Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks- Enter the Slasher House REVIEW

It’s near impossible to critique Enter the Slasher House without some form of contextual barometer. Animal Collective’s Dave Portner aka Avey Tare has a fondness for campy B-level horror which fuels the macabre overtones of both his side project’s new band name and the album title itself. Additonally featuring Angel Deradoorian- formerly of the Dirty Projectors- and Jeremy Hyman of Ponytail on drums, every facet of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks promises to be something it ends up as entirely not. Inspired by the mid-60s foray into kitschy garage horror rock a’la “Monster Mash” and (I suppose) “Purple People Eater”, Enter the Slasher House never quite dials into that concept, often substituting Tare’s signature vocal derangement for any traces of camp. With the exception of the wonderful lead single “Little Fang” (a tune as gleeful as it is relentlessly off-kilter and weird), the Slasher Flicks end up sounding like a more accessibly calamitous…. Centipede Hz-era Animal Collective- albeit with a heavier dose of prog-funk thanks to some truly inspired arrangements from Hyman. To be more precise- if Congratulations is your favorite MGMT album, Enter the Slasher House is most likely what you wanted to hear from that band’s dead-on-arrival self-titled 2013 release. 

The sheer auditory cornucopia here is inescapably hit-or-miss. However, the Slasher Flicks have crafted an engaging barrage of psych-pop, on par with the masterful solo haze of Animal Collective bandmate Panda Bear. Despite a briefly saggy midsection, Enter the Slasher House showcases a handful of Tare’s more evolved moments as a songwriter. The manic “A Send”, combustible “Blind Babe”, as well as “Little Fang” offer a breathing-room flexibility that was absent from both Tare’s previous offering Down There and recent work with Animal Collective. But it’s the six-minute tour-de-force and faintly dubstep “Roses on a Window” followed soon thereafter by “Strange Colores” that elevate Enter the Slasher House into an explosively cohesive listen. That the album avoids seguing into overwrought gimmickry remains nothing short of a miracle. Left to its own devices, Avey Tare + grindhouse kitsch has all the makings of one intolerably noisy ego trip. Yet, Enter the Slasher House is evidence that although Avey Tare may still refuse to exorcise his demons, at least he has decided to make peace with them.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Flume Shares Remix of Lorde's "Tennis Courts"

What started as a Twitter exchange between New Zealand starlet, Lorde, and one of music's hottest producers/DJs, Flume, has resulted in one hell of a remix.

Flume shared his remix of "Tennis Courts" which takes the song to new heights, originally a little drab and slow, the track now glistens with heavy bass and catchy handclaps. Check it out below, and catch Flume in a city near you (tour dates following the video).

Fri. July 18 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat. July 19 - Toronto, ON @ Time Festival
Sun. July 20 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Thu. July 24 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. July 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sat. July 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live (Mad Decent Block Party)
Sun. July 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park (Mad Decent Block Party)
Tue. July 29 - Boston, MA @ Royale
Wed. July 30 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Fri. Aug. 1 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Sun. Aug. 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Tue. Aug. 5 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
Thu. Aug. 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sun. Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
Thu. Aug. 14 - Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Fri. Aug. 15 - Biddinghuizen, AN @ Lowlands
Sat. Aug. 16 - Beaucaire, FR @ Positiv
Sun. Aug. 17 - Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, DE @ Dockville
Wed. Aug. 20 - Nice, FR @ Theatre de Verdure
Thu. Aug. 21 - Charleville, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
Fri. Aug. 22 - @ Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 23 - Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
Sun. Aug. 24 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Thu. Aug. 28 - Zurich, CH @ Open Air

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Faint - "Evil Voices" Music Video

Following a hiatus which spanned several years, The Faint have released their sixth studio album, Doom Abuse, via SQE Music. Their first single, "Evil Voices" recently premiered on Noisey and it picks up right where the group left off with 2008's impeccable album, Fasciination.

The video, directed by Nik Fackler, was based off of a bad DMT trip - I promise you, I wouldn't make this up...

The Faint's Todd Fink says of the video:

"Meat tubes, violent princesses, futuristic gods and neon rubber souls being excavated from skulls and wrapped around a cogs, it was a no brainer. We were stoked to work with someone who could actually make things like this happen"

Check out the video below, and stay tuned for much more coverage of The Faint in the very near future, who are launching a US tour this week (dates found below the vid).

