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“Wild” Video from Screaming Females

13 Jan

Drawn by the actual screaming female.

Ever the foot soldiers, Screaming Females (Don Giovanni) are still hard at work promoting Castle Talk, the band’s fourth full-length. With the aggressive-passive-aggressive nature of leading lady Marisa Paternoster, it’s a relief to see the actual members featured in their new video. “Wild” was directed by Biz R. Lynch and Trip McCool (a no-wave penname and one destined to be a Simpsons character) and features large cardboard instruments and a fuzzy lens filter.

“Walking indoors for Diplo’s set was like entering a dog’s mouth.” –

9 Oct

Miami natives and cultural spies, Jordan Melnick and Robby Campbell of, dissect a Diplo show and his audience, proving Miami craves community.

Diplo rocks BAR In Front of his 500 Closest Friends.

Decent Exposure: 40 Years Since Jim Morrison Exposed Miami as a Bunch of Conservative Wannabes

20 Sep

“If the results of the trial made Miami look good in the eyes of Nixonites, it drew scathing criticism of the city from the counter culture. In a September 27, 1970, Rock magazine article called “Apathy for the Devil,” the writer rips into Miami’s fickle youth for losing interest once they realized the trial was not just a spectacle but an actual legal proceeding.” – from Jordan Melnick and Robby Campbell’s Beached Miami (click photo or link to be directed to the full story) retrospective on Jim Morrison’s Miami arrest 40 years ago.

Yesterday’s Papers: North Coast Fest, Google, “Bed Intruder Song,” ATP 2010

6 Sep

North Coast Music Fest (Sept. 3-5)

  • Bobby Reed of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The possibility of offending delicate sensibilities was of no concern to hip-hop artist Jay Electronica, who reveled in the role of iconoclast. Between his politically-oriented rap segments, he made a joke about a menage a trois and surveyed the crowd to get opinions on whether ‘all women like being choked during sex.’ Later, he asked, ‘Who’s got a blunt that I can smoke right now?’ When a crowd member raised his hand, the rapper jumped off the stage and took a puff from the fan’s cigarette.”

Google To Enter Digital Music Game

  • Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone: “Apple may have taken aim at Twitter and Facebook by revealing their new music-based social network Ping at a conference earlier this week, but another competitor may be on the horizon: Google could be launching their own digital music service by year’s end, industry sources tell Reuters. Google is considering launching both a music download store and a ‘song locker service’ that would allow users to access their music libraries anywhere, via the internet.”
  • Alex Pham of The Los Angeles Times: “Music companies have all but rolled out the red carpet for Google, believing that the Mountain View, Calif., technology giant can serve as a counterweight against Apple, which controls more than 80% of digital music sales via its iTunes store. Though record companies collect 70% of the revenue generated by iTunes, they have bristled under Apple’s terms, which have in the past limited the prices music companies can charge, among other things.”

“Bed Intruder Song” Continues Assault

  • Jenna Wortham of the New York Times: “The song’s source material could not have been more unlikely: A local TV news report from Huntsville, Ala., about an intruder who climbed into a woman’s bed and tried to assault her.But with some clever editing and the use of software that can turn speech into singing, the Gregory Brothers, a quartet of musicians living in Brooklyn, transformed an animated and angry rant by the victim’s brother into something genuinely catchy. The resulting track, “Bed Intruder Song,” has sold more than 91,000 copies on iTunes, and last week it was at No. 39 on the iTunes singles chart. Its video has been viewed more than 16 million times on YouTube.”

