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Aphex Twin - Syro
Sep 19, 2014 2:48am | Drowned In Sound

The general consensus seems to be that Richard D. James might have returned to save us all from the obscene banality of modern EDM. The acid-fuelled Cornish godhead, finally back to restore balance to a broken universe; redeploying the skills that inspired a generation in the Nineties. Blimps in the sky, graffiti on the streets, idiosyncratic press releases and secure listening events across the globe. Syro rewiring the mindset of future generations... All hail the Music Makers... All hail the Aphex Twin!!

Of course, if you've paid attention over the last 13 years then you'll know James never really left us. The reclusive 43-year-old father of two, doing little to fuel (or detract) from his mythic status, simply slowed his release rate to a crawl after the lukewarm reception of 2001's wildly undervalued Drukqs. His time and energy over the last few years was spent on the expansive Analord project and a pair of excellent releases under the thinly veiled guise of The Tuss. The spotlight refocused on him most recently after the excitement surrounding the Kickstarted release of Caustic Window - a long lost opus from around his Selected Ambient Work days.

So let's separate hype and anticipation from reality.

In the past it's felt like James has made music solely to satisfy himself. That's not to say his work has come at the expense of listeners, it's just that James has made a habit of staying a number of ...

The Drums - Encyclopedia
Sep 19, 2014 2:48am | Drowned In Sound

When The Drums debut Summertime EP was released in 2009, it was part of a new wave of optimistic US indie-pop that dissipated whatever remained of the post-Libertines rut that the UK had been in. They lead the charge along with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts; suddenly it didnt seem as though Britain would be stuck with The View or The Pigeon Detectives forever. Comparatively exotic, these acts laid the groundwork for what would later become a notable revival in slacker, twee and fey indie.

Now everyone thinks that they always listened to The Vaselines or The Pastels, that K Records badge has always been on their rucksack and theyre about to release a split cassette with their mates band. Indie (in the genuine, non appropriated sense) is thriving in the UK at the moment, and The Drums et al had a part in cementing that aesthetic and ethos. On third album Encylopedia, however, nothing feels cemented: largely messy in both its individual tracks and as a whole, it is a rather botched attempt at experimentation.

It is no surprise that a band wishes to change direction; unfortunately it is the tracks which lack any hint of the new vision that keep the record afloat. Elsewhere Magic Mountain is Animal Collective-lite, full of cut-and-paste structures and jittery histrionics; put bluntly, the band are a fish out of water here and the track doesnt work, with their studio tomfoolery see...

What's going on Friday? (The Replacements, Stephin Merritt, Trust, Metronomy, The Weeknd, King Crimson, more)
Sep 18, 2014 11:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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

The Replacements, The Hold Steady, Deer Tick @ Forest Hills Stadium
Original Replacements members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have been back on the road since late 2013 for their first live shows in years, and tonight they finally bring the reunion to NYC. Their sets have pretty much been all hits so you can probably expect to hear a lot of the songs you're hoping for tonight. Both openers are bands that are definitely influenced by The 'Mats, and are also forces of their own. Whole show should be fun all around.

Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, Iron and Wine @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, tonight is a trio of solo performances from the label's more pop side. Merritt, of Magnetic Fields, Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes and other groups, doesn't play out so much anymore so tonight is a somewhat rare live show for him.

Trust, Crater, Glass Gang @ Irving Plaza
Trust is the nom-de-synth of Toronto artist Robert Alfons who makes puts a gothy spin on house pop, courtesy his rather sinister vocal style.

Metronomy, Dawn Golden @ Warsaw
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, the normally electronic-leaning band headed into almost early-'70s Kinks territory. Live, though, the songs bounce a little...

Ryan Adams covered Danzig with Johnny Depp watch
Sep 18, 2014 10:29pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ryan Adams has plenty of famous friends, as he recently proved when he wrangled Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was, and Bob Mould for the hilarious informercials for his self-titled thirteenth record. He also enjoys jamming with said friends, like when he joined Mould in New York City recently. On Thursday night in London, Adams once again proved his Rolodex is better than yours when he called upon Johnny Depp to join him on stage.

Depp came out for Adams’ encore at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the power couple went into Adams’ new favorite cover, Danzig’s “Mother”. They also performed “Kim” from Ryan Adams. 

Find the complete setlist from the night here, and see photos and videos from the surprise appearance below.

Conan OBrien spoofs Apples U2 removal service watch
Sep 18, 2014 9:48pm | Cosequence Of Sound

When a good chunk of Apple users began to voice their disdain over the unexpected appearance of a new U2 album on their iPhones, the tech giant responded by creating a website that enabled users to remove the LP with just one click. But what if the pain and suffering caused by Bono didn’t end there? That’s the scenario conjured up by Conan O’Brien in a very funny sketch aired on tonight’s episode of his late-night show. Without giving too much away, the negative blowback actually works out in Apple’s favor.

Self-titled debut album from Mr. Bungle to be reissued on vinyl
Sep 18, 2014 9:39pm | Fact Magazine

The highly sought-after debut album from Mike Patton‘s cult avant-metal outfit Mr. Bungle is getting a reissue.

Earlier this year we announced that group would be starting a an official archival campaign following the sale of a series of bootlegs and unauthorised reissues. The first title in the catalogue to receive a fresh pressing is the band’s classic debut. Mr. Bungle was originally released in 1989 and provided a dizzying ride through an eclectic mixture of metal, funk, ska and free jazz.

