Entries tagged with: POS
by Bill Pearis
Marijuana Deathsquads, the multi-hyphenate Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, will release their new album, Oh My Sexy Lord, on October 15 via Twin Cities label Totally Gross Natural Product. It's wildly schizo record with near metal guitars, glitchy electronics, frenetic drumming and heavily treated vocals competing for attention, quite often all at once. (It's more than a little like mid-'90s electronica on a sugar high.) You can check out the album's opening cut, "Ewak Sadness," below.
The band will spend some of this fall on the road with Polica (who are in NYC right now opening for The xx). That tour does not include any dates in NYC but the band will be in here for CMJ, headlining the TGNP showcase at Knitting Factory on October 17. The line-up also includes P.O.S. (with Marijuana Deathsquads backing him), The Cloak Ox, Lizzo, and Pony Bwoy. Tickets are on sale now.
P.O.S. (aka Stefon Alexander) still needs a new kidney, but is back in action. He formed a new group, Four Fists, with Astronautalis. They released their first 7" this month, and you can stream a track from that, "MMMMMHMMMMM," below. After their CMJ show, P.O.S. and Marijuana Deathsquads will immediately head to Texas for shows together in Austin and Dallas. All MD dates are listed below.
Also on October 15, TGNP will release the new album from Minneapolis rapper Lizzo, titled Lizzobangers. You can check out the video for "Batches & Cookies" from the album below. too.
TGNP also just released the new album from rock band The Cloak Ox, Shoot the Dog. You can stream that in full below as well.
And since I'm being a completist, the label also released the new album from glitchy R&B act Pony Bwoy and you can stream that below too.
Marijuana Deathsquads dates are listed, along with the streams mentioned in this post, below...
Marijuana Deathsquads, the psychedelic and experimental Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, have remixed the entirety of POS' 2012 album, We Dont' Even Live Here. (POS still hasn't gotten that needed kidney transplant but is doing better) Titled POS WDELH MDS RMX, the record features Lizzo, Doomtree collaborator SIMS, new verses from POS and more. It will be a free download available in June via Rhymesayers but you can stream "Piano Hits" from it below.
After a May residency at Minneapolis' Icehouse, Marijuana Deathsquads -- armed with Polica's two drummers -- will head out on tour in June, with two stops in NYC: Glasslands on 6/8 and Mercury Lounge on 6/10. Tickets for Glasslands are currently on sale, and tickets to Mercury lounge go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, plus the POS remix a live MDS radio session and a lyric video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Polica @ Webster Hall, 10/6/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica's debut album, Give You the Ghost, has shown up on a few Best Of lists this year (like NME and The Fly) but what records did they like in 2012? Well we've got their Top 10 LPs list right here and is topped by Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city.
They also give props to Minneapolis pal P.O.S. (with whom they collaborate in Gayngs and Marijuana Deathsquads who have sometimes also played as backing band) whose We Don't Even Live Here makes the list. So does their neighbor Now Now's Threads which was released on Chris Walla's Trans label. Check out their whole list below.
Aesop Rock in Austin, August 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
More Hurricane Sandy concert cancellations, though this doesn't affect a New York show, bad news from Aesop Rock:
***After consulting with venues, agents, managers, promoters, etc - due to the weather emergency, tonight will be the last show of this tour.A list of affected tour dates are below, and you can check out pics of Aesop Rock's show at Austin's Mohowk from back in August here.
We WILL play NC tonight, but VA, MD, MA, VT, RI, CT are going to be postponed. Check the venue sites for updates.
We don't know if we could make it to the cities, or make it out, or if y'all could make it to the shows. As is - some of us can't get home.***
In happier Rhymesayers hip hop news, we're glad to report that P.O.S.'s kidney transplant fund has exceeded its $25,000 goal and you can still donate to help. The emergency transplant forced the rapper to cancel his fall tour which would've hit Irving Plaza on November 7.
P.O.S. at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rapper P.O.S. (aka Stefon Alexander) was supposed to tour this November and would have hit NYC on November 7 at Irving Plaza, but he was forced to cancel his entire tour due to trouble with his kidneys. He needed an immediate transplant and found some candidates for kidney donation but it, of course, is a very expensive operation and he's asking for your help...
In October of 2012, Stef made a public announcement about his health. His kidneys had been lousy for a long time, he explained. Ever since he was a kid, they had been deteriorating, though no one was sure exactly why. Recently, however, his condition worsened. His doctors told him that it was time for a transplant--and quickly. Stef had to cancel his fall tour and begin dialysis immediately.You can help Stef out by donating here. He's just over halfway toward his $25,000 goal as of this post, with 120 day left. A video of him explaining his health situation and tour cancellation is below....
