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Watch: The New Pornographers – “Dancehall Domine” Video
Oct 1, 2014 12:00pm | CMJ

We loved Brill Bruisers, the sixth LP from indie pop mega-super-group the New Pornographers, so much that we used it an excuse to examine their history as college radio darlings. Following up the hilariously apocalyptic video for the Dan Bejar-penned War On The East Coast, the band released a video for another of the album’s endless stream of strong singles, Dancehall Domine.

The video finds bandleader Carl Newman and Kathryn Calder singing the tune in a nightmarish world of vaguely sinister “behind the scenes”-style footage from imagined experimental foreign films. It’s a strange, engaging video that totally suits the song’s choppy, stilted groove. Check it out below, along with the band’s upcoming Brill Bruisers tour dates.

Tour Dates For The New Pornographers:
10/03 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom*
10/04 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
10/05-06 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/08 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
10/09 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/11 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/13 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
10/14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/15 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown Palace

Kittyhawk Vaudeville (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 1, 2014 11:45am | StereoGum

Chicago rockers Kittyhawk are preparing to release an album called Hello, Again, but since we’ve never posted on them before, consider the arching emo anthem “Vaudeville” your introduction. That melodious melancholy you’re hearing is Kate Grube’s commandingly wistful lead vocals, and those mechanical guitar spirals are the handiwork of Erik Czaja, who also plays in a bunch of other local bands including Pet Symmetry, Dowsing, and Joie de Vivre (in case you were wondering if Chicago was still an emo hotbed). “Vaudeville” is very much a part of that Midwest tradition, but it stands alone as a powerful work in its own right, laying sentimental groundwork then booming and blooming into a massive finish. Hear it below.


Quintron & Miss Pussycat announce new LP (stream a track); side project Weather Warlock playing NYC in November
Oct 1, 2014 11:41am | Brooklyn Vegan

We now have details on the new Quintron & Miss Pussycat album. It's titled Spellcaster II: Death In Space and will be out October 28 On Pizza Burglar Records. The new record is a mix of their signature organ-driven party jams and droney, atmospheric instrumentals. We've got the premiere of "Do the Raid," which definitely falls into the former category, which you can stream in this post.

As mentioned, Quintron & Miss Pussycat's tour brings them to NYC on November 29 at Baby's All Right (tickets).

The band also have a side project called Weather Warlock which uses a specially designed "massive analog synth" (also named Weather Warlock) that is controlled in part by "sun, wind, rain, and temperature." More:

The weather sensors are mounted to a post and detect temperature, wind, sun, and rain. This all analog synthesizer produces a wide range of tones and harmonics based around a consonant E major chord with special audio events occurring during sunrise and sunset.
There's a picture of the synth and a live stream based on New Orleans' current conditions, below and more details on how it all works at their new website Weather for the Blind. Weather Warlock made their live band debut last weekend at Gonerfest and will play NYC the day before Quintron's show (11/28) at Secret Project Robot at sunset (4:30 PM).

All dates are listed, plus streams, below...

Letters From Bandcamp, Issue No. 39
Oct 1, 2014 11:35am | CMJ

Rosella Carmesí – Photo via

In Letters From Bandcamp, we round up five of our new favorite Bandcamp discoveries in the hope that your friends cousins sister can finally get some buzz.

In this week’s Letters From Bandcamp, I explore what happens when things are not what they seem. Really, what I’m exploring is when big cities sound like small cities and when skronky experimentalism sounds classic, and when sweet, sleepy lullabies sound like they were penned by an alien who never sleeps.

Olivia Kaplan

Goddamn, I Miss You by Olivia Kaplan
Olivia Kaplan is based in Los Angeles, but her soft-spoken vocals and misty, unimposing instrumentation recall a calmer and smaller northwestern city. Goddamn, I Miss You is her first release and we already miss her too.

King Virus & The Bubbling Foggy Eye

Pink Clouds by King Virus & the Bubbling Foggy Eye
Lots of words in this Winston Salem, NC, band name, but the monotone Lou Reed-y vocals and scruffy guitars make me think of simple, non-luxurious living. Bonus points for checking out the sister project King Virus & The Liquid Universe.

