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Michael Fassbender to play Steve Jobs in biopic
Nov 25, 2014 10:38am | Cosequence Of Sound

It appears the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic being helmed by Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle has finally found its leading man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Fassbender has signed on to play Apple’s co-founder.

Fassbender’s casting comes after both Leonard DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropped out of consideration for the project. The revolving door cast reportedly spooked Sony Pictures, who dropped the film last week. However, just days later, Univerial Pictures adopted the film with Sorkin, Boyle, and Fassbender in tow.

It was previously reported that Seth Rogen was in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the film — however, that casting has yet to be confirmed.

Sorkin and Boyle’s film will be the second Steve Jobs biopic since the death of the Apple co-founder in 2011. Ashton Kutcher previously starred in Jobs, which was released in 2013.

Joni Mitchell Squashed Biopic Starring Taylor Swift
Nov 25, 2014 10:38am | StereoGum

Back in 2012, Taylor Swift was attached to star in a movie based on the 2008 book Girls Like Us, a biography that detailed the rise of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. Swift would have starred as Mitchell opposite a cast that could have included Mad Men’s Jessica Pare as Simon and The Newsroom’s Alison Pill as King. The film never got past the idea stage, however, and in a new interview with The Sunday Times (via NME), Joni Mitchell is taking credit for halting the film: “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ’All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. [...] There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”

Prince Deletes Facebook & Twitter, Pulls Music From YouTube
Nov 25, 2014 10:34am | StereoGum

Prince joined Twitter last summer, and he signed up for Facebook this year to participate in an ill-fated fan Q&A session in which he only answered one question. Now his experiment with social media appears to be coming to an end. NME reports that the Purple One has deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts and pulled his music off YouTube. The Princevevo account now includes only three clips: the “Breakfast Can Wait” video, a behind-the-scenes piece on “Breakfast Can Wait,” and a short interview segment. No reason was given for Prince’s social media exodus, but I have to wonder if his departure from YouTube has to do with Irving Azoff’s initiative to get songwriters better compensation. Azoff and other industry figures such as Garth Brooks have criticized YouTube’s royalty payouts in recent weeks.


Ariel Pink takeover: The Feminine Complex Hide and Seek
Nov 25, 2014 10:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife’s suicide, his daughter finds solace — at first — in her imaginary friend.Jorge Elbrecht

Emmy the Great releasing new EP in January (video for single w/ Tom of Wild Beasts), reviewed Iggy Azalea's new album
Nov 25, 2014 10:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

It's been a little while since hearing from UK singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. She spent some time traveling around the world and has now signed with Bella Union who will release her new EP, simply titled S. Says Emmy:

My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music.
The lead track on the new EP is "Swimming Pool" which features vocals from Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. It's a little different than you may remember Emmy sounding, and you can stream and watch the video for that below.

In other news, Emmy has reviewed Iggy Azalea's Reclassified for The Talkhouse.

My relationship with Iggy Azalea begins on a freeway in 2013. Driving myself to a show in a car that has been known to smoke from the engine if put in reverse. Terrified of the consequences of a crash (car disintegrates, head falls off, etc.), I obey the law of not touching my phone while driving, and end up listening to a playlist of her ...

Video Premiere: J Fernandez Cosmic Was
Nov 25, 2014 10:25am | CMJ

This sort of psychedelic collage clip looks like early ’80s blue screen effects regurgitated digitally, with two hands busting in and tearing open a new, random setting every few seconds, including the band lightly bopping out the tune until a, yes, cosmic ending. Its catchy song, Cosmic Was, makes like a similarly regurgitated Syd Barrett slightly swingin’ along and sapped of true insanity via current legal pharmecueticals and the sometimes liberating modern psychic space of just throwing random shit together, like the colorful kaleidoscope of this clip.

Cosmic Was is from Chicagoan J Fernandez’ third EP, Memorize Now, out now on Atelier Ciseaux. Check the video, directed by Jason Ogawa, below.

The post Video Premiere: J Fernandez – “Cosmic Was” appeared first on CMJ.

Mogwai Teenage Exorcists Video
Nov 25, 2014 10:19am | StereoGum

Mogwai’s Music Industry 3: Fitness Industry 1 EP comes out next week, and they’ve shared a video for their new track “Teenage Exorcists.” It’s a pretty wild ride: we follow a girl who is suspended in mid-air as ectoplasm blasts through her skull and she travels through nothingness until she ends up trapped in a plastic wrapping that takes the shape of a hand. Light emanates from the hole in her skull, like you’re looking up from a well and all that you can see is a bright circle in this distance. The stylized video was directed by Craig Murray. Watch below.


Tink tackles Ferguson on Timbaland-produced Tell The Children
Nov 25, 2014 10:13am | Fact Magazine

The rising star shares a powerful new song.

Tink continues her string of new songs with ‘Tell The Children’. Featuring production by mentor Timbaland, the star-in-the-making weighs in on racism, poverty, police brutality and more, with chilling results reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’.

Stream ‘Tell the Children’ below and read more about Tink here. We expect many musicians to weigh in after the Ferguson’s Grand Jury decision; last night, Killer Mike delivered an emotional pre-show speech.

8 Albums You Can Stream Right Now: Beyoncé, Songs: Ohia, Cellphone and more
Nov 25, 2014 10:08am | Chart Attack

Songs: Ohia, Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)

Who? Following Jason Molina's tragic death last year, Secretly Canadian has been emptying out the vaults for expanded reissues of all the classic, underappreciated-in-their-time Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. albums. If there's one artist whose stripped-down, intimate demos deserve to be heard, it's Molina.

Where can I hear it? Pitchfork

What should I do while I listen? Read this definitive postmortem profile of Jason Molina from the Chicago Reader.

When's it out? December 2 via Secretly Canadian

Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Platinum Edition)

Who? Did you hear? Beyoncé did literally anything. This time it's an expanded edition of the album she surprise-released at the end of last year and defined 2013. Can she do it again?

What should I do after I listen? We hear she makes pretty good videos.

When's it out? Now via Columbia

Cellphone, Excellent Condition

Who? You've probably seen these impossibly tall Toronto synth-punks in basements for the last few years (what, you don't hang out in basements?). Now, they have a record to sell at the merch table.

What should I ...

Watch Tears For Fears Play Their Hits And Cover Radioheads Creep In A Spotify Landmark Session
Nov 25, 2014 10:06am | StereoGum

Tears For Fears have been covering Radiohead’s “Creep” for years, but I don’t think they’ve ever had it professionally recorded until now. The band recorded a Spotify Landmark Session at L.A. recording studio The Village in honor of the 30th anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair. The 40-minute video includes VH1 Storytellers-style backstory, performances of originals including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and “Head Over Heels,” and that Radiohead cover. Watch it all below, or just listen to “Creep” via Spotify embed.


Q&A: Nathan Kerce And Alec Livaditis, WUOG
Nov 25, 2014 10:05am | CMJ

Athens, GA, has quite the music scene, especially for a city of it’s size. And WUOG, the student-run radio station at the University of Georgia, has been a core part of it. Dedicated to supporting local artists and emerging artists elsewhere who are not getting played on larger media outlets, WUOG has become known for its alternative programing. While for WUOG, local means anywhere in Georgia, most of the local bands they support call Athens home. I spoke with music director Nathan Kerce and local music director Alec Livaditis about their eclectic format and their relationship with the local music scene.

Tell me about your roles as music director and local music director.
Nathan Kerce: My main job as music director is to sort through all of our music submissions, good and bad, and determine if they are a good fit for WUOG.
Alec Livaditis: As local music director, my job is to handle what goes into local rotation, maintaining the local archives, curating our live local music show Live in the Lobby and DJing our local music show Sound of the City on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10 p.m.

How would you describe WUOGs format?
N.K.: We try to keep things as eclectic and unexpected as possible. Our usual standard rotation definitely leans hard on traditional “indie rock,” mostly because thats what the large majority of promoters sen...

Q-Tip leads Times Sq. Ferguson decision protests; Killer Mike gives impassioned speech ++ other musicians' reactions
Nov 25, 2014 10:05am | Brooklyn Vegan

Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)

Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.

Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.

Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.

Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sis...

Sleigh Bells That Did It (Feat. Tink) Video
Nov 25, 2014 10:02am | StereoGum

Last week, Sleigh Bells teamed up with Tink, a brash and badass Chicago singer/rapper who seems poised to take over in 2015, for a Red Bull-sponsored one-off called “That Did It.” Grant Singer directed the brand-new video for the song, and it has Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Tink getting all dressed up and striking some serious tough-lady poses. Derek Miller doesn’t even appear in the video, as far as I can tell; this is a lady-solidarity scene. It’s a fun, charismatic video, and you can watch it below.


Tegan And Sara Walking With A Ghost (Manila Killa Remix) (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 10:00am | StereoGum

“Walking With A Ghost” — and its corresponding White Stripes cover — is arguably the song that catapulted Tegan And Sara to a new level of fame. On an album filled with cyclical choruses and straightforward but layered sentiments, “Walking With A Ghost” is the best example of the form. “[It] was my way of describing the feeling of being haunted by memories,” Sara Quin explains in the upcoming book So Jealous X, which will accompany the reissue of the album. “It was important to me that we capture the helplessness of obsessive thinking and the stranglehold that anxiety could have on my mind.” And it certainly does: “Walking With A Ghost” is all hook, no verse — a repeating cycle that feels like you’re teetering on the edge of a breakdown. Quin turns the phrase around over and over, inflecting different words until she explores every possible permutation of the hook. The repetitive nature of the song also makes it a natural for remixes: the Manila/D.C.-based producer Manila Killa takes on that duty here, updating the classic for a new age by transforming it into a starry and slightly chilly electronic track. It’s one of five new remixes included on the 10th anniversary edition of So Jealous, and you can listen below.


Kal Marks Dont Pussy Foot With A Pussy Footer (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 25, 2014 10:00am | StereoGum

Kal Marks’ new EP Just A Lonely Fart is due out next week, and we’ve already heard two tracks from the Boston-based band, “Zimmerman” and “It Was A Very Hard Year.” It’s hard to describe Kal Marks’ music without using adjectives like downtrodden/depressing/defeatist; most of their songs do attempt to deconstruct some of the more menacing elements of our contemporary society, and they usually come to a similar conclusion: We’re all fucked. But I hesitate to describe Kal Marks as anything but honest and completely cathartic. It’s a privilege to be pulled into lead-singer Carl Shane’s mundane and contemplative world. “Oh I’ve never been so bored/ Somedays I just wanna die,” he sings on “Don’t Pussy Foot With A Pussy Footer.” To pussyfoot is to skirt the issue, to avoid the question at hand, to sidetrack. This band is never afraid of getting straight to the point. Listen.


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