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Björk From Post to Vulnicura
Jan 29, 2015 9:50am | CMJ

The music industry has been constantly adapting. In just the past few decades weve moved from vinyl to cassette, CD to digital, and back to a vinyl resurgence. And now the comeback of the cassette too? But for at least the last decade, digital formats have the been the primary avenue of music consumption. From Napster to Spotify, weve seen a plethora of digital music platforms come and go, both legal and otherwise. But one indisputable fact about it all is that access to music has increased exponentially. We are all too familiar with the debates about how this access impacts the artists monetarily, but what about the ways this access has changed album releases? Now full-streams of an album are often available before the official release, or surprise albums can even be released without any notice. The most infamous example being U2s Songs Of Innocence, which instantly appeared in every iTunes library upon its release without users permission.

Then we have album leaks, a situation which seems to keep happening all the more frequently. Recently, this has been leading to early releases of albums prior to their scheduled release date to offset the damage. Back in October, Run The Jewels released RTJ2 as a free download a few days before its scheduled release, to combat a leak of the album. In mid-January, Björk officially announced the heavily rumored album Vulnicura which was supposed to be released in March. Just days af...



Purity Ring Push Pull Video
Jan 29, 2015 9:40am | StereoGum

Purity Ring’s sophomore album Another Eternity is easily one of the most anticipated records of 2015. Megan James and Corin Roddick teased “Push Pull” back in December before all the details for the album surfaced along with second single “Begin Again” a few weeks ago. Now they’ve debuted director Renata Kaksha’s visuals for “Push Pull,” which are something of a call back to the album’s artwork. In the clip, James is encased in gossamer threads and wheeling through cosmic landscapes, until the external light begins to come from within her, too. It’s a very Purity Ring aesthetic, continuing their exploration of the messy, complex relationship between the spiritual and physical realms. Watch it below.

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Purity Ring premieres push pull video watch
Jan 29, 2015 9:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Purity Ring has revealed the music video for “push pull”, the lead single off the dream pop duo’s highly-anticipated new album after eternity. Directed by Renata Raksha (St. Vincent, ScHoolboy Q), the wondrous visual sees vocalist Megan James tangled up in a blanket of woolly, tentacle-like threads. Thrust forward, only to be withdrawn again, her body’s whippy movements echo the woozy ebb and flow arrangements of the track itself. Watch it below.

The album after eternity arrives on March 3rd via 4AD Records. In support, Purity Ring recently scheduled a spring tour, whose dates can be found here.



Purity Ring premieres Push Pull video watch
Jan 29, 2015 9:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Purity Ring has revealed the music video for “Push Pull”, the lead single off the dream pop duo’s highly-anticipated new album After Eternity. Directed by Renata Raksha (St. Vincent, ScHoolboy Q), the wondrous visual sees vocalist Megan James tangled up in a blanket of woolly, tentacle-like threads. Thrust forward, only to be withdrawn again, her body’s whippy movements echo the woozy ebb and flow arrangements of the track itself. Watch it below.

After Eternity arrives on March 3rd via 4AD Records. In support, Purity Ring recently scheduled a spring tour, whose dates can be found here.



Brian Wilson announces No Pier Pressure, his star-studded new solo album
Jan 29, 2015 9:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

On April 7th, Brian Wilson returns with his latest solo album No Pier Pressure. The singer’s 11th LP to date, and first since 2011’s In the Key of Disney, sees him reuniting with Capitol Records, the original home of The Beach Boys.

According to a press release, No Pier Pressure was initially conceived with The Beach Boys in mind, but “wanting to find the right voices to complete his vision, Wilson saw an opportunity to finally become hip with his kids and recruited some amazing young vocalists who have been inspired by his music.” (Ed. Note: It probably didn’t help that Wilson and Mike Love had a public fallout in 2013.)

(Read: The 10 Least Fun (Fun, Fun) Beach Boys Songs)

Among those “right voices” are She & Hims Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Kacey Musgraves, Capital Cities Sebu Simonian, fun.s Nate Ruess, and former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin. Veteran musicians Don Was, Jim Keltner, Kenny Aronoff, and Dean Parks appear as session players. Despite earlier (and frankly, not well-received) reports, Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey are not listed among the contributors.

No Pier Pressure will be available in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions (digitally and on CD), as well as a 16-track double LP version on 180-gram vinyl.

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Menace Beach Tastes Like Medicine Video
Jan 29, 2015 9:27am | StereoGum

Leeds-based Menace Beach released their debut LP, Ratworld, a few days ago, and it’s hard to describe them as anything but a really fun band. The record is easy listening, but that doesn’t detract from the gauzy interplay of Ryan Needham and Liza Violet’s respective voices. “Tastes Like Medicine” is one of Ratworld’s first singles, and the video features decaying black-and-white footage of Menace Beach performing below a whimsically animated overlay. Watch below.

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These Are Pandoras 10 Most Liked Songs Of All Time
Jan 29, 2015 9:27am | StereoGum

Pandora continues to be one of the most popular musical outlets of the digital age. With its curated playlists and algorithms and thumbs-up/thumbs-down interactivity, it’s emblematic of the way this generation experiences music. So Buzzfeed had the bright idea to ask them which songs get the most thumbs up. Here’s the top 10:

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Watch Barack Obama Sing Uptown Funk In Latest BaracksDubs
Jan 29, 2015 9:26am | StereoGum

Regardless of what you think of his politics, President Obama is a tremendous public speaker. He maintains his pauses long enough to optimize his word choice and give them maximum emphasis. This makes Obama the ideal candidate for a super-cut — there’s so much space between his words that editing declaratory snippets doesn’t sound totally off in the way that it should. Today, we present you with “Obama” singing the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars collaboration “Uptown Funk,” and it actually doesn’t sound as terrible as you might think. But it’s still pretty bad. Watch the video, and listen to the BB Disco Dub remix of “Uptown Funk” below.

