From The Archives: K.Flay and Colin Munroe at Glasslands, 7/13/12

Here are some shots of K.Flay and Colin Munroe at Glasslands back in July. It was such a good time that blood was gushing out of my face for no reason before they even started playing. Full album here.

If you haven’t already, cop K.Flay’s Eyes Shut and Colin Munroe’s Unsung Hero. K.Flay plays tonight at Cameo Gallery.









From the archives: Perfume Genius and Parenthetical Girls at Mercury Lounge, April 2012

Here are some pictures of the Perfume Genius/Parenthetical Girls tour back in April that ended up not getting posted. Enjoy them now!

Parenthetical Girls





Perfume Genius





Clips Post 9/3/12

BlackBook Tracks #8: Gift Raps

BlackBook Tracks #9: Summertime Sadness

BlackBook tracks #10: Just Chill

BlackBook Tracks #11: Summer Is Ending

Slow Jams and Summer Days: A Q&A With Poolside (BlackBook)

Interview: Carrie Wilds Makes Her Voice Heard (BlackBook)

Photos: !!! @ Damrosch Park, New York, 8/9/12 (QRO)

Photos: Tanlines @ Mercury Lounge, New York, 8/21/12 (QRO)

Clips post 8/9/12

BlackBook Tracks #7: Let’s All Care About Sports More Than We Normally Do (BlackBook)

Swooning With Washed Out at House Of Vans (BlackBook)

Interview: K.Flay Does Hip-Hop Her Own Way (BlackBook)

I think the best thing about the Bay Area, probably overall, is the attitude of acceptance that pervades everything. I guess I should say openness, because it’s openness to new ideas in whatever domain, whether it’s technological or scientific or it’s a cultural thing. There’s so much mixing of ideas and people and cultures and styles out there, it’s kind of unparalleled and there’s a genuine collaborative spirit. That’s the thing I like the best about the Bay, but the burritos are awesome, also. That’s another bonus.


Alt-J Bring Their Melodic Tunes To Brooklyn (BlackBook)

Slam Donahue Rocks The Rooftop Of Soho House (BlackBook)

Clips post 7/27/12

Vibe Guide: Summer festivals (Vibe)

Photos: Offstage With Beat Connection In Brooklyn (American Songwriter)

Photos: Beat Connection Brings Their Dreamy Sounds To Brooklyn (BlackBook)

BlackBook Tracks #5: Bastille Day

BlackBook Tracks #6: Is Your Summer Weird Yet?

Interview: Shiny Toy Guns Reloaded (BlackBook)

Photos: Offstage with Mr. Little Jeans in Brooklyn (American Songwriter)

Photos: Scissor Sisters and Rye Rye at Terminal 5 (QRO)

Photos: Sleigh Bells at Pier 63 (QRO)

Photos: MNDR, Foxes, and Mr. Little Jeans at Brooklyn Bowl (QRO)

Interview: Simon Amstell Brings Neurotic British Comedy To St. Marks Place (BlackBook

Outtakes: Drop The Lime

I recently interviewed Drop The Lime for BlackBook about his new album Enter The Night. The whole conversation ran a bit long, so I thought I’d post the end of it here. This is probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever done, it was interesting to see how someone who’s crafted this distinct persona ended up also being very warm and genuine in person.


What are some other new artists you’re into right now?

There’s a lot of new UK house mixed with an old garage kind of vibe, like L-Vis 1990’s new stuff. Stuff like what Kingdom or Brenmar are doing. And then I love what’s basically like what Fever Ray had begun, like this goth-y, hip-hop-influenced pop. Artists like Purity Ring, I love what they’re doing. Artists like Trailer Trash Tracys, it’s really exciting to me.

Anything else you want to mention about the album?

The album comes out, but in October, I’m releasing a night versions, which is what we’ll be playing live. It’ll be clubbier, it’s me remixing myself.

It’s just interesting for you to do things different ways?

I don’t ever want to alienate my club fans. The album that I made now, I’m aware of the fact that it’s an album you listen to, not one that you necessarily DJ. But I gotta DJ my own songs, so the night versions are for that. It’s club versions and new songs. It’s the same thing that Soulwax did and Duran Duran did. A lot of artists have always done it, and it’s an old technique that’s exciting.

