Via The guitar-powered gazers Weekend— not the be confused with R&B hype beast’s Weeknd— will release their new single End Times May 17th via Slumberland Records. The second track is below. Weekend- Coma Summer (Speculator’s Subconscious Mix) (mp3) GOLD AND SILVER WEEKEND
Die With Your Chin Up
Chi-town glam rock darlings, The Smith Westerns made one of the year’s best records with Dye it Blonde (Fat Possum) and now, thanks to filmmaker Ray Concepcion, here’s a glimpse of what making that record was like. Die With Your Chin Up is the resulting short film, a snapshot of a band on the brink something big.” Smith Westerns: Die With Your Chin Up from stereogum on...
TONIGHT: Rumble LA
The RUMBLE LA returns tonight at the ECHOPLEX. The event is free. I’ll be DJing between sets from the below bands. THE RUMBLE: LOS ANGELES - APRIL 7TH @ THE ECHOPLEX - FREE! Featuring performances from: Vanaprasta - This LA-based five piece make soaring area ready indie rock that landed them on Pure Volume’s Top Unsigned bands of 2010 with they’re wowed at SXSW with eight...
Whirl- Distressor EP
California driving shoegaze sextet Whirl are the second release forthcoming from UK boutique imprint, Sounds of Sweet Nothing where they will join the ranks alongside Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The EP releases April 18th and for fans of Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins, MBV and Ride should take note. Hear the 7-track Distressor EP below. Whirl - Distressor EP by TheSoundsOfSweetNothing WHIRL WHIRL.
Portland, OR’s Radiation City’s new full length The Hands That Take You is a mellow, mixture of chamber pop textures and cold sparsity that feels right at home coming from the wooded Pacific Northwest. Grizzly Bear seems to be what some are offering up as RIYL comparison. Hear their latest from Apes Tapes below. Radiation City “The Hands That Take You” by Radiation...
Salem Grows a Ponytail
TONIGHT. Witch House grows a ponytail as Sal4m headlines the Echoplex in LA. Support will handled by the fabulous Gatekeeper, Light Asylum, The Present Moment and The Killing Spree DJs. I’ll be shooting photos for MISHKA, so keep your eyes peeled over at the BLOGLIN for shots. To celebrate the night, Salem put together the Mother Always Mixtape. All I’ll say is there’s a...
Das Pop- The Game
Will Sweeney does an amazing video for Belgian band Das Pop. THE GAME
The Rumble: LA
The Rumble returns this month with a set that features LA darling pair Kisses sharing the bill with London duo Summer Camp, Belgian band The Tellers and The Lonely Forest, who recently inked a deal with Trans, Chris Walla of Death Cab’s Atlantic-backed imprint. I will also be DJing as Hollow Eyed. This great set of parties- held in cities all over the country (NY, IL, WA, OR, etc.)- with...
Four Tet x Caribou
PHOTO: MATT DRAPER / THEHOLLOWEYED The men responsible for two of 2010’s best electronic-stretched long players are readying the release of a coming-soon vinyl split via Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden’s Text imprint. Radio rips of the two tracks,Tet’s retro-grooving “Pinnacles” and Caribou’s Dan Snaith’s (going as Daphni) “Ye Ye,” are...
Dust La Rock's 'B.K. Scum'
For NY-based Dust La Rock’s newest project, the artist has tapped into his fascination with the work of experimental sound collective and multimedia pioneers Psychic TV to create an exhibition of new works entitled B.K. Scum. Using over 30 years of the group’s sleeve art, videos and assorted propaganda as a starting point to forge a world all his own, the Mishka-presented B.K. Scum is a...
Faris Badwan, frontman of UK gloomers The Horrors has hooked up with a Canadian-bred, London-based opera soprano/multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira for a new project called Cat Eyes. Track “Not a Friend” is a billowing, late night hymn of retro reminisce that certainly will take some fans of The Horrors herky-jerk-roots and post-punk density aback. All of the pair’s...
One Hand Clapping NYC
I love Tim Sweeney’s radio show, Beats in Space. The dude’s been going at it for years having featured some of the best electronic acts in his WNYU studio. Joined by Italians Do It Better honcho Mike Simonetti, this Friday, the pair are DJing in Brooklyn for a One Hand Clapping-presents show at Cameo. I was invited, but seeing as how I am in LA, you, shivering Brooklynite...
Liturgy- "High Gold"
Brooklyn’s blistering death metal thrashers Liturgy are set to release their new album, Aesthethica, via Thrill Jockey on May 10th. Renihilation, their debut was easily one of my favorite releases from 2009. The first song to come out from Aesthethica is “High Gold,” which you can snag below. LITURGY- High Gold (mp3) LITURGY RETURN.
