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Die Like A Rockstar: Excess, Romanticism and Mysticism
Apr 29, 2016 8:43am | Drowned In Sound
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom" William Blake

"The poet makes himself a seer by an immense, long, deliberate derangement of all the senses." Arthur Rimbaud

The philosophy of "live fast, die young" is deeply embedded in rock culture. The concept of rock stars dying at a young age is so common that it has become somewhat of a popular culture cliché, with the term frequently used for anyone living an extreme lifestyle. Whilst the excess-fuelled deaths of a number of young musicians is more than an unfortunate coincidence, it is a key part of the ideology and mythology of rock. As the musicologist Sheila Whiteley writes: "Self-destruction - whether drug-related, suicide or the result of severe risk-taking - is ... curiously related both to the excesses of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle and to much of the litany of its songs" (Whiteley,2005, p 157). These excesses are embedded in rocks culture, founded upon a belief in interrelated personal and aesthetic freedoms.

Artists are individuals with their own particular vision and their lives are seen as something exceptional as they set themselves in contrast to the "conformist masses". They are "rebels", standing "outside" society in order to critique it, often by indulging in acts that "common morality" considers taboo. As Matthew Bannister writes in his White Boys, White Noise:...

Tom Petty Reminisces About Princes Newly Viral Rock Hall Guitar Solo
Apr 29, 2016 8:32am | StereoGum
Prince and Tom PettyIn the hours after we learned of Prince's death last week, one video seemed to go more viral than any others: Prince, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Steve Winwood paying tribute to George Harrison at the 2004 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. During their performance together, Prince ended what was otherwise … More »

Hear PARTYNEXTDOOR & Drakes Work Demo
Apr 29, 2016 8:29am | StereoGum
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) PartyNextDoor and Drake attend Party Next Door Live at S.O.B.'s on October 23, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

members of Beachwood Sparks, Rain Parade, BJM & more form FIR (listen to debut single)
Apr 29, 2016 8:19am | Brooklyn Vegan

California's FIR are just now releasing their first single, but their lineage is long. The group features Brent Rademaker (Beachwood Sparks/The Tyde/further) and Matt Piucci from Rain Parade, plus Rob Campanella (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Nelson Bragg from the Brian Wilson Band...

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This vintage jukebox plays vinyl and streams music wirelessly
Apr 29, 2016 8:12am | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

Play 7s or stream them to every room in the house.

Just months after the worlds first new vinyl jukebox went into production, Secret 7 and Sonos have re-animated a vintage jukebox that will also allow you to stream its 7 singles to every room in your house using Sonos multi-room technology.

Working in collaboration with Michael Marriott and Staf Schmool, the vinyl-based charity organisation Secret 7 has created the Secret Seeburg a vintage jukebox that will contain all 35 of the Secret 7s releases from the last five years, including music from Diana Ross, John Lennon, Massive Attack, DJ Shadow and Tame Impala among others.

Sourcing a 1966 Seeburg Mustang from the United States, Michael and Staf had the mechanics serviced, at which point the jukebox was fitted with Sonos technology and rehoused in a contemporary fluro yellow birch plywood cabinet, and finished with laser cut acrylic, aluminium trim and new internal lighting.


Set up to take any coin under £1 to pay for your selection, it also has a free play button so youre not banking cash to play the 7s in your own home, and comes with the abil...

Rihanna teams with Calvin Harris on This Is What You Came For listen
Apr 29, 2016 8:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Rihanna and Calvin Harris have teamed up twice before to rousing success. “We Found Love” is Rihanna’s most successful single to date, selling 14.5 million copies and topping the charts for 10 weeks. “Where Have You Been”, meanwhile, was certified four times platinum in the US. Now, they’ve joined forces for “This Is What You Came For”.

Here, RiRi’s lilting coo flows atop an arrangement that bubbles, then bursts into a blissful chorus: “Lightning, this is what you came for/ Lightning strikes every time she moves.” There’s nothing quite like this on the pop star’s new album Anti — and probably intentionally so — but there’s no denying that she has a special place in the EDM world, and that she and Harris know how to whip up knockout club songs.

