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Watch tUnE-yArDs Play Jools Holland And Impress Robert Plant
Oct 29, 2014 3:10pm | StereoGum

On the most recent episode of the British live-music show Later With Jools Holland, tUnE-yArDs came though and played “Water Fountain,” the joyously dazed and rhythmically complex song from their new album Nikki Nack. Even if you don’t love Merrill Garbus’ records, it’s deeply impressive to see her and her bandmates recreating those sounds in person. Robert Plant, a guest on that same episode, was so taken with the band that he charged right over and gushed about how good they were. Strangulated-yelp game recognize strangulated-yelp game. Watch the performance below.

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Jack White Spoke At Yale Last Night
Oct 29, 2014 3:08pm | StereoGum

Jack White was part of a panel at Yale last night that also included pioneering rock critic Greil Marcus plus fellow music biz figures Dean Blackwood, Scott Blackwood, and Adia Victoria. The occasion was the imminent release of The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two, the reissue project from White’s Third Man Records and Dean Blackwood’s Revenant Records. Here’s a summary from The Yale Daily News, where a young Rory Gilmore once plied her trade:

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Justin Vernon curating his own music festival in Eau Claire
Oct 29, 2014 2:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Justin Vernon w/ Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is already the leader of several bands and a contributor to even more, and now he's going to be curating his own music festival in his hometown. Stereogum points to an article on The Current which says The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm (where the annual Country Jam festival also happens). For the fest, he's teaming up with Crashline Productions (who also put on Boston Calling), and their permits were just approved. From the article:

"It's a very major economic impact," McCoy said. "Looking at what Justin wants to do, and having somebody like that, you can look around for a long time trying to find somebody that will bring that kind of venue and that kind of magnitude into the community, and it falls in your lap, it's really kind of cool and he's a pretty awesome guy and he's made some investments in the community," says McCoy.
Justin's studio April Base (where he recorded Bon Iver, Bon Iver) is also located in Eau Claire.

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Jay Rock releases new single ft. Kendrick Lamar (listen)
Oct 29, 2014 2:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Black Hippy's hardest but least prolific member Jay Rock returned with his first single since 2011 earlier this month, "Parental Advisory." Now he's back yet again with a new one, "Pay For It" which features a raging verse from his pal Kendrick Lamar and a hook from Chantal. Hopefully this mean's a new album's on the way soon. Check out both tracks below...

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Q&A: Simple Minds Jim Kerr On Working With CHVRCHES, Running To Ryan Adams, And Big Music
Oct 29, 2014 2:36pm | StereoGum

Even with my never-ending obsession with music from the early ’80s, it’s a pretty rare opportunity when I get the chance to write anything about my favorites from that era. Last week, one of those rare opportunities popped up. I called Jim Kerr, the frontman of the Simple Minds — i.e., the man who sang a handful of my favorite songs, ever — while he was in Glasgow to talk about the band’s first new record in five years, Big Music. It’s a title so appropriate for the Simple Minds’ music that it’s surprising it’s taken them more than three decades to apply it. Whether it was the massive choruses of pop-era Simple Minds, like “Don’t You Forget About Me” or “Alive And Kicking,” or whether it was the twistier, artier stuff from Empires And Dance or New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84), there’s always been an expansiveness to their music. At its core, Simple Minds’ music has always sounded to me like the product of city rhythms, but also possessing a hunger to see and consume and understand all the permutations of our world and the people in it. Movement’s always been a major theme, and accordingly my conversation with Kerr touched on little bits and pieces from the whole of this 35-year arc he’s been on with the Simple Minds — from the new, big music to the old, big music, to his love for his adopted home in Italy.

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Simple Minds Jim Kerr On Working With CHVRCHES, Running To Ryan Adams, And Big Music
Oct 29, 2014 2:36pm | StereoGum

Even with my never-ending obsession with music from the early ’80s, it’s a pretty rare opportunity when I get the chance to write anything about my favorites from that era. Last week, one of those rare opportunities popped up. I called Jim Kerr, the frontman of the Simple Minds — i.e., the man who sang a handful of my favorite songs, ever — while he was in Glasgow to talk about the band’s first new record in five years, Big Music. It’s a title so appropriate for the Simple Minds’ music that it’s surprising it’s taken them more than three decades to apply it. Whether it was the massive choruses of pop-era Simple Minds, like “Don’t You Forget About Me” or “Alive And Kicking,” or whether it was the twistier, artier stuff from Empires And Dance or New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84), there’s always been an expansiveness to their music. At its core, Simple Minds’ music has always sounded to me like the product of city rhythms, but also possessing a hunger to see and consume and understand all the permutations of our world and the people in it. Movement’s always been a major theme, and accordingly my conversation with Kerr touched on little bits and pieces from the whole of this 35-year arc he’s been on with the Simple Minds — from the new, big music to the old, big music, to his love for his adopted home in Italy.

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CMJ 2014 Sessions @ NYU: Friday, October 24, 2014
Oct 29, 2014 2:30pm | CMJ


The last day of daytime sessions and conversations during CMJ Music Marathon included the yearly MCLE Business And Law conference, a conversation with Buzzfeed’s Steve Kandell and Merge/Superchunk’s Mac McCaughen and Laura Ballance, plus tips and tricks for college radio career hopefuls.

Photos by Deneka Peniston.

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Dean Wareham Discusses Luna Reunion Shows And Plans For The Future
Oct 29, 2014 2:18pm | StereoGum

Yesterday Luna announced a run of dates in Spain next spring, their first shows in 10 years, and insinuated that North American dates would follow. Today, in a Rolling Stone interview, Dean Wareham offered further information on the reunion. It seems the band “had a jam” over the summer when guitarist Sean Eden flew to Los Angeles to join ex-bandmates Wareham, Britta Phillips, and Lee Wall for a barbecue. That sparked conversations about playing some shows, so when a promoter from Spain called with an offer, Luna were primed for it. Wareham said the band will probably play US shows in “fun places” such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. “We’re going to wait and see what offers come in,” he told RS. “The news just got out. My inbox is blowing up a little bit, yeah.”

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Mark Kozelek recorded himself reading The War on Drugs' response to his diss, called it "Adam Granofsky Blues" (listen)
Oct 29, 2014 2:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Hey, remember when Mark Kozelek was in 'Almost Famous'?

Here's the latest volley in the never-ending feud between Mark Kozelek and The War on Drugs. If you've been following along, you know that TWOD frontman Adam Granduciel (real last name: Granofsky) addressed Kozelek's song "The War on Drugs: Suck My Cock" in a Swedish interview, saying, among other things, "He's such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he's just a fucking idiot. I don't have time for idiots."

Of course, Kozelek responded. How? By reading the whole interview transcript aloud over light acoustic guitar backing and posting it on his site. Mark can't seem to get through a sentence without cracking up. He calls it "Adam Granofsky Blues." Listen to it here.

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Here Are Some Game Tips From Scrabble Enthusiast Stephin Merritt
Oct 29, 2014 2:08pm | StereoGum

Magnetic Fields songs often hinge on witty, erudite turns of phrase, so it’s not that surprising that band mastermind Stephin Merritt plays a lot of Scrapple. It’s a bit surprising, though, that he’s devoted an entire book to the two-letter words that can often affect the outcomes of Scrabble games. Merritt just published 101 Two-Letter Words, a book of 101 poems for each of the game-beaters. And now he’s given Billboard a few of his tips, most of which are fairly common-sense. Here’s what he offers:

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Video Premiere: Little Cinema Birdwatchers Of The World, Unite!
Oct 29, 2014 2:08pm | CMJ


Little Cinema is the project of Brooklyn and Austin’s Tyler Womack and Shawn Jones. Their music is refreshingly sincere and hopeful even in the face of hopelessness. Birdwatchers Of The World, Unite! is a jaunty, jazz-filled pop shrug from the band’s recent album, Adventure, and today we’ve got the premiere of the video for it.

The clip was shot by director Lucas Smith in Prospect Park and Fort Greene, Brooklyn and features choreography by Wheaton Simis. It follows a woman (played by Adeline Thery of Space Meow) post-breakup as she—what else?—goes birdwatching. Luckily, the birds are slightly more extravagant than your standard NYC pigeon. But as it so often happens after a heartbreak, reminders of the past are inescapable, even when you’re birdwatching. Here’s what Womack told us about the video:

Birdwatchers Of The World, Unite! is about telling someone you love that youre leaving town, and yes, its autobiographical. For the video, we thought wed try to tell the girls side of the story. Shes rejecting her abandonment by going to do what she loves instead of sticking around for a tearful goodbye. Even in the midst of birdwatching, however, she keeps getting these reminders about her disintegrating relationship. Of course, with the direction and costumes and choreography, you dont actually need the extra level of story to enjoy the video. It all sort of co...


The Dead Weather streaming new single "Buzzkill(er)" (listen)
Oct 29, 2014 1:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Allison Mosshart w/ The Kills last week (more by Ebru Yildiz)

Jack White and Allison Mosshart's band The Dead Weather have been in the process of releasing singles leading up to their TBA new album which is supposed to come out in 2015. The next one, "Buzzkill(er)" b/w "It's Just Too Bad" comes out next week (11/4) and it's blues rockin' a-side can be streamed below.

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Dan Bodan released 'Soft' on DFA (stream it), playing NYC w/ Physical Therapy ++ other dates
Oct 29, 2014 1:47pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his new album, Soft, via DFA this week. Soulful and genre-defying, you can stream the entire thing below.

Dan will be in NYC to play Baby's All Right on Novmeber 14 with Physical Therapy, Sadaf, and "Special Guests." Tickets are on sale now. It's Dan's only North American date at the moment but he does have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

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Band To Watch: Chumped + Hot 97 Summer Jam Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 29, 2014 1:46pm | StereoGum

There’s one song on Chumped’s upcoming debut, Teenage Retirement, that’s built around the following refrain: “We get old/ Time moves faster/ You stay the same.” The song is called “Pains Of Being…” and it serves as something of a thesis statement for the album as a whole. Teenage Retirement attempts to navigates the messy transition from adolescence into adulthood; it’s a treatise on both the perils of growing up too fast and not growing up at all. The band views “teenage retirement” as a state of being — “moving out of your mom’s basement but not losing what was awesome about living in your mom’s basement,” as one of the band members put it. Each song on the album explores that theme in some way.

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Watch: FKA Twigs Video Girl Video
Oct 29, 2014 1:39pm | CMJ


Video Girl was one of the stand-out tracks on FKA Twigs’ great and challenging recent full-length LP1. Its backbeat flutters and jumps like a pinball across a tin floor while Twigs sings like a demonic breeze. The video for the track, directed by Kahlil Joseph, features an extended ecclesiastical intro and a horrifyingly sparse heartbeat interlude. The clip follows Twigs as she watches the execution of a prisoner and then dances around his body. It’s a dark direction to send your afternoon in, but you should watch it anyway below.

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