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Prospector Releases on Valentines Day. LIVE REKKED RELEASE TONIGHT

[The Press]

Between 0 & 1

Against The Wall

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Prospector woos us tonight at Fontana’s with the release of their album Between 0 & 1.  Won’t you be their Valentine?

In the face of a current trend of pastelled indie/folksy/retroverb/beach-wave, Prospector spits sexy black gasoline rock and lights it up.  Prospector is a fucking band / An NYC band / A don’t let your daughter see this band, kinda band – especially on Valentines Day.

Between 0 & 1 has been one of the most anticipated releases in the LES/Brooklyn scene as Prospector’s addicted following has been amassing since the band formed in 2008.  And all those turned heads will agree that the wait was worth it ’cause Between 0 & 1 just crushes forward and will leave you saying (in the words of John Norris) “Oh yeah, that’s what rock sounds like”.

For a good time, call on Prospector tonight: (THERE’S NO REASON TO BE ALONE)
Fontana’s Bar
105 Eldridge St
8:30pm until 11:30pm

You can also support the band by purchasing the album on iTunes.

Bonus Video

Those of you that follow spradosphere know that Prospector is no stranger here – CLICK HERE to see them featured on the Louis CK show LOUIE.

 

 


A Place To Bury Strangers is frying up a new EP tomorrow

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Onwards to the Wall EP

I Lost You

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“I Lost You” is the 1st track off APTBS’ new ep Onwards To The Wall which drops tomorrow.

Brooklyn’s Bleeding Ear Noise Front is no stranger to spradosphere.com :: check here and here and HERE (for a free downloadable mixTape)

BONUS VIDEO :: “So Far Away”

 


Tom Waits is Tom Waits is Tom Waits (today’s npr interview)

[The Press]

the man is beyond us.

Tom

Tom Waits: The Fresh Air Interview

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From NPR:
Tom Waits was featured on today’s segment of the NPR show Fresh Air. The iconic artist talked with host Terry Gross about his phenomenal new record Bad As Me, his first all-new studio album in eight years and his 20th album.

On Getting Older Waits offers, “I guess I’ve always lived upside down when I want things I can’t have. My wife actually thinks I have a syndrome called Reality Distortion Field. It’s kind of like drugs, only you can’t come back from it. Reality Distortion is almost a permanent condition. Things come in and they go out: Presto, chango! To a certain extent, I did that with myself. As a kid, I did want to be an old-timer, since they were the ones with the big stories and the cool clothes. I wanted to go there. Now, I guess I want to bring that with me and go back in time.”

And on Collaborating With Keith Richards he says, “There’s nobody in the world like him. We wrote songs together for a while and that was fun. I had never really written with anybody besides my wife, so it was unique and a little scary at first. He doesn’t really remember anything or write anything down. So you play for an hour and he would yell across the room, ‘Scribe!’ And I looked around. ‘Scribe? Who’s the scribe?’ And he’d say it again, now pointing at me. I was supposed to have written down everything we said and dreamt of and played. And I realized we needed an adult in the room. I’ve never been the one that one would consider the adult. It was an interesting dynamic.”


Surfer Blood – are they ready to drop their Tarot Classics [EP]?

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I’m surprised this isn’t circulating more than it is.  Not necessarily due to how amazing it is, rather that it’s just happening.  As soon as Surfer Blood exploded onto the scene, every critic and their mother has been tossing coins to see if this band just got lucky or were actually as good as they were.  Well, they’re hatching a new EP called Tarot Classics and I’m sure some bets are about to be won…

Tarot Classics

Track Listing:

Tarot Classics [EP]
(set to drop October 25, 2012)
1. I’m Not Ready
2. Miranda
3. Voyager Reprise

4. Drinking Problem

I’m Not Ready


Today, SPRADOSPHERE.COM moves forward…

[The Community]

Working Class Magazine – “The Outlaw Issue” is out today and this is a good good thing….

