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by Eleanore Catolico

16 Nov 2009

Listen to Solange covering the Dirty Projectors’ definitive track, “Stillness Is the Move”, from the lauded Bitte Orca. Solange’s version is more mellow than the band’s signature herky-jerky rhythm, but it’s still a respectable nod to Dirty Projectors’ awesome-beyond-awesomeness in 2009.

And the original…

by Mehan Jayasuriya

16 Nov 2009

“It’s great to play D.C.,” P.K. 14 frontman Yang Haisong said, “because growing up, we were very influenced by the D.C. hardcore scene.”  A lot of bands say this sort of thing when playing the District but few have the privilege of saying it when Ian MacKaye is within earshot.  It should come as no surprise, however, that local punk luminaries were in attendance at Govinda Gallery on Saturday night.  Word had spread about the revelatory performances delivered the previous night, when two mainstays of Beijing’s burgeoning underground rock scene played to a sold out crowd at the Velvet Lounge.  The show was part of a tour organized by American photojournalist Matthew Niederhauser, whose book Sound Kapital documents Beijing’s music scene, which looks to be one of the most vibrant and fertile in the world.  As part of the opening for an exhibition of Niederhauser’s photographs, Govinda Gallery in Georgetown hosted repeat performances from P.K. 14 and Xiao He.

by Mehan Jayasuriya

16 Nov 2009

Clearly, Cold Cave is a band that appreciates the value of mystique.  Nearly all of their releases—of which there have been many—have been available only as extremely limited vinyl and cassette editions.  When they perform, they turn off all of the front lights and crank up the smoke machines, so that they appear as dark silhouettes.  They rarely utter even a single word to the audience and spend the bulk of their time on stage hunched over synthesizers.

by Rob Horning

16 Nov 2009

I have an essay up at Generation Bubble about the French anarchist manifesto, The Coming Insurrection. It’s mostly about how the dream of revolution has been replaced by the dream of self-actualization—an old, familiar story.

by Tyler Gould

15 Nov 2009

Morningbell
Sincerely, Severely
(Orange)
Releasing: 1 December

We thought Through the Belly of the Sea had a boatload of promise. See for yourself by buying some MP3s, streaming the album, or buying the disc when it comes out next month.

SONG LIST
01 Let’s Not Lose Our Heads
02 Marching Off To War
03 Hello, Dali
04 Soul Ma’am
05 Dancing In The Jaws Of A Lion
06 Stay In The Garden
07 The Blue Whale And The Fly
08 Sincerely, Severely
09 King Mango Strut
10 Pictures Of The Sun
11 Good Morning, I’m Here
12 Oh, Return
13 Shoot It Down
14 It Was All Mondays

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