All Tomorrow’s Parties 2010

  • Michael Brodeur of “Only thing better than this blast of Septemberness was watching Jim Jarmusch’s hair shake upon UK-terror-synth duo [Fuck] Buttons triggering their kick drum.”
  • Brodeur: “One of the first acts of the day was one of the day’s finest hours; London’s Sian Alice Group was a wake-up call in at least two ways. The shorthand: If Mazzy Star was a supernova: behold, Sian Alice Group.”
  • Jason Persse of Spinner: “All Tomorrow’s Parties New York returned to Kutsher’s Resort in the Catskill Mountains this weekend, beginning with ‘Don’t Look Back,’ a full day of bands tackling their classic albums from start to finish. Australian swamp-garage godfathers the Scientists made their first-ever U.S. appearance to showcase their seminal self-titled album and Mudhoney raised the old flannel flag, tearing through grunge masterpiece ‘Superfuzz Bigmuff (and Early Singles).'”
  • Kenneth Partridge of Spinner: “Playing a rock show, saving a marriage: It’s all in a day’s work for Kim and Kelley Deal. Late in their set Saturday night at All Tomorrow’s Parties at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY, the twin guitarists and Breeders leaders came to the aid of friend Steve Albini, who’d played earlier with his group Shellac. Albini’s performance was gangbusters, and while fans were rightfully psyched he’d made the trip to the Catskills, his wife might have rather he’d stayed in Chicago and celebrated the couple’s first wedding anniversary. In a bid to smooth things over, Kelley called Albini’s wife, Heather, from the stage and prompted the audience to deliver on Steve’s behalf the alt-rock equivalent of a singing telegram.”

Highlights from Stereogum’s “40 Best Best New Bands of 2010”

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  • DOM
  • Frank (Just Frank)
  • Twin Sister
  • WU LYF

Houses to release debut LP All Night on Lefse Oct. 19

26 Aug

Lefse Records isn’t shy about discovering music within different genres, as they’ll release All Night, the debut album from Houses. The band’s first full-length will become available Oct. 19. In the meantime, listeners have been soaking up the dreamy single “Endless Spring” for months now. Lefse’s website provides a message directly from the mysterious Chicagoans:

“I got laid off from my job at the end of last year and decided I needed a change. My girlfriend put in her two weeks and we moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou, Hawaii. It’s a pretty remote place outside of Hilo (i.e no plumbing/electricity/gas). We worked for meals during the day cultivating microorganisms and learning the basics of sustainable living. We drank showered and cooked with rain water. In our downtime, she would paint and I would record.

We’d have to light candles in an effort to save solar power to keep my computer running. We inspired each other a lot out there, and I think it shows on the album. The music comes from a place of love and ease. The video for “Endless Spring” was shot there in our spare time, and the music was sketched out loosely over the course of a few months. We just kind of melted into one person. We were able to keep our heads above water for a few months before we both went broke and moved back to Chicago. I put together all the arrangements and field recordings, and that became All Night. The album was pressed to vinyl on a vintage Neumann cutting lathe and then sent through a series of old analog mastering equipment. It then underwent a digital transfer. The idea is that everyone can hear the very first pressing of All Night. It’s a sonically intimate record and we wanted to capture that feeling in the production as well.”

All Night
Street date: Oct. 19, 2010
1. All Night
2. Endless Spring
3. Reds
4. Rose Book
5. Soak It Up
6. Medicine
7. Lost In Blue
8. Wash
9. Sleeping
10. Sun Fills

Don’t pass on the Houses/Teen Daze collaboration “Bikes.”

The Big Takeover 30th Anniversary Show!

23 Jul

Buy tickets here! Immediately! Now! Go! Don’t even read this, just go!

This incredible two-day sonicfest can only be described as the back catalog of The Big Takeover come alive! It is the celebration of Jack Rabid’s creation, his roots as a zine sire, and the labor of love in between, but it is also a reflection of the heart of The Big Takeover: the unadulterated passion for music and those who create it.

“I am amazed that all 16 bands are playing,” said Rabid, whose own Springhouse will reunite to play their album Postcards from the Arctic in full on Day 2. “The distances that some of these people are coming just to be a part of this is so humbling I can barely believe it, let alone speak of it credibly!”

Why is this show important? For one, it represents the evolution and survival of the printed word during the industry’s roughest patch in history. Secondly, the fest will bring bands to the forefront who, much like the magazine, deserve more recognition. For example, Flower (the members of which later split into Versus and French) will reunite for the first time in 16 years. Mark Burgess, leader and co-founder of Chameleons, will perform. Jon Auer, frontman of the Posies and longtime Big Star member, will perform. It’s hard to hold in the excitement when the list goes on, so let’s leave it to Rabid.

“If you asked me who I was proudest to present,” Rabid said, “the answer would have to be the Libertines U.S. and Steve Drewett, as I’ve been a fan of them for about 30 years and 26 years, and yet neither ever played here in all that time. And i feel like if I didn’t do a fest like this that sad state of affairs would have been permanent!”

