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Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best
Jan 29, 2015 11:35am | StereoGum

Steely Dan are playing this year’s Coachella, they’ve been sampled by everyone from Kanye to Cities Aviv, and you can hear hints of their sardonic lyrical brilliance in indie rockers ranging from the Dismemberment Plan to Destroyer to Father John Misty. But for a band that made its name puncturing the remnants of the flower-child ’60s with a New York bohemianism that recalibrated the trappings of “cool,” the Dan are still widely considered anything but. Judd Apatow’s an admitted fan, but he still got a laugh line out of Knocked Up’s Seth Rogen at their expense (“Steely Dan gargles my balls if I ever listen to Steely Dan I want you to slice my head off with an Al Jarreau LP”). One of the funniest running-gag tirades on The Best Show is Tom Scharpling’s fuming contempt for them (“If you like rock music, you can’t like Steely Dan,” and vice versa), even if his comedy partner Jon Wurster loves them. When the Minutemen covered “Doctor Wu” on 1984′s Double Nickels On The Dime, most punks must’ve figured it was a goof.


The-Dream Thats My Shit (Feat. T.I.) Video
Jan 29, 2015 11:33am | StereoGum

If we’re to believe R&B lothario The-Dream’s new video for his T.I. collab “That’s My Shit,” the man known to his parents as Terius Nash goes to parties in mansions full of lingerie models and wolves. He also wears steampunk sunglasses and golden fangs and gigantic Amish-goth hats. All of this completely squares with my image of how The-Dream rolls. The video is a wonderfully absurd piece of R&B glitz, and you can watch it below.


Power Glove, Sleaford Mods and Brian Reitzells 30 Days Of Night OST out on Invada for Record Store Day
Jan 29, 2015 11:26am | Fact Magazine

The Bristol label announces three Record Store Day treats.

Yup, it’s that time of year again. The pressing plants are clogged to the rafters with covetable (and sometimes not-so-covetable) slabs of wax prettified with extra colours and spiffy artwork and bonus tracks and so many things you never knew you wanted.

Invada Records always do a good spread for April’s Record Store Day, and this year’s no different, leading with the debut EP from Power Glove, the mystery Australian duo so far known for their synth-tastic, ’80s-inspired score to video game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. They return to Invada with EP1, four tracks of retro synth madness first released in 2013 but never before available on vinyl and bright red vinyl, no less.

Film composer and solo artist Brian Reitzell’s score for 30 Days of Night, the 2007 vampire horror movie adapted from the comic book, is also coming to (blood red) vinyl for the first time in a double LP package, with new artwork by Marc Bessant using director David Slade’s photography.

Finally, Notts bare-bones punk firebrands Sleaford Mods have done a picture disc version of their five-track Tiswas EP, housed in a clear sleeve with a 12″ print of the duo.

All are limited to 1000 copies and available on Record Store Day, April 18 get a ta...

Rush tickets on sale Friday (but pre-sale happening now)
Jan 29, 2015 11:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

Rush's 2015 arena tour was announced last week, and tickets for the whole tour go on sale at 10 AM local time this Friday (1/30). Meanwhile, tickets are on various presales now. The NYC stop happening June 29 at MSG has an ongoing Citi presale that started Tuesday, and venue/Live Nation/radio presales began today. Use the password RUSHMSG for that one.

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EULA Noose Video
Jan 29, 2015 11:18am | StereoGum

We first heard EULA’s enormous single “Noose” a few weeks ago, and James wrote about the way in which the Brooklyn-based band manages to formulate a sound so dark and fearsome that it somehow becomes inviting. It’s true that EULA’s music is incredibly evocative, but it’s not catchy. It’s hard to point to what exactly makes me want to listen to this track repeatedly, but I suspect that it has something to do with Alyse Lamb’s enchanting vocal performance, which guides you into EULA’s intense and intimidating universe. The video for “Noose,” directed by Jason Shelton, is just as appealing. Saturated Kodachrome footage fragmented into an incoherent experiment in magical realism, it’s as multi-layered as the explanation behind EULA’s appeal. Watch below.


