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Mogwai to mark 20 years with shows in Glasgow and London
Jan 26, 2015 4:40am | Fact Magazine

This year one of the greatest bands Scotland has ever produced will turn 20 years old.

Mogwai have decided to mark the occasion with a pair of two-night residencies, kicking off at Barrowlands in their home town of Glasgow before heading down to London’s Roundhouse.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 30 at 10am  grab them from Mogwai’s website.

Last year the band released yet another excellent album, Rave Tapes, which took them to the top 10 of the UK album charts for the first time in their two-decade history, as well as a new EP and an essential reissue of their 1999 album Come On Die Young.

Want to see what Stuart looked like with hair? Check out our gallery of Polaroids from Mogwai’s ’90s touring days. Here’s a guide to the band’s best deep cuts and hidden gems.

Tour dates:

June 20 Barrowlands, Glasgow
June 21 Barrowlands, Glasgow
June 24 Roundhouse, London
June 25 Roundhouse, London



Jay Electronica announces first London gig in four years
Jan 26, 2015 4:20am | Fact Magazine

The mighty and mysterious Jay Electronica has announce a rare performance in London.

The cult rapper, last heard dropping a verse on Common’s ‘Kingdom’, will play Camden’s Koko on March 14. It’ll be his first gig in London since 2011.

Tickets are available at 10am on Wednesday, January 28 from Soundcrash.

Last year Jay broke a three-year silence with a one-off release, better in tune w the infinite, which saw him rapping over a Ryuichi Sakamoto tune, and he also teamed up with Jay Z for a freestyle, but we’re still waiting on a proper debut album from the long-hyped New Orleans rapper.



Listen: All We Are - Stone
Jan 26, 2015 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Liverpool trio All We Are scrapes the heavens on "Stone", their latest single from their upcoming debut LP>

Stream John Carpenters new album Lost Themes
Jan 26, 2015 3:42am | Fact Magazine

Here’s an album we’re seriously excited to hear.

John Carpenter’s Lost Themes lands on Sacred Bones on February 3, comprising a whole set of new material from the horror master which he made without a film in mind, and it’s now available to stream via NPR.

“It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to,” said Carpenter. “Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what theyre supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. Its just fun.”

Carpenter collaborated with his son Cody (of the band Ludrium) and Daniel Davies (who scored I, Frankenstein) on the album.

Lost Themes arrives on February 3 via Sacred Bones, accompanied by a deluxe edition featuring six remixes from Zola Jesus and Dean Hurley, ohGr (of Skinny Puppy), techno producer Silent Servant, Fuck Buttons offshoot Blanck Mass, composer JG Thirwell and PAN boss Bill Kouligas.

New York readers might want to know that on February 5, Carpenter will be in conversation with Brooke Gladstone at Brooklyn Academy of Music  grab tickets here.

For more Carpenter, check out FACT beginners guide to the composer and (in case you missed it somehow) our guide to the best horror scores of all-time.


Meat Wave - Brother EP
Jan 26, 2015 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Fifteen minutes of grungy, snotty, punky excellence.

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
Jan 26, 2015 2:31am | Drowned In Sound

Enough has been written about the success of 'Uptown Funk', it's inescapable, a bona fide modern day mega hit. It's gone to number one all across the world, smashed its own streaming record three times, first pop single to split the atom etc...but what of the album? Does Uptown Special break under the weight of expectation created by its all conquering lead single? Or does it live up to the hype?

Uptown Special plays like an uber cool DJ set, an ambitious and eclectic mix of Minneapolis funk, soul and old school R&B all filtered through Mark Ronson's slick, modern production.

Throughout the album Ronson plays the role of puppet master to an impressive collection of musical talent. The unmistakeable signature tone of Stevie Wonder's harmonica begins proceedings on 'Uptown's First Finale'. It acts as a palate cleanser, readying the listener for the retro sounds of the Seventies/Eighties soul and funk to come, and also as a sort of authenticity blanket, protecting Uptown Special against accusations of cynical appropriation and pastiche. It says to fans and detractors alike 'Look people! We've got the real thing!' The beautiful, lilting refrain bookends the album, appearing again again on the closer 'Crack In the Pearl pt 2'.



Three songs feature the vocal talents of Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. The first, 'Summer Breaking', is the first indication that Uptown Special isn't going to ...


Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
Jan 26, 2015 2:31am | Drowned In Sound

Even after hearing On Your Own Love Again a few times, you might still struggle to hum much of it around the house. Its not that its minimalist, noisy, or otherwise inaccessible. Its made up of tuneful, simple folk pieces, with recognisable song structures. But Jessica Pratts own imagery sums it up best: these are songs which 'blend together, like watercolours you cant remember'. They ooze an oddly intangible quality; spirited away the moment you concentrate on them too closely. The effect is haunting, mesmerising and beautiful - an album which more than delivers on the promise of her arresting debut.

On her self-titled LP, it was easy to pop Pratt into a freak-folk pigeon hole, and to an extent it still is. Certainly her voice still sounds a lot like Joanna Newsom, for a start. But her voice as a songwriter and performer is wholly her own, and has matured tenfold since her first record. The songs of her debut were simple and skeletal: one fingerpicked guitar, with double tracked vocals, all hugging each other very tightly. On Love Again, Pratt keeps things hushed, but opens things up: extra guitar runs sulking through the textures; gauzes of instrumentation adding colours to the backdrops; more eerie harmonies gliding over the melancholic melodies. The songs are busier, but also hold a lot more space.

It sounds casual and ramshackle on first listen, but its a very detailed and precise record. Every jarring strum of guitar, every thr...


Man Without Country - Maximum Entropy
Jan 26, 2015 2:30am | Drowned In Sound

Don't let the name deceive you. Man Without Country operate under a strict set of laws, codes and rules. The Welsh pair stalk a very specific terrain, one characterised by near-glacial tones. Light is but a rare glimmer on a horizon bathed in pronounced gloom.

You may well argue that this is the very nature of moody electronica, that in order for that glimmer to shine through and burst accordingly we must be patient and endure. For the first ten minutes and change at least, Maximum Entropy gets the balance right. 'Claymation', busy and bright, serves as such a good starter's pistol that the more methodical 'Entropy' feels less of a comedown and more the feeling of muscles relaxing. Both are awash with genre tropes; ethereal and distorted voices, mechanical percussion, the sense of something other within reach. 'Laws of Motion', bolstered by searching vocals from White Sea and M83's Morgan Kibby, floats amidst playful glamour.



In truth, it feels rather lightweight, as do much of Ryan James and Tomas Greenhalf's more adventurous flourishes, seldom though they are. As the narrative unfolds, nothing arrives at the punch of promising earlier efforts such as 'Inflammable Heart' and its frenetic kick-in or the dark guile of 'King Complex'. Instead, the focus emerges on absolute endurance as the building blocks become heavier and more atmospheric. 'Oil Spill', 'Loveless Marriage' and 'Deadsea' are about as optimistic as their ...


What's going on Monday? (Blizzard? Bully, Action Bronson, Zola Jesus, Years & Years, Savages, Broncho & more)
Jan 25, 2015 11:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Bully @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

As you probably know, weather reports are calling for a "crippling and possibly historic" blizzard starting in mid-afternoon today. We'll try to keep you up to date on show cancellations, but if it gets bad you might want to call the venue to make sure it's still happening. Be safe.

Bully, Oxen Free, Brave Shores @ Pianos
Nashville's Bully got some buzz during CMJ for their catchy indie rock. We're still awaiting their album, but in the meantime they return to NYC tonight.

Action Bronson @ BB King's
Action Bronson's got a new album on the way this March, and from the single he put out, anticipation is pretty high. Hopefully we'll hear a few more new ones tonight.

Zola Jesus, UNIFORM @ Saint Vitus
Zola Jesus is still riding high off last year's Taiga, her biggest-sounding album yet and first for a big label. But while last year she supported it at Webster Hall, this week she gets more intimate with two Saint Vitus shows (both sold out). This is the second, and opening tonight is noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men).

Broncho, Dreamers, Heaven @ Rough Trade
Oklahoma's Broncho make a good mix of power pop, garage rock, and some more out-there stuff too. In two days from now, they open for...


Stream: John Carpenters new compilation album Lost Themes
Jan 25, 2015 10:29pm | Cosequence Of Sound

On February 3rd, horror director and composer John Carpenter will release Lost Themes, a new collection of previously unused compositions from throughout his 50-plus-year career. In anticipation, the record is streaming in full via NPR.org.