The Outlaw Issue

In their own words: “Working Class represents a community of local artists in New York, we are a free Brooklyn-based quarterly online and printed zine that showcases various talents from all aspects of the word. Writers, photographers, poets, illustrators, models, small business owners, actors, musicians. We all work and live in this big city, and know the struggles of things like bad tippers, overpriced rents, and disagreeable weather. Working Class taps the pulse of the underground art world, and discusses why we all stick around.”

Community, Art, Influence and Culture  is what resonates at the core of spradosphere.com and it only makes sense that our first ever AD would run in this issue.  This wouldn’t be possible without the  generosity and foresight of Regina Rossi as well as our site’s developer and brilliant designer of the Ad, JC Spradley.

In honor of the AD & our friends over at WORKING CLASS MAGAZINE – for cranking out & launching their latest and greatest, MixTape #viii – EIGHTBALL is going back up!  After all, the damn thing was inspired by and made specifically for The Outlaw Issue and I couldn’t be more excited to bring it back today.

Congrats to WC on their 12th issue!!

If you live in NYC, you better run and grab a copy fast cause they won’t last long.


The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness (New Single/FREE Download!!)

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Your kid would be 5 now if it was born when The Strokes made their last album.

Their new album Angles will be available in stores on March 22.

For now, you can download their single “Under Cover of Darkness” for free within the next 48 hours. Go Here!!

Under Cover of Darkness

The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness by ListenBeforeYouBuy


Fleet Foxes offers a FREE NEW TRACK to the hungry masses.

[The Press]

The Fleet Foxes are back with a new album set to be released May 3rd.  In the meantime, they’re keeping the hounds at bay by generously flinging out a free track into the light.

Also, a list of upcoming tour dates is up with the following:

Foxes

“Come back tomorrow, Tuesday the 1st at 9am PST, if you’d like to take part in the limited ticket pre-sale for any of the North American shows listed below. You’ll also be able to pre-order the new album along with your ticket if you want to. Thanks!”


Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop


Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum, Portishead, Shellac to play New Jersey’s All Tomorrow’s Parties

[The Press]

by way of A.V. Club and much thanks to Adam Cohen for having his ear to the ground.  This is news.

By Sean O’Neal January 26, 2011

Neutral Milk Hotel’s shy, retiring flower Jeff Mangum has poked his delicate tendrils out of the soil a few times of late, though they’ve almost always been at places you had to know someone who knows someone to hear about it. But this time it’s right out there in the open: Mangum will be the “very special guest” on the first day of the Portishead/All Tomorrow’s Parties-curated festival I’ll Be Your Mirror, which takes place at New Jersey’s Asbury Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Get him! Get him!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jeff Mangum show without some caveats: According to the rules this year, only those who purchase three-day passes (and really believe) can see Mangum play that Friday, but the good news is that Portishead will also headline both of the other nights, presumably warming up for its promised split-headlining tour with Arcade Fire later this year. And the other performers booked so far include Shellac, Chavez, The Album Leaf, and Cults, with more to come—so it’s not like you’d be wasting your money. Alternately, you could skip the festival entirely and see Mangum play that Monday, Oct. 3, at the Paramount Theatre for just $35, provided you can get a ticket when they go on sale this Friday. And yes, the press release promises that Mangum will perform Neutral Milk Hotel songs—most likely similar to that surprise set he played back in December. Baby steps into the world, baby steps.


TwentyTen’s TOP 10 Albums

[the lists]

in alphabetical order

The Age of ADZ (Sufjan Stevens)

The Age of ADZ

Too Much

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I Walked

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Sufjan Stevens, love him or hate him, has a gift.  He has a self indulgent gift.  He has a masterful understanding of composition and orchestration, he’s a workaholic perfectionist, he doesn’t apologize, he doesn’t make excuses and he’s not afraid to be talented.  More importantly, He takes the responsibility of being an artist very seriously and makes bold risky choices.  I wholeheartedly admire and respect him for that.

The Age of ADZ is the result of searching and redefining, it’s delicate, pushy, electric, syncopated, chaotic, and complex – all crafting a very sophisticated articulation of ideas into his redefinition of not only himself but what a song is, should be, could be, must be.  Sufjan is original and we need this desperately now more than ever.

