New Track – CW Stoneking : The Thing I Done

Classic electric chicken grease somewhere between Ray Charles & Tom Waits from eccentric Australian bluesman CW Stoneking.

Hailing from Australia’s remote Northern Territory, Stoneking grew up listening to gospel, ragtime and Chicago blues, citing American musicians including Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James and Bukka White among his earliest influences. “When I first heard it I thought it was kinda funny music,” Stoneking explains, “because it was so deconstructed and not really adhering to any rules that I’d been told music [should] fit into.” .”Hearing Stoneking perform live is, somehow, like listening to an old ‘78 recovered from a dusty attic in New Orleans.”-The Guardian

New Track – Donald Cumming : Game of The Heart

720x405-Donald-Cumming-1-Kat-VillacortaDonald Cumming, Former lead singer and founder of the band The Virgins. will release his highly anticipated debut solo album, Out Calls Only, on June 16th on Washington Square, the label imprint formed by Razor & Tie. Listen to the first track “Game Of The Heart”, recorded at East Village Recording Center with additional work done at Sullivan Street Studios in Manhattan.

Video – Moon Duo : Animal

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After sharing debut single, “Animal,” which has an early West Coast punk viciousness unique to the Moon Duo catalog, the band is now presenting the video directed by and starring skateboarding legend Richie Jackson. As described by Ripley, “We loved Richie Jackson’s skate videos, the idea of a psychedelic skater, something outside of the norm. We contacted him and he had the idea of doing the world’s first skate video without a skateboard, and we were sold right there.”

Shadow of the Sun is available for pre-order now. iTunes’ pre-orders come with an instant download of “Animal,” which, in a nod to a great pop tradition, will also appear as the A-side of a 7-inch packaged with each copy of the vinyl edition and exist as the final track of the album on the CD and digital versions. 

Video – Chromeo : Old 45’s

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In Chromeo’s new video for “Old 45’s”,  Dave kicks it with HAIM before Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) shows up to steal his girl. 

Video – Alt-J : Left Hand Free

alt-j-finalThe new video from U.K. indie rockers Alt-J, directed by Ryan Staake, is 2:47 minutes of pure southern summer envy.  The track is from the bands forthcoming album This Is All Yours which officially drops September 22.

Video – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah : As Always

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A new video from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah for “As Always” from the new album Only Run out  June 3. The video, directed by David M. Helman, shows actor Wil Daniels deep in a never-ending night of debauchery and explodes with an unexpected twist at the end.

Nelio – New Mural and collaboration with Poet in Buenos Aires

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 French artist Nelio is back in Buenos Aires, with a new mural project collaboration with the poet . 

(Pics courtesy of  The Artist)

 

New Track – Yann Tiersen : Midsummer Evening

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A Midsummer Evening is the first track from Yann Tiersen’s richly, textured, upcoming album, ∞ (Infinity) –  out on Mute Records May 2oth.

“The idea was to start with toy instruments as a reference to my early works, then manipulate the sounds electronically. Then I added a new layer of acoustic instrumentation, and repeated the same process. Finally I repeated the process once more with strings, so the whole album was a constant back and forth from acoustic to electronic to digital, and then back to analogue.” (Yann Tiersen)

 The new track is streaming below.

SpY’s Street Art Project in Madrid, Spain

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The four Blah posters were posted over existing advertising from Scientology Church and Catholic Church.

Video – Avec Sans : Hold On + Left-Field Remix

Avec Sans are soon to be releasing new single “Shiver”. In the meantime check out the remix they did of last single “Hold On”. It’s the first time we’ve seen an original video re-envisioned to fit a remix. Both videos are by Chief Productions and Sing J Lee (Pins/Chvrches director) and both the original and the stuttering, left-field remix are audio/visual feasts.

New Track – Sterling Fox : Ghost

Check out the latest song from NYC rock and roll singer Sterling Fox. “Ghost” is a tribute to 1950s teenage tragedy ballads. Best known for having produced Lana Del Rey’s breakout hit “Video Games”, Fox is now hard at work on a full length album on his indie label Silver Scream Records. He is also featured on “Shame on Me” on the new Avicii album True.

Video – Small Black : Breathless

Small Black have premiered their new video for “Breathless” today via VEVO’s Indie Wednesday. Directed by Nick Bentgen, the video is a last burst of summer road trip before the weather turns. The strikingly intimate, yet disjointed images run together in a rush of nostalgia. Kolenik says the song itself is about “feeling free of your own body with the ability to look down at yourself and evaluate.”
There is also a live version of the video, commissioned by Stillwater Artisanal, the brewery that created Small Black’s namesake beer. Filmed at 285 Kent in Brooklyn and Ovvio Arte in Nashville, with live recording from 285 Kent and footage from Ian Perlman, the video takes you inside Small Black’s energetic & entrancing live show.
Small Black released their latest record, Limits of Desire, earlier this year and it has garnered glowing reviews and support from varied corners. Pitchfork called lead track “Free At Dawn” “Simultaneously understated and anthemic” and says “[Small Black] are absolutely going for it.” Stereogum praised the album as “lush and widescreen” and Other Music said, “it’s as if the rainbow colors are now being refracted through a flawlessly cut diamond.”

