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The Proper Ornaments - Wooden Head
Jul 25, 2014 2:09am | Drowned In Sound

Occasionally, a band's back story can be more enlightening than the music it accompanies. Take The Proper Ornaments for instance, an indie supergroup of sorts. Centered around founder members Max Claps - an Argentinian born singer/songwriter who arrived in London six years ago under the tutelage of one Andrew Loog Oldham - and Veronica Falls' James Hoare, previous line-ups have included members of Let's Wrestle and NZCA Lines while the current one is completed by rhythm section Daniel Nellis (bass) and Robert Syme (drums). Delving into the band's biographical history reveals one or two dark secrets about Claps' past, something he's not averse to disclosing more candidly within several of the songs that make up Wooden Head.

Which ultimately are the deciding factor in any band's long term fate. For the most part, Wooden Head works a treat. Sure enough, influences are boldly emblazoned across sleeves. Opener 'Gone' could have been an outtake from The Jesus & Mary Chain's Darklands. Likewise closing number 'You'll See' also rides along dropping melancholic stings in its tail like the Reid brothers at their most bittersweet, or a less cheerful Teenage Fanclub.

However, it's the vocal harmonies that set both Wooden Head and its creators apart from many of their peers. The errant pop of 'Magazine' complete with Byrdsian riffs is taken to a whole new dimension by Claps and Hoare's pitch perfect exchanges. 'Ster...



Paus - Clarão
Jul 25, 2014 2:09am | Drowned In Sound

There are a couple of (undoubtedly) dodgy translations of Paus moniker ready to be churned out by an internet search engine. The primary one is 'sticks'. For a group whose sound revolves around the escaped lab experiment of hammering Siamese-drumming being desperately held back by a couple of understaffed lab technicians, armed with a measly guitar and a synthesiser, you have to admit the names got a certain blunt ring to it.

While the presence of two drummers has been the catalyst of the Portugese four piece's particular brand of post-rock right from the opening seconds of 2010s É Uma Água EP, then the progressing intelligence of their more ethereal elements has led to a further dialling up of their sound on Clarão. By now the momentum can be truly relentless.

Tracks like 'Cauda Turca' are barely held together at points, a visceral Zappa-descendant scatter-brained shambles, warped out of shape and clutching on for dear life. They match up the thrill of barely-orchestrated mania with tracks like 'Brandeira Branco' where the group's hardcore past and live-quality recording is in full effect. They do a neat line in letting the brute play out with a grandeur that carries shades of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.



This break-neck approach is Paus' overtly gripping bread-and-butter, but where Clarão really shines lies in the second translation of the name: wands. ...



Watch: Sharon Van Ettens charming performance on Letterman
Jul 25, 2014 12:22am | Cosequence Of Sound

Sharon Van Ettens latest release, Are We There, has been receiving well-deserved praise almost across the board. Last night, it was Letterman bestowing the “wow”s as Van Etten stopped by for a performance of “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”. Replay the charming performance below.

Van Etten will continue to support her stellar fourth album on tour straight through till the end of the year. Stops at Belgium’s Pukkelpop and the U.K.’s Green Man Festival are included on the itinerary, which you can find here. Perhaps Justin Vernon will repeat his role as special guest.



Watch: Jeff and Spencer Tweedy perform on Fallon, with help from Lucius
Jul 25, 2014 12:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his offspring Spencer have spent the last month on the road previewing material from Sukierae, the debut album from their joint project Tweedy. Last night, the father-son duo brought their sounds to late night with an appearance on Fallon. Accompanied by Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, the father-son duo performed “High As Hello”. Watch the replay below.

Sukierae arrives September 16th via Wilcos own via dBpm Records. In support, Tweedy have a handful of US tour stops still left on their itinerary, including a stop at the absolutely stacked Newport Folk Festival. They’ll make two more stops – in Bristol, TN and New York, NY – come September before heading to Europe in November for an overseas jaunt. Check their full itinerary here.

Also, check out this touching little message Jeff tweeted prior to the performance:

The last time I was at the Tonight Show… -st http://t.co/GBfby0l9ua—
Jeff Tweedy (@JeffTweedy) July 24, 2014



What's going on Friday? (Celebration, Wytches, Veruca Salt, Tombs, Fell Voices, Torres, Cayetana, Rustie, more)
Jul 24, 2014 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Torres in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Celebration, Dragons of Zynth @ Baby's All Right
If the advent of Katrina Ford's new band Mt Royal put any question to whether her old band Celebration were still going...they are. In fact, Celebration have signed to Bella Union who will release their new album, Albumin, next month. Get an early listen in live form tonight.

Dave Hause, Chris Farren, Cayetana, Brian McGee @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This lineup is mostly punk frontman solo projects -- The Loved Ones' Dave Hause, Fake Problems' Chris Farren and Plow United's Brian McGee -- but it also features Philly's punkish indie rockers Cayetana whose forthcoming debut LP already has three excellent singles out and is shaping up to be a good one.

Midnight Magic, King Holiday, Keith Sweaty @ Cameo Gallery
If you like your dance music played by a skilled live band, you're in luck as two bands on this bill fall under that category. Midnight Magic are straight-up disco

The Numerators, Scully, Fire Retarded, Sharkmuffin @ Death By Audio
Punks the Numerators don't play as ofter as they used to, and tonight's show is their only NYC show for 2014. Caroline Partamian, pulls dou...


Lil Wayne launches sports agency, signs Cristiano Ronaldo as first client
Jul 24, 2014 10:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Usually in the rap industry, if one guy does it, everyone else soon follows. That’s even the case for Jay Z’s recent venture into the world of sports management, as another emcee has now entered the rat race. According to TMZ, Lil Wayne is launching an agency of his own.

