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Will Butler shares new song By the Waters of Babylon listen
Feb 27, 2015 3:52pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Today marks the end of Will Butlers week-long project in collaboration with The Guardian. After delivering four new songs over the last four days, the Arcade Fire member has turned in the final entry in the song-a-day series: “By the Waters of Babylon”.

Tackling perhaps his most pressing and poignant topic, Butler wrote the song after reading a story about ISIS members destroying millennia old artifacts in Iraq’s Mosul museum. “I cant imagine the sorrow and rage of the people whose lands have been overrun by Isis, whose family and friends are murdered, whose culture is being destroyed,” Butler said. “Mosul is a part of our heritage, part of the worlds heritage, and the loss of its history is heartbreaking.”

He evokes Psalm 137, “a song of sorrow and rage from the mouth of a refugee,” in the lyrics, noting, “This song is not a policy prescription. The last lines should evoke horror. But the emotions behind the words are ancient and real.” Take a listen:

For the rest of Butlers newspaper-inspired songs, check out Clean Monday, Waving Flags, You Must Be Kidding, and “Madonna Can’t Save Me Now”. Meanwhile, he will release his solo debut, Policy, on March 10th through Merge.




The Gooch Palms expand tour with Death Valley Girls, playing NYC and other East Coast dates
Feb 27, 2015 3:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Death Valley Girls @ Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)

Australian party rock duo The Gooch Palms have expanded their tour with LA riff-n-wailers Death Valley Girls to include East Coast dates as well, including a stop in NYC at Silent Barn on May 12. The rest of that lineup is still TBA, and we also wouldn't be surprised if the two bands add another NYC show while here. All dates are listed below.

The Gooch Palms recently released a new 7" single and you can watch a video from that below. Death Valley Girls (who no longer include Patty Schemel as a member) released the "Electric High" single back in December and you can stream that below as well.

All tour dates for each band are listed below...

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Direct Effect signed to Jade Tree, touring, playing NYC on Sat
Feb 27, 2015 3:06pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Florida hardcore band Direct Effect released their solid debut album, Sunburn, last year, and they've now signed to Jade Tree for its followup. That makes them one of a handful of newer bands to recently join the label, including Dark Blue, You Blew It!, Spraynard, and Dogs On Acid (members of Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing and Hop Along). Stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, revisit Sunburn below.

Direct Effect also have a tour coming up, which begins in NYC on Saturday (2/28) at 538 Johnson. All dates are listed below...

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House legend Lil Louis is deaf in his left ear after airhorn blast
Feb 27, 2015 3:04pm | Fact Magazine

“Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud, so you can feel it.”

Last month Lil Louis’ continuing career was left in doubt after a debilitating ear injury from a promoter who let off an airhorn mere inches from the legendary producer during his performance. Now he has shared an update through his Facebook. Louis will never hear again in his left ear, however he’s not letting that stop his career.

The producer wrote to his fans “I will not stop. Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud.” He said that while the news has been difficult, he’s accepted it and will move forward. Read his full statement below.

“Hi
Appreciate all of your love.
Regretfully I have been told that I have suffered permanent damage in my left ear. Difficult as this has been to fathom, Ive excepted this as my new normal.
Ive considered walking away a thousand times Until this morning when I was awakened by a voice that said, You have a gift.
Hearing that voice, I realised the gift God gave me was not in my ears. It was where Ive heard everything I ever created first, in my mind.
So for my father and everyone who prayed for me, I move ONWARDS I will not stop. Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud, so you can feel it
Sincerely
Lil Louis”

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House legend Lil Louis is deaf in his left ear following injury
Feb 27, 2015 3:04pm | Fact Magazine

“Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud, so you can feel it”

Last month Lil Louis’ continuing career was left in doubt after a debilitating ear injury from a promoter who let off an airhorn mere inches from the legendary producer during his performance. Now he has shared an update through his Facebook. Louis will never hear again in his left ear, however he’s not letting that stop his career.

The producer wrote to his fans “I will not stop. Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud.” He said that while the news has been difficult, he’s accepted it and will move forward. Read his full statement below.

