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by Bill Pearis


Long-running masters of mood, Tindersticks, have announced their new album, The Waiting Room, will be out January 22 via City Slang. The record also has an accompanying DVD which is a collaboration with the Blogotheque folks and has such acclaimed filmmakers as Claire Denis, Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Rosie Pedlow & Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, and Richard Dumas (who also did the photography for the album) making making films for all the songs on the LP. You can check out "We Are Dreamers!" which features guest vocals by Savages' Jehnny Beth and was directed by Gabriel Sanna. Watch below.

There will also be The Waiting Room "Cine-Concert" live events in the UK and Europe in 2016. Those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tindersticks announce new LP/DVD 'The Waiting Room,' share "We Are Dreamers!" featuring Savages' Jehnny Beth"

FYF Fest

Via press release...

FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.

With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.

photo: Savages at Baby's All Right in January (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Savages at Baby's All Right

Savages were in NYC in January for a nine-show residency to work out new songs live. The band have just announced that their still-untitled sophomore album will be out in 2016. News comes via an album trailer featuring footage from those residency shows, and curiously, Henry Rollins reading Phyllis Rose's poem, 'Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in her time.' Watch it below.

Savages are in the U.S. right now, playing West Coast shows surrounding this weekend's FYF Fest. Those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Savages announce new LP via trailer featuring Henry Rollins, playing FYF Fest and other West Coast shows this week"


LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2015 lineup (Morrissey, Jesus & Mary Chain, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Bloc Party, more)"

photo::: Savages @ Baby's All Right last week (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Savages' show at Baby's All Right on Monday (1/26) was one of the many victims of Winter Storm Juno. As mentioned, the show has been rescheduled for Thursday (1/29) late, with doors at midnight. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available for those who can't make the new date. Some tickets have been released for the rescheduled show (and more may be soon).

Meanwhile John + Jehn (aka Johnny Hostile and Savages singer Jehnny Beth) have added a show at The Good Room (formerly Europa) on Friday (1/30). Blondes and JDH will be DJing and tickets for that are on sale. Flyer for that show is below.

This is the last week of Savages' nine-show NYC residency. They play Mercury Lounge tonight (1/28, with openers Brian Chase + Catherine Sikora + Pauline Kim Harris) and Saint Vitus on Saturday (1/31, with opener Nick Zinner), both of which are sold out.

Continue reading "Savages' show at Baby's rescheduled for Thursday; John + Jehn playing The Good Room on Friday"


As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!

Zola Jesus' show at Saint Vitus tonight is still on but set times are now earlier: 7 PM for UNIFORM and 7:30 for Zola Jesus.

Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.

Tonight's Broncho show (1/26) at Rough Trade is still happening. UPDATE: nope, that's also canceled.

Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.

Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.

Tonight's Action Bronson show at BB King's has been postponed till February 2. All tickets will be honored. Contact point of purchase if you cannot attend.

Bully at Pianos tonight has also been canceled due to weather.

Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.

The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.

Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).

Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).

Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.

Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.

Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time

Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.

Joe's Pub is closed tonight.

Knitting Factory is closed tonight.

Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.

Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.

Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.

More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.

The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.

The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.

A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.

All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "blizzard canceling / postponing most shows in NYC today & Tuesday (Zola Jesus still playing, but early.)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Nick Masi

Savages @ Baby's All Right 1/19/2015

Savages' second week of their nine-show, three-venue NYC residency happened last night (1/19), like the previous Monday, at Baby's All Right. This was the first of their residency shows that didn't open with "Something New" or something else new. Here, they ripped right into "City's Full" from Silence Yourself and that set the tone for the night. It was heavier, faster-paced and it seems like they are beginning to hit their stride. The set was also broken up a lot more and didn't have as many new songs played in a row. Which is good.

A few songs in, singer Jehnny Beth hopped in the crowd, told them to move up, and was generally more talkative than last week. She also joked around, said she is working on song introductions, after her intro for now a mid-set "Something New" fell flat: "We needed to change locations. We were tired of London. We needed something new, this song is called something new...I'm working on song introductions and that one obviously won't be used again." They stuck with the same closing: "Fuckers" and "Husbands." The band were definitely more comfortable after a week of shows. By Week 3 they will be a well oiled machine...they aren't that far off, as is.

Opening the show was German expat (and Mykki Blanco collaborator) No Bra (who has opened for Savages before). Pictures of the whole show are in this post.

Savages' fifth residency show happens on Wednesday (1/21) at Mercury Lounge and is sold out. Pics from Savages first Baby's show are here, and pics from Saturday's Saint Vitus show are here. More pics and their setlist from the 1/19 Baby's show, below...

