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The Notwist @ Webster Hall 6/9/2014
The Notwist

The first two songs of Close to the Glass have a chilly, industrial sound to them that put listeners in a daze that's suddenly broken by the peppy "Kong". The rest of the album similarly shows abrupt, but very cleverly designed, changes in genre. How did you come up with the album's structure?

We started to record, and didn't really know, what we wanted. We recorded as a band live in the studio and didn't like the result. Then we started to work electronically, got tired of it, and started to improvise with sounds and samples ... and so we had all these different songs, that didn't really go together--at least we thought that--in the middle of the recordings, we were at the point of throwing everything away and start new again. But then we finished the song "Run, Run, Run", and it showed us a way to see the record ... as a sort of collage ... colourful and with hard cuts and surprises, with different styles mixed together, sometimes maybe even in one song. We thought of records like Cornelius' Fantasma, Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty or Beck's Odelay. Or also hip-hop records like J Dilla's Donuts. That, mixed with '60s records like S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things gave us an idea, how to see the record.

And in contrary to The Devil, You + Me, we didn't try to find "one" sound for the whole record, but worked on something like a mosaic of sounds and styles, that in the end put the puzzle together into one big whole. - [Popmatters]

German glitchpop pioneers The Notwist played their first NYC show in years last night (6/9) at Webster Hall. It was the kickoff show to their short North American tour in support of their very good new album Close to the Glass which finds them still masters of mixing the organic and electronic. They can do it live too, playing as a five-piece with banks of circuits surrounded by more traditional rock gear. Their set -- which included two encores -- features much of the new album plus favorites like "Pilot" and the title track from their 2002 benchmark Neon Golden. Pictures from their set are in this post.

Opening the night was frequent tourmate and collaborator Jel (who've made records together as 13 & God). We remember catching Jel's group Themselves opening for The Notwist at Bowery Ballroom in 2004. Picture's from Jel's set, plus more from the Notwist, below...

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The Field at LPR in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Field
Wavves at Glasslands in April (more by PSquared)
Wavves

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Dent May, Dead Gaze, Calvin Love @ 285 Kent (early)
Mississippi leisure enthusiast Dent May released his new album, Warm Blanket, this summer via Paw Tracks and features more of his good time lite funk. He puts on a fun live show too.

The Field, JDH & Dave P @ 285 Kent (late)
Stick around 285 Kent after Dent for one of NYC's best dance parties, FIXED, as it celebrates its 9th anniversary with this party tonight, and they're doing so with a live, full-band set from The Field.

GZA, Tanlines, Kitty Pryde, Mas Ysa @ Metrotech Commons
This free (with RSVP) show is in honor of the 12 universities and 60,000+ college students in Downtown Brooklyn. 5-9 PM.

Wavves, King Tuff, Jacuzzi Boys @ Irving Plaza
Once the slacker lo-fi project of Nathan Williams, Wavves is now a hard-working, fully fledged, borderline pop punk band. Whatever your thoughts on the band are (they've certainly faced some criticism), it's hard to deny how catchy those songs are, and they're one of the more fun live bands in indie rock at the moment. King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys, who also know a thing or two about good, driving rock, open the show.

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.

Kode9, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Brenmar, Ikonika @ Output
Hyperdub is one of the most forward-thinking labels around (I mean, they signed Burial), and tonight labelhead Kode9 brings two of his finest DJs -- DJ Rashad and Ikonika -- to Output for the NYC stop on the label's tour.

No Monster Club, Mindtroll, Evil Sword, M Sord @ Cake Shop
Ireland's No Monster Club make new wave-y indie rock, as can be heard on their single "La La Land" and you can watch the video for that below.

Special Guest, Special Guest, Yuppies, PC Worship @ Death By Audio
Omaha, NE's Yuppies make skronky, shouty, punky rock that wouldn't have been out of place on SST Records in 1985. They played last night at MHOW with Parquet Courts who mentioned something about "special guests" at tonight's DbA show.

Leverage Models, Maria Minerva, Beca, Tippy Toes @ Glasslands
If you like Big '80s groups like ABC, Spandau Ballet and The Associates, then you will probably dig Leverage Models' brand of widescreen pop. Tonight's the record release party for their debut album and the whole line-up is pretty interesting.

