Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Punching Out: Chromatics Recut

  • Hear the new Chromatics song "Circled Sun" from the upcoming reissue of Night Drive. [Gorilla vs. Bear via Pitchfork]

  • Pictures from the Deerhunter show at the Apple Store. [BrooklynVegan]

  • A profile of Marnie Stern... [Village Voice]

  • ...and Glen Beck [NY Times]

  • Michael Jackson video game in the works. [NY Times]

  • Below, Chromatics' heartbreaking cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill."

  • Efdemin Played Mister Saturday Night, Sept. 25

    I had a great time at Efdemin's set at Mister Saturday Night over the weekend (sorry, no photos). The Berliner played at a new space in Brooklyn, and apparently Eamon and Justin will be moving to another spot in a couple weeks, which looks amazing. Efdemin's set was a thumping, minimal spectacle, creating an amazing atmosphere. Perhaps the only downside was that it was rather hot inside, a good 20 or 30 degrees higher than outside, but sweating it out is a vital part of dance music.

    Efdemin's second album, Chicago, came out over the summer. Here's "Night Train."

    Song of the Moment: Duck Sauce - "Barbra Streisand"

    Duck Sauce is generally made from dried plums, apricots, vinegar, sugar and spices. It is also the name of the collaboration between A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, and it is awesome. "Barbra Streisand" is making the internet rounds, with a celebrity-filled video (see above) and the Times has already, perhaps prematurely, declared it viral. There's of course a slew of remixes on Hype Machine, but what's really fascinating to me is the source material.

    "Barbra Streisand" distills the exhilarating hook from Boney M's "Gotta Go Home," and then punches in its namesake. It's simple but catchy, preserving the source material's melody and thrumming percussion. What's especially cool about the video - set right here in New York, incidentally - is that the various musicians who show up contribute their own styles,

    Comparison of Duck Sauce's first single, "aNYone" and its sample material after the jump.

    Live Nation Chairman Barry Diller Resigns

    As the Hollywood Reporter first reported (via the Journal), Barry Diller, chairman of Live Nation, has stepped down. The concert giant, which merged with Ticketmaster last year, weathered a tough summer concert season, and saw its shares of its stock drop 40 percent from before the merger, according to the Times. There were also reports of friction within the board, although Diller said that he had planned to step down after the merger was complete. (He'll remain on the board.)

    In perhaps a sign of the times, Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation, tweeted about the departure (although he used more than 140 characters), bashing the press and commending Diller.

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Deerhunter Playing Apple Store in SoHo Tonight, Pictures from Pier 54

    The Apple Store (Propertyshark)

    Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest was just released to rave reviews, and the band will be playing a free set tonight at the Apple Store at 103 Prince Street in SoHo. Wristbands are apparently required, and might be gone, but there's always a chance there will be some space at the door. The show starts at 7 pm, but get there early and hope it doesn't rain.

    It seems as if Deerhunter play here every month, and it's often free. A few faraway pictures from their gig at Pier 54 on August 12 below - eventually I'll finish posting all of my summer photos! Also, you can grab a recording of that show over at nyctaper.

    Friendly Fires Want You To Suck My Deck

    England's Friendly Fires know a good remix. Aeroplane's rework of their single "Paris," featuring woozy vocals from Au Revoir Simone, is one of my favorites, and their Suck My Deck mix, out in a couple weeks has a similar collaborative feel. Aeroplane mixes Lindstrøm, and Friendly Fires team up with Azari & III (featured here yesterday), who also mix Munk, who mix the Phenomenal Handclap Band. You can listen a few songs at the mix's official site and can stream and grab an mp3 of "Stay Here" below.

    Full tracklist after the jump. It looks good!

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Punching Out: Streaming Sufjan

  • Stream Sufjan Steven's new album, The Age of Adz. [NPR]

  • Sigur Rós' music inspires commercials. [Stereogum]

  • Win tickets to Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub. [BrooklynVegan]

  • Moog mind control! [Resident Advisor]

  • Matt introduces a friend to "hipster music." [Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good]

  • Music from Azari & III - "Indigo."

  • Interlude: Stars Played Terminal 5, Sept. 24

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Stars returned to Terminal 5 on Saturday, bringing their unabashed romanticism to one of the city's largest venues. Their set began in force, the venue's lights saturating the stage and bathing the band in color. The first few songs were equally vibrant, with "Elevator Love Letter" filling up the venue and thrilling the crowd.

    Then, things got quiet, as noted elsewhere, with Amy Millan and Evan Cranley (whom I interviewed a while back) playing an acoustic version of "Ageless Beauty," with, alas, suboptimal crowd participation. But with such an immense back catalog - five full lengths, a few EPs and side projects - they came back strong, extending out to an almost two hour set.

    The encore began with Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell speech, as he warns of the "military industrial complex," which transitioned in the anti-war "Celebration Guns." But most of Stars' songs are about love, rather than politics, although themes of mortality always loom above the giddiness of romance. Without one, there cannot be the other, and Star's core is built on another couplet, the dynamic between singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell, who harmonize and trade verses beautifully.

    Opener Wild Nothing played a pleasant, jangly set of indie pop, reminiscent of Beach Fossils (with whom they share a label, Captured Tracks). Although their live sound seemed pretty straightforward, their recordings have more texture and reverb, reminiscent of shoegaze. Definitely worth a second listen.

    Stars also played Littlefield on Sunday and are doing another show at the Studio at Webster Hall, but it seems to be full. Hopefully they'll be back soon. Rest of the pictures after the jump.

    Feist Emerges With Look What The Light Did Now

    Where art thou, Leslie Feist? The Canadian chanteuse hasn't released material since 2007's The Reminder, but NME brings word that she'll be the subject of a new documentary, Look What The Light Did Now. (Pitchfork had it last week, somehow missed it.) Feist will appear "across an array of scenery, stadiums, puppet workshops, the red carpet, at a crumbling French mansion, in concert and being interviewed." Sounds great.

    The film will be screened at Raindance in London on Oct. 3. Trailer here, and one of my favorite songs below.

    Mergers and Acquisitions: Pitchfork's Nitsuh Abebe to New York Mag, Vulture; Observer's John Koblin to WWD

    It's a rainy Monday here in New York, but the droplets aren't the only things in motion.

    Nitsuh Abebe, a Pitchfork staffer, has been named pop music critic for New York magazine and its recent culture spin-off site, Abebe had been with Pitchfork since 2003, and already has a couple items up for his new gig. Best of luck.

    Speaking of New York, this week the site looks at what it calls the "Establishment" of the city. Not much in the way of music - there are a few names in a pretty cool flow chart - but lots of juicy real estate and other stuff. Hopefully Abebe will bolster their music coverage, which is one of the few things that NY Mag isn't known for.

    Meanwhile, the Voice's Foster Kamer reports that the New York Observer's incredible media reporter, John Koblin, will reunite with former editor Peter Kaplain at WWD. (Disclosure: I was a freelancer at the Observer until July.) Big, big loss for the already decimated paper. I really hope it pulls through, the new design looks good.

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Punching Out: Long Form Edition

  • A thoughtful look at the Facebook movie. [NY Mag]

  • A profile of the Koch Brothers, patrons of the Tea Party. [New Yorker]

  • Video games as a way of learning. [NY Times]

  • Here's a long song! M83 - "Couleurs"

  • Choose Your Own Chillwave (Band Name) Adventure!

    Here's a pretty entertaining Witch House and Chillwave band name generator (via Gorilla vs. Bear). It appears to have been developed by graphic designers Matthew Müller and Scott Henning, and does a good job encapsulating (and subverting!) that whole aesthetic.

    I've gotten ironic (Positive Downers, Smile Anger), genre-bending (Young Hood), painful-sounding (Tight Ankle, Tender Tendons) and bizarre (Today's In Furs) names. Good times.