Video – Caveman : In the City

Watch Caveman’s horrifying new video  for “In the City” starring Julia Stiles.  A tourist couple visits New York City for the first time. They soon discover that underneath the surface of the playground of the city, lies a world of darkness and horror.

Get a free MP3 –  “Shut You Down'”

Listen to the rest of the album here:

Live – The National @ Greek Theatre, LA

On Saturday night, The National played their first of two nights in the new hometown to frontman Matt Berninger; this time at LA’s historic Greek Theatre. The 6,000+ capacity was certainly a marked change of scenery from the 350 person Bell House in Brooklyn where I last caught them, just prior to the release of High Violet.

What anyone who has ever been to one their performances can attest, whether the stage is tiny or is amongst the biggest in the world, The National deliver one of the most memorable experiences imaginable. Reviews will abound with what songs they played, but I’d prefer this review to talk about the growth of a band and my experiences as a fan of that band hitting success in perfect stride. Having first caught them in Louisville, KY in 2007 (and being so enamored with the performance where my friends and I bought tickets to the following night’s performance in their former-former hometown of Cincinnati, OH) and seeing the blatant nervous ticks of a man not yet comfortable performing on a stage in front of a couple hundred people to seeing that same man, six years later, running through a sold-out crowd of 6,000 people sing-screaming all of the lyrics to their songs made me, as a fan, feel incredibly proud. There’s something about The National that creates a really deep connection with its fans which is why I think that they’ve had the success they’ve had. They’ve never had the regular radio-play outside of the KCRW/NPR/College Radio world. What they have, however, are heartfelt songs about realistic experiences that encourage fans to connect on a quasi-personal level. I hear “Apartment Story” and I picture my wife and I getting ready for hosting a dinner party. I hear “Conversation 16” and I think about loving her so much and feeling like I fail her. I hear “I Should Live in Salt” and I think about how mad she can make me. I hear “About Today” and I think about how scared I’d be to lose her. I hear “Abel” and I think of the inanity of some of my friends. I hear “Terrible Lie” and I ask myself where I’m heading. The National have written the soundtrack to our lives.

Perhaps I’m just self-centered. Hell, I am writing a concert review and somehow making it all about me. I feel like Matt could appreciate that. But the story that The National tells is a bit of the everyman story that all of its fan can empathize with and connect to. If you don’t believe me then you should have heard the chants of “Baby, We’ll Be Fine” or “I Was Afraid, I’d Eat Your Brains.” You can hear it the voices that it’s not just singing along with miscellaneous words. Everyone of the 6,000 in attendance singing along sang with true emotion. And yet the story isn’t confined to the lyrical content. The Dessner and Devendorf brothers create a mood and energy befitting and perfectly complementing the story.

If there’s one thing that The National does as good as write amazing songs, it’s put on an amazing performance. Totting around the ever present bottle of wine (which I’ve seen him share on stage with his mother, “Uncle Jack,” and thousands of adoring fans), both Matt and the Dessner brothers have learned to own the stage. A stage now outfitted with one of the most impressive and gorgeous light shows I’ve ever seen (a photographer’s dream). But, I suppose that’s what years of touring and becoming seasoned billboard-charting veterans will do. In the beginning it was largely Matt and occasional touring member Padma Newsome putting on the show, but it’s great to see that everyone is in on the show these days.

I had wondered in advance of the show whether the setlist would be “Trouble Will Find Me”-heavy, the recently released 6th Studio album. Having a catalog as deep as theirs with two releases since my last opportunity to see the band, I’d expected to hear far less of the old material. Fortunately, we were treated to a 24 song set spanning Alligator to Trouble, with, what Matt might call, a “good mixture” across the albums. The setlist was near perfect. Being a new Californian myself, I’d have loved to have heard “All the Wine” for the crowd’s reaction alone. But the closer, Vanderlyle/Crybaby Geeks, from 2011’s High Violet, was undoubtedly the highlight of the night. Stripping down to an acoustic set. For all of the raucous,  and stage antics, light show, guitar-shredding, drum-deconstruction, The National is a band about the song and the fans are about right there with them. While About Today may have magically brought the crowd to a hush for those final few lyrics…”may I ask you, about today?” For Vanderlyle, the immense crowd became pin-drop quiet for the encore-closing acoustic song up until we were compelled to chant along in unison…”Vanderlyle, Crybaby, Cry…oh the waters are rising, still no surprising you…Vanderlyle, Crybaby Cry…man it’s all been forgiven, swans are a-swimming, I’ll explain everything to the geeks!” I wanted to cry myself. It was a beautiful moment. It summed up the emotions, both from a songwriting perspective and a performance perspective, of everyone taking a part in that moment.

