Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

Congratulations to Reigen! The last we heard from him was at Christmas but we were excited to read this from his Facebook and now can’t wait until Friday for what we’re guessing is “Play It Cool.”

It’s Official! I just sent my first ever real SINGLE to iTunes/Spotify/Google Play/etc… and it will be live for all of you on Valentine’s Day, THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 14th. This will mean I am officially a published artist. Thank you all so much for your support on the road to get to this point, it has been INCREDIBLE and I am so excited to share this song with you- I think you’re going to love it. I will be also releasing the MUSIC VIDEO on the SAME DAY featuring the stunning Claudia Veizaga, me and the love that is play it cool.

Thanks for making our holidays better!

Gosh. Hard to believe Bob Mould went solo from Husker Du 25 years ago with Workbook. And clearly, that’s as good a time as any to take a look back. Mould will release Workbook 25 in February which will feature an expansive look at his work along with live and bonus tracks on Omnivore Recordings. Workbook 25 will be released as a double-CD and as a double-LP. Originally a B-side, “All Those People Know” will be added as the bonus track to both versions. The live recordings are from Mould’s 1989 show at Cabaret Metro in Chicago and most of the tracks have never been issued until this release.

He’s also announced the following seven shows. As posted on Mould’s site, “long-time bassist Jason Narducy, will be performing selections with Mould from Workbook as well as other songs in Bob’s catalog that sit nicely alongside this album.”

Feb. 27: Noise Pop Festival, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
March 1: Old Town, Chicago, IL
March 2: City Winery, Chicago, IL
March 4: The Women’s Club, Minneapolis, MN
March 5: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
March 7 & 8: City Winery, New York, NY

Read the entire track list after the jump.

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The newest issue of Rolling Stone delivered one of many year-end lists of music, movies and television with some choice selections. We were particularly thrilled that Vampire Weekend topped their 50 best albums of 2013 list with Modern Vampires of the City where the band basically took themselves to the next level. From Rolling Stone:

It’s one of rock’s great albums about staring down adulthood and trying not to blink — that moment where, as singer Ezra Koenig puts it, you realize “wisdom’s a gift/But you’d trade it for youth.” The music is sculpted and subtly bonkers, with orchestral sweeps balancing hymnlike beauty and dub-inflected grooves.

And boy, is it. Heartfelt congrats to one of our favorites.
So how did queer artists do in the rest? Not too bad. Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork which featured a guest appearances by Sir Elton John and Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears came in at No. 6 while John’s The Diving Board was No. 25. David Bowie’s The Next Day ranked 16th. Tegan and Sara‘s Heartthrob managed No. 30 and Avicii’s True which featured Adam Lambert followed at No. 45.
And once we get our shit together, we plan to have a list up here soon. Who do you think should make our top LGBT releases for 2013?

Perhaps scarier than any haunted house or slimy monster is this Hidden Cameras video for “Gay Goth Scene.” High school kids taunting the outcast is no fun, but the drama is dynamic here as the popular crowd target the lone gay. With a small glimmer of hope by a fellow student, the 4:50 minute video is epic storytelling.

The band tweeted their remix just in time for Halloween by Austra’s Maya Postepski. Recalling Lil Louis’ “French Kiss,” the track is appropriately dark and haunting but without the weight of the original track and video. Which is almost a relief.

Watch the video and listen to the remix and read more about the song from the YouTube post after the jump.

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are making note of some out Latino musicians who have our attention. We hope you’ll contribute to the conversation by telling us some of your faves. And we aren’t just pointing out the obvees. We got a few artistsas locales who have really tugged our ear as well.

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We’re soooo jealous of Out in the City’s interview with John Grant because we’re convinced he has released THE. ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR. With at least one of the most telling albums of 2013 with Pale Green Ghosts, an interview with the musician may almost be unnecessary considering how open his lyrics are. But he, in fact, goes much further into his reasoning behind such great songs like “Vietnam” and “Black Belt” addressing issues with his ex and discovering his HIV status.

From Out in the City:

I ask him if he’d had any response from the ex boyfriend concerned. “Uh-uh,” he shakes his head. “I don’t expect to have any response. I mean… what’s-his-face that I keep writing about,” he chuckles, knowing how obsessive that may sound, “he doesn’t respond to anything, and that’s what hurt me so much. That’s what I wrote about in ‘Vietnam.’ But you know, I blame myself for everything. I may be lashing out at him, because that’s what a wounded animal does. I lash out at him on ‘Black Belt’ and list all of his flaws. But, you know, at the end of the day, late at night, I’m just wishing I would see his name in my Inbox, and then he’d say: ‘I was wrong. Come back to me’.”

Read the entire interview here.

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Strangely, I got what I expected from last night’s Austra show in Dallas — this is not a bad thing. Just like the band’s music, they delivered a solid and sleek set without ever wasting an iota of time or energy on anything unnecessary. No overuse of banter, but just enough. No posturing, but lead singer Katie Stelmanis showed off her rock moves so that we never forgot they are awesome and no fluff in their delivery of a dozen songs that played out like an epic show. Austra kicked ass, but in all the proper ways.

With paper lamps and an abundance of lights on a fairly small stage, Austra filled the dais with spirited playing and Stelmanis’ powerful and ethereal vocals. When the band delivered “Lose It,” Stelmanis hit her xylophone of vocal notes with the same precision heard on the band’s debut Feel It Break. They gave proper attention to Break and their sophomore release Olympia and devout fans soaked it all in with whatever the chill version of slam dancing might be called along with arms raised and entranced stares.

As she did speak with the audience a tad, someone in the crowd wished the out singer “Happy Pride” as it is celebrated this month in Dallas. In return, she responded with this. And then watch our Vine from the show after the jump.

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