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This is turning into quite a week. First my man hits me with Hugh Masekela's The Boy's Doin' It LP and and and a copy of Black Flag "Louie Louie b/w Damaged I" on Posh Boy and then I find out two of my fave dudes on the wearables front... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Dispatches from the Greater Lower Manhattan 5 Borough Politburo: On Sunday May 22, the Knitting Factory (proletariat must dance in factory) will host its third GYPSY ROCKER MASSIVE. Conspirators in the plot to dismantle monolithic uni-culture of chromatic athletic sneaker/t-shirts and ideologically unsound haircuts include: the Minister of Reckless Culture... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
On the bummer front, the Social Registry recording artists Blood On The Wall's 5/22 show with Deerhoof at Northsix was cancelled after guitarist Brad Shanks got into "somewhat serious bicycle accident involving an automobile on last Sunday night." The very fantastic news, according to the SR website, is that "Brad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
NYC misfit rockers the Witnesses got back from Upstate to play a quick set at theQueens of Noize curated "Gilded Voyage Of Sin" party last night. According to their bassist, the group was holed up in a haunted farm house for two weeks with enough medicine to help them deal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
The new Belle and Sebastian singles compilation Push Barman To Open Old Wounds aka the Jeepster years aka the soundtrack to Professor W.H. Galperin's Romantic Lit class at Rutgers circa 1998 comes out today. Now that the OG copies of these singles are fetching a penny down on the indie... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
I had the chance to check out the new Minutemen documentary We Jam Econo last night at Lincoln Center and after the screening, I realized I learned some things. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Word just arrived that 2/3 of the Unicorns(singer/gits man Nicholas Diamonds and drummer J'aime) have started a new pop project called Islands. While the two are still battling it out on the mic with their hip-hop thang Th' Corn Gangg, those left puzzled by the wam-bam-no thank you breakup of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
I arrived at the Gang Gang Dance show at Bowery Ballroom totally blank. No desire to report or even to observe. I wanted to experience. The line up was decidedly art rock and I wanted to hear what the performers had to say. A suppression of the ego on my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
The great white wonder of the North (ok, Boston), surrealist MC/producer/dilettante de jour Edan is going to be at performing a set tonight at the great wonder of the West (ok, the meatpacking district), APT. On the strength of his latest psych-tinged mind bubble bubble music banger Beauty and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Sorry I haven't been updating this site too often lately. But for what it's worth, here's a short list of what's been bumping at Simple Mission HQ these past few weeks. Klaxons Myths Of The Near Future (esp. "Golden Skans") Spacemen 3 Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Friday night kicked off with a rock in a sock style assault from Clockcleaner, an obnoxiously shredding trio from the Midwest Philly that wouldn't sound at all out of place on the Touch & Go roster circa ’87. In between picking fights, making offensive jokes and fucking with me for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Seeing that the dudes from Music For Robots were nice enough to curate a free show at the Knitting Factory with my favorite new band in NYC, I figured the least I could do was go. As always, the Rabbits killed it with a six pronged attack heavy with percussion,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Bonde kicked off the show, but the rubber never quite hit the road, ya dig? Chalk it up to the room being half-full, but the all mania that usually surrounds a Bonde show was nowhere to be found last night. The band tried to pull out all the stops (jumping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
I kicked off the weekend with seeing once and forever Simple Mission hermanos the Locust. Nine-plus years after the first time I saw them (in Cambridge, Mass w Jenny Piccolocirca ’97) they still kill it every time they come around. For me, it's not so much about getting lost in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Some worthwhile things: Saw Hot Chip on Thurs. I was into it, but it wasn't one of their best shows. The Voice did a nicer, more positive review. I went to a benefit show last night. One of my favorite dance producers/performers, Joakim, is coming to town on Friday. Stay... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
This Friday, one of my most favorite dance producers, Joakim, will be lighting it up at Studio B with his band the Ectoplasmics as part of my man Eamon's FUN party. Joining Joakim will be a killer line up of DJs: Tim Sweeney, the Bangers and Eamon himself. Peep the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
I've been to no less than eleven or so Wolfmother shows and although I've seen them truly destroy (Bowery last year), my boys had been a little flat the past few times I caught them (opening for Gov't Mule, their gig last November at Hammerstein). My expectations for how great/not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
One of the best things I did recently was move Patrick Wolf's The Magic Position from the (theoretical, I'm all digital, with the exception of vinyl) "albums I should listen to" pile to the "albums I deeply, truly am fucking with" pile. My repeated explorations were rewarded and now I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
When I wrote a feature on Entrance three years back, the Baltimore based outsider electric warrior described what he did as "hardcore blues". At the time, he was mostly playing self-penned acoustic tunes that borrowed liberally from old blues standards and covers of old blues standards shot thru layers of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
You can't knock the hustle, but due to yesterday's craziness and the influx of new readers, the Simple Mission fact checking department did want to correct a tiny mistake made during the rush to get that ISLANDS music out to you. Yesterday afternoon, my man Dan over in Montreal informed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Message to the internationalist massive: the Balkan Beat Box crew will be rolling into town this Wednesday to play two shows at Joe's Pub. More of an event than a band, BBB features Ori Kaplan and Tumar Muskat (the two co-conspirators from last year's excellent Gogol Bordello vs Tumar Muskat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
If I were to spill the beans about how I managed to sneak this slab of digital contraband past the interweb border patrol, I could be looking at ten years with Beans, no joke. Actually, I'm just playing ’bout that, but after hearing this incendiary blast of gypsy punk that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
It's true. After a few weeks spent spreading the rebel gospel with his band Gogol Bordello, DJ Hutz is returning to the Bulgarian Bar tonight with a gunny sack full of newbalkanoreggeatonflamencoukrainianrebel jams for the NYC internationalist massive. It's going to be bananaz. Seriously intense. Prepare yourself by copping the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
I know it's been a minute since the last Simple Mission exclusive dropped, but I can assure you that this one was well worth the wait. And so without further ado, I present to you exclusive new music from the mighty NYC rock trio Blood On The Wall. Expect to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission
Bianca Casady, who has been performing and writing songs with her sister Sierra in the group CocoRosie for a hot minute now, has found a new partner. Well, a new partner to operate a truly killer record/dvd/book label with at least. The name of this new venture isVoodoo Eros, which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at The simple mission