-Cory Greenwell

Setlist:

  1. I Should Live in Salt
  2. Don’t Swallow the Cap
  3. Bloodbuzz Ohio
  4. Sorrow
  5. Sea of Love
  6. Demons
  7. Afraid of Everyone
  8. Conversation 16
  9. Squalor Victoria
  10. I Need My Girl
  11. This Is the Last Time
  12. Slipped
  13. Baby, We’ll Be Fine
  14. Abel
  15. Slow Show
  16. Pink Rabbits
  17. Graceless
  18. England
  19. About Today
  20. Fake Empire

Encore:

  1. Humiliation
  2. Mr. November
  3. Terrible Love
  4. Vanderlyle Crybaby/Geeks (Acoustic)

MP3 – Classixx : All You’re Waiting For

Classixx are giving away their summer anthem “All You’re Waiting For”,  which got Best New Track honors from Pitchfork. The bouncy tune featuring Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem is free via iTunes Single of the Week. Their debut album Hanging Gardens is out now.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-youre-waiting-for-feat./id643409609

MP3 – Happy Lives : Feeling Right

 

 

 Listen – Happy Lives :  Feeling Right

 
 

Brooklyn’s Neo-pop group  Happy Lives take an entirely different direction on their first focus track  “Feeling Right”, stepping deeper into the absurd and unknown. “Feeling Right,” is a youthful gloom-pop track sung from the perspective of two teenage lovers.  The un-named female part swoons over her boyfriend, Jimmy, while Jimmy, crooning like Elvis, has a little less to say. Playful and sarcastic, the song manages to capture the quintessential feelings of teenage angst: “Tense and horny, what a special story.”  If you are looking for the band’s previous grungy, intense machine sound- you won’t find it here.  Sounding almost unrecognizable from the previous EP, Happy Lives probe an entirely new landscape of abstract thought here – weird, bouncy and unbelievably catchy. 

Live – Thao with The Get Down Stay Down @ The Troubadour, LA

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down concluded their national tour with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside on Monday night at the Troubador in LA. The tour was in support of their latest, “We The Common,” an album that shows great maturity, musicianship, and even civic-mindedness over “We Brave Bee Stings And All.” Seeing Thao on stage, it was clear where her passions now lie, namely that WTC is about a lot more than the songs on the album and Thao’s work with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners is pervasive.  By 5 songs into the set, Thao had already flipped through virtually every instrument on the stage. It was impressive to behold. And yet, for all her artistic maturity, she nevertheless has been able to retain that youthful spunkiness I was first drawn to in 2008. That spunkiness was never felt stronger than when “Move” transitioned into a medley with Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy?” or perhaps on her duet with Sallie for their cover of The Ronettes’ “Be My Little Baby.” The pointedness of Thao’s songwriting is almost comically genius, with playful, scathing lines like ” I was always on your conscience, but you were only on my mind” and “don’t we live too long, don’t you wait too much” and the onstage delivery is equally ironically cute. Further, songs like “Kindness Be Conceived” translate wonderfully despite Joanna Newsom’s absence. Her time away from the spotlight seems to have done great things for her, but it’s great to have her back. Sallie Ford’s performance was equally fun, having an almost doo-wop sound and instantly danceable. Songs like “Fried Green Tomatoes,” though somewhat silly, were incredibly fun and perfectly compliments the Thao fanbase. Though I’d not heretofor known Sallie Ford, I’m sold as a huge fan.

-Cory Greenwell

Live – Mac Demarco @ Sneaky Dees, Toronto, ON

 

 

“And you’re opening for Phoenix on their European tour after this, that’s crazy! How the hell did that happen!?”

Demarco just kinda looks at me with a grin and a shrug.

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Oh, I donno. They just came to one of our shows in Paris and liked what they saw, I guess.

The cool ambivalence toward what would otherwise be a career-defining moment for an up and coming band is a good summation of Mac Demarco’s appeal; that being to forgo taking life too seriously in favor of having a good time, an approach that shines through in both his recorded material and his live show.

Mac Demarco is a young man who began making music in Vancouver years ago with his friend Alex Calder under the moniker of Makeout Videotape, before relocating to Montreal and focusing on developing his own material. Last year saw the release of not one but two albums, the vampire-glam of his debut, Rock and Roll Night Club, and the breezy, slacker-rock leaning 2.

His show on Friday, March 22nd, at Sneaky Dee’s, was the first in a series of shows he and his band played as a part of Canadian Music week before taking off to Europe for the aforementioned Phoenix tour. The sold-out set was attended by an army of young men decked out in plaid who spent the duration of the set pogo-ing manically in front of the band, while a harem of fangirls opted to sit at the bottom of the stage as if it were an altar of some sort.

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I’m Mac Demarco, and this song is called ‘I’m A Man” , he announced through a toothy smile, kicking off a set that featured a healthy amount of material taken from across both of his albums.

Whereas the recorded material comes off as laid-back music not unsuitable for drinking on a porch in the summer sun, performed live, it takes on a new form, retaining the playful looseness while also gaining an electric groove a la Grease Lightning.

