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Lion Babe Wonder Woman Video
Mar 26, 2015 2:34pm | StereoGum
Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman make up the silky, pop-funk duo Lion Babe, who just released their first self-titled EP. Today they've shared a song that wasn't on that release, the swag-inducing "Wonder Woman," that slinks along an ominous little beat that bursts into deep grooves to match Hervey's vocal runs. While Goodman stays mostly behind the scenes, Hervey crawls all over parched desert landscapes and eye-popping colorful backgrounds in the video. She seems to take the whole "lion" aspect of their name pretty seriously in these videos. Watch it below.




The Major Lazer cartoon series will premiere next month
Mar 26, 2015 2:31pm | Fact Magazine

The show will premiere in conjunction with the release of Major Lazer‘s new album.

Back in 2011, Adult Swim announced their plans to create an animated series inspired by Major Lazer. That never happened, but it looks like the Major Lazer show will finally come to life on a different network. FXX will premiere the first episode on April 16 at midnight during their Animation Domination block with the full series coming later this year.

Diplo is credited as co-creator and executive producer of the series. Read the premise and watch the show’s opening theme below.

The reggae dancehall grooves of Major Lazer are just one of the highlights in Major Lazer. The animated series tells the story of a superhero named Major Lazer who, with the help of his two teenaged friends, Penny and BLKMRKT, fights against the villains that populate the futuristic dystopia that is Jamaica. A self-proclaimed Guardian of the Groove, Major Lazer vows to fight for the rights of the Jamaican people and to bring down the ruthless curmudgeon, President Whitewall.

(via Consequence Of Sound)

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The Major Lazer cartoon series will premiere next month
Mar 26, 2015 2:31pm | Fact Magazine

The show will premiere in conjunction with the release of Major Lazer‘s new album.

Back in 2011, Adult Swim announced their plans to create an animated series inspired by Major Lazer. That never happened, but it looks like the Major Lazer show will finally come to life on a different network. FXX will premiere the first episode on April 16 at midnight during their Animation Domination block with the full series coming later this year.

Diplo is credited as co-creator and executive producer of the series. Read the premise and watch the show’s opening theme below.

The reggae dancehall grooves of Major Lazer are just one of the highlights in Major Lazer. The animated series tells the story of a superhero named Major Lazer who, with the help of his two teenaged friends, Penny and BLKMRKT, fights against the villains that populate the futuristic dystopia that is Jamaica. A self-proclaimed Guardian of the Groove, Major Lazer vows to fight for the rights of the Jamaican people and to bring down the ruthless curmudgeon, President Whitewall.

(via Consequence Of Sound)

The post The Major Lazer cartoon series will premiere next month appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


NOW HEAR THIS: Rihanna hasnt gone soft yet, No Joy move like ocean surf
Mar 26, 2015 2:28pm | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the last 24 hours. Today, Rihanna takes a 180 turn, new No Joy washes ashore, Ceremony become Interpol.

Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money"

After teasing fans with a preview to a new release on Instagram last night, Rihanna reclaims her bad gal status with the "trap goddess" banger "Bitch Better Have My Money." BBHMM is hard and fierce a complete 180 from her latest collaborative soft-rock, semi-experimental hit "FourFiveSeconds"  and her rudest track yet. "Kamikaze if you think that you gon' knock me off the top," blasts Riri. BBHMM will be featured on Rihanna's up-coming 8th studio album, rumoured R8. - Ebyan Abdigir

No Joy, "Everything New"

"Everything New" moves like ocean surf: Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz's twin vocals roll in and wash up and recede into lace; guitar strings twinkle like bits of spray scattering sunlight; the bass is the undercurrent, the engine that keeps the tune's whole ebb and flow in motion. But waves, as you know, are erosive; they drag away the shoreline, pull by pull. It's melancholy at its heart. "Time," indeed, "will subside." - Chris Hampton

No Joy's third full-length, More Faithful, is out June 9 via Arts & Crafts.

Ceremony, "The Separation" + "The Understanding"

A two-for from Californian one-time hardcore act Ceremony, w...


Willie Nelson plans to open marijuana dispensaries across the United States
Mar 26, 2015 2:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ask Willie Nelson about his love of marijuana and he will likely direct you to his memoir, the awesomely titled Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I die: Musings From the Road. That, or he’ll delightfully tell you about that one time he smoked pot on the roof of the White House. Soon enough, the legendary singer-songwriter will have something new to boast about: his very own brand of weed.

Yes, after being a longtime proponent and enthusiast of marijuana, Nelson is looking to get into the business of actually selling it. The product is called Willie’s Reserve, and it could be available to the public as early as 2016. It will also be distributed through physical stores, which Nelson and his family hope to open up across the US in states that’ve legalized marijuana. (For reference, Colorado’s estimated legal weed market is expected to reach $1 billion next year. Whew.)

According to an interview with Willie’s Reserve spokesperson Michael Bowman, the business is not just some fun, hobby-type venture, but “a culmination of Willies vision, and his whole life.” He adds:

Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side. He wants it to be something thats reflective of his passion. Ultimately, its his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on d...


Kero Kero Bonito, Chastity Belt and Hinds played GvB's Hype Hotel show at SXSW, Best Coast played a Mazda (pics, video)
Mar 26, 2015 2:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kero Kero Bonito / Chastity Belt @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015

London trio Kero Kero Bonito seem as much influenced by Blue's Clues as they are by Sleigh Bells and Cibo Matto, so it's no surprise that they were more illustrative with their costumes and sets than any other artist we saw this week. Songs about graduation came with cap and gown, songs about birthdays came with wraparound cone hats, and songs with mid-song telephone conversations came with an actual rotary phone to ring and be answered. If single "Picture This" gets as big as it deserves to be, the group could do more to revitalize the Polaroid than anyone since André 3000. - [SPIN]
The Hype Machine's Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat has been a fixture at SXSW for a few years now, and in 2015 occupied its biggest space yet, offering up shows curated by music blogs from around the world.

We stopped by on Thursday night (3/19) for Gorilla Vs Bear's showcase, catching sets from Chastity Belt (who also played one of our day parties), ramshackle Spanish garage rockers Hinds, and UK trio Kero Kero Bonito who employed a variety of props and costumes to flesh out their live show. Pictures from all three are in this post. We left before Autre Ne Veut, Leon Bridges, and Yumi Zouma (who we caught earlier that day at our own show).

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James Holden touring, playing NYC after Mutek (dates)
Mar 26, 2015 2:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: James Holden at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

British electronic producer James Holden has yet to announce a followup to his great 2013 album, The Inheritors, but while we wait for that, we'll have a chance to see him live this spring. He's going on a tour that's mostly in Europe, but right after he plays Montreal's Mutek festival, James comes to NYC to play Le Poisson Rouge on May 28 with Forma and FIXED DJ JDH. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Inheritors highlight "Renata," below...

Continue reading "James Holden touring, playing NYC after Mutek (dates)" at brooklynvegan


Elliot Moss Best Light
Mar 26, 2015 2:01pm | StereoGum
My friend’s SoundCloud was idly playing in the background a few weeks ago when Elliot Moss’ “Slip” came on. She’s a former music blogger with impeccable taste, so I always love it when she plays me music, but this was different. The song stood out immediately. Moss’ falsetto vocals evoke Justin Vernon with uncanny similarity, […]



Saturday Looks Good To Me's Fred Thomas releasing solo LP on Polyvinyl ft. Radiator Hospital & Andrew WK, touring
Mar 26, 2015 1:22pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Esme Mcclear

Michigan indie pop band Saturday Looks Good To Me returned a few years back, and now frontman Fred Thomas is putting out his first solo album. It's called All Are Saved, and is due out April 7 via Polyvinyl. The album includes early singles "Cops Don't Care Pt. II" (with Radiator Hospital's Sam Cook-Parrott on backup vocals), "Every Song Sung To A Dog" (with Andrew W.K. on backup vocals), and "Bad Blood." You can listen to all three below.

Fred is also going on a tour in May that brings him to NYC for two shows: May 10 at Elvis Guesthouse and May 11 at Palisades. Tickets for Elvis Guesthouse are on sale now and tickets for Palisades should be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Saturday Looks Good To Me's Fred Thomas releasing solo LP on Polyvinyl ft. Radiator Hospital & Andrew WK, touring" at brooklynvegan


Major Lazer cartoon series to premiere on FXX next month
Mar 26, 2015 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Major Lazers long-in-the-works cartoon series is finally set to air this month. The show will premiere on Thursday, April 16th at midnight as part of FXX’s regular Animation Domination programming block. Its release coincides with Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, Peace is the Mission, which is slated to drop later this spring through Mad Decent.

According to a press release, Major Lazer mastermind Diplo himself serves as co-creator and executive producer of the show, whose premise reads:

The reggae dancehall grooves of Major Lazer are just one of the highlights in Major Lazer. The animated series tells the story of a superhero named Major Lazer who, with the help of his two teenaged friends, Penny and BLKMRKT, fights against the villains that populate the futuristic dystopia that is Jamaica. A self-proclaimed Guardian of the Groove, Major Lazer vows to fight for the rights of the Jamaican people and to bring down the ruthless curmudgeon, President Whitewall.

Previously, Major Lazer teased the series with “Vegan Vampire”, a song that also featured a rumored character played by Vampire Weekends own Ezra Koenig.

Below, watch the show’s opening sequence.



Could this be the golden age of the animated music video?
Mar 26, 2015 1:15pm | Chart Attack

This Sunday, March 29, the third annual Prism Prize will be awarded for best Canadian music video of the year. Over 100 jurors from the music and film industry, as well as web and print journalists, were given a set of criteria - originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution - and used it to select a shortlist of ten videos.

Last year, we gathered all of the nominated Canadian music video directors for a roundtable on what it means to be a music video director in Canada in the age of the internet. It was an illuminating discussion that gave us a lens through which to view this year's shortlist. But, while watching (and voting on) the videos, we noticed a change: many of the most exceptional Canadian clips of the year are animated.

