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Retro Futura Tour w/ Howard Jones, Thompson Twins singer, Midge Ure, China Crisis & more this summer (dates)
Apr 18, 2014 10:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

A whole bunch of '80s new wave acts (or members of them) will be puttin' on the hits this summer via the Retro Futura Tour. Thompson Twins singer Tom Bailey and Howard Jones headline this package tour that also includes Ultravox's Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. The tour is set to kick off in NYC on August 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/18) at noon.

The tour's Facebook says more dates will be added but all current dates are listed, along with a video from each participant on the tour, below...

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Prince returns to Warner Bros to re-release 'Purple Rain', promises new album on the way
Apr 18, 2014 10:25am | NME
The Minneapolis singer rejoins label after 17 years

FACT TV at Snowbombing 2014: Artworks tour diary
Apr 18, 2014 10:23am | Fact Magazine

FACT TV spent a week with Artwork at Snowbombing Festival. This is all they can remember…

Earlier this month, Artwork hit the Austrian festival with the FACT TV crew as he hit the Superdry Arctic Disco with Skream and hit the slopes on a snowboard. Plus, the video also features our favorite lederhosen-wearing duo, Austrian Filter House. Watch it above.

Raekwon "hates that fuckin'" new Wu-Tang song, playing BK Hip Hop Fest; Christ Bearer doing ok, but penis-less
Apr 18, 2014 10:18am | Brooklyn Vegan

Raekwon, in a controversial new interview with Rollling Stone, explains what he thinks of "Keep Watch" off the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan release:

I hate it. I hate it. I don't hate shit, but I hate that fuckin' record. It ain't the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it's the production. And I ain't shitting on the producer because he's one of our soldiers. But if it ain't where it need to be... It's 20 years later. We talkin 'bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin' and making fiery shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain't part of our plan.
He goes on to say that there is a very small chance he'll even appear on the new album. RZA says he just thinks creatively they are on different paths (watch an interview at VladTV).

Meanwhile it was announced that Raekwon, who just wants to win, is playing the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival this year.

Ghostface plays Vassar College on April 26.

Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan shows include Free Press Summer Fest 2014 in Houston over Memorial Day weekend and Summer Set Music Festival in Wisconsin in August.

And speaking of Wu-Tang soldiers, one of them recently allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped off a building. TMZ has since pointed out that Christ Bearer "is remarkably in stable condition" but permanently without penis.

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Thee Oh Sees Drop
Apr 18, 2014 10:12am | CMJ

If you were to bottle up the last few years of California garage rock into a single soda can and pop the lid, that crisp and gratifying release might sound something like Thee Oh Sees, Despite being on supposed “hiatus” status, San Francisco’s punk rock pride and joy have released this latest nine-track album. The group, captained by frontman John Dwyer along with cool-girl vocalist Brigid Dawson, are linked to the floating L.A.-S.F. trash-rock clique, led by musicians like Ty Segall and his crew, both of which have been dominating the underground rock scenes within both cities for the past few years. Known for their past full-length albums like Castlemania (2011), Carrion Crawler/The Dream (2011) and Putrifiers II (2012), Thee Oh Sees are one of those bands that not only maintains their dynamism and intensity with each album, but seems to somehow get better and better with each, despite their occasionally limiting, over-arching genre. Drop is proof of the band’s staggering talent and cool, with a well-rounded nine tracks that represent their well-established sound, but also crosses into some unchartered territory. And it rocks.

The album begins with the alluring, electro intro of Penetrating Eye—an unusual move for these guys. The intro pulls you in and keeps you equally confused and interested, mostly because you know it’s about to break out into something crazie...

Camper Van Beethoven announce new album, El Camino Real, stream It Was Like That When We Got Here
Apr 18, 2014 10:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

When Camper Van Beethoven formed in 1983, they instantly set themselves apart from the the rest of the Southern California punk scene. While most other bands were playing pure and visceral hardcore, the collective, led by frontman David Lowery, infused bits of pop, country, blues, Norteño music, ska, and even European folk, all while maintaining the scene’s core DIY mentality. The inventive combination led them through five albums before inter-band turmoil caused them to split in 1989.

Fast-forward over a decade, and after reuniting to assemble a collection of unreleased material, they hit the studio to record new music. Their first proper release (not including 2002′s full cover of Fleetwood Mac’s original Tusk) came with 2004′s New Roman Times. After spending the better part of the next decade touring, they finally released a follow-up, last year’s La Costa Perdida. While they’re just as busy on the road, and with various other projects and side gigs, they’re not waiting as long for album No. 9; El Camino Real hits stores on June 3rd via 429 Records.

According to a press release, “Whereas La Costa Perdida reflected the northern California ‘back to the country’ side of the band with lush and trippy references to Jack Keruac, Richard Brautigan, The Beach Boys and ‘Big Sur’, the songs on El Camino Real are firmly rooted...

a guide to Record Store Day 2014 releases
Apr 18, 2014 9:53am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.

We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?

Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...

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Prince Plans Deluxe Purple Rain Reissue, New Album In Warner Bros. Deal
Apr 18, 2014 9:48am | StereoGum

When Prince was one of the world’s biggest and greatest stars, he released all his music on Warner Bros. But in the early ’90s, Prince and the label fell out. For a while there, Prince was posing in photo shoots with the world “slave” written on his cheek, and as soon as he could, he left to start his own label. But now, Prince and Warner have a new deal that somehow works for both parties. Prince now owns all the masters for the songs he recorded back in the day, and he’s planning a deluxe, remastered 30th-anniversary reissue of Purple Rain. He’s also got a new album on the way, as well as “other planned projects.”

Listen To The Five Best Song This Week
Apr 18, 2014 9:45am | The Line Of Best Fit

As the onslaught of British bank holiday weekends begin, we’ve picked out the best new music from the last seven days so you don’t have to.

First up, 19-year-old MNEK unleashed his debut single, “Every Little Word”, and proved the hype was justified. Bad-ass basslines, soulful croons, mishmash electronic gloops and club-ready beats more than make the statement the South Londoner intended - “to change the world one song at a time”, that is. We’re ready and waiting.

Fresh from signing to Best Fit Recordings, Lucy Taylor aka Pawws dropped, “Sugar”, a glistening 80s pop-indebted song. Casting long shadows with shady synths over a fixed beat, Taylor’s quite literally sugared vocals stick to a roof of layered and twisted pop melodies. The title track from her long-awaited debut EP, “Sugar” is peachy pop – file next to Kylie.

It can be frustrating to hear thousands of bands trying and failing to create their own, strong brand of 90s dream pop/shoegaze. There’s nothing wrong with imitation (heck, what would music sound like today without a guiding hand of influences?) but they have to have that special something.

Premiere: Visual Album Stream Of Walking Shapes Taka Come On
Apr 18, 2014 9:30am | CMJ

NYC psychedelic garage band Walking Shapes dropped its debut album, Taka Come On, on No Shame last week. Not content to merely drop a few videos here and there, the band has pulled a Beyoncé and created a video for each song on their album. Today, we’re premiering that stream. Rather than separate each track from the next, the visuals blend together creating a dynamic, cinematic experience. The band told us more about the hour-long video:

Director Adam Wallace had been coming to the studio while we were tracking Taka Come On and was shooting photographs that were really capturing the vibe of what was happening. One day after looking at the images we were talking about how his shooting process is an exercise of capturing a feeling or a mood, not so much a narrative.

We decided to go with 8mm and black and white because of the nuances it naturally creates. Adam enlisted a cast of characters, friends from the band’s everyday lives, following around individual members to rehearsals, gigs at places like Baby’s All Right and throughout the city into the depths of subway. To give it that cadence of variance Adam also filmed modern and ballet dancers. We also sent him up in a chopper to give him the eye in the sky (copy that, NSA) view.

