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VIDEO REVIEW: Chris Locke reviews Total Controls Typical System with hot dogs
Jul 31, 2014 10:23am | Chart Attack

For Chart Attack's first ever music review vlog, we wanted to combine our love of music with the food it's only legal to eat in the summer: hot dogs. So we asked the hilarious Chris Locke to bring his passion for music to our office, and use his skills on the grill to critique a new record using those all-beef cylinders along with the finest dollar store condiments. This week: Australian post-punk band Total Control's new album Typical System.

Chris Locke's new album The World Is Embarrassing is out now on iTunes.
Total Control's Typical System is out now via Iron Lung Records.

VIDEO REVIEW: Chris Locke reviews Total Control’s Typical System with hot dogs by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Band To Watch: Eyelid Kid + Sleeps Well On Knives (Stereogum Premiere)
Jul 31, 2014 10:09am | StereoGum

With only two tracks to their name, it’s hard to get a handle on who exactly Eyelid Kid are. They don’t make it any easier by opting for the mysterious-band route, forgoing all social media and choosing to keep their identities in the dark. “If you have a question, e-mail us,” they say. In an age where most bands are practically obligated to at least have a Facebook, it can be frustrating to dive into an artist without knowing anything about the personality behind it. But they aren’t the first to go down this path and they certainly won’t be the last. We’ll see how long they hide behind the curtain, but with music this good, we’ll let it slide for now.


Wampire Wizard Staff (Stereogum Premiere)
Jul 31, 2014 10:09am | StereoGum

When we named Wampire a Band To Watch last year, they were a jokey Portland two-piece that evolved from middle-school tomfoolery to twentysomething house-show hijinks. That development has continued: Wampire are a quintet now — a “real band,” if you will — and “Wizard Staff,” the lead single from sophomore full-length Bazaar, sounds a little more like serious business. Co-founder Eric Phipps even described his state of being during the album’s creation as “a Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist,” which is some real artiste shit. The playful throwback kitsch that the band made its name on remains a primary factor, though. In fact, by virtue of its sax flourishes, “Wizard Staff” might be the most fun you’ve ever had with Wampire. As with 2013′s Curiosity, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait produced, this time directly to tape in Brooklyn studio The Museum. Get a grip on “Wizard Staff” below.


Ballet School Lux Video
Jul 31, 2014 10:08am | StereoGum

The Berlin trio Ballet School is making a name for itself with the pretty synth-rock single “Lux,” and the song’s new video, from director Nova Dando, goes all in on frontwoman Rosie Blair’s fashion-plate charisma. Suffice to say: You might never see a Cocteau Twins-informed dream-pop video with quite this much body-rolling in it. A ridiculously cute baby kitten also features prominently. Watch the video below.


Stream : King avriel : Thesis LP
Jul 31, 2014 10:08am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Former model, dancer, and actor Avriel Epps, better known as King avriel, appears to have found her calling and focus with debut album Thesis. The LP showcases her willowy delivery, thought-provoking lyrics, and production that accentuates both using electronic and traditional R&B elements. To sum it all up, the girl is the entire package being just one radio-friendly song away from major mainstream attention. Stream the entire album below and find the accompanying booklet to “deepin the thesis experience”.

Noel Gallagher's daughter asks owners of Oasis-inspired dog kennel to stop breeding pedigrees
Jul 31, 2014 10:06am | NME
Anaïs Gallagher sent letter in collaboration with PETA

Watch Warren G read Warren G. Hardings love letters to the tune of Regulate
Jul 31, 2014 10:03am | Fact Magazine

Presidential G-funk.

Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, is best known for a scandal-rocked presidency that ended abruptly when he died in office in 1923. Now he has a new claim to fame: a few weeks ago, the Library of Congress released a treasure trove of love letters written by Harding to his mistress Carrie Fulton Phillips, in all their lurid detail.

The great minds at Jimmy Kimmel Live decided to have G-funk original Warren G read excerpts of the letters as that legendary four-bar sample of Michael McDonald’s ‘I Keep Forgettin’ made famous by ‘Regulate’ played in the background. Watch it below.

Twin Peaks streaming 'Wild Onion' in full ++ updated tour dates & win tickets to their NYC shows
Jul 31, 2014 9:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

Chicago's garage rockers Twin Peaks have a new album imminent (8/5), and now you can stream the entirety of Wild Onion over at Pitchfork and you can check out their video for "Flavor," below.

The dudes just got off tour with Eagulls, and as we mentioned they've got two NYC shows coming up. The first is at Mercury Lounge with fellow Chicagoans The Lemons on August 13 (tickets), and the second is at Baby's All Right on August 14 with Public Access TV in addition to The Lemons (tickets). If you'd like to go to either of the NYC shows for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to each. Details for that are below.

Twin Peaks have expanded their tour since we last posted as well. Updated tour dates, along with the video for "Flavor," below...

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Adult Jazz Gist Is
Jul 31, 2014 9:50am | CMJ

Adult Jazz’s debut LP, Gist Is, is not at all about the gist. There’s nothing general or broad here; there’s no one main point. The album is an impeccably belabored, precise work, each chord and vocal flux acting as a pin point on a map defined by strict boundaries. But Gist Is is not some mass-produced product of capital and industry. The album strongly suggests the word “perfection” because of its edgeless, machine-like instrumentation, but it’s also so uniquely strange, it shies away from cold flawlessness.

