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by Andrew Sacher

Memory Tapes

Chillwaver Memory Tapes hasn't released music or toured since 2013, but he'll change that this year. Next week (3/31), he'll put out the "Fallout" / "House On Fire" single via Carpark, and the a-side of that is streamable now. It's a synth pop song that's a little more aggressive than what he initially became known for, but those reverbed-out vocals are still hazy as ever. Listen below.

Memory Tapes is also touring in the summer, and hitting NYC on July 25 at Baby's All Right with Computer Magic. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Memory Tapes shares new single, announces tour (dates)"

photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.

The vinyl will be a picture disc limited to 600 copies, and sales of all versions of the album benefit the Little Kids Rock charity. Preorders are available. Full tracklist and artwork are below.

There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.

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Sleep Over at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Sleep Over

Sleep Over is going on a tour with Memory Tapes which hits NYC for a previously mentioned show on April 14 at Mercury Lounge. TIckets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

After that tour wraps up, Sleep Over will play another NYC show a few days later at 285 Kent (4/17) with Prince Rama, Teams, Splash, and a "Special Guest." Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Prince Rama play local shows in NYC a lot, and you can see them even sooner at The Whitney Museum for this weekend's Blues for Smoke festival. They play on Sunday (4/7) with Dapwell, Heems, and Le1f. Meanwhile tonight (4/5), Kool A.D. plays with Mykki Blanco (who was just added to Le1f's Red Bull Music Academy show).

In related news, Pure X, who Sleep Over released a split with back when they were called Pure Ecstasy, have expanded their previously announced tour, and it now includes a third NYC date. In addition to playing the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival at BAM on April 27, and their show at Mercury Lounge on May 14 (tickets), Pure X will also play 285 Kent (5/15) the day after the Mercury Lounge show. Tickets for the 285 Kent show are on sale now.

All Sleep Over and Pure X dates are listed, along with a stream of "Romantic Streams" from Sleep Over's 2011 LP, Forever, below...

Continue reading "Sleep Over playing shows w/ Memory Tapes and Prince Rama (separately); Pure X expand tour (dates)"


Tickets for the Atoms For Peace show at Barclays Center go on Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale today at 10 AM (password is "swoon"). General on-sale starts Saturday (3/23) at noon.

Tickets to see METZ and Odonis Odonis at Shea Stadium go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Rodriguez at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Gaslight Anthem at shows at The Stone Pony with The Hold Steady and The Paramount with Felice Brothers go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Joan Baez shows at Central Park Summerstage and New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Indigo Girls go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Heart shows at Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Peter Frampton and Robert Cray show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM and tickets for their Paramount show (same link) go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster at Prospect Park go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to see Baths at Webster Hall with Houses and D33J go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Eleanor Friedberger and TEEN at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for JEFF the Brotherhood's two shows at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Memory Tapes and Sleep Over are playing Mercury Lounge on April 14. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Surf rock guitar legend Dick Dale is playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 26 and July 27. Tickets for both nights go on sale today at noon.

Billy Idol is playing The Capitol Theatre on May 31. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fabolous and Pusha T show at BB King's go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dawes and Shovels and Rope shows at Terminal 5 and The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see MS MR at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Jeffery Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Steve Mason (of The Beta Band) at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, and DJ Z-Trip at Roseland Ballroom and New Jersey Performing Arts Center go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Pure X at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Young Magic and "Special Guests TBA" at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sea Wolf show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Futurebirds show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

DOWNLOAD: TEEN - Ambient (MP3)

TEEN @ Webster Hall, Sept. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn's TEEN are going on the road this month, and part of that trip will be spent opening on Memory Tapes' tour, including the previously-announced Glasslands show on February 6 to which tickets are still available. (Denitia and Sene have been added to that show as well.) They'll then do a few dates on their own before heading back to the NYC area to open The Thermals show at Maxwell's on March 9 . Tickets are still available for that show as well. All TEEN tour dates are listed below.

To hype you up for their upcoming jaunt, TEEN have let loose a previously-unreleased instrumental, "Ambient," which you can download above or stream below.

Continue reading "TEEN offer unreleased track, touring, including separate dates with Memory Tapes and The Thermals (MP3, stream)"


The Allman Brothers are playing ten shows at Beacon Theatre between March 1 to March 16. Tickets for all ten nights are on Fan Club presale now, go on AmEx presale today at noon, and general sale starts January 11 at 10 AM.

The Black Crowes are playing four nights in the NYC area this Apirl, with shows at The Capitol Theatre on April 2 and 3 and Terminal 5 on April 5 and 6. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows and the T5 shows go on sale January 11 at 10 AM.

The Big Pink are playing an Encore! Session at Le Baron Chinatown on January 7.

Denitia and Sene were added to the Memory Tapes show at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are still available.

Kria Brekkan is playing the newly reopened Silent Barn on January 8 with Aaron Roche and Gabrielle Herbst & Swoon Shop. No advance tickets for this one, more details at the facebook event.

Machinedrum, who just played Le Poisson Rouge on 12/30, will play a free show at Tammany Hall on Saturday (1/5) with Allies for Everyone (DJ), Evan MIchael, Dan Wender, and Sheepshead.

Zs, Mick Barr, Hubble, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, and DJ Ripley are playing Public Assembly on Sunday (1/6). No advance tickets, more details at the facebook event.

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Lux Perpetua, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Death by Audio on January 19. Admission is $7 at the door.

Memory Tapes

I've always explained Memory Tapes as pop music as field recordings. I decided to showcase a kind of chaotic reaching. I don't think the record is flat-out shooting in all directions though, because I kept trying to rein it in as much as I embraced it. That's why I called it Grace/Confusion. - Dayve Hawk
Dayve Hawk's new album as Memory Tapes, Grace/Confusion, came out a couple weeks ago via Car Park, featuring six long-ish cuts of introspective electronics that allow Hawk to stretch his creative muscles. You can stream the entire record via Rdio below.

Memory Tapes have a few live dates lined up for 2013, including at stop in NYC at Glasslands on February 6. No openers announced yet but tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below, along with song and album streams.

Continue reading "Memory Tapes released 'Grace/Confusion,' touring in 2013 (dates, streams)"

sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair

Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.

Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.

Death Grips finally announced a tour! It doesn't include any NYC dates at the moment, but they tweeted, "more tour dates to be announced! (pretty much all the missing spots being mentioned).'

You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.

Willis Earl Beal, who is on tour now, released a "free digital Principles Of A Protagonist soundtrack EP of 5 re-recorded songs from Acousmatic Sorcery" via BitTorrent.

Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.

Generation Records will give you a free ticket to one of the Rev25 shows at Irving Plaza with purchase of a Chain of Strength t-shirt.

Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).

We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.

You can stream the new Converge record in full.

Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.

Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Public Assembly is hosting a hummus cook-off and raffle on October 14 to help raise money for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger in memory of Craig Murphey.

Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.

Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.

Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Death by Audio goes no-smoking; Death Grips are most-torrented; Mark E Smith, Von, Smashing Pumpkins & more"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Eight and a Half - "Go Ego" (Memory Tapes Remix) (MP3)

Eight and a Half

As mentioned, Eight and a Half, the new project from Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene and two members of The Stills, are playing two Arts & Crafts showcases in NYC this month, which happen on February 23 at Mercury Lounge and February 24 at Glasslands. When we first announced the shows, Zeus and The Darcys were billed for both of them, but The Darcys have since been replaced by Gold & Youth. Radical Dads have also been added to the Mercury show. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are still on sale.

Eight and a Half will release their self titled debut LP on April 10 via Arts & Crafts. You've already heard the first single, "Scissors," and a number of its remixes. They've since revealed that track's b-side, "Go Ego," a more upbeat jam than its predecessor, which you can stream below. We're also premiering a Memory Tapes remix of that track in this post, which you can download above and stream below. Like most songs that Memory Tapes (Dayve Hawk) gets his hands on, the remix is covered from head to toe in disco. A 10" single will be out on March 13 with "Scissors" and its Tokimonsta remix, and "Go Ego" and this Memory Tapes remix.

Streams and dates below...

Continue reading "Memory Tapes remixed Eight and a Half (who are in NY soon) -- MP3 debut"

Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)

Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...

Dan Deacon & fans @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Dan Deacon, now signed to Domino (!) for a record due in 2012 (more details TBA), has still got it. Earlier this month, as you can see in the pictures here, I witnessed him play to a giant crowd of rabid fans at Fun Fun Fun Fest. As usual he played from the ground instead of the stage, and luckily with the help of a security guard to shield his equipment from the wild, swaying mass. More pictures are below.

Later that same day, Dan performed again, but on a stage (the Yellow Stage to be exact) as part of the Wham City Comedy Tour that has now arrived in NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight...

====| FRIDAY 11/18 @ RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |====
|| JM RAMBO presents
|| Adam Endres
|| A Funny Clown
|| Alan Resnick
|| April Camlin
|| Ben O'Brien
|| Connor Kizer
|| Dan Deacon
|| Ellie Beziat
|| Erin Gleeson
|| Mason Ross
|| Peter O'Connell
|| Robby Rackleff
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $8 | all ages
Dan will be back in NYC again in March to play a fancy show with the NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet as part of the recently-announced Ecstatic Music Festival. He also has lots of other dates scheduled which are listed below.

