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Persuasions Say They Weren
May 22, 2015 11:49am | StereoGum
UPDATE: A rep for Jamie xx says "the sample has been cleared." // Jamie xx's full-length debut In Colour is one of the finest albums of the year so far, and the Young Thug/Popcaan collab "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" is its most instantly lovable single; we called it our favorite … More »




LINER NOTES: Afiara Quartet and Skratch Bastid
May 22, 2015 11:47am | Chart Attack
Liner Notes is a close up look at a great new album you may have missed. This week, Afiara Quartet teams up with DJ Skratch Bastid for a multi-part hip-hop/classical collaboration that plays more like a conversation than a fixed composition.

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Hear Another Preview Of Eminem
May 22, 2015 11:46am | StereoGum
Eminem seems to have settled comfortably into the habit of debuting new music via commercial. He used a Beats by Dre commercial to announce his return in 2013, and he recently debuted a new song in a trailer for the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring boxing movie Southpaw. Today, he's returned to the Beats format, sharing … More »



Those Pretty Wrongs
May 22, 2015 11:45am | StereoGum
Jody Stephens, the former drummer of Big Star, is the only founding member of that band who's still alive. A few years ago, Stephens was asked to play some music at a few screenings of the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, and he asked Luther Russell, former frontman of the '90s L.A. band … More »



Robert Pollard
May 22, 2015 11:38am | CMJ

These days Ty Segall might be the token example of someone who puts out more records than anyone can keep track of, but he has a long way to go before his discography will be anywhere near that of Robert Pollard. But Segall does beat Pollard in one arena—chart topping college radio success. While Pollard’s most well known project, Guided By Voices, has hit No. 1, his extensive solo career has not dealt him a great hand in the form of college radio success.

For such a prolific musician with such high levels of acclaim, it may come as a surprise that his solo peak on the CMJ charts is No. 11. Yep, he has not even cracked the top 10. From A Compound Eye, his first release after Guided By Voices initially called it quits in 2004, hit No. 11 on February 13, 2006.

CMJ Chart For The Week Of February 13, 2006


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1 1 CAT POWER The Greatest Matador
2 2 STROKES First Impressions Of Earth

Worriers share new song produced by Laura Jane Grace (who plays NYC on Memorial Day)
May 22, 2015 11:36am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

We mentioned earlier this year that Brooklyn's Worriers were working on a new album that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace was producing, and now the first fruits of their collaborations have been released. The new single's called "They / Them / Theirs," and it's a ripping melodic punk song about the frustrations of the gender binary. Check it out below (via Spin).

The new album is called Imaginary Life, and comes out August 7 via Don Giovanni. It follows 2013's Cruel Optimist.

We mentioned that Worriers have a hometown show coming up on May 28 at Silent Barn with Caves, Sundials and Alice, and that it would be the kickoff to their US tour with Caves. That tour was since announced in full (it also includes a New Brunswick show), and all dates are listed below.

Worriers also have a Starland Ballroom show on June 26 with Lifetime, The Menzingers and Laura Stevenson (tickets).

Meanwhile, Laura Jane Grace will be in NYC for a solo show at City Winery on Monday (5/25) (Memorial Day). That's sold out but you can join the wait list in case tickets become available. Against Me! are also touring and playing a free afternoon show in NYC on June 13 at McCarren Park (part of Northside Festival). Free tickets are still available.

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The Persuasions claim Jamie xx didn
May 22, 2015 11:27am | Fact Magazine

The Persuasions co-founder Jimmy Hayes weighs in on ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’.

Jamie xx teamed with Young Thug and Popcaan for In Colour cut (and song-of-the-summer candidate) ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’, a song based around a sample of The Persuasions’ 1972 a cappella classic ‘Good Times’.

However, The Persuasions’ Jimmy Hayes says the group was never contacted about clearing the sample, and he heard about the song through the grapevine. “I don’t want to think that these people just went on their own to sample our music without any notification to us,” he tells Billboard.

“One of the guys in [The Persuasions] was telling me that we talked to somebody from Jamie’s camp a few years ago over in England during a concert,” he says. “They were talking about how they had an artist who was interested in the Persuasions, that he liked the Persuasions’ music, and was interested in maybe doing some rap along with one of our songs, in sampling.”

