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Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and Jim James perform lost Bob Dylan song Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street) watch
Oct 30, 2014 11:10am | Cosequence Of Sound

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes is a 15-track collection of new music based on two dozen recently discovered Bob Dylan lyrics. Due out on November 11th via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records, the T-Bone Burnett-produced LP features folk supergroup The New Basement Tapes, aka Elvis Costello, My Morning Jackets Jim James, Mumford and Sons Marcus Mumford, Dawes Taylor Goldsmith, and Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens. The lyrics are said to date back to 1967, during Dylan’s iconic Basement Tapes era.

Already we’ve heard a number of Lost on the River tracks, including “Nothing To It”, “Married To My Hack”, “Spanish Mary”, “When I Get My Hands On You”, and “Liberty Street”. Now, Costello leads the mighty collective through a live performance of a new song called “Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street)”. Equal parts powerful and soulful, it’s yet another solid showcasing of each of the artists’ individual talents and a great nod to Dylan’s lyrical prowess.

Watch below (via Rolling Stone).

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes will be accompanied by a Showtime documentary set to debut on November 21st. According to a press release, director Sam Jones Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued presents an “exclusive ...



Sweet Apple Reunion (Feat. Robert Pollard) Video
Oct 30, 2014 11:05am | StereoGum

Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis leads the riff-rock side project Sweet Apple, but the band’s namesake is Dave Sweetapple, the Witch member who also plays in Sweet Apple. He’s the star of the band’s new Halloween-themed video for “Reunion,” a triumphant track that features fellow indie legend Robert Pollard on videos. (It’s on The Golden Age Of Glitter, the album that Sweet Apple released earlier this year.) Sweetapple plays a skateboarding, candy-thieving warlock who somehow survived the Salem Witch Trials but who doesn’t fare so well in his war against a gang of resourceful neighborhood children. Fellow band member John Petkovic, a former Cobra Vere member, directed the seriously adorably, lovably amateurish video. Check it out below.

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The plot for the new Terminator has been revealed, and its terrible
Oct 30, 2014 11:02am | Cosequence Of Sound

Terminator Genisys is the name of the forthcoming fifth film in the Terminator series. Director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) helms the picture that stars Emila Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty) as John Connor, and Jai Courtney (Divergent, Jack Reacher) as Kyle Reese, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will once again reprise his role as the Terminator.

Schwarzenegger’s participation in the film is where the excitement ends, however. As io9 points out, the plot of the film was revealed in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, and there aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe how terrible it sounds.

Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminatoran older T-800 she calls “Pops”who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

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Nots Reactor (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 30, 2014 10:59am | StereoGum

Memphis’ girl gang Nots have evolved into their wildest incarnation yet. Beginning as a collaboration between guitarist Natalie Hoffmann and drummer Charlotte Watson, the band bulked up for the release of their first full-length LP, We Are Nots, adding Madison Farmer on bass and Alexandra Eastburn on synthesizer to sharpen the edges of their jagged sound. Today we share with you “Reactor,” the third track from the upcoming release and a comprehensive snapshot of the band’s raw punk aesthetic: a driving bass line, deft power chords, and vocals that fall somewhere between singing and talking, with a frantic synth that squirms under the other instruments, and plenty of distortion. Check out the new track below.

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She & Him cover Frank Sinatras Time After Time listen
Oct 30, 2014 10:52am | Cosequence Of Sound

She & Him the duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel has unveiled another one of the 13 “carefully-selected, timeless standards” that comprise its latest album, Classics. Following a grand and ornate take on Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile”, the duo turn its attention to “Time After Time”, the jazzy ballad made famous by Frank Sinatra. (Over the years, the likes of Alex Chilton, Chet Baker, and Shirley Bassey have also covered the tune.)

As they’ve proven with their remaining back catalog, Ward and Deschanel are masters at refurbishing the past, with old-timey trumpets and slow, skittish drums dug up from some pre-WWII gala and given a shiny update. Unlike past covers of the song, though, She & Him tackle the vocals as a team, their lush harmonic interplay enhancing the song’s inherent sense of breeziness and overall romantic vibes. Listen in below.

Classics is due out December 2nd via Columbia Records. ICYMI, watch the duo perform “Stay Awhile” on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Classics Tracklist:
01. Stars Fell On Alabama
02. Oh No, Not My Baby
03. Its Not For Me To Say
04. Stay Awhile
05. This Girls In Love With You
06. Time After Time
07. She
08. Teach Me Tonight
09. Its Always You
10. Unchained Melody (Feat. The Chapin Sist...


Stream Jon Mueller and Duane Pitres blissful album of gongs and cymbals for Type
Oct 30, 2014 10:50am | Fact Magazine

Clangers, not anthems.

Two revered figures from the experimental circuit, drummer Jon Mueller and composer Duane Pitre, have unveiled an album-length collaboration inspired by ‘The Inverted Torch’, a poem by Edith Matilda Thomas.

