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Mixtape Of The Week: Mykki Blanco Gay Dog Food
Oct 29, 2014 1:31pm | StereoGum

Mykki Blanco can rap. Last year, I walked into a Swedish hotel ballroom during the Way Out West festival and saw him, shirtless and sweaty, barking bars while standing on the bar in the middle of the room, Scandinavian kids freaking out all around him. He tends to keep that same focused intensity on-record, too; it’s there, for instance, in “Unclassified,” the collaboration with the producer Etnik that Etnik released last month. On a track like that, he’s like the living embodiment of mixtape-era Lil Wayne’s freakiest impulses, dialed way up and rewired for a confrontational club-rap context. When he’s in attack mode, he’s something to behold. So it’s fascinating that Blanco is basically not remotely interested in rapping on Gay Dog Food, his new mixtape. Instead, Gay Dog Food is a work of fiery noise-punk catharsis, a sneer-scream pointed in every direction. It’s closer to being a Cabaret Voltaire album than it is to being a rap mixtape — which, paradoxically, makes it a really good rap mixtape.


Mercury Prize 2014 - DiS Does A Live Blog
Oct 29, 2014 1:25pm | Drowned In Sound

Hello and welcome to Drowned In Sound's live coverage of the Mercury Prize 2014. Once upon a time the word 'live' used to be reserved for special EastEnders episodes and ropey cash-in albums, but then the Internet happened and here we are for the evening.

For the most immediate musings from myself and DiS' editor, Sean Adams, follow the Drowned In Sound on Twitter. To compare at our subpar coverage and complain at East India Youth being robbed of victory, hop over to our Music Board.

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7.46pm - Anna Calvi is on now. She's been nominated for the Mercury Prize twice already but isn't expected to walk away with the winners statute tonight. Clearly her career hasn't quite survived Sean Adams' review of her self-titled debut.

7.30pm - Wow. Young Fathers. 'Get Up'. The Edinburgh collective gave it everything there. If the Mercury Prize was awarded for frantic arm waving, we'd have a clear winner already.

7.24pm - That's something our Marc Burrows will openly admit to, by the way.

7.19pm - ...Damon Albarn gets easily the biggest cheer of the night for his album Everyday Robots. Probably because he used to be in Blur, but maybe because everyone really people loved 'Mr Tembo'.

7.15pm - Although the judges technically make their decision after the performances, we'r...

A-Trak Push (Feat. Andrew Wyatt)
Oct 29, 2014 1:21pm | StereoGum

Between his work behind the scenes at Fool’s Gold, his world-conquering DJ sets with Duck Sauce and as a solo act, his recent hip-hop crushers with Lex Luger as Low Pros, and his stints as a live DJ for rappers including Kanye West, A-Trak has accrued one of the most impressive careers of any DJ/producer in the game. That continues with “Push,” a new solo single he dropped today exclusively on Spotify, which is part of his upcoming Full EP. “Push” puts A-Trak’s own spin on today’s dominant electro-house sound, resulting in something like a Calvin Harris song with more class. Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow handles the delicate yet commanding vocal. Listen below.


Listen: Zun Zun Egui - I Want You To Know
Oct 29, 2014 1:21pm | The Line Of Best Fit
"I Want You To Know" is an acidic, grinding taster of what's to come when their new LP is released 26 January.>

Watch: Eyedress - When Im Gone (feat. GEoRGIA)
Oct 29, 2014 1:09pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The track features soul-pop crooner GEoRGiA on vocals amidst a bubbling 16-bit buffet.>

Braid's Bob Nanna releasing a new City on Film album (stream a track); Lifted Bells 7" out now
Oct 29, 2014 1:06pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Bob Nanna (photo by Katie Hovland)

Bob Nanna is a busy man. Not content with just releasing the first Braid album in 16 years this year and a new 7" with his band Lifted Bells with Mathew from Their/They're/There and others (out this week, streaming below), he'll also be releasing the first new album since 2005 with his solo project, The City on Film. (Not to mention he's recently played solo shows and duo shows with his wife as Jack & Ace.) The new album's called La Vella and it will be out December 16 via Topshelf (pre-order). The premise for the album is he "sourced stories from 9 fans" via his custom songwriting website,, "and turned them into tracks on this new album." He recorded it backed by Kyle Geib and Seth Engel, both of whom he plays with in Lifted Bells.

The first single, "You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life)," "tells of a chance meeting and a bonding over The Pogues, Ted Leo, and gym shoes." While sometimes Bob is in a more stripped down mode for The City on Film, this one sounds like it could have been right off that new Braid record. Good thing he's been so prolific lately because he's clearly got a lot of jams in him right now. That track premieres in this post -- check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

The City on Film's only upcoming dates at the moment are The Fest this weekend and two hometown Chicago shows. Lifted Bells are p...

Listen: TL - Everybodys Free
Oct 29, 2014 12:56pm | The Line Of Best Fit
TL's cover of Quindon Tarver's Romeo + Juliet's most enlightening moments will lift your soul and weep for a 22-year-old Leo DiCaprio>

CMJ 2014 Sessions @ NYU: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Oct 29, 2014 12:52pm | CMJ

Tuesday’s daytime programming started CMJ Music Marathon off with an enlightening bang. Session attendees saw lively discussions about the modern state of feminism (featuring Jessica Numsuwankijkul of Heliotropes), the future of music criticism (featuring Michael Azerrad), EDM marketing with Win Music founder Sean Glass, the rise of cult reissue labels, prudent touring practices and much, much more.

Photos by Oliver Correa and Deneka Peniston.

The post CMJ 2014 Sessions @ NYU: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

The Dead Weather Buzzkill(er)
Oct 29, 2014 12:51pm | StereoGum

The Dead Weather are releasing two new songs next week, “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad.” The former is streaming today after being teased on SoundCloud back in July. Lest you think these tunes would be released exclusively in a digital format — as if Jack White would stand for such a thing! — they were originally distributed on a limited edition 7″ to subscribers of Third Man’s VAULT series. “Buzzkill(er)” is a ball-busting riff-rock stomper the likes of which we’ve come to expect from this band, and you can hear it below.


M. Ward to reissue Transistor Radio, shares early version of Here Comes The Sun Again listen
Oct 29, 2014 12:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In 2005, singer/songwriter M. Ward released one of the finer examples of ramshackle and intimate mid-aughts folk with Transistor Radio. As the album’s 10th anniversary approaches, Merge Records has announced plans for a vinyl reissue and bonus CD featuring four previously unreleased recordings. It will see release on December 2nd.

In anticipation, the label has shared a four-track demo version of “Here Comes The Sun Again”. While you may already have warm memories associated with the original song (thanks to various car commercials or a high school CDR mixtape), you might want to clear some sentimental shelf space for the demo, which reads as even more intimate and affecting.

Featuring just Ward’s voice and an acoustic guitar, this early bare-bones version illustrates the song’s basic effectiveness — even without added instrumentation, it’s a piece that speaks volumes. It’s also a welcome reminder of his career before Ward became one half of She & Him.

Listen in below.

Angel Olsen shares new song May As Well  listen
Oct 29, 2014 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

When Angel Olsen sat down to make her excellent sophomore album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, she had a number of older songs to work with, many dating back prior to her 2012 debut, Half Way Home. One song, “Enemy”, made it onto Burn Your Fires final tracklist while another, “May As Well”, did not. Fortunately, the latter will finally see release on November 18th, when Olsen puts out a deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire For No Witness featuring five bonus tracks.

(Read: Angel Olsen: A Year Of Changes)

Like most Angel Olsen songs, “May As Well” succeeds on the strength of her voice and gut-wrenching lyricism. Armed with just her guitar, she opens up with heartbreaking lines like “If you really loved me there’s no way to tell” and “In all of my dreams we’re husband and wife/ I’ll never forget you all of my life.” It’s devastating and beautiful, and, had it made the final cut, would have made an already amazing album even better. Listen over at NPR.

Get into the Halloween spirit with GWARs pop covers
Oct 29, 2014 12:43pm | Chart Attack

For nearly five years now, A.V. Club has been inviting bands to their office to cover songs from a list chosen in advance. The results of the A.V. Undercover series are mixed - to get to the occasional unexpected stunner, you'll have to endure the fun being sucked out of a lot of iconic pop songs - but there's one band that single-handedly justifies the whole endeavour: GWAR.

If you're looking for a jumping in point to the band's mix of cartoon gore, b-movie schlock, vulgar humour and thrash riffing - and why wouldn't you, it's almost Halloween - their three covers are the perfect entrance point. Looking hilariously out of place playing for the room full of beards and flannel that is the A.V. Club staff, the band manages to smirk through Kansas, Billy Ocean and Pet Shop Boys covers, while also doing them absolute justice.

For their inaugural appearance, lead singer Oderus Urungus (R.I.P.) rips Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son" as "derivative '70s crap crap crap rock" and then belts the first few lines unaccompanied and off-key, forgetting the lyrics. You're ready for it to be a piss-take, and then the band breaks into some wicked shredding while Oderus searches for his jumping in point.

They were back the next year to cover "lyrical genius" Billy Ocean's ode to "one-pump love," "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" and tacked on an epic bonus cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley."

This year's retur...

Listen: Moon Boots - Theres No Love [Premiere]
Oct 29, 2014 12:43pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Moon Boots unveils "There's No Love" - a squelchy, infectious piece of 90s-inspired house>

Angel Olsen releases bonus track "May As Well" from deluxe edition of LP (listen)
Oct 29, 2014 12:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Angel Olsen is releasing a deluxe edition of this year's fantastic Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18 via Jagjaguwar and it will feature five bonus tracks. We've already posted one of those, "All Right Now," and now a second one called "May As Well" is streaming over at NPR. It's a super sparse song, sparser even than album cuts like "Unfucktheworld" or "White Fire." Check it out.

Angel's tour returns to NYC for three shows in December, Roulette on 12/6 and Bowery Ballroom on 12/8 & 12/9. Tickets for all three are still available.

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Watch: Darkness Falls - The Answer [Premiere]
Oct 29, 2014 12:41pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The clip shows the behind-the-scenes life of Speedway racing. It was edited and directed by Katja Bloom.>
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