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Cipha Sounds 'no longer with' Hot 97
Jan 27, 2015 1:19pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Less than 24 hours after comedian and longtime Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds made the news for voicing his frustrations with Hot 97, and revealing he turned down offers to work at 105.1 (unlike Angie Martinez who recently made the switch), Hot 97 has released an "OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON CIPHA SOUNDS" via a press release. The VERY SHORT (and very cold) statement literally just says: "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors."

Meanwhile, find Cipha Sounds every Friday night as part of the Hip Hop Improv Show at UCB East in the East Village,

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Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass
Jan 27, 2015 1:17pm | StereoGum

First things first: All hail Björk’s Vulnicura. It’s the best album that’s come out in the past week, but you already knew that, and we already wrote about it. So, as usual, let’s use this space to dig a little deeper.

This week was a two-horse race, and it was close. There were more than two albums’ worth of good music, of course, and if you’re sleeping on Menace Beach’s ’90s alt-pop fuzz-blast Ratworld or Aphex Twin’s trickier-than-it-needs-to-be Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP, you should stop. But the thing that decided this week was a knock-down drag-out between two young singer-songwriter ladies from opposite coasts who draw on your parents’ record collections and make hushed, intimate, ridiculously pleasant music. This week was the war between Prass and Pratt. Jessica Pratt, the California folk singer who records solo and lo-fi enough that you can hear her fingers squeaking on strings, made On Your Own Love Again, a breeze of a record that drifts past you like summer breeze. Other than one moment where Pratt’s guitar intentionally lurches out of tune for a bar or two, On Your Own Love Again asks nothing of you. It flutters and whispers and throws scented-candle calm vibes all over your living room. It’s great at what it does, and I changed my mind about 15 times before I finally sat down to write this thing. But I ultimatel...

Glen Hansard announces Jason Molina tribute EP, shares Songs: Ohia cover Being In Love listen
Jan 27, 2015 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Irish crooner and former Swell Season frontman Glen Hansard has announced a new covers EP in tribute to late Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. mastermind Jason Molina. Entitled It Was Triumph We Once ProposedSongs of Jason Molina, it’s due out March 17th via Overcoat Recordings.

Hansard’s tribute is a rather fitting one, as he and Molina were good friends who toured together and released a split EP in 2000. In fact, Hansard’s tribute features the same musicians who played on Molina’s landmark 2003 album Magnolia Electric Co., including Jeff Panall, Jennie Benford, Dan Sullivan, and Rob Sullivan.

In a statement, Hansard writes, “Jason Molina was a hero and a friend. I wrote him my first fan letter, I always loved his music and singing these songs is the only way to make sense of losing him.”

To accompany today’s announcement, Hansard has shared his cover of “Being In Love”, originally off Songs: Ohia’s 2000 album The Lioness. In this rendition, Hansard pays reverence to the source material while adding his own guitar-based spin to the powerful, organ-led song. Listen in below.

In 2013, Hansard teamed up with Molina’s formers bandmates to perform the song during a show at Chicago’s Metro.

It Was Triumph We Once ProposedSongs of Jason Molina Tracklist:
01. Being...

Yumi Zouma Catastrophe Video
Jan 27, 2015 1:09pm | StereoGum

New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma introduced the world to their wispy dream pop on last year’s self-titled EP, and the plans to follow it up have already been set in motion. EP II will be out in March of this year, and today they’ve shared the video for their new single “Catastrophe.” Is anyone else getting strong Twin Peaks vibes from the diner scene coffee close-ups and the sleepy small-town minutia? By the time everyone starts succumbing to a mysterious force, it almost feels like a natural extension of the eerie vibes. The clip was directed by BANGS, who has previously done videos for the likes of Hundred Waters and Mutual Benefit. Also, it is apparently part one of a two part film — so the cliff-hanger ending will be resolved soon. Watch it below.


POP ETC Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
Jan 27, 2015 1:06pm | StereoGum

Covering Chris Isaak’s 1989 boudoir ballad “Wicked Game” isn’t exactly an original move; indie types have been cranking out their own versions of the song for years. (The last time one popped up on our radar, it was Lydia Ainsworth in December.) But it’s not like it’s ever a bad idea to refashion that song. It’s a great song, and new versions of it usually turn out pretty lovely. The latest to take a stab at it are POP ETC, the former Morning Benders, who recently dropped a cover of the Gin Blossoms’ “Follow You Down” on us. POP ETC are working on a new album, and we’ve lately heard new originals, like “Running In Circles” and the Yoko Kanno collab “ís.” From songs like those, it’s clear that they’re on a real roll lately. Their new “Wicked Game” cover is further evidence; it’s a great showcase for their idiosyncratic vocal arrangements. Listen to it below.


