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Dan Turnbull, Orca Age at Goodbye Blue Monday, 8

Nonhorse, Shams, Dj Dog Dick, The Babies, Sewn Leather at Silent Barn, 8ish

Sam Amidon at Mercury Lounge, 7ish


Oneohtrix Point Never, Steve Moore, No Fun Acid (Carlos Giffoni), Autre Ne Veut at Glasslands, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Wavves, Cloud Nothings, Dom at Knitting Factory, 8ish (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Tame Impala, Amazing Baby at Pianos, 8

Aa, Yellow Fever, Air Waves, PC Worship, Coasting at Union Pool, 730ish (NORTHSIDE FEST)


Desert Stars, Woom at Bruar Falls, 10 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

We Are Country Mice, Eternal Summers, Grooms, Viernes, Dream Diary at Cameo Gallery, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers, Coasting, Bermuda Bonnie at Matchless, 9 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Real Estate, Woods, The Fresh & Onlys, Sic Alps, Moon Duo at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)


Titus Andronicus, Male Bonding, Cults at Newtown Barge, 1:30 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe at Central Park Summerstage, 3

Ducktails, Big Troubles, Woom, No Demons Here, Dana Jewell, Archers, Andrew Cedarmark at Shea Stadium, 8ish (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Lower Dens, Dark Dark Dark, Matteah Baim, Frankie & The Outs, Total Slacker, Coasting, Union at Death by Audio, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Liars, Fucked Up, High Places at Newtown Barge, 6 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM, ZAZA at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Zs, David Linton at Issue Project Room, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)


Dark Dark Dark, Arches, Vandaveer, Callers, Annie and the Beekeepers at Zebulon, 7 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Dirty Projectors is a great band. It’s not often, at all, that a band will put out an album where every single song is good, especially these days. I can only really say that for a handful of bands of the past few years… Bitte Orca pretty much ruled my life for maybe, 5 months.

“Stillness is the Move” was the jam of last summer, and while Lucky Dragons‘ remix of it is certainly not a “summer jam” this cover is totally worth getting lost in. Amber’s voice hangs like a veil over this jittery song, it’s fascinatingly eerie. In a way, this song couples the alterna-R&B of the Dirty Ps song and the more straight forward R&B of the Solange Knowles version. Genius re-working.

There’s a little bit of vintage High Places here: shakers, jingly jingles, high pitched and staccato rhythms. Very nice.

The single is coming out with the original “Stillness Is the Move” on the A-side on Domino in the UK.

Lucky Dragons: Stillness Is the Move (remix)

(via JPs Blog)


Growing, Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), Luke Roberts, The Monroe Indians at Coco66, 8ish

Best Coast, Bitters, The Babies at Knitting Factory, 8ish (and Wednesday at Mercury Lounge, no Babies)


La Big Vic, Moonwalk, Chmmr When Agitated at Goodbye Blue Monday, 8ish (Political Asylum Benefit for Toshio Masuda, controversial Japanese composer)

So Cow, Sunday Times, The Babies, The Surprisers at Death by Audio, 8ish


High Places, Soft Circle, Bow Ribbons at ?? Check ToddPNYC.


Xiu Xiu, tUnE-YaRds, Zola Jesus, Twin Sister at Bowery Ballroom, 8ish

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Obits, Screaming Females at Fillmore Irving Plaza, 9


MV&EE, Flower/Corsano (Flaherty?) Duo, Nonhorse at Silent Barn, 8ish

Washed Out, Small Black, Pictureplane at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8ish

Mirror/Dash (Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore) at 30 Days NY Family Bookstore, 7


Twin Sister, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Weed Hounds at Silent Barn, 8ish


Soft Circle, Mi Ami, Drawlings at Cake Shop, 8ish

Always interesting and always intricate, the new High Places shows why they moved to Cali– they were looking for clarity and simplicity in the face of chaos. While “On Giving Up” is less crazy than the band’s previous work, it’s still rich and detailed and… moody. Check it out.

The new album, High Places v. Mankind, is out n March 16 on Thrill Jockey.

High Places: On Giving Up

I’m blogger of the week at Break Thru Radio. Basically that means that I made a playlist of songs that I like (by Tanlines, Ducktails, Velvet Davenport, Mountain Man, JP05) and then I blathered on a little bit about blogs, music, High Places and some other stuff. Check it out here. You can listen or dload if you’re into it. Under the little buttons for play, pause, etc. there are some tabs with further info. Click view playlist for more info and the names of tracks.

Thanks Mimi!


Here’s a new High Places video, which is for their song, “Main St. L.A.” I still don’t quite understand this Main St. Project, but here’s what High Places had to say about it:

We asked Mary Pearson and Rob Barber of High Places to write a few words about how they came to write a Main Street song about Los Angeles. Heres what they had to say: Mary: Rob and I recently relocated from New York City to Los Angeles, and consequently I felt a bit under-qualified at first for the role of Los Angeles Main Street Representative. However, as I began to think more about the task, it dawned on me that a newcomer can often see aspects of her surroundings that are so commonplace as to go unnoticed by longtime locals. Few born-and-raised Angelenos would treat wild succulents and late night taco trucks with quite the degree of reverence and gratitude Rob and I bestow upon such things. And it also struck me that Los Angeles is largely defined by its Promise-Land-like ability to lure in outsiders. In fact, this trait can be attributed to the entire state of California. Rob: As far as how we approached writing the song, this was the perfect project for High Places. Ordinarily, when we write for ourselves, we make a lot of off-the-cuff recordings and then arrange all the parts into a sort of hyper-organized mega-mix. With Main Street, we first went out on a couple different occasions to gather field recordings. Both times were very different from one another. The first night we went down to a more deserted stretch near the L.A. River, and recorded the more ambient aspects of the song. The whoosh of distant cars driving over manholes, crickets and night bugs, and the all-too-familiar (as well as surprisingly percussive) L.A.P.D. helicopters equipped with spooky spotlights. These sounds were cut up and used largely in the construction of the rhythm. A few days later we attended a Saturday afternoon street fair, where we gathered much of the rest of the sounds used: children playing, food frying, random snippets of conversations, empanada street vendors shouting How many dozens?, and of course a bunch of musicians whom we carefully worked off of with our own instrumental parts to fill out the composition. It was important to us to recreate a feeling of the multi-directional overlap and interplay of sounds present in a busy street environment. High Places tours a lot. We see a lot of Main Streets. Main Street Los Angeles is, as with most Main Streets, totally unique and of itself. Although parts are rather deserted and empty, such as the region near the L.A. River, other parts just a few blocks away, still give the feeling of being historically one of L.A.s predominant thoroughfares. Unlike many other Main Streets, which have become forgotten and obsolete with the development and commercialization of a towns outlying areas, L.A. Main Street is still mostly a viable and important center of the city. Like the spirit of California, it means different things for different people. For example, It contains the the oldest part of town, as well as the home of L.A.s underground music scene, the Smell. Mary: Joni Mitchells California is such a fitting love song to the elusive, golden state. The song is often what I sing at High Places sound checks, and I felt I just had to pay tribute to it in this composition by borrowing the lyrics from the chorus, California, oh California, Im comin home Hopefully our composition was successful in creating a similar mood of nostalgia and promise.

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Hello High Places! Mary and Rob certainly keep themselves busy. That’s gotta be hard living the Cali life, right? Maybe not! They made a mixtape for VICE (complete with Atari Teenage Riot?! Shiiiit yah!) and are also a part of something called “Mapping Main Street.” I’m not too sure what the dilly is with that quite yet- but peep the deets.

HP made the mix with the other half of their recent split 12″ release- Hisham Bharoocha of Soft Circle. GET IT HERE!

Che Cafe, San Diego by Steve Schroeder

Che Cafe, San Diego by Steve Schroeder

High Places is Mary Pearson and Rob Barber. The two make dreamy experimental pop. Their music has tropical influences and is electronic in nature. They like nature. They live in California but used to be a “Brooklyn band.” The two-some just released a split with Soft Circle, their contribution, “Late Bloomer,” the 11-plus-minute behemoth of a melancholy yet gut-wrenching song, is below the Q&A. (stream it here.) The song is a little Alice in Wonderland like for the first couple of minutes, but then it breaks out. So good.

High Places are very busy, always touring and making music, and this Friday they play at the Guggenheim Museum. I can’t think of a place with better acoustics…be there!

Read on for the differences between Cali and BK songwriting, what Rob thinks of Todd P, being food nerds and much more.

Q. How is California? Why did you relocate?

Mary: California is great! We had talked about moving here from the very start of High Places. Seasonal depression sucks, and every winter in New York I swore I couldn’t do another.

Rob: I was in NYC most of my life, and it is of course awesome on so many levels. But change is good. I am pretty “outdoorsy” and CA is a pretty good place for that. That is mostly the reason for me. I enjoy very different things about both NY and LA. I can’t really compare them. I had some UK friends in town lately and we all agreed that NYC has more in common with London, than LA.

Q. Is the “scene” there more inspiring in some ways? Your music feels natural, inspired by beauty and nature perhaps, does California aid that? But, you live in L.A. right?

Rob: We joked that our next record was going to be like industrial. I actually started wearing more black when I moved out here.

Mary: Los Angeles is full of beautiful plants and wildlife. Rob and I both live next to mountainous, rugged parks that are great for hiking and running. There are lizards who live in my garden, and I saw a coyote near my house the other day. It’s funny because I think I wrote more nature-inspired lyrics when we lived in Brooklyn. I guess writing about what you don’t have is a common thing.

Q. Do you miss Brooklyn? How often do you get back?

Mary: This will be my first time back to New York since February. Feels like it’s been a really long time and I’m excited to return!

Rob: I was just back a couple weeks ago visiting family. I have been back in NY still like once a month almost. I still have a lease there, just subletting to my friends. One thing that is important to note about our move, was that for the last year or so we were on tour pretty much constantly, with maybe like a week at most off here and there. It started to feel to me that my actual location was pretty metageographical. So basically the world became a very big place in that time. I have grown to feel less attached to being “home”, or “still”.

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High Places make interesting quirky beachy nostalgicly-tinged pop out of strange instruments, a drum pad and some electronic stuff. They moved to LA from Brooklyn. Why? Stay Tuned.

This track, “Head Spins,” was released on a 7 inch by Ancient Almanac. It’s sold out.

It features this simple yet amazing line: “When we sat on the floor, I was floored, I was floored.”

The band (Mary and Rob) play the Guggenheim on August 14.

High Places: “Head Spins”

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High Places: “Head Spins”


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