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Kanye Wests headlining slot at Ottawa Bluesfest sparks competing petitions
Mar 31, 2015 2:46pm | Chart Attack

When this year's Ottawa Bluesfest lineup leaked last week, the biggest controversy was that the artists weren't "bluesy" enough. In retrospect, that just seems quaint. Yesterday, Kanye West was added as a headliner. And, considering everything he does seems to court controversy on at least a couple of levels (case in point: just later that day he was at the TIDAL "declaration" signing), it's caused an online backlash.

Echoing his appointment at Glastonbury, but on a smaller-scale (because, you know, Ottawa), an embarrassing petition has sprouted up to replace Kanye, arguably one of the biggest headliners in Bluesfest history, with someone "better."

Of course, "better" is as coded a term as it is subjective, but it hasn't stopped 832 fans from signing the petition, and another 118 people from joining a Facebook group called "Stop Kanye West At Ottawa Bluesfest." Reasons for signing include "Because fuck off."

If you don't like it, start a petition. Otherwise, we'll see you in Ottawa on Friday, July 10.

Kanye West’s headlining slot at Ottawa Bluesfest sparks competing petitions by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.

Watch Ad-Rock Give Advice To Teenage Girls
Mar 31, 2015 2:24pm | StereoGum
Rookie puts out a lot of great editorial and video content, but one of my personal favorites is their series "Ask A Grown Man" in which older male celebrities answer teen girls' questions about relationships, both social and romantic. TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Pavement's Stephen Malkmus, and Run The Jewels are among the musicians who've participated in the past, and today the magazine published their latest installment. Normally I would hate watching older dudes pander to the sensitivities of young girls, but so far most of the musicians have shared some really pointed advice, and the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz (bka Ad-Rock) is married to the very cool Kathleen Hanna, so he probably knows a thing or two about how to not act like a jerk. In this video, Horovitz responds to a series of questions about burgeoning relationships, consoling one girl that a first kiss is really not that big of a deal ("There's something really special about being really close for like, a moment") and assuring another that boys aren't always as intuitive as girls might like to think they are ("I don't like to generalize, but I'm going to. Boys for the most part are not very observant, or all that smart, for that matter"). Horovitz also shares some sound advice on what to do when you feel desperately self-conscious and depressed. Watch the entire video below.


Meat Wave touring, playing Elvis Guesthouse before Perfect Pussy's Weekend at Baby's (dates & EP stream)
Mar 31, 2015 2:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Chicago garage punks Meat Wave are one of the bands playing Perfect Pussy's Weekend at Baby's All Right this weekend. They're on the sold-out 4/3 show with PP, Sick Feeling and Mannequin Pussy, and it turns out that show's part of a short tour for the band.

The tour has them in NYC a night before the Perfect Pussy show to play a smaller gig at Baby's sister venue Elvis Guesthouse on Thursday (4/2). That starts at 10 PM and is totally free. All dates are listed below.

Earlier this year, Meat Wave put out their new EP, Brother, which follows 2012's self-titled LP. It's seven tracks of fast shakin' punk, and certainly doesn't overstay its welcome.

Stream it below...

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Jerry Paper celebrating new LP 'Carousel' at Silent Barn, playing Northside w/ Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos & more
Mar 31, 2015 2:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Brooklyn's Jerry Paper (aka Lucas Nathan) could almost have come straight of the Tim & Eric screen: defiantly weird, part hotel lounge act/Harry Nilsson/Brian Wilson with a little laptop R&B, and yet oddly appealing. (So Ariel Pink-ish? Kinda but not really.) His new album, Carousel, just came out today (3/31) via Bayonet and you can check out the strange album trailer and an Rdio stream of the whole album, below.

Jerry will be celebrating Carousel's released on Wednesday (4/1) at Silent Barn with Helado Negro, Trabajo, and Macula Dog. If you've never seen Jerry live, well, like his records, it's a little different. Tickets are on sale.

Jerry will also play the Bayonet Records Northside showcase at Rough Trade on June 12 with Frankie Cosmos, Warehouse and headliners Beach Fossils. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.

Video and streams below...

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Beastie Boys Ad-Rock gives relationship advice to teenage girls watch
Mar 31, 2015 2:19pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Over the course of more than 30 years, Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, has built up a career that most people can only dream of. From his historic run with the Beastie Boys (three Grammys, a Diamond-certified album) to his ongoing acting career (most recently starring in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young), the New York native is pretty much a legend in his own right, with a serious wealth of knowledge at his disposal.

This week, Horovitz passed along some of that wisdom as part of Rookie Mags “Ask A Grown Man” series, which features questions submitted by the publication’s teenage readership. Following in the footsteps of past guests Run The Jewels and Radiohead, the MC offered up advice on first kisses (“Go ahead and do it!”), how to properly breakup with someone, and personal insecurities, among other topics. Watch the full video below.

In related news, Ad-Rock confirmed that the Beastie Boys were officially done, but still have a treasure trove of unreleased music “in the vault.”

Marching Church King Of Song Video
Mar 31, 2015 2:18pm | StereoGum
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt is the frontman for Iceage, a Danish punk group that's better-known stateside than his solo project Marching Church. He's been gearing up for the release of a new Marching Church album called This World Is Not Enough, and previously shared "Hungry For Love" and "King Of Song" from the project. The album comes out today, so he's shared the video for "King Of Song" to commemorate its release. A black and white affair, it was directed by Catherine C. Coleman, and it follows Rønnenfelt through a dramatic performance of the song. Watch it below.


33 1/3 series preps book on Super Mario Bros. score for May
Mar 31, 2015 2:15pm | Fact Magazine

In addition to Mario, the music criticism series will also release books on Devos Freedom of Choice and The Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables at the same time.

33 1/3 is a running series where one music critic dedicates a book’s worth of words to a single album. The next run of books is due this May and will deliver a first in the series: A book dedicated solely to the score of a video game. It’s not just any videogame either.

Writer and composer Andrew Schartmann will write an entire book dedicated Koji Kondo’s groundbreaking original score to Super Mario Bros. It’s a fascinating challenge and not just because it’s the series’ first stab at a long form analysis of video game music, but because Kondo’s groundbreaking score only amounted to a couple minutes of music.

The books will be available May 21st via Bloomsbury, find more info on 33 1/3’s website. Revisit Kondo’s the musical world of Super Mario Bros. below.

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Watch Future Islands Debut The Chase & The Haunted In The UK
Mar 31, 2015 2:06pm | StereoGum
Future Islands are in the UK recording at Abbey Road, and they debuted two of their new songs Sunday at Sheffield Plug. "The Chase" is an uptempo new wave number in the vein of "Seasons (Waiting On You)," while "Haunted" is slightly more laid-back; imagine Future Islands putting their own melancholy spin on Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days," and maybe you're close. Watch fan-made video of both songs below, and read our recent Future Islands cover story while you're at it.


Downtown Boys streaming two songs from debut LP, touring
Mar 31, 2015 1:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Downtown Boys at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Sax-driven political punk party Downtown Boys signed to Don Giovanni last year, and since announced that the label will put out their debut album, Full Communisim, on May 4. So far two of the tracks have been released, "Future Police" and "Monstro." Check out both below.

Downtown Boys are also going on tour, and playing a record release show in NYC on May 15 at Palisades with In School (ex-Household) and The Homewreckers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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The X-Files star David Duchovny readies folk-rock debut album
Mar 31, 2015 1:54pm | Fact Magazine

The Freewheelin’ Fox Mulder.

David Duchovny: actor (The X-Files, Californication), director (House of D), writer (Holy Cow)… and musician? Apparently so: the multi-talented star has announced the release of his first solo album, Hell or Highwater.

Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened, Duchovny said in a statement. What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.

Hell or Highwater press materials promise a “blend of poetic lyrics and infectious melodies” when the album is released on May 12. Preview the album below. A tour in support of the album might have to wait, however: filming of the upcoming The X-Files mini-series is expected to begin this summer.

If Duchovny’s style doesn’t suit you, meet Palmbomen, who turned a summer long X-Files binge into a psychedelic house record.

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Eskimeaux I Admit Im Scared
Mar 31, 2015 1:48pm | StereoGum
To start, let's re-braid some loosened threads in the Eskimeaux narrative. Eskimeaux is the moniker of Gabrielle Smith, a songwriter known to play in Frankie Cosmos' band, but whose project has been in existence under this particular name since 2007. Smith is a member of the Epoch, a group of friends who identify as a collective and play in one another's bands. The members of Eskimeaux all front their own projects, and assist in a slew of others -- Oliver Kalb is Bellows, Felix Walworth is Told Slant, and Jack Greenleaf is Sharpless.


Ende Tymes Festival 2015 daily lineups & set times
Mar 31, 2015 1:46pm | Brooklyn Vegan

NYC's "festival of noise and abstract liberation" Ende Tymes Festival was recently announced to return this year from May 13-17 at Knockdown Center, Silent Barn and Outpost Artists Resources, and you can now check out the full schedule with daily lineups and set times. The fest includes Z'EV, Metalux, Dead Machines, Pharmakon, Lary 7, Gen Ken Montgomery, Chris Goudreau (of Sickness), David Lee Myers, Thomas Dimuzio, Bastard Noise, C. Spencer Yeh, Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski and many more.

There's an indieGoGo campaign set up to raise money for the festival, and more info at the fest's website.

Schedule below...

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Lower Dens takeover: Ernest Becker Escape From Evil
Mar 31, 2015 1:45pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

We’re all running from something, which Becker identifies as death without meaning or legacy. That the source of so much of our culture ought to lie in fear is both sad and eminently forgivable. There’s nothing more human than this. Our music tries to sound how it might feel to forgive this essential fault in ourselves and in all of us. — Jana Hunter, Lower Dens

[more Lower Dens x gorilla vs. bear takeover posts can be found here]

The X-Files David Duchovny to release album of folk-rock music
Mar 31, 2015 1:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Who knew 2015 was going to be such a big year for David Duchovny? He just put out his first novel (the New York Times best-seller Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale), he’s returning as Agent Fox Mulder in a new season of The X-Files, and now this: Duchovny has announced his debut solo album, Hell or Highwater. 

Due out May 12th on ThinkSay Records, the 12-track album sees the actor/writer/musician delivering “poetic lyrics and infectious melodies,” according to a press release. From a series of preview videos (which you can watch below), it seems the music will fall into the folk/rock troubadour realm of sound.

Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened, Duchovny said of the release.  What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.

The title track is available for purchase via iTunes, while pre-orders for the full record are going on here. Below, find the album art, preview clips, and tracklist.

Hell or Highwater Tracklist:
01. Let it Rain
02. 3000
03. Stars
04. Hell or Highwater
05. The Things
06. The Rain Song
07. Unsaid Undone
08. Lately its...

De La Soul Kickstarted their next album in less than 24 hours
Mar 31, 2015 1:32pm | Chart Attack

Pioneering hip-hop trio De La Soul haven't blessed us with a full-length of sunshine since 2004's The Grind Date, but Monday, they announced that they've been at work on a new record for the past three years and you, the fan, could help bring the thing to fruition via Kickstarter. At the time of publishing, just over 24 hours after the 32-day campaign went live, they've raised $196,000. That's 178% of their $110,000 goal.

You might recall that in February of last year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, the trio made their entire catalogue downloadable for the low, low price of your email a move that backfired when the servers went down but, in hindsight, helped this latest fundraising blast land squarely in the mailboxes of their hungriest fans.

For this upcoming, yet to be titled album, Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo decided, in light of their historic legal battles around sampling, they'll exclusively sample themselves. For the last few years, they've hunkered down with L.A. studio musicians in the historic Vox studio to produce over 200 hours of original music that they can pour over, chop, edit, and sample from to their hearts' content.

To pile quirk atop quirk, the next album boasts guest spots by Damon Albarn, 2 Chainz, and David Byrne, which probably don't come cheap, especially without the help of a label.

Can De La Soul become an internet band? It seems so.

De La Soul Ki...

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