A Place To Bury Strangers has released a rowdy remix of their third single “Ego Death,” from last year’s Exploding Head. You can give a listen to The “Ego Death (Figo Remix)” track on the most recent EP Ego Death, along with some other treatments by Allen Blickle of Baroness. The band is currently tour with The Big Pink and you can check out some photos and a review of their most recent show in New York HERE.
Be sure to pick up a limited 12″ tour edition of the Ego Death EP .
A Place to Bury Strangers Tour Dates (with The Big Pink)
05- Tallahassee, FL- Club Downunder
07- Houston, TX- Warehouse Live Studio
08- Austin, TX- Parish
09- Dallas, TX- Granada
10- Lawrence, KS- Bottleneck
11- Denver, CO- Bluebird
12- Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
14- Phoenix, AZ- Rhythm Room
15- San Diego, CA- Casbah
EGO DEATH SINGLE TRACKLIST
Ego Death (Radio Edit)
It’s A Fast Driving Raveup With A Place To Bury Strangers
Ego Death (Figo Remix)
Exploding Head (Rx Dub Remix)
Ego Death (Allen Blickle of Baroness Remix)
Neon Indian‘s “Psychic Chasms” has been remixed by producer BRAHMS and you can check it out here. Neon Indian has a busy spring/summer tour ahead; opening twice for Massive Attack at NYC’s Terminal 5 on May 11 and 12th and then headlining a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th in Brooklyn.
Neon Indian Upcoming Tour Dates:
05/11 New York, NY – Terminal 5 with Massive Attack
05/12 New York, NY – Terminal 5 with Massive Attack
05/13 Boston, MA – House of Blues with Massive Attack
05/29 Calgary, AB – Hi Fi Club
05/31 George, WA – Sasquatch
06/02 San Diego, CA – Casbah
06/03 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
06/04 Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum / First Fridays
06/05 Corvalis, OR – Flat Tall Music Festival
06/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s 06/09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
06/10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06/11 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
06/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
06/13 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
06/17 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/19 Denver, CO – Westword Music Showcase
07/17 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
The Black Keys are back and plan on releasing their next album, Brothers, on May 18th. To tie you off until then, they made this promo video for their new single “Tighten Up” which was produced by Danger Mouse and stars “Frank” a funkasaurus rex with some tite dance moves. Check it out.
Everybody knows this is nowhere, is the latest gallery exhibition from American photographer Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery in New York. The show runs only until April 17, 2010, so get over there before its gone. McGinley’s last exhibit featured a photo series of carefree teenagers playing in the American desert but for this new exhibit, he has taken an extensive series of nude black and white studio portraits of 150 hand selected subjects. While Neil Young’s album by the same name took 2 weeks to record, McGinley, has spent the last 2 years composing this exhibit. “The result is a surprisingly restrained, open-ended study of black and white portraiture. Here we see McGinley not as a chronicler of youthful adventure, but as an engine for an almost scientific cataloguing of a kind of emotional optimism.” They kind of remind us a little of Hedi Slimane’s photo diaries. Check out some of the images from the exhibit below:
Team is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm and located at 83 Grand Street, cross streets Wooster and Greene, on the ground floor.
“I gotta get away from this day-to-day running around, Everybody knows this is nowhere.”- n. young
Disco may have died in 1979, but it has been reborn in the Vancouver girl disco duo Fan Death. Not quite nu rave, indie dance, or guitar rock disguised by funk undercarriage, these women are straight up downcast, sad symphonic disco with some synth pop sensibility. They started out as the protégés of glam-trash DJ Erol Alkan and in a press release they declare their intention to “make music that recalls the greatest era of electronic pop: Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order, Human League, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys. Great songs that happened to be electronic, not soulless, repetitious club music that seems to dominate these days.” Their new video, conceived and directed by Dandilion Wind Opaine, features a special extended mix of “Reunited” from their new EP A Coin for the Well. Love it! Make sure you watch it to the end. There might be some things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand.The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It’s like you’re unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting…
also make sure to check out the girls next month at NYC’s Webster Hall on May 7th.
