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THE CATCH UP: Six soulful new releases from a jacked fourth quarter
Nov 26, 2014 1:31pm | Chart Attack
The Catch Up is Anupa Mistry's monthly look at Canadian hip-hop and R&B that deserves more attention. This month, rounding up all the solid R&B and genre-bending R&B distracting us at the end of the year.

According to Drake, shit is hot up in The Six right now. If you havent been paying attention to the rappers SoundCloud, thats shorthand for things are pretty nuts in Toronto these days. On the song 6 God Drake attributes this to his influence as a rapper and cultural figure. And its true, between the Toronto Raptors hard-earned winning streak, well-received new music from Junia-T and Jazz Cartier (who performs at The Garrison this Friday as part of Wavelength & Dalton Higgins' "culture clash" NICE series), and the announcement of an upcoming collaborative album between BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah, shit really is hot up in the six right now.

I bring all this up to say that its been an unusually jacked fourth quarter. Distracting even. PARTYNEXTDOOR played his first solo tour, starting in Montreal and travelling throughout the States before a penultimate hometown show, to barely a peep. And theres been a grip of solid R&B and genre-blurring hip-hop thats come out in the past month and a half thats building on the strengthened scaffold of the new, Canadian scene. Here are six soulful new releases from the Six and beyond that you should know about.

Merna, The Calling

Theres a lot o...

Our Favorite Acts From M For Montreal
Nov 26, 2014 1:15pm | CMJ

OBGMs at M For Montreal

Montreal is very well known for the indie music community fostered Goodspeed You! Black Emperor and, of course, the always acclaimed Arcade Fire, but last week’s M For Montreal showcased both a thriving indie rock scene, but also bourgeoning hip-hop, electronic and punk acts. So, last weekend, amidst lovely dinner parties and slip-sliding around Mount Royal, I saw a nice smattering of artists spanning handful of genres. There was many exciting acts—Le Couleur, Heat, Weaves—but the following were notable stand-outs.


Sometimes you know a band will be good. Operators, lead by Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade, is obviously one of those bands, as their late summer EP can attest. But, damn, was I surprised and delighted by how commanding Operators were on stage.


M For Montreal had so many talented acts it feels a bit disingenuous to pick a favorite, but Toronto’s OBGMs are a simply electric. And they know how to throw a proper party by packing in the sweat and silly string. (Perhaps you were lucky enough to catch them at Afropunk this summer? I wasn’t, so I made sure to catch them twice in Montreal).

Milk & Bone

While this talented and darling duo could have easily turned their songs into saccharine duets, they instead punctuated each track with a trembling bass that blew through a room silent. It’s al...

Scott Stapp Says Hes Penniless And Under Attack In Video Statement On Creeds Facebook
Nov 26, 2014 1:11pm | StereoGum

Creed were one of the most successful bands of my lifetime, but frontman Scott Stapp is not enjoying a life of luxury these days. Stapp announced today in a video titled Public Statement #1 posted on Creed’s Facebook page and his personal account that he is “completely penniless” after the IRS froze his bank accounts. (Separately he states that someone has accessed his account online, changed his password, and cleaned out his savings.) He’s staying at a Holiday Inn after sleeping in his truck for two weeks. He mentions that a personal audit revealed that money had been stolen and royalty payments had not come through. He alludes to rumors that he’s back on drugs and says they’re false, and he repeatedly refers to his Christian faith as a basis for forgiving his accusers. He apologizes to his kids for embarrassing them with his prior alcoholism and says his wife is trying to get him committed. He also mentions the crisis in Ferguson, as you can see in this excerpt from the end of the video:


Wu-Tang Clan streaming "A Better Tomorrow" (listen), played 'Letterman' (watch)
Nov 26, 2014 12:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

RZA, who wants you to go vegan, posted to his Facebook this afternoon:

In enlightenment of what is going on in our country and around the world, Wu Tang Clan realize the voice of hip hop must be heard. Today on this Wu Wednesday, a special world priemere of the title track off our new album "A Better Tomrrow" will be released at 3:36p EST."
The song's arrived a little earlier than planned and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.

A Better Tomorrow is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Meanwhile, their other new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, doesn't have an exact release date, though you might never hear it anyway.

Wu-Tang also played "Ruckus In B Minor" from A Better Tomorrow on Letterman last night. You can watch that performance below...

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Hot Chip DJing NYC after New Build shows; FIXED turned 10
Nov 26, 2014 12:44pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Hot Chip's Joe Goddard was just in NYC last week, and this coming week members Felix Martin and Al Doyle will be here with their other band New Build. Their tour hits Mercury Lounge on 12/3 with tourmates Museum of Love (DFA, LCD Soundsystem) and 12/4 at Rough Trade with Future Punx and Orange Cassettes. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Just after those shows, there's a Hot Chip DJ set happening on December 6 at Good Room (fka Europa), which is a FIXED party and also includes FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets are on sale now. Hot Chip have other DJ gigs too. All are listed below.

FIXED, who just celebrated their 10th anniversary (you can stream JDH & Dave P's mix in honor of that, below), also have other events coming up. They're doing a party on December 5 at Glasslands with Lemonade and a DJ set from Cut Copy (tickets). That's one of the venue's final shows.

They've also got another one happening with Joakim (live) on January 8 at Cameo (tickets).

Stream the FIXED 10th anniversary mix, with the list of New Build dates/Hot Chip DJ gigs, below...

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King Tuff announces North American tour
Nov 26, 2014 12:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

King Tuff has announced new tour dates in support of his latest album, Black Moon Spell. Following a chunk of European dates to close 2014, the garage rocker will be return stateside for a two separate legs running from January to April. Along the way, Tuff will share the stage with Father John Misty, Ex Hex, Jacuzzi Boys, and more. Consult the full schedule below.

King Tuff 2014-2015 Tour Dates:
11/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Magnet Club
11/29 – Vienna, AT @ Arena Vienna
11/30 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
12/02 – Geneva, CH @ La Graviere
12/03 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR
12/04 – Brussels, BE @ Madame Moustache
12/05 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix $
01/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
01/08 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
01/09 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow
01/10 – Marfa, TX @ Padres
01/12 – McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey *
01/13 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown *
01/14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
01/15 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
01/16 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
01/17 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s * ^
01/19 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive *
01/20 – Savannah, GA @ Hang Fire Bar *
01/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater *
01/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
01/23 – Birmingha...

Refused reunion definitely not done, 2015 dates announced
Nov 26, 2014 12:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Dustin Rabin

Earlier this month, rumors began circulating that Refused, who claimed their reunion was over and since fired a guitarist, were not in fact finished as a band and would be putting out a new album. There's still no word on that album, but the band have since become active on Twitter, Facebook, and they have a new website. They first posted the above picture (with the caption "Old Friends / New War") and now confirmed three festival dates for 2015. They're playing Belgium's Groezrock, Canada's Amnesia Rockfest, and the UK's Reading / Leeds Festivals.

No US dates yet, but at least now we know for sure the reunion's not over. Hopefully more dates (and that new album?) to come. Meanwhile, watch a video of the band at Terminal 5 during their 2012 reunion, with their current list of dates, below.

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How To Dress Wells new mix is a vision of the year-end future
Nov 26, 2014 12:10pm | Chart Attack

Imagine if all year-end best of lists were mixes, with songs not taken solely from that year. How To Dress Well's you and i are the same mix gives us a vision of that beautiful future. Tom Krell's talent for confounding and emotional mixes is back in full force, like playing Akron/Family next to Rich Gang and placing Philip Glass under Dean Blunt. There's a lot of extra reverb as well as his own mixes (that FKA twigs "Two Weeks" rip goes). Peep the full tracklist at SoundCloud. Happy new year(s)!

How To Dress Well's new album What Is This Heart? is out now via Domino.

How To Dress Well’s new mix is a vision of the year-end future by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Chart Recap: November 25, 2014
Nov 26, 2014 12:05pm | CMJ

TV On The Radio – Photo by JUCO

In Chart Recap we take a look at what’s happening on the CMJ charts each week. Check out the CMJ Radio 200 top 20 for the week. CMJ NMR Subscribers can login to view the complete charts.

This week, TV On The Radio unsurprisingly took the No. 1 spot on the Radio 200 charts, ending Caribou’s two week stint at the top of the charts. TVOTR now has a perfect five for five record of reaching No. 1 on the CMJ charts. With their chart performance the past couple of weeks the questions never was if they would make it No.1, but rather when they would. With Seeds beating out Deerhoofs La Isla Bonita this week, it seems Deerhoof’s hopes of snagging No. 1 may have to wait. Just another episode in the on-going chart competition between Deerhoof and TVOTR as discussed in last week’s Chart Recap. But with the week-to-week chart fluctuations this time of year, who knows what kind of surprises could happen on the last couple of charts of 2014.

