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Oneohtrix Point Never Rush & Bubs (Feat. A. G. Cook)
Dec 18, 2014 9:34am | StereoGum

Daniel Lopatin, the Brooklyn synth wizard who makes queasy music as Oneohtrix Point Never this year, has been uncharacteristically quiet this year. Today, though, he’s dropped two new tracks on us out of the blue. One is “Rush,” an uneasy, irregular, lurching number from the same sessions that gave us Lopatin’s 2013 album R Plus 7. The other is “Bubs,” a track that Lopatin made with A. G. Cook, the mysterious mastermind behind the frantic mutant-pop label PC Music. It’s a jittery piece that seems to zip off in about 14 different directions at once. You can stream or download both tracks below.


Big Narsties 2014 in Review
Dec 18, 2014 9:34am | Fact Magazine

You’ve chewed up and spat out the usual End of 2014 lists, now here’s the one that matters – Big Narstie‘s.

Kim Kardashian, Gemma Collins, ‘Anaconda’ – they’re all covered, and no one is safe.

Weyes Blood touring in 2015 (dates)
Dec 18, 2014 9:22am | Brooklyn Vegan

Weyes Blood @ Glasslands last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Weyes Blood released her lovely new album, The Innocents, this year and in early 2015 she'll head out on an extensive tour supporting it. The East Coast leg of her tour wraps up here in NYC at Baby's All Right on January 24 with Excepter, Regal Degal, and Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk. Tickets are on sale now.

Weyes Blood's most recent NYC show was opening for Waxahatchee last week at the soon-to-close Glasslands. All tour dates are listed below...

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Hear two new Oneohtrix Point Never tracks, including a collaboration with PC Musics A. G. Cook
Dec 18, 2014 9:20am | Fact Magazine

It was surely inevitable.

Vintage synth virtuoso and Tangerine Dream revivalist Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) has had a relatively quiet 2014, but he’s closing out the year with an unexpected collaboration with one of the year’s most [redacted] characters – PC Music boss A. G. Cook.

Lopatin shared two tracks on Soundcloud today, one (‘Rush’) an offcut from last year’s excellent R Plus 7 and the collaboration with Cook, entitled ‘Bubs’. You can stream and download both below.

FACT’s John Twells spoke to Lopatin last year, and talked about appropriation, comedy and his evolution as an artist.

PREMIERE: Mystic Triangle serenades swirling colours in Snake Eyes Wins video
Dec 18, 2014 9:20am | Chart Attack

If on your weekend trips to the record store you find yourself hovering the "darkwave/cold-fi/synthkraut" section, you must check out Mystic Triangle before your annual pilgrimage to Berlin. MIMICO's Benjamin Oginz went solo to create Pulses, and went half naked into a kaleidoscopic vision question for "Snake Eyes Wins," his new video directed by Avery Strok.

Oginz plays alone in Mystic Triangle, but still approaches his music almost like jamming. Over email we discussed how playing basically live on the apocalyptic (The Stars My Destination-influenced) deterioration drama Pulses determines the hypnotic repetition of the music:

"Working alone can be very liberating. It's taught me to exploit my limitations. What I do with Mystic Triangle is really geared toward the performance aspect so I haven't really gotten into a lot of programming beforehand.

Music-making is a very spontaneous thing for me. Learning how to improvise from playing jazz definitely is a big part of what I do now. I come up with songs by jamming with myself, then fine tuning them by stripping things away until I have this essential quality. That essence is then repeated over and over until I'm satisfied. Repetition in music is a hypnotic thing and I like to play with a lot of restraint. One thing I've learned over the years is that it's not important to know what to play, but to know what not to play."

Watch Wild Beasts Play Wanderlust On A Giant Old Pipe Organ
Dec 18, 2014 9:12am | StereoGum

British art-rockers Wild Beasts’ “Wanderlust” single is almost a year old now, but today we get to hear it in a completely different way. Thanks to reasons that have something to do with Phillips, a camera crew recently recorded the band playing an extended version of the song at London’s Royal Festival Hall, with Hayden Thorpe playing the venue’s pipe organ. This is a 7,866-pipe instrument that cost millions to build in 1966. Hearing the song with that organ on YouTube can’t be the same as hearing it when you’re in the room, but it’s still pretty impressive. Check out the video below.


Berlin Community Radio needs your donations to stay on the air
Dec 18, 2014 9:07am | Fact Magazine

One of the best broadcasters on the planet is having a whip-round.

If you’ve enjoyed any of the myriad different programmes on Berlin Community Radio in its first year, whether it’s romantic gloom on the Blackest Ever Black show or leftfield electronics from the likes of Laurel Halo and Heatsick, why not chuck them a few euros to show your appreciation and keep their good ship afloat.

