Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ride confirm reunion and announce 2015 tour, NYC Terminal 5 June 4th

Shoegazers Ride have announced their return, confirming a series of live dates for 2015.

The band will reunite in May for a UK tour that includes dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow, plus shows in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. Ride will also make festival appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 29 and London's Field Day on June 7.

In this week's issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Ride's Andy Bell said: "It's going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we'd do it. And now the time is right."

"People bought our records first time round," frontman Mark Gardener added, "but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

Gardener confirmed that while "there are no plans as such" for a new LP, he's "sure there will be writing because that's what undoubtedly happen when we rehearse".

Ride formed in Oxford in 1988, releasing four albums – 'Nowhere' (1990), 'Going Blank Again' (1992), 'Carnival Of Light' (1994) and 'Tarantula' (1996) – before their split in 1996. They reformed briefly in 2001 for a Channel 4 documentary and 'Best Of' release.

Bell was a member of Beady Eye with Liam Gallagher until the band's recent split.

Ride's tour dates in full:

Glasgow Barrowland (May 22)
Manchester Albert Hall (23)
London Roundhouse (24)
Amsterdam Paradiso (26)
Paris Olympia (27)
Barcelona Primavera Festival (29)
Toronto DanForth Music Hall (June 2)
London Field Day (7)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dogfish Head’s Analog-A-Go-Go heading to New York

We’re taking Analog-A-Go-Go – our world-famous vinyl swap/rare beer fest – to New York City!

That’s right, on Sunday, Dec. 14, all that vinyl that Analog is known for, all those rare beers, all that live music, and all those artists and artisans are taking over La Birreria, the rooftop brewpub of Eataly NYC, near Madison Square Park.

For $25, you’ll get live music by Brooklyn-based guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn, an Analog NYC tasting glass, an Eataly tote and four beer samples:
* Panna Cotta Porter: Inspired by Mario Batali’s favorite panna cotta recipe, this rich, chocolatey English-style porter is brewed with black treacle and golden syrup, fresh ground ginger and nutmeg, sea salt, lactose sugar and Mario’s special Roma blend espresso.
* 75 Minute IPA: An animated blend of 60 and 90 Minute IPA dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades and cask-conditioned with maple syrup.
* Analog Beer: A roasty stout brewed with popped buckwheat and apple ash. This dry stout has subtle hints of char and smoke that meld beautifully with the bittersweet chocolate notes of black malt and roasted barley.
* Vintage Fort and Chateau Jiahu: We’ve dug out some vintage bottles of Fort and Chateau Jiahu from the stash of Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione. Fort is a Belgian-style ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries, and Chateau Jiahu is one of our ancient ales based on a 9,000-year-old recipe from northern China. Artwork by Tara McPherson adorns both labels.

The vinyl side of Analog NYC is being curated by Other Music, the renowned NYC record shop, which will be stocking a special holiday vinyl market with their favorite albums of 2014 on LP – 25 of the very best new releases and 25 amazing reissues – as well as a great selection of classic albums, box sets and other gift ideas. They will be joined by HPRS Records, who will be bringing an exciting mix of vintage used LPs and collectible vinyl. Other Music DJs will be spinning selections from their top albums of the year, leading up to a very special performance from Steve Gunn.

Steve Gunn is a guitarist, singer and songwriter living in Brooklyn. Until recently Gunn was best known for his incendiary guitar work with Kurt Vile and the Violators, but he's been releasing incredible music under his own name for more than a decade, and his recent LP Way Out Weather is one of Other Music's very favorite albums of 2014. Other describes Way Out Weather as “conjuring this rollicking yet supremely laid-back vibe that brilliantly foregrounds Gunn's growth as a singer and songwriter. Effortlessly vintage-sounding yet unmistakably fresh, the instrumental interplay is complex and intertwined, constantly reaching for greater heights with a large cast of players who each seem to perfectly know where to fit amidst this ever-growing cosmos. Completely, perfectly, timeless.”

