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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Destruction Unit at Union Pool - 6/27/15
Destruction Unit
Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit brought their tour to Brooklyn this weekend, giving us two shows in 24 hours. First they played Palisades on Friday night (6/26) and then got up on Saturday (6/27) for a free afternoon show at Union Pool. The band recently announced a new album (Negative Feedback Resistor, due 9/18 via Sacred Bones), and they used these shows to show off those songs. Considering Destruction Unit are at their best in a live setting, it's pretty great that they're doing a lot of the touring for this record before it's out, allowing us to be introduced to the new songs by the force of their live show rather than through computer speakers.

The new songs have everything that made Destruction Unit great in the past, but judging by these two shows, they might be even better. There's more fast parts, the heavy parts are heavier, and the psychedelia is mesmerizing as ever. Caught between a headbang-worthy rhythm section and a sensory overload-inducing wall of sound, they simultaneously had part of the crowd at Palisades moshing and another part too tripped out to flail their limbs. And as always, the band were as wild as performers as they are as musicians. Guitarists Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa constantly shift from wielding their guitars in the air to thrashing away at them. And frontman Ryan Rousseau corners himself at the side of the stage but still gets maniacal, like when he caused a towering PA speaker to fall at Union Pool and played on without flinching as four audience members struggled to fix it.

The Union Pool show, part of the venue's Summer Thunder series, happened under the roof-covered patio due to rain. This caused the crowd to surround itself around the large bush in the center of the patio. The pictures in this post are from that show, including openers Cheena and Beech Creeps.

More below...

Continue reading "Destruction Unit previewed their new record with 2 NYC shows in 24 hours (pics from Union Pool w/ Cheena & Beech Creeps)"

by Bill Pearis

Cheena
Cheena

Destruction Unit are in town, ready to decimate at Palisades tonight (6/26) and the free "Summer Thunder" Union Pool show on Saturday afternoon (6/27). The Summer Thunder show was originally supposed to have Pampers on the bill as well, but they have had to unfortunately drop off. In their place will be Beech Creeps, and Cheena play as well. Speaking of thunder, Saturday's weather forecast is pretty dicey but if it is raining, bands will either play under the covered portion of the patio or in the indoor performance space. Either way, it's free and starts at 2 PM.

If you want to keep the fun going at Union Pool, Grooms, Rips and Broken Water play Union Pool's Saturday night show.

In related news, Cheena (who are also playing Gonerfest in Memphis) includes Margaret Chardiet whose main concern, Pharmakon, will play the second day of the two-day Summer Scum IV festival at Trans-Pecos on July 18 & 19. The fest goes all-day both days, featuring a cavalcade of noise, drone, outsider music and, of course, scum. The lineup also includes Drew McDowall (Coil/P-TV), Pool (members of Container, Kites, Spiritual Recess), Gnawed, Hollow Seed (Jesse Allen of Migrations Rust) and at least 40 more acts. It's $20 per day, or $30 for both days. Full lineup, schedule and Summer Scum IV flyer, below.

Cheena, whose lineup also includes members of Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, released their debut 3-song single on Sacred Bones this past spring. You can listen to that in full, below.

Continue reading "Beech Creeps replace Pampers on Destruction Unit's Summer Thunder show; Pharmakon & more playing Summer Scum IV"

photos by Maria Jose Govea / Red Bull; word by Bill Pearis

Pharmakon / Prurient / Genesis P-Orridge / Marshstepper
Red Bull Music Festival
Red Bull Music Festival
Red Bull Music Festival
Red Bull Music Festival

Nothing Changes, the weekly NYC late-night darkwave-noise-avant-etc party that usually happens at LES club Home Sweet Home, moved into fancier digs this week, a one-time-only special edition at Williamsburg danceclub Output on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy. This was RBMA's noise show for this year and featured a pretty stellar lineup, including Uniform, Pharmakon, Prurient, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Merzbow, and Marshstepper in the main room, and sets from Ron Morelli, Becka Diamond, JR Nelson & Ciarra Black, Jock Club, and Scott Mou in Output's Panther Room.

