Archive for August, 2011

JL to write for Yotel NYC

Hey Playtonics,

For those of you who regularly follow the blog, you know that myself and the rest of the PDs staff keep busy. Wilchuck regularly turns out amazing video collages. Mskurz moved on to become editor of Maine’s local newspaper The Independent. It’s in our spirit to create.

So, in the interest of adding to and diversifying my avenues for writing, I am now a contributor for Yotel NYC’s blog. To give you some insight:



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Spacerock, krautrock, drone rock – what’s the fucking diff?  San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips (whats up with/I love that j)  make it happen, blending elements of all kinds of experimental psychedelia.  Their latest LP West is slated for release September 12 off their new label Thrill Jockey.  If you like heady jams, you better pick this one up.  Read on! (more…)

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Mornin’ Playtonics,

Last night, my piece on the Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece was posted on the online music magazine Tiny Mix Tapes’ Delorean blog. After a chance conversation, I revisited this album and came to some surprising realizations. Check out my thoughts here.

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I’ve gushed about Meursault before on Playtonic Dialogues. The band has figured prominently on the tapes I’ve shared and their 2010 LP All Creatures Will Make Merry is one of my favorite records of the past couple of years. “One Day This’ll All Be Fields” is a choice selection off of Creatures, so of course I put it in a video shwag collage.  (more…)

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(Editor’s Note: This piece appears on The Bowery Presents The House List. Check it out here)

The War on Drugs is a losing battle. People will get high if they so desire. No government enforcement can stop production, dispersal and use. It’s the classic “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Much in a similar vein, rock and roll music persists, despite years of push back and upheaval. Its conduit, the electric guitar, continues to be a tool for exploration and its rhythms maintain their allure. So what better name for a rock band that channels vitality than the War on Drugs.

Bringing their curious name and burgeoning reputation, the War on Drugs played to a sold-out crowd on Saturday night at Mercury Lounge. Credit must be given to the group’s new album, Slave Ambient, released last week and receiving a ton of good press. Many in the audience appeared to know the material, which took up the bulk of the set list.

Their sound, distinctly rooted in the kind of Americana practiced and perfected by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, filled the venue, reverberating and echoing off the walls. From the show opener “Best Night” to the wonderfully anthemic “Come to the City,” the songs sounded fuller, deeper and more rhythmic than the studio versions. Guitarist and vocalist Adam Granduciel’s talent showed with his unfaltering delivery. And when he graciously noted that Mercury Lounge is his favorite venue to play in all of New York City, it felt genuine. No need to pander when you’re unstoppable.

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Playtonic Dialogues is now up and running on Facebook. Check it out. Like it. Write on the wall. Spread the word.

The internet isn’t going anywhere but you should start following us while you’re still an original fan. Otherwise, you’re that late-to-the-party bandwagon fan, always making excuses. Don’t be that fan.

Click here to see what we’ve got going on.

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Afternoon Playtonics,

Today, my piece on the Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” was posted on the online music magazine Tiny Mix Tapes’ Delorean blog. In light of the much-sampled song being used on Watch the Throne, I connect its past use to its present application. Check it out here.

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