Posts tagged "2012"
We're Sorry: Wax Idols, The People's Temple and BELIEFS

We’re Sorry: Wax Idols, The People’s Temple and BELIEFS

Every year around this time, I lament. It’s not what you think- it’s not the whole year-changing thing, the holidays or my family’s bickering but rather for all the music I missed over the last few months- I was traveling, editing, working on lists or just plain sleeping instead of focusing on the fancy new...
Year in Music 2012: Friend Lists

Year in Music 2012: Friend Lists

  Considering how many year-end lists we’re trouncing through at the moment (our list is here), we figured it’d be a nice break to promote some folks that might not usually get a chance to rank and share their own, oh-so-holy Top 10s. So, I asked a huge -  like 50+ – group of friends, photographers, music...
Photos: The Faint (play Danse Macabre) / Trust- The Glass House

Photos: The Faint (play Danse Macabre) / Trust- The Glass House

In a very well-booked bill, longtime dance punks The Faint shacked up along dark(er) Canadian synth outfit Trust for a slew of shows in which the Omaha trailblazers performed their impactful 2001 Saddle Creek release Dance Macabre in it’s entirety as celebration for the label’s just remastered and deluxe reissue. (CD+DVD+LP limited to 3000 copies is the best bet here…)...
Video: Hoax- "Fantasy"

Video: Hoax- “Fantasy”

MA act Hoax are a no-frills sort of hardcore band, brutal and dangerous to the best effect- drenched in blood, sweat and anger. That photo above is from their Power of the Riff LA daytime appearance earlier this year. Their 7″s seem impossible for record stores to keep stocked and their latest video for “Future,” (from their last...
GRAB BAG: Nowhere, SUUNS, Lindstrøm, Tyvek, Autre Ne Veut, Heavy Beach & more

GRAB BAG: Nowhere, SUUNS, Lindstrøm, Tyvek, Autre Ne Veut, Heavy Beach & more

Nothing are a fourpiece Philly darksided shoegaze band. Heavy on the slumber; heavy on the noise. Stream their two-song “Downward Years to Come” issue and download the title track below. Out on A389 Records. Nothing- “Downward Years to Come” (STREAM / D/L) –> Download   The second 2012 LP drop from Norwegian disco journeyman Hans-Peter Lindstrøm marks a...
Mykki Blanco Drops Debut Mixtape; Download it Now

Mykki Blanco Drops Debut Mixtape; Download it Now

There’s something happening in New York and its cropping-up of rather telling experiments in performative and revealing hip hop personalities. Alongside the fantastic bass-soaked cosmos of L1EF (if you haven’t heard his Dark York tape, I highly suggest you snag it) stands self-described ”Acid Punk Rapper” and vogue scenester Mykki Blanco. Mixing rave culture, 90s neon spring, juke and trip...
Video: Spook Houses- "Bad Sound"

Video: Spook Houses- “Bad Sound”

New Jersey high school friends Colin Alexander and David Breton lead the lo-fi indie quartet Spook Houses;  brash and developed, the band produce a sound way beyond their years going after indie royalty like Pavement, The Microphones, Modest Mouse or Frog Eyes. The band’s recently-released debut, Trying is varied, paced and could very well be one of the current...
Photos: Converge- Vacation Vinyl Instore

Photos: Converge- Vacation Vinyl Instore

Capping off a weekend of Southern California shows in Pomona (photos here) and Los Angeles, Converge made true on Jacob Bannon’s Saturday on-stage announcment that “two days from now, the whole band will be going on vacation, for  some vinyl- we’re playing at Vacation Vinyl in two days.” Officially announced via Facebook and Twitter the...
Mixtape: Majeure and Harry Lurker's 'Relaxed Fit'

Mixtape: Majeure and Harry Lurker’s ‘Relaxed Fit’

Alongside Steve Moore, A.E.Paterra helped found Pennsylvania sci-fi/space-rock duo Zombi as the act’s drummer. Following the release of his second solo LP (as Majeure)-  the recently-released space-tripper, Solar Maximum-  we reached out to the synth swirler for a mixtape. He hooked up with friend Harry Lurker and getting weird, the pair strung together the hour-long set below. Plotted through Italo, jazz fusion, left field funk,...
Photos: Converge / Torche- The Glass House

Photos: Converge / Torche- The Glass House

What a fun night- hardcore heros Converge headlined a solid bill alongside Nails, Torche, Kvelertak and Anti-Christ Demon Core at Pomona’s Glass House, the first of two Southern California stops for the 22-year-old Massachusetts quartet who are out on the road supporting their fantastic eighth studio album, All We Love We Leave Behind. I’ve been listening to...
GRAB BAG: Zig Zags, I Am In Love, Cold Showers, Flaamingos, Sinkane, Dream Affair, Indian Handcrafts & More

GRAB BAG: Zig Zags, I Am In Love, Cold Showers, Flaamingos, Sinkane, Dream Affair, Indian Handcrafts & More

I’m really do think that DFA can do no wrong. The funk-lite disco house maker Sinkane (real name Ahmed Gallab; known as a touring member for Yeasayer and Caribou) is their latest signee and will release his LP Mars Oct. 23rd. Stream a cut below. He’s also got a slew of CMJ and non-CMJ shows on...
Photos: Dum Dum Girls- "End of Daze" Release Show- Los Globos

Photos: Dum Dum Girls- “End of Daze” Release Show- Los Globos

California/New York quintet Dum Dum Girls celebrated the release of the new notch in their ever-maturing career from skuzz to shine with End of Daze last week at Los Globos. Thanks to the folks at IHEARTCOMIX for throwing yet another solid night. Hear a cut from the five-song EP below or purchase the set here....
Nuit Noire w/ Silent Servant, Andy Stott, Demdike Stare & More- Saturday in LA

Nuit Noire w/ Silent Servant, Andy Stott, Demdike Stare & More- Saturday in LA

In our last GRAB BAG feature, we mentioned that Dominick Fernow’s Vatican Shadow project would soon be playing LA for a very special party. Well, the details for said event follow and it’s safe to say, it’s absolutely not to miss for fans for minimal/experimental and dark-learning, textured techno. Highland Park record store/boutique Mount Analog presents a...
GRAB BAG: Majeure, ERAAS, Lilac, Night Sins, Vatican Shadow, Outlands & More

GRAB BAG: Majeure, ERAAS, Lilac, Night Sins, Vatican Shadow, Outlands & More

Majeure, the project from Zombi member and multi-instrumentalist A.E. Patera will release a new six-track LP, Solar Maximum on Oct 16th via Temporary Residence Limited. Hear a taste of how his lovely cosmic trip bounds through kraut, prog and soundtrack-perfect synth waves below. Majeure- “Solar Maximum” (Stream)   Dark-leaning and electronic-boned, Brooklyn duo Eraas‘ (ex. Apse) will release...
The Soft Moon Readies Zeroes, Hear Two LP Tracks

The Soft Moon Readies Zeroes, Hear Two LP Tracks

The claustrophobic and melodic post-punk gloom of Luis Vasquez’s Soft Moon project won our hearts years ago when his slinking S/T debut dropped in 2010.  Well after recent work with synth pioneer John Foxx on the track “Evidence,” it’s great that Vasquez’s second and apparently much more “focused” longplayer (that’s the zig-zagy artwork below) will release in late October....