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Burgerama

Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).

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Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon.  All dates are listed below.

Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...

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Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
APF

The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

White Fence at BVCMJ 2014
White Fence

White Fence just wrapped up their tour -- with Cate Le Bon on second guitar! -- ending with a bunch of CMJ dates, including our Saturday party. We've got a second set of pictures from our show you can check out in this post.

Before the North American tour, White Fence were across the pond for Liverpool Psych Fest which happened in September. Tim Presley contributed a new White Fence song, "Before He Met Her (Decomposing Lime)" for a double-7" compilation made just for the fest by UK label Sonic Catherdral. Moragn Delt, Psychic Ills and a few others contributed to the six-song split as well. Titled Psych for Sore Eyes 2 with pretty rad packaging, it sold out its run pretty much immediately -- and crashed Big Cartel's webshop -- but will get a digital release on Monday (11/3). (We hear a few more copies have turned up so check back at Sonic Cathedral's website.) White Fence's song from the compilation makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

Artwork and tracklist for Psych for Sore Eyes 2 and more pics, also below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Chris La Putt & Nate 'Igor' Smith; words by Pink Baby

Beverly / Fat White Family
Beverly
Fat White Family

For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).

With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown. 

Next up were Nashville's Bully whose fuzzy and tuneful songs helped ease into our final day. Their next two shows are opening for Kevin Drew in November.

UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.

Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.

At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.

Bo Ningen
Bo Ningen

At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.

Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.

Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.

Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.

Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).

Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.

Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ BVCMJ 10/24/2014

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard on now at Baby's All Right for the free BrooklynVegan #cmj day show

A photo posted by Brooklyn Vegan (@brooklynvegan) on

We're on the last day of CMJ -- White Fence just wrapped up their set at our day party and our official CMJ showcase starts in just a bit -- but for those who want to extend the music a little longer, don't forget you can catch some of more active bands this week play stripped down sets over brunch at the DO-NYC / Panache CMJ Hangover Party at Baby's All Right on Sunday (10/25) afternoon. Here's the lineup:

Panache CMJ Hangover Day Party!
MAIN STAGE - White fence 5PM
MAIN STAGE King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 4:15PM
BAR ROOM Juan Wauters 3:15PM
SIDE BAR Tiny Ruins 2:30PM
BAR ROOM Guy Blakeslee 1:45PM
SIDE BAR Christian Peslak 1PM
The show is free and, as you may have gathered, acts will be playing in either the side bar or the main bar for most of the day till things move into the performance space for King Gizzard (who were great at our Friday day party) and White Fence. If you missed them, or want to see them agian, here's another chance. You can RSVP here.

UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.

Titus Andronicus (more by Mimi Hong)
Titus
flyer

The lineup for the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All Right was already announced, and now we're excited to announce MOST of the lineup for our free Saturday day party at Baby's All Right (which is in three days from now):

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!
12:00 Residual Kid
12:45 Bully
1:30 Flowers
2:15 Girlpool
3:00 Bo Ningen
3:45 Beverly
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
Like on Friday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA),

Headlining the show is one of the most consistently great bands in the area, Titus Andronicus. It's their only CMJ show this year and going by other recent shows, we can probably expect to hear new material.

Also on the bill is scrappy LA duo Girlpool who have a bit of buzz behind them (we're excited to see them too) off the strength of their debut EP on Wichita.

White Fence at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
White Fence

There's also psych rockers/Ty Segall associates White Fence, indie pop band Beverly (whose album but not live show includes Frankie Rose on drums), promising Nashville poppy punk band Bully, and the young but talented beyond their years Austin band Residual Kid.

TWO MORE BANDS will be announced tomorrow.
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.

At noon, like the day before, Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).

Beverly
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Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages will also be flowing while supplies last, and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.

We're also at at Baby's All Right for our free Friday day party with Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr and more; and our official showcase on Saturday night with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).

Listen to some stuff from the artists playing the Saturday day party below...

