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by BIll Pearis

Young Galaxy

Young Galaxy will return with a new album, titled Falsework, to be released October 30 via Paper Bag. It continues their collaboration with producer Dan Lissvik of Studio and pushes them further into the electronic realm. You can stream the promising, techno-influenced first single "Body" and the Peaking Lights Disco Dub remix of the song (plus check out the cover art and tracklist), below.

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by Zack Baker

Fetty Wap

Even if you haven't heard of New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap, you've probably heard his single "Trap Queen." He's not setting out to be a one hit wonder though, and today dropped a new track with the impressive team of Baauer (who probably wants to escape the one hit wonder thing himself) and Dubbel Dutch called "Promises." The track comes as a result of the Yours Truly/Adidas Songs From Scratch series, which has been responsible for collaborations between Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, Shlohmo and Jeremih and many more. Check out that track below.

Fetty Wap's next show will be this week's House Party at Webster Hall (4/2), which is the weekly party's first anniversary. (He played the party in January too.) He'll be joined by Funk Flex, plus Just Blaze and the other House party regulars. Tickets are on sale.

Fetty Wap also just released a vlog centered on his performance with Kanye West at the Roc City Classic back in February. While built around the show, there's a lot of narration from Fetty about his current status and the rapper seems genuinely humble about his rise. Check it out below.

In related news, Dubbel Dutch is playing a big show at Output on Thursday (4/2) with Mike Simonetti, Peaking Lights Acid Test, and Huerco S. It's free before midnight with RSVP, or you can also buy tickets.

Continue reading "Fetty Wap playing House Party 1-yr anniversary, made a song w/ Baauer & Dubbel Dutch, who's playing w/ Peaking Lights"


There's already insane demand for the three Chicago shows that surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting for, so perhaps some of that excitement will carry over into this Jerry Garcia tribute happening two months earlier in Maryland.

The tribute includes all four of those members -- Mickey and Bob solo, Bill with his band Billy & the Kids, and Phil with his band Communion (featuring Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, And Jason Crosby) -- as well as Bruce Hornsby, who's also playing at the Chicago shows. Though they're billed separately, maybe all the band practices they've been having will result in some collaborations too?

The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either, with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry collaborator David Grisman, country vet Buddy Miller, roots rockers Los Lobos, electro-jammers Disco Biscuits and more. The tribute happens May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and tickets go on sale March 13 at noon. Full lineup below.

In other Dead news, Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who just took part in a Dead tribute in Brooklyn, have announced that they'll also play a Dead set at Woodsist Festival on May 18 in Big Sur, CA. That fest is also with Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Peaking Lights, Little Wings, Simon Joyner & the Ghosts and more TBA. Tickets are still available.

Alex Bleeker isn't the only indie rocker paying tribute to The Dead this year.

'Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia' lineup below...

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Peaking Lights
Photo: Peaking Lights @ Modern Sky Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Dubby psych duo Peaking Lights are playing Mexico's upcoming Festival Nrmal in 2015, but before that they'll ring in the new year in NYC with a New Year's Eve show at Good Room (formerly Europa). It's a No Ordinary Monkey party, and also features Joubert Singers and special guest DJs. Tickets are on sale now.

Those are their only two announced shows at the moment. Watch a video from Peaking Lights' 2014 album, Cosmic Logic, below...

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Festival Nrmal

Festival Nrmal is returning to Mexico from February 28 to March 1 in 2015, and the lineup features Swans, Phantogram, Future Islands, Black Angels, Machinedrum, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, TOPS, Twin Peaks, Peaking Lights, Kirin J Callinan, METZ, Boogarins, DJ Dodger Stadium, HTRK and more. Tickets are on sale.

Full lineup below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Blood Brothers / Pharaoh Sanders / pandas
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival
Modern Sky Festival

The Modern Sky Festival has existed for seven years in China and it began its first-ever US edition yesterday (10/4) in NYC at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Day 1 included the William Onyeabor tribute Atomic Bomb! which had a very impressive lineup of hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Sinkane, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark and more (rollerskaters included). Considering Modern Sky began as a Chinese festival, a couple of the openers were Chinese acts -- Deserts Zhang Xuan and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues -- and they were followed by art rockers Liars, and reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.

