With so many faux-documentaries out there, you’d think that the real world wasn’t interesting anymore. But Marwencol proves otherwise. After a brutal attack left him with brain damage, Mark Hogancamp created a bizarre and wonderful 1/6-scale Barbie-sized world in his backyard that has to be seen to be believed. The film won the Grand Jury […]
We checked in with Sydney-band Cassette Kids, who have been creating quite a buzz of late, and asked them about the highlights of their extensive touring over the past six months: ‘We literally just stepped off a plane from LA. We played at SXSW in Austin over the last week and it has probably been the most awesome experience to date. It’s amazing being able to play shows and go and see shows non-stop over five days’.
Having blown away the recent SXSW Music Festival in Austin, two weeks ago, London-based electro-pop trio Chew Lips now have a new album to drive. Unicorn was produced by Dave Kosten (Bat for Lashes) and features impeccably-executed guitar pop that veers from grinding electro-grooves to fevered howls of beat-heavy R&B, all reflected in the first […]
Called ‘the most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you’ll ever hear’ by the Washington Post, A Place To Bury Strangers were named by NME as one of the Ten Best Bands of SXSW 2008. Their debut release earned them a Best New Music distinction and they have toured with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, and Holy F**k. They launched their Secret Playlist with the All The Saints track, Farmacia [listen below]: ‘All The Saints is one of those bands that just writes some of the most bad-ass parts on the planet and this is one of those songs where the drums are beating like a machine gun as waves of noise build up, only to drag you down. You end up feeling uncomfortable and wanting to kick someone’s ass’.
London-based Scanners will be dropping their Stephen Hague (New Order) produced sophomore album, Submarine, next week on Dim Mak. The band are then headed to South by Southwest. We have a free download of their second single, We Never Close Our Eyes [listen here] in our Music Download section [psst, it’s in the third column […]
Copenhagen group, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, will be crossing the Atlantic this March for their first US tour of the year, blasting out their unique fusion of happy soul and kaleidoscopic pop. The tour will kick off at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie, followed by stops in DC, NYC, San Diego, LA, San Francisco, and band […]
Don’t be fooled: The Middle East actually hail from Queensland, Australia, where their mini-album, The Recordings Of The Middle East, was originally self released 2008 before the always hip record label Spunk re-issued it with new packaging and a new tracklisting in 2009. Next up for the band are their first shows ever on American […]
Ourself Beside Me is the band formed by Yang Fan, formerly of all-girl garage punk band Hang On the Box. Beginning as a minimalist, jangly, indie-punk outfit several years ago, the Beijing-based trio has evolved into a more psychedelic, expansive, and experimental project. Its self-titled debut album (produced by P.K.14’s Yang Haisong) shows influences as […]
Rewild is the new album from Amazing Baby, as apt a mission statement as the Brooklyn collective could get. Says lead singer, Will Roan, of the recording: ‘We are fascinated with escapism and creating small worlds that can stand alone or be connected as stories within the context of our album. We write the songs […]
Pocahaunted are the pinnacle of the whole tribal, Native American-inspired, abstract, psychedelic thing that’s going on right now. The prolific duo once referred to themselves as “the Olsen twins of blissed-out drone” and have released tape after tape of ambient, hallucinatory weirdness that seems aimed at hastening the return of Quetzaquatl. Despite their tongue-in-cheek band […]
Although Baltimore shoe-gaze crooner Jana Hunter appears on a split with perennial freak-folker Devendra Banhart, her music has none of the juvenile hippieisms on which Natalie Portman’s one-time beau has built his career. Hunter’s sound is more contemplative and at times remote, even her major-key pop-folk tracks dripping with melancholy. This is not to say […]
Talk Normal, who are one of my favorite live bands right now, played the H&H Building in Baltimore last weekend, capping off their recent tour. Also on the bill was one-woman act U.S Girls. Armed with a few pedals and a tape deck, Megan Remy made desperate-sounding, louder-than-hell noise spiked with some pop elements and […]
Amidst the frenzy drummed up from their on-stage performance with Wu Tang’s GZA at SXSW earlier this month, The Black Lips are back with a cracking new tune, I’ll Be With You, off their recent Vice Records offering, 200 Million Thousand.
Earlier this month, a screening of Garbage Dreams (the directorial debut of Egyptian American documentary filmmaker Mai Iskander) made its way into the SXSW film festival. The documentary, filmed over three years, follows the lives of three young men who live in a suburb of Cairo called Mokattam, which is known for its residents living among tall piles of garbage. Mokattam is home of the Zabballeen, a Christian minority group of around 60,000 who have served the city of Cairo as garbage collectors for 150 years. And although Cairo’s government has finally begun paying these collectors a nominal fee for their service, it has not always been this way. Mokattam’s young garbage collectors are known for being the most efficient in the world, reusing and recycling between 80 and 90 percent of what they collect, but their way of life is rapidly diminishing — the government has been trying since the late 1980s to replace them with modern European waste collection.
Yo! Majesty frontwoman Shunda K’s collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Kotchy is called Le Passion, Yo!, and it’s available as a free digital-only EP that recently came in as the number three most added hip-hop record at CMJ college radio.