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Klaxons Announce Final Tour
Oct 24, 2014 11:59am | StereoGum

Klaxons have been kicking around the music world since 2005, at the height of something called New Rave, when every young band in Britain seemed to be playing spunky, angular, dance-infused indie rock. Along with Bloc Party and the Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons were one of the best of them. They’ve accumulated a strong discography over the years, but their moment has come and gone, and they seem to realize it: Today on Facebook and Twitter the band announced that their upcoming tour dates will be their last. Here’s the message:


The Decemberists announce new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Oct 24, 2014 11:58am | Cosequence Of Sound

The Decemberists have announced their latest album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.

The album title and its artwork (seen above) were both revealed this morning via a mural located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. Frontman Colin Meloy himself was on hand for the unveiling and performed a brand new song from the album, a jangly ditty entitled “Make You Better”.

Below, watch footage of Meloy performing “Make You Better” as well as “The Engine Driver”, from 2005’s Picaresque.

“Make You Better”:

“The Engine Driver”:

Hi NYers! Ill be the bearded and bespectacled guy at Bedford & 7th, busking new Decemberists songs. 11:30. Like, in 40 min. Come on by!

— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) October 24, 2014

What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World serves as The Decemberists’ seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2011’s The King Is Dead. A release date has not yet been revealed. Back in April, Meloy debuted another album track in “Carolina Low”.

This Weeks 5 Best Songs: Sleater-Kinney, Panda Bear, and more
Oct 24, 2014 11:57am | Chart Attack
This week's 5 best songs come from hours of diligent Bandcamp surfing, and checking our overstuffed company email accounts. Also, can I borrow $10,000 to wire to a Russian mogul? I promise he's going to change the way the world thinks about energy drinks.

Sleater-Kinney, "Bury Our Friends"

"...word got out last week that their career-retrospective box set Start Together would contain a hint to their reunion: a new 7" containing "Bury Our Friends."

Panda Bear, "Mr Noah"

"Panda Bear's played this song both times I've seen him live this year, and even as his other melodies rang throughout the venue, his masterful harmonious repetition - those "eh eh ehs!" - stood out."

Cult Of Youth, "Roses"

"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 Street."

Brazilian Money, "Why Am I Still Standing Here?"

Brazilian Money by Brazilian Money

"Brazilian Money is a key figure in Montreal's rich subculture of insouciant-yet-irrepressible rock. "


Watch Noel Gallagher Join Johnny Marr On Smiths & Iggy Pop Songs In London
Oct 24, 2014 11:50am | StereoGum

Johnny Marr just released a new album, Playland, and Noel Gallagher just announced that he’s got a new album due out in March 2015, Chasing Yesterday, on which Marr will appear. So it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Noel showed up at London’s Brixton Academy to join Marr onstage for a pair of songs: covers of Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life,” and the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now.” I’ve long been harboring an idle observation that Noel and Marr are physically morphing into two separate versions of the same exact person, the way old married couples do, and seeing them on stage together does little to dispute this observation. I like to imagine them sitting back with a cup of tea and bitching about their respective exes (ex-singers, I mean). “Thank god we don’t have to deal with all that anymore,” they must say. It must be nice. Anyway, you can watch footage of both “Lust For Life” and “How Soon Is Now” below.


High Road: Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully, Bee Caves @ Mercury Lounge: October 23, 2014
Oct 24, 2014 11:38am | CMJ

High Road took the road less traveled with sets from about-to-break acts like heavy folk rocker Avid Dancer, Nashville fuzzers Bully and Philly five-piece Cheerleader.

Photos by Vincent Miezejewski.

The post High Road: Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully, Bee Caves @ Mercury Lounge: October 23, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

Colin Meloy Teases New Decemberists Album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World With CMJ Busking
Oct 24, 2014 11:32am | StereoGum

It’s been nearly four years since the Decemberists released The King Is Dead, their last album. The band debuted a couple of new songs at the Boston Calling festival over the summer, and now frontman Colin Meloy is building anticipation for the next record in the most ground-level way imaginable: Street busking. He’s in New York for CMJ, and he is currently, right now, as I’m reading this, standing on the corner of Bedford and 7th in Williamsburg, playing Decemberists songs old and new. If the mural he’s standing in front of is any indication, the new album might be called What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which is a very Decemberists album title. Below, watch a fan-made video of him singing “The Engine Driver.”


This Weeks 5 Best Music Videos: Shabazz Palaces, Ought, Thurston Moore, and more
Oct 24, 2014 11:30am | Chart Attack
This week's 5 best music videos feature a lot of disorienting, head-scratching stuff, but they all look good while they puzzle you.

Panda Bear, "Mr Noah"

"I think a loop crafter like Noah Lennox will appreciate the repeating views of skewed domestic scenes, like we're half woken up from the extended REM sleep of "Let Forever Be"'s elaborate theatre."

Now watch this: Directing team AB/CD/CD's impressive catalogue.

Scott Walker + Sunn O))), "Brando"

"With its frost-bitten colour palette and charged take on domestic strife and violence (Walker's lyric "A beating would do me a world of good" and the surrounding whip cracks are especially troubling here), it has the vibe of a movie you watch from Eastern Europe and don't completely understand."

Now watch this: Director Gisèle Vienne's spooky theatre pieces.

Shabazz Palaces, "Motion Sickness"

"The recent surge in the USA's paramilitary SWAT raids on drug offenders gives "Motion Sickness" a colour of tension rarely seen in most full-length films. But TEAN's clip for the Seattle avant-rap duo flavours its politics with the strain of vibrant Afrofuturism long held by the band (and hip-hop in general)."


Klaxons have announced their final tour as a band
Oct 24, 2014 11:26am | Cosequence Of Sound

British indie rockers Klaxons have announced that their upcoming European tour will be their final as a band.

In a message posted on their Twitter account, they band notes: “After what’s been nearly 9 bananas years we’d like to let you know that we’ve decided the upcoming dates will be our last headline tour &.”

After what's been nearly 9 bananas years we'd like to let you know that we've decided the upcoming dates will be our last headline tour &

— Klaxons (@klaxons) October 24, 2014

It’s unclear whether this means Klaxons have called it quits altogether. A publicist for the band replied to our request for a comment, saying: “The only info we have right now is that tweet … in that this will be their last headline tour. No word if it’s 100% over as a whole but certainly the live side it seems.”

Klaxons formed in London in 2005 and went on to release three studio albums, 2007’s Myths of the Near Future, 2010’s Surfing the Void, and this year’s Love Frequency. The band won the 2007 Mercury Prize for Myths of the Near Future, and over their nearly decade-long career have collaborated with the likes of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and The Chemical Brothers.

Below, check out their full itinerary, followed by a fe...

The Culture Of Me x Impossible Project: The 15 Best CMJ 2014 Artist Portraits
Oct 24, 2014 11:20am | CMJ

Jeff Meltz’s photography project The Culture of Me aims to document the lives of those people with their fingers on the pulse of culture and nightlife in NYC. For the CMJ 2014 artist portrait series, Meltz teamed up with analog photo company Impossible Project to snap Polaroid shots of exciting new artists like Honduras, Julia Weldon, Angela Moyra, Big Data and a slew of others. Scope our 15 favorites above.

All photos by Jeff Meltz.

The post The Culture Of Me x Impossible Project: The 15 Best CMJ 2014 Artist Portraits appeared first on CMJ.

Gerard Way @ Webster Hall: October 23, 2014
Oct 24, 2014 11:11am | CMJ

Last night, an line three blocks long formed outside the doors of Lower Manhattan’s Webster Hall. They were there to see Gerard Way, the former My Chemical Romance frontman whose most recent Bowie-esque transformation has seen him forgoing MCR’s shiny, glammy emo in favor of a garagey, early-’90s brit pop aesthetic. Preceded by The Eeries, Way and his band took the stage and treated the all ages crowd to a set of material from his new album Hesistant Alien, and a few choice covers.

The post Gerard Way @ Webster Hall: October 23, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

Låpsley Falling Short
Oct 24, 2014 11:06am | StereoGum

Among many other big names, XL Recordings has released music by understated indie staples the xx and superstar diva Adele, and the label’s latest signing, Låpsley, is something like the halfway point between those two talents. Holly Fletcher, the woman otherwise known as Låpsley, plays intimate, soulful singer-songwriter music with a tasteful digital fringe. “Falling Short,” a piano ballad from her upcoming Understudy EP, is absolutely lovely. It’s one of those songs that sounds like everything and nothing, borrowing elements from lots of classic material but filtering them into a singular artistic voice. Let it wash over you below.


Frenchkiss: French Style Furs, The Bright Light Social Hour, Strange Names, The Suits, Shark Week @ Fontanas: October 23, 2014
Oct 24, 2014 11:04am | CMJ

Frenchkiss highlighted its roster and band crushes with bright-eyed sets from French Style Furs, The Bright Light Social Hour, Strange Names, The Suits and Shark Week. The crowd left feeling more than a little smitten.

Photos by Kassy Balli.

The post Frenchkiss: French Style Furs, The Bright Light Social Hour, Strange Names, The Suits, Shark Week @ Fontanas: October 23, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

She & Him Stay Awhile (Dusty Springfield Cover)
Oct 24, 2014 10:50am | StereoGum

She & Him, the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, signed with Columbia earlier this year, and they posted a teaser for a new album back in August. Today, we finally learn the whole deal. The band’s new LP is called Classics, and it’s a collection of covers of old standards. The band recorded the album live with a 20-piece orchestra, and they’ve shared their version of “Stay Awhile,” Dusty Springfield’s 1964 pop nugget. As Pitchfork points out, you can hear it by heading to their website and tuning the fake radio to 1202 AM.

Classics is out 12/2 on Columbia.

RAPID FIRE: Wayne Coynes life philosophy and dinner with Jesus Christ
Oct 24, 2014 10:49am | Chart Attack
Our video series Rapid Fire gets our favourite artists to answer hard-hitting questions from their childhood, imagination, and the future, as fast as they can before our non-existent timer runs out.

I firmly believe that Wayne Coyne, lead singer and blog headline maker of the Flaming Lips, is a child trapped inside an adult's body. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and to be honest I'm jealous of his childlike joy. Sitting down on a couch, Wayne showed off his gummy bear necklace, glitter nail polish, and to top it off, he pulled out some fun size candy bars to snack on. All fitting for a band who named their new Beatles cover album With A Little Help From My Fwends (stream it at NPR).

Naturally, Rapid Fire is a perfect fit for Wayne. We learn about his philosophy on life, a hopeful dinner with both Jesus Christ and another historical figure who you most certainly do not want to have dinner with. So sit back, relax, realize you don't have gummy bears and glitter, drive to your nearest bulk candy store, purchase said candy and glitter, rush back home, hit play, and enjoy the video. Please save your applause for after the viewing is completed.

The Flaming Lips' new cover album With A Little Help From My Fwends is coming out on October 28th through Warner Music Canada.

RAPID FIRE: Wayne Coyne’s life philosophy and dinner with Jesus Christ by Ryan Parker | Chart ...

She & Him set release date for Classics album, share Dusty Springfield cover
Oct 24, 2014 10:48am | Cosequence Of Sound

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (tka She & Him) have shared the release date for their latest album, Classics.  The 13-track collection of “carefully-selected, timeless standards” is due out December 2nd via Columbia Records. It’s the duo’s first album for the major label; their previously four albums, most recently last year’s Volume 3, came out via Merge Records.

As previously reported, the pair recorded the covers album live alongside a 20-piece orchestra, “allowing a spontaneity that captured the spirit of the songs in their truest forms.” As Deschanel explained, “It was a dream of ours to record these songs in a way that highlighted the brilliance of the songwriting and the beauty of their melodies.”

To accompany today’s announcement, She & Him have shared their cover of Dusty Springfield‘s classic single “Stay Awhile”. Here, Deschanel and Ward have totally re-imagined the love-sick ballad. What was once a more upbeat, slightly rock-inspired number has been re-imagined as mournful country tune, complete with dusty orchestration and some especially heartbroken wailing from Deschanel. Still, sorrowful and contemplative is sort of this duo’s wheelhouse, and they’re penchant for pristine pain is amped to the Nth degree thanks to the orchestra.

The song is available at She & Him’s official website....

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