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photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

by Bill Pearis

Martin Courtney - Many Moons

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney released his first solo album, Many Moons, today via Domino. As I've written before, the record isn't all that different from what Real Estate do, but Martin's strapping on the acoustic -- plus nice use of mellotron -- give Many Moons a lovely, light touch. The album goes down easy but is satisfying too, and I find myself letting the whole thing repeat. There's not a bum track of the 10, though the ones farthest from Real Estate (the back-to-back "Foto" and "Vestiges") are the most memorable. It's a terrific album and you can listen to the whole thing below.

Martin and the band (which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band) also stopped by Tom Sharpling's The Best Show this week to talk and play live ("Northern Highway," "Vestiges," "Airport Bar") and you can listen to that here. Martin's segment starts at 1:52:10.

You can catch Martin Courtney live at his NYC record release show which happens at National Sawdust on November 20 with J.R. Bohannon. He was one of the real highlights of our CMJ day parties, and National Sawdust's unique setting should make for a great show. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Martin Courtney released solo debut 'Many Moons,' played 'The Best Show' (listen to both)"

photo via Halstead Property, LLC.
Charlie Parker House

More music-related NYC real estate news -- the building at 151 Avenue B that jazz icon Charlie Parker once called home is on the market for $9.25 million:

The townhouse is divided into four full-floor apartments, and the garden floor is where legendary jazz player Charlie "Bird" Parker lived.

That apartment comes with a private garden that includes a koi pond, a parlor floor with original pocket doors and three fireplaces.

In a moving 2005 interview, Bird's stepdaughter Kim Parker talks about what it was like to grow up in the apartment, which she loved, even though the back yard was concrete back then.

Bird apparently liked to keep his professional, musical life separate from home life, where classical music played -- not jazz. - [NY Post]

At whose place would you most like to live: Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday or The National?

photo by Kim Metso
The National Ditmas Park house

The National guitarist Aaron Dessner's house in Ditmas Park (which is right down the street from his brother Bryce's house) is now on the market. It's also the house that the band uses as their recording studio and which frontman Matt Berninger was renting the upstairs of. Brownstoner reports:

The shingle house at 236 Stratford Road in Ditmas Park has a porch swing, two-car garage and recording studio. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is the identity of the seller, The National's Aaron Dessner.

Technically in Beverly Square West, though many would call it Ditmas Park, the house cost Dessner $735,000 when it he bought in 11 years ago, in 2004, from sellers who had lived there for decades.

He renovated extensively, and it shows, with a relaxed organic-modern feel. The just-renovated exterior has cedar siding, Ipe on the porch and a porch swing.

Inside, there are original parquet floors, early electric light fixtures, a tiger oak staircase, paneling and stained glass windows. The fireplace in the living room works.

The kitchen has wood countertops and the bathrooms have classic white subway tile.

The asking price is $2,350,000 and the listing is up here. As the Brownstoner article points out, in addition to The National recording High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me in the house, Sharon Van Etten recorded Tramp there too.

Two million might seem like a lot, but this is a big house with history in a popular neighborhood, the Brooklyn real estate market is hot, and really two million starts to look like nothing when you realize how much the NYC ex-home of Billie Holiday costs.

Earlier today, Matt Berninger's other band EL VY released a new song.

Billie Holiday

You don't have to be able to sing your heart out to own the former Upper West Side home of jazz great Billie Holiday, but you will need more than twice as much as you would have six years ago. 26 West 87th Street, sitting less than a block west of Central Park, has six floors (if you include the garden and basement levels). Holiday, known to many as "Lady Day," made this her residence until her untimely death at age 44, generally believed to have been the result of substance abuse. (She actually died at Metropolitan Hospital on the East Side.) There are whopping seven bedrooms, six full bathroom, and two powder rooms. [CURBED]
26 West 87th Street is on sale now for $12,950,000.

For much cheaper, you can own the home that members of the National lived in.

In related news, hologram Billie Holiday is coming to The Apollo.

Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney has shared "Airport Bar," the closing track from his soon-to-be-released, excellent solo debut, Many Moons. Like "Northern Highway," this one doesn't stray too far from what he does in Real Estate, which is just fine. Stream it below.

