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photos by Chris La Putt with openers by Ryan Muir

"thepeoplespeak.com" - Massive Attack

Massive Attack

George Clinton [who did NOT play with Massive Attack] popularized the phrase "Free your mind and your ass will follow," but few of his successors have pursued the concept as doggedly as Britain's Massive Attack. At this, their first Stateside show in four years [on Tuesday night], the core duo of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall surrounded themselves with a passel of rhythm-savvy players and -- even more vividly -- with a dizzying multimedia show that came across like Disneyland's Electrical Parade as curated by Noam Chomsky.

Drawing heavily from the recently released Virgin set "Heligoland" -- the band's highest-charting disc to date -- the band didn't hammer home its rhetoric in the songs themselves but did rely on some intriguing juxtapositions. As reggae veteran Horace Andy -- one of a rotating cast of singers -- ramped up the emotion on the bluesy "Girl, I Love You," an ominous video matched that escalation with an increasing dollar figure signifying money spent on the Iraq war. [Variety on Massive Attack night 1]

The highly political Massive Attack followed up their May 11th show at Terminal 5 with the second of their two shows at the venue last night, Wednesday, 5/12. Anti-Pop Consortium opened night one, and Neon Indian took their opening spot for the second night. Martina Topley-Bird opened both and performed as one of the band's rotating vocalists for both. Others behind the mic included Horace Andy and Deborah Miller.

The Terminal 5 gigs came after two in Toronto. The short "tour" finishes up on the west coast and ends with an appearance at Sasquatch on May 30th. More pictures of the headliner from the May 12th show (the many outfits of Matina Topley-Bird included), with the openers from the May 11th show, and a video compilation of songs from night one with three videos from night two, below...

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Yeasayer @ Webster Hall (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)

This summer in NYC is already boiling over with free shows and none of the Sunday Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront have even been announced yet (sort of). Spending Sundays at free concerts in Williamsburg is now a tradition that started a few years ago at McCarren Pool (and relocated last year to the Waterfront). Sponsors come on board to make sure the bands get paid, and we all get to spend days outdoors in a somewhat unique NYC concert environment.

There's Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, and other series of shows all summer long, but none are quite like (as "hipster"?) as the Pool Parties. Until now. As previously mentioned, there will be "a new free Saturday-afternoon concert series at the Beach". Sponsored by Converse, and booked by Bowery, there's now a place to go on Saturday too. Also with bands in the day, outside and for free. They're calling it "Gone to Governors".

Between the Seaport after work on Fridays, Governors Island on Saturdays and the Pool Parties on Sunday (with alternative options in Prospect Park, Central Park and elsewhere), you can probably see slightly less than a zillion free shows this summer and be busy every single weekend day.

As also previously announced, She & Him are playing a free show on Governors Island on the 4th of July (a Sunday). That show will be considered part of the "Gone to Governors" series that now also so far includes Yeasayer on June 5th and Neon Indian on August 14th.

"All shows at The Beach on Governors Island will be held rain-or-shine. Beer, liquor, non-alcoholic drinks and food will be available for purchase. For more information about the ferry schedule, the series, artists and performances, general restrictions and rules and the latest updates and additions to the lineup, visit The Beach at Governors Island website at www.thebeachconcerts.com."
I'm also happy to announce that BrooklynVegan will be the official media sponsor of the series which will also sort of include the Local Natives show which is a pay show but on a Saturday and only $10.

You probably know or have noticed that bands don't/can't really play more than one big show a summer. Now you know where Neon Indian's is taking place. Chad VanGaalen & Avi Buffalo on the other hand are playing the Seaport. That said, Neon Indian does have two more NYC shows coming up before August.

A relevant video from Yeasayer's Webster Hall show this week, below....

Continue reading "'Gone to Governors' = free Saturday shows on Governors Island (Neon Indian & Yeasayer announced!)"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round & Round (MP3)

"Ariel Pink completely obliterating to the max at mercury lounge! and being wasted on top of that is a plus plus pus." - Neon Indian

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

"How long does it take for an indie rocker to become a musical granddaddy? About five years.

