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Kendrick Lamar was the last-ever musical guest on 'The Colbert Report,' which signs off for good this week (video)
Dec 17, 2014 6:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Colbert Report will air its final episode on Thursday night (12/18), after which Stephen Colbert (the real person, not his Report persona) will begin prepping to take over for the retiring David Letterman sometime next year. Last night (12/18) featured an appearance by Kendrick Lamar who will have the distinction of being the last-ever musical guest on the show -- unless Colbert pulls out some surprises tomorrow night. "No pressure, " Colbert told Kendrick, "but that means Paul McCartney, REM, Jack White and Nas were your opening acts." After an interview segment, Lamar performed a new, untitled song with backing from Thundercat, Terrace Martin on saxophone, and back vocals from Bilal and Anna Wise. You can watch that below.

Tonight's penultimate episode of The Colbert Report features Redeployment author Phil Klay and Thursday's finale features...the Grim Reaper? Tune in and find out. David Letterman's final The Late Show will be May 20, but reports are that Colbert may not take the host seat till September. Larry Wilmore will take over Colbert's time slot on Comedy Central. Craig Ferguson, meanwhile, will exit CBS' The Late Late Show at the end of December, with guest hosts filling in until James Corden (and bandleader Reggie Watts) take over in March.

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Stream Gunplay and Rick Ross Scuffed Timbs, produced by Timbaland
Dec 17, 2014 6:08pm | Fact Magazine

Gunplay gives the first taste of his long-gestating debut album.

The highly anticipated debut album from Gunplay has been in limbo for the last couple of years. After some long-running legal issues and a few mixtapes, including a self-titled effort earlier this year, Living Legend looks like it is finally on the way. The album is scheduled to come out early next year, and new track ‘Scuffed Timbs’ is said to be taken from the LP.

‘Scuffed Timbs’ finds Gunplay and Maybach Music Group bawse Rick Ross trading blows over a frenetic, glitchy Timbaland instrumental. You can stream the track below.

Timbaland has had a busy few months, recently producing Rick Ross’ Jay Z-featuring ‘Movin’ Bass’ and working with his protege, Chicago rapper and singer Tink. Yesterday, the veteran hitmaker shared the video for Tink’s ‘Around The Clock‘, produced by Timbo himself. [via Stereogum]



download Blue Hawaiis Agor Edits mixtape
Dec 17, 2014 6:07pm | Gorilla Vs Bear


“It’s the end of the year, so to commemorate the global underground touring we did to all the people who were interested in coming to and putting on a Blue Hawaii show in Bangkok or Vilnius we decided to put together a free mixtape of edits somewhere between the dreamy record and the banging live show…” — ;) Agor (the boy in Blue Hawaii)

Listen to Agor’s edits below, and download the whole mixtape here.


Artists Audit: Our Favourite Musicians on Their Albums and Songs of 2014 (Pt. 1)
Dec 17, 2014 5:41pm | Drowned In Sound

Each year, DiS celebrates Listmas by presenting our staffs favourite songs, our albums of the year and various other lists. We also love to get musicians involved, and in our annual audit of artists weve once again found that some of the artists we love the most are listening to some things we adore too.

Read on to find out what members of Chvrches (pictured, above), Hookworms, The Twilight Sad, Pulled Apart by Horses, and lots more adored in 2014.

MARISSA NADLER

What was your favourite album released this year?

Sun Kil Moon - Benji

I really admire Mark Kozelek's increasing ability to turn the unglamorous and often depressing minutia of everyday life into song. I've been a long time fan of his, but this record is an intense and stunning listen. These sad details of small town America, trips to Panera bread, and several tragic deaths- he's taken these things and created an album that's a window into the life of a man. I'm not going to let the annoying bullshit internet feud color the fact that Kozelek has taken some leaps and bounds as a songwriter. As I have moved off writing fiction, Kozelek's writing style really inspires me.

Which album not-released-in-2014 have you loved this year?

Grouper

Pretty much the entire Grouper discography, including the new album which is new this year. I'm just getting into her though she's been making records for a long ...


Gunplay Scuffed Timbs (Feat. Rick Ross) (Prod. Timbaland)
Dec 17, 2014 5:29pm | StereoGum

Gunplay’s debut studio album has been perpetually in limbo for a few years now, but it looks like it could finally be getting a release. After a few false starts and a handful of mixtapes, including this year’s self-titled, Living Legend is scheduled to come out early next year. “Scuffed Timbs” is a new track from it and features Maybach labelmate Rick Ross, whose album the rapper first made a splash on all the way back in 2012. Ross takes the backseat on this track, letting Gunplay navigate a squirmy beat courtesy of Timbaland. Listen below.

