Friday, January 30, 2009
PETA writes, "Apparently, NBC has something against girls who love their veggies. After we submitted our proposed Super Bowl ad, which features a comely crop of models demonstrating their fondness for fresh produce, NBC nixed the ad, saying it "depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards." No joke, this is straight from NBC--so stop fondling your fruit salad right now and read the list of shots NBC requested we cut before they'd reconsider: licking pumpkin, touching her breast with her hand while eating broccoli, pumpkin from behind between legs, rubbing pelvic region with pumpkin, screwing herself with broccoli (fuzzy), asparagus on her lap appearing as if it is ready to be inserted into vagina, licking eggplant, and rubbing asparagus on breast... Wow, that list even made us blush! You can read the full NSFW letter from NBC here."
Oh You Girls
Dum Dum Girls – who I'm assuming are named after the Talk Talk song – is actually the project of just one Dum Dum Girl – a Librarian from L.A. named Dee Dee. Dum Dum Girls are already being compared to their contemporaries, Vivian Girls, but even early on I think Dee Dee's catchy melodies are leaving the other Girls in the dust. [via]
"Girls" are all the rage these days. "My Girls," Vivian Girls, Girls, Parenthetical Girls, U.S. Girls, etc - even GvB agrees, "Girls" are clearly in line to be the new black/wolf/fuck/crystals for 09." I'd like to point out Los Angeles' own Dum Dum Girls, a fuzzy reverbed "blissed out buzzsaw" of a project. You can catch her live in May at the Smell with Nite Jewel and I highly recommend listening to "Jail La La," with a heavenly repeated chorus in the homestretch you may just find yourself bobbing your head or tapping some toes.
Labels: dum dum girls
Franz Ferdinand at Amoeba
Franz Ferdinand will be playing tonight at Amoeba to celebrate the release of their new CD Tonight. They go on at 7 so if you want to get in, you better go stand in line right now. When you buy the CD at Amoeba tonight you will receive a free Franz Ferdinand poster (signed by the band -while they last- on the day of in-store only). If you don't want to bother with the crowds, don't worry, you can watch the whole thing streaming online at Amoeba.com.
Black Moth Super Rainbow Is Eating Us!
It's hard to think about Pittsburgh weirdos Black Moth Super Rainbow without thinking about the Flaming Lips. Both bands have a certain je ne sais weird going for them, and they've toured together. So it makes a whole lot of nonsensical sense for the Rainbows to draft famed Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann for their latest vocoder freak-a-thon, Eating Us, due out on Graveface May 26. A deluxe version of the CD will feature "a hairy summer jewel case jacket," according to a press release. Um, eww! (That's the cover up there.)
Also according to a press release, this is the first "first fully hi-fi" BMSR record and a teaser MP3 of new song snippets bears this out-- it sounds like Air dipped into candy acid fluff. We're not sure what the sure-to-be insane musings on Eating Us will be about, exactly, but we do know it "isn't an album about witches and woods." Sorry, Brothers Grimm fans. Looks like there will be plenty of songs about sugary drinks and other assorted treats, though. [via]
First off, BMSR are not weirdos so disregard that statement. Second, it'll be very interesting to see where Fridmann takes takes this album. His work with The Flaming Lips and MGMT catapulted them into the realm of the radio and commercial success, can we expect the same qualities in Eating Us?
01. Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise
02. Dark Bubbles
03. Twin of Myself
04. Gold Splatter
05. Iron Lemonade
06. Tooth Decay
07. Fields Are Breathing
08. Smile the Day After Today
09. The Sticky
10. Bubblegum Animals
11. American Face Dust
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us medley [via Graveface]
Coachella Line up REVEALED
So it's that time again where we all spend a day or two looking at the bands we do and don't want to see.
Friday, April 17
A Place To Bury Strangers
Buraka Som Sistema
Cage the Elephant
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Craze and Klever
Dear and the Headlights
Felix da Housecat
Noah and the Whale
Patton & Rahzel
Peanut Butter Wolf
People Under the Stairs
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Black Keys
The Hold Steady
The Ting Tings
We Are Scientists
Saturday, April 18
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Band of Horses
Bob Mould Band
Drive By Truckers
Drop The Lime
Gang Gang Dance
Hercules and Love Affair
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Surkin, Para One (Live)
The Bloody Beetroots
The Crystal Method
TV On The Radio
Sunday, April 19
Antony and the Johnsons
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Late of the Pier
Mexican Institute of Sound
My Bloody Valentine
Peter Bjorn and John
The Night Marchers
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
COACHELLA Makes History, Not The Good Kind
This year's Coachella is one for the record books...as THE MOST DISAPPOINTING MUSIC FESTIVAL THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. For the past five years I have lived Coachella to Coachella; nothing excited me more than driving on the 10E at 6am to be there by noon, stopping at Hadley's near Casino Moranga for a Date Shake and buying that first Gatorade of the day for much needed nourishment. My heart would race while reading the lineup for the first time, I'd call all of my friends and let them know what we had to look forward to and we'd talk about our schedule conflicts and how hard it is to see all of the bands we want to. Props to Goldenvoice, because they fixed that issue by making the festival 85% filler - and why is Public Enemy smaller than Lupe Fiasco on Day 3!? It hasn't been a secret that the festival has been going downhill, but I really believed that we had another few years to squeeze out before it got to this point. Unless there's an announcement of Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear then Coachella '09 will forever go down as an epic fail.