Also on hand will be:
* Turntable Lab: All the gear for DJs and vinyl fanatics, including headphones, record bags, slipmats and more.
* Grain Surfboards: Locally grown, hand-built surfboards from York, Maine.
* Woolrich: Men's and women's clothing that has embraced the outdoor lifestyle since 1830.
* Tara McPherson: New York City artist who creates images and toys about people and their odd ways.
* Heidi Lowe: Innovative contemporary art jewelry gallery exhibiting works by owner Heidi Lowe and numerous artists from around the world.
* Public - Supply: Committed to making distinctive, high-quality products, and to making a difference by giving public school teachers the resources they need to help their students grow through creative work.
* Sid Vintage: Men’s and women’s vintage clothing.
* Meg McIntyre: Hand-crafted 45 boxes.
* Yusuke Okada: Album-inspired drawings.
* Coral & Tusk: Embroidered home goods and accessories based on original artwork. Their creative process is a special alchemy of illustration, embroidery in India and hand-finishing in Brooklyn.
* Juniper Ridge: Juniper Ridge is the only fragrance distillery in the world that makes 100% natural colognes and perfumes from beginning to end. Harvesting plants in the mountains of the American west, distilling aromatic oils and making wildcrafted fragrances using ancient perfume-making techniques, Juniper Ridge's wilderness perfumes bring you the mountains in a bottle.

A selection of food and beverages provided by Eataly will be available for purchase throughout the event. Please note some of the shops may accept cash only. Also, this is not a seated event.

We’re running two sessions of Analog NYC, one from 2-5 p.m. and one from 6 to 9 p.m. We’re only selling 150 tickets per session, so jump on those tickets now. Get yours here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Giorgio Moroder announces first album in 30 years, featuring Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX, and more

Since collaborating with Daft Punk on Random Access Memories, disco legend Giorgio Moroder has experienced something of a career resurgence. He’s remixed songs for Coldplay, HAIM, and Donna Summer, performed his first ever DJ set, and headlined Moogfest, all of which helped inspire a renewed interested in the disco genre that was further championed by his French robot pals and producers like Todd Terje. Moroder will continue his comeback with the release of his first album in three decades, due out in Spring 2015 via Sony/RCA Records. For this as-yet-untitled endeavor, Moroder enlisted quite a star-studded cast of guest contributors, including Sia, Charli XCX, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, and Foxes, among others. In a press release, Moroder said, “Dance music doesn’t care where you live. It doesn’t care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care if your [sic] 74 or if you are 24 because … 74 is the new 24!” More than a mere rallying cry, “74 Is The New 24″ serves as the LP’s lead single. Beyond its catchy title, Moroder uses the single to further prove that age is simply a number. The rumbling synths and pulsating drum beats purvey a sense of youthful abandon and recklessness, the kind of hedonistic energy that permeates dance clubs anywhere. But amid all that glitz and bass is the work of a true master, one who can tug at people’s heart strings with the simplest note change.

Bush at Best Buy Theater New York, February 24th 2015

Friday, November 14, 2014

Stream Fugazi’s First Demo In Its Entirety

Before Fugazi was an angry young man, it was an angry baby. The proof is found on the influential D.C. band’s first demo, recorded in 1988 at Inner Ear Studio, and streaming now in remastered form via Dischord Records.

On these early recordings, songs like “Waiting Room,” “Bad Mouth” and “Song #1” sound just a few tweaks away from their final recorded versions, but sometimes roomier, sillier, more experimental (or just unfinished)—and in one or two places, dubbier. Joe Lally’s bass haunts and grooves, but with five percent less polish. Brendan Canty snaps and cracks. Ian MacKaye, though only in his mid-20s at the time, doesn’t sound squeaky. Guy Picciotto sounds like Guy Picciotto. 

The demo includes “Turn Off Your Guns,” not originally included on the demo, which the band gave away for free at its shows. The reissue officially drops Nov. 18.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Savages streaming collaborative LP w/ Bo Ningen, playing three small NYC shows

As discussed, Savages and Bo Ningen are releasing a collaborative album, Words For The Blind, next week (11/17) via Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire Records. The album is one 37+ minute song which can now be streamed in full below.

Savages (a band who's headlined Terminal 5) have also announced intimate NYC shows for early 2015 including January 12 at Baby's All Right, January 14 at Mercury Lounge (a venue they played in 2012), and January 17 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Baby's and Vitus and tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM.

Savages/Bo Ningen LP stream below...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Beady Eye disband, Liam Gallagher may retire from music?

Liam Gallagher, best known as the world's most obnoxious singer or best John Lennon impersonator has called it quits. His most recent band, Beady Eye broke up and he's pushed away from any direct press interviews about it. The band never stood a chance in the media's eye, even though they actually were a great gig to see live. I mean, it was Oasis without the ugly brother, no? But the records do not stand on their own the way Oasis albums do. His older brother seemed to have the golden ear for hit melodies, while Liam the fashionista aka "the cute one". Was he ever the star of the band, or just riding on Noel's pot of luck? Regardless, Liam Gallagher did say in NME prior to the release of the album "BE" that he would retire from music if it were not a success. Well, was it?