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Midlake: half of these guys are in Banquet

Jason Lytle is a busy guy. In addition to the new Grandaddy record that's being recorded currently, he's also part of a new supergroup called Banquet that also features his pal Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis as well as four members of Midlake (specifically Eric Pulido, McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler). Pulido had the idea for the group and jokingly refers to Banquet as a "poor man's Traveling Wilburys." The Dallas Observer spoke with Pulido and Lytle about the project:

"It all started with a boy and a dream," Pulido says wistfully. One of his dreams is coming true, though: He has put together what may be one of the most indie supergroups ever. "I was surprised people said yes." He says that to begin he simply sent an email to a few musicians he admired to see if they'd be interested in a collaborative music group. "It's a humbling and cool experience to share something like this with some of your musical idols who are also nice people," Pulido adds.

"To tell you the truth, I'm a little mystified what the whole thing is myself, which is fine," Lytle says. "I was asked to contribute however I felt like. I had a couple of songs that were just floating around and didn't have a home in my own catalog and thought it'd be a good opportunity to use them for this Banquet thing." It was a useful opportunity, he says, because, "I don't get the opportunity to collaborate too much."

Banquet have recorded most of their debut album -- Kapranos is finishing the final mixes now. Stay tuned.

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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by Bill Pearis

The Intelligence

The warped minds at The Intelligence released their new album, Vintage Future, last week and it's another winner, offering up killer art-damaged garage rock and the funny, strange worldview of Lars Finberg. You can stream the whole thing below.

The Intelligence have been added as openers on the upcoming FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks) tour, making for a very appealing double (triple?) bill. Those dates include the NYC show at Terminal 5 on October 6. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis


Franz Ferdinand and Sparks will release their collaborative FFS album on June 9 and it pretty much sounds like what you'd expect. Which is a good thing, and actually sounds better than what you might expect. They were clearly having fun and some sort of sonic Reese's Cup magic happened by combining Sparks and Franz Ferdinand's creative sensibilities and the result is a real treat from start to finish. (I think it's the best thing Franz Ferdinand have done since their debut LP.) Some songs lean more Sparks, others more FF, but it's unique in either case.

One of the best tracks on the album is "Call Girl," which adds swirling, arpeggiated (Moroder-esque) synths to the equation. Says Alex Kapranos, "You might think 'Call Girl' was one of ours...actually, neither of us would have made any of the songs like that on our own." You can stream it, and check out the video for "Johnny Delusional," below. You can also watch FFS perform "Call Girl" on Later with Jools Holland where they also do a medley of Sparks' "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" and Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out."

FFS will be touring the UK and Europe this summer. Still no word on North American shows, but all dates are listed below.

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We mentioned before that Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are teaming up for an album and tour this year. While they haven't set a date for it yet, FFS have released a short album teaser with a bit of music. The song or the album (maybe even both?) is called "The Domino Effect" and you can watch that below.

They have also announced tour dates. None in North America yet, but European dates are listed below...

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photo: Sparks @ Theatre at Ace Hotel, 2/15/2015 (via @sparks_official)

Art pop greats Sparks just played two nights at Lost Angeles' Theater at Ace Hotel where they performed their 1974 classic Kimono My House in full with a 38-piece orchestra. The record got a 40th anniversary special edition last year. Setlist and video of them performing "Equator" is below.

At the Valentine's Day performance, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos joined the band for "When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'?" Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have been working on an album together, as Kapranos told The Los Angeles Times:

We were both in San Francisco at the same time, and we started talking, you know, "We should record a song together sometime." A lot of times people say that, and nothing ever happens, but they followed up, and we started exchanging ideas, and pretty quickly we had six songs worked up and realized, "This is going to be an album."
At the show, Sparks' Russell Mael told the crowd that not only would the album be out this year, but both bands would tour together in 2015, with European dates in June and US shows to follow. Stay tuned.

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photo: Glasslands, night of Wu Lyf show, 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)

As mentioned, Glasslands will be closing out their time on Kent Ave with a New Year's Eve Party featuring four "special, secret" guests, all of whom have history with the venue. None of those guests have been revealed yet, but the night includes a one-hour open vodka bar early and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

We asked Glasslands/Popgun's Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal for Top 10 lists. Rami gave us his favorite albums of 2014 (many of the artists have played Glasslands over the years); Jake gave us his 10 favorite Glasslands shows ever. You can find out who ended up their lists, below. What was your most memorable show at Glasslands?

Rami and Jake also asked us to let folks know that they are looking to collect any physical memorabilia from Glasslands, be it flyers, posters or whatever. If you have something, please get in touch at booking@theglasslands.com.

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photos by Erina Uemura

Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest

The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

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by Bill Pearis

Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands (more by P Squared)
Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos is a little miffed that the riff in Paloma Faith's new single "I Can't Rely on You" bears a little resemblance to "Take Me Out." (Via P4k.) He took to twitter to call out the song's writer, producer and featured performer -- Grammy-winner Pharrell. "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..."

The resemblance is definitely there, though I don't know that I would've noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me. Also I probably would've never heard this song at all if it weren't for this. That said, I'm not sure he should really be throwing stones here. "Take Me Out," much as I love it, has a riff that owes more than a little to Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot."

Stravinsky said "lesser artists borrow, great artists steal." Listen to the trickle-down theory in action, below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/22/13
Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein

Scottish dance-punks Franz Ferdinand returned earlier this year with their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and after doing a surprise, intimate show in Brooklyn over the summer, they brought their tour (which also hit Chicago) back to NYC this past Tuesday (10/22) to pick on a venue their own size, Hammerstein Ballroom. Opening the show was dream pop musician Frankie Rose (who played her own show a month ago) and Casual Sex.

Franz played a chunk of their new album at the show, but also delivered the hits, playing old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "This Fire," "Michael," and "Take Me Out." Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with the full setlist and some videos, below...

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

ARS: Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne & Terri Garr (photo via @anniehartforsure)

In the course of doing what we do here at BV, we've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Glasser, Kanye West, Sarah Neufeld, Goldfrapp, Mates of State, Lou Doillon, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out Au Revoir Simone remaking an '80s Scorsese classic, plus videos from Franz Ferdinand, Wavves, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Julia Holter, Eagulls, and one of Disappears covering U2, below.

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Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands (more by P Squared)

Franz Ferdinand, whose new album is out now, covered "Oblivion" by MTV host Grimes. Watch below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Glasslands in July (more by PSquared Photography)

Franz Ferdinand will release their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, next week (8/27) via Domino, and after coming to NYC for a "listening party" (aka surprise show), they've now made the album available to listen to from the comfort of your computer. Check it out at NPR.

Franz Ferdinand's tour brings them back to NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams of two tracks from the new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Action Bronson appealing to a new demo

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Annie, Fiona Apple, Metz, TV Ghost, Noun, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Franz Ferdinand, King Khan & the Shrines, Action Bronson, KEN mode, Chance the Rapper, Sebadoh and more, below.

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Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands - 7/23/2013

After playing 'Live on Letterman' on Monday night (7/22), Franz Ferdinand stuck around NYC for a "listening party" for their new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, at Glasslands last night (7/23). They were billed to be DJing the night, but they ended up more than DJing, and playing a surprise live set. Pictures, including one of the setlist, of the show are in this post.

Franz Ferdinand will return to NYC for a much larger, not surprise show when their tour hits Hammerstein Ballroom on October 22. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures, and a video of the band playing "Take Me Out" at the show, below...

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Franz Ferdinand - 'Live on Letterman'
Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are returning in August with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, this first album since 2009, and last night (7/22) they came to NYC to tape an appearance on last night's The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed "Right Action." After the taping, they stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theater to play a full set for the online series Live on Letterman. They played about half of the new album, and of course old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "Ulysses," "Take Me Out," etc. Videos of both performances are below.

