Entries tagged with: Steve Albini

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by Bill Pearis

Powell Billboard

You may have heard about UK electronic artist Powell, who sampled Steve Albini from an old Big Black live recording and then politely emailed him to ask permission to use it. Albini replied saying that he "always detested mechanized dance music, its stupid simplicity, the clubs where it was played, the people who went to those clubs, the drugs they took, the shit they liked to talk about, the clothes they wore, the battles they fought amongst each other" but, without actually listening to the song, gave Powell permission, concluding with "Don't care. Enjoy yourself." Powell and his label, XL, then turned the full text of Albini's email into a 20ft billboard in London to promote the track, titled "Insomniac." That's a picture of it above.

Abini's text has also now become the basis for the "Insomniac" video which is a strobed out twist on the lyric video. The song itself is a blast of squelchy noise that Albini might actually not hate if he listened to it, given that he listed Cabaret Voltaire, SPK and DAF as the kind of electronic music he liked. (Big Black used a drum machine, it should also be said.) Powell told The Quietus that this is not a feud. "What's being lost on people is that it's being positioned as Powell against Steve Albini but it was never like that, it was me and Steve against stuff - without him I wouldn't be making this kind of music." You can watch the "Insomniac" video -- and read Albini's email to Powell -- below.

Continue reading "Steve Albini email about how he detests dance music turned into billboard AND VIDEO for Powell's new single (watch)"

by Bill Pearis


Glasgow, Scotland's WOMPS are well-named, making pummeling pop that hits as hard as it hooks. The group went to Steve Albini for their debut album which he recorded at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Is there a little Nirvana or Pixies in their sound? A healthy smidge, but there's also a jangly pop side to them as well. You can hear all those facets on WOMPS first single, "Live A Little Less / Dreams On Demand," which is out this week. The video for "Dreams on Demand" premieres in this post. It was made in Brooklyn by Robert Kolodny of creative collective House of Nod who deftly mixed footage they shot with archival and public domain footage. He says:

The more and more I listened to the song, the themes of weather, seasons, temperature and the passing of time became increasingly clear. I incorporated a lot of sun imaginary as well as nostalgic Americana archive footage. Why Americana for a Glasgow based band? I'm not sure, something in WOMPS really feels like home (home for us, musically, is in the Brooklyn DIY scene), so it just made sense. All of the slow motion photography peppered throughout the video was filmed by me in a sort of frantic stream of consciousness, putting together the images that came to my mind. We used our in-house Vision Research Phantom Camera for all of that and some clips were captured at over 1000 frames per second.
Watch "Dreams on Demand," as well as the video for the single's other side, below.

WOMPS will be in NYC for CMJ and have lined up four shows as of now:

Oct 13th @ Don Pedro (King Pizza Records, full lineup TBA)
Oct 14th @ The Legion Bar: Sugar Mama BK Party w/ Wade, Darkwing, Sun Abduction, Sideasideb, Looms, Happy Lives, The Off White, Fat Heaven, Samantha
Oct 15th @ Cake Shop (NYCTaper day show, lineup TBA)
Oct 17th @ Pine Box Rock Shop (Indie Bushwick showcase, lineup TBA)
Stay tuned for more details on those shows. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Scottish band WOMPS share video from Steve Albini-recorded debut 7", playing CMJ (dates, streams)"


Cleveland post-rock/post-hardcore band Craw put out three albums in the '90s (all recorded with Steve Albini) and then their final album, 2002's Bodies for Strontium, which came out on Hydra Head. Those three '90s albums have been out of print since that decade, but on December 11 Northern Spy will reissue them as the 1993-1997 box set. Music writer (and STATS member) Hank Shteamer helped fund the project on Kickstarter, where he wrote:

In 2014, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a vinyl box-set reissue of some of my favorite albums ever made: the first three full-lengths by the Cleveland post-hardcore band Craw, all out of print for roughly two decades. Each of these records--1993's Craw, 1994's Lost Nation Road and 1997's Map, Monitor, Surge--is a masterpiece of aggressive, unsettling, forward-thinking underground rock. Of these three, only Lost Nation Road has ever been issued on vinyl previously, in a subpar limited-edition pressing. Now, in 2015, we're resurrecting this effort with a more manageable funding goal and a sturdier team of experts committed to making this project a success.

On behalf of all seven ex-members of Craw, who have lent their full support to this reissue effort, I'm relaunching the campaign with the help of esteemed Brooklyn indie label Northern Spy, which for the past decade has issued a steady stream of vital, challenging releases in the fields of avant-rock, free jazz and experimental music.

...Simply put, Craw, Lost Nation Road and Map, Monitor, Surge are my favorite albums of all time. The songs they contain are explosive, eerie and downright riveting, combining the visceral rush of metallic post-hardcore, the compositional majesty of progressive rock and the purposeful abstraction of experimental improv, while at the same time achieving a rare, insular coherence all their own. These records aren't special merely because they're obscure; they're not second best to everything you've already heard from their era. I truly believe that these three LPs--each recorded or co-recorded by Steve Albini--stand alongside acknowledged '90s classics such as Slint's Spiderland, the Jesus Lizard's Goat and Shellac's At Action Park.

You can stream a five-song sampler of the reissue below.

Craw have reunited before, and they'll do so again to celebrate the release with two shows. One is in their hometown on December 18 at Grog Shop (tickets) and the other is in NYC on December 19 at Saint Vitus (tickets). According to the press release, "All band members that played on the albums included in 1993-1997 will be on hand at each show, participating in career-spanning performances drawn from these releases as well as Bodies for Strontium 90."

Continue reading "Craw reissuing all their '90s albums, playing reunion shows"

by Bill Pearis

(photo via Facebook)
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Former Monotonix frontman Yonatan Gat has a new record on the way, a two track, 12-minute "mini-album" made with his collaborative drummer Gal Lazer titled Physical Copy that was recorded in just three hours with Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studios. Gat's rhythm-heavy sound, propelled by Lazer, really benefits from Albini's touch (few record drums and give that "live" feeling as well as him). The record is out September 18 (pre-order) and we've got the premiere of one of it's sides, an instrumental simply titled "0." You can listen below.

For the real Yonatan Gat experience, you really need to see him live where his band's style -- usually set up on the floor and highly improvisational -- can be described as in-your-face. He'll be on tour this fall and the kickoff show is at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on September 12 with Innove Gnawa Band, and Honduras. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Yonatan Gat & Gal Lazer releasing Steve Albini-recorded mini-LP (listen to "0"), touring this fall"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Annabel Mehran
Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom's 2010 album, Have One On Me, is still one of the very best albums of this decade so far, and its followup has been much anticipated for a while. Now, finally, five years later we'll get her fourth album, Divers, on October 23 via Drag City. The first single is "Sapokanikan," which so far is making Divers seem like it's gonna be worth the wait. The video for the single was directed by There Will Be Blood / Boogie Nights filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who Joanna worked with on Inherent Vice.

The album features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Ryan Francesconi, Dave Longstreth, and Joanna herself, and production by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson. Watch the new video and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Newsom announces new album, 'Divers,' shares first single "Sapokanikan" & Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video"

photo: Ride at MHOW on Monday (more by PSquared)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Ride, Ash @ Terminal 5
While lumped in with shoegaze, Ride were poppier than most bands of that era, and more of a psychedelic rock band than anything else. A great one, mind you, with an incredible rhythm section, and maybe sounding better than ever. It's good support tonight from Irish trio Ash whose faces were splashed across the NME around the same time.

Wire, Julian Lynch @ Bowery Ballroom
Art-punk greats Wire are like a shark, always moving forward, never the same twice but always themselves. This year's self-titled album is another terrific moment in a nearly 40-year career. They do play some oldies, too.

Refused, Creepoid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Refused are planning on releasing their first album in 17 years this year. We haven't heard the whole thing yet, but from those two singles it sounds kinda... poppy? Could be interesting. Meanwhile, fans of the band's heavier stuff, like 1998's classic The Shape of Punk to Come should be treated to many favorites tonight. They've been playing a lot of that one on tour. Make sure to get there early for Philly shoegazers Creepoid.

Hutch and Kathy, Brian Bonz @ Mercury Lounge
Before they got louder in The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster made folky pop as Hutch and Kathy. Their 2002 eponymous album got its first-ever vinyl pressingforRecord Store Day 2015 and they're celebrating with a short tour.

Holly Herndon, GABI, Evan Caminiti @ The Wick
Holly Herndon's new album, Platform (her first for 4AD), is art pop in the truest sense of the word. She brings together a lot of very out-there sounds, yet it's strangely accessible from start to finish. Opening is the similarly-minded GABI, and Evan Caminiti of experimental duo Barn Owl.

Iron Reagan, Angel Du$t, Noisem @ Saint Vitus Bar
Two bands that do a lot of justice to '80s crossover thrash, Iron Reagan and Noisem, meet up at Saint Vitus tonight. Iron Reagan bring a sense of humor, while Noisem's approach is a little more personal and serious. The youth crew-inspired Angel Du$t round out the bill.

Governor's Ball After Dark Shows
It's the eve of Governors Ball, which means the GovBall late shows begin. TOnight there's four: funky duo Chromeo at The Apollo, garage rocker Benjamin Booker at Irving Plaza, dance duo Odesza at Rough Trade, and Gorgon City DJing Output.

Bobby Rush @ MetroTech Commons
This is the kickoff to BAM's annual R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon at Metrotech Commons. Today features blues vet Bobby Rush.

The Felice Brothers, The Barr Brothers @ Red Hook Park
This free show, part of SummerStage, features two acts who gently push the barriers of folk in new directions. Doors are at 6:30 PM and the concert's over at 9 PM.

Tyondai Braxton @ The Kitchen
Originally performed at the Guggenheim in 2013, Braxton's Hive1 is "part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods."

Dead Stars, Charly Bliss, Dances, Jangula @ Alphaville
Dead Stars are celebrating the release of their new single "Calm Punk" tonight. You can stream that song, which roars in a poppy '90s indie rock kind of way, below.

Big Eyes, Josh Berwanger Band, Flashlights, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
Big Eyes make raw, melodic punk with a bit of a Muffs influence, but they're a lot heavier than a lot of bands who fit that description. Josh Berwanger, former co-lead singer of emo vets The Anniversary, makes this an excellent double bill.

Prawn, Caravela, Pinegrove, Side Saddle @ Knitting Factory
NJ's Prawn take on '90s-style emo with a sound that's a bit Kinsella and a bit Appleseed Cast-y post rock.

Aloke, Big Ups @ Baby's All Right
If you don't remember Aloke, they were the mid 2000s NYC rock band of Christian Zucconi, who since got much more famous with his band Grouplove (whose early single "Colours" was a reworking of an Aloke song). Aloke returned with a new Steve Albini-produced 3-song EP last month, and tonight they play Baby's with a newer NYC rock band, Big Ups.

Max's Kansas City 50th Anniversary @ Bowery Electric
It's night 1 of the 4-night Max's 50 celebration. Tonight includes an all-star Jayne County tribute, Jahn Xavier & the Bowerytones, The Sick F*cks, Ruby & the Rednecks, The Magic Tramps, Zecca and The Black Cats NYC, with MC Jimi Lalumia and DJ Mojo, and cameos by Miachael Alago and Yvonne Sewal.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (Ride, Wire, Refused, Hutch and Cathy, Iron Reagan, Holly Herndon, Josh Berwanger, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: KEN mode at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
KEN mode

Winnipeg crushers KEN mode recently played some stuff off their upcoming sixth album, Success at one of the BV-SXSW parties, which we mentioned sounding closer to AmRep noise rock than their previous material. Now they've revealed the first studio recording from the LP, "Blessed," and the AmRep comparisons are even more apt here than we realized seeing it live. It seems very appropriate that the album was engineered by Steve Albini, mastered by his Shellac bandmate Bob Weston, and features an appearance by Oxbow's Eugene Robinson. (It also awesomely features members of Full of Hell.)

Success will be out on June 16 via Season of Mist. Watch the video for "Blessed," via Noisey, below.

KEN mode also announced a tour with fellow AmRep worshippers Fight Amp. That comes to NYC for a show on June 18 at Saint Vitus with killer local support from Pyrrhon and Couch Slut. Tickets for Vitus should be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Fight Amp have announced the followup to 2012's Birth Control. It's called Constantly Off and will be out on June 9 via Brutal Panda. You can watch an album trailer with clips of new music, below.

