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tUnE-yArDs Water Fountain Video
Apr 23, 2014 9:00am | StereoGum

The playground-stomping “Water Fountain” gets an appropriately child-friendly video, with Merrill Garbus acting as our kooky schoolteacher in a zany after-school special. There’s an overabundance of ideas in the video, from a potato-wielding scientists to a trippy 8-bit interlude. It’s confusing and schizophrenic and proudly operates in a world where everyone is a caricature and everything is bright, which makes it a perfect companion to the tUnE-yArDs aesthetic. “I’d had plenty of ideas for a kid’s show that had been waiting to see the light of day,” director Joel Kefali says. “I didn’t want to make a straight homage piece; there are moments of nostalgia in there but the video is our own modern, manic, collage of a kids show. Like many great kids shows I wanted to cram in as many ideas as possible and sneak in the occasional wink to the art world, contemporary and historic.” Watch below.


Sheffields Lo Shea preps 12 compilation Distance
Apr 23, 2014 8:57am | Fact Magazine

Lo Shea closes down his Seaghdha imprint with a compilation of his widely-acclaimed 12″s.

Since 2012, Lo Shea has been building up a solid following with not only his series of 12″s (released on his own Seaghdha label) but also thanks to his excellent Hope Works parties. Now signed to secretsundaze’s The Secret Agency, Shea is bringing Seaghdha to a close, and releasing CD compilation Distance as its swan song.

Distance sweeps up eleven of his best drops, from the woozy ‘DTB’ to the jazzy ‘This Moment Right Here’, and should undoubtedly please fans who missed the short vinyl runs. It’s due to hit the shelves on May 19 on CD, with a digital release following, and if you’re more inclined towards vinyl, the final Seaghdha 12″ is still available.


01 Searching
02 Always
03 This Moment Right Here
04 Horizons
05 Underwater Rhythm
06 365247
07 Vasquez
08 DTB
09 Remember Them Times
10 Rinkydink
11 Brother

James Franco & Seth Rogen Wisely Decline To Reenact Their Bound 2 Spoof At Kanye & Kims Wedding
Apr 23, 2014 8:57am | StereoGum

Last year, in making his video for “Bound 2,” Kanye West enacted a weird-as-fuck motorcycle-sex fantasy with Kim Kardashian, his fiancee. Hollywood stoner buds James Franco and Seth Rogen then recreated the video shot-for-shot, with Rogen playing Kardashian and Franco playing West, and called it “Bound 3.” This seemed like the sort of thing that might send Kanye into public-meltdown mode, but Kardashian went public, saying that both she and Kanye thought it was hilarious. And now, on a recent stop at The View, Fraco says that Kanye contacted both him and Rogen, hoping that they’d perform it the night before his wedding.


tix on sale: Bryan Ferry, Crosby Stills & Nash, Vince Clark, Modern Baseball, Coldplay, Forgetters, Endless Boogie, more
Apr 23, 2014 8:55am | Brooklyn Vegan

Tickets for the Echo & the Bunnymen shows at Irving Plaza go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. Password HERE.

Tickets for the Coldplay show at Beacon Theatre go on sale at 10 AM today.

Tickets for the Bryan Ferry show at Beacon Theatre go on AmEx, Chase and artist presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the third Crosby, Stills & Nash show at Beacon Theatre go on Live Nation/Local/VIP presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Modern Baseball, Tiny Moving Parts, The Hotelier and Sorority Noise show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Gene Ween's band FREEMAN at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Vince Clarke and Daniel Miller DJ sets at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Frontier Ruckus are playing Mercury Lounge on August 19. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (4/25) at noon.

Endless Boogie play Death by Audio on May 6 with Degreaser, Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth. No advance tickets for this one.

Forgetters, the current band of Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, play another NYC show on May 30 at Death by Audio with Bennio Qwerty and The Seth. No advance tix.


