On February 25th, German electro-wizards, The Notwist, released their Sub Pop debut, Close to the Glass, the band’s 8th full-length record. Over the years, the band has also been involved in very notable and sonically awesome side projects like Ms. John Soda and Lali Puna, among others. Between the seven prior Notwist records and the side projects, it’s a lot of material to get through, so for the sake of time, we decided to compile a playlist that we’re call, “The Notwist: A Beginner’s Guide”. We went through all of the band’s work, and picked a bunch of our favorites. So, if you’re new to The Notwist, or you’re an old fan, the Notwist Beginner’s Guide is for you.
While J Mascis may have a reputation for interviews with professional
music journalists where he may might not be characterized as chatty or verbose,
in the interview clip presented here, we’ve captured the kind of deeply personal insights and
stories he’s willing to share with lifelong friend (and,
coincidentally, Sub Pop VP) Megan Jasper, which, not surprisingly, is also not terribly chatty or verbose.
More news on Tied to a Star, the follow up record to J’s 2011 Several Shades of Why is soon to come! Sign up for the J Mascis email list on this page to get the latest news about pre-order.
CLPPNG just came out yesterday to critical acclaim with ”Album of the Week” honors over at Stereogum. Today, the music site premiered the utterly NSFW music video for the grinding track, ”Body & Blood”. Head on over there to get on that wild ride, directed by Patrick Kennelly.
Buffalo’s eponymous debut hit the ground running in 2010, and for good
reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied
with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were
busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC,
and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes
are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the
Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of
visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took
them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the
Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
And thus began the three-year journey that led to the creation of At Best Cuckold,
a stretch of time that resembles the one that framed its predecessor.
While transitioning from teenager to twenty-something and traversing the
interpersonal wilds that accompany that age, Avi kept playing music
(even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated
with and produced many friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project
and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), started DJing, and listened
to a bunch of good music. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013
rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks…The
end result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop
songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Listen to the lead-off track, “So What”, in the handy embed to hear some of those sneaky moments of grandeur.
Pre-order At Best Cuckoldfrom Sub Pop and receive a large, limited-edition fold-out poster. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order ABC on the vinyl format, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, the lack-of-color, clear vinyl. Limited-edition means when they’re gone, they’re gone, so probably order now, right? Yes.
Washed Out are back with a beautiful, short film-style music video for their ethereal masterpiece, “Weightless”, off of the official summer record of 2013 (official around Sub Pop HQ, at least), Paracosm. While you’re taking intheaudio and visual splendor of the “Weightless” video, contemplate which of the band’s tour dates is best for your schedule and travel plans. Those are below.
Jun. 04 - Richmond, VA - The National* Jun. 05 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club* Jun. 06 - New York, NY - The Governors Ball / Randall’s Island Jun. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show) Jun. 08 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip / Historic Fort York and Garrison Commons Jun. 09 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom* Jun. 10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop* Jun. 11 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall* Jun. 12 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club* Jun. 15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival Jun. 20 - Dufur, OR - WTF?! What The Festival Jun. 22 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival Aug. 25 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre Aug. 26 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa Aug. 27 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre Aug. 29 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival / Union Park Sep. 01 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue Sep. 02 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House Sep. 03 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s Sep. 05 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre Sep. 06 - St. Louis, MO - Lou Fest / Forest Park Sep. 07 - Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom Sep. 08 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre Sep. 09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk Sep. 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues Sep. 12 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live Sep. 13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room Sep. 14 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
* w/ Wunder Wunder
The Afghan Whigs took to the stage at The Late Show with David Letterman last night to perform “Matamoros” off of their 2014 comeback Do to the Beast, and judging solely from David Letterman’s reaction, the boys didn’t disappoint (as if they ever do). Anyway, don’t take Dave’s enthusiastic word on the matter, see for yourself.
The Afghan Whigs are soon embarking on an extensive tour in support of Do to the Beast, their first record in over a decade. Dates and ticketing info below.
The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C-Club Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Open’er Festival Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival Jul. 07 - Milan, IT - Magnolia Jul. 10 - Novi Sad, SB - Exit Festival Jul. 11 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival Jul. 12 - Russelsheim, DE - Phono Pop Festival Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT) Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival Jul. 20 – Dublin, IRE – Longitude Festival Aug. 26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge Aug. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom Aug. 30 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival Aug. 31 - Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Sep. 03 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Sep. 05 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre Sep. 06 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto Sep. 09 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Sep. 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall Sep. 12 - St. Louis MO - Ready Room Sep. 16 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom Sep. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Sep. 20 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre Sep. 26 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival Sep. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre Oct. 01 - Washington, DC - 9.30 Club Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer Oct. 04 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater Oct. 07 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle Oct. 08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel Oct. 11 - Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue Oct. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Oct. 24 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Oct. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre Oct. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge Oct. 29 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater Oct. 31 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk