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Download a mash-up of Wu-Tang Clans 36 Chambers and Final Fantasy VI
Oct 20, 2014 2:01pm | Fact Magazine

The producer behind Chrono Jigga is at it again.

Kentucky’s 2 Mello first caught our attention with his mash-up of the Chrono Trigger soundtrack and various Jay-Z acapellas. He’s back at it, fusing Wu-Tang’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with Nobuo Uematsu’s score for Final Fantasy VI (aka FF3 on the SNES).

Stream the excellent results below and download here. 2 Mello writes: “Whether you are a Wu fan, a classic RPG gamer or both, I hope you find plenty to amuse and entertain you here.” We bet you will.

Video game soundtracks have never been more influential. Check out FACT’s interviews with Brian Reitzell, David Kanaga and Power Glove for insights into the breadth and scope of the modern video game score, and revisit our favorite rap-Final Fantasy mash-up below.

Final Fantasy – The 3-6 Chambers by 2 Mello



The Chemical Brothers (Feat. Miguel & Lorde) This Is Not A Game
Oct 20, 2014 2:01pm | StereoGum

Lorde curated the soundtrack for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which has already produced one new song from the artist, “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Now we get another! Sort of. “This Is Not A Game” is actually a Chemical Brothers track (their first new song in two years) that features Miguel (prominently) and Lorde (less prominently). Perhaps not surprisingly, it sounds a little bit like three different songs playing at once. It was premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show today, and you can listen now.

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Julian Casablancas Issues Statement On Brunch
Oct 20, 2014 1:59pm | StereoGum

Whatever you want to call this ongoing hubbub about Julian Casablancas and his disdain for New York City brunch crowds and/or hotshot GQ reporters — Brunchgate? Brunchghazi? — consider today’s tweets the Strokes and Voidz frontman’s last words on the matter. In a Twitter rant just now, he gave his definitive take on brunch as well as intra-band relations in the Strokes and the functionality of Twitter. One notable quotable: “i am not against the concept of weekend late breakfast, which people of all freedoms & hues should enjoy.” Here’s the full spiel.

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The Chemical Brothers, Lorde, and Miguel team up for This Is Not A Game listen
Oct 20, 2014 1:49pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Aside from a lone Klaxons remix earlier this year, we’ve barely heard a peep from The Chemical Brothers. The renowned electronic outfit’s last new piece of new music was the 2012 song “Theme From Velodrome”, their contribution to the London Olympics. Meanwhile 2010’s Further served as their last proper full-length. However, the duo break their silence today with a new song for the upcoming soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Entitled “This Is Not A Game”, it’s a massive collaboration featuring Lorde (who curated the entire soundtrack) and Miguel.

Premiered by BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, “This Is Not A Game” is an explosive banger that sees The Chemical Brothers dropping pulverizing beats around Miguel’s suave R&B croon and Lorde’s shadowy warble. Not only is it a welcome comeback single for the British electronic duo, but another example of Lorde’s on-point Hunger Games curating skills.

Listen to a radio rip below.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack is out November 17th, while the film hits theaters on November 21st. For more of its music, check out Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat”.



The BBC let Zane Lowe re-score Drive and we have absolutely no idea why
Oct 20, 2014 1:30pm | Fact Magazine

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Well this sounds like a horrible idea.

Next week, BBC Three will broadcast Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, but fans expecting to hear Cliff Martinez’s score and songs by Chromatics, Desire and College will be sorely disappointed: this version of the film has been re-scored with a soundtrack curated by Radio 1′s Zane Lowe.

Rather than the original’s After Dark-inspired synth-pop, Radio 1 Rescores: Drive Curated by Zane Lowe features new exclusives by Banks, Baauer, Jon Hopkins, SBTRKT, The 1975, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Eric Prydz, Foals, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and more.

“Honestly, this is the most exciting thing that this show has ever been involved in,” says Lowe. “Its the most ambitious, awesome thing weve ever done. Weve been working on it all year and were super-proud of it you dont want to miss this!

Nicolas Winding Refn adds: “I consider it a great honour that my movie Drive inspired so many wonderful artists to come together and create one ultra-cool glam experience.”

The film airs on Thursday, October 30 at 10pm on BBC 3; check out the trailer below, as well as the artwor...


Zane Lowe curates a new soundtrack for Drive ahead of BBC airing
Oct 20, 2014 1:30pm | Fact Magazine

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Well this sounds like a horrible idea.

Next week, BBC Three will broadcast Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, but fans expecting to hear Cliff Martinez’s score and songs by Chromatics, Desire and College will be sorely disappointed: this version of the film has been re-scored with a soundtrack curated by Radio 1′s Zane Lowe.

Rather than the original’s After Dark-inspired synth-pop, Radio 1 Rescores: Drive Curated by Zane Lowe features new exclusives by Banks, Baauer, Jon Hopkins, SBTRKT, The 1975, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Eric Prydz, Foals, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and more.

“Honestly, this is the most exciting thing that this show has ever been involved in,” says Lowe. “Its the most ambitious, awesome thing weve ever done. Weve been working on it all year and were super-proud of it you dont want to miss this!

Nicolas Winding Refn adds: “I consider it a great honour that my movie Drive inspired so many wonderful artists to come together and create one ultra-cool glam experience.”

The film airs on Thursday, October 30 at 10pm on BBC 3; watch the trailer below. Along with a variety of OST releases on vinyl, Drive was a...