The station has no sponsors or advertising, and though some contributors donate a monthly sub to help towards costs, founders Anastazja Moser and Sarah Miles (pictured) have had to fill in the gaps with their own money. Now they’ve set up an IndieGoGo page to collect donations, with the aim of collecting 2000 to get them through the next quarter.

Every donation over 20 will be rewarded with presents from BCR’s friends and family, including LPs, record label goodies, slap-up meals in Berlin and even a hotel stay.


Zs releasing a new album, playing shows, told us their top LPs and "most anonymous comments on BrooklynVegan" of 2014
Dec 18, 2014 9:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.

Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...

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Ryan Adams is writing, drawing and soundtracking his own comic books
Dec 18, 2014 9:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Ryan Adams is a big nerd, and not just for music. The alt-country songwriter appeared as a guest on’s “This Week in Marvel” podcast earlier this week to discuss his major obsession with comic books. During the course of the interview, Adams revealed that he’s currently working on comics of his own with the intention of releasing them alongside their own original soundtracks.

Adams is writing and drawing the books himself while on the road, and he and his new bandmates are recording the corresponding songs in their mobile recording booth. “As the comics are starting to get half way to three-quarters of the way done, they’re starting to get finished, I’m going to make soundtracks for them with these guys,” he told Marvel’s Blake Garris. “Or I’ll actually go to Daniel [Clark] or somebody will have a feeling and they’ll go, ‘Hey, can I do this one?’ and I’ll be like, ‘Absolutely. Can I add some vocals later?’ Or maybe not even; maybe Danny will do the whole thing.”

Though he’s handling all the pencil and ink work himself, he’s still searching for the right people to color the comic books in the classic style he’s looking for. “I gotta find some place that can color it with those dots, those color dots. I want it to be colored like an ’80s comic book where you could te...

Male Bonding Falling
Dec 18, 2014 8:46am | StereoGum

Up until recently, it had been a while since we’d heard from the fuzz-addled London punk trio Male Bonding. Two of the band’s members had kept busy releasing some great singles with their Primitive Parts side project, and that was enough to make me wonder whether Male Bonding were winding down. But now Male Bonding are once again up to things. Last week, Male Bonding dropped a context-free new song called “A Kick To The Face.” Today, they’ve got another one, a bleary sprint called “Falling.” It is decidedly not a HAIM cover. Give it a listen below.


Black Messiah
Dec 18, 2014 8:40am | Fact Magazine

Available on: RCA

Few of us saw this coming. After over a decade of false starts, unsubstantiated promises, and seemingly endless teasing and taunting by colleague Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Michael Eugene Archer better known to us as D’Angelo returned seemingly overnight with a new album, and much of the music-listening world went collectively bonkers. Over the 14 years since D’Angelo dropped Voodoo, the man seemed to struggle with demons aplenty; from drug addiction, a solicitation arrest, a life-threatening car accident and the unrelenting demand and desire from fans to deliver new work, the task of creating a follow-up seemed Herculean in execution.

After literally stripping himself bare in the video for his highest-charting single and on the cover of what has become one of the most revered albums in modern R’n'B, D’Angelo became a recluse. A few sporadic compilation tracks or guest spots on peers’ albums aside, we were left gnawing on the bones of his tiny discography, salivating at promises continually dangled in front of fans by folks like Questlove, who played a substantial role in Voodoo’s creation and completion, and who became the closest thing D’Angelo had to an official spokesman. The album seemed to be joining the ranks of long-anticipated albums left unfinished in the shadows of the growing hype and speculation surrounding its release.

Yet ...

Amanda Hatfield's favorite pics (that she took) & LPs of 2014
Dec 18, 2014 8:35am | Brooklyn Vegan

The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014

BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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Watch Stephen Colbert Sell Michael Stipe
Dec 18, 2014 8:21am | StereoGum

Tonight, The Colbert Report will air its final episode, ending a nine-year run that’s made comedy history. Over the years, the former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has been such a frequent guest that the show has made a running joke out of it. (Colbert, upset about R.E.M.’s 2011 breakup, put Stipe in his permanent collection, and he’d chime in for a song or a joke from time to time.) On his second-to-last episode last night, Colbert ran a sketch about holding a garage sale where he sold all the useless crap he’d accumulated on the show over the years. One such piece of useless crap was Michael Stipe, and Colbert tried selling him for 25 cents. Given that we never saw a Stipe sale go down, Colbert either sold Stipe or stuffed him into a garbage bag at the end of the day. Watch the video below.


mp3: A. G. Cook x Oneohtrix Point Never Bubs
Dec 18, 2014 8:20am | Gorilla Vs Bear

“BONUS HOLIDAY JAM, with love from A. G. Cook and OPN

…plus an unreleased track from R Plus Seven:

hip hop roundup: Smoke DZA, Kevin Gates, YG, Lil Durk, Iggy Azalea, Tinashe, Theophilus London, Rakim & more
Dec 18, 2014 8:09am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...

NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.

The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.

There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG...

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