    Hyperlocal Party, Playlist at 20 Cooper Square Tonight

    The Times and NYU recently launched the Local East Village Blog, and to celebrate, journalist Pete Hamill will speak at NYU's journalism building at 20 Cooper Square at 6 pm. There will also be food, drink, and Local contributor Jenn Pelly (who just had an awesome night and hosts the New Afternoon Show on WNYU) will be spinning geographically appropriate songs. It's apparently open to the public, so stop by!

    (Disclosure: I'm working on a story for the Local, and I'm an NYU alum.)

    Eisley Announce Huge Fall Tour, Play Gramercy Theatre Oct. 21

    Eisley at Joe's Pub, August 2007

    Eisley will hit almost every state on a two-month fall tour beginning in October, according to Mog. They'll be playing Gramercy Theatre here in New York on Oct. 21.

    As one of the first bands I really got into, Eisley will always hold a special place in my musical heart. Their debut full-length, Room Noises, was a unique take on dream pop, with Sherri and Stacy Dupree's crystalline voices tracing fantastical narratives and soaring hooks. Alas, they never really seemed to break out, caught between mainstream pop (they're on Reprise) and the indiesphere.

    Here's hoping their third album, which follows 2007's Combinations, expands their fanbase and gives them the recognition they deserve. Below, three-fifths of Eisley playing an acoustic "Golly Sandra" on UGO, from a while ago.

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Punching Out: Sleater-Kinney's Successor?

  • Sleater-Kinney + Helium + Minders = White Flag. Not of surrender, presumably. [Stereogum]

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs show tonight sold out, don't bother visiting. [Sound of the City]

  • Fennesz playing LPR tonight. [BrooklynVegan]

  • John Cook returning to Gawker, back from "maw" of Yahoo, mini-drama ensues. [BusinessInsider]

  • Bill Keller to John Koblin: "Get a life." [Observer via Village Voice]

  • Music from Cults - "Go Outside"

  • CMJ Adds Phoenix, Ghostface, UNKLE, Vanderslice

    Word from BrooklynVegan that CMJ, the week-long music and media extravaganza, has added a few high-profile acts to its annually ginormous roster, including Phoenix, Ghostface, UNKLE and John Vanderslice. The way the festival works is sort of weird - instead of being an enclosed series, most CMJ showcases are also normal shows, with fans having the option of either buying a ticket normally and being guaranteed entry, or getting an (expensive) badge and getting in on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For especially hyped shows, getting in can be challenging for badges, and there's always a bit of uncertainty. The Pheonix show, at Madison Square Garden, is probably going to be really tough to get into.

    CMJ runs from Oct. 19 to 23

    Rough Quarter For Major Labels

    Billboard has (via Prefix) some numbers on the last quarters for three of the big four record labels, along with an annnual report for EMI. In that case, the label lost $800 million, which is actually a big improvement over the year before, when the label lost $2.3 billion. There's also an ongoing lawsuit between Terra Firma and Citigroup. Bad times.

    The other three - Warner, Universal and Sony - reported drops or slight gains in revenue, and Warner has a $1 million operating loss, although that's much better than $25 million lost in the year before. Even Live Nation saw a drop in concert sales, with what was reported as a sluggish summer for many big-name bands.

    Thank goodness for the Internet!

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Punching Out: Glee Meets Simpsons

  • Glee meets the Simpsons, Flight of the Concords. [Idolator]

  • Superchunk played Other Music. [The Local East Village]

  • DJ Shadow playing Irving Plaza on Nov. 15. [BrooklynVegan]

  • Sleigh Bells played Webster Hall's Studio. [Sound of the City]

  • Music today from Tycho - "Past Is Prologue." He'll be playing at LPR next Wednesday.

  • Concert Calendar: Sept. 21 to Sept. 27

    Moderat (Modeselektor + Apparat) played MHOW last year

    It's a great week to catch live music in New York (assuming you've got tickets)!

