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Arabrot made a video for "The Gospel" (watch)
May 4, 2016 11:05am | Brooklyn Vegan

Norway's genre-defying Arabrot released their excellent new album The Gospel earlier this year on Fysisk Format. Now they've made a war-themed video for the title track.

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McDonalds lets you make beats while you eat with its McTrax placemat
May 4, 2016 10:51am | Fact Magazine

Burgers ‘n’ beats.

Dutch designers working for McDonald’s have made a placemat that turns into a mini music production station.

With paper printed using conductive ink, the McTrax contains a small battery and thin circuit board with 26 digital touchpoints offering in-house produced audio loops, synths and other musical effects. Your smartphone acts as the speaker and screen and you can also record your own voice.

All you need to do is put your phone on the mat, download an app and sync it to the placemat via Bluetooth. Just keep your greasy fries out of sight.

Sadly, the McTrax has only been rolled out in the Netherlands so far and no plans have been unveiled yet to launch it worldwide, but there’s always hope. And Happy Meals.

Watch these lucky Dutch customers have a play around on the paper toy below.

Last year, McDonald’s was accused of asking bands to play its South by Southwest showcase for free in exchange for exposure.” The fast food chain later changed its approach, with a McDonalds spokesperson saying: To further support these artists, all bands performing at our showcase will be compensated.

Read next: The best free music production software

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William Tyler Kingdom Of Jones
May 4, 2016 10:50am | StereoGum
William Tyler - Modern Country

Introducing Amber Arcades: Immigration Songs
May 4, 2016 10:49am | CMJ

It’s pretty clear from listening to her debut album, Fading Lines, that Dutch singer/songwriter Annelotte De Graaf, aka Amber Arcades, has some cool inspirations (Stereolab, Suicide, circa now garage pop, ’60s yé-yé). But it took a trip cross the Atlantic to the Big Apple to find the right place and people to get her ideas […]

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Introducing Amber Arcades: Immigration Songs
May 4, 2016 10:49am | CMJ

It’s pretty clear from listening to her debut album, Fading Lines, that Dutch singer/songwriter Annelotte De Graaf, aka Amber Arcades, has some cool inspirations (Stereolab, Suicide, circa now garage pop, ’60s yé-yé). But it took a trip cross the Atlantic to the Big Apple to find the right place and people to get her ideas […]

The post Introducing Amber Arcades: Immigration Songs appeared first on CMJ.

Trent Reznor reportedly overseeing Apple Music redesign
May 4, 2016 10:47am | Fact Magazine

An expansion to Beats 1 radio is also expected to land this summer.

Apple Music is expected to get a full revamp in June, one year after the streaming service launched alongside Beats 1 radio.

According to a report at Bloomberg, the redesign is being spearheaded by Trent Reznor, who helped design the original interface, and content head Robert Kondrk. Advice is also being offered by Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine and iPhone mastermind Jony Ive.

Unnamed sources suggest the redesign will see the user interface being made more intuitive, with better integration of its streaming and download sections, which are divided into separate sections in iTunes. An expansion to Beats 1 radio is also on the cards, with the relaunch expected at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple Music received praise for its focus on playlist curation when it launched last year, but its strong points were overshadowed by criticism of its interface. The company went so far as to admit it had “homework” to do on the service.

Despite the teething problems, the streaming service has had a strong first year: as well as attracting 13 million paid subscribers, it scored a big exclusive in the form of Drake’s Views as well as winning over Spotify critic Taylor Swift, who starred in a rece...

Amanda Palmer releasing a covers LP made with her dad (listen to "1952 Vincent Black Lightning")
May 4, 2016 10:46am | Brooklyn Vegan

Earlier this year, Amanda Palmer shared her first full-band recording in two years, "Machete." She hasn't announced a solo album yet, but in the meantime, she'll release a covers album with her dad, Jack, called You've Got Me Singing that'll be out in July and that's the cover art (an homage to Dylan's Bringing it All Back Home) above...

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Prince scheduled meeting with drug addiction doctor prior to his death
May 4, 2016 10:36am | Cosequence Of Sound

The specter of opioid addiction has been swirling around Prince since his death nearly two weeks ago. Now, the Star Tribune has learned that the legendary musician had begun seeking addiction treatment just one day before he died.

According to the report, Prince’s representatives had called Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a well-recognized opioid addiction treatment expert who runs Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley, California, on the evening of April 20th. The Kornfeld family’s Minneapolis attorney, William Mauzy, told the Star Tribune that Dr. Kornfeld was unable to fly out until the 22nd, but sent his son, Andrew, in his place. The younger Kornfeld apparently flew out from San Francisco the night Prince’s reps reached out, with the intention of meeting with the artist the following morning.

The plan was to quickly evaluate his health and devise a treatment plan, Mauzy said on behalf of the Kornfelds. “The doctor was planning on a lifesaving mission. He added that the idea was for Prince to agree to long-term care with Dr. Kornfeld in California, including 24-hour nursing support.

Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park around 9:30 on the morning of Thursday, April 21st. He had with him a small dose of buprenorphine, a drug used to curb opioid cravings, which he intended to administer to Prince. He was greeted by two of Prince’s reps, but they couldn’t loc...

Ought Beautiful Blue Sky Video
May 4, 2016 10:33am | StereoGum
ought-vidOught have shared a video for their Sun Coming Down standout "Beautiful Blue Sky." The video, which was directed by Bobby McHugh, is as cinematic and sprawling as the song itself as it follows movement artist Matt Drews through two parallel storylines. Watch and read a statement from the director which … More »

Marissa Nadler shares new song; Wrekmeister Harmonies and Muscle & Marrow opening her tour
May 4, 2016 10:29am | Brooklyn Vegan

Also: watch a new video from Mary Lattimore, who opens Marissa's Brooklyn show.

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Fear Of Men Sane
May 4, 2016 10:25am | StereoGum
Fear Of Men -

Barcelonas Off At Forum festival adds Tony Allen, Damian Lazarus, Marcellus Pittman
May 4, 2016 10:24am | Fact Magazine

Tony Allen and a private beach, what’s not to like?

Barcelona’s Off At Forum festival has added Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen to its 2016 line-up. The Fela Kuti drummer will present the Film of Life project he worked on with Damon Albarn.

Crosstown Rebels’ boss Damian Lazarus, French DJ Oxia and dubstep veteran Scuba – who did this Hotflush- focused FACT mix for us back in 2011 – are now also confirmed to perform at the city’s Parc Del Forum, along with Marcellus Pittman, Beautiful Swimmers, Palms Trax and Nick Höppner.

The fourth annual Off At Forum takes place June 16-19 just a few metres from the sea, with a bathing area offered via a private beach – see a plan of the site below. Tickets are available to buy from the festival website.

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New line-up additions:

Motor City Drum Ensemble
Todd Terje
Optimo (Espacio)
Gold Panda
Michael Mayer
Gui Boratto
Tony Allen
Damian Lazarus
Marcellus Pittman

Pinegrove performs gorgeous acoustic versions of New Friends and The Metronome
May 4, 2016 10:13am | Chart Attack

I dare anyone to listen to Pinegrove's latest album Cardinal and not fall in love with the band. The raw, emotive, and powerful vocals of Evan Stephens Hall bring the gorgeous instrumentation to another level. The music tugs right at your heartstrings. If there's a breakout band in 2016, my bet is on Pinegrove.

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We couldn't pass up the opportunity of getting to witness Evan Stephens Hall perform these songs live, so we brought him to our offices and said "do your thing." Everyone on the floor slowly removed their headphones as his voice echoed throughout the building. It was so jaw-dropping I had double check I hit record.

Above he performs an alternate take on "New Friends," a song from Cardinal, and the beautiful, climactic "The Metronome" below. Take a listen, and you won't regret it.

Pinegrove's album Cardinal is out now on Run For Cover Records.

Catch them on their upcoming North American tour, which includes stops in Montreal and Toronto:

6/24 - New York, NY @ Palisades
6/25 - Wallington, CT @ The Legion
6/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East - Upstairs
6/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
6/29 - Washington, DC @ DC9
6/30 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
7/01 - Carboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room
7/02 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/03 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
7/05 - Tampa, FL @ Transi...

Jay Z Reportedly Working On Lemonade Response Album
May 4, 2016 10:13am | StereoGum
Jay-Z and BeyonceA week and a half ago, Beyoncé released her surprise album Lemonade and famously upended the public's image of her relationship with Jay Z. The whole album is built around the idea of a cheating husband and a marriage that needs to be healed. And while we don't know how much of it is … More »

Mutek unveils free stages with Machinedrum, Jlin and Peder Mannerfelt
May 4, 2016 10:10am | Fact Magazine

We’re getting ever-closer to the 2016 edition of Montreal’s long-running Mutek festival.

It was already shaping up to be a must-see event, with more than 80 (!) live performances from over 100 artists, including appearances from FACT favorites Lee Gamble, Aïsha Devi, Peder Mannerfelt, Powell, Colleen, Tim Hecker and more.

Now Mutek has announced its free programming and special events, the final pieces of the puzzle to be revealed before the festival itself begins on June 1. For the second year in a row, the festival will spice up the area in front of the Maison Symphonique from Thursday to Saturday from 5PM-11PM (from 3PM on the Saturday). There will be a bar and food trucks, and of course music from Jlin, Machinedrum, Peder Mannerfelt, Riohv, Lee Gamble, Booma Collective, Claire and others.

Elsewhere, Mutek has revealed that it will be teaming up with Piknic Électronik yet again on Sunday June 5, and also welcoming Boiler Room to Montreal, who will be curating the first in a series of audiovisual events in Canada with a free lineup of musicians and VJs at the Society for Arts and Technology. Mutek has also partnered with Festival TransAmériques for the second year runni...

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