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02/10/15 5:24pm
02/10/2015 5:24 PM |

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So normally I’d be all like rah rah Valentine’s Day is for dweebs or something, but to be perfectly honest this year I’m feeling pretty #blessed about being free of romantic obligations. I can legit strip down to a pair of very unattractive underwear, crack a bag of Cooler Ranch, and spread out on my bedroom floor amongst an array of Crunchwraps (Supreme, BLT Slider, Spicy Chicken–the options they’ve got these days are truly mind-boggling) and like listen to records or something. I won’t be disappointing anyone except myself. (more…)

02/03/15 10:49pm
02/03/2015 10:49 PM |

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Wow guys, so I heard some of you actually subjected yourself to the Super Bowl and thus Katy Perry earlier this week. Personally, I’m ashamed. Even if you “just watched it for the ads,” like, gross– I’m still disappointed in you. Redeem thyself not with X number of Hail Marys, spellcasting, or prostration in front of candelabras, but by supporting what most humans would recognize as actual music. And, please, don’t think of this is as a chore, because this week there are two of us bringing you a bulletproof list of excellent music sound happenings.

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Our Top Pick For The Week, Yep

Young Gutted, Show Me The Body, Mannequin Pussy, Heeney

Saturday February 7th, 8 pm @ Shea Stadium, tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door

If you can only make it to one show this week– first of all, I pity you because this is New York City, baby– but secondly, you won’t be disappointed if you pick this one.

Featuring Show Me The Body, a surprisingly acoustic sludge band led by apparent badasses who ain’t got time for “transplants” and are politically astute to boot. All proceeds are going to the National Lawyer’s Guild. Why on earth would anyone want to give money to lawyers, you might ask? Well these lawyers are chillers because they provide free legal representation for protestors.

Yung Gutted (aka Antonio Hernandez) will tickle the opposite side of your auditory cortex with his deep, rich bass-heavy R&B beats. The Brooklyn-based producer released his first beat tape just two years ago– it’s available on Bandcamp for whatever price you feel is fair but, like, be nice–  however he’s developed a pretty loyal following since then and has garnered the attention of big-deals like Ratking.

Joining the headliners are Mannequin Pussy, a Philly pussy punk outfit that is probably the most badass amongst the pack of pussy bands, and Heeney will bring home the good boy rock n’ roll. [ND]

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Yearn For The Mud

Wolvves, Aeon Rings, We Are Temporary, Skeleton Head

Friday February 6th, 8 pm @ Trans Pecos, tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door

Do not dismiss these party garage punks for their adult transplant probz: “I’m going  home today/ I can’t think of what to say/ Coz my mom will see all my tattoos and I won’t know what to say.” Wolvves is so much more than that. Juvenile, perhaps, but who’s ever heard a good punk song replete with mature themes? Not me.

We’re not exactly sure what’s going on with the line up here, but lest we choose a slow death alone in the desert of NotCool, we won’t question the lovely people at Trans Pecos. I’m sure they knew what they were doing when the slapped a supremely cheesy goth band, Aeon Rings, on the bill along with another nostalgie de la boue-ish, ’80s outfit, Skeleton Head. Get this stuff while it’s hot because it won’t be around for long, we’re hoping. And that’s not necessarily because we don’t like it, we didn’t say that. It’s because we’ve got money on this. We’ve bet actual cash that this trend is nearing saturation. PM me if you wanna join the betting pool. [ND]

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Act Now, Seriously

Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Vacation

Sunday February 28th, 10:30 pm @ Knitting Factory, tickets: $15

Hey! Just because there are like ten million bands participating in the Don Giovanni Records Showcase this weekend does not mean figuring out which show to attend should hurt your brain. We’ve subjected ourselves to brain pain for you. That’s what we’re here for, K?

If it weren’t for recent developments, we might have regretted to inform you that our pick– Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Vacation on Sunday night– was sold out. Dang! But something truly amazing has transpired: they’ve added a second show! A later one! So seriously make quick like jack rabbit and get your tickets now. Yeah, yeah we know this show is a couple of weeks off, but trust– we’re doing you a favor by giving you a heads up. If you’re seriously impatient, you can check out what’s happening this weekend instead.