Continue reading "KEN mode share "Blessed" from Albini-recorded LP, announce tour with Fight Amp (who also have a new LP on the way)"

by Andrew Sacher


It's no secret that the '90s are all the rage right now. The internet (and maybe even your real life) is filled with nostalgia for everything from Pogs to Nickelodeon cartoons to Tamagotchis and this reality check from The Onion that the '90s weren't only Pogs, Nickelodeon cartoons and Tamagotchis. Indie rock is no exception. The sounds of the Alternative Nation era can be heard in many of today's indie bands, and countless '90s OGs have reformed to excellent results, playing not just to the people who saw them the first time around but to many new, younger fans. When it comes to discussing '90s rock, we usually turn the conversation towards critically acclaimed bands like Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, and My Bloody Valentine or huge bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead. You don't need another list telling you those bands are great. (But if you do, those lists are easily Googleable and recommended!) Instead, here's an alternative (pun intended) way of looking at the decade. Here's a list that highlights nine great bands who seem like they're starting to get re-evaluated a bit and starting to get the credit they deserve (some more than others).

I'm not trying to take the obscurer-than-thou route either. In fact, there's a good chance you've heard of all of these bands. All of them were on major labels. Some didn't have enough hits to get legitimately popular or remembered for more than one or two songs, but because of their MTV/KROQ associations they weren't very indie-cool either. Some achieved more mainstream success (often by changing their sound), an even bigger indie cred killer. But all of them are doing cool stuff right now, whether it's new albums, vinyl reissues, tours of the classic material, or new related bands. Almost all of them also have a clear influence on younger, modern bands. Whatever it is, it's reminding us why they were such great artists to begin with.

Of course this list could've had way more than nine bands. So feel free to comment telling us which ones you would've included and which ones you think we should've left off. Check out the list (in no particular order), with commentary and song streams, below.

UPDATE: Here's why we didn't include Nada Surf.

Continue reading "9 of the best '90s bands you didn't think were the best '90s bands and the awesome stuff they're doing now"


Shellac, one of the bands of the highly talented and highly opinionated Steve Albini, have been talking about a new album for a while, and now the followup to 2007's Excellent Italian Greyhound has finally been announced. It comes out September 16 via Touch & Go and a press release reads:



PRE-ORDER NOW (at the Touch and Go Records web store): HERE



Side A

Dude Incredible / Compliant / You Came In Me / Riding Bikes

Side B

All The Surveyors / The People's Microphone / Gary / Mayor/Surveyor / Surveyor


Steve Albini ◊ Guitar

Todd Trainer ◊ Drums

Bob Weston ◊ Bass


This is Shellac's fifth LP. Recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in 'Dude Incredible'; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example.


Both the CD and LP version of Dude Incredible come packaged in a chipboard album jacket with two high gloss, full color monkeys on the front cover. The LP includes a CD of the full album.


Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.


Other than the informational sheet you hold in your hand (or virtual hand), this record will have no formal promotion. There will be no advertisements, no press or radio promotion, no e-promotion, no promotional or review copies, no promotional gimmick items, and otherwise no free lunch.


The band will continue to play shows or tour at the same sporadic and relaxed pace as always. There is no correlation between shows and record releases.


Dude Incredible will be available for digital download purchases in formats including full-bandwidth 24-bit files.

There you have it.


Cincinnati poppy punks Vacation were already announced as one of the bands playing the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcases, and since we last spoke they've announced a full tour surrounding that show. The tour includes another NYC show happening a few days after the Don Giovanni show on February 10 at Cake Shop with Flykills. All upcoming dates are listed below.

Vacation play the first night of the Don Giovanni showcases, which happens at Death by Audio on 2/6 with Tenement, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists (tickets). The other two nights happen at MHOW on 2/7 & 2/8 with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Nude Beach, California X, Priests and more (tickets).

Speaking of Screaming Females, they're also about to record a live album in Chicago that Steve Albini is recording, and after that they're heading out on a tour with The Julie Ruin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but it will be nearby when it hits Asbury Lanes on April 12 in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Vacation and all Screaming Females dates are listed, along with a stream, below...

