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All of the songs we’ve heard so far from Mitski’s forthcoming full-length have been killer: There’s the wistful dream-pop of “First Love/Late Spring,” the crunchy pummel of “Townie,” and what’s perhaps my favorite song of the year so far, the guttural and vulnerable “I Don’t Smoke.” Our next taste of Bury Me At Makeout Creek is “I Will” and it’s a testament to Mitski’s vast talent as a songwriter that it sounds nothing like the tracks that came before it, yet still retains her individuality and unique perspective. Mitski lays her emotions on the table, satisfied but still wanting — “stay with me, hold my hand/there’s no need to be brave,” she sings as the music bellows behind her. It’s another stunner, and you can listen below.

Looks like another Williamsburg venue is closing up shop. Following last month’s news that Death By Audio would be closing in November, Glasslands — which is right around the corner from DBA — has announced that they will be shutting down as well. In a post on their website today, they said that their last show will be on New Year’s Eve. Glasslands opened in 2006 and quickly became a staple on the Williamsburg waterfront, surrounded by a once-burgeoning strip of concert venues, most of which have been shuttered or have moved further inland. Known for an eclectic and diverse roster and notoriously shitty lighting that made it really hard to snap a good photo, it was one of the good ones. Stereogum even hosted a number of shows there over the years, including for CMJ 2011 and 2012. Rest in peace. Read the venue’s full statement below:

Band To Watch Los Angeles Police Department’s warm and pillowy self-titled debut album from earlier this year is only sounding better as the cold chill of winter begins to descend on NYC, though I guess frontman Ryan Pollie doesn’t have to worry about that considering he’s all the way out on the other side of the country. His video for “Enough Is Enough” captures the fleeting pleasures of summer well enough, though (maybe it’s because he grew up just outside of Philly). Pollie’s seen playing guitar in a comfy-looking Giants sweater, peeking through trees, picking some fruit, and laying down in some water. Much like his music, the video is simple and unassuming. Watch below, plus check out his upcoming tour dates where he’ll be opening for Avi Buffalo.

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 +1Posted on Oct 17th | re: Album Of The Week: DJ Quik The Midnight Life (54 comments)

Oh hey, this was me. This is coming late so who knows if you’ll even see this, but I guess I’ll defend myself a little. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with what Badu did, but I also think that a double standard does exist and maybe it’s a little hypocritical, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let’s face it: there’s a difference between how men and women are treated in society. Women grow up and are exposed to a constant culture of sexual harassment and discrimination, so when something like the Pity Sex thing happens it just serves as a reflection of that. Theoretically, what Badu did served as “performance art” (also see her busking stunt from earlier this week) and while objectively what she did is wrong, I just don’t have that instinctual gut feeling of being grossed out and angry. I think maybe what it comes down to is intent? But I’ll also admit that I was/am being somewhat hypocritical.

Not going to weigh in on the misogyny in rap issue, since I don’t listen to enough rap to have a concrete opinion to come down on either side. (Though I will say part of the reason I don’t listen to a lot of hip-hop definitely is all of the hypermasculinity — I certainly listen to & appreciate artists like Mykki Blanco, Le1f, and Cakes Da Killa more.)

 +2Posted on Oct 17th | re: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week (11 comments)

Oh no me too! But I’ve always been a Taylor fan. I’ve listened to it over a hundred times since it came out (per iTunes). It’s like a trance…

 +6Posted on Oct 17th | re: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week (11 comments)

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 0Posted on Oct 2nd | re: Thom Yorke's BitTorrent Project Hits 1 Million Downloads (7 comments)

You right. Adjusted, thanks.

I’d be really curious to see the ratio of paid album downloads to free downloads. I feel like someone is either gonna buy a full Thom Yorke album or not care at all, so I wonder how many people really did just download the single & video.

 +2Posted on Oct 1st | re: Watch Future Islands Take "Seasons" To Jools Holland (7 comments)

Yeah, let’s go with that! Sounds more fun.

 +1Posted on Sep 30th | re: Lakutis - "Body Scream" Video (5 comments)

oh crap, sorry about that. i do actually (i like his track w/ kitty), but had a total brain fart and didn’t even double check. fixed now!

I don’t know, maybe he went in a little hard on the bro, but I can’t help but root for him considering all of the times I’ve felt unsafe/uncomfortable at a show and would have loved to say something similar. I don’t go to a lot of punk shows, but I grew up in Jersey so I have a lot of friends (mostly girls) that do and it’s about time someone stood up to all the hyper-masculine bullshit that happens at some of these shows.

If you look at the Facebook comments on the statement, there’s some really ugly things being said from some entitled boys in the “community” that really put a different spin on it. I don’t see how you can read some of those and not support Joyce Manor taking a stance.

I buy a lot of tapes, mostly from artists who throw up their stuff for free on Bandcamp and then do tape releases. It’s a way to give money to the artist while also getting something cool in return. I have an old boombox that can be hooked up to my stereo system that I’ll sometimes play tapes off of, but I can’t say I listen to them all that often. It’s more about owning something physical from smaller artists instead of just having the MP3s. (And, as a plus, they look nice next to my vinyl collection.)

Agreed. Joanna Gruesome tweeted something along the same lines last month after a mosh pit at one of their shows in D.C. put someone in the hospital:

“The character limit on twitter is too small for me to talk about this, but I had to personally put a woman in a cab to a hospital tonight. when I talk about how I don’t like mosh pits I fucking mean it. 4 guys elbowing people is not a good time. Someone had to go to hospital. a woman had to go to hospital because of some fucking shitheads moshing tonight. if you think that’s ok, don’t ever come to our shows, buy any of our stuff, or even acknowledge the existence of this band ever again. I’m gunna talk about this more tomorrow but I have never been this mad after a show before in my life.”

I was at one of their shows with Perfect Pussy a few nights before that in Brooklyn and something similar happened. No one got hurt as far as I know, but Alanna stopped the show and told the few people in the crowd who were moshing to stop. It’s only fun for the assholes who are doing it and it makes everyone else around them feel uncomfortable and unsafe. It’s a huge problem, and something that’s completely antithetical to the safe space values that DIY venues should be upholding. I get that people want to “express” themselves at punk rock shows, but there are other ways to do it that don’t impose on the people around you. It’s a nasty relic left over from an earlier time and should not be what shows are about today.

Saved all my opinions for the comments but, guys, this SUCKS. Urban’s vinyl market consists of 16-year-olds who want to play Lana Del Rey on their Crosleys. I’m glad vinyl sales are up and people are getting more interested in physical media, but there’s no reason to buy overpriced records from a corporation when there’s the internet and local record stores where you can get it for cheaper and artists get more of a cut. Please…