As anyone who has ever seen High on Fire live can attest, it’s a vaguely religious, albeit thoroughly pagan, experience; a medulla oblongata-snapping, Dio-horn dotted 90-plus-minute almsgiving to anti-lord and semi-savior Matt Pike, whose ageless (and shirtless) Les Paul rippage has earned the Bay Area thrashers their righteous legion of sweat-and-beer slicked apostles and the in-awe reverence of metal nerds the scorched earth over.
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.
The trend in music festivals these days seems to be “all you can eat”. A hungry fan shopping for an experience would be pleased to see a former Beatle playing alongside a long broken-up, and now-reunited rap crew from the 90s. If your tastes are more progressive, here are 30 bands that you’ve never heard of – try a taste of each. In the mood for something more contemporary? Then you won’t want to miss this DJ we booked all the way from Europe – he comes with a fireworks show too!
Leave it to Pitchfork to buck the trend. The décor here can be best described as no frills, with only three stages marked by green, blue, and red banners. The menu is simple if not sparse; a lean mix of acknowledged prodigies and obscure names. Pacing is steady and reliable; when one course ends another begins, that is if you can make it through such a packed house. The mise-en-place could use some work. [Read more...]
Last week, Electric Zoo announced that they will be debuting a sixth Sunday School Vinyl Only stage. Daily lineups will be hosted by Behrouz, Frank & Tony, and Josh Wink (some of whom you may have caught at the vinyl only stage at this year’s first Mysteryland festival).
Friday night was the perfect evening for a boat ride on the Hudson. Plus it was the beginning of the weekend, so dancing was just a given. The Hornblower Inifinity yacht picked up at Pier 40, and was already blasting EDM music by 7 PM. There were a few things I noticed immediately: the sound system was kicking, the drinks were slightly less expensive than club prices ($11.50 for a mixed drink or $15 for a LIT if you really wanted to hate yourself the next day) and there were shit ton of people from New Jersey. I later found out that Groupon had been offering a $30 ticket attracting our friends from across the river.
In what was probably the only justifiable reason to be hanging out in midtown west this summer, Teenage Fanclub hit Pier 84 last for the latest installment of River Rocks‘ free summer show bonanza. The indie icons churned out a 72-minute mega-set to a crowd that clocked in just shy of Dinosaur Jr.’s at 4Knots appearance in terms of sheer size and I-can’t-fuckin-see-i-tude, deploying all the favorites with a little help from their friends in Honeyblood and Saint Rich. Check out the video and setlist below, and then get ready for Temples, who headline River Rocks’ next rager on August 7th.
Noisy pop punks Joanna Gruesome are following up their awesome debut LP, last year’s Weird Sister, with a gold split 12″ on their own label Reeks of Effort with Trust Fund (it will be released in the US on HHBTM). Each band are contributing 3 tracks, and you can listen to Joanna Gruesome‘s first below. It’s just what you’ve come to expect from the band: brief yet exhausting twee goodness.
You can pre-order the record here (no link for US yet); it’s out September 22nd.
The Welsh band are on tour starting this weekend, and it hits NYC twice. First, an incredible bill at Shea Stadium August 26th, where they play with indie darlings Perfect Pussy, plus alt-punks Potty Mouth and Love of Everything. Tix for that are on sale now, and I’m sure they won’t be for long.
That Friday the 29th, they hit the South Street Seaport with Big Ups for what is sure to be an awesome end of summer (never end, summer) concert. Even better, that one’s FREE.