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by Bill Pearis

Cool Ghouls

San Francisco paisley throwbacks Cool Ghouls have a new single, "Creature That I Am," that's out next week (10/23) via Dizzybird. This one is especially Byrds-ian and you can stream it below. They've got a new Kelley Stoltz-produced album on the way as well.

Having just wrapped up a string of shows with Shannon & the Clams, Cool Ghouls will be in NYC this week for CMJ, playing three free shows: Alphaville on Wednesday (10/14, 11:15 PM) with Beverly, Warbly Jets, and Samson the Truest; Berlin on Thursday (10/15, 7:30 PM) with Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Murals, Worthless, and S (free with RSVP), and also Thursday at Palisades for the Burger Records showcase with Michael Rault, Dirty Ghosts, Slim Twig, Modern Vices, Howardian, and Unstoppable Death Machines (more info). They'll then continue their tour, sharing a few dates with Brooklyn's Las Rosas. All dates listed below.

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by Bill Pearis


It's been a couple years, but Louisville, KY's Murals are back with a new label, Firetalk, and a new single, "Violet City Lantern," which is out next week (10/16). This is a little more lush than we've heard Murals be before, with a pastoral feel not unlike some of Caribou's Andorra. Check it out via the song's video below.

Murals will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing five shows:

10/14 - @ Silent Barn: Wichita X Fire Talk X Silent Barn w/ Cheatahs, Adveata, Oscar, Dreamcrusher (info)
10/15 @ Berlin - Dirges and Daydreams Party w/ Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Cool Ghouls, Worthless, S (RSVP for free entry)
10/16 @ Fulton Stall Market: Seaport Music Fest Showcase w/ Celestial Shore, Michael Rault, Haley Bonar, dirty Ghosts, S, The Teen Age, Arms, EMEFE, Lazyeyes, Spritzer, Tiny Hazard, Mothers, The Album Leaf (FREE)
10/17 @ Silent Barn: - Label Fair Day Party w/ Turn To Crime, Crosss, ADVAETA, BBDDM, Murals, Pinact, Fern Mayo (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade - Levitation Showcase
Silent Barn, which is currently closed following the fire last month, expects to be to be open by CMJ (you might want to check the Facebook event pages before heading out there, though). Flyers for some of those CMJ shows are below.

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

Badges are on sale.

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photo: The Men @ Cake Shop in May (more by Jena Cumbo)
The Men at Cake SHop

Panache announced their lineup for their CMJ showcase which happens at Baby's All Right on 10/16. It includes The Men, Destruction Unit, Michael Rault, Celestial Shore, Dirty Ghosts, Beach Baby. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).

For Destruction Unit that's the TBA CMJ show they had mentioned a few weeks ago. Their other CMJ show happens 10/17 at Alphaville (tickets).

The Men have other shows coming up after CMJ too. There's the previously discussed show at The Acheron (11/14) with San Francisco band Wild Moth and PC Worship (tickets), and then Bowery Ballroom the next night (11/15) where they'll open for Ty Segall's other project, Fuzz (tickets).

All tour dates, plus flyers, below...

Continue reading "The Men & Destruction Unit playing CMJ together, and other shows separately (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Dirty Ghosts

San Francisco's Dirty Ghosts will release their long-in-in-the-works sophomore album, Let It Pretend, this fall via Last Gang. It follows 2012's Metal Moon, which main songwriter Allyson Baker made with then-husband Aesop Rock. (They're divorced now, but have continued to collaborate, including on Aesop's most recent album, Skelethon.)

Before that they'll release the Cataract EP next week (7/25) via Burger which features three new songs plus two remixes of the EP's title track by Total Control's Mikey Young and Tobacco (aka Thomas Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow), the latter of which makes its premiere in this post. The original definitely owes a little to punky new wave like Romeo Void or Missing Persons but Tobacco applies his low-fi g-funk pixie dust, giving it a whole new feel. Stream it, and the original, below.

Dirty Ghosts have a few California shows scheduled, including a hometown show this weekend with Dick Diver. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Cherry Glazerr

LA trio Cherry Glazerr may still be in high school but they're already making a name for themselves, having released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records earlier this year. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face. You can stream the whole thing below.

The band will be making their first trip to NYC this summer, with two shows on the docket: July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 2 at Baby's All Right. with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets to Merc go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.

Speaking of Burger Records, the label's annual Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park on July 5 & 6 and features Thee Oh Sees, Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, OFF!, Reigning Sound, a reunited Milk n' Cookies, The Muffs, La Sera and more. Tickets are on sale and full two-day lineup below.