Oren Ambarchi, Okkyung Lee, Michelle Boule @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi who will be collaborating with a couple talented improvisers: dancer Michelle Boulé and cellist Okkyung Lee.

Blitzen Trapper, PHOX, Horse Thief @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Portland folk rockers Blitzen Trapper just released their new album, VII, this week and you can stream it over at the NY Times. Tonight's a record release show and tickets are still available.

My Teenage Stride, Perfect Pussy, Advaeta, Tweens @ Shea Stadium
My Teenage Stride and Advaeta play the local scene a lot, which doesn't change that they're great to see, but the main appeal here are Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy and Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens, who are in NYC for two shows together this week. The next is tomorrow at 285 Kent with Potty Mouth and LODRO.

Behold...the Arctopus, Child Abuse, Geryon @ The Acheron
It's gonna get loud at Acheron tonight, as we'll be treated to sets from the punishing tech-metal crew Behold... the Arctopus, noise rockers Child Abuse, and Krallice side project Geryon, who make bass'n'drum death metal.

Oblivians, WYLDLIFE, The Shangri Lips @ The Bell House
Having put out their first record in 15 years this spring, Memphis' garage-soul vets return to NYC tonight. Tickets are still available.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deap Vally @ Stone Pony
It's a double dose of garagey riffage and sneery attitude tonight. Where's your rock n' roll? Right there.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and tonight they'll be performing their 1976 album, The Royal Scam, in full with an additional set of favorites. So deep cut lovers who've been clamoring to hear "Haitian Divorce" and "The Caves of Altamira," tonight's for you. Tickets are still available.

Sole, Jel (from Themselves/13 & God), Louis Logic, Thanksgiving Brown, Bomarr (DJ Set) @ Knitting Factory
It's a night of indie rap at Knitting Factory tonight as two Anticon rappers, Sole and Jel, team up to co-headline the venue.

'Breaking Glass' screening @ Videology (FREE)
BV's Bill Pearis hosts tonight's screening of UK cult classic Breaking Glass which is kind of like a post-punk A Star Is Born which stars new wave icon Hazel O'Connor (who also wrote all the songs). Check out the trailer below. Bill's DJing afterwards too.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

Latyrx

Deltron 3030 aren't the only alternative hip hop group making a long-awaited comeback this year. Bay Area duo Latyrx (aka Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker) are planning to release the followup to their sole album, 1997's The Album, on November 5. The album, appropriately titled The Second Album, features guest appearances by Zion I, Busdriver, The GIft of Gab, Corey Glover (of Living Colour), and more, in addition to production by tUnE-yArDs, Chris Funk (of The Decemberists), Jel (of Anticon), and more.

The album's newest single is the laid back cut "Exclamation Point" (produced by and featuring Forrest Day), which is out today and makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with the video for another track "Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!)," album artwork, tracklist and list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...

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Why?

WHY? are back with a new EP, Sod in the Seed, due on August 14 via Anticon/City Slang. Stream the title track below. Still no word on that new LP which would be their first since 2009's Eskimo Snow, but this should whet our palate for a bit.

Shortly following the release of Sod in The Seed, the crew will hit the road for four weeks of US dates in late August and rope in a variety of Anticon openers like Doseone, Serengeti and DJ Thanksgiving Brown to play support. Look for those four in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/13. Tickets go on sale at noon Thursday (6/28).

Anticon staple Jel will DJ some of those WHY? dates, but Jeffrey Logan has a few balls of his own to juggle in the meantime. Look for Jel on the road supporting Sleigh Bells (like at Converse City Carnage on July 21), as well as dates with DJ Abilities, Class Actress and others as part of a North American trek in the weeks before that WHY? jaunt.

And while we're on the subject of Jel and Anticon, Jel teams with Odd Nosdam to hammer out production on the new Serengeti LP C.A.R.. Due on July 31, check out the tracklisting below and stream "Talk to Me" at Pitchfork.

All listed WHY? and Jel tour dates, tracklist of the WHY? EP and a variety of streams are below.

