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photo: Mutoid Man at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mutoid Man

Two bands who mix metal and heavy blues, Mutoid Man and Royal Thunder, will ring in the new year together in NYC. They play New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at Saint Vitus with different openers each night. The first is with Ageist and the second is with UnWed (mem Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike). Tickets for NYE and NYD are on sale now. No other dates announced at the moment.

Mutoid Man frontman Stephen Brodsky (who also fronts Cave In) also told us his top 10 of 2015, which includes albums, a couple movies, a TV show, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. One band that made it is Wild Throne, who Mutoid Man played Invisible Oranges SXSW with in 2014, and who Royal Thunder toured with this year.

Check out Brodsky's full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

FACT

FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).

"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...

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Matana Roberts

TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.

There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...

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Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their 100 Best Songs of 2015 list, and today they published their Honorable Mentions for albums of the year. A few of the albums did receive Best New Music during the year, like Lower Dens, Levon Vincent, Prurient and Viet Cong, and others weren't reviewed at all like Susanne Sundfor.

The list has a handful of indie/punk albums, like Car Seat Headrest, Downtown Boys, Girlpool, Hop Along and Protomartyr, mainstream rap breakout Fetty Wap, the XL-signed Ibeyi, and more. Check out the whole thing below...

Continue reading "A Few Albums That Won't Be On Pitchfork's Best of 2015"

Jlin

If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.

Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below

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Decibel

Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.

Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Klaus Kinski

Godflesh
Godflesh

Industrial superheroes Godflesh brought their 'A World Lit Only By Fire' tour to Brooklyn's Warsaw on Monday September 15 and presented the audience with a brutal festival of earhole-boring, face melting sonic savagery that still has your man Klaus reeling.

The bill was rounded out with superbly cast support from renowned DJ/producer Regis and noise pioneer Prurient. Regis acted as the pre and post band house DJ and did his thing from the soundboard at the back of the room as opposed to the stage. Regis played a great array of atmospheric, heavy, Final-esque ambient music and acted as a superb bridge throughout the entire show. By not performing on stage, it gave the room a bit of a casual vibe where people could drink and talk to their buddies, all under the cloud of flawlessly crafted ambient doom.

After a nice long period of soaking up the sounds created by Regis, one man noise hurricane Prurient hit the stage and unleashed a staggering display of physical energy and sonic cacophony that almost rattled my teeth out of my head. One of the things I love about Warsaw is that the sound system is not ceiling mounted; the speakers are stacked up from the floor at concertgoer-level on either side of the stage. I found myself standing directly in front of the speakers several times throughout Prurient's set (I move around a lot) and at times the bass was so preposterously heavy that the woofers were actually creating a breeze that you could feel if you were standing close enough to them. Prurient's use of screaming, computer generated noise, feedback, bass, and violent physical contortions create an extremely foreboding and panicky atmosphere. There is no denying Prurient's legend and importance to experimental music, but after a while it was a bit much for me (which is ironic, because I love his recorded material) (I'm weird). I was in the minority though; the closure of his set was met with a deafening wave of applause and cheers.

Following another incredible interlude care of Regis, Justin Broadrick and GC Green sullenly took the stage, grabbed their instruments, turned on their amps, fired up a projection, and, after a few moments of feedback, they tore into "New Dark Ages" from their 2014-released "A World Lit Only By Fire". The one particularly important characteristic of Godflesh is a career-spanning sense of consistency. They disbanded in 2002, got back together 10 years later in 2012, and in 2014 released "A World Lit Only By Fire." I am amazed that after a 10-year hiatus, they managed to produce a work that is so patently and unmistakably "Godflesh" and are still able to put on a show that is as dynamic and solid as when I first saw them in 1992. The material they played off of "A World Lit Only By Fire," including "Deadend," "Shut Me Down," and "Life Giver Life Taker" fit in so perfectly with classics like "Streetcleaner," "Like Rats," "Crush My Soul," and "Christbait Rising." When a band has been around since the late 80s, you sort of dread them rolling out their new material. You just want to hear the classics. But for Godflesh, the classics and the newbies are so sonically consistent that from top to tail the show was an epic masterpiece.

More pictures (none of Regis), a video, and the list of Godflesh's remaining tour dates, below...

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photos by Kenneth Bachor

X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015

Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.

There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.

It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]

Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.

Check out pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and more of day 3 below...

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photo: Prurient at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prurient

We already knew Dominick Fernow would be playing NYC this weekend with his Vatican Shadow project at Nothing Changes on Sunday (6/14), but before that you can see him as Prurient at Saint Vitus TONIGHT (6/13). He was just revealed as the special guest on Pitchfork's Show No Mercy Northside showcase which also includes Bell Witch, Akitsa and Alberich. Tickets are still available, and you can also get in with a Northside badge.

Prurient also plays later this year when his tour with Godflesh hits Warsaw on September 15 with Regis. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream from Prurient's very good new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...

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photo: Prurient at Output earlier this month (more by Maria Jose Govea)
Prurient

Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) recently announced a tour opening for Godflesh for late summer/early fall, but Dominick will be playing shows sooner than that under his Vatican Shadow moniker. Those shows include a Nothing Changes party in NYC on June 14 at Home Sweet Home with Shifted, 400PPM and Dual Action. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Vatican Shadow dates are listed below.

Prurient is also on a few festivals in addition to that Godflesh tour, including Hopscotch and Pop Montreal, and he was recently added to Pitchfork's NXNE show. The rest of that lineup is Vince Staples, Majical Cloudz, Tink, Jessica Pratt, Amen Dunes, Container, Sannhet, Rabit and Hvad.

The tour with Godflesh hits NYC on 9/15 at Warsaw, also with Regis on the bill. Tickets are still available. All Prurient and Vatican Shadow dates, with a stream from Prurient's new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Godflesh at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh

Godflesh returned in a big way last year with A World Lit Only By Fire, their first album since 2001 and one that recalled their vile early days without being a retread. They were recently announced for POP Montreal and then Hopscotch, reassuring us that the Godflesh reunion is not done yet, and now a full tour has been scheduled.

The dates are with Justin Broadrick's old pal Prurient (who has a new album out this year and played NYC last week). They hit NYC on September 15 at Warsaw with additional support from British techno vet Regis (who's also on the Philly date and maybe others?). Tickets for Warsaw are on presale now (password = SPEAKERS) and go on sale to the general public Friday (5/22) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with some music from all three artists, below...

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Hopscotch

Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photos by Maria Jose Govea / Red Bull; words 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 my first time at Output but I'm guessing this was not its normal crowd. Output 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...

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Pop MOntreal

The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Severed Heads

Australian EBM/Industrial vets Severed Heads will be touring the US this fall, playing dates in seven cities including NYC on September 24 at Santos Party House . (UPDATE: the show is now happening at Rough Trade, same day.) That's their first NYC show since 1990. Tickets are on sale now.

Formed in 1979, they began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. You can stream those below. Their last major tour here was with MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember "Truth is Out of Style"? anyone?). Frontman Tom Ellard has kept the Severed Heads flag flying off-and-on ever since. Their website says a new album is due out this year.

Their tour wraps up in Chicago for the two-day Cold Waves IV Fest which happens at Metro on September 25 & 26 which also includes appearances from Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Pow Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell is not in this lineup, FYI), Lustmord, Lead Into Gold and more. Tickets for Cold Waves IV are on sale and full lineup is listed below.

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Prurient

Dominick Fernow's noise/power electronics/etc project Prurient is releasing a new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, on May 12 via Profound Lore, and he's now announced a NYC release show for it. It happens on April 18 at The Wick, part of Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series, and has amazing lineup of electronic musician Andy Stott and instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet. Tickets are on sale now.

Other upcoming 'Tinnitus' shows include Untold / Egyptrixx and Holly Herndon.

The day after Prurient's new album comes out, he'll play NYC again, but this time to present material off his 2006 album, Pleasure Ground. That's part of the big Nothing Changes party happening during Red Bull Music Academy residency on May 13 at Output with Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Pharmakon, Ron Morelli, Marshstepper and Uniform. Tickets are still available.

Sannhet also have two other NYC shows. They play an album release show on March 27 at Saint Vitus with Kayo Dot and Oneirogen (tickets), and open the second of Viet Cong's two Northside shows on June 14 at MHOW (tickets).

Watch the Prurient album trailer below...

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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...

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Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
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From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:

Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.

The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.

This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.

24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!

As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.

Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.

The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.

Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.

The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.

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Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Wyatt Marshall

Prurient @ Saint Vitus - 1/24/14
Prurient

Fans of Prurient may have been a bit curious over the past year or so about the future of Dominick Fernow's flagship. Fernow, the prolific noisemaker, seemed to be focusing his attention on other projects, and the more-accessible militant/religious/techno of Vatican Shadow was earning heaps of praise and reaching more ears than seemed likely when VS was being released on tapes in editions of 100 or less, landing him name-drops in publications that would keep Prurient at arm's length. It was reassuring, then, to see Prurient play a show with husband-and-wife pair Clay Rendering and dark electronic duo Azar Swan on Friday, one at which Prurient closed out his set with a deafening crescendo of noise and dark techno. In line with some of Prurient's slightly more accessible material of late in the vein of Bermuda Drain, the performance had a bit more structure to it than the walls of harsh noise and feedback that are still Prurient's live bread and butter. Pictures from the show are in this post.

It's good to see more action in the Prurient camp--Prurient just released a new seven-inch, Washed Against the Rocks, and you can stream a track on Pitchfork.

As discussed, Azar Swan have other dates and member Josh Strawn recently launched a new DJ night.

More pictures from Saint Vitus below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Pyrrhon at the 2013 Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
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This weekend in NYC there are no shortage of heavy happenings: tonight (1/24) at Saint Vitus will be power electronic-fueled, with noise pro Prurient headlining a bill with Azar Swan and husband and wife duo Clay Rendering. (Prurient's not-so-noisy Washed Against the Rocks came out this week, and you can stream a track on Pitchfork.) Things will be a bit more traditional at the Invisible Oranges co-presented Aevangelist, Artificial Brain, Oak and Disparish show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (1/25). That will be a good one -- Artificial Brain just released a single from a forthcoming LP, and it will be the first show for Disparish, which features Andrew Hock of Castevet. On Sunday (1/26) at Grand Victory, get tech-death weird with Pyrrhon and Couch Slut (great name). That should cover your weekend.

Beyond this weekend, there's a bunch to look forward to, too. Floor are playing a FREE show at Saint Vitus Bar on 1/29 courtesy of Converse Rubber Tracks--that'll be before Floor releases a new album, Obliation, in April. Listen to a new song from a Decibel Flexi. Black/death specialists Immortal Bird also announced a tour that hits NYC on 3/5 with Mortals, as did The Dillinger Escape Plan, who are bringing Trash Talk, Retox and Norwegian weirdos Shining with them -- check out the tour dates, which includes a stop at Webster Hall on April 3 (tickets). Also on April 3 is the NYC stop on Kataklysm and Aborted's tour which happens at Saint Vitus (tickets). All dates of that tour are listed below.

And, since we missed it in last week's Heavy Lowdown, make sure to get your tickets to the third annual Martyrdoom Fest that's going down June 27 through July 1 at Saint Vitus with a stupidly stacked lineup that includes Mournful Congregation, Cult of Fire, Sargeist, Behexen, Forteresse, Lycus and many more.  For more heavy show options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

This week on Invisible Oranges we interviewed axe legend Kirk Hammett of Metallica, ran down this week's metal releases, streamed cold black metal tracks from Nasheim, Vilcakis and Sanctuaire, and debuted an Exmortus track.

The Invisible Oranges show on East Village Radio was cancelled this week due to the second round of the Polar Vortex (not very black metal we know), but we'll be back next week giving away tickets and delivering hot doses of metal. Some of those tickets we'll be giving away will be to the ongoing Amon Amarth, Enslaved and Skeletonwitch tour which is our radio show sponsor. That tour hits Irving Plaza in NYC on 2/4.

Lastly, the metal world lost a luminary this week. Oliver Withöft, co-owner of the influential German metal label Century Media, passed away at the age of 49.

Those Kataklysm and Aborted dates are listed below. What did we miss?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Prurient, Aevangelist, Pyrrhon ++ more"

Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Azar Swan

Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.

In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:

The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.
The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).

Stream some Azar Swan below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Prurient at Public Assembly in 2011(more by Tamaras Porras)

Noise (and increasingly techno) power-house Prurient will be playing a show with industrial electro pop duo Azar Swan, husband and wife post-industrialists Clay Rendering and DJ Becka Diamond in NYC at Saint Vitus on January 24, rolling in the new year in raucous fashion. If you've never seen Prurient live, pro tip: don't forget your earplugs. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. Show flyer below.

At the moment it looks like a one-off for Prurient before he heads out as a support act on Godflesh's postponed but now rescheduled tour. He doesn't open the NYC date happening on 4/10 at Irving Plaza, American Sharks do. Tickets for the NYC date are still available.

Meanwhile, Clay Rendering just performed at Nothing Changes last week (12/11), and on that date Prurient provided a DJ set.

In other Prurient news, props are due for having one of the 100 best songs of the year, as determined by Pitchfork. He also just released a limited seven inch, Washed Against the Rocks, on Handmade Birds.

All Prurient, Azar Swan and Clay Rendering dates are listed, along with some streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

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

Check out the full top 100 below...

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