In 2004 the Brooklyn band Animal Collective -- nearly granddaddies themselves at that time -- introduced a musical prankster from Los Angeles called ARIEL PINK (real name: Ariel Rosenberg). His albums, credited to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, were a hazy mess, from the layers of cruddy tape hiss to the way the songs seemed to absorb chunks from other songs, like a radio tuning in random stations. Somewhere beneath all this interference shone nuggets of nostalgic pop.

Flash forward to 2009, as music blogs alighted with a wave of new acts like Neon Indian, Washed Out and Memory Tapes that used clouds of reverb to distort 1980s-esque electronic pop. (Think Depeche Mode, underwater.) These bands were alternately identified as chillwave or glo-fi, but they were following a trail first laid by Ariel Pink." [NY Times]

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti played a one-off gig filled with press, recognizable indie musicians (like Neon Indian) and those lucky enough to score a ticket in time, at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (5/4). The intimate show came a full month before their highly anticipated record, Before Today, is officially released by 4AD (MP3 re-posted above).

The always-interesting R Stevie Moore ("one of Mr. Pink's personal heroes") opened the Mercury Lounge show where Billy Jones reports that "Bright Lit Blues Skies was great but Ariel Pink didn't play the last chorus, outro to Round and Round. Kind of a dick move."

If you want to see Ariel, actual touring kicks off June 8th in Paris, and then again on July 9th in LA. The next NYC show is at the much larger Irving Plaza on July 24th and tickets are on sale (on a related note, Memory Tapes play MHOW this summer, and Washed out play The Bell House tonight).

More pictures and a video from the Mercury Lounge show, and a video of Ariel Pink sort of performing "Round & Round" recently for Viva Radio, below...

Continue reading "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti played Mercury Lounge with R. Stevie Moore (pics & video) & Viva Radio (video) "

Neon Indian @ MWTX in Austin (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Neon Indian

Neon Indian will be playing with Avi Buffalo at their free South Street Seaport show, as part of the summer series there, on July 30th. The almost-full schedule of free Seaport Music shows will be announced soon, but it already also includes Best Coast, Thee Oh Sees, Bear in Heaven, YACHT, Zola Jesus and others.

UPDATE: Though announced in a set of Avi Buffalo tour dates, I was informed that Neon Indian is NOT playing South Street Seaport (I guess he was supposed to... but probably took a different summer show... stay tuned for who is playing and where Neon Indian is playing instead. sorry.)

Chad VanGaalen is playing with Avi Buffalo at the Seaport on July 30th.

Before then, Neon Indian opens one of Massive Attack's Terminal 5 shows, and has their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th. Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show (and for Terminal 5 too).

More tour dates for both are below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian NOT playing South Street Seaport (but Chad VanGaalen is) (plus other dates) "

Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse playing Williamsburg Waterfront, the Pitchfork Festival (updated full lineup) & other tour dates"

Tickets are on sale at noon for The Middle East show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Local Natives show at Governors Island.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Crystal Castles show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Neon Indian show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Speaking of Neon Indian & Music Hall of Williamsburg, Alan Palomo was spotted checking out LCD Soundsystem at the venue last night.

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms (BRAHMS Remix) (MP3)

Neon Indian in Austin (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Neon Indian

Neon Indian announced a bunch more tour dates around their appearances at Sasquatch in May and Bonnaroo in June. Those new dates include a June 4th gig at LA's Natural History Museum and a June 17th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (if I had to guess, I'd say tickets will go on sale this Friday). There are also two dates opening for Massive Attack. Massive Attack play Terminal 5 in NYC on May 11th and 12th (tickets still on sale for both). Neon Indian will open the one on the 12th and then travel with the band to Boston to open for them at House of Blues. Check out the new Brahms (Eric Lodwick, Drew Robinson, and Cale Parks) remix above. All dates below....

Continue reading "Neon Indian announces more 2010 tour dates (MHOW, Massive Attack & more), got remixed by BRAHMS (MP3) "

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Neon Indian

Like Gwar, Mountain Dew billboard stars Neon Indian played the MWTX not-SXSW fest on Saturday (3/20). Two days later they played a set at MtyMx in Mexico. More pictures from the Austin show below....

