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Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John & Yoko Cover)
Nov 20, 2014 2:02pm | StereoGum

The Flaming Lips joined Yoko Ono for a studio version of John & Yoko’s now-classic Christmas song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which was originally recorded in 1971 with the Harlem Community Choir. The Flaming Lips and Ono have performed the track live together in the past, with Wayne Coyne adopting John Lennon’s lyrical parts. The song is a part of a Christmas compilation titled All Is Bright, which also features Liz Phair, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, and Escort, among others. Listen and check the tracklist below.


NOW HEAR THIS: Pusha T plus Kanye, more from the tireless Alex Calder
Nov 20, 2014 2:02pm | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day.

Pusha T, "Lunch Money"

"I'm taking niggas lunch money / Too bad, I was fuckin' hungry." The hook that opens Pusha T's new out-of-nowhere single shows he's not eager to drop the dope boy theatrics, nor the adventurous sonics, which Kanye West's bubbling mothership samples provide in droves. But the song is not about a bully's triumph or wrongheaded entitlement, as much as it represents a path to thriving when all the most "noble" routes are blocked.

After some peacocking off the back of white powder, he offers a rhetorical question for critics: "America still abusing why wouldn't I fire back / When every day they shooting us?" Pusha has long since come to terms with his humanity being denied by the country he lives in, and as the lie of post-racial politics falls to pieces with each passing day, it's his brick-flipping persona that feels more reasonable and artful than ever. The frat bros who will chant the hook as an affirmation won't get it, but Pusha's music has never been for them, not wholly. There's dimension to the trouble on his mind.

Nancy Pants, "Apple"

TOTAL NANCY PANTS by nancy pants

For over half a decade, lo-fi pop has turned to the midcentury for peppermint swirled melodies. There's a good helping of that on Total Nancy Pants, the new record from Montreal's Nancy Pants, but songs like "Ap...

Two Gallants announce new album We Are Undone, share title track listen
Nov 20, 2014 2:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After five years away, San Francisco garage folk duo Two Gallants returned in 2012 with The Bloom and The Blight. Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait nearly as long for a follow-up, as the band has announced that its fifth studio album, We Are Undone, is due out February 3rd via ATO Records.

The new album was recorded over a month of sessions with Karl Derfler (Tom Waits) at the boards at Panoramic House in Marin County, CA.

Coinciding with the announcement, Two Gallants have released the LP’s title track as a first listen. In a statement, guitarist/singer Adam Stephens said the song is, “without being too blunt about it, trying to make sense of this unending pressure to acquire and consume, and usually as conspicuously as possible, that has taken a hold of our culture. Take a listen and check out the track’s lyric video below.

Pre-orders for the record are going on now. Those who order via the band’s website will receive an instant download of “We Are Undone”, followed by the track “Incidental” on January 19th and early access to the whole album on January 30th. Pre-orders of the vinyl LP come with a bonus 7-inch featuring two non-album tracks.

Find the full tracklist below, and then peep the dates for their string of “intimate” New York and California gigs in early February, which they’...

Nicole Atkins Red Ropes
Nov 20, 2014 1:53pm | StereoGum

Nicole Atkins will release a deluxe edition of this year’s Slow Phaser accompanied by an eight-song live recording of a performance at Detroit’s Masonic Temple when Atkins was the special guest of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The live sound of “Red Ropes” doesn’t differ much from the version found on Slow Phaser, but the scaled-back instrumentation makes the song noticeably heavier. Check out “Red Ropes” and the Live CD’s tracklist below.


Arcade Fires Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album Policy
Nov 20, 2014 1:44pm | StereoGum

For a little while, we’ve known that Arcade Fire member Will Butler was at work on his first-ever solo album. Last week, we posted video of him playing a few promising solo songs at a secret show in Brooklyn. And now, we know a few details about the album. As Pitchfork points out, it’s called Policy and it’s coming out 3/10 on Merge. As of right now, that is all we know. But those songs he played live were good, so let’s get excited anyway!

Watch: Beverly Madora Video
Nov 20, 2014 1:40pm | CMJ

Drew Citron’s sun-pop project Beverly dropped its debut album, Careers, all the way back in July, and since then we’ve seen videos for All The Things, Honey Do, Out On A Ride and Yale’s Life. Now, there’s another video, this time for the sweetly churning song, Madora. The animated clip follows a girl on a tricycle as she pedals through colorful turkey fields and neon forests. David Lamain and Martine Radmakers of Alpaca Animations direct. Watch the video below.

The post Watch: Beverly – “Madora” Video appeared first on CMJ.

Arcade Fires Will Butler announces debut solo album
Nov 20, 2014 1:38pm | Cosequence Of Sound

For the last few months, Arcade Fires Will Butler has been playing intimate solo gigs during which he’s previewed new music. It’s all leading up to the release of his debut solo album, Policy, which will be released on March 10th through Merge Records, as ArcadeFireTube points out.

In addition to his work in Arcade Fire, the younger Butler brother is a highly-lauded film composer, who earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Her and also scored films such as Bronx Obama and Home Burial.

