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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

When a musician puts together a moving tribute to her deceased bandmate, giving fitting visual accompaniment to the last thing that bandmate ever recorded, that video really should be #1 on this list. Most weeks, it would be. But this week, that video went up against the form’s reigning innovator, who’s put together a stunning… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 27, 2014 - 12:09 pm

School Of Seven Bells Announce New Album Featuring Benjamin Curtis Recordings

Just after releasing the video for the heartrending cover of Joey Ramone’s cancer-fighting call to arms “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” School Of Seven Bells have confirmed that they’ll release an album of new recordings featuring the late Benjamin Curtis. Apparently Curtis had already recorded all his parts for a new record… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 25, 2014 - 1:26 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” (Joey Ramone Cover) Video

Yesterday, we heard School Of Seven Bells’ cover of Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” a track that Benjamin Curtis, the group’s late production mastermind, put together in his hospital bed while he was dying of lymphoma. Curtis died late last year, and his bandmate Alejandra Dehaza has paid him tribute… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 25, 2014 - 12:48 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” (Joey Ramone Cover)

When Joey Ramone was dying of lymphoma, he recorded the song “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” about his battle with the disease. At the end of last year, we lost Benjamin Curtis, the former Secret Machines member who spent his last few years as the sonic mastermind in School Of Seven Bells,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Remembering Benjamin Curtis

When news broke that Benjamin Curtis had lost his battle with cancer on December 29, two basic trends seemed to dominate people’s reactions. With a common denominator of simply being crushed at the news of a prolific musician’s life being cut short at just 35, the reactions otherwise divided along generational lines. Music critics of… More »

By: Ryan Leas / January 2, 2014 - 1:19 pm

R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis

Benjamin Curtis, founder of the excellent NYC dream-pop band School Of Seven Bells, has passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 35 years old. More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 30, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: November 2012

Guys, it’s Friday, and there are used plates with smeared cake-frosting laying around, with empty booze bottles accumulating on our desks and a general pall of whiskey fumes hanging over the office. While that is some people’s idea of holiday magic, for us, it’s the signifier that it’s someone’s last day. It’s a sad thing. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2012 - 6:16 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “Secret Days”

New York electro-dreampop duo School Of Seven Bells released their sharp album Ghostory earlier this year, and in a couple of weeks they’ll follow it up with a new EP called Put Your Sad Down. “Secret Days,” a track from that EP, is an atypically buoyant and fun piece of zero-gravity pop, with all of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Silversun Pickups, School Of Seven Bells, Atlas Genius @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica 9/13/12

It was a special homecoming show for Silversun Pickups as it was the last to feature bassist Nikki Monninger who will be on maternity leave while she delivers her twin girls. Sarah Negahdari from the Happy Hollows will be filling in on bass for the remaining tour dates. School Of Seven Bells made a great… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 14, 2012 - 4:06 pm

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “How To Love” (Lil Wayne Cover)

ere’s School Of Seven Bells’ silky take of Lil Wayne’s “How To Love,” No offense, SVIIB but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Biebs. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 24, 2012 - 4:19 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “The Night” Video

In making the video for “The Night,” a song from their excellent new album Ghostory, New York dreampop duo School Of Seven Bells crowd-sourced things, opening themselves up to contributions. Their favorite entry came from director Allie Aviatal Tsypin, and it stars a very young (and crazy adorable) doppelganger for SVIIB singer Alejandra Dehaza. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2012 - 2:19 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “Kiss Them For Me” (Siouxsie And The Banshees Cover)

For a Record Store Day single, New York dream-wavers School Of Seven Bells recorded a gliding, synth-dipped cover of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ all-time life-affirming pop classic “Kiss Them For Me.” More people should cover Siouxsie And The Banshees. Stream the School Of Seven Bells version below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2012 - 5:39 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “Lafaye (CREEP Remix)”

Witch-house duo CREEP have remixed “Lafaye,” the single from New York dream-pop duo School Of Seven Bells’ really good new album Ghostory. Listen to the diffuse, foggy CREEP reworking below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Deconstructing: School Of Seven Bells

In “Lafaye,” School of Seven Bells’ latest video for their ardent, Anne Rice-ian single about a wayward spirit, singer Alejandra Deheza looks the part: wrapped in a gauzy frock and alternately illuminated by pearlescent light or swathed in darkness, her eyes penetrate the frame. Her face is concerned, almost pained, then terrified, until she herself… More »

By: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / March 13, 2012 - 1:19 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “The Night (Rewards Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Night” is the evanescent opening track from School Of Seven Bells’ new one Ghostory, which we named Album Of The Week last week. Rewards is the producer and former Chairlift member Aaron Pfenning; he’ll be DJing at our Range Life party in Austin next week. And now Rewards has worked his magic on “The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Album Of The Week: School Of Seven Bells Ghostory

Back when School Of Seven Bells first started, they seemed like some perfect lab-created hybrid combination of early-’00s dream-rock warriors. Benjamin Curtis, one third of the trio, was also one third of Secret Machines, those skyward-reaching travelers of mystic consciousness who played like a stadium band even when they were opening up for, like, Blonde… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2012 - 5:25 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “Lafaye” Video

Shot in an old house in Dallas, the clip for School Of Seven Bells’ single “Lafaye” gives off a eerie, haunted vibe, replete with people in fine threads wearing those Eyes Wide Shut Masks. Those things never fail to add an extra layer of creepiness. Watch the David Lowery and Toby Halbrook-directed video below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 24, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Stream School Of Seven Bells Ghostory

Next week, New York dreampop trio-turned-duo School Of Seven Bells return with Ghostory, the group’s third album. We’ve already posted the early album tracks “The Night” and “Lafaye,” as well as the Scissor Sisters remix of “Lafaye” and the band’s Friday night performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And below, we’ve got the stream… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2012 - 2:17 pm

School Of Seven Bells Play Fallon

School Of Seven Bells returned to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Friday night to play the leadoff track from their new album, “The Night.” Watch below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 20, 2012 - 9:30 am
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