25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016

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40bestNew2016We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »

Pill – “Dead Boys” Video

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Pill - "Dead Boys" VideoPill dropped their excellent album Convenience a couple months ago. It’s an artfully angry and astute collection of avant garde punk, frontwoman Veronica Torres tackling any social issue you can imagine as the soundscapes morph with her every move. Today, they give one of the more subdued, jazz-tinged tracks, “Dead Boys,” the visual treatment. More »

New Ecstasy Pill Contains More Than Twice The ‘Regular’ MDMA Dose

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A new pressed pill imprinted with the Tesla logo has begun to circulate around Europe and the U.S. (we’ve even heard it was prevalent at EDC) to the worry of UK non-profit organization The Loop, who took to Twitter this weekend to warn festival goers of its dangerously strong levels of MDMA.

After Zurich-based company Safer Party tested the orange-colored pills, they found them to contain 240mg of MDMA, more than twice the “normal” dose.

With pill-testing companies and stations still considered by government to be dangerous and encouraging toward drug consumption, it’s a blessing that such organizations as The Loop and Safer Party are taking steps to educate and protect partygoers nonetheless.

Check out a photo of the Tesla pill below, and make sure your friends are aware of its associated risks.

 

Source: Stoney Roads

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Source: New Ecstasy Pill Contains More Than Twice The ‘Regular’ MDMA Dose

Music Review: Pill – Convenience

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Pill

Convenience

[Mexican Summer; 2016]

Rating: 3.5/5

When it gets better. That’s the best part. When the detuned guitars and splashing rhythms and wan politics hit a transcendent point of flow, and I feel a new kind of safety in the angry songs, a makeshift new confidence in a world that ever encroaches on the idea of the individual. Convenience is Brooklyn-based Pill’s debut full-length album, an anxious stir of no-wave, post-punk, noise rock, and moody sax wound tight with an irascible sociopolitical bent. As a debut, this album is unassailable, distinctive new patterns of deconstructed rock buoying a sharply original lyrical voice, a wry analysis of the modern problematic.

Pill proudly, angrily carries on the traditions of New York music, punk rock, no-wave, feminist art rock — take your pick. But what makes Convenience unique and impressive for a debut is how the songs evolve as a singular and critical personality over the record, taking a stylistic and narrative tour through different anxieties and simulated scenes before arriving at a fortifying conclusion, a body with renewed strength. At its head, the bitter, suffocating “60 Sec” splays out identity politics, consumer anxiety, and just general awful feelings too fast for function over a maelstrom of hardcore nonsense, no foothold, no understanding, firing out in all directions grasping for a path that might make sense. As an opener, it’s stilted, awkward, and against itself, not even approaching any big ideas when self-care has to come first. This, however, begins a strange and gradual change with delayed positive effects, a transformation over the course of Convenience that eventually culminates in a rare moment of total clarity on “Medicine.”

I didn’t notice any of this at first, as I was too distracted by the acidic growl of lead singer Veronica Torres. As a lead singer, her voice lands immediately in striking contrast to the softer mix of the band, all punk invective and artful protest with an occasional searing scream. To disperse the growing tension, Benjamin Jaffe balances it out with saxophone, a key pairing alongside the surfy tones of guitarist Jon Campolo and Andrew Spaulding’s driving beat. But behind each one of Torres’s cutting lyrics, there lay a buried optimism, waiting for a lyric to resonate with, in softly inlaid guitar chords or a plaintive sax waiting to emerge, a small feeling that grows as the band finds their footing in steady sequence, leaving the slightest possible opening at the end of the record where some trapped people might get outside their heads for a second.

Both the music and Torres’s lyrics evolve like this over the album, growing and spreading out in style and approach. “Which is True” is introverted and abstract, subtle themes of dominance and cognitive dissonance railing against an extremely unforgiving low rhythm section that seems to end mid-idea. “My Rights” adds a bit of soul, opens up a little of the beat, Torres’s voice exiting the safety of speak-sing a little piece at a time while articulating a more specific and severe line of feminist critique against congressmen who “want to steal all of [her] rights.” “Speaking Up,” meanwhile, takes a detached, sickly grunge sound to a perverse new level of affect, its groaned juvenile chorus and workplace harassment story quickly sketching a cruel and all-too-common power dynamic. Only “J-E-N-O-V-A” (Sephiroth’s mom) ends up feeling like a misstep, taking a startling left turn into droning, industrial disquiet, where a custom noise rig makes a single piercing statement as Torres murmurs out a dark and sticky scenario.

“Sex With Santa” repurposes some vaguely symbolic, jingling bell-like guitars into a vignette of lost innocence, while “Vagabond” cascades rough love down from Torres’s unforgiving shouts of “Foreign body! Turn me on!” that never get as kind and as welcoming as they seem to want to be. Meanwhile, “Love And Other Liquids”’ expands out into a reverent room, a squashed several styles colliding in a collective lounge stage, Torres squaring off with a big revelation in the distance. Everything goes quiet but the sax, for a few seconds, Benjamin Jaffe speaking alone for the first time in a long slow emotive turn, before Torres returns with a piece of modern wisdom: “Olvida estar perdido.”

From here, the counterpoint of “Medicine” begins to make sense in a larger frame of reference. From an initial place of total confusion, this record transforms the outer forces exerted on it into inner strength and resilience, allows it to preempt the contrived, corrupt ways others will try to control it, and cuts them down with experience. No longer in fear of feeling lost or helpless but by embracing it, they deliver a powerful pop bomb that explodes in a perfect unison of groove and lyric: “medicine, take it tomorrow.” I repeat it to myself, and it means many things.

Stream Pill Convenience

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Pill - ConvenienceBrooklyn art-punk quartet Pill are set to drop their debut album, Convenience, tomorrow. They’ve already shared a third of the 12-track album, and each single has hinted at a comfort and audacity that belies this being their first full-length effort. More »

Pill – “Fetish Queen”

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Pill - "Fetish Queen"Skronky New York punk four-piece Pill are gearing up to release their debut full-length, Convenience, later this month. We’ve heard a few tracks from it so far — “Medicine,” “100% Cute,” and “Vagabond” — and today they’re sharing another new one called “Fetish Queen.” It’s a pressing number with a wandering saxophone … More »