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Monday’s Suggestion (01-03-11)

In Monday's Suggestion,Music,New York City,Rich,Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , ,

Asobi Seksu Release New Single “Trails”

Asobi Seksu

 

“Trails”, the first single off of Asobi Seksu’s upcoming fourth release starts off in a wall of dissonant, bagpipe-esque noise.  If this were to continue another ten seconds it would be annoying, but in its current incarnation it creates a ‘come hither’ allure that begs you to keep listening.

From there the song opens up into the sort of dream pop that has come to characterize the band’s sound.  Lead singer Yuki Chikudate sings and coos over carefully layered synth and a rolling drum beat heavy on tom work and accented with single shakes of a tambourine.

Overall, there is a sort of hope and wonder to the song that recalls Metricthe XX and Chairlift.  If the new record Fluorescence is full of this breed of expansive shoe-gaze, look for this album to finally push Asobi Seksu from darlings of the underground to mainstream contenders in 2011, similarly to how “Crystalised” did for the XX last year.

Asobi Seksu’s full length LP Fluorescence will be out February 15th on Polyvinyl Records, and the band will be supporting the release with a North American tour.  You can download Trails for free here and check out their tour dates on the band’s myspace.

Recommended If You Like: The XX, Metric, Chairlift

– Rich

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Tuesday’s Article (12-21-10)

In Music,Rich,Tuesday's Article on December 21, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , ,

All Grown Up release new E.P. “I’m Over Here”

Springsteen Sting, the third track off of All Grown Up‘s new E.P. “I’m Over Here” starts off with one of my favorite lyrics I’ve heard in a while:

“I woke up bleeding from my hands again, I guess I’m working in my sleep.”

This line epitomizes the decade plus DIY career of this family.  I say family rather than band because All Grown Up has become so much more than just four guys playing music.  The “AGUnit” is a group of friends that have become the foundation on which All Grown Up stands, and the band is fully aware and appreciative of this.  Anybody who has seen the way they offer every ounce of themselves onstage would be able to support that statement with unwavering certainty.

Since the first AGU show I checked out in 2004, between my various bands playing shows with them and just going as a fan, I’ve probably seen All Grown Up 30 or 40 times.  Usually that would put me in fanboy territory, but the truth is it still leaves me a lightweight in terms of their fan-base.  Yes, I’ve seen over a hundred people come out to see them and they’re reputation is spreading everyday, but no matter if it’s Gramercy Theatre or Mr. Beery’s in Bethpage, you can count on the same 40 or so friends being in the front of the audience singing every word to every song.  This is where the family aspect comes in.

We aren’t talking Jonas Brothers fans here, we’re talking the friends the band grew up with and all the stragglers (such as myself) that they picked up along the way.  These are the same guys and girls that the AGU crew Beer-B-Q’s with in the summer and closes down the bar with every weekend all year-long.  It’s a crew that invented Friendship Friday as an excuse to have a good time together, and that I’ve seen the majority of at every Minus The Bear Show since 2005.  They’re great people who support the hell out of their friends, and I consider it an honor to count a lot of them among my own.

I sat down to write about the new E.P., but I don’t think I could have without the article digressing into what the All Grown Up family is all about.  At the end of the day “I’m Over Here” is five raw, emotive punk influenced tracks that exemplify every good friendship.  Every track is a house party in MP3 format, but also touches on those conversation topics everyone in their 20’s have had with their best friend at some point.  This is a really tough thing to accomplish and very few bands (The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, The June Spirit) have been able to accomplish it with any sort of sincerity in the past few decades, All Grown Up is among them.  Then again, when you get a band who are as talented as these guys are, and who’s biggest influence is legitimately their friends and family, it’s really not that surprising.

You should get the record here.

Then join the AGU family here.

And to top it all off, be here next Thursday.

-Rich

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Monday’s Suggestion (11-29-10)

In Monday's Suggestion,Music,Rich,Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Fences

If you’re currently in your mid to late 20s and were labeled an “emo kid” at some point in your younger days, chances are Fences, the recording alias of 27-year-old songwriter Chris Mansfield, captured your current mindset on his debut album.

Don’t know if this applies to you?  Let me provide a little more background.

Music: When you were young(er) you found solace in bands like Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day and Thursday.  You thought the “Blue Album” was awesome, but Pinkerton was Weezer’s classic.

Books: You love Kerouac and Bukowski, Plath and Hemingway and there was a period of time where you obsessed over the idea of existentialism.

