Yes, you did read the title of this post correctly—there is actually a band that calls itself Fartbarf, and we are posting about it. With such a ridiculously gimmicky nom de guerre, one could be forgiven for anticipating an equivalently gimmicky sound. A quick listen, however, dispels such notions, as this Southern California three-piece is all business.

These guys make party music, but it definitely ain’t your run-of-the-mill fair. No, their amped up take on old-school electro, complete with hardware and vocoded vocals, has some serious balls.

Aptly dubbed “electronic rock and roll,” they crank out the jams in NASA spacesuits and custom (super creepy) Neanderthal masks using only rare vintage analog synthesizers and a live drummer—an antidote to the legions of pale, laptop-wielding, plugin-happy, bedroom dwelling producers. Or, as they succinctly put it on their website: “A mere handful of ape-like orderlies resisting a touchscreen future. Give us knobs or give us death!”

After years of smashing it up and down the left coast, they finally dropped their debut full-length Dirty Power via their own Space Jumbles Music

I caught these guys live last week and they absolutely leveled the place

And here’s one more (better quality) video (that I didn’t take).

Chelsea Wolfe – “Pain is Beauty”

The haunting gloom god, Chelsea Wolfe, will release her new full length, Pain is Beauty Sept. 3rd via Sargent House. The album conjures the dark realm with its brooding melancholia, her ghostly wails and layers of rich sonics.

Purchase the record here and for the time being stream the whole thing here

Chelsea Wolfe – The Warden



Aug 25 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest, LA Historical Park
Sept 01 Tucson, AZ – HOCO Festival
Sept 03 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom *
Sept 04 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad *
Sept 06 Austin, TX – Mohawk *
Sept 07 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
Sept 08 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *
Sept 09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
Sept 10 Chapel Hill – Local 506 *
Sept 11 Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel *
Sept 13 NYC, New York – Bowery Ballroom *
Sept 14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
Sept 15 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
Sept 17 Toronto, ONT – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Sept 19 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom *
Sept 20 Lexington, KY – Boomslang Festival *
Sept 21 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge *
Sept 22 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center *
Sept 24 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
Sept 25 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
Sept 25 Caldwell, ID – The Venue *
Sept 27 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
Sept 28 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
Sept 30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
Oct 12 Prague, CZ @ Matrix Club #
Oct 13 Linz, AT @ Posthof #
Oct 14 Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv Club #
Oct 15 Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik #
Oct 16 Fribourg, CH @ Fri-son #
Oct 18 Barcelona, ES @ Apolo #
Oct 19 Madrid, ES @ Shoko Live #
Oct 20 Porto, PT @ Amplifest #
Oct 21 Bilbao, ES @ Kafe Antzokia #
Oct 23 Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde #
Oct 24 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt #
Oct 25 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla #
Oct 26 Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 #
Oct 27 Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory #
Oct 29 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom #
Oct 30 Gent, BE @ Vooruit #
Oct 31 Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez #
Nov 01 Utrecht, NI @ Tivoli de Helling #
Nov 02 Koln, DE @ Stollwerck #
Nov 03 Hamburg, DE @ Club Logo #
Nov 06 Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia #
Nov 07 Oslo, NO @ Bla #
Nov 08 Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska #
Nov 09 Copenhagen, DK @ KB18 #
Nov 10 Berlin, DE @ C- Club #
Nov 16 Los Angeles, CA – Royce Hall w/ Anna Calvi

* with True Widow as support
# with Russian Circles

Phosphorescent – “Muchacho”


If you’re like me, you have those certain albums that you continually go back to and visit often. At least three Phosphorescent albums are like this for me personally, probably because of Matthew Houck‘s incredible ability to transport me to a soft, intimate, warm place.  Whether it is the light, dreamy, acoustic songs from his earlier work like Pride, or the more twangy, alt-country, fully orchestrated songs from his last album Here’s To Taking It Easy; there is a realm that Phosphorescent‘s music will take you to.

