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Morrissey further elucidates on his feud with Harvest Records (which he claims he's not even signed to)
Aug 20, 2014 7:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Morrissey in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Surely it will surprise no one -- at least those even somewhat following along -- that Morrissey has more to say on his beef with Harvest Records and their lack of promotion of his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business. (For those who aren't and don't want to follow along, time to check out.) A lot more. He just posted a lengthy missive, titled "PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND ME," to TrueToYou.net explaining where he thinks the label failed him...as well as his claims that he never official signed to the label. Here we go:

In response to 77 million questions I can only say this much on the subject of the Harvest drama. It is quite true that Harvest initially appeared like a saintly beacon of light, and they instantly packed us off to France where we recorded World peace is none of your business. The universe was back in balance, and we all considered this to be the very best Morrissey recording ever, and even the boo-hoo-suck-it-off elements of the press appeared to want to agree. At last I am born.

It all seemed too good to be true. It was. I believed that the rich soil of the album had several strong hit singles. Frayed tempers began when Harvest arranged the 'spoken word' films, none of which gave any clue as to what World peace is none of your business intended to be, or is. The films were OK, but they went nowhere and stayed there.<...



Killer Mike writes op-ed, talks to CNN about Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson protests
Aug 20, 2014 7:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Of all those speaking out in the wake of the tragic and controversial shooting of Michael Brown, Killer Mike has been one of the most constant and articulate voices. The MC’s campaign began earlier this week with an Instagram post pleading for humanity amongst all people, regardless of race or class. Now, hes penned a lengthy op-ed for Billboard and made an appearance on CNN to further discuss the situation.

In the op-ed, Killer Mike, born Michael Render, expands upon the Instagram post. He especially emphasizes the idea that many local police forces have broken a public trust and that “whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.” He adds, “As an American today I simply say: Enough! My rights are precious, and I value those provided to me through the United States Constitution so much. I will never take a day off policing the people we pay and keep a public trust with.” Read the full piece here.

As insightful as Renders words are, he makes an even greater impact in his 12-minute television appearance. Render, whose father is a policeman, explains how the culture of policing has become more militaristic and why he refuses to let the discussion focus only on the black community. He also addresses his own moniker and gangster rap persona, as well as the purpose of his Swag Shop barbershop in Atlanta.

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Cheap Girls announce tour, playing St Vitus before The Fest
Aug 20, 2014 5:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Cheap Girls in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)

Michigan power poppers Cheap Girls have seemingly been constantly on the road in support of this year's Famous Graves, and they've just expanded their tour once again. The new dates include a fall US run leading up to The Fest which hits NYC on October 14 at Saint Vitus and Asbury Park on October 16 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the Vitus show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly and tickets for the Asbury Park show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Cheap Girls announce tour, playing St Vitus before The Fest" at brooklynvegan


Chinese cinemas show audience's texts alongside film
Aug 20, 2014 5:14pm | NME
Introduction of "bullet screens" allows audience interaction, argues director Shen Leping



Hear SBTRKT Perform New Songs With Ezra Koenig, Sampha, & Warpaint On BBC Radio 1
Aug 20, 2014 5:03pm | StereoGum

SBTRKT visited Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 this afternoon to perform some new songs with the help of a few artists he’s collaborated with on the upcoming album Wonder When We Land. In addition to opening with “Temporary View” aided by Sampha, he also gets help from Ezra Koenig for “NEW DORP NEW YORK,” and Warpaint on a new song called “War Drums.” Listen to all of them here.

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Deerhoof Announce New LP, La Isla Bonita, Share Exit Only
Aug 20, 2014 5:00pm | CMJ


Experimental punk stalwarts Deerhoof have just revealed the details of their twelfth LP, La Isla Bonita. The album is their first since 2012’s much-lauded Breakup Song. It features production work from Nick Sylvester, and aims to pay tribute to some of the artists most revered by the band, including Davids Bowie and Byrne, Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, Beck and the Flaming Lips.

La Isla Bonita will arrive on November 4 via Polyvinyl. The band has also been kind enough to share the album’s first single, a blazing, defiant punk rock tune called Exit Only. It takes the attitude of modern punk and emblazons it with creative qualities that are distinctly Deerhoof: massive, slightly-stuttering drums, frenetic guitar breaks that move in and out of straight time, and, of course, Satomi Matsuzaki’s unmistakable vocal delivery, equal parts glee and frustration. Check out Exit Only, along with the full tracklist for La Isla Bonita, below.

Tracklist For La Isla Bonita:
01. Paradise Girls
02. Mirror Monster
03. Doom
04. Last Fad
05. Tiny Bubbles
06. Exit Only
07. Big House Waltz
08. God 2
09. Black Pitch
10. Oh Bummer

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Faith No More promise change in 2015, add more dates, played new songs (video)
Aug 20, 2014 4:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Will there be more of Faith No More? According to a tweet from the band, maybe:

The Reunion Tour is over; in 2015 things are going to change.

-- Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) August 19, 2014

The Mike Patton-fronted rockers have played two shows this year, most notably at Black Sabbath's Hyde Park event back in July when they debuted two new songs, "Motherfucker" and "Leader of Men." You can watch video of both songs performed at Faith No More's other date in Gdynia, Poland below. The new stuff development was foreshadowed by this tweet on May 29:
Hey! Stay tuned for more Tweets from Twats!!! The reunion thing was fun, but now it's time to get a little creative. pic.twitter.com/6RBFE7aHbd -- Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) May 30, 2014
I hope you didn't scroll to that pic while in the bathroom. Anyway, until actual word comes down that there is album in the works, the Faith No More continues to add more fest engagements. The most recent has penciled in a date on their 2015 calendar for Australia's Soundwave Festival. The schedule haven't been nailed down (four days total -- Feb 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Four cities -- Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane), but as you can see in the flyer below, they're positioned as headliners atop a weird/interesting collection of artists including Mayhem, Godfle...

Watch Killer Mike Discuss The Ferguson Crisis On CNN
Aug 20, 2014 4:52pm | StereoGum

Killer Mike has been one of the loudest, most insightful voices among the many speaking out on the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri following the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman. First he posted some short thoughts on Instagram, then a lengthier op-ed for Billboard. Today the rapper, whose father was a police officer, stopped by CNN to discuss the nature of the conflict in impassioned yet diplomatic fashion. Watch below.

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Polaris playing Knitting Factory before Super Week show
Aug 20, 2014 4:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Little Pete & Polaris (and Syd and Marshall, among others)

As mentioned, The Adventures of Pete & Pete theme song artists Polaris are playing Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9, as part of a Super Week event chronicling the early days of kids TV network Nickelodeon. For those who aren't interested in the panel discussion (or the Doug songs) aspect and just want to sing "Does your dog bite?" even though they know full well the actual lyric is "Don't ya talk back," Polaris will be playing another NYC show, this one happening at Knitting Factory on November 21. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (8/26). All we can say is...PIPE!

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Polaris playing Knitting Factory after NY Super Week show
Aug 20, 2014 4:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Little Pete & Polaris (and Syd and Marshall, among others)

As mentioned, The Adventures of Pete & Pete theme song artists Polaris are playing Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9, as part of a New York Super Week event chronicling the early days of kids TV network Nickelodeon. For those who aren't interested in the panel discussion (or the Doug songs) aspect and just want to sing "Does your dog bite?" even though they know full well the actual lyric is "Don't ya talk back," Polaris will be playing another NYC show, this one happening at Knitting Factory on November 21. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (8/26). All we can say is...PIPE!

Continue reading "Polaris playing Knitting Factory after NY Super Week show" at brooklynvegan


Natural Child touring this fall, playing Baby's All Right who are now serving frozen Sacred Snows for $1 (dates)
Aug 20, 2014 4:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Natural Child at Death By Audio in 2012 (more by Devan Council

Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. You can check out the recent video for "Firewater Liquor" below. No strangers to the road (and all good musicians), Natural Child will be heading out on tour this fall, stopping to play Baby's All Right on November 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

In related news:

Come make drunk Angels in our #SacredSnow. Frozen Spicy Piña Colada with Kava. $1 during Happy Hour, which means now. pic.twitter.com/2X7Xb3vCu4

— Baby's All Right (@BabysAllRight) August 20, 2014


All Natural Child tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.

Continue reading "Natural Child touring this fall, playing Baby's All Right who are now serving frozen Sacred Snows for $1 (dates)" at brooklynvegan


Natural Child touring this fall (dates)
Aug 20, 2014 4:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Natural Child at Death By Audio in 2012 (more by Devan Council

Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. You can check out the recent video for "Firewater Liquor" below. No strangers to the road (and all good musicians), Natural Child will be heading out on tour this fall, stopping to play Baby's All Right on November 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.

Continue reading "Natural Child touring this fall (dates)" at brooklynvegan


Heres an incredible photo of Kanye West, age 10, living in China
Aug 20, 2014 4:43pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian relayed the story of how Kanye West once used his phone call from jail to order Chinese takeout. When scholars look back at this defining moment, not to mention some questionable lyrics in Yeezus, they’ll no doubt attribute it to his time living in China.

Back in 1987, a 10-year-old Kanye lived in China with his mother, Donda, while she taught at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. A photo of Kanye’s time there surfaced online late last year. Today, we get another. To quote one Redditor, “What she order? Chicken chow mein.”



Trash Talk get up to occultish, ultraviolent hijinx in animated The Great Escape video
Aug 20, 2014 4:24pm | Chart Attack

Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger are the creative force behind Nickelodeon's Sanjay and Craig, and now they're back with a second animated video for Sacramento hardcore outfit Trash Talk. "The Great Escape" is a bit less cheerful than the Flume video they helmed this year  the cartoon band steals an ancient chalice from a convenience store, and undergoes the sort of bloody and grotesque demon transformations you expect after imbibing from a horned skull cup. Punk, like extra-dimensional evil, never dies.

Trash Talk's new album No Peace is out now via Odd Future Records.

Trash Talk get up to occultish, ultraviolent hijinx in animated “The Great Escape” video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.


Allah-Las share more tracks from forthcoming LP, touring this fall with Tashaki Miyaki (dates, streams)
Aug 20, 2014 4:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

We're a month out from Allah-Las' second album, Worship the Sun, which is out September 16 via Innovative Leisure. You can check out a couple new tracks from the LP -- "Buffalo Nickel" and the video for "No Werewolf" -- below.

With the summer almost over, Allah-Las will be on tour for most of the fall, much of which will be with Tashaki Miyaki (who were just in town). That includes a stop in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24 and wraps up in San Francisco on New Year's Eve. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with the general on-sale beginning Friday (8/22) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with track streams, below..

Continue reading "Allah-Las share more tracks from forthcoming LP, touring this fall with Tashaki Miyaki (dates, streams)" at brooklynvegan

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