BlackBook Tracks #29: Sucks to be Anyone in Music Who’s Not Justin Timberlake or Destiny’s Child

I know you’ve probably been in a Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child K-hole for the past day, but if you feel like crawling out, here are some other songs for you to listen to.

We Were Evergreen – “Leeway”

There are plenty of things that can go wrong in life, but We Were Evergreen get twee-pop right. Alongside launching a Kickstarter for their debut album, the London-via-Paris trio has released charming new single “Leeway.”

Drop The Lime – “No Sleep For The Wicked”

The retro/electro wizard’s new video boasts more zombie cheerleaders than an episode of Misfits. His penchant for horror and killer beats serves as a reminder that there are all kinds of things that go bump in the night.

Anna Calvi – “The Devil”

If that last track wasn’t evil enough, remember that Anna Calvi must have made a deal with “the Devil” to become such a skilled guitarist.

Housse de Racket – “Aquarium”

Clocking in at close to seven minutes, Housse de Racket’s latest single is a slow burner that’s worth every second. Those who have seen the Parisian electro-rock duo live know this as the striking closer to their show.

Sharon Van Etten – “People Ain’t No Good”

I’m jealous of people in Australia, because it’s summer there. Also, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is on a sojourn down under, where she made a stop at Triple J radio to cover future tourmate Nick Cave.

Caitlin Rose – “I Was Cruel”

Singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose tells a familiar story of love gone sour on this cut from her forthcoming album The Stand-In. Her voice manages to be both vulnerable and matter-of-fact, and there’s the hint of steel guitar that you might expect from a Nashville artist.

Palma Violets – “Step Up For The Cool Cats”

London rockers Palma Violets are on track to be 2013’s It Brits, and this 60s-inflected track hints at what’s to come when they release their debut album in February.

Gold Fields – “Dark Again” (Diamond Rings remix)

Australian up-and-comers Gold Fields are plenty charismatic on their own, but Diamond Rings punches up the original to make it a little more dancefloor-friendly.

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” (Dan Deacon remix)

By “remix,” I mean that this is the a capella version layered 147 times. It’s strangely compelling, hearing “Hey, I just met you” repeated ad infinitum.

Meet ‘Wish Book Vol. 1,’ Dan Deacon’s Face-Melting New Mashup Album

Mashups are among the most hit-and-miss of hit-and-miss musical enterprises, and even though any schmoe with a pirated copy of Ableton could theoretically make one, only a few can do it well, especially when trying the multi-track, layered bump ‘n’ grind symphony of a certain sweatband-donning mashup icon. Dan Deacon, naturally, is one of those capable people, as demonstrated on his latest effort, Wish Book Vol. 1, whose rather extensive cast list is enumerated on Deacon’s SoundCloud:

"Wish Book Volume 1 was made with music made by (in order of appearance): grimes+psy+beach house+skrillex+diplo+nicky da b+dirty projectors+lil wayne+nicki minaj+oneohtrix point never+tune yards+animal collective+rod stewart+the strokes+wiz khalifa+beyoncé+lcd sound system+death grips+ludacris+rihanna+the beatles+roy orbison+silver apples+katy perry+69 boyz+gary glitter+james brown+lmafo+black dice+the ronettes+r. kelly+black eyed peas+lenny kravitz+the misfits+2 chains+daftpunk+led zeppelin+the notorious b.i.g.+devo+lightning bolt+unknown artist recorded in jaipur, india+marvin gaye+radiohead+rage against the machine+salt n peppa+brian eno+madonna"

Wish Book opens with "Gangrimes Style," which is a mashup we’re surprised didn’t already exist, and thankful that perhaps it didn’t, because with a lot of other people in charge it could have been a lot worse. But "Oblivion" works surprisingly well as a backbone to Psy’s rapping, especially with Grimes in the background adding a haunting layer to the summer jam. Later, on "Oscillating Diamonds," Rihanna, Abbey Road-era Beatles, Katy Perry and Jock Jams veterans 69 Boyz fade into one another in a combination that is buzz-inducing, chaotic and actually pretty fun.

Each individual part is not always as detectable or clear as, say, they would be on a Girl Talk track, but the comparisons to GT are already flying about the Internet, because there apparently hasn’t been anyone else ever who has mashed up a number of songs and made them into something completely different. And for what it’s worth, there are a few tracks that both producers have used—"Young Turks," "Hypnotize" and various versions of "Come Together" among them. But whoever you compare them to, the results are worth a listen, which you can do via the artist’s SoundCloud below. 

Put Philip Glass Remixes By Beck, Dan Deacon and Many More In Your Brain

The music of Philip Glass has appeared everywhere from Errol Morris’ engrossing documentaries to films like The Hours to the Grand Theft Auto video game series. He’s scored feature films and written operas. So it only makes sense that an album of Philip Glass remixes would feature a group of artists as versatile and varied as the composer, now 75, and his works. REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed, which can now be heard in its entirety at NPR Music, features a wide range of artists offering their own interpretations of works from the minimalist icon, from Tyondai Braxton’s spiraling, trippy “Rubric” to Pantha Du Prince’s trance-inducing “Mad Rush Organ” to Beck’s sonic gradient “NYC: 73-78,” an attempt at encompassing as much of Glass’ career as possible.

REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed will be released on October 23. Scott Snibbe Studio, who designed the interactive app series to complement Björk’s Biophilia, has created an app for the Glass remixes as well. In the meantime, check out the full album or individual tracks over at NPR Music, and check out Amon Tobin’s contribution below.

Linkage: Levon Helm Dies At 71, Occupy’s May Day Event Gets A Lineup

The Band’s Levon Helm has lost his battle with throat cancer. He was 71 and with music in his bones well into the end. [NYT]

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is back, still with the steel drums but minus the band mates. "Tanto" is the first song off of his first solo EP, Sunburn, which is scheduled for a May 21st release. [Fader]

Never mind what Wikipedia says, Waka Flocka Flame’s middle name is actually "James." [Interview]

Madonna revealed on a British talk show this morning that what she really wanted for her Superbowl halftime show was to perform with a mother’s favorite Adele, but because Adele was having "her throat problem or throat operation or something," she was instead stuck with wild-eyes Minaj and the rabble-rousing M.I.A. [Page Six]

Worry not if you missed last weekend’s Brooklyn Zine Fest, the event was successful enough that organizers are already working to make it an annual thing. [Capital]

Weekend One of Coachella was the most well attended in recent years and also, apparently, the most rowdy: 134 arrests have already been made, up from last year’s 48, and there is still a weekend of festival to go. Stay safe, kids. [Spin]

Das Racist, Dan Deacon and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello have all signed up to play Occupy’s May Day rally in Union Square. Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, David Byrne and The Roots have also been invited the event that organizers are calling "Occupy Wall Street’s biggest action ever," but have yet to confirm. [D+T]

And to keep things all in perspective, Gloria Steinem doesn’t know what Girls is. [Vulture]

Best Coast, Dan Deacon, & Nick Zinner on Their Favorite San Fran Spots

The Bay Area has long provided the rest of the country with infusions of musical lifeblood, from the inception of the Grateful Dead in the mid-’60s to the Dead Kennedys in the ’80s. But don’t let San Francisco’s homegrown heroes of yore fool you into thinking the city’s moment has passed: If the annual Noise Pop festival is any indication, the arts scene in Fog City is still very much alive. This February, the week-long, city-wide mash-up of concerts, film screenings, and gallery exhibitions shined a light on local bands and up-and-coming acts from all over the map.

“We’ve always played really fun, kind of zany shows in San Francisco,” says Bethany Cosentino, the lead singer of LA’s lo-fi surf-rock trio Best Coast, who headlined this year’s festival, now in its 19th year. “People get really excited by music here.” Stacy Horne, Noise Pop’s producer for the past six years, couldn’t agree more. “There’s a strong sense of community here among artists and musicians,” she says. “The best thing is to watch a band go from being a festival opener one year to being a headliner the next.” Best Coast and Frisco’s own indie-rock group Geographer have followed that very trajectory in recent years.

