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You can now download all 110 tracks from Aphex Twins Soundcloud
Feb 1, 2015 6:28am | Fact Magazine

It’s the mother lode alright.

After sharing dozens of never-before-heard tracks on Soundcloud this week, Aphex Twin has made all 110 of those early gems available to download.

The account appeared with “user4873635301″ leaving a Soundcloud comment on Aphex Twin’s ‘Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]‘: “Would like to know the full setup for this track, brilliant music man. I love your early 90′s stuff so much, I was doing stuff in the early 90s, similar to you but I didn’t know about you when I did it ! Im also 43 years old Im going to be uploading it to soundcloud soon, gotta dust off the old DATs & cassettes!”

Aphex Twin replied, writing “beautiful stuff, would love to hear more”, flagging up the prankster’s mirror account and the trove of incredible material, much of which seems to date from the late ’80s and early ’90s. Since then the account has migrated to “user48736353001″ (note the extra zero).

His Soundcloud bio now states: “fly away babies, good luck!”

As RA points out, two EPs have also appeared on a Bandcamp run by “user48736353001″, but we can’t say anything for certain about their provenance. The fact that each EP costs £7 certainly makes us sceptical.

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Big Narstie tore into grime sell-outs on Charlie Sloths 1Xtra show
Feb 1, 2015 6:24am | Fact Magazine

You can always count on Big Narstie to have an opinion.

On Charlie Sloth’s Radio 1Xtra show this week, the grime MC responded to a question about Chipmunk’s recent Fire In The Booth session with a lengthy speech about commercial grime and Radio 1′s failure to support “road” artists like him.

“Tinie [Tempah] and Chip trying to beef on a hardcore grime level is like Boyz II Men and Dru Hill,” he quipped, addings that both MCs took the commercial route while it was available to them, but now their fans are older athey’re trying to get back in with the real scene.

“Grime was not the way forward for [Chipmunk], he was making money, everyone was making money [...] The reason why all these other MCs was ahead before me is ‘cos they sold out.”

He then launched into a ‘Teachers’-style shout out to unsung grime heroes like Axe FM, Spooky, Flex FM, South Soldiers and more: “If we’re gonna talk about grime, let’s talk about the originals.”

Sloth was left pretty much speechless, but did manage to use his bomb sound effect about 10 times more than necessary. Watch the full clip below or listen back on iPlayer.

Watch Big Narstie and Ghetts’ guide to making it as a rapper on FACT TV.



Lo-fi sci-fi, vintage Rhymesayers and Detective McNulty rapping: the weeks best videos
Feb 1, 2015 5:58am | Fact Magazine

Welcome to FACT’s newest feature: the weekly video round-up.

As we note at the end of every year, music videos have never been better. But too often, music videos along with documentaries, live sets and interview clips get lost in the shuffle of news and new music.

With that in mind, FACT is doing what it does for mixes, mixtapes, vinyl and more: rounding up the internet’s best videos on a weekly basis. And to remove our bias, we won’t be including our own content you’ll have to stay tuned to FACT TV for all your Against The Clock, FACT Freestyle and Big Narstie needs.

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Watch DAngelos performance on Saturday Night Live
Feb 1, 2015 5:28am | Fact Magazine

D’Angelo performed live for the first time since the release of Black Messiah on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

Backed by his band The Vanguard, he played two cuts from that album  ’Really Love’ and ‘The Charade’. True to the record’s political streak, the band made references to the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner with shirts emblazoned with “I Can’t Breathe” and a chalk outline of a body on the stage floor. [via Hypetrak]

Watch the clips below, with J.K. Simmons introducing ‘Really Love’ (he made no attempt to correct the band’s tempo, sadly).


D'Angelo played Saturday Night Live (video)
Feb 1, 2015 12:35am | Brooklyn Vegan

To quote Fader, "D'Angelo made his debut Saturday Night Live performance tonight and his first TV appearance since releasing his surprise album Black Messiah. Accompanied by his backing band The Vanguard, the '90s icon sang through "Really Love" and "The Charade," both of which appear on his latest record."

As CoS also points out, "During the latter, D'Angelo wore a hoodie, the Vanguard members donned "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts, and a stencil of a body outlined the stage floor -- powerful references to the recent killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner."

Watch below.

Catch D'Angelo live at the Apollo on 2/7, or in Europe. All tour dates are also listed below...

