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Mix Fix: Tobacco Remix by tjwell01
April 1, 2010, 12:12 pm
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News about Tobacco's "Maniac Meat" inspired me to look at the remixes

PREVIEW: Tobacco’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Die Slow” by HEALTH (Tobacco Remix)

LISTEN: “Sweatmother” by Tobacco from Maniac Meat

I’m one of those music guys that will like a band even though they only have one great song, like in my case of HEALTH and “Die Slow.” And of course I love remixes of my favorite songs, but for some crazy reason, I couldn’t find a decent remix of “Die Slow”–anywhere! However I just recently discovered Tobacco, a.k.a.  Tom Fec from Black Moth Super Rainbow, and I listened to the new song “Sweatmother” off Tobacco’s upcoming album Maniac Meat. I really liked it because it just goes to show you that the apple never falls that far from the tree, and in the case of Tom Fec, he’s still stuck on the same branch. I like the harshness Fec brings to his beats, and I think that quality works really well with HEALTH’s electronic metal sound.

–Jett Wells

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20 Watts Reviews OK Go’s Of the Blue Colour of the Sky by 20watts

OK Go's latest album is full of pleasant surprises

WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

Between Surfer Rosa references, Rock Band, New Moon, treadmills and a five-year wait, I (and probably everyone else) was more than willing to write off OK Go’s latest album. Too bad it’s too good.

Of the Blue Colour of the Sky succeeds for not just its consistency as an album, but for how OK Go have pulled away from the generic power pop of their self-titled debut and sophomore effort Oh No in favor of a more dance-y, inscrutably diverse sound. The band derided for aping ’00s Weezer have crafted a diverse, synth- and hook-laden third effort — shockingly easygoing, and more fascinating than any other mainstream release so far this year. Continue reading

Photos and Review of School of Seven Bells, The xx, and DJ Mike Wolf at South Street Seaport 8/14 by Eric Vilas-Boas
School of Seven Bells did not disappoint last night

School of Seven Bells did not disappoint on Friday night

PREVIEW: Download School of Seven Bells’ “Face to Face on High Places” MP3
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blank Dogs, and Dan Friel at the Seaport; Pains of Being Pure at Heart, ZAZA, and Ribbons at the Seaport

From everything we’ve come to expect from River to River, there were no surprises at their last show at the lovely South Street Seaport. It was a beautiful night for a concert and while the crowd wasn’t nearly as animated as they were the week before at Casiokids or during Black Moth Super Rainbow’s incredible set, both The xx and School of Seven Bells made up for it with dreamier live acts. Opening DJ Mike Wolf? Not so much

Apart from some amusing Cure, Psychocandy, and other ‘80s throwbacks set against the modern rock tracks, overall Mike Wolf’s mixing was pretty uninspiring, with the crowd sitting through most of it. Dan Friel a few weeks ago was a far more impressive opener, but then, we can’t all be awesome enough for crowd members to tambourine for us. Continue reading

Editor’s Pick #156: Sufjan Stevens Announces an Intimate Fall Tour by 20watts
A Sufjan tour coming to a coffee shop near you

A Sufjan tour coming to a coffee shop near you

PREVIEW: Download Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago” MP3

Indie-folk god Sufjan Stevens announced today that he would be embarking on an exceptionally intimate fall tour in parts of Canada and the Eastern United States. The tour kicks off at All Tomorrow’s Parties New York, in Monticello, NY, and while that, admittedly isn’t too tiny a venue (also showcasing The Flaming Lips, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Deerhunter, and Animal Collective, among others), the rest of them on the itinerary, like the Music Hall of Williamsburg or the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and Castaways in Ithaca, are.

At these smaller shows, Sufjan will be supported by Asthmatic Kitty labelmates Cryptacize, whose latest album dropped earlier this year. Here’s a full list of the venues they’ll be hitting:

09/12 Monticello, NY @ ATP New York
09/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/23 Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
09/24 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09/25 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
09/26 Champaign, IL @ The High Dive
09/27 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
09/28 Madison, WI @ The Majestic
09/29 Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk Chumley
10/01 Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Place
10/02 Montreal, Quebec @ Cabaret
10/03 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/04 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/05 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

— Eric Vilas-Boas, Production Editor

Photos and Review of Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blank Dogs and Dan Friel at South Street Seaport 7/24 by Eric Vilas-Boas
Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow were gimmicky, but totally awesome

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Black Moth Super Rainbow, “Eating Us”
PREVIEW: BMSR MP3: “Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise”

So far this summer, River to River’s free independent music shows have yet to disappoint. From Anthony Gonzalez of M83 to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s great set, River to River has consistently showcased great artists with great results, and yesterday was no different. Though Blank Dogs failed to impress, opening DJ Dan Friel and Black Moth Super Rainbow wowed both the crowd and 20 Watts.

The action began at 6:25 when a guy in shorts with curly, strawberry-blond hair walked out on stage, sat down on a folding chair, and got to work. The first song started with layered atmospherics and quickly went into progressively faster bass beats, accompanied by poppy synth melodies and echoing feedback and reverb effects. His other songs were all just as interesting, and watching him make such eclectic, dance-worthy music from a lap-size set-up was very impressive. Continue reading

Black Moth Super Rainbow, “Eating Us” (2009) by Trevor Kiv
April 14, 2009, 1:15 am
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At last, we have received Eating Us, the follow-up to Black Moth Super Rainbow’s psychedelic 2007 release, Dandelion Gum. Crafting sticky sweet retro electronica via authentic keyboards and samples straight out of 70’s, BMSR have carved out a comfortable niche in modern electropop. To be honest, I haven’t even given this one a spin yet, but if Dandelion Gum and Fucked Up Friends (by side-project Tobacco) is any guide, this one will be atop many people’s year-end list come December.

–Trevor Kiv