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Astro Coast (Surfer Blood)

Astro Coast

Swim

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Floating Vibes

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The surprise sneak attack album of the year.  No one saw this band from West Palm Beach, FL coming when it hit them. It’s Indie surf rock and cinematic.  The amount of frenetic thrash splashing reverb used in “Swim” alone  is enough to drown you.

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Before Today (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti)

Before Today

Ariel Pink is a twerked out lo-fi freak folk funky muthrfukcr.  Just out there. I featured him a few months back before seeing him live and solidifying my complete awe for whatever he is.  His appearance is a cross between Buster Poindexter and Richard Simmons but his live sound is just as tight as the album and blows away most of this year as one of the best shows/albums out.  A must see if you get the chance.
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Blooming Summer (Blue Hawaii)

Blooming Summer

Lilac

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Blue Gowns

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Beautiful Torture.

Apparently, this is an EP, so I shouldn’t include it on my list, However, it’s an EP with 8 songs and 8 song EPs aren’t really EPs, Are they?
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Forget (Twin Shadow)

Forget

Despite the fact that Rolling Stone magazine named Twin Shadow the band of the week back in October, he* still is outstanding and was one of the easiest choices for this list.   Produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow’s Forget is pure dark 80s new-wave honey.

*Twin Shadow is George Lewis Jr. of the Dominican Republic, he was raised in Florida before moving to Brooklyn.

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Gemini (Wild Nothing)

Gemini

Live in Dreams

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Summer Holiday

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synthy, shoegazy, swirly, glimmery…haunty
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In Evening Air (Future Islands)

In Evening Air

Tin Man

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Long Flight

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A highly addictive breakup and move-on album that involves a load of dirt to rub on the wounds.  With a voice that evokes Captain Beefheart drinking rubbing alcohol, it’s place on this list cannot be denied.

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Mines (Menomena)

Mines

This album was also featured a while back.  Mines is packed with tiny mind explosions.
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Sit Down, Man (Das Racist)

Sit Down, Man

two words – Google Rap.  Das Racist raps like a smart phone maps.
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The Suburbs (Arcade Fire)

The Suburbs

Ready To Start

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Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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Never has an album made me more angry than The Suburbs which is a testament to why it’s on this list.  Many of you know how I feel about this recording but for those of you who don’t –  Rant…Simply, Whoever* mastered The Suburbs should be fired & publicly humiliated….yes yes yes, I know Markus Dravs has established himself as a great producer, but he royally fucked this album.  He or whoever snook into the control booth when no one was looking cranked every level (high, mid & low) up to eleven and essentially flattened the entire album into and unlistenable pancake.  Hearing the noise of this god awful mess is akin to driving nine inch icicle nails through the core of your inner ear.  I hope I live long enough to hear the 20 year anniversary remaster.  By the way, If directors like Ridley Scott are compelled to come out with director’s cuts of their movies to combat poor studio decisions then why can’t bands do the same.  I wonder if AF even knows how terrible it sounds with its complete lack of dynamic range.  And critics who justify it’s shortcomings as “sonically emulating its subject” must be getting paid under the table to publicly stroke Merges rooster for free tickets to the next show while simultaneously bolstering click traffic for their online fanzine.

However!  it easily makes this list… god I love this album despite all of the above.  I just wish I could listen to it on my cheap ear bud headphones.  It’s just a shame cause it could be so much better.

*UPDATE:  the culprit is George Marino and apparently I’m on to something because he was just nominated for a grammy award for his mastering of the album.

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Arcade Fire @ MSG Tonight!

Nice doin bidness witchya! Nothing like cutting it close and scoring a last minute stub to the hottest ticket in town. They haven’t played here in three years.

Set List:

Ready To Start / Neighborhood #2 (Laika) / No Cars Go / Haiti / Half Light II (No Celebration) / Rococo / The Suburbs / The Suburbs (Continued) / Crown of Love / Intervention / We Used To Wait / Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) / Rebellion (Lies) / Month of May / Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Encore:

Keep The Car Running / Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) / Wake Up

Brooklyn Vegan has some amazing coverage of their second night @ MSG.