2011 Pitchfork Festival Tickets On Sale NOW

Taking place from July 15th to 17th, Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago will feature such premier names as Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, OFWGKTA, and Yuck. Single-day passes are3 going for $45 each and all-weekend passes for $110.

Buy tickets at http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com and check out the lineup (so far) below. Be sure to get tickets soon as last year they sold out in five days.

FRIDAY
Animal Collective
James Blake
Das Racist
Curren$y

SATURDAY
Fleet Foxes
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Woods
Sun Airway
Kylesa

SUNDAY
TV on the Radio
Cut Copy
Deerhunter
Destroyer
OFWGKTA
Yuck

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Pitchfork Music Festival Announces Dates

It magically became March without giving people enough time to take notice and summer already seems palpable.  What does that mean? FESTIVALS.  The music industry is definitely embracing the cash cow that is the summer indie music festival — Coachella has evolved (devolved?) into a clusterfuck with Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza in tow.  So many choices, such expensive tickets, increasingly questionable headliners…

Well, at least you know what to expect from the Pitchfork Music Festival, going down July 15-17 at Union Park in Chicago.  They haven’t announced the lineup yet, but browse their “Best New Music” page to get a general idea.

Best Coast, Destroyer, Girls, Joanna Newsom, The Radio Dept., Wavves, OFF!, Smith Westerns, Cut Copy, Das Racist, Walkmen, Curren$y, Ariel Pink, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Robyn, and James Blake will most likely all be there; throw in some classic post-punk acts like Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, and Wire and you have the initial lineup for the most predictable festival on the circuit.  But the best part is, this mock lineup fucking delivers. And tickets are only $45 for single-day passes and $110 for three-day passes.  Throw in delicious food from local eateries, a full record store, and various local art, clothes, and trinkets for a well-rounded Chicago experience.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, so if this all sounds appealing, schedule! transfer funds! make travel plans!

Darwin Deez Releases Free Willy Wonka-Sampled Rap Mixtape

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Darwin Deez has been incredibly busy lately, having spent much of the last year releasing incredibly infectious and off-kilter pop songs, while winning acclaim for his eponymous freshman album, which is set to release in the U.S. on February 22, via Lucky Number. Deez has sold out numerous shows- winning over audiences across the world, and surely becoming one of the most offbeat and cherished pop stars in recent memory. So how does an artist go about following up such epic feats?

Well, when you’re Darwin Deez, you go back to the studio and create a full length rap mixtape called Wonky Beats– created entirely from samples from the 1971 surrealist children’s classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” of course.

For the new project, Deez recruited friends like Dev Hynes, KOOL AD from Das Racist, and Chiddy Bang. In addition to downloading the entire mixtape for free, five lucky winners will also find inside their zip folder a Golden Ticket- redeemable for the grand prize, a lifetime supply of Darwin Deez music, as well as tickets to local Darwin Deez headlining shows.

Take a listen to one of Wonky Beats‘ catchiest tracks, “Where’s The Chocolate” by clicking here.

On top of all of this excitement, Darwin Deez is also taking to the road this month- check out the full list of tour dates below:

2/1 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Friends)
2/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge (w/ Friends)
2/4 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (w/ Friends)
2/5 – Denton, TX @ Hailey (w/ Friends)
2/7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe (w/ Friends)
2/8 – Nashville, TN – The End (w/ Friends)
2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Spring Street Firehouse (w/ Friends)
2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (w/ Friends)
2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Friends)
2/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (w/ Friends)
2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Friends)
2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (w/ Friends)
2/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage (w/ Friends)
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Friends)
2/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Friends)

Gordon Voidwell To Play Some Shows, Offer Remix Contest

Since releasing The Voided Checks Mixtape things have been going swimmingly for Gordon Voidwell. He’s received national acclaim for his original material AND tracks he’s produced for others (including Das Racist and a remix of Twin Shadows).

Now Voidwell has announced he will be playing a couple of New York shows later this year. Along with live performances, Voidwell wants to see how well you can remix. He’s teaming with Indaba to challenge all of you to remix his song “Ivy League Circus”. There are even prizes! (Click here for what you can win).

If you haven’t heard “Ivy League Circus” yet, you can catch the 80’s-inspired video right here.

Gordon Voidwell // “Ivy League Circus” from Cantora Records on Vimeo.

If you’re in the New York area, catch Gordon Voidwell right here:

12/01: New York, NY @ Wired Pop-up Store, 626 Broadway (Girlie Action Holiday Party)
12/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw

NYC’s Weekend Show Roundup!


Cloud Cult, Fort Wilson Riot @ (le) poisson rouge

VHS or Beta (DJ Set), Das Pop @ Brooklyn Bowl

The Chain Gang of 1974, Sigmund Droid, Yanqui @ Glasslands

Devo, The Drums, The Neon Trees @ Hammerstein Ballroom

DOM, The Smith Westerns, Yellow Fever, Total Slacker, Sweet Bulbs @ Station 171

Frightened Rabbit, Plants and Animals, The Phantom Band @ Terminal 5

Allo Darlin @ The Rock Shop

Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, The Union Line @ Webster Hall

Delicate Steve, Golden Ages, Crinkles, Lawrence Welks and Our Bear To Cross @ Cake Shop

The Dresden Dolls @ Irving Plaza

Robbers on High Street (as ELO), Black Dragon, Blue Album Group, Gross Relations @ Mercury Lounge

The Felice Brothers, Adam H. Stephens of Two Gallants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Das Racist, The Beets and more! @ Ridgewood Temple

Modern Mystery Holiday Party Part Two

Ah, Welcome to part two of Modern Mystery’s Holiday Party! Today we have some very special guests, including an indie up and comer, and a music journalist that inspired me to write. Yes, I’m excited about this! Prepare yourself for the sequel, and there is more on the way tomorrow. Enjoy!


James Wells- The Gay Blades

Top 10 Albums of the Year

Nothing really moved me this year, so there’s some singles in there…

– Kevin Devine “Brother’s Blood” – Still the best lyricist around, if a bit wordy.
– Jay Z “The Blueprint III” – Party jams for days.
– Metric “Fantasies” – BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM.
– Why? “Eskimo Snow” – only because Why? is so fucking awesome.
– Electric Six “Kill” – Great tour mates!
– Friendly Fires “Kiss Of Life” (Single) – Its that good….
– Portugal The Man “Satanic Satanist”
– Millions of Brazilians “MoBz EP”

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

Finding out my estranged little brother overdosed on Heroine and died.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Setting up my xmas tree. Seeing other xmas trees set up. I understand that means that all those folks without xmas trees don’t provide me with what I love most, but its kind of like, how I prefer brunettes over blondes. Ya know?

Jason Nesmith-Casper the Cookies

Top things I liked this year

1. Faust at the 40 Watt / Faust workshop
It was as if Heather MacIntosh brought Athens an enormous present. It gave people that enormous-ribbon-sporting-brand-new-car-in-the-driveway feeling.

2. Os Mutantes live
I didn’t know what to expect, but it was certainly not to be blown away by an unashamed display of guitar pyrotechnics that would make Santana weep. Sometimes kids need to be reminded that knowing how to play really, really well doesn’t preclude them from making strikingly original music.

3. Beatles mono remasters
This is how remasters should be done. Except less expensive. If as a child I’d been deaf to their siren call to a life in music I would’ve learned a more lucrative trade and been able to buy both box sets and the Rock Band. Psych on me.

4. Pylon Chomp More reissue
It’s so nice to hear this record restored to its full, glorious potential.

5. Aquaserge- unreleased third album
The best new music I heard all year hasn’t even been released yet. This band will renew your faith in progressive music.

6. Playing a show with Karl Blau and Lake

7. St. Vincent / Pattern Is Movement concert

8. Yo La Tengo- Popular Songs

9. Venice Is Sinkning- Azar

10. Big Fresh- BFF

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

A few crazy things happened. I watched the public’s value of music sink to an all-time-low. Musicians that were able to break even through touring and record sales in 2008 are now unable to do so. Maybe someday soon we’ll all be singing songs around the campfire again.

In New Orleans, Jandek came to our show. Jandek. Came. To. Our. Show.

But the weirdest thing that 2009 brought was far more serious than any of that. Athens lost many great musicians in sudden and unexpected circumstances. After two years of knowing Randy Bewley, I felt like I’d only just gotten to befriend him when he was suddenly taken from us. The day after his memorial service Athens had about 7 inches of snow dumped on it. We can’t wait to get rid of this year.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

During the holidays even the crustiest old people allow themselves to be child-like. If it weren’t for Christmas lights I would be far more depressed in December, as I am in January and February.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rob Sheffield-
Legendary Music Writersongs:
Adam Lambert, “Mad World”
Beyonce, “Halo”
Das Racist, “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Zero”
The XX, “Crystalised”
Jarvis Cocker, “I Never Said I Was Deep”
The Horrors, “Sea Within A Sea”
LaRoux, “Bulletproof”
Lady Gaga, “Lovegame”
Mogwai, “Scotland’s Shame”

albums:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz
Franz Ferdinand, Tonight
The XX, The XX
A Place To Bury Strangers, Exploding Head
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Japandroids, Post-Nothing
The Dream, Love vs. Money
The Horrors, Primary Colours
Black Dice, Repo
Sunset Rubdown, Dragonslayer