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Hear Nicolas Jaars remix of Kanye Wests Blood On The Leaves
Feb 11, 2016 5:43am | Fact Magazine

Nicolas Jaar has remixed Kanye West for the soundtrack of a short film about an artist.

Commissioned by Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2014, Picturing Barbara Kruger is narrated by the titular visual artist, who talks about how her background in graphic design shaped the text-based work she makes and how she sees her legacy.

As Pitchfork reports, Kruger requested Kanye West’s music for the piece, and the HudMo-produced ‘Blood On The Leaves’ has been given a loosened, lightly tranquilised remix by Jaar. Watch the short video on Vimeo.

Meanwhile, Kanye has just renamed his album again. He’s cutting it fine  T.L.O.P. is due to come out tomorrow (February 11) with a premiere event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Last year Jaar teamed up with William Basinski, Holly Herndon, Powell and more for a pretty unique tech-based collaboration.

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The Wave Pictures - A Season in Hull
Feb 11, 2016 5:25am | Drowned In Sound
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Ever since their formation in 2008, The Wave Pictures have always played live in the studio, rather than tracking one instrument at a time, resulting in a back catalogue that sound as if the band is in the room.

A Season In Hull manages to amplify this live feel even further. The album is entirely acoustic, percussion is very minimal, and it was all recorded through one microphone in one room with a bunch of their friends around. This is an approach rarely used for label-supported releases these days. But by self-releasing it on Wymeswold Recording, on vinyl only, theyve managed to eschew any norms and expectations a third party might impose.

This one microphone approach was apparently suggested by friend and collaborator Darren Hayman, previously of John Peel favourites, Hefner, and welcomed with open arms. It was also a decision consolidated by the bands love for the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, who used this method. The decision to try this way of recording is an effective technique for The Wave Pictures, as the stripped back arrangements allow for Dave Tattersalls lyrics - which have always been the biggest thing to grab onto whilst listening to The Wave Pictures - to shine brighter than ever.

Particularly illuminating lyrically, are his slightly deranged animal metaphors. O...



DiS meets Battles
Feb 11, 2016 5:15am | Drowned In Sound
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I get really tense before interviews. A particular kind of music fan/journo guilt, which lies somewhere in the feeling that Im distracting an artist from one of: making music, breaking hearts, or indulging in some well-earned kip after the first two.

When its Battles, the Back to the Future 2 vision of what a model rock band should be in 2015, who are in the midst of a helter-skelter tour that takes them everywhere from Tennessee to Tokyo via Turin well that feeling dials up a notch.

Fortunately, when Im put on the phone to John Stanier, he of the highest cymbal in rock and a face that looks like Jason Sudeikis if Jason Sudeikis was capable of breaking walls with his bare hands, its clear hes probably also uncomfortable. Fresh out of the tour bus shower, shirtless, with no idea this interview was happening, I declare the ice broken.


DiS: I first saw Battles at Latitude Festival in 2012. Purely as a piece of Battles performance art, it was probably the ideal show to have seen. Plagued by technical difficulties, nothing seemed to be working, leading to a build of tension abstract bursts of noise, the hum of conversation, screens popping to life and frazzling to the grave again. This goes on for 20 minutes. Which means that for the 4 songs, when you got the chance to explode, you absolutely did. Then the technical...


Sónar 2016 adds Ata Kak, Yung Lean and Richie Hawtin
Feb 11, 2016 5:01am | Fact Magazine

Barcelona’s biggest electronic music festival adds more talent to its 2016 edition.

Sónar has added 36 artists to this year’s Barcelona festival, with Kaytranada, Santigold and Yung Lean among the names.

Richie Hawtin will also return to the festival to debut his new show, with PC Music’s Danny L. Harle, Gazelle Twin, Stormzy, A-Trak, classical pianist James Rhodes and Lady Leshurr also appearing.

Other highlights include the appearance of the Hot Shotz collaborative project from Diagonal founder Powell and pointillistic trance producer Lorenzo Senni, and cult Ghanaian singer Ata Kak, who brings a taste of African hiplife to the festival.

Sónar has also bolstered its line-up of club talent for 2016: Kerri Chandler, Ben Klock, DJ EZ, Ape Escape composer Soichi Terada and Bicep will all appear alongside Ben UFO and Helena Hauff, who perform a joint set.

The new names join the previously announced Jean-Michel Jarre, James Blake,


Paris Bataclan venue set to reopen in 2016
Feb 11, 2016 4:44am | Fact Magazine

Paris’ Bataclan venue will reopen before the year is out, say club owners.

In a statement issued yesterday, and reported by Billboard, the venue owners said: “Today, wed like to share with you some important news: We have decided to renovate the Bataclan. We will do everything in our power to host new shows before the end of 2016.”

The 19th century venue was the site a deadly spate of terrorist attacks on November 13, in which 89 people died.

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Kurupt FM just performed the rudest Radio 1 Live Lounge in history
Feb 11, 2016 4:26am | Fact Magazine

Kurupt FM made some waves on the radio last night.