Linkin Park discuss 'heavy and exciting' album 'The Hunting Party' in new trailer watch
Apr 23, 2014 8:51am | NME
Handful of song titles for upcoming album revealed in dispatch from the studio

Watch: Bruce Springsteen covers The Clashs Clampdown
Apr 23, 2014 8:48am | Cosequence Of Sound

In this year alone, we’ve already seen Bruce Springsteen and the Street Band cover Lorde, Van Morrison, Van Halen, AC/DC, and the Bee Gees. Last night, they added to their exhaustive repertoire, kicking off their show in Pittsburgh with a rollicking rendition of The Clash’s “Clampdown”. Watch fan-shot footage below.

Of course, Springsteen has long been a fan of UK’s greatest punk band, having previously covered both “London Calling” and “I Fought the Law” in concert. He also took part in the 2003 Grammy tribute to the mighty Joe Strummer. What I’d really like to see, though, is him cover “All the Young Punks”. Maybe he’s saving it for Jazz Fest.

(Read: The Clash’s 20 Best Songs)

Tombs release "Edge of Darkness" from new LP (listen)
Apr 23, 2014 8:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Doug Moore

Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

We've been excited to hear the new album by NYC black metal genre-melders Tombs since the dust settled on their amazing 2011 effort Path of Totality, but especially so after the band played most of their new disc Savage Gold straight through at a Brooklyn gig last fall.

Savage Gold sounded good then, and it sounds good now. Tombs have released the first single from the album, "Edge of Darkness" -- you can stream it below. Unsurprisingly, the band have chosen to lead off with a banger; check out the suffocating death/thrash riff that opens the song. It may take a while to get used to Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel)'s dry and precise production if you're used to the atmospheric techniques John Congleton used on Path of Totality, but by the time you adjust, "Edge of Darkness" will have already put the hurt on you.

Savage Gold will be out on June 10 via Relapse. You can preorder it from the label or digitally from Tombs' Bandcamp. The band doesn't have any NYC appearances announced currently, but they'll be at Temples Fest in the UK at the beginning of May and will play a short run of West Coast dates with Pelican in June. Check those dates (and the stream, of course) out below.

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Watch Beck Cover Arcade Fires Rebellion (Lies) At Coachella
Apr 23, 2014 8:41am | StereoGum

At the end of this past weekend’s Coachella, Beck joined headliners Arcade Fire onstage to cover Prince’s “Controversy.” But that wasn’t the only time Beck nodded to Arcade Fire during the weekend. During his own set on Sunday night, Beck played a quick acoustic cover of Arcade Fire’s classic “Rebellion (Lies),” telling a quick story about seeing the band early on and waiting 45 minutes in the rain to get in. He then went straight from that into his own “Blue Moon.” Check out a fan-made video below.


Echo & the Bunnymen Irving Plaza shows on BrooklynVegan presale (password HERE)
Apr 23, 2014 8:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

As discussed, Echo & the Bunnymen are going on a tour this year which hits NYC for two nights at Irving Plaza (August 16 & 17). Tickets for those shows go on an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. Password: "METEORITES."

If you miss out on getting tickets in the presale, there's also Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (4/24) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Friday (4/25) at 10 AM.

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Boston Calling September 2014 Lineup
Apr 23, 2014 8:12am | StereoGum

The Boston Calling Festival started last year, and this year’s edition, which comes to the city next month, boasts one of the most vanilla festival lineups we’re likely to see this year (which is some kind of achievement). But the festival is apparently successful enough that its organizers have added a second weekend later in the summer; it’ll come back to Boston’s City Hall Plaza 9/5-7. And this time around, the lineup is significantly more interesting. This bill won’t cause anyone to keel over with surprise or anything, but there’s a lot to like from top to bottom. The headliners are the National, Lorde, and the reunited Replacements. And there are lots of good bands further down the bill: Nas with the Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, the War On Drugs, the Hold Steady, Future Islands, Sky Ferreira, White Denim, and S. Carey among them. Even in terms of the standard festival fare, the bill has some nice things happening; I’d take Childish Gambino and the 1975, say, over Edward Sharpe and Bastille any day. Check out the details on both festival weekends here.

