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I cant f**king stand EDM anymore: Skream bites back
Nov 25, 2014 11:06am | Fact Magazine

10 years on from Midnight Request Line, its safe to say that Skream has become a different artist entirely.

You already know salad days Skream – the spirited teenager who became one of the defining faces of the early ’00s Croydon sound, and, through his various productions, collaborations and remixes, brought dubstep into the charts and the public consciousness. Recent years, however, have seen him focus his energies on 4×4, ranging from disco to none-more-’14 house (his recent Essential Mix, featuring tracks from Hot Natured, Route 94,  Jess Glynne and M.A.N.D.Y, says it all).

Once an industrious producer, cranking out his Skreamizm releases at a rate of knots in the ’00s, Skream’s output has slowed in recent years. Still, the last year has brought us a new label, Of Unsound Mind, the occasional single (including a release on 4×4 imprint Boysnoize) and a few choice WTFs for good measure (covering Smiths tunes with a Morrissey impersonator, crashing an episode of Newsnight)

Although not the first of the dubstep diaspora to have defected to house or techno, Skreams got the most stick for it – and whether you have him pegged as a nomad or a dilettante, hes certainly been willing to push out of his comfort zone. FACT caught up with Skream at Italy’s Movement f...

Joni Mitchell pulled plug on biopic over Taylor Swifts involvement
Nov 25, 2014 11:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Music biopics have emerged as one of Hollywood’s favorite trends as of late. Currently in the works are films about Brian Wilson, Hank Williams, N.W.A., Guns ‘n’ Roses, and, as confirmed just last week, Janis Joplin. However, don’t expect to see a biopic about Joni Mitchell anytime soon.

In a new interview with The Sunday Times (via NME), Mitchell revealed plans for a 2012 film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book Girls Like Us, which chronicled the legacies of Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. The film would have starred Jessica Pare (Mad Men) as Simon, Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as King, and none other than Taylor Swift as Mitchell.

However, as Mitchell explained, she shot down the project due to Swift’s involvement and gossipy nature of the plot. “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones’. It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books, assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions.”

In related news, Mitchell recently released a new career spanning anthology called Love Has Many Faces.

HBO Announces First Fully-Authorized Kurt Cobain Documentary Montage Of Heck, Exec Produced By Frances Bean
Nov 25, 2014 11:01am | StereoGum

There have been more than enough unauthorized documentaries and biographies about Kurt Cobain. Next year, though, HBO will release the first fully authorized Cobain documentary. The film will be called Montage Of Heck, and its executive producer is Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean. It will be written, directed, and produced by filmmaker Brett Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane, The Kid Stays In The Picture). Said Morgen in a statement, “I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.” Here’s something that’s maybe worth mentioning, too: The name “Courtney Love” does not appear once in the Montage Of Heck press release. Here’s the important stuff that does appear in that release:


No Devotion Stay (Ricky Eat Acid Remix)
Nov 25, 2014 11:01am | StereoGum

If you follow Geoff Rickly, the former frontman of post-hardcore greats Thursday, on Twitter, you’ll notice that he’s forged a deep bond with the twinkly Brooklyn dance-music tinkerer Ricky Eat Acid. Rickly currently splits his time between United Nations, the roiling hardcore band, and No Devotion, his new synth-rock band with the non-monstrous former members of Lostprophets. And now Ricky Eat Acid has remixed “Stay,” No Devotion’s debut single, turning it into a disorienting pileup of sped up voices and drums that come down like rain. Listen to the remix below.


TV On The Radio @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg: November 21, 2014
Nov 25, 2014 10:45am | CMJ

During one of three sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg last weekend, TV On The Radio showed few signs that this was some sort of “comeback,” though the band has been under wraps for a while. But with a fine new album and no slippage in the live department on this night, expect TVOTR to resume their place at the top of the alt-rock world.

Natasha Kmeto set up the evening with her impressive vocie and creatively skronky soul-pop mixes.

Photos by Adela Loconte.

The post TV On The Radio @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg: November 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

Killer Mike delivers tearful speech on Ferguson decision
Nov 25, 2014 10:39am | Chart Attack

Last night a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. The black teenager was gunned down in August, and his death has sparked protests across the world. Once again, musicians are collecting their voices against police brutality and the racist system that protects it.

After the jury's decision and during the resulting rage that swept through Ferguson's protests, Killer Mike and El-P took the stage at St. Louis's Ready Room to promote RTJ2, their second album as Run The Jewels. Before the show a choked up Killer Mike spoke on the decision.

"Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor," said Mike as El-P stood silently besides him. "I have a twenty-year-old son and a twelve-year-old son and I am so afraid for them."

But Killer Mike also tried, as he has done for months, to turn Brown's death and the aftermath into a teachable moment. "It is not about race, it is not about class, it is not about colour, it is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed, it is about a war machine that uses you as a battery."

Protesters also filled the streets of New York. Okayafrica captured video of rapper/producer Q-Tip chanting with a crowd.

A video posted by okayafrica (@okayafrica) onNov 11, 2014 at 9:03pm PST

RZA says "a better tomorrow is a vegan tomorrow"
Nov 25, 2014 10:39am | Brooklyn Vegan

Vegan and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA helped PETA out by speaking in their new promotional video, where he says he wants you to go vegan for "a better tomorrow." It's also a pretty good cross-promotional tool considering one of Wu Tang's two new albums is called A Better Tomorrow and is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Watch the new PETA video and stream A Better Tomorrow's recent single, "Necklace," below...

