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The months best reissues: Suzanne Ciani, the beginning of hip-hop and Algerian exotica
May 26, 2016 8:27am | Fact Magazine
Thanks to the graft of reissue labels and canny collectors, theres an embarrassment of neglected, forgotten or misunderstood material being unearthed week by week.
The volume of new-old music doesnt outpace new-new music, of course, but its not too far behind either. With so many more archival releases turning up on shelves, weve worked though the stacks to pick our favorite reissues and retrospectives of the last month.
Mikey IQ Jones digs through this month’s best releases, featuring a lost synthesizer odyssey, Algerian and Tunisian film soundtracks, early hip-hop and electro, avant garde bagpipes, crucial no wave and more.
10. Glenn Branca
Influential New York composer Glenn Branca’s first large scale symphonic work, Symphony No. 1 (Tonal Plexus), was released in 1983 on noted NYC cassette label ROIR. Coming hot on the heels of his lauded underground classics Lesson No. 1 and The Ascension, Tonal Plexus was an epic wonder building upon Branca’s “guitar army” concept. The eight-strong guitar line alone includes no wave/post-punk figureheads like Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Barbara Ess of Y Pants and Theoretical Girls, Cuban music scholar Ned Sublette, and Branca himself, bolstered by a drummer, multiple keyboards, and a horn section.
They take cues from the puls...
The Strokes releasing 'Future Present Past' EP; first single "OBLIVIUS" premiered today on Julian's Sirius XMU show
May 26, 2016 8:19am | Brooklyn Vegan
New EP is out next week.
The Strokes projections appear in NYC and London; new single today on Julian's Sirius XMU show?
May 26, 2016 8:19am | Brooklyn Vegan
Something is up in the land of the The Strokes.
New Strokes Single Premiering Today?
May 26, 2016 8:14am | StereoGum
The signs are piling up, and it looks more and more like we're going to hear some new music from the Strokes this morning. Massive strokes wall projections have shown up in New York and London, and Cult Records, Julian Casablancas' label, has shared images of those projections on its social media. Here's New York: … More »
Video Rewind: Jack White joins The Strokes for New York City Cops
May 26, 2016 8:05am | Cosequence Of Sound
One of the best moments in Strokes history occurred in August 2002 at Radio City Music Hall, when Jack White showed up for New York City Cops. Even now, it sounds like something of folklore: Julian Casablancas sits on a bar stool, hobbled by a broken leg. The band enters into a rendition of their most controversial song in a city still recovering from the aftermath of 9/11. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, comes the White Stripes mastermind. Dressed head to toe in his bands trademark red, White proceeds to do, well, the thing Jack White does best.
The end result is one of the best clips youll find on YouTube, and one of the best rock ‘n’ roll moments in recent memory.
The Raveonettes release "Scout" from monthly singles series (listen)
May 26, 2016 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan
Plus guitarist Sune Rose Wagner answers a few burning questions.
Watch Anderson .Paak & T.I.s Blazing-Hot The Tonight Show Performance
May 26, 2016 7:57am | StereoGum
Last night, during a T.I. show at New York's Irving Plaza, tragedy struck. One person was killed and three more, including the rapper Troy Ave, were wounded in a shooting. This story sucks for so ma...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack has spacecraft holograms etched into the record
May 26, 2016 6:22am | Fact Magazine
The Record Store Day 2016 release that got away?
The vinyl soundtrack for the latest Star Wars film, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, comes with 3D holograms of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE fighter etched into the record.
Tristan Duke, who created the hologram artwork for Jack White’s Lazaretto LP, has turned the spacecraft into holograms, which can be viewed in direct light from the right angle, or by holding a torch above the vinyl.
The album – which was composed by John Williams and features a credit from Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich – is being released via Disney Music Emporium on June 17 and is available to pre-order from Amazon for $47.99.
Watch this video to see how the vinyl were created.
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SoundCloud users can now get their music mastered for free
May 26, 2016 5:20am | Fact Magazine
Online mastering tool LANDR will optimise tracks for SoundCloud free of charge.
SoundCloud has announced a partnership with online mastering service LANDR that means all users can get free track optimisation for the streaming platform.
The partnership sees SoundCloud focusing once again on its original market of music creators rather than consumers after the launch of its paid subscription service, SoundCloud Go.
LANDR was launched last year with big name backers such as Nas and Richie Hawtin attached, and claims to give tracks “a quality finish like any major label artist with a budget” simply by uploading a track to the cloud.
The SoundCloud partnership doesn’t offer free access to all LANDR’s services, instead optimising tracks specifically for the streaming platform. Users wanting proper MP3 or WAV mastering will have to pay LANDR as usual.
Speaking to RA, a LANDR spokesman said: “We use exactly the same algorithms but we did some research to find the best output for optimising the sound of any track on the SoundCloud streaming format.
“The optimised tracks will only be hosted on SoundCloud and not in LANDR’s track library. It is really aimed at streaming on SoundCloud. If a user wants to get a proper master, they will have to buy it from LANDR in HD WA...
Watch Stormzy tear through Not That Deep on the FACT stage at Great Escape 2016
May 26, 2016 4:54am | Fact Magazine
Oh we do love to be beside the seaside.
Saturday May 21 saw FACT take over the Brighton Dome for a night of fast rising British hip-hop, pop and grime as part of the Great Escape. Top of the bill was none other than Stormzy, whose headline set was a fierce declaration of grime superiority, smashing wrecking-ball-like through his singles to date as anticipation reaches boiling point for his upcoming debut album.
If you weren’t there, you missed out big time. But don’t fret FACT had a camera crew there to capture Stormzy’s set. In the first of several highlight videos from the night, check out this stunning performance of 2014 anthem ‘Not That Deep’.
The post Watch Stormzy tear through ‘Not That Deep’ on the FACT stage at Great Escape 2016 appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..
The Weeknds Jimmy Kimmel performance cancelled over Trump appearance
May 26, 2016 4:44am | Fact Magazine
Was set to perform ‘Might Not’ with Canadian-based rapper Belly.
The Weeknd’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance was cancelled last night (May 25) because Donald Trump was also set to appear on the episode, ABC News reports.
The Beauty Behind the Madness singer was scheduled to perform the collaborative single ‘Might Not’ with Palestinian-Canadian rapper Belly but Belly decided to pull out last minute, refusing to share the stage with Trump.
In a statement to Associated Press, Belly – who also co-wrote Beyonce’s ‘6 Inch,’ which features vocals from The Weeknd and appears on her Lemonade album – explained that he didn’t want to feel like he was “part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that the majority of us don’t agree with.”
Meanwhile, The Weeknd revealed earlier this month that he has reunited with his House of Balloons producers and is already working on new music, the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed album Beauty Behind the Madness.
Watch ‘Might Not’ below.
The post The Weeknd’s Jimmy Kimmel performance cancelled over Trump appearance appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.....
Troy Ave shot in leg at T.I. show in New York
May 26, 2016 3:59am | Fact Magazine
Maino and Uncle Murda were performing when the gunfire went off shortly after 10pm.
One person was killed and three others wounded at a shooting inside New York Citys Irving Plaza venue last night (May 25) where T.I. was scheduled to perform, reports The New York Daily News.
A 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were both shot in the leg. The man was later identified by XXL Magazine as New York rapper Troy Ave.
Police said a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach but later died in hospital. A 34-year-old man was also shot in the chest and is listed in critical condition.
Concert-goer Ayo Fagbemi said he heard two gunshots and right after there was a stampede. As soon as people began trying to leave the venue, he said he heard a third shot.
Another witness, Paul Cantor, explained how he had seen a fight break out in the backstage area on to the stage: There was a body that came across the stage, sort of with flailing arms.”
A fourth victim was driven to New York University Medical Center in an SUV.
Video shot inside the venue showed a chaotic scene where people tried to flee the area as a group tended to a person on the floor.
Spotify strikes deal to stream user-created DJ mixes
May 26, 2016 3:50am | Fact Magazine
The deal means that all rights holders and mix creators get paid royalties.
Spotify will follow Apple Music and offer users the chance to listen to full DJ mixes on the streaming service thanks to a new partnership, Music Week reports.
The deal with digital distribution company Dubset means that DJs will be able to upload their own mixes to the service along with single track remixes, with both the DJ and rights holders for the tracks in the mix being paid royalties.
This is achieved through Dubset’s proprietary MIXbank platform, which is able to analyse both mixes and remixes to accurately determine what music is featured, even if it’s blended.
The partnership was announced yesterday (May 25) at the International Music Summit in Ibiza, and follows a similar deal made between Dubset and Apple Music in March.
Stefan Blom, chief content officer at Spotify, said: “Our number one job at Spotify is to deliver great music to fans whenever and wherever they want to listen to it. This deal with Dubset enables us to serve fans of dance music with the mixes they crave while ensuring that artists, labels and publishers get paid fairly. It’s a great day for music fans all over the world.”
Spotify gave no indication as to when the partnership would take effect, but there’s still no sign of user-created DJ m...
James Blake hails Frank Oceans better, more mature new album
May 26, 2016 3:04am | Fact Magazine
Another update on the AWOL Ocean from his collaborator James Blake.
James Blake has praised Frank Ocean’s “better” new album, explaining: “You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He’s had time to mature. It’s really cool to watch.”
The Channel Orange singer has a writing credit on the post-dubstep trailblazer’s new LP The Colour in Anything. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Blake said that Ocean’s music had a “huge influence” on the way he was “writing melodies” for the record.
Earlier this month, Blake also revealed he had written extensively for Frank Oceans highly-anticipated new album, which is yet to be confirmed. Channel Orange producer Malay revealed in March that Frank Ocean is exploring different vibes completely on the forthcoming record.
Blake also described what it was like working with Rick Rubin, having met the Def Jam co-founder at Coachella. “I didn’t know who he was,” he recalled. “He was side stage; at first I was like, ‘Wow, that’s an amazing beard.'” Blake mimed a double-take: “Then I wa...
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