10/30/2010

Paul Weller @ the Wiltern

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The Modfather is back. Paul Weller will be playing the Wiltern on Wednesday, November 3rd. He will also be playing on Jimmy Kimmel the next day. See you there for these rare shows.
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Asteroid #4 @ Spaceland



Playing tonight at Spaceland w/ The Lovetones
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10/29/2010

Kordan


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10/28/2010

BEAK> interview


BEAK> interview
By Alexander Laurence

Geoff Barrow is in Portishead. He has recently produced records for The Coral and The Horrors. Geoff Barrow's new project is called BEAK>; with bass player Billy Fuller (Fuzz Against Junk) and guitarist/keyboardist Matt Williams (Team Brick). Geoff is the drummer. The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements. All tracks were written over a twelve-day session in Bristol, England. The self-titled debut was released on November 17, 2009 on Barrow's label Invada Records.

Barrow was the music supervisor for the Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop, premièred at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010, and to be released in Spring 2010.Beak> played a few festivals and have finally come to do an American tour in September 2010. Their show was a breath of fresh air and everyone was surprised. I got to talk to the band at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

AL: How do you pronounce that > thing?

Geoff: It’s a “greater than” symbol. It looks like a beak.

AL: So if you play with another band, you look up at the marquee and it’s Beak “is greater than” whoever is playing with you?

Geoff: Not sure about that.

AL: Beak “is greater than” Led Zeppelin.

Geoff: We are definitely greater than Led Zeppelin.

AL: Do you all come from an improvisational background?

Geoff: Not at all. I come from the most anti-improv background. Beak> is almost a complete opposite of what I do.

Billy: A little bit from my point of view. It’s not where I started. I accidently fell over in the mud, and washed myself.

AL: You like the songs to be there already?

Geoff: I come from a sampling and DJ culture. It’s about sampling and looping things. It’s the most unnatural type of creation.

AL: When you shut yourself off in a room, you have to be inspired.

Geoff: I play the drums and I let these guys experiment. So it’s easy for me. I just have to hold a rhythm down.

AL: Do you record a lot?

Geoff: Not a lot really. We have become really prolific. We go into the studio and have four tracks done at the end of the day. It’s full on.

AL: So how does that evolve into the live show? You have done over twenty shows now. Is there additional improvisation?

Geoff: It has become all that. It stays within the structure of the record. It wasn’t supposed to be like that, but the parts are good, so we play them good. The songs are good. Sometimes we can go off a bit and come right back down.

Billy: We already edited the songs before.

AL: Some of this record reminded me of the Jah Wobble “Molem Dub” record. He lays down some grooves and has people solo over it.

Geoff: When most people improvise they end up taking turns blowing. They take turns showing off. We don’t do that. For us it’s the opposite. We have the approach where less is more. We don’t jam in E and have a soloist play for 35 minutes.

AL: You have played the ATP festival. Some of those festivals are like museum pieces and the taste of a curator.

Geoff: We played with Sonic Youth and The Breeders. They are respected acts and they are doing straight ahead stuff.

AL: Then you come here to the Troubadour, which is a bar, a rock club, where people are drinking and talking.

Geoff: It’s a bit weird. We are usually going to be better at some weird art festival with music in it rather than some rock club. To come here to America it costs money and sometimes at this art stuff you don’t get any money. The rock clubs is where you make the money. There you go.

AL: You played at Amoeba Records. You do that often?

Geoff: It’s just an in-store thing. We have played one in London, one in Bristol, and now the Amoeba in San Francisco, and today the one in LA.

AL: Is it weird playing a daytime show?

Geoff: It’s weird because of the daylight. But since you are surrounded by music, it feels like a spiritual place. You are surrounded by vinyl. That is good. We haven’t got much of that in England.

AL: You got an Amoeba gift certificate. Did you get any records?

Geoff: I am going there tomorrow.

AL: Did you spend any money there?

Matt: I spent 180 dollars. I got all these five dollar CDs.

AL: You have been playing in bands and dealing with the record industry for a long time now. Do you feel freer now because you are not trying to have a hit, or trying to create something to played on the radio?

