SXSW Festival 2012 Announces Lineup

No tricks here, only treats. The SXSW Festival in Austin, TX has debuted it’s perliminary lineup for this coming year and it’s looking pretty good.

According to Brooklyn Vegan:

CMJ is less than two weeks behind us and SXSW has alrady announced the first round of artists playing the March 2012 fest in Austin. The list includes Against Me!, Grace Potter, Cloud Nothings, Com Truise, The Ettes, FEAR, The Men, Mind Spiders, Parlovr, Thee Oh Sees, We Barbarians, Young Magic, The Wedding Present, Chelsea Wolfe and many others.

The full list includes:

Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (Austin TX)
Against Me! (Gainesville FL)
Agent Fresco (Reykjavík ICELAND)
Ambition (Halifax CANADA)
ANR (Miami FL)
Antoine Reverb (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Avalanche City (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Balthazar (Gent BELGIUM)
Bare Wires (Oakland NY)
BeatauCue (Caen FRANCE)
Bestial Mouths (Los Angeles CA)
Big Deal (London UK-ENGLAND)
Big Scary (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Black and White Years (Austin TX)
Black Books (Austin TX)
The Black Ryder (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Michael Guy Bowman (Los Angeles CA)
Cashier No.9 (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Class Actress (Brooklyn NY)
Cloud Nothings (Cleveland OH)
Com Truise (Princeton NJ)
Delay Trees (Helsinki FINLAND)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver CANADA)
Marianne Dissard (Tucson AZ)
Duck Fight Goose (Shanghai CHINA)
The Ettes (Nashville TN)
Fanzine (London UK-ENGLAND)
Fat Tony (Houston TX)
FEAR (Los Angeles CA)
Free Blood (Brooklyn NY)
THE GRANNIES (San Francisco CA)
Guadalupe Plata (Andalusia-Ubeda SPAIN)
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (Los Angeles CA)
Howler (Minneapolis MN)
Ice Choir (Brooklyn NY)
I Got You On Tape (Copenhagen DENMARK)
il abanico (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Matthew Perryman Jones (Nashville TN)
Jonquil (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Just A Band (Nairobi KENYA)
Marit Larsen (Oslo NORWAY)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Los Angeles CA)
Library Voices (Regina CANADA)
Love Inks (Austin TX)
Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe Seven (Silverlake CA)
Mahogany (Chicago IL)
Marmalakes (Austin TX)
The Men (New York City NY)
Mind Spiders (Forth Worth TX)
Motopony (Seattle WA)
Mujeres (Barcelona SPAIN)
Musikanto (Chicago IL)
My Education (Austin TX)
Niki & The Dove (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Not In The Face!! (Austin TX)
Of Monsters and Men (Reykjavík ICELAND)
120 Days (Oslo NORWAY)
Outfit (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
The Parlotones (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
Parlovr (Montreal CANADA)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Waitsfield VT)
Pure Love (Brooklyn NY)
Molly Rankin (Charlottetown PE)
ROGe (Rio De Janeiro BRAZIL)
Peter Rosenberg (New York NY)
Rosie and Me (Curitiba BRAZIL)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg CANADA)
Gabriel Santiago Quintet (Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL)
Sauti Sol (Nairobi KENYA)
Say Hi (Seattle WA)
The Scoundrels (Las Vegas NV)
Shout Out Out Out Out (Edmonton CANADA)
Skewby (Memphis TN)
Skinny Lister (London UK-ENGLAND)
Soft Metals (Los Angeles CA)
Some Community (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Something Fierce (Houston TX)
Sore Losers (Lancaster TX)
SPEAK (Austin TX)
Spectrals (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Spycatcher (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sudakaya (Quito ECUADOR)
Talking To Turtles (Leipzig GERMANY)
Team Me (Elverum NORWAY)
Telebit (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco CA)
Timbuktu (Toronto ON)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
Turbogeist (London UK-ENGLAND)
Uncle Bad Touch (Montreal CANADA)
Uncle Lucius (Austin TX)
Vampillia (Tenjinmachi JAPAN)
V for Volume (Bogota COLOMBIA)
VHS or Beta (Brooklyn NY)
WAX (Dunkirk MD)
We Are The Ocean (London UK-ENGLAND)
We Barbarians (Brooklyn NY)
The Wedding Present (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Chelsea Wolfe (Los Angeles CA)
Young Magic (Brooklyn NY)
Yukon Blonde (Vancouver CANADA)
Yuksek(Paris FRANCE)
The Zoltars (Austin TX)

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What The Hell Is ‘Rocket Juice And The Moon’?

