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We Heart Jonathan Toubin

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A great site appeared yesterday, IHeartJT.com, that provides information and lists events that raise funds for Jonathan Toubin to help the amazing troubadour of the Soul Clap Dance party after the tragic and befuddling accident that befell him. It’s more important than us here listing upcoming fundraiser shows happening across the country, to direct you to that site, as well as mention that direction donations are accepted via PayPal to ihearttoubin [at] gmail.com.

16 Dec 2011 | More

Talking With RINSED: One Year of Raining Blood, Debauchery

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Tomorrow night sometime between 9-11PM the darkness will truly settle, the kids will scream out something blood curdling and the open bar vodka will be chugged. It will be time to get rinsed, nay, RINSED in the back room of Public Assembly with Blacky II and Dan Wender delivering all that moves you, A.Pop with the aesthetics and Professor Mims at the door and on the floor.

This is also a special occasion, it’s the one year anniversary, one year ago Blacky and Dan got together and threw their chips into the rotating roulette of nightlife building something abashedly fun, illicit, open and dangerous like Odysseus partying with the Sirens instead of keeping himself all tied up. As had happened in the past (one wonderful memory is Beacon performing an amazing live set at the party) there will be special guests, this night it will be Braille (Hotflush label), who already sound like a wonderful fit in my headphones.

We’ve had a chat with Blacky II, Dan Wender aka Carly and A.Pop about the past year, all that blood, all who bleed, 2012 and the future.

16 Dec 2011 | More

The Ting TIngs to Release ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ in March

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Jules De Martino and Katie White, otherwise known as British duo The Ting Tings, who had their unforgettable “That’s Not My Name” taking over the airwaves in 2008, are back. Their second album, coming out four years after their debut, Sounds From Nowheresville, is due out on Columbia Records in the US in March, 2012.

15 Dec 2011 | More

Anna Calvi, Eleanor Friedberger, New Moods at BV Holiday Party 12.13.11

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Needless to say, the blinding sea of frail Brooklyn whiteness—on and off stage—could not make proper kinesthetic sense of Friedberger’s off-tempo art-rock. On stage, she seamlessly coupled the warmth of Patti Smith with the outlandish glamour of Kate Bush, while playing songs that she must have discovered somewhere in Bowie’s k-hole

14 Dec 2011 | 2 comments | More

The Weakerthans at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 12.07.11

On the first night of the three Weakerthans’ shows in NYC, the standout song “Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist”, from …Read the Rest

14 Dec 2011 | More

Royal Baths Sign to Kanine Records with New Album Out February 7th

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San Francisco duo Jeremy Cox and Jigmae Baer began Royal Baths without any set ideas, recording on whatever devices they could find, sourcing inspiration in Cox’s fascination with alternate and open tunings of delta blues…

12 Dec 2011 | More

Creep – ‘Animals’ (feat. Holly Miranda)

CREEP’s latest video for “Animals” (feat. Holly Miranda) breathes desperation into the urban condition. Their signature staccato snare & choral violin production lends agreeably to the industrial isolationist backdrop.

8 Dec 2011 | More

Anomie Belle – ‘Machine’

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Though the romanticized torch singer is a heavily-sought title for many contemporary female vocalists, few approach it through such an experimental lens. Anomie Belle’s collaborative failures (see: Mr Lif’s verse on the title track) and weakness of production all seem to fall short of, or even complement, the strength of her uniquely apposed voice.

7 Dec 2011 | More

Holiday Plans: Fiery Furnaces’ Frontwoman in Brooklyn

Fresh off her tours with The Kills and Wild Flag, the Firey Furnaces frontwoman returns to Brooklyn for two nights. Eleanor Friedberger will be at Gowanus’ favorite high school gymnasium on December 8th, this time without her veteran mother superiors.

6 Dec 2011 | More

The Good Natured Release New Video, Announce U.S. Tour Dates

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The Good Natured, the UK’s cheery dark-pop trio, have released a free download of their latest stylish noir video, “Video Voyeur”, via their Facebook page. The song’s sassy, electro pop, reminiscent of The Sounds, is a teaser of what’s to come…

6 Dec 2011 | More