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Black Sabbaths Geezer Butler Jailed After Bar Fight
Jan 29, 2015 8:23am | StereoGum

Geezer Butler is a 65-year-old millionaire, and he’s taken up vegan activism in recent years. But he’s also the bassist and lyricist for motherfucking Black Sabbath, and if you see him down at your local tavern, he is the wrong man to test. TMZ reports that sheriff’s deputies in Inyo County, Nevada arrested Butler after a bar brawl in Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Ranch on Tuesday night. (Somehow, Death Valley seems like the perfect place for dudes from Black Sabbath to be getting into bar fights.) Police charged him with battery, vandalism, and disorderly conduct, and they let him out yesterday morning.

Update: Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smiths Stay With Me
Jan 29, 2015 8:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Upon the release of Sam Smiths “Stay With Me” in April 2014, a number of listeners were quick to note the distinct resemblance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down”. As it turns out, Petty’s lawyers also took notice, and the UK crooner has since agreed to pay songwriting royalties.

According to The Sun, Smith and Petty actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.

Said one source close to the case, “When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” referring specifically to melodies of the respective choruses. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

The source went on to note the case was “done behind closed doo...

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler arrested after bar fight
Jan 29, 2015 8:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Geezer Butler in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday night for for misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism after a bar fight. Rolling Stone reports:

The fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon in Death Valley's Furnace Creek Ranch. "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck and a broken window," Inyo County police said in a statement.
Butler was released after "detox and citation."

Meanwhile, Black Sabbath have been saying they're working on a new album and planning to tour this year.

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Janus resident KABLAM unveils new track Close(d) with an archery-themed video
Jan 29, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

The ambitious producer fires off a haunting club deconstruction.

As a member of the Janus collective (the Berlin party-slash-label also home to Lotic and M.E.S.H.), the producer born Kasja Blom exemplifies her team’s typically bold approach to production, layering club-standard kicks and claps over gloomy atmospherics and all manner of digital and orchestral ephemera, as heard on the stunning ‘Priere’.

After we picked her as one of FACT’s club producers to watch in 2015, KABLAM has now unveiled her latest creation, ‘Close(d)’. The downbeat track comes with a video by PWR STUDIO, who’ve pieced together a selection of strangely intense close-up shots of female archers as they prepare to shoot their arrows.

Check out the video and keep an eye on KABLAM’s Soundcloud for more eccentric mixes and out-there creations. For more on the Janus crew try a FACT mix from M.E.S.H. and read FACT’s interview with Lotic, who just dropped his own new track, ‘Heterocetera’.

KABLAM is also playing Berlin’s Panorama Bar tonight (January 29) as part of CTM, so if you’re in town, you know where to go.

Watch Panda Bear & Sonic Booms Mini-Doc Greeting The Reaper
Jan 29, 2015 8:01am | StereoGum

The new Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is the second album that Panda Bear has made with co-producer Pete Kember, the former Spacemen 3 member who goes by Sonic Boom. And in a new 15-minute mini-doc called Greeting The Reaper, we see Panda and Sonic Boom going through the work of putting the album together in Lisbon, where Panda has lived for the past decade. Director Sam Fleischner keeps the video as disjointed and fractured as the music, but you can still see the album come together over the video’s 15 minutes. We also get to see the two of them looking at rhinos at the zoo and eating McDonald’s. Check it out below.


new Lower Dens To Die in L.A.
Jan 29, 2015 8:00am | Gorilla Vs Bear

[taken from Lower Dens' brilliant third album Escape From Evil, out March 31 on Ribbon Music]

Mysterious Portuguese techno duo MUTUAL debut on Hush Hush stream Surface Effects
Jan 29, 2015 8:00am | Fact Magazine

KEXP DJ Alex Ruder reveals his latest signing.

The Seattle tastemaker has spent the last several years turning his Hush Hush imprint into a home for “headphone sessions, contemplative journeys, intimate encounters, late-night vibes,” and his latest signing certainly lives up to that billing.

MUTUAL, a mysterious duo from Portugal, makes meditative techno with heavy doses of soul samples and lo-fi haze. “We are two producers from different music styles, but we share the same vision,” they write, cryptically noting that “theres an imaginary point of departure that could [have] the same hard feeling on a piece of ambient as well on a rough break.”

Their debut EP, A1017, is due out March 3 stream lead cut ‘Surface Effects’ below.

Kanye Wests video for Only One tugs at the heartstrings watch
Jan 29, 2015 7:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Kanye Wests “Only One”, featuring Paul McCartney, is a bittersweet lullaby sung to his daughter North West from the perspective of his late mother Donda. During an appearance on Thursday’s episode of Ellen, Kanye premiered the song’s accompanying video — or, should I say, home video. Directed by Spike Jonze, it features intimate moments of Kanye and North together in a field. Watch below.

“Only One” serves as the first single from Kanye’s as-yet-unannounced seventh solo album. (The Rihanna and McCartney collaboration “FourFiveSeconds” will also appear on the album.) Speaking to Ellen, Kanye said he’s still working on the album, which currently does not have a title. Were still trying to find the vibe … [Theres] this transition from what I felt when I did Yeezus to what I feel now and were just creating, so we havent found it yet.

Kanye also spoke to Ellen about parenthood and how it changed him, his partnership with adidas, and whether he wants more kids.

Actress remixes Wileys From The Outside for white label 12
Jan 29, 2015 7:01am | Fact Magazine

Darren Cunningham takes his power tools to the evergreen grime icon.

Actress has remixed a track from Wiley’s latest album Snakes & Ladders for a new white label 12″ being released via Big Dada.

‘From The Outside – Actress’s Generation 4 Constellation Mix’ is a spooky, sci-fi-tinged one, with snatches of vocals interrupting the trembling electronics and creaking bass that are Cunningham’s signature look. There’s a certain Radiophonic flavour to it as well, which obviously we’re all in favour of.

Listen to the track at The Wire and pre-order the one-sided, limited edition 12″ through Big Dada’s website now.

In other vital Wiley news, there’s a petition going round to name a new university building in east London after him. He also played a great gig at London’s Scala this week check out FACT’s photos from the night.

Download Salvas club-ready remixes of Drake, Future, Rae Sremmurd and more
Jan 29, 2015 7:00am | Fact Magazine

The L.A. producer shares his secret stash.

Late last year, Salva bolstered his rap bona fides with Peacemaker, a free album that saw the producer link up with Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, Schoolboy Q and a whole raft of West Coast legends.

Now, the producer whose remix of ‘Mercy’ is one of the only tracks that survived the-other-kind-of-trap surge has shared $$$ SECRET STASH $$$. The 10-track collection includes Salva’s sinister, dancefloor-informed takes on hits by Drake, Future, Rae Sremmurd, OG Maco, Que and more. Download it below.

Powell and Samuel Kerridge to play Golden Cabinets tiny venue in West Yorkshire
Jan 29, 2015 6:43am | Fact Magazine

Bringing filthy techno where it’s needed most.

It’s not easy being a fan of weird electronic music if you live outside of the big cities, so Yorkshire’s Golden Cabinet collective deserves a huge hand for bringing the uncompromising likes of Perc and Vatican Shadow to the sleepy town (so we gather) of Shipley in recent months.

Tickets have already been snapped up for February 7, when Objekt, M.E.S.H. and Marlene Ribeiro of Gnod will shake up The Kirkgate Centre, an old Victorian school with a capacity of just 100, but Golden Cabinet have just announced the next pair of shows at the tiny venue.

On March 28, Samuel Kerridge will jet in from Berlin for  and we may as well quote GC, here “a jaw-breaking left hook of doom rumbling techno with massive blasts of low end frequencies to further initiate aural confusion.” Oh yes. North-east noise rock troupe Drunk In Hell will support, with another act still to be announced. Tickets go on sale soon, so keep an eye on the event page.

Then on May 2, Diagonal boss and expert selector of electronic grot Powell (pictured) will bring his bag of thumping EBM, no wave, post-punk and weird techno to Shipley, with support from Gum Takes Tooth and Conor Thomas. Tickets for that one are als...

Inside album leaks: how do they happen, how do we stop them, and do they even matter?
Jan 29, 2015 6:40am | Fact Magazine

Digital album leaks have been happening for more than 20 years, but it’s been a long time since they were this prominent in the news.

Two of 2015′s biggest records Björk’s Vulnicura and Madonna’s Rebel Heart  leaked several months before their planned release dates, with different consequences: Björk’s label have stated that they will not take legal action, while Adi Lederman, the man who leaked demo versions of Rebel Heart‘s tracks, was tracked down and arrested in Israel. But if leaks are nothing new (and in fact, people being arrested over leaks and artists rush-releasing albums to counter leaks is nothing new either), why are they currently being debated so furiously and not just in terms of the processes and morals behind them, but related issues such as whether music publications should acknowledge them?

To find out more about leaks in 2015 how they happen, how to counter them, whether they affect sales and whether they will ever disappear I spoke to a series of label managers, A&Rs and artist managers at both independent and major labels, including LuckyMe’s Dominic Flannigan, Tri Angle’s Robin Carolan (who was heavily involved in the making of Vulnicura) and Peter Quicke of Ninja Tune, the label involved in a the very public fall-out of a leak in 2011

Spike Jonze directs Kanye Wests Only One video featuring baby North
Jan 29, 2015 5:51am | Fact Magazine

Home movie style clip for the slushy song.

Kanye West has previewed a video for ‘Only One’, his collaboration with Paul McCartney written for his kid North, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The ultra-low-budget, lo-fi vid is directed by Spike Jonze and features dad and baby doing absolutely nothing on a foggy track. It’s cute.

He also chatted to Ellen about marriage and fatherhood, saying: “I think I’m a better human being because of her [Kim Kardashian] and because of my daughter, and I have always someone to think about going home to: something for me to not only to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, because there’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people, or for culture, in a way. So now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect, too.”

He also talked about his new sound, as heard on ‘Only One’ and the newer collaboration with Macca and Rihanna, ‘Fourfiveseconds’: “The definition of crazy is trying to do the same thing and expecting different results – so I tried something different over the past couple years, and I actually got some good results from it too”.

The new album is still without a...

The Notwist - Messier Objects
Jan 29, 2015 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The German electro-tinged indie-rock outfit's latest is an assembly of instrumental recordings from the past eight years, each ranging from the blissfully atmospheric to the dismally melodic.

Kanye West Only One (Feat. Paul McCartney) Video (Dir. Spike Jonze)
Jan 29, 2015 5:25am | StereoGum

UPDATE: The full “Only One” video is now up, in non-embeddable form, on Kanye’s website.

Kanye West debuted his videos for “Bound 2” and “Love Lockdown” on Ellen, and he seems to love showing up on her show every time he’s got some major new aesthetic shift going on. He’s on today’s episode of the show, and he used the appearance to preview his video for “Only One,” the ridiculously lovely Paul McCartney collab he released as the year turned over. Spike Jonze, Kanye’s old “Flashing Lights” collaborator, directed the video, and it’s as simple as that one was, albeit in very different ways. The whole video, or at least the minute-long clip of it that Kanye has shared, is Kanye and his daughter North West spending time together in a rainy field in what looks like Scotland. It looks like a home movie, and that’s clearly the idea.


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