Cherry Glazerr have a couple other shows scheduled -- including one in Chicago after the NYC show -- and all dates are listed, along with the album stream and Burger Boogaloo lineup, below...

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Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.

The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.

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photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt

Thurston Moore/Shadowy Men.../Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Sled Island, 6/22/2012
Thurston Moore
Shadowy Men in a Shadowy Planet
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Calgary's multi-venue Sled Island festival took place last month. Pictures and a review of day 1 are HERE, Day 2 are HERE, and Day 3 are  in this post.

We started Friday (6/22) of Calgary's Sled Island Music & Arts festival at Broken City, where we caught the Toronto instrumental legends Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, the secret headliners of an all ages Mammoth Recording Company show. Shadowy Men's first show in 18 years took place  a couple nights before (6/20)  at No. 1 Legion. Don Pyle played his hollowbody electric guitar with a twangy country edge, using the whammy bar heavily to provide the surf sound the band is known for. Bassist Dallas Good's bright tone had a slight distorted edge to it, helping to provide the sense of adrenaline in their performance, exemplified by "Having an Average Weekend" (aka the Kids in the Hall Theme, video below).

After a couple hours off, we saw Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Grand Theatre Junction. The Montreal band's set was similar to their performance at Schubas in Chicago, where I saw them kick off their first North American tour, though it was much more polished. Near the end of the set the whole band broke into a hypnotic chant over rolling drums, with the occasional counter-chant from drummer Alaska. After "Hoshi Neko," they broke into the punishing and noisy "A Star Over Pureland". Yamantaka//Sonic Titan also played Saturday at the same venue after How To Dress Well."

Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving walked on stage, and Moore said, "We're the Cowboy Junkies," referencing the beloved, mega-selling Canadian folk-rockers. As a black and white video ran in the background, they began with the dissonant and crunchy "Pretty Bad" from Moore's 1995 album Psychic Hearts which ended, like a lot of Moore's work, with feedback and droning. Moore furiously vibrated his whammy bar and Samara Lubelski quickly bowed her violin. In the middle of "Ono Soul", Moore left his guitar feedback on his stage monitor to locate something as the rest of the band improvised noise. He casually wandered around the stage until he found a pair of sticks, which he used to scrape his strings before they fell back into the song. They then played their new song "Burroughs." One of the last songs I caught before heading to Feist was another new one, which I believe was called "Groove and Linda." Moore remarked that "all songs will be free this year until some record company makes product out of it, which may happen," and by "may happen," he means it will definitely happen courtesy of Matador Records. Videos of two songs are below.

I caught the last few songs of Calgary native Feist, who performed backed by female trio Mountain Man, as well as a drummer, keyboardist, and a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. That said, most of the members were playing tambourine during the first song I heard. The show happened at Olympic Plaza, the outdoor main stage of Sled Island, which was a giant puddle after the rain that occurred earlier in the evening. Video from her set is below.

We headed back to Broken City for Dirty Ghosts, who also played at the venue earlier in the day before Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. Guitarist and singer Allyson Baker played a lot of distorted off-beat chords over live bassist Erin McDermott's melodic lines, providing a positive feel to their punk sound. The Strange Boys closed the night with their country-tinged garage rock.

More photos from Day 3, plus a few videos, are below.

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The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

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by BBG

2/3 of Hail Mary Mallon (Rob Sonic and Aesop Rock)
Hail Mary Mallon

Aesop Rock will head out on tour in May with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, and though they are billed separately, it means we're getting Hail Mary Mallon aka the crew formed by the trio. The NYC show will happen at Bowery Ballroom on 5/14. Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday (3/3). All dates and the video for HMM's "D-Up" are below.

Hail Mary Mallon is one of a few active projects for Aesop Rock. He also wrote beats for the San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts (his wife Alyson is a member). Dirty Ghosts, who played their first show last week, will kick of a string of dates with Datarock next week on the West Coast leading up to an appearance at SXSW. Check out a video for "Shout It In" below.

In addition, Aesop Rock has contributed material to the forthcoming Kimya Dawson LP, Thunder Thighs due this summer. Check out "Miami Advice" with Aesop Rock at K Records. Other contributors to Kimya's new album include Nicolai Fraiture, John Darnielle, Thao Nguyen, MURS, Jonah Matranga, Jack Dishel, Angelo Spencer and many other who are all listed below.

All tour dates and some video with the credits for Kimya's Thunder Thighs, below....

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