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by Bill Pearis

Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
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HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.

Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.

In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...

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

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by Andrew Sacher


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

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

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The Blow @ MHOW, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Blow

While not as unexpected as My Bloody Valentine or Mazzy Star, The Blow released their first new full-length in seven years, which NPR's Bob Boilen just named his #1 album of 2013. One of the songs off The Blow, ""You're My Light," just got a remix by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and you can stream that below.

Meanwhile, singer Khaela Maricich just gave us her Top 10 of 2013. Most of it is music related, but there are art and TV choices in there too, and she provides commentary as well. You can check out that list below.

In other news, The Blow wrapped up their tour not too long ago and are already looking towards the next record:

We are in the west, taking a bit of a break. Soon, we will be even farther west, as far as one can go, and recording a new album. We won't stay west forever, the east will pull us back, we will just be here long enough to pretend that we are living in the seventies with a sailboat and a hammock and a lot of good parties in the hills.
Let's hope we don't have to wait seven years for the next one.

Check out Khaela's Top 10 list and that remix below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Nine Inch Nails

We've seen some indie rock fun on Jeopardy! before, and as Consequence of Sound points out, this past Tuesday's episode had an "Alt" category which included questions about Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk, and Sigur Ros. The contestants almost got them all right, except when Phil thought the "undead" band who wrote "Diane Young" was Hollywood Undead. So close, Phil.

Video of the "Alt" category going down, below...

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NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.

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Vampire Weekend at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Vampire Weekend

As discussed, Vampire Weekend -- who, since we last spoke, have ended up on A.V. Club's and NME's best of 2013 lists -- have a few upcoming US dates this month, including a private 'Live From The Artist's Den' taping on December 10. Though it's private, we're giving away a pair of tickets, and details on how to enter to win are below.

And in case you missed it, we're also still running contests for TONIGHT'S (12/6) A$AP Ferg show, The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl (12/9), MGMT & Dinosaur Jr. at Barclays Center (12/13), The Breeders at Webster Hall (12/19-20), and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park (7/26). Click the links for more details on those contests.

Vampire Weekend contest details below...

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

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

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

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Vampire Weekend at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Vampire Weekend, who just topped Rolling Stone's albums of 2013 list, will be wrapping up a great year with a few more shows, including an appearance in their hometown of NYC on December 10 for a 'Live From The Artist's Den' taping. You can sign up now for a chance to win tickets to the taping.

All upcoming VW dates are listed below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
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The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher


It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys

Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.

Arctic Monkeys will be back in North America in early 2014, playing NYC at Madison Square Garden on February 8 with Deerhunter. Tickets are still available.

The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...

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by Bill Pearis


Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)

The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.

A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.

Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...

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Alex Turner doing an ELVIS IMPERSONATION??? (more by Tim Griffin)
Alex Turner

LA radio station KROQ is doing its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas from December 7-8 at LA's Shrine Auditorium. The lineup for day 1 was just announced, and it includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Foals and more. Tickets for day 1 go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. Full day 1 lineup below.

In related news, Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Vampire Weekend were all among the winners at the 2013 Q Awards. Arctic Monkeys won 'Best Track' for "Do I Wanna Know?" and Foals and Vampire Weekend won for 'Best Live Act' and 'Best Act In The World Today,' respectively.

There was some drama at the ceremony though, as it certainly sounded like Foals took a stab at Arctic Monkeys (via NME). Upon receiving their award, Foals' Yannis Phillippakis said, ""It shows you don't need a backing track, you don't need affectation, you don't need Elvis Presley impersonations." As NME points out, it seems pretty obvious that he was talking about Alex Turner with the Elvis impersonations bit.

Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, and Foals have all played NYC this year. Queens of the Stone Age are about to, when their tour hits Barclays Center (12/14) with The Kills (tickets).

Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend just had to cancel some European dates.

Full KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas day 1 lineup below...

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photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

QOTSA / Okkervil River / Blind Boys of Alabama / the scene 10/11/2013
ACL Festival - Week 2 - Day 1 - 10/11/2013
ACL Festival - Week 2 - Day 1 - 10/11/2013
ACL Festival - Week 2 - Day 1 - 10/11/2013

Will Sheff and his band Okkervil River showed up for work Friday at the Honda Stage in a much different frame of mind than they did the previous Friday. "Playing festivals is the most fun, but also the most stressful thing we do," he said. "But having played here just last week makes it less nerve-wracking." All the sound mixes from last week have been kept on hard drives for every band returning.

Since this is the first year the Austin City Limits Music Festival has taken place on two consecutive weekends, with nearly identical lineups, Friday was the day to see if the lack of spontaneity would zap any of the enthusiasm from the first weekend. But the only difference seemed to be that everyone -- from bands to crews to fans -- seemed to be a bit more relaxed. We know how to do this. -[The Statesman]

Weekend 2 of Austin's ACL Music Festival is underway as we speak, with an almost identical line-up and schedule and the first. Friday night (10/11) featured sets from Arctic Monkeys, Okkervil River, Queens of the Stone Age, Blind Boys of Alabama, Vampire Weekend, and more. Pictures from those bands' sets and more of the action are in this post.

Weekend 2 continues today (10/12) with sets from The Cure, Wilco, Passion Pit, Kings of Leon, Junip and loads of others. If you're not there, you can stream it live. We'll have more coverage of Weekend 2 of ACL 2013 BrooklynVegan and on BV Austin so stay tuned. You can check out pics from Weekend 1 as well. Meanwhile, more pics from Weekend 2, Day 1 below...

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Spoiler alert. Here's an excerpt from Ezra's 10-out-of-10 review of Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same:

Why did I invite Panda Bear and not my wife? Fair question. Our son was only two months old at the time, so she didn't want to leave him with a babysitter. Also, all u eagle-eyed readers might remember that Hans and I bonded over a shared predilection for a certain song by a certain band -- that's right, motherfuckers, the one and only ANIMAL COLLECTIVE.

So I'm picking out my outfit when I hear a buzzing sound -- OMG I'M GETTING A TEXT. I run upstairs PRAYING it's from Hans but... it's just Panda Bear again. His friend from college, Nathan, is in town. Can I get an extra plus on the list?

The rest of that review can be found at the Talk House (who are hosting a CMJ showcase at the same venue Ezra took Nathan to).

Drake is touring with Miguel and Future.

Vampire Weekend recently played Barclays Center where they also appeared for the VMAs which Drake also played but will be most remembered for Miley Cyrus, who, after recently hosting and playing SNL, played with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon last night, as you can see in the video below....

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Vampire Weekend / Arctic Monkeys / Depeche Mode @ ACL Fest 10/4/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 1 - 10/4/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 1 - 10/4/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 1 - 10/4/2013

Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off the first of its two consecutive weekends on Friday (10/4) with bands across eight different stages at Zilker Park, including Depeche Mode, Queens of the Stone Age (who taped an episode the ACL TV show the night before), Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Pinback, Savages, hometown heroes Black Angels and more. Pictures from those bands -- and more -- are in this post.

ACL day 2 (10/5) is happening as we post this, with The Cure, Wilco, Passion Pit and others playing. Update: Weekend 1 day 2 pics are now up here and here, and day 3 pics are up here.

Another set of Depeche Mode pics from ACL Friday are up at BV Austin. Stay tuned for more ACL coverage. More day 1 pics below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Vampire Weekend

Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.

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