Ten acts we’ll be checking out at Panorama

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The inaugural Coachella East, better known as Panorama starts tomorrow on Randall’s Island. The folks at Goldenvoice have done an admirable job putting together a solid festival lineup, mostly consisting of big tent indie, electro and hip-hop. Here’s the ten acts we’ll most definitely be checking out this weekend.

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FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums of 2015

high-fidelity-jack-black-netflixRanking the year’s best albums is always a stressful process argued over many beers, and if we’re at it long enough, many whiskeys. This year, there were many whiskeys, and we ended up with a… different list than a lot of the ones you’ve been reading over the past month or so. We’re proud of that. These are the albums we truly enjoyed most in 2015. The entire internet will tell you to check out the new Kendrick, Grimes, Tame Impala and Sufjan records. We’ve got some of those, but not all of those. Some of our omissions may draw the ire our readers. To paraphrase FDR, “We welcome their ire.”

Just kidding. We’re not VICE.
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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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It’s felt like a low-key week so far to me, I haven’t even been to a single show and that doesn’t often happen. Maybe I’m just saving myself a little as I’ll be heading off to Levitation (FKA Austin Psych Fest) next week! Don’t forget to enter our competition and win a pair of tickets to see Mac McCaughan at Baby’s All Right on the 16th of May.

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Now Sufjan Stevens is writing open letters to Miley Cyrus

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From his Tumblr:

Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

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This column is somewhat awkward to write today because I’m not quite sure how much “week” there is in “The Most Blogged About Shows This Week,” what with the apocalypse tentatively scheduled for sometime on Friday night.  I’ve made the editorial decision to shun the Mayan overlords and side with the venues, bands and promoters who have elected to book shows after the mystically-prescribed “end of the world” and talk about shows that have been booked for Saturday and Sunday night in addition to those being held before the world ends in the sort of fury I’d imagine was only previously reserved for Michael Bay masturbation sessions.

The MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week somewhat arrogantly scoffs at the Mayans, choosing to celebrate a Christmas that may never come with an angelic sing-a-long lead by none other than Sufjan Stevens on Friday Night at Bowery Ballroom.  The prolific singer-songwriter recently dropped a crazy Christmas box set which consists of three hours of Christmas music spread across five discs, temporary tattoos, posters, stickers, an 80+ page booklet, ornaments, a coloring book and probably a copy of Home Alone on VHS; a self-indulgent yet decadent package to find bow-wrapped beneath a Douglas Fir on the morning of Christ’s Birthday Observed.

Apocalypse Night actually has a host of bloggable shows worthy of your final hours on the planet. Guardian Alien headlines the “Official World’s End” party at Shea Stadium with a host of experimental acts to lull you into a hypnotic and unknowing trance as the walls begin to collapse around you.  Fucked Up and Parquet Courts play the Warsaw, worthy accompaniment for a final bender.  Prince Rama and DicPic (Pictureplane and DJ Dog Dick) play 285 Kent, Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles headline Glasslands and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar continues with JD Samson and MEN.  If the world is ending, Brooklyn will toast to it.

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Chopped and Scrooged: Sufjan Stevens Christmas Rap Remix

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Because a five-EP box set is simply not an adequate celebration of Christmas, Sufjan Stevens has corralled a group of rappers for a Christmas-themed hip-hop mixtape featuring music from the box set. It’s called– wait for it– Chopped and Scrooged. Stream it via Soundcloud below, and download it here. Rappers on the tape include Heems, Kitty Pryde, Nicky Da B, and Busdriver, with production by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, Fol Chen, Son Lux, and more.

Stream Sufjan’s Three New Xmas Albums

Its cold and rainy, so maybe we need a little Christmas…

s / s / s “Museum Day”

s / s / s is Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti. “Museum Day” is the first track from their upcoming EP titled Beak & Claw. The track is a six minute auto-tuned, synthed-out jam with Serengeti rhyming over top. The track is described as the “most adventurous” of the four tunes appearing on Beak & Claw. Not sure what that means for the rest of the EP, which comes out March 20 via Anticon.

Beak & Claw tracklist:

01. Museum Day
02. Beyond Any Doubt
03. If This Is Real
04. Octomom

Stream “Museum Day” below.