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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Twin Shadow - To the Top (MP3)

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Twin Shadow has always had an affinity for the '80s, be it Prince or Bruce Springsteen. He now seems to be diving in to the decade with concrete boots on his brand new single "The Top." The press release claims he has "reinvented the power ballad" with the song, but to these ears it sounds more like he's dug up the corpse and is pulling some Weekend at Bernie's maneuvers. He says this about it:

What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.

It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness...We just want to say "wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again."

On the Soundcloud he's tagged it with #Journey #Rock #Arena #80s #90s and it sounds like a song that could turn back time for Cher (or Laura Branigan) if she covered it. Lighters aloft, you can download it above and stream it in this post.

Will this be the direction of a new album? It's been two years since Confess. If you need more, Twin Shadow has a whole bunch of covers on his Soundcloud, including U2's "With Or Without You," 10CC's "I'm Not In Love" and Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years."

Twin Shadow's only live date at the moment is at the inaugural Hudson River Project festival in the Catskills this July.

"The Top" stream below...

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Hudson Project

Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.

In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "The Hudson Project music festival coming to the Catskills (lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips & more)"

Christo Buffam (via Facebook)
Christo

NYC musician Christo Buffam, who played in Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles and other bands, has sadly passed away. As Vanyaland reports, no cause of death has been reported yet.

Dead Leaf Echo posted an RIP to their Facebook, and The Vandelles also posted a long tribute:

It is with incredible grief and heartbreak that we write our dear friend and creative collaborator Christo Buffam has passed on from our tangible world. The day we met in Boston we knew he was an incredible person - after all he took us to IHop for breakfast where his dry wit and grey bandana won our hearts - he was effortlessly cool. In less than a year he would come to take on a huge role in both our lives as an immensely thoughtful friend and the course of The Vandelles as a designer, screen printer, and songwriter. I remember spending countless hours at our space in Danbro working on his song Nocturnal until one day he played me Miles Away and I was blown away by his ability to capture what he was feeling in his lyrics. Christo was a bright star of creative conviction who was always the one putting in tons of hours making posters, going to every show under the sun, or introducing new friends to old ones and visa versa. When he truly believed in something or someone he was behind them one hundred percent, and he would go to great lengths sometimes at his own expense to help in any way he could. Christo, we will miss your smile, we will miss your wit, we will miss your scowl, and above all we will miss you. Forever in our thoughts and hearts.

Anyone looking for info on what we know so far or upcoming plans for the wake/funeral should get in touch with Jasno Swarez here on facebook. In the coming weeks a get together will be planed for us all to get together and celebrate Christo's artwork, music, and life. We will post all info when we have it. Thank you everyone for your condolences, and please extend your sympathy to Christo's family and friends.

Fellow NYC musician Twin Shadow also instagrammed a tribute:
Very sad to hear about the talented and brilliant Christo Buffam. He was a friend. I hadn't see him in a while and was out drinking with friends a month ago and looked up behind the bar. There he was, and my face lit up to see him. He poured shots for us all. I'm glad I had a toast with him before he died. Rest In Peace, I wish we had time to get closer.
Both The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo were set to open for Bauhaus' David J at Pianos in April. No word if those bands will still play as planned.

Rest in peace Christo, you'll be missed.

Watch some Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo videos below...

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Flume

Australian beatmaker Flume recently announced some dates surrounding appearances at Coachella and the South American Lollapaloozas, including a NYC show happening on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. That show quickly sold out, but Flume's since expanded his tour and added another big NYC show happening on July 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Flume is also giving the deluxe edition of his 2012 self-titled debut a vinyl release on April 15. The deluxe edition features collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, and Flume's just made a video for "Space Cadet" which features Ghostface and Autre Ne Veut. The animated video was directed by Jay Howell (Bob's Burgers) and Jim Dirschberger, who works with Jay on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig. You can watch that video, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Flume expands tour, playing Terminal 5, made a video with Autre Ne Veut & Ghostface Killah (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
Kevin Drew

It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.

Continue reading "v-day video roundup: Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink, La Dispute, GBV, Front Bottoms, Chelsea Wolfe, Blouse & more"

DIIV at Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DIIV

A concert series called Painted BLACK is returning to NYC and will feature three shows at Irving Plaza. Presented by NYC's MATTE Projects, Painted BLACK "is an exploration of a color and a lifestyle through a live experience. In the pursuit of this, the musical acts will be paired with visual artists, stage builders, sculptors, fashion designers, and filmmakers, creating unique pieces to be debuted at the series."

The first show, which coincides with Fashion Week, happens on February 13 and features electronic musicians Klangkarussell (DJ), Thomas Azier (live), and Stefan Biniak (DJ). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

The second one is more indie-rock oriented, featuring live sets by DIIV and Guards, plus a DJ set by Twin Shadow. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Stay tuned for the third and final show to be announced. Flyer for the DIIV/Guards/Twin Shadow show, plus a video of DIIV from 285 Kent's last show, below...

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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GTAV

The New York Film Festival starts today (9/27) and Grand Theft Auto V and its ridiculous soundtrack are out now, and in honor of that the game will participate in this year's Convergence Program.

Most excitingly, there will be a concert on September 30 at Church of Saint Paul the Apostle (405 W 59th St) with the game's score composers including ambient legends Tangerine Dream, two hip hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No, and composer Woody Jackson (who also scored Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire). As they perform, a projector screen will show images of GTAV's fictional setting, Blaine County. Show starts at 9 PM. Tickets for the concert go on sale today (9/27) at 10 AM, and there's also an option than gains you entry to the afterparty...

After the concert, there will be an official afterparty at Le Poisson Rouge, which features DJ sets from Flying Lotus (who hosts FlyLo FM in GTAV) and BBC's Gilles Peterson (who hosts Worldwide FM). It's a late show, happening after the Typhoon show at LPR that takes place the same night.

The next day (10/1), Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, and Woody Jackson will also discuss the game's music at a panel taking place at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street) at 8 PM. In addition to the game's composers, it also features Rockstar Games music supervisor Ivan Pavlovich and will be moderated by Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber. This panel's totally free.

There's another GTAV panel happening on September 29 at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 3:30 PM with moderator Adam Sessler and select members of Rockstar Games discussing the making of GTAV. Tickets for this panel go on sale today (9/27) at 10 AM.

Read more about what's playing the Film Fest HERE.

You can stream Twin Shadow and Clams Casino's contributions to the game's soundtrack, below...

Continue reading "Grand Theft Auto V participating in NY Film Fest: concert w/ Tangerine Dream & other composers; Flying Lotus afterparty + more"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

The Two Amigos: Wayne Coyne & Moby
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We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like TV on the Radio, PIxies, The Julie Ruin, Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Tricky, Night Sins, Placebo, Goldrapp, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Moby & Wayne Coyne, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, Twin Shadow covering Bruce Springsteen, Queens of The Stone Age covering Arctic Monkeys, Kitty, They Might Be Giants, and what may be the newest viral YouTube hit, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (Moby & Wayne Coyne, Twin Shadow, TMBG, QOTSA, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, "The Fox" & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Twin Shadow / Autre Ne Veut @ Central Park Summerstage, 8/17/2013
Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Mano @ Summerstage - 8/17/2013
Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Mano @ Summerstage - 8/17/2013

Saturday night (8/17) Twin Shadow played Central Park Summerstage. A lovely evening for a free show, George Lewis Jr. and his band pulsed through selections from Twin Shadow's two albums, and made time for a couple new songs, as well as a couple '80s covers: Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and an encore rendition of Van Halen's rave-up, "Panama."

Opening was Autre Ne Veut whose live band featured both Zambri sisters. If you're in the Hamptons this weekend, you can catch Autre Ne Veut at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Saturday (8/24) which is a free show.

More pictures from Summerstage below...

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Savages at MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
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Artist Doug Aitken just announced a new project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a traveling train tour that will take place over the course of three weeks in September. A press release reads:

At each stop, Station to Station will curate leading figures from the art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will act as a cultural studio- globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train.
Each stop will feature a variety of different artists. Musicians taking part in the project include Savages, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon, No Age, Twin Shadow, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nite Jewel and Connan Mockasin.

