Jamie T exclusive interview, Kings & Queens out today

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Kings & Queens out today!

Today UK cutie Jamie T’s sophomore album Kings & Queens debuts in the states! His last album Panic Prevention hit #4 on the UK album chart, and promptly put Jamie on the map, drawing comparisons to heroes Bob Dylan and Joe Strummer. The album was nominated that year for the Mercury Music Prize, and at the 2007 NME Awards, the kid with the fuck-all grin was named Best Solo Act ‚Äì beating Thom Yorke and Jarvis Cocker. Around these parts Jamie made his U.S. TV debut on Last Call With Carson Daly, his song ‚”Salvador” appeared on the soundtrack to HBO’s Entourage, and the ultimate stamp of indie approval the cool folks at KEXP played the shit out of Panic Prevention.

Check out the video for “Chaka Demus” on YouTube. And if you dig it – buy the album on iTunes!

Click through for our exclusive interview with the man himself, rumor has it he might be moving to Williamsburg, so you might wanna learn a thing or two in case you run into him at the Levee.

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Interview: As Summer Comes To An End, Tanlines Won't Fade


Tanlines first popped up on our radar last year with a remix of Telepathe’s “Chrome’s On It”, and shortly thereafter became an actual, well, band. This strictly production based project from Professor Murder‘s Jesse Cohen and Brothers producer Eric Emm (also of Don Cab and Storm & Stress fame) shortly became a conceptual music duo. It was only natural that once you got these two in front of a computer together, some original dance-y prog pop tunes (with a touch of calypso) would emerge from the collabo.
In addition to the remixes, from the Tough Alliance to Au Revoir Simone, you can catch up with Tanlines original tracks in video form over at what they’ve called “the best record label ever”, YouTube. And if you love what they’ve been up to, be sure to check them out with our favorite LA noise rockers HEALTH at the Bowery tomorrow night. Tickets are $15 day of the show.
Jesse Cohen gave us some details on the upcoming EP on True Panther and his crash course in iMovie when we caught up with him earlier this week. Check out the rest of the interview, and some more YouTube goodness from the boys, after the jump…
So is the name Tanlines in reference to something specific?
If anything it’s a reference to the necessity of working indoors to create music on a computer. And actual tan lines, as in the color.

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An Interview with Tao Lin, Author of Shoplifting From American Apparel

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I was already sitting at my computer on Monday when I “sat down” with Tao Lin (blog, twitter), author of the recently released Shoplifting From American Apparel, to have a little gchat about being fucked, Dan Brown’s new book, and his new life as an internet t-shirt model.

I volunteered that we’d keep this interview embargoed until next week sometime, but am posting it now so the New York Times will see they’re not the only ones breaking those things these days.

Here, have a look at what we talked about!

An Interview with Tao Lin, author of Shoplifting From American Apparel

me: hello

tao: hi

me: shall we chat?

tao: yes

(No, that’s not it! There’s more! After the jump…)

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Keegan DeWitt @ Public Assembly

“Complicated” by Keegan DeWitt from Keegan DeWitt on Vimeo.

No Keegan DeWitts were harmed in the making of this video

This Sunday, September 13th @ Public Assembly (front room) you should go see Keegan DeWitt with Wakey Wakey & Parachute Musical. DeWitt goes on @ 8PM and it’s $8.

FREE Williamsburg was lucky enough to interview him the other day – peep on for more reasons to check him out Sunday (other than us being there, duh). DeWitt talks about working with Aaron Katz, playing with Sigur Ros and Nashville vs. Brooklyn. Here is an MP3 of “Telephone” for your listening pleasure & my fave is his soundtrack to Quiet City which you can download on his website for FREE.

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TONIGHT: Cale Parks & Lemonade @ Santos Party House

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By now you know that we’re loving Cale Parks. And you’ve probably been chipping your manicure just waiting for the interview with the man himself. You’re also probably really excited for TONIGHT’s show at Santos Party House, which kicks off his next US tour with Lemonade. I know I am. Especially since I just realized that the first single, “One at a Time” reminds me a lot of this guy, and that can’t be bad.

See below for what Cale had to say about stage moniters, Brooklyn, and the new album, To Swift Mars, out on Polyvinyl now. Also, check out the video premiere of “One at a Time” HERE.

FREEburg: There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with wailing on an instrument, like playing drums with Aloha and White Williams for instance. How do you describe the transition to drum machines and synth?

Cale Parks: There was no transition, just a simple logistical issue that I couldn’t play the drums and make the music I wanted to make. I love drum machines and synths. There’s a specific type of satisfaction you experience when you tweak a drum sample or synth chord in the perfect way that you just can’t compare to getting all choppy on the drumset and vice versa. I’ve been doing the solo thing exclusively for almost a year now, but I’m really, really missing sitting behind a kit. I guess this is why Phil Collins jumps behind a second drumset for a solo or two on every solo show.

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TONIGHT: Alela Diane & Sharon Van Etten @ Union Hall

Tonight at Union Hall, supporting the lovely Alela Diane, is Bushwick’s own Sharon Van Etten. Her hauntingly subtle video for “For You”, the first single off of debut album, Beacuse I Was In Love, has been running in a loop through my head for the last few months. Shortly after being first dumbstruck, I was blown away by her live performance at Union Pool for the Northside Festival.

We got a chance to catch up with Sharon in her ‘hood about Richard Brautigan, love in the past tense, and good coffee. Take a look at the interview after the jump.

Don’t be dumb, this is a show you don’t want to pass up.

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Luke Temple's Here We Go Magic on Noisevox

Noisevox on Noisemakers, our newest platform to watch John Norris wax poetic on music, has been keeping us up with some of our current favorites on the scene. With the likes of Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, this week’s sit down with Brooklyn based Here We Go Magic explores touring with Grizzly Bear, becoming an actual band, and what to expect on the next record.

Check out the South Street Seaport rendition of breakout hit “Fangela” after the jump. And catch up on past and future interviews on Noisevox here.

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Interview: Todd P Goes to Austin; Premieres Tonight


Tonight at the Delancey Jay Buim, one of our homies over at the awesome ‘zine Free Danger (and one part Rude Dude), will be premiering his documentary Todd P Goes to Austin. This SXSW adventure, following some of the hottest bands on the DIY scene, showcases local legendary promoter Todd Patrick. Come out and celebrate tonight with performances by Team Robespierre, So So Glos, some super secret guests, and a DJ set by the man himself– Todd P.
The film touches on a “generation of artists creating and performing music on their own terms”– otherwise known as anything worth listening to here in our native Brooklyn. And although Todd P tends to be a contraversial topic amongst the local music community, there is no doubt that his shows, at neighborhood staples such as Market Hotel, are amongst the most enjoyably raucous ones we’ve ever been to.
Did we mention FREE Colt 45?? Doors @ 8pm, Movie starts at 9pm; FREE with RSVP!!
We got a chance to catch up with Director Buim about the meaning of DIY, the death of the record label, and the best eats in Austin, TX– check out the rest of the EXCLUSIVE interview, and details about tonight’s event, after the jump…
FREEburg: So Jay, how did you you first get hooked up with Todd Patrick?
Jay Buim: In the summer of 2006 I was leaving to go to LA to work on a documentary and Todd helped me throw a going away party. It was at this lunch spot across from the Death Star waste treatment plant in Greenpoint. The Death Set, Heloise and the Savoir Faire, and Drop the Lime played. At one point someone brought out a large tray of hot dogs. It was magic.

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