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The Chills release new single "When the Poor Can Reach the Moon" (watch the video)
Nov 30, 2015 10:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

The Chills

Martin Phillipps' band The Chills made a triumphant return this year with Silver Bullets, their first album in almost 20 years which is also up there with the best things they've ever done. The new single from the album is "When the Poor Can Reach the Moon," a song that's very much in the "Heavenly Pop Hit" mode. On the album, the song is somewhat hidden as part of the eight-minute "Pyramid" but on its own really shines. For a lot of fans this is the sound of The Chills and you can watch the video, which repurposes the 1956 promotional cartoon "Destination Earth" to good effect, below.

Now if The Chills will just tour.

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BBC's Sound of 2016 longlist announced
Nov 30, 2015 10:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

Alessia Cara

The BBC Sound of 2016 longlist has been announced. The list highlights 15 artists that a panel of 144 DJs, critics and writers think will rise in 2016. (The 2015 winner was Years & Years. Do you think they lived up to the hype? Q Mag does.) The 2016 list includes Def Jam-signed R&B singer Alessia Cara (whose hit "Here" is pretty massive), alt-R&B singer Nao (who's been tied to A.K. Paul, brother and collaborator of Jai Paul), Neneh Cherry's daughter Mabel, and more. The BBC says the front-runner is bound to be Jack Garratt, who they compare to Ed Sheeran and James Blake.

Check out the full list below...

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Watch A$AP Rocky Debut A$AP Yams Tribute Yamborghini High In Hong Kong
Nov 30, 2015 10:30am | StereoGum
A$AP RockyA$AP Rocky performed at the Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong over the weekend, and as The FADER reports, he performed a new song. "Yamborghini High" is titled in tribute to the late A$AP Yams, and it bangs. Other than a one-off Castaways cover, it's the first new music we've heard from Rocky since … More »

Stream Sunn O))) Kannon
Nov 30, 2015 10:21am | StereoGum
Sunn O))) - KannonIn recent years, ambient metal wraiths Sunn O))) have recorded collaborative albums with Scott Walker and Ulver. But it's been six years since the band released Monoliths & Dimensions, their last just-themselves album, and that's a long time to go without any blasts of churning, seasick heaviness. So it's good to see the band return … More »

Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2015
Nov 30, 2015 10:13am | Brooklyn Vegan


The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.

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Chairlift share enticing new song Romeo listen
Nov 30, 2015 9:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by David Brendan Hall

On January 22nd, Chairlift return with their third studio album, Moth. The follow-up to 2012’s Something, due out through Columbia Records, was first previewed with last month’s stellar “Ch-Ching”. Now, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly are teasing the forthcoming LP with “Romeo”.

According to a press release, synth-laced, propulsive the track was written from the perspective of Atalanta, a character in Greek mythology known for being “a virgin huntress, unwilling to marry.” “Romeo, put on your running shoes, I’m ready to go,” Polachek entices during the chorus.

Listen in below.

Mayhem and Watain played MHOW with Rotting Christ (pics, videos and setlist)
Nov 30, 2015 9:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Mayhem / Attila joining Watain on stage

The insane double black metal bill of Mayhem and Watain is on tour again, this time with support from Rotting Christ. The tour hit NYC again this past Tuesday (11/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a smaller venue than Mayhem and Watain's Webster Hall show that they played in January. Watain went on first and brought out Mayhem's Atilla Csihar for a cover of Tormentor's "Beyond," and then Mayhem wrapped things up with a set that spanned from their 1994 debut through last year's Esoteric Warfare.

More pictures, both bands' setlists and a couple videos, below...

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Animal Collective announce new album, Painting With, share FloriDada listen
Nov 30, 2015 9:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Over the holiday weekend, Animal Collective surprised travelers and fans alike when they premiered their new album over the speakers at Baltimore Washington International Airport. Now, the band has announced that you’ll be able to hear the LP, entitled Painting With, through your own headphones beginning February 19th via Domino.

AnCo’s 11th album overall, Painting With follows 2012’s Centipede Hz. While that album saw band member Deakin rejoin the lineup after skipping out on 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, he’s once again absent on Painting With. In place of Deakin, Avery Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist were joined by the likes of John Cale and Colin Stetson.

The trio started working on the album earlier this year with the goal of creating “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…,” according to Avey Tare. The results is 12 tracks concerned with and inspired by “art (Cubism, Dadaism, and the distorted way those artists viewed the world) and the human experience, and the meeting of both.”

As a preview of this fine art-minded sound, they’ve released the first single, “FloriDada”. The track is a bouncy, squishy conglomeration of feet shuffling joy with call-and-response lyrics delivered in speedy succession....

Animal Collective Announce Eleventh Album, Stream New Song FloriDada
Nov 30, 2015 9:38am | My Old Kentucky Blog

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After debuting it over the speakers of Baltimore-Washington International Airport last week, Animal Collective have announced new album >Painting With slated for release on February 19th via Domino Records. The eleventh album in their long, illustrious career and follow-up to 2012’s somewhat underwhelming Centipede Hz, it was recorded at EastWest Studios in Hollywood and features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson, while being engineered by Sonny DiPerri. The LP will have three different images of each member painted by Brian DeGraw serve as its artwork. The first song revealed is the playful “FloriDada” that wouldn’t necessarily feel out of place on your child’s slightly off-center morning TV show. The tracks serves as the opener on the album.

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Girls Names share "Reticence" video, touring in 2016 including SXSW (dates)
Nov 30, 2015 9:36am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Girls Names

Ireland's Girls Names have made a video for "Reticence," the opening track on their fantastic album from this year, Arms Around a Vision. Again working with director Matthew Reed, the video uses found footage to explore the connection between machinery and the human form. It's an ace song too, deftly melding anger, dissonance and melody -- one of the best on one of my favorite LPs of 2015. Watch it below.

It's been three years since Girls Names have been in North America. While they haven't announced a tour here, they will be over for SXSW so let's hope they play some non-TX shows while here. All dates, which include a European tour in February, are listed below.

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Choir Of Young Believers Serious Lover (Stereogum Premiere)
Nov 30, 2015 9:28am | StereoGum
Choir of Young Believers - GrasqueAt the back end of 2013, Choir Of Young Believers frontman Jannis Noya Makrigiannis was burnt out. Following a year-long tour and the release of previous album Rhine Gold, Makrigiannis grew disillusioned about the future of the Danish orchestral pop band, taking a break from songwriting and instead seeking solace in traveling and distracting himself … More »

Chairlift Romeo
Nov 30, 2015 9:27am | StereoGum
Chairlift - MothLast month, Brooklyn pop-mutation specialists Chairlift announced the impending release of Moth, their third album, and they shared the video for their slick, impressive first single "Ch-Ching." But if that song had you worried that Chairlift were through being weird, then their new track "Romeo" should be some consolation. The song is a giddy … More »

Its again illegal for UK citizens to copy music between devices, onto the cloud
Nov 30, 2015 9:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Braden Kowitz

In August, the UK’s High Court overturned legislation that allowed music listeners the legal right to copy purchased songs to multiple devices. Now, Arts Technica reports that the government has abandoned the private copying exception altogether and thus, it’s once again illegal for UK citizens to copy music, even if they own it.

Critics argue that UK’s copyright laws are archaic in the digital age, and it’s hard to argue otherwise: basic practices, such as backing music up to the cloud and transferring files between audio devices, are illegal. However, when the UK government proposed the private copying exception, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, the Musicians Union, and UK Music asked for a formal judicial review. The High Court judge ruled that the copyright exception was “flawed” because “the evidence relied upon to justify the conclusion about harm was inadequate/manifestly inadequate.”

The UK government could have conducted more research to prove that copyright holders would not suffer from such legislation, or it could have amended the legislation to include a different compensation model. Instead, as Arts Technica notes, the government chose to withdraw the legislation altogether.

As discussed following the judge’s initial decision over the summer, throwing out the private co...

Animal Collective announce Painting With LP, share FloriDada
Nov 30, 2015 9:13am | Fact Magazine

The Baltimore neo-psych act detail their latest album.

Animal Collective have announced their 11th album, Painting With, due out February 19 via Domino. Last week, the band debuted the album at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Band members Avery Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist began trading demos earlier this year, in search of “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The band fleshed the songs out in Asheville and then recorded the album at Hollywood’s EastWest Studios. The album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson.

Painting With will be released on CD, LP and a deluxe LP bundled with a 7″ and a zoetropic turntable slipmat. The album will be available in three different covers, each featuring a different band member. The 7″ contains two non-album tracks.

The artwork versions, tracklist and lead track ‘FloriDada’ are below.

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Painting With
1. FloriDada
2. Hocus Pocus
3. Vertical
4. Lying In The Grass
5. The Burglars
6. Natural Selection
7. Bagels In Kiev
8. On Delay
9. Spilling Guts
10. Sum...

Animal Collective announce new album 'Painting With,' share first single "FloriDada" (listen)
Nov 30, 2015 9:10am | Brooklyn Vegan

Animal Collective

Last week, Animal Collective streamed their new album in Baltimore's BWI Airport, and when we Shazammed it, artwork with today's (11/30) date and the text "Tired of the waa waa? Visit the everywhere place! Dip yourself in Floridada" popped up. Avey Tare later confirmed on an instagram post that "FloriDada" was the name of a song, and it turns out it's the first single and it's out today. Stream it below.

The album is called Painting With, and it's due out February 19 via Domino. Like Merriweather Post Pavillion, it was recorded with the trio of Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist (no Deakin). John Cale and Colin Stetson both contributed to it.

The LP has three different record sleeves, all painted by Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, and that's the "Avey Tare" cover above. Check out the other two and the tracklist below. More info and pre-orders here.

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