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NOTE: You can also see our events with RSVPs & tickets HERE

Pity Sex at last year's BrooklynVegan show at Baby's (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pity Sex
CMJ

FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
1:30 Tweens
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3:15 Protomartyr
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
12:45 Bully
1:30 Flowers
2:15 Girlpool
3:00 Bo Ningen
3:45 Beverly
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family 
6:15 Titus Andronicus

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)


CMJ

CMJ began this afternoon (10/21), and there are tons of shows you can see from today through Saturday (10/25). If you're wondering where to find BrooklynVegan this week, we have five shows coming up:

Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
Xerxes

Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box, BV is co-presenting the FREE No Sleep Records showcase which begins at 6 PM. That show includes a lineup of mostly post-hardcore and punk with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps for Travelers. Those who show up early will get a free No Sleep vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies).

Walter Schreifels w/ Quicksand in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Walter Schreifels

On Thursday (10/23) at the Acheron, BV is co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase which begins at 7 PM. That one features Self Defense Family, post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) with his new band The Dead Heavens, and Deep Pockets. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted too.

Twin Peaks at Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
Twin Peaks

On Friday (10/24) afternoon at Baby's All Right, we're throwing our first of two free BrooklynVegan day parties. Friday's lineup includes Twin Peaks, Single Mothers (their only CMJ show), The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches and Dilly Dally (their first NYC show). That goes from noon-7 PM, will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and Bell's Brewery will be there too with multiple varieties of the craft beer available to purchase and a free keg while it lasts. It's 21+ and again, it's free (RSVP).

The second free BV day party happens Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with 9 more bands including Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Girlpool and many more, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts.

The Jazz June
jazz June

And lastly, the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday night (10/25) at Baby's All Right, starting at 7 PM. This one includes veteran emo band The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang (ex-Weston), Cayetana and France's Sport, with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo spinning between sets. It's the only chance to catch all of those bands (except Cayetana who have one more show) at CMJ this year. Tickets are available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.

Hope to see you at one. (Or all!) More flyers below...

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Tweens at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweens

Garage pop/punks Tweens are touring this year, including a trip to NYC for CMJ, where they've got a few shows currently announced. First they play the Never Better free day party on October 22 at Arlene's Grocery which has a cool lineup all around of PAWS, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires and PINS. That night, they open the previously discussed Jeff Rosenstock show at Death by Audio, which now also includes Australia's The Bennies and Dan Potthast. That's $8 at the door. All of Tweens' dates are listed below.

The Never Better show is one of two free day parties Never Better is putting on at Arlene's, the second happening October 24 which also has a good lineup of White Fence, Wampire, Cymbals and Concord America. Both are free, no badge required, with RSVP to rsvpwed@neverbetterpromo.com.

Set times for both Never Better shows, with the list of Tweens dates, below...

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APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers

Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.

This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.

Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.

Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).

Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...

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Morby

Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.

While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.

All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Morby releasing 'Still Life,' made a new video, touring, playing CMJ with Twin Peaks & more (dates, streams)"

Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Reigning Sound

Reigning Sound's new album, Shattered, came out over the summer via Merge and they were just in NYC over Labor Day Weekend. Did you catch them at Bowery Ballroom? If you didn't, or just want to see them again, Reigning Sound will be back in October for CMJ, playing Knitting Factory on 10/22 as part of Panache Booking's showcase that also features White Fence, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Guy Blakeslee, TVTOR offshoot Ice Balloons, Veronica Falls offshoot Ultimate Painting, and "very special guests." That's a pretty great show. Tickets are on sale now for that. That show is part of an October tour for Reigning Sound, all dates are listed in this post.

White Fence and King Gizzard will be in NYC right before CMJ, too, when their tour hits Baby's All Right on October 13 (tickets).

All Reigning Sound dates are listed, along with the video for single "Never Coming Home," below...

