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First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts @ Webster Hall 12/11/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Parquet Courts capped off their busy 2014 last night (12/11) with their biggest headlining hometown show yet, playing a sold-out Webster Hall. The band were in good spirits -- Austin Brown spent the first part of "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" grappling with a bottle of wine and an opener -- in front of a crowd that sang along much of the time when they weren't moshing around. (Some did both.) In addition to "Uncast..." we got a few songs off the new Content Nausea (released under the name Parkay Quarts), like set opener "Urban Ease," plus "Everyday It Starts," the title track and "Pretty Machines." The latter, which sounds a little like "Sweet Child O' Mine," was augmented by two saxophonists as well as Eaters' Bob Jones on organ. (The other half of Eaters, Jonathan Schenke, was behind the soundboard. I'm not the biggest Webster Hall fan, but they sounded great last night.) We also got pretty much what you'd want to hear off of their other 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, and Light Up Gold, including its still killer one-two opening punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." "Stoned and Starving" was the only glaring omission. I had the feeling they would've played longer but a second show was set to start at 11 PM so they called it after a three-song encore. Setlist is below.
Opening the night were more experimental, noisier sets from PC Worship and Blues Control both of whom I thought did really well in a big place like Webster. Blues Control's more new-agey material in particular worked well with the venue's acoustics.
You may recall that PC Worship and Parquet Courts formed a noise band called PCPC that toured with Thurston Moore (who was playing Webster Hall's Marlin Room last night, coincidentally). PCPC will play in NYC tonight (12/12) at Trans Pecos where they'll perform with Greg Fox's Guardian Alien, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin." It's being billed as a release party for a PCPC book that they sold on tour:
Released for PCPC's 2014 European tour, this book contains 64 pages of artwork by A. Savage and Justin Frye. This gorgeous book includes 2 risograph mini-posters and one 22 x 34″, two-color silkscreen tour poster. Limited edition, these are expected to sell out fast, don't wait. Perfect gift for that quiet weirdo in the family!The Trans Pecos show is $8 at the door. Flyer for that, plus Parquet Courts at Webster Hall setlist and videos, below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...
Jeff Rosenstock w/ BTMI at NYU Strawberry Fest 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Jeff Rosenstock, formerly frontman of the recently-broken up Bomb the Music Industry and the been-broken up Arrogant Sons of Bitches, currently a solo artist and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci with Chris Farren of Fake Problems, has given us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It includes Chumped, whose LP release show in Brooklyn he plays on 12/13, as well as Hard Girls, who he joined at their BV-presented NYC debut (Chumped played that one too). It's a cool list all around. Check it out, including commentary, below.
In addition to his full-band set the Chumped release show (which also includes Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude), Jeff plays full-band in Ithaca with Perfect Pussy this Saturday (12/6) and solo in Providence later in the month. His full tour schedule, with his year-end list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.
Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.
Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)
Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:
The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.
Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up
tonight we bid farewell to our good friends and neighbors @DeathbyAudio, have a great last night homies! #ripdba
-- Glasslands (@glasslands) November 22, 2014
And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:
Thank you to everyone and anyone that played a show, attended a show, helped us out or supported us in any way
-- Death By Audio Shows (@DeathbyAudio) November 24, 2014
Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr, Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon, Les Savy Fav, Ty Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twice) Future Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen Men, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like).
For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.
We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts at Death by Audio 11/3/2014
Parquet Courts were the surprise guests at Death by Audio on Monday (11/3), playing with old friends Detroit's Tyvek. "Parquet Courts would not exist without Tyvek, no doubt," said PC's Andrew Savage on stage that night. Their DbA set leaned heavily on Light Up Gold, playing all but a couple songs from the album, plus a few from this year's Sunbathing Animal and the front half of the room was pretty much going mental for the whole show. After the show, co-frontman Austin Brown called it a "classic DbA Parquet Courts set." Setlist is below.
Parquet Courts' second album of the year (but as Parkay Quarts), Content Nausea, is out next week digitally via What's Your Rupture? (CD on 12/2, vinyl early next year) and you can stream the whole thing in this post. Made mostly by Savage and Brown on a four-track, written and recorded and mastered in two weeks, it's a little weirder than what they've done before, but its also got some of their catchiest songs yet -- including "Pretty Machines" which sounds like "Sweet Child O' Mine" if covered by Warm Jets-era Eno. Also: a fairly straight-up cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walking." Listen below.
With bassist Sean Yeaton (who'll be part of NY Rock Lottery) a new father and drummer Max Savage finishing school, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are touring Europe as Parkay Quarts (as well as some with PC Worship members as PCPC), but the whole band will be back together for their NYC show at Webster Hall on December 11 with PC Worship and Blues Control (tickets). Parquet Courts have also just announce a 2015 North American tour staring in January. No new NYC date for that.
