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Good Times with the Benjamin Button of Indie Rock: The Charlatans triumphant return
Oct 22, 2014 4:28am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Charlatans: defiance personified. Now in their 25th year, the indie stalwarts show no sign of slowing down with a triumphant comeback show at London's The Garage on 20 October.>

Hundred Waters Oslo, London 15/10/14
Oct 22, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
A fine example of Hundred Waters ability to walk a line between a love of electronics and organics.>

The Charlatans Backstage with Best Fit
Oct 22, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The seminal indie outfit behind the scenes in London by by Gaëlle Beri.>

Jeff Mills to design percussion instrument inspired by UFO sighting
Oct 22, 2014 3:38am | Fact Magazine

Space jams.

Always with one eye on the sky, Detroit techno traveller Jeff Mills has revealed he’s developing a new percussion instrument inspired by a UFO sighting over Los Angeles in the 1950s.

The idea is to create a “special and exclusive” machine for Mills’ orchestra performances, and he’s inventing the instrument in collaboration with sound artists and designer Yuri Suzuki, who has made some amazing electronic gizmos and prototype instruments in recent years, including a globe-shaped record that plays field recordings from around the world and a robot that turns drawings into sounds.

More details are expected soon from Mills’ Facebook page. The Ufology inspired project is just the latest in a string of spacey schemes dreamed up by the veteran DJ and producer, who’s about to release the eighth album in his sci-fi-inspired Sleeper Wakes series, Emerging Crystal Universe. Meanwhile Mills is also keeping himself busy by writing, directing and scoring a film about “the ancient Egyptian walk through life to death and reincarnation”.

The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
Oct 22, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Scottish gloomsters bring it all together on their fourth album to present a lovely medley of musical misery.

Withered Hand & Darren Hayman & The Short Parliament The Scala, London 15/10/14
Oct 22, 2014 3:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Dan Willsons songs are often aural flagellations, but theyre delivered in a key of hope - and tonight, with real vigour too.>

Kiasmos - Kiasmos
Oct 22, 2014 2:30am | Drowned In Sound

London-based Erased Tapes are as consistently strong a record label as they come these days. The independent outfit handles more talented classically-trained musicians than you could shake a stick at, releases music in a range of avant-garde genres (from neo-classical and electronica to drone), and acts as a fertile breeding ground for some of the most exciting collaborative projects around (see Sisteray and A Winged Victory for the Sullen in particular). Their artists, by and large, are exempted from populist demands such as accessibility and catchiness, allowing experimental projects like Kiasmos who take the straight-and-true trajectory of traditional minimal techno, and embellish it with strings, piano and a classical sense of grandeur a whole lot more freedom than theyd find elsewhere. Things might move along a little bit slower because of this, true but the results are rarely disappointing.

The culmination of seven years part-time collaboration between revered classical componser Ólafur Arnalds and Bloodgroup keyboard player and vocalist Janus Rasmussen, Kiasmos debut LP is a case in point. It might not be much in the way of a surprise for those whove listened to Thrown or Looped, but working from divergent influences is rarely simple, and Kiasmos iterates on the ideas explored in these earlier tunes with serious skill, electronic and traditional influences so tightly woven together that the LP maintains a very definite sense of ...

Swans - Filth (remaster)
Oct 22, 2014 2:29am | Drowned In Sound

Swans are a band that, more than 30 years into their career, keep getting stronger. This years To Be Kind is sure to find itself on a good number of end-of-year lists so now is as good a time as any to go back to the beginning with the first of Mute records remastered reissues. Sadly, though, only those of you with record players will get to experience the Filth remaster for now. This does raise the question of the necessity of reissues even more so than usual, especially since there are no bonus tracks here, not even the live recording at The Kitchen, New York that was included on 2000s double-CD reissue (along with Body to Body, Job to Job). Still, vinyl lovers will at least get some reproduced live posters, and Swans are a fascinating enough band that its worth delving into their back catalogue.

So on to the music itself. As with pretty much all reissues one can only really review the original album. Obviously changes have crept into their sound after all this time but Swans have never really compromised on the sheer intensity displayed here on their first full-length. The album follows a fairly consistent pattern. Singer and sole constant member Michael Gira lays down grinding, repetitive basslines on every track, backed by twin drummers whose pulverising assault doesnt so much keep time as obliterate it. The guitars are mostly textural decoration, except that the texture is almost always a riotous slab of noise. Only ...

Jaga Jazzists A Living Room Hush to be reissued with remix package featuring Machinedrum, Clark and more
Oct 22, 2014 12:05am | Fact Magazine

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The Norweigan innovators celebrate their 20th anniversary.

First established by brothers Lars and Martin Horntveth in 1994, genre-bending jazz collective Jaga Jazzist sprang to prominence after their outstanding 2001 album A Living Room Hush was named the best jazz LP of the year by the BBC.

To celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary Ninja Tune will once again release A Living Room Hush, this time backed with four previously unreleased demos, some digital exclusives and a hefty remix package. The bundle, entitled ’94-’14  features remixes from Clark, Machinedrum, Moiré, Illum Sphere and more.

Ninja Tune will release ’94-’14 on December 16. Pre-order the package here and stream Clark’s remix of ‘Bananfluer Overalt’ below.