The Blood Brothers played an 11-song set that was packed with fan favorites from throughout their career including "Fucking's Greatest Hits," "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and more (full setlist below). Their reunion has been very well-received so far and yesterday's show was no exception. They do it again in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw with Violent Bullshit tonight (10/5).

The William Onyeabor tribute was the final of four days of the Luaka Bop 25th anniversary and also the fourth appearance Peaking Lights made in NYC this past week, including opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) and playing Other Music and Baby's All Right on Friday (10/3).

Modern Sky's second and final day is underway as we speak and has upcoming sets from Cat Power, Stars, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and more. More pictures from day 1 below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.

Aussie/UK's Allo Darlin make more of their charming indie pop on We Come From the Same Place, due out via Slumberland. You can listen to that one at Pitchfork. Their tour hits Glasslands in October.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.

Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.

Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.

Justin Vernon associate Field Report brings in new synthy layers to his folk songs on Marigolden, due via Partisan. That can be streamed at Pitchfork.

Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.

The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.

Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.

Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.

SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.

The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.

Steve Gunn's kinda-psychedelic folk and excellent guitar playing are intact for his newest LP, Way Out Weather, due via Paradise of Bachelors. Listen at NPR.

Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.

Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.

Wampire's new album, Bazaar, due via Polyvinyl, is genuinely weird but also genuinely rocking. Check it out for yourself, below. They'll be touring with TOPS and also playing CMJ.

Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.

And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.

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Peaking Lights

Electronic psych pop duo Peaking Lights will be in town this week, opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) with Regal Degal, and Tom Scharpling (buy tickets or win some) and then being part of the "Atomic Bomb" William Onyeabor tribute at day 1 (10/4) of Modern Sky Festival in Central Park.

In addition Peaking Lights have added a couple other events happening Friday (10/3). First they'll play a free in-store at Other Music (9 PM) and they'll have an exclusive version of the band's new album, Cosmic Logic, to buy. Then Peaking Lights will play a midnight show at Baby's All Right with Blazer Soundsystem. Tickets are on sale now.

Peaking Lights' Cosmic Logic is out via Weird World on October 7. You can pre-order the album now. You can stream two songs from the album --"Everyone and Us" and "Breakdown" -- below.

Continue reading "Peaking Lights playing Other Music in-store & Baby's All Right shows after T5 with Real Estate (updated dates)"

Real Estate at FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Real Estate

As previously discussed, Real Estate will make the jump to headlining NYC's big Terminal 5 (they've played there before like when they opened for Girls) on their current tour, hitting the venue in just a week on October 2. Opening the show is Peaking Lights (who have a new album coming and remixed William Onyeabor and are also playing the upcoming WO tribute), Regal Degal and DJ Tom Scharpling (of the Best Show). Tickets for the show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter, below.

Real Estate have also added Australian dates for 2015 to their tour schedule, including one show with Aussies Dick Diver (who play two NYC shows this week). Updated dates are listed below.

In addition to releasing Atlas, they've also put out some cool covers including one of The Nerves' "Paper Dolls" which was the b-side to the "Had to Hear" single, and one of The Cranberries' "Linger" which they did for A.V. Club 'Undercover.' Listen to those, with the video for "Had to Hear" and the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Real Estate on tour; Terminal 5 show w/ Peaking Lights, Regal Degal & Tom Scharpling is soon (win tix!)"

Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Atomic Bomb

Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.

Peaking Lights, whose new album Cosmic Logic will be out October 7, will also be in NYC two days before that to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 (tickets).

Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...

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David Byrne w/ Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
David Byrne

David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and leading up to the Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance at Central Park's Modern Sky Festival (also including Blood Brothers, Cat Power, Liars and more), the label will celebrate with more events at NYC's Mmuseumm (Cortland Alley b/t Franklin St & White St in TriBeCa) from October 1-3. Mmuseumm is "is a modern natural history museum - devoted to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts that illustrate the complexities of the modern world," and for the Luaka Bop celebration it will host "Javelin performing out of a car radio, Kings Go Forth's Andy Noble presenting his special 'Soul Field Recordings' project, Janka Nabay singing his three latest or oldest songs (we don't really know which), and Delicate Steve & Friends performing Harry Belafonte Live at Carnegie Hall." Events start at 7 PM each day and there will also be afterparties each day at Forlini's Restuarant (93 Baxter St) at 8:30 PM, and Winnie's Bar (104 Bayard St, karaoke anyone?) at 9:30. All events are FREE. Flyer below.

