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2011 October | The Audio Perv - Part 4
Archive for October, 2011
28 Oct

By Michel R Dussack

“Who’s playing upstairs? The Naked and Famous? Who the fuck are they?”. These were the words out of Billie Joe Armstrong’s mouth in between songs as a dance beat vibrated the ceiling right about his head. Regardless of the fact that The Naked and Famous had ended their set over an hour prior to this statement, it drew cheers from the faithful crowd of 350+ crammed into the absolutely tiny Studio at Webster Hall to witness Green Day’s Halloween show. The fact that a band with one album was playing the four times larger main floor of Webster Hall should give you a good hint at how intimate this show was. The show was announced around 10am the day before, and tickets were put on sale at noon, meaning many people didn’t even know about this show until well after it was sold out. Take into consideration the fact that tickets sold out in mere seconds, and even those who did know about the show were lucky to grab a pair of tickets to arguably the most in demand show this year.

When the band took the stage at 11:45 (after a brief opening spot by a band whose name sounded like No-No Spot), it was obvious they weren’t kidding about it being a Halloween celebration. Armstrong looked like a cross between Beetlejuice and Jack Skellington, drummer Tre Cool was dressed as a fairy (tutu and wings included), and bassist Mike Dirnt came out as a bloody zombie. The band started the night off slowly with a mellow version of “The Monster Mash” which had some lyrics of “Basket Case” thrown in for good measure, but after that, they were firing on all cylinders for the rest of the night. With a yell of “Happy Halloween motherfuckers, now let’s get fucking crazy!”, the band ripped into a plethora of new songs. “Let Yourself Go” was an absolutely outstanding track, and one of the highlights of the entire main set. It also seemed to most notably show that perhaps, this next album won’t be the politically charged music that we’re all now so used to from Green Day. Lines such as “shut your mouth because you’re talking too much and I don’t give a fuck anyway” prove that although the band has matured, they can still have fun and more importantly, write songs that don’t deal with heavy concepts. “Carpe Diem” is a pounding tune, one with an easily singable chorus and seems like it will definitely be on of the songs to make it onto the album.

“Stay The Night” was another new track that would be criminal to overlook when the time comes to choose tracks for the next album. Curse words aside, it seems destined to become a single, as well as a giant arena anthem on the next tour. At some point during the set, the band played a frantic and chaotic cover of The Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments”, that worked well in such a small and enthusiastic crowd. Armstrong would go on to ask the crowd later on if they wanted to hear “The Misfits song again”, and then even later on said “Fuck it, let’s play The Misfits song again”. Dirnt playfully reminded Armstrong that this was the third time they were playing it, but that it was such a short song that it hardly even counted. However, it was obvious that no matter how much the crowd was enjoying the newer material and covers, they were craving older cuts and it would seem they would get their wish when Armstrong mentioned how people cling to the older material like “a sacred cow” and promised to play an older song. The older song however, was not even technically one of Green Day’s songs, but rather “Stop, Drop and Roll” by The Foxboro Hot Tubs (Green Day’s not-so-secret side project). The hardcore fans in the crowd loved it, finally getting the chance to scream every word along with the band, instead of trying to learn a chorus of a new song as the band played it.

“Hybrid Moments”

Later on, a snippet of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Elvis was played though it seemed rather lost of the younger crowd. “Makeout Party” was introduced as a song about, well, sex. This song was the perfect example of Green Day just having fun without relying on politics to fuel their music and though a chorus of “It’s a make out party to another dimension” might not make sense on paper, that doesn’t stop it from being a great song. One of the more humanizing moments of the night was when Armstrong noticed someone dressed as Robert Pattinson (it was a Halloween party after all) and jokingly told him “I’m sorry you just didn’t make the cut” of the American Idiot movie, both acknowledging and proving the rumors false that he was picked to star in it. The biggest reaction that the main set got came in the form of another Foxboro Hot Tubs number, “It’s Fuck Time”. The crowd exploded, fists were in the air, and it seemed that everyone knew all the words to a song that hasn’t technically been released. The main set quickly ended, though not a single person moved, all eagerly awaiting an encore.

The band returned to the stage quickly to play “Murder City” off their latest studio album “21st Century Breakdown”. When a crowdsurfer crashed into Armstrong’s mic and knocked it over, preventing him from singing the second verse, the crowd happily took over the vocals for him as the band continued through the song. Green Day continued with material that progressively went further into their back catalog including “Letterbomb”, “Hitchin’ A Ride”, “Geek Stink Breath”, “She”, “Welcome To Paradise”, and “2000 Light Years Away”. With each song, the crowd got rowdier and rowdier, eventually culminating in as big of a mosh as you can fit in such a tiny basement. The last ‘official’ song they would play was “Paper Lanterns”, though the band welcomed back two female vocalist from the beginning of their set and closed the show with the only way they could – by playing “The Monster Mash” of course.

“Hitchin’ A Ride”

Say what you want about Green Day and argue all you want about whether or not they’re “punk”, but two things remain. The first is that the band never fails to deliver live. They played a two hour set filled with tons of unreleased tracks and deep cuts from nearly their entire back catalog, something that some bands don’t manage to do in an arena, let alone a club. The second is that these guys genuinely care about their fans. They played this two hour set, in a venue that holds a crowd that is a tiny fraction of what they normally play to, and they did it all for $20. They didn’t do this show to make money. They did this show to test out the new material to see what the crowd enjoyed, and more importantly, they did it for the fans. And that’s what really counts.

Photo courtesy of @GreenDayMind

28 Oct

Although it was less than a minute long, it was great to see Sleeper Agent featured in the Snapshot feature of last night’s Last Call with Carson Daly.

Watch it here if you missed it:

28 Oct

ATO Records is excited to announce the release of the new studio album by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Entitled Area 52, the record was produced by the legendary Peter Asher and will come out on January 24, 2012. Area 52 contains nine of Rod and Gab’s favorite songs from their own catalogue re-arranged and re-configured for a 13-piece Cuban orchestra comprised of some of Havana’s finest young players, collectively known as C.U.B.A. It’s Rodrigo y Gabriela‘s first recorded collaboration with another group of musicians.

Area 52 was mixed by Rafa Sardina, one of the leading studio musicians in the Latin music world, and arranged by London-based pianist, composer and arranger Alex Wilson. Recording took place in the Miramar district of Havana, Cuba, at Abdala Studios, founded by the Cuban folk hero Silvio Rodriguez, as well as at Rod and Gab’s studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Other players on the record include: bassist Carles Benavent (Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea, Miles Davis), drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, White Zombie), sitarist Anoushka Shankar and drummer Samuel Formell (Los Van Van).

“The album is called Area 52 because we felt like Mulder and Scully approaching this — it was just a crazy idea, to see if a big Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark. We knew it was out there, everyone has heard of Area 51, but we wanted to take it a little further,” Rodrigo says. “We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an experiment,” he continues. “Okay we knew the producer, and had spoken to the arranger on Skype; but we didn’t know the musicians or the studio, or Cuba for that matter.”

Fresh from scoring Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Hans Zimmer, Rod and Gab headed for Cuba in the summer of 2010 armed with their guitars, unplayed arrangements and a sense of intrepid trepidation. They had met Asher, known for his work with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, 10,000 Maniacs, Diana Ross and others, as well as doing A&R at Apple Records, while working on Pirates of the Caribbean and came up with the idea for Area 52 shortly thereafter.

Asher says: “Rodrigo and Gabriela are two of the most extraordinary musicians with whom it has ever been my privilege to work. From Gab’s complex multi-voice one-woman rhythm section to Rod’s searingly creative lead lines, they are forging genuinely new, exciting and viscerally powerful music.”

