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by Bill Pearis

RSD Black Friday 2015

The folks at Record Store Day have announced this year's RSD Black Friday releases for your post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy needs. (Black Friday 2015 is November 27.) This year's crop includes that Deerhoof live album, a double-vinyl reissue of Outkast's classic Stankonia, Lush's best-of Ciao!,  a new Ariel Pink single that features Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, and a new Spoon 10" featuring their cover of The Cramps' "TV Set."

Some other RSD Black Friday exclusives/firsts: vinyl reissues of Buzzcocks' Music in a Different Kitchen, The Clash's debut album, Faith No More's pre-Mike Patton 1985 debut album We Care a Lot, Ween's The Pod, a two-disc colored vinyl edition of Garbage's debut album, The Jesus & Mary Chain's odds-and-sods compilation Barbed Wire Kisses, and the rock-meets-rap Judgement Night soundtrack (where Mudhoney met Sir Mix-a-Lot).

In the more curious department, there's a 30th anniversary double-vinyl reissue of the 1985 Transformers Movie soundtrack that featured Stan Bush's "The Touch" (later reused in Boogie Nights to great ironic effect).  The gatefold jacket "completely 'transforms' all four sides from an Autobot themed jacket to a Decepticon themed jacket." Cool? There's also a vinyl soundtrack for Sharknado 3, which if you're an indie band/label wondering why you can't get your album pressed till July, this could be a contributing factor.

There are lots more RSD Black Friday 2015 releases and you can peruse the whole list here.


After sharing the news this summer that they were planning a live album, San Franciso-based avant garde band Deerhoof officially announced their release of Fever 121614, their first live album. They recorded it during their December 16 set at Fever in Tokyo -- lead singer Satomi's hometown. The album will be available on November 27 via Polyvinyl/Felicity.

The album artwork came from a contest where fans could submit their own art. The band selected cute, manga-style portraits of the band members, featuring Satomi in the onesie she wore for the "Paradise Girls" music video. That's the front cover above, and here are individual portraits:


Making a live album is not the only new thing the band has been up to. Last month, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) teamed up with Deerhoof in Switzerland as part of an experiment that combines music with physics: Ex/Noise/CERN. This experiment pairs musicians with particle physics, and had Deerhoof creating improvisational music amongst the CERN equipment. The results are as far out as Deerhoof's music ever is, and it's the kind of experiment you wished you got to conduct in your high school physics class. Watch the video of the whole thing going down, below.

Besides experimenting with physics, Satomi Matsuzaki recently collaborated with Bill Wells for his upcoming album, Nursery Rhymes, which features his own takes on kids songs.

Deerhoof is currently at the final stage of their tour (they played Brooklyn's Bell House back in August). They'll be on the West Coast in November.

All remaining tour dates are listed, with the tracklist for Fever 121614, a live video for "We Do Parties" from the album, and the Ex/Noise/CERN video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Bill Wells

Scottish musician Bill Wells has played in a number of groups over the years, most notably his own improvisational jazz combo, the Bill Wells Octet, and The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland. He's also worked with a host of indie rock bands, such as The Pastels, Future Pilot AKA, Isobel Campbell, Jad Fair, Arab Strap man Aidan Moffat and more.

His new album, Nursery Rhymes, finds him taking on kids song standards -- "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Hickory Dickory Dock," "Ring Around The Rosie" -- as collaborations with a host of cool people, including Yo La Tengo, Isobel Campbell, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki, Hospitality's Amber Papini, and more. That's the artwork above and the full tracklist is below.

This isn't a kids album, however, as Wells applies his sparse, melodic style to the familiar songs. He elaborates:

They should be quite disturbing. Because ultimately part of the remit of a nursery rhyme was to give your child some of the harsh realties of life, while sugar-coating them with a catchy little melody. But I'm losing that coating and going straight to the nub of the thing.
We've got the premiere of "Three Blind Mice," which is a collaboration with Yo La Tengo and NY jazz musician Karen Mantler. You can stream it below.

