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Killer Mike attacks Fergusons Grand Jury decision in emotional pre-show speech
Nov 25, 2014 3:38am | Fact Magazine

The ATL rapper railed against America’s “war machine”.

Killer Mike gave an impassioned speech to fans at last night’s Run The Jewels show in St Louis, Missouri, following the Grand Jury announcement not to indict the police officer who killed Mike Brown.

Paying tribute to peaceful protestors and to those “who could not hold their anger in”, Mike says he “got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor”, and talks emotionally about his own fears for his teenage sons.

The rapper previously wrote an insightful op-ed on the Ferguson shooting, urging people to “press back against [the] gang-like mentality of our local police”.

Run The Jewels released their second and equally brilliant album in October.

Trash Kit - Confidence
Nov 25, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Simultaneously disciplined yet eccentric, refined but raucous, this is a bold and fantastically assured end to the band's recent drought.

Shura: Im more of a monogamous songwriter
Nov 25, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
We talk to 'the most awkward human being in the world' about the re-appropriation of pop, growing up in the Amazon and why signing a record deal is like your first kiss.>

Caribou and Patti Smith to play Field Day 2015, many more acts announced
Nov 25, 2014 3:02am | Fact Magazine

Dan Snaith and the punk priestess join the two-day bill.

Next year’s Field Day is beginning to take shape, with organisers announcing that Caribou will headline the Saturday of the Victoria Park festival while Patti Smith will join reunited shoegazers Ride on Sunday.

Also announced for the electronic-leaning Saturday line-up are Ben Klock and Marcel Dettman doing their tag team DJ set, SOPHIE, Clark playing live, Daniel Avery going back-to-back with Andrew Weatherall, Kindness, Nina Kraviz, the awesome Ethiopian one-man-band Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, and many more.

On Sunday, Patti Smith and her band will celebrate 40 years since the release of her landmark punk opus Horses with a performance of that album in its entirety, while DIIV, Ducktails, Jane Weaver and Outfit are also on the bill. See the full line-up so far below.

Many more acts are still to be announced between now and June 6-7, but you can grab tickets now from Field Day.

Confirmed acts for Field Day Saturday:

Caribou/ Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettman/ Chet Faker/ Clark ...

Mogwai - Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1
Nov 25, 2014 2:30am | Drowned In Sound

We started this year with a new Mogwai release, and now were ending it with one; say what you will abut the Glaswegians, but theres no knocking their consistency. Perhaps thats why, despite good reviews and a top ten placing, Januarys Rave Tapes might have felt like a mild disappointment. It's a good record, with some gorgeously downbeat standouts - Heard About You Last Night and No Medicine for Regret spring to mind - but such is the unerringly high standard of Mogwais back catalogue, an album that restrained, that low-key, seemed like a slight comedown from the brooding grandeur of last years Les Revenants soundtrack and the sheer expansiveness of 2011s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

Taking it at face value, this new EP also serves as a continuation of something else that Mogwai have always been good at - tongue-in-cheek titling. Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 features, amongst other cuts, the brilliantly-monikered HMP Shaun William Ryder, which at once is both hilarious and conjures up some pretty nightmarish visions. That track is one of three new ones here, all of which were plucked from the sessions for Rave Tapes that took place in the Autumn of 2013; given that guitarist Barry Burns admitted to me, in an interview for DiS, that the recording process was a quickfire one that followed promotional duties for Les Revenants and a summer of touring their Zidane - A Twenty First...

Gravenhurst - Flashlight Seasons/Black Holes in the Sand/Offerings
Nov 25, 2014 2:29am | Drowned In Sound

Its always seemed to me that Warp Records was an odd home for the music of Bristolian talent Nick Talbot, aka Gravenhurst. Whereas, to my uneducated ear, Warp always seemed to provide a home for music of a fairly esoteric, electronic nature, a lot of Gravenhursts output, and the vast majority of what is represented on this triple-disc retrospective set, wouldnt look out of place on the coolest of indie labels. Perhaps thats one reason why Gravenhurst has never quite received the acclaim he so obviously deserves. Or perhaps thats why hes had the space to develop so beautifully over the course of ten years. Five albums of creative, sometimes cathartic, sometimes almost soporific (in a good way), very English folk have been released by Talbot under this moniker. Sometimes the Twin-Peaks-esque bleakness of his lyrics has been augmented by muscular full-band instrumentation, such as on the brilliant Fires in Distant Buildings, and The Western Lands. At other points, it is the plaintively majestic and stark nature of Gravenhursts trademark finger picking and soaring vocals which stand out. It is this period we are dealing with here on this ten-year anniversary re-issue.