This was surely a different crowd for Output (my first time there), a place that doesn't normally have live music inside, but their famously killer/expensive soundsystem (which can be really loud without being painful) really gives this kind of droning/noise all-enveloping power. I got there right as Pharmakon had started her set. Having just come from watching a screening of the Twin Peaks season 2 finale, straight to seeing Pharmakon writhing on the floor, screaming over dissonant electronics and strobes, the line between where one ended and the other began was a little blurry. If the Black Lodge has a dance club, it'd probably be something like Nothing Changes.

Prurient's set, heavy on the sub-frequency drones, worked especially well with Output's soundsystem, which has the kind of bass you feel in your bones and could pulverize a kidney stone. While things kicked off around 10 PM, earlier than your average night at Nothing Changes, it went just as late and had this working man heading home around 1:15 AM...which was about 10 minutes into Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway's (Wolf Eyes) set which leaned more towards Throbbing Gristle than PTV. So I missed Merzbow and what looks to have been a very typically bizarre set for Marshstepper, entirely. But pictures from their sets, and everyone's in the main room, are in this post.

Pictures, by the way, are something not normally associated with Output, a club that strictly prohibits photography of any kind but let RBMA photographers do their thing. More of those below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon, Genesis P-Orridge, Prurient, Marshstepper, Merzbow & more played 'Nothing Changes' at Output (pics)"

FORM

Last year, Hundred Waters threw their first-ever FREE three-day FORM Festival in Arizona's experimental town Arcosanti, and this year they're doing it again from May 22-24. They've got a few of the same names, including How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Julie Byrne and Kodak to Graph, as well as new faces such as The Antlers, Holly Herndon, Jacques Greene, Julianna Barwick, Mutual Benefit, Pharmakon, Mitski, Tokimonsta, Machinedrum and more. Here's what Hundred Waters say about the fest:

Festivals are usually fast paced and high stress for artists and attendees. We're lucky to spend a single day on site and even luckier to have a meaningful conversation with an artist we know or wish to know. With FORM, all of the artists and attendees stay on site together for the entire weekend. We eat together, dance together, share the whole experience together, and when it's time to part ways, we leave with a very distinct memory of a very distinct time and place. We let the place and the environment shape that experience. As visitors to this beautiful, highly intentional micro city of Arcosanti, our appreciation for every day things like infrastructure, sustenance and community are heightened without even realizing it. Every human interaction more meaningful. Every cup of coffee or tea more delicious with the underlying thought of what it took to get it into your hands. A more present state of consciousness. A place to cultivate ideas.

If you're interested in coming, we ask that you answer a few simple questions. The more creative your response, the better. After receiving your submissions, we'll send out invites. Capacity is made limited to ensure the space is treated with care. If invited, just arrive and share a little piece of yourself with us as we will with you. See you in the desert :)
This year will also have a Moog Sound Lab performance series, "where artists can experiment and explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects on never before seen Moog prototype synths and archival equipment. This will be the first time that the Moog Sound Lab experience has ever traveled outside of the Moog Factory."

Once again, it's totally free, you just have to RSVP to go. Full lineup and a new mini-documentary video about last year's festival, below.

Hundred Waters are also hopping aboard a train with Skrillex, Diplo and friends for this year's Full Flex Express tour.

Speaking of The Antlers, they're releasing a live album, The Antlers in London, on June 15 via Transgressive. You can check out the tracklist and a video from that show, below...

Continue reading "Hundred Waters announce 2015 FORM fest w/ Antlers, How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Mitski, more"

Ende Tymes Festival

NYC's "festival of noise and abstract liberation" Ende Tymes Festival was recently announced to return this year from May 13-17 at Knockdown Center, Silent Barn and Outpost Artists Resources, and you can now check out the full schedule with daily lineups and set times. The fest includes Z'EV, Metalux, Dead Machines, Pharmakon, Lary 7, Gen Ken Montgomery, Chris Goudreau (of Sickness), David Lee Myers, Thomas Dimuzio, Bastard Noise, C. Spencer Yeh, Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski and many more.

