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Beliefs working on new LP, playing NYC shows with Wildhoney, and new Matador signing Algiers (dates, videos)
Jan 30, 2015 11:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

Toronto shoegazers Beliefs have a new album, Leaper, which will be out later this year via Hand Drawn Dracula. You can check out the video for "Tidal Wave," which will be on the album, below. As mentioned, Beliefs will be in NYC next week playing Cake Shop on February 4 as part of a pretty killer bill of Baltimore's Wildhoney, UK band Leave the Planet, and NYC's Dead Leaf Echo. $8 at the door for that one. They've also just added a second NYC show at Baby's All Right on February 6 with Algiers and The Flag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Algiers are an Atlanta band who recently signed to Matador and make goth/industrial-leaning soul (or soulful goth/industrial?). You can check out the video for "But She Was Not Flying" below. Algiers also play Mercury Lounge on February 4 that is also with The Flag which is the current project of Ted McGrath (Antimagic, These Are Powers). Tickets are on sale now. These are Algiers first-ever NYC shows.

Videos below...

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Owen Pallett played MHOW with Foxes In Fiction (pics)
Jan 30, 2015 11:23am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Owen Pallett really kicked butt tonight" - Josh Brechner

"Owen Pallett was something magical tonight." - Matt Marin

"Thanks Brooklyn for the sold-out show tonight. Thanks also for giving me a million dollar hangover for only $50, cool discount!" - Owen Pallett

Violin-bearing art pop great Owen Pallett brought his current tour in continued support of last year's In Conflict to NYC last night (1/29) for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening was ambient pop musician Foxes In Fiction, who was joined by Owen on stage.

More pictures from the show below...

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Father @ The Kymberle Project, Brooklyn 1/29/15
Jan 30, 2015 11:05am | StereoGum

I pressed play on Father’s Young Hot Ebony mixtape this Sunday and I haven’t been able to listen to anything since. Sure, I’m late on realizing that Awful Records are probably the most promising new hip-hop collective of 2015, but they’re from Atlanta, and Southerners run on their own time too, so I think they’ll cut me some slack. (Plus, the rest of Stereogum wasn’t late — Tom hailed Young Hot Ebony as Mixtape Of The Week back when it came out.) A chunk of the independent label’s 15-member-deep roster has been up in New York for the past few weeks, throwing shows, parties, and introducing Brooklyn to their slippery, swampy sound. I missed the more official performance at Baby’s All Right last week that caught the attention of Billboard, but due to demand, the crew managed to squeeze in a warehouse-style show last night.

The show was being held at the Kymberle Project — a venue so obscure that it was billed on the flyer as just a random address in south Brooklyn — and the tone for the evening was immediately set by the sheets tacked up to separate the concrete floors of the space into rooms. This was not the label’s industry-peacocking show, but more of a casual party before heading back home. Earlier this week, Awful Records kingpin Rich Po Slim was discussing last night’s show on Dirrtwave’s radio show, and he admitted that demand from fans was the primar...

Russian house, new age grime and Dance Mania: the weeks best free mixes
Jan 30, 2015 10:56am | Fact Magazine

Each week, FACTs John Twells and Chris Kelly trawl through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you dont have to.

The East Coast survived the blizzard (mostly) in one piece, and what better way to keep yourself warm indoors than settling down with a nice long mix. This week’s selections certainly bring the heat, with Russian electronic experiments, new age grime accidents, celebratory rap bangers and plenty more.

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Watch: PINS Trailer For Their Next Album
Jan 30, 2015 10:50am | CMJ


In their ongoing attempt to be the garage rock Greta Garbo, U.K. act PINS have just released a teaser trailer for the fact that they will have a new album out this summer. We do know it was recorded in Joshua Tree, CA, and will be released in June of this year. Their 2014 debut, Girls Like Us (Bella Union), was a solid, shadowy slice of grrrl-garage, and last fall’s appearances during CMJ Music Marathon showed them getting a bit darker even, so we shall see what the follow-up has in store. If you are in the U.K. at the end of February you’ll be able to get an early listen, but for now the rest of us will have to be content with the album tralier.