A Livingroom Hush
01. Animal Chin
02. Going Down
03. Press Play
04. Airborne
05. Real Racecars Have Doors
06. Low Battery
07. Midget
08. Made For Radio
09. Lithuania
10. Cinematic

Remix 12-inch #1

What's going on Wednesday? (CMJ, Courtney Barnett, Fat White Family, Literature, Nai Harvest, Creepoid & more)
Oct 21, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Courtney Barnett in Chicago in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.


Tweens, PINS, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, PAWS @ Arlene's Grocery
Between Tweens and PAWS, there's no lack of scrappy, driving rock at this free Never Better day party. Manchester indie popsters PINS are cool too.

Future Punx, Popstrangers, Field Mouse, Flowers, Simian Ghost, Be Forest @ Cake Shop
The folks at Terrorbird publicity/promo have put together a very solid day party, with Italy's moody dreampop band Be Forest, beguiling UK band Flowers, Brooklyn "post wave" partyband Future Punx and more. FREE.

The Ocean Blue, Happyness, Flowers, Beach Day, September Girls, Ultimate Painting, PAWS, Spring King, Girlpool, Literature, Splashh, Nai Harvest, Pinact, Seoul @ Pianos
Just a few doors down from Cake Shop is the Kanine Records party which takes over both floors of Pianos. Lovers of Britpop/indiepop/punkpop this is kind of a one-stop shop for some of the more interesting bands in that world at CMJ. Plus late '80...

U2 and some stark lighting performed on Jools Holland watch
Oct 21, 2014 9:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

U2 may have apologized for their rather intrusive release of Songs of Innocence, but don’t ever expect them to backpedal on their grandiose performances. This evening, they brought two songs and some glaring light rigs to the set of UK music program Later… with Jools Holland.

First, Bono got all up in the cameraman’s face for the first televised performance of “Volcano”. Then he and the Edge were accompanied by a string ensemble for a rendition of “Every Breaking Wave”. Watch both below.


“Every Breaking Wave”:

Songs of Innocence, creepy album art and all, is available in physical form now from Island.

Eight seconds of static from Taylor Swift just topped the Canadian charts
Oct 21, 2014 8:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Taylor Swift released her new single “Welcome to New York” yesterday. Unfortunately, it failed to hit No. 1 on the Canadian iTunes sales chart because it was beaten out by another Swift ditty: eight seconds of white noise.

What The Independent is calling a “glitch” in the iTunes system led to the digital retailer offering fans an eight second “song” called “Track 3″ attributed to Swift’s forthcoming album, the highly-anticipated 1989. Fans hungry for the pop star’s latest offering and fully aware she was set to drop a new single quickly clicked the buy button without a second thought.  Ultimately, enough people laid down $1.29 CAD to send “Track 3″ straight to the top of the charts.

Neither Swift nor Apple have commented on the non-song’s chart-topping success, but lesson learned, Canadian kiddies: Always sample before you buy. Hear Swift’s actual latest single below.

Of course, once they clicked play, they were treated to nothing but static. Because obviously it was her fault, they immediately asked Swift what the deal was.

Tldr; Taylor Swift could record herself making arm fart noises and clucking like a chicken, and she’d probably have a hit record.

Back to the Future gets live orchestra for 30th anniversary celebration
Oct 21, 2014 7:43pm | Fact Magazine

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Strap on your Nike MAGs.

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future’s first instalment, Universal pictures have announced they will celebrate the occasion with a series of screenings featuring live orchestration.

Each show see a live orchestra perform Alan Silvestris Academy Award-nominated score. Fifteen minutes of new music has also been composed by Silvestri specifically for the performances.

The special screenings will take place in various cities across the world beginning next year. The world premiere will be given by the 21st Century Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland at the end of May.

[via Variety]

Steve Aoki rented out his record labels office as a porn set
Oct 21, 2014 7:10pm | Fact Magazine

The X-rated video is probably the best thing to come out of Dim Mak’s office so far.

It isn’t an easy job running an independent record label, and small imprints are often forced to think outside the box when it comes to generating extra sources of revenue.

Way back in 2009, EDM super villain Steve Aoki hired out a space inside his Dim Mark label’s LA office to a “friend” who used the Dim Mak bathrooms to shoot a pornographic film.

In the film, a slightly suspect brunette sneaks into a storage room and attempts to smuggle a handful of CDs into her tight black leggings. Shortly afterwards, a big German “DJ” turns up and (surprise, suprise) attempts to get his hands on those CDs.

The DJ, clad in a Dim Mak t-shirt, finds the brunette hiding in the office’s bathroom, the walls of which are plastered with the label’s logo.

We bet you can figure out what happens next.


The Coathangers Drive Video
Oct 21, 2014 6:49pm | StereoGum

Atlanta punks the Coathangers have put out a video for “Drive,” a track from their fourth full-length album, Suck My Shirt, that came out earlier this year. The video follows around two adorable plush dolls who seem like they’re star-crossed lovers. The dolls accompany the band on tour and pop up in all sorts of different locations — the beach, a wine shop, on a train, in a church. It’s all really cute! You can watch below.


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