Weekend- Coma Summer (Speculator’s Subconscious Mix) (mp3)
GOLD AND SILVER WEEKEND
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 shows that had Consequence of Sound touting them as one of the Top 25 to catch in Austin.
Stone Darling- This LA based quartet are serious contenders for Best Coast level stardom in 2011 with dreamy indie pop butchressed with fuzzy guitars. Infectious numbers like “All I Wanna Do” and “Can You Get to That” have been on repeat around here for a while, with classic girl group melodies that would put Spector to shame.
Polls - Comprised of Julien Bellin, David Franklin, and Chris Newcomer, this local trio are channeling 90s indie rock forefathers like Pavement and Sonic Youth with their self-titled debut EP and have LA tastemakers like Brand X and Buzzbands LA singing the praises of their fuzzy yet melodic pop numbers.
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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.
Das Pop- The Game
Will Sweeney does an amazing video for Belgian band Das Pop.
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 below.
Four Tet- “Pinnacles” (BBC Radio Rip)
Daphni (Dan Snaith/Caribou)- “Ye Ye”
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 showcase for Dust’s mastery of symbolism, appropriation, and the power of ritual, fitting in perfectly with the ethos of Psychic TV.
For the show, he has created several new prints and paintings, as well as a fully functioning guitar in the shape of the group’s iconic Psychic Cross logo. In addition to Dust’s art, the B.K. Scum opening will also feature a live reading from Genesis P-Orridge, the founder and only constant member of Psychic TV (along with seminal industrial group Throbbing Gristle) Genesis has been a magnetic and unfailingly innovative presence in music for decades, making this an appearance that is not to be missed.
The show takes place this Friday, March 4th from 7-10pm at the Mishka space at 350 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
To coincide with the project, Dust has teamed up with Trouble and Basser Star Eyes for a mixtape, B.K. Scum,a collection of Psychic TV material and some exclusive vocal appearances from Genesis. Download it HERE.
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 artwork/photogrpahy is thanks to artist Chris Cunningham.
CAT EYES- “Not a Friend”
The band have a few upcoming US dates
05/03: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/06: Los Angeles, CA @ Natural History Museum
05/07: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
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 (comparatively) should go in my stead.
One Hand Clapping Presents Tim Sweeney + Mike Simonetti 12$ cover
Cameo Gallery- 93 North Sixth St. Brooklyn, NY 12111
TERMINAL TWILIGHT- THE FIRE OF LOVE (MP3) (Italians Do It Better)
ONE ITALIAN HAND IN SPACE.
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)
“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 here.
TORO Y PINE.
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 Stilts)
Bass/backing vocals: Mike Sniper (Blank Dogs)
Drums: Jeremy Earl (Woods)
In related news, Dum Dum Girls are teasing the refined, “He Gets Me High” from their upcoming, 4-track Sub Pop EP— complete with Smiths cover— coming March 1st. The band is asking for photo submissions on “what gets you high” to be sent to ddgLUV@gmail.com with a chance to have your photo be featured in the EP’s booklet.
The new song is available below for the price of an email.
Review: The Get Up Kids- There Are Rules
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 anniversary tour of their most-successful album, ‘99’s Something to Write Home About. As these creative fluids are ever-flowing, in-studio Twitpics soon surfaced, a new set of dates was announced and as it was, TGUK was back again with new music with 2010’s four-song Simple Science EP.
Of the first to get announced and played out, the plunky throb of “Keith Case” saw the band going after a more extended and spikier shade than most of what came with the bouncy pop on the Guilt Show release. Here we are now then with the 12-song There Are Rules, the first new album from the Kansas City act in 7 years. Working again with producer Bob Weston (Mission of Burma), Rules strives to be one of the band’s biggest departures yet, (remember when they up and dropped the dusty sleeper On a Wire?) and after its first bite,“Tithe,” the immediate question for Rules seems to be whether or not TGUK 2.0 goes down smooth. The answer is a stern almost.
As they have constantly sought to distance themselves from their emo blemish during the days of the Chris Carrabbas, Hot Topic flocks and suffix additions like “core” got haphazardly tossed around, this release proves evidence for the band’s exertion into something grander and much more fashionable. Entwined by two approaches, Rules is swaddled at dusk by the very spiky, drag-and-release ilk of the aforementioned “Keith Case” and the lobbing of a Hot Hot Heat sound (take the far-too-rhyme-y ”Automatic”) that, though obviously appreciative, quickly falls flat on a second take.
The problem here is that this hearty reunion album of theirs pulls from a notably narrow set of paths, leaving its listener with something that quickly runs together. Matt Pryor and Co. haven’t made a bad album I’d say— “Better Lie” is too friendly to hate and “Shatter Your Lungs” is a shimmery surprise— it’s just a not-quite-yet sort of one. There’s evidence here of a band looking for crossover appeal (pending another departure that is) and I’d imagine most longtime fans of the group won’t mind the bridge, it’s just, seeing as they’re still around after 10+ years, the current set of Rules they’ve imposed makes me wonder if the Kansas Kids will continue to be only ever be just alright?
The Get Up Kids- Shatter Your Lungs (MP3)