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This Weeks Best 5 Songs: Kanye West, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more
Feb 27, 2015 11:09am | Chart Attack
This week, Kanye West proved not all his new songs are going to be McCartney lullabies - he's still got some (literal) fire in him. Also, Godspeed! take less than a decade to return, shoegaze from Israel and Vancouver, and more in this week's best songs.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!" (Excerpt)

It's still everything you want out of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor song: slow, heavy, doom riffs nourished with violins, superfluous exclamation points, and epic thrust (this nearly 8-minute chunk is apparently an "excerpt").

Kanye West ft. Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom, "All Day"

So we heard this in rough back in the summer, but here it is in all its industrial, fire-breathing glory, underlined by real-life flamethrowers and a wall of UK grime artists.

WEED, "Stay In The Summer"

Stereotypes aside, "Stay In The Summer" is a dreamy nugget wrapped in little woozy guitar effects that, sure, you'll notice if you're clear-eyed, but you'll notice if you're not.

Alex G, "Change"

He's long flicked at a fondness for Elliott Smith and he's all but told us he owns copies of Roman Candle through Figure 8, but on "Change," he's at his most Smithian the layered vocal tracks, the spare acoustic, and especi...



Kid Rock Doesnt Get Beyoncé: Wheres Her Sweet Home Alabama?
Feb 27, 2015 11:02am | StereoGum
Oh, Kid Rock. In a new Rolling Stone profile terrifyingly called “The Killer Inside Kid Rock,” our favorite love-to-hate glass dildo recipient spews his stereotypical red-state, misogynistic bullshit. Stuff like “I bought it when Obummer came into office, because I’m thinking, ‘What if he fuckin’ bans guns?” and “‘Hey, what do all women want in […]




The Attending (pals with La Dispute, Defeater) releasing debut LP (stream a new song)
Feb 27, 2015 10:55am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Providence's The Attending is the band led by Corey Stroffolino (who's currently the touring guitarist in La Dispute), and they're set to release their debut album, Deep Peace of the Singing Earth on March 17 via Full City Sour (pre-order). The Attending have covered The National, making them part of a growing group of post-hardcore bands taking influence from that band. But the band who sounds like the most direct comparison for The Attending is Cursive. Their knack for haunting dramatic rock and frequent dynamic shifts are all over this record. You can get a taste for yourself from new single "No Gospel," which premieres below.

The album was recorded by the band with help from Todd Mackey, who sang in With Honor and played guitar in Life In Your Way, the latter of which Corey from The Attending was briefly in too. Defeater guitarist Jay Maas mixed and mastered it. About the album, Corey said:

The record is about dealing with the loss of my best friend a few years ago. This song in particular is about when you feel like you have lost everything, it gives you an excuse to not treat other people in your life as you should. I guess you can lean into that, and reap the consequences or crawl out of it if possible. This one is more about leaning into it. For better or worse. Usually worse.
The band's only upcoming date at the moment is opening the Boston stop of the La Dispute / Title Fight tour. S...

Fatima Al Qadiri addresses recent Future Brown articles, labels them attacks
Feb 27, 2015 10:46am | Fact Magazine

Future Brown’s Fatima Al Qadiri has addressed a pair of recent articles about the group’s debut album on her artist Facebook page.

Earlier this month, Alex Macpherson (who writes regularly for FACT, as well as The Guardian and others) wrote an article for Red Bull’s editorial site (separate to Red Bull Music Academy, though obviously connected through parent brand) about Future Brown. The article was later taken down from Red Bull, and links redirected to a more positive piece about the group, whose individual members (J-Cush, Fatima Al Qadiri and Nguzunguzu) have been championed by and collaborated with Red Bull in the past.

In his article, Macpherson writes that the “albums major flaw is that it sounds curatorial rather than creative: less the soundtrack to an imagined global dancefloor than to an art installation about exoticised street music”, and draws parallels with London label PC Music’s “amateur takes on happy hardcore” dressed up in “derisory grad student blather”.

Macpherson has since uploaded the piece to his Tumblr, where he explains Red Bull’s reasoning for removing the piece (they have “concerns that it represents their official point of view”) and counters this with his own take. More recently, Meaghan Garvey reviewed Future Brown’s debut album for ...