Luaka Bop is also releasing a two-part box set that reissues William Onyeabor's full discography on November 18. That also includes a Peaking Lights (who open for Real Estate on 10/2) remix of "Body and Soul," which you can stream below...

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by Bill Pearis


We all have pretty close relationships with our phones these days. Most people sleep with them (though apparently that's bad). Maybe we're too close. That's the premise for the funny new music video for Peaking Lights' new single, "Breakdown," which you can watch in this post. Director Eugene Kotlyarenko (who's made videos for Slava, Julia Holter, Shine 2009 and more) takes that relationship and anthropomorphizes it just a little. Can our heroine learn to disconnect and find love with a real person? (Also: be on the lookout for Mr. Show cohort John Ennis as "the boss.") Check it out below.

Peaking Lights' new album, Cosmic Logic, is out via Weird World on October 7.

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by Bill Pearis


Dubby duo Peaking Lights are back with their third album, Cosmic Logic, which will be out October 7 via Weird World / Domino. Members Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis made the record themselves in LA and it was mixed by DFA's Matt Thornley. Where previous records have been blisfully happy to coast on vibes, Cosmic Logic is a step into more immediate, poppy territory. At least for Peaking Lights. Stream the first single, "Breakdown," below and you can check out an animated version of the album artwork over at their website.

Right before the album's release, Peaking Lights will be in NYC to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on October 2. Regal Degal and "very special guest" (and Real Estate video director) Tom Scharpling have also been added to that bill and tickets are still available.

If you're in San Francisco this weekend, Peaking Lights play The Chapel on Saturday (8/31) with Dream Boys. That's their only other date currently on their schedule. Album art, tracklist, "Breakdown" stream and T5 show poster below...

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Peaking Lights at APF 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Peaking Lights

Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights are set to bring their trippy sounds to Austin Psych Fest, and after that they'll go on a short May tour which includes a Northeast run with DC duo Protect-U (who they collaborated with at Red Bull Music Academy last year) and a west coast run with Panda Bear. The stint with Protect-U hits NYC on May 8 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Protect-U (aka Aaron Leitko and Future Times co-head Mike Petillo) will release their debut full length right after that tour ends, Free USA, on May 13 via Future Times. You can pre-order it and listen to clips of each track at Rush Hour, and stream the single "Time 2 Technique" below.

Speaking of artists playing NYC around Austin Psych Fest, UK vets Loop bring their North American reunion tour to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on 4/17 before hitting APF. Since we last spoke, Purling Hiss were added to that show, and tickets are still available.

All Peaking Lights dates are listed, with the Protect-U song stream, below...

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Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.

They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.

The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.

Updated lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest expands lineup (Panda Bear, War On Drugs, BJM, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, more)"

words and photos by Greg Cristman

The Congos & Sun Araw Band / Lee "Scratch" Perry
The Congos vs. Sun Araw
Lee Scratch Perry vs. Adrian Sherwood

Once again, the Red Bull Music Academy put on an amazing one-of-a-kind presentation in New York, this time to a sold out Le Poisson Rouge crowd last Thursday (5/30). The evening was called NYC in Dub and featured performances by the iconic Lee "Scratch" Perry who was teamed up against On-U sound label head and influential producer Adrian Sherwood, the legendary The Congos, who versed experimental indie rockers Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras (all three of who collaboratred on an album last year), and an opening set by Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U) and Peaking Lights. An elaborate and very crowded stage set up was brought in along with the massive Sub Atomic Soundsystem that shook the building to its core with thick heavy dub bass and rhythms.

This was one of the most amazing reggae shows I've seen in quite some time and may have been the best Lee Perry performance I've ever seen. At 77 he's still going strong and is as eclectic and crazy as ever, continually igniting his disposable lighter and running his fingers, hands and even boots through the flame, whipping towels around his head and dousing himself with water. He performed many of his classics, including "War Inna Babylon," that had most of the audience singing along. The Congos vs. Sun Araw set was equally enjoyable with Sun Araw delivering an incredible dub backdrop for the three Congos singers. They delivered a set culled mainly from their first album, the 1977 reggae masterpiece Heart Of The Congos (produced by Lee Perry), including the classic tracks "Fisherman," "Congoman" and "La-La Bam Bam." Future Times and Peaking Lights combined for an approach to dub that was more rooted in electronic and techno and they often reminded me a little bit of Lee Perry collaborator The Orb.

