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Gogol Bordello climb Deli charts + play W'burg Waterfront on 07.30

Gogol Bordello (currently #3 in our Popularity charts - orange list on the left) are the living proof that, to get big in NYC, it's not necessary to wear skinny jeans. These guys, that look and sound like a bunch of gypsies, have slowly worked their way to become one of the most popular NYC acts. The band cooks up an exotic and flashy melting pot of genres rooted in rock, gypsy, punk, and cabaret, intensifying the international essence of NY. The group’s fifth release, “Trans-Continental Hustle,” is hyper, innovative, and busy, and the band shows no restraint as their outrageously colorful personality is thrown at listeners. Exceptional tracks include vivacious “Pala Tute,” frenetic “Mi Companjera,” tempestuous “Rebellious Love,” and tender “Sun Is On My Side,” which combine flamenco guitar, playful fiddling, and riotous rhythms to create a universally uplifting, spirited, and danceable sound. Vocalist Eugene Hütz brings an unusual style that borders on yodeling and snarling, contributing the most distinct traits to Gogol Bordello’s cross-pollination of musical genres. The band will be playing with Primus at the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 30. –Meijin Bruttomesso 

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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.

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May 2010
Adult Themes
"Young Bodies/Four Fires 7”
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The Noise Rock genre seems to have three main branches: the unstructured, purely noisy one that finds inspiration in Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music; the very structured, super poppy prong that likes to bury beautiful melodies under layers and layers of feedback and guitar noise - a la' Jesus and Mary Chain's Psycho Candy; and finally the still structured but inherently non-pop "thing" that Sonic Youth invented and then refined in their "mature" period, when they mastered the art of what can be called "dissonant songwriting": i.e. noise rock that works like pop music, but achieves that genre's "liberating" effect through the interaction of dissonant elements, rather than melodic ones. Adult Themes 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" - Young Bodies and Four Fires - are perfect examples of this and mark an obvious improvement from the band's previous unreleased recorded material. Highly recommended. - PDG





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

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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.

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