    Tuesday, Sept. 21

    7 pm: Pavement plays Central Park, Sold Out!

    7:30 pm: Laurie Anderson performs "Delusion" at BAM, $20
    Related post here.

    7:30 Wavves, Christmas Island, The Babies play Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15

    8 pm: Ra Ra Riot, Phantogram play at Bowery Ballroom, Sold Out!
    Related post here.

    8 pm: Jenny and Johnny, Love as Laughter play Maxwell's, $17

    Rest of the week after the jump.

    Ra Ra Riot Do Daytrotter, Four New York Shows This Week

    Continuing a slew of sweet Daytrotter sessions, Ra Ra Riot stopped by for their third performance on the site. Timely enough, as BrooklynVegan notes, the band will be in town for two Bowery Ballroom and two Music Hall of Williamsburg.

    I first saw the band almost exactly three years ago, and have seen them a couple times since, and it's wonderful to see the city embrace them. I do, however, need to hear their new album, The Orchard.

    MP3: Ra Ra Riot - Boy
    Official Site: Ra Ra Riot

    Sufjan's Asthmatic Kitty vs. Amazon And The Demise Of The Album

    The Guardian reports (via Pitchfork) that Asthmatic Kitty is urging fans to buy Sufjan Steven's new album, The Age of Adz, which comes out Oct. 12 - and to avoid Amazon. The online retail giant has been known to offer discounts for albums, which of course cuts into the label and band's cut.

    "So you might wonder why we'd 'allow' Amazon to sell it for lower than that. There are several reasons why, but mostly? It's because we believe in you. We trust you and in your ability to make your own choice," writes the label.

    The problem is, when given the choice, people tend to not pay for an album at all. In a perfect world, sales of albums would be enough for bands (and labels) to live off of, but they're pretty much loss-leaders now, and just a way of promoting the tour, which is where bands actually make a profit. Sufjan's a bit bigger than that, and his albums sales should be pretty significant, but it's still very unusual for the label to essentially circumvent the idea of lower pricing as a promotional tool.

    Sufjan plays at the Beacon Theater on Nov. 14 and 15. Both dates are very sold out, presumably, but tickets should be available from a third party.

    Last Night's Action: Pavement, Phoenix, Superchunk, the Walkmen, Chromeo

    As Pitchfork notes, there was a lot of indie-ness on late night television last night. Pavement appeared on the Colbert Report. Phoenix did Jimmy Kimmel. Superchunk played two tracks on Jimmy Fallon. The Walkmen performed on Carson Daly, and Chromeo played Letterman.

    For those without TVs (or working antennae), the videos are streamable in the above link.

    Below, my favorite of the bunch, Phoenix's great "1901."

    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Punching Out: The Shank Returns

    Photo: PropertyShark

  • The Shank returns to its original spot. [Sound of the City]

  • New Nicole Atkins: "Vultures." [Stereogum]

  • Hold Steady do "POV," playing Beacon Theater on Oct. 7. [Pitchfork]

  • Some details on "Google Music." [Billboard]

  • Leonard Skinner dies. [NY Times via Gawker]

  • Music today from Seefeel - "Polyfusion" (their new album is out now).

  • Nick Zinner Speaking At Union Square Tonight

    Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be appearing at Barnes & Noble on the northern side of Union Square at 7 pm. He'll be talking about his new book of photos, Please Take Me Off the Guest List, out in October. Zinner also talked to NY Mag's Daily Intel last week, where he dished on food, panhandlers and being a New Yorker.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs next play on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Secret Robot Project, according to their MySpace.

    Sound Fix For Sale

    Happier times, sort of.

    Uh oh. Just when we thought record stores were making a comeback, Sound Fix, the Williamsburg record store at North 11th and Berry Street, has a for-sale listing on Craigslist. Asking price is $250,000. "I'm just testing the waters," owner James Bradley told the Village Voice. "I'm working two jobs these days and it's a bit much. That's all."

