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San Francisco techno fiend Skander debuts on L.A. Club Resource; listen to Dirge 1 now
Jul 22, 2014 8:01am | Fact Magazine

The producer lives up to the label’s “dark & ruff beats” ethos.

Delroy Edwards has spent the last year churning out raw, industrial-tinged techno on his L.A. Club Resource imprint, and the label’s new release certainly falls in line.

On his debut release, San Francisco producer Skander (who also co-owns and operates RS94019, one of the city’s best new record stores) combines four heavy hitting tracks that live up to the record’s funereal title. Stream the lead track below; the Dirge 12″ is out now.

For more L.A.C.R., Edwards recently dropped a sequel to his chopped-and-screwed Slowed Down Funk mixtape.



Stream Hudson Mohawkes new single, Chimes
Jul 22, 2014 8:01am | Fact Magazine

Hudson Mohawke will release a new EP on Warp, Chimes, on September 30.

You can preview the lead track on iTunes now. A longer clip of ‘Chimes’ has been doing the radio / YouTube rounds for a while, we’ve embedded that below.

Hud Mo’s sometime partner in TNGHT, Lunice, recently released a new single for LuckyMe.

Tracklist:
01. Chimes
02. Brainwave
03. King Kong Beaver
04. Chimes (Gammer Re-Edit)



Love music AND a social media nut? Apply now: FACT is hiring a Social Media manager
Jul 22, 2014 8:00am | Fact Magazine

FACT is looking for a Social Media Manager.

We’re growing fast and keeping up with you guys across the web is a full time job now. So we’re looking for a driven social media manager to lead our social efforts from our office in London.

You’ll be required to keep in touch with our readers across the web, promoting FACT and FACT TVs content, attracting new followers and driving engagement across all key social media platforms, with particular attention to Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

You will be responsible for setting and executing an effective, ambitious but realistic social media strategy to grow our following on each network, drive engagement, communicate with our community and ultimately bring traffic to FACT.

You should have a relentless passion for social media and a deep and thorough understanding of social media metrics.

You will also need to be ready to throw yourself into (or already be a part of) the music space and be familiar with the artists we cover – mainstream and underground.

Requirements:

  • Relentless obsession with all major social media platforms
  • Self starter
  • Knowledge of social media tools and apps to help achieve set goals
  • A passion for digital/online publishing
  • Ability to think of creative ideas to drive engagement and growth
  • An appreciation of the value of visual content</...

Watch Billy Corgans Speech At The Alternative Press Music Awards
Jul 22, 2014 7:54am | StereoGum

Last night in Cleveland, Alternative Press held its first-ever Alternative Press Music Awards show, and it presented its first-ever Vanguard Award, a lifetime-achievement type of thing, to the Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. At the show, the recently-retired pro wrestler CM Punk (and fellow Chicago contrarian) presented Corgan with the award. And as he accepted the award, Corgan said some very Billy Corgan things: “Over 25 years ago, I made the decision that I was going to push your buttons, or the people that came before you, or the people that came before you. I like to think that Im receiving this in humility because I’m willing to push your buttons, because I’m willing to tell you to go fuck yourself. I didn’t start a band to be anybody’s bitch, I started a band to kick your fucking head in.” Watch the speech below.

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George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles
Jul 22, 2014 7:46am | Fact Magazine

Here comes a real knee-smacker.

A tree planted in an Los Angeles park in memory of George Harrison has been killed by beetles.

Need we say more? Alright then the sapling was planted in Griffith Park in 2004 to commemorate the green-fingered former Beatle, who lived his final days in LA where he transformed the overgrown gardens of his rundown mansion into lush grounds.

The memorial tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall before the fatal infestation of tree beetles, but Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge assured LA Times that a new sapling would be planted in its place.

Next time they should plant a Norwegian Wood, eh! No? Right then. [via CMU]


Surprise! The Raveonettes release new album today! Exclusive interview!
Jul 22, 2014 7:46am | Drowned In Sound

DiS has been long term fans of Danish duo The Raveonettes. In fact, it's fair to say that from the moment first EP Whip It On arrived amidst a hail of feedback and doo-wop harmonies in the summer of 2002, we were fairly smitten. Since then, they've gone on to release six albums, culminating in 2012's Observator. We were a little heavy hearted to hear murmurings toward the end of last year that Observator would probably be their last release.

Imagine our shock and joy then when we get a call from their label asking if we'd be up for a chat about the band's top secret (until today) new album.

The new album is entitled Pe'ahi and is released today (22nd July 2014), with a follow-up provisionally entitled #2 also imminent. Taking their PR up on his offer, DiS' Dom Gourlay quizzed singer, guitarist and songwriter Sune Rose Wagner about what inspired the new record, what he's been up to since Observator, longevity and breaking rules.


Pe'ahi - Album Stream


DiS: What have you been up to since we last spoke during the summer of 2012?

Sune Rose Wagner: I moved house. I was living in New York for ten years but I've been based in Los Angeles for almost two years. I live in the downtown area now but when I first moved I had a house in an area called Mount Washington. It's a really nice area but also kind of boring! And then just same ol...


