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Hop Along sign to Saddle Creek, releasing new LP in 2015
Oct 30, 2014 9:43am | Brooklyn Vegan

Hop Along at Wicker Park Fest 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)

Hop Along have been playing new songs live for a while now, and they've finally announced that they've signed to Saddle Creek for the followup to their great 2012 album Get Disowned. Congrats guys! That makes them labelmates with Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Thermals and more. The album's due out in spring of 2015 and they're entering the studio this week with producer John Agnello, who's work with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, Cymbals Eat Guitars and others makes him a great fit for Hop Along.

Hop Along have a couple dates coming up, including a free Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet, Girlpool, Mitski and more, and a New Year's Eve show in Philly.

Revisit Get Disowned below...

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Meanwhile Icarus (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 30, 2014 9:42am | StereoGum

The first thing that struck me about Meanwhile’s “Icarus,” from the British pop auteur’s The Element Yes EP, was the beat. It’s an unbelievable dance-pop track, a hyperkinetic future-funk rhythm built on playfully spiky guitar figures. It sounds like something Berlin-era Bowie might’ve come up with if he’d still been snorting massive amounts of cocaine, perhaps with some neon space dust mixed in. Eventually, though, I became just as impressed with Meanwhile’s vocal. There’s certainly some Bowie in that too, but it’s more like TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe doing his best Prince impression. The dude can really wail. All in all it’s fucking genius stuff that deserves to be heard, so hear it below.


Dan Bodan Soft
Oct 30, 2014 9:40am | CMJ

Shakespeare’s Romeo made the case that names don’t matter so much when it comes to what’s inside. But Romeo didn’t make it to the end of the play, and in the case of Dan Bodan’s new album, Soft, the name is a very good place to start. Like its title suggests, the album is plush, warm and smooth. And there is a track on Soft called Romeo, a pained, almost desperate ballad with an aftertaste of ’90s house, and because of a bass-heavy low end, the name ends up sounding like a false facade.

The first track on the LP is called Soft Opening, which is probably both a sexual euphemism and a literal description of the song’s tracklist placement. A thick, embryonic beat burbles in the background as Bodan purrs wistful lines like, “Touch my lips and then unfurl,” and the song fades, softly, into the rest of the album. Soft‘s lead single is Soft As Rain, laced with a buzzy backbeat fog that warbles and lilts around Bodan’s hookiest verses. This is prime high-point-of-the-romance material, and a point that doesn’t come again.

Soft hits on some deeply buried emotions (“I left scraps inside of you” on Soft Opening; “If you feel a rusted heart/don’t let them know” on Rusty), but does it with such grace that it’s easy to convince yoursel...

Rich Homie Quan Milk Marie Video
Oct 30, 2014 9:36am | StereoGum

Unless we’re counting RTJ2, my pick for the year’s best mixtape is Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1, the showcase for Atlanta freakout artists Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. The two share the spotlight on most of the mixtape’s tracks, but both get a couple of solo moments to shine. One of those moments is “Milk Marie,” a hazy sex song from Rich Homie. The new video for that track, from director Be El Be, is fairly rote loverman stuff, but it also nicely shows off Rich Homie’s increasingly uncontainable charisma. Check it out below.


Hear Franck Vigrouxs superb new EP Centaure, on Shapednoises new label Cosmo Rhythmatic
Oct 30, 2014 9:35am | Fact Magazine

Noisy techno operative Shapednoise has launched a new label (with D.Carbone and Ascion), and of course we’re very interested.

Called Cosmo Rhythmatic, the label is geared up to release Franck Vigroux’s Centaure, an EP so eardrum-destroying we weren’t sure we’d been sent the right files when we heard it the first time.

Thankfully we cooled off, poured some hot water into our battered ears and tried again. It’s brilliant, crushing stuff – the kind of thick, white noise ridden material that make Pan Sonic’s original run of 12″s sound like Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’ in comparison. It’s hardly surprising that Vigroux is a veteran – he’s been releasing top shelf experimental business for over a decade, and you can hear his techno-flecked new EP in full below.

Centaure will be released on November 10 on 12″ only via Cosmo Rhythmatic.

