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Moon Duo tell us their Top 10 of 2014
Dec 18, 2014 2:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan


Moon Duo @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Ebru Yildiz)

As mentioned, Moon Duo will be back this spring with new album Shadows of the Sun. The band made the record in their new home base of Portland, OR and it's another fine addition to their canon of pop-n-drone releases. You can check out first single "Animal" if you haven't already. Before we get to next year, Moon Duo sent us their list of 10 favorite things from 2014. Most are music-related, but there's art and legislation in there too, with commentary as well.

Moon Duo just played BYM Records' fifth anniversary party in Santiago, Chile and are on board for SXSW 2015 this spring. While we wait for other dates to emerge, check out MD's Best of 2014 list and that new song, below...

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CMJ Chart Recap: 2014 End Of Year Charts
Dec 18, 2014 2:15pm | CMJ

Real Estate – Photo by Shawn Brackbill

In Chart Recap we take a look at what’s happening on the CMJ charts each week. Check out the CMJ Radio 200 top 20 for the week. CMJ NMR Subscribers can login to view the complete charts.


Each week hundreds of college and non-commercial stations submit their weekly playlists to be compiled into the weekly CMJ Radio 200 and specialty charts. The year-end charts are compiled from about 40,000 playlists submitted by stations throughout 2014. Coming in as the No. 1 album of the year on the CMJ Radio 200 charts was Real Estates Atlas. The week that Atlas first reached No. 1, 73% of the reporting stations had the album on their playlists, the highest percentage of reporters charting an album all year. While most albums that reached No. 1 this year had between 59-69% of stations reporting the album, Alvvays reached No. 1 with only 49% of stations reporting it. Less than half of the stations that submitted playlists that week reported the album and it still made it to No. 1. Alvvays also reached No. 25 on the year-end charts.

The other albums that made it to the top five on the end of the year charts were: St. Vincent – St. Vincent, Ty Segall – Manipulator, Mac DeMarco – Salad Days and Beck – Morning Phase. Of all these albums, St. Vincent spent only one week in No. 1, but had...



Cyril Hahn's EP is out now, touring before Holy Ship (Boys Noize is too)
Dec 18, 2014 1:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Cyril Hahn

Pop-minded producer Cyril Hahn dropped the bass-heavy Voices EP in October on PMR. We posted two of its tracks before that, and now you can listen to the other two, below.

This month, he's going on a short holiday tour, including New Year's Eve in Toronto and a NYC show on December 26 at Output with support from Obey City and Baile. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cyril's tour closes out on the January Holy Ship cruise, which leaves from the coast of Miami and also features A-Trak, Flume, Boys Noize, RL Grime, Duke Dumont, Rudimental (DJ), Rustie, Odesza, Spank Rock and more. That's the first of two Holy Ships in 2015, and both are sold out.

Boys Noize has tour dates before Holy Ship as well, also including a show at Output on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates for both Cyril Hahn and Boys Noize, as well as the Cyril Hahn song streams, below...

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Incubus to release two EPs in 2015, debut first single Trust Fall watch
Dec 18, 2014 1:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Incubus looks poised to return in a big way in 2015. In a new interview with Billboard.com, the band announced that it’s just signed with Island Records and plans to release two new self-produced EPs next year. The first one is slated to drop as early as February.

The announcement comes on the heels of Incubus’ stunning performance at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert this past weekend, where the alt rockers debuted their new single “Trust Fall”. According to lead guitarist Mike Einziger, the propulsive track serves as a preview of what’s to come in the new year. “Its pretty indicative of where we are now. Its pretty ambitious.

Although Incubus will be issuing two separate EPs, Einziger noted that both releases would be connected. Were planning on releasing two installments that will total an album, two EPs,” he explained. Thus far, the recording process has been going smoothly “amazing” in Einziger’s words  thanks to a more relaxed schedule. We didnt have any plans to make this record, he said. Just having no horizon to look at was important for us. We needed that. The two EPs will serve as the follow-up to 2011’s If Not Now, When?.

When discussing other new tracks in the works, the guitarist pointed to one called “Make Out Party”, calling it the band’s “heaviest” to date. He also ...


The Week In Pops Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014
Dec 18, 2014 1:27pm | StereoGum

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang Bang,” though it didn’t crack this list, earned a begrudging place in my heart that way.) This list, like this column, deals with “pop” as a cultural center point — the vaguely defined “mainstream,” if you will, or songs that are aiming to be part of it — even if pop as a concept “went on hiatus” this year, and a variety of radio formats means there are actually many mainstreams. Let’s think of it as songs you might hear on the radio, songs everybody knows, or songs that seem designed to be hits even if they didn’t quite make it. (There’s still hope for you, Jessie Ware! Look at “Latch”!)

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Watch: Rhodes - The Lakes
Dec 18, 2014 1:26pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Using a crosshatch of shiver-imbued guitars, tense piano and the odd spattering of percussion, Rhodes conveys intense darkness.>

Watch Young Thug, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Pusha T, & Dozens More On 42-Minute Posse Cut The Rap Monument
Dec 18, 2014 1:16pm | StereoGum

Up until today, the Game’s 13-minute, 25-rapper “One Blood” remix has been the final word in absurd, overlong rap posse cuts. But now Noisey & Hennessy have outdone it by putting together the 42-minute, 36-rapper “The Rap Monument.” The new track has verses from a deeply ridiculous number of rappers. Plenty of them are relative unknowns, but there are some heavy hitters in there, as well. Pusha T, the only “Rap Monument” rapper who was also on the “One Blood” remix, gets the leadoff spot. The track also features Young Thug, YG, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Raekwon, Prodigy, Problem, Heems, and Yak Ballz, all going in over a beat from Hudson Mohawke, S-Type, and Nick Hook. In the video, we see all these rappers recording their verses, most of them reading lyrics from phones. Inexplicably, all cuss words are silenced. Watch it below.

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Watch Young Thug, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Pusha T, Others Rap On 42-Minute Posse Cut
Dec 18, 2014 1:16pm | StereoGum

Up until today, the Game’s 13-minute, 25-rapper “One Blood” remix has been the final word in absurd, overlong rap posse cuts. But now Noisey has outdone it by putting together the 42-minute, 36-minute “The Rap Monument.” The new track has verses from a deeply ridiculous number of rappers. Plenty of them are relative unknowns, but there are some heavy hitters in there, as well. Pusha T, the only “Rap Monument” rapper who was also on the “One Blood” remix, gets the leadoff spot. The track also features Young Thug, YG, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Raekwon, Prodigy, Problem, Heems, and Yak Ballz, all going in over a beat from Hudson Mohawke, S-Type, and Nick Hook. In the video, we see all these rappers recording their verses, most of them reading lyrics from phones. Inexplicably, all cuss words are silenced. Watch it below.

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Stream Jean Deauxs Soular System Vol. 1: Dark Matter[s]
Dec 18, 2014 1:10pm | CMJ

Here’s an exciting thing. We’ve been waiting for rising Chicago artist Jean Deaux to drop her Soular System mixtape ever since we heard word of it back in 2013, but she’d been quiet for most of this year. Now, the first part of the two-part mixtape, Dark Matter[s], is available to download. The 11-track project wades through foggy-headed R&B (Equilibrium Rough Final), hard-to-reach pop nuggets (VOODOO) and faded, ambient rapping (A CROWS INTERLUDE). Stream the whole thing below and download it here.

The post Stream Jean Deaux’s Soular System Vol. 1: Dark Matter[s] appeared first on CMJ.


The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, Manchester Orchestra, more to play Skate & Surf 2015
Dec 18, 2014 1:09pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival returns in 2015 on May 16 & 17, and the initial lineup was just announced, via Property of Zack. There's some cool names this year, including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys, Dads, The Scandals, The Wonder Years and more (along with some less cool things like Atilla). Still more TBA too, but you can check out the full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 8 PM today (12/18).

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Rare vinyl that Jack White upholstered into furniture has been found
Dec 18, 2014 1:06pm | Fact Magazine

Possibly Jack White’s quirkiest vinyl release ever.

Before the White Stripes took off, Jack White was part of garage punk duo The Upholsterers with family friend Brian Muldoon, from whom he learned the upholstery trade and was first introduced to punk.

In 2000, the band released 100 copies of a 7″ single, Makers of High Grade Suites, allegedly upholstering copies in the furniture on which they worked. Now, two copies of a second single, Your Furniture Was Always Dead… I Was Just Afraid To Tell You, has been found hidden in furniture, as well.

White’s Third Man Records reports that Your Furniture Was Always Dead… was recorded and hidden in 2004 to celebrate the 25th year of Muldoon’s furniture business. The artwork is below, done by Detroit artist Gordon Newton.

Earlier this year, White released the world’s fasted record and saw his Lazaretto LP named the best selling vinyl since 1994, and the Vinyl Factory explored the wonders of Third Man Records. [via CoS]


Listen to The Rap Monument, the be-all and end-all of posse tracks
Dec 18, 2014 1:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this month, Eminem premiered a remix for “Detroit Vs. Everybody”, effectively pushing the confines of the posse track to its outer limits by recruiting nearly 20 Motor City MCs for the 16-minute rework. Not to be outdone, Noisey has now enlisted a mind-boggling 36 rappers (!!!) for “The Rap Monument”. And yet despite the sheer number of talent, I was somehow not invited.

Spanning some 42 minutes, this album-length track features contributions from Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Heems, Young Thug, Flatbush Zombies, CyHi da Prince, and many, many more (the full list below), alongside production from Hudson Mohawke, Nick Hook, and S-Type. Ignoring the sheer impressiveness of assembling practically every living rapper on Earth, the track itself is a truly wild experience, a maddening rush of near-endless wordplay and braggery supplemented by beats that hit on every sonic concept from trap to gospel and beyond. Clear a solid hour out of todays calendar and watch the accompanying video below.

“The Rap Monument” Roster:
Pusha T
Bryant Dope
Go Dreamer
Retch
Nipsey Hussle
Problem
Danny Brown
Mayhem Lauren
Raekwon da Chef
Vado
Kilo Kish
Flatbush Zombies
Renegade El Rey
Rockie Fresh
Pill
Bodega Bamz
Remy Banks
Killer Mike
Del Harris
Y...


Todd Terje remixed Dolly Parton's "Jolene" (stream), playing NYC in January ++ other dates
Dec 18, 2014 1:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Norway's kitschy king of the dancefloor, Todd Terje, released one of 2014's best records, It's Album Time, which threw together a lot of different styles all under the special care of his particular aesthetic. Terje is also a master of the remix and edit, both of which come into play on his reworking of Dolly Parton's 1973 classic "Jolene." The song's signature elements -- the light fingerpicking, Dolly's voice -- remain intact as Terry lays down disco hi-hats, bongos and keyboards. It may be the best marriage of country and dance music since Tammy Wynette worked with The KLF. The remix was created especially for Chandelier Creative's 2014 holiday party and while the whole thing hasn't been released, you can stream a chunk of it below.

Todd was in Brooklyn in 2013 for his short collaborative tour with fellow Norwegian Lindstrom. Todd's coming back to NYC in less than a month, playing live in NYC at Verboten on January 15. Free Magic is also on the bill and tickets are on sale now. There's been no word of a North American tour but he does have other far-flung dates lined up for 2015, and all are listed, along with the "Jolene" remix, below...

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Listen: Meat Wave - Mystery (Wipers cover)
Dec 18, 2014 1:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The trio will release their seven-track short-player, Brother, 19 January via Brace Yourself.>

Video Premiere: Chew Toys Leather Sweater, Plus Q&A
Dec 18, 2014 12:36pm | CMJ

Chew Toys – Photo by Steve Gidlow

The Chew Toys’ self-titled debut LP, released in August on their own label, Noise Barn, was an overlooked lash of trash-punk snarl. It jumped around some—a bit smashy garage, a bit pop punk chirp, fuzz-rock, fast sludge, even some acoustic flights of fancy—all in service to tales of drunken revelry or rage. Not only have the Los Angeles pair given us a premiere of their new video for Leather Sweater, but they whipped up some thoughts about it, bears, Xmas hate and much more.

Dig the new video below, and read on to learn about the world of the Chew Toys.

Jay (drums/vocals): We just had a silly idea to get drunk and write songs about our friends and take the piss out of stuff.
Kev (guitar/vocals): I had a two-piece punk outfit with my ex, Greg, whos actually in the Leather Sweater video with us. That band kind of fell apart, and then a band Jay was in imploded just before they were to play this big party out in Joshua Tree. We decided to throw together a set to see if we could pull it off, and we kept on going. We just started playing out on the punk scene in L.A. and the crowds got bigger, so we decided to make a record. It felt preposterous, so of course we had to.

Do you consider yourself a part of any musical scene out in California?
K: Yeah, were pretty happy in the scene thats sprung ...

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