There will also be other artists Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner; writers Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, and Rick Moody; and chefs Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Plus, even more participants TBA.

Station to Station stops in ten different cities this September, including NYC on September 6. More details on the specific "happenings" and ticket information are forthcoming. The project "will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at seven partner museums around the country."

Savages' tour schedule makes it seem unlikely that they'll be on the NYC stop, but their tour does bring them here for shows on Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out) and September 12 at Terminal 5 (tickets).

All Station to Station stops are listed below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Twin Shadow / Grizzly Bear / crowd
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball wrapped up on Sunday (6/9) after a very soggy start. Despite the rain on Friday and the treks through the mud that followed for the next two days, it was still a weekend filled with tons of great music, and day 3 was no exception. We already talked a bit about the epic Kanye West set, and just posted pictures of The xx, who also played that day. More pictures of day 3, including sets of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, The Avett Brothers, and more, are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. Day 3 pictures (more of which are on the way) continue below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 in pics: Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Haim, Avett Brothers & more"

Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
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As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball single day tickets back on sale; we made a Spotify playlist"

Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
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NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.

DoNYC is also giving away VIP passes and tickets to every after party, so you can also head to their site to enter that contest too.

Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...

Continue reading "sold-out Governors Ball offers last chance on tickets via lottery"

Twin Shadow @ Pitchfork 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Twin Shadow is about to kick off a "True Story" tour in California that quickly hits Sasquatch before visting Chicago, Governors Ball in NYC, Texas and many other places before ending back in Cali. Twin Shadow will then take a break before playing a big, free hometown show at Central Park Summerstage with Autre Ne Veut, Elliphant and DJ Million Dollar Mano on 8/17. All dates are listed with the "True Story" explanation below.

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Elliphant

Most of TS's tour is with Pitchfork/Swedish Grammys-approved pop star Elliphant who we mentioned headlines her only upcoming non-Twin Shadow North American date in Brooklyn at Glasslands on June 11. Tickets are still available. Openers are Heartsrevolution and Computer Magic (DJ Set).

"She's actually part of the same production family as Icona Pop, but as Elliphant, she frays Scandinavian pop precision at the edges to join up to a more global patchwork that runs from Mad Decent affiliates M.I.A. and Maluca to the junkheap magpie nest of Staff Benda Bilili." [Pitchfork]
Check out the video for "Live Till I Die" below.

Autre Ne Veut, who recently played Pianos (twice), only has four upcoming shows we know about at the moment. One is with Twin Shadow at Summerstage, one is Pitchfork Festival, one is ACL, and one is in Miami. They're also all listed below...

Continue reading "Twin Shadow touring w/ Elliphant, playing free Central Park show w/ Autre Ne Veut (dates)"

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"

Sasquatch

Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
Gorge
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! Music Festival 2013 lineup is here"

Sky Ferreira @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well are teaming up for a U.S. tour that will begin after Sky makes stops at both Monterey, Mexico's Festival NRML and SXSW in Austin. Their tour together hits NYC for two shows: March 20 at Bowery Ballroom and March 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon, with a regular on-sale on Friday (1/25) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Twin Shadow has remixed Sky's infectious 2012 single "Everything is Embarrassing" and you can stream that below.

Continue reading "Sky Ferreira and How To Dress Well touring together (dates); Twin Shadow remixed Sky's "Everything is Embarssing""

Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2013 lineup (Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, xx, Cut Copy, Kendrick, Anco, Beach House & MUCH MORE)"

NRMAL

Festival Nrmal is happening again this year in Monterey, Mexico, expanding to a multiple day event from March 6 - 10 (just before SXSW if you're keeping track). The line-up for the fourth-annual event was just released and features Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Twin Shadow, Sky Ferreira, Mykki Blanco, Trash Talk, King Tuff, Parquet Courts, Kitty Pryde, Mortuary and many, many more. (English language bands were curated, as before, by Todd P.) The whole line-up is in the flyer below.

