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Amazon Prime added "hundred of thousands" of songs (still no deal w/ Universal); Google trying to buy Spotify?
Jul 24, 2014 3:44pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Rumblings from the land of streaming giants. Amazon says that it has added "hundreds of thousands of songs" to its Amazon Prime music streaming service, following complaints that its selection was too small. A few of the artists mentioned in their announcement are Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Nick Cave, A$AP Rocky and Oasis. Unfortunately, they still don't have a deal with Universal. Subscriptions were raised from $79 to $99 this past April, and they include unlimited music, movie and TV show streams, as well as free two-day shipping.

Spotify is a bigger kid on the block, with 20 million songs in its catalog to Amazon's million and change. Rumors circulated that Google was interested in purchasing Spotify, but balked at their asking price of well above $10 billion, after a Wall Street Journal article surfaced, reporting just that. However, Recode states that they reached out to "multiple sources at both companies" and claims that there have been no discussions between the companies about an acquisition. The Recode article says it was nothing more than meetings between Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek and Google execs about commercial deals at YouTube, Google Play, and Android:

"There has not been a single conversation about Google's interest between the two," said one source, reflecting many others. "There was never a price, never a negotiation, never anything."
Neither Google nor Spotify has given a...

The Week In Pop: La Rouxs Trouble In Paradise Finds Breezy Ways To Brood
Jul 24, 2014 3:21pm | StereoGum

Trouble In Paradise is the sound of Elly Jackson letting her hair down. The La Roux singer’s aggressive upward spike of hair has been combed into a gentle waterslide-like swoop, and her second album — and first without behind-the-scenes bandmate Ben Langmaid — is accordingly looser and less brusque. She has styled herself less like an alien than on 2009′s self-titled debut, and yeah, her new songs ache with a weary humanity that was absent before. Chilly space-age bleeps and bloops deployed with jarring precision have given way to organic funk and new wave. She is bulletproof no more, it seems — licking her wounds rather than going in for the kill.


Jon Hopkins Thrives On The Second Stage
Jul 24, 2014 3:12pm | Chart Attack

Jon Hopkins knows when to change the script. This past Saturday at Toronto's TIME Festival, the British electronic producer was stuck with an early, unfavourable slot, well before headliner Grimes was set to take the stage. Making matters worse, a steady rain had been soaking disgruntled concertgoers for hours, sending those who didn't head home to huddle under ponchos provided by the festival's alcohol sponsor or under tents if they could find the real estate.

But the weather didn't seem to bother Jon Hopkins. If anything, it energized him. Hunched over a laptop and trigger pads, the beatmaker created techno soundscapes that slowly escalate in tension, while geometric shapes and scenes of a skateboarder crossing the desert flashed on a screen behind him. Gradually bodies started moving, propelling one fellow clad entirely in black into a particularly inspired two-step while holding an umbrella. For Hopkins, these are the ideal conditions for a festival show.

The album wasnt the finishing point, it was just the first stage.

Jon Hopkins
I really enjoyed today because I had adverse conditions, says Hopkins backstage in his trailer following his set. I had to really try to bring peoples moods up without compromising what I was doing.

"I like the challenging ones."

Whether hes playing the muddy grounds of a historic ...

Stream Bölzer Soma EP
Jul 24, 2014 3:03pm | StereoGum

Back in May’s Black Market, I talked a bunch about the Swiss duo Bölzer, who had just completed two performances at Maryland Deathfest, a pair of sets that pretty much ruled over everything else at the entire festival. That’s no small feat for a band playing alongside At The Gates, Gorguts, Agalloch, and a few dozen others — and an even more impressive accomplishment when it’s the band’s first time ever playing this continent, and still more impressive when that band’s entire discography consists of a 3-song demo, 2012′s Roman Acupuncture, and a 3-song EP, 2013′s Aura. (FWIW, we named that 3-song EP the 12th best metal album of last year.) Now, Bölzer are set to release Aura’s follow-up and companion piece, a 2-song EP called Soma. We already wrote about the first song on Soma, “Steppes,” when it dropped back in April, but today, the whole thing has been made available to stream, and its second half, “Labyrinthian Graves,” is a monstrous conclusion to this 5-track/2-EP cycle. Bölzer won’t be releasing any more new music in 2014, which means these two songs are all we’ll get for a good long while. And that’s fair: These songs deserve to be treasured, obsessed over, revered. Listen.


Listen: M.I.A.s shiny new song Gold
Jul 24, 2014 2:59pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Eric Tra

M.I.A. released her latest album, Matangi, back in November. Since then, she’s kept herself busy with a “flawless” Beyoncé remix, zany late-night performances, a tour with ASAP Ferg, and yes, even her own hologram. This week, she reveals another post-Matangi project, a collaborative track with Dutch production duo The Partysquad called “Gold”.

Though it’s barely two minutes in length, the raving number’s packed with a wealth of horns and a rush of bouncy, walloping beats. Listen/download it below.

“Gold” appears on The Partysquad’s new Summer Mixtape alongside remixes of Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, Vic Mensa, and more. Grab it for free here.

TV Party: Cymbals Eat Guitars Talk The Real Housewives Of New York City
Jul 24, 2014 2:25pm | StereoGum

Cymbals Eat Guitars is a frenetic, emotional, catchy, wildly great band from New York City. The Real Housewives Of New York City is a frenetic, emotional, catchy, wildly — well, ah — wild reality show from New York City (and the mind of Bravo’s Andy Cohen). It’s enough to make you think, “Man, can this band and this reality show about wealthy women have anything more in common?” As it turns out, they can! Sort of! Another commonality is Matthew Whipple, Cymbals Eat Guitars bassist and recent The Real Housewives Of NYC convert. I spoke to him about his love of the show and this week’s season six finale (which included a woman ripping off her prosthetic leg and slamming it on a table during cocktails).