STAFF PICKS: Mount Eeries Sauna is the world according to Phil Elverum
Jan 29, 2015 11:12am | Chart Attack

It strikes me that when Phil Elverum traded in The Microphones project for Mount Eerie in 2003, he matured from being a musician who makes lo-fi bedroom pop crafted in private for the sake of experiment and expediency to an artist interested in creating solitudes themselves vast musical environments, each song, an ecosystem. His compositions reflect the world out his Anacortes, Washington window. It's the music of frozen lakes, pine-thick forests and mountains (Mount Eerie being the highest peak in the area). Everything sounds wind-swept; wind has always been his animus.

His latest, Sauna, a double album out February 3 on his own P.W. Elverum & Sun imprint and streaming now at NPR, presents his most ambitious assemblage in a succession of increasingly architectural visions field recordings of steam, of storms, hi-fi bass sweeps set against walls of poorly-captured cymbals, and of course, the organs.

Phil Elverum is an artist interested in creating solitudes themselves vast musical environments, each song, an ecosystem.

On tracks like "Boat," Elverum shows he's still interested in the brutal mowing power of Burzum and black metal, but it's where that thrust collides with the droning, pulsing, minimal mode, borrowed from American composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley (influences that crept in on 2012's twin albums Clear Moon and Ocean Roar) that Mount Ee...

Rocky Votolato The Hereafter (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 29, 2015 11:02am | StereoGum

A surging, horizon-groping tune like Rocky Votolato’s latest single, “The Hereafter,” could only have come from a world-weary songwriting vet. Luckily, Votolato’s 15 years of productive recording and tireless performing make him exactly the scribe for the job. “The Hereafter” — which, like the rest of Votolato’s upcoming album Hospital Handshakes, was produced by former Death Cab guitarist/producer Chris Walla and recorded at his Seattle studio — evokes images of broken teeth and burned hands, suggesting the arduous career highway Votolato has traveled. Over poppy power chords and unflappable heartbeat drumming, Votolato aims for one gigantic singalong statement and, in the rushing chorus, nails it: “I”m not so sure/What matters so much here/Will matter at all in the hereafter.” Listen.


Mourn Your Brain Is Made Of Candy Video
Jan 29, 2015 11:02am | StereoGum

Mourn are a teenage band from Barcelona who make stark, intense postpunk with a severe PJ Harvey influence. “Your Brain Is Made Of Candy” is the opening track from the band’s self-titled debut, and it’s an awesomely spidery basher. The song’s new video, from director Roger Guàrdia, is a portrait of the sort of young man who pukes up blue paint. It looks a whole lot like a European art movie from the ’70s, which is to say that it looks great. Check it out below.


Meet Dr. Dres latest protege, 23-year-old white rapper Justin Mohrle
Jan 29, 2015 11:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

If Dr. Dre takes a rapper under his wing, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re on their way to rap’s upper echelon (See: Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Game, and 50 Cent, among others.) Now, Dre’s hoping he’s found yet another golden goose with his latest mentee, a 23-year-old white rapper named Justin Mohrle. Are you still accepting resumes, though, Dre?

A native of Garland, Texas, Mohrle was originally signed to the label of another Dre apostle, Death Row rapper D.O.C., who had the youngster locked in a 360 deal before sending his demo on to Dre. Since linking up with rap’s resident MD just last summer, Mohrle has relocated to Los Angeles, where he spends 13-hour days writing and rehearsing in Dre’s Record One studio. He’s not alone in his creative pursuits, though — Dre has recruited the likes of Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, and BJ The Chicago Kid to collaborate with Mohrle.

Of course, just what exactly Mohrle’s working on remains unclear. In a lengthy profile piece on the young MC, D.O.C. said that Dre’s entire entourage, including Mohrle, are “putting our energy toward building another classic for The Good Doctor,” possibly referring to the long, long, long delayed Detox or a separate, as-yet-unspecified album. D.O.C. went on to say that after that mysterious project is released, Dre is &l...

Brian Wilsons No Pier Pressure Features She & Him And Kacey Musgraves, Not Frank Ocean And Lana Del Rey
Jan 29, 2015 10:58am | StereoGum

Following the success of 2011′s The SMiLE Sessions, Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson is releasing a brand new album in April. The artwork above is for No Pier Pressure, which is Wilson’s 11th solo album and features a huge cast of collaborators, including both members of She & Him (M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel), country music darling Kacey Musgraves, fun. singer Nate Ruess, and former Beach Boys members Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin. Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities is also featured along with plenty of others.


Der Weg Einer Freiheit Requiem (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 29, 2015 10:57am | StereoGum

Der Weg Einer Freiheit (translated: “The Way of Freedom”) are a German black metal band that formed in 2008. In a blind taste test, though, I’d have guessed that they formed in Sweden circa 1994. That particular time and place gave rise to a lot of metal niches, but the one I’m thinking of here is a frigid, propulsive brand of black metal that eschews minimalism in favor of clarity, death metal-ish force, and the kind of absurdly majestic melodies that might get you psyched up for an intense cross-country skiing session. Popularized by the likes of Dissection, Dawn, Sacramentum, and many other bands that were fond of blue-and-purple album covers, this style occasionally gets called “melodic black metal” — which is confusing, since virtually all black metal is at least somewhat melodic. That’s metal subgenre terminology for you, though.


Adrian Sherwood announces Sherwood At The Controls, Vol. 1: 1979-1984 compilation
Jan 29, 2015 10:52am | Fact Magazine

The legendary producer reissues his early works.

Adrian Sherwood a pioneering figure in the worlds of dub reggae, post-punk and electronic music will reissue a collection of early productions and remixes on his peerless On-U Sound imprint.

The compilation features music from The Slits, Prince Far I, The Fall and Mark Stewart, along with six tracks that have never been reissued and two that were previously unreleased. Sherwood At The Controls, Vol. 1: 1979-1984 is due out on April 6; the tracklist and a brief teaser video follow.

Sherwood and Pinch will release their long-awaited collaborative album Late Night Endless next month; here’s an interview with the producer from the FACT archives.

More for fans of Adrian Sherwood and dub reggae:

Dubbing Is A Must: A Beginners Guide To Jamaicas Most Influential Genre
Digital mystics: the strange story of the 8-bit reggae underground
From the secret laboratory: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s 10 best deep cuts

2LP Tracklist:
A1. Medium Medium – Hungry, So Angry (1981)
A2. Maximum Joy – Let It Take You There (1982)
A3. Nadjma – Some Day My Caliph Will Come (1984)
A4. Mark Stewart + The Maffia – Learning To Cope With
Cowardice (flexi version) (1983)

B1. The Fal...

Brian Wilson details guest-filled solo LP, 'No Pier Pressure'
Jan 29, 2015 10:52am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Beach Boy Brian Wilson has revealed details for his eleventh solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be out on April 7 via Capitol Records. The album features his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin; members of his touring band (including band leader Darian Sahanaja, who helped arrange the 2004 release of Smile); and a handful of collaborations with modern musicians including Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, fun.'s Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

At the risk of bumming Brian out even more (he's already negatively reacted to backlash against these collaborations), I have to say it would've been nice to see him working with musicians who do the sound he created justice, like maybe Robin Pecknold, Panda Bear or even Rivers Cuomo, but it's also not too surprising that he went with a more mainstream cast.

The record was produced by Joe Thomas, who also co-produced the Beach Boys' 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, with Brian. You can check out the tracklist below...

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Föllakzoid Electric
Jan 29, 2015 10:41am | StereoGum

Sacred Bones is a dependable label; they have a wide geographic scope, but most of their artists sound like they should be hanging out together in some dark cave, surrounded by a contemplative and gloomy echo. The self-described “cosmic music” band Föllakzoid hail from Chile and will be releasing the full-length III (the follow-up to II) later this year on the Brooklyn-based label. “Electric” is the album’s first single, and it’s a 12-minute-long meditative track that merits the “cosmic” tag — the song sounds like it could trudge on into infinity. Listen below.


Jeff Bridges made an ambient album (listen) which will have a Superbowl commercial (watch)
Jan 29, 2015 10:37am | Brooklyn Vegan

Jeff Bridges keeps things pretty mellow. The Dude, who makes country music when not acting, explores his dreamy side on a new ambient album specifically designed to help you drift off. Titled Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes, here's what he says about it:

The world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest - that's why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night's rest.
Bridges made the album with composer Keefus Ciancia ("True Detective," "Nashville") and Grammy-winning engineer Doug Sax. You can stream the album below and download it for free at There is also a limited run of cassettes and vinyl with all proceeds going to the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

The album will be promoted on Sunday (2/1) in a Superbowl ad, so look out for that. It might look something like the short video promo, featuring Jeff playing a flute, you can watch below. Pleasant dreams...

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