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Listen: Babe Rainbow – “YHIM”
Sep 16, 2014 3:15pm | CMJ

Canadian producer Cameron Reed, aka Babe Rainbow, has recorded an album for Cassette Store Day, Music For 1 Piano, 2 Pianos And More Pianos, out at the end of September on 1080p. The tape’s newest single, YHIM, features—what else?—a piano, gently scuttling through delicate, unhindered movements. It’s a nice reminder of Reed’s fluency with the ivories, and a pleasant surprise given his usual esoteric computer vibes. Listen below.

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Daniel Lanois releasing a new LP, curated 'ANTI-Thesis' NYC show w/ Antlers, Tinariwen & Lonnie Holley (dates, video)
Sep 16, 2014 3:09pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Antlers at Rough Trade in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Producer/musician Daniel Lanois (known for work with Brian Eno, U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and others) has teamed up with ANTI- Records to curate a concert called ANTI-Thesis happening as a one-off in NYC on November 10 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Lanois himself will be performing, as will fellow ANTI- artists The Antlers (who have a great new album out this year) and Tinariwen (ditto). Joining them as a special guest will be cult artist Lonnie Holley. Lanois says, "It's a dream come true to welcome artists from different walks of life to share one stage. Let this be the beginning of something that should never stop, music is the universal language." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19).

Daniel Lanois is also releasing a new album, Flesh And Machine, on October 28 via ANTI-. He's got a video for that album's single "Opera" out now, and also has other November tour dates with Lonnie Holley. The Antlers and Tinariwen have other dates as well. All are listed, with the "Opera" video, below...

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Mitski Townie
Sep 16, 2014 3:05pm | StereoGum

Back when spring was making way for summer, we introduced you to Brooklyn-based Mitski with “First Love / Late Spring,” a gorgeous track that’s still among the best of the year. It served as a preamble to the singer-songwriter’s new full-length, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, which comes out in November. “Townie” is the second offering from that album and it clips along with an oppressive urgency born out of frustration and rebellion. “I’m holding my breath with a baseball bat, though I don’t know what I’m waiting for/ I’m not gonna be what my daddy wants me to be.” The song is filled with violently beautiful metaphors, euphoric flashes of red: “I want a love that falls as fast as a body from the balcony, and I wanna kiss like my heart is chasing me down.” Mitski’s wonderful voice soars above walloping guitars, loud and vibrant, yet controlled and precise at the same time. Listen below.


Stream: Alt-Js new album This Is All Yours
Sep 16, 2014 3:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

UK indie rockers Alt-J will release their sophomore album, This Is All Yours, on September 23rd via Warner Music. In anticipation, the album is streaming in full at iTunes Radio.

The band recorded the follow-up to 2012’s Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave in the same venue, Iguana Studios, which they describe as a “tiny little place, sort of behind a second hand tyre shop.” Shortly after the sessions began, bassist Gwil Sainsbury departed from the group in January for undisclosed reasons.

In an interview with Stereogum, keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton described the trio’s creative process following Swainsbury’s exit:

I dont think it was a particularly different process. I think in a way we tried to recreate the environment in which we wrote the first album, which was a group of us sitting around in a nice, comfortable space like an apartment, not at a studio, just hanging out, enjoying each others company coming up with ideas. Just making music together in a really without sounding too corny in a really sort of like fun, raw way, in a basic way of connecting. And we tried to do that again this time to get the best results.”

The album is preceded by three singles, “Hunger of the Pine”, which samples Miley Cyrus’ “4×4″ single; “Left Hand Free”; and “Every Other Freckle”. Below,...

Download Big K.R.I.T. See Me On Top 4 Mixtape
Sep 16, 2014 2:55pm | StereoGum

The snarling, sincere, frequently-great Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has released three mixtapes in his See Me On Top series, but the last one came out in 2008, before anyone outside Mississippi really knew who he was. Now that he’s a rising star, K.R.I.T. has rounded up many of his latest one-off tracks for the latest installment. The excellent single “MT. Olympus,” the Rick Ross collab “New Agenda,” and the remix of Alt-J’s “Every Other Freckle” all appear. The tape also features appearances from people like Juicy J and A$AP Ferg. Check out the tape below.


Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds @ Ace of Cups: September 13, 2014
Sep 16, 2014 2:47pm | CMJ

Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds brought their proto-swank to Columbus, Ohio, and laid down a set that well captivated the festive revelers gathered at Ace of Cups. Its quite a resume that Kid Congo has assembled in his 30+ years plying his craft. Supplying singular six string stylings to the Gun Club, the Cramps and the Bad Seeds earns you legend status. Even his less heralded acts like Congo Norvell and Knoxville Girls were standouts, but the common denominator in all was that Kid Congos prodigal talents were being plied as a sideman. Suffice to say the majority of records Kid played a supporting role in are timeless classics.

Its been quite a few years now since Kid Congo stepped out of the back line and into stage center frontman status, and over the years he has assimilated into the role brilliantly and in a inimitable fasion which manages to be both tuff and groovy at the same time. For his return visit to Columbus, Congos birds had had a line-up revamping with long time guitarist/keyboardist Jesse Roberts having split, so keyboards are not used in the live act now. That changed the tone to a way more toothy guitar driven sound as opposed to the formerly more organ-tinted psychedelic styling proffered previously.

From the minute the band hit the stage, the whole crowd nestled up close to get the full effect. The deft guitar interplay of Kid and new guitarist Mark was skin tight and way hard rocking. Bassist Kiki El Coyote and drummer Captain Ron...

Chromeo played Summerstage with Big Freedia who's touring this fall, playing Glasslands (pics, dates)
Sep 16, 2014 2:47pm | Brooklyn Vegan

"Chromeo turning Central Park into a dance party rn" - @chelawhita

"Saw @chromeo last night in Central Park. One of the most fun nights I've had in so long! Danced my bum off" - @jaglever

Chromeo / Big Freedia @ Central Park Summerstage 9/12/2014

It was a long wait for Chromeo, but after an agonizing 30 minutes, white lights poured out from the stage in every direction, and with seemingly no transitional moment at all, Dave 1's guitar wailed from between the LEDs. Without warning, the concert was in full swing.

Dave 1 and P-Thugg are, if you'll excuse the phrase, groove-machines. DJ set or fully live, the two produce a sound that bounces across the stage, through the crowd, and right back to them again, forever fueling a cycle of funky, self-sustaining energy. [Village Voice]

Canadian dance-duo Chromeo brought their groove party tour to Central Park Summerstage with some help from New Orleans bounce music pioneer and twerkaholic Big Freedia on Friday (9/12), part of the tour. Playing tracks from this year's White Women and favorites like "Needy Girl," "Bonafide Lovin'" and "Sexy Socialite," plus a stunning light show, the duo certainly got the crowd moving. Pics from the show are in this post.

Chromeo recently earned a spot as a short-list nominee for this year's Polaris Prize competition alongside stiff competition from the likes of Arcade Fire, Drake, ...

Mark Lanegan Band announces US tour dates
Sep 16, 2014 2:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mark Lanegan Band has announced US tour dates in support of its forthcoming album, Phantom Radio, due out October 21st via Vagrant Records. The iconic alt rocker and his merry backing band have just 10 dates planned for late October through early November. According to a press release, this outing serves as Lanegan’s first with a full band since mid-2012.

Below, revisit lead single “Floor of the Ocean”. The full tour schedule follows.

Mark Lanegan Band 2014 Tour Dates:
10/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
10/30 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/01 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/02 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
11/03 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11/04 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/05 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Wolf Building
11/08 New York, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
11/09 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

Krill Peanut Butter
Sep 16, 2014 2:42pm | StereoGum

Krill opened this year ambitiously, stuffing an absurd meta-concept album into the brief EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears. Now they team with Ovlov, LVL UP, and Radiator Hospital for one very exciting 7″ single. Rather than sticking to any verse/chorus structure, Krill’s song takes the form of one continuously twisting and turning string of melodies and hooks. Meanwhile lead singer Jonah Furman recites both sides of a conversation that begins with a misunderstanding and grows into something somber. It’s the sound of what was already one of the best new bands of last year growing even better. Listen.


Patti Smith becomes hero of Riot Fest with impassioned call to arms
Sep 16, 2014 2:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

During her performance at this weekend’s Riot Fest Chicago, Patti Smith proved that even at 67 years of age, she still holds the fire power that first earned her the title of “Godmother of Punk”.

As Huffington Post notes, towards the end of “People Have The Power”, the last song of her set, Smith offered up an inspiring call to arms against corporations and the government.

“We do have the power!” she proclaimed. “Our governments, our corporations would like us to feel defeated, but we have it with our numbers if we use it. Don’t forget it!”

With fists in the air and her voice loud and determined, she continued: “People, the future is now! You are the future! You will decide what happens to our world, our environment, our children, the fish in the sea, the birds in our air. People, you can change the fucking world. Take heart, don’t give up! Globally unite for peace. It’s not fucking corny. It’s what we fucking need!”

Check out fan-footage of the awesome speech below (starts around 6:20).

Premature Evaluation: Alt-J This Is All Yours
Sep 16, 2014 2:09pm | StereoGum

With An Awesome Wave, their Mercury Prize-winning 2012 debut album, Alt-J went from 0 to 100 real quick, transforming from anonymous schlubs into world-famous rock stars. They did so by forging a strikingly unique brand of prog-rock, approachable in its familiarity yet unapologetic in its weirdness. The band was formed at the University of Leeds and signed to Infectious Records after relocating to well-known academic hub Cambridge, and they’ve never disguised their own egghead tendencies. An Awesome Wave struck on some unholy amalgam of Radiohead’s ominous postmillennial electronic stadium rock, the Beta Band’s space-age digital folk, Sigur Ros’ sublime glacial soundscapes, James Blake’s post-dubstep pub balladry, Sufjan Stevens’ gently pastoral orchestral suites, and — thanks especially to singer Joe Newman’s pinched nasal bleat — the jangling jam-band grooves of Dave Matthews Band. The result was a Rush for the internet age: densely layered, virtuosic, and fantastically spacey yet also as introverted as an undergrad immersed in his handheld devices. It was a polarizing sound, but those who gravitated toward it swore by it.


Download: Big K.R.I.T.s See Me On Top Vol. 4 mixtape
Sep 16, 2014 2:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. continues to prep his sophomore studio album, Cadillactica. In the interim, he’s kept our ears occupied with a pair of singles — “Mt. Olympus” and “Pay Attention” — along with a remix of Alt-J’s “Every Other Freckle”. Today, he returns with a surprise new mixtape entitled See Me On Top Vol. 4.

It marks K.R.I.T.’s eleventh mixtape to date, but is the first entry in his See Me On Top series since 2008. Spanning 22 tracks, it includes fresh collaborations with Rick Ross ASAP Ferg, and Juicy J, along with a string of solo tracks and the aformentioned Alt-J remix.

Listen or download for free below (via LiveMixtapes).

FULL SCREEN: Holly Herndon confronts the NSA, Born Gold love feet, and more music videos
Sep 16, 2014 2:02pm | Chart Attack
Full Screen collects all of the most remarkable videos we've seen in the last 24 hours.

Holly Herndon, "Home"

After the Snowden leaks and the extent of the NSA's privacy violations were revealed, the world began to question how governments collect, store, and handle data, as well as the scale of these operations. But like many her age, experimental producer Holly Herndon found herself reevaluating how she lives online. From her statement to Pitchfork:

"I entrusted so much in my device. To learn this intimacy had been compromised felt like a grand betrayal. Is everything done privately on my laptop to be considered a public performance?

In 'Home', I address that invisible audience. It is a love song for prying eyes (an agent / a critic), and also a break up song with the devices with which I shared a naive relationship. There is something dramatic, teenage and vulnerable to this sensation our relationships with these interconnected devices are still so young, so naive."

The video from Dutch design firm Metahaven uses framing and mattes to articulate Herndon's new role as the voyeured. She stands observed by a silhoutte and his camera, a portrait that never ends and is out of her control. Cascading NSA logos, pinholes, resembling a telephone mouthpiece and more abstract imagery obscure her. Similarly, her tragic and gossamer vocals get lost in the production's junkyard. She is, of course, t...

Footage emerges of Foo Fighters playing instrumental version of new song 'Outside' - watch
Sep 16, 2014 2:00pm | NME
The band previewed the 'Sonic Highways' track at London's Islington Assembly Hall

Watch Foo Fighters Full Invictus Games Closing Concert Featuring A Bit Of New Music
Sep 16, 2014 1:57pm | StereoGum

On Sunday night, Foo Fighters closed out England’s first Invictus Games, playing a 14-song set consisting of songs spanning the band’s entire career. Of course that career includes the upcoming LP Sonic Highways — and while they didn’t perform any new songs in full, they did debut a bit of new music: a ferocious instrumental breakdown from Sonic Highways track “Outside,” which was inserted into the middle of 2007′s “The Pretender.” You can watch the whole set below, or if you just want to hear the “Outside” stuff, scroll ahead to 13:40.


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