Last but not least, Dan is one of a few artists who have contributed tracks to a free holiday album that Carpark is releasing on 12/6. The full tracklist and more details on that are also below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon on Domino, on a new Christmas album, on tour (dates & more pics from Fun Fun Fun Fest)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "Hauntin' Me" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "Running Out of You" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "A Tear In My I" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "Song to Cheer You Up" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "Fokiones Negri Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "Cremona Memories" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Keep Shelly in Athens - "Running Out of You" (Memory Tapes Remix)
DOWNLOAD: Blood Diamonds - "Lasting Love" (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Porcelain Raft - "Tip of Your Tongue" (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix) (MP3)

Keep Shelly in Athens

Greek electronic duo Keep Shelly in Athens will be making it over to North America this fall to play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. While they're here, they'll play some other dates too. A full tour hasn't been announced (yet?) but you'll be able to catch them in NYC on November 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at noon.

I've never actually been to Greece, but if the coasts are as gentle as Fleet Foxes describe them, these guys sound pretty befitting for a blissful evening on a Grecian beach. Dreamy female vocals swirl around lush atmospheres and head-nodding beats as the duo takes you on a trip through the Mediterranean. They've remixed Blood Diamonds and Porcelain Raft and have been remixed by Blood Diamonds, Maria Minerva, Memory Tapes, and others. You can grab MP3s of some remixes and KSiA's original work at the top of this post and check out some more remixes below.

They've also recently made a mixtape featuring Toro y Moi, Star Slinger, SLEEP OVER, Games, Blackbird Blackbird, and more, which you can stream below. A video for their most recent single, "Hauntin' Me," is also below. That single was released as a limited 7" b/w "Song to Cheer You Up" via Transparent this past February and is now sold out. They're also set to release a split cassette with Disclosure via Loud and Quiet on August 29, limited to 75 copies. Forest Family is another one of their label homes.

Dates, video, song streams and mixtape below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Wait In The Dark" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Today Is Our Life" (MP3)
DOWNLOADWinter Gloves - Plastic Slides (MP3)

Weird Vibes

Before we get into this weekend's many show options, I'd like to write about the current state of the Music Video Program, of which there have been a couple of recent developments. I don't know how many of you watched the return of MTV's classic alt-rock video show 120 Minutes to the airwaves (or your digital cable provider) the other week. (I DVR'd it.) In college, used to fight with folks in the dorm lounge who were more interested in SportsCenter for rights to watch the same Mighty Lemon Drops, Nine Inch Nails and Morrissey videos they showed the week before and the week before. But in those pre-internet days, it was one of the few places you could see videos by bands/artists like that and you took what you could get.

I guess it was nice seeing Matt Pinfield's familiar face again, at that epicenter of NYC alt rock Arlene Grocery, but... the show felt safe, and stuck in '90s. (I know that's when Pinfield hosted it, but my favorite host was smartass Kevin Seal. Worst host: Lewis Largent). Pinfield talked a lot about "music discovery" which is fine until you play a Mumford & Sons video and then interview Kings of Leon. The only edge to the show was when Das Racist were on and hit line drives back at Pinfield's softballed questions.

A much better option, in my opinion, is Weird Vibes -- the new web-only indie rock video show that launches today on MTV's Hive site. The show is from Shirley Braha who was also behind the much-missed NY Noise which aired on NYCTV for much of the '00s. Apart from the Saved by the Bell opening credits, this is a show that could only exist in 2011.

There are videos of course -- Grimes, Wu Lyf, Vivian Girls, and Shabazz Palaces and more in the first episode -- but you can watch those anywhere. Weird Vibes' reason to watch is the host segments. Not that there is a host. (There is no host.) If it's anything like NY Noise, expect the format and theme to change week to week... but the debut episode is titled "It's Not Easy Being a Buzz Band." Frankie Rose, Beach Fossils, Tanlines, Best Coast and other discuss such topics as "Bad Credit/No Credit," "Predjudice and Stereotyping" and "Cyberbullying" (hmm) all set to some hilariously tense/dramatic music right out of a Dateline NBC story.

Weird Vibes

This may all be a little too Hipster Runoff (a clear influence here, check the captions during the interview segments) for the casual music fan, but to anyone who reads this site or Pitchfork regularly (aka you) will get it and should find it very entertaining. And in this segmented world we live in, there's no reason this couldn't actually air on MTV2 at 3:41 AM on Friday nights. Until then it's online, you can watch the whole thing at the bottom of this post.

Erika Spring and her biggest fan

One of talking heads (not Talking Heads) on this week's Weird Vibes is Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone who has just released her first solo single on Friendly Fire Recordings under the guise of Erika Spring. (ARS have not broken up, they're just doing their own thing for a bit.) It's a split 7" with Violens and Jorge of that band produced Erika's track, "Six More Weeks." While the melody could be an Au Revoir Simone song, the arrangement -- lush and rhythmic -- is pretty different. You can stream it at the bottom of this post.

