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by Bill Pearis

Frida the cat and owner Andrew Savage
Sunbathing Animal

Most everyone likes internet cat videos (perhaps you were just watching one), and Parquet Courts have now added to the bandwidth via the video for "Sunbathing Animal," which is the title track of their new album, due June 3 via What's Your Rupture. The video, co-directed by Andy Capper and PC singer Andrew Savage, stars Savage's cat, Frida, who didn't do as much sunbathing as they'd hoped. Savage tells Noisey:

Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip.
You can watch the video below. If you've played the mostly-one-chord "Sunbathing Animal" to death, Parquet Courts will premiere a new song on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 30. The show, which only has musical guests twice a week, hasn't had the most exciting rock booking so far. (Though I think it's pretty solid otherwise.) So let's hope this is a turn for the more interesting as far as that goes.

NYC's next chance to see Parquet Courts is at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11, with a hand-picked line-up featuring tourmates Protomartyr, plus Future Punx, and Xerox. Tickets for that show are now on sale.

"Sunbathing Animal" video below...

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Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas

As mentioned, Chaos in Tejas won't be a "giant fest" this year, but it's still happening in some form (a "weekend" at least), and the just-announced initial lineup looks pretty great. Bands playing include Floor, Destruction Unit, Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Nothing, Protomartyr, Beth Israel, Back to Back, Glue, Institute, Marshstepper, Deskonocidos (reunion) and many more. The fest takes place across multiple Austin venues from May 29 to June 1. More bands, venues and other details TBA.

Initial lineup below...

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Protomartyr @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Protomartyr

As mentioned, Detroit's Protomartyr will release their second album, Under Color of Official Light, next week (4/8) via Hardly Art. There are a lot of bands out there mining post punk territory these days, but few do it as well, such conviction and great song after great song, as Protomartyr do here. (When singer Joe Casey chants "nothing you can do" over and over in "Scum, Rise!" he means it.) It's one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far and you can listen to the whole thing now via NPR.

Protomartyr will be spending a lot of time on the road this year. Their tour with Austin's Spray Paint starts next week and hits NYC for two shows -- Death by Audio on April 12 and Cake Shop on April 14. After that, Protomartyr will join up with Whatever Brains, then a string of midwest shows with Cloud Nothings.

Then in June, they'll be out with Parquet Courts (who have a new album soon), including the show at Brooklyn's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 with Future Punx and Xerox. Tickets for that are still available.

They are definitely worth catching if they're playing near you, they were one of my favorites at SXSW this year. Updated Protomartyr tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Protomartyr streaming new album, expand tour, including runs w/ Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts, more (updated dates)"

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

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Parquet Courts @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts will release their third album, Sunbathing Animal, on June 3 via What's Your Rupture / Mom & Pop. The album's mostly one-chord title track -- which you may already know via its sheet music -- can be streamed below.

The band previewed a few of the album's new songs at our SXSW Saturday day party last month, and the band will be touring for most of the summer. Those dates include the previously-mentioned show at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11, with a hand-picked line-up featuring tourmates Protomartyr, plus Future Punx, and Xerox. Tickets for that show are now on sale.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, album art and tracklist, below...

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Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Conor

Gigstock is a 2-day mini-festival which "[mixes] showcase-length sets with conversation" going down at NYC's Greene Space on April 9 and 10 (located at 44 Charlton St). The festival, co-presented by WNYC Soundcheck and OhMyRockness, has a pretty great lineup, with local indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Parquet Courts on day 1, and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst with Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow on day 2. You can get tickets for day 1, day 2, or pick up a 2-day pass now.

Meanwhile, you can also catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Rough Trade NYC on Friday (3/28), which is sold out but we're giving away tickets to. And catch them again when their tour with Fear of Men hits Bowery Ballroom on May 22 (tickets).

Conor Oberst also has a tour with Dawes that hits The Space at Westbury on 5/22 and Central Park Summerstage on 7/27 (tickets), and James Vincent McMorrow brings his tour to NYC for sold out shows on 4/9 at Bowery Ballroom and 4/11 at MHOW.

Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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most photos by Amanda Hatfield; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

Trust / OFF!
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7

Like the one the day before, the second of our three BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties happened on both stages of Red 7 on Friday (3/14). Outside, the show opened nicely with Columbus, OH indie rockers Connections, followed by intense garage rock trio The Blind Shake, whose members were all decked out in uniform with tight black zip-up jackets and shaved heads. Then came together PANGEA with more garage rock but more on the melodic/accessible side, and they were followed by the punky pop of Upset, who count ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler and ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel as members. After them came a wild set from more veteran musicians in the Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF!, and they were followed by ex-members of Women making shouty, jammy post-punk in their new band Viet Cong. Then came more (but darker and backed by a drum machine) post-punk from Beth Israel, and finally the show wrapped up with a headlining set from Parquet Courts...

"I can't remember a better show in the last five years--maybe 10--than the one Parquet Courts put on at the Brooklyn Vegan day party. It all depends on the show, right? Sometimes you can be transformed by an arena show or knocked over by some random punk band in a shoebox. But this was seeing a band that is RIGHT NOW! They have 1.5 albums under their belt, they have no fat, they have no gimmicks, they just flat-out torched the landscape. This was it, this is what seeing live music is about, this show--THIS BAND--is why I love music so much. A jaw dropping show." [The Portland Mercury]
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
Parquet Courts photos by Tim Griffin

Meanwhile, inside things got off to an eccentric danceable start with Parisian band La Femme, who were part new wave, part surf rock, part ye-ye, and highly entertaining. (NYC: We're presenting their show this weekend at Glasslands.) It stayed in upbeat mode for psych rock trio The Entrance Band, but then calmed down a lot for the orchestral indie pop of Mutual Benefit. Tomas Barfod was supposed to go on next but had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, though once Classixx took the stage it returned to dance mode. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys followed with a set that was partially solo, partially with accompaniment and fully entertaining, and then we got downtempo electronic pop from Jessy Lanza before inside stage closed with the gothy house pop of Toronto's Trust.

Gruff Rhys / MixRadio thing & Marshall stack
BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday Day Party - Red 7
SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson, not to mention all the Veri organic soda that was on hand to keep you hydrated. We also let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Did you win a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (like that pink ball head thing did).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too. Maybe they fed you a free piece of pizza?

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible. Pictures from Thursday HERE. Check out more pictures from the whole day Friday below (and a second set at BV Austin)...

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Beth Israel

Austin band Beth Israel do spare, jagged postpunk really well. Is "bleak" a positive? In the case of the band's debut album, it most certainly is. That record is being released by Dull Tools, the label co-run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts and Beth Israel will play right before them at the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party. In advance of that Beth Israel answered 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

I gotta say the Flat Bang in Memphis had the best queso we've ever experienced. We were like "Okay, so, could this get any better?"

2) Tell us about the worst show you've ever played.

The Strong Bow in Delta had the worst queso we've ever experienced. We were like "Okay, so, where's the good stuff?"

more below...

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Parquet Courts @ Acheron in January (more by Dylan Johnson)
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While the members hail from Texas, it was living stoned and starving in Brooklyn (and Ridgewood, Queens) that made Parquet Courts the band that turned heads with the short sharp Light Up Gold. Taking a break from its follow-up, Parquet Courts will be heading back to Texas for SXSW this week (full schedule below), where they'll play the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party with Off!, Trust and more. In the midst of all this, singer Andrew Savage made time for our 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Carnegie Hall -- it always has the best pit!

more below...

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BrooklynVegan will be at Red 7 in Austin four days in a row this SXSW! Wednesday night is our 1-stage official showcase there. Then we take over both stages during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15). Thursday's lineup was announced. Saturday's lineup was announced. Here is Friday!

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 La Femme
12:45 The Entrance Band
01:30 Mutual Benefit
02:15 Tomas Barfod feat Nina K
03:00 Classixx
03:45 Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals)
04:30 Jessy Lanza
05:15 Trust

OUTSIDE
12:00 Connections
12:45 The Blind Shake
01:30 together PANGEA
02:15 Upset (ex-Hole/Vivian Girls)
03:00 OFF! (ex-lots of great bands)
03:45 Viet Cong (ex-Women)
04:35 Beth Israel
05:15 Parquet Courts

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

Interesting fact: this show contains members or ex-members of the Pixies, Super Furry Animals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Burning Brides, Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Earthless, Women, WhoMadeWho, Hole, Best Coast, and Vivian Girls (Paz Lenchantin of the Entrance Band is currently also in the Pixies).

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin.

Check brooklynvegan.com/sxsw/ for info on all our SXSW 2014 events, and follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for the latest updates.

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pains

The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.

Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!

Check out the list and stream the playlist below...

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Parquet Courts will release a new 7" for Record Store Day with two new songs, "Pilgrims to Nowhere" and "Sunbathing Animal." You can hear the latter right now -- if you can read sheet music and have access to a musical instrument, or know someone who can/does. You can see a small version of that sheet music (shades of Beck) below or download a high-res here. According to producer Jonathan Schenke, Parquet Courts' new album is in the can and about to be mastered.

The band's last NYC show was back in January at The Acheron around the time of their Fallon appearance. You can now watch that entire Acheron show below. And if you want to see them live, the band will be in Austin, TX next week for SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (3/14) at Red 7. After that Parquet Courts will play a few West Coast shows.

The band's next scheduled NYC show is June 11 at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club with Detroit's Protomartyr (who play our Saturday day party and will be in NYC in April), plus Future Punx, and Xerox. No word on tickets for that show yet.

Also playing our Friday day party are Austin's own Beth Isreal whose new album Dental Denial will be out on Dull Tools, the label co-run by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage. They'll also play the Dull Tools party at Austin's The Owl on Saturday (3/15) with Parquet Courts and more. Details on that TBA.

And as mentioned, Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage will be DJing the release party for Future Punx's debut 7" happening tonight (3/7) at Death by Audio. You may know that Future Punx features Savages' old Fergus & Geronimo bandmate, Jason Kelly. Eaters and Final Bloom are playing too.

All Parquet Courts dates are listed, along with the Acheron video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Future Punx at 285 Kent last year
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Brooklyn's Future Punx just put out their first 7" via Dull Tools, and its songs "999" and "Living in a Movie" are two terrific slices of 1980-style synthy new wave. (Think Devo, Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo.) You can stream it below and buy it tonight (3/7) at the band's release party at Death by Audio. It's a family affair with likeminded band Final Bloom, plus fellow Dull Tools labelmates Eaters opening, and Andrew Savage (who co-runs the label when not fronting Parquet Courts) on DJ duty. $7 at the door.

Future Punx have a few more shows coming up, including the BrooklynVegan-presented La Femme show at Glasslands on March 23 with Regal Degal playing as well (plus yours truly on DJ duty). Tickets are still available. They'll also open for Parquet Courts at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 (details on that show TBA). All upcoming Future Punx shows are listed below.

Eaters
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Duo Eaters, meanwhile, will release their debut album on Dull Tools/Driftless Recordings on April 22. Bob Jones and Jonathan Schenke met while touring with Frankie Rose and bonded over a love of early synthwave, motorik grooves and tape experiments. Jones was a founding member of Eternal Tapestry and Schenke engineered Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold. If you dig John Carpenter soundtracks and darkwave type stuff, the album is pretty cool. You can stream "Far" below.

And since we're on the subject of Dull Tools, the label will release Dental Denial, the new album from Austin's Beth Israel, on March 17. Not unlike Detroit's Protomartyr, the band do spare, jagged postpunk really well and use "bleak" as a positive. You can stream the whole album below. The band will be playing shows during SXSW so if you're going, keep an eye out.

