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Sometime Korn guitarist Shane Gibson dies at age 35
Apr 17, 2014 3:53am | NME
His Stork bandmates say his 'virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit'


Lorde meets baseball player who inspired 'Royals'
Apr 17, 2014 3:37am | NME
Teenage singer poses for a picture with Kansas City Royals veteran George Brett in Las Vegas




Drake sued over sample in Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2
Apr 17, 2014 3:26am | Fact Magazine

Jazz musician’s estate accuse Drizzy of cutting himself a slice without permission.

Drake is facing a lawsuit over the use of a prominent spoken word sample on ‘Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2′ from last year’s Nothing Was The Same.

The estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith claim the sample at the beginning of the track, taken from his ‘Jimmy Smith Rap’ (below), was used without permission.

The album’s liner notes state that the song was licensed, but TMZ reports that  Smith’s estate claim they were never asked for permission. They’re suing Drake, Cash Money and others for more than $300,000.

Drake’s still smiling though he’s been keeping himself busy playing pranks on unsuspecting pedestrians and keeping us topped up with new tracks, including the Lauryn Hill-sampling Draft Day and Days In The East.


Cover stars: behind the scenes with 10 of modern musics best sleeve designers
Apr 17, 2014 3:18am | Fact Magazine

We’re all familiar with the great cover art masters – the Savilles, the Olivers, the Hipgnosises.

For sure, the flair and visual confidence of the above mean their works still leap out from an increasingly packed crowd. That said, there’s no deficit of stunning contemporary artwork doing the rounds – and, by that token, more than a few contemporary artists building exceptional bodies of work.

We’ve spoken to eleven of our favourite artist and designers currently working today. Alongside scroll-through galleries of some of their output, we’ve also spoken to each about their working practice, motivations and inspirations.

We’ve deliberately tried to reflect a broad range of practice. Some portfolios stretch back three decades; some are slim but impeccable. Artists in the classic sense are included, but we’ve also got in touch with in-house designers, whose font and formatting work have helped build a distinctive label aesthetic. And a good handful are producers themselves, able to approach the task from a music-maker’s perspective.

Plenty more could have featured, of course: hat tip to Will Bankhead, Jeff Jank, Bok Bok and the Night Slugs team, Stephen O’ Malley, Ben Drury, the Ghost Box team, the Check Morris agency, Claude Eden, our own Alex Solman (responsible for our FACT Mix illustrations, and more. But for now, here are some of the very best.

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Cover stars: behind the scenes with 11 of modern musics best sleeve designers
Apr 17, 2014 3:18am | Fact Magazine

We’re all familiar with the great cover art masters – the Savilles, the Olivers, the Hipgnosises.

For sure, the flair and visual confidence of the above mean their works still leap out from an increasingly packed crowd. That said, there’s no deficit of stunning contemporary artwork doing the rounds – and, by that token, more than a few contemporary artists building exceptional bodies of work.

FACT spoke to 11 of our favourite artists and designers currently working today. Alongside scroll-through galleries of some of their output, we’ve asked each about their working practice, motivations and inspirations.

We’ve deliberately tried to reflect a broad range of practice. Some portfolios stretch back three decades; some are slim but impeccable. Artists in the classic sense are included, but we also got in touch with in-house designers whose font and formatting work have helped build a distinctive label aesthetic. And a good handful are producers themselves, able to approach the task from a music-maker’s perspective.

Plenty more could have featured, of course: Will Bankhead, Jeff Jank, Bok Bok and the Night Slugs team, Stephen O’ Malley, Ben Drury, the Ghost Box team, the Check Morris agency, Claude Eden, our own Alex Solman (responsible for our FACT Mix illustrations), and more. But for now, here are some of the very best.

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Nirvana approached handful of male rock stars and PJ Harvey for Hall Of Fame reunion
Apr 17, 2014 3:10am | NME
Dave Grohl suspects they were turned down 'because of how heavy the whole thing is'



Eels - Performs the Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Apr 17, 2014 3:08am | Drowned In Sound

It's been barely a year since Eels released their last album Wonderful, Glorious, a more spontaneous, fun, and less directly confessional record than one might come to expect from Mark E Everett and company. Fourteen months later, they have released their eleventh studio album, which was largely written before but recorded after Wonderful, Glorious. The album sees a return to the more personal side of Eels, and this is reflected in the albums title - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett.

In many ways, this is Everetts most brutally personal album to date. Anyone familiar with Everetts personal history should be able to pick up on some of the albums more autobiographical songs, which pack the greatest emotion punch. Parallels, an acoustic track which is not only the best song on the album, but deserves to be ranked as the best songs Eels have ever recorded, is a tender ode to his fathers many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, imagining that there might be a universe where is he alive (I know youre out there somewhere, and I know that you are well.) Similarly, its hard not to imagine the three ghosts that Everett sings about about on the surprisingly chipper Where Im From (which could also be seen as a semi-sequel to Souljackers Friendly Ghost), representing his three departed family members.

Other songs on the album seem to deal with the break-up of a relationship. On Agatha Chang, a pained E...


Jonny Costello
Apr 17, 2014 3:08am | Fact Magazine

Perc & Einstürzende Neubauten, Interpretations (Submit, 2013)

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The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Record Store Day edition)
Apr 17, 2014 3:08am | Drowned In Sound

The Twilight Sad remain one of the only British bands unafraid to follow their muse, but with Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, they arrived already fully formed. Despite obvious Scottish touchstones like Arab Strap, Mogwai and Aereogramme, the Kilsyth four-piece released a debut that grew organically from accordian-led folk laments to bitter noise catharsis, all resting on James Graham's uncompromising voice. Ominous ruminations that spoke of unnamed trauma, dead animals and children on fire, Graham's evocative lyrics were delivered with utter conviction. The artwork, beautifully rendered by Dave Thomas, burrowed further within, portraying matricide and abandonment in absolute harmony with the words emerging from the speaker.

Thomas still creates their art, but everything else is up for grabs between each release. Forget the Night Ahead grafted creeping dread to icy tunnels of distortion, while No One Can Ever Know retreated further, stripping back to a wheezing electronic pulse and thriving on tension over release. Without wishing to go overboard, it felt like their Holy Bible or Closer: a brief coalescence of creativity and tumult, never to be repeated.

Where they go from there will soon be established, but in the interim they are reissuing their first statement for Record Store Day, remastered with bonus tracks and once more available on vinyl. Since it was only originally released in 2007, there's n...


The Birds of Satan - The Birds of Satan
Apr 17, 2014 3:08am | Drowned In Sound

Side-project: a dirty phrase, perhaps? Too often we've seen sojourns made by members of prominent bands into solo territory that have made us wish that theyd just stuck to the day job. But it appears that you cant button a musicians creativity even as said day job rumbles on in the background. That's the case in point for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, whos stepped out with this avian inferno-entitled project while his main band gradually thinks about putting together their eighth studio album.

The Birds of Satan comprise Hawkins - on drums, natch - and his two buddies from Chevy Metal (guffaw at the punnery of that, why dont you), another of the drummers dalliances in rock moonlighting: Mick Murphy is entrusted with guitar duties, whilst Hawkins BFF Wiley Hodgden wields the all-important bass. The three buddies convened in Studio 606 in L.A. with producer and fellow bro John Lousteau to thrash out a record in less than a week (and do Foos fans wish that such productivity collectively coursed through the veins of their favourite band), with help from Pat Smear and one Dave Grohl (who owns Studio 606).

Kicking off with The Ballad of The Birds of Satan, youd be forgiven for sighing at its lengthy duration. And yes, at nine-and-a-half minutes long it is a little too much to comprehend, but try to think of it as more like the combined total of three segments of rock-opera proportions. Recorded in one take with the help of Grohl, theres enou...


David Packe
Apr 17, 2014 3:07am | Fact Magazine

Old Apparatus, Zebulon (Deep Medi Musik, 2011)

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Steve Byram
Apr 17, 2014 3:07am | Fact Magazine

LL Cool J, Radio, (Def Jam, 1985) 

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Konx-Om-Pax
Apr 17, 2014 3:06am | Fact Magazine

Taz, Gold Tooth Grin (Numbers, 2010) 

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Optigram
Apr 17, 2014 3:06am | Fact Magazine

Traxman, Da Mind of Traxman (Planet Mu, 2012)

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Zeke Clough
Apr 17, 2014 3:05am | Fact Magazine

Shackleton, Deadman (Honest Jon’s, 2011)

Use your keyboards arrow keys or hit the prev / next arrows on your screen to turn pages (page 1/7)

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