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MOKB Premiere : Strange Talk : Falling In Love (Chris Alarcon Remix)
Dec 5, 2013 12:46pm | My Old Kentucky Blog
The last year plus has been a big year in Australian music with elctro-rock band Strange Talk being one of those breakout artists. This past year, the band released their debut LP, Cast Away, to solid buzz across the blogosphere. To have a little fun, back in September, the band reached out to fans asking for remixes of songs “Climbing Walls”, “Cast Away”, “Falling in Love” & “Eskimo Boy”, which comprise their self-titled EP. The selected winners receive a Soundcloud pro account, Cash, and a spot on a remix EP to come out digitally in February.
Out of over 120 submissions, one of the chosen ones is Nashville’s Chris Alarcon and his remix of “Falling In Love.” According to the band, they liked how the reworking sounded “like a BIG Swedish style main room track” and how Alarcon “managed to make the verse really house with the piano.” Check it out below and check their Soundcloud for other great remixes.
The 50 best reissues of 2013
Dec 5, 2013 12:46pm | Fact Magazine
Here’s an open secret: this festive season, the smart money’s on the reissue lists.
Not a surprise when you’ve got the annals of recording history to rifle through, but for all the kerfuffle about best-of-2013 lists – that annual ritual when we deck passing mutton into whatever lamb hide is lying to hand – you’ll need to turn to the reissue rundowns to find a properly worthwhile strike ratio.
2013 brought us stacks of excellent archival releases – many clocked by our monthly reissues column, some missed at the time of release but discovered down the line. The following 50 could happily have been a dud-free 100: for every entry here, there’s another quality record that didn’t quite edge the cut – a testament to the efforts of an increasingly industrious reissue circuit.
Our rundown includes scene surveys, excavated classics, wax debuts, forgotten triumphs, anniversary editions and aureate box sets. Selections date from the 1950s to recent memory, and run the gamut from Chi-town house to Swedish drone. With many of the Top 20 releases, we’ve also taken the time to track down the artists or labels behind the releases for a few words about each record. Sit back, take an hour, and enjoy – remember, you’ve only got a week or so before everyone starts telling you that Trap Lord is the new Fear Of A Black Planet.
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Morbid Angel talk 'Covenant' tour, Pete Sandoval's departure, and other stuff (read an interview)
Dec 5, 2013 12:37pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Doug Moore
Dave Vincent (more by Jonathan McPhail)
When Morbid Angel announced that they would be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic third album Covenant by playing the album in full on tour, the reaction was a little more muted than the band had probably hoped. Despite their unimpeachable legacy, Morbid Angel lost a lot of goodwill with their fanbase when, after an eight-year delay, they released 2011's disastrous Ilud Divinum Insanus. The departure of longtime drummer Pete Sandoval did not help matters. Many people (justifiably) turned their backs on M-A in the two years since.
But despite the dampened expectations, Morbid Angel's performance on the NYC stop of this tour on 11/12 was thoroughly awesome. As goofy as this band looks onstage sometimes (notice Dave Vincent's outfit above), they still bring their A-game to their classic material; the performances are less manic than on the albums, but they're tighter by the same token. Trey Azagthoth remains the best lead player in all of death metal; watching him rip those unearthly sounds out of his guitar is absurd and awesome.
We also spoke to Vincent, the band's lately-divisive frontman, for an interview over at Invisible Oranges. Since Morbid Angel kept their set mostly to their classic material, we followed suit with our conversation. Vincent notably confirmed that Pete Sandoval is no longer an officia...
Watch R. Kelly Play A Woman Like A Violin, Get Covered By Benedict Cumberbatch On Kimmel
Dec 5, 2013 12:33pm | StereoGum
Anything R. Kelly does anything on a stage, you owe it to yourself to watch. Kelly’s new album Black Panties comes out on Tuesday, and last night, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage to a louder reaction than most of the bands who show up there. Kelly took the opportunity to recreate the album’s absurdist cover — Phantom Of The Opera Mask, violin bow, pretty lady draped over him — while singing a medley of “Genius,” the 2 Chainz collab “My Story,” and “You Deserve Better.” 2 Chainz was there, and he looked really happy to be there. And because Kimmel will never resist an opportunity to make a joke out of something that’s already funny, he roped Benedict Cumberbatch, his other guest last night, into dramatically reciting Kelly’s “Genius” lyrics. Give Cumberbatch credit: He sells the living shit out of it. Watch the performance and the recital below.
Noel Gallagher says Arcade Fire need to pry themselves out of their own asshole
Dec 5, 2013 12:16pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Rolling Stone recently caught up with Noel Gallagher for an extensive review of the year in music, because if anyone should review the year in music it’s the guy who can write “Get Lucky” “in an hour.” Oh, wait. That’s Liam? Then what the hell are they doing talking to Noel? Because he’s going to say something outlandish like how Arcade Fire need to pry themselves out of their own asshole? Ah, I see.
Noel, your thoughts on Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, please…
You’re probably not a fan of their dress code either then…
Listen: Jorge Elbrose (Ariel Pink And Jorge Elbrecht) Called To Ring
Dec 5, 2013 12:15pm | CMJ
The post Listen: Jorge Elbrose (Ariel Pink And Jorge Elbrecht) – “Called To Ring” appeared first on CMJ.
