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Watch: Chris Christie argues with a constituent about his relationship with Bruce Springsteen
Aug 20, 2014 12:27pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Despite being polar opposites politically, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen share a common bond over music. Specifically, Christie, much like my mother, is a Springsteen super fan, who no doubt spends hours upon hours on Backstreets searching for that one bootleg recording from 1979 with that totally awesome version of “Badlands”. Say something bad about the Boss, and both Christie and my mother will throw a punch.

Yesterday, one of Christie’s constituents experienced this wrath firsthand when she so boldly questioned Christie’s relationship with Springsteen and whether the Republican Governor had been prohibited from playing the liberal musician’s music at his rallies. Then, she did something you never do to a Springsteen fan: accuse him of liking Bon Jovi.

I now present the 10 best quotes from Christie’s retort, ranked in order:

10. “I know him, and you’re wrong.”

9. “You’re absolutely wrong.”

8. “You’ve got no place else to go with this story.”

7. “I think I’ve heard pretty much what you have to say.”

6. “No, he never did that. No, you’re wrong about that. Bruce has never asked me to do that.”

5. “Listen, I know him. I know him, and you’re wrong.”

4. “Don’t put in Mr. Springsteen’s mout...

Sky Ferreira begins work on second album
Aug 20, 2014 12:23pm | NME
She released her debut 'Night Time, My Time' earlier this year

Mark Lanegan Band Sad Lover (Josh Homme Remix)
Aug 20, 2014 12:22pm | StereoGum

Mark Lanegan is having a really good year. He’s already helped out his buddy J Mascis by doing vocals on the new Sweet Apple album, and soon you’re gonna hear him tear up the new Earth album (yes, Earth will have vocals on their next album!). But he also put out No Bells On Sunday, a new release that had the great synth-and-motorik-driven single “Sad Lover.” Now Josh Homme has remixed “Sad Lover,” because odds are he likes Mark Lanegan as much, or more, than you do. The remix pulls out those heavy drums and replaces them with minimal, bubbling synths, which makes for a welcome addition. Listen to it below.


Song : Cyril Hahn : Open (ft. Ryan Ashley)
Aug 20, 2014 12:17pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Swiss producer Cyril Hahn will be dropping a new EP titled Voices very soon via PMR. While there is not an official date, he has shared a new song “Open” featuring vocals from London singer Ryan Ashley. The song overtakes you with a rush of emotion from longing to appreciation for those closest to you. It is a superb slice of electronic pop. The song has looking forward to what is to come from this new EP. Stream below.

Why we left Nada Surf off our list of underrated '90s bands
Aug 20, 2014 12:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)

Last week we posted "9 of the best '90s bands you didn't think were the best '90s bands and the awesome stuff they're doing now," and encouraged you guys to leave comments of who you think we should have included and who we should have left off. There are so many more than 9 bands who could've fit on that list, and we loved everyone's suggestions. A few of them were bands we strongly considered but left off the list for one reason or another. That includes Failure (whose reunion we covered a bunch), Local H (who we also cover a lot), Spacehog, and the band who was suggested the most: Nada Surf. Nada Surf is actually the band that most likely would have been our tenth pick, had we included ten picks, but we decided to leave them off. Here's why.

Nada Surf come very close to fitting the bill. They had a fluke hit ("Popular") off their major label debut, High/Low (1996), an album otherwise filled with overlooked gems like the Thurston Moore-esque "Sleep" and the Pavement-esque "Treehouse." Failure to produce another hit caused their label, Elektra, to drop them. The unsigned band then released 1998's The Proiximity Effect on their own label and eventually hooked up with indie label Barsuk Records (then home to Death Cab for Cutie, Kind of Like Spitting, etc) for 2002's Let Go. Since then, t...

