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The third episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

For this one, BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play some singles off 2016 records they're excited for, some Wolf Parade and LCD Soundsystem in anticipation their return, plus music and memories about David Bowie and Lemmy. There's also discussion of such topics as the Oscars and recent movies (someone doesn't like Star Wars?), band reunions, and more.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection. If you missed them, check out our first and second episodes.

Like all "Spotify In Residence" shows (like Hannibal Buress'), you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in February.

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Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

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Bonnaroo

After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.

Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...

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Bonnaroo

Last night, the Bonnaroo 2016 lineup briefly leaked on the Bonnaroo app (part of it at least), and it was quickly taken down but not before someone could grab it put it on Reddit. A commenter suggests it's just the first wave, and the artists listed as headliners -- (Grateful) Dead & Co., LCD Soundsystem and Pearl Jam -- are just speculated headliners. (The poster also has misspellings like "Fidler.") The rest is listed in alphabetical order, and includes Big Grams, Blood Orange, Bully, Clutch, Death Cab for Cutie, Dungen, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washingotn, Kurt Vile, Lamb of God, Leon Bridges, M83, Mavis Staples, Miguel, Purity Ring, Shamir, Tame Impala, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Ween and more.

The lineup will officially be announced on Tuesday, January 19 on an episode of Conan, airing at 11 PM EST on TBS. The fest happens June 9-12 this year in its usual home of Manchester, TN. It's the festival's 15th anniversary, and in honor of that they're introducing some new improvements:

For the first time, Great State Park, home of Bonnaroo, will now feature its own permanent water line, allowing for the installation of more than 400 permanent toilets (38% of the total toilets onsite will be flushable), hundreds of permanent shower stalls (35% of the total shower stalls onsite), and a large number of water filling stations newly installed throughout the site.
More improvements for the 2017 festival are being planned too.

Tickets go on sale January 22 at noon EST.

photo: LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
LCD Soundsystem

We already knew that just five years after breaking up, LCD Soundsystem would be playing Coachella 2016 (along with Guns N' Roses, Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Grimes, Ice Cube, Run the Jewels, Lush, and more), and they're also promising other shows this year. As Consequence of Sound points out, the band's website has been updated to read "2016 tour dates coming soon."

UPDATE: James also promises a new record and gives many details on how the reunion came to be in a lengthy new statement. Read below...

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Coachella

We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.

It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.

Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...

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photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:

LCD Soundsystem, following rumors they'd reunite, released a new song on Christmas Eve called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" and word is they will play Coachella 2016.

Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.

UPDATE: Coachella 2016 lineup ANNOUNCED

Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)

Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
Kendrick Lamar

We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.

As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.

We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.

In sadder news, we lost rock god Lemmy Kilmister and John Bradbury of ska legends The Specials. We miss you both.

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photo: LCD Soundsystem's "farewell" show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

The New York Times is reporting that LCD Soundsystem will be reforming for Coachella 2016, along with Guns & Roses. They report it as fact -- no "sources say" language -- though "A spokesman for LCD Soundsystem declined to comment." With the new song "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" released on Christmas Eve, not to mention strong rumors swirling for a couple months, this may not be too surprising.

As for Guns N' Roses, we may find out who exactly will be in the band, as Axl Rose will apparently be a guest on The Jimmy Kimmel Show at some point next week. As they say, stay tuned.

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem just posted a new holiday song (their first since breaking up) called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart." They write

so, there's been this depressing christmas song i'd been singing to myself for the past 8 years, and every year i wouldn't remember that i wanted to make it until december, which is just too late to actually record and release a christmas song... but this year, al doyle had a short break between hot chip tours where he could be in nyc, and pat and nancy were home, and tyler agreed to fly out from berlin for a few days, so we all recorded this together, reserved a pressing plant slot, and our friend bob weston was available to master it quickly--so that means, less than 2 weeks after we recorded it, there is actually a christmas 7", which feels like something that could only have happened a very, very long time ago.
anyway, for the holidays we give you the previous, very long run-on sentence, and this song: "christmas will break your heart", which is another one of those songs which had about 75 lines of lyrics, though we've knocked down to 8 to keep the suicide rate in check.
have fun!
That might be a good sign for that rumored LCD Soundsystem reunion? Listen below...