Wanda Jackson cancels tour, including Bowery Ballroom
Oct 30, 2014 9:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

While there hasn't been a formal announcement, it looks like Wanda Jackson's fall tour -- which was to have hit NYC's Bowery Ballroom on November 16 -- has been canceled. Bowery's site says:

Due to a medical issue we regretfully are forced to cancel Wanda's upcoming performances in October. Wanda will be fine and she looks forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible! Thank you for the all of the well wishes and prayers.
That note clearly also applies to November as she's got no tour dates on her schedule currently. Wanda, glad to hear you're ok. Get well and see you soon.

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video premiere: Las Robertas Marlene
Oct 30, 2014 9:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

Costa Rica’s Las Robertas drop their first ever, appropriately fuzzed-out official video, for the group’s buzzing, super catchy garage pop jam “Marlene“. Directed by Lourdes Martínez. Las Robertas’ Days Unmade LP is out now on Arts & Crafts México.

Judd Apatow to produce new Pee-wee Herman movie
Oct 30, 2014 9:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

It’s been 26 years since Pee-wee Herman was last seen in theaters, but that’s about to change. During an appearance on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, actor Paul Reubens announced that a new Pee-wee Herman film is officially in the works. It’s being produced by Judd Apatow, and filming will begin next February.

Herman said the film’s director and additional details will be announced next week.

The film will mark the third in the Pee-wee Herman series, following 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and 1988’s Big Top Pee-wee, as well as the CBS TV series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which aired between 1986 and 1991. Reubens has portrayed the character on several occasions since then — including a stage show in 2010 — though a new film has been stuck in developmental hell for the last half decade.

Reubens previously said the film would be titled Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Movie and focus on the characters from the TV show — specifically, they’ll leave the playhouse for the first time, in search of a missing character.

Below, watch Reubens discuss the project on The Tonight Show, along with video of Pee-wee Herman’s appearance on Conan in 2011.

Jerry Lee Lewis released new album (listen) and book, playing BB King's tonight & other dates
Oct 30, 2014 9:22am | Brooklyn Vegan

Rock n' roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis just turned 79 but is still going strong, having just released a new album, Rock & Roll Time, this week (10/27). The record features a bevy of guest stars, including Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Shelby Lynne, and songs include covers of Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), Bob Dylan ("Stepchild"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Mississippi Kid"), Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie," "Promised Land"), Jimmie Rodgers ("Blues Like Midnight") and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.

There's also a new biography on Killer, titled Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, out this week as well. He's in NYC as we speak, celebrating the release of both tonight (10/29) at BB King Blues Club. Tickets are still available. You may have seen Jerry sitting in with Paul Schaffer on Letterman this past Monday (10/27).

Jerry Lee Lewis has a couple other select dates on his calendar. All are listed, along with the new album stream, below...

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Elephant Micah By The Canal (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 30, 2014 9:15am | StereoGum

Indiana singer-songwriter Joseph O’Connell records under the name Elephant Micah. He’s got a new album called Where In Our Woods — his twelfth under the Elephant Micah name and first for Western Vinyl — coming early next year. Today he’s sharing “By The Canal,” a salt-of-the-earth folk tune that channels its melancholy into dreams of a better day. “They tore our flag in half,” O’Connell sings with a rich, weary tone that recalls his old friend Jason Molina. Fans of Califone and Hiss Golden Messenger will probably dig it too. Listen below, where you’ll also find a trailer for Where In Our Woods.


Oct 30, 2014 9:07am | Fact Magazine

Available on: Big Machine

20 years from now, if my kids want to know what pop sounded like in the Instagram era, Ill hand them 1989. Taylor Swifts latest – her first documented, official pop album – is the musical equivalent of a ’80s photograph cropped, filtered and reposted with a #tbt caption. The question on people’s lips when Swift announced the concept of her new record was how does someone born in 1989 make an album that pays homage to what the late ’80s sounded like?, but they missed a crucial fact: people born later than Swift do this every single day, with the filters on their iPhones.

This sounds like a criticism, and when Swift shared the first three singles from her upcoming album, it was meant as one. It seemed, from the repetitive drive of Shake It Off and Out of the Woods, that she had condensed her lyricism from her usual narrative style into a string of pretty aphorisms that could almost have been written to become perfect social media updates (they then actually performed that purpose, later in the build-up to 1989‘s release). Swift teased the album by saying it was her most sonically cohesive ever, and the more that was shared of it, especially the lifelessly twee Welcome To New York, the more that seemed like something to be wary of. The 1980s theme felt like a colour filter rather than...

Ariel Pinks Haunted Horror Movie Guide
Oct 30, 2014 9:00am | StereoGum

Kids have their fictional heroes. For some it might be Batman or Spider-Man or Katniss Everdeen. They’re usually good guys. Ariel Pink’s childhood hero was a villain: a burn victim with a razor glove and a passion for murdering teens while shouting some darkly comic puns. He had seen horror movies before A Nightmare On Elm Street, but Freddy Krueger was something of a gateway drug for Pink, whose horror-movie obsessions bleed into interviews, live shows, and, of course, his songs. “Four Shadows,” which will appear on Pink’s new double-album pom pom, sounds like he wrote a real theme to an imaginary ’80s vampire flick. Meanwhile, Before Today had “Fright Night,” an imaginary theme song for an actual ’80s vampire flick. The latter is mostly concerned with vampires and black cats, though Pink does manage to slip in the always-pertinent question once posed by Brooklyn rap legends the Fat Boys: “Are you ready for Freddy?”


Fool's Gold celebrating 7th anniversary w/ Master P, Just Blaze & others; A-Trak releasing an EP (stream a track)
Oct 30, 2014 9:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

Fool's Gold Records, the hip hop/electronic label run by A-Trak (who played Baby's All Right on Tuesday) and Nick Catchdubs, will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in NYC on November 6 at Webster Hall. The late-night celebration (10 PM start) doubles as one of Just Blaze's weekly House Parties and includes veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P, as well as Rowdy Rebel, Just Blaze, Brenmar, Fame School, Nick Catchdubs, Shash'u, Electric Punanny, Jasmine Solano and Melo-X in the Grand ballroom + Balcony. The Marlin Room will have Va$htie, Oscar, Huggy Bear and Deemehlow. And the party in the Studio will be hosted by Dirty South with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer above.

If you want to spend the full night at Webster Hall, the 8 PM show in the Studio is Dean Blunt, Gobby, and Loren Connors (tickets), which will also be a good one ...or you could see Shaggy in the Grand Ballroom.

In related news, A-Trak is releasing the Full EP next week (11/4) digitally and on November 25 physically via Fool's Gold. Stream the single "Push," featuring Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, via Spotify below...

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Metallica Announce Late Late Show Residency
Oct 30, 2014 8:56am | StereoGum

Metallica have announced that they will do a week-long residency on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to commemorate the host’s departure. (Ferguson — who announced he was leaving the show shortly after Letterman earlier this year — will air his last episode sometime in December.) The band will sit down for an interview on Monday, November 17th, and will play every night that week. The dates of their performances correspond with the 10th anniversary reissue of doocumentary Some Kind Of Monster. “What better way to celebrate Craig’s awesome tenure at CBS than to come and shake the rafters for a whole week,” Lars Ulrich said to Rolling Stone. “Nothing to sell, nothing to promote (except a reissue DVD) … purely hanging at Craig’s personal request. Bring it!” The last residency of this type was for Foo Fighters, who took over Letterman earlier this month.


Jeremih edges closer to Late Nights: The Album with artwork, tracklist and release date
Oct 30, 2014 8:55am | Fact Magazine

Long-awaited album due next month.

We’ve been looking forward to Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album since the day we were born, or that’s what it feels like at this point. The eternally delayed full-length follow-up to his note-perfect 2012 mixtape Late Nights With… is finally set for release on November 10, according to Amazon UK.

The singer has also unveiled the album’s artwork and the 12-song tracklist, which features Compton star YG on his hit ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ and the perennial Juicy J alongside your usual suspects like J. Cole and French Montana, plus Trey Songz, Fabolous and Flo Rida. Also, there is a song called ‘Dumptrucks’. Production comes from the likes of long-time collaborator Mick Shultz, DJ Mustard, Vinylz, DJ Spinz and Needlz.

Listen to ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ (which his label didn’t even make a video for despite it becoming a bonafide hit) and check the tracklist below. [via HNHH]

1. Planes (Feat. J. Cole)
2. Dont Tell Em (Feat. YG)
3. Got Damn (Feat. Trey Songz & Fabolous)
4. Dumptrucks
5. There You Go
6. Gimmie Kiss
7. Cant Go No Mo (Feat. Juicy J)
8. She No Good (Feat. French Montana & Johnny Cinco)
9. Horny
10. You & I
11. Tonight Belongs To You (Feat. Flo Rida)
12. Paradise

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