This guy who wrote an article slamming the now titular dinosaur-bird-thing obviously did not get an invite…
But, if you do happen to be in the NY area on Thursday, you have no excuse to not be here. I’ve never left a Terrorbird Media event feeling like I hadn’t been exposed to some of the best up-and-coming artists.
I am by no means a New Yorker, native or otherwise. Still, I have plenty of (mostly sweaty) memories related to Cake Shop, like:
- a bourbon-shooting Shilpa Rae playing a set best described as Stereolab fronted by Glenn Danzig
- standing next to Avey Tare of Animal Collective as some guy endlessly bugs him with questions about Noah while Avey is DJing
- Marnie Stern’s “vag bag” and the beginning of her exhausting “seven shows in five nights” run at CMJ 2010
- My first Math The Band “load out”
- Several Terrorbird Media day parties, at which I’ve seen countless bands I’ll likely never see here in Norfolk
So take a minute to click the title link and head to Cake Shop’s Pledge Music site. They’ve got a bunch of cool pledge incentives, like free drink tickets, guest list passes, a mix tape of rare cuts from bands that have played there, and access to “secret showcases”.
And, sure, there are hundreds of venues in New York City. But take it from someone who’s seen venue after venue close - you don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Headed to SXSW this year? Heed my advice and head to the TWO day parties being put on by some of the most forward-thinking people in the business, Terrorbird Media.
On Wednesday March 14th, head to Red 7 (611 E 7th Street) for their joint day party with ForceField PR. It’ll be a two stage extravaganza filled with some of the hottest bands and probably a few you’ve slept on. Last year, Tune-yards appeared at this showcase and went on to become one of the biggest acts of 2011. The flyer should appear as the artwork for the mix.
Then on Saturday, March 17th, head to the ND (501 North I-35) for the publishing arm’s party. Up-and-coming Partisan Records artist, Emily Wells, will be playing. So will Horse Feathers, Beach Fossils, Dark Dark Dark, and a little band called Deerhoof.
If you’re not a fan of 8tracks, I’ve also created a somewhat alternate Spotify version of this mix. You can check it out here.
And if, like me, you can’t make it to SXSW, stream either mix anyway. Or both. Because as someone once said to me, “Sad people dance, too.”
The first time I heard Teen Daze was at Terrorbird Media’s 2011 CMJ showcase. I couldn’t help but think that if Tron:Legacy had been created in some alternate universe that he would have created the score. After all, with his new record, All of Us, Together , Jamison AKA Teen Daze says: “I wanted to make a record that sounded more synthetic but also inviting - this is futuristic music with heart.”
While we wait for the new album, arriving May 22nd on Lefse Records, he’s just released the first single, “Brooklyn Sunburn.” I have no idea how a Brooklyn sunburn differs from a regular sunburn, but somehow, this track feels more like the balm you place on after you’ve received said sunburn. Also, feel free to visit Teen Daze’s Bandcamp page to hear /purchase his previous EPs and check out this self-curated mix of his remixes of artists such as Toro Y Moi, Tycho, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.
I remember seeing Cloud Nothings at Carpark’s CMJ showcase back in October and being surprised. The first time I heard Dylan Baldi’s voice, I pictured him being some awkward guy wearing oversized cardigan sweaters, flannel shirts, and torn jeans. Maybe his hair would be in his eyes and he’d be hunched over his microphone. Then I remembered: this was 2011, not 1991. And I was in New York, not Seattle.
Instead, I saw a fully confident, bespectacled, twenty-something that was putting his all into music from an album coming out next year. On “Stay Useless” it seemed as if the two biggest rock bands of the past twenty years had mated, mixing the jangling guitars of The Strokes and throat-shredding vocals of Nirvana. And songs like “No Future, No Past”, “Wasted Days”, and “No Sentiment” made me want to scramble onstage just to throw myself off. “Wasted Days” especially left me with flashbacks to all the “angst-filled alternative rock” music I heard growing up, with its scrawling guitars and Baldi’s declarations that:
I know my life’s not gonna change/and I live through all these wasted days/Never thought that I’d end up this way/And I know it’s gonna stay the same
The album featuring these songs (and more), Attack On Memory, will be released on January 24th by Carpark Records. In the meantime, click the link above to stream the full album via Complex.
What a way to start the week. Jon Hamm, a blue Yeti, an open-top convertible, and the sweet sweet sounds of Herman Düne.
The video is for the title cut of their new EP, arriving on 01/17/12 on the Strange Moosic imprint. In my mind, I like to imagine these are the songs Beyonce sings to Jay-Zeh.
You can also check the band performing on the following dates. As far as I know, none of the shows will take place in an enchanted forest. Which is a shame.
Herman Dune North American Tour Dates 1/12 - Chicago @ Schubas (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival) 1/14 - Los Angeles @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz 1/16 - New York @ Joe’s Pub 1/17 - Boston @ TT The Bear’s 1/18 - Montreal @ Il Motore 1/19 - Toronto @ Horseshoe Tavern
Halloween just passed and Thanksgiving’s right around the corner. So, is it too early for Christmas music? Washington DC-based Carpark Records doesn’t seem to think so. Here’s the first offering from a free Christmas EP coming soon to retailers from Brooklyn’s Class Actress. As Carpark promises, it will be a physical release only and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Also, this Honda ad features an ace Class Actress tune from their Journal of Ardency EP.
I know Bradford Cox declared this the year of the saxophone, but I don’t think I’ve been terrified of a saxophone since David Lynch’s “Lost Highway”. Shining are from Norway and they play black metal…excuse me, jazz metal. In 2010, they released one of the most surprising albums of the year, Blackjazz. Make no mistake about it; this was a Swedish black metal album. The guitars were loud, the vocals were shouted, and there were plenty of double bass drum blast beats.
But there was also a saxophone ripping through the album. And what a saxophone! What are those - 128th notes? It’s almost like you’ve got two iPods blasting with John Zorn in one ear and Slayer in another. And then there was the cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” to cap it off. I think my first reaction to hearing it was, “I don’t know what the hell that was, but I want to hear it again. And I’d love to see this played live.”
Unfortunately, I never have gotten to see them play live, but now Shining is releasing the CD/DVD combo, Live Blackjazz, on Prosthetic Records. Rather than a song-by-song recreation of the album, Shining is calling this “the Greatest Hits album we have always dreamed of”. Songs from their back catalogue as well as select Blackjazz cuts are given the live treatment in what appears to be a hi-definition recording of a single concert in Norway (none of those pesky “What show is this from?” live compilations). All the elements are there: the throat-shredding vocals, the blast beats, the prog-rock inspired synths, incredibly loud guitars, and one skronky saxophone.
Live Blackjazz will be released on Prosthetic Records on January 17, 2012. Now would be a good time to invest in some earbuds.