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Q&A: Fufanu On The Iceland Scene, Damon Albarn, And Their Debut LP
Nov 24, 2015 10:10am | StereoGum
FufanuAfter Reykjavik's Iceland Airwaves last year, I left Iceland with the music of one homegrown artist echoing through my head. The song was "Circus Life," the band was Fufanu -- a group that I'd wound up seeing almost by accident, in one of those rare but welcome happenstance festival experiences where you watch a … More »

Wild Nothing announce new album 'Life of Pause,' share songs "To Know You" and "TV Queen" (listen)
Nov 24, 2015 10:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing will soon be back with their third album, Life of Pause, which will be released February 19 via Captured Tracks. That's the album art above and tracklist is below. It's been a while -- nearly three years since Wild Nothing's last release, the Empty Estate EP -- and main man Jack Tatum made this one in Los Angeles with producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Pernice Brothers, Devendra Banhart), with sessions in Sweden with Peter Bjorn and John's John Ericsson as well. Medicine's Brad Laner also contributes to the LP. Says Tatum:

I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me. I'm terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn't need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it's own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.
You can listen to two tracks off the album -- "To Know You" and "TV Queen" -- which definitely don't sound like what Wild Nothing have done before. "To Know You," especially, which is maybe the toughest sounding song we've heard them do yet. Mind y...

Ice Cube, Common, and Nicki Minaj tackle gang violence in trailer for Barbershop: The New Cut watch
Nov 24, 2015 10:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Let’s not forget that Tim Story’s Barbershop was a critical and box office success back in 2002. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, and Anthony Anderson, the wintry Chicago comedy nabbed nearly 80 mil off a 12 mil budget and tipped off a career in acting for both Michael Ealy and Eve.

Since then, there have been two sequels — 2004’s Barbershop: Back in Business and 2005’s spin-off Beauty Shop, which suggests there’s a Barbershop cinematic universe for the taking if Warner Bros. feels so inclined to capitalize on — and now the gang’s back for a third in Malcolm D. Lee’s Barbershop: The New Cut.

As expected, Cube, Cedric, and Anderson return to the shop with some familiar faces (Eve, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer) and some newcomers (Common, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall). It would appear the famed locale is no longer a boys’ club, either, but rather a unisex salon. This should lead to some titillating situations.

The core story, however, appears to be about the ensuing gangland violence that’s affected the neighborhood. As the trailer reveals, it’s hometown hero Common who gets everyone to rally together and tackle the problem head on. If only life were that easy, right? Watch the trailer below.

Barbershop: The New Cut starts trimming April 16th via Warner Bros.

Jesse Malin made a video for "San Francisco"; his label Velvet Elk throwing a holiday benefit show at Bowery Ballroom
Nov 24, 2015 10:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Jesse Malin

Former D Generation frontman Jesse Malin released not one but two albums this year, New York Before the War and Outsiders. He's more recently made a video for "San Francisco" off the latter, a twangy rocker that's a little like Summerteeth-era Wilco. It was directed by Dave Stekert and premieres below. You can pick up Outsiders via One Little Indian and Velvet Elk, Jesse's label with Don DiLego.

Velvet Elk is also throwing its first annual holiday benefit show on December 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Jesse and Don are both playing, as is Velvet Elk artist Hollis Brown and Hidden Cities. Tickets are on sale, and a portion of proceeds will benefit The Bowery Mission. Show flyer below.

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PREMIERE: Moss Limes Comfy Cotton Shoes proves happiness flows from the feet up
Nov 24, 2015 9:59am | Chart Attack

There's an old quote that goes: "Give a girl the right pair of shoes, and she can conquer the world." It might've been said by Marilyn or maybe Bette Midler; it also might've been concocted at the embroidery machine of some ingenious Etsy seller. But the sentiment bares truth for anyone: a little comfort and confidence achieved however  can go a long way.

"Comfy Cotton Shoes," the latest by Montreal and France-based post-punk trio Moss Lime and the third in our seasonal trifecta of ML premieres,"is about trying to find comfort in a shitty lifestyle," bassist Hélène Barbier says,"and actually succeeding in it." The track in the spirit of Bush Tetras or The Slits or Gang of Four  lounges in the pocket of its slow bob, cool in its flippant "I know exactly what I'm doing and be damned if you say otherwise" aura.

There's a actually a missing lyric, Barbier shares. It's about knowing how to pee in an alley without getting it on your shoes.

Moss Lime's Zoo Du Quebec 10" EP is out December 8 via Telephone Explosion and on cassette from Atelier Ciseaux.

PREMIERE: Moss Lime’s “Comfy Cotton Shoes” proves happiness flows from the feet up by chris hampton | Chart Attack.

4chan killed off Drake yesterday
Nov 24, 2015 9:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

According to some of the Internet’s most prominent websites, including CNN, Buzzfeed, and Yahoo, Drake was killed yesterday in a car accident.

Fortunately, it was all just an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the professional trolls over at 4chan, who worked in tandem to manipulate fans and media members alike into believing Drake had actually died. The elaborate scheme saw 4chan members upvoting “R.I.P.” in the comment section of the rapper’s wildly popular “Hotline Bling” video. They also discovered that user-submitted articles published to Buzzfeed are for some reason automatically syndicated across the Internet, regardless of their validity. And thus, the damage was done:

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4chan members also altered Drake’s Wikipedia ...

Track Premiere: J Hacha De Zola Let It Go
Nov 24, 2015 9:40am | CMJ

Like a lounge lizard weaned on Primus, J Hacha De Zola cranks and curdles and clomps around his slithery croon tunes. In this latest single from the Jersey City sinner’s upcoming self-released LP, Escape From Fat Kat City, out January 8, way in the back yelling and way in your face horn blurts toss you […]

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Angel Haze turned SOB's all the way the fuck up (pics)
Nov 24, 2015 9:37am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Angel Haze

Angel Haze celebrated her new hard-edged mixtape Back To The Woods with a Baby's show back in September, and right now she's on a proper tour in support of it. That tour included another show in her hometown of NYC last night (11/23) at SOB's. Angel's a super confident performer who had no trouble commanding the crowd, and they clearly loved her. She invited a bunch of audience members up on stage, a couple of which flashed the crowd (she did tweet beforehand: "NY BETTER TURN ALL THE WAY THE FUCK UP TONIGHT. I WANT TITTIES & MADNESS"). Rock NYC was there, and they write:

Last night she was the Babe Ruthless, flirting with the girls, her androgynous, gender neutral visage was a come on for the wimmin who were coming on to her. And she was in the mood to play -right away she upped the ante again and the place exploded. From an early rave to "On Fire", to a gigantic singalong to "The Wolves" to an energizer bunny jump along "Babe Ruthless" and to a penultimate "New York" followed by encore (Sia featured on the record) "Battle Cry", this was through the roof hip hop.
We missed the first opener, Stella, but more pictures of Angel and the second opener ShowTuFli below...

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Stream Dumbo Gets Mad Thank You Neil (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 24, 2015 9:33am | StereoGum
thankyouneilThe Italian boy-girl duo Dumbo Gets Mad may harken back to the sounds of 70's soul and psychedelic rock, but their eyes are set towards the abyssal reaches of outer space. According to the band, their latest LP, Thank You Neil, is inspired by Cosmos: A Space Odyssey, a mind-blowing science show about the … More »

Lady Leshurr collaborated with Orbital and Basement Jaxx, remixed Nicki Minaj, making NYC debut (listen)
Nov 24, 2015 9:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Lady Leshurr

It seems like "Queen's Speech Ep. 4 really made you more of a popular name around the internet. Why do you think that is?

