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Staff Picks: Track Of The Week
Nov 21, 2014 1:45pm | CMJ

I’ve had a shitty cold all week, and this polar ice bomb or whatever in NYC has not been helping matters. Luckily, music during the year’s later months seems to shift with the seasons, meaning more mopey, dark-hued, dying-alone-in-an-ice-coffin type of stuff. Which is great! Not all of the CMJ staffers are feeling so blue though, because this week’s faves also feature vintage rawk fuzz, funny British snark-ery and songs that almost sound like summer.

Sonny & The Sunsets – Cheap Extensions

Charming, San Francisco-based indie-pop group Sonny & The Sunsets just released a new track from their upcoming album, Talent Night At The Ashram. It’s a sunny (no pun-intended), jangly and addictive tune. – Arielle Parnes-Katz

Sleaford Mods – Bunch Of Cunts

The whole EP’s great, so stream through below. But this more minimal than usual tune stuck out. While I think maybe “Bunch Of Cunts” has floated out there earlier, this week brought the official release of this curt little dittie from England’s current clown princes of the broke underbelly. Jason Wiliamson’s gummed-up gattling gun of a gush covers every topic that’s needling him, even his own voice, over a dirt-simple drum machine and a one-note synth that feels like the hum in the ears of a man on his way to robbing a bodega. Hilarious lines all over (R...

Listen: Jack Garratt - The Love Youre Given
Nov 21, 2014 1:32pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The new standalone single from the singer-songwriter/producer is crammed with silky falsetto and crinkle-cut beats.>

Mr Twin Sister playing Gaza aid benefit at Shea Stadium this weekend, opening for Sylvan Esso at T5
Nov 21, 2014 1:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Mr. Twin Sister found creative rebirth (and an honorific) this year, releasing their lush, groovy new album which is really worth checking out if you haven't yet. You can listen to the whole thing below. The Brooklyn band are not following the usual album/tour pattern, having only played a few dates since adding the "Mr." to their name. They have a couple NYC shows coming up, though. On Saturday (11/22) at Shea Stadium they'll play as part of a benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance which offers emergency Gaza aid. Lost Boy?, Eula and Brooklyn Nomads are also on the bill. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The band will also open for Sylvan Esso at their Terminal 5 show on January 23. Tickets for that show are still available.

Flyer for the Shea show and the album stream, below...

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Listen: RY X - Sweat
Nov 21, 2014 1:12pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The L.A.-via-Australia folktronica-er has also announced a set of EU tour dates, including a show at London's Oval Space.>

Pele reuniting for American Football's New Year's shows (Joan of Arc, Braid, Maritime & S. Carey playing too)
Nov 21, 2014 1:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.

So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott...

James Murphy Will Drum For Reunited NYC Art-Punks Dungbeetle This Weekend
Nov 21, 2014 1:06pm | StereoGum

Before James Murphy was an ultra-hip DJ, he was a punk. This weekend he’ll go back to those roots by sitting in on drums for NYC art-punks Dungbeetle at their reunion show. The reunion is taking place Saturday at the release party for the latest issue of Radio Silence at Le Poisson Rouge. Stephin Merritt, Tanya Donnelly, and Matthew Friedberger will also perform, and Greil Marcus and Rick Moody are among those giving readings. Brooklyn Vegan notes that Murphy used to run sound for Dungbeetle back in the ’80s. He told New York Magazine about his love for the band in a profile, which also featured commentary from Dungbeetle frontman Sam Lipsyte and John MacLean of the Juan MacLean:

Murphy stumbled across one band that had the same feelings about the scene he didthey called themselves Dungbeetle, and their ranks included [Rob] Reynolds (now a painter in Los Angeles), Nicholas Butterworth (who figured prominently in the dot-com boom), and a singer who wore capes onstage and answered to the name Sam Shit (he is now the celebrated novelist Sam Lipsyte). “Dungbeetle were like Andy Kaufman,” says Murphy. “When Andy Kaufman performed, he was not just trying to be funny. He was playing with the notion of what it means to try to be funny, of what it means to be an audience expecting somebody to be funny. He was doing a dance and playing a game. Watching Dungbeetle was like being involved in that game.”


Lay Llamas (WPAA), Cold Waste (GROW) And More
Nov 21, 2014 1:05pm | CMJ

Lay Llamas (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via WPAA in Andover, MA, and Grow Radio in Gainesville, FL.

Lay Llamas on WPAA

Sicilian duo Lay Llamas debut release, Ostro, is brimming with psychedelic space-funk. Drawing influence from all corners of the earth with a sound ranging from afro-grooves to krautrock drones, Lay Llamas made it on to the WPAA charts this past week.

Ostro by Lay Llamas

Cold Waste on Grow Radio

We try to keep an eye an out for station’s supporting local artists, and this week, Grow Radio’s playlist caught our eye with their support of Cold Waste. This Gainesville-based duo scored the No. 12 spot on Grow’s chart with the post-punk stylings of their debut album, Primitive.

Primitive by Cold Waste

Here are some of the other interesting bands we discovered on the charts this week: T0W3RS on WXDU, Soviet Influence on CFMU, Tall Horse on WHSN, My Drunken Haze on Bagel Radio, Suspirians on KVRX, Feral Trash on CJSR, Chapa Mamba on WFMU and Droid Bishop on WFCS.

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Jeremih explains delays behind his clatchet new album, Late Nights
Nov 21, 2014 12:49pm | Fact Magazine

The Chicago-bred crooner opens up in a new interview.

Jeremih‘s career has been in limbo for sometime: despite the critical success of 2012′s Late Nights With Jeremih and the smash single ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’, his long-gestating album Late Nights still doesn’t have a release date (after being pushed back from September 30 to November 4), and ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ doesn’t even have a video.

“I blame myself,” the singer tells Billboard. “I had a video scheduled. I just didn’t show up to it because of…” of issues on which he declines to elaborate. “I’m not going to point my finger at somebody else at this point.”

Regarding the album’s delay, Jeremih cites mixing, mastering and issues with clearing both guests and samples, a frequent refrain from the world of delayed albums. Encouragingly, he describes Late Nights as “clatchet” short for classy ratchet.

However, he also says his label, Def Jam, has not been on his side, and that personal matters including a custody battle over his 2-year-old son and an incident at a restaurant in Montana have kept him distracted.

Stream the soundtrack to Penguins of Madagascar
Nov 21, 2014 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Penguins Of Madagascar, the latest spin-off in DreamWorks’ highly successful Madagascar franchise, hits theaters next week. For the film’s soundtrack, producers tapped Lorne Balfe, a Grammy Award-winning composer who previously worked with Hans Zimmer for the scores to The Dark Night and Inception.

The soundtrack will be released on November 24th (pre-orders are ongoing). In anticipation, stream it in full below.

Penguins Of Madagascar Tracklist:
01. The Penguins of Madagascar
02. Antarctica
03. Demersus
04. Sclateri
05. Adeliae
06. Forsteri
07. Patagonicus
08. Magellanicus
09. Privates Theme
10. Robustus
11. Eudyptula Minor
12. Chrysolophus
13. Chrysocome
14. Antipodes
15. Schlegeli
16. Mendiculus
17. Papua
18. Humboldti
19. He is Dave (feat. Antony Genn)

Watch the film’s trailer below.

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Nov 21, 2014 12:33pm | StereoGum

Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though none of the videos that made it in really have anything in common with one another. Check out this week’s picks below.


Skrillex Fuck That Video (Dir. Nabil)
Nov 21, 2014 12:30pm | StereoGum

Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that ends with a firearm-heavy car chase interrupted by mystic desert druids. Your move, Murai! Watch below.


Fred Armisen playing Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Xmas show after 826NYC benefit; Portlandia season 5 trailer out now (watch)
Nov 21, 2014 12:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein's band Sleater-Kinney are reunited and bringing their tour to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows in 2015. Both are sold out.

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Sky Ferreira and DIIV cover Hole-Kurt Cobain collaboration Asking For It watch
Nov 21, 2014 12:24pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In the past, Sky Ferreira has admitted to feeling a certain kinship to Courtney Love. Meanwhile, its no secret that Ferreiras beau, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, has a strong affinity for Kurt Cobain. During Thursdays nights show at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, the indie rock lovebirds got a chance to pay tribute to their idols by covering the 1994 Cobain-Hole collaboration, “Asking For It”.

Emphasizing slightly more brooding overtones than the originals jangly vibes, the pairs rendition saw Ferriera channel a similar kind of raw intensity and furious passion that Love delivered some two decades ago. Watch fan-shot footage of the cover below.

Also during the show, Ferreira debuted new material from the forthcoming follow-up to 2013s Night Time, My Time. The specific tracks, an untitled piece and one tentatively dubbed “Painting With Different Paints”, find Ferreira operating in slightly more anthemic, even dramatic, territory. Check out a few clips below.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Ferreira revealed shes working with a number of different producers and writers for her sophomore LP, including Primal Screams Bobby Gillespie, Ariel Rechtshaid, Justin Raisen, and Andrew Innes.

Thee Oh Sees were DbA's secret guests again, plus Natural Child, Jack Name & Skimask (pics, video)
Nov 21, 2014 12:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Oh Sees / Natural Child @ DbA 11/20/14 (via @soundbitenyc / @ashowsomewhere)

John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).

This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).

Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most ex...

R&S to reissue Model 500s classic techno double pack Sonic Sunset
Nov 21, 2014 12:04pm | Fact Magazine

Sonic Sunset’s drifting deepness is back and better than ever.

Following the good news that Detroit hero Juan Atkins is preparing to release the first Model 500 album in 16 years, his old label home R&S has announced a reissue of some vintage ’90s techno.

A remastered edition of Atkins’ Sonic Sunset double pack, originally released in 1994 and engineered by his old mucker Moritz Van Oswald, is due on December 5. The esteemed Matt Colton handled the remaster, and new artwork for the record has been provided by Mark Warrington, which you can see above.

If you’re in the mood for more classic Detroit shapes you could do much worse than settling into Rolando’s Aztec Mystic Mix, a classic from 1999 that he recently shared on Soundcloud.

Hear the evergreen ‘Neptune’ from Sonic Sunset below. [via JunoPlus]


A1. Sonic Sunset (Calm Mix)
A2. Sonic Sunset (Cave Mix)
B1. Neptune
C1. I Wanna Be There
D1. Sonic Sunset (Third Wave Mix)

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