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Italian techno Lucy announces second album, Churches Schools and Guns
Dec 5, 2013 2:52am | Fact Magazine
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The Italian techno producer will drift down the Styx once again on his second solo album.
When Lucys Wordplay for Working Bees dropped in 2011, we dubbed it “one of the most probing and artfully constructed techno albums of the year so far.” Its mix of oblique, delicately assembled dub techno beats and blanched samples proved highly evocative, and it still stands out as our favourite full-length release on Lucy’s (occcasionally punishingly austere) Stroboscopic Artefacts imprint.
In 2013, Lucy’s contributed to Bleep’s artsy Green Series, and his side gig with techno old-timer Speedy J, Zeitgeiber, also dropped their dark but diverse debut album. Stroboscopic Artefacts have now confirmed that a new Lucy full-length will follow suit in 2014.
The new album comes with the rather grand title Churches Schools and Guns, and is due in February. The 12-track LP promises a renewed emphasis on experimentation, with “misdirection and unpredictability” apparently at the heart of Lucy’s compositional practice. As ever with Stroboscopic Artefacts, mastering will be handled by Stroboscopic Artefa...
Chlöe Howl, Ella Eyre and Sam Smith shortlisted for the BRIT Awards 2014 Critics' Choice
Dec 5, 2013 2:42am | NME
Previous winners include Adele, Emeli Sande and Florence + The Machine
Chlöe Howl, Ella Eyre and Sam Smith shortlisted for the Brit Awards 2014 Critics' Choice
Dec 5, 2013 2:42am | NME
Previous winners include Adele, Emeli Sande and Florence + The Machine
The Gentle Good - Y Bardd Anfarwol
Dec 5, 2013 2:26am | Drowned In Sound
Its hard to get a firm critical grasp on a record which brings together traditional Chinese and Welsh music. In 2011, The Gentle Good's Gareth Bonello took part in a British Council funded scheme which put musicians in residence, allowing him to immerse himself in Chinese culture for six weeks, and giving rise to this truly singular recording. Traditional Welsh-language folk music is thin enough on the ground as it is, and with the incorporation of far Eastern influences, theres good ground to suspect this is the very first project of its kind.
One of the first surprises in Y Bardd Anfarwol is that it works at all. And not only does it work, but it actually boasts a startling sense of coherence; finding the beauty in both forms of music, and weaving them through a suite of songs as softly charming as Bonello has ever offered. Indeed, Bonello draws a lot of strength from the polarities of the traditions, gliding from one to the other in a way which lends the album dynamism and perpetual rejuvenation his earlier LPs sometimes lacked, while holding true to the records narrative and conceptual arc.
Perhaps one of the reasons the album is executed so comfortably is because only a couple of tracks make a firm commitment to truly melding the two cultures together. Early cut Antiffoni is perhaps the best example of this taking Bonellos laid back fingerpicking and Celtic croon, but dashing it through with stabs and swirls of traditional Chine...
Watch: David Bowies haunting video for Id Rather Be High
Dec 4, 2013 11:39pm | Cosequence Of Sound
If you haven’t checked out our Top 25 Videos of the Year list, I’m going to go ahead and spoil it for you: David Bowie is the only artist with two inclusions. He’s not resting on his laurels though, as tonight he returns with yet another set of visuals. This time it’s for “Id Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)”, which appears on the recent expanded release The Next Day Extra and also soundtracks Bowie’s short film for Louis Vuitton. Directed by Tom Hingston, the video pairs found footage from World War 1, including one especially haunting scene of soldiers dancing while wearing gas masks, with distorted images of the musical mastermind similar to the one posted above. Watch below.
In related news, “Id Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)” and James Murphy’s remix of “Love Is Lost” will be released on 12-inch white vinyl on December 16th. It comes housed in a unique die cut sleeve designed by Jonathan Barnbrook.
Rock it Out! Blog: The Emo Revival: A Roundtable Discussion
Dec 4, 2013 6:29pm | Cosequence Of Sound
The heyday of emo has long since passed. Radio stations no longer champion bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Story of the Year, Hawthorne Heights, or any of the other tough-yet-sensitive bands that kept their glass-fragile heart encased in your sister’s skinny jeans. But now a burgeoning movement of new bands is looking to bring the “emo” sound back to its original roots, away from the “whiny,” swept-haired stereotypes of the major acts of old. Is it too late for these rising acts to make a dent in the current musical landscape?
On this episode of the Rock it Out! Blog, Sami invites members of the aspiring emo bands Empire! Empire!, Dowsing, By Surprise, and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die for a roundtable discussion on the current state of genre. They discuss why emo got such a bad rap in the first place, what’s being done to reverse the stereotypes, and how new emo bands can become successful.
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Listen: Jay Z remixes Tom Ford, featuring an unreleased verse from Pimp C
Dec 4, 2013 5:28pm | Cosequence Of Sound
While today (December 3rd) is Jay Z’s 44th birthday, it also marks the sixth anniversary of Pimp C‘s death. HOV commemorated getting older by ranking his own albums, and now he’s paying respects to his fallen friend with a remix of Magna Carta Holy Grail‘s ”Tom Ford”. A previously unheard verse from the Underground Kingz founder cuts through the track’s old school Nintendo chip blips around the 03:15 mark. Listen in below (via In Flex We Trust).
Veruca Salt reform w/ original line-up, working on new LP, playing streaming benefit show (line-up also includes St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, Fred Armisen & more)
Dec 4, 2013 5:22pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Chicago indie rock band Veruca Salt caused quite a sensation with their 1994 debut single "Seether" and subsequent full-length, American Thighs. The band suffered from an overproduced second album and co-frontperson Nina Gordon left the band shortly after. Louise Post carried on with Veruca Salt (with varying backing members) up through most of the '00s, releasing IV in 2006.
After calling it quits, the original line-up (Gordon, Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) announced in March of this year via Facebook that they were reforming -- "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed" -- and working on new material. The band are currently recording a new album with Brad Wood, who produced American Thighs (and Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, among other '90s indie rock LPs).
Louise and Nina's first live, public performance together in 15 years will happen in Los Angeles on December 18 as part of Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit. Their performance happens at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online.
The event, while Chicago-based, has performances happening from all over the country from December 17 at 6 PM CST to December 17 at 6 PM CST, including St. Vincent performing at 6:30 PM CST from somewhere in Brooklyn. Other performers playing the benefit include
Anti-Defamation League Accuses Kanye Of Anti-Semitism
Dec 4, 2013 5:02pm | StereoGum
A lot of people have offended Kanye West this year — Jimmy Kimmel, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, and Nike CEO Mark Parker among them — and in turn, Kanye has pissed off a few people, too. You can now add the Anti-Defamation League to that number, thanks to some comments from one of Yeezy’s many recent radio interviews.
Jay Z ranks his albums from best to worst
Dec 4, 2013 4:49pm | Fact Magazine
The birthday boy looks back at his discography.
The newly vegan Jay Z has taken to his Life + Times blog with a post entitled “The Scoreboard.” Check out how Hova ranks his albums below, with his parenthetical notes.
Say what you will about the man, but at least he’s honest just check out his defense of the super-forgettable Kingdom Come (“First game back, dont shoot me”). However, we’re not sure that Magna Carta Holy Grail is middle-of-the-pack Jay Z; FACT’s Tom Lea certainly didn’t think so.
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Reignwolf shares new song In The Dark, announces tour dates with Black Sabbath
Dec 4, 2013 4:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Heather Kaplan
After playing the festival circuit and releasing the ferocious summer cut “Are You Satisfied?”, Canadian blues artist Jordan Cook, a.k.a Reignwolf, returns with a new sizzling standalone single. Titled “In The Dark”, it’s a fiery thumper that was recorded at Ani DiFranco’s New Orleans home studio with her husband/engineer Mike “Nappy” Napolitano, while Reignwolf was in town for the Voodoo Music Festival.
“‘In the Dark’ was inspired by a 13th-century Romanian novel, and was written in the basement of a home in Saskatchewan during the dead of winter, with temperatures reaching 37 below, and the entire town without power for nine straight days,” Cook told Rolling Stone.
Listen in below.
In related news, Reignwolf will be opening for Black Sabbath on their upcoming Canadian tour in April. Check out his full itinerary below.
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Kanye West accused of anti-Semitism for interview comments
Dec 4, 2013 4:35pm | Fact Magazine
Kanye’s contentious Breakfast Club interview has landed him in hot water.
Last Tuesday, lightning rod Kanye West stopped by New York’s Power 105.1 for an interview with hip-hop morning show The Breakfast Club. While the interview was most notably marked by Kanye’s exchanges with anti-Yeezus proponent Charlamagne Tha God, the rapper is also accused of having furthered anti-Semitic stereotypes. While discussing President Obama, Kanye took an unfortunate detour:
The Anti-Defamation League has asked Kanye to apologize for the remarks. “As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better,” says ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. “We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”
Watch the full interview below.
Jay Zs Best and Worst Albums, as ranked by Jay Z
Dec 4, 2013 4:26pm | Cosequence Of Sound
With the wisdom that comes from growing a year older (happy 44th birthday!) and living one full day as a vegan, Jay Z has ranked his own discography. HOV approaches the task with a fair amount of self-criticism, noting that “Sunshine” keeps In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 from placing higher, and asking forgiveness for Kingdom Come. But he also knows that his top four records are classics, and gives American Gangster his own CoS Top Star grade. So where does his latest, Magna Carta Holy Grail, rank? Check out the scoreboard and explanations below.
Watch: TV Ghost Others Will Be Born Video
Dec 4, 2013 4:20pm | CMJ
Doldrums Dive Deep Pt. 1
Dec 4, 2013 4:18pm | StereoGum
Doldrums caught a lot of listeners when Airick Woodhead delivered a fantastic guest spot on Grimes’ Visions, and his album released earlier this year, Lesser Evil, more than delivered on that promise. Now he’s released a new track called “Dive Deep Pt. 1,” which is like a gentle comedown to the explosive mania of songs like “She Is The Wave.” Listen below.
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