Continue reading "Neon Indian @ MWTX (Mess With Texas) - pics "

by Andrew Frisicano

Dan Deacon

After spending four days in Austin for SXSW, my personal MtyMx experience started with an all-day trip from Austin to Monterrey on Sunday. I arrived to see Andrew W.K.'s set that night, the after-party at the Garage, and Monday from first to last band (minus the comedy set with Dan Deacon, though there are pictures of him too). I'm now writing this from Tennessee where the Big Ears Fest is about to begin. Stay tuned for reports about that, and check out my pictures from the festival in Mexico, with captions, below...

Continue reading "pics from MtyMx (Todd P & Yo Garage's Mexico Festival) "

by Andrew Frisicano

Neon Indian @ MtyMX

The experiment that was the first MtyMx Festival is over. The last day of Todd P's Mexican festival (3/22) featured 14 acts, half of which were from Mexico. Liars, HEALTH, and Neon Indian all made it for their headlining sets (the acts that were flown in had very few problems for the most part). The rest of the last day's lineup included Ratas del Vaticano (Mexico), Indian Jewelry, Lemonade, BamBam (Mexico), Jóvenes y Sexys (Venezuela), Mockinpott (Mexico), Best Fwends, High Places, Alexico (Mexico), Mentira Mentira (Mexico) and Sr. Amable & Mr. Racoon (Mexico). The Monday after-fest show that was held at Yo Garage for all three nights featured sets by Coasting, noisepunks XYX, and Mentira Mentira (again).

Bands that didn't make it for their Monday sets for one reason or another included No Age, Thee Oh Sees (they tried to get past the border at least twice), Liturgy, The Sandwitches, Javelin, Salem, DD/MM/YYY, Fergus and Geronimo, Big Troubles, Pictureplane, Gauntlet Hair, Tearist, Josephine and the Mousepeople, and Baths. Remember that was just day three. It was a similar situation each day, but I never planned on being there for the first day (SXSW), and I got there much later than expected on the second. As I write/dictate this, I'm currently waiting for a noon (note: it's two hours earlier here than it is in NY) Greyhound bus out of Monterrey that's going back to Austin (an approximately 8 hour trip that took about 11 hours of driving and 8 hours of waiting on the way in). There were two 1am Todd P buses that left last night directly after Liars, but our stuff (and a bed) was in our hotel room.

[note: Andrew is now on the bus]

How to get home seemed to be the main focus on everyone's mind early on the last day. Once that was all figured out, things turned more optimistic and Todd P even made announcements referencing next year.

Dan Deacon was a constant presence at the festival. He actually replaced Thee Oh Sees on the last day as "Dan Deacon & friends", a short comedy set. Another group that performed for multiple days was Das Racist who treated late Sunday night arrivals to an energetic set at the after-party.

Though I only spent 36 hours total in Monterrey and saw fewer bands than I caught Thursday afternoon in Austin, I made lots of new friends, saw some great sets, and it was an experience that won't soon be forgotten. Safety was a big question, but though the festival had issues (including theft on the festival grounds, and at least one mugging), people actually getting hurt wasn't one of them.

For more, read yesterday's recap and follow the @bvSXSW Twitter. Videos from the event are below...

Continue reading "MtyMx finishes - 14 bands played Monday, many more didn't show (Andrew reports from his bus ride home)"


We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

Continue reading "Sasquatch announces 2010 lineup (includes Massive Attack & My Morning Jacket) (and many more) "

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Terminally Chill (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer (Afghan Raiders Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid with You (Future Rock remix)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Mind, Drips (LaundroMatinee.com session) (MP3)

Neon IndianNeon Indian

At the beginning of February, Neon Indian played shows at NYU and a packed Market Hotel. Less than a week later they played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (after Kings of Convenience had to cancel) with an enthusiastic recommendation from their host.

Coming up, they're on to bigger things, with shows that include Bonnaroo, SXSW, MtyMx and a just-added March 5th show at Webster Hall in NYC. Ticket info from Ticketmaster (who lists the band as 'R&B/URBAN SOUL') is forthcoming.