Magic! Lead 2015 Juno Nominees, Mac DeMarco & Alvvays Up For Breakthrough Awards
Jan 27, 2015 12:55pm | StereoGum

Do you believe in Magic!? Well, the Junos do. The Canadian music awards announced their 2015 nominations today, and as Global News reports, the white reggae bruddahs lead the field with five: Breakthrough Group Of The Year, Pop Album Of The Year, Single Of The Year, Juno Fan Choice, and Songwriter Of The Year. Kiesza and Leonard Cohen each have four nods. Hedley, Nickelback, and Serge Fiori follow with three apiece. Drake, Arcade Fire, the Weeknd, and Michael Bublé are also among the nominees. Notably, Alvvays will compete with Magic! for that Breakthrough Group award, but based on these figures, bet on Magic! Mac DeMarco will compete with Kiesza and others for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. Another interesting category is Electronic Album Of The Year, where Caribou, Lydia Ainsworth, and Ryan Hemsworth will face Deadmau5. For a full list of nominees, click here.


Travi$ Scott released 2 new songs ft. Future, Partynextdoor and Young Thug, who he's touring with (dates, stream)
Jan 27, 2015 12:54pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Travi$ Scott

Kanye associate Travi$ Scott is still in the process of planning his official debut album, and today he dropped two new songs that may or may not appear on it. The first is called "High Fashion" and features Future, and the second is called "Nothing But Net" and features past collaborator (and Drake associate) PARTNEXTYDOOR, Young Thug and producer Boi-1da. Both are pretty in line with the kind of melodic rap that's been taking off lately, as you can hear for yourself below.

Travi$ and Young Thug will also be hitting the road together for a tour this March. That brings the two rappers to NYC on March 12 at Webster Hall and also hits SXSW. Tickets for that show (and the whole tour) go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday (1/30) with a presale beginning Wednesday (1/28).

Young Thug is still fresh off the hype of his 2014 mixtape with Rich Homie Quan and Birdman. Stream that, with the two new Travi$ Scott songs and list of tour dates, below...

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NOW HEAR THIS: Kaytranada meets his match, Alex G rises
Jan 27, 2015 12:53pm | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a deep dive into the standout songs of the moment. Today, a great new collaboration between Kaytranada and Vic Mensa, Torche's sugar sweet sludge, and Alex G's woozy ballad.

Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa, "Drive Me Crazy"

Montreal producer Kaytranada made his name with remixes, but as he moves into full-scale collaborations (let's call them "pre-mixes"), he's showing what he can really do (hence "Leave Me Alone"'s appearance on our Best Canadian Songs of 2014 list). Vic Mensa is at his best over neon electronic beats (the rap flow every DJ dreams of), so this is a natural fit. An anthem waiting for a dance floor. - Richard Trapunski

Kaytranada's debut album will be out this year on XL.

Torche, "Loose Men"

When metal is mostly a hyper-masculine world and singer-guitarist Stephen Brooks is one of the few openly homosexual artists working in the genre, a song called "Loose Men" seems wonderfully transgressive. It's also another example from the sludgy Floridian crew that hooky and heavy-as-fuck have never been mutually exclusive. - Chris Hampton

Restarter is out February 24 on Relapse Records.

Alex G, "Sarah"

Alex G is the underground tape (or, this being 2015, Bandcamp)-traded artist you know will blow up big as soon as he's placed in the right palm. "Sarah" is an unreleased song from Trick, a 2012 album ...

L7 announce reunion: Seminal grunge band to play first shows in 15 years
Jan 27, 2015 12:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

L7 has announced plans to reunite for its first live performances in nearly 15 years. The Los Angeles band led by Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, whose ferocious brand of grunge and punk was championed heavily by Nirvana, have confirmed gigs at Spain’s Azkena Rock Festival and France’s Hell Fest, with the promise that “more dates will be added, so don’t freak out!”

Additionally, the band has thrown its support behind a new documentary. A Kickstarter page for L7: Pretend We’re Dead, directed by Sarah Prince, went live Tuesday and has already raised $6,300 as of publication. An accompanying description says the film is “culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage, and candid interviews.”

Watch a trailer for the documentary below.

