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Hear The National Talk About How They Wrote Sea Of Love
Dec 22, 2014 10:20am | StereoGum

Song Exploder is a podcast in which bands come on to talk about how certain songs came into being — a fascinating thing for those of us who remain mystified as to how songs can just come into existence out of nothing. The latest guests on the show are the National’s Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner, who discuss “Sea Of Love,” their single from last year’s Trouble Will Find Me. As much as I’d rather hear them talk about “Lit Up” or “Ada,” “Sea Of Love” is still a good song and one that warrants conversation. Listen to the 18-minute interview below.

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Watch 550 Celebrities Answer Lennon Or McCartney?
Dec 22, 2014 10:16am | StereoGum

Lennon or McCartney? Since the dawn of time, when man was capable of communicating only through guttural noises, primitive gesticulation, and humming a few bars of his favorite Beatles hits, this is the question that has been on the lips of people who obsessively rank things. And now Scared Goose Productions, headed by Matt Schichter, has taken it upon themselves to splice together footage of 550 actors, musicians, and celebrities answering this question in interviews from the past 10 years, while a cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” plays softly in the background. Some people refuse to decide, some go to bat for George and Ringo, some pick out-of-left-field candidates like Hendrix, and some accidentally mispronounce “Lennon” as “Lemon,” but most stick to the rules and choose one or the other. The celebrities asked include Justin Bieber, Donald Glover, Aaron Paul, Jenny Lewis, Laura Jane Grace, Miss Piggy, Carly Rae Jepsen, the New Pornographers, the Arctic Monkeys, David Byrne, and many, many more. Watch below to hear Bret McKenzie’s adorable pronunciation of “Lennon,” Adam Duritz giving a very considered explanation of why he prefers McCartney, and Bo Diddley admitting that he just doesn’t get the Beatles.

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Foxing working on new music, schedule free NYC one-off with Everyone Everywhere
Dec 22, 2014 10:14am | Brooklyn Vegan


Photo: Foxing @ Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Foxing recently wrapped up their tour with Modern Baseball and others in NYC with two shows here. On stage at their MHOW show, they said they were done touring for a while, but they've since clarified, "We said we were done touring for a while--and that's still true, basically we are.. However, we are playing a show in Brooklyn next month." That Brooklyn show is free and happens January 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the great Everyone Everywhere (who also seem to be mostly playing one-offs lately), What Moon Things and The Sea Life.

Foxing also recently tweeted that they were working on new songs at their recent tourmates Brand New's studio in Long Island, but that it will still be a while until we hear them. Patiently waiting!

Meanwhile, browse Foxing's year-end list here and check out a live video below...

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Watch An 11-Year-Old Björk Tell The Nativity Story On Icelandic TV
Dec 22, 2014 10:11am | StereoGum

In 1976, an 11-year-old Björk participated in a Christmas special for Icelandic TV station RUV in which she read the nativity story while accompanied by music played by students from the Reykjavík Childrens Music School. The program was recently rebroadcast by the channel, and has now made its way online. The special was made a year before she released her little-known debut album, which came out 16 years before her official Debut. You can watch the whole thing on the RUV website.

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I dont care about sad robots, I care about SINGERS WHO CAN F**KING SING: Kanye, DAngelo, Oneohtrix and more reviewed in the FACT Singles Club
Dec 22, 2014 10:05am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and its for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, Soundcloud uploads and more. Up this week, Sicko Mobb, Gunplay, Chief Keef, Oneohtrix and, of course, D’Angelo.

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Download Mixpaks holiday bundle, featuring remixes by Murlo, Rizzla and more
Dec 22, 2014 10:00am | Fact Magazine

Happy Holidays from the Mixpak family.

As they did last year, Brooklyn’s Mixpak Records are giving away a bundle of edits and originals from their family of artists.

For the price of an email, Mixpak will send you Murlo’s edit of Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’, Schlachthofbronx’s edit of Bobby Shmurda’s ‘Hot N***a’ and more. Download the tracks now (tracklist follows), and stream Rizzla & Kilbourne’s remix of Zoelah’s ‘Wine Up On Me’ below.

Douster – Street Sweeper Riddim 2014
Paleman – Beelzedub (Famous Eno remix)
Zoelah – Wine Up On Me (Rizzla & Kilbourne remix)
Wildlife! – Bondage Version
Cadenza – Dont Go Nowhere
Chris Brown – Loyal (Murlo edit)
Bobby Shmurda – Hot N***a (Schlachthofbronx edit)
Mr One Hundred – J Core Riddim


The Movielife sold out Irving Plaza, add second date
Dec 22, 2014 9:58am | Brooklyn Vegan

As discussed, The Movielife are reuniting in 2015 and playing a NYC show on February 7 at Irving Plaza. That show went on sale this past Friday and quickly sold out, but the band then added another show happening February 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the newly-added date are on sale now.

There are also three chances to catch their singer Vinnie Caruana (including once with his band I Am the Avalanche) in the NYC-area before that.

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Spirit Of 2014: Future Islands Reflect On Their Breakthrough Year
Dec 22, 2014 9:53am | StereoGum

There are a lot of things happening in Reykjavik tonight. This is Iceland Airwaves, after all, one of those festivals where there’s an apparently endless supply of bands playing various bars and venues, thronged by journalists and musicians converging from a whole bunch of different countries. Apparently, tonight — Saturday, the festival’s penultimate night — the Northern Lights are faintly visible if you walk just two blocks away and hang out by the harbor. On that same harbor, in Harpa — a big convention center of sci-fi black glass paradoxically set against the water and mountains that hint at Iceland’s Middle-Earth countryside off in the distance — the Knife are about to play what is being billed as their final show, making this feel like the climactic moment of the week.

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Young Thug Cloud 9
Dec 22, 2014 9:28am | StereoGum

Young Thug emerged from way-out cult hero status to legit stardom in 2014, and it’s possible that he had a bigger breakout year than any non-Australian rapper this past year. This morning, he dropped a loose new track upon the internet: A garbled, sing-songy, heavily AutoTuned number called “Cloud 9.” London On Da Track, who produced the great Thug/Rich Homie Quan/Birdman collaborative mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1, made the beat, and it’s as euphorically weird as we’ve come to expect from this lunatic. Listen below, and see how many words you can understand.

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Glasslands adds art installations for its final run, throwing free holiday party tonight with Jonathan Toubin & more
Dec 22, 2014 9:21am | Brooklyn Vegan

words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands

Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural

Williamsburg venue Glasslands only has eight more nights left in business. In its early Glasslands Gallery days, the place had a lot of art-related events and, in that spirit, has added a bunch of new pieces for it's final days, all curated by Collective Craft. They include a mini-cloud above the soundboard, a plexiglass chandelier above the bar, an "Infinity mirror" created by Anamanaguchi bassist James Devito, the support beam in the middle of the room has been turned into a tree, and there are illuminated screens in the bathrooms. If you happen to look up while in the bathrooms, you'll notice an illustrated history of Glasslands' bathrooms. More art is being added daily.

While the art is only viewable during normal business hours, tonight (12/22) might be a good night to check it out as its Glasslands' free holiday party with Cerulean, Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and there will be karaoke too. This will also be the general public's only chance to peek backstage and see Peelander Yellow's new mural he painted back there. Doors are at 7 PM tonight.

Tickets are still available to all of Glasslands remaining shows (including TR/ST on 12/29 and Cymbals Eat Guitars on 12/30</...


FACT mix 476: Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter
Dec 22, 2014 8:59am | Fact Magazine

No one does a party quite like Mister Saturday Night.

Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin started the party – which soon developed a Sunday afternoon accompaniment, Mister Sunday – back in 2008, and it soon developed a reputation as one of the city’s most fun parties. “Fun” might feel like it downplays Carter and Harkin’s attention to detail – the pair are famous for their meticulous approach to organising parties, an attitude seen in a recent feature for XLR8R on setting up soundsystems, and they certainly don’t half-arse any aspects of the night – but with more smug, dull house nights than ever taking place worldwide, Mister Saturday stands out for its unpretentious, good times attitude.

As well as running one hell of a clubnight, Carter and Harkin have shown a smart ear for A&R in recent years, launching their Mister Saturday Night label with Anthony Naples’ breakthrough record Mad Disrespect (its title recently picked as one of FACT’s 100 tracks of the last half-decade), and housing music by Boya, Gunner Haslam, Dark Sky and more on the label.

This year, they compiled their label work so far with the Brothers and Sisters compilation, and followed it with their “own musical statement”, a live-recorded mix titled Weekends and Beginnings. The...


The Sidekicks -- new song, dates, BV-presented release show w/ Cayetana, All Dogs, Roger Harvey + their top LPs of '14
Dec 22, 2014 8:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.

The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.

After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.

All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.

The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their l...


Kevin Gates I Dont Get Tired (Feat. August Alsina) Video
Dec 22, 2014 8:34am | StereoGum

Kevin Gates waited until the year was almost over to release one of its best mixtapes. Luca Brasi 2, the new one from the Baton Rouge rapper, is a fearsome, cathartic piece of work, a powerful showcase for one of the greatest rappers we have working right now. Over the weekend, Gates shared the new video for “I Don’t Get Tired,” the mixtape’s lead single, a total banger that has a brief appearance from the R&B singer August Alsina. In the Jon J-directed video, we mostly just see Gates ambling around his hometown, rapping in tire shops and outside grocery stores. As uneventful as the video may be, it gets over because of Gates’ presence, which is a thing to witness. Witness it below.

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Justin Townes Earle shares song Looking For A Place To Land listen
Dec 22, 2014 8:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this year, Justin Townes Earle released one of his most open and vulnerable works yet with Single Mothers. But that was only half the story. The record was originally conceived as a double album before Earle saw the second half form its own separate identity. Now, Earle’s full vision is coming to fruition with the companion piece, Absent Fathers, out January 15th via Vagrant Records.

With his latest single, “Looking For A Place To Land”, Earle carries on with the emotional vulnerability he established on Single Mothers. Stripped down to just vocals and guitar, Earle relays feelings of exhaustion and finding someone to rely on. When he gasps for breath between lines, his voice quivers and shakes. It feels like he could break down at any moment, but somehow holds it together through the end.

Listen in below.

Absent Fathers Tracklist:
01. Farther From Me
02. Why
03. Least I Got The Blues
04. Call Ya Momma
05. Day and Night
06. Round the Bend
07. When the One You Love Loses Faith
08. Slow Monday
09. Someone Will Pay
10. Looking For A Place To Land



Stream The Le Sigh Vol. II
Dec 22, 2014 8:21am | StereoGum

The Le Sigh had a magical release show in Brooklyn last night for their second zine and tape compilation that featured performances from Jawbreaker Reunion, Free Cake For Every Creature, Manors, and Adult Mom, all of whom also contributed a track to the comp. Volume II is now online in its entirety, and has a ton of great songs from a ton of fantastic artists: we’ve already heard Girlpool’s “Alone At The Show” and All Dogs’ “Georgia” and they’re joined by new tracks from Cyberbully Mom Club, SALES, Slutever, Couples Counseling, Marge, Florist, and a bunch more. Listen to the whole thing below.

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