Fatima Al Qadiri addresses recent Future Brown articles, labels them attacks
Feb 27, 2015 10:46am | Fact Magazine

Future Brown’s Fatima Al Qadiri has addressed a pair of recent articles about the group’s debut album on her artist Facebook page.

Earlier this month, Alex Macpherson (who writes regularly for FACT, as well as The Guardian and others) wrote an article for Red Bull’s editorial site (separate to Red Bull Music Academy, though obviously connected through parent brand) about Future Brown. The article was later taken down from Red Bull, and links redirected to a more positive piece about the group, whose individual members (J-Cush, Fatima Al Qadiri and Nguzunguzu) have been championed by and collaborated with Red Bull in the past.

In his article, Macpherson wrote that the “albums major flaw is that it sounds curatorial rather than creative: less the soundtrack to an imagined global dancefloor than to an art installation about exoticised street music”, and draws parallels with London label PC Music’s “amateur takes on happy hardcore” dressed up in “derisory grad student blather”. “At the heart of the Future Brown project”, he concluded, “is a co-option of hood artists into a thoroughly bourgeois milieu for the sake of street credibility”.

Macpherson has since uploaded the piece to his Tumblr, where he explains Red Bull’s reasoning for removing the piece (they have “conce...


Video Vault: The Smashing Pumpkins bring Chicago to its knees during Siamese Dream release show
Feb 27, 2015 10:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Welcome to the latest edition of the Video Vault, a new series in which Consequence of Sound and Chicago’s iconic JBTV offer you classic concert footage from over 30 years of tape preserved in the studio’s extensive collection. Many of these have never before been seen by the general public.

Last week, we brought you a 1996 clip of Rage Against the Machine absolutely crushing a performance of “Bulls on Parade”. Today, we’ve unearthed a full-length Smashing Pumpkins concert from August 14th, 1993. The set took place at Chicago’s Metro venue and was the last of three Siamese Dream record release shows that week.

Over the course of nearly two hours, Billy Corgan & co. tore through 19 songs, including “Rocket”, “Today”, “Cherub Rock”, “Bury Me”, and “Bye June”. As you’ll see, the audience was truly ready to rock (there’s countless crowd surfers’ feet kicking about), and the Pumpkins were even wilder, as the whole room seemed to erupt in celebration of what would become one of the band’s best albums.

Watch the full concert below.



Australian punks Yes I'm Leaving touring around SXSW, playing three NYC shows (dates & song streams)
Feb 27, 2015 10:43am | Brooklyn Vegan

Sydney trio Yes I'm Leaving put out Slow Release back in September, full of hackle-raised, tightly-wound, noisy punk. (Think METZ, Big Black, AmRep bands.) You can stream it and check out a video below.

Yes, the band is leaving Australia to play SXSW next month and will be touring the rest of the US as well. Their tour starts here in NYC with three shows: The Flat on Wednesday (3/4) (rest of lineup TBA), then The Gutter on Friday, March 6 (TBA lineup), and Cake Shop on March 7 with Willful Boys and Consolidated Plastics.

All tour dates are listed below...

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Alright releasing a 7" (stream "Mixed Signals")
Feb 27, 2015 10:36am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Charlotte, NC's Alright feature members of a couple other cool bands from their hometown -- It Looks Sad. and Late Bloomer -- and like those bands, Alright are most directly indebted to '80s/'90s punk and indie rock. They're releasing a self-titled 7" on March 24 via Self Aware / Negative Fun (pre-order) and we've got the premiere of its new single. "Mixed Signals" is stuffed with male/female power pop melodies and jangly crunchy guitar, and you can check it out below.

The band are also going on a short tour in March with their pals Late Bloomer. It doesn't hit NYC proper, but there are stops in NJ and Long Island. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Alright releasing a 7" (stream "Mixed Signals")" at brooklynvegan


George FitzGerald Full Circle (Feat. Boxed In)
Feb 27, 2015 10:34am | StereoGum
George FitzGerald has already made a name for himself as a DJ, producer and label head (he helms ManMakeMusic) but he’s finally releasing his own debut album of this spring. It’s called Fading Love, and you can slot it right next to the kind of cerebral, intimate electronic music of Caribou and Jon Hopkins. Although […]



Watch: Hartheim - Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday cover)
Feb 27, 2015 10:25am | The Line Of Best Fit
Manchester's Hartheim have covered Billie Holiday's seminal "Strange Fruit" in a Salford crypt.>

tix on sale: Pixies, Empire Records, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Mudhoney, Obits, Willie Nelson, Fat Whites, more
Feb 27, 2015 10:23am | Brooklyn Vegan

Tickets for the two Pixies shows at Beacon Theatre and Kings Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration (night 3) show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sloan show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Earl Sweatshirt show at Best Buy Theater with Vince Staples and Remy Banks go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Action Bronson show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. His other show is sold out.

Tickets for the Mudhoney show at Bowery Ballroom with Pampers and tickets for their Bell House show with Obits go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Patrick Watson show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fat White Family shows at Mercury Lounge & MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the iLoveMakonnen shows at Bowery & MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lower Dens show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ben Folds & yMusic show at Bowery & MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Willie Nelson Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Celebrate Brooklyn! sho...


Madonna Got Whiplash From Her Fall At The Brit Awards
Feb 27, 2015 10:23am | StereoGum
After Madonna fell from a stage riser during a Brit Awards performance earlier this week, the internet had a whole lot of fun with her. But some things are worth considering here. For one thing, she finished the damn song afterwards, which is pretty impressive when you consider that she’s a 56-year-old lady and that […]



Watch a video revealing Kraftwerks secret live rig
Feb 27, 2015 10:17am | Fact Magazine

And there’s not an analog synthesizer in sight.

Kraftwerk have been notoriously quiet about just what goes on behind their respective plinths when performing live, but a YouTube video has blown their cover.

The video was recorded at a gig in Amsterdam’s Paradiso venue on January 22 – a venue where one onlooker was able to get a good enough angle from their position in a balcony to record what the band use on stage. It was originally uploaded late last month, but has just been brought to attention by German website FAZEmag.

Analog purists might want to look away now – Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn has cast his expert eye over it and it looks like a digital-heavy setup. Kirn has picked out a Native Instruments Maschine MKI drum controller, a MIDI keyboard, a Novation ReMOTE ZeRO SL controller, the display for Steinbergs Cubase, which he believes appears to hold backing tracks, and one member reading something on what looks like an iPad interface.

What’s being read, nobody is quite sure, but if you’re going to see Kraftwerk live any time soon, be aware that one of them could well be checking their emails on stage. Watch the whole thing below.

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Watch a video revealing Kraftwerks secret live rig
Feb 27, 2015 10:17am | Fact Magazine

And there’s not an analog synthesizer in sight.

Kraftwerk have been notoriously quiet about just what goes on behind their respective plinths when performing live, but a YouTube video has blown their cover.

The video was recorded at a gig in Amsterdam’s Paradiso venue on January 22 – a venue where one onlooker was able to get a good enough angle from their position in a balcony to record what the band use on stage. It was originally uploaded late last month, but has just been brought to attention by German website FAZEmag.

Analog purists might want to look away now – Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn has cast his expert eye over it and it looks like a digital-heavy setup. Kirn has picked out a Native Instruments Maschine MKI drum controller, a MIDI keyboard, a Novation ReMOTE ZeRO SL controller, the display for Steinbergs Cubase, which he believes appears to hold backing tracks, and one member reading something on what looks like an iPad interface.

What’s being read, nobody is quite sure, but if you’re going to see Kraftwerk live any time soon, be aware that one of them could well be checking their emails on stage. Watch the whole thing below.

The post Watch a video revealing Kraftwerk’s secret live rig appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music Ne...


Noel Gallagher Explains Why Seinfeld Is The Best And Alt-J Can Fuck Off
Feb 27, 2015 10:16am | StereoGum
When we spoke with Noel Gallagher recently, the ex-Oasis guitarist had harsh words for Beyoncé and Kanye West. Gallagher loves to run his mouth — and I love to hear him running it — so of course he had some more vitriol to spew when Rolling Stone caught up with him, and of course I’m […]


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