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Flying Lotus teams with DOOM for tantalizing Masquatch
Nov 20, 2014 3:20pm | Fact Magazine

Listen to the latest leak from the updated version of GTA V.

Flying Lotus has shared his collaboration with (MF) DOOM, ‘Masquatch’. The track appears on FlyLo FM, one of the in-game radio stations that has been expanded on the recently reissued edition of Grand Theft Auto V.

Stream the too-short track below. It comes just days after FlyLo revealed his eerie collaboration with Krayzie Bone, ‘Medication Meditation’. We haven’t heard any updates about DOOM-related projects (read: Madvillainy 2) in some time, but there’s always the Essential… MF Doom to keep you busy.

Preview The Decemberists 70s Talk-Show Video For Make You Better, Starring Nick Offerman
Nov 20, 2014 3:09pm | StereoGum

At this point, it would almost seem like a surprise if the Decemberists decided not to turn their new music video into a fake ’70s talk show with a popular comedy actor cast as the host. The whole thing seems very on-brand, both for this band and for big-name indie rock in general. In any case, the Decemberists will release What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, their first album in a long minute, early next year. And their video for first single “Make You Better” has Nick Offerman playing an intense German talk show host. Nick Offerman is good at being funny, and you can see him at work in the two preview videos below.


New app offers virtual reality concert footage
Nov 20, 2014 3:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

If the Virtual Boy and films like The Lawnmower Man taught me anything, its that worlds created by virtual reality can be truly frightening. But lo, a white, beaming light of pure, feel-good emotion has entered into this digital landscape of ones as zeros: Paul McCartney. Well, almost anyone beats SID 6.7.

Macca has teamed with tech developers at Jaunt to launch a new app that will let fans “experience McCartney live in concert like never before,” according to a press release. Using “completely immersive VR footage,” fans can relive McCartneys August 14th show at San Franciscos Candlestick Park (where The Beatles played their last public concert back in 1966). As the press release explains, the app “puts you right there in the crowd, onstage, backstage, or even right by Pauls side in the midst of the climactic pyro, as he performs ‘Live and Let Die’ live at Candlestick.”

To capture McCartneys performance, Jaunt used a number of brand new, proprietary technologies, including “360 degree, stereoscopic 3D cameras, and 3D sound-field microphones. They added, “Viewers will experience a completely new level of immersion: complete freedom to look in any direction and experience every moment of the performance in true stereoscopic 3D with reactive, omnidirectional audio.”

This marks Jaunts first publicly available VR content, as the company&n...

Reunited Sleater-Kinney preview three new songs listen
Nov 20, 2014 3:03pm | Cosequence Of Sound

We’re officially two months away from No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinneys first new album in 10 years. Aside from the lead single, the excellent “Bury Our Friends”, there isn’t much else that we know about the highly-anticipated release. That is, until now.

All three members of Sleater-Kinney  Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss recently sat down with NPR’s All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for an extensive interview on the recording process behind the new LP, what it’s like to return after such a long hiatus, how the three-piece has evolved, and so much more. Plus, scattered throughout the 40-minute conversation are snippets of three brand new songs.

Listen to the entire interview over at, and below, check out a few choice quotes.

Brownstein on the early stages of No Cities to Love:

We wrote in my basement. It took on many permutations, and eventually we settled on a process that was a little more akin to what we had done in the early years, partially because Corin and I had to kind of reacquaint ourselves to the very specific vernacular that she and I speak, musically. And so, [she] and I would work on songs and then bring them to Janet, instead of jamming … It’s almost telepathic. I think that Corin and I can complete each other’s musical sentences in a way that never ceases to ...

Listen to the industrial title track off Egyptrixxs Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power]
Nov 20, 2014 3:00pm | Fact Magazine

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The Toronto-based producer unveils the first hint of his new album.

Earlier this month, David Psutka launched Halocline Trance, a vessel for his music, visual and collaborative projects.” First up: his latest album as Egyptrixx, titled Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power].