Wisconsin-based percussionist Mueller, who boasts a huge catalogue of albums (including a pair recent releases as Death Blues) alongside his regular gig a as a drummer in Justin Vernon’s Volcano Choir, brings his gong collection to the table while New Orlean’s Pitre contributes bowed cymbals and his own collection of Max/msp patches.

They combine on two lengthy pieces, No Longer of Our Time and A Fading Light Within its Place, which use the poem’s text as “the starting point in a process that allowed them to discuss change, life, time and human action as they blended real-time performance with synthetic elements seamlessly,” according to the label.

Pitting electronics against the pair’s ‘real’ clanging instruments, the result is both contemplative and unpredictable  close the curtains and stream the whole thing below. Inverted Torch is out on November 19 via Type (full disclosure: a label independently operated by FACT’s John Twells).



A Night With Cypher League: Bringing New Yorks Underground Hip-Hop Scene To The Surface
Oct 30, 2014 10:50am | CMJ

Nicholas Hunt performing at the Dojo – Photo courtesy of Cypher League


Cypher League understands the ideologies that drive todays underground urban music scene. Many artists today are disinterested in rising through the ranks just to swim in green pools of cash; they just want to their art to be heard and hopefully avoid the day job rut—but that’s not such an easy task. The role that I see Cypher League playing is similar to that of the Village Voice back in its inception, the art collective’s editor-in-chief Ben Toren explained. Like, to be the voice for a pretty specific community of artists and musicians because something like that hasnt popped up yet.”

Just beginning the comparison with physical appearances, the Cypher League founding members I spoke with are pretty far removed from the previous generations music business entrepreneurs that would don suits and ties during work hours. In a white V-neck t-shirt with jet-black hair tied up in a bun, lanky co-founder Tetsu Higuchi is more reminiscent of the happy-go-lucky stoner that lived down the hall of your college dorm than one of the heads of a rising media company. Devaugn Holliday, head of A&R and events, comes across as a friendly teddy bear, with a Buddhist rosary necklace that explains his Facebook pages occupational status as Cypher League Buddha. And Ben, consistently sporting bags under his eyes and carrying a cigarette at his fingertips, is ...


A Night With Cypher League: Bringing New Yorks Underground Hip-Hop Scene To The Surface
Oct 30, 2014 10:50am | CMJ

Nicholas Hunt performing at the Dojo – Photo courtesy of Cypher League


Cypher League understands the ideologies that drive todays underground urban music scene. Many artists today are disinterested in rising through the ranks just to swim in green pools of cash; they just want to their art to be heard and hopefully avoid the day job rut—but that’s not such an easy task. The role that I see Cypher League playing is similar to that of the Village Voice back in its inception, the art collective’s editor-in-chief Ben Toren explained. Like, to be the voice for a pretty specific community of artists and musicians because something like that hasnt popped up yet.”

Just beginning the comparison with physical appearances, the Cypher League founding members I spoke with are pretty far removed from the previous generations music business entrepreneurs that would don suits and ties during work hours. In a white V-neck t-shirt with jet-black hair tied up in a bun, lanky co-founder Tetsu Higuchi is more reminiscent of the happy-go-lucky stoner that lived down the hall of your college dorm than one of the heads of a rising media company. Devaugn Holliday, head of A&R and events, comes across as a friendly teddy bear, with a Buddhist rosary necklace that explains his Facebook pages occupational status as Cypher League Buddha. And Ben, consistently sporting bags under his eyes and carrying a cigarette at his fingertips, is ...


Fiver, Constantines, Austra and more sign petition in support of the women affected by Jian Ghomeshis abuse
Oct 30, 2014 10:47am | Chart Attack

On Sunday, radio host Jian Ghomeshi was fired from his position hosting CBC's Q over allegations of sexual assault, which grew on Tuesday night when four more women came forward, bringing the total up to eight. The reception to this news has exposed deep societal issues reflected in how many Canadians were quick to disbelieve and discredit the abused women. Compounding this are the attempts by Ghomeshi's PR machine to confuse the issue into a private sexual matter (read his Facebook statement, which was handled by communications company Navigator.)

In response, Simone Schmidt of Fiver and One Hundred Dollars along with Amy Lam of Toronto performance group Life of a Craphead have started an online log of support for the women who are speaking up against Ghomeshi, as well as victims of abuse everywhere. Their signatures have been joined by members of Fucked Up, Constantines, Austra and thousands more. Read their "Gesture of Love and Support" below and sign the log here if you feel the same way.

To the women who have been directly affected by Jian Ghomeshi,
And to those survivors of abuse and assault who fear being disbelieved,

You should know first that there are so many of us who believe you. We understand why you fear coming forward, and want to offer a counterbalance of public support and understanding. Jian Ghomeshis tactic of using his massive personal platfor...