All the Neon Indian remixes and live cuts described here are reposted above. Their Fallon performance and all tour dates are below....

Continue reading "Neon Indian played Fallon (video), adds a NYC show (dates)"

Eirik isn't feeling good (more by Fresh Bread)

"The Kings of Convenience // Franklin for Short East Coast Tour has just been canceled. Unfortunately, due to a rather gnarly illness the Kings have pulled out. Possible rescheduling of shows to happen in the future, be on the look out. We are super bummed and hope Eirik feels better soon!" [Franklin For Short]
That blurb from Franklin For Short, the tour opener, comes after Kings of Convenience posted this to their MySpace: "Eirik fell ill yesterday, and today the doctor says its a flu-virus. I dont know more than this at the moment , but check this space for more info today and tomorrow. The scheduled appearance at Jimmy Fallon show on thursday will in any case most likely fall out. :-( Erlend". Kings themselves haven't confirmed the cancellation, and NYC tickets are still on sale (February 13th at Webster Hall and the 14th at Warsaw) but it seems unlikely the opener would post it if it wasn't true. Stay tuned for 100% confirmation (and starting thinking about new Valentine's Day plans). (thx Sean).

Neon Indian appears on Fallon tonight (2/11) instead. Neon Indian arrived in town less than a week ago to play NYU, scheduled a last minute Market Hotel show for the next day, and will be DJing Glasslands on Valentine's Day too. They're really making the most of this trip (I wouldn't be surprised if they're also playing a fashion week party).

In related news, Erlend's other band Whitest Boy Alive just scheduled some new shows.

Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

Continue reading "the complete 2010 Bonnaroo lineup (Stevie Wonder, The Melvins, Kings of Leon, Isis, Local Natives & many more) "

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer (Afghan Raiders Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid with You (Future Rock remix)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Mind, Drips (LaundroMatinee.com session) (MP3)

by Andrew Frisicano

Neon Indian

Neon Indian played two shows in NYC last week. Thursday night (2/4) they performed at NYU with Atlas Sound and Sisters (which was one day after Atlas Sound played Bell House with Memory Tapes).

The synths, a defining strong point of Neon Indian, shimmered across the top of the rest of the band's instrumentation, pausing occasionally to let stellar guitar work from Ronald Gierhart take the reins. The songs, drawn from the band's debut Psychic Chasms, had a sharper edge to them, dropping fuzz in favor of crisp keyboard riffs and singing guitars. Between songs, Palomo composed glitch interludes, playing with effect knobs across both stereo channels to force lingering melodies to descend into a fog before the drums and guitars launched into a new cut. It was an interesting choice, and one that gave the set a roller coaster feel: a danceable song followed by a sonically interesting but rhythmically lacking break; lather, rinse, repeat. [Melophobe @ NYU]
At the Friday night show at Market Hotel, Neon Indian came on late and to a full house. Palomo and band have succeeded in transferring the sounds of his bedroom recording to a live setting (even if the PA doesn't always cooperate, like at Market Hotel), but their stage presence lags behind the musicianship. The crunchy, distorted songs are spot on, but the band's four members can sometimes come off as reserved or inhibited. The space didn't help in that respect: Ronald Gierhart, the band's shredder, was stuck behind a keyboard on the tiny stage and Alan kept himself busy with his mixer and table of toys. They played without any lights, same as the preceding Teengirl Fantasy, who started slow and sludgy and eventually warmed into bouncy, unpredictable sampler-fed house. I imagine Teengirl fit best with experimental show opener Blissed Out (who I missed, and who play Silent Barn February 10th. more shows listed below).

The minimal, poppy rock of Beach Fossils was the only music to provoke the crowd into a rage (which was good from an energy standpoint, but not so re:comfort in the packed room). A few people in the audience talked fondly about the St. James Church show, which also featured Beach Fossils and was organized by the same promoters. There was more than enough time to chat and make friends - the lull between sets dragged on and on, and Adventure, a one-man outfit who smoked cigarettes and talked to friends while his synth and sampler for the most part played themselves, didn't inspire much engagement.