Franz are sticking around NYC for an album listening party at Glasslands tonight (7/23), which they'll also be DJing, along with guest DJ Liv Spencer. RSVP is closed. Their tour also brings them back to NYC for a live show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

Videos below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Franz Ferdinand

As you may know, Franz Ferdinand are back this year with a new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (stream two tracks) and a tour which hits NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

But the band will also make their way to NYC much sooner than that for an hour-long Live on Letterman concert this Monday (7/22), which will stream live on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. The concert precedes their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which airs later that evening on CBS.

Franz are also hosting a listening party for the new album the next day (7/23) in Brooklyn at Glasslands, where they'll be DJing along with a DJ set from Liv Spencer (Still Going, House of House). RSVP for the Live on Letterman performance and the listening party is open now.

Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the two new singles, below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Right Action

Franz Ferdinand are back this year with their first new album since 2009, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The album's not due out until August 27 via Domino, but today the band released a double a-side single that features album tracks "Right Action" and "Love Illumination." "Right Action" was produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT). Listen to both songs below.

Franz also announced a tour in support of the new album, which hits NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song streams below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Franz Ferdinand

As mentioned, Franz Ferdinand are finally releasing their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on August 23 via Domino, and now they've announced a tour in support of that album too. The tour brings the band to NYC for a show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom, their first headlining show here since 2009. Tickets for the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 11 AM with Citi Cardmember and Live Nation presales starting Tuesday (6/18) at 10 AM.

All dates (including ACL) are listed, along with the trailer for the new album, a live in the studio video of "Bullet" and a video of Franz playing one of the new album's tracks at Primavera Sound 2012, below...

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We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of Franz Ferdinand's first single, "Darts of Pleasure," and the band have just announced details of their fourth studio album. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be out on Domino on August 27. What can we expect? "The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band," says frontman Alex Kapranos.

The band's last LP was 2009's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. While no tracks have been released from the new record, you can check out a teaser trailer, cover art and tracklist below.

Franz Ferdinand recently played Coachella and will hit October's ACL Fest in Austin. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

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acl lineup

The 2013 ACL Festival happens in Austin, TX on two consecutive weekends: October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13. Weekend passes are on sale now and the full line-up is below...

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Sigur Ros / Bat For Lashes / Spiritualized
Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2

"It was a mixed bag for veteran acts on Saturday. On one hand, The Evens, featuring ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi man Ian MacKaye, drew a respectable (and respectful) Gobi Tent crowd early in the day; the Descendents' influential melodic-punk found a fairly large following at the Outdoor Theatre under the stars; and New Order brought a solid throng along for its night-capping Mojave Tent performance (despite going up against headlining Phoenix and post-rock favorites Sigur Rós, among others). But reunited D.C. garage-soul outfit The Make-Up, underground hip-hop icon El-P and British ska survivors The Selecter played to some of the weekend's sparsest audiences in the Gobi Tent." [Las Vegas Weekly]
Coachella 2013, now streaming live, continued on Saturday with the previously discussed sets by Phoenix (and R Kelly) and The Postal Service (Jenny Lewis included), as well as Sigur Ros, Bat For Lashes, Major Lazer, Descendents, 2 Chainz, Savages, The Evens, and many more. Pictures from Friday are HERE and HERE.

UPDATE: Pictures from Sunday are HERE.

Saturday photos are in this post and continue below...

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by Bill Pearis


If you miss those mid-'00s days when everyone had a music blog that they worked on during frequent downtime at their office job (was it just me who did that?) -- and the music people blogged about then -- you might want to check out UK band Citizens!, whose fizzy, danceable synthrock recalls the heyday of Franz Ferdinand and, um, Moving Units. In fact FF's Alex Kapranos produced Citizens!'s debut album, Here We Are, which is out now via keepers-of-the-flame label, Kitsune. You can watch a couple of the video from that below (the "True Romance" video is kinda amazing), along with a Spotify stream of the whole thing.

Citizens! just arrived in North America for a tour that will hit NYC on Monday (3/4) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with HITS and Grayshot. Tickets for that show are still available. After that, the band will make it's way to Austin for you-know-what. All tour dates are listed below.

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