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What's going on Friday? (California X, Priests, Holograms, Aye Nako, A$AP Ferg, Woe, Stamey & Holsapple, Splashh, more)
Dec 6, 2013 10:28am | Brooklyn Vegan
California X at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav
Priests at MHOW in October (more by Wei Shi)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
California X, Perfect Pussy, Yvette, Flagland, Blessed State
@ Shea Stadium
Priests, Noun (Marissa Paternoster), Heavy Bangs, Arm Candy @
Holograms, TV Ghost, Heaven's Gate @ 285 Kent
San Fermin @ Ace Hotel
Listen to Warpaints new single, Biggy, plus 2014 tour dates
Dec 6, 2013 10:22am | Cosequence Of Sound
Warpaint return today with “Biggy”, the second track off their self-titled, Flood-produced sophomore LP, due out January 21st via Rough Trade Records. The foursome continue in the same lush and moody vein of lead single “Love Is To Die”, crafting a sensuous dream-pop anthem marked by falsetto harmonies, the reverb of drums, and aqueous guitars that weave in and out of the ether. Stream and/or download it below.
Update: They’ve also revealed 2014 tour dates.
Warpaint 2014 Tour Dates:
Listen: Tei Shi M&Ms (MP Williams Paranoid Remix)
Dec 6, 2013 10:17am | The Line Of Best Fit
Tei Shi‘s debut “M&Ms” is a lovely one, and new producer MP Williams deconstructs and revamps the song entirely to leave us with a track that plays more like a short film.
Pop vocalist Valerie Teicher has a knack for creating ‘glacier-melting R&B,’ which is why we chose her as our UnDiscovered Act of the Day in July. “M&Ms” was the first we heard from her. She layered her vocals beautifully, using them as an instrument. Following her lead, New York producer MP Williams builds upon that idea.
Having produced for A$AP Rocky and Doley Bernays, Williams has since earned some praise for his vivid sounds. On this remix, he builds upon Teicher’s sentiment: ‘I had a dream that you left me,’ and the result is his self-described ‘paranoid’ take. Williams’s Balance EP is scheduled for release next year.
Watch R. Kelly Pay Tribute To Nelson Mandela And Improvise Some Songs On Arsenio
Dec 6, 2013 10:07am | StereoGum
R. Kelly’s 2003 single “Soldier’s Heart” was originally dedicated to the actual soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when he visited South Africa for the 2010 World Cup festivities, Kelly visited Nelson Mandela’s home, performed the song for him in his living room, and dedicated it to him. Appearing on Arsenio last night, on the day of Mandela’s death, Kelly once again performed a lovely solo-piano rendition of the song. But this was, after all, R. Kelly, and he is not one to remain solemn for long. So he pretty much took over the show. Cearly lip-syncing, he did “Shut Up,” an amazing fuck-the-haters song from his new album Black Panties, and staged the performance as a fake press conference. He sang an amazing rendition of “When A Woman Loves,” the beautiful old-school soul ballad from his 2010 album Love Letter. He gamely fielded Arsenio’s challenge to improvise a few sex songs for specific ladies on the audience. There was an interview in there, too, about how his own album led to all of his three kids’ conceptions. Watch it all below
Video Premiere: The Noise Figures Out Of Your Mind
Dec 6, 2013 10:05am | CMJ
The post Video Premiere: The Noise Figures – “Out Of Your Mind” appeared first on CMJ.
+/- (Plus/Minus) Young Once (Stereogum Premiere)
Dec 6, 2013 10:05am | StereoGum
Here’s a name I haven’t heard in ages: +/-, or Plus/Minus for those of us whose brains shut down when trying to read mathematical symbols. Indeed, the indie-rock veterans haven’t been doing much; the forthcoming Jumping The Tracks is their first album in more than five years not counting the 2010 rarities comp Pulled Punches. Like so many former road warriors of the early aughts underground, the band has aged into its day-jobs-and-families stage, but it’s a good thing that stage has yielded another album rather than perpetual home studio tinkering because we’re all better with lead single and opening track “Young Once” in this world. There are so many little elements to this song, yet it still feels greater than the sum of its parts. Atop the incessant swirl of harmonic feedback, melodic percussion, and rolling toms, a spindly guitar arpeggio weaves with layered vocals, casting a melancholy mood and conjuring a sound as big as the sky. Your day will be better off if you listen to it below.