The good news: Stef has found several strong candidates for kidney donation. The less-than-totally-good news: this stuff gets pretty damn expensive. Transplants create life-long prescription costs. And, as you'd imagine, rappers don't have robust benefit packages. So, we've started this portal to allow people to donate to Stef's recovery. The funds will be used to help pay medical bills, prescription costs, and to cover living expenses while Stef is off the road, getting better. Any money raised will go directly to him. Many of you reading this have already donated--thank you. It's meant the world to Stef, his family, his crew, and the rest of us rooting for him.
Ryan Olson of Gayngs' other group Marijuana Deathsquads are working on their debut album Crazy Master. You can stream the album's title track, making its debut here, below.
For more music, check out their recent session at Daytrotter, where it was written...
With Marijuana Deathsquads, Olson and frequent collaborators such as Doomtree's Mike Mictlan, Rhymesayers' P.O.S. and Har Mar Superstar make you feel as if you've just been bit by a psychedelic rattlesnake and you're quickly losing your mind as the white venom courses through your veins. You can just shut your eyes and feel the dizziness take over, move you around the floor, twist you over the cushions or into the thin sheets of a bed. You feel as if you could be arrested for just being where you are right now, as if you've done something immoral that you don't even remember, as if the fog's either just wearing off or it's just setting in. We're on the borderline of cognition and full-blown fuzziness. They recreate the sensations of free-fall and in coming upon a bed full of tarantulas when you'd have been scared out of your skin just seeing one of them. It's a longer route to getting intimate with someone else (compared with the sax and vocoder-harmony-rocking style of GAYNGS), but Marijuana Deathsquads still leave the possibilities out there for you to do what you will with them. The frightening segments are interspersed with celebratory dancehall beats and you can almost see Olson hopping around behind his laptop, his mouth blowing up with ecstasy, stoned out of his mind, with the biggest smile you've ever seen ladling the bottom half of his face. You join in the look and go where the Deathsquads take you.Marijuana Deathsquads will be playing multiple shows with sometimes Gayngs member/Deathsquads collaborator and fellow Minneapolis resident Har Mar Superstar at Bowery Electric in NYC during October. The residency will take place each Monday for four weeks. It kicks off on Monday, October 3 with guests Crazy and the Brains and DJ Ted Leo. The 10/10 show includes The Dirty Fences and Only Son. The 10/17 show includes Mike Mictlan of Doomtree and Spyder Babie Rawdog. The 10/24 show has Polica (Channy of Gayngs), Fur Pillows and The Young Things. Tickets for each night of the residency are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of Ted Leo and Bowery Electric, catch Ted as part of a BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute show at the NYC venue in November.
Speaking of tribute shows and Har Mar Superstar, Har Mar is also taking part in Petty Fest at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW in October.
All tour dates and the MD song below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"This solo project from Animal Collective's Deakin (or Deacon, or Josh Dibb) was just as psychedelic, but in more of a dub vein, with spacey, ambient guitar over echoing reverberating distorted drum-pad beats. A pair of smoking-hot yoga-body hipster girls were dancing throughout--no idea how they found a beat to lock into, as loose as the rhythm was, but none of the guys nearby were complaining." [Dallas Observer]From some of our posts, you might think metal and punk dominated at Fun Fun Fun Fest, and honestly it kind of was the metal and punk bands who packed the most punch making it harder to enjoy the lighter fare all in one day, but there are many who probably spent all weekend at Waterloo Park and never even ventured over to the Black Stage once, not even to check out the spectacle that is Gwar who were on that the same time as Dirty Projectors on Saturday.
If indie rock/pop/chillwave was all you were looking for, or even just dancing and hip hop, you had more than your share of best new music to keep you occupied from noon to 10pm on the Orange and Blue stages. Sunday alone featured Deerhunter, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Deakin, Magic Kids, Best Coast (Wavves played the day before) and Cults, not to mention Yelle, Polvo, P.O.S. and A-Trak. Those are most of the artists pictured in this post which continues below...
Bad Brains @ Vice Halloween 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bad Brains will be one of the bands headlining Afro-Punk 2010 happening in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park (a new location) from June 25-27 (Flushing Ave & N Elliot, Brooklyn). There's music for two days of the skate-heavy fest - Saturday's music includes Bad Brains, Game Rebellion, P.O.S., Ninjasonik, Belikos, Activator, The 54 and Cipher. Sunday's lineup is 24-7 Spyz, The Cool Kids, J*DaVeY, Martin Luther, The Memorials and Bad Rabbits, as well as a their "Culture Klash" DJ series with Q TIP Vs Afrika Bambaataa. Music is 1-9pm both days. Tickets are on sale.
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Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....