All dates are listed, along with the Parkay Quarts album stream and DbA setlist, below...
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.
by Andrew Sacher
PCPC at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
As discussed, members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship have joined forces as PCPC. They made their live debut opening for Thurston Moore at Saint Vitus last week (read our review), and now they've put out their first recording, "Fell Into The Wrong Crowd." In our live review, we said that PCPC have shades of Bad Moon Rising-era Sonic Youth, and this 11-minute jam definitely does but it's also covered in vocal distortion and a little druggier than SY. It's good, noisy stuff and you can stream it below.
Meanwhile you can catch PC Worship at Trans Pecos tonight (10/29).
Song stream below...
photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.
Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.
The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.
Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...
We had wondered before why Parquet Courts were billing themselves on some upcoming shows at Parkay Quarts and now we may have the answer: frontmen Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are releasing an album under that name, titled Content Nausea, which will be out digitally on November 11 and physically on December 2. Brown and Savage made the record mostly by themselves, with help from Jackie-O Motherf*cker's Jef Brown on saxophone and Eaters' Bob Jones on violin. It's also got a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking." You can stream closing track "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" below.
Meanwhile, the various forms of the band have shows coming up, including NYC shows as PCPC (their collaboration with PC Worship) with The Thurston Moore Band (both NYC dates are sold out), and their year-end spectacular at Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control and PC Worship (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with Parkay Quarts song stream and album tracklist, below...
As metioned, Parquet Courts and Future Punx are on either side of the latest split 7" in Famous Class' LAMC series. The single, proceeds from which go to the music education Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music, is out next week (buy yours). Both sides are good and you can listen to them in this post.
Parquet Courts will be on tour with PC Worship, both as their own bands (Webster Hall on 12/11) and collaborative noise project PCPC (including two NYC shows w/ black metal lover Thurston Moore). It seems within the realm of possibility that Parquet Courts might squeeze in a show at Death by Audio, too, before it closes. Future Punx, meanwhile, just played twice on Sunday (9/7) and don't have any dates currently on the schedule.
Stream that LAMC 7" below...
Parquet Courts @ Sugarhill Supper Club in June (more by Joe McCabe)
As you may know, Parquet Courts and PC Worship will be on tour together this fall, concluding with a holiday show at NYC's Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control (tickets). But those two are doing more than just touring together, they've formed a new band called PCPC who will also play smaller shows along the tour. Andrew Savage explains:
Like P-Funk, MinuteFlag, Ciccone Youth, Loutallica and Red House Chili Painters (bet you didn't know about that one), PCPC is what happens when two legendary rock juggernauts join forces. In this instance, members of PC Worship and Parquet Courts have merged into a NY noise-rock confederacy, each band bringing their own sonic distinctions. Spawning from a long history of playing shows together as separate entities, PCPC is born out of an aesthetic solidarity, and will to create something new. Look for them this Fall in select cities throughout USA and Europe.PCPC will first bring the noise as opener for Thurston Moore's upcoming Northeast tour, including both the 10/21 Saint Vitus (tickets) and 10/26 Rough Trade (tickets) shows. All Parquet Courts (and Parkay Quarts, which they're being billed as for some reason) and PCPC dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Parquet Courts have a new video for "Bodies" from this year's Sunbathing Animal. It was shot at their sweaty record release party at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who made the new Nick Cave movie, 20,000 Days on Earth. You can check that out below.
PC Worship's new album, Social Rust, is out this week and can be streamed below too.
Dates are listed, along with the new Parquet Courts video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC's PC Worship have been making noise around their hometown for years now, and their new album Social Rust is their most cleaned-up (and possibly best) album to date. It comes out next week (9/9) as a split release on Northern Spy and Dull Tools (their first for both labels), and throughout its running time touches on dark post-punk, psychedelic rock, and outsider folk, while still finding some time to keep their noisier roots intact. Fans of anything from Parquet Courts to The Young to Destruction Unit should check this out. The album stream premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
If you like what you hear you can pre-order the vinyl, and all vinyl pre-orders come with a free edition of the "PC Worship - Dead Rust" cassette, which features alternate versions of songs from Social Rust, recorded and produced by Ben Greenberg.
PC Worship also have a tour coming up which includes three previously discussed NYC shows. First they play Palisades on September 10 with Naomi Punk (tickets), then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, Free Time and Guerilla Toss (no advance tickets); and finally they open for Parquet Courts with Blues Control on December 11 at Webster Hall (tickets).
All dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...
Parquet Courts mural in Williamsburg (via @whatsyrrupture
Parquet Courts have had a pretty good year so far, with an acclaimed third album and a full slate of touring. They just played Lollapalooza on Saturday (8/2), Pickathon on Sunday (8/3) and Seattle on Monday (8/4). While the band are taking a breather, they have lined up a holiday show in their hometown, their biggest NYC show to date: Webster Hall on December 11, playing with Blues Control and PC Worship. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (8/11) at 10 AM.