Please, I've seen all of these bands for free on the South Street Seaport. I'll send some albums to the first person who can tell me how much Goldenvoice shelled out for McCartney and Morrissey...they've ruined our festival.
Bklyn vs. B-more Battle Marathon
We like to keep it cheap, so here's a treat. Dan Deacon, Thank You, Future Islands, Secret Guests, These Are Powers and USAISAMONSTER will be at The 1896 tonight for the Crooklyn vs Bmore Battle - I'm betting you'll be seeing Ninjasonik there as well and possibly Spank Rock. The 1896 is on 215 Ingraham street at Gardner Avenue, the show is THREE DOLLARS and the show begins at 8. I can't make it because I'm DJ'ing tonight, but give double dee my regards and I'll see you at the Cake Shop tomorrow night.
Guess Who's Back?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ponytail on Daytrotter
Art-rock band, Ponytail, recently performed an acoustic Daytrotter session that is on heavy repeat in my apartment. Check out the article and download the files here. With the absence of the most intense drums and guitar riffs you've ever heard, lead singer and dreamgirl Molly Siegel's voice shines through like a wolf howling for the moon - hence, why the session is titled "Howling At The Moon With All The Wolves." What else can I say, I love Ponytail. "Beg Waves" and "Celebrate the Body" are more than I can handle on this sesh, just so on-point, I couldn't be more impressed with this band acoustically. Without a doubt, this is one of the best performances Daytrotter has captured.
Anamanaguchi's Dawn Metropolis
[Anamanaguchi entrance at Blip '08]
So today I got a message from Pete and Ary of Anamanaguchi regarding their album, Dawn Metropolis. You probably did too considering that it was a facebook blast, but for those who didn't here it is!
Listen to title track "Dawn Metropolis" via Youtube here, watch Anamanaguchi perform with USK at Blip '08 here.
I know you're all on the Anamanaguchi tip and probably somehow already have the unreleased and unuploaded album - but if you don't have Pete's cover of Mariah Carey's Christmas classic then at least I've turned you on to something.
Anamanaguchi - ALL I WANT 4 XMAS IS U [via]
And a lil' something special.
Anamanaguchi - Overarrow
If you're in NY January 31 make sure to catch Anamanaguchi with one of my favorite musicians, Rafter, at the Cake Shop (which I conveniently live across the street from so we can hang).
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Ticket Giveaway LA #2: Don Caballero
Friday February 13th Spaceland will be graced with Don Caballero, sBach and FMLY friends DD/MM/YYYY for a night of face melting rock. If you haven't heard these bands yet, don't worry, I think they will be coming up plenty this year. I saw DD/MM/YYYY at the FMLY CMJ show and without hesitation bought all the vinyl they had to sell me. If you want to go to the Spaceland show this Friday just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket Giveaway LA: Rye Rye
This Friday Rye Rye will be coming to rock Control at the Avalon. If you want to spend your Friday eating ice cream and watching Walker Texas Ranger then you should stop reading right now. On the other hand, if you are looking to get get your swerve on to some funky fresh beatz, we got what you need. We are giving away 3 pairs of tickets. All you have to do is email me at email@example.com and tell me how Rye Rye's music makes you feel.
Download: Tic Toc - Rye Rye and MIA
Brooklyn: Wingnut Dishwashers Union TONIGHT
[pat the bunny on right, sweet plan-it-x shirt on left]
This is the first opportunity that I've had to catch Pat the Bunny with Wingnut Dishwashers Union so there's no doubt that I'm taking it. For fans of Andrew Jackson Jihad's tone, Ghost Mice's aesthetic and Paul Baribeau's spirit, make your way out to Brooklyn for a night of dancing, stomping, screaming and washing dishes at the punk house. The night begins at the Surreal House at 7pm located on 15 Thames St., Brooklyn, NY 11206. It's $5 to get in and witness Soft Black, The Healing Light, Brook Pridemore and WDU.
All Wingnut Dishwashers Union tunes are now available on archive.org, I recommend downloading live in plattsburgh, ny and never trust a man who plays guitar.
Wingnut Dishwashers Union - Fuck Every Cop Who Ever Did His Job
Lil' Wayne Loves Your Fancy Underwear
Ok, imagine being one of the most influential rappers in the game these days, smokin' blunts all day, and sippin' on that syrup with almost every meal (and in between them) and all of a sudden, you get this vision:
Prom Queen - Lil' Wayne
Monday, January 26, 2009
This One Is For Dilla
Do I even need to explain why I'm posting this song? You should just always be feelin' it. I luh yoo gurl!
Erykah Badu - The Healer
Labels: erykah badu
The Octopus Project Got Some Pipes!
The Octopus Project singing? I haven't heard such a thing since the closing of Hello, Avalance! Well, Cameron and I sat down with our favorite Austinians, Austinites...er, citizens of Austin during CMJ week and were told that they have nothing against singing, their music just hasn't allowed them to comfortably add lyrics to their music. Last week apparently, became time for a major transformation for the band exploring an uncharted territory. Not only are they singing, but there's no theremin or electronic elements. This appears to be an 'indie rock' song that well...is better than most of the indie rock songs I heard in all of '08. This organic sing-a-long pop tune - which is actually a cover of the Bee Gees - is more of a holdover and will be on their soon-to-be released EP with UK 7″ tunes “Wet Gold” and “Moon Boil” as well as some other H, A tracks that didn't make the cut. With Josh, Miranda and Toto taking turns with vocals it makes me wonder if they'll be incorporting this sound into their next full length. Stay tuned for FMLY SXSW surprise announcements, maybe regarding some Octopi?
The Octopus Project - ioio
Labels: The Octopus Project
Sunday, January 25, 2009
So for all you sonik fuckin' ninjas out there, here's a special treat. Ninjasonik just blessed Youtube with Ninjasonik TV where it's all Teenwolf, New Dirty Bastard and Telli Grahmz ALL THE TIME! There's vids of our boys in tighties partyin' with Chicago's Hollywood Holt, new official music videos and tons of live excitement. If you know me and Ninjasonik then you've seen me go balls to the wall jamming to "Negative Thinking (About Tight Pants)." Well as of a couple weeks ago there's now an official video; filmed at the Chief Bodega with The Death Set, check out the hot, steamy magic above.
40z To The Dome
Its only been three months since beat guerrilla cloud. slapped us in the face with Pimp Steak and he's already back for seconds! Taking heir to the finest beat makers from Brooklyn, 40oz exhibits some of cloud.'s finest work and it would be a crime to not mention the very appropriate artwork done for the project. You can catch cloud.'s evolved rhythms below via imeem and head over to his MySpace blog and cop a peek at all the hand drawns. If you missed Pimp Steak, no worries, it's free here.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
More New Black Moth Super Rainbow
Whatever your plans for the day were, DO NOT make listening to the Black Moth Super Rainbow MySpace player one of them. There is NOT a new low-key release out on Mexican Summer. I repeat, BMSR has NOT uploaded brand new tunes "Do You Want To Be In A Cult" or "Feel the Drip" and they are NOT fantastic expressions of a psychedelic world which I one day hope to understand or maybe join myself. Your jaw is NOT about to drop when you FEEEEEELLLLL TTTTHHHHEEEE DDDDRRRRIIIIPPPP.
This is a 12" picture disc limited to 1,000 pressings and as you know, these pressings are gone as quick as they come...even without any formal announcements. Get yours from Insound and while you're at it, get me one too and I'll blog about yo' lo-fi bedroom band. Seriously, January 20 brought us Obama, new Animal Collective and new Black Moth...why isn't it a national holiday already? And just when I was getting excited about that mysterious track the other day, there's magic in the air.
Tonight At The Cake Shop
[i don't know who gilbert is, but this cake rocks]
Tonight at 11:45, the Cake Shop will open its doors for a night of free entertainment as it does so often. Tonight brings us Men & Women, Ducktails, Rings, Axolotl.
Ducktails is the solo project of Matt Mondanile (with the occasional live collaborator). Best described as poppy surf rock informed by avant garde music a la The SKATERS and Kemialliset Ystavat, Ducktails is the type of warm music that will get you through the Winter and keep you happy year round. Touching on the pop and the more abstract, Mondanile divided the set between a meditative, outdoors instrumental and an anthemic surf rock ballad (that was unfortunately cut short due to technical difficulties). [via]
If you keep up with Gorilla Vs Bear or listen to SIRIUS Blog Radio then you're probably familiar with Ducktails, Chris is a big fan. I'm very excited to catch Rings, not only for the young women's trio of awesome music but I'm mildly in love with Abby Portner (member of Paw Tracks, Drawlings, Avey Tare's sister, artist for multiple Animal Collective albums, plays drums, etc). Axolotl and Men & Women only sweeten tonight's deal, so I'll see you in the Lower East Side come midnight!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man is the third collaboration of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel to be released on March 20. The movie finds Paul Rudd without a male companion to be his Best Man and after meeting his Realtor (Segel)...things are gonna change. Check out the red band trailer above.
Also, the Animal Collective show at the Fonda has been POSTPONED due to band illness. Please do not show up and wonder what's up. It'll be on either Sunday or Monday, but keep up with Goldenvoice for more info.
Labels: Must See Movies
Thursday, January 22, 2009
New Koalacaust Tunes
Koalacaust threw up some new tunes on the MySpace - this recording of "Resolution" KILLS. Expect the album to come out soon, still no word when. Catch 'em at the MOCA in Los Angeles on April 21, but until then enjoy this 10min vid from their show at the Temple Bar.
