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PREMIERE: Listen to unreleased new live songs from HSY and The Beverleys from Pinball Sessions
Sep 17, 2014 12:02pm | Chart Attack

For just over a year, Pinball Sessions has been a necessary stop for bands passing through Guelph. Between stops at Hillside or Kazoo! Fest or The Donkey Sanctuary, musicians will stop by, play a few rounds of pinball, and then lay down a session. Now that they have a serious database of music (like a free Canadian Daytrotter), Pinball Sessions has launched a spiffy new website to match. They celebrated the step up this week with a spellbinding session by Mount Eerie (which we spotlighted yesterday), and now they're giving us a sneak peek at their next two sessions with Buzz Records BFFSs (Best Friends Forever in Sludge): HSY and The Beverleys (out September 18 and 22, respectively).

Both the tracks we're premiering below are unreleased and both show new dimensions of on each of the Toronto bands' grunge/punk aesthetics. If possible, HSY's "Fleshy" is even heavier than their usual skin-itching sound, especially in the final 30 seconds' almost death metal breakdown. And The Beverleys' guttural two-guitars-no-bass crunch is ever so slihgly brighter, letting the buried pop hooks, um, pop.

PREMIERE: Listen to unreleased new live songs from HSY and The Beverleys from Pinball Sessions by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.

Letters From Bandcamp, Issue No. 37
Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm | CMJ

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In Letters From Bandcamp, we round up five of our new favorite Bandcamp discoveries in the hope that your friends cousins sister can finally get some buzz.

There’s a whole lot of things you could be worried about right now, but let’s take a breather and focus on something else. Specifically, these five artists to put on your radar. Deep house cuts, funk from space and seduction instruction manuals from laptop princes all served hot and hand-picked below.

Project Pablo

Project Pablo – Utensils by Project Pablo
Blending Chicago house, heavy bass and steely percussion, Project Pablo is a Vancouver beatmaker who can straddle synth lines with the best of ‘em. His recent three-track tape Utensils was inspired by his kitchen, and is out now on Hybridity Music.


I know nothing about this, except that it sounds like future-trap that’s been bedazzled and comes from Switzerland.

Version Tapes

Version Tapes Vol. 3 by Jaytram
Not a band, but a compilation series of space funk and neo-soul whose past and present contributors include Helado Negro, Jaytram, DJ Thrive and more. Version 3 dropped last month.


instant teen by Shisa
Shisa is the project of PGH’s Perris Dietrich, part of the Postlife International crew with an ear fo...

Ringo Starr on the future of rock music: 'Bands will always come through'
Sep 17, 2014 11:59am | NME
The former Beatles drummer says he is a big fan of Kasabian

Sonos setting up a NYC 'Studio' (RSVP for Spoon, Best Coast, Dev Hynes, Danny Brown, Talib Kweli, Aloe Blacc, more)
Sep 17, 2014 11:57am | Brooklyn Vegan

Los Angeles music fans are very familiar with the Sonos Studio located there. The speaker company's California event space regularly hosts concerts, DJs, speakers, art exhibits, open bars and more (BrooklynVegan once did an event there). They've also brought that experience to Austin for SXSW, and now NYC will get a taste when a pop-up Sonos Studio NYC will move into NeueHouse from Sept 30-Oct 5. Events include "performers like Talib Kweli, Flight Facilities and Mikky Ekko, Danny Brown, Kandace Springs, and Devonté Hines. Artist installations and conversations with Spoon, Aloe Blacc, Richard Reed Parry, The Principals, Big Noble and others. Creative Social members transform five songs in unimaginable ways. You can also come imagine, design and build your own speaker." Full lineup, schedule and RSVP HERE.

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Kendrick Lamar Teases New Single I, Rumored For Next Week
Sep 17, 2014 11:54am | StereoGum

We’ve been hearing all year that Kendrick Lamar would have a new album out this fall, but up until now there hasn’t been any musical evidence to support those claims. That’s about to change: The rapper just tweeted cover art for a new single called “I,” which is rumored for release next week. Early reports suggested that the tune would be called “I Love Myself,” though something tells me this won’t be your typical self-aggrandizing hip-hop track. 2014 has been a slow year for major rap releases, but between this, Nicki Minaj’s The Pink Print, Kanye’s long-rumored Yeezus follow-up, and what might be a revitalized Lil Wayne on The Carter V, Q4 is looking pretty stacked. It’s time to get excited, people!

94core: The Rembrandts Sang The Friends Theme At A Pop-Up Central Perk In NYC Last Night
Sep 17, 2014 11:51am | StereoGum

The Rembrandts are a power-pop duo who have been around since 1989 and who became briefly famous in the mid-’90s, when their song “I’ll Be There For You” became the theme song of the TV show Friends. Obviously, Friends stayed huge, but the popularity of “I’ll Be There For You” was such that people wanted to hear it even when they weren’t watching Friends. The song was in heavy rotation on alt-rock radio and everything. It was weird. Anyway, Friends turns 20 on Monday, and someone marked the occasion by putting up a pop-up version of Central Perk, the show’s fictional coffee shop, in New York. The Rembrandts played at the pop-up, doing “I’ll Be There For You” acoustic for a crowd that couldn’t figure out that they were supposed to clap during the clapping part. They also played Phoebe’s perennial open-mic song “Smelly Cat” and then played “I’ll Be There For You” again, this time with the guy who played Gunther (James Michael Tyler) helping out. Buzzfeed has video of the theme song performance, but there were no umbrellas. Go watch it and feel old. “Smelly Cat” looked and sounded like this:


Watch: M83 – “In The Cold I’m Standing” Video
Sep 17, 2014 11:35am | CMJ

Earlier this month, the cinematic synth group M83 reissued their first three albums with Mute. The reissues of the out-of-print albums also featured a wealth remixes and b-sides. Among those albums reissued was 2005’s Before The Dawn Heals Us, an album which earned the band widespread acclaim. Today, the band has unearthed a music video for Before The Dawn Heals Us album track In The Cold I’m Standing. The track is an amorphous, delicate dreamscape of sound and the video perfectly suits it. Originally debuted at M83’s Hollywood Bowl shows in September of last year, but unavailable online until now, the video is cold and sensual, featuring two lovers, slow motion smoke and, at one point, a hawk. Check it out below.

