2011/06/27Caveman: CoCo Beware Album Release, Tour Dates, New Track
One of my most recent local favorites, Brooklyn band Caveman, have announced the release of their much anticipated debut full length album, CoCo Beware (out Sept 13 digitally and Nov 15th physically)! Below is a brand new track for you to sample, as well as the full track listing and tour dates! Catch this five piece live when they come to your city, as they are going to BLOW UP in the year to come.
Caveman - Old Friend
01. A Country’s King of Dreams
03. My Time
05. Old Friend
06. Great Life
07. December 28th
08. Easy Water
10. My Room
Upcoming Caveman tour dates:
* w/ The War On Drugs
08/06 - Montauk, NY @ The Surf Lodge
08/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
08/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo *
08/21 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
08/22 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey Bar
08/23 - Montreal, CAN @ Casa del Popolo *
08/24 - Toronto, CAN @ Drake Hotel *
08/25 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
08/26 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *
08/27 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi *
08/28 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
08/30 - St. Louis, MO @ The Biliken Club *
08/31 - Lexington-Fayette, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's *
09/01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
09/02 - Washington, DC @ The Red Place *
09/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Album Release)
posted by n. @ 6/27/2011
2011/06/22The Joy Formidable - Video for 'A Heavy Abacus' + Digital Live EP
The band will also be releasing a digital live EP on July 12th. If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing them live, you know this will be a treat.
1. Whirring - Innerparty System Remix
2. A Heavy Abacus - Live at Koko
3. Llaw = Wall - Live at Koko
4. Austere - Naked And Famous Remix
5. The Greatest Light is The Greatest Shade - Live at Koko
posted by n. @ 6/22/2011
2011/06/17The Antlers debut video for "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out"
Love this video, song, and wow if their new album Burst Apart isn't hands down going to be one of my favorites of the year (and I was not, previously, a hardcore Antler's devotee like some music bloggers around here). Also, have you ever had a dream where your teeth were falling out? Those are THE WORST.
posted by n. @ 6/17/2011
WATERS: US Debut + NORTHSIDE FEST Ticket Giveaway
I haven't been able to stop listening to the debut single from WATERS (the new project of Van Pierszalowski,former lead singer of now dunzo Port O'brien) all day, and for good reason: it's a one-two punch combo of an excellent hook and low-fi 90's style awesomeness that I gravitate to like a bee to honey. Sweet! And even better is that WATERS will make their US debut at the IROCKIROLL, Flavorpill, and Bellhouse Northside Festival Showcase tomorrow night at Cameo Gallery.
WATERS - For The One
Want to come rock out and have some bragging rights to boot?
Just follow me on Twitter and tweet the following before 8pm tonight!
"Hey @IROCKIROLL I want on the list for your #NorthsideFest #NorthsideBFFS showcase at Cameo tomorrow http://bit.ly/jOMVNP!"
Good luck and see you all tomorrow!
posted by n. @ 6/17/2011
2011/06/14Audio from the FUTURE: JBL On Air Wireless Speakers Review!
Doing what I do for a living, I'm often tasked with being able to foresee trends and innovations before they actually happen. So when the fancy speaker making folks of JBL decided to ship me their On Air Wireless speakers to review, there was no way I could say no (free stuff + the fuuuuuuture = happy dork). I've spent a few weeks using the speakers now and trying out wireless music streaming for the first time, debuting them for my friends at a Memorial Day BBQ which would be the ultimate test. Below is what I liked, what I didn't quite like, and what the future holds for you.
What I Liked:
The design. OBVIOUSLY. This is like the Darth Vadar of wireless speakers. You could put it anywhere in your apartment and people would think it was the coolest droid of all time. When it arrived at my office there were a lot of "Oooooooos" and "AHHHhhhhs" while I harnessed the force of wireless music technology (and I work in a digital media office so people here know their stuff).
It's lightweight. Like a feather. Easy to carry around from place to place. In NYC portability is clutch.
Crazy easy to program. I figured out pretty much all of the controls without even having to pick up the instruction manual. You could give this to your boyfriend who doesn't like to ask for directions and he'd figure this out like a boss. The only thing the booklet didn't tell me when I finally had to refer to it was what I had to adjust in iTunes to make it work properly but I managed to figure that out on my own. If you want, I'll tell you too, for five dollars. Haaa...
The sound quality. Portable speakers, in my previous experience, have all sounded like your music filtered through a megaphone and then dropped into a tin can. Bad bad bad. But no matter what I was playing music off of - iPhone, laptop, the sound was the same and high quality. The speakers have three TRANSDUCERS (doesn't get much more future sounding than that. If it had a flux capacitor I'd think you could time travel with these things) with 360-degree HALO acoustics. Do you know what HALO means? I didn't, but I'm going to tell you right now. Horizontal Acoustic Level Optimization. BOOM.
You can play fun tricks with them. Allow me to illustrate. My boss and I had adjoining offices. I went into his office and put these speakers under his desk. Back in my own office, I slowly cranked the volume on some god awful song (probably Miley Cyrus "Party In The USA" which I MIGHT secretly love. secretly.) and pretty much died laughing as he freaked out about where the music was coming from and faced mocking from our coworkers. Good times all around (please do not get fired).
It has an ALARM clock with dual alarms. This works very well for my boyfriend who is definitely not a fan of my current alarm for which the only wake up option is "ungodly loud siren-esque heart-attack inducing noise" and also not a fan of the "oops I woke up before you and forgot to reset the alarm so you had three minutes to get ready for work later in the day MY BAD" scenario. This way you can set two alarms and wake up to the music of your choice. I don't recommend Miley Cyris "Party In The USA" for this (or DO I?) but you get the idea.
What I didn't like:
Note: This all really came down to what went on when I held the aforementioned Memorial Day BBQ. While I think these speakers are great for personal or at home listening, I really wanted to put them to the test as a party soundsystem.
They just do not get loud enough. I actually had people over twice while trying out these speakers, two groups of different sizes. I really was excited to use the speakers for a party because it meant I could keep my laptop in my room, out of harms (read: drunks) way, while still controlling all of the music. But each time the party reached its peak attendance, the speakers just did not have the oomph necessary to carry over the noise of the crowd and I had to switch to another option. And with the amount of music bloggers I know, the ability to rock out is just essential. You CAN plug other speakers into them, but even then the sound just did not go where it needed to.
And then there is the biggest bummer of all: The sound cuts out. Completely. A lot. I don't necessarily mind this when I'm listening alone at home, but when you are having a party it's like the DJ just spilled redbull all over the turntables and the mood is just DEAD. Heckling happens. It is not pretty. My reasoning for why this might be happening is two fold:
1. I live in Brooklyn in a densely populated area with a lot of apartments near by (Manhattan would likely be worse). As such, even though my wireless network is closed, there could still be interference that you woudln't necessarily experience if you lived in say - Nebraska. People of Nebraska, I envy you here. I also live on the top floor of my building so that may have something to do with it as well.
2. Wireless technology - still a ways to go. This is the FUTURE, people. Maybe it's just not perfected yet. I still can't teleport myself places, so I figure everything is a work in progress. The first VHS player probably destroyed a lot of tapes, right?
Bottom line: I can't for the life of me figure out WHEN the disruptions are taking place ie: what is causing them. I've tried moving around incase I'm physically blocking the signal myself (that is a fun dance) and moving the speaker too. But my apartment seriously is NOT that big so I don't understand how having my computer in one room and the speaker in the other would allow for that much signal disruption. Sometimes it just cuts in and out, other times the whole song would stop for 30 seconds or more. It made me super sad, to say the least.
Those are my only negatives, but I know they might be pretty significant. I guess the conclusion is this: These are some really really cool looking speakers that - when they do work - are rather awesome. They will make you look cool in front of your design and tech savvy friends, let you play mad pranks on your boss and allow you wake up at a different time and to different music (MILEY!) than your significan other, possibly saving your relationship from ruin. Ruin! They may not work well at parties but you can definitely have fun with them at home (this can also be said for several of my ex-boyfriends badumbumching!).
The last caveat here is the price tag: a somewhat hefty 350 dollars. But look, if you have already invested in an Apple product or two, you KNOW you want to look even cooler. Don't lie. Accessorize yourself pronto. Be cool. Be in the future.
JBL sent me this product for review. The opinions above are not paid for and are my own, and probably also ridiculous.
posted by n. @ 6/14/2011
Kids of 88 Remix Deluka "OMFG"
Loooooove how dreamy this is. Secretly I hope they decided to do this at our SXSW party back in March.