If you’ve been living under a boulder (Or maybe in Boulder? Sorry, Colorado sucks) then maybe you haven’t heard of Screaming Females. This fantastic trio writes catchy indie diddies vaguely recalling 90’s rock, but really by now they are kind of their own institution. Also, the band juuuuust released a new album on Don Giovanni, Rose Mountain, and this show is the official party for that achievement. Priests will bring their fist-pumping sassy punk anthems from D.C., Tenement contributes their Midwest pop punk tunes, and last but not least is Vacation out of the Great State of Ohio, the land of a thousand disgusting punk bands. [ND]

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Hopefully You Didn’t Sleep On This One

Parquet Courts, Future Punx, Eaters

Monday February 9th, 8 pm @ Palisades, tickets: SOLD OUT

Everyone is goo goo ga ga for Parquet Courts. Yeah, yeah they sound like Pavement blah, blah blah. But for reals, these guys put on a fun show. But we don’t have to tell you that, the fact that tickets usually sell out within a handful of minutes probably convinced you already. That’s why we’re hoping you were smart about this one and bought your tickets ahead of time, otherwise you’re plumb outta luck.

Joining The Parkays are their label mates Future Punx, another band with a bunch of good shows under their belts. They seriously tore shit down at Aviv several weeks back, amirite? And the addition of Eaters– experimental minimal electronic meets catchy rawk riffs– to the bill really just emphasizes the need to get to this show at all costs. [ND]

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New Ambience

Stage Hands, Tallesen, Jono Mi Lo, Middle Grey, Dean Cercone

Monday February 9th, 8 pm @ Silent Barn, tickets: $8 at the door

What happens when you combine soothing New Age vibes with a Netcentric outlook? This show, that’s what. You may remember our profile of Jono Milo over at Brooklyn Magazine– we spoke with the current artist-in-residence at Silent Barn about his experiments with algorithmic sampling. Chances are he’ll be breaking that program out at this show, and if you’re curious about what the hell he’s on to, we’re positive he’ll give you a rundown if you ask nicely.

Joining him is ambient act Stage Hands from um wtf where, Pennsylvania, and three local acts on a similar experimental electronic tip– Tallesen, Middle Grey, and Dean Cercone. [ND]

 

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Noize Boyz & Girlz

The Tinnitus Music Series with Vessel, Container and Noveller

Wednesday February 4, 8pm @ The Wick, tickets: $15

YAY. It’s that time again for the down right flawlessly curated Tinnitus Music Series (dedicated to the forefront of extreme noise). Thanks to Blackened Music and Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy we are reminded of at least one reason we continue to live in New York. This week’s pairing of Vessel and Container is about exploring the stomping grounds between techno and noise. Both projects make incredibly human rhythms by pushing their instruments to lumber, crack, and pound forward.

Container’s Ren Scholfield leads you around in ferocious patterns that never settle anywhere long enough for you to stop moving. Sebastian Gainsborough (aka Vessel) comes out of the Bristol techno scene, but has baffled categorization with wandering melodies and grinding drums. Opening act Noveller may not be as pummeling as her bill mates, but the soundscape she builds will sharpen your senses and transport you to a celestial atmosphere, right before you dance your ass off. [Sarah Lutkenhaus]

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Forget It’s Winter

Human Resources, Train Trash, Plebian, Negative Gemini

Saturday February 7th,  9pm @ Bohemian Grove, tickets: $ a few

Jeremy Krinsley, member of Alan Watts, also plays solo as Human Resources. He’s been on the low as of late but for good reason– Krinsley is at work on a new Human Resources release for Godmode, which will be out sometime this year, hopefully soon. His last solo release, Oxyc Woody II (2012), is a collage of sweeping cinematic sounds and fractured melodies which are endlessly listenable. Building on the vocabulary of his previous releases, we can expect something at once modern and nostalgic. You can come see what he’s been up to in this tropical basement, and all but forget that it’s winter. Additionally, Train Trash has spent years hoarding gear and learning to make it work together in unlikely ways. The set will undoubtedly take you through many different dimensions. [Sarah Lutkenhaus]

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Come Get Lost

Hubble, Nick Klein, die Reihe

Sunday February 8th, 9 pm @ Silent Barn, tickets: $8

This is truly a night to indulge in sound. Ben Greenberg (Pygmy Shrews, Zs, The Men, Uniform) is the kind of guy you want to strangle and say:“STOP doing so many awesome things!” Of course, then you would be deprived of a lot of awesome things, so instead we get to  wait and see what he’s gonna do next.

Hubble is the culmination of Greenberg playing guitar for hours upon hours on his roof in the summers. He summons a flood of tones and patterns by tapping his guitar at light speed. This time he is even one-upping himself with a 1-2 hour-long piece with quadraphonic sound. Hear it, and believe.

