Q Magazine’s Top 50 LPs of 2014: The War on Drugs are #1

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Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q‘s favorite albums of 2014 below…

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Rhyton released ‘Kykeon,’ playing shows (dates & streams)

by Andrew Sacher

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Rhyton returned this week with their newest album, Kykeon, on Thrill Jockey. Made up of three great players in the Brooklyn experimental scene — David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of No Neck Blues Band), Rob Smith (of Pigeons) and Jimy SeiTang (ex-Psychic Ills) — Rhyton are well equipped to take on ideas as ambitious as the ones on Kykeon. Of its six songs, four pass the seven-minute mark and only one is under four, and they’re all instrumental passages through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. In terms of other modern stuff, Grails comes to mind as a comparison, and fans of that band would likely dig this. But really any fans of tripped-out extended jams should check this out. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify and stream one track below.

At the moment, Rhyton have four shows scheduled including one in Hudson, NY tonight (11/21) and two upcoming dates in their hometown of NYC. The first is this Sunday (11/23) at Trans-Pecos with Fadensonnen (with special guests Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Kevin Shea and Brian Sullivan) and Key of Shame (also No Neck-related). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their next local show happens December 10 at Union Pool with two other local psych bands, Weird Owl and Prince Rupert’s Drops (tix at door).

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below…

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What’s going on Monday? (Interpol, TPOBPAH, Allah-Las, Kevin Gates, The Wytches, Champagne Jerry & more)

TPOBPAH last week at Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
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For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Hooray For Earth, Gabi, Ablebody @ Glasslands
Having finished their tour with The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at heart stop by Glasslands to play one last show before the venue closes in December.

Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
Finally free from the blizzard that could’ve ended in a Donner Party situation, Interpol return to NYC for three nights at Terminal 5.

Champagne Jerry, Ad-Rock @ Joe’s Pub
Tongue-in-cheek Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry returns to Joe’s Pub with frequent collaborator Ad-Rock tonight, as part of Creative Capital’s 15th anniversary celebration.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Jen Kirkman, Emmett Montgomery, and Kenny DeForest are the guests this week at Wyatt Cenac’s comedy get-together.

The Wytches, LODRO @ Mercury Lounge
UK trio The Wytches take a grungy, ever-so-slightly gothy spin on garage rock. Tonight’s show is with moody Brooklynites, LODRO.

Allah-Las, Tashaki Miyaki, Savants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Their new album is called Worship the Sun, but LA’s Allah-Las also worship The Byrds, Love, and The Chocolate Watchband. They do it well.

B.O.B., Kevin Gates @ SOB’s
B.O.B. headlines this show but if you’re going we especially recommend catching opener Kevin Gates. His melodic Southern rap is filled with hooks but also darker and more aggressive than a lot of the other newer stuff with this much of a pop sensibility. Show was moved from Irving Plaza.

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

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Couch Slut celebrating ‘My Life As A Woman’ at Acheron this weekend w/ Ora Iso & more (stream their LP)

by Andrew Sacher

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NYC’s Couch Slut have only been around for about a year but have quickly been leaving their mark on the local heavy scene. Their debut album, My Life As A Woman (that’s the awesome cover art above), came out last month via Handshake Inc and is streaming below. It’s kinda metal, kinda hardcore, and kinda noise rock. If you’re into all three of those things, this album is definitely for you. But if say you’re 100% not a metalhead, but you are into early Sonic Youth, there’s plenty you’d dig here too. Needless to say, the album is heavy as all hell, though parts of the post-rocky “Rape Kit” are downright pretty. It’s a diverse listen and only six songs — check it out.

Couch Slut’s official release show for the new album happens in their hometown on Sunday (11/23) at Acheron with Derek Reinhardt (of A Guide To Rational Living), Ora Iso and 1MITATOR. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.

If you’re headed to that show, it’s also worth catching fellow Brooklynites Ora Iso, who put out their debut album, Bathcat, last month on Ba Da Bing. It’s less heavy than Couch Slut, but a good pairing with its doomy, droning atmospheres and a similarly commanding vocalist. Check out two tracks from that below.

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Avril Lavigne – Let Me Go ft. Chad Kroeger

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Shinobu release third single from new LP, “Jokes” (listen)

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As discussed, Shinobu are releasing their fifth album, 10 Thermidor, on January 9 via Really Records and Lauren Records, and have been releasing a new single for every $ 1,000 raised in the presale. They’ve now reached a new milestone and are ready to put out the third single, “Jokes,” which is making its premiere in this post. While the other two singles had a ’90s indie rock vibe, “Jokes” is under a minute and a half of ’80s-style hardcore which Shinobu does just as convincingly as their other stuff.

Once the pre-orders hit the next $ 1,000 milestone, they’ll release a free download of the album via Quote Unquote Records. Listen to the new song below…

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Death by Audio, RIP (Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF the Brotherhood & Grooms were the last bands to play)

DbA’s Edan Wilbur crowdsurf’s during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP

Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We’ve got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.

Death by Audio, you’ll really be missed. More pics below…

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Thee Oh Sees were DbA’s secret guests again, plus Natural Child, Jack Name & Skimask (pics, video)

Oh Sees / Natural Child @ DbA 11/20/14 (via @soundbitenyc / @ashowsomewhere)
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John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence’s touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).