Continue reading "WHY? releasing new EP, going on tour, including MHOW; Jel touring too (dates) "

Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.

Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.

Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.

The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.

Fleetwood Mac

In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.

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Themselves @ Bowery

tonight in NYC
* Bamboozle
* Peter Gabriel @ Radio City Music Hall
* John Doe, Exene Cervenka @ City Winery
* Truck America @ Full Moon in Big Indian, NY
* Echo & The Bunnymen, Apollo Heights @ Irving Plaza
* Caw! Caw!, Daughters of the Sun, Vampire Hands @ Pianos
* Truman Peyote, Trouble Books, Weekends, Zeroes @ Glasslands
* Royal Bangs, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ Mercury Lounge
* Disappearer, The Austerity Program, Phantom Glue @ Union Pool
* Murder By Death, Ha Ha Tonka, Linfinity @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Henry Kaiser, Alan Licht, Charles K. Noyes, Weasel Walter @ The Stone
* Themselves, Buck 65, Jel & Odd Nosdam, Stabbing Eastwood @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hoboken Arts & Music Festival w/ Fountains of Wayne, Freedy Johnston & more
* The Beatards, Chaz Kangas, Loki da Trixta, WeStoleTheShow, Kinki Notti @ Southpaw
* Ralph Covert, Bill Harley, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Recess Monkey, The Royal Order of Chords and Keys @ Littlefield
* Rites of Spring w/ DJs Bjork, Alex Ross, Brandon Stosuy, Dave Longstreth, Tyondai Braxton @ Above The Auto Parts Store

Tonight's show at Bowery Ballroomis a one-off featuring Themselves, Buck 65, Jel & Odd Nosdam (live), and Stabbing Eastwood (Tunde Adebimpe / Ryan Swayer Duo). Flyer above.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's tag sale concludes today. Get anything good?

Chapterhouse is not playing shows Monday and Tuesday.

We posted pictures of the CSC Funk Band show at Issue Project Room. Now check out a PunkCast video from that show below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Themselves - Dark Sky Demo (MP3)

Dose One (Adam Drucker) and Jel (Jeffrey Logan) = Themselves...
Themselves

[At the Force Field PR SXSW day party,] Themselves followed [Anticon labelmate Yoni Wolf of Why?] and deserve mention in their own right. The duo of Dose One (of Subtle fame) and Jel just droped the excellent FreeHoudini tape last week, and live, their performance was everything you'd expect from a Scribble Jam vet signed to Anticon. Ferocious double-timed raps performed by a guy in a Mohawk and argyle vest. I understand (and don't really blame) people who are put off by that, but if you can get past the aesthetic challenges posed, this is highly progressive hip-hop, and for once, I don't mean that as a perjorative.[LA Weekly]
On April 1st, Themselves will set out on a nearly-three-week tour, with two NYC shows: Friday, April 3rd at Union Pool and Saturay, April 4th at The Studio @ Webster Hall. (The Webster Hall show has advance tickets on sale.)

Both NYC dates are with Stabbing Eastward (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio) and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. The Union Pool shows will also feature Zizek.

Themselves' theFREEhoudini release, "a 40-minute, guest-packed mixtape" and limited-time free download, came out on March 16th on Anticon. The label says it'll host the free record for 90 days (till June 14th). A "deluxe version" CD copy of theFREEhoudini, with bonus material, came out on March 25th. Anticon reports that another LP from the band, CrownsDown, will be out later this year.

Themselves will also play Coachella in April. All tour dates, NYC-shows flyers, and a Themselves behind-the-scenes video below...

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Yoni and Doseone @ Knitting Factory - Dec 18, 2008 (just_remember_to_roll)
Clouddead

"On Wednesday December 17th, Doseone, Jel and the other founders of Anticon played an intimate show in the Tap Room of the Knitting Factory. Doseone [told] the history of how the label came to be. I can't believe I missed it... I saw the 10th Anniversary show the next night. My show ended with a cLOUDDEAD reunion. The kids got a little crazy, I almost punched a few people. Seriously." [Jeff Devine]
Videos below...

