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Nicki Minaj combines tracks from The Pinkprint for short movie
Dec 20, 2014 6:59am | Fact Magazine

Heartbreak, 808s and piano.

Nicki Minaj unveiled The Pinkprint movie last night, a 16-minute extended music video that combines tracks from her latest album.

Album songs ‘I Lied’, ‘All Things Go’ and ‘The Crying Game’ are included in the movie which, like the album the songs are taken from, revolves almost entirely around the ending of relationships.

For more on Minaj’s The Pinkprint, read our review which called the album her “most cohesive project to date.”

Brodinski enlists Slim Thug, Makonnen, SD and more for rap-heavy debut album
Dec 20, 2014 6:58am | Fact Magazine

The Bromance co-founder checks the last box on his to-do list.

Perhaps best known for the bass-heavy techno he’s released on Grizzly, Turbo and his own Bromance imprint, Brodinski has spent the last few years beefing up his hip-hop bona fides, contributing to Yeezus standouts ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘Send It Up’, producing for BeatKing and Gangsta Boo, and dropping a handful of well-received mixtapes.

The Parisian producer will continue that genre-hopping development with Brava, his debut album due in early 2015. Collaborating with countrymen DJ Kore and Myd, Brodinski has created an album that looks to blend techno and rap.

To do that, the producer has brought together a handful of impressive rap talent: veterans like Slim Thug and D4L’s 2$ Fabo, Chicago upstart SD (who dazzled us with both ‘Circles’ and his album Truly Blessed), DC weirdo Yung Gleesh and Atlanta up-and-comers Makonnen, Young Scooter, Bloody Jay and more.

The Brava tracklist is below, along with the video for lead track ‘Can’t Help Myself’; the album is due out early next year.

1. Cant Help Myself Feat. SD
2. Calculator Feat. Chill Will
3. Bury Feat...

Danny Breaks relaunches Alphabet Zoo label with two new releases
Dec 20, 2014 6:58am | Fact Magazine

UK hardcore and jungle pioneer reboots his much loved hip hop imprint.

Earlier this year, Danny Breaks celebrated 20 years of his Droppin’ Science imprint with a compilation of the label’s best vinyl cuts alongside previously unreleased dubs and versions.

As the output on Droppin’ Science trickled to a stop in the early 2000s, Breaks launched a sister imprint, Alphabet Zoo, dedicated to hip hop and the sweet spot between crunchy drums and fat bass lines.

Over the course of a few years, Alphabet Zoo released 12″ EPs from Danny Breaks and Cologne-based DJ and producer Adlib. Some of the tracks, notably ‘The Jellyfish’, became underground anthems and can still be heard in DJ sets from the likes of Kutmah and The Gaslamp Killer.

After a nearly eight year hiatus, Breaks has rebooted Alphabet Zoo with two new releases from himself and Adlib, who now goes under the name D.N.Hürter.

Both releases are available via the Droppin’ Science Bandcamp page in digital formats.

D.N.Hürter’s Hürter EP features seven new productions that toy with electronic, hip hop and footwork aesthetics while Danny Breaks’ Beat Tape Schitt release collects ten previous unreleased beats from the man’s archives.

For more on the man’s extensive career check out our Essential… Danny B...

Slowdive at Londons Forum
Dec 20, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The seminal shoegaze ensemble play the first of two nights in London. Burak Cingi shoots.>

What's going on Saturday? (Fat White Family, Lemuria, Nick Lowe, Widowspeak, Quilt, Com Truise, Aye Nako & more)
Dec 19, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Fat White Family at Baby's All Right earlier this month (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Fat White Family, PC Worship, Degreaser, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
Now calling Brooklyn their home base, UK band Fat White Family will be rubbing their scent on local venues more regularly -- which is good for music fans and maybe bad for clubs' cleaning staffs. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite antics.

Matisyahu @ Best Buy Theater
Happy Hanukkah! Matisyahu is here to celebrate the holiday with his annual Festival of Light tour.

Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Buffalo's Lemuria have been one of the most consistent makers of indie punk for years now, and they haven't slowed down yet. Their tourmates Prince, just so there's no confusion, are also a punk band, not the singer.

Aye Nako, Heathers, Littler, Fern Mayo, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
Another good place for indie punk fans to be tonight is Shea Stadium where Brooklyn's great Aye Nako headline.

Widowspeak, Quilt, What Moon Things @ Glasslands
Widowspeak and Quilt have both played Glasslands numerous times over the year...

Heres why Stephen Colbert played Neutral Milk Hotels Holland, 1945 to close The Colbert Report
Dec 19, 2014 8:14pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A celebrity singalong of “We’ll Meet Again” wasn’t the only music moment on last night’s finale of The Colbert Report. Neutral Milk Hotels  “Holland, 1945″, and not the show’s usual theme song, soundtracked the ending credits of the episode. As Gawker points out, the song choice served as a tribute to his father and two brothers who tragically died in a plane crash in 1974.

According to a New York Times column about Colbert written by Maureen Dowd:

He had 10 older siblings. But after his father and the two brothers closest to him in age died in a plane crash when he was 10 and the older kids went off to college, he said, he was “pretty much left to himself, with a lot of books.”

He said he loved the “strange, sad poetry” of a song called “Holland 1945″ by an indie band from Athens, Ga., called Neutral Milk Hotel and sent me the lyrics, which included this heartbreaking bit:

“But now we must pick up every piece
Of the life we used to love
Just to keep ourselves
At least enough to carry on. . . .
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore.”

Replay last night’s episode in full on Comedy Central’s website. Listen to the song below.

David Fincher Working On 1980s Music Video Industry Comedy For HBO
Dec 19, 2014 6:52pm | StereoGum

Following the announcement that Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s 1970s music industry drama was given the go-ahead at HBO, news has trickled out that David Fincher is also working on a music biz series. The Gone Girl director is currently prepping a half-hour comedy pilot called Living On Video, according to Deadline. The series is set in 1983 in Los Angeles during the advent of the music video industry, which Fincher himself was a part of, directing videos for Madonna, Paula Abdul, and the Rolling Stones. He developed the idea with Rich Wilkes and Bob Stevenson, who wrote the script. Preliminary casting is underway, but the pilot hasn’t gotten a greenlight from the network yet.

Nine Inch Nails Fan Creates Humongous Torrent Of Every Available Concert Bootleg
Dec 19, 2014 5:11pm | StereoGum

Since 2008, an obsessive and extremely dedicated Nine Inch Nails fan has been collecting the band’s live audio from a massive pool of sources in order to create a free online database of fan recordings titled “Reflecting In The Chrome: A NIN Recording Archive.” The drive has gone through several evolutions, some of which the collector Ryan calls “messy,” but this latest iteration is the highest-quality group of tracks so far — and it’s finally being made available to the public. There is a way of downloading the entire drive, which you supposedly need 750 GB of free space to store, or you can mail a harddrive to Ryan and he will mail it back to you with the archive stored on it. Ryan hopes to eventually include fan-shot video on the site as well. The torrent and details about the project can be found here.

Live Nation acquires controlling interest in Lollapalooza/ACL promoter C3 Presents
Dec 19, 2014 4:37pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Live Nation Entertainment has officially closed a deal to obtain a controlling interest in C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and several other prominent music festivals.

According to the Austin Business Journal, Live Nation now holds a 51% share in the Austin-based company, which also helps promote and produce some 1,700 concert events across North America. While no details behind the deal were announced, it marks the conclusion of a year-long negotiation cycle and serves as one of Live Nations largest acquisitions as it expands into the fledgling market. According to sources for The New York Times, Live Nation estimated C3 to be worth somewhere near $250 million, making the actual ownership stake worth $125 million.

In a statement released this afternoon, C3s partners wrote, “We are excited to join Live Nation and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our festivals within a culture of entrepreneurship that will empower our team to keep improving these festivals and the fan experience.”

The acquisition has already lent Live Nation quite the financial bump. When final negotiations began back in October, Live Nations stock rose from $22 a share to $26 a share.

In recent years, Live Nation has purchased several other festival promoters, predominantly working to break into the EDM market by acquiring interests in HARD, Insomniac, and Cream. C3 Pres...

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Dec 19, 2014 4:32pm | StereoGum

This makes two years in a row now that an actual Album Of The Year contender has been released in the pre-holiday murk, a time traditionally reserved for Christmas compilations and extensive box sets, a time after lists of the year’s best albums have been published. That’s too bad — it would be nice to see Black Messiah represented on such lists, because it deserves to be there — but D’Angelo made the right call: The world needed that record right now; it couldn’t wait. Anyway, he’s at the top of this list of the week’s best songs, and he deserves to be there, too.


Geeneus relaunches grime alias Wizzbit, shares unreleased tracks on Soundcloud
Dec 19, 2014 4:31pm | Fact Magazine

The Rinse founder turns back the clock.

Earlier this year, Geeneus tweeted, “I’m going home to make 20 grime tracks. Time for the return of [W]izzbit,” the alias he used for Triton rack grime productions in the early aughts. Now, it looks like he’s getting closer to fulfilling that promise.

The producer has launched a Wizzbit Soundcloud, and while no new grime tracks have surfaced, he has shared a few notable productions, including both throwbacks (‘Jam Hot’, ‘Grand Theft Firefly’) and previously-unreleased tracks (‘Blow’, a remix of Macabre Unit’s ‘It’s All About’).

Stream the unreleased tracks below. Earlier this year, Geeneus joined Flowdan, Jammer and DJ Spyro to give a comprehensive grime history lesson.

Update: Mr. Mitch points us to P Money’s ’2 Decks And A Mixer’, which is also a new Wizzbit production.

Sky Ferreira shares Omanko music video, directed by DIIVs Zachary Cole Smith watch
Dec 19, 2014 4:29pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last month, we saw Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, team up to cover the Hole/Kurt Cobain track “Asking For It”. This week, the couple has combined its talents yet again on Ferreira’s new visuals for Night Time, My Time highlight “Omanko”. Directed by Smith, it’s a grainy home video-style clip featuring live concert footage as well as more personal snapshots of the lovebirds.

Watch it below.

Youll be dead of a heart attack in a year: Azealia Banks and Action Bronson tear into each other on Twitter
Dec 19, 2014 4:26pm | Fact Magazine

This one’s been a long time coming.

Azealia Banks has been on a mission lately – more than usual, that is – calling out what she believes is awkward appropriation by white artists (such as Iggy Azalea, aka Igloo Australia). Banks broke down on an interview on NYC radio station Hot97′s Ebro In The Morning, citing the popularity of Macklemore and Iggy Azalea as her main problem.

Now, goaded by a tweet from Twitter user Beth Kushner, Banks laid into indie rap titan Action Bronson. It started with a simple question – what did Banks think of Action Bronson – but after Bronson quickly replied “DONT EVER IN LIFES HISTORY MENTION MY NAME IN A SLANDEROUS MANNNER,” Banks began her usual tirade of barbs, which Bronson replied to in kind.

Banks called Bronson out for being “a bootleg ghost face [sic]” continuing “i think you can rap, you’re just not as good as the black man you stole your flow from” and saying “you’ll be dead of a heart attack in a year.”


You can rea...

Sky Ferreira OMANKO DIIV Home Video
Dec 19, 2014 4:04pm | StereoGum

Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time promotional cycle just wrapped up, but her boyfriend made a video for one of the songs anyway. The boyfriend in question, DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith, posted a lovingly assembled “home video” for album track “OMANKO” (the one about Japanese Christmas) and tweeted it out today. It seems to be a compilation of footage he shot throughout their travels together. See his tweet and watch the video below.


Run the Jewels topped Complex's list (and a bunch of others), toured w/ Ratking who play NYC tonight (Chicago pics)
Dec 19, 2014 3:36pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by James Richards IV

As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.

Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]

El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.

Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX...

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