Listen below.

The release of “This Is What You Came For” follows Rihanna’s surprise appearance at Coachella when she joined Harris to perform “We Found Love”.

Bob Dylan All The Way (Frank Sinatra Cover)
Apr 29, 2016 7:53am | StereoGum
Bob DylanNext month, Bob Dylan will let loose with Fallen Angels, his second album of songs from the Frank Sinatra songbook. We've already posted his version of "Melancholy Mood," and now Dylan has shared his take on "All The Way," a tender ballad that Sinatra sang in the 1957 musical The Joker Is Wild. More »

tix on sale: Drake & Future, X, Guns N' Roses, Todd Terje, Pinegrove, blink-182, The Kills, more
Apr 29, 2016 7:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

Tons of NYC shows going on sale this morning.

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NYC dreampop band Blessed Isles released long-in-the-works debut LP (listen)
Apr 29, 2016 7:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

Brooklyn shoegazers Blessed Isles have been together for most of this decade and have been spending the last five years working on their debut album. You can hear the hard work in the finished product, Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night, that is one of the lovelier dreampop hybrids in some time, starting with an undeniable pop backbone that adds gossamer layer after gossamer layer...

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Magical Mistakes crafts heady electronic landscapes on Peaking in the Pitch Black
Apr 29, 2016 6:50am | Fact Magazine

Erik Luebs introduces his genre-hopping second album.

We last heard from Osaka-based producer Erik Luebs when he switched back to his real name to release an album for Project: Mooncircle, a record of blissful, heavily textured electronic landscapes. This July he returns as Magical Mistakes for a new album on The Playground Records titled Peaking in the Pitch Black.

Combining Japanese musical ideas with his own sound, for this album Luebs took inspiration from ambient soundscapes and drone music as well as the torque of industrial techno.

“These tracks were made over a two-month period hopping around between Osaka, Tokyo, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York,” says Luebs. “I’ve never felt at home with a specific genre or scene, which is a curse and a blessing. Perhaps the change in geography is evident in the malleable genres of the tracks themselves. Post-rock, techno, drone, IDM; snippets of what’s influenced me musically throughout my life.”

Opening track ‘Annihilated’ distils those influences into a soaring ride that should appeal to fans of Jon Hopkins’ carefully crafted euphoria  stream it below. Peaking in the Pitch Black is out via The Playground Records on July 1.

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Max Cooper is bringing his epic surround sound show to London
Apr 29, 2016 6:33am | Fact Magazine

Frontiersman electronics.

Ahead of what promises to be an epic show at Shapes in Hackney on May 14, Max Cooper has offered some behind-the-scenes insight into his ambitious surround sound project.

The Belfast-born producer explains how his current exploration of spatial sound is an extension of his earlier experiments in psychoacoustic effects, tapping into natural biological processes to create specific effects in our brains (he also has a PhD in computational biology, so we reckon he knows what he’s on about).

Written specifically for surround sound, the show was debuted in Berlin through the phenomenal soundsystem at Berghain, and has been adapted especially for the forthcoming gig in London.

Support on the night comes from London musician Guy Andrews and Warm Up resident Aidan Doherty. Tickets for the show are available from Soundcrash.

Last year Cooper got involved in the launch of The Institute of Spatial Sound in Budapest, where sound researchers have built an omnidirectional, four-storey soundsystem.

Find out how spatial sound design is opening new frontiers in music production and performance with our in-depth feature.

Check out Cooper’s FACT mix.

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Live Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO
Apr 29, 2016 6:09am | Drowned In Sound
A music critic can be a fan, right? They should be, otherwise why bother - just writing about stuff with no joy beyond the immediate satisfaction of the moment is shallow and insatiable, surely? The carrying of this joy, the internalising of it by sentient beings is what makes people, music critics included, fans.

Fucking hell. Jeff Lynnes ELO is an amazing live show.

ELO are amazing.