I think "Queen's Speech 2 really hit it off. But, for the Americans to find out about me, most of them found me through there ["Queen's Speech Ep. 4]. There's a guy called DeLorean that posted my video on Facebook and he's got like 30 million views now. And I think he brought a lot of attention to that. So it's mainly him just posting that. Now, Erykah Badu shared some love, she said it's ill. And Natalie from Floetry. It's just crazy the people that are reaching out to me who's showing respect and love. It's overwhelming really. [The Boombox]

UK rapper Lady Leshurr has been around for a few years, contributing her vocals to Orbital's "Wonky," Basement Jaxx's Something About You," and more. As the interview quoted above points out, she's been getting a lot of hype for her own material thanks to the suddenly-viral "Queen's Speech Ep. 4." It's already gained her comparisons to Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj (who she remixed more than once and sampled on "Queen's Speech 2"), and it's easy to see why it's taking off. Check out some of her stuff below.

Leshurr comes to the US to make her NYC debut on December 12 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale n...

Hear A Teaser For New Underworld Album Barbara Barbara, we have a shining future
Nov 24, 2015 9:13am | StereoGum
Hear A Teaser For New Underworld Album Barbara Barbara, we have a shining futureUnderworld have announced that their first new album in six years, Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, will be out on 3/18, and have shared a preview of some of the tracks. This is how they described the sound of the record in a newsletter to their fans: … More »

The Coral announce 'Distance Inbetween,' first LP in 5 years; Bill Ryder-Jones released 'West Kirby County Primary'
Nov 24, 2015 9:13am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

The Coral
The Coral

It's been five years since we've heard anything new from The Coral, but they're now back and will release their eighth studio album, Distance Inbetween, via Ignition Records on March 4. The Coral's last album was 2010's lush, sparkling, paisley pop Butterfly House -- my #18 album of that year, stream album via YouTube below. (2014 saw the release of The Curse of Love which was recorded in 2005.) For the new one they've apparently taken a more on-the-fly approach. Says frontman James Skelly:

Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical. “We thought ‘if you've got a rhythm section that’s been playing together for almost twenty years, why not make that the centre of the songs?
There hasn't been a song released from Distance Inbetween yet, but you can watch a teaser trailer, check out album art and tracklist, as well as a list of 2016 UK/UE tour dates, below.

Bill Ryder-Jones
Bill Ryder-Jones

Meanwhile, former Coral member (and sometimes member of Arctic Monkeys' live lineup) Bill Ryder-Jones just released his third solo album, ...

Wild Nothing announce new album, share To Know You and TV Queen listen
Nov 24, 2015 9:10am | Cosequence Of Sound

Dream pop songwriter Jack Tatum, aka Wild Nothing, is gearing up to release a brand new album called Life of Pause, out February 19th through Captured Tracks. It marks Tatum’s third full-length to date and follows 2012’s Nocturne LP and 2013’s Empty Estate EP.

Life of Pause was recorded in both Los Angeles and Stockholm alongside producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver). Guest contributors include John Eriksson of Peter Bjorn & John and Brad Laner of Medicine.

In a statement, Tatum spoke about his vision for the new record:

“I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me. Im terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn’t need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it’s own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.”

As a first look at Life of Pause, Tatum has released a pair of tracks, the driving “To Know You” and breezy, whimsical “TV Queen”. Listen in below.

Life of Pause Tracklist:
01. Reichpop
02. Lady Blue
03. A Woman’s Wisdom
04. Japanese Alice
05. Life of Pause
06. Alien
07. To K...

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders So Far Away (Dire Straits Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 24, 2015 9:10am | StereoGum
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - PlaymatesJack Ladder & The Dreamlanders released their fourth album Playmates back in February, and it included not one, but two Sharon Van Etten collaborations. Now the Australian band, which includes Kirin J Callinan, has recorded a cover of Dire Straits' classic "So Far Away." The stripped-down bluesy-folk cover is a departure from … More »

Video Premiere: Dirty Revival Dirty Love
Nov 24, 2015 9:00am | CMJ

The unabashedly retro soul-pop from Portland, Oregon’s Dirty Revival is unabashed because they’re having fun, and that’s often the point, right? The premiere of this video for “Dirty Love” is a fun romp, with a house party seen from the vantage point of a suddenly woken up dude who might still be drunk, stumbling through […]

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