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photo: Trans Am @ Baby's All Right, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Long-running DC-area trio Trans Am released their aptly-titled tenth full length Volume X last year, finding them still in the post-rock groove. You can check out the video for album-opener "Anthropocene," below.

The band, who were last in NYC with Deerhoof last year, have a string of East Coast dates coming up, where they'll work their way down to Phuzz Fest in North Carolina. The tour brings Trans Am to NYC on April 16 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via TicketFly.

All Trans Am tour dates are listed, along with the "Anthropocene" video, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Deerhoof / Trans-Am @ Baby's All Right 11/6/2014
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"Over the years, we put a lot of priority on our band staying together rather than getting a big hit," said guitarist John Dieterich. "When bands make a big push to go on tour for eight months straight and make it big, these are the kinds of things that break up bands. We did not want to do that."

The four-piece -- which is known for its densely composed, angular instrumentation and the sweet vocals of bassist Satomi Matsuzaki -- has also thrived by continually trying new things. Deerhoof's 12th and latest album, "La Isla Bonita," is comprised entirely of on-the-spot rehearsal recordings, Dieterich explained.

"We were just capturing it so we could remember it, so we were not thinking about how the recordings would sound, but after a few days, we said 'these sound pretty good," said Dieterich. "Aside from vocals, the whole album is what we captured that day." - [Brooklyn Daily]

Long-running indie rock experimentalists Deerhoof celebrated their 12th album, La Isla Bonita, and their 20th anniversary with a string of NYC shows this week. After a surprise appearance at Death by Audio on Sunday (11/2), the band played three consecutive nights at Baby's All Right, concluding Thursday night (11/6) with fellow '90s survivors Trans Am, as well as Louisville, KY's White Reaper (who will be on tour with Deerhoof).

Pictures from Thursday's show, and Deerhoof's setlist, are in this post, and continue below...

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Deerhoof at ATP 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Eccentric San Franciscans Deerhoof are releasing their twelfth album, La Isla Bonita, on November 4 via Polyvinyl and they've just put out a new single "Paradise GIrls" (via Pitchfork). You can stream that, with previous single "Exit Only," below.

Deerhoof are also going on a tour which kicks off with a three-night run in NYC on November 4, 5 & 6 at Baby's All Right. There's different openers on each night of the run with Xenia Rubinos and Tim Barnes (Silver Jews, Jim O'Rourke, etc) on night 1, Assembly and Zannie Owens with Mount Yucca on night 2, and post-rock vets Trans Am and garage rock newcomers White Reaper on night 3. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, 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.

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by Andrew Sacher

Trans Am

Post rock pioneers Trans Am released their tenth album, Volume X, this week (5/20) via Thrill Jockey and have just given video treatment to one of its singles, "I'll Never." The song's a vocoder-led ballad with repeated refrains of "Come a little bit closer" and "I'll never get over you" and there's a kitschy intimacy in the video (based on this video) to match. See for yourself -- it premieres in this post and can be watched below.

The band also begin their previously announced tour in DC tonight (5/22) and come to NYC on Friday (5/23) at Knitting Factory with Dan Friel and Chron Turbine. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated tour dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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Post rock pioneers Trans Am are set to release their tenth album, Volume X, on May 20 via Thrill Jockey. There's been no music released from it yet but that's the cover art above and you can check the tracklist below. You can pre-order it now in a few different packages.

Around the same time as the record's release, Trans Am will be going on tour, including a stop at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on May 23. Dan Friel is also on the bill and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

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Yesterday, we mentioned that Thrill Jockey Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of it are hosting a show at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy. and D. Charles Speer. That show is actually just one in a series of 20th anniversary shows the label are putting on around the country, including a much smaller one in NYC at Death by Audio on September 14 with White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever (who also plays DbA on Friday, 7/20), Dan Friel, and Rhyton. Tickets for the Death by Audio show and the Webster Hall show are on sale now.