Idolator has the track for free download.
posted by n. @ 6/14/2011
Tally Hall - NEW Album "Good & Evil" out in ONE WEEK! Tour Dates!
One of my favorite parts of having a music blog over the past 8 years is definitely the people I've met along the way - including several people who I now call some of my closest friends. Amongst that group are the five fine gentleman of the rock-pop band Tally Hall (if you don't know how I feel about them as a band yet, you either have never read this blog until this very day or live under a rock). Over the past six years since we first met, the band rose to prominence as a much beloved indie band (seriously some of the most devoted fans I have ever encountered) ready to leap off the college circuit on to big big things.
Those big things translated into moving to Brooklyn from their hometown in Michigan (yay!) a signing to major label machine and my former place of employment, Atlantic Records. And there in lies what one might take to be the "Evil" bit of their sophomore release which has been more than a few years coming - "Good & Evil." Because while the band was eager and ready to write and record some of the best, more mature and intricate and meaningful, songs of their career (the Good?) - the label had some decidedly more lofty plans. Radio hits! Radio hits! Radio hits! Etc. Etc. and vomit. Because we all know RADIO hits means so damn much these days in the world of growing and nurturing indie talent... sigh. Time went by and frustrations grew.
In the end, while fans waited patiently and impatiently all around to hear something new from the group, the band finally managed to take back control of their musical careers and most importantly the album they had spent so much time creating together. Good & Evil will finally be released - next week! - on the label that did nurture them - QUACK Records. Icing on the cake, a tour is also planned this summer with support from some great local Brooklyn acts (dates are below).
I've had a copy of Good & Evil for a while now, and have held it close to me even when fearing it would never see the light of day. Because that would have been a huge shame - it is an really excellent piece of pop/rock mastery. Old school fans will be excited to hear some of their favorite live tracks such as "Turn The Lights Out" and "Misery Fell" in recorded form - the album was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian) - while new gems including "Out In The Twilight," ballad "Who You Are" and endlessly catchy single "You & Me" will delight anyone whose ears love well crafted, multi-layered pop. There are definitely some more experimental and dare I say psychedelic moments on Good & Evil as well as the band has grown beyond the mini-mall goofball antics of their youth and into much more appropriately growth up territory.
In the end I couldn't be happier for my friends and especially for their fans who have waited so long - it was definitely worth it, I'd say. And if you haven't ever listened to Tally Hall, there is no time like the present. Pre-order your copy of Good & Evil here and it will be available on June 21st in CD, digital and vinyl formatting.
Tally Hall - You & Me
One last night - if you happen to be a Tally Hall fan, their drummer Ross and I DJ together frequently around Brooklyn. Below is a flier for our upcoming 90s dance party SLAMMERTIME at Union Hall, which will be one of our last before he heads off on tour. Come on out!
posted by n. @ 6/14/2011
Northside Showcase: NORTHSIDEBFFS!
THIS is happening this weekend as part of Northside Fest 2011 - yep that's right I am once again excited and honored to be presenting a fun filled music showcase alongside my friends at Flavorpill and The Bellhouse. We have curated a stealth line up of some of Brooklyn's up and coming finest, and Russ and I will also be attempting to find that delicate balance between Witchhouse and Hall & Oates in our first duo DJ set.
You can get more information and buy advanced tickets here (of course, it's FREE for all Northside badge holders. There are also definitely a lot of other great showcases coming up
posted by n. @ 6/14/2011
2011/06/10The Horrors: NEW ALBUM. I love this.
When they first emerged onto the scene a few years ago, I was definitely not a huge fan of UK band The Horrors. I thought they were too unpolished, unfocused and overly styled to say the least. Sure they had an interesting look (don't even get me started on the number of teenage girls with Tumblr accounts devoted entirely to photographic imagery of these boys), but their musical output just didn't seem to have the same prowess. I went to see them live once, at Pianos, and ended up leaving about halfway through while one of them was attempting to dangle from a pipe on the ceiling.
However, bands can always evolve and when Primary Colours was released in 2008 I found myself very pleasantly surprised upon first listen and several tracks quickly became regularly repeated favorites. This all brings us to today, when I am writing to tell you that the first single from The Horror's third release, Skying (out in the US on July 26th) is completely excellent.
Check it out below and keep fingers crossed that the rest of this effort is of this quality. It looks like the Horrors have grown up quite nicely indeed.
The Horrors - Still Life
posted by n. @ 6/10/2011
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