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Future Islands perform with string and horn sections in 4AD Session  watch
Oct 21, 2014 12:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Between the release of their acclaimed album, Singles, and their absolutely captivating Letterman performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)”, Future Islands have gone from fun synth-rock outfit to critical darlings (and GIF-worthy viral wunderkinds) in just a matter of months. The band continues to capitalize on their hype, this week releasing a unique orchestral live session in which they’re backed by a string quartet and brass section.

(Read: Future Islands: Looking Toward the Past, Present, and Future)

In the four-song set, which was filmed by Nick Cave: 20,000 Days On Earth directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard at 4AD’s studios, Future Islands offer up reimagined takes of Singles highlights. The new strings and horns add an extra layer of depth and beauty, making for a performance that, while understated, is still just as impassioned as their dynamic live show. Watch it below.

“Seasons (Waiting On You)”


“A Song For Our Grandfathers”

“Light House”

“Sun In The Morning”

After selling out shows in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, the band has added extra 2015 dates in those cities. Check their updated schedule below.

Future Islands 2014-2015 Tour Da...

10 Great Musical Homages to Sonic Youth
Oct 21, 2014 12:32pm | Chart Attack

Thurston Moore's The Best Day is out today, and already it's being hailed as the record to satisfy heartbroken fans thirsting for a new Sonic Youth album. Sure, since Thurston and Kim Gordon divorced, ending the dream of cool love, Kim has given us a new Body/Head album, Lee Ranaldo has released two solo-ish albums, and Thurston has contributed to both Twilight and a new band called Chelsea Light Moving. Still, this is the most Sonic Youth-ish of the bunch.

What does that mean? Hard to say. That's because their alternately-tuned, avant-garde/pop mix is easy to identify, tough to replicate. Like Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, their DNA is all over the last three decades of indie rock. Still, it's a bit of a search to find literal references, which is strange considering how much they like to reference their influences, often right in song titles. You're much more likely to find a band named after them (Blonde Redhead, Androgynous Mind, Eric's Trip, etc) than a song.

But we've dug deep and come up with ten great songs that explicitly reference, homage, rip off or satirize indie rock's former elders.

The Radio Dept., "Heaven's On Fire"

You could easily mistake the sample that begins The Radio Dept.'s 2010 song as a heavy-handed thesis statement from the Swedish synth-poppers, who typically live in the space between gentle indie pop and...

Joey Bada$$ & Vince Staples add CMJ to tour + Deniro Farrar, Rae Sremmurd, Def Loaf & more hip hop at CMJ
Oct 21, 2014 12:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Joey Bada$$

As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.

Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.

Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Def Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.

And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-head...

Listen: VÉRITÉ - Heartbeat
Oct 21, 2014 12:24pm | The Line Of Best Fit
"Heartbeat was the first song Elliot and I wrote. I had this ambient version of the chorus recorded for some time, and when I sent it to him, he completely rearranged the idea," the singer-songwriter says.>

Celestial Shore releasing new album (stream a track), playing CMJ, NYC release shows ++ West Coast tour dates
Oct 21, 2014 12:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Brooklyn's Celestial Shore will release their new album, Enter Ghost, on November 11 via Hometapes. The band's ability to mix melody with complex rhythms and arrangements is apparent on first single "Animal Ratio" which makes its premiere in this post.

The band have four CMJ appearances this week which are as follows:

Oct 21 @ Palisades | Exploding in Sound Presents
Oct 22 @ Baby's All Right (8:40 PM)| Baby's CMJ Daycare Party (FREE)
Oct 22 The Shop (10:30 PM) | Prison Art Showcase
Oct 25 @ Union Pool (11:30 PM) | Team Clermont Shocase
After CMJ, Celestial Shore have an album release show at Baby's All Right on October 30 with Ava Luna, Palehound, Baked, and We Can All Be Sorry. Tickets are on sale. They've also got another release show at Shea Stadium on November 12 with Leapling, Cave Cricket, and Flashlight O.

After the NYC dates, Celestial Shore will head to the West Coast for a tour. All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

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Jessica Pratt Announces New Album On Your Own Love Again
Oct 21, 2014 12:20pm | StereoGum

Jessica Pratt’s follow-up to 2012′s marvelous self-titled LP will finally see release this winter. It’s called On Your Own Love Again, and it features “Game That I Play,” a song Pratt shared back in January of this year, plus eight more tracks. Pratt’s music is both gently powerful and inviting; she can disarm and mesmerize with just her eerie voice and a delicately plucked guitar. Thus, this is very exciting news. Revisit “Game That I Play” below, where you’ll also find the other release details.


Stream: Rancids new album Honor Is All We Know
Oct 21, 2014 12:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Punk titans Rancid will release their first album in five years, Honor Is All We Know, on October 27th via Hellcat Records. In anticipation, the album is streaming in full at iTunes Radio.

Spanning 14 tracks, the follow-up to 2009’s Let the Dominoes Fall was was produced by Bad Religion founder Brett Gurewtiz, who is not only the bands longtime boss at Epitaph Records but also contributed to each of their previous seven LPs. The collective recorded in Los Angeles at both the Red Star Studios and The Boat, a refurbished double-decker house boat owned by Flea.

According to a press release, “Honor Is All We Know is unique in that it is filled with growing insight of a band who has been doing this for a while now: It feels natural and organic, written without an agenda or bone to pick, rather the culmination of lives lived largely with a keen interest in the world and a sense of brotherhood.”

Pre-orders are now ongoing. Below, watch a video medley featuring the title track, “Collision Course”, and “Evil’s My Friend”.

