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Miguel drops nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee EP
Dec 19, 2014 4:44am | Fact Magazine

A surprise three-track gift from the R&B artist.

It’s been a fairly quiet year for Miguel Jontel Pimentel, whose breakout album Kaleidoscope Dream came out way back in 2012, but he’s got one last thing to say before we tick over to 2015.

The nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee EP that just arrived on his Soundcloud sees Miguel moving into acoustic territory on three tracks the moody, percussion-led ‘nwa’, the scuzzy, lo-fi ‘hollywooddreams’ and the low-key pop stylings of ‘coffee’ (which seems to be unfinished, or at least has a very sudden ending).

It’s a marked departure from the poppy R&B he was plying last year with Mariah Carey, that’s for sure. Stream and download the EP below.




Fabric saved from closure but forced to bring in sniffer dogs and ID scanners
Dec 19, 2014 4:19am | Fact Magazine

Clubbing institution introduces harsh anti-drugs measures.

Fabric has been saved from closure after club bosses agreed to take drastic measures to check clubbers for drugs. The venue will hire seven sniffer dogs as well as introducing mandatory ID checks and increasing CCTV.

The move will make Fabric the first club in London to have sniffer dogs regularly on patrol, as the Evening Standard reports, with each dog and handler costing the club £300 for a four-hour shift.

Club founders Cameron Leslie and Keith Reilly said they would fight the decision.

“We need to see their written reasons but we fundamentally disagree on a number of key points,” Leslie told the Standard, saying the club had struggled to find an appropriate sniffer dog company and had reservations about the ID scanner.

“We are on the same page in lots of ways, we just have fundamental differences on how to operate that.”

Reilly added: “We do everything we can to stop people taking drugs in the club. Whats happened recently is this country is awash with drugs. Theres been a large batch of MDMA thats got more powerful and has caught the kids out.”

Fabric was threatened with closure at a license review yesterday after police criticised the club over several drug-related deaths in recent years and a spike in hospitalisations since this summ...



Ma$e lost 1.5 million followers in Instagrams fake accounts purge
Dec 19, 2014 3:52am | Fact Magazine

Former Bad Boy caught red-handed.

Countless celebrities and wannabes suffered through Instagram’s massive purge of fake accounts this week, with slashed follower counts revealing which scamps had been buying up fans in ridiculous numbers.

One of those was rapper-slash-pastor Ma$e, whose follower count went from a mighty impressive 1.5 million to just 272,000 in a flash. He’s now deleted his account in an attempt to stem the tide of jokes like this one.

Screenshots captured the horror. [via Complex]


Listen: IDYLL - Bad Boi
Dec 19, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Chicago duo IDYLL evoke a sensual electronic twilight on second track, "Bad Boi".>

Best Fit Artwork of the Year 2014: Swans - To Be Kind
Dec 19, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Best Fit talks context and iconic images with Swans bandleader Michael Gira as we hail To Be Kind's artwork as our favourite of 2014.>

Laurent Garniers book on the history of dance music to be released in English for the first time
Dec 18, 2014 11:59pm | Fact Magazine

Electrochoc features contributions from Jeff Mills and Francois K.

Laurent Garnier’s book on the history of dance music is set to be available in English for the first time. Electrochoc was first printed in French in 2003 and became a bestseller in France, Spain, Russia, Germany and Japan.

The book tells ”the whole story of the electronic music scene over the last 30 years from the inside, from before the birth of rave in the UK to present day Berlin.” Electrochoc explores the electronic music scenes in Paris, Detroit, New York, Berlin, Chicago, London and other cities.

Along with Jeff Mills and Francois Kevorkian, the book also features contributions from Mad Mike Banks, James Murphy and David Guetta.

There is no release date yet, but you can register to purchase Electrochoc here. [via Resident Advisor]


Laurent Garniers book on the history of dance music to be released in English
Dec 18, 2014 11:59pm | Fact Magazine

Electrochoc features contributions from Jeff Mills and Francois K.