Neon Indian recently stopped by Laundromatinee, and you can see their performance of "Mind, Drips" for the first time below (and download the audio of the same song above). A remix of "Deadbeat Summer" by Afghan Raiders is posted above, and you can also get a remix of their "Should Have Taken Acid with You" done up by Future Rock. (Future Rock play a Saturday, February 27th show at Bowery Ballroom supported by DJ sets from Junior Boys and Figo. Tickets are on sale.)

Neon Indian will be DJing a late-night Valentine's Day at Glasslands with French Horn Rebellion and Cubic Zirconia. Tickets/RSVP here. Cubic Zirconia plays Mercury Lounge on March 3rd (tickets).

Beach Fossils kick off their tour with the Beets and Christmas Island with a show at Cake Shop on February 9th. That's not the trip's only NYC stop; all tour dates are below. Beach Fossils will also be at SXSW and MtyMx (as will Neon Indian) and play a Kidrockers show, all in March, which is when the band's debut on Woodsist/Captured Tracks should be arriving. "Time," above, is from that record.

More pictures and lots of tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian played NYU, Market Hotel w/ Beach Fossils (pics) & Laundromatinee - MP3s, video, remixes & dates "

"Last minute NYC show at Market Hotel Fri. night (2/5) - Neon Indian, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Adventure, Blissed Out - @ 9PM!!!!!!"
UPDATE: exact show listing with flyer below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian adds Brooklyn show... FRIDAY"

the concert site...
Todd P


It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural MtyMx All-Ages Festival of Art and Music!

The MtyMx festival will happen on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd at Autocinema Las Torres in Monterrey, Mexico

The MtyMx festival is a collaboration between Yo Garage and Todd P and will feature up to 25 bands a day for three days, playing outdoors on two stages in a beautiful drive-in movie theater on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental. Over one third of the bands playing are from Mexico!

Tickets are $30 for a three day pass. 75 bands!

Confirmed bands include: Dan Deacon, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Thee Oh Sees, Pocahaunted, Indian Jewelry, Male Bonding, Best Fwends, Banjo or Freakout and many many more, along with Mexican groups Los Fancy Free, Los Margaritos, and more to be announced in the coming days. -Todd P

You can add to that list of confirmed bands: No Age, Fucked Up, Das Racist, dd/mm/yyyy, Lemonade, Quiero Club (MX), Los Llamarada (MX), Toro y Moi, Small Black and Liturgy.

The only bad news (for SXSWers) is that Todd will not be bringing his multi-day fest of day shows to Ms. Bea's again this year, though he doesn't seem to be ruling out doing at least something in Austin before Mexico.

Scared of Mexico? In an e-mail, Todd P told us, "Monterrey has a lower violent crime rate than NYC, Dallas, or Houston, even accounting for international drug trade violence. A major goal of the festival is to dispel US misconceptions that Mexico is the 3rd world, uneducated, dangerous and backwards. Mexico is a modern country with a surging middle class and a vibrant, plugged in 1st world art and music community. Another major goal is to correct the disenfranchisement of Mexican artists and bands caused by strict US visa restrictions on Mexicans. In short: these bands and fans can't go to SxSW."

Details and reservations for Austin-to-Monterrey round-trip bus service, hotel options and onsite camping are forthcoming. More info on MtyMx is below...

Continue reading "Todd P officially announces MtyMx Fest (March 20-22) in Monterrey, Mexico (expanded lineup - No Age & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Silent League - Yours Truly, 2095 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Silent League - Yours Truly, 2095 (Memory Tapes Version) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Memory Tapes - Bicycle (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gucci Mane - Excuse Me (Memory Tapes Remix) (MP3)

Memory Tapes
Memory Tapes

We previously reported that Memory Tapes, NJ's Dayve Hawk, would be at Noise Pop 2010, with a forthcoming tour (his first ever) that includes a February 3rd show at the Bell House opening up for Atlas Sound. Tickets for that are sold out, but more MT tour dates have been announced, including SXSW (TBA details) and a show at NYC's Tribeca Grand on February 20th (will be free w/ RSVP).