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Thanksgiving Brown, Jel and Sixtoo
Thanksgiving Brown

Due to over-whelming demand from their near sold-out [December 18th] Anticon 3rd Annual 10 Year Anniversary show, the Knitting Factory NY adds a 2nd, more intimate Anticon collective event for Wed, Dec 17th in their Tap Bar! Limited to only 200 tickets, and at an amazingly accommodating 'Recession Rate' attendees can purchase an advance ticket for only $5.00!

Anticon Presents: The Visible Ant: An Intimate Night With The Most Personal Posse in Rap...featuring Jel (live set) + a night of music, stories and more with doseone, DJ Odd Nosdam, Yoni Wolf, DJ Thanksgiving Brown, and more!

Tickets are also still on sale for the bigger and more expensive party.

DJ Thanksgiving Brown is also the latest addition to New Years Eve at the same venue, AND he's hosting the Souls of Mischief show there on Tuesday, AND, according to his MySpace, he'll be at the last Variety Shac comedy show, and at the final KF hip hop show with Rakim.

Video of Jel playing "Sweet Cream In It" in his bedroom, below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Zach Hill - "Dark Art" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Odd Nosdam - CIRCUS faux PREZ beats! (Sendspace Link)
DOWNLOAD: Odd Nosdam - MIXTAPE SUPER DELUX (Sendspace Link)

Zach Hill, Performance Attire May Vary...
Zach Hill

Spazzy drummer Zach Hill (Hella/Marnie Stern/Team Sleep/The Ladies) will be in town over the next two days performing "Necromancer" with Peer Pressure or, the second disc of the 2CD extravaganza known as Astrological Straits (out now on Ipecac). So what's "Necromancer" all about, and who the hell is Peer Pressure?

HELLO ! TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN INQUIRING ABOUT WHAT AND WHO "PEER PRESSURE" MAY BE IT'S ACTUALLY MY DRUM SET! HAHA THATS STRAIGHT TALK! IN THE FUTURE THIS MONIKER WILL MOST LIKELY DEFINE A COLLECTIVE OF HUMAN BEINGS PLAYING SONGS AND MY DRUM SET, BUT FOR THIS TOUR ITS A METAPHOR FOR THE DRUMS AND THATS ABOUT ALL I'M BRINGING AND ALL IM PLAYING. TO MAKE IT CLEAR SO THERES NO CONFUSION ABOUT MY UPCOMING PERFORMANCES I AM PERFORMING A 45 MINUTE NON STOP HEAVILY IMPROVISED RENDITION OF THE TRACK "NECROMANCER" OFF OF MY NEWEST SOLO RELEASE. THIS WILL BE ME ON DRUMS AND THE LAPTOP ON LAPTOP OR THE IPOD ON IPOD. I PLAN ON PERFORMING THE MORE SONG ORIENTED MATERIAL OFF THE ALBUM WITH A FULL BAND IN THE THE FUTURE BUT FOR MANY REASONS IT WAS UNREALISTIC AT THIS JUNCTURE. SO THIS IS HOW I WILL BE EXPRESSING MYSELF IN THE NOW ASIDE FROM THE SHOWS WERE ITS NOTED THAT I'LL HAVE SOMEONE AWESOME SITTING IN WITH ME! [Zach Hill]
Zach Hill WILL have "someone awesome sitting in" with him at the Knitting Factory in NYC on 11/18, namely Marco Benevento. Also on the bill: Pattern Is Movement and Subtle (their last tour "for some time", they are going on hiatus). Tickets are still on sale.

Hill also plays Death By Audio in Brooklyn with Fiasco the next day (11/19). Hill is also opening for the mighty Fantomas when they ring in the New Year, in San Francisco.

Speaking of Subtle, doseone and jel of Subtle (aka Themselves) will headline the "Anticon 3rd Annual 10-Year Anniversary" at NYC's Knitting Factory on December 18th with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?), Buck 65, Sole, Alias, Odd Nosdam + Jel, pedestrian + DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Odd Nosdam recently posted a free download of beats from 2002 - 2003 entitled CIRCUS faux PREZ beats! and a mixtape... Mixtape Super Delux. Download 'em and other MP3's above.

The Anticon flyer and all Zach Hill dates below...

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