Nick Klein, too, are you kidding me? So good! His music manages to create rhythmic pulses that are urban and simultaneously isolating. He bends the notes to the edge of comfort and has mastered the use of silence to build tension. Not to be missed. Die Reihe should more than satisfy your appetite for modular synth exploration and insane sounds. [Sarah Lutkenhaus]

Nicole Disser is tweetin’ away on Twitter @mlledisser

12/17/14 1:31pm
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A matter of four writers liking lots of different things and many of the same things.

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20. Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts are easy to like: Sunbathing Animal tumbles from one haphazard hook to the next, each disguised as some off-the-cuff idea from four dudes who stumbled into the studio after last call. Parquet Courts are also easy to get wrong: Andrew Savage’s speak-sung lyrics tend to drip out like a leaky faucet, copping Malkmus’ couldn’t-give-two-shits delivery, but they’re filtered with befuddled, possible-brilliant meaning about everything from displaced U.S. veterans to anxiety attacks: a reminder that seemingly tossed-together bands shouldn’t always be tossed off. Key Track: “Instant Disassembly”  — Lauren Beck

 

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19. Panda Bear Mr Noah EP

Four songs coming late in the year from master sound manipulator, dreamer, and core Animal Collective member Noah Lennox, as if to say, “I’ve heard your bubbling space disco, Todd Terje; and your swoony electro-pop, Caribou; and your mangled robot intestines, Aphex Twin… And I raise you 300 earworms.” Actions speak louder than words. Key Track: “Mr Noah”  — LB

 

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18. BRONCHO Just Enough Hip to Be Woman

While the plentiful hooks on Just Enough Hip to Be Woman are an obvious entry point, its 30-some minutes cross deceivingly vast territory, taking the sneery punk of BRONCHO’s debut and moving it across moody psych dirges, 80s new wave, and whatever springs to mind when you imagine Julian Casablancas playing slobcore. The Okie trio’s natural ease challenges anything that could bum them out (lyrical testimony: “If you try to bum me out—it’s on”), while also making them sound like they’re already three-fourths of the way there. The so-called millennial dilemma of wanting nothing to do and dealing with the depression of doing nothing, now has a proper soundtrack. Key Track: “Class Historian”  — LB

 

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17. Container Adhesive EP

One pronounced trend this year has been noise, that rather alienating experimental sound that eschews traditional song structure and shake appeal. Predictably, fashion-noise followed: a less abrasive, more restrained approach. The glitchy, static, panic-inducing means are the same, but the product is something much more approachable and adaptable outside of an abandoned warehouse. Container’s EP is a perfect example of dark electronic noise that retains its characteristic nastiness, but with a techno edge that makes it party material. Key Track: “Glaze”  — Nicole Disser

 

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16. Allo Darlin’ We Come From the Same Place

On the title track of Allo Darlin’s third release, singer Elizabeth Morris sings, “I’m just trying to make it through another Tuesday,” sounding tender but giving little indication of defeat. Earlier in the album, she notes what a particular pair of lips tastes like when kissing (“Juicy Fruit,” in this case), which isn’t the first time the metaphor has popped up in one of their albums. Then, a few measures later: “Nothing feels the way it did before, and I’m grateful for that.” No album this year better captures everyday trials and victories—and the exhilaration of the rare someone throwing them completely off track. Key Track: “We Come From the Same Place”  — LB

 

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15. A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent

The most direct record yet by the most original and most underrated indie-pop group of the last decade. Bandleader Ben Daniels’ attempts to connect are still kinda cryptic, built from weird repetitions of language, ungainly swells of sound. But he’s now got better mastery of shape and density, studying uncommon pop geometry at a post-graduate level. Key Track: “Oh, I’m a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)”  — Jeff Klingman 

 

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14.Tony Molina Dissed and Dismissed

No one ever has enough time. Listening to the 12-track, 12-minute cassette from Bay Area hardcore vet Tony Molina, reissued this year via Slumberland, is the rare occurrence of barely needing any. If Weezer’s Blue Album was the more emo one of their early catalog, and Rivers shorthanded feelings of anxiety and despair by dissolving slow builds into finales, we’d have a close approximation of Molina’s writing: power chords, mini narrative arcs, and ideas that play with just how instantly emotion can be conveyed. Dissed and Dismissed works smarter, not harder. Key Track: “Don’t Come Back”  — LB

 

12/09/14 2:00pm
12/09/2014 2:00 PM |

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Welcome to our weekly installment of the ten best shows around town. And boy is it a good week for music. If you’re already facing imminent meltdown due to the fact that X-mas music is EVERYWHERE, yet again (something you try to forget every single year), put your Scrooge rage on ice, because nearly all of our picks for this week embody the antithesis of holiday spirit. Eat it up while you still can kids.

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