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Watch: Real Estate Crime Video (Feat. Andy Daly And Nick Kroll)
Apr 15, 2014 11:55am | CMJ

“A perfectly fine music video,” is how Comedy Central’s Review star Andy Daly summarizes Real Estate’s new video for Crime. Portraying a broke Tom Scharpling, who directed the band’s Easy video, Daly readily accepts money from three whack-jobs who pitch their own concepts for the video. Between undead skateboarders, ceramic sculptures, “the good ol’ days” and some shameless product placement, you’re left with a pretty entertaining and very loosely held together story. Comedian Nick Kroll has his own brief and shining moment, and there’s still space left to watch the band perform for some Thai food enthusiasts. Turn your brain off for a moment and watch below.

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LIVE REVIEW: FKA twigs plays her biggest show ever in Toronto
Apr 15, 2014 11:47am | Chart Attack

There are buzz bands and overpromoted false starters, and then theres FKA twigs. Within a year and a half of releasing two weird and thoughtful R&B EPs, the British singer has signed with Young Turks, shared a producer with Kanye West (the silent ghost, Arca), and stayed relatively covert despite a small feature in, uh, Vogue.

Its a funny thing to say considering also that last nights Toronto gig the biggest shed ever played, she said was sold out. But twigs is that rare artist whose music and vision has outgrown a small club stage; shes the secret you know will get out.

FKA twigs is that rare artist whose music and vision has outgrown a small club stage; shes the secret you know will get out.

After apologizing for a delayed start due to some trouble with the wires, twigs began with Weak Spot, a minimal and aggressive whisper rap (reminiscent of Massive Attacks Karmacoma) that coyly disguises the full concentration of her vocals. She was wearing a black, white, and grey camouflage suit with the jacket unbuttoned and a black lace crop top underneath. Her face was exactly as it is in those defiant, body-centric videos: a calm death stare and blood red pout, framed by strong, jutting brows and a forehead embossed with gelled down baby hairs.

Twigs pushes the sensuality of her intrinsic symmetry against the ugly and odd through video effects distorting her facial features, discomfiting lyrics, and gutt...

Play the Mac DeMarco video game SquishEm
Apr 15, 2014 11:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

As Consequence of Sound’s resident video game expert (which is to say, I use my Xbox the most — and for things not involving Netflix), I’ve spent quite a bit of time playing each of the music-centric games we’ve covered. That list includes the Kanye West RPG, The Thermals’ side-scroller Sword by My Side, Vivian Girls’ choose-your-own-adventure, and a Wavves game that’s like Paperboy on acid. Now, there’s a new adventure to distract me from my growing workload indulge in, one which was inspired by the Slack-Rock King himself, Mac DeMarco.

Developed by Subbacultcha!, Squish’Em is a game with such complex mechanics and an in-depth storyline that it makes Dark Souls II look like Flappy Bird. Psych! Actually, players pick their cigarette of choice (Marlboro, Lucky Strike, or Viceroy) and get 15 seconds to smash and stub out as many bugs as they can. It’s a bit more of a challenge (I only got 5 points, and I beat Pokemon Y in under nine hours), but it’s definitely worth the inevitable haranguing from your boss. Play the game here.

For a soundtrack, spin DeMarco’s new album Salad Days as you engage in a little bug-icide.

Stream Eels The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Apr 15, 2014 11:38am | StereoGum

Eels have been teasing their reflective singer-songwriter set The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett all year, and now the full album has arrived online. If you dug the very pretty “Agatha Chang,” “Where I’m From,” and “Mistakes Of My Youth,” dig into the whole LP at The New York Times.


Todays MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 4/15/14
Apr 15, 2014 11:33am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35!

Tune in to channel 35 on either SIRIUS or XM at Noon ET or 12am ET/9pm PST each and every Tuesday! For mobile and online users, be sure to look for us in the on demand section!

