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Jam of the Day – Stillness is the Move Against Hip Hop

Yesterday, at the final JellyNYC pool party of the summer, featuring performances by Grizzly Bear, Beach House, and Vega, Jay Z and Beyoncé were in attendance. This has been all over the news today for some reason, mostly for Jay Z’s praise for Grizzly Bear and indie rock in general, for pushing the envelope in music and giving Hip Hop a reason to go further. As he told MTV, “They’re an incredible band … The thing I want to say to everyone — I hope this happens because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further — what the indie-rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring … I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music, because it can happen, because that’s what rap did to rock.” Not everyone will agree with Jay’s comments but it can’t be denied that there are some really ground-breaking acts out there these days.

Another Brooklyn band who has been getting a lot of notice lately for their music and innovation, and happen to be great friends of and collaborators with Grizzly Bear, are the Dirty Projectors. Their latest album Bitte Orcha, released in June, has recieved some rave reviews. With Beyoncé on their list of top friends on myspace, they could be next in line to get pulled into the hip hop game. They make their national television debut tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman, so they seem to be on the move.

Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move:



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Jam of the Day – Brace Yourself for the New Knitting Factory

Good news for fans of the now defunct venue, The Knitting Factory: they have just announced that they will be set to reopen in a smaller space in Williamsburg in early September. The new venue will be located at 361 Metropolitan Avenue, in the former space of the Luna Lounge. The Knitting Factory originally opened in 1987 on the Lower East side on East Houston Street, and developed a following for its eclectic mix of jazz, avant-garde, and rock music performances. This allowed the owners to move to a larger space in Tribeca in 1994. Its lease on the space expired in July, so the move to Williamsburg has been in the works for a while.

On their opening night of September 9th, the new club will present Brooklyn band Les Savy Fav. The group formed back in 1995 while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. The current lineup features Tim Harrington on lead vocals, Seth Jabour on guitar, Syd Butler on bass, and Harrison Haynes on drums. Bass player Syd Butler is also the owner of Frenchkiss Records (Passion Pit , Cut Off Your Hands, etc.), who released their latest full-length album Let’s Stay Friends back in 2007. Their live shows are punctuated by the antics of Harrington, who has been know to have multiple on-stage wardrobe changes and frequently kiss audience members, so watch out if you find yourself near the front at the show!

Les Savy Fav – Brace Yourself:


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