This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville’s Natural Child were another of the “top secret!” guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band’s southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single “Shame Walkin’.” You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby’s All Right (tickets).

Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees’ tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn’t make for the most exciting set but they sounded good. They play with Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, too, along with Kyp Malone’s Ice Balloons (he’ll be busy tonight as his slightly more known band TV on the Radio play too, at MHOW).

Skimask opened the show with a 5-song set that they played on the floor, so while we didn’t see them, we did experience them and their punky noise and funny stage banter made for a good start to the night.

There are only two shows at Death by Audio left both are “Top Secret!” though they’ll likely have clues for tonight’s show up on their website later today. We’ve got a good guess as to who one of the openers is.

Video of Thee Oh Sees doing set-opener “The Dream” at DbA last night, plus a few more instagrams, below…

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What’s going on Sunday? (Jonah Matranga & J. Robbins, Nots, Couch Slut, Hess is More, Ed Askew & more)

Jonah Matranga in NYC in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Frank Bell, Jonah Matranga, J. Robbins, Doris Cellar (of Freelance Whales) @ Mercury Lounge
Having spent time fronting Far and Jawbox respectively (plus like a ton of other bands), Jonah Matranga and J. Robbins are two of the greats of ’90s post-hardcore and this year they joined forces for the collaborative band Moral Mazes which sounds straight out of their prime era. Tonight they play separate solo sets, but maybe we’ll get some collaborations too?

Ballroom, Nots, Degreaser, Cyanide Tooth @ Palisades
If your idea of punk is more of the ’70s Detroit variety (or what’s going on in Melbourne, Australia these days), you’ll dig this lineup featuring Memphis quartet Nots whose terrific new album is just out on Goner.

Rhyton, Fadensonnen, Key Of Shame @ Trans-Pecos
Rhyton put out a new record on Thrill Jockey this week which has them taking lengthy instrumental trips through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. See them bring those jams to life tonight.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bryce Dessner of The National (co-curator), Richard Reed Parry (co-curator) @ BAM
In addition to The National’s Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they’re also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they’ve now co-curated a new piece ‘Black Mountain Songs’ that made its world premiere at BAM on Thursday night. Tonight concludes the piece’s four-night run. It features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others.

Will Miles, Clark Jones, Kenny Deforest, Big Jay Oakerson, Michael Che, Sean Patton, Liza Treyger, Saurin Choksi, Michelle Wolf @ Knitting Factory
Part of Knitting Factory’s five-year anniversary celebration, this comedy show in the main space features a whole host of talent, including SNL‘s Michael Che and Late Night with Seth Meyers‘ Michelle Wolf.

ARMS, Salt Catherdral, Mrs. Adam Schatz, Oracle Room @ Baby’s All Right
Paper Garden Records is throwing this show headlined by Brooklyn widescreen spacerock purveyors ARMS.

Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Sneeze, Raw Blow, Vomitface @ Shea Stadium
It’s a tough night for fans of veteran post-hardcore frontmen between that Jonah/J show and this. Walter (of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools and more) takes a Cream/Sabbath-inspired heavy blues approach for the Dead Heavens, one of two new bands he’s got this year. The rest of this bill is pretty good too.

Manilla Road, Natur, Python @ Saint Vitus
Kansas metal legends Manilla Road put out a handful of classic albums in the ’80s that experimented with thrash, NWOBHM, power metal, prog and ’70s proto-metal. The only constant member has been frontman Mark “The Shark” Shelton, but his current bandmates are no slackers. Tonight’s the second of a 2-night stand at Vitus this weekend.

Ed Askew Band, Hartley C. White, Ruth Garbus, Jib Kidder, Moth Eggs @ Silent Barn
Ed Askew’s story is a familiar one to fans of any now-better-known artists like Nick Drake and Vashti Bunyan. He had one record in the late ’60s, Ask the Unicorn, which became considered an overlooked classic many years later. He’s released other albums over the years too, and luckily for us he’s more active now than ever with new music and live shows coming pretty frequently. This bill also includes Ruth Garbus (sister of tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus) and others.

Couch Slut, Derek Reinhardt, Ora Iso, 1MITATOR @ The Acheron
NYC’s Couch Slut have only been around for about a year but they’ve quickly become one of the better known bands on the local heavy scene thanks to a killer, unrelenting mix of metal, hardcore and noise rock that’s not quite like other bands in this scene. Ba Da Bing-signed droners Ora Iso are worth getting there early for.

Mick Foley @ The Bell House
Yes, Mick Foley the wrestler aka Mankind. Tonight he’s here telling stories with his one-man spoken-word stage show, “Tales From Wrestling Past.”

Hess is More @ Nublu
Having just released a remix EP, the eight-piece lineup of Hess Is More bring their jazzy/krauty/funky sound to Nublu as part of a four-night residency. If you like DFA style dancerock, they’re worth checking out.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Fred Armisen playing Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Xmas show after 826NYC benefit; Portlandia season 5 trailer out now (watch)

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The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he’s got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo‘s Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Fred’s also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould’s New Year’s Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein’s band Sleater-Kinney are reunited and bringing their tour to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows in 2015. Both are sold out.

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