Bill Wells & Friends' Nursury Rhymes is out November 20 via Karaoke Kalk.

Continue reading "Teenage Fanclub, Deerhoof & more collaborate w/ Bill Wells on 'Nursery Rhymes' (listen to "3 Blind Mice" w/ Yo La Tengo)"

photo: Deerhoof at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Spastic avant-rockers Deerhoof are playing a handful of European dates this summer, but in between they'll squeeze in a few Northeast US shows too. One of those happens in Brooklyn on August 6 at The Bell House with Blasteroid and Really Big Pinecone. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Deerhoof are also planning a live album, and today's the last day YOU can contribute to the cover art. They write:

Time is running out! Today is the last day to send in your album art submissions! ATTENTION ARTISTS! Deerhoof is preparing a live LP that we're really excited about. We want part of the cover to be a collage of manga-style Deerhoof portraits. Can you help? Send your drawings to deerhoofmanga@gmail.com by July 1st.
Watch a recent pro-shot live video (by ,a href="http://www.tofubanditmedia.com/">Tofu Bandit Media) of the band at Baby's All Right, with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.

Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.

Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees share 2 songs (1 from gay rights comp with Deerhoof, Protomartyr, Lil BUB & more) + new Damaged Bug"

by Andrew Sacher

So Stressed
So Stressed

Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves said in an interview last year that she'd be launching her own label and the first signing would be Sacramento hardcore band So Stressed. Now details have officially been announced. The label's called Honor Press, and it will release So Stressed's new album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, on May 26. Check out the album artwork, tracklist, and ripping under-two-minute lead single "Merv King and the Phantoms," below.

Meredith also said she'd be putting out a solo album and releasing a split with Kevin Devine this year. Info on those two things is still TBA, but the Kevin Devine split is part of Kevin's six-part split series on Bad Timing Records which begins with a split with Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws. That one's out now and can be streamed in full below. It has Matthew covering Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff," and Kevin covering Nada Surf's "Inside of Love."

Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy have tour dates coming up, including NYC on March 28 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Deefhoof and Zula (tickets) and April 3 at Baby's All Right (sold out).

UPDATE: That Baby's show is now part of a two-night stand at the venue with various openers, including Meredith's new signees So Stressed.

Kevin Devine is also touring, playing NYC also on March 28, but at Le Poisson Rouge with Dads and Field Mouse (tickets). Kevin's also on board for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more.

Continue reading "Meredith Graves details new label, releasing new So Stressed LP; Matthew Caws & Kevin Devine streaming new split"

photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's on NYE (via Billy Jones)
Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy wrapped up 2014 with a New Year's Eve show at Baby's All Right, and they've already announced that they'll return to the venue for a show on April 3. That's a couple months after they return from their short Australia/New Zealand tour which they leave for at the end of January. Tickets for Baby's go on sale at noon on Friday (1/9).

Perfect Pussy were also added to the NYC stop of Deerhoof's tour (who they remixed), which happens March 28 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy playing Baby's & opening for Deerhoof in NYC after Australia/NZ tour (dates)"


Protomartyr's second album, Under Color of Official Right, is one of the year's most acclaimed albums, matching witty if bleak observations to snarling postpunk backing. The band spent most of the year on the road, out on tours with Spray Paint, Whatever Brains and Parquet Courts, making space for both SXSW, CMJ and one of DbA's final shows, too. Which leads to Protomartyr's Top 10 of 2014 list they sent us, which could have only been sent by them. Here's the setup:

As is often the case with touring, all you have is time and it must be killed. Going to see a movie, any movie, is our default band activity. We go to the theater and whatever is showing next is what we see. We'd like to think this is the reason why we saw so much shit, but honestly, seeing something awful became an addiction. Other than that, the only criteria was that the theater had to sell booze. That became an addiction as well.
You won't find Boyhood or Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel on this list, but it's a funny read and works as a travelogue as well. Protomartyr's "Ten Movies We Saw This Year" are listed with commentary below.

In other news, Protomartyr are part of a Joyful Noise Recordings' new subscription record club, the 2015 Flexidisc Series where "some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format." Other artists contributing to the series include Cloud Nothings, Wye Oak, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Sonny & the Sunsets, and King Buzzo.

If you you're going to be in Detroit around Christmas, Protomartyr are playing on December 26 at Jumbos, a place they wrote a song about on their first album. Flyer for that is below as well...

Continue reading "Protomartyr tell us about 10 movies they saw on tour this year, part of new flexi series w/ Cloud Nothings, Wye Oak & more"

intro by Bill Pearis

Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)

Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.

Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.

Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...

Continue reading "Grooms tell us their Top 10 LPs of 2014, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend, opening for APTBS at MHOW"

Deerhoof at Baby's in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Perfect Pussy have reworked Deerhoof's "Exit Only" (which recently got a video starring Michael Shannon) into an 11 minute noise jam that gets even weirder than the original already is. Check it out below.

Deerhoof have also announced more tour dates through spring 2015 including SXSW and a NYC show happening March 28 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with Perfect Pussy's rework of "Exit Only," below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy reworked Deerhoof's "Exit Only" (listen); Deerhoof announce tour (dates)"

Saunier / Chippendale LP art

There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:

Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i wont try and pull the Wool over your eyes, and jack you all around with this name game, ive been actin like a kid! Anyway i apologize for all the tomfoolery, and ill sees ya tonight!
Ok, sleuths, what does it all mean?

If you're going to go to one of these last three nights, do make sure to spend some time in the Death by Art installation which has a lot of cool stuff to see. You may have seen a monitor in the hallway showing a documentary about drummers Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale titled Checking in at 20. It was directed by Matt Conboy who runs the DbA showspace (with Edan Wilber) and features interviews with Wayne Coyne, Tim Harrington, John Dwyer, Steven Drozd, Kid Millions, and rock journalist Michael Azerrad. You can watch the whole thing (via Pitchfork) below. Both Saunier (with Deerhoof) and Lightning Bolt's Chippendale (as Black Pus) played Death by Audio in the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, Saunier and Chippendale also have an album out via Famous Class. The self-titled LP features two side-long improvisations, and is limited to 500 copies. Order yours now.

Documentary stream below...

Continue reading "Greg Saunier & Brian Chippendale release LP & documentary; three shows left at DbA (tonight's lineup clues are posted)"

by Bill Pearis

Michael Shannon excising demon's in "Exit Only" video
deerhoof michael shannon

"If someone was like, 'If you could spend the rest of your life on an island with one band, which band would it be?' For me, it would be Deerhoof." - Michael Shannon
Deerhoof have just released the video for their song "Exit Only" from their terrific new album, La Isla Bonita. The video, directed by Vice Cooler, stars #1 Deerhood Superfan Michael Shannon (aka Van Alden from Boardwalk Empire, and other cool, intense roles) and he plays a dual role, perhaps an internal struggle, a fight to the death. Deerhoof's music is the weapon. Blood is spilled, teeth are lost, and references to either Quiet Riot or Kool Aid Man are made. Watch it below.

Having recently played four NYC record release shows, Deerhoof are now on tour and play Shannon's old hometown, Chicago, tonight.

Continue reading "Deerhoof made a video for "Exit Only" starring #1 Deerhoof superfan Michael Shannon (and Michael Shannon)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Deerhoof / Trans-Am @ Baby's All Right 11/6/2014
Trans Am

"Over the years, we put a lot of priority on our band staying together rather than getting a big hit," said guitarist John Dieterich. "When bands make a big push to go on tour for eight months straight and make it big, these are the kinds of things that break up bands. We did not want to do that."

