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Win: The Best Independent Albums of 2015
Dec 21, 2016 7:42am | Drowned In Sound
A massive giveaway for one lucky DiSser.

Now that we have revealed our albums of the year, we can now offer you one of the biggest competition prizes we've ever run.

One lucky DiSser will win an absolutely massive pile of signed vinyl, a stack of CDs, some t-shirts, posters, and there's even a super-rare limited edition Pixies cassette. There's everything from CD editions of our album of the year (spoiler alert!) by Father John Misty to Joanna Newsom, Girl Band, John Grant, Jamie xx, Sleater-Kinney, Bjork, Beach House (both 2015 releases including the velvet sleeve edition of Depression Cherry, plus poster), Kurt Vile, Editors (special Japanese edition of the album), Temples (holographic 12" + t-shirt), Fat White Family (badges and t-shirt), Alabama Shakes, Battles, Gwenno, Songhoy Blues, Soak, Deerhunter, El Vy, Ezra Furman and loads more. Plus signed vinyl including Faith No More, Ghostpoet, Enter Shikari, Roisin Murphy, Spookyland, Genghar, Claptone (plus mask!), and another PIAS tote bag full of records... In fact, there's too much to lift, and the winner will get so much stuff that it's probably going to require the world's strongest postman to deliver it.

To win all of this, all you need to do is be a...

Kingstons Banquet Records is offering junior doctors a free album
Feb 13, 2016 8:15am | Fact Magazine

Britain’s junior doctors can get any record up to the value of £20.

Kingston-upon-Thames shop Banquet Records is showing its solidarity with the NHS and offering all junior doctors a free album of their choice up to the value of £20, NME reports.

“This one’s for the junior doctors. We all know you’ve been having a tough time recently,” the shop’s owners said on its website.

“Don’t get us started on the importance of our NHS and the welfare of its staff including our junior doctors as we’ll be here all night, and we have homes and clubs to go to! We want you to know that we as a staff, and all our customers, value what you do… even if some others don’t.”

Junior doctors in the UK have been involved in a recent contract dispute over the loss of guaranteed pay increases and the redefinition of what constitutes unsociable hours.

A 24-hour strike on February 10 followed the breakdown of formal talks in January, with check-ups and appointments disrupted throughout the day.

There have been calls for health secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured above) to be sacked over the proposed contract, with cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell’s daughter accusing Hunt of misusing statistics and alienating an entire generation of junior doctors.

As a result of the disput...

The weeks best vinyl releases: Computer acid, dreamy house and Balearic classics
Feb 13, 2016 7:18am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

Phonicas end of year lists are always a treasure trove for undersung gems, so we realised we ought to just give the shops learned staff their own slot on FACT. Every Saturday, the team behind the counter at the Soho institution select five vinyl records you should pick up this week.

Animals LP

The worst-kept secret in London-based computer acid steps up to Powell’s Diagonal label with a belter of an album. If you like EBM, techno and wavy bangers, this one’s essential.

Audio / Buy here

A Minor Thought LP

Moomin is back with his second album on Smallville, and it’s as charming as the first. A masterclass in dreamy, delicate deep house that reinforces his position as one of Germany’s best producers.

Audio / Buy here


YouTube acquires platform that lets artists sell direct to fans
Feb 13, 2016 6:40am | Fact Magazine

YouTube strengthens its grip on the music space with the purchase of BandPage.

YouTube has acquired BandPage, a tool that helps artists sell direct to fans via streaming services, social media and ticket outlets.

BandPage allows musicians to create custom pages, through which they can sell everything from t-shirts to VIP experiences. BandPage already integrates with services including Spotify and StubHub, but as the company outlines in a statement, its acquisition by YouTube will “help artists reach their fans in more powerful ways than ever before.”

The acquisition comes shortly after the launch of YouTube Red, the video streaming site’s paid subscription service. While the service’s exclusive programming so far has been non-music based, YouTube last year launched YouTube Music, a standalone app that aims to capitalise on the site’s popularity as a go-to place for music streaming.

YouTube hasn’t yet commented on what it’s going to do with BandPage, but the added revenue streams the service will bring should make the video streaming site a more attractive platform for hosting content, whether it’s made by musicians or not.

It’s unclear how the acquisition will affect BandPage’s integration with Spotify, which last year launched a tool to help artists t...

In Photos: Steve Mason @ Concorde2, Brighton
Feb 13, 2016 4:32am | Drowned In Sound

In Photos: Slipknot @ Alexandra Palace, London
Feb 13, 2016 4:19am | Drowned In Sound

The Life of Pablo is still not finished
Feb 13, 2016 1:02am | Fact Magazine

Kanye West is back in the studio.

After releasing yet-another tracklist for T.L.O.P. and promising to release the album after mastering it, Kanye West has headed back into the studio to work on the track ‘Waves’. If you want someone to blame, West says the onus is on Chance the Rapper, who wants the cut on the album. Your guess is as good as ours.

Its Chance's fault the album not out yet he really wanted Waves on that Bitch we in the lab now…

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 13, 2016


— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 13, 2016

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What's going on Saturday? (Protomartyr, Martin Courtney, The Soft Moon, Donuts Are Forever, Kyle Forester & more)
Feb 12, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Protomartyr in Chicago in January (more by James Richards IV)

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

Protomartyr, Priests, Beech Creeps @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Protomartyr's third album, The Agent Intellect, picked up right where Under Color Of Official Right left off -- nuanced and powerful post-punk over which frontman Joe Casey tells tales of barroom poets, casually negligent parents, and other fun subjects. Tonight's with tourmates Priests (always great live) and local noisemakers Beech Creeps.

Martin Courtney, EZTV @ Baby's All Right
Martin Courtney's solo debut, Many Moons, isn't all that different from what he does in Real Estate, but his strapping on the acoustic -- plus nice use of mellotron -- give the record a lovely, light touch. His band, which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, are great. Opening tonight are EZTV who have Nic Hessler playing guitar with them and they're going to let him sing a few songs too.

Donuts Are Forever Hosted by Jarobi feat. DJ Spinna, Illa J, Daru Jones & The Ruff Pack, Run P. @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great producer J Dilla died ten years ago this month, and to celebrate his life, the tenth annual Donuts Are Forever show goes down at Brooklyn Bowl...

ESPN cut off Arcade Fires Win Butler after hyping up Canadas health care system
Feb 12, 2016 8:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler captured the 18th most cherished trophy in all of professional sports on Friday night: After posting a 15-point, 14-rebound stat line, Butler was named the MVP of the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Naturally, ESPN sideline reporter Sage Steele wanted to interview the night’s biggest star. To her horror, Butler used the opportunity to give a shout-out to Canada’s healthcare system.

Bad look for ESPN/Sage Steele to short-circuit Win Butler and draw a bright line between "celebrity stuff"/politics.

— Andy Hutchins (@AndyHutchins) February 13, 2016

Classixx Bird Of Prey (Natalie Prass Cover)
Feb 12, 2016 6:33pm | StereoGum
Classixx - We loved Natalie Prass's sumptuous self-titled debut, and so did the rest of the world. Danny Brown has named it one of his favorite albums of 2015, and now disco-tinged California production duo Classixx have paid tribute by recording a cover of her song "Bird Of Prey" for Valentine's Day. It's … More »

Hear Vic Mensa Freestyle On Skrillexs OWSLA Radio
Feb 12, 2016 5:58pm | StereoGum
Listen To Vic Mensa Freestyle On Beats 1's OWSLA RadioVic Mensa and Skrillex collaborated on last year's "No Chill," and tomorrow, the rapper is making a guest appearance on Skrillex's Beats 1 show OWSLA Radio. In advance of that, as Pitchfork points out, he's just shared a new freestyle recorded during his visit, in which he raps over the beat from Louis … More »

Mac DeMarco Should Be Creative Director Of Hermès
Feb 12, 2016 4:25pm | StereoGum
Mac DeMarcoKanye West isn't the only musician with the fashion game on lock. Consider, for example, one McBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco, who breaks down his attire in the Friday Night Kit Check below. More »

Shut Up, Dude: This Weeks Best And Worst Comments
Feb 12, 2016 4:16pm | StereoGum
Shut Up, DudeFor those of us that work in the Kanye Kontent (kk) industry, this week this year, really has been a fucking headache. Make up your mind, Yeezy! And stop tweeting! As Stereogum readers and Tidal subscribers are already aware, Tidal Livestream Of Pain The Life Of Pablo got its grand premiere at MSG … More »

This SNL Promo Likely Distracted From Kanye Wests Creative Process
Feb 12, 2016 4:16pm | StereoGum
Kanye West Doesn't Compromise His Art For Melissa McCarthy's SNL PromoKanye West is the busiest man on earth this week. He doesn't need anyone or anything distracting him from his creative process. Unfortunately, it seems he was obligated to appear in an SNL promo alongside Melissa McCarthy, who will host tomorrow's episode. 'Ye and Young Thug will perform "Highlights," which we heard yesterday when Kanye … More »

stream Doug Tuttle's new album, 'It Calls on Me'
Feb 12, 2016 4:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Doug Tuttle

Doug Tuttle's new album, It Calls on Me, is out next week via Trouble in Mind. It's a terrific album, steeped in mushroom tea psychedelia with lush harmonies, memorable songs and warm, spot-on production. (As I said previously, if you dig Woods, Doug is in similar territory here.) You can stream the whole album, via Impose, below.

You can catch Doug on his winter tour which starts next week and hits NYC on February 25 at Rough Trade with Herbcraft. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

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