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Migos Ridiculed For $1K High School Donation
Jan 28, 2015 2:04pm | StereoGum

Donating money to a high school is a noble gesture, but it’s hard not to laugh at the way Migos went about it. The Atlanta rap trio and their label Quality Control Music presented $1,000 to Booker T. Washington High School on one of those giant novelty checks, commemorating the photo op on Instagram yesterday: “GIVING BACK TO WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL IN ATLANTA.”


Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Jan 28, 2015 2:04pm | StereoGum

We have to talk about historical perspective when we’re talking about mixtapes, and we have Lil Wayne to thank and to blame for that. Lil Wayne wasn’t the only one releasing great mixtapes during his mid-’00s monster run, and he wasn’t even the only one who was releasing mixtapes that were arguably better than his albums. Clipse, after all, were out there. But Wayne was so prolific, and so brilliant, for so long, that he basically rearranged the entire idea of what a mixtape could be. Before, say, the first Dedication tape, mixtapes were fun curios, ways to hear good rappers before they were ready to put out albums. Wayne himself was a fun curio, too. I still remember the look I gave my mixtape guy when he told me I should buy Dedication. (We used to have mixtape guys once upon a time.) He’d sold me a shitty tape of Murder Inc. B-teamers the week before, probably because he had too many that he couldn’t unload, and I was sure he just wanted my $5. But on that tape, and over the next few years, we heard Wayne make leap after leap and go from human to immortal. I was just hitting my stride as a music critic around the time that historic run was hitting its peak, and I cannot possibly overstate how exciting it was to hear and write about these things as they came out, a few months apart, each better than the last. Usually, you only know a historical moment when it’s over. But if you were paying attention then, it was...

Spanish band Hinds (fka Deers) touring around SXSW and Burgerama, including 2 NYC shows (dates, streams)
Jan 28, 2015 1:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

I saw these girls play at Electrowerkz last night and they were's like The Pastels meets Mink De Ville and has a real ramshackle joy to it. It's even better live when all the guitars are out of tune. Innocence and dissonance... Spanish Stroll indeed! - Bobby Gilespie (Primal Scream)
Up until recently, Madrid's Hinds were called Deers... that was until Montreal band The Dears made them change it. (A "Hind" is a female deer, by the way, so they stayed close to the source with the new name.) Whatever you call them, the band make endearingly shambly surf/garage pop, not too far from The Pastels (as Bobby Gilespie mentions above) or The Beets. So far Hinds have two singles, both of which you can stream, along with videos for the very catchy "Bamboo" and "Castigadas en el Granero," below.

Hinds will be visiting North America in March for SXSW and Burgerama, with a tour bookended by NYC shows: March 13 at Baby's All Right and March 31 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30) and tickets to Mercury Lounge are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public on Friday at noon.

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

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New BBC documentary captures Kraftwerks historic London residency
Jan 28, 2015 1:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Robert Altman

In February 2013, German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk took over London’s Tate Modern art gallery for eight consecutive nights. Dubbed Kraftwerk The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the residency, or exhibit if you will, was a “chronological exploration of the group’s sonic and visual experiments” and featured the performance of eight of Kraftwerk’s iconic albums, as well as a number of spectacular 3D effects. The event, the band’s first London show in nearly a decade, was eventually reproduced on Kraftwerk’s larger world tour that extended into 2014.

Now, BBC Four, a TV channel operated by the BBC, has turned that historic residency into a documentary called Kraftwerk: Pop Art. In addition to four tracks from the Computer World-designated night at Tate, the 60-minute program promises new interviews, old archived footage, portions of Ralf Hütter’s last known filmed interview, live audio from the band’s original 1981 Computer World tour, and a rare video of Kraftwerk playing as a trio. The documentary was compiled by Simon Witter, who previously produced similar projects on Queen, Freddie Mercury, and other British acts.

Kraftwerk: Pop Art is scheduled to air this Friday, January 30th on BBC Four. Below, watch a teaser clip.

Dirty Dishes Thank You Come Again Video
Jan 28, 2015 1:38pm | StereoGum

The LA-based duo Dirty Dishes released their debut LP Guilty yesterday, a series of unpredictable and totally consuming tracks that are definitely worthy of your time if you haven’t listened already. Today, the band premiered the music video for the album’s shapeshifting lead-off track, “Thank You Come Again.” Directed and edited by comedian Pat Bishop, the video features Jenny Tuite repeatedly attempting to rob her donut-slinging band member Alex Molini and embarrassing the hell out of him in the process. It’s farcical and incredibly well-produced. Watch below.


