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Matti Bye - Bethanien
Dec 4, 2013 2:50am | Drowned In Sound
Swedish label Tona Serenad release cosy, antique-sounding instrumental albums that pay no heed to musical developments since World War 2 or the launch of the microgroove vinyl. Theyve therefore rolled the red carpet out for Matti Bye, a pianist best known for his delicate improvs and soundtracks to silent films, and for the fact he briefly lived in Bethanien: a grand dilapidated hospital in the old part of Kreuzberg. Left alone to explore its flaky corridors, outdoor operating tables and occasional committed art squatter, Bye tinkled away at his grand piano, showing off his ability to make even the clipped shrill notes - the ones Peter Venkman likes to torture ghosts with - sound warm and hypnotic. The resulting album, Bethanien, was given a three-year polish by labelmate and accordion wizard Musette, and arrives just in time to feel like either a lament for an endangered NHS, or a ready-made soundtrack if youve been dumped and want to mooch across wintry wastelands.
With piano intricacies as its focal point Bethanien walks a tightrope between whats spooky and whats beautiful. The brittle pieces here come spiced with white noise, not unlike German duo Swod on the old City Centre Offices label. But whereas those two inked in their imaginings with electronics, vocal samples and far-flung field recordings, Bethanien is a ghost story confined to one hospital, Bye supplying just enough details to lead us deeper down the dark green co...
Pixies Black Francis announces graphic novel about homicidal gypsies and porn-peddling peasants
Dec 4, 2013 2:44am | Fact Magazine
Black Francis/Frank Black – never an artist shy to plump for a strikingly visual lyric – is turning his hand to the graphic novel game.
As The Guardian report, the Pixies singer will publish his debut graphic novel in the new year. The Good Inn has been co-written with Pixies biographer Josh Frank, and will be illustrated by familiar comic illustrator Steven Appleby. The tome will arrive through UK graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero in May 2014.
According to the publisher, the book follows the travails of a teenager called Soldier Boy (no relation, we assume) as he tries to escape the fallout from an explosion in Toulon, France. SelfMadeHero tout The Good Inn as a “fantastic piece of illustrated fiction based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist.” The pitch reads as follows:
Not for the first time, Pixies are currently one member down: Kim Shattuck, drafted in to replace the AWOL Kim Deal, has now parted ways with the group. The band have also recently been announced as headliners of Field Da...
Exclusive presale for NME Awards shows with Austin Texas begins
Dec 4, 2013 2:24am | NME
Special gigs take place in London throughout February 2014
Exclusive presale for NME Awards shows with Austin, Texas begins
Dec 4, 2013 2:24am | NME
Special gigs take place in London throughout February 2014
Talib Kweli details Gravitas LP; Raekwon and J Dilla to feature
Dec 4, 2013 2:00am | Fact Magazine
More news on the Brooklynite’s prompt follow-up to this May’s Prisoner of Conscious LP.
Not content with dropping one full-length in 2013, Talib Kweli is set to issue another self-released LP before the year is out. Gravitas has been pitched by Kweli as a rejoinder to an ungainly global music industry: Who needs this industry when we have each other. The technology exists for me to have this relationship with the fans, and vice versa. It is a grand experiment. Lets go for it!
More details have now arrived about the record. Gravitas will run to 11 tracks, and will feature guest spots from Wu-Tang man Raekwon and The Roots’ Black Thought, plus appearances from Rah Digga, Mike Posner, rising duo The Underachievers and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. No sign of Q-Tip, who was previously rumoured to appear.
The production looks pretty right-on too, with J Dilla standing out as the biggest name on the credit list. Statik Selektah, Rich Kidd, Lord Quest, Thaddeus Dixon, 6th Sense and Khrysis will all feature, as will Oh No (who produced previously aired Illuminati takedown ‘The Wormhole’).
Gravitas is due out on December 15.
Jay Z and Beyoncé are going vegan
Dec 3, 2013 7:51pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Jay Z and Beyoncé are preempting the holiday weight gain and going vegan for the next 22 days. In a post on his Life and Times blog, Jay revealed that the power couple will start living a “plant-based” lifestyle beginning today, one day before the rapper’s 44th birthday. Spurred to the challenge by his friend and exercise expert Marco Borges, Jigga is also asking for the aid of “professional vegans out there that have any great food spots.” What say you, Morrissey?
Here’s the entire Life and Times post:
Listen: Adult Jazz Springful
Dec 3, 2013 6:54pm | The Line Of Best Fit
After a string of enigmatic videos that nodded towards what Leeds’ Adult Jazz have been working hard to achieve, the band have this week dropped their first single “Springful”, a dreamy and more than promising debut.
It’s refreshing to see that a band of today’s success may not be measured simply by their Facebook likes. Adult Jazz’s internet presence has hardly been a priority; indeed, it was actually a fan who created their Facebook page. And lo, the band have still played many high-profile shows including support slots for the Canadian art-pop heroes Braids, an appearance at Holland’s Le Guess Who festival, not to mention an almost full-to-capacity performance at Live At Leeds. Adult Jazz are going to be successful for the right reasons, and their debut single “Springful” is a testament to this.
The first track taken from their debut 12″, “Springful” has intensely delicate and crisp production values that emphasise its segmented structure; from its deep blues intro to its heavenly close. The song is full of delightful chops and squalls much like that of Dirty Projectors, and like the latter, Adult Jazz have shown that they can create such intelligent, alternative-pop that it demands re-listen, upon re-listen, upo...
Listen: Toro y Mois Chaz Bundick, as Sides of Chaz, shares new song Sweet Tea
Dec 3, 2013 6:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Earlier this year, Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick released new music under his Les Sins moniker. Today, he has delivered another new song under yet another new name: Sides of Chaz. “Sweet Tea” is the A-side of a 7″ single he’ll release from Fork and Spoon on December 10th (pre-order here). Accurately described as a “sweet ass weirdo pop jam,” you can stream the trippy, buzzing number below.
Spotify pays $0.006 $0.0084 per song stream, according to new data
Dec 3, 2013 6:24pm | Cosequence Of Sound
An update to one of biggest stories of the year: Spotify has launched Spotify Artists, a website aimed at clarifying the streaming company’s royalty payment model. In the simplest terms, that image below shows the math Spotify uses when looking at how much money gets to an artists at the end of a stream. It should be noted that an artists’ royalty rate is set out in contracts with labels, publishers, and the like – not through Spotify.
In addition to providing analytic tools, guides, and “best practices” advice to artists and publishers, the Spotify Artists site lays out the numbers involved. The company claims to have paid out $500 million to rights holders in 2013 alone, which boils all the way down to between $0.006 and $0.0084 per single song stream. How much of that money gets to an artist depends on a variety of factors such as what country the streams come from, percentage of Spotify users who pay for services, and specific artists’ royalty rates.
Spotify notes that they “personally view ‘per stream’ metrics as a highly flawed indication of our value to artists.” They argue that as their paid user population grows, the pirating population decreases, and the amount of revenue Spotify earns for musicians increases.
However, they don’t shy away from giving (vaguely) specific numbers. They list the royalty payments for various albums during July 2013, replacing the artist n...
The War on Drugs working on new LP, announce shows
Dec 3, 2013 5:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan
The War on Drugs @ Cameo, 2011 (more by Jessica
The War on Drugs have been working on the follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 album, Slave Ambient. Main man Adam Granduciel updated folks over the summer on the album's progress:
i've been working on the new drugs record since around last September, and demos actually began in April and May of last year. So far Dave has played a fretless bass on 2 songs and Robbie made an Arp Solina sound like the wind. So far we've tracked stuff all over the place-my home studio, my main engineer Jeff Zeigler's Uniform Studios in philly, Water Music in Hoboken (Sandy hit them pretty hard and they've done an incredible job of rebuilding and moving forward stronger than before), Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC (although Mitch wasn't involved in the sessions and i was in the shower when he stopped by to drop off a 12 string Hagstrom), Miner St. studios in philly, my most favorite spot, Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC...and most recently, last night in brooklyn at 'the bunker,' where my friends Jon Natchez and Kelly Pratt played some beautiful horns on a bunch of songs. They're currently in town rehearsing for their summer tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent (uhhh...super sick) so why not get the best.While there's been no official details on the new LP -- like title or release date -- that might not be too far off, as The War on Drugs have...
Stream: Childish Gambinos new album, Because the Internet
Dec 3, 2013 4:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Donald Glover will return on December 10th with Because the Internet, his second album as Childish Gambino. Currently, you can stream the album in full via iTunes.
Spanning 19 tracks, Because the Internet features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Azelaia Banks, and Jhene Aiko. Its preceded by the singles Worldstar, 3005″, “Sweatpants”, and “Telegraph Ave”.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
Because the Internet Tracklist:
Watch: Lordes new video for Team
Dec 3, 2013 4:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Over the weekend, Lorde performed her latest Pure Heroine single “Team” at Australias annual Aria Awards. Now, the New Zealand pop star has unveiled its official music video, directed by Young Replicant (The xx and Purity Ring). Though the clip was filmed in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, it’s set in an entirely different world, inspired by one of Lorde’s recent dreams.
She described the world of “Team” via her Facebook page:
Watch it below.
8 Days of Indie Chanukah: Day 7: The Electric Prunes had too much to pray last night
Dec 3, 2013 4:37pm | Chart Attack
Chanukah is early this year, so we thought itd be a good chance to go against the tinsel-covered grain and give you some latke-and-candle-friendly anthems. Eight crazy nights of them, to be exact. Today, we travel back to the psych ages with the Electric Prunes.
Aside from Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel and The Chanukah Song, Chanukah really doesnt have a lot of holiday standards. Maybe thats because all the Jews are busy writing Christmas songs, but theres a reason youre not going to hear Oh Chanukah at Target nearly as often as O Tannenbaum: were better at melancholy than we are at joy.
So maybe thats why Judaisms most enduring song actually comes from Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year (i.e. the one day that even the casual, non-practicing Jews show up in droves). Kol Nidre is haunting, stately and powerful, which may explain why the Electric Prunes were so drawn to it in the late 60s. Yes, those Electric Prunes, the same psychedelic longhairs behind that immortal garage rock nugget, I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night). Here, they beef up the liturgy with some strings, drone and free-jazz sax soloing about as 60s as you can get.
Check out the rest of our Indie Chanukah here.
The Roots have a holiday sweater, playing Okayplayer Holiday Jam (win tix!)
Dec 3, 2013 4:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan
The Roots will be performing again at the annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, now in its 7th year, at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, December 9 with host Hannibal Buress and a few "surprise special guests." No one's been announced for this year (hence "surprise") but Q-Tip, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle, A$AP Rocky, Big Daddy Kane, John Legend, Estelle, TV on the Radio, and more have appeared in years past. The event is private but Okayplayer is giving away 25 pairs of tickets and you can enter to win by filling out this form. BrooklynVegan is also giving away a pair and details on how to enter are below.
Speaking of holidays and The Roots, Okayplayer -- a music site which was started by Questlove in 1999 -- is selling a Cosby-style Roots holiday sweatshirt, which is part of the site's gift guide. That's it above.
Contest details and the flyer for the Holiday Jam, below...
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Sides Of Chaz Sweet Tea
Dec 3, 2013 4:17pm | StereoGum
We know Chaz Bundick as Toro Y Moi, but when the mood strikes him, he also releases music under his Sides Of Chaz side-project moniker. Next week, he’ll drop a new Sides Of Chaz 7″, and “Sweet Tea,” the A-side, is a lovably shambling psych-rock song a few million aesthetic miles away from the smooth-weirdo R&B he’s been making as Toro lately. It’s a really fun song, and it’s below.
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