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Track Premiere: Futurecop! Eyes Feat. Lyon
Apr 24, 2014 10:20am | CMJ

Everyone, no matter what they say, cant help but love a little bit of late ’80s early ’90s nostalgia. One of the bands doing it right is Futurecop!, the Manchester-based electronic project of college buddies Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol. The duo is dearly committed to rendering this ’90s nostalgia, and with it the vibes and feelings associated with childhood memories. After releasing their debut EP in 2009, The Unicorn And The Lost City Of Alvograth, two more full-length albums and a few remixes, side-projects and instrumental experiments, Futurecop! will release a new LP, Fairytales Of Summer Shoegazers (June 2), just in time for the summer.

Priming us for this sugar-coated blast to the past is the albums single, Eyes, featuring Toronto crooner Lyon. It sounds exactly like what we might expect from the albums title: a ’90s saccharine vibe that perfectly balances smooth vocals, simple synth and a mix of dopey optimism and underlying teen angst. The track features dreamy synth droplets and breathy vocals that remind us of some original ’90s, female-led groups like the Eurythmics. The chorus, of course, is irresistibly catchy, with longing lyrics and a starry-eyed soundscape that could perfectly soundtrack a contemplative, cathartic beach scene on a reality show of years past. In the spirit of throwbacks, this track is a refreshing reminder of how perfectly sparkly the ’90s were and the t...

Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell feature on Time magazine's 'Most Influential' list
Apr 24, 2014 10:19am | NME
Three musicians make top 100 alongside Pope Francis, Barack Obama and Cristiano Ronaldo

Paul Weller performs inside giant kaleidoscope for 'Brand New Toy' video watch
Apr 24, 2014 10:18am | NME
The track will appear on the forthcoming compilation LP 'More Modern Classics'

We Are Scientists Sprinkles Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Apr 24, 2014 10:16am | StereoGum

Veteran pop-rockers We Are Scientists have a new album out called TV En Français. In keeping with that title, they’ve made a video for single “Sprinkles” that features the band traipsing around Europe playing rock shows and having the time of their lives. Incidentally, I played pool with these guys and Oxford Collapse backstage at Stubb’s once during SXSW and can confirm that they’re actually chill bros as depicted. The song is multi-tiered and richly harmonic, and its groove is as freewheeling and fun as director James Perou’s video. Watch below.


Mineral reunion confirmed! (dates w/ Into It. Over It. include 2 NYC shows)
Apr 24, 2014 10:11am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Okay, I wasn't kidding about the '90s emo reunions not ending. Just yesterday we posted about the potential Mineral reunion, and this reunion is potential no longer. The veteran band has just announced a short tour for September which hits NYC for shows on September 5 & 6 at Bowery Ballroom. They'll also play Gainesville, FL's The Fest in November. All dates will be opened by Evan Weiss' Into It. Over It.. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday (4/25) 11 AM. All dates are listed below.

And don't forget to get your American Football tickets!

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Slayer leave American Recordings, sign to Nuclear Blast, release first new song five years (listen)
Apr 24, 2014 10:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Doug Moore

Slayer at MSG Theater, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Awards were last night. I'm not typically one for awards shows, but this one was notable for a surprise (read: tweeted about several hours in advance) live appearance by thrash metal legends Slayer, who are down to two original members following the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. In true post-2000 Slayer fashion, the Golden Gods appearance was timed to coincide with a business announcement -- the band have ended their relationship with Rick Rubin's American Recordings (which goes all the way back to the Reign In Blood days) and signed to a worldwide deal with long-running German label Nuclear Blast where they'll have their own imprint.

The band also announced a tentative early-2015 release date for their upcoming, still-untitled 12th album. They both debuted a song from it, "Implode," live at Golden Gods last night and posted a studio version on their website as a free download. It's their first new studio cut in five years and you can stream it below.

"Implode" pretty much picks up where Slayer left off before the lineup shuffle of the past few years -- which sounds better on paper than it does in practice. The groove section that opens the song aims for 'tense,' but predictably misses and ends up with 'goofy' instea...

Watch Neil Young Cover Bert Janschs Needle Of Death In Jack Whites Voice-O-Graph Booth
Apr 24, 2014 10:03am | StereoGum

Last week Neil Young released the vinyl-only A Letter Home, a collection of covers recorded in single takes on acoustic guitar in Jack White’s Voice-O-Graph booth at Third Man Records. About the size of a phone booth, the machine records you to vinyl as you play, which is exactly what Young did, giving the album a unique vintage quality. It became a surprise release on Record Store Day via Third Man, but now Reprise will issue a deluxe version of the album, which contains a CD, standard LP, “audiophile” LP, seven 6″ vinyl singles, picture book, and a DVD of videos of Young recording the various covers, which include songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Below you can watch a video of Young playing Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death.”


Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to score television show about The Manhattan Project
Apr 24, 2014 10:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Jeremy Larson

Following his cameo on Game of Thrones, it seems as if Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has been bit by the TV bug. As Billboard points out, the Icelandic singer has joined forces with his partner Alex Somers to score the upcoming WGN show Manhattan. Yes, WGN airs stuff other than Cubs baseball.

Set to premiere in July, Manhattan tells the story of the 1940s’ Manhattan Project,  America’s race to build the first atomic bombs at the Los Alamos labs in New Mexico. It’s further described as following “the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.”

The show is being executive-produced by Sam Shaw (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) and directed by West Wing veteran Thomas Schlamme. It stars John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C), Olivia Williams (An Education), and Daniel Stern (a.k.a. Marv from the Home Alone series).

The project marks Jónsi’s first foray in television score. He previously scored 2011′s film We Bought a Zoo, which Somers also co-roduced. The two have performed together as Jónsi & Alex since 2003 and even released an album together, 2009′s instrumenta...

American Football Webster Hall tickets on BrooklynVegan presale (password HERE)
Apr 24, 2014 9:57am | Brooklyn Vegan

As previously mentioned, American Football are reuniting this year and have announced two shows, including Pygmalion Festival and NYC's Webster Hall on October 11.

Tickets for the NYC show go on BrooklynVegan presale today (4/24) at noon. PASSWORD: "NEVERMEANT". Good luck!

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Stars Of Britpop: Where Are They Now?
Apr 24, 2014 9:56am | StereoGum

Britpop luminaries such as Damon Albarn, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker have been in the public eye a lot in recent years, either for reuniting their classic bands or pursuing new projects or both. But what about all the Britpop stars who aren’t consistently making headlines anymore in the States? What have those people been up to lately? It’s Britpop Week so let’s explore.

RZA gives Raekwon 30 days to re-join Wu-Tang Clan or else new album may not be released
Apr 24, 2014 9:50am | NME
Fractions within hip-hop group could delay release of 'A Better Tomorrow'

CMJ Charts April 22, 2014: Black Angels Top Debut
Apr 24, 2014 9:45am | CMJ
1 1 MAC DEMARCO Salad Days Captured Tracks
2 4 CLOUD NOTHINGS Here And Nowhere Else Carpark-Mom And Pop
3 2 REAL ESTATE Atlas Domino
4 3 WAR ON DRUGS  Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian
5 7 LIARS Mess Mute
6 5 ST. VINCENT St. Vincent Loma Vista
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Walter Schreifels going on short Northeast solo tour (dates)
Apr 24, 2014 9:44am | Brooklyn Vegan

Walter at 2013 Rock Lottery (more by Greg Cristman)

Post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels has been pretty busy lately, having played reunion shows with Quicksand and Gorilla Biscuits in the past few years, and keeping his solo project alive too. He'll hit the road solo again soon for a brief Northeast run this May. Those dates include a NYC stop on May 20 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Revisit the past with a video of Gorilla Biscuits' first CBGB show from 1986, with the list of Walter's upcoming dates, below...

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Shaky Knees Music Fest happens in Atlanta in May (schedule & updated lineup including the Replacements)
Apr 24, 2014 9:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

Since we last posted the lineup, The Shaky Knees fest in Atlanta has grown to add The Replacements and more. Tickets also went on sale and are still available. Check out the lineup, headlined by The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes, in the poster above and the full schedule at the fest's site.

Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place in Atlanta's Atlantic Station, May 9-11, 2014.

Deer Tick and The Hold Steady are both also on the lineup and out on tour together now.

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Tobacco explores a creepy massage parlour in NSFW Streaker music video
Apr 24, 2014 9:37am | Chart Attack

Tobacco - the solo project of Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Thomas Fec - made its own place in the beat scene with a hellish gargle of hip-hop that no one could touch or imitate for fear of losing a finger, or some sanity. With the world now dominated with brutal, banging music, on "Streaker," Tobacco's watching the throne he cast for himself in 2008. It's bigger, more urgent, and less humourless, and Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric) seeks to match it with his story of a freaky family-run massage parlour. The Devils Rejects meets Jacob's Ladder body horror and this scene from Blue Velvet, all wrapped up neatly in a late night local TV package.

Tobacco's Ultima II Massage is out May 13 via Ghostly; pre-order it here.

Tobacco explores a creepy massage parlour in NSFW “Streaker” music video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

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