Review: of Montreal “Aureate Gloom”

I’m always nervous when a band I love announces their next release; I get anxious, thinking that it could be the best one yet, or the one that loses me. This sense of uncertainty is especially present when it’s an eclectic group like of Montreal, who debuted in ’97 with joyful, 60s obsessed twee pop which quickly evolved into overstuffed psychedelic storytelling (The Gay Parade) before becoming the glam-y, funky, schizophrenic soul-punk of Hissing Fauna… and False Priest.After the solid modern classical experiment that was 2012s Paralytic Stalks, Kevin Barnes (the brains and creative life blood of the band) took […]
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M&C Music: What We Were Listening To In February 2015

Compiled by Bella Elbaum, Ethan Goodman and Kieran MacIntyreWhat’s better than music And lists? When they come together! Every month the M&C Music staff will make a lists of the music we have been listening to. For February we have a lot of new, old and everything in between!Bella ElbaumOf Montreal – Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other GamesIf that groovy ass bass line does not entice you from the second you hear it, you don’t deserve your ears. This is an all around happy song, and the first time we are really hearing Kevin Barnes start using more […]
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Exclusive Interview with Director Michael Tully for ‘Ping Pong Summer’

Gotta love the 80s.

Ping Pong Summer” is a good tribute movie to those moviegoers who remember growing up in the 80s. It’s about a teenager who spends a summer at the beach in Ocean City in 1985. It combines the tributes of arcade games, young teen love, hip hop and of course—ping pong.

The film has great veteran actors like Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris and John Hannah. It also features the young actors of Marcello Conte, Myles Massey and Emmi Shockley.

Latino-Review had an extended exclusive phone interview with director Michael Tully. We discussed in significant detail about the production, the actors, the music and the love of the 1980s.

Ping Pong Summer” is currently in limited release in certain theaters and also available on VOD.

Read the interview below.

Latino-Review: First of all, I want to thank you for doing this type of movie. I
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Listen of Montreal's "Belle Glade Missionaries" Single

Kevin Barnes has a gift for producing provocative lyrics that are both arresting and poetic. The Athens-bred of Montreal frontman demonstrates this rare talent well in “Belle Glade Missionaries,” the track the band just released off the forthcoming album lousy with sylvianbriar. The band will release lousy with sylvianbriar, their 12th studio album, on Oct. 8 via Polyvinyl Records. Take a listen to “Belle Glade Missionaries” below. ...
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Of Montreal to tour this fall

Of Montreal's latest album, lousy with sylvianbriar, is scheduled for release Oct. 8. To commemorate that, frontman Kevin Barnes has gathered a new band to hit the road for the following month, beginning with a show in Barnes’ hometown of Athens, Ga. The Seattle ladies of La Luz will join Of Montreal halfway through the tour and remain until the final show, also in Georgia. No word yet whether Barnes plans to perform naked again, but gratuitous costume changes are all but guaranteed. A full list of dates is below. Of Montreal tour 2013 Oct. 18—Athens, Georgia—40 ...
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Of Montreal announces stripped-down, countrified new album

Of Montreal has announced a new record, its twelfth. lousy with sylvianbriar (all lower case, of course) is due out Oct. 8 via Polyvinyl and promises a return to the group’s more pure and straightforward roots, with no computers used in its recording. Instead, sylvianbriar was recorded mostly live in frontman Kevin Barnes’ home studio, with a number of parts composed on the spot. It’s not exactly a novel idea, but for fans of the band's older stuff, it could be a return to form. Some of the album’s tracks also sound promising: “raindrop in my ...
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Download a Track from of Montreal's Rarities Collection

of Montreal released a track from their rarities collection, Daughter of Cloud, today for download. The track is titled “Feminine Effects,” which appears as the ninth track in the collection. “I wrote the song many years ago, and for a long time I was searching for the right girl to sing the lead vocals,” frontman Kevin Barnes told Rolling Stone. “I tried a bunch of different people before I discovered Rebecca Cash. She helped me realize the old school honky tonk vibe I was envisioning.” You can take a listen to the track right here (Via Rolling Stone). The track...
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The Endless Loops Of Kishi Bashi

The Endless Loops Of Kishi Bashi
If you're not already hip to the name Kishi Bashi, it's only a matter of time before you get there. The solo project from indie violinist and master sonic looper Kaoru Ishibashi (who goes by K) has been sending critics into raptures since even before the release of the debut Kishi Bashi album 151A this April. NPR's Stephen Thompson called the Virginia native's “one-man orchestra” of violin, beatboxing and English and Japanese vocals a breakout of South By Southwest. The Washington Post reported at least one woman openly weeping at a Kishi Bashi concert, and Andrew Bird comparisons are already piling on like so many violin loops.

