Monthly Archives: October 2015

Good Cover Version: JEFF The Brotherhood Does Mazzy Star

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

When I heard that JEFF The Brotherhood had covered Mazzy Star, I was all sorts of intrigued. After all, those boys are raucous as all get out, how on earth would they handle the layers of lovely emoting done by the one and only Mazzy Star? Quite well, it turns ...

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New York City Live Music Calendar for November and December 2015

Source: New York Music Daily

Stil tons more listings for the second half of the month coming in the next 48! Calendar takes awhile to finish with the job and gigs and rehearsals and shows to check out and peeps and fam and such! After that, daily updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on ...

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Crossing The Pond #41: MOLARS

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Vagaries can be infuriating, but of course they can also create quite an air of mystique. MOLARS, of Leeds, are possessed of such a mystique. I might not know much about them, I’m more than a little smitten. 

This “band from Leeds featuring members of humanity” emits an immediately inescapable infectiousness, thanks to their dynamic, ever so scuzzy, nuggets. The band encourages you to play their clever little clog of an EP Eee Pea loud, and I second that motion. Play it loud, and play it often. 

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Remix Fix: Screamin Jay Hawkins/Self Evident

Source: Fuzzy Logic

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else’s song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It’s a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they’re better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

Seeing as today is Halloween, I figured there were few better subject songs than the late Screamin Jay Hawkins‘s classic “I Put a Spell on You.” 

Remixing such a seminal, hoodoo haunted kook of ...

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Ariana Grande Wants You to “Focus” on Her New Video!

Source: Rock On Philly

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Late Thursday evening, Ariana Grande (also known as Mariah Carey 2.0) surprised her fans with both a new single and music video. “Focus ” is the first track to be released off of the young singer’s third album, Moonlight– a pretty big feat for a twenty-two year old. Although the single has only been released for a day, Grande quickly climbed the iTunes charts landing the #2 spot in between Adele and Justin Bieber.

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In the “Focus” music video, Grande is definitely channeling her inner sultry side. Cue close-ups of lips and silhouettes ...

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Iconic Noir Pianist Ran Blake Offers a Dark Salute to the Great George Russell

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s autumn in New York. Finally, in this overheated age, we’ve made it there. And what better way to conclude Halloween week than with the latest album by the definitive noir pianist of our era, Ran Blake, which opens and then after fifteen additional tracks, concludes with that song? The cd, Ghost Tones, a tribute to Blake’s old pal George Russell, sadly isn’t streaming anywhere on the web, but you can get a sense of its magically shadowy gravitas from the momentary clips up at cdbaby.

Throughout the record, the saturnine majesty of Blake’s playing is undiminished. Like ...

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DRGN King drops “Ageism Rules” on its Daytrotter Session

Source: The Key (WXPN)

DRGN King illustration via daytrotter.comPhilly rockers DRGN King went on tour in support of their latest LP, Baltimore Crush, earlier this year, and made that pilgrimage to Rock Island, Illinois, to visit Daytrotter Studios. It was their second visit to the studio (check out … Continued

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27 dead & over 140 hospitalized after fire broke out at metal show in Romania

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo of the fireworks taking off, posted by Vlad Busca on Facebook
Romania fire

According to the BBC, 27 people were killed and over 140 were hospitalized after a fire broke out at a metal band’s show in Bucharest, Romania last night. The band, Goodbye to Gravity, had reportedly set off fireworks during their set which caused the ceiling and a pillar to catch fire. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said, “We already have indications that the legal regulations had not been respected.”

One attendee, Delia Tugui, wrote on Facebook (via USA Today):

In 30 seconds…the fire spread all over the ...

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Video of The Day #81: Michael Jackson

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

When it comes to Halloween, it doesn’t get any more classic than Michael Jackson‘s legendary video for “Thriller.” Those of us who came of age in the 80s remember watching this video time and time again, and I still get a shiver watching it now. And can we appreciate just how ahead of the times this clip was in terms of the use ...

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Dickie Hammond (of Leatherface) has reportedly passed away

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Dickie Hammond w/ Leatherface at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Chloe Rice)
Dickie Hammond

Mush, however, is a knockout. Led by a ferocious guitar attack (Stubbs and co-writer Dickie Hammond) at more manageable fast tempos — the rhythm section’s work is much improved — the fifteen-song fireball has awesome throat-grabbing drive and thoughtful lyrics. Following such great tracks as “Dead Industrial Atmosphere” and the anthemic “I Want the Moon,” the album ends with an eye-opening detonation of “Message in a Bottle” as if it were written by the Give ‘Em Enough Rope Clash instead of the Police. ...

