Kids have their fictional heroes. For some it might be Batman or Spider-Man or Katniss Everdeen. They’re usually good guys. Ariel Pink’s childhood hero was a villain: a burn victim with a razor glove and a passion for murdering teens while shouting some darkly comic puns. He had seen horror movies before A Nightmare On Elm Street, but Freddy Krueger was something of a gateway drug for Pink, whose horror-movie obsessions bleed into interviews, live shows, and, of course, his songs. “Four Shadows,” which will appear on Pink’s new double-album pom pom, sounds like he wrote a real theme to an imaginary ’80s vampire flick. Meanwhile, Before Today had “Fright Night,” an imaginary theme song for an actual ’80s vampire flick. The latter is mostly concerned with vampires and black cats, though Pink does manage to slip in the always-pertinent question once posed by Brooklyn rap legends the Fat Boys: “Are you ready for Freddy?”
The Allman Brothers Band have called it quits after four-plus decades making music. They performed their final shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, but saved last night for a big finish. The band played three sets and two encores, which amounted to just under four hours of music. Above you can find some photos taken from the show, and below see their performance of “Dreams” (from the second set) and “Whipping Post” (from the first encore).
Brooklyn Bowl’s Saturday CMJ showcase was a stacked lineup of exciting bands. The biggest name was DJ Dodger Stadium, who released the fantastic album Friend Of Mine earlier this year. As Tom explained in his review, that album worked as dance music, but also hit with a strong emotional quality. The entire showcase carried that spirit, though, with performances by Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz, and more. The night ended with a special guest appearance from legendary DJ Jonathan Toubin. Check out our full gallery above from photographer DeShaun Craddock.
I was talking about the Fader profile in 2010. The Mature Themes one was for Spin, but it’s also a great read.
Heeeeey Dick and Raptor!
From the second I sat down with Pom Pom back in September it has been my AOTY, nothing even compares. That ending to Sexual Athletics might as well be my favorite moment in his entire career. No joke: the first time I heard that shift in the song I was driving almost had to pull over. The only time I can remember that happening is when I put a burned-leak of MPP into my car and heard “In The Flowers” for the first time in late 2008.
I’m fortunate because I got Pom Pom early enough that he hadn’t begun making all of these comments yet (since it was before the interview cycle), but I think even if I didn’t have that access and was hearing it from the recent leak I would feel the same. It’s one of the most joyful records I’ve heard in a long time, and it feels like a payoff to his whole career up to this point.
I’m curious what your issues are with it. To me Season Of The Witch wouldn’t have this tremendously negative reputation if it wasn’t for the fact that the title has Halloween III before it. There’s so much going for this movie once you get past the fact that Michael Myers isn’t in it.
- It’s got a genuinely creepy tone and some really disturbing moments (I actually hesitated adding the “magic pumpkin scene” into the article, but there it is.)
- That ominous corporate villain is an early influence on what became a trend in Reagan-era horror movies such as The Stuff and (most significantly) John Carpenter’s They Live.
- Speaking of Carpenter… this time he was still heavily involved with the series and his score is the best in the series (yes, better than the original score).
- And finally you’ve got the legendary Tom Atkins in the lead. Tom Atkins doesn’t make bad movies.
If you want to learn a little more about him I can’t stress enough that you read David Bevan’s profile on him when Before Today came out. It’s a really powerful and moving essay.
I’d like to officially and publicly announce that I ain’t no dad.
We’re both idiots! I spent like an hour trying to find it last night.
Aghhh I knew that too! Thanks for correcting my brain fart!
Yeah the Blood Orange set completely caught me off guard! I usually go into a festival with an idea of what I’m most excited for or a prediction of what might be my favorite (like Kanye at Outside Lands recently). But here I wasn’t even sure I was going to see Blood Orange, but ended up being completely blown away.
I didn’t end up seeing the Blood Brothers! I wanted to see Darkside because I never had. I guess I chose the breakup show over the reunion show since the Blood Brothers will have a lot of other stuff happening. So I did Darkside and then ended up staying for John Talabot, who I didn’t include here, but was fantastic and doing a lot of new material. I definitely went into the festival planning on covering the more electronic side of it, but I totally understand that a lot of people were really excited about that reunion.
Yeah it’s such a good combo. Kind of reminds me when Sigur Ros played the sold out Madison Square Garden show and chose Tim Hecker for their opener.
Thanks for the kind words man. Covering this strange scene throughout the year has been so much fun.