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by Jane Jansen Seymour

9 May 2011

Moby’s only scheduled performance in the U.S. will be Thursday, May 12th at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City at 7:00 p.m. The evening includes an interview hosted by John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, as well as a preview of songs from the new release due May 17th, Destroyed. There will be a screening of Moby’s self-directed/produced Be the One EP videos and copies of his new book of photography available, also called Destroyed. Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $10 ($6 for members). Seating is limited; advance purchase recommended through

A video for one of the new songs, “The Day”, was recently posted on YouTube. Directed by Evan Bernard and eyeball, the eerie hospital scene features Heather Graham, Moby’s friend and new neighbor in Los Angeles. Graham is seen as a nurse and then an angel conquering demons in a metaphysical battle of good vs. evil. It’s one of the few tracks from Destroyed that Moby actually sings on, with a sweeping chorus inspired by David Bowie and Brian Eno’s production of Low and Heroes.

by Benjamin Aspray

9 May 2011

There seems to be no shortage of spring holidays with meanings obscured long-ago by the excuse they provide for excessive partying. For Americans, it’s Cinco de Mayo. For Europeans, it’s May Day. For just about everyone, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And for New York’s Buckwheat Groats (AKA Penis Bailey and Lil’ Dinky), it’s apparently Arbor Day, providing the excuse for a lot of things, only some of them even vaguely botanical. A sped-up new wave chorus, for example, with a blown-out, tree-sap-thick beat behind it courtesy of St. Louis producer Fatty Eisenhower. It also has hip-hop comedy that loves—and knows—its target. “Arbor Day Party” is as much an overstatement of party anthems as it is itself a great party anthem.

If it looks and sounds slightly luxurious (read: bacchanalian), it should, having been produced in part by Adam McKay/Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die after they saw the Groats making dinner and trolling for underage mallrats. Inspirational Verse: “Now it’s getting late, nitrous tank tapped out / Everybody blacked out / Looking like a crackhouse / People on the floor passed out with they ass out / DJ so high, he starts blasting Smash Mouth.”

by PopMatters Staff

9 May 2011

Battles have just released the video for “Ice Cream” from their eagerly awaited new album Gloss Drop, releasing 7 June. Following the record’s release, the band will appear at Pitchfork on 15 June and in Madison, Iowa City and Denver in the days following.

by Timothy Gabriele

9 May 2011

No idea why 22-year-old Essex producer Laplux named this track after Playboy model and former Britain’s Got Talent host Kelly Brook, nor should I bother trying to figure out why the official video is edited together from Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, but his music seems to lie between hypnagogic evocations of soul and R&B and the Brainfeeder brand of choppy wonky hip-hop. Lapalux’s album Many Faces Out of Focus from Pictures Music has sold out of its (seriously) 50 cassette run, but it is available to download at various outlets online.

  Kelly Brook by Lapalux

by shathley Q

6 May 2011

Radical’s forthcoming illustrated novel, Jake the Dreaming will be available for the iPad (and iPhone) around December 2011. I do know that it’s the story of boyhood, forever tilting at the world, reimagining the world as it adventures its way through. Jake discovers the power to walk into others’ dreams and save them from Nocturnus, the demon that would poison sleep forever. It’s also the story of technological shifts inscribing a new cultural story. And, speculating on 40 years down the line, it seems to be a story that will not need a second act.

[Download the preview of Jake the Dreaming.]

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