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Santas Dabbing On 2 Chainz Ugly Christmas Sweater
Nov 25, 2015 12:47pm | StereoGum
2 Chainz ugly christmas sweaterAt his online store, 2 Chainz is selling a line of what he's calling "ugly Christmas sweaters" and sweatshirts. Some of them are just regular Christmas sweaters, except with two chains knitted into them. And some of them feature Santa Claus doing the dab dance. You will not find any better ridiculous holiday gear … More »

FULL SCREEN: Tanya Tagaq gets your blood pumping in Aorta
Nov 25, 2015 12:44pm | Chart Attack
Full Screen is our rumination on the remarkable music videos of the day. Today, Tanya Tagaq uses her breath to make us breathless, Slim Twig bowls in period dress, and Maylee Todd ascribes to the Robyn school of loneliness.

Tanya Tagaq, "Aorta"

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Tanya Tagaq's newest song and video is a rush of blood, breath, breathlessness, art, nature, life and death. Through growls and screams, inhales and exhales, and the words "kill or die" repeated, she creates maybe the most intense, visceral sensation ever borne of a room full of frescos. The video places her (in a similar dress to what she wore for her still-unbelievable 2014 Polaris Prize performance, within a mausoleum of works from the Emanual Vigeland Museum in Oslo, Norway.

"The frescos depict life from conception to death," says Tagaq. "This penetration of the unsaid philosophies of life in conjunction with the outstanding acoustics of the room has inspired my own work since visiting there in 2002. Hopefully we encapsulate the darkness and the light to his liking.

Tanya Tagaq will play a special Polaris Prize concert with Owen Pallett at Massey Hall on Tuesday, December 1.

Maylee Todd, "Lonely"

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In the new Maylee Todd video, dancer Minae Omi ascribes to the...

Dave Chappelle announces Chicago residency
Nov 25, 2015 12:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Since returning from self-imposed comedy exile in 2013, Dave Chappelle has remained busy. He headlined, somewhat controversially, the 2013 installment of the Oddball Festival, which he followed up last year with a star-studded residency at Radio City Music Hall. In September of this year, he embarked on an extensive US tour.

Next week, Chappelle will continue his comedy comeback when he descends on Chicago for a six-night, 12-show residency at Thalia Hall. Taking place between December 1st and 6th, the docket includes two shows each night. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, November 28th at Noon CST.

Dave Chappelle 2015 Tour Dates:
12/01 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (early show)
12/01 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (late show)
12/02 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (early show)
12/02 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (late show)
12/03 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (early show)
12/03 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (late show)
12/04 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (early show)
12/04 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (late show)
12/05 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (early show)
12/05 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (late show)
12/06 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (early show)
12/06 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (late show)

Q Magazine's Top 50 Albums of 2015
Nov 25, 2015 12:34pm | Brooklyn Vegan


British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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PREMIERE: Torontos Witch Prophet sets the mood in style with Architect Of HeartBreak
Nov 25, 2015 12:18pm | Chart Attack
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Novembers got me raw already but today may reach paralysis level emotion (not for the first time, dont worry) with the newest offering from 88 Days Of Fortunes Toronto-based music & media collective.

In elegantly produced (via Vanilla) Architect Of HeartBreak, Torontos Witch Prophet probes deeper into the "Hotline Bling" dangerzone, keeping the ringer on while Stas THEE Boss (THEESatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces affiliate) opens the track with a guest verse as troubled voices swirl in the air. Then Witch Prophet/Above Top Secrets Ayo Leilani is alone, like me on November nights when Im trying to get shit done and the past is weighing heavy.

Despite its misleading chill Leilanis tearjerker reminds me that music and memory both exist as ghosts, floating through the barriers I put up until I find myself staring at a mole like a bee sting on my left wrist, core slightly and pleasantly numb, one step closer to whole but I should have just made some tea and sat with my mope in the first place because look at the mess Ive made of my phone case, picking it apart like so many losses have tried to do to me.

Whether or not Leilani is in favour of giving in to the sway of emotion radiating from a too-quiet, outdated iPhone 4, shes at least set mood in style on this lonesome hip hop / soul / ghostwave single.

Look out for Witch Prophets debut full-length The Golden Octave in mid-2016, ...

Premiere: Listen to the Dreamy New Song All The Outs Are Free from Dear Tracks
Nov 25, 2015 12:10pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

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Grand Rapids four-piece Dear Tracks have a new EP, Soft Dreams, coming out February 26th. It will be available on limited edition 10″ vinyl, Mint Green via Track and Field Records and Violet via Furious Hooves, on a small run of cassettes and digitally. We have the first track from the release titled “All The Outs Are Free” bringing to mind the now defunct Smith Westerns. Laced with tight guitar melodies and hanging synths, the comedown song feels right as the moment the sun starts to fade on a vibrant day. Spin it below.