Continue reading "Vacation touring around Don Giovanni showcase; Screaming Females recording a live LP & touring w/ The Julie Ruin"

by Bill Pearis


Chicago indie rock band Veruca Salt caused quite a sensation with their 1994 debut single "Seether" and subsequent full-length, American Thighs. The band suffered from an overproduced second album and co-frontperson Nina Gordon left the band shortly after. Louise Post carried on with Veruca Salt (with varying backing members) up through most of the '00s, releasing IV in 2006.

After calling it quits, the original line-up (Gordon, Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) announced in March of this year via Facebook that they were reforming -- "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed" -- and working on new material. The band are currently recording a new album with Brad Wood, who produced American Thighs (and Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, among other '90s indie rock LPs).

Louise and Nina's first live, public performance together in 15 years will happen in Los Angeles on December 18 as part of Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit. Their performance happens at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online.

The event, while Chicago-based, has performances happening from all over the country from December 17 at 6 PM CST to December 17 at 6 PM CST, including St. Vincent performing at 6:30 PM CST from somewhere in Brooklyn. Other performers playing the benefit include Bob Mould, Jeff Tweedy (who also plays a related benefit in Chicago in January), Fred Armisen and more. The full schedule for the Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit is listed, along with a few classic Veruca Salt clips, below...

Continue reading "Veruca Salt reform w/ original line-up, working on new LP, playing streaming benefit show (line-up also includes St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, Fred Armisen & more)"

Albini & BUB: "No, that is not the microphone Gavin Rossdale used..."

Sure you can look at cats on the internet. You probably just were. But isn't it fun to look at internet videos of cats on a big screen in a big room with lots of people? That's the idea behind The Internet Cat Video Film Festival which comes to NYC at Warsaw on October 25. In addition to lots of internet cat videos, one of the web's most famous cats, Lil BUB, will be there in the flesh. Also there: Supercute! who probably have songs about cats. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of Lil BUB, you have probably seen the video of him meeting the other most famous feline on the internet, Grumpy Cat, over the summer. If not, you can watch that meeting below. Meanwhile, on the latest episode of his web talk show (shades of Space Ghost), Lil BUB chats with another legendary grumpy cat, indie rock producer Steve Albini (who is probably grumpy that we referred to what he does as "producing"). You can watch that below too.

Continue reading "The Internet Cat Video Film Festival coming to NYC, featuring Lil BUB who just hung out with Steve Albini (video)"

by Doug Moore

In Utero

As you've no doubt heard (several times over), Nirvana's seminal In Utero turned 20 roughly two weeks ago. Geffen Records released an über-deluxe edition of the album on Tuesday -- 3 CDs, a DVD, and a lengthy booklet that together contain just about every version of the In Utero set that you could possibly want. If you ever listened to With the Lights Out and thought, "Man, this could be more comprehensive," then this is your jam.

The 20th-anniversary In Utero contains, among its extras, the letter that In Utero producer/all-around scabrous bastard Steve Albini wrote to Nirvana during his courtship of the project. Someone has helpfully uploaded the whole thing. It's a great read; Albini is both a colorful character and a crisp writer. The letter offers a revealing look into his (highly influential) attitudes as a producer, plus some quotable one-liners. Some favorites:

"Remixing is for talentless pussies who don't know how to tune a drum or point a microphone."

"I would be a little concerned about having you at my house for the duration of the whole recording...it would be a fine place to mix the record though, and you can't beat the vittles."

"If a record takes more than a week to make, someone's fucking up."

Read the whole thing here. The über-deluxe In Utero 20th anniversary pack is available on Amazon for the low, low price of $130. I predict that it will be the Christmas gift of choice among 30-something professionals.

While on the subject of In Utero, Deer Tick, in their Deervana guise, played the album in full at Brooklyn Bowl a couple weeks back on the album's release anniversary. NYC Taper was there and you can stream a song and download the whole set over his weay.

In other news, Kurt Cobain's childhood home is on the market for $500,000, though the list price is reportedly less than $70,000. His mother and sister, who currently own it, would like it to become a museum. If you have that kind of dough burning a hole in your pocket, you can take a look inside before you buy without schlepping all the way out to Aberdeen, WA.