Erika plays Mercury Lounge tonight (8/10), a late show (doors at 9PM) opening for San Francisco's oOoOO  and Water Borders. Both oOoOO and Water Borders reside in San Francisco and record for TriAngle Records which is also home to How to Dress Well, Balam Acab, Clams Casino and other like-minded practitioners of dark, screwed beats. (Can you feel the authority with which I wrote that sentence?)

oOoOO  and Water Borders, plus Clams Casino and Ashay will be DJing this Saturday's PS1 Warmup, along with His Name is Alive, and a live performance from Black Dice.

Memory Tapes
Memory Tapes

Also tonight (8/10) is the return of Memory Tapes to the area, they play Glasslands. As I wrote before:

Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty terrific.
Did anyone catch Memory Tapes at Mecury Lounge last month? Openers: CSLSX are from Philadelphia and sound summery and '80s-ish (fill in your own buzzword descriptors); Bell's album Diamonite came out back in May and is well worth giving a listen to, which you can do over at her website.


Austin power trio Ume are visiting us again, playing a midnight set at Pianos tonight (8/10) and then will be at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (8/13)  opening for jam band supergroup Stockholm Syndrome. Ume are giving away the first single from their new album, Phantoms, which you can download here. The album is out August 30. As previously noted, pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. Some people love the Joy Formidable, but I'll take Ume, thanks.

Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves

Montreal dance rock quartet Winter Gloves have been tagging along with The Naked & the Famous and you can catch both bands (if you bought tickets, sold out) at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday (8/12). Later that same night, they'll be shlepping their gear across N. 6th St. to play at Cameo Gallery. I've been a Winter Gloves fan since seeing them at M for Montreal three years ago where they were one of the highlights of the fest. I haven't seen them since, but have enjoyed all their records, including last year's underrated All Red. Check out the album track "Plastic Slides" at the top of this post.

The band have a new EP out, Heart Out, and the lead track is part of a free Paper Bag Records Summer Sampler that you can download here. You can watch the Heart Out video at the bottom of this post. The Cameo show is with Bikini (ecstacy-fueled party jams) and Papertwin (danceable in a New Order/Cure kind of way).


A while back I wrote about Vacation who released one of my favorite songs on the summer, the shimmering, danceable "Jeane." The band's name has caused some confusion with similarly named other groups (or groups with the exact same name) so the Vacation have changed their name to their best known song.

The newly-christened Jeane (who will now probably be accused of naming themselves after a Smiths song) play a free show at Bruar Falls this Friday with another band I like a lot, Family Trees, who are back in force after an extended winter, spring and summer hibernation. Also playing: Strange Shapes who I don't know much about but songs on their Bandcamp sound pretty good. As I said, it's a free show...

Ok, that'll do for this week. A few more picks day-by-day are below.

Long-running (and awesome) Brooklyn band Palomar play an acoustic show at Brooklyn Fireproof with Staring at Clouds.

Summer's days are getting shorter, so might as well spend them dancing. Cut Copy, Foster the People and Midnight Magic play the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn. If you bought tickets, that is. Sold out.

The lovely, melodic and occasionally anthemic Snowmine play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise with Dinosaur Feathers. Worse places to be than on a boat and Snowmine's worth-hearing album, Laminate Pet Animal, is a name-your-price download at BandCamp.

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Continue reading "Weird Vibes, Memory Tapes, Winter Gloves, Ume, Erika Spring, Jeane, Wild Flag & more in This Week in Indie"

Thom Yorke

I've been having fun with Spotify since it launched in the US. As someone completely unorganized due to a series of hard drive crashes, a busy life, full hard drives, too many devices, uncharged batteries, broken record players and piles of CDs stacked to the ceiling, I love the ability to just be able to start software and search for whatever I want and it's there. Yes, the ads in the free version aren't great and I they don't have everything I'm looking for, but I'm mostly focusing on the positives here (one of which is that you can do a lot without paying anything). That said, sometimes I also can't figure out what to play. The search is great, but the browsing capabilities of the app itself seem pretty limited, so ShareMyPlaylists.com is actually pretty helpful. Check out 4AD, Thom Yorke's Secret DJ Set, Thom Yorke's Office Charts Collection, Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and the many more they have on the site.

Spotimy is also a good place to start for lists of albums. Go to their 'top rated' page and you instantly see the best reviewed new albums you can listen to. From there it only takes 1 or 2 clicks from there to have every track from the following new albums loaded into Spotify at once: Bon Iver, REM, Iceage, The Horrors, Wild Beasts, Radiohead, Fucked Up, The Antlers, Mount Kimbie, Destroyer, Baths, Male Bonding, Austra, Paul Simon, Smith Westerns, Ford & Lopatin, Eleanor Friedberger, Smod, Wu Lyf, Zomby, Low, Dum Dum Girls, Tyler the Creator, John Maus & more.