Geoff: Since the start of time there have been bands like us. At least in the modern era. It may be a reaction in a sense. Where the major labels and the industry have gone is so safe. There are all these industry standards: the sound of it, the volume of it. The production of it. They think the record has to have a certain story. There is all this bullshit that is supposed to be how a record is done. But there are a million reocrds that aren’t like that. The sooner the industry wises up to that, the better. You might find some actual artists rather than cans of beans on a shelf.

AL: But don’t you think that the industry favors people like Brian Eno or Dave Sardy, people who I like, and look for their stamp of approval?

Geoff: That is just the industry. Those are respected guys looking for jobs. There have always been certain individuals in the industry. The point is that there is a massive lack of record sales, so they are forced to please everyone with one record. In doing that, you send out records that lack originality. People have forgotten how to hunt for music. They don’t want to bother looking for music. They just want to sit back and be told.

AL: You have this label Invada. What is that about?

Geoff: We are trying to get rid of all that bullshit. We have a label and it’s nice and we release records, and we don’t worry about singles. That stuff doesn’t matter. We have all been involved in situations where you are trying to get a deal. You end up giving up all your energy to the industry, rather than making music. Why are you making a record to please a label?

AL: What are you doing the rest of the year?

Geoff: We have this show with Liquid Liquid. We have a few shows left. Maybe we will record some at the end of the year.

AL: Did you play some festivals?

Geoff: We played Primavera in Spain, and Glastonbury.

HERE'S THE ANIKA INTERVIEW: http://portable-infinite.blogspot.com/2011/10/anika.html
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Chapterhouse @ the Troubadour

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10/27/2010

The Blue Angel Lounge

For immediate release:
THE BLUE ANGEL LOUNGE SET TO RELEASE 'NARCOTICA' IN THE US VIA BERLIN'S
8MM MUSIK AND ANTON NEWCOMBE'S A RECORDS
NEWCOMBE JOINS BAND ONSTAGE AT MUNICH SHOW
The Blue Angel Lounge (Hagen, Germany) are set to release their second studio album, 'Narcotica', this November 16th. The band and their previous self-titled debut has been something of a blogger's secret tip, but this may not be the case this time around, as they have taken a tremendous stride forward since their 2008 self-titled debut. The result being a more dynamic and atmospheric recording -- while staying true to their Velvet Underground inspired colors, the broader, timeless influences of New Wave, Post Punk and Shoegaze are accented throughout . There is a darker psychedelic vein as well as more uptempo tracks to keep a dynamic balance and one which embraces a variety of listeners.

The album was self-produced, with the assistance of Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Studio East in the former Communist East German 'Funkhaus' sound complex in Berlin (which served as a Communist radio station prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall).
Mr. Newcombe can also be heard on backing vocals on the first single, 'Delete My Ideals' and joined the band onstage at their show in Munich last week to perform the song. See video below:
A Brief History:
Founded in 2006 by Nils Ottensmeyer and Dennis 'Mel' Melster, the band completed their self-titled debut in 2008, of which 500 vinyl copies were self-released. One of the copies made it into the hands of Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3, who subsequently passed it on to a friend at 8MM Musik. The band were signed shortly after.
An appearance at the UK's Dream Machine Festival in 2008 led to the track 'A God', from their debut, being included on the UK neo-psych compilation 'Open Your Mind', later pronounced DIY Compilation Of The Week by the BBC in 2009
Following their first ever show in Berlin in 2009, Anton Newcombe was so impressed, he offered to help with production, and, with his studio wizardry and the band's already stellar songwriting and musical talent, 'Narcotica' was recorded in under two weeks.
'Narcotica' will be released this November 16th in the US (distributed by Cargo/Red Eye).
Live shows in the US in early 2011.

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10/26/2010

The Lonely Trees @ Bootleg Theater



Playing at the Bootleg tonight!! October 26th 9pm
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The Love Language




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10/25/2010

Alessi's Ark "Shovelling"


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The Hundred In The Hands - Commotion


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10/23/2010

The Octopus Project @ Echoplex



Tonight! @ Echoplex
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10/22/2010

Keith Morris Bobblehead

Keith Morris Throbblehead Figure Announced

Hi Res Image OFF! tour dates and more...


