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Video Premiere: Gay Dante And Susan
Apr 23, 2014 12:10pm | CMJ


Yeah, we know, the band name is kind of dumb, but thats nothing new in this era of eh band names. And theyre from Canada, so who knows, its probably some kind of a comedy deal. And maybe they are gay, and, oh, whatever. Arent we all post-post-modern at this point? Nothing means anything anymore, so lets move on to this Gay video premiere.

First off, that “photosensitive epilepsy” warning at the start? Not a joke. Brief bits of colored tubes quickly shifts to the band spazzing in some bar, beach goers swimming around with the shiftiness of a 20s silent flick, someone gets their eye poked out, cheap cracked animation appears, and yet more of those colored tubes. Its all a bit of a jittery mess of fun, not unlike the quirky, chirpy keyboard pop tune that zips along with it. And again, it all probably “means” little except that the nifty hook should stick with you and might make for a fine, first shot of summers coming soundtracking.

Gay has worked with US Girls husband/collaborator, Slim Twig, and theyve got a new mixtape, To The Choir, coming out in May on U.K. label Heart Throb, with UK tour dates to follow. For now, meet Dante And Susan and check the tour dates below.

UK Tour Dates For Gay:
05/02 – Cardiff – Four Bars w/ Jay Arner
05/03 – Liverpool – Liverpool Sound City
05/04 – Manchester – Soun...

HBO deal with Amazon set to bring shows including 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' to Prime service
Apr 23, 2014 12:10pm | NME
Rare licensing agreement will also include 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'True Blood' among many others

In Photos: Brody Dalle @ Manchester Academy
Apr 23, 2014 12:06pm | Drowned In Sound

Mineral reuniting soon?
Apr 23, 2014 11:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Mineral in the '90s

First we got new Sunny Day Real Estate music, then American Football announced shows, and now April 2014 continues to be '90s-Emo Reunion Month, because it appears that Mineral have some plans too. Details on what's actually going to happen are still scant, but the band's website links to their Facebook (launched in 2010 but still rarely updated), their Twitter (no tweets yet), and their Instagram on which they posted four pictures (two guitars, a bass, and a drumset) earlier this month. Check out those instagrams below, and stay tuned for more info.

The Austin band were only around briefly from 1994-1998 and released two now-classic full lengths -- the loud-quiet-loud emo/alternative rock of 1997's The Power of Failing and 1998's slowcore-leaning EndSerenading. After their breakup, the members went on to multiple other bands, including singer Chris Simpson and bassist Jeremy Gomez's The Gloria Record.

Watch some videos of the band's last-ever show at Emo's in Austin in 1997, with those Instagrams, below...

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The National Cancel Russia, Ukraine Shows Citing Political Unrest
Apr 23, 2014 11:51am | StereoGum

Today on their Facebook page the National released a statement saying they have cancelled their tour dates for Russia and Ukraine due to “the ongoing political crisis” in the region. Shows were scheduled for Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer. Refunds will be given at points of purchase, and for now there is no news as to whether these shows will be rescheduled or if the band will add dates in different locations to make up for these. You can read the full statement below.


Stereolab plan series of remastered vinyl reissues, tease future plans
Apr 23, 2014 11:48am | Fact Magazine

The French band’s acclaimed Elektra catalogue is due for deluxe vinyl treatment.

Stereolab had a damn good run in the 90s, from the motoric experimentation of ’93′s extraordinary Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements, to the career-defining lounge stylings of ’96′s Emperor Tomato Ketchup. For a while they were untouchable, sailing on a tide of acclaim that was only merely grazed when the NME and some other awkward corners of the press turned on them as the decade drew to a close.

While some of the group’s best known albums were re-released a couple of years back on the 1972 label, the band were frustrated with the pressings. Laetitia Sadier revealed in an interview today for BBC Radio 6 that the records were in fact mastered from CD, and they realized that they sounded “terrible.”

Thankfully, plans are underway to reissue the entire Elektra catalogue on “properly made vinyl,” (from Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements to Margarine Eclipse), and according to Sadier, Tim Gane has gone back and remastered each of the records.

While she was unclear about whether Stereolab were ever going to record again, she seemed hopeful, saying “Tim’s going to be listening to 15 years’ worth of music and maybe it will give him an incentive to write new songs, wh...

Robert Downey Jr. shares first image from set of 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
Apr 23, 2014 11:48am | NME
'Iron Man' actor shares image of himself with film's executive producer Jeremy Latcham

tUnE-yArDs invents her own ecstatic kids show for Water Fountain music video
Apr 23, 2014 11:47am | Chart Attack

After tUnE-yArDs' "Water Fountain" video, I don't want to hear any of stories about the cool house you lived in during college. Unless it featured furry monsters and interludes for dance, sportz, and anything else that crossed your mind. Joel Kefali's direction takes a few cues from the felt-lined sugar rush of Pee-wee's Playhouse, while introducing its own characters, like a dog chef and aging "scientist," as well as some interludes both 8-bit and cut-and-paste. There's much more going on than I have space to type about, much like the original song itself, and it's all joyous and great, so watch it now.

tUnE-yArDs' new album Nikki Nack is out May 6 via 4ADpre-order it here.

tUnE-yArDs invents her own ecstatic kids show for “Water Fountain” music video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Watch Kelis Play Letterman
Apr 23, 2014 11:46am | StereoGum

Kelis recently put out her new David Sitek produced album, Food, and has been making the rounds to perform it on television. She stopped by Letterman yesterday with a very large band (which Letterman quips about in the beginning) and performed her single “Jerk Ribs.” Watch it below.

