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Dealer of MDMA that led to Electric Zoo death arrested, faces 20 years in jail
Jul 31, 2014 11:00am | Fact Magazine

A 23-year-old has been arrested for selling the pills in question.

At last year’s New York’s Electric Zoo Festival, two people died due to MDMA-related causes, 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo died. Now, the 23-year-old that sold Mr. Russ and his friends the pills, Patrick Morgan, has been arrested on charges of narcotics distribution and narcotics conspiracy; both charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.

According to The New York Times, Mr. Russ and two friends pooled more than $1,000 to buy dozens of pills that they planned to take and share at Electric Zoo. The complaint states that a friend of Mr. Morgan was cooperating with an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and shared a text from Mr. Morgan: “Glad we got to talk about Jeff a little it was bugging me. Just know that I no longer blame us for giving the molly to him because it was him that made the mistake of taking too much.” After being arrested on Wednesday, Mr. Morgan appeared in federal court and was released on $100,000 signature bond; he was represented by a public defender.

Electric Zoo is set to return to Randall’s Island for the sixth time on August 29, with plans for increased security that will include undercover officers and drug-sniffing dogs. The deaths were not the only black marks on the festival last year: a 16-year-old was s...

Spider Bags On The Triangle, NC
Jul 31, 2014 10:55am | CMJ

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on whats going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Dan McGee of Spider Bags lets us know what’s up in Raleigh­/Durham­/Chapel Hill, NC. Their new LP, Frozen Letter, is out next week via Merge.

I’ve been a rock and roller living in Carrboro, NC, for eight years now. Too many great times, great people and too much great music to mention in one sitting. Just off the top of my head:

Theres a ton going on in the Triangle (thats Raleigh-­Durham-­Chapel Hill/Carrboro). There are great record stores (Bull City Records, All Day Records, Schoolkids Records, CD Alley) and some great places to buy gear and get it worked on (John’s Carrboro Music Shop, Bull City Sound).

Bunch of awesome venues, from gorgeous theaters and 800­-1000 capacity clubs to small spaces like Nightlight and Craigs living room. There are great bands, big and small (Mount Moriah, the Love Language, Whatever Brains, JKutchma & The Five Fifths, Waumiss, Wesley Wolfe, a million more), all over.

Great indie record labels too: Paradise of Bachelors, Hot Releases and Churchkey are all here, and Odessa used to be before Paulie moved to Texas to hang with the Golden Boys. And of course Merge—our new home, king of the indies and keeper of the flame of all thats Good and Right—is right in downtown Durham. They had their b...

Wampire announces new album, Bazaar, stream Wizard Staff
Jul 31, 2014 10:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Despite their insanely silly band name, Portlands Wampire managed to sink their teeth into many a peoples hearts last year (including ours). That was thanks in part to their debut album, Curiosity, which saw the duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps deftly blend playful psychedelia with bits of 70s rock and synth-pop for a joyful yet nuanced sound. They parlayed the album into tours with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns, plus a bevy of festival dates the world over.

Now, Tinder and Phipps are looking toward the future, recruiting a full band for the release of Wampires sophomore album, Bazaar, due out October 7th via Polyvinyl. For the nine-track effort, Wampire once again tapped UMOs Jacob Portrait to serve as producer, spending time recently at The Museum studio in Brooklyn. In a press release, Phipps called his state of mind during the albums recording sessions as that of a “Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist”.”

For a preview of what that might translate to, Wampire has unveiled “Wizard Staff”. From note one, theres a distinct 70s alt-country influence that abounds throughout the track, notably in the lo-fo, twangy guitars and sense of perpetual downtroddenness. Its not as energetic as past efforts (the band broke through with the sonic gunshot that is “The Hearse”), but this more slow, methodical direction still leaves room ...