Woods New Light Video
Jul 24, 2014 2:15pm | StereoGum

The prolific and consistently great Brooklyn folk rockers Woods released their latest album, With Light And With Love, earlier this year. Some of the band’s album covers have featured sketches from frontman Jeremy Earl, and his sketches have now been animated by organ/piano player John Andrews in a mesmerizing video for “New Light” that gives life to Earl’s simple line drawings. Watch below.


Rustie Attak (Feat. Danny Brown)
Jul 24, 2014 2:14pm | StereoGum

Last month, Rustie released the first single from Green Language, the very long-awaited follow up to his just about perfect debut, Glass Swords. One of the big surprises was that nearly half the album’s tracklist had vocalists listed, something that’s a major (and somewhat risky) move for the Scottish producer. The most exciting of those vocalists, though, comes right in the center of the album, courtesy of Danny Brown, which makes sense when you consider that Rustie produced some of the best songs on the energetic second half of Old. That song, titled “Attak,” is now available, and finds both producer and rapper at their most aggressive. Listen below.


Danny Brown played Best Buy Theater, made a song w/ Rustie who plays NYC on Friday (listen)
Jul 24, 2014 2:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

We recently mentioned that Rustie is releasing a new album, Green Language, which features Danny Brown on a track, and that track has now come out. It's called "Attak" and can be streamed below.

Rustie's tour hits NYC at Webster Hall this Friday (7/25). Tickets for that show are still available. Danny Brown played NYC's Best Buy Theater last night (7/23). Anyone go?

Video of Danny's set from last night, with the new song stream, below...

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Jeremih She Know It (Feat. Chi Hoover) Video
Jul 24, 2014 2:12pm | StereoGum

The Chicago R&B smoothie Jeremih, alongside producer Shlohmo, is half of the tandem that put together the No More EP, one of the year’s better free mixtapes. But that tape came out only a week ago, and Jeremih has already snapped back into solo mode. His as-yet-untitled third album is due this fall from Def Jam, and first single “Don’t Tell ’Em” absolutely bangs. And now he’s announced that he’ll release Not On My Album a new mixtape of stuff that we shouldn’t look for on that LP, next month. Given that Jeremih’s last solo tape was Late Nights, an excellent slow burner, this is good news indeed. The first track we’ve heard from the tape is “She Know It,” a casually badass collaboration with the Chicago rapper Chi Hoover, and it’s already got its own low-budget penthouse-party video from directors Kevin & Tionne. Watch it below.


The Gaslight Anthem unveil modern dance inspired 'Get Hurt' video - watch
Jul 24, 2014 2:06pm | NME
The band's fifth album is released on August 11

Stream Branxs New EP, Look But Dont Touch
Jul 24, 2014 2:05pm | CMJ

Branx is the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Baltimore project of David Carls, and Look But Don’t Touch (Lowtemp) is his debut EP. It’s six tracks of slippery, thirst-quenching future funk with nostalgic, jazzy synth-whips sprinkled throughout. Even if you’ve never listened to Branx before, track names like Pellegrino Sweat and Watermelon Bubblegum make it pretty hard to resist. Lucky for you, you can listen to the entire EP below and download it here.

The post Stream Branx’s New EP, Look But Don’t Touch appeared first on CMJ.

Rustie drops new single Attak featuring Danny Brown, hear it in full now
Jul 24, 2014 2:04pm | Fact Magazine

Debuted on BBC Radio 1, ‘Attak’ is another taste of Rustie‘s eagerly-awaited new LP Green Language.

The track features a guest vocal from helium-voiced Detroit spitter Danny Brown, which probably shouldn’t be a big surprise. Rustie produced a trio of tracks on Brown’s excellent Old full-length last year, and it seems as if Brown is repaying favor.

It’s a massive, balls-out banger, and Brown’s screeching rhymes yet again prove that the two were made for each other. Now we’re even more excited about Green Language than we were before – roll on August.

Green Language will be dropping on August 26 via Warp Records.

Jeremih announces new mixtape Not on my Album, shares She Knew It
Jul 24, 2014 2:03pm | Fact Magazine

Woozy nu-R&B crooner Jeremih has shared the title and first taste of his next mixtape.

Hilariously, it’s titled Not on my Album, so we’re guessing that it’ll be a set of tracks that didn’t make it to his eagerly-awaited Def Jam debut. This news comes hot on the heels of the release (or was it a leak?) of Jeremih and Shlohmo’s long-delayed No More EP, but we’re not complaining – more Jeremih can only be a good thing.

To go along with the announcement, the singer has shared a brand new cut (which we assume has been snipped from the mixtape) – a fairly mediocre-sounding collaboration with Chi Hoover entitled ‘She Knew It’ which you can stream below.

Not on my Album is set to drop on August 4, and you can bet that when it does, it’ll be reviewed in FACT’s weekly mixtape column. [via Complex]

British Columbias Bass Coast Festival bans aboriginal headdresses
Jul 24, 2014 1:59pm | Chart Attack

It's been a bumper year for musicians appropriating or flagrantly disrespecting traditional Native American headwear, and B.C.'s Bass Coast Festival will have no part of it. When the electronic music festival descends into the city of Merritt this August 1-4, all "feathered war bonnets" will be banned out of respect for the festival grounds.

Here's part of the festival's honourable announcement on Facebook:

"We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us."

Hear that, ostensibly besieged white people? Today the uniting power of music was used to undermine your toxic opinions. And that's a beautiful thing.

A Tribe Called Red (who last month weathered calls of racism for their "Caucasians" shirt) celebrated the festival's new rules on Twitter. As should every decent person.

British Columbia’s Bass Coast Festival bans aboriginal headdresses by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

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