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Underground heaters, early electronics and boisterous house: The weeks best free mixes
Apr 17, 2015 11:39am | Fact Magazine

Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you dont have to.

This week soulful house selections from the Boston underground are balanced out by a more rambunctious selection from one of the UK’s finest, while a pair of dark techno producers from Greece and Italy explore their mutual love of early electronic music. There’s also a pair of great stand-ins on the Hessle Audio show and a killer mix from a record store insider.

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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Apr 17, 2015 11:35am | StereoGum
If you were some kind of underground artist making a video this week, it was hard to compete. A few big stars on big labels (or with big cable networks backing them) made videos so goofy and fun and entertaining that no indie type could afford to compete. And yet this week's best video still … More »




Mumford & Sons and Maccabees add 2nd NYC show to tour
Apr 17, 2015 11:27am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: The Maccabees at MHOW in 2013 (more by Guy Eppel)

Mumford & Sons and The Maccabees announced a tour earlier this week, including a NYC show happening at Coney Island's MCU Park on June 2. Tickets for that show went on sale today and are apparently almost sold out, but they've already added a second show happening a day later (6/3) at the same venue. Tickets for the new show are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed below...

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INTERVIEW: Greys Shehzaad Jiwani on how to maintain the DIY spirit of Record Store Day
Apr 17, 2015 11:18am | Chart Attack
Photo by: Sarah Cramer

As Record Store Day has grown from a retail novelty to a bigger sure-thing sales day than Christmas or Boxing Day for record stores, there's been a growing list of complaints from DIY labels, bands and shops: it creates strain on vinyl pressing plants, it exploits collectors' sense of completism, it's a cash grab from major labels in the guise of indie values. That's why Greys' Record Store Day "reissue" plan is so refreshing. It's homemade, DIY, kind of ramshackle - about as "indie" as you can get.

The band found a few copies of their debut Ultra Sorta 10" in their Toronto practice space. They recruited their friends Raina Douris, Joel French and Dave Murray to hand draw covers for them and are are giving copies to record stores in Toronto to sell... one copy each. They'll be avaialble tomorrow, April 18, at Sonic Boom, Rotate This, June Records, Soundscapes, She Said Boom (College Street), Grasshopper, LP's LPs, and Good Music.

In the same spirit of one-offsmanship, rather than giving us the album to stream, the band has given us a raw live version of the Ultra Sorta song "Simple Living" that lead singer Shehzaad Jiwani found on an old hard drive. The recording comes from a show Greys played in 2011 at the Buzz Garage (RIP) in Chinatown:

"This was recorded at the Buzz Garage in the summer of 2011 when we were all just little babies," he explains. "We pl...


Hear Azar Swan reimagined through dark remixes by Vatican Shadow and Cut Hands
Apr 17, 2015 11:17am | Fact Magazine

Songs from the band’s recent LP get remixed by two of dance music’s most dissonant producers.

Near the end of 2014, Brooklyn duo Azar Swan released And Blow Us A Kiss. Now, two songs from that album have been remixed by Vatican Shadow and Cut Hands (power electronics pioneer William Bennett) for a new 12″ titled Azar Swan Variations due May 19 via Handmade Birds.

Vatican Shadow takes stretches ‘We Hunger‘ in a sooty nine minute churner while Bennett fills ‘For Last And Forever‘ with clattering, hypnotic percussion. As different as they sound from the originals both producers wisely keep the focus frontwoman Zohra Atash’s powerful vocals which naturally fit with the chaotic new sounds.

Stream Azar Swan Variations below and preorder it now here.

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Watch Faith No More Debut Sol Invictus & From The Dead In Vancouver
Apr 17, 2015 11:17am | StereoGum
Faith No More's comeback tour rolled into Vancouver last night, and the Canucks were rewarded with the debut of two new songs. "Sol Invictus," the title track from their new album, is a slow-burner that builds and builds without ever quite boiling over, while "From The Dead" is, surprisingly, a jangly acoustic number. Watch fan-made … More »



Watch Justin Vernon Cover Spoons Inside Out In Eau Claire
Apr 17, 2015 11:11am | StereoGum
Justin Vernon's inaugural Eaux Claires Festival will happen in his home state of Wisconsin in a few months. They just sold out of their Chippewa Enhanced Passes, their version of VIP, and are currently hyping ticket sales for the regular two-day passes. And what better way to build up excitement than to release a … More »



Dej Loaf Me U & Hennessy Video
Apr 17, 2015 11:10am | StereoGum
Dej Loaf is a spitfire Detroit rapper best known for her no-fucks-given, ominous swag anthem "Try Me." Her fabulous 2014 mixtape Sell Sole came on the heels of a record deal with Columbia, and that major label money is more than evident in the video for one of the tape's more romantic tracks … More »



Andreya Triana Thats Alright With Me
Apr 17, 2015 11:10am | StereoGum
British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana has been quiet since her 2010 debut, Lost Where I Belong. With only a few sporadic one-off tracks, features, and remixes floating in the infinite space of the internet, it was unclear if we would get a second full-length blessing. Then Triana announced her proper sophomore album, Giants, with the release … More »



Faith No More kick off first American tour in 18 years with career-spanning set, new music watch
Apr 17, 2015 10:50am | Cosequence Of Sound

This week, Faith No More kicked off their first full-fledged North American tour in 18 years, and with it came several new previews of the band’s forthcoming album Sol Invictus.

The setlist for the tour’s kick-off in Vancouver included the live debut of “Sunny Side Up”, “Sol Invictus”, and “From the Dead”. Additionally, the band played fan favorites like “Epic”, “King For a Day”, and “Ashes to Ashes” as well as a cover of Commodores’ “Easy”. Watch fan-shot footage and see the full setlist below.