Four of them made the shortlist: "Order In The Court" by Odonis Odonis (director: Lee Stringle), "Yelling In Sleep" by Rich Aucoin (director: Joel Mackenzie) , "Monster" by Chad VanGaalen and "Beat The Drum Slowly" by Timber Timbre (the latter two directed by Chad VanGaalen). There were also at least a couple more deserving nominees that didn't.

You can't deny it: it's a good time for animated music videos in Canada. So this year, we decided to focus in specifically on those videos. We gathered all three nominated directors working in animation for a new roundtable on what specifically it means to work within that unique medium, the challenges and freedoms it offers, their fa...


LA psych-pop band Talk in Tongues ready debut LP, touring (dates, streams)
Mar 26, 2015 1:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Los Angeles quartet Talk in Tongues make lightly psychedelic guitar pop that will likely appeal to fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dungen (who have remixed them), the new Toro Y Moi album, or even breezy '70s stuff like Seals & Croft. (There are occasionally flutes.) Their debut album, Alone with a Friend, will be out May 19 via Origami Vinyl. You can stream a couple songs from it below.

Talk in Tongues just played SXSW and will soon be heading out on a proper North American tour, including a stop in NYC at Baby's All Right on April 12 with Kyp Malone's band Ice Balloons and Odonis Odonis (who are on tour together). Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "LA psych-pop band Talk in Tongues ready debut LP, touring (dates, streams)" at brooklynvegan


Odonis Odonis share "Office Sluts" video, touring in April with Kyp Malone's band Ice Balloons (dates)
Mar 26, 2015 1:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Odonis Odonis at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 2014 (more by Ebru Yildiz)

Toronto's gothy, abrasive/ethereal Odonis Odonis are working on their follow-up to last year's Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, but in the meantime made a new video for "Office Sluts" from that record and you can watch that below. If you want to hear new stuff, you're going to have to go see them live when Odonis Odonis head out on tour with Ice Balloons, the funky conglomerate that counts TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone as a member.

That tour hits NYC on April 12 at Baby's All Right with LA band Talk in Tongues also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.

After this tour wraps up, Kyp will be back on the road with TVotR, including a couple NYC-area shows with the Pixies. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Odonis Odonis share "Office Sluts" video, touring in April with Kyp Malone's band Ice Balloons (dates)" at brooklynvegan


Blackest Ever Black prep vinyl-only I Cant Give You The Life You Want compilation
Mar 26, 2015 12:58pm | Fact Magazine

Reliable purveyors of doom and gloom announce a new compilation.

Blackest Ever Black will release a vinyl-only compilation entitled I Cant Give You The Life You Want in June as a limited edition of 500 copies manufactured and distributed by Mount Analog.

Although crafted without a “specific brief,” the compilation’s eleven tracks “offer an imaginative response to Los Angeles shadow-life,” according to press materials. “These songs are not about LA, but LA is present, unbidden, in all of them… the city’s topography, its patterns of desire and disillusionment, are powerfully evoked.”

I Cant Give You The Life You Want compiles nearly an hour of previously unreleased music by Tropic of Cancer, Cut Hands, Secret Boyfriend and more. Stream Tarcar’s ‘Eija’ below; the tracklist follows.

Copies of the album bought from Mount Analog’s LA store will include a free cassette mixtape entitled Truth Or Dare in North America that will not be available anywhere else.

A1. Tropic of Cancer – I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over
A2. Tarquin Manek – Not Missing You
A3. Dalhous – Acceptance Is Reality
A4. 500 Stamps – Relics Of Victory
A5. Infrastructure Zero – Messiah Police
B1. Bremen – Eclipsed
B2. Exploring Jezebel...


Blackest Ever Black prep vinyl-only I Cant Give You The Life You Want compilation
Mar 26, 2015 12:58pm | Fact Magazine

Reliable purveyors of doom and gloom announce a new compilation.

Blackest Ever Black will release a vinyl-only compilation entitled I Cant Give You The Life You Want in June as a limited edition of 500 copies manufactured and distributed by Mount Analog.

Although crafted without a “specific brief,” the compilation’s eleven tracks “offer an imaginative response to Los Angeles shadow-life,” according to press materials. “These songs are not about LA, but LA is present, unbidden, in all of them… the city’s topography, its patterns of desire and disillusionment, are powerfully evoked.”

I Cant Give You The Life You Want compiles nearly an hour of previously unreleased music by Tropic of Cancer, Cut Hands, Secret Boyfriend and more. Stream Tarcar’s ‘Eija’ below; the tracklist follows.

Copies of the album bought from Mount Analog’s LA store will include a free cassette mixtape entitled Truth Or Dare in North America that will not be available anywhere else.

A1. Tropic of Cancer – I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over
A2. Tarquin Manek – Not Missing You
A3. Dalhous – Acceptance Is Reality
A4. 500 Stamps – Relics Of Victory
A5. Infrastructure Zero – Messiah Police
B1. Bremen – Eclipsed
B2. Exploring Jezebel...

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