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James Blake hopes new album will feature Kanye West, could be out in about five months
Nov 23, 2014 4:39pm | Fact Magazine
Blake says he is “70 per cent done” with his third studio album.
James Blake has been hard at work on his third LP, revealing to the Miami New Times that the album should be out in “about five months.” Blake also confirmed that he has been working alongside Kanye West, and he hopes to have West feature on the album.
“I have a lot of respect for [Kanye], for what he has been releasing for years,” said Blake. “We havent done a great deal of work in the same room yet, but weve done a few things, kind of helped each other with our own music. In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done. I know that theres a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.”
Discussing his approach to the album as a whole, Blake said, I’m working hard and doing my bestI’m aware that people want to hear this record, so I’m not being complacent. I should hope that [the new album] will be a step on, as much as the second one was to the first. I guess Ive taken a focus on the songwriting again, even more closely, and Im dabbling in some different production techniques, things Ive developed.
A lot of things have changed in my life since the last record, and overall for ...
New study reveals Americas movie viewing habits
Nov 23, 2014 1:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Despite the relative hassle of going to a movie theater these days — chattering audiences, crinkling candy wrappers, ridiculous ticket prices and even more ridiculous concession costs — most of us still enjoy going out and seeing a flick every now and then. In fact, Google recently teamed with Millward Brown Digital in a study (via The Playlist) that found 68% of Americans (i.e. those in the US) and Canadians saw a movie in theaters last year. That’s a staggering 228.7 million people, 11% of whom went twice a month.
But knowing how many people go to the movies begs the question: What does it take to get people into seats? For some, it’s as simple as a name or an association; I, for example, can tell you exactly what movie I’m going to be seeing on July 6th, 2018. But, apparently I’m an exception.
According to Google/MBD’s data, 70% of moviegoers don’t actually choose the movie they’ll see until they’re at the theater. What’s more, what they actually choose depends on a number of factors. Those who pick comedies are drawn in by the cast, action fans look at the director, and horror lovers seem to care more about convenient showtimes than who’s doing the hacking and slashing. Not that these folks go to their local AMC without knowing at least what’s out there, of course. 4 out of 5 moviegoers will use YouTube to learn about a film, with 39% most...
Death by Audio, RIP (Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF the Brotherhood & Grooms were the last bands to play)
Nov 23, 2014 1:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan
DbA's Edan Wilbur crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS
Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.
Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...
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Buraka Som Sistema: Live and Backstage
Nov 23, 2014 11:50am | Fact Magazine
FACT TV went backstage with Buraka Som Sistema at Heaven last month. With Branko on a Novation Ultranova synth and Riot on drums we take a look at the build up to the energy fuelled show
James Blake Talks 2015 LP, Kanye West Collaboration
Nov 23, 2014 10:59am | StereoGum
James Blake has been playing a lot of new material on his BBC Radio 1 program over the past few months — including tracks like “200 Press” and “Building It Still” — which demonstrates that he’s hard at work on a follow-up to 2013′s Overgrown. In a recent interview with The Miami New Times, he’s revealed that he’s “probably about seventy percent done” with the new record, which he said should come out in “about five months.” (So around March or April of next year.) “I’m working hard and doing my best — I’m aware that people want to hear this record, so I’m not being complacent,” he said. “I should hope that [the new album] will be a step on, as much as the second one was to the first. I guess I’ve taken a focus on the songwriting again, even more closely, and I’m dabbling in some different production techniques, things I’ve developed.”
Peter Gabriel debuts new song What Lies Ahead watch
Nov 23, 2014 9:55am | Cosequence Of Sound
Peter Gabriel hasnt released new, original music since 2008′s “Down To Earth”, his Oscar-nominated theme song to WALLE. However, during a concert in Turino, Italy this week, the Genesis frontman debuted a brand new song titled “What Lies Ahead”.
A lithe piano ballad, “White Lies Ahead” finds Gabriel contemplating the future with a croon brimming of near-endless forlorn. Watch fan-shot footage below.
Watch Mark Ronson Perform With Bruno Mars & Mystikal On SNL
Nov 23, 2014 9:45am | StereoGum
Mark Ronson was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night and he brought out Bruno Mars and Mystikal to perform their respective songs from his upcoming new album, Uptown Special. Mars sang their lead single “Uptown Funk” in his first SNL appearance since 2012 (when he performed “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which Ronson co-produced), and Mystikal came out in a surprise appearance to rap over “Feel Right” while Mars was relegated to background singing. Ronson’s staging had an impressive retro-funk feel, complete with bright lights, backup singers, and a horn section. Watch below.
James Blake to release new album in 2015, likely to feature Kanye West collaboration
Nov 23, 2014 9:23am | Cosequence Of Sound
A new James Blake album is on the way, and if the UK crooner gets his wish, it’ll feature a collaboration with Kanye West.
In an interview with Miami New Times, Blake revealed that he’s “seventy percent done” with his third studio album, adding that the record should be release “in about five months.”