At the height of Noise Pop madness, we absconded with a few of the event’s nonpareil acts—Cosentino; Tamaryn Brown of local shoegaze duo Tamaryn; Seth Bogart, “Hunx” of Oakland-based electro-pop outfit Hunx and His Punx; psych-dance maelstrom Dan Deacon; and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs—to catch our breath at some of San Francisco’s less traveled hideaways.


Nick Zinner – Public Works, 161 Erie Street, Mission District, San Francisco 415-932-0955 During the festival, Public Works hosted a photography exhibition of exactly 1,001 photos taken by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, many of which he shot over the past few years while touring with lead singer Karen O. Why 1,001? “The name comes from this same show I did in New York a few months ago,” Zinner says. “Originally I’d intended to put up 200 photos there, but when I saw how big the space was I figured, Shit, I’d better put up 1,000. Then I decided to top that—by one.” Of the images he likes best, Zinner says, “The ones that I compose, where I’m trying to do something clever, end up terrible. It’s always the ones that I don’t think about that I end up liking.”


Tamaryn Brown – No. Shop, 389 Valencia Street, Mission District, San Francisco 415-252-9982 “There’s a small group of beautiful, talented girls in the city who have bands, run their own online vintage stores, and publish a magazine called Yes Yes Yes. No. Shop is where they’ve come together,” says Tamaryn Brown, one-half of Tamaryn, who released their debut album, The Waves, last fall. “There’s definitely a scene in San Francisco. It’s made up of younger people—20 to 24—and their style is different than anything that’s been here before. The thing about San Francisco is that the weather forces you to layer clothes in certain ways. It’s all about wearing tons of things that don’t make any sense together whatsoever—but somehow work.” image

Bethany Cosentino – Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk Street, Tenderloin, San Francisco 415-923-0923 “I spend a lot of time in San Francisco, but I don’t go out very much,” says Bethany Cosentino, the lead singer of LA’s Best Coast. “A lot of my friends have taken me to the Hemlock, and it’s a really cool place.” While hardly a dive bar, Cosentino’s choice watering hole isn’t exactly fancy, either. “Whenever I’m in cities where my friends are from, I just say, Take me to where you would go. Our sound guy on this tour is from Oakland and he really likes this place. Luckily, I love what I do, because after four weeks of playing the same fucking 14 songs every single night, I want to shoot myself—but I come here, I wake up the next day, and I’m excited to do it again.”


Dan Deacon, Cliff House – 1090 Point Lobos Avenue Richmond District, San Francisco 415-386-3330 The morning after his raucous show at the Independent, psychedelic electro-dance musician Dan Deacon wanted to unwind at the Sutro Baths, situated in the ruins of an ornate, turn-of-the-century bathhouse located on a cliff overlooking the ocean at San Francisco’s most northwestern point—and just down the road from Cliff House restaurant. “I first saw the Baths on a 2006 tour with [Deacon’s band] Ecstatic Sunshine,” he says. “We didn’t know anyone here, so we just drove around looking for a park to sleep in when we stumbled upon the ruins. I had never seen anything like them: the caves, the huge bluffs, the mussels, the rad staircases, the crashing waves—no bullshit safety rails. I’ve long wanted to do a performance here.”


Seth Bogart – San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Civic Center, San Francisco 415-557-4400 “One of the girls in our band is studying to be a librarian, and I think it’s really sexy,” says Seth Bogart, “Hunx” of pop-punk band Hunx and His Punx, on why he chose the Main Library as his favorite place to unwind. “I have fantasies about doing it with a hot, slutty guy between the stacks of books.” In addition to his work as part of the band—their sophomore album, Too Young to Be in Love, was released in March—Bogart owns a vintage boutique and hair salon in Oakland called Down at Lulu’s, where he occasionally cuts hair and puts together distinctive ensembles. “I’m wearing a black velvet onesie,” he says. “It has a see-through portion on the chest. I’ve also got on a silver jacket that reminds me of Little Richard. It’s like Little Richard dressed up as Catwoman.”