Trials + Tribulations

A Pot in Which to Piss
January 29, 2010, 12:15 pm
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Ask anyone who really knows me, and they’ll tell you I’m a big American history nut. Especially 19th century American history. Ever since high school I’ve loved the events that went on during that time that formed the country as we know it. So when I heard that New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus was making a sort-of concept album about the Civil War, I’ve had high hopes for it. Well I got my hands on it, and listened to it today and work and was pretty blown away. The energy, lyrics, instruments and everything really create a powerful work of art that explores how our country has been affected by the Civil War – how things have changed, and how they haven’t. It reminds me some of Two Gallants’ sprawling epic odes to America, but with a punkier edge.

Titus Andronicus – A Pot in Which to Piss

February 9th, they’ll release the track “Four Score and Seven” on 7″, spreading across the two sides of vinyl. The Monitor is out March 9th on XL Recordings.

YACHT & The Straight Gaze
January 26, 2010, 3:47 pm
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I knew something was up in the YACHT camp – they’ve been mentioning big things to come in 2010, and now they’ve created some sort of “super group” to go on tour this year. The name of the collaboration is YACHT & the Straight Gaze (I was going to ask about the Gay Gaze, until I got the pun). The new lineup includes Rob Kieswetter (aka Bobby Birdman), Jeff Brodsky (aka Jeffrey Jerusalem), and D. Reuben Snyder (aka Rob Walmart). That’s a lot of aliases! Anyway, check out the video above, and catch them on tour this winter all over the US (except here).

(All shows with Bobby Birdman except where noted)

02/19:  Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
02/20:  Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
02/22:  Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
02/23:  Calgary, AB @ The Hi Fi Club
02/24:  Saskatoon, SK @ Scratch
02/26:  Northfield, MN @ The Cave at Carleton College
02/27:  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
02/28:  Gambier, OH @ The Horn Gallery
03/02:  Pontiac, MI @The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
03/03:  Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
03/04:  Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
03/05:  Ottawa, ON @Ritual
03/06:  Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
03/07:  Buffalo, NY @ Big Orbit Soundlab
03/11:  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/12:  Philadelphia, PA @ Voyeur/ Makin Time
03/13:  Monterrey, MX @ Festival Nrmal – Alianza Francesca
03/15:  Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
03/16:  Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn

03/25:  San Diego, CA @ Museum of Contemporary Art
03/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (w/ Small Black, Washed Out, Picture Plane)

If you haven’t heeded my warnings, you should check out Bobby Birdman’s New Moods – I still can’t not listen to it almost once every day.

Be Aware
January 26, 2010, 10:45 am
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Just a couple of things I thought you should be aware of this wintery Tuesday. Hate snow.

LCD Soundsystem threw this little teaser “vlog”  online yesterday, showing off the beautiful LA mansion where their new album was recorded. Isn’t James Murphy adorable? And he talks a little like John C. Reilly.

October’s Very Own leaked a new A-Trak remix of Drake’s “Money to Blow” which you oughta hear

♫ Drake – Loonies to Blow (A-Trak Remix)

Last of all, Beach House’s incredible Teen Dream hits your local record shelves, iTunes, or anywhere else you can think of buying music. I got my double LP from Sub Pop on Saturday, and it’s gorgeous.

January 25, 2010, 10:59 am
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Aeroplane were one of the biggest hits in 2009, and 2010 may prove to be an even bigger year for the Belgian duo. They’ve been working on their first full-length album, and monthly they put out a new mix of some of the best new music in electronic today. ‘SUP Magazine was able to get an interview them, where they talk about their upcoming record,  their remixes, and the Italo-disco revival. Check it out here, and listen to their December mix over at SoundCloud.

EDIT: the guys put up their latest one today, so check it out here.

‘SUP also has an interview with Ernest Green aka Washed Out, which you should also read.

January 22, 2010, 2:16 pm
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Parenthetical Girls are always up to something. Now they’re going to release five EPs over the course of the next year, each on 12″ vinyl, and not available in stores.

The entire project, called Privilege, will be sold separately through the bands Slender Mean Society record imprint. The first 12″ of the series, On Death & Endearments will be available February 23.

Side A
♫ Evelyn McHale (via Stereogum)
2. Someone Else’s Muse

Side B
1. On Death & Endearments
2. Found Drama I


re: that cryptic Golden Filter video, they’ve announced their first full-length album Voluspa, out April 26th on Brille Records.

Open Your Eyes
January 19, 2010, 12:41 pm
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The Golden Filter are up to something. They put up this teaser video just a bit ago, and their website loops the video with the date “26-04-10”

Here’s to hoping they finally are gonna release an album.

Let Go
January 19, 2010, 11:00 am
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I’m really excited about jj’s follow-up to their brilliant jj nº 2, aptly titled jj nº 3. The album is out March 9th on Secretly Canadian in the US. Here’s a song from the album to tide you over.

♫ jj – Let Go

They’re coming to the US on tour with The xx so if you’re in the area when they come around, go ahead and go.

03/22/10 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
03/23/10 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
03/24/10 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
03/25/10 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03/28/10 Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
03/29/10 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
03/30/10 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory*
03/31/10 New York, NY – Webster Hall

04/02/10 Boston, MA – Paradise
04/03/10 Montreal, QC – Le National
04/04/10 Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre
04/05/10 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
04/06/10 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk Chumley Theater
04/08/10 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
04/09/10 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
04/12/10 Bellingham, WA – The Nightlight Lounge
04/13/10 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
04/14/10 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/16/10 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
04/17/10 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex**

*no The xx