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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 - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
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
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Föllakzoid / SQÜRL @ Rough Trade 5/23/2015
Chilean psych band Föllakzoid wrapped up their North American tour over the weekend, playing NYC at Rough Trade on Saturday (5/23). The band ride motorik, krautrock grooves with extended psychedelic passages and their live show (which I caught at Austin's Levitation) was some trip. The music by opening band, SQÜRL, may not be known by that many, but more probably recognize the snowy, shock of a coif on their vocalist/guitarist as that of famed indie filmmaker (and Follakzoid's Sacred Bones labelmate) Jim Jarmusch. It was a double umlaut kind of night. Pictures continue below.
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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
by BIll Pearis
Chilean psych band Föllakzoid release their third album next week via Sacred Bones. It's four long, interconnected tracks making for a seriously heavy trip. You can stream the whole thing (via NME) below.
The band will indeed be playing Austin's Levitation fest in May, as well as Desert Daze on the West Coast before that, and will then head East, finishing up their tour in NYC at Rough Trade on May 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.
The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...
Chilean psych-rock band Föllakzoid will release III (yes, their third album) via Sacred Bones on March 31. Its four long tracks follow dark, minimal lines, locked grooves and spaced-out repetition. For the new album they also enlisted the help of German synth specialist Uwe Schmidt (who releases music as Atom™ and Señor Coconut) to help expand their universe. Zone out to the 12-minute opening track "Electric" below.
UPDATE: We originally posted that Föllakzoid would be at Austin Psych Fest Levitation this year, which is apparently unconfirmed. We hope it happens!
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
photos by PSquared Photography, words by Bill Pearis
Follakzoid @ Mercury Lounge, 3/22/2013
Chilean psych groups and Sacred Bones lablemates Follakzoid and The Holydrug Couple are on tour together and played two shows in NYC: Wednesday (3/20) at Death by Audio and Thursday (3/21) at Mercury Lounge. I was at DbA on Wednesday and enjoyed both bands: Follakzoid (that I kept wanting to call Folkazoid) were more in the Black Angels/Spacemen 3 style, relying heavily on drone and motorik groove. The Holydrug Couple, though, were a little more interesting to these ears, definitely more poppy and song-oriented, but also prone to Hendrix-style guitar freakouts. (Their album is quite good.) They also took Todd Rundgren's "Hello It's Me" into weirder territory than it's ever been before.
The Mercury Lounge show, which our photographer hit in time to catch Follakzoid, was notable for having old-school psychedelic visuals courtesy Drippy Eye Projections which definitely adds to the trippy vibe. An instagram of Drippy Eye at work, as well as more pictures of Follakzoid, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Holydrug Couple have released a fresh new video for "Follow Your Way," showcasing their substance-enhanced, reverb-soaked sunny pop amidst a cloud of smoke and fisheye lenses. We've got the premiere of the clip and you can watch it below.
As discussed, the Chilean band plays the first of two NYC dates tonight at Death By Audio (3/20) followed by a date with Mercury Lounge on Thursday (3/21, tickets), both with fellow labelmates and countrymen Follakzoid. THC (see what they did there?) will be back on the road in middle April, logging odometer clicks on their way towards Austin Psych Fest. All tour dates and some streaming Follakzoid material are below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Holydrug Couple
Follakzoid and The Holydrug Couple are both psychedelic bands from Chile signed to Brooklyn label, Sacred Bones. This past January, the label released their new albums, II (Follakzoid) and Noctuary (The Holydrug Couple), and both can be streamed below. Follakzoid's album cuts psychedelia with a sort of stark goth rock, whereas The Holydrug Couple are more outward in their homages to the late '60s, mixing a Summer of Love jangle with Eastern melodies and Revolver rhythms.
The two bands are heading out on separate North American tours this year, but are crossing paths in NYC for shows together on March 20 at Death by Audio and March 21 at Mercury Lounge with La Big Vic. No advance tickets for the DBA show but tickets for the Merc show are on sale now.
Lists of all dates and album streams below...