Hayes hadn’t heard anything since, and a rep for Jamie xx did not reply to Billboard by press time. However, Hayes isn’t against the sampling, in principle. “I like the idea of the younger artists going back in time and dealing with what they call R...


The Persuasions claim Jamie xx didn
May 22, 2015 11:27am | Fact Magazine

The Persuasions co-founder Jimmy Hayes weighs in on ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’.

Jamie xx teamed with Young Thug and Popcaan for In Colour cut (and song-of-the-summer candidate) ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’, a song based around a sample of The Persuasions’ 1972 a cappella classic ‘Good Times’.

However, The Persuasions’ Jimmy Hayes says the group was never contacted about clearing the sample, and he heard about the song through the grapevine. “I don’t want to think that these people just went on their own to sample our music without any notification to us,” he tells Billboard.

“One of the guys in [The Persuasions] was telling me that we talked to somebody from Jamie’s camp a few years ago over in England during a concert,” he says. “They were talking about how they had an artist who was interested in the Persuasions, that he liked the Persuasions’ music, and was interested in maybe doing some rap along with one of our songs, in sampling.”

Hayes hadn’t heard anything since, and a rep for Jamie xx did not reply to Billboard by press time. However, Hayes isn’t against the sampling, in principle. “I like the idea of the younger artists going back in time and dealing with what they call R...


Q&A: Mary Epworth
May 22, 2015 11:00am | CMJ

Mary Epworth – Photo by Matthew-Robert Hughes

For at least a decade, the UK has had a string of excellent, emotionally dense, female soul singers. Amy Winehouse, Adele, Estelle, Duffy…the list goes on. Well open up another dock on your musical shipping lane for another British import, Mary Epworth.

On her debut LP, Dream Life, Epworth pairs the Dusty Springfield template of vintage American soul-pop made cloudly and wounded like a misty, British Sunday afternoon with some hefty riffs, traces of unexpected kraut-drone, some ’80s Kate Bush sweep and wheat field country melodies. Her brother Paul Epworth produced Adele’s 21, but Epworth is not just along for the neo-soul ride, as Dream Life takes mysterious turns that point to new roads for British lady soul.

Take a listen to Black Doe from Dream Life, which finally gets its U.S. release this week on Highline. And before you try to catch one of the last few shows of her current tour (dates below), check out our Q&A with Ms. Epworth.


I like how in Black Doe this kind of pastoral, banjo-led song explodes into a heavy, fuzzed-out riff. Was that your writing, or a producer suggestion?
That definitely happened in the production process, as when I wrote Black Doe it was a raga-ish fingerpicked thing. At some point, having lived with it for a bit, Wi...


Watch A$AP Rocky And Vince Staples In The DOPE Red Band Trailer
May 22, 2015 10:59am | StereoGum
A$AP Rocky has a busy summer ahead. He's releasing his highly-anticipated new album At.Long.Last.A$AP. and has a major role in a movie called DOPE that was co-executive produced by Pharrell Williams and Sean Combs. Today, they've released the red band trailer for the movie, which also stars Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, … More »



Nick Minaj x Jay Z Collab Probably Coming To Tidal Very Soon
May 22, 2015 10:56am | StereoGum
Nicki Minaj is one of the many celebrity co-owners of Jay Z's streaming service Tidal, and she did Tidal a great favor earlier this week, when she gave up her great video for the Beyoncé collab "Feelin Myself" as a Tidal exclusive. That may not be the only favor she does the service. As … More »



CL
May 22, 2015 10:50am | StereoGum
K-pop has always lingered outside the periphery of mainstream American pop, a purely international affliction that never made its way over the Pacific outside of niche circles. PSY, its biggest crossover of the past decade, was a mostly a novelty gimmick, discarded after a few months for the next musical meme. The world of girl-group … More »



Slayer is releasing an album called 'Repentless' on 9/11
May 22, 2015 10:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

Slayer is releasing a new album called Repentless on 9/11. That is a thing that is happening. Watch the trailer below...

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SOAK shares brooding cover of Led Zeppelin
May 22, 2015 10:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

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Ed Sheeran Wants You To Know He
May 22, 2015 10:30am | StereoGum
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ed Sheeran expresses some frustration with his public perception. You see, he's really quite successful, and he thinks it's time people realized that: … More »


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