If that's not enough, there's some previously-unreleased rehearsal footage of "Very Ape" and "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" floating around the web; you can stream it below.

And for more reading, various surviving Nirvana band members (specifically Pat Smear and Dave Grohl) have given interviews on the subject of the album.

Check out those live videos below. What are we missing?

Continue reading "Nirvana's 'In Utero' box set contains Steve Albini's pitch letter to the band; Cobain's childhood home for sale + other news"

Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Jay-Z raises serious $$$ for Obama, Yo Gabba Gabba, Deftones, 'Ice Ice Baby' analyzed, Wilco, Neil Young & more"

Amanda Palmer @ Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Dese'Rae L. Stage)
Amanda Palmer

ATTN STEVE ALBINI: Amanda Palmer, who plays Stubb's in Austin tonight, is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians she corals locally for stops on her tour. Amanda writes:

for better or for worse, this whole kerfuffle has meant i've spent the past week thinking hard about this, listening to what everyone was saying and discussing. i hear you. i see your points. me and my band have discussed it at length. and we have decided we should pay all of our guest musicians. we have the power to do it, and we're going to do it. (in fact, we started doing it three shows ago.)
Meanwhile her new LP debuted at #10 on the Billboard album charts.

Justin Vernon wants this image on his body

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is looking to get a tattoo based on '90s TV show Northern Exposure (which is where he got his band name) and maybe you can help? They play this week don't you know.

How did you spend your Occupy Wall Street anniversary? Possibly in temple? What are you doing tonight?

As you can see in this new set of Austin pictures, Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning has been replaced. Russ is now focusing on his solo project Rush Midnight instead.

We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.

Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.

Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).

Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Justin Vernon seeks 'Northern Exposure' tattoo; Wye Oak on Papa Roach; 'Palmer Vs. Albini' Round 2, and much more"

Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Yeasayer played Summerstage last night (9/12). We missed them but caught them in Austin where Dead Can Dance also recently played. How was the NY show?

As BV Chicago pointed out, Smashing Pumpkins frontman BIlly Corgan opened a tea shop outside of Chicago, and he played acoustic sets there today to celebrate.

Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.

The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.

The Walkmen, whose tour brings them to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on October 18 with Dum Dum Girls (tickets) will play Conan tonight.

more below...

Continue reading "Also: The Walkmen, Pig Destroyer, Yeasayer, Bat For Lashes, Lower Dens, Billie Joe Armstrong, Billy Corgan & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Screaming Females in studio (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females recently finished recording their fifth LP, which is set for an April 2012 release. They recorded the album at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini. The picture above is taken from the recording sessions, which you can see more of at BV Chicago. Listen to a stream of Screaming Females playing one of their new songs live on WFMU below.

Screaming Females opened for fellow New Brunswick band Thursday at Thursday's last New Jersey show at Starland Ballroom on Monday (12/26). It was definitely the heaviest Screaming Females show I've ever seen, and if this any sign of the direction they're taking on the new album, then I'm all ears. They opened their set completely in the dark with the chugging intro of "Sheep" off 2010's Castle Talk, before bursting out into a number of songs filled with even more shredding and screaming from Marissa Paternoster than usual, while throwing in some Sonic Youth-y noise breakdowns.

Screaming Females play the Don Giovanni showcase at MHOW (2/11) with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, For Science, Shellshag, and Black Wine. Tickets are still available.

All dates and stream below...

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photos by Abbey Braden for ATP


Shellac play their first of two sold-out shows with Helen Money at The Bell House TONIGHT (10/3), just a few days after playing ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ where Steve Albini also manned the poker tables all weekend on the 8th floor of the Berkeley Hotel. ATP pictures in this post. Steve Albini in NYC (hope he can handle it!). More pictures below...