One thing he’s still waiting for is some time in the studio with Kanye. “I have a lot of respect for [Kanye], for what he has been releasing for years. We haven’t done a great deal of work in the same room yet, but we’ve done a few things, kind of helped each other with our own music. In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done. I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.” In the past, Blake also revealed intentions to collaborate with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and an undisclosed third collaborator hes really excited about.
Discussing the album as a whole, Blake said, “I should hope that [the new album] will be a step on, as much as the second one was to the first. I guess I’ve taken a focus on the songwriting again, even more closely, and I’m dabbling in some different production techniques, things I’ve developed.”
“I’m currently single, so that’s changed,” h...
Le Guess Who? 2014: Day 3
Nov 23, 2014 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The third day of the Netherlands' festival with Savages, Bo Ningen, Mac DeMarco and King Tuff by Gaëlle Beri.>
What's going on Sunday? (Jonah Matranga & J. Robbins, Nots, Couch Slut, Hess is More, Ed Askew & more)
Nov 22, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Jonah Matranga in NYC in 2008 (more by Tim
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Frank Bell, Jonah Matranga, J. Robbins, Doris Cellar (of
Freelance Whales) @ Mercury Lounge
Ballroom, Nots, Degreaser, Cyanide Tooth @
Rhyton, Fadensonnen, Key Of Shame @ Trans-Pecos
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bryce Dessner of The National
(co-curator), Richard Reed Parry (co-curator) @ BAM
METZ, Protomartyr, Nots, and Sleepies were the "top secret" bands at Death by Audio's second-to-last night (pics, video); no hints for tonight's last-ever DbA show
Nov 22, 2014 2:40pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
METZ @ DbA 11/21/2014 (photos by @jon_yi and
It is cliche and hyperbole to say a band destroyed a place, but it's a very apt word for what Toronto's METZ did to Death by Audio last night as the venue's "Top Secret!" headliners for the penultimate show at the DIY venue. At one point, vocalist/guitarist Alex Edkins pulled down one of the ratty tiles from the drop ceiling and flung it at the crowd. "Think about where you are right now. Think about where you'll be next week," Edkins told the crowd. "Make it count." The crowd and the band (who played their first NYC show at DbA) were amped and sweaty and a lot of shoes were in the air, mostly still attached to feet. They also dropped a killer cover of The Damned's "Neat Neat Neat." A crazy, amazing set -- video from it is below.
Another band that drove a long way just for DbA's next-to-last show were Detroit's Protomartyr, who's first NYC show was also at DbA (opening at Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold release party.) Sardonic as always, frontman Joe Casey greeted the crowd with "This place is great. I predict a long future." Showbooker, soundman and all-around sweet guy Edan Wilbur (who was wearing a homemade "NO HINTS LET'S PARTY" shirt) asked then band to play some deep cuts from early 7"s (like "Baseball Bat" from their Colpi Proibiti...
Charli XCX premieres new song Breaking Up listen
Nov 22, 2014 2:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Charli XCX continues to channel ferocious pop-punk energy with “Breaking Up”, a new track from her upcoming sophomore album, Sucker. Its definitely got the big, poppy hooks of “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules”, and exudes the same kind of firecracker wit and attitude as “London Queen” and “Gold Coins”. The UK pop singer also leaves room for a few other influences, mixing some great New Wave grooves with sugar-coated bits of pseudo-noise rock. As far as break-up anthems go, its the sonic equivalent of simultaneously blowing a kiss and flipping the bird. Listen in below.
Sucker is due out December 16th via Asylum/Atlantic/Neon Gold.
Amy Adams confirmed to star in Janis Joplin biopic
Nov 22, 2014 2:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Academy Award nominated actress Amy Adams will portray rock legend Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic called Get It While You Can, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Adams’ name was first rumored to play Joplin in 2010, but the film has been stuck in development hell ever since. In 2012, it was reported that Adams had dropped out of the project and replaced by Tony Award winner Nina Arianda.
With lead casting finally settled, producers are now in hunt for a director and have reportedly zeroed in on Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild). Filming is expected to begin in the second half of 2015.
The next few years are shaping up to feature an impressive slate of music biopics, including Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson, in addition to films about N.W.A. and a Guns N’ Roses.
Charli XCX Breaking Up
Nov 22, 2014 1:27pm | StereoGum
Another new Charli XCX song has surfaced from her upcoming sophomore album Sucker. “Breaking Up” is another punk-inspired more in the vein of the recently released (and pretty great) “Gold Coins” rather than the sugary sweetness of her solo hit “Boom Clap.” The chorus is pretty damn great: “You say you love me/ Okay, let’s rock.” Listen below.
Watch Peter Gabriel Debut New Song What Lies Ahead In Italy
Nov 22, 2014 12:47pm | StereoGum
Recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Peter Gabriel debuted a new song at a show in Torino, Italy on Thursday night. It’s apparently called “What Lies Ahead” and it opened the acoustic portion of his Back To Front tour. This is Gabriel’s first original song since the Oscar-nominated WALLE theme “Down To Earth” in 2008, though he has released many covers in that time. Watch the performance below.
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