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Koopsta Knicca (Three 6 Mafia), RIP
Oct 9, 2015 9:56am | Brooklyn Vegan

Founding Three 6 Mafia member Koopsta Knicca (real name Robert Cooper Phillips) passed away last night after suffering a stroke. He was 40 years old. The Commercial Appeal was given a statement and they write:

The news of Mr. Phillips death was confirmed by Da Mafia 6ix publicist Dove Clark, and his group mate and producer "DJ Paul" Beauregard (the official word followed premature reports of his passing online on Thursday).

In a statement, DJ Paul referred to Mr. Phillips as "my group member and brother for over 20 years," noting that the he "went in peace...Everyone who knew Koop knew he was very funny and the coolest guy ever. He will be missed. We made classics together that'll live on."

That makes him the second Three 6 Mafia member to pass away in the past two years, following Lord Infamous's death in 2013.

Rest in peace Koopsta Knicca. Listen Da Devil's Playground below...

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R.I.P. Koopsta Knicca
Oct 9, 2015 9:55am | StereoGum
Commercial Appeal reports that Koopsta Knicca, a founding member of the great Memphis rap crew Three 6 Mafia, has died at a Memphis hospital. Koopsta suffered from a stroke on Sunday, and he had been on life support ever since. He was 40. More »

Beirut gives an enchanting performance on Conan
Oct 9, 2015 9:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

In support of their first album in four years, No No No, Beirut have been trekking across the US on one of the season’s most anticipated tours. Despite the busy schedule, the Zach Condon-led outfit found time last night to make an appearance on Conan, where they rolled out a lovely version of LP cut “So Allowed”, rich horn section and all. If you were debating whether or not to catch them live, let this performance be what sways you.

Catch the replay below.

(Read: Beirut: Breaking Down the Walls)

For the band’s upcoming tour dates, head here. Grab tickets via Seatgeek:

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FACT Focus 3: Renegade Hardware
Oct 9, 2015 9:51am | Fact Magazine

FACT Focus is a brand new mix series.

Regular FACT readers may have noticed that occasionally, to accompany a large feature or list, the author has provided a mix summarizing the article in handy-to-absorb MP3 format. Well, we’ve decided to flesh this out into a series.

Episodes of FACT Focus will, umm, focus on a specific artist, label, scene or sound. The mixes won’t be weekly, but they’ll always go the extra mile in terms of highlighting hidden classics and mapping-out specific eras or sounds.

This week’s installment comes from Anthoney Hart (aka Imaginary Forces and Basic Rhythm), who focuses on oft-overlooked D&B imprint Renegade Hardware. Hart cut his teeth spinning on London pirate radio in the 90s, and Renegade Hardware was a big part of that.

“It was a label that made up at least half of every set I played on Rude FM from the late 90s to the early 2000s,” he says. “I feel it’s a label that is often overlooked in favour of ‘hardcore jungle classics’.”

Hart’s latest 12″, Shift Work is out now on the Bedouin label.

Stream the mix below via Mixcloud or download via WeTransfer.


Future Forces Inc – ‘Intensify’
Paradox – ‘A Certain Sound’
Genotype – ‘Square Waves’
Absolute Zero & Subphonics &#8211...

Zac Pennington & Jherek Bischoff brought 'Crying Music' to Le Poisson Rouge with Jen Goma (pics)
Oct 9, 2015 9:42am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Parenthetical Girls singer Zac Pennington and Jherek Bischoff already made the West Coast debut of their new project Crying Music and last night (10/8) they did it on the East Coast at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge. They introduced themselves by saying "this is what crying sounds like," though to our ears it sounded like Parenthetical Girls-style songs with Jherek Bischoff's string arrangements (maybe that is what crying sounds like). Of course that's not a bad thing at all. The songs sounded great and we hope they plan on releasing recordings.

As Zac always is, he was quite the performer last night, tossing a tissue wet with eyedrops into the crowd, dragging around a pair of balloons, and making full use of the very long length of his mic chord. Opening the show was A Sunny Day In Glasgow's Jen Goma, billed as Showtime and playing eccentric-sounding stuff on keyboard and guitar.

Pictures continue below...

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Oct 9, 2015 9:39am | StereoGum
After several mixtapes, Le1f's debut full-length Riot Boi is coming out this November. We've heard the initial SOPHIE-produced single "Koi" and seen its tropical CGI fish-infested video. Today he's shared the Balam Acab-produced "Rage," a song that starts off fluttery and golden, then moves into a crushing industrial drop. It rules. Listen below and … More »

Cheatahs made a video for "Signs for Lorelei," playing lots of CMJ shows
Oct 9, 2015 9:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

photo by Alex De Mora

Cheatahs have made a video for "Signs to Lorelei," the new single from the band's forthcoming second album, Mythologies. The video was directed by Cherise Payne (FKA Twigs, The Horrors) and was shot mostly underwater, which fits the song's warped, warbled vibe. The new album is more shimmery dreampop than the pedal-stomping fuzz of Cheatahs' first album. The video premieres in this post and you can watch it below.