Although Gist Is is only nine tracks long, it’s a big nine tracks, with more than half clocking in past the five-minute mark. Album opener Hum is a cool seven minutes, sounding more like a self-contained symphony than just one piece of a larger work. Am Gone is the album’s most immediate track, recalling the Dirty Projectors with scrubbed-clean guitar slaps, wild falsettos and organic, unsettled percussive noodling. Each track moves at its own unpredictable, unlaced pace. Springful brings gospel-esque vocals to clattering, experimental knife-sharpening, pot-banging noise. Pigeon Skulls could be three songs at once; the concave percussion is at odds with sporadic guitar twangs and vocalist Harry Burgess’ soft, tongue-y coos. And yet, everything sounds like it’s exactly in the right place.


The Best Soundtrack Moments Of July 2014: Boyhood, Lucy, Halt And Catch Fire, & More
Jul 31, 2014 9:45am | StereoGum

There were two major releases this month that had people talking about soundtracks: Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, his follow-up to Garden State, and Boyhood. I saw one of them, and I’ll let you guess which it was. I don’t have a dog in the internet fight regarding Braff and his movies and his supposedly/maybe treacly use of sensitive indie music — I’m of an age where Garden State should’ve been a gateway indie drug for me, but I was still too fixated on classic rock and British music to pay attention. The extent of my Braff interactions was a handful of Scrubs episodes I never got too into, so I largely missed out on the whole phenomenon of Garden State being the soundtrack that launched (a) a thousand Manic Pixie Dream Girls, (b) a thousand Shins jokes and/or soundalikes, or (c) a thousand similar sensitive-indie soundtrack movie tie-in marketing schemes.


Watch: Arcade Fire covers Creedence Clearwater Revivals Hey Tonight
Jul 31, 2014 9:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Nathan Dainty

On Wednesday night, Arcade Fire kicked off the latest leg of their American tour behind Reflektor with a 20-song performance at the Soreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, California. As has been customary throughout this tour, the band included a cover song among their stable of greatest hits and fan-favorite, in the form of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Hey Tonight”. Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below.

The setlist, as you can see below, also included a cover of Devo’s “Uncontrollable Urge”. Of course, Devo will be opening several shows for Arcade Fire in the coming weeks.

Uncontrollable Urge (DEVO cover)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Exist
We Used to Wait
No Cars Go
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

The Power of Love
(Huey Lewis and the News song) (Fake band on stage)
Normal Person
Hey Tonight
(Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
Wake Up

Stream Cardopusher and Nehuens new techno-meets-electro EP; features DMX Krew remix
Jul 31, 2014 9:42am | Fact Magazine

The Classicworks pair come together as CWS.

For the past several years, Barcelona’s Cardopusher and Nehuen have been pursuing their “twisted vision of retro-futuristic club music” on Hyperdub, Tigerbeat6 and their own Classicworks imprint.

Now, the frequent collaborators have come together under the CWS moniker (short for Classicworks) for a debut release on Barcelona’s Struments Records. Following their previous releases, the Untitled EP is loaded with the kind of raw and rugged analogue techno that is so in vogue right now.

The record features overdriven, acid-laced stompers and a pair of dusty electro tracks, including a “Computer Rock” remix by DMX Krew that toys with the hard-edged electro for which the Breakin Records boss is known. Stream the EP below; it’s due out on 12″ on August 11.

Dunked in the Funk: George Clintons biographer talks P-Funk, anarchy and smouldering sex-beasts
Jul 31, 2014 9:41am | Fact Magazine

Unpicking the reality of a history crowded with giant spaceships, nappies, LSD blotters and smoke is not an easy task.

But if there’s any journalist who could look into the debauched chaos of the history of George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic and all the other manifestations of P-Funk, it’s Kris Needs. Never just a writer, Needs has been a lifelong and enthusiastic participator in the cultures that he loves, from founding a local Mott The Hoople fanclub as a teenager in the 1970s all the way through touring with Primal Scream and recording with Andrew Weatherall in the 1990s and beyond.

In the new book George Clinton and the Cosmic Odyssey of the P-Funk Empire, he has taken on the task with aplomb, and provided a glimpse into the twisted alien heart of a movement that existed slightly apart from everything else in the music world, yet has influenced vast quantities of both underground and mainstream that came in its wake. We caught up with him to find out how he managed it.

When did the urge to write a book about the people involved in P-Funk become a reality?

Id been wanting to write a book about the P-Funk since 1989 when I was living in New York and interviewed George for Tom Silvermans Dance Music Report mag. My reasoning was basically that there just wasnt a decent history out there but on the other hand I never thought I could ever pull off such a f...

Lorde To Curate The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack
Jul 31, 2014 9:40am | StereoGum

Last year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a pretty strong soundtrack, by blockbuster standards; the makers of the new Transformers are not, after all, calling the National and asking them for new songs. But the new Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, might be better, thanks to a match made in thoughtful-teenager heaven. Lorde, who covered Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” on the Catching Fire soundtrack, will hand-pick all the artists who will appear on the new movie’s soundtrack, which is out this fall on Republic. Expect so much Bright Eyes! Lorde will also give the album its first single, which will probably not just be about how we’ll never be victors. But we can hope.

LA Font released debut album and new 7", playing East Coast show in August (dates, streams)
Jul 31, 2014 9:35am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Los Angeles band LA Font make hooky guitar pop that's equal parts '70s powerpop and '90s indie rock. I caught them in Austin at SXSW this year and they're a pretty fun live band too. Their debut album, Diving Man, came out last fall and they just released a new 7" this week. Both are worth checking out and you can stream them below.

LA Font will be making their first trip to the East Coast next month, including two NYC shows: August 24 at Baby's All Right with Swimming, and Radical Dads (tickets), and then Cake Shop on August 25 with more TBA.

All dates are listed, along with album and 7" streams, below...

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