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A Sunny Day in Glasgow releasing new EP, got remixed by Ice Choir who open their NYC show this weekend (stream)

July 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

by Bill Pearis

Every good band evolves of course, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow have progressed from being an airy shoegaze band whose songs sometime floated by without anyone taking notice to a pop band with shoegaze roots with songs that capture your attention. Previously the vocals mostly consisted of a lot of sighing, but that has been drastically changed. Singers Anne Fredrickson and Jen Goma with their strong, passionate vocals power the band and are its focal point.

The Crocodile's back bar was full for this early show on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. For the opening band Oh! Pears the garage door was up, keeping the place relatively cool. Unfortunately they pulled the door closed before the start of A Sunny Day In Glasgow causing the mercury to rise in the packed room (the pizza oven in the back didn't help either). No matter, the band incorporated tribal rhythms, washes of guitars, subdued electronics and earnest and soulful vocals to send breezy waves of pleasure out into the room nearly making forget the beads of sweat. - [Finest Kiss]That review is from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Seattle stop on their current tour supporting terrific new album, Sea When Absent. That tour hits NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Baby's All Right with Ice Choir, and Jason Bartell also on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ice Choir not only open for the band, they also remixed the new album's lead single "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)," turning the song from glitchy shoegaze into more pure synthpop. In doing so, Jen Goma's powerful pipes are driven to the forefront. It's a dramatic transformation and you can stream it below. That track is from an EP that's being released in the UK titled No Death that features two unreleased songs and three remixes.

Remaining tour dates, the EP tracklist, cover art and Ice Choir remix stream, below...

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Beastie Boys mural being painted at Paul's Boutique corner

July 25, 2014 - 3:37pm

The Beastie Boys' classic sophomore album, Paul's Boutique, turns 25 today (7/25), and though the LES corner of Ludlow and Rivington where the album cover's artwork was shot isn't being renamed "Beastie Boys Square," in honor of the anniversary, the current owner of the storefront at that location will have a Beasties mural made. Rolling Stone reports that this Saturday (7/26) at 11 AM, artist Danielle Mastrion will begin painting the mural on the wall of Wolfnights, the sandwich shop at that corner. LeRoy McCarthy, who had launched the "Beastie Boys Square" campaign, spearheaded this project too.

In related Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique and sandwich shop news, Ricky Powell was spotted making birthday dreams come true at Brancaccio's Food Shop in Windsor Terrace yesterday (true story).

Stream Paul's Boutique below...

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Sun Kil Moon played Town Hall

July 25, 2014 - 3:07pm

by Andrew Sacher

Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork Fest last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Mark Kozelek brought his Sun Kil Moon tour to NYC last night (7/24) for a show at Town Hall. Mark's been playing solo shows in NYC fairly consistently for a while now, but this was the first full-band Sun Kil Moon show here in recent memory (or ever?), and in a larger venue than the ones he'd been playing. Mark was joined by a drummer, an electric guitarist, and a keyboardist for the entire set, plus a cellist for part of it. Why the sudden change? Mark said on stage last night, "I don't really know why but my new record, Benji, is doing pretty well. Kids are coming to my shows again. It used to be all old people but now I see 24 year old girls in the audience... because Pitchfork. I used to fucking hate Pitchfork. Now I'm grateful to them."

That wasn't the only time Mark took an extended break to talk to the audience, mostly delivered in his deadpan tone, which was as entertaining as the songs themselves -- though in a much different way of course. While his banter had the crowd laughing, the songs kept the relatively large theater silent and attentive. And for good reason. Mark's a funny guy, but the lyrics on Benji are about some depressing shit. He sang the one about his second cousin Carissa dying when an aerosol can blew up in the trash, the one about his uncle dying the same way, the one about serial killer Richard Ramirez dying, the one about being sad for the day his mother dies, etc. All of this while sitting on his chair, hunched over his nylon-string guitar, and not singing too close to the mic but still projecting through the whole room. His band mostly stayed calm backing him, but a few moments -- like "Richard Ramirez" and "Dogs" -- saw them rising to some unexpected and showstopping crescendos.