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The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

King Gizzard @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)
King Gizzard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's " Brooklyn Summer Fun Residency" was supposed to be over already but the Australian psych band just can't seem to get enough of Brooklyn...or maybe Baby's All Right can't get enough of them. Whichever way, KG play Baby's again on Monday (June 30). It's a midnight show and Alix Brown will DJ. It's their "last North American show."

At least till they come back this fall to tour with White Fence. King Gizzard weren't originally on the October 13 Baby's All Right show but they have since been added. That show is also with Juan Wauters and tickets are still available. All King Gizzard tour dates are listed below.

In other news, White Fence have finally released a song from their forthcoming Ty Segall-produced album, For the Recently Found Innocent which is out July 22 via Drag City. "Like That" is a mod stomper in the early Who style and is pretty good. Stream it below.

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by Bill Pearis

Ty Segall & WF's Tim Pressley in the studio (pic: Brian Pritchard via)
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White Fence's new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, will be out July 22 via Drag City. It's the first White Fence album for the label, not counting the collaborative one made with Ty Segall. This one shares a little in common with that, actually, as main man Tim Pressley -- who makes most of the White Fence albums all by himself -- explains:

Fear, anger, pain, anxiety. Guilty! I needed something new. I needed to be free and innocent. I was floating in my room. Sick of the wall Bounce-A-LuLa. I could not get high. I wanted to put some songs in someone else's room. I wanted to see what they sounded like with a real drummer. I wanted to see what it would sound like using an Aliens ear. For a lack of a cooler/humble word, Ty Segall "produced" this album.

I had to choose the songs. We then went into Ty's Fiat-sized garage and recorded them. He placed the microphones, hit record and played drums on some songs. Then Nick Murray was called in to finish the rest of the drums. Nick was perfect, seeing as he'd been a solid member of the live group, and I had played demo versions of most of these for him during car rides. This all was a bit different to the WF formula. I had to put dates on a calendar. It forced me to pick the best songs of the litter, and apply those to the tools I had: Ty Segall, Nick Murray, musical instruments & tape. We then dumped all that LA jive into Eric Bauer's studio in San Francisco. Added some things, and then Ty mixed it all up. I was the farmer and this was Ty's soup. He somehow knows exactly what I hear.

While the methods were different the results are pure White Fence: a melange of '60s psych-pop influences, filtered through Presley's rainbow sunglasses. This one's maybe a little more Who-like than some of the other ones (that could be Ty "Fill King" Segall's or Nick Murray's Moonlike tendencies). No tracks from the LP have been released from the new album yet, but you can watch them cover Gram Parsons' "Lazy Days" as part of AV Club's "Pioneering" series, below.

As much as I like White Fence albums, its onstage where they really come alive and they'll be touring this fall. Dates include a NYC stop at Baby's All Right on October 13. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now. No opener has been listed for that show but most dates are with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who are playing a bunch of Brooklyn shows this month).

All dates are listed, along with the video, below.

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Woodsist

We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.

Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.

Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...

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Jack Name

Maybe I can start by saying a little bit about Jack Name. He is the only guy I know who can crush a joint by his lonesome and then look you right in the eye (and I consider myself an expert) and you would never suspect that he's not floating right along in the here and now. He is ahead . . . the wheels are always turning unaffected by drugs, time or space. I met him first through White Fence, where he stood on a laptop generating noise along with guitar through, what is supposedly, an original homemade Grateful Dead speaker cabinet. How much good energy can one dude generate?

Jack Name is a rare entity and a genius story/songsmith and I am envious as hell that GOD? Records is putting this out and not Castleface. Whiffs of young Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Chrome, ELO, Bruce Haack . . . even Richard O'Brien (a la "Rocky Horror") and Stefan Wul stain the sleeves of this story, but it's still wholly original and cooked at home so it's as honest as it is good for you. The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast -- just an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record. The narrative holds as much significance as the sound; hopefully there will be a lyric sheet so teenagers ripe for a push in the right direction can follow along, pink-eyed, with their index fingers.