Keith Morris
, legendary frontman of Black Flag, The Circle Jerks and now OFF!, has been throbble-ized!

This figure capturing Keith in full-on live mode is limited to 1000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of super strong polyresin.

While the figure is labeled a Throbblehead, it's actually Keith's arm that does all the movement, aggressively pointing towards his mind.

Displayed in a window box, Keith is accurately sculpted right down to the dreads, Vans, and "fuck you" stare.


Check out the commercial featuring Keith's voicemail below...


YouTube Commercial
Link to Purchase:
http://www.aggronautix.com/products.cfm?productid=28

Press images courtesy of Pat Schumacher:
http://www.patschumacher.com/Music/Aggronautix/14126098_xd9xA#1049352691_j77Jr

Since the beginning of 2010, Keith has been performing and touring with OFF!, which he founded with Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, Steven Shane McDonald from Redd Kross, and Mario Rubalcaba from Earthless/Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes. Their debut EP is set for release on November 23rd and the band will perform at CMJ this weekend and at Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

October 22 - New York, NY @ Generation Records
(In-store performance, buy a record and get priority entry)
October 23 - New York, NY @ FADER Fort
(38 Delancey Street at Forsyth) 7:20pm
November 7 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Be sure to check out the new OFF! music video for "I Don't Belong" here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu-743Hy1RI

All throbblehead figures are distributed by MVD Entertainment Group - a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986 - and DKE Toys - a wholesale distributor of urban / vinyl / designer art / objects / toys / figurines.

Keith Morris is the eighth punk personality to be polyresinated by Aggronautix. In May of 2009, the company launched with a highly popular G.G. Allin "1991" figure, which was limited to 2000 numbered units.

All Aggronautix figures are now available for purchase on www.aggronautix.com or www.seeofsound.com and will also be available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, and Walmart (just kidding).

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The Hundred In The Hands @ Fox Pomona



October 22: Tonight at Fox Pomona w/ The Temper Trap + Delphic


October 23: Tomorrow at Club Nokia w/ The Temper Trap + Delphic
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10/20/2010

Ari Up RIP 1962-2010







Pictures taken by ANGEL CEBALLOS of the Slits in December 2009.
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The Black Ryder








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10/19/2010

Bands at CMJ 2010 this week



Alessi's Ark



Asobi Seksu



Blood Red Shoes



Crocodiles



Drink Up Buttercup



ExitMusic



First Aid Kit



Francis and The Lights



The Hounds Below



The Lovetones



Lower Dens



Neon Indian



The Pains of Being Pure At Heart



School Of Seven Bells



Woven Bones



Zola Jesus

All photos by ANGEL CEBALLOS
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Surfer Blood @ CMJ 2010






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10/18/2010

Boardwalk Empire Intro



Brian Jonestown Massacre "Straight Up And Down"
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10/17/2010

Blood Red Shoes @ Bootleg Theater



Blood Red Shoes play in LA for the first time, on Monday October 18th.
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10/15/2010

WIRE: new album 2011

New: Remastered live Wire gigs

» Find out more about the Wire Legal Bootleg Series

Latest Wire news

October 15, 2010

Red Barked Tree - Release dates

RBT
As previously announced in our newsletter Wire has a new album - Red Barkeed Tree (pf18) set for release on 10th Jan (UK) 11th Jan (USA) with digital available from 20th December.
The Full tracklisting of the album , described as Wire's most diverse (and accomplished) for many years, is
01 Please Take
02 Now Was
03 Adapt
04 Two Minutes
05 Clay
06 Bad Worn Thing
07 Moreover
08 A Flat Tent
09 Smash
10 Down to This
11 Red Barked Trees.

One track Two Minutes is already available for preview on Pitchfork.com.
Mail Order Order customers will also be able to receive a free bonus EP Strays featuring live favourites which have never acheived greatness as recorded artefacts.
There are extensive touring plans which we will share as soon as we are able. Meanwhile sign up to the mailing list to keep track of the latest Wire news.

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10/14/2010

Beak @ Troubadour

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