A moment both musically satisfying and kind of hilarious came during "Livingstone Bramble" from Mark's album with Desertshore, where he dropped the "I hate Nels Cline" line and, in place of his Nels Cline-mocking solo, the cellist Isabel did her own scratchy, freakout version as the band quieted down to give her the spotlight. Another happened when in between songs, his backing band broke out into a space interlude, which caused Mark to look up from tuning his guitar and say, "Don't do that, it makes me think of 'The End' by The Doors. It makes me chuckle." Then after pausing to think about it, said, "I guess that's not a bad thing... alright go ahead and do it." To end the pre-encore set, Mark changed up the vibe in the room once before by leaving his chair and guitar for the first time during the set, and performing the two final songs standing front and center with just his mic. "Not too fast," he warned the band, inspiring more laughter from the crowd, before showing off that sitting down, hunched over his guitar isn't the only way he's still an excellent performer.

We don't have pictures from the NYC show but check out our photos from their set a week earlier at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

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The Heavy Lowdown: King Diamond, Ghost BC, Slough Feg, Witch Mountain, Mortals, weekend shows & more

July 25, 2014 - 2:48pm

by Ian Chainey

King Diamond

Over the weekend, King Diamond turned into King Dynasty. First bassist Hal Patino quit over a pay dispute. Then, Kim Bendix Petersen responded with a seemingly well-reasoned letter of epic length (if you read it in a King Diamond falsetto, it makes the words fly by). Finally, Patino fired back with a screed beginning with "I'm NOT a drug addict!" Duly noted. All of this reads like. . . a conspiracy, ooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Also, King Diamond is set to play a handful of Euro fests this summer and will be hitting North America for a tour this fall, including a date at FFF Fest and October 14 at NYC's Best Buy Theater.

Speaking of things that shouldn't have been made public, there's a petition on Change.org asking Ghost BC to break up. Says the petition, "We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc." Of course they're not real, they're ghosts. Some trvthers you are.

Want to drum for Slough Feg? There's now an opening. Harry Cantwell -- who also plays for Bosse-De-Nage -- will be leaving the band at the end of July, leaving open a spot on the stool. Leader Mike Scalzi: "Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"

Could the next Slough Feg drummer be the newly elected president of Indonesia? Joko Widodo is indeed a fan, known to sport Napalm Death and Lamb of God shirts in pics. His first order of business? Declaring war on Ghost.

Finally, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) will curate the next Roadburn Festival. This year's edition was curated by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth who dropped by Invisible Oranges this week for an interview.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

still from Mortals' video

Mortals shot a video using Brooklyn's the Archeron as the backdrop. Said the Acheron's Facebook, "Now we gotta find a new sound tech and bartender!!" This Heavy Lowdown just turned into Metal Careerbuilder. You can watch the video below.

For streams, Witch Mountain debuted "Psycho Animundi" from their forthcoming Mobile of Angels on NPR. The record is out September 30 via the mighty Profound Lore Records. Tech-deathers Beyond Creation dropped "Elusive Reverence" from Earthborn Evolution (October 24, Season of Mist - preorder). And friends in digital metal dissemination CVLTNation released their fourth covers record, this one taking on Joy Division. It includes renditions by Pinkish Black, Theologian, and Arctic Flowers and it's available for download. You can also listen to it and the Beyond Creation cut below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 7/25): Crushers Tombs' homecoming show kicks off today at the Saint Vitus (tickets). They'll be joined by Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom, and Passage Between. Word is the Savage Gold beer will be available. Over at the Acheron, Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, and Mongrel will make your Friday bleak and black, just the way you like it (tickets).

SATURDAY (7/26): The two-day New York Death Fest starts at Saint Vitus. Go fill up on slams (tickets for both days). If you're looking for slower and lower, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, and the super-promising Sangharsha play the Acheron (tickets).

SUNNNNNNDAY (7/27): New York Death Fest finishes up with a gurgle at Saint Vitus. Over at the Acheron, there's the progressive Blackest, Warm, and Dead Empires (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We tracked all of the releases fit to buy in our weekly Upcoming Metal Releases. As previously mentioned, we interviewed Mikael Åkerfeldt (*swoons*). We premiered tracks from Sólstafir and Take Over and Destroy. We reviewed the newest from Wolvhammer, along with rounding up some singles like Bölzer's. We also went show crazy, sponsoring the Falls of Rauros with Obsidian Tongue and Oneirogen package and reporting on Black Anvil. Finally, we were bummed out by the Castevet break up. All of my blogger coffee has been poured out.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and check out those streams, and other noted details below.

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Upper West Side dive / rock club Ding Dong Lounge closing

July 25, 2014 - 2:00pm

by Wyatt Marshall

Sad news for Upper West Siders of the no-collar persuasion: Ding Dong Lounge, the punked-out dive bar and venue at 106th and Columbus, is closing on Thursday, July 31 after 13 years in business. The bar will be relocating to an as-yet undisclosed location.

From an announcement on Ding Dong Lounge's website:Like so many other unique New York City businesses, the Ding has lost its lease, despite having the highest sales in its 13 year history and being named the Best Cheap Manhattan Dive by both the Village Voice (link added - ed.) and Gothamist.

This is not the end of the Ding, as we will be relocating & reopening in the near furture (watch this space for details). However, for right now, please come out to show some love and say goodbye to our beloved Ding Dong Lounge during our last days at the Columbus Ave & 106 St. location.

We love you all!Ding Dong Lounge was a grungy oasis for people looking for a no-frills place for cheap drinks in an otherwise pretty bleak part of town where forgettable, overcrowded bars are the norm. As mentioned above, the bar received accolades for being the best dive in Manhattan -- not bad for a place not much further than a stone's throw from Columbia University. Good music and colorful staff -- which allegedly included a stuntman who was, among other interesting gigs, a weapon specialist in Mortal Kombat (the movie) -- helped make the place great. Ding Dong DJ/doorman Chris should be familiar to patrons of The Acheron, where he also works. Mark, thank you for all the drinks.

The space played host to hundreds of shows, typically of the somewhat-underground indie/punk variety, and had a number of weekly regular events. One memorable show for me was headlined by the experimental noise rock band White Suns, who just played Summerscreen. The opening band was a three-piece named Bob Crusoe, an absurdist "guitar," drums and off-key trumpet (I think) band that delivered one of the most ridiculous performances I've ever seen -- pure cacophony, with nonsense lyrics/noises that were alternatively spoken and hysterically screamed over one of the worst improv sets of all time. Lots of rolling around on the ground. A+.

It's been a bad week for NYC dives. The Ding Dong Lounge will be missed. Here's to a quick reopening.

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Bronx subway station gets musical 'Boogie Down Booth'

July 25, 2014 - 1:46pm

A new public art installation may make some Bronx residents wait for the bus a little more musical. Appropriately named, the "Boogie Down Booth" sits on the street below the Freeman Street station in South Bronx, and provides a 24/7 spot to hear local music. Folks waiting for the bus can sit and listen to a 17-song curated playlist that is piped out (not too loud) on speakers. The playlist currently includes tracks from Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun, and rap group Circa '95.

A collaboration between the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC's Department of Transportation, the Boogie Down Down is part of the Under The Elevated initiative, which aims to make city space below transportation infrastructure more useful (or interesting).

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LVL UP release a track from new LP, touring w/ Liam Betson, playing NYC w/ Andrew Cedermark & Mitski (dates, stream)

July 25, 2014 - 1:31pm

by Andrew Sacher

Brooklyn indie rockers LVL UP are releasing their new album, Hoodwink'd, on September 23 via the label owned by LVL UP members Dave Benton and Mike Caridi, Double Double Whammy (also home to Frankie Cosmos and others), as well as Exploding In Sound (formerly home to Speedy Ortiz and others). If you miss the days of '90s indie rock, LVL UP have got you covered. The album's new single, "Soft Power," recalls Built to Spill, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr, and plenty other bands from that era. Check it out below.

The band will be touring in August with former Titus Andronicus member Liam Betson, who put out his new album, The Cover of Hunter, on DDW this week (7/22). That tour culminates in NYC on 8/30 at Shea Stadium with another former Titus member, Andrew Cedermark, and another DDW signee, Mitski.

All dates are listed, with the new LVL UP song and a stream of Liam's album, below...

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Sarah Silverman releasing new album on Sub Pop ++ Brooks Whelan, Kurt Braunohler, Kumail Nanjiani & more comedy

July 25, 2014 - 1:01pm

by Arielle Gordon

You may know Sarah Silverman from her brief stint on SNL, her under-appreciated program The Sarah Silverman Program, or her relationship with Matt Damon. You can now add to the list: Sub Pop sweetheart. Following in the paths of David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, and more, Silverman is releasing her next comedy album We Are Miracles on Seattle's Sub Pop. The album, which is set to be released this September, is taken from her latest live tour, and is available for pre-order on Sub Pop's site now.

If you just can't wait to hear Silverman, you can catch her on Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which includes Silverman, as well as Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, and more. It hits the NYC area in August.

Silverman's close friend, SSP co-star, and fellow comedian Brian Posehn is also on tour, with an upcoming date at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this September and an appearance at Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.

