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by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn's Total Slacker released Slip Away earlier this year, a serious '90s nostalgia trip. The band have cranked out two new videos in the last week, gearing up for a tour with Bear Hands and Junior Prom. The first is "Super Big Gulp" where singer Tucker Roundtree gets sucked into a SEGA videogame where he uses giant sodas (which are legal again in NYC) against a Big Boss. The second is "Satisfied" which cuts together old clips of PBS painter Bob Ross and other found footage. The latter makes its debut in this post and you can watch both below.

Total Slacker are in the van as we post this, on their way to Pittsburgh for the first date of that tour. It doesn't hit NYC, but all dates are listed below...

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CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

The Black Kids @ Mercury Lounge - 8/25/2013
The Black Kids & Junior Prom @ Mercury Lounge - 8/25/2013

Florida band Black Kids got a bit of a bum rap, one of the first casualties of the ramped-up hype cycle we now live in. After the shrugs they received from their rushed debut album (less than a year after people went nuts for their free, enjoyable Wizard of Ahhs EP), the band wisely took time out to regroup, finish school and generally live their lives.

Catching a lot of people off guard, a few East Coast dates popped on the radar, including two in NYC which happened over weekend, playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/26) and a late night show at Glasslands on Saturday (8/27), both of which were sold-out. We have pictures from Mercury Lounge in this post, and I made it to the Glasslands show, where the band hit the stage around 1:15 AM or so and played an energetic, tight, fun set.

I couldn't really get a read on the new material but the songs from Wizard of Ahhhs EP (most of which ended up on the album too) still sounded good, and the crowd at Glasslands was definitely into it (and clearly don't have to get up as early as I usually do). Frontman Reggie Youngblood didn't say a whole lot between songs, certainly not anything towards their future plans. But here's hoping it's not another five years before we see them again.

More pictures from Black Kids' Mercury Lounge show, including openers Junior Prom, below...

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Konrad Becker

FACT recently posted their Top 40 Best Reissues of 2012 list (check out the whole thing HERE) and the number one spot went to Monotonprodukt07, the 1982 album by Monoton (aka Austrian electronic musician Konrad Becker). FACT also interviewed Becker on the reissue earlier this year, and regarding the album, they write:

Monoton's Monotonprodukt07 isn't just a case in point - casting an eye down this year's reissue schedule, it's the case in point. Originally issued in a limited run of 500, Konrad Becker's 1982 LP has had currency in rarified electronic circles for decades. It took a series of CD reissues (in 2003 and 2009 respectively), plus the online efforts of bloggers and enthusiasts, to return the disc to a largely unwitting public. Desire's long-awaited vinyl reissue completes Monotonprodukt07's long, slow crawl towards classic status.

The music itself still has the unmistakable aura of a classic. It's a bleak, startling, solitary work, tilting from viscous dark ambient ('Soundsequence') to proto-dub-techno ('Root Of 1 = 1′) to parallel-dimension krautrock ('Fire'). Diverse without ever losing focus, it's as rich and enveloping a record as you'll hear all year. Thirty years on, Monotonprodukt07 doesn't just stand up - it stands alone.

You can stream some material from that album below.

Monoton will celebrate the reissue in NYC this Saturday (12/15) at Pianos for what will be his first NYC show ever (exciting!), and it's being presented by Scott Mou and Control. Doors at 11 PM, live set at 12 AM. Tickets are on sale now.

Streams are below...

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