We don’t normally post about Country music here, but, I’m a sucker for country women. South Carolina crooner Cary Ann Hearst is no exception. She has a big mouth, a sparkle in her eye and a simple sense of melody and primeval sense of guitar rhythm that is a direct result of her Nashville upbringing. She cried when she woke up in Jackson, MS on her first tour bus ride with Butch Walker because she wanted to see her Grandfather’s grave. She is a small and powerful piece of artillery and she sings like Jesus’ little probate. Those who hate country music hate her especially for forcing them to like country music, but she doesn’t give a shit about what people like! Cary plays lo-fi, no frills barebone guitar, and with raw lyrics about theives, priests and prostitutes like “fucked to bits/all ass and tits”, her music never pretends to hide behind anything. This is music that harks back to the golden era of country music and sounds even better out in the backwoods, laying on the hood of a car, drinking whiskey, smoking cigs and telling ghost stories. If you are a fan of Lucinda Williams, Holly Golightly, Neko Case, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn or The White Stripes, you should check out some free MP3 downloads of of Cary’s music below:
Her EP Are You Ready To Die is also out now, via FILTER US Recordings.
Oh Mercy is an indie band out of Melbourne, Australia you will probably be hearing a lot more about this year. The band, originally formed back in 2006, is made up of Alexander Gow on vocals and guitar; Thomas Savage on piano, guitar and vocals; Eliza Lam on bass and vocals and Rohan Sforcinaon on drums and carriage robbery. Oh Mercy is the kind of indie rock band that flirts with your emotions; one minute their songs are jovial, full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics—and the next they are edged with salty salutations and moody stoicism. Adept and sincere this foursome harmonizes into one and is both bold and memorable. Before you know it you will find yourself hearing the bass line to “Lay Everything On Me” before you have opened your eyes in the morning until you lay down at night. There is a reason Ben Folds HAND PICKED this band to perform at the Sydney Opera House.
With Privileged Woes, their DEBUT album, Oh Mercy steps out of Melbourne’s spotlight and into the global musical arena. Mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and Mastered by Steve Fallone (TV on The Radio, The Strokes) at Sterling Sound in New York City the album, Privileged Woes is out everywhere NOW.
MP3: OH MERCY– “LAY EVERYTHING ON ME”
Teengirl Fantasy is the dreamy electronic love child of two Oberlin College students, Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss. The duo create electro clicks and beeps with some Booty-Pop drone that is danceable… in slow motion, for the indie rocker dance challenged (think Fuck Buttons, Neon Indian, Beach Fossils). They have had a few small releases in the past year, including a Telepathe remix, the single “Hollywood Hills” , a digital download TGIF EP and, “Portofino”. They recently signed onto True Panther records with the plan to release a full LP this year. Check out the video for “Portofino” or download some tracks below:
Having just “killed it” at SXSW, according the the New York Times, one of my favorite bands,Band of Horses, the Low Country’s premier rock n’ roll outfit, release their third full length LP, entitled Infinite Arms, on May 18th. The band has revealed the tracklisting and you can check out the new video for “Compliments” below or for a free download go to BANDOFHORSES.COM
Infinite Arms’ track listing is as follows:
4) Blue Beard
5) On My Way Back Home
6) Infinite Arms
8 Evening Kitchen
10) For Annabelle
11) NW Apt.
Produced by Band of Horses with additional production from Phil Ek and mixed by Dave Sardy, the songs on Infinite Arms project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album. The rich musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, AL, the sublime beauty of Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the glamorous Hollywood Hills and the vast Mojave desert all influenced the sounds on Infinite Arms and helped yield the group’s most focused and dynamic recordings to date. The serene woods of Northern Minnesota and the band’s native Carolinas inspired the songwriting, lending the compositions an air of comfort and familiarity. Band of Horses is Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Long time touring members of the group, Infinite Arms marks the recording debut of Ramsey and Reynolds, while Barrett and Monroe graced the last album, Cease to Begin. Through touring together in support of Cease to Begin and during breaks in the Infinite Arms recording process, the band have become a cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that founder Bridwell has crafted since the band’s inception.
Look for the band to support Infinite Arms with tour dates across the globe in 2010. A current list of dates is below, with many more to be announced very soon. Visit www.bandofhorses.com for ticketing information.
