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by Bill Pearis

Cavern of Anti-Matter
cavern of Anti-Matter

Stereolab called it quits in 2009 and since then main man Tim Gane has a new project, Cavern of Anti-Matter, a trio that also includes Holger Zapf and Joe Dilworth. Still playing with analogue synths, drone, motorik beats and repetition repetition repetition, it's not too far off from what Stereolab did. After releasing a few EPs and other records, Cavern of Anti-Matter are set to release their proper debut album, Void Beats / Invocation Trex, on February 19 via Gane's Duophonic label. The record features a number of guests, including Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars). You can check out a video for Cox's vocal contribution, "liquid gate," which was directed by Peter Strickland who made Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy. Watch it, and check out another LP track, below.

Cavern of Anti-Matter will be touring Europe this month, and are set to play Primavera Sound in June. No tour dates in North America yet, but let's hope. Deerhunter, meanwhile, also play Primavera (will Bradford come out for Cavern's set?), and have announced more North American tour dates. None in NYC (dates are in the South and West Coast) but all are listed below.

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Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

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Festival Nrmal

The 2016 Festival Nrmal takes place March 12 & 13 at Deportivo Lomas Altas in Mexico City. (That's right before SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Slowdive, Deerhunter, Battles, Health, Empress Of, Low, Acid Mothers Temple and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup is listed below...

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photo: Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Summerstage in 2005 (more)
David Bowie Arcade Fire

Yesterday, tons of artists shared tributes to the late David Bowie, and there are more still coming in today.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:

David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.

There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.

Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.

We already posted Kim Gordon's, and here's one from her Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (via The Talkhouse):

In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.

A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.

This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.

He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.

It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.

Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.

I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?

Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.

The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.

Blondie Bowie

Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:

In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.

I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx

Madonna wrote:
I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Love
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Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.

Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.

Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...

All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.

When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.

Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.

I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.

Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.
Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.

Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...

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Coachella

We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.

It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.

Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Day for Night Festival

Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.

Read our top 50 below...

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Spotify in residenceSpotify in residence

The second episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection, and if you missed it, part one is over HERE.

Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.

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Fantasma

Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Bradford with Atlas Sound / Lockett with Deerhunter
Atlas Sound
Deerhunter

Deerhunter tour is currently in the midst of a sold-out three-night NYC run, which wraps up at Warsaw tonight (12/9). Last night, it hit Irving Plaza for a BrooklynVegan-presented show.

I've seen some Deerhunter shows that have been completely overwhelming from the second they took the stage, but this one took a few songs to really get going. Not that they weren't picking good tunes (two of the best Deerhunter songs, "Desire Lines" and "Breaker," were two of their first three songs), it just seemed like they were taking their time getting warmed up. Once they were though, they were on fire. By "Don't Cry," the fifth song of the night, the band were rocking as hard as I've ever seen them and extending the song as Bradford went off on the mic. They did that to an even greater extent on the pre-encore set closer "Nothing Ever Happened." Stretched out to at least ten minutes, it was the best version of that song I've seen them play yet.

The songs off their new album Fading Frontier sounded great too. It wasn't until seeing it live that I realized how great the bassline to "Living My Life" is. The Beach House-esque "Take Care" is one of the more intimate songs on the record, but it sounded huge last night. "All The Same" hit those same rocking heights "Don't Cry" hit just a few songs earlier.

Bradford Cox opened the night solo with his Atlas Sound project. And drummer Moses Archuleta headed to Elvis Guesthouse afterwards to DJ the afterparty under his Moon Diagrams moniker. Anyone catch that? Moses does it again at Good Room after tonight's show.

More pictures and the setlist from Irving Plaza below...

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Deerhunter

Deerhunter's sold-out NYC run is underway, and hitting Irving Plaza tonight (12/8) (BV presents) and Warsaw on Wednesday (12/9). We already mentioned that drummer Moses Archuleta would be DJing the afterparty tonight under his Moon Diagrams guise at Elvis Guesthouse (tickets), and he's doing one for Wednesday's show too. That one happens at Good Room in Greenpoint (only a few blocks from Warsaw). Jordan Redaelli (who, among other things, has directed a Peaking Lights video) is also DJing it. Tickets are on sale.

SPIN

Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.

They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.

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Uncut

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)
Mothers

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

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

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

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

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

Breaker

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)
Deerhunter

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.

UPDATE: IRVING PLAZA PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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

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.

UPDATE: IRVING PLAZA PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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

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