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The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.

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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mothers at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Athens, GA's Mothers, one of the bands that won us over at CMJ, have announced their debut album. It's called When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, and it's due out February 25 via Grand Jury Music. It was produced by Drew Vandenberg (who's worked with their friends of Montreal and Deerhunter) and features Deerhunter's Josh McKay on vibraphone, plus McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids on bass and string arrangements. The first single, "Too Small For Eyes," is pretty bare-bones, with just singer Kristine Leschper and her mandolin, and some piano and really nice string arrangements. Check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Mothers also have a ton of tour dates coming up, including SXSW and NYC on January 29 at Palisades and February 1 at Berlin. Tickets wil be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.

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photo: Deerhunter at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)

Deerhunter and Atlas Sound's tour lands them in NYC for sold-out shows on December 8 at Irving Plaza (BV presents) and 12/9 at Warsaw, and now they tacked on a third show. It's a smaller gig, happening December 7 at Rough Trade, and you must be a Jukely member to get in. More info here.

After the Irving show, Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta (aka Moon Diagrams) DJs the afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse (tickets).

Updated dates are listed below...

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Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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photo: Deerhunter at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)

Deerhunter's excellent new album Fading Frontier is out now on 4AD and they've been supporting it on tour dates like Pitchfork Paris, and also with various live sessions. They just appeared on Marc Riley's BBC Radio show where they were interviewed and played three songs off their new album, plus a cover of the Buzzcocks' "Why Can't I Touch It." Listen to the show here. Bradford first comes on around the 17-minute mark and the Buzzcocks cover starts around the one-hour 17-minute mark. They also did some songs off the album in a video session for KCRW, which you can watch below.

Their tour, with Bradford's Atlas Sound project opening, hits NYC for shows in Manhattan on December 8 at Irving Plaza and Brooklyn on December 9 at Warsaw (both sold out). After the Manhattan show, Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta, aka Moon Diagrams, will DJ the afterparty at Avenue A club Elvis Guesthouse (which may no longer host live bands). Tickets are on sale now.

Moon Diagrams released an EP earlier this year. Stream a track from that, with the updated list of Deerhunter dates, below...

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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015
Pitchfork Festival Paris 2015

Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.

As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Deerhunter have tried out almost every subgenre of underground rock that you can think of, but if I had to say, it was never better than the dream and psychedelic pop of 2010's Halcyon Digest (a sound their side projects further explored with Parallax and Spooky Action at a Distance). Last time around, 2013's Monomania, they took a detour into glammy garage rock, but their newest and seventh full length Fading Frontier sounds like the natural followup to the Halcyon/Parallax/Spooky Action era, and it's great to hear them doing this stuff again.

With nine songs in 36 minutes and no individual track crossing the six-minute mark, it's their shortest album since Turn It Up Faggot. There's no towering album-defining track like "He Would Have Laughed" or "Nothing Ever Happened" or "Octet" or "Monomania" this time around, no intros, and hardly anything resembling an interlude. But they've already made plenty of sprawling, unfurling records; this one is their most concise yet. And it works, because every song is its own beast.

The sound effects and driving backbone of album opener "All The Same" pick up where "Don't Cry" left off, and then "Living My Life" moves from downtempo electronics into big sunny pop in a way their pal Panda Bear would be proud of. They take on whimsical '60s-style psychedelia with the keyboards in "Duplex Planet," get their early-'70s Bowie on with the strummy art rocker "Carrion," and come closer to straight-up disco than ever before on "Snakeskin" (which, as by far the funkiest song on the record, turns out to be a red herring of a lead single).

Fading Frontier is diverse, but what the songs have most in common is that they're some of Deerhunter's most subtle. "Monomania" is defined as "exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm for or preoccupation with one thing," and "exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm" is exactly what that album sounded like. For this new album, Bradford tells Pitchfork, "I've seen enough in my lifetime; the frontier has faded," and that kind of contentedness comes through on these songs. They're also some of their cleanest and clearest songs yet, and the vocals are pushed to the forefront more than ever. Don't let that make you think they're toning things down creatively though. If you're a Deerhunter fan, this album is filled with instant classics, and if you've gone this long without ever hearing them, it's not a bad place to start.