Weezer has partnered with PolarisSports, an affiliate of CAA and GestiFute. His first client? International soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Wayne will reportedly handle all of Ronaldo’s marketing and endorsement deals in the United States.

Ronaldo celebrated news on his Twitter account:

YMCMB with @jpn_pmo what you think @srod7 @liltunechi @euro http://t.co/qKVUgDuDZn—
Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 24, 2014



This guy crashed 50 music festivals over the last four years
Jul 24, 2014 5:54pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Whereas you and I might pay upwards of a few hundred dollars to get into a music festival, Marcus Haney hasnt spent a single dime in the past four years. A photographer by trade, Haney has crashed some 50-plus festivals, including Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Coachella, in addition to the Grammys. Now, he’s documenting his experiences in a full-length documentary.

No Cameras Allowed captures Haney as he hitchhikes his way across the U.S. Based on the trailer, the film highlights a wide cross-section of his storied journey, including a plot to sneak into Coachella via a porta pottie, printing fake tickets, and his run-ins with security. The film also delves into the unexpected relationships Haneys forged with bands, as he got to travel the road with Mumford and Sons and became buddies with The Naked and Famous (who provided songs for the films soundtrack).

In an interview with Noisey, Haney explained that the film extends beyond “guy breaks into countless music festivals.” He said, “The trailer makes the film out to be about a guy sneaking into festivals but its really a coming of age story set in a music world. Its a love letter written to these festivals, in a way. And it shows them in such a great light that my goal is that people will see my film and then go and experience live music on their own. Theres no way you can translate the live music experience on to film.&rdquo...


This guy crashed fifty music festivals over the last four years
Jul 24, 2014 5:54pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Whereas you and I might pay upwards of a few hundred dollars to get into a music festival, Marcus Haney hasnt spent a single dime in the past four years. A photographer by trade, Haney has crashed some 50-plus festivals, including Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Coachella, in addition to the Grammys. Now, he’s documenting his experiences in a full-length documentary.

No Cameras Allowed captures Haney as he hitchhikes his way across the U.S. Based on the trailer, the film highlights a wide cross-section of his storied journey, including a plot to sneak into Coachella via a porta pottie, printing fake tickets, and his run-ins with security. The film also delves into the unexpected relationships Haneys forged with bands, as he got to travel the road with Mumford and Sons and became buddies with The Naked and Famous (who provided songs for the films soundtrack).

In an interview with Noisey, Haney explained that the film extends beyond “guy breaks into countless music festivals.” He said, “The trailer makes the film out to be about a guy sneaking into festivals but its really a coming of age story set in a music world. Its a love letter written to these festivals, in a way. And it shows them in such a great light that my goal is that people will see my film and then go and experience live music on their own. Theres no way you can translate the live music experience on to film.&rdquo...


Secret Cinema's 'Back to the Future' opening night cancelled
Jul 24, 2014 5:51pm | NME
Immersive film-experience company pull the plug due to "unavoidable circumstances"



Song : Jessie Ware : Share It All
Jul 24, 2014 5:46pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Jessie Ware revealed the absolutely sublime title track to her new LP, Tough Love, out sometime later this year around a month ago. Today, she offered up the more subdued “Share It All” co-written by Romy Madley-Croft of The xx with production by Julio Bashmore. You really hear Madley-Croft’s influence on the song with the compartmentalize instrumentation. The song will appear in the already planned deluxe version of the album. Listen below.


clipping. Story 2 Video
Jul 24, 2014 5:16pm | StereoGum

The experimental rap group clipping. have a few recurring themes on their two albums. They always start with an “Intro,” they end with a mind-melting sound collage, and they both include a very disturbing “Story.” In the case of the band’s new album, their debut for Sub Pop, “Story 2″ is not a pleasant listen, and it’s been chosen for a new video following the curb-stomping surrealism of “Work Work.” In his review of the album, Tom hit the nail right on the head by comparing to Throbbing Gristle what consists of “a deeply fucked up narrative track about a working stiff who returns home to find his children burning to death.” And that’s what you get in this video, with one slight rule. The entire thing, from start to finish, films the man’s feet, walking and then gradually picking up in speed as he begins to realize what’s happening, and finally stumbling to a stop and collapsing on the sidewalk in front of the orange glow. I’d like to say that just seeing the feet makes all of this less upsetting, but it doesn’t really. You can watch it below.

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Song : Rustie : Attak (feat. Danny Brown)
Jul 24, 2014 5:15pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Glasgow’s Rustie has his new album The Green Language coming out on August 26th via Warp. We already heard the jarring banger “Raptor” and now we get another straight for the club song in the form of “Attak” with Danny Brown providing some versus to really bring the house down. If you turn this up too loud, you might blow your speakers. Stream below.


Belle & Sebastian at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand
Jul 24, 2014 5:15pm | The Line Of Best Fit
A stunning picture feature on the seminal Glasgow indie-pop outfit's hometown show, as part of the Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony. Matthew McAndrew shoots.

Julia Holter at St John at Hackney in London
Jul 24, 2014 5:04pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The experimental singer plays an intimate church show in east London. Victor Frankowski went to photograph.

CFCF Strange Form Of Life Video
Jul 24, 2014 4:47pm | StereoGum

Last year, the producer CFCF put out the album Outside and followed it this year with an odds-and-sods EP titled Outsiders. Now you can watch the Jared Raab-directed video for album track “Strange Form Of Life,” which initially seems just like a long slow pulling back of the camera from the artist’s face, but gradually changes its elements through some glitchy, warping effects. Watch it below.

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