In other comedy news, Kurt Braunohler, of "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal]," and the canceled-too-soon Bunk is premiering his Comedy Central Half Hour tonight (725) at midnight ET/11 PM CT. CC has a preview.

In other ex-SNL star news, comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall on Monday (7/28) which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one on Sunday (7/27) are on sale now.

Finally, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray just premiered their new show, The Meltdown, based on their weekly LA stand-up show of the same name, on Comedy Central last night. You can watch the first episode in full online here.

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Farm Aid 2014 lineup & tix: Jack White, Neil Young, Willie Nelson & more

July 25, 2014 - 1:00pm

Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The 2014 Farm Aid Concert happens on September 13 in Raleigh, NC. As usual, the Farm Aid founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are playing, and this year's also includes Jack White as a headliner. Also on the bill is Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews, as well as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots. Tickets are on presale now.

This comes after Jack White's Third Man Records released a Neil Young box set and after rumors that Neil and Jack were releasing an album of duets, which ended up not being true.

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Maryland Deathfest 2015 adds more bands (Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Sodom, Martyrdod, Mother Brain, more)

July 25, 2014 - 12:48pm

Napalm Death at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)

Maryland Deathfest 2015 recently announced its initial lineup, and now more bands have been added, including Sodom, Demlich, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Martyrdod, P.L.F., Noxa, Water Torture, Early Graves, Fulgora, Mother Brain and Pizzahifive.

The first lineup announcement, which Invisible Oranges dissected, included Neurosis, D.R.I., Tripykton, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more. Early bird tickets are sold out but the regular ticket sale begins in a few months.

UPDATE: IO dissected the new lineup announcement too.

Full list of confirmed bands below...

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Teenage Fanclub played River Rocks with Honeyblood and Saint Rich (pics, setlist)

July 25, 2014 - 12:19pm

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Teenage Fanclub / Honeyblood / Saint Rich @ Pier 84 7/24/2014


I have never seen so many Big Star t-shirts in one place in my life. It makes sense, of course, given the sonic debt Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub owe to Alex Chilton, but it was still funny to see so many people all with the same idea. (Also a lot of striped tees, including myself.) This was the band's first NYC show in four years, first show anywhere in two years, and only one of two US shows they're doing on this visit. The River Rocks show was a warm-up to this weekend's Merge 25 fest in Carrboro, NC and they all seemed in very good spirits. And sounded great as usual. With no album to plug, I was actually expecting a few more "hits" but TFC have always been a deep cuts kinda band. We did get "The Concept," "Sparky's Dream," "Ain't That Enough" and "Everything Flows" which ended the very lovely night. Setlist is below.

Fellow Glaswegians Honeyblood opened and seemed chuffed to be there. The duo -- Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Shona McVicar -- were a lot scrappier live than they are on their debut album which recently came out via FatCat. It's in the Best Coast vein, just a little more scuffed-up.

Opening the evening were Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich whose take on good-times Southern Rock sounded pretty good in the magic hour by the Hudson. At one point singer Christian Peslak tried to get the crowd lounging on the grass to come up closer to the stage but Steve Marion cut him off, "Just let 'em sit in the grass, dude!" Saint Rich are definitely grass music.

The final River Rocks show of the season happens August 7 with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires. More pics from last night's Teenage Fanclub show below...

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Sick Of It All announce LP & show with H2O; This is Hardcore underway in Philly (related NYC shows this weekend too)

July 25, 2014 - 12:10pm

Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)

NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.

If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.

SOIA and Sheer Terror's fellow veteran New York hardcore band Cro-Mags also recently announced a tour, NYC show at Saint Vitus included, which just went on sale.

SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...

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watch Pantera's Phil Anselmo cover The Smiths (with Morrissey's biggest fan Dave Hill on guitar)

July 25, 2014 - 11:45am

Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...

To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...

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Nirvana's Krist Novoselic is 'Standing With Eddie Vedder and the Real Possibility of Peace'

July 25, 2014 - 11:20am

Cubs fan Eddie Vedder made some controversial remarks this week about the conflict going on in Israel (and sang "Imagine" in response to critics). Fellow Seattle rocker Krist Novoselic, who in his own words is "Best Known For Playing Bass On All Those Nirvana Records", but "Can Get Into Wonky Politics," posted his own reaction earlier this week. If you missed it, it starts off:Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world. Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic. Let's face it, the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a disaster! I don't know how many times I have heard the same explanations and excuses and it matters not, there is a continuing catastrophe between those two peoples.Read the rest with some videos at Krist's blog (where he also posted "Give Peace a Chance"), and check out his original, similar article that appeared in Seattle Weekly in 2009.

