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The Forms (Feat. Matt Berninger) – “Fire To The Ground” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Even without the above headline you’d recognize the voice on “Fire To The Ground,” a track from the Forms’ Derealization EP, a collection that revisits and revamps material from the band’s first two LPs. Here, Matt Berninger replaces vocalist Alex Tween as part of an overhaul of the older track “Redgun.” “Fire To The Ground”‘… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2011 - 3:41 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

The Forms – “Fire To The Ground” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

The Forms’ forthcoming Derealization EP reimagines material from the band’s first two LPs. Ironically, it’s these revisitations of older material that have revealed a newly vital band. When posting “Steady Hand” — a remake of the Forms’ “Bones,” from their self-titled, second LP, fronted in this new instance by the fluttering operatics of Andrew Thibaldeaux… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2011 - 5:05 pm

The Forms Return With EP Featuring The National, Dirty Projectors, Pattern Is Movement, Craig Wedren

The Forms, now the duo of vocalist/keyboardist Alex Tween and multi-instrumentalist Matt Walsh, are releasing a new “remix” EP, Derealization, in February. The six-song collection features instrumentally reworked versions of older material and a number of guests: The National’s Matt Berninger, Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent player Daniel… More »

By: brandon / November 17, 2010 - 12:43 pm

The ‘Gum Bowl: The Outtakes Reel

After rolling out this video series in which we met the bowlers, watched the first round of the tournament and championship match, there’s only one respectable place to go: all the tequila shots and genitalia euphemisms that for some reason our video editors felt weren’t germane to clips about charitable bowling. Might wanna plug i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2010 - 10:13 am

Takka Takka Cover Phil Collins

The second installment of Guilt By Association comes out in February. In case you don’t remember Vol. 1, the compilation featured contemporary indie bands covering so-called “guilty pleasures.” Of course, the problem with these sorts of things is that the “guilty pleasures” have generally written timeless classics that outshine the contemporary band’s not timeless oeuvre. More »

By: brandon / November 20, 2008 - 10:58 am

The Forms/Free Blood/Reggie Watts/Apes & Androids @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/30/08

After Apes & Androids’ recent Hiro-ics, I recognized their live show was “going-on-legendary.” You know what? Friday night’s legend comes without qualification. There’s lots to love about these glam men, but what impresses me most about the Apes & Androids audio/visual experience is the patience and intelligence with which it’s been conceived. Either that or… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 2, 2008 - 12:46 am

The Forms Cover Nirvana @ Gothamist’s 5th Birthday Party

Friday night we made the trek out to Union Hall in Brooklyn to help our friends at Gothamist celebrate five fine years of broadcasting NYC news into our RSS readers. Congrats, -ists. Of course, it wasn’t just the birthday cake that lured us; with an ill bill featuring Pattern Is Movement, DJ Craig Wedren, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 18, 2008 - 3:22 pm

Pattern Is Movement @ Cake Shop, NYC (The Forms CD Release Party) 10/30/07

Pattern Is Movement deserve your worship. If you like unorthodox, polyrhytmic pop music that pushes back. Last night’s party at Cake Shop — in celebration of the well documented return of the mighty Forms — brought us in contact with a new obsession; devouring every bit of Pattern’s back catalogue, ’cause it’s clear… More »

By: Stereogum / October 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Stereogum Does CMJ: The Forms/Goes Cube @ Midway, NYC 10/20/07

There isn’t much more we can say about for the Forms at this point, so we’ll recapitulate as succinctly as possible: You should be listening to this band. And, shit, if their Midway show was a sign of their road readiness (national tour starting this week), then you should be seeing this band… More »

By: Stereogum / October 22, 2007 - 4:21 am

Marla Hansen/The Forms/Doveman/Elvis Perkins/The National @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 10/12-13/07

Took us a few weeks, but finally we hopped the L across the river and had ourselves a night at Bowery Presents’ renovated-Northsix digs. Actually, we had ourselves two of ‘em — on account of the National’s drawing power, yes, but also on account of their great taste in opening acts. Lots of… More »

By: Stereogum / October 15, 2007 - 3:22 pm

Stereogum Presents… Drive XV: A Tribute To Automatic For The People

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By: Stereogum / October 2, 2007 - 2:54 pm

Stereogum Presents… Drive XV: A Tribute To Automatic For The People

After OKX, our 10-year cover tribute to the Radiohead classic OK Computer, we soon began narrowing the list of prospects for our next celebratory project: sifting, sorting, debating, etc. But when we realized we were approaching a decade and a half since the release of R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People (originally released 10/5/92)… More »

By: Stereogum / October 2, 2007 - 12:30 pm

8. The Forms – “Ignoreland”

The Forms On “Ignoreland”
“There is much talk these days about the death of the album and singles being the future, but Automatic For The People is one of the best arguments to be made for preserving the album format. In theory, an album is supposed to be something more than a mere collection of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 25, 2007 - 3:27 pm

Quit Your Day Job: The Forms

Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but most of our favorite bands seem to have jobs, so it’s only a matter of time before they end up at Quit You Day Job. Stereogum’s never been shy about loving The Forms, one of New York City’s most underrated rock crews, so we were… More »

By: brandon / September 19, 2007 - 6:07 pm

The Forms – The Forms

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By: Stereogum / August 17, 2007 - 2:55 pm

New Forms – “Knowledge In Hand”

Somewhat silly that our first post on NYC’s most under-appreciated band came via viral vid (four hands + one guitar = 90210 theme song), but the Forms last (and only) record — the breathtaking post-hardcore gem Icarus — came out in ’03, and we were but a lowly LiveJournal account back then. (And in fairness,… More »

By: Stereogum / August 17, 2007 - 2:26 pm

Steve Albini’s Pick For Most Overlooked Band (And Suggestion For Fans Of The Forms): The Desert Fathers

That poker forum thread in which Steve Albini mystically appeared to dish, rather curiously, on his prolific past as indie-rock studio god was a veritable treasure trove of too much information to process — but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try. The poker players were surprisingly well versed in the annals of Albini lore, and… More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2007 - 4:30 pm

Four Hands + One Guitar = 90210

We love the Forms, and you will love this. While you can catch the Steve Albini-produced indie rockers for free at the South Street Seaport in NYC at their show with the National and Takka Takka this August, you must watch the band’s Jackson and Brendan Kenny bring it back to the days of Dyla… More »

By: Stereogum / May 31, 2007 - 2:00 pm