Speedy Ortiz tell us their Top 13 of 2013; upcoming tour dates include NYC shows w/ The Breeders & Los Campesinos!
Dec 5, 2013 12:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...
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Bobby Tisdale, Jon Benjamin, Tim Harrington, Greg Barris, Todd Barry and more playing NYC comedy shows TONIGHT
Dec 5, 2013 12:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...
Watch Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013 Concert Film
Dec 5, 2013 12:02pm | StereoGum
The Nine Inch Nails live show in 2013 has garnered perhaps even more acclaim than the masterful comeback album Hesitation Marks, a record we ranked among the year’s absolute best. But whereas anybody can stream the album on Spotify or whatever, fans who are broke, geographically isolated, or otherwise indisposed haven’t gotten to witness this Talking Heads-inspired production. Well, today is NIN superfans’ lucky day: The band posted Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013, a full-length concert movie filmed 11/8 at the Staples Center in L.A., online today. It’s not the full set, but 14 songs over 77 minutes is certainly better than nothing. Press play below to live (or relive!) the euphoria.
Watch: Angel Olsen Forgiven/Forgotten
Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm | CMJ
The post Watch: Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten appeared first on CMJ.
Song : Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink) : Called To Ring
Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm | My Old Kentucky Blog
“Hang On To Life” from the collaboration of Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink will be sure to land on our favorite songs list of this year (stay tuned for that), but they are not done just quite yet. Now dubbing themselves Jorge Elbrose, the pair have once again hooked up for the Mexican Summer: Five Years compilation that features collabs by Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz (which can be heard here), Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune, and Neil Hagerty,) Quilt and Bobb Trimble, among others.
“Called To Ring” is deliciously tasting lo-fi goodness with hazy vocals. The guitar work on this one are tremendous, especially the breakdown at the end. It is an absolutely fantastic track. Have a listen for yourself below.
I could go to the Rolling Stone office and fucking shit on top of a boiled egg, right?: Noel Gallagher on the year in music
Dec 5, 2013 11:57am | Fact Magazine
Noel Gallagher continues to provide interview gold, after all these years.
The former guitarist/songwriter for Oasis weighed in on the year in music for 2013 for Rolling Stone, and as expected he was as outspoken as ever. Aside from his praise of new albums by Kanye West and Disclosure, here are some of the choice bits.
On David Bowie:
On artists like Miley Cyrus trying to “start the debate”:
On guitar music:
Demdike Stare lay down more fractured jungle with Testpressing#004
Dec 5, 2013 11:56am | Fact Magazine
The fourth in Demdike Stare‘s ongoing Testpressing series, Testpressing#004 might just be the best yet.
Opener ‘Fail’ is a punishing, slowly growing droner that gradually disintegrates into a fog of distortion and hiss. It shouldn’t surprise regular Demdike listeners, but be aware this is not for the faint hearted – any concessions granted by their (almost accessible) prior albums are kicked to the curb here in favour of bloody-nosed aggression and pitch-black darkness.
The record well and truly kicks into gear with ‘Null
Results’, a continuation of the Testpressing series’
loose jungle theme that takes the darkcore template and tips it on
its head, laying waste to hoover bass sounds, ear-pounding breaks
and whatever else in the process.
You can hear the whole thing below, and Testpressing#004 is out now via Modern Love.
Andrew Bird, DIIV & more Rough Trade NYC shows cancelled
Dec 5, 2013 11:52am | Brooklyn Vegan
Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We just mentioned that Rough Trade's live shows are "on hold for a while" due to sound issues at the venue, and while some (like tonight's Tourist show) are being moved, others, like Andrew Bird (12/6) and DIIV (12/7), The Stepkids (12/9), Lucius (12/10) and Au Revoir Simone (12/17) have unfortunately been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Other updates via Rough Trade's Twitter: Childish Gambino's show on Sunday, 12/8 at 6PM has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg but you still need to buy a copy of his new CD at the store that day to get a wristband.
Allah Las (12/6), Langhorne Slim / Felice Bros (12/11), and Cults (12/18) have been postponed. Stay tuned for updates on where those shows end up.
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DJ Haus Hits NYC: go inside Brooklyn record store The Thing and watch Willie Burns make a track on the E-mu SP1000
Dec 5, 2013 11:44am | Fact Magazine
Last month, Unknown to the Unknown label boss and firm friend of FACT, DJ Haus, headed to New York.
Here, in the first of a short series of films he shot there for FACT TV, DJ Haus journeys to the centre of Greenpoint record store The Thing to meet Willie Burns, the pseudonym-loving producer whose records have been housed on L.I.E.S., Trilogy Tapes, Rush Hour No Label and more. After hanging out and discovering a little more about the store, we hit up Burns’ studio, where he showed us how he makes his music – watch the man behind the magic show off his tricks above.
Even better, you can download the track Burns ended up making below. A vinyl version will be released on Unknown to the Unknown next year. Eager for more? Check DJ Haus’s recent FACT mix here, and watch his studio sessions with chart-topping producer MK here.
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