The Hundred in the Hands release Ep + premier video + tour

Brooklyn duo The Hundred in the Hands have premiered a video for new track ‘Tom Tom’ (directed by Ben Crook) today at the Fader, as well as giving away the track “Ghosts” (the first song the duo ever wrote together as The Hundred in the Hands) at their website. Both tracks are taken from their EP This Desert, released last week. The band follow the EP with a slew of worldwide tour dates and festival slots, kick-starting things with a US tour in June supporting Golden Filter before moving through Europe and the UK towards the release of their debut album in the Autumn.


Adult Themes

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Young Bodies/Four Fires 7”
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<p>The Noise Rock genre seems to have three main branches: the unstructured, purely noisy one that finds inspiration in Lou Reed's <em>Metal Machine Music</em>; the very structured, super poppy <em>prong</em> that likes to bury beautiful melodies under layers and layers of feedback and guitar noise - a la'&nbsp;Jesus and Mary Chain's <em>Psycho Candy</em>; and finally the still structured but inherently non-pop &quot;<em>thing</em>&quot; that Sonic Youth invented and then refined in their &quot;mature&quot; period, when they mastered the art of what can be called &quot;dissonant songwriting&quot;: i.e. noise rock that works like pop music, but achieves that genre's &quot;liberating&quot; effect through the interaction of dissonant elements, rather than melodic ones. <a href="">Adult Themes</a> is one of the few bands that's developing that idea and making it their own. This band's deranged melodies and dissonant instrumental deviations somehow make perfect musical sense. Their controlled cacophony raises musical tension exactly to the point of alarm rather than ear piercing, unbearable madness. The songs in their debut 7&quot; -&nbsp;<em>Young Bodies</em> and <em>Four Fires -&nbsp;</em>are perfect examples of this and mark an obvious improvement from the band's previous unreleased recorded material. Highly recommended. - <em>PDG</em></p>

Notes from The Depreciation Guild's CD release party

Indie heartthrob lovers were swooning Tuesday night at The Depreciation Guild's release party for their new album "Spirit Youth" which came out on May 18th on Brooklyn Label Kanine Records. The crowd was full of post-pubescent hipsters rocking out to the sounds of The Depreciation's new record which was played in it's entirety that night. The band debuted a new 4th member on bass/keys who managed to squeeze in some modest stage presence looming over their 8-bit Nintendo's flashing power LED on and off throughout the night. The Famicon bleeped emo electronics throughout their set blending with the soft guitar sounds. As their onstage excitement escalated on to the night's end, the crowd responded eagerly with bouncing heads bobs and wailing fist pumps to round out a night of innocent fun for the Brooklyn youth scene. - Simon Heggie


Weekly Feature #204b: Penguin Prison - Live at Santos on June 9

New York's Penguin Prison is far from waddling and awkward. In fact, Chris Glover (vocals, instruments, production), who operates under the alias "Penguin Prison," has developed a smooth, gliding, and sleek sound with the company of notable electronic/pop artists, including members of Holy Ghost and Longpigs. Together they fashion electro-pop dance tracks that would suit club scenes from the underground to the chic, by melding synthesizer loops, computerized blips and bleeps, and disco levity. The bubblegum EP title track, "The Worse It Gets," dreamy techno-beats and falsetto-vocals of "Something I'm Not," and singles, a playful and sing-song-y "Animal Animal," and an infectiously bouncy "A Funny Thing", demonstrate Penguin Prison's natural instincts for effervescent, danceable compositions. As a re-mixer for other artists' tunes, such as Marina and the Diamonds' "I Am Not a Robot" and Goldfrapp's "Rocket," Penguin Prison adds an airy groove to select tracks and transforms them to complement a party atmosphere. - Read Meijin Bruttomesso's interview with Chris Glover here.


Weekly Feature #204a: Jacques Detergent

Jacques Detergent is the band that wrote the soundtrack to the imaginary lo-fi, indie version of the James Bond film series - unless you think the "Pink Panther" series filled that gap. The Brooklyn based quartet, who played at Cameo during The Deli's Best of NYC Fest, has a knack for suspenseful quirky instrumental tunes. Read Simon Heggie's interview with the band here.