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Watch Conan Spoof Apples U2 Removal Service
Sep 19, 2014 8:08am | StereoGum

People are still mad about the way Apple handled the delivery of U2′s surprise new album Songs Of Innoncence, which makes it ripe for parody. Conan did just that last night in the form of a commercial in Apple’s characteristically minimal style. An Apple exec sings the praises of the Irish band while two innocent people who had the U2 album forced on them give their own testimonies. “I deleted the new U2 album, but I still remember hearing it so it’s almost like I still have it. And I hate it. So I really want Apple to do something about it,” one of them says. They offer an interesting way to completely forget about the new album, if deleting it from iTunes wasn’t enough. Watch below.


Brian Reitzells haunting Hannibal score set for release on Invada  sample all four volumes
Sep 19, 2014 8:08am | Fact Magazine

Music from seasons one and two of the acclaimed series to appear as bumper box set.

If you’ve seen Hannibal, the NBC drama based on everyone’s favourite cannibal psychiatrist, you’ll know that the creep-out factor is hugely enhanced by Brian Reitzell’s unsettling score, which combines classical influences with avant-garde electronics in a mercurial manner that aptly reflects the title character’s bouts of frenzied flesh-cravings.

Now Invada Records are to issue Reitzell’s music for the show’s first two seasons over four double-LP sets, available individually or as a package on coloured or black vinyl. The show’s executive producer David Slade has also provided rare photos from his personal collection for the artwork, and each LP will come with a download card.

The records will appear on shelves in December  check out the samplers below to hear music from all four volumes, two for each season.

Earlier this year Reitzell released his debut album as a solo musician, Auto Music, which featured shoegazing icon Kevin Shields.

Whip-Smart Turns 20
Sep 19, 2014 8:05am | StereoGum

When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne’s songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with absolute abject horror. Today, the album plays as a piece of top-shelf MOR pop music; it’s a whole hell of a lot better than anyone was willing to give it credit for being at the time. But I always thought it was weird, in interviews, that Phair was defending herself by saying she never considered herself an indie rocker, that she’d always wanted to make pop music. If she came across as being slightly disingenuous there, it’s only because those two things didn’t need to be mutually exclusive. Phair had already been making indie rock that fizzed and bubbled and charged like pop music. She’d already been writing the sorts of melodies that you wish you could breathe in and make a part of your body chemistry. Exile In Guyville, Phair’s 1993 debut, got attention for its audacious lyrics, but it’s a road-trip classic because of those impossible-to-shake hooks. And if Whip-Smart, the album she released a year later, didn’t shake the earth quite like Exile did, it has a few moments that pop harder than anything else she ever ended up recording.


Watch Ryan Adams Cover Danzigs Mother With Johnny Depp
Sep 19, 2014 7:52am | StereoGum

Johnny Depp has been bros with Ryan Adams for a long time, and he played guitar on “Aching For More,” the B-side of Adams’ recent “Gimme Something Good” 7″ single. And last night, when Adams and his band played London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Depp joined them onstage to wear a big stupid hat and to play guitar on two songs. One of those songs, improbably enough, was a cover of Danzig’s howling metal classic “Mother.” And I know what you’re thinking: Yes, Johnny Depp did play the John Christ guitar solo, or at least a blusier variation thereof. It was pretty impressive, honestly. Depp also helped out on “Kim,” a song from Adams’ recent self-titled album. It’s been a little while since Depp’s had a hit movie, so it’s good to see that he’s got another career option open to him; I can’t think of any good reason why he couldn’t do this full-time. Watch the fan-made videos below.


Tweedy - Sukierae
Sep 19, 2014 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Jeff Tweedy makes it a family affair on solo (duo?) album number one. The results relocate the Wilco chief's songwriting mojo.

Tegan and Sara perform on Conan with a choir of teens watch
Sep 19, 2014 7:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Tegan and Sara took time out of their American tour with Katy Perry and made a visit to Conan‘s Burbank, California studio last night. The Canadian twins brought along a choir of teens from Los Angeles’ Grand Arts High School to provide backup on “I Was A Fool”. Replay the sultry performance below.

Tegan and Sara just recently wrapped up their own tour behind Heartthrob, and have thus far played six shows with Perry. Next up is a Friday night gig at LA’s Staples Center. Find the complete itinerary here.

Queen to release unheard Freddie Mercury songs, including collaboration with Michael Jackson
Sep 19, 2014 7:03am | Cosequence Of Sound

Queen has announced the release of a new anthology, which features three unreleased tracks with singer Freddie Mercury.