    Sound Fix moved a couple blocks to Berry Street after being at North 11th and Bedford Avenue since 2004. They hosted live music in an adjacent bar and lounge at the old space, but shows were eventually closed down. When I spoke with Bradley a couple years back, he was determined to keep live music in the neighborhood, and Sound Fix continues to host free in-stores in its new location.

    Hopefully, Bradley will find someone who cares about music as much as he does, or better yet, he'll find a way to hold on to the store. Support local record stores! (And bands!)

    Tricky Does Daft Punk's "Technologic" on New Album

    There's a full stream of Tricky's new album, Mixed Race (via Pitchfork) available today, and track two, "Kingston Logic," sounds rather familiar. Yep, Tricky totally pulled a Ted Leo and covered everyone's favorite French robots.

    Here's "Technologic," in comparison.

    Insound Popping Up in Soho

    Photo: 201 Mulberry, PropertyShark

    The Real Deal reports that online music store InSound will open a three-day brick-and-mortar shop at 201 Mulberry Street, known as the Open House Gallery. From he store will sell "turntables, silk-screened posters, T-shirts, headphones, vinyl and music accessories" and DJs will spin in the 4,500-square-foot space.

    This is a nice reversal of current record store trends (Virgin Megastore on Union Square is now a Nordstrom, Duane Reade and, soon, a Citibank; Tower Records is a gym), and it's too bad the store will only be around for a few days. Pop-ups have become pretty popular in the wake of the real estate crash and subsequent surge in retail space vacancies, and landlords have been known to donate space to art groups, but music efforts usually have some sort of retail component.

    I'll probably stop by the place and snap some photos when it goes up, stay tuned.

    Mergers and Acquisitions: BMG Rights Management Buys Evergreen

    Dow Jones reports that BMG Rights Management, a European joint venture that isn't part of Sony, has purchased Evergreen Copyright, which holds the rights to likes of Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Nick Drake. The company apparently has a lot of deals in the works, with 70 smaller deals in the U.S. alone, as the music industry continues to fragment.

    BMG may even go after EMI's publishing business, if the troubled major label ever gets split, although chief Hartwig Masuch said it "wouldn't necessarily need EMI's entire publishing business, but would be happy with Western European assets."

    Gotta love the kicker here: "Still, the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar in his office suggests the rock 'n' roll spirit hasn't entirely vanished." Eh, if it hasn't vanished, it's at least gone digital.

    Is The Economy Really This Bad?

    Spotted in Chelsea.

    Weekend Linkage: Pavement, Of Montreal, Creators Project and more

    Happy Monday! Here's what we missed over the weekend.

  • Pavement played the Williamsburg Waterfront. [NY Times]

  • Of Montreal and Janelle Monae played Terminal 5, twice. [BrooklynVegan]

  • Creators Project finishes in Beijing. [NME]

  • Gaga speaks out against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [Reuters]

  • Andy Kessler leaves the Drums. [Prefix]

  • Bono's nonprofit gets flack for press blitz. [NY Post]

  • Friday, September 17, 2010

    Punching Out: The Week In Review, Sept. 13 to 17

    The week of Sept. 13 saw a return to regular blogging! I'm not sure how much I'll be updating on weekends, but I figure I'll follow the weekly news cycle with this post, where we run down the week's news. Also, follow us on Twitter, fan us on Facebook, and subscribe via RSS Feed.

    This week's top three posts:

    Honestly not sure what's drawing people to a years-old post, but I know people love their Daft Punk. Also strong was Thursday's news roundup, with an Omar S track, and a photo gallery of clown craziness. This week, we also saw two sweet Daytrotter sessions, some belated lawsuits, and made a concert calendar.

    Music today from Slowdive - "40 Days" from Souvlaki, one of my favorite albums. If you like music, you have to hear it. Have a great weekend!

