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James Murphy to score Noah Baumbach film starring Ad-Rock
Jul 23, 2014 4:10am | Fact Magazine

DFA Records maestro tapped again by indie director.

Having composed the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg a few years back, James Murphy is returned to his scoring role for the NYC director’s latest feature, While We’re Young.

The news seeped out via the preliminary announcements for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where the film will be screened later this year.

Ben Stiller, who also appeared in Greenberg, has been cast in the movie alongside Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock. Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver and Charles Grodin also appear in the film, which follows “a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are over-turned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.”

Check out music from Greenberg and from all corners of the LCD man’s long and varied career in You Wanted A Hit: James Murphy’s 10 Best Deep Cuts. [via Spin]

Helps Both Ways: check out a gallery of Mogwai Polaroids, circa Come On Die Young
Jul 23, 2014 4:07am | Fact Magazine

Mogwai‘s classic second album Come On Die Young gets the reissue treatment this week.

A quieter, more brooding album than their debut Young Team, it’s perhaps aged the best out of any of Mogwai’s 1990s albums, with its title track of sorts, ‘CODY’, amongst the group’s greatest ever individual songs. The deluxe edition of Come On Die Young is out now via Chemikal Underground, and features over an hour of bonus material including unheard demo versions, unreleased tracks, a poster from ’99 and more.

To celebrate the news, Mogwai gave us a set of Polaroids from the period. “It was a very fun period for the band even though the music itself is quite somber”, says the group’s Stuart Braithwaite. We were dancing inside, honestly. The album title comes from a gang Barry [Burns]‘s dad had some knowledge of. Their special move was punching people in the neck. Enjoy.”

For more Mogwai on FACT, read our recent interview with them. Order the deluxe Come On Die Young direct from the label.

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Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose, inquest hears
Jul 23, 2014 4:01am | NME
Husband Tom Cohen speaks of seeing late wife flushing stash of drugs down toilet

Peaches Geldof was former heroin addict and methadone user, inquest hears
Jul 23, 2014 4:01am | NME
The inquiry has heard that heroin is 'likely' to have played a role in the death

Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling 2014
Jul 23, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Matthew McAndrew's brilliant pictorial account of the inaugural Isle of Eigg festival, including organisers The Pictish Trail, as well as Jens Lekman and Alexis Taylor.

Listen: Banks - “Beggin For Thread”
Jul 23, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
The princess of dark pop, Banks, drops "Beggin For A Thread" from her much-anticipated debut longplayer.

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to have jail term appeal considered
Jul 23, 2014 3:43am | Fact Magazine

Ian Watkins is due to find out if he can launch an appeal to reduce the length of his jail term.

The Lostprophets singer was sentenced to 29 years in prison, with another six years on licence, after admitting a string of child sex offences last December.

A woman who was jailed alongside Watkins, who was the mother of a baby he abused, is also seeking a cut in her 17-year sentence. Both applications will be heard by three appeal court judges sitting in Cardiff, the BBC reports.

Further investigations into Watkins have been conducted by other police forces around the world, including in Germany and the United States, this year.

His former bandmates recently announced their new project with ex-Thursday singer Geoff Rickly under the name No Devotion, playing their first gig at Cardiff’s CF10 venue this week.

DiS meets Daniel Kessler from Interpol
Jul 23, 2014 3:42am | Drowned In Sound

Interpol release their eagerly anticipated fifth long player El Pintor in September, so when DiS was recently offered half an hour of guitarist Daniel Kessler's time we duly accepted. Here, Kessler discusses the making of the new album, festivals, playing live and tenth anniversaries...


DiS: You're currently in the middle of a very busy live schedule that runs through to the end of November, give or take a few weeks here and there. You're also playing a lot of festivals this summer. Was that a conscious move to hopefully play to new audiences?

Daniel Kessler: No. I think it's just a timing thing really. We finished the record during the first week of February. And then you have choices. For a while we tried to get the record out in May. Then we decided not to rush things and take our time. So now it's coming out in September. In the meantime, what do you do? It makes sense for us to come back in this way and I really like playing festivals. The unpredictability of not knowing what the stage looks like, whether we'll get a soundcheck or even if the set time might change. Some days we might get an hour, others maybe an hour-and-a-half. Then we may go at 1:30 in the morning, another night it might be 8pm. I like all that. Plus we get to see a different country almost every day. It speaks to me. It's not monotonous.

DiS: Glastonbury the other week was certainl...

Slowdive announce two further reunion dates
Jul 23, 2014 3:35am | NME
The shoegaze band will play a pair of shows at London's Forum December

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Jul 23, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman reaffirms her position as one of the finest songwriters of her generation after a six-year lay-off with her most diverse record to date

James Murphy to score new Noah Baumbach film 'While We're Young'
Jul 23, 2014 3:13am | NME
The LCD Soundsystem producer teams up with the director again, for the movie starring Ben Stiller and Beastie Boys' AdRock

Blue Note Changed My Life: 16 artists pick their favourite records from the legendary jazz label
Jul 23, 2014 2:58am | Fact Magazine

The finest in jazz since 1939.

Among the most influential and important record labels of all time, Blue Note have marked their 75th anniversary by launching an extensive reissue campaign that aims to make 100 classic and contemporary Blue Note titles available on vinyl once more.

From Coltrane to Cannonball Adderley, the label was at one time or another home to pretty much every major jazz musician to break land during the commercial golden era of the genre in the ’50s and ’60s. With its distinctive Reid Miles-designed sleeves and Rudy Van Gelder-produced sound, it forged a coherent identity over a catalogue estimated at close to 1,000 releases.

And yet, with so much to choose from, when we tasked 16 musicians, producers, DJs and label heads from the most diverse of backgrounds to share their favourite Blue Note records, it was striking how focussed the results were. As much a celebration of Blue Note as a Donald Byrd appreciation society, the trumpet player who made the jump to jazz funk smoother than most clocked an impressive five votes, while both Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver are also well represented with two a piece.

However, whether discovered through hip hop samples or via Dads record player, this feature is as much about the people choosing as the records themselves, and with a remit way beyond the dusty corridors of jazz we hope this has shown just how bro...

Lostprophets' Ian Watkins to have jail term appeal considered
Jul 23, 2014 2:48am | NME
A court in Cardiff will consider the convicted paedopile's application to have his 29-year sentence reduced

The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi
Jul 23, 2014 2:33am | Drowned In Sound

What, did you think musical ambushes like these were purely the preserve of megastars like Beyoncé? To be fair, as much as The Raveonettes have never been too far behind the curve, theyve historically taken most of their cues from the likes of The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain; theres always been a real pop sensibility to their work, but Im not convinced I can see them citing chart-pop titans like the self-styled Mrs. Carter as serious influences any time soon, even if theyve obviously picked up on what a neat idea dropping a record without fanfare is.

Thats not to say, though, that Peahi isnt a departure. The name is taken from a well-known surf spot on the north coast of Maui, Hawaii - that in itself should be enough to tell you that the duo have well and truly left familiar territory behind. You imagine inspiration striking across The Raveonettes in a dingy New York club or a dive bar, not out on the beach under a blazing sun. A change of scenery - metaphorical or otherwise - is probably precisely what they needed; their tried-and-true garage-pop formula was beginning to sound a little bit tired on their last record, Observator.

On PeAhi, theyve managed to tap into a genuinely broad emotional spectrum; opener Endless Sleeper has ominous guitars and thumping drums backing a tentative, nervous vocal from Sharin Foo. Many of the tracks are characterised by a claustrophobic, oppressive wall o...

Cambodian Space Project - Whisky Cambodia
Jul 23, 2014 2:33am | Drowned In Sound

When the Khmer Rouge regime systematically murdered artists, intellectuals and professionals in their attempt to transform Cambodia into an agrarian utopia, it buried a culture in which pop music had thrived: destroying both records and the vast majority of the people that that had created them. Pol-Pots catastrophically brutal, albeit short-lived, reign was one that left Cambodia reeling from the horrors that he had brought upon it, with ongoing struggles against the deposed regime continuing for years after.

The Cambodian Space Project are a curious act who are intertwined with this tragedy. Vocalist Srey Thys parents survived the wave of murders and, as part of a wave of relative optimism following the Vietnamese overthrow, she was born to a family from which she inherited a love of music and knowledge of the pre-Khmer era of Cambodian pop. Combining psychedelic rock and Motown, presumably a result of the American occupation of Vietnam and Cambodia, this music hearkens back to an era untroubled by Pol-Pots destruction; a rare insight into a unique golden age that the west is largely ignorant of.

Discovered singing solo in a bar by Tasmanian musician Julien Poulsen, Shrey Thy is joined here as The Cambodian Space Project by a host of Motown musicians; it is in this combination that the record finds its success. It is a potent mix: a classic Detroit sound with Cambodian vocals that are at once jarring and infectious.

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