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Stream or download six new tracks from West Coast beatsmith Eprom
Mar 31, 2015 9:56pm | Fact Magazine

The US producer has given away a clutch of new tracks.

Following in the wake of Aphex Twin, Mike Paradinas and Wiley, West Coast producer Eprom has opened his archives, sharing six new beats via his SoundCloud page. All of the Rwina regular’s gifts are fully downloadable.

The bundle of new tracks is the first batch of new solo material from Eprom since his Halflife LP for Rwina in 2013. The giveaway marks the end of a relatively quiet period from the producer, who dropped no less than six 12-inches and two full-length albums between 2010 and 2013 for labels such as Rwina, Warp and Leisure System.

Eprom most recently launched the Sister City Limited record label late last year alongside fellow West Coast artists Dean Grenier and Hej Fund, who make up the rest of the Sister City production unit.

You can stream or download Eprom’s new tracks below.

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Trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released in May
Mar 31, 2015 9:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last week, Warner Bros. gave us our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, the bald-headed adversary of the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the reveal has undoubtedly made fans even more anxious for the Man of Steel follow-up, we may not need to wait much longer until we finally see the film’s first official trailer.

According to Collider, the trailer will be released on May 15th, airing prior to all screenings of Warner Bros.’ action flick Mad Max: Fury Road.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 26th, 2016. In addition to Eisenberg’s Luthor, the film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.




Joni Mitchell reportedly in intensive care after being found unconscious
Mar 31, 2015 9:34pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The legendary Joni Mitchell was reportedly rushed to a hospital today after being found unconscious in her home. Sources tell TMZ that paramedics went to her home around 2:30 PM in response to a 911 call, and that she regained consciousness on her way to the hospital. She's now in intensive care. More on this as it develops... but our fingers are crossed that she'll be okay.

Watch a video of her playing the classic "All I Want" in 1970, below...

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Joni Mitchell hospitalized in intensive care
Mar 31, 2015 9:13pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Joni Mitchell is reportedly in intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious in her home on Monday afternoon.

According to TMZ, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was alert in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, but her condition is currently unknown.

Update – 12:00 a.m. EDT: A statement on Mitchell’s website confirms her hospitalization, adding, “We are awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know.” Meanwhile, CBC News’ Leslie Stojsic reports that Mitchell is the hospital because of a “minor medical emergency,” but disputes TMZ’s report that she was found unconscious. “I’m told now [Mitchell’s] resting in hospital and is among friends a good sign,” Stojsic adds.

This is a developing story…



littleBits Korg synth kit gets MIDI, CV and USB functionality
Mar 31, 2015 7:15pm | Fact Magazine

Integrate your DIY synth with the rest of your audio set-up.

littleBits’ modular synth kit was first launched back in 2013 in partnership with Korg. The kit lets you snap together different components of a synthesizer to form a small, DIY modular instrument. littleBits has today expanded its capabilities by adding three new modules to its range.

MIDI I/O, USB I/O, and CV (control voltage) modules are now available for the first time, giving the user much more flexibility when integrating the device into the rest of their set-up. The new MIDI I/O and USB I/O modules allow you to send and receive signals to or a compatible external component of your choosing, such as a MIDI keyboard or computer. The CV module is designed to connect the synth kit to older components with larger voltage, meaning you are now able to connect your DIY synth kit with a full-sized modular rig.

The littleBits synth kit ships with most of the standard elements of a real synth including oscillators, filters, a keyboard and a sampler. Previously, the only way to access the sounds was through a headphone jack.

The littleBits synth kit will set you back $US160. The MIDI and CV modules will each retail for $US35 whilst the MIDI module will cost $US40. [via Gizmodo]

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littleBits Korg synth kit gets MIDI, CV and USB functionality
Mar 31, 2015 7:15pm | Fact Magazine

Integrate your DIY synth with the rest of your audio set-up.

littleBits’ modular synth kit was first launched back in 2013 in partnership with Korg. The kit lets you snap together different components of a synthesizer to form a small, DIY modular instrument. littleBits has today expanded its capabilities by adding three new modules to its range.