Giveaway: Win Two Tickets To Basilica SoundScape 2014
Aug 20, 2014 12:06pm | CMJ

Our recent report on the Woodsist fest seemed a metaphor for the way this busy, busy summer music festival season seems to be catching up with everyone. The music’s still good, the sunsets still gorgeous, but the constant hutzpah needed to run around to all these things might be reaching that autumnal tamp-down. Then again, maybe it’s just the realization that there are only so many times you can see the Flaming Lips.

Fear not! The creatively curated, third annual Basilica SoundScape festival is coming to add an intriguing, unexpected program. It runs from September 12-14 in a reclaimed 1880s factory in Hudson, NY, called Basilica Hudson, run by Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and her husband, filmmaker Tony Stone. The booking (we are of the mind that the term “curate” has reached satuation) is provided by auf der Maur and Stone, plus Pitchfork Senior Editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian de Ran of Leg Up Management. Together they’ve concocted an interconnected program of music, literature and visual arts that they hope doesn’t fall into the usual summer fest parameters.

The psych-rock-leaning musical menu includes Michael Chapman, Julia Holter, Endless Boogie, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, solo sets from members of bands you may or may not have heard of, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire playing material from his upcoming solo album, and the Swans doing a planned two-hour set. There will be nume...

Song : TOPS : Outside
Aug 20, 2014 12:03pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

We are a day late on this one, but Montreal’s TOPS unloaded another absolute killer of a song “Outside”. It captures the real beauty that can come of heartbreak and that you don’t have to go over the top to make an epic song. Sometimes subtlety and restraint is just as effective, if not more. Stream below and find the previous song appearing their new LP, Picture You Staring, slated for September 2nd via Arbutus here.

Swans/Michael Gira curating 3-day program in Netherlands; Savages & Bo Ningen collaborating +++ 24 NON-STOP HOURS OF DRONE
Aug 20, 2014 11:52am | Brooklyn Vegan

Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)

From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:

Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.

The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.

This year, Le G...

Skinny Friedman and Scott Melker aka MBS remix Trina and Killer Mikes Look Back At Me
Aug 20, 2014 11:51am | Fact Magazine

Let’s be real for a second here – there’s no denying the raw power of Trina and Killer Mike’s under-the-radar ’08 banger ‘Look Back At Me’.

It’s a track that’s been a secrete club weapon for those in the know for some time, and it stands to reason that a couple of East Coast DJs (who’ve been supporting the tune for some time) have put together an updated take on the track, priming it for the twerking generation.

Skinny Friedman and Scott Melker are both veteran club spinners, and together they’ve recently started crafting tracks under the MBS moniker. Here they tear ‘Look Back At Me’ to bits, taking out all the fat and leaving only the necessary elements – that Neptunes-style synth line and Trina’s cooing assertion that her ass is “big like the sun” (okaaaay) for instance – before adding in enough retching bounce to appeal to the new generation of pill-poppers.

You can check out the track below (and the original tune below that), and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the duo’s proposed full-length debut, which is set to emerge before the end of the year.

Watch Waxahatchee & White Lung Frontwomen Perform Together In An Acoustic Session
Aug 20, 2014 11:48am | StereoGum

Well, this is cool. Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and Mish Way of White Lung are two awesome women who front awesome rock bands, and now they’re being awesome together! In an acoustic session for Noisey, Crutchfield and Way performed an unabashedly pretty rendition of Waxahatchee’s “Coast To Coast” and a still-pretty-rocking version of White Lung’s “Wrong Star,” with Crutchfield on guitar and the two artists trading off lead and backup vocals. Their voices sound absolutely great together. Watch both songs below.


Listen: Ariana Grandes Love Me Harder featuring The Weeknd
Aug 20, 2014 11:44am | Cosequence Of Sound

Next week, Ariana Grande will release her new album, My Everything. In anticipation, the rising pop star has shared the singles “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, “Big Mistake” featuring Big Sean, and “Break Free” produced by Zedd. (Oh, and even a couple of boob rockets, too!) Now, after teasing the track earlier this month, Grande has unveiled the full version of “Love Me Harder”, her collaboration with sultry R&B singer The Weeknd.

