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Missy Elliott to perform with Katy Perry during Super Bowl halftime show
Jan 30, 2015 9:43am | Fact Magazine

Katy Perry’s “surprise” guest is a major one.

Yesterday, the pop star said that she’d be joined by an “old school” artist during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Confirming rumors, the mystery performer will be Missy Elliott, according to AP.

“When you hear the first ring of the chord,” Perry said, “I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.” Back in 2011, Elliott was featured on a remix of Perry’s song ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ (below, if you dare).

Due to medical issues, Elliott has not toured regularly since 2010. Since releasing The Cookbook in 2005, the Grammy winner has only released a pair of singles; last we heard, Missy and longtime collaborator Timbaland had “the bullet in the gun” with regards to her comeback album.



The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Jan 30, 2015 9:43am | StereoGum

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable child and fuck everything up forever. Kanye is, after all, a disrupter, and he does not care about Grant Singer’s feelings. This week’s picks are below.

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Jay Z finalizing purchase of streaming music service Aspiro
Jan 30, 2015 9:33am | Cosequence Of Sound

Outside of his rap career and marriage to Earth’s mightiest woman, Jay Z has a number of side ventures to keep him occupied. That includes a sports agency, the 40/40 night club chain, his role as a film producer, controlling interest in Ace of Spades champagne, and more.  Now, Jay is setting his sights on the burgeoning industry of streaming music, as he’s in final negotiations to purchase the Scandinavian platform Aspiro.

According to Engadget reports, Project Panther, one of several subsidiaries owned by Jay Z, recently made an offer of 464 krona (that’s $56 million US) for 59.1% controlling interest in Aspiro’s two services: WiMP, which has limited availability in continental Europe, and Tidal, which offers service in the US, Canada, and UK. Aspiro’s board of directors has already reviewed the offer and is recommending that shareholders accept the deal. All the details could be finalized as early as mid-March.

So the question begs, why go all the way to Sweden to get into the streaming game? The short answer: Tidal/WiMP could be the answer to competing with streaming giant Spotify. Between its launch in 2010 and last fall, WiMP attracted over 580,000 paying customers, and with Jay Z attached, the newly-launched Tidal could do even bigger business.

Executives within Project Panther called Aspiro an “innovative high-quality company with stron...


Watch FKA Twigs Debut Figure 8 In Melbourne
Jan 30, 2015 9:26am | StereoGum

During a show at Melbourne’s 170 Russell last night, FKA Twigs debuted the first new material she’s shared since the release of LP1. The track is apparently called “Figure 8″ according to the uploader, and it’s a wispy thread of a song that reaches some moments of dissonance unlike anything she’s put out before (or maybe that’s just the venue’s sound setup coming through). Maybe we’re in store for an EP3 soon? Check it out below.

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There is no gender, no colour and no genre: Dawn Richard on her groundbreaking new album Blackheart
Jan 30, 2015 9:24am | Fact Magazine

The first words on Dawn Richard‘s sophomore album are an admission: “I thought I’d lost it all.”

Her vocals are spare, echoing slowly into blank space; the intonation of that line simultaneously communicates triumph, relief and shock. Once again, she sings about losing it all and the world around her begins to fill up with colour first a kick drum’s thump and multi-tracked Richards, then glissando strings and fingersnaps before the pace picks up, morphing from austerity to richly detailed soundscapes. From the possibility of loss, Richard builds and builds, crafting her own universe in the process. Welcome to the world of Blackheart.

To those unaccustomed to Richard’s take on R&B, a quick timeline: New Orleans native, daughter to the ex-frontman of ’70s soul band Chocolate Milk, shot into the starlight as a member of Diddy’s Making the Band girl group experiment Danity Kane, co-conspirator in Diddy’s short-lived and much loved Dirty Money, and now an independent artist very much navigating her own lane. Her debut album, 2013′s Goldenheart, found her fulfilling the promise of her previous mixtapes and EPs with wild ambition. Alongside musical collaborator Druski, she brought AOR, house and classical influences to her years of experience in R&B in a manner that rarely jarred, and felt epic in a way that many independe...


