Dirty Gold – “California Sunrise”

It’s almost not warm enough to post this — this is clearly summer music and it’s barely early spring — but what the hell. Grab the single “California Sunrise” from San Diego three-piece Dirty Gold below. The EP, which reminds us of a more sunny Beach House, just dropped on Autumn Records April 12. [via]

MP3: California Sunrise

A Tribe Called Quest Documentary At Tribeca Film Festival

From TribecaFilm.com:

Acclaimed actor Michael Rapaport (Zebrahead, Mighty Aphrodite) paints a remarkably personal portrait of the characters behind the group’s sonic genius through their five albums, their highly publicized breakup in 1998, and beyond. Emotionally honest and forthright interviews with group members are intercut with electrifying footage of live performances, music videos from back in the day, and commentary from Common, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, and the Beastie Boys.

Check it out this Wednesday or Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival. (A longer trailer after the jump.)

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Yoni Wolf and Son Lux played Le Poisson Rouge

Le Poisson Rouge was decked out as a sort of lounge-y dinner theater, a look very becoming of the dark, artsy (fartsy?) space. It was a nice setup, being that neither acts Friday night were really bands, per se, but delivered more intimate deliveries. Anticon labelmates, former tourmates, and genuinely cool guys Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) and Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) Performed sets of almost entirely new material. Lott has a new record coming out at the end of the month called We Are Rising, written and recorded (and in-depthly documented) during the month of February. Yoni, on the other hand, has been taking his time with coming up with songs for a new WHY? record, spending tine at his parents’ home ad recording, he says, 19 demos for an upcoming release. [Read more…]

No More Siren Festival

Why is everything changing? Apparently, big summer concert bookers can’t just let summers stay the same. First the confusion with Williamsburg Waterfront shows, now the Village Voice’s decade-old Siren Festival has been cancelled and will not be returning to Coney Island this year.

Luckily, the Voice is going to be replacing Siren with a new festival, 4Knots, which will take place July 16 at the South Street Seaport. According to a press release:

“We’re extremely excited about the launch of the 4Knots Music Festival this summer,” commented Village Voice publisher Josh Fromson. “Music fans from all five boroughs and all over the world have circled the date of our summer music event on their calendars each year. We feel this new festival will not just live up to the glory of our past events, but sets the stage for continued success in the future.”

The 4Knots Music Festival will feature renowned and emerging artists from today’s music scene performing live all day in front of what is sure to be an extremely large and enthusiastic audience. A full lineup of the day’s events will be announced in coming weeks.

Summers ain’t what they used to be, but still sound like they will be fun as hell.

Steve Buscemi Eyes

The Tumblr is worth a visit too.

Tomorrow: Record Store Day!

Saturday is the 4th Annual Record Store Day! Give thanks to that fragile black disc and the (dwindling amount of) shops that champion it by getting up extra early and waiting in line to look through stacks of music before leaving without buying anything. I kid, I kid! Seriously, you should buy at least one 7”, you lousy bum.

Stores throughout the city will be hosting bands to complement all the give-aways, promos and special releases from bands like Deerhoof, Kate Bush, Big Star, Caribou, Nirvana, The Decemberists, Bad Brains, Panda Bear, Wavves, OFF!, Built to Spill, Ryan Adams, The Boss, Sonic Youth and Grinderman.

Below are the bold-line performances at your fave area shops. Visit the official Record Store Day site for more participating stores.

Kim’s Video opens @ 9:00a: Folky folks Angel Olsen and Bow Ribbons play the East Vill institution at 5:00p.  

Sound Fix opens @ 10:30a: Sound Fix opens early with undisclosed deals. Dream-pop duo Damon & Naomi play at 7:00p

Other Music opens @ 11:00a: Be one of the first 100 folks to buy Regina Spektor‘s new Four From Far record and get a pass for her intimate show (where she’ll be recording next year’s RSD release) later that day.

Generation Records opens @ 11:00a: Obits, The Jay Vons, I Hate Our Freedom and Spa Castles play and Yo La Tengo (all three!) and WFMU’s Tom Scharpling DJ.

Fat Beats opens @ noon: What I don’t know about hip hop would surprise and disgust you. That being said, even I can sense this is a pretty rad RSD setup: pop-up shop in a warehouse with 9 hours of performances, contests, discounts and food.

Cake Shop @ 5:00p: Not officially an RSD entrant, Cake Shop is still offering goods and a show. Eternal Summers, McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Hands & Knees, Overlord, Night Collectors and Twitchers play. Entry is $8

Sunday: And I Am Not Lying – LIVE!

Our friends over at And I Am Not Lying are throwing a show this Sunday that should definitely be worth checking out. They’ve thrown together this fancy trailer to help get the word out:

More information at And I Am Not Lying.

Vegan Pop Up

Secret-ish food markets are back (with the never-talk-to-the-New-York-Times lesson learned from the Greenpoint Food Market forgotten). So, of course we have our very own. And obviously its going to be vegan.

From the release, these are some of the goods:

Puffy glazed doughnuts from Dun-Well Doughnuts!

The Regal Vegan’s top notch Faux Gras! (gluten-free too!)

Meow Meow Tweet, with their masterfully crafted organic bar and liquid soaps, and vegan bug repellent too!

Pretty Monsters has made a special all vegan product line just for us with matcha lavender lip balms, soy candles in new Summer scents, AND tattoo balm!

At the Pinebox Rock Shop this Sunday from 2 to 5, with cheap drinks and freebies. As far as markets go, this one sounds good. As long as they don’t talk to the Times.

More info at their website. Good luck, little food market.