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Broken Social Scene: new video for “Texico Bitches” + got remixed by Star Slinger

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Our favorite Canadian band Broken Social Scene recently released their new video for “Texico Bitches” off their newest record A Forgiveness Rock Record. It involves oil wrestling, weird people in weird costumes and a grassy hill. Check it out below. The band also shared a remix by an electro-artist from Manchester, England who calls himself Star Slinger.

Unfortunately, when the band announced a mini winter tour, they did not announce a Philly date and it doesn’t look like they will either. So if you missed their two sold out shows at the TLA in September, you’re shit-out-of-luck. They probably won’t be around for a while. You could always take a road trip to NYC to see them in January though.

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Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Sun Airway play Making Time’s $2 Bill holiday show tonight + MP3s

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Sun Airway is a Philly duo who recently released a record titled Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier in October to rave reviews. They’re playing sort-of a hometown record release show tonight, even though it’s been out for almost two months, at Voyeur Nightclub(click here for map) for Making Time’s $2 Bill Holiday Freak Out show with Brooklyn’s Light Asylum. That’s right.. it’s only two whole dollars to get in. Also, there will be FREE drinks from 9-11. So if you’re 21+ and in Philly tonight, there’s really no reason not to go. Tickets can be found at the door.

The people from Yours Truly recently caught up with Sun Airway to film a session of “Oh, Naoko”. Check that out below. Grab the studio version and another track off the record below as well.

DOWNLOAD: Sun Airway – Oh, Naoko (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sun Airway – Put the Days Away (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Light Asylum – Knights and Weekends (MP3)

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Philly’s Oldermost release EP + playing Northstar Bar on Wednesday

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Often times when I receive emails from artists/bands sharing their music, the tunes rarely grasp my attention. However, when Oldermost dropped me a line a few weeks ago, it was more like a gift. The band is comprised of four dudes living in one house in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. Their debut EP was recorded in two different basements in Fishtown and Kensignton and was just released last month. You can stream and download it for FREE below.

They have that signature Philly sound to them, but something a little different that sets them from the rest. They’re not as gritty and lo-fi as so many other Philly bands out there, which is a refreshing thing to hear. There music has space to breath and the vocals/guitars smooth are all the way through. I highly recommend grabbing their EP below or at least giving it a listen.

The band will play the Northstar Bar on Wednesday, December 15th. Tickets for the show can be found HERE. They go on around 1030ish and it’s 8 bucks to get in. There are a bunch of other bands playing too!

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

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Darwin Deez announces US tour(Philly date)

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Darwin Deez has already established himself in the UK as a somewhat superstar and he kinda looks like a character from the Prince episode of the Chappelle show. Looks aside, he creates some pretty catchy and danceable pop music. His debut album was released in this past April, but never really created much buzz in the US.

After succeeding overseas, Darwin Deez will head out on a US tour early next year to try and win over the  American people. His tour will make a stop at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, February 18th with Fol Chen. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Video: Tennis “Pigeon” via Yours Truly

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Husband/wife duo Tennis played Kung Fu Necktie last night. Unfornately, we here at The Pistola Press were unable to make it out to the show. The band recently did a video session with Yours Truly, which was released over the weekend. In the video, the lovebirds shed light on the meaning of their debut album Cape Dory and perform “Pigeon” off it. If you want to hear more from them, check out their Daytrotter session.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 6, 2010 at 9:45 am

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Tapes N Tapes playing Johnny Brendas with Oberhofer in February, new album + MP3s

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Tapes N’ Tapes are an indie-pop band from Minneapolis. They are set to release their new record on January 11th, 2011 via their own record label Ibid Records. The band recently re-launched the label this year, which was how they released their debut album. They released their sophomore album on XL Recordings, but the two split this year. The new record titled Outside was self-produced and recorded in their home and then mixed by Peter Katis(Jonsi, Interpol, The National) at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut. Grab/stream the first single “Freak Out” below.

Shortly after the release of the album, Tapes N’ Tapes will hit the road in support. The tour will make a stop in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 5th with Brooklyn band Oberhofer. Tickets for the show are on sale and can be found HERE.

