Ragers & Rock Shows [9.19.14]

whiskeybitches

This past Monday, Whiskey Bitches played the first night of their free residency at Arlene’s GroceryTheir drummer was on a trip to Istambul or Italy or something, so they did an awesome double set with Leslie of Haybaby & Glen of InRod on drums. They have great songs about drinking whiskey, fucking bitches, and even greater stage banter about how their sweet beautiful bassist, Kate, threw a beer in someones face recently. They’re seriously the most genuine badass gals I’ve ever met and rock the fuck out with crazy eyes and deep raspy vocals. You can catch their next residency at Arlene’s Grocery this Monday 9.22 with Angry Animals. RSVP HERE.

^They have a new EP out called Never Enough

^This was my fav song from their set

The Sleep ZZZ, XNY, & Sic Tic played an intimate show at The Flat on Friday 9.12. It was Sic Tic’s first show with their new bassist Jenna, and it was her first show since grade school. Bands with couples and/or siblings are always  fascinating to watch. Jenna & Frank (guitar/vox) look like siblings but they’re actually a couple. They vibe out with warm detached looks on their face as Frank shreds some crazy jazz scales.

The middle band, XNY, are a female-fronted singer/songwriter-ish rock 2 piece with a lot of good kick-your-ex-in-the-face lyrics. They have a cute story about how they met, Pam and Jacob were next-door neighbors & “after months of hearing one another practicing their instruments, avoiding eye contact and hearing each others every waking move, Jacob invited Pam over for cheesecake.” Cheesecake eating never seemed so rock n roll. Their debut album “Orange” is out now. They’re also playing with Whiskey Bitches at the end of the the month Monday, 9.29 for FREE!! RSVP HERE.

 ^Clip from The Sleepy Zzz last song of their set

They’re playing next week on Wednesday 9.24 with “some of Brooklyn’s – chillest garage rock psych bands will be getting fucked up and playing some groovy tunes at the chill spot – Knitting Factory BK. For the welcoming fall and the continuing ov staying the freshest. So throw on a chill sweater and come watch some rad live music with all ov the homies and kick it till the lights turn on.” I’ll be DJing in between the sets of Water, Electric People, The Sleepy ZZZ & 68 Creep. It’s $10, doors are 7:30, and bands go on at 8pm. RSVP HERE.

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vedaraysTonight, Friday 9.19, at Palisades you should check out The Veda RaysHaybabySic Tic & Warcries$5 / Doors 8pm /All Ages / RSVP HERE

slackgaze

On Saturday 9.20 is the first show at Slackgaze’s new art space, Nola, darling, in Chelsea!!! It’s featuring Bodega BayPalm (band)Turnip KingGHOST PUNCH & Chimes (watch out for some new Chimes trax dropped soon!!! like today!!! ahhh). There’s a sweet art instalation by Bodega Bay, Star Garden Light Show, and Oculus Art Collaborative. The address is– 161 West 22nd Street NY, NY (yes, Chelsea). 5pm / $7 / All Ages / RSVP HERE

@sugarmamabk

[Hot From the Dingus] Wild Decade gets Dissonant on Two Places EP

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Welcome back my friends and internet h8ers. We bring you new new, new. Here’s the exclusive premier from Wild Decade:

Two Places EP. It’s the kind of album that opens up on a melodic ground that seems predictable and relatable only to pull itself out at the last second and jizz in your eyes by mistake. This is a metaphor. It is right? Because just as you think the guitars are following uninterrupted data points, they break away into chord progressions that digress to something slightly more tempered and less faithful.

It’s not that this sounds like the Dismemberment Plan, it’s that it holds itself to that dissonant standard (at times) while still providing something along the lines of “pop”. It all comes together on ‘Three and a Half Stars’ where the irregularity is perfected into some sort of ordered chaos. @Dingusonmusic

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Strangers [James Canty]

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PERHAPS ‘STRANGERS’ HAS A TWANG OF REDNECK CHARM WITHOUT FORGETTING ITS ANDREW BIRD-ESQUE BLOOM. NEVERMIND THE SUBTLE VARIATION IN TONE, AS THE ENTROPIC UNFOLDING BALANCES ITSELF OUT THROUGH THE COMPOSITION. (DON’T EVER TELL ME I ONLY WRITE DICK JOKES ON THIS BLOG) @DINGUSONMUSIC

Heard it From Me [Chaz Ultra]

EVEN THE COPS KNOW IT’S ALL CHAZ EVERYTHING. @DINGUSONMUSIC

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But You Don’t Know [Cepasa]

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I KNOW THAT GIRLS DONT CLAP THEIR ASS TO DOWNTEMPO SHIT, BUT IF THEY DID IT WOULD BE TO THIS. I’M NOT SAYING THIS IS MUSIC TO HAVE ANAL SEX TO, BUT I MIGHT BE SAYING THAT IT WILL DEFINITELY HELP YOU WORK A FINGER OR TWO IN THERE. @DINGUSONMUSIC

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[ALL HAIL CROM] The Raveonettes – Peʻahi – “Endless Sleeper,” “Sisters” + MHOW Shows

A fevered anticipation continues to build for The Raveonettes triumphant return to New York City.  Having released their latest album Peʻahi at the end of July, a whirlwind stream of tracks, videos and insightful information has steadily emerged.  All of it leads up to their two-night appearance at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday 9/29 and Tuesday 9/30.