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Death Cab for Cutie played MHOW and 'Letterman' (videos and setlist); next NYC show will be Madison Square Garden
Jan 30, 2015 10:39am | Brooklyn Vegan

words and photo by Melissa Presti

Death Cab for Cutie have an upcoming tour with The Antlers in support of their forthcoming album Kintsugi, but ahead of all that they squeezed in a last-minute, intimate one-off at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (1/28) with Say Hi.

The 1.5 hour set was a showcase of all the Death Cab hits and favorites, and a peek at a few impressive sounding tracks from Kintsugi. "Black Sun", "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive", and "No Room in Frame" (all three of which were debuted in Seattle a week earlier) gave the impression that even for an eighth studio album, Death Cab is still reinventing themselves, this time with more electronic textures and synths in the mix.
Ben Gibbard apologized for the album delay, citing "we had a lot of shit going on" -- perhaps referring to personal relationships, his solo release, his reunion tour with The Postal Service, or most likely the departure of Chris Walla. Ben made the round of introductions between songs, making sure the crowd knew Dave Depper (on guitar/keyboards) and Zac Rae (keyboards) were more than qualified to step in and keep the band's nostalgic sound intact.

Before the night ended, Ben announced the next time they would play in New York would be at Madison Square Garden - encouraging everyone to tell their friends. "Seriously, tell your's a huge place." Stay tuned for more info on that.

The following ni...

Video Premiere: Howardian Be Fruitful
Jan 30, 2015 10:15am | CMJ


There is nothing wrong with your computer. Just as the visions in this video seem to come into focus, the clangy, gunk-fi sounds of the tune seem to shake it blurry again. Be Fruitful is off the debut full-length Land Of The Low Tides (BUFU/Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt) from Howardian, aka Japanther’s rhythm rattler, Ian Vanek. Vanek’s sneering singing and the tin-can electro-punk sounds buzz along and seem to knock down the bevy of little Simpsons toys too. See if you can stay unfazed through it all, below.

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Viet Cong played Mercury Lounge with What Moon Things (pics, video), playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in June
Jan 30, 2015 10:14am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Viet Cong @ Mercury Lounge, 1/29/2014

Calgary, AB's murky and mercurial Viet Cong played their second of two NYC dates this week, an early show at Mercury Lounge last night (1/29) with What Moon Things. Pictures from that are in this post. Both this and Wedesday's Union Pool show were sold out. NYC will get their next chance to see them this spring -- there were posters up at Mercury Lounge show saying Viet Cong would be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 which is part of the 2015 Northside Festival. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime check out more pics from last night, plus videos of Viet Cong doing "Continental Shelf" and "March of Progress" at the show and their setlist, below...

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Watch Death Cab 2.0 Play Black Sun On Letterman
Jan 30, 2015 10:00am | StereoGum

Death Cab For Cutie are on the brink of releasing their new album Kintsugi, and last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman to play their lush and synthy new single “Black Sun.” For most of us, this is our first chance to get a good look at the post-Chris Walla version of the band, with new touring members Dave Depper and Zac Rae sitting in. Also, Ben Gibbard’s hair is looking impressively flaxen, and Letterman made fun of them for not spending enough time outside and then corrected himself on mountain-related confusion. Watch the performance below.


Juicy J is working with One Directions Liam Payne
Jan 30, 2015 9:51am | Fact Magazine

The unlikely associates shared a snap from the studio.

It’s happening. The awkward transition from squeaky clean tweenbait star to stubble-chinned, hip-hop-endorsed Proper Artist is one that many have attempted, but few have truly achieved Timberlake offered the textbook example, but as we can see from Bieber’s current fumblings, it takes more than a snapback and a Future co-sign to set you on the right path.

Rumour has it that the biggest band in the world could split once their contract expires at the end of 2015, and if that’s the case then we could have a bizarre collaboration to look forward to, as One Direction’s Liam Payne has been in the studio with Houston icon and Three 6ix Mafia star Juicy J. “We workin!” Juicy wrote as a caption to his Instagram pic.

It wouldn’t be out of character for Juicy in his current showbiz iteration, as he worked with Miley Cyrus on her similarly awkward (but spectacular) transitional album Bangerz in 2013, which ended up being one of FACT’s favourite records of the year. Here’s The Essential… Three 6ix Mafia.

