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DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)

Julian Plenti

Since we just mentioned one new solo project from a band on hiatus (Julian from The Strokes), it'd be good to mention two other similar albums in the works.

In May, it was announced that Paul Banks of Interpol will be releasing a solo record called Julian Plenti is Skyscraper (Plenti being his own moniker) through Interpol's ex-label Matador on August 4th. Listen to "Fun That We Have," from the record, above.

This'll be the recording debut from "Julian Plenti," but the project itself is nothing new.

From 1998 to 2003, Julian Plenti performed in and around Manhattan as an acoustic solo artist. Venues that played host included Tobacco Road, Pete's Candy Store, The Knitting Factory, The Living Room, and "Lach's Antihoot" at Sidewalk Cafe.

In 2006 Plenti began to demo a selection of his music using Logic Pro, including some older acoustic songs ("Girl on the Sporting News," "On the Esplanade," "Fly as you Might," "Fun that We Have") with added beats and string arrangements.

In the Fall of 2008 Mr. Plenti took the demoed album to the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn to be re-recorded with live instrumentation.

He hired session performers to play the string and horn arrangements, and also enlisted some friends. Mike Stroud of Ratatat and Charles Burst of The Occasion guest on "Skyscraper;" Sam Fogarino of Interpol plays drums on "Games For Days;" and Striker Manley of Stiff Jesus appears on "No Chance Survival" and "Fun That We Have."

Shows in support of the record are expected (...as are Julian Casblancas shows. I vote they play a show together).

Alec OunsworthAnd it was announced this week that another frontman-cum-solo-performer, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who we reported in January will be taking a break... possibly a very long one), will be releasing his debut, Mo Beauty, on October 20th on Anti- Records. That album was recorded at New Orleans' Piety St. recording studio...

For Mo Beauty, Ounsworth was backed by George Porter, Jr. on bass, Stanton Moore on drums, Robert Walter on keys, and Matt Sutton on baritone and pedal-steel guitars, with additional help from some members of the diversely talented New Orleans community such as Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, Greg Hicks, Washboard Chaz, Shannon Powell, John Boute, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, and Meschiya Lake. The album was produced by veteran musician/producer and fellow Philadelphian Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Blasters, John Lee Hooker, The Replacements).
This is not the first non-CYHSY project from Alec (though maybe the first that has a record), and this is not the first announcement this month from Anti regarding a new solo album from a popular Brooklyn band member (though I think Alec actually calls Philly home).

Other CYHSY side-projects include Uninhabitable Mansions and Radical Dads. Interpol Sam drums in Magnetic Morning. None of these bands have any upcoming dates.

Tracklists for Mo Beauty and Skyscraper, with a YouTube video that purports to be the first 30 seconds or so of each Julian Plenti track, below...

Continue reading "Interpol's Paul Banks (Julian Plenti) & CYHSY's Alec Ounsworth are releasing solo albums too"

Magnetic Morning @ Southpaw - CMJ 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Magnetic Morning

Interpol posted a letter so we know they're alive...

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Photos by Tim Griffin

Magnetic Morning

[Swervedriver's] Adam Franklin: Most of the earlier tunes were [Interpol's] Sam [Fogarino]'s, and mostly started with simple guitar lines, to which I would then place chord sequences beneath or counter-melodies on top. Sam also gave me a nine-minute Mellotron jam, which I cut and arranged into a verse/chorus/verse arrangement. I also wrote the lyrics and vocal melodies. Although 90 percent of the lyrics are mine, probably 50 percent of the titles are Sam's, due to the fact that he tends to name his demos. This makes it interesting for me, because the lyrical threads follow paths suggested by the titles. After we established a sound aesthetic, I began bringing in some song ideas to which Sam would add keyboards, guitars, atmospherics, rhythmic patterns.


Adam Franklin: The live show should be fun. Myself and Sam essentially inhabit the engine room of a kick-ass live unit. The band sounds out-of-this-world after a week or two of rehearsal. Bolts of Melody's Josh Stoddard is on bass; Blasco, who has previously played live with Interpol and Secret Machines is on guitar, melodica and psychedelic banjo; and The Album Leaf's Jimmy LaValle is on keyboards. He was an obvious choice, as Sam and I have both known him separately for some time.

Both of those quotes are from an interview Adam gave to Wired. More pictures from last week's show at Southpaw below....

Continue reading "Magnetic Morning & Springhouse @ Southpaw - pics, setlists"

by Bill Pearis


Before blogs, before the internet as we know it, Jack Rabid was writing up all the shows he attended, the records he listened to, and interviewing his favorite bands. Since 1980 he's been publishing The Big Takeover which started as a Xeroxed 'zine but is now a legit glossy mag, thick as a phone book, and even more crammed with reviews and meaty interviews with some of the biggest indie/alt bands and artists on the planet. The passion (and the encyclopedic knowledge of the staff) makes it such an awesome read to this day.

In addition to The Big Takeover, Jack is also a great drummer. Having played in a number of bands over the years (early '80s punks Even Worse, and more recently Last Burning Embers), he might be best known as one-third of '90s-era trio Springhouse. While lumped in with the then UK dreampop scene (Ride, MBV, etc), Springhouse (Mitch Friedland on treated classical acoustic, and bassist Larry Heinemann) was closer to early-'80s groups like The Sound, The Comsat Angels and The Chameleons, the latter of whom they opened for on their 2002 reunion tour.

Springhouse released two very good, if under-heard, albums on Caroline in the '90s and have been slowly working on a third that will finally see the light of day in October. As Jack wrote on Bigtakeover.com:

"From Now to OK, which we've been working on for the better part of 10 years, is finally finished and will be released in October...on limited edition, 550 copies deluxe Bruce Licher-designed letterpress multi-layered foldout CD art package and free internet digital download, Radiohead-style (i.e. pay what you want!). Then we hit the road!"
That tour is a "Big Takeover Presents" triple bill. Headlining are Magnetic Morning (previously known as The Setting Suns), the "supergroup" (my term) of Swervedriver's Adam Franklin, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino and Jimmy LaValle of the Album Leaf. I saw them at their debut show back in December and despite a then-dearth of material (they've only got a six-song EP out so far, including three versions of one song and a cover) Magnetic Morning had it together, as you'd expect from a group of pros like this. They've been holed away in the studio all summer so I imagine we'll really find out what MM are all about in October.

Julie OceanOpening the Big Takeover tour is Washington DC's Julie Ocean, which is fronted by two veterans of the '90s DC/Arlington indie scene: Jim Spellman was in Velocity Girl and The High-Back Chairs (and is now a producer for CNN where he recently got Tasered on purpose); and Terry Banks was in Tree Fort Angst, The Saturday People and Glo-Worm. Julie Ocean's debut, Long Gone and Nearly There, is ridiculously catchy power pop.

There are only six dates on the Big Takeover Presents tour as of now, including one at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Oct. 21 which is also the opening night of CMJ. Tickets are on sale.

Adam Franklin has also been keeping busy with his old band Swervedriver and Magnetic Morning's dates are part of a much bigger fall tour. All scheduled stops, and a video, are below...

Continue reading "Big Takeover tour w/ Springhouse & Julie Ocean + other MAGNETIC MORNING (Interpol+Swervedriver+Album Leaf) tour dates"

Record Store Day

This Saturday, April 19th, Other Music is excited to be taking part in Record Store Day along with hundreds of other independently owned music shops across the country. Throughout the day we'll be selling limited vinyl singles and EPs (exclusive to shops participating in Record Store Day) from the likes of Vampire Weekend, the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus and Built to Spill, along with give aways, prizes, and 10% off of everything in the shop for the entire day. Also, various members from great bands will be stopping by to spin their favorite tunes throughout the afternoon. We hope that you can come by the shop and celebrate the day with us, and for those of you not in New York City, please make sure to visit your favorite local record store and show them your support!

TAPES 'N TAPES - 12:30 to 2PM

Regina Spektor is playing Sound Fix on Record Store Day. Read what Regina had to say about it below....

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Members of Bat For Lashes, Earl Greyhound, Blonde Redhead and others modeled for today's NY Times. None of the pictures come even close to the ones Paper just published of Joanna Newsom though.

Check out the video of Kazu (Blonde Redhead) performing with Paul Banks & Samuel Fogarino of Interpol, below...

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High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
High Places @ Market Hotel

For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]
SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells is a new band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines. He left Secret Machines in early 2007 to concentrate on the new band solely. The band also includes twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On! Air! Library!, and James Elliot aka Ateleia. Curtis and the Deheza sisters met when both were opening on an Interpol tour. [Wikipedia]
They're on tour with Prefuse 73. That means they play Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (Nov 26, 2007). All tour dates below....

Continue reading "School of Seven Bells = Secret Machines + On! Air! Library!"

and I never posted about Interpol @ Madison Square Garden...

Interpol @ MSG

New video below....

Continue reading "VIDEO: Interpol - No I in Threesome"

Devendra Banhart molesting Chan @ Coachella 2006 *
Cat Power & Devendra Banhart
* photo by Jenny Applebaum

Cat Power added a bunch of tour dates including one where she'll be playing Madison Square Garden with Interpol and Liars! What a great triple bill...but Cat Power as an opener for Interpol at MSG? I don't know, but I'm a very cynical person. Could be good. Hopefully people will pay attention.

Chan (Cat)'s next record is going to be another covers one, which is a great thing if it's as amazing as the last one. Details on that, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "CAT POWER - new covers record, opening for Interpol @ MSG & other Tour Dates"

words & photos by Bao Nguyen

Girl Talk
Virgin Fest 2007

So this was a very last minute idea, meaning I left New York for Baltimore at 12 PM on Saturday when gates had already opened at 10 AM. Not knowing at the time whether I had a pass waiting for me at the festival, I made the 4 hour drive, hindered by the beach bound crowd on the NJ Turnpike, armed with a Polaroid, 4 hours of sleep, and a sense of regret for missing the previous night's CSS show. I arrived at Pimilico Field at exactly 4 PM and after nearly being run over by Richard Branson on a golf cart, I made it just in time to catch the start of Peter Bjorn and John's set. I think their music plays better in a small club than a large festival type atmosphere especially when the entire crowd seems to be waiting for only one particular song that everyone can whistle to. Following Peter Bjorn and John was an high energy set from LCD Soundsystem that included a very unusual mosh pit where three people were doing their best Thom Yorke seizure dance....

Continue reading "The 2007 Virgin Festival in Baltimore - review & pics"

Regina Spektor
Lollapalooza 2007

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O
Lollapalooza 2007

more pictures below....

Continue reading "Photos from Lollapalooza 2007 - Day 2"

DOWNLOAD: Liars - It Fit When I Was A Kid (Crystal Castles Remix) (MP3)


"Liars are set to release their self-titled, fourth studio album on Mute Records on August 28." Liars are the band opening for Interpol at MSG and elsewhere. Check out a new interview with Liars @ Paste. More new album info below....

Continue reading "Liars touring with Interpol, new album"

Beyonce & Jay Z

What do they all have in common?
* Interpol are playing Madison Square Garden - tix on sale today
* Damien Rice is playing the Theater @ MSG - tix on sale today
* Beyonce adds SECOND show @ MSG - tix on sale tomorrow

DOWNLOAD: St. Vincent - Now, Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Spoon - The Ghost Of You Lingers (MP3)

Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga GaFor a mid-summer week, the music CD release list is surprisingly bountiful. Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Interpol's Our Love To Admire lead the pack of new releases, and I can also highly recommend St. Vincent's debut album, Marry Me, former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell's Sirens Of The Ditch (which includes my current favorite protest song, "Dress Blues"), and Patton Oswalt's comedy album Werewolves and Lollipops).

Reissues released this week include two Monkees remasters (Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd), as well as a remastered edition of M. Ward's Duet for Guitars 2.

Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

Interpol @ Bowery Ballroom, June 2007 (more)
Interpol @ Bowery Ballroom

Interpol's next NYC show will be significantly bigger than their last one. It's at Madison Square Garden on September 14th - the big room - the one White Stripes & Muse are playing - the one Moz never made it to. The show is being promoted by "Bowery Presents". Will Interpol pull it off? Will you be there?

Stream the new Interpol album Our Love to Admire at MTV.com - it comes out for-real on July 10th. Hang out with Interpol and listen to the same album at Sweet & Viscous Bar in NYC on July 11th (free, 9pm-2am). Watch and listen to Interpol perform exclusively for AOL @ Spinner. Check out the video for "Heinrich Maneuver" below. Tour dates below too...

Continue reading "INTERPOL to MSG + album stream, tour dates & fun stuff"

DOWNLOAD: Adam Franklin - Seize the Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Adam Franklin - Syd's Eyes (MP3)

Adam FranklinDidn't see Byrne, Bowie or Reed in attendance at the Wilco concert at Warsaw last week, but Pavement's Stephen Malkmus was spotted, as was the slighly lesser known Adam Franklin. Admittedly I wouldn't have even recognized the ex-Swervedriver shoe-gazing frontman by myself, so I'm glad my friend not only pointed him out, but reminded me that Adam has a new solo album called Bolts of Melody - out 6/26/2007. Further research revealed that you can stream the entire album, and that Adam is playing at Mercury Lounge in NYC TONIGHT (July 2, 2007).

It's also worth noting that Adam has been collaborating with Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino on a project called The Setting Suns.

The Setting Suns will start recording their debut EP (Title TBA) in NYC this June. Among the tracks to be included is a cover of the Kinks' "The Way Love Used To Be", and an "epic" version of "Cold War Kids". Sam intends to play Adam's guitar whenever Adam leaves the room. Release is scheduled for the fall. Further details will be posted as they develop....................The duo met over dinner in NYC last winter, while being introduced by long time, mutual friend, Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover).
All AF tour dates below...

Continue reading "Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) MP3s, album stream & 2007 Tour Dates"

Song is kind of catchy, video is kind of weird...

Continue reading "VIDEO: Interpol - 'The Heinrich Maneuver'"

DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - Banquet (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - Say it Right (Nelly Furtado) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party vs. Gwen Stefani "What You Hunting For?" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party vs. Coldplay "Hunting For Witches In My Place" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - I Still Remember (live @ FNX) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party - Sunday (live @ FNX) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bloc Party vs. Madonna "Groovecopter" (MP3)

Bloc Party continue their current U.S. tour (with the Maccabees) in Kansas City, Missouri tonight (Jun 11, 2007). They played the Stone Pony (moved from the Convention Hall) in Asbury Park, NJ on Thursday (June 7), and on Saturday (June 9) they played Live 105's BFD 2007 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

Bloc Party @ Shoreline Amphitheater - June 9, 2007 (CRED)

Interpol, Queens of the Stone Age, Social Distortion, CSS, The Faint, The Bravery, Kaiser Chiefs, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, and CSS were also on the relatively cheap bill. More BFD pics & BP tour dates below....

Continue reading "BFD 2007, BLOC PARTY, MP3's, pics, tour dates"

Franz FerdinandIt's true. The small NYC show Franz Ferdinand promised, will take place at Bowery Ballroom on June 13, 2007. No ticket info yet. Interpol is supposedly going on at 10 tonight with just a DJ as opener. The video by Anna McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand covering LCD Soundsystem, below....

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Interpol @ Sasquatch! - May 27, 2007
Interpol @ Sasquatch

Interpol have added a NYC date, and it's at Bowery Ballroom! Tickets are on sale for the June 5th show. Password = gaius

more dates here. More on Interpol @ Sasquatch! here.

The following review of Day 2 (May 27, 2007) of the 2007 Sasquatch! Festival in George, Washington is brought to you by Jerry Yeti exclusively for BrooklynVegan.com. If you're just joining us, you may want to start with Day 1.

Sasquatch 2007

Blackalicious @ Sasquatch 2007

Things kicked off at the Gorge on Sunday with a few more blankets, a nice spot on the terraced grass, and a sweet DJ set by Mix Master Mike. This was followed up by the hip hop duo Blackalicious. Both of these acts got the early attendees jumping. Blackalicious brought out their "Alphabet Aerobics" with its increasingly sped up delivery, but it was "Rhythm Sticks" that got people truly moving. If the ground wasn't on bedrock, the floor would have given way under all that impact.

Bad Brains crowd @ Sasquatch 2007All warmed up, Bad Brains was the only set on Sunday we were sure not going to miss. While we waited near the epicenter of anticipated mayhem, one of their most enthusiastic fans attempted to get others around him equally as stoked. He singled out a small guy that -as he informed him- was going to be propelled into the air. And sure enough, when the band appeared, he launched the poor kid into the unsuspecting crowd behind him. No, the bedrock below him did not give way. As the mosh pit grew in size, so did the size of the guys thrashing around in it. One giant of a man wore a Professional Slam Wresting shirt and bulldozed his way around. H.R. is a startling front man, appearing quite tranquil despite the tumult below - like a prophet amidst a storm. Dashingly dressed, if you had a video on mute, you would be baffled by the calm on stage, and the reaction below.

Unfortunately that was the last full set on the main stage before Polyphonic Spree had to cease for the blustery wind. It got cold within minutes, and sundown was still four hours away. While the crew re-prepped the stage to handle the winds, and let the worst of them pass, people migrated over to Tokyo Police Club at the Wookie. The Toronto band sensed they were playing for a much larger crowd, and they delivered. Their invigoration and charm very likely won over a few new fans.....

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2007 | Sunday review in words & pics"