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Jack White began tour in Austin (pics, setlists), coming to MSG with Run the Jewels this week (updated dates)
Jan 26, 2015 8:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

Jack White in Austin - 1/24/15 (more by Tim Griffin)

Jack White, who maybe you recognize from your baseball card collection, began his 2015 tour in Austin over the weekend with two sold-out shows at Austin Music Hall. We've got a full set of pictures (like the one above) of the first night over at BV Austin. Setlists from both nights below.

As discussed, that tour brings him to NYC this week for a show at Madison Square Garden on Friday (1/30) with Run the Jewels. That's now sold out. The Austin shows were with Chicano Batman, who are on most other US dates, and there's also a Nashville show with country legend Loretta Lynn and indie guitar great William Tyler. Jack also plays the South American Lollapaloozas and headlines both Saturdays of Coachella.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Jack White began tour in Austin (pics), coming to MSG with Run the Jewels this week (updated dates)
Jan 26, 2015 8:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

Jack White in Austin - 1/24/15 (more by Tim Griffin)

Jack White, who maybe you recognize from your baseball card collection, began his 2015 tour in Austin over the weekend with two sold-out shows at Austin Music Hall. We've got a full set of pictures (like the one above) of the first night, and setlists from both nights, over at BV Austin.

As discussed, that tour brings him to NYC this week for a show at Madison Square Garden on Friday (1/30) with Run the Jewels. That's now sold out. The Austin shows were with Chicano Batman, who are on most other US dates, and there's also a Nashville show with country legend Loretta Lynn and indie guitar great William Tyler. Jack also plays the South American Lollapaloozas and headlines both Saturdays of Coachella.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jack White began tour in Austin (pics), coming to MSG with Run the Jewels this week (updated dates)" at brooklynvegan



Stream Percussions (Four Tet) 2011 Until 2014
Jan 26, 2015 8:07am | StereoGum

It’s not like Kieran Hebden doesn’t release a fuckton of music under his Four Tet name. Both on his own and as a producer for other artists, Hebden is one of those electronic artists who can maintain a ridiculous output while still keeping up a certain standard of excellence. And he’s got so much music that one name can’t contain him. Over the past few years, he’s also been releasing spare, propulsive, club-centric singles under the name Percussions. We’ve posted a few of those tracks: “Blatant Water Cannon,” “Ascii Bot,” “Sext,” “KHLHI.” And now Hebden has compiled all his Percussions 12″ releases, along with some 12″ tracks, into a new surprise album called 2011 Until 2014. Below, you can stream the whole 11-track album.

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Possible early Aphex Twin demos appear on Soundcloud
Jan 26, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

The mysterious user487363530 has uploaded a clutch of tracks purporting to be early demos from Aphex Twin.

As ever, we approach Aphex antics with caution and an arched eyebrow, but signs point to this one being legitimate, with several reliable sources (including Planet Mu’s Mike Paradinas) stating that they’re the real deal.

The uploader, user487363530, has left just one comment on Soundcloud  on Aphex Twin’s ‘Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]‘. The comment states: “Would like to know the full setup for this track, brilliant music man. I love your early 90′s stuff so much, I was doing stuff in the early 90s, similar to you but I didn’t know about you when I did it ! Im also 43 years old Im going to be uploading it to soundcloud soon, gotta dust off the old DATs & cassettes!”

Strangely enough, Aphex Twin replied, writing “beautiful stuff, would love to hear more”.

Any other day of the year we might be inclined to brush it off as the usual AFX nerdery, but in case you weren’t aware  the prankster’s got a new record out today, and seems to be in the midst of a frenzy of uploading and releasing.

Check out a the supposed early demos below (for as long as they last). For more Aphex mysteries, have a look our guide to the facts and fictions of his mythology.


Old men making angsty noise with no sense of how time passed them by: The Prodigy, Björk and more reviewed in the FACT Singles Club
Jan 26, 2015 8:04am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and its for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, Soundcloud uploads and more. Up this week, The Prodigy, Giorgio Moroder, Björk and more.

