A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS: EGO DEATH (FIGO REMIX)

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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)

April
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: PSYCHIC CHASMS (BRAHMS 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.

MP3: NEON INDIAN- “PSYCHIC CHASMS (BRAHMS REMIX)”

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: TIGHTEN UP

Black Keys Band Couch Portrait

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.

MP3:THE BLACK KEYS- “TIGHTEN UP”

EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE



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:

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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

FUCK BUTTONS: OLYMPIANS


(Photo courtesy of http://www.fuckbuttons.co.uk)

Discosalt Video of the Week 5/4/10: On April 12th, experimental, dance minded noise group  Fuck Buttons will digitally release their new single “Olympians“,  as well as release the song on limited edition 12” vinyl  in five different colors (one for each Olympic ring). While “Olympians” first appeared as a 10-minute track on 2009’s Tarot Sport, the vinyl will feature remixes from Spiritualized’s J. Spaceman and Suicide’s Alan Vega. There is also a  trippy 3D hidden-image sleeve designed by the band. For more info and to order check out atprecordings.com. For a noise group, Fuck Buttons are surprisingly accessible, dropping a dreamy mix of sheen melodic undercurrents and abrasive climaxes.  A style that hints less towards unwelcome noise and more towards Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine, Purient, and Black Dice. The bands new low-budget kung-fu video for Olympians is out now and you can check it out below.

“Olympians” Tracklist:
01. Olympians
02. Olympians (Spaceman vs The Olympians) – Remix by J. Spaceman
03. Rough Steez (White Hot Heat Remix) – Remix by Alan Vega

Fuck Buttons 2010 Tour Dates:
04/09 – Rotterdam, NL @ Nighttown (Motel Mozaique Festival)
04/10 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
04/11 – Brussels, BE @ AB (Domino Fest)
04/20 – London, UK @ Koko London *
04/21 – Bristol, UK @ The Trinity Centre *
04/22 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy *
04/23 – Leeds, UK @ TJs Woodhouse Club *
04/24 – Scotland, UK @ The Arches *
04/29 – Krems, AT @ Donau Festival
05/01 – Warsaw, PL @ Powiekszenie
05/02 – Katowice, PL @ Jazz Club Hipnoza
05/03 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
05/04- Brno, CZ @ Felda

05/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
05/13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
05/15 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
05/16 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
05/19 – Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
05/20 – Montreal QC @ Il Motore
05/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/22 – New York City, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

05/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Festival
06/06 – Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique Fest
06/11 – Rijeka, Croatia @ Hartera Festival

06/17-20 – Barcelona, ES @ Sonar Festival
09/04 – Monticello, NY @ ATP New York

*  = w/ Factory Floor

FAN DEATH: REUNITED


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.

an older one : Cannibal

CARY ANN HEARST: ARE YOU READY TO DIE

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 WilliamsHolly 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:

MP3: CARY ANN HEARST; “HELLS BELLS”

Her EP Are You Ready To Die is also out now, via FILTER US Recordings.

OH MERCY: PRIVILEGED WOES

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: PORTOFINO

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:

MP3: TEENGIRL FANTASY- “NOW THATS WHAT I CALL VOLUME 2”

MP3: TEENGIRL FANTASY- “PORTOFINO”

Portofino ~ Teengirl Fantasy ~ blackmoth.org from Teengirl Fantasy on Vimeo.

BAND OF HORSES: COMPLIMENTS

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:
1)     Factory
2)     Compliments
3)     Laredo
4)     Blue Beard
5)     On My Way Back Home
6)     Infinite Arms
7) Dilly
8  Evening Kitchen
9)     Older
10)  For Annabelle
11)  NW Apt.
12)  Neighbor

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.

Tour Dates:

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

BROKEN BELLS: BROKEN BELLS

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 IM UNDER: WEREWOLF

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.

downloads
1. Werewolf Man With No Time
2. Good Day Sir
3. Interrupt Me

All Previous Released Music is available at
www.thecloudimunder.blogspot.com

www.soundcloud.com/thecloudimunder

MR. BRAINWASH: “ICONS” (EXTENDED)

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The somewhat questionable Mr. Brainwash, whose “Icons” exhibit has been on displays in the Meatpacking since Valentine’s Day has been extended through the end of April. Regardless of your thoughts on Mr. Brainwash, the exhibit is worth checking out. Yes, it’s a lame version of Banksy and yes it subsists on the tired and played out icons such as Warhol’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe portraits, but the vinyl portraits alone are worth checking into and even the Banksy stuff shows that while the underlying ideas aren’t entirely novel, they are fun and display at a minimum the talent of replication and derivation.

The exhibit is taking place at 415 W 13th street New York, NY 10014 and is open (and Free) from noon until 9p (Mon-Thurs), 12a (Fri-Sat), or 7p (Sun). Admission is free & cameras and video are being allowed.

For more on MR. BRAINWASH, check out these links from Discosalt:

The Cult of Mr. Brainwash

More Brainwash

Banksy Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Some images from “Icons”

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RECORD STORE DAY: OTHER MUSIC

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, THE BIG PINK: LIVE AT WEBSTER HALL

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.”