On the specialty charts, TVOTR (Triple A), Caribou (RPM), Run The Jewels (Hip-Hop) and Captain Planet (New World) all held on to their No. 1 spots, but there were new No. 1 albums on the Jazz and Loud Rock charts. Saxophonist Jimmy Greene jumped from No. 20 to No. 1 on the Jazz chart this week with his highly personal Beautiful Life, an album dedicated to his daughter who was a v...

Lana Del Rey Brooklyn Baby (Tom Vek Remix)
Nov 26, 2014 12:05pm | StereoGum

Tom Vek has remixed “Brooklyn Baby,” Lana Del Rey’s song poking fun at NYC hipsters. The reclusive, self-taught producer and musician has also released remixes of Bombay Bicycle Club, De Lux, and plenty others, always adding some new flare to the original song. Here he’s given the formerly somber, expansive “Brooklyn Baby” new life with a dance-pop feel and a melodic keyboard interlude. Listen.


Sleaford Mods appearing on lots of year-end lists, make North American debut this weekend (win tix!)
Nov 26, 2014 11:58am | Brooklyn Vegan

Sleaford Mods' latest album, the terrific Divide & Exit, has made every UK Best LPs of 2014 list we've seen so far: Rough Trade (#38), MOJO (#3), Q (#20), Uncut (#25), and NME (#9). If you haven't heard Divide & Exit (somewhere between The Fall and The Streets, but with loads more profanity) yet, stream the whole thing below.

Don't forget if you're in NYC over Thanksgiving weekend you can catch Sleaford Mods playing their first-ever North American show at The Wick on Saturday (11/29). BrooklynVegan is presenting the show which also features Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds (ex-Kim Phuc) and reunited Brooklyn postpunks Rogers Sisters. (Sadly, the "very special guests" we mentioned before can't do it now.) Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter, plus album streams by Sleaford Mods (and Gotobeds and Rogers Sisters), below.

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Spotify: Who needs Taylor Swift when you have Rammstein
Nov 26, 2014 11:46am | Cosequence Of Sound

Taylor Swift recently pulled her entire catalog from Spotify citing the need to protect the “inherent value placed on art.” However, the streaming music service has given its customers a comparable replacement for Tay Tay: none other than German industrial metal lords Rammstein.

For the first time, Rammstein’s entire back catalog — including gems such as “Du Hast”, “Ich Will”, “Amerika”, and “Pussy” — is available to stream on Spotify.

Rammstein’s discography is the latest in a string of exclusive releases acquired by Spotify in recent months. Spotify previously inked deals with Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and John Lennon’s estate to add their respective catalogs, and still remains the sole outlet offering Metallicas albums for streaming. Still, no streaming platform has been able to land the holiest of grails: Lennons Beatles.

Plastic Section on Bangkok, Thailand
Nov 26, 2014 11:40am | CMJ

Plastic Section – Photo by David Crimaldi

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on whats going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Ben Edwards, singer/guitarist from Bangkok rock ‘n’ roll band Plastic Section gives us the low-down on Bangkok, Thailand. Plastic Sections second album, Combination Special, is due to be released by Bangkok indie label Colorcode Records in December.

Bangkok is a city of chaos, contradictions and constant change—just the sort of environment that encourages a lively, exciting and ever-changing underground music scene. Its a friendly scene that includes many different genres and an international cast of musicians, artists and music fans. While many great small venues have come and gone over the past few years, musically the scene seems to be growing more diverse, interesting and energetic.

Next page: Bands Worth Watching

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Coldplay Ink Interactive Video
Nov 26, 2014 11:34am | StereoGum

Coldplay have released an interactive video of “Ink” from their latest album Ghost Stories. The Blind-directed video prompts you to choose and direct the course of your journey as you follow a man travels around the world to find his lost love. In the version I chose, he never found her — but there are more than 300 possible outcomes. The simple animated characters follow through with your choices of what objects to pick up and what paths to take, givng the viewer control of how the story will end. Check it out at Coldplay’s website.

Alex G Soaker
Nov 26, 2014 11:31am | StereoGum

Philadelphia-based Alex G has released a new down-tempo track, “Soaker,” recorded during the same sessions that birthed his recent DSU. He told NME that his soft, moody indie-rock sound comes from being self-taught “in his own bubble.” Recorded in his bedroom, “Soaker” is an intimate lo-fi track with a fragile sound culled from simple, melodic guitar and lackadaisical vocals. Listen.


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