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King Tuff announces North American tour
Nov 26, 2014 12:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

King Tuff has announced new tour dates in support of his latest album, Black Moon Spell. Following a chunk of European dates to close 2014, the garage rocker will be return stateside for a two separate legs running from January to April. Along the way, Tuff will share the stage with Father John Misty, Ex Hex, Jacuzzi Boys, and more. Consult the full schedule below.

King Tuff 2014-2015 Tour Dates:
11/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Magnet Club
11/29 – Vienna, AT @ Arena Vienna
11/30 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
12/02 – Geneva, CH @ La Graviere
12/03 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR
12/04 – Brussels, BE @ Madame Moustache
12/05 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix $
01/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
01/08 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
01/09 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow
01/10 – Marfa, TX @ Padres
01/12 – McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey *
01/13 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown *
01/14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
01/15 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
01/16 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
01/17 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s * ^
01/19 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive *
01/20 – Savannah, GA @ Hang Fire Bar *
01/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater *
01/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
01/23 – Birmingha...

Refused reunion definitely not done, 2015 dates announced
Nov 26, 2014 12:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Dustin Rabin

Earlier this month, rumors began circulating that Refused, who claimed their reunion was over and since fired a guitarist, were not in fact finished as a band and would be putting out a new album. There's still no word on that album, but the band have since become active on Twitter, Facebook, and they have a new website. They first posted the above picture (with the caption "Old Friends / New War") and now confirmed three festival dates for 2015. They're playing Belgium's Groezrock, Canada's Amnesia Rockfest, and the UK's Reading / Leeds Festivals.

No US dates yet, but at least now we know for sure the reunion's not over. Hopefully more dates (and that new album?) to come. Meanwhile, watch a video of the band at Terminal 5 during their 2012 reunion, with their current list of dates, below.

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How To Dress Wells new mix is a vision of the year-end future
Nov 26, 2014 12:10pm | Chart Attack

Imagine if all year-end best of lists were mixes, with songs not taken solely from that year. How To Dress Well's you and i are the same mix gives us a vision of that beautiful future. Tom Krell's talent for confounding and emotional mixes is back in full force, like playing Akron/Family next to Rich Gang and placing Philip Glass under Dean Blunt. There's a lot of extra reverb as well as his own mixes (that FKA twigs "Two Weeks" rip goes). Peep the full tracklist at SoundCloud. Happy new year(s)!

How To Dress Well's new album What Is This Heart? is out now via Domino.

How To Dress Well’s new mix is a vision of the year-end future by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Chart Recap: November 25, 2014
Nov 26, 2014 12:05pm | CMJ

TV On The Radio – Photo by JUCO

In Chart Recap we take a look at what’s happening on the CMJ charts each week. Check out the CMJ Radio 200 top 20 for the week. CMJ NMR Subscribers can login to view the complete charts.

This week, TV On The Radio unsurprisingly took the No. 1 spot on the Radio 200 charts, ending Caribou’s two week stint at the top of the charts. TVOTR now has a perfect five for five record of reaching No. 1 on the CMJ charts. With their chart performance the past couple of weeks the questions never was if they would make it No.1, but rather when they would. With Seeds beating out Deerhoofs La Isla Bonita this week, it seems Deerhoof’s hopes of snagging No. 1 may have to wait. Just another episode in the on-going chart competition between Deerhoof and TVOTR as discussed in last week’s Chart Recap. But with the week-to-week chart fluctuations this time of year, who knows what kind of surprises could happen on the last couple of charts of 2014.

On the specialty charts, TVOTR (Triple A), Caribou (RPM), Run The Jewels (Hip-Hop) and Captain Planet (New World) all held on to their No. 1 spots, but there were new No. 1 albums on the Jazz and Loud Rock charts. Saxophonist Jimmy Greene jumped from No. 20 to No. 1 on the Jazz chart this week with his highly personal Beautiful Life, an album dedicated to his daughter who was a v...

Lana Del Rey Brooklyn Baby (Tom Vek Remix)
Nov 26, 2014 12:05pm | StereoGum

Tom Vek has remixed “Brooklyn Baby,” Lana Del Rey’s song poking fun at NYC hipsters. The reclusive, self-taught producer and musician has also released remixes of Bombay Bicycle Club, De Lux, and plenty others, always adding some new flare to the original song. Here he’s given the formerly somber, expansive “Brooklyn Baby” new life with a dance-pop feel and a melodic keyboard interlude. Listen.


Sleaford Mods appearing on lots of year-end lists, make North American debut this weekend (win tix!)
Nov 26, 2014 11:58am | Brooklyn Vegan

Sleaford Mods' latest album, the terrific Divide & Exit, has made every UK Best LPs of 2014 list we've seen so far: Rough Trade (#38), MOJO (#3), Q (#20), Uncut (#25), and NME (#9). If you haven't heard Divide & Exit (somewhere between The Fall and The Streets, but with loads more profanity) yet, stream the whole thing below.

Don't forget if you're in NYC over Thanksgiving weekend you can catch Sleaford Mods playing their first-ever North American show at The Wick on Saturday (11/29). BrooklynVegan is presenting the show which also features Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds (ex-Kim Phuc) and reunited Brooklyn postpunks Rogers Sisters. (Sadly, the "very special guests" we mentioned before can't do it now.) Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter, plus album streams by Sleaford Mods (and Gotobeds and Rogers Sisters), below.

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Spotify: Who needs Taylor Swift when you have Rammstein
Nov 26, 2014 11:46am | Cosequence Of Sound

Taylor Swift recently pulled her entire catalog from Spotify citing the need to protect the “inherent value placed on art.” However, the streaming music service has given its customers a comparable replacement for Tay Tay: none other than German industrial metal lords Rammstein.

For the first time, Rammstein’s entire back catalog — including gems such as “Du Hast”, “Ich Will”, “Amerika”, and “Pussy” — is available to stream on Spotify.

Rammstein’s discography is the latest in a string of exclusive releases acquired by Spotify in recent months. Spotify previously inked deals with Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and John Lennon’s estate to add their respective catalogs, and still remains the sole outlet offering Metallicas albums for streaming. Still, no streaming platform has been able to land the holiest of grails: Lennons Beatles.

Plastic Section on Bangkok, Thailand
Nov 26, 2014 11:40am | CMJ

Plastic Section – Photo by David Crimaldi

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on whats going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Ben Edwards, singer/guitarist from Bangkok rock ‘n’ roll band Plastic Section gives us the low-down on Bangkok, Thailand. Plastic Sections second album, Combination Special, is due to be released by Bangkok indie label Colorcode Records in December.

Bangkok is a city of chaos, contradictions and constant change—just the sort of environment that encourages a lively, exciting and ever-changing underground music scene. Its a friendly scene that includes many different genres and an international cast of musicians, artists and music fans. While many great small venues have come and gone over the past few years, musically the scene seems to be growing more diverse, interesting and energetic.

Next page: Bands Worth Watching

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Coldplay Ink Interactive Video
Nov 26, 2014 11:34am | StereoGum

Coldplay have released an interactive video of “Ink” from their latest album Ghost Stories. The Blind-directed video prompts you to choose and direct the course of your journey as you follow a man travels around the world to find his lost love. In the version I chose, he never found her — but there are more than 300 possible outcomes. The simple animated characters follow through with your choices of what objects to pick up and what paths to take, givng the viewer control of how the story will end. Check it out at Coldplay’s website.

Alex G Soaker
Nov 26, 2014 11:31am | StereoGum

Philadelphia-based Alex G has released a new down-tempo track, “Soaker,” recorded during the same sessions that birthed his recent DSU. He told NME that his soft, moody indie-rock sound comes from being self-taught “in his own bubble.” Recorded in his bedroom, “Soaker” is an intimate lo-fi track with a fragile sound culled from simple, melodic guitar and lackadaisical vocals. Listen.


How To Dress Well remixes Sia, FKA twigs, and more on You and I Are the Same mixtape listen
Nov 26, 2014 11:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in May, Tom Krell, a.k.a. How To Dress Well, shared NO WORDS TO SAY, a mixtape containing, among other goodies, a cover of Taking Back Sundays “You Know How I Do” and an “unofficial HTDW duet edit” of Angel Olsens “Windows”. Today, Krell has offered up yet another collection of reworkings with You and I Are the Same.