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New Order started a Joy Division Twitter without telling Peter Hook, and Peter Hook is not happy
Sep 17, 2014 11:35am | Brooklyn Vegan

Mute signees New Order (who no longer count Peter Hook as a member) have now launched a Joy Division Twitter account, but apparently no one told Peter Hook and he doesn't sound too happy about that. As you can see above, New Order tweeted, "Just set up our new twitter page @joydivision," and Peter responded not long after, "Thanks for telling me.. As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed." Drama! New Order have yet to reply to Peter.

New Order have a new LP in the works and Peter will be touring New Order albums soon.

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Video : Kevin Morby : All of My Life
Sep 17, 2014 11:33am | My Old Kentucky Blog

After revealing the excellent “Parade”, Woods bassist and songwriter/guitarist of The Babies Kevin Morby has shared another tune “All of My Life” via a video. Both songs appear on Still Life, his sophomore LP slated for October 14th via Woodsist. The song is a jangly guitar driven number. The video is a low budget recreation an old country talk show. Watch and listen below.

John Southworth Butterfly Shadow
Sep 17, 2014 11:28am | StereoGum

Today, UK-born, Toronto-based avant chamber-pop artist John Southworth releases a down-tempo track from his latest solo album, Niagara. “Butterfly Shadows” is on the Canadian side of the double LP, which is split into two halves: a nine-track Canadian side and an eleven-track American side, based on what Southworth felt best emulated each country’s musical styles. The experimental way of organizing the album reflects the dynamic between towns surrounding Niagara Falls in both nations. “Butterfly Shadows” is an ethereal, jazzy song with mellow synths accented by the occasional clinking of a xylophone and a saxophone interlude; the disparity of sounds makes Southworth’s musical style difficult to pigeonhole. Like Niagara Falls itself, the music is something you simply have to experience. Listen.


Venetian Snares and Boxcutter descend on Londons The Laundry in November
Sep 17, 2014 11:27am | Fact Magazine

In collaboration with the esteemed Planet Mu label, Soundcrash has a very special event planned for November.

The London promoters are bringing drill’n'bass megastar Venetian Snares to The Laundry on November 15, and he won’t be alone. His Northern Ireland-based labelmate Boxcutter will also be appearing, along with The Doubtful Guest, Chevron and Planet Mu DJs.

Not a bad lineup then if you fancy a well-timed look at the origins of one of the UK’s most fiercely independent electronic music imprints. You can bag tickets from the Soundcrash site.

Watch A Mercedes-Benz-Sponsored Short Film About Chairlifts Caroline Polachek
Sep 17, 2014 11:25am | StereoGum

The Chairlift frontwoman Caroline Polachek has been very busy in the last 12 months: Writing for Beyoncé, singing with Blood Orange and SBTRKT, and releasing her own solo album as Ramona Lisa. She’s also put together a Ramona Lisa live show that involves choreography, headset mics, and very strange facepaint. Someone at Mercedes-Benz ended up writing a check to pay for a short film about that live show and Polachek’s preparation for it. The filmmaker Andrew Neel and the former Warhol associate Michel Auder made the 15-minute film, and you can watch it below.


Preview the first six songs of Aphex Twins Syro
Sep 17, 2014 11:24am | Fact Magazine

With less than a week until release, Syro begins to surface.

The good folks at Honest Jon’s have posted previews of the first six songs of Aphex Twin’s highly-anticipated Syro head there to listen.

FACT’s Joe Muggs has already weighed in on the album, which is due out on September 22/23 via Warp, and the boxset is a thing of beauty.

Stream fresh Mister Saturday Night signing Meljas Steady Mobbin EP in full
Sep 17, 2014 11:23am | Fact Magazine

New York’s Mister Saturday Night return with a fresh slab of wax from French newcomer Melja.

Still too young to attend Mister Saturday Night’s nighttime parties, French producer Nathan Ifergan (aka Melja) had to console himself by simply spinning wax at Brooklyn’s Co-Op 87, which is where he came in contact with the label. In response to what he heard, Ifergan made three tracks with Mister Saturday Night in mind, and Steady Mobbin’ was the result.

Those who are regular MSN buyers should know the quality the label curates, and Steady Mobbin’ is no different, offering the kind of dusty, spacious dancefloor vibes that should keep feet shuffling from NYC to Paris.

Steady Mobbin’ EP will be released on September 22 via Mister Saturday Night.

RBMA alumnus Anenon explores the jazzier side of the LA beat scene on Sagrada LP stream it here
Sep 17, 2014 11:20am | Fact Magazine

Brian Simon hones his craft on his second album.

Simon’s musical journey has taken him from an internship at LA stronghold Alpha Pup Records to stints at UCLA and the Red Bull Music Academy to founding his own Alpha Pup imprint, Non Projects. Recording as Anenon, he meshes beat-focused electronica with his free jazz-inflected saxophone playing to craft gorgeous tapestries of sound.

Sagrada sees Simon incorporate the practices of his “increasingly free form” live shows into his studio work, building lush compositions over beats that hint at everything from IDM and ambient to house and techno.

The visual art-inspired work begs to be listened to in full, which you can do below. Sagrada is due out on September 23 via Non Projects.

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