What the Heck?! New Pinegrove Album Out on 9/28 (Friday)
Pitchfork just released a very in-depth and well written article about Pinegrove and the “sexual coercion” that encircled Evan Stephen Hall (I don’t know you, Jenn Pelly, but you did amazing job on this). In the article it is explained that the front man tried to push the victim away from her relationship and wouldn’t take no for an answer that resulted in sex.
Whether it was Evan’s fault or if the decision was in the victim’s hands to sleep with Evan, is up to you to decide. I don’t have the brain capacity or the proper knowledge to take a side here. We can all agree that what happened was terrible, though.
The band took a hiatus and Evan is still in therapy to this day. One quote that really struck me was, “We don’t want listeners who are like, ‘We don’t care about this sort of thing,’” Hall added. “We care about this sort of thing. I’m way more sympathetic to people who are like, ‘I don’t understand this situation, it seems fucked up, fuck this band,’ than people who are like, ‘I don’t understand this situation, fuck this situation, I love this band.”
This personally pushed me back over to the Pinegrove side.
Within the article, it is revealed that Pinegrove will be releasing a new album really soon. Really soon as in Skylight will be dropped tomorrow! 100% of sales (The band is self-releasing the album) will go to charities and foundations that support everything from suicide prevention to helping musicians with mental health.
Cardinal which came out in 2016 was one of the most acclaimed albums of the year. It’s going to be interesting to see the direction Skylight takes.
Definitely take the time to read the emotional and deep Pitchfork article and hopefully you are just as excited about the new album as I am.
Shame on KEXP
Can we just take a minute and think about how great KEXP live performances are? The sound quality, stage setup, the show talent – it’s just dynamite. Really enjoying these live shows the legendary radio station puts on.
South London band, Shame made a visit to Seattle in May and they killed it with their live KEXP performance. If the group’s energy in this performance could be bottled up, it could probably power 1,000 Teslas for a month. The production of the performance is just as perfect as the sound. Really like the back and forth between Kevin Cole and the group. You can tell the dude really appreciates and values their music.
“Dust On Trial”
Weezer – Riot Fest – 9/14/2018
Have you ever gone to shootaround before an NBA game? You know how every single shot that goes up, goes in? Well that’s Weezer. Bucket, after bucket, after bucket. They make playing live seem almost too easy.
Weezer were pulled into playing at Riot Fest after injury struck Travis Barker and Blink 182 (They actually covered “All The Small Things” at the show) had to cancel. The show they played featured all the hits and was lights out. The band went straight into it with “Buddy Holly” to open and ended up playing 20 songs that included all the fan favorites and 5 covers. One of the more unique parts of the show was when the band covered “Always Together” by The Turtles. This cover featured a break half way into the song that resulted into a snipped of “Long View” by Green Day. It was a double cover.
Weezer’s stage presence was outstanding. Rivers played the audience like a conductor. Riot Fest featured two large stages nearly right next to each other. In one instance, Rivers disappeared from one stage and appeared on the other. There he played two song that were played solo and with acoustic guitar. The first was Weezer classic, “Island in the Sun” and the other was a cover of “Take On Me” by A-ha.
Weezer has just mastered the live performance with song selection, being unique, and having fun with the crowd. I don’t know if there is a better headliner for a music festival.
Car Seat Headrest in a Led Zeppelin Song
This will probably be one of the dumbest posts here, but hear me out. Give it a chance.
Will Toledo wasn’t even close to being born when Led Zeppelin recorded “Going to California” in 1971, but I swear to you he’s in the song. For 9 seconds, there’s an ounce of Car Seat Headrest in the song.
You hear that? Exactly at 3:18-3:27 that echo like vocal is Will Toledo. Okay it isn’t, but it kind of sounds like him. I’ve been listening to too much Car Seat Headrest at work.
Ridiculous Mac DeMarco Drawing
Just had to share this impressive drawing of Mac DeMarco. The drawing took +30 hours to make and it is quite spot on. Apparently, it was shared with Captured Tracks and they took a liking to it!
Here is the Instagram of the creator along with their Reddit link if you want to check out more!
Revisiting La Blogotheque’s Phoenix “1901” – Take Away Show
La Blogotheque is a YouTube channel that features some of the best and most intimate music sessions around. One of my personal favorites is the one with Phoenix and their performance of “1901”. The band plays with the Eiffel Tower in the background surrounded by a collection of people who include a couple soon to be married.
For whatever reason the circling of the camera on Thomas Mars’ finger gets you pulled in instantly. The person filming continues this technique throughout the duration of the song. At one point the cameraman backs away and you see decent sized crowd observing the show. A bride and groom are present dressed up, flowers and all, enjoying the show. At the end of the song, the groom is seen talking to members of the Phoenix where he says he recognized them and owns a CD of theirs. Talk about right place at the right time! This video was filmed over 9 years ago, but it’s to this day, one of those music sessions you can enjoy over and over again.
Balkans – “Troubled and Done”
Balkans were a four-piece group from Atlanta, Georgia. Back in the day, Spin Magazine actually them named one of their best new 5 artists for June 2011. A bit after that, the band went on hiatus. During that time, guitarist Frankie Broyles went to go play with Deerhunter (another A-town Band) for their Monomania album. Although they didn’t do anything for years – they officially folded in January of 2017.
Their self-titled debut album Balkans is just a rockin’ album.
“Troubled and Done” starts off with a short guitar riff before the drums and the rest of the instruments and vocals kicks in. The lyrics aren’t wonderful, but the song is made memorable with neat guitar riffs and fast paced tempo. It would have been interesting to see this band grow and develop further with more releases. Man, what could have been…
Anyway, You Should Probably Listen to “Troubled and Done” by Balkans.
Daddy Yankee Hotel Foxtrot!
A collaboration like no other! Daddy Yankee and Wilco are set to release Daddy Yankee Hotel Foxtrot! This was one of those where you take something you really love and just murder it. Just look at Mr. Yankee perched up on top of my beloved Marina City. Credit Johnny O.
The music video for “Overthrown” By Oh Sees is absolutely terrifying
The San Francisco rockers just released the music video for “Overthrown” off their latest album, Smote Reverser. Let me tell you, it’s some prime nightmare fuel. I think it was the clay man who’s face/head split in half and melted OR the pig thing licking the decaying head of a caveman that really got me. I mean its clay and all, but oh mama! The epilepsy warning in the beginning is no joke either as my eyes almost fell out of my head. The song is a real loud one and shows off the new direction the Oh Sees have shifted over to.
See for yourself, here’s the music video for this loud banger –