Loud City Song, the new record from Los Angeles singer/songwriter Julia Holter is out today. It’s the follow-up to last year’s Ekstasis, an odd pop collection that felt simultaneously futuristic and antique, and happened to be my second-favorite album of 2012. This one is just as good if not better (though this is a better year for music than last year, already, by far). It’s a quiet record, with moments of hurried motion that always reset to stillness. Try listening to it at a human-level on earbuds while waiting for the subway, and it practically dissolves against the screeching halt of train wheels or the boombox volume of any self-respecting dance crew. That seems unusual for an album supposedly inspired by the metropolitan buzzing of city life in L.A., but maybe a more vibrant car culture explains that a bit. Little bubbles of personal space traveling to and from centers of activity. It's a soundtrack for the sort of city-dweller who likes to witness the action while safely off to the side.
Last Wednesday marked the final SummerScreen of the year, and we've got to be honest, it was tough to say goodbye. This summer has been our biggest yet, and forgive us if we sound cheesy, but, you know, we couldn't have done it without you all. Anyway, last Wednesday we had music from Aa, Ratking, Amen Dunes and Chota Madre, and we finished the evening with a screening of The NeverEnding Story. Thank you to everyone who came out to McCarren Park this summer, and re-live the night with the photos after the jump.
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So, they may still technically be making the rounds on their "Under the Sun" tour with Smashmouth et al., and cropped up on a lot of blogs a few months back after the lingering bad "poop cruise" publicity forced them to cancel a planned 90's cruise. But they didn't even play any New York shows on said tour, and I can't truthfully pretend there's any specific "peg" for this. It just is.
The triumphs of fall are many: Sweaters (see above), anticipated cease of discussion around Robin Thicke, and, above all, an annual spree of record releases perfectly synched with the back-to-school college crowd needing to impress one another with their taste in music. Local bands in particular are on a happy rampage this season, as our fall arts preview will prove. But there's even more on the horizon from the hometown crowd than what's fit to print. Below is a rundown on what else to expect in the next few months from the local scene. (Release dates are subject to change and all that small-print stuff.)
It's surprisingly tough! Most of his songs are super lascivious come-ons, the sort of thing that works great in pop fantasy but couldn't help but be kinda uncomfortable when directed @ U. (Prince might have invented text speak, with all those 2s and Us, by the way. Has anyone considered this?) Constant dirty talk is probably the stuff of parody accounts, anyway. Prince, despite his magical horn dog persona, is too dignified for that. Who even knows what he's like around the house?
We carefully scoured his lyrical body of work to help imagine what this new, casual Prince might entail.
I ran into a buddy of mine on the train to work today. Topics of conversation included Breaking Bad, bodega umbrellas, and cooking with dog. Wait. What? “It’s some weird cooking show on YouTube from Japan,” he said, “the dog’s named Francis.”
Cooking With Dog is, literally, a YouTube cooking show with a “canine host” and a “mysterious Japanese Chef whose real name is not disclosed.” It's hard to tell whether my spechlessness comes from a sublime experience of inexplicable beauty or if I'm utterly dumbstruck. Is this show sincere or ironic? Or both? The show’s basic premise is totally absurd, yet the directions for various dishes, like Yakibuta Ramen and Tamagoyaki, are clever, effective, and easy to follow. And it’s pretty remarkable how restrained Francis is; I mean, what’s stopping him from eating the delicious food he’s telling his assistant, and us, to make?
Francis is also an adorable poodle. Needless to say, this is unlike any cooking show you’ve ever seen. It goes in the opposite direction of other unorthodox cooking shows, where the weirdness is focused on the dishes and ingredients themselves. Here, the dishes are classic Japanese fare, but the, uh, “people” are not who we usually imagine our chefs. It might also be one of the few cooking shows I’ll actually try to cook along with, and maybe I’ll finally get the nerve to invite Baguette Bardot over for dinner.
I’m too much of a fan. I don’t want to get into why I defend a man who occasionally becomes a flaming racist. These things definitely get the aging indie rock mainstay into trouble, but what they also do is show us the ebb and flow of Morrissey’s career. I want to talk about why Morrissey’s current slump won’t stop him, but might force him into trying other things. He might—gasp—grow up a little.
