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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
MATT AND KIM TOUR, GIANT PIZZA FIGHTS DIRTY 02/13/2007
Keyboard and drum spazz duo Matt & Kim will be kicking off a two month tour this Valentine's Day, in support of their self-titled album.
Fake Kitchen, Humanoid Food Fight, Big Mess:
Check out their vid for "Yea Yeah"
And those tour dates I was talking about:
02-14 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
02-16 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
with Ponytail, Snowden
02-17 Haverford, PA - Lunt Basement
02-22 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
02-23 Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
02-24 New York, NY - Rodrigues Coffee House... More >
PUNK PLANET ON THE SELMANAIRES 02/12/2007
"Here Comes The Selmanaires was a pleasant surprise in my review bundle this month. This CD has a lot going on in terms of musical styles, combining surf rock, garage rock, and rock 'n' roll music into one smooth and enjoyable disc. It's a common mistake of most bands that venture into multi-genre blending to end up with a finished product that is jerky and disoriented. The Selmanaires understand the importance of juxaposition, and therefore avoided sounding like a messy weird jumble of unrelated songs; they've also created a solid, catchy, and upbeat album. I... More >
COLORFORM TO DROP NEW ALBUM, PERFORM IN NYC 02/12/2007
Colorform will be dropping his latest album Fragments of Youth this spring and has just announced three not-to-miss appearances in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Colorform made a name for himself in the NYC DJ scene through his deft blending of drum n' bass, hip hop and jazz, former management of DJ Spooky's label Synchronic Records, and the releases from his own label Liberations Systems, boasting compilations and remixes featuring the likes of Sensational and DJ Wally.
Thursday March 1st 10om @ Patio Lounge in Brooklyn:
Colorform... More >
SCRAPE OFF THE DROSS: DAWN OF MAN REVIEW 02/09/2007
Beatbots review of Dawn of Man's EP "In the Bronze Age":
"Freedom from rules, freedom from constraint / freedom to create anything we make / rivals, we’re without thoughts of never paying / movement, we insist, is always unrestrained.”
So begins Dawn of Man’s “A to Z,” a surefire anthem of a single that is buoyed by equal parts independent ideology, bright guitar riffs, and brassy percussion. Frontwoman Alison Russell’s vocals affect a gruff matter-of-factness that exudes self-confidence while eschewing the husky croons, winsome coos, and diva-esque cries... More >
BANG! BANG! TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM 02/09/2007
Chicago sex rockers Bang! Bang! have finished recording their second album, The Dirt That Makes You Drown, which will soon be released on Morphius Records. Planetary Group will be handling their promotion campaign. Bang! Bang! will be touring this spring in support of the new album, and these raucous dance-crazed shows are not to be missed!
March 29 @ The Way Out Club, MO, St. Louis 9pm
March 30 TBA @ The Outland, Springfield, MO 9pm
March 31 @ White Water Tavern, Little Rock, AR
April 1, w/ Tossers @ Low Key Arts Building, Hot Springs,... More >
WZT HEARTS SIGN TO CARPARK, RECORD ALBUM, TOUR 02/08/2007
Baltimore's WZT Hearts has just finished recording their second full-length and Carpark Records debut at Lord Baltimore Recordings, Morphius' house studio. Carpark has projected a June release for the yet untitled album. You can still pick up a copy of WZT Hearts' first album, Heat Chief, recorded by Rob Giradi (Beach House, Vincent Black Shadow) here.
WZT Hearts will be touring the nation next month with fellow Baltimoreans and Carpark artists Lexie Mountain and Ecstatic Sunshine (featuring guitarist Dustin Wong of Ponytail). The tour includes sets at... More >
MADELEINE PEYROUX TOURS U.S. AND EUROPE 01/30/2007
Madeleine Peyroux, acclaimed chanteuse and 2005 winner of the Borders Original Voices Award, has just completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand and will soon embark on an ambitious tour of both the United States and Europe. Peyroux is touring in support of her new album Half the Perfect World, following up her performance in the recently released film Lucky You. Got You On My Mind, her critically acclaimed 2004 collaboration with harmonica virtuoso William Galison, is still available here.
In addition to the following tour dates, this February you can... More >
BLAKE MILLER: TWO PITCHFORK REVIEWS AND FOUR STARS 01/26/2007
Pitchfork gave Blake Miller's song "Cut Your Hair" 4 stars! DL it here
Remember what Devendra Banhart was like circa The Black Babies? The humble, ineffably weird lo-fi arrangements? The submerged warble? The gray-hued melodies meandering through vaguely sinister atmospheric noises like surf through pylons? If not, Blake Miller-- less memorably named than Banhart but just as rudimentarily striking-- is here to remind you. While I'd be down to hear Miller take a stab at Pavement's slacker classic of the same name, his "Cut Your Hair" stands on its own merits--... More >
THE LIBRARIANS: SPIN.COM'S ARTIST OF THE DAY 01/24/2007
"If Librarian's Stranger were a novel, it'd be a page-turner about the numb and the beautiful, with the bite of Bret Easton Ellis, minus his bleakness. At a tight 11 tracks, the album delivers dark disco elements, synth splashes, swaggering guitar licks, and insistent drums anchored by deliciously indifferent, deadpan vocals. "Smoke and Mirrors" flirts with the insistent edge of Interpol and tracks like "Spend All the Cash" come off like the best bodyshakers of Franz Ferdinand, minus the homoeroticism and high camp. Touches like the video game bleeping at the... More >
THE NO NAME DESERT HORSE: PITCHFORK ON ARBOURETUM 01/23/2007
Rites of Uncovering
[Thrill Jockey; 2007]
From the first hollowed-out chords and reverbed vocals of Arbouretum's second album, Rites of Uncovering, it's clear that it's going to be a somber, serious record. Bandleader Dave Heumann cites the writings of Paul Bowles, where sheltered Americans violently confront their naiveté in hostile foreign lands, as the album's primary influence, so you know off the bat it's not going to be a barrel of laughs. Throughout the first couple of songs, the jury stays out on whether it's to be just... More >