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DAngelo gives powerful performance on Saturday Night Live watch
Feb 1, 2015 12:25am | Cosequence Of Sound

D’Angelo served as musical guest for the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, marking his first live performance in support of his critically acclaimed third studio album, Black Messiah. He did not disappoint: Accompanied by his backing band the Vanguard — which includes The New Power Generation drummer John Backwell, bassist Pino Palladino of The Who, and guitarist Jesse Johnson of The Time — the R&B crooner dazzled with performances of “Really Love” and “The Charade”. During the latter, D’Angelo wore a hoodie, the Vanguard members donned “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts, and a stencil of a body outlined the stage floor — powerful references to the recent killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“Really Love”:

“The Charade”:

DAngelo will remain in New York City for a February 7th gig at the Apollo Theater. Afterward, hell head to Europe for The Second Coming Tour.

DAngelo 2015 Tour Dates:
02/07 New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
02/11 Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus Zurich
02/12 Frankfurt, DE @ Hugenottenhalle
02/14 Berlin, DE @ Halle
02/16 Paris, FR @ Palais Des Congres
02/17 Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
02/18 Manchester, UK @ Apollo
02/20 London, UK @ Apollo
02/21  London, UK @ Apollo
02/24 Hamburg,...


Skerrit Bwoy (ex-Major Lazer) invites New Yorkers to church; watch him talk about finding god
Feb 1, 2015 12:04am | Brooklyn Vegan


Skerrit Bwoy chugging Hennessey @ Pitchfork Fest 2010 (more by Kate Gardiner)

It's been a bunch of years since he's been in the group, but you probably remember Major Lazer hypeman Skerrit Bwoy if you ever saw the group live towards the beginning of their existence (like at Pitchfork Fest 2010).

He was gone by the 2013 album, as Major Lazer's Diplo points out in a Rolling Stone article:

While original Major Lazer partner Switch shows up on a few new tracks, Diplo replaced the original, controversial frontman Skerrit Bwoy (who left following a religious conversion) with new members Walshy Fire and Jillionaire. "I first hooked up with Jillionaire in Trinidad when I was working on Kala with M.I.A.," Diplo says. "He was actually the first MC for Major Lazer before Skerrit Bwoy. A lot of people didn't appreciate Skerrit's misogyny, and then he found Jesus, so Jillionaire just made sense. Besides, it's a collaborative album - that's just the kind of stuff we do."
Still religious, I just noticed via Twitter that Skerrit Bwoy has an open invitation for New Yorkers to join him at church on Sunday morning. Intrigued, I searched around for more information and found that he talked about his religions conversion in a 2014 documentary entitled "A Broken Faith". You can watch the clip below...

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Watch The Black Keys Episode Of Austin City Limits
Jan 31, 2015 11:00pm | StereoGum

The Black Keys were the featured performers on the most recent episode of Austin City Limits. Their six song set was a mixture of Turn Blue tracks and old favorites. Because this was filmed last year, Patrick Carney’s recent shoulder injury due to giant wave wasn’t a factor, though they did just have to cancel their entire European tour because of it. The last time the Black Keys performed on Austin City Limits was in 2011 Check out the episode below.

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What's going on Sunday? (Super Bowl, not much else)
Jan 31, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

There aren't really many exciting shows tonight, considering most people are probably getting together with their friends, filling up on chips, dip, beer, and watching The Patriots play The Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. This year's halftime show has Katy Perry (yaaaaay), and she's saying she'll bring out Missy Elliot, Lenny Kravitz and other guests.

A few NYC venues are hosting Super Bowl parties, including The Bell House, Brooklyn Bowl and Union Hall (which also has an improv comedy show with SNL writers in the other room).

Palisades has two shows today (afternoon and night), Output continues its 2-year celebration, and Cake Shop and Silent Barn have shows too.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Watch The Walkmens Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon Play 3 New Songs In NYC
Jan 31, 2015 10:49pm | StereoGum

Hamilton Leithauser played a solo show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York last night and dedicated his setlist to mostly new songs. For three of the new tracks, he brought out fellow Walkmen Paul Maroon to help him out. The concert was the last one on his tour to support his debut solo album Black Hours. (Maroon also played on that album.) The tracks are tentatively titled “Annie’s Song,” “One Soul,” and “Green Ocean.” Check out some video below.

