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Bringing the best that both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have to…

Bringing the best that both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have to offer, May of 2014 will see London based Mat Zo + LA-based Kill The Noise combine forces to bring fans 11 explosive tour dates in some of the most premier venues, theatres, + night clubs in N. America. Having recently worked on music together, the 2 decided to team up & hit the road – bringing both their 2 worlds & fans together for a night all about music.

Mat Zo is known for his boundary-blurring productions that have dominated Beatport for the past couple years, including his Beatport #1, “Easy” (with Porter Robinson) + “Pyramid Scheme” featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D. With everything from French house to hip-hop on his recent #1 iTunes Dance Album Damage Control, Zo’s genre-wrecking visions were realized in the most explosive manner imaginable.

Jacob Stanczak, better known as Kill The Noise, is one of America’s biggest dance music exports. Applying unique sound designs + a production expertise for blending genres, styles & tempos, Stanczak has earned a reputation as one of dance music’s top producers.

Mat Zo – Lucid Dreams / buy

Kill The Noise – Mosh It Up (Henry Fong Remix) / buy

KILL THE ZO TOUR DATES:

05.08 San Francisco, CA at Regency Ballroom
05.09 Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
05.10 Edmonton, AB at Union Hall
05.16 Detroit, MI at Elektricity
05.17 Los Angeles, CA at Palladium
05.22 Houston, TX at Stereo Live
05.23 Miami, FL at Grand Central
05.24 Toronto, ON at Koolhaus
05.29 Denver, CO at Beta Nightclub
05.30 Montreal, QC at New City Gas
05.31 Washington DC at Echo stage

Track of the Day: Sharon Van Etten – "Taking Chances"

As seen here last week, Sharon Van Etten has a new album, Are We There, out this May via Jagjaguwar. “Taking Chances” is the first single and it’s a beauty. While we’ve gotten used to hearing SVE work her garage magic on Epic and Tramp, this track begins in a new way. A smooth-thumping bass line, which sounds like it was pulled from an R&B track, opens as a few keyboard blips sparkle around before the guitar line comes in. With plenty of woodblock percussion, SVE croons the lyrics. The chorus brings the fuzzy guitar, but like Jolie Holland’s latest take, it looks like some of our best singer-songwriters are beginning to mine the soul and R&B mine not unlike Cat Power’s The Greatest.  The highlight of the track is the short bridge where SVE lets her voice soar opening up the slick rhythm of the track with melodic verve. The instrumentation here is varied and wonderfully surprising and looks like even though SVE might be taking some chances, she’s also hitting it out of the park at the same time.
Be sure to check her out on tour this spring/summer including stops at P4K and Sasquatch:


Thu. May 8 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Fri. May 9 – Hudson, NY @ Helsinki Hudson
Sat. May 10 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
Sun. May 11 – Hamden, CT @ Ballroom at the Outer Space
Sun. May 25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Grand Salon (Nuits Botanique)
Wed. May 28 – Paris, FR @ Café de la Danse
Fri. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sun. June 1 – Koln, DE @ Studio 672
Mon. June 2 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Tue. June 3 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Thu. June 5 – London, UK @ KOKO

Wed. June 11 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
Thu. June 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall at Williamsburg (Northside Festival)
Fri. June 13 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sat. June 14 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Tue. June 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Wed. June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Thu. June 19 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Fri. June 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sat. June 21 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Tue. June 24 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. June 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sat. June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Sun. June 29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mon. June 30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Wed. July 2 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Thu. July 3 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Sat. July 5 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
Sun. July 6 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Tue. July 8 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
Wed. July 9 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Mon. July 14 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
Wed. July 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Thu. July 17 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin
Fri. July 18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

IMPORTANT WAX: Vaadat Charigim – "The World is Well Lost"

Vaadat Charigim
The World is Well Lost
First 100 on clear aqua splash wax
Label: Warm Ratio
Release Date: January 21, 2014 (vinyl)
There are some amazing things happening in Tel Aviv these days. Followers of literature have no doubt heard, and hopefully read, the Tel Aviv-based short story writer Etgar Keret, whose surreal writing calls to mind what would happen if Kafka were a jester. Last year, Vaadat Charigim (“Exceptions Committee” in English), the Tel Aviv trio of Juval Haring, Yuval Guttman and Dan Fabian Bloch, release their first album The World is Well Lost, which has just received its vinyl treatment stateside by Warm Ratio Records (facebook). 

Lovers of shoegaze and drone will feel right at home in Vaadat Charigim’s luxuriant tunes. Opener “Odisea” begins with a buzz before opening into a melodic line surrounded by cascading feedback. There’s a lot of pulp in the record. Producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (whose previous production credits include Modest Mouse, Wavves, and Cymbals Eat Guitars) worked with the band, recording in a Tel Aviv apartment. And the result is a magical garage sound with jutting guitar riffs jabbing out of your speakers as Juval Haring’s soothing baritone keeps melody the central focus. You can hear the great shoegaze bands of the late 80s and 90s leaving their fingerprints throughout the record. “Kezef al Hamayim” rips a page from the Cure’s playbook while muddying up the venerable British band’s instrumentation with a hyperactive guitar solo.

Indianapolis based Warm Ratio’s packaging is highlighted by the clear aqua splash wax. The packaging is a simple jacket, but not much else is needed with the fantastic covers.
Having listened to this record several times after seeing WLFY amigo Brett McGrath playing it on repeat on Spotify (always a great way to discover new artists), I immediately thought that this was going to be one of those records that sound even better on wax, and I haven’t been disappointed. The drone and buzz of The World is Well Lost is best served on your favorite turntable with those lovely hisses and pops adding even more texture to an already beautifully nuanced album. 
The group is heading to the US this spring, playing SXSW and some other dates in support of their record.
Tour:
3/13 Austin, TX – Austin Psych Fest Official SXSW Showcase (Hotel Vegas)
3/15 Austin, TX – Burgermania III at SXSW (Hotel Vegas)
3/16 Hot Springs, AR – Valley of Vapors Festival
3/17 Indianapolis, IN – Joyful Noise Records Space
3/18 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
3/19 Cleveland, OH - Mahall’s
3/20 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
3/21 New York, NY – Piano’s
3/22 Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn

Perhaps the best part about Vaadat Charigim for American audiences is their ability to feel both familiar and different at the same time. The video for “Ein Nehama Ladoachim,” directed by David Michael Shachar, shows the band playing in Dizengoff Center in Israel. Juval’s disaffected gaze, intoning the lyrics in front of a Hello Kitty facade could have been ripped from the Golden Age of 1990s Slackers. The ambivalent and alienated track is dreamlike and distant.
The traces of the influence are there, but the language barrier (for anyone who doesn’t speak Hebrew) gives the listener more time to focus on the music as an entire organism rather than something that’s somehow divided by different intentions. In fact, it’s the beautiful solidarity of The World is Well Lost that makes it such a fantastic album and one that you should own. 
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