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California X shares second song from new LP, touring, playing NYC release show with Ovlov, Big Ups & more (dates)
Dec 17, 2014 4:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Zack Baker


Photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vadislav Grach)

Amherst, MA's noisy sludge-punks California X will release their sophomore LP, Nights In The Dark, January 13 on Don Giovanni Records. You may have already heard the album's title track, and they've now shared a second song, "Hadley, MA," which you can stream below.

Before the album drops, the band will head out on tour, kicking off in NYC with a release show on January 2 at Shea Stadium with the similarly sludgy Ovlov, stellar post-hardcore shredders Big Ups and the homespun riffs of LVL UP. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

California X closes out their current string of dates with an appearance at night 2 of the Don Giovanni showcases which happens at Knitting Factory on February 7. You can pick up tickets for that show (and all three nights) now. The band also contributed to DG's list of 2014 favorites highlighting LVL UP's album Hoodwink'd as well as the Ovlov / Krill/ LVL UP/ Radiator Hospital split.

All of California X's upcoming dates are listed, along with the"Hadley, MA" stream, below...

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What College Radio Liked In 2014
Dec 17, 2014 4:04pm | CMJ


At its core, college radio is about artist discovery and supporting unknown and emerging musicians. So who better to ask for their favorites of 2014 than people in the trenches at college stations? With over 70 people sending us their picks, as well as what they are looking forward to in 2015, we ended up with a diverse collection of curiosities. Some albums made appearances on many lists here and others only popped up once; some picks overlap with CMJ’s favorite albums of the year and others we overlooked or missed out on until now. Either way, these lists are a true testament to the diversity of tastes that college radio represents.


Bri Aab – Radio Promotion, Team Clermont:
Favorite Non-Team Clermont affiliates:
0. PJ Harvey’s Book Announcement
1. Ava Luna Electric Balloon
2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
3. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
4. Wye Oak – Shriek
5. Alvvays – Alvvays
5. Grouper – Ruins
5. Protomartyr – Under the Color of Official Right
5. TOPS – Picture You Staring
5. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
5. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
5. Mitski – Bury Me at Makeout Creek
HM to Cibo Matto, Taylor Swift, Courtney Barnett, Whi...


Update: Sony cancels release of The Interview in wake of terrorism threats
Dec 17, 2014 4:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new comedy film The Interview depicts a faux CIA operation to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. In response, a group of hackers calling themselves Guardians of the Peace, who are possibly connected to North Korea’s government, hacked into Sony Picture’s computer system and leaked thousands of sensitive documents containing information on employee salaries, upcoming film projects, and more. Now, as the film’s December 25th theatrical release nears, Guardians of the Peace has warned of “9/11″-esque violence at movie theaters that screen the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, America’s five biggest theater chains are taking these threats seriously and have decided not to screen The Interview. “Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” Regal said in a statement. AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment have also decided against showing the film.

Update: Sony has canceled the film’s release, saying in a statement, “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forw...


High on FIre & Windhand sold out Vitus, add early show
Dec 17, 2014 3:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan


Photo: High on Fire on Lemmy's Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, the awesome double bill of stoner riffers High on Fire and doomers Windhand is headlining out on a tour with support from Mountain of Wizard. That tour already included a show happening January 9 at Saint Vitus, which has now sold out, but they've added an early show happening the same night with the same lineup (doors at 6 PM for the early show). Tickets will be available here at 5 PM.

Since we last spoke, it was also revealed that after the tour ends, High on Fire will enter the studio in Salem, MA with Converge's Kurt Ballou to work on their next album that they plan to release in 2015. Stay tuned for more on that. Updated dates are listed below...

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Chris Mastheim (Nicholas Krgovich) Children Go Where I Send Thee
Dec 17, 2014 3:56pm | StereoGum

Yep, it’s that time of year again when holiday music becomes more or less inescapable. Most of it may be cloying and overplayed, but when it’s mixed with a healthy dose of sadness and/or humor, the results can be excellent. Prolific Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Krgovich — the man behind “Along The PCH On Oscar Night,” one of our 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014 — has gone the latter route, dusting off his punny recurring holiday alias Chris Mastheim (Get it? Get it?) for the release of a free EP-length compilation of holiday standards. While the songs themselves are familiar and the lyrics remain unchanged, Krgovich runs the music through a heavy filter of his own particular brand of loungey soft-rock, synth-pop decadence before spitting it back out. The result is a comical dissonance between the po-faced lyrics and the gloriously shimmering Barry White meets the Human League soundtrack behind them. Listen to “Children Go Where I Send Thee” below.