Spanning 53 minutes and a couple dozen tracks, You and I focuses primarily on reworks and edits of Krells favorite musical moments of 2014 and beyond. Standouts include an explosive, club-ready remix of Sias “Chandelier”, a “totally broken edit” of FKA twigs “2 Weeks”, a version of Majical Cloudzs “This Is Magic” featuring Krells evocative harmonies, a lo-fi cover of Iris Dements “My Life”, and a warped edit of Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle”. Other edits include Phillip Glass, the Microphones, Default Genders, Akron/Family, and more. Stream the full tape below.

Check out the full tracklist via the back cover:

Christopher Owens - Islington Assembly Hall, London 19/11/14
Nov 26, 2014 11:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
A reminder that Girls could have turned into one of the best guitar bands in the world, had they chose to stick it out but their frontman, thankfully, isnt going anywhere.>

Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. (James Blake Remix)
Nov 26, 2014 11:28am | StereoGum

“Feel Good Inc.,” the De La Soul collaboration that probably still stands as the single best-known Gorillaz song, is now nine years old. At some point in the past nine years, James Blake put together a remix of that song. It’s remained buried until now. Rich Reason threw Blake’s remix into a recent Fabriclive mix, and he says that it’s “from back in the day,” though he offers no further information. It certainly fits with Blake’s early production style: Skeletal and off-center, with melodies forced to shine through murk. Listen to Blake’s version below.


Johnny De Courcy (CFCR) And Dam Gila (WLUW)
Nov 26, 2014 11:20am | CMJ

Jonathan de Courcy – Photo by Jennifer McInnis (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via CFCR in Saskatoon, SK, and WLUW in Chicago, IL.

Johnny De Courcy on CFCR

Johnny De Coucy has reinvented himself time and time again. His most recent incarnation as a troubadour of sorts sounds like a natural fit, and makes it hard to believe his background is in metal. But De Courcy never allows himself to be boxed into one sound and proves his dynamism on his second solo release Alien Lake, which founds its way onto the playlists at CFCR.

Alien Lake by Johnny de Courcy

Dam Gila on WLUW

Dam Gila, the new side project of Yawns Adam Gil, made it on the charts at WLUW this week. The glistening melodies and jangly guitar make So Long, Leisure a summer-y album through and through, despite Gil having written it all in Chicago during winter.

Check out some other exciting bands we discovered on stations playlist’s this week: Able Thought on WXIN, Moodoïd on WOBC, Ruth Garbus on WNYU, Nancy Pants on CJLO and the Cyclist on WMTS.

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PREMIERE: Montreal electro-jazz duo Saxsyndrum unleash a trippy, tropical new video for Maceonectar
Nov 26, 2014 11:16am | Chart Attack

For their SXD EP, their newest release as Montreal experimental jazz duo Saxsyndrum, Nick Schofield and David Switchenko have split the six track project in half: three songs composed solely with saxophone samples, and three made from percussion noises. "Maceonectar" is the opening track from the EP, and recalls the serrated beats of Tobacco in a warm dubby cloud.

The kaleidoscopic, polarized video for the song comes from Frances Adair Mckenzie, a new media artist in Montreal. Currently in residence at NFB, Mckenzie also recently wrapped up an immersive digital opera project called party like its 1699, which recently teamed up with Saxsyndrum's Art Not Love labelmates ¡FLIST!.

She told us exactly how the song inspired her lysergic stroll across the equator:

"The "Maceonectar" video was conceptualized with Saxsyndrum to accentuate the upbeat and positive vibes that permeate the song. For me, listening to this piece is like a walk at sunrise (post-meditation) through a tropical aviary. The bird song elements and their disarming inorganic quality are what inspired the video's looping, giffy style and the bright, bouncy, flickering and lo-fi aesthetic.

The video was conceived to be very free-form and is meant to feel like a live visual set, taking its inspiration spontaneously from the music. The video is a fun little ride that should encourage the listener to experie...

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