Ive always wondered what would have happened to Gravenhurst if he had been signed to a label such as Asthmatic Kitty. One reason for this is that I first encountered him on a night in Nottingham, at a tiny club called The Maze, where he was supporting Sufjan Stev...

Parisian producer Bambounou readies album for 50 Weapons
Nov 25, 2014 12:51am | Fact Magazine

Bambounou returns to 50 Weapons with another LP.

Jéremy Guindo-Zegiestowski, better known as Bambounou, has become a regular fixture amongst the 50 Weapons roster since arriving on the label with his techno-leaning Cobe EP in 2012. As well as releasing a further two EPs on the Modeselektor-helmed imprint, 50 Weapons also issued Guindo-Zegiestowskis debut album.

Entitled Orbiting, that album was set around the idea of a future life beyond planet Earth. In the two years since its release, Bambounou’s sound has shifted away from the bass-laden, UK-influenced style of his early releases to a leaner, more house-influenced sound.

Bambounou’s latest long player sees the producer return to his home planet, exploring a dystopian future Earth ”where everything is in order and where no one can get out of the system.” According to the label, Centrum is more indebted to ”ambient and techno” than the “bass and footwork influences” found on Orbiting.

50 Weapons will release Bambounou’s Centrum on February 27. You can check the tracklist below.


01. Where
02. Composer
03. Fire Woman
04. Excluding Natalia
05. S.A.C.
06. Each Other
07. Oez
08. At The Mirror
09. 0 To 1
10. I Ride (Vinyl ...

What's going on Tuesday? (Interpol, Julian Casablancas, 100 Waters, Blood Orange, Blonde Redhead, Blind Shake, more)
Nov 24, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Blood Orange at Central Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Shabazz Palaces, Blood Orange @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Maybe Julian Casablancas has never made another record on par with the first two Strokes albums, but you gotta at least give him credit for trying something new and totally out there on his new album with The Voidz. Plus, the two openers alone would be an unmissable double bill.

Interpol, Lip Talk @ Terminal 5
On the other hand, Julian's fellow turn-of-the-millenium flag-bearers of NYC cool, Interpol, have not changed it up on their new album. But if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you've probably already got tickets for tonight. Night 2 of 3 and all of them are sold out.

Blonde Redhead, People Get Ready @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight's the first of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one's got the eclectic People Get Ready.

Hundred Waters, Mutual Benefit (solo) @ Rough Trade
Hundred Waters are supporting Interpol's current tour, including last night's and tomorrow's Terminal 5 shows, but tonight ...

Some genius has built a working turntable out of Lego
Nov 24, 2014 9:50pm | Fact Magazine

And it sounds pretty good.

A Korean Lego enthusiast going by the name of Hayarobi has constructed a working turntable using more than 2400 pieces of the miniature construction toys.

Known as ‘The Planet,’ the turntable includes a traditional phono cartridge but is otherwise constructed strictly out of Lego parts. Ingeniously, mini Lego car tyres have been used to provide the counterweight on the tonearm.

Hayarobi, who it seems is a fan of vintage synth-pop, has also constructed a remote-controlled Lego bulldozer as well as a dancing Lego version of Spongebob Squarepants.

You can watch and listen to the turntable in action below. [via Mixmag]

Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman film
Nov 24, 2014 8:21pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Warner Bros. Pictures has found the director for its forthcoming Wonder Woman film. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Breaking Bad andWalking Dead director Michelle MacLaren will make her big screen directorial debut by bringing the DC Comics superhero to life.

MacLaren’s other credits include directing episodes of Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, and Better Call Saul, as well as the forthcoming spinoff of Breaking Bad. She also produced The X-Files‘ final two seasons and Breaking Bad.

Gal Gadot will make her first appearance as the Princess of Themyscira in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 26th, 2016. MacLaren will develop the character for her own solo adventure, set for June 23rd in 2017, alongside Charles Roven with Snyder and his wife Deborah producing. Gadot will then likely reprise the role in 2017’s Justice League Part One and Part Two the following year.

Though this is far from official, rumor has it Warner/DC is planning a trilogy for Wonder Woman. The first film would be set in the 1920s and detail the Amazonians’ first meeting with the outside world, including Wonder Woman’s confrontation with an American society not so keen on equal rights. The...

Kendrick Lamars good kid, m.A.A.d city film gets a release date
Nov 24, 2014 7:43pm | Fact Magazine

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The short film will be exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

m.A.A.d, the short film based on Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 opus good kid, m.A.A.d city was premiered earlier this year as part of the Sundance film festival. Commissioned by Lamar himself and directed by Khalil Joseph, the film aims to capture the feeling of modern Los Angeles explored in the album.

m.A.A.d is now set for a wider release, following confirmation that the film will screen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from March 21 to July 27.

Kahlil Josephs double-screen projection m.A.A.d is a lush portrait of contemporary Los Angeles, states the museum’s website. From barbershops to marching bands, from homeboys drinking in the streets to the iconic carpet of shimmering lights, the camera in m.A.A.d sinuously glides through predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Los Angeles, catching a dizzying array of quotidian moments suffused with creativity, joy, and sadness.

Lamar is reportedly in the studio working on his follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city, set to be released next year.

[via MTV]

Bob Dylan and his band played a live show for just one person
Nov 24, 2014 6:14pm | Fact Magazine

Dylan performed as part of a Swedish film series called Experiment Ensam.

On Monday afternoon, Swedish Bob Dylan superfan Fredrik Wikkingson took a seat in the second row of Philadephia’s Academy of Music to watch the folk legend play a concert just for him.

“At this point I still thought I was about to get Punk’d,” said Wikkingson. “I thought some asshole would walk onstage and just laugh at me. I just couldn’t fathom that Dylan would actually do this.” But he did.

Alongside his touring band, Dylan performed four covers: Buddy Hollys Heartbeat, Fats Dominos Blueberry Hill, Chuck Wills Its Too Late (Shes Gone), and an unidentified blues song.

The gig was part of an ongoing Swedish film series Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone), in which people experience things completely alone that are usually reserved for large crowds, such as comedy clubs and karaoke bars.

“I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy,” said Wikingsson. “My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Dylan played another show later that evening, but Wikingsson decided not to go. ”It would be weird and nothing could top this,” he told Rolling Stone.

Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF & Grooms played Death by Audio's final show (pics / video)
Nov 24, 2014 5:58pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Lightning Bolt / APTBS / JEFF @ DbA's final night

When Lightning Bolt's set ended at around 2 AM Saturday night (11/22), the floor of Death by Audio was littered with beer cans and ripped-up issues of Vice magazine. Their set, which was the last to ever be played at DbA, was one of the wildest I've ever seen at the now-closed DIY showspace. It was a turbulent sea with constant crowdsurfers. I saw many smiling sweaty people afterwards with blood all over their tshirts. (There was also a kid on top the crowd eating a burrito which was amazing.) Among those on top the crowd: DbA co-founder Edan Wilbur who was wearing a homemade shirt that read "START YOUR OWN FUCKING SHOWSPACE." The crowd would not let him down, and much like Ty Segall a week before, he had a massive grin plastered to his face. It was a perfect way (and the perfect band) for DbA to go out.

Admittedly, the final night didn't start off quite as perfectly. The line for the final show started forming around 3 PM and by 5 PM was at Kent -- which was usually the cutoff point for who got in on the previous nights -- and it eventually went past Glasslands. (They did give away free hot chocolate for folks in line.) The paid list for friends and family (which, I won't deny, included the guy writing this) was big, and there was also the problem of rampant space-holding by folks i...

Matthew McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in four-film adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand
Nov 24, 2014 5:44pm | Cosequence Of Sound

True story: Earlier this summer, I randomly suggested on Facebook that Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey ought to play the one and only Randall Flagg; that is, if the producers could ever get the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand off the ground. A month later, rumors started percolating that McConaughey was being sought out for an unspecified role in the film. Now, as The Guardian reports, the Interstellar star has agreed to play the villain in Josh Boone’s forthcoming four-part adaptation of King’s legendary 1978 novel.

Backed by Warner Bros., the project has been passed around Hollywood for the last five years, at one point in the hands of Ben Affleck and even Paul Greengrass. In fact, when Boone came on board, he was commissioned to turn the 1200-page novel into a screenplay for a three-hour film, a feat he apparently accomplished until the studio expressed interest in making this a larger event. The director and screenwriter explained the story last week on Kevin Smith’s podcast, which you can listen to here.

The story follows an epic battle between good vs. evil following the release of a deadly disease called Captain Trips. The end-of-world tale was originally adapted as a mini-series in 1994 for ABC and starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, amongst others. To be quite honest, McConaughey has quite the shoes to fill f...

Fred Armisen taught Irving Plaza about different NY accents (watch)
Nov 24, 2014 5:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Fred Armisen @ Irving Plaza - 11/19/14 (via Haley Klausmeyer)

Fred Armisen took part in the recent Doctors Without Borders benefit at Irving Plaza (11/19) with Greg Barris, Ted Leo, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, David Cross and more, and the New Yawkers in the audience were treated to some improvised, hometown-specific humor when Fred went through the differences in New York accents. Watch Fred differentiate between The Rockaways, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, the Upper West Side and more in ANIMAL's video (via Gawker) below.

Fred has more NYC appearances scheduled, including the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and the Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Christmas show on December 13 at Town Hall with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Jonathan Coulton (tickets).

Video below...

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