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Klaus Johann Grobe
KJG

Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.

The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.

TEEN
TEEN

Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.

Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...

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Disco Doom at MHOW in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Disco Doom

Switzerland indie rockers Disco Doom have inked a deal with Exploding In Sound Records (Krill, Porches, Pile), who will release their third full length album, Numerals, on February 11. It follows 2010's Trux Reverb, was produced by Jim Roth and features drums by Scott Plouf, both of Built to Spill, who Disco Doom played NYC with in 2009. If you dig the jammy side Built to Spill brings to indie rock, you might dig Numerals too. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork, and listen to two of its tracks, "Rice & Bones" and "Ex Teenager," below.

Disco Doom will be returning to the US this year for SXSW, Treefort Music Fest, and a tour with their labelmates Ovlov. That tour hits NYC for shows on March 31 at Cake Shop with Palehound and Zula, and April 1 at Death by Audio with Bad History Month and Leapling. No advance tickets for those shows at the moment. All dates are listed below.

Palehound also have other local shows, as do Zula. Leapling also open for Mutual Benefit soon.

All Disco Doom dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

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Polica at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

As discussed, the Treefort Music Festival is returning to various Downtown Boise, ID venues from March 20-23, and since we last spoke, more acts have been added. Additions include Polica, Dan Deacon, Perfect Pussy, Chastity Belt (whose related band Childbirth, we just wrote about), This Will Destroy You, The Dwarves, RJD2, Blockhead, Cody ChesnuTT, Disco Doom, Iamsu, Naomi Punk, Special Explosion and many more. They join previously announced names like Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Warm Soda, and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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photos by Chloe Rice

Built to Spill

Built to Spill, just days after the release of their seventh LP There Is No Enemy, stopped by Cambridge for a three night run at The Middle East Downstairs last weekend. After seventeen years and a handful of different lineups, songwriter Doug Martsch is still at the helm, looking aged but adjusted. The "well-groomed" five-piece took the stage on Sunday, warmed up after two nights in the same venue, opening with a powerful version of "You Were Right," a tune from 1999's Keep it Like a Secret. The song pulled the audience back and forth through a dynamic maze, always climaxing with Martsch's accusation, "you were wrong/when you said/everything's gonna be alright." The song benefited from the controlled layering of three guitars. Most notably, guitarist Brett Netson's overdriven leads cut through the mix at times to reveal a deeper counterpoint against Martsch's riffing. [The MIT Tech]

Built To Spill played the last of four NYC performances in a row last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (10/15). After the show they appeared on Letterman. The pictures in this post are from the third show which was also at Music Hall (10/14). Pictures from the second show, which was at Webster Hall, are HERE. First night's setlist is HERE. The other three setlists, more pictures from the third night, and the Letterman video, below...

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Built to Spill

Oct 12 @ Webster Hall
Oct 13 @ Webster Hall
Oct 14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 15 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tickets are still available to all, but one of the Music Hall shows. Disco Doom and Violent Soho open all four shows. Doug Martsch will be DJing after Built to Spill play on both of the Music Hall nights.

Recent live videos below...

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Built to Spill @ the Siren Festival (more by Chris La Putt)
Built to Spill

Pitchfork: So the album's called There Is No Enemy-- how can you be so sure?

Doug Martsch: [laughs] That's just the name of the record, it's not a philosophy. I have plenty of enemies, myself.

Pitchfork: You guys seem to be taking your time recording this album. It's been three years since your last record.

DM: Yeah, we're not in any hurry to put anything out. There are plenty of Built to Spill records-- no one is in a hurry to hear something new.

Pitchfork: Really?

DM: Well, I hope some people are looking forward to it. But it's not like we're a new band with just a few songs.

Pitchfork: Is there such a thing as having too many songs?

DM: There are lot of bands that have too many songs, I think.

Built to Spill are "currently mixing the group's seventh LP, dubbed There Is No Enemy, in a L.A. studio. (The record is due in October on Warner Bros.)"

Over the weekend, Built to Spill played the Pitchfork Festival, the Siren Festival, and Maxwell's in Hoboken. Built to Spill will be back in NYC during the month of their new album release to play 4 more shows. October 12 & 13 is at Webster Hall. October 14 & 15 will take place at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Disco Doom opens. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday. All tour dates below...

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