The Faint's Upcoming Tour Dates

April 24 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
April 25 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
April 26 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
April 27 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
April 30 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
May 1 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
May 2 - Austin, TX @ The Belmont
May 3 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live - Ballroom
May 6 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
May 7 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
May 9 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
May 10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
May 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Willamsburg
May 16 - Boston, MA @ Royale NightClub
May 17 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 20 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 22 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 23 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 
May 27 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
May 28 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
May 30 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
May 31 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
June 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
June 3 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
June 5 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
June 6 - Los Angeles,, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre 
June 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 12 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 13 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mazzy Star- "I'm Less Here" MUSIC VIDEO

In honor of Record Store Day, Mazzy Star have shared a music video for new single, "I'm Less Here". Never before released, "I'm Less Here" has been a part of the band's live set for years. Watch the video below:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parquet Courts - "Sunbathing Animal" Video

One of our favorite punk outfits Parquet Courts shared their first video and title track from their much-anticipated follow-up to Light Up Gold. The video features frontman Andrew Savage's cat Frida getting stoned on a normal afternoon. Don't worry though, as director Andy Capper explains below, no cats were given harmful chemicals during the shoot.

Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip."

The LP, Sunbathing Animal, is due out on June 3rd, 2014.

The Felice Brothers premiere "Cherry Licorice"

Earlier this year the Felice Brothers shared with us the Favorite Waitress album teaser, shedding much excitement and light on their new, much anticipated followup to 2011’s Celebration Florida. The album is the “product of the Felice Brothers as a live touring band” and also features more collaboration than heard on previous albums. Nonetheless the Felice Brothers live performance is something that captivated myself and many others at 2010’s Newport Folk Festival and had introduced me to a unique sounding band that seems to draw influences from a variety of americana/folk acts, but is certainly not limited to. As briefly heard on the album teaser, “Cherry Licroice,” the albums first single can be heard below.

Favorite Waitress is set for a June 17th release date, check www.thefelicebrothers.com/tour for upcoming tour dates!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Liars- Mess REVIEW

Less a mess than a direct sonic pummeling, one's enjoyment of Mess will most likely correlate to how one prefers their Liars. When we last checked in with Liars, it was on 2012's WIXIW- an occasionally frustrating puzzle of dark, electronic wandering fully committed to distancing itself from the garage noise which had characterized the band's output to that point. WIXIW was a byzantine effort- no doubt intentional- that seemed to demand further context. With Mess, the intricacies of its predecessor have not been abandoned, only delivered more accessibly- which results in an album every bit as dynamic and grandiose but with none of WIXIW's intermittent pomp.

The precedent for Mess is unmistakably set with album opener “Mask Maker”, where the warped vocals of Angus Andrews beg to be at-first depantsed (that’s right) before they ultimately demand the listener’s face (again, that’s right) all while set against a thunderous 4x4 beat. The song does everything but froth at the mouth. Then seemingly without pause, we are thrust into the pulsating cacophony that is “Vox Turned D.E.D.” (come to think of it, you could just lump these two together into one big, off-the wall, bonkers electro-floorstomper). Suffice to say, Liars have always straddled the line of novelty; yet the self-awareness of Mess plays to their strengths more so than any album in the band’s growing catalogue. Calling to mind the Knife's early-era goth-camp (think: their self-titled debut LP and Deep Cuts), Mess is unabashedly goofy in all the ways that WIXIW was obtuse- while still maintaing the band's darker, more experimental core (see: “Can’t Hear Well”, the Thom Yorkian “Darkslide” and the devilish “Perpetual Village”). Even if Mess threatens to recklessly derail itself from one moment to the next, the album boasts an unbridled clarity absent from earlier Liars offerings; the band has never sounded this confident before on record. Tracks like “Pro Anti Anti” and the explosive highlight “Mess on a Mission” expertly create a happy medium of tasteful adrenaline-junkie pop that distract from the rare moments of overblown indulgence, such as the endless album closer "Left Speaker Blown". Far from an elegant affair, Mess finds Liars deeply embedded in their own breakneck comfort zone- not only an exciting place to be, but one worth returning to as well.

