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Chinas Favorite Musician Kenny G Angers Chinese Government With Protest Tweet
Oct 22, 2014 12:24pm | StereoGum

A few months ago the world learned that the entire nation of China plays Kenny G’s “Going Home” at the end of the day, every day. It’s a national pastime of sorts. But now Mr. G (born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick) has gone and jeopardized his position of honor. As ABC News points out, during a tour of China, Gorelick stopped by a pro-democracy Occupy Hong Kong protest to show his support. He even tweeted a photo from the protest site voicing his support:

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Arcade Fires Will Butler contributed music to Bronx Obama, a film about an Obama impersonator
Oct 22, 2014 12:21pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Arcade Fires Will Butler recently earned his first Academy Award nomination for scoring the 2013 Spike Jonze film, Her. Now, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and composer has lent his musical talents to another movie project entitled, Bronx Obama. Directed by Ryan Murdock, it’s a 90-minute documentary that follows Louis Ortiz, a Bronx native who’s made a career out of impersonating President Barack Obama.

Bronx Obama is available for purchase right now via digital retailers like iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube Movies. It’s also set to air on Showtime on October 30th.

Below is a description of the film, followed by its official trailer.

When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didnt see himself a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope of money. Bronx Obama tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the ‘look of a lifetime’ and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.




saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft ("Baker Street"), RIP
Oct 22, 2014 12:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Raphael Ravenscroft, the man behind the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," died earlier this week, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Arguably the most famous saxophone riff in pop (you know it even if you think you don't), "Baker Street" was a #2 hit in 1978 and Ravenscroft was reportedly only paid £27 for it (and the check bounced). Ravenscroft has also played on records by Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Robert Plant, and others.

Rest in peace, Raphael. You "Baker Street" solo lives on. Stream it below...

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Stream an astonishing split EP from vocal manipulator Katie Gately and 1080p affiliate Tlaotlon
Oct 22, 2014 12:15pm | Fact Magazine

Proper electronic weirdness on a shared disc from Fat Cat.

We’ve been stuck on the strange world of Katie Gately since discovering her extraordinary voice-manipulating tape Pipes (and self-titled EP) last year, while Tlaotlon’s Ektomists cassette is one of the finest 2014 releases from Vancouver’s always-reliable 1080p label. Naturally, news of a split release between the LA-based sound designer and the New Zealand-via-Melbourne bedroom producer had us letting out a DIY cheer, and FACT has the whole stream of the EP ahead of its release on Fat Cat Records next week.

Gately’s contribution is the 14-minute ‘Pivot’, a beguiling concoction of her warped cherubic vocals and outlandishly gothic percussion, while Tlaotlon offers four tracks of maximalist, intricately detailed electronica created with an Android tablet and a bunch of effects pedals, as he explained to FACT.

“At the time I had my Android tablet almost permanently patched into a mixer that had six auxiliary sends, so I would set up a bunch of FX loops with six or seven pedals and mess around, recording the jams into Reaper,” says producer Jeremy Coughbrough. “Then I’d chop everything up and try to assemble something out of it.” In comparison, Ektomists was produced in the box, with no hardware ...


NOW HEAR THIS: Blue Hawaii try out footwork, Cult Of Youth wail beautifully
Oct 22, 2014 12:12pm | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day.

Blue Hawaii, "Get Happy / Get Happier"

With "Get Happy / Get Happier," Blue Hawaii are offering a view of a band in flux. On their Soundcloud page, they write: "As the year progressed, we found our live show intensify but still had all these softer recordings which would never be released." But there's traces of a new energy from the jump: First track "Get Happy" - written nearly a year after the release of their second album Untogether - imagines that release's more plaintive moments inside big four-on-the-floor and 808 clicks. "Get Happier" makes good on their promise of a more noticeable shift, with the influence of DJ Rashad's footwork as a brand new motor.

Download "Get Happy / Get Happier" on Soundcloud.

Cult Of Youth, "Roses"

One hit of Cult Of Youth vocalist Sean Ragon's vocals at their most Sean Ragon-est - and that is what it feels like - and you know you're getting something divisive down to its very marrow. They're on full display on "Roses." His drunkenly leering vocals anywhere else would be scoff bait, but they work here in a way that strongly resembles magic. A quick glance at the song's waveform indicates an ascent, and the journey "Roses" finds itself on is that, pulling from post-punk and folk traditions and marrying them into a storm, all with a craft befitting Ragon, owner of Brooklyn record store Heaven Stre...


Conflict Of Interest: Cold War Kids, Aurora, Chief Scout @ Brooklyn Bowl: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 12:07pm | CMJ


Biggie music marketing honchos The Syndicate put on their annual, always must-go Conflict Of Interest party last night, featuring a solid mix of new and vet acts, Cold War Kids getting an expected fevered welcome back. Chief Scout and Aurora entertained while Special Guests were, um, special guests.

Photos by Aehee Kang Asano.

The post Conflict Of Interest: Cold War Kids, Aurora, Chief Scout @ Brooklyn Bowl: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.


Peaking Lights Everyone And Us Video
Oct 22, 2014 12:02pm | StereoGum

Hazy dub-pop duo Peaking Lights released their Cosmic Logic album a couple of weeks ago, and now they’ve made a video for the sunny, fizzy single “Everyone And Us.” Robbie Simon directed the clip, which appears to be made mostly from animated construction-paper cutouts and photos of Peaking Lights. It’s a piece of goofy homemade psychedelia, and you can watch it below.

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Public Access TV In The Mirror Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 22, 2014 11:46am | StereoGum

Ex-Be Your Own Pet member and longtime rock sideman John Eatherly’s Public Access TV already gave us one fun video for “Rebounder.” Now here’s another freewheeling clip for the upbeat Strokes-meets-Free Energy pop-rocker “In The Mirror.” In keeping with the song’s heavy Cars influence, it finds them driving around in a car, apparently having a blast. “In The Mirror” is definitely an appropriate tune to blare on the stereo in that situation. Watch below.

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Photos: Jessie Ware @ The Chapel, San Francisco 10/21/14
Oct 22, 2014 11:43am | StereoGum

Jessie Ware has made major pop music strides with her second album, Tough Love, but it pays off, as Tom explained in his review when he called it “an example of how hard this soft-pop can kick you in the gut when its done just right.” Last night, Ware played her album-release show in San Francisco, so we sent photographer Moses Namkung to capture the event. Check out our gallery above.

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PopGun: Wampire, Cymbals, Spires, Dune Rats, Casual Sex @ Glasslands Gallery: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 11:35am | CMJ


Independent booking and promotions company PopGun machine gunned out a bunch of fine new indie rock, led by the subtle, shape-shifting sounds of Cymbals and the always evolving glam-pop of Wampire. Spires, and their buzzy, well-besuited neo-garage rock, and Casual Sex and Dune Rats did not disappoint. However, yesterday’s news that Glasslands will close after New Year’s Eve was majorly disappointing.

Photos by Chris Pierce McCleary.

The post PopGun: Wampire, Cymbals, Spires, Dune Rats, Casual Sex @ Glasslands Gallery: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.


Mixtape Of The Week: Dej Loaf Sell Sole
Oct 22, 2014 11:26am | StereoGum

When a rap song bubbles up out of nowhere and takes over the world, people try to figure out how it happened, and you can usually retrofit some kind of narrative. ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” didn’t go supernova until Drake jumped on it. People might’ve given “No Flex Zone” a chance because Rae Sremmurd were proteges of the super-producer Mike Will Made-It. Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga” had the insta-viral dance. Those are all good songs, but the simple goodness of a song rarely seems to be enough to cross over. With Dej Loaf’s “Try Me,” though, the only hook is the hook itself: A murmured murder threat, a burst of dead-eyed gun-talk delivered in a half-asleep singsong over a pretty, twinkling beat with enough low end that it still sounds like the apocalypse coming out of trunk speakers. Dej Loaf, from Detroit, was absolutely unfamous before “Try Me” came along, and her producer DDS was a relative unknown, too. But “Try Me” has an instinctive force of its own. It’s ugly and pretty in equal measures, a softly melodic take on Chicago’s soul-burnt drill music. It sounds like nothing else, and it sounds like it’s always existed. Over the past few weeks, tons of rappers have cranked out their versions of “Try Me,” but all of them are only proving that they can’t bring the sui generis force that Dej Loaf brought to the original.

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8 songs Canada should send to the charts with Taylor Swifts Song 3
Oct 22, 2014 11:24am | Chart Attack

Yesterday, a new Taylor Swift song called "Track 3" hit the Canadian version of iTunes. Canadians, the hardcore Swifties that we are, immediately shot it to #1, just ahead of two more 1989 singles, "Welcome To New York" and "Shake It Off." The National Post was quick to write off the song, which consists of 8 seconds of static, as "a glitch," but north of the border we obviously prefer the new, avant-garde Taylor Swift to the other new character in her story: New York.

So in honour of Taylor Swift's daring new single, here are the next 8 songs Canada should send to the top of the charts:

Tool, "Useful Idiot"

Boards Of Canada, "Magic Window"

Sigur Ros, "18 sekúndur fyrir sólarupprás"

The Bloodhound Gang, "The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey"

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Two Minutes Silence"

Soundgarden, "One Minute of Silence"

The Melvins, "Pure Digital Silence"

John Cage, "4'33"

8 songs Canada should send to the charts with Taylor Swift’s “Song 3″ by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.


Career-spanning Cream box set due out in November
Oct 22, 2014 11:21am | Cosequence Of Sound

On November 24th, Universal Music Enterprises is set to release a box set featuring Creams entire original discography: four studio and two live albums.

According to a press release, each LP within the Cream: 1966-1972 set is pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. The collection comes housed within a rigid slipcase box and includes exact reproductions of each LP’s original artwork.

Formed in 1966, the legendary British rock supergroup was comprised of guitarist/singer Eric Clapton, bassist/singer Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. Throughout their career, the trio dabbled in blues rock and psychedelic rock and delivered classics such as “Sunshine Of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “Crossroads”. In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2006, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pre-orders for the box set are ongoing.

Below, check out a picture of the box set and the full tracklist, followed by a few of Cream’s classic songs.

Cream: 1966-1972 Tracklist:

LP1: Fresh Cream (1966) Tracklist:
A1 N.S.U.
A2 Sleepy Time Time
A3 Dreaming
A4 Sweet Wine
A5 Spoonful
B1 Cats Squirrel
B2 Four Until Late
B3 Rollin And Tumblin
B4 Im So Glad
B5 Toad

LP2: Disraeli Gears (1967) Tracklist:
A1 St...


Five acts not to miss at Simple Things, Bristol
Oct 22, 2014 11:14am | Fact Magazine

If you’re in Bristol, then this weekend is all about Simple Things.

With some of music’s most exciting acts spread across stages presented by RBMA, Hyperdub and, naturally, your friends at FACT, it’s already looking great – and that’s without mentioning the launch party. Find out more about Simple Things here, and check out five acts you’d be a fool to miss over the next five pages.

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Tashaki Miyaki The Beautiful Ones (Prince Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 22, 2014 11:13am | StereoGum

L.A. dreampop-psych duo Tashaki Miyaki are going on tour with the Allah-Lahs this fall. They’re recording a collection of covers to herald the occasion, aptly called The Covers EP. Among the songs they tackled with producer Joel Jerome was Prince’s Purple Rain epic “The Beautiful Ones.” They’ve done good work with it, turning a visceral slow jam into the sound of steam on a mirror. Listen below.

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