Big news has dropped today in the festival circuit: New York’s Governor’s Ball has officially announced its 2012 line up. For those not familiar with the Ball, it’s a two day fest featuring diverse tunes, a myriad of activities, and all the usual shenanigans that accompany any outdoor music festival. Situated on Randall’s Island—stock prison backdrop included—this fest boasts headliners Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, Ducksauce, and Passion Pit (to name a few). Interspersed throughout the two days, the line-up looks fiendishly delicious, with June 23 & 24 shaping up to be quite the weekend.
James Murphy struck Caucasian dance rock a serious blow when he disbanded LCD Soundsystem earlier this spring. Thankfully the two men of Junior Boys were hiding in the DJ booth with a new LP cocked and loaded. By the time their third full length Bygone Dull Care dropped in 2009, the duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus had proved themselves to be masterful producers, gussying up old drum machines and dusty synths like the Six Million Dollar Man. They had an apothecary's sensitivity to mixing genres, dosing dub with soul and house with hip hop. But ultimately their Midas touch on the mixing board weighed heavy on their hopes as their music became lighter. Slick with pristine sonics, Bygone Dull Care spun so inconsequentially light that it threatened to fly off the turntable with too few hooks to keep it anchored. Greenspan and Didemus had become content with style without giving too much thought to substance, letting the how obscure the what.
Already feeling that summer buzz-kill from missing out on Coachella and Sasquatch this year? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of festivals fixing to satisfy that music-hungry appetite at a much lower price than Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Check out these upcoming music festivals that will tune your ears in to some audio bliss.
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 15-17
Who: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Thurston Moore, No Age, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhunter, Superchunk, Ariel Pink, Curren$y + more!
Yes, it's finally here but no one knows how long it's going to be available. What am I talking about? LCD Soundsystem are streaming all nine tracks of their much-anticipated album This Is Happening on their site.
With all the buzz of leaked versions and live performances going on YouTube, it only makes sense for the band to stream the album. James Murphy has asked those at concert not to leak the band's new album. "We spent two years making this record and we want to put it out when we want to put it out. I don't care about money - after it comes out, give it to whoever you want for free but until then, keep it to yourself."
James Murphy's electro gang LCD Soundsystem is finally going to give the fans what they want, a new record. Set for a May 18th release for the as-of-yet-untitled third album, Murphy stated on the bands blog, "Looks like we added another Paris gig. Oh, and something else. The fucking record is done." Murphy sent it off to be mastered by Bob Weston and by the looks of his comments; it seems to be a relief. Murphy spoke to Rolling Stone about the struggles of recording and coming up with song titles, "You ever listen to a song 40 times?" he asks. "That's why I don't write the lyrics until as close to the day I sing it as I can, so I don't get sick of them." And when it comes to the titles Murphy thinks it should be, "the most repeated, obvious phrase... because that's what people are going to say anyway!"
Wheezing their way through New York City's top venues, Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler have proven that vodka and cigarettes aren't as sinful as we thought. A slow night at Marquee in winter 2007 brought the dynamic duo together, and ever since they've been rocking parties, blackening lungs, and "bringing a rage room dance energy" to NYC's hottest venues. Now if only they could land that Phillip Morris sponsorship...
Going into a set, do you mix according to the crowd, or do you have pre-mixed sets that you play?
New York City and followers of the indie-music scene are mourning the tragic death of drummer Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs, who died on Sunday from a five-story fall down an elevator shaft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While riding in a manual freight elevator during a benefit party, the elevator got stuck between the fourth and fifth floors. A passenger riding with Fuchs had managed to jump to the fourth floor, but on one of Fuchs’ attempts to jump to the fifth floor, his clothing caught on something in the passageway and he fell to the bottom of the elevator shaft.
Alex Frankel, Fuchs’ roommate and singer of the band Holy Ghost!, of which Fuchs was the drummer, arrived at the party shortly before 1AM to find the distressing news that someone had fallen down the elevator shaft.