Emmy The Great at Oslo in London
Jan 28, 2015 1:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
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Barcelona's Mourn re-releasing debut LP on Captured Tracks, going on first US tour (dates, album stream)
Jan 28, 2015 1:22pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Who was the first artist that made you identify with punk rock?

Jazz Rodríguez Bueno and Carla Pérez Vas: [in unison] PJ Harvey.

JRB: When I was 14, my father was listening to her and he said, "You'd like this!" And I did.

[...] Do you think English is more effective than Spanish when it comes to writing in this style of music?

JRB: We started writing in English because we listened to a lot of music in English. Here, if you write in English, people will listen to you, but they won't understand what you're saying. People have the image that if you sing in English, it's more professional and cooler, but I don't think it's the only language you can express yourself in. [Pitchfork]

The above interview is with teenage Barcelona punks Mourn, who recently signed to Captured Tracks, who's giving their self-titled debut album a US release on February 17. That the band loves PJ Harvey makes sense. They don't exactly sound like her, but they have a similar knack for being punk and indie rock at the same time, aggressive without sacrificing melody, and having a commanding and unrestrained vocalist. Like many great punk bands before them, Mourn don't shield their anger in metaphor: lines like "Just go fuck yourself!" and song titles like "Boys Are Cunts" are all over this record. Take listen to the whole thing via Rdio, below.

Mourn are on board f...

Watch: Honduras Mistake Video
Jan 28, 2015 1:15pm | CMJ


Brooklyn bubblegum garage greats, Honduras, join in the fine tradition of dumping junk all over your head in their swell new video for Mistake from their recent Break EP. The day-glo color matching and slick mix of VCR-like skizzle and digital quick edits—not to mention the head-bopper of a tune—make for a clip that almost drags us out of the grey winter blahs. Almost.

It’s directed by P. Nick Curran, with animation from Matthew Watkins, and you can check out their handiwork below, then keep waiting for that debut full length the band has been working on.

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EULA releasing a Martin Bisi-produced LP, made a video, playing shows, including NYC w/ Drenge & Bueno this week
Jan 28, 2015 1:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

NYC's EULA make the kind of noise rock that came out of this city 30 years ago, so it's appropriate that they teamed up (again) with Martin Bisi, who's worked on Sonic Youth and Swans records, to produce their next album, Wool Sucking. It's due out March 3 via EULA singer Alyse Lamb's arts collective Famous Swords and on cassette via Mirror Universe. We've got the premiere of the video for its first single "Noose" (dir. Jason Shelton), which you can watch below.

The band also have tour dates coming up, including two hometown shows. The first is this Thursday (1/29) at Shea Stadium with grungy UK buzz band Drenge and Staten Island rockers Bueno ($10 at door). Then they play a Wool Sucking release party on March 5 at Palisades. Ticket info and more bands TBA.

All dates (including Hamden, CT and Montclair, NJ shows) are listed, with the new video, below...

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Viet Cong are here, share new video, add tour dates ++ win tix to tonight's sold-out Union Pool show!
Jan 28, 2015 1:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Viet Cong's widely-acclaimed debut album came out last week and, if you haven't checked it out, you can stream it via Rdio below. The Canadian band recently released a video for "Silhouettes," one of the most driving, straightforward songs on the album. Director Brook Linder, who also made the video for A Place to Bury Strangers' "Straight," turns the song into a creepy sci-fi tale. The director says:

"Silhouettes" came from blending iconography from old haunted house films and late '70s, early '80s sci-fi: So, pluck an astronaut from a spacewalk and set him in the House on Haunted Hill. The fun comes with playing those types off of each other, like mashing an old DOS-like computer interface up against the organic-looking galactic explosions.
Watch the video below.

As you may know, Viet Cong are in NYC as we speak for two record release shows, playing Union Pool tonight (1/28) with Honey and PC Worship, and Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/29) with What Moon Things. Both those shows are sold out, but we're giving away two pairs of tickets to tonight's Union Pool show. Details on that, flyer for tonight's show, and updated tour dates, below.

