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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 Boston.com: “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

Megafaun Announce June Tour Dates, Mini-album Details

24 May

Megafaun was given the golden go-ahead from the gauging gods: David Fricke and Rolling Stone, pitchfork many times over and Stereogum have all acknowledged and praised Gather, Form & Fly, their critically acclaimed sophomore effort (Bury the Square was their six-song debut) from 2009.

"Enjoy our lo-fi celestial rock and the horses we rode in on."

Their story is inextricably linked to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as former-bandmates-left-behind. Before Vernon retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin and hit indie heaven, and before brothers Phil and Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund formed Megafaun, they all spent considerable time together in a band called DeYarmond Edison. DeYarmond Edison’s myspace still streams their work and it is a healthy combination of both band’s styles.

The high praise, magnificent beards and associated street cred don’t have Megafaun resting on their laurels. A third album in the Fall of 2010 is set to be released as is a mini-album called Heretofore, a collection of songs written in a six-week period in-between recent tours (Megafaun’s site refers to the six-song, 36-minute mini-album as “an exercise in songwriting and discipline.” Here is a glimpe of Heretofore, sent to us by their Hometapes label and also available on Megafaun’s site:

“Volunteers” by Megafaun

06/04/10  Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre ^
06/05/10  Clayton, NC @ Millstock Music & Art Fair
06/08/10  Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Cafe #
06/09/10  Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s #
06/10/10  Cambridge, MA @ Regattabar (Farm School Benefit)
06/11/10  Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall #
06/12/10  Buffalo, NY @ Sound Lab #
06/13/10  Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Big #
06/15/10  Milwaukee, WI @ Club Girabaldi #
06/16/10  Eau Claire, WI @ House of Rock #
06/17/10  Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon #
06/19/10  Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
06/21/10  Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
06/22/10  Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
06/23/10  Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
08/06/10  Portland, OR @ Pickathon
08/07/10  Portland, OR @ Pickathon

^  with Tift Merritt
#  with Sam Quinn

Video evidence of magnificent beards: