The decade long and going strong avant-disco trio Free Blood joins us for the 125th episode of Me + You. The band, featuring ex-members of !!!, (and if everything they say in the interview is true, also One Direction) stopped by the studio to chat and to treat us to a set of mostly unreleased jams.
As far as the interview is concerned, things seem fairly highbrow at first—the guys discuss the allure of church hymns (described as "Sabbath before you get to listen to Sabbath") and Reiki classes. However, this soon devolves into Jerry Maguire impressions, revisiting the Austin Powers series, and debating who gets to keep the term "emo-core." I actually don't think the subject of the band's music is ever breached, but that's fine, as these tunes say enough on their own.
Musically, these guys tread a territory similar to Calling Out of Context-era Arthur Russell. All four songs from this session match soulful vocals with laid back, hypnotic arrangements that could only come from a Reiki master himself. Check out the session when it airs today at noon—you'll laugh, you'll dance, you'll start quoting Jerry Maguire again.
Brooklyn based dark disco band Candide premiere their new video for Scaredy Cat, Directed by Jacob Halajian and take us into the fantasy of a lone girl living in a suburban sprawl.
Conceived in Berlin and played in NYC, you can catch Candide at Northside Festival June 14
and headlining Glasslands July 1st.
We figured nothing would cut through the nice thick humid haze outside your door than a nice slice of tropicalia, and today it comes from musical melting pot from Inland Empire, CA called Quita Penas
This octet mixes both African and South American vibes, offering something that's halfway between Jorge and Fela. Samba, salsa, calypso, and afro-beat all intersect each other, with these guys grabbing the best parts of each genre (polyrhythms, intricate melodies) and creating something that's both familiar and original.
Take a musical genre world tour via the band's "Que te Pasa" below:
We're proud to have Detroit dance duo/punctuation entusiasts ADULT. curating our latest episode of Naked Fridays. These two just released an album called The Way Things Fall and to celebrate, they've created a mix of songs that all include the word "fall" somewhere in there.
And just like fall (the season), this mix is here to destroy your summer vibes. Akin to listening to ADULT. themselves, this mix establishes a dark vibe early on and sticks with it, with Killing Joke, Swans, John Carpenter, and of course, the Fall all making an appearance. Regardless of the dark vibes, there's still enough Siouxsie, Depeche Mode, and Thompson Twins to keep your sad, tiny feet a-moving.
Take a listen (and a Prozac) when their episode premieres today at 4 p.m. on Viva Radio.
John Carpenter - "Excerpt from The Fog: The Whole Place Falls Apart"
The Fall - "Recovery Kit #2"
The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Fall"
Siouxsie & the Banshees - "Party's Fall"
Killing Joke - "The Fall of Because"
PVT - "Nightfall"
Wire - "Free Falling Divisions"
Thompson Twins - "All Fall Out"
Depeche Mode - "The Sun & The Rainfall"
Drexciya - "Neon Falls"
Chris Carter - "Falling"
A Flock of Seagulls - "The Fall"
Swans - "We'll Fall Apart"
Julee Cruise & Angelo Badalamenti - "Falling"
anbb: alva noto & blixa bargeld - "Fall (edit)"
John Carpenter - "Finale/Nightfall"
Lazy Magnet's Jeremy Harris has been doing his thing for over a decade now, somehow releasing quality material by the boatload. That being said, his newest Night People release (released way back in 2012), Crystal Cassette completely slipped under my radar.
In case you missed it too, Crystal Cassette is a beautiful embrace of the cassette's retro format, sheathed in a neon cardstock and packed with 45 minutes of decade-appropriate electronica, dance, and no-wave. As a man who's put out over 20 releases under the Lazy Magnet name, Jeremy himself claims this tape is one of his best, and he pulls out plenty of welcome additions to the LM oeuvre, including female vocals and electric guitars.
Take a step back in time and check out "Do Midi" from the cassette below, and if you like what you hear, order the tape from Night People here.
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Photo and Video:Maia Stern
Engineer: Matt Decker
In addition to the bands, DJ Dan Selzer of Pyjamarama will be spinning in between bands and custom nail art will be provided courtesy of the phenomenal Jessica Washick, Eda Levenson, and Ami Vega.
Grab the details below!
Featuring acoustic guitars that sound like electric guitars and electric guitars that don't even sound like guitars, Violent Change is 16 economic blasts of noisy yet melodic punk that's over in less than half an hour. Label Catholic Guilt's description is right on, summing up the album as "KBD" meets "GBV".
Gleaning the speed of 70's punk, the abrasion of 80's no-wave, and the melody of 90's indie-rock, the album refuses to adhere to a singular decade of rock music. Like early output from San Francisco neighbor's Thee Oh Sees, these guys ride a dichotomy of writing anthemic songs yet strumming their guitars with a purposelessness reserved for staring at the wall and eating a box of Oreos at 2 a.m. in the morning. Hell, occasionally the band eschews tonality altogether and it still sounds awesome.
Stream the entire LP below and if you like what you hear, buy it here.