Bibflify, Pitchify, and Playlistify are good for finding playlists and albums too.

Since Spotify has been around way longer overseas, you can also find older playlists that have been hanging around, like via this 2009 Guardian article that has links to playlists by members of Mogwai and Radiohead. This more recent article on ateaseweb links to even more Radiohead. The Independent has a new playlist from Memory Tapes.

TNW has even more "ways to enhance your Spotify experience", Turntable.FM included. What else is good?

Listen to Napster founder Sean Parker (aka who Justin Timberlake played in Social Network) talk to Jimmy Fallon about Spotify in the video below...

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Memory Tapes @ Mercury Lounge (photo by Tom Burke)
Memory Tapes

Memory Tapes played Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/1) with opener New Moods in support of Player Piano which drops today (7/5) via Carpark. The show was the only North American show scheduled in support of the album, before Memory Tapes headed to Europe this week for a few dates. Memory Tapes will return for a longer string of North American dates later this month, including August 11 at Glasslands with SLEEP 8 OVER. Tickets are on sale for the Glasslands show now. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Memory Tapes played Mercury Lounge, adds more tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADSloan - Follow the Leader (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Wait In The Dark" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Today Is Our Life" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Maus - "Quantum Leap" (MP3)


Holiday weekends generally mean less bands of note playing in NYC which seems to be the case this year for the Fourth of July, but there is some great stuff happening nonetheless. First and formost for me are Canadian rock icons Sloan, who play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/29) and Knitting Factory tomorrow (6/30). If you missed it, I interviewed guitarist Jay Ferguson earlier this week which was a lot of fun. Here's him talking about playing Sloan's new fantastic album, The Double Cross, live:

It's fun, especially the first three songs on the record which are kind of a little mini suite that flow into each other. We play those right at the beginning, flowing together so it's a fun exercise to pull off. It's always fun to play the new songs. Maybe more fun for us than the audience. We've been around for 20 years and hopefully the audience is interested the new material but you hope you're not boring them. When Mick Jagger says, "Here's another new one from Bridges to Babylon," everyone goes to get a drink. Hopefully people will patiently listen until we play one of our huge hits from 1998.
Sloan was one of the first things (second, specifically) I ever wrote about for this site and am pretty much a superfan. I've seen them play countless times and are one of my favorite live bands ever. If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and go to one of these shows, it's pretty much a guaranteed good time. Also, check out Sloan's rockin' version of Gary Numan's classic "Cars" that the band did for AV Club series Undercover. The video is below.


It is Independence Day weekend which means The Feelies at Maxwell's. These are now becoming the summertime equivalent of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows and there are three this year:  Friday(7/1)  and Saturday (7/2) which are both sold out and Sunday (7/3) which still has tickets.

In addition to the band's classic catalog -- and host of covers -- The Feelies have a new album this time out as you may know. Here Before is the band's first album in 20 years and finds Glen Mercer, Bill Million and the rest of the band picking up basically where they left off. But really, what else would you expect. It's a lovely album, probably most reminiscent of 1985's  The Good Earth with the prevelance of acoustic guitars. That magic interplay between Mercer and Million is still there. This is an album for early evening Sunday back yard barbeques. And anyone who's seen The Feelies live since they got back together knows they've still got it.

And if you can't make the Maxwell's shows, The Feelies play Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23.


If you want to let it all hang out, maybe go see Nobunny who plays Knitting Factory on Friday (7/1) and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2). He will certainly be hanging out, most of him at least, as it's a rare show where he doesn't strip down to his tightie whities. The sleazoid schtick remains fun because Nobunny's songs are pretty undeniably catchy in a Ramones-y pop-punk meets Happy Days kind of way. As can be heard on last year's First Blood. Live shows remain unhinged. If you're in a Nobunny state of mind, it's a good time.

I do wonder about that mask, though. He does wash it occasionally, right? If you can wash it.

Memory Tapes

And if you're in an electronic pop kind of mood, Memory Tapes play a late show on Friday night (7/1) at Mercury Lounge. Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty teriffic. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And do check out the very cool video for "Yes I Know" at the bottom of this post.

And that's mostly it for this holiday weekend. Happy America! A few more picks -- and shameless plugging -- below.


John Maus and Puro Instinct are at Mercury Lounge. I caught both last night at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young.

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Dinosaur Jr @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Dinosaur Jr

today in NYC
* PS 122 benefit
* Undead Jazz Festival
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* Phyllis Chen @ Barbes
* Bob Mould @ 92YTribeca
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Little Women @ The Stone
* Lavalier, Hiawatha @ Zebulon
* Jimmy Scott @ The Blue Note
* Beady Eye, The Dig @ Webster Hall
* Lisa Hannigan, John Smith @ Maxwell's
* Galactic, Corey Glover @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Scott Kettner's Forro Brass Band @ Barbes
* Callers, Talk Normal, Hubble @ Union Pool
* Holy Ghost!, Justin Miller (DJ) @ Center 548
* We Are Scientists, Milagres @ Red Hook Park
* Dick Cavett @ New York Society for Ethical Culture
* Walter Schreifels, Radar Fiction @ Saint Vitus
* Frontier Ruckus, Dear Lions @ Mercury Lounge
* Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys @ The Stone
* Ledisi, Anthony David @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Beach Fossils, Javelin, Punches @ Santos Party House
* Sean Bones, Superhuman Happiness @ Cameo Gallery
* Ivan & Alyosha @ Mercury Lounge (free @ midnight)
* Ivan & Alyosha @ World Financial Center (free @ 5:30)
* Girlfriends, Tall Firs, The House Floor @ Death By Audio
* Total Babes, Shiv Hurrah, Little Racer @ Public Assembly
* Art Brut, Reptar, MiniBoone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Amanda Palmer, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper @ The Bell House
* Labirinto, Dzian!, My Gold Mask, A&R, The Vontons @ Pianos
* Diane Cluck, Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza @ Sycamore
* Tape Deck Mountain, Grooms, Dinowalrus @ Knitting Factory
* Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Los Straitjackets @ City Winery
* Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone @ Crown Vic (Rooftop Films)
* Ducktails, La Big Vic, Sudden Oak, Swanox, Kwjaz @ Cake Shop
* Shark?, Whisperians, Bad Girlfriend, Milk & Blood @ Union Hall
* Terminal Lovers, La Otracina, The Netherlands @ Shea Stadium
* Night Manager, Food Stamps, a.fox, Float the Witch @ Silent Barn
* Chairlift, Tearist, DJ Sinkane of Yeasayer, Special Guest @ Glasslands
* Miracles of Modern Science, ARMS, Thunder and Lightning @ Ars Nova
* Holcombe Waller, Daniel Martin Moore, Haley Bonar @ Mercury Lounge
* Vijay Iyer Quintet @ Castle Clinton National Monument at Battery Park
* The Defibulators, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Hoots & Hellmouth @ Littlefield
* Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), McDonalds, Regal Degal @ Secret Project Robot
* Coma Cinema, Yellowbirds, Thieving Irons, Hooray for Earth (DJ set) @ Coco 66
* Thee Majesty, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Dinosaur Jr. (playing Bug), Fucked Up, Off!, Henry Rollins (spoken word) @ Terminal 5
* Donald Harrison Quintet (A Day in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans) @ MetroTech Commons (noon-2pm)
* The DownTown Ensemble (play works by Robert Ashley, Jackson Mac Low, and more) @ Issue Project Room

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The Bicycle Film Festival continues.

If you miss the "A Day in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans" show at Metrotech this afternoon, the same show happens tonight at Jazz Standard tonight and the next day and the next day.

Check out Memory Tapes' video for "Yes I Know" below.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: WATERS - "For the One" (MP3)


Van Pierszalowski, former lead singer of the recently broken-up Port O'Brien, now records under the moniker WATERS. Rather than the indie folk/pop Port O'Brien had become known for, in WATERS Van opts for a fuzzy '90s-lo-fi approach which can be heard above in the song "For the One." WATERS releases his debut LP Out In The Light on September 20 via TBD Records.

He's currently finishing up a tour in Europe with Wye Oak which he'll follow with three NYC dates. WATERS plays the Flavorpill/IROCKIROLL/The Bell House Northside showcase at Cameo Gallery on June 18 with Sean Bones, Neighbors, Zuzuka Poderosa, Young Adults, and Wojick. They also open for Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) at their sold out Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19. WATERS then plays a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 21 with Exitmusic, Milagres, and Anni Rossi. Tickets are on sale.

The Cameo show is one of many that Sean Bones has happening at Cameo this month. He already played there last Thursday and he also plays there on June 23rd (with afro-funk band/collective Superhuman Happiness) and June 30th with the great New Moods. Full residency show lineups are below. Sean is playing new songs at the shows. Those songs will appear on the new record he's finishing recording with Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend). Sean's last record came out on Frenchkiss.

New Moods have also been added as the opener on the July 1st Memory Tapes show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale.

All tour dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Wait In The Dark" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - "Today Is Our Life" (MP3)

Memory Tapes at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Memory Tapes

Electro-indie popper Davye Hawk aka Memory Tapes is prepping Player Piano, his follow up to 2009's Seek Magic, for a July 5 release via Carpark. He'll go on a short European tour the day of the release in support of the album, but first will play a single US show at Mercury Lounge on July 1. Tickets go on sale this Friday (5/27) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/25).