    Thurston Moore Playing Whitney Tonight, Pictures from DJ /rupture, Aug 27

    BrooklynVegan tells us that Thurston Moore will be playing a free live set at the Whitney Museum on the Upper East Side at 7 pm tonight. He'll be performing Christian Marclay's score "Wind Up Guitar," and the event is free with museum tickets, which are (conveniently) pay-what-you-want, a la In Rainbows, on Friday evenings. It's also streamable. The MoMa is also free tonight!

    I was up there a few weeks back, on Aug.27, when DJ /rupture and Tanlines played at the museum. Pictures below.

    (I have a dozen or so photo sets from the summer that I've neglected to post anywhere, so hopefully within the next few weeks, I'll find news-worthy reasons to get them up!)

    New John and Yoko? Seems more Jenny and Johnny or Deschanel and Ward

    Photo: WireImage via NY Mag

    Whoa, another music-related item at the Observer! (Here's another.) Well, I guess it's Fashion Week, so that's cool. Nate Freeman, who saw the YYYs earlier this week, suggests that Sean Lennon and companion Charlotte Kemp Muhl are an echo of Lennon's rather famous father and Yoko Ono.

    But there's sort of this mini-trend of couples, romantic or otherwise, making music already, what with Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice releasing stuff under they first names, and Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward doing the She & Him thing. (Deschanel's with Ben Gibbard, but from a musical standpoint, She & Him are a couple.)

    In any case, not really the sort of collaborations I'm that into these days. Give me something like this, instead!

    Caribou Play Daytrotter

    Another awesome set over at Daytrotter (via Prefix), which just earlier this week hosted Toro Y Moi, who coincidentally opened for Caribou earlier this year. I'm kicking myself for missing Caribou's Governors Island show over the summer, although the two-hour ferry wait the last time I went to Governors was a big deterrence. Dan Snaith was really cool to interview, and the band's new album is dark, techno-y, but still has a pop sensibility.

    Caribou will play Webster Hall next Wednesday, Sept. 22.

    Insider Baseball: Inc. Offers "Musician Business Plan"

    It's an unexpected place to find musical content, but Inc., the small business publication just posted a pretty comprehensive guide for musicians. Doing music for a living is hard, and definitely requires a lot of strategy. It's sort of amusing that "Songwriting" is "Optional," and that it's listed on the third to last page, but sadly marketing and branding really are much more important, at least for most.

    Related: Inc.'s guide to writing a press release.

    Welcome Streamers!

    So apparently a lot of you are coming from here. It's a cool site!

    I'm really liking a Trentemøller remix over at Pink-Pong.

    What are you guys listening to? What genre did you pick? Leave a comment!

    Interpol Played BBC, Photos from Creators

    I haven't heard the new Interpol album. I guess there's always a fear when approaching new material from a band you really like. (Turn On the Bright Lights and Antics are two of my favorite albums) There's always that impression that nothing can be as good as the old stuff, and while Our Love to Admire was decent, it didn't occupy my earbuds as long as their first two albums have.

    But a nice way to take the plunge is live, and Prefix (via Pitchfork) brings word that Interpol just did a few new songs on BBC Radio 6, which showcase how tight the band, even without Carlos D.

    I had the amazing experience of seeing Intepol play Creators Project back in June (time flies!), and a couple of photos are up at HuffPo. That was an incredible set, dipping heavily into older stuff - there was one point where they played something like "PDA," "Obstacle 1" and "Evil" back-to-back-to-back. So good!

    The entire Interpol photo set is after the jump.

    Linkage: Flavorwire Lists 10 Music "Films"

    Flavorpill is pretty rad, as is Flavorwire, and they've just posted a list of 10 music videos that were inspired, to some degree, by film, something I know just about nothing about. Sweet.

    Magda Readies From the Fallen Page

    The rather alluring Magda will release her first full-length, From the Fallen Page on Oct. 21, according to Resident Advisor. It's technically her first full length, out on Minus, but she already has a bunch of mixes already, including Fabric 49 and the incredibly layered She's a Dancing Machine. Magda is already one of the bigger names on the Minus imprint, Richie Hawtin's giant minimal empire that really takes branding to a new level.

