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Legendary industrial label Wax Trax! to relaunch
Apr 17, 2014 1:42pm | Fact Magazine

The Chicago label shuttered in 2001.

Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher’s Wax Trax! Records was initially an offshoot of their Chicago record store, with limited edition pressings (like Brian Eno’s ‘Lion Sleeps Tonite’ 7″) giving way to records by industrial and EBM heavyweights Ministry, KMFDM, Front 242, Coil, Revolting Cocks, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. The label was active throughout the 1980s before bankruptcy resulted in the label being sold to TVT, which shut it down in 2001.

While Nash died in 1995 and Flesher died in 2010, former Wax Trax employees have worked to keep the spirit of the label alive with WTII Records. Now, Julia Nash (Jim’s daughter) has announced plans to relaunch Wax Trax! with a new single by Cocksure, the duo of Ministry’s Chris Connelly and Jason Novak. ‘TKO Mindfuck’ will be available mid-June on 12″ and digital formats.

As for the future of Wax Trax, Nash writes that the focus will “likely focus primarily on limited vinyl pressings and special projects from new as well as established artists within the Wax Trax! family,” adding that “this has to be a labor of love, and if we dont feel a connection with the project, it isnt going to happen.”

Nash also updates fans on the status of he long-promised Wax Trax! documentary: “We are really getting mighty close to the end of our filming and then ...

France drops hate speech charges against Bob Dylan
Apr 17, 2014 1:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

There’s now legal precedent that Bob Dylan is not a racist. Well, not intentionally, at least.

Last year, French authorities charged the folk legend with a hate crime after the Council of Croats filed a complaint about remarks he made to Rolling Stone. Commenting on the state of race relations in the U.S., Dylan suggested that African Americans can “sense” if a person has “slave master or Klan” in their blood. “That stuff lingers to this day,” he continued. “Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.” 

After five months of inquiry into the accusations, French magistrate Marion Potier found that Dylan never gave permission for those comments to be published in the French edition of Rolling Stone. To clarify, Potier did not determine whether or not Dylan’s comments violated France’s strict anti-discrimination laws, just that the singer didn’t intend to make the parallel in France. Either way, prosecutors have dropped the case against him without prejudice (via The Wall Street Journal).

Still, the story isn’t exactly over yet; Rolling Stones French publisher, Michel Birnbaum, will stand trial for violating those same anti-hate speech laws. If found guilty, Birnbaum could face up to a year in prison and a f...

Listen: Lil B Scouts Report
Apr 17, 2014 1:12pm | CMJ

Lil B – Photo by Generation Bass

The realest rapper in the universe, Lil B, is getting ready to release a mixtape, Hoop Life, which will feature themes like basketball and how good Lil B is at basketball. We’ve already seen the Rocky-style motivational video for Gotta Make The NBA, and today Lil B leaked a new one, Scouts Report. It’s a mellow ride with a sparkling, glammed-out beat and lots o’ sports talk. Listen below.

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Listen: Four Tet (as Percussions) shares two new songs Ascii Bot and Sext
Apr 17, 2014 1:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After a brief hiatus away from pummeling the Internet with an endless stream of new and unreleased music, Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, is back to his old ways. On Tuesday, he announced plans to release two 12-inches under his Percusions moniker, unveiling one of the four new tracks with the satiny smooth “Blatant Water Cannon”. Today, he’s upped his efforts by releasing two more tracks.

“Ascii Bot” blends dance-pop vocals with glitchy strings, resulting in an anthemic ballad brimming with equal parts pageantry and pure heart. Meanwhile, “Sext” melds rhythmic elements of drum and bass and bossa nova; like a sultry chiptune song, it’d be the perfect soundtrack if they ever developed Grand Theft Auto: Rio de Janeiro.

Listen to both tracks below:

“KHLHI” b/w “Sext” and “Ascii Bot” b/w “Blatant Water Cannon” could be available as early as April 28th via Hebden’s Text imprint. 

'Kitsune AMERICA 3' comp coming in June (stream a track); Lawrence Rothman opening for Little Dragon (dates)
Apr 17, 2014 1:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Kitsuné has been been putting out compilations since 2002 with a wide range of international dancepop artists. Recently they began doing Kitsuné AMERICA comps as well, and the third of those will be out June 3 featuring new cuts from Brenmar, Kelela, Lawrence Rothman, Son Lux, Jerome LOL, Heartsrevolution and more. We've got the premiere of Kitsuné AMERCIA 3's ethereal closing track, "Speak" by Seattle duo NAVVI. You can stream it below.

For those in Los Angeles and at Coachella, Maison Kitsuné has taken over the iconic Roosevelt Hotel with a pop-up store that's open through April 21. Additionaly, Kitsuné has events this weekend at clubs on Hollywood Blvd. Jupiter, Prince Language and Kindness play the Kitsuné Club Night @ Teddy's on Friday (4/18) and then there's a Kitsuné Pool Party @ Tropicana Pool on Sunday afternoon with a DJ set from Kilo Kish, a performance by Eli & Fur and another "Very Special Guest." You can RSVP for those.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothman will open for Little Dragon on ten dates of their North American tour, including both shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets for 6/20 are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the 6/21 show. Rothman will be doing something a little diffe...

Courtney Love: 'People expect more from me than Queens Of The Stone Age'
Apr 17, 2014 12:58pm | NME
The former Hole frontwoman said that the bar has been set higher for her songwriting

Foo Fighters new album is almost halfway done
Apr 17, 2014 12:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Now that Nirvana’s mini-reunion is out on the way, what’s next on Dave Grohl’s docket? A new Foo Fighters album.

Grohl has teased the album’s one-of-a-kind recording process for months now, leading to rumors that the band is recording in studios all across the country. In a new interview with Kerrang (via NME), producer Butch Vig confirmed as much, saying, “We’ve been recording at some different locations, but we’re almost halfway done with the recording and it’s going well. It sounds different we’ve thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel. It’s been a challenge, but its also been exciting.”

In recent months, the band has been spotted at Washington D.C.s Inner Ear Studios, Chicagos Electrical Audio Studios with Steve Albini, and Los Angeles 606 Studios with Vig.

The as-yet-unannounced LP serves as the follow-up to 2011′s Wasting Light.

Lil Jabba takes a break from footwork on meditative Murky Moon hear it now
Apr 17, 2014 12:47pm | Fact Magazine

The Brooklyn-based producer steps away from footwork on his latest track.

When Teklife-affiliated producer Lil Jabba spoke with FACT’s Angus Finlayson last year, he described his post-Scales material as “really rich… really ambitious” and slower than his uniquely tuned footwork material.

A few departures from footwork have popped up on his Soundcloud since last summer, affixed with the tongue-in-cheek “jabbawerks” tag. As dense and druggy as his footwork tracks but with narcotic tempos and rap-inflected beats the material shows the other side of the Jabba coin.

His latest track, ‘Murky Moon’, lives up to its “swamp bathed in moonlight” description, but there’s also a gentle playfulness amid the synth swells and late night shadows, with jazzy electric piano and sinewy synth melodies in the mix. Stream it below.

Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, The Wrens members, Palomar & more playing PS154 benefit; The Fab Faux playing shows too
Apr 17, 2014 12:43pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Wrens at Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)

A number of local indie musicians will be teaming up to play a benefit for Windsor Terrace's PS154 at Brooklyn's Bell House on May 30. The lineup features Bambi Kino -- aka the Beatles cover band made up of Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) who dedicate their shows to the band's early days in Hamburg, Germany -- Charles Bissell & Kevin Whelan of indie veterans The Wrens (who have been promising a new album for a loooong time), and an original lineup reunion by Palomar. Also on the bill is The Big Bright (mems of Ollabelle) and White Collar Crime. Tickets for the benefit show are on sale now.

Speaking of Beatles cover bands, The Fab Faux are presenting "John Lennon vs. Paul McCartney - The World Heavyweight Songwriting Championship!" in NYC on October 18 at Beacon Theatre with Hogshead Horns and The Creme Tangerine Strings. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx and Chase presales, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/18) at 9 AM. The Fab Faux also play Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on June 28 (tickets).

Continue reading "Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, The Wrens members, Palomar & more playing PS154 benefit; The Fab Faux playing shows too" at brooklynvegan

Watch: The Horrors So Now You Know Video
Apr 17, 2014 12:42pm | CMJ

If ’80s movies have taught us anything, it’s that the only thing you can do when you’re stuck in a one-horse town is dance. This is obviously not lost on U.K. synth-rockers the Horrors who have just released the dusty and angsty video for So Now You Know. This sweeping pop track from their forthcoming Luminous LP provides the soundtrack for lead singer Faris Badwan’s leather-clad stroll through a lawn-less desert town where tension is eventually relieved with some starry-eyed interpretive dance moves. The album is due out May 5 in the U.K. and May 6 in the U.S., via XL, but you can check out the new video below.

The post Watch: The Horrors – “So Now You Know” Video appeared first on CMJ.

Wu-Tang Clan deny affiliation with rapper who cut off own penis
Apr 17, 2014 12:32pm | NME
Andre Johnson of Northstar allegedly attempted suicide in Los Angeles yesterday

6 Record Store Day Releases Well Probably Never See (But That Would Sell Out Fast)
Apr 17, 2014 12:27pm | Chart Attack

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and everyone's making their wishlists. There are some undeniable records on the list of this year's exclusives, but if the purpose of Record Store Day is to help preserve independent brick-and-mortar record stores, we say to the musicians and record labels: open your minds and your catalogues, and put out some exclusives that are sure to fatten their coffers. This list is our own top six improbable RSD cash cows, and will hopefully inspire many more to re-release their most despicable songs for the common good.

Brad Paisley feat. LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist"

Format: Confederate Flag 7" vinyl 

Paisley's olive branch to southern blacks reeks of white saviour self-congratulation, thinly-veiled frustration that his own internal "struggles" don't fully vindicate him, and a passive aggressive attitude to the song's addressees. But both the superficially conciliatory racists and ironic-but-actually racists would flock to record stores for a chance at this limited edition release. "I'm just a WHIIIIIITE MAN." Just. Just.

Prince, The Black Album

Format: 666-gram, sulphur-scented vinyl

Prince's vault is filled with cancelled records, including the fantastic return-to-form The Black Album. Rumour has it the record has canned because the artist (now a devoted Jehovah's Witness) considered i...

Jucifer touring, playing Acheron w/ Cleanteeth (dates)
Apr 17, 2014 12:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Doug Moore

Jucifer at Acheron, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

ALWAYS ON TOUR!!!! january to december every year!!

-Jucifer Facebook

RV-bound sludge duo Jucifer really are on tour pretty much perpetually -- check their website's show history page and prepare to scroll for about 5 minutes before you even reach the end of 2013. The band currently have a few Ohio dates scheduled to round out the month of April, followed by an appearance at the UK's Temples Music Fest in early May.

The month that follows is uncharacteristically quiet for them -- they currently don't have any further live appearances announced until June 6, when they'll hit NYC for a show at The Acheron alongside Cleanteeth & Mammal. Tickets for the NYC show are available now. No further dates announced yet, but as long as this band exists, it's a given that they're planning more appearances.

Check out the list of Jucifer's announced dates and stream their latest album (which is conveniently titled ) below...

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Love Letters
Apr 17, 2014 12:06pm | Fact Magazine

Available on: Because Music

Look, I know I go on about this, but why isn’t there a name for this? I keep trying to say indietronica, after all, it’s indie bands with electronic instruments, but nobody seems interested. It’s not that I want to tag or stake a claim to anything, it just seems quite odd that a whole broad section of modern music doesn’t have a descriptor.

Metronomy are of course the joint leaders of this area along with Hot Chip, and four albums in they’re pretty well established as a landmark on the ever-so-slightly-left-of-centre musical landscape. Everything about them is instantly identifiable, from Joseph Mount’s cracked tones through the So Very English language and references to the retro FM radio pop atmospheres or, in short: they do their own thing and they do it well.

On this album they’re doing it as well as ever, although it will take you a few goes to realise this. There’s a couple of reasons for that. First, that’s always the case with Metronomy records: even though people will now claim that The English Riviera is basically a pop record, it was never an easy listen on first play, and like all their releases resists affection and only gave up its secrets given a bit of love and coaxing. Second, this whole album is slathered in tape hiss. OK, I know, I know, all analogue, all live, recorded at Toe Rag, blah-di-blah-di-blah, but really, how...

Donovan Wolfington On New Orleans, LA
Apr 17, 2014 12:00pm | CMJ

Donovan Wolfington

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on whats going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Donovan Wolfington gives us the scoop on New Orleans, LA. Their new EP, Scary Stories You Tell In The Dark, is out now on Topshelf Records.

Simply put, New Orleans kills it in terms of talent and diversity. There are scenes within scenes that I don’t even necessarily know about. There’s all sorts of great punk, metal, indie, rap, experimental and rock. It makes it really hard to keep track of, but we’ll try and give you an idea of what’s good right now in New Orleans. This will be really hard.

Next page: Bands Worth Watching

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