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Watch St. Vincent play a cruel game of Name That Song
Aug 27, 2014 11:01am | Cosequence Of Sound

Chances are that if you read this site, you think of yourself as some sort of musical expert. But, if you were given a test to identify their songs based on just 30-second snippets, how well would you really do? Be honest. It’s way harder than you think.

The mighty Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, was subjected to a similar challenge recently at the Rock En Seine festival. Folks from the French site Sourdoreille played random tracks by some of Clark’s biggest musical influences and asked her to name ‘em on the spot.

While she easily nailed some (Talking Heads), she found herself rather stumped by others, especially Sufjan Stevens’ “bullshit Christmas tracks” which were obviously fiendishly used to trip her up. At one point, Clark even calls the game “cruel.”

Though I do agree it’s a rather tricky game  do you know how many holiday songs Sufjan has? A LOT  it’s still cool seeing Clark rattle her brain and talk about artists far and wide and her personal connections to them. And well, it’s also pretty fun hearing her curse in English and seeing the French subtitles below. Or maybe I just really like cursing in French. Oh merde!

Watch it below (via Stereogum).

Jennifer Castle enchants on new album Pink City; stream it now
Aug 27, 2014 11:00am | Chart Attack

Jennifer Castle's Pink City is streaming over at CBC, and on first listen it sounds like an artifact chanced upon in a dusty box found on the side of an abandoned town's record store. The tender, soaring folk full of melancholy and wit feels like a relic, but with too much singular personality to be just some curio. Pink City features contributions from Owen Pallett, Paul Mortimer of The Highest Order, Brodie West, and many more Toronto music pals. Put it on, stare outside, and reflect with some unsugared tea. And a nice dog, if you can get one.

Jennifer Castle's new album Pink City is out September 2 via Idee Fixe Records; pre-order it here.

Jennifer Castle enchants on new album Pink City; stream it now by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat tease 'Sherlock' season 4
Aug 27, 2014 10:52am | NME
It might be going darker say the writers

Austrias Elevate festival adds next wave of acts featuring Scratcha DVA, Mala and Cooly G
Aug 27, 2014 10:47am | Fact Magazine

Austria’s sprawling Elevate Festival returns this October with a cracking lineup of forward-thinking artists from across the globe.

The festival is always worth keeping an eye on, and Elevate are off to a great start this year with appearances confirmed from Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio, Hyperdub boss Kode9, noise techno producer Container and Detroit’s Motor City Drum Ensemble. They’ve now announced the second wave and it’s looking even more tantalizing – on top of Kode9, the festival is also grabbing a few more names from the Hyperdub stable - Scratcha DVA, Cooly G and Ikonika. It’s all in celebration of the label’s 10th birthday this year, and as a “special birthday present” the label are also bringing along DMZ’s Mala and Teklife DJs Feloneezy & Jackie Dagger.

Elsewhere, UK producer (and FACT fave) Tessela will be dropping in for a set, as will experimental type Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka Lichens), who will no doubt be fusing his modular synth experimentations with his well-practiced vocal workouts.

For a closer look at the festival’s programme thus far and to grab tickets, make sure you head to the Elevate site

Merchandise After The End
Aug 27, 2014 10:40am | CMJ

Merchandise knows a thing or two about staying in one place. Though it often seems the band has no love for their Tampa hometown (in an interview with Dazed & Confused, frontman Carson Cox called it a “cultural wasteland”), they’ve spent their entire lives in the Florida city. Drummer Elsner Niño said he couldn’t convince them to relocate. But while the band’s strip-mall surroundings and small home studio haven’t changed, with After The End, their sound has.

The band’s third LP (and its first for 4AD) had a lot to live up to, given the game-changing success of Merchandise’s sophomore effort, 2012’s Children Of Desire. But rather than live up to it, Merchandise attempts to look past it. The bare bones, lo-fi greasiness of Children Of Desire has been replaced by a clean pop sheen. The seven-minute scuzz fests have been subdued to four-minute ballads. But After The End is still very much a Merchandise album: the slow build in True Monument, the unchained guitar in Little Killers. Sure, it’s the first time Merchandise has recorded an album with actual drums (thanks to the addition of Niño), and multi-instrumentalist Chris Horn is newly a part of the lineup. But After The End is still rooted in punk and Merchandise’s self-possessed DIY ethic.

This band has always had clear influe...

Christopher Owens reveals new song 'Never Want To See That Look Again' listen
Aug 27, 2014 10:21am | NME
Track is latest to be lifted from new solo album 'A New Testament'

FYF Fest, L.A.: August 23-24, 2014
Aug 27, 2014 10:19am | CMJ

FYF started out very rocky, and I’m not talking about the genre of music. With general admission lines to get in lasting up to three hours, people not being able to get their hands on a Coke due to the festival’s “no high fructose corn syrup” policy, and the arena stage being held down by the fire marshal for over-capacity within five minutes of Chet Faker’s set, there were grumbles of distress and disappointment throughout. Chet Faker though said he knew that this was going to happen with his set: “I’ve gotten more tweets from people about this show than any other…Even when I’ve played festivals in Australia, where I’m from, I haven’t had this many people telling me they were gonna be there.” Real Estate encouraged fest goers to enjoy their set twice as much because those stuck in line outside couldn’t. The crowd control bugs were mostly fixed by day two with virtually no wait time to get into the festival; plus the organizers opened the upstairs of the L.A. Sports Arena so the stage’s capacity doubled making it so Darkside was the only band with a wait all day.

If you survived the lines to get into the arena on the first day you were treated to some serious fist pumping beats from Todd Terje. There were jokes about his set still vibrating the stage’s disco balls the next day. After Terje has the crowd screaming, Caribou silenced them with a hypnotic series of drum and...

AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best
Aug 27, 2014 10:13am | StereoGum

In the single greatest book ever written about rock music, 1991′s Rock And The Pop Narcotic, Joe Carducci described AC/DC thusly: “They kind of took the lumpen stomp of Slade and sort of added the blues croak of early Savoy Brown (Chris Youlden) and came up with a raw, narrowly focused, grittily compacted hard rock sound somewhere in the vicinity of the intersection of blues and metal at boogie They became so popular by 1980, that today, if you cut open young execs, young housewives, rappers, house mixers, salsa fans, hip hopsters you’ll likely as not find that about fourteen rings back there’s a layer of molten rock sediment spewed by this Australian eruption.”


Fabio Frizzis soundtrack to Lucio Fulcis A Cat in the Brain set for vinyl release
Aug 27, 2014 10:13am | Fact Magazine

We’re massive fans of Italian horror soundtrack king Fabio Frizzi here at FACT, and this announcement is exactly what we’ve been waiting for.

Lucio Fulci’s Un gatto nel cervello, known in English as A Cat in the Brain or (boringly) Nightmare Concert emerged in 1990 and sported a soundtrack from his regular collaborator Fabio Frizzi. Sadly, the score has been incredibly tough to source ever since; there was one release (it was paired with Frizzi’s ace score to Fulci’s Zombi 2 and dumped on CD in ’98), but that’s been out of print for years.

Now the lovely folks at Mondo out in Austin, Texas have managed to secure the rights so they can give the score the deluxe treatment it always deserved, and they’ve outdone themselves. Boasting spiffy new artwork from Aussie duo We Buy Your Kids, liner notes from Fabio Frizzi and randomly inserted “brain-colored” vinyl, it’s also been given a deluxe pressing on 180g wax. There’s no word of exactly when it will be released, so make sure you check out Mondo’s website periodically if you don’t want to miss out – their releases are notoriously quick to sell out. [via Modern Vinyl]

If you want to find out more about Fabio Frizzi, FACT’s in-house horror buff John Twells selected the Italian composer’s finest moments, and...

A third LP from elusive crooner Lewis has surfaced
Aug 27, 2014 10:13am | Fact Magazine

The plot thickens.

Earlier this year, Light In The Attic discovered and reissued two albums by Lewis, a mysterious Canadian singer who seemed to disappear after recording LAmour and Romantic Times in the 1980s. Subsequently, the label tracked down the artist (real name Randall Wulff) in Canada, vowing not to repress either of the albums once their stock of CDs and LPs runs out.

Now, a third album, Love Ain’t No Mystery, has surfaced via Fiasco Bros, a studio known to be connected to the singer. Credited to Lewis and/or his Randy Duke moniker, it certainly sounds legit, judging by the two tracks that have popped up on YouTube. Listen below and decide for yourself whether this is worth a $10 flyer via Paypal. [via]

New Zealand icon Peter Jefferies touring the US for first time in 20 years in support of 'Electricity' reissue (dates, streams)
Aug 27, 2014 10:11am | Brooklyn Vegan
Although he's never cultivated as high a profile as some of his contemporaries, Peter Jefferies can be found dangling from just about every important branch of New Zealand's post-punk family tree. Over the course of a decade and a half, he's wended his way from fronting the aggro-punk Nocturnal Projections to co-starring (with brother Graeme) in the dour This Kind of Punishment to his role as in-house tape manipulator at the Xpressway label. It's on his solo records -- and the collaborations in which he's allowed to take the reins -- that the expansive sweep of Jefferies' vision can best be appreciated. [Trouser Press]
Superior Viaduct just reissued Peter Jefferies' 1994 album Electricity which marks its first release on vinyl. You can stream a couple tracks from the reissue below. Last year, De Stijl reissued his acclaimed 1990 album, The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, and that can be heard via Rdio.

As part of the Electricity reissue, the New Zealand musician will be touring the US for the first time in 20 years. That tour starts in NYC at Issue Project Room on October 1 where he'll perform two solo sets. Tickets for IPR are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with songs streams, below...

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Hear soothing Oren Ambarchi collaboration Green Dragon Inn from David Sheas Rituals
Aug 27, 2014 10:10am | Fact Magazine

Experimental heavyweight David Shea returns with a stunning new album influenced by ceremonial rituals.

US-born, Australia-based composer David Shea has already amassed quite the catalog over his estimable career. He still might be best known for his work with John Zorn’s Tzadik imprint, but Shea’s been working tirelessly over the last five years on a new album (his first in almost a decade) of “outer-wave electro-acoustic deconstructions.”

Rituals is a collection of music influenced by ceremonial rituals, after Shea spent time immersing himself in “raditional ritual music centred on Buddhist and Taoist traditions” and the influential musique concrete of Luc Ferrari and Giacinto Scelsi.

You can hear the album’s gorgeous closing track ‘Green Dragon Inn’ (which features Oren Ambarchi, Joe Talia and Girish Makwana) below, and the album will be released on Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint on September 15.


01 Ritual 32
02 Emerald Garden
03 Wandering in the Dandenongs
04 Sunrise (feat. Oren Ambarchi, Joe Talia)
05 Fragments of Hafiz
06 Meditation (Feat Scanner, Lawrence English)
07 Green Dragon Inn (feat. Oren Ambarchi, Joe Talia, Girish Makwana)

The Killers' Brandon Flowers reveals details of 2015 solo album
Aug 27, 2014 10:03am | NME
Frontman is working with Ariel Rechtshaid on follow up to 2010's 'Flamingo'

Dream Police (mems of The Men) releasing debut LP, playing Sacred Bones CMJ Party w/ Marissa Nadler & more
Aug 27, 2014 9:56am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.

In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

In other The Men-related news, former member Ben Greenberg has upcoming shows with his projects Music Blues and Uniform.

Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...

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Bob Dylan announces US tour dates
Aug 27, 2014 9:47am | Cosequence Of Sound

With the impending release of a new studio album, not to mention The Basement Tapes anthology, Bob Dylan has plenty to promote when he heads out on the road in October. Today, the legendary songwriter announced the latest leg of his Never Ending tour with dates stretching through early December. In several cities, he’ll perform multi-night residencies. See the full docket below.

Dylan’s new LP, rumored to be titled Shadows in the Night, is expected to see release later this year. The Basement Tapes Complete, meanwhile, is due out November 4th.

(Read: Dusting Em Off: Bob Dylan The Times They Are a-Changin)

Bob Dylan 2014 Tour Dates:
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/18 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
10/28 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
10/29 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
10/30 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
11/01 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
11/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
11/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
11/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum The...

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