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Forecasting The 2016 Grammys
Feb 11, 2016 12:34pm | StereoGum
The Grammys are on a Monday this year. Sunday is Valentine's Day and Monday is Presidents' Day, so the Grammy people figured they'd be better off putting the ceremony at the end of the long weekend. And as it turns out, that means music fans don't have to choose between the Grammys and Martin Scorsese … More »
Feb 11, 2016 12:27pm | StereoGum
Santigold's will release her third album, 99¢, at the end of this month. We've already heard a couple of singles from it -- "Can't Get Enough Of Myself," "Who Be Lovin' Me," and "Chasing Shadows" -- and today she's shared another new one called "Banshee," which is loud and exuberant just like the … More »
Woodstock 50th anniversary festival in the works
Feb 11, 2016 12:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound
One of the driving forces behind the original Woodstock remains hard at work on a new event to take place in 2019, the 50th anniversary of the festival.
Michael Lang first mentioned his desire to resurrect Woodstock in 2014. According to a new interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal, Lang is in discussions with “potential partners and different locations are being explored.” An overseas event is also possible.
(Faking Woodstock: Why The 2019 Resurrection Is A Bad, Bad Idea)
Following the 50th anniversary festival, Lang intends for Woodstock to continue an annual event. “[Woodstock] is the original and most famous festival brand. he says, adding, With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe its time for that.”
Lang was a co-creator of the original Woodstock in 1969 and also promoted its two official sequels in 1994 and 1999. He previously proved unsuccessful in his efforts to stage a 40th anniversary edition of the festival at Brooklyns Prospect Park in 2009.
David Kilgour's 1994 solo album 'Sugar Mouth' being reissued with 10 bonus tracks (stream six of them)
Feb 11, 2016 12:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Clean frontman David Kilgour's terrific 1994 solo album Sugar Mouth is bright jangly guitar pop at its best. The record never got a U.S. release but that will change soon as Flying Nun is reissuing it March 18 in America and the rest of the world. It's available as a single-LP gatefold 12" (with limited edition orange and yellow vinyl available) with CD and downloads coming with 10 bonus tracks of outtakes and demos. Five of those demos make their premiere right here. You can stream them, and listen to the original album via Spotify, below.
You can also watch the video for lead single "No No No" and check out the reissue artwork and tracklist, below...
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Drag queens and dominatrixes collide in Trollers sadomasochistic Not Here
Feb 11, 2016 12:18pm | Fact Magazine
From the trio’s new album Graphic
Austin darkwave trio Troller will release their new album Graphic on April 8. Today, they’ve shared a new video for the single ‘Not Here’ that matches the song’s lush darkness. Directed by Melissa Cha, the video features drag performer Louisianna Purchase alongside dominatrix Domme Discordia (and her assistant O).
Cha captures the sadomasochist scene to explore the passionate break-up song, and it’s Purchase’s incredibly committed performance that makes it hit so hard. Watch the video below and pre-order Graphic now via Holodeck.
The post Drag queens and dominatrixes collide in Troller’s sadomasochistic ‘Not Here’ appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..
Brett Announce Sophomore LP, Stream New Song Claire Drained
Feb 11, 2016 12:12pm | My Old Kentucky Blog
Efforvescent dreampop band Brett had one of our favorite LPs back in 2014 with their self-titled debut. After a releasing an EP via Chill Mega Chill last year, they have returned with a new LP, Mode, slated to drop on March 18th via the always reliable Cascine. Inspiration for this album was more romance with Jean-Luc Godards recent film, Goodbye to Language, and light installations of James Turrell proving as a focal points. With the announcement, they have also provided a stream of the album’s lead single found below. You can pre-order the vinyl here with the first 50 coming with cut squares from large-scale painting by LA artist, Charley Alexander, who provided the album artwork.
Five reasons why SoundCloud might be doomed
Feb 11, 2016 12:04pm | Fact Magazine
This week, SoundCloud published a financial report that laid bare the company’s recent earnings, and it wasn’t pretty.
Despite earnings of $15.37m, SoundCloud lost a total of $44.19m in 2014. Some of that was plugged in 2015 by $77m of investment, but company auditor KPMG said in the report that the need for continued investment represented “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the companys ability to continue as a going concern.”
SoundCloud has since reached a deal with Universal Music Group that expands the catalogue of music it’s allowed to host, but the agreement is far from the end of the company’s problems. Account takedowns plague the service’s users, and sites like Bandcamp and Mixcloud offer viable alternatives that get more attractive by the day.
FACT investigated SoundCloud’s problems in depth last year. A lot has happened since then. Sadly, all signs point to the streaming service being in as much trouble as it was in August if not more.
SoundCloud’s New York Office Image via: SoundCloud
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Katamari Duquette
Feb 11, 2016 12:03pm | StereoGum
One of the many good things about being a fan of The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is that you'll never have to wait too long for new material from the band, as they're constantly putting out songs and participating in splits in between album cycles. The … More »
Stream Cerrones Afro EP featuring Todd Edwards and Tony Allen
Feb 11, 2016 12:01pm | Fact Magazine
The disco legend has always loved Afrobeat.
So he teamed up with erstwhile Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen and Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango and made a record.
“I was always deeply influenced by Afro-Rock music, Cerrone told Pitchfork. “This is because of the great artistic fingerprint of my first band, Kongas, in which I spent four years before starting my solo career with Love in C Minor.”
Featuring six propulsive tracks in thrall to Afrobeat-style percussion, Afro still maintains Cerrone’s signature disco-funk sensibility and includes remixes from Todd Edwards and Mind Enterprises. There’s also a dance-heavy video for ‘Funk Makossa feat. Manu Dibango’.
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Shag Kava (J.J. Abrams & Lin-Manuel Miranda) Jabba Flow (Rick Rubin & A-Trak Remix)
Feb 11, 2016 11:59am | StereoGum
Rick Rubin's star-studded Star Wars Headspace compilation comes out next week, and Zane Lowe's been dropping tracks on his Beats 1 radio show since it's been announced. We've already heard songs from Flying Lotus, Baauer, Röyksopp, and Rubin himself, and today he's shared a Rub and A-Trak remix of "Jabba Flow," … More »
ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: 5 Canadian classics hiding under Junior Boys Big Black Coat
Feb 11, 2016 11:57am | Chart Attack
In Essential Albums, our favourite artists dig up a handful of records that they consider essential by any definition they choose. This week, Jeremy Greenspan of Hamilton electronic duo Junior Boys dishes on the five Canadian albums (plus a Drake s/o) most influential to their music.
When Jeremy Greenspan began Junior Boys in Hamilton in 1999, he never intended to play live. It was just for fun, but, he says, "I kind of fell into a music career."
Now, near two decades active, he and Matt Didemus have established their group as a world-touring electro-pop institution, purveyors of late-night, introspective dance. And though Hamilton may not seem like a global hub for electronic music, Greenspan reminds me of the talents we sometimes forget who call or have called the city home: Caribou, Jessy Lanza, Orphx, Electric Youth. There's long bubbled a techno and industrial scene sometimes above ground, often well below. It's driving distance from Toronto, Detroit, and New York City. In Canadian fashion, it's receptive to the waves coming over from England and France. And it's quiet. This last part is crucial.
"I'd play to double the amount of people in Edmonton as Hamilton," he explains, "but that's the thing I like: nobody cares." People are supportive, don't get him wrong, but the relatively small, relatively isolated electronic community has granted him the space to write, experiment, and craft in private....
Behind-The-Scenes Of OK Gos Zero Gravity Upside Down & Inside Out Video
Feb 11, 2016 11:55am | StereoGum
OK Go's music videos always come out executed flawlessly, which means that the level of planning that goes into them is downright absurd. If you haven't already, you should go watch the band's new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out," which features the power-poppers and two S7 Airlines flight attendants trained as aerial … More »
Kanye West livestreaming his 'The Life of Pablo' album premiere online (watch)
Feb 11, 2016 11:55am | Brooklyn Vegan
As you probably know by now, Kanye West is debuting his new album at Madison Square Garden today (2/11) at 4 PM EST. The album debut is part of his fashion show Yeezy Season 3, which also includes a performance by Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft. If you're not attending it live or watching one of the livestreams in a theater, you can also watch it from the comfort of your own home via TIDAL, as Pitchfork points out. Head below at 4 PM to watch the stream.
The album is called The Life of Pablo (fka Waves, fka Swish, fka So Help Me God) and it features the singles "Real Friends," "Wolves," and "Fade." (Not the Kendrick Lamar collaboration "No More Parties In LA," however, which it was reported to include up until yesterday.) Rumored guests include Andre 3000, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator and more, but who really knows at this point. Check out the latest tracklist below.
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Kanye West debuted 'The Life of Pablo' at MSG (ft. Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Rihanna & more)
Feb 11, 2016 11:55am | Brooklyn Vegan
As you probably know by now, Kanye West is debuting his new album at Madison Square Garden today (2/11) at 4 PM EST. The album debut is part of his fashion show Yeezy Season 3, which also includes a performance by Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft. If you're not attending it live or watching one of the livestreams in a theater, you can also watch it from the comfort of your own home via TIDAL, as Pitchfork points out. Head below at 4 PM to watch the stream. If it's not playing, it should work if you lower your resolution to 240p.
The album is called The Life of Pablo (fka Waves, fka Swish, fka So Help Me God) and it features the singles "Real Friends" (ft. Ty Dolla $ign), "Wolves," and "Fade" (ft. Post Malone) . (Not the Kendrick Lamar collaboration "No More Parties In LA," however, which it was reported to include up until yesterday.) Rumored guests include Andre 3000, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator and more, but who really knows at this point. Check out the latest tracklist below.
UPDATE: There's the artwork above, designed by Peter De Potter.
Here's what it looks like at MSG...
garagey UK trio The Castillians releasing new LP 'You & Me' (listen to new single "Come What May")
Feb 11, 2016 11:37am | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
UK garage rock band The Castillians were born
out of Birmingham's "ColdRice" scene that also spawned Sex Beet,
Copter and others. It's been five years since they've put out a
record, but the band are back with their second album, You
& Me, which is coming out February 26 via PNKSLM. The band
have mellowed out just a bit since their formative years and the
new album takes a more soulful direction as can be heard on new
single "Come What May" which features a powerhouse vocal
performance by frontman Matthew Smyth. The song premieres in this
post and you can stream it (and one of the rockier songs on the LP)
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