Laurent Garnier’s book on the history of dance music is set to be available in English for the first time. Electrochoc was first printed in French in 2003 and became a bestseller in France, Spain, Russia, Germany and Japan.

The book tells ”the whole story of the electronic music scene over the last 30 years from the inside, from before the birth of rave in the UK to present day Berlin.” Electrochoc explores the electronic music scenes in Paris, Detroit, New York, Berlin, Chicago, London and other cities.

Along with Jeff Mills and Francois Kevorkian, the book also features contributions from Mad Mike Banks, James Murphy and David Guetta.

There is no release date yet, but you can register to purchase Electrochoc here. [via Resident Advisor]


Stephen Colbert gets epic send-off from Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, and more watch
Dec 18, 2014 11:43pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last night marked the final episode of The Colbert Report and pretty much every celebrity ever came together to bid Stephen Colbert farewell with a singalong of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”

R.E.M.s Michael Stipe (who just yesterday was sold in a yard sale for 25 cents), Wilcos Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, and Cyndi Lauper all took part in Colbert’s serenade. Other prominent figures included Jon Stewart, Bryan Cranston, President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, James Franco, Katie Couric, Jeff Daniels, Patrick Stewart, and Alek Trebek. Watch the replay below.

The real Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman as host of CBS’ Late Show in CBS.



What's going on Friday? (Run DMC, RL Grime, Mates of State, Ira Glass, Ratking, TK Wonder, Cannabis Corpse & more)
Dec 18, 2014 11:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan


Photo: Run DMC at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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

Run-DMC, LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, Lecrae, K. Michelle, Diggy Simmons @ Barclays Center
While original Run DMC members Darryl McDaniels and Joseph Simmons reunited back in 2012 for their first shows since the passing of Jam Master Jay, tonight's Xmas show at Barclays Center will be their first public show in the legendary hip hop group's hometown since coming back.

RatKing, Show Me The Body, Young Gutted, '86 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Run the Jewels may have ran the world of alt-rap this year, but their recent tourmates Ratking's debut album, So It Goes, was another of 2014's finest moments in that genre. Catch them in their hometown tonight for free.

DonChristian, Tigga Calore, Joey LaBeija, False Witness, LE1F (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
If you're into Le1f, there's a chance you're already familiar with this pal, rapper/singer DonChristian, and an even better chance that you'd like his style. He plays Le1f's Kwanzaa show later this month, but tonight he headlines his own NYC show, and Le1f's DJing it.

TK Wonder, Kissey, Evvy, DJ Anthony Bones @ Glasslands
Getting her start in the spoken word scene, Baltimore native TK Wonder blends hip hop, electronic and R&B styles. Also on the bill is Kissey who col...


Listen to 36-rapper posse cut The Rap Monument featuring Killer Mike, Young Thug, Danny Brown, Raekwon and more
Dec 18, 2014 10:56pm | Fact Magazine

The posse cut to end all posse cuts.

No less than 36 rappers from across the United States were called upon to feature on one track, as part of a promotional initiative from Noisey and Hennessey.

Each of MCs travelled to either Atlanta, Los Angeles or New York to supply their verses, which were recorded by Nick Hook over a beat produced by Hook, Hudson Mohawke and S-Type.

Young Thug, YG, Problem, Action Bronson, Raekwon, Prodigy, Killer Mike, Pusha T, Rockie Fresh, Cyhi the Prince and Nipsey Hussle are among the diverse list of names to feature on ‘The Rap Monument’.

The 36 rappers enlisted eclipses the 23 cameo appearances on The Games One Blood remix in 2006.

Stream all 42 minutes of ‘The Rap Monument’ above. [via Pitchfork]


Azealia Banks breaks down in 45-minute interview on Hot 97
Dec 18, 2014 10:19pm | Fact Magazine

Banks came to tears when discussing appropriation of black culture and having her identity exploited. 

