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Five Years In, Brooklyn Record Label Mexican Summer Deserves To Be Celebrated

This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 11, 2013 - 10:21 am

Light Asylum, Young Magic, Psychic Twin, O Paradiso, Adventure @ Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn 6/16/13

It was clear things would be ending better than they began when I showed up in Williamsburg for the last day of Northside Festival. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits thanks to a false weather forecast — we showed up on Sunday expecting more rain and got surprised with a pretty nice day. Not… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 17, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Light Asylum – “Heart Of Dust” Video

In the world of Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello, “face down in the river my love” is a lyric that obviously should be depicted via lifeless bodies strewn about and soaked in a tar-black shitstream. So, here you go! The Grant Worth- and David Riley-directed video for the Light Asylum LP’s bleak darkwave dance jammer… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2012 - 11:46 am

Light Asylum – “Dark Allies” (Live On Snacky Tunes)

NYC twins Darin and Greg Bresnitz (Dinner With The Band, Finger On The Pulse) put out a live compilation companion to their web radio show, Snacky Tunes, last year, which featured live cuts from likes of Frankie Rose, Surfer Blood, Suckers and more. Now, they’re back with a second volume as they prepare this year’… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 15, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Light Asylum – “IPC”

Today the third track from Light Asylum’s forthcoming self-titled debut surfaced, the uptempo clapper “IPC.” Previously we’ve heard “Shallow Tears” as well as “Genesis” from that affair. Hit the widget below and swap your e-mail for a download. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 22, 2012 - 12:33 pm

The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

Light Asylum – “Shallow Tears” & “Genesis”

Light Asylum will release their full-length, self-titled debut later this spring, and today yields that affair’s lead single “Shallow Tears” — a grandiose, starry industrial breakdown featuring some more excellent Shannon Funchess vocals — and b-side “Genesis.” Check out tour dates and the track list below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 14, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Light Asylum – “Skull Fuct” Video

New Order drum patches, darkwave synths, black and white imagery, and a horse — it’s Shannon Funchess and Brother Bruno’s Light Asylum dream bottled up in a single embed. I suggest putting this on full-screen and turning up the volume while holding your head in your hands and convulsing emotionally if you’d like your co-worker… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 18, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Hear Two New Ford & Lopatin Tracks Feat. Shannon Funchess & Tamaryn

Their 2011 album Channel Pressure was all queasy synthpop, like a bad-dream memory of ’80s PBS science-film soundtracks, but Ford & Lopatin go in a couple of different directions on a new collaborative single. One track, “Snakes,” features Light Asylum wailer and frequent !!! collaborator Shannon Funchess, and it’s essentially a Eurodisco banger, but stripped… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2011 - 2:32 pm

CMJ 2011: Class Superlatives & Our Finest Photos

We’re on the other side of CMJ now, which you could probably tell by the uptick in the music news cycle, or by some bloggers’ (could be any bloggers, no way to know who I am talking about) bleary eyes and corresponding level of risibility. Stereogum threw a couple of parties early on, then shifted… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2011 - 6:19 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Watch IIII (Members Of Deerhoof, Man Man, Soft Circle, Lichens) & Light Asylum @ Union Pool, Williamsburg 9/3/11

This past weekend, NYC presented a number of only-in-NYC type concerts to help locals feel like they did some unique shit before the summer was over. For me, that meant seeing Lemonade, Reggie Watts, and Small Black at a open-air dumpster pool party that served lobster rolls for refreshments (that was a first), and joining… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 7, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Remixtape Vol. 5

This month’s Remixtape opens with a rework of the Miracles Club by Cut Copy, a pair of remixes by Grimes, a submission by Gwilym Gold of the band Golden Silvers, and a dancehall rework of Gang Gang Dance by the legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. It’s ten tracks and 93MB, downloadable via this zip:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 28, 2011 - 5:31 pm

Light Asylum – “A Certain Person” Video

Over the past two years, Brooklyn vet Shannon Funchess has gone from being Brooklyn’s most recognizable backup singer (see: !!!, LCD, TVOTR) to fronting the locally celebrated dark wave project Light Asylum. Shannon says she grew up loving “Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, The Cure and The Human League,” and if you add Grace… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 28, 2011 - 10:30 am

Northside Festival 2011 In Photos

This year was the L Magazine’s third stab at its Williamsburg-based, CMJ-reminiscent Northside Festival. And from all accounts and perspectives, it was its most successful. It was the most Northside has felt like a real thing deserving of real attention, anyway: Instead of individual venues throwing disparate shows with great bands all over town –… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 20, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not for the year, then for the persistently re-accumulating, gut-checking frost. The key elements (aside from recency and excellence) are electronics and sequence, with a late-mix flip to stringed instruments, before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

Typical Girls – “Our Real Is Real” (Plus Brother Bruno Remix)

Typical Girls is the Slits-referencing solo project of Apache Beat’s Ilirjana Alushaj. “Our Real Is Real,” which includes production assistance from CFCF’s Mike Silver, doesn’t conjure Ari Up in obvious ways. You may note a shared sense of compression and echo as well as sharp guitars and a chunky bassline, but this is more about… More »

By: brandon / January 28, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Light Asylum – “Dark Allies” & “Shallowtears” & “A Certain Person”

There’s a bar on the block I live called The Woods. It’s mostly a primo pickleback outpost that very occasionally utilizes a raised platform to double as a performance space. The first night they hosted live music was Halloween 2009, also Frankie Rose & The Outs’ debut live performance. Frankie’s Slumberland-sound I knew, so walking… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 26, 2011 - 4:43 pm