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Panorama, the not-announced, but much talked about new NYC music festival set to take place in Queens this summer, is still planned, but it won't happen in June anymore. Goldenvoice/AEG is apparently having trouble with permits and are working to lock down a new date. Meanwhile, already-confirmed bands (like LCD Soundsystem?) are either booking new NYC shows in June, or changing around their 2016 schedules while they wait for the new date.

News of the new NYC festival first leaked at the end of September, and it didn't take long for established, competing NYC music festival Governors Ball to let the world know they aren't happy by this power move from the people behind Coachella. To add to the drama, we then found out that MSG is ALSO trying to throw a fest in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

photos: Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right in August (more by PSqaured)
HOt Chip at Baby's all Right

Hot Chip regularly encore with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" on their Why Make Sense tour and the band have since recorded a studio version of it as well. Like they did live, they work in a little of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" into mix. There's a video for the cover now too, which mixes '80s-era found-VHS footage (you may have seen the video dating vids) with live footage, including super-8 footage from their Baby's All Right and Webster Hall shows. Watch it below.

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photo: LCD Soundsystem's final (?) show (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

It feels like that "final" LCD Soundsystem show was just yesterday (maybe because they keep milking it?) but they might already be set to reunite. There's no official announcement, but Consequence of Sound says:

Multiple sources have confirmed to Consequence of Sound that LCD Soundsystem are planning a comeback in 2016. As we hear it, the band will headline at least three high-profile music festivals in the US and UK, with an official announcement expected soon.
Could this be true? It doesn't really seem like James Murphy's style. We shall see.

UPDATE: Reputable music biz trade mag Billboard are also saying that a "well-placed source" confirms to them that LCD are "definitely reuniting" in 2016. DFA employees are denying it, but we're also hearing that it's true!

In other news, Murphy DJ'd National Sawdust's opening night last week.

National Sawdust

National Sawdust, the former Williamsburg sawdust factory on N. 6th St. that has been turned into a multi-use facility containing a chamber hall, a recording studio, and a restaurant (three years and $16 million in the making), will finally open its doors this week. Thursday's opening night (10/1) features two "Discover the Space" show. The early show (7:30 PM) has Nico Muhly performing a new piece with Bryce Dessner and violist Nadia Sirota, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, National Sawdust Executive Director and composer Paola Prestini and more (sold out).

Then the late show (11 PM) has Cibo Matto performing with Nels Cline. They're playing a set from "National Sawdust Curators & Artists" which includes steel pan performer and composer Andy Akiho, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and also a DJ set from James Murphy. tickets are still available and you can save 25% with coupon code: ARTISTLED.

Friday night (10/2) has two shows: Tanya Tagaq (performing a live score to Nanook of the North (tickets); and also pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese who will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).

There's also the start of the Terry Riley festival on Saturday (10/3) with Matmos, John Zorn, Roomful of Teeth, and more (tickets). Zorn gets his own festival starting next week, and other October events include Hess is More and Low City on 10/17 (tickets), and Montreal's Majical Cloudz and She-Devils on 10/21 (tickets). In November there's producer/remixer/video artist Shura on 11/6 (tickets) and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on 11/20 (tickets) and both of those shows are presented by Billy Jones of Baby's All Right and Elvis Guesthouse.

There's lots more coming up at National Sawdust, check out their calendar for details.

by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip with David Byrne at Webster Hall 8/5/2015 (photo by Nicky Digital)
David Byrne and Hot Chip

Hot Chip played their second of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Wednesday (9/5) which was pretty much a non-stop dance party. (It's always a bit disconcerting to feel Webster Hall's floor bounce so much.) Like they did at Webster the night before and Baby's All Right on Monday, Hot Chip finished the night with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" with a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" at the end. After seeing they had brought out LCD's Nancy Whang on Tuesday, I was wondering who might make an appearance on Wednesday.

I figured it would be Pat Mahoney who was LCD's drummer (and Hot Chip's on one tour) and whose band Museum of Love opened the show. But it turned out to be someone a little more special: David Byrne whose shock-white hair was instantly recognizable from where I was in the balcony before they actually announced him. He held it down on tambourine duty. Johnny Lam, who played with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and David Byrne at the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, was on stage as well playing pedal steel. The crowd went nuts, and even more so when they realized "All My Friends" had kicked in. (James Murphy watched from the VIP area.) You can watch a few short instagram videos below.