Harlem rapper Azealia Banks opened up in an extensive 45-minute interview on Hot 97′s Ebro In The Morning radio show, discussing a range of topics including her departure from Interscope, the eventual release of her long-delayed debut album and her sour relationship with Iggy Azalea and Azalea’s mentor, T.I.

The most poignant moment of the interview came when Banks became emotional whilst discussing appropriation of black culture by white artists and ongoing racial tensions in the United States.

“I feel like, in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘F— you,’” she said. “There’s always a ‘F— y’all n—as. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.’ That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea shit isn’t better than any f—ing black girl that’s rapping today.”

“Until y’all mother—-ers ready to talk about what you owe me…at the very f—ing least you owe me my identity and to not exploit that shit,” she said...


Multiple lawsuits filed against SXSW by families of car crash victims
Dec 18, 2014 7:52pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by SPINs Twitter

A total of seven lawsuits have been filed against South by Southwest by the families of those killed in the fatal car crash that occurred at this year’s festival, according to The Associated Press. Rashad Owens, who is currently in jail on capital murder charges and who has also been sued by the families, drove his car through a DUI checkpoint and onto Red River, plowing through crowds and killing four individuals while injuring dozens more.

The wrongful death suits were filed in both federal and Texas state courts against the two private companies behind the festival, SXSW Holdings INC, and SXSW LLC, as well as traffic design consultant Patrick Lowe and his company Traffic Design Consultants, LLC. The lawsuits contend that the tragic event was “foreseeable and predictable” and that SXSW ignored safety regulations and industry standards, specifically citing a failure to use rigid barriers.” “A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger,” reads one lawsuit.

The lawsuits also claim that the festival should have been aware of the risks involving excessive alcohol consumption at the event “due to excessive DWI and Public Intoxication arrests in the years leading up to 2014″ and the fact that Austin “is number one for alcohol consumption in Te...


SXSW sued by families of fatal car crash victims
Dec 18, 2014 7:33pm | Fact Magazine

The first wave of lawsuits have been filed following the fatal crash at South by South West festival in March.

The lawsuits accuse SXSW organisers of safety lapses after a truck driver ploughed into a crowd of concertgoers. The suits filed on December 18 in San Antionio, Texas, are the first since the incident, which killed four people and injured nearly two dozen.

Truck driver Rashad Owens, an aspiring rapper who police say drove his car through a street barricade after fleeing from police officers attempting a traffic stop, has been jailed on capital murder charges since the crash.

Victims’ families allege that festival organisers skimped on traffic safeguards while cramming people into downtown Austin to see more than 2,000 live acts.

“A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger,” the lawsuit says.

Lawyers for the once obscure Texas festival released a statement regarding the incident but did not address the claims in the lawsuit.

“What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen’s utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes,” the statement read.

Next year’s SXSW festiva...


TV on the Radio premiere video for Lazerray watch
Dec 18, 2014 7:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

One wouldnt immediately think of TV on the Radio as the perfect soundtrack for a skateboarding video. Yet in the clip for “Lazerray”, the indie rockers hit the park to perform a set for these most extreme athletes. Maybe its the classic black and white approach chosen by director Atiba Jefferson, but the merger works: all those endless kick flips give extra oomph to the churning, punk jam. Grab your deck and watch it below (via Complex).

“Lazerray” is off the bands latest album, Seeds, out now via Harvest Records.



SXSW Sued By Car Crash Victims Families
Dec 18, 2014 6:31pm | StereoGum

The drunk driving crash that left four people dead and almost two dozen injured at this year’s South By Southwest is now being brought to court. The Associated Press reports that seven lawsuits have been filed against the organizations who put together the festival, accusing them of serious safety lapses that led to Rashad Owens crashing through a barricade the night of March 13th after fleeing from police officers following a traffic stop. Owens has been in jail since the crash on capital murder charges.

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