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Superfood cover Beastie Boys listen
Mar 11, 2014 8:19am | NME
Birmingham band take on '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)' for Infectious Music compilation
Logan Sama leaves Kiss FM to launch own grime platform
Mar 11, 2014 8:16am | Fact Magazine
Kiss FM DJ Logan Sama has left the station after 10 years.
“Yesterday I was made aware of widespread changes to the Kiss FM schedule in the specialist timeslots,” the grime DJ stated, explaining that he was “offered a prime position on the new KissFresh digital channel as one of the figurehead specialist DJs”.
He added: “It is with regret, but also surety, that I have made the choice to end my 10 year strong relationship with the Kiss family. I have chosen to accept a new challenge in my DJ career and forge a new path for myself and for others.”
Sama, whose popular Monday night slot regularly hosted MCs like Wiley, Dizzee, Skepta, Ghetts and JME, revealed his decision on Twitter and posted a lengthy statement on his new website KeepinItGrimy, which he described as “the opportunity to start anew from the ground up with all the exciting projects and crazy ideas I have always had but had been previously unable to see become a reality.”
Read his full statement:
Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' to close on London's West End
Mar 11, 2014 8:05am | NME
Long running West End production to stage last performance in May
Peter Stampfel releasing a new LP on Don Giovanni, playing release show w/ Jeffrey Lewis & others (song stream)
Mar 11, 2014 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan
Folk rock veteran Peter Stampfel, of the Holy Modal Rounders and a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, has signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) to release his newest solo album, Better Than Expected, on April 22. Peter recently released the single, "NSA Man," which you can listen to below. That's the single's artwork above, designed by Faye Orlove (who did Potty Mouth's recent "Black and Studs" video). The album artwork is below.
Peter Stampfel and his band, The Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron, will celebrate the new record with a release show on April 24 at Mercury Lounge. Opening that show is Peter's pal Jeffrey Lewis and Jrams, the Bushwick Gospel Singers (featuring Peter's daughter Zoe), and Modern Hut, the solo project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon. Show flyer, designed by Jeffrey Lewis, below.
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Coldplay's iTunes SXSW festival show to stream on Vevo
Mar 11, 2014 7:59am | NME
All performances from the showcase will be shown online
One Direction's Harry Styles wins court injunction against paparazzi
Mar 11, 2014 7:46am | NME
The singer launched harassment proceedings last December
Reading & Leeds Lineup 2014
Mar 11, 2014 7:37am | StereoGum
England’s Reading and Leeds festivals aren’t the largest or most important festivals in the UK — that’s still Glastonbury — but they’re still massive institutions and enormously important career-makers for bands from around the world. And my one day at the 1997 Reading Festival (Manic Street Preachers headlining, the Orb second from the top, Republica and Space stealing the undercard) represents one of my favorite festival-going memories ever. Both festivals, which share one lineup, just announced their initial lineups for this summer. Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will both headline individual days, while Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore will co-headline another. The bills also feature Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Foster The People, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Metronomy, Die Antwoord, Temples, JUNGLE., Danny Brown, Eagulls, Klaxons, Pusha T, Joey Bada$$, and Vic Mensa. More acts will be announced. The festivals come to their respective cities 8/22-24, and you can find out more info on them here.
Akai unveils Rhythm Wolf drum machine and bass synth, new APC40 controller and more
Mar 11, 2014 7:32am | Fact Magazine
A clutch of new products from the electronics brand.
Akai has unveiled several exciting new machines ahead of this week’s Musikmesse conference in Frankfurt, including the Rhythm Wolf (above), an analogue drum machine and bass synthesizer module featuring an onboard 32-step sequencer, six MPC-style pads and a ‘Howl knob’, which controls a “custom distortion circuit for additional sound design.” It’s aimed at the affordable end of the spectrum with a price tag of $199.99.
Also on the way is the APC40 MkII (below), a revamped version of the company’s popular controller. The streamlined machine features a 5×8 RGB LED clip matrix, eight channel faders, a master fader and eight device controls. The unit is priced at around $400.
As well as the APC40MkII, Akai also announced the smaller APC Mini and the APC Key 25, details of which can be found here.
Finally, there’s the new MPX16 sample player/recorder, a compact unit with 16 velocity sensitive backlit trigger pads for recording and playing back stereo samples in WAV format. Read up on all the units, which are due to arrive in summer, on Akai’s website.
Meanwhile, Roland have just launched AIRA, a new set of machines that recreate the company’s TR-808, TR-909 and TB-303. Delve into our exhaust...
Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson to host BBC 6 Music series
Mar 11, 2014 7:26am | NME
Frontman and 'The Voice' coach to present two shows on radio station later this month
Watch: Warpaint make late-night TV debut on Conan
Mar 11, 2014 7:14am | Cosequence Of Sound
Warpaint may be one of this year’s most overbooked festival acts, but it sure took a long time for them to be invited on TV. Last night, the psych-crooning quartet made their late-night television debut by appearing on Conan. They supported their sterling sophomore album with a stirring rendition of ”Love is to Die”. Watch the replay below.
The band will resume touring this week at South by Southwest, kickstarting an extensive jaunt that includes, headlining shows, loads of festival appearances, and dates opening for The National and Queens of the Stone Age. See their full tour docket here.
Taylor Swift named music's top money maker
Mar 11, 2014 6:59am | NME
The singer tops Billboard poll of the highest-earning musicians
"There isn't any kind of plan": DiS meets Fat White Family
Mar 11, 2014 6:56am | Drowned In Sound
South London's Fat White Family have earned themselves a reputation in recent months as one of the most discordantly shambolic, intrinsically subversive collectives on the circuit. Stories of cancelled gigs, borrowed then sold equipment and bizarre stage props (human excrement anybody..?) have followed them up and down the land, arguably making them one of the most controversial outfits to emerge from London's underground music scene in years.
More importantly, they were also responsible for one of last year's finest debuts. Champagne Holocaust, initially released in April, impeccably highlighted their creative side. Fusing influences as disparate as The Fall, The Gun Club, The Country Teasers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Birthday Party, its eleven tracks represent an innovative assortment of musical styles and ideas.
Nevertheless, it's their live show that has captured the nation's attention, with nearly every night of their first UK headline tour having sold out in advance. It's on the penultimate date of the tour, at Nottingham's Bodega Social where we catch up with tired vocalist Lias Saoudi. Having arrived at the venue over four hours later than scheduled - they were due to soundcheck at 3pm and arrived after doors opened at 7pm - the other members of the group (Saul Adamczewski - guitar/vocals, Adam Harmer - guitar, Joe Panucci - bass, Nathan Saoudi - keyboards, Dan Lyons - drums) search around frantically for equipmen...
Lana Del Rey announces major US tour
Mar 11, 2014 6:49am | NME
Tourdates suggest album number two will be released in spring
My Favourite Record: Julio Bashmore
Mar 11, 2014 6:46am | Fact Magazine
My Favourite Record is a new weekly feature where we ask musicians we rate from across the spectrum to pick their most cherished album – a development of our occasional On Record feature, and a chance to take a peek at the albums that maketh the artist. Today’s entry:
Picked by: UK house crossover star and Broadwalk boss Julio Bashmore.
“Mine would be Michael Jackson, ‘Speed Demon’. It’s fucking weird and the production’s insane. It’s from Bad, and from back when I was five, that was the one from the album where I was always like, ‘play that again’. For now, I’m gonna go with that.
“He was untouchable. Have you ever seen the 1993 Superbowl
performance? It’s just unreal. [puts on Youtube video] Who in
the charts right now is gonna do this?”
Listen: Orange Gold Red Wayward
Mar 11, 2014 6:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
What with the golden swathes of talent oozing from Brooklyn’s underbelly recently, you could be forgiven for letting Orange Gold Red slip your mind. Thankfully, the duo have returned with “Wayward”, a sumptuous slice of dream pop that gently reminds us as to why we fell for them in the first place.
Layers of gooey synths and languorous strings are woven by Andrew Gregory in delicate fashion, gorgeously underpinning Kate Copeland’s hushed vocal. It transports the listener to lengthy days of lounging on grassy verges, gulping icy mouthfuls of frothy beer and the glorious prickle of heat against bare skin.
With a debut LP in the works, Orange Gold Red’s stranglehold over our heart’s shows little sign of subsiding. For now, “Wayward” (and accompanying B-side “Riptide”) should keep us ticking over until Gregory and Copeland reveal an album’s worth of beautiful, seasonal fragility.
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