night that Martin, the most hated man on the Internet right now, is in fact that man.

We've been waiting to hear what Geoff had to say before posting anything. He didn't immediately give a statement or tweet about it (or email us), at least in part because he was flying to Munich to start a tour as this news was breaking. We were especially interested in the situation since it just so happens our official CMJ showcase this year is in partnership with Collect Records.

Geoff broke his silence late this afternoon via a brief interview with Noisey:

My head is still spinning, and though I want to believe that there is some reason that [Martin] would do this that is some remotely positive way, the only thing I can see is that it is totally and completely heartbreaking.

I can't see my future at all in the label. I have to see what the bands want first, and see if there is any meaning or any mission following all of this. More than anything, I want the bands to see that I hold art as the guiding force in my life. Ultimately I see this going in the same way it always does, where all the artists get blamed for everything and capitalism is never held accountable. I really think that if Collect is going to be scrutinized as being capitalism, but that is how music survives. I'm not making excuses for what has happened, but there is no corner of the music industry that doesn't live and breathe from subsidies from business. It's reductive and hypocritical to hold us and only us accountable though, we are all at fault in some greater way.

Noisey also spoke to Dominic Palermo, frontman of Collect band Nothing, who told them "Nothing will never be a part of a label that involves Martin." He left a longer comment on Facebook, where he added "Like [Geoff] has helped me with my problems the past few months, I plan on helping him in anyway I can."

Martin Shkreli

Hether Fortune, singer of Collect band Wax Idols, also posted a statement. An excerpt reads:

I personally 100% am NOT FUCKING OK with this guy and his business tactics. If any of you have learned anything about me through being a fan of the band, I hope that you would know by now that this kind of advantageous rich guy greed goes against everything that I stand for.

I love Collect Records. Geoff Rickly is an incredible person who I've known and admired since I was 13 years old. I stand behind him and know that he would never willingly put himself OR me into a situation like this had he been aware of what was really going on. We are going to handle this.

She also points out: "I use the word "patron" rather than "investor" because as far as I know, Martin does NOT recoop a dime from Collect Records. He essentially donates money to the label."

Another Collect band, Sick Feeling, told The FADER: "One thing is clear; as long as he has a part in the label, we, Sick Feeling, cannot. Our experience with Geoff, Norm, and Shaun has been nothing but positive, however, we cannot continue to work with Collect as long as Martin Shkreli has any part in it."

Creepoid posted a a statement too:

...we were heartbroken to come to learn that this man was a major financial contributor to Collect Records. As you all know, we released an album with Collect this past summer. From the start we have only ever dealt with people we respected and trusted (Norman, Geoff, and Shaun) and have never met, seen or spoken to Martin Shkreli.

In the whirlwind that has followed, some details concerning the future of Collect remain very blurry (see attached link). We would like to make one thing clear - we would never knowingly work with Martin Shkreli, or anybody willing to walk across the backs of the sick and dying with a smile on their face for the sake of making a profit. As long as Shkreli is involved with Collect Records, directly or indirectly, we cannot be.

Collect employee Norman Brannon (of Texas Is the Reason) has yet to comment, but did say "I haven't said anything because I was blindsided and because I am not interested in writing hot takes when everything is already on fire."

Well, whether it was because of Geoff or one of the bands or the entire Internet or Hillary Clinton, it looks like Shkreli has actually backed down. CNBC reports that he's given in and lowering the price as a reaction to the outrage:

Yes it is absolutely a reaction -- there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people.

It's very easy to see a large drug price increase and say 'Gosh those people must be gouging,' but when you find out the company is not making any money, what does that mean?

And I think in the society we live in today it is easy to want to villainize people, and obviously we are in an election cycle where this is very tough topic for people and very sensitive. And I understand the outrage.

Shkreli, who over the past two days has been tweeting in his own defense while countless people were tweeting death wishes at him, has now made his account private (which means you can no longer see the picture of Pianos Become The Teeth he tweeted from the front row of one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW shows at Red 7 this year) (a fact we learned in the Bullett article) (and a show United Nations also played). No word yet on what price he plans on lowering it to.

As you may know, we're big fans and supporters of Geoff Rickly, his various bands, his label, and the bands his label has signed. We wish the best for him, Norman and Shaun, and hope they work this all out. As mentioned above, we announced earlier this month that we're co-presenting a CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with No Devotion, Nothing, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. From a purely musical point of view, we hope this show goes on, as we were really looking forward to the whole night. We'll keep you posted if anything changes with that though.

UPDATE: Collect Records severed ties with Martin Shkreli.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

Run For Cover Records continues to be a trustworthy indie rock label, and they'll show off their increasingly diverse roster with their free 2015 CMJ showcase on October 17 at Palisades. RSVP is open.

The lineup includes shoegazers Pity Sex, Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, proggy chiptuners Crying and '90s-Merge-y indie rockers LVL UP (who share a member), lo-fi punks Teen Suicide, Tigers Jaw associate Petal, Microphones-y singer/songwriter Spencer Radcliffe, and Pinegrove. Check out the flyer below, and again, you can RSVP.

Makthaverskan and Spencer Radcliffe will visit NYC other times during October too, and Pity Sex also play the Car Wash show that day. Petal (who we suggested you check out) was here earlier this month.

Listen to the bands playing, below...

Continue reading "Run For Cover free 2015 CMJ show (Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Crying, LVL UP, Teen Suicide, Spencer Radcliffe, Petal, more)"

by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr @ Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Protomartyr @ Pitchfork 2015

Once again, Sub Pop and their kid sister Hardly Art are teaming up for a CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory, happening October 15 with Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S (aka Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto), and Mass Gothic. Tickets are on sale now.

Protomartyr are also part of Aquarium Drunkard's CMJ showcase which happens October 16 at Rough Trade with Omni, Lemon Twigs, DRINKS, Yoko and the Oh No's, Mothers, Car Seat Headrest, and Modern Vices. Tickets for that Rough Trade show go on sale Wedneasday (9/23) at noon.

For both those shows, you can also use your CMJ badge (if you have one) but admission is based on capacity. Flyers for both those shows are below.

That brings Protomartyr's current CMJ show total to four, including the Car Wash show with Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy and more (tickets) and the NME showcase at Santos on 10/14 with Hooton Tennis Club, Dilly Dally and more (tickets).

Protomartyr's very good third album, The Agent Intellect, is out October 9) via Hardly Art. If you haven't checked out "Dope Cloud" and "Why Does it Shake," have a listen below.

Continue reading "Protomartyr add more CMJ shows with Gotobeds, S, Drinks, Car Seat Headrest & more"

New Zealand CMJ

Once again, New Zealand will be represented at CMJ this year with the New Zealand Music Commission showcase. Instead of Le Poisson Rouge (where it happened previously), this year it takes place on October 13 at Baby's All Right and the lineup looks like this:

5:30pm | Doors
6:00pm | Carb On Carb
6:40pm | Marlon Williams
7:20pm | Anthonie Tonnon
8:00pm | Lontalius
The show is totally FREE and RSVP is open now. Listen to some music from the artists, below...

Continue reading "New Zealand @ CMJ 2015 lineup & RSVP"

by Bill Pearis

Gooch Palms

Australian garage rock duo The Gooch Palms have a new single, "Slow Burner," which is a self-described "club banger." It's a little outside of their usually millieu which isn't a bad thing at all. The video for "Slow Burner" makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

Last here in May, The Gooch Palms will be on tour again this fall, including NYC for CMJ. The only confirmed CMJ show so far is Cake Shop on October 13 with the rest of the lineup still TBA. All other dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Gooch Palms share video for new single "Slow Burner," touring, playing CMJ (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Glasgow, Scotland's WOMPS are well-named, making pummeling pop that hits as hard as it hooks. The group went to Steve Albini for their debut album which he recorded at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Is there a little Nirvana or Pixies in their sound? A healthy smidge, but there's also a jangly pop side to them as well. You can hear all those facets on WOMPS first single, "Live A Little Less / Dreams On Demand," which is out this week. The video for "Dreams on Demand" premieres in this post. It was made in Brooklyn by Robert Kolodny of creative collective House of Nod who deftly mixed footage they shot with archival and public domain footage. He says:

The more and more I listened to the song, the themes of weather, seasons, temperature and the passing of time became increasingly clear. I incorporated a lot of sun imaginary as well as nostalgic Americana archive footage. Why Americana for a Glasgow based band? I'm not sure, something in WOMPS really feels like home (home for us, musically, is in the Brooklyn DIY scene), so it just made sense. All of the slow motion photography peppered throughout the video was filmed by me in a sort of frantic stream of consciousness, putting together the images that came to my mind. We used our in-house Vision Research Phantom Camera for all of that and some clips were captured at over 1000 frames per second.
Watch "Dreams on Demand," as well as the video for the single's other side, below.

WOMPS will be in NYC for CMJ and have lined up four shows as of now:

Oct 13th @ Don Pedro (King Pizza Records, full lineup TBA)
Oct 14th @ The Legion Bar: Sugar Mama BK Party w/ Wade, Darkwing, Sun Abduction, Sideasideb, Looms, Happy Lives, The Off White, Fat Heaven, Samantha
Oct 15th @ Cake Shop (NYCTaper day show, lineup TBA)
Oct 17th @ Pine Box Rock Shop (Indie Bushwick showcase, lineup TBA)
Stay tuned for more details on those shows. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Scottish band WOMPS share video from Steve Albini-recorded debut 7", playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Bill Pearis

Drinks @ The Lexington 9/10/2015

Drinks, aka Cate Le Bon and White Fence's Tim Presley, released their debut album, Hermits on Holiday, a couple weeks back. If you haven't checked it out, it's a little stranger/skronkier than what either do on their own, but nonetheless charming in its odd little way. You can stream it below.

Tim and Cate just wrapped up their first Drinks tour of the UK/EU, which included a stop at the End of the Road festival and a show at The Islington in London on September 10. A set of pictures from the London show are in this post.

Drinks will soon embark on their first North American tour, kicking things off in NYC at Baby's All Right on October 10 which is with tourmates Droor (tickets). They'll also be back in time for CMJ, and right now the only show/party they have lined up is the Panache Booking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 14 with Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Slim Twig, Sheer Agony, The Babe Rainbow, and Gramma's Boyfriend. Tickets are still available. Other CMJ appearances will probably pop up as we get closer to the fest.

All tour dates are listed, along with more pics from Drinks' London show, below.

Continue reading "Drinks (Cate Le Bon / Tim Presley) released debut LP, expand tour, playing CMJ ++ pics from London show"

by Bill Pearis

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep's sophomore album, Not Real, remains at the top (or near) my loose 2015 Favorite Albums list, a hard-to-categorize record that incorporates synthpop, faerie folk, prog and other genres into a genuinely fresh sound. They're not like anyone else, though as I've said before, the closest comparison you could make is probably Metronomy. If you haven't checked it out, you can stream it and check out videos for "Deadlock" and "Not Real" below. There are also a couple non-LP tracks that came with the Rough Trade edition of the album to listen to below as well.

The band will be making their NYC live debut at this year's CMJ Festival. The only announced show so far is the Flower Booking showcase which happens at Knitting Factory on October 17 with The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Eternal Summers, S, and Lyla Foy also playing. That's a pretty good show. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Stealing Sheep released 'Not Real' (stream it), playing CMJ including show w/ Eternal Summers, Album Leaf & more"


Laced, which is Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur, Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau (also of Warthog) and Couple Skate Records owner Ian Kim Judd, played their first show a little over a year ago. They're now set to release their debut 7" EP via Bayonet Records, the label Payseur runs with his wife Katie Garcia. The EP was recorded by Mac DeMarco at his house in The Rockaways and the first single is hazy zoomer "Clear." Payseur told The Fader:

The very first time we got into a space together, this song came out immediately. It set the initial sonic tone for Laced without us ever talking about what the band was supposed to be. It was refreshing to have the song come out so naturally.
Listen to "Clear" below.

Laced have a couple shows coming up. They play Alphaville on September 24 with Pill and B Boys. That show is $8 at the door. Next month, Laced play the Bayonet Records / Couple Skate CMJ Showcase at Baby's All Right on October 13 with Mega Bog, Sheer Agony, and headliner Frankie Cosmos. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/11) at noon.

In related CMJ news: Frankie Cosmos also plays "The Wild Honey Pie Presents The Beehive" at The Wick on October 16 with Phony Ppl, Dent May (Solo), Lazyeyes, Fraser A. Gorman, Corbu, Stone Cold Fox, The Britanys, Acid Dad, Sam Cohen, and Piers. That show is free with RSVP (or a CMJ badge) or $5 at the door.

Continue reading "Laced ready debut EP, share "Clear," playing shows including CMJ w/ Frankie Cosmos, Sheer Agony & more"

by Bill Pearis

Cheatahs 2015

UK-based band Cheatahs will release their second album, Mythologies, on October 30 via Wichita. Where their debut album delivered crunchy shoegaze hooks informed by Swervedriver and Sloan, if new single "Seven Sisters" is any indication, they're drifting more towards what you'd call dreampop. Not too much stomping on the distortion pedal here, instead we get swirling, wide-open sounds and almost danceable rhythms. (If a '90s-era comparison was to be made, maybe Pale Saints?) Stream it or watch the video below.

Cheatahs will be touring North America this fall, starting in NYC for CMJ. No specific CMJ shows have been announced but they'll be here October 13 - 17, so stay tuned. All Cheatahs tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Cheatahs releasing 2nd LP 'Mythologies,' share first single, touring North America after playing CMJ (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Ebru Yildiz

Toronto's Greys will follow their 2014 LP If Anything with the Repulsion EP on October 30 via Carpark/Buzz (pre-order). Going by first single "I'd Hate To Be An Actor," it looks like Greys are changing it up from the AmRep/Touch & Go-style noise rock of their earlier material. This one's a slow, sludgy song with vocals that sound like the most Nirvana-ish moments of the last Wavves album. It's a cool change for them. Check it out below (via The FADER).

Greys will be on tour soon with fellow Canadian band Viet Cong, and they'll play a CMJ show without VC on 10/16 at Palisades. Other bands and ticket info TBA.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Greys announce 'Repulsion' EP, touring w/ Viet Cong, playing CMJ (dates, song stream)"


The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 13-17, and today the initial list of artists was revealed. A bunch of these are NYC shows we've posted about (browse our "CMJ" tag), but highlights include Car Seat Headrest, Cheatahs, Destruction Unit, Dent May, Dilly Dally, Doomsquad, Drinks, Eternal Summers, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Expert Alterations, Ezra Furman, Frankie Cosmos, Hooton Tennis Club, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, Mercury Rev, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, S, Shannon and the Clams, Slim Twig, Stealing Sheep, The Album Leaf, The Dirty Nil, The Men, The Wonder Years, Titus Andronicus and Wildhoney. Check out the full list below.

Badges are on sale.

Continue reading "CMJ 2015 initial artist lineup"

by Bill Pearis

Hooton Tennis Club
Hooton Tennis Club

UK band Hooton Tennis Club released their debut album, Highest Point In Cliff Town, a couple weeks back. Somewhere between Pavement and the Pastels, it's a return to the kind of indie that often got called "slacker." In a good way, I think. You can stream some tracks -- including their excelent "P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E." single -- via bandcamp and you can listen to the whole thing via Rdio below.

As hinted, Hooton Tennis Club are indeed coming to New York for CMJ. The only show announced so far is the NME showcase that's happening at Santos Party House on October 14. It's a pretty killer bill with Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, Downtown Boys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Yung, Nico Yaryan, Car Seat Headrest, Seratones, and YAK also playing. Tickets are on sale now.

Yak band

CMJ will be the first NYC trip for young London band Yak whose chaotic live shows and dark garagey sound have garnered comparisons to The Birthday Party and The Cramps (also: Thee Oh Sees or Fat White Family). You can check out a few videos and singles below...

Continue reading "Hooton Tennis Club streaming new LP, playing CMJ including NME showcase w/ Protomartyr, Perfect Pussy, Yak & more"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mitski at McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Maccabees put out their fourth album Marks to Prove It this year, which saw them getting back to their rocking side after the atmospheric Given to the Wild. They were already in the US for some shows in support of that, and they're set to return in October for ACL, CMJ and more.

Their CMJ show is the High Road Touring showcase on October 15 at Mercury Lounge which also includes a solo set from Mitski, plus The Jungle Giants, Yak, Fraser A Gorman and Seratones. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/11) at noon, and CMJ badges will be accepted.

Mitski has other dates coming up too, including an appearance at the reading series Vocal Fry on 10/3 at Shea (tickets).

All dates for Mitski and Maccabees are listed below...

Continue reading "The Maccabees touring U.S., including CMJ w/ Mitski & more"

by Bill Pearis

photo by Tess Roby

Montreal's Sheer Agony made a strong splash with the debut 7" back in 2012 that showed off their brand of mutant powerpop that owed more than a little to Chris Stamey and his work on those first two dB's albums. Then apart from the occasional tour and local Montreal shows, we didn't hear much from them. Happily they were hard at work on their debut album, cheekily titled Masterpiece, which will be out October 30 via Couple Skate (part of Captured Tracks' Omnian Music umbrella).

It was worth the wait, 13 tracks of killer pop in half an hour, absolutely crammed with hooks and nary a wasted second. If you like The dB's or The Soft Boys or Sex Clark Five (or New Pornographers), you'll definitely want to check out first single "I Have A Dream" the video for which appears in this post. Directed by Peter Woodford (of fellow MTL band Freelove Fenner) and features a dirty cop looking to bust up a DIY show but ends up having a very rock n' roll night. Shot at actual Montreal DIY spot The Drones Club, also look out for a cameo from Peter Segar of Homeshake as "The Bartender." Watch below.

Sheer Agony just wrapped up a North American tour with Homeshake which didn't hit NYC. The band will be here, however, for CMJ and currently have two shows on their schedule: the Bayonet/Couple Skate showcase on October 13 at Baby's All Right with Frankie Cosmos, Laced and Mega Bog (tickets on sale 9/11 at noon); and then the Panache showcase that happens October 14 at Knitting Factory with Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Drinks, Slim Twig, The Babe Rainbow and Gramma's Boyfriend (tickets). Sheer Agony also play Pop Montreal on September 19.

Continue reading "Montreal's Sheer Agony announce 'Masterpiece' debut LP, share "I Have A Dream" video, playing Pop Montreal & CMJ"

photo: Failure at Webster Hall in August (more by Gret Cristman)

Reunited alt-rockers Failure recently toured and they're ready to hit the road again this fall. The tour includes a run with Hum and Torche (that's a great triple bill) and also one with Trail of Dead and Local H (ditto). And for this one, they'll be touring as a four-piece with former touring member Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens of the Stone Age).

Failure will hit NYC for a CMJ show on October 14 at Brooklyn Bowl. That's a Flood Magazine FLOODFest show, and the rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets are on sale now and CMJ badges will also be accepted.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Failure announce tour dates with Hum, Torche, Trail of Dead and Local H, playing CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest (aka Seattle resident Will Toledo) has signed to Matador Records and has two new albums on the way: Teens of Style coming Oct 30, and Teens of Denial coming in 2016. Style finds him reworking songs from his previous DIY releases and you can check out "Something Soon" and its video below.

Will and his band will be touring this fall, including a Car Seat Headrest assault on CMJ. Among his performances will be a stop at the BrooklynVegan Day party at Baby's All Right on Friday, October 16. More details on that show, and BV's other CMJ shows/parties, still to come. CSH's CMJ schedule currently looks like this:

10/14 - New York, NY - CMJ at Pianos (Kanine / Collide Party)
10/14 - New York, NY - CMJ at Santo's Partyhouse (NME Party)
10/15 - New York, NY - CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Baby's All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
10/17 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitters Party)
After CMJ, Car Seat Headrest will be on tour with Chicago band Ne-Hi and those dates include another stop at Baby's All Right on December 5. Tickets for that show are on sale.

All dates are listed, along with the "Something Soon" video, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Car Seat Headrest signs to Matador, releasing 2 new LPs, touring with Ne-Hi after CMJ (BV day party included)"

by Bill Pearis

Gramma's Boyfriend

Haley Bonar, who released 2014's very good Last War, has another band called Gramma's Boyfriend. With this band, that also features members of Cloak Ox and Andrew Bird's band, Bonar further explores her late-'80s alt-rock leanings, taking things into danceable dark new wave territory. Gramma's Boyfriend's new album, Perm, will be out via Graveface on October 9 and you can stream the synthy/smoky "Forget The Stones" below.

Gramma's Boyfriend will be in NYC for CMJ, playing the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on October 14 with Slim Twig, Ezra Furman, Drinks, Juan Wauters, Sheer Agony, and Babe Rainbow. Tickets are on sale now.

There may be more CMJ shows announced as we get closer to the fest. Stay tuned.

Continue reading "Gramma's Boyfriend (featuring Haley Bonar) releasing new LP, share "Forget The Stones" & playing CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

Slim Twig Fadeout Killer

Slim Twig has released a video for "Fadeout Killer" from his new album, Thank You for Sticking wtih Twig. Like the song, there's a dreamlike quality to the video, directed by David Rendall, that has Twig running a race of one. There's also a woman in a house answering a phone. They are connected. What does it mean? That is a question probably for a therapist, but you can watch it below.

Since we last posted, Slim Twig has added a few tour dates. We knew he was going to be here for CMJ and one of those shows has been announced: Knitting Factory on October 14. That's a Panache showcase that's also with Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Drinks (aka Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley of White Fence), Montreal's Sheer Agony, The Babe Rainbow, Gramma's Boyfriend (featuring Haley Bonar). That is a pretty good lineup and tickets to that go on sale today at 10 AM. Poster for that show is below

Updated Slim Twin tour dates are listed, along with the "Fadeout Killer" video, below...

Continue reading "Slim Twig shares "Fadeout Killer" video, expands tour, playing CMJ show w/ Ezra Furman, Drinks, Juan Wauters & more"

Kamasi Washington

Brainfeeder-signed jazz musician and Kendrick Lamar/Thundercat collaborator Kamasi Washington is on tour now, and begins his two-night stay in NYC tonight (8/24) with 8 PM and 10:30 sets at the Blue Note and does it again on Tuesday (8/25). Tables for all four are sold out, but you can still reserve a spot at the bar.

His tour continues into the fall, and includes a return to NYC for a CMJ on October 15 at BRIC House. It's the first night of the venue's JazzFest Marathon, and also features Dessy Di Lauro's Neo-Ragtime, Dawn of Midi, Nir Felder, Kris Bowers, Brandee Younger, Takuya Kuroda, Ben Williams & Sound Effect, Donny McCaslin, and DJ Rich Medina. Tickets are on sale now, and the first 25 CMJ badge-holders will be admitted.

Updated dates are listed, with a video of a recent KCRW session, below...

Continue reading "Kamasi Washington on tour now, beginning NYC run tonight, playing CMJ at BRIC House's JazzFest Marathon (dates)"


Former Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto's S project will continue to support last year's great Cool Choices (her first full-band album) on tour this fall. She doesn't have exact NYC shows announced yet, but we know she'll be here once again for CMJ (she was one of the artist we were excited to see at CMJ last year).

All dates are listed, with a stream of "Brunch" (one of our favorite songs of 2014), below...

Continue reading "S (Jenn Ghetto) announces 2015 tour, including CMJ (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Hooton Tennis Club

Liverpool's Hooton Tennis Club's debut album, Highest Point In Cliff Town will be out next week (8/28) in North America and is a fun mix of shambolic influences: part Pavement, part Pastels. Check out a couple tracks from it below.

The album's standout cut is "P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E." and easily the most fun song by a British band to involve a spelled chorus since Pulp's "F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. L.O.V.E." The band have just released a video for it, made by animator Alden Volney, that is an homage to the cheapo '60s Saturday morning cartoons à la Hanna-Barbera or Filmation. Starring Leopold the Fox and his nemesis Furious Jacques, it starts off in familiar territory, but when their slapstick chase across repeating backgrounds hits a cathedral, thing get deeply, deeply psychedelic. (This never happened to Top Cat.) Watch it till the end, below.

We hear Hooton Tennis Club will be here for CMJ. While no announcement on that has been made yet, they will be touring the UK this fall as well and those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Hooton Tennis Club share trippy Hanna-Barbera homage "P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E." video from debut LP"

photo: Villagers at Union Pool in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Villagers, who were last on this side of the Atlantic around SXSW, have announced that they'll be joining John Grant on some of his North American tour dates this October, including the CMJ show he's playing at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/17 (tickets). All Villagers dates, including a West Coast run with Paul Weller, are listed below.

In Europe John Grant is signed to Bella Union who host the CMJ show happening two days earlier (10/15) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available for that show which so far only features Mercury Rev (stay tuned for their updated lineup).

Meanwhile, Jonathan & Grasshopper from Mercury Rev are DJing this Thursday (8/20) at Backbar at The Bedford in Brooklyn. Maybe they'll preview some of their new album which is out on September 18, though you can also listen to two of the tracks streaming online now. In September you can catch Mercury Rev in Burlington, VT on September 10, Northampton, MA on 9/11 and then Hamden, CT's The Ballroom at The Outer Space on September 12 (tickets).

Around the CMJ show they'll also be playing shows in Cambridge, MA, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. All Mercury Rev dates, their DJ set flyer and Villagers/John Grant dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Leeds band Menace Beach released their debut album, Ratworld, back in January and are already gearing up to release a new EP, Super Transporterreum, which will be out on the Memphis Industries label September 25. Like the album, this was produced by MJ of Hookworms (he also plays in the band). The title track is an ultra-catchy chunk of indie rock, and "Super Transporterreum" is one of the more unlikely sing-a-long choruses you're likely to hear (and sing) this year, but there it is. Listen, along with another track ("Ghoul Power") off the EP, below.

The band, which also includes Sky Larkin's hard-hitter Nestor Matthews on drums, will be on tour in the UK in September. No U.S. dates have been announced yet, but there have been whispers of CMJ. Stay tuned. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Kero Kero Bonito Chicken

London trio Kero Kero Bonito's music pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the shiny plastic future of J-pop, rapping and singing about food, playing videogames, the merits of cats vs dogs and other light conversation. Sometimes it's in English, sometimes it's in Japanese, but usually set to catchy tunes and cute prefab beats. - [Bill in March]
Kitchy London trio Kero Kero Bonito, whose members include PC Music's Kane West, have a new single "Chicken" that dares you to get out there and dance. This one isn't quite as clever or infectious as previous single "Picture This," but I did enjoy the brief nod to metal they managed to work in there. You can stream or download below.

Having made their US debut at SXSW, KKB will be going on their first North American tour this fall, including NYC at Palisades on October 13. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (8/12) at 10 AM. That show falls during CMJ but whether it's an official showcase or not remains to be seen. All dates are listed below.

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