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by Vijith Assar

23 Oct 2009

YACHT
DFA Records Showcase
Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn
“We are the new stepchildren of DFA,” is how Jona Bechtolt put it, and he’s right on the money.  The guts and gusto of his band are at times obviously distilled from his label’s parental figure, LCD Soundsystem, but only some of those elements worked.  Chunky industrial kick drum sounds: yes; Travolta-in-Grease programming thereof: no.  Some of the group’s lineage here is questionable, and although mutts typically make great pets, that doesn’t mean you should bother trying to mate a lab with a marmot.

 

James Murphy
DFA Records Showcase
Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn
Uh oh, papa’s home.  I’m still a little astonished that I didn’t spend Murphy’s entire DJ set wishing it was an LCD Soundsystem performance
instead, but he arrived swinging hard with glitzy house, falsetto-laden nu-disco, and golden time capsule obscurities.  Montana Sextet, anybody?  Predictably, the younger contingent bum-rushed the door the moment he started upstaging his new protégés. Let’s hope they stick around next time. I’ll need a crowd for cover in order to get away with stealing his iPod.

by Rob Horning

22 Oct 2009

I’ve always been skeptical that a person’s sense of direction is an empirically measurable thing, and that someone can have a better sense of direction than someone else. I’ve always tended to think that those with a self-professed “bad sense of direction” were just too lazy to think about what they have decided is someone else’s problem. Directions? That’s for the chauffeur to worry about. Not being able to read a map seems like it’s not some innate shortcoming but a product of indifference. And the ramifications of this fundamental negligence merely continue to multiply as the ability to orient oneself becomes more and more pertinent. To plead a poor sense of direction is to confess a craving for dependency.

Perhaps I’m unsympathetic to the directionally challenged because I’m never afraid to get lost. It strikes me as an inconvenience at worst and in most cases an opportunity for discovery. I usually don’t hesitate to take an exit, any exit, off a freeway if the road is congested—tangling with surface streets is all part of the fun and the only way to get to know a city. Getting to scrutinize maps is half the reason I take driving trips anywhere. I like unearthing short cuts, even when they are to places I’ll never need to go. I think makes me exude some sort of palpable navigational confidence, because I tend to get asked for directions in cities I am only visiting—even abroad in countries where I don’t speak the language.

by Eleanore Catolico

22 Oct 2009

Performing at the Hoxton Hotel in London, indie rockers Wild Beasts have put their full live concert online, featuring songs from their most recent album, Two Dancers. Get a glimpse of the show by watching Wild Beasts perform “Hooting & Howling” and “All the King’s Men” now.

by Eleanore Catolico

22 Oct 2009

The boys of Jamaica Plain, MA, Caleb Johannes and Eric Farber, make up Truman Peyote. Drawing on the inspiration of music collectives like Breakfast of Champs, Truman Peyote mashes up genres as craftily as basket weavers weave baskets. Their new song, “New Wife, New Life” is Animal Collective-tinged, pulsating with tribal chant and sampled helter skelter. Download “New Wife, New Life” here, and check out more of their tracks on Truman Peyote’s MySpace.

by Eleanore Catolico

22 Oct 2009

Watch Pearl Jam give a relentless performance of “The Fixer” on Austin City Limits, along with a nice PBS spot on the history and impact of the show.  Eddie Vedder’s bristly bravado does not disappoint.

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