Physical it cruises, unsurprisingly at an MOR pace. Lynne offers few crowd interactions, stopping only occasionally to offer a warm thanks. Most of the time Lynne standsat the mic, looking like a shaggy dog, playing guitar, singing and pounding out endless hits and incredible arrangements. Sure, the introduction of Tightrope is bombastic but the secret is conviction. Youve got to over-act to be convincing on screen, its the same with music composition.

So as Evil Women kicks off the concert properly, the stadium duly goes bat shit. Man this is smooth. Super-slick. For a stadium gig the clarity to the sound is remarkable, that vocoder peppered, hi-end, studio production is replicated on stage by a 10-piece band (apparently the same band that play behind Take That on their arena tours), including two cellos and a violin. Each song is nailed. For example, as the violinist takes centre stage to kick off Living Thing - again - 30,000 people lose it.


E.M.M.A announces second music production workshop for girls
Apr 29, 2016 5:54am | Fact Magazine

“Ever heard a shit tune in the club and thought ‘I can do better than that?'”

Hot on the heels of February’s event, London producer E.M.M.A has announced a second workshop for June 4, designed to help girls get started in music production.

Taking place once again at Radar Radio’s London studios, FL Studio 12 software is provided, with grime producers Dexplicit and P Jam and Hyperdubs Ikonika all heading up the teaching element.

already getting the first tunes through from our #producergirls workshop, what a great feeling @Dexplicit @Pjam100 @ikonika @RadarRadioLDN

— E.M.M.A. (@oiiiemma) April 26, 2016

Email to enter. Applications close on May 8.

"Now I'm going to bring in the young chop snare"- @ikonika going through arrangement in our #producergirls workshop

— E.M.M.A. (@oiiiemma) March 19, 2016

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Drakes Hotline Bling streams will help Views reach platinum status
Apr 29, 2016 4:59am | Fact Magazine

Streams of last year’s mega-hit count towards the certification of Drake’s new album.

Recent changes in the way the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) calculates the numbers needed to achieve album award certifications mean that Drake’s Views should quickly reach platinum thanks to ‘Hotline Bling’.

The RIAA’s new rules mean that 1,500 streams in the USA have the same value as 10 track sales or one full album sale, meaning artists like Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar retroactively reached platinum when the changes took effect.

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman confirmed in a recent interview with Billboard that streams of songs released ahead of an album also count towards album certification, saying: “These are lifetime awards, so before and after an albums release all count.”

As Forbes notes, Drake will be able to take advantage of these rules with the inclusion of last year’s hit ‘Hotline Bling’ along with recent singles ‘One Dance’ and ‘Pop Style’.

There’s no way to confirm how many times ‘Hotline Bling’ has been streamed in the USA, but it’s been streamed over 400m times globally on Spotify alone, meaning that Drake has a head start in terms of reaching platinum status.


Rihanna and Calvin Harriss This Is What You Came For is a slow-burning banger listen
Apr 29, 2016 3:24am | Fact Magazine

Happy massive releases day, aka Friday April 29.

After announcing their latest collaboration on Wednesday, Calvin Harris’s new single with Rihanna has now been unleashed.

‘This Is What You Came For’ is not quite as good as the pair’s 2011 outing, ‘We Found Love’, but it’s still pretty banging, with Rihanna’s insurmountable voice moving through the octaves to a low-key EDM backdrop from Harris. Listen below.

Rihanna dropped her video to Needed Me, the third single from her exquisite ANTI album, earlier this month, directed by Kids’ filmmaker Harmony Korine. The collaboration appeared inspired by both Spring Breakers and the cash-covered bloodbath of Bitch Better Have My Money‘, but skewed far darker.

It was also reported this month that Rihanna wil be the subject of a documentary by Peter Berg the director behind flop blockbuster Battleship. The film is said to be an unfiltered look into Rihannas life inspired by the 1967 Bob Dylan feature Dont Look Back, and is expected to land later this year.

Read next: Rihannas ANTI is no fun, and thats no problem

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