As mentioned, Cheatahs will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing a whole bunch of shows:

10/13/2015 @ Cameo Gallery (11:30 PM) - Cameo + TAYF CMJ Showcase
10/14/2015 @ Silent Barn - Wichita Recordings CMJ Party
10/14/2015 @ Pianos (1:45 PM) - Kanine Records & We Are Collide Day Party FREE
10/15/2015 @ Pianos (5 PM) - ATYPICAL BEASTS Official CMJ Showcase FREEE
10/16/2015 @ Berlin (7:10 PM) - ROSQUATCH: A Hairy & Sweaty Showcase
10/17/2015 @ Pianos (3:45 PM) - BirdDog Promo CMJ Party FREE
10/17/2015 @ Bowery Electric - Holy Underground + CBP CMJ Party
As for the 10/14 show at Silent Barn, which is a Wichita Records 15th anniversary party, the venue (which had a fire last month) is saying it expects to be open by CMJ, but you might want to visit their facebook before venturing...

Circuit des Yeux, Pavo Pavo and The Dove & The Wolf featured on new 'Shaking Through' season (watch the trailer)
Oct 9, 2015 9:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

The Dove and The Wolf recording their 'Shaking Through' session

Weathervane Music's online documentary series Shaking Through has been bringing us sessions since 2010, inviting musicians to record a song in two days at Philadelphia's Miner Street Recordings with the whole process captured for their cameras. (We've written about a few past installments.) Shaking Through Vol. 6's Fall Season includes sessions with Pavo Pavo (10/14), Chicago's Circuit des Yeux (11/18) and Paris France's The Dove & The Wolf (12/16), as well as members of The War on Drugs, Bardo Pond and Man Man. You can also download the raw files and remix the songs yourself.

Previous Shaking Through sessions have featured Sharon Van Etten, Twin Sister and Mutual Benefit. You can check out a trailer for the upcoming episodes below...

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Renz shrugs off conventions on Impure
Oct 9, 2015 9:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The second EP from Renz is a record that can

Oct 9, 2015 9:27am | Fact Magazine

The identity of Levantis is one of the worst-kept secrets in electronic music at this point, but we’ll keep quiet if you do.

Romantic Psychology is his debut album for Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint,

Ask A Band: FIDLAR give advice on meeting girls and growing up
Oct 9, 2015 9:27am | Chart Attack
Life is complicated and full of tough questions. We seek answers from people we respect, so who better to turn to than your favourite artists?

FIDLAR may be the quintessential party band. Their music at anytime can be found pumping out of Harbord Street keggers and college dorm rooms. It's rough around the edges, packed to the brim with heat, and gets you moving. When we sat lead singer Zac Carper in a beach chair not on the beach, we just knew there were a bunch of questions he had the answer to.

The band may provide tunes for the PBR-pounding partygoers, but they have more life experience than most 20-somethings. We wanted them to get a chance to speak to their fans directly and share their wisdom. And what is it that these fresh faced 18 to 21-year-olds are looking to learn in life? Well, beer, weed and relationships mostly. Zac dives in and lets you know how to overcome your nervousness around girls, fighting bullies, and using a fake ID. It'll be the best worst advice you've ever received.

FIDLAR's sophomore album Too is out now on Dine Alone Records.

Ask A Band: FIDLAR give advice on meeting girls and growing up by Ryan Parker | Chart Attack.

Stream Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas Taking Flight EP
Oct 9, 2015 9:26am | StereoGum
Having made a name for himself as one of the most exciting producers in music today, Toronto talent Ryan Hemsworth has lately made a point of shedding light on his talented friends by way of his Secret Songs download series, which our own Peter Helman smartly described as "a toy box full of twinkly, … More »

James Blake covered Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" (listen)
Oct 9, 2015 9:26am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)

Still no word on that James Blake album, which reportedly will feature Kanye West and Justin Vernon, but James did appear on BBC Radio 1 last night where he chatted with Justin and then debuted a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound of Silence." It's mostly James and his keyboard, and he gives the song the kind of sparse arrangements he had on his first album. As you may remember, it's not the first time he covered a classic folk song.

Listen to the whole BBC show here and stream the cover below...

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Alex G
Oct 9, 2015 9:25am | StereoGum
Today, lo-fi bedroom-pop auteur Alex G releases his new album Beach Music, and he's also followed up his glamorously disheveled "Bug" video with a new one for the strummy, floaty "Kicker." This one, from director John Vizzone, mixes murky footage of Alex G performing live with a spooky, cryptic story about a … More »

Everything Everything
Oct 9, 2015 9:20am | StereoGum
As their video for "Regret" indicated, British art-rockers Everything Everything have a penchant for the visually surreal. In the newly-released video for "No Reptiles" they turn the stage into a battlefield, performing the angsty song while bloodied and visibly beaten down. It doesn't quite surpass their Kelly Clarkson cover in my mind, but … More »

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