Having seen Demarco before, a staple of his shows for me has always been the esoteric covers he sprinkles throughout his set. He’s done stuff as varied as the Police’s “Message in a Bottle” and Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman” in the same show, and for Friday’s set he presented a cache of covers that was even more expanded and disparate. They fiddled with the opening riffs of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” between songs before launching into their first full cover of the night, a messy, adrenaline-filled take on Rammstein’s nu-metal anthem “Du Hast”. The highlight for the night in terms of covers occurred later, when the band delved into their own jangly take on Weezer’s Sweater Song. Although a lot of influence from the Blue Album can be noted in Demarco’s music, especially 2, the band made it their own by peppering the lyrics with goofy expletives, delivered by Demarco with the glee of a misbehaving 10-year-old.

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The band’s endearing immaturity did not end there however, with Demarco evolving into some playground version of G.G. Allin towards the end of the set by charismatically displaying to the audience both his bare white ass (which some female audience members promptly attempted to spank), and eventually ramping up the sexual show-and-tell by pulling out his balls from his fly mid-song.

The band ended their set with “Still Together”, the closing ballad from their latest album. Demarco brought his girlfriend onstage to serenade her, however, as the band launched into a rocked-out, electrified version of the song’s bridge, the two began to make out before jumping into the audience to crowd-surf together in a display filled with the triumph of a scene taken from an 80’s teen movie. I left the venue that night covered in sweat, satisfied to have witnessed once again that Mac Demarco’s recent success is well-deserved.

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Watch – Black Garden: West Coast Dreaming with Mischa Davis

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Black Garden showcases Sitka New Zealand’s surf team rider, Mischa Davis, surfing and playing on the West Coast of NZ.

The black iron sand shores of New Zealand’s wild West Coast and the frequency of the swell that roll along it have been the core of the love affair between the ocean and Piha local, Mischa Davis. A passionate surfer, Mischa balances her time between the waves with her goals of becoming an environmental lawyer to help save and protect this beautiful planet of ours.

In 2013 Mischa was crowned New Zealand Surfing Champion, not only on her beloved longboard, but also taking out the open womens shortboard competition as well.

Black Garden – West Coast Dreaming with Mischa Davis from Sitka on Vimeo.

MP3 – Nervous Nellie : Gloves (Adam Boy Remix)

 Swedish quartet Nervous Nellie sound like a mash of Phoenix against Peter Bjorn and John. They just dropped their first US release – an EP centered around title track “Gloves”. As a bonus, we have the song remixed by ‘Adam Boy’ (Shout Out Louds).

MP3 – The Strokes : One Way Trigger

Julian Casablancas stretches his falsetto range on the new Strokes track, “One Way Trigger”.  Stream  it below.

Free download here: smarturl.it/strokes?IQid=sc

Night Moves : Colored Emotions

Recent Domino signing Night Moves are the best local act to emerge from the Twin Cities since Howler and the first noteworthy band of 2013. The Minneapolis-based, classic-rock inspired trio sound like a cross between Gram Parsons, Supertramp and MGMT…with some falsetto Mick Jagger sweet talk mixed in. Named “Best New Band” by Minneapolis City pages, Night Moves are receiving due praise for their debut album Colored Emotions – a sleepy, electr0-psychedelic-country treasure trove of twangy, retro, guitar licks, lush instrumentation and hypnotic harmonies

LISTEN – Night Moves :  Headlights
LISTEN- Night Moves : Country Queen

TOUR DATES:

Jan 16 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows Fest)
Jan 17 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
Jan 18 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Jan 19 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Jan 20 Allston, MA – Great Scott
Jan 22 Pittsburgh, PA – Shadow Lounge
Jan 23 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Jan 24 Madison, WI – FRZN Fest
Jan 26 Minneapolis, MN – Icehouse

Soldier – photos by Suzanne Opton.

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“Soldier” – photography by Suzanne Opton.

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Discosalt Holiday Mix : Volume 3

 

We are keeping our mix-giving tradition alive this year with volume 3 of the Discosalt Holiday Mix.  Volume 3 is loaded up with new indie holiday tracks and  old classics from artists like Paranthetical Girls, Chuck Berry, Deanna Kirk, Flowman, The Maytals, 44.1K and Postcode. Happy Holidays from Discosalt! and feel free to re-gift this link to your friends.

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Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues : A Hand Lettering Experience

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Inspired by Bob Dylan´s Subterranean Homesick Blues video, where he flips cards with the lyrics as the song plays, Leandro Senna decided to recreate those cards with handmade type.  There are 66 cards done in one month using only pencil, black tint pens and brushes. The challenge was not to use the computer, no retouching was allowed. Getting a letter wrong meant starting the page over. You can watch the original movie here

Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues – A HAND LETTERING EXPERIENCE from Leandro Senna on Vimeo.

Video – Taken By Tree’s : Large

Taken By Tree’s “Large”, taken from the new album ‘Other Worlds‘.

Discosalt Halloween Bash

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The Discosalt Halloween Bash is  back!  Come freak the demons this Saturday – October 27th –  at Lit Lounge in the East Village, with live music from :

Happy Lives 

DJ King Pop

Chris Alker (Subtrak, Team Deep)

Synth Records

Plus Special Guests.

Don’t forget your costume.