Due out November 11th, Queen Forever is highlighted by “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, a never-before-heard collaboration between Mercury and Michael Jackson. Also included is “Let Me in Your Heart Again”, a previously unfinished Mercury track from sessions for 1984’s The Works, as well as a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercurys first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, Love Kills”.

(Read: Queen Turns 40: How rare was Freddie Mercury?)

A press release says of the Mercury-Jackson collaboration:

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, There Must Be More to Life Than This”, began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queens 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddies own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985s Mr. Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queens original backing track and Mercury and Jacksons distinctive vocals, and...

Manchester orchestra covers Oasis, Sex Pistols and The Smiths listen
Sep 19, 2014 7:01am | NME
The city's symphony orchestra The Hallé celebrates the musical heritage of the Free Trade Hall building

tix on sale: Swans, Cymbals Eat Guitars, James, Thee Oh Sees, Mark Lanegan, Angel Olsen, SBTRKT & more
Sep 19, 2014 7:00am | Brooklyn Vegan


Tickets for the Lucinda Williams show at Beacon Theatre go on sale beginning today at 9 AM.

Tickets for the Swans show at Warsaw go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the James show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mark Lanegan show at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Supersuckers are playing Knitting Factory on November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the second Taking Back Sunday holiday show at Starland Ballroom, this one with Modern Baseball, go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jason Isbell and Damien Jurado show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Flogging Molly are playing The Capitol Theatre on December 2. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the East India Youth shows at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively.

Tickets for the EIGHT Dr. Dog shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Thee Oh Sees and Jack Name shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw go on sale today at noo...

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet to feature on new Queen album 'Queen Forever'
Sep 19, 2014 6:48am | NME
A reworking of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' is one of three previously unheard songs to feature on new release

Paul Weller backs campaign to save Guildford venue The Boileroom
Sep 19, 2014 6:19am | NME
A hearing to decide to the venue's future takes place today (September 19)

DiS Meets Interpol's Paul Banks: 'One has to suffer for ones art. But not that much'
Sep 19, 2014 6:19am | Drowned In Sound

Call it a comeback. Call a continuation. Call it El Pintor.

Opinion may be split on the context behind Interpols fifth album, but everyone seems to agree on one thing about the LP: its great.

Here at DiS, Dom Gourlay declared it to be the perrenial miserablists finest record in a decade in a rave 9/10 review, while both All The Rage Back Home and Ancient Ways have been bestowed with our prestigious Single Of The Week award. We also popped down to El Pintors launch show at New Yorks Metropolitan museum.

In other words, there was plenty to talk about when we dialled up the other side of the Atlantic last week for a quick chat with Paul Smith. Having already had guitarist Daniel Kessler sketch out the story behind the record, we were armed with some follow-up questions of our own and a few from you, our right minded readers. Heres what happened...

Daniel Kessler said that you volunteered to play bass from the off when writing El Pintor, why was that?

Because that I found that I couldnt come up with any ideas for guitar parts or vocals without a bassline, which was an interesting discovery. I used to sing off of the bassline and take my queue from what it was doing in terms of the mix. More than that, it was deciding what chords you end up playing - it was hard to get my ideas before we committed to using a C or an F.

And Brandon Curtis played while you recorded El ...

Prince reveals new song 'FUNKNROLL' listen
Sep 19, 2014 6:12am | NME
New track taken from forthcoming solo album 'Art Official Age'

Oceaán Grip
Sep 19, 2014 6:10am | Abeano

Manchester lad Oceaán is full of surprises. You might think you’ve got his particular flavour of tropical electronic pop sussed, but wait ’til you hear this new one, premiered on SOHN’s Radio 1 show last night: closely reminiscent of the slow build and skewed vocals of James Blake’s earlier releases, it’s one you have to wade into knee-deep before it suddenly hits. And when it does, it just keeps getting better. ‘Grip’ is the first of a new wave of material from the producer and vocalist, with more details coming soon.

Stream SBTRKT and Jamie xxs iTunes Festival show tonight
Sep 19, 2014 6:08am | Fact Magazine

Watch the Young Turks stars perform live in London via the magic of the internet.

SBTRKT plays Camden’s Roundhouse tonight as part of this month’s iTunes Festival, with support coming from his labelmate Jamie xx. If you weren’t lucky enough to win tickets for the gig, fear not the performance will be streamed live online tonight from 19:45 BST. Head to iTunes to watch.

The masked producer has been unveiling tracks from his forthcoming album Wonder Where We Land, due out September 29 listen to ‘New Dorp New York’ featuring Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, ‘Voices In My Head’ featuring A$AP Ferg and ‘Look Away’ featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek.

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