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Michael Fassbender to play Steve Jobs in biopic
Nov 25, 2014 10:38am | Cosequence Of Sound

It appears the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic being helmed by Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle has finally found its leading man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Fassbender has signed on to play Apple’s co-founder.

Fassbender’s casting comes after both Leonard DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropped out of consideration for the project. The revolving door cast reportedly spooked Sony Pictures, who dropped the film last week. However, just days later, Univerial Pictures adopted the film with Sorkin, Boyle, and Fassbender in tow.

It was previously reported that Seth Rogen was in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film — however, that casting has yet to be confirmed.

Sorkin and Boyle’s film will be the second Steve Jobs biopic since the death of the Apple co-founder in 2011. Ashton Kutcher previously starred in Jobs, which was released in 2013.

Joni Mitchell Squashed Biopic Starring Taylor Swift
Nov 25, 2014 10:38am | StereoGum

Back in 2012, Taylor Swift was attached to star in a movie based on the 2008 book Girls Like Us, a biography that detailed the rise of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. Swift would have starred as Mitchell opposite a cast that could have included Mad Men’s Jessica Pare as Simon and The Newsroom’s Alison Pill as King. The film never got past the idea stage, however, and in a new interview with The Sunday Times (via NME), Joni Mitchell is taking credit for halting the film: “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ’All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. [...] There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”

Prince Deletes Facebook & Twitter, Pulls Music From YouTube
Nov 25, 2014 10:34am | StereoGum

Prince joined Twitter last summer, and he signed up for Facebook this year to participate in an ill-fated fan Q&A session in which he only answered one question. Now his experiment with social media appears to be coming to an end. NME reports that the Purple One has deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts and pulled his music off YouTube. The Princevevo account now includes only three clips: the “Breakfast Can Wait” video, a behind-the-scenes piece on “Breakfast Can Wait,” and a short interview segment. No reason was given for Prince’s social media exodus, but I have to wonder if his departure from YouTube has to do with Irving Azoff’s initiative to get songwriters better compensation. Azoff and other industry figures such as Garth Brooks have criticized YouTube’s royalty payouts in recent weeks.


Ariel Pink takeover: The Feminine Complex Hide and Seek
Nov 25, 2014 10:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife’s suicide, his daughter finds solace — at first — in her imaginary friend.Jorge Elbrecht

Emmy the Great releasing new EP in January (video for single w/ Tom of Wild Beasts), reviewed Iggy Azalea's new album
Nov 25, 2014 10:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

It's been a little while since hearing from UK singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. She spent some time traveling around the world and has now signed with Bella Union who will release her new EP, simply titled S. Says Emmy:

My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music.
The lead track on the new EP is "Swimming Pool" which features vocals from Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. It's a little different than you may remember Emmy sounding, and you can stream and watch the video for that below.

In other news, Emmy has reviewed Iggy Azalea's Reclassified for The Talkhouse.

My relationship with Iggy Azalea begins on a freeway in 2013. Driving myself to a show in a car that has been known to smoke from the engine if put in reverse. Terrified of the consequences of a crash (car disintegrates, head falls off, etc.), I obey the law of not touching my phone while driving, and end up listening to a playlist of her ...

Video Premiere: J Fernandez Cosmic Was
Nov 25, 2014 10:25am | CMJ

This sort of psychedelic collage clip looks like early ’80s blue screen effects regurgitated digitally, with two hands busting in and tearing open a new, random setting every few seconds, including the band lightly bopping out the tune until a, yes, cosmic ending. Its catchy song, Cosmic Was, makes like a similarly regurgitated Syd Barrett slightly swingin’ along and sapped of true insanity via current legal pharmecueticals and the sometimes liberating modern psychic space of just throwing random shit together, like the colorful kaleidoscope of this clip.

Cosmic Was is from Chicagoan J Fernandez’ third EP, Memorize Now, out now on Atelier Ciseaux. Check the video, directed by Jason Ogawa, below.

The post Video Premiere: J Fernandez – “Cosmic Was” appeared first on CMJ.

Mogwai Teenage Exorcists Video
Nov 25, 2014 10:19am | StereoGum

Mogwai’s Music Industry 3: Fitness Industry 1 EP comes out next week, and they’ve shared a video for their new track “Teenage Exorcists.” It’s a pretty wild ride: we follow a girl who is suspended in mid-air as ectoplasm blasts through her skull and she travels through nothingness until she ends up trapped in a plastic wrapping that takes the shape of a hand. Light emanates from the hole in her skull, like you’re looking up from a well and all that you can see is a bright circle in this distance. The stylized video was directed by Craig Murray. Watch below.


Tink tackles Ferguson on Timbaland-produced Tell The Children
Nov 25, 2014 10:13am | Fact Magazine

The rising star shares a powerful new song.

Tink continues her string of new songs with ‘Tell The Children’. Featuring production by mentor Timbaland, the star-in-the-making weighs in on racism, poverty, police brutality and more, with chilling results reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’.

Stream ‘Tell the Children’ below and read more about Tink here. We expect many musicians to weigh in after the Ferguson’s Grand Jury decision; last night, Killer Mike delivered an emotional pre-show speech.

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