 JOIN THE PARTY ON FACEBOOK

DETAILS:

Discosalt Halloween Bash

Saturday October 27th

Lit Lounge 

93 Second Avenue ( Between 5th and 6th Street)

9pm – 4am

 

MP3 – Happy Lives : We’re So…

Had enough Lo-Fi ? Young and indecisive, Brooklyn-based  Happy Lives have your antidote- tizzying up bounce friendly Garage Rock that sounds like an oddly amazing marriage between Nirvana and James Blake.  With already 43 shows under their belt since their start in February, the band takes stage at CMJ 2012 at Muchmore’s on October 20th at 9pm. Don’t miss them live!

Video – Still Corners : Endless Summer

Watch the Georgina Hudson directed video for Still Corner’s Twin-Peak-y track “Endless Summer” on Sub Pop.

Watch – Until the Quiet Comes

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Amazing  short film from  Kahlil Joseph, with music from FlyLo’s highly anticipated new LP , Until the Quiet Comes, featuring Erykah Badu.

Watch – Sound of Vision

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Sound of Vision is a glimpse into one man’s journey to belong: born and bred in the city that never sleeps, Frank Senior spends his waking and dream-swaddled hours confronting the hurdles, and embracing the beauty, of the city he will never see. This short documentary was conceived as part of a competition for the International Documentary Challenge, where it won the POV Award, the Jury Award for Best Film, the Audience Award, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Use of the Experimental Genre.

WATCH IT NOW ON PBS P.O.V. HERE

Cat Power : Sun

 

 

 

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Label: Matador

 

Longtime Miami indie Goddess Chan Marshall was born again in 2012 with a short, cropped, breakup haircut and the first Cat Power album of original material in over six years. Transformed by her struggles as an artist,  Marshall revisits her roots and comes into her own with this collection of moody, bluesy,  songs layered by drum machines, synths and beautiful background vocals, which help showcase Marshall’s seductive, whispered croons and clever wordplay. If that isn’t enough,  Marshall raps on the album and there is a surprise appearance from Iggy pop in the middle of  the ten-minute Velvet Underground homage  ”Nothin But Time”.

 Listen :  Cat Power : Ruin

 

Video – Petite Meller : NYC Time

A.T. Mann (the Director behind Tiger Love’s “Summer Rain”, “Gio Gio”) & Napoleon Habeica (the well-known fashion photographer behind the American Apparel ad campaigns) direct this new music video for “NYC Time” by PETITE – the ex -lead vocalist of electro-pop cult band Terry Poison.  The video pays homage to Petite’s love affair with NYC and Napoleon Habeica’s love affair with American Apparel, running on memoirs from Antonioni’s ‘Eclipse’ to David Hamilton’s sexy socks in sandals.

New Track – These Kings : Home

Listen to two new tracks from instrumental, progressive, indie, mathpop, rock group – These Kings –  from Birmingham, UK.

MP3 – Lazyeyes : Nostalgia

From the ashes of The Twees, comes Brooklyn band – Lazyeyes. Former Twee front man Jason Abrishami, with members Alex Taraka and Paul Frank Volpe have forged a new Dream-Pop band with the environmental footprint of Surf-Pop; a sound they call –  “surfgaze”. The band is planning to record their debut EP this year, but For now, you can listen to the track “Nostalgia” on Bandcamp.

Live – Girl Talk, Snoop Dogg, TV on the Radio and The Black Keys : Catalpa NYC

Over the weekend, Discosalt attended the first ever Catalpa Festival on Randall’s Island. Two solid summer days/nights of diverse live music from an eclectic lineup including The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg , TV on the Radio and Girl Talkall under a blue leopard print banner commanding the crowd to “DANCE BITCHES!”. Despite the rain, some poor footwear decisions and two “wham jam, no thank you ma’am” sets of Umphrey’s McGee, the NYC festival, striving to be a pioneering East Coast festival comparable to California’s Coachella and Chicago’s Lollapalooza, managed to deliver.

SATURDAY – JULY 28

8-8:45PM TV on the Radio

Having not performed in New York since September of 2011, this was a real homecoming for Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio and a real treat for the predominantly New York based crowd. After being cheered on stage by the collective fan cries of “Brooklyn!”, the band tipped their hat (and beard) to another New York musician – dedicating “Second Song”, to a “dear-departed inspiration, Mr. Adam Yauch…I would not be in New York City without the words of that man.” This was one of the best performances I’ve seen out of these guys, and in a surprisingly short set, the band managed to hit all the crowd pleasers, squeezing in “Staring at the Sun”, “Wolf Like Me” and “Will Do”.

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9:30-11PM The Black Keys

The Ohio garage-rock duo (with a little help from some friends), oiled up their gritty back-to-basics blues engine with some sonic lube worthy of classic rock torque. Ripping into a seemingly endless zeppelin-esc guitar rock grab bag to draw the biggest crowd on Saturday – with plenty of audience participation na-na-na’s. In only 90 minutes, Auerbach and Carney cranked through a crunchy set of soulful modern blues rock, gunning down broken dreams and witchy women with a raw intensity that is best experienced live, and along the way nailed down some fan favorites like “Your Touch”, “I Got Mine”, “Thickfreakness”, “Girl Is on My Mind”.