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Foo Fighters sold out Citi Field, add 2nd night (updated tour dates); Dave Grohl was a "good omen" for the new Cribs LP
Jan 29, 2015 9:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Foo Fighters at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)

Foo Fighters have a big stadium tour coming up that's set to hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field (home of The Mets). That show sold out, but they've since added a second show happening a day earlier (7/15) at the same venue. Both are with Royal Blood. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30). Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, NME reports that Dave Grohl stopped by The Cribs' studio when they were recording their upcoming Ric Ocasek-produced LP, and bassist/singer Gary Jarman called his appearance a "good omen":

"We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl," the bass player said. "We played with him in Ireland and he was like, 'The Cribs? I love you guys!' We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record - it was just like a rabbit's foot or something."
Looking forward to seeing what Grohl's magical powers can do when the record comes out in March (hear a song).

Foo Fighters dates below...

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Pet Sun filmed a live session video, going on tour (dates)
Jan 29, 2015 9:20am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Alicia Giammaria

Last year we wrote about Canadian garage pop-punks Pet Sun around the time they put out their debut EP and came to NYC for CMJ. They've now got another tour beginning tonight (1/29) that brings them back to our side of the border in February. It includes a return to NYC on February 13 at Cake Shop with Weird Womb (who they played with at CMJ), Moral Panic (ex-Livids) and Nail Polish. $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.

Pet Sun also recently signed to The Hand Recordings and are planning a new album for late summer. Meanwhile, they have a new live session video for "Feel Like I'm Going Away," the title track off last year's EP, which premieres in this post. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...

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Tom Petty Releases Statement About The Sam Smith Thing
Jan 29, 2015 9:19am | StereoGum

Sam Smith has been having a rough time of it this month, and part of the reason is that “Stay With Me,” Smith’s breakout hit from last year, turns out to be a little too close for comfort to Tom Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down.” Earlier this week, the news came out that an out-of-court settlement awarded Petty and “I Won’t Back Down” co-writer Jeff Lynne a 12.5% writing credit on “Stay With Me.” According to a statement from Smith’s camp, Smith and his co-writers were “not previously familiar” with “I Won’t Back Down” but that they “acknowledged the similarity” and had no trouble coming to an immediate agreement. Petty has now issued a no-hard-feelings statement on the whole affair, and here it is:

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Lower Dens will 'Escape from Evil' on new LP (stream a song), playing release show at Baby's All RIght
Jan 29, 2015 9:13am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Lower Dens will release their third album, Escape from Evil, on May 31 via Ribbon Music. The first single from the album, "To Die in LA," is maybe the most straight-forward pop song Jana Hunter and crew have done yet, and you can stream it below.

The band will celebrate the new album on release day (3/31) at Baby's All Right with Matteah Baim and Gold Dime. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.

Check out album art, tracklist and song stream below...

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Flight of the Conchords announce plans for reunion tour, which will include new material
Jan 29, 2015 9:08am | Cosequence Of Sound

After a long wait, the clock will soon strike business time: Flight of the Conchords are plotting their first tour together in five years.

According to Billboard, Jemaine Clement and partner Bret McKenzie are “planning on touring later on in the year in the States.” While specific details remain as-yet-unconfirmed, the duo will be debuting new material during these shows. “I really don’t like the studio part of music,” Clement explained. “I more enjoy playing live and letting others take care of the recording.”

Clement revealed the news during a promotional appearance at Sundance behind his latest film People, Places, Things.

After their titular HBO series halted production in 2009, Flight of the Conchords embarked on a very brief tour in mid-2010. Their activity has been sporadic since then, limited to a few one-off performances in 2012 and the release of a charity single for Red Nose Day. Last fall, reports surfaced of a tentative return to HBO, only for Clement and McKenzie to later clarify they were developing a separate project for the broadcasting giant. However, a long-rumored Flight of the Conchords movie/musical is still being considered.

Below, watch FoC perform “The Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room)” during a 2009 appearance on Letterman.



Lower Dens To Die In L.A.
Jan 29, 2015 9:05am | StereoGum

On their last album, 2012′s beautiful Nootropics, the Baltimore band Lower Dens explored some new middle ground between motorik krautrock pulse and headspun dream-pop drift. This spring, the band will follow that one up with Escape From Evil, their third album. And “To Die In L.A.,” the first single from the LP, sure seems to indicate that they’re taking another leap into the unknown. “To Die In L.A.” is, more or less, a synth-rock song, and there’s plenty of New Order in its DNA. But the band still has its own particular kind of dreamy drift, especially thanks to frontwoman Jana Hunter’s dark authority. Hunter produced the album, while indie rock producer-to-the-stars Chris Coady mixed it. Meanwhile, studio-pop auteur Ariel Rechtshaid contributed “production elements,” as did Lower Dens band member Walker Teret. Below, listen to “To Die In L.A.”

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Iceland Airwaves fest announces initial 2015 lineup
Jan 29, 2015 8:53am | Brooklyn Vegan

Long-running, eclectic and generally well-regarded music festival Iceland Airwaves will happen November 5 - 9, 2015 in Reykjavík. They've just announced the initial lineup which includes Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, GusGus, Spanish bands Mourn and Hinds, East India Youth and more. Lots more bands still to be announced, but tickets are on sale now.

Initial 2015 Iceland Airwaves line-up listed, along with an announcement video, below...

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