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Preview Foo Fighters New Song Congregation
Oct 30, 2014 8:16am | StereoGum

This week’s episode of Sonic Highways sees Foo Fighters heading to Nashville, where they will interview artists like Dolly Parton, Zac Brown, and Carrie Underwood. They’ll also unveil the third song from their upcoming album, following “Something From Nothing” and “The Feast And The Famine.” The new song is called “Congregation,” and you can listen to a short 30-second snippet below.


Stream an exclusive new Halloween mix from Death Waltz
Oct 30, 2014 8:12am | Fact Magazine

It’s that time of year again, when pumpkins and flesh are lovingly carved to the sounds of Italian synth maestros.

Well, you won’t have to worry about going back to your tired old playlist as Death Waltz bossman Spencer Hickman has kindly pieced together another absolute corker of a mix for us, blending together past, present and future Death Waltz records with the help of DJ Bobba Fatt.

There’s no tracklist here, but Spencer has promised that anyone who guesses the whole lot will win a prize. Even having pieced together the Top 100 Horror Soundtracks list earlier this week, we have to admit defeat on this one.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s Death Waltz FACT mix here.

She & Him Time After Time (Frank Sinatra Cover) & Tonight Show Performance
Oct 30, 2014 7:53am | StereoGum

The Zooey Deschanel/M.Ward duo She & Him signed to Columbia earlier this year, and last week, we learned the details of Classics, their first album as a major-label act. The album is a set of jazz and pop standards, which the duo recorded live with an orchestra. We’ve heard their take on Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile,” and now they’ve shared their version of “Time After Time,” which is not the Cyndi Lauper song you’re thinking of. Instead, this is the jazz standard that Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne wrote in 1947. Frank Sinatra sang it in the movie It Happened In Brooklyn, and people like Chet Baker, Shirley Bassey, and Alex Chilton have covered it over the years. The She & Him version is jauntier and lighter than most, but it’s not like these two are doing some sort of self-conscious indie version. It’s a straight read of the song, and Deschanel sings her parts really well. And in other She & Him news, the band has been in media-blitz mode for the last 24 hours. They were the musical guests on last night’s Tonight Show, singing their version of “Stay Awhile” with the Roots backing them up. And this morning, they were on The Today Show. The Today video hasn’t surfaced online yet, but you can listen to their “Time After Time” and watch the Tonight Show performance below.



5 Things We Learnt at The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014
Oct 30, 2014 7:52am | Drowned In Sound

Last night, Young Fathers were crowned winners of the Mercury Prize 2014 for their triumphant debut album Dead. DiS' Editor, Sean Adams, and Singles columnist, Rob Leedham, both went to the ceremony.

Here are their five most significant learnings from what happened...

1) The Mercurys mean something again... sort of

Young Fathers were 12/1 on to win the Mercury Prize yesterday, which was well behind the likes of FKA Twigs (2/1), Kate Tempest (11/4) and (5/1) Royal Blood. With recent winners including clear favourites PJ Harvey and Alt-J, as well as the safe choice James Blake, no one expected an upset. Still, the Edinburgh trio got the gong after selling fewer than 5,000 copies of their debut album to date. It's not possible for an awards ceremony to please everyone all the time, but the Mercurys have gone out on a limb to promote an unknown act. Speech D-who? - Rob Leedham

2) Award ceremonies are just TV shows in disguise

For all the moaning about a lack of Top of the Pops, and people banging on endlessly about there being 'absolutely no music on TV apart from Jools Holland and those rubbish pop channels on freeview...' 'because: Simon Cowell...' or 'because: YOUTUBE' there's now an awful lot of televised award ceremonies to broadcast music into unsuspecting homes. Whilst they're not all televised, there are reportedly now 38 music award ceremonies in the UK, and whilst this is good fodder for the Daily Mail an...

Pitchfork Paris begins today, streaming schedule announced
Oct 30, 2014 7:51am | Brooklyn Vegan

Pitchfork Paris begins today (10/30) and as discussed, select sets will be streaming live. The streaming schedule has now been revealed and includes sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Future Islands, Mogwai, Four Tet, Caribou, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, Perfect Pussy and more.

Check out the full schedule and stream the fest in the video player below. The streams begin today at 1:30 PM EDT.

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Burials unreleased Lambeth will appear on final Hyperdub compilation
Oct 30, 2014 7:41am | Fact Magazine

Kode9 reveals the final piece in the puzzle.

Burial’s unreleased track ‘Lambeth’ will appear on Hyperdub 10.4, the final compilation from the label as it wraps up a year of 10th anniversary celebrations.

Hyperdub chief Steve Goodman revealed the track on Benji B’s Radio 1 show last night, which was dedicated to the label’s roster with cuts from Cooly G, Fatima Al Qadiri, Fhloston Paradigm, DJ Spinn and many more.

“It’s Burial beats [but] the music on top of it is maybe different to what people are expecting from the last few releases he’s done, which have been more like montages, cut-up of different tracks. This is relatively straightforward,” says Kode. Listen from around 1:43.

Listen to the whole thing below via BBC iPlayer or Core News and check out a radio rip of ‘Lambeth’ below.

Hyperdub 10.4 features a disc of classic label fare coupled with a CD of new and unreleased material from alumni, and it drops on November 3.

She & Him brought Classics to Jimmy Fallon watch
Oct 30, 2014 7:25am | Cosequence Of Sound

She & Him — the duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel — supported their forthcoming cover album, Classics, with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. The indie pop duo performed their version of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile” with help from The Roots. Check it out below.

Classics will feature 13 carefully-selected, timeless standards reimagined as only Ward and Deschanel can. Songs includeOh No, Not My Baby, Unchained Melody, and Well Meet Again. The follow-up to last year’s Volume 3 is due out December 2nd via Columbia Records, making it the duo’s first major label release.

Listen: 9Bach - Asteri Mou (Gruff Rhys loops & drones remix) [Premiere]
Oct 30, 2014 7:15am | The Line Of Best Fit
Gruff Rhys embarks on his first remix outing with a breathtaking rework of 9Bach's "Asteri Mou" ahead of the band's Tinc EP and winter tour.>

Maverick composer Harry Partchs hobo driftings explored in new biography
Oct 30, 2014 7:13am | Fact Magazine

A new book has been published exploring Harry Partch’s life during the Great Depression.

Harry Partch, Hobo Composer draws on the image of the drifting hobo in American culture to explore the maverick composer and instrument inventor’s fascinating life and work.

“During the Great Depression, Partch rode the railways, following the fruit harvest across the country,” the publishers note. “Although he is renowned for his immense stage works, such as Delusion of the Fury, and his use of highly sophisticated instruments of his own creation, Partch is still regularly called a ‘hobo composer’. Yet few have questioned this label’s impact on his musical output, compositional life, and reception.”

The book outlines the cultural history of the hobo from the 19th century onwards and explores how Partch’s music engaged with, and frustrated, popular conceptions of that character. Partch “became a hobo out of necessity and remained one for its freedoms,” says the book’s author, S. Andrew Granade, who is associate professor of musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “It is the story of a composer who rejected the tenets of music as he found them and sought to return music to its roots.”

The book is out now from University of Rochester Press  a perfect Christmas gift fo...

The Twilight Sad's Local Guide to Kilsyth and Banton
Oct 30, 2014 7:12am | Drowned In Sound

The Twilight Sad's James Graham give us an exclusive photographic tour of where the band grew up...

I'm going to start this photo feature by saying I love where I grew up. It might not be California or the south of France but it is my home and is big part of who I am.

Welcome to Kilsyth/Banton

Andy and Mark grew up in Kilsyth and I grew up a few miles away in small village called Banton.

The Pubs

Every Friday night when we're not on tour you'll find Mark propping up the bar in "The Coachy" or The Coachman Hotel. My favourite pub is The Swan Inn in Banton. We have our band Christmas night out in The Swan on Xmas Eve, we don't have many traditions but that is one of them.

The Bandstand at The Colzium

The Colzium is a country park on the outskirts of Kilysth and Banton. This is the Bandstand where we used to meet each other and drink Mad Dog 20/20 or Buckfast tonic when we were teenagers. The Bay City Rollers once played here to thousands of people. Nobody came to see me when this picture was taken.

The Car Park In The Sky or Doggers Paradise

This is what we call "The Car Park In The Sky". It's in the Kilsyth hills up a road called "Tak Ma Doon Road". On a clear day you can see Glasgow and Edinburgh. It's good to go up here when it's fireworks night. It's also a really good location if you like a bit of Dogging.

Kilsyth Academy

This is where I met Andy. Thi...

Jessie Ware performs on Seth Meyers watch
Oct 30, 2014 7:10am | Cosequence Of Sound

Last night, British pop/soul singer Jessie Ware made her first late night appearance in support of her latest record, Tough Love. Tapped to be one of the select few guest performers on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ware delivered a seductive performance of “Say You Love Me”. Check out the replay at Meyers’ website.

Ware just recently wrapped up her North American tour behind Tough Love. Her next scheduled dates aren’t until January — and are located exclusively in Europe — though she’s already been announced for South by Southwest, which returns to Austin March 17th-22nd. Find her full itinerary on her website.

"We're not going to change for anybody": DiS meets The Twilight Sad
Oct 30, 2014 7:10am | Drowned In Sound

The Twilight Sad have been a regular feature on Drowned In Sound since their first record Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters landed on our doormat in the spring of 2007.

This week will see them release their fourth long player, Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave. Currently out on a tour that will see them play five shows across the UK before embarking on a Stateside trip with longtime associates We Were Promised Jetpacks until late November.

DiS caught up with singer James Graham post-soundcheck prior to their storming set at Nottingham's Bodega.


DiS: What have the shows been like so far?

James Graham: We did two gigs in Scotland, maybe a couple of weeks ago, and then we've just played in Manchester and London. They've all been great. We put six new songs in the set so we were all pretty nervous actually. I don't think we've ever gone that heavy with a new album in the live shows before. We really threw ourselves in at the deep end. So I guess we should have rehearsed a wee bit more, but it's quite difficult as Andy (MacFarlane, guitars) now lives in London. And we've all got jobs as well so finding the time to rehearse is quite hard. So we just did it and the songs went down really well. A lot better than I thought they would. It wasn't that I didn't have any confidence in the new songs because I do, it's just that playing them for the f...

Live Review: Alvvays @ The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (25/10/14)
Oct 30, 2014 7:01am | Drowned In Sound

Sometimes a song comes along that brings everyone and everything around it to a standstill. Demands to be heard from beginning to end in all its uninterrupted glory. Then once those final notes have drawn to a close, finds itself stuck on repeat ad infinitum. Such moments of musical voracity only occur once in a blue moon. And that blue moon last appeared in April of this year when Canadian quintet Alvvays dropped the majestic 'Archie, Marry Me'. Pure pop in its most primitive form. Molly Rankin's seductive vocal echoing the likes of Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell or former Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman over a timeless melody REM would have been proud to call their own back in the day.

Not that Alvvays (yes, it is pronounced ALWAYS) only have one song. Far from it in fact, as their self-titled debut evidently demonstrated three months later. As the soundtrack to this summer, rarely a day has passed without its nine charmingly effervescent pieces passing through my stereo. Surefire contender for album of the year that it is, the greatest test of any band's mettle comes from their ability to perform live. And with Alvvays having attained such a high profile this year off the back of said album, their next venture onto UK soil was always going to be met with a hive of anticipation. So when it was announced they'd be touring with Real Estate this autumn, ticket sales understandably went through the roof. Not that we're suggesting the headline ...

Stream Mutes second solo EP, No One Is Nowhere [Premiere]
Oct 30, 2014 6:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Birmingham lo-fi artist Mutes drops swooning second solo EP.>

Fiction - In Real Life EP
Oct 30, 2014 6:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
A brilliant EP that's both a fantastic encapsulation of everything that made '80s pop great, and is stuck out of time.
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