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Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
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Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]
She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!

Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.

The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.

Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.

Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.

Pics from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE.

More from day two below...

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Drake
photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)

"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.

Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]

Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.

Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.

Governors Ball continues today (Saturday) with sets from Bjork, Little Dragon, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, Kate Tempest, White Lung, Kiesza, Sharon Van Etten, a new stage show by Deadmau5 and more.

Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.

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Michael Chapman - 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (1970) artwork)
Michael Chapman

Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them--something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It's why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman's early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.

In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident.

The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year's Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael's wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a "lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again." Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.

The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he'd put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he's always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest's parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to "dead people on the between-track studio chatter" (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).

The above quote about British folk veteran Michael Chapman is from Light in the Attic, the label that has reissued a handful of his albums, including the newest one, 1971's Window, which came out earlier this year. You can listen to a couple tracks of his from those reissues, below.

Chapman was last in New York for Basilica Sound Scape 2014, and he'll return this year, this time playing NYC. It's his only currently-announced US date on a tour that's otherwise all in Europe, and happens October 9 at Rough Trade. The show is the tenth anniversary party for the Tompkins Square Label, another label that's known for reissues and has put out some of Chapman's stuff.

Also on the bill is Peter Walker, the '60s-era raga guitarist who we wrote about when he played Baby's last year, and a much newer musician who owes a lot to the era Peter and Michael got their start in (update: that newer musician will be announed soon). Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.

In related news, Tompkins Square put out Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton this week. It features lyrics of un-recorded Karen Dalton songs (courtesy of Peter Walker) sung by other (mostly contemporary) artists including Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Diane Cluck, Josephine Foster, Tara Jane O'Neil, Lucinda Williams and more. Listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album below.

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Sharon Van Etten is releasing new EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down, on June 9 via Jagjaguwar, and has just put out its second single. It's called "Just Like Blood" and just premiered over at NPR.

Sharon next plays NYC at Governors Ball. Stream the new song and the previous single/title track from the EP, below...

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Glastonbury

The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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Sharon Van Etten has a new EP titled I Don't Want to Let You Down that will be out June 9 via Jagjaguwar. It features four new songs and a live version of "Tell Me." You can stream the lovely title track below.

Having played NYC back in February, you can next catch her here at Governors Ball, before which she'll be on tour in Europe. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten releasing 'I Don't Want to Let You Down' EP (listen to the title track ++ tour dates)"

photo: The National at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The National

The National just revealed a previously-unreleased song from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions called "Sunshine On My Back" which features Sharon Van Etten on background vocals. It's currently available on iTunes, Spotify, and as a bonus if you purchase or rent their Mistaken for Strangers documentary via VHX.tv. Listen below.

Their only date at the moment is the Eaux Claires Music Festival, which National guitarist Aaron Dessner curated with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

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

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photo: Dirty Projectors in Chicago in 2013 (more by Stan Golovchunk)
Dirty Projectors

André de Ridder of Berlin collective Stargaze will be conducting Ensemble LPR at their homebase, LPR aka Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (3/11) for the premieres of two new pieces by indie musicians. One is by Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes and the other is by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Both Longstreth and Levi will be in attendance but will not be performing. Tickets are on sale.

Dirty Projectors are also on the new MusicNOW - 10 Years compilation with Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, My Brightest Diamond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sharon Van Etten and more. The comp is a collection of recordings from Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival. This year's takes place this week, March 11-15. The comp is out today (3/10) and you can stream six of its tracks below.

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Jack Ladder

Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.

The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Jack Ladder released an album ft. Sharon Van Etten on two songs, touring, playing NYC & LA after SXSW (dates, stream)"

photos by Greg Cristman

"Well, @sharonvanetten just killed it last night at Warsaw. What a gorgeous show." - Aoife O'Donovan

"Sharon Van Etten was fantastic! Magical voice and a lively stage presence!" - Ansh

"And to finish off the night..Sharon Van Etten. She gets me every time." - Erica Johnstone

"Sharon Van Etten from her 2nd Sold Out show at Brooklyn's Warsaw Ballroom. Such a fantastic show!" - Simon Clark

Sharon at Warsaw - 2/18/15
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten brought her tour to Greenpoint's Warsaw for two sold-out shows this week, last night (2/19) and Wednesday (2/18). Both shows were great, with a good mix of her 2014 album and earlier material, and also a little bit of brand new stuff. At the second show, a man passed out about halfway through the set and Sharon stopped the show to check on him after he was carried out of the venue, but luckily he was okay. When she got back on stage, she thanked everyone at the venue, and before continuing her set said, "Now I'll continue playing sad songs knowing nothing sad is happening."

Opening both nights was Leon Bridges, who had a smooth New Orleans-style blues sound. He was backed by a saxist and two backing vocalists, who occasionally played percussion too. He also headlined a sold-out Mercury Lounge show on Tuesday (2/17) before the shows with SVE. Anyone catch that?

More pictures from Wednesday's Warsaw show, and Sharon and Leon's setlists from that night, below...

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Sasquatch

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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Sharon Van Ellen

Sharon Van Etten made her daytime talk show debut on Ellen yesterday. (Mariah Carey was the main guest, by the way.) On it she debuted a new single, "I Don't Want To Let You Down" which is not on last year's Are We There. As the show's closed captions helpfully explain, it's soulful indie rock music and you can watch her Ellen performance below. Has your mom called to ask you if you know who Sharon Van Etten is and do you like her yet?

SVE will play two sold-out shows at Greenpoint venue Warsaw next month before heading off on a world tour. Her next NYC show after that is at Governors Ball. All dates are listed below.

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies

The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."

Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...

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GovBall

Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
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Deer Tick
Deer Tick

Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.

THE ALBUMS THEY PLAYED
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
I was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.

Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.

Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:

DEER TICK @ BROOKLYN BOWL -- OPENERS & GUESTS

12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele

12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)

12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."

12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)

12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain

12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom

(Did we miss anyone?)

On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.

Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.

Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:

With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."
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Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.

More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played 6 nights at Brooklyn Bowl w/ many guests (night 2 pics & video w/ Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Robert Ellis & more)"

Deer Tick
Deer Tick

As announced back in September, Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary six nights in a row at Brooklyn Bowl, starting tonight (12/26). During the first five nights, in addition to playing their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full, and tickets are back on sale:

THE ALBUMS THEY'RE PLAYING
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band promised "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night.", and openers and some of the guests have since been announced. They definitely delivered in that department
ANNOUNCED OPENERS & GUESTS
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, LuxDeluxe (tix)
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (tix)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson, Felice Brothers (tix)
12/29: The Districts, ? (tix)
12/30: The Weeks, ? (tix)
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, ? (tix)
If you can't be there, tonight's show (12/26) will also be streaming live on Yahoo. If you are there, pick up a poster, which is pictured above.

Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick 6-night holiday run begins (tix back on sale!); Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Tommy Stinson, Robert Ellis & more to guest!"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

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Torres

Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

Continue reading "Torres listed her favorite LPs of 2014, playing a free NYC show"

The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
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BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards' Favorite Photos of 2014

James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...

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Pitchfork

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

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

See the list for yourself below...

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There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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