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SUNDAY – JULY 29

5:15-6:15PM Matisyahu

So…the last time I saw Matisyahu perform, he was an Orthodox Jew. Now, he’s ditched the Chassidic shtick for a clean shaven look, crowd surfing and inviting female audience members to dance on stage with him. “No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me … no alias.” His face is smooth, but his voice is even smoother,  as Matisyahu managed to skank out some new gems off his new album and revisit some old classics –  playfully chastising the audience for requesting “King Without A Crown” and “One Day”, saying –  “Obviously I’m going to play them, Those are the only two songs everyone knows”.

6:15-7PM Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim definitely win the festival award for funniest stage banter …or drummer Kim Schifino has revealed a horrible case of tourettes. “I know what you’re thinking, we’re a little out of shape, I’ve been doing exercises, though — something called a Kegel…because I want to fuck the shit out of you tonight!” When Kim wasn’t shouting “fuck” or “shit”, she was shouting, well “fuck” or “shit” or restarting “Daylight” after hitting Matt’s keyboard with her sticks. “I get crazy with the sticks and I just have to hit shit”. The band left the stage thanking the crowd for taking their 2012 virginity.

7:45-9PM Girl Talk

In my next life I want the energy level of DJ superstar – Greg Gillis. The one man mash-up party monster (along with a crowd of 20 or so aggressive people dancing non-stop around Gillis) drew the biggest crowd of the day and did not disappoint. Gillis performed an hour plus set of dozens of effortlessly produced classic hip-hop, pop and rock mashup-style remixes – including everything from M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” mash with Ice Cubes “It Was a Good Day” to Nirvana, Notorious B.I.G, Elton John and the bounce friendly Nine Inch Nails “Wish” mashed with Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone”. There were lights, confetti, inflatable animals, balloons, balloons filled with confetti, toilet-paper guns, crowd surfing and enough sweat and bouncing to make a porn star blush. Gillis closed the high energy set with his version of Gun’s and Roses “November Rain”, as confetti rained down on the crowd.

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9-9:40PM A$AP Rocky

I was really rooting for A$AP Rocky… that is, until, the air horn. The upcoming 23-year-old Harlem rapper, rocking a “Fuck Swag” T-shirt and signature skinny Jeans, spent more time shouting over his own backing tracks and firing off bullet sound effects, whistles and air horns, than he did rapping. While surrounded by a stage entourage that never consisted of less than 8 people at one time, the image conscious A$AP Rocky told the crowd –  “people used to fuck with us for wearing skinny jeans around 2004. Now we’re right here with our skinny jeans and you embrace that shit”…well…how about embracing some music.

9:40-10:45PM Snoop Dogg

Interspersed by pre-recorded blacksploitation inspired skits on a giant projection screen – which included the Doggfather firing an assault weapon at the crowd, smoking weed and taking out a “bitch” – was a crusty old man dancing, a Lady of Rage appearance, a furry Nasty Dogg with an eight-foot long stuffed penis and a giant spliff, a cloud of weed smoke and of course Mr. Snoop Dogg backed by the original Dogg Pownd, performing the 53- minute gangsta rap classic – Doggystyle. The set was on point as the entire crowd, even security, could be spotted singing along with the familiar sounds of “Gin and Juice”, “Murder Was The Case,” “Serial Killer,” “G’z and Hustlas” and, of course, “Doggy Dogg World.” Snoop ended the Doggystyle set declaring –  “I ain’t stopping, I’m like the bunny, I keep going and going”, just  before coming back with two encores- a Pharrell-assisted “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Young Wild and Free” as his DJ played Wiz Khalifa verses. Unfortunately, Snoop’s alter ego Snoop Lion never made an appearance.

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Then….there were these people…

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Video – Chromatics Tour Documentary : Eclipse

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“Eclipse” is a beautiful two week tour montage of the Chromatics / abstract short film compiled & directed by Altberto Rossini on location.

Live – Chromeo, Deltron 3030, Rich Aucoin and David Gray @ Ottawa Bluesfest 7/4-15

 

Chromeo DJ Set 

The Chromeo DJ set on July 8th felt just like that – a DJ set. Regardless, good times were had by all – even the Ottawa Police and fathers of small children. Chromeo plays their next show July 28th in Sacramento (with instruments).

For more information visit: Chromeo.net/tours

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Deltron 3030

‘If I had known Deltron was playing’, a statement heard from a Snoop Dogg attendee following the Snoop Dogg show on July 10th. I think it would be safe to say that Deltron had some competition that night, with Snoop playing on the main stage and El-P and Killer Mike playing at Ritual nightclub nearby – but never the less, the fans did come out.

The excitement level was high before the show even began. Fans spoke about the legendary album that came out over a decade ago, reminiscing about how they found out about the trio and wondering what Deltron 3030’s new music would sound like. I personally found out about Deltron through Tanner Hall’s pioneering ski segments (circa 2002) and found some fellow skiers in the crowd that night that were just as enthused as I was.

The ‘Deltron Orchestra’ came onto stage and sat modestly while the crowd roared with anticipation. This was followed by Kid Koala then by Dan the Automator (rockin’ tails) who kicked things off with an instrumental to get the crowd going. Then all of a sudden, like a lion out of a cage, Mr. Del the Funkee Homosapien graced the stage accompanied by Dan the Automator conducting the Deltron Orchestra.

They played the classics like ‘Mastermind’, ‘Things you can do’ and ‘Virus’ off the Deltron 3030 album. They played some new songs off of ‘Event II’ coming out in August. They even ended things off with ‘Clint Eastwood’ by Gorillaz, which I think was the highlight of the night since it caught everyone off guard. Apart from Del battling with the extreme volume of the orchestra on some songs, this was a show with no sad faces – all members of Deltron delivered and I predict that ‘Event II’ will be of epic proportions.

They continue their tour at ‘Rock the Bells‘ in San Bernadino, August 19th.

For more information visit: www.kidkoala.com

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Rich Aucoin

The kid who never left summer camp

It started off with an exciting interaction between musician and fan that you see little of these days; a guy who went into the crowd, shot streamers, played humorous videos and got the fans involved – In every single song. The over-involvement and camaraderie with fans brought me back to an awkward phase in my life; a time of dirt-staches, first hairs, under confidence, and no-reason-boners (NRB’s). Rich Aucoin brought me back to summer camp – circa 2001.

His motivational, ‘you-can-do-it’ attitude reminded me of the camp counsellor who eats, sleeps, and would even die for camp (if it came to it). The one who counts down the days in which he can once again take part in the mind-moulding process of young pre-teens. Not to say that Rich Aucoin didn’t have his songs but the show grew tiresome when every song consisted of the same crowd/chorus involvement and motivational slogans.

All things aside, the Halifax native is a promising musician with foot stompers like ‘It’ and ‘Push’ and the fans that liked him, loved him to death. I don’t think this will be the last you will hear of the CMW indie award winner and I am intrigued to see what he comes up with in the future.

For more information: www.richaucoin.ca

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David Gray 

Usually when David Gray comes through the capital he plays at the intimate and high class venue known as the National Arts Centre. At the NAC people are accustomed to wearing fancy clothes, drinking expensive wine, sitting down while the musician plays and erupting into a unison of applause when the song finishes. Singing is frowned upon and dancing is strictly forbidden and punishable by death.

Last Friday marked the first time David Gray has not played at the NAC in Ottawa and the first time he’s ever played at Bluesfest. There was singing, there was dancing and there were a lot of first timers to the Englishman’s bobble-head style, but he was of no disappointment to them. He played songs from ‘White Ladder’, ‘Life in Slow Motion’, ‘Draw the Line’, and his newest album ‘Foundling’. At the end of the show the crowd shouted for an encore, but because of strict festival scheduling, the encore was not possible.

David finished off his tour in Shelburne, Vermont on Saturday and has no other tour dates planned yet.

For more information visit: www.davidgray.com

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-Darcy Ujjainwalla

Incredibly Small : A 300 Square Foot Love Story

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Anne and Amir are an unlikely pair. Amir is an escalator attendant by day and aspiring sculptor by night. Even though he has never sculpted anything before, he hopes to one day fulfill his lifelong dream of making a marble bust of Charles Barkley. Anne comes from a well-to-do family and just started law school where she spends most of her days studying. Against the odds they decide to move into a shabby 300 square foot apartment and try to start a life together.

But things don’t exactly go as planned. The combination of their small apartment, their threateningly charming neighbor next door and unexpected visitors from the past make them realize that maybe they aren’t as perfect for each other as they previously had thought.

At once both singularly funny and painfully poignant, Incredibly Small is equal parts Woody Allen, John Hughes, and Eric Rohmer.

Shot in Minneapolis, MN over the course of 14 days in the summer of 2009 with an independently financed micro budget, Incredibly Small exemplifies the true spirit of independent film.

WATCH THE FILM HERE


INCREDIBLY SMALL – Free Independent Feature Film from Dean Peterson on Vimeo.

MP3 + New Video – Marty Angus : Break Free

Grab some fresh tracks and check out a new music video from Martin “MartyAngus – an upcoming hip hop artist out of central New Jersey with plans of releasing his debut EP “Elephants” early Fall 2012. With influences from Mos Def, Tupac, Andre 3000, Common, 90’s Black Cinema, Pelé, Ambient Cultural Music From Around The World, and Lee “Scratch” Perry, Marty has a refreshing, throwback sound and a nasty ear for production. Download some free tracks after the jump.

Listen as RJD2 lays the instrumentation for “Break Free”:

New Video – Sebastien Tellier : Russian Attractions

French vocalist Sebastien Tellier just dropped a great new video for the Morrissey-esc single  ‘Russian Attractions’ produced by VICE with the help of Air. Starring an olympic caliber synchronized swim team, the video for the latest track from his new album My God Is Blue is reminiscent of a classic kaleidoscopic Bond title sequence.

BFF New York 2012

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The Bicycle Film Festival  hits New York City June 28- July 1 at Anthology Film Archives.  Watch as Discosalt Magazine goes inside The Bicycle Film Festival headquarters in New York City with it’s founding director, Brendt Barbur to discuss the festival. Then, check out, what looks like another great schedule of events and films after the jump.

FRIDAY JUNE 29

PROGRAM 1

6:30PM // BIKE STORIES

TDF
Rockville
Another Bike Theft Experiment
Georgena Terry
The Inverted Bike Shop
Boy
Three-Legged Horses
Candy Rides

PROGRAM 2
8:30PM // BIKE STORIESSee PROGRAM 1
PROGRAM 3
10:30PM // BIKE STORIESSee PROGRAM 1

AFTERPARTY // TBA

SATURDAY JUNE 30

STREETPARTY // 12PM-6PM

PROGRAM 4
2:00PM // HIT ‘EM IN THE MOUTH

Boy
Inspiring Ride With Ines Brunn
Hit ‘Em In The Mouth

PROGRAM 5
4:00PM // L’EROICA

Rockville
Philippa & Nancy
Spoke Folk
Bikes, Bread, & Wine: L’eroica

PROGRAM 6
6:00PM // URBAN BIKE SHORTS

Sister Session
Camper Bike: Kevin Cyr
Signatune Bis
Full Glory
4th Grazian Old Building Cycle Criterion
The First Unstoppable
Bike Cart Bungee Skating
Monstertrack: MT13

PROGRAM 7
8:00PM // URBAN BIKE SHORTS

See PROGRAM 6

PROGRAM 8
10:00PM // URBAN BIKE SHORTS

See PROGRAM 6

AFTERPARTY // TBA

SUNDAY JULY 1

PROGRAM 9
1:00PM // BFF’S GREATEST HITS

Stephan and Simone
Bike Lane
Belle Epoch
Denton/Fort Worth, T.X.
Mark On Allen
Le Tour de Kagawa
Waffle Bike
+ more

PROGRAM 10
3:00PM // FUN BIKE SHORTSWe Love Bikes
Courier Culture
Less Car, More Go
Tour De Tan
Joe Moody
The Road Ahead
Make The Move
+ more
PROGRAM 11
5:00PM // SHAY ELLIOT

Cross-Dressed
Nifty-Ten-Fifty
Shay Elliot: Cycle of Betrayal
PROGRAM 12
7:00PM // LINE OF SIGHT

Brooklyn Rides
Line Of Sights
PROGRAM 13
9:00PM // LINE OF SIGHT

See PROGRAM 13AFTERPARTY // TBA

10 Amazing Collage Artists

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1. Mowgli Omari  –  At only 20 years old, this Art University student in South East London, has already showcased his complex works at an international solo show in Zurich. His works combine simple geometric shapes with retro images to create very complex, futuristic looking optical illusions.

2. Matt Wisniewski –  A web developer and collage artist based in Brooklyn, NY, Matt creates digital art collages that incorporate both the beauty of the human form and the beauty of nature.

3. Benjamin Evans – A photographer based in Brisbane, Australia who creates collages…sometimes, for his girlfriend.

4. Julien Pacaud -A french illustrator, currently living in Le Mans, France, who before becoming an illustrator, studied film-making, was an astrophysician, an international snooker player, a hypnotist and an esperanto teacher. He creates surreal sci-fi collages with a narrative atmosphere that are truly unique.

5. Ben Giles – Another young artist from the UK, at just 19, Ben has worked with various styles.

6. Laura Red­burn – A 25-year-old collage (and mixed media) artist currently living in Cardiff, Wales. Color, animals, nature, old films, science fiction, dreams and vivid imagination inspire her. She likes to create snapshots from dreams and other worlds in her work, leaving the viewer to reflect upon their own dreams, imagination and experiences to gather their own meaning from the illustrations.

7. Marco Migani– Known as Inserirefloppino, Italian visual artist Marco Migani was born in Rimini, in 1983. He is also a musician who plays in 3 different bands, besides running an independent record label together with his friends.

8.Jeffrey Meyer – Born in Indiana, currently in the Pacific Northwest, Jeff has created a huge body of work who marries actual illustration and collage.

9.Esh Šehanović – Esh creates mash-up’s of f things found in his environment- virtual or real.

10. Erika Lawlor Schmidt – Born in Lake Forest, Illinois in 1956, Erika Lawlor Schmidt has forged a career as a visual and performing artist whose work is deeply shaped by investigations into Eastern philosophy and Indian mysticism. Her prints and collages draw on a range of influences but still recall one of the founding principles of Surrealism.

Rooftop Films Presents Kid-Thing

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Kid-Thing follows Annie, an angst-riddled prepubescent wasting her days away in a drab landscape on the outskirts of Austin, who stumbles upon an elderly woman trapped in a dep hole in the ground and must decide what–if anything–she is going to do to help.

Venue: 

Automotive High School

50 Bedford Avenuw

WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn

L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.

Kid-Thing 
June 14th
8:00PM Doors Open
8:30PM Live Music
9:00PM Film Begins

Oslo – Official Trailer

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A Norwegian film – with a successful festival streak –  about a junkie spending one day outside the rehab centre.