April 8th – Paris, France – La Fleche D’or
April 9th – Brussels, Belgium – Orangerie
April 10th – Rotterdam, Netherlands- Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
April 12th – London, UK – Koko
April 14th – Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche
April 16th – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
April 17th – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
April 18th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
April 23rd – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 24th – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 26th – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
April 28th – Miami, FL – Fillmore
April 29th – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
May 1st – New Orleans, LA – Jazzfest
May 2nd – Memphis, TN – Beale St. Music Festival
May 3rd – Kansas City, MO –Sprint Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 4th – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 6th – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena (with Pearl Jam)
May 7th – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 9th – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena (with Pearl Jam)
May 10th – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena (with Pearl Jam)
May 13th – Washington, DC – Verizon Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 15th – Hartford, CT – XL Center (with Pearl Jam)
May 17th – Boston, MA – TD Garden (with Pearl Jam)
May 21st – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (with Pearl Jam)
May 27th – Davis, CA – UC Davis Freeborn Hall
May 30th – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater (with She & Him)
May 31st – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 4th – Dublin, IE – Academy
June 5th – Bangor, IE – Ward Park (with Snow Patrol)
June 7th – Cambridge, UK – Junction
June 8th – Manchester, UK – Ritz
June 9th – London, UK – Roundhouse
June 11th – Oxford, UK – Academy
June 12th – Glasgow, Scotland – Bellahouston Park (with Snow Patrol)
June 19th – Toronto, ONT – Olympic Island Concert (with Pavement and Broken Social Scene)
September 25th – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
In the wake of their new band’s self titled Columbia Records debut charting at #7 and selling just shy of 50,000 in its first week (and reaching as high as #1 on iTunes), James Mercer, from The Shins and Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse from have confirmed Broken Bells first ever tour. The dates commence May 18 in San Diego and will include stops in 16 North American cities.
In addition to being the year’s highest charting debut album by an alternative/rock band, Broken Bells’ has met with an insanely and unanimously positive critical reception: Rolling Stone has hailed the album as “the year’s coolest left field pop disc” in a 4-star lead review, while Wired described it as “crazy good stuff” and Entertainment Weekly praised it as a “subtly savory sonic morsel.” The mere handful of shows the band has played to date have fared likewise, selling out as quickly as tickets could be processed, and dazzling crowds in Los Angeles, New York, and most recently Austin. Witnessing one of these first few performances, US Weekly likened the Broken Bells live experience to “being at a cozy, intimate underground basement party somewhere in Northern California with the best art rock band on the coast providing the soundtrack.” Broken Bells features Mercer on vocals, guitars and bass while Burton plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. The pair play all instruments on the album with the exception of a full string section arranged by Daniele Luppi. Broken Bells was recorded by Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Danger Mouse. Each a long-time fan of the other’s work, Burton and Mercer first met face-to-face backstage at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch over the prevailing half decade and in May 2008 seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Broken Bells was pared down from more than 20 pieces of new music written and recorded to the 10 songs that coalesced together the most seamlessly.
BROKEN BELLS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2010
Tue-May-18-10 San Diego – Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
Wed-May-19-10 Los Angeles – Henry Fonda Theatre
Fri-May-21-10 San Francisco – Regency Ballroom
Mon-May-24-10 Portland – Wonder Ballroom
Tue-May-25-10 Seattle – Showbox at the Market
Wed-May-26-10 Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom
Sat-May-29-10 Denver – Gothic Theatre
Mon-May-31-10 Chicago – Vic Theater
Tue-Jun-01-10 Detroit – St. Andrews Hall
Wed-Jun-02-10 Toronto – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri-Jun-04-10 Boston – Royale NightClub
Sat-Jun-05-10 NY – The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
Sun-Jun-06-10 Philadelphia – Electric Factory
Mon-Jun-07-10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Thu-Jun-10-10 Atlanta – Center Stage
Fri-Jun-11-10 Athens – 40 Watt Club
Broken Bells on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 3/11/10:
The Cloud I’m Under started his musical journey when he got his first guitar at the age of 6. He spent his teen years using cheap samplers, guitars, and whatever noisemakers he could get his hands on to record bedroom 4 track experiments. Now full grown and residing in NY, he takes influences from 80’s Synth Pop, 90’s Power Pop, and Low era Bowie to create ecstatic synth driven Robo -Pop, symphonic beats and lofi acoustic numbers.
You can check out his next batch of free music right here on Discosalt. This time around he’s bringing you 3 new songs jam packed with Werewolf beats and righteous licks.
All Previous Released Music is available at
Other Music is hosting what has to be one of the absolute best Record Store Day parties in the country with a lineup of the eternally cute The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the equally as cute The Drums with a DJ set from Scott from The National. While we haven’t heard anything entirely official (i.e. from their website), we’ve got this tweet to rely on and as this was sent out on March 31st, there’s no reason to believe we’re talking about an evil April Fool’s joke.