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Listen to Sharp Veins epic remix of Iglooghost for The Astral Planes latest compilation
Jan 28, 2015 12:59pm | Fact Magazine

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The ace blog returns with the first of three volumes of Heterotopia remixes.

The Astral Plane dropped Heterotopia late last year, compiling club heat by the likes of Kid Antoine, Air Max ’97, Divoli S’vere and Celestial Trax. Next up is a three-part series of Heterotopia remixes by members of the Astral Plane family; the first part is due out on February 3 and features remixes by Fraxinus, Druid Cloak and more.

A highlight of Volume 1 is an epic remix of Iglooghost’s ‘Woodfarm’ by club-producer-to-watch Sharp Veins. The Alabama producer has completely reimagined the original club track, slowing it down and retransmitting through alien radio waves as it mutates from techno to noise to hip-hop.

Stream the remix below; the full tracklist follows.

01. Celestial Trax Illuminate (Druid Cloak Remix)
02. Air Max 97 Chasm (iglooghost Remix)
03. Iglooghost Wood Farm (Sharp Veins Remix)
04. Arkitect Foucaults Dream (Patrick Brian Remix)
05. Kid Antoine Nightvision (Fraxinus Remix)
06. Imaabs Cautiverio (Shes Drunk Remix)
07. Mike G Limestone (Chants Remix)

Sony teams with Spotify for Playstation Music service
Jan 28, 2015 12:58pm | Fact Magazine

The partnered service will replace Music Unlimited and can be easily linked with preexisting Spotify accounts.

Sony and Spotify have announced a new music service that will be available for subscription to all Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 users. Simply titled Playstation Music the service will incorporate all of Spotify’s catalog into a service that can be accessed from the console.

In addition to streaming music as you would on Spotify, users will also be able to access the service easily in game allowing you to synch up music with what you’re playing. Just like Spotify, Playstation Music will be free to use with ads and offer an ad-free version as part of a monthly subscription.

The service will launch in early spring shortly after Sony cancels it’s current console based music service, Music Unlimited. The company will also offer a free month of PS Music to subscribers of the previous service.

Björk Discusses Vulnicura Leak For The First Time
Jan 28, 2015 12:52pm | StereoGum

Björk’s staggering new album Vulnicura entered the world early thanks to a leak. In a new interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe (via NME), Björk discusses the leak for the first time. She told Lowe that due to the album’s raw emotional subject matter — her breakup with longtime partner Matthew Barney — she wanted to get it out ASAP, even though her manager assured her that he’d “erased all the leaks.” (Ha!) Here’s Björk’s take on the situation:


John Frusciante to release new acid house album as Trickfinger, premieres After Below listen
Jan 28, 2015 12:35pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Between his solo releases, his work as guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Mars Volta, and various collaborations with rap duo Black Knights and Duran Duran (yes, that Duran Duran), John Frusciante has tackled nearly every genre under the sun. For his latest project, however, Frusciante will be exploring the uncharted territories of electronic music.

On April 7th, he’ll release a self-titled album as Trickfinger, his new acid house alter ego. Due out via Acid Test, the eight-track effort is a long time coming, with Frusciante explaining that he became serious about electronic music as early as 2009. When he started recording, the music was “all experimental acid house,” and that his “skills at making rock music” didn’t figure into Trickfinger whatsoever.

In anticipation, Frusciante has shared album opener “After Below”, a dazzling thumper of a track.

Below, read Frusciante’s full message about the new album and his growing love for acid house.

I started being serious about following my dream to make electronic music, and to be my own engineer, five years ago. For the 10 years prior to that, I had been playing guitar along with a wide range of different types of programmed synthesizer and sample-based music, emulating what I heard as best as I could. I found that the languages machines forced programmers to think i...

Lo-Pan touring with Against the Grain, playing Saint Vitus
Jan 28, 2015 12:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Lo-Pan at IO-Northside 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)

Ohio stoner rockers Lo-Pan are hitting the road again this March for a US tour with Detroit rockers Against the Grain (who are working on a new LP with Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust). The tour takes place in the Northeast during SXSW, so they're calling it the "NXNE Tour" (not to be confused with Toronto's June festival NXNE), and it hits NYC on March 18 at Saint Vitus with Family. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

ATG also play a free Asbury Park show two days earlier. All dates are listed below...

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