The four-piece -- which is known for its densely composed, angular instrumentation and the sweet vocals of bassist Satomi Matsuzaki -- has also thrived by continually trying new things. Deerhoof's 12th and latest album, "La Isla Bonita," is comprised entirely of on-the-spot rehearsal recordings, Dieterich explained.

"We were just capturing it so we could remember it, so we were not thinking about how the recordings would sound, but after a few days, we said 'these sound pretty good," said Dieterich. "Aside from vocals, the whole album is what we captured that day." - [Brooklyn Daily]

Long-running indie rock experimentalists Deerhoof celebrated their 12th album, La Isla Bonita, and their 20th anniversary with a string of NYC shows this week. After a surprise appearance at Death by Audio on Sunday (11/2), the band played three consecutive nights at Baby's All Right, concluding Thursday night (11/6) with fellow '90s survivors Trans Am, as well as Louisville, KY's White Reaper (who will be on tour with Deerhoof).

Pictures from Thursday's show, and Deerhoof's setlist, are in this post, and continue below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof celebrated 'La Isla Bonita' with three shows at Baby's (pictures/setlist from Night 3 w/ Trans Am & White Reaper)"

Priests @ DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

DC band Priests, who released a new EP over the summer via Don Giovanni and their own Sister Polygon, are about to start a short tour. They'll be opening shows for Dismemberment Plan, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (11/8, tickets), and then a run with Deerhoof (who are in NYC as we speak), before wrapping it up with a show in their hometown, once again opening for D-Plan.

Also in there is a show at Brooklyn's soon-to-close Death by Audio on November 17 with two other Sister Polygon-turned-Don Giovanni bands, Downtown Boys and Pinkwash (mems Bleeding Rainbow, Hume), plus B Boys and headliners Future Punx (who will soon be starting their own tour).

All dates, plus streams from Priests' Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP, below...

Continue reading "Priests touring w/ Dismemberment Plan (including NYC) and Deerhoof, playing DbA w/ Future Punx & more (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Deerhoof @ DbA 11/2/20014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)

Sunday night (11/2) was the start of Death by Audio's final three weeks in existence. Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy who run the space have been promising lots of suprises and last night's mystery headliner was Deerhoof whose new album, La Isla Bonita, is out this week (11/4). (You can stream it at NPR.) They played a super-fun set with Satomi Matsuzaki in dancemode the whole time, guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez bouncing off each other, and Greg Saunier beating the shit out of his drums. This was a real treat. Deerhoof officially start their tour with three consecutive nights at Baby's All Right -- you can still get tickets to the first two (11/4 & 11/5), but the third night (11/6) with Trans Am and White Reaper is sold out.

In other DbA "special guest" news, Thursday's show (11/6) with Woolen Men had a TBA headliner but that's now been revealed to be Woods. Which makes sense, Woolen Men's last album was released on Woodsist and they opened for Woods for the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Baby's back in April. The DbA Woods show also features Nonhorse and Lame Drivers and is $10 at the door.

Tonight's Tyvek show with Taiwan Housing Project and Ivy also has a "Special Guests" and DbA's site says they're "(another monster!)."

Sunday (11/9) is Pujol, Shellshag and a "Special Guest" that seems kinda obvious.

Tuesday night (11/4), DbA is headlined by a reunited Coasting, plus the return of the old two-person lineup of Reading Rainbow (now a four-piece Bleeding Rainbow) as well as The Ar-Kaics and Roya.

In other news, on Thursday, DbA launches an Death by Art that will happen not only in the main showspace but all over the adjacent facility, including "The Ranch" where the late night portion of this year's Halloween show (with Aa) took place and other nooks and crannies:

Death By Audio is closing its doors on November 22nd, so for the last 16 days we'll be opening up the entire floor to the public as an art installation. There will be murals, sculptures, interactive media, projections, sound art, and indie arcade cabinets installed in the hallways and the ranch.

The art show is FREE on THURSDAY NOV 6TH plus every Saturday-Sunday from 2PM-7PM until NOVEMBER 22ND.

