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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

Harriet Releases Debut Album ‘American Appetite’

By Will Oliver, February 2nd 2016

Harriet - American Appetite

We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.

You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.

Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.

I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.

All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.

Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.

American Appetite is available to purchase right here.

The Last Shadow Puppets

The Last Shadow Puppets are answering a lot of our prayers this year. First with new song “Bad Habits,” then news about their brand new album Everything You’ve Come To Expect (out April via Domino Records), and now we finally have some live tour dates aside from the previously announced festival slots.

The good news is that this small set of live dates incluides a stop into New York for a somewhat intimate performance at Webster Hall. Best of all, this show will be their first U.S. show of the tour (as well as their first show stateside in many years), even ahead of their two showings at both Coachella weekends. Ah, the benefits of living in New York.

One of my biggest regrets was missing all of their previous live performances here, as I was away at school and unable to get down for the shows. I’m glad this will finally be rectified, even if it did take a painful eight years.

See you guys at Webster Hall! Find the full list of tour dates posted below.
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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?

“Gardenia”:

“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

The Last Shadow Puppets

A few weeks ago we finally got new music from The Last Shadow Puppets in the form of single “Bad Habits,” but we were still awaiting official word about a new full-length album, rather impatient after a long eight year wait.

Well tonight our prayers have been answered, as the duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane have announced that their new album is called Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and will be released on April 1 (not a joke!) via Domino Records. 2016 is shaping up to be some year.

Everything You’ve Come To Expect was recorded last summer at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California, a studio with plenty of history, with previous owners included Bob Dylan and The Band. In addition to the duel threat of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, the album once again featured James Ford (Arctic Monkeys producer and member of Simian Mobile Disco) on drums, Owen Pallet (a frequent contributor of Arcade Fire) handling the string section, as well as the new addition of Zach Dawes (of Mini Mansions) on bass.

According to NME, Turner said that the long wait between albums was because they intended to release a trilogy and “wanted to write the second and third parts before we released the second.” In terms of the sound of the album, Turner suggested a change (not a surprise with the change of direction found on “Bad Habits). He noted how the last album ended up being “just one thing,” along with their fandom of Scott Walker causing the album to have been perceived to be a homage to that sound. He hints a change with the new album, saying “this one, in my head, doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve as much as the first one did. We were definitely listening to a bit of Isaac Hayes this time, but it was less of a big deal.”

The album is now available to pre-order, with special edition vinyl and CD packages available on a limited first run pressing. The packages include goodies like photo booklets and special 7″ vinyls (one of which is a 7″ of “Bad Habits”, with an exclusive b-side, “The Bourne Identity”), so don’t sleep on this. Once they’re gone they’re gone for good.

You can find the entire 12-song tracklisting posted below, along with the video for “Bad Habits”:

Everything You’ve Come To Expect:

1. Aviation
2. Miracle Aligner
3. Dracula Teeth
4. Everything You’ve Come To Expect
5. The Element Of Surprise
6. Bad Habits
7. Sweet Dreams, TN
8. Used To Be My Girl
9. She Does The Woods
10. Pattern
11. The Dream Synopsis

R.I.P. David Bowie

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2016

Legendary artist David Bowie has passed away, losing an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. This sad news comes just days after Bowie’s 69th birthday on Friday, which also saw the release of his fantastic new, and now final album, Blackstar.

The shocking news was revealed today through his facebook page:

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016



In all honestly, there’s not much I can say to truly capture the essence of what Bowie meant to so many people. He wasn’t just one of the greatest musicians of all time, but one of the great visionaries and artists in so many different fields and mediums.

He will truly be missed. Blast Bowie loud and proud today.

R.I.P. David Bowie

The Last Shadow Puppets Release New Album Teaser

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2015

The Last Shadow Puppets - Teaser

It’s all happening folks. The Last Shadow Puppets are finally back. It’s been a painfully long seven years since their debut record, but we can now sit comfortably knowing that next spring we will have a brand new record from the combo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane.

We heard rumors about the new record being done for a couple months now, with Owen Pallet indicating the he helped compose some string arrangements for the album in an interview a little while back. But today we get the concrete proof that they’re back and ready to share new music in the form of an eerie teaser video that they released on their website.