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Steve Albini (Shellac) @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Steve Albini

Steve Albini tells Gothamist:

Well, there's the thing about New York. New York is such a monolith that it's pointless to have an opinion about it. It's like bitching about the weather. It certainly won't accomplish anything and it certainly won't make you feel better about what you didn't like. New York has a couple of characteristics that are undeniable and one of those is that it's a magnet for assholes who couldn't get any attention at home and decided that the problem wasn't that they weren't interesting but that there were all these squares around them in Dubuque or whatever and they need to go to some big cosmopolitan city like New York where people will appreciate them. So if you can imagine that scenario playing out within every city in North America and every one of those assholes with an opinion slightly outreaching his ability getting on a fucking Greyhound. You end up with a pretty good description of what's annoying about New York is that it's full of people whose self-image just ever-so-slightly outstrips their ability.

I studied painting under in college under Ed Paschke, who is dead now, he was a brilliant, brilliant educator. He was one of the only people in college who actually taught me anything. I mean, I learned a lot while I was in college, don't get me wrong, but not a lot of it was academic and not much of it was taught to me, it was primarily stuff I learned on my own. But he was one of the few people that actually taught me anything. But at one point, and he was the first person to make me aware of this, of being in New York. He described it as the "catch-all of runners up." And I think that's probably what annoys me about New York when I'm annoyed by it. Whatever they're doing at the moment, that's not really them, in their minds. Like, I'm working in this bookstore but I'm not a bookstore clerk, I'm a writer. Or like, I'm working in the restaurant but I'm not a waiter, I'm an actor. There are all these people who are not the thing that they are doing at the moment and therefore feel demeaned by every second of their existence. And the chip on New York's shoulder is the thing that keeps everything on the ground there. It's the massive weight that causes all of the gravity that happens in New York.

Having said that. I'm going to do that English thing. Oh, he's such a cunt. [Fake British accent] I mean that in the nicest way. [Laughter] I mean this in the nicest way really but he is just such a cunt, you know. Really I just want to murder him, I mean I love him, but I just want to murder him.

Full interview at Gothamist. Shellac, like Chavez, plays ATP in NJ on Friday. Shellac's tour then also brings them to Brooklyn for two shows at the Bell House.

Tyler, The Creator @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Via Twitter:

"Feel Like I Have To Defend Myself. 1 Idk Who The Fuck Steve Albino Is 2. I Dont 'Nigger Everything Insight' 3. I Never Say Fuck U To Drivers 4. We (odd future) Never Discuss How Much We Are Making A Show In Public, Ever. 5. Me Nor Anyone i Know In My Age Group Know Who You Are, Old Ass. Surprised You Knew how To Use A Computer. And Whats Good With RAPEMAN? Okay, Back To Regular Shit: SO I FUCKING FAILED AT GETTING A PICTURE OF MY FART. FUCK - Tyler
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"I am quite happy none of them engaged me directly, because at least one of us would have regretted it." - Steve Albini

Shellac at ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)

A guy named Steve crossed paths with a guy named Tyler. See what Steve had to say about said encounter below.

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Shellac at ATP (more by BBG)

Though tickets for their show on October 3rd are still available, the Shellac / Helen Money tour has added a second night at The Bell House on October 4th. Tickets are on sale. An updated set of tour dates is below.

In somewhat related news, Merge is reissuing a remastered version of Superchunk's 1994 album Foolish (which was produced by Brian Paulson at Steve Albini's home studio in Chicago), "some different album art, special bonus material, and extensive liner notes by drummer Jon Wurster" included. Preorder it now at Merge Records. The band previously reissued/remastered No Pocky For Kitty, On The Mouth, and most recently, Here's Where The Strings Come In. All are available at the Merge store.

All updated Shellac dates and some video is below.

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photos by Samantha Marble


Shellac played the Bell House Tuesday night with Helen Money (aka Alison Chesley and a cello). Both fantastic artists, on tour together, also made an appearance at ATP NY over the weekend (specifically, Saturday 9/4). They also hit Buffalo along the way...

"One of the things that helped make their set most memorable from the last time I had seen them was the amount of crowd banter the band engages in. And last night at the Ninth Ward there were times you may have gotten confused as to whether you were at a rock show or watching stand-up comedy. Albini dropped his most recent favorite one liner. Bassist Bob Weston fielded questions from the crowd during a band solicited Q&A session. And all members took part in ribbing an unwitting attendee." [Buffalo Rising]
Another set of pics from Shellac at ATP (where the Q&A got cut), with some videos from the Bell House, are below...

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Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
Kurt Vile

It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:

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