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Vic Mensa clashes with police in Chicago protest
Nov 25, 2015 7:35am | Fact Magazine

Vic Mensa clashed with police during a protest in Chicago last night.

Protestors took to the streets after Chicago police released a graphic video showing officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. The officer was this week charged with first-degree murder over the killing, which took place in October last year.

Local rapper and Kanye West collaborator Vic Mensa joined the protestors and was later caught on video in a clash with police, as Pitchfork reports. Footage captured by CBS News appears to show the clash.

Protesters clash with police in Chicago

WATCH: Some "angry" protesters clash with police in Chicago video of #LaquanMcDonald's shooting released

Posted by CBS News on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

my brother @VicMensa out here for #LaquanMcDonald #stopthecops #16at17

— BLACK POWER ranger (@MalcolmLondon) November 25, 2015

hands put on me by police was inaccurate. fighting police.

— one love (@VicMensa) November 25, 2015

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Farr Festival returns in 2016 with Sub Club, Exit Records and Trouble Vision
Nov 25, 2015 6:58am | Fact Magazine

Farr Festival has teamed up with some of the UK’s finest clubs and promoters for 2016.

The woodland festival returns next July for three days of top-quality electronic music, with new areas, stage hosts, daytime activities and a typically varied selection of international DJs and performers.

Glasgow’s Sub Club, dBridge’s Exit Records and Dalston venue Dance Tunnel have all signed up to host stages at next year’s event, along with Corsica Studios residents Trouble Vision, R$N , WARM UP, Heist Recordings, A Love From Outer Space, Boys Own, Turf, Stevie Wonderland, Tessellate and Feelings.

The seventh Farr Festival takes place from July 14-16, 2016 in a forest half an hour outside London. Early bird tickets can be snapped up already from the festival’s website, and this year the organisers are offering a deposit scheme to split the price across several payments.


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Morrisseys label denies blocking reissue of Im Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Nov 25, 2015 6:22am | Fact Magazine

Embarrassing for Moz whichever way you cut it.

Universal has refuted Morrissey’s claim that it had rejected the singer’s request to reissue his 2009 single ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’ in the wake of terror attacks in the city.

Morrissey’s semi-official fansite True to You claimed last week that a label executive had refused to release Morrissey’s song, instead choosing another Paris tribute “utilizing [the] current crop of Universal artists.”

A UK representative for Universal said the accusations were “hurtful and wrong”. “We have not received let alone refused any request from Morrissey himself related to ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’,” the label said in a statement.

“While we have not been contacted directly by Morrissey, after seeing the comments on his website last week, we asked his representative to confirm his intentions and which charity he had in mind to support via the song’s proceeds. We have yet to receive a reply.

“Many people at Universal Music have been personally affected by the events in Paris. The implication that we have blocked a request from Morrissey in favor of another tribute ‘utilizing our current crop of Universal artists’ is hurtful and wrong.”

A reissue to capitalise on a terrorist attack? Really, Morrissey...

Eric Copeland scores Danny Perezs horror debut Antibirth
Nov 25, 2015 5:30am | Fact Magazine

Brooklyn experimental stalwart Eric Copeland is scoring a horror movie.

In what seems like an inspired bit of commissioning, the Black Dice musician will create the soundtrack for Antibirth, a horror thriller starring Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Mark Webber, Meg Tilly and Maxwell McCabe-Lokos.

Antibirth is the debut feature by writer and director Danny Perez, who has previously created visuals for Black Dice and Animal Collective (including the Baltimore band’s deeply weird, fully brilliant Oddsac film in 2010).

Here’s the synopsis from IMDb: “In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.”

Antibirth is set to premiere in January 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival. [via FilmMusicReporter]

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John Frusciante gives away a trove of unreleased music
Nov 25, 2015 4:36am | Fact Magazine

John Frusciante keeps pretending that no one wants to hear his acid house experiments, but we know that ain’t true.

Earlier this year the former Red Hot Chili Pepper revealed he’d been making music with no intention of releasing it, saying he had no audience for his electronic and ambient music.

He’s now clarified those comments in a long letter to fans, stating: Reduced to a single sentence, it would have been accurate to say that, at this point, I have no particular audience in mind while I am making music.

“Thinking this way gives me a certain freedom and stimulates growth and change. It is a state of mind that has been extremely useful to me from time to time throughout these last 27 years of being a professional musician.”

Anyway, upshot is: Frusciante has just launched his own SoundCloud and Bandcamp pages to share a heap of unreleased music for free.

Among the material is a collection of tracks recorded with the Renoise DAW between 2009 and 2011, his version of ‘Fight For Love’ from the movie Casa De Mi Padre, recorded with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and a version of Trickfinger’s ‘Sect In Sgt’.

Fight for Love by John Frusciante

Sect In Sgt by John Frusciante, Trickfinger

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Thom Yorke: Tony Blairs advisers tried to blackmail me
Nov 25, 2015 4:14am | Fact Magazine

Thom Yorke has claimed that advisers to Tony Blair tried to blackmail him into meeting the former prime minister in 2003.

At the time, the Radiohead singer was asking politicians to acknowledge the existence of climate change as part of The Big Ask campaign, in association with environmental charity Friends of the Earth.

“It got into this big fight with Tony Blairs advisers and a whole blackmail scenario ensued,” Yorke told Guardian columnist George Monbiot in an interview in Telerama.

“We were in the midst of the Iraq War and The Big Ask campaign was proving very successful. So Blair said: I should meet this guy. Then Blairs advisers tried to blackmail me, saying: If you dont agree to meet the Prime Minister, Friends of the Earth will be denied all access to him.

“Because of the Iraq war, I didnt want to do it. I felt it was morally unacceptable for me to be photographed with Blair. That was the last time I got involved in such a way. But I would do it again if it felt right.”

Yorke also talked about Radiohead’s attempts to reduce the carbon footprint of touring, which he described as pissing in the wind.

“I got unhealthily obsessed with [reducing our carbon footprint],” he said. “But when I started to get involved in doing something about it, that helped me a lot. But I always have the impression that I am no...

Adele - 25
Nov 25, 2015 2:17am | Drowned In Sound
The somewhat notorious New York film critic Armond White has a theory. Like many of his beliefs, it is one that he is vehemently serious about; namely that nobody under the age of 30 should be a film critic, 'because before that you dont know enough about art, you dont know enough about life'. Its the sort of seemingly contrarian statement that White is known and oft reviled for, the kind of thing you read and scoff at but then you hit that age and accept that the guy has a point. Life under the collar has merit.

In the case of the now 27-year-old Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, you wonder if she agrees with such sentiment. Trailing her legitimately hugely-anticipated comeback with an open letter that played with numbers, she cited turning a quarter of a century as her road to Damascus moment, the point at which it all started to make something approaching sense.

'Im sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened'.

You have to admire the understatement.

Numbers, generally, dont lie and you could easily crowbar together a screaming GIF-addled list of Adeles commercial achievements but, suffice to say, she has sold, broken, set and once again broken so many records that Guinness have had to work hard to keep up, and will likely continue to. This is an individual of strong character who has shattered any and every ...

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - It's A Holiday Soul Party
Nov 25, 2015 2:01am | Drowned In Sound
Ill square with you: Im a big fan of Christmas, and Im a big fan of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Jones is an intensely powerful, charismatic singer, and the Dap-Kings are a terrific band. Its a Holiday Soul Party is pretty much everything youd expect a Christmas album from them to be, and, for that reason, it is brilliant.

The groups Aint No Chimneys in the Projects has been floating around a while now, a gorgeous recollection of youth and the kind of questions one would reasonably ask at a tender age, drenched in strings and boasting a little sax interpolation of Jingle Bells. When I was a child I used to wonder how Santa put my toys under the tree / I said, "Mama, can you tell me how this can be, when there aint no chimneys in the projects?" sings Jones, kicking off the song. The opening 8 Days of Hanukkah is similarly fantastic, a slinky ode to the Festival of Lights that revolves around a count through the days of celebration.

Highlights abound. Silent Night features a stunning vocal turn from Jones, the song rendered a soulful ballad; Big Bulbs is irresistible Christmas silliness, multi-tracked vocals and darting brass adorned in twinkling bells; on Please Come Home for Christmas the group are bluesy, melancholy and assured as ever; Funky Little Drummer Boy, I think, needs little explanation.


Watch Charli XCXs BBC Three documentary on feminism, The F-Word and Me
Nov 24, 2015 11:53pm | Fact Magazine

Charli XCX explores what it’s like to be a woman in the music industry.

New BBC Three documentary The F-Word and Me follows the British pop star on tour as she speaks to a variety of musicians, discussing what feminism means in 2015. The documentary features interviews with PC Music’s Hannah Diamond, Jack Antonoff, Marina and the Diamonds and Ryn Weaver. Watch it in full below.

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Tony Stark and Steve Rogers duke it out in trailer for Captain America: Civil War watch
Nov 24, 2015 11:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Another year, another slate of Marvel films: On May 6th, 2016, Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters and continue the never-ending saga of The Avengers.

