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forthebeat Presents… THURSDAY Night


Come hang with us this THURSDAY, December 16th at Glasslands @ 7:30 PM with KeepawayHeadless Horseman, Slow Animal and The Young Maths

This is what this party will sound like:

Keepaway – 100
Headless Horseman – Sh8kr
Slow Animal – Sitting Here
The Young Maths – Body Bags

One more thing: the show is the LAST night you can donate to Keepaway to help them raise funds to record their full-length. Here’s a message from the band:

You may have heard we are raising money to record our full-length debut. It’s going great, but WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME! We started a Kickstarter page to help out. It’s really easy to throw in a donation, and you’ll get exclusive prizes for anything you give.
Thanks so much to all those who have already given. You mean the world to us, and we couldn’t be more thankful. Watch this video: we talk about the project.

Click here:

Truly yours,

Frank, Mike, and Nick

PS If you haven’t yet, you can download KOMPETITOR, our new collection of songs and video, here.

Interview: Wise Blood


Listen and don’t dance, go on, try it.

Ok, so Pitchfork got him first but ours is more interesting. Read about Wise Blood below and find out why his aura/vibe is white.

The forthebeat/Transparent/ABC News Amplified showcase for CMJ was last week at Public Assembly and we couldn’t have asked for a better pump-up-the crowd than opener, Wise Blood.

Chris Laufman’s debut EP has brought him some well deserved attention we’re certain will only increase, especially with his next album, which he’s working on now. Read one of our favorite ftb interviews below and buy his 5 track EP on his Bandcamp Page (one of the most fun 5 consecutive tracks we’ve heard all year)

1. Hows Pittsburgh? Do you find it inspirational for your music development?

Pittsburgh is a dark, wonderful place sort of like what Washington state looks like in the Twilight series, but creepier.

2. How was CMJ (thank you for playing our show!) Were there any bands either you performed with or saw that interested you?

CMJ was great, had a fun time, especially at your showcase. Wish I had been able to watch myself perform live, heard it was awesome.

3. I know your band’s name is based after the novel by Flannery O’Connor, do you think you will draw any future references to this novel – like song titles or lyrics? Possibly, but you’ll really have to be looking for it.

4. What’s STRT SGNS about?

Wanting to be saved by someone, wanting someone to take care of you and invest a lot in you personally.

5. What song off your EP do you like performing live best?

I think i actually like performing HERE COMES THE SUN the best

6. Who would you love to tour with/play with? We think juiceboxxx and pictureplane would be awesome…

Those are good picks but maybe Salem.

7. What color best describes Wise Blood’s aura?


Wise Blood – B.I.G. E.G.O.

forthebeat’s CMJ Show on WEDNESDAY

forthebeat.Transparent CMJ 2010 Invite

We’ve added a few bands and we’re REALLY excited.  Don’t forget to RSVP (info below) and get there on time because the show is FREE and capacity is limited…

forthebeat + Transparent
with ABC News Amplified

Cloud Nothings – Hey Cool Kid
Kisses – Bermuda
Dominant Legs – Clawing Out At The Walls
Hooray For Earth – Rolling / Nectarine
Sunglasses – Whiplash
Mon Khmer – Passwords
Bronze – Horses
Psychobuildings – Terror Management
Wise Blood – STRT SRNS
DJ set by Heats

Wednesday, October 20th

Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street between Wythe and Kent
Brooklyn, NY


RSVP required — e-mail or “Like” forthebeat on Facebook

CMJ Line Up Announced…

forthebeat.Transparent CMJ 2010 Invite

forthebeat + Transparent
with ABC News Amplified

Cloud Nothings – Hey Cool Kid
Kisses – Bermuda
Dominant Legs – Clawing Out At The Walls
Hooray For Earth – Rolling / Nectarine
Sunglasses – Whiplash
Mon Khmer – Passwords
Bronze – Horses
Psychobuildings – Terror Management
Wise Blood – STRT SRNS
DJ set by Heats

Wednesday, October 20th

Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street between Wythe and Kent
Brooklyn, NY


