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R.I.P. Virgin Mobile FreeFest
Jul 29, 2014 9:07pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Another prominent music festival has bitten the dust: Virgin Mobile FreeFest will not take place in 2014, festival promoters announced on Tuesday. A staple in the Washington, DC-Baltimore metropolitan area music scene since 2006, the festival was originally known as Virgin Music Festival before rebranding itself as Virgin Mobile FreeFest in 2009.
The last five installments were held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, and each festival was free to attend contingent on attendees completing charitable tasks in their community. VIP tickets were also available to purchase, with proceeds donated to the RE*Generation House homeless youth shelter in Washington, D.C.
Organizers did not give a reason for its cancelation, though Virgin founder Richard Branson previously expressed the financial challenges associated with a free event. We’d like to continue to do it for free because it fits the spirit of the brand, Branson explained to the Baltimore Sun in 2012. But if the money men at Virgin say, ‘Look, we did it for free while the public was struggling but now people are getting back on their feet, so maybe we should charge them,’ we’d have to think about it.
Over the years, Virgin Mobile FreeFest has welcomed such acts as Jack White, LCD Soundystem, Pavement, The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, M83, TV on the Radio, MGMT, and St. Vincent. During its existence as the pay-to-attend Virgin Festival, the line...
Classic Primus Lineup Announces Willy Wonka Tribute Album, Tour, Candy Bars
Jul 29, 2014 8:29pm | StereoGum
Funk rockers Primus are known to have some fun with their releases — previous album titles have included Sailing The Seas Of Cheese and Pork Soda. Their newest album may be their strangest yet: it’s a tribute album to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory called Primus And The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble. It’s the first album that sees the classic ’90s line-up recording together since 1995′s Tales From The Punchbowl. The album will be released on chocolate-colored vinyl and five golden copies will be made and distributed at random, mirroring the plot of the famous book/movie.
Mastodons Brent Hinds Carved A Giant Wooden Mastodong
Jul 29, 2014 7:51pm | StereoGum
When Brent Hinds isn’t fronting Mastodon, he likes to blow off steam by doing some wood carving in his spare time. Over the past year, he’s been busy with recording his band’s new album Once More ’Round The Sun, so for his first carving in almost a year, he channeled all his pent-up wood carving energy into making … well, a giant woodie. His wooden phallus is extraordinarily details, complete with veins and all — he called it his “giant pawnus” when he uploaded pics of the sculpture to his Instagram. Exclaim came up with the perfect name for Hinds’ creation: the Mastodong. Check out a photo of the phallus in its infancy stages (oof) below.
Listen: J Mascis new song Wide Awake, featuring Cat Power
Jul 29, 2014 7:44pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Cat Powers Chan Marshall has had a few different musical partners in the last several weeks. First, she teamed with Coldplay for the the title track to Zach Braff’s upcoming Wish I Was Here film. Then, earlier this month, Eddie Vedder invited her on stage in Portugal to drink a little wine and perform “Tonight You Belong To Me”. Now, Marshalls teaming up with another alt-rock icon, singing backup on J Mascis latest Tied To A Star single, “Wide Awake”.
The result is a dreamy, mostly-acoustic ballad that plays to the blissful tonalities of both singers voices. Cat Powers low, sultry croon diverges beautifully from Mascis more weathered and restrained drawl. Mascis guitar playing stays relatively simple, aside from the occasional finger picking flourish, keeping the focus on just how well their two voices blend together. Though heavily melancholic, theres a tranquil quality to the track that makes it surprisingly comforting despite all the heaps of sorrow.
Listen in below:
Tied To A Star is due out August 26th via Sub Pop. For more sounds, check out lead single “Every Morning”.
Tied to a Star Tracklist:
Song : FKA Twigs : Pendulum
Jul 29, 2014 7:17pm | My Old Kentucky Blog
FKA Twigs is one of the best things going in music at the moment. Her debut long-play LP1 hits shelves in just a couple of weeks on August 12th via Young Turks. We have had the pleasure of listening to it in full and it lives up to the hype. She has officially dropped another song from it for mass consumption titled “Pendulum”. About it, she claims it as “one of my favourite songs on my record” and we have to agree with that assessment. Listen below and check out the previously released “Two Weeks” here.
Watch Sad Jack White Throw Out The First Pitch At Tonights Tigers Game
Jul 29, 2014 7:15pm | StereoGum
After a rough night playing Detroit’s Fox Theatre yesterday, Jack White threw the ceremonial first pitch in his hometown for the Tigers. Maybe he’s still getting over his recent meme-ification as a disgruntled Cubs fan, but he still couldn’t manage to put on a smile even after throwing a straight pitch down the middle to an eagerly awaiting Santa, who was there as part of a Christmas In July promotion. Watch a video of his pitch below.
J Mascis Wide Awake (Feat. Cat Power)
Jul 29, 2014 6:57pm | StereoGum
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis casually announced his new album Tied To A Star on Late Night With Seth Meyers a few months back and shared the spry “Every Morning.” The world-weariness of his latest song “Wide Awake” has more in common with the quiet intensity of his last solo album Several Shades Of Why and features vocals from Cat Power’s Chan Marshall. Listen to their duet below.
Jack White threw out the first pitch at Tigers game, still looks sad
Jul 29, 2014 6:53pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Last week, Jack White took in a Chicago Cubs baseball game, and thus, Sad Jack White became the Internet’s new favorite meme. This evening, White headed to the ballpark once again, this time in his hometown of Detroit. The Tigers happen to be celebrating Christmas in July, which might explain the above selfie. Yet, when it came time to throw out the first pitch, he reverted back to his old ways.
Maybe he was still recovering from last night’s turbulent show at the Fox Theatre? Or, perhaps he has something against Santa Claus? Either way, he did throw the ball right down the middle — and, that’s something not everyone can say.
In addition to throw out the first pitch, White brought his Third Man Records Rolling Record Store to the ballpark, where it sold discount vinyl to all Tigers fans.
FKA Twigs Pendulum
Jul 29, 2014 6:18pm | StereoGum
FKA Twigs’ magnificent debut album LP1 is finally out in a few weeks — we’ve heard “Two Weeks” and the recently leaked “Video Girl” and now Zane Lowe has debuted “Pendulum” on BBC Radio 1. “You only want me in open spaces,” Tahliah Barnett sings in an impassioned whisper hovering over a weightless beat. “So lonely trying to be yours.” It’s an amorphous and fluttering track, pushed gently along by a staccato rhythm and her typically immaculate production. She says it’s one of her favorite songs off the new record and you can listen to it below.
Listen: FKA Twigs new song Pendulum
Jul 29, 2014 5:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Though FKA Twigs has already shared a few tracks from her forthcoming LP1, including “Two Weeks” and “Video Girl”, several more have been debuted live. That includes “Pendulum”, a mournful number that finds the experimental R&B singer at her most vulnerable and evocative. Now, the studio version has been made available, following its premiere earlier this afternoon on Zane Lowes BBC Radio 1 show.
Twigs self-professed favorite track, “Pendulum” sees her lush falsetto placed squarely between the rattle of mechanical drums and the hum of strange, atmospheric synths. Even as the somewhat jarring sounds threaten to consume every drop of your attention, its damn near impossible to avoid the emotional spell Twigs weaves with each and every revelatory note.
Listen to it now at BBCs website (scroll to the bottom of the page).
LP1 is due out August 12th via Young Turks. For more sounds, check out live versions of the album tracks “Lights On” and “Give Up“. Plus, watch the totally beguiling video for her remix of 2012s “Ache”.
King Kong to return in 'Skull Island'
Jul 29, 2014 5:01pm | NME
'Attack the Block's' Joe Cornish may direct
Primus preparing to release 'Willy Wonka' tribute album
Jul 29, 2014 4:55pm | NME
'Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble' will be released on October 21
Watch Jonny Greenwood Debut New Song Skip Loop
Jul 29, 2014 4:52pm | StereoGum
Videos from Jonny Greenwood’s recent orchestral performances have been gradually leaking out of late, some of which contain music from Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. We recently saw a clip for a piece titled “Loop,” and now you can watch one for “Skip Loop,” which is much slower and more droning than its predecessor. Between rumors of a new Radiohead album, anticipation for a new Paul Thomas Anderson film, and the fact that Inherent Vice marks the first time anyone has been crazy/brave enough to adapt one of Pynchon’s novels in the writer’s 50+ years of popularity, the second half of this year is a perfect storm of W.A.S.T.E.-related excitement. Watch the gentle performance below.
Jack White Annoyed By Apathetic Hometown Crowd At Detroits Plush Fox Theatre
Jul 29, 2014 4:52pm | StereoGum
Jack White is one of Detroit’s favorite sons, presumably, but he wasn’t feeling the love from his home crowd when he played the Fox Theatre Monday night. According to a Detroit Free Press report, White was apprehensive about playing a plush venue where “people start to feel like theyre watching a movie.” White was so anxious about playing a rock-unfriendly venue that before the show his road manager came on stage and asked the crowd to stand up and be rowdy. The audience indeed got on their feet, but after two songs White “became visibly displeased with the standing crowds lack of intensity in what he wanted to be a symbiotic affair.” White said goodnight and returned backstage after just 30 minutes. After a long absence from the stage, he and his band returned and ripped through “Fell In Love With A Girl,” telling the audience, “I know as Detroiters you can overcome comfortable seating and beautiful lighting to make something as real as possible.” Also: “We’re all together now. This isn’t ’Gone With the Wind’ in the 1930s, all right?” Eventually White’s return evolved into an hour-plus encore reporter Brian McCollum described as “cathartic.”
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