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The Adventures of Danny and Mike discuss Deep Dish Dodgeball listen
Nov 26, 2014 2:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in October, Danny Tamberelli and Michael C. Maronna stopped by Chicago to record another episode of their podcast, The Adventures of Danny and Mike. The live recording took place at Lincoln Hall, as part of our celebration of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which also featured a headlining performance by the show’s house band, Polaris.

Tamberelli, Maronna, and engineer Jeremy Balon are joined by comedian Candy Lawrence. Together, they discuss their adventure in the Windy City, which included deep dish “slices” at Pequods Pizza and a game of dodgeball between The A.V. Club and yours truly. (Spoiler alert: We lost.) So, if you couldn’t make it out on that legendary day in October, consider this your lucky day.

Stream the episode below and stay tuned for more adventures by subscribing here.

Kid Rock Admits His Last Album Was Bad, Targets Coldplay, Coachella, Social Media, And Hipsters On New One
Nov 26, 2014 2:14pm | StereoGum

Kid Rock — alleged possessor of glass dildos, singer of songs — will release his tenth album, First Kiss, early next year. In advance of the new record, Rolling Stone sat down with the aging rocker to get a preview. And he’s angry about a lot of things! First off, he admits that his 2012 album Rebel Soul was bad — “I didn’t spend enough time on it at all,” he says — but insists that the new album contains one of the best songs he’s ever written. Kid Rock also describes a few specific tracks on the album. One, called “Good Times And Cheap Wine,” targets “Coldplay, Coachella, social media, and hipsters.” Seriously. “I’m fucking old,” Rock explains. “I’m not going to fit in, I’m fucking fine with that, I don’t fucking understand the Internet or Coachella or any shit. And I just can’t fucking try to pretend like I know. I like good times, cheap wine and back-beat rock & roll.” Another one is called “Ain’t Enough Whiskey” and on the song, Rock takes aim at politicians who “talk about taking my guns away.” Rock bravely states, “It’s not going to be considered politically correct. But it says what’s going on.” Sounds fascinating! First Kiss is out 2/24.

CBS enlists John Mayer, Drew Carey, Judd Apatow to guest host Late Late Show
Nov 26, 2014 2:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

At the end of next month, Craig Ferguson will make his exit from CBS’ Late Late Show after an impressive 10-year run. A few months later, on March 9th, 2015, British actor/comedian James Corden will assume the reins as the shows new permanent host.

If youve done the math, that still leaves close to 10 weeks of television thatll need a-hostin. To fill the gap, CBS has enlisted an all-star roster of guest hosts to hold down the fort from January 5th through March 6th. The lineup begins and ends with Drew Carey (whom appeared alongside Ferguson on The Drew Carey Show) and also features director Judd Apatow, musician John Mayer, and actor/comedians Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, and Kunal Nayyar.

It’s worth noting, though, that none of those names are women, a notorious problem for the entire late-night TV industry. Back in September, shortly after Corden was announced as the replacement, Kathy Griffin revealed that CBS wasnt even considering women for a permanent hosting position. CBS later denied the charges, explaining that network execs were considering all potential options. When Chelsea Handler departs E! to host a new Netflix series early next year, the number of female late-night hosts will drop to zero.

And just because, some highlights from Fergusons run.

CMJ Charts: November 25, 2014: Preatures Is Most Added
Nov 26, 2014 1:50pm | CMJ
1 4 TV ON THE RADIO Seeds Harvest
2 1 CARIBOU Our Love Merge
3 3 DEERHOOF La Isla Bonita Polyvinyl
4 7 PANDA BEAR Mr Noah Domino
5 5 FOXYGEN And Star Power Jagjaguwar
6 12 HOOKWORMS The Hum Weird World

Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014
Nov 26, 2014 1:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.

At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.

Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...

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20 Covers Of Radioheads Creep, Rated
Nov 26, 2014 1:37pm | StereoGum

In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there — beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they’re off The Bends or even something like “No Surprises.” First and foremost of those, of course, is “Creep,” from their 1993 debut Pablo Honey, AKA the Radiohead Album That Never Actually Happened. Much like Blur’s Leisure, Radiohead was a band that began with derivative, comparatively uninspiring music that would evolve into something much grander, much more exciting, much better. Unlike Blur, Radiohead released “Creep,” a song whose shadow would linger throughout their career, despite the fact that by now they’ve distanced themselves very far from Pablo Honey, both musically and in the their ethos. (Some people still go to Radiohead shows expecting to hear it which, at this point, is simply confounding.)