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Alsop and the Philadelphia Orchestra: Shostakovich in blinding clarity

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Rebellion – cheerful, languid, or seething – was the underlying theme of Marin Alsop’s guest-conducting engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra in ways that skirted some of the more inciting possibilities, but that arrived with blinding clarity in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. The added subtle twist Thursday at the Kimmel Center was how this Russian music turned a mirror back on American listeners.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. RoseMary Fiki, Rounder Records and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

RoseMary FikiRoseMary Fiki blew everyone away with her Key Studio Session this week, recording songs from her EP The Great Unknown along with some newer tracks like “Pro” below. Download the full set here and watch a VuHaus video of her “Come To … Continued

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Youth Lagoon at Union Transfer, Sonnder at Boot and Saddle, TJ Kong at Underground Arts and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Youth Lagoon recently released his third studio album, Savage Hills Ballroom, and it swirls together chaos and calm. Unpredictable synths, glitches, and samples are paired opposite beautiful strings, keys, and brass. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers’ voice quivers yet remains confident … Continued

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Listen to Sonnder’s brooding Halloween single “Silhouettes”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

“When you use a synth pad called ‘Just Horrible,’ you know you’re in for a good time,” Ryan Weidman tells me. This pretty well sums up “Silhouettes,” the latest (and most seasonally-connected) track in his band Sonnder‘s single-a-month project. It’s … Continued

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Sideshow: Roman Polanski: No extradition to U.S. (for now)

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Ruling favors Polanski
Polish-born filmmaker Roman Polanski, 83, who in 1977 fled to Europe after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor in California, won’t be extradited to America anytime soon. A Polish court on Friday ruled against the latest attempt by American authorities to have Polanski sent back here to face justice.

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PREMIERE: Dani Mari pays tribute to classic horror with “Sighs (Mater Suspiriorum)”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Dani MariPhilly singer-songwriter Dani Mari recently teamed up with composer and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Butler for a trio of songs and music videos inspired by horror film director Dario Argento. Today we have the premiere of the first song, “Sighs (Mater Suspiriorum)” and … Continued

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What’s going on Saturday (Halloween!)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Popcorn pup at Tompkins Sq Halloween Dog Parade (more by Mimi Kim)
Halloween

Happy Halloween! There are a bazillion show options tonight — some spooky, some not — not to mention the Village Halloween Parade. We detail all the highlights in our Halloween show guide. Have a safe and fun holiday!

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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UK border guards don’t get Solid Goold’s psych pop + send them back to the US

Source: Deli Magazine NY

The guys in NYC psych-fusion-pop band Solid Goold may not realize this now, but what just happened to them is priceless: they experienced (and unwittingly orchestrated) a story so absurd that it will spread like wildfire, and be recalled again and again to their friends and family for the rest of their lives. It will change the mood of many people for the better, and also help them promote their music. Legendary stuff…

We will just paste the core of it below (you can read the full version here): 

"Solid Goold would like to regretfully inform all ...

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‘St. Marks Is Dead’ book party happening with all-star punk cover band ft. members of Beastie Boys, Julie Ruin & more

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

St Marks Is Dead

St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank O’Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotted, and the Velvet Underground wailed. But every generation of miscreant denizens believes that their era, and no other, marked the street’s apex. This idiosyncratic work of reportage tells the many layered history of the street―from its beginnings as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear orchard to today’s hipster playground―organized around those pivotal moments when critics declared “St. Marks is dead.”

In a narrative enriched by hundreds of interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun profiles ...

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Brooklyn singer/songwriter Victoria Reed shares ‘Make It Easy’ video + plays Baby’s All Right 11.2

Source: Deli Magazine NY

The quietly celebratory music video for Brooklyn-via-Detroit singer/songwriter Victoria Reed‘s "Make It Easy" (playing below) is an ode to resilience. Showing the twenty-something Reed wandering through a sunny wood before coming to a blissful scenery at a waterfall, the crisp clip elegantly portrays internal struggle with compassion. Reed wrote the track (featured in her forthcoming debut album ‘Chariot’) as a kind of letter to herself and, with the serene imagery of director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, she has imbued these accompanying visuals with reflective warmth. ‘Chariot’ is scheduled for release on February 26th, 2016. In the meantime, Victoria Reed plays ...

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Fleetwood Mac reissuing ‘Tusk’ with tons of bonus material

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac‘s eccentric, expansive followup to Rumours, 1979’s Tusk, is getting a new reissue this year. It was previously reissued back in 2004, but the new one due December 4 via Rhino comes loaded with more rare bonus matrial.

The box set features two LPs, a DVD, and five CDs. The CDs include a remastered version of the original album, a disc of alternate versions and outtakes, another called The Alternate Tusk with more alternate versions, and two live discs from the Tusk tour. The DVD has a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, and the ...

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Imaginative, Lynchian Chanteuse Karina Deniké Slinks Into Brooklyn and Manhattan This Weekend

Source: New York Music Daily

Darkly eclectic San Francisco singer/organist Karina Deniké plays with her band at Union Hall tonight, October 30 at 9:30 PM for $12. Then she’s at Cake Shop on Nov 2 at the same time. Her excellent latest album, Under Glass, is streaming at Bandcamp – it’s a ride packed with both thrills and subtlety, the rare collection of songs that’s so good that you don’t notice that there’s no bass on any of them.

“First you rev it, then you move it, but you never park it here for good,” Deniké sings on the bouncy, oldschool 60s style number, Park ...

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