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Watch Lorde, Disclosure, Alt-J, Skrillex, & More In A Very Austalian Year-End Sketch For Triple J
Dec 17, 2014 8:10am | StereoGum

The Australian radio station Triple J is about to launch its year-end Hottest 100 countdown. And to build up anticipation (or whatever), it put together a comedy sketch that stars as many musicians as possible. It’s pretty obvious that none of these people in were in the same room at the same time, but it’s still fun to watch the avalanche of dumb puns and the constant barrage of cameos: Lorde! Disclosure! Alt-J! Skrillex and Diplo! Ben Folds! First Ait Kit! Reggie Watts! Flume! Rick Astley! So many Australian groups who I don’t recognize! Check out the sketch below.


Charli XCX and Vampire Weekends Rostam perform on Letterman watch
Dec 17, 2014 7:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Charli XCXs week in New York City isn’t all fun and pizza: The UK pop singer followed up her stint on Saturday Night Live by appearing on last night’s episode of Late Show with David Letterman. Accompanied by Vampire Weekends Rostam Batmanglij on piano, Charli supported this week’s release of Sucker with the bombastic anthem “Need Ur Luv”. Watch the replay below.

If you’re wondering, yes — Letterman did in fact hand Charli a sex toy at the end of the performance. Well, sort of. Earlier in the show, Anna Kendrick and Letterman concluded that one peculiar-looking cat toy may have an ulterior purpose.

Watch Charli XCX Perform Need Ur Love With Vampire Weekends Rostam Batmanglij On Letterman
Dec 17, 2014 7:51am | StereoGum

Charli XCX continued her Sucker promotional tour with a stop by David Letterman where she played album closer “Need Ur Love.” She was joined by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who she wrote the track with, and a few backup singers. Charli dances around on top of the piano for most of the performance, wearing lingerie and a pair of glittery wedges. Letterman comes up on the piano with her at the end of the song and gives her a special Christmas gift. Watch below.


Meet Koyote, French club musics best-kept secret
Dec 17, 2014 6:28am | Fact Magazine

FACT TV and Sound Pellegrino presents Meet Koyote, a documentary about one of French club music’s best-kept secret. 

Although he’s far from a household name, key figures in French clubbing such as Teki Latex, DJ Orgasmic and Manare – all featured in Meet Koyote, along with Detroit’s DJ Nasty and others – revere Koyote for his encyclopaedic knowledge of dance music, his musical approach (a healthy combination of wide-eyed naivety and not giving a fuck) and his contribution to the Paris scene as a booker, DJ and producer.

Speaking to FACT, Teki Latex – whose Sound Pellegrino label have just released Koyote’s latest EP, Let Me Tell You What I’ve Got – compares Koyote’s music to Matt Groening using high school bands to play music in The Simpsons, despite it being arranged by professionals. “This EP reminds me of that approach”, he explains, “anti-elitist sounds and instruments serving a very confident release that stretches our personal definitions of House to spy movie scores played by children, characterised with playfulness and radiating the pure joy of creating music.”

Let Me Tell You What I’ve Got is out now on Sound Pellegrino on both vinyl and digital (the vinyl version features a track exclusive to the 12″, ‘Brigitte’. You can stream the EP below, and buy it here...

Future Brown make a fake beauty commercial for new track Vernáculo
Dec 17, 2014 6:28am | Fact Magazine

Warm tones and capitalist surrealism.

Warp’s underground supergroup Future Brown have appropriated the glossy advertising language of cosmetics brands in a video for their new track ‘Vernáculo’, featuring Maluca.

The slick clip was commissioned by Pérez Art Museum Miami, who describe it as “an exercise in capitalist surrealism” you’ll have to head to their website to watch it. It was unveiled Art Basel last week as part of a Future Brown show featuring Fade To Mind singer Kelela.

‘Vernáculo’ is taken from the group’s debut album, which sees the team of Fatima Al Qadiri, J-Cush and Nguzunguzu collaborate with Chicago upstart Tink, bop stars Sicko Mobb and grime vets Riko Dan, Roachee, Prince Rapid and Dirty Danger, among many more. It’s due on February 24. Check out previous single Talkin Bandz, featuring Shawnna and DJ Victoriouz. [via RA]

Are Beardos to Blame for the Demise of the UK's Small Venues?
Dec 17, 2014 6:05am | Drowned In Sound

Jasper (ex-Art Brut) on the Buffalo Bar, which is set to close, and the slow demise of the UK's National Sweatbox Association...

Buffalo Stance

or Why I didnt go and see Mclusky play at the Buffalo Bar

Last night, I didn't go and see Mclusky play at the Buffalo Bar because I went to my works Christmas drinks instead. Actually, they didn't even clash, I don't even have that as an excuse. Without too much of a problem, I could have been in the pub at one, had a tie round my head by four, photocopied my balls by five, persuaded a pissed up Graham from Accounts to come watch some real music by six, and been in the Buff by eight, or at least in the Highbury spoons until game time Im not made of money. But I didnt.

Instead I drank too much, went home, irritated my wife and woke up in the morning with a crippling 34 year olds hangover and a Facebook feed filled with tales of greatness from the leaky red womb of Highbury Corner. The timeline stories seemed to scream 'How last night at the Buffalo Bar completed me spiritually as a human being'. And this is what makes small venues great. Why all great bands should reform and start doing important things (I think Falco already went over that, to be fair). And why I was facing the wrong direction when it was all going on.

As you may have read, along with London venues like Madame Jojos, The Enterprise, Vibe Bar and pretty much all of Denmark Street, the Buffalo Bar is closing. After 14 y...

DAngelo pushed Black Messiahs release forward from 2015 after Ferguson verdict
Dec 17, 2014 4:52am | Fact Magazine

D’Angelo‘s tour manager has revealed that the r’n'b recluse pushed his album release forward due to the Ferguson protests. 

Speaking to The New York Times, Alan Leeds explains that the album was originally planned for a 2015 release, but after protests in Ferguson and elsewhere over the death of Michael Brown, the people involved in the record wanted to release it as soon as possible. According to Leeds, D’Angelo stated that ”the one way I do speak out is through music. I want to speak out.”

D’Angelo’s co-manager Kevin Liles recalls another conversation, immediately after a US grand jury didn’t convict the police officer who killed Brown. D’Angelo called Liles and said “‘Do you believe this? Do you believe it?’ … And then we just sat there in silence. That is when I knew he wanted to say something.

Elsewhere, the piece reveals that D’Angelo’s label RCA didn’t hear the album until Sunday night, December 14, at an industry listening party the night before its release. The album was finished in late November.

I had to resort to extreme violence: how Hipgnosis revolutionised the album sleeve
Dec 17, 2014 4:42am | Fact Magazine

If you had a penny for every time you heard some vintage creative type being described as ‘royalty’, you’d have a tidy little nest egg. But, in the world of sleeve design, Hipgnosis is, well, royalty. 

Founded in 1968, Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Po Powells design agency was one of the dominant forces in album art throughout the subsequent two decades. Best known as the outfit behind Pink Floyds run of iconic covers, their clients included Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, 10cc and ELO. Unless youve been living in a particularly well insulated cave, youll be well familiar with their aesthetic – colourful, brazen imagery, often based around arresting photography or gnomic symbolism. Their influence endures: in our feature on contemporary sleeve designers earlier this year, no company was namechecked as fervently or as regularly.

Neither Thorgerson nor Hipgnosis associate (and Throbbing Gristle and Coil member) Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson are still with us, but Powell remains busy, having recently put out a retrospective tome, Hipgnosis Portraits. Joe Muggs caught up with the designer to talk about ’60s counterculture, acid casualties, and why the best artists need to be good with their fists.

“They thought we were extremely disrespectful to the industry… which we were.”

Can we talk about growing...

Watch a Christmas grime cypher with P Money, Flirta D and a Jingle Bells riddim by Flava D
Dec 17, 2014 4:42am | Fact Magazine

Flava D cracks out the sleigh bells for a festive cypher.

The OGz crew dropped in to the basement of Red Bull’s HQ this week to deliver a Christmas grime cypher (and to big up this month’s Eskimo Dance on December 27).

P Money, Blacks, Little Dee, Desperado and Jendor all go in over a custom Xmas beat by producer/DJ/natty dresser and FACT favourite Flava D, but we reckon it’s Flirta D’s junglist leaning effort that takes the crown on this one.

It’s the first of two Christmas cyphers from Red Bull, with the other featuring Discarda, Teddy and newcomers Hydro, Maxsta and Shizz  watch that here.

We’ve been rolling out our own FACT Freestyles series on FACT TV this winter check out D Double E on a brand new Preditah beat and Blue Daisy over his own production.

Manic Street Preachers at Londons Roundhouse
Dec 17, 2014 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore play the second of three 'Holy Bible' shows in London. Minh Le shoots.>

Listen: Michael Clark - Talking To Nobody
Dec 17, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Mysterious sad bastard savant Michael Clark briefly resurfaces with "Talking To Nobody".>

Download the sixth annual edition of the Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada Christmas compilation
Dec 17, 2014 3:43am | The Line Of Best Fit
A festive compilation featuring exclusive new tracks from The Acorn, Michael Feuerstack, Dracula Legs and a whole lot more.>

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2014
Dec 17, 2014 12:27am | Brooklyn Vegan

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2014" at brooklynvegan

ADULT. are making a collaborative album with Michael Gira, Shannon Funchess and more
Dec 17, 2014 12:03am | Fact Magazine

The Detroit electro duo get by with a little help from their friends.

Ghostly’s resident electroclash unit ADULT. have announced details of their as-yet-unrecorded sixth studio album – and it’s looking to be a collective affair. Real-life couple Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kubera will invite six collaborators into their home in Detroit over the course of the next year to help record their next LP, which will be titled Detroit House Guests.

The guest list is impressive: the album will feature Swans bellower-in-chief Michael Gira, Nitzer Ebbs Douglas J. McCarthy and Light Asylum vocalist / Teengirl Fantasy collaborator Shannon Funchess. The other guests will be Lichens Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Lun*na Menoh of Les Sewing Sisters, and Dorit Chrysler of the NY Theremin society.

ADULT.s charges wont just be getting some recording time – Miller and Kubera will also provide their guests with a comprehensive tour of the city, and a welcoming party with local artists and musicians. The project has funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the pair will be providing updates of their progress as recording continues.

The album is expected to arrive in late 2015 / early 2016. In the meantime, check out ADULT.s 2014 FACT mix. 

Watch Kendrick Lamar debut a brand new track on The Colbert Report
Dec 16, 2014 11:55pm | Fact Magazine

Lamar debuted an untitled number on one of the last ever episodes of The Colbert Report.

US political satire show The Colbert Report ends its ten-year run this week and welcomed Kendrick Lamar as one of its final ever musical guests.

Kendrick celebrated the occasion by debuting a previously unheard, untitled number on the show (and it sounds a lot better than ‘i’). It is unknown whether the track is taken from the Compton rapper’s as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012′s good kid, m.A.A.d city.

 Lamar was joined for the performance by Brainfeeder-affiliated bassist Thundercat, singer Bilal and a backing vocalist. You can watch Lamar’s performance above. It begins at around four minutes into the video. [via SPIN]

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