In other exciting Walking Shapes news, the band will play 24 shows in 24 hours on April 24. They’ll finish up a U.S. tour on April 23 in A...

Stream Pink Mountaintops Get Back
Apr 18, 2014 9:23am | StereoGum

Outside Love, the last album from Black Mountain frontman Stephen McBean’s Pink Mountaintops side project, was one of 2009′s best and most underrated rock albums, an endlessly warm and welcoming set of stoned, fuzzy campfire singalongs. Since that one dropped, McBean has relocated to Los Angeles, and that move might explain why the new Pink Mountaintops album Get Back is so different. The new one is heedless, flopsweat-drenched, cocaine-hangover California party-rock, with some truly appalling rap verses in there. It’s a weird album. We’ve heard the early tracks “North Hollywood Microwaves,” “Ambulance City,” and “The Second Summer Of Love,” and now the whole thing is streaming at Pitchfork.

Get Back is out 4/29 on Jagjaguwar.

School Of Seven Bells to reissue 'Put Your Sad Down' EP
Apr 18, 2014 9:16am | NME
The record was the last that late musician Benjamin Curtis worked on

Prince to release new album and reissue Purple Rain with Warner Bros.
Apr 18, 2014 9:01am | Fact Magazine

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The Purple One and Warner Bros. bury the hatchet, promise “veritable gold mine” of unheard music.

Busy times in Paisley Park: first Prince launched a new publishing company, and now he has signed a global licensing deal with Warner Bros. Records.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a news release.

Covered in the deal are all of Prince’s albums, including a new one that has been rumored for some time now. In addition, Prince plans to release a digitally re-mastered deluxe version of Purple Rain to commemorate the album’s 30th anniversary, with other projects to follow.

Prince returning to Warner Bros. is quite a shock after their acrimonious relationship ended in the 1990s. Disappointed with the label, he released a series of albums in quick succession to get out of his contract, famously changing his name from Prince to the unpronounceable “love symbol” (hence “the artist formerly known as Prince”) and writing “slave” on his cheek during public appearances.

Stream Nochexxxs Court Dramatix EP, due out on Record Store Day
Apr 18, 2014 9:00am | Fact Magazine

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Dave Henson whips up an RSD exclusive.

Nochexxx just dazzled us with his Thrusters LP a collection of “real-deal mind-warping” psychedelia and he’s already back with another EP.

The Court Dramatix EP collects another five slices of weirdly wonderful fare, bounding from electro-funk to screwy rave tracks. It will be released as a limited white vinyl 12″ on Record Store Day, but you can stream it below.

Naturally, it was one of our top 20 RSD releases you should actually care about.

Fans launch Kickstarter to purchase Wu-Tangs Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
Apr 18, 2014 9:00am | Fact Magazine

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It’s not exactly that Aphex Twin one, though.

As previously reported, the Wu-Tang Clan’s The Wu Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be released as an edition of one, taken on an art tour, and sold to the highest bidder, and RZA says that they already have a $5 million bid.

Upset at the prospect of the album landing in the hands of “some Saudi oil baron’s kid,” some enterprising Wu-Tang fans have set up a Kickstarter with a goal of buying the album and sharing the music digitally.

“For all the fans who won’t be able to pay 30-50 bucks to listen to a double album in one sitting, let’s raise enough money to buy this album and then turn around and give it away for free,” they write. “Wu members can still get their CREAM and the rest of us get to enjoy an epic album instead of some uber rich bastard keeping it to himself like a collector’s item.”

You’ve got to admire their spirit, but the entire point of Once Upon A Time is to “put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music.” Would-be Kickstarter backers must think it’s a longshot, too: 299 backers have raised only $1,959 of their $5 million goal. But hey, they’ve go...

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