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Watch: MNEK - “Wrote A Song About You”
Jul 24, 2014 12:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The infinitely-talented South London wonderkid drops a suitably retro-mashed video for his recent standout track

Gerry Read remixes every track on Lootpacks classic LP Soundpieces: Da Antidote
Jul 24, 2014 12:22pm | Fact Magazine

One remix would be intriguing enough, but Gerry Read has gone and dissected the entirety of Lootpack‘s classic debut album.

Some of you no doubt remember when Soundpieces: Da Antidote dropped back in 1999 on the Stones Throw imprint. For many listeners it was an introduction to the virtuoso production talent of Californian beatmaker Madlib, he took care of the production on the entire record, and shared mic with rapper Wildchild.

Now Gerry Read has taken each track from the classic LP and repurposed it to fit his needs, dissolving Madlib’s loose, jazzy rhythms and replacing them with 4/4 pulses and slithering house basslines. It’s an ambitious project, certainly, but one that’s well worth a listen. Just remember to grab a hold of the original record if you haven’t already – it’s essential stuff.

Light in the Attic reveals reissue of mysterious crooner Lewiss second album Romantic Times
Jul 24, 2014 12:21pm | Fact Magazine

The story of shadowy Canadian outsider Lewis is slowly becoming clearer.

We still don’t know much, but when his second album – Romantic Times – was discovered by the Light in the Attic crew, they at least found a surname – the ‘new’ record is credited to one Lewis Baloue. Those of you with a keen eye might have noticed that a super rare copy of the album – which previously had no Google fingerprint at all – appeared on eBay this weekend (bidding is currently at $1,750). Well this forced Light in the Attic’s hand, and they fast tracked the announcement of its reissue.

You can now pre-order the record (which is slated for release on November 18) on vinyl and CD, and anyone who does gets an instant download, which is rather generous. We can reveal that we’ve already heard the record and it’s a scorcher – jam packed with the kind of eerie, Lynchian ballads that made Romantic Times‘ predecessor so alluring.

Whether more records are found, or the identity of the elusive Lewis Baloue is ever discovered (we’re loving the rumors that he’s some kind of high-class con man) remains to be seen, but Canada’s answer to Jandek is a curiosity we’re totally on board with.

Listen: Gap Dream Strong Love
Jul 24, 2014 12:20pm | CMJ

Gap Dream – Photo by Steele O’ Neal

Gabe Fulvimar, aka Gap Dream, besides living at Burger Records HQ and having one of the greatest stories ever about meeting Michael Stipe, is also pretty good at making swoon-worthy Ableton synth-blankets, most recently on his sophomore LP, Shine Your Light.

Today he’s back in our radar with news of a split 7-inch with San Francisco’s Part Time that’ll be available on their joint tour this summer. Strong Love is like a salty, late-night dance on the beach, even though their tour will probably include less sand and more bar grime. Listen to the track and check out those tour dates below.

Tour Dates For Gap Dream (all w/Part Time):
08/23 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall
08/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Los Globos
08/26 – Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress
08/27 – El Paso, TX – Monarch
08/28 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
08/29 – Houston, TX – Walters
08/30 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
08/31 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
09/01 – Durham, NC – Duke University Coffeehouse
09/02 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
09/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
09/04 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
09/05 – New York, NY – Cake Shop

Song : The Golden Filter : Heady Filthy
Jul 24, 2014 12:12pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

New York duo The Golden Filter recently released a three volume collection called Unselected Works via Londons The Vinyl Factory (purchase here). As the title indicates, they are comprised of songs that did not fit onto their previous efforts. One of the songs is “Heady Filthy” which what we would imagine the time between night and right before the sun starts to break over the horizon would sound like. Dark with flickers of light. Listen below.

How To Dress Well Let U Know
Jul 24, 2014 12:12pm | StereoGum

How To Dress Well just released the devastating “What Is This Heart?”, one of the year’s best. But according to Tom Krell, one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album is, in some ways, the key to the album. That song is the fragile piano ballad “Let U Know,” a “partial cover” of a song by oFF Love, a friend of Krell. Of the song, Krell writes, “In singing ’Let U Know,’ I discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning — I needed this song to be heard by people, even though I couldn’t find a place for it on the album proper.” Listen to it below.