- John Dwyer [Thee Oh Sees]

White Fence cohort Jack Name will release Light Show, his "rock and roll sci fi novella," next week (1/21) via God?, which is Ty Segall's Drag City imprint (buy it here). You can stream two songs below.

Currently on the road with Dent May, Jack will also be doing a few shows on the East Coast in March, including one in NYC at Death by Audio on 3/15 (rest of the line-up's TBA). All tour dates are listed below.

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people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music

Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.

Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.

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photos by P Squared Photography

White Fence, Jonathan Rado @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence, Jonathan Rado, Dead Stars @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence, Jonathan Rado, Dead Stars @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013

White Fence continues to churn out kinetic proto-psych with confidence and abundant energy. Tim Presley's supporting band seems to be the same group that he had at SXSW '12, and at Glasslands they were tight and in perfect sync -- certainly necessary to keep up with the quick chord and tempo changes in the music. For instance, we're streaming "Baxter Corner", a song that is two minutes on record but live is stretched out to almost seven -- a lengthy high-tempo jam that features the talents of each member of the quartet. The setlist contained quite a number of older songs, but also featured a heavy dose of the newest White Fence album Cyclops Reap (Castle Face Records). After this outstanding show, we hope it won't be another eighteen months before we see White Fence again. - [NYC Taper]
White Fence headlined a garage/psych oriented Converse Rubber Tracks show at Glasslands last week (9/18) with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and an opening set from '90s-style indie rock trio Dead Stars. Pictures from that free show, including ones of White Fence and Rado's setlists, are in this post.

NYC Taper was on hand to record White Fence's set and you can stream a song from that below and download the whole thing over his way.

As we just mentioned, Dead Stars will be Nirvana for Halloween at 285 Kent on 10/30.

More pictures from Glasslands below...

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White Fence @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Fence

White Fence were in NYC back in June for the Seaport Music Festival and Northside, as some of you may remember. We'll get another chance to see them soon, as they're playing Glasslands on September 18. The show is presented by Converse Rubber Tracks and also features their Woodsist labelmate (and Foxygen member) Jonathan Rado, as well as '90s-leaning indie rockers Dead Stars. The show is free but you do have to get tickets which become available online Thursday (9/5) at noon.

White Fence's most recent album was Cyclops Reap which came out back in March, which means a new album probably isn't that far off for prolific main man Tim Pressley. Jonathan Rado's solo album, Law & Order, is out this week and can be streamed via Spotify. Dead Stars released their High Gain EP this summer and you can stream that below.

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Slint

Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.

As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...

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by Bill Pearis

White Fence in Berlin last year (photo by Alexandre Kurek via)
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With this weekend's weather forecast looking slightly more hopeful than last's, we should get our first proper Seaport Music Festival show at South Street Seaport's Pier 17 on Friday (6/14). We already knew PAWS were playing but they've just announced that White Fence will be headlining. PAWS are at 7 PM, White Fence play at 8 PM and, like all shows at Pier 17, it's free and open to the public.

As mentioned, White Fence are here for the Northside Festival, playing twice. First, the Panache Showcase on Thursday (6/13) at Brooklyn Bowl with Mac DeMarco and Walter TV. Advance tickets are sold out but there will be limited admission at the door, as well as admitting Northside badges. Then they play a late show Friday at Knitting Factory with Las Rosas and Honey. 11 PM doors for that show and advance tickets are on sale.

White Fence's latest album is Cyclops Reap which is out on Castle Face and can be streamed via Rdio or Spotify. If you've only ever heard White Fence via their (mostly) low-fi recordings, their live show is a different thing altogether. Band guru Tim Presley assembles a usually killer band for much more of a White Fence Rock Experience. Worth catching.

Speaking of free shows at the Seaport, the 4Knots Festival added Hunters to the line-up and a few other new names.