Real Estate playing Baby's All Right on Saturday w/ Turnip King (who plays the Showpaper benefit tonight)
Dec 6, 2013 9:59am | Brooklyn Vegan
Real Estate at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn
Real Estate have been relatively quiet lately, though they do have a third album in the works, but they will play a last-minute NYC one-off happening on Saturday (12/7) at Baby's All Right with Chicago's Bare Mutants (who are touring), Free Time, and Turnip King. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/6) at 11 AM. Their only other announced date at the moment is San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival in 2014.
Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks recently announced a Mercury Lounge show (12/30), which goes on sale today at noon.
And you can also see Turnip King tonight at Emet (75 Stewart Ave in Brooklyn) for the Showpaper benefit that also includes Painted Zeros, No One and the Somebodies, Hippy and Gingerlys.
Continue reading "Real Estate playing Baby's All Right on Saturday w/ Turnip King (who plays the Showpaper benefit tonight)" at brooklynvegan
Spotify Launching Free On-Demand Mobile Service, Sort Of
Dec 6, 2013 9:49am | StereoGum
Earlier this week, Spotify rolled out some explanation of its royalty payments in an attempt to boost its reputation following high-profile naysaying from artists like Thom Yorke and Beck. Now comes word that after a year of negotiations with Sony, Universal, and Warner, the Swedish music-streaming company (currently valued at $4 billion) is expanding its free on-demand service to mobile devices.
come to the BrooklynVegan & doNYC holiday party at Videology (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary)
Dec 6, 2013 9:48am | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
We're past Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and fully in the holiday season, which for some of us means the annual office party. But who just wants to drink with the person in the cubicle next to you and that weird guy in Accounting? BrooklynVegan and pals at doNYC are throwing a joint holiday party -- and you're invited too. It goes down on December 19 at Videology in Williamsburg from 8 - 10 PM with complimentary Goose Island beer (while supplies last).
In addition to the refreshments, there will also be clips from holiday specials and movies on Videology's big screen, from the warm and familiar to some really weird stuff (Star Wars Christmas Special anyone?). Also, yours truly as DJ for the evening. You're welcome to stick around after 10 PM, too, I'll still be spinning tunes till they make me stop, with still more holiday weirdness to watch as well. It's free (21+) but you do need to RSVP (though admission with RSVP is still first come, first served, capacity permitting). Hope to see you there!
Speaking of Videology, the Williamsburg spot (where, full disclosure, I clerked for years and years) turned from neighborhood video store into a neighborhood bar/screening room/video store about a year ago. Videology is celebrating it's 10th anniversary on Friday, December 13 starting at 8 PM. There will be drink specials, a mash-up of their popular ...
Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2013: 50-21
Dec 6, 2013 9:45am | Drowned In Sound
On Monday we will reveal our top twenty albums of the year, but first, here's 50 through 21 - head over to our forum to see 50 more albums we loved this year and to discuss the list so far (can any of you correctly predict the top 20?)
It's been a pretty great year for music, definitely the best since 2012... Hopefully our choices reflects the wonders which whirled the way into your ears and found a space in your heart over the past year.
This list was compiled by asking all of our staff to vote for their five favourite albums of the year (you can see everyone's number one choices here), however like the past few years, we didn't simply tot it up - as that would mean that the most popular thing that everyone had at numbers 4 and 5, but that no-one chose as their album of the year would end up topping the list, and 324 albums with one vote, would be joint 73rd. No, our editor did tot it all up, but paid particular attention to everyone's most favourite, and took into account those with specialist knowledge. Plus, as DiS is a site with one of the most knowledgable and passionate communities on the inter web, we also took into account many of the lists users were submitting (vote in our reader poll here) and what's been discussed all year.
