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UNCHARTED: Slim Twig on making outsider art in a conservative industry
Oct 30, 2014 4:07pm | Chart Attack
UNCHARTED is Chart Attack's showcase of independent Canadian artists we think you should hear. This week, independent veteran Slim Twig discussing re-releasing his orphaned album, how the Canadian music industry and FACTOR aren't cultivating growth, and being perverted by your own mind.

A confession: if New York's DFA Records wasn't reissuing Slim Twig's fourth album A Hound At The Hem, I probably wouldn't be talking with him about it. The 26-year-old Toronto lifer known as Max Turnbull originally recorded in 2010 over a secluded month and half at Gas Station Studio on Toronto Island. But he says that when the record was finished his label, Paper Bag Records, rejected it for being "too complex" for the label. Disappointed but understanding, he recorded 2012's Sof' Sike and completed his contract. Two years later his orphaned LP Hound saw a limited run on Pleasence Records and Calico Corp, a label run by Turnbull with his wife Meg Remy of U.S. Girls. It might have stayed forgotten, had DFA not chanced upon the record and snagged it up for a re-release. It's (still) out now.

Turnbull says A Hound At The Hem is the first album he felt comfortable as a producer, and it shows. The record is a red carpet rollout to the classic timelessness of the baroque pop of years past. Deftly navigating the ballrooms created by the glitte...

Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, Jonathan Rado & more part of Polyvinyl 4-Track Singles Series 2 ++ Foxygen MHOW pics
Oct 30, 2014 4:06pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by PSquared

Foxygen @ MHOW 10/8/2014

of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, The Dodos, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, and Jacco Gardner are a few of the artists who'll be contributing to Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2. For it they mailed an artist an old Tascam 4-track recorder to record two songs to tape. When they finished, the mailed the machine to the next artist, and so on and so on. Subscribers to the series will receive a limited edition, two-song 7" each month in 2015, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Subscriptions are available now and the full roster of 2015 participating artists is below.

Speaking of Foxygen, they were in NYC not too long ago for two shows promoting their new album, ...And Star Power. We posted pictures from Webster Hall already, but now we've got a belated set from Music Hall of Williamsbug, including openers Jungle Green. More pictures below.

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Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band released a new album, touring (dates & streams)
Oct 30, 2014 3:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band put out their new 5-song LP, Intensity Ghost, this week via No Quarter records. Pulling equally from The Grateful Dead's jams and Television's guitar workouts on Marquee Moon, Chris and the band know how to get into a groove, but they're never just aimlessly jamming. Stream two tracks, including the 11-minute "The Ballad of Freer Hollow," below.

They'll be celebrating the new album with release shows in NYC and Philly followed by a tour. The NYC show happens Sunday (11/2) at Baby's All Right with support from Zachary Cale and VBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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Phil Collins wont be on Adeles new album, because Adele never called him back
Oct 30, 2014 3:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Among the collaborators attached to Adeles highly anticipation third album is Phil Collins. The Genesis drummer previously said Adele contacted him about writing together. “I wasn’t actually too aware [of her]. I live in a cave [but] she’s achieved an incredible amount and I really love her voice and I love some of that stuff she’s done. So, to me, it’s always an eye-opener. Educational,” Collins explained at the time.

However, in a new interview with Q magazine (via NME), Collins said their collaboration ultimately fell apart after Adele failed to return his calls. “She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first I didnt know if I’d failed the audition as I didnt hear back from her,” he explained.

Collins said when he finally did get in touch with Adele, “She said, ‘No, no, I’m moving house and the baby’s taking up a lot of my time, Im not actually doing anything at the moment.'” However, he added, “now Ive heard theres a [new album] coming out. Im not on it, I know that,” leading Collins to refer to Adele as “a slippery little fish.”

It’s unclear if Collins has inside scoop on the release of Adele’s new album, or if his comments were based on previous reports regarding a late 2014 release. Last month, Adele’s record label XL said there was “no truth” to the rumor of an immi...

Watch Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen Prep Their Own Goth Funerals In A Portlandia Season 5 Sketch
Oct 30, 2014 3:39pm | StereoGum

After Sleater-Kinney recorded their comeback album No Cities To Love, Carrie Brownstein joined Fred Armisen to film the fifth season of Portlandia. The series doesn’t return until January, but a new goth-themed teaser video arrived today just in time for Halloween. In the clip, Brownstein and Armisen play goths who are super stoked to plan elaborate funerals for themselves. Watch below.