Well-known for his work on the Halloween series and The Fogas well as non-horror films like Escape From L.A. and Assault on Precinct 13, Carpenter had amassed an impressive collection of unused film scores over the years. Here, he unearths nine of them with the help of his son and Ludrium frontman Cody Carpenter and composer Daniel Davies (I, Frankenstein). Each track has an ominous, one-word title, including the singles “Vortex” and “Night”.

In press for the album, Carpenter said he found joy working on the project because he could work at his own pace. He added, “And I couldnt have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on Cody and Daniel to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasnt dealing with just analogue anymore. Its a brand new world.”

Pre-orders for the album are ongoing

Lost Themes Tracklist:
01. Vortex
02. Obsidian
03. Fallen
04. Domain
05. Mystery
06. Abyss
07. Wraith
08. ...


Stream: Mount Eeries new album Sauna
Jan 25, 2015 10:16pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie, will release his new album Sauna on February 3rd via P.W. Elverum & Sun. Ahead of its official release, the album is streaming in full over at NPR.org.

Sauna is the followup to Elverum’s pair of 2012 LPs, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar. Recorded over the course of 15 months in Anacortes, Washington, the double LP contains 12 tracks, including the previously revealed “Dragon” and “This”.

Sauna is inspired by “Vikings and zen and real life,” according to a press release. It adds, “All of the song titles are single words and some of the songs are very long. This is music meant to weigh heavy on you like a lot of cold water at night, and also the sword glimmering at the bottom of the lake at night.”

Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

Sauna Tracklist:
01. Sauna
02. Turmoil
03. Dragon
04. Emptiness
05. (something)
06. Boat
07. Planets
08. Pumpkin
09. Spring
10. Books
11. This
12. Youth



Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smiths Stay With Me
Jan 25, 2015 9:46pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Upon the release of Sam Smiths “Stay With Me” in April 2014, a number of listeners were quick to note the distinct resemblance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down”. As it turns out, Petty’s lawyers also took notice, and the UK crooner has since agreed to pay songwriting royalties.

According to The Sun, Smith and Petty actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.

Said one source close to the case, “When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” referring specifically to melodies of the respective choruses. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

The source went on to note the case was “done behind closed doo...


Could Birdman upset Boyhood to win Best Picture at Academy Awards?
Jan 25, 2015 7:16pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In the 25 years that the Producers Guild of America has awarded its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for film of the year, 18 of the winners have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. That includes the last seven straight, from No Country for Old Men up to last year’s 12 Years a Slave. So when Birdman upset the presumed favorite Boyhood to win the Zanuck last night, its Oscar stock suddenly soared.

The dark comedy from writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton (who took home a Golden Globe for his role) won over American Sniper, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, NightcrawlerThe Theory of Everything, and Whiplash. The only films not nominated for the equivalent Oscar are Gone GirlFoxcatcher, and Nightcrawler, while Selma appears on the Academy’s list of nominees. According to Variety, the PGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences use the same balloting system.

The last time the PGA winner didn’t take home the Oscar was in 2006, when Little Miss Sunshine won the Zanuck trophy and The Departed won the more prestigious award. While nothing’s a sure b...


Photos: FIDLAR @ Regent Theatre, Los Angeles 1/23/15
Jan 25, 2015 5:38pm | StereoGum

FIDLAR played one of their first shows in almost ten months on Friday night at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, and our photographer Wilson Lee was there to capture the event. Looks like it got pretty rowdy! Check out all of the photos above.





Dropkick Murphys tell Wisconsin governor: We literally hate you!
Jan 25, 2015 5:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Boston Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys are well-known pro-union boys. So when notably anti-union politician Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin walked out at the Iowa Freedom Summit to the band’s signature take on Woody Guthrie’s “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”, the band were none too thrilled.

@ScottWalker @GovWalker please stop using our music in any way…we literally hate you !!! Love, Dropkick Murphys

— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) January 25, 2015

The Republican Governor has yet to respond to the kind request, though Bill Kristol, editor of the neoconservative news magazine The Weekly Standard, had a question about the controversy:

Just curious. Do the @DropkickMurphys really exist?

— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 25, 2015

Yes, Bill, they most certainly do.

We’re still awaiting Taylor Swift’s rage tweet regarding Sarah Palin’s use of “Shake It Off”.


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