Yearning and infectious, the mellow, electronic pop jam reads like a match made in vocal heaven Grande’s feathery vox and The Weeknd’s slick croon complement one another rather perfectly. Listen in below.

My Everything hits stores on August 25th. In addition to The Weeknd, Big Sean, and Iggy Azalea, the LP promises collaborations with with Childish Gambino, ASAP Ferg, and Cashmere Cat.

My Everything Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)
03. One Last Time
04. Why Try
05. Break Free (feat. Zedd)
06. Best Mistake (feat. Big Sean)
07. Be My Baby (feat. Cashmere Cat)
08. Break Your Heart Right Back (feat. Childish Gambino)
09. Love Me Harder (Ariana Grande & The Weeknd)
10. A Little Bit Of Your Heart
11. Hands On Me (feat. ASAP Ferg)
12. My Everything

Ariana Grande Love Me Harder (Feat. The Weeknd)
Aug 20, 2014 11:37am | StereoGum

The young post-Mariah pop-R&B star Ariana Grande will release her sophomore album My Everything next week, and I don’t really know what to expect from it. First single “Problem,” with Iggy Azalea, was a total lively summer-jam masterpiece, and second single “Break Free,” with Zedd, was boring popstep fluff. But now Grande is streaming four of the previously unheard tracks from the album, and one of those songs, “Love Me Harder,” teams Grande up with the Weeknd from some obsessive synthed-up crush music. Listen to that one, as well as the other three, below. (Please note: “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart,” the third song streaming, is a total showstopper of a ballad, and it rules.)


UNCHARTED: Restless post-punk prodigy Un Blonde finds stability in transience
Aug 20, 2014 11:35am | Chart Attack
Uncharted is Chart Attack's showcase of independent Canadian artists we think you should hear. This week, prolific wunderkind songwriter Jean-Sebastien Audet, a music veteran at age 18, talks leaving Calgary, the transience of music and his newest album as Un Blonde.

"I'm not about that organized shit. It just doesn't work for me creatively."

Jean-Sebastien Audet

Over email, prolific 18-year-old musician Jean-Sebastien Audet seems to value the impulsive, and his solo project Un Blonde agrees. Audet's latest self-release Tenet betrays his Calgary roots with an immediate wave of deep-fried and discordant guitars, salvaged from the first Women record. But the fasteners keeping Un Blonde together are rusty and weak, and send each song into an anxious and colourful hyperventilation reaching far across his home province's chilly borders, riding Audet's straightjacket-bound howl.

Now in Montreal, Audet remembers Calgary as an ideal city for an eager and dedicated young musician. "Growing up in Calgary was the best thing that could have happened to me musically...I'd started playing on the street outside of a coffee shop and would spend that cash at Hot Wax (the record store across the street), where I met Chris Dadge (Lab Coast, Bug Incision)."


With Dadge as guide (and gifter of Au...

Listen: TOPS Outside
Aug 20, 2014 11:35am | CMJ

TOPS – Photo by Rebecca Storm

TOPS made it onto our Track Of The Week list a few weeks back with their recent 7-inch song, Sleeptalker. Much to our delight, the band announced a new LP not long after that called Picture You Staring, and dropped a softly swaying debut single, Way To Be Loved.

Outside is the album’s second missive, and while the first single’s shy subtlety takes a backseat, lead singer Jane Penny still sounds like she’s perfected the art of eyelash-batting coyness in smokey back rooms. Also, the bassline sounds like the Twin Peaks theme song. Listen below.

The post Listen: TOPS – “Outside” appeared first on CMJ.

Xerxes releasing an LP (song stream), playing No Sleep CMJ w/ John Nolan, Rescuer, Run Forever, more (BV co-presents)
Aug 20, 2014 11:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher


Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:

I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.
The album was co-produced by the band and emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.

Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the show...

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