INTERVIEW “I CAN CHANGE” James Murphy hits the Colbert Report for a quick interview about Bieber at 40, making coffee and what he’s going to do after LCD is RIP. Him and the band perform “I Can Change” after. LCD’s farewell shows kick off at Terminal 5 March 28. LCD MEETS SC.
Toro Y Moi- Underneath the Pine
South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick has found the funky and smeared it all over his sophomore effort Underneath The Pine. Coming this month for Carpark, the onetime chillwaver has stepped out from of the haze for a surprising set of jazzy, retro pop. Underneath drops Feb 22nd. Stream the whole thing below. Toro Y Moi- Underneath the Pine (STREAM) Related: Snag his recent 42-minute FACT mix...
Zodiacs and some Dum
Members of Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Blank Dogs and Crystal Stilts come together as the Zodiacs. Their first track, the wonderfully lazy “Faraway Friend” is below. For all upcoming orders over $10 through Captured Tracks, this limited (1000 copy) 7” will come free. An LP is in the works. Vocals: Dee Dee (Dum Dum Girls) Guitar: Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) Guitar: JB Townsend (Crystal...
Review: The Get Up Kids- There Are Rules
The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules (2011- Quality Hill) Let’s be real and dust off a dirty word: emo heroes The Get Up Kids produced a lasting impact on teenage ears the world over for more than a decade. In 2005, citing member tensions, the Kansas City quintet went and called it quits. After farewell shows and a few side project/solo releases, the band got saddled up again in 2008 for an...
Year in Music: Top 50 Albums
SLUMBERJACK’S TOP LPS OF 2010. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1) Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest (4AD) Deerhunter- Memory Boy READ MY ORIGINAL BLOGLIN REVIEW 2) Caribou- Swim (Merge) Caribou- Sun 3) Warpaint- The Fool (Rough Trade) Warpaint- Warpaint 4) Nightlands- Forget the Mantra (Secretly Canadian) ...
Check Yo Ponytail 2: Tobacco
It’s back. Tonight in LA, Check Yo Ponytail 2 returns this week with Black Moth Super Rainbow Member, Tobacco. Royal Bangs, Nadastorm and Franki Chan support. As always, a mix- this week from Nadastorm- is below. Keep an eye out for pics as Holloweyed will be in attendance. NADASTORM- CHECK YO MIX (Direct) CHECK YO TOBACCO.
Check Yo Ponytail 2: Pictureplane, Teengirl...
Get ready to whip yo hair again folks, this time for 2011, as Check Yo Ponytail 2 returns tonight in LA at the Echoplex. Presented by IHEARTCOMIX, Media Contender, LA Record and Мишка, CYP2 January follows last month’s Dum Dum Girls and Abe Vigoda sets with performances coming from Denver synthwaver Pictureplane, dreamy R&B duo Teengirl Fantasy with DJ sets coming from Franki...
Year in Music: Top 20 EPs
SLUMBERJACK’S TOP EPs of 2010. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1) Wild Nothing- Evertide (Captured Tracks) Wild Nothing- Golden Haze Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum must have not been the most popular guy in high school and his music has said low status index rating to applaud. Oozing with the best of 80s and 90s...
Teddy F. visits the witch house
UK photographer Teddy Fitzhugh has some nice photos of the recent ‘Welcome to The Witch House’ Mater Suspiria Vision show at London’s club Den. MORE HERE. MATER SUSPIRIA VISION - Theme from Picnic at Hanging Rock by matersuspiriavision MATER LIVE IN LONDON.
San Francisco’s unsigned Skeletal System make arresting, gazing popwave. Back in November they Bandcamped (we’re all going to get used to that) a new digital single, “Small Talk” / “Static Eyes” to follow their self-titled EP from January. It’s on standout “Static Eyes” that the duo pull the dimmer switch down, swaying along with OMD synth...
Friends, the LA (by way of San Diego) trio Tapedeck Mountain, are set to release their Secret Surf EP on January 11th. This will mark the first new set of material since their solid, Lefse-released debut Ghost from 2009. The band follows with a West Coast tour, that kicks off Jan. 18th in LA with (other friends) Hands as support. As a gift, the indie gazers offer up Christmas Was a Total...
Check Yo Ponytail 2: Dum Dum Girls
Check Yo Ponytail, Franki Chan’s long-running bi-weekly LA party recently returned with a new home at the Echoplex and a bevy of support. After the kick-off in late November with Midnight Juggernauts and last month’s set with Big Freedia, CYP2 celebrates Christmas this Tuesday with sets from Dum Dum Girls, Abe Vigoda and Glass Actor. See you there. Photos from the night (my last...
