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Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the ’90s? The ’80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

NAME: Tyondai Braxton
Q&A: Former Battles frontman discusses HIVE — his upcoming performance/installation at the Guggenheim — and a new solo album on the horizon …

Most people know of Tyondai Braxton as one of the founding members of Battles, which was arguably one of the most influential bands to come out… More »

Today’s my last day at Stereogum, so instead of the best videos of this week, I’m posting the best videos of the year so far. They line up pretty closely with my favorite videos of the year, but hey, it’s my last day. I get to pick my favorites. I included videos from my two… More »

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Battles Take “Futura” To Fallon

On Gloss Drop, “Futura” works with “Inchworm” and “Wall Street” as part of a 16-minute triad featuring a polished, blown-out quasi-Caribbean vibe. Live, it stands alone nicely. Last night on Fallon the guys performed it instead of Song Of The Summer contender “Ice Cream.” As you might’ve expected, ?uestlove was impressed with John Stanier. Watch:… More »

By: brandon / June 17, 2011 - 1:16 pm

The 6 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Battles, Cults, Holy Ghost!, and Cloud Nothings. It’s kind of a slow week for videos, but I think the Battles clip, created by CANADA directing team, makes up for it.

Now would probably be a good time to mention that PS 1 in New York ha… More »

By: jessica / May 13, 2011 - 5:56 pm

Battles – “Ice Cream” Video

“Ice Cream,” Gloss Drop’s poppiest, most immediate summertime moment, now has a video that opens with a girl licking a swirled cone in the bathtub. That’s only the beginning: Women also lick pine cones, roller skates, lamps, flowers, a doorknob. (And a dog licks a banana.) It was directed by CANADA, apparently a horny country. More »

By: brandon / May 9, 2011 - 11:34 am

Battles – Gloss Drop Premature Evaluation

Beginning today we’ll be publishing Premature Evaluations more frequently, and in a briefer format. These posts will also feature point ratings via a 5 Star System, but we’ll consider a more flexible alternative down the road. You should submit your own album rating (and hopefully a comment explaining your rationale) after you read our reviewMore »

By: stereogum / April 18, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Battles – “Ice Cream”

Vocalist/guitarist/etc. Tyondai Braxton left Battles to work on his solo orchestral and otherwise compositions, so for second full-length Gloss Drop, the remaining trio of Ian Williams, Dave Konopka, and master drummer John Stanier added guests vocalists, including Chilean-born, Kompakt-associated techno producer/singer/DJ Matias Aguayo. He gives it a go on sunny, funky “Ice Cream,” the most… More »

By: brandon / March 10, 2011 - 9:29 am

Tyondai Braxton Quits Battles

Sad news: Tyondai Braxton has left Battles so he can focus on his solo career (and let Battles tour in 2011). According to a statement:… More »

By: jessica / August 6, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Stream Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack

You heard Vampire Weekend’s “Jonathan Low” (one of VW’s top three songs about vampires) and before that Muse’s “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” (inescapable at vampire proms this month). Now you can check out Beck & Bat For Lashes’ much anticipated collab… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 2, 2010 - 12:28 pm

Extra Life – “Head Shrinker (Tyondai Braxton Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

In 2001, Extra Life leader Charlie Looker and Tyondai Braxton played in a band together (with Period’s Mike Pride) called Antenna Terra. After that, Looker studied music at Wesleyan with Tyondai’s father Anthony. The ongoing association/collaboration continues with Tyondai’s insectoid scratch-implosion of Made Flesh’s “Head Shrinker,” giving the BTW their first pair of slippery dancing… More »

By: brandon / May 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Rites Of Spring: A Benefit For Haiti

In March of 2009 Björk and Alex Ross and I got together to do an unannounced afternoon DJ set at Housing Works. Our theme was “bass” and we included live interactions from Mick Barr (on distortion-free guitar) and the composer Anna Clyne (a piece with cello and tape). It was a lot of fun and,… More »

By: brandon / April 8, 2010 - 10:16 am

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept. A decade later the album-recreation bit has become another salable gimmick for non-ATP acts trading on nostalgia to line their post-prime coffers, and even ATP has on occasion conferred the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

New Tyondai Braxton – “Platinum Rows”

When we previewed the Battles multi-instrumentalist’s cartoony “Uffe’s Woodshop” last month, we said If felt very much like the part of something bigger and looked forward to hearing Central Market develop. Tyondai Braxton’s vision comes more into focus via this ten-minute album centerpiece, a schizophrenic orchestral piece with plenty of kazoo and plenty of any… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 28, 2009 - 12:54 pm

New Tyondai Braxton – “Uffe’s Woodshop”

Earlier today I claimed Air’s “Do The Joy” has a cartoon vibe to it, but it’s nothing at all like this frantically paced track from Battles vocalizer, etc., Tyondai Braxton’s forthcoming self-produced solo release, Central Market. According to the official notes on “Uffe’s Woodshop,” the sounds you’re hearing are “vocals/whistling, kazoos, violins, violas, synths, electronics,… More »

By: brandon / July 6, 2009 - 4:55 pm

Lollapalooza 2008: Saturday In Photos, Rage Delivers Bruises

By Scott Lapatine & Amrit Singh

Saturday was mostly just your standard, hot, sold out, music-filled day at Lolla. Until Rage. Wilco were great and photogenic… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2008 - 12:27 pm

Sasquatch 2008 In Photos Pt. 2

Our second and final Sasquatch! dispatch comes with fewer bands than Part One, but a deeper look at them. Last time we teased Wayne Coyne’s ability to convince young girls to get on stage and dance naked during his U.F.O. party. This time we actually have some images to back it up. Also on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 28, 2008 - 3:57 pm

NY Times Profiles Brooklyn’s Experimental (And Stylish) Indie Rockers

Stereogum’s tag cloud hovers above The Paper Of Record today, with profiles on Brooklyn alt-rockers in Arts & Leisure and an indie rock dress-up cheat sheet in the Men Styles Magazine. Consider it a print version of the story run by MTV in January. “All Hail Brooklyn: Alt Rock Thrives In Alt-Borough” opens on the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 8, 2008 - 12:50 pm

Stereogum’s 30 Favorite Live Shows Of 2007

We saw a lot of concerts this year! You probably did too, if you’re the sort to be checking music blogs on your downtime over holiday break, so let’s all trade notes. Stereogum’s Amrit Singh kicks things off with a detailed, list-friendly recap of the earplug-necessitating, beer-soaked year that was.

As far as thi… More »

By: Stereogum / December 23, 2007 - 7:23 pm

New Battles – “Tonto (Four Tet Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

As we rumble through the music world’s Q4, you’re gonna start seeing a lot more remixes, special EPs, free live cuts, etc. from bands with earlier quarter LP releases; think of ‘em as a gentle nudge as you begin to make your year-end best-album lists. Although jogging your Mirrored memory won’t really require too much… More »

By: Stereogum / October 24, 2007 - 12:07 pm

Battles – Tonto+

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By: Stereogum / October 24, 2007 - 11:51 am

Battles Satisfy Their Appetite For Deconstruction, Explain “Atlas” In Periodic Intervals

Bona fide breakout year for extraterrestrial sonic surgeons Battles, and despite Mirrored’s overall excellence, the mounting buzz goes back to “Atlas” — song and video alike. Of course, we’re lost when it comes to just what makes those chipmunk and whale noises; we just know we like. Thanks to Battles and Esquire, then for speaking… More »

By: Stereogum / October 3, 2007 - 2:31 pm

New Battles Video – “Tonto”

Where their classic clip for “Atlas” left Battles as illuminated and exposed as possible (well lit in a windowed ‘n’ Mirrored cube), the LP’s second vid flips the math-y equation, setting the NYC prog-groove heroes in a tempo-shifting triangle of minimal, cylindrical light. Yeah. Practically waiting for Mulder and Scully to roll up. Amazing liveMore »

By: Stereogum / September 12, 2007 - 4:37 pm