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Islands Nick Thorburn writes soundtrack for Serial podcast listen
Oct 17, 2014 12:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Nick Thorburn has kept a busy docket as of late, including a world tour behind Islands’ last album, Ski Mask, and the long-awaited reunion of The Unicorns. Along the way, he still found time to compose original music to soundtrack the new weekly podcast, Serial.
Co-created and hosted by This American Life producer Sarah Koenig, with Ira Glass serving as editorial advisor, Serial tells one nonfiction story over the course of each season. It’s sort of like The Wire or Law and Order, but in podcast form. Season one, for example, investigates the 1999 murder of a Baltimore, Maryland high school student.
Thorburn’s original soundtrack spans 15 tracks and is available to stream in full below. It’s also for sale via Bandcamp. Serial, meanwhile, can be downloaded through its website, iTunes, and other audio platforms. A new episode arrives each Thursday.
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD Sunshowers (Feat. Elzhi)
Oct 17, 2014 11:47am | StereoGum
Earlier this year, the Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah and the Toronto jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD linked up with Danny Brown and released the hard, impactful, generally excellent rap single “Six Degrees.” That track worked out so well that Ghost and BADBADNOTGOOD are teaming up for an entire album. Early next year, they’ll drop the collaborative LP Sour Soul, with Ghost going in over the group’s live instrumentation on every track. “Six Degrees” is on the album, and so is “Sunshowers,” on which Ghost and the Detroit rap technician and former Slum Village member Elzhi attack a splintered, psychedelic instrumental. Listen below.
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD Gunshowers (Feat. Elzhi)
Oct 17, 2014 11:47am | StereoGum
Earlier this year, the Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah and the Toronto jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD linked up with Danny Brown and released the hard, impactful, generally excellent rap single “Six Degrees.” That track worked out so well that Ghost and BADBADNOTGOOD are teaming up for an entire album. Early next year, they’ll drop the collaborative LP Sour Soul, with Ghost going in over the group’s live instrumentation on every track. “Six Degrees” is on the album, and so is “Gunshowers,” on which Ghost and the Detroit rap technician and former Slum Village member Elzhi attack a splintered, psychedelic instrumental. Listen below.
Head In The Clouds: The 25 Best SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week
Oct 17, 2014 11:40am | CMJ
The post Head In The Clouds: The 25 Best SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week appeared first on CMJ.
James Blake Building It Still
Oct 17, 2014 11:40am | StereoGum
James Blake debuted his new song, “Building It Still,” yesterday on his BBC Radio 1 Residency program. Blake has been using his residency to premiere a handful of new tracks, many of which have been untitled, aside from “200 Press,” which he presented back in August. The songs provide patchy glimpses into what kind of an album Blake has been working on with the help of Justin Vernon and Kanye West. “Building It Still” sounds like a clear departure from last year’s Overgrown. The sample-heavy, stuttering track dips into the same veins explored on Blake’s CMYK EP, which was released four years ago on R&S, before his self-titled debut. Listen below.
Ghostface Killah joins BADBADNOTGOOD for Sour Soul LP; listen to Gunshowers
Oct 17, 2014 11:32am | Fact Magazine
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The Toronto jazz trio recruits Tony Starks for their latest album.
Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD first linked up earlier this year for ‘Six Degrees’, and it turns out the single wasn’t a one-off.
BADBADNOTGOO’ds Sour Soul LP will feature Big Ghost on every track. That Danny Brown-featuring single will be included, as will ‘Gunshowers’ (featuring Elzhi). The album was inspired by the music of the 1960s and ’70s, and eschews sampling for live instrumentation; it was produced by rap veteran Frank Dukes.
Sour Soul is due out on February 17 via Lex Records. Listen to ‘Gunshowers’ below. Ghostface will also appear on the Wu-Tang Clan’s long-awaited A Better Tomorrow, which is due out December 2.
Let Your Feelings Overtake You: Chandra Reckons With Her 12-Year-Old Self
Oct 17, 2014 11:26am | Chart Attack
34 years later, Chandra Oppenheim is still reckoning with her 12-year-old self.
Transportation, the 1980 EP from her group Chandra, is one of the more unusual documents from a particularly unusual period of New York music. The group's short lifespan was like a checklist of post-punk triumphs - gigs at legendary New York City venues like the Mudd Club and Danceteria, touring around the East Coast, interviews by the likes of Andy Warhol and John Rockwell, even an appearance on Captain Kangaroo.
Fronted by the then 12-year-old Chandra Oppenheim, daughter of noted conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim, and comprised of members of the New Wave/art punk group Model Citizens, the group trafficked in an arresting brand of art-damaged dance-punk centered around Oppenheims (understandably) childlike and yet oddly sophisticated songwriting.
When I was 17 or 18 a teacher who was helping me write my college essays said, Chandra hit her peak at ten and its been downhill ever since. And I really took that in, unfortunately.
Massive Attack and TV on the Radios Tunde Adebimpe perform Pray For Rain live for the first time watch
Oct 17, 2014 11:18am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Philip Cosores
Last night, Massive Attack offered up not one, but two special surprises for audience members at The Greek Theatre in LA.
During their three-song encore, the trip-hop act performed Heligoland standout “Pray For Rain”, marking the first time it had ever been played live since being released in 2010. If the live debut wasn’t momentous enough, the track’s collaborator and co-writer, TV on the Radios Tunde Adebimpe, also took the stage to suavely croon his lines.
Watch fan-caught footage below.
Eric Church Is Our Greatest Working Rock Star
Oct 17, 2014 11:16am | StereoGum
The most indulgent moment on The Outsiders, the colossal 2014 country-rock opus from the dominant Nashville star Eric Church, is a tremendously goofy extended spoken-word metaphor about how Nashville is the devil. On the indulgently named “Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness),” Church’s husky baritone goes into serious-mutter mode, and he throws down some paranoiac nonsense about the city he calls home: “She lurks in friendly shadows, but she’s a junkie with a limp / The agents are her bookie, and the labels are her pimp.” At Church’s Charlottesville show last night (and, presumably, at every show on his current arena tour), there’s a moment where the lights go out and the Jumbotron shows Church reciting the poem in a cinderblock staircase, cheap in-camera effects sometimes turning his eyes red. It’s a silly moment, but it’s nothing compared to what comes next: The lights come back up, and holy shit, there’s a 50-foot inflatable Satan standing at the back of the venue. It’s a great stage prop, too: Glowing eyes, long bendy horns, a belt buckle that says “Nashville.” Look at this fucker:
Chicago trio Moritat releasing new EP (stream a track)
Oct 17, 2014 11:12am | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Chicago trio Moritat have been around since 2008, having released their debut album in 2012. With an emphasis on woozy/warped keyboard sounds and syncopated krauty rhythms, it's off-kilter pop that owes a little to their hometown's post-rock heritage. The band are set to release the High Plus Tight EP early next year, and that record has an interesting backstory. The band's shared space was burglarized early in their career, with thieves making off with all their gear and recording equipment, including all traces of what was to be their first record. Then last year, they found a CD-R under a carpet with those seemingly-lost recordings on it. The band polished them up and here we are. We've got the premiere of "Visits" from the EP and you can stream it below.
While Moritat don't have any tour plans announced yet, they do have a couple Chicago shows coming up. Those dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
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Listen: Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment No Better Blues
Oct 17, 2014 11:10am | CMJ
Chance @ S.O.B’s – Photos by Angel E. Fraden
Last night, Chance The Rapper dropped another one-off single with his band the Social Experiment. We knew he was feeling a little lonely, but No Better Blues goes all the way with nihilistic pessimism—so far, in fact, that it keeps things from getting too straight-laced. Over a simple piano scratch, Chano rides through a list of everything he hates. Which is everything.
There’s daily monotony ennui: “I hate my wife, I hate my kids, I hate the dog.” There’s emotional distress: “I fuck to hate, I hate to love, I love to hate.” And then there’s goofball jokes: “I hate carrots, peas, asparagus/Virtually all vegetables.” There’s a lot to go through here, and I think even if it ends kind of jokingly, Chance is touching on some serious shit. Listen below, it’s great.
The post Listen: Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – “No Better Blues” appeared first on CMJ.
Two Inch Astronaut Part Of Your Scene (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 17, 2014 11:09am | StereoGum
Two Inch Astronaut sounded fully formed on their 2013 debut album, Bad Brother, so it’s exciting to hear how much of a leap they’ve made on its follow-up, the upcoming Foulbrood. The title track charged in right behind Kendrick Lamar for our favorite song of the week. And the new single, “Part Of Your Scene,” sounds like a spiritual successor to the tightly wound work of the Dismemberment Plan and Brainiac. It delivers unpredictable noise-rock that hits you with piercing, angular guitar riffs one moment, only to hook you with an emotive melody the next. That applies to frontman Sam Rosenberg as well. Much like Travis Morrison, he can flip between screamed aggression and gentle vulnerability in the span of one song, something he does especially well here. They’re a band to be reckoned with. Listen.
James Blake debuts new song Building It Still listen
Oct 17, 2014 10:56am | Cosequence Of Sound
In the months since launching his Thursday night BBC Radio 1 residency, James Blake has taken to the airwaves to debut assorted remixes and various previews of his upcoming third studio album. That playlist already includes a collaboration with The xx’s Jamie xx, a remix of Outkast’s “International Players Anthem”, and singles like “200 Press”, “Roman Patience”, and “40455”.
During last night’s broadcast, Blake premiered yet another new track, this one entitled “Building It Still”. Here, the UK crooner pieces together a rather intriguing soundscape, a hodgepodge of jazzy piano, spurts of dub bass, off-kilter, World music-inspired percussion, and a distinctly atmospheric scope. Yet as he’s done in the past, Blake unites these rather sorted elements with an aesthetic that’s simultaneously flushed with emotion and yet still exudes a certain sense of distance and detachment.
Check out a radio rip below (via Pigeons and Planes).
Despite the rush of new material, Blake is still supporting last year’s excellent Overgrown, having recently announced a North American tour. The four-date outing hits Brooklyn, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in early December. Consult the full schedule here.
Kid Wave releasing "Gloom" single (watch the video)
Oct 17, 2014 10:46am | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
London-based quartet Kid Wave make an appealing style of guitar pop, fuzzy and warm, not really adhering to any particular trend. Singer/songwriter Lea Emmery is originally from Sweden and there is a certain similarity to mid-'00s bands like Shout Out Louds. Kid Wave's new single "Gloom" is pretty infectious and will be out next month as part of a four-song EP via Heavenly. We've got the premiere of its video, directed by Raquel Aly. In it, Emmery has a little cloud in a jar, much like someone might keep fireflies. It's a cute clip and you can watch it below.
Kid Wave are currently finishing up recording their debut album which will be out next year. While you wait, check out the "Gloom" video and stream a few other songs, below...
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Genre Spotlight: 5 Electronic Acts To See At CMJ Music Marathon 2014
Oct 17, 2014 10:40am | CMJ
But what about when you just wanna hear those four-on-the-floor beats, a heavy bass drum and air-slicing synth work? That’s where these artists come in. It’s a vague category, electronic, so we’ve included percussion-heavy club kids, oddball house DJs and artists who skew towards the weirdo-pop side of the spectrum. One thing they have in common though, is they’ll all have you cutting a rug (or cutting a disco ball?) on the dance floor.
Check out full CMJ 2014 lineup here.
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