Listen: Hudson Mohawkes incredible new single Chimes
Jul 22, 2014 7:43am | Cosequence Of Sound

Former TNGHT member Hudson Mohawke will release his new solo EP, Chimes, on September 30th via Warp Records. Spanning four tracks, the record is preceded by its title track, which is now available for download on iTunes. You can also stream it below. Spoiler alert: It’s straight fire.

“Chimes” also soundtracks a new commercial for Apple, which should no doubt please Mohawke’s G.O.O.D. Music boss, Kanye West.

A full-length solo debut from Mohawke, which is reported to feature guest verses from several heavy-hitting rappers, is expected to follow the EP’s release.

Chimes  EP Tracklist:
01. Chimes
02. Brainwave
03. King Kong Beaver
04. Chimes (Grammer Re-Edit)



Watch Mumdance and Novelist review the weeks singles
Jul 22, 2014 7:43am | Fact Magazine

Mumdance and Novelist tackle this week’s FACT TV Singles Club.

On the regular FACT Singles Club, a team of our reviewers tackle the best and worst of the week’s new music. On FACT TV, however, we put the artists in charge. Mumdance has enjoyed one hell of a banner year (well, year and a half), releasing the excellent Twists & Turns mixtape and contributing to labels like Tectonic and Keysound, while also forming an alliance with London’s Boxed collective. His crowning glory, however, surely comes with ‘Take Time’, a collaboration with young Lewisham MC Novelist that’s amongst 2014′s very best singles.

They rated and slated music by Randomer, Young Thug and more.


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks announce August UK tour
Jul 22, 2014 7:05am | NME
The former Pavement frontman and band will play a handful of shows next month



Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined onstage by Cat Power watch
Jul 22, 2014 6:50am | NME
The pair performed their 2011 collaboration 'Tonight You Belong To Me'



George Harrison Tree killed by infestation of, yes, beetles
Jul 22, 2014 6:37am | Cosequence Of Sound

If you’re looking for a real-life example of irony, look no further than the fate of the George Harrison Tree. The 10-foot tall pine, planted in memory of the former Beatle near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory in 2004, was recently infested by — wait for it — beetles, causing it to die. So to recap, beetles killed The Beatles member’s tree.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the tree will eventually be replanted. In the meantime, the commemorative plaque still remains, greeting visitors with the following message: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” It also includes a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green.”



Spoon reveal two new videos in one day from new album 'They Want My Soul'
Jul 22, 2014 6:35am | NME
Check out 'Do You' and 'Inside Out' now



My Favourite Record: Gary Numan
Jul 22, 2014 6:35am | Fact Magazine

My Favourite Record is a new weekly feature where we ask musicians we rate from across the spectrum to pick their most cherished album – a development of our occasional On Record feature, and a chance to take a peek at the albums that maketh the artist. Today’s entry:


DEPECHE MODE
Songs of Faith and Devotion
(Mute, 1987)

Picked by: Synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan. 


“This album came along at a time when my own career was all but dead and buried.

I had lost all direction musically and I was floundering. I had no idea how to fix things, how to get my spark back, and then, in 1993, I heard Songs Of Faith And Devotion.

“It had a darkness to it that that took me to places I found fascinating and exciting, and more than a little disturbing. The melodies were beautifully constructed, the lyrics thought provoking and intriguing and the performances, on every level, still send shivers up my spine. The production itself is a work of genius, so multilayered that even after a hundred listens you were still hearing things you hadn’t heard before.

The epic ‘Walking In My Shoes’ I thought for a long time – incorrectly as it turned out – was about a man whose light had faded, someone goi...


All the worst people in music are on Aviciis new album
Jul 22, 2014 6:15am | Fact Magazine

Avicii’s new album is going to be very, very strange.

Not content with dominating the weird world of EDM, the Swedish producer combined big room dance music with bluegrass on his debut album True, and his second album is shaping up to be even more bizarre. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Avicii reveals that he’s collaborating with a rogue’s gallery of artists to rival Paul Oakenfold’s Bunkka (which, for the youngsters amongst you, featured everybody from Hunter S. Thompson to Crazytown’s Shifty Shellshock, plus Tricky and Ice Cube).

Jon Bon Jovi is on board, as are System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and Billie Joe Armstrong, who has collaborated with Avicii on a track titled ‘No Pleasing a Woman’. There’s also a reggae duet with Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu (Avicii “doesn’t know what to do with it yet”) and songs with Chris Martin, who “has been like a brother, and “helps out with [Avicii's] nutritionist.”

“He needs every part to be perfect”, says Avicii of Martin. “I’m not like that”. The jokes write themselves.


Watch: Reggie Watts performs on Conan with members of ZZ Top, Coheed and Cambria
Jul 22, 2014 6:09am | Cosequence Of Sound

Between his day job on Comedy Bang! Bang!, opening duties for the likes of Nick Cave, and guest appearances on long-awaited records, Reggie Watts found the time to record a fresh album of his own. Last night, the multi-talented funny man previewed that upcoming release, an LP entitled Scarves & Cabbages, on Conan. No stranger to odd-couple collaborations, Watts brought along ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons and Coheed and Cambrias Travis Stever for a performance of the delicate ode, “I Once Knew A Horse”. Check the replay below.

Not much is known yet about Scarves & Cabbages, but if the general state of comedy in 2014 is any indication, expect it to be funny as hell. A release date is expected later in the year.


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