Monday, April 27, 2009

Blackshaw On BBC4 Today.

James Blackshaw was featured/interviewed on BBC4 today. Alt tuning, Fahey, Basho, Takoma Records, tendonitis, a much more. Stream the whole future here.

Blackshaw picking and grinning:

Getting Up Close and Personal With Matteah Baim.

There's a great interview with Matteah Baim posted on The right now. Here's a little taster:

"...I try my best to let the songs write themselves. There are times I’m more successful at this then others. I work with a lot of notebooks and demos before I go into the studio to map out the pieces. Fluidity and organization seem to go hand in hand when it comes to recording. At times, you have to throw some of those maps away but for whatever reason they have to be there to throw out...."

Read the whole interview here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hey, You're Michael Hurley!

Andy Cabic & Mr. Hurley photo by M. Doyle

The legendary rambler, Michael Hurley, made a surprise visit to Revolver HQ today. He's currently on a little West Coaster playing a couple shows in town and then moving on back to Oregon.
04/24 San Francisco, CA @ The Pizza Place
04/29 Portland, OR @ Holocene

05/01 The Dalles, OR @ The Mint

There's No Shame In Best New Music.

The Woods new album Songs Of Shame on Shrimper triumphs with an 8.3 best new music on Pitchfork today!

Woods' latest album,
Songs of Shame, is their most cohesive collection, and it's not only quickly lifted them to front of the Woodsist crew but positioned them to be the group that appeals to those who've previously been uninterested in the 2008-09 crop of lo-fi. As with the best lo-fi albums, Songs of Shame performs some sleight-of-hand by sounding private and homespun yet also not just accessible but immediately lovable. Along the way, Woods can evoke any number of their lo-fi ancestors, from early Guided by Voices to the murkier depths of the Siltbreeze or Flying Nun back catalogs, but they're still able to retain their own immediately recognizable off-kilter character. Read the full review here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Free Tracks & Turntables Via Stereogum.

Stereogum has paired up the Blank Dogs with a cool turntable giveaway going on right now. Download a free Blank Dogs track from the new album Under and Under (out May 26th) and while you're at it enter to win an AT-PL50 turntable - sounds like solid deal. Click here to roll the dice.

04/24 Brooklyn, NY
@ Monster Island
04/25 Queens , NY
@ Silent Barn (w/ Jeremy Jay, Wizzard Sleeve)
05/08 Brooklyn, NY
@ Bell House (w/ Crystal Stilts, Religious Knives)
05/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel (w/ Times New Viking, Blues Control, WOODS)
05/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall (NO FUN FEST w/ Sonic Youth and Bardo Pond)
05/19 London, UK
@ White Heat @ Madame JoJo’s
05/20 Brixton, UK
@ The Windmill
05/22 Lyon, FR @ Nuits Sonores Festival (w/ Butthole Surfers, The Gories, Black Lips, Chrome)
05/24 Utrech,t NL @ Poppodium EKKO
05/25 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/26 Paris, FR @ Le Batofar w/ The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
06/01 Warsaw, PO @ Powieksznie
06/03 Lipzeg, DE
@ Sweat Club
06/04 Hamburg, DE @ Gruner Jager
06/05 Kortrijk, BE @ The Pitts
06/06 London, UK @ Old Blue Last
06/07 London, UK @ Upset the Rhythm @ Bardens Boudoir

Wooden Shjips' 7.2 Review On Pitchfork.

References to Alan Vega, Krautrock, Terry Riley, even Devo. The Shjips scored a right on P-fork review.

".........Dos goes a long way towards re-igniting Wooden Shjips' fire. Sonically, its five songs aren't as exploding or abrasive as earlier work-- in fact, this is the smoothest-sounding Shjips record so far. But taut energy courses through most of the album's 38 minutes. Bassist Dusty Jermier sticks to variations on the bouncing line he used to fuel the band's first insta-classic, "Shrinking Moon For You". His chugging loops are like a whip-crack, revving the band through their 1960s-licking garage tunes with the momentum of a hurtling 18-wheeler...." Read full review here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Maclean Album Racking Up A lot Of Press.

