Monthly Archives: October 2013

Top Played Artists 10/22 – 10/28

1    OF MONTREAL    Lousy With Sylvianbriar
2    DEER TICK    Negativity
3    YUCK    Glow And Behold
4    DR. DOG    B-Room
5    KING KRULE    6 Feet Beneath The Moon
6    PARQUET COURTS    Tally All The Things That You Broke [EP]
7    SLEIGH BELLS    Bitter Rivals
8    FRANKIE ROSE    Herein Wild
9    THOSE DARLINS    Blur The Line
10    KEVIN DEVINE    Bubblegum
11    MAN MAN    On Oni Pond
12    UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA    Blue Record [EP]
13    OBITS    Bed And Bugs
14    FLATLINERS    Dead Language
15    BELLE AND SEBASTIAN    The Third Eye Centre
16    BEST COAST    Fade Away
17    CHVRCHES    The Bones Of What You Believe
18    THE BLOW    The Blow
19    RUBBLEBUCKET    Save Charlie [EP]
20    CHELSEA WOLFE    Pain Is Beauty
21    ELF POWER    Sunlight On The Moon
22    NO AGE    An Object
23    RJD2    More Is Than Isn’t
24    ST. LUCIA    When The Night
25    MGMT    MGMT
26    CRYSTAL STILTS    Nature Noir
27    SUPERCHUNK    I Hate Music
28    TIM KASHER    Adult Film
29    TOUCHE AMORE    Is Survived By
30    WASHED OUT    Paracosm

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Surfer Blood talk Halloween costumes, flax crackers, and haunted practice spaces.

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We spoke with Surfer Blood members John Paul Pitts, Thomas Fekte, Tyler Schwarz, and Kevin Williams before their midnight show at the TLA on October 4th. Read below to find out about new obstacles they encountered moving onto a major label, their favorite horror movie, and what they’re thinking of dressing up as for Halloween.

Shannen: How did you guys all meet?

JP: Well, we’re all from the same town; we all grew up there at least. We went to high school there, and we were all playing in bands that were a little bit left of center. We all were sort of aware of each other and what we were doing, and yeah, I mean one day we started recording demos of some of the Surfer Blood songs. It wasn’t really serious and I guess Tom heard it and brought it up to me that he’d like to play guitar.

Shannen: Do you remember what some of those first songs were?

JP: A lot of the songs ended up on Astro Coast, our first record. I don’t think it was ever really supposed to be a proper record or anything, it was just something that we started and I felt really, really compelled to finish. So yeah, some of those songs ended up on the record later.

TF: I think the first song that I had heard was “Fast Jabroni”. That was a really early one that you guys had written.

TS: There are some demos that we’ve never even put out that I have on my computer. Well my laptop was stolen, so I must have lost some of them, but we had some kind of pirate-sounding songs.

Shannen: I think you guys tweeted the other day that you recorded on a Dell. Was that the laptop that got stolen?

TF: Yeah, I tweeted a really ridiculous run-on sentence that was ranting about Macintosh, even though I have nothing against Mac. I was just basically saying you don’t have to have a Mac, and we made a record on a Dell.

JP: There is so much digital noise on that record, though. If you listen closely there are so many parts where it’s just like (makes noise).

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Top Played Artists 10/14 – 10/22

1    DR. DOG    B-Room
2    DEER TICK    Negativity
3    OF MONTREAL    Lousy With Sylvianbriar
4    UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA    Blue Record [EP]
5    FLATLINERS    Dead Language
6    YUCK    Glow And Behold
7    MAN MAN    On Oni Pond
8    HAIM    Days Are Gone
9    THOSE DARLINS    Blur The Line
10    BELLE AND SEBASTIAN    The Third Eye Centre
11    NO AGE     An Object
12    CHVRCHES    The Bones Of What You Believe
13    SLEIGH BELLS    Bitter Rivals
14    KING KRULE    6 Feet Beneath The Moon
15    RJD2      More Is Than Isn’t
16    OBITS     Bed And Bugs
17    SUPERCHUNK    I Hate Music
18    SEBADOH    Defend Yourself
19    RUBBLEBUCKET    Save Charlie [EP]
20    HUNX AND HIS PUNX    Street Punk
21    DIARRHEA PLANET    I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dream
22    FOOTBALL, ETC.    Audible
23    WASHED OUT    Paracosm
24    MODERAT    II    Mute
25    VOLCANO CHOIR    Repave
26    ISLANDS    Ski Mask
27    PORCELAIN RAFT    Permanent Signal
28    CROCODILES    Crimes Of Passion
29    BEST COAST    Fade Away
30    JAGWAR MA    Howlin’

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Top Played Artists 10/2/2013 – 10/9/2013

1    DEER TICK    Negativity    (Partisan)
2    MAN MAN    On Oni Pond    (Anti)
3    DR. DOG    B-Room    (Anti)
4    NO AGE    An Object    (SUB POP)
5    BELLE AND SEBASTIAN    The Third Eye Centre    (Matador)
6    SUPERCHUNK    I Hate Music    (Merge)
7    CROCODILES    Crimes Of Passion    (Frenchkiss)
8    PORCELAIN RAFT    Permanent Signal    (Secretly Canadian)
9    FLATLINERS    Dead Language    (Fat Wreck Chords)
10    PAPER KITES    States    (Nettwerk)
11    HUNX AND HIS PUNX    Street Punk    (Hardly Art)
12    FOOTBALL, ETC.    Audible    (Count Your Lucky Stars)
13    TY SEGALL    Sleeper    (Drag City)
14    YUCK    Glow And Behold    (Fat Possum)
15    DIARRHEA PLANET    I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams    (Infinity Cat)
16    OBITS    Bed And Bugs    (SUB POP)
17    ALUNAGEORGE    Body Music    (Vagrant)
18    WASHED OUT    Paracosm    (SUB POP)
19    VOLCANO CHOIR    Repave    (Jagjaguwar)
20    DIANA    Perpetual Surrender    (Jagjaguwar)
21    MGMT    MGMT    (Columbia)
22    NIGHTMARES ON WAX    Feelin’ Good    (Warp)
23    LEMURIA    The Distance Is So Big    (Bridge Nine)
24    WEEKEND    Jinx    (Slumberland)
25    ISLANDS    Ski Mask    (Manque)
26    RUBBLEBUCKET    Save Charlie [EP]    (Communion)
27    UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA    Blue Record [EP]    (Jagjaguwar)
28    JAGWAR MA    Howlin’    (Mom And Pop)
29    MINKS    Tides End    (Captured Tracks)
30    ELF POWER    Sunlight On The Moon    (Orange Twin)

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Concert Review: Atoms for Peace @ The Liacouras Center (September 24, 2013)

Courtesy of Spin

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By Kirsten Becker

I jumped at the opportunity to see Atoms For Peace kicking off the US leg of their tour in support of “Amok” at the Liacouras Center. For those who don’t know, the superband is composed of Thom Yorke of Radiohead, frequent collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Joey Waronker. They entered the stage and kicked things off with the opening track to “Amok” entitled “Before Your Very Eyes…” Yorke then broke between the next song to voice one of the few words he would say that night: “My name is Jay Z,” (gesturing to Flea) “and this Beyonce.” Delving back into the music, Atoms For Peace played both original songs and versions of Thom Yorke’s solo material from his 2006 record “The Eraser.” Yorke flailed around the stage doing his signature moves while his haunting voice danced above Flea’s erratic basslines. Refosco showed off his talent playing various indigenous percussion instruments, some of which I could even recognize. The performance had a high level of energy and emotion, something that couldn’t ever be captured on an album. All of the members were fully invested in each song and every move and note was calculated; even down to the lights which fluttered and pulsed to the music.

After an impressive set, Atoms For Peace walked off the stage to roars from the crowd. When they returned for an encore, Flea had a melodica in hand. They performed an interesting and jarring version of Yorke’s “Skip Divided.” Also in the encore was a cover of UNKLE’s “Rabbit in Your Headlights” and Radiohead rarity “Paperbag Writer.” Five songs later, they left the stage again. It was clear they weren’t over just yet, roadies tuned and adjusted guitars in the dimmed lights. Finally, the collective returned; this time Flea making a costume change into a Temple basketball jersey. The final two songs were again Thom Yorke originals, “Atoms For Peace” and “Black Swan.”

The musical genius of this band is remarkable and seeing them live is an experience in itself. “Amok” is available now, for more information on the band and future tour dates, visit http://atomsforpeace.info/

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