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Diplo & Skrillex playing MSG on New Year's Eve, released "Take U There" ft. Kiesza (listen + dates)
Sep 16, 2014 9:12am | Brooklyn Vegan

Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.

The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.

List of dates and song stream below...

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Lana Del Rey pulls two further performances due to illness
Sep 16, 2014 9:06am | NME
The singer was also due to play BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge today (September 16)

Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music
Sep 16, 2014 9:00am | CMJ

One of the simple, smug joys of living in NYC is giggling at the amazement on the faces of tourists when they see buskers in the subways juggling to a Michael Jackson song crackling out of a dilapidated CD boombox while an old hippie is playing along on his Casio and two dudes in clown outfits are break dancing around it all. Which, come to think of it, sounds pretty interesting, but rarely seems that way (sadly) when youre rushing to your train. But this is not to say that busking in the city subway has lost its ability to rustle up an interesting, useful act. Case in point, this sax/sax/drums trio from the undertunnels of Manhattan, Moon Hooch.

Neat to note that this sprightly skronk-jazz record is coming out the week that a string of events are starting in NYC honoring the groundbreaking work of original No Wave era out-jazzbo, John Lurie. Opener here, No. 6 is a more streamlined version of the kind of downtown, post-punk horn-blurts that Luries Lounge Lizards conjured up in the late ’70s. Theres a midsection hi-pitched sax squeal that screeches way off the rails, aided by some slight reverb, that all suddenly gets yanked right back down by a lower register, flubbier sax and the drummers quick, simple slaps.

But the very next, Mountain Song, is a, well, Casio-sounding gloom-pop track with some fey vocal lyrics about a girl “walking, comprehending.” The simple sax lines that elbow their way out are right in line w...

stream Plaids' self-titled debut album
Sep 16, 2014 9:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

UK band Plaids are a week away from releasing their self-titled debut LP (September 22) on Barely Regal Records (UK), Art for Blind (UK) and Dingleberry (EU) (pre-order). It will be available through Robotic Empire in the US. Like we've said before, Plaids take on the sounds of the early days of emo when it was first evolving out of hardcore, the kind made in the late '80s by Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, and other Dischord bands of that era. They do the sound well, as you can hear for yourself by checking out a full stream of the album which premieres in this post.

Listen, with a track-by-track breakdown of the album from the band, below...

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Watch Strand Of Oaks Dramatic Cover Of Asias Heat Of The Moment
Sep 16, 2014 8:57am | StereoGum

Strand Of Oaks released the intense and gorgeous album HEAL earlier this year, and just yesterday, we heard his sincere cover of the National’s “Pink Rabbits.” But Timothy Showalter doesn’t just cover his contemporaries in scraped-out indie. In the most recent episode of the A.V. Club’s all-covers video series A.V. Undercover, Strand Of Oaks take on Asia’s 1982 cheese-rock anthem “Heat Of The Moment.” To their credit, the band don’t treat the assignment as a joke. Instead, they do everything they can to give a deeply silly song some gravitas, rebuilding it as a florid slow-burn with zero butt-rock riffage. Watch the cover below.


Mike D Discusses The $5M Townhouse Hes Designing And Selling In Brooklyn
Sep 16, 2014 8:55am | StereoGum

Beastie Boy Mike D has been working on developing a brownstone in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn alongside his wife, Tamra Davis, and architect friends Jill and John Bouratoglou. The townhouse is now on the market for $4.98 million and features three floors, four bedrooms, and a garage. He and Davis moved to the area a few years ago from TriBeCa and renovated their own Cobble Hill home, which you can see pictures of here. In a New York Times profile piece on the artist’s real estate ventures, Mike D responds to people who may criticize the once-rebellious rapper for giving up his partying ways: “What, am I supposed to live in a frat house? It’s not like Jay Z’s still in the projects.” Jonathan Miller, the president of the appraisal company who priced the property, said that Mike D’s fame definitely raised the profile of the project: “His brand/reputation is Brooklyn, a positive. He’s not known for design, but this is a quirky pairing, so it gets eyeballs onto the project.” Mike D is apparently already looking for another property to develop, though he’s taking it slow and being cautious: “I know it sounds new-agey, but the best projects just present themselves. You just get together with your friends, and it doesn’t even feel like work.” Read the full article here.