There's an indieGoGo campaign set up to raise money for the festival, and more info at the fest's website.

Schedule below...

Continue reading "Ende Tymes Festival 2015 daily lineups & set times"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Glue on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge - 3/19/15
Lamar Pedestrian Bridge Show 3/19/2015

Like there tend to be in Austin during SXSW, there were a few late shows on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge last week, two of which included local hardcore band Glue (Thurs 3/19 and Sat 3/21). We caught both of those, and Glue's sets at both were especially apeshit. Whole place was a big mosh pit, and Glue were raw as hell.

The first show had them joined by a typically short and abrasive set from noise/hardcore duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver), a shambolic set from psych punks The Ukiah Drag, and the night ended with the highly-confrontational Pharmakon.

Sheer Mag
Lamar Pedestrian Bridge Show 3/21/2015

The second one had Houston hardcore band Dress Code, who had the place in a similar frenzy to Glue, and punky riff rockers Sheer Mag, who had much of the crowd huddled around the band much like they did in NYC just before SXSW. Pictures of both bridge shows are in this post.

Glue come to NYC soon for New York's Alright, during which they'll play The Wick on April 19 with Dawn of Humans, Heratys, Raw Distractions and Urbanoia. That's a day show (3 PM doors), and tickets are still available.

Sheer Mag also have a NY's Alright show. Theirs is a late one (11 PM doors) at Acheron on April 18 with Vanity, Bad Noids, Tapehead and . Tickets are still available. That's part of their tour, which also includes an opening slot at Ex Hex's sold-out LPR show on 4/23.

Uniform also put out a new song today via Stereogum. Listen to that, plus the ripping "Backwards Society" from Glue's 2014 S/T EP, with more pictures from the bridge shows, below...

Continue reading "Glue played a bridge twice during SXSW w/ Sheer Mag, Ukiah Drag, Pharmakon & more (pics), playing NY's Alright"

photo: Pharmakon at Webster Hall last weekend (more by Greg Cristman)
Pharmakon

Nothing Changes is the weekly late-night party that happens at small Lower East Side bar Home Sweet Home that tends to feature relatively obscure goth/noise/punk/etc artists, and sometimes hosts bigger bands while they tour through NYC like Iceage and Merchandise. As part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency, Nothing Changes will throw its biggest party ever at May 13 at Output, the Williamsburg dance club with one of the city's best sound systems.

The lineup is very impressive too, with noise veteran Merzbow, a duo set from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge and Wolf Eyes' Aaron Dilloway, Dominick Fernow's long-running Prurient project, fast-rising NYC newcomer Pharmakon, L.I.E.S. label head Ron Morelli, the genuinely freakish Destruction Unit-related project Marshstepper, ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform, and more unannounced artists. Tickets are on sale now.

Prurient will be "presenting his seminal album Pleasure Ground for the first time" at the Nothing Changes show, and he's also releasing a new album this year. It's called Frozen Niagara Falls and is due May 12 via Profound Lore. Album trailer below.

Pharmakon has other upcoming shows in NYC as well.

The Nothing Changes party also celebrates its two-year anniversary this Wednesday (3/11) at Home Sweet Home with Lust for Youth (who also play Baby's) and Soren. That goes from 10 PM to 4 AM, and is $8 at the door. The following week has Oake and Lussuria.

Continue reading "Nothing Changes taking over Output for one night w/ Prurient, Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, and more"

photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Merzbow

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Suicide / Pharmakon
Suicide
Pharmakon

Legendary NYC synthpunk duo Suicide played a hometown show at Webster Hall on Saturday (3/7). Though Alan Vega had to be helped into a chair during the set, he and Martin Rev still sounded excellent -- and really loud -- and remain a huge influence on modern music.

NYC newcomer Pharmakon opened, and she was as great and confrontational as she is in smaller venues. Like she often does, she went into the audience screaming and cutting a swath through the crowd. After her came psych duo The Vacant Lots, who put out their Sonic Boom-produced debut LP last year and seemed like they probably take some influence from Suicide. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Pharmakon plays her hometown again on April 2 at Saint Vitus with Shredded Nerve and Ciarra Black, and in May at the Ende Tymes Festival. She's also a member of the punk band Cheena, who open for Iceage side project Marching Church and play New York's Alright in April.

List of all Pharmakon dates, and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "Suicide, Vacant Lots & Pharmakon played Webster Hall (pics)"

Ende Tymes

NYC's Ende Tymes Festival will return this year from May 13-17 at Knockdown Center, Silent Barn and Outpost Artists Resources. The "festival of noise and abstract liberation" features a variety of veterans and newcomers including Z'EV, Metalux, Dead Machines, Pharmakon, Lary 7, Gen Ken Montgomery, Chris Goudreau (of Sickness), David Lee Myers, Thomas Dimuzio, Bastard Noise, C. Spencer Yeh, Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski and many more.

More info here. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "NYC's Ende Tymes Festival returning in May (Z'EV, Metalux, Dead Machines, Pharmakon, Lary 7, Bastard Noise & more)"

photo: The Ukiah Drag in Chicago in 2014 (more by Milos Markicevic)
The Ukiah Drag

New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag put out their bleary In The Reaper's Quarters last year, and are now getting ready to head out on a string of dates around the US. The tour kicks off here in NYC at The Acheron on March 1 with support from noise duo Uniform (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men), NYC punk supergroup Cheena and psych punk rippers Honey. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Cheena (aka Pharmakon plus members of NYC punk regulars Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads) are also playing The Acheron again April 4 with the Iceage singer's other band Marching Church (tickets) and also have a slot at this year's edition of hardcore festival New York's Alright.

All Ukiah Drag tour dates and a video of their set at Saint Vitus last year below...

Continue reading "The Ukiah Drag touring, playing NYC w/ Uniform, Honey and Pharmakon's other band Cheena (dates)"

Primavera

The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

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photo: Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pharmakon

NYC's Pharmakon, whose 2014 album Bestial Burden placed at #64 on the Pazz + Jop Poll, will be on a North American tour for the rest of this month and most of February. Upon returning to NYC, she'll open for hometown legends Suicide at their Webster Hall show on March 7, also with The Vacant Lots. Tickets for that are still available. All of Pharmakon's dates are listed below.

In somewhat related news, tonight (1/15) is the issue 15 launch party for Nuts! Fanzine (which has previously interviewed Pharmakon) at Printed Matter (6-8pm). NYC punk band Flykills will play a set at the event which runs from 6-8 pm.

Flykills feature former members of the Florida punk band St. Dad, who White Lung named a song after, and who White Lung singer MIsh Way is openly a huge fan of. You may have seen Flykills when they opened for White Lung at Glasslands last year. Their latest release, the snotty raw Lump of Flesh EP, was also Tweens' third favorite album of 2014. You also may have seen Flykills last year at Cake Shop with the Tweens-related band Vacation.

Stream the Flykills EP and watch a video of them at that Glasslands show, below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon on tour, opening for Suicide at Webster Hall; Flykills playing 'Nuts!' fanzine release party tonight"

Mos Def
photo: Mos Def at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The Eric Garner protests, like last weekend's Millions March, in NYC continue, and as you've probably seen and heard, many of those lending their voice to the cause are prominent musicians. Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey), offered an audio statement called "Thoughts On The Upheaval From A Global Perspective" via Stop Being Famous, as Billboard points out. Here's some of what he said:

Where are we? We're at a critical time. We're at a watershed moment for humanity. The urgency to 'change this miserable condition on this earth,' as Malcolm X said, is occurring to many of us, reaffirming itself.

It's the opportunity for necessary change, positive change, and it's not necessarily convenient or comfortable as I'm sure it is with any period of growth. I read somewhere that in order for an arrow to fly, the bow has to be drawn back. There's some pressure involved and I think we're all feeling that pressure. Some of us are more aware of it than others. Some of us are trying to drown it out. But we all feel it one way or another, in indelible ways in these times and days.