Bloglin Top 100 Albums
The folks at Mishka just released their Bloglin’s Top 100 LPs of 2010. It was a collective effort, sourced from the individual reviewers and editorial staff and I am honored to have contributed. For those wondering, I am sucking every last morsel of 2010 out on listening and re-listening for my “personal” list. Too much music. Expect a finalized list (almost there) next...
Never Follow Suit
Lund, Sweden’s Radio Dept. made both one of the best songs of the year in “Heaven’s On Fire” and LPs with Clinging To a Scheme. Ask Dave Rawkblog about it. Anyhoo, the band just released a new video for “Never Follow Suit” and it’s below. Jens Henricson directed. MP3 follows. The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suit from Jens Henricson on Vimeo. The...
Review: Games- That We Can Play
Games - That We Can Play EP (2010) [Hippos In Tanks] // Grade: A- “Everything had to be slower and creamier,” say Games about their February relocation to a Bushwick space- a move with the purpose of putting their debut EP to tape. Birthed out of a “severe internet writing frenzy” between since-grade-school musical friends Joel Ford (Tigercity) and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never),...
New Zealand indie quartet Surf City just released their shimmery debut Kudos for Fire/Konkurrent. Here’s the track “Kudos.” Think a more stoned- and therefore less snarling- Crocodiles on a hearty Spaceman 3 kick. SURF CITY - “KUDOS” (mp3) + Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondonile is set to release a new LP for his loopy lo-fi Ducktails project, Ducktails:...
Coffee and dream.
Two of my favorite things from this year meet and they’re both slowed way down. BALAM ACAB - “Dream Out” (mp3) From his wonderful 5-song EP See Birds. The Modernist Cuisine team discovers that coffee with cream added actually cools about 20% more slowly than plain black coffee, so it is best to add the cream immediately. COFFEE AND DREAM.
Review: Royal Baths "Litanies"
Royal Baths - Litanies (2010) [Woodsist] There’s a scene from Roger Corman’s 1967 cult film The Trip, in which dealer Max (Dennis Hopper), dressed like some tribal cleric, questions an appropriately drug-induced Paul (Peter Fonda). Calmly confused, Fonda sits in a chair and examines his colorful, glittered surroundings. It’s a cut-rate exotic carnival of sorts, bedecked with mirrors,...
Creepin' for 'Days'
Internationally-known producer and DJ Lauren Flax joins forces with Lauren Dillard for Creep, a Brooklyn duo making ethereal chilling shoe/gothgazes for Young Turks. Fittingly, vocals from the XX’s Romy Madley are featured. Their debut single, “Days” drops Jan. 25th, following with an album in 2011. CREEP / Days by Young Turks CREEPY.
The City Never Sleeps
The Crystal Ark - The City Never Sleeps from DFA Records on Vimeo. “The Crystal Ark, featuring Gavin Russom from LCD Soundsystem, premiered their psychedelic new video for “The City Never Sleeps” today. After five weeks of performing and traveling around Brazil, long-term DFA stalwart Gavin Russom returned home with not only a love for the music he’d discovered there, but also a...
boycrazy waking up in echo park from alexi wasser on Vimeo. Alexi Wasser was also recently interviewed by Aaron Rose in the latest (Vol. 2 / No. 5) ANP Quarterly from RVCA. BOYCRAZY.
Lone- Cloud 909
Emerald Fantasy Tracks is the stunning collection of funky throw-back techno breeze from UK bedroom producer Matt Culter, aka Lone, released for his Magic Wire imprint. Give it a try below. “Cloud 909” is easily one of my favorite tracks this year. LONE.
Leslie Neilsen dead from complications of Pnumonia. He was 84. I Watched “Creepshow” just the other night. DEAD.
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IO Echo - When the Lilies Die
LA-based gloomers IO ECHO just released.. err.. found on YouTube their new video for “When the Lilies Die,” a song that posseses a certain Bow Wow Wow meets Siouxsie Sioux shine. This follows the vinyl release of “While You Were Sleeping” from friends IAMSOUND. WHEN THE LILIES DIE.
La Femme - Sur La Planche
Some French newcomers here. As La Femme prepares to for their first U.S. gigs, the band remains an enigma. Hailing from Paris, the group walks the line between erotic avant-pop and lo-fi surf rock. Their music can be flippantly light-hearted or aggressively dark depending on their mood. Their first US show will be in Hollywood at Bardot next week. LA FEMME - SUR LA PLANCE (MP3) LA FEMME.