TV On the Radio Announce New Record “Seeds”

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TV on the Radio were the band that reignited my passion with current music when Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes was released in 2004 and I believe that they have been the best and most consistent band of this millennium, so I was elated with the announcement this morning that they will be releasing a new album.

Seeds will be released this fall/autumn on Harvest Records and was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and was produced, as always, by guitarist David Andrew Sitek. Further information and a brief trailer are below the jump.

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Journalism set to release debut EP, playing July 25th release show at Palisades


Brooklyn band Journalism will release their debut EP on the 29th of July, titled 1324, on Dead Stare. The EP was recorded at  nearby Virtue and Vice Studios in Greenpoint.

You can get a preview in the shape of A Thousand Pricks below. The guitars have a gorgeous shimmer to them but  don’t forget to pay attention to the subtle rhythm section which rumbles along underneath. It’s a beautiful widescreen production in contrast to most bands, who tend to either go all out on the treble or bass these days.

The band play at Pianos tonight but will also be playing an EP release show at the fairly new Bushwick venue, Palisades on a bill that includes Honduras, ONWE and Turnip King.

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will perform “Dawn of the Dead” at Irving Plaza

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Italian progressive rock legends, Goblin, made their first ever trip to the US in 2013 and clearly enjoyed themselves as Claudio Simonetti and co are coming back to headline Irving Plaza on the 15th of July.

Best known for their horror soundtracks from the 70s, this time around they will play their Dawn of the Dead score live alongside the film.

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Live Review: Curtis Harding played Mercury Lounge and Glasslands

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Curtis Harding was in New York this week for a couple of shows. His debut album, Soul Power, is so good I decided to go to both.

I was excited about the Mercury Lounge show because it’s a great sounding room and I thought would suit the material to a tee. The only downer was that there was no support act, doors opened at 9:30 and Curtis didn’t play until 11, it would have been nice to have had something to break up the time (or just come on earlier). However, it was well worth the wait. [Read more…]

Curtis Harding plays Mercury Lounge and Glasslands this week

Curtis Harding

Curtis Harding has got it. I don’t know what it is, no-one does, but we all know it when we hear it. For me, this ambiguous statement is even more true when it comes to one of my great loves, soul music, whose golden period of the 60s and 70s still sounds fresh but has obviously cast a shadow over everything that has come since. It’s hard to not to hear the ghosts of the past as a rotating cast of pretenders come and go in the blink of an eye while attempted reboots and rebranding rarely registered even a spark.

This is all the more reason you’ll be genuinely thrilled to hear that Curtis Harding’s debut album, Soul Power, shows a contemporary artist with the ability to tap into the energy of soul without sounding derivative. Lead single, Keep On Shining is a foot stomping, brass accompanied modern soul anthem, whilst the video shows another rare quality, which is to not take oneself too seriously. Listen below the jump.

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Chilean band La Hell Gang sign to Mexican Summer

La Hell Gang

Chile (in particular, its capital city, Santiago) has been a melting pot of musical inspiration over the course of the last decade and is, in my opinion, delivering the best music around at an unrivaled consistency.

New York is cottoning on to this sonic boom from South America; The Holydrug Couple and Föllakzoid have already been snapped up by Sacred Bones, both of whom I recommend highly.

The latest band hoping to break through is La Hell Gang, who have just signed to the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer, home to the likes of Fresh and Onlys, Ariel Pink, Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin. The label will issue the band’s second album, Thru Me Again, on the 24th of June. [Read more…]