Jarvis Cocker To Judge Pulp Karaoke Contest In NYC
Jul 31, 2014 10:49am | StereoGum

If you’re reading anything on this website, there is a very good chance you have attempted to croon along with at least one Pulp song at some point in your life, possibly a few octaves below where your voice should be, possibly while adapting a fake British accent. And right now, you have a chance to do that very same thing in front of Jarvis Cocker. Following a forthcoming New York screening of the documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, Cocker will judge a Pulp karaoke contest, as The Guardian reports. The sold-out screening goes down 8/7 at Brooklyn’s Industry City, and the way to get in is to tweet to Rooftop Films, the screening’s organizer, by 8/4, with which Pulp song you’d like to sing and why you’d like to sing it, along with the hashtag #singforjarvis. You have to pick from a list of 10 songs, which sadly means that you will not get a chance to impress Cocker by nailing the “why pretend any loooooonger” part from “TV Movie.” Below, check out the contest’s rules and the list of approved songs.


Midland preps eagerly-awaited Duster EP for Aus Music
Jul 31, 2014 10:47am | Fact Magazine

Northern house and techno don Midland is having a busy few months.

Hot on the heels of last week’s excellent ‘Before We Leave‘ 12″ on Phonica, he’s now announced another slamming 12″, this time for the esteemed Aus Music imprint. In contrast to its string-laden predecessor, the Duster EP does exactly what you’d hope, given the name, offering a trio of gritty techno slow-burners, each one enhanced by a liberal amount of, er, dust.

Already getting loads of support from Jamie xx (who played ‘Reflex’ on BBC Radio 1 and in his recent Boiler Room set) and Benji B, we have a feeling you’ll be hearing these three tunes a lot more in the weeks and months to come.

Duster EP will be released on September 15 via Aus Music.


01 Duster
02 Reflex
03 Pitch Drift

Lorde to curate 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' soundtrack
Jul 31, 2014 10:44am | NME
The singer will work on the music for the third instalment of the film adaptation

Listen: Jeff and Spencer Tweedys new song Low Key
Jul 31, 2014 10:43am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ben Kaye

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has teamed up with his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer to form Tweedy. Together, the father-son duo will release their debut LP, Sukirae, via Wilco’s dBpm Records. While most of what we’ve heard so far has channeled a hushed brand of folk rock “Summer Noon”, “Wait For Love”, and “Fake Fur Coat” the group’s latest packs a bit of a kick. The jaunty track’s called “Low Key” (ironic, I know) and, according to Jeff, describes him to a T.

“Sometimes you hear songwriters say they wish they’d written someone else’s song, implying that songs are out there and it’s just a matter of who gets there first,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’m pretty sure this one was meant for me.”

Over crisp riffs and a dusty, spirited beat, he croons about keeping calm no matter the situation with lines like “If I get excited, nobody knows” and “When it looks like I don’t care, I’m just playing it cool.” Sounds like the kind of guy you’d love to kick it with, am I right? Listen in below.

Tweedy Low Key
Jul 31, 2014 10:42am | StereoGum

Father/son team Tweedy have been steadily releasing tracks since the project was first announced — so far, we’ve heard “I’ll Sing It,” “Summer Noon,” “Wait For Love,” “Diamond Light Pt. 1,” “Fake Fur Coat,” and some live debuts. And here’s another semi-new one for you. It’s the studio version of “Low Key”, which Tweedy played at a show last month, and as the title hints, it’s a relatively low-key and laid-back affair. It features some restrained drumming from Spencer Tweedy and a few pleasant “ooh-oohs” from Lucius’ Holly Laesig and Jess Wolfe. Listen below.


Watch Warren G Read Warren G. Hardings Sex Letters On Kimmel
Jul 31, 2014 10:40am | StereoGum

Recently, a large collection of explicit love letters written by Warren G. Harding was released by the Library Of Congress, and it’s become a popular late-night TV talking point. Jimmy Kimmel invited rapper Warren G to deliver smooth recitations of some of the letters, and the results are wonderful. It’s a nice follow-up to Spin’s recent piece pitting the two Warrens’ words against each other. Watch.