Lana Del Rey- "West Coast" SINGLE

Lana Del Rey returns later this year with Ultraviolence, the followup to 2012's Born to Die. Now you can hear "West Coast", the first single from the highly anticipated upcoming album. From the sounds of it, Ultraviolence will follow in its predecessor's sultry, melancholy footsteps. Listen below:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks "Little Fang" VIDEO

Animal Collective's Avey Tare released Enter the Slasher House this week, the full-length debut of Tare's current side project, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks. Experience what Enter the Slasher House has to offer with the music video for lead single "Little Fang"- a dizzying puppet-laden tumble down a psychedelic rabbit hole. It's also pretty awesome.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tune-Yard's Release New Single "Wait for a Minute"

Merrill Garbus has been in full form this past month, laying the groundwork for the May 6 release of Tune-Yards' third LP, Nikki Nack. "Wait for a Minute" is the second single from the album, following up the deliciously dizzying "Water Fountain" with a relatively more laid back vibe. Tune-Yards has always had a pronounced soulful streak, and this new track isn't afraid to flaunt an electro-motown groove that could be mistaken for a Little Dragon b-side.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Future Islands- Singles REVIEW

Few bands are better than Future Islands at straddling the line between elegant pathos and overwrought ridiculousness. And while Samuel Herring and company have been working their signature brand of grandiose synthpop for years now, the overall consensus  seems to dictate that 2014 is the year Future Islands “comes into their own”. Arriving on the tide of frontman Herring’s confoundingly magnetic Letterman performance is Singles, the band’s fourth full-length release. Not quite as powerful or arresting as 2011’s On the Water, the appropriately-titled Singles finds Future Islands at their most hook-laden and assured with the band exuding a newfound confidence that more than matches the album’s pop accessibility.

Singles breezes along almost effortlessly for the first half. Tracks like “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and “Sun in the Morning” coast along evoking a world in bloom- paradoxical imagery to be sure once you take into account the tough-lipped melancholy of Herring’s vocals. The album devotes its midpoint to hazy reflection with the nostalgic “Back in the Tall Glass” and the slowly thunderous “A Song For Our Grandfathers” (Herring crooning a tune with this title is everything you’d expect, just short of becoming a full-blown Irish drinking song). Yet, Future Islands reserves the most compelling material on Singles for its back half with “Like the Moon” and “Light House”- tracks that would have fit in seamlessly among On the Water’s more poignant moments. All of this, of course, depending on the temperment of the listener, may register as completely overblown and even farcical. Herring’s manic vocal presence, which can be described as Morrisey by way of an unnerving David Bowie/Tom Jones hybrid, is an acquired taste to be sure. Yet for those attuned to the approach, his is an undeniably exciting guiding hand- efficiently juggling the album’s poppier elements with a tendency for unhinged histrionics (see: the sporadic death metal wail in “Fall From Grace”). Let us all rest assured that, if Singles is indeed the album that pushes Future Islands closer to the stratosphere, an anarchic follow-up is most likely not far behind.

Sharon Van Etten Releases "Taking Chances" Music Video

Sharon Van Etten releases Are We There May 26 on Jagjaguwar. In the meantime, you can check out her macabre new music video for "Taking Chances" featuring disembodied hands and gruesome tarot card readings. We're officially looking forward to May 26.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Slow Club Premiere "Complete Surrender" Video

The english duo Slow Club entered the studio earlier this year to record their latest LP, recently premiering their latest single, "Complete Surrender" off their upcoming album of the same name set for a July 14th release date. Sights and sounds below.

Wye Oak "The Tower" Video

The Baltimore duo, Wye Oak premiere the video for their lastest single "The Tower" from their upcoming LP Shriek. THe new full length was written on bass by lead-singer Jean Wasner, while Stack "Layered synths and drums". Previously focused more around the guitar, the new album, set for an April release, is said to be a shift from their signature sound for Shriek's "very personal, emotional works." Enjoy the song and video below.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Antlers Announce New Album "Familiars", Watch the Music Video for "Palace"

The Antlers plan to follow up their 2012 EP Undersea with Familiars, the band's first full-length release since 2011's Burst Apart. Familiars will be released stateside June 17 via Anti- and June 16 with Transgressive in the UK. You can watch the music video for "Palace", the first single from Familiars, below.