Their sound — an obvious nod to 80’s post-punk, noise-rock like My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain, New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen (but louder) — is a heavy, atmospheric wall-of-sound-influenced blend of psychedelic and shoegaze, only slightly veiled under a blanket of intense feedback. While noisy, APTBS is not just loud for the sake of being loud. Beneath the distortion, the band spills out some really intricate melody-driven songs rooted in an overwhelming array of textures that are really mesmerizing to listen to when you let them wash over you.
Performing most of the set either buried in darkness and smoke, or exposed by scorchingly bright white strobe light effects, they create the perfect vibe that disorients and intensifies the experience. Silhouettes emerge in and out of the layers of smoke, as the band wastes no time getting passionately loud.  “In Your Heart,” plays out like the album version, verging upon a more aggressive Joy Division track, while the more gritty “I Live My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart” is a total sonic experience. After splitting open the song, the band launched into an extended noise jam, thrashing and swinging instruments around to create all kinds of manic feedback. It was a sonic barrage for the audience.
Between the sheer volume, darkness and smoke, I wasn’t sure whether Oliver Akermann had broken his guitar trashing around, unplugged it in protest or was just haphazardly fiddling with effects. But by the time they brilliantly convulsed back into the melody, flawlessly timed and executed,  it became increasingly obvious: these are no happy accidents to cultivating this kind of sound; these are bona fide sound architects at work. Akermann’s Stage performance is really compelling to watch, and it’s not a put-on. He rips into his guitar, spitting bitter lyrics and reverb-drenched guitar hooks, and exploring effects pedals while convening a penetrating sense of dread and isolation without the least bit of self-awareness or even acknowledgement of the audience that’s witnessing this sonorous copulation. And by performing his craft un-self-consciously and with such passion, he transcends most loud, hardcore rockers and is infinitely more interesting to watch. Jay Space’s relentless, synthier 80’s drum machine beats and Jono Mofo’s heavy bass complete the trio, making it hard to believe only three guys are able to propagate this kind of noise. The performance, like their music, is dark, loud, and reckless. A throwback to New York’s grittier, post-punk basement clubs only louder, where volume and thrashing through a sweat- soaked crowd can get you as fucked as the booze. They didn’t perform an encore, but there was no need. They poured every ounce of proverbial sweat into the performance and had said everything there was for them to say.

MP3: A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS: EXPLODING HEAD

MP3: A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS: IN YOUR HEART

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The Big Pink:
Mp3: THE BIG PINK: VELVET

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AM + CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG

Tropicalia-loving, genre-defying LA-based musician AM will continue his French connection, as he’ll join Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first ever North American tour immediately following his current stint opening for AIR.  In the midst of the tour, AM will jet home to LA where he will open for his musical idol, Brazilian icon and one of the originators of Tropicalismo, Caetano Veloso, who handpicked AM to help him kick off the award-winning Greek Theatre’s 2010 season.  When I found out he was playing the Greek Theatre I knew I had to buy a ticket immediately, now that I’m opening for him, it’s a dream come true, reveals AM. Caetano’s unique style and master songwriting skills has really inspired my songwriting and he is one of the most important songwriters of our time.
Since its release last month via FILTER US Recordings, AM’s lounge-y indie-pop album, Future Sons & Daughters, has been striking a chord with critics while making a strong impact with audiences, radio and MTV. MTV2’s indie rock showcase Subterranean premiered the video for first single, Self Preservation, last week and KCRW is included in the list of radio tastemakers continuing to champion AM’s soulful, laid-back pop, propelling him into their Top 50 Most Played.
AM’s latest LP pays homage to the musician’s diverse influences, which includes Jorge Ben, Brian Wilson, Sergio Mendes and Curtis Mayfield, while showcasing his own songwriting chops, intelligent lyrics and psychedelic grooves. American Songwriter declared: Future Sons & Daughters is worth every bit of the attention you give it, and then some. Each time you give it a spin you’re bound to come across something new, and that, folks, is the mark of a great album.  Also, AM’s song What You Hide will be featured in NBC’s Friday Night Lights soundtrack album to be released on May 4, 2010.
AM Tour Dates:
April
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
** Without Charlotte Gainsbourg

THE INEVITABLE BACKLASH: GIVES YOU HELL


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.

MP3:  The Inevitable Backlash: Gives You Hell

THE HAPPY HOLLOWS: BIG BAD WOLF

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.

Tour Dates:
May
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

MGMT: FLASH DELIRIUM

“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: ILLUSTRATION

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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:

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DAN BLACK: SYMPHONIES

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.


TEMPER TRAP: SWEET DISPOSITION

Aussie rockers The Temper Trap have returned from a very successful stint at SXSW, and are celebrating it with a brand-new, destruction-laden US video for “Sweet Disposition.” Taking a page out of The Who’s playbook, the guys unleash their frustrations on each instrument in their arsenal. The video is followed by special behind-the-scenes footage, featuring each band member’s preparation for their demolition tactics. Bass player Jonny Aherne took perhaps the most daunting approach, sustaining a minor head injury while filming his portion! Check out the video, including all the behind the scenes footage, here:

Temper Trap Tour Dates
March
30 Toronto, ONT @ Mod Club
31 Montreal, QUE @ The Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
April
2 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
5 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
8 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Club
9 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
10 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12 Dallas, TX @ Pontiac Garage at HOB
13 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
15 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
17 Indio, CA @ Coachella
19 Solana Beach, CA @ The Belly Up
Download “Science of Fear” and enter to win tickets to Coachella, courtesy of the band here:  http://bit.ly/a4Hyuf



BEAUTIFUL DARLING: US Premiere at New Directors/New Films series

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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.

Screenings:
Friday, April 2, 2010, 9:15 pm (at MoMA)
Saturday, April 3, 6:00 pm (at Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center)

BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2010 HITS THE WEST COAST

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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

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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.

-Casey Bowers

Gibson Under Mountain is out now on LFM Records and available for order on iTunes, Bandcamp and at the band’s website, lizardfamily.com.



ANDREW KUYKENDALL: SHE’S A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT ROCK N’ ROLL

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:

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or explore some of Andrew’s other shoots:

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Video projects:

gothic americana from andrew kuykendall on Vimeo.

dramarama. from andrew kuykendall on Vimeo.