Rabid’s true love, involvement and obsession for the music makes him most qualified to put on such a fest of underground heroes. So who exactly is he excited to see?

“Hmm, I would say For Against if for no other reason than they absolutely blew me away when Springhouse opened for them…in Atlanta in October 2008 I have been a fan for 23 years yet that was the only time I had seen them play since 1996 out in Arizona. The return of their original guitarist a couple of years ago has really made them a ****-hot live band, that and the amazing kid drummer they took on a few years ago as well. What a lineup they have now!”

“And of course, not seeing Flower in 20 years — their last reunion before this 16 years ago was in D.C. so i missed it — is really something I can’t personally have seen in that long! I guess I have seen all the other bands since, I even saw Libertines U.S. for the first time ever a couple of years ago by flying to Cincinnati when they reunited after being gone 20 years and interviewing them for the mag.”

Who else is gonna be there?

Paul Collins (Nerves)

Don McGlashan (Mutton Birds)

Jon Auer (Posies/Big Star)

For Against

Channel 3

Screaming Females reveal Castle Talk details; Woven Bones announce tour dates; Forthcoming Brad Laner LP

29 Jun

Castle Talk due out Sept. 14

In 2010, Screaming Females continued their non-stop touring, including a February tour with Jeff the Brotherhood, two tours with fellow Jersey punk Ted Leo and his band the Pharmacists, a national headlining tour, and a spot on the Village Voice’s annual Siren Fest. The band says that thus far the highlight of 2010 was the sold out Don Giovanni Records showcase in February at Bowery Ballroom, which filled one of New York City’s biggest venues with the energy of a New Brunswick basement show. Like Power Move, Castle Talk was recorded at the Hunt Studio in New Jersey with engineer, Eric Bennet, but with a new approach to writing and recording. The record is out September 14th via Don Giovanni.


Laura + Marty
I Don’t Mind It
Boss, Normal
A New Kid
Fall Asleep
Nothing at All


06/26 – Chicago, IL Reckless Records Wicker Park In-Store 5pm
06/26 – Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
06/27 – Indianapolis, IN Vollrath Tavern (My Old Kentucky Blog Presents) ^
06/28 – Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
06/29 – Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
06/30 – Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
07/01 – Brooklyn, NY Bruar Falls ~
07/02 – New York, NY Pier 17 / South Street Seaport (
07/03 – Baltimore, MD The Ottobar @
07/06 – Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
07/08 – New Orleans, LA Circle Bar
08/06 – Austin, TX, United States Art Authority /
08/07 – Dallas, TX, The Nightmare +
08/10 – Denver, CO, Hi Dive –
08/11 – Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court TBA
08/12 – Boise, ID, Neurolux TBA
08/13 – Portland, OR, Plan B
08/14 – Seattle, WA, Wildrose >
08/15 – Olympia, WA, Northern }
08/17 – Reno, NV, Lincoln Lounge [
08/18 – San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill <
08/19 – Los Angeles, CA, Spaceland
08/20 – San Diego, CA, Casbah
08/22 – Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room
08/24 – Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad
08/25 – Lubbock, TX, Bash Riprock’s 

^ = w/ We Are Hex
~ = w/ Beach Fossils
( = w/ YellowFever
@ = w/ Reading Rainbow
/ = w/ Residual Echoes and Happy Birthday
+ = w/ Bipolar Express and Nervous Curtains
– = w/ Woodsman
> = w/ Idle Times
} = w/ Christmas
[ = w/ The Madanna Bangers and The Humans
< = w/ The Splinters and Sandwitches


Underground shoegaze king Brad Laner will release Natural Selections on Aug. 24. If you are familiar with Laner all you need know of the new material are these words from him: “I would like to hereby apologize to anybody who wishes to see my stuff played live. I would too actually, but only if I got to watch from a safe distance.” This is because of the heavy electronic-infused production. Here’s the track Crawl Back In from the upcoming LP:

Brad Laner
Natural Selections
Street Date: Aug. 24, 2010

Eyes Close
Crawl Back In
Magnolia Doubles
Why Did I Do It
Dirty Bugs
Little Death