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A small blast from the past with The Acorn - watch the video for Influence [Premiere]
Mar 27, 2015 5:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Canadian indie-folk blast from the past The Acorn return with the video for "Influence", the first track off forthcoming album Vieux Loup.>


Kanye West and Damon Dash confirm they are buying troubled online streetwear retailer Karmaloop
Mar 27, 2015 5:30am | Fact Magazine

Kanye’s love affair with the fashion world continues.

In a statement delivered through Instagram, Kanye West and Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash have confirmed rumours that they are buying troubled online streetwear retailer Karmaloop.

So we just about to do some new shit and just stick together culturally and take over the world create a whole new industry and just play the game fair,” he said across the two short clips. You know, honorable people stick together, so this is how the generations do. Now you super famous (he said, pointing to Kanye) and we linking up and we decided to go buy Karmaloop. We just talked about it so its gonna happen and a couple other cool things.

The pair haven’t disclosed how much they’re buying the company for, but earlier reports suggested Karmaloop were looking for a $3 million investment from Comvest Partners and CapX Partners to restructure the company.

Rumours that the pair would buy Karmaloop have been circulating since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 23. The company was originally founded in 2000 by Greg Selkoe from the basement of his parents home in Jamaica Plain, and became a key destination for urban streetwear.

You can watch the full statement in the video below. [via MTV News]

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Kanye West and Damon Dash confirm they are buying troubled online streetwear retailer Karmaloop
Mar 27, 2015 5:30am | Fact Magazine

Kanye’s love affair with the fashion world continues.

In a statement delivered through Instagram, Kanye West and Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash have confirmed rumours that they are buying troubled online streetwear retailer Karmaloop.

So we just about to do some new shit and just stick together culturally and take over the world create a whole new industry and just play the game fair,” he said across the two short clips. You know, honorable people stick together, so this is how the generations do. Now you super famous (he said, pointing to Kanye) and we linking up and we decided to go buy Karmaloop. We just talked about it so its gonna happen and a couple other cool things.

The pair haven’t disclosed how much they’re buying the company for, but earlier reports suggested Karmaloop were looking for a $3 million investment from Comvest Partners and CapX Partners to restructure the company.

Rumours that the pair would buy Karmaloop have been circulating since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 23. The company was originally founded in 2000 by Greg Selkoe from the basement of his parents home in Jamaica Plain, and became a key destination for urban streetwear.

You can watch the full statement in the video below. [via MTV News]

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Ben Stillers ridiculously weird high school band gets vinyl reissue on Captured Tracks
Mar 27, 2015 5:10am | Fact Magazine

High school bands are usually best forgotten, but then they don’t all have drummers who go on to be Hollywood megastars.

Ben Stiller’s juvenile outfit have languished in obscurity for too long, according Captured Tracks, the Brooklyn indie home to the likes of Perfect Pussy and The Soft Moon. Capital Punishment’s 1982 album has become a minor cult classic in the three decades since its release, and now the label has announced a full vinyl issue of the band’s first and last album, Roadkill.

Talking about his group on the Howard Stern Show this week, Stiller described them as “ridiculously weird”. “I was like 15, 16, and my friend from high school, Chris, started this band [] I was the drummer,” he said.

The record was initially pressed up in 500 copies, but none were sold, according to the group’s bassist Peter Swann, now an appellate judge on the Arizona court of appeals. He told the Arizona Republic that he and Stiller later formed a rap group, Sucker MCs, but they quit when the Beastie Boys appeared. “They were 600 times better than we were,” said Swann, who says  he still has a cassette of Sucker MCs music, but he doesn’t expect anyone will want to hear it. How wrong he is.

A release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but...


New pop duo Young Karin will break your heart in our new session
Mar 27, 2015 5:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The dreamy Icelandic duo deliver a take of debut track "Hearts" that oozes syncopated tenderness. Whatever that is.>

Other Lives return with the grandiose 2 Pyramids [Premiere]
Mar 27, 2015 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Ahead of the release of their new album Rituals, Other Lives take inspiration from their instrumental roots on the stirring "2 Pyramids".>

Native Instruments teases new Traktor controller at WMC
Mar 27, 2015 4:32am | Fact Magazine

Last night (March 26), Native Instruments gave the world the first peek at its new DJ controller, the Traktor Kontrol D2.

Previewed via a livestream from the WMC in Miami, DJs MK, Uner and Dubfire took the new controller through its paces. As DJ Tech Tools points out, it features an LCD screen for track info and a touch strip for control, and looks like a trimmed-down, more portable version of its recently released Kontrol S8, aimed at further removing the laptop screen from the DJ booth.

Create Digital Music has some more concrete info on the controller via Native Instruments. As well as having all the controls for effects and remix decks you’d expect from a Traktor controller, the key difference that it doesn’t appear to have a built-in audio interface. It’s also capable of controlling two decks from a single screen.

You can see the unit in action in the video above, filmed at Native Instruments’ WMC party. Uner also posted a picture of the controller on his Facebook page, which can be seen below.

The post Native Instruments teases new Traktor controller at WMC appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Each new Sufjan Stevens song feesl like a demon he had to face at some point
Mar 27, 2015 4:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Centering on life, love and death, the Detroit-native/Brooklyn-residing composer's seventh album sees a return to the folk-rich, lyrically dense, and instrumentally sparse sounds of his early works.

The Staves Backstage with Best Fit
Mar 27, 2015 4:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The sister folk-rock trio behind the scenes in London by Wunmi Onibudo.>

Download a recording of last nights Björk concert in New York City
Mar 26, 2015 11:52pm | Fact Magazine

Hear a full recording of Björk’s Vulnicura live show.

Björk brought her Vulnicura tour to New York’s City Center Theater last night with support from Arca, percussionist Manu Delago, and a fifteen-piece orchestra called Alarm Will Sound. New York live music archivist NYCTaper was on hand to capture a recording of the concert, which is the first of three to take place at the venue this week.

Björk played the first six tracks of Vulnicura in order for the first half of her performance. The second set consisted of both old and new material, closing with Vulnicura’s final two tracks and a further two encores. For the first encore, Björk performed ‘Sun In My Mouth’ from 2001 album Vespertine.

You can stream and download the entire concert below. [via NYCTaper / Stereogum]

Setlist:

Set 1
Stonemilker
Lionsong
History Of Touches
Black Lake
Family
Notget

Set 2
Pleasure Is All Mine
Come To Me
All Neon Like
I See Who You Are
Quicksand
Mouth Mantra
Sun in My Mouth
Wanderlust

The post Download a recording of last night’s Björk concert in New York City appeared first on FACT Maga...


Download a recording of last nights Björk concert in New York City
Mar 26, 2015 11:52pm | Fact Magazine

Hear a full recording of Björk’s Vulnicura live show.

Björk brought her Vulnicura tour to New York’s City Center Theater last night with support from Arca, percussionist Manu Delago, and a fifteen-piece orchestra called Alarm Will Sound. New York live music archivist NYCTaper was on hand to capture a recording of the concert, which is the first of three to take place at the venue this week.

Björk played the first six tracks of Vulnicura in order for the first half of her performance. The second set consisted of both old and new material, closing with Vulnicura’s final two tracks and a further two encores. For the first encore, Björk performed ‘Sun In My Mouth’ from 2001 album Vespertine.

You can stream and download the entire concert below. [via NYCTaper / Stereogum]

Setlist:

Set 1
Stonemilker
Lionsong
History Of Touches
Black Lake
Family
Notget

Set 2
Pleasure Is All Mine
Come To Me
All Neon Like
I See Who You Are
Quicksand
Mouth Mantra
Sun in My Mouth
Wanderlust

The post Download a recording of last night’s Björk concert in New York City appeared first on FACT Maga...


What's going on Friday? (Swervedriver, Title Fight, Patti Smith, JSBX, The Get Up Kids, Sannhet, Bob's Burgers Live & more)
Mar 26, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Swervedriver at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Swervedriver, Gateway Drugs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Arguably the heaviest, most rocking of the original UK shoegaze acts, Swervedriver returned this year with their first new album since the '90s -- and it's pretty damn good. But expect to hear favorites like "Duel" and "Rave Down," too, at their NYC shows this weekend.

Patti Smith & Jesse Smith @ Le Poisson Rouge
Punk pioneer and NYC icon Patti Smith has been giving a variety of performances lately, and this one's a collaboration with her daughter Jesse for the "Hands On Live" benefit concert, which raises funds for Terakoya, "a new naturopathy clinic/workshop to be built in the upstate Catskill Mountains."

The Get Up Kids, PUP, Restorations @ Stone Pony
Nineties-era greats The Get Up Kids last reunited in NYC before every '90s emo band you could think of started doing the same thing, and now they're finally back for another round. They don't hit NYC proper, but will be in NJ tonight and Long Island tomorrow. Great openers too: poppy Canadian punks PUP and Philly's heart-on-sleeve rockers Restorations.

La Dispute, Title Fight, The Hotelier @ Webster Hall
This is a killer triple bill with two always-progressing co-headliners -- La Dispute whose newest stuff is progress...


BV-SXSW Friday @ Red 7 in pics --- Power Trip, Swervedriver, Makthaverskan, Mac McCaughan, Single Mothers & more
Mar 26, 2015 10:30pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher

Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.

Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.

Po...


Rebel Heart a commercial flop? Madonnas new album is her worst-selling release in 20 years
Mar 26, 2015 10:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Madonna’s latest album Rebel Heart opened to the singer’s worst sales week in more than two decades, and the results were even worse for week two.

Rebel Heart, the pop star’s thirteenth studio album, sold 116,000 copies in its first week of release. For comparison, her previous album, 2012’s MDNA, debuted with 359,00 copies sold. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1994’s Bedtime Stories to find a Madonna album that sold less albums in its first week of release. Rebel Heart is also the first of her albums not to debut at No. 1 since — yes, Bedtime Stories.

This week’s sales numbers were even worse. Only 22,800 copies of Rebel Heart were sold over the last seven days — a drop in sales of 80% — plummeting the album’s chart position from No. 2 to No. 22.

Industry insiders chalk up the poor sales numbers to the premature leaking of Rebel Heart. Several tracks from the album appeared online back in December, forcing Madonna to push up the album’s release by several months.

Also, with the release of MDNA, Madonna offered copies of the album as part of ticket packages for the supporting tour, which she then counted toward the total number of albums sold. She’s employed a similar tactic for her Rebel Heart t...


Download Last Nights Björk Concert At NYCs City Center
Mar 26, 2015 9:55pm | StereoGum
Last night, Björk played a show at New York's City Center theater supported by producer Arca, percussionist Manu Delago, and a fifteen-piece orchestra called Alarm Will Sound. For her first set, she played Vulnicura's first six tracks in order starting with the gorgeous "Stonemilker," while her second set contained a mix of older material before finishing up with Vulnicura's closing tracks (and two encores). NYCTaper recorded the whole thing, and they're offering it up as a free download here. For her first encore, Björk also played "Sun In My Mouth" off of 2001's Vespertine, and you can stream that below.


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