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The Daft Punk Helmet Market
May 22, 2013 8:07am | StereoGum
If you’ve got a gift for metalworking and/or LED-light programming, you may be missing your calling; you could be raking in a ton of money by helping people realizing their dreams of transforming into Daft Punk robots. A new Wall Street Journal article explores the secondary market of artisans who are making facsimiles of Daft Punk’s robot helmets. According to the piece, there’s now a small but dedicated circle of fans willing to drop four figures on eBay for the privilege of looking like the two members of Daft Punk. From the article, it’s pretty clear that Daft Punk are leaving a ton of money on the table by not selling their own versions of those helmets. The entire piece is pretty fascinating, and you can read it here, though the above WSJ dot-drawing of Guy Bangalter is clearly the best thing about it.
Watch Charli XCX cover Backstreet Boys inside a music shop
May 22, 2013 8:04am | The Line Of Best Fit
Charli XCX isn’t ashamed of her pop sensibilities. Heck, she even proclaimed the Spice Girls and Britney to be her biggest influences recently.
It’s no surprise, then, that the goth-pop songstress chose to cover Backstreet Boys‘ classic (of sorts) ‘I Want It That Way’ at an in-store event in Chicago.
Watch that below, via Stereogum.
Kyle Hall and FunkinEven team up to bring Funkinevil to London
May 22, 2013 7:53am | Fact Magazine
Celebrating this year’s Dimensions Festival in Croatia, Detroit techno prodigy Kyle Hall and funky Londoner FunkinEven are due to re-kindle their Funkinevil collaborative project for a special back to back set at London’s XOYO on Friday June 12. This should already be enough to get yer pulse racing at four beats per bar, but the night doesn’t stop there – Mercury Prize nominees Portico Quartet are also due an appearance, and will no doubt be bringing their unique Hang drum-led sound to a set of fresh ears.
Rounding off the night in fine style will be legendary Worldwide DJ Gilles Peterson, who has been instrumental in bringing the more underground strain of sounds to the Dimensions Festival line-up.
For more information and tickets head here.
Watch Charli XCX Cover Backstreet Boys
May 22, 2013 7:52am | StereoGum
The Backstreet Boys’ luminous ballad “I Want It That Way” is almost indisputably the single greatest song to come out of the teenpop era, and if you’re still resisting its charms 15 years later, this is a pretty good morning to reconsider. Yesterday, during an in-store performance at Chicago’s Borderline Music, the British singer Charli XCX, who released her own album of pretty amazing pop songs just last month, busted out a charmingly low-key synthpop cover of the song. There’s nothing ironic about this particular cover; she’s radiating pure love the entire time. Also, I love how she handles the key change. Thanks to Stephanie for sending the cover in; check it out below.
Director Francis Whately discusses 'unbelievably rare' Bowie footage in 'Five Years' film
May 22, 2013 7:32am | NME
Documentary is due to air on BBC Two this weekend (May 25)
May 22, 2013 6:44am | Fact Magazine
Josh Homme on Nick Oliveri's return to QOTSA: 'It's what it is, not what it was'
May 22, 2013 6:41am | NME
Frontman says working with big name collaborators was a 'distraction from how confusing this record was to make'
The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger: 'I'll be camping out at Glastonbury for the whole weekend'
May 22, 2013 6:28am | NME
Singer also reckons he will find cooler places to hang out than his daughters
Caught on tape: the month
May 22, 2013 5:59am | Fact Magazine
Following on from our Best Bandcamp Releases Of The Month, we’re thrilled to announced a second new column, this time digesting the best contemporary cassette-only releases. The cassette circuit is a wellspring of inventive and surprising music – and more often than not, the best releases get minimal-to-zero coverage. In the first instalment of a new monthly column, Brad Rose – boss of nonpareil cassette and vinyl label Digitalis Recordings - picks out the cream of under-the-radar tape releases from the last month or so.
The number of tapes being released on large and small labels alike these days is ridiculous, and trying to wade through all of it is an impossible task.
Worse is how many of these cassettes are nice enough but generally unremarkable. As always, though, there are a handful that stand out from the pack, yet too often go unnoticed.
This month we dig into subterranean electronics from Black Hat, the industrial grime of Lavas Magmas, Beaunoise getting his remix action on, echo-heavy Pod Blotz, New Age stealth from Discoverer, and a weird as hell tape called Shampoing and Toner.
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Manchester producer Walton announces Beyond, his debut album for Hyperdub
May 22, 2013 5:57am | Fact Magazine
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Manchester producer Sam Walton today announces his debut album for Hyperdub, Beyond.
A contribution to Keysound’s All-Stars series aside, Walton has only ever released on Hyperdub, dropping a pair of EPs (Walton, 2011; All Night, 2012) and more recently announcing a vinyl only release for the label titled ‘Baby’. On Beyond, his productions really sparkle technically – there’s an impressive physicality to the whole album, with a woody texture to the drums creating cohesion – as he tackles 4×4 house, ghostly garage and, at times, grime. In Walton’s words, “I just wanted there to be a contrast between bright and dark, I didn’t want to stick to a specific genre either. Just a vibe.”
Beyond marks Hyperdub’s second full-length of 2013 following the instrumental version of LV’s Sebenza, with the announcement of a new Ikonika album set to follow.
System Of A Down bassist asks fans if they should replace frontman Serj Tankian
May 22, 2013 5:54am | NME
Shavo Odadjian says he is 'furious' that the band have not released an album since 2005
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington speaks about future plans with Stone Temple Pilots
May 22, 2013 5:33am | NME
Band also post first material with new frontman online - listen
Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories' bonus track 'Horizon' emerges online - listen
May 22, 2013 5:15am | NME
The song features on the Japanese version of the album
Listen to a cover of Donna Summer
May 22, 2013 4:52am | Fact Magazine
Last May, Donna Summer, the queen of disco, sadly died.
Best known for her Giorgio Moroder-produced hits ‘I Feel Love’ and ‘Love to Love You’, the news of her death prompted this tribute piece by Todd Honeycut, a YouTube user who makes recreations of hits using just his voice; in his words, “all of the sounds are human – sound produced by me only, without pitch correction or auto-tune.” Although in his cover of ‘I Feel Love’ he breaks his own rules slightly, using pitch-shifting for one of the drum sounds and a bass note that “no human could hit”, it’s still damn impressive, and was brought to our attention this week by Moroder himself, on Facebook.
Check out the cover above, and stream Moroder’s first ever DJ set, from New York this week, here. New to Moroder’s work? Check out our beginner’s guide to him here.
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