Wild Beasts – A Simple Beautiful Truth
Voxtrot – The Start of Something
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
HAERTS – Call My Name
Say Lou Lou – Everything We Touch (Yannis of Foals remix)
Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake
Only Real – Cadillac Girl
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight – I’m Worried
Warpaint – Disco//Very
First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
Walter Martin – We Like The Zoo (Cause We’re Animals Too) ft. Matt Berninger of The National
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
SOAK – The Mother We Share (CHVRCHES cover)
Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
The Furrs – Get On Your Horse
Colleagues – Tears
Cut Copy – In These Arms Of Love
Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty (Cut Copy remix)
Elliphant – Revolusion
Classixx – A Stranger Love
Brett – Chalon
WIFE – Heart Is A Far Light
Fickled Friends – Play
Deers – Bamboo
RAC – Seventeen (ft. Pink Feathers)
Chrome Sparks – Goddess
SZA �...

video: Marissa Nadler Drive
Apr 15, 2014 11:30am | Gorilla Vs Bear

[directed by Naomi Yang]

Woman accidentally pays £2,600 for a Neil Diamond album
Apr 15, 2014 11:27am | NME
The woman says she's more of a fan of James Blunt, however

Listen: Twin Shadow To The Top
Apr 15, 2014 11:25am | CMJ

George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, just dropped a new tune, To The Top. It’s a huge, anthemic, ’80s stadium rock blow that builds from soft harmonies to a bursting, staggering ride. Lewis claims the track is about love. On his SoundCloud he writes, “What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely?” It’s a good question, but one that we can’t answer right now because we’re too busy slo-mo jamming to this song.

Twin Shadow is currently working on the follow-up to 2012′s excellent narrative album, Confess. For now, listen to To The Top below.

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Mars Volta and Fleas new band Antemasque announce debut album
Apr 15, 2014 11:24am | Cosequence Of Sound

Over the last week, we’ve been introduced Antemasque, the new project from Mars Volta co-founders Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and drummer Dave Elitch. Already we’ve heard a trio of songs in “4AM”, “People Forget”, and “Hangin’ in the Lurch”‘. Now, the band has announced its self-titled debut LP, which will be released on July 15th.

In addition, the band has previewed yet another new cut entitled “Drown All Your Witches”. It soundtracks a behind the scenes video of Antemasque in the studio. Watch it at Rolling Stone.

In an issued statement, Antemasque explained that originally planned to only release “4AM”, but decided to offer up more material “because of the amazing response from our fans”. They continued, “If the whole thing looked unplanned, that’s because it was. The anticipation of what the reaction from fans and critics would be was very real for us with every new song we put out.”

(Read: The Mars Voltas De-Loused in the Comatorium: Down the Rat Hole 10 Years Later)

“4AM”, “People Forget”, and “Hangin’ in the Lurch” will be available for digital purchase tomorrow via Omar Rodríguez-López’s label nadie. The first 10,000 orders will receive &ldqu...

Emma Ruth Rundle Run Forever (Stereogum Premiere)
Apr 15, 2014 11:20am | StereoGum

When I saw Emma Ruth Rundle perform with one of her main bands, Marriages (she also plays in Red Sparowes), in Boston last July, her group was the hypnotic and gripping opening act for Deafheaven. Now the LA-based singer/guitarist has taken a short break to release Some Heavy Ocean, her debut solo album, from which we heard something very personal and intimate in the form of debut single “Arms I Know So Well.” Now Rundle has released another Some Heavy Ocean track, “Run Forever,” which only reinforces the feelings set into motion by its predecessor. Here Rundle manages to wring a novel’s worth of naked emotion from her guitar and voice, which shifts from whispery lows to pained peaks with lightness of a feather. Listen to it below.


an interview with The Menzingers, who are streaming their new 'Rented World' LP (listen)
Apr 15, 2014 11:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

The Menzingers will release their fourth album, Rented World, next week (4/22) via Epitaph (pre-order), and after revealing singles "In Remission" and "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore," they've now made the whole album available to stream. The new album has some more studio shine than their past material (they worked with engineer Jon Low, who normally works with non-punk musicians like Kurt Vile and The National), but there's more aggression in the songs too. Many of them favor big, heavy '90s grunge riffs over the pop punk of their last album. Their knack for Craig Finn-like storytelling still shows up too, like on album highlight "Nothing Feels Good Anymore": "I'm at the party in a cloud of nicotine exhaled by drunk twentysomethings / there's a couple arguing in the bathroom, some couple kids trying to get high." Listen to the new record, via Spin, below.

The band are also supporting the new album on a previously discussed tour with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana which hits NYC for what will by far be their largest headlining show here yet on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ahead of the tour and album release, I cornered co-vocalist/guitarist Tom May and talked to him about their NYC shows, the new record and their thriving Philly scene (which includes tourmates Cayetana). You can check out the interview, with their list of tour dates and the a...

Strand Of Oaks Goshen 97 (Feat. J Mascis) Video
Apr 15, 2014 11:10am | StereoGum

Timothy Showalter has been releasing haunted, personal folk-rock as Strand Of Oaks for years, and now he’s ready to move up in the world with his new album HEAL. The album’s first single is the ragged rocker “Goshen ’97,” which has some triumphant guitar soloing from J Mascis. And in the new video, from The Comedy director Rick Alverson, Showalter plays the loneliest hesher at an old-school roller rink. Watch it below.


Twin Shadow goes full power ballad on new single "The Top" (listen)
Apr 15, 2014 11:07am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Twin Shadow - To the Top (MP3)

Twin Shadow has always had an affinity for the '80s, be it Prince or Bruce Springsteen. He now seems to be diving in to the decade with concrete boots on his brand new single "The Top." The press release claims he has "reinvented the power ballad" with the song, but to these ears it sounds more like he's dug up the corpse and is pulling some Weekend at Bernie's maneuvers. He says this about it:

What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.

It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness...We just want to say "wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again."

On the Soundcloud he's tagged it with #Journey #Rock #Arena #80s #90s and it sounds like a song that could turn back time for Cher (or Laura Branigan) if she covered it. Lighters aloft, you can download it above and stream it in this post.

Will this be the direction of a new album? It's been two years since Confess</...

Contest: Mudhoney: The Sound And The Fury From Seattle Book Giveaway
Apr 15, 2014 11:04am | CMJ

Mudhoney: The Sound And The Fury From Seattle

Back when Sub Pop was fledgling, flannel was a clothing pattern design rather than a music sub-genre, and Nirvana was just another college band, Mudhoney released the monster debut single Touch Me Im Sick, and that song set the template for the preferable, high-energy end of what became annoyingly over-known as grunge. (The song recently got another grave dig-up via the inFAMOUS Second Son video game.) In fact, gather ’round a bar full of ol Sub Pop Singles Club members, and theyll tell you they all thought Touch Me Im Sick was going to be THE grunge flashpoint, as it came out when Nirvana was still figuring out its drummer situation.

But Mudhoney was never easily wedged into that famed 90s explosion, more genetically in line with the northwests excellent tradition of grimy fuzz riffage like the Sonics, scuzz-corers Solger and Frantix, and their own pre-Mudhoney bunch, Green River. Arguably the best live band of that whole alternative rock thing, Mudhoney has soldiered on through their early ’90s days of effortlessly burping up dirtbag slop-metal anthems, then moving into a ’60s garage-leaning shuffle, and back and forth and back again, officially breaking up once, and now still out there dishing up a ever-vigorous live show. So it must feel weird to them—as they just released another fine album, Vanishing Point (Sub Pop), last year—...

MOKB Premiere : 1,2,3 : Porch Swing Song
Apr 15, 2014 11:04am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Coming nearly three years after their much-lauded debut New Heaven, the new album from Pittsburg’s 1,2,3 almost never happened. Singer Nic Snyder had been beaten down by life between being in the band and having a day job, his aunt’s house being hit by a tornado, writer’s block, and being dropped by their label had led to understandable tension with his bandmates. He decided to remove himself from the situation and quit the band. This might of been the best decision he made as it allowed him to create at his own pace. The result is the meaningfully titled Big Weather whose name comes from the literal weather that affected his family and the storm that was band’s existence in the creation of it.

Now knowing the story behind the album, one would expect the music to be darker in mood given the story, but the songs so far have been eclectic and gritty as heard in the previously revealed “Big Weather Part 1″ and “Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair”. There, indeed, is an artistic turn on this record from their debut, but the band has still maintained their pop sensibilities. Those sensibilities might not be any more existent than in the track we are premiering, “Porch Swing Song”. Vocal hooks are prevalent in the cut, but it’s the crunchy and melodic guitars along with the horns that really bring the listener in. It just goes to show t...

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