The art show will ALSO be open to the patrons of the venue EVERY EVENING from 8PM to MIDNIGHT included with the price of admission.

You can check out a map of all the Death by Art installations here, and a full list of contributing artists is below. In other art news, DbA is making really nice posters for many of these final shows (both Dirty on Purpose on Saturday, and Deerhoof got them) which are available for purchase ($10) at the bar, so look out for those.

Video of Deerhoof performing new song "Paradise Girls" at Death by Audio last night, plus "Death by Art" info, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof were Sunday's surprise headliners at DbA; Woods playing on Thursday which is also 'Death by Art' launch"

Cibo Matto @ Summerstage in July (more by Adele Loconte)
Cibo Matto

John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Wesley Stace, Cibo Matto, Satomi of Deerhoof and more will be participating in concerts happening in NYC this weekend to benefit and raise awareness for artists rights organization Content Creators Coalition. Specifically, here's what they are standing up for:

Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today's content creators. And the major tech players who sell ads to these websites make large-scale piracy possible. Artists have always been the ultimate free speech activists. That's why we're asking Google and other large tech corporations to stand with us and stop brokering ads to piracy sites. It's not about censorship. It's about making sure current and future generations of artists can continue to create.
The first benefit happens on Saturday (10/18) at Roulette in Brooklyn and features John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi of Deerhoof, and more. Tickets are on sale.

Then on Sunday afternoon (10/19) at Le Poisson Rouge there's a rally featuring Rosanne Cash, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Wesley Stace, Marc Ribot, Marcus Rojas' Brass ensemble, Ava Mendoza and more TBA. That starts at 2 PM and is free.

Deerhoof at ATP 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Eccentric San Franciscans Deerhoof are releasing their twelfth album, La Isla Bonita, on November 4 via Polyvinyl and they've just put out a new single "Paradise GIrls" (via Pitchfork). You can stream that, with previous single "Exit Only," below.

Deerhoof are also going on a tour which kicks off with a three-night run in NYC on November 4, 5 & 6 at Baby's All Right. There's different openers on each night of the run with Xenia Rubinos and Tim Barnes (Silver Jews, Jim O'Rourke, etc) on night 1, Assembly and Zannie Owens with Mount Yucca on night 2, and post-rock vets Trans Am and garage rock newcomers White Reaper on night 3. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof releasing a new LP, touring, playing 3 Baby's shows w/ Trans Am, Tim Barnes & more (dates, streams)"

Kurt Scurlock w/ The Lips @ T5 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

When we initially reported that Kliph Scurlock was no longer drummer for The Flaming Lips, we didn't know the reasons behind it, but this week details of the whole thing have come to light. Scurlock claims he was fired by frontman Wayne Coyne after taking a stand against against Christina Fallin, singer in band Pink Pony and daughter of Okalhoma Governor Mary Fallin, who wore a native American headdress in a publicity photo on her Instagram (which has since been deleted, as has a letter her band posted to Facebook defending their actions at the Norman Music Festival):

Fallin Headdress

Despite "Do You Realize??" no longer being Oklahoma's song, the young Fallin and Coyne are friends and when she allegedly told the Lips frontman about Scurlock taking jabs at her on Facebook, the drummer claims he got the axe.

Much of this first came to light originally, actually, via an anonymous comment in the BV post about The Flaming Lips April Fools stunts:

Kliph wasn't fired for calling Wayne out on his midlife crisis b.s. (although if anyone in that band had the nuts to bring it up to Wayne, it would be Kliph!) He was fired for taking a stand against Wayne's new buddy - the daughter of OK's tea-bagging, homophobe governor Mary Fallin - when she donned a Native headdress for a racist publicity stunt. When Kliph called her out on social media for being a shithead to the Oklahoma Native community who complained about her headdress publicity stunt, she tattled on him to Wayne. Wayne actually told Kliph he was fired for insulting Fallin publicly.
The story broke wide this week thanks to a story on the Red Dirt Report. They read the BV comment and confirmed it with an anonymous source. Kliph then seemed to confirm the story via tweets that supported the Red Dirt story. That was followed by a story on Gawker. Today Scurlock told his side of the story via a statement sent to Pitchfork:
he texted me again pressing the headdress photo issue. In my desire to have this done and over with, I apologized and said I wouldn't do it again. He responded, "... Ha ha... You so full of shit ... You're a fucking coward !! Go stick up for your Indian friends if its so important to you !!" It devolved from there, with him later texting, "I think..... I am gonna make it so your 'beliefs' no longer have any association with the Flaming Lips .." More name calling followed with him finally sending me a text at 3:49 a.m. on March 20 that said I was fired...

...Christina Fallin and the rest of her lame band tried to get publicity for a recent live performance by spreading the rumor that they were going to perform in full Native regalia. My good friend (and someone I admire deeply) Samantha Crain organized a peaceful protest. The band mocked Native culture and was very antagonistic towards the protesters by flipping them off and trying to get security to remove them, despite them being out of the sight lines of the audience. Wayne and his girlfriend were apparently there making fun of the protesters (I can't confirm this because none of it is on video and I wasn't there) which enraged a lot of people, which led to someone telling the local press the reason I was fired, which led to the furor over the past several days.

There's a lot more than that and the entirety of Scurlock's statement is below.

The Oklahoma Governor's office is getting a lot of strange press of late. Have you seen that statue of Lucifer the Satanic Church wants to put outside the Capitol Building?

In happier news, Scurlock plays on Gruff Rhys' new album, American Interior, and is featured in it's accompanying film as well.

Read Scurlock's long statement below...

Continue reading "Kliph Scurlock says it's true that he was fired from Flaming Lips for criticizing OK Governor's daughter's use of Native American headdress"

Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Experimental noise popsters Deerhoof have announced that they'll be heading back on the road for an international tour this year, which includes support from NYC rapper Awkwafina (who played Tinderbox 2013 with Deerhoof) and NYC's Celestial Shore on most dates. Celestial Shore aren't on the NYC date which happens on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge, but Awkwafina is, in addition to London's Tomaga. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Though you can't see Celestial Shore at that show, they've got a bunch of other hometown dates coming up, including 2/6 at Baby's All Right with Friend Roulette and Zula; two with Cloud Becomes Your Hand including 2/8 at Silent Barn with Aye Aye Rabbit (mems. Deerhoof) and Little King, and 2/14 at The Ho_se with Ava Luna and Killer Bob; the Palehound show at Pianos (2/27) which now also includes Grass Is Green, Bluffing and Howler; and Baby's on 3/3 with Oberhofer and Big Ups. All of their dates are listed below.

Deerhoof also just made a video for "Flower" off their 2012 LP, Breakup Song, and you can watch that, along with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof made a video, touring w/ Awkwafina & Celestial Shore (who have many other dates)"


The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.

Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.

There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...

Continue reading "Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Max Tundra, YACHT, Rustie and more contribute to 'Everything is New' charity project (streams)"

Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Philip Glass

Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.

Prefuse 73 is also going on a tour with Nosaj Thing that hits NYC on January 30 at Output. Tickets are still available here and here.


Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. They return to the venue for three sold-out nights, this being the second.

Songs from Montague Terrace: A Tribute to Scott Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
In conjunction with a forthcoming tribute album, Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Bright Light Bright Light, Nicole Atkins, Ex Cops, and more will be performing Scott Walker classics with a live string section.

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Luke Temple

While he's spent the last few years concentrating on Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple recently returned to solo mode with Good Mood Fool which was released a couple weeks ago via Secretly Canadian. On it, he bathes in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe. You can check out the video for "Florida" and a couple other tracks below, and the whole record can be heard via Spotify.

