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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Julie Ruin - "Oh Come On" (MP3)

Julie Ruin

As mentioned, in December 2010 Kathleen Hanna debuted her new band, The Julie Ruin (named after Kathleen's 1997 solo album, Julie Ruin) at the Kathleen Hanna tribute that took place at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Then, in December 2012, The Julie Ruin revealed their first song, "Girls Like Us," and now they've finally announced that their debut album will come out this year. The album is called Run Fast and it's due out on September 3 via The Julie Ruin's own TJR Records (distributed by Dischord). In addition to Kathleen, the band's lineup includes her Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman (of the duo Kiki and Herb with Justin Bond), Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landaeu (who teaches at NYC's Girls Rock Camp). The album artwork is below.

"Girls Like Us" will appear on the album, as will the new single, "Oh Come On." "Oh Come On" hearkens more back to Kathleen's Bikini Kill days than her time in the dance-punk group Le Tigre, which is very welcome considering the excitement behind the recent Bikini Kill reissue and just the general obsession with the '90s that's been going on (PS: you can stream most of Bikini Kill's discography at their bandcamp). Kathleen sounds hungry as ever on the track, screaming through a filter of distortion as her bandmates provide not-distorted girl-group-style backing vocals and a killer guitar riff running through the track. Download "Oh Come On" for free above or stream it below.

The Julie Ruin are set to play their second live show ever (following that Knitting Factory show in 2010) at the Pitchfork showcase at this year's Northside Festival which happens at Saint Vitus on Thursday (6/13). They'll join the previously discussed lineup of Majical Cloudz, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), and Foreplay. That show is sold out, but if you get there early, you can still try to get in with your Northside badge. Updated show flyer below.

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photos by Jonathon Bernstein


Majical Cloudz

Montreal duo Majical Cloudz have been on a tour with Youth Lagoon, which hit the NYC-area twice earlier this month, and this week they took a couple days off from that tour to return to NYC for their own separate events. On Monday (5/20), the guys went to Manhattan record store Other Music for an in-store performance, and that night they met up with their pal Claire Boucher (aka Grimes, who featured Majical Cloudz on her song, "Nightmusic") to hit up a karaoke bar on the LES. While there, Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh sang Limp Bizkit's "Nookie," though Claire was too shy to sing anything. Devon's bandmate (who doesn't sing in Majical Cloudz) Matt Otto did Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which apparently is becoming a thing for indie people these days.

Then, the next night (5/21) Majical Cloudz headed to Brooklyn to play a release party for their new album, Impersonator, which was released via Matador that same day. NYC producer Gobby opened that show with a full-band set, and the advertised "SPECIAL GUEST!" turned out to be none other than Grimes doing a DJ set. Pictures from the Glasslands show are in this post.

As mentioned, Majical Cloudz will be back in NYC yet again for the Northside Festival, where they will play a Pitchfork show at Saint Vitus on June 13 with Kim Gordon's Body/Head duo (who recently played RBMA), Foreplay, and a "Special Guest." Grimes again???? Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

More pictures and some videos from Glasslands below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork Festival

The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.

Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.

Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Disclosure at Pitchfork SXSW Showcase (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

UK duo Disclosure caught our ears with some great releases last year, including The Face EP, and kept things going this year with their excellent single, "White Noise," which features AlunaGeorge. I went to catch them at the official Pitchfork SXSW showcase at 1100 Warehouse last night (3/14), and as with many of these post-dubstep artists, and especially those who rely on guest vocalists that don't perform live with them, it's hard not to wonder how much of a "show" it will really be. So I was taken pretty off guard when Disclosure opened their set with a song that they sang on. They didn't sing any others after that (relying on samples and recorded versions of their guest singers) but the show continued to be something you could "watch" as well as a huge dance party.

They use a fair amount of live percussion which keeps things interesting too, and when they played songs like "White Noise" and "What's In Your Head" the crowd was going wild. When I first wrote about Disclosure, I mentioned that I didn't foresee them headlining a place like Terminal 5 any time soon (which their friend SBTRKT did), but after seeing what their live show is capable of last night, I'm pretty sure I was way wrong.

Disclosure don't play T5 just yet, but they will be in NYC for two shows next week at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (3/20) and Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (3/21). Both of those shows are sold out.

Stream "White Noise" below...