    How's it going to sound? RA says a "post-punk, dark disco set of soundtrack-inspired music before evolving into a more percussive, bassline-heavy affair."

    So, maybe something like this.

    Hot Chip, School of Seven Bells Do Sims

    Close enough.

    NME reports that Hot Chip, School of Seven Bells, Aeroplane, Deadmau5 and a bunch of other artists will re-record their songs in, um, Simlish. These new songs will be incorporated in the latest Sims offering.

    Licensing is one of the more stable ways for bands to make money, and I don't hold it against them. Not quite as keen on essentially mutilating the original songs, but I guess it takes a sense of humor to do so. I'm curious of how big of a following the Sims has at this point, since it's been over a decade (!) since the original came out. Then again, Civ V is coming out next week, and the first one came out in 1991 (!!).

    Chromewaves has a writeup and pictures from SVIIB's Toronto show.

    Hilarious Hot Chip video for "I Feel Better" below.

    Linkage: Tornado Watch, Wordless Music

    Not actually from last night.

    Good morning! Hope you survived the tornado.

    BrooklynVegan blogs that the Wordless Music Series will return this year, with performances by members of Radiohead, Sigur Rós and, particularly exciting for tech-heads, the first U.S. showing of the Carl Craig/Moritz von Oswald/Francesco Tristano Schlimé Trio.

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Punching Out: When Brooklyn Met Madonna

  • Brooklynite to Madonna: "Hearty F*ck You" [Gothamist]

  • Koran saver gets vocodered. Of course. [Gawker]

  • New York has strong August job growth. Fingers crossed that it lasts. [Crain's]

  • Kid Rock fights, no waffles reported injured. [NY Post]

  • Four Tet remixes Babe, Terror [Gorilla vs. Bear]

  • Photos from Reggie Watts at Ft. Greene Park. [BrooklynVegan]

  • Music today from Omar S - "Day"

  • Martina Topley Bird: New Album, Touring with Massive Attack

    In 1995, an amazing album called Maxinquaye was released. 15 years later, Martina Topley Bird - who has a number of solo albums already - will release her latest effort, Some Place Simple, out Oct. 26. Right before that, she'll play Beacon Theater with Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Talk about a big lineup!

    Mergers and Acquisitions: Ulrich Schnauss Joins Engineers

    River to River, Summer '08, an amazing time for live music

    Pitchfork says Ulrich Schnauss, whom I saw under two very different settings ages ago, has joined Engineers, a British band that I think didn't even have a Wikipedia page back in 2005. Since then, they've had a couple members leave, but "Home" is now the theme song for Big Love. Go figure.

    Not entirely sure what this means for Schnauss' solo work, but considering he's collaborated a bunch with other bands in the past, I'm sure we haven't seen the last of his own stuff.

    Engineers have a new album, In Prise of More, out Sept. 27.

    Lil Wayne Gets Prison Perks

    Elizabeth Dwoskin (who usually writes about more serious stuff) reports that Lil Wayne is receiving preferential treatment at Rikers Island. Wayne is getting various perks like pizza and his guests get separate cars for their visits. It's not quite as earth-shattering as the police tapes that the Voice leaked, but this still isn't a great mark for the cops.

    Susan Boyle To Sing For Pope

    Susan Boyle's staggering performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" on British television catapulted her to be an internet and record-selling phenomenon, and she'll be performing for Pope Benedict XVI when he conducts mass in Glasgow. The BBC has a short video interview.

    But let's remember that she isn't the first great female Scottish singer.