Pictures of the show, including shots of the setlists for the Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood and The Congos/Sun Araw sets, are in this post. They continue below...

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Real Estate @ Crest Hardware, Dec. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

As mentioned, the closing night concert of the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival is happening May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Phillip Glass, Van Dyke Parks and Friends. To make the evening even more tempting, Real Estate (playing a stripped-down set) have now been added to bill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of, Real Estate will also be playing in the actual Big Sur for the 2013 Woodsist Festival which happens at the Henry Miller Library on September 22 & 23. The sold-out two-day event also features Foxygen (who have three shows in NYC next week), The Fresh and Onlys, Peaking Lights, The Babies and more.

There is also a Woodsist Fest date on September 28 at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town, CA with Woods, Real Estate, Fresh & Onlys, Parquet Courts and more on the bill. Tickets to that show are still available.

And in other news, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who also play both Woodsist fests) will release their second album, How Far Away, via Woodsist on May 28. You can stream a track from the LP, "Leave on the Light," below. They'll play a NYC record release show at Knitting Factory on the same day (5/28) with Spectre Folk and King Cyst. Tickets are on sale now.

All Alex Bleeker & the Freaks tour dates are listed, along with Woodsist Fest line-ups and song stream, below.

Continue reading "Real Estate added to Phillip Glass MHOW show, playing Woodist Fests in CA; Alex Bleeker & the Freaks ready new LP"

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Phoenix, who just played Coachella, are streaming their shiny new album, Bankrupt!, on iTunes.

Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.

The new Nick Drake tribute album with covers by Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock, and others is streaming on Spinner.

Jose Gonzalez's band Junip are streaming their new self titled album on Pitchfork.

Meat Puppets are streaming their new album, Rat Farm, on Spinner.

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge are streaming their new film-soundtrack-style album, Twelve Reasons to Die, on NPR.

Montreal shoegazers No Joy are streaming their shimmery new album, Wait to Pleasure, on Pitchfork.

Tera Melos are streaming their new spastic pop album, X'ed Out, on Spinner.

The Boy Least Likely To are streaming their new album, The Great Perhaps, on Pitchfork.

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)

We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.

There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?

We've written about the Sacred Bones comp, the Astralwerks comp, Old 97s, Frightened Rabbit, Austra, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Titus Andronicus Check out our new list below...

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Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
Andy StottLee Scratch Perry

As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...

A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.

Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).

And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy reveals full NYC lineup (Oneohtrix, Lee Perry, Andy Stott, Laurel Halo, Skream, Le1f, Young Chop, Big Freedia, Pantha Du Prince, Congos/Sun Araw, more)"

John Talabot at LPR in 2012 (more by Maxwell Reichert)
John Talabot

As just revealed in the Sasquatch 2013 lineup announcement, Barcelona producer John Talabot will be making his way over to North America in May for the festival. And while he's here, he'll be playing other dates including one in NYC on May 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. For the shows, he'll be taking along singer Pional, who contributed to his album and has toured with him before. The NYC show is being presented by FIXED and resident DJs JDH and Dave P will man the boards. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (2/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/6) at noon. All currently confirmed North American dates are listed below.

John Talabot also just offered an 'Acetate Dub' remix of Peaking Lights' "Beautiful Son" off their 2012 album, Lucifer. You can stream that remix and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...

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Gardens & Villa at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gardens & Villa

Santa Barbara indie pop crew Gardens & Villa haven't given us an album since their 2011 self titled debut on Secretly Canadian, but they did treat us to some music this year with a cover of "Gypsy" for the the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and a remix of their tourmates Polica's "The Maker" for Polica's remix EP.

We asked the band for a list of their top 10 songs of 2012, and like their own sound, most of the artists they chose lean on the indie pop side of things like Beach House, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights, Pure Bathing Culture, and others. You can check out their full list below.

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Pitchfork Albums

Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).

Check out their 50-30 picks below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

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Q MagQ Mag

Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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