We caught the Pains of Being Pure at Heart when they performed at the Bowery Ballroom last March as well as the recent performance by The National at The Bell House. Unfortunately for us, we missed The Drums at Bowery in January and their sets at Mondo last summer and we’ll be damned if we’re missing this one too. There is more to come for Record Store Day including rumors of a new Crystal Castles 12″ Single. Last year’s releases were amazing (check out what I picked up). Unfortunately several releases seem to be UK only at this stage, but we strongly recommend following Record Store Day on Twitter to see what new releases you can expect to find.
A Place to Bury Strangers:
Brooklyn’s volume knob maximalist trio A Place to Bury Strangers is an experience in noise. They played Webster Hall last night, March 30th and made me believe the hype that they are New York City’s “loudest band.”
The Big Pink:
Mp3: THE BIG PINK: VELVET
11 Vancouver, B.C.- Vogue Theatre
12 Victoria, B.C.- Alix Goolden Hall
14 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café
15 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre w/ Caetano Veloso **
17 San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
21 Chicago, IL – Park West
23 Montreal, QC – Olympia
24 Montreal, QC – Olympia
25 New York, NY – Webster Hall
The Inevitable Backlash are back with a new video, that well, ahem, speaks for itself. After 2009’s My Two Brookes record was released, the band embarked on a cross-country tour to Maine and Back where they were robbed in New York, stayed with nudists in Brooklyn, and drove through a tornado in Texas. Now, the West coast DIY indie band recorded a noise-infused-guitarfucking cover of The All American Rejects single “Gives you Hell”. While not a fan of The Rejects, The Inevitable Backlash put a pretty decent spin on this tune, aided by the beats of Beastie Boys percussionist Alfredo Ortiz to help out on percussion and tracked with Albini-trained Manny Nieto in his all analog digs in East LA. The music video shot by director Carmelo Lopez stars adult film actress Sammie Rhodes and needs little introduction or commentary. Porn stars and gorillas on trampolines. Enjoy.
LA art rockers, The Happy Hollows, have released a new video for non-album track, “Big Bad Wolf”. The band has also teamed up with FILTER magazine to give fans the gift of time. To enter, just watch the new video below and answer the three time-stamp questions. One lucky fan who answers all three correctly will win a brand new Vestal Watch, a copy of their rockin’ debut Spells, a 7″ vinyl, a band t-shirt and a Happy Hollows magnet. Good luck!
The Happy Hollows will also embark on a West Coast tour kicking off this May, don’t miss out!
Spells, their rockin’ debut record, is available now courtesy of Autumn Tone Records.
10 San Francisco, CA – Independent
11 Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
13 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
14 Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn
15 Tucson, AZ – Plush
“Flash Delirium ” is the debut video from MGMT’s flip scripting sophomore album ‘Congratulations.’ The video was directed by Andreas Nilsson (Fever Ray, Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode) and lends a visual clue into the maelstrom and chaos of modern times. Not sure where to begin, but after Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are welcomed home to a palatial estate of eccentric Clue suspects and military men, they are treated to a ventriloquist/ jazz flute talent show, trumped by Ben’s singing tracheotomy. There is a very trippy retro vibe that feels like the Rocky Horror Picture show, and then an eel is pulled out of Ben’s neck and inserted into another interesting orifice (think David Cronenberg’s puppetry in Naked Lunch). Cue house destruction/dance party. Another interesting, if not peculiar edition to the band’s unique catalog of images and music. You really need to just watch it a few times. ‘Congratulations’ is in stores Tuesday April 13, 2010. Check back with Discosalt for a full album review of ‘Congratulations’, coming soon…
Carine Brancowitz is a French illustrator who began her career as a junior art director in fashion. She uses simple lines and few colors (mostly blue, red and black) to create some really interesting compositions. Check out some of Discosalt’s favorite images from her portfolio:
Dan Black is a British wonky pop artists most known for being the skinny white dude behind “HYPNTZ” a cover of Notorious B.I.G’s “Hypnotize” mashed up with Rihanna’s “Umbrella”. But he was originally a member of the alternative band Servant before they went splitsville in 2008 and has lent his vocals to Italian group Planet Funk as well. His most recent release “Symphonies” like “HYPNTZ” borrows the intro drum sequence from Rhianna’s Umbrella, but switches up the Biggie lyrics with some of his own. At first listen, “Symphonies”, like “HYPNTZ” sounds pretty white bread, but give it a second listen and it sort of becomes a guilty pop pleasure. Also, a great video if you have a font fetish. For more Dan Black, visit his MySpace page or his official website. Symphonies is released on the 29th June and the album ((un)) follows on 6th July. He has also been added to the Julian Casablancas bill.
