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Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/22/11

It’s ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY ’80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life, which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind. Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band, this year ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

Watch Dan Deacon’s Short Film Hilvarenbeek

When not scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt Now And Sunrise, Dan Deacon was working on Hilvarenbeek with Jimmy Joe Roche in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, the place from which the 17-minute film got its name. (The two previously worked together on Ultimate Reality.) Before you watch, please recall Deacon is not on acid. More »

By: brandon / May 11, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, Ted Leo, tUnE-yArDs Team Up For Our Band Could Be Your Life: The Concert

Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991 is a great book, an essential read for folks who were there from the beginning, came in a little late, need to brush up on their music history, don’t know much about history, etc. Azerrad’s paragraphs are anecdotal, breezy, and… More »

By: brandon / March 8, 2011 - 3:14 pm

Sondre Lerche – “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” (Owen Pallett Cover)

One of the things we’re most proud of this year is The ‘Gum Bowl, our inaugural celebrity charity bowling tournament and concert. (You can still watch all the videos, which, you should.) One of our finest participants on a long list of fine participants was Mr. Sondre Lerche. Not just because his name rhymes with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 23, 2010 - 9:09 am

Bonnaroo 2010: Saturday In Photos & Videos

We’re live tweeting and shooting everything ‘Roo at Here’s the best of Saturday… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 13, 2010 - 3:53 pm

Owen Pallett – “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Dan Deacon Remix)”

Our introduction to this one from the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy came via an incredible live clip that saw Pallett battle pelting rain and the possibility of electrocution at the Hillside Festival, the storm landing more furiously as “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” entered its triumphant, spiraling exeunt. This June the track get… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 9, 2010 - 10:34 am

Todd P’s Inaugural MtyMx Festival: A Photo Essay

[Editor’s Note: The following guest post is by Ryan Muir, one of NYC’s most hardworking and talented photographers. After spending the better part of five days lugging his camera equipment all over Austin on our behalf, he waited for hours in a parking lot for a bus to Monterrey, Mexico to attend NYC promoter ToddMore »

By: Ryan Muir / March 26, 2010 - 3:12 pm

New Dan Deacon Video – “Woof Woof”

This extended video treatment for Bromst’s “Woof Woof” offers a kid’s puppet show drama set in Dayglo Deacon land. It’s the work of the Showbeast collective (aka Benjamin Beast, Erin Gleeson, and Alan Resnic), who serve up Poison’d Oats, grow powder, Deacon as a creepy and violent tiger, and “Woof Wood”-ing electro-rock dogs, among other… More »

By: brandon / January 14, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Matt Berninger Talks National Google Ad

You might have seen the National’s Google Ad, “Out of Office,” which tells a “Search Story” of some guy heading from Washington State to Los Angeles to watch the band while listening obsessively to “Apartment Story.” The idea here is that every Google search is a story (some best kept private). Basically, it’s an ad… More »

By: brandon / December 14, 2009 - 9:20 am

Treasure Island Fest 2009 In Photos

This past Saturday and Sunday was the third annual Treasure Island Festival, on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. We sent Josh Bis to capture the weekend in photos. sounds of buzz… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 20, 2009 - 9:31 am

New Dan Deacon Video – “Paddling Ghost”

Yes, this finger-puppeteered clip for “Paddling Ghost” features a cutely expressive puppet paddling ghost, but it also has a few moments of a scaled-down and fingered Dan Deacon, and that is really something special. Bromst’s symphonically blipped standout serves as the soundtrack to a story of an eye-patched ghost traveling through the clouds, water, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 21, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Lollapalooza 2009 Wrap-Up

If you weren’t talking about the weather in Grant Park this weekend, you weren’t in Grant Park this weekend. And really that would’ve been a shame. It was oppressive at times, but despite — or as these things go, perhaps because of — the inclement weather conditions (APW-styled rain Friday, sweltering heat and humidity the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Dan Deacon Is Not On Acid

But hopefully he really is in love with seahorses. Whatever the case, after Sarah Silverman Tweeted about he and Liam Lynch’s 2006 video “Drinking Out of Cups” with the note that “Dan Deacon trips on acid” and the clip was subsequently discussed by Opie & Anthony, the DayGlo Baltimorean posted a MySpace bulletin proclaiming that… More »

By: brandon / July 10, 2009 - 9:50 am

Old Folks Review Dan Deacon, Bon Iver

On a whim I checked in with Breakfast At Sulimay’s, the amusing Web video series in which three elderly music fans review indie and hip-hop singles over coffee at a Philadelphia diner. Turns out another episode was uploaded just yesterday. Remember when Ann, Joe, and Bill panned Animal Collective and it was adorable? You’re gonna… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 20, 2009 - 11:41 pm

Dan Deacon’s Old Ska Band

Maybe you already knew about Dan Deacon’s old Long Island ska crew Channel 57, but we’ve never seen so many Channel 59 or childhood Dan photos in one place (Thanks, Gena). Skank to More »

By: brandon / April 6, 2009 - 10:31 am

Stream Dan Deacon’s Bromst

Despite an expanded instrumental palette and album-art allusions to the contrary, the first single from Bromst wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Spiderman Of The Rings. Hear how the rest of it stacks up at NPR. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 3, 2009 - 11:19 am

Behind The Scenes Of Andrew W.K.’s New TV Show

Over a career that’s seen him evolve from outsider musician to outlandishly infectious personality, Andrew W.K. has covered his pop cultural bases: writing and producing his way through a master list of musical genres, appearing on talk shows and his own shows, spreading the Joy Of Life one seminar at a time. And he’s only… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2009 - 3:00 pm

New Dan Deacon – “Get Older”

Yesterday we took a look at Dan’s shady forest/bright tent album art for his forthcoming Bromst, compared in turns by you guys to past covers from Gossip Girl-fave Department Of Eagles and cannabis-fave Phish. You guys have a lot of reference points. And you won’t need any of them on this first listen from the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 6, 2009 - 9:32 am

Dan Deacon’s Bromst Album Art

Mr. Deacon’s forthcoming Bromst LP landed in our list of 20 albums we’re most excited for in 2009, a placement based on Spiderman Of The Rings’ screwball electro-adrenaline rush as much as the promise of a thematic and aesthetic shift for its followup. We saw the unveiling of his new incarnation, complete with 14-piece ensemble,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 5, 2009 - 1:53 pm

The 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear In 2009

There a few more days of pretending to look busy at work ahead, but as far as our iTunes are concerned 2009 can’t get here soon enough. We’re done with the lists. It’s time for the new. We pored over the album-release sheets, took myriad Progress Reports, and narrowed the field to a list of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 18, 2008 - 5:06 pm