Martin will be playing a few shows during CMJ including BrooklynVegan's free day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right with Stealing Sheep and more. Matin's set is early (1 PM) and the full lineup is HERE. Martin's full CMJ schedule looks like this:

Tuesday Oct 13 (7 PM) || Rockwood Music Hall - WFUV CMJ Showcase w/ The Suffers, Fraser A Gorman, Hooton Tennis Club
Friday Oct 16 || Rubber Tracks Studio - Fader Fort || Brooklyn, NY
Saturday Oct 17 (1 PM) || Babys All Right - Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Party (FREE)
Saturday Oct 17 || Space 98 - Urban Outfitters CMJ Show w/ Søren Juul, Car Seat Headrest, The Lemon Twigs (FREE)
After CMJ, Martin will play National Sawdust on November 20 with J.R. Bohannon (tickets). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Real Estate's Martin Courtney shares "Airport Bar" from solo LP, playing CMJ shows including BrooklynVegan day party"

The Magic Shop

SoHo recording studio The Magic Shop opened in 1988 and has birthed many well known albums, such as Sonic Youth's Dirty, The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and David Bowie's The Next Day. Unfortunately, the ever-skyrocketing NYC real estate market may force it to move or close. From the New York Times:

"There are so many variables in what makes a studio great, and many of them are completely mysterious," Mr. Rosenthal said. "There's no way I could recreate this."

Yet over the past three decades, the cobblestone block outside has been transformed from a crime-ridden back street to a showcase for the rich. At the studio's opening party, Mr. Rosenthal said, his family's car was broken into. Now this block of Crosby Street between Spring and Broome Streets is home to a Bloomingdale's and a "hipster synagogue," while a condo building under construction across the street is offering parking spaces for $1 million apiece.

Once a pioneer of the neighborhood, Mr. Rosenthal, who was born in the Bronx and early in his career drove a cab to get by, now cannot afford it -- an increasingly common lament in an age of hyper-gentrification.

"Sometimes I feel like a guy who owns a gorgeous horse-and-buggy business in 1899," said Mr. Rosenthal, 62, who has an untamed mop of gray hair and likes to keep Neil Young songs cued up on his phone.

The Magic Shop owner Steve Rosenthal, who also owns The Living Room (which relocated from the LES to Williamsburg, tried to buy the two floors the studio occupies (with help from Dave Grohl) but his offer was rejected by the building's landlord.

by Bill Pearis

photo by Shawn Brackbill
Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney's debut solo album, Many Moons, is out at the end of October and if you haven't heard first single "Northern Highway" yet, you can stream it below. It is probably the most Real Estate-eque song on the album, which leans a little more soft rock, with warm strings and keyboards giving things a different, if still pastoral, feel. (The fluid basslines add to the '70s vibe as well.) Pre-orders are available.

Martin has just announced his first solo show which will happen at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust on November 20. Tickets for that show, which is being presented by Baby's All Right booker Billy Jones, go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon. Poster for the show is below.

As we posted earlier today, his bandmate Alex Bleeker has a new album and upcoming shows on the way too.

Continue reading "Real Estate's Martin Courtney playing new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust in November"

by Andrew Sacher

Alex Bleeker

It's a busy year for Real Estate side projects. Frontman Martin Courtney has a solo album on the way, the new Ducktails LP is out now, and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks will release their third album Country Agenda on October 16 via Sinderlyn. Alex's band is the most hippie-folk of all the Real Estate projects (I mean, he's the one who's put together multiple Grateful Dead tributes and that cover art looks straight out of the '60s/'70s, no? maybe a little Led Zeppelin-y?) and lead singles "Sealong Hair" and "The Rest" are right up that alley. Check them out, with the tracklist, below.

The Freaks are also touring soon. They have a few shows this weekend, including their Storm King Art Center show with The Feelies, and then a lengthier tour begins in November. That one hits NYC on November 12 at at Brooklyn Bowl with special guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney will release his first solo album, titled Many Moons, out October 30 via Domino. Would it be a surprise to learn that it's his foray into happy hardcore electronica? It certainly would! Well, this isn't that. No, this is more bucolic, jangly guitar pop that doesn't stray too far, if at all, from what he does with Real Estate. That is not a bad thing, as first single "Northern Highway" is a really lovely song and you can watch the video, directed by Rob Hatch-Miller & Puloma Basu, below.

The album was produced by Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, who plays on it as well, and there are also contributions from Julian Lynch and Real Estate keyboardist Matt Kallman. Pre-orders are available. Check out cover art and tracklist below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Belle & Sebastian / with dancers / Real Estate @ Radio City Music Hall 6/10/2014
Belle & Sebastian
Belle & Sebastian
Real Estate

Belle & Sebastian finally brought their Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance tour to NYC (the album came out in January), playing the tony digs that are Radio City Music Hall. The band long ago outgrew their shy, understated demeanor and have been consumate showmen for some time, but this was their biggest production yet, with projections and a quartet of dancers for certain songs. It's not just Girls in Peacetime who want to dance for "The Boy With the Arab Strap," though, and they brought up selected members of the crowd to boogie onstage for that one -- a standard B&S move for some time, but is always fun. Speaking of bringing people up, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls came out to sing on old chesnut "Lazy Line Painter Jane."