Video : dd elle : Kind 2 U
Oct 30, 2014 3:23pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

Anonymous producer dd elle updates his “Kind 2 U” demo from the beginning of the year in a new video. The clip, directed by Adam David Littke, features Instagram celebrity Adam Carpenter depicting what guys do when they are alone shot in Oklahoma. Give it a view below.

Spirit Of The Beehive (WVFS) And Fossil Cliffs (CKDU)
Oct 30, 2014 3:17pm | CMJ

Fossil Cliffs (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via WVFS in Tallahassee, FL and CKDU in Halifax, NS.

The Spirit Of The Beehive On WVFS

This Philadelphia-based trio, Spirit Of The Beehive, made it to No. 22 on the WVFS charts with their blend of alt-punk and shoegaze. Their self-titled debut is a hazy ode to the ’90s, but brings with it a compelling freshness worthy of college radio attention.

the spirit of the beehive by the spirit of the beehive

Fossil Cliffs On CKDU

Fossil Cliffs’ Mike DEon is no stranger to the CKDU charts, as his band Kuato has made onto their charts in the past. But this week was the chart debut for his solo project Fossil Cliffs, whose lo-fi, stripped down, garage rock reached No. 20 on at CKDU.

fossil cliffs by fossil cliffs

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Blurred Lines lawsuit will go to trial in 2015
Oct 30, 2014 3:15pm | Fact Magazine

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams suffer a setback in the case.

The two artists have been in a back-and-forth legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s family over whether or not their smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’ infringes upon Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’ for months. Earlier today, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied their motion for summary judgment, which will send the suit to trial.

The judge finds that there is sufficient evidence regarding phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords, harmonic structures and vocal melodies between the two songs, writing that the Gaye family “have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”

A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015. Previously, Thicke admitted to being high on vicodin and alcohol during the recording of ‘Blurred Lines’, while Gaye’s family used a mash-up of the two songs as evidence. [via THR]

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein tease new season of Portlandia watch
Oct 30, 2014 3:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The new season of Portlandia isn’t due to premiere until January, but IFC has just given us a sneak peek at what’s in store for stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Hint: more rib-tickling shenanigans!

In the teaser clip, Armisen and Brownstein play two goths who are excitedly planning what they consider one of the most important “life” events ever: their funerals. “I was more looking forward to this than I was my birthday,” Brownstein says so matter-of-factly, her signature deadpan delivery on-point. Although it’s barely a minute long, the teaser easily makes us 10x more anxious for season five (and has this writer feverishly mumbling “Put A Bird On It!” in response to just about anything).

Watch the clip below (via Rolling Stone).

In related Carrie Brownstein news … in case you’ve been living under a rock or simply hate good music, Sleater-Kinney has announced their first album in 10 years, No Cities To Love, due out in January.

Downtown Boys sign to Don Giovanni; debut LP out in 2015
Oct 30, 2014 3:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Downtown Boys at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Their singer spent most of the time on the floor, and the other musicians often joined her. Meanwhile, a few crowd members (who the band appeared to know personally) spent the show dancing on stage. In between songs, the band preached equality for all genders, races and sexual orientations, and delivered these speeches in both Spanish and English. (She once pointed out how when she spoke in Spanish it was alienating to the non-Spanish speakers as an example of how many groups of people feel alienated in American society.) The band's hi-speed, danceable saxophone-fueled punk was also a total party.
Providence's Downtown Boys are one of those bands you just have to see live (I wrote the above when I saw them earlier this year), but the recordings are great too so it's exciting to learn that they've signed to Don Giovanni for their debut album which will be out in 2015. That album will follow their 7" that came out earlier this year on Sister Polygon, the label run by another Don Giovanni band, Priests.

Downtown Boys are promising a summer tour for 2015, but as of now they only have two upcoming shows booked for November (none in NYC), including one with their new DG labelmates Screaming Females. Those dates are listed, with a stream of their 7", below...

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White Fence contribute new song to 'Psych for Sore Eyes 2' comp (stream it) ++ more pics from BV CMJ day party
Oct 30, 2014 2:56pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Chris La Putt

White Fence at BVCMJ 2014

White Fence just wrapped up their tour -- with Cate Le Bon on second guitar! -- ending with a bunch of CMJ dates, including our Saturday party. We've got a second set of pictures from our show you can check out in this post.

