FREE Download: Small Black’s Moon Killer Mixtape

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Small Black here, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting a new release to solidify our love and kick off our longing for next summer — but doused with reverb and hearbreak, the Moon Killer mixtape has us feeling less “let’s hit the beach” and more “it’s too cold to smoke on the fire escape.”

But it’s not all down-tempo introspection, we promise. In addition to the laid back flows from Heems of Das Racist this 11 track gem is, according to the band, “full of samples from and homages to songs we love and the city that we live in. Something we could never do on a record” — and there’s no better example than “Love’s Not Enough,” a track that’s worthy of hand-holding at the roller skate rink. Remixes from Phonetag and Star Slinger close out the record to remind us that after the winter, we’ve got sunshine to look forward to once again.

“After 2 years of non-stop recording and touring, this project was a chance to give people who’ve supported us something free to enjoy,” says the band, so download Small Black’s Moon Killer Mixtape here. And be sure to check them out at the Moon Killer Release Party at Glasslands on Friday, Nov. 18th!

Weekend Music

LSD Trippple Nippples by trippplenippples

Oh my, this track is insane. The band is called Trippple Nippples, that’s right with triple ppp’s, and come to us from Tokyo, Japan. Trippple Nippples were recently featured in a documentary by Pharrell Williams called Tokyo Rising, and have just released this new single, entitled “LSD.” As one could imagine, their live shows seem to be insane, so here is to hoping they make their way to Brooklyn. For now, I can only hope to have half the fun this Friday as these people…


(Another) Heavy Metal Lawsuit

An ex-lead singer of epic New York thrash metal band Anthrax is suing his former band-mates and the band’s accounting firm according to the Manhattan Federal Court.
Dan Nelson, who joined the band in December of 2007 is suing drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian along with Berdon LLP for $2.65 million.

Nelson and the band parted ways in July of 2009 and their tour was cancelled, but not because Nelson “abruptly resigned” due to illness, the suit claims.

This was the reason for the tour cancellation according to a July 2009 press release from the band.

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Diamond Rings

The fourth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is coming to North 6th street in the ‘Burg this weekend, featuring six venues and over 40 artists. Get your booty shaking with a wide range of DJ, indie electronica and techno shows without having to deal with the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.  Some of the more exciting acts include Matthew Dear, Diamond Rings, Reggie Watts, Deadelus and a DJ set by Fischerspooner’s Casey Spooner and Lauren Flax.

I’ve attended twice in the past, and this is electronic music festival for people who stay away from electronic music festivals. Instead of teenybopper ravers rolling their pants off (they have their own option in two weeks here), there’s a more sophisticated crowd looking to take in some of the best up-and-coming DJs and electronic bands to hit the scene.

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Interview and Ticket Giveaway: Christine Hoberg, Brooklyn’s Own Pop Up Live Finalist

On November 1st, we introduced you to Christine Hoberg — the energetic songstress who serenaded a boat load of people on the East River Ferry, qualifying her as New York’s finalist for Pop Up Live presented by SPIN Magazine and popchips. Well, now it’s time to get to know Christine a little better…

We got to chat with the Midwest-gone-Brooklyn broad about her upcoming EP release, “junky instruments” and where you can find her slinging the best Bloody Marys in the ‘hood. So check out the interview below and be sure to cast your votes before Monday, Nov. 14th to get Christine to the SPIN Stage in Austin, TX! And find out how to win tickets to Miss Hoberg’s Record Release show for her newest EP, Moonlight Never Shined So Bright, TOMORROW night at 10pm at Rockwood Music Hall after the jump…

How would you describe your sound to, let’s say, somebody’s grandma?

I describe my music as indie rock meets indie jazz, which maybe doesn’t make sense to a grandma. I think the stuff I have out now is mainly rock meets throwback motown or jazz.  I love those old chanteuse-y and sassy songstress types and have embodied that into a lot of my songs, but I also write and love really messed up noise music and love creating new sounds–I’m in love with artists like fever ray and radiohead–and more and more of that kind of stuff is coming out in my songs, especially my new album I’m releasing this Friday!  Lots of layered vocal chanty stuff, can’t wait to put it out! [Read more…]

In/Out Festival This Weekend

c/o Phillip Stearns

This weekend computer/music/art enthusiasts will meet in Williamsburg for the annual In/Out fest. The “In/Out Fest is an annual festival that features leading performers, developers, artists, and tinkerers of the digital design community. With the hope of bridging the gap between the forum based world and the stage, the festival seeks to bring digitally driven performances into the limelight with two full days of workshops and performances.” [via]

Check it out if you are into things like programming, hacking, music, art, and generally crazy digital shit. The festival will be held at 285 Kent for workshops and lectures, and performances will go on at The Knitting Factory. In/Out Fest dates are November 11-13th.

Quilt played Glasslands

image c/o Mexican Summer

Did you miss the Quilt EP release show at Glasslands last night? Bummer.

Quilt is a band from Boston, one that will hopefully be gracing Brooklyn with much more of it’s presence. The band is primarily made up of one part Shane Butler and the other Anna Fox Rochinski (the record also has some Taylor Mcvay thrown in there.) Concocting expansive 60’s inspired psych, I’m particularly a fan of Quilt because they seem to focus on just doing their own thing.

Quilts self-titled album just came out of Mexican Summer, which you can purchase here.

If you did miss the show…stream some of their music here, close your eyes, and just pretend you didn’t.

Tom Waits: Satisfied