Labels: Ticket Giveaways
"My Girls" Gone Wild
The official video for Animal Collective's "My Girls" is above. I bet this is really what their practices look like, it explains the mystery. Did anyone buy the $9,000 ticket on Craigslist for last night's show?
Labels: Animal Collective
Tonight in LA
The day is finally here. High Places is TONIGHT at The Echo. It's going to be a sweaty euphoric dance party and if you aren't there, you will regret it. Next time High Places rolls through, it might not be so intimate. Tickets will be available at the door or you can get them here.
Head Spins - High Places
From Stardust to Sentience - High Places
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Biggie's Not Dead!
As you know, Notorious came out last week. With the release of the soundtrack comes three unreleased Biggie songs which you can hear via Vibe. Check it out and love on some Notorious.
Videos That Make Sense
But this one happens to feature some of FMLY's friends and acquaintances. It tells us that all we need to do, in order to get that cute asian girl, is to pick her up when her kite is down and fallen. Pure genius. Watch in High Quality and watch after a good run and shower. It makes your day better. I was already a listener of M83, but this song just reminds me that I am a bigger fan.
"We Own the Sky", the EP, from the single off of Saturdays = Youth is set to release very soon, but no confirmed date yet. Keep updated!
Everyone has seen Shepard Ferry's HOPE posters for Obama. Now you too can be a famous pop culture icon. All you have to do is go to http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com/ and take your picture. It's fun, it's easy and in a week in a half, you'll be the only one with out one. How does Obama pull this off so well?
Monday, January 19, 2009
Black Moth Super Rainbow: New or Unreleased?
I'll admit that I get pretty excited when I'm stumped, a good challenge is always exhilarating. Huge thanks goes out to Japanese Muscles for sending this video to Cameron and I.
What we see here is a video from a Youtube account created last week. The video itself has no name, only numbers, but related videos appear to be "Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club" and other music related vids in "Black" standing. The quality is definitely VHS, hence the account name 'vhsknife' and the sound is classic Tobacco, who as you know IS Black Moth Super Rainbow when it comes to composition and recording. The rest...well, you can watch the video yourself. It is not from the Fucked Up Friends film released just over a year ago, so I ask if this is an older unreleased track matched to video or is this what the future of Black Moth will sound like? Either way, I'm pleased. It is also possible that this is just uber-fan made, but I highly doubt it.
Happy Obama-eve everyone!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
No Seats On the Party Car
So i just learned about this awesome book of poetry by Zachary Lipez (Fresh Kills) with photographs by Nick Zinner (The yeah yeah yeahs). Counting 100 pages, the coffee table collectable can be found under the name No Seats On The Cool Car and is published by Evil Twin Books. You can purchase it here for $9 + $2 shipping.
Labels: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Saturday, January 17, 2009
TONIGHT in New York
Head down to the Delancey to have your balls rocked off with an amazing line up including Team Robespierre, FMLY friends Ninjasonik, and the newest addition to the FMLY Cloud. Cloud is an amazing beat maker out of Brooklyn who puts mainstream producers to shame. If you like what you hear, check this out. The show is $10 and doors open at 9. Get your dancing shoes on and get crazy.
Friday, January 16, 2009
New Animal Collective
[cred: Eric Hosford]
Fuck me, right? Just when you thought I was done.
I knew that it wouldn't be long before Animal Collective reveal future tunes and their show a few night ago at KOKO London proved that anxiety. "Blue Sky" is out there for the world (thanks Collected Animals) to enjoy, so I suggest you do that. In contrast to MPP's swamp-like density, "Blue Sky" takes you on a journey through the trees and fog rather than only showing you detailed pictures. The track clocks in at almost six minutes; the first half is an instrumental combination of MPP and Feels while the vocal melodies during the latter half are patented Avey Tare jams complemented by Panda Bear's ethereal 'voice-used-as-instrument' skills. Highly recommend, I'm always pumped for what's next.
Animal Collective - Blue Sky
Animal Collective - My Girls (Dave Wrangler Remix)
Labels: Animal Collective
Zaque Shack Officially Over...For Now
For those who grew up with the Kutting Room you may remember the awesome sense of humor and uplifting music of a group called the Irregars. Among many other talented musicians Zach Robinson played guitar in the Irregars, and for that I salute thee. The Irregars are, have been and will always be one of my favorite bands.
As some Los Angeles music enthusiasts are aware of, Zach Robinson held shows in his Sherman Oaks backhouse nicknamed Zaque Shack. From Dan Deacon to Zachella some of the best show experiences that I have had were in that shack. I celebrated my 18th birthday the night that Luke began to play drums for Anamanaguchi, I saw Bad Dudes the night I began writing for IHEARTCOMIX and I discovered full immersion into a world of sweat, elbows and keeping a mosh away from the pedals. FMLY gives the maddest props, we pour 40z on the curb and we smoke the fattest California blunts for the Zaque Shack. That being said, Zach sent out a message today that reminds us of the absence and gives hope for the future.
Well guys, the shack has officially been rented. It's been refurbished entirely and everything including the instruments, furniture, and the refrigerator with the year old sushi, has been removed. A new family has moved in and are now enjoying the space we once ruled.
The happiest times of my life were in that house, but as with everything in life, good things come to an end. I want to thank all the members of this group for being part of something that changed my life. I'll always treasure the times I had there, and I hope that the stuff that went down at the shack stays with you forever.
I guess I shouldn't be as dramatic as I am because in 4 years, I think the family is moving out and we get it back again...BUT STILL! The shack brought us all together and it really made those last years of high school incredible.
Again, thank you everyone.
I'm marking 2013 on my iCalendar, so I guess I'll see you guys there. An awesome video of Dan Deacon playing "Big Big Big Big Big" at the Zaque Shack can be found at the top of this post. Below is a list of the musicians that have graced the floor of the Zaque Shack.
Dan Deacon, Anamanaguchi, Japandi, Totally Michael!!, Trash80, Bad Dudes, DJ Douggpound, Dracula Mountain, Nat Love, Nephews, HAIM, King Sparrow, Sweet America (Peter and Ary of Anamanaguchi)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yacht and Classixx Free Tonight
Big thanks to DFA, Scion and IHEARTCOMIX for poppin' this one out, it's been a few years since I went to the Roxy; In fact, my last time there was actually when I played way back when. This is a free event as you can see, just RSVP before 8PM tonight.
Indie 103.1 Goes Off The Air (Good For You Indie 103.1!)
This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 Radio Audience -
Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option --- to play the corporate radio game.
We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course.
This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative - simply put, only the best music.
For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to www.indie1031.com and listen to the new Indie 103.1 - which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves.
We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.
According to the LA Times, Indie's last broadcast was today at 10 am Pacific Time.
No Wedding Cake
Video for Fol Chen's song No Wedding Cake on Asthmatic Kitty out February 17th 2009.
Feb. 01 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Feb. 07 Los Angeles, CA Pehr Space
Mar. 18 - 21 Austin, TX SXSW
Labels: Fol Chen
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Animal Collective Remix Ratatat
Ladies and gents, you may not know it just yet, but a script has just been flipped. You see, Animal Collective have been remixed plenty, but they themselves have never remixed anybody under their, er, collective title.
Pitchfork, May 5, '08
We have been waiting for this remix now for just over eight months. I've mentioned it on the blog, in conversation and the question of 'where is Deakin?' has been just as haunting. As you can see, Animal Collective remixed Ratatat's "Mirando" a while back, but what's really up is that the duties were held down by Deakin - hence, what he has been doing while his bros were getting down on MPP. The remix, as you will hear from every other blog, is a nearly ten minute experimental dance epic. Complete with a sense of distance, texture and time this not only complements the release of MPP but is a friendly reminder of how stunning LP3 is. Undoubtedly one of the most angelic remixes that I've ever heard, Deakin has not only raised the bar for '09, but has definitely created a new genre for the popular remix; he has amplified a future sans mashup or banger, one that Pantha du Prince has spent a career fine tuning. Congrats Josh, you're amazing.
Mediafire is temporarily down for maintenance, so the MP3 is courtesy of Gorilla vs Bear. I'll upload ours when MF is up.
Ratatat - Mirando (Animal Collective Remix)
The 12" version will be released soon on XL. I can not even begin to describe how awesome this will sound on vinyl, I heard LP3 on vinyl for the first time this weekend and my mind has been blown. Order it here.
Pitchfork Founder Ryan Schreiber on ABC World News
I don't know what kind of world we're transitioning into, but Monday marked a new addition to the ABC World News webcast, New Music Monday. Thanks Charlie Gibson for hooking it up. What you'll see this time around is Gibson introducing the segment and then introducing Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber. Schreiber then goes on to speak about Animal Collective, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Antony and the Johnsons, Wavves and Bon Iver regarding his most anticipated releases of the year. Uh, cool? Reaching out to a new audience always gets the thumbs up and if Gibson starts reading Pitchfork as much as CNN then that's fine by me. Click the image to watch.
New Neko Case
We're just doin' our part to save the world.
Today, we are especially happy to bring you "People Got A Lotta Nerve," the first single from Neko Case's forthcoming album Middle Cyclone (out March 3), because for every blog that reposts the song and/or iLike user who adds it to their profile, Neko Case and ANTI- will make a cash donation to Best Friends Animal Society.
The promotion will run from January 13 to February 3, 2009. Five dollars will be donated for every blog post and one dollar for every user of iLike that adds the song to his/her profile.
Neko Case - People Got A Lot of Nerve
We sell out for animals. Oh, and the Virgin Megastore in Times Square is shutting down.
Labels: Neko Case
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This is a band that understands that force feeding pop is not always the best route to take. Intricate Machines brings something new to dreamy pop bringing in more subtleties. Every time I listen to their IM EP I start to notice more and although they remind me of a lot of other bands (Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Beach House) they bring a lot more to the table. If you are looking to chill out, watch a day at the beach with old film or have a montage drive through the forest where you think about your life, throw on some Intricate Machines. You can check them out at their two free upcoming LA shows.
RERAX @ the Dragonfly
With Xu Xu Fang!
