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Primavera Sound 2014 Line-Up Announced Via Unique Promotional Film

Posted by Billyjam, January 30, 2014 08:20am | Post a Comment
        

This week organizers at the big annual Primavera Sound Festival, that happens every late May/early June in Barcelona Spain, announced this year's line-up with some impressive headliners at the multi-stages event that is traditionally rock oriented with some dance and hip-hop with this year featuring a bit more than in past. 

Known for booking well-established longtime acts alongside newer acts Primavera's 2014 line-up does not disappoint with a list that includes Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Arcade Fire, Haïm, The Pixies, Foals, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Television (performing their classic 1977 album Marquee Moon in its entirety), Neutral Milk Hotel, Nine Inch NailsDrive-By Truckers, Laurent Garnier, Chvrches, and Slowdive who will reunite at the Barcelona festival to play their first gig together in over a decade.

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Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage Talks Hype, EPs and 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 19, 2013 11:33am | Post a Comment

parquet courts amoebaParquet Courts had a very good 2013. Their debut album, Light Up Gold, was re-released on What’s Your Rupture? to rapturous acclaim, and their live shows have become somewhat legendary. Live and on record, the band flaunts a defiantly youthful energy that resuscitates classic indie rock tropes and perfectly captured mid-20s bohemia. Late in the year, they released the great Tally All the Things That You Broke EP (which I called one of the best EPs of 2013), finding the band honing its sound and growing wilder, even funkier as Andrew Savage’s vocals are more confident and strident, sing-talking and even sort of rapping, while the band tosses out knotty, catchy riffs with apparent ease. “The more you use it, the more it works!” Savage cries on one of Tally’s songs, as if echoing his own band’s tour-and-release-heavy year, which has clearly paid off.

The subject matter of the band’s songs is another matter. On its most famous song, Light Up Gold’s “Stoned and Starving,” the title says it all as Savage details a muchies-fueled trip through Ridgewood, Queens. But don’t call Parquet Courts “stoner rock” or “slacker rock” to Savage’s face.

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Six Degrees of Vivian Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2013 04:06pm | Post a Comment

vivian girlsRemember the whole Pixies/Breeders/Belly/Throwing Muses web of bands many years back? Or, more recently, the Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown/Frog Eyes/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits band sprawl? And let's not even get into Broken Social Scene. Well, none of these band associations holds a candle to Vivian Girls and the myriad bands, collaborations, side projects and what-have-yous that spring from the New York noise pop band. In light of recent release from onetime-Vivian Frankie Rose and the upcoming release by Vivian girl Ali Koehler in Upset, I've attempted to make a Vivian Girls tree for y'all. I'm sure I missed like 20 bands, let me know if I have!

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The 90s...the best albums of 1990...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 6, 2012 10:29am | Post a Comment

best of the 90sI have been thinking about the early '90s a lot lately. I graduated from high school in 1992, and that was 20 years ago! So I have been all sorts of nostalgic this last year about my formative music years. I was born in the '70s. But I really grew up in the new wave '80s. 1984 - 1986 were really the years that I first remember getting obsessed with music. These are the early years of MTV and the years I fell in love with new wave and all things British. The B-52's and Berlin were probably the only bands that I loved that actually came from the United States. Most of my favorite bands and albums throughout the '80s and '90s came from England.nme the sundays 1990
 

My favorite bands in 1984 are pretty much my favorite bands today. I can't imagine my life without New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Smiths, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, Talk TalkBauhaus. These bands have been a huge part of my life. My British obsession would only get bigger over the years. I got deep into shoegaze and dream pop in the early '90s. Which then led me into Britpop and British dance music in the mid '90s.

pixies melody maker 1990I have been obsessively making lists and CD compilations of each year of the '80s and '90s. I have made a playlist for each year and a list of my 10 favorite albums from each year. I will slowly be sharing these with you over the next couple of months. I am going to start with the early '90s since these are the years that have been on my mind the most lately.

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Florida Quartet Surfer Blood Release New "Tarot Classics" EP and Begin Tour With Pixies This Week

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2011 02:30pm | Post a Comment
Among the new releases to arrive in Amoeba Music yesterday was the Tarot Classics EP  (Kanine Records) by Surfer Blood. It is the first extended release from the West Palm Beach, Florida based rock quartet since they first arrived on the scene last year with their acclaimed debut album Astro Coast, also on Kanine Records. Also in 2010 they released the 7" single "Floating Vibes" which is still available at Amoeba. Their new EP, available on both vinyl and CD, features bonus remixes by several producers including San Francisco based Speculator, and Totally Sincere which is Connor Hanwick of the Drums and Peggy Wang of TPOBPAH.

The release coincides with the band's much coveted opening slot on the new Pixies (who influence their sound) US/UK tour which kicks off tomorrow the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. No CA dates for Surfer Blood are included but you can pick up the new Tarot Classics EP featuring such tracks as "Drinking Problem" below.  And if you want to check out more tracks before buying it at Amoeba you can stream it in its entirety here care of Spin magazine. You can follow Surfer Blood on Twitter.

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