Love Banshee

Fog by Love Banshee
Waterloo, ON, band Love Banshee appears to have a shifting lineup, but its solid folk preciousness sounds like nothing could ever tear its wobbly, deer-strength sweetness apart.

Teen Brigade


Domino Announces The Go-Betweens Box Set
Oct 1, 2014 11:32am | StereoGum

Jangly Australian duo the Go-Betweens were one of the best, most cultishly beloved indie rock bands of the ’80s, but it sure hasn’t been easy to find their records since then. Domino intends to change all that. The label has just announced the impending release of G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume One, a box-set collection that could mark a major reappraisal of a band that’s always deserved one. The set collects the band’s first four albums, released between 1978 and 1984, on both vinyl and CD. And it also includes a 112-page book of liner notes, many of them written by the band’s own Robert Forster. And if you’re one of the first 600 people to order the set, Forster will randomly grab one book from his late bandmate Grant McLennan’s personal library, sign it, and send it to you. You can find details on the set here. It’s out 1/20 of next year.

Paul Simon joining Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Carnegie Hall during UBUNTU fest, touring overseas in 2015
Oct 1, 2014 11:29am | Brooklyn Vegan

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)

From October 8 - November 5, Carnegie Hall will be hosting the UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival which includes events at Carnegie as well as other NYC venues. Some more details from the press release:

With its UBUNTU festival, Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa, a country with its dizzying patchwork of cultures, eleven official languages, and a cultural life like none other. Roughly translated as "I am because you are," Ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, a way of thinking that has influenced recent moves toward reconciliation and cultural inclusion in South Africa as fostered by South Africa's former president, the late Nelson Mandela. The spirit of this philosophy is embodied in the festival's programming, which features a varied lineup of artists representing the many threads that together make up the country's musical culture.
It's now been announced that African-music lover Paul Simon will be performing during the festival on October 18 at Carnegie Hall, joining South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who he performed with on his Graceland tour. This will be the first time they've performed together in NYC since 1993. Other guests on the concert include South African ensembles Thokoza (six-woman choral group), the Bakithi Kumalo Band

Wayne Szalinski Kiss Me In The City (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 1, 2014 11:26am | StereoGum

Wayne Szalinski are a band out of Michigan that make nervous, idiosyncratic, and highly enjoyable rock. After two EPs, the group is getting ready to release their debut full-length, Black Mirror. They describe the album as “a neo-noir that struggles with masculinity/identity, entangled sexuality and violence, and questions why we love at all,” and while it certainly gets into those themes and handles them well, it never feels bogged down by them. First and foremost, this music is just a hell of a lot of fun. It’s rickety and ambling pop, with vocals that practically shake and often careen off into unexpected places. “Kiss Me In The City” is a highlight from the record, a light gem with a heavy heart. “You say our love can make it so what’s the use in breaking–/ Tell me what you’re waiting for/ While I’m staying here, you’re slipping out the back door, and so there’s nothing left in Michigan.” It’s weighty music written intelligently and deftly with sharp hooks and satisfying melodies that mesh together like puzzle pieces. Listen below.


Darlia to headline Club NME KOKO Halloween Ball
Oct 1, 2014 11:23am | NME
Support on the night will come form Sunset Sons

Roadkill Ghost Choir Slow Knife Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 1, 2014 11:17am | StereoGum

Florida band Roadkill Ghost Choir gained attention this year for their rustic folk-rock, and last month saw the release of their debut album, In Tongues, which was produced by Dough Boehm, best known for his work with Dr. Dog and Girls. Today they share the video for that album’s single “Slow Knife.” It finds the band in a dark space playing behind a series of warped effects that gives a strange fluidity to the entire performance. Watch it below and check them out on tour.


The Black Ryder Santaria (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 1, 2014 11:05am | StereoGum

Los Angeles-based Aussies Scott Von Ryper and Miss Aimee Nash record crushingly heavy shoegaze under the name the Black Ryder. Their debut album, 2009′s Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride


Download the FACT at BBOX archives on Soundcloud, featuring sets by Slackk, Logos, Brenmar and more
Oct 1, 2014 11:02am | Fact Magazine

If you haven’t been listening to our radio show, you’ve been missing out.