And not to leave them out Final Bloom don't have much music out there at them moment -- just a couple demos on their Soundcloud -- but they're fully in the synthwave sonic landscape. Stream one of those demos below.

Future Punx dates, flyer and streams, plus Eaters and Final Bloom streams, below...

Continue reading "Future Punx released debut 7", will celebrate tonight at DbA; Eaters and Beth Israel releasing records on Dull Tools (streams)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

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photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts @ Acheron 1/14/2014
Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts warmed up for some upcoming gigs on the West Coast, New Zealand and Australia with a hometown show at Bushwick's Acheron last night (1/17), a small place for the band these days -- they just made their network TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier in the week. A couple notable things about the show: it was the first show with fill-in drummer Greg Rutheford, who'll be sitting in on the imminent tour, as Max Savage (brother of singer Andrew) has school requirements. Rutherford played in one of Andrew's other bands, Wiccans (as well as Bad Sports), so the transition was pretty seamless.

Second, the set featured a load of new songs as the band are currently recording the full-length follow-up to Light Up Gold, which has had some pretty good legs. The album came out in August 2012 and "Stoned and Starving" was still getting killed on Sirius radio's XMU channel when I listened over Christmas (driving my parents car around in rural WV). I couldn't get a good fix on the new stuff but it did seem like many of them were more instrumentally driven than the short, sharp ones on Light Up Gold or the new EP. About halfway through their set they kicked in with the Light Up Gold songs and the place began to bounce to the one-two punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." As someone who has listened to that album a whole lot, I still don't tire of those songs live. Maybe they do, though.

I got there late which meant a) I was squashed in the back (place was seriously packed), and b) I missed both openers Household (who I like a lot) and Philadelphia trio Amanda X (whose songs on Bandcamp sound pretty good). Luckily, our photographer showed up on time and got pictures of the whole night.

More pics below...

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by Bill Pearis

Parquet

Parquet Courts had a pretty good 2013. Their debut album, Light Up Gold, ended up on a lot of Best Of lists (even though it came out in August 2012),  their new EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke, was a quality follow-up and they went from being openers to headliners. As a capper, last night (1/9) the Brooklyn-based band made their network television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing the jammy, highly-quotable "Stoned and Starving." You can watch that below.

Parquet Courts will play Brooklyn's tiny Acheron on Tuesday (1/14) (sold out) which will serve as a warm-up to some West Coast dates with Destruction Unit (who play Brooklyn tonight) before heading to Australia and New Zealand. Those dates are listed, along with the Fallon video, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music

Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.

Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
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Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...

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by Bill Pearis

cover art to Household's 'Elaines' EP
Household

Brooklyn's Household have a new EP, Elaines, with six new songs in the band's minimalist, skeletal style. You can stream a track from it below. Another of the those songs, "Panorama," also appears on the new Beyond Inversion compilation that benefits Rachael's Women's Center in Washington, DC and it also features tracks from Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz) and 19 others. You can stream Household's song below too.

Household play a record release show in NYC tonight (12/6) at Death by Audio, and it's a strong bill all the way, with the poppy punk of Aye Nako, the gentle jangle of Air Waves and Sapphire Mansions. The show is $7 and proceeds go to benefit the Ali Forney Center which helps find shelter for homeless LBTG youth. Flyer for the show is below.

Household were also added to the previously discussed Parquet Courts show at Acheron (1/14). Amanda X plays too and tickets are still available.

Tonight's DbA show is also a release party for Sapphire Mansions, whose new mini-LP, Over America, recently got its vinyl release. If you have an appreciation for or are familiar at all with early '80s Cherry Red Records or Creation (especially Felt), you will probably dig their brittle, poppy, organ-driven sound. You can stream the EP below.

Continue reading "Household & Sapphire Mansions have new records (streams), playing together tonight at DbA w/ Aye Nako & Air Waves"

NME

UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.

As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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