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East London students launch petition to name new graduate centre after Wiley
Jan 28, 2015 6:34am | Fact Magazine

Students from east London’s Queen Mary University are petitioning their principal to name a new building after Wiley.

A petition on has called for the Bow university’s new graduate centre to be named in the grime icon’s honour, citing his “significant contribution to the field of music”.

The Wiley Graduate Centre would “raise ambitions” in a disadvantaged area of the city, say the campaigners, and would be a “fitting tribute” to the “drive and ambition” of both Wiley and the institution:

“We want the local students to see the Wiley Graduate Centre and believe that they can create their futures by working hard, just as Wiley did. We want to develop the social enterprise work Queen Mary is already committed to doing, and simply see this as an extension of that. We believe that our university has a social responsibility to raise aspirations of those who live in the area, even if they do not attend the university itself.”

What do we think? The Wiley Graduate Centre has a certain ring to it, for sure though it’s not as cool as the proposed statue of him in Bow. Add your name to the 248 signatures so far at

A Florida collector is selling his 60,000 records for $6,000
Jan 28, 2015 6:00am | Fact Magazine

Fancy opening a record store?

A massive collection of 60,000 second hand and sealed records has been put up for sale via online classifieds platform Craigslist for $6,000.

Bought from DJs, producers, record pools and entire stores, the 500-box collection is said to include mainly records from the ’80s and ’90s, some of which are still sealed and none of which have been touched by for more than 10 years.

Too good to be true? The haul is pick-up only from a warehouse in Palm Beach, Florida. No doubt it will appeal to Brazilian businessman Zero Freitas and his desire to buy up all of the worlds records.

See the listing and find out more about the collection on Craigslist.

In related news, someone has launched a Facebook page for flagging up ridiculous vinyl ads on Craigslist.

Swans add UK and Ireland dates to European tour
Jan 28, 2015 5:58am | Fact Magazine

Michael Gira’s merry band of bastards have announced a series of UK and Ireland dates for May.

Swans’ albums are monolithic enough – their most recent effort, To Be Kind, was two hours long – but the band’s live shows are where they truly ascend, sometimes lasting up to three hours. The group have now added a selection of British dates to their May European tour, including shows in London (21 May, The Roundhouse) and Glasgow (May 23, Art School).

Full list of dates below. Revist Maya Kalev’s interview with Michael Gira.

Swans European Tour – May 2015
2 May – Istanbul, Turkey, FSK Saloon
5 May – Arhus, Denmark, Vohalle
6 May – Stavanger, Norway, Folken
7 May – Bergen, Norway, USF Verteft
8 May – Oslo, Norway, Vulkan
9 May – Trondheim, Norway, Blaest
11 May – Gothenburg, Sweden, Sticky Fingers
12 May – Malmo, Sweden, Babel
14 May – Nijmegen, NL, Doorroosje
15 May – Dortmund, Germany, FZW
16 May – Liege, Belgium, Les Ardents Club
17 May – Kortrijk, Belgium, De Kreun
20 May – Bristol, Marble Factory –
21 May – London, The Roundhouse – 2
3 May – Glasgow, Art School –
24 May – Belfast, Mandela Hall – http://bit.l...

Petite Noir - The King of Anxiety EP
Jan 28, 2015 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Gloomy post-punk with a rhythmic soul from South Africa.

Sónar adds FKA Twigs, Arca & Jesse Kanda, Duran Duran and more
Jan 28, 2015 5:19am | Fact Magazine

Sónar has announced 38 new acts for 2015′s festival.

Leading the charge, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, Duran Duran, Róisín Murphy and Arca & Jesse Kanda (pictured above at their recent show at London’s ICA). Skrillex and The Bug will be representing for the heavier side of things, while Hot Chip, Die Antwood and Yung Lean & The Sad Boys also stopping by for sets.

Laurent Garnier, Jamie xx, Maya Jane Coles, Powell, Randomer, Cashmere Cat, Roman Flügel and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are amongst the dance DJs added to the bill, while there’s a showcase celebrating 20 years of Peter Rehberg’s Mego label, featuring TL, Voices From The Lake, Russell Haswell, the Asturians LCC and Klara Lewis.

There’s also room for local Spanish performers: Headbirds, Menero, STA and Desert. They join a bill that already featured Autechre, Vessel, SOPHIE, Holly Herndon, Kate Tempest and more.

For tickets and more information, head here. Sónar takes place from June 18-20 in Barcelona.

Watch: Cairobi - Zoraide
Jan 28, 2015 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
London quintet Cairobi offers the kaleidoscopic visuals of their psych-pop single "Zoraide" from their upcoming debut EP.>

DiS meets Emil Amos of Holy Sons + video premiere
Jan 28, 2015 4:33am | Drowned In Sound

Emil Amos is a multi-talented, multi-tasking and seemingly multi-armed multi-instrumentalist with multiple musical missions. Perhaps best known as the drummer for Grails and OM, he also plays in the hip-hop-influenced Lilacs & Champagne with fellow Grails member Alex Hall and continues to release heaps of solo music under the name Holy Sons. Last years The Fact Facer was perhaps Holy Sons strongest record to date, blanketing Will Oldham-ish alt-folk melodies in dense, murky and atmospheric layers of psychedelic experimentation. To celebrate his European tour, Drowned In Sound is delighted to unveil the new Holy Sons video for Long Days. We also caught up with Amos to pick his brain about dark humour, prolificacy, cultural appropriation and the meaning of life...

Long Days video premiere:

Where did the cheery Fact Facer cover art of a hanging man come from? Why did you choose it?

Emil Amos: I started collecting clippings and old illustrations to use for collage back when I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1999. At some point I became too busy with making records and videos to continue that tradition as deeply... and now I live in New York where theres really no room to keep it all around. The cover of The Fact Facer comes from an American mystery/detective comic that was issued in the 1940s.

Leonard Cohen is often considered to be the epitome of wrist-slashing misery when in fact hes (in the wo...

Watch Andrew Combs play Pearl in session
Jan 28, 2015 4:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
We took aside the Nashville singer and his band during last year's End of the Road festival for a stripped down rendition of 'Pearl'>

Watch: Big Noble - Ocean Picture
Jan 28, 2015 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli join forces in cinematic duo Big Noble.>

Listen: OOFJ - I Forgive You
Jan 28, 2015 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Los Angeles synth-pop duo strikes gold again with "I Forgive You" combining cinematic sweeps with dance-ready electronics.>

Tomorrowland to launch vinyl-only stage
Jan 28, 2015 3:30am | Fact Magazine

Is this thing on?

Belgium’s Tomorrowland has played host to the good, the bad and the ugly of the phenomenon we call EDM in recent years, but for its 2015 edition the organisers have decided to bring back some old-school quality by launching a vinyl-only stage.

The stage will operate on the Saturday of the weekender led by a man who’s certainly got the skills in that department, techno daddy Sven Väth. He’ll bring along his Cocoon crew to show us how it’s done.

Tomorrowland also recently announced the National Orchestra of Belgium as its first artist, so this year’s festival looks set to be a departure from the usual EDM onslaught. Last year’s line-up included Afrojack, Steve Aoki and Above & Beyond as well as the likes of Erol Alkan, Jamie Jones and Green Velvet.

You can pre-register for tickets now. Meanwhile, the festival has been continuing its global expansion by plotting an event in India. [via Mixmag]

Two Gallants - We Are Undone
Jan 28, 2015 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The fifth studio album from the San Francisco duo shows their sound maturing, with a focus on heavier blues rock and a step away from their more folk inspired roots.

Hear Charli XCX singing Boom Clap in Japanese
Jan 28, 2015 3:15am | Fact Magazine

Here’s a clip of Charli XCX, probably Britain’s best pop star right now, singing her track ‘Boom Clap’ in Japanese.

Pop stars used to record Spanish language versions of their tracks to appeal to other markets (or worse, they made ‘Mi Chico Latino’), so it’s about time they had a go at J-pop as well. Plus Charli has recent aligned herself with the J-pop-loving PC Music crew, tapping A.G. Cook for a trance-tastic remix of ‘Doing It’, so it all fits together neatly.

Check it out below (it’s only an excerpt sadly). Her latest album SUCKER came out at the end of 2014. [HT @disconaivete]

Waxahatchee & Radiator Hospital - Old St Pancras Church, London 26/01/15
Jan 28, 2015 3:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Katie Crutchfield delivers a flooring set of new and vintage material in an exquisitely intimate venue.>

Two Gallants - We are Undone
Jan 28, 2015 2:28am | Drowned In Sound

Remember when it seemed like the world would never get to hear another Two Gallants album? Those were tough times. The five-year-gap between the duo's self-titled LP and The Bloom and the Blight was excruciating, enough to make the wait for their fifth album seem like a drop in the ocean in comparison. It's true that We are Undone has come together relatively quickly, especially since Adam Stevens and Tyson Vogel spent a considerable amount of time touring its predecessor, but there isn't even the slightest hint of complacency about the ten tracks that make up the record. Indeed, there are genuinely inspired moments scattered throughout; it's hard to argue with the title track, which kicks off the album in bombastic fashion.

'We are Undone' is a bruising reminder that Two Gallants have lost none of their melodic heft, brought to life by Karl Derfler's spacious production. He's worked with the likes of No Doubt and Dave Matthews Band, but was also behind the mixing desk for Tom Waits's Bad as Me, so it's easy to see why Stevens and Vogel chose to work with him. The more upbeat moments on We Are Undone benefit from a full-bodied sound, with 'Incidental' racing through its 150-second running time with the sort of reckless abandon that would put most other duos of this ilk to shame. The album's most immediate moment comes in the form of the self-deprecating 'Fools Like Us', whose stomping drums and full-thro...

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