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Travi$ Scott, new Atlanta and Valley Girl rap: the weeks best mixtapes
Aug 22, 2014 10:19am | Fact Magazine

Each week, FACTs Mixtape Round-Up trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you dont have to.

Weve now decided to break this into two features: the weeks Best Free Mixes (think Soundcloud, Mixcloud) and the weeks Best Mixtapes (think DatPiff, LiveMixtapes). Naturally, therell always be some level of crossover between the two, but for now weve split the columns up, with Mixes running every Thursday, and Mixtapes every Friday.

This week, post-Yeezus brilliance from Travi$ Scott, Que representing Atlanta’s weird, an unexpectedly politicised showing from Chicago’s The Guys, the Marmite charms of Raven Felix and more.

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MTV VMA Video Of The Year Winners From Worst To Best
Aug 22, 2014 10:17am | StereoGum

MTV has been putting its MTV Video Music Awards on TV for 30 years now, even though the network has only really cared much about airing music videos for maybe half that time. And every year, the network hands out its big Video Of The Year trophy, picking a winner through some mysterious process. The criteria seem to change every year: actual merit, overwhelming popularity, moment-defining iconography, vague ideas of prestige, weird back-room deals, the desire to get the winning artist into the room to accept the award on camera, who the hell knows. This year, Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Sia, and Pharrell actually make for one of the strongest and most wide-open Video Of The Year fields in recent years, and they’ll all fight it out on Sunday. Over the past three decades, plenty of amazing videos have won the big award, but a handful of terrible videos have, too. Michael Jackson and Prince and Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses never won the award. Madonna and Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake did win, but they were all past their peaks when they pulled it off. Eminem somehow won two, despite his videos being mostly godawful. Spike Jonze and Michael Gondry and Hype Williams may be the greatest music-video directors in history, but none of the videos they’ve directed has ever won. We’ve ranked the past 30 years of winners for you, and please note that the rankings judge the quality of the video only, not the songs or the artists.


Juicy J Low (Feat. Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby & Young Thug) Video
Aug 22, 2014 10:10am | StereoGum

Juicy J’s new single “Low,” which has on-fire verses from Nicki Minaj and Lil Bibby and a lovably slurry Young Thug on the hook, is one of the most dizzily fun rap singles in recent memory. It deserved a video that reflects its energy, but that’s not what it got. Instead, director Benny Boom gave it a total boilerplate rap video, full of butts and colored smoke and four-wheelers popping wheelies and conspicuous product placement. It’s still worth watching, but only because the song is amazing. Check it out below.


Watch Little Dragon Cover Kelis & André 3000s Millionaire
Aug 22, 2014 10:06am | StereoGum

Little Dragon covered Kelis and André 3000′s collab “Millionaire” for Australian radio station Triple J’s Like A Version video series. The Swedish band softened the song up a little bit with their sparkling synths, but kept it largely the same as original. Vocalist Yukimi Nagano even tried out a gruff and throaty take on André’s rap at the end of the song, and it worked out pretty well. Watch below.


Watch: Shabazz Palaces video for #CAKE
Aug 22, 2014 10:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Shabazz Palaces has shared the video for “#CAKE”, one of several standout tracks appearing on their latest LP, Lese Majesty. Here, director Hiro Murai delivers an intriguing entry into the post-apocalyptic video pantheon: rather than zombies or evolved monkeys, this bleak cityscape is ruled by giant nude models. Serving as the leaders of this brave new world is none other than Shabazz Palaces, whose floating heads remind this writer of a highly-stylized Wizard of Oz. As far as ways to go out, the human race could do much, much worse.

Watch it below.

Imogen Heap on Sparks and technology: “This was the first time I’d experienced the afterlife of me in code”
Aug 22, 2014 10:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
There are few musicians as engaged with technology as Heap - we talk the future of creativity, her new album, and her Reverb Festival.

Liam Gallagher takes on ice bucket challenge and nominates Noel to follow suit
Aug 22, 2014 9:55am | NME
The Oasis frontman takes part in the charity stunt to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

This Weeks 4 Best Music Videos: Absolutely Free, The War On Drugs, Trash Talk and one more!
Aug 22, 2014 9:50am | Chart Attack
Watch these three times a day with meals and that rash should clear right up.

Absolutely Free, "Beneath The Air"

"The 3500 individually painted frames (previously seen at an exhibit at Videofag) are stitched together into one gorgeous and psychedelic cycle of characters, like you're on the soaring journey of The Snowman's "Walking In The Air" sequence while having your face smooshed into the Screamadelica and Yes Please! covers. Yes, please."

Watchagonnado whenya getouttajail?

The War On Drugs, "Under The Pressure"

"It's all you need to get along with your roommates, really: form a rock band, practice in separate rooms, and surround yourselves with the fragments of art film interludes."

More retro film wandering in 2014.

Trash Talk, "The Great Escape"

"The cartoon band steals an ancient chalice from a convenience store, and undergoes the sort of bloody and grotesque demon transformations you expect after imbibing from a horned skull cup."

Previously on The Animated Adventures of Trash Talk...

Hooray For Earth, "Say Enough"

"Apparently it is possible to conjure a stirring romance from pirate...

This Weeks 5 Best Tracks: Caribou, The Unicorns, Lungbutter and more
Aug 22, 2014 9:50am | Chart Attack
Go crazy.

Caribou, "Our Love"

"'Our Love' is less heart-swelling and more of a hyper-focused dancefloor filler. It sort of leapfrogs the Disclosure lads in that it pulls from the same strains of UK garage and house, but organizes them with a freer hand."

The Unicorns, "Let Me Sleep"

"It's a perfect anthem for hermits, souped up on that familiar undistilled pop (that rocking outro is the best) while finding engaging tension with the morose lyrics. You can think of it as a party underneath the covers you've pulled over your head and all your fears are cute little gremlins dancing on your chest."

Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band, "Lam Phu Thai # 1"

Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band by Khun Narin

"The 'electric phin' is responsible for the spacey tremulations that distinguish and lead the sound, with tinny percussion and wandering bass lines providing plenty of forks in the road to get lost in."

Lungbutter, "Vile"

extractor by lungbutter

"...constantly reassesses where the edge is and goes there while screaming static through guitars and hellish, prophetic oaths of urban ennui."

Robyn & Röyksopp, "A Monument To Everything" (Kindness remix)

"[Kindness is] still the same methodical music nerd as when he first emerged. But no...

Shabazz Palaces #CAKE Video (NSFW)
Aug 22, 2014 9:49am | StereoGum

Seattle art-rap darlings Shabazz Palaces just released Lese Majesty, their blunted and fractitious new album. It’s only right that “#CAKE,” the album’s single, sounds like it’s exploding and gluing itself back together at the same time. The track’s new video, from the consistently great director Hiro Murai, is similarly disorienting. It’s a dark and surreal fever-dream vision of giant bodies, of people on the run, and of bodies falling through space. Thanks to some nudity, it’s a bit NSFW. But the video is so hypnotic and absorbing that you might want to risk it rather than waiting until you get home to watch it. The video is below.


Police arrest Lollapalooza zombie biter
Aug 22, 2014 9:46am | Cosequence Of Sound

The man who allegedly attacked and bit a Lollapalooza attendee has been apprehended, according to Red Eye.

Sergio Vicenteno, 33, of Chicago, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of aggravated battery at a public venue. He was arraigned and released on $60,000 bond.

Vicenteno is accused of attacking Ben Lenet, 29, during Arctic Monkeys’ performance at Lollapalooza earlier this month. Lenet was rushed to an area hospital where he was given a tetanus shot and preventive treatment for HIV and hepatitis.

Posting about the incident on Reddit, Lenet likened it to a “zombie” attack, adding that police told him “they only see assailants like that who are on PCP or bath salts,”

Here is Vicenteno’s mug shot:

Australia's Dick Diver touring North America, playing NYC w/ Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Free Time, more (dates & streams)
Aug 22, 2014 9:40am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.

Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...


video: Shabazz Palaces #CAKE
Aug 22, 2014 9:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

[directed by Hiro Murai]

Tom Vek Pushing Your Luck Video
Aug 22, 2014 9:27am | StereoGum

Fractured dance-punker Tom Vek released his third album, Luck, earlier this summer, and just shared a video for quasi-title track “Pushing Your Luck.” It plays like one of those viral Youtube videos in which you get to see a person playing every instrument in the song, except filtered through a technicolor slot machine of images. The clip is directed by PAXI, who also did Vek’s video for “Sherman (Animals In The Jungle).” Watch below.


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Aug 22, 2014 9:24am | StereoGum

This was generally a busy week, music-video-wise, but the biggest stories were two flashy, conversation-starting pop videos that seemed to represent two different sides of an ideological divide, even though the women who made the two videos are friends and everything. On the one side, there was Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which I didn’t find to be racially offensive, the way some did, but which I did find to be a celebration of stiff, priggish, bad-dancing nerdery. On the other side, there was Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” a lush and ribald love letter to all things ass. I suppose it’s possible to like both of these videos, and god knows it’s easy to like neither. But I had fun picking sides on this one; only one of those videos made the list. (You have almost definitely already guessed which one.) Check out this week’s picks below.


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