Newly Discovered Second LP From Mystery 80s Artist Lewis Being Released
Jul 24, 2014 12:09pm | StereoGum

The story behind the reissue of Lewis’ 1983 album L’Amour adds to its mysterious appeal: A record collector discovers a beautiful and strange album from an enigmatic Canadian performer and no one has heard it before and no one can shed much light on who Lewis was (or is). L’Amour should have been a one-off, an oddity in the internet age. But another LP has surfaced on eBay and, right now, is going for over $1,700. Romantic Times is the 1985 followup to L’Amour and reveals a few more tantalizing clues about the artist behind the music. It was released under the name Lewis Baloue, which could possibly be his real name. It was recorded by Dan Lowe at Calgary’s Thunder Road studios, though when asked he said he “remembered little about the session other than that Lewis seemed to be ’under the influence.’” There are only two known copies in existence: the one that is on eBay right now was found in the same Calgary store warehouse that the first one was and the one that Light In The Attic is remastering the release from was discovered by Vancouver record collector Kevin “Sipreano” Howes. The album is unmistakably the work of the man who penned L’Amour — the same chiseled jawline graces the cover of Romantic Times and the music has the same haunting, dreamlike quality. As with the first album, the label is promising to pay out royalties to anyone tha...

Grimes guests on track by Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's solo project Bleachers - listen
Jul 24, 2014 12:05pm | NME
The Canadian electronic artist contributes guest vocals to 'Take Me Away'

Watch: The Gaslight Anthems video for Get Hurt
Jul 24, 2014 12:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

On August 19th, New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are releasing their new album, Get Hurt, via Island Records. After revealing the title track as one of the LP’s singles earlier this month, the band have let loose its accompanying video.

The clip follows The Gaslight Anthem as they perform in a dimly lit bar. But they’re not entertaining just any old rowdy crowd; instead, audience members bust out elaborate, almost contortionist-style moves, as though under a spell. One woman in particular gets a little crazy with some feathers. Watch it below.

For more of Get Hurt the album, check out “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”.

Get Hurt Tracklist:
01. Stay Vicious
02. 1,000 Years
03. Get Hurt
04. Stray Paper
05. Helter Skeleton
06. Underneath the Ground
07. Rollin and Tumblin
08. Red Violins
09. Selected Poems
10. Aint That a Shame
11. Break Your Heart

Listen: Joanna Gruesome Jerome (Liar)
Jul 24, 2014 11:45am | CMJ

Welsh non-harpists Joanna Gruesome put out one of our favorite albums of 2013, the gritty garage effort Weird Sister. Now the band is back with news of an upcoming 12-inch split with U.K. pop act Trust Fund, which will feature three tracks from each band.

Jerome (Liar) is one of Joanna Gruesome’s contributions to the that split, a track that artfully balances toothy twee with unexpected wallops of scratchy reverb. The 12-inch is out in September on HHBTM in the U.S. and the band’s own label, Reeks Of Effort, in the U.K. Listen to the track and check out Joanna Gruesome’s slew of upcoming tour dates below.

(via Stereogum)

Tour Dates For Joanna Gruesome:
07/26 – Derbyshire, UK – Indietracks Festival
07/29 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store (w/ Perfect Pussy)
07/30 – Leeds, UK – Wharf Chambers (w/ Perfect Pussy)
07/31 – Glasgow, UK – Mono (w/ Perfect Pussy)
08/01 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute (w/ Perfect Pussy)
08/02 – London, UK – Shacklewell Arms (Fortuna POP! all-dayer)
08/07-10 – Skipton, UK – Beacons Festival
08/08-10 – Oxfordshire, UK – Supernormal Festival
08/16 – London, UK – ATP Jabberwocky Festival
08/17 – Glanusk, UK – Green Man Festival
08/20 – Oakland, CA – 1234 Go Records ~
08/21 – San...

Lydia Loveless touring, playing Studio at Webster Hall (dates)
Jul 24, 2014 11:40am | Brooklyn Vegan

Lydia Loveless in Chicago in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Swaggering alt-country singer Lydia Loveless just wrapped up an acoustic tour with Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven which hit NYC at BB King's this past weekend (7/18), and she's since scheduled her own headlining tour. The new tour brings her back to NYC for a show on September 27 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a recent video session she did, below...

Continue reading "Lydia Loveless touring, playing Studio at Webster Hall (dates)" at brooklynvegan

The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt Video
Jul 24, 2014 11:28am | StereoGum

Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem will release their new album Get Hurt next month, and the album’s title track, which we posted a little while back, is a surprisingly Killers-esque turn for a band who used to occupy the middle ground between Bruce Springsteen and Social Distortion. The song’s brand-new video takes place in one of those run-down dive bars where all the half-asleep drunks get up and start interpretive dancing as soon as the chorus kicks in. It ends, as it must, with a pretty lady collapsing into feathers. It’s pretty silly! Watch it below.


Joanna Gruesome releasing split 12" with UK band Trust Fund (stream a track)
Jul 24, 2014 11:22am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Joanna Gruesome are presumably working on their second album. While we wait for news on that, the scrappy Welsh popsters will have one side of a split 12" with another UK band, Trust Fund, that will be out September 22 via Happy Happy Birthday to Me. Each band get three songs, and you can stream JG's very catchy "Jerome (Liar)" below. No tracks have been made available from Trust Fund's side, but you can stream the Briston, UK band's 2013 Don't Let Them Begin EP below. Only 500 copies of this are being pressed, order yours.

As you may know, Joanna Gruesome will be touring this summer, playing two NYC shows: August 26 at Shea Stadium with an impressive lineup of Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything (tickets), and then the free Seaport Music Festival show on August 29 with Big Ups.

All dates are listed, with streams and a flyer for the Shea Stadium show, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome releasing split 12" with UK band Trust Fund (stream a track)" at brooklynvegan

Watch: The Drums video for Magic Mountain
Jul 24, 2014 11:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

The Drums have unveiled the video for “Magic Mountain”, the lead single off their forthcoming third album, Encyclopedia. Directed by the band and filmed by Gorjan Lauseger, its a black-and-white clip that seems directly inspired by the LPs themes of “magic and surprise”.

Here, we see both Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham deep in the wilderness, taking an impromptu dip in a lake and playing around with sparklers. Although not much happens in terms of an actual story, the jarring, reverb-heavy song combined with the shadowy visuals makes for a somewhat unsettling video experience. It also doesnt hurt that the clip stylistically looks like something out of a 1960s gothic horror by Mario Bava. Come for the vague eeriness, stay for the unexpected Elizabeth Taylor tribute at the end.

Watch it below (via Noisey):

Encyclopedia is due out on September 23rd via an undisclosed label. (For what its worth, the video credits Arts & Crafts and Minor Records.)

In related news, The Drums will hit the road this fall. Consult the full tour schedule below.

The Drums 2014 Tour Dates:
09/15 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
09/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/17 Washington, DC @ 9:30
09/20 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/22 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
09/24 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile-End
09/25 Toronto, ON ...

Q&A: Sheila Rock Documents U.K. Punk In Photos
Jul 24, 2014 11:15am | CMJ

SEX shop – Photo by Sheila Rock

The catalog of original 1970s-era punk rock coffee table photography books is starting to rival the Kennedy clan in sheer number of titles. So what makes Sheila Rocks new book, Punk+, different? Well first off, most of these photos have never been published; Rock herself had barely looked at them in near 30 years. And they are incredible images, intimate B&W and color portraits and goofing around snapshots that capture the excitement of the era in the way that a then non-professional scenester fan had access to. And what a scenester Rock was!

The then-wife of famed rock photographer Mick Rock, Sheila is one of the few who experienced a firsthand hang with both the burgeoning American and British punk scenes, though this book focuses on the British punk movement. And the book itself is a beauty, in photo reproduction and tactile quality. Its an interesting, completely unconnected companion to the recent Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground, Paul Zones loving look into the early days of the New York scene of the same exact time. But thats for another day. For now, Sheila Rock explains her amazing photo tome, Punk+.

The Damned – Photo by Sheila Rock

You were born in America, so how did you end up in the original British punk scene?
I was born in Chicago, but I ended up going to University of Boston,...
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