I didn’t make it, but I remember during CMJ, there was an event with you and Yuksek DJing together.

Yeah, at Le Bain.

That’s also someone who [shifted their direction like you have].

Yuksek is amazing, we have the same booking agent. He also does that, where it’s him DJing or him with a live band. It’s odd, but right now, there seem to be a lot of artists I can relate to who have taken the same approach as me. Like Matthew Dear has done the same approach, where he’ll have a live band and also DJ. Yuksek, Cubic Zirconia.

Yeah, Yuksek’s incredible. He should be huge, but somehow he’s not.

Here’s the thing. Nowadays, huge is not the answer. Timeless is the answer. Timeless. You can be huge, but you’ll be gone tomorrow. Be timeless. Yuksek? Timeless. Matthew Dear? Timeless. These are artists that will be around forever and forever be making music that’s emotionally impactful.

So it’s more like knowing your audience?

Know your audience! And cater, and stick to your guns. You keep that core audience, you’re good to go. But am I really going to try to compete with LMFAO right now? You know what I mean? No. Is Matthew Dear going to compete with LMFAO? No.

And as we say that, they’re playing dubstep at Roberta’s. (laughs) But actually it’s good dubstep, this is real dubstep. Not brostep. I brought Skream and Benga to New York for the first time ever, in 2004. I used to have a party called Bangers and Mash, and we did it at Rothko on the Lower East Side. I brought Skream and Benga, first party ever, they were 18 years old. I was just starting out, too. They weren’t even playing dubstep, they were playing grime instrumentals, and they were all vinyl dubplates. We did Dizzee Rascal’s first New York event. These vibes are forever. That’s real. But now even Benga, still a good friend of mine, we have the same manager, publicly he’s like “Do not call me dubstep. Do not tie me in.” There’s a lot of controversy over it.

And Skream’s really branched out, he did that Miles Kane song.

Skream has the same affection for disco as I have for rockabilly. I’ll do rockabilly sets, he’ll do disco sets, and he’ll kill it. And he’s a musician. He’s not a dubstep artist. Even though, technically I think “Midnight Request Line” is the first dubstep song ever in existence. He made that song, trying to sound like a hip-hop song, probably. He didn’t know what he was doing, but it created this footprint for a genre that now is playing [everywhere].

Portraits: Is Tropical on the East River Waterfront

These are a bit old, but I wanted to post them somewhere. I met the lovely boys of Is Tropical back in May, before their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and took a few mostly-candid snaps nearby at the East River ferry dock. This isn’t quite the great unmasking or anything, but more of their faces than we used to see.







Clips post 7/4/12

BlackBook Tracks #3

Photos: Governors Ball 2012 in pictures, featuring Beck, Fiona Apple, Santigold and more (American Songwriter)

Interview: Tanlines’ Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen Try to Name Their Favorite Summer Songs (BlackBook)

You have to be sort of fearless in a way to be a professional musician, no matter what, as a career. That’s always part of you.

Clips post 6/26/12

Interview: Chris Baio (of Vampire Weekend) (Prefix)


BlackBook Tracks #1

BlackBook Tracks #2

The Rapture and Tanlines Team Up To Rock A Summery Night In Brooklyn (BlackBook)


Northside Music roundup, featuring Jens Lekman, of Montreal, Niki & the Dove, Kitty Pryde, Kid Sister, and more. (The WILD)


Clips post 6/11/12

Photos: The Drums at Webster Hall (The WILD)

Photos: We Are Scientists at Brooklyn Bowl, 4/25/12 (QRO)

Photos: Alcoholic Faith Mission, You Won’t at Glasslands, 4/27/12 (QRO)

Photos: School of Seven Bells and Exitmusic at Le Poisson Rouge, 5/5/12 (The WILD)

Photos: We Are Serenades at Knitting Factory, 5/11/12 (The WILD)

Photos: Crystal Fighters and Is Tropical at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 5/23/12 (QRO)