Film: With regards to film you had two dynamic duos you lived by (Wes Anderson/Jason Schwartzman and Tim Burton/Johnny Depp).  You made it your goal to find the happy medium between these two personas…and then marry Zooey Deschanel.  This is why you’re now incredibly jealous of Ben Gibbard (if you’re a girl replace Zooey Deschanel with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ben Gibbard with whoever he’s dating).

If any of this sound familiar you’re probably going to relate to Fences.   If not there is still an aspect of your youth that could tie you in…you drove around aimlessly, often for entire nights.  You’d drink in parking lots and go to basement shows and house parties, but mostly you’d just drive around and listen to music, ending up at a diner in the waning hours of the night.

If you’re still reading this probably rings a bell to some degree, and the questions you strung yourself out on while staring out the passenger window of your friend’s 92 Volvo are the same ones you examined in your head as you stared out the subway window on your way to work this morning.  Questions like “where is my life going?” or “what did I do wrong to him/her?”.  These may be the same questions you had back then, but you definitely don’t approach them the same way.

Fences encapsulates this more mature approach.  You aren’t screaming anymore, you’re reflecting quietly.  Where Chris Carraba crafted Dashboard Confessional out of a refusal to move past his high school heartaches as he entered his late twenties, Chris Mansfield has constructed Fences out of a desperate need to get past that time in his life.

Fences self-titled debut album is full of the shoe-gazing self-reflection that so many of us have adapted as our comfort zone.  It’s the soundtrack to a late night drive or a long night at a dive bar.  In fact, I find something fitting about the fact that this album was conceived in Seattle.  Probably because it gives me the same feeling I used to get when watching the cult classic “Reality Bites”.

The bottom line is this album is as therapeutic to the listener as it likely was for Mansfield to write.  If you don’t have your life figured out yet, give it a listen.  You probably won’t figure out anything by doing so, but trust me you’ll still feel a little better afterwards.

Recommended if you like: Cassino, An Horse, Tegan & Sara

– Rich

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Impromptu Post (11-11-10)

In Imrpomptu Post,Rich on November 11, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , ,

Article Rich wrote for examiner.com about The Twees

http://www.examiner.com/local-music-in-new-york/the-twees-lower-east-side-pop-at-it-s-best

enjoy!

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Impromptu Post (11-08-10)

In Imrpomptu Post,Rich on November 8, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , ,

Check out an article Rich wrote for examiner.com on cult Long Island punk band All Grown Up.

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Also check out the teaser for the new All Grown Up EP coming out next month!

 

 

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What To Do This Weekend (11-04-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on November 4, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

EDITORS NOTE: THE SHOW IS TONIGHT FRIDAY NOV 5th not NOV 6th


Gabriel The Marine/ Hotel Of The Laughing Tree/ Republic of Wolves @ Party Expo in Brooklyn *(Friday Nov. 5th [NOT Saturday the 6th!])

If you were to take a quick look at my previous weekend suggestions a few trends would arise in terms of what I find entertaining.  One of the most common would be DIY shows in dungeon-esque basements or seedy warehouses and another would be Gabriel The Marine.

This saturday at Party Expo in Bushwick, you can experience both.  Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.

The Music – Gabriel The Marine is an indie rock act in the vein of Ra Ra Riot.  I’ve noted several times that I hold them atop my list of bands restoring my faith in the Long Island music scene.  They will be joined by three other awesome bands currently breaking out of Long Island.

The Venue – Party Expo is a Wu Tang approved DIY spot in Bushwick that seems to have as many visits from the cops as it does concert goers.  However, despite having nights occasionally shut down the venue still manages a steady stream of awesome shows. I would most compare Party Expo to Death By Audio in Williamsburg, however DBA does have a major one up on Party Expo; a liquor license.  Don’t let the fact that Party Expo shows are dry for the time being stop you from going Saturday though, Beauty Bar is two doors down, and the venue allows re-entry.  This makes it pretty easy to slip out between bands for a beer and a shot…or two.

Conclusion – If it’s good enough for Raekwon, it’s good enough for me.  Let’s go!

– Rich

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Someone is actually paying Rich to write about music!

In Imrpomptu Post,Rich on October 25, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hey everyone,

Hope all is well.  I was recently hired as a NYC Local Music correspondent for examiner.com.  My first review was posted today, and I would really appreciate it if you would come check it out.  If you like it, please subscribe to my posts, it’ll help get me paid more!

Here’s the link to my first article about my friends in Aunt Ange: http://www.examiner.com/local-music-in-new-york/brooklyn-based-aunt-ange-release-indie-rock-gem

Thanks guys!  Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you all some good suggestions for new tunes!

cheers,

Rich