UCLA at Kerckhoff Grand Salon
With High Places and 60 Watt Kid
Monday, January 12, 2009
Wolf Parade Relations + Jeff Mangum
Alright, so news on Jeff Mangum for starters. The genius mind and heart behind Neutral Milk Hotel who has been left in a heavy reclusive state for the past decade poked out of his shell (as he does every so often) for ex-Milk mate Jeremy Barnes performance at the Mercury Lounge with A Hawk And A Hacksaw...take a deep breath after reading that one! Julian Koster was also said to have been in attendance. Give me Elephant 6 or give me death! If you're not familiar with the Elephant 6 collective then you've gotta do some sleuthing because their intimate reach extends throughout the globe, it's just fascinating what a few close friends with a passion for music can do.
I don't want to end my Mangum paragraph on a bum note, so I'll leave you fans with some inspiring words from Wikipedia, "In October 2008, Mangum performed the song "Engine" on several stops of the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour. Prior to these performances, he had not played Neutral Milk Hotel songs in public since 2001." Hope? Maybe Obama can bring Mangum back into the public eye.
Now onto March's Wolf Parade relations and lots of copying&pasting of press releases...
FACE CONTROL is the second album by Montreal's Handsome Furs, 2007's Plague Park was their first. Alexei Perry and Dan Boeckner wrote the songs on FACE CONTROL together. The album was recorded and mixed by Arlen Thompson at Mount Zoomer. It was mastered by Harris Newman at Hotel2Tango. It will be released on March 10th, 2009 [by Sub Pop].
The release of SWAN LAKE's new album is imminent! It is called "Enemy Mine", to be released on Jagjaguwar on March 24th, 2009 (March 23rd in the UK).
For those unfamiliar, SWAN LAKE is the musical group featuring celebrated songwriter-mystics Daniel Bejar (of Destroyer and New Pornographers), Spencer Krug (of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade) and Carey Mercer (of Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach).
Together they recorded Enemy Mine, their nine-song second album, in Victoria, British Columbia, in early 2008, a little more than a year after the release of their well-received debut collaboration, "Beast Moans", also on Jagjaguwar.
While their debut album was a beautifully-weaved mash-up of their disparate song-writing styles, often with layer upon layer of various melodies and stylistics thrown into a collaborative cauldron to magical, and at times discordant effect, their second album "Enemy Mine" reflects a more stripped-down, more deliberate approach to collaboration. It's as if they really tried to just make nice songs together. To quote Krug, "There's architecture here." Not that the lyric is about collaboration--it fits nicely though.
It is the band's contention that this is the first known use of a "court painting" as a record cover used in popular music. As a result of this enthusiasm, the band had planned on calling the album "Before the Law", a beloved Kafka parable and a reference to this court painting. However, the band is tired of being tagged as "literary", so they dubbed the record "Enemy Mine", a beloved movie from Bejar's youth, and a good metaphor for collaboration.
Coachella Rumors and Confirmations
No bullshit, here's what you have to look forward to definitely and potentially.
Confirmed Artists: the Airborne Toxic Event, the Bug, Buraka Som Sistema, Crystal Castles, Drop The Lime, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, the Killers, No Age, Noah and the Whale, Late of the Pier, Los Campesinos!, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Presets, Sébastien Tellier, Themselves, Tinariwen
Confirmed DJs: DJ Gina Turner, DJ Hipnotic Starr, DJ Luis Segura, DJmorales, DJ Zegon
Rumored Artists: Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, the Black Keys, Black Lips, Blur, Britney Spears, the Comedians of Comedy, Four Tet, the Gaslight Anthem, Glasvegas, Gui Boratto, Gus Black, Heartless Bastards, Hot Little Pony, José González, Keane, KONGCRETE, Mexican Institute of Sound, Monotonix, Morrissey, Mr. Lif, N.A.S.A., Neil Young, OutKast, Plump DJs, the Pretenders, the Prodigy, the Replacements, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roni Size Reprazent, the Smiths, the Thermals, Turbonegro, We Are Scientists, White Lies, the White Stripes
my rants and raves
I'm just going to say it...Coachella does not even look that tight. I feel that aside from unannounced headliners, Goldenvoice has decided to reach out towards a younger more American Apparel oriented crowd. The confirmation of Themselves is tight, but I prefer other anticon. artists exponentially more! They seem to be hitting nails, but missing the head. Crystal Castles? Yeah, maybe three years ago before that awful album came out. The Killers? Ohhh myyyy goodddd, do not tell me they're co-headlining, they should have stayed as the ghost of Coachella past. I would say that the most on point confirmations are Flying Lotus, Peanut Butter Wolf, Drop the Lime, Fleet Foxes, No Age and Noah and the Whale, but oh wait...I've seen all of them for free! Seriously, I've had enough. I've been to the last four Coachellas enthusiastically and with new hopes, but I think that this marks the year of NO MORE BULLSHIT. This is a robbery. They've spent so much effort trying to reunite the Smiths that the entire festival has blown to Warped Tour. It's fine though, because no matter what the lineup is, the experience is what counts and that goes so beyond who is playing.
