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Lawrence English, Efdemin, Monolake and more interviewed for book on the resurgence of vinyl
Nov 27, 2014 11:29pm | Fact Magazine

Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age focuses on the Berlin house and techno scene.

Dominik Bartmanski and Ian Woodward, a pair of music-obsessed sociologists, have written a book that explores the unlikely renaissance of vinyl in a world of increasing digital convergence. Bartamanski and Woodward examine why vinyl, a format previously abandoned by the music industry, has experienced a rebirth in recent years.

As part of their research, the pair interviewed DJs, musicians, collectors, label heads and record store owners in London, New York, Tokyo, Melbourne and Berlin. According to Bartamanski, “The book focuses on the Berlin house and techno scene,” primarily artists within the Berghain/Panorama Bar/Ostgut Ton axis.

Among those interviewed for the book were house and techno artists Efdemin, Monolake, Wolfgang Voigt, nd_baumecker and The Analogue Cops. Lawrence English, the expert sonic provocateur behind FACT’s recent Beginner’s Guide to Field Recording, was also consulted.

Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age will be available from January 29.

[via Resident Advisor]



What's going on Friday? (Bob Dylan, DFA1979, Quintron, College, Rhys Darby, George Clinton, Hooded Fang, #RSDBF)
Nov 27, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

DFA 1979 at FFF 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which begins a five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.

Death From Above 1979, Biblical @ Terminal 5
Returning 10 years after their debut album, DFA1979 are still partying like it's 2004 with their fuzzy brand of drums-and-bass.

Quintron's Weather Warlock w/ Sean Lennon, Steve Shelley, Nels Cline & more @ Secret Project Robot
Speaking of party machines, Quintron is playing this special show featuring his self-designed piece of equipment (the "Weather Warlock") that makes sounds based on atmospheric conditions. He's got a host of guests helping him out for this show.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King Blues Club
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early '70s albums, and they're still at it. This week saw the release of First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, the first Funkadelic record since 2008.

College, Eno @ Highline Ballroom
French electronic musician Coll...



Photos: Arca live at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Nov 27, 2014 10:09pm | Fact Magazine

The young Venezuelan captivated the audience with his first performance of his mind-bending new live show, and had Bjork cheering on from the sidelines.

Arca, the emerging producer whose boundary-pushing creations got him hired by Kanye West and Bjork, debuted his highly anticipated live show at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts last night. Backed with enthralling visuals from frequent collaborator Jesse Kanda, Arca’s live show was like an hour-long Rorschach test that confronted your preconceived notions of identity, gender, and sexuality.

Wearing black, sequinned, thigh-high gogo boots, a pleated schoolgirl skirt and a bra, the young artist performed an hour of original material, singing and dancing against a backdrop of highly sexual and grotesque imagery. Bjork, who has enlisted Arca to co-produce her next album, bounced up and down with excitement at the conclusion of the show.

Check out Arianna Power’s photos over the next 20 pages or head to FACT’s Instagram for exclusive video footage of the event.

Arcas debut album Xen is out now on Mute hear the lead track, Thievery and read Maya Kalev’s review of the album.

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As of tonight, Lil B follows 1 million people on Twitter
Nov 27, 2014 7:30pm | Fact Magazine

HEY TWITTER I FOLLOWED 1 MILLION + PEOPLE WITH MY BARE HANDS !!! ALL MYSELF !!!! HISTORY! WOW Lil B

Rap space cadet and occasional shirtless lecturer Lil B now follows a massive one million people on Twitter. The self-professed Based God announced his plans on the social network earlier today, proclaiming: LIL B will be the first and is making history today!! He will successfully followed [sic] 1 million select people with his hands no bots Lil B.

The absurdly prolific rapper has taken fan interaction to a new extreme, individually selecting more than one million users to follow on the social network. To put it in perspective, Lil B counts 950,000 of his own followers.

Everyone that i follow should feel extremely lucky and proud, choosing 1 million people i wanted to follow and by hand i did that, he tweeted. Thank you, Based God.


Stream: Wu-Tang Clans new album A Better Tomorrow
Nov 27, 2014 6:08pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After months of infighting and feuding, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan settled their differences and announced a new album called A Better Tomorrow in celebration of their 20th anniversary. In anticipation of its December 2nd release, the album is streaming in full.

For several months, Wu-Tang founders RZA and Raekwon feuded over the direction of the album. Raekwon said Wu-Tang had been compromised by RZAs creative vision for the record, which he referred to as mediocre and out of touch with the state of current hip-hop. He also insinuated that there were contractual issues that prevented him from moving forward. Fortunately, the duo eventually settled its difference and came to a truce.

The album is preceded by four singles, “Keep Watch”, “Ron O’Neal”, “Ruckus in B Minor”, and “Necklace”. Pre-orders are ongoing.

Additionally, Wu-Tang will soon unveil a second album. Dubbed The Wu Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the unique, one-of-a-kind LP has been in development for nearly 20 years, a project thought up by RZA as a way to re-establish music as a highly-prized piece of art. The plan is to put the album on exhibit at museums around the world before selling it off to the highest bidder.

A Better Tomorrow Tracklist:
01. Ruckus in B Minor
02. Felt
03. 40th Street Black / We Will Fight
...


Stream Wu-Tang Clans new album, A Better Tomorrow, in full
Nov 27, 2014 4:50pm | Fact Magazine

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The first Wu-Tang Clan album in seven years is finally here.

The Clan celebrated Thanksgiving by sharing a stream of A Better Tomorrow ahead of the albums release on December 2.

The road to completion for the album has been a long one, with struggles between members over the direction of the group taking place and Wu capo RZA estimating that he may lose up to half a million dollars on the project.

All 9 core members are present on the album, with RZA handling the bulk of the production. Rick Rubin and Wu-Tang affiliates Mathematics and 4th Disciple also contributed beats.

You can stream A Better Tomorrow in full below. Head over here to read FACT’s review of the album.


CONTEST: Win one of two pairs of tickets to NICE, featuring Jazz Cartier and WISH in Toronto
Nov 27, 2014 3:05pm | Chart Attack

Last April, Jonny Dovercourt of Wavelength teamed with veteran music promoter (and way back Chart hip-hop scribe) Dalton Higgins to present NICE (Nifty Interventions for Cultural Enhancement), an attempt to unite Toronto's race/class/geography/genre segregated music scenes.

Tomorrow (Friday, November 28 at The Garrison), they're presenting the second edition, featuring two acts ready to break: Jazz Cartier and WISH.

Jazz Cartier is a Kensington Market-based emcee who's ready to pop off on both sides of the border (he's already christened himself the next Drake). But this is your chance to avoid the classic Canadian music trap and get to him before he breaks in the States. WISH, meanwhile, find themselves at the heart of Hand Drawn Dracula's fertile shoegaze scene with a slacked out sound that rearranges your insides. And they've also got rising Montreal chamber pop group Plumes for good measure.

We've got two pairs of tickets to give away. To win FOLLOW @ChartAttack on Twitter and retweet this tweet:

Win tickets to see @JazzCartier, WISH, & @PlumesEnsemble in Toronto at @wavelengthmusic's show on Nov 28. FOLLOW us and RETWEET to win!

— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) November 27, 2014

CONTEST: Win one of two pairs of tickets to NICE, featuring Jazz Cartier and WISH in Toronto by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.


Narcotic rn'b, How To Dress Well and vintage funk: the weeks best free mixes
Nov 27, 2014 2:40pm | Fact Magazine

Each week, FACTs Mixtape Round-Up trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you dont have to.

Change is afoot here at FACT HQ – the weekly mixes column will now be coming to you every Friday, with the mixtapes column being compiled into a biweekly list dropping every other Thursday.

This week’s bounty of blends is a Turkey Day special, with druggy rap and r’n'b jammers to spice up your cranberry sauce, sizzling house, disco and soul to keep grandma happy and some low-light drones for afters.

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A Tribe Called Red celebrate Thanksgiving with Burn Your Village To The Ground
Nov 27, 2014 1:56pm | Chart Attack

It's American Thanksgiving, known to some as the commemoration of how some puritanical freaks didn't starve to death thanks to the help of the people they would eventually slaughter. Today A Tribe Called Red have given us the Aboriginal Canadian perspective on this holiday with a Facebook post and surprise new track "Burn Your Village To The Ground."

The group place the relationship between First Nations and Thanksgiving as "complicated," and provide a thoughtful essay from Dennis Zotigh expanding on that issue. But there's little ambiguity on the aggressive electronic bounce of "Burn Your Village." It's a slamming conduit for righteous indignation, articulated by the sample of Wednesday Addams's classic speech from Addams Family Values.

From Facebook:

Post by A Tribe Called Red.

Download the free track at Soundcloud.

A Tribe Called Red “celebrate” Thanksgiving with “Burn Your Village To The Ground” by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.


Watch: J Fernandez - Cosmic Was
Nov 27, 2014 1:29pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The jangly, jazzy pop-rock ditty gets a mesmerising visual makever. It's a pretty screwy one however.>

Lily & Madeleine Backstage with Best Fit
Nov 27, 2014 12:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The Indianapolis sister duo behind the scenes in London by Sonny Malhotra.>

NOW HEAR THIS: BADBADNOTGOODs black tie banger, Ali Shaheed Muhammad remixes Milosh
Nov 27, 2014 11:37am | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day.

Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting On You)" (BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation)

On their recent tracks with Ghostface Killah BADBADNOTGOOD have taken their jazz into the weathered, forgotten movie soundtrack sections of boutique record stores. But the cool on their remix of Future Island's breakout track is more of a buttoned down and dark shades affair than the skeleton cowboy murder tunes they've been putting out. Grab an expensive cocktail and enjoy the trio's new range.

Download the track for free at Amazon.

Milosh, "Stakes Ain't High" (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix)

The R&B of Milosh is sedentary and smooth, but you never have to check for a pulse. In contrast, Ali Shaheed Muhammad forged a bond between jazz and hip-hop as the producer and DJ for A Tribe Called Quest, by turning carefully curated samples into new and joyful parties. But his work on "Stakes Ain't High" (which premiered on Noisey) puts the spectral vocals inside a chrome-finished techno beat, like the ghost in the machine. A lane change if there ever was one, and fitting with his recent production for Canadian singer Merna.

Milosh's new album Jetlag is out now via Deadly Records. Listen to Ali Shaheed interview hip-hop giants on NPR's Microphone Check.

Alex G, "Soaker"

A track leftover from the sessions that produced one of 2014's best indie roc...


Micachu drops surprise mixtape Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill on Demdike Stares label
Nov 27, 2014 11:05am | Fact Magazine

Mica Levi’s had an absolute corker of a year.

Not only did she cough up one of our favorite albums of the year with her haunting score to Jonathan Glazer’s excellent Under the Skin, she even managed to slot together a killer mix for this very site (ahem).

Now, as if to just show off, she’s put together a truly stunning hour-long mixtape for Demdike Stare’s imprint. If you’ve been watching, you’ll see the Northern duo have cranked up the activity as of late, releasing Shinichi Atobe’s ace Butterfly Effect LP a few weeks ago, and Micachu’s Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill might be their best drop so far.

Billed as a mixtape (it’s also released on cassette, natch), it is for all intents and purposes a proper record, mashing together the kind of spine-chilling post-classical ambience we heard on Levi’s Under the Skin accompaniment with bizarre rhythmic excursions and synthesizer experiments not unlike those you might find on Leila’s first couple of albums. It’s blinding stuff, and can be grabbed from Boomkat now.


The 20 best industrial & EBM records ever made
Nov 27, 2014 11:00am | Fact Magazine

Back in 2006, Richard Clouston - he of the Kult 77 project and London-based clubnight COSEY – ran down his 20 favourite industrial and EBM records for FACT.

Industrial sounds are more common than they have been for some time – not just on goth-leaning labels like Blackest Ever Black and Diagonal, but the wild clangs of artists like Arca, Bloom and Sudanim – so today seems as good a time as any to revisit. Happy Thanksgiving!


In 1975, Genesis P. Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Peter Sleazy Christopherson formed the group Throbbing Gristle and their own company, Industrial Records. The resulting work is some of the most vital and influential art and music ever made.

Together with protagonists such as Cabaret Voltaire, NON, Monte Cazzaza and SPK, TG created an energizing nexus of emancipation, confrontation and passion. The term industrial was adopted to embrace a wide range of experimental, predominantly electronic music. From this came the specifically dance-oriented Electronic Body Music. A brave and exotic sound, ranging from high-octane pop to raw, minimal beats, EBM is characterized by its stark, sexual aesthetic.

What follows is a selection of some of the industrial and EBM records I love.

Further recommended reading / listening:
RE Search Industrial Culture ...


The 20 best industrial records ever made
Nov 27, 2014 11:00am | Fact Magazine

Back in 2006, Richard Clouston - he of the Kult 77 project and London-based clubnight COSEY – ran down his 20 favourite industrial and EBM records for FACT.

Industrial sounds are more common than they have been for some time – not just on goth-leaning labels like Blackest Ever Black and Diagonal, but the wild clangs of artists like Arca, Bloom and Sudanim – so today seems as good a time as any to revisit. Happy Thanksgiving!


In 1975, Genesis P. Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Peter Sleazy Christopherson formed the group Throbbing Gristle and their own company, Industrial Records. The resulting work is some of the most vital and influential art and music ever made.

Together with protagonists such as Cabaret Voltaire, NON, Monte Cazzaza and SPK, TG created an energizing nexus of emancipation, confrontation and passion. The term industrial was adopted to embrace a wide range of experimental, predominantly electronic music. From this came the specifically dance-oriented Electronic Body Music. A brave and exotic sound, ranging from high-octane pop to raw, minimal beats, EBM is characterized by its stark, sexual aesthetic.

What follows is a selection of some of the industrial and EBM records I love.

Further recommended reading / listening:
RE Search Industrial Culture Handbook
Simon Ford - Wreckers of...

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