Below, watch footage of Butler performing songs titled “Take My Side” and “Finish” during a recent show in Brooklyn.

Arcade Fire's Will Butler announces debut solo album; other AF members talked punk roots with Damien Abraham
Nov 20, 2014 1:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Perhaps you've noticed that Arcade Fire's Will Butler (brother of the band's lead singer Win Butler) has played as a solo artist a couple times recently. Well he's now announced that he'll put out his first solo album, Policy, on March 10 via AF's longtime (but now former) label Merge.

In other Arcade Fire news, members Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara recently talked about their punk roots on Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast. You can listen to that below.

Richard Reed Parry also has a new work with The National's Bryce Dessner, Black Mountain Songs, making its world premiere at BAM tonight (11/20) (performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) and happening again Friday and Saturday.

Punk podcast and a recent video of Will Butler playing solo in NYC below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Will Butler announces debut solo album; other AF members talked punk roots with Damien Abraham" at brooklynvegan

Ghostface Killah Double Cross (Feat. AZ)
Nov 20, 2014 1:19pm | StereoGum

Ghostface Killah is a couple of weeks away from releasing his superhero-revenge concept album 36 Seasons, and we’ve already heard the R&B-flavored “Love Don’t Live Here No More” and the AZ/Kool G Rap collab “The Battlefield.” The verbose, hardnosed Queensbridge rap veteran AZ actually shows up on a handful of album tracks, which hopefully means he plays an actual character in the album’s narrative. One of those songs is “Double Cross,” probably the best thing we’ve heard from 36 Seasons thus far. It’s a strutting boom-bap track with a crime-life narrative to it, and you can hear it below.


Kasabian accidentally called everyone in London cunts
Nov 20, 2014 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

UK rockers Kasabian say a production error caused the message “London is full of cunts” to be displayed in the backdrop of their concert in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

As NME reports, the particularly unflattering message appeared while the band was performing their song “Clouds”. In a statement, guitarist Serge Pizzorno called the incident an “error” and blamed the band’s production team.

“We were as shocked as anyone else. The production team fucked up. There were supposed to be photos of mundane objects in that section but instead I turned around in the middle of ‘Clouds’ and couldn’t believe my eyes. We were all shocked and certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone.”

It’s worth noting that “cunt” has a slightly different connotation in the UK than in America, but is still considered a highly vulgar and offensive insult.

Kasabian are scheduled to begin a five-night residency in London on December 1st.

"London is full of cunts" Kasabian live in Glasgow

— Catenaccio & Caviar (@derKaiserPeter) November 19, 2014

Greg Saunier & Brian Chippendale release LP & documentary; three shows left at DbA (tonight's lineup clues are posted)
Nov 20, 2014 1:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Saunier / Chippendale LP art

There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:

Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i wont try and pull the Wool over your eyes, and jack you all around with this name game, ive been actin like a kid! Anyway i apologize for all the tomfoolery, and ill sees ya tonight!
Ok, sleuths, what does it all mean?

If you're going to go to one of these last three nights, do make sure to spend some time in the Death by Art installation which has a lot of cool stuff to see. You may have seen a monitor in the hallway showing a documentary about drummers Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale titled Checking in at 20. It was directed by Matt Conboy who runs the DbA showspace (with Edan Wilbur) and features interviews with Wayne Coyne, Tim Harrington, John Dwyer, Steven Drozd, Kid Millions, and rock journalist Michael Azer...

Alex G at Sebright Arms in London
Nov 20, 2014 1:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The Philly singer-songwriter plays a headline show at the east London pub. Eleonora Collini shoots.>

Listen: SZA - Sobriety
Nov 20, 2014 12:52pm | The Line Of Best Fit
It's produced by many hands - Chris Calor, Cody, Thundercat, LoveDragon and Sounwave - and sees low-key jazz mix with classy hip-hop beats.>

Joyce Manor and Toys That Kill releasing a split and touring together (dates & streams)
Nov 20, 2014 12:33pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)

Toys That Kill at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Melodic punk new schoolers Joyce Manor and melodic punk veterans Toys That Kill (one of many bands of the great Todd Congelliere) will kick off what's sure to be an excellent double billed tour this December (unfortunately for us in NYC, it's only on the West Coast), and they'll also be putting out a split EP on 12/9 via Todd's label Recess Records in honor of that. It'll have two songs from each band, and one of each of their contributions are now streaming. Joyce Manor's, "Tame," is the revved up version of "See How Tame I Can Be" from their underrated "studio project" album Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired that they've been playing live lately. Toys That Kill's "Times We Can't Let Go" is more of their garagey goodness. Listen to both below.

Joyce Manor's other cut, "Bride," is presumably JM giving the same type of treatment to "Bride of Usher" from that same album (they've been playing that one live too), and Toys That Kill's is "I Am Decided." A Guided by Voices cover?

Streams and list of tour dates below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor and Toys That Kill releasing a split and touring together (dates & streams)" at brooklynvegan

Listen: J£zus Million - If You Forget
Nov 20, 2014 12:31pm | The Line Of Best Fit
It's taken from his soon-to-be-released Errors EP, out 8 December on The Full Hundred.>
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