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by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip @ Webster Hall 8/4/2015 (photo by @biggie_schmaltz)
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Hot Chip have been covering Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" for their encore on this tour and, at least in NYC, they've been segueing that into LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends." Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle, who also played in LCD's live band, has been singing it, and after doing it at Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) they did it again at Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/4) in a more extended fashion. Also making it more special: they brought out Nancy Whang, making for a bit of an LCD reunion, and Sinkane helped out as well. Video from Webster Hall is below.

Tonight (8/5), Hot Chip play their second sold-out night at Webster Hall. They show is opened by Museum of Love, the current band of onetime LCD Soundsystem (and Hot Chip) drummer Pat Mahoney. Who knows who might come out for Hot Chip's encore tonight?


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by Bill Pearis

Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman defies easy categorization, actually singing "let's wreck all these preconceived notions" on "Ordinary Life," one of the standout cuts from his new album Perpetual Motion People that dabbles in folk, doo-wop, distorted rock, and hooky guitar pop. (He is also orthodox Jewish and publicly identifies as queer and genderfluid.) The record is worth checking out and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.

Copies of Perpetual Motion People sold at Rough Trade come with an exclusive five-song covers EP, featuring takes on Beck's "Devil's Haircut," Melanie's "The Good Book," The Replacements' "Androgynous," The Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love" and an affecting, acoustic version LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change." That LCD cover makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below.

Ezra and his band start a short US tour tonight (8/5) in NYC at Rough Trade with J. Fernandez and Emily Einhorn. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on that and a list of all Ezra Furman dates are below.

And speaking of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy will DJ at Output on August 14 with Eric Duncan. Tickets for that are on sale.

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photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right 8/3/2015
Hot Chip
Hot Chip

As I walked up to Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby's confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don't play places this size anymore.  (They're at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I'm pretty sure they haven't played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).

Hot Chip maybe weren't expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob "Grovesnor" Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor's real estate. It was a lot of stuff.

Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn't hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the've worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs "Easy to Get" and "Started Right," which were stitched together, and the heartfelt "Alley Cats" from One Life Stand.

For the encore we got "Look at Where We Are," "Boy from School" and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of "All My Friends." It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia's brief opening set, are in this post.

This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby's show, below...

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James Murphy Subway Symphony

While he's been busy with his Four Horseman wine bar/restaurant, James Murphy hasn't given up on his dream to change the sounds subway turnstiles make into something more symphonic. He's even got backing for it now: Heineken, who are producing videos about the "Subway Symphony" project, and they are apparently developing prototype turnstiles.

But what they don't have, is any support whatsoever from the MTA. The Transit Authority's spokesman Adam Lisberg told Gothamist, "I am familiar with James Murphy's proposal, and while I would never refer to him as 'just a musician,' I can say confidently that it is as creative as it is unworkable" and said that when the MTA gave Murphy permission to film one of his promotional videos in the Subway, the agreement included the following language:

Licensee and Agent hereby acknowledge that the MTA has informed the individual depicted in the advertisement that the concept presented in the advertisement involving the turnstiles of the New York City subway system cannot be implemented.
Murhpy, however, told Gothamist that Lisberg is "not a policy maker, he's the press guy, so I wouldn't expect him to know what our project is." Lisberg responded, saying the contract's language "seems pretty black and white."

Even if Heineken or some other benefactor was willing to pay for "Subway Symphony" to be fully implemented, the tones actually serve a specific purpose beyond annoying straphangers like Murphy:

"The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won't mess with them--much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don't get me wrong, but we can't mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.)"
Murphy remains politely tenacious, with a new promotional video being released this week which you can watch below.

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When a prominent chef heard that James Murphy had decided to open a wine bar in Brooklyn, he nudged Mr. Murphy to compose an online journal about the process.

Mr. Murphy mulled it over, at least for a moment.

"I thought I would call it 'the Worst Idea Ever,' " he said the other day with a flick of the self-effacement that became his hallmark as the brain behind the dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.

No pearls of prose ever materialized, though.

"I've never done it because I'm overwhelmed," he said. - [New York Times]

James Murphy's new wine bar is called Four Horsemen (as in "of the Apocalypse"?) and is located in Williamsburg at 295 Grand Street which some of you maybe remember as the address of vegan fast food spot Foodswings. Of the venture, which he's undertaking with wife Christina Topsoe, Murphy says "I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at."

Also helping the couple (who are due to have a child any minute) is Justin Chearno, the onetime Pitchblende/Turing Machine guitarist who has been a fixture at Williamsburg's UVA Wine Shop almost since its inception. There will be food too ("We keep calling it a wine bar because we want to underpromise and overdeliver") and he's worked hard on the acoustics, "mounting noise-soaking burlap on the walls and cedar slats and sound-absorption panels along the ceiling so that conversations can proceed at a civilized cadence." It all sounds very grown up.

Four Horsemen is set to open in early June.
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by Bill Pearis

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We posted yesterday about James Murphy's score for Noah Baumbauch's upcoming comedy, While We're Young, and the soundtrack includes his cover of David Bowie's "Golden Years" and that has now been released. It's definitely an original take on the cut and you can stream it (via The Dissolve) below...but just don't get too excited. You can stream Bowie's original below too if you're feeling undernourished.

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by Bill Pearis

Ad-Rock in 'While We're Young'
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James Murphy has made some non-Tennis-based new music, scoring Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young, which will be out March 27 in the US. He also covers David Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack, which also features cuts from Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, HAIM, Survivor and more. Full tracklist is below and it's out March 23. One piece from Murphy's score will be on the official soundtrack, a moody synth piece titled "We Used to Dream" which is in the Vangelis/Tangerine Dream style. You can stream that below.

As for the film, While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as an uptight 40-something affluent couple who become friends with a 20-something Bushwick-type couple (GIRLS' Adam Driver and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried). Hilarity and soul-searching ensues. The film also stars Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and an out-of-retirement Charles Grodin. While We're Young was shown at both the Toronto and NY Film Festivals last September? Anybody catch it there? It's gotten pretty good reviews. You can watch the trailer below.

James Murphy, who previously scored Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), headlines the Slingshot Fest in Athens, GA later this month.

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LCD's final bow at MSG, 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
James Murphy

As mentioned, Saturday (11/22) at Le Poisson Rouge is the release party for the new issue of Radio Silence which features Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, Matthew Friedberger, readings by Greil Marcus, Rick Moody and more. One of the more interesting performers is a reunion of late-'80s NYC art-punks Dungbeetle whose frontman Sam Lipsyte is now an established author. We noted that one of their biggest fans was a pre-LCD James Muphy who ended up as their sound guy. Well on Saturday, he'll be playing with them as their drummer. Murphy hasn't done much (any) non-DJ performing since LCD Soundsystem's MSG farewell. Tickets are still available.

by Bill Pearis

Museum of Love
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As mentioned, New Build (Al & Felix from Hot Chip's other band) are playing NYC in December -- 12/3 at Mercury Lounge and 12/4 at Rough Trade -- and tickets are still available. As it turns out, those are the first two dates of a short North American tour and all dates are below. The band's second album, Pour it On, is out this week and you can stream it in full, below.

Joining them on tour will be Museum of Love, the new band from LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney (and old DFA cohort Dennis McNany). They're on the Mercury Lounge show but not the Rough Trade one, apparently. MoL have only played one proper NYC show -- DFA's "Summer Soiree" at The Wick -- but the live incarnation, which is a full band, seemed to have it together. I thought they were really good. If you haven't checked out the Museum of Love album yet, you can stream it via Rdio.

This could be an interesting tour, as both Al and Pat were in LCD's live incarnation (and Pat played drums for Hot Chip on at least one tour). Maybe there will be some cross-pollination at shows? We shall see.

Tour flyer, all dates and album streams below...

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Orange Cassettes

Aughts-era NYC music scene survivors Anton Harmony (aka Radio 4's Anthony Roman) and Mod (of Elefant) have formed a new project called Orange Cassettes whose debut single "Go In The Light" is out this week via R.T.A. (Ring the Alarm), a new arm of White Iris. The record also features help from Phil Mossman (LCD Soundsystem), Jim Orso (Holy Ghost!) and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), so as you can imagine its very much in the dancefloor-friendly post-punk mode. Stream it below.

Orange Cassettes will play their first-ever show which happens at Baby's All Right on November 12 with Ludwig Persik and Cathy on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the show and song stream, below...

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After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this,  a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.

In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.

US Open Sessions video below...

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