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Let’s take a moment for Dave Brockie, better known as Gwar’s Oderus Urungus, who died suddenly earlier this week. For decades, Brockie helped to pioneer a distinctly DIY music-video aesthetic. With no YouTube and no TV channels willing to play their videos, Gwar went full-on disgusting, turning every video into a mini-Evil Dead video and… More »

It’s not on this week’s list, but this might be a good place to acknowledge director Hannah Lux Davis’s video for the willfully ridiculous Mike Will Made It/Miley Cyrus/Wiz Khalifa/Juicy J single “23.” Michael Jordan is the most iconic and universally beloved athlete in my living memory, and here we have a video that reduce… More »

Once again, the best piece of music-related video wasn’t a music video this week; it was this haunting performance from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and we can thank CMT, of all possible cable networks, for its existence. (Jim James on Letterman was also pretty great.) Meanwhile, weirdo giants of the music-video field like NabilMore »

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Small Black – “Moon Killer”

Brooklyn sample pop quartet Small Black put out “Two Rivers” from their upcoming Moon Killer mixtape last week, and now here’s the title track. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 18, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Small Black – “Two Rivers” (Feat. Heems)

Local chillwavers Small Black are set to release a mixtape in November, and today they unleashed the first, vibe-heavy track featuring a freestyle from Das Racist’s Heems. Grab the download below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 10, 2011 - 12:47 pm

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Remixtape Vol. 3

This month’s Remixtape begins with a wistful twist (Clams Casino, a Gold Panda redo of Lykke Li, Phone Tag tagging up Small Black’s “New Chain,” Creep working on Planning To Rock) and ends on a pop note (that Star Slinger remix of Alex Winston), with the middle dedicated to stranger and more beat-oriented musics. More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 22, 2011 - 10:39 am

Small Black – “Photojournalist” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I talked to Small Black singer Josh Kolenik about writing lyrics, he said the fallibility of memory made this hard, because his recollections were either idealized or inaccurate or otherwise hazy. That fallibility became a theme on New Chain, and on the video for “Photojournalist.” For this clip director Yoonha Park shot footage with… More »

By: jessica / February 3, 2011 - 11:31 am

Small Black In A Pretty, Abandoned NYC Building

Gothamist took Small Black to a gorgeous abandoned building near New York’s City Hall Park to film a couple of songs. Their two performances, of New Chain opener “Camouflage” and “Light Curse” have a bubbly, rounded quality that’s not on the album. I’m guessing it’s because they use mini Casios to re-create the toothier, deeper… More »

By: jessica / November 12, 2010 - 9:32 am

Small Black – “Search Party” (Stereogum Premiere)

We brought you a Progress Report on Small Black, and “Photojournalist,” the first taste from the band’s upcoming debut LP. “Search Party” doesn’t have the same “filter haze” as “Photojournalist” — it’s really just on the vocals and the wobbly background keyboard on the chorus — but it means the hooks are remarkably clear and… More »

By: jessica / October 1, 2010 - 10:18 am

Small Black – “Photojournalist”

With “Bad Lover” and an eponymous EP, Small Black introduced themselves as the new project from the men behind Class Of 2006 local natives Slowlands. Since then, the band’s gone on a press-positive tour with (along with performing as backing band for) Washed Out, ushered in another affiliated project into our consciousness with the promising… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 17, 2010 - 5:18 pm

Progress Report: Small Black

Name: Small Black
Progress Report: Mixing their debut LP with Rare Boom Room’s Nicolas Vernhes. It’s the followup to their self-titled EP.

Small Black kept a Twitter/Facebook log of their first few days of recording, though they rarely mention recording. Instead they listed facts like this:

“Delaware – Day… More »

By: jessica / August 5, 2010 - 3:07 pm

SXSW 2010: Thursday In Photos

On some nights you can fool yourself into forgetting that industry weeks like SXSW have shifted from being about discovery to being full-on music festivals. Yesterday was not one of those days. Aside from the always-on-point imprint True Panther Sounds’ top-to-bottom burner at Ms. Bea’s — giving us our first look at Hunx and Hi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 19, 2010 - 9:16 pm

SXSW 2010: Wednesday In Photos

Here’s a tip if you’re going to one of these industry festival type things: If IAMSOUND is having a party, you should attend that party. Just like this past CMJ, the L.A.-based imprint owned their night, pulling together an eclectic lineup that showcased the right bands, all having a moment: Scott already posted some videoMore »

By: Amrit Singh / March 18, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Washed Out/Small Black/Pictureplane @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 3/7/10

Some MP3s and videos you might wanna check out in this one. But first, backstory: Right around CMJ 2K9, Ernest Greene dropped by NYC’s Santos Party House for a one-off show as the one-man button pusher behind the hazily grooved pop reveries of Washed Out. With the industry getting into gear for its annual spring… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 8, 2010 - 5:30 pm

New Small Black – “Kings Of Animals”

When premiering Small Black’s “Bad Lover,” we accompanied the MP3 with the catchy J&MC-echoing pop tune “Despicable Dogs,” its Washed Out remix, and plenty of background information on the duo of ex-Slowlander Josh Kolenik and Ryan Heyner and their self-titled EP. Now Transparent’s releasing a “Despicable Dogs” 7″ that includes a new song, “Kings Of… More »

By: brandon / November 3, 2009 - 3:00 pm

CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman’s record release party at the Elevated Hole, a Chelsea loft owned by the Yale English Dept. chair Michael Warner. The room was a perfect foil for Doveman’s candlelit Conformist material, along with guest… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am

CMJ ’09: Thursday In Photos

On Thursday at CMJ the xx played theIr 66th and 67th shows of the week — one at the Apple Store SoHo, another as the “x-rated” secret guest at the horribly delayed, horribly sweaty Club NME showcase at the Delancey. The sound dudes couldn’t get it together, the subterranean, reverse-gradient pit is perfect for sweltering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2009 - 11:27 am

CMJ ’09: Wednesday In Photos

As far as full-on noon-to-2AM marathon set hunting goes, Wednesday’s spread won’t be topped this year. In addition to bringing us memorable sets from two bands we’ll be watching much more closely in Sleigh Bells and Golden Silvers, the day delivered solid lineups at every turn. I joined photographer Jessica Amaya at ForceField’s day party… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 23, 2009 - 11:30 am

CMJ ’09: Tuesday In Photos

Despite the pre-CMJ buzz that this year was gonna be a buzzkill — or maybe because of it — so far the fest has turned out a surprising number of notable new artists, sets, and showcases. You can’t see all of them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. So while Scott, Brandon, and I… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 22, 2009 - 12:09 pm

New Small Black – “Bad Lover” (Stereogum Premiere)

A few years ago a band called Slowlands had a few of us convinced they were on to something great. That band was built on crystalline guitars, glockenspiels, laptops, all very much in the spirit of those days, but none of the literal bells or whistles affirmed its being tipped for greatness like the writing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2009 - 1:29 pm
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