Honor Is All We Know Tracklist:
01. Back Where I Belong
02. Raise Your Fist
03. Collision Course
04. Evils My Friend
05. Honor Is All We Know
06. A Power Inside
07. In the Streets
08. Face Up
09. Already Dead
10. Diabolical
11. Malfunction
12. ...

Watch: Seinabo Sey - Pistols At Dawn
Oct 21, 2014 12:15pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The track is from Sey's debut EP For Madeleine, out 17 November.>

Yo La Tengo Announce 20th Anniversary Painful Reissue, 30th Anniversary Shows
Oct 21, 2014 12:04pm | StereoGum

Even if their annual Hanukkah shows won’t be happening now that Hoboken haven Maxwell’s is closed, Yo La Tengo will still be doing a series of special concerts this December. 12/2 marks the band’s 30th anniversary, and to celebrate they’re playing a run of four shows — two in New York and one each in Washington and Philadelphia. So says Matablog, which also announced a one-year-late 20th anniversary reissue of Painful, generally considered YLT’s first classic record. Dubbed Extra Painful, it will be sold in deluxe double LP and double CD editions. The double vinyl also comes with a bonus 7″ that’s available as a digital download for those who purchase the CD. Here’s the breakdown:


South Parks Kanye West parody My Bitch Aint No Hobbit to be released for Record Store Day
Oct 21, 2014 11:50am | Cosequence Of Sound

Long before Lorde ever felt the mighty satirical gaze of South Park, Kanye West has been a favorite target of creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone. Thanks to his colossal ego and occasional overblownedness, West is perpetually ripe for a good old-fashioned spoofing. He was first reimagined as a “gay fish” in the 2009 episode “Fishsticks” and, last year, appeared alongside his “hobbit” wife Kim Kardashian in “The Hobbit.

Now, South Park is once again cracking wise at Yeezy’s expense by releasing a special 7-inch for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28th. One side contains “My Bitch Ain’t No Hobbit”, the show’s parody of Kanye’s Yeezus closer “Bound 2″. It’s backed by “James Cameron”, in which creators take aim at the equally grandiloquent director and his billion-dollar blockbusters.

(Read: Ranking: Every South Park Song from Worst to Best)

The vinyl comes in the form of a 7-inch picture disc featuring characters from the show. The album’s front cover is above.

In lieu of the actual song, check out cartoon Kanye’s enthusiastic explanation of why Kim K. is definitely not a Hobbit.

8 Albums You Can Stream Now: Ought, Yusuf, Cooly G and more
Oct 21, 2014 11:43am | Chart Attack

Ought, Once More With Feeling

Who? Formed during Montreal's student protests, this post-punk band are currently protesting the state...of you not hearing their new EP.

Where can I hear it? Pitchfork

What should I do while I listen? Read their UNCHARTED profile.

When's it out? October 28 via Constellation.

Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Tell 'Em I'm Gone

Who? Legendary singer/songwriter and philanthropist returns with another album to play quietly in an orchard as you are dying.

Where can I hear it? NPR

What should I do while I listen? Bring back your old musical project. Those Smash Mouth covers are waiting to be written.

When's it out? October 27 via Sony

Brazilian Money, Brazilian Money

Brazilian Money by Brazilian Money

Who? Garrett Johnson, pal and contemporary of Edmonton's snot-rock transplants (Mac DeMarco, Homeshake, Alex Calder).

What should I do while I listen? Watch Johnson check the NASDAQ stock market in his sweet office.

When's it out? Now on Bandcamp and on cassette through Psychic Handshake

Einar Jullum, Overraskelsen

Overraskelsen by Einar Jullum


Song : Blue Hawaii : Get Happy
Oct 21, 2014 11:37am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Montreal’s Blue Hawaii are streaming a new song “Get Happy” and a double-time edit of the song they have dubbed “Get Happier”. According to the pair, the song has existed since the beginning of the year, but got lost in the shuffle of moving and touring. The original is more softer in presentation, while the edit creates more of a chaotic mood. It is a nice contrast. Stream both below.


20 out-of-town artists we're excited to see at CMJ
Oct 21, 2014 11:35am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

OBN IIIs in Austin in January (more by Tim Griffin)

We just posted a list of 10 NYC artists we think are worth catching this week at CMJ, but CMJ is also a great time to check out bands from other cities and countries passing through for the multi-venue music fest. Hundreds of artists will be here for shows over the next five days (10/21-25), so if you're feeling overwhelmed about who to see we've narrowed things down to a list of 20 we think you should check out. Of course we'd love for you to come to the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Baby's on Saturday night (10/25) with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport, but we talked a lot about those bands here and decided to highlight 20 different ones here. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands (except Slowdive who are on Rdio) which you can stream below.

Our picks are below...

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Gwen Stefani Baby Dont Lie Video
Oct 21, 2014 11:35am | StereoGum

Gwen Stefani’s “Baby Don’t Lie” video is here. Directors Sophie Muller and Weirdcore set Stefani and her dancers against a colorful smattering of green-screened backgrounds not too far removed from the single artwork. When they rewind it back, some of that color seeps into the black-and-white imagery that kicks off the clip. There’s also some Beats Music product placement; Stefani did attend the Apple product launch with Dr. Dre, after all. Watch below.


10 NYC artists to see at CMJ this week
Oct 21, 2014 11:33am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

PC Worship

Some may not think so, but CMJ is still a festival than brings in folks from out of town: mainly college radio programmers and jocks on mid-semester vacation. While we at BV get excited about bands from out of town (and we have a separate list for that) who are here for the fest, there are also lots of local acts we'd recommend to anyone visiting NYC. Here are 10 that are worth seeing, no matter where you live.

Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands. Check them out below...

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