    Laurie Anderson's "Delusion" Coming to BAM

    Photo: Ritnit

    The Brooklyn Paper chatted with Laurie Anderson about her new exhibit, "Delusion," a play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that runs during the end of the month. Besides being married to Lou Reed, Anderson is pretty well known for her song "O Superman," which I'd almost describe as the dark cousin of "I Feel Love." Incidentally, Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y. did a bottom-heavy electro rework of the track, which sees a decent amount of play at shows.

    I always seem to make it over to BAM when it's either closed or at capacity, but I'm really going to try to get there at some point this fall. It's undoubtedly one of the best cultural centers that our lovely borough has to offer.

    Michael Jackson's Mother Sues Promoter AEG Live

    Various news agencies reported this morning that Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson, has filed a lawsuit against AEG Live, the concert promoter that was handling the star's upcoming tour at the time of his death (also known as the big concert company that isn't Live Nation/Ticketmaster). The suit blames AEG for mismanaging Jackson's health and blames AEG for selecting Jackson's doctor at the time, Conrad Murray, who wasn't part of this suit, but has been already charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    It's a pretty nasty development for what is one of music's great tragedies. The timing of the suit seems a bit late, 15 months after the Jackson's death, but it definitely encapsulates the truly sad state of his health last year. "Jackson was freezing cold" just days before his death and "confused, easily frightened, unable to remember, obsessive, and disoriented" in the months before.

    I can't really see AEG settling with Katherine Jackson, but will either side have the stomach to take this in court? Hopefully such drama is avoidable.

    Update: AEG is, unsurprisingly, denying the charges.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Punching Out: Fujiya & Miyagi Become Dolls

  • New Fujiya & Miyagi track from their next album, Ventriloquizzing. [Pitchfork]

  • Carl Craig touring the world, New York in November. [Beatportal]

  • Bloomberg reports Bloomberg wants to ban smoking in parks. [Bloomberg]

  • Former Creation Records head Alan McGree talks about upcoming documentary. [Clash via chromewaves]

  • Ninja Tune giving away a box set. [Resident Advisor]

  • Music today from GummiHz - "Under the Sun."

  • James Murphy Spinning At Hudson Hotel, Too

    Just spotted on LCD Soundsystem's Twitter: Frontman James Murphy will be spinning at the Hudson Hotel tonight, another DJ set to attend. The hotel's at 356 West 58th Street, right off Columbus Circle, which isn't exactly an indie location, but it should be fun. DFA labelmates Justin Miller and DJ Kaos will be sharing the decks, and judging by a previous listing in Time Out New York, it'll run from 9 pm to midnight and (hopefully) be free.

    Update: Sound of the City has pictures and a writeup.

    Martinez Brothers Playing Halcyon Tonight


    A scan of Resident Advisor's event listings shows that the Martinez Brothers, who were profiled twice last year in the Times, will be playing at DUMBO's Halycon record store tonight at 7 pm. The live DJ set, part of a series called the Bandwagon, will also be streamed on dailysession. There will be similar sets every Wednesday, and future guests include local DJs and promoters Taimur and Fahad from Blkmarket Membership and Wolf + Lamb.

    I haven't heard the Bros. play, but they've apparently done both Pacha, Watergate and PS1's Warm Up, which are huge. The event series is a great concept, and it's good to see electronic music get some love in New York.

    The MuseBox and Magnum PR Merge

    Word in our inbox that music publicity firms Magnum PR and the MuseBox have merged, combining two pretty big rosters. Magnum reps the Radio Dept., who are great, and Savoir Adore, who were wonderful at the Seaport over the summer. The MuseBox has been making some noise with the The Dø, who played a couple shows in New York.

    I actually did my first internship way back in the summer of '07 at the MuseBox, back when they were sharing office space with Spin, and they've got some nice folks there.

    It's pretty uncommon, at least in my experience, to see mergers between firms - it's definitely not uncommon to see individual publicists switch places, but less common to see full companies come together. (The new, combined company will continue to use the MuseBox title.)

    I know publicists sometimes get bad raps, but our lives as reporters (or just bloggers) are definitely better off with them. Best of luck to the new venture!
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