This couldn’t be truer for Muchacho, which soars sonically above any particular place but more lives in the clouds above the earth.  Matthew’s silky comforting vocals are still present throughout, but now along with the usual Alabama spirit his songs breathe, there is more wide open vastness that echos into the air.  The album floats in and out like waves, starting way out with an ephemeral intro track “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)” then in to one of my favorite songs of the year so far “Song for Zula“.  From there, just like previous Phosphorescent albums, you tend to just relax and enjoy the warm, comfortable ride.  Even if this ride flies pretty high up in the atmosphere.

Muchacho is out March 18 on Dead Oceans. Pre-order the record here and take a listen to the whole thing streaming right now over at NPR’s First Listen here.

Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”

Phosphorescent was touring with Father John Misty and they did this beautiful song together.

Father John Misty & Phosphorescent – “I Would Love You”

Here’s a couple of my favorite tracks off of Pride and a few videos including an unofficial video for “Song For Zula” and a great NPR tiny desk performance.

Phosphorescent – “Wolves”

Phosphorescent – “A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise”


:: 2013 Tourdates ::

March 13, 2013: Austin, Texas Hype Hotel Get tickets

March 14, 2013: Austin , Texas Red 7 – SXSW Get tickets

March 14, 2013: Spicewood, Texas Heartbreakers Banquet @ Willie Nelson’s Ranch Get tickets

March 16, 2013: Austin, Texas Jo’s Coffee – South By San Jose Get tickets

March 25, 2013: Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas Get tickets

March 26, 2013: Washington , DC Rock & Roll Hotel Get tickets

March 27, 2013: Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe Get tickets

March 28, 2013: Bloomington, IN The Bishop Get tickets

March 30, 2013: Denver, CO Hi Dive Get tickets

April 01, 2013: Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge Get tickets

April 03, 2013: San Diego, CA Casbah Get tickets

April 05, 2013: Los Angeles , CA Troubadour Get tickets

April 06, 2013: San Francisco, CA The Independent Get tickets

April 08, 2013: Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Get tickets

April 09, 2013: Seattle, WA Neumos Get tickets

April 12, 2013: Saint Paul, MN Turf Club Get tickets

April 13, 2013: Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall Get tickets

April 15, 2013: Toronto, Canada Legendary Horsehoe Tavern Get tickets

April 16, 2013: Montreal, Canada Petit Campus Get tickets

April 17, 2013: Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall Get tickets

April 18, 2013: New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Get tickets

May 05, 2013: Kilkenny, Ireland Kilkenny Roots Festival Get tickets

May 07, 2013: Manchester, UK Ruby Lounge Get tickets

May 09, 2013: Brussels, Belgium Les Nuits Du Botanique – Rotonde Get tickets

May 10, 2013: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Bitterzoet Get tickets

May 11, 2013: Berlin, Germany Kantine am Berghain Get tickets

May 12, 2013: Koln, Germany Blue Shell Get tickets

May 14, 2013: Paris , France L’espace B Get tickets

May 15, 2013: London, UK Village Underground Get tickets

May 16, 2013: Brighton , UK Pavilion Theatre- The Great Escape Get tickets

Fol Chen – “The False Alarms”

Darkwave, electro-pop, robotic-synth-future-rock? They coined themselves as “Opera House” maybe due to their history of performing in character. However you classify Fol Chen they are made of some foreign unearthly blend. The LA based 5 piece has their third record, The False Alarms, ready for a March 19th release via Asthmatic Kitty.

Their music pulls you out of a comfort zone and lays you down in flashing light and color as if abducted into some alien world. Its sometimes dance music, and sometimes dark brooding and ominous, and sometimes it can be both within the span of a single song. Experimental is one way to put it, but it feels like Fol Chen’s sound is just something maybe less understood.

Taken from the Asthmatic Kitty website – “Asthmatic Kitty presents The False Alarms: songs of uncertainty, identity, part-time love, loss, and mistaken reality. It’s pop music for people who aren’t sure where or when they are, but who know it’s nowhere they’ve been before.”

Sample the first two tracks from the new record below as well as a video for 200 Words and a few old songs and videos. Check the tour dates below after that and pre-order The False Alarms here.

Fol Chen – I.O.U.

video for 200 Words Directed by Aaron Ohlmann

Fol Chen – 200 Words (follow arrow on right of player for download)

Fol Chen – 200 Words (Applescal remix)


Fol Chen – No Wedding Cake

Fol Chen – Cable TV

:: 2013 tourdates ::

03/08 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
03/11 – Austin, TX @ The Blackheart (SXSW)
03/12 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 (SXSW)
03/15 – Austin, TX @ Peckerhead’s (SXSW)
03/17 – Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts
03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Shubas
03/20 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
03/20 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter
03/22 – Denver, CO @ High Dive
03/24 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
03/26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
04/02 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
04/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kungfu Necktie
04/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
04/05 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
04/06 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
04/07 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
04/09 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott


Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

Trevor Powers AKA Youth Lagoon is ready with his new album Wondrous Bughousecoming to us March 5th via Fat Possum. After wearing out the grooves in his 2011 debut, Year in Hibernation, this album could not be in my hands soon enough.

EDIT: Trevor has just revealed another single off the new record over at the FatPossum soundcloud page, here’s the stream. It’s a beautiful multi layered track.


Sample the lead single Dropla below and pre-order the new record here.


and here’s a little treat. A cover of John Denver’s Goodbye Again

John Denver – Goodbye Again

03-10 Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
03-11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
03-12 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
03-18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
03-19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
03-20 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
03-21 Orlando, FL – The Social
03-22 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
03-23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03-24 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
03-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-28 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-29 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
03-30 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
03-31 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
04-02 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
04-03 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
04-04 Chicago, IL – Metro
04-05 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
04-08 Mexico City, Mexico – Indie O Fest
04-11 San Diego, CA – Porter’s Pub
04-12 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04-13 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Chelsea Wolfe

I’ve been well into what Chelsea Wolfe is doing for a little while now, and I just had the chance last week to scope her out live.

Having done so, it must be said that Wolfe knows how to put on a performance.  Clad in full druid garb—black cloak and hood—she did indeed bring it.  And the audience—a charmingly odd mixture of hipsters, goth kids, metal heads basement-dwelling gamer types and middle aged, balding gay men(???)—ate it up.

The demographic make up of the crowd would seem, at first glance, a little strange. It makes sense, however, in the context of Ms.  Wolfe’s unique sound: a hybrid that has been dubbed doom folk by some, and which includes elements of electronica, drone music and metal, as well as earthy tones of blues and folk. By far the most defining characteristic of the sound however, is Wolfe herself—her ethereal vocals cut through the sludgy grime of the backing band like white-hot light through murky darkness.

The show was at the Rickshaw Stop, which is a smaller venue, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s graduated to the Fillmore by the next time she rolls through town. This woman is going places.

Look out for her Unknown Rooms (forthcoming on Sargent House next month), which is a collection of largely acoustic, “orphaned” material that is markedly different from her previous releases. Also her next proper album is due out sometime in 2013, so watch this space.

“Flatlands” from the forthcoming Unknown Rooms

Here are a couple of tunes from her first two albums, which are much grimier.

“Tracks (Tall Bodies)” from 2011’s Apokalypsis

“Demons” from 2011’s Apokalypsis

“Advices and Vices” from 2010’s The Grime and the Glow

“The Whys” from 2010’s The Grime and the Glow

Hot Chip – “In Our Heads”

Lately this summer it seems to be extra warm, this is in part probably due to global warming, but it may also be from Hot Chip being so fucking hot right now.  I recently witnessed them at the Pitchfork Music Festival, (see video below) and yes there were many good acts at the fest—among my favorites were Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon and Nicolas Jaar—but none stood out to me and made the whole place dance with excitement like these electronic vets did.  It was the only time it felt like other much larger, crazier festivals I’ve been to; festivals where the entire crowd were bouncing up and down, people tribal dancing in mud circles, energy levels soaring to the heavens.