David Bowies new album was also inspired by Death Grips
Nov 25, 2015 12:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this week, we learned that David Bowies forthcoming studio album was inspired by Kendrick Lamar and the MC’s experimental approach to music.

“We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didnt do a straight-up hip-hop record,” longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti explained to Rolling Stone. “He threw everything on there, and thats exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll.

It seems the Compton native isn’t the only progressive act to influence Bowie’s new LP. A new article in Uncut magazine (via Pitchfork) notes that the Thin White Duke also took a cue from Death Grips — yes, the outfit known for its brash, industrial hip-hop and all-around DGAF attitude in terms of NSFW artwork, cancelled tour dates, and surprise albums.

The same Uncut piece also reports that Bowie references the Boards of Canada cut “Alpha and Omega” on a  song entitled “Somewhere”. Additionally, the tracklist features “Lazarus”, which is also the name of the off-Broadway production he’s co-writing and contributing new music to.

, which also includes percussion from LCD Soundsystems James Murphy, is due out on January 8th.

Below, revisit the accompany sho...

Video Premiere: Sex Tide Are You Even Alive
Nov 25, 2015 12:05pm | CMJ

The layered, lovely, kaleidoscopic hues of this video, directed by Danielle Petrosa, belies the spooky-smash garage pounder that plays along. You can hear the singer flailing away, grousing too close to, then away from the mic and back within words, a caveman beat crunching, guitars eeking into a graveyard grime/chime, but sticking to their riff, […]

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Lil Boosie diagnosed with kidney cancer
Nov 25, 2015 11:48am | Fact Magazine

The Baton Rouge rapper breaks the news via Instagram.

Lil Boosie says he has kidney cancer, according to TMZ. “I need all my fans to pray for me,” he wrote on Instagram. “Doctor just told me I have cancer on my kidneys prayer is power that’s why I’m letting the world know.”

Boosie, who also has diabetes, has since deleted the caption, but his label confirmed the news to Noisey.

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Watch Sean Nicholas Savages Video for Suburban Nights
Nov 25, 2015 11:35am | My Old Kentucky Blog

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The ever prolific Sean Nicholas Savage released a favorite album for us this year with his 12th studio album (all since 2008), Other Death, through Arbutus Records. The LP was a collaboration with Agor, one half of Blue Hawaii, and features Doldrums, Nite Jewel and TOPS. The video for “Suburban Nights” was self-directed by Savage and shot by Molly Nilsson. It comes off a little dark and creepy falling in line with his left of center tendencies. Watch below.

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Kamasi Washington Theme From Color Guard'
Nov 25, 2015 11:26am | StereoGum
Kamasi Washington - Kamasi Washington burst onto the scene earlier this year with his three-hour-long debut jazz opus, The Epic. Since then he's been touring and, apparently, scoring, as he composed the soundtrack for a Ray-Ban-sponsored short film called Color Guard. The film itself is pretty mediocre, but the music underneath is expectedly very nice, … More »

SOPHIE Streams New Song VYZEE
Nov 25, 2015 11:09am | My Old Kentucky Blog

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The enigmatic SOPHIE has new collection of singles being released in the form of a silicon product (purchase here) hits shelves this Friday. Right before it drops, he has unloaded another new song from it “VYZEE”. By now, you now his sound aesthetic, so we won’t go into describing and just let you listen below.

Lil Boosie Reveals Cancer Diagnosis
Nov 25, 2015 11:05am | StereoGum
Lil BoosieThe great Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie is letting the world know that he has kidney cancer. As TMZ reports, in a since-deleted caption on a recent Instagram post, Boosie (who sometimes goes by Boosie BadAzz) had this to say: "I need all my fans to pray for me Doctor just told me … More »

Paul Westerberg & Juliana Hatfield releasing an album as the I Don't Cares (two singles out now)
Nov 25, 2015 11:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

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The Replacements reunion may be done, but frontman Paul Westerberg is staying busy. He's got a new collaborative project with Juliana Hatfield (whose band the Juliana Hatfield Three also recently reunited) called the I Don't Cares. They're set to release an album called Wild Stab, but meanwhile two singles are out. One is "1/2 2 P" which came out a few weeks ago, and the other is "King of America" which just came out on iTunes today, as Consequence of Sound points out (via Pitchfork). That one doesn't appear to be streaming anywhere yet, but you can listen to "1/2 2 P" via Spotify, below.

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members of The Hold Steady, Guided by Voices, Swans, Autre Ne Veut, Rapture & more teaming for Brooklyn Rock Lottery 6
Nov 25, 2015 10:53am | Brooklyn Vegan

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The 6th annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 12 at Knitting Factory. The premise, as always, is this:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the whole lineup of musicians involved hasn't been revealed, it will feature members of The Hold Steady, Guided By Voices, Swans, Autre Ne Veut, Unlocking The Truth, Moon Hooch, Tokyo Police Club, Weeknight, The Rapture, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Last year's event was a lot of fun. Tickets
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