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Bill’s Indie Basement (6/29): the week in classic indie, college rock, and more

This week: great indiepop label Slumberland Records is doing a singles club for its 30th anniversary; an essential Fall compilation is getting its first-ever U.S. vinyl release; plus The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Kelley Stoltz, and Warm Drag (Oh Sees / K-holes).

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photo: Traianos Pakioufakis
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David West (Rat Columns, Total Control) preps solo LP, playing shows

The album features Mikey Young of Total Control, Raven Mahon on Grass Widow and more.

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Battles at Primavera Sound 2016 (photo by Chris Graham)
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What’s going on Tuesday?

Tonight's NYC shows include a free Battles/Protomartyr show, LCD Soundsystem, This Is The Kit, Chastity Belt, Dr. Danny and Michael D'Addario of Lemon Twigs, and more.

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stream RIPS’ debut LP (produced by Austin of Parquet Courts)

The band, whose debut album draws influence from The Feelies and Television, will be touring this summer as well.

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RIPS ready debut LP produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown (listen), playing shows

New York band RIPS are students of their home city's rock history, with a major in late '70s sounds like Television, The Feelies (and other Ork Records groups). The band's debut album, which was produced by Austin Brown of Parquet Courts, will be out June 16...

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Lace Curtain (Rat Columns / Total Control) released third EP, touring this month with Eaters (dates, streams)

Austalian band Rat Columns were just on tour and main man David West is sticking around North America a little longer to tour one of his other projects, the mostly electronic Lace Curtain...

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Rat Columns (David West of Total Control) released new LP, touring, playing Death By Audio this weekend (dates, streams)

When Australian musician David West isn't making music with Rank/Xerox or with Mikey Young as part of Total Control and Lace Curtains, he's making his own bittersweet pop as Rat Columns...

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Australian band The Stevens touring US around Gonerfest, playing 3 NYC shows (1 w/ Ducktails) (dates, LP stream)

Melbourne's The Stevens pull from a variety of landmark indie rock -- The Clean, Guided by Voices, Pavement -- but don't sound quite like any of them...

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stream a track from Total Control side project Lace Curtain’s EP on DFA

As mentioned before Lace Curtain is a new project from extremely prolific Australian Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Ooga Boogas) that also features James Vinciguerra (Total Control) and David West (Total Control, Rat Columns)...

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