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Alt-J covers Disclosures Latch watch
Sep 29, 2014 11:41am | Cosequence Of Sound

In support of their newly released sophomore album, This Is All Yours, indie rockers Alt-J recently stopped by BBC1’s Live Lounge for an in-studio performance. During the hour-long session, the band unfurled a brand new cover of Disclosures “Latch”.

Here, Alt-J gives the Sam Smith-assisted radio smash a subdued and fairly bizarre rendition. With a drum machine beat and wobbly synths, lead vocalist Joe Newman slightly changes the melody (all while reading the song’s lyrics), unable to throw his voice around with the deftness of Smith. Despite some not-quite-there harmonies, it’s still an intriguing listen and a refreshing take on a track that appears to be everywhere.

Catch the replay below.

Lorde reveals new song 'Yellow Flicker Beat' on anniversary of 'Pure Heroine' album release listen
Sep 29, 2014 11:35am | NME
New single is taken from the soundtrack to forthcoming 'Hunger Games' sequel

Listen To Interpols Paul Banks On Comedy Bang! Bang! Podcast
Sep 29, 2014 11:34am | StereoGum

Interpol just released their new album, El Pintor, which you can read our thoughts on here. Today, lead singer Paul Banks appears on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast with Scott Aukerman. They’re joined by Horatio Sanz and Ben Schwartz, the latter of whom suggests making a pool-themed version of Interpol called Interpool. They have a lot of fun during the show and you can listen below.


Stars No One Is Lost
Sep 29, 2014 11:32am | StereoGum

The title track from Stars’ upcoming seventh album, No One Is Lost, is almost uncharacteristically chipper. The Canadian synthpop group recorded their new one in a studio one floor above a discotheque, and it appears some of that celebratory mentality has seeped into Stars’ work. The single falls somewhere between Stars’ typically moodier sound and a full-blown dance anthem, complete with a super-catchy chorus. Listen.


Pink Avalanche releasing a new LP (stream a track)
Sep 29, 2014 11:31am | Brooklyn Vegan

Chicago's Pink Avalanche are the group led by Chicago sound engineer Che Arthur (who's worked with Russian Circles, Bob Mould, Shellac, Pelican and more, and was also in Atombombpocketknife) with Adam Reach (The Poison Arrows), Kortland Chase (ex-Chatty Cathy), and Pete Croke (Tight Phantomz, Brokeback) rounding out the lineup. Their debut LP, Wraiths, came out in 2013 and now they're set to follow it with The Luminous Heart of Nowhere on November 18 via Past/Futures Records. We've got the debut of "In Empty Spaces," which is the kind of alternative/underground rock the Chicago scene those players hail from is known for, and it's good stuff. Check it out for yourself below.

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Today In White Devils: FKA twigs calls out Twitter racists
Sep 29, 2014 11:30am | Chart Attack

After a long summer spent kissing their pets on the mouth and defending cops, white people are now spreading to more niche markets: indie music. They've started attacking FKA twigs with racist tweets.

I sincerely hope I never have to write these words again: FKA twigs might be dating Robert Pattinson, star of the Twilight series. Pattinson used to date Kristen Stewart, his Twilight co-star. Certain fans of the fantasy series are emotionally invested in an real-life Pattinson/Stewart romance, and to them FKA twigs is preventing their off-screen union. Hence, the racism.

The musician, as well as her label Young Turks, responded:

I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week.

FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 28, 2014

Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online. FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 28, 2014

The racist abuse @FKAtwigs is getting on her social networks is despicable and depressingly archaic.

Young Turks (@youngturksrec) September 28, 2014

Up to all of us to help educate the abusive parties on how hateful their views are and that social media actually links back to real people Young Turks (@youngturksrec) September 28, 2014


Mitski I Dont Smoke (Stereogum Premiere)
Sep 29, 2014 11:25am | StereoGum

The first time I listen to albums I know I’m going to love, I like to go up onto my roof late at night and lay down on the scratchy pavement and look up at the dark sky. It’s a nice break from staring at my laptop, which I tend to do for most of the day, and the lack of distraction really allows me to absorb what I’m listening to. I did this with Mitski’s brilliant new album and I remember it so vividly: It was one of those nights on the cusp of summer and fall, chilly but not cold, and the clouds were bunched up in tufts and looked as if they were folding in on one another. If I unfocused my eyes, they’d start to glimmer and roll, a shimmering mirage that stretched out for miles. I don’t like to categorize things as “nighttime” music but, as I looked up at that sky as the opening chords of “I Don’t Smoke” played, I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to experience it. The song is the emotional centerpiece on Bury Me At Makeout Creek, and it’s a complete gut-punch about an all-encompassing love that you know is bad for you but you can’t leave. It combines the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and comes out colossal and pummeling and impossible to put aside. From the first crunching guitar to the final, wistful echo, it never lets up. And that chorus? It’s one of the best I’ve heard all year, anthemic in its selflessness and passion. “If you need to be...

Brian Wilson and Brandon Flowers cover George Harrison at tribute gig watch
Sep 29, 2014 11:23am | NME
The event took place in Los Angeles last night (September 28)

Third Quarter Report: the 20 best albums of the last three months
Sep 29, 2014 11:23am | Fact Magazine

And lo, we entered the Third Quarter of 2014 – and it was Good. 

Every three months, we pull together a rundown of our 20 favourite albums of the season (check our First Quarter Report and Second Quarter Report for previous highlights from 2014).

Q3′s haul, covering albums from July to September (plus one nifty exception), is a veritable parade of doozies. Ultra lo-fi cassettes sit next to major label pop polish, dance veterans put in a good showing, and we get to bestow props on somebody called Angharad van Rijswijk – and who can argue with that? These albums demand your attention – head to the next page to survey the list.

As is traditional, there’ll be no Fourth Quarter Report in December. Instead, we’ll list our favourite albums, tracks and reissues of the year in its entirety. (In the meantime, you can peruse our individual contributors’ favourite albums and favourite tracks from the first half of 2014).

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Jennifer Lopez involved in car crash with 'drunk fool'
Sep 29, 2014 11:22am | NME
Actress takes to Instagram with the hashtag 'mamabear'

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats made their NYC debut at Bowery Ballroom with Danava (pics & setlist)
Sep 29, 2014 11:14am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

UK trad-doomers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have put out three full lengths (among other releases) since forming in 2009, but they never made it over to tour North America until the ongoing trek with Portland, OR's Danava (who they have a split with) which began last week. After kicking off in Philly (9/24), the two bands hit NYC for a sold out show on Friday (9/26) at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (9/26), where we caught them.

Danava's '70s-style stoner rock got things off to a good start, but the vibes in the room really took a turn for the intense as Uncle Acid took the stage. They played in almost complete darkness, with a bit of light coming from two eye-like fixtures and flashing TV static behind them, and you couldn't have really asked for a better environment for this sound. Pulling mostly from 2011's Blood Lust and 2013's Mind Control, the Deadbeats were no doubt a truly heavy experience and had all the long-haired headbanging you could ask for. But their trippiness won out, often sounding more psychedelic rock than metal. (They get compared to John Lennon about as much as they do to Black Sabbath.) And from the huge cheers they got all night, you could tell the packed crowd was loving it too.

More pictures (including one of the setlist) below...

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Mark Kozeleks Still Poking Fun At The War On Drugs
Sep 29, 2014 11:08am | StereoGum

Earlier this month, a bit of festival-stage sound bleedover led to a tiff between the War On Drugs and Sun Kil Moon, the two bands who made Stereogum’s two favorite albums of 2014. The two bands were playing at the same time during the Ottawa Folk Fest, and when the War On Drugs’ sound threatened to drown out his own, Sun Kil Moon mastermind Mark Kozelek said, “I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar shit. This next song is called, ’The War On Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick.’” The War On Drugs were not amused, asking on Twitter if Kozelek had been “talking shit.” And it looks like Kozelek isn’t done having fun at the War On Drugs’ expense.


Mayer Hawthorne Crime (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video (Dir. Rashida Jones)
Sep 29, 2014 11:07am | StereoGum

Mayer Hawthorne’s Kendrick Lamar-assisted song “Crime” is over a year old, but it’s finally getting an official video. The clip is directed by Parks And Recreation actress Rashida Jones and sees Hawthorne making his way to a white-attire-only party, with Lamar checking in via cellphone for a rap pep talk. “I still cant believe Rashida agreed to direct,” Hawthorne told Pitchfork. “We had so much fun making this. Her effortlessly cool sense of humor comes through so … uh … effortlessly.” Watch the video and read some words from Jones below.


Song : Splashh : Colour It In
Sep 29, 2014 11:05am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Comfort, the 2013 debut album from East London-based band Splashh was a grossly underrated affair here in the states. The LP was full of youthful energy accentuated by heavy shoegaze, surf, and garage influences. The band has signaled their follow-up with the appearance of new song “Colour It In”. The song has an attractive wisfullness about it that is only further hightened by the video presented with the song full of .gifs imagery of decades past. Look to expect their sophomore album in early 2013 via Kanine Records.

Neil Diamond is playing a secret show at his Brooklyn high school
Sep 29, 2014 10:57am | Cosequence Of Sound

Neil Diamond has announced his first-ever performance in Brooklyn — though, the venue is anything but unfamiliar to the legendary musician. This evening, Diamond will hit the stage at his alma mater, Erasmus Hall High School.

Speaking to NYC’s 1010 WINS, Erasmus Hall High School Assistant Principal Jacob Daty said, Were proud of the history of the school and were excited that Neil Diamond wanted to come back because hes part of the nostalgia and history of the place. He continued, Its a once in a lifetime opportunity and we were happy to help facilitate it. Diamond attended the school between 1954 – 1956.

(Read: 11 Albums No Kitchen Should Be Without)

The show will begin at 6 p.m., with a very limited number of free tickets being distributed on a first come first serve basis starting at 3 p.m. Because Neil Diamond’s management has never tried to get brunch in the borough or eaten at Shake Shack during the lunch rush, they’re quite hilariously asking that no lines be formed prior to 3 p.m.

Presumably, Diamond will preview songs from his forthcoming album Melody Road, which is out on October 21st via Capitol Records. He’ll also probably play “Sweet Caroline”, because of course.

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