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Speedy Ortiz share video for American Horror, plus new tour dates
Jul 30, 2014 2:07pm | Cosequence Of Sound
In February, Northampton, Massachusetts indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed-up their thrilling 2013 debut Major Arcana with the concise but fulfilling Real Hair EP. That release’s best song was undoubtedly its opener, “American Horror”, with its ripping guitars and frontwoman Sadie Dupuis’ confident wordplay. Today, that track gets its own music video, one filled with strange cartoons and vivid daydreams.
Directed by Peter Binswanger, the cartoony visual dives deep into the band’s imaginations. It turns out, the members of Speedy Ortiz have some scary thoughts, as guest appearances from the devil himself, a lightning-eyed samurai, an animated cyclops, and a Black Swan-esque ballerina make the “American Horror” title very apt. Watch it below (via Pitchfork)
The band has also extended their tour, adding a 25 show North American fall jaunt with Fucked Up. Previously scheduled dates include stops at the Pygmalion Festival in Illinois and the Midpoint Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Full dates are below.
Speedy Ortiz 2014 Tour Dates:
Peace reveal new single 'Lost On Me' - watch
Jul 30, 2014 2:00pm | NME
Third song from band's forthcoming second album revealed
The Rentals announce 2014 U.S. tour
Jul 30, 2014 2:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Matt Sharp has announced a short U.S. tour in support of The Rentals first album in 15 years, Lost in Alphaville. The schedule includes shows on both sides of the country in September.
The Rentals, new album, Lost in Alphaville, was recorded by Sharp alongside the lineup of The Black Keys Patrick Carney, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, The Section Quartet pianist Lauren Chipman, and Lucius own Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. A release date is set for August 26th via Polyvinyl Records.
Listen to lead single “1000 Seasons” and see the tour schedule below.
The Rentals 2014 Tour Dates:
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Son Lux Lanterns Lit Video
Jul 30, 2014 1:59pm | StereoGum
Son Lux’s latest video from last year’s darkly experimental pop effort Lanterns is for the album’s trembling sorta title track “Lanterns Lit.” Directed by SJ Finlay in Southeast Asia, it finds an entire community’s attention fixated on a rocket’s climb to space. What’s lacking in terms of rocket imagery is more than made up for in stunning landscape shots. It’s a gorgeous clip for a gorgeous song. Watch.
Ought continue to tour, playing Bowery Ballroom in October (updated dates)
Jul 30, 2014 1:49pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
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Montreal's Ought are definitely a band who win people over at shows, including people like myself who were kinda shruggy on their debut album. Folks will continue to have chances to do just that as Ought will be spending most of the second half of 2014 on tour, including a North American run this fall. Those dates include one at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on October 14. Tickets for that show will be available via Ticketmaster soon.
NYC has already gotten a few chances to see Ought. All dates are listed below...
Continue reading "Ought continue to tour, playing Bowery Ballroom in October (updated dates)" at brooklynvegan
Lana Del Rey left alone at the altar in wedding themed 'Ultraviolence' video
Jul 30, 2014 1:48pm | NME
US singer's reveals new video
Scott & Charlene's Wedding going on first US tour (dates)
Jul 30, 2014 1:18pm | Brooklyn Vegan
still from "Jackie Boy" video
Aussie ex-pats Scott & Charlene's Wedding released Any Port in a Storm last year which should appeal to fans of '80s-era Flying Nun bands or Real Estate. If you missed it upon release, you can stream it via Rdio and check out the Rocky-themed video for "Jackie Boy" below.
As mentioned, Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Brooklyn's Glasslands on September 21 with fellow Australians-living-in-abroad Free Time (tickets). That show is part of their first-ever US tour. All dates are listed below...
Continue reading "Scott & Charlene's Wedding going on first US tour (dates)" at brooklynvegan
Heres Sun Ras reading list and guest lecture from 1971 at UC Berkeley
Jul 30, 2014 1:04pm | Chart Attack
Back when Sun Ra still graced this dimension with his presence, the avant-garde Afrofuturist and his "Arkestra" taught a class/concert hybrid at UC Berkeley called Afro-American Studies 198: The Black Man in the Cosmos. It's not that crazy: Though he was training to be a teacher in college, Herman Poole Blount dropped out and changed his name to Sun Ra following an out-of-planet visit to Saturn.
