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Boston Weezer Fans Punish Craigslist Scalper
Sep 30, 2014 11:24am | StereoGum

Next month, Weezer are coming to Boston to perform their new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End in full at the relatively small Sinclair. The $65 tickets sold out in an hour, and one enterprising buyer then took to Craigslist to sell his pair of tickets for $500. As reports, an area fan saw the Craigslist ad and got pissed off about it. After one fan Tweeted about it, the venue looked into it and then canceled the scalper’s ticket order, calling the inflated resale a breach of the ticket-buying contract. It’s unclear how he intended to sell the ticket, anyway, since it’s a will-call-only invite and you need to prove that you’re the buyer to get in. Either way, it’s gratifying to see such swift justice. It would be nice if someone could do the same thing to all of Stubhub.

Spotify officially launches in Canada
Sep 30, 2014 11:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

Each year, Sweden exports $3.2 billion dollars worth of goods into Canada, including plastics, pharmaceuticals, minerals, and medical equipment. Today, Spotify gets added to the list, as the Swedish streaming giant has officially launched its service in the Great White North. The Canadian people did give the world poutine, so it’s the very least they could do in return.

As Billboard points out, Spotify rolled out the red carpet on Tuesday morning, making Canada the company’s 58th country worldwide. Rumors of the move up north actually began in June, when executives announced plans to “bring Spotify to everyone everywhere,” though no official release dates were ever revealed. Beta testing then began abruptly in August; the sudden timeline no doubt came as means to compete with Google Play, who had entered into the Canadian market back in July.

So why did it take Spotify so long to launch in Canada? Simple economics: Re:Sound, Canada’s royalty agency, had requested nearly 45% of a streaming site’s revenue. However, in May, the Copyright Board of Canada ruled that services would only have to pay 10 cents for every 1,000 plays. Compared to the US, that’s a lot less. As TIME revealed last year, the average song generates between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream in royalties. Even at the very low end of the spectrum, 1,000 streams generates $6 in royalties, of...

Big Star Tribute @ Wilshire Ebell Theater: September 27, 2014
Sep 30, 2014 11:15am | CMJ

This past Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in L.A., the Wild Honey Foundation held a star-studded show honoring the classic power pop band, Big Star. Wild Honey Pie has been throwing tribute concerts since 1994 to raise money for various charity organizations, and this show was done to promote the Autism Think Tank. Trunkworthy, a website which showcases underappreciated yet overachieving films, tv shows and music of our time, was the co-sponsor for the evening, which is appropriate because Big Star did not become widely appreciated until about the early ’90s, well after the band broke up and founding member Chris Bell had died at the age of 27. The driving musical force behind the evening though was Chris Stamey (originally of ’80s power pop greats, the dBs, and numerous solo projects) who had come up with the idea for a Big Star tribute concert three years earlier, wrote most of the musical arrangements and booked many of the performers. In the past, Stamey had performed with Alex Chilton, lead singer of Big Star, on solo projects as well as on various Big Star-related revival projects.

The evening was filled with amazing musicians reaching the heights of their talents. Audience members were filled with smiles as they swayed around and/or leaned against their friends shoulders versus the serious contemplative looks that crowds tend to have at sit down charity gatherings. The main band featured Jody Stephens—the only original member of ...

Chumped Songs About Boats
Sep 30, 2014 11:14am | StereoGum

Earlier this month, Chumped released a three-track collection called That’s The Thing Is Like…, the long-awaited followup to last year’s self-titled debut EP. Well, it turns out all that was just a tease for their first full-length, which is due out in November. Everything’s coming up Chumped! The new album features 11 new tracks (plus the fantastic “Hot 97 Summer Jam“), and they’ve just debuted a new one called “Songs About Boats.” As always, it’s effortlessly catchy and unbelievably fun, while still being about some pretty heavy things. (Choice lyrics: “Don’t you give me all those lines about hope/ we can’t spend any more time hoping/ underwater.”) Listen and check out the tracklist for the album (which contains awesome song titles like “Novella Ella Ella Eh” and “The Pains Of Being?”) below.


PREMIERE: Stream Toronto sludge-punks DAS RADs heavy psych debut LP, Radiation
Sep 30, 2014 11:12am | Chart Attack

Radiation is the first full-length LP from Toronto sludge-punks DAS RAD, but they already feel like mainstays of the local DIY scene. When the police shut down his former house/venue The Academy of Sciences on New Year's Eve of 2012, Ireek Sofakia channelled himself fully into this heavy psych trio with Allyn Norris and Dean Dallas Bentley. Since then, every show has felt like a major step forward. So, after a handful of EPs and splits, it makes sense that Sofakia would describe DAS RAD's debut LP, Radiation, with the grandiosity of established veterans:

"With Radiation we set out to record something of a concept album meets greatest hits collection. This at times felt like our undoing or the end of days but with a bit of help we clawed our way through the dark pit and came out the other side overjoyed at the birth of our mutation."

The album, which you can hear above, is a huge debut. The band puts on a clinic of all the different ways you can combine sludge, distortion and drone. With everything from groovy krautrock to fuzzy proto-metal to ambient noise dirges, it's simultaneously hypnotic, dreamy, dark and heavy as fuck.

DAS RAD's Radiation is out today via Pleasence. Buy it here. And catch them in Toronto at Smiling Buddha this Saturday, October 4.

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Angelo De Augustine How Past Begins (Stereogum Premiere)
Sep 30, 2014 11:10am | StereoGum

The first thing you think about when you encounter Angelo De Augustine’s music will probably be Elliott Smith, and understandably so: It’s whispery, gorgeously fragile lo-fi acoustic music from the West Coast. If you’re a fan of the gentler side of the loosely defined “freak folk” movement of 10 years ago — think Sufjan Stevens’ soft prayer Seven Swans, Devendra Banhart at his most trembling, or even José González circa Veneer — “How Past Begins” will probably transport you to some tingling bygone moment. And really, this sort of thing always leads back to Nick Drake, doesn’t it?


The Best Soundtrack Moments Of September 2014: Inherent Vice, The Skeleton Twins, & More
Sep 30, 2014 11:10am | StereoGum

We’re at a time in the year where things are beginning to change. This fall doesn’t bring a whole lot of exciting prospects on TV, whether returning shows or new shows. And, of course, all the Oscar season extravaganzas are about to start up. Things do have a way of leveling out — where earlier in the year I directed most of my attention toward prestige (or aspiring-to-be prestige) shows with inventive uses of music, we’re now entering the part of year where there are a ton of movies worth seeing in New York, big and small, with their own broad range of music moments.


MOKB Premiere : Liza Flume : Sleepless Nights
Sep 30, 2014 11:07am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Genres and traditions of music are being blurred now more than ever. Sylvan Esso, for instance, takes folk-styled vocals and accentuates them with ambient electronic elements, whereas in the past would have had a sparse, acoustic accompaniment. Australian born, Dublin based Liza Flume is another artist who creates music in a similar fashion. After receiving some much deserved attention for her 2013 debut EP, Full Steam Ahead, she has been hard at work in the studio with producer Brian Dillon looking to further perfect her craft. The first fruit of this labor is the intimate “Sleepless Nights”.

The song tells the common story of lying awake in bed being unsettled by where your life currently stands. Flume continues on only to put a period on the song summing up all her anxieties with the line “I don’t want to die alone”. Her vocals float ever so softly over masterful production that highlights the solemn tone the song, rather than overtaking it. It marks a captivating introduction into the new chapter of Flume’s musical journey. Listen below.

Flaming Camel Shit Is The Official Scent Of Slipknots Knotfest 2014
Sep 30, 2014 11:06am | StereoGum

Slipknot’s Knotfest festival may or may not be the first music festival that’ll smell like burning camel shit; I honestly don’t know. However, I’m reasonably certain that it’s the first music festival to advertise the fact that it’ll smell like burning camel shit. Next month, the long-running masked Iowa metal band Slipknot will host and headline both days of the festival, sharing the bill with people like Danzig, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, and Hatebreed. But the music is only part of the draw. They’re also advertising on-brand attractions a Slipknot museum, a “Fire Area/Thuderdome,” a goat petting zoo, a junk car drum circle. And then there’s the smell.


Single Mothers streaming debut LP 'Negative Qualities' (listen)
Sep 30, 2014 10:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Canadian punks Single Mothers are a week away from releasing their debut album, Negative Qualities (due 10/7 via XL imprint Hot Charity), and they've now made the whole thing available to stream. Following a couple strong EPs from 2010 and 2011 and a ripping live show, this debut's been a long time coming and it delivers on the promises they've been making. It's sneering, angry, sarcastic DGAF punk rock that's bound to make you feel something. There's some familiar stuff in there -- Craig Finn's wordy delivery, The Bronx's punk n roll riffs -- but the attitude and the urgency in these songs make it refreshing as hell. Listen to the whole thing for yourself, over at Pitchfork.

Single Mothers have a handful of tour dates coming up. Nothing in NYC announced yet but they're in the Northeast with a gap around CMJ so stay tuned. All dates are listed, with a stream of "Marbles" from the new record, below...

Continue reading "Single Mothers streaming debut LP 'Negative Qualities' (listen)" at brooklynvegan

CONTEST: Win tickets to See Nick Caves 20,000 Days on Earth at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto
Sep 30, 2014 10:57am | Chart Attack

If you've ever been to the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, it's a bit more glamorous than your average movie theatre. For instance, when you go to the washroom, you could be using the same stall that George Clooney or Kate Winslet once used.

So get ready to glam it up for one night because we've got 4 pairs of tickets to see 20,000 Days On Earth starring Nick Cave at the Tiff Bell Lightbox on Thursday, October 2 at 9:15pm. Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and written by the two with Nick Cave himself, the film is described as "a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths. Neither a music documentary nor a concert film." Sounds confusing, but it makes sense for Nick Cave.

To win, all you have to do is follow @ChartAttack on Twitter and retweet this tweet:

CONTEST: Win tickets to see Nick Caves 20, 000 Days on Earth at @TIFF_NET on October 2. FOLLOW us & RETWEET to win!

— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) September 30, 2014

Four winners will be randomly chosen. Entrants must be able to attend the film in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Thursday, October 2 at 9:15pm. This contest will run until 9pm on October 1.

CONTEST: Win tickets to See Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Simone Z...

The Blind Shake releasing 'Breakfast of Failures,' touring (dates, streams)
Sep 30, 2014 10:53am | Brooklyn Vegan

The Blind Shake @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)

The Blind Shake are back with a new album, Breakfast of Failures, which will be out October 28 via Goner. It's more of the animal beat leadfoot protopunk you've come to love and we've got the premiere of the ripping "Parachute." You can stream that below.

We last caught The Blind Shake during Northside and are excited to hear the Minnesotans will be on the road later this fall. The tour includes two shows in NYC the week of Thanksgiving: November 25 at Cake Shop and November 26 at Baby's All Right. The rest of those lineups are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the "Parachute" stream and another from the new LP, below...

Continue reading "The Blind Shake releasing 'Breakfast of Failures,' touring (dates, streams)" at brooklynvegan

Jimmy Page says Led Zeppelin reunion is not possible, but plans to start own, career-spanning band
Sep 30, 2014 10:53am | NME
Legendary axeman reveals he will be forming his own group at London playback of 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses Of The Holy' remasters

Watch: Arca – “Thievery” Video
Sep 30, 2014 10:50am | CMJ

We heard Thievery, the lead single off Arca’s long-awaited debut album, Xen, at the start of this month, and the visual that dropped today is making it all the more memorable. The song itself was already a menacing and disorienting synth death march, but the visual of a naked, emotionless CGI woman dancing in what would otherwise be a sexual way is both captivating and unsettling. There’s a clinical coldness to it all, and the nauseous green atmosphere seems apocalyptic. Like the Xen album art, the video was created by longtime Arca collaborator Jesse Kanda. It’s obviously NSFW, but you can watch it below.

The post Watch: Arca – “Thievery” Video appeared first on CMJ.

KISS Associate Busted For Child Pornography
Sep 30, 2014 10:48am | StereoGum

Guitarist Stephen Coronel, who once played with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in KISS precursor Wicked Lester, has been arrested and accused of uploading child pornography from his home, according to the Charlotte Observer. Coronel was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor by South Carolina’s Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. WJCL reports that he was discovered broadcasting or streaming pornography through a peer-to-peer webcam program, and that information was sent to the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, who tracked his location through his IP address. Coronel was kicked out of Wicked Lester after Epic Records said they wouldn’t sign the group with him still attached to the band. They never released a debut album (it was rejected by the label), but Coronel received co-writing credits on the KISS songs “Going Blind” and “She.” No other details about the case have been revealed yet, pending further investigation.


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