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TV Party: Cymbals Eat Guitars Talk The Real Housewives Of New York City
Jul 24, 2014 2:25pm | StereoGum

Cymbals Eat Guitars is a frenetic, emotional, catchy, wildly great band from New York City. The Real Housewives Of New York City is a frenetic, emotional, catchy, wildly — well, ah — wild reality show from New York City (and the mind of Bravo’s Andy Cohen). It’s enough to make you think, “Man, can this band and this reality show about wealthy women have anything more in common?” As it turns out, they can! Sort of! Another commonality is Matthew Whipple, Cymbals Eat Guitars bassist and recent The Real Housewives Of NYC convert. I spoke to him about his love of the show and this week’s season six finale (which included a woman ripping off her prosthetic leg and slamming it on a table during cocktails).


Woods New Light Video
Jul 24, 2014 2:15pm | StereoGum

The prolific and consistently great Brooklyn folk rockers Woods released their latest album, With Light And With Love, earlier this year. Some of the band’s album covers have featured sketches from frontman Jeremy Earl, and his sketches have now been animated by organ/piano player John Andrews in a mesmerizing video for “New Light” that gives life to Earl’s simple line drawings. Watch below.


Rustie Attak (Feat. Danny Brown)
Jul 24, 2014 2:14pm | StereoGum

Last month, Rustie released the first single from Green Language, the very long-awaited follow up to his just about perfect debut, Glass Swords. One of the big surprises was that nearly half the album’s tracklist had vocalists listed, something that’s a major (and somewhat risky) move for the Scottish producer. The most exciting of those vocalists, though, comes right in the center of the album, courtesy of Danny Brown, which makes sense when you consider that Rustie produced some of the best songs on the energetic second half of Old. That song, titled “Attak,” is now available, and finds both producer and rapper at their most aggressive. Listen below.


Danny Brown played Best Buy Theater, made a song w/ Rustie who plays NYC on Friday (listen)
Jul 24, 2014 2:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

We recently mentioned that Rustie is releasing a new album, Green Language, which features Danny Brown on a track, and that track has now come out. It's called "Attak" and can be streamed below.

Rustie's tour hits NYC at Webster Hall this Friday (7/25). Tickets for that show are still available. Danny Brown played NYC's Best Buy Theater last night (7/23). Anyone go?

Video of Danny's set from last night, with the new song stream, below...

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Jeremih She Know It (Feat. Chi Hoover) Video
Jul 24, 2014 2:12pm | StereoGum

The Chicago R&B smoothie Jeremih, alongside producer Shlohmo, is half of the tandem that put together the No More EP, one of the year’s better free mixtapes. But that tape came out only a week ago, and Jeremih has already snapped back into solo mode. His as-yet-untitled third album is due this fall from Def Jam, and first single “Don’t Tell ’Em” absolutely bangs. And now he’s announced that he’ll release Not On My Album a new mixtape of stuff that we shouldn’t look for on that LP, next month. Given that Jeremih’s last solo tape was Late Nights, an excellent slow burner, this is good news indeed. The first track we’ve heard from the tape is “She Know It,” a casually badass collaboration with the Chicago rapper Chi Hoover, and it’s already got its own low-budget penthouse-party video from directors Kevin & Tionne. Watch it below.


Stream Branxs New EP, Look But Dont Touch
Jul 24, 2014 2:05pm | CMJ

Branx is the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Baltimore project of David Carls, and Look But Don’t Touch (Lowtemp) is his debut EP. It’s six tracks of slippery, thirst-quenching future funk with nostalgic, jazzy synth-whips sprinkled throughout. Even if you’ve never listened to Branx before, track names like Pellegrino Sweat and Watermelon Bubblegum make it pretty hard to resist. Lucky for you, you can listen to the entire EP below and download it here.

The post Stream Branx’s New EP, Look But Don’t Touch appeared first on CMJ.

Rustie drops new single Attak featuring Danny Brown, hear it in full now
Jul 24, 2014 2:04pm | Fact Magazine

Debuted on BBC Radio 1, ‘Attak’ is another taste of Rustie‘s eagerly-awaited new LP Green Language.

The track features a guest vocal from helium-voiced Detroit spitter Danny Brown, which probably shouldn’t be a big surprise. Rustie produced a trio of tracks on Brown’s excellent Old full-length last year, and it seems as if Brown is repaying favor.

It’s a massive, balls-out banger, and Brown’s screeching rhymes yet again prove that the two were made for each other. Now we’re even more excited about Green Language than we were before – roll on August.

Green Language will be dropping on August 26 via Warp Records.

Jeremih announces new mixtape Not on my Album, shares She Knew It
Jul 24, 2014 2:03pm | Fact Magazine

Woozy nu-R&B crooner Jeremih has shared the title and first taste of his next mixtape.

Hilariously, it’s titled Not on my Album, so we’re guessing that it’ll be a set of tracks that didn’t make it to his eagerly-awaited Def Jam debut. This news comes hot on the heels of the release (or was it a leak?) of Jeremih and Shlohmo’s long-delayed No More EP, but we’re not complaining – more Jeremih can only be a good thing.

To go along with the announcement, the singer has shared a brand new cut (which we assume has been snipped from the mixtape) – a fairly mediocre-sounding collaboration with Chi Hoover entitled ‘She Knew It’ which you can stream below.

Not on my Album is set to drop on August 4, and you can bet that when it does, it’ll be reviewed in FACT’s weekly mixtape column. [via Complex]

British Columbias Bass Coast Festival bans aboriginal headdresses
Jul 24, 2014 1:59pm | Chart Attack

It's been a bumper year for musicians appropriating or flagrantly disrespecting traditional Native American headwear, and B.C.'s Bass Coast Festival will have no part of it. When the electronic music festival descends into the city of Merritt this August 1-4, all "feathered war bonnets" will be banned out of respect for the festival grounds.

Here's part of the festival's honourable announcement on Facebook:

"We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us."

Hear that, ostensibly besieged white people? Today the uniting power of music was used to undermine your toxic opinions. And that's a beautiful thing.

A Tribe Called Red (who last month weathered calls of racism for their "Caucasians" shirt) celebrated the festival's new rules on Twitter. As should every decent person.

British Columbia’s Bass Coast Festival bans aboriginal headdresses by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Jake Gyllenhaal is the 'Nightcrawler' - watch first trailer
Jul 24, 2014 1:55pm | NME
L.A. thriller from 'Bourne Legacy' writer set in the world of crime journalism

The Roots playing a free show to celebrate Guitar Center's new Times Square location (win tix and/or a drumset!)
Jul 24, 2014 1:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET, courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove from The Roots plays it:

Details on how to enter the contest, below...

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iconic NYC dive bar Subway Inn closing after 77 years
Jul 24, 2014 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

(photo via @m_del)

More vanishing New York. This time iconic, unironic midtown NYC dive bar Subway Inn. Via their Facebook:

Subway Inn Patrons,

As you might know, Subway Inn was established in 1937, and has been proudly serving customers since.

We are sad to inform you that Subway Inn will be closed for business on or about the 15th of August. That's not to say we aren't opening another location. Subway Inn WILL relocate.

Follow Us for further details.


As it says, the neon goes dark sometime next month.

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Watch Diplo Show Off His Madonna Dubplate
Jul 24, 2014 1:41pm | StereoGum

Diplo has lately been putting in some studio work with Madonna, which is a pretty cool thing to have on your resume. During one of those sessions, he apparently convinced her to record a new version of “La Isla Bonita,” the 1987 hit that’s right up there with “Open Your Heart” and “Burning Up” and “Frozen” on the “Tom’s favorite Madonna songs” list. This time around, Diplo had her singing over a vaguely dancehall version of the original’s vaguely Spanish beat, and the opening line is different, too: “Last night, I dreamed of Major Lazer.” Diplo had the track pressed up on an exclusive dubplate and played its opening for the BBC DJ Annie Mac, and she freaked out accordingly. Watch video evidence below.


Coolio made a new ad for PornHub, but isn't signing a deal with them ++ there's Weird Al-themed porn now
Jul 24, 2014 1:31pm | Brooklyn Vegan

PornHub has already become a hot (some might say very hot) spot to premiere music videos -- just ask Xiu Xiu and FaltyDL -- and the next person to (sort of) follow suit will be a man of great hair, a misspelled Juggalo tattoo, and a standout on the Space Jam soundtrack, Coolio.

Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Coolio had actually signed to PornHub and would be releasing music there, but Coolio since clarified to Rolling Stone that's not actually the case. The video will just be a new PornHub ad that features Coolio in it. Here's what he said when Rolling Stone asked about TMZ's story:

Hold up. They made that shit up completely. I didn't talk to them about shit and they didn't ask me any questions. That shit was a fuckin' promo song for the website. That's it! I met some executive from Pornhub while he was out [in Las Vegas] for the AVNs. We hung out; he was cool. He asked me to do a song for Pornhub and that was it. It's not even my song that I'm putting out. I'm never doing a new album. I'll probably do nothing but singles. I'm as good as anybody out there lyrically and conceptually and can go toe to toe with the best of them throughout history. But I don't know how much longer I'll be doing it. It's not really fun anymore.
And while we're at it, here's another quote from the interview that's too good not to include:
I don't even watch porn, bro. You know why?

Diplo and Madonna remix La Isla Bonita
Jul 24, 2014 1:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this month, we learned that Diplo has been in the studio hard at work on Madonnas forthcoming album, her first since 2012′s MDNA. According to the superstar DJ/producer, the two have already written seven songs together, including what Diplo calls one of his “craziest records”. While they’ve yet to preview anything from the actual album, today we get a taste of what their pop-meets-EDM/dancehall collaboration might sound like with this remix of Madonna’s 1987 hit “La Isla Bonita”.

The rework debuted last night on Annie Mac’s new television show Superstar DJs and finds Madonna swapping the original lines of “Last night, I dreamt of San Pedro” with “Last night, I dreamt of Major Lazer.” Check it out below (via Radio).

And here’s the original for full comparison (and nostalgia!):

The “La Isla Bonita” remix comes just one week after Diplo flipped Lorde’s “Tennis Court”. Listen to that here.

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