The first 2000 copies of the new package will arrive on purple transparent vinyl. The album has been expanded to a double LP edition as the compressed nature of the early, single-vinyl versions “had a rather dull dynamic sound as a result.”

Mr Bungle fans can expect further reissues in 2015  the demand for the avant-metal troupe’s back catalogue continues. Check out Robin Jahid’s in-depth run down on “Mike Patton’s greatest band” here.


Side A:

1. Quote Unquote
2. Slowly Growing Deaf
3. Squeeze Me Macaroni
4. Carousel

Side B:

5. Egg
6. Stubb (A Dub)
7. My Ass is On Fire

Side C:

8. The Girls of Porn
9. Love is a Fist
10. Dead Goon

Side D:


[via Exclaim

Lower Plenty (mem Total Control) releasing an LP on Mexican Summer (stream it), playing Baby's tonight; WIFE play after
Sep 18, 2014 8:31pm | Brooklyn Vegan

We already mentioned that Skygreen Leopards and J Fernandez have new material and tours hitting NYC's Baby's All Right pretty much as we speak, but what we didn't mention is so do Australia's Lower Plenty who are also on tonight's bill. They share members with Total Control, UV Race and Deaf Wish (who also have North American dates coming up) and make kinda-psychedelic folk on their new album, Life/Thrills, which comes out next week (9/23) via Mexican Summer. You can stream that in full (via Stereogum) below. Tickets will be available at the door for tonight's show.

After that show, Baby's hosts a Junglepussy show (tix also at door), and THEN hosts a third show with WIFE at 11 PM. WIFE is the Tri Angle-signed electronic project of James Kelly, guitarist/vocalist of the now-defunct metal band Altar of Plagues. It's a last-minute one-off while he's in NYC after the two Bear In Heaven shows he opened this week (pictures of MHOW coming soon) and is FREE.

Stream the Lower Plenty album below...

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Controversial Aaliyah biopic gets November release date
Sep 18, 2014 8:08pm | Fact Magazine

The long-delayed Aaliyah biopic has finally been given a release date. Aaliyah: Princess of R&B will air on November 15 on the USA’s Lifestyle network.

The late songstress’ estate has been fighting the release of the biopic claiming that the made-for-TV film is too small of a project. Aaliyah’s family have stated that whilst they are not against a major studio film depicting the singer’s life, they will block any attempt to use her music in this film. A quote from Aaliyah’s estate said the singer deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that wont even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.

Controversy surrounded the production earlier this year when Disney starlet Zendaya quit filming after heavy criticism regarding her casting in the lead role. She was replaced by Nickelodeon‘s Alexandra Shipp. Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is based on Christopher Farley’s biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The film has been executive produced by prominent hip-hop media personality and former Hot 97 host Wendy Williams.

Aaliyah passed away in 2001 in a plane crash in The Bahamas. She was only 22. [via Complex]

MOTHXR Backstage with Best Fit
Sep 18, 2014 7:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The Brooklyn-based electro outfit behind the scenes in pictures in London.

The CD Still Rules In Japan
Sep 18, 2014 6:37pm | StereoGum

It seems like Japan is the only place where the CD still reigns supreme, at least compared to the dire market for the aging platform in the rest of the world. According to a new report from The New York Times, CDs still make up about 85% of album sales in the country, compared to just 57.2% in the U.S. market. The article speculates that the reason why Japan is still so attached to CDs is a business culture that “still views the digital business with suspicion” mixed with a market that values collectibles, which is why greatest hits compilations still do so well in the Japanese market. The CD market is also lucrative for record companies in the country because of retailer restrictions that limit the price of new CDs to more than $20.


James Cameron wins fourth 'Avatar' lawsuit
Sep 18, 2014 5:51pm | NME
Yes album cover artist Roger Dean claimed his fantasy artwork inspired the 'Avatar' universe

Tinchy Stryder posts video footage from Chuckle Brothers studio session - watch
Sep 18, 2014 5:50pm | NME
Paul Chuckle said the pair were 'laying down some cool stuff' with the rapper

Jessie Ware at London’s Roundhouse
Sep 18, 2014 5:45pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The Best Fit favourite plays the iTunes Festival in London. Gaëlle Beri went to photograph.

This video of the Chuckle Brothers dancing in the studio with Tinchy Stryder is everything
Sep 18, 2014 5:44pm | Fact Magazine

The Chuckle Brothers have been in the studio with Ruff Sqwad.

We repeat: the Chuckle Brothers have been in the studio with Ruff Sqwad. UK readers of a certain age will be familiar with the Chuckles: the duo’s BBC show ChuckleVision has been rolling for over 20 series, and they appear sporadically in the news, usually in the context of a sex scandal or high court trial.

Anyway, they were recently in the studio with Ruff Sqwad’s Tinchy Stryder and Dirty Danger “laying down some cool stuff” [their words], as evidenced in the selfie above and the video below. Incredible scenes.

Post by Tinchy Stryder.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' - C3PO won't be CGI says droid actor Anthony Daniels
Sep 18, 2014 5:38pm | NME
Leaked set picture shows Adam Driver in an X-Wing pilot's uniform

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