Wampire announce new album, 'Bazaar,' opening for Temples on West Coast (dates, new track stream)
Jul 31, 2014 10:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Portland's Wampire are back with their second album, Bazaar, which will be out October 7 via Polyvinyl. Originally a duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, Wampire are now officially a five-piece and the new album was recorded direct-to-tape at Brooklyn's The Museum, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait behind the boards. (Pre-orders are available now.) The band are still mining late-'70s / early-'80s soft rock (I have a feeling these guys own a couple Gerry Rafferty LPs), and the saxophone makes an appearance on the new album's first single, "Wizard Staff," which you can stream (via Stereogum) below.

Wampire will be opening for Temples on the West Coast leg of their current tour, and word is they'll be in NYC in October for CMJ. All dates, plus the new track stream, below...

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Brian Eno compares Israel to 'the Klan' in strongly-worded letter about Israel-Palestine conflict
Jul 31, 2014 10:34am | NME
The producer brands America as "hypocritical" for its support of Israel's "ragingly racist theocracy" in Gaza

VIDEO REVIEW: Chris Locke reviews Total Controls Typical System with hot dogs
Jul 31, 2014 10:23am | Chart Attack

For Chart Attack's first ever music review vlog, we wanted to combine our love of music with the food it's only legal to eat in the summer: hot dogs. So we asked the hilarious Chris Locke to bring his passion for music to our office, and use his skills on the grill to critique a new record using those all-beef cylinders along with the finest dollar store condiments. This week: Australian post-punk band Total Control's new album Typical System.

Chris Locke's new album The World Is Embarrassing is out now on iTunes.
Total Control's Typical System is out now via Iron Lung Records.

VIDEO REVIEW: Chris Locke reviews Total Control’s Typical System with hot dogs by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Band To Watch: Eyelid Kid + Sleeps Well On Knives (Stereogum Premiere)
Jul 31, 2014 10:09am | StereoGum

With only two tracks to their name, it’s hard to get a handle on who exactly Eyelid Kid are. They don’t make it any easier by opting for the mysterious-band route, forgoing all social media and choosing to keep their identities in the dark. “If you have a question, e-mail us,” they say. In an age where most bands are practically obligated to at least have a Facebook, it can be frustrating to dive into an artist without knowing anything about the personality behind it. But they aren’t the first to go down this path and they certainly won’t be the last. We’ll see how long they hide behind the curtain, but with music this good, we’ll let it slide for now.


Wampire Wizard Staff (Stereogum Premiere)
Jul 31, 2014 10:09am | StereoGum

When we named Wampire a Band To Watch last year, they were a jokey Portland two-piece that evolved from middle-school tomfoolery to twentysomething house-show hijinks. That development has continued: Wampire are a quintet now — a “real band,” if you will — and “Wizard Staff,” the lead single from sophomore full-length Bazaar, sounds a little more like serious business. Co-founder Eric Phipps even described his state of being during the album’s creation as “a Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist,” which is some real artiste shit. The playful throwback kitsch that the band made its name on remains a primary factor, though. In fact, by virtue of its sax flourishes, “Wizard Staff” might be the most fun you’ve ever had with Wampire. As with 2013′s Curiosity, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait produced, this time directly to tape in Brooklyn studio The Museum. Get a grip on “Wizard Staff” below.


Ballet School Lux Video
Jul 31, 2014 10:08am | StereoGum

The Berlin trio Ballet School is making a name for itself with the pretty synth-rock single “Lux,” and the song’s new video, from director Nova Dando, goes all in on frontwoman Rosie Blair’s fashion-plate charisma. Suffice to say: You might never see a Cocteau Twins-informed dream-pop video with quite this much body-rolling in it. A ridiculously cute baby kitten also features prominently. Watch the video below.


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