The producer has shared the album’s title track, and it’s a stunner: cavernous ambience punctuated by metallic synths and pneumatic percussion that lives up to the machine-made album art.

Stream ‘Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power]‘ below; the album’s tracklist follows. The album which ponders the dichotomy between tranquility and concussion is due out early next year.

[1] Halocline Trance
[2] Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power]
[3] Body II Body Feat. Nyssa
[4] Discipline 1982
[5] Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst
[6] Not Vital
[7] Conduit [Repo]

Chumped debut LP out & streaming; release shows announced (NYC w/ Cayetana, Chris Gethard, Jeff Rosenstock & more)
Nov 20, 2014 2:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at BK Bazaar in September (more by Mimi Hong)

Brooklyn's Chumped have been tearing up the local scene for the past year -- if you go to pop punk shows in NYC (like, the good kind) there's basically no chance you haven't seen them -- and they only get better every time. (If you're into this kind of stuff and you haven't seen them, definitely amend that soon.) This week, their debut album, Teenage Retirement, came out on Anchorless Records and it basically lives up to everything their EPs and super fun live shows proved they were capable of. To quote Stereogum, who awarded it Album of the Week:

Even if Teenage Retirement doesn't offer anything new, exactly, it's the best kind of comfort food. It surges and flares and swoons in the right ways, at the best moments. It doesn't just remind you of old records, records that might've once meant a lot to you. It is one of those records. And if you give it the chance, it could mean a whole lot to you right now.
That pretty dead on in my opinion, and if you want to hear it for yourself, check out the full album stream embedded below.

Chumped will be celebrating the new record with a weekend of release shows in Philly, Brooklyn and Long Island from December 12-14. The Brooklyn show happens December 13 at Suburbia (same place as their 2013 EP release show) and is stacked with Don Giovanni-signe...

CMJ Charts: November 18, 2014: Bill Frisell Is No. 1 Jazz
Nov 20, 2014 2:40pm | CMJ
1 1 CARIBOU Our Love Merge
2 2 KING TUFF Black Moon Spell Sub Pop
3 9 DEERHOOF La Isla Bonita Polyvinyl
4 108 TV ON THE RADIO Seeds Harvest
5 3 FOXYGEN And Star Power Jagjaguwar
6 4 FLYING LOTUS You’re Dead Warp
7 11 PANDA BEAR&nb...

!!! (chk chk chk) and Prince Rama playing New Year's Eve at Knitting Factory
Nov 20, 2014 2:34pm | Brooklyn Vegan

!!! @ Central Park Summerstage in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The NYC New Year's Eve options continue to grow. If you want to ring in 2015 with extra exclamation points and new age mysticism, !!! (chk chk chk) will be playing with Prince Rama on NYE at Knitting Factory. "Special Guests" are also promised and you also get a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.

Prince Rama DJ'd at Baby's last night with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Anyone go to that?

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Nov 20, 2014 2:33pm | Fact Magazine

Available on: Editions Mego

Does Oren Ambarchi ever sleep? Looking at his output over the last few years, its hard to imagine that he manages more than a few minutes of shut-eye each night. Most of his records since 2012s Audience of One for Touch have been collaborations: Connected, with Robin Fox, pieces for dance that made for an exquisite standalone album; Shade Themes From Kairos, with Stephen OMalley and Randall Dunn, which fleshed out the soundtrack from the short film Kairos, and a recent full-length, Alps, that struck an unexpectedly fine balance between Ambarchis dense instrumentation and Eli Keszlers meticulous percussion.

Consider all this in addition to ongoing collaborations with Keiji Haino and Jim ORourke, work with improv pianist John Tilbury, a forthcoming album with Haino and OMalley as Nazoranai, and one of his finest 12-inches to date Stacte Karaoke, which may feature the most perverse take on a ZZ Top riff ever committed to wax and its a wonder Ambarchi finds the time to tour, let alone sleep.

His touring schedule is busy, too. When I saw him live in 2013, he performed Knots, the lengthy centrepiece from Audience of One, with Eyvind Kang, the Sinfonietta Krakowia and regular collaborator Joe Talia. (Happily, a recording of the performance is due for release on PAN.) Talias drumming in particular left an indelible impression: a thick lattice of...

Portlandia Season 5 Guests Include Paul Simon, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Oscar The Grouch
Nov 20, 2014 2:33pm | StereoGum

On January 8, IFC’s Portlandia will return for a fifth season. The show is no stranger to musical guests — we’ve seen appearances by Jeff Tweedy, Colin Meloy, and St. Vincent, among many others — and this season Paul Simon will be added to that long list. Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, and Oscar The Grouch will also guest star. Watch a trailer below.


Colleen Green releasing third album, 'I Want to Grow Up' (stream a track)
Nov 20, 2014 2:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Colleen Green is back with her third album, I Want to Grow Up, which will be out February 24 on Hardly Art. She made the album in Nashville with JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch. You can hear their crunchy influence on first single, "Pay Attention," which is streamable below.

She's got a few tour dates over the next month, but nothing in NYC unfortunately. Hopefully soon. Those are listed, along with the album tracklist and song stream, below...

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Arcade Fires Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album, Policy
Nov 20, 2014 2:20pm | CMJ

There have recently been some rumors flurrying about regarding Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and his plans to release a solo album, fueled by news of his scattered live shows, including last week’s sudden appearance at the Brooklyn spot Baby’s All Right. Today, those rumors are confirmed with an album name (Policy) and a release date (March 10 on Merge). Until then, keep waiting! And watch a clip of Butler playing at that aforementioned Baby’s All Right show, below.

The post Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album, Policy appeared first on CMJ.

The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono cover John Lennons Happy Xmas (War Is Over) listen
Nov 20, 2014 2:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A few years back, The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono joined forces in the name of Christmas to record a new version of “Atlas Eets Christmas”, which originally appeared on the Lips’ 2007 secret holiday album. Now, a few New Years shows, a Letterman appearance, a Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends collaboration, and a split EP later, and the strangest of bedfellows have reconvened once more to cover Ono and John Lennons classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”.

What was once a simple, joyous little ballad that paired holiday cheer with pleas for world peace has been transformed completely. From its earnest and cheerful beginning, the track quickly spirals into a ginormous psychedelic haze, a hazy bluster marked by lush choral harmonies, plenty of sleigh bells, and a little arena rock-ready guitar. If you go to parties where folks spike the eggnog, thisll be your jam. Listen in below.

The Lips/Ono collaboration is one of 43 tracks on Amazon Primes “All Is Bright” holiday compilation. Also featured are Liz Phair (“Ho Ho Ho”), Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, and the Rosebuds, among others. Amazon Prime users can listen to the full playlist here.

Jack Garratt The Love Youre Given (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 20, 2014 2:19pm | StereoGum

Jack Garratt is one of those musicians who sounds both singular and familiar. The London singer’s aesthetic bears the marks of so many previous reference points — everything from the futurist electronic pop of James Blake and Son Lux to the downcast folk-rock balladry of Frightened Rabbit and Damien Rice — yet songs like the spooky R&B jam “The Love You’re Given,” which just debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show, don’t fit into any box. The song starts out with haunting operatic vocal akin to Coldplay’s “Another’s Arms” and ends up clobbering you with massive bass contortions; meanwhile, Garratt’s weary vocals deftly navigate the tumult. Hear it below online for the first time.


Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John & Yoko Cover)
Nov 20, 2014 2:02pm | StereoGum

The Flaming Lips joined Yoko Ono for a studio version of John & Yoko’s now-classic Christmas song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which was originally recorded in 1971 with the Harlem Community Choir. The Flaming Lips and Ono have performed the track live together in the past, with Wayne Coyne adopting John Lennon’s lyrical parts. The song is a part of a Christmas compilation titled All Is Bright, which also features Liz Phair, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, and Escort, among others. Listen and check the tracklist below.


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