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Hear Maria Minerva, Gang Gang Dance and Factory Floor remix Houndstooth duo Soft as Snow
Oct 30, 2014 12:45pm | Fact Magazine

The Norwegian synth-poppers receive a remix EP.

Soft As Snow (the duo of Oda Egjar Starheim and Øystein Monsen) debuted earlier this year with their Glass Body EP for Fabric’s Houndstooth imprint, showcasing a take on electronic pop steeped in minimal wave and early Warp releases that favors analogue synths, off-kilter vocals and processed guitars.

The EP has now been taken further down the rabbit hole, with a handful of high-profile artists each offering idiosyncratic remixes. Italian techno experimenter Lucy strips down ‘Halo Heart’, Gang Gang Dance‘s Brian DeGraw highlights the angles and sharp corners of ‘All Our Beasts’, Factory Floor‘s Gabe Gurnsey supercharges the title track and Maria Minerva streamlines ‘Black Birds’.

Glass Body Remixed is out now via Houndstooth, and you can stream it below in full.

Public Enemy to reissue two classic albums with rare bonus tracks
Oct 30, 2014 12:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Def Jam will be releasing deluxe editions of two classic Public Enemy albums, 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet. Both titles come with a second disc of bonus material and essays written by The Roots own Questlove and Wax Poetics’ Andre Torres.

According to a press release, the deluxe edition of It Takes a Nation features 13 rare mixes, including the original “No Noise” version of “Bring the Noise”, instrumental versions of “Rebel Without A Pause” and “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”, and the soundtrack version of “Fight the Power” from Spike Lees iconic 1989 film, Do the Right Thing. It’s also bundled with a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power…Live!, which has long been unavailable for purchase.

Meanwhile, the deluxe installment of Fear of a Black Planet comprises the original LP and 18 bonus tracks, including the nearly 10-minute-long “Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley)”, three remixes of “Cant Do Nuttin For Ya Man!”, and several instrumental takes of “911 Is a Joke”, “Power to the People”, and “Revolutionary Generation”.

The deluxe collection of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is due o...

Watch: Team Spirit Satisfaction Video
Oct 30, 2014 12:33pm | CMJ

Fresh off a stint at CMJ Music Marathon, hot-heeled sneerers Team Spirit have dropped a video for their grunge-snuff track Satisfaction off this year’s Killing Time. In the clip, a hairy producer (Rick Rubin parody?) torments the band as they try to record their take on the age-old “Thing’s aren’t perfect, but I’m good enough” theme. Alex Russek directs. Watch the video below.

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It Takes A Village To Stop A Predator: Jian Ghomeshi and Canadian Medias Open Secrets
Oct 30, 2014 12:31pm | Chart Attack

Earlier this week, the CBC announced that it was letting go of popular longtime Q host Jian Ghomeshi in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct from a growing number of women. The CBC's decisionand Ghomeshi's own written response, crafted with the help of powerhouse crisis PR firm Navigator that insists all allegations boil down to "extreme" but ultimately consensual kink and a jilted exhas led to many necessary conversations about consent and BDSM, sexual predation, rape culture, and the law.

It's also, of course, brought up questions around why said crimes would have gone unreported; a legion of Ghomeshi's fans are casting doubt on the claims for largely this reason. Never mind that, statistically, the overwhelming majority of sexual assaults go unreported. Doubt begets doubt.

Which leads me to suggest we talk about the media industry. Let's talk about closed circuits and small ponds.

But first, let's talk about Canada.

It's important to consider the size of Canada and its correspondingly itty-bitty media industry. It means when there are open secrets, many more of us as a whole are complicit in harbouring them.

Canada is not big. It's so decidedly not-big, in fact, that if you meet someone on holiday who asks you, Oh hey, do you know my friend so-and-so? when they find out where you live, there's a better than joke-level chance that you have a Facebook friend or two in common....

watch Nobunny's slasher flick video for "Nightmare Night"
Oct 30, 2014 12:19pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

With his mask that is already all kinds of creepy (shades of Leatherface, no?), Nobunny seems born from a schlock horror movie. So it makes 100% sense for him to star in his own slasher flick, in this case an elongated video for his song "Nightmare Night" from last year's Secret Songs. Written and directed by Ardavon Fatehi and Jenny Messer, it's a well-shot, funny film that owes much to '80s horror (with a little Repo Man in there too) and features appearances by Colleen Green, as well as members of Mean Jeans. Just in time for Halloween, check it out below.

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Public Enemy Announce Deluxe It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back & Fear Of A Black Planet Reissues
Oct 30, 2014 12:17pm | StereoGum

Today, Public Enemy announced that they will be reissuing deluxe editions of both 1988′s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and 1990′s Fear Of A Black Planet, which will include quite a few exclusive add-ons, including rare bonus mixes, instrumental re-workings, and essays by both Questlove of the Roots and Andres Torres of Wax Poetics. Additionally, the Nation Of Millions reissue will include a live performance DVD. Check out the extensive tracklists below.


Watch: The Last Skeptik - Propulsion (feat. FEMME)
Oct 30, 2014 12:17pm | The Line Of Best Fit
UK nu-electro producer The Last Skeptik has unveiled a new music video for recent track "Propulsion", featuring FEMME on vocals.>

Team Spirit Satisfaction Video
Oct 30, 2014 12:14pm | StereoGum

Team Spirit, the Brooklyn garage-rockers led by the former Passion Pit keyboardist Ayad Al Adhamy, have built up an enviable catalog of goofy, fun music videos. Their new clip, for “Satisfaction,” might not be their best, but it still has the anarchic spirit of its predecessors. Director Alex Russek shot the video at New York’s storied Electric Lady studios, and the clip tells the story of the band’s dealings with a pill-popping, Rick Rubin-esque producer. Watch it below.


Mute unveils its second Dirty Electronics handheld synth and sequencer watch it in action
Oct 30, 2014 12:09pm | Fact Magazine

The second iteration of the gadget originally created for Mute’s Roundhouse event in 2011.

Those electronics-manglers at Mute have unveiled the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII), a handheld synth and sequencer created in collaboration with designer and writer Adrian Shaughnessy.

The synth is an update of an earlier device created for Mute’s Short Circuit event at London’s Roundhouse back in 2011, and stems from John Richards’ ongoing project Dirty Electronics, which he positions as an alternative to mass-produced digital culture. Instead of slick, shiny, uniformly designed gizmos, Dirty Electronics are designed to feel heavy, hand-made, hacked, even a bit kitsch.

Packaged with simple instructions, diagrams and essays, the MSII is meant to be accessible to untrained enthusiasts as well as synth aficionados, while additional modules and add-ons make it customisable and scalable. The core of the instrument is a versatile mini patchbay that encourages playful interaction with the instrument, while the printed circuit board artwork has multiple touch electrodes that provide a labyrinth of possible connections and resulting behaviours.

The Mute Synth II comes with a a selection of works using the synth by artists associated with Dirty Electronics and Mute, including Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle/Carter Tutti Void), Simo...

Damien Rice premieres new song The Greatest Bastard listen
Oct 30, 2014 12:06pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In less than two weeks, Damien Rice will return with his new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy. Produced by Rick Rubin, it serves as his third LP to date and first since 2006’s 9. In anticipation, the Irish singer-songwriter has unveiled a new song entitled “The Greatest Bastard”.

Much like on previous offerings “I Don’t Want to Change You” and the title track, Rice reflects deeply on a relationship. However, between his hushed croon, barely-there traces of an acoustic guitar, and truly gut-wrenching lyrics (“Am I the greatest bastard that you met? The only one you can’t forget?” and “Am I just dreaming once again? Some dreams are better when they end.”), the song just might be one of his most heartbreaking works à la 2002’s “The Blower’s Daughter”.

Listen in below, followed by a short video clip.

My Favourite Faded Fantasy arrives on November 11th via Warner Music. In support of the LP, Rice will be touring North America for the rest of the year. Consult his full schedule here.

power electronics/noise pioneers Ramleh playing two NYC shows in January w/ related acts JFK & Kleistwahr & more
Oct 30, 2014 12:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan
When Gary Mundy formed Ramleh and the Broken Flag label in 1982, he was a primary participant in the UK power electronics scene, which attempted to outdo the industrial template first drawn by Throbbing Gristle. Very much a product of their time, his recordings were violent sonic bursts laced with proto-fascist and misogynist imagery, given vulgar titles meant to shock. Mundy and co-conspirator Philip Best quickly rose from this noise ghetto by applying the scene's best aspects (experimentation, improvisation, volume) to a more traditional rock format. Along with its sister group Skullflower, Ramleh laid the foundations for improvisational noise rock with a stubborn intensity that catered to no one. The band rarely issued records in quantities greater than 500, live shows were few and far between and cover art and liner notes were filled with cryptic drawings, photographs and abstract writings. Their sound remained reliably rooted in an unwavering formula: plodding heavy drums, an endlessly repetitive low-end bass groove and wave upon wave of guitar screech. - [Trouser Press]
British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, will be playing two rare NYC shows in NYC in early 2015: January 28 at Home Sweet Home for Nothing Changes with JFK and Kleistwahr, and then January 29 at Saint Vitus

Sick Feeling announce debut LP, share a track, touring West Coast w/ United Nations (dates & stream)
Oct 30, 2014 11:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Sick Feeling at BV-RBSS show at Palisades (more by Ryan Muir)

When we first heard Sick Feeling's tracks on Soundcloud, they came off like a scuzzy lo-fi punk band, but "Liberal Arts," the first single from their debut LP, Suburban Myth, is much different. This one has the band -- whose lineup includes members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and more -- sounding more like something that could've come out on Equal Vision in 2001. The production is much higher quality than those early tracks, the riffs are dissonant and metallic, and singer Jesse Miller-Gordon sounds like he's killing his vocal cords with every note. It's a great song, and you can check it out (via FADER) below. The album comes out January 20 via Terrible Records and Geoff Rickly's Collect Records.

Sick Feeling will also be touring the West Coast in November with Geoff Rickly's band United Nations, which is pretty much a perfect pairing. All of those dates are listed, with the new song, below...

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TV on the Radio sold out 3 NYC shows, add Rough Trade show (updated dates)
Oct 30, 2014 11:33am | Brooklyn Vegan

TVOTR at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

TV on the Radio's new album Seeds is coming out November 18 via Harvest, and their tour in support of it includes sold-out NYC shows at The Apollo on 11/18 and MHOW on 11/21 & 22. Now there's one more chance to see them though, and it's an intimate one. They'll play Rough Trade on November 19 which is free as long as you purchase their new album from the Rough Trade store and get a wristband, starting 11/17 at 11 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with streams of two tracks from the new album, below. You can also download a third track via Samsung.

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Seattle punks New Gods releasing an EP (watch a video)
Oct 30, 2014 11:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

New Gods were formed in 2013 by members of various Seattle bands and so far have a demo and the Sex & Destroy EP out. Their next release will be the What Did I Say? EP on Painter Man Records (pre-order), and we've got the premiere of the video for the title track in this post. Sounding something like Henry Rollins shouting over a Kurt Cobain riff, "What Did I Say?" is a ripper. Check it out for yourself below.

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Chief Keef Paper (Feat. Gucci Mane)
Oct 30, 2014 11:26am | StereoGum

Chicago drill overlord Chief Keef may have lost his label deal, but when he gets together, he will still be a force on the mixtape underground. I have high hopes for the forthcoming Back From The Dead 2, the sequel to the tape that helped build Keef’s name in the first place. “Paper,” a track from that tape, has an uncommonly slurry verse from Keef’s incarcerated buddy Gucci Mane and a purposeful, fiery verse from Keef. It may be the first time Keef has ever outrapped Gucci on a song. Listen below.


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