I guess it's still the sexiest music festival of the year?
Fools Gold, New Her Space Holiday
You know we're fans of Luke Top and his work with Fool's Gold. Check 'em out next weekend at the Troub.
Its been a few minutes since I've spoken about Marc Bianchi, but with this new album underway I'm hoping that will change. Here's a new free song!
originally we announced that the song "pass it on" (which was recently featured in the new playstation network commercial) would be released on an upcoming her space holiday ep due out in february. well, plans have changed. marc has been constantly recording the past few weeks, and is almost done with the next her space holiday full length. which we hope to have out in the fall of 09. he decided to hold off on material for the ep's and concentrate instead on the next album.
in the meantime, since we have been getting hit with so many messages on how to purchase the track...mush and her space holiday have decided to leak the track early. just follow the link below, put in your email address, and it's yours!
http://www. mushrecords. com/mush_records_update/090107_SMB. html
happy new year! xoxo, the whole hsh and mush team
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Seriously, a big congrats to Heath Ledger for winning an award tonight.
Ledger was up against veteran actors like Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Ralph Fiennes and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Accepting the award for Ledger — who died last January of an accidental overdose of prescription medication in his home in New York City — was the film's director, Christopher Nolan, who said that Ledger "will never be forgotten."
"After Heath passed on, you saw a hole ripped in the future of cinema — but with the extraordinary response to his work that we've seen all over the world, I, for one, start to be able to look a bit less at that gap in the future and a little bit more at the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himself with his talent and with his dedication to his artistry," the director told the crowd.
"For any of us lucky enough to work with him, I think for any of us lucky enough to have enjoyed his performances, he will be eternally missed. But he will never be forgotten." [via]
Whether he would have won either way, we'll never know. But Heath, you fuckin' deserved it.
Cokemachineglow has thrown up a magnificent post of covers. Highlights include a Pale Young Gentleman cover of "Paper Planes", Noah23 doing "A Milli", and Stars Like Fleas shining their light on The Pussycat Dolls.
Cokemachineglow's Fantasy Covers of 2008
MTV thinks that Merriweather may make history. I think that it already has, and that MTV isn't cool just because they can drop Stereogum into a blog post.
The album the Chicago Tribune and Stereogum.com have already dubbed one of the best of the week-old year, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, could make some serious news next week when the Nielsen SoundScan numbers come out.
Why? The album, which won't get released on CD until January 20, dropped on January 6 in a deluxe double-LP 180-gram gatefold vinyl format accompanied by a full album download. And thanks to a series of listening parties across the country, it just might break into the albums chart next week, thanks to vinyl sales only.
Great, now Animal Collective is this much closer to becoming a Kanye beat. Also, if you pre-ordered Merriweather via Rough Trade, you should have received an exclusive bonus mixtape put together by Animal Collective. The quick mix covers influences such as dubstep powerhouse Kode 9, Erykah Badu and other greats and unfamiliars. Download it here.
It's finally time for Conan to leave NY and head to the beautiful coast of Los Angeles to take over Jay Leno's spot in Late Night. Think you've got luck on your side? Well find out how to win tickets to his final NY shows here.
You really can't blink when it comes to Rob Crow. One second he's on tour with Pinback, a minute later comes Thingy and then BAM you've got Goblin Cock right in the face.
Goblin Cock is a band from beyond time, beyond space, beyond your naive concept of dimension in METAL. Since before your pathetic "god" had supposedly "created" you and your kind, Lord Phallus was hunkered in a cybertimeship/fun dungeon skating the layers of what was considered "true metal"in all societies and in all generations. Eventually His Majesty realized that he really didnt care and launched a full-scale war against bland metal with and emphasis on ACTUALLY HAVING A GOOD TIME! "Bagged and Boarded" is the first assualt on your laughable 5 senses (Lord Phallus and his kind have 32). Expect a future double whammy in the form of "Come With Me if You Want to Live" - a collection of new supercharged action-metal wonderhits, and "Dragonfucker" - the 20+ minute uberpiece with a bside of numerous BRUTAL cover songs (the roaches, the osmonds, and the monkees have been rumored). arrrgghh! -"Total" Dick McThinkseeknowseverything
If you're in NY you can check out GC (uh, not Good Charlotte) on February 11 at the Highline Ballroom. LA, you've gotta wait until February 27 at the Knitting Factory.
Mad Decent just posted an exclusive Santogold remix featuring 3-6 Mafia and Project Pat. Bump it in your ride before the radio or Toyota gets their hands on this...vultures. It's right here.
DOG, TURTLE, FUCK!
I downed my forty for the night, took a slow creeping freight elevator up to the top floor of this fuckin' building, paid my 10 bux, and went in to see Los Angeles' lowkey, highkey, hyphy artists, DTF. That's right, they took the name first. Last I heard, these guys make you wet with each rip and rhyme and rhyme and rip, because that is the way that DTF spits, dawg. No seriously, this AfterParty special cracked the grounds of La Brea. I entered with high expectations and left with satisfied expectations. DTF, if you haven't heard, consists of a basic street team. Members like Enzo Adabachi, Amika, and more make you feel nothing wrong with sexual interaction and back cracking. Serious, this is what happens at a DTF show. You be down to fuck tonight? "Everybody knows that I still be down to fuck."