Woozy on a split w/ Ex-Breathers, Ovlov, Gnarwhal, touring; Native America releasing an LP, playing CMJ (dates, streams)
Sep 16, 2014 8:50am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Woozy (photo by Benjamin Garrett Davis)

New Orleans' Woozy are releasing a four-way split with Ex-Breathers, Ovlov and Gnarwhal on November 4 via Community Records (pre-order). Woozy contribute two songs, "The Other Half Lives" and "Magma Stoddard," the latter of which premieres in this post. The track combines the math rock noodling of Minus the Bear or Maps & Atlases with the fuzz pop of early Wavves or PAWS, and it's a good mix. You can check that one out below.

Woozy are kicking off a tour in Tallahassee this Thursday (9/18) and hitting NYC on October 3 at Palisades with The Great Void, Life Size Maps and Bluffing. No advance tickets at the moment, $5 admission. All dates are listed below.

Woozy member John St Cyr's other band Native America also have new music on the way. Their new album, Grown Up Wrong, will be out on November 18 via Inflated Records. Its single "Like A Dream," is a cool take on mid '60s rock, sounding something like if "Rain"-era Beatles covered "Needles and Pins." You can hear that one below too. Native America have a TBA tour, but we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ, so stay tuned for more details on that.

List of Woozy dates and both song streams, below...

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Watch Mastodon Bring Guitar Faces To Kimmel
Sep 16, 2014 8:34am | StereoGum

People within the metal underground are always worrying that their scene is getting too friendly or commercialized. And to those people, I say: Don’t you want to see a bunch of face-tatted swamp-monster-looking motherfuckers ripping through faces on late-night TV? Because that’s what we got last night, and it was pretty great. Mastodon, who just released the great Gibby Haynes collab “Atlanta” were on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to play “The Motherload,” a song from their new album Once More ’Round The Sun. The performance wasn’t quite peak Mastodon; if you’re trying to make for compelling TV, you should probably play one of the songs that the drummer doesn’t sing, great howler and primary songwriter though he may be. But we did get the moment where Brent Hinds leans into the camera during a solo and makes a truly wonderful guitar face. Watch the performance below.


Puddle Splasher releasing an EP on Black Numbers (stream), playing NJ with You Blew It!
Sep 16, 2014 8:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

NJ trio Puddle Splasher (ex-Damaged Goods) are releasing their debut EP, Poor Planning, next week (9/23) via Black Numbers (pre-order), and a full stream of it premieres in this post. It was produced by I Am the Avalanche drummer Brett Romnes and mastered by Will Yip, and pulls from a batch of '90s rock influences. There's the driving "You Will" which sounds like a more polished Superchunk, and the other three are a little more atmospheric, coming off like Hum or "Everlong"-style Foo Fighters. Listen below.

Puddle Splasher also have a show coming up in their home state at Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology on October 16 with Florida's You Blew It!. That's a few days after YBI!'s tour with Citizen hits NYC's Studio at Webster Hall (10/10) (tickets).

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Strand of Oaks covers Asias Heat of the Moment watch
Sep 16, 2014 8:24am | Cosequence Of Sound

On Monday, singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, unveiled a cover of The Nationals “Pink Rabbits”, explaining the Trouble Will Find Me highlight gave him a sense of personal catharsis in his own writing/recording. The result was deeply moving and totally poignant, a stirring ditty that could have easily made his own album, HEAL. Now, for his second cover of the week, Showalter lightens things up a bit by tackling Asias 1982 single “Heat of the Moment” for A.V. Clubs Undercover series.

So, why choose the soft rock ballad to beat all soft rock ballads? “I live in the heat of the moment,” Showalter quipped, before admitting his French Bulldog is the bands biggest admirer. The slightly slower, more deliberate performance stripped the original of its radio-rock core and turned it into something resembling a Lou Reed slow-burner. Not that youd be able to discern any sorrow from Showalter, whose exaggerated hand gestures and general demeanor showed he was having a grand ol time. Really, thats what covering Asia should be about: letting lose, embracing the overt cheesiness, and channeling your inner rock diva.

Catch the replay below.

Slavve and Tape Deck Mountain touring together (dates)
Sep 16, 2014 8:22am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Tape Deck Mountain

Two Brooklyn-based bands are heading out on a short East Coast tour together: Tape Deck Mountain and Slavve. The tour starts and ends with hometown shows: Cake Shop on September 27 with Writer, and wrapping up at Shea Stadium on October 3 with Gondoliers and headliners Weird Womb. All dates are listed below.

Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. You can stream both of their releases in full below.

Dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and streams, below...

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Watch the video for Holly Herndons post-NSA break-up song, Home
Sep 16, 2014 8:15am | Fact Magazine

A meditation on laptop intimacy in the wake of revelations about the NSA.