The album is out today via 4AD. Listen via Spotify/Rdio and check out the videos for three songs below. The band is on tour now, with two sold-out NYC shows happening in December.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Deerhunter at FFF 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Deerhunter's new album Fading Frontier comes out this week on 4AD, and while we still need to wait a few days to hear the whole thing they did just give us a third single. "Living My Life" is a sunny pop song with just a light dose of electronics. Watch the video, which Bradford Cox directed himself, below.

Deerhunter's tour with Bradford's other project Atlas Sound opening begins this week. It hits NYC on December 8 at Irving Plaza (BV presents) and December 9 at Warsaw. Both are sold out. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis


Deerhunter have just shared the video for new single "Breaker" from the forthcoming Fading Frontier. Like the song itself, which has Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt sharing vocals for the first time, the video was a collaborative effort, directed by Cox with additional photography by Pundt. They're both in front of the camera too, as are members Moses Archuleta and Josh McKay. Check it out, along with the "Snakeskin" video, below.

The band's tour starts in about a month, one day after Fading Frontier is out, hitting the West Coast first and then heading to Europe and the UK before they get to NYC for those two NYC shows in December: the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Irving Plaza on 12/08 and then Warsaw on 12/09. Cox will open those shows with Atlas Sound sets and tickets are still available.

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photo: Deerhunter at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Deerhunter & Atlas Sound show at Irving Plaza go on BV presale today (8/26) at 10 AM. PASSWORD = VEGANFRONTIER.

If you miss out on the presale, general on-sale starts Friday (8/28) at 10 AM. Tickets for their Brooklyn show go on sale Friday at 10 AM too (no presale). All tour dates HERE.


photo: Deerhunter at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Deerhunter's new album Fading Frontier will be out October 16 via 4AD, and the band are set to support it on tour this fall/winter with Bradford Cox pulling double duty, opening as Atlas Sound.

The tour hits NYC on December 8 at Irving Plaza and December 9 at Warsaw. Tickets for the Irving show, presented by BrooklynVegan, go on BV presale starting Wednesday (8/26) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password. General on-sale for that show and Warsaw starts Friday (8/28) at 10 AM.


All dates are listed, with the video for "Snakeskin" off the new LP, below...

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FYF Fest

Via press release...

FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.

With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Kristin Karch

Athens, GA's Mothers began as the solo project of Kristine Leschper, but has since tranformed into a full band with Matthew Anderegg (drums), Drew Kirby (guitar), and Patrick Morales (bass). Their first full-band offering is "No Crying In Baseball," which premieres in this post. It sounds like there's a definite Angel Olsen influence here, both in the fact that Kristine's voice is similar and the way it combines old timey folk with indie rock.

It's a one-off single ahead of their TBA debut album (due in 2016), which was produced by Drew Vandenberg (who's mixed/engineered Deerhunter and of Montreal albums and played on Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.) and features vibraphone from Deerhunter's Josh McKay and bass and string arrangements from McKendrick Bearden (of Grand Vapids). Listen to "No Crying in Baseball," watch a live video of Mothers playing it, and read a quote from Kristine about the song, below.

Mothers are also going on tour this month and next. They play a few dates of of Montreal's tour, including Asbury Park's Asbury Lanes on Sunday (8/23) (tickets).

They also have three of their own dates in NYC. Those happen September 9 at Rockwood Music Hall, September 10 at Pianos and September 11 at Berlin (Jesse Malin's new club that we were talking about earlier today).

All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Deerhunter at MSG in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Deerhunter have announced their followup to 2013's Monomania. It's called Fading Frontier and will be out October 16 via 4AD (pre-order). It features the brand new single "Snakeskin," which might be the danciest track Deerhunter have ever done. Watch the video and check out the artwork and tracklist below.

The band were also supposed to play FYF Fest this coming weekend but recently dropped off. The few upcoming dates they do have are listed below.

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Treasure Island

San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.

Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...

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Hudson Mohawke at Irving Plaza - 5/28/15 (photo via @couchgodd)
Hudson Mohawke

Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke brought his tour to NYC last night (5/28) for a show at Irving Plaza, where he debuted his new live show. It was his first show with a live band, and here's how show presenters Noisey described it in their review: "It was, for the lack of a better slang word, lit. We would've included fire emojis in our headline, but that's unfortunately technology we don't have available just yet." Maybe someone should get on that. Check out a video from the show below.

HudMo has other shows coming up, including a few recently-added festival appearances like Fun Fun Fun Fest (with Venom, NOFX, D'Angelo, Dag Nasty and others) and Pitchfork Paris (with Beach House, Deerhunter, Rhye, Spiritualized, and more TBA). Updated dates are listed below.

HudMo also recently debuted a lot of material off his upcoming Lantern album on Benji B's BBC Radio 1 show, including his Antony collaboration, "Indian Steps." You can listen to the "Hudson Mohawke Album Special" here.

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Sleater-Kinney / Action Bronson / New Pornos / Angel Olsen @ Sasquatch 5/22/2015
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 1

Rain fell in distant hills on either side of the venue as rapper Action Bronson kicked off the late evening sets at the Bigfoot Stage, puppeteering the crowd with bristling confidence and a rap game to back it up. He called for middle fingers in the air - thousands complied.

The wind picked up at the Yeti Stage as Angel Olsen and her band did their sound check. Two guitars onstage toppled over with a sudden gust, their respective musicians rushing to pick them up, each laughing nervously as backstage tarps began to flap chaotically. - [The Oregonean]

The 2015 Sasquatch Festival happened over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22 - 25) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. The first day (5/22) featured sets from Sleater-Kinney, Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Angel Olsen, The New Pornographers, Thunderpussy (featuring members of Deerhunter, La Luz and more) and more. Pictures from Day 1 are in this post.

Stay tuned for pics from the rest of Saquatch 2015. Meanwhile, more of day 1 below...

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Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

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Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta has released a cassette EP under the name Moon Diagrams. Care Package is part of label Geographic North's "Sketch for Winter" series that also featured cassette EPs from A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pan-Am, and Night Cleaner. You can stream "Scratch the Snow" from Moon Diagrams' cassette, which finds Archuleta in ambient motorik mode on a 10-minute trip through the clouds. Stream it below.

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Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox was hospitalized yesterday (12/4) after a car accident, Stereogum reports. He posted the above instagram with the caption "was hit by a car," and then posted another of his dad a few hours later, reading, "Still waiting for X-ray results or any real diagnoses. Can't move much. Incredible pain. Thank The Lord God I am here and my dad is here with me." Damn. Get well soon Bradford!


We posted this when it was first announced, but here's a reminder about the three day event happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this weekend (11/6-11/8):

Part of 2014 Next Wave Festival
The Andy Warhol Museum and Dean Wareham

Featuring live performances by:

Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound)
Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces)
Martin Rev (Suicide)
Tom Verlaine (Television)
Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna)

The films of Andy Warhol are provocative milestones of underground cinema, flaunting convention simply by letting the gritty world be itself[1]. They include a motionless eight-hour shot of the Empire State Building, a short of Lou Reed drinking a Coke, and erotic acts aplenty.

In Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films, curated by The Andy Warhol Museum, 15 never-before-seen, digitally restored selections from the 1960s are unveiled. Five artists representing a musical trajectory from the post-Velvet Underground 70s to today--Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound)--perform live alongside Warhol's celluloid oeuvre, featuring Marcel Duchamp, Edie Sedgwick, Donovan, Warhol himself, and others.

Tickets are available at BAM's site.

Television also have some shows coming up.

Luna do too!

Martin Rev recently played with Zola Jesus.

by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]
By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?

Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...

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