Also revisit their songs “Shove” and “Pretend We’re Dead”.

Sleepy Tom Pusher (Feat. Anna Lunoe)
Jan 27, 2015 12:44pm | StereoGum

Vancouver-based producer Sleepy Tom is a member of what can at this point be considered the “Fool’s Gold Family” — the Brooklyn-based label that has evolved from its foundation in musical dealings and transformed into more of a lifestyle brand. Today, Sleepy Tom released the jaunty dance track “Pusher,” which features vocals from fellow Fool’s Gold associate Anna Lunoe. Hear the original track and club version below.


Warp announces reissues of long out of print Broadcast discography
Jan 27, 2015 12:41pm | Fact Magazine

The band’s four albums and two singles compilations will be given long overdue reissue treatment this September.

Though many expected a brutally sad ending to the loved Warp mainstay Broadcast after frontwoman Trish Keenan’s death in 2011, her musical partner James Cargill has continued the project in small ways.

There has been the haunting score to Berbarian Sound Studio (which placed high on our list of the greatest horror movie soundtracks) and his current score for the upcoming Duke Of Burgundy, not to mention the murmurs of one final album made with Keenan that may see the light of day. The audience for the band has grown, but their out of print back catalog has remained elusive, with some of their records reaching hundreds of dollars on sites like Discogs. That changes this year.

Warp has announced plans to reissue the entire Broadcast discography including their four original albums: 2000′s The Noise Made By People, 2003′s Haha Sound, 2005′s Tender Buttons, and finally 2009′s Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age. In addition to those they will also release 1997′s Work And Non Work, which compiled all their early singles and EPs as well as 2006′s odds and sods double album, The Future Crayon.

The reissues are due September 3 via Warp, which is still quite a ways off, but...

American Wrestlers Kelly
Jan 27, 2015 12:32pm | StereoGum

The unidentified force behind American Wrestlers has released the follow up to “I Can Do No Wrong” in the form of “Kelly.” Although the second track sounds jauntier and full of the same buzzy, lo-fi energy, it’s apparently about a mentally-ill homeless person named Kelly Thomas who was beaten to death by the police. As the chorus makes its namesake into a mantra, the songwriter hints at deeper, post-modern themes, saying the song addresses “artless strips of neon over a trough that spreads further than any animal could ever walk.” With that in mind, listen below.


Stream Nite Fields Depersonlisation (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 27, 2015 12:26pm | StereoGum

No one can question Nite Fields’ commitment to gloominess. In the past two months, the Australian four-piece have released three rainy post-punk singles (“You I Never Knew,” “Prescription” and “Winter’s Gone“). Even the album art for the band’s American debut LP, Depersonlisation, is stark, blurry and binary. It’s fitting, then, that the rest of Depersonlisation is just as foggy; the quartet recorded these nine tracks, all written by broody vocalist Danny Venzin, in stairwells, garages and closed-down restaurants. Yet there’s a sweetness here that cozies up their sound to swirling dream pop, especially on the Cocteau-recalling “Pay For Strangers.” Skittering drums, opaque guitar layers and persistent bass rumbles thicken up the music, letting it linger like smoke in an empty parlor. Depersonlisation’s coldness is only a front for its hidden warmth. Find the full album stream below.


Song : Lord Huron : The Night We Met
Jan 27, 2015 12:26pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

If you have been following folk collective Lord Huron as of late, you have noticed them teasing a new album with several images as well as a video trailer. Well, it looks like we are getting very near. While we still don’t know much about the LP beyond it being titled Strange Trails, today they are giving away (download here) a gorgeous new song “The Night We Met” presumably from the new album. You can find a steam of it below along with the previously released album trailer.

Adia Victoria shares new song written during Sandy (listen), playing NY today in Juno, touring w/ Hurray For The Riff Raff
Jan 27, 2015 12:22pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Adia Victoria in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

Nashville singer/songwriter Adia Victoria is out on tour, a tour that recently brought her to Chicago to share a bill with Strand of Oaks and Kevin Morby, and which has her in NYC tonight to play an early, NOT-cancelled show at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (1/27) (Juno be damned).

After NY, she continues on the road for a few more days before taking a month break. In March she's back on the road and playing the Savannah Stopover Festival before joining Hurray For The Riff Raff for a portion of their 2015 tour (NYC shows at MHOW and Bowery not included).

All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of just-released, new song "Sea of Sand" which she wrote while being "stranded" in Harlem during Hurricane Sandy, below...

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