Thankfully, we’ve got you covered: in addition to our page on the BBOX Radio website, we’ve uploaded our show archives to Soundcloud for your streaming and downloading pleasure.

Check out past shows with special guests Slackk, Logos, Brenmar, Rizzla, suicideyear and more. FACT at BBOX airs every Friday from 3-5p ET on BBOX Radio, bringing you the best in FACT-approved new music, special guest DJ sets, and as always the FACT Singles Club.

Stream/download the archive below. This week, we’ll be joined by South London grime experimenter Swindle.

Listen to Soo Waveys En toy with the 808 and 909 on Communication its limited to 303 copies
Oct 1, 2014 11:00am | Fact Magazine

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Vin Sol and Matrixxman open their label to a mysterious newcomer.

For the label’s tenth release, Soo Wavey presents the un-Googable En’s Communication EP. Deep-and-dark house and techno mutations ‘Truth’ and ‘And Reality’ fit nicely in the label’s catalog, while ’4U’ is an atmospheric Detro-inspired jam; Vin Sol and Matrixxman take the latter for a jacking house spin on their “Underground Railroad” mix.

Stream the 808 and 909-loaded EP in full below. The vinyl-only release is limited to what else? 303 copies.

Roger Waters wants you to know hes not on Pink Floyds new album: This is not rocket science people, get a grip
Oct 1, 2014 10:58am | Cosequence Of Sound

Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, and though he reunited with bandmates David Gilmour and Nick Mason during a concert in 2011, he has had no involvement in the band’s activities in the 29 years since. However, after enough people mistook the release of Pink Floyd’s new album The Endless River as a reunion between the three surviving members, Waters felt compelled to address the situation.

In a statement posted to his Facebook, Waters wrote:

Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh? I don’t have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It’s called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.

The Endless River arrives officially on November 10th. While Waters may not be featured on the album, unreleased Richard Wright recordings dating back to 1969 were included alongside new music from Gilmour, Mason, and producer Phil Manzanera. Listen to tw...

Mixtape Of The Week: Young Thug, Birdman & Rich Homie Quan Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1
Oct 1, 2014 10:56am | StereoGum

Birdman isn’t the center of attention on the Rich Gang mixtape, but let’s take a moment for Birdman anyway. For someone who, at least according to conventional wisdom, cannot rap, Brian “Baby” Williams sure has verses on a lot of classic songs. “Big Ballin’,” “#1 Stunna,” “Bling Bling,” “Shine,” “Get Your Roll On,” “What Happened To That Boy,” “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” “We Takin’ Over” — the Birdman verses might not be the moments you remember best from these songs, but they’re there. On top of that, you can make the argument that Birdman is the greatest A&R in rap history. Lil Wayne and Drake and Nicki Minaj are all transformative rap stars, people who have remade the genre in their own images, and they all owe Birdman their career in one way or another. That’s not even mentioning the late-’90s moment where Birdman and his brother Slim took a mob of New Orleans rappers even grimier and more impenetrably Southern than the No Limit roster and made them even more popular than the No Limit roster, all while rapping over beats that sounded like what would’ve happened if the alien garbage snake from Star Wars tried to make Detroit techno. Birdman barely raps at all on Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1, and he mostly limits his on-mic participation to ad-libs and inspirational money-talk mo...

Heres a glimpse of the artwork for David Bowies new album Nothing Has Changed
Oct 1, 2014 10:55am | Fact Magazine

David Bowie has shared a photo from the promotional campaign for his new compilation, Nothing Has Changed.

The image, taken by Jimmy King, is captioned with the words, Look in his eyes and see your reflection….

Sharing the pic on Facebook, Bowie added that an explanation of the artwork concept for will appear in this week’s issue of NME (out tomorrow).

Earlier this month the greatest pop star of all time announced a brand new single, Sue (Or in a Season of Crime), which will appear on the compilation alongside various rarities. [via NME]

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