MIDI I/O, USB I/O, and CV (control voltage) modules are now available for the first time, giving the user much more flexibility when integrating the device into the rest of their set-up. The new MIDI I/O and USB I/O modules allow you to send and receive signals to or a compatible external component of your choosing, such as a MIDI keyboard or computer. The CV module is designed to connect the synth kit to older components with larger voltage, meaning you are now able to connect your DIY synth kit with a full-sized modular rig.

The littleBits synth kit ships with most of the standard elements of a real synth including oscillators, filters, a keyboard and a sampler. Previously, the only way to access the sounds was through a headphone jack.

The littleBits synth kit will set you back $US160. The MIDI and CV modules will each retail for $US35 whilst the MIDI module will cost $US40. [via Gizmodo]

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Step inside LaTurbo Avedons virtual nightclub
Mar 31, 2015 6:21pm | Fact Magazine

Web-based artist shares animated clip of video game-inspired nightclub.

Los Angeles artist LaTurbo Avedon first created virtual Club Rothko back in 2012 after spending a significant amount of time inside Mass Effect 2’s Afterlife nightclub.

Avedon has returned to her virtual nightclub after an almost three-year absence, releasing a brand new video that has been screening since last weekend at the CICA Museum in Czong, Korea. New video Save 02 finds the digital artist’s avatar moving about the cathedralesque nightclub space filled with light projections and producing music on Ableton Live.

It started as a bit of an alternative use for one of the many nightclubs in Second Life, but I grew really attached to the pairing of my sculptures with the neon lights and Rothko wallpapers inside, LaTurbo told The Creators Project. There’s something really endearing about how Mark Rothko’s paintings ended up as wallpaper in a nightclub. Its a strange intersection that really plays well with how I make my work, she added.

I had been wanting to connect the various versions of my avatar identity, and Club Rothko seemed like a very fitting place for this to happen, Avedon explained.I created projections of my Second Life appearance that could interact with my more current mesh model. It was an opportunity for me to measure the ways I have become more realized and ...


Step inside LaTurbo Avedons virtual nightclub
Mar 31, 2015 6:21pm | Fact Magazine

Web-based artist shares animated clip of video game-inspired nightclub.

Los Angeles artist LaTurbo Avedon first created virtual Club Rothko back in 2012 after spending a significant amount of time inside Mass Effect 2’s Afterlife nightclub.

Avedon has returned to her virtual nightclub after an almost three-year absence, releasing a brand new video that has been screening since last weekend at the CICA Museum in Czong, Korea. New video Save 02 finds the digital artist’s avatar moving about the cathedralesque nightclub space filled with light projections and producing music on Ableton Live.

It started as a bit of an alternative use for one of the many nightclubs in Second Life, but I grew really attached to the pairing of my sculptures with the neon lights and Rothko wallpapers inside, LaTurbo told The Creators Project. There’s something really endearing about how Mark Rothko’s paintings ended up as wallpaper in a nightclub. Its a strange intersection that really plays well with how I make my work, she added.

I had been wanting to connect the various versions of my avatar identity, and Club Rothko seemed like a very fitting place for this to happen, Avedon explained.I created projections of my Second Life appearance that could interact with my more current mesh model. It was an opportunity for me to measure the ways I have become more realized and ...


First Impressions: Blur The Magic Whip
Mar 31, 2015 6:12pm | Drowned In Sound

Ahead of the DiS review, Marc Burrows explores and examines the eagerly anticipated new Blur album, The Magic Whip.

Lonesome Street

As openings go, it couldn't be any more 'Blur' could it? There's Graham Coxon's guitar moving between big splashy chords and weird, off-kilter little riffs and niggles, there's a fizzy bass part that has 'Alex James woz ere and he really likes pop music' written through it like a stick of rock, and a Damon Albarn vocal that is as full-on cockney guv'nor apples-and-pears-would-you-Adam-and-Eve-it as he's ever been. At one point he's even going on about catching the "5.14 to East Grinstead." The message is fairly clear: this is BLUR, actual, real, just like you remembered 'em BLUR, deliberately referencing their Britpop-era records with a bubblegum backing vocal that echoes the "blow me outs" from 'Country House' and a mishmash of radio voices pointing to Parklife's 'London Loves.' It's something of a red herring because the rest of the record isn't so brazenly throwback, or so brash. It sets the scene rather well: we are back and we mean business. Graham even gets a verse to himself, reassuring us that the Think Tank ghost is well and truly laid to rest- as if his presence wasn't fairly obvious from the first slash of guitar. The song reflects the city where the album was birthed and Albarn's primary lyrical inspiration: Hong Kong. It's busy, it's crowded and there's a ton of things happening...


Song : Active Child : Never Far Away
Mar 31, 2015 6:11pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Active Child shared the detail on his new LP, Mercy, along with revealing the track “1999″ a few weeks back. The 10-song album is out June 16th through Vagrant Records. Today, he is streaming another song from it “Never Far Away”. The track is everything you could expect from Grossi; sensual vocals, immaculate production, and longing lyrics. The guy just knows how to bring it proper. Listen below.

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Asthmatic Kitty, Secretly Group, Joyful Noise & other Indiana labels protest Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Mar 31, 2015 6:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan

an album that came out this week on Asthmatic Kitty

First Wilco cancelled an Indiana show in protest of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which could legalize discrimination against the LGBT community), and now a handful of record labels with offices in Indiana are protesting too. Asthmatic Kitty, Secretly Group, Joyful Noise and more have signed a letter titled "Music for Indiana," which reads:

We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.

We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana's economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolat...


Stream : Evan Voytas : Disappear Into the Stars/Lite Conversation
Mar 31, 2015 5:47pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

It has been a minute, more precisely over three years, since we have heard anything from LA pop extraordinaire Evan Voytas. Today, he has fixed that with the release of a new digital single featuring the songs “Disappear Into the Stars” and “Lite Conversation”. It seems that both songs have been sitting for the better part of a year due to some label disputes. You will hear a slick compositions that pull from multiple decades of music past and his hovering falsetto that brings to mind a smoother Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. Stream them below and grab a free download over at Hit City U.S.A.


Active Child Never Far Away
Mar 31, 2015 5:45pm | StereoGum
Active Child -- the recording project of electronic musician Pat Grossi -- took a nice, long break in between the release of his 2011 debut and its followup. In that time, he put out one new EP and mostly stuck to behind-the-scenes work. Grossi's back later this year, though, with a new album called Mercy. We've already heard lead single "1999," and now he's shared "Never Far Away," a track that's equally as smooth. Everything that Active Child does has a glossy sheen, and this one in particular slinks along with a pleasantly soulful bounce. Grossi's overlapping vocals add some urgency to the otherwise chill song, allowing it to establish some stakes. Listen below. Mercy is out 6/16 via Vagrant.



watch Beastie Boys' Ad Rock offer love/relationship advice in Rookie Mag's "Ask a Grown Man" series
Mar 31, 2015 5:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz, who has gotten back into acting with a role in comedy While We're Young, is the latest participant in Rookie Mag's "Ask a Grown Man" advice video series, where grown men answer questions on love and relationships from teenage girls. Watch the onetime Beastie Boy offer his advice, below...

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Blind Idiot God released their first album in 23 years, played a release show (full set video), schedule another show
Mar 31, 2015 4:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Experimental instrumental rockers Blind Idiot God's career dates back about three decades, to when they released their Martin Bisi-produced 1987 self-titled debut on SST. Two Bill Laswell-produced albums followed, Undertow (released in 1988 on Laswell's Enemy label) and Cyclotron (released in 1992 on John Zorn's Avant label), and then the band's studio output stalled for 23 years -- though they did record the song for the opening credits of Alex Winter's 1993 film Freaked with huge B.I.G. fan Henry Rollins on vocals -- until they put out their fourth LP this year. The album's called Before Ever After, is available on original guitarist Andy Hawkins' label Indivisible Music, and Andy co-produced it with Bill Laswell.

The band went through a few lineup changes before releasing the record. Andy Hawkins has been joined by Khanate drummer Tim Wyskida since 2001 (original drummer Ted Epstein left in 1996), and though original bassist Gabriel Katz played on the new record, he was replaced by Will Dahl in 2012 due to his problems with tendinitis and hearing loss (which also were part of what delayed the new record). Jason Bailey reviewed the album over at Invisible Oranges, writing:

The record follows a loose structure of alternating between songs that show off the more heavy and dissonant side of the band and those that feature more of the dub and funk influences that separate the ...
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