You can listen to the audio below.

RZA also spoke to Vanity Fair about it, saying:

The value of a man's life has been totally reduced. It has never been even put at the proper value, when it comes to a black man... But we have an old-school mentality of what you can do, as a cop, and how someone already considered a criminal, even when he's not committing a violent crime, or a real crime. Selling a cigarette is not really a crime, standing on the corner is not a real crime, at the end of the day.

But in this case, with Eric Garner, there is not a criminal here. This looks more like the ego and frustration of a man--forget that this guy was a cop. Take the uniform off. If you take the uniform off of those guys, it looks like a neighborhood beat down. It looked like a black guy got jumped by a bunch of white guys. It looks like this gang jumped that guy.

On Sunday (12/14), when Aretha Franklin attended the premiere of Selma (the film based on Martin Luther King and the 1965 civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama) in NYC, she was interviewed about how important she thinks a film like Selma is coming out at this time, and said:
I think that it's gonna bring a higher level of consciousness to everything that's happening, particularly between the movie and the Fergusons and all of the different happenings that we've had lately involving all of the young African American men. There is certainly a correlation between the two, the timing, and i think most importantly the timing. What was happening way back when and what is still happening now.
Lil B just released a song called "I Can't Breathe," which you can listen to below.

The Eric Garner case, other related tragedies, and the growing social movement around it also pushed D'Angelo to get his new album out as soon as he did (it was originally planned for 2015).

Meanwhile, money has been raised for Eric Garner's family via Fundly and Indie GoGo campaigns. Fundraisers, like the one Russell Simons was at, are becoming more common. Two happening in NYC just popped up today:

One is a show billed as "BLACK LIVES MATTER" happening on December 23 at SOB's. No artists announced at the moment, but tickets are on sale now.

The other is a noise show happening December 30 at Palisades with live sets from Nick Klein & Shredded Nerve, Miguel Alvarino, Appetite, Saran Man, Negation, Coil's Drew McDowall, Pure Matrix, POI, Bookworms and Young Male, as well as DJ sets from Analog Soul, Half Life and Pharmakon (aka Margaret Chardiet). That one's $12 at the door.

They may not really need the fundraisers in the end though, as the New York Times reports that New York City comptroller Scott M. Stringer is also "seeking to negotiate a settlement of a $75 million civil rights claim brought my Mr. Garner's family."

Stream the Lil B song and Mos Def speech below...

Continue reading "Mos Def, RZA, Aretha Franklin & more speak about Eric Garner issue; benefit shows for his family happening in NYC"

Grouper
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.

Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...

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Pitchfork

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...

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Pitchfork

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...

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Pharmakon @ Palisades - 11/22/14 (via @teethbonnet)
Pharmakon

Pharmakon, who put out one of The Quietus' favorite albums of 2014, recently played a release show for that album, Bestial Burden, at Palisades on November 22 with Ligature. Now the local noisemaker's been added to another show with Ligature on the bill, Saint Vitus on December 11 with the likeminded Puce Mary (also on The Quietus' list) and the insane Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper, as well as Aischrolatreia and Penchant. Tickets for that show are still available. Pharmakon has two other dates this month. All are listed below. The Vitus show is also one of three NYC dates for Puce Mary on her tour.

Speaking of Sacred Bones-signed NYC artists playing Saint Vitus, labelmates Pop. 1280 and Anasazi have a show there on January 15 with Bootblacks. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon.

All Pharmakon dates are listed, with a video from the Palisades show, below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon played Palisades, added to Marshstepper / Puce Mary show at St Vitus (where Pop 1280 & Anasazi also play)"

Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
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Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:

On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.
The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.

Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...