That is kind of what In Our Heads is about I think: creating music that not only makes people get up and dance uncontrollably, but also fills our heads with grander ideas while lifting our spirits to some other world.  It takes the infectious grooves of songs like “Ready for the Floor” and “Shake a Fist”  from 2008’s Made In The Dark, and combines them with the more serious tone and subject matter of love and the meaning of life from the last album, One Life Stand.  But what In Our Heads does best is combine the joy and happiness of dance music with the love and devotion that the ’90s electronic music culture had.

It seemed like at times in the past, the so-called “rave” culture was more of a sanctuary for celebration of life, love and friends, while the new wave of  “dubstep” seems to be more about getting fucked up to distorted bass-heavy sounds.  While this may just be the result of looking back ten years through rose-tinted glasses, it seems pretty clear that there is little dance music today that has any kind of real perspective—probably because this wave is still in it’s infancy.  But Hot Chip have been defining this genre for almost a decade and their age and wisdom have helped them make this amazing album, which at times almost feels religious, not in the sitting in church falling asleep while praying kind of way, but in the way that makes you want to get up and sing and dance and be thankful to be alive.  And really which would you rather be doing to stay happy in the heat?  Me personally, I’ll be over here dancing to this album, looking up at the sky.

Along with this release and all the touring they are doing, they have been exploding all over the place with amazing videos and announcements like possibly making the opening music for Table Tennis in the upcoming Olympics, and headlining the SS Coachella cruise ship.  So check some songs and the incredible videos below and try to see this tour I promise you’ll have a spiritual experience.

Hot Chip – “Flutes”  (My personal favorite from the album)

This is a nice Major Lazer remix of “Look At Where We Are”

 Here you can download the BBC Radio 1 Mix that they did a month ago.

And nothing says summer like skateboarding, surfing, and an epic bagpipe solo.

This ones a bit trippy but well worth a visit.

Also, ere’s the entire 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival roundup video (which I think is probably better than reading my opinions); check for Hot Chip around the 5:55 mark.


Caught these guys last week playing a show with one of my favorite discoveries of this year, Jonti. I had scoped them out beforehand just to see what was up, and what I heard sounded pretty tight – it was on the experimental end of that spacey, lopsided, wonky tip that so many folks are onto these days.

Suffice it to say, I was completely unprepared for what these guys were going to do live. According to their bio, Sonnymoon is a duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalist and beat programmer Dane and vocalist Anna Wise, but live, they brought a full band and the experience was simply revelatory. Wise’s presence was something to behold: She looked like a runaway high on some exotic concoction of mind altering substances, but sang like she was channeling something from beyond.

The first song they played left us literally speechless – reduced to gesturing and making faces at each other.

This was some kind of freaky new-age digital psychedelia: part Flying Lotus, part 1969-era Jefferson Airplane, and part some other shit I never heard before. For almost an hour these guys took us on a journey (cliché I know, but that’s really what it was) deep into their utterly strange yet charming world where warped pop, met lopsided hip-hop and twitchy electronics (courtesy of a cornucopia of various gear, on par w/ a Mum or Animal Collective set up). The whole thing was wrapped in fog of surreal atmospherics and finished off with heaping load of sub bass.

While there is nothing wrong with the band’s studio recordings, they don’t yet match the intensity of the live experience.

These guys should be on the festival circuit very soon, and you owe it to yourself to go and check them out.