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Pitchfork fans, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Pitchfork have announced their festival headliners by day for their annual summer shindig in Chicago's Union Park (July 19 - 21), with Bjork heading up the first evening, followed by Belle & Sebastian and R.Kelly in the following nights. Tickets are on sale for individual nights, as well as three day passes.

by Andrew Sacher

Kendrick LamarFrank Ocean

Today, we finally get the much anticipated list of Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums of 2012. They revealed Nos. 30-50 yesterday and spent the rest of this week posting Honorable Mentions and tracks. None of the albums that made the top 20 are surprising to see there (which doesn't mean they aren't deserving), but the surprises come from the albums that missed the list all together. Passion Pit got ROBBED! Twin Shadow too! And Wild Nothing! If you're looking for Converge or Baroness, you'll have to redirect yourself to Pitchfork's Metal list (though Pallbearer was in the main top 50). And we could've guessed that Nos. 1 and 2 would be Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar... but who took the No. 1 spot? Head below to find out and you can check out individual writer's votes too...

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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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Pitchfork Honorable Mentions

Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2012, which they consider "20 records didn't make [their] Top 50 but they're not necessarily just Nos. 51-70." There are some similarities to their Overlooked Records of 2012 list that they posted halfway through the year. It also includes Frankie Rose's Interstellar, which did actually get Best New Music upon its release, unlike the other albums here. And it's got Waxahatchee's American Weekend and Jeremih's Late Nights with Jeremih, neither of which were reviewed throughout the year. Though they did review Waxhatachee (Katie Crutchfield)'s sister Allison's band Swearin', who also makes this list, and who (along with Jeremih) made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks list.

Full list 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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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

The Men @ Saint Vitus
The Men

The Men headlined a Pitchfork-produced Sandy-benefit at Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) with Widowspeak (who play Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge soon), Sweden's Lust For Youth (who also played WIERD two nights prior) and Don Giovanni-signed Waxahatchee. The show was a one-off, hometown show for the Men who will tour down under in the new year. Pictures are in this post.

I was most excited to catch The Men and Lust for Youth. The latter's synth-propelled darkwave sounded excellent in the room at Vitus, though watching the pair play was far from a live spectacle. A band like this does extremely well in a setting like WIERD at Home Sweet Home, where lights, strobes and fog are all very common-place. Made me wish I caught them there.

The Men have changed quite a bit in the past few years, so while it wasn't shocking that the band came out with four acoustic guitars in hand given some of the softer-side of Open Your Heart, it was nonetheless a side I hadn't seen before. Gone is the bubbling undercurrent of hardcore (probably my favorite era- the Immaculada/Leave Home records), with most of the tracks slanted in a Replacements-y direction but with a bit of a twang due to the addition of accordion and Rhodes. The band has definitely gone in different directions from the days of sweaty, packed-out 538 Johnson shows (pics), and I gotta say I miss those good 'ole days.

More pictures of all four bands at Saint Vitus are below.

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photos by Robert Altman

Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon

Experimentalist Holly Herndon played a Pitchfork co-presented Sandy benefit at MoMA PS1 in the VW Dome on Sunday (12/2) with DJ sets by Ducktails and Oneohtrix Point Never. Pictures from that show are in this post.

You can catch Oneohtrix Point Never in NYC again when he DJs 285 Kent on Friday (12/7) with live sets by Autre Ne Veut and Mykki Blanco (tickets).

Ducktails will play live in NYC at their guest-filled record release show for their new album, The Flower Lane, on January 23 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets).

More pics below.

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Ducktails at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)

As mentioned, Pitchfork is co-presenting a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit this Sunday (12/2) at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City with Holly Herndon (live), Ducktails (DJ), and Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ). Tickets for the show are still available and all proceeds go to benefit hurricane relief.

Ducktails (the project of Real Estate's Matt Mondanile) will release their new album, The Flower Lane, on January 29 via Domino and they'll be playing a record release show for it in NYC on January 23 at Le Poisson Rouge with a number of special guests, including Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle), Cults singer Madeline Follin, Joel Ford, and Matt's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can stream the title track from the new album below.

As mentioned, Oneohtrix Point Never will also DJ 285 Kent on December 7 with Autre Ne Veut and Grimes' second favorite rapper of the year, Mykki Blanco. Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream below.

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Sandy benefit at MoMA PS1 is this weekend; Ducktails playing guest-filled record release show at LPR"

Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon

Like they did during CMJ, Pitchfork and MoMA PS1 are teaming up to present a show together at the Long Island City venue on December 2. This one's a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit and it features a live set by Holly Herndon (who also plays Brooklyn tonight with Maxmillion Dunbar and Blondes) and DJ sets by Oneohtrix Point Never (who we just mentioned DJs with Autre Ne Veut and Mykki Blanco in Brooklyn soon) and Ducktails. The show goes down at MoMA PS1's VM Dome and runs from 4 - 7 PM. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds go to benefit hurricane relief.

Ducktails have a new album on the way and they also play a house show in Brooklyn this weekend at 252 Norman Avenue on Saturday (11/17) with Scott & Charlene's Wedding.

Show flyer below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Angel Haze at Villain - 10/19/12 (via @wolverskulkbrecht)
Angel Haze

You already know what I thought of Merchandise's set at the Pitchfork showcase at Villain in Brooklyn on Friday night (10/19). Here's a bit on the rest of the stuff I saw.

Rapper Angel Haze was on when I walked in and she was probably the best act I saw at the whole show. She delivers with a fast, fierce flow and is a way confident performer. She has a style that will definitely appeal to hip hop purists, eschewing the slow flow of cloud rap and only using pre-recorded vocals if it benefited the song, not as a vice. But though she ignores current trends, she isn't overtly a throwback rapper either. Angel Haze is just a refreshing reminder of the levels that rap can be taken, something that really comes across in her powerful new song.

Hundred Waters at Villain - 10/19/12 (via @twodegreesinbebop)
Hundred Waters

Up next was Hundred Waters, one of my most anticipated bands for this year's CMJ. I'm not trying to draw any grand conclusions about their signing to Skrillex's label, which I'm still scratching my head about, but I will say that after seeing them it makes a little more sense why he would be interested. Though their album reminds me of a slightly more electronic Joanna Newsom, they're a lot louder and bassier at their shows. There's a noticeable split on stage -- the two girls stay on the left and if it was just them, they'd sound like a forgotten psych folk duo from the late '60s, and on the other side of the stage, the three guys handle drums, bass, and synths, vibing like an edgy jamtronica band. It's a weird mix, but it often meshes really well.

Hundred Waters were followed by Le1f, who I had seen the night earlier at the Studio at Webster Hall. Le1f fit in a lot better on this lineup than he did with the mostly hardcore rap lineup of the Studio show, and the larger crowd were way more into him in this environment. I'm still more a fan of his head knockers and the slower ones wash over me a bit, but still a fun set to watch.

Daughn GIbson was up next, and like Hundred Waters, his strong point is his eclectic mix of sounds. He played mostly off of his debut album, All Hell, which came out earlier this year via White Denim (he's since signed to Sub Pop) and combines gothic country with downtempo electronic music. While other beatmaker/singers like James Blake prefer to sit at their piano and let the music do the talking, Daughn is a natural born frontman and couldn't help but perform like a melodramatic barroom singer.

Then Merchandise played, after which I stuck around for a few songs by Holy Other. His new album, Held, is one of my favorite electronic releases of the year and Holy Other is really on some next level shit, but admittedly isn't much of a live act.

After I left, the crowd was treated to sets by METZ, DIIV, Joey Bada$$, and Death Grips. You can watch some videos from the show below.

Continue reading "more review/videos from P4K showcase @ Villain (Angel Haze, Hundred Waters, Death Grips, Daughn Gibson, METZ & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Merchandise at Bowery Ballroom - 10/21/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

On Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, I made my way over to Brooklyn warehouse Villain, which has recently begun hosting shows, for Pitchfork's unofficial CMJ showcase. The venue's a pretty decent size, but with the wall running down the middle which separated the stage from the bar area, they could only let in 300 people. It's a nice location though, and they had great visuals for every artist, projecting footage of them performing blurred with trippy imagery onto the white wall behind the stage. I got there about a half hour before doors and was told that by the second act, the venue was at capacity, though with the always-crowded smoking pit and bar area, the crowd never felt too dense and it was easy to make your way to the front. I was there for about half the show and saw Angel Haze, Hundred Waters, Le1f, Daughn Gibson, Merchandise, and Holy Other. The whole lineup was great, but my main reason for going was to check out Merchandise, whose only other show this week was a post-CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/21) (pictured above), so I'll start there.

Merchandise have been around for a few years, but they gained a significant more amount of attention this year with their impressive Children Of Desire album. And the tunes sound great on record, but the band are still without a permanent drummer and when they tried to pull it off with a drum machine at Villain on Friday, it just didn't cut it. I spent most of their set in the front and their amps were twice as loud as the drum machine (it was a bit better in the back). I've heard people like to mosh at Merchandise shows and there were a few attempts at a pit, but with such a lack of power in the band's sound, I couldn't see the motivation for one. And when frontman Carson Cox demanded the crowd "wake up," it was hard to really agree that the crowd was at fault here. To give credit where it's due, all three members of Merchandise who were on stage were great. They had totally driving bass, sharp guitar lines, and Carson's voice was just as romantic as it is on record and it's still the band's selling point -- they just need a drummer to give them the push they deserve.

A video of Merchandise from their set at the Pitchfork showcase is below.

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Car Bomb at CMJ 2010 (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Car Bomb

Car Bomb will headline the Pitchfork-Show No Mercy unofficial CMJ event that will go down on October 20 at 285 Kent, tagging Batillus, Pyrrhon, Primitive Weapons and Theologian plus "special guests." Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three Pitchfork shows announced during CMJ.

Car Bomb have decided to go it alone with w^w^^w^w, their new album and first release since leaving Relapse Records. Stream all of that LP below and order the CD/vinyl via the band (due in "mid-October").

The show is the same night as the $5, complimentary-while-supplies-last PBR/Sailor Jerry/Mercy-drink, BBG showcase at Saint Vitus featuring exclusive CMJ appearances from Yakuza, Royal Thunder, Enabler, Fight Amp, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets are on sale.

Pitchfork flyer and LP stream are below.

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Death Grips at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Death Grips

As mentioned, Death Grips are also playing a NPR-presented CMJ show with Flying Lotus at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17. That bill also includes Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) and since we last spoke Buke & Gase were added as well. The show is free with "confirmed RSVP", which opens TODAY (10/9) at 10:45 AM (aka really soon). Act quick.

We already mentioned that Death Grips and LE1F are playing Pitchfork's CMJ showcase at new Brooklyn warehouse venue Villain on October 19 (50 N 3rd St). Now the full lineup is out and it also includes DIIV, Joey Bada$$, Holy Other, METZ, Merchandise, Daughn Gibson, Hundred Waters, and Angel Haze. The show goes from 8PM to 3 AM and is totally free to the public, but there will also be 200 priority tickets being given away at the Topman store (478 Broadway in SoHo) "on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 AM and 9 PM."

Pitchfork is also teaming up with MoMA PS1 to present a show in the VW Performance Dome on October 20 (22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City) with Andy Stott, Chairlift, and Doldrums, which runs from 3-6 PM. That show is free with museum admission.

Pitchfork's metal column, Show No Mercy, is also presenting an unofficial showcase during CMJ.

The fliers for both Pitchfork shows are below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork announces full CMJ showcase lineup; RSVP opening for Death Grips/Flying Lotus show at LPR"

Death Grips at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Death Grips

As mentioned, Death Grips are finally going on tour this fall and will be in NYC for a show on November 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show just went on sale. The group will also be in NYC even sooner than that for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17 with Flying Lotus.

It's now been announced that Death Grips will also play the Pitchfork (who just awarded their new album an 8.2 today) showcase at new Brooklyn warehouse venue Villain on October 19 (50 N 3rd St), the same venue that the Brainfeeder showcase happens on October 10 during Flying Lotus' NYC takeover. More acts and details for the Pitchfork showcase (like how to get tickets) TBA.

A list of updated Death Grips dates is below.

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photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.

More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 pics (part 1) -- Feist, Purity Ring, Olivia Tremor Control, A$AP Rocky, Willis Earl Beal & much more"

last night...

On the roof at 47 Wooster St. for Pitchfork-presented Ryan McGinley opening.
There may be a surprise.
(Ryan Schreiber)
Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound performing 'Te Amo' on the roof at 47 Wooster St, NYC
for Pitchfork-presented Ryan McGinley open
(Ryan Schreiber)
Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound plays acoustic set in gallery after NYC cops
force performance indoors due to noise complaints
(Ryan Schreiber)
Atlas Sound

"An exhibition of new work from the photographer Ryan McGinley opens this Wednesday at Team Gallery in SoHo. Technically, it's two exhibitions, because the gallery has two spaces, one at 83 Grand Street and one around the corner at 47 Wooster -- and McGinley's pictures will be at both. The Grand Street location is showing "Animals," studio-made photos of various creatures interacting with naked humans in sometimes cute and sometimes provocative ways. Wooster Street, meanwhile, has "Grids," photos taken at music festivals all over the world, including pictures from Bonnaroo that we commissioned for our Look pages last year." [NY Times]
Atlas Sound is also DJing Glasslands this Saturday (5/5), after playing a set at BAM as part of the three day Crossing Brooklyn Ferry which begins TONIGHT (5/3).