Why it’s only Damon Albarn’s other, other, other side project with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is all.

According to Pitchfork:

Damon Albarn, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fela Kuti/the Good, the Bad, & the Queen drummer Tony Allen have a new group, Rocket Juice and the Moon. This weekend, the group debuted material at a series of live events in Europe called “Another Honest Jon’s Chop Up”, which is a spin-off of Albarn’s Honest Jon’s record label. Other performers at the Chop Up included Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Theo Parrish, and the Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara.

Besides having a terrible name, the band have put up a series of songs on Youtube for sampling. To be honest, they’re not as bombastic as you might have been expecting from a band with THAT name.

Sample live cut “Poison” is pretty jamming and ambient with sparse, flighty vocals and buried instrumentation. It’s decent stuff to be sure. I’m actually awaiting more cuts from this project and that’s definitely something I never thought I’d be saying about a band called Rocket Juice And The Moon.


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PLAYLISTS for 10/30/11 on THE PEAK and WDHA

107.1 THE PEAK

Greeting from Alfred Hitchcock
Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Dark Shadows TV THEME
Gloomy Sunday KETTY LESTER
It’s Halloween THE SHAGGS
Halloween Head RYAN ADAMS
Horror of the Zombies Radio Commercial
All you Zombies (acoustic live) HOOTERS
Zombie Zoo TOM PETTY
Wombie Zombie BILLY TAYLOR
Zombies are taking over New York WYLDLIFE
Rockin’ in the Graveyard JACKIE MORNINGSTAR
Mark of the Devil Radio Commercial
You were the Devil NICOLE ATKINS
The Devil’s Rain/Virgin Witch Radio Commercial
The Devil made me do it GOLDEN EARRING
Devil’s sidewalk GRAHAM PARKER
Lady Frankenstein Radio Commercial
At the house of Frankenstein BIG BEE KORNEGAY
Last House on the Left Radio Commercial
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde Radio Commercial
Jekyll and Hyde JIM BURGETT
Walking with a Ghost TEGAN AND SARA
Anyone’s Ghost (live) THE NATIONAL
If you have Ghosts JOHN WESLEY HARDING
I was a teenage monster THE KEYTONES
Teenage Creature LORD LUTHER
Dead man shake GRANDPABOY
Monster Mash GREEN DAY
I’m the wolfman ROUND ROBIN
She’s my witch KIP TYLER
The Wobblin’ Goblin ROSEMARY CLOONEY
Twilight of the Dead THE MISFITS

105.5 WDHA

Greeting from Alfred Hitchcock
Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Bach Tocatta and Fugue in D minor
Happy Halloween TED E BOY
I am a demon and I love rock and roll SWEATMASTER
Corpse Grinder THE METEORS
Horror of the Zombies Radio Commercial
I walked with zombie REM
Vampire Nation (partial due to tech error) D GENERATION
Witch Doctor (partial due to tech error) DAVID SEVILLE
Kill Monsters in the Rain (demo) STEEL TRAIN
Mark of the Devil Radio Commercial
The Devil’s Rain/Virgin Witch Radio Commercial
Shout at the Devil MOTLEY CRUE
A night with the Jersey Devil BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
You’re the Devil in Disguise ELVIS PRESLEY
Midnight Monster’s Hop JACK AND KIM
Cemetery Baby GIRL IN A COMA
It’s Halloween THE SHAGGS
Ho-lloween EMILY’S ARMY
Monster Mash GREEN DAY
Lady Frankenstein Radio Commercial
Don’t Meet Mr. Frankenstein CARLOS CASAL JR.
Rock and Roll Ghost REPLACEMENTS
Ghost Band RANCID
Catholic Pagans SURFER BLOOD
Satan Rejected my Soul MORRISSEY
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde Radio Commercial
Scooby Doo Theme
The Monster Hop BERT CONVY
Death Have Mercy VERA HALL



This sunday night. 4 hours of free-form blood curdling zombie killing bone chilling mayhem coming to your radio dial..

you can listen at 9pm on 107.1 The Peak (stream at and at 11pm on 105.5 WDHA (stream at or via the tune-in radio app for iphone and android

Both shows will be different, but the theme is the same, ghosts, goblins, zombies, vampires, death and the devil as we celebrate the Devil’s Holiday.

Here’s a little bit of info, did you know my theme song is part of horror movie folklore? Anything Anything by Dramarama was in the movie NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET 4, in two key scenes, including the pivotal Alice gets her Power Scene (yes i typed that with a straight face, as if the 4th installment of any horror film would have a pivotal scene, considering the main villian never dies anyway) you can watch that scene here

and there was also a 45 record with a Freddy Picture sleeve which is quite’s a pic of it:

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Björk & Dirty Projectors’ Mount Wittenberg Orca Gets A Label Release

While Mount Wittenberg Orca was quietly self-released in digital format in 2010, the EP finally received a CD and vinyl release this week, through Domino Records. Last year, the musical partnership between Björk and Dirty Projectors was something no one really expected. But it just makes sense. They both create unconventional music with unique vocals that pushes boundaries. Take Björk’s Medulla, and Dirty Projectors’ The Getty Address for example. You won’t hear anything like them. Put the two together and you get something truly special. Perhaps because of its official label release, Mount Wittenberg Orca will draw more attention this time around.

Check out “On and Ever Onward” from Mount Wittenberg Orca.


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Parenthetical Girls – A Note To Self

Parenthetical Girls is a relatively unknown experimental indie pop band out of the West Coast. Their music is akin to acts like Xiu Xiu, Dirty Projectors and even The Smiths. They’ve recently released their latest single “A Note To Self,” which can be streamed below. It’s a sample of whats to come, as the band prepares to put out their new EP, Privilege pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics on November 1st

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order Privilege pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics on the Parenthetical Girls website. Band member Amber Smith will personally hand number all 500 physical copies of the album, with her own blood. That’s some very strange dedication. But Parenthetical Girls embrace the strange. Just watch their unconventional video for “Careful Who You Dance With.” Weird is a good thing.


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So tonight at the Studio at Webster Hall, one of the biggest bands in the world will be playing a a room the size of a suburban basement, and one lucky fan will get the option to buy a ticket at cost ($23.94).

some simple rules: you must be 19 or older. You must be able to be at the venue by 9pm. you must have $23.94 to pay for the ticket.

Because there are so many people i know that need a ticket for this, i don’t want have to choose favorites amongst friends and fans, so i’m doing a contest, and i’m not even looking at who submits. my assistant will put all of the correct entries will into textmechanic’s random line picker go here to see how it works and whatever name is generated that’s the winner.

you do need to qualify by answering this question, correct answers make the submission list, incorrect answers are thrown out..

since I am a radio DJ, here’s a question that involves a famous NYC CLUB and one of the most influential radio DJ’s of all time:

Name the song that legendary DJ John Peel once decribed as the perfect song that was covered by Green Day at the most influential music club in NYC Punk history..

you must name the song and who originally did it.

send your answer to

include your answer in the header and your name in the body of the entry per email address, multiple entries will be voided out. contest begins at 11:30am and entries accepted until 12:15

good luck!

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Download The New Virtual Boy Remix “Doom II”

Need some good background music for that Halloween party? Sick of using boring, old ambient boos and screams? Electronic duo Virtual Boy have you covered.

Their new, free remix of their track “Doom,” inspired by the classic first person shooter game, is the perfect mix of electronic beats, haunted ambiance, and unsettling noises; done-up just subtly enough that it’s fun-not-frightening.

Check out the original version of “Doom” below and download the remix over at Bandcamp.


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Brian Wilson Discusses The Upcoming SMiLE Box Set With BBC Radio 4

Next Tuesday the long-awaited Beach Boys SMiLE Sessions box set will be released. In advance of this, BBC Radio 4 has conducted an interview with Brian Wilson detailing a bit of the curio and struggle involving the pressure to make a hit song for a label, behind the scenes audio, the drugs used during recording what would be one of rock and roll’s greatest unfinished albums.



As a more-complete primer though, check out this full-length BBC 1 radio documentary on SMiLE from 1995.

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MF DOOM And Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood Team-Up On Lex Compilation

This is the payoff we’ve been anticipating ever since Thom Yorke remixed DOOM’S “Gazillion Ear” back in 2009.

It seems the Radiohead duo and the chrome-plated masked rapper will be collaborating on a track for the upcoming LEX Records compilation celebrating their 10th birthday.

The compilation is called Complex, and also includes contributions from Gruff Rhys’ and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon project, Boom Bip solo, and Doseone and Fog’s Crook&Flail project, among others. It’ll be made available digitally on a week-by-week, track-by track basis until mid-January, at which point the whole set will be released on picture disc vinyl.


Via Pitchfork

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