CMJ Chart Recap: January 27, 2015
Jan 30, 2015 9:22am | CMJ

Panda Bear – Photo by Fernanda Pereira

In Chart Recap we take a look at what’s happening on the CMJ charts each week. Check out the CMJ Radio 200 top 20 for the week. CMJ NMR Subscribers can login to view the complete charts.

Panda Bear managed to hold on against the tough competition on the charts for a second week at No. 1 with Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, his first solo album to reach No. 1 on the CMJ charts. Even though it stayed at the top this week, there were less stations reporting Panda Bear than there were reporting this weeks No. 2 Sleater Kinneys No Cities To Love. Viet Cong, Decemberists and Ty Segall (Mr. Face EP) closed out the Top 5. But our guess is No. 3 might be the peak for Viet Cong’s debut album, given the heavy hitters that are making their way up the charts.

While TV On The Radio, Parquet Courts and Ariel Pink fell out of the top five, they managed to hold on to spots in the top 10 for another week. Decemberists, Belle And Sebastian and Dodos should all continue to climb in the coming weeks, but will any have a shot at No. 1? Dodos was the top mover this week jumping 106 spots and scoring themselves a place on this weeks NMR cover, but with the other albums out right now, reaching No. 1 could be a longshot. This weeks most added album, the semi-surprise release by Björk will also be a formidable competitor for the No. 1 spot in the n...


Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. reissued 'Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?,' touring (dates)
Jan 30, 2015 9:16am | Brooklyn Vegan

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., the improvisational space rock variant of the Japanese psych-rock collective, recently reissued their 2006 album, Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?, on vinyl with an added song and a rearranged running order. You can stream the original version of the album, in all its out-there glory, below.

They'll be on tour this spring as well, and the lineup for Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is this:

Tsuyama Atsushi : bass, voice
Kawabata Makoto : guitar, voice
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, voice
Tabata Mitsuru : guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice
Satoshima Nani : drums
and
Justin Waters : god
They won't be playing Austin Psych Fest this year (though they do play Austin) but dates do include two NYC shows: Knitting Factory on May 6 and Mercury Lounge on May 7. Tickets for Knitting Factory are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge will be available soon through Ticketmaster.

Support for the whole tour is long-running Austin band ST-37. All dates are listed below...

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Watch: Mugwump - Until Youre Worth It
Jan 30, 2015 9:13am | The Line Of Best Fit
Geoffroy Mugwump, more commonly known as the mononymous producer Mugwump, has unveiled his new visuals for single "Until You're Worth It".>

Watch FKA twigs premiere new song Figure 8
Jan 30, 2015 9:05am | Fact Magazine

A tantalizing taste of what’s to come.

FKA twigs is touring the world in support of last year’s masterful LP1, and while her sets are loaded with fan favorites from her debut album and the two EPs that preceded it, it appears that she’s also toying with new material.

Last night in Melbourne, twigs performed ‘Figure 8′; watch fan Ryan Teki’s footage above, via Dazed. Time will tell if this the first glimpse of her rumored EP3.


Jazmine Sullivan released 'Reality Show,' touring (dates and album stream)
Jan 30, 2015 8:58am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Philly neo-soul singer Jazmine Sullivan has been active for over a decade, releasing albums and collaborating with Missy Elliot, Robert Glasper, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and others. Earlier this month, she put out her third album, Reality Show, on RCA, which followed 2008's Fearless and 2010's Love Me Back.

The album features Meek Mill on the excellent opening track "Dumb," and after that it's just Jazmine in the spotlight atop masterful production from Key Wane (Big Sean's Hall of Fame, Beyonce's "Partition"), DJ Dahi (Drake's "Worst Behavior, Kendrick Lamar's "Money Trees") and others. Not unlike recent albums by Frank Ocean and Beyonce, it's got a foot in traditional '60s/'70s soul, but an eye on the recent progressions the genre has been making too. It's really good. Listen to the whole album for yourself, below.