Brentford’s premier fake pirate station were invited to return to Radio 1 and perform as part of their Live Lounge series, but clearly didn’t pay too much attention to the whole ‘live’ thing.

As well as taking in versions of So Solid Crew’s ‘Oh No’ and Stormzy’s ‘Shut Up’, MC Grindah, DJ Beats et al threw listeners (and host Clara Amfo) into a spin as they reeled off profanities like, “Pussy ‘oles!” and “I’ll leave your gyal dem moist and soggy!”

Amfo was forced to apologise if listeners were “offended by anything in the last five or six minutes,” but judging by this tweet was still in on the joke:

Spinal Tap x Pirate Radio = #PeopleJustDoNothing

— Clara Amfo (@claraamfo) February 10, 2016

Watch the whole session via iPlayer, including their recorder-powered rendition of ‘Shut Up’ (complete with bespoke ending).

We let Kurupt loose on our Singles Club in December – here’s the only end of 2015 review you need.

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Serato launches Pyro, an automatic DJ app for house parties
Feb 11, 2016 3:51am | Fact Magazine

The iOS app integrates with Spotify to create seamless party playlists.

Serato’s latest mobile app is here but it’s not what you’d expect: Pyro is an automatic DJ that fades between tracks on a playlist.

It’s a strange choice for a company whose scratch emulation DJ software is some of the world’s most widely used, but the company wants to expand its appeal to those who might not want to spend all night manning the decks.

Speaking to The Verge, Serato CEO and co-founder AJ Bertenshaw said: “It’s definitely dance music, hip hop, top 40s, and that kinda music that really this app is designed for and does an amazing job of. That’s the kind of music you’d expect to hear mixed by a DJ.”

When you launch Pyro for the first time, the app will automatically scan your phone’s iTunes library to give you songs to construct a playlist. You can move or delete tracks by nudging them left or right, and the music will play seamlessly until the playlist reaches the end.

Pyro also integrates with Spotify, so if you have a Premium account you can use your pre-existing playlists and browse songs from within the Pyro app. If your playlist reaches the end, Pyro’s built-in recommendation engine will automatically select similar music.

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Hear Flying Lotus mix made on the day J Dilla died
Feb 11, 2016 3:44am | Fact Magazine

J Dilla died 10 years ago (on February 10), and that same day, Flying Lotus dedicated a live mix on dublab to the Donuts producer.

A decade later and dublab has finally shared the hour-long mix, which includes Dilla’s own tracks along with some of the brilliant records he sourced his samples from. Stream the mix over at dublab.

Meanwhile, FlyLo has promised a new album this year, if he “can get out of this slump”, and has signed on to create a Star Wars-themed album with Rick Rubin, while J Dillas Donuts has just been given a 10th anniversary reissue from Stones Throw.

In the meantime, watch the short film FlyLo recently scored.

Read this next: Life After Dilla 25 great post-Donuts instrumental hip-hop mixtapes

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What's going on Thursday? (Kanye's Yeezy Season 3, Blonde Redhead, Whores, Pop. 1280, Father, Todd Barry & more)
Feb 10, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Kanye West - Yeezy Season 3 @ Madison Square Garden
We still don't know too much about Kanye's new album, but we do know three of its songs -- "Real Friends," "Wolves" and "Fade," all of which are good -- and that it supposedly features A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Andre 3000, Tyler the Creator, and more. We'll finally learn the title and hear the rest of it today, when he premieres at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at MSG. As of yesterday, the album is called The Life of Pablo and it does not feature the Kendrick Lamar collab "No More Parties in LA." The show starts at 4 PM, and if you're not attending, you can stream it live in several theaters worldwide.

Blonde Redhead, Half Waif @ Rough Trade
NYC's consistently great indie rock/dream pop/noise rock/etc band Blonde Redhead have been working on new material, and tonight they take some time off from that to squeeze in this small sold-out show. After the show, they'll DJ Baby's All Right.

Whores, Fight Amp, Fashion Week, Haan @ Saint Vitus
Whores and Fight Amp both make noisy post-hardcore that's indebted to the genre's '80s/'90s days, a...


Kanye West officially titles new album The Life Of Pablo, shares tracklist
Feb 10, 2016 7:39pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Here we go again. Kanye West has taken us on a wild ride over the past few weeks and months, changing the title of his forthcoming seventh studio album from So Help Me God to SWISH and then to Waves. A few days ago, West cryptically tweeted that the albums final title bears the initials T.L.O.P. A follow-up message posted today confirms that those initials stand for The Life Of Pablo.

Final track list for The Life Of Pablo pic.twitter.com/PMH94MAAeJ

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 11, 2016

This title references the second verse of Wests recent single No More Parties In L.A., in which the rapper boasts, I feel like Pablo when Im workin on my shoes / I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news. The Pablo hes referring to could be 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (whom he compared himself to in a 2015 Oxford University lecture) or drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Knowing West, the answer is probably both.