Since releasing Seek Magic in 2009 (which is being re-released), Memory Tapes has been busy remixing other artists, including Silent League, Gucci Mane (as part of the new Diplo organized mixtape) and most recently Tanlines' new single "Real Life". The first two of those are above. The Silent League song is an ELO cover that'll be on Silent League's new, third album, but you've always been the caretaker, coming out January 26th on Something in Construction Records.

Silent League's new album comes with a bonus disc that also includes some instrumental tracks, covers, live version and a remix by Neon Indian who also has a NYC show coming up with Atlas Sound. Full tracklist below.

Silent League plays a record release show for that album Saturday, 1/16, at New York's Gramercy Theatre with Elefant and the Subjects. Tickets are on sale. They also play a free show on January 28th at Bruar Falls with New Numbers, Ludlow Lions, and Youngman Grand.

All tour dates, and tracklist and artwork for the new Silent League album, are below...

Continue reading "Memory Tapes touring (2 NY dates), remixing (including Silent League who have a new album & shows too)"

As pointed out in the comments already, Atlas Sound plays a show with Neon Indian and Sisters at NYU one day after the Atlas Sound show at the Bell House.

Neon Indian @ Mercury Lounge (more by Erez Avissar)
NEon Indian

Neon Indian finished their three-night NYC run with a show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (12/17). Toro y Moi didn't open that show like he did at the two previous gigs which were both at Mercury Lounge, but he will play Brooklyn Bowl on March 26th when he opens for The Ruby Suns. Tickets are now on sale...

"[At Brooklyn Bowl, the] electronic musician known also known for his recordings under the name VEGA, blasted off into the lo-fi synthy stratosphere along with his three compadres, including what looked like a 17 year-old D&D player (cape included) and a cute girl in hot shorts that acted as band cheerleader. Playing tracks exclusively from their excellent debut LP Psychic Chasms while doctored images from teen-angst film The Doom Generation played behind them, Neon Indian had fun and looked good doing it. Their brand of dance music has a whimsical, nostalgic feel to it without sounding forced." [NY Press]
Pitchfork just named Psychic Chasms the 14th best album of 2009. VEGA was just added to tonight's show (12/18) at Market Hotel with Tanlines. Future Islands canceled due to illness.

And the Market Hotel show is actually one of two appearances Neon Indian band members are making in Brooklyn tonight. Neon Indian (aka drummer Jason Faries) is also listed as a DJ at the new Germs party at Europa. More details on both shows below...

Continue reading "VEGA added to Market Hotel tonight, Neon Indian played Brooklyn Bowl (Toro Y Moi is playing there w/ The Ruby Suns)"

words & photos by Erez Avissar

Neon Indian

Going by phone/digital camera clips I'd seen online, I wasn't expecting what I got from Neon Indian Tuesday night. This genre called "chillwave" seemed to me all but doomed to ever really work well in the live setting -- not only is it all lo-fi and bedroomy, but Alan Palomo's peers (Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Memory Tapes) didn't make the decision to recruit a live band. Opener Toro Y Moi was good, but yeah, there is only so much one man can do live.

Neon Indian, fresh off a European tour, played with loads of confidence, improvising, tweaking, and expanding. And they delivered: "Terminally Chill" hit hard, as did "Deadbeat Summer," and the rest of the highlights from their great record. I didn't think there were any songs left for an encore, but what did they do? Come back out (sans-Leanne Macomber) as Vega to play an extended (12" version?), totally spaced/funked-out "No Reason," temporarily turning the place into the best club on earth.