Best of CMJ 2014: our favorite 11 acts
Oct 30, 2014 10:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

Bo Ningen @ BV CMJ 2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)

CMJ 2014 is now just a fading handstamp on our inner wrist (and maybe a slight ring in our ears). We've posted photos from our various parties and other shows we caught but we thought, before we put the fest to bed entirely, we'd pick our favorite performers from the week. This year, it just ended up that many of the bands we were looking forward to (and often had play our shows for that reason) were the ones who wowed us the most. Here's our Top 11 bands from CMJ 2014 (in alphabetical order):

Amason: This supergroup of Swedes, featuring members of Dungen, Miike Snow, and Little Majorette, made their NYC debut as part of a "It's a School Night" party hosted by onetime KEXP DJ Chris Douridas. Bowery Hotel is way swanky and the whole thing felt very LA to me (though I haven't been on the West Coast in 10 years). Amason's sound is rooted in piano-driven '70s MOR and the whole thing could've gone the wrong way, but their skilled musicianship and songwriting won out. Even through bad sound and squalls of unintended feedback, they were terrific. Sometimes middle of the road is right where you wanna be. [Bill Pearis]

Beach Slang: Beach Slang are already my personal favorite new band of this year, and their set at our official showcase only confirmed that even more. More so than any band I saw at CMJ, they had a huge chunk of the crowd who knew every wo...


Best of CMJ 2014: our 11 favorite acts
Oct 30, 2014 10:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

Bo Ningen @ BV CMJ 2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)

CMJ 2014 is now just a fading handstamp on our inner wrist (and maybe a slight ring in our ears). We've posted photos from our various parties and other shows we caught but we thought, before we put the fest to bed entirely, we'd pick our favorite performers from the week. This year, it just ended up that many of the bands we were looking forward to (and often had play our shows for that reason) were the ones who wowed us the most. Here's our Top 11 bands from CMJ 2014 (in alphabetical order):

Amason: This supergroup of Swedes, featuring members of Dungen, Miike Snow, and Little Majorette, made their NYC debut as part of a "It's a School Night" party hosted by onetime KEXP DJ Chris Douridas. Bowery Hotel is way swanky and the whole thing felt very LA to me (though I haven't been on the West Coast in 10 years). Amason's sound is rooted in piano-driven '70s MOR and the whole thing could've gone the wrong way, but their skilled musicianship and songwriting won out. Even through bad sound and squalls of unintended feedback, they were terrific. Sometimes middle of the road is right where you wanna be. [Bill Pearis]

Beach Slang: Beach Slang are already my personal favorite new band of this year, and their set at our official showcase only confirmed that even more. More so than any band I saw at CMJ, they had a huge chunk of the crowd who knew every wo...


Song : Angel Olsen : May As Well
Oct 30, 2014 10:42am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Jagjaguwar is reissuing Angel Olsen’s absolutely superb Burn Your Fire For No Witness from this year in deluxe form on November 18th. It will contain an additional five bonus tracks including the previously revealed “All Right Now” and this lovely little nugget “May As Well”. We are not going to say anything about it. Just sit back, press play, and let it roll over you.

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Big Ups Not Today (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 30, 2014 10:40am | StereoGum

New York punks Big Ups made a really great debut album called Eighteen Hours Of Static earlier this year, and they’re about to follow it up by dropping a split 7″ with Brooklyn’s Washer. We’ve already posted “Rash,” the first Big Ups song on that split. And now we’ve got the other one. “Not Today” is a fearsome, stormy piece of post-hardcore animosity, and it will make your heart beat a little faster. Listen to it below.

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Stream Kieran Loftuss All Black Outfit Remixes EP featuring Trap Door, Botaz and more
Oct 30, 2014 10:35am | Fact Magazine

Following Kieran Loftus’s excellent ‘All Black Outfit’ release, Paradise Rhythm have put together a stonking collection of remixes.

You can check out the original release over at the Paradise Rhythm bandcamp, and the new EP finds four innovative producers pulling Loftus’s original track to bits and re-building it without losing the all-important nerve center.

We’ve got versions from Trap Door, Ambiwlans, Botaz, Siyoung and Trap Door, and you can hear the whole thing in full below. All Black Outfit Remixes is out today via Paradise Rhythm.


stream The Jazz June's "Short Changed" from their new LP
Oct 30, 2014 10:33am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Brett Barto

'90s-era emo vets The Jazz June are less than two weeks away from the release of their Evan Weiss-produced After the Earthquake (due 11/11 via Topshelf), their first album of new material in 12 years. We've already posted three tracks from it, and now we've got the premiere of a fourth, "Short Changed." Unlike their labelmates and fellow '90s band Braid, who's new record mostly sounds like classic Braid, there are few signs on "Short Changed" and the other singles that this is the band who made The Medicine. That album basically perfected The Jazz June's brand of emo, and presumably feeling like they had no more to say in that style, its followup and (up until now) final album Better Off Without Air was a much more experimental record.

Now they've reinvented themselves once again. "Short Changed," like previous singles "Over Underground" and "Ain't It Strange," is fuzzy indie rock that sounds more like it would have been on Merge in '92 than Initial Records in 2000. And since that early '90s indie rock style is fully back thanks to countless younger bands pulling from it, the new Jazz June stuff sounds totally modern. If you're already a fan of the band you probably don't need any convincing to listen to this, but if you're unfamiliar it's a fine starting point. Check it out below.

The Jazz June just headlined our CMJ showcase and they have a FFF Nites show comin...

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