Zola Jesus playing free Urban Outfitters show at Le Bain on Friday with DJ Dodger Stadium (who are here for CMJ)
Oct 20, 2014 1:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Zola Jesus at Webster Hall last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Zola Jesus concluded the US leg of her tour at Webster Hall last night (10/19), and she's got another (much smaller) NYC show happening later this week. She'll perform live at 'Urban Outfitters Afterfest presents MAKING TIME' at Le Bain at The Standard on Friday (10/24). In addition to her set, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P and Sammy Slice will all DJ. The show goes from 10 PM to 4 AM and is free with RSVP.

That's the first of two shows that DJ Dodger Stadium (the duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) have in NYC this week. The other is the Windish CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Brooklyn Bwol with Blue Hawaii, Team Spirit, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "Zola Jesus playing free Urban Outfitters show at Le Bain on Friday with DJ Dodger Stadium (who are here for CMJ)" at brooklynvegan


Ariel Pink shares "Black Ballerina" from new LP, touring in February including show at Terminal 5 (dates)
Oct 20, 2014 1:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Ariel Pink's new album, pom pom, is out November 18 via 4AD and he's just shared a second track from it, "Black Ballerina." It's one of the more curious songs on the LP while still being stick-in-your-head catchy. You can stream it below.

Having debuted many of pom pom's songs at a very late night NYC show recently, Ariel's gearing up for a proper tour in early 2015, including his biggest NYC show yet: Terminal 5 on February 25. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (10/24) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Ariel Pink shares "Black Ballerina" from new LP, touring in February including show at Terminal 5 (dates)" at brooklynvegan


Watch the video for Clarian and Jess Cardinals Mirror of the Sun, new on Seth Troxlers Soft Touch label
Oct 20, 2014 1:17pm | Fact Magazine

House favourite Seth Troxler has launched a new label, Soft Touch, which focuses on indie music – or, as Troxler put it, “artists Ive met over the years whose music is amazing but not finding its niche.”

The label kicks off with a three-track EP by Clarian, with FACT TV today debuting the video for the Jess Cardinal-featuring ‘Mirror of the Sun’. The video – a cinematic trip into Burlesque Noir, replete with conjuring magicians, alluring femme fatales and dangerous twists – is directed by John Alden Milne, and produced by Greenboots. You can buy the full EP here, and stream it herebelow.


Ariel Pink Black Ballerina
Oct 20, 2014 1:14pm | StereoGum

Ariel Pink’s feverishly wacky new album pom pom is coming out next month, and up until now, the only song we’d heard from it was the slickly strange “Put Your Number In My Phone.” But now Pink has shared the deeply deranged “Black Ballerina,” a song that lets you know just how far he pushes things on this album. “Black Ballerina” sounds like what would happen if Oneohtrix Point Never scored an early Nintendo game, and it includes Pink singing for you to “take your bra and panties off” more than once. There’s also a mid-song comedy skit where the punchline is “I like your aureolas, baby.” Attempt to make sense of this deeply fucked-up song at your own risk. You can hear it and see Pink’s tour dates below.

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At the Gates, Converge & Vallenfyre going on Decibel tour in 2015 (dates)
Oct 20, 2014 1:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)

The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.

The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.

All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...

Continue reading "At the Gates, Converge & Vallenfyre going on Decibel tour in 2015 (dates)" at brooklynvegan


Stream Restorations LP3
Oct 20, 2014 1:09pm | StereoGum

Restorations will release their third album, appropriately titled LP3, on October 28. As evidenced by the previously released singles, “Misprints,” “Separate Songs,” and “Tiny Prayers,” LP3 finds the band making rougher, grittier music than they had on previous releases. LP3 is streaming now, and you can listen to it over at NPR.

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Timbaland previews new collaboration with Andre 3000 and Tink
Oct 20, 2014 1:07pm | Fact Magazine

A taste of Opera Noir?

We hate drip-feed campaigns as much as anyone, but the latest teaser from Timbaland caught our attention: a preview of a song that features the elusive Andre 3000 and Timbo’s latest protege, Chicago vocalist Tink.

Listen to the clip below. It’s unclear if the song will appear on Timbaland’s forthcoming album Opera Noir; previously, he said that the album would only feature Cee-Lo and a new talent he called “V.” Tink is reportedly working on a “big project” with the producer, while an Andre 3000 album looks less likely by the day.

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NSA FKA twigs makes a gorgeous ad for Google Glass
Oct 20, 2014 1:01pm | Chart Attack

Google Glass has a reputation for being the smuggest direct portal to the United States government you can wear on your face. So the company has drafted FKA twigs to create a short film, and help retool its image from a harbinger of worse times to a product for the Apple generation.

That mission is made plausible by the weight of twigs's many talents on display here: the music is brilliant (remixes of her LP1 album's "Video Girl" and the unreleased "Glass & Patron") and her team of dancers pull off stunning choreography under twigs's clean and energetic direction.

But there's a difference between the Glass appearing in an isolated, creative space and in public. Would the clip be as effective if she were dancing on the street, never more than steps away from her hometown of London's CCTV apparatus? Probably not. Watch below, share it on Google+, etc etc.

FKA twigs's new album LP1 is out now via Young Turks.

NSA FKA twigs makes a gorgeous ad for Google Glass by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.


Ariel Pink Black Ballerina
Oct 20, 2014 1:00pm | Gorilla Vs Bear
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