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Dream Police

The Men's avant-leaning spinoff Dream Police released their debut LP Hypnotized earlier this month via Sacred Bones and have been on tour with ripping psych punks Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party) in support of it. When we last spoke, there was no NYC date on that tour (though both bands have played NYC separately since), but it was later announced that the tour would be concluding at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (11/22). That show is triply good because it features local punks Ivy, whose great self-titled LP is out now on Katorga Works. Remnants are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now. In December, Dream Police kick off a West Coast tour. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Dream Police's Sacred Bones labelmate Pharmakon plays her album release show the same night in Brooklyn at Palisades, and ex-The Men project Ligature was recently added as an opener. Also on the bill is Baltimore's S. English (1/2 of Corporate Park) and Negation. Tickets are still available. Ligature also has upcoming dates with Puce Mary, including her Saint Vitus show with Marshstepper.

List of Dream Police dates, with streams from DP, Honey and Ivy, below...

Continue reading "Dream Police concluding tour w/ Honey in NYC this weekend w/ Ivy, add west coast dates; Ligature opening for Pharmakon"

The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
Cribs

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

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538 Johnson for The Men in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
538

Looks like there's some trouble for Bushwick DIY venue 538 Johnson. They posted:

Surprise, surprise our landlords at 538 don't love us. They recently hit us with a bunch of wild and crazy fines that added up to an exorbitant amount of money. Pretty shady stuff. Unfortunately the only way we can keep the space is to pay them, and we need some help from "the scene." 538 has been hosting some pretty good shows for quite some time. We want you to be able to keep trashing our home. Hallway punks forever, please come support.
The venue, that's housed early NYC gigs for The Men, Merchandise, White Lung, The Menzingers and many others, will be hosting a benefit show this Sunday (9/21) with wild punks Dawn of Humans, melodic noise artist Pharmakon, hardcore crew Missionary, garagey punks Ivy, and Cheena.

Later this fall, Pharmakon also plays a record release show for Bestial Burden on November 22 at Palisades. Tickets for that show are still available.

You can catch Ivy again on October 11 at Acheron with Warthog, Bad Noids, Party Plates and Mr. California (tickets); and October 25 at Palisades with Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Blazing Eye, Savageheads, L.O.T.I.O.N. and Face the Rail (tickets). If you haven't heard Ivy's new self-titled LP on Katorga Works you can download it for free HERE and order the vinyl HERE.

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Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pharmakon

NYC noisemaker Pharmakon's new album, Bestial Burden, comes out October 14 via Sacred Bones. Though she unfortunately had to cancel last month's hometown show, she's now scheduled a release show for Bestial Burden happening in NYC on November 22 at Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Updated dates (including her European tour with Swans) are listed, with the excellent single from the new album, below...

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Pharmakon at Drone Activity in Progress in 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)

Pharmakon is streaming "Body Betrays Itself" off of her forthcoming album Bestial Burden, the followup to her critically acclaimed 2013 debut Abandon. The song's a good one -- it pulses ominously along with Temple of Doom drums, while  one-woman force Margaret Chardaret screams and wails over top. You can listen to it below. If you want to hear more, the album is out on Sacred Bones on October 14.

As we've mentioned, Pharmakon is touring Europe with Swans (again!) this fall. She was also scheduled to play an NYC show at Death By Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia and La Misma, but she's since had to drop off -- she's traveling to China for a couple dates with Liars, including Bejiing's Modern Sky Festival (which is getting a NYC edition) -- so NYC fans will have to wait.

Pharmakon recently sat down with Pitchfork to talk about the new album--head over there to read their Q&A. Otherwise, all tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Pharmakon

Brooklyn's Nancy Sinatra-covering noise artist Pharmakon has announced that she'll release a new album, Bestial Burden, the followup to 2013's excellent Abandon, on October 14 via Sacred Bones. It was produced by Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon, who also helmed Abandon. You can check out the LP's tracklist and the trailer video for it, directed by Jacqueline Castel, below. Artwork above.

Pharmakon will tour Europe with Swans this fall (who she's toured with before), but before she leaves home she'll play Death by Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival. $10 at the door gets you in.

That's the first of two NYC dates that week for Barcelona punks Una Bestia Incontrolable. They also play 538 Johnson on 8/30 with Dawn of Humans and La Misma. They just put out a new 7" on Iron Lung Records, which you can stream (via Noisey) below.

Also below is the list of Pharmakon dates, LP trailer and tracklist.

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