“Hi
Appreciate all of your love.
Regretfully I have been told that I have suffered permanent damage in my left ear. Difficult as this has been to fathom, Ive excepted this as my new normal.
Ive considered walking away a thousand times Until this morning when I was awakened by a voice that said, You have a gift.
Hearing that voice, I realised the gift God gave me was not in my ears. It was where Ive heard everything I ever created first, in my mind.
So for my father and everyone who prayed for me, I move ONWARDS I will not stop. Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud, so you can feel it
Sincerely
Lil Louis”

The post House legend Lil Louis is deaf in...


House legend Lil Louis is deaf in his left ear following injury
Feb 27, 2015 3:04pm | Fact Magazine

“Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud, so you can feel it”

Last month Lil Louis’ continuing career was left in doubt after a debilitating ear injury from a promoter who let off an airhorn mere inches from the legendary producer during his performance. Now he has shared an update through his Facebook. Louis will never hear again in his left ear, however he’s not letting that stop his career.

The producer wrote to his fans “I will not stop. Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud.” He said that while the news has been difficult, he’s accepted it and will move forward. Read his full statement below.

“Hi
Appreciate all of your love.
Regretfully I have been told that I have suffered permanent damage in my left ear. Difficult as this has been to fathom, Ive excepted this as my new normal.
Ive considered walking away a thousand times Until this morning when I was awakened by a voice that said, You have a gift.
Hearing that voice, I realised the gift God gave me was not in my ears. It was where Ive heard everything I ever created first, in my mind.
So for my father and everyone who prayed for me, I move ONWARDS I will not stop. Even if I can only hear with one ear, Ill play twice as loud, so you can feel it
Sincerely
Lil Louis”

The post House legend Lil Louis is deaf in...


Kanye West performs Only One on Swedish TV watch
Feb 27, 2015 2:36pm | Cosequence Of Sound

While in London this week, Kanye West filmed a performance for Norwegian-Swedish Skavlan. He sang his impassioned ballad “Only One” amidst a simple black backdrop, under the glow of a shape-shifting spotlight. Watch below.

Kanye has had a productive week in London: He debuted “All Day” at the BRIT Awards, sat down for an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, and found time to tweet an apology to Beck. Next, he’s set to perform on tomorrow night’s episode of the Jonathan Ross Show.



Jack Ladder released an album ft. Sharon Van Etten on two songs, touring, playing NYC & LA after SXSW (dates, stream)
Feb 27, 2015 2:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Australia's Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders gave a North American release to their album Playmates this week via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Kim Moyes of Australian synth pop duo The Presets, and Sharon Van Etten sings on two songs, "Come On Back This Way" and "To Keep and To Be Kept." Jack's got an '80s-style romantic baritone that's gotten a few Nick Cave comparisons. That's pretty apt, but the way he applies it to an updated take on synthpop is a little more like the first Diamond Rings album than a Bad Seeds album. The two songs with Sharon are easily two of the biggest highlights, but the album goes into other cool territory too like the paranoid synth punk of "Reptuation Amputation." You can stream the whole thing below.

The Dreamlanders' lineup includes the delightfully weird Kirin J Callinan, as well as Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, and that's the lineup Jack will be taking over to the US this spring. They'll first play SXSW, and then they play Brooklyn on March 26 at Rough Trade with Invisible Familiars (tix), and LA on March 30 at The Echo (tix).

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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HTRK released new album, reissuing debut on vinyl, on tour in North America, playing two NYC shows (dates, LP streams)
Feb 27, 2015 2:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Australia's HTRK released their latest album, Psychic 9-5 Club, last year via Ghostly. It was the first album made as a duo, following the death of Sean Stewart who died during the making of 2011's Work (work, work). Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang deliver their most hushed, electronic-based HTRK album to date and you can stream it via Rdio below.

In other news, their acclaimed, Rowland S Howard-produced 2009 debut, Marry Me Tonight is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever and that comes out via Ghostly on April 28. Only 500 copies are being made and preorders are available now. You can stream the album below.

HTRK are currently in North America and are playing Mexico City's Festival NRMAL on Sunday (3/1). Right after that, they'll head to NYC for two shows: Tuesday (3/3) at Baby's All Right with Blazer Sound System, and Kiki Kudo (tickets), and then they'll play the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on March 4 with Pop. 1280.

All dates are listed, along with album streams and a video, below...