Updated White Fence tour dates are listed below.

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The Gories at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Jason House)
The Gories

As mentioned, Mac DeMarco and White Fence will be playing the Panache Northside showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. That show now also includes Walter TV. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

White Fence also play another Northside show the next day at Knitting Factory (tickets). Mac DeMarco has a ton of other upcoming dates too, all of which are listed below.

Brooklyn Bowl is hosting other Northside shows too, including one of Questlove's weekly Bowl Train parties as a late show after the Panache showcase (tickets).

The following night (6/14), the venue will be headlined by Sinkane with Xenia Rubinos playing as well.. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Sinkane has other upcoming dates, including another NYC-area show happening on June 16 at Maxwell's (tickets) which is also with Xenia Rubinos. All dates are listed below.

That same night, Bond Music Group are doing their showcase as a late show (doors: 11:30 PM) with Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic, AVAN LAVA (DJ), and Chateau Marmont. Tickets for that one are on sale.

Then, on the Saturday (6/15) of Northside, New York Night Train are doing their showcase, which includes an early show with The Gories and Daddy Long Legs; and a late show with Jonathan Toubin doing his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party with guest DJ Mick Collins (of the Gories and Dirtbombs). Tickets for the early show and the late show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Finally, on June 16, POP Montreal is doing a show with Born Ruffians, The Spinto Band, and Turf War. Tickets for that show are on sale.

You can also get into any of these shows with your Northside Badge. All Mac DeMarco and Sinkane dates are listed, along with show flyers, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jessica Pratt at Maxwell's - 5/17/13 (via @cbruno1983)
Jessica Pratt

Loner folk devotee Jessica Pratt just wrapped up a tour supporting Father John Misty, which hit the NYC-area this past Friday (5/17) for a show at Maxwell's, where FJM played solo acoustic, unlike his theatrical performance at The Great GoogaMooga the next day. Jessica played backed by a keyboardist and sounded delicate and wonderful as ever. Check out a video from her set below.

As mentioned, Jessica is about to do a few dates with Grouper, including one in NYC on June 2 at Le Poisson Rouge with Raajmahal and a DJ set from onetime Cocteau Twins bassist (and current Bella Union label head) Simon Raymonde. Tickets for that show are still available. Jessica has since added her own NYC show happening a day earlier (6/1) at Union Pool with Gambles (aka ex-Levy member Matthew Siskin) and Zachary Cale. Tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

And as discussed, Jessica will return to Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 to open for Julia Holter, which is one of a few shows the two musicians are playing together that month. Tickets for that show are still available

After she wraps up her run with Julia Holter, Jessica will do some West Coast dates with White Fence. Updated dates are listed, along with the Maxwell's video and Union Pool show flyer, below...

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Real Estate @ Crest Hardware, Dec. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

As mentioned, the closing night concert of the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival is happening May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Phillip Glass, Van Dyke Parks and Friends. To make the evening even more tempting, Real Estate (playing a stripped-down set) have now been added to bill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of, Real Estate will also be playing in the actual Big Sur for the 2013 Woodsist Festival which happens at the Henry Miller Library on September 22 & 23. The sold-out two-day event also features Foxygen (who have three shows in NYC next week), The Fresh and Onlys, Peaking Lights, The Babies and more.

There is also a Woodsist Fest date on September 28 at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town, CA with Woods, Real Estate, Fresh & Onlys, Parquet Courts and more on the bill. Tickets to that show are still available.

And in other news, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who also play both Woodsist fests) will release their second album, How Far Away, via Woodsist on May 28. You can stream a track from the LP, "Leave on the Light," below. They'll play a NYC record release show at Knitting Factory on the same day (5/28) with Spectre Folk and King Cyst. Tickets are on sale now.

All Alex Bleeker & the Freaks tour dates are listed, along with Woodsist Fest line-ups and song stream, below.

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