Members of Sun Ra's Arkestra would make sure none of the students recorded the classes. Luckily for us, someone managed to get one of them on tape, for Sensitive Skin Magazine to post the audio. Just as Sun Ra likely predicted! Hear the whole thing below:
John F. Szwed, author of Space Is The Place: The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra, describes the sort of thing student could expect:
His class also came with a reading list, up below via Open Culture. Szwed notes that many students would complain of the books being too difficult to find, and Sun Ra would respond that it was the point, because they contained "the secret hist...
Morrissey Denies Asking Security Guard To Hurt Fansite Webmaster
Jul 30, 2014 1:00pm | StereoGum
Earlier today, we reported that Morrissey’s former bodyguard, Bradley Steyn, had filed a lawsuit claiming that he was fired after refusing the singer’s request to “hurt” or “[get] rid of” the administrator of fan site Morrissey-solo.com. Now, Moz has released a statement, calling Steyn’s accusation “a vexatious lie.” (“A Vexatious Lie” would be a great Moz song title, no?) Said Moz: “As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.” (And that’s a great Moz lyric!) Finally, per Morrissey, Steyn’s statement “is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is subject to both criminal and civil action.” Read Morrissey’s full statement below, via the Morrissey-approved fansite True To You.
Listen: Sinead Harnett - “No Other Way” (Bearcubs remix)
Jul 30, 2014 1:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Fast-rising North London singer Sinead Harnett hands "No Other Way" over to Bearcubs for an addictive remix
Rinse Is Jus One Big Orgy: Trim unloads Twitter tirade
Jul 30, 2014 12:57pm | Fact Magazine
The former Roll Deep affiliate is naming names.
Yesterday, Trim spent a few hours laying into Rinse founder Geeneus for what he sees as mismanagement of his career and those of others, like Rinse original Slimzee (though according to Slimzee’s management, this wasn’t the case).
It’s pretty incendiary stuff (and often quite funny). A few excerpts, from Trim’s twitter.
Thanks to Jimmy McLaughlin for the tip.
july 2014 mix
Jul 30, 2014 12:45pm | Gorilla Vs Bear
[previous monthly mixes]
The Top Albums of the 21st Century as determined by Daft Punk, Beck, Karen O, and GQ Magazine
Jul 30, 2014 12:43pm | Cosequence Of Sound
This month’s issue of GQ includes a list of “The 21 Albums from the 21st Century Every Man Should Hear.” Naturally, cover boy Kanye West claims the No. 1 spot with his 2010 opus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, with The Strokes’ Is This It, OutKast’s Stankonia, Daft Punk’s Discovery, and LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver rounding out the top 5.
Interestingly enough, the list contains not one Radiohead album. No, not even 2000’s Kid A. It does, however, feature two albums released in 2013 (Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth LP). Other recent albums included: Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE (2012), PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake (2011), and Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx’s We’re Not Here (2011).
Oh, and The Libertines’ Up the Bracket placed at No. 20. Again, Radiohead placed nowhere.
Along with its own list, GQ had some of the included artists share their personal picks for the century’s best album. Daft Punk went with The Strokes’ Is This It, Beck showed love for M.I.A.’s Arular, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O went with fellow NYC outfit Liars and their LP, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument
Mixtape Of The Week: Zuse Plugged
Jul 30, 2014 12:40pm | StereoGum
The definition of “mixtape” has changed a lot over the years, especially when it comes to single-artist projects. Mixtapes were once, of course, actual cassettes, documents of DJ mixes, sometimes with exclusives or freestyles thrown in. By the time I started paying attention to them, mixtapes were ways for established rappers to keep their names out there, or for lesser-knowns to make names for themselves, but they didn’t function the same way albums did. They’d have a few new tracks, maybe a previously released single or two that’d already made some noise, a few freestyles over other people’s songs, a remix or two. If the rapper had been on any songs with more-famous rappers, those songs would make their way to the mixtape. They’d collect whatever odds and ends they could find to make the point that this rapper is good and you should pay attention to him. Some mixtapes that we remember as classic, like Young Jeezy’s career-making Trap Or Die, are structured like this. These days, with labels hesitant to release any rap records, and with mixtapes being the only dependable way for artists to build fanbases for themselves, a mixtape more or less has to work like an album; it’s what we expect every time we hit “download” on Livemixtapes. But that old let’s-grab-a-bunch-of-shit model still works, and the new Zuse tape, Plugged, is a prime example.
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