In addition to the shows, the label will also celebrate their anniversary with newly commissioned silk screened posters, like this one and this one, and 2-minute video shorts, like the one by Ashby Lee Collinson that you can watch below. They've also asked a number of comedians, including Fred Armisen, to write two jokes (one clean and one dirty) and Thrill Jockey will be recording reactions to the jokes and pressing them on limited edition vinyl.

In related news, experimental duo Matmos (aka M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel), who are playing some of the anniversary shows including the Webster Hall one, have just recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and they'll put out their first release for the label, the Ganzfeld EP, on October 15.

All currently known Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows (more TBA) are listed below with lineups...

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by Bill Pearis

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Toys & Tiny Instruments

It's a fairly quiet post-ATP weekend, which is fine. And the big stuff (Jens Lekman, James Blake) is sold out. CMJ is coming up in less than two weeks, and I plan on taking it (fairly) easy until then. (More than anything else, I'm stoked for the Breaking Bad finale on Sunday!) But there is, as always, stuff going on that's worth your time and coin. So this week I'm just going to do an extended version of the day-by-day picks.


Anika at Glasslands.

Dive, the new band from Beach Fossils dude Cole Smith, is easily the hardest working group in Brooklyn right now. You can see them tonight at Death by Audio on a pretty stacked bill of locals. I've caught Dive a couple nights now and am really impressed with their energy -- dark and motorik (not totally unlike Captured Tracks labelmates Soft Moon) -- and Smith's ability to spin around and play in clothes six sizes too big for him.

Dive also plays tomorrow (10/7) at 285 Kent with Night Manager and ex-Sweetbulbs band Heaven's Gate (who have a new MP3 to download at the top of this post) and Friends.

The rest of the show is good too. Caged Animals is Vin of Soft Black's new band. There are MP3s above and you can read more about them here. The show is also a record release for Spanish Prisoners' new album, Gold Fools, which you can stream in its entirety at the bottom of this post.  It's been a while since I checked in with them... it's a really nice record, especialy the single "Rich Blood" which you can download for free from their Bandcamp. Also playing are Quiet Lights who might fill the void for lovely loud guitar pop left by Dirty on Purpose.

Over at Cake Shop are the Toys and Tiny Instruments Band who do not play live very often. It's exactly as it sounds, seven or eight folks playing songs on kazoos, melodicas, penny whistles, plastic guitars and other toys and tiny instruments. (Not unlike Pianosarus for those whose memories go back to '80s obscurities.) They are way better than you think they're going to be.

And at Public Assembly it's electronic psych rock pioneers Silver Apples who play with MNDR, Lemonade, Ital and Todd Pendu on DJ duty. Another worthy show.

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DOWNLOAD: Trans Am - Futureworld (MP3)

This is not the Beaver Boys. This is Trans AM
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Trans Am go on a two-week tour in late September that kicks off in Philadelphia on 9/27 and concludes with a very special two-night stint at Union Pool on 10/8 and 10/9. The NYC shows are special because on 10/8 the band will perform 1999's Futureworld in its entirety, while 10/9 will feature "a special set". Tickets for 10/8 and 10/9 are on sale. All dates are listed below...

The Futureworld set is to celebrate the reissue of the 1999 LP via Thrill Jockey who are celebrating their own 20th anniversary. Out September 13th on CD & vinyl, the remastered reissue will come with 2 digital bonus tracks. They are "Nazi/Hippie Empire", a studio outtake from the Futureworld session, mixed by James Murphy and "Now You Die, Thriddle Fool!" which was originally released by Strength Magazine on a flexi-disc 7". Check out the title track from Futureworld above/below with all dates...

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Phil Manley

"Trans Am is still all of our main musical agenda" [Phil] Manley says, quick to dismiss the notion that the band is no longer a priority. "It just seems like less of a job and it's more for fun. Because we're all still great friends, and it is so much fun to play together, and this distance and the time spent apart makes it that much more fun when we get back together."