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This Is The Kit Bashed Out Video
Feb 27, 2015 2:00pm | StereoGum
“So the outside it bashes us in, bashes us about a bit.” That’s how Kate Stables (aka This Is The Kit) begins “Bashed Out” the nimble, rueful lead single from her forthcoming record of the same name. When we premiered the song a few weeks ago, I was struck by the grace with which Stables […]



Kayo Dot played Merc, playing full LPs at Toby Driver's Stone residency (plus Maudlin of the Well, Tartar Lamb & more)
Feb 27, 2015 1:53pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Kayo Dot @ Merc - 2/25/15 (photo by Chris Clarke)

Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (2/25) with Enablers, Insect Ark, and Center Divider. That's a pic from the show above. Did you go? How was it?

Toby's next announced NYC appearances (though it won't be a surprise if he plays here sooner) happen during his residency at The Stone from August 25-30. He's the curator and will also be performing with various groups each night.

His other long-running experimental metal band Maudlin of the Well plays 8 PM and 10 PM sets on August 25, and then on August 26, Kayo Dot play their 2003 album Choirs of the Eye at the 8 PM set and their 2010 album Coyote at the 10 PM set.

On August 27, his duo with former Kayo Dot member Mia Matsumiya, Tarter Lamb, will be joined by Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) to perform their 2007 debut Sixty Metonymies at the 8 PM set. Then at the 10 PM set, Toby and friends play the score he wrote for the dance film Ichneumonidae, followed by Kayo Dot playing their 2011 EP, Stained Glass.

Toby plays solo ballads "for the haters" at 8 PM on August 28, followed by a 10 PM set by The Tanks, his trio with drummer Ches Smith and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Then on August 29, it's an 8 PM set by Stern, the Chuck Stern-fronted band that Toby p...


Controversy Over Future Brown Criticism More Interesting Than Future Browns Album
Feb 27, 2015 1:32pm | StereoGum
Future Brown’s self-titled debut LP was one of our most anticipated releases of 2015, and the album’s utopian mix of American street rap and high-minded European electronica didn’t quite live up to its promise. Future Brown is good, but it’s not so good as to be critically bulletproof, which has led to some fascinating controversies […]



Metavari (WCYT) And Oh Wonder (WCAL) And More
Feb 27, 2015 1:15pm | CMJ

Oh Wonder – Photo by Mike Lee Thomas (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via WCYT in Ft. Wayne, IN, and WCAL in California, PA.

Metavari on WCYT

Metavaris sophomore release Moonless caught our attention on WCYTs chart this week. The album gives an electro-pop twist to the lush soundscapes of their previous work. There is a clear nostalgia for early electronica and 80s pop that comes through with some of their vintage synth-tones.

Moonless by Metavari


Oh Wonder on WCAL

London-based duo Oh Wonder, have been releasing a track a month for the past few months, so by the time their debut album comes out in September they will already have quite a bit of material released. Their February release Lose It is a little loungy, a little sultry and made it on to WCALs chart this week.


Check out some of the other exciting bands we discovered on the charts this week:
Astral Swans on CFCR and CJSW, Xylouris White on WORT, Team Cat Food on 95bFM, and Prettiest Eyes on KVRX.

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Chris Brokaw releasing 'The Periscope Twins' double LP, touring, including 3 NYC shows (1 w/ Kid Millions)
Feb 27, 2015 1:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Chris Brokaw, who's played in Codeine, Come, Wrekmeister Harmonies and many other groups, will release his new album, The Periscope Twin, on March 17 via 12XU. The double LP consists of two solo pieces (one with electronics, one with guitar), each 40-45 minutes long and recorded in one take with no overdubs. You can stream a portion of the guitar half, titled "Skating Under Glass, Living Like A King," below.

Brokaw, who toured last year with Bob Mould, will be hitting the road next month, with three NYC appearances. He'll play Secret Project Robot on March 11 as a duo with Kid Millions and "special guests"; then Union Pool on March 12 with guests Norman Westberg (of Swans) and Matthew Mullane; and then Trans-Pecos on April 17, details TBA.

All dates are listed below...

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Watch Chvrches Prank Their Manager With A Fake Preview Of Their New Album
Feb 27, 2015 12:57pm | StereoGum
Remember when Chvrches released their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe? I barely do, because it seems like it’s been eons since I first heard “The Mother We Share” in 2013. The Scottish trio is six weeks into recording a sophomore album, but the “song” that they play for their manager upon his […]


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