In related news, Lotus Plaza just announced a tour. All Atlas Sound dates, including another Pitchfork event, are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Hot Chip

Hot Chip have signed to Domino Records who will put out the band's fifth album, In Our Heads, which will be out June 12 in all the popular formats. It will be the band's first since 2010's One Life Stand.

Hot Chip's only American show scheduled at this point is the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 13, but a NYC show before or after seems likely. No music yet (or album art) at this early juncture, but the tracklisting is at the bottom of this post.

2012 is a busy year for Hot Chip, in and out of the group. Joe Goddard is one half of The 2 Bears whose debut album, Be Strong, came out back in January and is one of the more fun, danceable albums of the year so far. (You can stream it on Spotify.) Felix Martin and Al Doyle are two-thirds of New Build whose debut (very Roxy Music) is out April 3 via the band's own Lunark Recordings. New Build will be at SXSW and play Mercury Lounge March 13 and 14.

Tour dates and audio streams for New Build are below, plus 2 Bears videos and the In Our Heads tracklist...

Continue reading "Hot Chip sign to Domino, releasing 'In Our Heads' in June, plus other related news (2 Bears, New Build)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork Top 50 Albums

Last week, Pitchfork posted their much anticipated top 50 albums of 2011 and their top 100 tracks of 2011. It's no huge surprise that Bon Iver took best album and that M83 took best track with "Midnight City," but some other choices were a little less expected.

PJ Harvey, who was basically unanimously the UK's choice for album of the year (says NME, Uncut, Mojo, The Guardian, and the Mercury Prize, among others) came in at #4, making it her first album of the new millennium to end up on a Pitchfork year-end list. Odd Future's Frank Ocean's Nostaliga, Ultra came in at #35, while the crew's ringleader Tyler, the Creator's Goblin was nowhere to be found (though "Yonkers" was named the 16th best track). The King of Limbs was the first Radiohead album released during Pitchfork's existence that didn't make the year-end list. Wild Flag and SBTRKT both released albums that initially surprised us by not getting "Best New Music" but have both ended up in the top 50. Liturgy's Aesthetica, which didn't end up on Pitchfork's best metal albums, though it was given an honorable mention, where Brandon Stosuy wrote, "In many ways it was the album of the year," came in at #41 on the top 50, the only metal album on the list.

As for the top 100 tracks, as usual, the higher rated tracks were pretty pop-dominated, with Nicki Minaj beating out the bulk of this year's indie rock. Some other odd ones made the list like Britney Spears, Kreayshawn, and Soulja Boy, but there were also some great tracks that went a little overlooked this year like Action Bronson's "Larry Csonka," Cities Aviv's "Coastin'" and Peaking Lights' "All The Sun That Shines" that made the list.

Both lists can be quickly viewed below...

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Altered Zones

Pitchfork offshoot Altered Zones has called it quits...

Dear friends,

Today, the road comes to an end. We are saying goodbye.

Altered Zones was launched in July 2010 with the mission of highlighting small-scale DIY music from all over the world, and we couldn't be more proud of the work we've done together during this past year and a half. We've helped new artists on the fringes of experimental music find likeminded fans, we've thrown a series of amazing events, and most importantly, we've built a community of devoted listeners seeking new and relatable voices outside the sphere of popular independent music.

This site began as a tight-knit collective of 14 music blogs with a common goal, but as many of our original contributors moved on from their blogs to start labels, run venues, create zines, and make music of their own, that original group has become increasingly splintered. We love what we've built, and the idea of it remaining as a sort of time capsule of this particular era of music feels right.

We don't view Altered Zones closing as an end in itself, but rather the end of one chapter and the opening of another. AZ editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander will contribute to Pitchfork, and will launch a new project together called Ad Hoc in 2012. In the meantime, Altered Zones will be signing off tomorrow and Friday with our favorite quotes, songs you might've missed, and albums of 2011.

Thanks to everyone who counted themselves as a loyal reader of this site-- you are who we built this for. Thanks to everyone who contributed-- it could not have existed without you! And thanks to Pitchfork for creating and supporting this site since its inception, and for making it all possible in the first place. Happy 2012. We'll see you all again very soon...

Altered Zones

RIP Altered Zones.

by BBG

Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep

Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.

All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...

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