Juan Maclean's new The Future Will Come album has been attracting quite a bit of attention in various press circles. Since all success must be tallied and flaunted, a master list has been supplied:

Online and domestic:
-One of 9 recommended 4/14 new releases from (3.5 stars out of 5)
-5 out of 10 Popmaters review
-"One Day" is the Featured Download on Better Propaganda
- 8.5 out of 10 "XLR8R Staff Pick"

The Unitded Kindgom:
-8 out of 10 in Clash

-"Blood fantastic" Artrocker

-4 out of 5 in Gay Times
-5 out of 5 stars "Electro Disco masterpiece", and artist feature--DJ mag

-4 out of 5 in MOJO

-Album of the Month 9 out of 10-Future Music

-3 out of 5 in Q

-"..wins you over not by it's flawless execution..but through the jouissance of its juxtapositions"-The Wire

-3 out of 5 in MixMag

-3 out of 5 in Uncut
Also: -5 out of 10

Upcoming tour dates have been noticed by:
Brooklyn Vegan

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Golden Hammer Of The Gods - Kylesa

Guess what? Kylesa has been nominated for Best Underground Band for Metal Hammer's 2009 Golden Gods Awards. You can show the band your support by voting HERE. Killer logo.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw At 78 RPMs!

Ultra cool A Hawk And A Hacksaw Foni Tu Argile 10" goes on sale this Monday (4/20/09). The records are cut at 78 RMP and there are only 500 of them in the world. Get'em while you can.

AHAAH is currently playing a string of dates opening up for Wilco:
04/15 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
04/16 Bloomington, IN @ University Auditorium @ University of Indiana
04/17 Athens, OH @ Memorial Auditorium @ University of Ohio
04/18 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
04/20 Athens, GA @ Classic Center Grand Hall
04/21 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
04/22 Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnaces
04/23 Oxford, MS @ The Lyric

Pansy Division Feature In Newsweek.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What's Going On With The Mumlers.

San Jose's Mumlers are this month's featured band on Interviews and live footage can be found here.

"Tangled Up With You" is featured Pandora's video series: on stage & more

And there are a few live dates are coming up:

05/29 Berkeley, CA @ The Starry Plough
05/30 San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Papercuts 'You Can Have What You Want' NPR's Song Of The Day.

Papercuts: A Pop Throwback, Oozing Heartache
By Michael Katzif, April 9, 2009 - Papercuts' Jason Robert Quever has a thing for the music of the '60s: His focused pop nuggets exude feel-good charm and a touch of sadness, channeling the spirit of The Zombies and The Byrds along the way. Or at least they used to. If 2007's Can't Go Back was the singer-songwriter's nod to the jangly pop of the early '60s, then its new follow-up, You Can Have What You Want, represents a step toward the looser, more psychedelic rock that came later in the decade..... read full post here.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

James Blackshaw's 'Cross Is Up On Stereogum Right Now!

A special three minute edit of 'Cross' from James Blackshaw's upcoming The Glass Bead Game album is up on Stereogum right now. The album officially comes out on Young God on May 26th, so enjoy the sneak peak.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Strange Boys 3 Star Rolling Stone Review.

Upcoming Strange Boys live dates:
04/08 Asheville, NC @ Th New French Bar
04/09 Tuscaloosa, AL @ Egan's
04/10 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/05 Denton, TX @ Rubbergloves (w/ Mika Miko)
6/06 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (w/ Mika Miko)
06/07 Houston, TX @ Numbers (w/ Mika Miko)
06/08 New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar (w/ Mika Miko)
06/10 Greensboro, NC @ University of NC (w/ Mika Miko)
06/11 Washington, DC @ Comet Pizza & Ping Pong (w/ Mika Miko)
06/12 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head (w/ Mika Miko, The Death Set)
6/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel (w/ Mika Miko)
06/14 New York, NY @ Cake Shop (w/ Mika Miko)
06/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery (w/ Mika Miko)
06/16 Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Diner (w/ Mika Miko)
6/18 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
06/20 Columbus, OH @ Bourbon St. (w/ Mika Miko)
06/22 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (w/ Mika Miko)
06/23 Minneapolis, MN @ First-Avenue (w/ Mika Miko)
06/24 Iowa City, IA @ Public Space 1 (w/ Mika Miko)
06/25 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall (w/ Mika Miko)
06/26 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive (w/ Mika Miko)
06/27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Mika Miko)
06/29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell (w/ Mika Miko)