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Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 2
Dec 17, 2014 3:21pm | StereoGum

If you’ve ever spent too long speaking uninterrupted — teaching a class, say, or reading aloud to your kids — you’ve probably noticed your voice fraying and decaying, reducing itself to a husk more quickly than you might’ve thought possible. That zombie version of your own voice — grainy, creaking, drained of vitality — does not make you want to keep speaking. You have to think of a reason to stop talking, or you have to put your head down and just muscle through it. It’s not easy. But Kevin Gates raps like that. A couple of times on the new Luca Brasi 2 mixtape, Gates delivers technically fluid, emotive intense verses in a voice that sounds like his vocal chords have been rolling around in a vat of corrosive acid for a few hours. Consider, for example, the first verse of “John Gotti,” the tape’s third track. Gates delivers the whole first verse like it’s the middle of the night and he’s just woken up from an exhausting dream. But he gets through it, and he thrives. Rapping when your voice is like that has to be more difficult than doing it when your voice is at its healthiest, but it somehow adds to the urgency and intensity of Gates’ already-urgent-and-intense cadences. And as the verse draws to a close, he lurches into the weirdly perfect bluesy singing voice that he uses for hooks so often. Gates presumably recorded the verse and the chorus at differe...


Kitty Second Life Video
Dec 17, 2014 3:15pm | StereoGum

Last month, Kitty released her Frostbite EP, and today she’s sharing a video for the stand-out track “Second Life.” The video, directed by the production company Many Hearts (the team of Jesse Gouldsbury and Johnny Weiss), stars the Brooklyn-based producer Maxo playing a Kitty-themed video game. It’s an impressive multimedia project that follows the rapper-turned-singer’s lovelorn narrative. Watch below.

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The Albums That Defined 2014: Death From Above 1979, Foo Fighters and the conservative co-opting of DIY
Dec 17, 2014 3:09pm | Chart Attack
The Albums That Defined 2014 explores how this year's most influential records have shaped and reflected the wider music landscape. Today, how Death From Above 1979 and Foo Fighters blankly recreate the aesthetic of DIY culture on a mainstream level.

In 2014, ten years after releasing their debut record Youre A Woman, Im A Machine, Death From Above 1979 finally released their long-awaited follow-up The Physical World. Even with such a large gap between albums, the band didnt have to struggle like they once had: record companies, fans, gigs and media attention were all ready and waiting for their return. The band did, however, have the difficult task of situating themselves in some sort of context, since the musical landscape had moved on without them. The pervasive dance-punk sound of 2004 has long since fizzled, but the rhetorical language of do-it-yourself culture has not. So they chose to soldier on by returning to their DIY roots, not so much as an ethos but as an aesthetic.

The music video for Trainwreck 1979 prominently features DFA1979s iconic elephant logo worn as a button on a jacket, an acknowledgement that in the bands absence, they managed to endure, if only on someones denim lapel. For an act aiming to return to their roots as punky twentysomethings, the video's emphasis on handmade ephemera appeals to the bands history as independent artists. It ju...


A Place to Bury Strangers share new video, and list the "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014"
Dec 17, 2014 2:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

intro by Bill Pearis


APTBS @ final DbA show (more by PSquared)

We've been asking all manner of music-related folks for 2014 Top 10 lists. Most have championed things that are awesome and here's one that does that too, but in a bittersweet way. A Place to Bury Strangers frontman Oliver Ackermann was one of the people behind Death by Audio, both the DIY showspace that closed last month and the effects pedal company that has now relocated. Fittingly his list is titled "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014." You can check that out below.

In non-ending APTBS news, they will release their new album Transfixiation on February 17 via Dead Oceans. It's messier and more experimental than we've heard them do before and is all the better for it. The LP also has its share of rippers as well, like the bass-driven first single "Straight." Since we last posted, the band have released a video for that, directed by Brook Linder. It's a headtrip of spooky imagery and VHS tape distortion. You can check that out below too.

A Place to Bury Strangers will celebrate their new record on Transfixiation's release date (2/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Grooms, whose new album is also out that day. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed with all the other stuff mentioned here, below...

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Earl Sweatshirt Interviews Mike Tyson
Dec 17, 2014 2:40pm | StereoGum

When Mike Tyson was 20 years old, he became the youngest boxer ever to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. He was also an idiot at that age, as he made sure to tell Earl Sweatshirt repeatedly when Earl, who is currently 20, interviewed Tyson for Citizens Of Humanity. Their conversation touches on each man’s personal story as well as much bigger topics such as world history, sex, war, and spirituality. Tyson takes charge early on and ends up learning a lot about Odd Future, though Earl does fit some good questions in, particularly the one at the end about what age Tyson stopped being happy. It’s a fascinating chat and well worth your time, so read the whole thing here.




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