Before the North American tour, White Fence were across the pond for Liverpool Psych Fest which happened in September. Tim Presley contributed a new White Fence song, "Before He Met Her (Decomposing Lime)" for a double-7" compilation made just for the fest by UK label Sonic Catherdral. Moragn Delt, Psychic Ills and a few others contributed to the six-song split as well. Titled Psych for Sore Eyes 2 with pretty rad packaging, it sold out its run pretty much immediately -- and crashed Big Cartel's webshop -- but will get a digital release on Monday (11/3). (We hear a few more copies have turned up so check back at Sonic Cathedral's website.) White Fence's song from the compilation makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

Artwork and tracklist for Psych for Sore Eyes 2 and more pics, also below...

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Sick Feeling Liberal Arts
Oct 30, 2014 2:40pm | StereoGum

Don Devore, the former guitarist for the theatrical Philadelphia hardcore band Ink & Dagger, now leads the new Brooklyn band Sick Feeling. “Liberal Arts” is the first single from their forthcoming debut album Suburban Myth, and it’s a roiling blast of ranchor, all garbled screams and hammering rhythm-section onslaught. If you close your eyes when “Liberal Arts” plays, you can almost imagine how fucking violent those live shows are going to be. Give it a listen below.


The Best Of CMJ 2014: 11 Bands You Should Know
Oct 30, 2014 2:32pm | CMJ

Twin Peaks

Last week, CMJ Music Marathon flooded the streets of New York City with hundreds of wide-eyed (and sometimes unshowered) bands hoping to bring their tunes to the (sometimes unshowered) masses. And although it seems like CMJ 2014 was over in the blink of an eye, its traces are still lingering in the music left in its wake: that one riff you can’t get out of your head, the chorus you can’t stop humming, or the wild live show you can’t wait to see again. Lots of bands fit into this category, but a select few peaked their heads out above the pack. Here are, in alphabetical order, 11 bands you should remember from CMJ 2014, if you remember anything at all.

Adult Jazz

These kids from Leeds are not only fantastic musicians (read: amazing live show) there’s something a little off about their brand of harmony-dappled pop, and that’s a very good thing.


Aurora Aksnes is an eighteen year old Norwegian with a killer voice and an incredible ear for melody. It seems like it’s only a matter of time until her delicate electro-pop is just about everywhere.


This San Francisco duo scatters their doe-eyed pop with sharp percussion and out-of-nowhere guitar solos. Their music is intimate enough to dim the lights in any room, but the band’s vigor will keep you awake.

Circa Waves

These Brits know how to do slick ‘n&rsquo...

Download Lil Boosie Life After Deathrow Mixtape
Oct 30, 2014 2:21pm | StereoGum

A few months after he came home from a years-long prison stay in March, Baton Rouge rap hero Lil Boosie was planning to release a commercially-available album. He cranked out a ton of singles, but the album never came out. Maybe it never will. And now, all of a sudden, he’s got a new mixtape called Life After Deathrow out in the world. Whatever! Fine! I’ll take it! Boosie is a vivid, impassioned, powerful rap figure, and this is his first full-length statement in many years. It has a few guests — Trey Songz, Yo Gotti, Shy Glizzy — but it’s mostly just Boosie in attack mode. Check out the tape below.


Blacklisted prepping new LP, playing Philly & NYC; Harm Wulf LP out now & streaming
Oct 30, 2014 2:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Philly hardcore experimenters Blacklisted already appeared at This Is Hardcore, Deathwish Fest, and a NYC one-off this year, and now they've got two more shows scheduled for 2014: one in NYC and one in Philly. The Philly show is 11/15 and the NYC show happens one day later on November 16 at the Acheron with Brain Slug and Razorheads. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

Blacklisted will also finally be releasing a followup album to 2009's excellent No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me next year. No release date has been set yet, but it's called When People Grow, People Go. They played the title track at their NYC show in June, and you can watch a video of that below.

Blacklisted singer George Hirsch also just put out a solo album with his Harm Wulf project this week on Deathwish. It's called There's Honey In The Soil So We Wait For The Till, and abandons the hardcore of his main band in favor of pulling from dark folk. You can stream that below too.

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