Double Double - DTF
Friday, January 9, 2009
'were heer' is an evening music event TONIGHT hosted by FMLY reader and show-goer Dylan Rees from Venice High School and that's where I will be tonight. What interests me about these West LA house shows is the tendency to follow festival-like procedures. I remember in my freshman and sophomore years of High School house shows were free come in and out as you please events that held ground as more of a friendly get together than an evening musical retreat. From what I've noticed the past few years, many of these house shows involve the same folks, but an admission fee has been established as well as a strict schedule, a flyer, a street team and a fundamental line-up which varies from week to week. This evolution is fascinating and in short I'd love it if everyone just had house shows with my favorite bands all of the time and eventually we all just opened up an orgy of a venue - Oakgrove/FMLY/Veritas/Sprawl/Family/etc, lets work in that direction instead of being so separate!
Back to tonight, here is the info:
Dylan Rees' home can be found at 3483 Barry Ave., 90066 in Los Angeles...Mar Vista to be exact. It's $5 to get in, but alcohol and drugs are not allowed - this is to ensure that the show doesn't get shut down by the cops so if you've gotta drink, smoke, snort or shoot up then keep it in the car. Actually, don't. FMLY does not condone in car drug use or drug use for that matter; if it ain't medicinal then it ain't for us. Rees has also requested that no one fuck with his fireplace. Here's the lineup and schedule for the night:
Stairs and Streets (7:40-8:10)
The Histories (8:10-8:40)
Nat Love (8:40-9:20)
I've been physically absent from the LA scene for a couple of years now, but I can place a FMLY guarantee that Geotic, The Histories and Nephews are well worth driving in from Silverlake or Echo Park to see. Nat Love (aka Deadwood Dick) posted their first song on MySpace this week, check it out - featuring Luke Silas (Nephews, Anamanaguchi, Histories, etc) on drums it sounds just like Nephews minus an intense Will Wiesenfeld driven bass part. See ya'll there.
Dhani Harrison (George H.'s son) is in a band called Thenewno2, they play the Mercury Lounge February 17. The duo also appeared in Rock Band 2 in expert mode, I think they sound a bit like Radiohead. Video below.
Michael Jackson is living in LA once again, Bel Air to be specific. The idling King of Pop just signed off on a $100,000/month French château-style manse built in 2002; the pad comes equipped with seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, a wine cellar, a theater and a library.
Pulp Fictioneer JT has spent some time out of the public eye to mourn for his late son. Tom Cruise made an appearance on the view and Barbara Walters made a point of asking about the death as well as their mutual interest (JT and TC) in scientology. A video of Tom Cruise grasping for composure can be found here.
FMLY FRNDS Lemonade earned an 8.3 from Pitchfork for their debut.
For my final news report of the day, well...you can just read it straight from the typepad of Dlisted. Cover art below.
I was beginning to think that American Idol looser (that's how we spell it around these parts) Sanjaya was working as a morning-shift shampoo girl at some salon in Shoreline, Washington, but he isn't! Sanjaya is leaping back into America's hearts like a precious deer with flowing Yanni-like locks with his new EP "Dancing to the Music in My Head" due out in exactly two weeks!
I wish Sanjaya's music in his head would stay there....forever. Yes, keep the music in your head, Sanjaya. It's safe there. No one will hurt it if it just stays in your head and isn't released into the wild. You can even dance to it. By yourself. Alone. In your head. Alone. Keep it there.
I feel like if I was trippin' out on shrooms or computer duster, I would completely become one with this album cover. I would dance inside this Cost Plus fuckery amongst the stars and swirlies. But since I'm as sober as a 4-year-old, it looks like it was made by his fans. And by "fans" I mean his big-tittied sister and that crazy crying girl. Actually, scratch that crazy crying girl. Even she moved on to David Archuleta and his baby teeth.
If you did some fucked up shit last night and need to torture yourself, head on over to Amazon to preview some of his songs. Or better yet, just watch Sanjaya's performance below. Watching this Bollylimp shit is like the equivalent of cutting yourself, but it won't leave nasty scars. i-Cutting!
Oh, and if you're listening to Jaydiohead PLEASE STOP.
Money - NASA
Shepard Fairy animated video for NASA's new single "Money" (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, & Z-Trip).
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Flight of the Conchords Contest
Flight of the Conchords season 2 premieres on January 18 on HBO at 10PM EST. In preparation for the premier, we are giving away a FOTC prize pack
The prize pack includes:
+ Season 1 of Flight of the Conchords on DVD
+ an FOTC notebook
+ some FOTC guitar picks
+ an FOTC poster + some FOTC postcards
If you want it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me which Flight of the Conchords member you like more.
Also, if you haven't yet, you can check out the first episode on Funny or Die right here.
Check out http://www.flightlipdub.com for info on the lip dubbing contest.
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