Here is a nice lickle mix Dane threw together to occasion the band’s West Coast mini tour:

1. Jonti – Sugar High from Sine & Moon (The Album) LP
2. Knxwledge – WTD[wrk] from klarity.EP
3. devonwho – Cactus from Strangebrew 12″
4. Mndsgn – 43rd from ObliqueKitchn LP
5. Knxwledge – Knxbodi from klarity.EP
6. B.Lewis – World Frozen Over
7. Sonnymoon – Wild Rumpus from Sonnymoon LP
8. Jonti – Moon Goddess (interlude) from Sine & Moon (The Album) LP
9. Mndsgn – PMG from ObliqueKitchn LP
10. devonwho – Strangebrew from Strangebrew 12″
11. M. Constant – Chew-Z from Bugged EP
12. Jonti – Koi Moon’s Daughter Pt II from Sine & Moon (The Album) LP
13. Sonnymoon – ∞ from Sonnymoon LP

Here’s a video for “Universal Appeal” from the new album (careful, it’s 9 mins long and goes way the fuck out there):

And here’s an older vid I found:


My friend Greg and I caught these guys last night opening for Black Moth Super Rainbow, and holy shit! They were fucking incredible! Apparently they hail from Oakland, although neither of us had ever heard of them before.

They sort of remind me of Bay Area psyche-rock kings, Wooden Shjips but noisier and not quite as groove heavy.

The set they dropped on our unsuspecting ears began with a single shaker and steadily intensified into an ultimately blistering cacophony of buzzing synthesizers, screeching guitars and crashing drums, before ending with an epic droning, raga-esque piece of noise.

The performance gave BMSR, who were somehow even better live than on their recordings, a serious run for their money.

Lumerians – “Black Tusk”

Their excellent Transmallinia is out now on Knitting Factory, and can be purchased here.

Here’s a pretty rad video I found too.  Much more mellow than anything they played at the show

Avey Tare live @ The New Parish (12/11/2011)

Down There, the first official solo effort from Animal Collective instigator Avey Tare, was released in late October of last year, but for some reason I only discovered it about a month ago.

(If you’ve not yet heard it, and are a fan of the band’s work, I will highly recommend it to you at this point.)

"Down There"

I fell hard for this album, giving it repeated listenings during the thanksgiving weekend; in fact it ignited a serious AC binge, which involved me raiding damn-near all of their back catalog over the next few weeks.

As it turned out, the timing for me discovering Down There couldn’t have been better, because Avey had waited a whole year to tour the songs from it, and was currently playing a limited number of shows.

The show, which was at The New Parish in Oakland, wasn’t too packed, but there were definitely some heads in the place.

Mr. Tare didn’t disappoint. He cranked out 50-odd minutes of amazing shit, masterfully guiding us through a carnival fun-house of angular rhythms, hallucinatory melodies, lacerating swaths of noise and above all of it his singularly anomalous yowl. The songs were linked together via interludes, creating one great sonic structure, that shifted continuously in a warping fractal-like manner.

As with AC shows, much of the material was new to my ears, and most of the songs that were familiar had been twisted into interesting new shapes. For instance, his live rendition of “Lucky 1” (which you can still download here) was stripped of its slightly awkward rhythmic jerk, given a different –though equally heavy bass line – and stretched out into a dubby malaise. “3 Umbrellas, meanwhile, was re-purposed as an uptempo number, with a glitchy, swinging rhythm, which contrasted sharply with its original vaguely Christmas-carol-esque feel. “Oliver Twist” (video below) was probably the only song played exactly as was on the album.

At one point I was standing near the front-of-house engineer feeling the surprisingly forceful bass, and it hit me “There is no-one else on earth who could have come up with music like this. No one

I couldn’t find anyone to go out on a Sunday night so I went alone, and I kinda fucked myself with work, but it was so worth it, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.


I found a recording of the show he played at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago; the tracklist is almost identical to the one i saw. It’s been split into tracks for our convenience, and the recording is pretty decent (marred only at one point by some random drunk bro yelling for Avey to play Street Flash of all things and then adding “you know you want it.” [???])

Set list
1. “Song For Jerome”
2. “Lucky 1”
3. “Sometimes”
4. “In Photographs”
5. “Oliver Twist”
6. “Slow Words”
7. “3 Umbrellas”
8. “Laughing Hieroglyphic”
9. “Death Raga”

Download Avey Tare Live at The Knitting Factory 12/2/2011