As you can see from the picture above, the announcement also comes with a final tracklist for the album. It looks pretty similar to the handwritten tracklist we got for Waves, though No More Parties In L.A. is notably missing and former opener Nina Chop has been replaced with Ultra Light Beams. Other new additions include Freestyle 4, Famous, and Feedback.

West is set to debut the album at a so...


Kanye West announces new album title, shares final tracklist
Feb 10, 2016 7:24pm | Fact Magazine

Get ready for one final WTF-moment on Kanye Eve.

Kanye West’s rabidly anticipated seventh album is called The Life Of Pablo. After teasing the initials T.L.O.P. recently — and taking a break to declare Bill Cosby innocent — he revealed their meaning today on Twitter alongside a picture of the final tracklist. Changes from the earlier tracklist include switching one-time album opener ‘Ultra Light Beam’ to the end and scrapping the previously released Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘No More Parties In L.A.’. The Life of Pablo is expected to debut tomorrow at West’s Yeezy Season 3 event at Madison Square Garden. You can stream on Tidal.

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Kanye West Reveals The Life Of Pablo (!) Tracklist
Feb 10, 2016 7:22pm | StereoGum
Kanye West Reveals The Life Of Pablo (!) TracklistAnother day, another Kanye album update. (Thankfully, this thing is finally coming out tomorrow, so we won't have to be doing this much longer!) First it was going to be called So Help Me God, then it was SWISH, then it was WAVES, then it was maybe SWISH or So Help … More »









Wilco played two nights and covered Bowie at Kings Theatre, and played 'Colbert' (setlists, video, pics from night 1)
Feb 10, 2016 7:09pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared

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The chemistry of the current lineup is palpable and it's no wonder Tweedy hasn't altered the lineup since 2004 after making multiple changes over the course of Wilco's first decade. Guitarist Nels Cline had plenty of chances to shine as his "Impossible Germany" solo continues to be a highlight of Wilco performances and his work on "Art Of Almost" left many jaws on the floor. "Spiders (Kidsmoke)," which kicked off the post-Star Wars portion of the main set, showed Tweedy also has plenty of instrumental chops. The audience seemed to be filled with diehard fans as many tunes turned into singalongs.

By opening with Star Wars, material which came off better on the record than in concert, Wilco loaded the backend of the main set with one beloved classic after another. The band pulled from seven different albums following the presentation of their new LP, with four songs a piece from 2001's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and 1996's Being There to the delight of fans. Tweedy and his mates paced the show well as they mixed tempos throughout the 12 songs that came after Star Wars. The show built to a peak with barn-burning renditions of "I Got You (At The End Of The Century)" and "Outtasite...


Star Wars: The Force Awakens syncs up to Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon
Feb 10, 2016 6:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

For years, Floydians have been syncing up Pink Floyds classic Dark Side of the Moon with Wizard of Oz. What’s affectionately referred to as Dark Side of the Rainbow sees the record played simultaneously with the film, revealing some pretty fantastic musical and lyrical coincidences that fit like cues to the movie. Now, Redditors have discovered another incredible sync-up for the album, this time in a galaxy far, far away.

Apparently, three replays of Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety becomes the perfect soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (The Floyd AwakensDark Side of the Force? Too easy?) According to Reddit, pressing play as the film’s opening scroll ends and the camera pans to the spaceship starts a synchronization that almost lines up perfectly with each act in the movie.

Here are some examples, though obvious spoiler warnings ahead:

– When Poe (Oscar Isaac) wakes up in Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) torture chamber, the lyrics of “The Great Gig in the Sky” go, “I’m not afraid of dying/ Anytime will do,” and the song’s scream happens right as Poe opens his own mouth.

– “Time” plays while we witness the repetitive mundanity of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) life making a living by scavenging old electronics.

– The �...


work on L Train's Canarsie tunnel won't start till 2018 but could take seven years to complete
Feb 10, 2016 5:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

(photo via @drbear_ny)
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There was another public meeting about the impending work on the L Train's Canarsie Tunnel that, no matter how it's done, is going to take a long time. Gothamist was there:

As Lentol told the Daily News, there are several plans under serious consideration. One would close the Canarsie tube completely for at least 18 months. Another option would close just one of the two tunnels that comprise the Canarsie tube, allowing continued service between Brooklyn and Manhattan--albeit at less frequent intervals--and taking at least three years. A third alternative, limiting tunnel work to nights and weekends, would allow regular daytime service but would take at least five and, as Levin said, as many as seven years.

Lentol said that work will likely begin in 2018. At Tuesday night's meeting, Levin emphasized the importance of starting sooner rather than later, given the currently available federal funds for Sandy recovery.

"We have federal funds right now, about $700 million of federal funds, for Sandy recovery that can be dedicated to this, so that's the lion's share of what it would cost to do a significant amount of work there, and that's not money you can always count on being there, to be honest with you," Levin said. "We don't know what's going to ...

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