Advance tickets ($25) are available here. Flyer with the 2013 line-up is below.

Continue reading "Ariel Pink,Trash Talk, Twin Shadow, Sky Ferreira, King Tuff and more playing the 2013 Festival Nrmal in Monterrey, Mexico"

by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

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The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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today in NYC
* Alex Miller @ Pianos
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Grass Roots @ Barbes
* Melody Joy @ Party XPO
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* NY Theremin Society @ Joe's Pub
* Lust for Youth @ Home Sweet Home
* Angelica Sanchez Trio @ The Stone
* Richard Buckner @ The Mercury Lounge
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Clare @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* River City Extension @ The Mercury Lounge
* Mr. Dream, Alan Watts, Household @ Glasslands
* Amateur Blonde, Portraiture, Mancie @ Cake Shop
* Alessi, Davis, Laubrock and Rainey @ The Stone
* Deer Tick, Viking Moses, Ian O'Neill @ Brooklyn Bowl
* New Beard, The Motor Tom, The New Defense @ Pianos
* Rapstar, PC Worship, Normal Love, Lushes @ Big Snow
* Figure, Alex English DJ set, DJ Jess @ Webster Hall
* These Are Powers, Oneida, PC Worship @ Shea Stadium
* Pretendo, Snack Machine, Exploded View @ Death By Audio
* Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Lazyeyes, Quiet Loudly @ Muchmore's
* Ken Jacobs & Aki Onda: Nervous Magic Lantern @ Issue Project Room
* Stretch Armstrong, Q-Tip, Rich Medina, Clark Kent, Tony Touch @ Santos Party House
* Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Avan Lava, DJ Illyse Singer, DJ Good Goose @ Knitting Factory
* Sara Schaefer, Nikki Glaser, Pete Davidson, Emmy Blotnick, Stuckey & Murray, Judah Friedlander @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Wild Yaks, Love as Laughter, Jonathan Toubin DJ set, Frankie Rose DJ set, TEEN DJ set, Thanksgiving Brown DJ set @ Union Pool
* 12.12.12 - The Concert For Sandy Relief w/ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl @ Madison Square Garden

Tonight is the ridiculously star-studded 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, featuring Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and many more. If you didn't get tickets it's being broadcast basically everywhere. More info on where to watch here.

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UK group Toy just released a video for their song "Make it Mine" which is from their fairly-new debut album. You can watch it below.

Twin Shadow released a new video for his live-at-KCRW version of "The Ones" and you can watch that below too.

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by Klaus Kinski and Kurt Braunohler

Kurt

This installment of Klaus Kinski Bugging Funny People He Adores For Their Top 10 Favorite Things of 2012 brings us face to face with the great comedic tornado that is Kurt Braunohler. Kurt entered a cherished spot in my heart chambers many many years ago when I first saw him performing with Kristen Schall somewhere. Since then I've seen him do stand-up and sketch type stuff alone or with Kristen no less than 70 million times and he has never, ever, never ever not brought his A-Game to the stage (a favorite bit, btw). His resume is extensive. Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV on Bob's Burgers (FOX), Chelsea Lately, Delocated (Adult Swim), John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life.

As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year" Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall, but only because his comedy partner (Schall) is pretty famous. And who can forget the awesome web series Penelope: Princess of Pets? Or the fact that he hosted Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal for 7 years? Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!

Kurt's list of favorite albums from this year, brought to life with my htmling and youtube embeddings, as well as a list of upcoming Kurt tour dates (no NYC), are yours to enjoy. BELOW.

Continue reading "Kurt Braunohler's Top 10 Albums of 2012 ++ upcoming dates"

The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.

If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.

As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.

The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.

Continue reading "The Faint and Trust list their Favorite Music of 2012; on tour, playing Terminal 5 this week"

art basel

From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.

Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.

Some of those artists were set to play the UR1 Festival which was to run concurrent with Art Basel but was cancelled.

If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.

Continue reading "Art Basel begins soon in Miami, many bands & Dana (distortion) Yavin photo show included"

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