As widely reported, Holly Herndon made her laptop the focal point of her debut album Movement: It is my instrument, memory, and window to most people that I love. It is my Home.

Her new single ‘Home’ (out now via RVNG Intl.) explores the changing relationship with her laptop in the wake of ongoing revelations about NSA spying. To learn this intimacy had been compromised felt like a grand betrayal,” she writes. “Is everything done privately on my laptop to be considered a public performance?

In Home, I address that invisible audience. It is a love song for prying eyes (an agent / a critic), and also a break up song with the devices with which I shared a naive relationship. There is something dramatic, teenage and vulnerable to this sensation our relationships with these interconnected devices are still so young, so naive.

The video was directed by Amsterdam firm Metahaven, and features Herndon both as performer and surveillance subject amid a “data rain of … NSA symbols.”

As a culture, we are in a process of accelerated, and reluctant, maturation, concludes Herndon. We are attempting to reconcile the great emotional power of these technologies knowing that the more we welcome them into our lives, the more power they have to destabilize and hurt us.�...

Seven Donna Summer albums to be released as vinyl box set
Sep 16, 2014 8:15am | Fact Magazine

The disco queen’s albums from the ’80s and ’90s see vinyl releases.

Since her passing in 2012, there has been a renewed interest in Donna Summer, with the release of previously-unheard tracks and remixes by modern admirers.

Fans of the singer will now be able to own a chunk of her catalog on vinyl: a new vinyl box set includes six albums originally released by Geffen Records and Atlantic Records (The Wanderer, Donna Summer, Cats Without Claws, All Systems Go, Another Place And Time and Mistaken Identity), along with an album that was initially shelved in 1981 but released in 1996. That album, I’m A Rainbow, is receiving its debut vinyl release, as a 2xLP gatefold album.

The set includes a 12″x12″ booklet that includes new liner notes by Christian John Wikane and Justin Musicology Kantor and interviews with Summer and her collaborators. By ordering through the official store, buyers will receive a 2-track 12″ single that inclues State Of Independence (DJ Dero Vocal Mix) and Love’s About To Change My Heart (Loveland’s Full-On 12″” Vocal); the latter was previously unreleased. The set ships on or before December 1. [via The Vinyl Factory]

Teengirl Fantasy announces Thermal EP; listen to Lung, featuring Lafawndah
Sep 16, 2014 8:15am | Fact Magazine

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The New York duo ready the follow-up to last year’s Nun EP.

Teengirl Fantasy will continue their exploration of deconstructed dancefloor pop with Thermal, due out on November 18 via Break World Records.

Along with two sensual instrumentals, Thermal features “the new queen of underground Korean R&B, Hoody ()” and Paris-born, New York-based artist Lafawndah. FACT interviewed the latter earlier this year about the “universal body language” of her techno-zouk debut.

Lafawndah features on the moody, propulsive ‘Lung’, a song reminiscent of Teengirl Fantasy’s ‘EFX’ (wherein Kelela played the role of vocal muse). Stream it below; the tracklist follows.

1. Cavescape
2. Lung feat. Lafawndah
3. 7:30 AM
4. U Touch Me feat. Hoody

Watch White Lungs Mish Way Toss Out An Asshole Fan At Red Bull Sound Select NY
Sep 16, 2014 8:15am | StereoGum

Mish Way, the singer for the great punk band White Lung, is the wrong lady to fuck with. Late on Friday night, White Lung headlined a Red Bull Sound Selects show at the Brooklyn club Palisades, playing with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. During the first few minutes of White Lung’s set, Way got into an altercation with a big balding yahoo in the front row; she later said on Twitter that he’d been flipping her off and calling her a cunt. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the situation escalated quickly. Way and the (much bigger) guy grabbed each other, and when Way broke free, she howled “Get the fuck out!” (mid-song) into the microphone. A minute later, she went down into the crowd, pointed at the guy, and threw some punches. White Lung bassist Hether Fortune and a crowd member grabbed the guy and pushed him out of the room. As Way returned to the stage and the song ended, Way said, “Get the fuck out of here! Don’t you dare lay a finger on me, motherfucker! Get out of here, motherfucker! Oh man, you know what? As a woman, I have fucked enough shitty dudes, I have put my way. Fuck off! Fuck you!” Most impressive about the whole thing: The whole time she was scrapping with this fucker, Way was still singing. The video of White Lung’s entire set is below, and you should probably watch the whole thing, since it’s a White Lung show and they’re incredible. The fight starts around the 2:35 mark, and you can see pretty...

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