Last year young Liam demonstrated the sad reality of superstardom in a Vine that 1D fans got pretty upset about.

We working! @fakeliampa...

Chance the Rapper planning Social Experiment live-band LP, LP ft. Frank Ocean, Andre 3000 & J Cole, playing NYU show
Jan 30, 2015 9:44am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Chance the Rapper got plenty of deserved buzz off of 2013's Acid Rap mixtape, and he's planning to change things up pretty significantly for his next release, Surf, the debut album from his live backing band The Social Experiment, which Chance says is really the brainchild of trumpet player Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal. A new FADER story on the album opines, "It's almost as if Chance and his friends are aiming to reverse-engineer the act of beat-digging. Where earlier generations of hip-hop producers foregrounded small fragments of music from the past, The Social Experiment buries new ones for the future." FADER got to hear the album when they interviewed Chance, and their story makes it sound like a dense, complex piece of work. Read more here. Watch the album's new trailer video and stream some recent music Chance and The Social Experiment uploaded to Soundcloud, which may or may not appear in some form on Surf, below.

A new GQ interview with Chance also reveals that Frank Ocean, Andre 3000 and J. Cole will appear on his "yet to be named debut LP," which seems to be referring to the next Chance the Rapper album, rather than Surf, which is The Social Experiment's album.

Chance doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he did announce that he and The Social Experiment will come to NYC to play a...

Missy Elliott to perform with Katy Perry during Super Bowl halftime show
Jan 30, 2015 9:43am | Fact Magazine

Katy Perry’s “surprise” guest is a major one.

Yesterday, the pop star said that she’d be joined by an “old school” artist during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Confirming rumors, the mystery performer will be Missy Elliott, according to AP.

“When you hear the first ring of the chord,” Perry said, “I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.” Back in 2011, Elliott was featured on a remix of Perry’s song ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ (below, if you dare).

Due to medical issues, Elliott has not toured regularly since 2010. Since releasing The Cookbook in 2005, the Grammy winner has only released a pair of singles; last we heard, Missy and longtime collaborator Timbaland had “the bullet in the gun” with regards to her comeback album.

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Jan 30, 2015 9:43am | StereoGum

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable child and fuck everything up forever. Kanye is, after all, a disrupter, and he does not care about Grant Singer’s feelings. This week’s picks are below.


Jay Z finalizing purchase of streaming music service Aspiro
Jan 30, 2015 9:33am | Cosequence Of Sound

Outside of his rap career and marriage to Earth’s mightiest woman, Jay Z has a number of side ventures to keep him occupied. That includes a sports agency, the 40/40 night club chain, his role as a film producer, controlling interest in Ace of Spades champagne, and more.  Now, Jay is setting his sights on the burgeoning industry of streaming music, as he’s in final negotiations to purchase the Scandinavian platform Aspiro.

According to Engadget reports, Project Panther, one of several subsidiaries owned by Jay Z, recently made an offer of 464 krona (that’s $56 million US) for 59.1% controlling interest in Aspiro’s two services: WiMP, which has limited availability in continental Europe, and Tidal, which offers service in the US, Canada, and UK. Aspiro’s board of directors has already reviewed the offer and is recommending that shareholders accept the deal. All the details could be finalized as early as mid-March.

So the question begs, why go all the way to Sweden to get into the streaming game? The short answer: Tidal/WiMP could be the answer to competing with streaming giant Spotify. Between its launch in 2010 and last fall, WiMP attracted over 580,000 paying customers, and with Jay Z attached, the newly-launched Tidal could do even bigger business.

Executives within Project Panther called Aspiro an “innovative high-quality company with stron...

Watch FKA Twigs Debut Figure 8 In Melbourne
Jan 30, 2015 9:26am | StereoGum

During a show at Melbourne’s 170 Russell last night, FKA Twigs debuted the first new material she’s shared since the release of LP1. The track is apparently called “Figure 8″ according to the uploader, and it’s a wispy thread of a song that reaches some moments of dissonance unlike anything she’s put out before (or maybe that’s just the venue’s sound setup coming through). Maybe we’re in store for an EP3 soon? Check it out below.


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