Opening were Real Estate whose gentle jangle made for a nice lead-in to the Belle & Sebastian Revue. More pictures from the whole night -- and Belle & Sebastian's setlist -- are below.

Continue reading "Belle & Sebastian and Real Estate played Radio City Music Hall (pics, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis


Matt Mondanile will release his new album as Ducktails, titled St. Catherine, on July 24 via Domino. (Preorders are available.) He made the album primarily in Los Angeles (where he lives now) and it features appearances by James Ferraro and Julia Holter. The first track to be released is the hazy, soft-rock sounding "Headbanging In The Mirror." With its references to office life and living in New Jersey, this could have fit on Fountains of Wayne's first album. Stream it below.

Ducktails will be touring in late summer, including a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on August 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Matt will be playing with Real Estate this summer as well, including when they open for Belle & Sebastian at Radio City Music Hall on June 10 (tickets). Real Estate tour dates are below as well.

Continue reading "Ducktails releasing 'St. Catherine' (listen to "Headbanging In The Mirror"), announce tour dates"

photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)

Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib, AlunaGeorge, THEESatisfaction & more added to Sasquatch! 2015 lineup"

Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)

Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:

The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.
Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.

In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading "All four current Grateful Dead members playing Jerry Garcia tribute; Alex Bleeker playing Dead set at Woodsist Fest"


Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

All Wilco dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Wilco announce 2015 Solid Sound Festival lineup ++++++++ also playing Gathering of the Vibes & other dates"


The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...

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Simon Joyner

A folk contemporary of John Darnielle, Will Oldham, and Smog, and seen by some as the forefather of the Omaha scene that spawned Bright Eyes and others, Simon Joyner has been making records since the early '90s. He's just joined the Woodsist family who will release Grass, Branch & Bone, Joyner's 13th proper album, on March 17. You can stream "You Got Under My Skin" from it below.

Joyner will join Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Little Wings and others at the 2015 The Woodsist Fest which happens at Big Sur, CA's Loma Vista Gardens on May 18. This marks the sixth year in a row Woodsist has held events in Big Sur. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (2/18) at noon PST. More artists to the lineup are still to be announced. Woodsist Fest Flyer below.

That's Joyner's only announced date at the moment. Real Estate, meanwhile, will next play NYC on June 10 show at Radio City Music Hall opening for Belle & Sebastian (tickets).

Continue reading "Simon Joyner releasing new LP (stream a track), playing 2015 Woodsist Fest w/ Real Estate, Woods, White Fence & more"


Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.

In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.

And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.

Mission Creek Festival lineup below...

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Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

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Belle and Sebastian have announced openers for some of their North American shows. Real Estate will be opening the June 10 show at Radio City Music Hall and tickets for that show are still available. Real Estate will also play the April 12 show in Los Angeles, along with Perfume Genius, who will open a few other B&S dates on the West Coast. Honeyblood, who play NYC on their own sooner, are opening a few shows as well. Additionally, Belle and Sebastian have added a few dates and all are listed below.

If you haven't heard Belle & Sebastian's new album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, you can stream it via NPR.

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Trash Bar

This year has already seen the closing of 285 Kent, Death by Audio, and Spike Hill and there are just three nights of Glasslands left...and now comes word that another long-running Williamsburg venue, The Trash Bar, will be the next victim of the (seemingly) never-ending real estate boom:

According to the bar's booking agent, Walter Stack, rising rent is, unsurprisingly, the culprit. "We can't afford to stay in Williamsburg," he says. "Our rent is going to quadruple and that's out the question." In the last four years the bar's block on Grand Street has changed, he said, noting nabe newcomers like condominium complexes and a multi-tiered movie theater.

But there's hope: After shuttering in the spring, the beloved dive may relocate. However, with owner Aaron Pierce currently out of the country, it's unclear where that may be--if at all. "We might look at Bushwick, but we'd need to find the right space," Stack says. -[Time Out]

Time Out also says the venue has shows booked through March. Before it was Trash Bar (which it has been for 10 years), 256 Grand St was Luxx which, for a brief time, was pretty much the epicenter of the short-lived electroclash scene, and also saw performances by Scissor Sisters, The Libertines, The Decembrists and more. Even if The Trash Bar had become a as known for its tater tots as the bands that played, we're still sad to see it go. May they find a more hospitable locale.

intro by Bill Pearis

Klaus Johann Grobe

Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.

The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.


Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.

Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...

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First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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