30 Toronto, ONT @ Mod Club
31 Montreal, QUE @ The Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
2 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12 Dallas, TX @ Pontiac Garage at HOB
13 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
15 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
17 Indio, CA @ Coachella
Beautiful Darling, the biopic on Candy Darling (staring Chloë Sevigny) who was amongst the most notorious of the Warhol Superstars behind Edie, is having its US premiere this Thursday and Friday (April 2-3) at the New Directors/New Films series hosted by MOMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Although only 29 at her death, the male-to-female transsexual appeared in Warhol’s Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971) as well as acting for Tennessee Williams and as muse for Lou Reed in the Velvet Underground’s “Candy Says” and Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” The production team behind Beautiful Darling was also behind last year’s “Con Artist” at the TriBeCa Film Festival about Mark Kostabi and Sundance Award winning, yet depressing “Flow: For Love of Water.” The film was written and directed by James Rasin and it features original footage of Candy and her letters as well as voiceover and reenactments. After a successful premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, Beautiful Darling is set to takes the hearts of the dreamers by storm.
Friday, April 2, 2010, 9:15 pm (at MoMA)
Saturday, April 3, 6:00 pm (at Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center)
First Rule Collective hosts the San Francisco, CA Bicycle Film Festival Block Party for the second year in a row. They get an entire city street to build ramps, BBQ, and just have some old fashion fun. Some pretty rad riding here too. Check it out. And for more info on the festival click HERE
Earwig: Gibson Under Mountain
Label: Lizard Family Music, LFM Records
Release Date: May 11, 2010
“Damn, this is really good!” I know. “No, like really, really good.” I know. “This could be on XPN or…” I know. Who are they, anyway?” Earwig. “Oh yeah, I saw them play at Emo’s at SXSW.” No you didn’t. “Wait, no, it was with Margot & Nuclear So&So’s at The Empty Bottle.” No. “No?” No. “I got it! They’re on that Polyvinyl sampler I let you borrow, right?” Sigh.
This is typical of most conversations about Earwig with my music freak friends who don’t live in Columbus, Ohio (and even some who do). Trust me, you don’t know Earwig, but that’s okay. (You don’t have to know every band.)
In my mind and the minds of a lot of Columbus indie/alt/rock fans, Earwig should be universally known like Superchunk, Guided By Voices, Built To Spill and by my count, The Thermals, The Hold Steady and The Replacements. Why? Their live shows are legendary, lead singer/songwriter Lizard McGee (that’s right) is one of the most interesting front men in recent history and now, Earwig’s fourth long player, Gibson Under Mountain has completely trumped its predecessors with 40 minutes of master-crafted powerhouse indie pop that jets, jolts and jangles like the best of its kind should.
Otherworld love buzz ballads (Her Heart, Wicked), stadium ready alt anthems (Trees, Sleepyhead) jagged edge barnburners (Rumplestiltskin) and epic songs about aliens (Star Cross’d) – they’re all here on Earwig’s magnificent new Gibson Under Mountain.
For Columbus’ sake and local music fans’, the city never became “The Next Seattle.” It’s a Midwest original that pulls its inspiration from a variety of sources but also draws heavily from its own – much like Earwig.
Gibson Under Mountain is out now on LFM Records and available for order on iTunes, Bandcamp and at the band’s website, lizardfamily.com.
New work from Andrew Kuykendall worth checking out. After getting kicked out of art school in LA, Andrew started working professionally and has been at it for a little over two years now. Based out of LA and New York City, his photos have a washed out, vintage american dessert feel, drawing inspiration from “Egon Schiele, David Lynch, Tom Waits, Eastern Europe, road tips, Sushi, , the California/Nevada desert, Milan Kundera, pugs, hot sauce, Devo Lucien Freud, Henry Miller, vintage clown paintings, Glen Luchford, Scandinavian Black Metal, etc.” Most recently, he has been getting into video projects working with New York stylist, Discosalt friend and secret/not-so-secret Discosalt t-shirt muse Julie Williams. You can also check out more of Julies really sweet fashion styling at Dripbook. Andrew has completed a photo-shoot for Spanish Moss which is entitled ” She’s a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll” that you can check out at www.spanishmossvintage.com or peep some images from the shoot below:
or explore some of Andrew’s other shoots: