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In Photos: Leeds Festival 2014 - Day 3
Aug 27, 2014 11:38am | Drowned In Sound

Backwords ready 'Nest' (stream a track), playing release show with Radical Dads, Dead Stars & Wild Yaks
Aug 27, 2014 11:31am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Brooklyn's Backwords are set to release their new album, Nest, on September 16 via Campers Rule. The band, which features multiple members who both write and sing lead, decamped to a Sunset Park warehouse to record the album, the bones of which were done live to tape. There's ambition here, too, in the writing, arranging and production -- Backwords have come a ways from their more simple, folkier beginnings. We've got the premiere of opening cut "I'm Not Lying," which takes the Spector/Ronettes beat and then goes in different directions. You can stream it below.

Backwords will celebrate the release of the new album in their hometown at Baby's All Right on September 20. Wild Yaks, Dead Stars and Radical Dads are also on the bill and you get a limited-edition cassette of the album with entry. Advance tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the release show, new song stream and album cover art below...

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Echo And The Bunnymen announce November UK tour dates
Aug 27, 2014 11:24am | NME
Band will also play one-off homecoming gig in Liverpool next year (2015)

Watch: J Mascis Every Morning Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)
Aug 27, 2014 11:20am | CMJ

In keeping with a string of recent of albums completely free of missteps, J. Mascis‘ Tied To A Star, out this week on Sub Pop, is a spectacular work of acoustic songcraft. The album’s popcorn lead single, Every Morning, recieved the official music video treatment this morning courtesy of director Danny Jelinek. The video, released via Funny or Die, casts Mascis as “Space Angel,” a guitar-wielding guru at the head of a mysterious 1970s cult. It’s a hilariously literal play on Mascis’ status as an indie musician with a “cult following.” The video also features what appears to be a brief cameo from James Mercer (of the Shins/Broken Bells), and a significantly less subtle cameo from Fred Armisen who appears as a straight-laced outsider bent on shattering the cult’s illusion.

Check out the video below, along with Mascis’ newly updated tour schedule (which features a string of dates with Kevin Drew, Purling Hiss and Luluc).

J Mascis "Every Morning" from Funny Or Die

Tour Dates For J. Mascis:
09/24 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space*
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live*
09/26 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
09/27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
09/28 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle*
09/30 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree^
10/01 ...

Mark Lanegan Band Floor Of The Ocean
Aug 27, 2014 11:15am | StereoGum

Mark Lanegan recently released the new EP No Bells On Sunday, but that was really just an appetizer for the upcoming full-length, Phantom Radio. Crazily enough, Lanegan says most of the album’s drum parts were made using an app on his smartphone called Funk Box. You’d expect something that costs a couple bucks from an app store to be a little simplistic, but that only works to Lanegan’s advantage on the hypnotic new single “Floor To The Ocean.” Aided by the drum machine’s insistent chug, a little synth twinkle, and some atmospheric guitar, Lanegan croons his way through the song’s late-night groove. Listen below.


André 3000 discusses OutKast reunion, hip-hop, and rumored solo album in New York Times interview
Aug 27, 2014 11:14am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo courtesy of David Hall

For the first time since OutKast reunited back in April, André 3000 has sat down for a proper interview. In an extensive conversation with Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, the reclusive MC talked about his place in hip-hop and why, after eight years, he finally agreed to reunite with Big Boi. He also revealed how Prince served an important role in the success of OutKast’s tour, and gave an update on his long-rumored solo album.

Here are some of the highlights:

André credits his starring role in the Hendrix biopic for rekindling his creative fire…  

Honestly, I needed it in my life, too. Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when youre alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldnt let them down.

He questions whether there’s still a place for him in modern hip-hop…

I remember, at like 25, saying, I dont want to be a 40-year-old rapper. Im 39 now, and Im still standing by that. Im such a fan that I dont want to infiltrate it with old blood…

My son, hes 16. Him and his buddies, theyll be in the car, and Ill say, Hey, what do yo...

Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Potty Mouth & The Love Of Everything rocked Shea Stadium (pics)
Aug 27, 2014 11:14am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome @ Shea - 8/26/14

The stacked Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome / Potty Mouth / The Love of Everything tour kicked off last night (8/26) with a sold out show at Brooklyn's tiny Shea Stadium. It was a great show all around, and packed almost the entire time. Pictures are in this post.

The Love of Everything, aka Joan of Arc's Bobby Burg, kicked things off with a one-man-band set consisting of Bobby's voice, guitar, bass, synths, and a crude drum machine all going through a loop pedal. In a way, Love of Everything was the odd band out on the bill. It was the only one that wasn't a "band" in the traditional sense, and the only one whose songs didn't revolve around briskly strummed distorted guitars. But what he did have in common with the rest of the bill is his music came from a place of rawness and passion, rather than a traditional idea of "technique," something Bobby is undeniably a veteran of.

The energy level began to rise when Potty Mouth followed with their set of poppy punk, but really rose once Joanna Gruesome took the stage for one of the best sets I've seen of theirs yet. Joanna Gruesome are equal parts twee pop and more aggressive punk, but the energy of the latter is what wins out at their shows. All band members thrash around the stage like a hardcore band while singer Alanna McCardle stands at...

Stream Trentemøller Lost Reworks (Stereogum Premiere)
Aug 27, 2014 11:13am | StereoGum

Danish producer Trentemøller worked with some exciting guest musicians on his last album, Lost, including Lower Dens singer Jana Hunter (“Gravity“), the Drums’ Jonny Pierce (“Never Stop Running“), and Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead (“Come Undone“). Next week will see the release of Lost Reworks, a remix album that features reinterpretations of the songs from Jenny Wilson (best known for her work with the Knife), Unkwon, Trentemøller himself, and more. Now you can stream the entire record below.


Zookeeper Pink Chalk (Stereogum Premiere)
Aug 27, 2014 11:11am | StereoGum

When Mineral announced back in April that they were playing their first shows in 17 years, it was welcome news for people who were still yearning to revisit the golden era of emo. Mineral frontman Chris Simpson never stopped making music though, first with the Gloria Record and more recently under the name Zookeeper. “Pink Chalk” is the title track from Zookeeper’s new album and, like some of the best songs, it’s a little hard to grasp the precise emotion behind the song, but it certainly knows how to make you feel something. It starts with a contemplative piano placed over some heavy breathing, both of which carry through the whole song, providing texture and a hint of weary exasperation. But there’s also hope that peeks through, a sense of comfort and warmth. It’s a song that you can project all of your worries into and feel a little better, even if only for a few minutes. Simpson’s vocals are clear and passionate — the way his voice stretches out the last syllable of every line is affecting, as if he’s crying out for help and reassuring you at the same time. It’s a gorgeous piece of music, and you can listen to it below.


Interpol streaming 'El Pintor,' played a release show in LA (pics, full video, setlist)
Aug 27, 2014 11:06am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Adela Loconte

Interpol @ Mack Senate Stage 8/26/2014

Interpol played LA's Mack Senate Stage last night (8/26), a special concert presented by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. The show celebrated the forthcoming release of the long-running NYC band's new album, El Pintor, which is out next week via Matador. (Stream it at NPR.) That album's "Breaker 1" and "Same Town, New Story" made their live debut last night. Full video, pics and setlist from the KCRW show are in this post.

NYC, meanwhile, will get two El Pintor release shows next week: The Met's Temple of Dendur on September 2 (sold out) and Bowery Ballroom on September 4 (tickets on sale Thursday [8/28] at noon). And they'll be back this fall for two sold-out Terminal 5 shows.

Video and more pics from Interpol's KCRW show below...

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Video Premiere: Dog Bite Lady Queen
Aug 27, 2014 11:02am | CMJ

We dug Dog Bite’s Tranquilizers, which dropped earlier this year on Carpark, and now we have the premiere of the video for one of the album’s standout tracks, Lady Queen. Former Washed Out keyboardist Phil Jones has a voice that is equal parts spooky and warm, and it bubbles all over this dusky, danceable tune. The video, which focuses on one particularly inspired dancer, is the product of a contest initiated by the band earlier this summer that asked fans to submit dance videos for Lady Queen. This submission, which perfectly suites the mood of the song, comes via Atlanta director John Manfredi. Check it out below.

The post Video Premiere: Dog Bite – “Lady Queen” appeared first on CMJ.

Watch St. Vincent play a cruel game of Name That Song
Aug 27, 2014 11:01am | Cosequence Of Sound

Chances are that if you read this site, you think of yourself as some sort of musical expert. But, if you were given a test to identify their songs based on just 30-second snippets, how well would you really do? Be honest. It’s way harder than you think.

The mighty Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, was subjected to a similar challenge recently at the Rock En Seine festival. Folks from the French site Sourdoreille played random tracks by some of Clark’s biggest musical influences and asked her to name ‘em on the spot.

While she easily nailed some (Talking Heads), she found herself rather stumped by others, especially Sufjan Stevens’ “bullshit Christmas tracks” which were obviously fiendishly used to trip her up. At one point, Clark even calls the game “cruel.”

Though I do agree it’s a rather tricky game  do you know how many holiday songs Sufjan has? A LOT  it’s still cool seeing Clark rattle her brain and talk about artists far and wide and her personal connections to them. And well, it’s also pretty fun hearing her curse in English and seeing the French subtitles below. Or maybe I just really like cursing in French. Oh merde!

Watch it below (via Stereogum).

Jennifer Castle enchants on new album Pink City; stream it now
Aug 27, 2014 11:00am | Chart Attack

Jennifer Castle's Pink City is streaming over at CBC, and on first listen it sounds like an artifact chanced upon in a dusty box found on the side of an abandoned town's record store. The tender, soaring folk full of melancholy and wit feels like a relic, but with too much singular personality to be just some curio. Pink City features contributions from Owen Pallett, Paul Mortimer of The Highest Order, Brodie West, and many more Toronto music pals. Put it on, stare outside, and reflect with some unsugared tea. And a nice dog, if you can get one.

Jennifer Castle's new album Pink City is out September 2 via Idee Fixe Records; pre-order it here.

Jennifer Castle enchants on new album Pink City; stream it now by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat tease 'Sherlock' season 4
Aug 27, 2014 10:52am | NME
It might be going darker say the writers

Austrias Elevate festival adds next wave of acts featuring Scratcha DVA, Mala and Cooly G
Aug 27, 2014 10:47am | Fact Magazine

Austria’s sprawling Elevate Festival returns this October with a cracking lineup of forward-thinking artists from across the globe.

The festival is always worth keeping an eye on, and Elevate are off to a great start this year with appearances confirmed from Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio, Hyperdub boss Kode9, noise techno producer Container and Detroit’s Motor City Drum Ensemble. They’ve now announced the second wave and it’s looking even more tantalizing – on top of Kode9, the festival is also grabbing a few more names from the Hyperdub stable - Scratcha DVA, Cooly G and Ikonika. It’s all in celebration of the label’s 10th birthday this year, and as a “special birthday present” the label are also bringing along DMZ’s Mala and Teklife DJs Feloneezy & Jackie Dagger.

Elsewhere, UK producer (and FACT fave) Tessela will be dropping in for a set, as will experimental type Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka Lichens), who will no doubt be fusing his modular synth experimentations with his well-practiced vocal workouts.

For a closer look at the festival’s programme thus far and to grab tickets, make sure you head to the Elevate site

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