Morrissey underwent a much-needed rejuvenation after 1991’s largely disappointing Kill Uncle. The stand-out tracks, rockabilly-flecked “King Leer” and “Sing Your Life,” were precursors to Morrissey’s golden period; the Kill Uncle sessions led him to Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer, mainstays in England’s rockabilly scene, who would ultimately help Morrissey write his two best records of the ‘90s: 1992’s glam-infused Your Arsenal and 1994’s ballad-heavy Vauxhall and I.
Cue disappointment. 1995’s Southpaw Grammar is an overcompensated muscle-flex next to Vauxhall and I’s ethereal delicacy. Southpaw has Morrissey experimenting with, well, prog rock? I’m not so sure. “The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils” opens with a sample from Dimitri Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, two tracks run past the 10-minute mark, and its his only record with a two-minute drum solo. The more conventional songs? They’re certainly lacking in lyrical quality and clever songwriting.
As for the rest of the fest, below are a handful of suggestions to guide you through the nerve-racking process of deciding what bands to see over the weekend, as there are many, many bands set to play over the weekend:
In the middle of touring the UK, we asked Craig to take a second to pick a couple of his favorite songs from the close-knit Melbourne rock scene he left behind, and a couple from the Brooklyn scene he's moved into, and then we touched on a few of his songs for good measure.
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But wait! The people have spoken, and the final SummerScreen movie of the season will be (dun dun dun) The Neverending Story! Thank you to everyone who voted (there were a lot of you), and be sure to join us next week.
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Who doesn’t love getting ready for a party? You’re in the comfort of your own home, you’re trying on your favorite outfits (the ones that you already know look great), and you’re anticipating the night’s adventures that lay ahead. There’s a distinct feeling that pretty much anything can happen. In fact, when you’re with the right people, the pre-party can be as much fun as the actual party. Add some Smirnoff Ice to the mix, and the pre-party can become the evening’s main event. That’s the case for this group of friends, anyway. Check out the video below, “Straight Primpin’” and follow these party-goers (and their dog Tommy Pom, of course) as they transition from the work-week to the weekend. They’re singing their way from the office to the taxi cab, all the way…to the living room? Yep, that’s right. The cheese plate is piled high, camera phones are snapping selfies, and the Smirnoff Ice is flowing freely. It’s musical proof that sometimes you don’t need a night out on the town to blow off some steam. Sometimes all it takes is the comfort of home, the company of good friends, and the taste of Smirnoff Ice. And an expertly coiffed Pomerian doesn’t hurt, either.
You’ll find the complete video after the jump.
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As usual, we'll have food from Pizza Moto, Handsome Hanks, Landhaus, Coolhaus, V Spot and Selamat Pagi. Feeling peckish? Grab a complimentary treat from vitaminwater or Crunch Gyms. Plus, Sixpoint Brewery and City Winery will be pouring beer and wine all night long. And be sure to enter to win a Meatwad pinata, courtesy of Adult Swim, or a Summer Prize Pack, courtesy of Zipcar. To enter to win, just give your name an e-mail address at the L Magazine table.
You'll find SummerScreen tonight at McCarren Park at the corner of Bedford Ave. and N. 12th St. (right next to the tennis courts). Gates open at 6pm, the bands start at 6:30pm, and we'll get the movie started by sundown. Be sure to follow @thelmagazine on Twitter for weather-related updates!
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See you tonight!
Over the last 12 months, the Internet's been doling out tidbits regarding Arcade Fire's fourth full-length album—this would be the follow-up to the one anointed with a Grammy, in case you momentarily blanked on the Day Indie Rock Triumphed. Because nowadays album releases need a push to become events anyone actually cares about, the band's been hesitate to confirm too many facts, instead leading fans on city-wide scavenger hunts for clues. At least we think that's what they're doing. We're not really sure. Excavating the many realms of social media and the web, let's examine what we know so far...
With this week marking the 10-year anniversary of the series' first episode, Myspace recently posted an excellent interview with music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, reflecting on how the show became a treasure-trove for fans eager to hear new music. She then offers 15 songs she'd incorporate into the show if new episodes were airing today. That got us thinking...
Keeping with the idea of supplying viewers with on-the-verge talent, here are a few suggested song replacements from so-called emerging bands of the last two years for pivotal scenes throughout the series. The goal was to swap similar bands in terms of atmospherics, though I wasn't going to touch the series' opening scene and theme song. That there is iconic and/or I'm just a big Jason Schwartzman fan.
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