RSVP required — e-mail or “Like” forthebeat on Facebook

Tuesday 8.24 forthebeat Presents…

forthebeat Invite 8.24.10

forthebeat Presents MOTEL MOTEL Album Release Party

Tuesday, August 24th

@ Union Pool @ 8:00 PM
484 Union Ave (near the Lorimer L stop), Brooklyn

$8 at the door



This is what this party will sound like:

Motel Motel – Helena, MT
Bronze – Horses
Telepathe – So Fine (Chairlift Remix)

Interview with SUNGLASSES / Giveaway


Tonight is the night — forthebeat Presents: Sunglasses EP release party at Pianos at 9:30 PM with Psychobuildings, Magic Man and Aux Arc.  Are you coming?  YES!

We’re giving away a FREE limited-edition hand-sewn EP, courtesy of Lefse Records.  If you’re the winner AND you happen to live in NYC, we’ll throw you a comp for tonight’s show as well.  Please post the following: “Sunglasses EP Release Party tonight:”  SL and I will search for your posts on Facebook and Twitter and randomly select a winner by 3 PM today.

To prepare for later, read an interview with Sunglasses below, listen to these songs and pick out something sexy to wear to our party…

Sunglasses – Whiplash

Sunglasses – Referee

Your highly-anticipated EP drops on June 15, what’s been the most exciting part of this process?
The most exciting part for us is having a tangible versions of our songs. The experience of rubbing our fingers across our music and smelling the wax. The greatest feeling will be handing the first copies we get to our moms.

What color best describes your band’s aura/vibe?

What’s up with the dog in your album artwork?  What’s his name?
Her name is Chloe, she is Sams dog and by the far the greatest dog in the world. Chloe is our mentor and our guardian. Sunglasses would have never taken place if it wasnt for her unforgiving wisdom. Big Ups to Miss Dooges.

What’s your favorite Sunglasses song / which do you love performing live and why?
The song we are most excited about at the moment is our newest song, “Common Sense” which has been extremely fun to play live. The song will be featured on our upcoming full length.

When or how did you first fall in love with music? (Your dad taught you banjo, you heard Dirty Diana in a bathroom, etc.)
Both of our dads are really into music and truthfully are the ones to blame. We were highly exposed to music through them and on the way to soccer games. Sam’s dad was obcessed with R.E.M., the English Beat, Joe Jackson & the Psychedelic Furs. Brady’s dad was really into Frank Zappa, The Who, Yes, Enigma and Seal.

How influential has your time at SCAD been in your musical endeavors?
Huge! Thats where we met, and really found what we came there for. Savannah was a creative atmosphere to grow and meet fellow people with the same goals. We utilized the facalities as much as we could. Shooting sketch comedy and music videos on their green screen studios as well as recording and mixing music in their studios. Also having the opportunity to work on films of all kinds. Our majors in college were Film (Samuel) and Sound (Brady). Our goal is to continue excelling in those creative areas (currently working on a feature length script) as well as incorporating those artistic principles in our music.

New York or Savannah?
We enjoy both really. They both have different aspects that we enjoy equally. Savannah gave us the opportunity to start from the ground up and learn. There was absolutely no music scene before we were there, we had to create it and it was a great learning process. Once we got going and we needed to go the next level, New York was a great vehicle for us to progress as musicians and to get away from small town claustrophobia.

Who do you see in the industry as really doing something different and exciting?
Flying Lotus is currently the only new artist we have been listening to. Also we are looking forward to the new Big Boi and OutKast albums and still have our fingers crossed for a Kate Bush collaboration.

What one song must everyone download RIGHT NOW?
Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You”

What is the most shameful song on your iPod?
Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You”

If you could cover / put a Sunglasses spin on any song right now, what would it be and describe what it would sound like?
XTC – “Its nearly Africa”. We would amp up its jungle rhythms, and vocal harmonies. We would also heighten the sense of atmosphere and hopefully take it some where new as well hold on to what we love about the band and the song. In our minds XTC are horribly underrated and it is our goal to bring public awareness to them. They are massively amazing. Their approach to music is very similar to ours and we hold them high to the sky. If you are care about yourself and the world at large you will purchase English Settlement and/or Drums & Wires!