Continue reading "Savages second week of NYC residency began at Baby's All Right with No Bra (pics / setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Bill Pearis

Savages @ Saint Vitus 1/17/2015

UK band Savages wrapped up the first week of their nine-show NYC residency on Saturday (1/17) with their first of three shows at Saint Vitus. They're over testing out new material for their second album and their Vitus set was pretty similar to their Baby's All Right show last Monday (1/12), swapping out "Shut Up" for a different Silence Yourself cut ("City's Full") and playing a couple different new songs as well. Unlike the vivid, fog-filled light show at Baby's, Savages played mostly in the dark at Vitus. Also, about 20 tickets were released for the show when doors opened, so it might be worth following Savages' Twitter for similar opportunities. Setlist and pictures from Saint Vitus are in this post.

Opening for Savages at Vitus was singer Johnny Hostile, who runs the Pop Noire label with Savages singer Jehnny Beth. Pics from his set are below. John + Jehn also make music together and played Baby's All Right last night (1/18) as part of the DFA Winter Workout. Anybody go to that?

Tonight (1/19), Savages return to Baby's All Right for their second of three shows there. No Bra, who has played with Savages in NYC before, will open -- imagine The Fall and LCD Soundsystem condensed into one (topless) German singer -- that's a pretty accurate description of what she does. If you're going to this sold-out show, her set is worth showing up early for.

More pics and Savages setlist, below...

Continue reading "Savages played Saint Vitus, their third residency show (pics w/ opener Johnny Hostile); No Bra opens tonight @ Baby's"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Savages @ Baby's All Right 1/12/2014

"We're not quite finished writing our new album," admitted Savages singer Jehnny Beth. "So we thought we'd come here and try some things. We'll work it out together." Such is the premise for Savages' nine-show NYC residency, which began last night (1/12) at Baby's All Right. Appropriately, the first words sung by Jehnny Beth were a repeated mantra of "I need something new," as the rest of the band slowly built up the kind of dark atmospherics Savages are known for. We got five new songs right out of the gate, none of which strayed too far from the post-punk sounds of their debut. "No" was the best of the bunch, offering the biggest and most memorable hooks (an area, I'd argue, that is Savages' one weak link).

Despite what Jehnny Beth said to us, the new material seemed fully formed -- only on "Adore" (which she dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris) did she pull out a lyric notebook to crib from. The band were tight as usual, and I'd really missed watching powerhouse rhythm section (bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton) lay down the groove. (I hadn't seen them since Bowery in March 2013.) At this point we got a couple songs from Silence Yourself before a couple more new ones -- "This Is What You Get" was the other clear winner of the night -- before wrapping things up with the big bang of "Husbands" and "Fuckers."

It was boiling in Baby's -- my coat was off the second song and my sweater not long after -- and the fog machine was thick. "There goes the drummer," Jehnny joked after one blast obscured the kit completely. It was good to see them again (when the smoke cleared), and it will be interesting to see how these shows vary from venue to venue as we go along. They play Wednesday (1/14) at Mercury Lounge and then Saturday (1/17) at Saint Vitus, both of which are sold out (as is the entire residency). If you're going to one (or more of these), they're selling a cool limited-edition poster, designed by Matthew Vidalis, for the series at the merch booth. Look out for that.

Opening the night was Swans' guitarist Norman Westberg who performed a solo set. I missed that but pictures of his set, along with more from Savages and their setlist, are below...

Continue reading "Savages began their nine-show NYC residency at Baby's All Right with Swans' Norman Westberg (pics, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

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NYC will be invaded by Savages starting next week, sticking around for three weeks and nine shows total at venues Baby's All Right, Mercury Lounge and Saint Vitus. Those are all sold out, but singer Jehnny Beth and frequent collaborator (and Pop Noire label co-runner) Johnny Hostile will be performing as John + Jehn, doing a live electronic set at Baby's All Right on January 18. For a taste of what to expect, check out live video of John + Jehn performing "Pricks" in Brussels, below.

That's part of a show being billed as the "DFA Winter Workout" that also features a modular synth set by Gavin Russom, plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Juan Maclean, Sinkane, Holy Ghost!, Museum of Love, and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale now. And if that sounds like a lot of party for a Sunday, MLK Day is the next day (1/19) and some of you may have the day off.

Flyer for the DFA Winter Workout and the John + Jehn live video, below...