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Old men making angsty noise with no sense of how time passed them by: The Prodigy, Björk and more reviewed in the FACT Singles Club
Jan 26, 2015 8:04am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and its for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, Soundcloud uploads and more. Up this week, The Prodigy, Giorgio Moroder, Björk and more.

Use your keyboards arrow keys or hit the prev / next arrows on your screen to turn pages (page 1/7)


indie/classical duo Low City working w/ members of Bon Iver and Dirty Projectors, have a new single (listen)
Jan 26, 2015 8:04am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Low City is the project of producer Abe Seiferth (who did the last Yeasayer record and is in Tippy Toes) and composer Jeremy Turner (who's worked with yMusic and others). The project also features guest performances from members of Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver (including Rob Moose, also of yMusic). They've got a few things out there at the moment including a yMusic remix and a single, "Skyline," and we've got the premiere of their new single, "All You Can Dream Of." As you might expect from their resume, it's the kind of indie/classical that other yMusic collaborators (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, etc) are known for, and this particular one does have a definite Dirty Projectors vibe.

Check it out, along with the video for "Skyline," below...

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Dave Smith Instruments announces tribute to legendary Prophet-5 synthesizer
Jan 26, 2015 8:00am | Fact Magazine

One of the synthesizers that shaped modern music gets an update.

Sequential Circuits’ Prophet-5 polyphonic synthesizer quickly became an industry standard when it was released in
the late 1970s, appearing on everything from Escape From New York to Thriller to Born To Mack. While the company first folded in the late ’80s, Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith established Dave Smith Instruments in 2002 and released a new version of the Prophet-5 in 2007.

Now, Dave Smith Instruments has gone back to the drawing board, announcing a sequel to the Prophet-5 called what else? Prophet 6. The new synth promises “analog tone with the stability and reliability of a state-of-the-art modern synth.”

“Its the result of our effort to build the most awesome-sounding, modern analog poly synth possible,” says Smith. Watch video and listen to samples of the synth in action below; head to Create Digital Music for a full analysis of the specs.


Tanya Tagaq: Its an issue having people coming and telling you how to live from so far away
Jan 26, 2015 8:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Andy Hannah speaks to the Polaris-winning Tanya Tagaq, to find a woman making an impassioned defence of a way of life that's under threat from a number of sources.>

Demis Roussos, Aphrodites Child singer and Vangelis collaborator, dies aged 68
Jan 26, 2015 8:00am | Fact Magazine

Greek singer Demis Roussos, a member of prog rock titans Aphrodite’s Child who later had a string of solo hits in the ’70s and ’80s, has died aged 68 in Athens.

Known to many for his flamboyant style and hit singles including ‘Forever and Ever’, ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Quand je t’aime’, Roussos also had a major influence on the weirder end of the rock spectrum through his work with Aphrodite’s Child. The band, whose members included keyboardist Vangelis, later famous for his Hollywood soundtracks, recorded three albums together: 1968′s End Of The World, 1969′s It’s Five O’Clock and 1972′s 666.

After Aphrodite’s Child disbanded, Roussos embarked on a wildly successful solo career, peaking in the mid-70s with multiple albums in the British charts simultaneously. He also created the soundtrack to Mike Leigh’s famed 1977 TV play Abigail’s Party and a vocal version of the score from the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, a Vangelis composition.

Amazingly, he was also involved in a plane hijacking in 1985 when Hezbollah held passengers at gunpoint on a flight from Athens to Rome he spent four days in captivity before being released in Beirut.

Roussos died at the weekend. He had been in hospital with an undisclosed illness for some time. [via BBC News</...


Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Credit For Sam Smiths Stay With Me
Jan 26, 2015 7:49am | StereoGum

Tom Petty has been awarded a songwriting credit on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which bears a close resemblance to Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” According to The Sun, the deal was settled out of court back in October, but is just coming to light now. Both Petty and singer/composer Jeff Lynne were given a 12.5% writing credit. The song’s full writing credit now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the songwriters. “When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” a source told NME. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

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Stream John Carpenter Lost Themes
Jan 26, 2015 7:48am | StereoGum

One of the many reasons 2015 is an amazing time to be alive: John Carpenter is about to drop an album on Sacred Bones. Carpenter is one of the great horror and sci-fi directors of all-time, and thanks to his history of scoring his own movies, he’s also a tremendously important musician. His early, ominous synth soundtracks helped show the world how to use electronics to build a mood, to create a sense of danger and unreality. And now he’s labelmates with Pharmakon. Next week, Carpenter will release the instrumental album Lost Themes, his first LP that isn’t a film soundtrack. It’s awesome. We’ve posted early tracks “Vortex” and “Night,” and the whole thing sounds like the soundtrack to a really, really good movie. Listen to all of it at NPR.

Lost Themes is out 2/3 on Sacred Bones.





Stream Title Fight Hyperview
Jan 26, 2015 7:25am | StereoGum

Title Fight have been gracefully expanding their sound over their past two albums, growing out of their post-hardcore and emo influences and adopting something more in the vein of traditional, shoegaze-inspired rock. With Hyperview, the Pennsylvania band’s third full-length, they fully commit to that change: early singles “Chlorine,” “Rose Of Sharon,” and “Your Pain Is Mine Now” help them join the ranks of artists who have recently been pushing against the boundaries of the Warped tour lineup, and coming out better for it. You can stream the whole album on NPR.

Hyperview is out 2/3 via Anti-.





A Beginners Guide to krautrock legends Tangerine Dream
Jan 26, 2015 7:21am | Fact Magazine

On Friday January 23, the music world mourned the death of Edgar Froese, founding member of Tangerine Dream, a German group influential in the development of krautrock and electronic music. FACT’s Mr. Beatnick pays tribute to the group and runs down some of their key records.


Tangerine Dream came together at the famed Zodiac Free Arts Lab in Berlin, a space founded by modern artist and free thinker Conrad Schnitzler of the band Cluster. Painted in black and white, the space served to incubate a number of formative Krautrock bands of the time, notably acts like Ash Ra Tempel and Klaus Schulze.

Tangerine Dream were the house band in this otherworldly space, and had a number of rotating members over the years, with the core members being founder Edgar Froese, and collaborators Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann. A prolific group, they released a huge number of records and soundtracks throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and are synonymous with the New Age music genre a notion that Edgar Froese always frowned on, and struggled to accept. Perhaps he had a point, since their music touches on a number of styles too broad to easily categorise: the chugging minimal synthesis of Kraftwerk, the space-synth explorations of Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis, with folk and prog flourishes and baroque melodies that can be likened to bands like Gentle Giant and King Crimson.

Particularly successful during their years on th...


Ranked: The Cribs' 21 singles in order of brilliance
Jan 26, 2015 7:03am | Drowned In Sound

The Cribs are one of the UK's most prolific singles bands. Since 2004, the Jarmans have released 21 digital downloads, CD-Rs (!) and 7-inch records. We have loved at least half of them and danced to several more. But which song is the best?

That's what this special edition DiS Does Singles is here to decide. It's important to be clear on these things.

21) Chi-Town


If you only know one thing about The Cribs, its probably that theyre from Wakefield. This hometown pride is a little jarring when you consider the trios biggest influences (The Ramones, Sonic Youth, The Replacements) are from the other side of the Atlantic. Chi-town is what happened when they gave up on this identity crisis and it was not the greatest.

20) So Hot Now


This cover of The Thermals was released as part of a split 7-inch for Record Store Day in 2010. That is pretty much all you need to know about it.

19) What About Me


Rule Number 1 of indie-rock longevity: make a so-so debut album with a handful great songs. Alas, What About Me is not Another Number, Lights Went Out or Things You Should Be Knowing. So here it is, sat at Number 19.

18) Leather Jacket Love Song


"Ten years on and 2001 is long gone," sings Ryan Jarman at the opening of his band's last single for their longtime label Wichita. Fittingly, 'Leather Jacket Love Song' was a return to the taut indie-pop of The New Fellas. As an exercise in nos...

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