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Gigan touring w/ Artificial Brain & Pyrrhon (who play Vitus with Tombs tonight)

July 25, 2014 - 11:15am

by Wyatt Marshall

Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)

Oodles of noodles are headed your way as three of tech death's most interesting young bands are hitting the road together. The tour, a model of modesty called the "Interstellar Intellect" tour, pairs Gigan, Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain and stops in NYC at Saint Vitus on 9/19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The three aren't strangers to NYC. Pyrrhon is based in Brooklyn, Artificial Brain on Long Island, and Gigan was last in town last October when they played a show with Pyrrhon. Invisible Oranges presented the Artificial Brain record release show back in May--be sure to catch them. The singer, who sports wrap-around rec-spec-style goggles and an (albeit small) chain and intersperses sci-fi babble in between songs (that's him up top), is fascinating to watch.

As mentioned, Pyrrhon are also playing Saint Vitus tonight (7/25) with Tombs, who are celebrating the release of their fantastic new album Savage Gold. Additional support is from Passage Between and the industrial/EBM project StatiqBloom, which is comprised of Fade Kainer of Batillus and Søren. Tickets here. Both Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain also play Long Island's Obnoxious Noise Fest in August.

All tour dates are listed below...

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Mobb Deep made a video, played Queensbridge Park; Prodigy playing free Levi's show this Saturday

July 24, 2014 - 5:26pm

If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.

Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.

Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."

...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...

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'Stop Making Sense' screening in NYC w/ David Byrne Q&A: win tix ++ Blu-Ray autographed by all 4 Talking Heads

July 24, 2014 - 4:57pm

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Johnathan Demme's classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and the film has been making the rounds at various screenings around the country and was just released on Blu-Ray. The film will screen as part of Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision Festival at the Walter Reade Theater on August 1, to be followed by a Q&A with David Byrne himself. File this one under 'not to be missed.'

Tickets are sold out, but If you'd still like to go we have two pairs of tickets to the Lincoln Center screening to give away. ALSO one of those two winners will also be getting the new Blu-Ray of the film SIGNED BY ALL FOUR MEMBERS of the Talking Heads. Details on how to enter the contest, plus a few clips from Stop Making Sense, below...

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Amazon Prime added "hundred of thousands" of songs (still no deal w/ Universal); Google trying to buy Spotify?

July 24, 2014 - 4:44pm

Rumblings from the land of streaming giants. Amazon says that it has added "hundreds of thousands of songs" to its Amazon Prime music streaming service, following complaints that its selection was too small. A few of the artists mentioned in their announcement are Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Nick Cave, A$AP Rocky and Oasis. Unfortunately, they still don't have a deal with Universal. Subscriptions were raised from $79 to $99 this past April, and they include unlimited music, movie and TV show streams, as well as free two-day shipping.

Spotify is a bigger kid on the block, with 20 million songs in its catalog to Amazon's million and change. Rumors circulated that Google was interested in purchasing Spotify, but balked at their asking price of well above $10 billion, after a Wall Street Journal article surfaced, reporting just that. However, Recode states that they reached out to "multiple sources at both companies" and claims that there have been no discussions between the companies about an acquisition. The Recode article says it was nothing more than meetings between Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek and Google execs about commercial deals at YouTube, Google Play, and Android:"There has not been a single conversation about Google's interest between the two," said one source, reflecting many others. "There was never a price, never a negotiation, never anything."Neither Google nor Spotify has given an official statement on the matter.

If anyone is going to purchase Spotify, it seems unlikely to be Apple, who acquired Dr. Dre's Beats for $3 billion earlier this year.

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Danny Brown played Best Buy Theater, made a song w/ Rustie who plays NYC on Friday (listen)

July 24, 2014 - 3:13pm

Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

We recently mentioned that Rustie is releasing a new album, Green Language, which features Danny Brown on a track, and that track has now come out. It's called "Attak" and can be streamed below.

Rustie's tour hits NYC at Webster Hall this Friday (7/25). Tickets for that show are still available. Danny Brown played NYC's Best Buy Theater last night (7/23). Anyone go?

Video of Danny's set from last night, with the new song stream, below...

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The Roots playing a free show to celebrate Guitar Center's new Times Square location (win tix and/or a drumset!)

July 24, 2014 - 2:48pm

Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET (Questlove's signature 'Breakbeats' line), courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove plays it:

Details on how to enter the contest, below...

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