We don’t get to hear much in terms of actual music, instead we are treated to some creepy cinematic clips of strings and various vocal clips. But the clip – mostly of bits of the duo and others such as longtime Arctic Monkeys friend and producer, James Ford – in the studio, looking as cool as can be, and that is plenty comforting enough for now.

Spring 2016 can’t come soon enough. Find the teaser posted below.

Wild Nothing Release Two New Singles: “TV Queen” and “To Know You”

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

Wild Nothing Vinyl

Earlier tonight Wild Nothing played an intimate show at Baby’s All Right. It was their first show in New York since their Converse Rubber Tracks performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May. The used the night to share many new songs, which frontman Jack Tatum later shared were from the bands new album Life Of Pause, which will be released on February 19, 2016, via Captured Tracks.
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New York Film Fest Announces 2015 Main Slate

By Will Oliver, August 14th 2015

New York Film Festival 2015

One of my favorite experiences of the year is the New York Film Festival each fall. For nearly a month from September to October (September 25 – October 1), I have the honor, and privilege of catching screenings of great films that the festival offers, in conjunction with the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. At the festival (in its 53rd year) all kinds of films are shared. From potential Oscar contenders, experimental indies, as well as films that aren’t due to hit theaters for another year. Your bound to find treasures of all shapes and sizes. The festival has a unique New York flavor to it, ironically a rather low key festival where film simply comes first. Check out my coverage from last year here and over at Monday Morning Matinee.

We already knew what the opening, closing, and centerpiece films of the 53rd edition of the fest would be, and now they have announced the full main slate of films, coming to a grand total of 26.

The Walk

The Walk

Opening the fest will be The Walk, the latest from Robert Zemeckis, which tells the amazing true story of Phillipe Petit (played by the always fantastic Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his historic cable walk across the Twin Towers. The highly anticipated Steve Jobs will feature as the Centerpiece, giving us a unique look at the legendary Apple man’s life (played by Michael Fassbender) from the vision of director Danny Boyle, and a sure-to-be fast-paced script from Aaron Sorkin. And closing out the fest will be the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, which serves as Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, who will also star as Davis.

Bridge Of Spies

The full lineup release has revealed a few more world premieres. The festival will serve as the premiere of Steve Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies, starring Tom Hanks in the Cold War story of the 1962 exchange of a U-2 pilot for a Soviet agent. Also premiering is Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, a documentary about the great photographer and filmmaker.

Carol

This year’s edition of the fest will be the first time that Award winners from Cannes will be presented to New York audiences. This includes Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin (Hsia-hsien won Best Director), Todd Hayne’s Carol (Rooney Mara won best actress), Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man (Vincent Lindon won best Actor), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (which won the Jury Prize), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore (Kurosawa won the Un Certain Regard Best Director award), as well as Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure (which won the Un Certain Talent Prize award).

Where To Invade Next

Rounding out the festival are The festival will be rounded out by new ones from Michael Moore (Where To Invade Next), Hong Sangsoo (Right Now, Wrong Then), Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days), Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan), Nanni Moretti (Mia Madre), Michel Gondry (Microbe & Gasoline), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Thomas Bidegain (Les Cowboys), Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) and Miguel Gomes (his 3 part film, Arabian Nights).

The 2015 edition of the festival is shaping up to be a great one. Tickets for the festival will go on sale in September. For more info on the films and tickets, head to their website.

The Tins

Buffalo rock trio The Tins are in the midst of making their second studio album. To help fund it, as well as an accompanying documentary film, they launched a kickstarter with variety of cool rewards for fans that donate at a certain level.

It’s the last hour, with about 12 hours to go, and I’m proud to announce that The Tins have successfully reached their kickstarter goal. But even so, every little bit will still help them out with the recording and documentary, as well as future tours and the like. It’s also the last chance to snag any of the rewards.

You only have 12 hours, so if you want to help The Tins and support a hard working independant band, head to their kickstarter page and help send The Tins on their way. We can’t wait to hear what they share with us on this new record.
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Chapell August 17 at Rockwood 8pm

Chapell - Rockwood
BMG Music Presents Chapell is celebrating - having recently signed to Fieldhouse / BMG music. Debut album "The Redhead's Allegations" produced by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison. Last NYC performance in 2016 prior to national tour with a huge iconic band (its still a secret) Come to Rockwood Music Hall on August 17 @8pm




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