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Pitchfork Albums

Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).

Check out their 50-30 picks below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

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TVOTR at Afropunk 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
TVOTR
Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Deerhunter

While ATP NY is about to go down on Pier 36 in Manhattan this weekend (9/21-23), ATP UK has just announced two 2013 festivals to go down in Camber Sands. The first happens May 10-12 and is being curated by TV on the Radio and the second on June 21-23, which is being curated by Deerhunter. Lineups for those have not been announced yet, but it has been revealed that Deerhunter will perform Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest in full at theirs. Tickets for TVOTR weekend and Deerhunter weekend go on sale Thursday (9/20) at 10 AM. The flier for the two festivals is below.

In related news, Jaleel Bunton and Remi Kabaka of TVOTR are playing at the previously discussed Apple Store SoHo show tonight (9/18) with Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Richard Russell, and Kwes.

In other related news, Deerhunter side project Lotus Plaza just made a video for "Black Buzz," the closing acoustic track on his great 2012 album, Spooky Action at a Distance. You can watch that video below.

Video and flier below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Lotus Plaza at Mercury Lounge - 7/18/12
Lotus Plaza

"[Lockett Pundt] doesn't need punk anymore," said his Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox in an interview with Pitchfork last year. This came across pretty evidently at Mercury Lounge last night (7/18), where Lockett and band played their first of two NYC shows this week for his Lotus Plaza project. While Bradford is off doing punk things like playing "My Sharona" for an hour at shows, Lockett is more interested in the beautiful than the abrasive. He walked on stage in a peace sign t-shirt and without saying much at all went into a set tinged by the narcotic bloom of shoegaze and post rock.

The band favored atmospheric interludes between songs, only coming to actual stops a couple times throughout the set, blurring the ends and beginnings of each song. Within the thick mesh of swirling guitars which mostly relied on mesmerizing the crowd versus encouraging any kind of dancing or singing along, a few standouts from Lotus Plaza's great 2012 LP, Spooky Action at a Distance, did of course occur. "Strangers" (which came really early in the set), "Jet Out of the Tundra," and "Remember Our Days" sparked the most memorable moments, and after barely leaving the stage the band returned for a one-song encore of what was both the biggest moment of the album and the show, "Monoliths."

I got to the show in time for Ape School's solid opening set. They'll be back in NYC for another show on August 21 at Glasslands with Heaven and Arc in Round. Tickets for that show are available.

Meanwhile, Lotus Plaza plays Brooklyn tonight (7/19) at Knitting Factory with tourmates Hollow Stars (who also opened last night's show) and Warm Ghost. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Updated Lotus Plaza dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADApe School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)

Philadelphia psych-rockers Ape School are opening for Lotus Plaza tonight (7/18) at Mercury Lounge which, surprisingly, isn't sold out. As you may recall, the band are set to release their new album, Junior Violence, on August 7 via Hometapes which I wrote about here. You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" above and check out the album's trippy cover art below.

Since then, Ape School have added another NYC date, playing Glasslands on August 21 with Heaven and Arc in Round and tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming Ape School tour dates are listed below.

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photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG & Chase Turner

Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Grimes
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.

If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?

More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ape School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)

Ape School

You may remember Ape School, the current musical project from Philadelphia resident Michael Johnson who previously spent time in Holopaw as well as a stint in Lilys. It's been three years since he dropped Ape School's eponymous debut, having spent time with Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs, but is now back with Junior Violence which is out August 7 on Hometapes. With it he's brewed a terrific pot of psychedelic pop tea, brimming with catchy melodies, bright production, and playful (just weird enough) creativity. If you wished there was a middle ground between the two MGMT albums, this might fit that bill.

You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" at the top of this post, and the image above is the sleeve to the 7" (out June 26) which comes in a really cool PVC sleeve with a transparency overlay done by Freegums. Ape School also have a few live dates lined up including one at the Northside Festival, playing Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (6/16) with Asobi Seksu, EXITMUSIC, and Field Mouse. Tickets to that show are still available, and you can get in with your Northside badge if you have one. They'll also open for Lotus Plaza at Mercury Lounge on July 18 and tickets are still available for that show. They'll also play a Junior Violence release show at Johnny Brenda's in Philly on August 17.

All dates are listed below...

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Lotus Plaza at Austin Psych Fest last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Lotus Plaza

Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt's project Lotus Plaza just wrapped up a tour with Disappears in support of his great new album, Spooky Action at a Distance, which included a Brooklyn show at Glasslands (4/19) and Austin Psych Fest (click the link for more pics). Unlike most of Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox's shows as Atlas Sound, Lockett has been playing with a full band on his Lotus Plaza tour.

The band is continuing to tour during the first half of this month and after a short break, will hit the road again in July surrounding Pitchfork Festival which brings them to NYC on July 18 at Mercury Lounge and July 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/4) at noon. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

All dates and a video of Lotus Plaza at Glasslands from a Pitchfork "+1" episode below...

Continue reading "Lotus Plaza announces more shows, played Glasslands & Psych Fest (pics & dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Lockett Pundt with Deerhunter in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Lockett Pundt

Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt, who records solo material under the moniker Lotus Plaza, released his second LP for the project, Spooky Action at a Distance, earlier this month via Kranky. It's a huge step up from his 2009 debut, The Floodlight Collective, and shows how vital his songwriting contributions to Deerhunter have become, strongly echoing the dream pop leanings of Deerhunter's latest album, Halcyon Digest. Any of these tracks would feel right at home on Halcyon Digest, but rather than feeling redundant, they come as a refreshing reminder that Bradford Cox isn't the only member of Deerhunter with a library of songs in him.

The songs are driven by looping beats that either seemingly or literally don't falter throughout the entirety of each song, notably popping out with the drum rolls of "Strangers" or the krautpunk backbone of "Remember Our Days." The album sounds largest with its centerpiece, "Monoliths," which gives "Desire Lines" a run for its money as Lockett's best song yet. It opens with two quick verses and then spends more than half the song with crashing cymbals and the repeated line, "And one of these days, I hope I come around," ending in "One of these days, I'll come around." The album's most surprising moment comes on its closing track, "Black Buzz," an acoustic ballad with Lockett's vocals intimately foregrounded, and the one track on the album that makes Lotus Plaza actually seem like a solo project. You can stream "Strangers" and "Monoliths" below. Also below is the album's artwork and tracklist.

Lotus Plaza is about to kick off a tour with Disappears, who also released an album earlier this year on Kranky. As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on April 19 at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.

Updated dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...

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Disappears at Cake Shop in 2011 (more by BBG)
Disappears

Disappears are releasing their third album (and first recorded with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelly), Pre Language on March 1 via Kranky. We've mentioned that they're touring in support of the new album with The Fresh & Onlys in February, but that tour doesn't include any NYC dates. However, Disappears just announced another leg of North American dates in April with Lotus Plaza (aka Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) and those dates include a NYC show happening on April 19 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale now.

For the two dates prior (4/17 and 4/18), Disappears and Lotus Plaza will be playing shows in upstate NY (Ithaca and Albany, respectively) with Steve's Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo, but unfortunately Lee won't be playing at the Brooklyn show. However, Lee will come to NYC when he tours supporting M. Ward in May.

All Disappears dates below...

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The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psych Fest

The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.

Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.

APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.

Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.

Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.

SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.

Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...

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