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The Last Vegas @ Double Door


Over the weekend we sent our photographer Shalimar Beekman to Double Door to capture a few images of The Last Vegas.


The Depreciation Guild's CD release party at the Knit, May 25

Hey, have you met The Depreciation Guild? You may already be acquainted with vocalist/guitarist Kurt Feldman and guitarist Christoph Hochheim’s other band, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. A lot has happened since The Depreciation Guild released its debut album, “In Her Gentle Jaws” in the fall of 2007. Initially available as a free download, “In Her Gentle Jaws” was picked up by Kanine Records, who signed the band and released the remastered album on CD and vinyl last year. The band added a live drummer, Anton Hochheim, and has trekked across the country and beyond with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cymbals Eat Guitars, School of Seven Bells and most recently, Norwegian noise rockers Serena-Maneesh.
The Depreciation Guild returns strong with a mature, pensive sophomore album, “Spirit Youth.” While the Famicom is more apparent in “In Her Gentle Jaws,” the more subtle use of the gaming system’s oscillating beeps shifts the band closer to dream pop than to 8-bit music. Recorded during the summer of last year, “Spirit Youth” yields a slicker coat of production helmed by Telefon Tel Aviv’s Joshua Eustis. The richer album is a seamless collection of melodious tunes adorned with lush, amorous guitars and striking drums. The lovelorn lyrics, sonic evocation of dream pop bands of yesteryear and sounds of the Nintendo that have long been muffled and neglected in closets leave listeners with a sense of longing for the days of our youth. Celebrate the release of “Spirit Youth,” which drops on May 18, at the band’s record release show with Wild Nothing and Braids at the Knitting Factory on May 25. P.S. This is the video of the song "Nautilus", from their debut CD, songs from upcoming album can be streamed here. - Nancy Chow


Weapons For War

If you are going to be a highly confident band that does not hold a very high regard for media support you have to be able to deliver and do it in a big way. On their latest digital single, "Weapons for War", A Lull gives the world a sample of they can expect on the band’s forthcoming full-length debut Confetti. This album will be the follow-up to their 2009 ep Ice Cream Bones. Weapons For War is a force, and a track you really need to hear. I fully wanted to dislike this track but it has won me over and I am now looking forward to Confetti. The track has this tribal feel that really pulls you in, and this massive building energy that they utilize perfectly.

A Lull will be performing at Subt on June 13th, and "Weapons for War" b/w "Spread It All Around" can be purchased at all digital outlets.


Jack Rose 12” EP to Be Released by Thrill Jockey

Thrill Jockey Records will be releasing Ragged and Right, a 12” EP  by the late, great Jack Rose. It was recorded by D. Charles Speer and the Helix, and features Rose’s versions of Merle Haggard's "The Longer You Wait" and the traditional "In the Pines". Release date is scheduled for June 15, 2010. - H. M. Kauffman



The Morning Benders open for Broken Bells at Music Box in Hollywood 5/19

Highly anticipated Broken Bells show with The Morning Benders this Wednesday at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre in Hollywood. For those who don’t know, Broken Bells is the amalgamation of L.A.-based producer Brian Burton AKA Danger Mouse and James Mercer, lead singer from indie-music heavyweights The Shins. The Morning Benders newest album Big Echo (produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear) is a beautiful blend of lo-fi percussion, melodic arpeggios and soft falsetto. Guitars with heavy reverb harken back to surf rock of the 50s and 60s, while a wurlitzer smoothes it out for a laissez-faire listening experience. Both bands are bi-coastal and both bands completely rock.