Tomorrow: Sunglasses EP Release Party

Sunglasses EP Release 6.11.10

forthebeat Presents SUNGLASSES EP Release Party

TOMORROW — Friday, June 11th

@ Pianos @ 9:30 PM
158 Ludlow (at Stanton), NYC

$8 in advance / $10 at the door — Buy tix HERE


AUX ARC @ 12:30 AM

And special guests…

Start listening below and see you there!

Sunglasses – Stand Fast


Countdown 3: Psychobuildings


The third band we are profiling this week is Psychobuildings, who are also playing our show on Friday — the Sunglasses EP release party. They just released “Portrait / No Man’s Land” on May 31st on Transparent Records. There are limited copies, 300 to be exact, of the 7” .

The synthy, dreamy pop is pretty chill, and I think VICE said it best when they described the lead singer’s sound: “when Peter sings his words he sounds like a child confused by a dream he just woke up from.”

Psychobuildings – Birds of Prey

It’s hard to explain this band live, so see for yourselves here. If this is any indication of how they’ll perform on Friday, we can’t wait:

Countdownnnnn: Aux Arc

aux arc

Meet Aux Arc (pronounced Ozark). They will be playing forthebeat’s Sunglasses EP release party this Friday at Pianos, and they are f***ing rad. I caught their show at Cake Shop last night, and they killed it. They remind me of beachy feel, good jams I want to run around in my underwear to…I mean bathing suit, whatever. There’s a beach, there’s a bonfire involved, some free love, etc.

So it goes a little something like this: four friends and 5? 6? 7 rad bands? I can’t keep track, but here’s a little bit of insight into how it works:

Aux Arc is Marshall Trotter and Elgin Braden. The band has existed in various formations since 2007.  Marshall Trotter is also a member of Hula Hoop with Sunglasses‘ Samuel Cooper and Food Coloring with a bunch of other fun dudes. Then there’s Elgin “Teen Wolfe” Braden, who is also a member of Fish Humans in The Pool, Baby Jazz and Food Coloring. Marshall and Elgin met while attending SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) in Savannah, GA and are “deeply involved in working with good friends Sunglasses.” Sunglasses‘ Samuel Cooper plays drums and guitar in this band as well.

Some other fun facts about Marshall and Elgin: Marshall’s a talented artist who did the bad ass album artwork for Sunglasses EP – which is below for your viewing pleasure. Elgin is currently working on a graphic novel with an interactive music companion that corresponds with the book. (what the?! awesome…)  Aux Arc is also in pre-production for a music video collaboration with 8000 bam bam (Samuel Cooper).

These guys are involved in so many things at once, we wonder if all 900 of their bands will blow up at once? Our guess: YUP.

Listen to “Jumps” but you should also go find “Put It On Pancakes”:

Aux Arc – Jumps

sunglasses ep artwork

Countdown: Magic Man

magic man

** This week is dedicated to posting about our party this Friday at Pianos in New York City.  It’s Sunglasses EP release party, also featuring the bands Psychobuildings, Magic Man and Aux Arc.  First up, for your listening pleasure, is Magic Man.  And HERE is more info about our show.

Magic Man is Boston-based duo Alex Caplow and Sam Lee, whose debut album Real Life Color is out on Arcade Sound LTD.  You can download it for FREE right HERE.  And you should; you really should.  This album is a shiny, sparkly gem that you will play over and over again, and you still won’t get enough.  Each time I listen, I find another song I love, but I’ve posted my three favorites (as of today) below – “Polygons,” “Nest” and “Like Sailors.”

Caplow and Lee have been playing music together since middle school, but started working on the music that became Magic Man this past summer while traveling through France.  The two spent time in a variety of locales–an organic farm, a chateau, a beach cottage, a circus festival, etc.  And you can hear the various influences of new discoveries and experiences throughout the record.

Recently, Magic Man has shared the stage with acts including Dan Deacon, Maps and Atlases, Matt and Kim, and MGMT.  They’ll be playing Pianos this Friday at 9:30 PM, so come and catch them live in NYC.

Magic Man – Polygons

Magic Man – Nest

Magic Man – Like Sailors

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