Scott Stapp says hes broke, living in a Holiday Inn, and under attack
Nov 26, 2014 1:33pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In a harrowing new video posted to Facebook, Creed frontman Scott Stapp claims to be broke and currently living in a Holiday Inn hotel. The 15-minute video confessional sees Stapp recount a series of alleged incidents, which have left him “completely penniless.”

Stapp, who maintains he is sober, says he recently conducted an audit of his record company and personal finances and discovered several irregularities. “A lot of money was stolen from me, or royalties not paid,” he explained.

“That’s when all hell began to break loose,” Stapp continued, explaining that around the same time of the audit, the IRS froze his bank accounts and prohibited him from accessing any money. Stapp says after contacting the IRS, he was told it was a “clerical error,” but it would take “9-10 months” for his funds to be returned.

All this left Stapp broke and homeless. He says he lived out of his truck for several weeks, oftentimes with no money for gas or food. He also claims to have gone two days without eating and ended up in an emergency room.

Stapp suggests that he came under attack once he threatened to go public with his money issues and says he knows the identity of the perpetuators. At one point in the video, he seems to suggest that individuals at a former record label are among those responsible.

He now intends to fight these people in court and closes his ...

THE CATCH UP: Six soulful new releases from a jacked fourth quarter
Nov 26, 2014 1:31pm | Chart Attack
The Catch Up is Anupa Mistry's monthly look at Canadian hip-hop and R&B that deserves more attention. This month, rounding up all the solid R&B and genre-bending R&B distracting us at the end of the year.

According to Drake, shit is hot up in The Six right now. If you havent been paying attention to the rappers SoundCloud, thats shorthand for things are pretty nuts in Toronto these days. On the song 6 God Drake attributes this to his influence as a rapper and cultural figure. And its true, between the Toronto Raptors hard-earned winning streak, well-received new music from Junia-T and Jazz Cartier (who performs at The Garrison this Friday as part of Wavelength & Dalton Higgins' "culture clash" NICE series), and the announcement of an upcoming collaborative album between BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah, shit really is hot up in the six right now.

I bring all this up to say that its been an unusually jacked fourth quarter. Distracting even. PARTYNEXTDOOR played his first solo tour, starting in Montreal and travelling throughout the States before a penultimate hometown show, to barely a peep. And theres been a grip of solid R&B and genre-blurring hip-hop thats come out in the past month and a half thats building on the strengthened scaffold of the new, Canadian scene. Here are six soulful new releases from the Six and beyond that you should know about.

Merna, The Calling

Theres a lot o...

Our Favorite Acts From M For Montreal
Nov 26, 2014 1:15pm | CMJ

OBGMs at M For Montreal

Montreal is very well known for the indie music community fostered Goodspeed You! Black Emperor and, of course, the always acclaimed Arcade Fire, but last week’s M For Montreal showcased both a thriving indie rock scene, but also bourgeoning hip-hop, electronic and punk acts. So, last weekend, amidst lovely dinner parties and slip-sliding around Mount Royal, I saw a nice smattering of artists spanning handful of genres. There was many exciting acts—Le Couleur, Heat, Weaves—but the following were notable stand-outs.


Sometimes you know a band will be good. Operators, lead by Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade, is obviously one of those bands, as their late summer EP can attest. But, damn, was I surprised and delighted by how commanding Operators were on stage.


M For Montreal had so many talented acts it feels a bit disingenuous to pick a favorite, but Toronto’s OBGMs are a simply electric. And they know how to throw a proper party by packing in the sweat and silly string. (Perhaps you were lucky enough to catch them at Afropunk this summer? I wasn’t, so I made sure to catch them twice in Montreal).

Milk & Bone

While this talented and darling duo could have easily turned their songs into saccharine duets, they instead punctuated each track with a trembling bass that blew through a room silent. It’s al...

Scott Stapp Says Hes Penniless And Under Attack In Video Statement On Creeds Facebook
Nov 26, 2014 1:11pm | StereoGum

Creed were one of the most successful bands of my lifetime, but frontman Scott Stapp is not enjoying a life of luxury these days. Stapp announced today in a video titled Public Statement #1 posted on Creed’s Facebook page and his personal account that he is “completely penniless” after the IRS froze his bank accounts. (Separately he states that someone has accessed his account online, changed his password, and cleaned out his savings.) He’s staying at a Holiday Inn after sleeping in his truck for two weeks. He mentions that a personal audit revealed that money had been stolen and royalty payments had not come through. He alludes to rumors that he’s back on drugs and says they’re false, and he repeatedly refers to his Christian faith as a basis for forgiving his accusers. He apologizes to his kids for embarrassing them with his prior alcoholism and says his wife is trying to get him committed. He also mentions the crisis in Ferguson, as you can see in this excerpt from the end of the video:


Wu-Tang Clan streaming "A Better Tomorrow" (listen), played 'Letterman' (watch)
Nov 26, 2014 12:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

RZA, who wants you to go vegan, posted to his Facebook this afternoon:

In enlightenment of what is going on in our country and around the world, Wu Tang Clan realize the voice of hip hop must be heard. Today on this Wu Wednesday, a special world priemere of the title track off our new album "A Better Tomrrow" will be released at 3:36p EST."
The song's arrived a little earlier than planned and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.

A Better Tomorrow is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Meanwhile, their other new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, doesn't have an exact release date, though you might never hear it anyway.

Wu-Tang also played "Ruckus In B Minor" from A Better Tomorrow on Letterman last night. You can watch that performance below...

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Hot Chip DJing NYC after New Build shows; FIXED turned 10
Nov 26, 2014 12:44pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Hot Chip's Joe Goddard was just in NYC last week, and this coming week members Felix Martin and Al Doyle will be here with their other band New Build. Their tour hits Mercury Lounge on 12/3 with tourmates Museum of Love (DFA, LCD Soundsystem) and 12/4 at Rough Trade with Future Punx and Orange Cassettes. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Just after those shows, there's a Hot Chip DJ set happening on December 6 at Good Room (fka Europa), which is a FIXED party and also includes FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets are on sale now. Hot Chip have other DJ gigs too. All are listed below.

FIXED, who just celebrated their 10th anniversary (you can stream JDH & Dave P's mix in honor of that, below), also have other events coming up. They're doing a party on December 5 at Glasslands with Lemonade and a DJ set from Cut Copy (tickets). That's one of the venue's final shows.

They've also got another one happening with Joakim (live) on January 8 at Cameo (tickets).

Stream the FIXED 10th anniversary mix, with the list of New Build dates/Hot Chip DJ gigs, below...

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King Tuff announces North American tour
Nov 26, 2014 12:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

King Tuff has announced new tour dates in support of his latest album, Black Moon Spell. Following a chunk of European dates to close 2014, the garage rocker will be return stateside for a two separate legs running from January to April. Along the way, Tuff will share the stage with Father John Misty, Ex Hex, Jacuzzi Boys, and more. Consult the full schedule below.

King Tuff 2014-2015 Tour Dates:
11/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Magnet Club
11/29 – Vienna, AT @ Arena Vienna
11/30 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
12/02 – Geneva, CH @ La Graviere
12/03 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR
12/04 – Brussels, BE @ Madame Moustache
12/05 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix $
01/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
01/08 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
01/09 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow
01/10 – Marfa, TX @ Padres
01/12 – McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey *
01/13 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown *
01/14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
01/15 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
01/16 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
01/17 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s * ^
01/19 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive *
01/20 – Savannah, GA @ Hang Fire Bar *
01/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater *
01/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
01/23 – Birmingha...

Refused reunion definitely not done, 2015 dates announced
Nov 26, 2014 12:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Dustin Rabin

Earlier this month, rumors began circulating that Refused, who claimed their reunion was over and since fired a guitarist, were not in fact finished as a band and would be putting out a new album. There's still no word on that album, but the band have since become active on Twitter, Facebook, and they have a new website. They first posted the above picture (with the caption "Old Friends / New War") and now confirmed three festival dates for 2015. They're playing Belgium's Groezrock, Canada's Amnesia Rockfest, and the UK's Reading / Leeds Festivals.

No US dates yet, but at least now we know for sure the reunion's not over. Hopefully more dates (and that new album?) to come. Meanwhile, watch a video of the band at Terminal 5 during their 2012 reunion, with their current list of dates, below.

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How To Dress Wells new mix is a vision of the year-end future
Nov 26, 2014 12:10pm | Chart Attack

Imagine if all year-end best of lists were mixes, with songs not taken solely from that year. How To Dress Well's you and i are the same mix gives us a vision of that beautiful future. Tom Krell's talent for confounding and emotional mixes is back in full force, like playing Akron/Family next to Rich Gang and placing Philip Glass under Dean Blunt. There's a lot of extra reverb as well as his own mixes (that FKA twigs "Two Weeks" rip goes). Peep the full tracklist at SoundCloud. Happy new year(s)!

How To Dress Well's new album What Is This Heart? is out now via Domino.

How To Dress Well’s new mix is a vision of the year-end future by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

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