“Sol Invictus”:

“From the Dead”:

Setlist:
Motherfucker
Land of Sunshine
Caffeine
Ricochet
Evidence
Epic
Sunny Side Up (Live debut)
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Last Cup of Sorrow
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy (Commodores cover)
Cuckoo for Caca
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Encore:
Sol Invictus (Live debut)
We Care a Lot
Digging the Grave

Encore 2:
From the Dead (Live debut)

Sol Invictus, the band’s first new album in 18 years, arrives May 19th through Reclamation Records and Ipecac Recordings. The band’s supporting tour stretches through August.

Faith No More 2015 Tour Dates:


Premiere: Null Oil Run (Official Video)
Apr 17, 2015 10:45am | Fact Magazine

The Melbourne electronica artist continues to explore digital worlds with director Oval-X.

Null continues the series of videos that included ‘Luv U, Luv Me’ and ‘Back 2 Normal, Almost’ with another exploration of digital architecture and microscopic worlds, animating oil, blood and follicles to the rave-ready electronica of ‘Oil Run’.

Null’s Almost EP is out now via Acéphale/Siberia Records; stream it at his interactive website and celebrate the release at Melbourne’s Mercat Basement on April 18 and Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club on April 24.

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Pale Blues The Past We Leave Behind is faded, sensual and hypnotic, but far from perfect
Apr 17, 2015 10:41am | Fact Magazine

Available on: 2MR/Captured Tracks

American DJ and producer Mike Simonetti has long been a polarizing figure in the scenes he’s helped to promote and nourish over the course of his 20-plus year career; as the head of the Troubleman Unlimited label he helped introduce listeners to the ragged rock and noise sounds of Black Dice, Rye Coalition, The Walkmen, Erase Errata and Glass Candy, amongst many others. His support for the latter band led to a collaborative venture with Glass Candy’s own Johnny Jewel in the form of Italians Do It Better, which replaced the dirty artist-loft scrappiness of Troubleman’s aesthetic heyday with a cleaner, more blankly stylized po-mo disco shine, but with the glamour of the genre’s stereotypes replaced with a narcotic mile-long stare and a bevy of fluorescent machine tones.

At some point along the way, Simonetti and Jewel parted company, leaving Italians under the latter’s care while Simonetti regrouped with a series of low-profile mixtapes, a handful of limited singles, and a new label co-curated by Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs and the Captured Tracks indie empire. The inaugural release on their new label 2MR (short for 2 Mikes Records) is the debut album from Simonetti’s project Pale Blue, which finds him exploring a sound that moves away from both of his previous ventures in favor of a desire to fuse the lush density of shoegaze and dreampop with stark, minimal, mechaniz...


Pale Blues The Past We Leave Behind is faded, sensual and hypnotic, but far from perfect
Apr 17, 2015 10:41am | Fact Magazine

Available on: 2MR/Captured Tracks

American DJ and producer Mike Simonetti has long been a polarizing figure in the scenes he’s helped to promote and nourish over the course of his 20-plus year career; as the head of the Troubleman Unlimited label he helped introduce listeners to the ragged rock and noise sounds of Black Dice, Rye Coalition, The Walkmen, Erase Errata and Glass Candy, amongst many others. His support for the latter band led to a collaborative venture with Glass Candy’s own Johnny Jewel in the form of Italians Do It Better, which replaced the dirty artist-loft scrappiness of Troubleman’s aesthetic heyday with a cleaner, more blankly stylized po-mo disco shine, but with the glamour of the genre’s stereotypes replaced with a narcotic mile-long stare and a bevy of fluorescent machine tones.

At some point along the way, Simonetti and Jewel parted company, leaving Italians under the latter’s care while Simonetti regrouped with a series of low-profile mixtapes, a handful of limited singles, and a new label co-curated by Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs and the Captured Tracks indie empire. The inaugural release on their new label 2MR (short for 2 Mikes Records) is the debut album from Simonetti’s project Pale Blue, which finds him exploring a sound that moves away from both of his previous ventures in favor of a desire to fuse the lush density of shoegaze and dreampop with stark, minimal, mechaniz...


U.S. vinyl sales are up 260% since 2009
Apr 17, 2015 10:34am | Fact Magazine

All the good vinyl news isn’t limited to the UK.

Just in time for Record Store Day, Nielsen has released new data on U.S. vinyl sales, a sector that has grown an astounding 260% since 2009. After 2014 saw vinyl sales come in at 9.2 million, up from 2013’s 6.1 million, sales in the first quarter of 2015 have seen a 53% increase. The uptick is being buoyed by the sales of catalog albums, which Nielsen defines as albums released at least 18 months prior. As for current releases, those sales are up 37% this quarter, as well.

Check out Nielsen’s data via the below charts. The biggest sellers of the first half of the decade have been classic albums by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis and Bob Marley, but also recent offerings by rock and folk acts Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys and Lana Del Rey (the lone female artist in the bunch). [via Nielsen]

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U.S. vinyl sales are up 260% since 2009
Apr 17, 2015 10:34am | Fact Magazine

All the good vinyl news isn’t limited to the UK.

Just in time for Record Store Day, Nielsen has released new data on U.S. vinyl sales, a sector that has grown an astounding 260% since 2009. After 2014 saw vinyl sales come in at 9.2 million, up from 2013’s 6.1 million, sales in the first quarter of 2015 have seen a 53% increase. The uptick is being buoyed by the sales of catalog albums, which Nielsen defines as albums released at least 18 months prior. As for current releases, those sales are up 37% this quarter, as well.

Check out Nielsen’s data via the below charts. The biggest sellers of the first half of the decade have been classic albums by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis and Bob Marley, but also recent offerings by rock and folk acts Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys and Lana Del Rey (the lone female artist in the bunch). [via Nielsen]

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