Jazmine has three shows coming up this March, including one in NYC happening March 11 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM today (1/30).

All dates are listed, with the LP stream and the video for one of the songs, below...

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Hozier Problem (Ariana Grande Cover)
Jan 30, 2015 8:55am | StereoGum

Full disclosure: I tend to hate covers. If you’re going to cover a song, make it really different, make it unusual, or don’t record it at all. It can, however, be interesting to listen to someone genre-bend a track and transform it from pop R&B into something that anyone listening to classic rock radio wouldn’t mind hearing during their morning commute. Enter Hozier, Irish troubadour and unlikely pop sensation who we’ve heard cover the Arctic Monkeys in the past, a band that is definitely a bit more in-line with his aesthetic than Ariana Grande’s massive single, “Problem.” If anything, the cover reinforces all of my prejudices — he doesn’t even attempt to belt out Iggy Azalea’s verse at the end. Instead, he turns it into a halfassed take on Warren G’s “Regulate.” (Scott likes the cover, though.) Decide for yourself below.

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Coyote to release vinyl edition of Last Japans Harca: stream Tom E Vercettis remix
Jan 30, 2015 8:54am | Fact Magazine

Rising grime label Coyote continue their white label series with a vinyl pressing of Last Japan.’s ‘Harca’.

The Bow-based producer – who went Against the Clock on FACT TV this week – featured ‘Harca’ on last year’s cassette / digital mixtape Ride With Us, and Coyote enjoyed the track so much they’ve decided to grant it a release on wax. Remixes come from ex-Cult member Forever Forever and new Coyote recruit Tom E Vercetti.

Speaking to FACT, Vercetti says that “‘Harca’ was the standout track from Ride With Us, so I was really pleased to be asked to remix it. Its a really colourful track so I wanted to retain that feeling while adding my own twist to it. I wanted to take a melodic approach and tried to expand on some of the melodies in the original, rather than stripping it back too much.”

“Having written and released ‘Harca’ in the first half of 2014″, says Last Japan. “It has probably been one of the only tracks of mine that I’ve consistently played in every set since. Only releasing it digitally meant the record, to me, felt like it had lost some of its tangibility, so when Coyote approached me to release it as a white label, it was a no brainer. The remixes compliment the original perfectly as two great interpretations of the track – I couldn’t be happie...


It Sure Seems Like Neil Youngs Pono Player Is Bullshit
Jan 30, 2015 8:50am | StereoGum

Last year, Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new digital music player called Pono, the idea being that it would serve as a high-quality alternative to the MP3s that he felt had degraded sound quality and fucked up the way everyone heard music. Young raised more than six million dollars on the campaign, exceeding his goal many times over. And now you can buy a Pono player for a cool $400, and you can pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 for a whole lot of classic-rock albums at the Pono store. But does Pono actually offer an audible upgrade over what the way-less-expensive iTunes store offers? A lot of tech people seem very, very skeptical.

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Watch: MOURN - Your Brain Is Made Of Candy.
Jan 30, 2015 8:41am | The Line Of Best Fit
MOURN, a gang of merry (read: gloomy) Spanish teens, have just unveiled their blue-tinged debut video for new track "Your Brain Is Made Of Candy".>

tix on sale: Faith No More, Sufjan Stevens, Purity Ring, Rush, Primal Scream, Action Bronson, Toro Y Moi & more
Jan 30, 2015 8:40am | Brooklyn Vegan

(photo via @plattypants)

Tickets for the two Faith No More shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the two Sufjan Stevens shows at Beacon Theater and Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Foo Fighters show with Royal Blood at Citi Field go on sale today at 10AM. The first show is sold out.

Tickets for the Rush shows at MSG go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Primal Scream shows at Warsaw and Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cult of Luna show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to the just-added fourth Scharpling & Wurster Live show at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM. The other three are sold out.

Tickets for the Primus Willy Wonka-themed show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Peter Ulrich show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Travi$ Scott/Young Thug show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Cashmere Cat show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cheap Trick/Peter Frampton show at Pier 97 go on sale today at 11AM.

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