The band still tours regularly and earlier this year released one of its finest albums to date, "Thing." Taking its name from the 1982 John Carpenter movie "The Thing," the record was originally conceived as the score to a sci-fi horror film for which the band was commissioned out of the blue. "Partway through the process, we got an e-mail saying the movie had been canned due to lack of financing and that they were sorry," Manley says. "So we were like ... we're this far into it, we'll just keep writing this record for a movie that doesn't exist." [SF Gate]

As Trans Am is celebrating 20 years as a band, its guitarist Phil Manley (who also plays in The Fucking Champs) is prepping to release his first solo LP, Life Coach, via Thrill Jockey Records on January 25th, 2011 (cover art above). It's a nine-track instrumental LP, and one of those tracks, "Forest Opening Theme," has been given the video treatment. Check it out for the first time below.

As far as shows go, Phil just has a single date on his schedule and that is on the album's release date, 1/25, in San Francisco (the same town Trans Am played on November 6th - hence the above quoted article). Trans Am also has just one gig coming up: Nov 19th at La Capital in Mexico City, Mexico.

Check out that video and the new solo album's full tracklist below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Trans Am - Apparent Horizon (MP3)

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Thrill Jockey: You've spoken before about a desire to transcend music. Do you think this album accomplishes that?

Trans Am: Absolutely. This album isn't about music at all. It's about being prepared mentally and physically. It's about training 8 hours a day for the past two years. You know, too many people today are results-oriented. We want to win as much as anyone, but we're not going to abandon our system now. That's what got us where we are and we're not going to throw everything away and just play for music's sake.

Trans Am will put out their ninth (!) LP, Thing, on April 20th, and you can hear a tight, vocoder-riffing rack from it above.

The band is currently on tour with Portland noise-rock band Nice Nice and Jonas Reinhardt (a group not a person). They play two NYC shows. The first is at Santos this Saturday (4/17). Tickets are still on sale.

Their other NYC show, on Sunday (4/18), was relocated from Market Hotel to the Knitting Factory. Oneida (who headlined the venue in March and who play the Joshua Light Show fest this May) is also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.

Album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Record Store Day

Record Store Day - a nationwide event created to support independently owned record stores - will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2009. A list of participating NYC stores is available online at the Record Store Day venue list.

On RSD, Generation Records (210 Thompson Street, NY, NY) will host an acoustic in-store by punk band The Bouncing Souls, free for customers who pick up a copy of the band's 20th Anniversary Volume 1 7-inch the day of the show.

Other events, such as in-stores at Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which announced its intent to celebrate the event with live music despite ending shows after losing its liquor license in February, are still being announced.

Many record labels are supporting the event with limited-edition records. Matador, for example, will be pressing 2500 copies each of Jay Reatard/Sonic Youth and Sonic Youth/Beck split 7-inches, plus a Pavement Live In Germany LP. Thrill Jockey is sending out 900 copies of Records Toreism, an LP that includes tracks from Mountains, Tortoise, White Hills, Trans Am featuring Tim Soete, and Baltimore's Double Dagger (who cover "Stagger Lee") and will be packaged with two zines (feat contributions from Ian MacKaye and more).

Record Store Day, which coincides with the 2009 Coachella Festival, will also be running a record shop at the fest. The press release, copied below, notes that the Coachella on-site store, "previously operated by Virgin, is noted for its high profile foot traffic and good vibe." Both events come in the same month that the Times Square Virgin Megastore will close - the NYC shop is notable for having the nation's highest sales volume. Its sister location in Union Square will be gone soon after.

Full list of Record Store Day exclusives, in the form of a press release, below...

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Oneida help the NYC Knitting Factory celebrate their 20th anniversary (and their new sound system) with two shows this Saturday (early & late).

Oneida @ Knitting Factory, NYC, 2007 (TICKETS)
Feb 24 6:45 - Trans Am w/ Oneida & Big Bear
Feb 24 10:30 - Trans Am w/ Oneida & Pterodactyl

Oneida & Pterodactyl are also playing Tonic in NYC on March 24. Pterodactyl, who also just played Studio B with Girl Talk and Parts & Labor, have an album coming out on Brah Records on April 24, 2007. Brah Records is part of JagJaguwar which is the home of Oneida.

Trans Am is also going on a North American tour with Zombi in April. Presale here. Before that they'll be touring in Europe. All dates below...

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