While mindful of the rich history of Cuban music, Rod, Gab, Asher, Wilson and Sardina were keen to imbue the project with the vitality and brio that are synonymous with the fierce guitar duo. “We have great love and respect for the well known Cuban musicians,” says Rod, “but it was really important for us to seek out the best young players in Havana.” He adds: “Our music is high energy, high intensity; and we wanted guys who could interpret our vision and match our approach.”

With career sales in excess of 1.2 million albums, blockbuster movie scores, sell out world tours that span London to Los Angeles, Paris to Tokyo and Dublin to Sydney, and not forgetting the love and respect of fellow musicians like Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, Al Di Meola and L Shankar, Rodrigo y Gabriela have worked hard to reach Area 52.

The band will be touring throughout 2012.


28 Oct

The Fray performed “Heartbeat” and “How To Save A Life” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch both videos below:

28 Oct

GWAR performed “Hail, Genocide!” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below (if you dare)

28 Oct

Foster The People performed “Helena Beat” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up Torches on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

27 Oct

Who: Sleeper Agent

What: Appearing on Last Call With Carson Daly Tonight

Where: NBC

Why: The group’s debut release Celabrasion is out now

When: 1:35a EST / 12:35a CST

Celabrasion, the new debut album from Rolling Stone “Band To Watch” Sleeper Agent was released physically on September 27th on mom+pop music. Hailing from Bowling Green, KY, Sleeper Agent specializes in crafting hook-laden scuzzy garage-pop rooted in both soul and southern rock.

Early champions of the album, SPIN, described the album as, “A dozen deliriously catchy gems… the sound of high fives and Makers Mark spilling from the speakers.” Celabrasion was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, The Whigs) and reflects the easy camaraderie in the band. Citing the musical influence of The Strokes, The Pixies, T-Rex, and Jay Reatard, the band describes their music as akin to “The Ronettes on speed.” “We just want people to listen to the music and have fun,” says guitarist and vocalist Tony “Tutone” Smith.

Praise For Celabrasion…

“A dozen deliriously catchy gems… it’s the sound of high fives and Makers Mark spilling from the speakers.”


“In their retro paradise, Strokes guitars and Pixies power surges bump up against overheated Sixties-rock riffs, lusty Seventies bubblegum bluster and girl-group cuteness…”

Rolling Stone – 3.5 Stars, Featured in “Buy These Now”

These co-ed garage-rock saviors-in-waiting offer two minutes that sound like the most original – and forceful – introduction to a new band we’re likely to hear all year.”


“The Bowling Green, KY sextet’s coming-of-age track packs in energy, angst and ferocious instrumentation in slightly more than two minutes.”

Billboard on “Get It Daddy”

“Sleeper Agent’s album should come an “automatic favorite band warning” sticker…they are a band you stumble upon in some Southern bar at three in the morning and wonder why they’re not famousyet; a group of kids barely old enough to drink, yet steeped in the glam and gutter of their musical forebears. It’s not polished or glossy, but good guitar rock rarely is.”

MTV Buzzworthy

“Sleeper Agent are about to sneak up on rock ‘n’ roll and take it over… [Celabrasion] is a dreamy, deep collection of tunes that are as hypnotic as they are hook-y. Harmonies…careen with a sunny stomp that exudes indie grit and attitude at just the right moments. They’ve got boundlessness a la The Pixies with a modern panache that makes for one of the best debuts of 2011. It’s unforgettable alternative…”

Artist Direct


27 Oct

The Stepkids have returned to the the West Coast this week for a string of shows, fresh off their hugely successful run at CMJ (they were phenomenal at our awesome party at the Delancey!) and the support slot on last month’s tour with The Horrors. Performances at CMJ included a live-streamed set on MTV Hive and they were named a “band to watch” by all the big music sites and made it to the cover of The Deli’s CMJ issue.

YDownload the free EP “The Stepkids Live At Rubber Tracks” from their CMJ performance at the Stones Throw showcase here: http://bit.ly/uvbYiG

If you’re in California, catch the Stepkids starting tonight at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. If you don’t, you’ll have to jump on a plane to see them in Japan next.

“The Stepkids are the band you absolutely must see as soon as possible.”
- LA Weekly

Tour Dates
Oct 27 Costa Mesa, CA – The Detroit Bar
Oct 29 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Oct 30 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Nov 02 Tokyo, Japan – Unit
Nov 06 Osaka, Japan – Universe

About THE STEPKIDS – http://www.stonesthrow.com/thestepkids
The Stepkids’ groove is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. The Connecticut trio just released their self-titled debut album to critical praise (see press quotes below) via Stones Throw Records. The set was produced, engineered and recorded on a reel-to-reel by the band and they have received praise from Spin, Details, NPR, Pitchfork, Los Angles Times, Village Voice, MOJO, KCRW, CMJ, and more.

More love for The Stepkids

“Get transported to a ’70s acid-dream sequence on a flying shag carpet of falsetto coos, starry harpsichord, and soul- slap bass. Spellbinding” – SPIN Magazine

“Weird, wild, wonderful stuff.” – Under The Radar

“… impressively formed, iridescent soul songs.” – Pitchfork

“… none put on shows as visually stunning as those of the up-and-coming Connecticut band The Stepkids. Dressed in white from head to toe, the three main members…stand on stage, awash in waves of projected, kaleidoscopic light while producing their sublime, idiosyncratic brand of psychedelic soul.” – Details.com

“Listen to ‘Suburban Dream’ for a steady bug-out that could have easily been an outtake from Dark Side of the Moon, while ‘Legend In His Own Mind’ sounds like a syrupy, soulful ballad found on the reel-to-reel the morning after The Temptations’ heavy acid trip.” – KCRW

“The Stepkids want to take you on a tour of intergalactic grooves. ‘Shadows on Behalf’–the first single from the self-titled album–is psychedelia for the 23rd century.” – Utne Reader

“Legend In My Own Mind” Video:

27 Oct

Snow Patrol have re-recorded U2′s song ‘Mysterious Ways’ (listen below) to mark the 20th anniversary of the seminal album Achtung Baby.

The album has been re-recorded for a special CD, titled ‘AHK-toong BAY-bi’ and is available with this month’s Q magazine – Out Now.

The tribute album, sees the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, The Killers and Jack White, each tackling a track from the classic record just for this release.

The full track listing is as follows:

Nine Inch Nails – Zoo Station
U2 (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) – Even Better Than The Real Thing
Damien Rice – One
Patti Smith – Until The End Of The World
Garbage – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Depeche Mode – So Cruel
Snow Patrol – Mysterious Ways
The Fray – Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Gavin Friday – The Fly
The Killers – Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
Glasvegas – Acrobat
Jack White – Love Is Blindness

Snow Patrol – Mysterious Ways (U2 Cover) by Snow Patrol

27 Oct

Liars take a break from the studio, where they are currently recording the follow up to 2010’s acclaimed album Sisterworld to curate the Sonic City festival, De Kreun, Belgium happening this weekend October 28-30th.

The festival, now in its fourth year, has previously been curated by the likes of Deerhoof and Dälek, and takes place at De Kreun in Kortrijk, Belgium. The festival opens on October 28th with the European première of the movie KARP, a documentary about the now legendary underground band Kill All Redneck Pricks, directed by William Badgley.

For tickets and information visit: http://www.soniccity.be/Sonic2011.swf

October 29
Factory Floor
Chris & Cosey
Legendary Pink Dots
Mark Ernusius (rhythm & sound ft. Tikiman)

October 30
Washed Out
Tannhäuser Sterben & das Tod
Standish & Carlyon

www.liarsliarsliars.com / www.myspace.com/liarsliarsliars / www.mute.com / www.thesisterworld.com

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