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Win Butler to play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Jan 31, 2015 6:39pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Win Butlers love of basketball is well documented: For the last several years, the Arcade Fire frontman has hosted a charity basketball game in his hometown of Montreal. He also once stole a kids basketball (allegedly). Now, though, Butler will get a chance to show off his skills on a national spotlight.

According to ArcadeFireTube, Butler will participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game, which takes place Friday, February 13th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

All but confirmed Win Butler has been selected to ball in this year's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. (on ESPN, Feb 13) pic.twitter.com/PydK1icu4b

— Arcade Fire tube (@ArcadeFiretube) January 31, 2015

Below, watch footage of Butler performing at his charity basketball gang in 2012.



mp3: download an unreleased 12 version of Chromatics Hands in the Dark
Jan 31, 2015 4:30pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

Johnny Jewel is at it again over on soundcloud, offering up a previously unreleased version of probably my favorite Chromatics song ever for free download. Grab it below, and watch the video for the original here.


Jack White & Run the Jewels played MSG with guests Zack De La Rocha & Q-Tip (pics, videos, setlist)
Jan 31, 2015 3:10pm | Brooklyn Vegan

words by Jeremy Nifras, photos by David James Swanson


Detroit-raised, Nashville-based guitarist, music enthusiast, vinyl fanatic and baseball star Jack White took the stage at MSG last night (1/30) for his first time headlining as a solo artist (The White Stripes headlined in 2007). He and his band did not disappoint the sold-out crowd, and he brought out a few surprises along the way.

The night began with rap duo Run the Jewels, who brought loads of fun, energy and hype to kickstart the show. Atlanta-based Killer Mike and NYC native El-P blazed though tracks such as "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Banana Clipper" and "Get It". Perhaps the biggest highlight was surprise guest Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, who came on stage to perform his verse on the track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". Watch video of that below.

Shortly after, it was time for Jack White. Quickly bouncing and thrashing around the stage during older fan favorites such as "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Steady as She Goes" and "Hotel Yorba", he instantly reminded us how rich his 15-plus year history has been. Seven White Stripes songs made it into the setlist, including show-closer "Seven Nation Army". They played three by The Raconteurs.

Jack also performed songs from his two solo records, such as the fiery instrumental "High Ball Stepper", as well as the tender "Blunderb...


Watch Grunge Supergroups Mad Season & Temple Of The Dog Reunite In Seattle
Jan 31, 2015 2:35pm | StereoGum

Two grunge supergroups reunited in their home base of Seattle last night for a special concert called Sonic Evolution. Mad Season performed for the first time in 20 years with a lineup consisting of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Guns ’N Roses’ Duff McKagan, Barrett Martin, and the Seattle Symphony. Cornell and McKagan replaced late musicians Layne Staley and John Baker, who were originally on vocals and bass respectively. They played “River Of Deceit,” “I Don’t Know Anything,” and “Long Gone Day.” Cornell also joined Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Matt Cameron for a reunion of their one-off project Temple Of The Dog (without Eddie Vedder) and performed two tracks: “Call Me A Dog” and “Reach Down.” The last time they reunited was for a Bridge School Benefit last year. Watch all of the performances below.

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New Gorillaz on the way: Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett confirm return of the band
Jan 31, 2015 2:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Damon Albarn has a history of saying a lot of things that don’t come to fruition: Whatever happened to that new Blur album? So when Albarn recently announced he was “in the process of reactivating Gorillaz for a release aimed at 2016, fans had a right to be a bit skeptical, especially given the public falling out between Albarn and Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett. But now, Hewlett has also teased the return of Gorillaz, posting new artwork on his Instagram page and writing in the comments section, “Yes Gorillaz Returns.”

As fans on Reddit have pointed out, Hewlett’s freshly drawn images of Noodle and Murdoc appear to depict the characters at a younger age than they were during 2010’s Plastic Beach. What this means for the direction of a new album is unclear, but it does suggest Hewlett’s artwork could have a bigger role than it did during the Plastic Beach-era. (Albarn chose to support the album with a full band tour while limiting the role of artwork in the accompanying stage show, causing friction between him and Hewlett.)

Hewlett also recently announced plans for a Gorillaz retrospective art book. Meanwhile, Albarn is writing music for a theatrical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and has also teased a new album from The Good, The Bad, and The Queen.


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