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First track “Endless Sleeper” opens Pe’ahi with a quick jazzy drumbeat, paying intentional homage to The Doors own leadoff track “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” off of their influential 1967 debut album.  Fuzzy bass, shuffling percussion and deep twang guitar figures alternate between dense layers and open spaces.  Lyrically, its one part Sune recapping a near death experience from drowning while surfing a number of years back.  However, a sense of frustration and anger emerges with imagery about wanting to “crack all the mirrors” and how “you shy away from everything – you shy away from me.”

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An accompanying video starts out in long shot form, immediately establishing a filmmakers touch from director Sune Rose Wagner. In the distance a naked couple is spotted in what at first appears to be lovemaking.  As the camera moves in it is revealed to be two women, and the initially perceived tenderness suddenly morphs into a struggle. They become engaged in a switchblade knife fight, where one is severely wounded.  Closeups of blood dripping from the blade echoes Pe’ahi’s imagery and overall theme.  Sudden bursts of quick flashing pulses match the tracks violent sonic outbursts, which in turn perfectly underscore appearances of tranquility abruptly exploding into violence.

The initially released (and second album track) “Sisters” features a dominant cathedral choir floating over top of brutally harsh guitar textures, while percussion shuffles forward in patterns originally designed for early-era hip hop.  A celestial harp soon emerges, as everything else drops out. It is a serene, angelic and very much momentary reprieve, as the lyrics are delivered within a return to the initial sonic fury.

Combining frenzied guitar destructiveness with ghostly choirs creates a sonic landscape of beautiful mayhem.  While lyrics present a cautionary plea encouraging women to overcome the emotional damage of men who leave them broken and alone.  The song culminates with a mad guitar solo that has a loose improvisational feel to it.

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@davecromwell

godspeed thundercat (Oh! Dark Arrow)

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IF YOU FUCK WITH FUCKING WEREWOLF ASSO THEN PERHAPS YOU’LL LIKE THIS LESS HARDCORE ROCK, MORE FILTHY ORGY BLEND OF THE SOUND THAT OH! DARK ARROW HAS BLENDED WITH THEIR MACHETE BECAUSE THEY RAN OUT OF SPOONS. IF YOU LISTEN CLOSE ENOUGH YOU CAN LIFT YOUR SKINNY FISTS LIKE ANTENNAS TO THE SKY. @DINGUSONMUSIC

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Dive [boxboxbox]

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by boxboxbox  (Manchester, UK)

Helen Crowder, Lee Campbell, and Phil Brooker. These are the three cool kids that make up the electronic trio, boxboxbox, from Manchester. The Dive EP features 5 songs that are full of beautifully synchronized beats…and one of those songs just so happens to be a cover of Andrew WK’s song “I Get Wet” which is a more soothing take on Andrew WK’s crazy party anthem. Somehow, it’s still equally as fun. Boxboxbox shows us that you can tone down something that’s originally crazily loud and fast to something more calming, yet keep all the awesomeness factors intact. I have no idea why, but Dive makes me want to run a marathon and I could probably never run a marathon. @caaarlirose

Virginia EP [The Northerners] (Best New Music)

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Whenever I hear music like this I pretty much say the same thing. In fact music blogging is so much of saying the same thing over and over that saying that music blogging is so much of saying the same thing over and over is saying the same thing over and over.

So what do I say: I say that music like this is underappreciated because everyone with a pair of headphones is constantly “waiting for the drop”. And as they’ve waited for this “drop” they’ve effectively numbed their mind to any form of music more complex and demanding. Most of the time they’ve numbed themselves to giving anything other than a 3 minute single a chance. But I say this: You can drive down the freeway rocking out to the Virginia EP and you’d be way more of a badass than you would listening to any Skrillex album (is that how you spell his name?). In fact, the coolest people our  generation has to offer know that it’s this kind of music that actually touches their heart.

Did you forget that music is supposed to touch your heart? I’m not saying that it can. I’m saying that it’s supposed to. @Dingusonmusic

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The Shepherd [A FOREST]

unnamed‘The Shepherd’ by A FOREST   (Leipzig & Berlin)

TOO OFTEN SYNTH SOUNDS WILL DOMINATE EVERYTHING. TOO OFTEN THERE WONT BE ANY SYNTHS AT ALL. WELL ‘THE SHEPHERD’ IS JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SYNTH AND HERE’S THE SECRET: IT’S GOIGN TO BE FEATURED AS A FREE DOWNLOAD ON OUR UPCOMING COMPILATION EP SERIES. WHICH MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE CALLED “THE DILDO INDIGO YOUTH COMPILATION”. @DINGUSONMUSIC