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Q&A: Julian Casablancas On His Weird New Album, Dysfunctional Democracy In The West, And The Future Of The Strokes
Sep 18, 2014 9:23am | StereoGum
Tyranny — either the second Julian Casablancas solo record after 2009′s Phrazes For The Young or the debut album by Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, depending on how you want to look at it — is a strange piece of work. A far cry from the bite-size chronicles of effortless New York cool that Casablancas made his name on, the Strokes frontman’s latest collection of songs finds him grappling with big, serious, universal subjects such as morality, selfishness, public ignorance, and the myriad ways twenty-first century democracy is broken. The real departure, though, is the sound of the thing: Casablancas and his band chose to address those topics in the context of the most abstract, experimental music of his career. If the 11-minute noise-pop sprawl “Human Sadness” and the jagged, discordant “Where No Eagles Fly” didn’t tip you off, Tyranny is a trip, and not always a smooth one.
Las Rosas release new 7" (stream it), playing Cassette Store Day party, Burger Records CMJ showcase at DbA + more
Sep 18, 2014 9:21am | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.
Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.
Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...
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Track Premiere: Future Laureates – “Down”
Sep 18, 2014 9:20am | CMJ
Photo by Kaitlyn McQuaid
Chicago’s Future Laureates have been making solid pop-rock for a while now, even sharing stage credits with the likes of Dawes and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes. Now the five-piece is gearing up to carve out their own space with the release of a new EP, Here And After. Today we’ve got the premiere of a new album single, Down, which pairs high-gloss vocals with slick guitars that go down easy.
Here’s what the Future Laureates frontman Danny Surico told us about the song:
You can stream Down below and check out the band’s upcoming fall tour dates, including a stop at CMJ Music Marathon.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart release new song Poison Touch listen
Sep 18, 2014 9:20am | Cosequence Of Sound
This past summer, Brooklyn indie poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released their third studio album, Days of Abandon. A return to their jangly, uplifting beginnings, frontman Kip Berman commented in a interview that the bands ultimate inspiration during recording session was — wait for it — pop sweetheart Taylor Swift.
“Oh my god. You dont realize how much we talked about Taylor Swift in the making of this record,” Berman said. “I was so frustrated that we couldnt get it to sound more like Taylor Swift. At one point Kurt was like, You know Kip. I know you want it to sound like Taylor Swift but youre not Taylor Swift, so youre going have to let it go for a while. There was one song that made the B-side that was a lot more Taylor Swift sounding than anything on the record.”
Today, Berman and co. have unveiled their take on Swift-ian pop with “Poison Touch”. It may be no “Shake It Off”, but the sheer catchiness is undeniable. With drums that pop like bubblegum in the mouth of a pre-teen girl riding the wave of shimmery dream pop guitars, its perhaps the most unabashedly accessible and cheery takes on TPOBPAHs brand of indie pop. Though Ms. Swift was unavailable to lend some harmonic magic, the band found a suitably bubbly replacement in A Sunny Day In Glasgows own Jen Goma.
Listen in below (via The Line of Best Fit).
George Harrison The Inner Light (Alternative Take) (Stereogum Premiere)
Sep 18, 2014 9:03am | StereoGum
Next week, Universal Music Group will release the George Harrison box set The Apple Years 1968-75, which collects Harrison’s first six solo albums, as well as a treasure trove of rare and unreleased songs. One of those bonus tracks is an instrumental alternate take of “The Inner Light,” a 1968 Beatles song that the band released as the B-side of the “Lady Madonna” single. Harrison recorded the song’s instrumental track in Mumbai, with Indian musicians, when he was working on his first solo album, the soundtrack LP Wonderwall Music. Other than the studio patter before the take starts, the alternate take doesn’t have any vocals, but you can still hear that beautiful raga pastiche coming together. Listen to it below. Also below, listen to an unreleased acoustic take of “Dark Horse,” the title track of Harrison’s 1974 solo album.
Jack White blasts Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone Magazine in Kanye West-esque rant
Sep 18, 2014 9:02am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by David James Swanson
Jack White played a show at Fenway Park’s Bleacher Theater in Boston on Wednesday night. The real headline, however, was what the Third Man rocker said in between performances.
As Pitchfork points out, White took swipes at Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone magazine during what he himself quipped to be a “Kanye West-esque rant.”
Much like Kanye, White’s comments were all over the place. He began by defending the sanctity of live performance, expressing his displeasure over how “most performers don’t use microphones anymore … singers don’t use microphones that have cords.” He went on to point the finger squarely at Foo Fighters, saying the band uses a second guitarist “playing the same parts” to cover up for any mistakes.
White then turned his attention to Rolling Stone, mocking the music publication for its click-baiting content. He joked that the site was “brought to you by the Kardashian family” and that it features articles like “15 outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month,” “10 reasons why Rolling Stone did not cover the Newport Folk Festival for 50 years straight,” and “12 reasons Rolling Stone wont put a black and white cover on the cover of their magazine unle...
Julian Casablancas cryptic about future Strokes shows: 'A tour's a great way to destroy a band'
Sep 18, 2014 9:02am | NME
The frontman also says that being in a band is "a great way to destroy a friendship"
Sep 18, 2014 9:00am | CMJ
Meatbodies – Photo by Denee Petracek
Chad And The Meatbodies was the sexploratory buzz-pop project of Chad Ubovich, bassist/guitarist for Mikal Cronin and FUZZ. But once some peeps nabbed a few listens to his 2012 cassette on Ty Segalls GOD? label, word and live shows got around his hometown of L.A. Once In The Red called, Ubovich ditched the “Chad And The” and got himself into a studio in San Fran to record Meatbodies with pals like Eric “King Riff” Bauer, Ty Segall, Erik Jimenez (Together PANGEA) and more. Somewhere between the speedy trash-riffing of the Marked Men and mid-Hives hook-churning, Meatbodies also lets psychly echoes seep out of their brief blasts. You can hear the results on October 14 when the record lands, and see how he pulls it all together live when Meatbodies play CMJ Music Marathon. Lets take a measure of this latest spurt from the unending garage-pop oil fountain shooting out of California.
You’ve played bass for Mikal Cronin and FUZZ. Please bitch about the most annoying stereotypes about bassists.
That we got the biggest P’s. And by P’s I mean poo. Very annoying guys, please stop assuming.
Do you still play with Mikal Cronin and/or
Why did you cut the “Cha...
ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Andy Kindler gives us five non-hacky classics
Sep 18, 2014 9:00am | Chart Attack
In Essential Albums our favourite artists dig up five records that they consider Essential by any definition. This week, pioneering alternative comic Andy Kindler discusses five records that make him lose his trademark scowl.
Andy Kindler is revered by stand-up junkies and practitioners for his acerbic deconstructions of comedy, whether it's his own, another comics, or the tastes of the field at large. This is how he gives new dimension to the label "a comic's comic:" he's built to bristle his very audience.
Imagine, at your office's next conference, the guy who had been there the longest stood up for an hour and told you everything that sucked about your chosen field, and probably how you're operating in it as well. That's Kindler's annual "State of the Industry "address at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Not quite a roast or an intervention, his free-form, stammering analysis is blind to stature; two years ago he dared to speak the obvious on Louis C.K. and last month delivered a withering and vital takedown of Anthony Cumia, the white supremacist with a lot of fans who think he's a comedian. Two decades of addresses and dozens of bruised egos later, Andy Kindler endures because the comedy is purely his. It isn't carried by - nor does it dumbly rail against - the fickle currents of contemporary politics. And if your set is, he's coming for you.
Antoine93 Extra Strong
Sep 18, 2014 8:58am | Abeano
Going off the last album that Montreal pop singer/producer Antoine93 released on Bandcamp, his music is all about both our “hyper-technological era” and “feelings,” encompassing everything from Dido samples to clean-cut 80s choruses and gooey, bubbly production. His latest, ‘Extra Strong,’ is a sly wink of 2014 pop, as euphorically fun as it is laden with double entendre and light sarcasm (“you’re sooooo strong, extra strong,” Antoine croons, as the artwork shows a product shot of what could easily be “extra strong” branded condoms). Antoine himself had this to say about the track: “‘Extra Strong’ is a hyper-generic dance anthem about being empowered in what you do and never settling. It’s got the energy of Prodigy’s ‘No Good (Start The Dance)’ and the catchiness of Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love.’” Couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Jack White takes pop at Foo Fighters during 'Kanye West-esque rant' at Boston gig listen
Sep 18, 2014 8:55am | NME
Frontman also hit out at Rolling Stone magazine during onstage outburst
U2 and Apple working on new digital format that cant be pirated
Sep 18, 2014 8:47am | Fact Magazine
Undeterred by the less-than-delighted public reaction to their iTunes sneak attack earlier this month, U2 have hinted at further projects in collaboration with Apple.
Among them is an “audiovisual interactive format for music that cant be pirated”, according to Bono, who suggests that the format is “about 18 months away” potentially coinciding with the release of Songs of Experience, a companion album to the surprise album Songs of Innocence.
The singer added that the new concept could “bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when youre sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like youve never seen it before.
As TIME reports, the format is intended to “tempt [music fans] again into buying music whole albums as well as individual tracks.”
Having been a vocal critic of music piracy in the past, Bono maintained that the release of Songs of Innocence which appeared automatically in iTunes users’ libraries a fortnight ago was a “sacrament to harness digital”. “For the last decade, the interweb has had its way with music,” he reportedly said during a speech at a lunch to celebrate the album’s release. “Today we turned it around.”
The backlash over the unort...
Mondo acquire Death Waltz, plan Shaun of the Dead, lost 2001: A Space Odyssey score releases
Sep 18, 2014 8:46am | Fact Magazine
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The best reissue specialists in the game unite.
Austin-based gallery Mondo (the crew behind the US reissue of Cliff Martinez’s Drive OST) have acquired spooky soundtrack specialists Death Waltz. Death Waltz founder (and FACT mixer) will join Mondo as their label manager. Here’s his statement, via Pitchfork:
Mondo has a few new releases in the pipeline which will be available at this weekend’s MondoCon in Austin. Daniel Mudford and Pete Woodhead’s Shaun of the Dead score will be available for the first time. It features artwork by Jock and liner notes by director Edgar Wright and the composers. A limited, 1,000-unit pressing will be in Strawberry Swirl Cornetto-inspired vinyl. It will be on-sale October 7.
Alex North’s unus...
RVNG piece together retrospective of boundary-blurring electronic music from Ariel Kalma
Sep 18, 2014 8:35am | Fact Magazine
The compilation picks the best moments from Ariel Kalma’s fruitful 70s run.
Entitled An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979), the album focuses on French producer Kalma’s most crucial recordings, from free-jazz and spoken word to experimentations with modular synthesizers and early drum machines.
Kalma was born in France, but his musical obsession took him around the world as he performed with various bands as a “hired horn.” Eventually he landed in India, where he would become inspired to pick up circular breathing techniques which he twinned with looping harmonies from his simple setup of two ReVox reel-to-reel machines.
On top of this, Kalma was picked up by the renowned GRM Institute in France in the mid-70s to work as an engineer. This was the crucial stable that birthed groundbreaking recordings from Luc Ferrari, Iannis Xenakis, and Bernard Parmegiani (among others), so to be in the middle of this as innovation was happening clearly impacted Kalma’s own work.
You can take a listen to the opening track ‘Almora Sunrise’ below. An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) is due to arrive on November 18 via RVNG.
01 Almora Sunrise
Public Enemy played Brooklyn Bowl with PE2.0 and Hank Schocklee of the Bomb Squad (pics & videos)
Sep 18, 2014 8:34am | Brooklyn Vegan
photos Kenneth Bachor
"Public Enemy verbally assaulted my consciousness and tore the roof off the Brooklyn Bowl last night. Epic." - Adam Levy
Hip hop legends Public Enemy have been laying low this year, but they did grace their hometown with a Brooklyn Bowl show this past Tuesday (9/16). Opening the show was PE2.0, which includes Public Enemy's rhythm section, and a set from Hank Shocklee of frequent PE collaborators Bomb Squad. PE packed their set with tons of favorites like "Fight the Power," "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," and plenty more. Did you catch the show? How was it?
More pictures and a couple videos below...
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