I think its pretty safe to say I know a little bit about the music "industry" after putting in nearly six years at Viva Radio. But, I still need help learning about new dance music considering I still buy Huey Lewis extended remixes and dance to China Crisis. That's why I have James Curd
also of Greenskeepers fame to amp up the Friday and pump some adrenaline into my buttocks. Does that work?
What's great about James unlike a lot of DJ's is that he's a funny guy and can actually start a party within about three minutes of his mix. Done deal. I'm sold. Bingo Bango. He shots he scores. Another satisfied customer in my department. You can follow James on his journey through music at his soundcloud
page and listen to his dynamite mix this afternoon coming up at 4pm only on Viva Radio.
Here's a preview of the latest tracks he'll be unleashing on Naked Fridays Pt. 77!
Kolombo - Lol Accapella - Laboratory Records
Fingerman - I know It's mine - Chopshop
Marlon Hoffstadt - Shake That (Jesse Rose Remix) - Play It Down
Luke Solomon & Natalie Broomes - Say Something (Akufen Remix) - Classic Music Company
Copyright - Sometimes - Defected
Kolombo - We Do It Ft Br (Kolombo Remix) - Playperview
Lance DeSardi & Waric Cameron - Get In To Me - Lowdown Records
Jimmy & Fred - I See Lights Karmon Remix - Exploited
Robin Thicke Feat T.I & Pharrell - Blurred Lines - Star Trak
Forrest - Marlon Brando - Noir Music
Fingerman - Outta Sight - Chopshop
Vanilla Ace - Rockin - Blockhead Records
Brett Johnson & Dave Barker - On The Highway - Lazy Day Records
Easy M - Snow Queen (Irregular Disco Workers Remix) - No Static Recordings
Thrillionaire - Wie Geht's (James Curd Remix) - Mr Kim's
Holy Models - About Us - Unsigned
Ever wake up from a wild morning and wonder, "Ernggghhh, what did I buy last night?" No? Well, New York residents, tonight we're all going to collectively realize that dream via Late Nights with American Apparel. From 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at our Williamsburg store, Jason Jones from Divers Songs and Matthew S. of Limosique will be spinning some stellar jams just for you. On top of that, there's free booze courtesy of PBR. And, in addition to THOSE free gifts, if you spend over $50, you get 20% off your purchase. And on top of that, the first 20 people to arrive will receive shares in American Apparel stock! That last part is a lie, but how much more incentive do you really need?
Jamaican Queens: Caitlin on Nowness.com.
Good morning! Viva Radio once again pulls your Monday morning out of the dregs, this time with a very special 123rd episode of Me + You. In celebration of our Audiophile event at the Brooklyn Museum this Thursday, we brought Audiophile performers/U.S. Open band-in-residence Ava Luna to the studio.
The quintet stops by for both an interview and to impressively squeeze five-members worth of a musical equipment into our tiny studio. Once they're sandwiched in here, they give us a sneak preview of what to expect on Thursday, performing an old song ("No F"), a old-new song ("Water Duct"), and a brand new song ("Chiseled Abs").
Between songs, the band and Tedward brainstorm unconventional ways of touring (involving both a garbage truck and the PGA Tour), promote the United States of America, and Ted learns that sometimes a song about the 7 Train is not a metaphor for a gargantuan phallus.
Scroll down for pictures from the session and a video of Ava Luna performing "No F" live in the studio, and catch them in a much larger room, in the flesh, when they play Brooklyn Museum this Thursday. And listen live for the session today on Viva Radio.
Photographs and video by Zach Isaac.
Audio Engineered by Robb Ware.
Produced by Ted Shumaker.
Avant-pop septet/What You Need Wednesday alumni Ava Luna will join Philadelphia's Lushlife, whose washed out arrangements can best be described as Panda Bear meets Pusha T. The show starts at 7 p.m. on April 18 and concert entrance is free with museum admission. I'll see you guys at the historical quilts.
Visit the Brooklyn Museum page or Facebook event for more info.
This week's WYNW comes from L.A band Bleached, a poppy rock'n'roll duo (sometimes trio, sometimes quartet) led by sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, formerly of the equally sunshine-friendly Mika Miko. Bleached is set to release their debut album next Tuesday. Titled Ride Your Heart, it finds the sisters embracing less Danzig and more Debbie Harry, stripping most of the speed from their previous band but keeping the leather jackets.
In an interesting move, the band approaches punk music almost as a sort of americana: the tunes themselves are direct descendants of the Go-Go's, and visually the sisters seem to have a predilection for dudes with motorcycles and leather jackets.
It sounds like the sisters wrote the album after watching a Fast Times at Ridgemont High marathon, and in the hands of someone else, it could have gone so wrong so easily. However, it works, and that's likely because it follows the #1 rule of summertime jams, which is exuding a total carefreeness throughout.
Summarily, this is an album that makes me want to smoke cigarettes with the car windows down, and I don't smoke or own a car. Ride Your Heart is out on April 2, pick it up and relegate your worries to a song called "Waiting for the Telephone."
Watch the video for Ride Your Heart's first single "Next Stop" below: