Julian Casablancas has teased the release of a new album from “Julian Casablancas + The Voidz” via a new YouTube album preview, which you can watch below. Brooklyn Vegan notes that Casablancas + The Voidz are billed at Fader Fort and the Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street at SXSW this week, so maybe this is a new band for the The Strokes frontman? Presumably, they’ll play in Casablancas’ solo slot at Governors Ball this year.
I’ve lamented a bunch about how I’m not down at SXSW this year; so much so that I probably seem like a whiny, entitled caricature of North Brooklyn hipster-dom. I’m embarrassed. Humiliated, really. I’m usually deriding that sort of behavior, not exhibiting it; and for that I apologize, wholeheartedly, to all of you in the blog-o-sphere.
While you might relate to my South-by-envy, I’m asking you to take a a step back and think about things. It’s really not so bad. We’re in New York City, for fuck’s sake. It’s the breeding ground for buzzable shows. We’ve got more music venues in one non-descript warehouse in Williamsburg than pretty much every midwestern state put together. And guess what? It turns out that there’s a ton of great shows going on this week in spite of all of the hullabaloo down in Texas.
Grab a Monster Energy Drink/Tito’s Vodka cocktail and a Dorito/mystery meat hybrid gordita, SXSW Music begins today! It’s time to step out of that Air-BnB suite and into a magical world of free E-cigs and experimental Taco Bell binging!
Okay, so if I sound a little bitter with all the buzz-marketing digs, it’s just because I’m up here in New York this year freezing my ass off with the rest of ya. I think you can understand that I’m a little bummed out that I’m missing out of five nonstop days of beers, buzzbands and the only socially acceptable forum in which to consume Dorito Loco tacos, unabashedly. Oh yeah, and networking. I think SXSW is supposed to be sort of about that.
Anyway, here’s The “Most Buzzed” shows of SXSW that I’d probably hit up if I were shuttling towards the city in a taxi from Austin/Bergstrom now, instead of rotting away in Bushwick.
SXSW may have grown up, but the underground is still alive, with hundreds of unknown bands set to hit Austin stages this week. Meet the thrashy Austin-based Future Death.
Who They Are: Future Death are the Austin-based bubblegum thrash-punk project of Alton Jenkins and Bill Kenny. They added bassist Jeremy Humphries and vocalist Angie Kang to round things out into a proper band on their self-released debut EP last summer.
One of the best performers in NYC, rapper Mykki Blanco, will bring her unmatched stage presence to Glasslands on March 31 for the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Afro-Punk. Red Bull shows are always notable because they’re just $3 with RSVP ($10 without.)
Check out Mykki’s new cut “Wish You Would” below. Frequent collaborator Brenmar produced it, and it features vocals from Princess Nokia.
Most of the country’s creative and entrepreneurial classes are down in Austin, TX this week for the cultural-orgy of music, tech, film and of course, marketing opportunities more commonly known as SXSW (or endearingly, as South-by.) If you’re back here in NYC, it means you want to stab your eyes out every time you look at your social media feeds. But really, it’s not THAT bad.
Full disclosure: the My Social List team aren’t down in Austin this year (for the first time in our history!) We’re up here in the cold trenches of NYC with the rest of ya. But that doesn’t mean we can’t party like we were in Austin, right? RIGHT?????
Right. We’re here to keep you abreast of all of the cool things to do all week that don’t involve eying your twitter feed with South-by-envy. We’ll let you know when those buzzable SXSW bands are playing New York, because everyone plays New York. Remember, SXSW is great, but NYC is basically SXSW all year. Erm… except for the weather. And chicken-fried steak. Whatever… we’ll get through this together.
If you ARE down in Austin, we’ll have some coverage of what we think the best showcases are this year, and who the can’t miss acts are.
Thurston Moore isn’t too fond of Jezebel for chastising his thinly-veiled admission to having an extra-marital affair with his current girlfriend Eva Prinz, which lead to his divorce from Kim Gordon. He’s taken to Facebook to deride the publication as “gender facism.”
Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i’m sure they’re having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they’ll glean the complexities of real life and love. Read More
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is heading into it’s thirteenth year of sun-soaked Manchester, Tennessee recklessness with another stellar bill topped by the likes of Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White. It’s hard to say, but this might be the best-booked ‘roo yet. Don’t believe me? Check out each year’s Bonnaroo lineup below and make the call yourself. Also, I guessed at what Pitchfork would have rated each year’s fest, because everyone loves Pitchfork.
Photo via DNAinfo
Secluded hipster beach haven Fort Tilden was one of the areas of the Rockaways hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, and it’s been closed ever since the storm hit back in October of 2012. Some good news today though, it should be open in time for the 2014 beach season!
The popular beach at Fort Tilden is scheduled to open this summer as work began Thursday on repairs and cleanup from Hurricane Sandy 16 months after the historic storm, according to a spokeswoman for the National Parks Service.
A spokeswoman for the National Parks Service, Daphne Yun, said work began Thursday to clean up damage from the storm, and it should be open in time for the 2014 beach season. Read More
Man, it feels like forever since Japanther played a show. The last time they played, 285 Kent was still open, there was no such thing as normcore, we had a different mayor and not even an INCH of snow had touched the ground. Last November is a pretty long time ago here in New York.
Anyway, Japanther are headlining one of our favorite venues, Saint Vitus, on Sunday night (3/9) with Tiny Moving Parts, Tournament and Radical Discharge. If you’re averse to the darker, demonic and/or sludgy sounds that typically pump out of the Vitus PA, this increasingly more common punk showcase is the perfect opportunity to see what your G-train ridin’ friends have been raving about over the past couple of years. Coleman Bentley agrees, as you’d expect.
While Japanther never need an excuse to play, this show has some purpose; they’re readying the release of a new album, Instant Money Magic, which is due out April 15 via Seayou Records. That means they’ll be playing new songs, like their single “Do It (Don’t Try It)” which just debuted over at Noisey. Check it out below.