DOWNLOAD: Tapes N Tapes – Freak Out (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oberhofer – Dontneedya (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oberhofer – Away FRM U (MP3)

TAPES n TAPES – 2010 – 2011 TOUR DATES
11.11.10 st. paul, mn @ turf club w/leisure birds and tarlton
01.28.11 madison, wi @ high noon saloon
01.29.11 chicago, il @ lincoln hall
01.31.11 cleveland, oh @ grog shop
02.01.11 ann arbor, mi @ blind pig
02.03.11 boston, ma @ paradise
02.04.11 brooklyn, ny @ music hall of williamsburg
02.05.11 philadelphia, pa @ johnny brendas
02.07.11 washington, d.c. @ rock and roll hotel
02.08.11 charlottesville, va @ jefferson theater
02.09.11 ashville, nc @ grey eagle
02.10.11 carrboro, nc @ cat’s cradle
02.11.11 atlanta, ga @ the earl
02.12.11 nashville, tn @ mercy lounge
02.14.11 birmingham, al @ bottletree
02.15.11 hattiesburg, ms @ thirsty hippo
02.17.11 houston, tx @ fitzgerald’s
02.18.11 austin, tx @ emo’s
02.19.11 dallas, tx @ the loft
02.21.11 little rock, ar @ sticky fingerz
02.22.11 norman, ok @ opolis
02.23.11 columbia, mo @ mojo’s
02.24.11 omaha, ne @ waiting room
02.25.11 minneapolis, mn @ first avenue
03.04.11 lawrence, ks @ jackpot
03.05.11 boulder, co @ fox theater
03.08.11 seattle, wa @ crocodile cafe
03.09.11 portland, or @ doug fir
03.11.11 san francisco, ca @ bottom of the hill
03.12.11 los angeles, ca @ troubadour
03.14.11 visalia, ca @ cellar door
03.15.11 costa mesa, ca @ detroit bar
03.16.11 san diego, ca @ casbah

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

Flash interview with Bradford Cox from Deerhunter

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On Friday afternoon, I saw a bunch of tweets from Motormouthmedia about how Deerhunter‘s lead singer Bradford Cox was in their office, wearing a snuggie and laying out resumes for their new office assistant. They also tweeted that the first 5 music writers/bloggers to call their office could do a quick ‘flash’ interview with Bradford. So I gave it a try.

Turned out, I was caller number 3 and was told Bradford would call me back in a few minutes. I had no time to prepare and thought of a million questions I should have asked after I spoke to him, but I guess that’s how a ‘flash’ interview works. Anyway, below is the shortest interview featured on The Pistola Press. Enjoy!

How’s life as an intern at Motormouthmedia?

It’s alright, you know. Right now I can’t find the password to the computer so she might fire me.

You guys played “Conan” last night. How was that?

It was awkward.

Why was it awkward?

Well, have you ever done it before?

I have not.

It’s just awkward. A lot of weird… sorta awkward, you know?

Sure. Did you get to meet the Kardashians?

No, I’ve never heard of the Kardashians and I’m not sure if I’d want to meet them. I mean nothing against them but I’m just not that interested.

I understand. A friend of mine wants to know when was the first time you heard “Freak Train” by Kurt Vile(Bradford covered the song on Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Volume 1) and where were you?

Oh, I don’t remember something that specific. Probably in my bedroom or something on Youtube. I don’t know.

What were your thoughts when received that email from Sony? (Read more about Sony removing his Atlas Sound demos HERE)

Well, I didn’t get an email from Sony. I got an email saying my files were taken down by Sony. They just took them down, they didn’t send me a warning or anything. Complete misunderstanding.

Did they ever give you a legitimate reason?

They apologized to my manager. I don’t really care. I didn’t really take it that seriously. I just put the files right back up. I didn’t mean to make such a big drama. It’s not really that important. I think it’s important to realize that the record labels have the right to delete whatever they want without even knowing what it is. That’s the only reason I made it public. I don’t think that’s appropriate.

Are there any new Bedroom Sessions we should look out for?

Uhh, probably.

So who did the cover art for Halcyon Digest?

That photo was taken by my friend George.. (phone cuts out)

Hello?

Hello?

That photo was taken by your friend George, did you say?

Yeah, my friend George.

Cool. If you had to pick one record from 2010, what would be your record of the year?

Lower Dens Twin-Hand Movement. It’s great.

What are your plans for 2011?

Oh, you know, just keep it up. Keep working. Keep trying to play shows for new people and stuff.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

December 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm