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September 23rd declared David Bowie Day in Chicago
Sep 16, 2014 9:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared September 23rd as “David Bowie Day” to coincide with the upcoming arrival of the renowned David Bowie retrospective, David Bowie Is…, at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

In his proclamation, Emanuel describes Bowie as “an undisputed global icon boasting a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums,” whose “remarkable half-century career has bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design, and theatrical canons.” Read the full proclamation below.

After being displayed in London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto over the last two years, David Bowie Is… will make its US debut in Chicago beginning September 23rd. The interactive exhibition will feature over 300 items from Bowie’s personal archives, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades. Multimedia installations accompanying the exhibit will incorporate advanced sound technology produced by Sennheiser, original animations, continuous audio accompaniment, and video.

Gucci Mane sentenced to additional three years in prison for assaulting fan with vodka bottle
Sep 16, 2014 9:03pm | Fact Magazine

Gucci Mane pleaded guilty on Monday to assaulting a fan who wanted a picture with him.

The Atlanta rapper was sentenced to three years prison in August for a string of offences including marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and a firearms charge.

This week Gucci, real name Radric Davis, accepted a guilty plea for an aggravated assault charge stemming back to a March 2013 incident at the Harlem Nights nightspot, where it is alleged the ’745′ rapper assaulted a fan with a bottle after he was approached to take a photograph. Davis was handed an additional three year sentence.

Rather than accommodating the admiring fan, Davis, for no explicable reason, instead, hit the victim over the head with a vodka bottle and then hurriedly left the club, Atlanta District Attorney Paul Howard said in a statement. The victim sustained a deep laceration to his forehead which required ten stitches.

Davis’ latest aggravated assault sentence will run concurrently with the sentence currently being served. It is unclear whether or not the rapper will receive credit for time already spent behind bars. Davis has been incarcerated since September last year after being locked up for a series of offences following a very public meltdown.

Gucci’s legal troubles have not slowed down his prolific musical output. XXL have attempted to collate

Kickstarter launched to re-record Run the Jewels new album using cat sounds, and El-P says hell do it if funded
Sep 16, 2014 8:24pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Run the Jewels (aka El-P and Killer Mike) have some pretty great deluxe pre-order packages available for their forthcoming sophomore team up, RTJ2. There’s the standard t-shirt and vinyl/CD bundles, of course, and then there’s the crazy s#!t like the $7,500 “I’m On The Fucking List, Asshole” package, which gets you all-access passes to any 10 RTJ shows. There’s also the $150,000 “We Are Gordon Ramsey Package,” in which you, El-P and Killer Mike will force your way into a restaurant and trying to get them to change their menu.

Most of these are surely for jest, but one fan wants to make the $40,000 “Meow the Jewels” package a real thing. A Kickstarter has been proposed to raise $45,100 (including Kickstarter and Amazon fees, plus rewards and shipping) so that Run the Jewels can re-record RTJ2 using all cat sounds instead of music. Yes, this was actually RTJ’s idea.

The rappers’ description for the proposed project says that, “You are free to profit from this album in any way you see fit up to 100k in net global profit or 3 years (whichever comes first),” but also warns that, “run the jewels reserves the right to take your money and not fulfill any of its obligations as outlined in any package priced at 35k or more.” That said, El-P posted about the Kickstarter on Facebook, promising, &#822...

Tommy Wiseau ('The Room') showing his sitcom 'The Neighbors' in NYC this month, airing on cable this fall
Sep 16, 2014 6:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Tommy Wiseau's very low budget 2003 drama, The Room, became a cult hit in 2008 or so after years of midnight screenings in LA. You have probably seen it by now and can probably throw out a quote or two. ("Anyway, how's your sex life?") In the time since the film was finished, Wiseau has been working on a sitcom called The Neighbors which is, apparently, finally going to see the light of day this fall via cable network Comedy.TV. So what's it about? Here's the all-caps synopsis and pilot plot, straight from Tommy's website:





A Night For Scotland at Usher Hall in Edinburgh
Sep 16, 2014 6:15pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit at Usher Hall in Edinburgh as part of 'A Night for Scotland' by Matthew McAndrew.

Tweedy - Sukierae
Sep 16, 2014 5:56pm | Drowned In Sound

'Guess - its one of your songs.'

'One of my songs? "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"?'


'Uhh "I Need a Camera"?'


'"Dreamer in My Dreams"?'


'"Casino Queen"?'

'Nuh uh.'

Wilco fans will remember the scene from I Am Trying To Break Your Heart as Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer play a tour bus game, the toddler tapping the rhythm to Heavy Metal Drummer. Jeff finally guesses right and starts a family sing-along, nurturing his sons musical exuberance. Now 18, and a fully-fledged drummer, the scenario has come full circle as Spencer joins his dad as Tweedy. Working with a parent whos one of the most respected American songwriters of his generation should mean excellence is a foregone conclusion, right?

Well, in theory.

'When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,' Tweedy Snr said of the project. 'Spencers been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.' If that sounds woolly - a collaboration, but not - its borne out by results that often recreate the guessing game of old.

Sukierae - Ill help you out; its 'sue-key-ray' is not a Wilco record, though sometimes sounds like one, not a solo album, though its stab at that too, and rarely ...

Goat - Commune
Sep 16, 2014 5:53pm | Drowned In Sound

A bell chimes, resonantly. For a few short seconds it is unclear what is coming. Will Goat have changed? Have they suddenly gone all ambient? And then the insistent, persistent groove of Talk to God kicks in and it becomes immediately obvious, this is Goat. Like them or loathe them, this is what you get.

Call my name when you talk to God chant the.chanters, and were off, propelled along on the wings of an otherworldly groove. Given the lack of visual stimuli, we are left to merely imagine the dancing that must surely ensue live. As the song progresses, the intensity builds and builds. Whether you want to or not you are drawn along. I am reluctant to journey with them. I want to stay detached, sarcastic, superior, but the fact is, this is immersive and dynamic, music not just to be listened to, but to experience. By the time the tribal drums of Words are joined by a psyched out fuzz of guitar I am lost for 40 minutes or more.

I remember Goats now fabled Glastonbury performance a couple of years ago. It was electrifying. Hard as it was to escape the sense that they had hit upon a particularly successful 'trick', knew this, and repeated it ad infinitum, the fact remained that, live, they were a sight, and a sound, to behold. Personally, I found that World Music, their debut album, didnt quite deliver on the promise of their live shows.

On Commune, things feel more fully formed. After the slight dip ...

black metal musician Myrkur is Amalie Bruun of Ex Cops; EP is out now and streaming (listen)
Sep 16, 2014 5:30pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun)

Over the summer, we wrote about mysterious Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur, who had announced an EP coming out on Relapse. We got an advanced listen of the EP and loved what we heard. Pitchfork, Stereogum and others were also on board. We called it "one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far."

We also mentioned it was surprising how Myrkur seemed to appear essentially out of nowhere, but that we dug into it and came up with an idea of who it was. Here's what we said then:

Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a sort-of-leaked Myrkur promo video we found.
What we didn't say is that we had a feeling it was Amalie Bruun of NYC indie pop duo Ex Cops (who have certainly been featured on BrooklynVegan). She was also in MINKS and is one of the many who has played in a band with Frankie Rose. Amalie is of Danish descent, and her bandmate Brian Harding outed her as a black metal lover in a 2013 interview for the Village Voice.

Now, a new interview on Bandcamp's blog by BV contributor Wyatt Marshall shows that Myrkur is indeed Amalie Bruun:

Myrkur is the work of Amalie Bruun, a Danish artist and longtime black metal fan. Bruun says she writes and records all of her music in Denmark, where the...

RL Grime Reminder (Feat. How To Dress Well)
Sep 16, 2014 5:09pm | StereoGum

How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell has worked with his share of electronic producers (you might remember his appearance on Shlohmo’s Laid Out EP last year), and now he’s lent his fantastic voice to producer RL Grime’s upcoming debut album, Void, via the new song “Reminder.” The track debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC show earlier today, so if you head there now and scroll ahead to about 43:00, you can check it out.


check out the video Young Tongue made in less than 2 days
Sep 16, 2014 5:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Music Video Race is "a 48-hour race that pairs local filmmakers & musicians together to make an all new music video in one weekend. Last weekend marked the first ever Music Video Race Austin (MVR originated in San Francisco and expanded to include ATX and LA this year)."

One of those videos that came out of Austin was by a band called Young Tongue, and we enjoyed the song and video so much, that we were more than happy to accept an invitation to premiere it online. It's for their song "Cat Calls," which is a super catchy dose of guitar pop. Check it out below.

They play their hometown on September 25 at Mohawk with The Dig and Black Books.

Continue reading "check out the video Young Tongue made in less than 2 days" at brooklynvegan

Taking Back Sunday add 2nd holiday show; Modern Baseball opening, on tour now (updated dates)
Sep 16, 2014 4:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

We recently mentioned that Taking Back Sunday will now have an annual holiday show which they're doing this year at NJ's Starland Ballroom on December 27 with The Menzingers (tickets). That show is almost sold out, but they've added a second night happening at the same venue on December 28 with another great opener, Modern Baseball. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on presale via the Applauze app, and tickets go on AmEx presale Thursday (9/18) at 10 Am with the general on-sale beginning Friday (9/19) at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, Modern Baseball are on tour now having just hit Riot Fest Chicago over the weekend and NYC not long before that. Updated list of their dates, below.

TBS' John Nolan will also appear at the No Sleep/BV CMJ show.

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday add 2nd holiday show; Modern Baseball opening, on tour now (updated dates)" at brooklynvegan

Ryan Adams releases Jacksonville EP listen
Sep 16, 2014 4:58pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Before he took a hiatus a few years back, Ryan Adams was one of the most prolific sing-songwriters of his entire generation. His discography is something of legend, with 14 full-length LPs and dozens more unreleased albums, along with countless EPs, singles, and other various outtakes. (Anyone else remember Werewolph?) This year, Adams output is nearly at his pre-2010 levels thanks to his excellent self-titled 14th solo album and the riotous 1984 EP.

Today, he unveils yet another 7-inch from his ongoing PAX-AM Singles Series. Entitled Jacksonville, the three-track, 10-minute EP sees Adams meld elements of country and blues. The titular “Jacksonville” plays out like a slightly more mature version of an old Whiskeytown single; the first B-side, “I Keep Running”, has a similar rustic sort of vibe; and coming out left field is “Walkedypants”, a little ditty thats too silly to be real blues but too well constructed to be a mere joke. Adams may say that he hates country music, but he damn sure sings it with grace and depth.

(Ranking: Ryan Adams)

The “Jacksonville” 7-inch is due out shortly via Adams own PAX-AM label. In the meantime, stream all three tracks below.

Team Spirit Surrender
Sep 16, 2014 4:54pm | StereoGum

In their consistently fun videos, Team Spirit have gone to hell and back, and in this new one they once again meet the devil. Of course he looks different than the animated Satan from the last video, but then again, they all do. That’s because, for this Alex Russek-directed clip, Team Spirit worked with Andrea Gilletti to create puppet versions of the band to tell their story. Here they ponder how to become successful, before Satan shows up and offers some surprisingly friendly mentor-like advice. Watch it below.


Swans reissue debut album Filth on vinyl for the first time in decades
Sep 16, 2014 4:35pm | Fact Magazine

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The first album by the no wave legends sees new life.

Michael Gira and Swans established their blistering, iconic sound with the 1983 release of debut album Filth, and while the album was repressed in 1990 by Gira’s Young God and released as part of a CD release in 2000, it has been out of print for some time.

Until now, that is: Filth has been re-mastered and will be re-released on vinyl by Young God. The album will be signed by Gira and comes with a two-sided poster; it’s due out on October 28.

For more on the album, read Gira’s illuminating blurb below and pre-order via Young God now. Going strong since their 2010 revival, Swans released To Be Kind earlier this year.

This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necessary. I used to deny it vehemently at the time, but No Wave (I hated that scene too, for some reason I cant remember now) played a big role as the germ from which this music grew, along with The Stooges and Throbbing Gristle, of course. I wanted Swans to be heavier though I wanted the music to obl...

The Slayer pizza exists and it looks bloody delicious
Sep 16, 2014 4:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

John Hurkes, a chef at The Bulldog N.E. in Minneapolis, has combined his love of thrash metal and all-things culinary to create the most delicious and badass masterpiece to grace a dinner table: the Slayer pizza. Sure, weve seen the controversial burger named after Swedish metal band Ghost, and even GWARs tangy brand of BBQ sauce, but this pie takes musical delicacies to another level entirely.

As Metal Insider points out, the pentagram-shaped pizza draws inspiration from Slayers iconic 1986 album, Reign In Blood, and is gruesomely splattered with “blood,” aka “altar wine gastrique.” Another brilliant and devilish detail to the pie? Hurkes encourages homecooks to use communion wafers to make the crust. (If only I was still an altar server, Id be raiding the wafer stash this very moment.) Of course, he insists that the only way to consume such a meal is … “Piece By Piece”!

Below, check out the full recipe for the Slayer pizza (plus a bunch of great Slayer puns), courtesy of Hurkes and the food blog Rice and Bread.

Ingredients: Chopped Fra Mani toscano, soppressata, finocchiona, Cypress Grove “Lamb Chopper” cheese, house marinara, signature communion wafer crust, and an altar wine gastrique.

Tasting notes: “Behold, the Slayer pizza. A vast sadistic feast, the only way to eat it is going piece by piece. The f...

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