He released the first single from the album, the disco-y "Wait In The Dark," which can be downloaded above. An early version of the track "Today Is Our Life," which is also on the new album, appeared earlier this year on a "Love SIC Disco" compilation. The video for this track can be watched below.

Three of Memory Tapes' European dates are with Star Slinger who also just announced a headlining NYC show.

All tour dates, album art, tracklist, and the video below...

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Memory Tapes @ Williamsburg Waterfront, August 8th (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Memory Tapes

Tanlines, who have a free-ish show happening at the Whitney Museum on Friday with DJ/Rupture, will open for Memory Tapes at an Absolut-sponsored, free-with-RSVP (BonusTrack3@TheLMagazine.com) show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (8/25). It starts at 8pm, is 21+, and the flyer is below...

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photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

"the memory tapes / cut copy show was pretty epic tonight. i was in the air half the time, jumping with the rest of the crowd. so. good." - Chris Casual

Cut Copy
Cut Copy

"Cut Copy went on about a quarter after 6, opening with "Lights & Music." This is one of their most popular songs and a great opener. The group was fully into it, head banging and jumping to their own music. I love when a band feels what they're doing and you feel it too. You could never tell that they had just flown in from Chicago and had barely slept. Other hits were "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found" and "So Haunted." The sound system was more to be desired - and bassist Tim Hoey's mike was too low for the first few songs - but a small setback.

The band brought a nice surprise when they played 2 new songs off of their untitled upcoming album. "Where I'm Going" was an instant crowd pleaser. It's a blend of 60's beach/psychedelia harmonies and poppy rhythms. Later they played "Blink and You'll Miss the Revolution," and I just have to say wow. You can tell a new song is a success when the audience is dancing uncontrollably. It's much heavier on the drum and bass than their typical stuff, yet still maintains an essence of 80's nuwave. This will definitely be one of the hits off the album.

Cut Copy ended after an hour long set, an encore, and soaking through their shirts. It was a great day, an outstanding show." [guilt free pleasures]

Cut Copy headlined Sunday's Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront. Memory Tapes, Glasser, Restless People and Punches (technically the DJs) also played. More pictures and videos (including one of tortillas flying through the air, and one of the new songs) from the day below...

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The xx @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The xx

today in NYC
* Holly Miranda @ In Vino
* Empire of the Sun @ Terminal 5
* Peter Gregson @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Ceremony, Punch @ Death By Audio
* Wallpaper, Punches @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jonah Matranga, Mansions @ Maxwell's
* Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ The Rock Shop
* We Barbarians, Enlou, Old Monk @ Pianos
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center (Broadway Plaza)
* Ramona of Nite Jewel, Roe Enney, Lazer Crystal, Konichiwa @ Cake Shop
* Soul Rebels Brass Band, Wild Magnolias, Glen David Andrews @ Damrosch Park
* The xx, Chairlift, Jack Penate @ Central Park Summerstage
* Ceremony, Punch, Black Kites, Death First, Natural Law @ Death By Audio
* Wreckmeister Harmonies, Chris Brokaw, unFact @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Dead Western + Travis Laplante + Myth of Mitch (featuring Trevor Dunn) (curated by Charlie Looker) @ Zebulon
* Cut Copy, Memory Tapes, Glasser, Restless People @ Williamsburg Waterfront (Jelly Pool Parties)
* Josh Ritter (& The Royal City Band), Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes (& The Hounds) @ Governors Island (The Beach)

Juan Maclean opens for Empire of the Sun with a DJ set tonight and tomorrow.

We Barbarians opened for Local Natives at Governors Island last night and headline Pianos tonight.

UK cellist Peter Gregson will make his NY debut at LPR tonight, playing songs by Steve Reich, Max Richter, Daníel Bjarnason (of the Bedroom Community label) and more. Tickets are on sale. Tomorrow, pianist Bruce Brubaker plays at the venue for the NY premiere of Nico Muhly's Drones & Piano, plus music by Philip Glass, John Cage and Alvin Curran. Tickets are on sale.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Converse presents...

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes & The Hounds

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM ONLY. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 5:30 PM where concert wristbands will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Dedicated concert ferries will depart starting at 7:15 PM. Please enter the ferry queue at the NORTH end of the Battery Maritime Building. Concert wristbands will be handed out, subject to availability, in the ferry queue starting at 6:45 PM.

Show time is 8:15PM.


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@ a 2009 Pool Party (more by Tim Griffin)
Pool Party

I don't know what Veoba is either. The press release explains it though...

For the past 4 years, JELLY has hosted over 200,000 people for what has become one of the most groundbreaking FREE concert series in New York. Summer Sundays in Brooklyn have become synonymous with The Pool Parties and in the series' 5th Anniversary year, Pool Parties promises not to disappoint.