That’s a long time away, right? Yet that didn’t stop Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans from debuting the film’s first official teaser trailer Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

It’s a little over two minutes — and sadly, there’s not a single glimpse of Spider-Man — but boy golly does it look like the stakes have been turned up considerably.

“Captain, while a great many people see you as a hero,” General Ross (William Hurt) says. “There are some that see you as a vigilante. You’ve operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That’s something the world can no longer tolerate.”

And thus kicks off the great schism between Iron Man and Captain America. Surprisingly, the trailer lets you in on all sorts of action, especially one epic beatdown of Mr. Stark by Mr. Rogers and ol’ Bucky. Plus, we get our first look at Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. It’s pretty intense.

Watch below.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, and basically everyone else in the MCU. Check out its official one-sheet poster…<...

Vic Mensa Among Protestors Clashing With Chicago Police Over Laquan McDonald Shooting
Nov 24, 2015 11:21pm | StereoGum
Vic Mensa Among Protestors Clashing With Chicago Police Over Laquan McDonald ShootingIn October 2014, a white Chicago police officer shot a black 17-year-old named Laquan McDonald sixteen times, killing him. On Tuesday, Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder and police were ordered to release the graphic dash-cam footage of the shooting, sparking protests throughout the city. As Pitchfork and More »

What's going on Wednesday? (Jay Rock, My Morning Jacket, Eddi Front, Beat Connection, Icarus Line & more)
Nov 24, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Jay Rock @ Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Jay Rock @ S.O.B.'s
While the rest of Black Hippy has been pretty prolific over the past few years, Jay Rock stuck mostly to guest features until he finally got his second album out this year. It's called 90059 and it proves the long gap between albums didn't hurt the quality of his work at all. He was just in NYC opening for Kendrick Lamar, but now he's back on his own tour.

My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon continues tonight with opener Strand of Oaks.

Eddi Front, Rachel Angel, Family Lumber, Beach Moon/Peach Moon @ Palisades
With a spooky, spare piano style, Eddi Front made her debut in 2012 with a self-titled EP. She's now set to release her debut album, Marina, in March. Get an early taste tonight.

Beat Connection, Phantoms, My Body, Psychic Twin @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's Beat Connection began life as more of a DFA style dancerock but have shifted into more soulful, R&B-flavored terri...

John Frusciante just gave away a boatload of music for free download
Nov 24, 2015 10:31pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In an interview earlier this year, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante insinuated that he no longer planned to release music commercially. “For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, he explained, adding, At this point, I have no audience. I make tracks and I dont finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music.”

Now, though, Frusciante has clarified his comments in an extensive open letter. Along with it, he’s launched SoundCloud and Bandcamp pages where he’s shared a ton of unreleased music for free.

“Obviously I have a public audience,” Frusciante writes. “I am aware of them, and they know who they are, When I said ‘At this point, I have no audience’, I meant ‘audience’ in the figurative sense of people who I have in mind when I am creating, who I intend to send my music to or play it for.”

He continues:

“Reduced to a single sentence, it would have been accurate to say that, at this point, I have no particular audience in mind while I am making music. Thinking this way gives me a certain freedom and stimulates growth and change. It is a state of mind that has been extremely useful to me from time to time throughout these last 27 years of being a professional musician.

I am grateful that I still have an audience, conside...

Watch Charli XCXs Documentary About Feminism And The Music Business
Nov 24, 2015 10:18pm | StereoGum
Watch Charli XCXs Documentary About Feminism And The Music BusinessOver the summer, while she was touring in support of last year's Sucker and playing festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, Charli XCX filmed a 42-minute documentary about feminism -- "the real f-word" -- and what it's like to be a woman in the music industry, a frequent interview question that Charli says is "annoying, … More »

Someone actually spent millions to buy the sole copy of Wu-Tangs Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
Nov 24, 2015 9:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last year, Wu-Tang Clan announced plans to sell a one-of-a-kind record called The Wu Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. And they meant “one-of-a-kind” in the most literal sense, scheming to auction off a single copy of the record for millions of dollars. As Forbes reports, theyve done just that.

Earlier today, an unnamed American collector purchased the album via a Paddle8 auction for a price thats only been identified as “in the millions”. The album comes encased in a custom made nickel and silver box and also contains a gold leaf certificate of authenticity as well as a pair of PMC MB2-XBD speakers valued at $55,000.

Despite the high sticker price, the albums new owner will not be allowed to sell copies of the record thanks to an 88-year copyright (a decision that was not popular with all the Wu affiliates). This means he or she can literally never reveal the Wu-Tang secret. The new owner can, however, tour the record to museums across the globe as the Wu originally intended to. Until then, you can revisit the 51-second preview clip released earlier and hope you miraculously live long enough to hear the whole thing.

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