You could say this list is an approximation of our hearts this year. Having spent weeks redrafting it and revisiting many of these records, it makes for an interesting selection, and if you don't li...
Luscious Jackson Magic Hour
Dec 6, 2013 9:38am | CMJ
Given the ceaseless parade of ’90s reunions, Luscious
Jackson‘s isnt entirely shocking. One does wonder if the
death of the trios good friend and demi-mentor, Beastie Boy Adam
Yauch, got the ladies thinking about mortality, and do it while you
can, etc. But from the peppy opener here, You And Me
then right into #1 Bum, this comeback album from one
of the late-90s most beloved and influential indie rock/hip-hop
hybridders doesn’t wallow in greying melancholy. #1
Bum especially satisfies as a bouncy, near-Cajun kind of
stroll filled with funny lines like, Your jeans fit nice—I
have no pride. Yes, its a song about a nice butt. Good start!
Janelle Monae playing shows, including Hammerstein Ballroom with Schoolboy Q and Just Blaze (dates)
Dec 6, 2013 9:37am | Brooklyn Vegan
Janelle Monae at The Apollo in October (more by Luis
Boundary-pushing soul singer Janelle Monae, who has been seeing her 2013 LP The Electric Lady ending up on some year end lists, has announced a few winter dates for 2014. She starts out on the west coast in early January and then she heads east to play Atlantic City on 1/31 and a Hot 97-presented NYC show on February 1 at Hammerstein Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and veteran hip hop producer-turned-Baauer collaborator Just Blaze. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/6) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Janelle also performs at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in DC today (12/6) with Aretha Franklin, Barack & Michelle Obama, and more. It streams live online at 4:30 PM.
Still no word on the release date of Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, but he did recently release another new single "Man of the Year." Listen to that, along with the list of Janelle Monae dates, below...
Continue reading "Janelle Monae playing shows, including Hammerstein Ballroom with Schoolboy Q and Just Blaze (dates)" at brooklynvegan
Spotify to roll out free service to mobile users, say reports
Dec 6, 2013 9:30am | NME
Free service is currently only available to desktop users of the music streaming service
Trent Reznor says Nine Inch Nails will tour North America in 2014 with new lineup
Dec 6, 2013 9:27am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by David Hall
Trent Reznor is a man who likes to give to his fans. Yesterday, he not only released a 77-minute concert film from Nine Inch Nails’ “Tension 2013″ tour, but also participated in a Reddit AMA.
Perhaps most noteworthy was the confirmation of a 2014 North American tour featuring a newly configured lineup. For the forthcoming leg, Reznor will be joined by Ilan Rubin, Alessandro Cortini, and Robin Finck. Josh Eustis, Pino Palladino, and Lisa Fischer, who all toured with NIN on the “Tension 2013″ tour, no longer appeared to be associated with the outfit.
Reznor said of the band’s touring cycle and upcoming plans:
Noel Gallagher disses Arcade Fire (but loves Disclosure), offers advice to Miley Cyrus in new interview
Dec 6, 2013 9:22am | Brooklyn Vegan
Noel Gallagher @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana
You know you've made it when Noel Gallagher starts dissing you. In a new year-end interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher, who's had a "dog-shit year," was asked about some of 2013's bigger LPs. He likes David Bowie's ("fucking masterpiece") and Yeezus ("fucking great") and Disclosure's Settle ("fucking mega"). Arcade Fire? Not as much. In typical style:
I haven't heard it. Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own asshole. This is not the Seventies, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the fucking time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album? How arrogant are these people to think that you've got an hour and a half to listen to a fucking record?Someone should remind Gallagher that Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was a double album that clocks in two minutes longer than Reflektor. He also has a few words about Arcade Fire's "super not mandatory" dress code:
That is to take away from the shit disco that's coming out of the speakers. Because everybody's dressed as one of the Three Musketeers on acid. "What was the gig like?" "I don't know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies." "Yeah, but what was the gig like?" "Ah, fuck knows, man, I have no idea. I was dressed as a ...
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