Tonight Tonight in Music: Happy Birthday, Donte! Kanye West, Blacklisted
posted by April 16 at 10:33 AMon
In this week’s Bug in the Bassbin, Donte Parks invites you to his birthday bash:
Sleepy Eyes of Death photo by Kyle Johnson
In other anniversary (and blatant conflict of interest) news, at the end of the month I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday and in honor of the occasion, I’ve put together a show at Neumo’s including some of my favorite artists.
Both Truckasauras and Sleepy Eyes of Death have rightfully earned their share of ink, but there’s an unfortunate rift in their audiences, with Truckasauras’s 8-bit electro finding favor mostly with technophiles, and Sleepy Eyes’ electro-gaze catering more to the rock side of the fence. Truck’s got rock-star swagger and beer-swilling approachability (who doesn’t like old Wrestlemania footage?), while Sleepy Eyes of Death’s synths give them enough electronic sheen to easily cross that genre barrier. Hopefully this will get both groups’ fans mingling. Rounding out the bill is Randy Jones, who is not only an excellent label curator (Orac Records), acclaimed producer (as Caro), and visual artist, but is easily one of the city’s top DJs, no genre qualifications necessary.
The show is free, so consider this your personal invitation.
And here’s what else is happening:
Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D.
(KeyArena) N.E.R.D.’s new single, “Everyone Nose,” features Pharrell repeatedly yelling, “ALL THE GIRLS STANDING IN LINE FOR THE BATHROOM!” How could I not think about this song while spending my last two weekends at Yo, Son!? Damn ladies, I feel for you! Most girls I know are able to go to the bathroom supernaturally quick—this joint should be blasted at the skeed-up stall hogs in there 24/7. As for the song itself, it’s neither that raunchy rap-rock N.E.R.D. from In Search of… nor is it the ’70s-AM-rock N.E.R.D. of Fly or Die. It’s more like a Pharrell solo song where he REALLY wants you to know that he likes Spank Rock. In that respect it’s successful. And if that sounds like your jam, hey, go for yours. LARRY MIZELL JR.
Blacklisted, Sinking Ships, Shook Ones, Vanguard, Never Looking Back
(Viaduct) Philly’s Blacklisted went to a dark, threatening place when writing the songs on their new album, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God. With the fast/sludgy/fast “Circuit Breaker” and the just-barely-a-minute blast of sonic destruction “Stations,” they’re out to give you a heart attack. That it was recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou (the same man who makes Converge sound so bombastic) only ensures that this record is their most dramatic and blistering ever—the bass is low and heavy, the guitars stab at your face, with the only brightness coming from the occasional (and unsettling) metal nuance. The growling rock-and-roll vocals come from a place deeper than the pit of singer George Kirsch’s gut. I’m making it sound really dramatic, I know. But this shit is hard and heavy. MEGAN SELING