Temple is currently finishing up a short East Coast tour with his band that includes Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost, Here We Go Magic), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors) and Brian Betancourt (Hospitality). He'll then head to Europe but on his return he's doing a December residency at Union Pool, playing the first three Tuesdays of the month. He's gathered some pretty impressive talent to open on the nights:

DECEMBER 3 (tickets)
MEMS (5) - (Ofir Ganon and Greg Sarnier of Deerhoof)
CHRIS BEAR (of Grizzly Bear)

DECEMBER 10 (tickets)
SAM OWENS (of Celestial Shore)
STEVE MARION (of Delicate Steve)

DECEMBER 17 (tickets)
ADAM SCHATZ (of Man Man, Landlady, etc)
RYAN SEATON (of Callers)

As a unifying theme, all of the sets during the residency will be improvised. No word on advance tickets just yet. Ticket links above. All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below.

Continue reading "Luke Temple released new LP (streams), doing guest-filled NYC "improvisational" residency in December & other dates"

Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The fourth Tinderbox Music Festival, "an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music," is returning to NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's being headlined by experimental band Deerhoof, and also features sets by a bunch of local artists, including the shoegazey Butter the Children, the punky Aye Nako, the synth poppy Half Waif, the friends of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dynasty Electric, and more. Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (9/9) at 4 PM. Full lineup and the list of all Deerhoof tour dates are below.

Aye Nako have other shows coming up, including an opening slot on the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop of the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour (tickets) and our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and more TBA (admission is $3 at the door).

Butter the Children also play another local show on October 7 at Cameo with Neighbors, Teen Girl Science Monthly, and Clarence. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full Tinderbox 2013 lineup, the list of Deerhoof dates, and some song streams, below...

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Odd Future's Tyler the Creator @ MHOW, 3/23/2013 (more by Jason Bergman)

Seu Jorge @ T5, 2010 (more by kolored)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Bob Saget @ Bowery Ballroom (early) & MHOW (late)
Once known for family sitcom Full House , Bob Saget now has a rep for mining the dark side of comedy for "mature audiences." Tonight he performs an early show at Bowery Ballroom before scooting across the East River for a late set at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bowery is sold out, but you can still get tickets for MHOW.

Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket @ Webster Bank Area
Bob Dylan and Wilco begin their run of NYC-area shows (all of which are with My Morning Jacket, except Jones Beach with Beck) in CT at Webster Bank Arena tonight (moved from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard). Expect lots of multi-generational folk tradition, and maybe even some collaborations.

The So So Glos, The Moon Dudes, Las Rosas, New Cross, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof @ Rippers (FREE)
As long as it doesn't rain, what better way to spend the heatwave than out at the Rockaways with this free show featuring So So Glos, Las Rosas, and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier? 12 PM - 9 PM. FREE

Odd Future, Meek Mill, Schoolboy Q, World's Fair, Funkmaster Flex @ Williamsburg Park
This all killer no filler bill is practically a mini hip hop festival, and one of the best shows outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park is hosting this summer. It's got mallrat rap crew Odd Future, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, upcoming Queens group World's Fair, legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex, and Meek Mill, who has at least a few really fun songs that you'll probably hear tonight.

Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z @ Yankee Stadium
JT and Jay Z (not Jay-Z) both have boundary-pushing new albums under their belts, and tonight they join forces for their second of two shows at the gigantic Yankee Stadium.

The Specials @ The Stone Pony
These Two Tone vets inspired so much mediocre music, it's sometimes easy to forget that The Specials' debut album is just about perfect, and still sounds great today.

Overlord, Miniboone, Giraffes Giraffes @ Cake Shop
Despite a name that suggests throwing devil signs, Overlord are an indiepop group with tendencies towards British Invasion and '60s surf sounds. Tonight they'll say farewell to departing member George Pasles.

The World Is..., Daylight, Dads, Pity Sex @ Death By Audio
Most of this show leans on the emo side, except openers Pity Sex, who have ditched their emo-y past for total shoegaze on their new album, Feast of Love. It's an excellent album, and if you're going to this show, Pity Sex are very worth showing up early to see.