While in Seattle, Parquets Courts stopped by KEXP for an in-studio session which you can listen to here. Also, next time you're in Williamsburg, look out for the Sunbathing Animal mural that's currently up on N. 10th and Driggs.
photos by James Richards IV
Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.
Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.
Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...
photos by Joe McCabe; words by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts / Protomartyr (bottom) @ Sugarhill Supper Club
Parquet Courts have been on tour with pals Protomartyr for a while and when it came to the tour's hometown stop, they planned something a little different. The show happened at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club. The place -- maybe you went to the Crystal Ark show there three years ago -- feels like 1981 frozen in amber, somewhere the "disco sucks" movement never hit. There were at least four bars in the place, including one on the large astroturf patio that also housed an old Jaguar. Sugar Hill does not have a lot of live music and certainly not a lot of punk rock shows. Stage lighting was bright like a studio set (they were filming the show).
It was a bit of a culture clash at first. Security was serious business at the door, where all exits were final. "This is like a hipster jail," remarked Protomartyr's Joe Casey. "Have all the fun you want, you just can't leave." Touring with Parquet Courts has done a lot for the Detroit band who seemed looser than the two times I'd seen them previously this year. Casey really is like an American version of Mark E Smith -- though the band is more like a garagey Chameleons -- with wry observations and rants about the many things that irritate him. Nowhere is this displayed better than "Tarpein Rock," a litany of archetypes he finds loathsome and would like to see thrown off a cliff: "Rich crusts, adults dressed as children, do-nothing know-it-alls...most bands ever." For that one, they were joined by Parquet Courts bassist Sean Yeaton who sang the "Throw them from the rock!" part, and Austin Brown then joined for the last song of their set.
Parquet Courts have gotten very good at playing off of one another and while the show -- like the band's very good new album -- had a few jammy passages, they kept things exciting and Brown and singer Andrew Savage's interplay is pretty essential to their sound. Near them end, Brown (who looks more like Thurston Moore every day) was playing his guitar with a bottle of Lone Star. There was a little stage diving and crowdsurfing, which made the Sugar security a little nervous, but things stayed cool for the most part. Except for the actual heat and humidity, which was pretty bad by the time of PC's set. The band front-loaded their set with tracks from the just-released Sunbathing Animal, before unleashing most of Light Up Gold's shoutalong hits -- pretty sure everyone joined in on "Socrates died in the fucking gutter!" No "Stoned and Starving" though.
The rest of the bill was filled out by friends. I got there in time to catch a couple songs from openers Xerox who came in from Iowa City just for the show. Their slashy, snarly style definitely fit into Parquet Courts' sonic world. (They've got a name-your-price EP on Bandcamp that's really good.) Future Punx, which features Andrew Savage's old bandmate Jason Kelly as well as his Dull Tools partner Chris Pickering, played a short, sharp set of their jittery new wave. If you haven't seen them yet, do make a point to, they're a lot of fun.
Unfortunately we don't have pictures of Xerox and Future Punx at Sugar Hill but there are a couple shots from the BV instagram below. Protomartyr will be back next month for a free show as part of the Seaport Music Festival. More pics from their and Parquet Courts' sets below...
Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
Everyone has their own opinions on what makes for a memorable day of Sasquatch. Some believe that it's a chance of a lifetime headliner. Others think that it's a day filled with warm temps and unceasing sunshine.Sasquatch 2014 came to a close on Sunday (6/1) with sets from Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, tUnE-yArDs, Rodriguez, Parquet Courts, Tycho, Kid Kudi, Elbow, John Grant, Waxahatchee, Brody Dalle, La Luz, Lucius, Bob Mould, Major Lazer, comedians like Hannibal Burress and Kate Berlant, and lots more. Pictures from Sasquatch day 3 are in this post.
But what really makes an unforgettable day at the Gorge's perennial Memorial Day festival is a day where no matter the time, there's always a mind-blowing performance to be found. The final day this year was one of those days.
Starting promptly at 1 p.m., the first few hours of the third day were stacked with some of the best female offerings that Sasquatch had provided yet. Seattle's fun loving punk rock outfit Tacocat jammed out to a jaunty set of tunes and kept the audience rapt with a combination of irreverent humor and a hurricane of bubbles that swirled in front of them. They were immediately followed on the Yeti stage by their Hardly Art label mates La Luz who kept it cool and breezy with an engaging display of their modern surf-rock sound.
The bevy of fantastic women performers continued with another epic one-two punch on the main stage starting with bona fide punk rock ass-kicker Brody Dalle. Tune-Yards kept things thumping shortly thereafter and got the crowd moving with her one of a kind, drum-driven world music inflected sound. Dozens of people burst into a legitimate full-tilt run down the gorge as she kicked into her song "Gangsta." - [The News Tribune]
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.