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12 Oct
2012


By Ace Ubas

For Check Yo Ponytail 2’s latest show on Tuesday night at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, they brought together acts ranging from darkwave (Cold Showers) and psychedelic rock (Violens) to ear-blistering (or damaging) shoegaze garage rock (headliners DIIV). While the show itself didn’t draw a crowd big enough to meet Echoplex standards, the only thing that mattered was that the acts put on a show good enough for the crowd to enjoy with each playing a diverse style of music.

It was difficult to get into the Los Angeles-based band Cold Showers because initially, they sound like another chip off the old Joy Division block. It’s hard for bands to play in the vein of the gothic post-punk/synth-wave style without sounding like a bad rip-off of the forefathers. But with a keen focus on their performance, the band (which features highly impressive drummer Jessie Clavin of Bleached/ex-Mika Miko fame) actually stands out on their own. Yes, the influences are blatantly obvious, but they manage to put their own spin to it. Their sweeping guitar melodies are reminiscent of Twin Shadow’s retro take of the 80s, playfully intertwining with the stout rhythm section. Clavin’s tight drumming held the songs together and gave them a stronger pop while Jonathan Weinberg’s impressive baritone borders between Editors’ Tom Smith, Cold Cave’s Wes Eisold and the late Ian Curtis (albeit loosely) – and that’s saying something. Cold Showers put on solid performance that warrants their upcoming debut Love and Regret a listen.

New York’s Violens took the stage after and brought their psychedelic pop to the forefront. While their album True was a bit underwhelming, their live set proved to be otherwise. As expected, their set was carried by the dueling guitars of Jorge Elbrecht and Myles Matheny who seemed to feed off each other after every song. Their guitars harmonized really well and didn’t drown out one another. There were moments on multiple songs where they harmonized the lyrics by singing different lines at the same time. While at times it would emphasize the jangled, reverb-heavy guitar work, it mostly came off as muddied and inaudible that got drowned out in the mix. The highlights came during songs “Totally True” and “When to Let Go,” exemplifying the band at their best: early 80s dream-pop with distinguishable guitars and infectious melodies ala Lush.

By the time New York City’s DIIV took the stage, it was just past midnight which prompted vocalist/guitarist Zachary Cole Smith to joke “I know you all have school tomorrow so we’re going to play a little fast and get this over with.” Coming from him, it’s a bit ironic that he says that because on stage, he looks about the size of a high school student in an oversized sweater. But with his guitar he definitely plays a lot larger than his size suggests. Smith might be best known for his work in the lo-fi garage rock band Beach Fossils, but with DIIV, he has a musical outlet can potentially surpass the former.

DIIV (which also consists of guitarist Andrew Bailey, bassist Devin Perez, and drummer Colby Hewitt) began their set that paralleled the sequencing of their debut album Oshin. Opening with the instrumental intro “(Druun)” and following with “Past Lives” and “Human,” they made it clear what their live M.O. is all about: fucking loud and fucking fast. Those two traits were exemplified best on “Air Conditioning.” The first half of the former is carried by a heavy, undulating bass and krautrock-esque percussion. But they extended the song a couple of minutes longer that morphed into as a psychedelic jam session. Smith ended up adding a couple of new lines to the song and showing off his ferociousness by screaming some notes, as if the music couldn’t get any louder (not a complaint, mind you). While guitars primarily serve as the foundation of DIIV’s songs, “Doused” is the lone exception with a striking bass groove that stays prominent throughout the duration of the song. Knowing that the bass could still be heard added much-needed depth to their set.

What made DIIV one of my favorite new acts this year is how they can maximize the brevity and repetitiveness of the lyrics by surrounding it impressive musicianship such as on “How Long Have You Known.” The minimal and catchy lyrics are enough to get your attention and swim around in your head for awhile, but it’s the blistering and crisp guitar-work that gets you to simply rock the hell out.

“This is our slowest song” stated Smith before diving into “Wait.” On record, yes it’s their slowest song, but definitely not live. Judging by the mosh pit and crowd surfing going on throughout their set, it’s best that DIIV doesn’t have a slow song. Although one guy that performed a crowd dive could’ve worked on his form as Smith judgingly quipped, “pathetic stage dive.”

What I thought would be a shoegaze/dream-pop-esque set turned into basically a psychedelic punk rock show, which was not a bad thing at all; it’s one hell of a surprise. The only other surprise was that their headlining set ran under 40 minutes. But what can you do when you’ve already gone through your catalog? Even one of the members admitted that “we actually don’t even have any more songs.” But at least they tossed in a raucous cover of Nirvana’s (a band that inspired their namesake) “Bambi Suicide” to fill-out their set.

Any time a band such as DIIV steps on the gas with their music in a live setting in contrast to their album and not hit any bumps along the way is an impressive feat. OK, that’s not entirely true since the blaringly loud guitars did tend to drown out the vocals a couple of times. But even in a sea of reverb and delay, the melodies still floated to the surface without losing a breath. If you ask me, I wouldn’t be surprised if DIIV swims further than Beach Fossils in the near future (OK I’m done with the water-related puns, I promise).

29 Jul
2011

Recorded for Japan is a compilation album containing songs recorded between April and June 2011 to aid the victims of the earthquake, resulting tsunami, and nuclear emergency that happened on March 11th, 2011 in Japan. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this compilation will go directly towards the continuing recovery and reconstruction effort, specifically the Japanese Red Cross. The album features the contributions of Acrylics, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beige, Chairlift, Erika Spring, Ice Choir, Kurt Vile, K. Heasley, Kuroma, Pablo Picasso, Patrick Cleandenim, Regal Degal, R. Stevie Moore (feat. Members of MGMT), and Violens.

The digital-only compilation will be available on Aug. 4, 2011 worldwide. (Listen to the sampler below)

The majority of the songs on Recorded for Japan were recorded and mastered at Vacation Island Recording studio, Brooklyn, NY, and otherwise recorded by the artists themselves. Artwork by Max Hooper Schneider. This album has been a genuine group effort, made possible by the generosity of the artists, recording studio and labels involved. Japan continues to need our help and your purchase is greatly appreciated.

Track Listing

01. Beige – Focus*
02. R. Stevie Moore (feat. Members of MGMT) – You Are Too Far From Me*
03. K. Heasley – Belief Match
04. Ice Choir – Two Rings (Hard Mix)
05. Chairlift – The Chase (Propaganda cover)
06. Pablo Picasso – Whip*
07. Kurt Vile – Been Searchin’
08. Kuroma – Running People
09. Acrylics – Sparrow Song*
10. Violens – When To Let Go*
11. Erika Spring – 6 More Weeks (Vacation Version)*
12. Patrick Cleandenim – In My Baby’s Eyes (After Dark Version)*
13. Regal Degal – Excuse Me Who Am I Talking To?*
14. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Thespian City (Live)

*in-studio performance

http://recordedforjapan.spinshop.com/

BUY IT HERE – $7.99

03 Dec
2010

Violens is currently on the home stretch of their tour of Europe and the UK with The Drums, and will play a homecoming show in NYC next Saturday December 11 at Santos Party House! Light Asylum and Caveman will open.

Violens / Light Asylum / Caveman
Santos Party House
96 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013
18+

Ticket Link

Violens also have a new little video clip to share that features one of the highlights of Amoral, their song “Trance-like Turn”!
http://www.violens.net/clips/

Violens
Amoral
(Friendly Fire / Static Recital)
Street date: Nov. 9, 2010

01 The Dawn of Your Happiness Is Rising
02 Full Collision
03 Acid Reign
04 Are You Still In The Illusion?
05 It Couldn’t Be Perceived
06 Until It’s Unlit
07 Violent Sensation Descends
08 Could You Stand To Know?
09 Trance-Like Tum
10 Amoral
11 Another Strike Restrained
12 Generational Loss

http://www.violens.net

http://www.myspace.com/violens

28 Oct
2010

Just in time for Halloween is the the brand new video from Violens for the song “Violent Sensation Descends”. Directed by Alejandro Cardenas, it is the first video from Violens’ debut full-length Amoral, out November 9 on Friendly Fire. It’s a bit reminiscent of the 70′s Italian horror films of Dario Argento, and is nice macabre little treat for Halloween. Enjoy! The band is also playing a handful of shows in early November, see dates below the video

Violent Sensation Descends from Violens on Vimeo.

TOUR DATES

11/05 Chicago, IL – Schubas
11/06 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11/07- Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel
11/08 – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
11/09- Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs

Violens
Amoral
(Friendly Fire / Static Recital)
Street date: Nov. 9, 2010

01 The Dawn of Your Happiness Is Rising
02 Full Collision
03 Acid Reign
04 Are You Still In The Illusion?
05 It Couldn’t Be Perceived
06 Until It’s Unlit
07 Violent Sensation Descends
08 Could You Stand To Know?
09 Trance-Like Tum
10 Amoral
11 Another Strike Restrained
12 Generational Loss

www.violens.net

www.myspace.com/violens

22 Sep
2010

Second Wave of CMJ 2010 Artists Announced

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The next round of CMJ artists have been announced. Interesting to see that Phoenix’s show at Madison Square Garden on October 20th is part of CMJ. Check out the lineup below:

1995 • +/- • 2 Cow Garage • A Classic Education • A Life Once Lost • A Million Years • Acid Washed • Acid Westerns • Adam Haworth Stephens • Adult Themes • Afternoon • Agent Ribbons • AIDS Wolf • The Aikiu • Air Waves • Alcoholic Faith Mission • Alessi’s Ark • Alexandra Richards (DJ set) • Alfonso Velez • All Out • Aloud • Ambassadors • Andrew Belle • Andrew Cedermark • Andrew Vladeck • Andy Davis • Angus & Julia Stone • Anita Maj • Anni Rossi • Anthony Jeselnik • Apollo Run • Appomattox • The Armchairs • Arms & Legs • The Arms Akimbo • Arpline • Art Of Fresh • The Art of Shooting • Asa Ransom • Asobi Seksu • At Sea • Atomic Tom • Atypicals • Audacity • Autodrone • Auto-Matic Vaudeville • Autumn Owls • Ava Luna • Avey Tare (DJ set) • The Aviation Orange • Azealia Black • Baby Copperhead • Bad Books (feat. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra) • Bad Cop • Balance and Composure • Battle Circus • The Bamboo Kids • Baptized In Blood • Baths • Bayside • Beach Fossils • Bear Hands • Bears of Blue River • Beau Jennings • The Beauties • Beauty Feast • The Beauvilles • Bebe Fang • Ben Allison • Ben Talmi • Bewitched Hands on Top of Our Heads • The Big Big Bucks • Big Freedia • The Bigger Lights • Bikini • Billy Nayer Show • Binary Marketing Show • The Black Atlantic • Black Cherry • Black Feelings • Black Label Society • Black Sheep • Black Taxi • Blackbells • Blackbird Blackbird • Blaire • Blip Blip Bleep • Blood Red Shoes • Bloodgroup • The Bloodsugars • The Blow • Bo Burnham • Body Language • The Bogmen • Bonfires • Boom Boom Satellites • Boot Camp Clik • Bottle Up & Go • Boy Crisis • BRAHMS • Braids • Brass Bed • Brent Arnold • Br’er • Bridges and Powerlines • The Broadfield Marchers • Brodinski • Bronze • Brothers Frank • Built By Animals • Calibro 35 • Canasta • The Canon Logic • The Capstan Shafts • Car Bomb • Care Bears on Fire • Carl Palmer Band • Carusella • Cast of Cheers • Casxio • Caveman • The Chain Gang of 1974 • Chainsmokers (DJ set) • Chamberlin • Champagne Champagne • The Chapel Club • The Chapin Sisters • Chappo • Charlotte Sometimes • Children of Bodom • Chip Fu • Chris Bathgate • Chris Cubeta and Liars Club • Christian Rich • Christina LaRocca and Heavy Weather • The Cinnamon Band • Circle Pit • City Riots • The Class Machine • Click Clack Boom • Cloud Nothings • Clutch • Cobra Skulls • Cojoba • The Colonels • Comanche • Communist Daughter • Conversion Party • Coolrunnings • Corin Tucker Band • Cotton Jones • Coyote Eyes • Craig Wedren • Crayon Fields • The Cringe • Cubic Zirconia • Cults • Cute Is What We Aim For • Cyndi Harvell • Dada Trash Collage • Daily Bread • Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr • Dan Black • Dangermaker • Daniel Pujol • Daniel Wayne • Danny Ross • Darien Brockington • Dark Dark Dark • Darren Hanlon • Das Racist • Dash Rip Rock • David Dallas • David Dondero • David Vandervelde • DaVinci • De Staat • Dead Heart Bloom • Dead Leaf Echo • Dead Man’s Clothes • Dead To Me • Deakin • Dean & Britta • The Dean’s List • Dear Comrade • Death on Two Wheels • Debutaunts • Delicate Steve • Deluka • Denison Witmer • Dennis Padula • Dent May • Derik Foreal • DeScribe • Devin Therriault • DeVotchKa • Dharma Bums • Diamond District • Diamond Doves • Diamond Rings • Diehard • Dinosaur Feathers • Dinowalrus • Dirty Penny • Disembodied • Diwon • Dom • Dominant Legs • Dominique Young Unique • Drazy Hoops • Dream Diary • Dred Scott Trio • Drink Up Buttercup • Drop the Lime (DJ set) • The Drums • Drunken Barn Dance • Dujeous • Dylan LeBlanc • Earatick Statik • Earthless • Eisley • Eklin • Electric Tickle Machine • Elizabeth and the Catapult • Elk City • Ellis Ashbrook • Emergency Service • Emergency Service • Emil & Friends • Emilie Simon • Emily Long • Eprhyme • Erin Barra • Eternal Summers • Everything Everything • Everything Is Terrible • Excepter • Extra Lens • Fabulous DIamonds • Fake Problems • Family Cactus • Fan-Tan • The Feens • The Feiros • Fenech-Soler • Feral Children • Ferraby Lionheart • Fifth Nation • Filligar • First Aid Kit • The Flatliners • The Fleshtones • The Flower Machine • Foam Castles • The Foot • Forro in the Dark • Fort Wilson Riot • Four Tet • Francis and the Lights • Frank Dukes • Frankie and the Heartstrings • Franz Nicolay • Freddie Gibbs • French Horn Rebellion • Freshkills • From A Fountain • The Front Bottoms • Frontier Brothes • Futurebirds • Gamble & Burke • Game Rebellion • Gary Lucas • Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates • Generationals • Gentleman Jesse and His Men • Ghost Ghost • Ghostface Killah • Giant Cloud • Goes Cube • Gold Streets • Golden Animals • Golden Bloom • The Golden Filter • Good Kids Sprouting Horns • The Good Natured • Good Old War • Grand Hallway • The Great Collide • Greg Barris • Greg Dulli • Grillade • The Grip Weeds • Grooms • Grouplove • Guards • Guitars • Guy Blackman • GZA • Hacienda • Hall of Justus with Big Pooh, Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Jozeemo, & Roc C • Hammer No More the Fingers • Hank & Cupcakes • Harper Blynn • Hazard Adams • Heavy Birds • Heavy Cream • Hedgehog • Heidi Spencer • Helmet • Heypenny • His Mischief • Hollis Brown • Holy Boys Danger Club • Holy Ghost • Honeychild • The Honeymoon Thrillers • The Honors • Hoodie Allen • Hopewell • Hot Lava • Hot Press • HotChaCha • Houses • How To Dress Well • Howlies • Huasipungo • The Hush Now • Hussle Club • Hypernova • I Am Oak • I Led 3 Lives • I Love Monsters • Ian McLagan • The Idle Hands • I’m Turning Into • In Cadeo • Incan Abraham • Incognito • In-Flight Safety • Iron Age • Ivan Julian • Ivri Lider • Izabo • Jack Skuller • Jackson Wetherbee • Jaill • James V McMorrow • Janka Nabay • Jared Evan • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit • Jason Simon (Dead Meadow) • JD Souther • Jean Grae • Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher • Jessica Mayfield • JessUbline • The Jezabels • Joel Plaskett • Joey Ryan • John Grant • John Shannon • John Vanderslice • Johnny Flynn • Johnny Marnell • Johnny Whitney • Jonny Hirsch • Jradio • Jukebox the Ghost • Julia Easterlin • Julius C • Justin Townes Earle • Kaiser Cartel • Kate Rogers • Kate Tucker • KAV • Keepaway • Keepaway • Kelley McRae • Kelsey • Kendra Morris • Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band • K-Flay • Kids of 88 • Kiko Klaus • Kill Krinkle Club • Kinch • Kinetix • Kiss Kiss • Kisses • Kittens Ablaze • The Knocks • Koli Calhoun • Kopecky Family Band • Kosha Dillz • The Krays • Kris Gruen • Kudu • Kurt Braunhouler • Kyle Rapps • La Big Vic • La Sera • La Strada • Langhorne Slim • Last Chance to Reason • Lavish • Lawrence and Leigh • Lawrence Arabia • Le VICE • Leeroy Stagger • The Left (Apollo Brown, DJ Soko, Journalist103 • Leo Blais • Lesands • Lia Ices • Lido Lido • Life and Times of • Life Size Maps • Light Pollution • Lights Resolve • Like Trains and Taxis • Lily & the Parlour Tricks • Linfinity • Liptease • Lisa Bianco • The Lisps • Lissie • Little Fish • Little Racer • Little Teeth • The Lives of Famous Men • Living Days • Long Division • Loomis & the Lust • Lord Huron • Los Doggies • Love Trio (Bill Han, Jesse Murphy, Kenny Wolleson) • Lower Dens • The Lucid • Lucius • Lugriphonic • Luluc • The Luyas • Ma Mentor • Madison Ave Boys • MAE • Magestic Legend • Magic Bullets • The Main Street Gospel • Majorleans • Mama Bear • Man Benu • Manic Bloom • Marco Polo with Torae & Ruste Juxx • Marie Stella • Marit Larsen • Mark Kelly • Mark Mulholland • Marz Lovejoy • Math the Band • Matt Duke • Matt Mays • Mayday • McAlister Drive • Me and My Arrow • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes • The Megaphonic Thrift • MegaRex • MEN • Michael Daves • Midnight Spin • Mikix the Cat • Milagres • Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson • Million Young • Mimicking Birds • Miniature Tigers • Miniboone • Miniboone • Miracles of Modern Science • Mirror Queen • Miz Metro • Modern Rivals • Moe Green • Mon Khmer • Monogold • Morning Teleportation • Moss • Motel Motel • Mother/Father • Moto Boy • Murder Mystery • Mussels • Muy Cansado • My Dear Disco • My Jerusalem • My Other Friend • The Mynabirds • Naam • Naam • Nada Surf • The Narrative • Nathan Halpern • Neek The Exotic feat. Large Professor • Neon Hitch • Neon Indian • Netherfriends • Neutral Uke Hotel • Nevermore • New Collisions • New Look • New Morning • Nicky Egan • Nicos Gun • Nightmare & The Cat • Nikki Lane • Nit Club • No Abuse • No Joy • No Surrender • Non-Commissioned Officers • None More Black • Not Blood, Paint • Nottz (w/ special guests) • Oberhofer • Oceanographer • Octant • O’Death • Oh Land • Old Canes • Old Wives • One Be Lo • Onili • Onra • The Orbans • O’Spada • The Pack AD • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart • Parallels • The Parties • The Pass • Patent Pending • Paul and the Patients • Pearl and the Beard • Penguin Prison • Penrose • Pepper Rabbit • Pete Rock • Peter Hadar • The Phantom Band • Pharoahe Monch • Philadelphia Grand Jury • Phoenix • The Photo Atlas • Pictures of Then • Pillow Theory • Planet Ubiquity • Plates of Cake • Plushgun • Pocketknife • Poingly • The Poison Control Center • Pomegranates • Ponderosa • Poofy and the Bus Boys • Posso the DJ • The Postelles • Powell • The Press • Pretty & Nice • Priestess • The Prigs • Prince Rama • The Protomen • Prudence Teacup • PS I Love You • Psalm One • Quest For Fire • Quiet Loudly • Rabia • Radical Dads • Radio Radio • Rah Digga • Raj and the Mash • Ramirez Brothers • Random Recipe • The Rassle • Ravens and Chimes • Reckless Sons • Red Mass • Red Wire Black Wire • Reggie Watts • Reggie Watts • REGO • Reign of Kindo • Reni Lane • Reptar • Restless People • Re-Tros • Revolver • Rich Aucoin • Richard Barone • Ringo Deathstarr • Rival Sons • River City Extension • Robbers On High Street • Robbie Gil • Robert Lester Folsom • Rocky Business • Rope • Ruby Frost • S. Carey • Saadi • Sagol 59 • Saint Motel • Salem • Santah • Sarah Jaffe • Sarah Lee and Johnny Iron • Savoir Adore • Scott Kempner • Scott Lucas and the Married Men • Screaming Females • Screens • The Seedy Seeds • Senor Tadpole • Senses Fail • Setting Sun • Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned • The Shake • The Shake • Shapes • Shark? • Shayfer James • Shayna Zaid • Sheek Louch • Sheridan Fox • Sherlock’s Daughter • Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers • Shinobi Ninja • Shortwave Society • Shrag • Sin Orden • Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds • Sisters • Sky Larkin • Skyzoo & !llmind • Slow Animal • Slow Motion Centerfold • Small Black • Smile Smile • Smoke Fairies • Smoke Or Fire • Smoosh • Snak Rattle Rattlesnake • Snake Rattle Rattlesnake • So So Glos • Social Studies • Soft Black • Soft Reeds • Soko • Soldiers of Fortune • Southpaw Jones • Sparky Quano • Spectre Folk • Spirits of the Red City • Squim • Stand • The Star Department • Starcode • Static Jacks • Stef Lang • Stevans • Steve Gunn • Street Chant • Strife • Strong Arm Steady • Sun Airway • Sunglasses • Super Mirage • Superfortress • Superhumanoids • Surfer Blood • Susanne Sundfør • Suuns • Swethook • Swingset Committee • Syvia • Tabi Bonney • Taken By Trees (DJ set) • Tall Tall Trees • Tamar Eisenman • Tamar Haviv • Tamar Kali • Tamaryn • Tanya Morgan • Tape Deck Mountain • Taysha Busay • Team Facelift • Teenage Bottlerocket • Teletextile • The Tellers • Ten Feet Deep • Tennis System • Tens of Thousands • Thieving Irons • Third Wave Bandits • This Condition • This or the Apocalypse • Thrushes • Title Fight • Title Tracks • TJ Di Hitmaker • TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb • Tôg • Tony Joe White • Tooth Ache • Tournament • Toy Soldiers • Trademark • Travelling Band • Tristen • Turbo Fruits • Turkuaz • Two Door Cinema Club • Two Tears • Ty Segall • Uncle Bad Touch • Unicycle Loves You • Univox • UNKLE • US Royalty • Vagina Panther • Vanaprasta • Vandana • Vandaveer • The Vanguard • Vanity Theft • Viernes • Viernes • Villa • Violens • Viva City • Viva L’American Death Ray Music • The Volebeats • Voltaire Twins • Von Pea • Vonnegutt • Waking Lights • The Wandas • We Are Country Mice • We Are Trees • Weird Owl • Western Civ • Whale Tooth • White Arrows • White Belt Yellow Tag • The Whitsundays • Wild Moccasins • Wild Nothing • Will Stratton • Willie Nile • Windings • Winterlings • Wise Blood • Wise Girl • Witch Hunt • The Woes • Woodsy Pride • Woven Bones • The Xcerts • Xylos • YC and Sene • Year of the Tiger • The Yes Way • The Yes Way • Y-Love • Young Adults • Young Mammals • Young Man • Young Nick Krill (of The Spinto Band) • Young Prisms • Young Rival • Young the Giant • Yuck • Yukon Blonde • Yuksek • Zach Hurd • Zachary Cale • Zambri • Zamza • Zo! • Zowie