Tim Barry, Cory Branan, Des Ark @ Knitting Factory
Avail have been quiet for the past five years or so, but their frontman, Tim Barry, still tours solo a lot, and tonight he hits Brooklyn for a headlining show at Knitting Factory. Support comes from Lucero associate Cory Branan and Des Ark.

Kode9, L-Vis 1990, Recloose, Kelela, Obey City @ MoMa PS1
The forward-thinking summer electronic music series at MoMA PS1, Warm Up, continues today with sets from Hyperdub label head Kode9, Night Slugs co-head L-VIs 1990, exciting R&B newcomer Kelela, Recloose, and Obey City.

Akitsa, Lussuria, Endless Humiliation @ Saint Vitus
Lussuria and Endless Humilation are great support bands, but the main attraction here is clearly the super rare performance by Quebecois black metal band Akitsa. Their primitive black metal is spotted with Oi, and made for a helluva performance at Chaos in Tejas earlier this year.

The Burlies, Paperhaus, Electric People @ Shea Stadium
The Dismemberment Plan are fully back in action (what do you think of their new song?), but meanwhile, frontman Travis Morrison's other band, The Burlies, are doing stuff too, and you can catch them in Brooklyn tonight headlining a much more intimate venue than D-Plan would probably headline if/when they play here.

Antibalas, The Stepkids, Prince Paul (DJ Set), Pegasus Warning @ The Bell House
The Stepkids spent the early '00s backing up big name R&B and hiphop acts like Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and 50 Cent. On their own, the trio take a more Steely Dan approach, and they're not afraid to show off their chops. Part of the Music Frees All Festival.

The Lone Bellow, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
The free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park continue tonight with a bill that indie folk fans might not want to miss.

RX Bandits, Northern Faces @ Best Buy Theater
The Bandits are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their seminal album, The Resignation, this year and playing the whole thing in full on tour. Songs like "Sell You Beautiful" and "Decrescendo" still sound great today, and if you were a fan of that era of the band, there should be some pretty great nostalgia for you at Best Buy Theater tonight.

Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight's edition of Jonathan Toubin's popular Soul Clap & Dance Off party features guest selector Eleanor Friedberger. Doors at 11 PM.

Tommy James & The Shondells, Felix Cavaliere @ The Great Auditorium (NJ)
Tommy James & The Shondells began in bubblegum ("I Think We're Alone Now," "Mirage") but later penned psychedelic classic "Crimson & Clover."

Kaiju Big Battel @ Stage 48
So you've seen Pacific Rim three times and you're jonesing for more Giant Monster Action? Head to Stage 48 for some old-school guys-in-rubber-suits spectacle which answers the questions, "What would a Wrestling Federation run by TOHO Studios be like?"

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster @ PNC Bank Arts Center
We don't if we'd spend our "Last Summer on Earth" watching Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster, but that's what this '90s nostalgia tour is called.

Zorn@60 @ Lincoln Center
No Wave pioneer John Zorn celebrates his 60th birthday as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. This is the first of three nights, and tonight's performance features "six powerful works for string quartet, performed together in a single evening for the very first time.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Brazilian star Seu Jorge -- best known in America for singing Portugese versions of Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic -- is here for a week run of intimate shows as Blue Note.

Week At The Creek with Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner
The Creek & the Cave hosts "Week At The Creek," a standup series where one comedian performs at the Long Island City venue every night for a week. This week, hilarious standups Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner are stepping up to the plate. And it's FREE.

Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales is part opera, part Cirque du Soleil.

Other notable shows tonight include Joakim @ Cameo Gallery, Slonk Donkerson, Weiney, The Gradients, Sharkmuffin @ Muchmore's, Marcellus Pittman, Aaron Siegal, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands Gallery, and Gunfight, Boytoy, Thizz Rattlers, DJ Double Head @ Union Pool.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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