Food is out now via Ninja Tune, and we’re currently giving away a vinyl copy as part of a prize package.

DeGreaser releasing 'Rougher Squalor,' touring, playing NYC shows w/ White Hills, Endless Boogie (dates, new track stream)
Apr 23, 2014 11:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Brooklyn trio DeGreaser is the new-ish band from Australian expat Tim Evans who you may remember from Bird Blobs or the recent reincarnation of '80s legends Venom P. Stringer (who played ATP UK and US shows in 2010). The band's name is a good description of their heavy psych sound, which uses thick distortion like an industrial solvent. The band's new album, Rougher Squalor, is out soon on Ever/Never Records and we've got the premiere of the LP's lead track, "Word in Your Mouth," which you can listen to below.

DeGreaser open for White Hills at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Thursday (4/24) and tickets are still available. Shortly after that, they'll head out on a tour which kicks off at Death by Audio on May 6 with headliners Endless Boogie and Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth on the bill as well.

Some of the venues are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

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PAWS Owls Talons Clenching My Heart (Stereogum Premiere)
Apr 23, 2014 11:40am | StereoGum

“Let’s get one thing straight. I know I shouldn’t like you,” begins the new single from Glasgow band PAWS. It’s a love song that recognizes that being in love doesn’t always yield positive results, nailing the feeling of heartache down to that gloriously descriptive title: “Owls Talons Clenching My Heart.” Lead singer Philip Taylor, singing in an echoing, Robert Pollard-esque drawl, captures the feel of a rocky relationship with a painful lyrical directness: “Everything I say or do to or for you makes me look the fool.” “And I feel bad, because you’ll be mad, and that’ll make you sad, and I don’t want to make you sad.” They’re sloppy lines, all second-guesses that run in circles of uncertainty and confusion which is precisely what makes them hit so hard and ring so true. Between this and the recently released “Tongues,” PAWS are throwing themselves right in the thick of bad vibes, and they’ve never sounded better. Listen below and check them out on tour.


Q&A: Dan Croll
Apr 23, 2014 11:40am | CMJ

At the start of this month, 23 year-old Dan Croll launched his debut LP, Sweet Disarray, (Capitol). He first caught our ears at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon, but now we were hearing his diverse influences in studio. Before all this, however, he was a star rugby player with hopes of making it big until a leg injury forced him to reconsider his career path. Unexpectedly, hes become one of the U.K.s most promising acts of this year and has gained praise from some huge names in the game like Haim, Bastille and even Paul McCartney.

Croll is currently touring North America and we were able to chat with him before his performance in New York City last week. He spoke to us about the sudden transition from rugby to music and why he refuses to define his sound. As talented as he is young, his bold experimentation is likely to keep us guessing what he’ll do next.

You’re from Liverpool, correct?
Yeah, I was born in Stoke-on-Trent, which is like an hour away. But all my family were born and raised in Liverpool and I live there at the moment.

Cool, so are you excited to see them at the top of the Premier League?
I am excited to see that, but to tell you the truth, Im not a big fan of football which is quite rare for an Englishman.

Yeah, I just assumed that all English people liked football, haha. So do you prefer rugby since you used to play it?

Neneh Cherry Everything Video
Apr 23, 2014 11:30am | StereoGum

Neneh Cherry returned earlier this year with the Four Tet-produced Blank Project, her first full-on solo album in 18 years. Now, she’s reunited with one of her old music-video directors, the veteran French fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, who first worked with Cherry on her “Manchild” video in 1989. Mondino did Cherry’s video for the seven-and-a-half-minute workout “Everything,” and the entire thing is one shot, a long, exceedingly slow zoom-in on Cherry as she frantically dances her way across a gigantic white room. It’s a fitting tribute to Cherry’s berserker charisma, and you can watch it below.


I Shall Die Here
Apr 23, 2014 11:22am | Fact Magazine

Available on: RVNG Intl. LP

Founded in 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island, The Body have carved out a niche at the artier, ultra-extreme end of contemporary metal, their blend of churning sludge instrumentation and hysterically shrieked vocals comparable to Stephen OMalleys early 00s group Khanate. The Body, however, have appeared set on pushing boundaries: their highly recommended 2011 album All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood employed the 24-voice Assembly Of Light choir, and drew influence from doomsday prophets such as Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and Shoko Asahara of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo. The aim, vocalist/guitarist Chip King told me around the albums release, was to contrast beauty and ugliness to present a vision of a flawed world. A beautiful world. An ugly world.

This is a sensibility thats seeped out of noise and metal culture and into clubland over the last years, with Blackest Ever Black, Downwards and Hospital Productions conspiring on a darkness that smudges at the edges of genre. So perhaps it was inevitable that wed see meetings like this one: an album bringing together The Body with UK-based producer Bobby Krlic, aka The Haxan Cloak. Certainly, this is a pairing guided by some logic. The Body are no strangers to collaboration, having recently made albums with orchestral drone group Braveyoung and Louisiana sludge rockers Thou. And while signed to Tri Angle, Krlic is no foreigner to such territor...

Paul Gray spent final weeks in 'blur' of drugs and Slipknot bandmates did not help, claims widow
Apr 23, 2014 11:22am | NME
Gray's doctor is on trial accused of irresponsibly prescribing Xanax to the late bassist

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