Which is why we’re excited to premiere the first official music video for 151A, for the track “I Am The Antichrist To You.” The stop-motion video has been a long time coming -- Ishibashi originally intended to set it to a track
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Music: Music Review: Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks

Since 2007’s ambitious, masterful Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, absorbing an Of Montreal album has become a feat akin to eating Thanksgiving dinner for four—then going out for fusion tacos. There’s a lot to take in. Paralytic Stalks finds frontman Kevin Barnes once again attempting to exorcise his personal demons through a dizzying pop whirlwind. It’s a further refinement of his defiantly complex sound, which this time reconciles the naiveté of his ’60s psych-pop roots with his recent post-Prince sex jams. The hi-fi sonic retrofitting that producer Jon Brion gave False Priest extends here, though ...
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Listen: of Montreal does a good Steely Dan on 'Dour Percentage'

of Montreal have prepped their eighth album in 10 years, "Paralytic Stalks," and now a month out from its release have another taste from the set. "Dour Percentage" is at least 50 percent Steely Dan, though the band has never shied away from those 7ths and 9ths and unabashed '70s pop sound. Kevin Barnes' bouncy voice remains strong as always. Stream and download of Montreal's "Dour Percentage" below. You can also check out "Wintered Debts" on the band's website. "Stalks" will be out on Feb. 7 through Polyvinyl, and for you supernerds, 500 cassettes through Joyful Noise/Polyvinyl will also be available. Below...
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AfterElton Briefs: "The Men of Gaga," "The Daily Show" Visits The Gayest City In America, "Glee"'s Jacob Speaks, and More!

Congrats to Lucas Malvacini, who is the new Mister Brazil.

Lawmakers could move on the Ugandan "Kill The Gays" bill at any time, and asks that you sign and share this petition demanding that Ugandan President Museveni publicly vow to veto it. Brett Berk talks to Glee star Josh Sussman about his character Jacob's awesomely bewildering hair, and what male character Jacob would take to the prom. asks the question, "'The Voice has openly gay singers: Where are they on American Idol?" Below you can see The Daily Show's Jason Jones with an in-depth report on why Minneapolis has surpassed San Francisco as "the gayest city in America."

On May 12th, photographer Ukmcbo will release The Men of Gaga, a project that interprets Lady Gaga songs using male images. You can see a better explanation below from the artist himself.

His documentary Becoming Chaz debuts on Own tonight,
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Music: Review: Of Montreal: False Priest

For more than 10 years, Kevin Barnes has labored alone at molding Of Montreal’s kaleidoscopic recorded vision. This arrangement has its benefits—Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? would lack a crucial element of claustrophobia if it had been recorded in a proper studio—but it also meant there was no one around to rein in the wilder digressions of 2008’s Skeletal Lamping. Enter cult producer/film composer Jon Brion, who expands False Priest into a widescreen affair of freaky, funky psychedelia by splashing lively strings and synthesizer textures across Barnes’ songs, while also giving them a fat ...
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Of Montreal Debut Bloody Violent Video for 'Coquet Coquette'

Of Montreal's music video for their single "Coquet Coquette" has made its way out for fans viewing pleasure. Directed by Jason Miller, the clip features a bunch of people who get cannibal and violent as they are fighting each other in a barbarian battle.

Explaining about the bloody video, Kevin Barnes said as quoted by Idolator, "[It was] inspired retroactively by M.Houellebecq, and certain unauthorized visions of the daughter of Cloud." He added, "This short film is, in part, an attempt to animate the profoundly sagacious quote of WvB."

The lead singer of the band further said, "Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. .. and the shared consciousness dream we had concerning the inherent savagery of choosing sides."

"Coquet Coquette" is lifted from Of Montreal's new studio project "False Priest" which is expected to arrive in United States on September 14.

Of Montreal's "Coquet Coquette" music
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Watch: of Montreal's 'Coquet Coquette' will tear your heart out

A coquette is a woman who desires mens' affections without having to surrender any true intentions. of Montreal's "Coquet Coquette" is a music video that seemingly has nothing to do with coquettes. However, it is a good excuse to feature ritual violence, loincloths and cannibalism. (And,perhaps, a very brief peek of Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington, but that's probably just my eyes playing tricks on me.) Frontman Kevin Barnes makes a cameo himself, as a sort of survivor of the slaughter. I'm not sure if this tale is based on a historical incident -- of an island of mostly white people...
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Song Of The Day: Of Montreal previews new album material with 'Hydra Fancies'

Of Montreal is prepping the release of something like its 12th album "False Priest," and has unleashed at least two tracks for advanced listening. "Hydra Fancies," the latest of these, will be featured on lit magazine The Believer's song compilation disc as part of its music issue, streaming below. A slightly alterered version will appear on "False Priest," due Sept. 14. The track is on the less-flouncy side of Kevin Barnes and Co.'s output, though still with the signature synth slurs and doubled vocals. The first available (free!) single, "Coquet Coquette," has a more jammy, adrenaline rush to it, much more...
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New Music: of Montreal's "Hydra Fancies"

Quirky indie outfit of Montreal has a new album coming out this September, False Priest, and today you can have a taste of it with the track "Hydra Fancies." The band's sound tends toward the fanciful, which "Hydra Fancies" definitely is, but it also has a pleasantly upbeat tone, with lead singer Kevin Barnes crooning about "you, my new favorite thing" atop electronic beats and squeals. To me, it's a throwback to their 2007 album, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? - and since I still love that disc mightily, I feel the same way about this new single. To listen for yourself, just read more. Javascript is needed to listen
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Song Of The Day: Less Janelle Monae, more Of Montreal on 'Make the Bus'

Janelle Monae and Of Montreal like each other. They're both like the kids that get most freaky at the party, when all bets are off post-3 a.m. The two acts have collaborated with each other a few times on stage, last year's Lollapalooza not being the least of these. Musically, they have a lot to lend each other and stylistically, they're a lot to look at. Here, on "Make the Bus," though, its more like Monae is under the bus and the bouncy-ball vocals of Kevin Barnes and the warped outerspace sound of the band completely dominate. Strange, considering it's technically...
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Susan Sarandon Spanking Pig Man at Of Montreal's Concert

Actress Susan Sarandon stunned fans of rockers Of Montreal at a concert in New York on Tuesday night, January 26, by spanking a man dressed up as a pig onstage. The Oscar winner strided out from the wings at the Highline Ballroom gig, bent a masked man over her knee and started pretending to beat him with a ruler.

Sarandon said nothing but wagged her finger at fans before walking off. She appeared again later in the show and showered the audience with multi-colored streamers, according to RoillingStone.

The actress wasn't the only special guest at the show - Solange Knowles, who appears on Of Montreal's new album, also took to the stage to perform a rendition of Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" with frontman Kevin Barnes.
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Sarandon Spanks Pig Man At New York Concert

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Actress Susan Sarandon stunned fans of rockers Of Montreal at a concert in New York on Tuesday night by spanking a man dressed up as a pig onstage.

The Oscar winner strided out from the wings at the Highline Ballroom gig, bent a masked man over her knee and started pretending to beat him with a ruler.

Sarandon said nothing but wagged her finger at fans before walking off.

She appeared again later in the show and showered the audience with multi-coloured streamers, according to

The actress wasn't the only special guest at the show - Solange Knowles, who appears on Of Montreal's new album, also took to the stage to perform a rendition of The Jackson 5's I Want You Back with frontman Kevin Barnes.

Watch Of Montreal Perform With Susan Sarandon and Solange Knowles

[Photo by Rob Inderrieden] Last year, Solange Knowles, sister of that little-known pop singer of the same last name, got the ball rolling on a collaboration between Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes and his would-be PartyDrug. Solange, with a Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist last year, is a quite a singer herself, and she joined Of Montreal last night at the Highline Ballroom in New York for a cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Check it out:...
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