Watch Drake Lint Roll His Pants Courtside At Raptors-Nets Game
Apr 23, 2014 7:55am | StereoGum

Drake is taking his position of “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors seriously, especially now that the Raptors are in the NBA playoffs and not doing terribly. (The Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets last night, tying up their playoff series at 1-1.) Drake has been courtside for both of the Toronto playoff games, taking fondue-related shots at former Nets minority owner Jay Z during game one and, last night, vigorously grooming his pants while there was a game going on directly in front of him. During the game’s first quarter, TV cameras caught Drake lint-rolling his pants, causing an instant explosion of Twitter jokes. (“Started from the bottom” is your obvious go-to pun there.) Drake even posted a screencap on Instagram before the game was over, using the caption “Lint Rollers on deck.” Observe:


Boston Calling reveals 2014 lineup for September festival
Apr 23, 2014 7:48am | Cosequence Of Sound

This year, Boston Calling will once again hold two festivals at City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA. The spring edition, running from May 23rd – 25th, promises Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, and Modest Mouse, among others. Now, festival organizers have revealed the lineup for its fall festival, which takes place September 5th – 7th.

The lineup includes The National, Lorde, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Replacements, Nas with The Roots, Spoon, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, Future Islands, Volcano Choir, Sky Ferreira, White Denim, The 1975, and San Fermin. The lineup was co-curated by The National’s Aaron Dessner.

Tickets to Boston Calling’s September festival will go on sale Thursday, April 24th through the festival’s website.

Below, watch the lineup announcement video.

Chance the Rapper suffering from tonsillitis, may need surgery
Apr 23, 2014 7:37am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ted Maider

On Sunday, Chance the Rapper was forced to cancel his performance at Coachella after falling ill. Now, his manager has revealed that the 21-year-old rapper is suffering from a combination of the flu and tonsillitis, which may require surgery.

According to his manager Patrick Corcoran, Chance awoke Sunday with a 104-degree fever and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was put on an IV. He was unable to speak due to inflammation in his throat.

Chance has since returned to his home in Los Angeles, where he continues to recover. He’s set to see a specialist this week to determine whether he needs surgery.

As a result, Chance has cancelled all upcoming tour dates scheduled for this week.

Read Corcoran’s full statement below (via Chance’s Twitter).

DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Blues receives deluxe reissue
Apr 23, 2014 7:33am | Fact Magazine

One of FACT’s favorite albums of 2009 is finally set for a long-overdue deluxe reissue.

Terre Thaemlitz has released a lot of albums in her time, and we really do mean a lot. So many in fact, that FACT’s very own Joseph Morpurgo embarked on the massive task of actually putting a handful of them into some kind of order, for the benefit of humankind. Midtown 120 Blues though, released under Thaemlitz’s DJ Sprinkles moniker, is an oddity in that it stands a few feet away from the rest of her output.

A politically charged set of syrupy deep house tracks that pontificate about the true meaning of New York’s house legacy, it’s one of the most complete statements in electronic music of the last few years, and thankfully it’s finally getting re-issued.

Sadly, it’s a CD-only job for now, but Thaemlitz has rustled up some very fancy-looking deluxe packaging (with a rather sizable poster, by the looks of it) to make up for the lack of wax.

Update: Speaking to Terre, the reason there are no plans for a vinyl edition is because of bass spatialization effects that give many of the album’s tracks their sonic character, and are incompatible with vinyl mastering techniques:

Terre: “Vinyl mastering requires deep bass to essentially be in mono to prevent needles from jumping, which prohibits effects t...

Hear Palaces sizzling new Unknown to the Unknown track Touch Me
Apr 23, 2014 7:30am | Fact Magazine

Palace returns to Unknown to the Unknown/Hot Haus with another slice of twisted garage.

Those of you that remember last year’s Dreamscape EP and 2012′s excellent ‘Trust’ will no doubt already have a soft spot for UTTU’s East London garage peddler Palace, so a set of brand new tracks can only be a good thing.

The pummeling 3-tracker is led by ‘Touch Me’, a dusty, organ-led cut blessed with enough slippery ’98-era shuffle that you’ll be digging out your 187 Lockdown CD singles in no time. Those of you who are particularly observant will realize it’s the finished version of a track that’s been floating around (in admittedly rough form) since 2012, so it’s encouraging to see it finally making its way to the shelves.

Take a listen below, and make sure you grab the 12″ when it finally emerges.


01 Touch Me
02 Labyrinth
03 Psychosis

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