This year, The Pool Parties are again on the Williamsburg Waterfront for 7 dates from July 11th--August 29th. Due to scheduling conflicts, our August 1st date will be moved to a "Block Party" in and around Brooklyn Bowl making it 8 total "FREE Pool Party Sundays".

In celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, JELLY also would like to give a big thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer and Phillip Goldfeder from the Senator's office for all of their support ensuring JELLY'S return to the Williamsburg Waterfront. JELLY owners Alexander Kane and Sarah Hooper state that, "It has been a long hard road this year to bring this series back to Williamsburg and it 100% could not have been done without Senator Schumer's efforts. "

The Pool Parties will be co-presented by VEOBA, an online resource for artists, managers, and record labels. Based in Chicago, but with global reach, VEOBA provides the music community with select services to progress and maintain their livelihood. VEOBA launched in May 2010 as a collective made up of music industry veterans, writers, managers, artists, and cartoon characters. From co-founder Jay Parkin, "More often than not, musicians rely on others to take their careers to the next level. We're here for those who care enough to do it themselves." Sharing Jelly's values of creativity and innovation, the people at VEOBA are thrilled to be involved in this summer's production. Parkin concludes, "For the independent and the like- minded, VEOBA facilitates the next step."

JELLY as well wants to give a shout out to all of their partners this summer from the new faces to old friends. Special thanks to AllSaints and Vans. As well as Amp Energy, vitaminwater®, SESAC, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, ZYNC from American Express^(SM), Spin Magazine, KEXP, and Main Drag. Along with OSA sponsors: Time Out New York, Brooklyn Brewery, and Heineken.

Now onto our official Pool Parties 5th Year Anniversary lineup! Check back soon for surprise guests we cant announce yet, the official DJ lineup for The Pool Parties 2010, and more fun things that are SURE to make the 5th Year Anniversary series one you will never forget!

The Official After-Pool Parties, presented by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, will be held at Brooklyn Bowl following every Sunday's Pool Party!

They didn't announce who is playing the Brooklyn Bowl block party on August 1st. One complication might be that one of the bigger bands cancelled.

The only difference between the leaked lineup and the official lineup is the addition of another "SECRET SPECIAL GUEST" and the listing of some curators. You can see the full list of confirmed free shows, below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

"Omg twin sister on mhow sound system. Huge. Sounds incredible" - jenn pelly

"Memory Tapes was unexpectedly great last night. - Kyle LaMar

"Memory Tapes have the best visuals at northsidefest so far; they look like something from blipfest" - gimmetinnitus

"memory tapes & DOM were awesome at MHoW!" - ryan brodhead

"DOM were really nice guys, even if they did hotbox our shared green room..." - Zaza

Memory Tapes @ MHOW - June 26, 2010
Memory Tapes

"[Saturday] night was one of the Brooklyn Vegan showcases, featuring Zaza, DOM, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes.

I unfortunately missed the Zaza set, although heard from some folks that they were one of the better sets that night. DOM rocked it, with trippy projections on a big screen behind them (that would also flash "DOM" between songs, lest you forget who you were watching) and trying to rouse a chorus of "USA!" after they finished their song "Living in America." One poor audience member attempted to stage dive at the very end of their set, to be met with nothing but the cold, hard floor of the Music Hall of Williamsburg..." [Free Williamsburg]

Thanks everyone for a great show. Those who missed Zaza's set, or those who want to just relive it, can grab the audio online now at NYC Taper (where they also have the audio of the WAVVES show at Knitting Factory).

Videos from Memory Tapes' & Twin Sister's MHOW sets, and more pictures from the whole night, below...

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interview by Billy Jones

DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Green Knight (Creep remix) (MP3) (via)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (MP3)

Memory Tapes

"For a guy who's never been on tour before, Dayve Hawk's Memory Tapes does a much better job than many bands well-versed in live performance. It's probably because his music is just so good he'd have to work hard to make it sound bad, and with the addition of live drumming and guitar, it sounded totally fantastic. It took me a while to warm up to Seek Magic, but live his work is clarified, catchy, and precise, more immediate than on the album. Vocals and instruments rose above sound effects. Indeed, a Memory Tapes record is for spaced-out, sunny afternoons; a Memory Tapes show is a place to let go and dance. We always need more of those. Thanks for giving us another one, Dayve." [Tiny Mix Tapes]
Memory Tapes brings his live show to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. As mentioned more than a few times, the show is the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase which will also feature performances by Twin Sister, Dom and Zaza. Tickets are still on sale or you can try and use your Northside badge to get in.

Billy Jones, who recently talked to Dave Sitek on the phone and Dom via Gchat, caught up with Dayve Hawk via email. Their conversation can be read below....

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