Continue reading "Jehnny Beth & Johnny Hostile playing 'DFA Winter Workout' during Savages NYC residency ++ DJs Juan Maclean & more"

Savages @ Webster Hall, July 2013 (more by Tracy Alison)

Savages announced three small shows in NYC in January at Mercury Lounge, Saint Vitus and Baby's All Right. Those sold out and they added another show at each venue. Those are now sold out too, and Savages have just added another round of shows at at venue, bringing the total number of NYC shows to nine. The new dates are Baby's All Right on January 26, Mercury Lounge on January 28 and Saint Vitus on January 31. Tickets to the new Baby's, Saint Vitus and Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (12/12) at 10 AM. There is a Savages presale starting Wednesday (12/12) morning at 10 AM and you can subscribe to their mailing list to get the password.

To recap: Savages are playing three consecutive Mondays at Baby's All Right, three consecutive Wednesdays at Mercury Lounge and three consecutive Saturdays at Saint Vitus. All dates are listed below...

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Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.

Meanwhile, Rough Trade the NYC venue is open this weekend with Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers tonight, followed by two shows from The Dream Syndicate.

List below...

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Savages in Chicago in 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)

As discussed, Savages are coming to NYC in January for intimate shows at Baby's All Right (1/12), Mercury Lounge (1/14) and Saint Vitus (1/17). Those shows went on sale today and sold out almost immediately. The band has now added additional shows at all three venues: 1/19 at Baby's All Right, 1/21 at Mercury Lounge and 1/24 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the newly-added shows at Baby's, Merc and Vitus go on sale at noon today (11/14).

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Savages sold out their 3 small NYC shows, added 3 more (tix on sale)"

Savages & Bo Ningen (photo by by Simona Mizzoni)

As discussed, Savages and Bo Ningen are releasing a collaborative album, Words For The Blind, next week (11/17) via Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire Records. The album is one 37+ minute song which can now be streamed in full below (via Dazed).

Savages (a band who's headlined Terminal 5) have also announced intimate NYC shows for early 2015 including January 12 at Baby's All Right, January 14 at Mercury Lounge (a venue they played in 2012), and January 17 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Baby's and Vitus and tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM.

Savages/Bo Ningen LP stream below...

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Savages at Berlin Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated multiple times before, and they'll now be releasing a collaborative album, Words For The Blind, which is one 37-minute song, on November 17 via Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire Records. Here's what Gemma Thompson of Savages says about it:

Zurich in 1916 and Hugo Ball is instrumental in creating the Cabaret Voltaire - a club which will become central to the performances of the Dada movement, during which the artists would experiment with forms of sound poetry and simultaneous poetry. A movement created through the horror of World War One, it attempts to understand how society has reached such an illogical decision. Through simultaneous poetry begins the attempt to delve into chaos and maelstrom, to find the voice of the individual struggling to be heard.

London in 2012 and Savages are recording the debut album 'Silence Yourself', in a secluded studio in the North West of the city. In the middle of an intense three weeks, we set out one evening to see the band Bo Ningen play at Cafe Oto. A few days later producer Johnny Hostile begins to muse over the possibility of two bands playing in the same space at the same time. Concurrently I am reading about the performances at the Cabaret Voltaire. We decide to approach Bo Ningen with the idea of collaborating on a 'Sonic Simultaneous Poem'.

As the idea begins to take shape in early 2013, we prepare for both bands to rehearse together in a studio with a loose composition based around five chapters. As the musicians of both bands consider how to apply themselves with their instruments to each chapter - revolving, colliding and intertwining with words sang in Japanese, French and English by Taigen and Jehn - we also envisage the physical space in which to perform.

We imagine a stage in a large u-shape to contain as much of the audience as possible in the centre. The two drummers next to each other at the 'bottom' of the u, then leading around symmetrically (facing each other): guitarists, bassists and singers at the tips of the u-shape. Bo Ningen have a guitar extra, so we hang one from the ceiling to hit as you would a gong. Eventually we fix a date and a space for what we believe is a one-off performance that we name WORDS TO THE BLIND.

Watch two trailers for the album below...

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Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)

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.

Continue reading "Swans/Michael Gira curating 3-day program in Netherlands; Savages & Bo Ningen collaborating +++ 24 NON-STOP HOURS OF DRONE"

Savages at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

British post-punks Savages just put out another video from their Silence Yourself album, this time for "Strife." The video was inspired by the beach murder scene in Albert Camus' The Stranger, and directed by Antoine Carlier, who is a co-founder of Pop Noire with Savages' Jehnny Beth.

Watch the new video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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by Andrew Sacher


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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Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.

As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age will bring their tour to NYC on Saturday (12/14) at Barclays Center with The Kills. Tickets for that show are still available.

QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...

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It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...

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UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.

As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...

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by Bill Pearis

#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'

Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:

Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.
The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.

You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..

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