Neon Indian finish their three-night NYC run at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (12/17) with Tigercity and Awesome New Republic (tickets available at the door?). More pictures from the first of two shows at Mercury Lounge below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian, Toro y Moi & MNDR played Mercury Lounge - pics "

DOWNLOAD: Big Boi f. Gucci Mane, "Shine Blockas" (MP3)

Top 100 Tracks of 2009

In theory, she was an artist you want to root for-- all these ideas about art and celebrity and a flair for the dramatic. But the first few singles made the Lady Gaga project feel so presumptuous, her artsy entitlement overwhelming her songs' occasional strengths. "Bad Romance" was the moment where the music didn't just live up to the (self-inflated) hype, but surpassed it. The track is epic in construction-- by the time she gets to the bridge, more than three minutes in, the realization that there are hooks yet to come is thrilling. It helps that RedOne's production matches the songwriting's torrential drama; the churning, earth-shifting low-frequency synths are a programmatic reflection of the singer's unsteady, perhaps unwise, infatuation. But it's Gaga's performance, the wholly unapologetic fools-rush-in carnal energy, that commitment to emotional bravery in a context of increasingly twee chart pop, that makes "Bad Romance" feel so necessary. --David Drake [39. Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"]
Pitchfork posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2009. Lady Gaga took two spots.

Neon Indian is also on there twice, which is the the same amount of times they're playing Mercury Lounge (Tuesday and Wednesday night).

The video for the 21st best song, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2009"

DOWNLOAD: Toro Y Moi - Blessa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lunar Youth - Misfits (MP3)

Toro y Moi
Toro y Moi

"Memory Tapes, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out and Future Trends all have signature styles, but all are responsible for some of that private, warm, hypnagogic music. They're also four of the most notable actors in a scene no-one has a name for yet. The name I'm going with, for the sake of ease and this essay, is 'glo-fi' - for its connotations with warmth and radiance and its proximity to 'lo-fi', it seems a better fit than 'chillwave', an alternative name found hanging in the weed burps of rad 'net dudes that won't stink us out for too long." [The Quietus]
Toro Y Moi is back in town with a show in Cake Shop tonight/Sunday (12/13). He goes on after Drawlings and before a UK band called Lunar Youth (MP3 above).

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Toro y Moi shares opens for fellow chillwaver Neon Indian at the sold out Mercury Lounge shows. It's one of three NYC shows for Neon Indian who also play Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (12/17) (also now sold out).

Toro y Moi's first full-length album, Causers of This, will be released by Carpark Records on February 2, 2010. MP3 above. Cover and tracklist, with all dates, below...

Continue reading "Toro y Moi is here - new album info & 2009 tour dates"


Trend You Wish Would Go Away

  1. 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
  2. Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
  3. Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
  4. Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
  5. Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
  6. Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
  7. Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
  8. Prim, buttoned-up indie (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent)
  9. Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
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Doveman in an apartment in October (more by Ezra Caldwell)
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tonight in NYC
* Imogen Heap @ Webster Hall
* Phish @ Madison Square Garden
* McCoy Tyner Trio @ Blue Note
* Happy Ending Music w/ Doveman @ Joe's Pub
* David Thomas w/ Greil Marcus @ The New School
* The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy @ The Bell House
* The Shaky Hands, Takka Takka, US Royalty @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Titus Andronicus, The Beets, Algernon Cadwallader @ NYU Kimmel Center
* Jaguar Love, The King Left, Yes Giantess, Violent Soho @ Mercury Lounge
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Phoenix, Passion Pit, Jack's Mannequin, Manchester Orchestra @ Hammerstein

Jaguar Love is a band that includes members of Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Tickets are still available for their gig at Mercury Lounge tonight.

The Mountain Goats are in town for two sold-out shows with Final Fantasy. Last night was at Webster Hall. Tonight they're at the Bell House. John Darnielle also showed up to play a few songs at UCB Monday night. A video of John covering The Hold Steady in Minneapolis, below.

DJ Spooky's collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the multimedia work Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Video below.

Bjorn from Peter Bjorn and John is DJing at Cake Shop tonight. It's a free show with a performance by The Suzan who recently opened for the band at Terminal 5.

Doveman's appearance at Joe's Pub is one of many in their future. "Doveman and friends" at Mercury Lounge on January 12th is on sale.

Titus Andronicus also has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge, it's one of many New Years Eve shows in NYC this/next year.

Amazon is giving away a different free holiday song each day until Christmas.

If someone asks you for a miracle while you're walking by MSG this evening, it's because Phish is back. They covered TV on the Radio the other day in Albany. Video below...

Ann from Breakfast at Sulimays interviewed Neon Indian. Video below.

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